Saturday, May 11, 2013

The 100-Year Pattern:Fourth Pattern Era


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.

The Emerging Church movement is seeking to revitalize the faith but may infect an entire generation with a philosophy that kills it….

(from: http://www.christianpost.com/news/emerging-church-movement-threatens-church-foundation-says-pastor-36600).


There are some differences this time around because the philosophy is different than any of the three pattern eras.  In postmodern philosophy, especially deconstructionism, the way one interprets text (i.e. the Bible is a text) isn’t too concerned with what the author meant, but rather how the individual, with influences from groups (or communities as they are called in postmodernism), interprets it. It isn’t as much a generational gap between generations we are seeing today as a huge philosophical gap. We badly need people of all ages who understand postmodernism and have teaching ability to teach these things in our churches. While younger adults pretty well understand both philosophies, the rationalistic modernism we’ve just come out of and the postmodernism we are now getting into, older adults really do not have a clue about postmodern thinking.   This isn’t their fault as no one has helped them to understand it. I am hearing more and more from grandparents, both Christians and non-Christians, that they just cannot seem to connect in talking with their adult grandchildren. I had never heard this being so severe before the last 10-15 years.  So, instead of allowing senior citizens to group together all the time, let’s help them to join the small groups within their churches, especially those that have younger adults.  And instead of studying Paul’s travels for the umpteenth hundredth time, why not take some time to bring in someone who can teach them a little postmodern philosophy so they can fathom the huge change taking place in their churches.

Postscript:
I recommend highly that you learn about the Welsh Revival. This link will take you to a very good video of that revival:

Part 1=http://www.ovguide.com/1904-1905-welsh-revival-9202a8c04000641f800000000058c55f

 

Part 2=http://www.ovguide.com/1904-1905-welsh-revival-9202a8c04000641f800000000058c55f

You can view the last part of this series  here

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