What is the fruit of Promise Keepers? It is producing a tremendous amount of RELIGIOUS ENTHUSIASM, but this in itself is not evidence that the movement is pleasing to God. The Jews of Paul's day had a zeal of God, but it was not "according to knowledge" (Romans 10:2). God must be worshipped not only in spirit, but also in TRUTH (John 4:24). A man who strives for masteries in the service of Christ will not be crowned "except he strive lawfully" (2 Timothy 2:5). That which is not done according to the Word of God does not please God.
One of the chief fruits of Promise Keepers is to exalt unity above doctrinal purity. It causes men to look lightly upon doctrine, because to exalt doctrine results in disunity; and it causes them to be somewhat careless toward error, because to rebuke error also results in disunity. Consider the following letter which I received recently. It illustrates the attitude of many of the Promise Keepers I have heard from:
"I am a Free Methodist and associated with Promise Keepers. I couldn't disagree more with your analysis of the movement. ... I view Catholics as Christian brothers with a different view. No, I don't agree with them on many doctrinal points, but if they trust in the Lord, we should find our common ground and 'love one another'. ... If you spent time looking closer at the work being done by PK, you would find that each denomination, yes including Catholics, has an opportunity to strengthen the faith of their flock in the Lord Jesus Christ through the PK promises. ... Personally, I sponsor a group in my home and can attest that it has strengthened our Christian beliefs and reminded us of our responsibilities to God. ... I would like you to know that the revival in our Lord Jesus Christ through PK is real and I have, through the group meetings, been inspired to witness more than ever before" (Promise Keepers supporter, July 18, 1996).
This man's testimony shows me that the "revival" through Promise Keepers IS NOT REAL in any biblical sense. He does not have spiritual discernment between truth and error. He doesn't know the difference between a true Gospel and a false gospel. Further, he doesn't even care about the difference, and he glories in his spiritual ignorance! The man says he is inspired to witness more than ever before, but he doesn't have enough discernment of the biblical Gospel to understand that the Roman Catholic Church preaches a false one. He doesn't know the difference between a true Christian and a false one. What "gospel," therefore, is he preaching, and what "christ" is he witnessing for? It is impossible to tell. Almost two thousand years ago Paul warned the churches of false christs and false gospels and false spirits (2 Corinthians 11:1-4), and the Bible tells us that this spirit of error which was introduced even in the days of the Apostles will increase through the centuries, and that these last days before the return of Christ are to be characterized by multitudes of false teachers (Matthew 24:24). Promise Keepers is a last-days movement, but it is not carefully training men to have discernment between false christs and the true Christ, or between false gospels and the true Gospel, or between false spirits and the true Holy Spirit. It is teaching men, basically, to accept everything that calls itself Christian and to not test things carefully by the Scriptures and to not cause any divisions and to mock those who attempt to stand for all of the truth of the Word of God. You see, one of the doctrines of the Word of God is separation from error, and when a man tries to obey the Word of God in that area, Promise Keepers attacks him as an evil person and a God-hater and a troublemaker.
This is not revival. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of TRUTH (John 14:17; 15:26; 16:13: 1 John 4:6), and where the Spirit of God is in power He leads men into Truth, and He leads them to exalt Truth. What is truth? Jesus Christ said the Word of God is truth (John 17:17). But Promise Keepers does not have zeal for all the truth of the Word of God, nor does it have zeal to rebuke error. The sweet Psalmist of Israel had revival. The Spirit of God was upon David when he extolled the Word of God in Psalm 119. Here is what the Holy Spirit produced in David's life -- "Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way" (Psalm 119:128). This is not the fruit we see in Promise Keepers. The PK paraphrase might be something like this: "Therefore I esteem most of thy precepts to be right (except those about separation and other hard things), but I don't believe we should be so dogmatic about every jot and tittle that we cause divisions, and I don't hate every false way because that would be judgmentalism and it would cause disunity, which we must avoid at all cost."
This is certainly not the spirit which was in the Apostles. Here is how the Apostle Paul dealt with error: "Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?" (Acts 13:9-10).
I do not believe Promise Keepers is a biblical revival. I believe it is end-times confusion which is helping prepare the way for the religious harlot of Revelation 17.
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