The following song by Canadian singer and songwriter Trevor Baker is related to the article we posted earlier today which was titled “Newly Elected Southern Baptist Convention Mission Board President, David Platt, Says “Sinner’s Prayer” Unscriptural and Superstitious.” This song, titled You Don’t Have the Right is from Trevor’s CD It’s All in Place. (The lyrics to the song are below.)
You Don’t Have The Right
So you’ve been picked by God
Before all time began
And He doesn’t care about
The soul of every man
You’ll get this message out
To everyone you can
With bits and pieces
Of the Bible in your hand
The arrogance that I hear in your voice
Proclaims that Heaven
Is nobody’s choice
That God controls the human race
Like little toys
But there’s no logic in your words
It’s only noise
You may think the average Joe
Ain’t got the smarts
That we won’t question
All your ludicrous remarks
But you’re forgetting
That God speaks to tender hearts
And that’s kinda’ where
Salvation really starts
And then you tell me
Nothing happened on that night
When I cried to God
And I received my sight
Well I’m sorry sir
But you don‘t have the right
To be shading everything
That’s black and white
Now Mr. Washer
And all those like yourself
Should be locked away
On some forgotten shelf
There are souls outside the gate
And it’s almost twelve
And that stuff you’re trying to peddle
Sure don’t help
The smug look of yours
Sure gives you guys away
It makes it hard to take in
Anything you say
That smooth tongue of yours
Might say you know the way
But to me you’re only actors
In a play
You speak a little truth
And draw your listeners in
That’s how crafty
Made up stories all begin
But this power tripping game
You’ll never win
‘Cause some can add
And won‘t buy
The web you spin
How can you tell us
Nothing happened on that night
When we cried to God
And we received our sight
Well I’m sorry sir
But you don’t have the right
You’ve pushed it far enough
And now you’ve got a fight
You’ve bullied your way
Into homes and lives
And your fur and teeth
Are cleverly disguised
Well here’s one verse
I think you should try on for size
God hides the truth
From those who think they’re wise
Jesus said to come to Him
Just like a child
And I know you find that concept
It pulls the plug on your theology
And Heaven knows
That we’re allowed to have a smile
Now I don’t do this kinda’ of singing
Just for spite
It’s ‘cause you’ve taken Heaven’s door
And slammed it tight
And millions like me
Who bowed their heart one night
Would like to tell you sir
That you don’t have the right
Newly Elected Southern Baptist Convention Mission Board President, David Platt, Says “Sinner’s Prayer” Unscriptural and Superstitious
Editor’s Note: We know some people are going to be upset with our article about David Platt. Please understand that there is more here than meets the eye. This issue goes far beyond the scope of this article. There is a lot more at stake here than rejecting a “sinner’s prayer.”
Editors at Lighthouse Trails
On August 27th, the Southern Baptist Convention elected Reformed author and pastor David Platt as the organization’s new president of the SBC International Mission Board. Platt is the author of several books including Radical (a New York Times bestseller) and in his books and sermons puts an emphasis on “community,” relationship, and “discipleship” over having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In fact, Platt takes his “theology” so far as to say that the sinner’s prayer (based on Romans 10:9-10*) and “inviting Jesus into your heart” is superstitious and unbiblical (see video clip below).
Platt’s de-emphasis on having a personal, one-on-one relationship with Jesus Christ and his emphasis on community, relationships, groups, disciples, leadership, etc. is a mixture of the “new” Christianity, emerging spirituality, and a works-based belief system. Southern Baptist Convention has been making some big slips into apostasy for a long time through its embracing of the Purpose Driven Life, contemplative spirituality (i.e., spiritual formation), and so forth, but electing Platt may be one of the more blatant things they have done to date. Platt says that the traditional way of presenting the Gospel is “damning.” And yet a brief look at the “sinner’s prayer” shows a very clear Gospel message. The sinner’s prayer is a way to take an unsaved person through Scripture to show that he or she is a sinner in need of salvation, which can happen only through repenting (changing direction and turning toward God), believing on Jesus Christ, and accepting Him as Lord and Savior. However, the multitude of leaders that have risen to the top of the evangelical church through big marketing plans of their publishers and a Christian media world that advertises and exalts them to a high stature are convincing millions that the pure simple Gospel is not enough—they need better and more complex ways to find the Lord and eternal life. With Rick Warren, it has to be purpose-driven; with Beth Moore and Richard Foster, it has to be through contemplative stillness; and now with David Platt, it has to be through “discipleship” (as well as spending time in global missions because anything less, such as local missions, is insignificant). Too bad if you are only six years old, want to receive the Lord into your heart because you realize you are a sinner in need of a Savior but you can’t even read yet. According to Platt’s plan of “salvation,” you’ll have to wait until you are old enough to get some “proper” discipleship that is presented by manipulating leaders who teach that coming to Christ is anything but simple.
