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DANGERS IN CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORES


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Updated March 4, 2009 (first published August 14, 2007) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article)Never have Christian books been so readily available to the average Christian and never has the spiritual danger associated with such books been so great. Sadly, the average member of a Bible-believing church does not know how to protect himself and his family from these dangers. The following three crucial Bible truths can protect the child of God in these end times: FIRST, THE LAST DAYS ARE CHARACTERIZED BY APOSTASY, NOT REVIVAL. Thus it is not surprising that we are confronted today with a vast amount of heresy and spiritual compromise. If ever there were a time when Gods people need to be knowledgeable and cautious it is today. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. ... For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (2 Tim. 3:13; 4:3-4). SECOND, GOD WARNS HIS PEOPLE TO TEST EVERYTHING BY THE SCRIPTURES. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good (1 Thess. 5:21). These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so (Acts 17:11). Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world (1 John 4:1). The video above is available for ordering here:
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WHY I AM NOT SOUTHERN BAPTIST


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I grew up in Southern Baptist churches and many of my relatives are still a part of the Convention, but when I was converted in 1973 I joined an independent Baptist congregation. Though it would have been much easier to have gone back to the Convention, THOUGH I AM THANKFUL FOR THE SPIRITUAL BENEFIT I RECEIVED BY GROWING UP UNDER THE SOUND OF THE GOSPEL AND FOR THE SOUND SCRIPTURAL DOCTRINE I WAS

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TAUGHT AS A BOY, AND THOUGH I AM THANKFUL FOR EVERY GOOD THING THAT GOD HAS DONE THROUGH THE CONVENTION, there are some compelling reasons why I have not done so. Read
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CHARISMATIC SOUTHERN BAPTISTS


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Enlarged January 12, 2009 (first published April 3, 1999) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org) The charismatic movement is a part of the Southern Baptist religious melting pot. Though a few churches and individual missionaries have been put out of the Convention for charismatic doctrine and practice, many others remain, and the number appears to be increasing. In Christianity Today, May 16, 1986, Pastor Don LeMaster of the West Lauderdale Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, estimated that five percent of SBC congregations were openly charismatic at that time. That number has probably increased during the past years. Charisma magazine, March 1999, contained a report entitled Shaking Southern Baptist Tradition, which gave many examples of charismatic Southern Baptist congregations. A 2008 report in the Associated Baptist Press estimated that 500 SBC churches are charismatic (Charismatic Southern Baptists See Themselves Open to Spiritual Gifts, ABP, Nov. 20, 2008). In 1995, two professors at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, told Baptist Press that Southern Baptists shouldnt fear the charismatic movement. We shouldnt feel defensive or threatened by an alternative experience, perspective or insights about the Holy Spirit, said William Hendricks, director of Southerns doctoral studies program. Churches should not be making a big issue of the movement, he added, because you could be fighting what is a legitimate experience of the Spirit. Tim Weber, professor of church history, agreed: Most charismatics take the Bible as seriously as Southern Baptists, although they read it differently, he said. The professors also said Southern Baptists shouldnt divide charismatics into a separate camp, since their influence has touched the 15 million-member Southern Baptist Convention. ... The professors believe the time has arrived for a more reasoned approach to charismatics and dialogue with them (Charisma, April 1995, p. 79).
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THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION AND THE BAPTIST WORLD ALLIANCE


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THE SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION AND THE BAPTIST WORLD ALLIANCE Updated September 23, 2002 (first published August 27, 1998) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) In 1998 the Southern Baptist Convention reaffirmed its commitment to the Baptist World Alliance (BWA). A special SBC committee had been formed to study relations with the Alliance, and on February 10 the committee reported: Without reservation, the committee affirms Southern Baptists need to relate to Baptists of the world and strongly desires that this may be facilitated in part through participation in the Baptist World Alliance. Upon this recommendation, the SBC Executive Committee approved funding of the Baptist World Alliance of $425,000 for the 1998-99 fiscal year. This is an increase from the $417,838 that was given by the SBC to the Alliance in 1997. The Southern Baptist Convention provides a whopping 35% of the total budget of the Baptist World Alliance. In 2000, SBC Executive Committee President Dr. Morris Chapman stated that Southern Baptist churches will benefit by remaining very active participants in the Baptist World Alliance (Foundation, Nov.-Dec. 2000, p. 45).

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Mu' Internet Evidences

The BWA is an ecumenical alliance of 211 Baptist denominations in more than 140 countries. It promotes the false teaching that unity is more important than doctrinal truth. In decades past, it has been strongly influenced by communists, and it supports new age one-world organizations such as the United Nations (UN). As far back as the 1930s, the Baptist World Alliance was a hotbed of modernism. When Dr. J. Frank Norris led the Temple Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan, to withdraw from the BWA in 1935, he cited its modernistic dominated leadership as a reason (The F. Frank Norris I Have Known for 34 Years, p. 311). Prior to that, fundamentalist leader A.C. Dixon had tried to have a resolution passed in the Baptist World Alliance

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affirming five fundamental verities of the faith, including the verbal inspiration of Scripture and the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. An apostate majority of the BWA representatives voted down this simple resolution. At the 15th Baptist World Alliance meeting in 1985, the BWA commended the UN and challenged Baptists to make a new commitment of prayer for the UN, promote interest and support for its programmes, and encourage world-wide rededication to the principles and purposes of its charter (8000 Attend 15th Baptist Congress, Ecumenical Press Service, July 11-20, 1985). Desmond Tutu spoke at a Baptist World Alliance meeting in 1988. Anglican archbishop Tutu is a rank liberal who in February 1996 called for the ordination of homosexual priests. Consider the following quotes by Tutu that expose his unbelieving heart:
Some people thought there was something odd about Jesus birth... It may be that Jesus was an illegitimate son (Desmond Tutu, Cape Times, October 24, 1980).

