Key Scriptures: John 18:36; John 17:17; John 14:6; 2 Timothy 4:2-4; Ephesians 6:14; Galatians 4:16 and Isaiah 59:14.

In these last days the church of Jesus Christ is under attack from all sides and much of the onslaught is coming from within the professed ‘evangelical’ church. One of the gravest dangers is the Emerging/Emergent church movement which is aggressively promoting ‘a reinvention of Christianity’, one that is designed to ‘reach people’ but clearly not with the true gospel as proclaimed in the scriptures. They maintain that what is needed is not merely a change in methodology but a ‘new kind of Christian’!

The adherents of this movement maintain that we are now living in a postmodern era where there is no absolute truth and therefore all things are relative according to the individual and his/her circumstances. The sheer mindlessness of this staggering as they have moved away from the rational and factual into the experiential and mystical. The major proponents of this false gospel say that the biblical gospel is too dogmatic and arrogant and we should find a more moderate gospel that finds acceptance with the masses!

Ultimately however, we must have a final objective authority and Christianity says categorically that point is “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”! Jesus Himself said ‘’And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” and “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed”. (John 8:32 & 36).

Thank God for the freedom and liberty that we can experience daily through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Speaker: Ray Christison

Date: 1 September 2013