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The Emergent Church Ideology

Updated on June 15, 2014

The Emergent Church movement is a philosophical movement that contradicts Biblical truth, and has corrupted many minds, especially many young people today. Those in the movement believe that there is no absolute certainty when it comes to Biblical truth; therefore, there cannot be any real clarity, or absolutes that can be derived from it. It is a form of “Christianity” that holds to relative truth. It is spirituality that they believe is “noble” and “humble.” It is a celebration of ignorance and mystery that downplays truth and the fundamentals of the genuine Christian faith.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1

It begs the question that if the Word of God is Jesus Christ, and the Emergent church says that we cannot know with certainty what the Word of God means, then how can you claim to know Jesus Christ if He is the Word?

Another Jesus
Another Jesus

Through a postmodernist mindset, the Emergent church claims ignorance by denying the clear teachings of Scripture. There is an unwillingness to accept it for what they distinctly says, and believe that there is no liability in doing so. Ignorance is bliss. If you get down to the core of their deception, they do not like what Scripture says. They love darkness rather than light and run from it to embrace liberalism in the name of “Jesus Christ.”

For example, they do not take a firm Biblical position on sexual perversion. They do not want that clarity, but raise the flag of compromising tolerance out of their own discomfort on what the Bible clearly says. By believing that you cannot really know the truth on a certain matter, it's easy to avoid controversy and confrontation. Emotions and feelings take precedence over what the Word of God clearly says. Morality becomes ambiguous and God’s grace becomes abused and distorted. The Emergent Church "sanctifies" being of the world and candy wraps it into "Christianity" as a means of reaching the “Gospel” to the world. The candy wrappings replaces the power of Jesus Christ for a man made agenda.

Instead of confronting culture, they adapt like a chameleon to it. On the contrary, Christianity confronts every form of secular culture; it does not try to embrace it as an attempt to "sanctify" the ways of the world. The "Gospel" that they bring is distorted and ambiguous. They allow secular culture to define what Christianity should look like.

The Word of God is not double-minded that changes back and forth like the wind. If John 1 states that the Word of God is God, then the Emergent Church has changed Jesus Christ into another Jesus.

For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. – 2 Corinthians 11:4

Carnival atmosphere
Carnival atmosphere

There are only two world views, one is of Satan and the other is from God. They are in complete opposition to each other; there is no syncretism, or middle ground. Biblical doctrine is the foundation for true faith, but the Emergent Church needs to reinvent Christianity to accommodate the world and the immediate culture of the day. Unfortunately, it is the young people of today (20’s and under) that are being effectively brainwashed into this corrupt philosophy. Popular culture is dynamic and always moving; therefore, what they are doing now in the name of “Jesus Christ,” will become obsolete for another “flavor of the month.” This is planned obsolescence. That is the distinction between a true God and the genuine Gospel that does not change and is always relevant no matter what type of culture we are living in.Man's methodology will not bring a person to Jesus Christ, but it is about God Himself drawing that person. The Emergent Church are making themselves as extension of the Gospel; what Jesus Christ did on the cross was not enough, but they attempt to adapt the Gospel into a revised, more relevant version.

The Word of God is not a recipe for obsolescence, but is truth which is always relevant and penetrating. The Emergent Church facilitates to give the masses what they want to hear, which are the latest trendy sins that has been “sanctified” so others can feel accepted and loved. The Emergent Church is full of leaders who affirm those who claim to be "Christians," but their lifestyle does not line up with the fundamentals that are clearly defined in Scripture. The church embraces the sinner, and there, the sinner remains a sinner. Jesus Christs power is denied and these leaders are paving the way to Hell for themselves and their followers.

The trend in the Emergent church caters to the wants that appeal of the masses, which consist of “tickling the ears” coupled with weak theology. Bible verses are cherry picked all and are often completely out of context. What is self-defeating is that they throw around these verses to make their point, but on the other hand, ignorantly deny that they cannot have clarity in what they truly mean. The Gospel of uncertainty and mystery is spewed from the pulpit. The whole belief system becomes an experiential and emotional based philosophy. Tolerance, ambiguity, and relativity are the virtues of this man made religion.

