The Bible says that Believers are Salt and Light (Matthew 5:13-16). Jesus said to "go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15). Jesus said to occupy until He comes (Luke 19:13).
The following is from Pulpit & Pen:
…Has it come to this, that monkery is to be revived in a professedly Protestant Church?…For the love you bear to your Redeemer, be duped no longer, and by your own hatred of monkery and priestcraft, come ye out from among them, be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing
Evangelical Christians have recently had an eye-opening experience. Even before the book The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation had hit the stands, it was already causing a stir. According to David Brooks of the New York Times, it is “the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.”(source) A cover story in Christianity Today described it as a vision for a Christian village on “how to conserve and strengthen the American church.” (source)
And then others quickly joined the cause, which included;
Albert Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (source), Matt Chandler, President of the Acts 29 Network and pastor of The Village Church (source), Russell Moore, President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (source), Carl R.Trueman, Westminster [PA] Theological Seminary, and John Piper, founder and teacher of desiringGod.org (source), and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.
For some, they were left scratching their heads trying to figure out why the ideas of a sixth-century monk, who spent three years in a dark cave, would be presented to evangelicals as an example to follow. (Particularly, when the author of the book, Rod Dreher, makes the statement “…the West owes an incalculable debt to Benedictine monks.”)
On the other hand, for those who have been warning the Church about the carelessness of evangelical leaders, this was just one more example exposing the Downgrade in our midst. Hence, the extent of the problem is now on full display as we witness high profile leaders throwing their support behind a book predicated on the false notion that for Christianity to survive a collapsing culture, evangelicals should band together and follow the example of Saint Benedict of Norcia, a man canonized a saint by the Roman Catholic church in the year 1220 and named patron protector of Europe by Pope Paul VI in 1964. What does this say about our current condition?
Read more: http://pulpitandpen.org/2017/03/24/the-benedict-option-the-fruit-of-a-compromised-church/
Weekend Edition: The Benedict Option – Polemics Report
On this episode of Weekend Edition, as heard on terrestrial AM and FM radio, JD discusses The Benedict Option.
From the Lighthouse Blog: Guest Post: Albert Mohler Gives Air Time to Author of “The Benedict Option” (A Monastic/Catholic Promoting Book)
For evangelical leaders to recommend a book that applauds the heretical people and traditions of Roman Catholicism during the 500th anniversary of the Reformation is lamentable. The prevailing influence of these leaders, along with their reluctance to guard sound doctrine and reject false gospels, have left many Christians confused. They do not know if the Roman Catholic Church represents a huge mission field that needs to be evangelized or if it represents a valid expression of Christianity. They need to know that Catholicism has long been a bitter enemy of the Gospel of Christ. The apostate religion has not only condemned those who believe the Gospel, but brutally tortured and killed hundreds of thousands of those who refused to compromise it. Evangelical leaders who are sanctioning ecumenical unity with Catholics must be lovingly confronted in their error with the truth of God's Word.