In 1922, the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of New York city, Harry Emerson Fosdick, proclaimed in a sermon, “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” his serious doubts about most of the historic assertions of the Christian faith, including the virgin birth, the resurrection, the divinity of Christ, the atonement, miracles, and the Bible as the Word of God. In 1930, Dietrich Bonhoeffer arrived in New York to further his studies. What he found there was a very liberal church and a professor named Harry Emerson Fosdick, who was teaching at Union Theological Seminary.
Bonoeffer made the following observations,
“The Union students talk a blue streak without the slightest substantive foundation and with no evidence of any criteria . . . They are unfamiliar with even the most basic questions. They become intoxicated with liberal and humanistic phrases, laugh at the fundamentalists, and yet basically are not even up to their level.”
“In New York they preach about virtually everything; only one thing is not addressed, or is addressed so rarely that I have as yet been unable to hear it, namely, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the cross, sin and forgiveness, death and life.”
The Assemblies of God was birthed out of this atmosphere of liberalism as a Pentecostal church, fully committed to the inherent Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to change lives. The Assemblies of God went on to see a mighty revival sweep the land and turn the tide.
Unfortunately, it seems history has come full circle and this time around it is our Seminaries and churches that are enveloping the postmodern mind-set of liberal thinking. It is the postmodern AG pastor that is laughing at the doctrines of the church and those who still believe in them. It is the educated elite who hold their noses up at anyone who would dare to question their thinking.
I know this will not set well with those who have embraced the postmodern message and its liberal leanings, but it is time we returned to God’s Holy Word and proclaim the absolute truth of Jesus Christ. It is time that we stop trying to touch the world by being the world, but be indwelled and empowered by the Holy Spirit and then go out into the world and be the people of God. That will do more for the kingdom of God, then looking and acting like the world. Stop supporting Assembly of God schools who no longer believe in the inherent Word of God. Stop sending your young people to Assembly of God schools who promote liberal thinking and send them to Pentecostal schools, where they will be taught the full counsel of God’s Word and experience the presence of God.
Lord send revival our way again. Come Holy Spirit We Need You!
2 Timothy 4
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word, be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with all patience and teaching. 3 For the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but they will gather to themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, having itching ears, 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn to myths. 5 But be self-controlled in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, and prove your ministry.