By Nathan Jones
What does the term "Emergent Church Movement" mean?
Dr. Reagan and I on our ministry's television show Christ in Prophecy had the pleasure of asking this question of our special guest Caryl Matrisciana. Caryl is a best selling author and filmmaker and is a recognized expert on Eastern religions, contemporary cults, paganism and the occult. She has been involved in the production of more than 60 documentaries over the past 30 years. Her biographical testimony Out of India explains how she grew up under Hinduism in India and lived it in England and the U.S. as a New Ager before accepted Christ as Savior. She joined us to warn us about the Eastern religious influences inherent in the Emergent Church.
Caryl Matrisciana: It is a difficult word. How do you define Emerging? "It hasn't come yet. We don't know what it could turn into or where it is going."
Because it is emerging, it's a very, very clever label for a movement that in actuality is going to be emerging into the one-world religion that is going to usher in the Antichrist. That is what it is emerging to. It is emerging to new truths. It is emerging into a new Christ. It is emerging into the new concept that you don't need to really understand truth.
Dr. Reagan: Basically, isn't the Emergent Church saying that Christianity needs to be reconstructed?
Caryl Matrisciana: They believe the Bible should be reformed, reinvented, and redesigned.
Nathan Jones: In other words, just throw the Bible out?
Caryl Matrisciana: It sounds good initially because in actuality they want to try to reach out to the Post-Modern culture. They claim that traditional Bible believing Christians don't do that well anymore. Well, if you actually look at the back of that concept, they're saying that God didn't know that we were going to be a Post-Modern generation right now. God didn't anticipate that men were going to become such wretched sinners and so God gave up.
Nathan Jones: Really? And, they found that out, how? Out of their own heads then?
Caryl Matrisciana: If you think it through logically, that's what they're really claiming. They're saying that God didn't design the Bible to converse and attract today's generation.
What's really happening is that today's generation is instead pulling away from God's truth which is the same yesterday, today and forever. The Word of God is what we've got to come back to. We've got to realize that we are sinners. We've got to come back to the center.
Caryl Matrisciana: Another concept that we've got to realize is behind the Emergent Church is that within Eastern Mysticism and Hinduism is its basis on the idea of Evolution. There are two opposing worldviews: one is that God created the Creation, and other one is that the world evolved. These Eastern religions believe there is evolving truth and so there is evolving religiosity. Truth is evolving and there is where the Emergent Church comes to be based on the foundation of Evolution.
Dr. Reagan: It seems to me like that the Emergent Church Movement simply does not understand the power of the Word of God. They feel like that we have to change the Gospel and present it in a whole different way in order to relate to the modern generation. But, the Gospel is supernatural in its power. Just as you were converted just like that, this can happen to a person in the Post-Modern generation as well if they are confronted with their sin.
Caryl Matrisciana: If they are confronted with the Word. See, I was given the power of God unto salvation. The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation. If I hadn't been given the Gospel I couldn't have gotten saved. The Gospel says that I am a sinner in need of a Savior. That's what was given to me in those few minutes that opened my eyes. It's the power of the Word that opens the eyes of the spiritually blind.
Satan knows the Word of God has true power. Satan came to Eve in Genesis 3 and questioned, "Surely, God hasn't said?" He immediately attacked the authority of the Word, so it's no different a tactic within the Emergent Church than what Satan's been using all this time since the Garden of Eden.
In the next part of this interview with Caryl Matrisciana on the Emergent Church, we'll learn why they are so caught up in environmentalism.