The Emerging Church; and the battle for the truth.
1/A New Kind of Church
Leaders of the emerging church say drastic changes must take place because the church can no longer be effective with old ways and an old church. We need a new kind of Christianity if we are going to make a difference in peoples lives and the world around us. But just what is this new kind of Christianity?
2/The Birth of the Emerging Church
Contrary to what many believe, the current emerging church movement was not initiated by a group of disillusioned young people. In reality, the movement was largely the inspiration of a successful business guru whose ideas on an emerging church were catapulted into existence by other successful businessmen, and thus it became the influential religious force it is today. Backed by multi-million dollar corporations and entities, its very core has been influenced dramatically by those with mystical affinities.
3/A New Faith for the 21st Century
The Word of God is under attack. According to emerging church leaders, the Bible is not so much for truth and doctrine as it is for hopes, ideas, and participation. In other words, dont use the Bible as a means of theology or absolute truth and standards by which to live; rather than the Bible molding the
Christians life, let the Christians life mold the Bible.
4/Riding the Emerging Church Wave
How far is this new kind of church willing to go to reach its objective? Emerging church proponents say there is a new wave taking place and we have to hop on. The wave is a Vintage Christianity, which in reality is an experience-based religion. Experiences must be implemented in order to attract both Christians and non-Christians alike; we must appeal to this postmodern generation with its hunger for experience, rituals, and mysticism.
5/Rituals from the Past . The emerging church embraces multi-sensory worship. Whilemany are bewildered why their churches are darkening their sanctuaries, setting up prayer stations with candles, incense, and icons, the promoters of the emerging church movement say they know exactly what they are doing by practicing mysticism through music, rituals, and worship and offering stimulating images for a spiritual experience.
6/Ancient-Future Path to Rome
Leaders of the emerging church say the ideas and beliefs of the early church fathers (100 AD to 600AD) are important and these teachings from the past will bring spiritual transformation and success to churches in the 21st century.
7/When West Meets East
Contemplative spirituality (i.e., mysticism) is to the emerging church what the wind is to a sail boat. Without it, there is no momentum, and it is woven into the very fabric of the emerging churchs ambience. In order to understand why this is so important, we must first understand the dynamics of
8/Monks, Mystics, and the Ancient Wisdom
The emerging church is embracing contemplative spirituality and what is called the ancient wisdom. While appearing to be Christian because of the altered terminology, in actuality, it is occult based and New Age.
9/The Evangelization of Eucharistic Adoration
The Roman Catholic Church has a plan to establish the Kingdom of God here on Earth and win the world to the Roman Catholic Jesusthe Eucharistic Christ. It is believed the triumph of the Eucharist will be accomplished when the world (including the separated brethren) come under the rule
and reign of Rome and the Eucharistic Jesus. The presence of Christ in the Eucharist is the second coming, Roman Catholic style. The emerging church is a bridge to Rome.
10/The Kingdom of God on Earth
The Bible says that Jesus Christ will establish His kingdom when He returns to Earth. But today a theology called Kingdom Now or Dominionism is permeating the walls of Christianity, and the emerging church movement is taking this heretical belief full speed into the next generation. With the idea that
the church can establish the Kingdom of God before Christ returns and essentially turn our world into a Christian world, this belief system has literally changed the way countless Christians view the world and go about their Christian living. What most of them dont realize is this Kingdom of God on
Earth mindset is an all out effort by Satan to merge together the religions of the world and thus negate the gospel message.
11/The Undoing of Faith
The fruit of the emerging church includes: changes in views on sexuality (homosexuality acceptance and tantra, a mixture of mysticism and sex), the desire by emerging leaders to stop identifying with Christianity, eradicating the gap between good and evil (the very goal of Satans religion, the New Age), and developing a new missiology which says keep your own religion, just add Jesus. This truly is the undoing of Christian faith.
12/A Slaughterhouse Religion?
If someone said that emerging church leaders dont like the Cross, many would cry out, Yes, they do. Ive heard them talk about Jesus and the Cross. But while this may be true, there is an underlying theme building momentum in the emerging church that says, Jesus going to the Cross was an example of sacrifice and service that we should follow. But the idea that God would send His Son to a violent death for the sins of mankind well that is not who God is. He would never do that! This mindset negates the very atonement on which biblical Christianity rests.
13/A New Reformation?
Faith Undone shows that the nature of the emerging churchs new reformation is anything but new, and when it comes to pass could bear violence and persecution on those who defend the Bible as the true and literal Word of God. This is a heavy chapter that will zero in on what this new emerging reformation will look like.
14/Or An End-Time Deception
The Bible says that in the last days Satan will deceive the whole world with doctrines of demons and seducing spirits. The question must be asked, is the emerging church spirituality part of this great falling away? And just what are the earmarks of
a church that has become part of this end-time deception?