Friday, March 03, 2006

Examining the Emergent Movement

The next big thing in the church is the Emergent Movement/Conversation. Fronted by the likes of Brian Mclaren, Rob Bell and Doug Pagitt, the EM offers a new paradigm for doing church. Gone are denominational distinctions, doctrinal differences and deep discernment. These are replaced by feelings, experiences and encounters with "spiritual reality." A growing force in the post-modern church, this new way of doing things is actually a regression into old heresies and doctrinal deviations. In the rush to be relevant many well-meaning evangelicals are getting caught up in the conversation. Yet we must be mindful of Paul's warning in 2 Timothy 4:3-4.

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.

The following link offers some useful resources in discerning whether this "new" movement is losing its hold on the truth of Scripture: Apprising Ministries.

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