Gnostics considered themselves “Cool”
A hilariously batty article by Don Boys, a rabid evangelical.
Emergent Church Leaders are Modern Gnostics!
Gnostics (“knowledge” or “to know”) taught that Christ was not divine, did not have a fleshly body but was a spiritual phantom. Our human bodies are evil so they must be punished, starved, and kept under by asceticism. Other Gnostics said that since the body was evil, (and only the spirit mattered) any kind of immorality was acceptable. Gnostics considered themselves “Cool” since they had knowledge that normal, everyday people did not possess, making them “special” because of their inside information. To learn truth, they had to have spiritual experiences, apart from any authoritative word, so they got that “truth” from mysticism. Sounds as if Greek Gnosticism has emerged into our day.
EC people tell us we are living in changing times that demand a new approach to the Christian life. What worked in the past will not work today (unless it is mysticism, Gnosticism, paganism, etc!). We must change with the times so new questions are asked and new experiences are experienced! Hence, the justification for all the weird practices of the EC. However, Christians are not required to sit around humming, repeating the same word or phrase for long periods, or punishing their bodies to find God’s will. Jesus said in Matt. 6:7, “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” We can’t trust in various pagan and Roman Catholic practices but in the authoritative Word of God.