In the Emerging Church, Sin is Gone

If you are worried about sins you have committed, you need not anymore.  And, if you are like me, and are more interested in the sins of other people than you are in your own,  that sin is gone as well.

In the parts of the emerging church I am aware of, there are neither sermons nor judgements about sin.  Jesus does not make judgements about your sin and others are not to do so either.

That is not to say the word sin has vanished.  It is that sin is a self contained loop.  If you sin, you harm yourself but Jesus makes no judgements about it. What is considered “sin” seems to be behavior that is self destructive or harmful to society which returns to harm the individual. The church is not directly involved.

This concept is quite refreshing because it is much like how a nonbeliever would think about good and bad behavior. Nonbelievers see good behavior as that which is not self destructive and that which makes current life better for some or all and ensures a viable world for future generations. Bad behavior is just the opposite. 

Like all Christians, the emerging church people have scriptures to justify their views on sin.  I’m not going to list the scriptures here because they would be challenged by others and, in my view, are not important anyway.

What is important is that believers and nonbelievers come together to build a sustainable society with some degree of common purpose.  It seems like this might happen.

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I am a former President of the Red River Freethinkers in Fargo, ND, a retired NDSU economics professor and was Mayor of Fargo for 16 years. There is more about me at Wikipedia.com.
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2 Responses to In the Emerging Church, Sin is Gone

  1. Doug Evans says:

    Jesus made no judgments about sin? Reality begs to differ:

    Jesus answered them: Amen, amen, I say unto you that whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. (John 8:34)

    Therefore I said to you that you shall die in your sins. For if you believe not that I am he, you shall die in your sin. (John 8:24)

    And he said to them: you are they who justify yourselves before men, but God knoweth your hearts. For that which is high to men is an abomination before God. (Luke 16:15)

    (20) But he said that the things which come out from a man, they defile a man. (21) For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, (22) Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. (23) All these evil things come from within and defile a man. (Mark 7:20-23)

    (28) But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)

    I thought the people of North Dakota were wiser than this

    • Avatar of Jon Lindgren Jon Lindgren says:

      Doug 12:37 Thanks for the first time comment.

      Although there are no requirements here, it is helpful to people who read posts if you tell us what post, blog or comment you are replying to.

      “I thought the people of ND are wiser than this.”

      I live in ND but our readers and commenters are from all over the U. S. and other countries.

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