Nothing is building the one-world “church” more effectively than the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement. Contemporary worship music, also at the heart and soul of the one-world church, is basically charismatic worship music. The doctrinal heresies, the unscriptural phenomenon, and the fleshly music represent the same spirit. Since the 1960s the old-line Pentecostal denominations that were birthed at Azusa Street at the turn of the 20th century, have largely merged with the charismatic movement and its radical ecumenism.
The 2002 edition of the Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements says, “The charismatic renewal brought pressure on the Pentecostals to broaden their identification within the universal church to groups previously considered apostate.” The so-called “universal church” is more apostate today, in fact, than it was in the 1950s, before the explosion of the charismatic movement, but a shared “experience” of “tongues” and “apostolic signs” has united Protestants and Baptists with Roman Catholics. Consider the following statement by “apostle” Fred Berry, head of AZUSAFest, a charismatic contemporary music festival which is scheduled to be held in Brazil in April: “With the election of Pope Francis, record numbers of South American Catholics getting filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues, and an increase in Spirit-filled believers in Brazil, we are in the right place, at the right time” (“AZUSAFEST Returns to Sao Paulo,” Christian Newswire, Mar. 14, 2013).
Bible-believing Baptist churches that are messing around with contemporary worship music, because of pastors who are too ignorant to know what is happening and too proud or lazy to look into the issue, are playing with fire, and it is the next generation, particularly, that will be well roasted in the ovens of end-time apostasy.
(Friday Church News Notes, March 22, 2013, www.wayoflife.org, email@example.com, 866-295-4143)