January 28, 2009
I will be playing percussion for Buck Storm this weekend at a Bible conference so any comments will be held until I get back on Monday. I am grateful to be playing someplace warm and not in a foot of snow as well as near my home town of Phoenix, Ariz.
Here is the link to the conference.
Hope to see some of you there.
January 25, 2009
My brothers and sisters in the Lord at the Berean Call sent me this. In leiu of Rick Warren praying using the muslim name for Jesus (another jesus Rick why dont you get that one?).
As well as a new president.
I am reminded we need to pray for our leaders like em or not.
And I was not happy with Bush as well because of his universalist views same as Warrens.
I just dont get how you can say Jesus is the only way in with one side of your mouth and then preach that the muslim god is the same but O well.
I want to stay away from politics here.
Praying for our leaders as well as our new president is something we need to do according to Romans 13:1-6.
Keep in mind that while Paul wrote this inspired by the Holy Spirit, Nero was in charge.
Nero was not a friend of Christians but yet Paul adomonished those that are Christian to pray for him.
I will obey scripture here.
I will also remember I am just passing through here I have a different home in heaven
Heb 11:13-16 states
“3 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them,[a] embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”
Jesus also assures us of our heavenly home in John 14:2, “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.”
Enjoy the article-Tim
POLITICS OR THE GOSPEL
“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence” (John 18:36).
The fact that Christ’s Kingdom Is not of this world is enough to keep me out of the world’s politics. If I participate in politics, then I am casting a vote of confidence in the system’s ability to solve the world’s problems. But frankly, I have no such confidence because I know that “the whole world lieth in wickedness” (1 John 5:19).
Politics has proved singularly ineffective in solving the problems of society. Political remedies are nothing but a band-aid on a festering sore: they do not get at the source of the infection. We know that sin is the basic trouble in our sick society. Anything that fails to deal with sin cannot be taken seriously as a cure.
It becomes a matter of priorities, then. Should I spend time in political involvement or should I devote that same time to the spread of the gospel? Jesus answered the question when He said, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:60). Our top priority must be to make Christ known because He is the answer to the world’s problems.
–William MacDonald, One Day at a Time, Gospel Folio Press, p. 24.
January 25, 2009
A friend of mine sent me this link. Scary that this paganism is going on in our churches.
The common link here with pagan Rick Joyner is C Peter Wagner.
C Peter Wagner is also one of Rick Warrens mentor’s.
Thats the common thread.
Would Rick Warren let something like this go on at Saddleback?
Probably not at this point in time but the link with false apostle C Peter Wagner is still there.
I have got to tell you from a Christian drummer perspective that I would never participate in a pagan ceremony like this.
I dont think that the use of djembe’s or percussion and drums are evil or wrong to use in church.
This ceremony is just straight up paganism with false tongues given.
Sad Christians are so deceived they are just looking for the next rush.
If you want to really be scared look at the crowd and the girls dancing upfront.
No way this is Holy Spirit inspired.
This is another spirit.
January 18, 2009
From my brothers and sisters in the Lord at Herescope-
“Rick Warren’s Clout”
Rick Warren vs. The IRS
15 January 2009
Just how powerful is Rick Warren? Ask the IRS. When they tried to collect back taxes from the pastor, Warren used his mega-clout to campaign against them–and won. With the help of Congress, that is, which stepped in to preempt a court ruling on the Cold War law Warren appears to have twisted to his advantage. Jon Weiner reports. This small piece is in many ways the most revealing article we’ve read on Warren — and church and state — in awhile. That it’s published in the left-liberal Nation shouldn’t dissuade more conservative readers from considering the facts.
This item above comes from The Revealer.org, a website associated with Jeffrey Sharlett, who authored The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, which detailed his experiences and research into the secretive Washington Fellowship, which has been a hub of international church/state/marketplace (3-legged stool) activities for many decades.
The link takes the reader to a newly published article in The Nation by Jon Wiener entitled “Rick Warren’s Clout” (1/15/09) which reminds readers of a series of controversial activities involving Rick Warren and the IRS back in the late 1990s that ended up in court, culminating in an unusual act of Congress. Weiner is bringing this matter up again now because of Rick Warren’s scheduled appearance delivering the invocation at the inauguration.
For readers unfamiliar with this case, Weiner reviews the scenario. The full article is a MUST READ. Warren was challenged by the IRS for claiming an extraordinarily high exemption for his housing, and in May of 2000 he won in court. Weiner wrote: “The IRS appealed, and since Warren lives in California, the case went to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, known for its liberal judges.” But what transpired next is quite interesting:
But before the three-judge panel could rule, either on the IRS effort to collect back taxes from Warren or on Chemerinsky’s broader argument for declaring the entire exemption unconstitutional, Congress stepped in–and acted with “almost miraculous” speed, as Richard Hammar, editor of the Church Law & Tax Report newsletter, explained to the New York Times. The new law granted Warren his deductions (along with any other clergy who had done the same–although Warren was the only one to end up in court). Congress also put into law, from that time forward, the IRS’s “fair rental value” rule.
This congressional act is “very rare” according to an expert quoted in the article. Not only that, but, “The Clergy Housing Allowance Clarification Act of 2002 was approved unanimously by Congress, then signed into law by George W. Bush on May 20, 2002, rendering the IRS case against Warren moot.”
The author ponders the significance of both the political Left and the political Right in Congress siding unanimously with Warren. He finds “Obama’s invitation to Warren is dismaying, but this history may make it more comprehensible.”
It is not so incomprehensible. There is so much more to the history of the rise of the political Right and Left in evangelicaldom than meets the eye. This is probably why Jeffrey Sharlet linked to Weiner’s article yesterday. Sharlet in his book The Family chronicles how the Left and Right have worked together at the highest echelons of power, interlocking the 3-legged stool for global power grabs, using secretive cultish methods, and all done under the cloak of “Christianity.”
Rick Warren represents the emerging “new breed” of evangelical leaders who are working to create a Communitarian paradise on Earth, building a “kingdom” for a nebulous “God” utilizing state-of-the-art psycho-social manipulations and marketing techniques. These men in power are neither Left nor Right according to the old dialectic game played out for the past three decades in American politics. At the present time they are rapidly eschewing the social issues (abortion, e.g.) and have become refocused on pre-defined “social justice” issues that just happen to mesh completely with the goals for an international world order. They are intent on building a complex global governance SYSTEM based on networking structures. As Rick Warren explained in Forbes magazine (5/07/07, “The Power of Parishioners”), in describing how the 3-legged stool will operate via these networking structures,
“The network is a far older and more basic organizational pattern than the hierarchy. Our bodies, families and the environment are just a few examples. What’s different now is that technology turns this organic paradigm of networking into a global force. It transforms every social structure that was previously organized by command and control. Whether in the war on terror, the presidential campaign or American Idol, the power and effectiveness of networking–for good or bad–is undeniable.”
As the titular head of this emerging global peace networked system, it seems very appropriate that Rick Warren will give the invocation at the coming inaugural.
