Did you know that, according to some evangelical leaders,
Jesus Christ could never be a true evangelical ?
John Stott, while not as well known in the mainstream as Billy Graham, is described by
Christianity Today magazine (January 8, 1996, page 25), as having an influence among
evangelicals that is "of international proportions." He was "The key framer of the
historic Lausanne Covenant (1974), which serves almost as an evangelical apostles'
creed in many Third World settings." Some have even called him "An evangelical
thought leader" and an "evangelical Solomon."
In the past, Mr. Stott has made certain statements that would force one to conclude that
Jesus Christ, Himself, would not be open-minded enough to be a true evangelical. In the
same issue of Christianity Today (pg. 28) he defines "the true evangelical" in the
"The fundamentalist is like A CAGED BIRD, unable to escape at all. To me, THE TRUE
EVANGELICAL IS LIKE A KITE, which flies high but at the same time is always
tethered. This demands a particularly UNUSUAL COMBINATION of loyalty to the past
and CREATIVITY FOR THE FUTURE."
Mr. John Stott's reference to exercising "CREATIVITY FOR THE FUTURE" is another
way of saying that evangelicals should be open-minded, willing to accept new ideas.
However, the fundamentalist (Jesus was considered one in His time) is "like A CAGED
BIRD." People like Jesus are trapped, stagnated by their own dogmatism. They're too
rigid and can't "grow" or become more "enlightened." In fact, the Bible admits that:
"Jesus Christ THE SAME yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Heb. 13:8
In the same article, Mr. Stott is asked about his opinion concerning the existence of a
literal Hell. He goes on to say:
"I would prefer to call myself AGNOSTIC ON THIS ISSUE, as are a number of New
Testament scholars I know. In my view, THE BIBLICAL TEACHING IS NOT PLAIN
ENOUGH TO WARRANT DOGMATISM. The hallmark of an AUTHENTIC EVANGEL-
ICALISM is not the uncritical REPETITION of old traditions [Such as Hell's existence?]
but THE WILLINGNESS to submit every tradition, however ancient, to FRESH BIBLI-
CAL SCRUTINY and, if necessary, REFORM."
Apparently, in order to characterize "The hallmark of an AUTHENTIC EVANGELICALISM"
(and thus be a true evangelical), Jesus would have to "grow" and become a lot more open-minded
than He is now. He would have to possess "THE WILLINGNESS to submit every tradition,
however ancient, to FRESH biblical scrutiny and, if necessary, REFORM."
Evangelicals feel it's reasonable to compromise traditional Bible doctrines in light of societal
changes. Take Hell for example: evangelicals feel that society is too "sophisticated" to accept the
fact that there is a literal Hell. Plus, Hell is not a popular subject to preach since, in the public's
opinion, preaching it can be downright offensive. That's why, Mr. Stott compromises by saying:
"We must not set secular fashion and the Holy Spirit over
AGAINST each other. PUBLIC OPINION ISN'T ALWAYS WRONG."
However, the Bible teaches that "secular fashion" (public opinion) will always stand AGAINST
the Holy Spirit. Society, as a whole is not interested in hearing about sin, Hell and the need for
repentance. Instead, people want their "spiritual leaders" to, "Prophesy [PREACH] not unto us
right things, SPEAK UNTO US SMOOTH THINGS, prophesy deceits" (Isa. 30:10). "For the
time will come when they WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE; but after their own
lusts shall they heap to themselves TEACHERS [NOT PREACHERS!], having itching ears"
(2 Tim. 4:3). Jesus Christ could never be a true evangelical because He'd never be willing to
"REFORM" His own words in order to accommodate public opinion. Jesus said:
"For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle
shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." Matthew 5:18
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but
my words shall not pass away." Matthew 24:35
On the other hand, Billy Graham, for example, is a true evangelical in that his open-mindedness
allows him to "grow." A side article in a November 15, 1993, issue of Time magazine states that:
"SOME 30 YEARS AGO, Billy Graham, 70, turned down the offer of a star on Hollywood
Boulevard because he thought it would be TOO SELF - AGGRANDIZING. But last week the
evangelist, who has ministered to 100 million people around the world, RECONSIDERED. I
hope it will identify me with the Gospel that I preach, he said. His will be the 1,900th star
on the famed sidewalk, near those of Julie Andrews and WAYNE NEWTON."
Compared to Billy Graham, Jesus would be a lousy evangelical because He is incapable of
changing His personal convictions. In fact, the Bible says:
"For I am the LORD, I CHANGE NOT..." Malachi 3:6
Friend, in all seriousness, let's stop right here and ask:
Are YOU adhering to the compromising practices of the evangelical movement instead of taking
the same unwavering stand that Jesus Christ took? Maybe you've assumed all along that you were
in the same movement that Christ would join if He were on earth today. But apparently, Jesus
would be too rigid and set in His ways to be considered an evangelical. He might even be
considered an embarrassment to the movement. But Jesus said:
"For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of
man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the
holy angels." Luke 9:26
"... And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth
God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God." John 8:46-47
Friend, does the possibility that you are not on Jesus' side seem far-fetched? Does the implication
that you can be an evangelical and still be lost sound absurd to you? It shouldn't, because Jesus
"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the
kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many
will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied [PREACHED] in thy
name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many
wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart
from me, ye that work iniquity." Mat. 7:21-23
Please read the previous verse again and if you don't think that the group mentioned includes
evangelicals, then you tell me: WHO IS JESUS REFERRING TO? In the end, it is Jesus Christ
whom you will stand before in judgment, so take heed to His warning:
"He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the
word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." John 12:48
Please consider everything you've just read and realize that the evangelical movement tends to
compromise and "receiveth not" everything that Christ said. Don't assume your eternity-
bound soul is on the right path simply because you're an evangelical. Jesus, in His day, confronted
people who also thought they were on the right path. And Jesus said to them:
"I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." Luke 13:3 (Please take the time to read God's plan of salvation on the back [below].)
IF you were to die today, are you 100% SURE
you would go to Heaven? The Bible says
YOU CAN BE SURE (1 John 5:13).
BUT FIRST, you must realize that what keeps
you from going to Heaven are your sins, because:
"...your iniquities [sins] have separated
between you and your God," Isa. 59:2.
In fact, in God's eyes YOU ARE A SINNER: "For
all have sinned, and come short
of the glory of God;" Rom. 3:23.
And Jesus, referring to sinners, said that He:
"shall send forth his angels, and they shall
gather out of his kingdom all things that offend,
and them which do iniquity [sinners];
And shall cast them into
a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing
and gnashing of teeth." Mat. 13:41-42
SECONDLY, you must realize that there is
NOTHING you can do to save yourself and earn
Heaven: "For by grace are ye saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the
gift of God: Not of works, lest any man
should boast." Eph. 2:8-9 Baptism, good deeds,
church membership, self-righteousness are all
examples of good works that cannot save you,
because: "Not by works of
righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he [Christ] saved
us," Titus 3:5.
THE ONLY WAY you can get saved
is through Jesus Christ. He said: "I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by me."
(John 14:6) THAT'S WHY: "...while we were
yet sinners, Christ died for us."
(Rom. 5:8-9) THEREFORE: You must REPENT
(change your mind); admit that you are a Hell
deserving sinner and can't save yourself. And
call upon Christ, and Him alone, to save you.
"if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord
Jesus [REPENT], and shalt believe in thine
heart [TRUST] that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved." Rom. 10:9
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