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01 the emerging church and the one project part 1

  1. 1. THE EMERGING CHURCH 
 &
 THE ONE PROJECT?
 PART 1
 
 “DEFINITIONS”
 
 
 
 
 
 1 My  study  into  the  emerging  church  started  when  a  pastor  back  East   asked  if  I  knew  anything  about  “The  One  Project”.  When  I  began  to   study  into  the  history  of  the  Project  and  those  who  started  the   movement,  I  was  led  to  enquire  about  the  Emerging  Church  and  its   teachings  and  history.  I  found  that  it  deals  with  much  more  than  just   “spiritual  formation”  and  “centering  prayer.”  
  2. 2. Definitions 2 The  Emerging  church  is   described  in  Wikipedia,   taking  10  pages  with  71   references.  It  is  a  good   summary  based  on  many  of   the  books  written  by  those  in   the  movement  itself.  All  of   the  following  quotes  from   this  web  site  are  taken  form   quotes  of  those  in  the   Emerging  Church  movement,   or  those  who  have  studied   into  the  movement  in  an   academic  research  setting.     There  is  much  more  to  the   Emerging  Church  movement   than  Contemplative  Prayer   and  Spiritual  Formation.  
  3. 3. Definitions ¨ Emerging Church: “is a Christian movement of the late 20th and early 21st centuries that crosses a number of theological boundaries: participants can be described as Protestant, post- Protestant, catholic, evangelical,[1] post-evangelical, liberal, post- liberal, conservative, post-conservative, anabaptist, adventist,[2] reformed, charismatic, neocharismatic, and post-charismatic. “ ¨ “In the US, some Roman Catholics have also begun to describe themselves as being part of the emergent conversation.[1]” “While  emerging  is  a  wider,  informal,  church-­‐based,  global  movement,  Emergent  refers  to  an  official   organization,  the  Emergent  Village,  associated  with  Brian  McLaren,  and  has  also  been  called  the   ‘Emergent  stream.’”  Adventist  here  refers  to  Seventh-­‐day  Adventist.  The  reference  is  taken  form  Ryan   Bell’s  blog,  pastor  of  the  Hollywood  Church  who  is  very  much  a  part  of  the  Emerging  Church  movement.   3
  4. 4. Definitions ¨ “Stuart Murray states: ‘Emerging churches are so disparate there are exceptions to any generalisations. Most are too new and too fluid to clarify, let alone assess their significance. There is no consensus yet about what language to use: 'new ways of being church'; 'emerging church'; 'fresh expressions of church'; 'future church'; 'church next'; or ‘the coming church’.” 4
  5. 5. Definitions and Terminology ¨ “Proponents believe the movement transcends such ‘modernist’ labels of ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal,’ calling the movement a ‘conversation’ to emphasize its developing and decentralized nature, its vast range of standpoints [beliefs], and its commitment to dialogue.” ¨ “What those involved in the conversation mostly agree on is their disillusionment with the organized and institutional church and their support for the deconstruction of modern Christian worship, modern evangelism, and the nature of modern Christian community.” ¨ “The emerging church favors the use of simple story and narrative.” Conversation,  simple  story,  narrative  and  missional,  are  all  catch  phrases  of  the   Emerging  Church.  Some  of  the  things  they  stand  for  are  not  wrong  in  and  of   themselves,  like  feeding  the  poor,  helping  the  orphans,  standing  up  for  the   underdog,  etc.  But  for  true  Christianity,  these  activities  are  not  an  end  in   themselves.  We  will  see  later  how  Ellen  White  says  “The  leaders  would  teach   that  virtue  is  better  than  vice,  but  God  being  removed,  they  would  place  their   dependence  on  human  power,  which,  without  God,  is  worthless.” 5
  6. 6. Values and Characteristics ¨ “Members of the movement often place a high value on good works or social activism, including missional living.[3] While some Evangelicals emphasize eternal salvation, many in the emerging church emphasize the here and now.”[4] Conversation,  simple  story,  narrative  and  missional,  are  all  catch  phrases  of   the  Emerging  Church.  Some  of  the  things  they  stand  for  are  not  wrong  in  and   of  themselves,  like  feeding  the  poor,  helping  the  orphans,  standing  up  for  the   underdog,  etc.  But  for  true  Christianity,  these  activities  are  not  an  end  in   themselves.  We  will  see  later  how  Ellen  White  says  “The  leaders  would  teach   that  virtue  is  better  than  vice,  but  God  being  removed,  they  would  place   their  dependence  on  human  power,  which,  without  God,  is  worthless.” 6
