“The 100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America”?

“Top 10” or “Top 100” lists are audience favorites, right? We like to scan through rankings of various categories published by the media just to see how they stack up against our own knowledge and preferences. But attempts to adapt these lists to the spiritual realm can be dangerous. Those who men praise may not be those who the Lord esteems.

As a case in point, the Newsmax website recently came out with its list of “The 100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” (see below). I was familiar with about seventy names on the list, but for the rest I had to read their accompanying blurb. This listing is a very sad commentary on the state of the evangelical church today. I could not endorse the vast majority of the 100, either because of 1) their flaming unorthodoxy, 2) their strong commitment to ecumenism, or 3) their crusade for church-state symbiosis.

Here’s the first ten on the list:

  1. Billy Graham
  2. Franklin Graham
  3. Joel Osteen
  4. Mike Huckabee
  5. Pat Robertson
  6. Rick Warren
  7. Jerry Falwell Jr.
  8. Joyce Meyer
  9. Mike Pence
  10. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey

Any concerns with any of these folks? Argh! There’s no doubt these eleven people have been or are very influential, but definitely not in a good way according to the three criteria I listed above. Most have done tremendous damage to the Gospel witness in this country and around the world by preaching a false “name it and claim it” prosperity gospel and/or by linking arms with Roman Catholicism and its false gospel of sacramental grace and merit. In fact, Roma Downey as well as at least one other person on the list is Roman Catholic!

Three people on the list who I do admire are Charles Stanley #16, R.C. Sproul #34, and John MacArthur #39. I’m grateful for these men and their ministries, but of course we should put no one on a pedestal.

But let’s be honest, these kinds of lists are all about worldly pride and the flesh and have nothing to do with the Lord. All praise and honor to Almighty God! However, as I mentioned, a list such as this is useful as a revealing spotlight on the very sorry state of the church today in regards to who is admired and influential.

Newsmax’s 100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America

20 thoughts on ““The 100 Most Influential Evangelicals in America”?

    1. Sorry, Wally. I really wanted to leave Huckabee out of the equation for your sake, but how could I have left out the #4 most influential evangelical in America? 😁


      1. LOL, thanks Tom. I know you didn’t write the list. I don’t even understand how he actually got on the list. Unless you know his history, one might not even draw the conclusion from his daily life now that he is even Christian. I mean, it’s not like he preaches or something…LIKE GOD SUPPOSEDLY CALLED HIM TO DO!

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      2. Sigh….I suppose in the sense of fairness I should say it’s not just Mike I have a problem with. Tom, just in our fairly small wor of 500 churches or so…we have dozens of them without pastors, because young men are not answering the call to preach, because the world is more attractive. Or, we have men serving and active in churches as members who have been “called to preach,” who think that means they serve as fill ins here and there and continue to pursue their regular career. Ok, I am done venting now.

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      3. Wally, I catch your drift regarding Huckabee. This got me to thinking. The difference between the Bible Belt and here is, in Arkansas, having a Gospel Christian background is a political asset, up here it’s a liability for anyone running for office.


      4. I’m working from home this morning, Wally, and finishing up as we speak. Off the rest of the week. But gathering up the leaves will keep me VERY occupied from now through Sunday on the days it’s not raining. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!


      5. Our oldest son and his brood going to his girlfriend’s parents for the big meal and coming to our place afterwards for dessert so my wife is cooking a small turkey dinner just for the two of us. My wife takes holiday/seasonal decorating to the extreme and will be up until midnight making sure everything is “just right.” It’s going to be a special Thanksgiving this year because my Chargers are playing the Cowboys at 4:30 EST. You’ll be tuning in, right? 🙂 Christians haggle over the appropriateness of different “holidays,” but we can all agree on thanking and praising the Lord for all He has graciously given to us, most importantly His Son for our salvation!


      6. I’ve been a Charger fan since 1969. People always ask how a guy in Western New York could be a Chargers fan, especially since the team has never been a powerhouse. The first football game I seriously watched was the Chargers vs. the World Champion NY Jets with Joe Willie Namath. Well, the combination of those lightning bolts on the jerseys and helmets and a Charger victory caught the fancy of a 13-year-old. Remember? We talked about former Charger Lance Alworth being one of the greatest Hogs. That’s my only connection to Razorback football.


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