In our culture world unity and peace have become the focus of many nations. There is not problem with the idea in and of it self, but for a Christian this evil deception has become the focus and the mission of some of our churches. We compromise what the Bible says in the name of unity. The unity of the Bible has always been intended for believers not the unity of what the World is trying to achieve.
How are we compromising unity at all costs? Here is a few examples; The Southern Baptist Convention is coming under fire for filing a legal document arguing for the construction of a mosque by an Islamic society in New Jersey. While this may seem to be innocent at its face, the point that any Christian would help a mosque be built and to file a legal document for a Pagan Baal (Hell) worshiping goes against everything about what the Bible says is good. This is a quote from Brent Walker, “It’s good when we can join hands with … folks we are sometimes on the other side of,” said Brent Walker, executive director of the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty.
The Bible says, “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14 Even though we do have freedom of religion in this country and we have the right to worship how ever we please, Christians should never be promoting or helping any type of religion to develop their form of false religion. I would dare say especially, such a religion that promotes murdering people in the name of their god Allah. It is something we should stay far away from! What we should be doing with the Muslims is talking to them about as Jesus being the way the truth and the life, and no one gets to Heaven except through Him. And Jesus says this, “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.” We talk to people about Jesus but we don’t force people to believe in Jesus.
Another deception that is sweeping through our churches is the Emergent church. What is the Emergent church? The Emerging Church is a movement that claims to be Christian. The term ‘Emerging Church’ is used to describe a broad, controversial movement that seeks to use culturally sensitive approaches to reach the postmodern, un-churched population with the Christian message. Some Emerging Churches might use props such as candles, statues, and incense along with poems, open mics, and videos, etc. EC services are sometimes extremely informal, while others are more formal. (Matt Slick)
Emerging Church Characteristics
Following are some of the common traits I have discovered by reading through Emerging Church material. But please understand that not all Emerging Churches adhere to all the points listed.
- An awareness of and attempt to reach those in the changing postmodern culture.
- An attempt to use technology, i.e., video, slide shows, internet.
- A broader approach to worship using candles, icons, images, sounds, smells, etc.
- An inclusive approach to various, sometimes contradictory belief systems.1
- An emphasis on experience and feelings over absolutes.
- Concentration on relationship-building over proclamation of the gospel.
- Shunning stale traditionalism in worship, church seating, music, etc.
- A de-emphasis on absolutes and doctrinal creeds
- A re-evaluation of the place of the Christian church in society.
- A re-examination of the Bible and its teachings.
- A re-evaluation of traditionally-held doctrines.
- A re-evaluation of the place of Christianity in the world (Matt Slick)
Here are some examples and starts:
The emerging church is a Christian movement of the late 20th and early 21st centuries that crosses a number of theological boundaries: participants are described as Protestant, post-Protestant, evangelical, post-evangelical, liberal, post-liberal, conservative, post-conservative, anabaptist, reformed, charismatic, neocharismatic, and post-charismatic. Emerging churches can be found throughout the globe, predominantly in North America, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa. Some attend local independent churches or house churches while others worship in traditional Christian denominations. Wikipedia
This is what the Apostle Paul says about this, “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.” 2 Timothy 4:3 These emergent churches purpose is the get people to come to a church building. It is more about unity, peace, and love. Just about everything is permissible to get people in their doors. They seem to think popularity and filling up seats equals salvation. The church is not for unbelievers although they are welcome to come and hear God’s word. Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. The church is a place for believers to know and learn sound doctrine to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ. The Emergent Church argument is that the traditional church alienates people and turns away people from the church. The Word of God does turn people away because they just don’t want to live the Christian life. Jesus said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve. The Gospel is not an easy “pill to swallow.” And Christianity does not live up to the world standards of fun, but I can promise it will bring you TRUE Joy and Peace! 🙂
This is an example of an Emergent Church
What would Jesus brew? Churches turn to serving beer to attract young flocks
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What does Jesus say about Peace and Unity
1 Corinthians 1:10 I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.
Romans 12:18 says “As far as it depends on you, if it is possible, live at peace with all men.” God says that there are some people you can’t get along with. Jesus frequently did things that the Pharisees disapproved of. They were hard core legalistic. He went ahead and did them anyway because it wasn’t an issue of being a stumbling block, but rather an issue of having people who were simply impossible to please.
The church has taken these passages and made them their mission for unbelievers. I believe you can still disagree and live peacefully among all men. This does not mean you compromise what the Bible says. Christians are not supposed to be legalistic about food, performing religious tasks, lacking true joy, bondage to religious traditions, little or no assurance of salvation, or unloving and critical towards others. Please do not confuse legalism with obedience to God’s word either.
Jesus said some things about peace. This is peace and unity for the believer, the individual, not a nation.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but division.
Then another horse went forth. It was bright red, and its rider was granted permission to take peace from the earth and to make men slay one another. And he was given a great sword.
No, I am not forgetting that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. But He never intended for the believer to pander or be disobedient to God’s word just for the sake of keeping the peace. Think about all the immorality happening in our country from homosexuality to President Obama going against Israel. Only if the Liberal left could make us think the way they want us to then there would be peace. I don’t know about you but my mind is captive to the Word of God not mere men. As long as there is a Bible believing Christian around there will not be peace at least as the world should think it to be.
HE WILL RISE TO POWER THROUGH PEACE
The world will be looking for a leader and Satan will be quick to provide one.
The Antichrist will preach a message of peace. The prophet Daniel says that “he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue” (Daniel 11:21).
Revelation 13:2 compares him to a leopard because he will rise to power very quickly. The verse goes on to say that his feet are like those of a bear, because of his fierce power and strength and his mouth is like that of a lion, because of his domination over the world.
If there is world peace this will be your sign of the Antichrist and people who do not know Jesus will be intrigued by Satan and follow him because he speaks and talks with power that looks like it will bring “peace”, and he will make promises of a unified and peaceful world but it will be to trick you. The Christian believer knows that Jesus is the Prince of Peace who lives in their hearts and no matter what the world promises we know it is a lie.