Dr. Couch, is The Emerging Church dangerous to orthodox Christianity?
Absolutely. I'll let you decide. From the Lighthouse Trials (May, 2009) we find that those of us who believe in Bible prophecy, and the prediction of war in the Middle East (as is seen in Ezekiel 38-39) we are cultish and a danger to the world! Brian McLaren has suggested that premillennialists are part of the reason there is no peace in that region of the globe! Rick Warren agrees. One of his staff has said that ministries and prophetic scholars who have this view are "not normal people, they are complainers, critics and typical dissidents who are generally unhappy about life itself. … They are deadly."
McLaren added that we are doing terrible and deadly things, distorting Scripture. We are morally and ethically harmful.
What this means is that there is now an open war between believers over the issue of Bible prophecy. This war will only get worse, using blame to marginalize what some Christians hold. We who are dispensationalists and premillennialists will only be put down more and more. This has to be a satanic conspiracy. Here we are seeing events in the Middle East heat up and yet there is a growing denial by those who deny the prophetic Word!
Peter writes: "Know this first of all, that in the last days, mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation …'" (2 Pet. 3:3-4).
Thanks for asking.
Dr. Mal Couch