Vol. 2 Num. 3 March 1996
Editor Andy Neckar

Inside This Newsletter

1. Who Can We Trust?
2. Serving the Lord In the Spirit, or In the Flesh?
3. NEWS WATCH
4. CN&V'S NOTES
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Who Can We Trust?
By Andy Neckar
Can Christians in these times place trust in anyone but God? Can they place any trust in anyone but God? I will answer an affirmative, NO! Only Jesus Himself, the Lord God in the flesh, can be wholly trusted in anything. The whole matter with the world, and this statement includes churches, even many fundamental churches, is that man is too eager to place his trust in the hands of his fellowman. In many cases a Christian will heed a degenerate sinful man of worldly wisdom rather that a man of God with spiritual wisdom (discernment), who warns against false teachings.

I ask, what man is so great that one is willing to heed the words of an earthly man. A degenerate sinful man of worldly wisdom, or a man of God with spiritual wisdom (Christian) is subject to error.

Who then, can we trust?

The answer is obvious, and truthfully stated in the first paragraph.

What then, can we trust?

The great apostle Paul, when preaching to the Bereans, was found trustworthy, as they searched the scriptures daily to see if these things were true.

Acts 17:10 “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews”.(KJV)

Acts 17:11 “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so”. (KJV)

The conclusion then, is only God and His Written Word can be wholly trusted in all substance.

2 Tim 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”: (KJV)

2 Pet 1:20” Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation”. (KJV)

2 Pet 1:21” For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”. (KJV)

In last months newsletter I wrote an article on New Evangelicalism. This article will deal with the New Neutralism evident of these New Evangelicals. I will try to briefly show how the new evangelicals have neutralized the conflicting doctrine of false religions with the doctrine ofGod's Holy Word of the Bible.

Before new evangelicalism came on the scene, we had fundamentals with a saving gospel and the liberals with a social gospel. Now the movement which desires to stand between the two and be accepted by the liberal religious world is neutralism, which decided it will have a "personal gospel and a social gospel". Satan is always busy in seeking a compromise between belief and unbelief. The two pronged gospel of new evangelicalism gave a pathway for the new evangelical to cooperate with the fundamentalist in soul winning endeavors and a list of common causes in which new evangelicals and liberals could find fellowship. On this bridge new evangelicals could join hands with the feminist movement and help establish support groups for homosexuals. This all has happened.

Satan is a joiner. God's word in regard to unbelief is “separate”. Satan's word is “cooperate”. Satan is always seeking a mixture of belief and unbelief. The joining of social causes by new evangelicals has been a splendid scheme to produce cooperation with liberalism. Cooperation with liberalism has led to cooperation with false religions, cults and paganism. Satan is well on his way to producing the one-world church of the end time.

Fundamentalism has always been pre-millennial. It sees the world as ripening for judgment and soon to be plunged into tribulation in which God's wrath will fall upon it. New evangelicalism sees society as very redeemable and responsive to the old liberal idea of building the kingdom of God here on earth. This idea of perfecting society in preparation for the second coming of Christ is not biblical, but is the latter-day tactics of Satan. A technique at which he will succeed for a time until Jesus Christ puts an end to it all.

In general a new, or neo evangelical would be defined as one who has taken a lower view of scripture, has developed a more open, inclusivistic spirit toward liberalism, and has become ecumenical in evangelism efforts. The movement was one born of compromise, nurtured on pride of intellect, growing on appeasement of evil, and doomed by the judgment of God's Word.

One of the leading spokesmen of new evangelicalism would be Billy Graham. Major new-evangelical organizations would be The National Association of Evangelicalism (NEA), The World Evangelical Fellowship, the Lausanne Committee, Campus Crusade for Christ, and InnerVarsity Christian Fellowship. Major evangelical periodicals would be Christianity Today, and Moody Monthly. (Biblical Discernment Ministries, paper)

Crusading by new-evangelicals today is focused primarily on experience of emotion, rather that Biblical doctrine. The new-evangelical gospel, rather than providing the means for the Holy Spirit of God to convict men of sin and bring them to Jesus Christ out of desperate helplessness and hopelessness, plays to man's emotions The means are provided by preaching the true gospel, wherefore those that hear and believe from the heart are driven to Jesus Christ out of sheer helplessness and hopelessness.

