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Are Emergents Actually Christian?

02 Jun

Someone needs to ask this question so I suppose the Truthinator will be the one who does. Are adherents to the Emergent Church concept actually Christian? Hold the phone, Emergents, because I know you guys are ready to pounce with the oh so predictable, “Don’t judge lest ye be judged” gem. 

Here is why I ask this question. The hallmark of the Emergent situation is people do not like, appreciate, or connect to traditional Christianity. These people want hip music, stylistic interpretation rather than expository preaching, calming monologues in a performance vein rather than pulpit-pounding, erudite ego stroking rather than the conviction that comes from learning what the word of God says and etc.

Don’t deny it because you know it is true. Where is the proof? Look in the mirror. Ask yourself if this is true. You know that it is. Read the books and blogs from the Emergent gurus. Emergents want a more user friendly and inclusive community gathering instead of fellowship in Christ’s suffering. 

The reason I ask whether Emergents are really Christian is that most if not all of the driving force factors that build the Emergent movement are contrary to what the Bible says that God is and what He demands.  Keep reading.

Here are just a few but enough to cause serious consideration of my thesis.      1) Jesus – Sometimes he is heralded by Emergents but never as the Christ of the Bible. He is “JC”, “Rad Dude Jesus”, “Breakdancing Jesus”, or several others of a variety of fictitious manifestations. Even the Emergents who actually talk Jesus give Him attributes He doesn’t actually maintain and take away unpalatable ones (in their eyes) that are true.

 2) All inclusiveness – Everyone goes to Heaven regardless of what they believe or there is not even a Heaven at all and everyone dies and are gone from existence. Both of these ideas are common in Emergent “thinking” but neither are true because neither are found in the Bible.

3) This is the final point I will mention here but there are others. The Bible is not believed by ANY of the Emergents (do some research and you will find drift or even exodus from core Bible truth). Emergents replace, twist, spin, delete, and insert Bible teachings. All of which are prohibited by the Bible. I am not talking about disagreeing on gray areas such as exactly when the rapture of the Church will occur. I am speaking of items such as atonement, Christology, Soteriology, creation, Heaven, Hell, the reality of God, and so forth.

When people do not believe such foundational truths, they cannot be classified as belonging to that group who do believe. This is very simple. Let me give a quick example then I am out of here. Let’s say my neighbor claims to be an avid tennis player. I see him dressed in tennis clothes and carrying a racquet many times per week. Once at the courts, however, he doesn’t play tennis but plays cards with friends instead. Looking the part does not define the person.

The Bible defines several things about those who are called of God into eternal salvation.  A few of these include  falling upon Jesus as their only hope, changing to become new creatures (over time) in their inner beliefs and outward behavior, and producing lifestyle outcomes that resemble what the Bible teaches about the character and nature of God Himself.

Are Emergents actually Christian? Some may be but I am doubtful that many if any true Christians could stay in an environment that does not believe God’s word or truly worship Him. While it is above everyone’s paygrade to determine the validity of a person’s claim of belonging, the Bible is very clear that not all who make this claim actually belong. I encourage you to read up on what the Emergents believe. It will take some time but this is of vital importance. This movement is sweeping the country and many Emergents are influencing our young people daily. Counter error with truth; it is the only way.

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9 responses to “Are Emergents Actually Christian?

  1. oldchurchfan

    June 2, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you very much for that post! I like it!
    I posted something here

    http://oldchurchfan.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/does-rick-warren-love-god/

    We agree on a lot of things…

    God bless you!

     
    • Truthinator

      June 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      I have to agree with your post that RW is questionable at best. I’m sure he believes he loves God but I am not convinced he actually knows God. How could you believe and love God based upon the Bible and twist scripture as much as Ricky boy does? He loves the concept of God but he apparently feels the need to improve this concept via a Ries & Trout marketing job. I don’t buy it or him…

       
  2. Rose

    June 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    An excellent post! The emergent movement IS sweeping the country…taking over churches, Christian colleges, youth groups and youth ministries. The great apostacy and falling away that the Bible predicted is upon us.

     
  3. Pam S.

    June 9, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Lighthouse Trails Publishing has a great website that keeps everyone informed on what the Emergents are up to. It is all heading into the Contemplative.

     
  4. fleebabylon

    August 28, 2010 at 10:19 am

    “Here is why I ask this question. The hallmark of the Emergent situation is people do not like, appreciate, or connect to traditional Christianity. These people want hip music, stylistic interpretation rather than expository preaching, calming monologues in a performance vein rather than pulpit-pounding, erudite ego stroking rather than the conviction that comes from learning what the word of God says and etc.”

    GREAT Writing, however our unreformed roman catholic style weekly church meetings are not much more Biblical then some of what the emergents do… I thank God for pastors that have stayed true in hte institutional Church, but many true brethren wnat to be part of true New Testament fellowship. Traditional Christianity does not involve sitting in pews and listening to the same guy talk every week… that is more like roman catholisim.

    In Christ – Jim

     
    • Truthinator

      August 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm

      Jim,

      Thanks for visiting and for giving a comment. I agree with you that dead religious practice of any style is not of value. I was not promoting nor protecting dead, liturgical religious monotony.

      Not all things about traditional worship are bad. Once, men and women worshipped God as God and did so with reverence and awe. Styles varied and no style is sacred.

      The hallmark of the Emergent group seems to be more of a man-pleasing than a God honoring style however. I have read countless articles and interviews where the EC people talk about their self-expression and desire for a style that ‘feels right to them’. Some have even said that they would not attend a traditional church. They will only attend where style and content fit their approval. There is much more but this should suffice to make my point.

      We must become less and God has to be all. This is hardly a description of the Emergents in their redefining God based upon what THEY will and will not accept. The proof of the statements I made in the latter part of the origianl post are found in the writings and interviews with those who lead the movement.

      I hope this better explains where I was going with the statement you quoted. Thanks again. Visit anytime. I will check your blog out as well.

       
  5. fleebabylon

    August 28, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    “The hallmark of the Emergent group seems to be more of a man-pleasing than a God honoring style however. ”

    Agreed upon, thanks for the response.

     
  6. Speak Truth

    March 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Good post. I believe that the emergent movement has some things in its favor – like, someone posted about dead religion and the dangers that holds as well. Humans tend to move towards reactionary extremes, so emergents have seen the modern way of putting God into a box and correctly identify that as wrong. However, the fix is not to throw out Jesus, the Bible, sanctification, the virgin birth, and other key aspects of the faith. Change the style if you wish but keep God’s truth. Without it the truth, you aren’t following Christ.

     
  7. fleebabylon

    March 11, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    Speak truth – well said… where the dead body of orthodox religion is, there the vultures have gathered. We truly live in a dark day with error on every side.

     

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