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The Emergent Church? What is it?
'Modern' church leaders decided amongst themselves that they needed a "new way of doing church." The "old time religion" just wasn't good enough for church services any more. So in came new publicity stunts, replacing the Gospel of Jesus Christ! There are the "seeker-friendly" churches that bend over backward not to offend anyone. Then there are the "religious left" churches that promote their social gospel (damnable heresies). Then here comes the Emergent Church . . . they too stress the social gospel. If you ask Christians: "What is this Emergent Church?" You will not get a definite answer . . . most likely they will say: "I don't know." BUT . . . this movement is like a fire devouring entire denominations and churches that were once rock solid (APOSTASY). This 'movement' is NOT empowered by God, but by the devil! Remember . . . if it is not of God, it is of the devil! So . . . what is this demonic craze all about?
First, it is "mystical." It draws upon things that the "ancient desert fathers" embraced such as contemplative prayer, breath prayers, walking the maize known as the labyrinth (I have no idea what that is and don't care to find out), Yoga (all devil's doctrines) . . . and all these are supposed to get a person closer to God . . . but friend, they do just the opposite! Some of these practices send you into an altered state of consciousness, like someone strung out on drugs. The Emergent Church is NOT interested in God, Jesus or Biblical doctrine. NONE of the riches of wisdom and knowledge that are found in Christ Jesus are ever accessed by mystical methods (sorcery)! God gave us His Word by which to increase our wisdom and learning of Him and His ways! We are wise only when we study and obey His Word and His will (2 Tim.2:15)!
Emergent promoters say that the 'old' church fails to reach today's culture. But their solution is so much worse than the problems they are seeing. New Age concepts and practices from eastern mysticism, universalism, and pantheism are part of their program. They use non Biblical ideas from other false religions. Their "way" is NOT the answer! The Lord can reach people no matter WHAT culture they are in! Emergents are using EVIL methods to reach people, and God is NOT and will NOT be happy with their way! NO one can get results from God by rejecting the Bible and using other religion's heresies!
1 Cor. 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. (KJV) Emergents do not take this into account.
The Emergent church movement has been endorsed by Rick Warren and other leaders. The philosophy behind this fast growing movement is that purpose driven churches were designed to appeal to baby boomers but now they need churches that will appeal to the post modern younger generations. The emerging churches will be more experience orientated and will rely more on story telling on Sunday (the Lord's day) then on teaching Scripture. Some in this movement call the teaching of Christian doctrine divisive and say that everything has to be redefined in the light of modernism. This post modern generation have NO moral absolutes and neither will these churches. To me, a "church" is where one goes to worship Almighty God and learn how He wants us to live, by consistent study of the Bible.
Just WHAT do these 'Emergents' base their "Christianity" on? In my humble opinion, THEIR so-called "Christianity" is in a Jesus fabricated by the devil. They embrace and must have, mystical experiences, feelings, and goose bumps INSTEAD of Biblical TRUTH! They want things you can feel, touch, and smell . . . like incense and icons. This is an EVIL movement, trying to re-invent Christianity (???). Personally, I KNOW that God does NOT want anyone to re-invent Christianity! God does not change, ever! (Heb.13:8). This evil movement takes your eyes completely OFF of the cross and ONTO experience. The Bible has NO authority with emergents! They say that in order to take the world and church forward, we must embrace Catholic beliefs. Their doctrine is much closer to Buddhism, Hinduism, and "New Age" than it is to traditional Christianity. Hell, sin, and repentance are downplayed . . . they want NO one to be offended. Their beliefs are very similar to those of Eastern religions, but Jesus is their own personal Guru. My friend . . . THEIR Jesus is NOT the Jesus of the Bible. The Emergents have "another Jesus" (2 Cor.11:4).
They say they need to reach the postmodern generation. Postmodern?? That must be people under age of 30 as near as I can figure it. This new generation is quite different than what I grew up with. But to reach these young-uns, ALL the old rock solid doctrines, hymns and traditions must be cast away, far away! To these postmoderns, a solid Gospel message is too severe and smug. So . . . Emergents had to come up with a more moderate gospel (another gospel Gal.1:6; 2 Cor.11:4). Something had to be invented that would be accepted by the multitudes in this younger generation. So sad . . . the deception they came up with is more in line with the occult than anything else! Their emphasis is on the Kingdom of God NOW. They do NOT heed the warnings of Scripture about the imminent return of Christ and a coming judgment in the future. Christians are to WATCH!!! (Mat.24:42; 25;13; Mark 13:33-35; 1 Thes.5:6; Rev.3:3).
