I want to share an article with you today that is very informative. And I could have simply posted the link to this article on Facebook, but that would have missed the newsletter folks. This is important enough to me that I wanted both sections of readers to view this article.
We’ve posted warnings on here about the Emergent Church movement that is sweeping through contemporary Christianity today. However, if you think you are safe because are Anabaptist, think again.
How many of you read or follow any of these leaders?
This is only the tip of the iceberg. I honestly don’t have time to list them all here. But if you know anything that is going on in the Christian world today, you have heard of probably at least one of these people.
Here is an article written by Eddie Gutwein, an Anabaptist. It does a good job of summarizing the apostasy of this movement. I highly recommend following his blog for anymore future articles that he has time to put forth. And pray for people who see these deceptions and feel compelled to share them – you wouldn’t believe how much courage it takes to be a voice of caution, even in Anabaptist circles!
The Emergent Church Movement is here to stay, and it’s inching its way into the far corners of Christianity. It’s not too picky. It can join hands with liberals as well as conservatives, progressives as well as traditionalists; Pentecostals, Catholic, Baptists, Quakers, Neo-gnostics, Mormons, Anabaptists, you name it. In fact, while it attempts to join together all Christian denominations, it also works toward harmony between world religions—Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Christianity, etc.
You don’t need to discard your traditional forms and cultural norms. You see, you can be emergent, or ecumenical, or a contemplative mystic, and appear to be a traditional Anabaptist in good standing with the church, and in harmony with all the dress codes and behavioral standards. Anyone willing to do it can dress up according to the stiffest rules a church may have, whether he’s an “insider” or an “outsider” coming in. . . .
The emergent mindset that everyone’s opinion needs to be affirmed has a cozy little niche in small Bible studies and Sunday School classes. Be careful. Our halls and study rooms had teachers, who conducted didactic Bible studies. Now we have discussion leaders. And much too often, the time gets gobbled up by shallow exchanges of personal opinions—”How do you feel about this verse?” “What do you think Jesus meant?” At times, it seems we’ve taken Sunday dinner talk into the church study hour. And then we wonder what to say to each other at Sunday dinners! It’s an environment where objective voices increasingly seem to come across as “rude” or “proud”, as they are seen to spoil “good feelings” and disrupt “good discussion”. A person who claims to know something for sure is simply a narrow-minded fuddy-duddy. . .