The 5 Most Dangerous Wolves Preying on Christians
The most dangerous attacks against Christianity often come from within the Church, not from without. For many believers, it's easy to see through the idolatrous rebellion exhibited by the likes of the new atheists (Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, et al.), for example. However, errors and flat-out heresies that are couched in "Sunday School" language are hard-to-see stumbling blocks for many people.
The five people on this list have mastered the art of hijacking Jesus for their rebellious ends. Most of them are very popular with a large following; all of them have had and continue to have a negative influence on Christianity. All five have earned their place in Jesus' warning found in Matthew 7:15 to "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves."
5. Andy Stanley
Stanley is the senior pastor of Atlanta mega-church North Point Community Church and several satellite churches. His theology has become continually squishy and his church has a history of crossing into the profane during the worship services. While noting his increasing theological liberalism, however, I believed that there were several more dangerous candidates for this list. That changed a couple of weeks ago.
In a recent sermon, Stanley had the audacity to challenge the authority of the Bible. In fact, he now believes that the Gospels were written a couple of hundred years after the life of Jesus. At this point, he's a short step away from Walter Bauer's claims that orthodoxy simply reflects the winners of ecclesiastical battles and not the truth of the Gospel as revealed by Jesus Christ and taught throughout the Bible. Leading people into a religion that allows its adherents to pick and choose from the Bible what they want to believe and/or follow, Andy Stanley is leading people away from true faith in Jesus Christ.