Sunday, March 27, 2011
We So Much Want to Get Along, But...
The battle cry of the Emerging Church is that doctrine divides and that the Church should be more about relationships enhanced in the love and example of Christ. I would refer people considering a move to this populist, pick-and-choose phenomenon to Psalm 85 which I consider to be a message about revival. They will see in that message a meeting of the priorities of mercy and truth; righteousness and peace; an intersection, if you will...a cross.
We can never shelve the concepts of sin, judgment, atonement, mercy, love, reconciliation, heaven and hell, and still operate in victorious truth. We must not stumble at the word. (1 Peter 2:6-8)
And the more liberal "emergers" will respond, "Oh, but who will ever know the truth. Wars and divisions of dreadful proportion have come out of that Book. Do you know the truth, honestly?"
And one answers, "Yes, a little bit more every day, with a sincere hunger, a holy fear and the Spirit's help."
1Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob.
2Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah.
3Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
4Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.
5Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?
6Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
7Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
8I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
9Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
10Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
12Yea, the LORD shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
13Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.