The cover story of our newest issue of the Christian Research Journal is titled Navigating the Emerging Church Highway and this is one of the most chilling articles that I’ve come across in the entirety of my Christian ministry.
It is absolutely chilling to read what some of the liberal emergent church leaders like Rob Bell are saying. Bell says, “This is not just the same old message with new methods. We’re rediscovering Christianity.” Brian McLaren echoes this sentiment and says, “I don’t think we’ve got the gospel right yet. What does it meant to be ‘saved’…I don’t think the liberals have it right. But I don’t think we have it right either. None of us have arrived at orthodoxy.”
Many other chilling things in this new article, including this notion by Rob Bell, again one of the liberal emergent church leaders, he speculates that if “Jesus had a real, earthly, biological father named Larry, and archeologists find Larry’s tomb and do DNA samples and prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that the virgin birth was really just a bit of mythologizing” that we would not lose any significant part of our faith because it is more about how we live. To be fair, Bell does not overtly deny the virgin conception of Jesus, but he does deny that it is of any notable theological importance.
What’s the alternative? If this is not significant, you’re saying that infallible Scriptures are not significant, that it wouldn’t be a big deal if Matthew was mythologizing a little bit. It wouldn’t be a big deal if we discovered that Mary was a sexually sinful woman who conceived Jesus illegitimately. That is the conclusion, but it gets so much worse you have to read the article to believe it.
Here’s one more example of why the Christian Research Journal is such a critically important magazine for you to read. It’s not just critically acclaimed, it’s critically crucial. You need to know what’s going on within the body of Christ. This article alone is worth the price of the Christian Research Journal. You can subscribe today in a safe and secure fashion at our website of www.equip.org or by calling us at 888-7000-CRI.
 Christian Research Journal, Volume 31, Number 4, Cover story article, Navigating the Emerging Church Highway by Mark Driscol.