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“Emerging Church Spreading By Seasoning”
by - David Cloud   
November 30th, 2014

In his blog this month, Brian McLaren says that the emerging church is growing in influence, "not by creating a new slice of the pie, but by seasoning nearly all sectors of the pie" ("More on the emergent conversation,", Nov. 17, 2014). He is exactly right, and the "seasoning" extends even to many "fundamentalist" churches. What McLaren calls "seasoning," the Bible calls "leaven," and it twice warns that "a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump" (1 Cor. 5:6; Gal. 5:9). The church at Corinth and the churches in Galatia were being careless about error. They were entertaining it, countenancing it. They were "bearing with it" (2 Cor. 11:4). But if a small amount of error is countenanced, it will eventually leaven everything. This is why we have warned that most independent Baptist churches will be emerging within 20 years. Large numbers of them are entertaining error. They haven't capitulated, but they are playing with it. They are arguing, "But this is just a small thing; let's 'major on the majors.'" They are playing with contemporary worship music, which even in its most "conservative" form is a definite bridge to the one-world church of the Getty's and Townend's and Redman's and Kendrick's and Zschech's. Some are even playing with contemplative prayer, as we document this month in the report "Pensacola's A Beka Promoting Catholic Contemplative Mystics."

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