In the past we have warned about Clarence Sexton’s unity philosophy as represented by his Independent Baptist Friends International conferences. (See “An Open Letter to Clarence Sexton” and “Friends Can’t Criticize Friends” at the Way of Life web site -- www.wayoflife.org.) In a day when worldliness and heresies are spreading rapidly among independent Baptists, it is time to batten down the hatches of separatism, but instead Sexton is calling for IFB unityism. His close association with Jack Schaap is irrefutable evidence of this. Schaap is scheduled to speak at a couple’s retreat at Crown this year: Schaap, who as a staff member helped cover up Jack Hyles’ sin and lies, who remains one of the kings of the heresy of Quick Prayerism (e.g., his Teen Soul Winning Marathon on Oct. 5, 2002 claimed “over 9,500 souls saved” through 300 teen soul winners), who likens the Lord’s Supper and Bible reading to sexual union, who turns the house of God into a worldly carnival (e.g., his Fall Campaign 2010 with its game show spinning wheel and prizes at Ziggie’s Funland, etc.), who teaches the heresies of generational spirits and prosperity giving, who claims that the law was not nailed to the cross and that Jesus did not know who he was until informed by his parents, who claims that God hates men and that Jesus came to earth as an experiment, who says that Barack Obama is born again and that it is legitimate to vote for a pro-abortion candidate, and who mentors an emerging rapper church. Yes, that Jack Schaap. (See the free eBook The Two Jacks at the Way of Life web site -- www.wayoflife.org.) Clarence Sexton also had Roman Catholic Rick Santorum speak on Wednesday evening, February 29 (“Rick Santorum to Hold Rally at Crown,” KnoxNews.com, Feb. 28, 2012). Santorum, of course, is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. Politics was a major beginning point of Jerry Falwell’s spiritual downfall. Steeped in a pragmatic philosophy, he believed it was so important to “bring America back to God” that he was willing to ignore the Bible’s command to separate from those who hold false teaching (e.g., Rom. 16:17-18; 1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Timothy 3:5). To his own detriment and that of his followers Falwell ignored God’s plain and compassionate warning that evil communications corrupt good manners. Falwell’s Moral Majority organization eventually was composed of a large percentage of Roman Catholics and he became so confused that he called them his brothers and sisters in Christ in spite of their avowed false gospel, and he highly praised ecumenical books that treated the Roman Catholic Church as part of “Christ’s body.” Following in Falwell’s disobedient footsteps, Sexton called Rick Santorum a “brother” at a conference in Pennsylvania last year (as per e-mail from an eyewitness, Pastor Steve Rogers, March 10, 2012). “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
(Friday Church News Notes, March 23, 2012, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)
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