Following are several doctrinal statements. The first is from Ken Silva’s Apprising Ministries. The second is from Lighthouse Trails Research. Both doctrinal statements clearly define bibically sound Christian doctrines, delineating them from how false teachers in the Emergent Church and Emergence Christianity define them.
I realize there are more lengthy doctrinal statements available on the Internet, along with links to the pertinent Bible passages. I am reposting these two doctrinal statements because they are from discernment ministries which are specifically confronting Emergent and Emergence speakers.
Note – I find it interesting that very few if any Emergent and Emergence speakers provide doctrinal statements. Very convenient for them; it is often very difficult to pin them down on what they really believe. They want to label themselves as “Christians” – yet their teachings are the very antithesis of truly biblical Christianity.
Ken Silva’s Apprising Ministries doctrinal statement can be found at:
In the one true and living God; affirming the Holy Trinity — within the nature of the one God, there exists three Co-equal and Co-eternal Persons. God the Father; God the Son-Jesus of Nazareth, Who is the Christ; and God the Holy Spirit.
In His written Word; the Holy Bible — given through divine inspiration as the infallible, inerrant Word of God. As such; the Bible in its entirety is to be the sole and final authority in all matters of belief and practice for Christians of every culture and age.
In Jesus Christ; affirming His full Deity and full humanity, His Virgin Birth, His perfect, sinless life, His vicarious and Substitutionary Atonement for mankind’s sin, His Bodily Resurrection from the dead, and His personal, visible return to earth in the Second Coming of Christ. In the Deity and personality of the Holy Spirit, Who indwells every believer in Christ.
In the existence of a personality known as Satan, who is the mortal enemy of God, and who reigns over personal entities called demons and over unregenerate mankind.
In the utter depravity of mankind; as such placing them under condemnation of God, hopelessly lost without being regenerated by the Holy Spirit through God’s grace alone and personal faith alone in Jesus Christ alone as their Lord and Savior — this being a gift from God, not of works, lest any man should boast.
In the after-life; those who have been saved will live in everlasting peace in the very presence of God, while those who die without being saved will live in conscious torment, forever shut out from the presence of God, with no second chance to change this certain destiny.
In the Church universal; the Body of Christ, consisting of all the redeemed by receiving Jesus Christ as Savior, and united in the Holy Spirit. The local church being an organization of believers in a given area, called out of the world to assemble to worship God and preach His Gospel. This Gospel being summed up in the death, burial and Bodily Resurrection from the dead of Jesus Christ.
And Lighthouse Trails Research’s doctrinal statement can be found at:
We believe the Bible is the Word of God and that it is divinely inspired, inerrant, and historically accurate. We believe the Bible to be the final authority for life, faith and practice and is the revelation of His mind and will to man and the infallible and all-sufficient guide for salvation.
We believe in the Trinity in that there is one eternal God, who has no beginning and no end, existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
We believe that Jesus Christ is God come in the flesh, that He was born of a virgin, that He had a completely sinless life, performed miracles, and that through His death He atoned for our sins by His shed blood, His bodily resurrection and His ascension to the right hand of the Father.
We believe that the Son of God, Jesus Christ, lived a sinless life and gave it as the atonement for our sin unto the Father, so we can be brought back in a relationship with God. That Christ by His own will in pleasing the Father gave himself as a ransom for mankind. That He bore the full penalty and judgment that God’s holiness demands against sin.
We believe in the sovereignty of God, and we also believe in the free will of man to obey or not to obey the Gospel.
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God to reflect his nature. When Adam sinned, being tempted and deceived by Satan (the arch-enemy of God and man), we incurred his sin and have become depraved sinners in our nature, and the image of God is now marred (Romans 5:1). All of mankind is born spiritually separated from God and physically dies as a consequence of sin (Romans 3:23).
We believe that salvation depends entirely on the grace of God: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works.” (Ephesians 2:8,9). Furthermore, Christ’s death on the Cross for our sins fully solidifies in our minds a tangible expression of the unearned and undeserved nature of our salvation. When Jesus said, “It is finished!” (John 19:30), He proclaimed in three words that our salvation depends entirely on the finished work of Christ on the Cross.
We believe in the absolute inability of the sinner to be saved from eternal punishment by self-righteousness or good works (Genesis 3; Ephesians 2:8-9).
We believe: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16) and “[t]he Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9).
We believe: Christ’s atonement is not limited to just some of mankind but was a sacrifice made for all, even though many will reject it: “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” II Peter 2:1, II Peter 3:9, Matthew 7:14
We accept fully what God say’s in His word about salvation:
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. John 3:3
Heaven and Hell:
We believe: “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13, 14).
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved (1 Thessalonians 4:17), and the everlasting, conscious punishment of the lost (Revelation 20:15).
We believe that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to regenerate believers and that He indwells those believers to whom He has imparted eternal life.
The Church (the Bride of Christ):
We believe that the early Church met together and “continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers,” and that this is God’s pattern for the Church today.
Jesus Christ’s Return:
We believe that just as Jesus Christ came to Earth at a particular point of time in history, He shall come again at a particular point of time to establish His kingdom; He will come visibly and recognizably, to complete the purposes of His life, death, and resurrection, and accomplish the eternal plans of God.
We believe in I Thessalonians 4:13-17, which states: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
We believe in the revelation of the Lord at His return, to establish His kingdom visibly on earth and to reign in righteousness (II Thessalonians 1:6-10), after which shall be set up the Great White Throne judgment in the heavens for the judgment of “the dead, small and great” (Revelation 20:15).
Finally, click here for a great series of articles on doctrine, from the In Plain Site discernment ministry.