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Rick Warren Teaching Church Growth Tactics To Reform Jews

Posted by Job on December 19, 2007

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Selected quotes from article: “With the holiday season (can’t say the word Christmas to that crowd!) in mind, Warren urged clergy to take advantage of crowded events to publicize other programs so people can get involved in the community through smaller groups.”

““There are some principles that apply regardless of our faith, if it’s Jewish or Christian,” he said at the convention….”

HT: Watcher’s Lamp

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The Purpose Driven Campaign: Mike Huckabee Shows His True Colors By Apologizing To Mormon Mitt Romney

Posted by Job on December 13, 2007

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Make no mistake, by apologizing to Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee chose political ambition over the true gospel of Jesus Christ. People, there is nothing to apologize for here. First of all, Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is a creature, a created being. Now the Mormon religion of Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and similar specifically sought to distinguish themselves from Christianity, to the point of calling us “apostates” and “Gentiles.” Their modern goal, however, is to get Mormonism to be regarded “a Christian denomination” so that people will view going from Mormonism to Christianity as being no different from going to Presbyterianism to Lutheranism or Methodism to Baptism. So they do not make it publicly known that Mormonism holds Jesus Christ to be a creature. Instead, they tell you that they regard Jesus Christ as the son of God, and leave it at that. Of course, their hope is that the person who hears that will do so according to the assumptions inherent in Christianity, and presume that Mormons believe the same thing that we do. They do not. Christians know that Jesus Christ is uncreated but rather has always existed as part of the Triune Godhead, the same as the Father and equal to the Father. Mormons claim that God created Jesus Christ just as He created bugs and rocks. Further, consider the fact that Christianity knows that God and Jesus Christ are of the same essence or substance. This cannot be according to Mormonism, for the Mormon god does not truly “create”, call things into existence out of nothing, but rather reorganizes matter that already exists. So while it is incorrect to say that the Mormon Jesus was created by nebular space dust, he cannot be of the same essence or substance as the Father, cannot be equal to the Father, and cannot in any sense be deity. And this leaves alone the fact that Mormonism holds that God the Father Himself was a man who progressed to godhood.

So is the notion that Jesus Christ and Satan are spirit brothers offensive to Mormons and should not be said? Well consider this: the notion was not first said by Christians! Rather, it was first said by Mormons themselves! This is where such comments can be found:

Bruce R. McConkie The Mortal Messiah, Vol.1, Pg.407-408
Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, on page 744
Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.2, Pg.218 -Pg.219
Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., In the Discourses of Brigham Young, on Pg.53-54
Joseph Fielding Smith’s Gospel Doctrine, on Page 371
Otten & Caldwell, Sacred Truths of the Doctrine & Covenants, Vol.2, Pg.28
John A. Widtsoe Evidences and Reconciliations, Pg.209
James E. Talmage in his book, “Jesus the Christ,” on Pages 132 & 133
Neal A. Maxwell, in his book Deposition of a Disciple, on Pages 11 & 12
Sterling W. Sill, writing for the Improvement Era, December 1970, Pg.79
Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, April 1964, Pg.95
Spencer W. Kimball, Faith Precedes the Miracle, Pg.87
Spencer W. Kimball, The Miracle of Forgiveness, Pg.216, The Savior’s Example
The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, Pg.33, 163

This is far from a comprehensive list, but rather what appears on a single web page, which also contains the relevant quotes from those passages that I did not include for space purposes. Of course, Mormons will say that they are taken apart from context, and that is not entirely unfair. But that ignores the fact that 1. the false teaching exists to be taken apart from context to begin with and 2. their attempts to place it into proper context generally consists of little more than attempting to demonstrate that their doctrine is justified in the Bible. The primary purpose of their claim that their teachings are misunderstood and taken out of context is to avoid having to admit their doctrine that Jesus Christ is a mere creature and it is further extremely unlikely that Christians would have said such a thing – for it is one thing to be a creature but quite another to be Satan’s brother – had Mormons themselves not first said so.

