Question: I knew it wouldn’t be long, once Dave was gone, that Berean Call would start sinking fast! Berean Call has joined up with Satan’s great favorites—Rick Warren, Dr. Dobson, and Billy Graham, along with other professing Christians. Before leaving Berean Call, I want to know how your predictable apostasy and blindness began. “OnePlace.com” is a one-religion stop for all.
Response: Oneplace.com is a clearinghouse for religious broadcasters, and we began posting there many years before the Lord took Dave home—and with his knowledge. We recognize that our presence on the Internet places us in proximity with untold numbers of false prophets, but before we are accused of “predictable apostasy and blindness,” it needs to be determined if TBC’s message has changed. Has it really conformed to match the others?
Paul went up to Mars Hill, which was a gathering place for Epicureans, Stoics, and other occult and humanist philosophers. It might be considered the OnePlace.com of its day. People “which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing” (Acts:17:21).
Yes, the Rick Warrens, Dr. Dobsons, etc., of that day were all there, and they said of Paul, “What will this babbler say?...He seemeth to be a setter forth of strange gods...” (v. 18). Paul’s message was very different, and, as a result of his going there, “some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter” (v. 32).
The question is, was Paul compromised because he went to Mars Hill? We won’t know until we join Dave in heaven what seeds were planted by Paul as he presented the distinct message of the gospel, and we won’t know who came to salvation through Paul’s ministry on Mars Hill. We do know that we have received many emails from folks who found us at the “one-religion stop for all.” They were encouraged by our consistent, biblical message.
And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Mk 2:15-17)
The message of Jesus never changed to avoid offending sinners, and had He not been dining with these folks, some would not have had the opportunity to hear His message.
Guilt by association “asserts that qualities of one thing are inherently qualities of another, merely by an irrelevant association.” Some of the printing we do is with a firm that has printed Rick Warren’s material as well. Does our message parallel Warren’s because we happen to use the same printer? We have also received criticism because we have a website on the Internet, which is clearly a corrupt medium. We appreciate those who are concerned for the integrity of our message, but we hope that they actually monitor what is taught or written.
John:17:14-15 tells us, “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.” Christians are “in the world,” but they are “not of the world.” May the Lord give us wisdom to understand this and use our liberty to preach an unchanged Gospel where any opportunity may be presented.