“I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:” (Revelation 3:15a)
1. For more reading on this group, see Constance Cumbey’s excellent on-going series entitled “The Family’ and its Hijacking of Evangelicalism,” archived at http://www.newswithviews.com/Cumbey/constanceA.htm .
2. For example, an Orange County Register article (“Visits by McCain, Obama to Orange County church underscore Pastor Rick Warren’s prominence,” 8/13/08) says that Rick Warren ” is emblematic of a new breed of evangelicals who put social justice ahead of partisan politics. Some go so far as to call the plain-talking Warren, a bear of a man who prefers bluejeans to business suits, the Billy Graham of his era.”
January 18, 2009
Following Jesus Christ without the Bible
The Bible teaches us that it was written by chosen men of God but the source was the Spirit of God.
2 Timothy 3:14: “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. “ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” Now we need to comprehend what is meant by this. The writing that Paul is referring Timothy to is sacred, it gave him knowledge for salvation. The Scripture written down from the beginning and passed on to generations was all inspired by God (meaning God breathed), he moved the men, as prophets, scribes, to write the words down. So it is not by there own initiative but God instructing them – This is God’s communication to mankind. ALL Scripture (the writings) means ALL.
Given by God, “God breathed” in the Greek-theopneustos- divinely breathed in. Its source was not man but God. Many have used the example of a wind blowing a sail of ship to carry it along to its destination. In Genesis God breathed into man the breath of life and he became a living soul. In the same sense the word of God has life, (Jesus said my words is Spirit and life) it gives life to those receive it; those who believe it, use faith.
The Scripture has its origin with God not man, (2 Pt.1:21) it is God’s word written in the language of men, God inspired men to write, communicating to man on our level of understanding. Inspiration’ refers to the way in which God’s revelation is expressed by the words through men in the Bible. The Spirit of God superintended the human authors of Scripture so that their writings communicated accurately God’s word to man.
The ancient Greek manuscripts we have been handed down are reliable and faithfully copied from the original inspired autographs, which were, “GOD breathed.” The 0.5% has nothing to do with the core teachings of our faith, we call fundamentals. Any differences in the various manuscripts are minor (in translations) and in no way affect Christianity’s unique claims on the person of Christ and the doctrines he taught. All but 11 verses are found of the New Testament, proving the Bible we have today is the same as what was written then.
If we compare the Old and New Testament manuscripts to that of ancient Rome or Greek history we would be surprised. Homer’s “Iliad” written in 900 BC has 643 copies; the first copy was found 500 years later (400 BC). Caesar’s “Gallic Wars” written in 65 BC has 10 copies; the first copy found 835 years later (900 AD). Plato’s “Tetralogies” written in 400 BC has 7 copies; the first copy found 1,300 years later (900 AD). The volcanic eruption of Pompei is accepted as history but it has only one manuscript.
When we look at the New Testament manuscripts there are nearly 25,000 partial and complete manuscript copies of the New Testament. The New Testament fragments are within one generation from the original, we have whole books within about 100 years from the time of the autograph, we have the entire New Testament within 250 years from the date of its completion. No other ancient piece of literature comes close to the Bibles substantiation of its accuracy.
We have whole copies of the Old Testament from 900 AD. When the dead sea scrolls were found preceding the Old Testament text from 900 Ad by 1,000 years, it was nearly word for word it was accurate
If the Bible is to be rejected for its inaccuracy in recording history and events than all ancient history is suspect. The Bible history is not found only in the Bible, secular Historians like Josephus, the Roman Tacitus, the Roman Suetonius, the Roman Governor Pliny the Younger, confirm the people and their customs, the many places and events that are recorded in the New Testament. In order to dismiss the Bible as, inaccurate, not historical or even “corrupt” we must discount a large portion of history. Plato, Aristotle, Caesar, and Homer. What copies we have are superior in number and accuracy, we might as well dismiss all of history if we deny the Bibles accuracy as we have it.
According to a recent Pew survey (August), “only 39 percent of Christians believe that the Bible is the literal word of God, and 18 percent think that it’s just a book written by men and not the word of God at all. In fact, on the question in the Pew survey about what it would take to achieve eternal life, only 1 percent of Christians said living life in accordance with the Bible” (referenced from Heaven for the Godless? By Charles M. Blow Dec. 27, 2008 Op-Ed Columnist) http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/27/opinion/27blow.html?_r=2&pagewanted=print
Where do they get ideas like this? Could it be from the current books and videos that are being spread from a youth movement called The Emergent church. They see themselves as having an ongoing conversation, discussing the Bibles doctrines and beliefs and many times challenging the word of God that is now 3500 years written (Old Testament) and was accepted as accurate and true by believers throughout the centuries and in Jesus’ day.
While not everyone in the Emergent movement has the same view, the prevailing consensus is liberal. The conversation consists of men like Brian McLaren who states, “Scripture is something God had ‘let be,’ and so it is at once God’s creation and the creation of the dozens of people and communities and cultures who produced it” (McLaren, p. 162 Generous Orthodoxy, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004)
Besides making this an equal distributorship, McLaren is parroting nearly the same argument of Roman Catholicism. That Tradition along with the written word transmits to us the Word of God. Man creating the word is not the view the Bible explains its origin. It is supernaturally delivered to men or it cannot be from God.
Rob Bell who writes in his book the Velvet Elvis, he tells us that the Bible is a “human product… rather than the product of divine fiat.” So he has come to the conclusion that “Everybody’s interpretation is essentially his or her own opinion,” which means no one can be sure they have arrived at the truth, which the word is called by Jesus (Quoted in Christianity Today, November, 2004, p. 38.)
Bell further makes his point by asking: “Is the bible the best that God can do? With God being so massive and awe-inspiring and full of truth, why is his book capable of so much confusion?” (Velvet Elvis)
Who is the one confused? God or man? We have two views in conflict, an infallible person reading a fallible Scripture or fallible person reading the infallible Scripture. I choose the later.
If the written word is only mens words, then why did the Hebrew Scribes have so much respect when they were copying it. If they made one small mistake on a letter, they did not use the page and started to copy it all over again.
Jesus was also quite sure what the Scripture was as he always referred to it to validate what he taught about himself. Matthew 21:42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’? Matthew 22:29: But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.” Could the problem be the same today?
Bell says he believes in the Virgin Birth but does not believe that this belief is necessary for others to know Christ in forgiveness of sins. Yet the Bible teaches this about the way Christ entered our human existence, to ignore this or eliminate it is affecting a core doctrine on the person of Christ (God come in human flesh). On page 46 of Bell’s book, his position is that the Bible is an open-ended book. Once one comes to this view anything can change.
With an open view one does not have to uphold the ancient story of the one who was born at Bethlehem that grew up and ended dying for us on a cross- this is how it is presented today, even inside the church. This is not a conversation but a struggle – a struggle about the word and holding to a literal, biblical interpretation. The Emergent Church movement is using a liberal, mystical paradigm for the church. They want to be a Christian without the word.
This is why they can accept other religions practices, because they are not practicing the word. Why are they not practicing the word? Because they do not recognize it as God’s authority over their lives. By rejecting the word of God given by the Spirit of God they are rejecting the Word of God that became flesh- Jesus.
