Friday, March 20, 2009

"Change in Tide" - part 2

Translation of the article "Mudança de Maré", published by "Cristianismo Hoje" (Christianity Today), issue #9, in Brazil, written by Sulamita Ricardo.

Translation by Gustavo K-fé Frederico.

( See part 1 here. )

Continuing. Part 2:

"The most distinct characteristic of the movement, without a doubt, is the emphasis in the communitarian life. Even if the reproduction of the environment in which the First Century Church is an utopia sought from time to time by evangelicals, the Emergent Church appeared with a proposition following this line. "The relationships are highly valued among us", points out pastor [sic] Sandro Baggio, leader of Projeto 242, a very original initiative that is being developed in São Paulo for more than 10 years. The group started the same way that the emerging Americans, led by pastor Brian McLaren: a group of friends that gathers to seek God, more people got interested and soon the space did not hold the quantity of people.

Heterodox behaviours - There are churches abroad that call themselves emerging for the simple fact that they adopt heterodox behaviours, such as candles in services, singing of non-evangelical music and chats about the things of God, instead of the traditional preaching. And these innovations, and what is behind them, that are mainly at the root of a significant part of the betrayers of the movement. "The emerging wave has a ecumenical character, [it] disregards the doctrinal differences", criticizes Mary Schultze, a Penthecostal writter and theologian. According to her, the Emerging Church is affiliated to the Movement of Church Growth. "They preach the mysticism", she points out.


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