Major Church Leaders Compromise; Ignore Scripture; And Twist The Gospel Message

14 Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?… 17 Therefore come out from among them, and be separate says the Lord.  Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.  2 Cor. 6:14, 17

 

Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.  2 John 1:9-11

 

There has been a continuing paradigm shift in the evangelical denominations for quite a few years now.  The New Evangelical movement continues it degrading influence on the church by marching to the drumbeat of “ecumenicalism”, rejection of the doctrine of separation in favor of “unity”, and a big tent philosophy much in line with what the emergent church crowd likes.  But this is not, nor has it ever been a biblical approach.  Yet it seems even the major leaders from most evangelical denominations and Christian universities of today just don’t get it.


Our Lord Jesus Christ was not about the business of trying to correct all the social ills in His day, or making sure that wealth was equally distributed, nor did he get involved in political causes to make sure everyone got “their fair share.”  He came to “seek and save that which was lost.”  He came to correct the “heart ills.”  That was His mission, and yet national “evangelical” leaders from many denominations have lost focus on the true Gospel, and have gotten on the bandwagon of the fake social justice gospel.  Christ did not command the disciples to “go and bring social justice to the earth”, but to go and “teach all nations, baptizing them… and teaching them all He has commanded them and to obey those commands.”

 

As the saying goes, the road to hell is often paved with good intentions.  On June 12, something happened that further shows the compromise with the world that the leaders of the Church of the Nazarene, and practically every major “evangelical” denomination, have taken.  A new group called The Evangelical Immigration Table announced a joint effort amongst most evangelical denominations and leading Christian organizations, to work in “solving” our national immigration problems (i.e. amnesty for illegal aliens).  Never mind that many Christians disagree with the political aims of this group and that their ideas are the same liberal ideas about “fairness and compassion” to illegal aliens, at the expense of citizens and legal residents.
I absolutely refuse to be categorized as an “evangelical Christian” along with any of the men and women associated with this group.

 

So when looking closely at those who are part of this group and have signed on to its goals, I cannot come away from this with anything but disgust and disappointment again at my own denomination’s general superintendents- all six of them this time, as well as other “evangelical” leaders who have become a part of this new ecumenical endeavor.  It is very disappointing to see Focus on the Family and other groups like them also getting involved in this effort.

 

From Brannon Howse’s website, Worldview Weekend:

 

Radicals and “evangelicals” unite to push for amnesty for illegal aliens.  On June 12, 2012, a Focus on the Family representative, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Neo-Marxist Jim Wallis joined others for a press conference as part of the “Evangelical Immigration Table”. Sadly, the president or General Superintendent of almost every major “evangelical” denomination has signed on to this project. Brannon believes that so many “evangelical” leaders signing on to this, and other such unbiblical projects, reveals that God is giving over America as described in Romans 1 and giving America the kind of leaders it deserves. Romans 1 describes leaders that are debased, which means they do not pass the test spiritually, and leaders that are undiscerning.”

Brannon explains why he believes this is one more unbiblical spiritual enterprise that is a perfect example of the Religious Trojan horse that has infiltrated evangelicalism. Brannon also explains how the communists are embracing an amnesty plan as well in order to push through their progressive agenda. The communists must be thrilled that so many “evangelicals” have become such “useful idiots” and are aiding in their same objective of amnesty for millions that will vote for a progressive agenda. Clearly the word “evangelical” means nothing if Jim Wallis is called an evangelical. Additionally, those taking part in this initiative redefining what it means to be a Christian as at this press conference the term “Christian” was being thrown around. Brannon plays sound clips from the press conference that includes one lady speaking of how the Holy Spirit is behind this. That is 100% false. The Holy Spirit cannot be behind that which is a violation of 2 Corinthians 6:14, 2 John 9-11, and 2 Corinthians 6:14.”

 

Please listen to the audio from Brannon’s radio show as he discusses this travesty.  Some of the most egregious violators of Biblical principles are signatories to this new endeavor, so why do six General Superintendents* of the Nazarene church not understand that we should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers and with those who pervert the Gospel into something other than what the Lord gave us?  The meaning of the word evangelical has been so perverted that it has lost its originally understood meaning.

