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What Became of the Emergent Church?

Back about 7 years ago, when I first started blogging, the emegent church was the talk of the blogs.  I even had a friend go down the emergent road.  He was raised in a strong Southern Baptist home, attended an SBC college, and his father was an SBC evangelist.  Sadly, my friend gave in to his “emergent” desires and left the SBC and most of biblical Christianity altogether.  Today he is a shell of the man he use to be.  He has seemingly abandon his faith altogether in favor of a social gospel where Jesus is not even preached (unlesss He is being used as an example).  

The emergent church is where I thought they would end up: in dead denominations.  Most have embraced the far left in theology and practice.  They have given up trying to be “evangelicals” and realize that their dream of being both an evangelical and a liberal simply cannot come to pass.  The few emergent spokesmen left are on the left theologically and no one in the evangleical church is listening to their “conversations” anymore.  It seems since they have abandoned Jesus and His gospel of saving sinners from sin, they have had to find a new cause (which is typically what happened to the old liberal denominations such as the United Church of Christ or the PSUSA).  Their new causes are on humans becoming better.  They want to end poverty (just not poverty of spirit).  They want to end war (just not battle the enemy of Satan).  They want to encouarge socialism (just not the biblical work ethic).  They want to champion the rights of minorities (just not address their sins).  Nearly every emergent I have known has left the biblical church.  They have forsaken sound doctrine.  In fact, the Bible is only used to justify their causes.

Gone are the days when emergents were somewhat taken seriously.  We view them all know as I did then: liberals and apostates.  They have become Jude 8-13.  

In the end, truth always wins.  The Lord Jesus will win (Psalm 110:1).  We have the assurance in the Bible of His complete victory (1 Corinthians 15:24-26).  Christ Jesus will judge the living and the dead (2 Timothy 4:1).  His truth will defeat lies (John 17:17).  When emergents begin to question the Bible, their downfall was assured.  Today they don’t question the Bible but just rejest it.  The Rob Bells of the world is what you are left with.  Yet God’s truth is still going forth.  Sinners are still being saved.  Why?  Because God’s Word and His ways always will conquer.  

So the emergent voice is gone.  It continues now only among liberal denominations that are dying.  Gone are the days when some people actually bought their books.  Gone are the days when people would watch Rob Bell or Doug Padgitt’s sermons.  Gone are the days when some evangelicals considered emergents as worth hearing out.  Today we just view them as liberlas who offer us nothing and preach nothing.  

For me, I say good riddence. I am happy to see the death of the emergent movement.  Oh I know they will say they live on but they are spiritually dead and offer nothing.  The gospel is still transforming sinners (2 Corinthians 5:17). The gospel is still freeing sinners from the chains of sin and death (Romans 1:16-17).  The gospel is still focused on the person and work of Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:2; 15:1-4).  I rejoice that that gospel is still bearing fruit in all the earth (Colossians 1:6).  


Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/12/2015 at 4:18 PM

Posted in church, Emergent

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