Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
February 21, 1952

Christianity Is Not Like That

Joe Gilmore, East Oakland, California

(Editor's note: Some are now contending that the modernism and betrayal of Christ by brother Earl Pullias is a recent development. The following article by brother Joe Gilmore is taken from the Gospel Defender of January, 1949, and refers to events of 1948—nearly four years ago!)

Paul wrote to Timothy and said "Preach the word." (II Tim. 4:2) Frankly, I do not believe that one can preach the word and be invited again and again to appear on denominational programs. Preaching the word does not fit in with the tendency in some quarters to fellowship with the sects. Christianity just simply is not like that. Only a false teacher would advocate sympathy for false institutions.

I have before me an article from the Long Beach, California, Press Telegram, which reads as follows:

The Long Beach Leaders Train-School in cooperation with the Long Beach Ministerial Union, will begin its six-week course on September 28 at 7:30 p.m .in the First Congregational Church. Dr. E. V. Pullias, dean and head of the psychology department, Pepperdine College, Los Angeles, will be principal speaker for the general assembly 'period each evening. His general theme will be 'Our Christian Heritage."

The sessions will include a study of the local church program. Rev. Frederick Van Shoot, teacher at the University of Southern California, and minister of Christian education at Lakewood Village, will be the speaker. "Drama in the Church" will be presented by Dr. Emerson C. Cox, of Immanuel Baptist Church, an authority in this field. "Bible Manners and Customs" will be told by Rev. Frank C. Matthews of North Long Beach Methodist Church. Dr. Pullias also will have the class on "The Church and Home Cooperating."

In the same paper another article appeared giving information concerning other activities of this same First Congregational Church, where brother Pullias spoke, and evidently was considered "one of them" during the six weeks of the training course. Here is the other article:

Mrs. Stuart Leroy Anderson, wife of the Pastor, will deliver the sermon for services tomorrow, in observance of Women's Society Sunday. Her subject will be "Christianity Is Like That." Mrs. Anderson is minister of the Church of the Children.

Just imagine, if you can, a gospel preacher appearing on a program of the kind described, and in fellowship with such perversion of God's word and worship! Brother Pullias worked with them for the six full weeks, with apparently no indication at all that his work among them brought anything but commendation! A man who actually preached the gospel would not be permitted to continue that long if I know the denominations.

I realize that brother Pullias does not approve of some of the things practiced by the denominations with whom he was associated. But when one bids a false religion Godspeed, he becomes a partaker with them, not only of whatever good they may do, but also of their evil. (Read II John 10,11): "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is a partaker of his evil deeds." Here are some additional passages for study: Eph. 5:11; Rom. 16:17, 18; II Cor. 6; 14-18. Preachers who are faithful to the Word believe in the kind of fellowship mentioned in I John 1:17; "If we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanseth us from all sin."

Brother Pullias has publicly extended his fellowship to denominationalism, and has given aid and comfort to enemies of the Lord's true church. Such action by any Christian should be denounced and repudiated by every faithful child of God.