I’ve seen Evangelical Christians lower-case the term “evangelicalism” when specifically referring to the so-called “Christian” denomination of Evangelicalism/The Evangelical Movement (for the record, I have prayed about this numerous times, and I have become convinced that this Evangelical Movement is neither a part of the universal Church and is definitively demonic). We’ll come back later to explore whether The Evangelical Movement can accurately be described as a denomination or not later in the article (for the record, I believe Evangelicalism to be equivalent to some forms of Fundamentalism as it emphasizes doctrines that have never before been emphasized in Church history and forces them down the throats of innocent people presenting them as “Christian” and even mocks doctrines as “unimportant” which have been historically considered binding on all Christians).
But the question is whether this lower-cased term “evangelical” refers to the specific denomination of Christianity or not? The answer is “no”. But you need to know what the term “evangelical” means before you conclude that. The term “evangelical” comes from a Greek word “euangelikós” and it means “pertaining to or in keeping with the gospel and its teachings”. This term actually includes Catholics and Eastern Orthodox and High Anglicans and other Christians that would typically be considered “non-Evangelical”. In fact, under this definition of the term “evangelical” it probably is not accurately used to describe mainstream Evangelicals as they exist today. One thing for certain is that The Evangelical Movement does not accept that by baptism, we are born again which is contrary to what our Lord said in John 3:3-5. The Evangelical Movement rejects that the eucharist is in actuality the body and blood of our Lord (John 6:51-58) and they try to say that it is merely “spiritually” present (whatever that means). The Evangelical Movement also rejects the veneration of icons makes them heretical according to the Second Council of Nicaea. Thus, to consider themselves “evangelical” makes them liars.
It goes without saying that the term “evangelical” does not refer to a distinct denomination per se but refers to those denominations who adhere faithfully to the Gospel. These can be any ancient Church and it also might include High Anglicans into that mix. But it certainly does not include modern day “Evangelicals” (note the capitalization). Some might disagree that this is a denomination and that is fair enough. There are Evangelical Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists, Anabaptists, etc., that make up this one denomination called The Evangelical Movement. But I think that a problem with this is that most, if not all, Evangelical “Christians” believe that there are components as to what makes someone an Evangelical or not. Which I believe makes them a denomination of collective denominations. For instance, according to the National Association of Evangelicalism, Evangelicals believe the following:
Conversionism: the belief that lives need to be transformed through a “born-again” experience and a life long process of following Jesus.
Activism: the expression and demonstration of the gospel in missionary and social reform efforts
Biblicism: a high regard for and obedience to the Bible as the ultimate authority
Crucicentrism: a stress on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross as making possible the redemption of humanity
Now, is this a form of Fundamentalism. I think, unarguably it is! They state on their website, “Our core theological convictions provide unity in the midst of our diversity” even though certain doctrines actually do divide churches up! They use this as the foundation for what Christians must/do believe in. This is exclusionary to Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and High Anglicans and to many Christians that have existed over the years. What exactly is a “born again” experience? For Evangelicals, this is the experience where you “feel” the Spirit entering into you. You can’t be “born again” as an infant though. Which is contrary to what the Gospel says! No Christian throughout history up until now has ever talked about being “born again” as a feeling/experience that overcomes you. This is demonic to talk about being “born again” as an experience. It is a process that begins and ends with baptism and striving after Jesus. There is no “one-time experience” as the article implies. This theology is heresy and cuts off The Evangelical Movement from the Church! A second concern is Biblicism! The Bible is not the ultimate authority of truth. It never proclaims to be the ultimate authority of truth! The Church is what gave us the Bible and the Church is what is proclaimed as the ultimate authority of truth (1 Tim. 3:15)! Biblicists attempt to anathematize those who don’t hold this view on Biblical authority but the reality is that Biblicists are anathematized themselves! This is a form of modern-day Fundamentalism because no one in Church history EVER emphasized Biblicism as a doctrine by which all Christians are united by. Stating it is a unifying doctrine is lying and it is demonic.
I am firmly convinced that Evangelicals are demonic. Until they start actually believing the Bible and the Church rather than themselves, it is good to view them as disconnected from the Church of Christ. It is not my battle to prevent people from becoming or joining The Evangelical Movement and it is not my battle to purge The Evangelical Movement. I can only stand on the sidelines and proffer criticisms of it and simply proclaim the truth about this Devilish heresy that has been infiltrated into our modern world. The Evangelical Movement will see this as a form of Fundamentalism and they are right–however, all I emphasize are doctrines which have been historically considered binding. The Evangelical Movement doesn’t even believe baptism remits sins which is what the Church tells us. The Evangelical Movement doesn’t believe Jesus is consumed in the eucharist which is what the Church tells us! These are binding doctrines. Sorry Evangelicals, but in order to consider yourselves a part of the Church, you need to clean up your heresies. These are important doctrines. And stop insisting that Biblicism and this “born again” experience are the “real” important doctrines.