WEA: Evangelicalism Needs to Be 'Reclaimed' in Trump Era
The head of the World Evangelical Alliance said that it is "unfortunate" that the term "evangelical" has taken on a more political meaning in the United States and argued that it must be "reclaimed."
While visiting the United Kingdom for a meeting of the U.K. Evangelical Alliance last week, WEA General Secretary Bishop Efraim Tendero spoke with the U.K. Christian news outlet Premier about his thoughts on the debate over the word "evangelical" happening across the Atlantic in the United States.
"That's unfortunate that in the United States in particular that the word evangelical and the evangelical movement is identified more for political advocacy rather than the orthodoxy of their faith and the demonstration and proclamation of the Gospel," Tendero, who heads a network of churches in 129 nations that gives a "world-wide identity, voice, and platform" to over 600 million evangelical Christians...
CNN did an excellent job of pigeon-holing Evangelicals into seven categories back in 2016. The groupings probably still fit.
Daniel Burke, CNN Religion Editor wrote: 3. Entrepreneurial evangelicals
These evangelicals may not share many theological beliefs, but they all appreciate a good business model. They are evangelists who have built television ministries reaching millions of Americans, and Pentecostal preachers who have turned storefront churches into thriving congregations. Others include Jerry Falwell Jr., who grew the family business, Liberty University, into one of the country's largest Christian colleges. They appreciate brash personalities who play well on television, and they don't mind a little political incorrectness. Led by his friend, Florida televangelist Paula White, Donald Trump began his evangelical outreach with this group last year. At an appearance at Liberty this month Falwell all but endorsed Trump, telling students the real estate mogul reminded him of his father. Advantage: Trump
excerpt from, "7 types of evangelicals -- and how they'll affect the presidential race"
Kelsey Dallas wrote: Prominent evangelical leader Russell Moore doesn't want to be an evangelical anymore.
He's not leaving the church; he's refusing the label.
"The word 'evangelical' has become almost meaningless this year , and in many ways the word itself is at the moment subverting the gospel of Jesus Christ," Moore, who is president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, wrote in a column for The Washington Post. https://tinyurl.com/yamfbleu
He criticized how political commentators, candidates and even people of faith have used the term this election season, noting that it's made polls irrelevant and misrepresented the community he knows and loves.
excerpt from, "Evangelical leader rejects evangelical label due to election coverage"
What's remarkable to me is how fashions change with the times.
About 250 years ago, Presbyterians were a major player in the American Revolution, so much so that in some places the Revolution was called the "Presbyterian Rebellion."
In light of a strong and stern effort by Parlamanet to impose it's will on the American colonies, there was fear that they could imoose manditory membership in the Anglican Church. Some of the other concerns were more political in nature. We consider those pastors and teaching elders who stood, fought, and preached for independence to be heros.
Now if people vote their conscience and don't support Jezebel and her husband, the most crooked and morally bankrupt pair in generations to imhabit the White House, they are somehow tainted.
It doesn't matter if this group is Neo - Evangelical or notâť—
Samuel Smith wrote: he National Association of Evangelicals released a statement this year to clarify what it means to be an evangelical. The term "evangelical," the group says, is used to describe Christians regardless of their political beliefs of ethnicity who believe in four basic truths.
â€˘ The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe. â€˘ It is very important for me personally to encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior. â€˘ Jesus Christ's death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could remove the penalty of my sin. â€˘ Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God's free gift of eternal salvation.
--"World Evangelical Alliance Head: Evangelicalism Needs to Be 'Reclaimed' in Trump Era "
[ the SA article ] A good observation by the leader of the WEA.