Watch this video for an in depth examination of Rick Warren’s ministry. Draw you own conclusions, but this documentary highlights many of the issues Truth Watch has been talking about for more than a decade. Warren’s mentor was Peter Drucker who openly acknowledged he was not a Christian and had no interest in Christianity. To him it was just one of many faiths, but he was interested in promoting community projects using the church model. Warren and Hybels used Drucker’s ideas for church growth to build mega-churches off a marketing strategy and not the gospel of Jesus Christ. Warren’s book The Purpose Driven Life was simply an extension of Drucker’s church building formula. Warren used proof-texting from Scripture to justify his promotion of a self-centered ‘christianity’ that he knew would be more appealing than the real message of the Bible. Many in church leadership have tried to emulate his success at the expense of truth and the gospel.
Despite decades of pushing friendship evangelism the western Church has not seen much growth. In fact the reverse is true. Acceptance of Christianity, especially amongst youth continues to shrink in the face of a concerted anti-Christian campaign, as Barna research (Read U Turn by George Barna) proves. Church leaders have consigned the Church to a modern wilderness by refusing to confront secularisms drive to marginalise Christianity while simultaneously adopting management marketing principles to recruit church goers, rather than to disciple true believers. There has been an escalation of commitment to seeker-friendly friendship evangelism by leaders, especially through the emergent church movement and the mega-church influence of Rick Warren’s purpose driven me-ism and Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek. This escalation has continued in the face of abundant evidence that it is failing to produce true followers of Jesus Christ. Barna catalogues this failure with plentiful statistical evidence in U Turn. In a 2014 article on this issue Truth Watch explains why friendship evangelism is failing to live up to expectations. The issue we cover include presenting the real Jesus, developing a comprehensive Christian world view, the importance of apologetics, the law to grace method of evangelism, the church’s defencelessness and the church’s teaching treadmill. All is explained in the article.
Our latest article (see: My Church Journey – 30 Years of Lies - Articles menu) describes the journey from active church attendee to Christian refugee of one of Truth Watch’s founding members. Jack (a pseudonym), describes his experience with the Anglican, AOG, Baptist denominations before his exodus to the independent Christian fellowships, from which he was eventually forced to flee. His journey mirrors that of other Truth Watch members who all found that proper biblical discernment, exegesis and truth were progressively diluted in so many churches over the last 30 years.
The presence of evil in the world is often used by atheists and back-slidden Christians to justify their unbelief. They erroneously claim evil would not be found in a world created by an all-loving and all-powerful God. From there they conclude God cannot therefore exist. This argument appears to have validity until the bigger picture is considered.
God is all-loving for those that accept him by faith. He is also all-loving in the sense that he wants everyone to accept him and join him for eternity. Jesus Christ sacrificed himself on the cross to make that possible. He submitted to evil to make freedom from evil, for eternity, possible for all. God is also all-powerful, but there is abundant evidence that God never claimed he would use that power to prevent evil in a world that refused to honour him with the free will he had given its people. In fact he judged the whole world in Noah’s time by killing everyone, other that Noah and his family. He ordered the genocide of tribal groups and he used war to bring down empires and judge his own people. In John’s Revelation God fore-swears that he will destroy vast numbers of people and devastate the environment in the end times Tribulation. This is not a God to trifle with.
It is simply not possible to reduce God to a IF he-has-these-attributes-THEN-he-would-do-such-and-such equation. As we demonstrate in our article, all the factors pertaining to evil’s existence are far more complex than a manufactured argument that rests on bald assumptions about several facets of God’s nature. Atheists may be content with resting their case on this argument but all they will do is condemn themselves. They can beat their chests about what they think God should do, but they cannot expunge God with an over-simplified and banal excuse. Go to the articles section and read The Problem of Evil – No Problem After all.
There are many aspects to evolutionary theory that make it unbelievable. The very idea that the complexity of living organisms can have its origins in nothing but inorganic matter is ridiculous. Evolutionary scientists have no idea how it happened beyond wild speculation. The probability that amino acids could spontaneously order themselves in very specific ways to produce proteins which then form complex interacting groupings to achieve a myriad of complex functions is so ludicrous it beggars belief. How DNA, the brains behind cellular life, could ever form on its own is unimaginable. Then there is the way the universe, our planet and our solar system in particular are so very finely tuned to make life possible. These so called cosmological constants only have to be minutely altered to make life and even the cosmos impossible. It simply cannot happen by chance.
