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The Emerging Church: Revival Or Return To Darkness? Kevin De Young Over the past few months there have been a number of internet posts–from friend and foe–claiming that the emergent church movement is some combination of dead or dying (or at least has checked into the ecclesiastical nursing home). (This is different than responding to public blogs or books with other public blogs or books. Usually, the theology on the books is still good even when the theology from the pulpit starts going south. If the errors are not of a central nature but are more stylistic or related to the way they talk about things, you may want to stay. If the church is no longer preaching the gospel, you should leave. But we should be thoughtful about our reasons for leaving.
I received one such email just last week (so emergent’s not dead yet! Here’s what I try to tell people (if I can remember it all) when they finish their “Help, my church is going emergent” story. If the group is too big, it can feel stilted, not a genuine conversation. Give an honest answer, but refuse taking ad hominem shots at the church or leadership. (If you an elder and you are out-voted, the blame for not guarding the flock lies with the whole board; if you think the board’s decisions are serious sinful, you should probably resign).
If you’re going to attack something…lets get to the core of it and attack the Book of Mormon. Knock down the keystone and the structure comes tumbling down.
One of my friends and a convert to the Church from in his twenties said something I’ll never forget.
I had just recently started a serious investigation of the Church when I first began reading the Book of Mormon.
As I began my study…I realized that the most important thing I could do is find out whether or not the Book of Mormon was true.
People that oppose the Church hate when someone says, “I know the Book of Mormon is true”…but I don’t know how else to say it. (Begin jeering at the cliche’) I’m not going to leave it at that though…I’ll tell you how I know it’s true.
This wasn’t something that I figured out over night.
If it is just you and your pastor, that could work, but he may feel defensive and you may end up with “he said-she said” from such a meeting. Don’t assume responsibility for responsibilities you haven’t been given. Love the gospel, love God, and love people more than you despise bad theology.
(1 Kings ) I can write evidence after evidence to back up the Book of Mormon but each of those evidences I found were only secondary to the whispering of the Spirit I felt that day before I began waxing up my surf board. If it’s what it purports to be…then it might just be the most important book you ever read.