Today in chapel MacArthur spoke and had a question and answer time. Before he got into the question and answer time he was talking to us about what was going on with him and what he’d been doing. He talked about this meeting of the minds that has been happening about once a month over a phone conference. This circle of about 10 men includes the following: R.C. Sproul, John Piper, C.J. Mahaney, Mark Dever, Philip Ryken, Al Mohler, John MacArthur, and a couple of others. Over the last few months they have talked about what has happened with Evangelicalism and how three different circles have run away with the image of Evangelicalism. The first is the Charasmatic circle that includes Benny Hinn and TBN. The second circle is the ‘Religious Right’ like Pat Robertson. And the third is this seeker thing with Rick Warren and the Emerging Church with Brian McClaren.
He said that these three circles have so distorted the view of Evangelicalism, that they now no longer wish to be known as Evangelicals. So they are trying to come up with a name to identify themselves as and are working together to figure out how to take back the core of Christianity. Right now they are thinking about something like “Classic Christianity”. They have decided to all meet from January 4-6 to mull over these issues and to present a united front at reclaiming the Christian identity within our world.
This got me excited that these men are so convicted like this that they are willing to make such a radical change. Even the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS) has been going downhill just in the last few years. They have refused to speak out as a group (despite many men calling for it) of people who wish to say that God doesn’t know the future. They have surrendered doctrine for ‘success’ and have created a dangerous ambiguity. MacArthur said that Warren was on Larry King and someone called in and asked why Jesus wasn’t called a son of Moses since Moses is considered the greatest prophet in Judaism. Warren replied “Oh, that’s easy! Jesus didn’t come to be a prophet, but a king!” MacArthur said ‘So its basically just this “WHAT?!?”
This confusion and a new fear over theological debate and understanding are leading down a road that these men do not want to be associated with, and I just wish I could be a fly on the wall in that meeting. Just thought you guys might want to know about this. I’m sure we’ll all hear about the results of this in the time to come.