If you have a few minutes, go and read a couple of articles on Pastor Ken Silva’s site at Apprising Ministries. In fact, if you are pressed for time, I would suggest you go directly to his site and skip mine. I read this earlier and thought this was well worth sharing:
This was another great post he wrote a little while back:
Rob Bell is one of the emergent church’s favorite modern “teachers”. He is a post-modernist. I know several well-meaning Christians who would say, “Calvinist, Baptist, Methodist, Arminian, Charismatic, conservative, postmodern–who cares!? All that matters is belief in Christ!” And while in one sense, “All that matters is belief in Christ” is right, it is absolutely crucial to believe in Him rightly. If I believe Jesus was just a man like any other, perhaps maybe one of the most impressive and influential men who ever lived, does that belief in Him constitute saving faith? If I believe that He was God incarnate and that His death on the cross saved *everyone* without any requirement or responsibility (meaning therefore it is acceptable to continue in sin), does that constitute saving faith? If I believe Jesus is just one way to get to Heaven, and not the ONLY Way, the True Way, is that saving faith?
Clearly Scripture denies every single one of those arguments, and so many more that twist and distort the true nature of who He is. In the 12-step program of Alcholics Anonymous, one of their steps of recovery is identifying with a Higher Power. But that higher power can be anything–even a fence post. This seems like a rather obvious error to most self-professing Christians; this is a form of idolatry, placing something that is clearly not God in the throne of our worship. But the problem is that many who call themselves Christians might as well worship fence posts because the conception they have of Jesus Christ is not Who He has revealed Himself to be–not the person of the Son that God made manifest–but something man has made and put in His place.
If we were to take a name tag of the sort we often don at conferences and seminars, write the name of Jesus on it, and then walk around for a little bit until we found some other person or thing that we felt best represented our concept of Jesus and apply that name tag to it, would that make it Jesus? Absolutely not. When we put in those terms, it seems so ridiculous it’s almost laughable. Yet, that is what so many people do. And because they have taken their little label that they scrawled “Jesus” on (in their own handwriting) and affixed it to some object of their own imagination, they think that they believe in Jesus and thus that they are saved. This, of course, is foolishness. It is but one lane on the wide road to destruction.
If we are listening to people who have a wrong understanding of Jesus–who have only written His name and attached it to ideas and objects of their own making, not what He has revealed about Himself through Scripture–and accepting their teachings, then what we are believing in is NOT the Jesus of the Bible who draws sinners to Himself, bears the burdens of their sins, takes their death in sin and gives them His own life in righteousness. If we are bowing down and worshiping fence posts that simply have a name-tag on them and trusting in them for salvation, we are no less lost than atheists who deny Christ outright. And if we say we believe in Jesus, but we have not received a new heart that longs for the Truth we find in Him and in His Word–if, in fact, there has been no regenerating work in our hearts to draw us like moths to a porch-light–then may our eyes be opened to the Truth of our error and may all our false notions fall away. But if we are worshiping Him rightly, may we boldly proclaim His Name and stand against those who promote deception by their improper use of it, regardless of the judgment and the persecution we may draw.
John 15:18 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.
John 15:19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.
John 15:20 “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also.
John 15:21 “But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.
John 15:22 “If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.
John 15:23 “He who hates Me hates My Father also.
John 15:24 “If I had not done among them the works which no one else did, they would not have sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as well.
John 15:25 “But they have done this to fulfill the word that is written in their Law, ‘THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.’
Peace & Blessings,