 

The list of participants is far from Biblical Christianity.  There is Jim Wallis of Sojourners, a radical who will again appear this month at the blasphemous Wildgoose Festival.  This man is no evangelical.  Then there is Rev. Gabriel Salguerro, a Nazarene pastor from New York who is leader of the radical National Latino Evangelical Coalition, and also is a participant and promoter of the WildgooseFestival that is scheduled this week, which promotes anything but Christian values.  So why are two General Superintendents (JerryPorter and Stan Toler) on the leadership of Salguerro’s organization, and why do they continue to associate with this “pastor” after I reported to them twice on his involvement with the WildGoose party that spits on the Gospel?

 

In this group’s video news conference, you will hear Jim Wallis call this a biblical movement:

 

“Hear Neo-Marxist Jim Wallis call this movement Biblical (23:30). Brannon gives you a quick history of Jim’s radical agenda. Another speaker describes how no one is left out of God’s Kingdom vision. Again this is false. This same speaker talks of Jesus in terms of being a social justice advocate. Not one speaker described the gospel but in fact one speaker said the primary calling of the church is to love the poor and stranger. The primary objective of the Church is the proclamation of the gospel that is clearly compromised through this project.”

 

This is just another group trying to advance amnesty for illegal aliens, while stepping on the rights of law abiding citizens, and law abiding legal residents of our country.  This is not a Christian worldview that drives this.  As you listen to their press conference, it is a complete twisting of what it means to be a Christian pastor or leader, as they promote compromising of the laws of the U.S. in favor of those who break the law.

 

While that alone is insulting to those who worked so hard to come here legally, or those who are still waiting to come to the United States lawfully, it is even more appalling when so-called Christian evangelical leaders compromise biblical truth and join hands with those who have perverted and watered down the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  As you watch the press conference with the parade of “important” and “wise” leaders who think they know better than us, you will see a bunch of men and women who do not know the true meaning of the Gospel.  You will hear Rev. Salguerro as he praises person after person for their outstanding credentials.  “Professing to be wise, they have become fools”, and little do they know that the devil has them right where he wants them.

 

It would truly be inspiring if the leaders of the Church of the Nazarene (and these other denominations) would fervently spend their time fighting against all the false teachings infecting our churches and universities, than to distract themselves with unholy alliances such as this.  Yet as many of you know, they have done nothing but give empty answers to questions, or remained silent. That is a horrible failure of leadership, something which they may pay a high penalty for someday.  Instead, they continue to waste their time on trying to correct the supposed ills of society, while the real ill (the sinful heart of man) becomes more and more neglected.

 

Yet, its not too late to see their error and turn away from this unholy alliance.  Will they?

 

Manny Silva

 

 

 

For further reference:

 

Social Justice and The Bible (Mike Oppenheimer)

New Evangelicalism: Its History, Characteristics, And Fruit (David Cloud)

 

 

*Nazarenes who have signed on with this group:

Eugénio Duarte, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene

David Graves, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene

Jesse Middendorf, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene

Jerry D. Porter, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene

Stan Toler, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene

J. K. Warrick, General Superintendent, Church of the Nazarene

Corlis McGee, President, Eastern Nazarene College

 

Others who have signed on (full list at their website):

 

JoAnne Lyon, General Superintendent, The Wesleyan Church

William J. Hamel, President, Evangelical Free Church of America

George Wood, General Superintendent, General Council of the Assemblies of God

Bryant Wright, President, Southern Baptist Convention

Ken Hunn, Executive Director, The Brethren Church

Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals

 

Bill Hybels, Founding and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church (South Barrington, IL)

Max Lucado, Minister of Preaching, Oak Hills Church (San Antonio, TX)

David Uth, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church (Orlando, FL)

Shane Claiborne, Emergent leader, Author and Activist

Andy Crouch, Author and Editor-at-Large, Christianity Today

David Neff, Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today

Eric Metaxas, Author

Danny Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Richard J. Mouw, President, Fuller Theological Seminary

Shirley Mullen, President, Houghton College

Mathew Staver, Dean, Liberty University School of Law

Dennis Hollinger, President, Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary

Richard Stearns, President, World Vision U.S.

