Doug Pagitt And A “Christianity” For The Deceived
DOUG PAGITT AND A “CHRISTIANITY” FOR THE DECEIVED
By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Jul 22, 2009 in Current Issues, Doug Pagitt, Emergence Christianity, Emergent Church, Features
This short Apprising Ministries piece builds upon The Truth and the Deceived by my friend and fellow Christian Research Net contributor Mike Ratliff.
Mike begins by saying:
The prevalent lie dominating the emergent “Church” is that the Gospel is defined differently than it is clearly set down in God’s Word. Of course, this should be no surprise since Sacred Scripture tells us plainly that the genuine Gospel is folly or foolishness to those who are perishing.
I know that some are saying that the emergents are genuine Christians and that they are leading the way into a “new reformation,” but if one simply dialogues with any of the emergents for very long about the Gospel it becomes very clear in a hurry that it is a different religion. (Online source)
While as in any cult, there are those who have trusted Jesus as their Savior whom the Spirit has yet to lead out, having personally spoken with many in the egregiously ecumenical Emerging Church aka Emergent Church—morphing into Emergence Christianity (EC)—it is beyond question that the EC is evolving into another religion entirely.
At the same time, if you don’t think men like quasi-universalist Doug Pagitt have their own view of the Christian faith, which they think is the correct one, then you need only consider the title of Pagitt’s most recent book A Christianity Worth Believing.
And for those who bought the lie the EC is so counter-culture, better think again; Pagitt tells us via Twitter:
Heading to Indianapolis for show tonight, Chicago tomorrow, Madison on Wednesday – http://bit.ly/cMRq2 7:29 AM Jul 20th from TweetDeck (Online source)
Heading to Madison show at 7. Hey Illinois, nice roads. Really, you charge tolls to drive on congested, under construction roads. Perfect.about 6 hours ago from Twittelator (Online source)
Note that it’s not a “sermon” or a “teaching” while pastor Pagitt is hawking his book on this tour; no, he refers to it as a “show.”
And the link in the top “Tweet” takes us back to Pagitt’s website where he explains further:
I call these events Live Occurrences: Live Occurrences:
Doug Pagitt and Erik Johnson are spreading the Hope-filled, Open-armed, Alive and Well faith in churches, bars and public meeting spaces around the country.
Live Occurrences are part one-man show (but there are two of us), part revival, part book reading, part hootenanny, and part communal gathering…specially
formulated for the Left-out, Left-behind and Let-down, and will be suitable for one and all regardless of background.
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For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21)