The Emergent Church has gained significant momentum over the past few decades, and it’s likely you haven’t noticed either. The Emergent Church isn’t some denomination you can pinpoint historically, nor is it confined to a religious establishment.
The movement is based on the bold confession of a social gospel – one that caters to America’s post-modern culture of subjective truths.
Though some say the Emerging Church is no longer a threat to modern Christianity, others say the movement has penetrated all denominations, including the non-denominational church. For this reason, the Emerging Church is worth exposing.
You Never Know What You’re Gonna Get
The Emergent Church is sneaky, and just like a box of chocolates. You’ll never bite into the same filling twice. Emergent pastors tend to promote inconsistent views when it comes to scriptural passages. Their sermons are dependent on what our current cultural context wants to hear.
Emergent leaders will use a deliberate process of language deconstruction to break down scripture and come up with personalized interpretations. However, this results in questioning scriptural authority in its entirety.
They end up becoming skeptics of the Text’s trustworthiness, then confess it to be fallible and therefore do not return to the Bible for their answers. Instead, they resort to outside resources to define key terms, not knowing they rob the biblical authors’ of their original intent.
Following is a statement made by Emergent Pastor, Rob Bell:
“One of the leaders was sharing her journey in trying to understand what the Bible teaches about the issue at hand and said something like this: “I’ve spent a great deal of time recently studying this issue. I’ve read what the people on the one side of the issue say, and I’ve read what the people on the other side say. I’ve read the scholars and the theologians and all sorts of others on the subject. But then in the end, I decided to get back to the Bible and just take it for what it really says.” What was she really saying? Now please understand that this way of thinking is prevalent in a lot of Christian churches, so I don’t mean in any way to single her out. But this view of the Bible is warped and toxic.” Rob Bell – Founder of Mars Hill Church
The idea that one could read God’s word and be manipulated or mislead by its simple narrative is RIDICULOUS. Yet, church leaders like Rob Bell will promote this view in order to cater to a post modern generation’s experience and understanding.
Unfortunately, by forefronting today’s culture and liberal agenda, Bell opens the door for doubt in foundational doctrines of the Christian faith. The post modern philosophy of subjective truths eventually transcend the exclusive salvation of Christianity altogether.
The Emergent Church unashamedly welcomes the practicing Hindu to worship the God of the Bible as well. How can this be so? One is either dedicated to the philosophy of Hinduism or wholly devoted to Jesus Christ.
Yet, they say it is possible for contradictory systems of belief to coexist in the mind. Universalism is openly preached by church leaders like Spencer Burke.
Spencer Burke, an emergent advocate claims his views of bringing all religions together as being heretical. If Jesus was a heretic to the Jews, and Martin Luther to the Catholics he reasons, he will gladly label himself a heretic.
But, if I could be quite honest, I don’t believe Burke is a pivotal figure of God’s providential church on Earth. If he claims there are other ways to God than Jesus, he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6
Church Doctrine Questioned
Rob Bell further emphasizes:
” I don’t think the entire message and life of Jesus can be boiled down to that bottom line of saving souls. ” – Rob Bell
Rob Bell doesn’t mind reinventing post-modern Christianity. He believes he has biblical warrant to do so. However, he misinterprets the “keys” that were given to the kingdom in Matthew 16:19. They were not given to adjust the gospel to our current culture, but to give authority to the apostles and provide access to the Kingdom of God.
Another strong belief the Emergent church upholds is that Hell is not an actual place despite scriptures clear indication of it. As a result, Jesus never really came to rescue humanity from this “place” of eternal torment. It ignores the verses where Jesus came so that none would perish (John 3:16; Luke 12:4,5; Matt 25:36).
What is True?
Though the Emergent church claims to inquisitively seek the Truth, though do not. They question it.
Pilate, just before he sentenced Christ to his death asked him, “What is truth?” Yet, he was face to face with him. Language deconstruction will not bring you to more truth, instead it will have you questioning whether Jesus is the exclusive way to God.
The Jews refused to accept Jesus as the one true God, for they knew the Torah by mind, but not by heart. This is how Jesus responded.
39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; 40 and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.” John 5:39-40
The more times pastors refuse to offend by calling Jesus the only way to God, the more the Emergent Church philosophy seeps into our American Church.