THERE ARE NOW TWO KINDS OF EVANGELICAL....
The old is the authentic, biblical position. The new is far off the track, not
in its basic view of salvation, but in its readiness to compromise with doctrinal
error and worldly ways. The new is selling the faith for earthly respect and
recognition... and churches are being ruined.
Today, old-style evangelicals are in the
minority.... This booklet attempts to give a clear picture of the present alarming
scene, in order to encourage believers to take a clear stand.
Old-style evangelicals are often called fundamentalists,
particularly in the USA. New-style evangelicals adopted the term, 'new evangelical'
to describe themselves in the 1950s. ...We are told that the fundamentalist label was
first coined in America in 1920 to describe militant evangelicals. ... It would be
fairer to say that fundamentalist is someone who cares about the defense and
preservation of the Gospel...
Those of us who are old-style evangelicals are now being
labeled as fundamentalist by our critics, the new-style evangelicals. A repetition is
occurring of what happened at Antioch, where the 'the disciples were called Christians
first' (Acts 11.26). That glorious name was given to them by their critics....
Why are the new-style evangelicals calling us
fundamentalist? They are doing so for reasons of tactical self-advantage. ... Harold
J. Okenga, the distinguished Boston pastor, joined with Carl F. Henry and Billy Graham
to steer American evangelicals into a more liberal position, they were keen to be
known as the new evangelicals. They founded the magazine Christianity Today as the
flagship journal for their new direction. ...
The new evangelicals were inclusivistic rather than
separatistic. They ... urged Bible-believers to stay in compromised denominations....
Liberal scholarship was studied and in many respects embraced.... The old, sharp line
between worldly activities and spiritual activities was swept away, and believers were
encouraged to be much more involved in worldly culture, leisure and entertainment. ...
...the new evangelicals began to put less stress upon the
new, and to speak of themselves simply as evangelicals, and the old-style believers as
fundamentalists. This made them sound more orthodox. All that remained was to give the
term fundamentalist an objectionable, negative image, and the new evangelicals would
then appear to be mainstream.
This is precisely what is now happening in Britain. The new
evangelicals are appropriating to themselves the exclusive use of the term
evangelical, and calling old-style believers fundamentalists. Like their American
mentors they define the latter term in the most objectionable way.
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order this special 30-page booklet reprinted from a 1995 issue of
The Sword and Trowel.
Examples of the "new
The Changing Church.
Idolatrous Silence - Evangelicals & the Egalitarianism of Sin:
"...I woke up to find myself the campus minister of a banned Christian
fellowship. In a trial held over the preceding midnight, the Tufts University
student judiciary met secretly to "derecognize" the Tufts Christian Fellowship for
its refusal to allow a gay advocate into leadership. We were politically isolated on
the Tufts campus and abandoned even by other Christian groups at Tufts....
"Many Christians (not just Evangelicals)
swallowed the argument: 'Jesus talked more about greed than about sexuality, and
aren’t we also guilty of being greedy?' The philosophical laziness of their
reasoning should be apparent–although it is not to them or to much of their
audience–since they fail to make the obvious distinction between acknowledged
moral lapses and the wholesale abandonment of a moral standard. ..." Rom 1:22-32
The Changing Church.
Most church youth programs are spiritually shallow:
"Barry St. Clair has been involved in youth ministry for more than 30 years,
writing some 20 books on the subject. So when he recently called most youth
ministry programs 'a mile wide and an inch deep,' he had quite a few intent
"The Georgia-based speaker, who is a Southern
graduate, said the goal of youth ministry should be to 'reach every student on
every campus with the life-changing message of the gospel.' But too many youth
ministries are falling short of that goal, St. Clair said, because they have the
wrong emphasis -- entertainment."
means to be a Christian
Biblical versus Cultural Christianity.
Global Church Management.
This dream we call DAWN: "The database
approach, research strategy and action planning along with prayer by the whole
Church attracted me to DAWN," says Agustin 'Jun' Vencer. "...It is
focused in its ministry, measurable in its outcomes, good management
leadership, uses technology well, high in accountability, and increasingly
becoming international in its staffing. It is systemic
in its approach to ministry."
Notice the TQM
buzzwords in his statement. [A
Church Terms will define these terms when finished]
He praises the new global management system with its
high tech monitoring and standards-based assessments. Does he know how these
"outcome-based" strategies will be used to manage minds and members everywhere?
Reinventing the World
1. Peter Masters, "Are
The Sword and Trowel [started in 1865 by C. H.
Spurgeon], 1995; page 3-5.