Top Three Adversaries of Christian Conservatives: Communism, Islam … and the Emergent Church?
Pioneer of biblical investing will take aim at unexpected target during Values Voter Summit.
(RNS) Christian conservatives who think Satan is using communism and Islam to bring down America can add a new "adversary" to the list: the Emergent Church movement.
A portion of the upcoming Values Voter Summit in Washington will stray from its usual focus on politics and consider the Emergent Church as one of three "channels the adversary is using to bring America down." Art Ally, president of The Timothy Plan, a Florida-based mutual fund company devoted to "biblically responsible investing," will lead the breakout session.
"Why would Satan use Communism? It's a godless form of government," said Ally. "Why would Satan use Islam? Same reason. It's not a religion. It's a movement to dominate the world under the guise of religion. The Emergent Church plays right into that by weakening further our church community."
The Emergent Church was a hot topic a decade ago as authors and pastors like Brian McLaren and Tony Jones challenged churches to adapt to a postmodern culture, but the movement never organized itself well, and the debate surrounding it eventually died down.
"The Emerging Church was founded to get the evangelical church to take art, social justice and other what might be considered progressive issues more seriously. It was also founded to get the Mainline church to loosen their neckties a little bit," Jones said.
"If we had one one-thousandth of the adherence of either of communism or Islam, we'd be doing pretty well."
Jones was surprised by the Emerging Church's inclusion in the conference, given that the movement has largely gone under the radar.
"When I first saw this, I thought it was a headline from …