BOOK REVIEW (by Joshua Harris): “Why I’m not Emergent”

Posted by Gabriel (G²) on December 22, 2007

  Hey Everyone……just wanting to post an EXCERPT from Joshua Harri’s site ON a new Book he has recently read. In His Words:


New Book: Why We’re Not Emergent


My friend Justin Taylor, shot me an email this past week about a new book by Kevin Deyoung and Ted Kluck entitled Why We’re Not Emergent. I don’t normally get excited about books coming from a “we’re not that” perspective, but from what I’ve read on the book’s website, these guys seem to be striking a helpful tone. The promotional description reads:

“You can be young, passionate about Jesus Christ, surrounded by diversity, engaged in a postmodern world, reared in evangelicalism and not be an emergent Christian. In fact, I want to argue that it would be better if you weren’t.”
The Emergent Church is a strong voice in today’s Christian community. And they’re talking about good things: caring for the poor, peace for all men, loving Jesus. They’re doing church a new way, not content to fit the mold. Again, all good. But there’s more to the movement than that. Much more.

Kevin and Ted are two guys who, demographically, should be all over this movement. But they’re not. And Why We’re Not Emergent gives you the solid reasons why. From both a theological and an on-the-street perspective, Kevin and Ted diagnose the emerging church. They pull apart interviews, articles, books, and blogs, helping you see for yourself what it’s all about.

And here’s a strong quote from the free sample chapter that they make available on their site:

I’m convinced that a major problem with the emerging church is that they refuse to have their cake and eat it to. The whole movement seems to be built on reductionistic, even modernistic, either-or categories. They pit information versus transformation, believing versus belonging, and propositions about Christ versus the Person of Christ. The emerging church will be a helpful corrective against real, and sometimes perceived, abuses in evangelicalism when they discover the genius of the “and,” and stop forcing us to accept half-truths. Carl Henry is right: “The antithesis of ‘person-revelation’ and ‘proposition-revelation’ can only result in an equally unscriptural contrast of personal faith with doctrinal belief. It is now often said that belief in Christ is something wholly different from belief in truths or propositions. But to lose intelligible revelation spells inescapable loss of any supernatural authorized doctrinal assertions concerning God.”
It is possible for Christians to esteem the Bible wrongly and equate the Bible with God. But it is not possible for Christians to esteem the Bible too highly. Every word in every sentence in every proposition or command or question in the Bible is inspired by God, authoritative, trustworthy, true, useful, and aids our joy in God. Despite their differing interpretations on some matters, Christians of various theological stripes in all ages have believed wholeheartedly in this previous sentence. My hope is that emerging Christians are not departing from it.

For every fundamentalist who loves the Bible more than Christ, I’m willing to bet there is one emergent Christian who honors the Bible less than Christ did. I fear that what starts out as a fancy way of coupling postmodern jargon with biblical authority quickly leads to a loss of confidence in the word of God—a lost confidence that prevents preachers and evangelists from establishing doctrine, ethics, and gospel truth with the words “It is written.”

The book won’t be released until April, but in the meantime, you can read the free sample chapter or pre-order it.

Again, for anyone who’s interested, you can go to Pastor Harris’s Site here to get the full 411:

2 Responses to “BOOK REVIEW (by Joshua Harris): “Why I’m not Emergent””

  1. Kyle said


    This is Kyle From Pulpit Pimps. I like this thread and am surprised nobody posted to this. Man, This emergent Church is apostasy in the raw. Everything goes in these Churches. There is no right or wrong. They have no discernment. They believe in a social gospel. Think of the Gospel of the left in America. There is no need to think Jesus will literally return. This is anathema. Its all post modernism.


  2. Hey Kyle

    Thanks for visiting the site. If interested, please consider investigating this post, as it deals with the Emergent Church and gives various articles on the issue, both on the reasons behind why they do things as they do, the points where they’re in error, and the points where they’re valid….as the entire issue is more complicated than many realize.

    Though they may be undiscerning in some areas, there are many things where they’ve honesty challenged everyone else to step it up. By no means do I support the movement, but I’ve witnessed some of their material (such as the NOOMA Videos, paticularly “SILENCE”)at some of the youth camps I’ve attended….and the stuff was honestly ON POINT.


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