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Top Agenda of the Emergent Church: Social Gospel!

Published Oct 10, 2008
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Emergent Church leaders are into the social gospel of the early 1920s, a failure and departure from the Word now as then. One of the EC leaders admitted that the EC is a protest movement, so what do they protest? Many EC leaders would consider Bible-believers as Neanderthals because of our positions on abortion, homosexuality, death penalty, etc. (What is the Emerging Church? Protest by  Scot  McKnight.)

A professor of religious studies at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and EC leader expressed the social activism of EC leaders aptly when he wrote, “I tell my friends that I have voted Democrat for years for all the wrong reasons. I don’t think the Democratic Party is worth a hoot, but its historic commitment to the poor and to centralizing government for social justice is what I think government should do.” (Scot McKnight, Talk:Main Page website,  1/19/2007.)

Someone should inform Scot that government should not be centralized and there is no constitutional mandate for “social justice” as perceived, promoted, and preached by EC leaders. Moreover, for sure, there is no biblical mandate for government to do so, although individual Christians are responsible to help the poor, treat people fairly, visit the sick, feed the hungry, etc.

So, according to McLaren what was Christ’s purpose? Brian says it was “to proclaim the Kingdom of God, which is God’s will being done on Earth.” And what is God’s will on earth? Brian confirmed that the Emergent Church was more focused on “social action than trying to convert people to Christianity.” (Impact News, “Sojourners Chairman: Jesus Cared More About Earth Than Heaven,” 6-4-07.) Well, he is correct about the EC social action; however, the Apostle Paul disagreed with McLaren: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15). So whom do we believe, Brian McLaren or the Apostle Paul?

McLaren posits an “evangelical” vision that emphasizes tolerance and social justice more than sinners repenting and believing the Gospel of Christ. He and other EC leaders are more interested in universal health care, elimination of global poverty, the environment, the minimum wage, etc., than getting men to know Christ in the forgiveness of sins.

Brian is on the board of Sojourners Magazine and its mission statement is left wing social action: “Our mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.” (Sojourners’ website.)

Sojourners promotes immigration reform and seems to justify illegal aliens in a press release that began: “When a stranger resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the stranger.  The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you.  You shall love the stranger as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.” (Lev. 19:33-34.)

No Christian can object to that passage; however, EC devotees overlook two salient facts: Illegal aliens have broken US laws and are here unlawfully. Furthermore, the above Scripture instructs individuals how to respond to strangers. It does not instruct nations how to deal with lawbreakers. On the Sojourners’ website, they promote a CD sermon titled, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Of course, as individuals and as a nation we welcome visitors but not lawbreakers.

Rick Warren’s global plan is pure social gospel. He told a crowd of 30,000 on the 25th anniversary of his Saddleback Valley Community Church at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, “I’m looking at  a stadium full of people who are telling God they will do whatever it takes to establish God’s Kingdom ‘on earth as it is in heaven.’ ” Rick knows better than that.

Samir Selmanovic, EC leader in New York, recommended by Brian McLaren, Tony Campolo, etc., says his ministry seeks “to bring progressive Jews, Christians, Muslims, and spiritual seekers of no faith to become an interfaith community for the good of the world. We have one world and one God.” (from Faith House project website.)

That’s where we are headed—into a one-world religion led by aberrant, arrogant, asinine, and apostate “Evangelicals” who don’t know or believe the true Gospel and babble incoherently about a discredited, deviate, and deadly social gospel.

Tags: Emergent Church, emerging church, new age, social gospel


2 comment(s) on this page. Add your own comment below.

David Emme
Jan 22, 2010 1:21pm [ 1 ]

This is a refreshing voice as have been studying and researching all things “emergent” so as to help equip others. After reading books, blogs, and articles both for and against emergent - for me there has been a certain understanding once you really dig into the details - that Emergent thought is a move to reintroduce modernism into Christianity.

For me, in all I’ve read, very few are making this point. The point is this: How do you combat error when we cannot understand what this error is?

harvey plunkett
May 6, 2017 1:15am [ 2 ]

Just got through reading the commentary of a Dr. Franklin Fowler. It was He who steered me to this article. I sense he and you and numerous others are expressing ever growing fears of what is to become of Christ in a conglomerate “christianity.”

We should not forget that it is not Satan who truly controls world issues. It is the devil’s operations against the evidences of time with regard to God’s words concerning his limitations established for his “time of the end.” The Devil knows what the Emergent Churches have for centuries have been, and are yet, to this “time of the end” era quoting the very words of the Christ they profess to believe in. But and if we read and comprehend Jesus prophet, Daniel, whom Jesus commended we should “read and understand” concerning these final eschatological years of history, we should be counting them as does the Devil himself; because he aint guessing.Satan actually “knows his time is short” by a literal count of years. Jesus Paul and John knew at what point of the chronology set forward of prophetic sequence outlined through Daniel should commence toward the close of “the time of the end.”

That world leader so anticipated has been ever in his development since after the fall of the Roman Empire. His power was briefly weakened after “the time, times and the dividing of time.” But after 1929 his palace between the seas was restored to him and the latter years of “the time of the end” extended to Satan are presently in their final countdown.

That one world leader all christianity has ever anticipated has been amid us from the very rise of Western Christian civilization. Daniel made reference to him as “the little horn.” Paul made mention of him as “The Mystery of Iniquity” to preced the event of Jesus Second Coming.”

Which of your varied doctorate degrees in eschatology answer truthfully? Is not Jesus, the Messiah, very “Spirit of all Bible prophecy?”

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