Much of what I share in my book “Religious Trojan Horse”, I would never be allowed to present in most “evangelical” churches or on “Christian” radio or television stations. Most are either hostile to biblical truth or are afraid of the public relations fallout from the truth we speak at Worldview Weekend conferences.
In 1983, Walter Martin spoke at the ordination service for my friend and mentor, Ron Carlson. I have played Dr. Martin’s sermon on my radio program because it is still so timely. He told those assembled in the California church that they needed to understand that people who speak biblical truth are not censored primarily by the secular media but by the Church and “Christian” media:
You see, the attitude of the Christian media is don’t rock the boat, and the Christian Church is suffering from that disease today by its Latin name, non rock-a-boat-us. Whatever you do, non rock-a-boat-us ecclesiastic-us. Don’t shake, rattle and roll the boat of the Church. Leave us alone….
They’re always screaming about secular humanism censoring the Christian Church, but they’re the ones that are censoring the Christian Church. They don’t want to get on television and on radio and tell it like it is. You know why? Because then they won’t get any checks from people out there whose feelings they hurt.
So, they are not governed by the Holy Spirit. They are not governed by the authority of the Scriptures which commands them to tell the truth. They are governed by the almighty checkbook of the people that are listening.
The “soft” persecution and censorship now taking place in America is coming largely from self-professing Christians. I have a file of emails from “Christian” leaders who, through the years, have criticized me for speaking about false teachers. Some of these are highly visible authors or Christian radio and television hosts. Many have the public reputation of being bold and committed to truth, but in reality they are very shrewd about the issues they will address. If an issue will impact the bottom line or upset their “good old boy club,” the truth becomes a casualty. I have personally witnessed many of evangelicalism’s well-known personalities clam up when a biblical stand might negatively impact their book and DVD sales, speaking invitations, attendance of their conferences, donors to their organization, or how many stations carry their radio programs.
Is it any wonder that a religious Trojan horse has slipped into the camp of evangelicalism when so many “perceived” watchmen will only warn the Church when it does not impact their bottom line, personal well-being, or reputation? May neither you nor I allow the love of money to cause us to stray from proclaiming the truth as 1 Timothy 6:10 warns: “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”