I think these Kiwi's are right

I think these Kiwi’s are right

“The future of the Church in the west doesn’t lie in the Emerging Church Movement.”  I believe there are aspects of the ECM that will provide the elbow room for reformation and revitalization.  I don’t think we are much further ahead than those we criticize.  Most of what is visibly happening isn’t even financially self-supporting.  I’m discouraged in some ways because so many people are so sure of themselves and yet there is an overall absence of tangible fruit.

For the longest time I’ve concluded that the to main areas that needed reformation were the gospel message and the motivation of leaders.  The gospel message has become a sales pitch high on tangible results for the buyer, low on the cost of following Chist.  Motivation relates to spiritual power.  I’m convinced that walking in spiritual power requires humility because God doesn’t put much trust people who would use His blessing and spiritual power to build their own rank, status or prestige. 

This is one of the reasons why I like simple churches that function almost under the radar.  There is little status or prestige to be gained leading a group of 10 people. 

I’m starting to research another key issue: control.  It is a big project and it may end up being more like a small book than a blog post.  I’m discovering more and more things I want to understand but don’t.

Another key issue with EC is this aversion to the bible.  It seems in some ways people want to distance themselves from the dogmatism of fundamentalism and I can understand that.  The pendulum as swung too far.  There isn’t an “emerging” author out there that holds a candle to the depth and strength of scripture.  We really need to end our non-sexual crushes on our favourite authors and learn how to read the scriptures.  There will be no strength or depth to our reformation until people are brought to maturity in their faith.

  1. #1 by Steve Menshenfriend on June 26, 2005 - 4:20 pm

    I agree. Often I feel that there are some emerging church folks that are “in it” for the kudos and status. It turns into an “anti-status” status … but it’s still about the status, and that bothers me.

    I will still read alot of the emerging church stuff, and I think I’ll even gain alot from it. But I think you’ve hit the nail on the head about the motivation of some of the leadership.

    Great post.

  2. #2 by graham on June 26, 2005 - 5:07 pm

    “There isn’t an “emerging” author out there that holds a candle to the depth and strength of scripture.”

    Surely we can only say that sort of thing if we are very selective in our scripture-reading. ISTM that there’s a lot of crap in there as well.

  3. #3 by hamo on June 30, 2005 - 3:48 am

    Have you read Roland allen on ‘control’?

    His book ‘Spontaneous expansion…’ is excellent.

    ‘Tangible fruit’… can you tell me what you are meaning by that LT?

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