Can any good fruit come out of the ‘Christianity Today’ magazine?……..No!

Mat 7:17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

         My interest in writing this blog entry stemmed from an email a Christian believer sent me in regards to an article, which was featured in the February 2012 issue of the ‘ Christianity Today’ magazine.  The article which was brought to my attention, was written by Thomas Bergler titled “When Are We Going To Grow Up?  The Juvenalization of American Christianity”.  I shall get to the article shortly, but first I want to establish a basic history from whence this apostate magazine was first established and who was it’s birth-er, or founder.

          According to a Wikipedia report, the brainchild of this publication was non-other than Mr. Billy Graham, and right there is the first major “RED FLAG”!  Here is a direct quote:

“The founder, Billy Graham, stated that he wanted to “plant the evangelical flag in the middle-of-the-road, taking the conservative theological position but a definite liberal approach to social problems”.[3] Graham started the magazine as counter-point to The Christian Century, the predominant independent periodical of mainline Protestantism, and as a way to bring the evangelical Christian community together.[3][4]

         Here are some of the major contributors to this magazine as quoted from the same source: http://www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christianity_Today

“The first issue of Christianity Today was mailed October 15, 1956, and the opening editorial, Why ‘Christianity Today’?,[5] stated “Christianity Today has its origin in a deep-felt desire to express historical Christianity to the present generation. Neglected, slighted, misrepresented—evangelical Christianity needs a clear voice, to speak with conviction and love, and to state its true position and its relevance to the world crisis. A generation has grown up unaware of the basic truths of the Christian faith taught in the Scriptures and expressed in the creeds of the historic evangelical churches.”

“Its first editor was Carl F. H. Henry. Notable contributors in its first two decades included contributions from F. F. Bruce, Edward John Carnell, Frank Gaebelein, Walter Martin, John Warwick Montgomery, and Harold Lindsell. Lindsell succeeded Henry as editor and during his editorial administration much attention centered on debates about biblical inerrancy. Later editorial work came from Kenneth Kantzer and Terry Muck. Notable current writers include author Philip Yancey, Fuller Theological Seminary’s Richard Mouw, Yale Law professor Stephen Carter, and Prison Fellowship’s Charles W. Colson. The current Editor in Chief is David Neff and Senior Managing Editor is Mark Galli. Contents include feature stories, news ranging from cultural issues from a Christian viewpoint to the global church, opinion, reviews, and investigative reporting.”

“In Billy Graham’s 1997 autobiography, ‘Just As I Am,’ he writes[6] of his vision, idea, and history with Christianity Today.”

            With that being said here is a link titled: “The Transformation of the Church” “Christianity Today””~A Database of Historical and Current Data on the Strategic Partnerships & Interlocking Directorates  of Organizations in the Global Ecumenical Movements.”  This is a well documented breakdown of the influences that are behind this apostate publication.  This web-site has a huge database of information concerning the ecumenical movement and all those that are associated with this Anti-Christ system: http://www.watch.pair.com/toc-ct.html.

              If one is truly interested they can do their own research into the heresies and wicked fruit this magazine puts forth, here are a couple to start you off :

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2008/april/15.44.html  

http://www.ctlibrary.com/ct/2000/january10/29.37.html  

            I think it is safe to say that “Christianity Today” is a tool of the devil, and all those that contribute to it, support it, and refer people to it for so-called “spiritual enlightenment” are NOT serving Jesus Christ whatsoever! As God’s Word attests we who do KNOW HIM, must separate ourselves from such wicked un-Godliness and warn others to stay away from it’s influences, especially those that are young in the ways of the Lord!  This is true Love, this is the way of His Truth………. to do less is sin.

2Ti 3:3  Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
2Ti 3:4  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
2Ti 3:6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
2Ti 3:7  Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

           Now regarding the article that was brought to my attention, I first need to state since the mid to late 1990’s, the Lord has taught me to search out ALL things that are brought to my attention by other believers, and/or so-called believers. Especially when I was introduced to ‘Frank Viola’ and his book “Rethinking the Wine Skin” (who is a new ager and an enemy of the Gospel) I first seek out who is being mentioned, what their background is, where they have attended  (so-called) “Bible Schools, theology schools or universities”, (which by the way are not sanctioned by God according to His Word). What their influences were, where they teach, and what they teach, and more importantly I try to read their testimony, “if” one can find one.   And this discipline has protected and served me well, and I thank my heavenly Father for causing me to do such a thing, for I know first hand how false teaching causes a child of God  to be detoured from the true and correct path of Righteousness leading to Godliness.

