The Emerging Church

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LIBERTY UNIVERSITY BAPTIST THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY The Theology of the Emerging Church: Dangers of the Emerging Church Submitted to Dr. L. Kitchens, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the completion of the course SEMI 500 Introduction to Seminary Studies by Joe De Jesus October 24, 2014 Thesis Statement The purpose of this paper is to first, delineate the dangers of the Emerging Church Movement and how detrimental this new kind of Christianity poses to the church at large. The research paper will be outlined with three main sections and two sub points for the first two main sections. The writer’s research paper on the Dangers of the Emerging Church will begin with a discussion on the nature and history of the Emerging Church. The Postmodern philosophy and the Re-defining of this new Christianity will be the focus of first section of the paper. Then, the writer will point out the main teachings of the Emerging Church proponents, which is the uncertainty of Scripture and the inability to know absolute truth. The research paper will then conclude with a discussion of the dangers of the Emerging Church Movement. Table of Contents Introduction 4 The Nature and History of the Emerging Church 4 Postmodern Perspective 6 Re-defining Christianity 7 Teachings of the Emerging Church 7 Uncertainty of Scripture 9 Absolute Truth 9 Dangers of the Emerging Church 10 Truth v Experience 11 Relativeness of Sin 12 Conclusion 12 Bibliography 14 Introduction Since the beginning of Church history, the Church has had to deal with controversy. The writer of this paper believes that sometimes controversy is necessary in order to develop a systematic belief system. Creeds were developed to address doctrinal issues. Most if not all creeds and confessions were written and debated to

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