Proclamation, Invitation, & Warning

The Emergent Church Movement
& Contemplative Spirituality

   
 


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"Emergent Church"

Sometimes this is called a "movement" and sometimes just a "conversation".

Watch the videos at the PBS site about what the "Emerging Church" is suppose to be. (Thanks to Lighthouse Trails for pointing this out.)

I believe that the people involved, leaders and followers, are asking some good sincere questions and are raising some of the same issues I've raised. But, I also believe that they are doing what skeptics and pagans have done for ages past, they create a "straw man" and call it "traditional Christianity" and then tear it down. And even though one of their leaders might say that modern Evangelicalism is missing the point (I agree), I believe the Emerging Church leaders are also "missing the point".

They say they want to be true to the Bible, but I'm not so sure that their solutions and convictions are truly derived from Genesis to Revelation.

It reminds me of the crucial differences I found years ago between a grouping represented in modern times by M. Scott Peck's and Marilyn Ferguson's and John Naisbitt's views of "community" versus those of a grouping represented by people in the Biblical House Churches and the historical Plymouth Brethren, Anabaptists, and Waldensians, to give some examples. 

Both groupings questioned religious traditions and traditional thinking and mindlessly following the establishment but only the latter, in my view, ended up following the real Jesus in terms of the real Gospel according to Genesis through Revelation.

Question the traditions of men and the establishment WE MUST! But faithfully follow Jesus according to the Word of God WE MUST. Everything else is a COUNTERFEIT!


Emerging Church 
derived from the
Emerging Man?

In The Aquarian Conspiracy, Carl Rogers is quoted in reference to his concepts of the "emerging man", "a new kind of autonomous human being", and an approaching "great evolutionary leap"

Maslow speaks of his psychology of ultimate concerns and transcendence: "...mystical experience - Mystic fusion, either with another person or with the whole cosmos or with anything in between. I mean here the mystical experience as classically described by the religious mystics in the various religious literatures."

Humanistic & Transpersonal Psychology 2 of 2


Link between Contemplative and
New Thought Movements - Brother Lawrence


Is this Emergent Church - Contemplative Spirituality?

"Renewal through Mysticism" Rosicrucianism

This is Rosicrucian!

Are the similarities just superficial?

 


 

Kai Zen and Spiritual Management


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A Media Spotlight Report

"The Emergent Church"
"A New Path to Ancient Religion"

Please consider going to the Media Spotlight site and requesting a copy of this Fall report by Albert James Dager. 

Al writes, "Over the past few decades there has appeared a new way of looking at church ministry which incorporates a more world-relevant approach to church services. Called "the emergent church movement," it was born out of a feeling that in many modern churches something has gone wrong, especially in failing to attract the younger, postmodern generation."

In Brother Dager's "A Personal Note" in the latest issue of "Media Spotlight", he writes, "The movement is focused on replacing reliance upon God's Word for all spiritual belief and practice with sensual experience through the return to ancient forms of worship that characterize Roman Catholicism and other so-called, "high churches" such as the Anglican, Lutheran and Eastern Orthodox traditions."

Also, he writes, "When scripture is said to be inadequate to arrive at truth apart from experience, tradition, and human reasoning, and the methodology of a movement rests upon such a claim, then we must say unequivocably that that movement is not of God. The conclusion, then, is that the movement, being of a spiritual nature, must be of Satan. We say this with no apologies to the fooolish or even naive followers of that movement. Our warning is to come out of it; have no part in it; repent of it."

See Al Dager's report for extensive documentation. Request it from the Media Spotlight site. (1/8/06)


Many are being seduced into mystical techniques to conjure up "God's Presence"

Conjure: To summon (a devil or spirit) by magical or supernatural power.

Definition from Answers.com

These techniques masquerade as "prayer" and "meditation".

But it's not Biblical prayer and it's not Biblical mediation.

Biblical meditation has nothing to do with entering an altered state of consciousness.

"But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking." Matthew 6:7

Deep Breathing and Visualization


Frank Viola Promoting Contemplative Spirituality

Storytelling or Myth-Making? Frank Viola and Ivan Illich

Frank Viola, George Barna, & the Emerging Church


Moody Bible Institute

What is MBI's position on the "Emerging Church" and Contemplative Spirituality?

Do any of their courses or professors promote these trends?

Is there anyone at MBI willing to take a stand against these movements?

8/30/07

Young Christian Woman Withdraws from Moody Bible Institute Because of Contemplative Promotion

Moody Bible Institute


Emmaus Bible College

An interesting article in the spring issue of Journey magazine

  • The Challenge of The Emergent Church - page 10
    ...[I would call it a problem! - Jim B.]

 

6 mb pdf - Journey Magazine - Spring 2007 - Emmaus Bible College

 


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