know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come, For men shall be
lovers of their own selves...Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of
pleasures more than lovers of God...Having a form of godliness, but denying
the power thereof...Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge
of the truth,” 2 Timothy 3:1, 2, 4, 5, & 7.
Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you,”
Matthew 24:4. Jesus was very concerned
about His future Church becoming deceived. With so many statements made by
the writers of the Bible under God’s inspiration that speak of being
deceived, why are so many not taking heed?
pastor or Bible teachers about the Emerging Church and you will probably get ahost
of different answers concerning that movement. Some say “it’s not yet
definable” or “let’s wait to see just where they are going”,
(currently 40 million strong just here in America). Some say it’s the young
people who want something different; they don’t want to follow the old
Christianity of their parents (which has been quite sufficient for the last
two-thousand years). They want much morethan
just to attend a Church service on Sunday mornings. Others say it’s a short
term movement andit
will run its course and fall by the wayside. To those
individuals I say, “Look again”.
proponents of the Emergent Church movement claim Christianity must be
re-defined to adapt it to the post modern crowd. It’s Satan’s business to
disrupt the fellowship of believers any way he can. Doctrinal differences
are wide and in many cases satanic in origin. That’s how the enemy works.
Division among God’s saints is his greatest achievement. The Emergent Church movement is just one more in a long
line of divisions initiated by God’s greatest enemy. “Moreover, brethren,
I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have
received, and wherein ye stand;” 1 Corinthians 15:1. When we
exchange the truth of the Gospel of Christ for a lie and a perversion we
will certainly reap what we sow.
Emergent Churches precepts are certainly not anything new to the Church of God. In the Apostle John’s three epistles
he gives us a look at the heresy known as Gnosticism. Gnosticism takes a
different and deceptive path than that of true Christian doctrine. The
Gnostics didn’t believe Jesus’ death on the cross was a true event. They
promoted the idea that a substitute was placed on the cross while Jesus made
his escape. The Gnostics believed that we must obtain knowledge, a special
secret knowledge to achieve Heaven’sreward.
The Gnostics also denied the deity of Jesus Christ. Today there are many who
deny that Jesus Christ is God Almighty, sadly, they are all totally
Church movement has become most popular
with the younger crowd, but it’s also making huge inroads into our
Churches. I’m including
some of the most popular names connected with this movement as well as some
who are connected to the New Age movement:
Brian McLaren, Dan Merchant, Dan Kimball, Tony
Campolo, J.P. Moreland, Brennan Manning, William Shannon, Henri Nouwen, Rob
Bell, Ken Weber. These names should be posted on our refrigerators as people
to stay away from at all cost. There are many others who have signed on to
www.lighthousetrails.com is a great resource for information giving the
warning signs about the Emergent Church/Contemplative Spirituality (EC/CS),
as well as a host of other perversions. Here’s a small sample of a warning
that came through my email recently from Lighthouse Trails.
Dan Merchant is
the author of a new book titled “Lord Save Us From Your Followers”.
Merchant's book, published by Thomas Nelson, is similar in nature to Dan
Kimball's “They Like Jesus But Not the Church”.The
message in Merchant's book is basically that since the world doesn't like
Christians, it must be the fault of Christians who spend too much time
"preaching" the Gospel as opposed to just listening and befriending
unbelievers without trying to convert them. The subtitle on Merchant's book
is “Why is the Gospel of Love Dividing America?”
suggesting that a "true" gospel message would not be dividing but rather
Moreland, in a Christianity
Today article, says that
Christians are too committed to the Bible:
“In the actual
practices of the Evangelical community in North America,
there is an over-commitment to Scripture in a way that is false, irrational,
and harmful to the cause of Christ.”
Lighthouse Trails says this is a very typical
outlook by contemplative/emergent advocates. Contemplative figure Brennan
Manning calls this over-commitment "bibliolatry": (Bible Idolatry)
“I am deeply
distressed by what I only can call in our Christian culture the idolatry of
the Scriptures. For many Christians, the Bible is not a pointer to God but
God himself. In a word--bibliolatry. God cannot be confined within the
covers of a leather-bound book. I develop a nasty rash around people who
speak as if mere scrutiny of its pages will reveal precisely how God thinks
and precisely what God wants.”
Manning, The Signature of Jesus, pp. 188-189
Keep in mind that Manning rejects the idea that God the Father sent
His son to die a violent death on the Cross for the sins of mankind. "[That
God] does not exist," Manning states in his book, Above All, actually
copying verbatim Eastern mysticism proponent William Shannon (from
Silence on Fire).
The proponents of this movement say they succeed because God is behind
them. Interestingly they remove Jesus Christ from the path laid out in the
Bible as our only way to salvation and replace Him with a “more
spiritual” way of attaining forgiveness. I can promise you this, God is
not behind this movement, but His enemy most certainly is.
modern erroneous cult is some ancient satanic heresy revived. Every
“new” heresy has been anticipated by the Holy Spirit. Satan has nothing new
to offer. We live in a day when religious toleration is interpreted to
mean “one religion is as good as another.” Many people try to take the best
from various religions and fabricate their own. To them Christ is only one
of several great religious teachers, with no more authority than they have.
He may be prominent, but certainly not preeminent.
make Jesus Christ and the Bible only a part of a total religious system or
philosophy, we cease to give Him preeminence. When we strive for
“spiritual perfection” or “fullness” by means of formulas, disciplines, or
rituals, we go backward rather than forward. We must beware of mixing
our Christian faith with such alluring things as yoga, transcendental
meditation, Oriental mysticism, and the like. We must also beware of
the “deeper life” teachers who offer a system for victory and fullness that
bypasses devotion to Jesus Christ. In all things, He must have preeminence!
familiar with the teaching of Colossians will ever be misled by the specious
sophistries of the various occult systems now being foisted upon a credulous
public, such as Theosophy, or Spiritualism; or be deluded by the revived
Gnostic religions of Eddyism, Unity School of Christianity, or other
branches of misnamed New Thought or New Age.”
Dr. Chuck Missler
On the surface, this EC/CS movement may
actually seem to be an awesome magnet, successfully drawing millions into
its fold. But in all actuality its
agenda is to supplant God’s word. Their leaders are young,energetic,deceived
men and women aiming to bring about a new Christianity steeped in eastern
mysticism and spiritualism. Using deceptions and non-biblical concepts of
who God is, they determine we can achieve “a
form of godliness” beyond what the
overwhelming heresy that should trigger a warning light in front of the eyes
of those who attend these meetings is Jesus Christ has been removed from the
foundation of their belief system. Gnosticism is back and in full vigor. It
really never left the world scene but has always been lurking in the
shadows. Without Jesus Christ as the foundation of the Church we have no
main goal is to get people to look at Jesus as just another good teacher in
a line of many good teachers, who, along with all the others, did His fair
share to help the down trodden of this world. If humanity is to look to
Jesus Christ at all, Satan wants us to see Him only as some sort of a
prophet, never as the Savior of the world. “Jesus
saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto
the Father, but by me,” John 14:6. To all who
can read, Jesus’ statement here is crystal clear.
The promoters of the EC/CSmovement
claim it’s a new world and we must embrace new concepts of Christianity for
proclaiming a new message that will lead to a healthier and more peaceful
future for mankind; lots of feel good tripe but no substance, nothing that
gives us the true way to salvation. Satan has many tricks up his sleeve and
this is just another in a long line of deceptions. Sadly,millions
are falling for this new movement with all its promises of a better world.
The Bible tells us things will get worse not better as the end draws nearer.
Jesus said “And many false prophets shall
rise, and shall deceive many,” Matthew 24:11.
There are many scriptures in the Bible which point out that there will
be a perverted apostasy promoted as the norm in the last days. How then are
leaders like these who promote this EC/CS movement and others able to be so
completely deceived? It’s actually quite simple,they
don’t really believe what the Bible says, or they allegorize scriptures that
should be taken literally. As President Bush stated recently, “I don’t take
the Bible literally, I’m not a literalist”. When he meets Jesus face to face
he will be.