An example of this emotional experience methodology, can be seen in Bill Bright's Campus Crusade for Christ, as the Crusade revolves around the film called "Jesus". Crusaders usually refer to it as "the Jesus film". In the February 1987 interview with Christian Life, Dr. Bright says, "We believe too, that the Lord has provided ways for us to achieve our goals. For example, by 1995 we expect to have 5000 teams presenting the "Jesus film” at least five nights a week to five to ten million people every night..."

Does presenting the "Jesus film” to an audience bring more lost sinners to Jesus Christ than the Gospel of Christ? You may have heard the saying, "emotions speak louder that words", but it depends on what one desires to reach. Emotions play on the individuals mind, while the Word of the True Gospel plays on the heart.

Does one watch the "Jesus film” and feel sorry that Jesus died this way? Is one emotionally sad that Jesus suffered this pain? Does one feel the same emotional experience whenever a close loved one dies? Does this emotional experience save one whenever a close loved one dies? How absurd!

Dr. Bright's latest exploit is called New Life 2000. The 'Jesus film" is a key ingredient of this project. Billy Graham is the honorary chairman of the effort. Ted Engstrom of World Visions is chairman of the International Committee of Reference. Dr. James Dobson, the psychologist, and Charles Stanley of the Southern Baptist Convention serve on the advisory board. So goes the networking of neutralism.

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Bill Bright's Campus Crusade for Christ, James Dobson's "Focus on the Family, The Promise Keepers Movement, and many other ministries emphasize on bigness with a capitol B. If it is big, it must be of God, it is claimed.

But the Bible is a record of small things. God's work has always been a story of despised minorities against overwhelming majorities. In these last days it promises to be more so. Man has exalted his methods, which only comes to deceiving emptiness. Are the new-evangelicals spreading the Word of God or the Destructive Devices of Satan? Whose camp are these new- evangelicals actually in? It seems that they are neither in God's camp or Satan's, but in the camp of self-esteem, self worth and self exhalation. Portions of this article were excerpted from the book "New Neutralism ll" by John E. Ashbrook, which can be ordered from [Here I Stand Books, 8686 Hilltop Drive Mentor, Ohio 44060].
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Serving the Lord In the Spirit, or In the Flesh?
By Andy Neckar

Anything willingly and joyfully done to please God is serving God in the Spirit. These deeds do not have to be church building related, as the body of the believer is the house (temple) of God (the Spirit). The book of Acts shows the establishment of the body of believers. The churches of Corinth, Ephesus, Galatia, Colossae, Thessalonica, and Philippi in the New Testament were not so much worship centers, but places of learning and fellowship. Here believers ordained pastors to teach and deacons to serve.

Worship of God is unbroken in the heart of the believer. Worship of God is evident in the believers action and speech and hidden in the motives of his heart. We do not have to be in a "church building" to worship our Creator and our Savior. Jesus speaking to the woman of Samaria at the well illustrates this.

John 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

John 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

John 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (KJV)

But---Christians should go to church to receive spiritual food. The Christian must receive nourishment of the Word of God in order to grow in grace and knowledge (2 Pet 3:18), increase in faith (2 Cor 10:15), develop discernment (Heb 5:14), and exhort one another (Heb 10:25). Fulfillment of these essentials can only be consummated by the observance of God's commands to assemble ourselves with fellow believers (Heb 10:25). When people come into a church building, and that building has believers present, they are indeed in the house of God. The body of Christ is present in that building.

Christians should go to church to fellowship with one another, and to reprove one another. To learn from, and help one another. To give tithes to support the preacher, the widows, and the poor (1 Cor 16:2). If all these things are done willingly and joyfully, we serve God in the spirit.

New-evangelicals on the other hand, give true fundamentalists the impression that they serve God in the flesh. Rejecting God's Word, or at least portions of His Word make the remaindering Word of no effect. Mixing the gospel of Christ with the social and compromising gospel of new- evangelicalism dilutes the saving gospel of Christ down to a weak non- convicting, self-satisfying gospel of destruction.

