We frequently hear of maintaining “unity” in the church — a worthy goal, is it not? Yes, it’s true Christians shouldn’t quibble over petty doctrinal differences (like dunking forward or backward during baptism), yet a move is afoot which, while sounding thoroughly orthodox, proves quite dangerous and not even Christian as it seeks to pervert Christianity into something else, all while using the same vocabulary as traditional Christianity.
This movement doesn’t try and hide their goal, drawing away many ungrounded in the foundational doctrines of Christianity — or who desire to appear intellectual and fit in with the crowd.
The minister at Toronto’s West Hill United Church, Rev. Gretta Vosper, does not teach her congregation to recite the Apostle’s Creed. She does not believe that Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit or born of a virgin. She does not believe that Jesus rose again from the dead or ascended into heaven… or most of the basic tenets of Biblical Christianity. In fact, when her congregation sings famous hymns, the references to Christ and God are removed. Yet, Ms. Vosper calls herself a “Christian” and runs a church in one of Canada’s largest Protestant denominations.
Ms. Vosper believes that all that stuff about resurrection and miracles and the forgiveness of sins is something the Christian Church has to get past in order to make it in the 21st Century world. To her, the essence of Christianity is about loving your neighbor. She therefore follows some of the teachings of Christ — according to her preferred interpretation of those teachings. The rest of his message, about dying for our sins, rising again on the third day, and being one with the Father, those must be things she just ignores.
On the other hand, famous evangelical theologian J.I. Packer has recently cut his ties with the Anglican Church of Canada because a significant portion of its liberal leadership has become heretical. He is not alone in his concern. … A chasm has steadily grown between those who hold conservative, Bible-based beliefs and those who affirm more liberal, man-centered views. (Unity v. Truth in the Apostate Church)
Ms. Vosper may be an extreme example (or maybe not), but churches overflow with this cancer as so-called “Christians” abandon Christianity for a mix of political correctness, new-age philosophy, and a deep-rooted desire to meld with the world and its philosophical, educational and political views. This heretical apostasy (a falling away from Biblical Christianity) Paul warned against would come before the return of Jesus (which the heretics deny anyway).
Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there come the falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 KJV)
Jesus warned about dead churches in his letters to the seven churches in Revelation. To the church at Sardis (of which nothing good was said) Jesus said they had a name (“Denomination”), but were dead. These groups throwing traditional doctrine off the cliff are exactly the dead church Jesus warned about — groups claiming to be religious, but having no substance. Paul as well warned about those departing from Biblical teaching which he taught the Galatians:
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. For do I now seek the favor of men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:8-10 KJV)
For those desiring to fit in with the ever-changing modern political and social views (whatever is current), we just say welcome to the end-times church — perhaps your church won’t need a new pastor after the rapture. That’s harsh, you say. Well, it’s not our warning, it’s Jesus’ … and Peter’s … and Paul’s. Should we heed their warnings, or sit idly by as the church disintegrates before us?
Unfortunately, Ms. Vosper is not alone in her views and rejection of Christian doctrine:
A number of leading theologians in Britain — where the decline in adherents is more dramatic than in Canada — are on the same path, people like Richard Holloway, former bishop of Edinburgh and primate of the Scottish Episcopal (Anglican) Church, who has likened the Christian church to a self-service cafeteria stacked with messy trays of leftover food urgently in need of being thrown out.
Like Bishop Holloway, Ms. Vosper does not want to dress up the theological detritus — her words — of the past two millennia with new language in the hope of making it more palatable. She wants to get rid of it, and build on its ashes a new spiritual movement that will have relevance in a tight-knit global world under threat of human destruction. (Prophecy News Watch)
Even if an angel reveals something other than what Paul preached, you must ignore them and their teaching. If we should ignore angels deviating from orthodox Christianity, how much more the deviant wisdom of man? These people are not Christian — they’re so deceived they simply can’t understand what the apostle Paul warned about. Since they’re teaching something different from what Paul did … well, draw your own conclusions.
You’ll meet people who sound completely orthodox, yet deny foundational doctrines of Christianity — even as they attend your fellowship and call themselves “Christians”. Some of these have even infiltrated the conservative churches promoting views not held by the vast majority of Christians; a telltale sign can be when they say Christianity needs to change to fit with modern society (or redefine common terms, or have a compulsive need to “update” the Bible with modern language and terminology. Sorry guys, God doesn’t change, and neither does His Word).
