Wednesday, May 06, 2009

by faith... and works follow.

I've heard it said that those in the emerging church hold to a 'works based salvation.' Nope. Not true. At least not anyone whom I've met over the past ten years. We do believe that good works of all sorts, big and small, will flow out of lives committed to being disciples of Jesus Christ. I dare say that many of the critics are scared to death that following Jesus means much more than mental commitment to a risen Lord. It means that we put our political lives, our economic lives, and our social lives on the line each and every day. I'll also suggest that most American evangelicals and their theolgoical defenders want to keep our faith based only on a mental commitment. It makes 'faith' easier and it makes defending 'luke warm' much easier.

1 comment:

Greg said...

I've heard it said that those in the "traditional" church hold to a 'mental faith alone based salvation.'
Nope. Not true. At least not anyone whom I've met over my lifetime.

I wonder if you are getting as tired of these arguments as I. Neither the reformed or emergent are are showing an ability to listen. Both fight against what they believe the other side is saying instead of hearing and addressing the real issues.

However, I was surprised over the past few days to see the charity of the emergent movement on display over at Tony Jone's blog.

If you haven't been their recently you may interested to read the loving responses to an emergent leader when he dares to claim that the ressurection of Christ was a real event. Nothing controversial...just that Christ is actually risen.

The emergents have worked so hard to include everyone, but what kind of Christian calls the resurrection a myth?

Tony may not address this, but I would be interested to hear how you feel seeing your brethren eat their own.