With the Emerging / Emergent Church building up steam, the idea of bringing God’s Kingdom to Earth is advancing as well. This is not brought about through traditional methods such as preaching, teaching, and saving souls, but rather partnering with the world to cure diseases, end poverty, and make war against war. Little, if any concern is placed on the fact that the masses are going to be shoveled into Hell. Only the temporal matters, the impermanent.
This idea making this planet a better place to live in sounds appealing on the surface, but it lacks any sort of a Biblical basis. Jesus Himself said, “My Kingdom is not of this world.” (John 18:36).
In this article by Christianity today, the Kingdom Theology of Brian Mclaren waxes strong.
I think our future will also require us to join humbly and charitably with people of other faiths – Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, secularists, and others – in pursuit of peace, environmental stewardship, and justice for all people, things that matter greatly to the heart of God.
Where, I wonder, in all this hand holding will the true Gospel of Jesus Christ – sin, righteousness, and judgment – be preached?