Thoughts on Truth

by Lesley on July 12, 2008 · 2 comments

in christianity,make-you-think

I’m reading a book that Jonathan’s dad gave us awhile back called The Truth War by John MacArthur. It’s quite good- especially if you’re either wrestling with the Emergent church like I have been. I thought I’d post a few quotes as I read it just to get your thoughts. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think, OK? (As background, leaders in the emergent church argue that “truth, to whatever degree such a concept is even recognized, is assumed to be inherently hazy, indistinct, and uncertain–perhaps even unknowable.”)

Other quotes:

“The idea that the Christian message should be kept pliable and ambiguous seems especially attractive to young people who are in tune with the culture and in love with the spirit of the age.” (Introduction, page x)

“All truth starts with what is true of God: who He is, what His mind knows, what His holiness entails, what His will approves and so on. In other words, all truth is determined and properly explained by the being of God.”

“Scripture defines all authentic Christians as those who know the truth and have been liberated by it (John 8:32).”

“Truth is never determined by looking at God’s Word and asking ‘What does this mean to me?’ Whenever I hear someone talk like that, I’m inclined to ask, ‘What did the Bible mean before you existed?”

“We must not ignore or discard selected truths just because we might find them hard to receive or difficult to fathom. Above all, we can’t get apathetic or lazy about the truth when the price of understanding or defending the truth turns out to be demanding or costly.”

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Lesley Miller
Lesley Miller

I think the reason a lot of people find the emergent church scary is that some of the things Emergent leaders/pastors are saying (Brian McLaren, Rob Bell for example)could border on heretical. In his book Velvet Elvis, Bell says that it's our job as Christians to bring heaven to earth. While I think we should care deeply for the poor (something the emergent church is very much about) I don't agree that we can bring heaven to earth because earth is a broken place that only God can fix. From research I've done, there are many different types/degrees of emergent churches and many churches like my own are embracing emergent types of worship and realizing how much this generation recognizes a need to reach out to the poor (all good things). I have a lot of other things I've been thinking about/conversations I've had with people about this subject which are making me really think. We should chat about it next weekend!


interesting. i'm not sure that my friends who are involved with the emergent church would argue that. have you read "soul graffiti" by mark scandrette? certainly not a this-is-why-the-emergent-church-is-right kind of book, but a window into someone who is living it out.also... what's so scary about the emergent church? what are people afraid of? i'm still trying to figure that one out. help.