“The new birth, especially if one judges by the testimonies of converts, is not so much the preaching of the Cross, but the preaching of ‘my personal relationship with Jesus,’ the day when ‘Jesus came into my heart.’”
Jesus’ teachings in Matthew 24 (Luke 17) “thoroughly inverts some popular understandings of the end times,” the popular “left behind” concept of the Rapture.
“Be Still” is a video that promotes contemplative prayer, a form meditation rooted in Eastern mysticism, wherein a person slows down and silences oneself in the midst of a busy and noisy culture to not only talk to God but listen to him as well.
the pagan Gnostic impulse of evangelicalismâ€””a quest for secret knowledge apart from the text of Scripture (gnosis), a disparaging of matter, including an aversion to things physical and intellectual”â€”finds an effective beachhead in many evangelicals today through this tripartite view.
Many people are now “their own theologian-in-residence,” and embrace an “unpredictable and contradictory body of beliefs,” mixing eclectic and syncretistic Christian and non-Christian views. Feelings and emotions are now king, while preaching and Bible study are disliked, resulting in even more Biblical illiteracy.