The emerging church embraces multi-sensory worship. While many are bewildered as to why their churches are darkening their sanctuaries, setting up prayer stations with candles, incense, and icons, the promoters of the emerging church movement say they know exactly what they are doing by practising mysticism through music, rituals, worship and offering. and stimulating images, for a spiritual experience. Leaders of the emerging church say the ideas and beliefs of the early church fathers (100 A.D. to 600 A.D.) are important and these teachings from the past will bring spiritual transformation and success to churches in the 21st century.
When West Meets East
Contemplative spirituality (mysticism) is crucial to the emerging church. Without it, there is no momentum, indeed, it is woven into the very fabric of the emerging church’s ambience. In order to understand why this is so important to the emerging church, it is imperitive to understand the dynamics of contemplative spirituality.
Monks, Mystics, and the Ancient Wisdom
The emerging church is embracing contemplative spirituality and what is known as the ancient wisdom. While appearing to be Christian because of the altered terminology, in actuality, it is occult based and New Age.