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Is The New Evangelicalism Any Worse Than The Old?

Posted by Job on December 3, 2007

The New Evangelicalism By Jan Markell www.olivetreeviews.org

When I first filtered into an evangelical church at the age of 14, defining the term “evangelical” was simple, even for a kid my age. Without having to be told, I concluded evangelicals preached a solid gospel, emphasized evangelism and missions, majored in soul-winning and minored in social issues, abstained from some worldly values, were faithful in church attendance, Bible reading, and generally had a biblical worldview. I was never ashamed of the old definition of “evangelicalism.”

 

Those churches are still around, but something has happened in the last twenty years. New leaders are rising and some do NOT preach a solid gospel yet are called evangelicals. (Did your movement preach a solid gospel?) To me, this says today no one is really sure what “evangelicalism” means. (That is because when your folks were in control of the movement, you never defined it by your own example as it was never an attempt to practice the New Testament faith. Instead, the movement was desired to be a “third way” between the the liberal mainline denominationals and the “conservative” fundamentalists, some of whom you were more disdainful and ashamed of than not only the liberal mainline denominationals but even people who were not Christians at all.) When those leaning left such as Tony Campolo and Jim Wallis are called evangelicals, I can tell we have a new day. (So we were much better off with the evangelical movement being led by conservatives like Mike Huckabee, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker, Ted Haggard, Ralph Reed, Bill Bennett, and Pat Robertson.) When “Emergent Church” leaders such as Brian McClaren, Rob Bell, and Erwin McManus are called evangelicals, something is a-miss. This is just blatant false labeling. (No, it is appropriation of a label that was false to begin with.)

 

“The New York Times” states, “A tug of war is unfolding behind the scenes over theology –should evangelicalism be a big tent open to divergent views, or a smaller movement with more pure theology?” (I prefer the unstated option #3, which is first trying to make an honest attempt to discern what the Bible is saying to us, and then making an honest attempt at doing it. Is there any evidence that this was ever the primary purpose of the movement popularized by the universalist populist Billy Graham?)

Theology isn’t the only issue. Some of today’s so-called evangelicals are into global warming, immigration issues, anti-war movements, and other causes that were once found only in churches a part of the World and National Council of Churches. (So … churches are not supposed to oppose unjust wars and illegal immigration?) They are involved in ridding the world of AIDS, which is an impossibility but a noble cause, but is it the cause of evangelicals? (This is dishonest. Virtually no one is trying to rid the world of a disease for which there is no vaccine or cure. They are merely trying to prevent the spread of the disease and treat people that have it. The fact that she is hostile to the church doing something about AIDS makes me wonder if she has a cultural bias against the people that disproportionately have it. Well, the lepers faced cultural bias in the time of Jesus Christ too, and Christ healed them.) Or is it just the old social gospel from which evangelicals fled in the 1940s so a few denominations could focus almost exclusively on soul-winning and Bible teaching? (Fleeing the social gospel? Yes. But founding your church based on a selfish hard – hearted partial gospel that ignores people’s human needs and is harsh towards sinners? That is not what Jesus Christ and His apostles preached or practiced, but quite the opposite: they condemned it. Read the book of James: faith without works is dead.)

Now the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) has a new leader and he hails from my hometown, Minneapolis, MN. (That people did not leave the NAE when the truth was found out about some of its leaders like Ted Haggard and James Dobson, and so many of its leaders are members of the Council on Foreign Relations and take money from Sun Myung Moon … well that is your own fault.) He states that issues to be addressed by the NAE include human rights, creation care, justice and compassion for the poor, torture, and seeking peace in the world. Isn’t this the organization that should be reminding the world that it is racing towards judgment and there may not be a lot of time to repent? It sounds like making the world a better place to live is the new “great commission.”
(No, we should be doing what Jesus Christ and His apostles told us to do in the New Testament. If certain people are erroring by wanting to do more, your error is worse because you want to do less.)

 

I am very uneasy when “evangelicals” remind me of social gospel leftists and when sound theology is replaced by feelings and experience. (So what, you were feeling “easy” before? You were in your little comfort zone before? Well, when I read the New Testament, what I see is that the gospel is supposed to make you uneasy, to take you out of your comfort zone, to cause you to do things that you would not ordinarily do. The rich young ruler was made uneasy by the gospel too. Herod was made uneasy by the preaching of John. I really am not seeing much of a difference between erring on the right side or erring on the left.) Or when once-sound theologians applaud the new “Christian mysticism” and rally around “unity.” (And who are these once – sound theologians? Billy Graham? Robert Schuller? A lot of these guys have ALWAYS had problems. The only thing that is going on now is that they have crossed some little cultural line in our minds that have forced us to confront it. Like all the Christians who abandoned Ted Haggard for being homosexual when he had so many other problems.) When church-growth methods take center stage and a church has to have a “marketing approach.” I thought God was the “Marketer-in-Chief” of all churches and ministries. (Sorry, that is the Reformed/Calvinist/fundamentalist predestination/election Christianity that the free will evangelical movement has made a point of rejecting in order to curry a measure of favor with the world as being “moderate”, “reasonable”, and “more compassionate. Even when I was free will evangelical, I couldn’t stand how we were so quick to sell out our more theologically conservative brethren for the respect of the God – haters.) He causes or hinders growth and the spiritual maturity of the body matters far more than growth in numbers.

Old fashioned evangelicalism is on life-support and has been snatched in what the Bible calls an “end-time falling away” (II Thess. 2). I see a new “slippery slope” and enormous compromise, and I will not remain silent. Yet the Lord loves His church. He has not forsaken it. (Again, if this woman’s comments are representative of old – fashioned evangelicalism mindset, then its adherents may not be as bad as Rick Warren or the emergents in a doctrinal,.worship, or personal behavior sense, but it is still not the full gospel that was once given to the saints. And if your spirit does not burn for the teachings that was given in the New Testament, should you examine yourself to be in the faith? How many of you have visited a person in prison, for instance? Or encouraged and prayed for an AIDS or cancer patient? I admit … I have never done such a thing, and that I need to. But quite frankly, people who claim to be in love with that old time religion while exhibiting no desire to do these things or pretending that they are mere side issues scare me. What is the point of taking such pride in believing that the Bible is inspired, inerrant, and the final authority if you are not out there doing what the Bible says?)

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Want A List Of Pastors Who Took Sun Myung Moon’s Money?

Posted by Job on November 11, 2007

cuttingedge.org/NEWS/n1818.cfm

Some of these folks appear to have been aligned with his right wing political groups only. Others, though, used his money to pay off debts and support their ministries. Others still are very heavily involved with the guy.

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Robert Schuller Is A 33 Degree Mason And More James Dobson Ties To Mormonism!

Posted by Job on November 11, 2007

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL FRIDAY NOVEMBER 2, 2007
(Romans 16:17, ! Corinthians 5:6-8, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18, Ephesians 5:11)

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and
wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”
2 Corinthians 6:14

The danger of Robert Schuller’s upcoming “Rethink Conference.” Before you
do anything today, you need to get out your Bible and read each of the
anchor verses: Romans 16:17, ! Corinthians 5:6-8, 2 Corinthians 6:14-18,
Ephesians 5:11. I am constantly amazed at Christian leaders who align
themselves with men and women who do NOT know Christ as their Savior, reject
the Bible as the only Truth there is, and embrace the false gods and lies of
this world. The Bible has much to say about our relationships and those
people we align ourselves with. We can never forget that as a man or woman
of God, we are His ambassadors and the ones who have been called to carry
His light and Truth to this dark and fallen world we live in.

This is even a greater issue for those God has called to lead His people
since they will be judged more harshly. Why do these men of God insist on
being part of unholy alliances that require the absolutes of His Word to be
compromised and the Gospel to be watered down? I hear all the time the
excuse that this is what it takes to get things done in a world that rejects
Biblical Truth and Jesus Christ, but I call that a lie from the pits of hell
itself. Paul dealt with the kings and princes of his day. He spoke to the
business leaders and people in the cities he traveled to.

PAUL NEVER COMPROMISED GOD’S TRUTH OR WATERED DOWN THE GOSPEL! PAUL NEVER
FAILED TO TELL MEN THERE IS ONLY ONE NAME BY WHICH MEN ARE SAVED, THE NAME
OF JESUS! But than again, Paul wasn’t looking for earthly fame or fortune,
only to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ and see men saved!!!

I’ll never forget when I was researching the Unification cult founded by
Rev. Moon for a Devotional I wrote on that cult years ago. To my HORROR, I
read the names of many key Christian leaders Moon bought off in order to
gain mainstream credibility. Read it for yourselves, and trust me, I don’t
believe many of the things on this website, but I did hundreds of hours of
due diligence to verify that each of these men did have a relationship with
Moon as described! ( http://www.cuttingedge.org/NEWS/n1818.cfm ) You
want to know something very interesting, on this list are many of the same
men who are now backing the member of a satanic cult, Mitt Romney, for
President!!!

I come under attack often for hammering people like Osteen for going on
national TV and never uttering the name of Jesus, or telling people their
only real hope is not in his latest book but in a relationship with Christ,
or telling people they will die and go to hell without Jesus. I get
hammered for calling out my friend Paula White for going on TV and refusing
to admit she is even a Christian, but a “life coach.” I get hammered for
holding accountable Dr. Dobson for being part of the World Congress of
Families that was started and funded by the Mormon cult and has many groups
involved who deny the Bible and Christ.

I get hammered for calling men like Jay Sekulow, Ralph Reed, Mark DeMoss,
Bob Jones III, and others Judases for backing satanic cult member Mitt
Romney for President, worrying more about whatever short term benefits they
gain from their support than the souls of men who will burn in hell for all
eternity if Romney gets elected. So I am sure I will get hammered for this
Devotional today. But this is critical since we are talking about men who
have great followings, and people need to be warned about men who have sold
out the faith!

It is bad enough we have to battle the false religions and cults of the
world, the atheists, and other agents of satan for the souls of men. Sadly,
some of those who do the most damage for the cause of Christ are the ones
who people look up to as “leaders,” who are more worried about building
their kingdom than God’s, more worried about the temporal goals of this
world than the eternal goals of Heaven, more worried about pleasing men than
pleasing God, more concerned about their agenda than God’s agenda, men who
are more concerned with the feelings of the Godless people who fill their
coffers than the eternal souls of the men they have been called to reach for
Christ!!!

ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WE HAVE IN THE CHURCH TODAY ARE MEN AND WOMEN
WHO GOD HAS CALLED TO LEAD THE PEOPLE, WHO HAVE SOLD OUT GOD AND HIS TRUTH
FOR THIS WORLD!!! NOW MORE THAN EVER, AS WE ARE IN THE LAST DAYS, GOD NEEDS
MEN AND WOMEN OF GOD WHO WILL NOT COMPROMISE HIS TRUTH, NOT WATER DOWN THE
GOSPEL, NOT WAVER UNDER THE TEMPTATIONS OF THIS JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE, BUT
HOLD FIRM AND DECLARE TO THIS LOST AND DYING GENERATION THAT GOD’S TRUTH IS
THE ONLY TRUTH AND JESUS IS THE ONLY HOPE FOR MEN NOW AND FOR ALL
ETERNITY!!!

This is nothing new. Paul dealt with it and warned us about this type of
compromise throughout his letters to the churches. In Revelation we read
about the 7 churches and their compromise. I always think back to that
powerful passage of Scripture in Acts 7 as Stephen is boldly declaring the
Gospel to the religious leaders who were so upset with him for telling the
truth that they took him to the edge of the city and stoned him to death.
Please don’t miss this. These weren’t atheists, or heathen, or Jesus
haters, these were the RELIGIOUS LEADERS OF THE DAY! Remember who was
holding their coats as they carried out this act of murder? SAUL OF TARSUS
WHO WOULD SOON BECOME PAUL!!!

I have always had a check in my Spirit about Schuller. First, he is a 33
degree Mason. What else really has to be said after realizing this man is
part of the Masonic cult? He has always had an association with New Age
icons like
Rethink Conference and Neale Donald Walsch, acutally featuring men
like this on his TV program and promoting their Godless books to his
audience. His mentor of course was Norman Vincent Peale, another 33 degree
Mason who was an absolute heretic and taught philosophies in complete
rebellion to the Truth of the Bible.

So it is no surprise that he is the host of this “Rethink Conference” in
January of next year. The purpose of this conference is very vague. But
among the featured speakers are Larry King, Ben Stein, George Foreman, and
Rupert Murdoch. Somehow I don’t expect an altar call is coming from any of
these men. There is also an impressive list of Christian speakers like
Chuck Colson, Bishop Charles Blake, Gary Smalley, Lee Strobel, and others.
Unless it is to simply get paid, why would these men of God be a part of
this circus?

I guess my question for Schuller and the others who will attend is what is
there to rethink? The Gospel? The Bible? Or is this a time to figure out
how to do a better job of compromising the Absolutes of the Bible to
accommodate a non-believing world. Is it a time to figure out how to water
down the Gospel so people won’t be offended? My guess it will be a time to
do all of this plus fill the pockets of Schuller and those who will be
coming to his pulpit to lead people away from God, His Truth, and faith in
Jesus Christ. I have no doubt satan will be cheering on this group each
moment!

I love you and care about you so much. I already know I will lose donors
and subscribers today. That is OK. In the end, it is not a donor or
subscriber I have to answer to, it is God. Listen to me my friend, a man or
woman of God only has one things, their integrity. Once you lose that, you
have nothing left. Who you associate with, who you allow in your life IS
IMPORTANT! A reporter recently asked me what I would do if the Mormon
church sent me a donation for $1 million. I told them I would cash it and
use that money to declare even louder to this world that Mormonism is a cult
that is leading the souls of men to hell. If they wanted to help fund
Liveprayer to lead men away from the lies of Joey Smith and to faith in
Jesus Christ, I’ll take all of their money they want to give me.

A MAN OR WOMAN OF GOD CANNOT BE BOUGHT! OTHERWISE, THEY ARE NO DIFFERENT
THAN JUDAS!

My counsel to you this morning is this. Be aware of who your pastor or
those ministers you follow are associated with. Be aware if they are
preaching more from books other than the Bible. Have great concern if they
don’t end every message or service with an invitation to know Jesus. LINE
UP ALL THEY ARE SAYING WITH GOD’S WORD!!!! There is only one Truth my
friend, and that is what God gave us in the Bible. There is only ONE
GOSPEL, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no way to trick people into
salvation or for someone to get saved by accident. At some point a person
has to accept the responsibility that they are a sinner and have a conscious
desire to ask God to forgive them of their sins, repent, and give their
heart and life to Jesus by faith.

I hate to break this to Dr. Schuller, but his “Rethink Conference” is a very
stupid idea unless it is simply to make everyone who is part of it a nice
chunk of change. There is nothing to rethink. The Word of God is
immutable, it never changes. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is so simple a 3rd
grader can understand it. What Dr. Schuller should be rethinking, is why he
is part of the satanic Masonic cult, why he endorses New Age philosophers,
why he is going to allow men who deny the Bible as Truth and Jesus as Lord
to stand in his pulpit, and why after all of these years on TV he has never
once looked into the cameras and told people that they are a sinner, that
they will die and go to hell without Jesus, and their only hope is to get on
their knees and ask Jesus to forgive them of their sins and invite Him into
their heart and life by faith.

In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Bill Keller

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