Mitt Romney knows this. That is why the speech of his that is being given so much praise by the religious right apostates specifically called Jesus Christ the Son of God but went no further, with Romney dishonestly claiming that saying any more violates the spirit of Article 6 of the Constitution. Well why even say that Jesus Christ is the Son of God since Jews, Muslims, and even liberal Christians in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr. who believe that Jesus Christ was just an ordinary man cannot say the same? Simple: Romney does not so much fear “anti – Mormon bigotry” as he is insistent upon making acceptance of Mormonism and his candidacy a package deal.

Is Romney overtly evangelizing in the sense that he is passing out Mormon tracts at campaign events? No. But by establishing terms where it is inappropriate to talk about the differences between Mormons and Christians by exploiting not so much as Article 6 but the concept of “civil public religion” that was created in the early days of this country so that there could be cooperation between Unitarians, deists, freemasons, Enlightenment agnostics, and Christians and was recreated under the banner of “the religious right” to unite Catholics, Jews, and evangelical Christians, Romney is trying to get Mormonism included within the religious political mainstream. Please realize that this religio – political mainstream was never formed to promote spiritual aims – for the groups have disparate spiritual beliefs and agendas – but rather for secular ones. In other words, the civil religion of our founding fathers and of the modern religious right is in fact no less than the very secular humanism that these people hypocritically claim to oppose, and the hypocrisy is no less than Mitt Romney taking the position that his own Article 6 views should not apply to an atheist.

What Romney and his allies are doing is using politics to advance the evil notion that a false religion is just as good as Christianity so long as “you have the right values.” Basically, it is a values based – or should I say works based – universal common religion. In that respect, it is no different from the religious left! For an example, let us turn to the center of the Roman Catholic – Jewish – evangelical neoconservative universalism, the National Review, specifically comments from their “The Corner” weblog.

Mormonism & “Weirdness” [Mike Potemra]

Thanks to all the readers who passed along their kind words in response to my post about Mormons. To the readers, on the other hand, who have written me about how I should be worried about the (in the words of one) “extremely strange” and “Scientology-level strange” beliefs of Mormons, here’s my response: In my own faith, we believe that the cause of all evil was a single mistake by human beings many millennia ago—but that the situation was set right . . . because we murdered an innocent man 2,000 years ago. Therefore: I’m not about to throw stones about beliefs that sound weird to people who don’t share them. (First of all, Christians do not oppose Mormonism because it is “weird” but because it is WRONG. And if you are unwilling to throw stones, then it is only because you believe Christianity to be a glass house. Therefore, you are not a believer.)

Michael Novak and Mormonism [Mike Potemra]

I want to second something Michael Novak said. In my decades’ worth of meeting people from many different religious backgrounds, I have found that in every faith tradition-Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, what have you-there is roughly the same proportion of nice people and jerks. To this rule there is one conspicuous exception: Mormons. I have yet to meet a single Mormon who has been a jerk-and I have met many LDS believers. As someone who grew up in Rudy Giuliani’s faith, and is now somewhere between Mike Huckabee’s and John McCain’s, I find Mitt Romney’s religious background a factor that makes me more, rather than less, likely to vote for him. (Of course, this means that Potemra is not black, so the Mormon teaching that blacks are the cursed seed of Ham means nothing to him. Potemra also has not administered a weblog which calls Mormonism a false religion that will fill you full of demons and send you to the lake of fire for an eternity, because if he did he would CERTAINLY encounter a multitude of Mormons that are not nearly so nice. Even were what he said true … so what? Where in the Bible does it say that “nice people” are going to heaven? Was Jesus Christ being “nice” when He drove the thieves from the temple and told the Pharisees that invited Him to their house as a dinner guest that they were going to the lake of fire?)

