Monday, August 15, 2011
by A.M. Kisly
A Book Review
Paul Richard Smith is the author of a new book entitled, "New Evangelicalism: The New World Order". His many years as a pastor, teacher, and staunch defender of the inerrancy of the scriptures have respectfully earned him the title of a pastor's pastor. He is a true Watchman on the wall, a faithful servant, and committed purveyor of Biblical Truth.
This book provides an amazing historical account of the influence of "the seminal seeds that corrupted not only the major denominational churches, but specifically the conservative believing folks in these churches."
The postmodern movement has made its way into the Church through many anti-Christian thinkers over the years by the accommodation and compromise of those who have departed from the inerrancy of Scripture.
Postmodern thought creates serious consequences within society as a whole. It carries with it no moral boundaries, and a denial of absolute truth. It rejects the foundation for objective beliefs, and the Christian faith.
Today, there are many groups who identify with Christianity yet promote false doctrines. The Emergent groups spreading throughout the Church are wolves in sheep's clothing. Their deception is reaching the masses and they are conforming to the spirit of this age. The spirit of the anti-Christ in this postmodern world is radically reshaping Christianity and perverting biblical truth.
"Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."
"LIKE CASCADING DOMINOES the intentional departure from believing the Bible is inerrant has plunged the church of the 21st century down the treacherous slippery slope of accommodation and compromise."
Paul takes us back to the roots of a 1905 meeting in Manhattan, NY by a group of strategic individuals who were committed to the writings of Karl Marx. These individuals planned and implemented the infiltration of these ideologies into the learning centers, media, government structures and churches of American society.
Living in the twenty-first century in America, we have watched a major Paradigm Shift affecting the mindset of many evangelical pastors. This shift includes the "New Evangelical" push for the church to become postmodern in order to "reach" a secular America, a reach of compromise and denial of biblical truths.
The birth of the Emergent Church began with key players such as Peter Drucker, Rick Warren, Bob Buford, and C. Peter Wagoner, with a vision for an "optimum community"…a “focusing on unity and a worldwide oneness reflected in the growing union between Eastern and Western cultures and thinking.” (p. 168) Rick Warren has modeled this postmodern Church at his “purpose driven” Saddleback Church.
"The rise and development of the Emerging Church Movement became both a significant collaborator and delivery system for the major paradigm shift that has affected and infiltrated the mindset of many evangelical pastors."
Paul’s research for this book provides solid documentation of the plunge towards apostasy, the deep compromise of foundational truth made by once solid Christian Institutions, and the men who made them.
Incredibly, there are more than forty boxes of files and records collected by Dr. Harold Lindsell covering his days at Fuller Seminary. These records include correspondence between Charles Fuller and Dr. Lindsell which document Fuller's historical drift away from the authority of the Scriptures. He traces the influence of Karl Barth’s neo-orthodox beliefs that some portions of Scripture are revelatory and some portions are not. He exposes the further erosion of Fuller after embracing heretical neo-orthodox views by way of applying the Bible to sociological, political and economical issues.
It was Fuller, himself, who played a key role in abandoning the doctrine of biblical inerrancy. The chaos this departure has made within the church is so evident today through the rise of a Social Gospel, Mysticism, Feminism, the Emergent Church and Church Growth movements, the New Missiology, the New Apostolic Reformation and their leaders. “The downhill ride on the slippery slope picked up more influential people in America and evolved into a most ominous unbiblical Emerging movement.”
“Emergent church leaders are focused on unity and a worldwide oneness reflected in the growing union between Eastern and Western cultures and thinking.” (p. 168)
These groups delight in naming their perversions “NEW”, yet the Bible clearly states in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”
Satan has been twisting God’s truth since the beginning, and it will continue until the Lord deals with him at the end of the age.
These leaders of lies have sold their souls for success and the praise of men. They will establish their New World Order, prostitute the church, and bring judgment upon the earth.
There is a Kingdom of Light and a Kingdom of Darkness. While these pied pipers lead the way, the apostate heart will gladly follow the unfortunate path to hell.
The church needs to wake up and heed the warnings to come out from among them and be ye separate..."Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:13
Paul ends this book with a clear Gospel message, the hope of our promise and the comfort of these words:
“How glorious it will be when we hear a loud voice from heaven saying,
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4
“Therefore, comfort on another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:18)
Obviously, what is happening in the world today is the dark work of Satan, the god of this world, who is nearing his day of judgment. “But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58”
This book is my number one pick of "must reads" for the year. It should be read by every pastor called of God. I would encourage you to buy a copy and give it to your pastor to read. Many true men of God are crying out warnings that the believer in Christ not to be deceived in these last days. My Christian friend, I pray that you will heed the warning.
Posted by A.M. Kisly at 2:38 PM