Its not why can’t God get it right but can they grasp the truth reinterpreting it by their sinful nature and human reasoning? Whatever doctrines these men uphold it is ambiguous by their writings and speaking.
2 Peter 1:20-21: “knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” Prophecy as well as the writings are all from God as their source and it speaks of Jesus. It is the testimony of Jesus. This is why Jesus used the Old Testament to validate that was indeed the Messiah that was prophesied.
The church’s commission is to protect and promote the word. Paul speaks of conduct in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” We are entrusted with the sacred writings in the same way Israel was given the oracles of God. Paul further goes on to qualify this by stating V.16 ‘And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory (1 Tim. 3:15-16).
The mystery of godliness- God came as man and this is the message that went out to the world.
God did not only send the Holy Spirit, nor did He only give the Bible, the Word of God. He gave us both, the purpose of the Spirit was to lead us into the written truth, illuminate the teachings and give us power to live them. You can’t know God and His ways outside the Bible. Christians, century after century kept Bible doctrine- which are our parameters in following Jesus – now of all of a sudden because our culture is post modern the Bible is not enough. Because of a changing culture we must adopt new ways to interpret the word and make use of other religious practices. True Bible believers, want to live by what is written in the Bible, not something new by some smooth talker selling silky stories to mooove the crowds.
Tony Jones also states, “[We should] stop looking for some objective Truth that is available when we delve into the text of the Bible.”
Brian McLaren likewise writes:
“The Bible is not considered an accurate, absolute, authoritative, or authoritarian source but a book to be experienced and one experience can be as valid as any other can. Experience, dialogue, feelings, and conversations are equated with Scripture while certitude, authority, and doctrine are to be eschewed! No doctrines are to be absolute and truth or doctrine must be considered only with personal experiences, traditions, historical leaders, etc. The Bible is not an answer book” (Brian, McLaren, A New Kind of Christianity, p. 52.)
So then who has the answers? McLaren certainly does not, but he is telling us how to view the word of God. The same word which God has said Ps 119: 89: “Forever, O LORD, your word is settled in heaven.” Ps.119:160 “The entirety of Your word is truth.” Prov. 30:5 “Every word of God is pure.” Psalm 138:2 states that His Word is exalted above His name” But these men have disdain for the word, they diminish its importance and its power. In so doing they reject Jesus the giver of the word- who is called the word.
Jesus taught that the Old Testament is perfect to the letter (Mt. 5:17-18). Scripture cannot be broken (Jn. 10:35). It is free from error, it is a sure, safe, and reliable rule and guide in all matters. This is the doctrine of inerrancy and infallibility. This new kind of Christian McLaren refers to which is being developed in the emergent church movement is a critic of God and His word. If they continue on this course they will become as much a believer as the fallen one.
Tony Jones, youth speaker and National Coordinator of Emergent Village speaks frankly:
“I am quite convinced that the Bible is a subversive text, that it constantly undermines our assumptions, transgresses our boundaries, and subverts our comforts. This may sound like academic mumbo-jumbo, but I really mean it. I think the Bible is a f___ scary book (pardon my French, but that’s the only way I know how to convey how strongly I feel about this.)” (Tony Jones, “Why is the Emerging Church drawn to deconstructive theology? The church and postmodern culture: Conversation website, 3/26/2007.)
With uncontrollable mouths and opinions like these who needs Satan to come along and bring doubt.
The attitude of liberalism is strong in the Emergent church as they try to reshape Christianity into something different. Experience is held above doctrine which is straight out of the New Age movements handbook. New age promoter the late Marilyn Ferguson wrote The Aquarian Conspiracy stating, “The radical Center of spiritual experience seems to be knowing without doctrine … the teacher does not impart knowledge but technique. This is the ‘transmission of knowledge by direct experience.’ Doctrine on the other hand, is second-hand knowledge, a danger” (Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy pp. 371, 377.)
I find little difference on doctrine from “emergent liberals” and the Gnostics of the New Age. Gnosticism believed that God communicated revelation directly to the spirit, bypassing the mind, not using doctrine, the word. The New Age Movement bases their teaching on experience is a greater teacher than God’s word, which Jesus taught and called the truth.
If the Bible and doctrine are not central then what is your source for Truth?
Titus 1:9: “Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught” Rom.16:17-18: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.” Why say this unless doctrine is our guideline and teaching otherwise it is detrimental to ones life.
In the popular book the Shack we read of this same belittling of God’s word.
“In seminary [Mack] had been taught that God had completely stopped any overt communication with moderns, preferring to have them only listen to and follow sacred Scripture, properly interpreted, of course. God’s voice had been reduced to paper, and even that paper had to be moderated and deciphered by the proper authorities and intellects…Nobody wanted God in a box, just in a book. Especially an expensive one bound in leather with gilt edges, or was that guilt edges?” (The Shack p. 65-66)
What an obnoxious statement that goes contrary to God’s view. If we are not conducting our spirituality from “The Word” but from other sources or other ways, then we are living by our own opinions, we are not living the Christian life of walking in the Spirit. One is being truculent to think you can improve on what Jesus taught by using your own unique interpretations.
Paul wrote to Timothy “give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine,” “Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you” (1 Timothy 4:13, 16).
In John 7:16 Jesus answered them and said, “My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.” Doctrine is not just a set of rules to remember it is something Jesus served under in obedience to the Father so that he could bring salvation.
McLaren, true to form states “As in so many issues these days, the problem isn’t the Bible; it’s the assumptions we bring to the Bible about how it is supposed to be interpreted. We make demands of the Biblical writers that we don’t make of any other writers, and I’m not sure our demands are sensible or fair at all. As an analogy, I often refer to the Wizard of Oz in my teaching. Does this mean that I believe Dorothy was a historical figure? No. It means that I accept the story of Oz as being part of our culture, and that I can use it to illustrate truth or provide analogies to truth.”(Brian McLaren)
One thing for sure, McLaren is consistent. To McLaren the Bible is not truth itself but illustrates truth, thus it is not taken as literal history or spiritual truth which contains power within its word but is more like a metaphor or something that helps correspond to truth. But in this case truth is putty in the hand of the interpreter. The 66 books become equal to other literary endeavors.
The Old Testament people, events, and miracles are questioned, discussed in their ongoing conversation. The creation account (Mk. 13:19), Adam and Eve (Mt. 19:4-6; Mk. 10:6-7), Cain and Abel (Mt. 23:35; Lk. 11:50-51), Noah and the flood (Mt. 24:37-39), Abraham (Jn. 8:39-40), the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Lk. 17:28-29), Lot’s wife turning to salt (Lk. 17:32), Jonah and the whale (Mt. 12:39-41; Lk. 11:29-32), Nineveh repenting at Jonah’s preaching (Lk. 11:32), Moses and the burning bush (Mk. 12:26) and his giving the law may not be considered literally true but then illustrate some truth. These become allegories of something deeper- which is what the Liberal Jesus seminars position has been. It is then left up to the interpreter how far he wants to go in this open book called the Bible.