The Holy Spirit is not limited to the Christian Church. For example, Mahatma Gandhi, who is a Hindu ... The Holy Spirit shines through him (Desmond Tutu, St. Albans Cathedral, Pretoria, South Africa, November 23, 1978).

By associating with the Baptist World Alliance, the Southern Baptist Convention is associating with heretics like Desmond Tutu, and the Bible warns severely against such fellowship: If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds (2 John 10-11). In 1999, Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Denton Lotz urged Baptists to accept the Charismatic Movement. He said, We need to get over our hang-up of the use of the word charismatic... He praised the Charismatic Movement for rediscovering the power and work of the Holy Spirit. In reality, the Charismatic Movement preaches a false spirit that is not the Spirit of Truth of the Bible. Also in 1999, Nilson Fanini, past president of the Baptist World Alliance, and Denton Lotz, general secretary, met with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity to discuss ecumenical relations with the Roman Catholic Church. The parties agreed to meet again in 2001 to continue the dialogue. In September 2000, the Baptist World Alliance opened official dialogue with the Anglican Consultative Council to foster common understanding between the two religious groups and to see if they could find common ground to work together in various aspects of the ministry. Evangelist Don Jasmin observes: This is the same Anglican Church which is seeking reunion with the Roman Catholic Church and whose leadership has already agreed to accept the primacy of the Pope (Fundamentalist Digest, March-April 2001, p. 12). Brutal Marxist dictator Fidel Castro, who has persecuted and restricted the churches of Jesus Christ in Cuba for decades, was a speaker at the Baptist World Alliance meeting in July 2000. In January 2001, a delegation from the Baptist World Alliance met at the Vatican with the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity to continue their dialogue. The Roman Catholic Church assured the delegates that Pope John Paul II desires to proceed with official conversations with Baptists. On January 24, 2002, Denton Lotz, general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance, joined hands with Pope John Paul II and the leaders of many other denominations and 11 pagan religions at the third Day of Prayer for Peace at Assisi, Italy. The ecumenical pagan prayer gathering featured some 200 religious leaders, including representatives of such Christian denominations as Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Reformed, Baptist, Lutheran, Mormon, Methodist, Quaker, Pentecostal, Mennonite, as well as representatives of Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Bahai, Confucianism, Shintoism, Hinduism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Tenrikyo (Japan), and members of African and North American traditional religions. The religious leaders traveled to Assisi with the Pope by train from Rome, arriving at the blasphemously named Railway Station of St. Mary of the Angels. The Pope said, Violence never again! War never again! Terrorism never again! In the name of God, may every religion bring upon the earth justice and peace, forgiveness and life, love! The Popes prayers arent answered, and neither are those of the other false religious leaders gathered with him, for the simple reason that they worship false gods and preach false gospels and blatantly disobey Gods Word. That the general secretary of the Baptist World Alliance would participate in such a thing is irrefutable evidence of his apostasy. Among the denominations that are united under the BWA umbrella are the American Baptist Convention and the Baptist Union of Great Britain, both of which are permeated with the most blasphemous and heretical

