JOHN WIMBER AND
THE VINEYARD CHRISTIAN
S. R. Shearer
One of the main Christian perpetrators of such phrases as "cleansing
action," "purging action," etc. in connection with "taking
back the country for Christ" was a "prophet" named Bob
Jones. Several years ago, Bob Jones was allied with John Wimber of Vineyard
International. Bob Jones and John Wimber have since broken fellowship
with one another; the reason given is Jones' alleged immorality; but
what's important here is not so much Jones' carnal corruption - as heinous
and as hypocritical as that might be - but Jones' sinister and malignant
"theology" or eschatology (doctrine of "end times")
which pictures the seizure of earthly power by a "New Breed"
of Christians - death squad style.
Sadly, Religion in Politics is not aware - as of this writing - that
the Vineyard, Wimber or any of Jones' other past associates have disavowed
Jones' "prophecies" or theology per se - and that's somewhat
The artful phraseology here (i.e., "cleansing," "New
Breed," etc.) is straight out of the lexicon of the Third Reich.
In the absence of some sort of public explanation (as opposed to a "back
room clarification"), one can only conclude that the similarities
are words - and more often than most people care to admit, they mean
exactly what they seem to mean. To say - as some people are prone to
do - that such men don't really mean what their words plainly seem to
convey, is to bury our heads in the sand like ostriches. It's reminiscent
of what moderate thinking Germans were inclined to say about Hitler
prior to 1933 - that Hitler didn't really mean what he said about the
Jews, and that somehow or other, reason would - in the end - prevail.
Well, Hitler, Himmler, Goering, Roehm, etc. did mean what they said,
and reason did not prevail! Why is it so difficult for people to come
to grips with the fact that such people really mean what they say? When
people make public statements like this, there must be a public accounting!
There is no room for privacy in such matters! It's not good enough for
those who are associated with the Vineyards to say that they are no
longer in fellowship with Bob Jones, and leave it at that. The statements
themselves must be denounced publicly, and the failure to do so can
only mean that there is agreement.
There simply is no room for vagueness and obfuscation in such matters
- and the failure of Christian leaders to hold people like Bob Jones
accountable for such statements only reveals their spiritual weakness
in the face of pressure from their peers to "speak no evil of their
brothers and sisters in Christ." Such thinking is "political,"
in the worst sense of that word. And the effort here by Christian leaders
to hide behind the "comfort" of verses like Matthew 18:15-17
(which have to do with carnal sin, not public pronouncements) is reflective
of the feebleness of spirit which today seems to have overtaken so many
in Christian leadership - people who should know better. If such thinking
had been applied to Luther, there would have been no Reformation - which
we suppose is now their point. Unity at any cost - even the cost of
Truth? - such reasoning is contemptible and should be a shame to right-thinking
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