Help reaching friends stuck in an emergent church
Last fall I left a church that I believed was heading the wrong way. I'm still friends with the pastor's wife (mostly on Facebook) and kind of keep tabs on what they are doing. One thing the church is doing is helping other small churches to grow. No problem with that other than at the bottom of the page the pastor lists books he highly recommends. The first one is Everything Must Change by Brian McLaren. This pastor has admitted to me that he knows McLaren is clearly emergent.
Right now they are doing a sermon series called "Permission to Enjoy". The message two Sunday's ago focused on Deut 14:22-26. I listened to about 8 min of the sermon before I just had to shut it off. I believe he totally got some things wrong. To me those verses are saying that if you cannot carry everything you are going to tithe, then trade it for silver so that when you get to the city that God has chosen you can buy what you need to tithe. It also talked about eating at that place, too. Which I took to mean, that you are to partake of some of your tithes as a way of worship and thankfulness to God. He took it and said to buy whatever you want and have a party. "Ever wonder what a $200 bottle of wine tasted like?" (quote from the sermon) I turned it off pretty much after that. I don't know if I should listen to the rest.
I still have friends at this church and want to draw their attention to what is going on. I don't feel like I misunderstood these verses. The only verses I can think of to counter this is our storing up treasures in heaven and denying ourselves and following Jesus. What do you say to people who say, "God wants us to enjoy life." ? Is it Biblical?
ETA: I listened to the rest. He talked about acknowledging Jesus in everything you do. (Col 3:17, 1:20) "God is with me so I have the freedom to enjoy it." Take a walk, a nap, go out in your boat, read a book...in Jesus' name. He uses the phrase "speak into it" (which I'm not sure what that means). He did talk about not sinning, but doing things God would approve of "in Jesus' name." And being thankful for what God has given us.
Last edited by Wishing4; June 1st, 2012 at 04:43 PM.
Reason: finished the sermon
and to wait for his Son from heaven,
whom he raised from the deadóJesus,
who rescues us from the coming wrath
1 Thessalonians 1:10