My first read of Roger Oakland’s writings was a surprisingly good one. The subtitle of the book is: “The emerging church…a new reformation or an end-time deception.” Oakland pulls no punches in identifying the Emerging Church movement as a threat to the true church of Christ. It is well documented and full of current material from and about the leaders (McLaren, Sweet, Pagitt, Kimbell, McManus, Youth Specialties, etc) and sympathizers (Warren, Campolo, Leith Anderson, Drucker, Zondervan Pub., etc.) of this movement. Oakland covers developments within the movement such as mysticism, Eucharistic adoration, contemplative spirituality, Celtic spirituality, panentheism, centering prayer, Taize, Yoga, Sufism, “thin place,” and more. He also documents the movement’s growing love of Catholicism, hatred for Fundamentalism, passivity toward Israel, thorough ecumenicalism, and anti-evangelization of the world’s religions. Having read and studied early postmodernism myself, I must say that the emerging church movement is the clearest expression of mainstream postmodernism that we have seen in twenty years. The seeker-sensitive trend has been mere silliness compared to the outright assault by the emerging church movement on historic Christianity.
A Castle of Cards?August 7, 2012
Are you ever discouraged because of your circumstances and have turned really pessimistic? I am not talking about having a “glass half-empty” but more of a “glass bone dry” kind of attitude. What do we do at that point? How do we wade through those difficult times? How do we get out of such pessimism? […]
The Gospel and NarrativeOctober 20, 2011
Long John Silver is a prominent name in the minds of those young (and older) boys who have read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. Throughout the entire story young Jim Hawkins struggles with who the real Long John Silver is and how to understand his actions. Is he the affable, generous sea cook, and friend […]
The Highways and HedgesJune 4, 2011
I found the joy of the salvation of others. Oh, the privilege, the blessed privilege, to be used of God to win a soul to Christ, and to see a man or woman being led out of bondage by some act of ours toward them. To think that God should condescend to allow us to […]