New Evangelical Deadbeats!
By David J. Stewart
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"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth..." -2nd Timothy 4:3,4
In the December 2003 issue of U.S. News and World Report, the featured special report is titled, "The New Old-Time Religion" by Jay Tolson. Here's the opening quote from the article ...
"What would Jonathan Edwards think of suburban Chicago's Willow Creek Community Church, where every weekend some 17,000 congregants arrive in their Chevy Tahoes and Toyota minivans to worship in the enormous brick-and-glass auditorium? More specifically, what would the 18th-century Puritan preacher who penned the fire-and-brimstone sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" make of "seeker-friendly" services that use "drama, multimedia, and contemporary music" to serve "individuals checking out what it really means to have a personal relationship with Jesus"?
I'll tell you exactly what Jonathan Edwards would think ... he'd think of 2nd Timothy 4:2-4, "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." Sinister ministers are everywhere nowadays--preaching a health, wealth, and prosperity gospel--from James Robison to Joel Osteen ... from Benny Hinn to Pat Robertson ... from James Dobson to Bill Hybels ... they're all wolves in sheep's clothing!
New Evangelical Pastor Calls Murder a "Minor Concern"!
The U.S. News and World Report article (pg. 42) also quotes Lon Solomon, pastor of the McLean Bible Church near Tyson's Corner, Virginia (a megachurch that draws up to 10,000 people on Sundays) as stating...
"Abortion and homosexuality are minor concerns in our church. The bell we beat is that we must know Jesus. We are offering people a different and better way to live than secular America offers."
Jonathan Edwards is appalled from Heaven! Abortion and homosexuality ... MINOR CONCERNS? What? Where in the Word of God are we ever led to view ANY sin as a "minor concern"? I just don't understand how any professed "man of God," a pastor over 10,000 people, can call the murdering of over 40,000,000 babies in the U.S. alone ... a MINOR CONCERN! Worldwide, hundreds-of-millions of babies have been murdered through abortion. We are surely living in apostate times when new evangelical ministers are calling mass-murder a "minor concern." Abortion is NOT a minor concern, it is cold-blooded murder, and a sin deserving of capital punishment (Exodus 20:13; 21:24). New (neo) evangelical ministers are a rotten bunch of deadbeats, and a plague upon the world. These aren't immature believers; but believers who have REFUSED to obey God. And of course, many of them aren't even saved—having Churchianity without Christianity.
Why are the churches silent about abortion? Just the mention of the name "Adolph Hitler" gives people the chills running down their spine. Yet, Hitler committed his mass-murdering with the financial backing of many U.S. corporations. It was the IBM company who manufactured the stamping devices used on the Jewish prisoners. Who dared speak out against the rich and powerful? Hitler and his demonic henchmen murdered millions, in the name of "doing the right thing." How is the abortion crowd any different today? Abortionists today have murdered hundreds-of-millions of babies worldwide, falsely claiming that it is acceptable and right. It is NOT! The abortion crowd has a twisted sense of morality, having even redefined life to no longer include a growing baby in it's mother's womb. That's insane! How dare those monsters of The Supreme Court arrogantly defy God, by allowing the slaughter of tens-of-millions of children!!! And then we Americans get offended when Iranians call us "The Great Satan!" I have to agree with the Iranians. I may be an American; but I will NOT defend my countries atrocious crimes against humanity. Who are we as Americans to preach to the rest of the world about "the value of life." Right is right, and wrong is wrong. Abortion is first-degree murder!
New Evangelical Believers are Eerily Silent on Homosexuality
Is homosexuality a minor concern? According to 2nd Peter 2:6, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah as an example to the ungodly, "And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly." Yet Pastor Lon Solomon calls homosexuality ... "a minor concern in our church." Should it be surprising in these apostate times that a new evangelical Southern Baptist Church called an ordained lesbian to be their pastor? Sodomite ministers are crawling out of the Devil's sewer everywhere!
Dr. Carole Fontaine, a feminist new evangelical theologian and faculty director at Andover Newton Theological School, states...
"We sometimes find when we look at Bible stories that people think they know what they say. When we look more closely we sometimes find that the text is ambivalent."
Ambivalent? According to Dr. Fontaine, the greatest sin of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah may have been their lack of hospitality towards guests visiting their city, and not sexual deviance (never mind the mob of homosexuals about to break down lot's front door and gang rape the guests - Genesis 19:4-9). Unbelievably, Fontaine claims that homosexuality in Sodom and Gomorrah may not have been the sin which brought God's judgment. In sharp contrast, the Word of God states in no uncertain terms that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed primarily for their sexual sins, "Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire."
