During our coverage of The Emerging Church Pro-Homosexual Agenda I’ve told you that someone like apostate gay-affriming “pastor” Jay Bakker is tip-of-the-spear for the growing push for its advancement within the mainstream of the visible church.
You’ll see such as these more aggressively arguing for acceptance within evangelicalism that the deviant and sinful lifestyle of having sexual relations with another of the same sex, i.e homosexuality, is a viable one for the regenerated Christian.
The now upgraded Emerging Church 2.0 has formed a newer, more clearly delineated, postmodernProgressive Christian theology—Liberalism 2.0—that this sinfully ecumenical neo-liberal cult of the Emergent Church often refers to as “big tent” Emergence Christianity.
Former EC icon Rob Bell expressed it as his Love Wins mythology. However, with people like Jay Bakker, and his good friend Peter Rollins, this essentially becomes antinomianism:
Antinomianism is the belief that Christians are liberated from the observance of moral laws when God’s grace is active… The term was first used during theReformation by Martin Luther…
The word comes from the Greek anti (against) and nomos (law), and refers to the doctrine that it is not necessary for Christians to preach and / or obey the moral law of the OT. (source)
It’s important to remember at this point, that’s what Living Spiritual Teacher and EC guru Brian McLaren began laying out in his 2010 book A New Kind of Christianity. Unfortunately, people seem to have simply forgotten all about that; but they do so at their own risk.
This mythology is now far more deeply embedded into the younger sectors of Christendom than many seem to realize. Also keep in mind here that with Emergents like McLaren and Peter Rollins we are entering deeply into the world of Humpty Dumpty language.
By this I mean, there—like shifting shadows—their words will often appear to take almost take shape but without any real fixed meaning; such is their irrational philosophy. It’s from this vantage point on the current battlefield I tell you that yesterday Jay Bakker proudly tweeted:
Bakker’s tweet takes us to Rollins’ personal blog and his perverted post Stop Teaching The Ethics Of Jesus! What you’ll see within is a good illustration of what Jesus says here:
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. (John 3:19-20)
I’m going to spare you going point by point through Rollins’ a-logic; frankly, he often comes across to me as one who just likes to hear himself talk. However, his post is a good example of how Emergents run from the preaching of the Law and avoid it like the plague.
There is a strong tendency within the church for people to extract and teach the ethical framework found in the Gospels. For instance, people might set up a community in which they attempt to live out principles such as giving to someone in need, turning the other cheek and living simply. (source)
If he wasn’t infecting so many young evangelicals like Jay Bakker—sadly the term is so broad now it includes such as these—Rollins’ ignorance of Biblical Christianity would be laughable. Christians willingly follow the teachings of our Master Christ Jesus; we don’t pick and choose which we’ll adhere to.
Peter Rollins then tells us what the problems are in doing so:
There are however a number of interrelated problems with this approach. Firstly it tends to generate guilt. In other words, the more that we hold up certain principles the worse we will feel when we fall short of them.
This leads to the second problem, namely repression. In order to deal with the guilt we will be more likely to avoid a direct confrontation with our failings. (source)
What Rollins is actually talking about concerning “guilt” and “failings,” although the concept truly seems to have escaped him, is sin. He wishes to avoid it; but the concept of sin comes from the Greek word hamartia. It’s an archery term that means “to miss the mark.”
Now, the thinking person is going to ask here: Well, what mark is it that we miss? The answer is: The absolute perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ. Here then from Christ Himself is a concise definition of sin:
Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” (Mark 12:30)
The absolute truth is, anyone who does not fully live up to this greatest of the commandments at every moment of every day, sins—period. Jesus—the God-Man—is the only One Who could ever fulfill this commandment. The moment we take a breath we fail this miserably.
Yes, the Law of God makes us feel condemned; because apart from the Gospel of repentance and forgiveness in Jesus’ Name, we are. If only Rollins and Bakker et al would see how awful and dreadful is our peril, then maybe they’d repent of their rebellion against the Word of God.
Only then could they begin to see how merciful and awesome our God is to have lived this for those who will give themselves to Him. On the other hand, it should now be patently obvious to them that there simply is absolutely no such thing as a life good enough to merit Heaven.
What Peter Rollins refers to as the ethics of Jesus is actually the Law of God, which He fulfilled perfectly for us. However, in leaving this out he’s gutted the Gospel of any real meaning. Finally, what Rollins is really driving at is revealed, when similar to a 12 year-old, he tells us there should be no rules:
So what is the alternative to attempting to hold ethical principles?… The trick is to create an atmosphere of love, grace and acceptance where people are not told what to do. (source)
This is the essence of the Emerging Church’s “big tent” Emergence Christianity: So mote it be; you’re not the boss of me, I’ll make up my own Christianity. However, for Christ’s sake we must tell them the truth: Accept God’s love and His grace in Jesus Christ, or be judged by that above Law.
If we really do love God and our fellow man then we must return to preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified…