Tag Archive | Apostasy

His Lifetime Strategy to Win American Protestantism to Ecumenism and Theological Liberalism

https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/pastorsandpreachers/harry-emerson-fosdick.html

“The sermon became famous in theologically liberal circles within a few weeks. It was published in The Christian Century(June 8) and The Christian Work(June 10). But this was just the beginning. A layman in Fosdick’s congregation, Ivy Lee, approached him. He asked: Would Fosdick consent to a reprinting of the sermon? Fosdick agreed, and soon thereafter Lee sent 130,000 copies to ministers and laymen throughout the nation.(63) The original title had been toned down; it was now called The New Knowledge and the Christian Faith. After it had been mailed, Fosdick announced that all this had been done without his knowledge.(64) Over 30 years later, however, Fosdick admitted in his autobiography that Lee had come to him and had asked permission to publish it.(65) That is to say, he had lied in 1922.

Someone had put up the money to print and mail 130,000 copies of this sermon. At the time, it was not clear who had done this. Also, the title had been changed. Why? Fosdick never publicly admitted why: because John D. Rockefeller, Jr., had suggested the change. Rockefeller had written to Lee: “The object in circulating this sermon is to get the views therein expressed widely read and not stir up discord. The title which I suggest is clear and accurately descriptive,–at the same time it does not breathe controversy. . . . This is merely a suggestion; whatever Raymond Fosdick thinks wise, and perhaps he will care to take up with the matter with his brother, will be satisfactory to me.”(66)

What interest did Rockefeller have in all this? Considerable: he was putting up the money to mail it.(67)This expenditure was part of his lifetime strategy to win American Protestantism to ecumenism and theological liberalism, a plan that he supported with over one hundred million dollars.(68) Much of this was spent during an era in which the dollar was worth at least ten times more than it is today.”

https://www.garynorth.com/freebooks/docs/html/gncf/Chapter08.htm

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/interesting-historical-account-of-attack-against-orthodoxy-and-the-church.96373/, comment 1

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Devilishly Hypocritical

William Greenhill:

The devil is never more devil, than when he transforms himself into an angel of light; he seeming light, being darkness, is devilishly hypocritical, hiding all his hellish darkness under pretended light: and so do all hypocrites, who are his eldest sons; under the light of being religious, they do all their deeds of darkness.

~commentary on Ezekiel, page 484.

The Rise of “Christian” Witchcraft

Despite biblical warnings against the practice of witchcraft, the Rev. Valerie Love, who describes herself as a practicing Christian witch and an ordained minister of spiritual consciousness, is insisting that there is nothing wrong with Christians being witches and has recently launched a school to help Christians tap into magic.

Read more: https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/just-when-you-think-things-cant-get-much-worse-here-comes-christian-witchcraft-and-divine-magick/

Prosperity Gospel in Evangelical Churches

“About a third of Protestant churchgoers say their congregation teaches that God will bless them if they donate money.”

Read more: https://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2018/july/prosperity-gospel-survey-churchgoers-prosper-tithe-blessing.html

Protestants Embracing New Age Beliefs

“Sixty-seven percent of mainline Protestants, 47 percent of evangelicals and 70 percent of Catholics said they believed in a New Age belief.”

Read more: https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/414129-analyst-says-new-age-beliefs-are-partially-a-reflection-in-more

Evangelicals Believe God Accepts the Worship of all Religions

“A majority of evangelicals now believe that God accepts the worship of all religions, according to a new study released by Ligonier Ministries that shows many have also grown confused about some core doctrines of the Christian faith.”

Read more: https://www.christianpost.com/news/most-evangelicals-believe-god-accepts-worship-of-all-religions-study-shows-227980/