Emerging church leader, Mark Driscoll, has declared that he is no longer one of the Emergent leaders. He says he has distanced himself from emergent leaders like Brian McLaren. John Piper came to Driscoll’s defense when Piper invited Driscoll to be a speaker at the recent Desiring God conference. In several blogs, Driscoll was also defended as not being part of the contemplative and/or emergent movement. But the question must be asked, If Driscoll is not part of that movement, why is he listed as a speaker at next year’s National Pastors Convention, when the convention is clearly and staunchly a supporter and promoter of contemplative and emerging spiritualities? Is Driscoll going to show up and tell his audiences that they should denouce the teachings of most of the speakers at the 2007 National Pastors Convention? Or is he going to fellowship with those who teach the doctrines of demons?
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:
Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.
See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:8-15