Outlandish Quotes by “Religious” Leaders

If you ever suspected that the “Religious” Left is perverting the Gospel of Jesus Christ.. these quotes should convince you.See how many you know…

Unbelievable — and these are the “Leaders” of the modern Church. Pitiful.

Today there really aren’t that many Fundamentalists left; I don’t know if you know that or not, but they are such a minority; there aren’t that many Fundamentalists left in America … Now the word ‘fundamentalist’ actually comes from a document in the 1920s called the Five Fundamentals of the Faith. And it is a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity.” Quote by Rick Warren, May 2005

[Fundamentalism is]”one of the big enemies of the 21st century.” “Muslim fundamentalism, Christian fundamentalism, Jewish fundamentalism, secular fundamentalism – they’re all motivated by fear. Fear of each other.” – Rick Warren, January 2006

Christianity IS an eastern religion. It has all its roots in the East! It’s a bit baffling to me that people lose sight of this, and insist on creating a false separation [see note below] between eastern religions and (apparently) western Christianity.” Mark Oestreicher, Youth Specialties

Emergent doesn’t have a position on absolute truth, or on anything for that matter. Do you show up at a dinner party with your neighbors and ask, ‘What’s this dinner party’s position on absolute truth?’ No, you don’t, because it’s a nonsensical question.” Tony Jones at the 2005 National Youth Workers Convention

My goal is to destroy Christianity as a world religion and be a catalyst for the movement of Jesus Christ,” McManus, author of a new book called The Barbarian Way, said in a telephone interview. “Some people are upset with me because it sounds like I’m anti-Christian. I think they might be right.”—Erwin McManus, from The Barbarian Way

With practice, you can develop the habit of praying silent ‘breath prayers‘” Rick Warren, from his book (p. 299)

“[U]se ‘breath prayers‘ throughout the day, as many Christians have done for centuries. You choose a brief sentence or a simple phrase that can be repeated to Jesus in one breath.”—Rick Warren,  The Purpose-Driven Life, p. 89

“Does Buddha have anything to offer non-Buddhists in the workplace? My answer is a wholehearted, ‘Yes.’Ken Blanchard, co-author of the One Minute Manager, from the foreword and front cover of What Would Buddha Do in the Workplace?

“Spiritual ecstasy. The third phase of contemplative prayer … a supernatural trance state …” Charisma magazine, Oct. 2004

Contemplative prayer is nothing other than coming into consciousness of what is already there.” Brennan Manning, The Signature of Jesus

“Brennan (Manning) is my friend, walking ahead of me on the path toward home. As I watch him from behind, I am drawn to more closely follow on the path…” Larry Crabb, endorsement of Abba’s Child

“I began practicing meditation, specifically breath prayer, once again. I integrated the use of Tai Chi and yoga” John Michael Talbot, Interview with Christianity Today 10/22/2001

“[Y]ou and I may have strong opinions on double predestination, supralapsarianism, and biblical inerrancy, but these should not be considered evangelical essentials.” Richard Foster

“We’re rediscovering Christianity as an Eastern religion, as a way of life.”– Rob Bell, Teaching Pastor Mars Hill Bible Church from The Emergent Mystique, Christianity Today

“Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God’s house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God.” Henri Nouwen, Sabbatical Journey

“Isn’t it a pity that people are going into LSD to have spiritual experiences, when we have a tradition in the Church [contemplative prayer] which no one knows anything about?”source Thomas Merton

“My acquaintance with eastern methods of meditation has convinced me that … there are ways of calming the mind in the spiritual disciplines of both the east and the west [and] many serious seekers of truth study the eastern religions,…”
Thomas Keating

Lies, Lies and more lies.

