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August 31, 2010
A Spasm of Evangelical Hypocrisy
". . . Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?" Luke 6:39

Dear Friends,

Some of you are wondering if Brannon Howse has answered my e-mail regarding his recent article and programs in which he rightly, but hypocritically, took to task evangelicals, including pastors, who yoked with Mormon Glenn Beck for the "Divine Destiny" event this past August 27, 2010. The answer is, not yet. We will send it again and follow up with a hard copy in the mail. But here is the link for those of you who may not have read the e-mail of which I just spoke and the documentation that was with it: http://www.pccmonroe.org/2010/08.28.htm.

The past week has featured, in Christian print media and on some Christian radio networks, a great spasm of evangelical--really neo-evangelical--dissimulation in response to the Beck rally. I have already pointed out in the e-mail I just mentioned that Mr. Howse--who has soundly rebuked evangelicals, on the air and in print, for religiously joining with a Mormon--is closely tied to any number of evangelical leaders and organizations, such as Tim Wildmon and the American Family Association, who are also grossly ecumenical--not with Mormons but with Roman Catholics. AFA is one of the affiliates of Brannon's Worldview Weekend, which has had more than one ecumenically corrupt speaker. Since August 20, Brannon has devoted hours and hours of programming on the VCY America network to not only warning and reproving evangelicals who religiously yoke with Mormons but also to detailing the ungodly teachings of Mormonism. Yet, unless we are interested in dying of asphyxiation, we had better not hold our breath waiting for Brannon--or for other like-minded, high-profile peers--to give popery at the very least the same no-holds-barred treatment. But in truth, comparing the Mormon church to the Roman Catholic Church is like comparing a sparrow to a giant Condor. Common sense, empirical evidence and Christian obedience to the word of God should dictate a proportionate response.

Speaking of erratic contenders of the faith, Dr. Erwin Lutzer has been warning, including on Brannon's program, of the danger and disobedience of evangelicals compromising the gospel by uniting with Mormons in a religious, spiritual sense. As I said earlier, we are witnessing a spasm of evangelical hypocrisy. Dr. Lutzer is a signer of the Manhattan Declaration. The MD repeatedly declares to the whole world that Roman Catholics and members of the Orthodox Church are "Christians" who hold to and preach "the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." Now just yesterday, a large ad in the American Family Association Journal came before my eyes. It was a promotion for the National Conference on Christian Apologetics titled "Defending the Faith and the Family." And whom do we find listed among those intrepid faith defenders? Well, the grossly ecumenical Chuck Colson, an author and driving force behind both the Evangelicals and Catholics Together movement and the Manhattan Declaration. When you think Chuck Colson, think Jude 1:3-4. Also scheduled to speak are a number of Evangelical Manhattan Declaration signers, several Roman Catholics, and . . . Dr. Erwin Lutzer! Below this e-mail, you will find the list of the National Conference on Christian Apologetics speakers. We have limited time to research but have at least noted the speakers who we know for certain are Roman Catholic--there may be others--and also noted those evangelicals who we know for certain are MD signers.

I might also mention that other high-profile evangelicals who are ecumenically corrupted with Romanism, such as Dr. Russell Moore, have also come out to publicly defend Christ's gospel and church against Glenn Beck and Mormonism. But for now, I will close with one last thought. I happen to hold to the historical method of prophecy interpretation. But most of our Futurist brethren, at least those who are fundamentalists, also agree that Revelation chapter 17 speaks of the papacy and the Roman Catholic Church. The Glenn Beck controversy finds many evangelical leaders, talk show hosts, and ministers rightly warning that the Mormon church is not the true bride of Christ but a false religion, a spiritual harlot. But they appear to be blind, perhaps willfully so, to the truth declared in Revelation 17:5 that the pope's church is not only a harlot church but "THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." ". . . Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?" (Luke 6:39).

Sincerely,

Pastor Ralph Ovadal

(See also "What about Rome, Brannon?" and "Add this one to the collection!")

 

National Conference on Christian Apologetics www.NationalApologeticsConference.com

Josh McDowell MD signer

Dinesh D'Souza Roman Catholic and MD signer

William Dembski

Erwin Lutzer MD signer

Gary Habermas

Chuck Colson MD signer

Marvin Olasky MD signer

Alex McFarland MD signer

Chad Miller

Hugh Ross

Sean McDowell

John Stonestreet MD signer

Ryan Dobson

Mike Licona

Warren Cole Smith

Frank Turek

William Federer Roman Catholic and MD signer

Richard Howe

Janet Mefferd

Anthony Bradley

Doug Beaumont

J. T. Bridges

Nora Hale

Barry Leventhal

Jason Reed

 

This web site contains references to Wisconsin Christians United (WCU). That ministry, which was founded by Ralph Ovadal in 1993, has been included as a ministry of Pilgrims Covenant Church since April 1, 2005. 

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