A False Reformation Called Emergent

Posted: August 19, 2010 in harlot church
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A False Reformation Called Emergent

8/17/2010

-fleebabylon.com

 

For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.  And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. ~ 2 Corinthians 11:13-15

I remember one of my first times feeding the poor in a ghetto of Detroit, a man was there doing the same thing in the name of satan!  He was serious too, not someone clowning around in attempt to get to the Christians.  There was an actual minister of satan helping the physical needs of the poor in the same park where Christians were also helping the physical needs of the poor!  Sadly, there are many professing believers today who have joined hands with such who minister in satan’s name even though they deceitfully refer to satan as “jesus”, “god”, or “lord”. 

Where the rotting corpse of western evangelical Christianity is, there the emergent vultures have gathered.

Jesus warned us of these last days with similar words and I would like to extend that warning to any true saints of God who may be caught up in the emergent church movement at the present time.  This movement seeks to remain as ambiguous as possible on its doctrines and practices so let me first clarify what I am referring to when I say emergent.  The easiest thing to do is name popular teachers of this movement such as Rob Bell and Brian Mcleran.  Many of the popular themes surrounding the movement include “social justice”, “repainting the Christian faith”, and having a “more generous orthodoxy”.  Do not be deceive though; the goal of the emergent movement is not to bring about social justice, to care for the poor, or to find common ground with the muslim that he may be brought to truth in Christ.  The goal of the emergent movement is to defile the professing Church with idolatry and to deceive the very elect of God if that were possible.  Caring for the poor, social justice and interfaith unity are merely the outward means by which the movement seeks to accomplish its goal.  

While writing this article I was lead to so some research on child sex predators (which may sound like a strange thing at first). It seems though, that these predators often target children from broken homes where they are ignored, abused, or unloved.  The predator forms a relationship with the child, stresses what a terrible thing it is that they are unloved at home and then makes themselves the missing piece in the child’s life.  This is exactly what the spiritual predators of the emergent church are doing with the younger generation.  They accurately identify many areas of hypocrisy and deadness in the evangelical church, but then offer themselves and their perverted way as the solution to the problem.  Because their parent’s generation has largely made a mockery of the Gospel despite having orthodox fundamental beliefs, these false teachers need only identify this obvious hypocrisy to gain enough credibility with the young and naïve to win their trust.  Yet we know this type of predatory relationship ends in shame and disgrace for the child and the severest punishment of the law for the predator.  Consider what a horrible day of shame it will be when those who abandoned the dead evangelical church scene only to embrace a more sick and perverted form of empty godliness stand before the Lord and hear Him say “depart from me you worker of iniquity, I never knew you”.

Let me share a parable of a lost backpacker in the desert who stumbles upon a vulture.  The vulture says “hey, someone must have given you bad directions; you are going to die out here”.  The vulture then proceeds to tell the thirsty hiker that there is water a short way up the trail, when in fact he is only pointing him to a dry river bed below his nest where he will feed on the hiker’s dead body.  “We need to re-invent church, Jesus was mainly about helping the poor and social justice, come walk this broad path of new christianity”, sure sounds a lot like “You need to head in a new direction; there is water for the thirsty up that way”.  It will ultimately cost those who go the way of the emergent movement their eternal souls.  True, the dead orthodoxy of our day has left them spiritually thirsty and in a very dry place, but there are no living waters in the direction where the vultures of the emergent movement are leading them.

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. ~ James 1:27

The first half of James 1:27 is a power verse of the emergent movement though they always seem to leave out the second part.  This is for good reason when we consider the incredible amount of worldliness and idolatry among emergents.  If you follow home the average emergent church member (or visit their blogs) you will see they are very much in love with the fallen things of this world and the love of God does not dwell in them (1 John 2).  The truth is that professing followers of Christ can team up with one.org, throw an occasional sandwich at the homeless, and petition the government to find a cure for aids all of their life and still spend eternity in the lake of fire.  There are many more examples of Gods righteous judgment then the sheep and goats taught in scripture, and many will surely be damned by them if they think eternal life is found in some pretense of helping their neighbor.  If these people saw sin for what it truly is, and “how guilty they have been of advancing its cause on earth” they would know that their attempts at social justice and loving their neighbor leaves them no better off than the career criminal who also helps an old lady cross the street once in a while.   Men need forgiveness and cleansing for their crimes against the one true Holy God on His exclusive terms first and foremost!  Always remember that the first greatest commandment is towards God, not men.

Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,  nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  ~ 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

These words were written to professed followers of Christ.  God cannot be bribed to overlook our sins because of our good works, the soul that sins it shall surely die.  Just as a judge will not let a career criminal go free because he has volunteered at a soup kitchen a few times, God will also uphold His Holy law and punish to the uttermost those who have broken it.  There is no hope for any person outside of truly having their sins washed away and being made a brand new creation by placing their faith in Jesus Christ.  This does not come by acknowledging Him as a social activist, mere prophet, good teacher, or even as Savior or Lord as demons know that much about Jesus.  We must accept Him completely on His terms according to His word, and He has a lot more to say then acting out social justice.  Whoever has not been made a brand new creation through a saving faith in Him is still dead in sin and God’s wrath abides upon them.  They need not dare speak of furthering the cause of Christ on this earth through so called good works unless they have been born again, from a fallen sinful image into the likeness of Christ.  When this takes place they will know plainly that social justice will not buy their way into the kingdom and loving our neighbor as ourselves does not involve denying the holy justice of God against sinners or joining hands of unity with idolaters to bring about social change (ie one.org).

Jesus asked what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?  Likewise, what does it profit to feed a man’s belly but not feed him true bread from heaven?  There will surely be many of the world’s poor cursing emergent church members in hell forever for not giving them true bread from heaven and only offering them another jesus (emergent jesus), and another gospel (social justice) that did not bring them to a saving faith in the real Jesus (Bible Jesus).  Those sandwiches given to the homeless (and one.org donations) will not be much appreciated a thousand years from now my emergent friend!  I would seriously expect to have hordes of damned homeless people thronging around you and cursing you in hell forever.  Will you then dare to lift up your eyes to them and declare what a wonderful agent of social change you were on the earth?

 “The world isn’t waiting for a new definition of Christianity; it is waiting for a new demonstration of it”. ~ Leonard Ravenhill

By the way, this is written by someone who home Churches and has spent a great amount of his Christian life helping the inner city poor while also proclaiming the whole council of the word of God so please do not label me as a “fundy” that does not understand the true message of Christ.  Just because many false followers of Jesus in the evangelical church ignore the first half of James 1:27 does not excuse the false followers of Jesus in the emergent Church that ignore the second half.  Over the years I have seen both ministers of satan and Christ’s true Church out on the streets serving the poor in “the name of Jesus”.  I have noticed a profound difference between the two I would like to share (this is just an observation but I believe it will stand up to the fire of that day).  Christ’s true Church continually upholds the whole council of the word of God such as sin, righteousness, judgment, hell, and the exclusive means of salvation found in Christ (even if not always spoken or understood perfectly).  The emergent’s not only are silent on such things, deep down they actually despise these truths that the word of God clearly teaches from cover to cover.  Considering that these truths reveal the very essence and nature of the one true God, I can only conclude that the emergents actually despise the God of the Bible.

Reader, do not get caught up in this false reformation called emergent!  God is doing a true work outside of today’s dead western church scene, but the emergent movement is the devils counterfeit to this work.  If you have escaped the dead, self indulgent, evangelical church scene consider it better to seek living water in your Bible and prayer closet then to take directions from the emergent vultures who are ministers of satan in disguise. Humble yourself before the God of the Bible and ask Him to give you a new heart in Christ that conforms to His every precept.  Now THAT would be a true reformation and could bring about radical social change!

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  1. ketch22 says:

    While I agree with much of what you say about the Emergent Church, I wish you would approach your beliefs with more care… this way you wouldn’t turn people away from the Gospel. I am a lover of Christ and I am at times offended by what you say, so what about somebody whose faith is not as strong or non-existent?

    “The truth is that professing followers of Christ can team up with one.org, throw an occasional sandwich at the homeless, and petition the government to find a cure for aids all of their life and still spend eternity in the lake of fire.”

    The truth is that professing followers of Christ can write blogs condemning all but their own brand of theology as from Satan and still spend eternity in the lake of fire.

    • Sean says:

      “The truth is that professing followers of Christ can write blogs condemning all but their own brand of theology as from Satan and still spend eternity in the lake of fire.”

