Concern for the Church
God’s purposes among the Jewish people are central to Jan Markell, but an even greater passion of hers is the purity of the Lord’s Church. This is the topic she has focused on in recent years, particularly due to the increasing influence of the apostate Emergent Church Movement.
In a recent email message to me, she stated, “My real burden today is the state of the Church.”25 She went on to say that she is “heartbroken” over what is happening to the Church today. “I have memories of the church of my youth,” she wrote, “…a church that was so solid, was prophecy and Israel focused, and talked about important things, not ‘seeker-sensitive’ issues.”26
The Erosion of the Evangelical Movement
Markell has pointed out repeatedly that the term, Evangelical, no longer has any meaning. At one time it stood for people who believed in the inerrancy of the Bible and believed the Bible should be our guide for all doctrines and morals. Today there are people calling themselves Evangelicals who are denying the fundamentals of the faith. In fact, the apostasy among Evangelicals has grown so great that it is now often difficult to differentiate them from the old mainline denominational liberal advocates of the Social Gospel.27
In a powerful article titled, “Liberal Evangelicals Don’t Represent Me,” Markell points out that in 2006 “Evangelicals jumped on the global-warming bandwagon.” In 2010, “immigration became the new Evangelical cause.” In 2011, came the “Circle of Protection” made up of those Evangelicals who were focused on protecting the poor from federal budget cuts. The climax came later that year when the National Association of Evangelicals decided to call for nuclear disarmament.28
In another article, Markell stated that “on the surface there doesn’t seem to be a dime’s worth of difference between the National Association of Evangelicals and the World and National Councils of Churches.”29 She added:30
For years the NAE focused on salvation issues. Not any longer…The NAE’s most recent press release…is their endorsement of “An Evangelical Declaration Against Torture.” Tell them you want an “Evangelical Declaration on Saving Lost Souls.”
“Christians should care about the poor,” wrote Markell, “but to me, poverty, climate change, war, immigration and women’s rights are not primary Evangelical issues.”31 Instead, she argued, “Evangelicals should be focused on soul winning:”32
Once again, we see a vain “fix the earth” mentality. The wrongs of this world cannot be made right until Christ’s return. Since that just might be soon, could we please go back to the fundamentals of soul winning, the calling card of Evangelicals for decades? We can’t fix anything on this planet because the devil is in charge right now. One of the things our government is assigned to do, and rightly so, is to protect its citizens. One of the things Evangelicals are to do is to share the Gospel. Nuclear disarmament is not a church issue. Somebody do a reality check.
In another article titled, “When Evangelicals Dine With The Wicked,” Markell castigated Bill Hybels, the founder of the “seeker-sensitive” approach to Christianity.33 She emphasized his annual “leadership conferences” that have featured “problematic” speakers like Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair and rock star Bono — among many others.
In response, Markell asked a series of penetrating questions:34
Will these speakers spur the attendees to share their faith with greater zeal?
How will the attendees grow spiritually from their exposure to these people?
How does this further the Kingdom of God?
In the fourth segment of Jan Markell’s denunciation of apostasy in the Church, we’ll look at her views on Emergent Church leaders such as Rick Warren.
25) Email message, April 24, 2017, page 4.
27) Jan Markell, “Liberal Evangelicals Don’t Represent me!” November 24, 2011, www.wnd.com/2011/11/371169, page 1.
29) Jan Markell, “The NAE Heads Left,” March 21, 2007, www.omegaletter.com/articles/articles.asp?ArticleID=6084, page 2.
31) Markell, “Liberal Evangelicals…” page 1.
32) Ibid., page 2.
33) Jan Markell, “When Evangelicals Dine with the Wicked,” August 18, 2009, www.moriah.com.au/textarchive/willow-creekleadership-summit-2009.htm.
34) Ibid., page 2.