"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32 . . . . .


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Emergent Church-New Age-Spiritual Mysticism

The emerging, or emergent, church movement takes its name from the idea that as culture changes, a new church should emerge in response. In this case, it is a response by various church leaders to the current era of post-modernism. Although post-modernism began in the 1950s, the church didn't really seek to conform to its tenets until the 1990s. Post-modernism can be thought of as a dissolution of "cold, hard fact" in favor of "warm, fuzzy subjectivity." The emerging / emergent church movement can be thought of the same way.

The emerging / emergent church movement falls into line with basic post-modernist thinking—it is about experience over reason, subjectivity over objectivity, spirituality over religion, images over words, outward over inward, feelings over truth. These are reactions to modernism and are thought to be necessary in order to actively engage contemporary culture. This movement is still fairly new, though, so there is not yet a standard method of "doing" church amongst the groups choosing to take a post-modern mindset. In fact, the emerging church rejects any standard methodology for doing anything. Therefore, there is a huge range of how far groups take a post-modernist approach to Christianity. Some groups go only a little way in order to impact their community for Christ, and remain biblically sound. Most groups, however, embrace post-modernist thinking, which eventually leads to a very liberal, loose translation of the Bible. This, in turn, lends to liberal doctrine and theology.


Emergent is Regurgitant - Part 1, by James Fire
Emergent is Regurgitant - Part 2, by James Fire
Emergent is Regurgitant - Part 3, by James Fire
Emergent is Regurgitant - Part 4, by James Fire
Emergent is Regurgitant - Part 5, by James Fire

It’s ROOTS, It’s REALITY and Its RESOLVE - Part 1
It’s ROOTS, It’s REALITY and Its RESOLVE - Part 2

Part 1

Troubling Quotes By Prominent Authors & Speakers in the Emerging Church Movement Compiled by Charlie Campbell

“Rob Bell, Fundamentalist: 5 Ironies from the New Bell Film” by Owen Strachan

“What’s So Dangerous About the Emerging Church?” by John MacArthur

Responses to Rob Bell’s New Book: LOVE WINS

“The Emergent Church: A Dangerous Counterfeit” by Greg Laurie

The Emergent Church: Emergence or Emergency? by Norman Geisler

“Brian McLaren and the Clarity of Scripture” by John MacArthur (Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5)

“A Review of Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis“ (includes critique of Bell’s NOOMA video “Bullhorn.” See Appendix B on p. 50) by Mark Edward Sohmer

“Rob Bell’s Confused Gospel” by Charlie Campbell

“The Dangers of Centering Prayer (also known as Contemplative Prayer)” by Matt Slick

“The Empty Promise of Meditation (Contemplative Prayer)” by Albert Mohler

“An Assessment of the Spiritual Formation Movement” by Gary Gilley

A CRIMSON CAPLET - The GLOBAL GLUE Of A Unified Spirituality (Contemplative Prayer) - by James Fire

Is This Christianity Today? ANCIENT-FUTURE Holy Ways or Heresies? - by James Fire

Is Brian Lyin'? - Answering with God's Word of Truth: Part 1 , Part 2 - by James Fire

LOST LOVE - A Response to Rob Bell's "Love Wins" - by Jim Fire

A belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but is often wrapped in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all).

In the mid-seventies three monks wanted to bring contemplative prayer to Christianity. This is how they did it:

"They invited to the abbey ecumenically oriented Catholic theologians, an Eastern Zen master, Joshu Roshi Sasaki, who offered week long retreats on Buddhist meditation, and a former Trappist, Paul Marechal, who taught transcendental meditation. The interaction between these Christian monks and practitioners of Eastern meditation helped distill the practice of Christian contemplative prayer into a form that could be easily practiced by a diverse array of "non-monastic" believers: priests, nuns, brothers and lay men and women." by Joseph G. Sandman (America Magazine 9/9/00). From the horses mouth: American Magazine.

See also this article from 1977: Monistic Interreligious Dialogue


BEWARE of PRAYER - of the 'Contemplative' Kind (part 1) - by James Fire
BEWARE of PRAYER - of the 'Contemplative' Kind (part 2) - by James Fire

Contemplative Prayer and Spirituality - Ray Yungen

MYSTICISM in Our MIDST - The Dangers of Contemplative Christianity - by Eric Barger

Occult Invasion (revisit) Part Sixteen - What's Wrong with Contemplation? - by Dave Hunt/Tom McMahon

The term [New Age] itself may indeed be fairly recent but the actual practices and beliefs involved are thousands of years old. For instance, the slave girl mentioned in Acts 16 was in effect a New Ager. The term itself was taken from astrology making reference to the Aquarian age in which humanity is supposedly going to realize its inner divinity. Hence, anyone who engages in these mystical practices is associated with this view, even though they may have lived centuries ago. It's not the term; it's the practices that are at issue here.


How Eastern Religion Invaded the West - Pt. 1 - by James Fire
How Eastern Religion Invaded the West - Pt. 2 - by James Fire

The Gnostic Religion and Revival
The Gnostic Religion and Revival
The Gnostic Religion and Revival

A CRIMSON CAPLET - The GLOBAL GLUE Of A Unified Spirituality  - by James Fire


New Age Inroads into the Church - by Dave Hunt

Altered States of Consciousness: New Age Disciples - by Keith McKenzie

The New Age Spirituality - by Charlie Campbell

Evangelizing New Agers - by Doug Groothuis

Is Reincarnation Biblical? - by Ron Rhodes

Astrology: A Biblical Response - by Marcia Montenegro

Do Yoga Exercises Work With Christianity? - by Elliot Miller

Yoga for Kids: Yoga in Schools - by Elliot Miller

Yoga Meditation in the Classroom: A Christian Response - by Elliot Miller

Alice Bailey and The Plan Pt. 1 (of 3) - by James Fire
Alice Bailey and The Plan Pt. 2 (of 3) - by James Fire
Alice Bailey and The Plan Pt. 3 (of 3) - by James Fire

More on the New Age Movement - by Matt Slick




The New Age Church - by Lion and Lamb Ministries

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