Note to the Reader


In 2004, the devastating Asian Tsunami hit Indonesia and the surrounding regions. Non-existent and deficient warning systems contributed to its widespread destruction, which was triggered by a massive shift in the plates on the ocean floor.


Today, a tidal wave is sweeping through Christianity leaving spiritual destruction in its wake as it overtakes sleeping churches (not to mention seminaries, organizations, music and publishing industries, etcetera). This tidal wave has been triggered by a massive shift in the foundations of today’s Christianity. As was the case in Asia, a deficient warning system is contributing to the destruction.


This “paradigm shift”—a new way of thinking about God and the world—is a massive shift in thinking from God’s absolute truth to man’s relativism. The destructive tidal wave that is following this shift is sweeping people away from the faith and into the New Spirituality that transcends religious barriers.


Yet in the midst of all this, only a relatively few number of people in the Church have been diligently trying to warn the Body of Christ, and local churches continue to transform into the image of the world. Claiming that warnings and exhortations are too “negative” and “judgmental,” local churches often choose to malign and marginalize those attempting to warn them, and the warnings go unheeded.


A sign of the times, purpose-driven churches and pastors have referred to believers trying to warn them in such terms as “malcontents,” “heresy hunters,” “elitists,” “fruit inspectors,” “the vocal minority,” “the opponents,” and “blessed subtractions.” The latter term refers to those who bless these purpose-driven churches by leaving them, so the churches can go with the flow without fear of scriptural admonishments and warnings.


I had already begun to research the Purpose-Driven Paradigm when my own church began the purpose-driven transformation. Knowing what the transformation entailed, my family left the church. I continued my research and wrote an introductory article to try and warn people who didn’t see the deception. Later, I set out to complete the article which I intended to be only about 25 pages long. Yet as I collected information and addressed the deception in my article, it gradually grew longer and longer. What I had expected to be a one-month project on an article has turned into a one-and-a-half-year project on a book. This book is unconventional, but I have done my best to present a great deal of information that people in the deception appear to have missed. Still, this information barely scratches the surface of the whole new way of thinking pervading today’s Christianity.


The amount of Scripture has been included because what Scripture says is the point. God’s truth has been one of the casualties in the new way of thinking, and many people are simply unaware or don’t remember what God’s Word actually says. This lack of knowledge facilitates the spread of deception. The Holy Scriptures were written by God for all people, not just for theologians and pastors.


If you are among the readers who already know the Scriptures which have been included, give thanks to God for your knowledge of His Word. Instead of possibly feeling put off by my inclusion of Scripture’s basics, keep in mind that these have been included for any readers who might not know them and who commonly will not take the time to look up all the provided references. I would much rather ‘err’ in including too much than not enough.


Compelled by the Lord and by a grieving heart to do more than merely watch as Christianity is increasingly overtaken by the flood of relativism, this book is offered from my heart for you to consider the larger picture and its danger.


The enemy has come in like a flood, and it is incumbent upon all watchful believers to faithfully sound the alarm in the manner in which God compels us. Warning the global Body of Christ is not a private matter. The alarm must continue to be sounded publicly regarding this very public and very real danger.


In addition, we are called to speak the truth in love, not to help people feel good in their error or worry about what people will think of us when we go against the tide. Warning people in the path of a destructive tidal wave is done by urgently proclaiming the truth, not by offering sugar-coated affirmations. Yet the pseudo-battle between “positive” and “negative” has people covering their ears to warnings about the departure from the faith.


Our battle is not against flesh and blood. It is “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12). We need to fight the battle for souls, not the battles our Adversary would have us fight to distract us.


The spiritual battle is intensifying as we near the end, and evil spiritual powers are coming out of the woodwork seeking whom they may devour. We do need to unite in the truth of the faith to fight the true battle -- the spiritual battle for souls -- before it’s too late.


Time is running out. The tidal wave is gaining further ground, and there aren’t enough people of status to sufficiently sound the alarm. It’s time for the ordinary believers, the “blessed subtractions,” to speak up. It doesn’t take credentials and status to discern the times, to stand fast in the faith, and to help others do the same.


–Tamara Hartzell, April 2006


 

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

 

“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)


 

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