Farewell Emerging Church
I was reading some of the comments after the article Farewell Emerging Church Written by Anthony Bradley
One of the descriptions of the emerging church was as follows:
The three core practices are identifying with the life of Jesus, transforming secular space, and commitment to community as a way of life. These practices are expressed in or lead to the other six: welcoming the stranger, serving with generosity, participating as producers, creating as created beings, leading as a body, and taking part in spiritual activities.
To this one of the proponents of emerging said, "In other words, Christianity."
Likewise another proponent of emerging commented that emerging Christians...
"... look to the way Jesus lived more than rigid creeds about him."
It saddened my heart to see these comments. It shows a complete and utter lack of understanding of even the very basics of Christ or Christianity. Instead these statements reduce Christ into a moral instructor and Christianity down to a kind of moralism. Ultimately, Christianity is not instruction or advice about what you are to do for Christ. It is not about following his example. The primacy of His accomplishment, not ours, is the essence of our faith. The gospel of Christ above all brings news, rather than moralistic instruction. The above emerging definition of emerging, I hate to say, simply sounds like an attempt at Christianity without the new birth.