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What's wrong with hard-and-fast truths?


Your editorial “Reinventing Christianity” struck several nerve-ends for me. Ever since I perceived the beginnings of the Emergent Church movement, I have wondered what their agenda was. It has now been made unmistakably clear.

I am not a pastor, theologian, nor terribly smart, but when pews and hymnals began disappearing and secular music, rhythms, and instruments replaced them, I had to ask myself – “Have we believers been so mislead these past 250, 400, 600 years? Why, all of a sudden, is ‘tradition’ such a nasty word? Why, suddenly, are our hymnals so passé? Why did our choirs suddenly vanish?”

I first became alarmed when I learned that a California pastor mailed some 95,000-survey postcards to the community, inquiring of their taste in music and favorite station. It was explained that “we” had to communicate with the younger generation.

Granted. But I was a member of a younger generation and do not recall that Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, their bands and style of music were invited into the church worship services.

In my humble opinion, the Emergent Church movement poses a more serious threat to the tenets of the Christian Church in America than any liberal/conservative debates heretofore. In reality, it is nothing more than New Age philosophy dressed up in religious pluralism. Don’t think so?

Listen to their spokesperson “God’s way is to focus more on relationships and emerging ideas than hard-and-fast truths and traditional statements of faith.” I beg your pardon?

If you take away the hard-and-fast truths, and if you remove the traditional “statements of faith,” what is left? Complete relativism! And the Word of God becomes subject to the whimsical “isms” of mankind.