Spring housecleaning of Evangelical missions long overdue...
Because hundreds of millions of dollars are given each year to Christian missionaries and missions organizations who are ashamed of and hide--or often, simply oppose--what is commanded in the Word of God, Baylybog works hard to expose those organizations. Churches, missions committees, and individual Christians give money to organizations like InterVarsity with faith these organizations will use the money to advance the Kingdom of God and His Church--not the Kingdom of Satan. But who will tell such godly givers and their churches when InterVarsity is using their money to pay the salaries of staff workers who are betraying God and His holiness?
Back when J. Gresham Machen was working for reform of the Presbyterian church, the battle lines formed around the church's missions. Missionaries and their missions organizations were betraying Jesus Christ in the Name of Jesus Christ while being supported by naive church members and missions committees who were clueless. So Machen joined forces with other godly men to put a stop to it.
The message went out far and wide that Presbyterian missionaries were betraying Jesus Christ and His Word. This infuriated denominational and mission executives...so they disciplined Machen and the other pastors who fought alongside him.
Today, churches, their missions committees, and individual believers must turn their giving away from organizations like InterVarsity who have turned aside from the Great Commission and are simply trying to be spiritually relevant in a Christian sort of direction. (And yes, I'm fully aware there are many faithful believers who remain on InterVarsity's payroll and are faithful to the Great Commission.) When missionaries in Muslim lands stop planting churches and baptizing new believers; when Bible translators stop translating the Bible as the Holy Spirit inspired it, but clean up the text so it won't offend this and that subculture; when mission executives vote to approve women teaching and preaching and disciplining men in the churches they fund; when church planting dies and is replaced by missionaries who spend their time on well-drilling and community health initiatives and AIDS prevention and soccer clubs; it's time for those missions, mission executives, and missionaries to be removed from our budgets.
Remember that old saying of the Reformation, "the church reformed, always reforming?" Did you really think it wouldn't be painful? Is it really sufficient if we know and love our missionaries? If we're related to them and went to Cru or Vacation Bible School with them when we were younger? Is the Gospel really a matter of circumcised foreskins rather than circumsized hearts? Should Jeremiah and John the Baptist and Jesus and the Apostle Paul and Machen have to carry their crosses alone? Is there no difficult work we must do to defend the honor of Christ? Are all our own inclinations and all the heartfelt appeals of missionaries writing us about their "deep passion for ministry" inspired by the Holy Spirit?
Is Jesus-talk all that's needed for us to get on board and give? Have we no obligation to make sure our missions giving is being used to guard the good deposit with the help of the Holy Spirit?
Somewhere it is written that no discipline seems pleasant at the time, but it produces a harvest of righteousness. If it's true of our sons and daughters, of our pastors and elders, of our church members and friends, of even Jesus Christ who learned obedience through the things He suffered, then we must live by faith in our discipline of formerly wonderful missions organizations like InterVarsity and Campus Crusade and Operation Mobilization and Mission to the World who have turned aside from the straight and narrow path and are enticing others to join them. Your list may be different than mine, but each of us should be scrutinizing every mission agency and individual whose salaries are paid by our giving for evidence that they are betraying our Lord and His Word.
And if you're wondering what this betrayal looks like, start asking tough questions of your missionaries, listening closely to their answers and asking many follow-up questions. Then, when it becomes evident they are not making disciples who obey everything Jesus commanded, but instead trimming the Word of God to fit the ignorance and prejudice and wickedness and lovelessness of man, cut them off.
To do so is loving. Spiritual. Compassionate. It's just basic godliness in Christ Jesus.