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"...the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things..." 2 Timothy 4:3-5
Notice how words such as "gospel" and "mission" -- even God and His purposes -- have been given new meaning and context. Since Brian McLaren is one of the leaders of this movement, you may want to read these excerpts and articles: Emerging 'Christianity, A New Kind of Christian, Story we find ourselves in
Many leaders envision communities where their followers "love one another." But few emphasize God's primary command:
"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength." (Mark 12:30)
The problem is: we can't love each other unless we first love God. Only when, by His grace, we are filled with His Spirit and love Him, first, with all our heart ("he who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.") can we truly love one another with His love -- even share His readiness to "lay down our lives for one another."
As for participating "in God's mission to reclaim and restore the whole of creation," this corrupt earth will be replaced, not restored:
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.... Then He who sat on the throne said, 'Behold, I make all things new.'" Revelation 21:1-5
"O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.” Isaiah 3:12
But such management details are not an issue in the true Church -- God's people who follow His guidelines and "walk by the Spirit." The pastor isn't responsible for their individual peace and "happiness." He is responsible for preaching the Word and equipping the poeple to stand firm no matter what battles they face. Each person -- before God -- is responsible for obeying that Word, following God's way, and "abiding in Him." Our contentment in Christ comes from pleasing our Lord and quickly confessing any sin that might hinder our fellowship with Him!
"Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine..." 2 Timothy 4:2-3
"As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ." Colossians 2:6-8
We ought to know! The information about God and His ways is still in His Word -- available to all those who truly seek Him! But those who don't like His ways, will neither see nor find it. Remember,
"Hear this now, O foolish people, without understanding,
Who have eyes and see not, and who have ears and hear not:
Do you not fear Me?’ says the Lord. ‘Will you not tremble at My presence...?
But this people has a defiant and rebellious heart;
They have revolted and departed. They do not say in their heart,
“Let us now fear the Lord our God...." Jeremiah 5:21-24
“God has given them a spirit of stupor, eyes that they should not see and ears that they should not hear....” Romans 11:8
"Here the theologians work revolves around re-cultivating a community of memory, for only those shaped by the practices of memory formation stand any chance of discerning the ways in which to live faithfully in the present....
God’s judgment of Israel was often framed in terms of their loss of memory. The calling to enter desert or exile (Hosea and Jeremiah stand out here as illustrations) was in order to recover the story [No, it was to recover the Law and return to the true God. They had forgotten and rejected their Deliverer!] and live again into the narratives that nourished the life of God among them. ...
It was in this context of deconstructed worlds that Israel re-entered the memory of her narratives from below without power or control and discovered ways God’s Spirit was framing another future. This is a deeply humble vocation. It is not about re-asserting more recent notions of recovering some objective Truth [but, it is!] which if only heard will set all things right but the re-entering of the narratives of God in order to allow them to read us, to change our imaginations and become again the stories of the One who makes all things new. If the theological vocation cannot pastorally enter these same contexts today to hear the cries of people in order to re-memorize and give language to what is happening and where God might be in all of that, then what’s the point of it all?"
"... in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
"...all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned..." 2 Timothy 3:1-14
"The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
"...in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons." 1 Timothy 4:1
"My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13
“...the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them.... But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober." 1 Thessalonians 5:2-6
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