Another story from one of our readers
Here is another one-
Three years ago, we left a church where we had been deeply involved because they were embracing the whole emerging/ contemplative cesspool.
We were both in leadership there, my husband was a deacon and I served on staff as the children's ministry director. We loved this church, the family in Christ that we had found there, and the children we ministered to. It truly broke our hearts to leave, but we knew that we couldn't condone or help promote the dangerous doctrines.
We were told that this "postmodern" (that was the label back then, it seems that the more politically correct "emerging church" is the current acceptable term) emphasis was the only way to reach young people. There was no room for discussion. Anyone who raised objections was made to feel very unwelcome.
We attended another church for a while until we saw evidence of the same contamination and again knew that we had to part company. And again, no one took our concerns seriously. Last summer, we found the Lighthouse Trails web site and read "A Time of Departing" by Ray Yungen. While it was a relief to find out that we were not alone, that there were people all across the country that had experienced similar heartbreaks, it has also filled us with grief to see what is happening to the church.
Right now we are church gypsies, trying out church after church, looking for a home. We are hungry for a church home and family, but it has so far it proven impossible to find a church that sees the dangers of emerging church, contemplative spirituality, or the whole "purpose driven" fiasco. Don't get us wrong, we have met a lot of good people and visited a lot of good churches that are trying to serve God in the best way that they know how. But many just seem to be blind to the dangers presented by emerging, contemplative or purpose driven. We would just like to find a place that fully understands the dangers up front and be part of a fellowship that is still committed to the true gospel. We know that God wants to use what we have been through for His glory.
Jim and Vickie