It seems in Phil Perkins hatred and pursuit to attack and mischaracterize the emerging church, he has lost his job. He has a business he owns so i am not worried he will starve. I admire that he stands on his convictions... yet...
One of the main criticism of me as well as other emerging people, was that he says we are liars, and dishonest... yet he seems to think that one can spread the Gospel with lies and deceit. He preaches the Law at the expense of God's grace.
Let me explain... He has written his own tracts and in his own words he states, "Law, wrath, and repentance will be the emphasis 90%. Then the good news is given."
As you read the tract, it is as he stated, yet there is a glaring contradiction about this hateful God... He states at one point... "Because of your sin, God hates you and will destroy you."
Then in a few lines later states: "Despite your sin problem, God loves you and offers you a solution."
And then here is the real point in which he without knowing it... thinks lying and being dishonest with the Gospel is a "good" thing... in fact is runs right against his main critic of others... that they add and subtract from the word of God... He is doing just that in this tract.
I don't care what he has said about me... and it seems he does read me and at times has softened his view... ever so slightly... but I will state this... One must not twist God's word nor place God's wrath over what Jesus accomplished at the Cross... That is a depraved mind and a sinful heart that negates the Cross and the finished works of Jesus...
He does give a disclaimer that the "contradiction" is to "cause thought"... yet to contradict God's word is wrong as he states and has even attacked others in his own camp for doing, he simply is a hypocrite. he also does not get that the Gospel in itself is offensive to many, and that we do not have to make it more so.
Again, I do admire him in his street preaching... Like I admire the JW's and Mormons in how they go door to door... but I pray it will not be teaching a different Gospel of hate and wrath at the expense of the Grace of God... and our sins being taken away by the Blood of Jesus... Without realizing it this person is perpetrating the same sort of lies and another gospel just like the cults he claims he is against.
For Jesus' blood was real blood... Jesus suffered God's wrath so we do not have to... and we must never trod over that Grace in fear we treat it unworthy.
Again this is more to rebuke this person in his reckless abandon of the Truth he purports he stands on. I want him to know I am not doing this out of pettiness, but in hopes he will turn from his error and return to Christ... I am rebuking in love. The bottom line is we emerging folk are trying to work out that our orthodoxy matches our orthopraxy... I just see that this person seems to not care much for either. He only wants to prove he is right.
(update: I wanted to show how illogical this person thinks... and how he jumps to conclusions without even listening to people... here is an example)
"ROB: I'm arguing that the Bible is to be believed, perhaps not literally in all cases (Genesis, Abraham's boosom (sic) Jonah, Job etc)...
ANSWER: What in Genesis is not true? Moses presented all of it as true. He did not say, "Here is a parable. In the Beginning God created..."
Logic 101--There are only three possibilities for the veracity of a statement proposed as true by the speaker/writer. It is a mistake. It is a lie. It is true."
Here is the thing Phil jumps to the conclusion rob does not believe in truth.. why, because Phil knows all and he says all Emergent do not believe in truth... which is a lie! So Phil creates an argument out of a falsehood he made up! Notice in the next point Phil agrees with Rob who he just "proved" wrong!
"ROB: ...but hyperbole and story is the way God has chosen to communicate.
ANSWER: God uses a number of literary genre, forms, and devices, including hyperbole and story. However, you miss four important things here."
So in ones sentence Rob is wrong, then here Rob is right? So out of a made up straw man Phil goes on and on about why the Bible is believed in all cases literally, yet then negates his own argument it is to be understood in different ways... strange this is what Rob was actually saying in the first place. The thing is Phil does not believe the bible literally... Phil adds to the Word as he adds works to grace and the law to mercy... He teaches the same thing that Paul states "bewitched" the Galatians... He teaches legalism and negates the Cross of Jesus by works righteousness... Phil answered nothing as to Robs questions as Phil just created his own version of reality then answered it... much like John MacArthur! Phil is teaching another gospel!
Galatians 1:6 - 9
"I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned! "
This is just the tip of the iceberg as Phil seems to think it is alright for him to lie about brothers and sisters in Christ by saying things like this.
"If you wonder why Emergents have discovered the new understanding that no one can understand the Scripture inspite of the fact Jesus said we could, here is a little 5-minute excerpt from a John MacArthur sermon. Go here and scroll down. Look to the right hand column. Find "Mentioned On The Air." Click the "John MacArthur: Emerging Church" link and take a listen. (Hint: It's because they love their sin.)"
The link he links to is of course to John MacArthur whose book is so badly researched it is a joke! Now, I do not know one "Emergent who loves to sin... but Phil seems to love to sin by lying and bearing false witness with every post. Then again you become like the god you serve and his is a god of wrath and hate... at the expense of Grace and Mercy. Remember Phil the Law was given to show transgression and to lead us to Christ... I might add that you try to read Galatians. Turn to Christ and lean on Jesus for your salvation and not your own works Phil... I am still praying for you. My prayers are always with you my friend... i pray that you find your Sabbath Rest in Jesus.
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