by Richard Haas
On July 15th, 2012 Ian Lawton "pastor" of the C3 Exchange in Grand Haven, MI admitted that he is an atheist. He stated the following in his sermon entitled, "All Depends" on July 15th;
"Let me tell you something about my self. I am an atheist ... I have been for about 20 years."
You can hear the rest of the sermon in which he made this confession here at http://vimeo.com/45968126. Let me warn you before hand listening to this supposed sermon it may cause extreme brain damage. Listening to Post Modern Emergents like Ian Lawton take some practice and endurance training to handle the eisegesis they spew forth.
The fact that Ian Lawton made this confession should not be surprising to anyone who has heard of this Post Modern Emergent radical. I would classify Lawton as this because he has passed up progressive Christianity some time ago. Ever since Lawton took over what was know as Christ Community Church, removed it crosses and changed it's name to C3 Exchange one could expect this slide towards total depravity. Ian Lawton has taken the church's focus off of Christ and preaching the Gospel and moved into New Age occultism. One could say that C3 Exchange is no longer a church by biblical definition but instead is a center that promotes ecumentalism and postmodern poppycock theology.
What should be surprising is the fact that mainstream Christianity is not covering the fact that a supposed church is allowing an atheist to teach in the pulpit. For the most part mainstream Christian news outlets have been silent on the issue. Instead it has been left up to people in the discernment ministries to break this important news story. Thanks to people like Chris Rosebrough over at Pirate Christian Radio for standing up and speaking out on the matter.
Due to the lack of news coverage on this topic Emergent pastors like Doug Pageant are promoting this heretic. It seems that the Postmodern Emergent are all abuzz with Ian Lawton's postmodern emergent psychobabble. It would seem that the postmodern emergent community is in favor of allowing an atheist to teach from the pulpit and promote his ungodly views upon people. One could venture to say that atheism is the new Postmodern Emergent calling card.
Ian Lawton's confession of atheism would explain a lot of what we have been seeing happening at C3 Exchange. Lawton's totally unbiblical approach to church and the use of biblical Scripture along with his total denial of the quintessential of the Christian faith should make us question how many other Emergent pastor's are atheists in hiding? This question is not limited however just the Emergent segment of Christianity. This could apply to any pastor of any denomination that is not teaching or following what the Bible clearly lays out within the confines of Scripture for a pastor to teach.
Remember this and be leery of pastors that do the following. If your pastor is doing his job as a pastor and is preaching the full council of God this need not apply. Be leery of those who add to the word of God, who subtract from it, and who come up with new radical ideas in teachings that no one is ever heard of. If your pastor is doing any of these is he really pastor of God or change agent working for the other side like Ian Lawton?
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