The Emergent Church Apostasy
There is a false Christianity propagating within the Biblical sphere of the Church body. It is leading many astray and is highly deceptive because it subtly cloaks itself in the Christian faith, but "worships" Jesus Christ with ancient pagan (Babylonian) ideologies. This form of doctrine is one of the main contributors to the apostasy that is going on within the church today. In a nutshell, this movement believes that we are in a "post-modern" era of Christianity, and in order to stay relevant with the times, we must change our views and perspectives (“a paradigm shift”) to be more effective as "Christians" in society. This form of "Christianity" is synthesized with post-modern ideas, which encompasses the Emergent Church movement. It is the literal watering down and removal of God’s truth as a goal to bring “unity” and “co-existence” within the world.
I would coin the Emergent Church as spiritual adultery. It is the same as committing adultery on your wife and justifying the action because you are thinking about Jesus Christ while you are doing it.
Biblical truth is being replaced with the good sounding buzz words such as, "social justice" and “unity” coupled with pagan forms of worship. Doctrinal truth is seen as divisive and cannot be fully known; therefore, it is better to be part of an enlightened conversation of endless questions that leads to no real solutions, answers, or conclusions. Any claim on doctrinal truth is seen as being arrogant, or offensive to someone else’s ideas. The Emergent Church movement is the attempt to synthesize forms of pagan worship practices with Christianity.
There are many churches that are promoting the wares and doctrine of this false movement. Many youth and young adults are being deceptively indoctrinated and groomed into changing their theology and view of the Gospel message. Biblical truth that changes culture is exchanged for culture that changes Biblical truth.
The Bible can be interpreted any way a one chooses because doctrinal truth cannot be known. No interpretation can be fully correct; therefore, the Bible adapts to each person’s individual concept of what truth is.
Personal emotions, globalism, the arts, and mysticism take precedence over true Biblical worship which abandon Biblical truths. This deceptively draws the followers of Jesus Christ, or new Christians into a "new type of Christianity” that worships a mystical Jesus. The Emergent Church literally promotes an earth-centered, one-world-religion; the goal is a man-made utopia that embraces all religions. Each religion has its own truths that lead to God.
This spiritual "paradigm shift" is the transition to a "new" spirituality where the “old” ways of the Biblical Gospel message are no longer effective. What this means is that New Age principles are utilised and the “wisdom” is drawn from these ancient mystical practices and traditions. A "peaceful co-existence" of all religions under one banner is advocated; everyone has, in one way or another, the consciousness of Christ within them. Experiences (feelings) take precedence over doctrinal truth (theology); therefore, if it makes you feel good and excites your senses, then it must be God. The practices of the mystery religions and idolatry are masked in a Christian façade in order to be "seeker friendly" and attract people to fill the pews. Spiritual experiences are not questioned of its source.
The Emergent Church services are designed as smoke and mirrors to excite the senses and create a spiritual mood or ambience. A "unity" of Christianity with ancient pagan ideas ("ancient future worship") are introduced as a way of getting closer to God. Catholic contemplative practices coalesced with medieval monastic disciplines are incorporated as part of the Emergent Church philosophy.
The goddess Asherah, which is Mary in the Catholic religion, promotes a false peace and security of a one-world-religion that will rule the world. This new age of spirituality has been popularized by famous occultists such as Alice A. Bailey (theosophist), Albert Pike (33rd degree Freemason), and Helena Blavatsky (Satanist). "Unity" is the key word in the convergence of all religions into one supreme church.
If doctrinal truth cannot be fully known, then the Emergent Church cannot be the light in the world; therefore, all religions are essentially on equal terms as part of their "conversation" to reach enlightenment.
The quotes below from various Emergent Church leaders adhere to the same principles of well known occultists.
“I would point out that when I use the phrase ‘followers of the Christ’ I refer to all those who love their fellowmen, irrespective of creed or religion.” – Alice A. Bailey – Founder of the Lucifer Trust (web-link)
“I must add though, that I don’t believe making disciples must equal making adherents to the Christian religion….” – Brian McClaren
“People come to Jesus in all sorts of ways. Sometimes people use his name; other times they don’t.” – Rob Bell
“I happen to know people who are followers of Christ in other religions.” – Rick Warren
When we take on the pagan customs and traditions and throw Jesus Christ into the mix, it is trying to mix light with darkness. There is a distinction between the pagan Christ of Babylon and Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is not an add-on of compromise by allowing the world into His Body.
How can you have a genuine relationship with the Jesus Christ of the Bible while taking on the doctrines of demons and the idolatry of the ancient false religions of Babylon?
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. “Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. “And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty. – 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” - Acts 4:12
The Merging of the Emergent Church with New Age Spirituality
Our culture is polluted with all forms of evil. How can a person “engage” it without becoming polluted themselves? We are to live in the world, but not of it.
