Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Growing Hostility Toward Biblical Christianity...from Evangelicals


Sarah Leslie is an author and researcher. She's a member of the board of directors of Discernment Ministries and is a member of the Discernment Research Group.

This edition of Crosstalk looked at the ramped up persecution in the West when it comes to biblical Christianity from within evangelicalism. Rick Warren's chief apologist online, Richard Abanes, has publicly likened Ingrid and several colleagues to David Koresh and other cult leaders and claims that they are all marked by:

1. A deep seated 'us vs. them' mentality
2. Feelings of persecution
3. Paranoia
4. A kind of xenophobic response to any and all attempts to have a more tolerant/civil approach to various issues.

Here's a quote:

"...Not surprisingly, such a perspective is also often linked to an extremist end-time obsession that acts as fertile ground for the planting, watering, and harvesting of all kinds of conspiracy theories related to such things as the anti-Christ, the Great Apostasy, and the so-called coming One World Government...This is all very disturbing, but God is in control..."--Richard Abanes

This kind of resistance is not unusual because as Sarah Leslie noted, having a master's degree in counseling, she was taught that those who hold to any absolute ideas are suspect as being mentally ill.

Ingrid and Sarah discuss how and why this attitude has entered the church, others that are promoting it, and how a rejection of biblical eschatology within evangelicalism is helping New Age teachings and Christianity to merge.

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See related articles: Throwing Cyber-Sand In The Face of A Purpose-Driven Resister , Web Hosting Service Caves To Purpose Driven Pressure , Darkness Befalls Apprising Ministries , The Price of Personal Pursuits , Where's The Libel or Defamation, Mr. Abanes?

See more Purpose Driven perceptions of Biblical Christians: Warren Casts The First Stone , Warren Blames Church Splits on Indulgent Christians , THE ABCs OF RICK WARREN , SBC Fundamentalists Equated to Islamic Fundamentalists , Rick Warren: Fundamentalist Christians Don't Listen , Rick Warren Condemns Christians ... Again , Evangelist to Africa Speaks Out Against Rick Warren's "Big Mouth" Comments , Rick Warren Casts More Stones

Warren: Protect The Unity, Throw Out The Resisters , Rick Warren: "People are going to have to die or leave" , Purpose Driven Resisters - Must Leave or Die , Rick Warren’s Inquisition, Resisters Called "Leaders from Hell"

See the fruit of these Purpose Driven perceptions here. See more Purpose Driven dismemberment articles here and Resisting the Purpose Driven here.

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