For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ… Yet in like manner these people also, relying on their dreams, defile the flesh, reject authority, and blaspheme the glorious ones…
These are hidden reefs at your love feasts, as they feast with you without fear, shepherds feeding themselves; waterless clouds, swept along by winds; fruitless trees in late autumn, twice dead, uprooted.
(Jude 4, 8, 12)
The Evangelical Community Should Have Purged This Emerging Leaven Before It Spread
The Lord be praised that He has seen fit to open the door for Apprising Ministries to have become one of the leading voices against the sinfully ecumenical Emergent Church aka the Emerging Church, a neo-liberal cult now operating within mainstream evangelicalism.
Its primary legacy is that through its core doctrine of corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM), masquerading as spurious Spiritual Formation ala Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster and his spiritual twin Dallas Willard, the Emergent Church leaders have been quite successful in taking the focus off proper Christian spirituality; and instead putting it upon mere subjective feelings.
While all of this was going on, circa the late 90′s, foolish evangelical leaders would make the tragic decision to begin using these warped and toxic teachings within their own Young Adult and Youth ministries. By doing so, it served to open them to a veritable who’s who of heresy, including the unholy EC trinity of apostates.
In this way this unpropitious trio, Living Spiritual Teacher and EC guru Brian McLaren, universalist EC pastor Doug Pagitt, and his friend Dr. Tony Jones, the progressive “theologian in residence” at Solomon’s Porch—along with a whole host of Emergent apostates—were given virtually free reign over what are now a new generation of teachers.
You should know that they have joined forces in an upgraded Emerging Church 2.0 that now has in place its new postmodern form of circus “big tent” Progressive Christianity—a Liberalism 2.0—sometimes referred to as Emergence Christianity. Unfortunately, as a prime example of how blind mainstream evangelicalism is becoming I pointed you to Fantasyland: Farewell Emerging Church, 1989-2010.
Oblivious to the visible church being raped by people who are not even in the faith, many have simply written the EC off as dead. Not so; instead, what it’s done—as if as some kind of a huge mutant mushroom—is to produce poisonous spores spreading now throughout the professing Christian community having been carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes (Ephesians 4:14).
Many have even landed in the mainstream of the evangelical community; actually returning home because the Emerging Church was initially launched by Leadership Network from inside its own walls in the first place. With all of this in mind, Apprising Ministries again brings you the following words of warning circa 1985 by Dr. Walter Martin (1928-1989).
Regardless of whatever differences we have with some of his teachings, incontrovertibly Martin was a renowned defender of what he so often referred to as “the historic orthodox Christian faith.” He was also a former adherent to liberal theology and laid out the evil methodology of liberalism aka modern theology, which such as these used to take over the dead and dying mainline denominations:
There is a progression that takes place in liberal theology: It begins with a corrupt bibliology, a corrupt view of the nature and the inspiration of Scripture. They have a corrupt theology because once you are picking and choosing from the Bible what you want, your theology has to suffer from it, because your human reason is corrupt… every major theological seminary that has turned from orthodox Christianity began with disbelief of Biblical doctrine. There wasn’t a single exception.
This corrupt Bibliology then lead them to the next step. Their theology began to be touched by it, their view of the Cross, the Virgin Birth were both immediately questioned; then came the miracles of Christ… And finally they had emptied the Gospel of all its content; they were simply using the outward shell so that they go on collecting money from the people and the churches; because they knew that if the people in the pew knew that they were apostate, they’d throw them out. So the strategy was hang on to the trust funds; hang on to the money we’ve got; hang on the properties we control, and we will gradually educate the laymen into this new approach to theology.
And then finally we will take control of everything. The gradual process of feeding you theological poison until you become immunized enough so that you don’t know what’s happening to you. And when you wake up to what’s happening to you, it’s too late they’ve got everything. That is not a baseless charge, I stand prepared to prove that the Cult of Liberal Theology in the United States has deliberately and consistently followed this methodology to entrap, control and dominate the denominations and the churches of the United States and our educational institutions. (The Cult of Liberalism, available from Walter Martin Religious InfoNet)
Well, you’ll need to understand that this EC cult of the new liberalism learned well from their evil forebears and have followed the exact same track to infiltrate the largely spiritually obtuse evangelical camp. For years now they’ve been indoctrinating spiritually dense evangelical churches desperate to fill church buildings through their own publishing houses, church-related schools, seminaries, denominations, etc.
Now you have the necessary backdrop to see what’s going on—and what’s at stake—with this piece from American Baptist Press Conference seeks to nurture children, youth in ‘new kind of Christianity’. Bob Allen begins by revealing to us that the EC 2.0 is indeed using the same methodology described above:
The Cooperative Baptist Fellowship is among sponsors of a four-day meeting next May to discuss ways to train up children and youth in a “new kind of Christianity.”
Scheduled May 7-10, 2012, at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C., the Children, Youth and a New Kind of Christianity conference will bring leaders, ministers, volunteers, parents and students together for dialogue about the spiritual formation of children and youth in the “emergent” or “missional” church. (Online source)
As far as that goal they need only continue what they’ve been doing for years in evangelical Youth Groups and Young Adult ministries to train the current crop of worship leaders and young pastors further infecting the mainstream of the church with the EC postmodern form of pseudo-Christianity. Allen tells us a familiar trio is behind this:
Nationally known presenters include progressive evangelical social activists like Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo and Jim Wallis alongside children’s and youth ministry experts such as Ivy Beckwith, Joyce Bellous, Amy Dolan and Michael Novelli. (Online source)
McLaren, author of books including A New Kind of Christianity, said in a promotional video that in his travels he has heard a recurring theme that new forms of ministry, worship and community taking root and growing around the world are not being transmitted effectively to children and youth. (Online source)
In Brian McLaren Admits Ken Silva Was Right you’ll see that leading EC guru Brian McLaren has finally come out of the closet as an adherent of Progressive Christian theology, which is what he began laying out in his book A New Kind of Christianity. It’s certainly not the historic Christian faith; and no one—let alone impressionable children—should be following it, period.
You need to know that the term big tent itself, which I mentioned above, really concerns the universalism forming the rotten core of this pseudo-Christian neo-liberalism not so slowly spreading throughout the very heart of apostitizing evangelicalism. At this point it’s important to remind you again that we are talking here about a form of Christian Universalism (CU).
Despite minor variations in various views, this CU is based upon a universal atonement of Christ on the Cross—an at-one-ment—similar to that of New Age Spirituality and the Metaphysical Mind Science cults. Notice how all of this sounds strikely like the Love Wins mythology of Rob Bell, the former Elvis-like rock star pastor of the Emerging Church rebellion against the authority of the Bible.
The fact remains, the evangelical community should have thrown Brian McLaren out of its fellowship years ago…