Bill Gaither's Ecumenism
Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.
After watching the Gaither infomercial for God Bless the USA...I threw away my Gaither CDs!
I've never been a big fan of the Gaithers...never been to one of their concerts. But I did have 2 of their CDs which I rarely listened to because most of their music is too showy: the singers are puffed up and sing to show off...not to glorify God.
Saturday night, I watched some of an infomercial for God Bless the USA and was shocked when the Gaithers and friends sang "Lean on Me" by Bill Withers. This is not a hymn or gospel song...but the group was swaying and singing this song as an ecumenical hymn of praise to humanity.
Now, I should not have been shocked because on their CD Rock of Ages Randy Owen sings "One Big Heaven." And I always skipped over this ecumenical song...
May 14, 2008 - Uploaded by hoover4000From the newly released DVD "ROCK OF AGES". Randy Owen from "Alabama"
After watching the infomercial, I found this article by David Cloud explaining Bill Gaither perverts the Scripture "judge not" and joins hands with false religions in the Ecumenical Movement. As for Gaither warning against judging, Cloud states...
the other hand, though the believer is forbidden to judge hypocritically
(Mat. 7:1-5) and forbidden to judge in matters in which the Bible is
silent in this New Testament dispensation (Rom. 14:1-5; Col. 2:16), such
as in diet and holy days, he is most definitely taught to judge many
things by testing it with the Word of God and condemning it if it is in
error. The believer is to judge sin in the church (1 Cor. 5:12). He is to
judge preaching and teaching (1 Cor. 14:29; Acts 17:11). He is to reprove
the unfruitful works of darkness (Eph. 5:11). As a matter of fact the
Bible says that “he that is spiritual judgeth all things” (1 Cor.
2:15). That is a very far-reaching statement. The spiritual man knows that
he lives in a world of sin and spiritual darkness and error and he is
warned repeatedly in the Bible about false teaching and apostasy and
spiritual deception. Thus he carefully tests everything by the light of
God’s Word. The spiritual man
does not judge by his own thinking and opinion, but by the holy Word of
God, which he has in the Scriptures.
Take time to thoughtfully and prayerfully read Cloud's article...
David Cloud closes his article...
Bible instructs us to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather reprove them” (Eph. 5:11). Revelation 18:4 warns
God’s people to come out from among the apostasy of the last hours
“that ye be not partakers of her sins.” COMPLICITY WITH DOCTRINAL AND
SPIRITUAL ERROR MAKES ME A PARTAKER WITH THAT ERROR. 2 John warns that
even to bid God speed to a false teacher makes me “partaker of his evil
deeds” (2 John 11). I realize this is a very hard line and one that is
completely foreign to the thinking of this ecumenical-crazed age, but this
is what the Word of God says.