Oh sure, these deceived leaders speak as with great scriptural
knowledge and authority, very eloquently but they are actually harboring
satanic deceptions. Christian leaders who embrace this new spirituality are
leading multitudes astray, all because they refuse to follow Gods word. They
are heading right down the path that their leader has set for them. He’s a
wily old fox and a deceitful lying serpent.
children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall
come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the
last time,” 1 John 2:18. A very
strong delusion has arrived on the Christian scene in force and millions of
gullible folks are already deeply involved in that deception. “They
went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they
would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be
made manifest that they were not all of us,” 1 John
2:19. Of those high profile evangelicals who are now so deceived,
many actually began their journey in the ministry with very good intentions.
They started well but have been seduced by listening to Satan who convinced
join his team. And of course they are so deluded they don’t even realize it.
a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that
denieth the Father and the Son,” 1 John 2:22.
Many evangelicals are now beginning to align
themselves with other faiths,such
as to those who embrace the Muslim faith. They’ve begun to meet together
with the leaders of those false religionsin
order to promote universal ecumenicalism. But Islam denies Jesus is the
Christ. How can evangelicals promote a unified body with Islam? Be careful
folks, something evil this way comes.
There is a
huge deception currently being promoted by some evangelicals that a great
revival is coming. Supposedly, it will be so pervasive that all evil will be
eradicated from the face of the earth. Only then will Christ’s Second Advent
be ushered in. This sounds good, but the Bible tells us something different.
God’s word tells us that the true believing Church will become quite weak in
the end times, almost pathetic in its existence.And to the angel of
the church in Philadelphia write...
know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can
shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and
hast not denied my name,”
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:
because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the
Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the
flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is
come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist,
whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the
world,” 1 John 4:1-3. John says
try the spirits,don’t
just fall for any old lie that begins to gain prominence. Remember,the
Gnostics did not believe that Christ came in the fleshd this is the spirit of antichrist. Don’t fall for it,
adherence to this lie will do just one thing for your future, condemn you to
the same place Satan is condemned to. Jesus said “Watch therefore:”
therefore, watch out for the books these silver tongued false teachers are
promoting, they can be found in most big named secular bookstores as well as
in most Christian book stores. Do not invite them into your homes as many
have already done. Their words will infiltrate your mind, corrupt your
beliefs, and confound your faith in Christ. They carry the spirit of
antichrist between their pages, ready to mislead you.
How do we
avoid the same traps as those who have already
been consumed by this perverse delusion? First of all study your Bibles and
learn God’s truth for yourselves. Secondly never listen to anyone who
doesn’t believe Jesus Christ is God. The Holy Spirit,sent
to us from God,will
never deceive us. His main purpose is to point us to Christ. That’s the
Spirit we should be listening to especially now as we move into the last of
the last days here on earth.
alert to the evil that surrounds us. Jesus Christ has not changed and we
don’t need a new spirituality, or some demonic spirit guide to lead us
around by the nose. God’s word isunchanging,
read it, study it. That’s your revival. Instead of Christians conforming to
God’s Word, many are trying to conform God’s Word to us. It’s cultural, they
say, “We’ve changed”. That’s just another buzz word to confound the weekminded,
it’s not cultural. We are the body of Christ; it’s His Church andalways
has been. Charles Spurgeon wrote “A
church should be a camp of soldiers, not a hospital of invalids.” How true.
Sadly though, the latter is what we see in many of our Christian Churches
because we see this world falling into step with end time’s Biblical
prophecy, doesn’t mean we should give upor
look for some new spiritual concept. Christianity has endured for almost
two-thousand years and will continue to do so until God calls an end to all
things. The Emerging Church/Contemplative Spirituality
movements are heresies and should be shunned by all believing Christians and
by all Christian Churches. Let it be known, a choice made
to embrace these two movements will strike a devastating blow to the body of
Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever,”
Hebrews 13:8. The next time someone tells you we need to
re-define Christianity, quote the above verse to them and then Jesus’
admonition to Peter, “Get thee behind me Satan”.