         The believer that brought my attention to this article had mentioned that they had read this and in their own words, and I quote; “It is an excellent read, long, 12 pages, but well worth the read.  Mr. Bergler basically speaks to the demise of maturity in Christian faith that is so apparent in our post modern church world.  I would call it “high school Christianity”.  After reading this I immediately went into action to search this man out, because I knew NOTHING good can come out of “Christianity Today”, and I will admit to being surprised and disappointed by the lack of true spiritual discernment that this fellow believer showed by giving any type of credence to anything that comes from this anti-Christ publication.  This is  the article as printed online in “Christianity Today” here is the link:http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2012/june/when-are-we-going-to-grow-up.html?start=2

          What I discovered concerning the author who wrote this article: Mr. Thomas Bergleris associate professor of ministry and missions at Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana, where he has taught youth ministry for ten years. He is also senior associate editor for The Journal of Youth Ministry and author of the new book The Juvenilization of American Christianity.”    Here directly from the Huntington University web-site is his education background, and I find it rather interesting that he completed his PH.D at a Catholic University.  This man is Ecumenical from the start.

“Dr. Tom Bergler completed his Ph.D. in American Religious History from the University of Notre Dame and his M.A. in Theology and Church History from Wheaton College.”

“He served as a staff worker for University Christian Outreach for 7 years, helping to evangelize and disciple students at the University of Michigan, the University of London, and Michigan State University. He co-founded the Spring Academy, a Christian theology and ministry camp for students from state universities.”

“He currently serves as senior associate editor of The Journal of Youth Ministry.”

“He is the author of:”

  • “Enduring Myths of Youth Ministry” Youthworker Journal (Sept./Oct. 2004)
  • “‘I Found My Thrill’: The Youth for Christ Movement and American Congregational Singing, 1940-1970″ in Richard Mouw and Mark Noll, eds. Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdman’s, 2004): 123-149
  • “The Place of History in Youth Ministry Education” Journal of Youth Ministry 1:1 (Fall 2002): 57-71
  • “The Juvenilization of American Christianity, Eerdmans Publishing, 2012. See the article on his book in Christianity Today by” clicking here.

“He teaches Foundations of Christian Ministry, Discipling Ministries, Contemporary American Youth Culture, and Understanding the Christian Faith.”

        Here is some background information concerning Huntington University as found in Wikipedia: 

“Huntington University has a “strong historic and ongoing relationship with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ,”[1] an evangelical denomination headquartered in Huntington, Indiana.”

Academics

“The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies Huntington University as a principally undergraduate institution.[2] Huntington University offers associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in approximately 70 academic concentrations.”

“In 2010, the U.S.News & World Report annual collegiate rankings has listed Huntington University as 6th among the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest region.[3] In 2009, Forbes ranked it 97th of America’s Best Colleges.[4]”

        Please note that “Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching” is a foundation that supports the New World Order, and One World Religion agenda.  Without a doubt this all represents the anti-Christ system. With this all being revealed it’s more than safe to state, that  Tomas Bergler is ecumenical, therefore his writings will be representing the condition of the apostate church.

        With this all being said in trying to establish the un-scriptural background of the magazine and the writer of “The Juvenilization of American Christianity” article by Thomas Bergler, one has to ask is true Christianity being addressed here?   I have to say from a Biblical perspective… NO!   I would have to greatly disagree with the fellow believer that sent this to me, and I have responded to this person expressing my concern that they would deem this article as an “excellent read”.  It is the farthest from the truth.  In this article, if you would go to the link provided and read it for yourself, you will take note that this man is including the Roman Catholic Church as part of the American Christian Church!  What does the RC have anything to do with true Christianity?  It does not, and never has.  It has always presented a false Christ with a false Gospel.  As soon as I read his inclusions of the RCC, I quickly arrived at the full  realization that this is not an excellent read.

          We should ask why is there such “immaturity” in the Christianity he is rebuking, and we who do follow our dear Lord and Saviour who have separated ourselves from the apostate church(because He, Jesus has separated us) would have to answer, it’s because the Christianity he is rebuking is not Biblical Christianity!  The very apostate Christianity he is rebuking is the very same apostate church he is part of!   He is trying to bring attention to the immaturity that exists, and yes it surely does exist, but what can one expect from a “tree that brings forth bad fruit”?  A bad tree cannot bring forth good fruit.  Mr. Thomas Bergler is part of the problem, he is from the tree that produces bad fruit, and until the Lord grants this man the Grace to see Him as He is, Mr. Bergler is battling a downhill battle, for his religion is built upon sand, and great will that fall be and it shall be burned.  As the Lord’s Word states:

Mat_7:17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Mat_7:18  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat_7:19  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.


