Emergent Village officially denies the Word of God

crosshairsHat Tip to our guest, Ingrid Schlueter, today for alerting us to this article that is making its rounds across leftist and progressive “Christian Sites.” The Emergent Village Voice titles it, The Bible is NOT the WORD OF GOD: a polemic against Christendom

To spare you the pain of blessing their site with web traffic, I’ve curated the article here. But go there if you must to make sure I haven’t accurately described what I can only say is the most vile affront to our Holy God that I have seen yet. This is quite blatent, but I will say one thing that is admirable. At least the Left is clear on precicely where they stand. Who is the Emergent Village Voice? All of the usual suspects plus a growing list of more you haven’t heard of.  Emergent used to mean wishy-washy, unclear messages. But as this movement re-emerges, they are crystal while some of the once-clear Bible-preaching leaders are now more worried about what people think rather than God’s Truth. It’s a strange juxtaposition, but nonetheless it is our new reality, Church.

The Bible is NOT the WORD OF GOD: a polemic against Christendom

By Eric S. English, The Emergent Village Voice, etc.

The bible is not the WORD OF GOD. And if we believe it as such, then we have made the bible into an idol. The bible has become the Church’s idol. It is the Golden Calf of our day. The ancient Hebrews had taken the God of their forefathers and formed him into their image. They made him take on their identity because they could not grasp to what extent the WORD OF GOD was present with them. Yes, indeed it has been said for thousands of years that the ancient Hebrews were fools for doing so, but my dear friend so are we.

Just as the Hebrews, we have made the WORD OF GOD into our image – the bible. And by doing so have not elevated God, but relegated him to the lowliest place. Our misappropriation of authority has inevitably resulted in our inability to distinguish between what we THINK God requires of us, and what God ACTUALLY requires of us. This misappropriation has resulted in our use of superfluous language.

The bible is not the WORD OF GOD. However, our elevation of the bible to almost divine status has seemingly resulted in the Church believing it is to be the moral authority over the world – as though they speak for God. We have equated the language of the bible with the Words of God. This has seemingly resulted in the bible being used as a weapon of power to oppress others. Incredibly, the Church’s oppression has not been limited to the secular world, but has even been used as a weapon to oppress its own people.

But, Jesus never oppressed anyone.

When we assert that the bible is the WORD OF GOD we are diminishing what it means to possess the WORD OF GOD. The bible is a book. Just like any other book it contains words, propositions, stories, ideologies, and philosophies. But it contains something that is far greater than any other book that has ever been written. It contains testimonies. But not just any testimony. It contains testimonies about God – not just about any God, but the living God. It contains a testimonies about who God is, and who man is; and who man is in light of his discovery of God.

God has revealed himself in history. Scripture testifies to that revelation. Scripture is not revelation in and of itself. Rather, it is a testimony to the revelation that has occurred. The bible is what we learn from; it is what we abide by; and it is what strengthens our faith.

The Bible is not the WORD OF GOD. It has no special powers and it is not magic. Sacred scripture means nothing if it is not alive inside the individual. Embodied, fully embraced. This does not mean that we take apart or dissect the bible in such a way that we are able to extrapolate metaphysical truths about the world around us. That is not the intent of the bible. Rather, the intent of the bible is to provide context for who we are as human beings, who god is as God; and how God has acted throughout history. It is a testimony to our lord Jesus Christ.

The WORD OF GOD is a moment that a human being encounters. It is Jesus Christ in his full glory and revelation. The WORD OF GOD occurs through a compilation of acts that bring forth the WORD OF GOD within the individual – prayer, sacred scripture, fellowship, worship.

Encountering the WORD OF GOD changes us – it makes us whole. It gives us strength and power. Words on a page do not give us strength; they do not give us power. It is only when we embody those words on the page that we truly become like the WORD OF GOD. It is what Jesus did. He did not come to abolish the law but to fulfill it. That means he embodied the law. He was sinless, he was perfect. He embodied the law in the truest, purest form of what is meant by “the law”. Likewise, we must embody scripture. It must become a part of us, our lives, and our identity; for the truth of God was not found in words or propositions or abstract ideas, but in the truthfulness that exists when we live out the WORD OF GOD on the world stage.

The bible is not the WORD OF GOD. The WORD OF GOD is Jesus Christ.

Closing question: Which Jesus?

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6 Responses to Emergent Village officially denies the Word of God

  1. Travis says:

    First I think this person does not understand what it means Jesus being The word, When Jesus is called The word, it logos which refers to his divinity as God as in John 1:3 John points out.

    When we say The bible is the world of God, we are meaning that it is his words that Inspire others to write down and so yes it is God word in that term, that not making The bible is idol.

    The apostles felt The Old testament and there own letters as inspired and as scripture as God Breath, wow i mean what better term to use then to express these letters are God word, then God breath?

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  2. Travis says:

    also

    When we assert that the bible is the WORD OF GOD we are diminishing what it means to possess the WORD OF GOD

    oxymoron much?

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    • web philosopher says:

      No, the author clearly states what the WOG is, and it's not the bible. Perhaps you should read the article before making an ignorant statement.

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  3. Marie says:

    We have all of this talk about the Bible being the truth that we are to live by, the divinely inspired Word from God, our Father. And with all of this talk about the "emergent" church system and people becoming concerned and many Christians angry about what is going on in man's religious system. I have but a few concerns that address lies we have been brainwashed to believe and follow. And those who do not participate in these religious lies are persecuted by a brood of vipers that believe they are following the Word of God….and these lies are christmas and easter/ishtar/astarte worship. Nowhere in the Bible, which is the Word of God. that we study, meditate upon, and try to live by are believers in Jesus Christ commanded to celebrate, honor, and worship such rituals. The early assemblies never celebrated a lie and yet, we have been indoctrinated into a system of lies with man telling God what to do. I find this troubling to say the least…that a religious system can lie to a people and we, as followers of Jesus Christ, neglect to be Bereans, and tell God, our Father, what to say, instead of allowing Scriptures to speak for themselves.

    Perhaps "emergent" is just a subsidiary of easter and christmas…..a lies built upon other lies.

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  4. Mr Davis says:

    I have to agree with the comment: which Jesus Christ are they talking about? Are they talking about the one in Matthew 5:17-19. That Jesus seems to indicate even portions of the letters are there by design and the punctuation also. And what about the commands of God? What did this Jesus say about those? Did he not say "Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven": and this "but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

    And this in Luke 6:46-49

    And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: he is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

    But really what Christ is any of us talking about?

    There are very few indeed that put the commands of God into practice. We all love ourselves way too much and we do not hate sin as we should. No, we make it a friend and nourish it and give it lodging and regularly visit it with enthusiasm. And we wonder why we don't have power over sin. Are we even free? John 8:34-36

    God help us all.

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  5. Dave Mosher says:

    Interesting, how bold and open Emerging/Emergents are becoming in flat out denying orthodox Christian doctrines. As far as the authority of God's Word, here are a few discernment articles I found that further explain the mindset of Emerging/Emergents. Very insightful:
    http://www.soundwitness.org/evangel/emerg_2_bible
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=2
    See especially the sections following this heading: Deconstructing the Word of God
    http://bible.org/article/understanding-postmodern

    These are just a few of the many excellent discernment articles on this subject. I found these by using the Google search string "how do emergents view the Bible?"

    God bless you – Dave

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