Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Emergent Church (Part 5)

This is an interview with one of the leading Emergent Church spokesmen today, Doug Pagitt. It will give you a feel for Emergent Church thinking. This is the first part of a longer interview, however it is enough to see what is important to the Emergent Church- and it isn't biblical truth.

I've been reading quite a bit from McLaren, Jones, and Pagitt over the last couple of days and am pretty comfortable labeling them theological liberals. They are a younger brand than the mainline liberalism which has been marked by declining churches for a few decades now, but their basic belief in a social gospel (salvation is freedom from various human oppressions) and a denial of the Bible's clear authority and application outs them as liberals. The Emergent Church is fond of quoting the bible when it helps their social cause or their criticism of the evangelical church, but having them nail down a specific meaning intended by God for people of all time is next to impossible for them to articulate. Listen to Pagitt's lack of an answer regarding the afterlife.

I want to be careful not to paint the "Emergent Church" with one broad stroke of a brush, however, this interview with Doug Pagitt is definitely typical of others in this new movement of theological liberalism.

My next post will provide a basic overview and summary of the "Emergent Church", part of the Emerging Church movement.


Frontier Forest said...

I listened to the entire straight line of questions from the interview as well as the mombo-jumbo from Doug Pagitt. Here is my very simple conclusion to such a convoluted conversation. I am no theologian and don’t have much formal education, but I am very clear about this mandate from the Apostle Paul! "And we MUST proclaim HIM! Admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, that we may present every man complete in Christ. And for this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which works mightily within me." (Col 1:28-29)

Andrew Malloy said...

This is a funny interview.

It can be summed up in the following:

Christian talking with postmodernist and it looks like:

Christian: I say God, what do you hear?

Emergent: Fart

Mark Davis said...

What a bunch of nonsense! How sad that great numbers of people are being led astray by such "emergent" false teachers. The Emerging Church Movement(tm) must be a huge tent indeed if it can cover the likes of Pagitt and Driscoll, the liberal and the reformed, under one roof. History will rightly separate these guys into more meaningful categories. I have a proposal. Let's call them heretic and orthodox. Emergent=heretic. Emerging=orthodox.

AJF said...

Emergent is definitely liberal/heretical...Many emerging pastors are certainly orthodox, however more time and clarity is needed to judge the value of this current movement. Further, right now emerging churches are very personality driven and have no outside accountability. This isn't usually a good long term situation.

Anonymous said...

One thing that is extremely clear:

Doug Pagitt = wolf in sheep's clothing