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modernism under the sun. BAPTIST UNION OF BRITAIN The Baptist Union was already becoming apostate at the end of the 19th century when Charles Haddon Spurgeon separated from it in protest in 1888. Today that apostasy is complete. In the early 1970s, for example, Michael Taylor, principal of the Baptist Unions Northern Baptist College, addressed the London Baptist Assembly on the theme, How much of a man was Jesus? He denied that Jesus Christ is God. Though many protested the mans heresy, the Baptist Union refused to discipline him or remove him from office. In 1986, the Australian Beacon made the following observation about the Baptist Union: It is a Union which harbours apostates and succors infidels while ostracizing faithful servants of Christ. It is a friend of Rome, a bed-fellow of idolaters and spiritists in its membership of the World Council of Churches. No true man of God could remain within it in good conscience (Australian Beacon, No. 240, July 1986). In 1989, the Baptist Union yoked together with the Roman Catholic Church in the newly formed ecumenical union in Britain. In 1995, the New South Wales Baptist, the official paper of the Baptist Union of NSW, endorsed the Laughing Revival, otherwise known as the Toronto Blessing. The article was written by David Coffey, General Secretary of the Baptist Union. Many Baptist Union congregations have welcomed the Laughing Revival. These include Randwick Baptist Church. Secular newspapers printed photos of Randwick Baptist church members lying on the floor and acting like drunks. Coffey begins his article with the statement, We have now had the opportunity to receive reports from a wide range of opinions across the country and there is no doubt in our minds that God has been at work (David Coffey, When the Spirit Comes, a British Baptist Prospective, The New South Wales Baptist, Autumn 1995). In November 1997, the Baptist Union of Great Britain appointed a woman as area superintendent for London. A Baptist Union spokeswoman said area superintendents are pastors to the pastors and their families, promote the union and represent Baptists ecumenically (Ecumenical News International, November 18, 1997). The woman, Pat Took, is also a pastor at the Can Hall Baptist Church in Leytonstone, London. In May 1998, Catholic Cardinal Basil Hume was invited to participate in the Baptist Unions assembly. He led their spiritual reflections and was present when newly-accredited ministers met the Baptist Union president (Australian Beacon, August 1998). The Unions General Secretary, David Coffey, praised the cardinal and said the Union recognizes the deep spirituality which undergirds his ministry. AMERICAN BAPTIST CONVENTION The Baptist World Alliance-affiliated American Baptist Convention (formerly the Northern Baptist Convention) is also liberal through and through. As early as 1910 Baptist leader William B. Riley admitted that the denomination had been surrendered into the hands of the Higher Critics (George Dollar, A History of Fundamentalism). Between 1920 and 1932 a group of fundamentalist Baptist pastors unsuccessfully attempted to root the modernism out of the convention. They formed the National Federation of Fundamentalists of Northern Baptists. In 1932, many of these pastors left the Northern Baptist Convention and formed the General Association of Regular Baptists. In 1947, the Conservative Baptist Association of America was formed by another group of pastors who departed from the modernistic Northern Baptist Convention. The leaven of theological heresy has since permeated the Convention. The schools and pulpits of the American Baptist Convention are filled with men who deny the infallible inspiration of Holy Scripture and who question or deny Christs virgin birth, Godhead, vicarious atonement, and resurrection from the dead. The apostate American Baptist Convention has produced some of the most notorious, blasphemous heretics of the 20th century. Consider just a few examples of this apostasy: In 1926, the Northern Baptist annual convention debated for almost five hours whether to retain in its fellowship the Riverside Baptist Church of New York City, pastored by the modernist Harry Emerson Fosdick, who denied practically every doctrine of the Word of God. This should have been a simple decision, since the Bible commands that Gods people mark, avoid, and reject doctrinal heresy (Rom. 16:17; Titus 3:1011), but by a vote of three to one the Northern Baptist Convention refused to exercise discipline. In 1945, Fosdick wrote the following to an individual who inquired about his beliefs: Of course I do not believe in the virgin birth or in that old-fashioned substitutionary doctrine of the atonement, and I know of no intelligent person who does. In the first half of this century Dr. Robert H. Beaven, president of the Chicago Baptist Missionary Training School (Northern Baptist), denied that Jesus Christ is God: Christs uniqueness lay not in his divine substance but in the relationship which existed between him and God. God chose Jesus, the human Galilean carpenter, nurtured in the cradle of Jewish religion, to whom he came with his living fellowship, and through whom he introduced such to men. Jesus was divine because God raised him to a new level of life. But this

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was not a oneness of substance. Christs life is an example, revealing the kind of life God wills for, and from, man; it is not a supernatural act set before us as a miraculous means of salvation (Beaven, In Him Is Life). This was the man chiefly responsible for the education of Northern Baptist missionaries in those days. In 1924, missionary M.R. Hartley of India represented the views of many Northern Baptist preachers when he stated: We have no assurance that we have a trustworthy record of anything that Jesus Christ either said or did. ... I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God but I must interpret that in my own way. I can conceive of myself coming to a position where I could sincerely say that I believe in the deity of Jesus. I could almost say it now, but it would mean something different from orthodoxy, but orthodoxy seems like an impossible view. I do not see the necessity of the death of Christ. I do not believe in the second coming. Dr. Frederick Anderson, secretary of the Foreign Board of the Northern Baptist Convention in the late 1920s, questioned the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. My mind is still open on this subject, which I do not consider of the first importance. I am rather inclined to believe in the virgin birth, but it is not essential to Christian faith, and should not be made a condition of church membership or ordination (Anderson, The Life of Jesus). This is a false and wicked statement because if Jesus Christ was not virgin born the Bible is a pack of lies and our faith is built upon a fable. Further, if Christ was not virgin born He could not have been the sinless Son of God and could not, therefore, have died for our sins. In the 1940s Andover-Newton Baptist Theological Seminary (American Baptist) graduate Myron J. Hertel gave the following reply when asked about the blood of Christ: The blood of Jesus Christ is of no more value in the salvation of a soul than the water in which Pilate washed his hands. Yet the American Baptist Home Mission Society called this young blasphemer to the position of the superintendent of the Boston Baptist City Mission (Robert T. Ketcham, The Answer, Sword of the Lord, pp. 10-16). The 1948 meeting of the Northern Baptist Convention featured the influential modernist heretic George Buttrick. On page 284 of his book Christian Fact and Modern Doubt he stated: The future is hidden. We must be faithful to our ignorance ... Jesus apparently conquered death ... But we do not know, why pretend we do ... We covet the chance to say to God hereafter, if God there be; Lord, they told us to grab the present gain, but there was more gain in staking life on a grand Perhaps. The Apostle Paul said, I KNOW whom I have believed, and am PERSUADED that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day (2 Timothy 1:12). The American Baptist-supported Buttrick said the Christian faith is merely a grand PERHAPS. The 1950 Northern Baptist Convention meeting featured blasphemous modernist G. Bromley Oxnam, who called the God of the Old Testament a dirty bully (Oxnam, Preaching in a Revolutionary Age, p. 72), because his unregenerate, rebellious mind would not accept the righteous judgment of God upon sin. Dr. A.S. Hobart, professor at the American Baptist Crozer Seminary, denied the substitutionary blood atonement of Jesus Christ: I cannot see anything understandable or acceptable in theory that my guilt and my penalty were placed upon Christ, or that Christs holiness is imparted to me, in any way that involves a substitution of his holiness for mine, or his suffering for what was due me, that view of the theory of the atonement finds no foothold in my consciousness or my reason (A.S. Hobart, Transplanted Truths from Romans, p. 29). Another Crozer professor, Henry Vedder, concurred with Hobart in denying Christs salvation: Of all the slanders men have perpetrated against the Most High, this doctrine of his substitutionary atonement is positively the most impudent and the most insulting. Jesus never taught and never authorized anybody to teach in his name that he suffered in our stead and bore the penalty of our sins (Vedder, cited by R.T. Ketcham, The Answer, pp. 10-16). Norris L. Tibbets, former pastor of the American Baptist Riverside Church in New York City, denied Christs bodily resurrection: Then the third day came. A stone was rolled away and an imprisoned spirit was set free (Tibbets, Secret Place, April-June 1950, published by the Northern Baptist Convention). Duncan Littlefair was pastor of the Fountain Street Baptist Church of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was also a leader in the Northern Baptist Convention. As host pastor of the 1946 annual convention he said: The Resurrection was not a physical event in history. If the body of Jesus had been raised physically it would only have been required to die again. We have made the physical aspect of the Resurrection the important thing. ... It is a shame and disgrace, really, that after all these centuries we should be living and thinking about the glory of the Resurrection on such levels as these (Littlefair, The Nature of God). Littlefair also denied that Jesus Christ is God: Was Jesus God? There are two major approaches to this question. One of them seeks to make Jesus God. That seems to be the traditional notion of Christianity or at least the popular understanding of it, but I want to say here this morning, once and for all, if I havent said it before, and if I dont say it again -- That is idolatry. Jesus is not and cannot be God. He was God in the same way that you and I may be God, by being an expression of him, and allowing him to express himself in us (Littlefair, cited by R.T. Ketcham, The Answer, pp. 25-31). American Baptist minister Jitsuo Morikawa, former pastor of the Riverside Church in New York City, said in