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30 responses to “Outlandish Quotes by “Religious” Leaders

  1. Jason, you are right. Being martyred has nothing to do with receiving, keeping, or proving that one has eternal life.

  2. An example of second century legalism

    “2:3 And giving heed unto the grace of Christ they despised the tortures of this world, purchasing at the cost of one hour a release from eternal punishment. And they found the fire of their inhuman torturers cold: for they set before their eyes the escape from the eternal fire which is never quenched…”

    This comes from the Martyrdom of Polycarp. That which was purchased in 33 AD cannot be “refinanced” in 156 or in 2017. Thank God, it’s paid in full. [It turns out that little actually survives of Polycarp’s writings, and this isn’t from him but about him.]

  3. Brad, you are right. That’s because legalists view everything through the lens of the law, not grace.

  4. So many verses in the bible legalists misinterpret to mean works for salvation when those verses actually teach no works for salvation. I keep seeing this irony over and over.

  5. Yesterday I got into an argument with a Youtuber who defends Oliver Cromwell. His defense: the alternative being that England would be a Catholic country. They were all too Catholic for me.

  6. Holly you’re right, guilt and shame are great DE-motivators really. I wanted to take that back almost as soon as I said it. I was thinking about how they are used to manipulate us on so many levels, but it just creates a mess in the end, messes with our heads probably. That’s where Grace is so different of course, it’s about a healthy motivation towards a loving God. So I guess I mean LS is just another symptom of mans distorted self-image.

  7. Holly, Billy Graham seems to be one of the “untouchable” false teachers as well.

  8. Hobbs – I was thinking about what you said about guilt and shame being great motivators. I kind of roll that around in my mind, and think back on how it worked in my life and how I’ve seen it work in others.

    For me, it buried me and made me turn the opposite direction from God. I wasn’t denying Him (at least not in word) but I was hiding from Him I think, also I had given up. I could not do it, most especially in hard times, I failed far too often, and if I just ignored it, at least I wasn’t being accused as often.

    For others I face these days, and over the last dozen years, it seems what I mostly see is that it has produced a way of measuring themselves by others. But there is no way they can correctly gauge where they are by other’s lives, nor by their own lives. They just don’t/won’t face that fact. They only declare how great they are and often will call you licentious or just say you want to sin to beat the band, something like that. But if all they said was true, and they were better than the one they are berating, they refuse to face the fact that only perfection will do.

    Someone used the story of the rich young ruler to me, but of course as their example of whether we were ‘truly saved’ because we wanted it ‘easy’. They miss the point of the story, the impossibility for man to accomplish this, only through God are these things possible. They are so much like the rich young ruler in that they think they keep all the law too.

  9. Johninnc – I found that word interesting too (smug). They often either bring words into their argument to accuse while at the same time self-condemning, which is the way of the accuser of the brethren. They accuse you of being proud while being haughty. They smugly uses words like smug in their false doctrine. They are are aghast you hold up doctrine or their anointed teachers to the light of His Word, so they call you false, they insist you are judgmental and critical while supposedly taking their beloved out of context. They miss the irony. They rail on you and call you a railer.

    I have personal stories of each one of those listed above, all I had never heard of, most introduced to me by pastors. One business associate who was a ‘Christian’ was astounded that I hadn’t heard of the great Erwin Mcmanus or his Mosaic church. He almost fainted when I told him I had never heard of ‘The Shack’ either. Bible church pastors mentioned these men and maybe in the 90s most in the audience hadn’t, or maybe they just didn’t look them up. I did. What stories I can tell for daring to question them about them.

    The worst I can think of though?

    Questioning Spurgeon. Whether another ‘free-gracer’ or just an online friend or someone you fellowship with. They hold onto him fiercely and you are dead to them when they know you dare speak against his doctrine. At the very least they encourage you to chew the meat and spit out the bones.

  10. Come to think of it, what I posted will probably be regarded an ‘outlandish quote’ in itself!?

  11. Heard someone suggest we should ‘jettison the judeao element of judeao-christianity, with it’s load of guilt’. LS is largely fuelled by guilt. i.e. don’t smugly believe Christ alone will save you, you’ve got to DO something, you’ve got to suffer too. Guilt and shame are great motivators.

