by Roger Oakland
In the not-too-distant future,
most evangelical pastors will have to decide whether to support or
reject the spirituality behind the emerging church. If this movement
continues unfolding at the present pace, mainstream Christianity will be
completely restructured, and the biblical gospel of Jesus Christ will be
considered obsolete. If I believed for one minute that this movement was
just another passing whim or the discontent rumblings that so often
occur with young people as they search for answers to life, I would
never have written this book.
But sad to say, the emerging church is far more than a fleeting fad and
much more than the complaints of a group of young leaders. It is indeed
a new way of being Christian and its objective is to usher in a new
reformation throughout the world.
Those who refuse to embrace this direction will be considered spiritual
oddballs that are hindering a unified one-world spirituality that is
promoted as the answer for peace and that is prophesied about in the
Bible. I know these sound like preposterous concerns. How could a
movement that seems so unorganized and mismanaged do so much damage? The
answer to that is the reason I wrote this book. For behind this new kind
of worship, this new kind of church is a strategic apostasy and maneuver
by the prince of this world, the enemy of our souls, to literally take
apart the faith of millions—it will be nothing less than faith undone.