Summary: Exploring the dangers of the post-modern Emergent Church movement
The Dangers of the Emergent Church
Genesis 3:1-5 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
First we must ask what is the Emergent/Emerging Church?
The emerging church is a Christian movement of the late 20th and early 21st centuries that crosses a number of theological boundaries: participants are described as Protestant, post-Protestant, Evangelical, post-Evangelical, Liberal, post-Liberal, Conservative, post-conservative etc. At this point somebody might say – “I don’t get it, what is it, what does all that mean?” In some ways that’s the point, the emergent church doesn’t really make sense except to say they are doing their best to re-invent Christianity into whatever they want it to be!
I can’t help but to automatically think of the words of the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 14:33 “God is not the author of confusion”
Proponents say the movement transcends such labels as liberal, conservative, evangelical etc.. They describe the movement as a "conversation" to emphasize its developing and decentralized nature. There is no Emergent Church denomination, there is no official organization, there are no set standards or creeds and you will probably never see the word emergent on a church sign or billboard. They rarely if ever advertise “Hey, we are an emergent church!” Not only do they not advertise it they likely would never even admit it for if they did that might scare people off! That being said they do share certain things in common.
So they describe the movement as “a conversation”, and they are commitment to dialogue. I was told of one particular church that was described as “emergent” so I went to their website. On their website it said “when you come to our church you can expect to be greeted warmly and offered a cup of coffee, or you can select from a variety of snack and refreshments. You will find people discussing such topics as “the existence of God” etc…. I about fell over! Doesn’t it seem strange that the existence of God would be a topic of conversation in a church? If you don’t have that issue settled you got issues! The existence of God is declared in a local church not discussed as if its open to debate. You would expect a debate like that in on a college campus or among a group of agnostics but NOT in a local church!
Participants and proponents of the Emergent Church seek to live their faith in what they believe to be a postmodern society. What those involved in the conversation mostly agree on is their disillusionment with traditional Christianity. They support the deconstruction of modern Christian worship, modern evangelism and the nature of the modern Christian community.