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1964: God has already won a mighty redemption ... for the entire world ... The task of the church is to tell all men ... that they already belong to Christ ... Men are no longer lost ... There cannot be individual salvation (Jitsuo Morikawa, Riverside Church, New York City, Christianity Today, March 13, 1964, p. 26). American Baptist missionary D.T. Niles of India made the following statement espousing universalism before the American Baptist Convention: ...everybody is within the ministry of Jesus Christ whether or not he accepts it ... The only question [is] Do you know that Jesus Christ is your Saviour? Jesus is Lord whether man knows it or not -- believes it or not (J.O. Sanders, What of the Unevangelized, p. 21). Nels F.S. Ferre, professor at the Northern Baptist Andover-Newton Theological School, was a modernist and a blasphemer of the highest caliber. He denied the virgin birth, deity, miracles, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He claimed that the Old Testament taught an outworn morality (Ferre, Pillars of Faith, p. 95). He stated that God differs from all men, including Jesus, in that His personality alone is eternal and the Creator of all other personalities (Ferre, The Christian Faith, 1942, p. 102). He conjectured that Jesus might have been the son of a Roman soldier (Ferre, Christian Understanding of God, p. 186). He claimed that accepting the Bible as the infallible Word of God is idolatry (Ferre, The Sun and the Umbrella, p. 39). In the 1960s, Professor William Hamilton of Colgate Rochester Divinity School (American Baptist) taught that God is dead. Hamilton was defended in 1966 by Colgate president Gene Bartlett who refused to remove Hamilton from the faculty because he was within the allowable measure of dissent. The American Baptist Convention in 1968 stated that abortion should be a matter of responsible personal decision. In the early 1970s Dr. L. McBain, former president of the American Baptist Convention and president of the American Baptist Seminary of the West, argued that Jesus Christ is not referred to as God in the Scriptures (F.E.A. News & Views, Fundamental Evangelistic Association, Nov-Dec. 1976). In an article in the December 1979 issue of the American Baptist magazine, Dr. L. Howard McBain, president of the American Baptist Seminary of the West. McBain, stated that the Bible does not teach that Jesus was God. In 1980, American Baptist Dr. Ralph Wendell Burhoe received the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion for his revolutionary hypothesis that finds religion central to the evolutionary emergence of civilized humanity (EP News Service, May 31, 1980). The American Baptist Biennial Convention in 1981 featured Rosemary Radford Reuther, a Roman Catholic feminist whose language often sounds more like it belongs in the gutter than in the church (Foundation, Fundamental Evangelistic Association, January-February 1981, p. 18). American Baptist (Harvard) professor Harvey Cox is a notorious modernist. In his book The Secular City he claimed that the world, not the church, is the proper focus of Christian life and the world of politics is a primary sphere of Gods liberating work today (Richard Quebedeaux, The Worldly Evangelicals, Harper and Row, 1978, p. 19). In his book The Feast of Fools, Cox refers to Jesus Christ as a harlequin and a clown. Cox does not believe that followers of pagan religions are on their way to Hell. He was a speaker at the World Congress for the Synthesis of Science and Religion in India in 1986. The conference was arranged by a Hindu organization. The June 1991 issue of WATCHword, a womens ministry paper of the ABC, stated: What I have come to love about Scripture is the fact that it is not inerrant. That it is not perfect. That it is not complete. That it does contradict itself... Former American Baptist president James Scott stated in the March 1992 issue of American Baptist magazine that the issue of homosexuality should be re-examined and that there might be various legitimate points of view about it other than the traditional biblical one that it is an abomination before God. In August 1993, American Baptist deputy general secretary for cooperative Christianity, Joan S. Parrott, sat with 386 cardinals and bishops surrounding Pope John Paul II at the Roman Catholic Churchs World Youth Day in Denver. She was part of a nine-member ecumenical team including Protestant and Jewish leaders who were given a special banquet before the prayer vigil and met with the pope after his sermon. She had lavish praise for the ecumenical event (Calvary Contender, Jan. 1, 1994). The American Baptist Convention sent representatives to the Re-imagining conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in November 1993. Speakers included Chung Hyung Kyung, a Korean theologian who equates the Holy Spirit with ancient Asian deities and who prays to trees and deceased spirits. At the conference Delores Williams said: I dont think we need a theory of atonement at all. I think Jesus came for life and to show us something about life. I dont think we need folks hanging on crosses and blood dripping and weird stuff. Virginia Mollenkott said that Jesus was first born only in the sense that he was the first to show us that it is possible to live in oneness with the divine source while we are here on this planet. Chung Hyung Kyung said: My bowel is Buddhist bowel, my heart is Buddhist heart, my right brain is Confucian brain, and my left

