New Evangelicalism is a movement born of an effort to compromise the Christian faith with certain theologically liberal ideas, tendencies and philosophies. It is a theological position, as well as a mood or attitude, that attempts to bridge the gap between Biblical fundamentalism (or traditional evangelicalism) and religious liberalism and neo-orthodoxy in an effort to gain intellectual and cultural respectability. Some characteristics include:
- Questioning or denying the complete inerrancy of Scripture
- Attempting to reconcile Biblical teaching with modern scientific and evolutionary theories concerning origins and value of life
- Disdain toward its fundamentalist heritage
- A softer and less precise view of doctrine, with an emphasis on the importance of “love” over “doctrine”
- Advocating remaining in denominations that are apostate (New Evangelicals have rejected the Biblical doctrine of separation and believe saints should infiltrate rather than separate)
- A willingness to accept Charismatic and Pentecostal teachings and practices as viable
- A willingness to use the allurements, philosophies and methods of the unregenerate world to attract the unsaved
- A desire to cooperate with unbelievers and even disobedient brethren in religious endeavors.
We acknowledge that many people involved in New Evangelical churches and ministries are our brothers and sisters in Christ. However, due to their unbiblical views and/or attitudes in areas listed above, we cannot cooperate with, nor recommend, their churches or ministries.