Ed Stetzer, President, Lifeway Research

 

Heads of the Evangelical Immigration Table

·  Leith Anderson, President, National Association of Evangelicals

·  Stephan Bauman, President and CEO, World Relief

·  David Beckmann, President, Bread for the World

·  Noel Castellanos, CEO, Christian Community Development Association

·  Luis Cortés, President, Esperanza

·  Richard Land, President, Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission

·  Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

·  Gabriel Salguero, President, National Latino Evangelical Coalition

·  Jim Wallis, President and CEO, Sojourners

 

 

Here is the group’s stated goals:

As evangelical Christian leaders, we call for a bipartisan solution on immigration that:

  • Respects the God-given dignity of every person
  • Protects the unity of the immediate family
  • Respects the rule of law
  • Guarantees secure national borders
  • Ensures fairness to taxpayers
  • Establishes a path toward legal status and/or citizenship for those who qualify and who wish to become permanent residents

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18 responses to “Major Church Leaders Compromise; Ignore Scripture; And Twist The Gospel Message

  1. I appreciate this blog, the Concerned Nazarene and Concerned Christian sites. They have helped me enormously to recover from the trauma I suffered within the halls for “deceit and fraud” ie, the COTN.

    We, who have been driven away, say we are ‘contending for the faith’, and so we are.

    But, the funeral procession has begun. Is it time to bury our dead and pay last respects to the COTN and move on with the task?

    Maybe it is time for a split or schism – or a NEW beginning?

    Because the defense of the Gospel with these folks is starting to smell dead.

    Respectfully (and I hope this made sense…because I am serious). Is there a place we can gather our resources and move forward?

  2. TOTALLY agreed with previous commenter. The leadership have unanimously and publicly made their alliances. This denomination is under judgment – all we can do now is warn our loved ones to FLEE from evil and GET OUT!

  3. Yes it is called ‘going independent’ It is time to leave the institutional church behind (II Cor 6: 14-7:1) I am now attending an independent Church, it wasn’t easy finding one but we feel God has directed here at Harvest time Church were God’s word is our guide not some manual that can be changed at every whim. Remember Matt 18:20 God doesn’t need more denominations He needs more faithful Christians
    Grady Roundtree

  4. This is a POLITICAL issue. It is time for those who are writing these blogs claiming that those who oppose them are biblically unsound and false teachers to stop the divisive writing. Don’t agree with the immigration policies? That is fine. But quit using these as a way to define those who are sound in doctrine and those who are not. Want to start a new denomination? You are free to do so. Not happy with the direction of the church? Then please do something other than divide for the sake of division. We are spending our time fighting over STUPID things! And in the meantime, real issues are not being dealt with.

  5. Hello Guest. You did not identify yourself by name, so I guess you are guest. Would you mind letting us know who you are? Anyway, a Christian does not turn off his Christianity when dealing with politics or anything else- THAT is a red herring.

    Secondly, if you could please identify specifically what are the “real issues”. I do not know if you ever posted here before, but please let us all know what the “real issues” are, and what you propose to do about those real issues- such as the false teaching we have identified in the denomination.

    You don’t sound too biblically knowledgeable as to what REALLY divides the church, and why. When those who believe in the Bible identify and call out those who are perverting the Bible and dividing the church with their false teaching- that is where we find who really divides the church. And it’s a good thing when the false teachers are identified, so the true believers can separate from them. That is proper biblical division.

    Learn your Bible first- then come back and defend this endeavor biblically.

    Manny Silva

  6. Manny, I know my Bible. I am an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. One that you have refused to correspond with in the past. Politics are not separated from our beliefs. However, where in the Bible are we taught that illegal immigration is a theological issue? Where in the Bible are we told that the church leaders who recognize that we need to do something about illegal immigration other than simply throwing their innocent children out of the country should be ridiculed by those who claim to be Christians? Isaiah 6 God tells his people that God looked for justice and saw innocent bloodshed. He looked for righteousness and didn’t find it. Jesus taught us to care for the poor, visit those in prison, give water to the thirsty. He taught us to be the good samaritan who helped one in obvious need of help.

