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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Lighthouse Trails Publishing; 1st edition (August 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979131510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979131516
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A needed and valuable expose of the emergent church movement. This is the most complete and up-to-date treatment of this complex and rapidly changing conversation (as adherents like to call it). --Pastor Gary Gilley, Southern View Chapel

Probably the most important contemporary Christian book (after the Bible itself) in the world today. It is essential that sincere and discerning believers read it urgently. --Jacob Prasch, Moriel Ministries

Roger Oakland has provided for God s people a needed and valuable exposé of the emergent church movement. This is the most complete and up-to-date treatment of this complex and rapidly changing conversation (as adherents like to call it). --Pastor Gary Gilley, Southern View Chapel

About the Author

Roger Oakland is an author-lecturer and founder of Understand The Times International. His easy to understand teaching style communicates to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over the past twenty years he has lectured at numerous churches, conferences, universities and educational facilities in over 35 countries. Roger Oakland has authored and co-authored numerous books and produced audiotapes, videos and other publications that have been translated into several different languages worldwide. For more information regarding Roger's availability or the ministry of Understand The Times International, call 714-957-3898 or write to P.O. Box 27239, Santa Ana, CA, 92799.

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Roger Oakland is an author-lecturer and founder of Understand The Times International. His easy to understand teaching style communicates to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over the past twenty years he has lectured at numerous churches, conferences, universities and educational facilities in over 50 countries.Roger Oakland has authored and co-authored numerous books and produced audiotapes, videos and other publications that have been translated into several different languages worldwide. For more information regarding Roger's availability or the ministry of Understand The Times International, call 714-957-3898 or write to P.O. Box 27239, Santa Ana, CA, 92799.

Customer Reviews

This is a very informative book, and I think it is the most important book that Roger Oakland has written.
J. D. Larsen
Oakland does an excellent job of exposing the deception of the theology that is being projected through the emerging/emergent church.
JES
This is an issue which will not go away and all Christians need to be aware of what is happening and will have to make a decision.
A. J. Montgomery

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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Montgomery on August 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
[[ASIN:0979131510 Faith Undone: The emerging church - a new reformation or an end-time deception]
Faith Undone has been written to warn the Church about a phenomenon called "The Emergent Church." Like the warnings of the prophets, peoples' reaction to this book will vary from alarm through indifference to offence.

Although the book is written in a popular style to be accessible to non academics, it does contain footnotes detailing references so the reader may check the veracity of claims for themselves.

After the introductory chapter, the author traces the origins of the Emergent Church from as early as the 1950s describing how an American business guru influenced a group of church leaders in the 1980s, which in turn gathered and influenced a younger generation of pastors in the 1990s. There was a belief that the church needed to change dramatically to meet the challenge of the post-modern world. Influences that were affecting and shaping the new perceptions of these people appeared to have their roots in New Age and Eastern philosophies. They were also able to gain backing from influential publishers to widely disseminate their views and vision. Like the New Age movement, the Emergent Church is a more a diverse network rather than an organisation.

The book goes on to describe characteristics of the Emergent phenomenon. There is a tendency to promote experience as being more authoritative than scripture, which is no longer held to be absolute truth. This appeal for experience leads to an emphasis on rituals, mysticism and multi-sensory worship. This is justified as a "return" to the practice of the early church fathers and re-discovering of "ancient wisdom.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By John Wicklund on August 19, 2008
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Roger Oakland does an outstanding description of how old ancient worship practices and mysticism is invading the Christian Church. I have noticed this over the past decade as people are demanding experiences in their worship, thinking somehow that will make them more spiritual or give them a greater connection with God. I always get nervous when I see hundreds of people jumping around, hands raised, with a rock band going. I keep wondering if that is more emotional frenzy, rather than heartfelt worship.

The Emergent Church wants nothing to do with doctrine or dry bible studies. As Oakland explains, the Emergent Church believes they can't really know what truth is, so why fight about it? Their mentality is: let's sip coffee and dialogue about these issues. What a crock. The bible is quite clear on many topics... it's just that people don't like the answers. Well, tough.

I learned much from Oakland's description of silent breath prayers, candles, walking the labyrinth, lectio divina are all forms of playing God and legalism. Ultimately, they will lead us to towards an One World Church in which the true definition of Christianity will become so modified, it isn't Christianity anymore.

In general, we have a generation of Christians that are biblically illiterate. Oakland shows how we are commanded to grow in our faith and become more like Christ. We would be wise to start learning more about God and who he is through well-led bible studies rather than using unreliable emotions and experiences to form our belief system and worship practices.
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62 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Ian Alford on December 7, 2007
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A movement that has spread like wildfire through out North American Churches is challenged by writer Roger Oakland.Roger compares this movement to the Living Word of God and exposes it for what it is-deceptive,half truths,twisting God's Word and a road that goes quite wide(leading quite possibly to Hell for some) inviting all beliefs(religion)to walk together.Jesus Christ preachead a narrow road.Roger reminds us 1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at[a] His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry..Get back to the Bible to God centered theology not Man centered theology.The Emerging Church is exposed by the TRUTH.READ THIS BOOK.
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83 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Seaotter on October 21, 2007
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New Age or what would be more accurately described as "old age" spirituality has invaded the church. I call it old age because it goes back to Babel and Nimrod, the beginnings of all false religion. Romans 1:20-25 sums it up. We are told,"For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and majesty, so that they are without excuse, because although they knew God, they did not glorify him as God, nor were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools---Who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever."

This passage of Scripture tells us that these people's pride has caused their heart to be darkened, and while professing to be wise they are in reality fools who have rejected their Creator. How does this passage apply to the emerging church?

1) They teach Contemplative spirituality, which they assert allows a person to get in touch with God who dwells in every human. These people call it centering or breath prayers. While these names are more acceptable to evangelicals than Transendental Meditation that is exactly what centering or breath prayers really are. By using a word, phrase or centering on your breath, you let go of all your thoughts. In blanking out all thoughts you leave yourself open for demonic spirits to enter in. This is serious business. These practices go back to the false teaching of the third century desert fathers. Instead of going back to Nimrod or even the desert fathers, we need to get back to what Scripture has to say and obey it.
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