      Hi Mark.. just have to ask you a question. Do you condemn Harold Camping on your blog because he doesn’t follow your brand of theology or because he’s a false teacher?

    • fleebabylon says:

      Ketch22 said:
      “I wish you would approach your beliefs with more care… this way you wouldn’t turn people away from the Gospel. I am a lover of Christ and I am at times offended by what you say”

      Mark, can you please tell me exactly what you think I said that was wrong or caused undo offense and let me know if you think it was a) untrue, b) should have been said in a different way, or c) should not have been said at all even though it’s true (or any other reason). It might help me understand where you are coming friend if you explained more.

      Thanks,
      Jim

  2. ian vincent says:

    I liked your write-up on the EC, Jim. I’ve never been offended by anything you say.

    The EC is definitely the spirit of antichrist. It seeks to oppose Christ by providing a substitute ‘christ’ : and we know it’s a spirit, not just a man-made thing, bcos the ‘profile’ of it always fits : we see a profile emerging of this spirit, how it influences people the same way, right across the board, bringing them into “unity”.

    You can draw up a profile of the person influenced by the spirit of antichrist and then go out and see how many people fit this profile to a tee. It’s very predictable. E.g. When you meet such a person you already know everything they believe. They fit the profile of that spirit.

  3. Sean says:

    Very good post Jim. I too am not offended by what you have written.

    “The emergent’s not only are silent on such things, deep down they actually despise these truths that the word of God clearly teaches from cover to cover. ”

    Very true. The Emergent teachers really do hate the God of the bible. Though they claim to love God..the God they love is not found in the pages of scripture.

    And I’ll have to disagree with Mark. This is not just a matter of disagreeing over some minor difference in theology. The Emergent teachers teach another Jesus that is not found in the bible. Their Jesus cannot save, deliver, sactify and will ultimately not be coming back for them at the end of the age because he doesn’t exist. They will find a Jesus coming back whom they do not know, never wanted to know, and certainly do not like.

    I think it’s fair to pass judgment on these guys just like Mark passes judgment on a “Christian” raido broadcaster on his most recent blog post (http://ketch22.wordpress.com/). To use Mark’s judgmental term: these guys are “masquerading as Christians”.

    Sometimes calling things for what they are is the right thing to do.

  4. thereformedtraveler says:

    Thanks for exposing the true face of these, shaking angry fists, God haters. Yes sir, the Great Masquerade. This ‘New Reformation’, that so many are involved in, is a thing to behold for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. Also just visited one.org for the first time…not a good combo – UN and the New Reformation! (very detrimental to the Christian’s health….)

  5. ian vincent says:

    Concerning one’s “own brand of theology”.

    Clever of the devil to take the truth and repackage it as theology.

    When the truth becomes a theology, then you can take it or leave it; it simply becomes one of many options available to you.

    E.g. Jesus says, repent or you will perish. You will go where there is weeping and grinding of teeth.

    An EC teacher hears Jesus say that and responds: “Very interesting theology, Jesus”. “But we don’t quite see it that way, no problem, we just have a different brand of theology to you, which is OK”…

    So, the issue is not over theology, the issue is whether Jesus Christ is a liar or not.

    It’s a moral one.

    Which is why Jesus said that it would have been better for such people if they had never been born.

    ( a lot of Christians debate over tradition, things which Jesus never spoke. I’m talking about when Jesus words are called into question, and that is what the EC is doing.)

  6. Sean says:

    Hi Ian,

    “( a lot of Christians debate over tradition, things which Jesus never spoke. I’m talking about when Jesus words are called into question, and that is what the EC is doing.)”

    That is very true. Often they start out challenging the false traditions found in Christianity (something many people can relate too) but they eventually lead to challenging and rejecting the words of Christ.

  7. simon says:

    Well, thank you for your post. I think you outline many of the weaknesses of the “EM”…

    You say, “Just because many false followers of Jesus in the evangelical church ignore the first half of James 1:27 does not excuse the false followers of Jesus in the emergent Church that ignore the second half.”

    And I say Amen! … However, many elements in this article reek of the straw-man fallacy. I am offended by your sweeping generalizations which falsely accuse me and others who I think would associate with the EM.

