Ed Stetzer is a prominent evangelical with considerable credibility. But when it comes to spiritual things Stetzer has shown time and time again that he lacks discernment. If he had an ounce of spiritual discernment would he spend his valuable time interviewing Word of Faith pastrix Christine Caine regarding her new partnership with Wheaton College, a Christian institution? Not surprisingly Ed Stetzer did just that. In a piece over at Pulpit & Pen, Bud Ahlheim addresses the Stetzer-Caine interview and Caine’s baffling arrangement with Wheaton. He writes:
… in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. 2 Peter 2:2
In Revelation 2:20, Christ chided the church of Thyatira in no uncertain terms. “I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess.” Today, though, it isn’t just a single church tolerating just a single “prophetess;” it’s a large swath of the evangelical church embracing a legion of false teaching sirens, none of whom are actually named Jezebel.
One, in particular, is Christine Caine.
She is one of the sorts about whom Peter warned readers in his day, a warning which applies no less directly to us today. A word-faith charlatan from the prosperity millennial cult of Hillsong, Caine is driven by greed and … and she tells us as much. (For more on the many problems with Caine, see HERE or HERE or HERE)
Christianity Your Way … err, I mean, Christianity Today … featured an interview by Ed Stetzer with Caine. Stetzer, as you may know, departed the leadership of Lifeway for the “Billy Graham Distinguished Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College.” Distinguished or not, Stetzer is probably the ideal goateed ecumenist to fill such a position. Graham was no stalwart for Biblical and Gospel integrity, to be sure. (This is not, btw, a random, baseless slur against the aged evangelist; you can examine for yourself Graham’s egregious ecumenical, doctrine-disregarding alliances in the must-read book Evangelicalism Divided by Iain Murray.)
Stetzer interviews Caine about “Her New Partnership with The Wheaton College Evangelism and Leadership Graduate Program.” This, perhaps, provides us ample discernment fodder regarding Wheaton’s doctrinal integrity as well. It allows known heretics in its graduate program, a program being administered under the evangelically-hallowed name of Graham.
The article features two questions. Here’s the first: Continue reading