"Evangelism vs. Evangelization"


A Media Spotlight Report

This is a review of an article that became the basis for a book by Albert James Dager.

Why would some of the most respected Christian leaders endorse a movement that redefines “evangelism” and creates a new term, “evangelization”?

Al Dager, who publishes a free newsletter called, “Media Spotlight”, attempts to answer the above question. Al has done extensive research to show which leaders and which organizations are behind this global effort to “win the world for Christ”. You might ask, “What’s wrong with that? Isn’t that the Great Commission?”

This report, “The World Christian Movement”, documents that this movement is twisting scripture, perverting the Great Commission with a “cultural mandate” of political and social action to christianize the world, and perhaps ultimately preaching a false gospel.

Al Dager writes, “We have all been aware of the ecumenical drive toward a one-world religion, or at least a global Christianity embracing all expressions of what may pass for faith in Jesus Christ. With this writing, however, I believe we have touched upon the specifics of that ecumenical drive which will fit into the New World Order. The individuals and organizations involved in it are well respected in the churches. And the connections go to the Vatican and even to the United Nations. And while espousing faith in Jesus Christ, the ultimate end of the Movement is to question whether that faith is really necessary after all in determining one’s salvation.”

In this article, which is actually the first in a series that Al plans to write, find out about the U.S. Center for World Missions (USCWM) in Pasadena, California founded by Ralph D. Winter and the Center’s training course called, “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement.”, and their official magazine, “Mission Frontiers Bulletin”. Read about the influence of Dr. Henrietta Mears, and her “Fellowship of the Burning Heart”, on many of the most prominent celebrities in today’s Evangelical subculture and how this influence laid a foundation for the World Christian Movement. The article discusses that the roots of much of the problem was found in the Lausanne Conference on World Evangelization in 1974.

Some of the topics that the article deals with relating to this movement are: Simple Life-style, Dominionism, Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare, The Gathering of the Nations, Identificational Repentance, Winning People Groups, The Abrahamic Covenant, Contextualization of the Gospel.

Some key names who are leaders in the movement or supportive of the movement and its new doctrines, according to the Media Spotlight article: Ralph D. Winter, C. Peter Wagner, Billy Graham, John R.W. Stott, Rich Carey, Donald McGavran.

Organizations involved in this movement as reported by the article: Fuller Theological Seminary, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Campus Crusade for Christ, Catholic Renewal Movement, Celebrate Jesus 2000, Concerts of Prayer, Evangelicals for Social Action, Gathering of the Nations, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Jesus Film Project, King’s Kids, Lausanne Global Prayer Strategy, March for Jesus, Muslim Prayer Focus, Pax Christi, Promise Keepers, Renewal International, Renovare, Sentinel Group, Spiritual Warfare Network, Southern Baptist Convention Foreign Mission Board, Urban Alternative, Women’s Aglow, World Methodist Council, World Vision, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Youth With A Mission (YWAM), Young Life, Youth for Christ.

Al Dager emphasizes in the article that he believes, “…that many of those involved do not understand the full implication of the work to which they have given their allegiance. Therefore, I must say that not everyone involved in world evangelization- even among the leadership- is a deceiver. Many, if not most, especially at the grass roots level of the Movement, are brethren in Christ who are working in the field of missions to lead individual souls to saving faith in Jesus Christ. We cannot but recognize the selfless efforts on the part of those who minister both the Gospel and comfort to the lost out of love for all men.”

You can order Al Dager’s book at his website. The book is titled: The World Christian Movement – A Great Delusion Leading to the Religio-Political State of the Anti-Christ. I consider Al’s writings on this topic to be of great importance in warning those who profess to be followers of the Lord Jesus about clever deceptions in these last days that are preparing the world for a counterfeit Christ.

Jim Baumgaertel, May 20th, 1999 (modified 12/15/2002)