Why is it that so many Christians today are turning to heretical Emerging/ Emergent teachings? And why is it that when they are confronted, they refuse to heed the Truth, instead hardening their hearts?
Years ago, I heard a pastor condemning occultish habits (such as watching movies like “Ghost” and “Field of Dreams”). Although I am a born again Christian, at that time I considered such movies as “entertainment” and “containing Christian themes.” I had watched “Ghost” recently, and “Field of Dreams” several nights before. After hearing the pastor, my eyes were opened, my heart was softened, I repented and immediately quit watching these New Ageish movies.
Yet, when Emerging/Emerging people are confronted concerning similar occultish practices (such as Spiritual Formation’s contemplative spirituality) they harden their hearts. I think this hardness results from a combination of deluding spirits, one’s sinful nature, etc. – and the fact that most Emerging/Emergents don’t really know the Lord as their Saviour.
I believe we are approaching the Apostasy/Falling Away of the End Times. Consider this verse:
“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (II Thess. 2:3)
Could this “falling away” be the postmodern (Emerging/Emergent/Emergence) movement? Apparently many think so – Googling [“apostasy” “falling away” “Emergent”] brought up many hits.
My Facebook Friend John Henderson provides some insights on these issues in an article which I have reposted below. Click here for the original source of John’s article. I have emphasized certain points by bolding, and inserted comments in [brackets].
by John Henderson on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 8:54am
I was asked why it is that so many people are fooled so easily in politics and religion. Is there an answer as to why the man-on-the-street interviews by TV comedians reveal an amazing disconnect with reality? I know they edit out sensible responses for effect, but they still have enough stupid stuff to produce a segment.
A traditional Wesleyan holiness Christian recently asked on Facebook for material to share with pastors who claim to be evangelical but are still toying with teachings of those who promote the emergent error. This Christian man said they were “Emerging pastors who say things like: ‘We hold to the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Yes, we quote McLaren, Sweet, etc. but there is a lot they say that we don’t agree with doctrinally.’” His bewilderment is justifiable and my response was: “You might keep in mind that they are playing with semantics [they had claimed to be emerging rather than emergent]. There is no difference. They have learned to blend the lingo of biblical thought with their error so it sounds more gospel. They are just as much into it as anything. I think it is Proverbs that talks about taking fire into the bosom, etc. You still get burned.”
That reference is Proverbs 6:27-28. It refers to committing adultery with a prostitute but is certainly applicable in this context. After all, following anti-biblical error is spiritual adultery with the whore of heresy.
“Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?”
It is not possible to believe some truth and some error and there still be truth. Truth is not truth if it is diluted with false doctrine. I would be more successful finding a good tomato sandwich in a garbage can than I would in finding truth slathered with error’s doctrines.
There is no doubt in my mind that we in the church, as well as in the entire world, have turned a sharp corner towards massive delusion. It has always been in our midst but the winds of delusional aberrations have fanned the flames of error into an uncontrollable fire that is spreading faster than Hurricane Sandy spread flames that destroyed more than 100 homes on Staten Island in a matter of mere moments.
2 Timothy 3:13 – “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”
1 Timothy 4:1-3 – “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron….”
2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 – “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
It is bad enough in politics when it is merely “secular” but far worse when people who should know better follow blindly after this delusion. It is a delusion that once was chosen under the influences of satanic allurements. Now it is being sent by the hand of God to damn those who have chosen to be damned. Their sin of delusion has spun out of their control and God now directs it to its ultimate destination. In a real sense, they asked for it and they are now getting what they asked for but they are unable to control its consequences. Thy made the choices and He delivers the results.
Hurricane Sandy provides other examples of this. I think of two. One woman who rode out the storm was almost taken away but barely survived. She told a reporter that the reason she remained behind was that it wasn’t this bad last year. Another woman tragically lost her two young sons, ripped right out her arms, because she waited too long to try to escape the storm.
Hurricane Katina had a tragic story as well. A group decided to ride out the storm in some sort of club or bar on the beach in a partying spirit. Searchers never found them and assumed they had been washed out to sea.
The “hurricane” of God’s judgment is on its way. The Bible’s “meteorologists” (prophets) tell us plainly of its path and conditions. As in Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress,” we are plainly told to flee from the City of Destruction—from the wrath soon to come. A few pay attention and flee to the Cross but most ignore it, blindly presuming that somehow they will be alright in the end. That may be the doctrine of a Rob Bell Universalist, but it is not the message of the Scriptures. While the false teachers of emergent heresy smoothly lull souls into waiting for Hell, the storm stays on his track and gets closer by the moment. It cannot be stopped, diverted, delayed, or explained away. It can only be ignored to fatal peril.
The title of this article indicates that God is sending this delusion. It has arrived at the point that God no longer just allows deception to present itself. He pushes it along because He has been so completely ignored, misrepresented, and outright denied that He is turning His back on rebellious mankind and is turning loose of the restraints that have held it back. False teachers wade about in the blowing gales and floods of demonic onslaughts saying that everything will be okay, that it is not as bad as it seems and has been reported. And people believe them in astounding numbers.
The same Christian I mentioned above [at the beginning of this article] sent me a reply that should be shared here in part:
“I’m starting to view all Emerging/Emergents ‘through a new lense.’ Specifically, they ALL oppose Fundamentalism and the Fundamentals of 1910-1915. The new Nazarene book that [a discernment ministry] mentioned – Square Peg – seems representative of their almost violent opposition to Fundamentalism.” He may have been referencing another comment about a student at a Nazarene university who had been disciplined for objecting to a professor’s orders to exclude references to “emergent” on the school’s website announcing an upcoming guest emergent/missional speaker at the university. The student had objected on the grounds of its being disingenuous.
Proverbs 6:15 – “Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.”
Proverbs 29:1 – “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”