  7. 7. Values and characteristics ¨ “Gibbs and Bolger[24] interviewed a number of people involved in leading emerging churches and from this research have identified some core values in the emerging church, including desires to imitate the life of Jesus; transform secular society; emphasize communal living; welcome outsiders; be generous and creative; and lead without control. ” On  the  surface  this  sounds  good,  perhaps  like  the  French  revolution.  Much  of   the  sentiment  behind  it  was  rebelling  against  false  forms  of  religion  in  Europe   during  the  period  of  the  dark  ages.  But  there  were  also  elements  of  rebelling   against  God  and  any  restraint  against  human  passion.   7
  8. 8. Postmodern worldview and hermeneutics ¨ “Emerging Christians began to challenge the modern church on issues such as: institutional structures, systematic theology, propositional teaching methods, a perceived preoccupation with buildings, an attractional understanding of mission, professional clergy, and a perceived preoccupation with the political process and unhelpful jargon (‘Christian-ese’).[35]” Propositional  teaching  methods  would  be  preaching  with  the  assumption  that  you   had  truth  to  share  or  knew  the  meaning  of  a  certain  passage  and  where  presenting   it  as  such.    “Attractional  understanding  of  mission”  means  seeking  to  attract  others   to  Jesus  by  telling  them  that  we  are  sinners  and  in  need  of  a  savior  and  that  Christ  is   the  only  way.   8
  9. 9. Postmodern worldview and hermeneutics ¨ “As a result, some in the emerging church believe it is necessary to deconstruct modern Christian dogma. One way this happens is by engaging in dialogue, rather than proclaiming a predigested message, believing that this [dialogue] leads people to Jesus through the Holy Spirit on their own terms.” This  is  Key.  SO  you  hold  a  weekend  gathering.  Have  some  general   presentation,  and  then  facilitate  dialogue.  So  Bible  truth  is  not  proclaimed   but  dialogue  encouraged  and  “holy  spirit”  leads  people  to  “Jesus”  on  “their   own  terms.”  Yes,  God  wants  us  to  come  and  reason  together,  but  based  on   His  truth  not  our  “terms”.  Those  in  the  emerging  church  movement  have   their  own  “Dogma.”   9
  10. 10. Postmodern worldview and hermeneutics ¨ “The emerging church movement contains a great diversity in beliefs and practices, although some have adopted a preoccupation with sacred rituals, good works, and political and social activism. Much of the Emerging Church movement has also adopted the approach to evangelism which stressed peer-to-peer dialogue rather than dogmatic proclamation and proselytizing.[36]” Evangelism  as  required  by  the  third  angel’s  message  would  be   considered  “proselytizing.”   10
  11. 11. Postmodern worldview and hermeneutics ¨ “A plurality of Scriptural interpretations is acknowledged in the emerging church movement. Participants in the movement exhibit a particular concern for the effect of the modern reader's cultural context on the act of interpretation echoing the ideas of postmodern thinkers. …” ¨ “Some emerging church leaders see interfaith dialogue a means to share their narratives as they learn from the narratives of others.” Not  only  does  each  individual  interpret  the  Bible  based  on  his  own  culture  but  then   these  ideas  are  shared  with  others.  Very  ecumenical  in  nature.  “Let  none  cherish  the   idea  that  special  providences  or  miraculous  manifestations  are  to  be  the  proof  of  the   genuineness  of  their  work  or  of  the  ideas  they  advocate.  When  persons  will  speak   lightly  of  the  word  of  God,  and  set  their  impressions,  feelings,  and  exercises  above   the  divine  standard,  we  may  know  that  they  have  no  light  in  them.”  (MB  146) 11
  12. 12. Authenticity and conversation ¨ “A Christian is then defined by their focus and movement toward Christ rather than a limited set of shared beliefs and values.[39]” ¨ “Teachers in the Emerging Church tend to view the Bible and its stories through a lens which they believe finds significance and meaning for their community's social and personal stories rather than for the purpose of finding cross-cultural, propositional absolutes regarding salvation and conduct.[41]” Who  defines  “movement  toward  Christ”  and  which  “Christ”  are  we  talking  about?   12