  12. Whether or not one is smug, whether or not one suffers, or has any struggles. Anything to cause doubt and worry. Doubt is a suffering in itself. Throw in the theory that doubts are part of our faith, and you have a mess.

  13. Interesting twist – according to this towering giant of theology (sarcasm intended), one’s hope of salvation rises on whether or not he is “smug.”

  14. Do I have some outlandish quotes from Wurmbrand!

    “Jesus was glad of my ‘No'”

    From 100 Poison Meditations. Refers to his rejection of what Jesus did for him on the cross. In the context of a mystical prison experience, he exchanged the free gift for a trade.

    “A man who smugly accepts Christ’s dying for him and shouts Hallelujah about the innocent Son of God receiving punishment he himself deserves should be more severely punished than before”

    100PM. His word “smug” is like Bonhoeffer’s use of “cheap”, trashing the gospel. Warning passages from Hebrews flare up in my mind as I read it.

    “The gospel, the good news, is the privelege of becoming a member of the Body of Christ, of suffering, of dying in pain, and also of being resurrected with Him in glory”

    Like Bonhoeffer, he thinks Christ is the Church. He calls a work, a burden that no one can bear, a “privelege”. Like Stalin, he uses euphemistic language.

    “We have improved upon your work”

    From “Victorious Faith”. He is quoting Dostoevsky, and he thinks that Christ’s sacrifice is not enough. He agrees with that vile fictional character (a fiction I only now researched), the Grand Inquisitor, who said that the Church has no need of Christ.

    “We form the inward life of God. We are not exterior to him”

    New age mantras like this pepper his work, along with Jewish fables and Kabbalah.

    Would that he went the whole way and threw in with the Communists. Liberation theology was an even further “improvement”. The Inquisition, the Third Reich, the People’s Republic, the Mark. The Wurm dieth not and the Brand is never quenched. I have no need of these “improvements”.

  15. You might appreciate this ‘outlandish quote’ by Voddie Baucham.

    Voddie Baucham from his sermon “The Doctrine of Total Depravity”
    “One of the reasons that God makes human babies small is so they won’t kill their parents in their sleep. They’re evil. Yes, this is true of children.

  16. John Gregory…tears… I remember two or three special encounters in my mind, and I do not know how someone can forget. We need to trust the gospel’s power and let the Lord give the increase. I remember being actually quite shocked one time, especially since she was an old Jewish woman who never had heard Jesus was her Messiah… She just started exclaiming I believe, I believe, I believe… I was so surprised and why should I be?

    The gospel is the power of God unto salvation.

  17. You know they go around all day long heaping up these teachers, they don’t want to use God’s Word to see if these men’s quotes are right…

    It’s terribly sad if you watch on Facebook. I see a multitude of Spurgeon, and MacArthur and Washer quotes flip by daily in so-called ‘mainstream’ Christianity that profess to be discerning, but they don’t see the danger right in front of them.

  18. I’ll add my humble AMEN to that as well, bro. John G!

  19. Expected Imminently

    Hello John Gregory
    I have nothing to add to yours and Jack’s comments except to say ‘amen’.

    I reckon I would be a great evangelist if I could have a captive audience. My beastly sons said that the best punishment we could give to terrorists was to lock them up in a room with me and my Bible. 🙂

    God bless you John for ministering so faithfully to the lost.

  20. Brother Jack, While the word “Evangelical” does not appear in Scripture, the word “Evangelist” does. In Acts 21:8, Eph.4:11, & 2Tim.4:5. I have claimed 2Tim.4,5 as my own, while doing Prison Ministry. I am saying this Not as a way of correction. That would never be my motive. I have too much respect for you to do that. My purpose is simply to say that my using the word Evangelical or Evangelist was always used with a sense of awe that God had called me to be an evangelist!
    I am saddened by what the word Evangelical has become to mean by so many individuals that have robbed it of its true meaning, But, like you, will continue to evangelize every chance I have until the Lord returns or calls me home.
    Other than the relationship that I enjoy with Jesus, the joy I encounter when the Holy Spirit uses my humble proclamation of the free grace gospel to the person standing in need of salvation, to have that individual be born again right before my eyes by the power of the Holy Spirit almost overwhelms me. The world has no joy equal to THAT!
    God bless you,
    John H. Gregory

