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There are actually three related movements in the so-called “post-modern church,” and all three are very dangerous:
1) The Emerging Church (evangelicals who still hold to at least a few biblical doctrines)
2) The Emergent Church (mainline/liberals who have basically abandoned all biblical doctrines)
The following blog of mine is a very brief summary of the differences between #1 and #2:
3) Emergence Christianity – started around 2005; includes speakers and writers who are basically New Agers, Universalists, and admirers of the Interfaith Movement. Examples are Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt (a universalist), Phyllis Tickle, etc.
Discernment writer Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries explains how #1 and #2 are “morphing” into #3 – Emergence Christianity:
What’s really scary is that the lines are being blurred very quickly – Emerging Church fans and Emergent Church fans are becoming fans of Emergence Christianity speakers and writers.
What is also very disconcerting, is that many Christians have not even heard of these three movements. Even if they have heard of the three movements, they are not able to define them or differentiate between the three. This, in spite of the fact that the three movements are invading churches, colleges and seminaries in practically every denomination.