If the Bible is not about absolute truth and doctrine does not teach truth but is instead about hopes and ideas that give us windows to live life by, then we are never anchored in anything absolute or eternal. There is a Biblical hermeneutic principle to be used to come to the right conclusion of the authors meaning. Unfortunately theology and doctrine are not taught today, so a plethora of opinions by unlearned men rule in its place.
When we replace the doctrine in Scripture with doctrines of men – our own interpretations become what we follow. This is a repeat of what the Pharisees did with their own interpretations and additions to the law in Jesus’ day.
For years we have seen spiritual movements divorce them-self from the word of God and think they are being led by the Spirit. Now the emergent movement that has become mature in its position they show their disregard for the word. Neo-Orthodoxy teaches that the Scriptures cannot be relied upon. Karl Barth taught we need an existential encounter with Christ to know Him, there were shreds of mysticism in his concept of encountering Christ. A denial of Biblical inerrancy by saying the Bible is a window into revelation and not revelation itself.
McLaren’s writing and lectures have the intention to bring questions about the surety we hold on the word. While it is good to question some things, to arrive at an accurate interpretation we must study the subject out. McLaren does not use the Bible to come to his conclusions as we can see in his interview with Christianity Today: “I don’t think we’ve got the gospel right yet. What does it mean to be ‘saved’? When I read the Bible, I don’t see it meaning, ‘I’m going to heaven after I die.’ Before modern evangelicalism nobody accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, or walked down an aisle, or said the sinner’s prayer.” “I don’t think the liberals have it right. But I don’t think we have it right either. None of us has arrived at orthodoxy” (The Emergent Mystique, Christianity Today Nov.2004)
A teacher is to promote the word, the truth, the gospel not his own doubts or opinions. McClaren questions nearly everything in the Bible, so how can one preach the gospel of salvation if they do not know the truth of the gospel and exercise faith in it. The Bible says if we doubt, we are double-minded and will receive nothing. This attitude is the opposite of faith. If McLaren says we don’t understand it or know what it is, none of us have it right- then none are saved, for it is by understanding the gospel that determines whether we are saved.
Then no one can really know if they are saved or anything for that matter. Which is the very opposite of what John wrote in his first epistle. I Jn 5:13: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” Having eternal life means going to heaven- Jesus said I give them eternal life, where I am they may be also.
Tell me a story
Erwin McManus tells us: “The Christian faith grew through story – not text. Only later did the stories become Scripture. While the Scripture must be held in the highest regard, we must not neglect the power of story” (Erwin McManus, “An Unstoppable Force,” p. 118)
The Bible says something very different. Paul wrote: “Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas and the church that is in his house. Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea” (Col. 4:15-16).
McManus believes in storytelling over Scripture and he separates it from doctrine, “The church must acclimate to a changing world, or she will destine herself to irrelevance or even extinction. … that- our environment is the shift from words to images. To do church in a way that is entirely text driven is the kiss of death.”
This is not a good direction? Picture Christianity is an intentional departure from God’s word.
They find justification for a new practice under the tutelage of openness and experience and excuse anything they do as acceptable to God. On the other hand, there are those, a remnant, that live in the truth by the Bible as they did in the apostles time. Jesus said in Luke 11:28: “blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” are you willing to do this? We think in words not pictures.
John 8:31-32 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.” And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jesus later spoke “thy word is truth” So why would those who claim to follow Jesus not want to hear or abide in the truth?
McManus explains “The Christian faith grew through story – not text. Only later did the stories become Scripture. While the Scripture must be held in the highest regard, we must not neglect the power of story” Erwin McManus, “An Unstoppable Force, p. 118)
God spoke His word to the prophets and gave them the future – written prophecy- are we going to call these stories? Yes Jesus used everyday life to have people understand his teachings but if one reads the Bible correctly they will find over 30 parable and stories and hundreds of quotes from the Old Testament as Jesus drew people back to a faith and fulfillment in God’s word.
McManus also says “One of the arts that leaders must craft is the selection of great stories.” (McManus, “”An Unstoppable Force,” p. 118
McManus’ makes this plain by his symbol for water, shaped in the symbol of the Yin and Yang, a Chinese symbol associated with Tai Chi. symbolizing oneness.
His idea of mosaic contains synthesizing another religious symbols and concepts with Christianity. This speaks loud and clear where the Emergent church is headed.
On the website http://theoriginsproject.org- five elements are illustrated:
WIND: Commission: Mission is why the church exists: People matter most.
WATER: Community: Love is the context for all mission: Love permeates everything.
WOOD: Connection: Structure must always submit to spirit: Passion fuels action.
FIRE: Communion: Relevance to culture is not optional: Relevance communicates truth.
EARTH: Character: Creativity is a natural result of spirituality. Character creates change.
These five categories are reinterpreted by Christian idea or words that have no resemblance to the Bible. They belong to other religions, Taoism- Yin and Yang. This is neo-Christianity- a synthesis of other religious ideas.
To some “Emergent pupils” God doesn’t care what religion you are in, just add Jesus to what you already are practicing and that will make you a believer in God (Christian?),
John writes of Jesus in his book the Revelation of Jesus Christ and commends those that keep his word, hold fast to his name, and did not deny My faith. Deut. 4:2: “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.”
These “reshapers” of the church are interested in redefining Christian beliefs, reinterpreting the Bible to what they think; adding teachings and practices that are not in Scripture.
L. Sweet in a moment of transparency writes “Old Lights include the resurgent fundamentalists in every religion who put a freeze on history and fortify their adherents against the “new dark age” in which they are forced to live. “Back to the Bible,” Old Lights shout; “back to the Koran,” Old Lights thunder. But not everything Old Lights say is wrong. Much is right. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, the old adage reminds us.” (Sweet p.46 Quantum Spirituality)
Putting aside the sarcasm, Sweet has put the Bible put on equality with the Koran. Back to the Bible is what Jesus pointed the Pharisees too that were wrong in their religious practices- back to the Bible is what the apostles told the church. Peter wrote “That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 3:2; Jude 1:17). The light has not changed, the bible says the light is his word that is constant in a dark fallen world.
The reformation began by going back to the Bible? Jesus referred to the Old Testament in nearly everything he taught. Jesus began His ministry by quoting Isaiah 61, Scripture, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). Jesus always quoted the Scriptures as the final source of authority (Matt. 22:29 32; Mark 7:9, 13). He often stated the phrase, “It is written,” (repeated 92 times New Testament), “have you not read?” “search the Scriptures”, “is it not written in your law?” “You err, not knowing the Scriptures…”
And here lies the problem NOT knowing the Scripture. Their mission is to convince you to let go of the Biblical traditions they call the old ways -for the new, they are putting the dialectic practice to work. They need to introduce this change to make you a disciple of the new inter-spirituality, so that Jesus is not considered the only way. To take this to the next level- in that no one religion has all the truth, they are all like spokes of the same wheel, how do I know this… I used to believe this as I read the Bible while practicing other religions as part of the new age movement before I became a Christian. Those of us who were once there easily recognize what is at work.
