I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps.(Jeremiah 10:23)
False Converts Teaching False Doctrine Are Leading Professing Evangelical Christians Astray
Labors in the Lord like this one here at Apprising Ministries would never have been necessary had the mainstream evangelical Christian community not decided to follow the mainline denominations, who’re now mortally wounded by adherence to the religious slavery of liberal theology. It was a serious error from which evangelicalism may indeed never recover.
Yet in His mercy, as the Internet started to gain more influence within Christendom, Jesus would begin to raise up a few initial ministries to pioneer the mission field of online apologetics and discernment ministry (OADM). Unfortunately self-righteous, and largely self-appointed, evangelical leaders chose to ignore these early watchmen.
Even so, over the past couple of decades—as God would begin calling His elect away from these false shepherds—He’s still graciously continued to try and reach them while spreading His truth through the work of a growing number of OADMs. At the same time Satan would launch his Christian counterfeit aka the Emerging Church (EC) via evangelicalism’s Leadership Network (LN).
The critical function LN provided for enemy forces was to steer the visible Christian community away from the proper Christian spirituality of sola Scriptura. By doing so, Satan was able to bring about a rebirth of pietism—quite similar to what history shows us happened circa 17th century not so long after the Protestant Reformation. Sadly, the church visible decided not to learn from its history.
As postmodernism rooted—an extremely centered of the self philosophy—the stage would be set for the devil’s EC to launch its repackaged version of pietism through Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM); a romanticized Roman Catholic mysticism. Now we see such a confusion of Law and Gospel that the proper proclamation of the Gospel has taken a backseat to a sappy sentimentality of legalism.
So-called “spiritual disciplines” and humanitarian acts considered good works rule this tragic hour. This perversion of the God’s Gospel is convincing scores of people who have never been regenerated that these religious and social works are genuine Christianity, when they are not. That’s why I’m bringing you the following devotional teachings.
For you see, no one credible is saying that the actual Christian faith doesn’t involve good works. That would be foolish because God Himself has told us that His regenerated (i.e. born gain) believers — are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10). Therein lies the crucial difference between false faith and the real.
The Reformers stated it as soli Deo gloria, for the glory of God alone. He is the One Who ordains what good works are and guides us into them. We, as fickle and sin-flawed, human beings don’t get to decide what they might be. Against this background I point you to Extraordinary Fruit by Martin Luther, which is followed by For Jesus from Charles Spurgeon.
As you make the time to read through these short pieces you should be able to see through the man-centered messages of way too many evangelical teachers and pastors, who may not even be regenerated themselves. Such is the time we now find ourselves in. The spiritually disastrous fruits of the Church Growth Movement2that slithered out of Fuller Theological Seminary are now being harvested.
Years of the spread of false gospels throughout the very heart of the visible church have actually resulted in unbelievers manning positions of leadership within virtually all of the major evangelical denominations, their church-related schools, as well as the churches which are extending from them: Continue reading…
By Ken Silva, Apprising Ministries