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The term Hipsters originally described the grandchildren of the ever so popular Hippy movement. A new generation who wants to bring back the overtly casual mystics of independent thinking, …

The term Hipsters originally described the grandchildren of the ever so popular Hippy movement. A new generation who wants to bring back the overtly casual mystics of independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of dark-art and indie-rock, creativity, second-hand intelligence, and witty banter.

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  • 1. IOM AMERICA RESOURCES | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomameric.org | ChristAsLife@iomamerica.org
  • 2. IOM AMERICA RESOURCES We would be blessed if you would consider Donating to our non-profit! This publication’s market value is: $5.00 Any size gift would be honored! IOM AMERICA P.O. Box 71 Sterling, KS 67579 602-292-2982IOM AMERICA RESOURCES | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomameric.org | ChristAsLife@iomamerica.org
  • 3. HIPSTER CHRISTIANITYPosted: January 1, 2011 - By Stephen PhinneyYou have now entered the twilight zone. Welcome to the world of Emergent HipsterChristianity.The term Hipsters originally described the grandchildren of the ever so popular Hippymovement. A new generation who wants to bring back the overtly casual mystics ofindependent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of dark-artand indie-rock, creativity, second-hand intelligence, and witty banter.As most subway culture groups, they tend to cling to each other like tics on a dog. Oneof the primary reasons this self-identified term roots in the "hippy" culture is that thesesub-culturalist casually deal with life while they maintain a high degree of distinctfashion. They reject culturally-ignorant attitudes (those who dont change with the times)of mainstream society by pretending to be on the cutting edge of the intellectualcommunity. As with many subculture groups, they hide their ignorance in a twist ofarrogance. They often are caught wearing vintage and thrift store inspired fashions,tight-fitting jeans, old-school sneakers, and sometimes thick rimmed glasses as astatement of not forgetting the past. They are quick to re-invent old styles with a post-modern flair, purposing to separate themselves from "culturally-sheltered mainstramthinkers. Even though most hipsters claim to be atheist, they tend to be well educatedand often have liberal arts degrees, or degrees in math and sciences, which promotetheir anti-Christian cultural liberal beliefs.Over the past decade, the "hipster" subway culture has moved itself into the ChristianCommunity. Christian Hipsters are pretty much "carbon copies" of the Atheist Hipsterclan but throw their beliefs of this new post-modern "Jesus" into the mix. They aredrawn to Hipster churches like those connected to Mars Hill (Rob Bell). Theologically,they fall into the category of post-modern Arminianism, which is open-ended Deism(free-will) thinking that many believed helped the modern church go “emergent.” This iswhy most hipster "Christians" tend to support homosexual pastors, women in pastoralpositions, spiritual formation vs. re-birth in Jesus Christ, fifty-fifty marriages, salvationthrough freedom of intellectual choice, the acceptance of all forms of faiths, revisionaryauthority, experience driven “Christianity,” ecumenical peace, socialism and, and, and ...Over all, this Hipster Christianity is a rebellion against old-school evangelicalism and itsfuddy-duddy conservatism found in grandpas Bible - resulting itself in their new foundbible of social justice. If a hipster is going to read their "bible," the translation is usuallyone of the "hipster trans bibles" like the new gender friendly NIV.IOM AMERICA RESOURCES | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomameric.org | ChristAsLife@iomamerica.org
  • 4. They prefer to call themselves "Christ-followers" rather than indwelt Christians. Theycringe at the thought of public repentance or altar calls, and the prospect ofevangelizing by telling people they will go to Hell without a conversion to Jesus givesthem day-mares and night-sweats.Crisis: In order to keep up with this new "hipster generation," pastors from alldenominations are becoming "hip." Sermon topics become like movie titles: Sexuality ofJesus, God Sex, Grooving with Jesus, Jesus and Homosexuality and some so rude - Irefuse to repeat.Their churches have become organizational home bases for social justice, policyformation and creation care. They show film clips from R-rated movies, host "bible-studies" in local microbreweries and worship to the sound of rock music.Hipster Christians think they are intellectuals of modern faith but in reality, if you engagewith them in Biblical theology, they are completely lost. Their "bible prophets" are RobBell, Joel Olseen, Rick Warren, Robert Schuller, Shane Claiborne, Donald Miller, andquote from Relevant magazine like it is some kind of "holy inspired word." Most drinkbeer, mark their bodies with tattoos, go clubbing, and eating raw and organic foods.They tend