From the Author (4/22/09): The allegations against the Assemblies of God in this article have been retracted. While my stances put forth in concerning the Seeker Sensitive movement I still believe are true, I was contacted by the Assemblies of God directly and informed that my sources’ allegations were unfounded and untrue. Please read with this mind.
In a surprising bit of news, I’m actually bringing you some breaking coverage of a doctrinal change being introduced to the Assemblies of God at the next General Council. A very reliable source has told me that last year, a motion to remove any reference to “Speaking in Tongues” from the A/G doctrine was narrowly defeated, and is expected to pass this year. This will effectly De-Pentecostalize America’s largest Pentecostal denomination. Also up for a vote: A position statement on casual drinking: it’s okay now.
With this latest development, I’m frightened to believe that our enemy’s plan has been exposed . . . perhaps too late. A little like when the Jedi finally caught on to the Sith’s plans in Episodes 1-3. The demonic “Seeker Sensitive” doctrine espoused by Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Mark Driscoll, and many more has been infiltrating our churches for years. Telling us that we need to make people feel comfortable with “Hippy Jesus” who just really loves you, man. Black and white, right and wrong – that was soooo 50 years ago. These days preachers are telling people that most things are okay, and God just wants to love you, and make you healthy and rich. That’s about it. You see . . . talking about sin, and Hell, and Satan – that makes people uncomfortable. And that may make people not want to come back to church – and then we’ll lose tithe money.
I believe what is happening word-wide through the Purpose Driven and Seeker Sensitive movements is this: Any radical, Bible-reading, Holy-living Christian, who isn’t afraid to call out sin, and to teach true repentance and holiness, is being marginalized to the point where they have no voice in the world systems anymore. The Southern Baptist Convention trotted happily along the 40 days of purpose years ago, and with the Assemblies of God now handing in their papers to embrace the New-Age Hippy Spirituality preached by Osteen and Driscoll, those of us who still believe that Hell is real, and that we are called to turn away from sin, and repent, and be saved by JESUS (yes, I’m still proud to identify with him, even if Osteen is not) are losing our denominations and organizations, one by one, that give us the money and collective voice to help guide our nation.
Dear readers, what you are seeing is the rug being yanked, and the slippery slope towards real religious persecution in the United States of America starting. Of course it doesn’t look that way now, but when sin runs rampant in the church, God will begin his judgment of America starting in his house first. We can see the end effect in many churches: Joel Osteen’s included (I don’t mean to just pick on him, but everyone has heard of him) people don’t speak about right and wrong. And God clearly does, throughout the Bible, speak about right and wrong. Today the A/G is considering removing Speaking in Tongues, because (According to another source) around 70% of their pastor’s don’t speak in tongues regularly, and because they think it makes people feel “uncomfortable.” Next, talking about sin makes people feel uncomfortable. Calling homosexuality wrong makes gay people unhappy, and calling abortion murder makes would-be moms feel guilty. So let’s do away with all that. Why not just remove the word “Church” from the sign? Call it a “Family Life Center?” Whoops! Already done that.
Seeing yourself as a sinner is uncomfortable. Jesus himself said that following him would turn fathers against sons, and brothers against brothers. This is not a leisurely road we walk, and to preach that it is is against the Bible. “Narrow is the way, and few there be that find it,” but “broad is the path that leads to destruction.” What the world needs is an encounter with the real Jesus, not a watered down message that at some point sounds like the Gospel…but not enough to offend a Muslim. Unfortunately, it seems that to have that experience, we’ll be meeting in homes and private residences sooner, rather than later.
Whether you are A/G or not, and I assume many of you are not, I encourage you to pray for their leaders to make the right decision. I’m not A/G myself, but I was raised in their churches, and personally believe in each of their 16 Fundamental Truths of their doctrines. Whether you are Baptist, or Church of God in Christ, or Nazarene, or none of the above, today’s frontline in the war for our churches in happening in Springfield, Missouri at the A/G headquarters. And the remnant in that denomination need our support, and perhaps our meeting halls, soon enough.