Many others have written of the New Age, mysticism health fest at Rick Warren’s church Jan 15th. Lighthouse Trails did a great job of covering the event and exposing the apostasy that is running rampant. I could blog the same thing and warn of the growing apostasy in the church but if you won’t be moved by the other discernment blogs out there why be moved by mine?
What concerns me is the lack of response from those who call themselves “Bereans” or bible believing fundamentalists. What does John Piper have to say now about Rick Warren’s theology? What about Chuck Swindoll or Charles Stanley? Has John MacArthur made a statement on this yet? Where are the men of God with a backbone like the prophet Jeremiah who will stand up and denounce this blatant perverseness for what it is?
And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 1 Kings 18:21 KJV
It’s time the shepherds of God’s flock quit halting between two opinions – either you are for or against New Age mysticism and apostasy. Be a man of God and tell us where you stand.
My daily reading today was 1 Kings 23-25 which tells of King Josiah’s reforms following his personal revival upon hearing the word of God read aloud.
2Ki 23:2-3 ESV
(2) And the king went up to the house of the LORD, and with him all the men of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the priests and the prophets, all the people, both small and great. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant that had been found in the house of the LORD.
(3) And the king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people joined in the covenant.
What follows in chapter 23 is a description of all the various idols and abominations found in Judah and the southern parts of Israel. Asherah, which were wooden poles with the image of Asheroth a female goddess of the Phoenicians, Baal, Molech (the god of the Ammonites who demanded child sacrifices) and Chemosh the god of the Moabites.
Also found were horse stables near the Temple for use in sun worship as well as booths or tents for prostitution in the courtyard of the Temple! The curse of this idolatry was so bad that even with the reforms of Josiah, within a few short years God let the Babylonians ransack Jerusalem in His wrath.
While all the above is a great lesson in bible history, its application for today is on target. Many are crying out today for revival or even claiming that revival has come yet no reforms have been made concerning the idolatry within the camp.
Those who are truly revived by the word of God should rise up and destroy the false worship and idolatry within the Church today. The New Age teaching of portals, orbs, false angels, feathers and gold dust must go. Mysticism as practiced by the catholic church has no place in God’s house. The world’s philosophy known as postmodernism and its adherents known as the Emerging Church need to be rooted out and their dust sprinkled on the unclean cemeteries.
It is no longer enough to agree that such things are an abomination to God – we must be like King Josiah and destroy the false worship that is prevalent in our evangelical midst. God hates evil and so must we.
In an article today, Christianity Today has an article about the downfall of the Crystal Cathedral. One paragraph in particular jumped out at me.
Robert H. Schuller’s famous Crystal Cathedral was built on a foundation of self-esteem. In a 1984 interview with Christianity Today, Schuller said that when he came to Garden Grove, California, in 1955, he asked himself, "What human condition exists here that I can have a mission to?" His answer was "emotional hunger." "Because of that," he said, "we have developed our present ministry." (emphasis mine)
What was the foundation of Schuller’s ministry? Himself. The question was never what does God want me to do in this town or with this church nor even what does the bible say I should do as a pastor – but what do I think would be a good hook to get people to come?
The author goes on to state,
Robert Schuller is not the problem—contemporary evangelicalism is. Schuller was only leading the parade of those who believe they are responsible for making the gospel relevant. The lesson is not that Schuller got it wrong or that his theology is out-of-date; it is not that we just need to find a better, more current point of cultural contact. The lesson is that our attempts to find and exploit a point of cultural contact inevitably end in bankruptcy.
While others may comment on the rather hypocritical stand of Christianity Today when for years it was the herald of the culturally relevant crowd, I am nevertheless bothered that no one has read the fairly obvious warning of Scripture:
4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
James 4:4 (ESV)
Seems rather clear to me.
Darrel Falk of BioLogos Blog is a proponent of making evangelicalism palatable to the scientific community, ergo, compromising the issue of creation. Besides personally attacking Dr. Albert Mohler of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he also attacks what is considered classical, orthodox, Protestantism while claiming to remain an evanglical.
The third enormous challenge relates to the fact that the theological issues associated with evolutionary creation seem so huge to so many evangelicals. Will we ever be able to show the followers of Albert Mohler, John MacArthur and others that Christian theology doesn’t stand or fall on how we understand Genesis 1 or the question of whether Adam and Eve were the sole genetic progenitors of the human race? These are extremely critical issues to many and the task of showing in a convincing manner that evangelical theology doesn’t depend on the age of the earth, and it doesn’t depend upon whether Adam was made directly from dust will likely take decades before it will be convincing to all. The Church did eventually accept heliocentricity, but the theological issues (at least to many individuals), seem so much greater this time. The task will not be easy.
To anyone trained in the academic science of theology, the above statement is ludicrous. Theology doesn’t stand or fall based on the truthful of Genesis 1-3? Seriously?
During the announcements at church this morning, I managed to jot down a few ideas on the back of the bulletin.
- Theology proper – God’s sovereignty is immediately called into question if He is indeed not the Creator of the universe. His character is also deeply flawed as He would be a liar if Genesis 1-3 isn’t true.
- The doctrine of Scripture – In Matt 19:4-6, Jesus reaffirms the Mosaic authorship of Genesis and its use as a proper and truthful document. Specifically, Jesus quotes from Gen 2:23-24 which reaffirms that God did indeed create male and female.
- Anthropology – if God did not create mankind, then He has no right to decree or command man to do anything. Mankind is subject to God exactly because God is our Creator. God has the right to ordain laws for us to obey. Furthermore, the doctrine of sin is completely obliterated without Genesis 1-3.
While this list is by no means thorough or complete, it should provide a platform for discussion of just how wrong Mr. Falk is.