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Moody Church's Dr. Lutzer Out Of Step With Founders

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.

Christians worldwide who otherwise extol much of Erwin W. Lutzer's instruction are not aware that their dear pastor and teacher (and his publisher Moody Press) has drifted far from the founding principles of D. L. Moody in general and of the Christian faith in particular. When these dear believers support Erwin Lutzer and Moody Press they believe that they are in step with historic Christianity as well as with the Moody name, is, however, such an assumption valid? To illustrate kindly read Galatians 5:19-21:

The deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you just as I have forewarned you that those who practice such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal 5:19-21).

These verses are surely simple enough without interpretation, but I must ask: What message is Paul trying to convey in this passage? What does the phrase, "shall not inherit" actually mean? "For if ye live after the flesh," warns Paul in another verse, "ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live." True to generations of history, Paul issues a manifest warning about the dangers of not entering the eternal kingdom of God for those who refuse to repent.

Interpreting these seemingly manifest passage Erwin W. Lutzer insists that, "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). Though many do not know it Erwin W. Lutzer guarantees streets of gold to unrepentant sinners who practice or are even characterized by immorality, idolatry or drunkenness! What devil does not do the same?

"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).

"Characterizes?" "Forfeit the honor of Kingdom rule?" That's the understatement of the millennium! Webster's dictionary states that to characterize is to be the "distinctive character trait." Friend, may idolatry or immorality be the distinctive character trait of a Christian on his way to an eternal paradise? May the adulterer or drunkard sneaking from his sin night after night be a Christian destined for heaven? Mr. Moody, the man whose name is stamped on Dr. Lutzer's notions did not agree. D. L. Moody stated:

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).

Together with Paul and historic Christianity, D. L. Moody believed and taught that if we do not inherit the kingdom we surely do not enter it or even see it. Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer's unorthodox interpretation of Galatians 5:19-21 has given salvation assurance where none actually exists and it has strayed far from the scripturally vested opinions of the founder of his own movement. Though Erwin W. Lutzer, is a pastor and is published by "Moody Press" he does not accurately represent Mr. Moody or the scriptures. In our correspondence Pastor Lutzer did not respond to the fact that his teaching contradicts that of D. L. Moody on fundamental points.
About the Author
Daniel LaLond's book, The Lying Promise, speaks in detail to many fallacies in the doctrine of Erwin W. Lutzer. Check out Defending The Gospel for details on The Lying Promise.
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