New Evangelicalism” was created during the middle of the twentieth century after the end of WWII.
The term refers to those within Evangelicalism who want a “dialog” with those who reject the Fundamentals of historical Christianity. It represents a breaking off from Fundamentalism, which still adheres to the doctrines of Biblical Separation and Christian Militancy. New Evangelicals have been at the forefront of the “Ecumenical Movement” – a movement to unify “Christendom” (Protestants, Baptists, Catholics and others) together with Muslims and other non-Christians from various religions of the world.
Three of the most notable Baptist New Evangelicals of this day are Billy Graham, Rick Warren, and Jerry Falwell.
The late Jerry Falwell was a member of a subgroup within New Evangelicalism called “Pseudo-Fundamentalism”. Before New Evangelicalism was created, “Fundamentalism” and “Evangelicalism” were terms often used interchangeably to describe those who stood for Jesus and the Bible and against Popery and other sins. New Evangelicalism now affiliates itself with the rise of the Antichrist with his Great Whore as foretold in the Bible in Revelation.
Two of the main instigators of this intense ecumenical thrust were Charles Colson and Richard John Neuhaus, a Lutheran pastor turned Roman Catholic priest.
The specific task of these men began in September 1992. These men were joined in the writing process by Larry Lewis of the Home Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Jesse Miranda of Assemblies of God, JohnWhite of the Geneva College and National Association of Evangelicals, and others, including two Jesuits, Avery Dulles and Juan Diaz-Vilar. Two more Jesuits had signed the declaration by the time of its presentation.
In addition to the Evangelical participants who helped form the document, signers included J. I. Packer, Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ, Mark Noll of Wheaton College, and Pat Robertson of the 700 Club.
The theology of the Church of Rome always comes back to the concept of “living faith” so they include works, particularly her sacraments that she defines as necessary for salvation. The New Evangelical signers of Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) have concurred with the Roman Catholic definition of “living faith active in love”, and thus they have formally agreed to an addition to the Gospel that nullifies the message.
Rome continues to show her understanding of “living faith” in the 1994 Catechism when she declares, “the very root of the Church’s living faith [is] principally by means of Baptism.” If the New Evangelicals do in fact believe the Roman Catholic concept of “living faith,” they ought logically to endorse Rome’s curse upon all who have simple faith in God’s grace, as was officially done by Rome at the Council of Trent… The real effect of the New Evangelical compromise with the Gospel is to put a stop to the evangelization of Roman Catholics across the world. If this compromise of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ is accepted, then Bible believing churches will refrain from evangelizing Catholics.
The impact on the true church in third world Catholic countries in Central and South America, in Africa, as well as in Spain, Portugal, and the Philippines, is already apparent. If this anti-Evangelical trend continues unchecked it will become ruinous to the spiritual welfare of millions of souls.
But this is exactly the policy the ECT signers promulgate when they state, We are aware that our experience reflects the distinctive circumstances and opportunities of Evangelicals and Catholics living together in North America. At the same time, we believe that what we have discovered and resolved is pertinent to the relationship between Evangelicals and Catholics in other parts of the world. and . . . it is neither theologically legitimate nor a prudent use of resources for one Christian community [church] to proselytize [evangelize] among active adherents of another Christian community.” Introduction p. 1
Since when has it been theologically illegitimate to expose error and heresy? Because these intelligent and educated men have contradicted the very Gospel of Christ, it is time to state that the biblical mandate of separation from such men must be observed! On November 12, 1997, a document entitled “The Gift of Salvation” was signed and published by Evangelical and Roman Catholic leaders. Its expressed intention was to demonstrate the “common faith” of Evangelicals and Roman Catholics, and to further “acknowledge one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.” It was published in the December 8, 1997, issue of Christianity Today.
We have reached a watershed moment in history.
Those who truly adhere to the Gospel of Christ must hold that the Gospel not only is the power of God unto salvation, but that, as such, it cannot be contaminated with any other gospel (Galatians 1:8-9). T
herefore, those who truly are ambassadors of the Gospel of Christ must separate themselves, not only from Roman Catholicism and her sacramental claims, but also must separate themselves from so-called Evangelicals who have proposed this declaration of Evangelical and Catholic unity, or have been party to it.
In the Scriptures we are warned continually to separate from brothers who are inerror.
We are considering men of our own day, some of whom have done outstanding work for the sake of the Gospel in the past. But now that these men consistently are acting as false teachers, they must be judged according as the Scripture directs us. Separation must take place. “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
In the implementation of ECT I and II, J. I. Packer and Charles Colson, together with Timothy George, have been the prime movers. It is necessary now to apply Biblical principles to these men and to those who support them. Since the Gospel of Christ has been denied in these two documents, it is therefore necessary that they be treated as brothers who are in grievous error.
In our temporal world, infectious diseases are quarantined and contaminated food is discarded, but the danger involved here is not only temporal. Ought not brothers who would deceive the saints of God and draw them away into an ecumenism that is contrary to the Gospel of Christ be separated from the saints of the Lord for their eternal safety?
God’s presence demands holiness, separation from evil. Fellowship with evil shuts out God’s gracious favor. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.”
False Teachers Then and Now
The testimony of the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures expressly forewarns God’s people of principal teachers becoming false teachers, or grievous wolves. So it was in the early days of the Church and right through history.
