The Graceless Moralism of Emerging Churches

Graceless moralism seems furthest from the truth when talking about Emerging Churches. I mean, Rob Bell, Brian McClaren, come one - aren't these guys all about Jesus, living missionally, and tearing down the religious walls?

Well... I came across this little gem over at Reformation Theology. John writes:
I have read in several places that Emerging Churches are those that define themselves as:
1. Who take the life of Jesus as a model way to live
2. Who transform the secular realm
3. As they live highly communal lives.
Because of these three activities, emerging churches
4. Welcome those who are outside
5. Share generously
6. Participate
7. Create
8. Lead without control and
9. Function together in spiritual activities.
Boiling it down to one sentence: Emerging Churches are...communities who practice the way of Jesus within postmodern cultures.
I think I was looking for the same thing John was, because he continues:
While on the surface many of these answers may seem commendable but please notice that the central theme of all of the above are not about what Christ has done for us, but what we do for him. Sadly we find this type of graceless moralism throughout their writings, not as peripheral but (unfortunately) as the centerpiece of their faith. Jesus is here portrayed as Lord but not Savior.
All false religion makes our relationship with God into something we do for Him. Bank on it. It doesn't matter how hip the purveyor of the religion is, how relevant or compassionate he seems.

It doesn't matter how much he blasts empty religion if he offers you another form of the same.

Our lives and ministry MUST be centered on the Gospel of Christ.

Emerging Churches must get this if they don't want their people burned out in a few, short years.

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