A Letter: The Emergent in need of Detergent Church!

The Atheist Antidote


The world is for all of us not only what it is- it is what we believe it to be. I have begun to see clearly the wide gulf between our modern attitudes about truth and truth itself. Our forefathers saw clearly what many now refuse to see. Sin, the devil constitute one force; God and righteousness the other. These forces are forever opposed in grave irreconcilable hostility. Humanity, because of our nature is caught in the middle. Evil is bent on destroying us; the gospel of Christ seeks to save. Human beings must choose sides. Neutrality is not an option!

This fight is real and deadly and lasts as long as life itself. Believers once looked forward to heaven as a lying down of the spiritual sword to enjoy a peace not afford them in life. Old hymns and sermons had a trace of homesickness. This view of the world is unquestionably scriptural.

How different today. The facts remain the same but our interpretation has changed. Instead of seeing this life as a pilgrimage in a foreign land many modern Christians now call it home. This changed attitude can be seen no more clearly than within the mindset of what some call the emergent church. Like a child’s arithmetic, these well intended believers have juggled the figures. They add up the column wrong and yet claim they have the right answer because it feels correct. They are lost in the woods, yet no longer trust the compass because their gut tells them differently. This novel way sounds extraordinary but is it true?

When does the Christian faith call us to recognize and lay aside our bias and judgment and when does it call us to stand beside what is timeless and true? God created men like Assisi but also men like Tozer. Much like a marriage the church needs such balance and is benefited by these different dispositions.

Trying to grow in number is often a very different thing than simply preaching the straight gospel and caring for the poor. Multimillion dollar buildings and plasma stadium screens sometimes get “butts in the seats” but often only to hear a trendy eco-gospel or a politically laced rant about so-called social justice. More troubling still, is the fact that they keep salty believers inside those attractive walls instead of going to where the people are.

The emergent church has become a flock of trend chasers. Like the carrot of popularity on the proverbial stick of high school, many modern believers will justify nearly anything and betray virtually every traditional value to shove their round faith into a secularist square hole. From conceding our supposed primordial origin to the very fight for the unborn, the emergent church has chosen to give the gospel what they feel badly needs a facelift. They confuse the macro with the micro when dealing with every social issue from Healthcare to foreign aid. They have convinced themselves the Gospel condones Robinhood style theft. They fail to see that God intended charity to be a two-sided blessing. When the individual obeys the clear command to feed the poor the giver spiritually receives as well. When you force wealth transfer at the end of a legislative gun, you rob both rich and poor alike. You deprive them of much more than money. You rob them of the spiritual wealth attached to the personal call to Biblical charity. I am convinced; the emergent church’s attitude on this matter robs both rich and poor of the spiritual growth that follows healthy Christian giving because they want to feel good rather than do good. I know these words and accusations are harsh generalizations, however, I honestly feel they need said.

The emergent church foolishly views the world as a sandbox instead of a minefield. If you ask them bluntly they will hedge around the question but their conduct gives them away. The gospel of Christ will never win popularity contests. How it breaks my heart to see fellow Christians like Derek Web, Donald Miller and Rob Bell slit the throat of the church publicly for little more than secular accolades. These men have become ashamed of the narrow road. They have choosen instead to become Christian panhandlers begging for the crumbs of secular affirmation alongside a wide and worldly road of fools. They have traded Paul’s unyielding zeal for Peter’s rooster cry of compromise and betrayal.

To such men and the millions who follow them, I say the world is lost on a wide sea and Christians alone know the way back. The world needs them desperately, and it needs that despised Bible, too. For written on those politically incorrect pages is the chart that guides us on this rough and unknown ocean. The day when Christians should meekly apologize is over. You will get the worlds attention not by trying to please, but by boldly declaring the truth of divine revelation. You will make yourselves heard not by compromise but by taking the affirmative and sturdily declaring “Thus saith the Lord.”

No night can be dark enough to put out the light of truth.

