The Challenge Of A New Religion: Neo-Evangelicalism -- By: Carlton Helgerson

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 21:1 (Spring 1978)
Article: The Challenge Of A New Religion: Neo-Evangelicalism
Author: Carlton Helgerson


The Challenge Of A New Religion: Neo-Evangelicalism

Carlton Helgerson

Burlington, Massachusetts

[Part one of a two part series. This article is reprinted with permission from the Voice, 1860 Mannheim Rd., Westchester, IL, 60153, Harold F. Freeman, editor.]

Introduction

Much has been written in opposition to the questionable practices of neo-evangelicalism. Books have also appeared in defense of such practices. Yet few seem to understand what this movement really is. Something needs to be said that will explain the nature of this movement, especially for the benefit of any who might assume that our aversion is limited to its methods.

As one who was deeply involved in the movement in its beginnings and who has since watched and studied its development, I can testify with knowledge.

Neo-evangelicalism is a slanted way of thinking which, like a virus, has infected many of us to some degree. I beseech my brethren to recognize the seriousness. To what extent has this virus entered our thinking? We should let judgment begin in our own hearts lest we criticize in others what we unwittingly nurture in our own minds.

Since both proponents and opponents recognize that mixture and compromise characterize the movement, it is not unreasonable to caption it as a new religion.

Its Inhibited Mind

There is today a very strange approach to truth. Black versus white thinking is not the vogue today. Gray thinking is. We began to observe this in the middle fifties.

There is something inhibiting the minds of men, something they cannot readily explain, something they feel and assume, namely, that one cannot be too sure about anything in the realm of morals and religion! To some degree this affects us all, believers as well as unbelievers.

Man’s approach to truth tends to be on the basis of synthesis rather than antithesis, i.e. mixture rather than opposites. The result is an aversion to dogma and absolutes.

The mind is exposed in the Scriptures as a marvelous thing yet a part of man’s fallen nature. The Bible shows us not only what the natural mind thinks, but how it thinks.

The slanting of the mind has always been an effective work of Satan. Paul warned the Christians about the ever present danger that their minds be corrupted.

This combination of circumstances, the current brainwashings plus Satanic influence, causes uncertainty to lurk in the mind on every subject, with the possible exception of certain scientific disciplines.

The scholar is aware, of course, that our so...

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