As Brian McLaren states “I can’t see church history in any other way except this: semper reformanda, continually being led and taught and guided by the Spirit into new truth.”
Paul admonishes “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Col. 3:16). On the other hand he warns in 1 Cor.4:6 “not to go beyond what is written.” But this is what this emergent movement is about, they adopt other religions practices and unbiblical teachings and interpretations to produce their spirituality. Which make them a neo-christian sect.
How can the church be effective in the time we live in? Not become Postmodern, or multicultural or adopt inter-spirituality
W. E. Vine wrote, “Those who have been known as men of God have lived under the power and guidance of the Scriptures” (W. E. Vine, Collected Writings). This is why Psalm 138:2 states, God esteems His Word above His name.
Pt.2 The Real problem with the Emergent Movement
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January 18, 2009
The Underlying Problem[s] with the Emergent Church Movement?
Questions that are not properly answered do not easily go away. The church has done a poor job explaining the Bible and upholding its eternal teachings and instructions in our day.
The youth who at times are intellectually stimulated are looking for fresh approaches to faith. Many have become discouraged and disillusioned about the way they thought the church should be, it has motivated them to look elsewhere. They have become open to other spiritual paths and have pursued other avenues for answers to a spiritual life. At the same time they are experimenting, they are holding on to some semblance of Christian teaching, adding what seems beneficial, essentially making up their own personal religion. We are seeing a repeat of the same events we had in 60’s -70’s rejecting their parents religion the youth sought spirituality in other places. Severing themselves from the religious traditions they were brought up in; except this time it is orthodox Christianity (historic biblical Christianity).
“Emergents” do not see the written Word as self contained absolutes. They engage in conversation on it, which they believe opens our hearts to progress and brings back “reason.” Those who are most susceptible to this are the disenfranchised from biblical Christianity, which is becoming more rare throughout the landscape of churches. As a movement they are spiritually inclusive, seeking ways to enhance their spirituality that they cannot find contained in the traditional church. They are open to accept other spiritual concepts of God that the Bible calls unbiblical. Many believe that they are on an adventure that will arrive at true faith. They are willing to participate in experimental changes to get us to this place where the church can be more effective to a postmodern culture.
Leonard Sweet says it like this, “Postmodern culture is a change-or-be-changed world. The word is out: Reinvent yourself for the 21st century or die” (Leonard Sweet, Soul Tsunami: Sink or Swim in the New Millennium Culture (Zondervan, 1999), p. 74-75)
Emergent church leader Dan Kimball writes, ‘So, the emerging church is about a re-imagining: re-imagining our preaching, our evangelism, and our worship services. A re-imagining of new types of churches and an opportunity to be rethinking all we do because we recognize that the next generation is at stake if we don’t.” (underline mine)
Actually, the next generation is at stake if they do. The idea that the postmodern culture needs to be reached by more than what is written is incongruous and defeats the message in the Scripture that contains the power of God. This emergent movement is not just postmodern, it is post everything- POST gospel.
Every generation becomes postmodern from the generation before to some degree. This whole theme of postmodernism is a fallacy. They present a paralogism as the answer to have the church change.
Sweet challenges the churches reluctance by stating, “So far the church has refused to dip its toe into postmodern culture. A quantum spirituality challenges the church to bear its past and to dare its future by sticking its big TOE into the time and place of the present….” (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p. 10)
We can no longer do church the same way because the world has changed is their flawed premise. The world is always changing, its in flux because it is not living by the eternal standards of God. God gave us (the Church) the word – the truth in an objective form so that it can be easily understood, lived and communicated. That it cannot be easily manipulated or interpreted by the genre of a generation.
So what do they do to change the church? Doug Pagitt, one of the early Emergent leaders is pastor of “Solomon’s Porch” in Minneapolis. The church sits in a circle on couches and recliners instead of rows of pews. This makes a more informal atmosphere but this is only the first in many steps to change the way the church thinks and acts in today’s world.
Emergent Church promoters are quick to point out the ways the church fails to reach the culture. But the solution they propose is far worse than the problems they see. New Age concepts and practices from eastern mysticism, universalism, and pantheism are part of their program. They are comfortable using non biblical ideas from other religions. To be relevant to a postmodern culture in this manner is NOT the answer. The Lord can reach people in whatever culture they are in- what is more important is what is being USED to reach them. The means is as important as the result. In fact, you cannot get a result from God by using what is borrowed from other religions ass the means. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (1 Cor 3:19). Of course postmodern pragmatists do not take this into account.
“The church must provide postmoderns with an alterity of rituals by which they can turn and tune to one another and feel connected to the cosmos” (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p. 137).
Is this what the church’s obligation is, to have people feel connected to the cosmos? The pursuit to become more relevant to a wayward generation has these churches groping for solid ground.
It is the word of God- the living epistles are to be used to bring the message of God’s love and grace to people. Instead of catering to postmodernism by adopting its principles or ways they should be learners of the word –equipped to give answers and disciple this generation.
Leonard Sweet states it like this: “Postmodern missions must have a geomantic imagination and geomantic design. What I am calling a geomantic style of evangelization will ensure harmonious habitation patterns as the gospel interconnects and interacts with all life-and landforms” (Quantum Spirituality, p.168).
There is the answer in emergent church language, but what does it mean in English? I don’t really know. What I do see is a pattern in Sweets “Cosmic Christianity” that is laced with eastern thought and environmental droppings.
Geomancy means divination by geographic features or by figures or lines (American Heritage Dictionary)
divination by means of signs connected with the earth (as points taken at random or the arrangement of particles thrown down at random or from the configuration of a region and its relation to another) (WordNet 3.0, 2006 by Princeton University) http://dictionary.reference.com/
The gospel is to save humans from their sins, that is Jesus’ style of evangelizing, but now we have a new emerging evangelization.
The Emergents make the point that sacred and secular has no division in this world. In the book Emerging churches by Eddie Gibbs and Ryan K. Bolger — Postmodern Christianity exposes the lie of “secular space” and celebrates the reign and imminence of God everywhere and at all times. They claim the church created the distinction of the private sector and secular space. The modern church’s message is come to us to find God. Instead, they view the world and all in it belonging to God as the Psalms declare, the modern church created “God’s house.”
They fail to see the distinction of ownership and influence. God may be the owner of the world but is he the peoples infleunce?
“all life is sacred” there is no such place as a God’s forsaken place, this world is God’s”(M7 Conference)
While the world belongs to God it is not under his influence but Satan’s. The distinctions are made by God in the Scripture, not the church. God says the world hates us that we are not of the world. John writes the world and the believer are at odds with each other: I Jn. 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world– the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life– is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
This is why it says in James 4:4: “Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
Jesus said: “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.” “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18-19)
I Jn. 4:4-5: “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.”
We are also told the nations do not worship God. That Satan is the God of this world, that he has power and influence over the things that are in a sinful condition, which is nearly everything except the believer that walks in the Spirit. I Jn. 5:19: “We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.”
In fact we are told in Rev 11:15 when the seventh angel sounded: then “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ…” in the meantime Eph 2:2 Tells us the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience” To conclude that the secular and sacred are one is hardly what the Scripture portrays. For “the Spirit of truth” the world cannot receive” (John 14:17).
