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TBC: Some have decided that in order to reach a "Post Modern" culture, the church must jettison its God-given practices in order to reach today's people. This movement has been called "The Emerging Church." At its heart, the emerging church is essentially heartless. Pragmatism rules, regardless of the emotional or physical cost. Consider these remarks by a current church leader:
"If your church has been plateaued for six months, it might take six months to get it going again. If it's been plateaued a year, it might take a year. If it's been plateaued for 20 years, you've got to set in for the duration!
"I'm saying some people are going to have to die or leave. Moses had to wander around the desert for 40 years while God killed off a million people before he let them go into the Promised Land. That may be brutally blunt, but it's true. There may be people in your church who love God sincerely, but who will never, ever change" (Rick Warren's "Ministry Toolbox," No. 263, 6/14/06).
[TBC: In this sloppy application of Scripture, Mr. Warren clearly hasn't thought through what he has said. Warren admits that these people "love God sincerely," but for the sake of the program they must "die or leave." Further, we are told in Scripture why the people died in the wilderness. Whether he realizes it or not, Mr. Warren has identified godly people with the following individuals:
1 Corinthians:10:5: But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6: Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
7: Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8: Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9: Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10: Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.