  13. 13. Authenticity and conversation ¨ “The emerging church claims they are creating a safe environment for those with opinions ordinarily rejected within modern conservative evangelicalism and fundamentalism. Non- critical, interfaith dialog is preferred over dogmatically-driven evangelism in the movement.[42] Story and narrative replaces the dogmatic:” What  do  they  mean  by  non-­‐critical.  Then  people  can  gather  and  dialog   and  have  a  “conversation”  in  a  safe  environment  and  no  one  can   disagree. 13
  14. 14. Authenticity and conversation ¨ “The bible is no longer a principal source of morality, functioning as a rulebook. The gradualism of postmodernity has transformed the text into a guide, a source of spirituality, in which the power of the story as a moral reference point has superseded the didactic [instruction or teaching].” The  quote  above  continues:  “Thus  the  meaning  of  the  Good   Samaritan  is  more  important  than  the  Ten  Commandments  -­‐  even   assuming  that  the  latter  could  be  remembered  in  any  detail  by   anyone.” 14
  15. 15. Authenticity and conversation ¨ “Those in the movement do not engage in aggressive apologetics or confrontational evangelism in the traditional sense, preferring to encourage the freedom to discover truth through conversation and relationships with the Christian community.[44]” Presenting  the  idea  that  there  is  a  broad  way  and  a  strait  way   would  be  classified  as  “confrontational  evangelism”. 15
  16. 16. Creative and rediscovered spirituality ¨ “This can involve everything from expressive, neocharismatic style of worship and the use of contemporary music and films to more ancient liturgical customs and eclectic expressions of spirituality, with the goal of making the church gathering reflect the local community's tastes.” 16
  17. 17. Creative and rediscovered spirituality ¨ “Emerging church practitioners are happy to take elements of worship from a wide variety of historic traditions, including traditions of the Catholic Church, the Anglican churches, the Orthodox churches, and Celtic Christianity. From these and other religious traditions emerging church groups take, adapt and blend various historic church practices including liturgy, prayer beads, icons, spiritual direction, the labyrinth, and lectio divina. The Emerging Church is also sometimes called the ‘Ancient-Future’ church.[61]” 17
  18. 18. Creative and rediscovered spirituality ¨ “One of the key social drives in Western Post- industrialized countries, is the rise in new/old forms of mysticism. … Therefore, the Emerging Church is operating in a new context of postmodern spirituality, as a new form of mysticism. … many people now believe in and are searching for something more spiritual (postmodern view). This has been characterized as a major shift from religion to spirituality.” Religion  being  a  creed  or  set  beliefs,  spirituality  more  of  an   experience  not  necessarily  based  on  doctrine. 18
  19. 19. Creative and rediscovered spirituality ¨ “[T]he Emerging Church Movement is seeking to missionally assist people to shift from being spiritual tourists to Christian pilgrims. Many are drawing on ancient Christian resources recontextualised into the contemporary such as contemplation and contemplative forms of prayer, symbolic multi- sensory worship, story telling and many others.[66] This again has required a change in focus as the majority of unchurched and dechurched people are seeking 'something that works' rather than something that is ‘true’. [67]” ¨ (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emerging_church#cite_note-15) 19
  20. 20. Summary: Emerging Church is ❖ World wide movement ❖ Involves all of Christendom and other religions ❖ Includes some in Seventh-day Adventist Church ❖ Has many good sounding stated values and goals ❖ Represents those with vast difference in beliefs ❖ Seeks to find agreement on key points ❖ Moving from authority of Scripture to narratives ❖ Culture and experience rather than absolute truth ❖ Moves from Biblical organization to individualism ❖ Worship combines old & new forms of mysticism ❖ Brings about change through “Conversations” etc. ❖ Involves much more than Contemplative Prayer, etc. ❖ Separates mission work from gospel message Read  Great  Controversy  chapter  27  “Modern  Revivals”,  and  Chapters  29  -­‐34:  “The  Origin   of  Evil,”  “Enmity  Between  Man  and  Satan,”  “Agency  of  Evil  Spirits,”  “Snares  of  Satan,”   “The  First  Great  Deception,”  “Can  the  Dead  Speak  to  Us?  (Spiritualism).”  These   chapters  give  us  insight  into  what  is  taking  place  today  in  the  world  and  in  our  church.   20
