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The Emergent Church Ideology

Updated on March 31, 2019
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My goal is to write articles that go against the flow to pique discussion, offer a different perspective and connect some dots.

The Emergent Church movement is a philosophical movement that contradicts God's 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 Scripture. There can not 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 a celebration of ignorance and mystery that downplays truth and the fundamentals of God's ways.

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 believing 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 God.

For example, they do not take a firm position on sexual perversion. They do not want that clarity, but raise the flag of tolerance out of their own discomfort. 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 God's word clearly says. Morality becomes ambiguous and God’s standards become abused and distorted. The Emergent Church "sanctifies" being of the world and candy wraps it into a means of reaching out to the world. The candy wrappings replaces God's ways for a man made agenda.

Instead of confronting culture, they adapt like a chameleon to it by allow secular culture to define who they are.

God's word is not double-minded that changes back and forth like the wind.

There are only two world views, one is of God and the other is not. They are in complete opposition to each other. There is no syncretism or middle ground. However, the Emergent Church needs to reinvent themselves to accommodate the world and the evolving culture of the day. Unfortunately, it is the youth today that are being effectively brainwashed into this corrupt ideology. Popular culture is dynamic and always moving; therefore, what they are doing now supposedly in the name of God will become obsolete for the next flavour of the month. This is planned obsolescence. That is the distinction between a true God who does not change.

God's word is not a recipe for obsolescence, but is truth is always relevant. The Emergent Church facilitates to give the masses what they want to hear which are the latest trendy sins that have been 'sanctified' so people will feel more loved and accepted.

The trend in the Emergent church caters to the wants that appeal to the masses, that consists of tickling their coupled with weak theology. Scripture vs cherry-picked and used out of context. What is self-defeating is that they throw around these verses to make their point, then they ignorantly deny that they cannot have clarity on what they truly mean. Their uncertainty 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 to repent. In the Tanach, God forbid the Israelite’s to take on the traditions and customs of the pagan nations However, when they did it provoked His anger. The Emergent Church says that it is okay to bring in all the idols and gods of all the nations with you and then we can have an affirming conversation about it. It’s a lot of compromise with no foundation.

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 Tanach is a clear revelation from God or it isn’t. What you stand for defines who you are. You cannot take man-made ideologies and candy wrap it in religion and call it worship to God. There is no compromise, it is one or the other. The Emergent Church makes God's word suspect making the divine words in them like someone mumbled them out. They place no no authority in the words that God has spoken.

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 the illusion of mystery and mystique. The Emergent Church is self-defeating. It is a practice of dismantling God's word and using ancient pagan practices to attain God.

The teachings God are not ambiguous, but clear and straightforward. Heretics have crept in and corrupted truth.

When the Emergent Church says that we cannot truly understand God's truths, it means that we cannot understand God's ways.

© 2013 PlanksandNails

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    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


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

    • Jeff Porter profile image

      Roscoe Wallace 

      8 years ago from Georgia

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

      This is spot on!

    • Wakerra profile image


      8 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

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


      ("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.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


      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.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      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.

    • PlanksandNails profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago


      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.

    • Wakerra profile image


      8 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

    • Caleb DRC profile image

      Caleb DRC 

      8 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.

    • shofarcall profile image


      8 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.


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