    Jesus never addresses immigration. But he does tell us to love one another (those in the church) and to love our enemies (those who persecute us) and to love our neighbors (everyone who doesn’t fall into the other two categories.) Immigration policies are not directly addressed by the Bible. Justice is. What a waste of time to blast our leaders for signing on to a statement that says something needs to be done and in the process people need to be dealt with with integrity and love.

    The real issues? Our ministers who hold to the false belief that one can be homosexual and a Christian. Open theism. The division within the church that is being driven by the “witch hunts” because a church is “contemporary” in their worship style or because a church uses advent candles as a way to teach their congregation that Jesus Christ is the hope, peace, joy, and our Way. The real issues are not those that are linked in the minds of many to liberalism or conservatism. (By the way, both political parties are in the wrong on much of the issues of our country.) The real issues are found when we hold beliefs that are contrary to what is taught in the Bible.

    John Versaw

  7. Isn’t that passage from 2 Corinthians actually about not participating in idolatry? It’s actually Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth who had divisions among themselves. It is encouragement to separate themselves from folks who worship false idols. It’s not talking about different groups of people who claim Christ.

    Secondly, doesn’t the Bible affirm that all peoples are created in the image of God? Is there any biblical support to suggest on nation’s citizens should be favored over another?

  8. Sorry John, I don’t remember refusing to correspond with you in the past, and I have no record of attempts by you to contact me. You are not on my email records, so frankly I don’t know what you are talking about.

    You say these signers are just insisting that something needs to be done? I agree. How about such as enforcing the laws that are on the books and closing the borders- unless you are in favor of open borders and lawlessness. How about insisting that people need to apply to come into this country LEGALLY, as many of my friends have done, as my father did years ago- and waited patiently. And are you in favor of the immorality of allowing illegal aliens a free pass, while those waiting to come legally are held up for years? Are you in favor of giving job permits to illegals, while this country has such a high unemployment rate? That is immoral, that shows a lack of love and integrity and compassion. So don’t preach to us about that. Yes, the way we handle illegal immigration can clearly be guided by biblical principles. You just don’t agree I guess.

    Finally, another red herring you threw out there: that we are on a witch hunt regarding worship style or advent candles. It’s a lot more than that, if you have been following this blog. I am glad to see we agree on some of the things I have been fighting. I hope you are preaching against these things to your congregation and maning them aware of the evil that has come into our denomination, and which our leadership is doing nothing about.

    As far as these men associating with anyone that calls themselves Christian, in an endeavor that they clearly state is a spiritual endeavor, is a violation of Scripture, of which I already made a reference to in my post.

    Manny

  9. Keith,

    You are suggesting we should have open borders and let everyone into the country, and as a result chaos and anarchy? Our nation lives by a set of laws, and if we should allow anyone at all to come in, then let’s pass laws to do just that. Otherwise, let’s enforce the laws so that our citizens and legal residents- who follow the law- are not stepped by those who are breaking the law and taking their jobs. That is immoral.

    The biblical principle of separation is evident in many passages. You can look that up on my blog, or I can also give you some links to excellent explanations of that principle.

    Thank you for your comments.

  10. And again the entire argument is couched in false terms by those who are for illegal immigration.

    Before launching into my response, I have to say that I am very surprised and very disappointed at the sight of the names of Bill Hybels, Richard Stearns, and Max Lucado as apparent endorsers of this movement. I don’t know the motives of these men in going along with this, but I certainly hope it is not for the purpose of simply gaining more members of congregations or for seeking the praise of men over God. Again, disappointing to see this.

    First of all, those who favor amnesty for illegals are in direct violation of Romans chapter 13, in which Paul clearly states that Christians are subject to the laws of their government. This includes abiding by the laws regarding legal and illegal immigration. Christians do not have the right to ignore the laws of their governments, with the exception being government laws which [i]clearly[/i] run contrary to what God has commanded or forbid.

    Second, too many who are pro-illegal turn this into a racial or social justice issue, and this completely ignores the issue. The issue is not about whether or not people from other countries come to this country; the issue is whether or not these people [i]legally[/i] enter this country. There is a legal, formal process for anybody who wishes to enter this country. Anybody who undergoes this process successfully should be allowed into this country regardless of ethnicity, plain and simple.

