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Keep the Change (Agents)

Keep the Change (Agents)



By Brannon S. Howse



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The church in America, and worldwide, is being co-opted by at least four groups.


 


#1 The Neo-Evangelicals


 


The first group calls themselves the "New Evangelicals," but I prefer to call them neo-evangelicals. If that sounds a little like neo-Marxists, there's a reason for that. Many of them embrace the economic philosophies of Karl Marx as well as all manner of heresy handed down by their forerunners who embraced "neo-orthodoxy."


 


As Iain Murray points out in his exceptional book, Evangelicalism Divided:


 


The "new evangelicalism" was the name first employed to describe what was proposed at Fuller. When its intended meaning was misrepresented by critics…the faculty [dropped] the term.


 


By dropping "new evangelicalism," the terms evangelicalism or evangelical have been diluted by liberalism and have come to mean nothing.


 


The most noteworthy characteristic of neo-evangelicals is their commitment to postmodernism, the belief that truth and reality are created by man and not by God. According to postmodernism, each person defines his or her own version of truth. Truth is subjective, situational, and is known primarily through experiences-including occult practices such walking a labyrinth, yoga, and transcendental meditation.

Many neo-evangelicals also accept liberation theology, a mixture of Marxism and Christianity, which means it ceases to be real Christianity as defined by the Word of God. Others adopt dominion theology and falsely believe it is their job to establish God's kingdom on earth. The liberation theology camp uses socialist justice as a primary tool while the dominion theology group advances the cause through church culture which promotes their specific version of what the world should look like.


 


As noted earlier, Jesus refuted both approaches in John 18:36 when he said, "My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here."



Many within the neo-evangelical camp have little interest in the conservative movement and tend to be both political and theological liberals. They have historically opposed the religious right, because of their disagreement with the right's conservative political and theological worldview. The religious right developed in the mid-1970s during the administration of President Jimmy Carter. Some of the its founders included the late Pastor Adrian Rogers of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the late Dr. D. James Kennedy of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and the late Dr. Jerry Falwell of Thomas Road Baptist Church and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.


The next generation of religious right leaders, unlike the previous generation, has largely abandoned the early leaders' commitment to biblical theology and doctrine and unite openly with false teachers when it furthers their political and cultural goals. For this reason, I refer to the religious right as the New Religious Right.


 


#2 The New Religious Right


 


The New Religious Right consists of some who believe in dominion theology and some who do not. The hallmark of the group is an obsession with politics at the expense of the Gospel. The New Religious Right rarely, if ever, publicly proclaims the biblical Gospel. When they do, it is often alongside false teachers of the New Apostolic Reformation, the Word of Faith Movement, and New Agers. The result is a public confused as to which gospel is true Gospel.


My first-hand experience with many New Religious Right leaders and my years of studying them lead me to believe that they are largely committed to pragmatism, power, popularity, and access to political leaders, and they will compromise the Gospel and biblical principles in order to form political and religious connections with known heretics (can you say, "Glenn Beck"?), if that is what it takes to be successful in their agenda.


 


I believe the New Religious Right is often driven by what will fill their fundraising coffers. They embrace projects and initiatives based on an assessment of what will increase donations as well as public visibility and likeability among "people of faith." Mainstream acceptance increases the size of honorariums they can charge for speeches at churches or "conservative" banquets.  Yet their speeches rarely include the Gospel because the ultimate goal is not biblical preaching but winning another political battle, the next conflict in the culture war, or an upcoming election. That way, they can take credit in the next fundraising letter.


 


#3 Change Agents-a.k.a., Christian Impersonators


 


The third group consists of change agents who are really imposters posing as Christians, evangelicals, or neo-evangelicals in order to infiltrate from within. These "change agents" are rabid haters of Christians, the Gospel, and the Bible and know exactly how to manipulate the church for their own ends. Many of them co-opt religious organizations and institutions in order to turn them toward pagan spirituality, ecumenicalism, liberation theology, dominion theology, and the creation of a New World Order. A significant goal of change agents and neo-evangelicals is to transform the church so it is no longer an obstacle to the New World Order but an active participant and builder of it. 


