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What Is The Emergent Church

What do you think about the "Emergent Church'?

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 ---Andrea on 8/14/07
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Like the Tea Party the emerging church is without a defined center but many are those frustrated with the evangelical status quo vs. the political status quo for the Tea Party aka Tea Potty.

Some Emergent Church followers can be quite conservative, some liberally socially active and others charismatic.

The EC is not easily defined in doctrine, but most emerging church members shun denominations and have left so-called "mainstream" churches.
---larry on 7/16/10

cluny, again.
I don't say things to tickle the peoples hearing for what they want to hear.

I do Not & I will Not.
---Lawrence on 7/15/10

\\The emergent church is just another offspring daughter church from the Man - made trin rcc, just like the luth, cog, presby, naz, episco, aog etc\\

You're projecting, Lawrence.

YOUR church is just as man-made as the others you condemn.

That's why I'm Orthodox. It's the ORIGINAL Church.
---Cluny on 7/15/10

The emergent church is just another offspring daughter church from the Man - made trin rcc, just like the luth, cog, presby, naz, episco, aog etc. that Is here Prov.14 v 12, Matt.15 v 9 came from here 2nd.Cor.4 v 4 & 11 v's 14 - 15 then to Rev.17 v's 4 - 6.
These Are such Good people, but so spiritually darkened.

These people Need the Salvation of God, According to Mark 16 v 16, Acts 2 v's 37 - 41 which Fulfills Matt.28 v's 19 - 20.
---Lawrence on 7/13/10

Velvet Elvis vs. God's Word
Emergent vs. Christian
Emergent blogger meetings vs. Bible study
Emergent village vs. Kingdom of God
---Michelle on 2/4/08

Emergent - repainting the Christian faith.
Redefining the Christian faith.


John 1:8
If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
---Michelle on 2/4/08


A church that is meant to bless people without ever sharing the Gospel..
A church that is no different than a government or charity program
A church that avoids exposing darkness
---Michelle on 2/4/08

There's a Charasmatic form of this emergent church stuff which beleives in Spiritual visions, tongues, and prophecy over Bible. They interepret the word with visions, instead of what is already written. Many have even been to get their denominational PHD's etc. It captures the the 1960'-90's age group. Many used to be on drugs and New age mind worship. They appear nice, but later controlling and spin doctors etc. "smiling and happy people though". Others are legalistic, money, and power driven..
---yochanon on 2/4/08

These experiences include icons, candles, incense, liturgy and the sacraments, particularly the sacrament of the Eucharist.

Church leaders are reexamining the claims of the "Church fathers" that communion is more than a symbol and for remembrance and that Jesus actually becomes present in the communion wafer.

There is a growing trend towards an ecumenical unity for the cause of world peace that claims there are many ways to God and that Jesus Christ is not the only way.
---Michelle on 2/2/08

Every believing Christian needs to be aware of the role emerging church movement plays in the last days apostasy.
Scripture is no longer the ultimate authority for leaders of the new age emerging village.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is being replaced by humanistic methods that promote church growth and a social gospel.

More emphasis on whats in it for me in the here and now, and less concern regarding the warnings of scripture regarding the imminent return of Jesus and a coming judgment.
---Michelle on 2/2/08

More Christian leaders looking for a kingdom of God to be established here on earth by human effort and deny that Jesus Christ will rule and reign in a literal period that is to come.

Many bridges are being established that lead in the direction of unity with the Roman Catholic Church.

An experiential mystical form of Christianity is being promoted to attract and reach the postmodern generation called the "Emerging Church."
---Michelle on 2/2/08

We are being told that Christianity needs to be re-invented in order to provide meaning for this generation.

Christianity is being dumbed-down as the Word of God comes under attack and images and sensual experiences are being promoted as the key to experiencing God.

"In order to re-invent Christianity we are told we need to go back to the past and find out what kinds of experiences were successful to attract people to Christianity.
---Michelle on 2/2/08

Many are different age groups, high tech-coffeehouse,liberal folk backgounds. Many felt fed up and hurt with modern Christianity. They want to please everyone and do good works.
However, it's dangerous to have their own view of right and wrong, without connection to repentance of sin and invite everyone without obediance to Christ. Mixed Hedonism and Pagan cultural worship leaves out Jesus's atonement. Seems like a 60's revolution inside church.
---yochanon on 1/31/08

Every age tests the Word of God by introducing a new gospel or a better way.
That voice screams that the clear promises of the Bible are not enough for today.
Wounded souls look for another way outside the scope of God's comfort. The abuses of apostasy are so bad, that it bullies the defeated into believing satan's power of illusion.
---Michelle on 1/30/08