We appreciate Canadian songwriter and singer Trevor Baker, who challenges teachers like Platt who suggest that the Gospel is much more complicated than acknowledging you are a wretched sinner and need to ask Jesus Christ to live inside your heart, surrendering your life to him. And with this complication comes the need for all these teachers because the Bible and the work of the Holy Spirit is not enough to get somebody saved and to disciple him or her. So folks, according to the SBC, all of you and all of your children and grandchildren who asked the Lord into your hearts (whether you were sincere or not) are superstitious and unbiblical. But there’s hope—David Platt, Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Bill Hybels, John Piper, and a slew of other “teachers” will teach you to be disciples—but not of Christ, mind you; rather of them. In other words, even though the Bible says that Christ IN you is the mystery of God (Colossians 1:27), they are suggesting that never mind having Christ in you—you can become Christlike through their “discipleship” methods and good works. Contrary to what they teach, discipleship comes AFTER one has become born again— it’s not a means to salvation.
How interesting that David Platt throws out the simple Gospel message through producing a blanket statement that a sinner’s prayer of repentance is bad; yet he is part of a conference called Verge (to suggest we are on the “verge” of some great happening) sharing a platform with emerging church leaders such as Alan Hirsch and Francis Chan and focusing on social justice and “missional” (i.e, the “new” emerging missiology); and in March 2014, Platt shared a platform with New Age sympathizer Leonard Sweet at the North Carolina Baptist Mission Conference. While Platt throws out the sinner’s prayer and the simplicity of the Gospel, one can only wonder if his “discipleship” methods will include exposing his disciples to people like Hirsch and Sweet.
When are Christians going to wake up and understand that the multitude of neo-Gospel leaders they are following are leading them through manipulation, brainwashing, and guilt-driven techniques and methods that will not bring their followers to Jesus Christ but rather to “another Jesus” and “another gospel” (2 Corinthians 11:4), offering them carnal devilish substitutes for the real thing—Jesus Christ! We, as believers, need to wake up to the magnitude of the apostasy that has crept into the church at large!
There is a common phrase within the “new” Christianity—Christ follower. When you study what new Christianity teachers mean by this, you see they are differentiating between “Christ in you” (a relationship with Him) and “following” Jesus (and performing certain disciplines or works to make one more “Christlike”). In actuality, they have made Jesus into a mere model or example who should be followed rather than entering into a personal relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. A person who is truly born-again has Jesus Christ indwelling him. Jesus lives inside that person. And it is His life in him or her that gives the power to become progressively more like Him (sanctification), as Paul said in his address to Corinthian Christians: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18). The believer draws his strength and power from Jesus Christ (who indwells him), and he realizes his salvation and any good thing in him is from Christ; as the Scripture says: “Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:9). In Christianity, the Spirit of Christ indwells us through faith. So Jesus becomes more than a model or example or someone to follow; He is a living presence in us.
The Bible is clear that once someone is saved (born again), he is to be discipled by trustworthy God-honoring, Bible-believing teachers and pastors. But the “Gospel” that Platt, Warren, and so many others are presenting is not the “whosoever” Gospel that invites anyone to come in and sup and commune with Jesus Christ and become one of His; rather it is a works-driven belief system that draws unaware victims in, then harnesses them to a yoke too great to bear. Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30)
The Southern Baptist Convention has done a great disservice to their Baptist members, and no doubt the effect will be felt throughout Christianity in these days when the world desperately needs the simple beautiful life-giving Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. (Romans 8:9-11)
Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you. (2 Corinthians 13:5)
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)
If after reading this article, you are not sure what it means to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, consider watching the movie Sheffey about the itinerant preacher in the 1800s, Robert Sheffey. Here was a man who communed with the Lord, who supped with Him, and who knew Him personally.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.(Revelation 22:17)
*Romans 10:9-10: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
To Lighthouse Trails:
I just got the latest Biola Magazine in the mail today. Did you hear about Rick Warren and his wife being given honorary doctorates at the same time at Biola’s last graduation ceremony?
I would love to hear your opinions and thoughts about that topic. Maybe you could post an article on this. I graduated from Biola, and I remember when Rick Warren spoke at a friends graduation, a semester before I graduated. I am the guy who told you about the mystical stuff Biola does and how Biola’s media department claimed they were going to sue you back around 2008-09.
There was also recently some big discussion at Biola about the death of Protestantism between one guy who says Protestantism should be done away with and mixed with Catholicism. The other guy was an evangelical low church guy, and the third was a protestant guy. It was a discussion about whether or not we need to be separated from the Church of Rome or not basically. In my opinion this is not a discussion any Christian needs to have, as it is obvious Catholicism is false. Now if this was a debate I could understand having this, but it seemed more like a discussion to be positive about it. I feel such discussion allow liberalism/ecumenicism to seep through cracks when there is not a major stance taken on the biblical issue.
