I’ve been told by someone that yes, Rob Bell, Pagitt, Foster…Donald Miller are Emergent and the practices/statements they make are not Biblical, but Warren/Hybels, Dallas Willard, and even Brennan Manning are good guys and not into that stuff. They are not in the same league, according to some. They say the associations are weak. Maybe they are on different paths when it comes to religion, but I think not (especially Brennan Manning). I believe Warren/Hybels teachings are like entry drugs. Maybe it’s an easy smoke or a pill to pop. They are not hard core up front, but still are stepping into false teachings. People will say, “no one is perfect, no person is a perfect preacher or writer.” True, but I believe there are people who make mistakes and then there are those who are misleading many, many and not changing or willing to hear that they are misleading though the evidence is there. Of course, I’m told I have to be willing to hear and maybe I’m the one not listening. I believe Willard comes with his spiritual formation and disciplines as a bridge (like a bit harder drug, don’t know personally so I don’t know what would be an inbetween drug). Then, when you’re hooked, you might actually go for some Mike King, Manning (who appears to be nice on the surface too), Pagitt, Bell, and more. Eventually, you might actually become a Buddist Christ follower. Why not, you’ve already gone this far. Of course, I’m sure your children will become agnostic/atheists. After all the confusion, how could they not?
Of course, I could be jumping to conclusions…especially since I am talking about associations and possibly misunderstand contemplative prayer. Though it looks and sounds like meditation (new age type) because it’s centered around a verse or the name of Jesus, it couldn’t possibly be bad, right? (sarcasm)