    But there is all the difference between a person coming into your house at your invitation and with your permission through the front door versus somebody coming in through your side window without your permission. The laws governing entrance and immigration into this country (and all other countries) are placed there for the safety of the citizens of that country, and we do not have the right to break those rules in the name of social justice. We are not permitted to do wrong in order to get a chance to do right. There is no glorifying God in breaking the laws of the state for a political statement, or in the name of “compassion” when in truth that compassion can be administered in other ways and venues more appropriate and scriptural.

  11. Thanks for going out of your way to write an extended explanation, it is just too tiring sometimes to keep explaining the obvious regarding illegal immigration.

  12. This passage also comes to mind: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3)

  13. Manny, this post is a little long and I apologize, and will understand if you do not post.

    O.B., Thanks for the video link for Focus on the Family’s rationale where Tom Minnert discusses Immigration reform with Carrie Gordon Earll. As their spokesperson Tom sees the immigration problem mainly as a family issue. I contend that the problem is much larger than that and cannot be solved by simply separating the family into a category by itself. His vision to obtain legal status is that, if invited they will come out of the shadow and make amends or restitution by paying some sort of fine, is wishful thinking. His solution to boundary control is naive because the laws about hiring illegals are already on the books and are not working in stopping border crossings.

    For what it is worth, I believe that the Church (at large) including the COTN is being sucked into this notion that the social evils of our society should now become a major focus of the Church to engage its time and resources for social justice at the expense of lost souls. And yet Jesus avoided being trapped by those of his day and become sidetracked from the task that He was called to do. Mark [12: 14 – 17] “Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words. When they had come, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, we know that You are true, and care about no one; for You do not regard the person of men, but teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? Shall we pay, or shall we not pay?’ But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, ‘Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius that I may see it.’ So they brought it. And He said to them, ‘Whose image and inscription is this?’ They said to Him, ‘Caesar’s.’ And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.’ And they marveled at Him.” Satan loves it when we engage in unwinnable causes and lose sight of what is real. This is what the devil tried to do through the Pharisees to do.

    I know some quote Jesus in Matthew [25: 35- 40] saying; I was hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, sick, and in prison, etc. to validate social justice within the Church. The truth is Jesus knew we could not cure all the world’s social ills and never meant this to become a banner of religious authority for one’s spiritual approval or salvation. He would not have said that you will always have the poor with you. Jesus was instructing His disciples to personally, one on one, to help those who have need, and in this way show the love of God in hopes of bringing them to Christ. I have read where some quote Wesley as engaging in socialism and they hold him up as their banner of justification because of his charitable deeds. Let me assure you Wesley’s social deeds were guided first and foremost for the love of lost souls being saved.

    I personally believe the home Church, as a body, should adopt the same principles that our missionaries are instructed to keep while on the foreign field, and that is not to be involved in the countries politics, their job is to present the gospel and win souls to Christ. What is more important to the Church Souls or chasing the wind? I do not need to remind our leaders that those who go to hell will never get out, their names will not even be remembered, and they will burn for eternity. I ask you where should the Church spend its time, talent, and resources?

  14. lige,

    Don’t forget that the passage in Matthew 25 you cited is with regard to believers treating other believers, not people in general. Note the phrase “inasmuch as you have done it to the least of these, MY BRETHREN, you have done it to me.”

    I was shocked to hear the pastor at the Nazarene church I formerly attended use this verse as a pretext for doing good to all people, when that is not at all what the text states. But in light of the fact that that particular Nazarene church seems to be going in the direction of “social justice” and “works righteousness” in its focus, I cannot say that I’m surprised.

    When the gospel is not central to the doctrine of the Church, that church will begin to drift.

    Check out the book “The Juvenilization of American Christianity,” it goes a long way in explaining how churches got off track in this matter.

  15. Enterthevein,

    It is true as you pointed out the primary teaching of the Scripture found in Matthew particular v. 40 ‘In as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me” is for the believer. I did not wish to imply otherwise. It is however an excellent motive to practice charity as God gives opportunity as John instructs in 3 John [1:5] “Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers,” illustrates a labor of love.
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