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Moody Church Pastor Lutzer Contradicts D. L. Moody

Jul 12, 2008
Surprisingly, Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, the celebrated pastor of Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, nullifies key biblical texts of warning. In so doing this evangelical Christian leader promises streets of gold to the unrepentant blatantly contradicting D. L. Moody, the founder of his own movement, on the basics of the faith.

Thousands of faithful believers who appreciate much of Dr. Lutzer's inspirational teaching do not know that their beloved pastor and leader (as well as his publisher Moody Press) has strayed from the basic, salvation doctrines of their founders. When these Christians accept Erwin Lutzer's teaching they think they are in line with scripture as well as D. L. Moody, but is this assumption true? Consider Paul's warning to the Galatians:

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal 5:19-21).

Such a text seems blatantly obvious without commentary, but I must ask: What do you think this warning to those practicing immorality and drunkenness means? That is, what does Paul intend by the phrase "shall not inherit?" "For if ye live after the flesh," says Paul in a similar text, "ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." In keeping with thousands of years of Christian history, the apostle is clearly warning sinners about not entering the kingdom of God.

Commenting on these seemingly unmistakable passages Dr. Lutzer, the learned teacher of hundreds of thousands insists, "Paul speaks of those who will forfeit certain kingdom privileges because of their sinful lifestyles....Those who practice such sins will not be barred from entering the kingdom, but will be barred from inheriting it" ( Lutzer, Your Eternal Reward, p. 70). As shocking as such might be, Erwin W. Lutzer promises paradise to those who practice and are even characterized by immorality, impurity, idolatry, sorcery or drunkenness!

"If one or more of these sins characterizes their Christian lives, and they refuse to judge the evil, they will forfeit the honor of kingdom rule" (Lutzer, Your Eternal Reward, p. 70).

Refuses to judge the evil? Characterizes? To characterize, according to Webster's dictionary is to be the "distinguishing feature." Can drunkenness be the distinguishing feature of a believer ultimately headed for heaven? May the drunk stumbling from the local bar night after night yet be bound for paradise? The man under whose name Dr. Lutzer's fancies are published, D. L. Moody, did not think so! Mr. Moody wrote:

I pity any professed Christians who rent their property for drinking saloons; If you ever expect to inherit the kingdom of God, give it up. This idea that all is going well, and that all are going into the kingdom of God, whether they repent or not, is not taught anywhere in the Scripture (D. L. Moody, Sermon: Heaven, Its Inhabitants).

D. L. Moody believed and taught, along with Paul and historic Christianity, that if we do not inherit the kingdom that we certainly do not enter it. Not only has Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer's strange interpretation of Paul's warning to the Galatians comforted the unrepentant, it has abandoned the views of the D. L. Moody on the basics. Erwin Lutzer plainly contradicts D. L. Moody on this foundational point of the Christian faith. Erwin W. Lutzer never responded to obvious contractions between the doctrine of himself and D. L. Moody though it was addressed in our correspondence.
About the Author
Daniel LaLond's book, The Lying Promise, addresses in detail many inconsistencies in the teaching of Erwin W. Lutzer. Visit Defending The Gospel for details on The Lying Promise.
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