Monday, February 22, 2016

Part 6: THE EMERGENT CHURCH HERESY


The Emergent Church Heresy
Christians today should be aware of and also beware of a growing heretical movement that is generally labelled the “Emergent Church” movement. This movement is crossing denominational lines and making inroads into evangelical and charismatic churches. It presents itself as another step forward in church development and likens itself to the Reformation. The Reformation and the charismatic movement were moves away from man-made traditions and back to Biblical truth and to practices of the early Christian church as presented in the book of Acts and in the writings of the New Testament scripture. The Emergent Church doctrines, however, lay scripture aside and draw from the philosophies of eastern religions.

The emergent church which claims to be divine revelation for the Quantum era actually takes its teaching from Zen Buddhism and eastern religions. While professing to be contemporary, they base their practices and beliefs on “ancient traditions” which basically were born within eastern religions which are unbiblical and amount to idolatry.
The movement does not emphasize the Bible as its foundational authority, but rather leans heavily on non-biblical “ancient traditions” from eastern religions.

They speak of “obeying the inner voice” rather than obeying the Bible. Na├»ve Christians who are lured into this error assume the inner voice is the Holy Spirit. The problem is that the scripture warns us to hold to the traditions that the apostles gave us (the Bible). We are told that if anyone, or even an angel, preaches anything other than the Gospel presented to us by the Apostle Paul, let him be accursed. We are told that the written word of God is surer than even a voice from heaven. The Bible is our standard by which we judge and test the spirits and any revelation or message we hear. The “inner voice” will deceive us if we do not stand on the Bible itself. Emergent church leaders are selective regarding which scripture they believe and which verses they quote. Anyone placing themselves in the arrogant position of judging scripture rather than letting the scripture be the judge is placing himself in a very spiritually dangerous place. And anyone who lays the Bible aside in order to listen to and obey an “inner voice” will be deceived.
The movement teaches that everyone should seek the divine that is within. They do not teach repentance or the need to turn from sin. The Bible teaches that man is a sinner and needs to be saved. The emergent church teaches that God is in everyone and they must simply find Him by searching within and by getting in tune with the frequencies of the universe. This is pantheism.

I have read material and listened to messages taught by people in this movement. They do not preach the Bible, Christ, or the gospel as presented in the New Testament, but rather such practices as meditation, centering prayer, and the false-self concept,  all of which come from Buddhism, Hinduism, and new age philosophy, and which open people up to demonic forces. 

The claim is that they are reaching contemporary society, people in the world, and Christians who are disillusioned with church as they have known it.  The problem is they are not bringing these people to a saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ and to the true church but to a form of eastern religion dressed in the skin of Christianity. They profess a love that accepts everyone. Everyone is told to “come as you are.”  The difference is that Jesus calls us to “come as we are” but sin no more. Jesus said that the king’s servants gathered in all whom they found, both good and bad. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in and saw a man who did not have on a wedding garment, He cast him out (Mt 22:8-14). Peter said that the Lord is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9).
The emergent church heresy rejects Jesus as the only way to heaven, casts doubt on scripture itself, and questions the basic foundational doctrines of scripture, replacing them with eastern religion and new age philosophy which is a form of idolatry.

For those seriously interested, I recommend watching the following documentary, “The Roots of the Emergent Church,” which describes in detail the false teachings in this movement and shows clips of their messages. Just click on this link. The documentary starts out with a blank screen with only audio but followed quickly by the video. 
http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=The+Root+of+the+Emerging+Church&&view=detail&mid=5BF515B8C3E81CEB84D35BF515B8C3E81CEB84D3&FORM=VRDGAR

4 comments:

Beth said...

Thanks for sharing Billy! As usual, you have such a way with words and present things with such clarity. David and I'll check out the video.

Gloria said...

Thank you, Billy..

James Sink said...

Thanks for sharing this information. I know you have a shepherd's heart and desire that all believers hold fast to the truth. Thanks!

hare-talk said...

Thanks Billy. Your comments are helpful.
The video will take some time.....tremendous resource.
Blessings

Any plans to be in GA?