Monday, January 16, 2012


Who points up the gospel more than evangelicals?  Noooobody.  Is that true?  I say not.  But I will agree that no one talks about how much they talk about the gospel like evangelicals.  Yet, are they really even talking about the gospel?  There is one gospel and evangelicals want you to think they're talking about the gospel.  They've got "the gospel coalition" and "together for the gospel" and they say the "evangel" is the "first thing."  They want you to know that they are centering, dead center, on the gospel because they're gospel centered.  It's right in the middle of everything.  It's first in order.  Nothing comes in front of it.  And etcetera, etcetera.

I've got three current illustrations to show that gospel emphasis is more talk than show among professing evangelicals.  I could be accused of broad brushing this, but the evangelicals do the kind of thing I'm going to illustrate all the time, and other evangelicals don't separate over it.  As a result, evangelicals terribly confuse the gospel.  My three examples today are Russell Moore, Dean of Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where Albert Mohler is the president, Tim Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and leader in The Gospel Coalition, and then Billy Graham.  This piece will briefly explore Russell Moore and Mother Teresa, Tim Keller and Martin Luther King, Jr., and then Billy Graham and Robert Schuller.  I believe these examples of major evangelical leaders, and the lack of separation from them, show the fallacy of evangelical gospel accuracy and emphasis.

On his blog, Russell Moore writes: "The next Mother Teresa might be managing an abortion clinic right now."  He was speaking of Mother Teresa as a great convert of the gospel.  In his book, Reasons for God, Tim Keller writes:  "The greatest champion in our era [Martin Luther King, Jr.] knew the antidote to racism was not less Christianity, but a deeper and truer Christianity."  He was speaking of Martin Luther King, Jr. as a great and important representative of a true gospel.  Billy Graham says to Robert Schuller:

What God is doing today is calling people out of the world for His name. Whether they come from the Muslim world, or the Buddhist world, or the Christian world, or the non-believing world, they are members of the body of Christ because they've been called by God. They may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their hearts they need something that they don't have and they turn to the only light they have and I think they're saved and they're going to be with us in heaven.

How each of these come across to me is as pandering to a particular crowd to earn their favor.  They each show how someone might better "succeed" through carnal weaponry.  And that's at the least.  Mother Teresa did not believe a true gospel.  Martin Luther King, Jr. didn't even believe in the deity of Christ.  He was a theological liberal (like Jimmy Carter).  Read his own writings.  And for Billy Graham you'll find a host of quotations and many practical examples like the one above.  When evangelicals can't even get these right, or will not separate over them (Gal 1:6-9), they do not epitomize, exhibit, or exemplify a true gospel.


Jon Gleason said...

But, Kent! But, but, but....

Oh, never mind. You write right on this.

The Russell Moore one surprised me, I must admit. I didn't expect him to drift quite that far.

People can speak loosely and make mistakes. But he has approved comments for publication asserting that sure, she was saved. And he has never clarified, "No, I didn't mean she was saved."

If someone took something you said and posted a comment to your blog defending something you didn't mean, you wouldn't approve the comment for publication without refuting it. So either he really did mean she is saved, or he is actively letting an erroneous and heretical misunderstanding of his intent go unanswered.

Not very good for someone who is "Gospel-centered".

Gary Webb said...

It looks to me that each of these actions violates II John 7-11. These "evangelicals" are "partakers of the evil deeds" of false teachers - that is, aiding them in sending souls to Hell. A major problem here is that Evangelicals & Fundamentalists refuse to identify false teachers. Yesterday was MLK day. Last year one of our young people in a large, Fundamentalist, Christian school was in class on MLK day, & his teacher asked the class why they were in school that day & all the public schools did not have class. He then asked who MLK was, & no student answered. He upbraided the class & asked again who MLK was. The student from our church [who is a very quiet, polite, smart student] finally said, "He was a Communist & a womanizer." The teacher responded, "You better keep your mouth shut when you do not know what you are talking about." I thought he ought to follow his own advice.