Ephesians 6 describes the armor of God which believers are to put on and wear into spiritual battle. This is a look at how members in the Emergent Church (E.C.) movement are being prepared for battle.
Believers are equipped with the belt of truth. (Ephesians 6:14)
Emergent church goers don't wear a belt of truth. Their leaders can barely bring themselves to say the word "truth". E. C. leader Tony Jones said, "Emergent doesn't have a position on absolute truth, or on anything for that matter. Do you show up at a dinner party with your neighbors and ask, 'What's this dinner party's position on absolute truth?' No, you don't, because it's a nonsensical question." Next time you see a police officer or soldier prepared for battle, take a good look at his or her belt and it will be obvious to you just how critically important this item is for the warrior. Emergent church leaders go against God's Word and tell their followers the belt of truth is irrelevant. Therefore, members are not issued a belt of truth and go into spiritual battle struggling to keep their pants up.
Believers are equipped with the breastplate of righteousness. (Ephesians 6:14)
Emergent church goers receive no such breastplate. In fact, rejection of moral certainty is at the core of the Emergent church movement and is taught by it's leaders. Consider the statement by E. C. leader Tony Jones, "I think the Bible is a f - - - ing scary book (pardon my French, but that's the only way I know how to convey how strongly I feel about this)." Please, be careful to note the quotation marks. You see, when righteousness is rejected, pastors like Tony Jones don't have a problem using the "F" word. This results in their followers going into spiritual battle without the protection of a breastplate.
The feet of believers are fitted with the readiness that comes from the Gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:15)
Emergent church leaders will have no peace to offer. In spite of the fact that God's Word clearly teaches there will never be true peace apart from Jesus Christ and the one true God, Rick Warren, the face of the E. C. movement, seeks world peace for Christians with all other religions and worshippers of false gods. Anyone who has ever read the Old Testament knows how much peace exists between our One True God and the false demonic gods of this world. Jesus Christ will return to utterly destroy the false gods of this world and their followers. Peace will exist only when there are no false gods. Essentially, E. C. followers go into battle barefoot, with nothing on their feet.
Believers are issued a shield of faith. (Ephesians 6:16)
Emergent Church leaders, by their own admission, have no statement of faith or doctrinal statement. Their followers have no shield to take into battle against Satan and his forces. They are defenseless.
Every believer is issued a helmet of salvation. (Ephesians 6:17)
It is critically important for combatants to protect their heads in battle. By now it should be obvious to readers that E. C. officers are not adequately preparing their misguided followers for battle. Without the helmet of salvation, these spiritually disoriented fools soon suffer spiritually fatal head wounds and become casualties of spiritual warfare. Their leaders teach everyone goes to heaven. When asked by Larry King if Jews, Muslims, or others who don't accept Christ will go to heaven, emergent church guru, Joel Osteen stated, "You know, I'm very careful about saying who would and wouldn't go to heaven. I don't know... I spent a lot of time in India with my father. I don't know all about their religion. But I know they love God. And I don't know. I've seen their sincerity. So I don't know." This is a false doctrine taught by a false teacher. His followers go into battle with no protection for the head.
Believers are issued the most perfect weapon for any battle - the sword of the Spirit or the Word of God! Those who are trained in this weapon are used by God to deal serious blows in the realms of spiritual warfare. (Ephesians 6:17)
Emergent church followers are not trained in the use of this weapon of spiritual warfare. In fact, their leaders discourage the use of this instrument of warfare saying it is defective, ineffective, and outdated. Brian McLaren, a forerunner in the establishment of the E. C. movement stated, "The Bible is not considered accurate, absolute, authoritative, or authoritarian source but a book to be experienced, and one experience can be as valid as any other can... No doctrines are to be absolute and truth or doctrine must be considered only with personal experiences, traditions, historical leaders, etc. The Bible is not an answer book." Mr. McLaren's followers are issued heresy of the highest order to take into spiritual battle. Carrying this weapon into the battle makes them an enemy of God.
The problem is more than emergent church goers not being equipped by God the Father for the spiritual battle at hand. The tragedy is, for the most part, they are enemies of the One True God. They are doing the work of what Ephesians 6 describes as "the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." The heresy and false doctrines they yield are issued by none other than Satan himself. Satan uses the false teachers of the emergent church movement to issue instruments of warfare in the form of false doctrines. If you are a member of one of these heretical churches, it is time to seek an immediate discharge.