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brain is Christian brain. During the conference, a group of roughly 100 lesbian, bi-sexual, and transsexual women gathered on the platform and were given a standing ovation by many in the crowd. They were celebrating the miracle of being lesbian, out, and Christian. In a workshop called Prophetic Voices of Lesbians in the Church, Nadean Bishop, the first out lesbian minister called to an American Baptist church, claimed that Mary and Martha in the Bible were lesbian fore-sisters. She said they were not sisters, but lesbian lovers. The unscriptural ecumenical philosophy of the Baptist World Alliance is illustrated by that of its member body the American Baptist Convention. An ABC publication entitled Oneness in Christ: American Baptists Are Ecumenical leaves no doubt about their position. This publication was compiled and edited by the Reverend Martha Barr, former Assistant General Secretary and Ecumenical Officer of the ABC. We American Baptists run the whole theological range -- fundamentalists, conservative orthodox, liberal ... Maybe it is partly because American Baptists are so inclusive that we affirm that we are ecumenical. ... We do not have creedal statements. We can worship and work with Episcopalian and Pentecostal, with Roman Catholic and Orthodox. The fact that the Southern Baptist Convention participates with and funds the Baptist World Alliance leaves no doubt about its rebellion to the Word of God. As a member of the Baptist World Alliance, the SBC is yoking together with and supporting heresy and blasphemy around the world. The Bible commands:
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them (Romans 16:17).

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14).

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds (2 John 9-11).

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CHARISMATIC SOUTHERN BAPTISTS


Sep/01/08 13:28

CHARISMATIC SOUTHERN BAPTISTS

Updated and enlarged September 1, 2008 (first published April 3, 1999) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) The charismatic movement is a part of the Southern Baptist religious melting pot. Though a few churches and individual missionaries have been put out of the Convention for charismatic doctrine and practice, many others remain, and the number appears to be increasing. In Christianity Today, May 16, 1986, Pastor Don LeMaster of the West Lauderdale Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, estimated that five percent of SBC congregations were openly charismatic at that time. That number has probably increased during the past years. Charisma magazine, March 1999, contained a report entitled Shaking Southern Baptist Tradition, which gave many examples of charismatic Southern Baptist congregations. In 1995, two professors at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, told Baptist Press that Southern Baptists shouldnt fear the charismatic movement. We shouldnt feel defensive or threatened by an alternative experience, perspective or insights about the Holy Spirit, said William Hendricks, director of Southerns