The Emergent church is a place where you can be comfortable and affirmed in your sinful lifestyle without conviction that operates outside the realm of Scripture. In the Old Testament God forbid the Israelite’s to take on the traditions and customs of the pagan nations, but when they did it provoked God's anger. The Emergent Church says that it is okay to bring in all the idols and gods of all the nations and then we can have an affirming conversation about it. It’s a lot of compromise with no foundation. On the contrary, Biblical precedence give answers and conclusion on the matter.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! – Isaiah 5:20

The Bible is a clear revelation from God, or it isn’t. What you stand for defines who you are. You cannot take man made philosophies, candy wrap it in religion and call it Christianity. Christianity is the clear revelation and understanding of God’s Word. There is no middle ground, it is one or the other. The Emergent Church makes the Word of God suspect, and the divine words in them like someone mumbled them out; there is no authority in the words that God has spoken, nor is there a solid foundation to stand on. Instead of black and white, it is diversity (tolerance) that is full of color. The fact is, this is lukewarmness

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. – Revelation 3:16

The Emergent Church is about incense and candles with medieval Catholic/ neo-orthodox twist with a lot of mystical smoke and mirrors. They try to attach Scripture to these pagan forms of worship to give an illusion of mystery and mystique. The Emergent Church is a self-defeating philosophy. It is a practice of dismantling Biblical doctrine by using ancient pagan practices of worship to attain closeness with Jesus Christ.

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away.But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. – 1 Corinthians 2:6

The true followers of Jesus Christ have the mind of Him, the mystery is gone. The power of the Holy Spirit is manifested by the renewing of the mind.

Magazines like Christianity Today and the Zondervan publishing company have flooded the market with the materials that endorse this abominable and heretical belief system. Many people have become victims to this wind of doctrine that is not Christianity. This movement can literally be summed up in this verse:

Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. – Jude 1:3-4

The teachings of the Bible are not ambiguous, but clear and straightforward. These heretics have crept in and corrupted truth; the Emergent Church needs to be exposed for the harlotry that it stands for. These so called professing Christians have no discernment and no theological understanding, but use clever rhetoric with tactics to entice the unsuspecting.

The mandate of a true Christian is to guard and defend the truth of the genuine faith. The Emergent Church is inconsistent with what the Word of God teaches; they will be tolerant and accepting of everything except for the fundamental truths of Scripture.

True Christianity is about the rules and doctrines that are set in place, the false version is an obscurity with no real answers, but fits the whims of man.

The Emergent Church has nothing to do with the Bible, the true Church, Christianity, Holy Spirit, or God, but is a pop-religious fad that has “nobility” and “virtue” by being tossed to and fro by every wind of culture that holds to “fluffy” conversation with no real solid answers. True Christianity is a commitment to sound doctrine, and the exposition of Scripture that reveres the Word of God as the standard for truth. Theology comes first and allows the Holy Spirit to guide the methodology that glorifies Jesus Christ as the head of the Church.

All through the New Testament Jesus answered by saying, “Have you not read,” or “Do you understand,” when He addressed the crowds. Are we not to search the Scriptures to find answers and be accountable to them? Everyone who received the New Testament letters were new Christians who could read, hear, and understand the words in them. The Bible is not about ambiguity, but clarity that we all can understand and apply to our lives.

Have you not read this Scripture: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone – Mark 12:10

When the Emergent Church says that we cannot truly understand truths in the Bible, it means that we cannot understand Jesus Christ. He is the Word; by ignorantly denying the truth, Jesus Christ is denied as well.

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      PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      What it comes down to is that they do not like absolute truths; therefore, Jesus is God and not God are true. It is irrational. There relative "truth" leads to universalism. The Emergent Church is a pseudo Chritianity that uses vague terms that do not have precise meanings that are subjective to the individual. They believe that "truth" is found through experiences, imagination, personal feelings away from any objective truths. Their worship has affinities to the broad path of pagan universalism.

      The simple fact is that the Emerging Church is incompatible with Christianity because it is in contention with the fundamental standards of truth that are in the Bible.

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      Jeff Porter 4 years ago from Georgia

      You're welcome. So many young people are fooled by that stuff.

      "I don't like it, even though it's in the bible, so I just disagree or say no one knows what it means."

      "Oh, you don't like the deity of Jesus? No problem, we don't either. We only talk about his humanity."

      "You aren't comfortable with the miracles? Us either, that's why you don't hear us preach on it."

      "You don't like preaching on the blood or on Hell? Relax, we have take them out of the book anyway."

      And you have preachers on television espousing this mess, and people buying it.

      People are buying it because they will not read what the bible actually contains, and see it for what it is: Truth!

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      PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      Thank-you. I am glad that you appreciated the article and are in agreement. God Bless.

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      Jeff Porter 4 years ago from Georgia

      One of the best things I've read in my entire life! Thank you!

      This is spot on!

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      PlanksandNails 4 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      I have not read the book, but I am familiar with the title.

      I have relatives who are in leadership who endorse the false ideologies of the Emergent Church. They embrace and affirm professing "Christians" who are in a lifestyle of sin. They believe it is a means of showing God's love. When confronted, they use Bible verses completely out of context to justify their behaviors. Their shallow understanding of Scripture reveals why they believe it is such a mystery because they have neglected to learn the truth that is in the Word and saught after heretical philosophies of man.