New Evangelicals Praise Harry Potter's Witchcraft
It is sad and unfortunate that any so-called "Christian" or Christian organization would endorse such an evil invention as Harry Potter. The Bible clearly condemns any type of involvement with the wicked practice of witchcraft (Galatians 5:19,20). I was saddened to learn that Christianity Today magazine is endorsing Harry Potter.
I looked into the matter myself and it was confirmed. Below is one such article on their website. If you'll simply perform a site search on Christianity Today's website under "Harry Potter," you'll be sickened as any God-fearing Christian should be. Harry Potter is evil and we should not endorse such wickedness.
Demonic author J.K. Rowling has made over $500,000,000 by promoting Harry Potter and the "Hogwart's School of Witchcraft." This is no joke friend, there's even actual online schools of witchcraft where kids can enroll for free. Do a web search and you'll see for yourself.
The partial article below was taken from the following link at Christianity Today's library:
"Why We Like Harry Potter
The series is a 'Book of Virtues' with a preadolescent funny bone.
A Christianity Today editorial | It's Christmas present shopping time. Time for your 10-year-old to make his list—and for you to check it twice. But are the Harry Potter books at the top of his list—the first books topping his list for as long as you can remember—naughty or nice? These multimillion-selling stars of bestseller lists cause some anxiety for Christians since the main characters are wizards and witches.
In fact, you may have read newspaper accounts and heard radio reports of how Christians are fighting school boards over having the books in libraries. As a concerned parent, what should you do?
We think you should read the Harry Potter books to your kids..."
All witchcraft is of the Devil, especially Wicca. 2nd Corinthians 11:14 teaches us that Satan appears as the good guy, as an angel of light. Wiccan witches boast of their "white witchcraft"; but it is as dark as the darkest evil known to mankind. Wicca is Satanic to the core, and new evangelicals shouldn't recommend or endorse ANYTHING that glorifies Satan's works of darkness. Shame on you Christianity Today! You ought to at least be honest enough to rename yourselves, "Apostasy Today."
Official Harry Potter Hogwart's School of Witchcraft Logo
Children can actually enroll into the Hogwart's School of Witchcraft.
Shoving Religion Down People's Throats?
According to Christian Smith, sociologist at the University of North Carolina's Chapel Hill, and author of the book Christians America? What Evangelicals Really Want...
"The bottom line is that evangelicals subscribe to personal faith as paramount ... You can't shove religion down people's throats" (SOURCE: December 2003 issue of U.S. News and World Report, pg. 42).
I literally hate that statement ... "You can't shove religion down people's throats." The reason is because it's a malicious attack against all Bible-preaching, Christ-honoring, soulwinning, street-preaching, leather-lunged, hell-fire-and-damnation preachers. Jeremiah made a lot of enemies when he preached against Israel's sins, as did every prophet in the Bible! Jesus said in Matthew 23:31, "...ye are the children of them which killed the prophets." The whole reason John the Baptist was imprisoned in the first place was because of his uncompromising preaching against Herod's adultery (Matthew 14:3). Stephen was stoned to death in Acts Chapter 7 for preaching the truth. James was beheaded in Acts 12 by Herod. The early Christians were persecuted!
We are living in a milquetoast generation of gutless believers who stand for nothing. They have the foolish attitude, "I'd better not offend anyone or they won't get saved." What? Have you read the Word of God lately? The Bible is the MOST offensive Book on the face of planet earth! So why would any Christian be concerned about OFFENDING someone? It is sinful for any professed "Christian" to try to repackage, redefine, and water-down the stern, plain, and uncompromising Word of God! The Bible says what It says without apology! So why should we apology for what God said without apology? It's time for all believers to PREACH THE WORD! (2nd Timothy 4:2). I'm not into the back-scratching or ear-tickling business friend ... sorry! I'm going to tell you the plain Truth of God's Word!
Look, if God were so concerned about NOT offending people, then He would have wrote the Bible in a much different manner; BUT, He didn't. Do a web search under "Bible atrocities" if you want to see what Bible skeptics think about God. The famous Mark Twain said, "If there is a God, He is a malign thug." Do you really think by watering-down the Bible, hiding the truth, and diminishing the message of God's Word that lost sinners will come to Christ? No way! By using rock-n-roll, entertainment, drama, multimedia, and other carnal means of drawing people into "church," you're only drawing the world into a worldly organization (definitely NOT a legitimate Christ-honoring, Bible-obeying church). This is "why" so many so-called evangelical churches are growing by leaps and bounds nowadays.
