In this and a few more posts, I want to enter with you into a conversation about how Jesus would evaluate the Four Spiritual Laws of Bill Bright and Campus Crusade for Christ. The conversation should be back and forth between what Jesus taught and what the Four Spiritual Laws teach.
In the process, one of the deep principles of the Deep Ecclesiology of the Emergent movement will become clear: namely, its theology begins with a relationship with Jesus, and that relationship gives rise to its theology. Which means, if you agree with me, that Pauline theology and a Pauline gospel paradigm will be asked (at least) to sit and listen first to what Jesus had to say. Which means, if you still are with me, that a doctrine of Scripture grows out of a relationship with Jesus; Scripture is not seen as a “first principle” so much as an inevitable expression of what it means to be in relationship with Jesus. Which means, again if you are in agreement, that an ecclesiology, because it is the “Body” of those who are in relationship with Jesus and in relationship with those who in that “Body,” is also part of the picture of what gives rise to Scripture. (These are big theological steps, and plenty to discuss here.)