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  22. Hi Bruce,

    I think the word Evangelical has been hijacked by the left, yet I consider myself one — with careful explanation. I evangelize about my Savior Jesus Christ and God’s Word, etc.
    Since neither of the words “Evangelical” or “Fundamentalist” appear in the Bible, I suppose we must approach them with some latitude and maybe suspicion, like the word “sovereignty” which likewise does not appear in the Bible and yet seems to be a Reformed/Calvinist trigger word for all their doctrine.

    I do not adhere to the liberal, anti-Biblical National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) which has become an ecumenical mish-mash of “Lets All Join Arms and Become Apostate Together.” This is a group to avoid.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  23. Hi Jack and all:

    Good discussion. Growing up in a conservative Baptist church, I always heard and considered the term “Fundamentalist” to be an apt one and basically synonymous with “Conservative Christian” or “Evangelical Christian.” Evangelical basically means simply one who adheres to the gospel, the “euangelion,” the good news of Eph. 2:8-9, John 3:16, 1 Cor. 15:1-8, Titus 3:4-5, and Acts 16:30-31. I still call myself an Evangelical Christian. I know that Lou Martuneac’s site makes much of an alleged distinction between “Evangelical” and “Fundamentalist.” Has “Evangelical” as a term been hijacked by false teachers and fringe movements in recent decades?

  24. Rob,

    Thanks for your comment.. I do not intend to be cranky and hateful — as you notice I simply printed quotes from some of the leading “evangelical Christians” of the day.

    May I presume by your statement that you agree with some or all of these statements or you agree with the authors represented?

    You said, “there’s enough that unites your belief systems into our one Christian faith. Why tear your brothers down?”

    There is nothing in those quotes that represent a true fundamental Bible belief system. And if these are “brothers” as you say, then they need a good dose of Bible Doctrine on God’s Gracious Salvation in Jesus Christ alone. Otherwise it seems as if they need to trust or believe in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior. There is nothing in those quotes that leads me to think that they have trusted in Christ alone for their eternal life.

    We Believers are told to warn against false teachers.. and that is what this post is about — false teachers. We warn and our readers may believe it or reject it.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  25. Rob Jeffery

    With respect, I think it’s sad that you’re tearing down some of the great contemporary pastors/preachers of Christianity. You may not agree with everything they say, nor would they agree with your paticular view on the faith, but there’s enough that unites your belief systems into our one Christian faith. Why tear your brothers down?

    I get that you may be touting the fact that your ‘narrow-minded’ in order to be ironic. But narrow-mindedness is not an attribute that we should strive for. Being sold out on what we believe – yes! But narrow minded as in closed, cranky, and even hateful. I don’t think so. But thank you for having the courage to share your convictions. God bless.

  26. Scotty, you are not showing your age… Words still mean things…
    Fundamentalist STILL means adhering to the Fundamentals of the Faith in my mind just as with you and many others.

    In Jesus Christ eternally,


  27. I guess I’m showing my age, in reference to one of Rick Warren’s comments, why I say I can remember when the world “fundamentalist” wasn’t a dirty word OR a put down…..

  28. This is what I fear and they are who scare me.

    Thanks preacherman for staying on course.
    “Lov’n the Lord & Liv’n the Life…”

  29. Thanks David,

    I appreciate your comments — and you are likewise a blessing.. Keep up your good work for our Savior… and Even so Come Lord Jesus.

    In Jesus Christ eternally,


  30. This of course sickens, but does not surprise, since God’s Word predicted we’d be here, bro. Jack as I know you know. (2 Ti.4:3f) Thankfully the darker it gets, the brighter His light can shine through us (Phil.2:15) Have I told you what a blessing you are to me lately, bro. Jack? If not, I apologize, because you are!

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