By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Aug 1, 2009 in AM Missives, Bibliology, Brian McLaren, Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism, Current Issues, Dallas Willard, Dan Kimball, Doug Pagitt, Emergence Christianity, Emergent Church, Erwin McManus, Features, Henri Nouwen, Homosexuality/"Christian", Jay Bakker, Marcus Borg, New Spirituality, Peter Rollins, Richard Foster, Rick Warren, Rob Bell, Roman Catholicism, Shane Claiborne/New Monasticism, Southern Baptist Convention, Spiritual Formation, Tony Campolo, Tony Jones, Youth Ministry
It’s important you understand that mainstream evangelicalism continues moving further away from the certainty of Sola Scriptura in favor of highly subjective Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM). As you’ll see in Disciplines To Deception In Southern Baptist Convention entire state SBC conventions e.g. North Carolina are openly using teachings from Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster.
Under under Discipleship Resources of the State Board of Missions of the Alabama Baptist Convention one finds a “resource” from the Georgia Baptist Convention which encourages Southern Baptists to learn a practice of apostate Roman Catholicism called Lectio Divina from Tony Jones, a leading theologian in the egregiously ecumenical Emerging Church aka Emergent Church—morphing into Emergence Christianity.
Sadly, this is the exact same foolish progression which would eventually lead to the Protestant Reformation in the first place. And in this case it has opened the door into mainstream evangelicalism for mystics openly hostile to Sola Scriptura such as EC icon Rob Bell to sow their love of “mystery.” In addition, as more and more people begin thinking with their “heart” [read: emotions] we will watch the inevitable progession that previously took place within the nearly dead mainline “Protestant” denominations.
Roughly, and generally, it goes like this: Beginning with the spurious spirituality of CSM, next comes ecumenicism, which brings with it acceptance that the Roman Catholic Church as simply another “Christian faith tradition”; then ordination of women pastors, questioning the doctrine of Hell, inclusiveness—particularly of GLBTQs, and then the ordination of practicing homosexuals. Men like Jones are already helping to advance the notoriety of such “gay affirming pastors” as Nadia Bolz-Weber and Jay Bakker, who tells us he’s a friend of Jones.
If you’re brave enough, poll the Young Adult and Youth Groups at your local evangelical church and you’ll see just how far the above progression has already advanced within them after years of being used as spiritual guinea pigs trying out “alternative worship practices” [read: Emerging Church]. Well not trusting the Lord to add to His Church His way, the lust for numbers, and turning away from the all-sufficiency of Holy Scripture to the Church Growth Movement with its various forms of pragmatism has come with a cost.
Modern and Post-Modern Liberals (Emergents) and their higher-critic and deconstructionist co-belligerents have an almost obsessive preoccupation with undermining, impugning, and maligning God’s Word. They incessantly attack the inerrancy, historicity and sufficiency of scripture and their attacks are getting bolder by the day. These people appear driven to reduce the Bible into a mere human product that is nothing more than man-made mythological narratives.
Stories of pristine gardens, Adam and Eve, forbidden fruit, a world-wide flood, the ark, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorra, and a prophet being swallowed by a big fish are too silly and childish to be believed as actual historical events by this growing Liberal resurgence. Before you fall for these so-called progressives and their post-modern re-imaginations of the scriptures you should consider Jesus’ opinion and views of the Bible.
As you will see, Jesus had much to say about the scriptures and anyone who calls themselves a Christ-follower would do well to consider Jesus’ views of God’s Word before they attack or impugn it… (Online source)