Here is a montage of Emergents, Progressives, Liberals talking about the eschaton. Since these folks deny the inerrancy, inspiration and authority of the scriptures, this video is filled with nothing but mind bogglingly obtuse theobable.
The question that is supposedly being answered is "What Does God's Future Mean for Our Present?"
Notice how NONE of these answers are grounded in scripture!!
For Contrast...here's how the Apostle Peter answers the exact same question asked in this video. Says Peter:
“This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.
Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now” (2 Peter 3:1–18)
We find the Apostle Peter's answer to be so much more helpful and realistic. Don't You?
Roman Catholic Monastic Mysticism is becoming all the rage among innovative post-modern purpose-driven pastors. Practices developed by Roman Catholic Monks such as the Lectio Divina, The Practice of the Presence of God and the Prayer Examen which was created by on of the arch enemies of the Protestant Reformation, Ignatius Loyola are openly being promoted by an alarming number of seeker-driven / Purpose-Driven pastors. These so-called 'spiritual disciplines' are being featured at Willow Creek, Saddleback, and Mars Hill to name just a few.
To give you an idea of just how false and unbliblical these Roman Catholic Monastic Mystical practices are, below is a review of a sermon that I did on my radio program. The sermon was preached by an up and coming Purpose-Driven pastor, Scott Hodge. In the sermon he teaches the people in his congregation how to practice the medieval Roman Catholic Monastic Mystical practice known as Lectio Divina.
While listening to this sermon, keep in mind that this Roman Catholic mystical practice was developed by men who did not believe in salvation by grace alone through faith alone by Christ's work alone. These monks were trying to earn their salvation through their monkery. These practices are not taught in the scriptures. Neither Jesus, his disciples, the prophets nor the patriarchs practiced Lectio Divina. This Roman Catholic practice is pure monastic mythology and spiritual fantasy and rather than helping you experience God, it is more likely that you will experience self deception or demonic spirits.
The fact that seeker-driven and Purpose-Driven pastors are adopting Roman Catholic Monastic practices in droves proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that chasing after relevance has caused them to abandon Biblical truth and they are now being blown about by every wind of false doctrine. (Eph. 4:7-19) Sadly, this is what happens when you try to marry the church to the 'spirit of the age'.
Emergent "pastor" and self-proclaimed "outlaw preacher" biffs it on the sin of homosexuality.
If Jay Bakker truly loved his friends he'd tell them they are sinners and that Christ died on the cross to atone for the sins of homosexuals. Then call them to repentance and the forgiveness of sins in Jesus name. (Luke 24:46-47) Jesus Christ loves homosexuals so much that he died on the cross for their sins. (Rom. 5:6-10)
Freedom Church in Gallatin, TN is yet another church self-help center that is in bondage to the lie that the way you grow God's Kingdom is by selling out to the culture. Regardless of what Leadership Network, Saddleback or Willow Creek may tell you, you can't do church for pagans. That's like saying that we can do Capitalism for Communists or sexual fidelity for practicing prostitutes. It just don't work that way.
So in an effort to demonstrate to the culture that they can be relevant, Bondage Church has just launched a sermon series based on NBC's hit reality TV series The Biggest Loser. These sermons are so bad that one of them was reviewed on the Fighting For the Faith Radio program.
One thing is certain, this is exactly the type of preaching that creates Biblical neanderthals rather than solid mature disciples of Jesus Christ. (Matt. 28:18-20, 2 Tim 4:1-4)