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doctoral studies program. Churches should not be making a big issue of the movement, he added, because you could be fighting what is a legitimate experience of the Spirit. Tim Weber, professor of church history, agreed: Most charismatics take the Bible as seriously as Southern Baptists, although they read it differently, he said. The professors also said Southern Baptists shouldnt divide charismatics into a separate camp, since their influence has touched the 15 million-member Southern Baptist Convention. ... The professors believe the time has arrived for a more reasoned approach to charismatics and dialogue with them (Charisma, April 1995, p. 79). Three of the men that are associated with the charismatic move within the SBC are Jack Taylor, Ron Phillips, and Gary Folds, all of whom have accepted the unscriptural nonsense occurring at the Toronto Airport Church in Ontario and/or at Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida. This revival takes the form of uncontrollable laughter, falling on the floor, barking like a dog and roaring like a lion, spiritual drunkenness, electric shocks, weird shaking, and other bizarre experiences. Jack Taylor is a former vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Taylor was converted to the Toronto Blessing when he visited there in 1994. Since then he has spoken frequently on the radical Trinity Broadcasting Network and similar Charismatic forums. He founded Dimension Ministries and is busy influencing Southern Baptists and others with his unscriptural doctrines. Ron Phillips is pastor of Central Baptist Church of Hixson, Tennessee. His annual Fresh Oil & New Wine Conference, which features speakers such as Rodney Howard-Browne, the Holy Ghost Bartender, draws hundreds of Southern Baptist pastors and church members. The church uses the charismatic rock-style music and is experiencing charismatic phenomena. Southern Baptist Pastor Dwain Miller of Second Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas, has prophesied to Phillips that God would use him to bring renewal to the SBCs 41,000 churches. He is referring to a charismatic renewal, which is always accompanied by unscriptural ecumenical fervor and downplaying of Bible doctrine. In March 2006, Phillips told the Tennessean newspaper that he first experienced speaking in tongues when he was sleeping. He said his wife woke him up and said, What in the world are you saying? He concluded that it was a gift from God to encourage him (Some Baptists Believe Gift of Tongues Remain, The Tennessean, March 26). He says that he continues to speak in tongues in his private prayers. Of course, there is not a hint of something like this in the New Testament Scriptures. The Fresh Oil & New Wine Conference for 2007 features radical charismatic speakers such as John Kilpatrick, who led the Brownsville Outpouring in the 1990s as the pastor of the Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida. When the outpouring began in June 1995 Kilpatrick fell to the floor and lay there almost four hours. He said, When I hit that floor, it felt like I weighed 10,000 pounds. I knew something supernatural was happening (Charisma, June 1996). Supernatural, yes; Holy Spirit, no!!! Kilpatrick got so drunk in the spirit at times that men in the church had to haul him out of the church auditorium in a wheelchair, carry him home, and help inside the house. He told of trying to drive in this drunken condition and running into garbage cans and backing into another automobile. On one occasion Kilpatrick fell onto the platform and a woman from the worship team fell into his arms and they lay on the platform in a drunken stupor together. He laughingly tells this story on an audio cassette that I have. It is definitely not the Holy Spirit who causes that kind of moral temptation and confusion. Spiritual jerking was also a feature of the Brownsville Outpouring. Gary Folds is pastor of the First Baptist Church in Belle Glade, Florida. He has written a book promoting the Toronto Blessing entitled Bull in a China Shop: A Baptist Pastor Runs into God at Toronto. He describes being slain in the Spirit and other such things. Following is how he described the meetings he attended: Some people would simply lay on the floor as though they were sleeping Others would writhe in what appeared to be anguish, pain, or possibly agony. Some would twitch, while others shook, and some would even have convulsive-type jerking. Many would cry, while an even greater number would laugh Many of them would laugh for an hour or longer. One night I saw people laugh for almost two and a half hours. James Robison is another example of SBC charismatics. The once fiery evangelist used to lift his voice against sin and apostasy, but those days are over. In 1979, he had some sort of charismatic experience. That same year he spoke at an Assembly of God church. By 1981, he had completely gone over to the ecumenical charismatic-Roman Catholic line. That was the year he first invited a Roman Catholic to speak at his Bible conference. Robison was so comfortable with the ecumenical program by 1987 that he joined hands with 20,000 Roman Catholics, including hundreds of priests and nuns, at New Orleans 87. At this meeting, Robison made the following amazing statement: I tell you what, one of the finest representatives of morality in this earth right now is the Pope. People who know it really believe he is a born again man. I was at this meeting with press credentials and personally recorded the message from which this excerpt is taken. Robison remains affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and has influenced many Southern Baptists in the charismatic direction. Another example is the Missouri-based evangelist Bill Sharples. He resigned a Southern Baptist pastorate after accepting the tongues-speaking movement, but 25% of his meetings are in SBC churches. He claims that 15 to 20 percent of Southern Baptists that he meets are open to the Charismatic movement. Billy Graham is another Southern Baptist who has recommended tongues and charismatic signs and wonders. In his 1978 book, The Holy Spirit, he endorsed laying on of hands, divine healing and tongues. He said: As we approach the end of the age I believe we will see a dramatic recurrence of signs and wonders, which will demonstrate the power of God to a skeptical world. Graham even promoted the false charismatic prophet Oral Roberts. Graham spoke at the dedication ceremony of Oral Roberts University in 1962. 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the July 1962 convention of the Full Gospel Business Mens Fellowship International in Seattle, Washington. Graham invited Roberts to the World Congress on Evangelism in 1966 and recommended him to influential Evangelical leaders. Pat Robertson is another example. In the late 1950s he became involved in the Pentecostal movement and began speaking in tongues. He established the Christian Broadcasting Network in 1960, and that same year was ordained by the Freemason Street Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia, a Southern Baptist congregation. A few years later he formed the 700 Club, which spread ecumenical and charismatic doctrine far and wide. He still claims to be affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Speaking at Celebration 2000 in St. Louis, Missouri, Robertson testified that though he is a Baptist, he sees the need for Roman Catholic charismatics to visit Baptist churches in order to teach the Baptists how to dance and worship God. Another charismatic Southern Baptist is Pastor Wallace Henley, Crossroads Baptist Church, Houston, Texas. His church practices tongues speaking, and he supports the revival at the Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida, where the pastor gets so drunk in the spirit that he cannot lead the congregation. Henley claims that those who are opposed to the charismatic movement are pharisaical and mean-spirited. Another charismatic Southern Baptist church is Riverside Church of Shreveport, Louisiana. Pastor Lee Jenkins received a Pentecostal experience in 1998 and led the church into full blown Pentecostalism, losing a large percentage of the congregation in the process. The church dropped the name Baptist but remained a part of the SBC. In 2000 the church supported Rodney Howard-Brownes Good News Shreveport-Bossier conference (Southern Baptist Pastor in Louisiana Opens Door for Charismatic Renewal, Charisma, July 2000). In November 2005 the Southern Baptist Foreign Mission Board voted to forbid missionaries to speak in tongues, but Jerry Rankin, the head of the board, says that he has spoken in a private prayer language for 30 years! Speaking at a chapel service on August 29, 2006, Dwight McKissic, a trustee of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, told the students that he speaks in tongues in his private prayer life (Southwestern Trustees Sermon on Tongues Prompts Response, Baptist Press, Aug. 30, 2006). McKissic, who is the pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, an SBC congregation in Arlington, Texas, said he has prayed in tongues since 1981. The first time, he says, was when he was a seminary student. He recalls, Strange sounds begin to come out of my mouth (Southern Baptists Debate Tongues, cbs11tv.com, October 07, 2006). In support of the doctrine of a private prayer language McKissic sited the teaching of New Testament professor Siegfried Schatzmann of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Texas Pastor Calls for BF&M Statement on Tongues, Baptist Press, Sept. 19, 2006). Missionary David Rogers, son of the late Adrian Rogers, SAID HE WORKS WITH MANY MISSIONARIES WHO PRACTICE PRIVATE TONGUES (Baptists Are Caught up in Controversy Again, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 11, 2006). Charles Carroll, SBC missionary to Singapore who was dismissed by the Southern Baptist International Mission Board in 1995 because of his charismatic activities, testified that many Southern Baptists living overseas are charismatic, but most remain in the closet for fear of being fired (Baptist Missionaries in the Closet, Charisma, March 1999, p. 72). A 2007 study by LifeWay Research indicates that half of Southern Baptist pastors believe that the Holy Spirit gives some people a special prayer language today. More than 400 Southern Baptist pastors were contacted by phone and asked, Do you believe that the Holy Spirit gives some people the gift of a special language to pray to God privately? Some people refer to this as a Private Prayer Language or the private use of tongues. The replies were 50% Yes; 43% No; and 7% Dont know (LifeWay Released Prayer Language Study, Baptist Press, June 1, 2007). Thus, it appears that this is not a small issue or one that will go away any time soon. Rankin and those supporting his position are trying to distinguish between public tongues and private, saying that while they are opposed to public tongues they believe there is a private form of tongues that one can use to edify oneself. In fact, biblical tongues are biblical tongues. The tongues of Acts are the tongues of 1 Corinthians 14. They were real languages that a believer could speak supernaturally. They were a sign to the nation Israel that God was going to send the gospel to every nation and create a new spiritual body composed of both Jews and Gentiles (1 Cor. 14:20-22, quoted Isaiah 28:11-13). Each time tongues were spoken in Acts (Acts 2, 8, 10, 19) Jews were present. As the prophet Isaiah foretold, the Jews rejected the sign and were judged. Its purpose ceased even before the events recorded in the book of Acts were completed. The last mention of tongues is in Acts 19. The sign, having been fulfilled, ceased. When John Chrysostom wrote in the 4th century about the sign gifts of 1 Corinthians 12-14, he said: This whole place is very obscure: but the obscurity is produced by our ignorance of the facts referred to, and BY THEIR CESSATION, being such as then used to occur but now no longer take place (Homilies on 1 Corinthians, Vol. XII, The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Hom. 29:2). There is no private prayer language in the New Testament. It is the recent invention of Pentecostals and Charismatics who, having realized that they cannot speak in real tongues that can be interpreted (one of the absolute biblical requirements), were forced either to renounce their experience or to create some sort of cockeyed defense for it. There is not one example of a prayer in the Bible that is uttered in unintelligible mutterings that bypass the intellect. Jesus Christ did not pray that way and neither did the apostles. I have heard Charismatics speak in their private prayer language in churches and conferences in many parts of the world. Larry Leas private prayer

