How BONO and the EMERGENT CHURCH Are Leading Millions Away From BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY

Have you been fooled by this rocker, who talks about his love for Jesus, but in reality shows his love for Satan during his performances?

This article was originally written in 2017. Today I felt that the Lord wanted me to republish it.

THIS ARTICLE WILL SHOCK AND SADDEN SOME OF YOU, WHO HAVE BELIEVED THAT BONO OF U2 FAME IS A CHRISTIAN.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”  Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV)

This article will show you that not only is Bono not a Christian, but he is from the dark side.

When I was drawn by the Lord in 1983, it was a powerful and supernatural event. I had searched for the truth about God for most of my life. On that unforgettable night, He opened my eyes and my heart, and I remember saying to the person sharing Salvation with me “This is it!! It’s so clear to me now!”

I am not saying that we all have to have a dramatic, two feet off the floor experience. But I do believe that it should be a memorable time when a person finally realizes that they are a wretched sinner – unable to save themselves -and that God is HOLY and HE does the saving.

Another thing I remember is that I could not get enough of His Word. I would forget to eat food because I was immersed in His Word, and could hardly break away from it. I was told to start with the Gospel of John and I did. Then I went through all four Gospels. His Holy Word became the most important thing in my life.

I also had an immediate aversion to things that I had liked. I knew that He did not want me watching Soap Operas any longer. No one told me that except the Holy Spirit. I could not watch stand up comedians on HBO who were vulgar. It made me feel dirty, and I had never before given it a thought.

I knew that when I went to church, I should be hearing about sin and repentance. It was ALL about Jesus and Him crucified, and the Love that sent Him to that cross. I yearned to hear a preacher open up the Word to me in a deeper way. The couple who had led me to the Lord were charismatics, so I went to my first church with them.

I was brand new in Christ, but I still knew that the sermons I was hearing were leaving me empty. One Sunday night I saw Charles Stanley preaching on TV, and I considered him a gift from Jesus to me at that time of my walk with Him. When he preached, he backed everything up with Scripture. He spoke of sin and repenting and growing in Christ. I considered him to be my pastor in those early years.

I wonder about the walk of those with itchy ears; what went wrong in their walk that they would be this deceived?

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables..” 2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV)

As I look around today, I see this passage of Scripture so clearly coming to pass. Perhaps there have always been many with itching ears, but I think that it is much worse in these last days. Were these people truly saved? How could they be so deceived? Did they attempt to come to God via the well traveled and very wide gate that God warns us to avoid? How can someone who has the Holy Spirit living within them, want their ears to be tickled with heresies? It makes no sense.

THE EMERGING CHURCH LIES

Rob Bell and Brian McLaren are two of the most well known leaders of the Emerging Church. Both men believe that there is no literal hell, and they teach this heresy to their people. Rob Bell, who wrote “Love Wins” preaches only about the love and mercy of our God. He is NOT preaching from the whole Word, because if he was, he would also preach on sin, the holiness of God, and repentance.

To truly lead a person to Christ, that person must agree with God that he/she is a sinner, in dire need of a Savior. They must understand that NOTHING they do will get them into heaven. Salvation is the work of God. He sent His one and only Son to die on that horrid Cross, to pay the penalty for sin for all people. BUT…..a person must receive His gift to be saved.

Bono is Loved by Emerging Church leaders

Have you been fooled by this rocker, who talks about his love for Jesus, but in reality shows his love for Satan during his performances? He has an alter ego named “MacPhisto.” Did you know that MacPhisto is in The Screw Tape Letters, by C.S. Lewis. The book’s characters are demons, and MacPhisto is a demon who works hard at communicating with baby Christians to get them away from God!

“But U2 is much more than a popular rock band. U2 has a great influence in the emerging church and the contemporary worship movement. U2’s lead singer Bono is praised almost universally among contemporary and emerging Christians. Phil Johnson observes that “Bono seems to be the chief theologian of the Emerging Church Movement” (Absolutely Not! Exposing the Post-modern Errors of the Emerging Church, p. 9).

“Bono played a far more significant role on the formative years on those who became emergent than anyone else, from a human standpoint. Bono, in the 1980s, was, if not worshipped, then absolutely adored by millions of Christian youth who were hanging on his every word. They saw his cool kind of Christianity. He helped lead people into what eventually became the emerging church. Bono has led people into a version of Christianity that is so slippery, so undefinable, so liberal, yet he is considered the main icon of the emerging church” (Joseph Schimmel, The Submerging Church, DVD, 2012).”  source

