Sunday, June 04, 2006

The Emerging Church: Another Road to Rome

Is the Emergent Church movement really that big of a deal?

This commentary by Roger Oakland from should help explain which dangerous road this movement may be traveling down:


"The following statement taken from a book written by Chuck Smith Jr. titled There is a Season (foreword by Brian McLaren and endorsed by Leonard Sweet) provides insight into how Christianity may be “reinvented” in the future as the Emerging Church moves away from the Word of God towards the concept of experiencing God. Chuck Smith Jr.states:

"What would happen if we allowed people to “feel” what we cannot explain, to know with the heart and not with the brain? We would open the door of faith to a wider audience than if we continued to insist on a rational belief in the facts as the only legitimate starting point of the Christian faith."

A prayer station created for use during the Emerging Church service at Capo Beach Calvary illustrates what Chuck Smith Jr. means by allowing his congregation to “feel” and “know with the heart and not with the brain.” This prayer station was on display during the month of April, 2005. Further, the prayer station complete with candles, incense and icons featured an instruction sheet to assist church attendees in how to pray with an icon.

I believe we are seeing the apostasy that Paul warned would be a sign we are in the last days. Is it possible the grand delusion is underway and the world is being set up for a counterfeit bride for the counterfeit Christ?"



Anonymous Vee said...

I had a post about Mclaren and all the practices that the emergents were using such as contemplative prayer, labryinths and candles etc.

I saw that the WCC with a push from Rome was working towards a social gospel so ecumenical that it is going to draft up a 'Code of Conduct for converting Christians' so not too offend and to be tolerant of other religious practices.

Bill from faithcommons, said that the linking the emergents with Rome is a bit of a stretch.

But I think not.

Great post from Oakland I like him, I have just finished reading his book called 'Another Jesus' I highly recommend it.


8:35 PM  
Blogger Phil Perkins said...

Thanks for the heads up on Chuck Smith. I didn't know he was into that stuff at all. Is that the Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel?

I sent this blog in an email to a student.

Stay faithful, Brother,

8:43 PM  
Blogger carla said...


It's his son, Chuck Junior. Chuck Smith Senior of Calvary Chapel is rejecting contemplative prayer.

1:19 AM  
Blogger Kennyo said...


As Carla pointed out, Calvary Chapel has come out with a statement against the Emergent Church movement.

You can read it HERE.

Chuck Smith Jr.-- is the one mentioned in this article, and who seems to be embracing Emergent trends.

9:38 AM  
Blogger Phil Perkins said...

Thanks for the clarification. I thank God that the denomination is aware and right on the issue.

Phil Perkins.

10:29 AM  

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