to be activist of global issues and without question vote for liberal politicians.Does your pastor use words like kingdom now, authenticity, and social justice, andmissional? If so, your pastor is probably covertly confessing to being Emergent. Maybeduring his sermon, he preaches on how wives should be "visually generous" with theirhusbands (e.g., they should keep the lights on when undressing and during sex). Sex isa major and often spoken of topic from the Hipster Christian pulpit.We have reports that many of these hipster churches hold their services in bars andnightclubs. Other churches focus more on the shock value of sermons, delving intotouchy subjects such as homosexuality, child abuse, sex trafficking, HIV/AIDS, and soon, sometimes with an f-bomb or two thrown in for good measure. Dont believe me?You had better keep your ears and eyes open because it is the new "hip" way of"playing church."About The Author:Dr. Phinney is the Founder and Ministry Host of the Institute Of Ministry (IOM America)and founder to the Exchanged Life Global Initiative, as well as the InternationalFellowship of Exchanged Life (IFEL). Stephen is also the co-founder of the MenIOM AMERICA RESOURCES | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomameric.org | ChristAsLife@iomamerica.org
  • 5. Mapping Outreach Ministries, a ministry dedicated to equipping men to be protectors ofwomen, children, community, and nation.Stephen has authored multiple books/teaching series on spiritual growth (click here)and has published over 280 online articles/booklets assisting others in obtaining aTransformational Biblical Worldview. Even though he does NOT put much stock inthese degrees, he holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Masters in CounselingPsychology, and a Doctorate in Ministry. He also holds the status of Doctor ofPhilosophy Candidate at Oxford Graduate School.OBJECTIVE:Phinney’s primary objective is to equip individuals for the purpose of building up theBody of Christ and assist in empowering men, women, children, and family units to havea generational impact on the communities they serve. This is accomplished by providingtraining, mentorship, and counseling by making use of the believers identity in Christ.About IOM America:Our PurposeIOM America is a tax-deductible 501c(3) nonprofit dedicated to helping members of thebody of Christ to experience, mature in, and communicate effectively the message ofidentification with Christ in His death, burial, resurrection, and ascension in their variousspheres of influence. Our ministry comes by way of a 3-Fold Vision: Biblical Worldview,Discipleship & Training and the Exchanged Life Global Initiative. All three fold into theInternational Fellowship of Exchanged Life E-Community (IFEL).Fold 1: Worldview DevelopmentIt is our confession that worldview is birthed through personal identity! This is why it iscritical for our workers to first understand who they are in Christ before they can leadanother in such a discovery. With this in mind, we aim to gently message theidentification truths of co-death, burial, resurrection, and ascension into all aspects ofministry communication. It is our experience that if any ministry or its workers focus onworldview issues before experimentally understanding the power of the Cross, theseworkers could actually lead the Church away from the Truth that will set them free.Fold 2: Discipleship and TrainingOur primary objective is to equip individuals for the purpose of building up the Body ofChrist and to assist in empowering men, women, children, and families to have agreater impact on the communities they serve. This is accomplished by providing Christ-IOM AMERICA RESOURCES | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomameric.org | ChristAsLife@iomamerica.org
  • 6. centered, Bible-based guidance and training that focuses on issues pertaining to theindwelt Christians identity in Christ.We press forward to show individuals their freedom from enslaving mental, emotional,and spiritual conflicts by placing a special emphasis on IDENTITY MATTERS. Thecounseling style is direct, honest and truly biblical.Whether you have already attended training, or would like to begin your training, wewelcome you to learn more about how we can assist you in your ministry calling. Theenrichment from these courses is applicable in your personal life and relationships fromthe first course on. If you are interested in training or being discipled, please click here.Fold 3: Exchanged Life Global InitiativeThe ministry of IOM has adopted the proposal of the Exchanged Life Global Initiative,which has provided the ministry with a proactive pro-vision, in order to revitalize theworldview of uniting Exchanged Life workers throughout the entire world. In addition toour existing strong partnerships, we welcome the partnerships of other ministries thatfocus on the message of the Exchanged Life to join our efforts! To learn more: click onExchanged Life Global Initiative on menu bar.IOM AMERICA RESOURCES | P.O. Box 71, Sterling, KS 67579 | www.iomameric.org | ChristAsLife@iomamerica.org

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