Great Sermon! I appreciate this sermon, having escaped myself from an emergent church. The seriousness of this problem cannot be understated as it is almost impossible to trust in any church once you've been in something like this. Because emergent see no one as having truth then everyone is included to an extent, so they extend fellowship and acceptance of any church or organization that calls itself Christian or simply talk about Jesus. That is why small group studies in my church included Rick Warren, Joyce Meyer, Joseph Prince etc. because they all do talk about Jesus. They also love mysticism and especially catholic mysticism. So they bring in things like contemplative prayer and retreats that are anything but Biblical. In fact on one women's retreat I actually saw a woman become demonically possessed with complete writhing on the floor. They also then believe in prophets for today so if someone has " a word" it's ok to say and they accept unbiblical gifts such as one woman who claimed to have the gift of being able to see demons. They then see faith healers and every kind of occultic activity is accepted. They are very trendy, as mentioned and often name their churches " the (something)". Our emergent pastor upon arrival at our church did this. It's more than scary and dangerous.
Hank Hudson (5/2/2013)
from Deerfield Beach, Florida
Strong Sermon! Phil does an excellent job explaining the modernism, post-modernism and emerging church movements and their effects on Bible-believing churches and members. It was a complex subjest clearly presented and gave me much understanding.
Phil Johnson is Executive Director of Grace to You, the media ministry of John MacArthur. Phil is also an elder at Grace Community Church, where he pastors the GraceLife fellowship group. He is probably best known for his websites, which include The Spurgeon Archive and The Hall...