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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Demise of Evangelical Conviction

Unfortunately, organizations that have been traditionally Evangelical have become increasingly infiltrated by crypto-liberals. One example of that is the National Association of Evangelicals. A recent lobbyist for the NAE was Richard Cizik, the vice president of governmental affairs. Cizik had the misfortune of coming out of the closet in favor of civil unions for homosexuals, something strictly forbidden in Holy Scripture. Christianity Today magazine apparently thinks Cizik was some sort of hero while the rest of us "Fundamentalists" think he is an apostate pretending to be an "Evangelical."

Evangelicalism as a whole has become increasingly compromised not only with the world and the secular culture via the church growth movement and the pentecostal/charismatic movement but also with Roman Catholicism. These are serious signs of a departure from Biblical Christianity as Dr. Michael Horton has shown in his serious of radio broadcasts last year on the theme of "Christless Christianity." Charles Colson, though allegedly a Presbyterian, has spearheaded this false union with Rome via the document "Evangelicals and Catholics Together." Unfortunately, Colson does not get it. The Council of Trent has never been reversed and the ECT document is flawed in that it still allows for justification by merits. If this is in doubt to anyone, then the response of the Presbyterian Church of America to ECT is a must read.

Colson credits his interaction with Richard John Neuhaus' conversion from Lutheranism to Roman Catholicism as a factor in his compromise with the Roman view of merits as a means of justification. Colson obviously has not read the Roman Catholic catechism and seems to think the Reformation is no longer necessary. But compromise of the Gospel leads to heresy and even outright theological liberalism if Richard Cizik is any example. Any time the emphasis becomes man centered and man's efforts, the eventual result is theological liberalism and antinomianism. This is the irony of it all. Neuhaus himself believed in a qualified universal salvation, hinting that he would have liked to see univeral salvation become the mainstream doctrine.

If Charles Colson is any indication, Evangelicalism is in serious trouble. Anyone who is willing to sacrifice the Gospel itself for a political agenda, even if it is against abortion, is in danger of hellfire. Christianity Today is likewise far from the stronghold of Evangelical convictions it once held. Evangelical seminaries are compromising with neo-orthodoxy and liberal theology in droves. Soon the word "Evangelical" will be a completely meaningless term. When folks call Roman Catholics "Evangelical" with a straight face it is time to invent a new term to represent those of us who still confess the faith of the Bible and of the Protestant Reformation.

Probably the only magazine I could still call faithful to Evangelical convictions is World Magazine. I recommend it highly for those who wish to get a truly "Evangelical" report on events in the United States and the world at large from a Christian perspective.

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