EVANGULLIBLE [ee-van guhl’-uh-buhl]

[Evangelical: 1525–35;  < Late Latin evangelicus  (< Late Greek euangelikós; see evangel1 , -ic) + -al1]  [Gullible: easily taken in or tricked; earlier cullibility, probably connected to gull, a cant term for “dupe, sucker.” It is perhaps from the bird (see gull (n.), or from verb gull “to swallow” (1530, from O.Fr. goule, from L. gula “throat.”)]

  1. Evangelicals easily tricked by teachers/teachings that seem to be biblical but are not.
  2. Evangelicals who are too credulous, unwary, vulnerable, trusting and naïve, lacking in basic biblical discernment, especially when it comes to discerning wolves in sheep’s clothing and noticing that there are leaders who talk out of both sides of their mouths (Matt. 7:15).
  3. Evangelicals who are beguiled by the subtilties of the serpent, whose minds are corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ, and who are susceptible to believing another Jesus, another spirit and another gospel (2 Cor. 11:3-4).
  4. Evangelicals who are willfully ignorant and “deceived on purpose.”


With books like Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life, Eugene Peterson’s The Message, Leonard Sweet’s Quantum Spirituality, and Paul Young’s The Shack, what once was an evangelical church has, in a very short period of time, become an “evangullible” church. (Warren B. Smith)

Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 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 Tim. 4:2-4)

Original posted HERE. Permission to adapt this new term to the growing list of Apprising Ministries’ dictionary terms given by Warren B. Smith at http://www.mountainstreampress.org/. Adapted from http://www.dictionary.com/

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