If you offer the unsaved world a health and wealth type of pseudo-Christianity, which requires no cross to carry, no persecution to endure, no stand to take, and no offensive preaching--they will come by the droves! Unfortunately, they are NOT coming to Jesus Christ, for the true Biblical Gospel which brings salvation WILL change a man forever (2nd Corinthians 5:17), and those changes WILL cause the world to HATE HIM. Jesus warned us in John 15:19, "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." 2nd Timothy 3:12 states, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." Here's what the great man of God, Billy Sunday, had to say about new evangelical believers today...
"It would be a godsend if the Church would suffer persecution today; she hasn't suffered it for hundreds of years. She is growing rich and lagging behind. Going back." -Billy Sunday, The Need for Revivals, From "Billy Sunday: The Man and His Message", by William T. Ellis, Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co., 1914
Thank God for those men of God throughout history, and today, who uncompromisingly PREACH THE WORD, without apology! The Devil's crowd demands for us to be quiet! New evangelicals suggest that we'll reach more people for Christ if we be quiet! But the Word of God says in Isaiah 58:1, "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." God's attitude towards sin hasn't changed (Malachi 3:6). Ephesians 5:11 reads, "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." The Greek word for "reprove" here is "elencho" and literally means, "TO EXPOSE"! It is because Christians have stopped preaching publicly against sin that America is so infested with unimaginable evils today. America has become so wicked that Las Vegas has officially called itself "SIN CITY."
The heathen world will ALWAYS accuse God's men of "shoving the Gospel" down their throats. Well friend, I'm gonna keep shoving then, because if you don't repent God's going to shove you into Hell forever!!!
Many New Evangelicals Are Tragically NOT Saved!
Then truth has, does, and will ALWAYS offend people (John 8:40). Trying to lead someone to the Lord under false pretenses is sinful. The sin issue MUST be addressed, for they who are whole have no need of a Physician (Mark 2:17). Please notice once again the U.S. News and World Report article from December of 2003 (pg. 42)--Pastor Lon Solomon, of the McLean Bible Church near Tyson's Corner, Virginia (a megachurch that draws up to 10,000 people on Sundays) states...
"Abortion and homosexuality are minor concerns in our church. The bell we beat is that we must know Jesus. We are offering people a different and better way to live than secular America offers."
Pastor Solomon states that his goal is to lead people to "know Jesus." This attitude is prevalent amongst new evangelicals today. I had a neo evangelical minister once rebuke me for preaching against sin in his pulpit. He said, "We only preach salvation here." Such deadbeat evangelicals would lead us to believe that God wants us to preach the Gospel; but doesn't want us to offend people by preaching against sin. How ridiculous!
You cannot show me one Scripture in the entire Bible which teaches us to avoid the controversial subject of SIN. Jesus clearly said in John 3:20 that it is people's love for sin that prevents them from coming to the Truth. This is what 1st John 2:15-17 means. It is one's love for the world that often keeps Him from getting saved. Jesus said, "Ye WILL NOT come to me, that ye might have life" (John 5:40). Jesus didn't say, ye "CANNOT" come.
The bottom line is that preaching the Gospel without preaching against sin often leads people to a false conversion. Thus, America today is infested with false doctrines such as Lordship Salvation, Making a Commitment to Christ, renewing one's life, turning over a new leaf, finding love, etc. None of these experiences will save a person. It is the BLOOD of Jesus Christ which takes our sins away (1st Peter 1:18,19). This EXCLUDES all works, including baptism and devilish speaking in tongues.
The heresy that today's churches can preach the Gospel, while remaining silent concerning sin, is not leading more people to get saved. On the contrary, it is leading to more apostasy and worldliness in our churches. I am 100% against so-called "Christians rock." It is demonic! Prove me wrong ... I've yet to find even one popular Christian rock band's website that presents the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are worldly entertainers, out to make a buck, and are imposters exploiting the name of Jesus. All of the young people flocking by the millions to these godless rock-n-roll idols are NOT finding Jesus Christ!!! The Devil is so subtle.
Did you ever stop to realize that every Hell-bound Catholic believes the basic Gospel, and claims to trust in the blood of Jesus? It's true; BUT, Catholics ADD good works, the sacraments, the Rosary, Mary worship, membership to the Catholic Church, etc. These are all requirements to go to the Catholic Heaven (which is really Hell). Adding ANYTHING to faith alone in the blood which Jesus shed for your sins is a sure road straight to Hell when you die!!! It was king David who so wonderfully stated, "He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved." Of course, Jesus is the ONLY rock (1st Corinthians 3:11; 1st Peter 2:7).
