TRINITY BROMPTON ALPHA COURSE
Charming many Evangelicals
COURSE' WARNING -
have twice-warned (3/1 & 5/15 CCs) of the highly controversial and dangerous
Alpha Course. It was devised by Holy Trinity Brompton, London, a large charismatic
Anglican church. Anglican priest Nicky Gumbel began teaching it in 1990. It is
now the largest evangelistic effort in Britain and has been taken up by the main
denominations and spread to the U.S. and elsewhere (11/28 H. Times).
J. I. Packer,
Luis Palau, and other new evangelicals have endorsed it. Its philosophy is said
to be New Age, leading to experiences rooted in the occult. C.
S. Lewis is the first author recommended. The Alpha Course, originally intended
for new Christians, is now aimed at the unchurched. But at its core is a "watered
down" gospel (CRN Newsl.). It is geared less to conversion than to seeking the
spurious Toronto Blessing experience.
Contender -- Dec. 15, 1998