Monday, January 18, 2010

Phil Johnson-The Neo Liberal Stealth Offensive

Phil Johnson has an article published over at the 9Marks blog that you simply MUST read called The Neo-Liberal Stealth Offensive. I'm giving you a short preview below but you have to click here and read the whole bloomin' thing. It's that good.

The gospel's most dangerous earthly adversaries are not raving atheists who stand outside the door shouting threats and insults. They are church leaders who cultivate a gentle, friendly, pious demeanor but hack away at the foundations of faith under the guise of keeping in step with a changing world.

Historic evangelicalism has two clear distinctives. One is a commitment to the inspiration and authority of Scripture. The other is a conviction that the gospel message is clear and non-negotiable.

With the advent of the seeker-sensitive movement, however, evangelicals began to be influenced by a new species of entrepreneurial leaders who marginalized those core doctrines by neglect. Most of them didn't overtly deny essential biblical truths; but neither did they vigorously stress or defend anything other than their own methodology.

1. They recklessly follow the zeitgeist.
2. They want the world's admiration at all costs.
3. Their "faith" comes with an air of intellectual superiority.
4. They despise doctrinal and biblical precision.

Now, go read the whole thing. You won't be sorry.


Dave Miller said...

Joe, I used to be a frequent commenter at Wade's site, and I still read it from time to time. I have some advice for you, which you can take or not. Just don't go there anymore. In my opinion, arguing there does little good, and it just makes you frustrated.

Rule #11 should be, when a site drives you crazy, stop going there.

If you would like to discuss this, I would love to talk to you more directly than I would do in public.

I would be glad to discuss

Joe Blackmon said...


A fool despises correction and my momma only raised one fool--and he lives in Alabama.

I've been thinking this for some time.

Further, you are welcome to be as direct as you want here. If you want to email me, my email is

Dave Miller said...

Joe, come to sbcIMPACT and you can get involved in some really good discussions.

We encourage people to share different viewpoints in a positive way.

You might find us more to your taste.

However, Crimson Tide fans are discouraged there.

Joe Blackmon said...

Thank you, Dave.