The American Evangelical Church Needs a Massive Reformation
By Jay Grimstead
(This article is excerpted from a Coalition on Revival Update
newsletter for June, 2010. It is a response by dear friend Dr. Jay to our previous newsletter presentation on The Shack: Good Entertainment or Undermining of the Faith, June 10, 2010
The Evangelical and supposedly Bible-believing Church in America needs a massive reformation.
One symptom of this need is the acceptance of and enthusiasm by a large number of Christians and Christian leaders about a grossly heretical, anti-Biblical, fictional novel that is a New York Times best seller, which has sold over two million copies, called The Shack
. For several reviews of The Shack
, I encourage you to go to the Nordskog Publishing
website (“Review of The Shack”
, “What You Need to Know About The Shack,” “The Shack: Helpful or Heretical?”
, “Refashioning God,”
and “Is The Shack Heresy?”
(a pro-Shack article by Wayne Jacobsen, collaborator on The Shack)). Or read the book and check it out for yourself if you are theologically sound and stable.
Those promoting this book claim it can minister much to those hurting people who have been hurt by the church and are disillusioned with traditional Christianity and traditional “church.” But it seems obvious to me that such a book cannot do much of anything except lead disillusioned people further into error, anti-Biblical thinking and further disillusionment. For example, in Dr. Norman Geisler’s review of The Shack
on that website mentioned above, I have more or less paraphrased some of the serious problems he raises about the book in the points following:
- This book rejects traditional Christianity and orthodox theology.
- One’s Experience is considered more important in finding Truth than scripture; experience trumps revelation.
- The doctrine of Sola Scriptura (Scripture Only) is rejected as the absolute standard for Truth and for one’s Worldview.
- There is a grossly unBiblical view of the Trinity and the nature of God. One of the sub-points under this problem is the presentation of God the Father as a human woman. Also, it abolishes the Biblical perspective of there being an economic hierarchy within the Trinity.
- It claims that God does not need to punish sin. God’s love overpowers God’s justice and His holiness is sacrificed for His mercy. A view close to universalism is presented.
- It has a false understanding of the Person and Work of Christ, and claims all three Persons of the Trinity were incarnated into Jesus’ body, not just the Son.
- It eliminates a true, factual knowledge of God because God is claimed to be so “wholly other,” and beyond our ability to understand (which sounds a lot like the Neo-Orthodox Karl Barth).
- It embraces an irrational view of faith and pits faith against reason.
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Second American Revolution: Jay Grimstead
The Coalition on Revival
Background of the COR Documents
The 42 Articles of the Essentials of a Christian Worldview (PDF)
When our leaders used to call us to prayer and fasting
by William J. Federer
To punish Massachusetts for the Tea Party, King George III decided to destroy its economy by blockading Boston's harbor on June 1, 1774.
Thomas Jefferson drafted a Resolution for a "Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer" to be observed the same day. It was introduced in the Virginia House of Burgesses May 24, 1774, by Robert Carter Nicholas and supported by Patrick Henry, Richard Henry Lee and George Mason, passing unanimously:
"This House, being deeply impressed with apprehension of the great dangers, to be derived to British America, from the hostile invasion of the City of Boston, in our sister Colony of Massachusetts … deem it highly necessary that the said first day of June be set apart, by the members of this House as a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, devoutly to implore the Divine interposition, for averting the heavy calamity which threatens destruction to our civil rights. … Ordered, therefore that the Members of this House do attend … with the Speaker, and the Mace, to the Church in this City, for the purposes aforesaid; and that the Reverend Mr. Price be appointed to read prayers, and the Reverend Mr. Gwatkin, to preach a sermon."
George Washington wrote in his diary, June 1, 1774: "Went to church, fasted all day."
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I do not like this Uncle Sam, I do not like his health care scam. I do not like these dirty crooks, or how they lie and cook the books. I do not like when Congress steals, I do not like their secret deals. I do not like this speaker, Nan, I do not like this 'YES WE CAN.' I do not like this spending spree, I'm smart, I know that nothing's free. I do not like your smug replies, when I complain about your lies. I do not like this kind of hope. I do not like it, nope, nope, nope!
