The History of the Emergent Church Movement

The film above originally called, “The Real Roots of the Emergent Church,” was produced by Elliott Nesch of Holy Bible Prophecy Ministry, it features the major leaders of the Emergent or Emerging movement like Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt, Tony Jones, Rob Bell, Tony Campolo, Steve Chalke, Peter Rollins, Dan Kimball, Richard Rohr, Phyllis Tickle, Spencer Burke and others. This film also features many respected evangelists and Christian apologists who speak out against this postmodern movement.

The Emergent Church, as the film above shows, is filled with mysticism, it enthrones spiritual experiences above the Word of God, exchanges the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ for a gospel of works and traditions and discards many of the pivotal doctrines of Biblical Christianity. Jesus has this to say about mankind’s traditions:

Mark 7:9
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

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Many of the practices done in the Emergent Church have roots in paganism like practicing yoga, using prayer beads, lighting candles, using icons and labyrinths. God desires us to be holy and to never practise anything that heathens do:

Jeremiah 10:1-3
Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:
Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.
For the customs of the people are vain

Deuteronomy 12:31, 32
Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

The Bible prophesies that in the last days there will be a great falling away or apostasy in Christendom, and many Bible scholars and teachers are convinced that the Emergent Church is a part of this great falling away:

2 Thessalonians 2:3
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

If anyone truly wants to serve the Living God, he or she must abandon all these philosophies and traditions of religion and turn to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; the path to God is not paved by having faith in one’s faith but by simply having faith in Jesus Christ:
prayer beads are pagan

Colossians 2:8
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

God is a spirit, we must all worship Him in spirit and in truth, such traditions and practices are useless when trying to serve the Lord. Moreover, physical representations of God in the form of idols and icons are all meaningless to God as He is non-physical and nothing physical can ever hope to depict a non-physical spirit being:

John 4:24
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

If you are Christian and truly desire to please the Lord, well then read the Bible because it contains His Words which are filled with life. You must also obey His commands if you truly love Him:

Hebrews 10:7
Then said I (Jesus), Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

John 5:39
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me (Jesus).

John 14:21
He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

If you wish to contact and support Elliott you can find his ministry at:

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I would like to close this post with this surprising quote from an even more surprising source, Mahatma Gandhi:

“You Christians look after a document containing enough dynamite to blow all civilization to pieces, turn the world upside down, and bring peace to a battle-torn planet. But you treat it as though it was nothing more than a piece of literature.”

~Planet Zion


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