 


#4 Useful Idiots


 


By calling the fourth group "useful idiots," I am not name-calling but using an historic term created by Josef Stalin to describe those who gave him credibility. Useful idiots generally are so spiritually immature that they do not have the theological and doctrinal discernment to understand they are being used. They love having their egos fed by invitations from the "rich and famous" to sit on boards of directors, give speeches at conferences, or join high profile organizations. Their Achilles' Heel is the pride which drives them to desire popularity, to be part of the in-crowd, to seem important, to be admired, and to be seen with celebrities of all sorts. Useful idiots can be found among neo-evangelicals, the New Religious Right, and change agents, but the separate tracks they all run on converge in one grand scheme.


 


Click here to order Religious Trojan Horse and continue reading about how these four groups are co-opting the church and helping to build a religious Trojan Horse whether they know it or not.


Book description:


Brannon Howse echoes the warning of Jude 3-as urgent now as the day Jude first wrote the words almost 20 centuries ago. Godless worldviews have been eroding Europe's and America's Judeo-Christian heritage for years, but now the problem has taken a dire turn for the worse. While false teachers have been around since biblical times, infiltration of the church has increased alarmingly, just as Jesus predicted in Matthew 24.


Well known evangelical and pro-family leaders have joined in events, alliances, and common causes with a shocking array of unbiblical partners. As a result, many contemporary "Christian" leaders embrace and encourage the false Jesus and false gospels of Mormonism, the New Age Movement, Roman Catholicism, Word of Faith teachers, the New Apostolic Reformation, Eastern Mysticism, and the spiritual left.


Our bitterest philosophical enemies have made it past the gatekeepers of both mainstream and evangelical Christian thought, and anti-Christian worldviews have assembled within the walls of our churches. As a result, hostile forces wreak havoc in the minds and hearts of believers who are caught unaware.


In Religious Trojan Horse, Brannon exposes the outrageous breach of integrity in the Church, compromised by popular and dangerous teachings that are anything but scriptural. With thorough and precise documentation of every claim and accusation, Brannon shows exactly who is to blame and how. In this book, you'll discover:


·         How the philosophy and eschatology of false religions have infiltrated evangelicalism;


·         The saboteurs who have convinced 21st century evangelicals to embrace and promote heresies of the social gospel, dominion theology, ecumenicalism, mysticism, social justice, and communitarianism;


·         The real and present danger that a false church has brought "soft" persecution to biblically committed Christians-with worse to follow;


·         The potential for an apostate Church to become the catalyst for the coming New World Order;


·         How the Harlot Church of Revelation 17 will do the bidding of a one-world leader;


·         The threat that mainstreaming a blend of "signs and wonders" with mystical "Christianity" has already conditioned unaware sheeple to accept a one-world leader;


·         That the pro-family "industry" and its "culture war" have been an easy mark for infiltration by enemies of the Gospel;


·         How Rick Warren, Tony Blair, Joel Osteen, C. Peter Wagner, Glenn Beck, Mikhail Gorbachev, the Rockefellers, Mike Bickle, Rick Joyner, Peter Drucker, Jim Wallis, Tony Compolo, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, and others have assisted in "building the religious Trojan horse.


Brannon explains how the world's religions are converging through a syncretism now supported by evangelicals. His revelations will shock you at first. Then you'll likely be tempted to despair. And make no mistake, the situation is grim. Yet Brannon offers hope simply by opening your eyes to what is happening and what still can be done. He charts the path on which we can return to truly biblical teaching, preaching, and raising of our children.


"Certain men" are indeed creeping in unnoticed, but God is still in charge-and working decisively through those who will not exchange any of the truth for a lie. Religious Trojan Horse will help you become one of the ones stand against the invaders.