by Jackie Alnor
Christianity Today calls itself, "a magazine of evangelical conviction." The problem is, however, that by the look of the church leaders they highlight, the advertisers they accept, and the positions they take editorially, they are not plugged into the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. If they were, they wouldn"t put money and influence above truth and holiness.
In fact, it would be easy for any Spirit-filled Bible believer to discern that CT is one of the leading publications spreading apostasy and disloyalty to the One Whose name they choose to market and drag through the mud.
While we regret the damage done to the cause of Christ and reputation of the church by Ted Haggard"s perverted sexual immorality, we feel a particular sense of compassion for his family and urge prayer for them.
by James Jacob Prasch
Some years ago in the company of the late evangelist Barry Smith I spoke at the predominantly Maori. church of Brian Tamaki , in Rotorua, NZ .
At that time I warned against going the way of the American and South African tele-evangelist money preachers. My warnings were needless to say unheeded.
Now Brian Tamaki has imitated Australia 's Andrew Evans and John Lewis in seeking political office in a down under version of American tele-evangelist and ecumenical false prophet and scandal guru Pat Robertson.
By Jennifer Riley
Christian Post Reporter
Monday, Dec 17, 2007 02:58 PM ET
Megachurch pastor Rick Warren attended a large Reform Jewish gathering last week to share tips on how to build a community.
Warren - who saw his church expand from seven people meeting in his house to 22,000 people worshipping in an expansive treasure island-like campus " “ said the key to holding onto visitors is involving them in a small group.
How much do you know about the Catholic Church and the followers of Catholicism? Most people are aware that Mary (the mother of Jesus) is on a very high pedestal, that Catholics go to mass every Sunday (the "good" ones, anyway), go to confession at least once a year, and take the Eucharist when at mass. That"s about all I knew as of 2 years ago, until I moved to Mexico - a VERY Catholic country.
by Jewel van de Merwe
Discernment Ministries Inc.
"Our goal has been to put people together who normally won't even speak to each other. We do not expect all participants in the Summit discussion to agree with all of our Evangelical beliefs. However, the HIV/AIDS pandemic cannot be fought by Evangelicals alone. It will take the cooperation of all " “ government, business, NGOs and the church. That is the purpose of this Summit " “ to marshal the policy of the government; the finances of business; the expertise of the health organizations; and the compassion, volunteerism and reach of the church in order to care for the sick and save lives." [Statement by Saddleback Valley Community Church Regarding Senator Barack Obama as One of Nearly 60 Featured Speakers at the Second Annual Global Summit on AIDS and the Church, Contact: Larry Ross. ]
The above press release "Statement" pertaining to the recent controversial AIDS conference at Saddleback is indicative of the new Social Gospel rapidly gaining prominence in evangelical circles. This Social Gospel is a re-hash of the old mainline denomination Social Gospel of the past century but it includes more partners " “ e.g., the corporate (business), NGOs, parachurch and mission groups. The new Social Gospel also comes in the slick new package of a global AIDS crisis " “ and tragically so.
by Berit Kjos
"When you write the best-selling book in the world for the last three years, that changes your life.... Ten percent of America's churches have engaged in '40 Days of Purpose' programs, which have 'spread' to secular organizations, including sports teams and major corporations such as Ford, Wal-Mart and Coca-Cola, not to mention the military." :"(Wendy Kaminer, " Rick Warren, 'America's Pastor'" at www.thenation.com/doc/20050912/kaminer)": RickWarren
by Rob Eshman
Are there any Jewish Rick Warrens?
That"s not a fair question.
There are few people of any faith like Warren.
As I sat listening to him speak at Sinai Temple"s Friday Night Live Shabbat services last week, I thought of the only other person I"d met with Warren"s eloquence, charisma, and passion " ” but Bill Clinton carries a certain amount of baggage that Warren doesn"t.
Warren spoke at Sinai as part of the Synagogue 3000 program, which aims to revitalize Jewish worship.
Robert Shuller's protege, Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church, has imitated his mentor Shuller by having a Moslem cleric preaching to Christians from his pulpit in the aftermath of September 11th Islamic attack in which moslems murdered 3,000 people on American soil.