New ways of doing church were going to stoke the fires inside the evangelical church. These new ways would go by various terms, such as “seeker-sensitive,” “purpose-driven,” “gospel-lite,” “church-growth movement,” and many more. None of these movements were very healthy, and they would weaken the Church—and strengthen the apostasy—even more.
Jesus said on the Mount of Olives (Matt. 24) that deception would be the primary cultural sign of the last days. Even some of God’s “elect” might be deceived by false theologies. “Good would be called evil and evil good” (Isaiah 5:20). Men would substitute light for darkness and darkness for light. Apostasy would consume churches and denominations that were once solid.
Part two of Jan Markell’s Chapter “Religionist Deceivers Rampant,” an exclusive preview of Terry James’s book “Deceivers: Exposing Evil Seducers & Their Last Days Deception.”
The Mainline Mistake
More than 100 years ago, mainline Protestants made a wrong turn—actually, a left turn if you will. For generations, the Methodists, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and others had seen net annual membership gains. But in the early 1960s, their growth slowed down, and soon they began to lose members big time. That decline has continued to the present.
Part one of Jan Markell’s Chapter “Religionist Deceivers Rampant,” an exclusive preview of Terry James’s book “Deceivers: Exposing Evil Seducers & Their Last Days Deception.”
Rick Warren, whose Purpose-Driven movement I have personally seen destroy dozens of churches, openly embraces Islam and has partnered with Southern California mosques, proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
While some claim it’s to produce followers of Christ, not just believers in Him, the driving force behind the emerging church is really growth and prosperity. That’s why it’s so popular. So-called seekers don’t come through the doors of the church looking to become followers of Christ. They come to belong to something bigger than themselves, where they can be entertained and feel better about themselves by doing some good works without being made to feel guilty or having to commit to anything.