McFarland knocks liberal drift of Christianity Today

Thursday, September 3, 2020
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Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)

CT endorses impeachment of TrumpIt used to be the journalistic center of the evangelical world but one Christian apologist says Christianity Today has wandered off the orthodox reservation.

Billy Graham founded Christianity Today in 1956 to express “historical Christianity to the present generation." 

CT's chief rival at the time was the liberal Christian Century, which is still in publication today and promotes "progressive" Christianity to its readers. 

CT's first editor was Carl F.H. Henry, the conservative evangelical intellectual famous for his writings. A half-century later, the then-current CT editor stepped down late last year after penning an editorial calling for President Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.

“My father knew Donald Trump, believed in Donald Trump, and in this last election, he voted for Donald Trump,” Rev. Franklin Graham retorted on Fox News.

McFarland

Christian apologist-author Alex McFarland says the magazine has drifted to the left.

“I never would have really believed that that digression, to morph ever towards the Left, ever against absolute truth and objective morality, the authority of Scripture, calling the culture to repentance,” he observes, “would one day really be the story of much of the Christian press in America.” 

A second example of that drift is Wheaton College, made famous by its most famous alum, Billy Graham. The school’s student leaders and staff objected in 2018 after pro-life activist Ryan Bomberger, who is black, spoke on campus to discuss abortion and the black community.

He had been invited by the Wheaton College Republicans.

Billy Graham preaching (black and white)A statement from Wheaton’s student body president and others complained that Bomberger’s comments made many students and faculty feel “unheard, underrepresented, and unsafe.”

A freshman student at Wheaton warned in a 2019 commentary that she was one of 10 students, out of a class of 250, who stood up to identify themselves as conservative during a mandatory diversity session. 

Carl F.H. Henry graduated from Wheaton, too, with a bachelor's and master's degree. 

Trump and First Step ActMcFarland says CT has fallen into the same trap as the secular mainstream media, and he views the impeachment editorial as a missed moment to extend grace to the embattled president.

“We evangelicals love a Damascus Road conversion story. We love a Saul of Tarsus becoming an Apostle Paul,” he says. “Why can we not have the faith to believe that God has reached the life of Donald J. Trump?”

At the same time Christianity Today was cheering for President Trump’s ouster, McFarland says, “Donald Trump has courageously stood for everything that typifies God and country.”

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