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I was at a meeting of emerging church types last night, and a very important question was asked - what is essential?
It seems to me that in order to start an emerging congregation that can worship together and share their lives together and actually DO stuff (help widows and orphans, feed to poor, etc) - you must have some understanding of what the common beliefs are. In order to be God-breathed, emerging theology must link us TO other believers, not drive wedges in between.
Now, I think the modern church has gone too far - incorporating many personal preferences into the realm of creed. The Baptists’ "don’t dance or drink" comes to mind. But how can you have a real heart-to-heart community without some common cords linking you together?
At the very least, the creed of every Christ-centered community needs to include an understanding that He is Mono-genes - the ONLY BEGOTTEN of the Father. If post-moderns take away the Cornerstone, what can be left? Why is it anti-postmodern to try to quantify the truth as we know it. Certainly, questioning the truth is fair game in an emerging setting (unlike in the modern framework), but if you never come to SOME answers, then aren’t we destined to spinning our theological wheels at the expense of doing the work of Christ in the world we live?
The Nicene Creed is a place to start, I guess. It has certainly stood the test of time. To connect with it is to connect with church history - which to me is part of the appeal of post-modern movements. To question the tenets of faith is OK, but for what reason? Is it because we fear that they’re not Truth or are we just trying to please men instead of God? Are we trying to water down the teachings of Christ to the point where those who don’t bow their knee to Him can feel comfortable and inculded? If it’s the latter, I don’t think we’re doing them any favors.
Even in a post-modern setting, we need to reaffirm the authority and Lordship of Christ.