If the pattern holds, then another heresy connected with the reigning philosophy of the day should have entered the evangelical world sometime in the 1990s. And it did. In 1990s Bob Buford of the Leadership Network got several youth leaders and young pastors together to work out how to reach the young adults in their churches. What many older Christians didn’t realize was there had been a huge philosophical change, the first time in 400 years which not only shook the western world but also the Catholic and evangelical churches. The liberal Protestant churches were able to slide easily into the new philosophy because they were more open to its tenets. But once again, the pattern of how satan maneuvers into churches held as the concepts of original sin and the substitutionary atonement were downplayed and eventually in some quarters outright denied. This group called themselves the emergent church and lately Progressive Christians. The leadership includes many who attended those meetings as well as some who joined the "group" later—Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, Dan Kimball and so on. Their theologian is Jurgen Moltmann, their Systematic Theology guy, Stanley Grenz, and their literary story writer, Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz). The philosophy of the day is Postmodernism which I have described in previous posts (see Part 1 of my postmodern philosophy series here). Now we are waiting for God’s response of revival, if the pattern holds. I hope to see an effective revival that will change the entire country of America and perhaps other western countries, instead of a few churches or a small area. Such a model can be found in learning about the Welsh Revival of 1904-1905 which I strongly recommend reading about. I have posted a short 2-part video on this revival at the end of this post.
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