For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2 Timothy 4:3-4

The Altars Of Baal

Here is some sadly needed wisdom for the largely undiscerning Evangelical community from A.W. Tozer:

Any evangelism which by appeal to common interests and chatter about current events seeks to establish a common ground where the sinner can feel at home is as false as the altars of Baal ever were. Every effort to smooth out the road for men and to take away the guilt and the embarrassment is worse than wasted: it is evil and dangerous to the souls of men!

One of the most popular of current errors, and the one out of which springs most of the noisy, blustering religious activity in evangelical circles, is the notion that as times change the church must change with them. Christians must adapt their methods by the demands of the people. If they want ten-minute sermons, give them ten-minute sermons! If they want truth in capsule form, give it to them! If they want pictures, give them plenty of pictures! If they like stories, tell them stories!

Meanwhile, the advocates of compromise insist that “The Message is the same, only the method changes.” What a tragedy that in our day we often hear the gospel appeal made in this way: “Come to Jesus! You do not have to obey anyone. You do not have to give up anything. Just come to Him as Savior and make Him Lord later!” The fact that we hear this everywhere does not make it right! To urge men and women to believe in a divided Christ is horrid teaching.

“Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad,” the old Greeks said, and they were wiser than they knew. That mentality which mistakes Sodom for Jerusalem and Hollywood for the Holy City is too gravely astray to be explained otherwise than as a judicial madness visited upon professed Christians for affronts committed against the Spirit of God!

Food For Contemplation

With the above written decades ago, do you who are leaders within the purpose driven emerging church of the new Christianity really think the Lord sleeps? When will men finally realize that this is God’s world and He will do with it what He will? And yet men like Rick Warren and Brian McLaren and Joel Osteen continue to follow in the footsteps of the Devil’s deadly spiritual double-play combination of Peale to Schuller to Billy Hybels – “True Christianity is Out!”

Well, here’s a little something for you boys to meditate on that will be much more enlightening than a Zen koan. See if you can figure out what Christ is telling those of you who would dare cripple Christians in His Name:

“Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers!”