“After emergence comes emersion.”
—Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man (Harper, 1965), p. 309.
The root theology undergirding all Emergent eschatology is evolution.
Evolution is a perversion from our faith in Jesus Christ. These are doctrines of demons “many” are going after in these last days. As the Laodicean church consumes itself everyday with apostasy and falling away, we must be on our guard for these treacherous wolves who will devour many before the Lord returns.
Pastor DeWaay recognizes the defining issue for the Emergent movement as eschatology:
While Emergent Church leaders differ on nearly every Christian doctrine, one belief they hold in common—the one that unifies their movement—is their eschatology. Emergent theologians and church leaders reject God’s final judgment in favor of His saving of all humanity and creation into a tangible paradise in which all will participate. (p. 13)
This view of eschatology is also a key doctrine of Dominionism, and is therefore linked to the concept of “building the kingdom of God on earth.” This eschatological worldview proclaims that there isn’t going to be a Judgment Day, and teaches that man can facilitate the return to pre-Fall paradise conditions on Earth. This view of the future subliminates the Cross, ignores scriptural prophecies about the endtimes, and positions man into godlike status as a “co-creator.” Obviously, in such an eschatological scenario there is no Heaven nor Hell.
The Emergent paradigm shift is already happening. This eschatological worldview is now becoming widespread and is subtly being incorporated into most major “mainstream” evangelical ministries, missions, and organizations. A few examples we have noted on the Herescope blog include N.T. Wright, the Lausanne movement, Ralph Winter, Transform World, Dutch Sheets and Bill Hamon, and many Latter Rain leaders. Exemplifying this shift, a recent article in a publication called ConvergePoint, put out by the Baptist General Conference, describes this group’s transformation initiative in these terms, “My personal joy was compounded culturally by the fact that the word converge happens to appear in the Portuguese Bible in Ephesians 1:10: ‘…to make all things converge together in Christ, things in heaven and earth.’”
This eschatological worldview has serious ramifications for all of Christian theology. DeWaay explains:
…[T]he possibility of future judgment and punishment of those who do not believe in Christ’s death on the cross and His shedding of blood to avert God’s wrath against sin is either denied or not discussed in Emergent/postmodern theology. (p. 149)
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