That is just a few. Basically, read the National Review and you will encounter Catholics who see little difference between Mormons, Jews, and Protestant Christians, evangelicals who see little difference between Mormons, Jews, and Catholics, and Jews who have Catholics, Protestant Christians, and Mormons all in the same boat. The same is true of the Weekly Standard, Human Events, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, etc. Why? Because it is a secular movement and not a religious one, and Romney’s agenda is to get Mormons a seat at this secularist table that exploits religious organizations to pursue their secular goals.

And why not? Mormons outnumber Jews numerically, and to be quite honest the GOP party machinery would much rather keep evangelicals within the same position as the Democrats have blacks: seen on election day and given token representation in response, but nothing in terms of actual power or setting an agenda. And that is why these people have the sharp knives out for Huckabee for being a fiscal moderate but are just fine with Rudy Giuliani for being to the left of most Democrats on social issues. The concessions that Romney and Giuliani had to make to govern with Democrats are just fine, but Huckabee is held to some mythic Barry Goldwater standard (hypocritically of course, because the Barry Goldwater in this race, Ron Paul, they hate him too!).

Why? Because rank and file evangelicals are motivated by religion, and not some vision of the way things ought to be based on their secular views, and the GOP does not want anyone representing them to gain real power. The truth is that the GOP has the same view of evangelicals as the left does: fanatics seeking to make the United States a Christian Taliban regime. They just will not admit it because they need evangelicals to retain power so that they can implement their secular ideas. In that respect, they are no different from Democrats, who in case you have noticed is in no hurry to actually be governed by blacks.

So how does getting involved with this den of liars and thieves advance Mormonism? Simple. If Mormonism is included within our “conservative secular religion”, as we well know what is considered acceptable in the secular realm will also be considered acceptable in mainstream Christianity. So just as conversions from evangelical Christianity into Roman Catholicism, once unthinkable, has become not only commonplace but even trendy thanks to the religious right (and see how one of the first prominent religious right leaders to do so, Richard Neuhaus, all but claims Mormonism to be no different from Protestant Christianity here http://www.irr.org/mit/Neuhaus.html with “The history of Christianity, notably since the sixteenth-century Reformation, is littered with prophets and seers who have reestablished “the true church,” usually in opposition to the allegedly false church of Rome, and then, later, in opposition to their own previously true churches” and many similar statements). And now you have Christianity Today, the most prominent evangelical Christian publication, taking seriously the claim that evangelicals should abandon sola scriptura – scripture alone – and accept manmade tradition in order to accommodate and facilitate the growing intermingling between evangelicals and Catholics. Of course, there is no real difference between accepting the tradition of the Roman Catholic Church and the tradition of Joseph Smith. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. See Why So Many Prominent Catholics Are Supporting Romney and Bob Novak Joins Catholic Chorus Lying For Mormon Mitt Romney for an example of what I speak.

Truthfully, it is happening already. Here are the comments of evangelical Christian John Schroeder about why Christians should not oppose the teachings that Jesus Christ and Satan are brothers: “Let’s see, we creedal Christians (the new name for Christians for Mormons as calling us apostates and Gentiles is now too strident I guess) believe Satan is a fallen angel; therefore created by God. Save for the by now widely known and completely irrelevant to politics differences in views of the Godhead – Where’s the beef?” here. He is not the only one. Some religious right leaders are actually going about claiming that Mormonism is fully compatible with the Bible, and that the differences are only interpretations, depictions, semantics, etc.

Now Huckabee Hound could expose this whole racket. But he apologizes for telling the truth even in the most timid of fashions! By doing so, Huckabee furthers the precedent that Christians cannot speak the truth outside of a church setting (and even now, the religious right sharks are digging through his old sermons to find information to embarrass him) by retreating from it. Now is this about respecting the beliefs of Mormons? Of course it is, and Christians should have no respect for a lie. Having respect for a lie is akin to either declaring agnosticism on the lie being true or pretending that all liars will have any other fate than the lake of fire. And it has nothing to do with disrespecting Mormons themselves. Disrespecting anyone, Mormons included, is a sin because we are all created in the image of God.

