NOTE: OCTOBER 30, 2007   The link to the video was changed.  When i watched the new video it was evident that it had been heavily edited and no longer contained some of the quotes below.  The video is now about 3:00 minutes instead of 5:23. 

I have been wondering what the youth’s emerging church really entails.  The description i have been hearing, is this: a dark room, sofas, and candles.  One can imagine that easily enough, but what about their beliefs. Disenchanted with the church, young people are creating their own churches. One has to ask…if people are creating their own churches and tailoring it to their own liking, what will they come up with?  I saw this video on another blog and watched it with interest.  This church is called Solomon’s Porch and  it is youth orientated. So please watch this video called “A Spiritual Revolution”.  Read the quotes i took from the video first and be listening for them while you watch.

I am sorry i could not embed the code for this video but it loads fast. Please watch.. it only lasts 5:23 minutes.

A Spiritual Revolution

http://current.com/items/76386062_solomon_s_porch   note:  (this is the edited version, the original no longer exists)

Here are some quotes from these young people.

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” We just knew that the way we had done Christianity all of our lives was no longer a viable option anymore.”

“The issues Jesus would deal with today would be …racism, the environment, it would be globalization, and it would be feeding the masses….it would be these sorts of things.”

“I see the Bible  changing…i do not see it  stagnant and so for us, as a community of Christians to say, we need to believe this one thing and hold it tightly and make sure that it is never questioned?…That is a real waste of energy with all the things we could be doing in the world.”

“I have no agenda to go around and convince people of things they don’t want to be convinced of.  That seems to be the least gracious, kind and loving thing you can do…is go and disturb someone who chooses not to be disturbed. I think places like ours are hope producing for people who are already disturbed and gives them another option.”

“There is no…like..statement of belief at this church or statement of faith..is not like a set in stone theology that everyone in this church has to adhere to.”

“I have heard that the kingdom of god is supposed to be like a party house so let’s do communion like a house party.”

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While the video did not exhibit any disrespect during their communion, an attitude that diminishes the holy sacrament of communion is definitely a negative. Insinuating that communion is part of a “house party” is degrading to God.

Basically we are seeing a common trend of removing Jesus Christ from the church.  Here at this church they seem to be removing or rejecting authority. But in this process are they removing God’s authority?  I think so.  The young woman who commented that making sure the Bible was never questioned was a waste of energy… this hurt my very soul.

The church wants to make its own rules because they do not like the rules set forth in scripture.  What a convenient belief system.  If you do not like what scripture says, do not want to change your life, do not want to give up sin…well, just say that the Bible is not true or is not relevant today, or how about this…it was written by men. 

I would love to have the stone tablets with the Ten Commandments written by God’s finger, but this is a little impractical for lugging to Bible study. 

All scripture is God breathed. The Holy Spirit inspired the writers to write about God’s Word with perfect accuracy. God only speaks the truth, it is impossible for God to lie. (Hebrews 6:18) The Bible is inerrant, free from error. When in doubt about versions always go to the KJV.

Brian Flynn in his book “Running Against the Wind”, was prepared to stump Dr. Don Bierle who was speaking about his becoming “a Christian after examining the evidence that supports the historical accuracy of the Bible.”

Here is what Brian says on page 81. “At the end of the class, I was impressed but disturbed. I had no idea this type of information existed. I could hardly believe that historical evidence supported the authenticity of the Bible. I had entered this class so confident that I could challenge Dr. Bierle, and he would fold with the well-you-just-have-to-believe line. But I was wrong.  He had the evidence, and all I had was my arrogance.”

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[suggested reading]

Surprised by Faith – Dr. Donald A. Bierle

http://www.amazon.com/Surprised-Faith-Don-Bierle/dp/0971410089

The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable? – F. F. Bruce

http://www.amazon.com/New-Testament-Documents-They-Reliable/dp/0802822193/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-5462079-8547800?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190312627&sr=1-1

Evidence That Demands a Verdict – Josh McDowell

http://www.amazon.com/Evidence-Demands-Questions-Challenging-Christians/dp/0785242198/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-5462079-8547800?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1190312728&sr=1-1

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Anyway watch this video and check to see if you are exhibiting any of the same attitudes of these young people.

Are you trying to change the Word of God to your liking?

Do you choose not to believe the Holy Bible is truly from God?

Would you like to see the Bible changing to fit your needs?

Do you think it is kinder to not share the Gospel because it may disturb someone?

Do you think there is another way besides repentence of sin and faith in Jesus Christ?

Are you ashamed of the Gospel?

The Apostle Paul says in Romans 1:16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.”

Do not be ashamed of God’s Word. Glory in every word. Pray that His Word will speak to your heart and convict you of your sin. Yes…ask…ask for the conviction of your sin and that the Lord will show you what areas in your life need changing.   The Holy Bible is your Owner’s Manual for everything you need to live a life pleasing to the Lord.

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