“Social-action” and “social-justice” is about making the world a better place, which is the same ideology held by occultists of moving towards a man-made utopia. “Social-activism” sounds good because it is noble to feed the hungry and help the poor, but the deception is in the philosophy that we can build God’s kingdom ourselves, or bring heaven to earth.
True faith in Jesus Christ is not about holding hands with false religions. The man-made kingdom that has been prophesied clearly in Scripture is the pagan kingdom of the Antichrist that will come and try to fully eradicate Christianity. When the Israelites abandoned God and worshipped the golden calf, they too turned back to the ancient mystery religions of Babylon, and did not enter into the Promised Land.
“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. – Matthew 24:5
“Behold, I have told you in advance. – Matthew 24:25
“But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” – Luke 21:28
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. – John 14:6
The Emergent Church has endorsed many forms of worship that have their origins and foundation in paganism and mysticism. When applying the Word of God to these practices, it is clear that God gives no allowance for evangelical monasticism, lectio devina, labyrinth prayer, centering prayer, yoga, stations of the cross, incense, icons, rituals, candles, chanting prayers, breath prayers, and mysticism.
For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator – Romans 1:25
Biblical precedence reveals that the Emergent Church is not the genuine faith of the Bible, but an ideology that promotes a corrupt, pagan forms of worship that exalts the spirit of the Antichrist, rather than Jesus Christ. It will be made clear what the many authors, leaders, and teachers within this movement stand for, and the evidence will explore whether their methods have their foundations in Scripture, or originate from another source.
The Roman Catholic Church originally brought in theses mystical practices and deemed them acceptable. A systematic study of Scripture will reveal that they are a completely foreign concept to biblical principles. Mysticism is a man-made attempt to gain knowledge from God from experiences that bypass the mind, which essentially works its way around Jesus Christ as the sole mediator for our sins.
In 1965, the Vatican Council II joined itself with the aesthetic and meditational practices of paganism by trying to reach a state of illumination by man-made efforts, or from “divine” help.
On March 20th - 22nd 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, an Emergent Church conference took place; the website stated,
“Come to the first large gathering of Roman Catholic, Mainline Protestant, Evangelical, and other Christians seeking to explore this emergence and convergence together. You’ll be inspired by provocative speakers and spiritual leaders and engage in in-depth conversation about our shared quests for: A fresh understanding of Jesus, Spirituality that links contemplation and action, Social justice and holistic mission, Authentic community.
The Emergent Church: Convergence, Conversations and Actions March 20-22, 2009
The Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, No. 56 states,
“…In Hinduism men explore the divine mystery and express it both in the limitless riches of myth and the accurately defined insights of philosophy. They seek release from the trials of the present life by ascetical practices, profound meditation and recourse to God in confidence and love. Buddhism in its various forms testifies to the essential inadequacy of this changing world. It proposes a way of life by which man can, with confidence and trust, attain a state of perfect liberation and reach supreme illumination either through their own efforts or by the aid of divine help…The Catholic Church rejects nothing of what is true and holy in these religions.”
It is evident that Catholicism stands hand-in-hand with Buddhismand Hinduism.
In, The Mirror Mind (New York: Fordham University Press, 1990) p. 7, William Johnston teaches the deceitful ways to directly experience God. He writes,
“Self-realization lies at the very heart of Buddhism …In self-realization I become one with God just as the object is one with the mirror and just as Jesus is one with his Father.”
When comparing and contrasting the Emergent Church with Catholic mystical practises, it is irrefutably apparent that this movement uses the same techniques and forms of worship.
In the book, The Great Emergence, Baker: Grand Rapids, MI., 2008, Phyliss Tickle denies the Bible for being the sole standard for truth. She says,
“The Reformation… was to answer the question… Sola Scriptura, scriptura sola… While we may laugh and say the divisiveness was Protestantism’s greatest gift to Christianity, ours is a somber joke. Denominationalism is a disunity in the Body of Christ and, ironically, one that has a bloody history… Now, some five hundred years later, even many of the most die-hard Protestants among us have grown suspicious of “Scripture and Scripture only.” We question what the words mean - literally? Metaphorically? Actually? We even question which words do and do not belong in Scripture and the purity of the editorial line of decent of those that do. We begin to refer to Luther’s principle of “sola scriptura, scriptura sola” as having been little more than the creation of a paper pope in place of a flesh and blood one. And even as we speak, the authority that has been in place for five hundred years withers away in our hands.”
In the book, The Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren (pg. 88), there is a quote which endorses contemplative prayer techniques which directly parallel those in Hinduism and the New Age Movement. Transcendental meditation (contemplative prayer) is a practice by which a person empties their mind and use vain babblings to get closer to God.
Tony Campolo in his book, Speaking My Mind (pg. 149-150) declared,
“A theology of Mysticism provides some hope for common ground between Christianity and Islam. Both religions have within their histories examples of ecstatic union with God … I do not know what to make of the Muslim mystics, especially those who have come to be known as the Sufis. What do they experience in their mystical experiences? Could they have encountered the same God we do in our Christian mysticism?”
