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Pastor John McKay


The Biblical basis for this paper is Romans 16:17, "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."

Also Acts 20, verse 20, "...I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you..." verse 27, "...I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God." verse 32, "...I commend you to God, and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."

A tentative definition of New Evangelicalism...

1. Weakness in the area of the Inspiration of the Bible. A refusal to call the Holy Scriptures infallible and inerrant. The New Evangelical will want to degrade the Authorized King James Version of the Bible and put you under the liberal, critical scholarship. They deny the Providential preservation of the texts of the KJV.

2. Neo-Evangelicals minimize separation from the world and worldly techniques. They emphasize staying where you are rather than come out from among them and be ye separate. They say infiltrate into unsound groups and take them over or at least be a "witness" to them. They approve of the use of carnal methods, salesmanship techniques and "testimonies for Christ" even in the midst of the most sinful contexts.

3. The use of ecumenical evangelism. The attempt to force modernists and also fundamentalists into joint projects contrary to Scriptural standards.

4. Willingness to make concessions to science, especially in the area of the age of the universe. This leads to viewing the days of Genesis as ages of time and thus, on to some form of evolution (many times under a deceitful label such as "progressive creationism" which is another name for atheistic evolution.

5. A subtle indifference to prophecy and proper Biblical distinctions. The return of Christ before the Millennium is not stressed and dispensationalism is frowned upon.

6. A love of philosophy and intellectual status. There is a fervent desire by Neo-Evangelicals to be accepted by the scholars of the world. There is also a disdain for a simple devotion to the Christ of the Bible and practical, sacrificial Christian living.

7. New evangelicals over-emphasize social action as a function of the Church. Instead of recognizing the principle of Matthew 6:33 (But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you), they insist upon an unBiblical social aspect of the Gospel.

8. A tolerance, if not an outright promotion of speaking-in-tongues. This unhealthy backward-looking unto gifts that have passed away and manufacture of pseudo-gifts is detrimental to the Churches and divisive because of the anti-Scriptural basis of the teaching.

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Last Updated October 31, 1999 by Douglas McKay