WHAT HAS BEEN SAID ABOUT BONO FROM EMERGING CHURCH LEADERS

  • Eugene Peterson, author of The Message, says U2 has a prophetic voice to the world and says Bono is a prophet like John the Baptist (foreword to Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog).
  • Brian Walsh believes that U2’s lyrics should be used for seminary training and as commentaries alongside the Bible, and that U2’s concerts should be studied to see “how worship really happens in a postmodern world” (Get Up Off Your Knees).
  • Mark Mulder has taught a U2 course at Calvin College and he observes that the school shares Bono’s view that the world will not be destroyed but will be renewed (“Calvin College on U2,” Christianity Today, Feb. 2005).
  • Brian McLaren and Tony Campolo say that Bono is moving the world toward the kingdom of God and increasing the kingdom of God in the here and now (McLaren and Campolo, Adventures in Missing the Point, 2003, pp. 50, 51).
  • Bill Hybels interviewed Bono at Willowcreek Community Church’s Leadership Summit in 2006 and that interview has been shown in thousands of churches all over the world.
  • Rick Warren invited Bono to Saddleback Church to help launch his P.E.A.C.E. program.
  • Rob Bell testifies that the first time he really experienced God was at a U2 concert (Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith, p. 72).
  • Emerging leader Steven Taylor calls Bono “a worship leader” and on his blog promotes “Seven Things I Learned from Bono about Worship Leading.”
  • Christianity Today almost worships U2. When Episcopalian ministers Raewynne Whiteley and Beth Maynard published “Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog,” Christianity Today responded with a review entitled “The Legend of Bono Vox: Lessons Learned in the Church of U2.” source

U2’s CHRISTIANITY

The members of U2 do not support any specific church or denomination. Very rarely do they attend church at all. But one church that Bono will attend from time to time is Glide Memorial United Methodist Church located in San Francisco. Bono attended a special service back in 1992, to honor Bill Clinton’s presidential election.

“Speaking at a meeting connected with the 1972 United Methodist Church Quadrennial Conference, Cecil Williams, pastor of the Glide Memorial Methodist Church, said, “I don’t want to go to no heaven … I don’t believe in that stuff. I think it’s a lot of – – – – [vulgarity].” A Jewish rabbi is on William’s staff. Williams was the Grand Marshall of the San Francisco Gay Pride parade and the chairman of his board was a homosexual. He has been “marrying” homosexuals since 1965 and says, “I have not married a single couple at Glide who weren’t already living together” (Williams, speaking at the Centenary United Methodist Church, St. Louis, quoted in Blu-Print, April 25, 1972). Long ago William’s church replaced the choir with a rock band, and its “celebrations” have included immoral dancing and even complete nudity. After attending a service at Glide Memorial, a newspaper editor wrote, “The service, in my opinion, was an insult to every Christian attending and was the most disgusting display of vulgarity and sensuousness I have ever seen anywhere.”  source

Bono believes that heaven and hell are here and now. He does not believe in a literal hell as is described in the Word of God.

The members of U2 do not believe Christianity should have rules and regulations. “I’m really interested in and influenced by the spiritual side of Christianity, rather than the legislative side, the rules and regulations” (Edge, U2: The Rolling Stone Files, p. 21).

HELL IS REAL, AND IT’S NOT THIS SIDE OF ETERNITY

“The punishment of the wicked in hell is as never ending as the bliss of the righteous in heaven. Jesus Himself indicates that punishment in hell is just as everlasting as life in heaven (Matthew 25:46). The wicked are forever subject to the fury and the wrath of God. Those in hell will acknowledge the perfect justice of God (Psalm 76:10). Those who are in hell will know that their punishment is just and that they alone are to blame (Deuteronomy 32:3-5). Yes, hell is real. Yes, hell is a place of torment and punishment that lasts forever and ever, with no end. Praise God that, through Jesus, we can escape this eternal fate (John 3:16, 18, 36).” source

Bono and U2 has delayed the release of their new album because of the election of President Donald Trump.    You can read all about it here:

From dailymail.com

U2 delays new album release due to the election of Donald Trump because the world is now ‘in a different place’ than when the songs were written 

Are those in the Emerging Churches saved but extremely shallow and immature? Or is it possible that they never were saved in the first place? I can’t make that call, but it distresses me greatly to watch people who name the name of Jesus as their Savior, following after false teachers who preach a different gospel.

I do know that the false teachers will be judged harshly.

James 3:1 clearly states it:

“My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.”

When I speak truth about false teachers to their followers, I am attacked and accused of judging. We will go in circles about this, but it always comes back to being told that I am a judgmental and mean spirited person. I always show them the scriptures which clearly condemn the heresies, but they will not look at God’s Word; or if they do look, they take it completely out of context. Sometimes I feel like ignoring these types, but then I remember that the Lord wants us to always speak truth.

I do hope that this article has provided enough evidence as to why the Emerging Church leaders consider Bono to be their Icon. The itching ear crowd has brought to themselves teachers who feed their carnal needs — and have rejected the Word of God.

Do you have itching ears? Do you remember a time that you finally saw yourself as a sinner in need of a Savior? Can you think back to the time that you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart and be your Lord and Savior?

2 Corinthians 13:5 says:

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?”

