Emergent Church Movement

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing, to do with them.
They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over weak-willed women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth.”

~ 2 Timothy 3:1-7

“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.”

~ 2 Timothy 4:2-5

There is a “new” movement within the Church (the Body of Christ). Actually, this movement isn’t really new, it’s old. It just has a new name: the Emerging and Emergent Church. In the Bible this movement is best known as idolatry, which by definition means: worship and/or reverence for a mere image or semblance of something, visible but without substance, as a phantom; a figment of the mind; fantasy; a false conception or notion; fallacy.

There are nine (9) types of emergent groups I am presently aware of and they are:

  • AGmergent (Assemblies of God/Pentecostal)
  • Anglimergent (Anglican/Episcopal)
  • Baptimergent ((Baptist)
  • Convergent (Quaker)
  • Luthermergent (Lutheran)
  • Methomergent (Methodist)
  • Presbymergent (Presbyterian)
  • Reformergent (Reformed)
  • Submergent (Anabaptist)

The basic beliefs of all emerging and emergent churches are they agree not to agree on anything and also hold steadfastly to know nothing for certain including understanding the Bible by the power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 2:6-13).

They also agree to make no definitive statements regarding repentance, sin, Heaven or Hell, Christ’s sinless life, His deity, or God’s standard of righteousness. They believe that Christ’s purpose on earth was not only to come to this world to save sinners from the bondage of sin and the penalty of sin, which is eternal damnation in Hell, but also to bring peace and harmony on earth – the Kingdom of God here and now. They believe “Christians” ought to be more concerned with human/world reform rather than focus on the “uncertainty” of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They do not believe that Jesus Christ is the Way the Truth and the Life or that anyone can know for certain that they are truly saved. (1 John 5:13 & 1 John 5:20) But of course, everything stated above is all up for debate and they can't really be sure of that either.

What they don’t understand is, if the Gospel of Jesus Christ were proclaimed to all the earth (as we are commanded by Christ), then humans would be changed from the inside out, not the other way around – just the way God intended.

Therefore stay away from "seeker-friendly" churches like Bill Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church as they are not only the catalysts to the emerging/emergent church movement, but they support, promote and enlist known heretics like Brian McLaren to be the lead speaker at their conferences. And if that weren't un-biblical enough (that is to ask a heretic to lead a Christian conference), Willow Creek is an Elder led church, which I have no problem with. What I have a problem with is that three (3) of the six (6) Elders, are women; which is un-Biblical (1 Timothy 2:11-14).

Matthew 10:34
"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”

Luke 12:51
“Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division.”

John 18:36
Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jews. But now my kingdom is from another place.’ ”

For more information on the Emergent Church movement, click on the link below for comments from John MacArthur.

MacArthur: The Emergent Church is a Form of Paganism