Promise Keepers

The Promise Keepers movement has been gaining momentum. Many people mistakenly believe God is blessing this movement. In fact, this movement is ungodly and should not be supported by bible-believing Christians.

First of all, Promise Keepers do not believe in the Christian doctrines taught in God’s Word. The following is an excerpt from the December 1998 Answers In Genesis newsletter. A letter was sent to Promise Keepers asking where they stood on the doctrine of the 6 day creation. This is the response received from an assistant to the president and founder of Promise Keepers (Bill McCartney):

…you need to know that the ministry of PK takes no stand on issues like this. In fact, we specifically try to avoid such debates. Our efforts are designed to bring men together based on the historically “essential” doctrines of orthodox Christianity as represented by our Statement of Faith – or to focus on things that unite the body of Christ, instead of those which tend to divide it.

Since different churches and individual Christians hold varying views about creation, it is one of those things we believe falls under the category of “secondary, doctrines,”-just as we do such things as spiritual gifts, eternal security, the rapture, etc. In short, when it comes to subjects like creation, we believe Christians need to extend grace to each other as summed up in the statement: In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, liberty. In all things, charity.

According to Promise Keepers, creation is a secondary doctrine. I wonder why God put it first in The Bible if it is secondary? Can you believe this? If you remove the doctrine of creation, the rest of Christianity crumbles to pieces. Creation is the foundation of all Christian doctrines and is of utmost importance. The Lord Jesus Christ believed in the creation account as told in Genesis and so should every one who calls himself or herself a Christian.

Another ungodly teaching the Promise Keepers are propagating is that only the original manuscripts are without error. According to their statement of faith, they believe the original manuscripts were without error. This dangerous teaching misleads many people into questioning God’s Word. God promised He would preserve His Word and since the original manuscripts no longer exist, God must have preserved His Word somewhere else. We have God’s preserved Word in The Authorized King James Bible. In fact, God places so much importance on His Word that He has magnified His Word above even His own name: (Psalms 138:2)

“…for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”

That means God puts His Word before His name. Christians would do much better by believing God’s Word than by questioning it and wondering if it is a translation error.

Another ungodly thing the Promise Keepers are trying to accomplish is to break down the denominational walls. The reason why various denominations exist is because they hold to different doctrines. People with who believe different doctrines can not come together:

(Amos 3:3) “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

I can not come together with someone who believes they can be a good person and go to Heaven. I can not run with someone who believes the King James Bible has errors in it. I can not run with someone who does not believe that God created the world and all that therein is in six 24 hour days. I can not run with those who believe a saved person can lose his or her salvation. I can not run with those who believe that sprinkling water on a baby makes that baby a child of God.

One final comment about Promise Keepers is about their name. I only know one promise keeper and that is God. Men can call themselves promise keepers but we really are promise makers and promise breakers:

(Romans 3:4) “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar…”

With so many men attending Promise Keepers events, it is obvious they do not belong to a sound fundamental church. These men are looking for something they do not have. Christians who belong to good fundamental churches need to reach out to their areas and tell these men where they can find what they are wanting. We need to win them to Christ and get them established in fundamental, bible-believing churches.

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