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      Lori Colbo 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Bingo! Young people I believe latch onto EC because they don't yet know their Bible. Many new believers, or seekers, don't understand the Bible and often are convinced it is just too hard for anyone to understand.When they hear EC leaders say that there is so much mystery that we can't understand it or know for sure what it is saying, it sucks them in.

      This is why discipleship is so important. Jesus commanded us to do -

      "And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen"(Matt. 28:18-20).

      The Emergent Church philosophy (we dare not call it doctrine because nothing whatsoever is concrete in their eyes) is fully subjective. Your comments to Caleb were dead on. Very well and accurately written. Have you read the book Why We're Not Emergent? If so, what did you think?

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      Wakerra 5 years ago

      honestly I don't know anything about the Emergent Church, I've just seen a lot of similar accusations made to the LDS faith which I know are false. It just gets a little frustrating how people twist things around from what they are

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      PlanksandNails 5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      (...there are too many politically correct Christians and not enough Christ correct Christians.")

      That's the distinction between those that are on the playground versus those that are on the battle ground. It's white picket fences and pillow fights versus wielding the sword.

      Are we not called to be soldiers in the army of the Lord?

      No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. - 2 Timothy 2:4

      So many are mascots that parade around and believe that Christianity is an industry in entertainment and the Gospel is a commodity.

      Thanks for your insightful comment.

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      PlanksandNails 5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      ("The best way to find the truth in something is to go to its source.")

      You can take any of my text and challenge them with evidence to the contrary. If you believe that the information is "Joe-Schmo passed along the telephone line," then enlighten the audience with your source of truth that exposes this article as false.

      You may also tackle the other article that I wrote that exposes this false religion for what it is.

      Happy investigating.

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      teacherjoe52 5 years ago

      Good morning PlanksandNails.

      I listen and read from preachers from all ages like A.W. Tozer ,Vance Havner. Spergeon and Warren Wiersbe on audio sermons. This has been going on for centuries.

      I agree with what you have said and it is unfortunate that there are too many politically correct Christians and not enough Christ correct Christians.

      God bless you.

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      PlanksandNails 5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      Someone posed the question, "What is truth?" in the Hubpages question topics. This was the answer I gave:

      Relative truth resolves back to a person who makes an individual claim, which is an opinion. Opinions are always changing, but absolute truth does not change regardless of opinions.

      When something is true, there is no opposite. Contrary beliefs are possible, but not contrary truths.

      No one can prove truth with absolute certainty. We don't know anything for sure, but we can reach the knowledge of something with reasonable certainty.

      Relative truth is opinion, but absolute truth can only be proven by that which is absolute in itself.

      When God proves Himself to us, we also know that the Word is who He is. Our God is eternal, absolute, and unchanging. Having an absolute foundation and standard to stand on is so much better than the relative rhetorical quicksand of the Emergent Church.

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      PlanksandNails 5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ

      Caleb DRC,

      I agree with you. A lot of peoples eyes gloss over when they hear these people. Just like the sophists, the Emergent Church uses persuasive rhetoric, with emotional appeals and clever lingo, to sell their form of spirituality of abstract truth with no substance. So many have become intoxicated with their "snake-oil." On thing they are absolutely certain of is that we know that we cannot know absolute truth. Hmmm, it kind of self refutes doesn't it.

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      PlanksandNails 5 years ago from among the called out ones of the ekklesia of Christ


      The Emergent movement is popular. If you read my other article called "The Emergent Church Apostasy," it gives more specific details on their forms of worship, the history behind their philosophy, and lingo that they use, which may give you more insight into this deceptive movement.

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      Wakerra 5 years ago

      That's what people say about the Mormon church too. Honestly, before I go around spreading rumors about any faith, I'd sincerely look into it first. By sincerely, I mean a true search. As with any religion out there, there is bound to be false and twisted information scattered abroad. The best way to find the truth in something is to go to its source. You should make sure all your sources are legit and official, not the Joe-Schmo passed along the telephone line

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      William Kovacic 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      "It is a form of “Christianity” that holds to relative truth . . ." Why is it that absolute truth can be found everywhere like in math (2+2=4), the law of gravity, sunrise and sunset, etc., but when it comes to Jesus it all of a sudden becomes relative. You did an excellent job of exposing the heresy for what it is - heresy. Thanks for sharing absolute truth.

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      Caleb DRC 5 years ago

      Planksandnails, you did--as usual-- a thorough and accurate job exposing the sophistry this church spews from its many mouths. This is a trend, that is for sure. Americans are drifting away from obedience to Christ to complacent lukewarmness.

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      shofarcall 5 years ago

      Goodness.....P+N.....I must confess to having known nothing about the "emergent" church. Sounds like the enemy attracting the young into dangerous, heretical philosophies. Thank you for bringing this to my notice. I am wondering if the 'emergent' church is present in SA too? Will check it out. God Bless you for exposing these apostosies.