By Ken Silva

 
And Elijah came near to all the people and said, "How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him." And the people did not answer him a word. [1]
 
In commenting on my article Rob Bell and the Emergent Myth at Slice of Laodicea, a young man named rob advances the warped and toxic points that will follow. Men and women, as humbly as I know how, one of the teachers the Master used in training me was Dr. Walter Martin (1928-1989). Not exactly known for his tact, Dr. Martin was the foremost authority in the world on religious cults having their origin in the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />United States.
 
Following him as he followed Jesus I labeled this Emergent Church as a neo-liberal cult months ago. If anyone has any doubt left that this rebellion against the authority of the Bible, which is the inerrant and infallible Word of the one true and living God, has now grown into a full-fledged cult–complete with its own leaders–they need only read these tragic words from rob.
 
What Is It Going To Take To Open Your Eyes?
Now here is what this poor young man, whose mind has been confused by these Emergent vipers had to say about my article. The response I posted to him at Slice will follow. This is presented with the prayer that we will finally rise up O men and women of God and say: Enough! Enough of this neo-liberal cult of the Emergent Church being allowed to operate within the walls of our Lord's Own Church!
 
May God use this to inspire us to continue to stand against the false teachings of seducing spirits like Brian McLaren and his friend Living Spiritual Teacher Richard Foster and Rob Bell and Tony Jones and their things taught by demons such as:
 
I believe that people have been missing the point of the bible and rob bell has brought it back in a new way. That new way is seeing scripture through jewish eyes. He is reinventing how to do church. Being a theology major, Rob bell has been a big inspiration on how to bring the text alive and get rid of a fundelmentalist view of the bible that causes hate in are world. When something is new people are scared and don't want to listen.
 
It won't be long till the post modern church will arrive and when it does I believe you will see a new kind of Christian not one who judges and hates but one who loves and devotes his life to God in any way possible. The revolution is coming and YahWeh is on its side just how God was on the side of your churches when they started. New times call for new ways to experience God. We can thank Rob Bell for many of these new ways. Rob
 
rob,
 
My heart is so sad to hear you express the foolishness you have just stated. I know it's not your fault; it's what you've been fed. But this is exactly the thing that I have been trying to alert the church to and a huge part of the Emergent myth. Any of us who have a working knowledge of Hebrew can tell you that your view of Bell is in correct. Rather the Bible judges him here:
 
For some men, straying from these things, have turned aside to fruitless discussion, wanting to be teachers of the Law, even though they do not understand either what they are saying or the matters about which they make confident assertions. (1 Timothy 1:6-7)
 
Yes, Bell does a lot of "seeing scripture through jewish eyes," but you need to understand that one must be born again to actually understand those Scriptures. And in Bell's prattle he pulls from a lot unregenrate views of the Holy Scripture.
 
Rob you say: "Being a theology major, Rob Bell has been a big inspiration on how to bring the text alive and get rid of a fundelmentalist view of the bible that causes hate in are world." You probably won't believe what I am about to tell you, but is the very reason I so hate this Emergent rebellion! O how I am grieved that these deceivers are brainwashing bright young people to believe this kind of rubbish.
 
When one of dear young people makes this statement: "It won't be long till the post modern church will arrive and when it does I believe you will see a new kind of Christian not one who judges and hates but one who loves and devotes his life to God in any way possible. The revolution is coming," how can our hearts not break when listening this McLarenese skubalon. Bohemian nonsense that people like you, who just don't know better are swallowing hook, line and sinker?
 
And finally rob you say: "We can thank Rob Bell for many of these new ways." No my friend, all Bell and the deceivers are doing is talking you right back to repainted liberalism and reimagined Gnostic mysticism, with a twisted universalism because they don't have the guts to stand for the true Gospel.
 
And I tell you in the Lord that it is a pathetic shame that more evangelical leaders with clout are also so spineless that they are simply watching this kind of thing happen. Rob, there's no animosity on my part toward you, only compassion. I pray the Lord will open your eyes and if I could wake you myself, believe me I would.
 
In Part Two I will begin to specifically make the case that the Emergent Church fits perfectly the definition of a religious cult as proposed by Dr. Walter Martin, author of the classic The Kingdom of the Cults.


[1] 1 Kings 18:21, ESV,

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