by Richard Haas
The year of 2013 is quickly shaping up to be the year of the Emergent / Seeker Driven church conferences. It seems that almost every week now there is another new conference popping up from any number of our “favorite” EC/SD leaders. So far this year we have been promised to “see God move in big ways” at the Passion 2013 conference. (I am still waiting to see this claim happen.) We have had Steven Furtick take his 2013 Code Orange Revival underground, renaming Code Orange Revival Underground. David Crank is getting ready to tell us how to be a “winner” at his Winner’s Conference 2013 at his Faith Church in St. Louis during the first weekend of February. Stovall Weems is getting ready to revive us with his Awakening Revival being held at his Celebration Church in Jacksonville, FL. Weem’s revival seems, by happen chance, to coincide with the release of his new book Awakening.
The themes of these EC/SD conferences/ revivals are all the same at their core while they may be phrased different. The themes are simple; You need these conferences to meet God, feel the presence of God, or to see God move in a big way. While many of these conferences seem to be good or even biblical, don’t be fooled by the wordsmiths and two stepping speakers. These conferences have an air of nothing more than ploys to tug at the strings of your heart with emotionalism and a desire to meet Maslow’s hierarchy of felt needs. This is of course done with “powerful worship” and emotional testimonies of speakers that have incredible, if not hard to believe, stories of God talking, moving or showing up in personal visitations.
So what is one to do when faced with these ever seemly powerful presentations of the false dominant church? It is simple when we realize what we are facing with these conferences / revivals. In the mere simplest terms what we are facing is a departure from a biblical representation of God, Christ and the moving of the Holy Spirit. These events instead are a manifestation of man’s own sinful heart filled desire to worship a god of their own making. A god that fits like a glove to these wolves in sheep’s clothing theology and d0ctrines. Itching ears are being scratched at these events no doubt.
When we compare the Word of God to what is being taught, seen and felt at these events we find that the two do not coincide. We are taught in the Word of God that to meet with God we do so through prayer, the reading of the Word and fellowship with other believers. In many of these events, one is taught not to rely on the Word of God but instead to rely on their own experience, feels and extra biblical revelations that go outside the Word of God.
As I asked earlier; What do we do when faced with such presentations? Like I said the answer is simple when we understand what is at the core of these presentations., We first educated others about the dangers of these conferences / revivals. We teach them by comparing what is being taught to the Word of God and exposing the falsehood of these charlatans. Secondly, as bible believing Christians that understand the truth we do something that may seem very bold to many. We attend those conferences. We attended them not to support them but to point out the false teachings and confront the dangers of inerrant theology and doctrine in the front line of battle. Yes, I said battle. We are in a battle, a battle between biblical theology and heterodoxy. Far too many times bible believing Christian sit on the side lines and wait until the damage is done before stepping in to fix the problem. We must realize as God’s elect we have a duty to go in a rescue those who are being lead astray by these false teachers. We have a duty to do battle with those who oppose biblical theology and doctrine.
Like I said the answer to the question is simple; we fight., We fight with love. Love for first God, second our fellow neighbor and third the love of the Word of God. We must do all this with the power of Prayer and God behind us.