In the recent book An Emergent Manifesto of Hope, put together by co-editors Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones, we are told by Samir Selmanovic of the Emergent Church:

God’s table is welcoming all who seek, and if any religion is to win, may it be the one that produces people who are the most loving, the most humble, the most Christlike. Whatever the meaning of “salvation” and “judgement,” we Christians are going to be saved by grace, like everyone else, and judged by our works, like everyone else… For most critics of such open Christianity, the problem with inclusiveness is that it allows for truth to be found in other religions. To emerging Christians, that problem is sweet… Moreover, if non-Christians can know our God, then we want to benefit from their contribution to our faith. (195,196)

And the video below is an example of what this new Global Faith is all about. It’s a little hard to make out but up on the Big Apple big screen at Times Square you will see the video from the Unitarian Universalists’ 2005 campaign “Imagine a religion where people with different beliefs worship as one faith.” The scrolling text reads: “Imagine a religion; open and searching; children learn love not fear; everybody matters; different beliefs; one faith.

Now you should be a little clearer as to where many aligned with the Emergent Church per se, which at its core is a cult of a new and postliberal theology, are heading as they simply repaint/reimagine/regurgitate the social non-gospel of the original cult of liberal theology all over again. You remember hearing the old theme song don’t you; sure, Jesse Winchester and the Youngbloods had the hit smash “Get Together” in 1969:

Some may come and some may go
He will surely pass
When the one that left us here
returns for us at last
We are but a moment’s sunlight
fading in the grass

If you hear the song I sing
you will understand…listen
You hold the key to love and fear
all in your trembling hand
Just one key unlocks them both
Its there at your command

Come on people now
smile on your brother
Everybody get together
try to love one another right now

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