Dec 5, 2008

Evangelicals In Sheep's Clothing - Beware Of The Emergent Church

By Bill Wilson

Three years ago I was asked by a very influential member of one of the largest pro-family organizations in America why I wrote that the National Association of Evangelicals was a liberal organization. I replied that in my covering of this organization in Washington, D.C., that its leaders were often at news conferences with those who were anti-God, sought to reduce the influence of ministries in the US and abroad, and that the NAE was beginning to espouse very liberal interpretations of the Bible. The man just shook his head in disgust that I would think his buddies were becoming apostate, and he chastised me for being too "opinionated" in my writing.

Aside from the little known or publicized news conferences where members of the NAE associated with those who were against enforcing immigration laws, went overseas to bash American positions on the environment, and supported the teaching of a watered-down version of the Bible in public schools that promoted Islam as worshipping the one true god, we are now seeing that the NAE does not represent the Bible and its evangelism is something far from the book of Acts. On December 2, the Washington face of the NAE, Richard Cizik told National Public Radio that "It would be possible for evangelicals to disagree with Barack Obama on same sex marriage and abortion and yet vote for him."

Cizik was actually angling to justify a public admission that would explain NAE's association with those trying to hijack the Bible's intent on grace and mercy by supporting leftist and socialist views on issues like immigration and climate change. On the subject of homosexual marriage Cizik told NPR, "I'm shifting I have to admit. In other words I would willingly say that I believe in civil unions. I don't officially support redefining marriage from its traditional definition, I don't think. . .Maybe we need to reevaluate this and look at it a little differently. I'm always looking for ways to reframe issues. Give the biblical point of view a different slant."

A "different slant" is where a lot of so-called evangelicals are making their move. In "Faith Undone", Roger Oakland's book about the "Emergent church", Rick Warren is quoted regarding a meeting with Eric Sawyer, the leader of the radical gay activist group, ACT-UP. Warren asked Sawyer, "How can I help you get your message out?" Sawyer replied, "Use your moral authority." Warren responded, "I'm working with these guys." Jesus warned in Matthew 24:24, "For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." Jesus warned in the beginning of the chapter, "Take heed that no man deceive you." Beware of the emergent church and the false prophets.