Dealing With the Emergent Church Part I – What They Get Right


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5 thoughts on “Dealing With the Emergent Church Part I – What They Get Right

    1. I agree somewhat. I agree that there are multiple problems with the emergent movement, some of which are heretical. At the same time, I believe in taking the Francis Schaeffer approach to an issue, in that it’s important to find the common ground. Once common ground is discovered, you show how they are inconsistent in their beliefs because of that common ground. That will be the point of the next post I make – though what I listed is good, there’s little justification for doing any of it because of their overall beliefs.

      As for being gone in 5 years…the movement itself has been around since the mid-90’s already. Likewise, it’s the spiritual successor to theological liberalism, which was the spiritual successor to higher criticism. What worries me is that as this movement goes on it gets progressively worse. At first it was just a question of some of the Bible, then the miracles, then the divinity of Christ, and now everything. It gets worse when you take into account that Weakness Theology is beginning to become quite popular. Thus, my worry isn’t that the title “emergent” will be around 5-10 years from now, but that its spiritual successor will be even worse.

  1. Let’s hope it doesn’t go that way! I’m TRYING to be optimistic and hope that as the Emergents grow up and mature, they understand that the essentials of the Christian faith are indeed more important that subjective emotional evenings at the coffee shop!

    But I also see many who are indeed sinking worse too. Can’t win em’ all I guess.

    1. Well, studying the emergent movement and postmodernism has been the main thrust of my studies and, sad to say, some are growing up (Mark Driscoll, Dan Kimball) while others are getting worse (Tony Jones, Peter Rollins, Brian McLaren).

      I’ve actually met some of the emergent leaders and eve had back and forth discussions with others. I’ve opened up a friendly relationship with Pete (Peter Rollins), but have sadly failed with some others.

      I think that instead of pulling a Martin Luther and just labeling them heretics and dogs of hell, a better approach is to treat them as people made in the image of God who are sadly misguided and in need of correction. Granted, at some point you must recognize who is a wolf and treat such a person in an appropriate fashion, but I don’t think we’re to that point just yet.

  2. In my defense, I’ve only ever called ONE emergent a heretic/dog of hell/whore of Baybylon/ who drinks from the fountain of false prophets…

    That would be my brother-in-law. 🙂

    To him, I’m a legalistic Judaizer under the law of death who nails Christ to the cross with every breath I take. Or something like that. I’m loosing track.

    But we’re FAMILY!

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