The “most important” point that Carson wished to make is this:
He said that much in the movement fails to listen very intently to what Scripture says.
Carson explains that there are three streams in the Emerging Movement, which he called “Heterodox,” “Confessional,” and a “middle ground.” He praised those in the “Confessional” stream, naming Mark Driscoll, but he made it clear that most in the Emerging Church are not being biblical.
Too many in the Emerging Church are not focused, to Carson’s satisfaction, on expository preaching or on confessionalism.
Carson believes that the whole council of God is not being taught in Emerging Churches. Focusing more on experience, they are not leading their congregants into a catechetic confession of the faith. When the only thing people read are books like Blue Like Jazz or all they watch is Rob Bell’s Nooma videos, then they will never understand the historical redemptive storyline of the Bible. Rob Bell only offers “snippets” that are not connected to the whole counsel of God.
According to Carson, this is not “worldview evangelism.”
The Emerging Church is not passing along to their followers Christian doctrinal orthodoxy; what they are passing along to their followers is simply cultural analysis. “The Emerging Movement is excited about being emerging,” says Carson. And because that is what the leadership is excited about, that is all they can pass on to their followers.
Carson said that the emerging Church is attempting to be prophetic. However, in order to be prophetic, you must do so from the center. “You only sound prophetic from the margins.”
Carson’s main criticism of the Emerging Church's mishandling of Scripture has to do with the EC’s not embracing his understanding of the Atonement. I’ll look at that tomorrow.
Posts in this series:
DA Carson versus the Emerging Church, 01
DA Carson versus the Emerging Church, 02
DA Carson versus the Emerging Church, 03
DA Carson versus the Emerging Church, 04
DA Carson versus the Emerging Church, 05
DA Carson versus the Emerging Church, 06
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