Jude1:4: For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the middle of the nineteenth century, almost all U.S. denominations had one branch, all of which were basically fundamental; they adhered to the orthodox doctrines of the founders of their group. The Civil War caused several of these denominations to split along geographical lines, but the issues were social, not theological. Little changed by the turn of the century.
At that time certain individuals educated in Europe and influenced by German rationalism began teaching in denominational seminaries. The devil knew the best way to inject his apostate doctrine into the churches was to infiltrate the seminaries, indoctrinate young ministers, and send them into the churches to spread his false concepts across the land.
One illustration of the effectiveness of this devilish method is a now-deceased seminary professor. For more than twenty-five years he occupied “the chair of Christian ethics” in what was the largest seminary in the nation. He helped to orient the thinking of thousands of present-generation ministers. Several years ago this man was identified under oath as a member of the Communist party. Is it any wonder that his denomination is the most radical and unbelieving in Christendom? It wouldn’t take many such men, working consistently through the years, to turn an entire denomination away from the faith of the Bible.