"Evangelicalism" has been corrupted by many things, including Protestantism (with errors such as infant baptism, replacement theology, allegoricalism, and amillennialism) and the onslaught of New Evangelicalism in the 1950s with its rejection of "separatism." As a result, evangelical scholarship has been influenced by liberal scholarship. Evangelical preachers sit at the feet of liberals via the classroom and literature and the Internet and are influenced by their unbelief. Oftentimes their Christian faith has been entirely overthrown; other times they modify their faith to allow for liberal views. Consider, for the example, the following description of the crossing of the Red Sea in Halley's Bible Handbook (Deluxe Edition, Zondervan, 2007): "The sea then would have flowed north into the depressions known today as the Bitter Lakes. If a steady wind pushed the shallow water north into the Bitter Lakes, it would have lowered the level of the water so that a land bridge would appear, which is not an uncommon phenomenon. The waters on the north and the south then were a 'wall' or 'defense.' There is no need to assume perpendicular heaps of water defying gravity--although there is no question that God could have done exactly that" (Halley's Bible Handbook). This is unbelieving nonsense. Our part is to believe what God's Word says, not try to invent naturalistic explanations for the miraculous. The Bible says "the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left" (Ex. 14:22, 29). They were led through "depths" (Psa. 106:9). That is a description of a "perpendicular heap"! The Halley's Bible Handbook also says that the six days of creation could have been "long, successive periods," whereas the Bible plainly states that they were ordinary "evening and morning" days. Beware, friends. If you walk in counsel of the ungodly, you could end up in the seat of the scornful. The blessed way is to reject the counsel of the ungodly in no uncertain terms, to fly the flag of biblical faith against every error, to meditate in the Scripture day and night, and to test everything by its perfect precepts (Psalm 1:1-3).
(Friday Church News Notes, September 26, 2014, www.wayoflife.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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