The video below goes back almost 10 years to when I used to spend a lot of time on YouTube. It is still one of the most popular videos on my channel. Though the term “Emergent Church” has been abandoned due to the bad press it received from its logical inconsistencies, the postmodern philosophies it embraced still have a firm hold on many Christians and churches.
These 10 signs still point out the self-refuting nature of the postmodern-zone.
- Their website has a statement of what they believe, and one of their statements is that they don’t hold to statements of belief.
- They constantly teach against churches and Christians who engage in polemics.
- They reject the commercialism of the modern church, by making their church feel more like a coffee shop.
- They have a strong desire to be relevant for the sole purpose of being relevant.
- The term “living incarnationally” means living less like Jesus and more like the world.
- They argue that there are no metanarratives that control all other stories besides their metanarrative that there are no metanarratives.
- They encourage using metaphor because propositional teaching does not work, unless, of course, they are propositionally teaching about metaphors.
- They argue that the church should be more relational and less theological, and then attempt to give theological arguments why this is the case.
- They use language to tell us that language is incapable of communicating truth.
- To argue against a propositional understanding of scripture, they quote Jesus’ proposition from scripture where Jesus says, “I am the Truth.”