Echoes of Eden: Delusions of the Postmodern ChurchEddie Dutra
The neoliberal theologians, who intend to 'repaint' Christianity, say they are reacting to the errors and abuses within the church, against the false promises of the Prosperity theology and the modern Pharisees, who use legalism as a means of oppression and control. The trut... Read More
The neoliberal theologians, who intend to 'repaint' Christianity, say they are reacting to the errors and abuses within the church, against the false promises of the Prosperity theology and the modern Pharisees, who use legalism as a means of oppression and control. The truth, however, is that they incur in the same mistakes of them. Those of the Prosperity Gospel or those of the postmodern church philosophy lead the ministry according to people's desire, not according to God's interests or the true spiritual need of people. The Prosperity theology adapted to a greedy society that sees Jesus only as the multiplier of loaves and fishes and a free healer; therefore, it gave them what they wanted. The postmodern Christians changed the speech and emphasis, but reproduced the same pattern of ministry. When we compare them, both groups are alike - they all use pragmatism as foundation for ministry, thus, their teachings are unbiblical, their practice unethical and its results, devastating to the Christian faith.
The new painters take advantage of the mistakes of some groups of the evangelicalism, with this, they find the opportunity to throw out the baby with the dirty bathwater - they throw away the true Gospel along with the errors of the church. Such opportunism is clearly detected in their effort to establish a stereotype to represent historic Christianity as a group of ignorant and devoid-of-love Fundamentalist fanatics, while they pose as open-minded good-boy- preachers, and love givers with no trace of prejudice.
By opposing legalism, these men went to the other extreme - they became libertines. Thus, their offered antidote became worse than the poison itself. The neoliberal theologians came not to bring healing to the church's problems, rather, they aggravated it. They are opportunists who are creating a neo-Christianity under the perspectives of this new postmodern world.
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- Publish Date: Jun 24, 2016
- Language: English
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- I strongly recommend this book to all Christians, and especially to theology students by comunidade on 7/27/2016
I confess I was impressed with the intention of pastor Eddie Dutra to write a work that was, in fact, a prelude to the final apostasy, under the suggestive title of Echoes of Eden. Could the author overcome such a challenge?
He did. As shown by the hundreds of footnotes, Eddie read good modern and contemporary authors, researched a lot and masterfully developed his analysis of the anti-Christian thought of our time that tends to, conveniently, demolish biblical principles.
Since the late eighteenth century, when the missionary awakening led by England - and then followed by other countries - reached almost all over the world, appeared in the Christian church, especially in the West, the deleterious influence of Higher Criticism of the Bible and fads type theology of myth, hope, process, prosperity etc. It happened what was predicted by Jesus. After wheat sowing, the enemy comes in the night and sowed tares (Matthew 13.24-30).
It happens that, under the prevailing theology in our time, this modern "tares" subtly comes with wheat appearance. In other words, it is lie dressed as truth; It is wolf in sheep's clothing. How to identify and expose such an enemy?
Eddie Dutra enters the battle wielding the sword of the Spirit. He shows how small deviations cause major consequences, as happened in Eden. In order to induce Eve to disobedience, Satan maximizes the least and minimizes the relevant. Acting the same way, false modern teachers, which Eddie calls unlabeled labelers and sophists, avoid categorizing their teachings. In their false analogy, they use doubt as a virtue and promote relativism. "Postmodernism progresses into chaos by abolishing moral criteria in the search for a world where everything is relative," says the author.
I strongly recommend this book to all Christians, and especially to theology students and workers of the Lord. I share the opinion of Eddie Dutra, saying at the conclusion of his work, that "every pastor has the responsibility to protect his flock, and every prophet has a duty to report the error."
Dr. Abraao de Almeida
Translator of NIV Bible, author