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“The Emerging Church”
by Roger Oakland   
November 1st, 2007

In the not to distant future, most evangelical pastors will have to decide whether to support or reject the spirituality behind the emerging church. If this movement continues unfolding at the present pace, mainstream christianity will be completely restructured, and the biblical gospel of Jesus Christ will be considered obsolete.

The emerging church is far more than a fleeting fad and much more than the complaints of a group of young leaders. It is indeed a new way of being Christian and its objective is to usher in a new reformation throughout the world.

Those who refuse to embrace this direction will be considered spiritual oddballs that are hindering a unified one world spirituality that is promoted as the answer for peace and that is prophesied about in the Bible. I know these sound like preposterous concerns. How could a movement that seems so unorganized and mismanaged do so much damage? The answer to that is the reason I wrote the book, "FAITH UNDONE". Behind this new kind of worship, this new kind of church is a strategic apostasy and manuever by the prince of this world, the enemy of our souls, to literally take apart the faith of millions-- it will be nothing less than faith undone.

Leaders of the emerging church say drastic changes must take place because the church can no longer be effective with old ways and an old church. We need a new kind of 'Chriatianity' if we are going to make a difference in peoples lives and the world around us. But what is this new kind of 'Christianity'?

Contrary to what many believe, the current emerging church movement was not initiated by group of disillusioned young people. In reality, the movement was largely the inspiration of a successful business guru whose ideas on an emerging church were catapulted into existence by other successful businessmen, and thus it became the influential religious force it is today. Backed by multi-million dollar corporations and entitis, its very core has been influenced dramatically by those with mysgical affinities.

The Word of God is under attack. According to emerging church leaders, the Bible is not so much for truth and doctrine as it is for hopes, ideas, and participation. In other words, don't use the Bibles as a means of theology or absolute truth and standards by which to live, rather than the Bible molding the Christian's life, let the Christian's life mold the Bible.

How far is this new kind of church willing to go to reach its objective? Emerging church proponents say there is a new wave taking place and we have to hop on. The wave is a Vintage Christianity, which in reality is an experience-based religion. Experiences must be implemented in order to attract both Christians and non-Christians alike, we must appeal to this postmodern generation with its hunger for experience, rituals, and mysticism.

The emerging church embraces multi-sensory worship. While many are bewildered why their churches are darkening their sanctuaries, setting up prayer stations with candles, incense and icons, the promoters of the emerging church movement say they know exactly what they are doing by practicing mysticism through music, rituals, and worship and early church fathers (100 AD to 600 AD) are important and these teachings from the past will bring spiritual transformation and success to churches in the 21st century.

Contemplative spirituality (i.e. mysticism) is to the emerging church what the wind is to a sail boat. Without it there is no momentum, and it is woven into the very fabric of the emerging church's ambience. In order to understand why this is so important, we must first understand the dynamics of contemplative spirituality.

The emerging church is embracing contemplative spirituality and what is called the ancient wisdom. While appearing to be Christian because of the altered terminology, in actuality, it is occult based and New Age.

The Roman Catholic Church has a plan to establish the Kingdom of God here on Earth and win the world to the Roman Catholic Jesus - the Eucharistic Christ. It is believed the "triumph of the Eucharist" will be accomplished when the world (including the separated brethren) come under the rule and reign of Rome and the Eucharistic Jesus. The presence of "Christ" in the Eucharist is the second coming, Roman Catholic style The emerging church is a bridge to Rome.

The Bible says that Jesus Christ will establish His kingdom when He returns to Earth. But today a theology called Kingdom Now or Dominionism is permeating the walls of Christianity, and the emerging church movement is taking this heretical belief full speed into the next generation. With the idea that the church can establish the Kingdom of God before Christ returns and essentially turn our world into a Christian world, this belief system has literally changed the way countless Christians view the world and go about their Christian living. What most of them don't realize is this Kingdom of God on Earth mindset is an all out effort by Satan to merge together the religions of the world and thus negate the gospel message.

The fruit of the emerging church includes: changes in views on sexuality (homosexuality acceptance and tantra, a mixture of mysticism and sex). the desire by emerging leaders to stop identifying with Christianity, eradicating the gap between good and evil (the very goal of Satan's religion, the New Age), and developing a new missiology which says keep your own religion, just add Jesus. This truly is the undoing of Christian faith.

If someone said that emerging church leaders don't like the Cross, many would cry out, "Yes they do, I've heard them talk about Jesus and the Cross." But while this may be true, there is an underlying theme building momentum in the emerging church that says, Jesus going to the Cross was an example of sacrifice and service that we should follow. But the idea that God would send His Son to a violent death for the sins of mankind - well that is not who God is. He would never do that! This mindset negates the very atonement on which biblical Christianity rests.

The nature of the emerging church's new reformation is anything but new, and when it comes to pass could bear violence and persecution on those who defend the Bible as the true and literal Word of God.

The Bible says that in the last days Satan will deceive the whole world with doctrines of demons and seducing spirits. The question must be asked, is the emerging church spirituality part of this great falling away? And just what are the earmarks of a church that has become part of this end-time deception?

The above article by Roger Oakland is a review of his new book, "Faith Undone".

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