Christian Movie Reviews – Saving God – One Soul at a Time
Quote from a LIFE TODAY interview with James & Betty Robison, April 17, 2007 – Tammy Maltby, author of Confessions of a Good Christian Girl: “There is only one perfect one and that is our father, Jesus.” SIGNS OF A TREND: Is ‘Jesus-only religion’ spreading to mainline denominations? This article will provide supportive material (research, quotes from reputable sources, and physical examples) that quantify and define this shift in theology pretty clearly.
I see a progression in thought which has lead many Christians to a popular belief that Jesus, alone, is their God (a contemporary version of the old heresy of Modalism, where One person fulfills Christian movies all 3 offices or ‘modes’ of the Trinity). Followers of this belief perceive that when they pray to the Father, they are in reality praying to Jesus in His capacity as ‘Father’, and they also see the ‘Holy Spirit’ as the spirit of Jesus – Therefore Jesus IS the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We have Christian churches [cults] which openly claim this as their belief system, such as the UPC (United Pentecostal Church), but my concern is that mainstream Christianity has also absorbed this theology to a large extent – without even being cognizant of the change, because it happens in such a subtle way. These churches would never SAY that they believe in anything but the traditional doctrine of the Trinity, but their actions speak otherwise.
Before I share the tangible evidence I’ve gathered, I’d like to encourage you to ask your colleagues and friends to watch for these things with you – especially if they attend different types of churches. The non-denominational/charismatic/ “community” churches seem to be the most obvious in their prayers to Jesus in Jesus’ name, worship songs that acknowledge Jesus as their God, etc., but, as you’ll see in the quotes given below, traditional denominations are ‘morphing’ into Jesus-Only churches as well.
1) *** There is evidence that people are switching from mainline denominations to non-denominational churches (many of which are Charismatic or Pentecostal). Also, significant numbers of new converts are being added to these non-denominational churches, which often display Jesus-Only traits. This hits mainline denominations in the pew and the pocketbook, creating a need to play ‘catch-up’. This could explain why mainline churches now offer a contemporary as well as a traditional Sunday morning service, where they can incorporate some of the contemporary worship music that has helped to make non-denominational services so popular.
Quote: Lambert Edwards Analytics: The U.S. Church Finance Market: 2005-2010, compiled on 4/1/2006: “Non-denominational membership doubled between 1990 and 2001, according to our analysis.” “We believe the notable success of non-denominational mega-churches throughout the country is supporting evidence of this trend. While church attendance at the average American church increased by ~12% between 2000 and 2005, average church attendance at mega-churches across the country increased by an astounding 57.3%.
2) *** Add to this, the resulting evidence that contemporary worship music now used in mainline churches has Jesus-only connotations:
Quote: Updated July 12, 2006 (first published May 30, 1997) (David Cloud, Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143,
“It is a strange but true fact that many Bible-believing churches that are strongly opposed to charismatic DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE are being influenced by charismatic MUSIC. In attending charismatic churches and conferences through the 33 years since I have been saved, in an effort to analyze this influential movement, I have observed that one of its key elements is rocky music… With the onset of the charismatic movement since the 1960s, which is basically the ecumenical branch of Pentecostalism, THE “JAZZED-UP HYMNS” HAVE GONE MAINSTREAM and have swept throughout much of the Christian world.
(Quote continued): THE “JESUS ONLY” MUSIC CONNECTION:
Many of the most popular “praise songs” today were composed by men and women involved with the Oneness Pentecostal movement, which denies the Trinity and which baptizes only in the name of Jesus. A recent article in Charisma magazine (June 1997) noted that “most popular praise anthems sung in charismatic and evangelical churches today were composed by Oneness believers.”
3) *** Examples of Jesus-only worship songs, used widely among denominational and non-denominational churches:
“Here I Am to Worship”:
Light of the World You stepped down into darkness (refers specifically to Jesus) Open my eyes, Let me see beauty that made this heart adore You, hope of a life spent with You
Here I am to worship Here I am to bow down Here I am to say that You’re my God (refers again just to Jesus) You’re altogether lovely Altogether worthy Altogether wonderful to me
King of all days Oh, so highly exalted Glorious in Heaven above. Humbly You came To the earth You created (Jesus is our Creator) All for love’s sake became poor.