A.J. Castellitto
The paradigm drift of the postmodern church, Part 2
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By A.J. Castellitto
October 6, 2018

Please see part 1 for context: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/castellitto/180805

The infiltration and manipulation of the Church is alive and well. Let's proceed to look at a bit of the history so we can continue to decipher exactly how we got here and guard against the powers-that-be moving forward.

In May of 1922, a faulty and incestuous foundation was laid between the Christian religion and humanism when liberal theologian Harry Emerson Fosdick gained the attention, support, and financial backing of John D. Rockefeller. Rockefeller was deeply inspired by Fosdick's highly controversial, divisive, and heretically unorthodox sermon, "Shall the Fundamentalists Win?", which he widely and aggressively circulated under the more palatable title, "The New Knowledge and the Christian Faith." Rockefeller subtly repackaged Fosdick's sentiments with the purpose of twisting American Protestantism into an ecumenical and theologically liberal pretzel. Unfortunately, his campaign was more than moderately successful and Fosdick came to be known in many ways as 'the most influential interpreter of religion to his generation.' *

One of Fosdick's most ardent critics, J. Gresham Machen, immediately sounded the alarm in defense of the gospel when he affirmed that 'the question is not whether Mr. Fosdick is winning men, but whether the thing to which he is winning them is Christianity.'

Short of another great awakening the 'culture war' may be futile. We have to keep the churches and the seminaries insulated and pure. But more importantly, we must understand that God will hear the prayers of His people and preserve His Church, and for this we can be thankful.

* https://www.christianitytoday.com/history/people/pastorsandpreachers/harry-emerson-fosdick.html

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A.J. Castellitto

A.J. Castellitto is a freelance writer who resides in NJ with his wife and five children. He holds a B.S. in Counseling and Human Services from the University of Scranton and his writings have been published at The Center for Western Journalism, The Christian Post, Intellectual Conservative and Reformed Perspective Magazine.

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