I am reposting this article because of a recent interview in which Dr. John MacArthur stated, regarding the Emergent Church Movement: "(T)he so-called Emergent Church is now in a state of serious disarray and decline. Some have suggested it’s totally dead. Virtually every offshoot of evangelicalism that consciously embraced postmodern values has either fizzled out or openly moved toward liberalism, universalism, and Socialism." And so I find myself in the curious position of disagreeing with John MacArthur, whom I admire greatly. It is simply not true that the Emergent Church Movement is fading away because the Emergent Church Movement, as detailed in the article below, has done exactly what it was they intended to do from the start, and that was to sow the seed of postmodern spirituality among the youth in many different organizations, after which it would have a life of its own.
Doug Pagitt: "The kinds of apparatus that this network used early on - big conventions or invitation only meetings - that was important for the one season of the network, but now we're at the point where there's too many people in too many places that are fully engaging in this that no one organization could capture all of it. So we've been deliberate in saying, then don't have one organization, have hundreds of them."
Chris Rosebrough: "So you've replicated yourselves."
Doug Pagitt: "Yeah."
This should be a chilling thought to anyone with any understanding at all of emergent theology. This heretical, universalist, ecumenical church has found a way to replicate and send its teaching out into the world, not once or twice, but hundreds of times, like a monster in a bad sci-fi movie. You know, the kind of movie where everyone's battling the monster and running for their lives, then they FINALLY kill the monster, and everybody breathes a sigh of relief. Except that.....as the movie ends, the camera pans around to an empty field, and you can see hundreds of monster eggs, half buried in the dirt. The credits roll, but you know it's not the end....... Doug Pagitt's interview with Chris Rosebrough put me in mind of this. Emergent has gone away? Don't be so sure.
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