Harry Emerson Fosdick
Tony Campolo, Brian McLaren, and Jeremiah Wright were three of the speakers at the 5th Fosdick Convocation at Riverside Church in New York City last October. The meeting is held annually in honor of the blasphemous heretic Harry Emerson Fosdick, founder of Riverside Church. Fosdick denied every fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith, including Jesus’ Divinity, virgin birth, miracles, vicarious atonement, and bodily resurrection. In a letter written in 1945 to an inquiring individual from Peru, Indiana, Fosdick said, “Of course I do not believe in the virgin birth or in that old-fashioned substitutionary doctrine of the atonement, and I know of no intelligent person who does” (The Christian Beacon, January 3, 1957). He called the doctrine of Christ’s blood atonement “a theological disgrace” (Dear Mr. Brown, p. 135). In his sermon “The peril of worshiping Jesus,” Fosdick said, “Of course the divinity of Jesus differs from ours in degree but not in kind” (M.L. Moser, Jr., Ecumenicalism Under the Spotlight, p. 65). In spite of the wicked unbelief of this “pastor,” the Northern Baptist Convention in 1926 voted by a margin of three to one not to evict Riverside Church from its membership. Fosdick became the featured radio speaker for the Federal Council of Churches in America (the forerunner to the National Council of Churches) after its formation in 1950. Emerging church leaders Campolo and McLaren--whose heresies we have documented in What Is the Emerging Church?--are spiritual chameleons and wolves in sheep’s clothing. I have interviewed both men at conferences I attended with media credentials, and they deceptively transformed themselves into Bible-believing fundamentalists for the occasion. As for Jeremiah Wright, he was President Barack Obama’s pastor for 20 years at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. By his presence at the Fosdick convention he demonstrated his unbelief and sympathy for wicked heresies.
(Friday Church News Notes, June 29, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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