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of Jerusalem (David Roberts, 1850)
Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000" by Iain Murray. It records the 'history of the change within evangelicalism over the last 50 years is both impressive and frightening. He shows how decisions by some noted evangelical leaders in Britain and the U.S. for the sake of "unity" or "results" have compromised the church and watered down the message of the Gospel' writes reviewer David Vosseller. This decline includes chronicling the history of unfortunate decisions by including well-known Gospel promoting pastors such as Billy Graham, J.I. Packer, and John Stott.
You might be surprised to find the beloved US pastor Billy Graham's name listed in a list noting pastors who have declined toward apostasy due to their unfortunate ecumenical decisions, indeed, an entire chapter in this book is devoted to his decline, but his decline is a true one. Mr Graham is among those who at once promote the Gospel while simultaneously undermine it.
The book isn't brand new but it is fairly new, but it does chronicle how apostasy happens and the danger of ecumenicalism, worthy subjects in light of today's mainline church regularly blaspheming the Holy Spirit, how the emergent church model is a harbor for pastors without a pastor's heart, and spiritual abuse. It's come to this, and Murray was right.
Joel Rosenberg wrote, "A positive development: southern Baptists choose African American pastor as president who says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” He is Pastor Fred Luter.
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Me, either! How about you? Promote the name of Jesus everywhere, preach sin and redemption, grace and mercy, extol the virtues of a Spirit filled life by being salt and light.