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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Emergent Endgame

I have in the past mentioned my frustration with the “Emergent” movement and the general lack of discernment within the church (see here and here). I haven’t taken a lot of time to really delve into the “Emergent Conversation” because, quite frankly, I assumed that the whole thing would just eventually die. (Which in many ways, it has. Read this article over at the Pyromaniacs site which shows part of the “official demise” but also warns of the continuing threat)

But just in case there are those who think that any opposition to this “kinder, gentler” kind of Christianity is off base, consider these two items which show without a doubt where this open-minded “conversation” stuff leads.

The first is a review of Emergent “godfather” Brian McLaren’s latest offering. Tim Challies offers a pretty vivid image as to where McLaren’s ideas have taken him (warning, it may be a bit on the offensive side to some). Yet it’s an accurate image and shows the biblical bankruptcy of the movement in general.

The second is this video piece which I borrowed from The Museum of Idolatry. The hardest part in watching is to realize that these two guys actually believe what they are saying, which in essence is that Conversion is not necessary, we just have to learn to dialogue with other “faith narratives” and find common ground, blah, blah, blah.

I believe Jesus was quite clear. "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) And Acts 4:12 says just as clearly: “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

Hopefully people will finally see the emergent endgame and run from it all just as fast as they can, and back into the arms of solid biblical teaching.

1 comment:

Frances Clements said...

I think you are very right. Truth is skewed by many and many others have stopped trying to find it. It is very sad really.