and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12, NASB)

But Attacking The Veracity Of The Bible Begins The Rapid Slide To Apostasy

In his book The Church on the Other Side leading Emerging Church theologian, and postliberal prophet, Guru Brian McLaren performs his usual “service” of first clouding the issues before he tells us about what he considers to be a very poor example for leading a church. McLaren refers to this dastardly type of pastor as “the know-it-all-Bible-answer-man model.” Hmm, anyone remember what renowned defender of historic orthodox Christianity, Dr. Walter Martin (1928-1989), was known as via the radio program Hank Hanegraaff has since driven into the ditch?

To be fair, McLaren does allude he isn’t speaking of Martin; but this is typical McLarenesque double-speak because Martin held the very view that McLaren is urinating upon. However, even as he so masterfully knocks down his little pet straw men McLaren, for those who can still think, is only revealing his own bias against the final authority of Holy Scripture i.e. Sola Scriptura when he informs us:

This is the leader who led by knowledge, who made life sound so simple if you merely live by “biblical principles”… For him, there was a simple formula for everything,…this kind of leader in the old church gained power through esoteric [O please!] knowledge…this church leader often promised to remove mystery through research,… Think of—demystified principles and doctrine, even less interesting than microscope slides. (110, emphasis mine)

McLaren then shows us what the flawed philosophy of postmodernism is really all about at it heinous heart—rebellion against authority—when the Emergent cult leader says, “in our postmodern world, most of us have come to realize that God, the Bible, life, and Christianity—like Heisenberg’s particles—are wild nonconformists. And we distrust anyone who tries to prove otherwise (111, emphasis mine). Well Swami McLaren, we who are genuine Christians willingly conform to what Christ says; and so concerning “anyone,” with this being an all inclusive term, we would now have to even include Jesus among those “conformists” whom we now “distrust.

You see, Christ Himself proves “otherwise” telling us — “If you love Me, you will obey what I command” (John 14:15) as He did God the Father; and then the Son also leads us by knowledge — “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent” (John 17:3). Oops, we also have to “distrust” God the Holy Spirit too because He Personally inspired — “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13). You may mark my words; throughout history whenever you see men who have denigrated the Word of God, in any way, it isn’t long before the Lord abandons them—completely.

No; don’t be fooled by these new Gnostics with their deluded dreams of some so-called new reformation [read: de-formation] of Emergence Christianity. If you don’t think men like McLaren have an agenda, and that they think they are correct in their warped view of God’s Kingdom, then you really haven’t been listening too well. But the following from Charles Spurgeon, concerning apostate Roman Catholicism and the original Cult of Liberal Theology, remains just as true for this Emerging Ecumenical Church of Deceit:

A multitude of good men may meet together, and they may, in their judgement, propound a dogma and assert it to be [true]…but if the dogma was not authorized [by Jesus] long before they decided it—if it was not written in the Book—the decision of the learned council [or some Emerging Church] amounts to nothing. (At the Master’s Feet, July 25)

Today there is growing talk about apostasy, which gives an appearance of having only recently being ignited within the visible church of our Lord. For many, it seems, this falling away from Biblical authority has suddenly exploded onto the scene as if by a spiritual match tossed onto the gasoline of Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM), with its paralyzing of critical thinking skills through its deeply existential vehicle of Contemplative/Centering Prayer (CCP). But for years now Satan and his seducing spirits have been busy saturating it throughout the very dry forest of intellectual evangelical churchianity so easily passing for Christianity today in alleged postmodern [read: relativistic] America.

Therefore I will offer that this falling away from Biblical Christianity has already been very slowly burning within these evangelical traditions of men actually nullifying the Word of God; and finally growing weary of this rising rebellion, God the Holy Spirit is simply blowing it throughout the Body of Christ. And so apostasy is now spreading within the American Christian Church as quickly an Oklahoma wildfire in order to burn out the deleterious driftwood currently using up so much of our Father’s precious resources. Those listening to the Voice of the Spirit will know that very rough spiritual waters lie dead ahead because we are only just beginning to witness 1 Peter 4:17 judgments as Christ starts shaking His Church. 

Men and women, you hear me; and you hear me good. The time has come in the American Christian Church for division, and not unity; we need a reformation every bit the same as when Luther stood hammer in hand. Financial concerns critical as they now are, I’m unsure how much longer we have here at Apprising Ministries, so I’ll simply say that someone must arise and declare that there is just no way to harmonize geniune Bible-believing and Spirit-led Christianity with the egregiously ecumenical postliberal cult of the Emergent Church, now morphing into the matrix of Emergence. You need to realize that it is, right now, completely swallowing up centered on the self, and semi-pelagian (at best), mainstream evangellyfish. 

The truth is, there can be no compromise with men preaching a pseudo-Christian non-gospel of social reform such as EC icon Rob Bell. And, now that the visible church has rejected Sola Scriptura, in slithers snakes like Bell’s quasi-universalist friend Doug Pagitt and his *cough* “theologian in residence” Tony Jones. Men and women, if you haven’t, I encourage you to actually make the time to read the AM piece The New Christians With Christianity Worth Believing—No Sola Scriptura: Yes, Women Pastors And Queer Christians. Follow the links therein yourself; prayerfully, just maybe, you’ll finally be able to see what’s about to ignite within your own mainstream evangelical church young adult/youth groups.

Mainstream Evangelicalism Is Now Going To Have Decide About LGBTQ Christ-Followers

As you’ll see in Christianity 21: Emerging Voices Of A Pseudo-Christian Faith Jones and Pagitt are the ones who are behind this upcoming c21 conference where such EC luminaries as Shane Claiborne, and another friend of Bell’s Peter Rollins, will be “sitting behind the registration table, handing out nametags.” And sadly, J&P actually are correct when they tell us that these c21 “voices” will be revealing “the way the Christianity will be changing in coming days”. For example, one of these most important voices for the future of Christianity is “Rev.” Nadia Bolz-Weber, who thinks it’s important for other pastors to know that before she was “an ELCA pastor” she was “a professional f**k-up.”

Bolz-Weber is quite open about her local church being “queer inclusive,” which generally means that one does not believe the unrepentant practice of sexual immorality with a member of the same sex, which is precisely what homosexuality is, should be considered sin. Now that Sola Scriptura has been shown out the door of the church let me give you a quick picture of what already is coming out of the closet and in through that open door. We are now left with simply subjective arguments concerning doctrine e.g. homosexuality—a spiritual version of Oprah—based upon what we feel God says to us individually after our transcendental-lite meditation aka Contemplative/Centering Prayer, which originally flowered in the antibiblical monastic traditions of the Roman Catholic Church.

I politely ask that you think with me here a moment; now that many of your young mainstream evangelicals have been conditioned to reject any kind of argument based solely upon what Scripture says, what exactly are you going to say to them when queer inclusive “pastor” Bolz-Weber is starting to introduce them to fellow “Christ-followers” like Adele Sakler? For you see, in addition to being a budding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer (LGBTQ) activist Sakler—who is a practicing lesbian herself—also heads up an EC group called Queermergent; and yet is still the co-leader of Richmond Emergent Cohort. And from what I’ve seen Sakler certainly seems to be a very intelligent, and actually quite enaging, person of strong convictions.

Or how about Rev. Megan Rohrer; who appears to be a very kind, and loving, person who’s very active in performing many good deeds for admirable humanitarian causes. In addition, Rohrer is author of Queerly Lutheran, a new book which traces “the roots of Lutheran tradition and delivers Good News to Lutherans of all sexual orientations and gender identities.” And just what might this “good news” from Rev. Rohrer be; well consider what we’re told on her website below, and then you tell me:

Refusing to obey the unjust policies of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) policies against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals, Pastor Megan was ordained Extraordinarily on November 18, 2006.

The first openly transgender Lutheran pastor ordained in the United States, Pastor Megan is currently working with the Human Rights Campaign to create resources for congregations as an author and educator. (Online source, emphasis mine)

Rohrer’s news is that LGBTQ people, even as they continue practicing the deviant lifestyle of homosexuality, are not in sin and their god with the man-shaped hole in his/her/its heart accepts them just as they are. In other words, there’s no need to repent from homosexual sin, because they are already living lives pleasing to him/her/it. You watch; it’s only a matter of time before a major EC figure comes out openly gay. And here we arrive at the very heart of the matter: The Emerging Church of postevangelicalism must attack Sola Scriptura because God’s Word exposes its own lust of the self (see—2 Timothy 3:2) i.e. mankind. If it is ever to realize its utopian dream of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man then it must attempt to reverse the proper bibliology of the Lord’s Reformation.

So with this in mind, I close for now with the following words from an excellent, and I’d even say prophetic, sermon The Pope and the Papacy by Dr. John MacArthur; a real man of God. Although I’m not personally sold on the idea that the Antichrist will be an RCC pope, I do agree with MacArthur’s central point: The Antichrist will head a “false religion,” and in my opinion through the CCP of CSM, he will even fool evangelicals who reject Sola Scriptura because they did not receive the love of the Truth so as to be saved:

I want to talk about the Pope himself, and then talk about the Papacy in general. I’m going to tell you at the beginning what is at stake because of what I am going to say will surely offend those who are devout Catholics. It will surely offend those who believe that Catholics are brothers and sisters in Christ. Some will read it as unkind and unloving but nothing is more loving than the truth. To let somebody perish in a false system isn’t loving at all. To rescue people out of a damning and false religion is the only loving thing to do…

Oh, they’ve got a clever system. How to preserve error. How to perpetuate error. Make heresy infallible. And the arch heretic unassailable, ir-reformable and absolutely authoritative. It is possible that the final Antichrist could be a Pope because the final Antichrist will be a dominating world leader. He will be not subject to any other world leader. He will be an imitation of Christ, an anti-Christ, a pseudo-Christ. He will have international power. He will be a Gentile. And his system seems, in the book of Revelation chapter 17, to be headed up in Rome. If the Pope can fool evangelicals, it seems to me that the Antichrist won’t have much trouble doing the same with the world. (Online source)

As I pointed out before, there’s a growing cacophony ensuing from increasing spiritual firefights those of us in the Special Ops work of online discernment and apologetics ministries along this often ugly Internet Front must engage in during this Truth War; which is, in all actuality, a spiritual version of the Vietnam War. Please remember to pray for us; and as a pastor, it’s part of my job to speak up when I can for these precious brothers and sisters who go largely unnoticed, and most definitely, unappreciated. And yet so often we ourselves look to ministries like those e.g. of pastors like John MacArthur and Bob DeWaay and Dr. Gary Gilley for our balance; as well as to also remind ourselves that, we are not alone.

But even though we’re increasingly mocked, and are so badly outnumbered by the self-elected elite of apostatizing evangelicalism, here I exhort you my fellow soldiers: Let us still resolve, for Jesus, to ride to the sound of the enemy guns! Soli Deo Gloria!

Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the Day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. (Joel 3:13-14, KJV)

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