Emergent Evangelical Prophet Tony Campolo
APPRISING MINISTRIES - by Ken Silva - February 3, 2006
[This is just a small excerpt from one of Ken's mant articles refuting the deceptions of the Emerging Church]
"...Now that we have this understood let’s see what Emergent spiritual director Brian McLaren said about that “radical evangelical prophet” Tony Campolo in his endorsement of Speaking My Mind:“If you paid the full price for this book and only got chapter 8, you’d be getting a great bargain. The same is true for chapters 4,6,9,10, and 11. At a time when the term ‘evangelical’ is up for grabs, Tony’s voice needs to be heard” (back cover, emphasis added).
Well now, I should guess so; apparently Campolo is a prophet so we’d best listen to because he will “tackle the Tough issues” that preachers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ like me “are afraid to face.” So let’s see what “prophet” Campolo has for us by way of instruction in the message of the Emerging Church. I think we’ll agree that the Evangelical church he is apparently sent to with this proclamation is about as confused a bunch of Christians right now as there has ever been in the entire history of the Church. So the Church in America sure could use some prophetic teaching right now. We’re all ears Tony; so what does the Lord have to say?
Now since many of us won’t be able to attend NPC 2006 I will present a few excerpts from an interview that prophet Campolo did with one of his minions by the name of Shane Claiborne. And how fortunate we are because Claibourne, founder of the Simple Way Community, will also be a presenter at NPC 2006 as well. The piece was entitled On Evangelicals And Interfaith Cooperation and Claiborne begins by asking the prophet to define “evangelical.” And our man of God Tony Campolo says:
An evangelical is someone who believes the doctrines of the Apostle's Creed. That outlines exactly what we believe in detail. Secondly, an evangelical has a very high view of scripture though not necessarily inerrancy. And the third thing—we believe that salvation comes by being personally involved with a living resurrected Jesus. So I've defined evangelical in those three terms. There is a doctrinal statement, so that there is some content to what we believe. There is a source of truth, Scripture. And there is a personal relationship with Jesus.
Well, the Apostle’s Creed is the one creed that almost all of the leaders of the Emergent Church point to and say, “we firmly believe this.” The problem is that it really isn’t meant to be to be exact or outline beliefs “in detail” and it does leave itself open to reinterpreting. O but that kind of thing just never happens in the “Re”-Emerging Church does it? I must tell you however that I do become kind of concerned when I hear a “prophet” of God who doesn’t have a reverence for the Word of our Lord. Last time I checked speaking the Word exactly how God tells him to–no matter what the cost–is a rather large part of the prophetic office.
Hmm now that I come to think of it, I don’t know if I can ever recall a prophet of God arising with the message: “Thus saith the LORD; well, ah, I think so anyway.” So next Campolo gives us a prophetic utterance:
Evangelicalism is heading for a split… There is going to be one segment of evangelicalism, just like there is one segment in Islam that is not going to be interested in dialogue. But there are other evangelicals who will want to talk and establish a common commitment to a goodness with Islamic people and Jewish people particularly...
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The falling away and the road to Babylon is coming like a flood...
2 Timothy 4:3-4
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths."
THE TIME HAS COME FOLKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1 Thessalonians 5:21
"But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good."
TODAY THOSE WHO EXAMINE AND TEST ALL THINGS ARE CONSIDERED [by compromisers and liberals] to be LEGALISTS and EXTREMISTS. Jesus, the Apostles and all who have clung tenaciously to Scripture through the centuries have always been mocked as being too Biblical. Let us never forget that those who depart from Scripture depart from truth and lead others into error, grave error.