Acts 26:18 Paul explains it is the gospel is the tool God gave us to rescue those in darkness. There are God events everyday, divine appointments for those who feet are shod with the gospel of peace.
The world is one of the territories used to tempt us (it was used on Jesus) we are in a spiritual war with the world, the flesh and the Devil. None of these have been defeated in a completed or final sense. To adopt the ways of the world to reach the world is antithetical to what the bible teaches.
Since doctrine is diminished the emphasis in the emergent church movement is spiritual experience. In the Emergent church we find them using contemplative prayer, in yoga positions, eastern type meditation, walking through labyrinths, and other alternative non Christian practices to induce for themselves a spiritual experience. But when discussing the word of God they view it as if it is not absolutely true. When you deny the importance of doctrine or question it as the emergent church does the only thing left to pursue is experience, which is the modus operandi of worship in their gatherings. This is a religious Pollyanna movement where they accept other methods and practices, believing it will enhance or improve their spirituality without any consequences. By using these other religions practices it will make you more like Jesus. But when you open yourself up using other spiritual methods to produce an experience you are no longer practicing the way of Christ Jesus, his Spirit is not involved.
For example In Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis, he tells us that the Bible is a “human product… rather than the product of divine fiat.” So he has come to the conclusion that “Everybody’s interpretation is essentially his or her own opinion” which means no one can be sure they have arrived at the truth, which the word is called by Jesus.
When doctrinal teaching is put in practice it will manifest the power of God in those who walk by faith and in the Spirit.
Heb 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen., it goes on to say by faith we understand… faith comes from hearing the word, which I find is scarcely taught in this movement. When you base a movement on re-evaluating the word of God under the auspices of progress it is Doctrinal anarchy, rebellion. The Bible does not need to be discussed by groups to try to decipher what the stories mean to them.
They are so open minded in their thinking that they don’t even see the lines they have drawn replace God’s instructions. New interpretations justify the new concepts they are introducing to the church.
Tim Condor at the M-7 Conference (Mission 2007 Church of the Nazarenes Feb.19-21 2007):
“Doctrine has functioned as the boundary to our community. “I think that putting doctrine at the fence-line has a bunch of challenges, one challenge is a theological and biblical challenge, is that doctrine sometimes works that way in the New Testament and Old Testament but sometimes it doesn’t. I alluded to the story in Mk.2 this morning where Jesus stands up to, or the 4 men have lowered the paralyzed man at the feet of Jesus and Jesus looks at the man that been lowered and how does Mk record the story- he turns to the four and says because of your faith I forgive his sins. The man doesn’t confess, Jesus affirms the missional community who has lowered him at his feet and that is the dynamic by which he dialogues about his ability to forgive sins, and forgiving sins is essential to the story because that’s what he’s fighting with the Pharisees about at that moment. So that’s a moment where prescriptively it doesn’t fit perfectly probably in the theology that you and I most live by.
“and there are many stories in the New Testament and the Old Testament where the baptisms the conversions, invitations, the salvations all of those things do not perfectly fit in our story. So I would suggest that using doctrine as the boundary of your community is in some ways theologically and biblically challenged, at least in this way, it doesn’t seem to work in every circumstance. I would also say, … it is functionally challenged, it, it isn’t working in the sense that we have so much disagreement in our Christian communities, its hard, this is not a bad thing, it part of a postmodern world. One definition of a postmodern world is a world that believes in lots and lots of stories rather than one big story.”
Consider the statement “doctrine sometimes works that way in the New Testament and Old Testament but sometimes it doesn’t.” What other Testament do we have? The ODD Testament? If doctrine is not the fence which the Bible clearly states it is, then what is? Someone’s personal opinion? This makes their position equal or more important than what God and his word state, that which we know is good or true. Clearly this is the Bible trapped in a relativistic box of men’s rules.
Though Mark 2:5 does say “When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven you.” Perceiving what they said in their hearts Jesus made the point right after with a question – “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’?
Condor presents to us that “because of your faith I forgive his sins.” It is by proxy. Subtle as this may be, he misses the point. There is no such teaching in Scripture of forgiveness by another’s faith. They brought the man to the house believing Jesus can HEAL him ,they did not bring him for his sins to be forgiven. Jesus introduced the forgiveness of sins to demonstrate that he is able to do the greater-forgive his sins, because he is God. There is no conflict of theology or doctrine.
Mark 2:9-10 “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? “But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”– He said to the paralytic, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go your way to your house.”
He healed the man to prove he had the power to forgive sin- the greater work which is unseen, proving he was their Messiah.
Emergent teachers use a philosophical framework that leads to new interpretations which are of no advantage to learning the objective word of God. The Emergent teachers have invented their own way to interpret scripture and language to describe their activities (much in allegory and story form). Multi-syllable rare or invented words are used to describe what they are doing, one has to wait for a “new dictionary” to be published to understand what they mean. It becomes more confusing, despite the Pseudo intellectual veneer. They complicate what the Bible gives as a very simple approach. Seeing the Bible as short stories not recognizing the continual theme that is weaved through them all (letters, prophets) by the Holy Spirit (prophecy and fulfillment). Their conclusion- theology is failing because of disagreements (part of a postmodern world.) there is a better more accurate conclusion, unless one has the foundation of orthodoxy they can not have a accurate interpretation. This can avoid causing any division –and the word brings right orthopraxy.
The Emergent movement puts the emphasis on man and takes the focus of learning off of Christ and the word. In fact, I rarely hear the word quoted or spoken accurately in this movement, especially by the leaders. So how can there pupils be different? How can God show up as they say if they are not honoring His word?
The postmodern approach to learning differs from the method of logic or doctrine. Postmoderns would rather have an experience than think something through to its conclusion. Experience, instead of knowledge, becomes the basis for truth. Leonard Sweet expresses the dissimilarity this way, “People today are starved not for doctrines but for images and relationships and stories.” (Leonard Sweet, Andy Crouch, et al., The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives, Leonard Sweet ed. (Zondervan, 2003) p.35).
Leonard Sweet in his book “Soul Tsunami: Sink or Swim in New Millennium Culture” says: “Postmoderns want a God they can feel, taste, touch, hear and smell–a full sensory immersion in the divine.”
There is no such immersion in Christianity, but there is in eastern religions. Like mystics in past ages the spiritual “experience” replaces the importing of truth. Doctrinal “truth,” is not considered superior to experiencing “truth” in this manner, but a subjective spiritual experience. Discerning Christians know that this does not necessarily put one in touch with “truth,” it must always pass the test of doctrine.