Catholic's are some of the biggest fans of today's Christian rock bands and artists! Yet, these so-called entertainers call themselves "Christians." Satan would feel at home in most of today's churches. Every Catholic considers them self to be a Christian; but according to Ephesians 2:8-9 they are NOT ... "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ask the average Catholic if they KNOW they're going to Heaven and they'll respond, "I hope so." Ask them why and you'll here them BOAST about their good works and the church requirements they've met. They'll NEVER mention being saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone, apart from all works (Ephesians 2:8-9). One of the most common responses I get from unsaved religious people is ... "I think what really matters is that you're sincere in your heart." Proverb 14:12 warns, "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Have you believed a lie?
Every unsaved Jehovah's Witness believes the basic Gospel. Every unsaved Seventh-Day Adventist believes the basic Gospel. Every unsaved Church of Christ member believes the basic Gospel. Every unsaved Lutheran believes the basic Gospel. BUT, they all ADD things to faith alone in Christ. Even Charismatic heretic Benny Hinn preaches the basic Gospel; but he publickly endorsed Catholicism's godless Our Lady of Fatima on the Larry King Live show. Hinn was raised a Catholic, and is still a Catholic. He's a little of everything it seems--whatever it takes to stay filthy rich. My point is that the world is filled with a synthetic type of Christianity today (which I call "Churchianity"), which preaches an incomplete Gospel to the masses.
They simply propagate the teaching to "know Jesus" ;BUT, doesn't the Devil also know Jesus? Yes, he does (James 2:19). A person MUST trust upon the Lord to be saved (Romans 10:13). The Biblical Gospel also EXCLUDES all self righteousness--works, baptism, communion, commitment, turning over a new leaf, forsaking of personal sins, making Jesus Lord, joining a church, tithing, keeping the Sabbath, etc. Salvation is of God; NOT man. All God asks of us is to BELIEVE upon His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ ... "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." ONLY trust Jesus!
MANY new evangelicals joined their church for the wrong reasons, and think they're ready to meet their Maker; but, they will someday die in their sins without Christ as Savior. You'd be shocked if you knew just how many professed "Christians" within new evangelical groups think that sincerity of heart is all that really matters. I personally knew a professed "Christian" man who had faithfully attended an Independent Fundamental Baptist church for over 10 years, then went into the world and quit church altogether.
I met him a couple years later, and he said to me ... "What makes you think your religion is right over others?" I was saddened. All those years in church, under a man of God's preaching, and his heart was as cold as ice towards God. He was never saved to begin with. You see friend, he had churchianity without Christianity. He had religion without truth. So many people today, like that young man, only go to church as an social activity--a place to show off some new clothing, or that new car, or to mingle with the opposite sex. It is tragic.
New Evangelicals Don't Really Care About People
Neo evangelicals (or new evangelicals) DON'T really care about people. Let me ask you a question. What if John the Baptist had said to himself, "I'd better not preach against Herod's sin, because he might be offended and never get saved." This is the sinful mentality of the new evangelical camp today. When the early Christians preached to the lost in the Book of Acts, many of the sorcerers and witches got saved. They brought their "curious arts" to burn them in public (Acts 19:19). You see, the Apostles were preaching against all sorts of wickednesses of that day. It was the Apostle Paul who addressed the fornication problem in the Church at Corinth (1st Corinthians 5:1).
Don't be fooled. God expects us as believers to take a firm stand against sin and evil. In fact, preaching against sin WILL cause lost sinners to repent of their unbelief and turn to Christ. This is evident over and over throughout the Word of God. Billy Sunday never trimmed his message, never compromised, never catered to the Devil's gang. As a result, millions of lost sinners came to Jesus Christ as Savior throughout his ministry. The same sun that melts the wax, hardens the clay. The same Biblical truth that causes one heart to repent will cause another to harden against God.
If we as believers truly care about people, then we WILL warn them of the judgment to come (2nd Corinthians 5:11). The excuse that people won't get saved if we offend them by preaching against sin is a cowards way out. If we compromise, accept the person of the wicked, and remain silent concerning evil--then we are no better than the heathen! Living for the Lord means bearing a burden--a burden of rejection by this God-hating, sin-loving, Bible-corrupting, fool-hearted world. Jesus plainly stated that the servant is not greater than his master. If the world crucified the Lord Jesus to death, then what do you think they are going to do to His servants?
Out of the 12 Apostles, 11 were murdered (martyred). Living for God INCLUDES standing up for what is right (Ephesians 6:13), earnestly contending for the faith (Jude 1:3), reproving evil (Ephesians 5:11), speaking the truth (Ephesians 4:25), and soulwinning (Proverb 11:30). Away with this fake Christianity that bares no cross, offends no sinners, and suffers no persecution. When you truly care about someone, you tell them the truth--even if it makes them mad. Jesus told the truth, "And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not" (John 8:45).
"And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me." -Matthew 10:38