The timeless truth of God’s word must not be rejected because it is perceived old as we long to be new.


  • Thank you. The Church is sick, the Bride has prostituted herself and her reputation is laughable! That might be a reason the Bridegroom has not returned yet. Just sayin’

  • Pamela

    I believe that we are experiencing the current national turmoil because God is disciplining His church in America. We need to repent, individually and corporately. We’ve lost our first love, that hunger and thirst for God (Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself). God comes FIRST. Believers are at odds against one another, right against left, and left against right because of lukewarm Christianity and moving away from our first love. The situation in our nation will not get better without the Church’s repentance. We have been pursuing other “gods”, particularly the American Dream, and now it is in danger of being taken away. It is to be expected that the world would hate us, even as it did Jesus, but let’s fix our eyes on Him, and come together in Him, that the world may know that we are indeed His.

  • Leaha

    I think people,Christians in particular are more interested in breaking the chains of bondage of “religion” , they are shaking off the cloak of the Pharisees. Christians are sick of a cookie cutter lifestyle that is perpetuated upon them by their leaders to all be the same, do this, dont do this. Many are awakening to the Grace that is found in a loving Father…some are realizing that God is big enough to save ALL men, and in fact already has…”EVERY MAN in his own order” ..it is no longer necessary for me to believe the same way that you do in order for me to be “saved” all that has been FINISHED at the Cross 2000 years ago, some of us are just willing to walk in this knowledge and Grace with out having the perverbial hoops to jump through…every man, women and child is on their own journey in this life…and it is for the Grace of God that we are on these individual journeys…there is NO eternal torture chamber someplace waiting for NON-BELIEVERS…we are not a part of the salvation process by what we do or do not believe…Gods judgments are meant for correction, restoration, and redemption…I personally do not love God because I am afraid of “hell” or am awaiting a chance at heaven…God is here, God is now…God is love…not some religious circus, people need to walk in their own God given convictions not some religious dogma somewhere…Love is the answer!!!

    • I would argue that you are flirting with cheap grace here Leaha. If a parent stands idly by while their child indulges in candy 24/7 or sticks their finger in a light sockets … is that love? While it is true that the child is happy in the moment without the correction of the adult , one can hardly say the child is loved by this derelict parenting decision. The analogy admittedly has holes, however, the point is that Love is not simply our emotive knee jerk desires getting a seal of approval. Love is often the stern voice or the corrective hand. I would argue that this cheap grace you advocate is not the grace Christ’s blood bought us. Such a Savior’s sacrifice demands repentance and obedience. As we smuggle modern sensibleness into the message of the gospel we water it down. I am not advocating legalism. I am saying that the gospel of grace in build upon true brokenness. That brokenness comes only with true repentance not with FEELING and emotional indulgence alone.

    • Pamela


    • Leaha

      The problem is…is that you assume the “the child is indulging” and that the “child” is taking advantage of this “cheap grace” ( honestly I have never heard those two words in the same sentence before, I cant even wrap my mind around what that could even mean to someone) when in fact when a person experiences Grace for the first time…it is NOT a license to sin, it is a license to love…God is love, God is Grace, God is the answer, Love is the answer…it is not just about emotions , it is a realization of how big God really is and what Jesus Christ has already accomplished for ALL men…Jesus Christ saving ALL men is not a “watered down” gospel…this IS the gospel…the GOOD NEWS!!!!! Repentance is not only changing our about our sins…it is about changing our minds OR repenting in ourselves about what Jesus Christ has done for ALL men, it is realizing that the playing field is LEVEL…we are all the same, Grace make us see this, Love makes us see this, there is not much if anything at all that separates you and I , we are the same…created in His image, a child of God, I dont need a religious dogma or decree or denomination to love God or my fellow man…this is GOOD NEWS! I dont love you because you dont sin or go to church and neither does God…where sin abounds…according to scripture …Grace much more abounds..no one wants to sin, but we all do…lets love one another as Jesus Christ has first loved us..Blesssings!!

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