The Lord be praised that He saw 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 that’s now operating right within mainstream evangelicalism itself.
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, theEmergent Church leaders have been quite successful in taking the focus off proper Christian spirituality; and instead putting it upon mere subjective feelings.
While this was going on, circa the late 90′s, foolish evangelical leaders made the tragic decision to begin using these warped and toxic teachings within their own Young Adult and Youth ministries. This would open them up to a veritable who’s who of heresy, including the unholy EC trinity of apostates, Living Spiritual Teacher and EC guru Brian McLaren, universalist EC pastor Doug Pagitt, and his friend Tony Jones, the progressive “theologian in residence” at Solomon’s Porch headed by Pagitt.
You should know that finally an upgraded Emerging Church 2.0 completely came out of the closet and shared its new postmodern form of “big tent”Progressive Christianity—a Liberalism 2.0—sometimes referred to as Emergence Christianity. The EC thus became another example of the fetid fruit of this counter-Reformation spirituality that’s now spread so deeply into squishy evanjellyfish through the evolution of this postmodern liberalism.
However, this is where the EC ceased to be relevant. Once it shut off their cloaking device, and allowed its neo-liberalism to appear, it relegated itself to obscurity. This, of course, doesn’t stop the aging old guard from fighting for its previous influence, which was once very widespread. You may recall a few years ago that I told you of an important Emergent conference in Tony Jones And Christianity 21: The Future Of Apostate Christianity and Christianity 21: Emerging Voices Of A Pseudo-Christian Faith (c 21).
C 21 was the brainchild of the dubious duo Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones. When they launched the initial C 21 apostasia-palooza back in 2009 people didn’t yet know just how far from the Christian faith the EC had already drifted. The fact is, such as these were never really in the faith in the first place. Pagitt and Jones would tell us at the time:
Christianity21 is less a conference and more a happening, an event—a gathering of voices and ideas that will shape the future of our faith.
We live in a time of epochal change. Many find this change exciting; for others, it’s a challenge. Call it globalization, pluralization, or postmodernism, this change affects our economy, politics, government, and education—all of society. And, of course, our faith and our churches are not immune to change.
So we have gathered 21 of the most important voices for the future of Christianity—21 voices for the 21st century—to speak into our future as people of faith in this age. They represent a diverse array of backgrounds, interests, and passions, and they will provide a wide range of innovative and challenging presentations. (source)
As I previously pointed out, among alleged “innovative” and supposed “most important voices for the future of Christianity” who’ll “speak into our future” in order to “shape the future of our faith” at C 21 would be “queer inclusive” ELCA “pastor” Nadia Bolz-Weber, and Phyllis Tickle, the Empress of Emergence Christianity. Fast forward to today as the latest C 21 kicks off in Denver:
I would doubt that you’ve even heard of many in the less than stellar lineup of speakers outside of Doug Pagitt, Tony Jones, Nadia Bolz-Weber and Phyllis Tickle:
There are a couple of notables, however. Kent Dobson, who took over as teaching pastor of the infamous Mars Hill Bible Church planted by former EC icon Rob Bell, and Jonathan Merritt, son of former SBC president James Merritt, whom I introduced you to in Homosexuality And Jonathan Merritt: