Evangelicalism, Inc., and the silencing of critics
It should seem obvious that when secular (or better, secular humanist) sources buddy up to church leaders, something is amiss. Scripture warns about liking the applause of the world, and all that.
Yet, emerging leaders like Warren, Bill Hybels and others not only welcomed the attention, they embraced it. Thus was born the non-biblical â€śchurch growthâ€ť model for doing church. A key component of the model is consensus building. In other words, everyone from leadership to laity gets onboard with the leaderâ€™s â€śvisionâ€ť of how things should be. Over time, those dissenters who call into question the methods are quietly but rudely shown the door.
Today, the church-growth model is a juggernaut, and in effect, Warren & Co. very much control the narrative within evangelicalism. Donâ€™t believe me? Consider the ubiquitous nature of curriculum, books, conferences and the like from such leaders. They have a...
Spiritual terrorists and saboteurs within the church pose a far more serious threat than manifestly hostile forces on the outside. From the very start of the church age, all the most spiritually deadly onslaughts against the gospel have come from people who pretended to be Christians- not from atheists and agnostics on the outside. John MacArthur
Dorcas wrote: True belivers in this country will eventually be driven 'underground'....the persecutors will be those that are faithful followers of their denomination and it's leaders! Luke 21:12, Mark 13:9,12.
I agree sister. The persecutors will be those who follow a movement or an individual and not our Lord and Savior. They will think they are serving God, when they are in fact serving the antichrist. I personally believe the vatican and the RCC will be the ones who sort of gather them together against us. We are seeing them become more a part of mainstream religion every day. Anyway, good thoughts.
Good to see Ralph Ovadal is mentioned in this context, since I have learned much from his "Heart of the Matter" news commentary program. Yes, he does sound like he is mocking whoever does not agree with him, but you have to get over that small defect to get to the 'heart of the matter.' Probably the greatest lesson I learned is still available on their section of SA, the union between Obama and the Roman Catholic Church that ensured his election.
Pastor Ralph Ovadal has been sounding the warning on these false teachers such as the Graham's , Warren, much of the SBC leadership for many years now. 'The Most Dangerous Minister of All'. is a must listen for all those who are blinded by their idol of worship of celebrity preachers.
Pastor Steven Dilday's sermon "Revelation & How Antichrist Gains A Foothold In the Church & In Your Heart, Family ..." sheds much light of wordly tactics. We are not ignorant of Satan's devices. Our problem is that when we are corrected by the truth of God's word, we fail the grace of God in not applying it to our choices. For instance, we continue to add Christ to man-made inventions. 35 minutes into this message we see an historical example that should alarm us. What Warren, Hybles and Olsteen are doing is nothing new. What has changed?
It is true God's elect are driven from these places. They are the Lord's and will not follow the voice of another. While these things are discouraging to see, I am not surprised by the broad way that leads to destruction. Let's examine who we are and be careful that we have taken the narrow and difficult way. The Lord's Church which He purchased with His own blood will be victorious. Hallelujah!
Yes, a wonderful and well constructed article. If these elbow-rubbers can be more like our Lord Jesus who ate with both the common sinners and the religious sinners but did it to help heal the commoners and to correct and rebuke the religious. "And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind" (John 9:39, KJV). These friends of the world are blindly approaching the edge of the abyss.
Unprofitable Servant wrote: The article deserves a and
ditto that notion. Yes, we need more [URL=http://www.biblebb.com/files/pdc-refugee.htm]]]A Purpose Driven Refugee[/URL]s from the clutches of Rick Warren. The article does a good job of pointing out how Ricky and his crew are ignoring the purpose of the Church, which articles lide this helps in [URL=http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=921071140262]]] Evaluating the Church Today[/URL].