Written by Corey Magstadt : March 14, 2008

nomark.jpgIn yet another instance of hypocrisy among the emerging church movement, Mark Van Steenwyk, outspoken proponent of a New Monastic return to the Whore of Rome dark ages, has demonstrated that he does not practice what he preaches.

Last weekend, Mark graciously invited me to experience a taste of his Missio Dei New Monastic community. A group of people were hosting a baby shower for Mark and his wife Amy as they prepare for their first child. My wife and I prayerfully decided to attend the event, in hopes that we would have the opportunity to bring the True Gospel into the darkness of this very deceived organization.

First off, I must admit that the people were gracious and loving and seemed to care deeply for one another. I talked to one man who, having no relationship with the Missio Dei community, was invited in to live with them while he was undergoing treatment for cancer. Others spoke hopefully about how their faith was challenged by being part of this “church”. Of course, no one talked about the gospel of substitutionary atonement rescuing people from God’s wrath, so anything that seemed good was simply empty good works.

The highlight (or perhaps lowlight) of the visit was when my five year old son came down the stairs of the community house carrying a glow in the dark Jesus action figure. This shocked and horrified me, particularly given Mark’s outspoken stance against such items.

The organizer of the Christianity in a Consumer Culture Conference and friend of the heretical Mustard Seed Associates has long opposed the sale of “Jesus junk” which he views as the “commodification of the faith.” These anti-capitalism, anti-democracy beliefs have marked Van Steenwyk as a critic of good solid Evangelical churches in America. You can read about Mark’s opposition to the sale of such items as talking Jesus dolls and Jesus action figures here, here, and here.

In the wake of the Eliot Spitzer debacle, it is disappointing to see yet another leader fall into the same sins that they loudly protest. However, it is clear that Mark’s faith and convictions are just a show to bring more readers to his blog. While I congratulate Mark and Amy on the birth of their first child, I am saddened that their son will be born into this kind of pseudo-Christian hypocritical environment. Please pray with me that Mark will repent and return to Biblical faith.

Editor’s Note: This was a work of satire. I (the aforementioned “hypocrite”) think this is hilarious, though I must point out that any and all Jesus action figures located within my home are used purely for sermon illustrations. I have no idea how Deluxe Miracle Jesus ended up in the toy box…I swear.

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8 Responses to “Morning Missive: MARK VAN STEENWYK – HYPOCRITE”

  1. coldfire136 on March 14th, 2008 12:53 pm

    Great article.

    Especially the Jesus action figures.

  2. Michael Cline on March 14th, 2008 11:46 pm

    I witnessed this atrocity. Shame on you Mark.

  3. Mark Van Steenwyk on March 15th, 2008 8:08 am

    * weeping *

  4. corey on March 15th, 2008 8:30 am

    Mark said: “I must point out that any and all Jesus action figures located within my home are used purely for sermon illustrations. I have no idea how Deluxe Miracle Jesus ended up in the toy box…I swear. ”

    Of course, like all emergents you simply make excuses for your sin and hypocrisy. Why won’t you repent!?!?

  5. Mark Van Steenwyk on March 15th, 2008 1:12 pm

    I….I….repent. * more weeping *

  6. corey on March 15th, 2008 1:32 pm

    Wow…um…huh……I’ve never had anyone actually do that before. Repent I mean. Usually they just mock and ignore me. I’m not really sure how to respond. I’m not very good at grace.

  7. mountainguy on March 15th, 2008 9:32 pm

    I’m not trusting this guy anymore (hahahahahaha)

  8. Monk-in-Training on March 16th, 2008 8:44 am

    Here in Tulsa the ‘glow in the dark hands’ would have belonged to a Televangelist.

    Shocking but true. ;)

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