Keys To Understanding The Charismatic Movement and New Evangelicalism
Keys To Understanding The New Evangelicalism Movement- The Emerging Church
IN EVERY AGE, there are those who profess the name of Christ, but who do not want to bear the reproach of the Cross. They cannot stand to be looked down upon by the wise of the world. They are more concerned with making the Gospel, "Politically Correct" or "Universally Respectable" than in declaring the whole counsel of God. They have made a complicated system of "gears" so as to "gear" the Gospel to youth, to the athlete, to the politician, to the movie star, etc. The whole program is deceptively dangerous for it appeals to the flesh in the name of the Spirit, and invariably glories in size rather than striving for fidelity to the Truth.
Some of the symptoms of the New Evangelical , Emerging Church disease are:
1. Placing love above sound doctrine as a basis for True Christian fellowship.
There can be no true love without sound doctrine (l John. 5:2-3; Rom. 16:17; John. 14:21).
2. Re- thinking, re-investigating, and keeping an "open mind" regarding the fundamentals of the true Faith, including the inerrancy and inspiration of the Holy Scriptures.
Faith in the Word of God and the Son of God are matters of God's revelation, not man's investigation (2 Tim. 2:15;1 Cor. 2:14).
3. Practicing "infiltration" instead of Biblical "separation" with respect to compromised churches and apostate denominations and other world religions.
It is always God's will for the true and faithful believer to withdraw from any fellowship that has departed from sound doctrine and practice (2 Thess. 3:6, 14; Rom. 16:17; 2 Cor. 6:14-18).
4. Twisting the Scriptures in an effort to accommodate so-called "scientific" discovery and theory, including every form of evolution.
If man knows more than his Creator, then God is dead! (Gen. 1:1; John. 1:1-3;1 Cor. 1.20).
5. Seeking to develop lines of thought and arguments which would "Christianize" pagan ideas and systems founded upon unbelief (glorification of psychology, psychiatry, astrology, wealth building, rock music, etc. ) .
Nothing is better for modern man than the absolute truth of God 's Word (Col. 3:16; 1 Tim. 6:20; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; John. 17:17; 1 Thess. 2:13).
6. Preaching only a so-called "positive message," as often expressed by the statement, "God called me to win souls, not to criticize others." [they are not even winning souls, just deluding and confusing them!]
God calls every believer to win souls, but He also commands every true believer to contend earnestly for the Faith (Jude 3-4; Acts 20:24-31).
7. Finding more fellowship with disobedient brethren and even outright apostates than with the True Bible-Believing Christians.
This suits the devil just fine for it confuses the battle lines (Eph. 5:11; 1 Cor15:33).
8. Making the church more and more an instrument of social change [Social Gospel] by programs of humanitarian concern, rather than emphasizing our responsibility to the Great Commission and the eternal welfare of man.
9 Promoting "Pluralism" or "Muti-faithism" that perhaps all roads or religions lead to God instead of by Jesus only!
Cooperation with apostates and other world religions usually starts with united welfare, humanitarian, mission, or evangelistic and ecumenical programs.
God has given specific instructions regarding the true believer's responsibility to identify and to separate from all such false teachers (2 Cor. 6:14-18; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 2 John. 10-11).
New Evangelicalism is wrong because it is unscriptural and must, therefore, be guarded against on every hand. This obligation is in no way modified because some highly respected professing Christian leaders embrace and promote its dangerous strategies today.
Don't you be deceived by it!
"LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU"
The Bible plainly tells us that the "last days" will be days of great deception.
II Timothy 3:13 foretells that in the days prior to the Lord's return, "Evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived."
II Peter 2:1-3 prophesied of the "false teachers" who would arise within the church to deceive the unwary.
The Apostle Paul stressed the necessity of being on guard against the wolves in sheep's clothing who would "draw away disciples after them" (Acts 20:26-31).
The "latter times" for the church will be marked by "seducing spirits," "doctrines of devils," and "signs and lying wonders" (I Timothy 4:1; II Thessalonians 2:6-10).
God does not want His children to be deceived by any means, even when Satan and his ministers appear as angels of light and ministers of righteousness (II Corinthians 11: 13-15).
God has given us the Bible to reveal and expose every satanic deception.
He has given you True and Faithful Pastors as under-shepherds of the flock, as watchmen, to warn and protect us against wolves in sheep's clothing.
God does not want us to be ignorant of Satan's devices (II Corinthians 2: 11).
In spite of God's warnings many believers today are being deceived:
In the name of unity, many are being deceived by the ecumenical one world church movement.
In the name of the Holy Spirit, many are being deceived by the charismatic movement.
In the name of ecumenicalism, evangelism and missions, many are being deceived into working with those who preach a false gospel.
In the name of the Word of God, many are being deceived by false translations of the Bible.
In the name of church renewal, many are being deceived into substituting psychological manipulations of the mind for the working of the Spirit of God in the heart.
In the name of "Prosperity" many are being deceived by the worldly New Evangelical/Charismatic doctrine of "Wealth Building"
In all these deceptions, the only safe test is found in Isaiah 8:20: "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
Sincerity of Heart is not enough; popular acceptance is not the criterion; even speaking in tongues or the performing of "miracles" is not a safe test, because the Devil and his angels can produce counterfeit signs (I John 4: 1). No, the only safe test of truth is the Word of God - "the doctrine which ye have learned" (Romans 16:17).
"Little children, let no man deceive you" (I John 3:7).
Sincerety of Heart Is Not Enough
IT IS COMMON TO HEAR PEOPLE SAY with regard to religious beliefs, "Well, as long as a person is sincere in his heat about his beliefs, that's all that counts." But is this true? We do not accept such reasoning in any other sphere of life, so why should we accept it in the realm of spiritual matters, which affect the present as well as all eternity?
For example, would sincerity of heart be enough if a person believed he should take poison instead of cough medicine? And if someone who wanted to drive from Seattle to Los Angeles began to drive North instead of South, would we encourage him to continue in the wrong direction just because he was convinced he was right? Unlike the latter example, our obligation to give proper spiritual direction has eternal consequences.
Proverbs 14:12-16 clearly refutes the "Sincerity of Heart is enough" fallacy. A person may be fully convinced and entirely sincere in his heart by choosing a way that seems right to him, yet God warns that "the end thereof are the ways of death" (Proverbs 14:12).
All who substitute their own ideas for what the Bible says, no matter how sincere they may be, will suffer tragic loss when they stand before their Creator (Rev.20:11-15). The wise man "feareth" (Rev.20:16), that is, he respects what God has to say above all else and adjusts his walk accordingly (Rev.20:15).
The belief that "sincerity is enough" in matters of life, death and eternity is the result of satanic delusion. It is absolutely necessary to find out what God says about sin (Rom. 3:10,23; 6:23), and about salvation (Rom.10:9-10; Acts 2:3739. Eph.2:8-9) and about living a life pleasing to God (Col. 3:1-25). Since it is possible to be sincerely wrong, we must look to Scripture for what is right because sincerity is not enough.
Let Us Pray Together --
PRAY: "God be merciful to me a sinner. Receive me now for Christ's sake. Cleanse me from my sin by your precious blood, shed on the cross for me; lead me to be Baptized and fill me with your Holy Spirit. Teach me to pray each day; to read Your will for my life from your word, the Bible; and help me to worship and serve You in the fellowship of your church. I thank you Lord Jesus Christ. AMEN!
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