I'm still stirred up over Charisma Magazine's honoring of the 40 church leaders who they say radically changed the world. They were a bit off -- the majority changed the church for the worse and had little or no impact on the world whatsoever.
Charisma had a similar article
back in the year 2000, honoring Christian leaders whose pictures were
featured on the cover of their magazine. The feature article was
celebrating their 25 year anniversary. As you can see from my response
to that article, some of the same movers and shakers were on both lists.
Their lists should be the Hall of Shame. [ http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/fruit.html ]
I'd like to honor a list of Christian leaders who are worthy of the
distinction. How I wish that the LORD would raise up more like these.
For some on my list, changing the world was not their aim, but being set
apart from the world and bearing the reproach of Christ was their
1. Dave Hunt -- His book The Seduction of Christianity
opened the eyes of countless believers to the nature of deception coming
into the church. He documented the sources of those evil influences and
helped those with eyes to see avoid pitfalls of satanic traps.
2. Walter Martin -- His ministry assisted so many people in helping to
get loved ones out of destructive cults. He was bold in his witness to
Christ and his encouragement to others to learn how to defend the faith.
He is famous for his pet verse: Jude 3 -- it was even on his personal
car's license plate.
3 Chuck Smith - the founder of Calvary
Chapel -- the LORD used his voice and father-like love of God's hippie
children to teach the Bible verse-by-verse to baby Christian who were
hungry for God's Word. He fed them and because of his ministry God
raised up many teaching voices. The nearness of the LORD's return was
front and center at all the CCs in its heyday as the signs of the times
were so evident during that last great revival.
4. J. Vernon
McGee -- the funny accented man on the radio who consistently taught the
Bible in a style all his own. He spoke out against the evils of the
world with boldness, but with deep insights and biblical application.
5. Hal Lindsey -- Despite personal failings, no other man since the
Apostle Paul heralded the soon return of the LORD as he did. His book,
The Late Great Planet Earth, had a tremendous impact on the church and
even on the world as he put eschatology into modern man's lingo so all
could understand the truth of the times we are in.
MacArthur, like him or not, has been a powerful representative of the
church on programs such as the Larry King Show, taking on the new agers
and false teachers to their faces. He also has been a mainstay on the
radio for decades and his mega-church and seminary are still educating
7. David Breese, former host of the weekly broadcast, The
King is Coming, loved the LORD and it showed. His little books like The
Marks of a Cult and His Infernal Majesty were so helpful in
understanding the wiles of the enemy. He is missed.
Wilkerson -- A Pentecostal power preacher and founder of Times Square
Church, he seemed tireless in his exhortations to his listeners to serve
the LORD without compromise and he never shrank from pointing out false
teachings in the church and reproving and rebuking those who were
bringing in deception. His sermon, Pillow Prophets, is a classic.
9. Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic since the age of 17 after a car
accident, has been encouraging suffering believers for decades. She is
an inspiration to those who are going through difficult situations and
her ministry touches countless needy souls.
10. Jacob Prasch, a
teacher with a Hebraic lineage has helped many to understand the big
picture of God's purpose for creating man, tying in the Old Testament
with the New to see how all of Scripture connects together into a
seamless whole. His zeal against false teaching and false prophets in
the church has steered many out of dangerous groups.
saying these individuals were flawless - but their impact on the health
of the church was unmatched by any in Charisma's roster.
all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen
them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that
they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such
things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had
called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would
have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a
heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God,
for He has prepared a city for them." - Heb 11:13-16