If you cannot remember such a time, and the words of this article are making you uncomfortable, it’s not too late! Today may be the day of your Salvation:

For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 (KJV)

How Can I Be Saved?

Shalom B’Yeshua

MARANATHA!!

15 thoughts on “How BONO and the EMERGENT CHURCH Are Leading Millions Away From BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY

  1. rlinaz

    This article is so sad but necessary. I loved Bono and U2 before I was saved, and now I can’t even listen to them. I had a similar experience to yours, Geri, when, on January 16, 2018 at 4 pm in my home office the Holy Spirit opened my eyes and showed me how wretched a sinner I was; I sobbed for 6 hours because I understood I had been grieving God my whole life! I honestly thought I loved God and that I was following him in my New Age way. (Like all the lost, I did what was right n my own eyes.) When I realized how deceived I’d been, it was devastating, but also renewing. The next morning when I woke up, it’s hard to explain, but I didn’t want to sin any more. God absolutely showed me that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

    Of course, I won’t be completely free of sin until I’m with the Lord. But beginning that day I was different; it’s clear to me that my sin grieves God, and I don’t want to do that anymore. Can you even imagine how much pain God endures as the world continues in darkness and increases in sin?! I was deeply remorseful for nearly my whole life lived without genuinely seeking HIm for His forgiveness, guidance and love. How different things would have been if I had turned sooner.

    Sanctification began and I devoted myself to Christ. I have been following Him faithfully since; I can’t get enough of Him, very similar to your story. I listen to 2-3 sermons every day, I read the Bible every day, I study the scriptures and follow solid Christian pastors online, I tithe, pray and am a member of a Bible-based, sound scripture church. These are changes I could never have made on my own. WE can not change our own hearts, that is the work of the Holy Spirit.

    God gave me a high degree of discernment as one of my spiritual gifts. I am grateful for this because I just know when something is off, I don’t always know why but I know. And those alerts and warnings are never wrong, that is such a gift. Many things are revealed to me as false teachings, and often to dangerous people and places. There are days I’m emotionally and mentally worn out by the evil around us as the end draws near. I also know for certain it will get MUCH worse before Jesus returns.

    There is so much evil in the world; Satan understands all he has to do is lead us down just one of the thousand, well-worn paths to Hell. Only the truly ‘blessed by grace’ find the narrow gate. (I couldn’t help but think of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress when I read your comments on that.)

    About 2 years ago I witnessed to a former close friend of mine, who is a world renowned astrologer. Of course I don’t ask her for charts now, plus, as an aside, I used to have a world renowned psychic on speed dial too…but I stopped all of that immediately once saved. SERIOUSLY, I AM A MIRACLE of salvation from the world of New Age ‘religion’. The astrology friend said she appreciated what I was saying but went on and on about Rob Bell, saying that LOVE is her religion and she doesn’t “believe in Hell and all that other stuff.”

    All I can do is pray that the Lord will remove the scales from the eyes of the lost, as He has so graciously done for me. Before my Triune God rescued me I couldn’t even comprehend just how truly lost I was, so I have a lot of empathy for the unsaved.

    Revelation 22:20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

  2. Dale Vernon

    Sounds like Glide Memorial “Church” is worse than your typical topless bar. But hey, it’s a “progressive church” progressing & “gliding” its participants to the Lake of Fire. I praise the Lord “I saw the light”. Thank you Jesus

  3. bryan Johnston

    Heavenly Father with You NOTHING is impossible. We therefore humbly implore You to move mightily, through the Power of Your Holy Spirit, in order to convict and convert/reconvert “Bono,” messrs Bell. McLaren, and all those mentioned in this excellent article, who are leaders or members of this so-called”emergent church,” to remove the blindness from their eyes, bring them to their knees in repentance, accepting/re-accepting Christ on HIS terms, not theirs, that they might be salvaged from the lies of satan, then redirected onto the straight and narrow Way that leads to Everlasting Life, for Truly You “desire that NONE should perish.” In the Name above every other name we pray. Yeshu-Bar-Yosef, Sar-Shalom, the Prince of Peace. Amen.

  4. I saw an article about him several years ago. My Grands were into ‘rock music. I prayed and continue to pray a LOT for all in Christ and those who need Jesus. Thank you Sweetie.

  5. LV McGraw

    When I got Born Again, (1986) I couldn’t put the bible down, either!!! Someone led me to Charles Stanley, too and I couldn’t hear enough of him. He was my first spiritual father. Soon after, I got filled with Holy Stirit and received my gift of tongues. Two things happened at my born again experience, INSTANTLY I stopped cursening like a sailor and my need for ciggarettes was gone!!!

  6. Jim V.

    Bono is/was a creepy guy. I never listen to his music. My opinion, I think after the rapture, many celebrities and perhaps rock bands and other music bands will get involved the emergent church.

    Time is short brothers and sisters. I truly believe rapture is very near. Can’t wait.

    God bless.

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