Ever since I first became aware of the shape shifting movement sometimes known as the emerging church, I have detested almost everything about it, but have not really been able to put my finger squarely upon why that is so. Through many of the online discernment ministries around now, I have gradually come to know some of the more prominent figures and viewpoints of this movement, but for me at least, Chris Rosebrough has placed my finger squarely on the pulse of this beast. Because of what he has opened up, the whole movement and its seemingly destructive mentality makes perfect sense, especially when seeing echoes of this in fairly recent history.
In this post I simply want to point to a couple of links that may be of interest to anyone with a similar unease to my own. One is to a recent article Chris Rosebrough wrote for his “Extreme Theology” blog, and the other is to an mp3 of his recent radio show for Pirate Christian Radio, where he explains more fully the reason for writing the article. Before anyone thinks this is just one man’s mission against emergence however, I would simply like to point out even at these links, what you will find are links to historical fact about an almost identical movement in Germany shortly after the first world war. A leading figure of this movement had a frighteningly similar manifesto as one Brian MacLaren today, who also had an overwhelming desire to see a deconstruction of historic Christianity, and the authority of the Bible be brought into question, in order that a “new” Christianity be revealed, which in truth was no Christianity at all.
Anyway, I will leave an mp3 player below containing the recent episode from Pirate Christian Radio [only about the first half is about this subject] , and also the link to the article I mentioned too. If you have time, please try listening to the mp3 shortly after reading through the article, or even while reading it, in order to make perfect sense.
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