Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Gospel According to Rob Bell

Here is an excerpt from an interview in Christianity Today with emergent church leader Rob Bell. To read the whole interview Click Here.

I often put it this way: If there is a God, some sort of Divine Being, Mind, Spirit, and all of this is not just some random chance thing, and history has some sort of movement to it, and you have a connection with Whatever—that is awesome. Hard and awesome and creative and challenging and provoking.

And there is this group of people who say that whoever that being is came up among us and took on flesh and blood . . . So a church would be this odd blend of swagger—an open tomb, come on—and humility and mystery. The Resurrection accounts are jumbled and don't really line up with each other—I really relate to that. Yet something momentous has burst forth in the middle of history. You just have to have faith, and you get caught up in something. I like to say that I practice militant mysticism. I'm really absolutely sure of some things that I don't quite know.
To clarify, the basic difference between the terms emerging church and emergent church are:

An emerging church is a church which embraces the mission of reaching today's postmodern culture with the traditional, conservative, evangelical view of the gospel of Jesus Christ (absolute truth, high regard for authority of Scripture, salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone, etc) through methods (music, media, other art forms) that are more cutting edge.

An emergent church is a church which embraces the mission of reaching today's postmodern culture with a wide diversity of Christian traditions that have adopted 1) a critical view of the core doctrines of biblical Christianity (denying objective truth, promoting relativism, questioning the authority of Scripture) and 2) an uncritical embrace of the postmodern worldview (questioning the core doctrines of biblical Christianity) through the method of relational friendships with those in today’s postmodern culture.

But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. . . . For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11: 3-4;13-15)

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