I received this quote from a reader. I will post it because it is a powerful and well articulated description of the current scene in the missionary movement. The sad thing is many of these false teachers are leaders in our churches. They have gained a hearing because of the characteristics expressed in this quote. They have authored books read by thousands and have influenced the missionary movement unchallenged. It is time to turn the tide. Please all you who resonate with these sentiments, come out of the closet. Write us and we will put you on a network list to receive invitations for conferences and to participate in discussions if you like. (formatting mine)
“”Many things combine to make the present inroad of false doctrine peculiarly, dangerous:
There is an undeniable zeal in some of the teachers of error:
their ‘earnestness’ makes many think they must be right.
There is a great appearance of learning…
many fancy that such clever and intellectual men must surely be safe guides. ….
many like to prove their independence of judgment, by believing novelties.
There is a wide-spread desire to appear charitable and liberal-minded….
There is a quantity of half-truth taught by the modern false teachers:
they are incessantly using Scriptural terms and phrases in an unscriptural sense.
There is a silly readiness in every direction to believe everybody who talks cleverly, lovingly, and earnestly,
and a determination to forget that Satan is often ‘transformed into an angel of light.’ (2 Corinthians 2:14)
There is a wide-spread ‘gullibility’ among professing Christians:
every heretic who tells his story plausibly is sure to be believed,
and everybody who doubts him is called a persecutor and a narrow-minded man.
—JC Ryle, (1816-1900.) “A Warning to the Churches”