Emergent Church mindset- “McLaren insists Christians like him have a Problem: They suffer from so-called ‘Conflicted Religious Identity Syndrome (CRIS)’. This condition afflicts people like him who are ‘seeking a way of being Christian that makes you more Hospitable, not more hostile… more loving, not more judgmental… more like Christ and less like many churchgoers you have met.” -Understand Emerging Church Theology: From a Former Emergent Insider. (p.346)
The Emergent Church wants yo to believe that we cannot use our foundational, Biblical Theology directly. We need to be less directional and more loving. As I do believe the church needs to show more love in action, I do not believe we need to cut “sin” out of the conversation/sermon. As we are not sent to judge sin, but we are to share the gospel and explain sin nature as sin. We are to be a light on the earth, not of it, but in it. (Romans 12:2; Matt 5:13-16) God has already judged sin, but Jesus has come to save us. God longs for us to find Him and accept His gift of life. We are given the choice to accept Jesus or deny Him. So how do we impact the culture? Find ways to create relationships with the lost, the church to be apart of the community again, and live a life in Christ-likeness.
Then McLaren states- “My understanding of Jesus and His message leads me to see each faith tradition, including my own, as having its own history, value, strengths, and weaknesses. I seek to affirm and celebrate all that is good in each faith tradition [all religions], and I build intentional relationships of mutual sharing and respectful collaboration with people of all faith traditions [all religions], so all our faiths can keep growing and contributing to God’s will being done on earth as in heaven”- (p.347)
You see Emergent Church wants to make Christianity faith-friendly to all religions instead of being a light to bring other religions to the saving grace of Jesus. They believe “we” need to find ways to connect and bond without insulting. Well the gospel is meant to make people uncomfortable, we are sinners who need a Savior.