Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Faith Undone

What's all the worry over the "Emerging" or "Emergent" church? Is it just another passing movement, a more contemporary approach to how we do church, or is it a bunch of desperate young people looking for answers? It is actually much broader and is influencing Christianity to an alarming degree. Based in a centuries-old mystical approach, this movement is powerful, yet highly deceptive, and it is drawing momentum from practices and experiences that are foreign to traditional evangelical Christianity.
In his book Faith Undone, Roger Oakland probes deep into this mystical movement that ranges from a simple difference in style to the more concerning practices being seen today.
Oakland has of late been criticized for his outspoken concern about new trends in the evangelical church. His ministry focuses mostly around discernment and exposure of aberrant and even heretical teaching that are threatening biblical Christianity. Listen to a recent commentary here about how he is being received by many evangelical leaders.