“The words modern and skeptic went together in the same way postmodern and spiritual go together. Postmodern culture is hungry for the intimacy of psychospiritual transformations. It wants a “reenchantment of nature.” It’s aware of its ecstasy deprivation. It wants to know God “by heart.” It wants to light an inner fire, the circulating force of divine energies flowing in and flowing out. The primal scream of postmodern spirituality is for primal experiences of God. George Gallup, Jr., believes that this is the most important discovery the Gallup Poll has uncovered since its founding in 1935. Religious experience is the focal point in faith development” (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p. 56)
Should we to listen to secular polls or the Bible for our direction? Sweet’s descriptions sound like the yearning of occultists who elicited a deeper and direct spiritual encounter by mysticism. The Emergent Church movement intentionally breaks ranks with the church whose growth can only be built upon the foundation of Jesus Christ, by learning doctrine. One cannot use an “unbiblical practice” to bring a “true” spiritual experience. Experience then becomes the teacher, and one is moved away from objective truth that is in the word of God. Instead of enhancing their spiritual growth for creative thinking to advance the gospel, the truth is crippled. The Emergent Church is more like an experiment by the architects for a “new Christianity.” It is where they can implement their innovations on the naïve and unsuspecting youth by reshaping their thinking of God and the Bible. This is done by using the dialectic process to create a new synthesis. They diminish and at times scorn the objective teaching of the word of God and present mysticism as a better means for communion (see part 1.)
But the Postmodern Christians are also in a constant state of revising their beliefs because the culture is never stagnant. The problem is that our society has always been what is termed postmodern in every age. Since when was culture such an issue? It wasn’t to the first century church that lived under Roman rule. The apostles lived in a Roman society; they did not come up with the idea of learning the cultures ways to reach out to it. Do we see any suggestions of reaching out to the Romans by using their cultural icons? I’m sure there are some people who would say– this is what Paul meant when he said I become all things to all men. No it is not.
It should be obvious that we need to address the needs of people from a biblical point of reference not from their a non biblical view which is present in every generation. If the culture starts wearing there pants backwards or there shirts inside out are we to try and understand them or do the same to reach them? Truth cannot be conformed to fit the current cultural slant, it (sometimes, not always) can be delivered to the culture by using its customs to associate an example but it cannot be dressed in these customs. This is like trying to see the sun on a rainy day; it is restricted from being seen.
The Associated Pressed reported (June 2008 report released by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life) that “57% of evangelical church attendees said they believe many religions can lead to eternal life.” How can the emergent movement improve this view when they are the ones incorporating these other religious practices into the church? In fact they find themselves in the category of 68 percent of Americans with a religious affiliation that believe there is more than one true way to interpret the teachings of their own religion. We are drowning in a plethora of opinions.
This open-mindedness is spiritually dangerous for Christians. Once I observed yoga and other religions spiritual practices that I once practiced before I was a Christian, I realized there is something else in operation in this emergent movement. It was Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (who some seem to mimic in principle if not practice in this movement) that observed “In this present crisis, in which we can see and feel the confrontation between the traditional Christian forces and the modern forces of evolution, Is simply the permutations of a providential and Indispensable Inter-fertilization” (Christianity and Evolution, p. 176).
There is no question this movement finds more solidarity with other religions and the New Age Movement than with the Bible. Many of the authors they refer to are mystics, who have a non- Christian worldview. They refer to Catholic mystics that were not practicing the Christianity delivered by the apostles. Knowingly or unknowingly, this is building a bridge back to ancient Roman Catholicism and its rituals and sacramentalism. Are we going to see people end up bowing and praying to the Eucharist and statues as Catholics do? Probably so, as the movement takes on the character of those they refer to.
Alternate church practices will always emerge as people who are restless search for answers find themselves looking outside the Bible. They yearn to communicate the truths of Christianity in a new fashion so that it can be understood by this postmodern generation. But they are changing Gen-X to Gen-Z which will yield 0 if they are not careful. They encourage the youth to partake in new ways to worship, ways God never instructed. They are expanding the way miles-wide while it is about an inch-deep. You can liken the emergent church to a tree that would blow over from the slightest wind because it has no root in the ground for stability.
Paul writes to believers that were being influenced by asceticism and Gnosticism in Colossians 2: 8: “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” All the riches of wisdom and knowledge are found in Christ and we do not assess them by mystical methods, He gave us His Word.
The Emergent Church movement is quixotic. To look for a deeper relationship with God is a noble pursuit, but it must be done the way God instructs us. We cannot invent our own new ways, picking and choosing religious practices as if we are at some spiritual smorgasbord. Postmodernism, pluralism, relativism, interfaith are not just classifications but are values that are shaping our worldview and lives. With these influencing the church’s direction one hardly knows where to find pure Christian teaching and practice under the pile of non- biblical additions.
The struggle is really about the word, holding to a literal, biblical interpretation while the Emergent Church is a liberal, mystical hybrid movement that is developing a new paradigm of interpretations, allegorizing the Scripture. One wrong practice leads to another and with each step one gets further and further away from the way and the truth. There is a need to identify these value changes because it is a constant character of those in this movement.
“We have the great opportunity to redefine the church to emerging generations.”
(Dan Kimball, Youth Specialties Youth Worker Convention, 2002). Sounds like the culture is stuck on postmodernism and the church will continue to appease it.
This movement is a product of futurists and progressive liberals that have made the Christian faith far too complicated, using words and principles and methods not given by Jesus. We should not be entertained by the spiritual silliness of those who live by trends forged in the world.
In “A New Kind of Christian” Brian McLaren speaks about “people he meets that model what a new kind of Christian might look like. …but they generally agree that the old show is over, the modern jig is up, and it’s time for something radically new” “…if we have a new world, we will need a new church. We won’t need a new religion per se, but a new framework for our theology. Not a new Spirit, but a new spirituality. Not a new Christ, but a new Christian” (emphasis mine).
There is no such thing as “a new [kind] of Christian,” nor “a new spirituality” for those who have the truth. When you are born spiritually all things become new, you are a new creation. We have the same Holy Spirit that the early church had and his work is the same; conforming us to be like our savior, Jesus. You are either part of the faith delivered to the saints of all time or not part of them at all. Culture does not change this.
To be a Christian without the word is not possible. God gives us objective truth because God is that truth is our standard, Jesus is the word and it has been shared it to mankind by the Bible throughout our history. Jesus prayed “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17) V. 19 “And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.” In other words he submitted to the word perfectly and his spirit in us should lead us to the same way to live.
In 1 Cor.4:6 Paul instructs “not to go beyond what is written.” Why say this if it is not important. It is what we are to watch so that we do not accept other teachings that are useless.
Finding our spiritual fulfillment and questions answered by the Bible should supercede any of mans reasoning or philosophical viewpoints. Without the Bible we have words and beliefs that sound spiritual but are without any spiritual substance. Jesus said, “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). As people left Jesus because they could not understand his words V.67-68 states Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.
Some obviously do not believe this and think they can find spiritual life by picking and choosing what they want from other religions.
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January 14, 2009
I have published a article on this a while back now Sarah Posner ask’s this question here-
(Please use caution on this website it is a liberal,secular source-Thanks Tim)
I doubt that even Ricks personal apologist Richard Abanes could answer this question
Here is a exert from Sarah’s article-
“2. Is Warren Transparent About His Charity Finances?
Warren and his wife boast on their Web site that “as philanthropists, Rick and Kay Warren give away 90 percent of their income through three foundations: Acts of Mercy, which serves those infected and affected by AIDS; Equipping the Church, which trains church leaders in developing countries; and the Global PEACE Fund, which fights poverty, disease, and illiteracy.”