Take the person that claims that 1 + 1 = 3. Should we respect that man? Of course, for he is made in the image of God. Should we respect that man’s belief that 1 + 1 = 3? Of course not, for we know that it is a lie! And do not think that believing that 1 + 1 = 3 (and all of the negative assumptions and deductions that would follow from it) is a trivial matter. Would you hire such a person as an engineer to design dams and bridges? As a pharmacist to fill prescriptions? Of course not! Suffering such a person in that matter will result in the natural deaths of innocent people. So how much less should we have respect for a false religion that will result in people being cast into the lake of fire for eternity?

Now it does turn out that Mormons do not believe the same about Christians, believing that Christians who do good works will receive positive accommodations by God in the afterlife (by the way, this was not the original teaching of Joseph Smith, a fact which many Mormons are unaware of) and get highly offended when they hear of Christians consigning them to the lake of fire. But why should we have any more respect to the offense given to Mormons on this matter than anyone else? And if we are not willing to offend with the gospel, then we have no gospel.

Again, Huckabee knows this. Huckabee did not apologize on the account of Mormons, from whom he knows he will receive precious few votes. Huckabee apologized to curry favor with those who believe “if this is what Huckabee believes about Mormons, then he believes the same about me … that I am going to the lake of fire too, and I am offended by that!” Huckabee’s apology was not for the benefits of Mormons that reject Jesus Christ, but non – Mormons who do, and that includes not a few professed Christians that are politically conservative but practice a modern humanistic faith that either does not condemn anyone with “good values” to the lake of fire or does not force them to be confronted with the reality of the horror that actual living, breathing people that they see every day are going to receive this most horrible fate. And yes, he also apologized for the benefit of legitimate evangelical Christians that are hesitant to vote for anyone “divisive” and “controversial” and were attracted to Huckabee precisely because of his populist positive campaign (a formula that he learned from Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven apostate movement: Why The Media Likes Mike Huckabee So Much: He Is A Rick Warren Worker!). If Huckabee used the Warren method to grow a tiny Arkansas church to a 10,000 person megachurch, then getting Christian voters to choose him over Rudy Giuliani is no small accomplishment. The problem is that he is getting evangelicals to vote for him for the same theologically thin, suspect, and compromised reasons that he, Warren, and other Purpose Driven/emergent types get people to join their churches in the first place.

And the Rick Warren piece is key here. While Huckabee is using electoral politics to recruit conservative evangelicals through presidential process, Rick Warren is going after liberals and those in other religions. First of all, note his relationship with – gasp! – MORMONS!

Rick Warren ‘Works With’ and ‘Strengthens’ Mormon Churches and Other Non-Christian Sects

Second, see how Warren is going after Muslims: ISLAM AND CHRISTIANITY: THE DEITY OF CHRIST and also Rick Warren Universalist Apostasy Meeting Details Here!

The “Islam and Christianity” link above reminds me of how TBN is using Jeremiah Cummings as well as the oneness preachers like T. D. Jakes, Noel Jones, Juanita Bynum, and Tommy Tenney to court Islam: TBN: REPAINTING ISLAM and
Trinity Broadcasting Network Tries To Merge Islam And Christianity!. And yes, TBN has made overtures to Mormons before: Mormons, Muslims, Oneness Pentecostals, And TBN, OH MY!

These all cannot be coincidences people. There is too much going on here with groups like the Center For National Policy (a Sun Myung Moon shadow group, see Want A List Of Pastors Who Took Sun Myung Moon’s Money?) and the Council on Foreign Relations (who counts Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Newt Gingrich, Oprah Winfrey, T. D. Jakes, and RICK WARREN among is members and the Center for National Policy as one of its umbrella groups in the United States) for it to be. It is called the great apostasy people, the falling away of 2 Thessalonians 2:3!

By apologizing to a man whose beliefs that he knows are false for the “crime” of doing the world a favor and letting them know that they are false, Mike Huckabee shows that he is part of it. For Huckabee is after power, influence, and the things and cares of this world. James 4:4 says this about people like Huckabee Hound: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.” I suppose that Huckabee and those like him would have been highly offended at James for calling him a spiritual adulterer and an enemy of God, but I can guarantee you that James would never have apologized for it.

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Rick Warren’s Global P.E.A.C.E. Plan Exposed!

Posted by Job on December 1, 2007

lighthousetrailsresearch.com/peaceplan.htm

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Kenneth Copeland Appearing In Ad With Mike Huckabee. In Unrelated News, Huckabee’s Poll Numbers Rising Among Evangelicals.

Posted by Job on November 23, 2007

See

Huckabee Undeterred by Senate Probe of Copeland

and

Huckabee Surging in Iowa with Evangelicals

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Rick Warren Denies Christianity!

Posted by Job on November 21, 2007

From Crackle: Rick Warren Denies Christianity

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Mike Huckabee Defends Kenneth Copeland!

Posted by Job on November 20, 2007

One false preacher (Huckabee is part of the Rick Warren Purpose Driven cult) to another. Speaking of the Council on Foreign Relations – appointed promoter of the Global Peace Plan, Hillary Clinton is going to speak at his Saddleback Church. Pat Robertson’s CBN endorsed Warren allowing Barack Obama to speak there over the summer if you recall. Boy these false preachers get around! See link below: desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071117/NEWS09/711170337/-1/SPORTS01

In another twist, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is a friend of Copeland and his wife, Gloria. Time magazine reported this week that Huckabee is standing by them despite the investigation by Grassley, the senior Republican in the first-in-the-nation caucus state where Huckabee has been surging in the polls.

“Kenneth and Gloria Copeland are about the most gracious, authentic, and humble people I know and I consider them dear friends,” Huckabee told Time. “They have brought hope to millions and have operated with the utmost integrity as far as I know.”

I am not as big a fan of this Charles Grassley investigation as is brother IndependentConservative (see here as well), but it at least bore this fruit if nothing else. And oh yes, I think that I will be contacting Stephen Winzenburg of Grandview College, who “has for 20 years studied televangelists, taping broadcasts and analyzing content” to see if he has a Youtube page.

Update: another link on the evil of Copeland: http://absolutedominion.blogspot.com/2007/10/god-and-man-are-not-on-par.html 

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The Mega Church Versus The Bible Believing Church

Posted by Job on November 8, 2007

Gratuitously appropriated from: middletownbiblechurch.org/lochurch/mega.htm Thanks to brother Rob for giving me this.

The Mega Church
Compared and Contrasted with the Bible Believing Church

Bigger does not necessarily mean better. Whether the local assembly of believers is big or small, our responsibility is to be faithful to the Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ, and to obey and honor His infallible Word. The philosophy and practice of the Mega Church movement is outlined in the following chart:

The Mega
Church

The Bible Believing Church

The Mega Church movement of today is described in different ways. It is known as the “purpose driven church” (Rick Warren), the super church, the seeker friendly church, the market driven church, the user friendly church, etc. It seeks to create activities and programs which will attract the masses. To do this, the Mega Church leaders feel it is important to find out what people really want and then give it to them. [An example of this is given below with respect to what kind of music people want.] Whether what they give them is really what they need is a separate question.

We are using “Bible Believing Church” here to refer to any church, regardless of name or affiliation, that is a part of that Biblically-loyal minority movement of our day, composed of men, women, boys and girls who know their God and seek to honor and obey His only written revelation. God’s Word, the 66 books of the Bible, is regarded as absolute, final, infallible, authoritative and totally inerrant (John 10:35; 17:17). All matters of faith (what we believe) and conduct (what we practice) must be based completely on “Thus Saith the LORD.”

Seeker friendly—provide various programs that will attract all kinds of people Christ-centered—“And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32).
Market driven—use marketing principles to “sell” your church program to the masses. Provide a product that will meet the real or perceived needs of the consuming public. Spirit-filled—Looking to the Spirit of God to do His work of conviction in the hearts of men, women, boys and girls (John 16:8-11).
The church considered a market place The church considered a holy place (1 Cor. 14:24-25)
Borrow ideas from the business world “Be not conformed to the world” (Rom. 12:2).
Purpose driven Holy Spirit led (in accord with Holy Scripture)
The overriding desire is to build a super church. The overriding desire is to honor a Superlative (Supreme) God.
The gospel is a commodity (the price of which is continually lowered to meet the demands of the consumer). The gospel is a necessity (1 Cor. 9:16, with God’s righteous standards never compromised).

The mega church “would proudly proclaim that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. But they have redefined salvation. Salvation is not simply, under the new gospel, the forgiveness of sin and the imputation of righteousness. It is not a deliverance from the wrath of God upon an undeserving and rebellious people. The new gospel is a liberation from low self-esteem, a freedom from emptiness and loneliness, a means of fulfillment and excitement, a way to receive your heart’s desires, a means of meeting our needs. The old gospel was about God; the new gospel is about us. The old gospel was about sin; the new gospel is about needs. The old gospel was about our need for righteousness; the new gospel is about our need for fulfillment. The old gospel is foolishness to those who are perishing; the new gospel is attractive.” –Gary E. Gilley, The New Gospel

Salvation on the sinner’s terms Salvation on God’s terms
Seekers are drawn by convenience. Seekers are drawn by conviction (John 16:8).
The world is assimilated into the church. The church is to be separate from the world (2 Cor. 6:14-18).
Looking to make sinners comfortable Looking to the Comforter to convict sinners
Seeks to make people happy Seeks to make people holy
The attendees are seeking personal fulfillment: How can my life fulfill my desires and needs? The attendees are seeking personal faithfulness: How can my life be well pleasing to the Saviour (2 Cor. 5:9)?
Friendly seekers assemble to have their itching ears scratched (2 Tim. 4:3). God’s people assemble to hear the God-breathed Scriptures which are profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Emphasis on pleasing the sinner Emphasis on pleasing the Saviour who died for the sinner
Overriding concern for numerical growth Overriding concern for spiritual growth.
(God rewards faithfulness, not numerical success–1 Cor. 4:2)
“We have made it easy for hundreds superficially to ‘accept Christ’ without ever having faced sin and with no sense of need. We are healing slightly the hurt of this generation, trying to treat patients who do not even know they are sick” –Vance Havner “They that are well need not a physician, but they that are sick” (Luke 5:31). “And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47).
Worship services are casual. Worship services are formal (in the sense of dignified, reverent, worshipful, respectful of WHO GOD IS). We are not attending a ball game or going to the beach or going to a rock concert; we are worshiping the King of Kings.
Come just as you are. Come desiring to be more like Christ, to reflect SELF less and less, to reflect CHRIST more and more (2 Cor. 3:18).
Entertainment–What can this service do for me? Reverence–What an awesome God! I adore Him! How can I please Him? (Heb. 11:6)

“If I see aright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christianity. The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it” –A.W. Tozer (If only Tozer could see us now!)

The pulpit and the preaching of the Word is minimized. The pulpit and the preaching of the Word are central (2 Tim. 4:2).
Methods used: “jazzercise,” drama, gospel magic, comedians, rock concerts, sensitivity workshops, etc. Method used: “the foolishness of preaching” centered in the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:21; 2:2).
Entertain the people Edify the people
Give the people what they want Give the people what they need
Make everyone comfortable Afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted.
A non-threatening atmosphere An atmosphere of total indoctrination of God’s truth (Acts 20:27-28, Matt. 28:20; 2 Tim. 2:2)
Keep the message positive. Was Christ’s message always positive? “O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” (Matt. 3:7). Also read Matthew chapter 23.

A cross-less and costless Christianity—little or no self denial, little or no discipleship, as if Christians can enter the kingdom on flowery beds of ease. “The power of the world, the spirit of its literature, the temptations of business and pleasure, all unite to make up a religion in which it is sought to combine a comfortable hope for the future with the least possible amount of sacrifice in the present” (Andrew Murray)

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). “Endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” (2 Tim. 2:3).
Music patterned after the world Music patterned after Biblical principles

“Purpose Driven” Rick Warren said, “At Saddleback Church, we are unapologetically contemporary…I passed out a three-by-five card to everybody in the church, and I said, ‘You write down the call letters of the radio station you listen to.’ I wasn’t even asking unbelievers. I was asking the people in the church, ‘What kind of music do you listen to?’ When I got it back, I didn’t have one person who said, ‘I listen to organ music.’ Not one. I didn’t have a single person who said, ‘I listen to huge choirs on the radio.’ Not one. In fact, it was 96-97% adult contemporary, middle-of-the-road pop…So we made a strategic decision that we are unapologetically a contemporary music church. And right after we made that decision and stopped trying to please everybody, Saddleback exploded with growth.” Please notice that the decision to go contemporary was based on a survey of what radio stations people listen to. It was not based on principles set forth in the Word of God.

Hymn books considered obsolete; words of shallow choruses are projected on a screen. Hymn books are used, taking advantage of the great time-tested hymns of the faith
Choruses are experiential, focused on one’s own personal experience, rather than being based on objective, Biblical truth. Hymns are God-centered, focused on the Person and work of Christ, with the believer’s experience flowing from that foundation.
The music has a rock beat. The music is honoring to the Rock of Ages.
Drama is a central ingredient of worship. The drama of redemption is proclaimed (1 Cor. 2:2).
Performers are applauded: a horizontal response from the happy audience. Truth is quietly “Amened”–a vertical response from the heart of the true worshipers.
Experimentation with meditation techniques gleaned from Eastern religions (contemplative prayer, prayer mantras, etc.). Emptying the mind in order to become one with the “God” that is within each and every person. Meditation on the Word of God is practiced (Psalm 1; Psalm 119; Joshua 1). Not the emptying the mind but the filling the mind with God’s Word in order that His truth might be obeyed and displayed. God only indwells those who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
Conversion results: worldly converts (“What you win them with is what you win them to.”) Converts are brought forth “after their kind.” A worldly evangelist gives birth to a worldly convert and it is rare that the convert exceeds the spiritual level of the person who influenced him. Conversion results: new creatures in Christ: “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me” (Acts 26:18).
Adopt and assimilate the world’s language, clothing, customs and lifestyle in order to win the world for Christ and to show the world that if they become a “Christian” their life need not change very much. Use servants of Christ who have been saved out of the world to show the unsaved that Christ can make a difference. The gospel demands a genuine change of mind (repentance) and change of direction (conversion).
No pressure is put on people for commitment. Commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and to His truth is demanded (Matt. 28:20).
Joining a Mega Church is a mega mistake Joining His Church (Matthew 16:18) is an awesome responsibility and a joyous privilege for the believer in Christ (1 Tim. 3:15).

Note: These statements are generalizations for the purpose of clarifying basic positions and principles. This does not mean that every so-called Mega Church is guilty of everything described in the left hand column. Neither does this mean that every Bible-believing church faithfully embodies everything stated in the right hand column.

 

The following resources were very helpful in formulating this chart:

1) “Seeker Sensitive or Sinner Sensitive” (Parts 1 and 2), Faith Pulpit, November 2006 and December 2006, a publication of Faith Baptist Theological Seminary, 1900 NW Fourth St., Ankeny, IA 50023.

2) “The Church Growth Movement–An Analysis of Rick Warren’s ‘Purpose Driven’ Church Growth Strategy” by Dennis W. Costella, reprint from Foundation magazine, published by Fundamental Evangelistic Association, P.O. Box 6278, Los Osos, CA 93412.

3) This Little Church Went to Market–Is the Modern Church Reaching Out of Selling Out? By Gary E. Gilley, Evangelical Press [ISBN 0 85234 596 8].


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