    It is far too easy to stand at a distance in a holy huddle with those ‘elect’ who’ll spur you on to demonize and misrepresent others whom you’ve never spoken to nor understand. If you are directing your comments at one person who may respond, that is one thing… it may even be constructive… but you are targeting … who?

    What teaching are you opposing? Which teacher?

    The emergent Christianity you paint in your article is not one I think any emergent Christian belongs to. Again I say, who are you talking to? Or are you simply mis-equating worldliness with emergent?

    Because if you are not targeting a specific individual or a specific teaching, you are not judging rightly, but sinfully.

    I personally would associate myself as emergent, but you say: “The goal of the emergent movement is to defile the professing Church with idolatry and to deceive the very elect of God if that were possible.”

    If I am part of emergent, you judge my motives and call me devil, which naturally I find offensive. It represents a lack of understanding as it does carelessness and reckless disregard for the Truth.

    Might I remind you that by the measure you judge, so you also will be judged? Be careful, brother, for while I think you raise many good points, you lead others astray.

    I do not speak for the EM, I don’t think anyone does, but while I’m sure there are many associated with the EM who are barely recognizable as Christ-followers, there are many more who are deeply in love with Christ and His Gospel, and who are striving for a renewal of life and love for the Gospel in the Church.

    Indeed, as I pick up from your post, their motivation is the same as yours: a deep longing for the truth.

    You might consider this to understand my perspective a little: http://verysmallsteps.wordpress.com/2010/06/09/beliefs-heretics-the-shift/

    I am not advocating throwing out what you describe as “the whole council of the word of God such as sin, righteousness, judgment, hell, and the exclusive means of salvation found in Christ” .. but that we need to embrace Christian orthopraxy with the same fervor as we do orthodoxy.. Only then will we be following in Christ’s footsteps.

    The alternative is akin to a noisy gong, liable to the same rebuke Christ gave the scribes and Pharisees, and worth only to be thrown into the furnace.

    So again, thank you for your article – I sincerely encourage you to continue writing, searching, and struggling for the truth – but I urge you to take more care in doing so, lest you allow your mind to set on the things of man, and not of God, and burn sincere brothers and sisters in Christ at the stake in the process.

    • fleebabylon says:

      Simon-

      Thank you for checking out the article. To keep with your tone I agree with most of what you are saying too. Especially this ” but that we need to embrace Christian orthopraxy with the same fervor as we do orthodoxy..” I often am in situations where I am reminded of the life of wickedness and sin I used to live. I remember Pauls exhortation to put my hands to use for the kingdom of God with the same fervor I used to slave for sin. I agree with you completely here.

      “Because if you are not targeting a specific individual or a specific teaching, you are not judging rightly, but sinfully.”

      I did want to note that I mentioned two main names and the one.org organization, so this is not an ambigous rambling about something I conjured up and called “emergent”. It was from my personal experiences and the vast amount of public teaching that exists. I also labored to target the “teaching”, but in the case of emergent it is more of an “unteaching” as is the nature of the darkness.

      “I personally would associate myself as emergent”
      Then perhaps this article is intended for YOU, a sincere brother who longs for the fulness of Christ, the New Testament expereience, and is in danger of embracing this false reformation called emergent? I do not know you so I do not judge, and I am not a prophet… also why bother with a label at all in your case?

      Speaking of such you said “If I am part of emergent, you judge my motives and call me devil, which naturally I find offensive”.

      Beware of the day we live in Simon and of the false reformation called emergent, it mimics the real reformation of people seeking the God and Christ of the Bible with all of their hearts and learning to live for Him, now, in this present world. Also, I am not worried about offending members of the ec if what I say is true. Its what we do after hearing the truth (repent or harden our hearts) that matters.

      -Jim

      2Th 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
      2Th 2:4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
      2Th 2:5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
      2Th 2:6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
      2Th 2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
      2Th 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
      2Th 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
      2Th 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
      2Th 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
      2Th 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
      2Th 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:

      • simon says:

        Hey there Jim,

        Thanks for your reply, and I appreciate your warnings and encouragement. However, I think you are wrong about the EM. It’s simply not as simple as saying Emergent = Satan.

        It terms of offending people “if what [you] say is true”… well, that’s the point isn’t it: Is what you say true? – or does what you say have elements of truth, but is distorted by unsubstantiated generalisations and fallacious reasoning?