True believers need the regular assembling of the Body of Christ (attendance at church) for the reasons mentioned earlier in this article, as salvation is a continuing process. We are saved, we are being saved, we will be saved in the end. I believe a regular diet of God's Holy Word is an important part of the Holy Spirit's preservation of the believer.

When one is "born again" into the church general (Body of Christ), he becomes a part of a local church through believers baptism. The church in each locality, or local church, administers the two ordinances of baptism and the Lord's supper, as commanded by Jesus Christ. The New Testament speaks of local churches. Note "the church of God which is in Corinth" (1 Cor. 1:2; 2 Cor. 1:1), and "the churches of Galatia" (Gal. 1:2). The local church is the visible operation of the Body of Christ (church general) in a given time and place. The local church is a body under the lordship of Christ directing it's own affairs. It directs the selecting of deacons (Acts 6:1- 6), administrating ordinances (Acts 2:41-42), approving the work of evangelism (Acts 11:1-18), sending out missionaries and receiving their reports (Acts 13-14), and administrating church discipline ( 1 Cor. 5:1-5.)

One may wonder if salvation is dependent on membership in a local church. The answer is, NO! But---salvation is dependent on membership in the church general, (Body of Christ). One becomes a member of the Body of Christ through faith. "Fellowship", not "membership", is the New Testament word for Christian relations in the local church.
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News Watch

Ex-2 Live Crew Rapper To Promise Keepers Pulpit. Mike De’Vine left the obscene “savaging women” 2 Live Crew rap group in 1989, sick of the lifestyle. He’s now a hip hop artist who thinks he is on the verge of breaking into the big time gospel market. The 1/26 Rocky Mountain News said he is looking to Promise Keepers as a pulpi, and has met with PK founder Bill McCartney. He says McCartney is interested in him coming aboard to rap before stadiums full of men, and a PK official said “We would certainly be interested in him since he can reach out to youth”. ( 3/96 Calvary Contender)
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Promise Keepers at it’s beginning stressed dicipleship. However, in it’s zeal to unify professing Christian men, PK decided that doctrine is a stumbling block to unity, rather than the biblical basis for it. That makes Christian dicipleship an impossibility. (Tom Mahon, as reported in the 3/96 Calvary Contender)
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The First Baptist Church will hold a “kids singing for kids” concert Sunday evening, and is sponsored by “Hey Now”, an ensemble of fourth-fifth and sixth graders at FBC. Performers will include children’s choirs from St. John Lutheran Church and First United Methodist. Editors note: Folks, Hamilton Texas is only 20 miles south of Hico. This unscriptural unity is not some movement far removed from our communities, but right in our neighborhoods.(Hamilton Herald News 2/22/96)
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New ‘Woman’s Study Bible presents feminine viewpoint. According to an article in the 2/11/96 Ft. Worth Star Telegram by Jim Jones, topics from weight loss to breastfeeding to the joys of sex are discussed in the Woman’s Study Bible released by Thomas Nelson, one of the world’s largest publishers of Bibles.

“We are unashamedly feminine in out approach,” said general editor Dorothy Patterson, a Southern Baptist conservative.

Essays on goddess worshipers, battered wives, sexual purity, premenstrual syndrome, homemaking and date rape are included.

Patterson said, “This is not a Southern Baptist Bible,” noting that Catholic, Orthodox, Episcopal, Presbyterian, United Methodist and other denominations are represented among contributors.

A foreword is by Anne Graham Lotz, a daughter of evangelist Billy Graham. Another of Graham’s daughters, Gigi Tchividjian, wrote some of the commentaries.

One of the contributors is Karan Hayer Johnson of Arlington Texas, a counselor known as the host of a call-in TV counseling show produced by the Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission.

[Editor] What can I say about the daughters of Billy Graham? Like Daughter like Dad? I know there are many true believers in the Southern Baptist churches, but now is a good time for them to get out before it is to late. Before the apostate leaven leavens the whole lump.

Thought for the Month
Have your plans been all upset? Are you bowed down and weary? This thing is from me. You made your plans, then came asking Me to bless them, but I would have you let Me plan for you and then I would have taken the responsibility, for “This thing is to heave for thee, thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.” Exodus 18:18. You are only an instrument, not an agent. (Taken from the tract, “This Thing is From Me”. Fundamental Evangelistic Association)
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