I want to say thanks to all that posted comments about the Emergent Church Blog. I took them all to heart. I have responded to them by posting a comment alongside of them. I hope that those who wrote in will take the time to read my response, though it is lengthy. And please don't stop commenting simply because I don't hold to your position or because I don't seem as though I really listen to what you are saying. I take every criticism to heart and I try to evaluate it properly. Most of you who are reading this know me well enough to know that I think deeply and take hard line positions, even if I don't always have all the facts. But as J. Greshem Machen wrote in his book, Christianity and Liberalism,
"Indifferentism about doctrine makes no heroes of the faith." I refuse to be indifferent because Jesus never was.
One issue that was brought up in the midst of this was the place of theological disagreement in the community of faith. Recently, I found myself in disagreement with an acquantance (imagine that!). His response was that arguments never help the body of Christ. I once again respectfully disagreed. Tomorrow, God willing, I am going to break down why I think God has decreed that arguments occur within the Body and how these tension points have actual led to more spiritual growth.
Until Christ is formed in us all,