But, lets get down to something a lot more basic that even we lesser mortals can ponder before concluding evolution must be wrong. One of the key evolutionary principles concerns what is called the survival of the fittest. Evolutionists claim life grew in complexity as it self-selected on the basis of survivability. The most complex and highly evolved ‘animal’, according to evolutionists, is us – Man. They claim we got to where we are today because some small apes decided to drop out of the trees, for which they were supremely well designed, and make it on the forest floor.
Think about it. Why would an animal, designed to depend on its tree-dwelling ability decide to head for the ground? Every fibre of its natural instinct would have told it to stay in the safety of the trees. To try to make it on the ground is to defy the very survival of the fittest doctrine. On the ground small apes are highly vulnerable to predators. True, they might have ventured on to the ground to forage for some types of food, but they would have fled to the trees every time a sabre-tooth headed their way. Their vulnerability would have mitigated against ground adaptation. Their whole pelvic design, for example, makes flight on the ground almost impossible. To adapt to terrestrial living they would have had to stay on the ground for many generations, according to evolutionary theory, but that would have left them at the mercy of just about every known predator. They would not be fit to survive on the ground. The great apes can survive on the ground because they are large enough to see off most predators, but even they are restricted to a very small habitat, suited to their survival. The small apes, the Australopithicines, which the evolutionists claim were our forebears, had no size or strength advantage, no speed advantage and no fighting advantage. Their only hope lay in the trees. It is therefore reasonable to conclude the man from apes idea is unworkable – using evolutionary theory’s own dictum.
The fact is real empirical science has been replaced , by evolutionists like Richard Dawkins, with scientism; a religious dogma that insists God cannot exist and therefore everything must owe its origins to chance and the sole operation of natural laws, even if those very laws cannot make something out of nothing and cannot emerge on their own from nothing. Dawkins and his ilk pretend to get past this fact by waiving it aside with “we’re working on that”. This is tantamount to the blind faith they attribute to Christianity.
What is even more sad than this self-delusion is the fact that so many Christians think that a fairytale called evolution needs to be superimposed over an all powerful, all knowing God to produce everything there is while God sits idly by and watches with impotent interest. They have adopted their own form of scientism. If Jesus is Lord then he is the king of and creator of creativity itself. If he is Lord he is capable of bringing everything into being and he has told us that is exactly what he did. If Jesus is Lord, no ape needed to swing down out of a tree. God created the tree, the ape and Man. When Christians swallow the evolutionary lie they deny Jesus is Lord – Romans 10:9. If they are prepared to believe in evolution any old lie that comes along will be just as easily accepted. The leadership of the Church has allowed this appalling state of affairs to develop and it is at them that God will point his staff of justice.
Given the continued rise of globalisation, technological advances, increasing anti-Semitism and the Western world’s rejection of its Christian heritage, it appears humanity is rushing headlong towards the last seven-year period described in the Book of Revelation. In a new article headed Future (End times) History Drawing Closer Still Truth Watch provides its own summary of how the final seven years of this current historical era may play out.
We start by listing the things we know for certain. These are the events clearly described in biblical prophecy – the return of Israel, the Antichrist, the false prophet and the mark of the beast, the seven seals, the bowl judgements and the seven trumpets, etc… We focus on the prophecies of Zechariah 12, Daniel 9 and Matthew 24. We speculate on what may happen around events once the Antichrist secures his false peace. We also delve into the debate around the rapture because it relates specifically to the Church.
The article is driven by the parable of the ten bridesmaids in Matthew 25 because it confirms the Church will be overtaken by events it has ignored, despite their prominence in Scripture. In the parable the Church is asleep, just as in the Song of Solomon (5:2-8) the Church is depicted as unprepared for Jesus return. Truth Watch exists because we are aware the Church has fallen into a stupor induced by false prophets and teachers. Our love for our brothers and sisters compels us to sound the watchman’s alarm even if few will listen. One day many in the Church are going to awake to find they have been left behind, because they failed to embrace and hold to biblical truth. The future history article is designed to jostle sleeping Christians into wakefulness.
