DOWN WITH SOLA SCRIPTURA!
To borrow a phrase, all the talk about the death of the Emerging Church aka Emergent Church, now morphing into Emergence Christianity (EC), de-formation of the Christian faith is a bit of an exaggeration; as illustrated by the 2008 quote from Empress of EC Phyllis Tickle:
The Reformation is over now. It has been for several decades. We can, and do, speak easily and colloquially nowadays of ourselves as being post-modern, post-rational, and post-Reformation and, if we are Christian, we speak almost as readily of our times as being post-denominational and post-Protestant. In saying these things, we are acknowledging to ourselves and to each other, however innocently, that the eras have changed again, both for the Church and for the culture of which it is a part and which it informs and is informed by.
Luther and Zwingli and Calvin have other names today–ones like McLaren and McKnight, Pagitt and Jones, Mobsby and Rollins; and the new rising or birthing form of both Christianity and of North American Judaism is no longer said by us to be protesting or reforming, but rather to be emerging. So be it. We can no more stop the flow of seismic change than Luther could have, nor would we want to. What came out of Luther and his October 31st had in it the seeds of the literacy, science, technology, commerce, and governing systems that are the hallmarks as well as the privileges of Western life. Beyond those cultural shifts themselves, for the Christian Church it matters that the Great Reformation’s addition of Protestantism to Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, and Orthodoxy expanded exponentially the demographic and the geographic reach of the faith. (Online sources)
Brian McLaren and Tony Jones and Doug Pagitt are to the Lord’s Protestant Reformers, in essence, what the antichrist pope and his also apostate teaching magisterium was to them. And as mainstream evangelicalism allows the spurious spiritual teachings of these EC rebels, along with other notables like Rob Bell and his postmodern philospher pal Peter Rollins, to slither deeper into its own leadership and denominations we’d best pray God quickly raises up another Luther with a sledge-hammer in hand.
Sad to say, this is no a game; and quite likely we’re not going to get a do-over…