These people are called "evangelicals." How utterly absurd!!! A TRUE "evangelical" is a conservative Christian . . . one that Emergents call "wackos". They have 'old-fashioned' fundamental Biblical beliefs which these Emergents reject! BUT, Time magazine called Emergent leader Brian McLaren one of the top 25 evangelicals influencing the world. One of McLaren's books is titled Everything Must Change. The church must change to conform to the modern day culture. Old ways must be discarded. This is not compromise . . . this is throw away God and His Holy Word!
Another prominent leader is Rob Bell. He is turning up in many "evangelical" churches with his DVDs. One of his many despicable statements is: "This is not just the same old message with new methods. We're rediscovering Christianity as an Eastern religion." In another, he promotes the feminine side of God. Other prominent Emergent Church leaders include Doug Pagitt, Dan Kimball,Tony Jones, Dallas Willard, and Robert Webber. There are more and the list is long. This relatively new movement is seducing millions with its evil, dangerous, unsound, unbiblical, and alarming heresies. BEWARE!!! Be extremely careful that this Emergent Church does not submerge you! BEWARE my friend.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS!
Scripture's teachings drastically contrast the Emergent approach to witness and ministry. The Bible states over and over again that the world is in darkness. Acts 26:15-18 And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.  But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee;  Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee,  To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (KJV) Check out other Passages about the world being in darkness: Isa.9:2; 42:16; 50:10; Mat.4:16; 8:12; Luke 1:79; John 1:5; 3:19-21; 8:12; 11:9-10; Rom.1:21; 13:12-13; 1 Cor.4:5; 2 Cor.4:6; 6:14; Eph.5:8,11; 1 Thes.5:4; 1 Pet.2:9; 1 John 1:5-7; 2:8-11).
The Bible simply states that the world (unbelievers) CANNOT see the Truth. And, the world's blindness to God's Truth is accompanied by an inclination to do works of moral darkness . . . SIN . . . disobedience to God . . . rejection of Jesus.
1 Thes. 5:2-5 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. (KJV)
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (KJV)
The TRUE Church is the LIGHT in the darkness and we are commanded to shine! We are supposed to willingly and unashamedly proclaim the absolute TRUTH to the world. Our lifestyle must be in direct contrast to the ways of darkness so prevalent in the world . . . or we are NOT Christians! Being light means that we do not condescend to OR compromise with any kind of heresies no matter how many others do so! We must believe God's Word, must abide by, and must proclaim God's absolutes (TRUTHS). Since TRUE Christians are not of the darkness, we are NOT bound by any cultural world view that is hostile to God's holy Word! We are NOT premodern, modern, or postmodern. We are the LIGHT of the world. We are aliens and strangers who represent the Kingdom of God. We know the Truth and it has set us free from bondage to any worldly culture. We must contrast the darkness all around us . . . and NEVER conform to it. Disobedience to Almighty God will bring down hard His holy wrath, and the judgment He will declare will be extremely harsh!
Matthew 5:13-16 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (KJV)
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.(KJV)
John 8:31-32 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (KJV)
Romans 13:9-13 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.  Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. (KJV)
Right doctrine and a moral life are a must of those who call themselves God's people. We must separate ourselves from the works of darkness (including false religions). Belief in God's absolute Truth, and obedience to His absolute commands are NOT optional.
2 John 1:9-11 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. (KJV) If a person does NOT abide in the doctrine of Christ Jesus, they do NOT have God! If they do not have God they do not have salvation of their soul!!!
If you are going to an Emergent church . . . GET OUT NOW!!! They will take you to Hell with them!
Matthew 7:13-15 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (KJV) Being the light of the world DEMANDS that we are NOT ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that we are bold in our witness for Him (Mat.28:19-20).
Some influential Emergent people to STAY AWAY from: Rick Warren, Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, Brian McLaren; Tony Jones; Dan Kimball; Eddie Gibbs; Erwin McManus; Leonard Sweet; Stanley Grenz; John Franke; Stanley Hauerwas; Brad Kallenberg; Doug Pagitt; Nancy Murphy; Steve Chalke; LeRon Shults; Chris Seay; Spencer Burke; Rob Bell; Bill Dahl; Donald Miller, to name a few. . . . BEWARE!!!
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