The Church of Rome has been the main apostate system throughout the centuries because above Scripture she has embodied “the wise and learned” and because it has been the religion of kings and rulers.
In history, as in our own day, she attracts scholars and philosophers, writers and businessmen. She has a form of godliness, notwithstanding errors, impieties, superstitions, and idolatries. And she has engaged well-known teachers and pastors to lend the weight of their fleshly credit to her soul-destroying errors. Even so, the Lord warned of false prophets in sheep’s clothing that are really ravening wolves.
Leaving off sound doctrine is so serious that we are told, “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”
The infallible Spirit of God testifies to the danger of apostasy. The Apostle Paul cautioned the elders of the church of Ephesus about “grievous wolves . . . not sparing the flock.” The same warning is given by the Apostle Peter calling those who would bring in damnable heresies, “false teachers”. There are a number of unequivocal warnings in the New Testament from the Lord Jesus Christ, and His Apostles, that a serious decline from the revealed truths of the Gospel would occur even among professed disciples. It cannot be held that these warnings were only for the first days of the Christian faith!
They are directly pertinent to all believers living through New Covenant times. In the present day religious climate it is politically incorrect to say that any man has fallen into error, and is acting the part of a false teacher or prophet. It is as though even these clear warnings were only for a certain period of early church history, and not for us.
It is for us, however, to fear the All Holy God and obey his commandment to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”, and to “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel”.
J. I. Packer like a modern Pied Piper is leading many thousands of Evangelicals astray. Charles Colson, Bill Bright, Mark Noll, Pat Robertson, Os Guinness, Timothy George, and T.M. Moore to mention just a few of the more prominent New Evangelicals have publicly denied the Gospel in endorsing the anti-biblical terms, and the erroneous doctrinal concepts of the Church of Rome. All together, they are falsely identifying Catholics as “our brothers and sisters in Christ”, thereby reinforcing the tragic and catastrophic delusion of these poor souls and denying them the substance of saving truth! Unless there is some public repentance, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ must not only separate from these men, but also go on to pray that the Lord would vindicate His Truth!
Since it is the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and His glorious Gospel that is at stake here, we are commanded in the words of the Apostle to “stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.” May the God of all grace who “worketh all things after the counsel of his own will” regarding even this present perversion the Gospel, bring forth a clarity of the Gospel in which His name will be glorified and souls will be saved.
There is a story about someone that went to an Emergent festival that has some of the usual heretics as speakers. They include Brian McLaren, Jay Bakker, Shaine Claiborne, Doug Pagitt, Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo and Franky Schaeffer. There is also a long article with many references about the mixing of Christianity and Islam.
Many of our Evangelical leaders want us to believe that Muslims worship the same God as Christians. Some very big names in Evangelical Christianity have signed on to the heresy that Jehovah and Allah are the very same God.
Rick Warren and Bill Hybels are two of them, and of course the Emergent crowd leaders are also among them. I guess over half of Evangelical Christianity has hitched their wagon to one of these three influences alone. It seems to me that the Harlot of Revelation chapter 17 is coming together in Protestantism from the church growth, seeker friendly and emergent crowd.
Tony Blair is here working on that merger through His Interfaith foundation. And yeah, Rick Warren also sits on that board. Not to mention that Warren also belongs to the globalist CFR. Seems that Warren has his face on every postmodern socialist agenda but that does not seem to stop mainstream Evangelicals from continuing to support him? I am trying to think of the type of people that Rick Warren has been supporting from his platform and in his endorsements recently. I suppose that would include just about everyone but those Bible thumping fundamentalists that Warren thinks are a danger along with those that muse over any soon fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Warren supports working with Muslims and Catholic leaders to carry out his socialist world peace plan but it does not contain the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Warren along with Hybels and Schuller has been the daddy of the seeker friendly church growth model where you hide the gospel until some opportune time that usually never comes. Warren endorses the postmodern heretical Emergent Church movement and he has endorsed Worth of Faith heretics. Not to mention that his Daniel Plan presents to Christendom one Christian heretic, one Muslim and one Pagan Guru.
They apparently have the health and lifestyle answers that have eluded the Church. We will not even get into Warren’s political hobnobbing. It just seems to me that Warren’s face is on just about anything that detracts from good biblical doctrine.
Yet, mainstream evangelicals still think that Rick Warren is their man to study and follow?
I also see on the Apprising website that the Key Note speaker at BGEA Billy Graham Evangelical Association in the 2011 meeting is a Word of Faith preacher? Last I heard, there were 21 people on the BGEA board of directors so one might think that 11 out of 21 of these Evangelicals would actually get it?
Rob Bell wrote a book teaching Universalism and his book has gone to the top of the Christian best sellers list? Excuse me if I do not promote it by mentioning the Books name. You might think that Mars Hill would now at least take the word “Bible church” out of their church name since they are not a Bible Church when they redefine what it says to what they want to believe? But I guess you cannot expect any honesty coming from postmodern Emergent liberals anymore that you can get honesty from postmodern political liberals.
Everything is about their emotions and their feelings rather than absolute truths. In other words, they think God is either like them or should be like them. They define God through their worldly wisdom. It is something like the pot telling the potter to become dirt or they will refuse to hold His water.
This is just a sample of what is going on in evangelical Christianity today. The great apostasy of our American evangelicals is taking place right before our eyes and few see it