Mat 7:26  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Mat 7:27  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Mat_12:33  Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

 

        In closing I would like to state that we who are of the true body of Christ, need to be more diligent in our discernment, and that discernment comes from the Lord.  We do a disservice to the Gospel of Jesus Christ if we be “wishy washy” in our understanding.  We need to ask Him for this discernment, His Wisdom.  We need to ask Him to make us one mind with His mind, with His thoughts and His Ways.  For they are much higher than ours.  We need to grow in the fullness that is in the Godhead bodily in Jesus Christ, and there will be a price to pay, as we grow more in standing and contending for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ that was delivered unto us.  Be assured we will not be popular, nor accepted, we will be ridiculed, despised, treated wrongfully and shunned.  If you are loved by everyone, and all speak well of you, well you better check to see “if” you be in the faith.  It is far better to suffer with the Lord and rejected of men, than to compromise the one true faith found only in Jesus Christ. 

Col 2:7  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Col 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Col 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Col 2:10  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
Col 2:11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Col 2:12  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

        I will leave you with these words which the Lord planted upon the tablets of my heart back in the late 1990’s, it’s all about getting to know the mind of the Lord in all things, proving what is acceptable unto Him and Him alone:

Eph 5:6  Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Eph 5:7  Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Eph 5:8  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Eph 5:9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Eph 5:10  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

 

         I pray the Lord will bless this to all the hearts that need to hear.  Thank you and the Lord bless each and everyone one of you.

In His Eternal Love………..

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret Galbraith
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 11:49:26

    It is so important these days to check every Christian leader/teacher out, before we can trust them… We don’t want to end up in the apostate church, were we see so many departing from the faith following false signs and wonders. False prophets abound at this time, which we were well warned about in the scriptures; as we see from this blog. I thank God for people like Cal who take so much of their time to research these ‘leaders’ to bring the truth to us backed up by Gods word.

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  2. cal4u
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 17:50:31

    Thank you Margaret for the encouraging words and agreeing with me on the stand that we as “true” believers must take at this desperately dark time in which we live, “where anything goes” at this time concerning the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I feel for the poor young sheep that are getting caught up in all this tripe, and there is a very strong warning to those that do cause His sheep to stumble…

    “Mat_18:7 Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
    Mat_23:13 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

    The Lord bless you dear sister in Jesus Christ our Lord
    In His Eternal Love…….

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  3. Jordan
    Jan 07, 2013 @ 23:03:51

    Cal4u, please consider standard punctuation in your writings, along with care to spell names properly. It is difficult to give much weight to your arguments when the impression, valid or not, that you aren’t versed in standard English conventions.

    Apostasy and heresy are grave matters to be taken seriously; however, defaming fellow brothers and sisters is hardly helpful for anything but division. Christianity Today represents hundreds of authors coming from different parts of the Church. Of course it follows that not everything with be completely accurate over all of those individuals’ pieces. This exact reason calls for discernment, not a defamation and rejection of the entire magazine. If you were to follow this logic of “one part wrong, reject the whole,” I, for example, would have to reject everything I learned in elementary school since I was told that Columbus, in contrast with his contemporaries, believed the Earth was round.

    Christ spoke about holiness; He also wanted His believers to be united. Calling fellow brothers and sisters “apostate” does no more than divide and separate the Church. If you are truly concerned about the teaching of these individuals influencing others negatively, contact those authors or teachers directly. Further, if you were truly concerned about the heresy, shouldn’t you also be concerned about the welfare and spiritual health of those teachers and want to reach out to them?

    Christ says this in the gospel according to John: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (13:35, KJV).

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  4. cal4u
    Jan 08, 2013 @ 22:30:52

    Jordan I’d like to thank you for responding to this posting. And I would like to thank you for pointing out that there are a lack of “standard punctuations” present in this writing. It’s a shame that you could not show forth any brotherly love by pointing out the specifics, especially when it came to incorrect spelling of names. Mind you many of the names mentioned within this article have been directly copied from other sources, meaning that they appear exactly as presented in the original report. But this statement of yours really does reveal your pettiness, and lack of true Christ-like love. I do not pretend to be a “great” writer, but I am learning.
    Now concerning what I wrote, everything here is documented and true. And the article does reveal the persons who founded this publication, and their motives behind it. Mr. Billy Graham is a false teacher, preacher, evangelist and an enemy to the true Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore one can surmise what it’s agenda is setting out to accomplish. That agenda is to pollute the Body of Christ with an ecumenical mind set, which is all together unacceptable to any true Born Again Believer.
    There is nothing unloving about this article, it’s main purpose is too point out that being united with various religious groups which do not teach nor believe in the real Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is not being obedient to the Lord’s command and the teachings of His Apostles to separate ourselves from them and have nothing to do with them.
    Jordan what you are portraying is exactly what is against God’s Word. So I shall stay on the side of the Lord, and walk the Narrow Way, as He has commanded, and you can follow who you will. True Love does not unite with those that believe in another Jesus, and another Gospel. Being united is never to be done at the cost of truth.
    This article stands on it’s own, “Christianity Today” and all that contribute to it serve not the Lord Jesus Christ, but the god of their own wicked imaginations.
    So Repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved.

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