Definition: A belief that evangelicals should reject the doctrine of separation from so-called Christians who deny the essentials of the faith. The influence of evangelicals in the seminaries had been reduced as a result of the liberalism of the early 20th century. New evangelicals sought to engage liberal scholars to increase the acceptance and popularity of evangelical truth. Billy Graham began inviting Catholics and Liberal Protestants to participate in his crusades. A typical strategy of the movement is to flatter unbelieving Christians in order to infiltrate and increase the influence of the gospel.
Discussion: God requires the use of proper means to grow His kingdom. To earn acceptance and influence, the New evangelicals effectively change the radical message of the gospel through their use of pragmatic deception. The Bible is clear in requiring separation from so-called Christians who deny the faith (2 Cor. 6:17). The unfortunate result of yoking with unbelievers is that they tend to exert negative influence on your beliefs. Billy Graham has gained great renown through accommodation, but his theology has been compromised. He no longer sees any distinction between the Catholic and evangelical gospel, and has tended toward universalism, denying that Jesus is the only way. To proclaim truth falsely is called hypocrisy.
Articles & Viewpoints:
- Article by Richard Bennett – The Alignment of New Evangelicals with Apostasy