Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Pentecostal Leaders Adapting World Views

Looking at the article below, the concerns expressed by Andrew Strom have been entering into my mind lately about compromise and a changing society. I had been contemplating that on television nothing resembles programs aired even 10 years ago--certainly not 20 or 30 years aog. Women are featured in commercials scantily dressed for even youngsters to see in the daytime (and all people for that matter). Homosexuality is unquestioned in mainstream shows---its becoming a norm, with gay people in leading roles on television. Sadistic crime shows abound, to which I am convinced influence people already given to sadistic perversions offering them more ammunition to feed their evil passions. Darkness has increased exponentially.

Who are we to accommodate? The world? Are you trying to reach them or be like them? Why question anything this world offers if we accept its views, and no one call tell us believers apart?

James 4:4 (New King James Version)
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

Do you think the Lord changes?

Malichi 3:6 (New King James Version)

For I am the LORD, I do not change

Matthew 24:35 (New King James Version)
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass.

The world is changing. Because it changes, are we to adapt to the ways of darkness? Light dispels darkness--but compromise and accommodation to a sinful world is only causing confusion and deception. And it should not be so in the Church.

The Lord is not willing any should perish. He desires all people to know Him. But He commands we preach the Truth, and call sin as SIN when we see it. Grace does not give us a license to excuse sin in our lives.

The article is posted directly below.


by Andrew Strom

It all started with a 2009 blog post by Rob Buckingham, pastor
of a large Pentecostal megachurch called 'Bayside' in Melbourne,
Australia. His blog post was entitled, "Is Jesus Anti-Gay?" and
made the case for 'acceptance' being the true Christian attitude
toward Homosexuals. Now bear in mind that this is not some
"liberal" church or 'liberal' congregation here. This fellowship is
part of the "C3" (Christian City Church) denomination - one of
the largest mainstream Pentecostal groups in Australia. That is
why the Gay community was so delighted by it all.

In the 'comments' section after his article, Rob Buckingham
made his views even clearer: "As a Christian, and pastor of a
church, I sometimes find the attitudes of fellow Christians
embarrassing. We have a number of gay men and women in our
church and they are accepted just the way they are - just like
everyone else is." So you are no longer willing to preach what
Jesus preached, Rob? "GO and SIN NO MORE."

Rob Buckingham later went on to preach a message at Bayside
that was entitled, "Real Christianity is Accepting". (You can find
it on Youtube). In it the pastor overturned the usual understanding
of the 'Sodom & Gomorrah' story and advocated "Christian
acceptance" of homosexuals. The Pentecostal congregation
literally gave him a standing ovation at the end of his sermon.

This message was heralded by the Gay press as a huge leap
forward inside the Pentecostal movement. One Gay activist called
it, 'The Bayside Breakthrough'. The Star Online trumpeted,
"Church Advocates for Gay Acceptance... minister at Melbourne´s
Pentecostal Bayside Church received a standing ovation earlier
this month for preaching just that in a special sermon on how
the church should embrace GLBT [Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual &
Transgender] people."

The official Bayside website also published the following statement:
"Bayside Church welcomes GLBT people to find God´s love and
grace and to worship Him freely within our community."

Even though this whole affair became very well-known, the
leadership of the C3 (Christian City Church) movement apparently
"declined to comment" on it - even though the C3 movement is
led by Phil Pringle, a very well-known preacher in Australia. It
seems Bayside is still welcome to be part of 'C3' and Rob
Buckingham remains a high-profile pastor in the movement. All
of his blog posts on this subject are still proudly featured on the
church website. Which surely leads one to believe that Rob
Buckingham's views must not be too different from the overall
church's views on this subject. Isn't that reasonable to assume,
since they have said nothing to the contrary? I wonder if Australian
Pentecostals are aware that this huge compromise is now taking
place under their own banner?

And so, Homosexual Acceptance is free to enter into the
Pentecostal movement by the back door, since leaders no longer
dare to actually make a stand on the issue. Please write to Phil
Pringle and the C3 movement if you would like to know why they
have been so "silent" about this - even to their own members.
Here is the email to write to-

Isn't it sad that "political correctness" is now overtaking even the
Pentecostal churches worldwide? Perhaps the fruit of years of
no real 'Repentance' being preached? And I have recently heard
of large Baptist churches in Australia also starting to head in the
same direction. Who will stand and defend the truth?

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Yours in Christ - Andrew Strom ( )