—author and illustrator unknown
"The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government, lest it come to dominate our lives and interests."
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With My Rifle by My Side: A Second Amendment Lesson
AUTHOR: Kimberly Jo Simac
ILLUSTRATOR: Donna Goeddaeus
With My Rifle by My Side is a story written for young children to encourage an appreciation and respect for appropriate firearm use. It is a charming children's story written in verse that reclaims American values through the perspective of a young boy. The boy enjoys sharing in the experience of hunting with his Dad and sister. He also learns about gun safety as he learns how to shoot his own rifle. After taking part in their outdoor activities, the boy's family learns about our nation's history as they visit American monuments. With My Rifle by My Side is a book with colorful illustrations and a delightful story that renews the spirit of American liberty and honor.
BINDING: Hardback, full-color cover; full-color inside; 48 pages
Prayers and Presidents
Inspiring Faith from Leaders of the Past
by William J. Federer
"Went to church and fasted all day."—George Washington
Diary Entry, June 1, 1774, the day the British blockaded Boston's harbor
From George Washington's orders for troops to attend divine services, to Abraham Lincoln's annual day of thanksgiving, to Harry S Truman's annual day of prayer, America's leaders of the past have a tradition of faith, especially in times of crises! There is a chapter on every President of the past, from George Washington through George W. Bush, with excerpts from Proclamations, Addresses to Congress, Executive Orders, Personal Correspondence and Memoirs. A great source of inspiration for any student of history, you will be uplifted and challenged by reading, Prayers & Presidents-Inspiring Faith from Leaders of the Past.
Paperback, 308 pages
Kinsey: Crimes and Consequences
by Judith Reisman
Dr. Judith Reisman's definitive book on Dr. Alfred Kinsey published 50 years after the publication of his first sex study, Sexual Behavior in the Human Male. The sexual revolution was based on a lie. Dr. Judith Reisman has spent 30 years uncovering the truth.
In 1948, the Institute for Sex Research at Indiana University was led by eugenicist Alfred C. Kinsey, whose sex research shook America's moral foundation and launched the 1960's Sexual Revolution. Fifty years later new revelations confirm Dr. Judith's Reisman's 1981 expose of scientific fraud and criminally derived data contained in the publicly funded Kinsey Reports. Dr. Reisman's revealed that Kinsey conducted human experiments in a soundproof laboratory built to his specifications at Indiana University, and that the sexual abuse of at least 317 infants and young boys was scientific protocol for Kinsey's 1948 report. Dr. Reisman discloses for the first time the ongoing consequences to the American people and the world based on Kinsey's deliberately skewed research. Kinsey died in 1956 but his Institute endures today under the expanded title "The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction," suggesting an even more ominous threat to human rights and liberty.
Hardback, 342 pages
Against Dispensationalism: Israel, the Church & Bible Prophecy (DVD)
by Kenneth L. Gentry Jr. Th.D., Kenneth G. Talbot Ph.D.
Is the Dispensational hermeneutic a literal hermeneutic? What is the supposed law of first mention? Who is true Israel? How does one become a Jew? Was the formation of the new state of Israel in 1948 fulfillment of Biblical prophecy? Does the Bible teach that there is a future temple yet to be built? Has dispensationalism broken continuity with the Word of God and Church history? Has dispensationalism in its history taught different ways of salvation? NiceneCouncil dot com's 2008 Conference, Against Dispensationalism: Israel, the Church & Bible Prophecy, was held October 4-5 and the conference DVD features Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. (Th.D.), Kenneth G. Talbot (Ph.D.) and Jerry Johnson (M. Phil.) covering these and other topics. This two DVD set is divided into seven segments totaling nearly seven hours in length. The lecture titles are: Literally Abused: The Hermeneutics of Dispensationalism - The Harlot Rides the Beast - Not All of Israel is Israel - Matthew and the Demise of Israel - Against Dispensationalism Part I - Against Dispensationalism Part II - Roundtable Discussion
Hardback, 342 pages