That’s the title of a blog post, in two parts, that was published in the ‘Emergent Village’ subsection of the Progressive Christianity section at Patheos.com. You can read it here.
If you are unfamiliar with what is called emergent/progressive Christianity it’s basically a movement dedicated to destroying orthodox Christianity. The above title, ‘A Polemic Against Christendom’ should be a clue. Here are two small portions of the original article:
Is the bible the Word of God?
What are we saying when we make this statement (the Bible is the Word of God)? Two things really: first, God’s word is limited to the text itself and nothing else. . . Second, it places the writer’s intentions secondary to “God’s intentions” (I have also heard it said “God’s intentions trumps the authors intentions”) – though it’s not entirely clear how one has the ability to know “God’s intentions”.
As to the first contention, that in saying that the Bible is the Word of God we are limiting God’s word to words on a page is patently absurd. I know of no Christian, past or present that would make that claim. As to the second contention, I really have not figured out what he is trying to say, other than we cannot know God’s intentions. While we cannot know everything God has planned, we can know quite a bit of it. It’s in the Bible, the written word of God.
A major objective of the Emergent cause is to destroy the credibility of the Bible, much like the Serpent in the Garden. The author of the article says:
“The bible is not the WORD OF GOD. The WORD OF GOD is Jesus Christ.”
He also says:
The WORD OF GOD is a moment that a human being encounters. It is Jesus Christ in his full glory and revelation. The WORD OF GOD occurs through a compilation of acts that bring forth the WORD OF GOD within the individual– prayer, reading and meditating on sacred scripture, fellowship, and worship.
If Jesus is the Word of God (and he is) how is it that the Word of God is also a ‘moment’? Is Jesus a ‘moment’ or is he the Son of God? Is he both? If the author’s Jesus a ‘moment’ is his Jesus the Jesus of the Bible?
There is nothing I could find in the article that recognized Jesus Christ as the substitutionary sacrifice for our sins. Jesus is reduced to a ‘moment that ‘occurs’ when we ‘do’ certain things. Of course no self-respecting Emergent would say Christ died for our sins. God sending his son to die was cosmic child abuse, according to some of the major players in the movement. That, my friends is not the gospel message of the Bible and not true Christianity. But then again, the Bible is not the word of God and Paul was just a man who wrote a good book, so Paul’s definition if the gospel could be flawed, so maintains the author.
That’s all I have time for at the moment. I mentioned the referenced article to a friend of our and she asked me to post it. Rather than posting the entire article and cause your brains to explode, I just posted a small portion and the link to the original, here.
So much time could be spent (wasted?) trying to respond to the admixtures of truth and lies these wolves spout. Just in brief:
God’s word is limited to the text itself and nothing else.
The implication is that those who reject completely the apostasy of these pathetics are “limiting God”. No, God himself for our benefit and to protect us from liars and deceivers had his selected words recorded and preserved. They are there to help us weigh and sift truth from falsehood. We are required to judge.
Second, it places the writer’s intentions secondary to “God’s intentions”
This is too vague to understand. Likely that is the point. Emergents and non-Christians like them hate being tied down by actual specific meanings and intentions of authors. Sometimes this is called “post-modernist thought”. The writer’s intention and word definitions are subservient to the reader’s desires.
God tells us that every word of the Bible is God-breathed. Holy men spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (God). God is the true author of the Bible. His words hold eternal life. The Devil always wants to cast doubt on God’s Word.
Hope this is helpful to someone…
Hopefully it will be! Good comments.
The Emergents guys are more off with the passing of time.