  21. 21. Jesus Method of Evangelism ¨ “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, ¨ because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; ¨ he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, ¨ to preach deliverance to the captives, ¨ and recovering of sight to the blind, ¨ to set at liberty them that are bruised, ¨ to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18-19) 21
  22. 22. 22 We  will  look  at  just  one  contrast  between  Emerging  Church  ideas  and  Jesus’  Methods.   Contrast  what  Bible  teaches  with  Emerging  Church  idea  of  mission/Evangelism   Luke  4:18-­‐19  Jesus  was  preaching  at  Nazareth,  quoted  from  Isa.  61:1-­‐2.       [1]Didn’t  say  Lord  sent  me  to  have  “conversations”.  Jesus  did  have  conversations.  Read   John  3  and  4,  women  at  the  well  and  Nichodimas.    Didn’t  talk  about  the  weather  and  the   latest  Greek  games  (Olympics).     The  mission  was  blended  to  meet  both  physical  and  spiritual  needs.  All  these  phrases   can  apply  to  both.     [2]  (2097)  Greek=  to  announce  good  news  (“evangelize”)  especially  the  gospel:  -­‐  declare,   bring  (declare,  show)  glad  (good)  tidings,  preach  (the  gospel).  Jesus  preached  good  news   of  salvation  which  is  the  fact  that  He  will  save  people  from  sin.  What’s  sin,  who’s  a   sinner,  what  are  the  wages,  how  do  we  escape  the  wages.   [3]  Heal  or  make  whole:  the  emotions,  the  body  physically,  and  the  mind  spiritually.     [4]  (2784)  to  herald  (as  a  public  crier),  especially  divine  truth  (the  gospel):  -­‐  preach  (-­‐er),   proclaim,  publish.     [5]  Word  for  “blind”  can  be  mean  both  physical  or  spiritual.   [6]  (2784)  Used  the  word  Preach  3  times.     [7]  Acceptable  year  denotes  a  prophetic  message  announcing  arrival  of  Messiah,  the  70   weeks  prophecy,  also  hints  at  Jubilee  year  when  captives  set  free.  
  23. 23. Jesus Method of Evangelism ¨ “Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, ‘Follow Me.’“ ¨ “There is need of coming close to the people by personal effort. If less time were given to sermonizing, and more time were spent in personal ministry, greater results would be seen. The poor are to be relieved, the sick cared for, the sorrowing and the bereaved comforted, the ignorant instructed, the inexperienced counseled. We are to weep with those that weep, and rejoice with those that rejoice. Accompanied by the power of persuasion, the power of prayer, the power of the love of God, this work will not, cannot, be without fruit.” (Ministry of Healing, p. 143) Sermonizing  speaks  more  of  one  who  talks  about  Christianity/religion   but  doesn't  live  it.   23
  24. 24. Jesus Method of Evangelism 24 (May-Ellen Colón, “Once a Month Jesus Comes and Holds my Hand,” Elders Digest, Dec. 2011, pp. 26-27; http://www.eldersdigest.org/assets/archives/ED%20Q4%202011.pdf) EGW’s  statement  broken  down.
  25. 25. Emerging Church Method of Evangelism 25 “The  Dichotomous  Model  (below),”  based  on  Greek  Dualistic  thinking,  presents  the  steps   in  MH  143  as  two  competing  Gospels:  The  “Social  Gospel”  and  the  “Everlasting   Gospel”  (not  evangelical  gospel).  A  mathematician  would  call  this  graph  between  the   secular  and  the  spiritual  “inversely  proportional.”  This  means  that  the  closer  you  get  to  the   everlasting  gospel—spiritual  end—the  further  you  get  from  the  social  end,  and  vice  versa.
  26. 26. Jesus Method of Evangelism 26 Jesus  method  was  that  all  aspects  of  his  ministry  where  centered  around  leading  people  to  the   cross.  If  people  came  to  Him  and  asked  outright  what  they  must  do  to  be  saved  (number  4)  Jesus   would  tell  them.  If  people  where  not  open  to  His  teachings  right  away  He  would  spend  time   socializing,  sympathizing  and  serving,  with  the  purpose  of  opening  up  opportunities  to  lead  them   to  salvation.     In  our  next  presentation  we  will  look  at  a  leading  spokesman  for  the  Emerging  Church  movement —Leonard  Sweet.

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