It’s a bit embarrassing. The Family Research Council is about 6 years or some would say about a decade late.
Announcing at it’s Values Voter Summit that the Emergent Church is one of the most “urgent threats to America”.
4 years ago as the Emergent Church peaked and then faded into the sunset I wrote this piece “The Emergent Need For Christ” An Article that got a decent amount of attention, including a personal rebuke from Emergent church leader Tony Jones and him blocking me from every form of social media he has. Sort of a badge of honor for me.
After much research, and a conversation on the phone with Tony himself, I was convinced that he was at the very least a wolf preying on Christians.
However his influence is nominal. The Emergent Church isn’t influencing America. The Emergent Church was riding the wave of cultural change and taking credit for being good surfers, not wave generators.
The Emergent Church has since disbanded.
Talking about them being a threat now is a kin to those announcing that Marilyn Manson plays dark evil music and kids should watch out. A great warning… a decade ago.
Lets stop sniffing out threats, and stand for something instead. Lets stop having gatherings worrying about threats, even though some be real, and utilize the power we’ve been given by the Gospel and Holy Spirit to make an actual impact. This is a time in history to be occupied by gut wrenching prayer, and extravagant love toward a society that needs the love of Christ and the Gospel.
(RNS) Christian conservatives who think Satan is using communism and Islam to bring down America can add a new “adversary” to the list: the Emergent Church movement.
A portion of the upcoming Values Voter Summit in Washington will stray from its usual focus on politics and consider the Emergent Church as one of three “channels the adversary is using to bring America down.” Art Ally, president of The Timothy Plan, a Florida-based mutual fund company devoted to “biblically responsible investing,” will lead the breakout session.
“Why would Satan use Communism? It’s a godless form of government,” said Ally. “Why would Satan use Islam? Same reason. It’s not a religion. It’s a movement to dominate the world under the guise of religion. The Emergent Church plays right into that by weakening further our church community.”
The Emergent Church was a hot topic a decade ago as authors and pastors likeBrian McLaren and Tony Jones challenged churches to adapt to a postmodern culture, but the movement never organized itself well, and the debate surrounding it eventually died down.
“The Emerging Church was founded to get the evangelical church to take art, social justice and other what might be considered progressive issues more seriously. It was also founded to get the Mainline church to loosen their neckties a little bit,” Jones said.