Roots of the Emergent Church Exposed is a great video documentary of the Emergent Church Movement takes its name from the idea that the culture has changed, and anew church should emerge in response. It apparently grew out of discussion groups inside the Young Leadership Network in the 1990’s. Also attached to this article is an article by Eric Barger “How to spot an Emergent Church” a downloadable pdf article on the characteristics of this Redefining of Christianity is a must for the discerning .
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 1:3-4
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Roots of the Emergent Church Exposed
To Emergents, Christianity should be:
* Experience over Reason
* Spirituality over Doctrine and Absolutes
* Images over Words
* Feelings over Truth
* Earthly Justice over Salvation
* Social Action over Eternity
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort [you] that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude 1:3-4
Put bluntly, the Emergent Church Movement is a complete redefinition of Christianity. It is unquestionably the new Liberalism. However, don’t wait for Emergent teachers to use the term “Emergent.” Learn how to spot it for yourself.
This Christian documentary film The Real Roots of the Emergent Church exposed, will take an honest look at the leaders of the Emerging Church movement such as Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt, Tony Jones, Rob Bell, Tony Campolo, Steve Chalke, Peter Rollins, Dan Kimball, Richard Rohr, Phyllis Tickle, Spencer Burke and others. Who are they and what are they teaching? Become familiar with the postmodern Emergent Church and its popular tactic of literary deconstruction applied to the Bible. This film takes an in-depth look at what the Emerging Church believes concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Scriptures, absolute truth, hell, homosexuality, mysticism, contemplative prayer, other religions, and eschatology in comparison to the Bible. Much more than candles and couches!
The Real Roots of the Emergent Church Exposed
Subjects of this film were contacted for direct interviews. Doug Pagitt, Tony Jones and others were contacted in April 2011. No response. At a Love Wins book signing, Rob told us he would be willing to do an interview and to contact his church which was done several times with no response. We do not fault them for that knowing they are all probably very busy people. But for this reason we have resorted to their own public statements. This film is our way of joining the conversation.
Participants: Eric Ludy, Joe Schimmel, Chris Rosebrough, Bob DeWaay, Gary Gilley, Ray Yungen, Robert LeBus, Jay Peters, James Sundquist, and Elliott Nesch.
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One would have to ask, “why does the Emerging church even get any traction?” I think the answer to that question is because of the failure of the institutional Church to exemplify true Christianity to a Christian world living in the confines of a world embracing every pagan desire. The Emergent’s claim that “Church” needs to change is not true; that is precisely the problem; the Church has already changed, and continues to change, with every generation, from what it was in its original form. The Church looks more like General Motors than it does the Body of Christ. The institutional Church is an organization, a dead thing run by men, and not an organism, a living, breathing spiritual reality. Yes, I guess you could say that change is necessary, but not forward change; we need to go backwards. We need to go back and do our “first works over again.”
Steve, I agree… We need to go back and recall the ancient paths. Man always thinks he can improve on what God gave us. Thanks for your comments.