Apprising Ministries points you to this important short piece below by Christian apologist Chris Rosebrough, host of the Fighting for the Faith program which airs on his Pirate Christian Radio network:
I found a quote today during my theological research that stopped me in my tracks. The quote was written during the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy in the Presbyterian Church during the 1920′s. But this quote literally could have been written today regarding the current battle among Confessional Christians of the Reformation and Post-Modern Liberals aka Emergents.
Here’s the quote:
“The Radicals [Modernist Liberals] are set on substituting ‘evolution’ for creation, ‘the principle animating the cosmos’ for the living God, consciousness of the individual for the authority of the Bible, reason for revelation, sight for faith, ‘social service,’ for salvation, reform for regeneration, the priest for the prophet, ecclesiasticism for evangelism, the human Jesus for the divine Christ, a man-made ‘ideal society’ for the divinely promised kingdom of God, and humanitarian efforts in this poor world for an eternity of joy in God’s bright home.” – The Fundamentalist, Vol. II, No. 1This battle is still raging today.
As much as the Emergents like to claim they are different than Modernists it is painfully clear that they champion many of the exact same heresies as their Modernist forebears.
Today’s Post-Modern Liberals, Emergents:
1. Question and / or Deny the Inerrancy of the Scriptures
2. Question and / or Deny the Virgin Birth and by extension call the deity of Jesus into question.
3. Openly mock and repudiate the Penal Substitutionary atonement
4. Openly challenge salvation by grace alone through faith alone by Christ’s work alone.
5. Question and / or Deny Christ’s Physical Return in Chronos Time to Judge the Living and the Dead
6. Question and / or Deny God’s Eternal and Conscious Punishment of the Wicked (Hell)
It may be time to re-examine the Fundamentalist-Modernist Controversy of the 20th Century and draw a clear line in the sand and call today’s Post-Modern Liberals to repentance and the forgiveness of sins for their heresies. If they will not repent of their heresies then its high time to once again practice church discipline and the lost art of excommunication. (Online source)
Rosebrough is right; it is time to see the egregiously ecumenical Emerging Church aka Emergent Church de-formation of the Christian faith—now morphing into Emergence Christianity—(EC) for exactly what it is: A cult of a postliberalism, essentially a Liberalism 2.0 upgraded to include the miraculous, a little leaven rapidly spreading within mainstream evangelicalism.
The original liberalism aka “modern theology,” which the late cult expert Dr. Walter Martin labeled the Cult of Liberal Theology, made the ill-fated attempt to make Christianity “relevant” to the modern culture it found itself in. And the EC is simply the same stupid attempt to do the same thing as a postmodern theology trying to be relevant to this “postmodern” culture.