Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000 by Iain H. Murray

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One of the finest Christian historians/theologians writing today is without a doubt Iain Murray. He researches thoroughly, is solidly biblical and is not afraid to write the truth. Evangelicalism Divided, A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000 is an excellent example of his work.

Of particular interest to many will be the record of Billy Graham’s slide from a biblically fundamental position to that of ecumenicalism and inclusiveism (pp. 28ff, 58-78). This is of special help because Murray is not writing from a “fighting fundy” position, but as a Reformed conservative from Great Britain. His warning to present day compromisers is sharp and painful. “No one thought that the sending of the names of those who made ‘decisions’ back to Roman Catholic Churches would lead to Billy Graham being prepared to share a platform with the Pope, but it did” (p. 304).

Of course, Billy Graham is not the only example in the book. Fuller Seminar, Chuck Colson, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, ECT, J. I. Packer, John R. W. Stott are just a few of the others. Murray carefully traces the historical fall of each of these men and organizations in an attempt to persuade us to hold the line.

This is an excellent book that should be read by every Christian leader.

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