Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My Seven Biggest Evangelical Heresies List

Here's my list of the seven worst heresies in the evangelical churches today.  I've tracked these for ten years now and am shocked at how fast the majority of evangelical churches in America have fallen into one or more of these.   I've listed them in order as to how much they are affecting and infecting churches and Christians. The first three are the most influential ones, with number one, IMO, being the worst.

1. Emergent (now more and more being called Progressive Christianity)
When postmodern philosophy combines with Christianity.  It also includes Marxist libertation theology, medieval and some current Roman Catholic mysticism, and Eastern Hindu-Buddhist thought and practices.  It employs something called Deconstructionism and Poststructuralism which is the "sometimes bizarre"  interpretative and "political correctness"  of postmodern philosophy (Foucault, Derrida, et. al.).

2. Seeker Sensitive
This is basically humanist psychology combined with Christianity to create "Christianity-lite."  It  plays the numbers game.  In other words, how many people can we get into the church employing these teachings and methods?

3. Contemplative Spirituality
This is simply Eastern meditation disguised as Christian meditation, but it's not, and it's dangerous.  This is flooding into our Christian colleges and seminaries, often as required courses. It's also  showing up in church Sunday School curriculums for children, from formerly good publishers.

4. Third-Wave Charismatic/NAR (the New Apostolic Reformation)/Charismatic "revivals"
Some of this borders on the occult and these people really need to just get back to foundational Pentecostalism and then slowly go from there. Thank goodness this is beginning to die out.

5. Open Theism or the Open View (Process Theology)
God doesn't quite know the future as much as we thought. He's also in a learning process just like we are.

6. The Christian Right
Conservative church political groups.  Thankfully, it's dying fast and mostly has older followers.

7.  The Christian Left
Sadly, this is rising, although thankfully, not as fast as I first thought.  Attracts mostly younger Christians, who hopefully will see through it as radical Marxist thought.

I noticeably left out Word of Faith teaching.  This is because I still maintain that much of it is very good when presented correctly. But the Word Faith community needs to throw out the bad stuff (i.e.  the worst part of the Prosperity message),  balance the teaching more, have better trained pastors and better authority over them.


Thursday, August 08, 2013

The "Quiet" Revival

I have felt for many years that the next big revival will be rather "quiet."   When I read the following, I realized that the vision I saw was very similar to what is described here in Wales.

Richard Taylor of Victory Church in Cwmbram, Wales, is more concerned with actual fruit from the current outpouring than spiritual hype. (Clive Price)
“Don’t fall over. Don’t expect an appeal for cash. Don’t follow celebrity preachers.” These are not the usual announcements at revival meetings. But they’re part of the message from the so-called “Welsh Outpouring.”

Leaders of the nightly events at Victory Church in Cwmbran, Wales, steer away from the big claims of other renewals, though they report more than 300 conversions in six weeks. They also have muted references to money and manifestations and have placed an emphasis on all ages, not just youth

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Great Quote

Great quote from Paul Washer:

Christianity is a “truth” religion. When its truth becomes undefined, Christianity becomes vague and powerless. Even worse, it quickly becomes syncretistic and absorbed with worldly culture.


Friday, June 28, 2013

Great Quote from Michael Brown about Today's Pastors

In talking about today's pastors, Michael Brown writes,
Where are the courageous, uncompromising firebrands among us today? Sadly, they are few and far between.  In the past, we were willing to be revolutionary; today we want to be relevant. We used to be principled; today we are pragmatic. Once we were prophetic; today we are professional. We used to follow a kingdom model; now we follow a business model.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Great Quote from John Wesley

"Before I can preach love and grace, I must preach sin, law and judgement."

.....John Wesley

Monday, May 27, 2013

What a Spirit-Visited Church Looks Like

Peter Smythe has an excellent description of what church might look like if the Spirit actually showed up.

I wish we had a church like this where I live. I mean, is it too much to ask for such a church within 20 minutes of me where about one million people live?  I guess so.  Welcome to the 21st century American church.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The 100 Year Pattern-Epilogue

We've seen that about every hundred years the same pattern occurs in the American evangelical churches and leadership.
-After a revival, it begins to peter off during the third generation and finally allows heresy into the churches and Christian organizations during the fourth and fifth generations.
-The heresy is always the same, in the philosophical language of the day since it follows the worldly philosophy of the day.
-The heresy always has the same elements, although it can insert new ones as it mirrors the current philosophical thought. These heretical elements include, a softening and then ultimate denial of original sin, the substitutionary, redemptive atonement for the individual, the Bible as the Word of God, the virgin birth and divinity of Christ, miracles and healings, etc.
-The heresy replaces the above list with such things as, Jesus as a moral example, "the Bible has some good things to say but don't take any of it literally;" People are essentially good and just need a "hand up;" Jesus came as a moral example, or to bring social justice, or to bring revolution, etc.

-After the heresy begins there is a revival that God brings.  These true revivals consist of conviction of sin, mass conversions and often supernatural gifts such as healing.
-The timing, beginning with the heresy and ending with the revivals, span 50 years and usually begin in the '90s and go into the next century through the 40s. The exception so far was the pattern in the late 19th century which began in the 1870s and ended in the 1920s.
-Often occultism, masked as the Holy Spirit, will enter churches.  This is happening en masse today through something called "contemplative spirituality."
- Denominational and parachurch leaders usually don't "get it" as they refuse to step in and stop the heresy. This could be due to ignorance of the true situations and/or worrying about people leaving their churches.
This is particularly worrying to me because the really only effective way to stop these heresies is through the leadship.  If they do not deal with it because of ignorance, or they are playing the church numbers and power games, then there is little pastors and congregants can do except to band together and threaten to leave the denomination.  I find that always gets denominational leaders' attention (that is, in the evangelical churches.  It doesn't seem to get the attention of leaders of liberal denominations). A very interesting case in point happened in 1999 in the Assemblies of God denomination.  Several of their pastors were very concerned about this so-called revival coming into their churches (i.e. Brownsville AG in Pensacola, FL).  They tried to get their denominational leaders to listen but to no effect.  They felt that these "revival" churches were making the Latter Rain heresy mistake that the AG went through in the late 1940s.  In other words, they were simply trying to get their denomination back to their faith statement.  This, then, is the real problem.  Leaders allow their churches to stray far, far away from their faith statments, which usually are basd on major Biblical passages and doctrine. So, at their 1999 convention, these pastors offered a resolution (Resolution 18) which simply ws really asking their denomination to simply follow the point about the Latter Rain doctrine that was passed in 1949 and was a part of their Statement of Faith.  I think it is very sad when pastors have to instruct their denominational leaders about their own Statment of Faith, but that is what is happening today, and in every one of these eras.

I would appreciate commnets as to how we can resolve this problem.  Do we all need to walk out of our churches? Stay and hope for the best?  And where do we go if we leave?  So many churches are into this stuff today, in some areas of the country like mine, it is almost impossible to find a good church.