Jerry Falwell has finally spoken out about the Emerging Church. It's more of the same from the heavy hitters of evangelicalism. He paints with broad strokes and didn't bother to take the time to separate "emerging church" from the "Emergent Village" brand. Says Falwell:
However, the website of The Leadership Network, the headquarters of the Emerging (or sometimes Emergent) Church movement, states that their outlook on "truth" offers a "flexible approach to theology whereby individual differences in belief and morality are accepted within reason."
Were his criticism only only in their direction, I'd be ok. I have the same problems. But again, here is yet another theological elite not doing his homework and writing something that amounts to very little in the end.
Another way he hasn't done his homework is that Emergent Village hasn't been known as "The Leadership Network" for some time as far as I know. And they are definitely NOT the "headquarters" of the global emerging church movement. How old are his facts and who gathered them for him?
It's this kind of article that shows he has an agenda that doesn't need to be backed by truth. It's maddening really. For someone who is so fired up for "truth" he has no problems bending his words for his agenda.
The whole article is so empty and incomplete that anyone who didn't know a thing about the global emerging church would be extremely mislead. And that is flat out wrong.
This fired me up enough that I sent him an email. I'm sure he'll never read it and I probably will get a canned response, but I've had about enough.
Update: I found his sermon online from this Sunday concerning the Emerging Church.