Related information on Biola:
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Just wanted to let you know that I signed-up for your newsletter.I had never even heard of you people before.The only way I even found out about you was because I get e-mails from The Berean Call (and have for several years). But this year they put their Bible Conference on-line and one of the speakers (Warren Smith) mentioned you (in fact, he had one of your booklets).He didn’t give your e-mail address, but he did mention your name and said he highly recommends you. I went to the computer and just put in “Lighthouse Trails” to see what would come up. Sure enough, it listed your website! After going over some of your sample articles, I decided that yes, this is the type of information I want to be getting (especially with all the apostasy going on in the churches today)! I may even get your Lighthouse Trails Journal as well later on. In any case, I’m glad I found out about you people. I myself was raised in the church(Southern Baptist) and so I’m well-familiar with what you and the speakers of the Berean Call Bible Conference talked about (I’m also familiar with a few of the people who write for you – Caryl Matrisciana, Jan Markell, and Warren Smith – However, most of the people who write for you I haven’t heard of. But it doesn’t really matter if I’ve heard of them or not; it’s the information (from God’s Word) that matters! So I look forward to getting your e-mails!
URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Film maker and Lighthouse Trails author, Caryl Matrisciana (Out of India), has been in a serious bicycle accident and was airlifted to a Wisconsin hospital where she is in ICU being treated for external injuries and under observation for any possible internal injuries. They are particularly watching for any cranial pressure or brain bleed. Caryl is conscious and aware of what has happened. Please pray for her during this time for a full recovery. Caryl is in the middle of production for Volume 3 of the Wide is the Gate documentary series that exposes the deception of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Word/Faith, lying signs and wonders movement that has been gaining momentum in recent years. You can follow updates about Caryl’s condition on her website.
ARTICLES BY CARYL:
By Nanci Des Gerlaise
(Canadian Cree author of Muddy Waters)
False “Christs” exist among Native Americans just like they exist in other ethnic groups. One of the most memorable is Wovoka (born c. 1858 in Nevada), also known as Jack Wilson. Wovoka was a Paiute religious leader who combined Christianity with Paiute mysticism. He founded the Ghost Dance movement in 1890, which spread throughout much of the western United States. Wovoka saw the power Jesus wielded as magic. One biographer of Wovoka explains:
He [Wovoka] learned about Jesus—palefaced wizard of long ago. Jesus was adept at magic. He had only to touch a man to heal him. He could change plain water into firewater. He could take one small trout, and with a hand pass, turn the trout into enough fish to feed the whole tribe. He could breathe on a dead man, and the dead man’s eyes would open once again into life.1
Wovoka claimed to be the Messiah and told the Natives who followed him not to tell “white man” about him, saying, “Jesus is now upon the earth. He appears like a cloud. The dead are all still alive again.”2 Wovoka believed he had made a personal visit to Heaven in which he learned that:
The enlightened ones must perform the stately circle dance in the precise manner which God and the spirits demanded. They must sing the songs the Messiah prescribed. They must wear the holy garment, which protected against danger and death. This visible badge of oneness was a shirt, marked with mystic symbols, which not only guaranteed everlasting life to the believer, but had the miraculous power to turn back even the white man’s bullets.3
The book Ghost Dance Messiah states:
To the desperate and conquered Plains tribes, in 1890, the doctrine and promises of the Paiute Messiah struck almost instant response. The Sioux, the Arapahoes, the Cheyennes, and Kiowas, in the throes of their desperation, sent investigative teams out to Nevada to sit at the feet of the Indian Jesus. The fever caught on to dozens of other tribes. Soon, across the nation, ten thousand Indians were shuffling in the Ghost Dance, and experiencing its miracles.4
Wovoka became the “Jesus” of his nation and of many other Native American nations. However, to truly fit the description, he needed to have been God, conceived by a virgin, sinless, holy, obedient to the Gospel, and dying a cruel death on the Cross to pay for the sins of mankind. Wovoka was nothing more than a deceived sinner and one who led many into his own deception. In the Gospel of John, it says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1).
The apostle Paul knew that false teachers and false Christs would present themselves. He warned in the Book of Acts:
For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. (Acts 20: 29-30)
Paul said that through deception, our minds could become “corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” He warned about those who preach “another Jesus,” “another spirit,” and “another gospel” (2 Corinthians 11:3-4).
Satan is roaming about the earth, seeking those he may deceive. We are warned to be on the lookout for his devices:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
When something (or someone) looks good or sounds good, we automatically tend to think it is good. The same holds true when something feels good. But think about how many times in the Bible we are told about spiritual deception and about those who deceive. It’s one of the major themes in the Word of God. And as for false Christs (or antichrists), we are told there will be many. The prefix anti in antichrist means pseudo, another word for a counterfeit of the real thing. It may look similar and may promise the same things, but in reality, it is not the real thing. And following a counterfeit will lead one down a path to destruction at worst and deep disappointment at best. This is the very reason why we should not lean on our own understanding but acknowledge God in all our ways.
Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. (1 Corinthians 3:18–19)
To learn more about Native Spirituality and the Emerging Church, read Muddy Waters: an insider’s view of North American Native Spirituality
1. Paul Bailey, Ghost Dance Messiah (New York, NY: Tower Publications, Inc., MCMLXX), p. 12.
2. Ibid, back cover.
3. Ibid, pp. 5-6.
4. Ibid, p. 6.
Other articles by Nanci Des Gerlaise: