A Christian mutual fund company is including a session on the emergent church along with sessions on communism and fellow travelors at an upcoming conference.
What is called the “emergent church” or “emerging church” is a branch of Christianity that assigns kind attributes to the Bible’s Jesus character and downplays sin and hell.
The emergent church is not a denomination, but an approach to the faith used especially by stand alone mega churches with star power preachers. It is popular, but there does not seem to be a movement toward a denomination.
Instead, main line denominations like Presbyterians, Methodist, Congregationalists and so on are gravitating toward this “sin lite” and “hell lite” approach. The possibility that “sin lite” could become the protestant norm may alarm right wing Christian groups.
As I understand it, the Communist label comes about because it is a politcal movement without a religious component. Because the emergent church does not focus on sin, it it considered not a legitimate branch of the Christian faith and not a religion either. This peculiar reasoning puts it in the Communist camp.
The word “peculiar” is actually too polite a description. A better term would be bizzare. As someone pointed out, calling the emergent church communist is actually great material for Christian parody.
Sin and hell serve two different constituencies. One are the Christians who eat it up and bring out the check books. The other are people who laugh at the faith and the odd thinking it produces.