Friday, January 11, 2013

The Emergents are Dead. Long Live the Emergents

Readers of this blog for the past several years know that I have had serious doctrinal and praxis issues with the so-called "Emergent" and "Emerging" Church movements within evangelicalism the past several years.

We have heard of late (sometimes from theologians and teachers I highly respect) that the threat may be waning. I have never believed that. Like most errors spawned by false teachers (and we know who inspires them), the usual pattern is that they get exposed, cause numerous church splits, ignite a raging debate that divides God's people, and after they've gotten the shreds ripped out of them by those who know God's Word, they retreat. But it's only a temporary retreat, sort of like in Lord of the Rings when the White Council drove Sauron out of Dol Guldur in Mirkwood. But Sauron only pretended to flee. He went back to his stronghold in Mordor, rebuilt the Dark Tower, and we know what happened from that point on. A whole lot of trouble.

It's no different with the Emergent, postmodern-driven in the church. They got caught and exposed, whined and moaned, said that we didn't understand them, we're arrogant and ignorant, we're the reason the church is dying, yada yada yada. Some of their prominent leaders in the origins began to distance themselves from the more extremes in the movement. And you didn't hear much for a while. But check this post out from the Stand Up for Truth website. They're baaaaack!

As I suspected would be the case all along, the lull was only temporary and the flight was only a feint. They are the same postmodern-minded folks with the same low view of Scripture, but they're morphing into a new form and using somewhat altered methods of getting their wares out. And they're influencing a generation.

Pastors, youth pastors and elder boards—keep your eyes open, be vigilant and stand your ground. These people won't give up. Nip it in the bud before it starts.

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