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?
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