Evangelicalism: The New World Order,”
Smith’s book, “New Evangelicalism,” records the history of the rise
and fall of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. This is
the arena where the battle for the Bible was fought and lost to liberal
theologians. Fuller’s fall is a fall from grace, not a fall from success
in the world’s eyes, but certainly in the realm of Truth.
paved the way in the 1960-70s for the now popular Emergent Church’s
philosophy that culture dictates biblical interpretation. The Bible had to
be denigrated to a book that is not God-breathed and inerrant, merely a
book that contains the word of God, (which is up to the reader to decipher
between God’s words and man’s), in order for the devil to discredit
same losing battle is being fought on the political front between liberals
who want the Constitution to change with the times and not be interpreted
by the intent of its authors, and the conservatives who are fighting for
upholding the Constitution and our form of government.
the very same spirit of antichrist is behind both efforts in order to
create the political/religious New World Order in preparation for the
seven-year rule of the man of sin. What
began at Fuller spread like leaven to other seminaries and Bible colleges
in America and around the world. Smith documents the fact that Fuller was
ground zero in the Great Apostasy of Christendom.
Fuller Seminary changed its Statement of Faith,” writes Smith on page
73, “it headed down the slippery slope that spawned new evangelicalism,
humanistic church growth programs, and practices that have caused churches
to neglect the work of the Holy Spirit as revealer of God’s truth.”
The two changes to the Statement of Faith were the inerrancy of the Bible and the doctrine of the premillennial return of Christ. Both were eliminated in order to attract a wider assortment of faculty and students to the school. Smith shows that that a paradigm shift occurred from the Great Commission’s focus on evangelism of individuals, to the concern of social justice for communities and nations. Not much of a difference between that and the political arena where socialism is gaining momentum.
in Calvary Chapel
vantage point of these historical events is via his own involvement in the
Calvary Chapel movement, a true outpouring of God’s Spirit during the
hippie era in Southern California. As brother to the movement’s founder,
Chuck Smith, Paul Smith was also in the leadership at Calvary Chapel. He
watched in frustration as the movers and shakers of the Apostasy honed in
on Calvary Chapel to try and get a piece of the action. It is reminiscent
of Simon the Magician in the book of Acts who wanted to pay for the power
of the Holy Spirit.
the church growth practitioners failed in winning over Calvary Chapel to
their camp, they honed in on the author’s nephews, Chuck Smith Jr. and
Chuck Fromm. Smith is candid in his book in showing how the two of them
became “change agents” within Calvary Chapel to influence various CC
pastors to the emergent way of thinking.
attempt to infiltrate Calvary Chapel was made by the late John Wimber, who
taught a Signs and Wonders course (as if one could learn to do signs and
wonders) under the covering of Fuller professor C. Peter Wagner. Chuck
Smith disfellowshiped Wimber who managed to take around forty CC pastors
with him into the Vineyard group of churches.
Evangelicalism” is such an important book for Bible-believing Christians
to read in order to get an understanding of the big picture of how the
great falling away we’re witnessing today began. The readers will be
introduced to the who’s who of the battle over “evangelicalism.”
The minority of those defending the Bible include:
the majority of compromisers of truth who laid the groundwork for the
Great Apostasy include:
the defenders of the true faith today are a greater minority still. This
book is a much needed overview of the so-called Evangelical Church that
will assist Christians today in understanding who is with us and who is
against us. Read the book, with a Foreword by Chuck Smith, as a starting
point in studying modern church history.
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