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What Will an Emergent Leader Think of Next?
by Brent Hardaway
How do we know God is moving the church in a particular direction? If the emergent church is to be believed (and it is my fervent prayer and hope that very few will do so), it is whenever the surrounding culture moves in a particular direction. Now, none of those in the movement would actually be that blunt about it, but that is what it amounts to.
As exhibit A, we have Rob Bell, former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the author of several books, among them Velvet Elvis and Love Wins. Rob has been something of a lightning rod for several years, and recently he entered into the fray on the issue of same-sex marriage and how the evangelical church should respond to it. He starts off by saying “I am for love, whether it's a man and woman, a woman and a woman, a man and a man.” He said that “the ship has sailed” on the issue and the church needs “to affirm people wherever they are”.
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Bell’s reasoning really amounts to a philosophy that the church should look to the surrounding culture, and when they say “Jump”, the church should say “How High?” This way of thinking is prominent in emergent circles (though, once again, they won’t come out and say it that bluntly), and it just makes me imagine what they would say about another current issue that doesn’t have a lot of fanfare right now, namely student cheating. It’s something that I think youth and church leaders should spend more time addressing. But let’s say that it really did become something that the church was known as speaking out against. What would the emergents have to say about that? I think it would look something like this…
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