The emerging church may appear as a conquering army. But it goes too far to build a brave new world and creates an opportunity for the enemy to come in.
Simply put, overreaching to appeal to all, it will backfire.
---Michelle on 1/30/08

Emergent Church, seeker friendly.
Ted gave an excellent description.
Moderator is correct, apostasy.
---Michelle on 1/29/08

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Therefore, social action, community involvement, and sacrificial hospitality are more emphasized in the movement than preaching and teaching.

distinction needs to be made between "emerging" and "Emergent." Emerging is the wider, informal, global, ecclesial (church-centered) focus of the movement, while Emergent is an official organization in the U.S. and the U.K. Emergent Village

I found this on Chritianity Today site
---Andrea on 8/15/07

Moderator places an appropriate quiz to match the question - Apostasy, I can see it clearly - can't you?
---Ted on 8/15/07

and no I'm not an expert - I asked the question bc I had questions.
---Andrea on 8/15/07

Ted I didn't see a moderator comment?

I love the Lord - no compromises.

I hate the 'frozen chosen' idea of church.

I believe there is healing and the imputing of knowledge, personal growth, wisdom and righteousness in praise and worship - simply bc God inhabits the praises of His people.

All that said - I don't go for blending spiritism with my spirituality. This is my fear of EC, but I'm still not certain if it is God or anti-god.
---Andrea on 8/15/07

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Cult or at least apostate. This isn't Christian.
---Jimbo on 8/15/07


I take you for an expert since you asked the question, I have never heard of what you are describing. I looked it up and found only positive referrences on it.

Everyone seem to be an agreement with what you are saying though.
---Marcia on 8/14/07

emerging church is one of the most controversial and misunderstood movements. Emergent mean a shappening without warning or in a short space of time, "a sudden storm", "a sudden decision", "a sudden cure". An Example of this would be a twisted leg made straight. Therefore the Emerchant church is a church that is going through a rivial or an Evangelism Exsplosion.
---Marcia on 8/14/07



Shift in theology in the Emergent Church is rapidly heading, panentheism that is beginning to creep in. Panentheism teaches that God is in all things, much like the soul is in the body, where pantheism would say that all things are God. You may have heard Matthew Fox refer to Creation Spirituality, and this is what he meant.
---Ted on 8/14/07

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All very closely related to the metaphysical process philosophy.
Emergent Church as in the entire planet, which in panentheism is actually a part of God Himself.
The cross involved the restoration of the cosmos itself back to God, they have no interest in individuals who may have sinned because that's all part of the package. Emergent leaders leaning so far toward inclusivism.
Mysticism And The God Within

Emergent Church, mysticism. The Everywhere-ness of God in all things:
---Ted on 8/14/07

Emergent Church has been further seen incorporating eastern religious practices gleaned from Buddhism and Hinduism such as yoga and meditation.
It should be obvious enough now that if these spiritual disciplines are practiced long enough they will only inevitably lead you into this convoluted view of some kind of reimagined Christian faith and even worse.
---Ted on 8/14/07

The Moderator summed it up in one word, Apostasy.
If you check out the quiz up there, he always gives his opinion of the question.
CN must have a good research dept for all the old doctrines that make a reappearance.
---Ted on 8/14/07

Cynthia ... If you look in the dictionary (the Oxford English Dictionary at least) under "emerge", you will see that "emergent" derives from it.
---alan_of_UK on 8/14/07

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apparently there is a grass roots thing going on within mainline Christianity called 'Emergent Church".
its similiar to the charismatic movement the way it is within the church.
Also the term 'church without walls' is used.
They don't list their beliefs bc to list them apparently reduces them to dogmas.
They often explain themselves via posters - ex. girl with piercings all over her face is titled 'acceptance'
two hands of different skin colors titled'emergent'.

any thoughts
---Andrea on 8/14/07

warning I google it and get enormous sites that are really upset about it. But after reading the things they say - it sounds like the same anti-pentecostal rhetoric I hear
I really don't know I don't endorse it- it may have the same effects as shepherding etc- not that its the same just that it works within established churches

and they promote the idea of the office of apostles prophet etc (this is where I'm leary) where there is power there is money and abuse
---Andrea on 8/14/07

Possibly the church that Christ is coming back for. The churches of today are lukewarm and every evil that can invade them, has. God is coming for a church without a spot or wrinkle. He will not settle for less. God is merciful, loving and kind but don't forget the other side. He is a consuming fire according to Hebrews chap 12.Those that have ears to hear, let us hear. These dead and half dead churches,denominations and pits of Lucifer will be done away with.
---Robyn on 8/14/07

Andrea, what does the word Emergent mean? I have never heard this word before, and I cannot find it in the dictionary either. Thank you.
---Cynthia on 8/14/07

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