        I say the EM is a true reformation and the devils nightmare – a very work of the Spirit, turning people from the idolatry of orthodoxy and religion, to the living God, and this work has only just begun. And yes, we are urged and exhorted to be on the lookout for false teachers – indeed, I think it’s because of this that the EM started – because of a love for truth, and a conviction that the Western Church has been led astray.

        That said, as in any movement, be it neo-Calvinism or Reformed or monastic or mystic, or emergent, as the pendulum swings from the status quo to something else, there is good AND bad teaching, and arguments and discussion to be had – let’s keep in mind the fierce arguments Paul had with his contemporary apostles .. argument and discussion is good!

        The trouble with demonizing ’emergent’ as a whole (quite apart from the righteous judgment issue) is that the word is so arbitrary and misleading… that connecting a certain set of teachings to it is fraught with error… the argument becomes one of semantics, ie. “what do you mean by “emergent”?

        So yes, I accept your encouragement to “beware of the day”, but I pray for a better discussion about these things.

        I join in your exhortation to:

        “Humble yourself before the God of the Bible and ask Him to give you a new heart in Christ that conforms to His every precept. Now THAT would be a true reformation and could bring about radical social change!”..

        … this something all followers true of Christ, whether reformed, emergent or otherwise, can embrace. Amen.

        Cheers Jim, I look forward to keeping in contact.

  8. fleebabylon says:

    “I say the EM is a true reformation and the devils nightmare – a very work of the Spirit, turning people from the idolatry of orthodoxy and religion, to the living God, and this work has only just begun”

    Then one of us has a major problem because I call it the great falling away and the work of antichrist. So one of us calls the work of the devil the work of God…

  9. ian vincent says:

    Simon,

    Only specifics are worth addressing.

    Brian McLaren, who is perhaps one of the figureheads of the emerging movement, says:

    Quote:

    “This is how I feel when I’m offered a choice between the roads of exclusivism (only confessing Christians go to heaven), universalism (everyone goes to heaven), and inclusivism (Christians go to heaven, plus at least some others). Each road takes you somewhere, to a place with some advantages and disadvantages, but none of them is the road of my missional calling: blessed in this life to be a blessing to everyone on earth.” (Brian McLaren A Generous Orthodoxy p. 113.)

    “ meditative practices, about which Zen Buddhism has said much. To talk about different things is not to contradict one another; it is, rather, to have much to offer one another” (Brian McLaren. A Generous Orthodoxy, p. 255.)

    “I don’t think we’ve got the gospel right yet. What does it mean to be ‘saved’? When I read the Bible, I don’t see it meaning, ‘I’m going to heaven after I die.’ Before modern evangelicalism nobody accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, or walked down an aisle, or said the sinner’s prayer.” (interview with Christianity Today)

    ——————————-
    RE:
    “I don’t think we’ve got the gospel right yet.”

    Paul the Apostle didn’t get the gospel right? And McLaren has?

    ——————————–

    “Asked at a conference last spring what he thought about gay marriage, Brian McLaren replied, “You know what, the thing that breaks my heart is that there’s no way I can answer it without hurting someone on either side.” You might call his a kinder and gentler brand of religion”.

    http://www.inplainsite.org/html/brian_mclaren.html

  10. ian vincent says:

    So, Simon, are you “with” your leader, or not?

    Do you also believe that there are other routes to God by practicing different religions?

    Do you also believe that men having sex with men is not an abomination, and that even Christians can do this and still be Christians?

    Do you also believe that no one has yet understood or preached the true gospel?

    Do you also believe that the hell which Jesus described is just a myth?

    Basically, do you serve the same devil that your leader serves? Are you as blind as your leader is?

  11. ian vincent says:

    We have a duty to inform people as to what these false teachers REALLY believe, or don’t believe, concerning the LORD Jesus Christ.

    The subtlety of the serpent is so evident in McLaren’s teaching. He so masterfully uses clever pseudo-intellectual words and terms to obscure the fact that he flatly denies Jesus Christ and His words. And they redefine everything anyway, so, for example, “salvation” means something entirely different than what Jesus and the Apostles taught. That’s why it’s hard to debate them, bcos they have different definitions to begin with.

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