Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Controversy at Christian Music Fest

"Lifest," an annual Christian festival, which draws tens of thousands of people, opens tomorrow in Oshkosh, Wis. with a great deal of controversy.

At the heart of the problem is scheduled speaker Jim Wallis. He claims to be an evangelical, but promotes a far left social agenda that many find both offensive and unbiblical.

Q90 FM, a Christian radio station, has pulled out and will not be supporting the festival this year. Their issued statement says, "After researching extensively the words and published positions of Jim Wallis and his organization, Sojourners Magazine, and seeking fervently the guidance of the Holy Spirit in prayer, we believe the social justice message and agenda they promote is a seed of secular humanism, seeking an unholy alliance between Church and Government."

Lifest founder, Bob Lenz, has told local pastors and organizations who are objecting to Wallis that he will not remove Wallis from the program.

Crosstalk radio host, Ingrid Schlueter, said Lifest is presenting Wallis as "a creditable Christian leader" and said the youth attending the event are in "spiritual peril."

She said youth will be, "sitting under the tutelage of a religious and political radical who is...hostile to the biblical Gospel."

Mary Danielson of Calvary Chapel in Appleton said Wallis claims to be an evangelical pastor, but is merely using Scripture to "justify his radicalism."

She said, "He does not hold to the central tenants of biblical Christianity, but reads a brand of social justice into the Bible."

I agree.

Wallis is now doing what he always does when called on his radicalism, he is claiming to be like all other evangelicals. This is exactly what President Obama has done. He has claimed to be a "Christian" but has denied the very teachings of Jesus by saying that he believes there are many ways to God---affirming that Jesus is not the only way.

This, of course, stands in direct contradiction to what Jesus Himself taught. He said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6.

It would be no surprise to you that Wallis serves as an advisor to President Obama.

Wallis and others are rebranding the Gospel. It is an insidious problem in the Christian church in America. It is being advanced under the banners of "social justice" and the Emerging "or "Emergent" church.

I am working on a blog that addresses this specific problem. I will be publishing it soon.

The controversy in Wisconsin is a microcosm of a much larger controversy that is indeed putting many in peril of being terribly misled.

Be Vigilant. Be Very Vigilant.

God bless you.

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Gary Randall
President
Faith and Freedom

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9 comments:

  1. At 10:20 AM, July 06, 2010, Frank said...
    Great warning. I also consider the Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit a problem. While not as radical as Jim Wallis, take a look at these speakers: Bill Hybels, Jim Collins, T.D. Jakes, Jack Welch, Andy Stanley, Christine Caine, Tony Dungy, Zhao Xiao, Ph. D., Blake Mycoskie, Terri Kelly, Daniel H. Pink, Adam Hamilton, Jeff Manion. Do these look like speakers that will point to Jesus Christ? Any church that hosts this is not one I want to attend

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  2. Thanks Gary for your insight and information.

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  3. Yes, be very vigilant. It's only through the lack of vigilance that the round earth theory ever gained acceptance. Lesson learned.

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  4. Eugene has left a new comment on your post "Independence Day":

    @Anonymous (posted on July 05th).

    You seem to be mistaken on what God's will is. His will is clearly stated in His word, Bible, and what He wants is for every living person to be saved from the upcoming judgment. The only way to do that is not through the majority of good deeds, or some good intentions, or through committing one’s life to give freedom to people including homosexuals to do everything that they desire (not every human’s desire is good), but first and foremost through believing in Jesus Christ as a God's Son and your savior, who was punished for your sins instead of you. And then you need to promise God that you will not sin at will anymore and work on not sinning even on the "unconscious" level.

    But for people, who still rebel against God, and think that He is a joke, and will honor the creation above the Creator, there's a place in the Book of Romans in the 1st chapter that says that He will allow those people to do what they want, so they will sin against themselves and will get deserved punishments in their own bodies even while they are still alive. And one of the things that these people would do is "indulge" in homosexuality. Read that place in Bible, so you can check for yourself, and then think about what you know in the natural world that you know, and if there are any increased special medical risks involved in the homosexual behavior. And then make your choice.

    As for another of God's wills, it's been foretold that in the Biblical "Last Times" - times before the last judgment - we will see an increase in the lawlessness and sins. So the failure to stop legitimizing self-destructing sinful behavior (even if it seems pleasurable to some at the moments) is another reason to say, "Yes, God's will is being done". But it's the other part of His plan, and the people celebrating sin unfortunately for them are on the "wrong" side of it. Yet, everybody can change their ways while they still have time in this life.

    God loves you. :)

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    Posted by Eugene to Faith and Freedom Network Blog at 1:26 PM

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  5. Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Controversy at Christian Music Fest":

    I see Gary is endorsing the full Glen Beck crazy attack on "social justice" theology. Does this mean he will stop approvingly quoting Martin Luther King Jr, since Dr King was an advocate of "social justice" theology?

    Also, since Wallis and others are, by your definition, not Christian, will you now stop claiming that a majority of American's share your views? After all, it seems to me in doubt if a majority, who consider themselves Christians, do.

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  6. I wonder how Republican Christians reconcile
    the GOP's agenda
    and the gospel of Jesus Christ? Seems tome that there is a big contradiction.

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  7. Which GOP agenda? The outlawing of the genocide of the unborn, stopping the legalization of the
    depravity of same-sex couples,or
    stopping the legalization of illicit drugs to improve the tax base? That's a social justice
    agenda in keeping with God's Word!
    Many false prophets are out there,
    we need to look at what Scripture
    says about any subject. Man is fallible, God is not!

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  8. Which GOP agenda? The outlawing of the genocide of the unborn, stopping the legalization of the
    depravity of same-sex couples,or
    stopping the legalization of illicit drugs to improve the tax base? That's a social justice
    agenda in keeping with God's Word!
    Many false prophets are out there,
    we need to look at what Scripture
    says about any subject. Man is fallible, God is not!

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  9. Hi, very nice blog site....I have not seen this before !!
    Anyways..come by and say hi at my Gospel site if you have the time...Thanks GW Williams
    Songs Of Worship,Joy and Praise

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