The parable of the tares in Matthew 13 (which Jesus Himself explains) states satan will infiltrate the church with imposters — people who may use the same language and might even be pastors or other leadership in the church. Yet they are children of satan, not God.
Unfortunately, the coming apostasy will affect all churches as the siren song of liberal intellectualism sways many to their destruction. Those are harsh words, you may say. Yes, they are. But remember the warning of Paul about anyone teaching doctrine other than what he taught — they’re not Christians and listening to them will lead you astray.
Rev. Gretta Vosper is wrong about the future of Christianity. Biblical Christianity that is full of the Spirit of God will never become outdated. It might be scorned by the intellectuals who consider themselves wise, and it might be rejected by those who seek the praise of man over the praise of God. But, the Spirit of God is always at work in the hearts of men, giving life to human spirits by the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. (Unity v. Truth in the Apostate Church)
Ms. Vosper and her ilk are free to believe whatever they want, promote it, and wrap it all up in secular humanism, intellectualism and “scholarship”. But it’s your responsibility to realize what they’re peddling is not Christianity (and it’s our job to be the watcher on the wall and blow the trumpet in warning).
Here’s a clue — if someone promotes doctrines nobody in the church has heard of since it’s inception, you might want to consider where it came from. You have to choose God’s wisdom or man’s — it’s your choice. You can choose the intellectual path of man or the wisdom of God — but know and understand digressing from what Paul taught in the first century is heresy — there’s no polite way to say it, they’re heretical teachings attempting to lead people down the path of destruction.
Neutering the Bible, denying the virgin birth, seeking “modern” translations of the Bible, denying sin and hell are all a part of this new-age politically-correct heresy mixing in with the church. Do you want Bible-based beliefs, or man’s liberal views? The church is splitting on these terms, and it should surprise no one, as Paul foretold it in the first century.
Some may say we’re being picky about defining words. After all, these are pastors of mainline denominations! But language and definitions are important; the premier expert on cults of our time is Walter Martin; he had more experience about using language to distort and pervert (as well as how cults use language to sound orthodox) than anyone else in our time. Listen to his warning.
I’m a rational empiricist and a devotee of inductive logic. Whenever I hear people make statements I very much like to know what they mean by the words because if they can’t define the words in context they don’t mean anything. (Walter Martin)
The problem of semantics has always played an important part in human affairs, for by its use or abuse, whichever the case may be, entire churches, thrones, and even governments, for that matter, have been erected, sustained, or overthrown. The late George Orwell’s stirring novel 1984, in which he points out that the redefinition of common political terms can lead to slavery when it is allowed to pass unchallenged by a lethargic populace, is a classic illustration of the dangers of perverted semantics. It should be of no particular surprise to any student of world history that trick terminology is a powerful propaganda weapon. (Walter Martin, “The Kingdom of the Cults” page 28-29)
So no, we’re not being picky — language definitions are important and you can’t just change them to suit whatever bizarre belief you conjure up and wish to rationalize; the cult of Liberalism is dangerous and quite heretical. It’s common today for recently educated people to borrow a tactic from the cults and switch definitions. After all, they’ve been taught value relativism and the denial of absolutes — so why should language be any different? They simply re-define any terms they wish to suit their perverted ideas and claim they can’t be wrong no matter what the evidence says.
That’s the reason it’s so hard to communicate with the cult of Liberalism — you may be using the same words, but the cultist has deftly redefined the terms to something else. It’s a common problem not only with cultists, but anyone subjected to teachings of value relativism and the denial of moral absolutes. Or as the book of judges says a time when “everyone did what was right in their own eyes”.
If you don’t like Christianity, fine. Nobody forces you to be a Christian. Start your own religion and redefine anything to whatever intellectual, educational and philosophical ideas you want — but hands off my Lord, my Bible, and the doctrines defining Christianity for thousands of years. There are mountains to fight on, and others not to. Attempting to replace Christianity with secular humanism and intellectualism is one we’ll call out every time — it’s heresy, and to say otherwise is to deny the Lord.
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who secretly shall bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. (2 Peter 2:1-2 KJV)
You can call yourself the President if you want but it doesn’t make it so, just as these false teachers call themselves Christians, but aren’t. It doesn’t matter if they have Phd’s, seminary or anything else — they’re not Christian and their heresy kills like cancer.
Don’t fall for the lie.