I have just finished reading this excellent article written by Gary Gilley. It’s called “A Renewed Confidence in the Word of God”. As I read it I was automatically taken back to some of the things that Brian McLaren had said about the emerging Church. He had said that he was not interested in changing the minds of those older fundamentalist who hold onto theological dogma and doctrine, but rather he is interested in those younger who embrace a more progressive and ever changing view of God’s story.
This article made it very clear about how the younger postmodern Christian has not had exegetical biblical instruction, but rather they have been told that it is about subjective feelings about the text. Private interpretation of scripture has been given the thumbs up!
Gilley writes that this ‘uncertainty’ has gained a momentum inside the Church and this will lead to a knowledge found within oneself (Gnosticism). Therefore there is a mystical understanding of God and His Word.
Emergent spokesman Brian McLaren calls for the evangelical community to get over its love affair with certainty. He writes, “Drop any affair you may have with certainty, proof, argument – and replace it with dialogue, conversation, intrigue, and search.” Are we to take McLaren seriously? If so, then the best way to get over our love affair with certainty, according to McLaren, would be to replace it with uncertainty, or more commonly, mystery. It is definitely in vogue at this point in church history to make the rather “certain” claim that we cannot be certain about anything. Of course, the irony of such certainty about uncertainty is obvious. But much like impossible political promises, when statements are left unanalyzed and unchallenged they tend to be uncritically absorbed by the minds of some people, often resulting in great harm.
It is important then that we give careful thought to the recent love affair with uncertainty. What are its origins? Is it really something new? Does it line up with the claims of Scripture? How should the people of God respond?
[…]Commenting on such beliefs Professor Gary Burge of Wheaton College believes such theological and biblical illiteracy is the result of:
- The failure of the church to transmit what it believes to the next generation. One of the reasons for this is an overemphasis on personal experience to the exclusion of serious Christian education.
- Many churches have abandoned serious Bible exposition and theological teaching. Exegesis is becoming a “lost art” in the pulpit.
- Today there is a tremendous influence of nonbiblical philosophies and worldviews on churchgoers.
- Christians have accepted and combined so many ideas from other worldviews and religions that they have created their own faith system. The average born-again, baptized, churchgoing person has embraced elements of Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Mormonism, Scientology, Unitarianism and Christian Science – without any idea he has just created his own faith.
The article isn’t very long and I highly recommend it – A Renewed Confidence in the Word of God
Mat 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.