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language at Indianapolis 90 went something like this: Bubblyida bubblyida hallelujah bubblyida hallabubbly shallabubblyida kolabubblyida glooooory hallelujah bubblyida. I wrote that down as he was saying it and later checked it against the tape. Nancy Kellar, a Roman Catholic nun who was on the executive committee of St. Louis 2000, spoke in tongues that went like this: Shananaa leea, shananaa higha, shananaa nanaa, shananaa leea repeated over and over. Friends, this is not any sort of biblical prayer; it is childish nonsense, but it is neither innocent nor lacking in spiritual danger. The Bible warns repeatedly and forcefully about the danger of spiritual deception, and those who empty their minds through the practice of a private prayer language are in danger of the devil filling them. The Southern Baptist Convention would do well to cleanse itself of all charismatic practices, but this does not appear to be in the cards. How ridiculous is it to forbid missionaries to do something that the head of their agency does! The 2008 Southern Baptist Hymnal contains many songs written by charismatics and published by charismatic music companies such as Integrity, Maranatha, and Hillsong. For example, songs by David Ruis, Paul Baloche, and Darlene Zschech are included. These popular worship leaders are extreme charismatic ecumenists and contemporary Christian rockers. Ruis is one of the worship leaders at the Toronto Airport Church where people roll on the floor, bark like dogs, roar like lions, laugh hysterically, and get drunk in the spirit during their revivals. Ruiss song Break Dividing Walls calls for ecumenical unity between all denominations. Baloche is worship leader at the charismatic Community Christian Fellowship of Lindale, Texas. Their 2002 Leadership Summit featured Ricky Paris of Vision Ministries International, who calls himself an apostle and is said to give apostolic covering to Vision Church of Austin, Texas. Baloches Offering of Worship album was recorded at Regent University in Virginia Beach, which was founded by the radical charismatic ecumenist Pat Robertson. As far back as 1985, Robertson said that he worked for harmony and reconciliation between Protestants and Catholics (Christian News, July 22, 1985). Some of the Regent professors are Roman Catholic and Regents Center for Law and Justice has a Roman Catholic executive director. According to Frontline magazine, May-June 2000, a Catholic mass is held on Regents campus every week. Zschech and her Hillsong worship band recently performed for the Catholic Youth Day in Sydney, with the Pope present. The lyrics to Zschechs Holy Spirit Rain Down (which is included in the new Baptist Hymnal) begin: Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down/ Oh, Comforter and Friend/ How we need Your touch again/ Holy Spirit, rain down, rain down. Where in Scripture are we instructed to pray to the Holy Spirit? To the contrary, the Lord Jesus Christ taught us to pray to the Father (Mat. 6:9). The charismatic movement is not in submission to the Word of God and does not care one way or the other that there is no Scriptural support for this type of prayer, but shame on Baptists who follow in these presumptuous and disobedient footsteps. Zschechs song I Believe the Presence from her Shout to the Lord album preaches false Pentecostal latter rain theology. The lyrics say: I believe the promise about the visions and the dreams/ That the Holy Spirit will be poured out/ And His power will be seen/ Well the time is now/ The place is here/ And His people have come in faith/ Theres a mighty sound/ And a touch of fire/ When weve gathered in one place (I Believe the Presence from Shout to the Lord). Shame on Lifeway for giving charismatics a powerful forum to influence Baptist churches, and shame on the Southern Baptist Convention for allowing Lifeway to do these things. Because the SBC refuses to deal with charismatic error consistently, the leaven will doubtless spread. The Bible warns that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. This is true for sin (1 Cor. 5:6) as well as for false doctrine (Gal. 5:9). For more about the charismatic movement see The Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements: History and Doctrine, which is available from Way of Life Literature. 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BETH MOORE ON THE CONTEMPLATIVE BANDWAGON