If you think biblical predictions concerning a one world government and a one world leader are merely symbolic or allegorical consider these comments from these prominent one-world elitists, before going to the future history piece in our Articles section
“We must move as quickly as possible to a one world government, a one world religion and a one world leader.” Robert Muller, former U.N. Assistant Secretary General.
“What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiances of the people and to lift us out of the economic morass into which we are sinking. Send us such a man and be he god or devil we will receive him.” Paul Henri Spaak, first President of the U.N. General Assembly.
Pope Francis has taken an un-biblical position with regard to evangelism and the essential nature of truth, confirming once again the un-Christian character of the Catholic Church. In an interview, reported in the Washington Post on 2nd October, 2013 and documented in Ian Wishart’s latest book, Totalataria the Pope opined that each person “must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them.” He then added some emergent church philosophy to this error by “calling efforts to convert people to Christianity ‘solemn nonsense’ .”
The Pope’s ‘solemn nonsense’, contravenes Scripture (Luke 24:46-47; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8). To be fair his purpose was to draw a distinction between the hard gospel sell and relationship building leading to the gospel. Such a distinction encourages the soft gospel that we have discovered from the emerging church movement is no gospel at all. On top of that, of course, is the fact that the Catholic gospel is false anyway.
His relativisation of the knowledge of good and evil is classic post-modern cant. According to Jesus true worshippers worship in spirit and truth (John 4:23), while obeying God’s commands is the measure of one’s love for him (John 14:21; 1John 5:2-3). The Pope replaces objective Biblical truths with personalised human standards. In the interview the Pope talks of loving others, but misses the essential point that such love has first to come from a love for God and that love comes from obedience to his commands. It would be difficult to stray much further from real Christianity than to draw abstract distinctions between one form of evangelism and another. Whether it be the hard sell or the longer relational road both must end in a straightforward delivery of the right Gospel.
An evangelical Christian has no trouble recognising the error in the Pope’s views. He and all those like him would do well to heed the following:
- “He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” Luke 10:16
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” John 3:36
“There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.” John 12:48
Ever since the reformation and even long before that for true Christians Catholic dogma has denied the five ‘alone’s’ of the reformation and by definition rejected the one true Jesus Christ. The idolatrous worship of Mary would discredit the Catholic Church on its own, but it has also adopted other false beliefs that deny the full and final work of Jesus on the cross. The Pope’s comments strongly suggest the emerging church and Catholicism will soon find themselves on the same ecumenical road; the road that will take them both to the feet of the false prophet of Revelation – assuming of course a Catholic pope is not one and the same.
For the actual transcript of the interview go to: http://www.repubblica.it/cultura/2013/10/01/news/pope_s_conversation_with_scalfari_english-67643118/
With the passing by the U.S. Senate of the Employment Non Discrimination Act Christian values continue to be trounced. Coming on the heals of the same sex marriage legislation the ENDA proves the homosexual agenda is clearly aimed at “criminalising Christianity” (World Net Daily). Both pieces of legislation flout American’s First Amendment rights and effectively nullifies a key component of the U.S. Constitution.
Across the globe all that is left of Christianity’s moral code is a generalised understanding that some things are ‘oughts’ and other things are ‘ought-nots’. These oughts are the vestiges of the natural knowledge of God’s moral order embedded in the human spirit.
The church is no longer contesting the moral high ground because it had already given up the fight prior to the 1960s. Capitulating to evolutionary dogma, existentialism and clerical liberalism had left the Church in a terribly weakened state. The excesses of hyper-Pentecostalism, the self-esteem and faith prosperity gospel and emergent church thinking has robbed Christianity of its legitimate vitality and relevance. Now most Christians are lukewarm at best (see our post: Therapeutic Deists – 12/10/13). A ‘great falling away’ is well advanced. For over 10 years Truth Watch’s prophetic warnings have been treated with scorn. So what’s next?
