Emergent Church

Emergent Church


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Definition: (Encyclopedia & Wikipedia) “A label that has been used to refer to a particular subset of Christians who are rethinking Christianity against the backdrop of Postmodernism.” …  “Members of the movement often place a high value on good works or social activism.” 

Emerging Church groups have typically contained some or all of the following 

  • Highly creative approaches to worship and spiritual reflection. This can involve everything from the use of contemporary music and films through to liturgy or other more ancient customs. … 
  • A flexible approach to theology whereby individual differences in belief and morality are accepted within reason. 
  • A more holistic approach to the role of the church in society. This can mean anything from greater emphasis on fellowship in the structure of the group to a higher degree of emphasis on social action, community building or Christian outreach. 
  • A desire to reanalyze the Bible against the context into which it was written….” 


Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, Marcus Borg, Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, Leonard Sweet, Brennon Manning, Eugene Peterson, Donald Miller, Rob Bell, Erwin McManus, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, Tony Campolo, Richard Rhor, Andy Stanley, John Ortberg, Frank Viola, Laurie Beth Jones, Ruth Haley Barton, Shane Claiborn, Shane Hipps, Spencer Burke, Peter Rollins, Steve Chalke, Nadia Bolz-Weber and Jay Bakker. 

The Leadership Network has played a pivotal role in the Emerging Church movement. So have Catholic mystics. Beware of Meister Eckhart, Ignatius of Loyola, St. John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Henri 
Nouwen, William Meninger and Basil Pennington. Also run from New Ager Ken Wilbur.

The late Dr. Walter Martin explains why liberalism is a cult:

It is a cult because it follows every outlined structure of cultism; it’s own revelations; it’s own gurus, and it’s denial–systematically–of all sound systematic Christian theology. It is a cult because it passes its leadership on to the next group that takes over–either modifying, expanding or contracting–the same heresies; dressing them up in different language, and passing them on. It is theologically corrupt because it is bibliologically corrupt; it denies the authority of Scripture, it ruins its own theology. And it ends in immorality; because the only way you could have gotten to this homosexual, morally relativistic, garbage–which is today in our denominational structures–is if the leadership of those denominations denied the authority of the Scriptures and Jesus Christ as Lord. 

That is the only way you got there. And there’s a remedy for this, my brothers and sisters; the remedy is to start asking questions, start demanding definitions of terminology; start insisting that people tell you what they’re giving your money to before you give them a dime. Examine the people that occupy the chairs of theology in the seminaries, and if they are not given to the historic Christian faith–“out with the rascals!” Examine your churches, your sessions, your Baptist boards–and everything else–and find out who is in the faith. You’re told to do that in 1 Corinthians; you’re told to do it in Galatians, you’re told to do it everywhere in Scripture–examine to see whether you’re in the faith [see–2 Corinthians 13:5].

Test all things; make sure of what is true [see–1 Thessalonians 5:21]. I’m not being harsh; I’m not being judgmental. I am being thoroughly, consistently, Christian; in the light of historic theology, and the holy Bible. And I think we have a right to demand that the men who occupy the seats of learning, and who preach from the pulpits, either preach Jesus Christ; or cut off their pensions, their salaries, their golf club memberships, and let them go earn their living as social workers because it is obvious they don’t have any theology that is going to save anybody. With Luther, here I stand; God help me, I can do no other. 
(Walter Martin, (circa 1985) The Cult of Liberalism, CD Rom, available from Walter Martin 
Religious InfoNet.)


A New Kind of Christianity By Tim Challies
A Subtle and Dangerous Shift in Christianity By Marsha West
Always Be Ready, articles, audio, video, books, DVDsApologetics IndexBrian McLaren: We’re All God’s Children By Ken Silva
Carl Rogers – Father of the Emergent Culture By Sarah H. Leslie
Caught up in a Cult? By Marsha West
Contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints By Mike Ratliff
Cross Over to the Otherside By Orrel Steinkamp
Did Brian McLaren Overplay His Hand? By Ken Silva 
The Emergence of the “Mystical Church” By Mike Oppenheimer
The Emerging Church ad the New Progress Theology on Christ By Ken Silva
The “Emerging” Church–Always Be Ready
Emerging Church Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 By Gary Gilley
Emergent Church Spreading Spiritual Cancer By Marsha West
Emergent Church: What is it?
Erwin McManus’ False Teachings By Ken Silva
Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby, Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 By Gary Gilley
Is Emergent the New Christian Left? By Tim Challies
Jesus: The Illumined Illuminator By Marsha West
Liberalisms Warm Fuzzy God By Marsha West
MacArthur interview: The Emergent Church is a Form of Paganism By Paul Edwards
Rob Bell: A Brother to Embrace, or a Wolf To Avoid? By John MacArthur
Subverting the Word of God By Marsha West
The Emerging Church–Circa 1970 (5 part series) By Sarah Leslie 


Ken Silva with Mission America’s Linda Harvey discussing “Emergent” ApostasyEmerging Church–Charlie Campbell explains ECM 


The Real Roots of the Emergent Church–Outstanding
Roman Catholic Mysticism and the Emergent Christianity–Richard BennettJohn Loeffler interviews Gary Gilley
John Loeffler interviews Johanna Michaelson
John Loffler interviews Ray Yungen
Tim Keller, Catholic Mysticism and Genesis 1 As A Poem?


Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications By D.A. Carson

Bottom line: The Emergent/Emerging Church movement is a progressive “Christian” movement that attempts to elevate experience and feelings on a par with Christian doctrine. Many do not believe man can know absolute truth, and believe God must be experienced outside of traditional biblical doctrines.

Views  expressed by individual authors and/or sources don’t necessarily reflect those of Marsha West