Aug/14/08 14:31

BETH MOORE ON THE CONTEMPLATIVE BANDWAGON

August 14, 2008 (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) Beth Moore, a Southern Baptist who is influential with a broad spectrum of evangelical women, is also on the contemplative bandwagon. She joined Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, and other contemplatives on the Be Still DVD, which was published in April 2008 by Fox Home Entertainment. Shortly after it was released she issued a retraction of sorts, but she soon retracted her retraction. In a statement published on May 26, 2008, Moores Living Proof Ministries said: We believe that once you view the Be Still video you will agree that there is no problem with its expression of Truth (http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/bethmoorestatement.htm). To the contrary, the very fact that it features Richard Foster and Dallas Willard are serious problems! Lighthouse Trails issued the following discerning warning:

In the DVD, there are countless enticements, references and comments that clearly show its affinity with contemplative spirituality. For instance, Richard Foster says that anyone can practice contemplative prayer and become a portable sanctuary for God. This panentheistic view of God is very typical for contemplatives. ... The underlying theme of the Be Still DVD is that we cannot truly know God or be intimate with Him without contemplative prayer and the state of silence that it produces. While the DVD is vague and lacking in actual instruction on word or phrase repetition (which lies at the heart of contemplative prayer), it is really quite misleading. What they dont tell you in the DVD is that this state of stillness or silence is, for the most part, achieved through some method such as mantra-like meditation. THE PURPOSE OF THE DVD, IN ESSENCE, IS NOT TO INSTRUCT YOU IN CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER BUT RATHER TO MAKE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY HUNGRY FOR IT. The DVD even promises that practicing the silence will heal your family problems. ... THIS PROJECT IS AN INFOMERCIAL FOR CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE, and because of the huge advertising campaign that Fox Home Entertainment has launched, contemplative prayer could be potentially introduced into millions of homes around the world.

[On the DVD Moore says], ... if we are not still before Him [God], we will never truly know to the depths of the marrow of our bones that He is God. Theres got to be a stillness. ... [But is] it not true that as believers we come to Him by grace, boldly to His throne, and we call Him our friend? No stillness, no mantra, no breath prayer, no rituals. Our personal relationship with Him is based on His faithfulness and His love and His offer that we have access to Him through the blood of Jesus Christ, and not on the basis of entering an altered state of consciousness or state of bliss or ecstasy as some call it (Beth Moore Gives Thumbs Up to Be Still DVD, http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/bethmoorethumbsup.htm).

In her book When Godly People Do Ungodly Things (2002), Moore recommends contemplative Roman Catholics Brother Lawrence and Brennan Manning. Of Manning she says that his contribution to our generation may be a gift without parallel (p. 72) and calls Ragamuffin Gospel one of the most remarkable books (p. 290). She does not warn her readers that Manning never gives a clear testimony of salvation or a clear gospel in his writings, that he attends Mass regularly, that he believes it is wrong for churches to require that homosexuals repent before they can be members, that he promotes the use of mantras to create a thoughtless state of silent meditation, that he spent six months in isolation in a cave and spends eight days each year in silent retreat under the direction of a Dominican nun, that he promotes the dangerous practice of visualization, that he quotes very approvingly from New Agers such as Beatrice Bruteau (who says, We have realized ourselves as the Self that says only I AM ... unlimited, absolute I AM) and Matthew Fox (who says all religions lead to the same God), and that he believes in universal salvation, that everyone including Hitler will go to heaven. (For documentation see A Biographical Catalog of Contemplative Mystics in our new book Contemplative Mysticism: A Powerful Ecumenical Glue.) If Moore truly wants to disassociate herself from the contemplative movement, that would be a simple matter. Let her issue a statement renouncing Richard Foster and Brennan Manning and their Roman Catholic contemplative friends and unscriptural practices. But dont hold your breath, dear readers! In disobedience to 1 Timothy 2:12, Moore teaches a co-ed Sunday School class at First Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. The Scripture says, But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in

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silence. According to this verse, women in the churches are forbidden to do two things. They are forbidden to teach men and they are forbidden to usurp authority over men. Moores meetings are attended by people from every denomination, because she doesnt get caught up in divisive doctrinal issues and steers clear of topics that could widen existing rifts between different streams in the body of Christ (Charisma magazine, June 2003). This is the popular but unscriptural positive-only ecumenical philosophy that is so helpful to the furthering of end time apostasy. Romans 16:17 and Jude 3 are commandments that are commonly ignored by popular ecumenical speakers, but they will not be ignored at the judgment seat of Christ.

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them (Rom. 16:17).

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3).

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