Monday, December 05, 2011
Let's Not Confuse Method With Content
I've written a lot here about my problems with the emergent movement, mainly because of the constant chipping away at the substitutionary atonement theology (among other things). But I do see some confusion and lines drawn from other anti-emergents at a point that I think we should rethink. Many anti-emergents confuse method and content. In other words, anything the emgents say or do is wrong, or at least suspect. I find that there are two areas where we need to listen more to emergents. One point we really need to listen to is the questions they ask. I am presently reading Rob Bell's
. He asks some very good questions. But sadly, most evangelical leaders and pastors are not answering the emergents' questions, or they give very bad, pat answers. No wonder our younger evangelicals don't wish to come to our churches. The second thing we might want to listen to is how the emergents run thir church services. Here we need to be more careful, but if they wish to have discussions and read a poem (as long as four-letter words an't used in the poem, which isn't unusual in some emergent churches), why not? We need to be careful then, not to confuse their bad theological content with thir relevant questions. Also, some of their methods would not be objectionable to us.