Thanks "Redeemed" for bringing this to our attention.
I’ve mentioned on a few occasions that in his book Velvet Elvis: Repainting The Christian Faith (VE) Rob Bell of Mars Hill Bible Church gives a first hand account of the distortion and denial of the Gospel of Jesus Christ currently going on within the Emergent Church exacerbated by their wrong view of the mission Christ gave His Church. The job of the real followers of Jesus is quite plainly spelled out in our text above:
He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God (vv.19b-20).
If one needs to be reconciled then it becomes obvious one has not already been reconciled simply from Christ dying on the Cross alone. Because it is only after someone has been reconciled to God through His grace alone by a personal commitment by faith alone in Christ alone that they will even be in the Kingdom of Heaven to begin with. And this has always been the Gospel preached by the true historic orthodox Christian Church. The Emergent Church however, is certainly obscuring–if not outrightly denying–the essential work done by Christ in the vicarious penal substitutionary atonement on the Cross, which then leads to their huge misconception concerning the primary mission our Lord has given to His ambassadors to seek and save the lost (see–John 20:21).
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