The return to paganism will continue (see Letters: A Letter to New Zealand’s Government – Return to Paganism). Man’s self-degradation knows no bounds. Governments across the western world have already been captured by Christian haters of various stripes. They will continue to subvert democracy, such as it is, to move as far away from God’s commands as it is possible to get. The sexualisation of society will continue. Lowering the age of consent and pre-school sex education is likely to be next. Incest, polygamy and bestiality will grow in popularity. Abortion will continue unabated, as the final solution for irresponsible sexuality. Euthanasia will make its mark on the aged. A modern form of slavery will grow; building on indebtedness, materialism and neo-liberal economics. Homosexuals will tighten their grip on the centres of political power and press for pederasty – man/boy sexual relations. It was rife in Nazi circles and since our western governments are incipiently fascist and homo-centric a return to pagan pederasty is likely.
God judged Sodom for being arrogant, overfed and unconcerned (Ezekiel 16:49-50). Homosexuality and other pagan practices all flourish in such conditions. God judged Sodom, its sister cities and Israel for its complacent toleration of immorality and idolatry. Today the wicked should celebrate their pyrrhic victories, for they will be short-lived. There can be little doubt God’s final judgement of the world cannot be far off. We should all be praying some of those who are cocking-a-snoot at God will wake up to their folly and be spared an eternity in hell.
On 8th November 2013 Fox aired My Hope America a gospel presentation honouring Graham’s 95th birthday. Hope would be difficult to fault. Graham emphasised that Christ is the only way. He spoke of confessing sin, repentance, and the importance of the cross. Even the testimonies by two young people largely reiterated the correct Gospel. Truth Watch welcomes the fact that in his latter days Billy has returned to the correct Gospel. We can also celebrate the wonderful evangelist he has been for so many decades. It is therefore deeply disappointing that for a period from at least 1997 Billy went off the rails and started preaching an un-biblical and ecumenical, false gospel.
In May of that year he appeared on Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power to proclaim: “Everybody that loves Christ or knows Christ whether consciously or not is part of the body of Christ… they may not even know the name of Jesus, but they know in their heart they need something…and turn to the only light that they have [another faith - TW]… they are saved and are going to be with us in heaven.” He also embraced Catholicism, calling the Pope “the greatest religious leader of the modern world and one of the greatest moral and spiritual leaders of the century (You Tube: Billy Graham False Teaching and Beliefs -2011).” He boasted that he had been preaching in Pope John Paul’s Polish cathedral when he was selected as the pontiff. In the same You Tube clip he is quoted as saying Islam had been misunderstood. He sided with Islam’s prophet, saying: “Mohammed had a great respect for Jesus and said he was the greatest prophet, except for himself.”
In a 2009 interview with Larry King Billy was questioned on salvation through other faiths. He said: “That’s in God’s hands, I can’t be the judge.” King asked him to comment on Christian leaders who deny other faiths lead to the same God. He said what they said was “true to some extent, but it’s not my call.” Billy knew quite well that Jesus said: “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Why Billy abandoned the true Gospel he preached for decades is anyone’s guess. Perhaps he came under a lot of pressure from his organisation to become more inclusive. Perhaps money was a factor, or perhaps his celebrity status went to his head and he went the way of a Joel Osteen, a Rob Bell or a Robert Schuller. Pride may have got the better of him. What we do know for sure is that God will not dwell on why he compromised the Gospel. Instead, he will be angry about the effect it had on others. Jesus said those who cause others to stumble would be better off having a millstone tied around their necks and drowned (Matthew 18:6). Galatians 1:7-9 says those who preach a false gospel are under a curse. Truth Watch prays My Hope America is a public declaration by Billy that he has realised his error and practised what he preached for so long – repentence.
Churches seldom start bad; they just seem to go bad. In our article – Seven Stages to Apostasy Truth Watch traces the degeneration from good church to bad church. If we are in the ‘end times’ ( we almost certainly are) we can expect many churches to have been infiltrated by false doctrines and false teachers. If you have concerns about your church then read through the seven stages and determine where your church lies on the continuum. If your sober reflection leads you to the conclusion your church is headed towards apostasy then try to do something about it. Admonish and teach – as it says in Colossians 3:16. Of course, don’t expect to be well received. You will have a battle on your hands. If your church is at Stage 7, LEAVE.