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Faith Undone: The emerging church - a new reformation or an end-time deception Paperback – August 7, 2007
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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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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Outstanding book on the direction so many churches are taking. They are being decieved and Roger Oakland is very clear of the dangerous path they are embracing!Published 3 months ago by Carmen Burke
This book had so many references that I knew it was not one man's opinion...but truth revealed.Published 3 months ago by Me-Too
A landmark publication of irrefutable facts, views and almost exhaustive historical data regarding The Emergent Church, such that anyone seeking to acquire knowledge and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Hugh H. Gilkes
Great book exposing the emerging church. I wish churches would use this on this Bible Study. I learned a lot from reading this book.Published 7 months ago by Lorns
so timely--what God's people need to help them navigate a maze of deceptionsPublished 8 months ago by Holly Joers