In the book, True Self/False Self Unmasking the Spirit Within teaches the concept of centering prayer called lectio divina. The author, Basil Pennington says that through this type of prayer we will learn our real self when we accept the Divine energy within, which is “an expression of the Divine Creative Energies”.
The author, Doug Paget in the book, Church Re-imagined (pg.87,89), endorses the practice called savasana (corpse pose) where someone lies on their back and let their legs fall open, arms hang limp, and eyes are closed breathing in a rhythmic fashion in order to reach a state of “holiness”. As people get up they commit to their daily practice of yoga.
The evidence of these type of practices endorsed by these authors within the Emergent Church are simply leading people into spiritual adultery against Jesus Christ. The result of these pagan philosophies have poisoned the young adult generation into believing the unbiblical concepts of relativism, tolerance, mysticism, and feelings, which supersede the fundamentals of the true genuine faith of the Bible. When there is a “re-thinking” of the simplicity of God’s salvation, it is essentially saying that man can do it better than Jesus Christ can.
The Emergent Church implies that Jesus Christ puts no demands on anyone because he ate with those who were prostitutes and thieves; therefore, the flag of tolerance and acceptance of sin is waved high. The truth is, Jesus told the rich young man to sell all he had and give it to the poor, Nicodemus was told that he must be born again, and the adulterous women was to go and sin no more.
Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, "One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." – Mark 10:21
Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” – John 3:3
Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.” – John 8:11
One Emergent Church youth “leader” conveyed to me, “Thank God for universalism”. In this context of his condescending words, the Word of God was not important for weighing and testing the standard for truth. Universalism is a heresy, which is a theological striptease that distorts the true Gospel. When confronted the only thing he said to me was, “You are not showing the love of Christ” and “You are being judgemental”. The paradox is that you are making a judgement when you are telling someone they are being judgemental. Also, the definition of the love of Christ must be defined first and then applied to Scripture to see whether it aligns with God's truth or not.
The Emerging Church is certain that we cannot be certain; therefore, they cannot make a real stand. What a paradox to be in. Of course the compromising sinner will love this philosophy because there is no accountability for your actions.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12
The practices of New Age occultism will breed confusion for the immature believer and the spiritual people who want an encounter with God because the Emergent Church is imitating abominable practices that are detestable to God and justifying it by thinking about Jesus Christ while doing it. Because these practices are an abomination to God, Satan is allowed to enter into these people by their free will to deceive them into believing a mystical Jesus instead.
However, they did not listen, but stiffened their neck like their fathers, who did not believe in the LORD their God. They rejected His statutes and His covenant which He made with their fathers and His warnings with which He warned them. And they followed vanity and became vain, and went after the nations which surrounded them, concerning which the LORD had commanded them not to do like them. – 2 Kings 17:14-15
For You have abandoned Your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled with influences from the east, and they are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they strike bargains with the children of foreigners. – Isaiah 2:6
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons - 1 Timothy 4:1
Tony Jones, the national coordinator of the Emergent Village and author of Soul Shaper: Exploring Spirituality and Contemplative Practices in Youth Ministry (2003), and The Sacred Way: Spiritual Practices for Everyday Life (2005) wrote,
“Following some experience with the ancient practices outlined in this book, you may decide to incorporate some of them into your personal Rule of Life. An example of a rule could look something like this: Pray through two centuries of the Jesus Prayer in the morning and evening every day. Keep the Sabbath from sunset Friday to sunset Saturday every week. Walk a labyrinth once a month. Take a two-day silent retreat once a year. Fast and walk the Stations of the Cross every Friday during Lent. Take a 28-day Ignatian retreat every decade….”
“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.“You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me – Exodus 20:4-5
To be blunt, the Emergent Church is bound within the traditions of men and demonic gods of eastern religions that will only lead to a bankrupt spirituality that is in opposition to Biblical truth.
The true Gospel of Jesus Christ is objective and can be comprehended. How do we know?
“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.“A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit.“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. “So then, you will know them by their fruits. – Matthew 7:17-20
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ – 2 Corinthians 10:5
This article shows the evidence of the satanic teachings that are within the Emergent Church philosophies; this is only the tip of the iceberg. It is clearly apostasy and rejects the Biblical Christ for the false Christ of Satan, which promotes self-realization and enlightenment through deceitful pagan practices. Do not be misled by these false teachers and leaders. God commands us to not surrender, compromise, or have fellowship with those who claim to be true Christians, but are in the world of pagan mysticism. If you have taken part in theses practices, I encourage you to dig deeper in the Word of God and research the true origins of this type of worship.
Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? – 2 Corinthians 6:14
"God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." - John 4:24
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- The Emergent Church Ideology
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- End-Time Deception in the Church
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- Giving God a Makeover to Fit Our Selfish Needs
Apostle Paul warned the followers of Jesus Christ that apostasy was, and is now in the body of Christ today. Many do not know the very meaning of the word because the truths of Scripture have not been emphasized clearly enough.
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