Episcopal Presiding Bishop’s faux Jesus movement evangelistic crusades

May 13, 2017 by

By David Virtue, VirtueOnline.

[…] By any reading, Curry’s understanding of evangelism falls far short of authentic Biblical evangelism and no one apparently came forward because there was no altar call and no mention of who Jesus is and what He came into the world to do and die for, but everybody was made to feel better about themselves, which is the exact opposite of evangelism’s purpose.

(In the interests of full disclosure,) many decades ago, I worked as the assistant pastor of a large Black Baptist church in Montclair, NJ. The pastor was the Rev. Dr. Marvin A. McMickle, who later went on to pastor a 4,000-member church in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He is now the president of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He taught preaching at Princeton seminary for a number of years, and if you ever heard him preach, you would know why.

Unlike Curry, McMickle had a clear fix on the gospel, while being socially relevant. Almost every Sunday he would preach strong biblically based sermons ending with an altar call, urging his people to repent of their sins, give their lives to Christ and follow him till they died.

Like most Black preachers, he did not dodge relevant social issues, but he never compromised the nature and message of the gospel and the need for people to be in a right relationship with God in Christ, the recognition of man’s self-centeredness, rebellion and sinfulness and man’s need for salvation[…]

[…]As one observer noted, Curry’s “evangelical revivals” are not based upon a biblical view of Christ crucified for our sins. Instead, they are based upon cultural relativism and social concerns. ACNA and TEC are promoting two different gospels with different outcomes and therefore different results.

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