The Emergent Church Apostasy
There is a false Christianity that is leading many astray. It is highly deceptive because it subtly cloaks itself as worship to God, but with ancient pagan ideologies. This form of worship is one of the main contributors to the apostasy that is going on within the man-driven church system today. In a nutshell, this movement believes that we are in a 'post-modern' era of the Christian and in order to stay relevant with the times, we must change our views and perspectives. This requires a 'paradigm shift' to be more relevant as a Christians in our society. This form of Christianity is synthesized with post-modern ideas that encompasses what is called 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' with the world.
Ultimately, the Emergent Church movement is spiritual adultery. It is the same as committing adultery on your wife and justifying the action because you are thinking about 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. In their view doctrinal truth is seen as divisive and cannot be fully known. They believe it is better to be part of an enlightened conversation of endless questions that leads to no real solutions, answers or conclusions. Any claim to doctrinal truth even if it is found in Scripture 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 a supposed worship to God.
There are many churches that are promoting the wares and doctrines 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 is supposed to change culture is exchanged for culture that changes biblical truth.
Scripture can be interpreted any way a one chooses because doctrinal truth cannot be known. No interpretation can be fully correct; therefore, Scripture adapts to each person’s individual concept of what truth is.
Personal emotions, globalism, the arts and mysticism take precedence over worshipping God in spirit and in truth. This deceptively draws people into following a mystical Jesus. The Emergent Church system literally promotes an earth centred one-world-religion. The goal is a man-made utopia that embraces all religions. Each religion has its own truths where all roads lead to God.
This spiritual paradigm shift is the transition to a new spirituality where the 'old' ways of the Gospel message are no longer effective. What this means is that New Age principles are utilized where 'wisdom' is drawn from these ancient mystical practices and traditions. A peaceful co-existence with 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. Spiritual experiences are not questioned of its source. If something makes you feel good and excites your senses, then it must be from God. The practices of the mystery religions and idolatry are masked in a religious façade in order to be seeker friendly and attract people to fill the church pews.
The Emergent Church services are designed as smoke and mirrors to excite the senses and create a spiritual mood or ambience. 'Unity' is promoted with ancient pagan ideas or 'ancient future worship' is 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 who is Mary in the Catholic religion promotes a false peace and security towards 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 entity.
If doctrinal truth cannot be fully known, then the Emergent Church cannot be the light to the world because all religions are essentially on equal terms as part of their conversation to reach enlightenment.
These following quotes are from various Emergent Church leaders who adhere to and promote 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
“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 pagan customs and traditions and throw Jesus into the mix, it is trying to mix light with darkness. There is a distinction between the pagan Christ and the genuine Christ of Scripture. The Emergent Church's Christ is an add-on of compromise by compromising with the ways of the world.
How can we have a genuine relationship with God through Christ while taking on the doctrines of demons and the idolatry of the ancient false religions of Babylon?
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? 15What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? - 2 Corinthians 6:14-15
What agreement can exist between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:
“I will live with them
and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they will be My people.”
“Therefore come out from among them
and be separate, says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing,
and I will receive you.” - 2 Corinthians 6:16-17
The Merging of the Emergent Church with New Age Spirituality
Our culture today 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.
The directives of 'social-action' and 'social-justice' are about making the world a better place. This is the same ideology held by occultists of moving towards a man-made utopia. 'Social-activism' sounds good and noble because it has initiatives to feed the hungry and help the poor. However, the deception is in the philosophy of build God’s kingdom on our self-righteous efforts.
True faith in Christ is not about holding hands with false religions.
When the Israelites abandoned God and worshipped the golden calf, they too turned back to the ancient mystery religions of Babylon. Because of their rebellion, most 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
The Emergent Church system endorses many forms of worship that have their origins in paganism and mysticism. When applying the standard of God's word to these practices, it is clear that God gives no allowance for practices such as evangelical monasticism, lectio devina, labyrinth prayer, centring prayer, yoga, stations of the cross, incense, icons, rituals, candles, chanting prayers, breath prayers and many other forms of 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 following the way of Christ, but an ideology that promotes corrupt, pagan forms of worship that exalts the antichrist spirit.
The Catholic Church embraces many mystical practices and deems them acceptable as worship to God. Mysticism is a man-made attempt to gain a deeper knowledge of God from experiences that bypass the mind where a mystical Jesus becomes mediator between God and man.
In 1965, the Vatican Council II joined itself with the aesthetic and meditational practices of paganism by trying to reach a state of illumination through human effort and 'divine' help.
On March 20th - 22nd 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico an Emergent Church conference took place. The promotional piece on 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 Buddhism and 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 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 states,
'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 that directly parallels that of Hinduism and the New Age Movement. Transcendental meditation or 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 centring 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 letting their legs fall open, arms hang limp with their eyes 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 who embrace the Emergent Church ideologies are simply leading people into spiritual adultery against God. The deceit these pagan philosophies have poisoned the young adult generation into buying into the new age concepts of relativism and tolerance that have superseded the fundamentals and standards of the genuine faith found in Scripture. When there is a 're-thinking' of simplicity of God’s salvation through Christ, it is ultimately saying that man can do it better than Christ can.
The Emergent Church implies that Christ puts no demands on anyone because he ate with those who were prostitutes and thieves. The flag of tolerance and acceptance of sin is waved high. They forget that Christ told the adulterous women to go and sin no more.
One Emergent Church youth pastor stated, 'Thank God for universalism.' He uses subjective reasoning instead weighing and testing the standard for truth in Scripture. Universalism is a heresy. It is a theological striptease that distorts the true Gospel. Often when pastors like these are confronted, they will often say, 'You are not showing God's love' and 'you are being judgemental.' When your elief is feelings based, it will change with the wind.
The Emerging Church is certain that we cannot be certain. They are self refuting. The Emergent Church is full of compromising sinners who love their 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 Emergent Church believer who imitate abominable mystical practices that are detestable to God. Their justification is that they are thinking about Jesus while they are doing it. they do not realize that that the Jesus they are thinking about is not the biblical Jesus, but a mystical one of their own making.
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...'
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
The Emergent Church is bound within the traditions of men and demonic gods of eastern religions. Unfortunately, they are spirituality bankrupt children of the devil.
The true Gospel of Christ is objective and can be comprehended.
There are many more satanic teachings within the Emergent Church. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Worship practices that promotes self-realization and enlightenment outside the way of Christ and the apostles is the wide road that leads to destruction. Do not be misled by these false teachers. God commands us to not surrender, compromise or have fellowship with those who claim to be followers of Christ who are in spiritual adultery.
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
Do you partake of the ideologies of the Emergent Church movement?
- The Art of Persuasive Compromise Applied in the Modern Church
The modern apostate church have duped the masses through a coercion process of dialectic thinking and synthesis that leads to compromise of the faith.
- The Emergent Church Ideology
The Emergent Church movement is a philosophical movement that contradicts Biblical truth, and has corrupted many minds, especially many young people today.
- End-Time Deception in the Church
The Bible speaks of great deceptions that will take place in the end-times, but do you know what they are, or how to spot them? These deceptions have been the ruin of many people’s lives, even while they are unaware that they have been drawn away.
- 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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