Acts of Mercy, which claims its mission is to advance “the purposes of The Global Peace Fund (GPF)” and “to advance the Christian faith,” has had federal tax-exempt status since 2004. But the organization hasn’t filed a tax return since 2006, after revealing several years of paying comfortable salaries to the Warrens (they each made $63,750 in 2004, $121,250 in 2005, and Rick made $75,000 in 2006) and spending millions of dollars on activities such as “a trip to the Philippines to meet with government officials in order to help establish relationships and evangelize and assist in the set up of 40 Days of Purpose throughout the government” and “partner[ing] with OAFLA Uganda (Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS) in Abstinence Training Program for Young People in Schools.”
But the Global PEACE Fund, which has had federal tax-exempt status since 2004, has yet to file any tax returns that would reveal its finances. And Equipping the Church, the foundation the Warrens say trains leaders in developing countries, has been dissolved under California law and has no federal tax-exempt status. Warren’s spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment. “
January 2, 2009
Again Rick Warren serving up some spin to unbelievers. As well as Ricks brand of dominionism ie “lets just make the world a better place”.
January 2, 2009
This video is a spoof but it really (to the extreme) shows how guys like Rick Warren distorts scripture to say what they want it to say.
Included here is another whopper by Rick (cant we all just get along) Warren twisting scripture.
This should make you both laugh and cry.
January 1, 2009
A brother in the Lord and myself have been having a interesting discussion on a couple of other posts.Among the topics being discussed is dominionism. There are many different hats this heresy wears so here is a wonderful article written by my sister in the Lord Sarah Leslie with some research being done by my friend and brother in the Lord Steve Muse.
Hope this will help any who are confused about dominionism as well as the Emergent Churches stance on this heresy.
and the Rise of Christian Imperialism
By Sarah Leslie
Conspiracy theorizing about the Christian Right’s supposedly “secret” agenda involves highlighting the hate-mongering and bizarre ideas of a handful of Christian Right players while neglecting the broad popularity of dominion theology.
Sara Diamond, “Dominion Theology:
The Truth About the Christian Right’s Bid for Power,”1
American churches are to a large degree defined by what they choose to rebel against. The Christian right has set itself in opposition to liberal, secular government and, as a political consequence, declared itself a buddy of big business.”
Russ Rymer, Mother Jones, Dec. 20052
The ambassador’s words seemed prophetic a couple of weeks later, when a Dream for Africa draft plan found its way into Swazi newspapers, turning public opinion sharply against Mr. Wilkinson. Under the headline “British Colony or Dr Bruce Colony?” one op-ed writer in the Swazi News wrote, “Why can’t he simply tell us that he wants to be given the whole country so that he can gloat to his friends overseas that he owns a modern day colony in Africa called Swaziland?”
Michael M. Phillips, “Mr. Wilkinson Hits Wall Trying To Push ‘Orphan Village’”,
Wall Street Journal, 12/19/053
For the past several decades the political Left has focused attention on the Christian Right’s political activism in America. Particularly, the Left has been highly critical of a select group of dominionists called Reconstructionists, whose aggressive verbiage, extreme Calvinist theologies, and religious political agendas have made it an ideal target for outrage. But, as Leftist researcher Sara Diamond has astutely observed, “the Reconstructionists’ religion of Calvinism. . . makes them unlikely to appeal to most evangelicals.”4 Indeed, few Reconstructionists would consider themselves to be evangelicals. Nevertheless, their influence has been considerable over the much larger group of patriotic evangelicals.
There are two other dominionist sects within evangelicalism that have escaped in-depth scrutiny from the Left. These dominionists have been able to function virtually incognito for several reasons: 1) They have been deeply embedded within the evangelical subculture; 2) They cloaked their dominionism with new terminologies and doctrines over a period of thirty years; and 3) They figured out how to package dominionism using sophisticated mass marketing techniques. Also noteworthy: these two other dominionist camps have been operating in a dialectical fashion – while one group appealed to the TBN charismatics with all of its emotional excesses, the other group carefully managed its more intellectual public image to conform to traditional evangelical standards.
This paper is a brief overview of the three main dominionist movements operating inside evangelicaldom and examines how all three of these sects are now converging around a global “kingdom” agenda. This paper is not a treatise on doctrine, nor is it an historical record, nor is it a thorough analysis of the multifarious streams of evangelical dominionism. This paper does not cover the broader issue of dominionist sects within other world religions, except for a few brief noteworthy mentions. To examine the totality of the individuals, the organizations, and their cross-linkages would require an exhaustive study which is beyond the scope of this brief synopsis. Even so, every point made in this paper could be validated by dozens, sometimes hundreds, of pieces of documentation. The inquiring reader may check out the footnotes and references.
Only a small handful of Christian discernment and apologetics ministries, of which this writer is a part, have been paying attention to the intersection of the dominionist streams. The apologetic ministries fulfill a Scriptural role to examine and expose false doctrines and teachers, and to warn other believers of heresies (Jude 3, 2 Peter 2:1). Increasingly, over the past two decades, many apologists have become seduced by dominionism, blunting their ability to critically examine the roots and fruits of this rapidly rising new church era.
Dominionism in brief
Throughout the 2000 year history of Christianity there has always been a vein of dominionism embedded in the strata of doctrines. This seam has ebbed and flowed for 20 centuries, sometimes submerged, sometimes exposed. Whenever out in the open, it has given rise to horrible abuses done in the name of Christ. In the early 21st century, once again this vein is now showing and active. Keep in mind:
Dominionism is always an aberration of true Christian theology.
A remnant of believers has always opposed it, often suffering a martyr’s fate at the hands of intolerant dominionists.
Traditional Christianity teaches:
The Gospel of Salvation is by faith in Jesus Christ and His shed blood on the cross. The emphasis is placed upon repentance and conversion of individual souls. The Kingdom of God in this age is spiritual and grows through efforts of evangelism based on teaching the Bible. It is “not of this world” (John 18:36), but a spiritual rule in the hearts of men (Luke 17:20-21). Furthermore, the Kingdom of God is only finally realized upon Christ’s second return to Earth, whereby He Himself establishes His literal and physical reign.
The evangelism mandate by Word and Spirit
Christ never intended that His gospel should be propagated by fire and sword or His righteousness wrought by the wrath of man. When the high praises of God are in our mouth with them we should have an olive-branch of peace in our hands. Christ’s victories are by the power of His gospel and grace over spiritual enemies, in which all believers are more than conquerors. The word of God is the two-edged sword (Heb. 4:12), the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17).5 [emphasis added]
Matthew Henry, circa 1700
The Gospel of Salvation is achieved by setting up the “Kingdom of God” as a literal and physical kingdom to be “advanced” on Earth in the present age. Some dominionists liken the New Testament Kingdom to the Old Testament Israel in ways that justify taking up the sword, or other methods of punitive judgment, to war against enemies of their kingdom. Dominionists teach that men can be coerced or compelled to enter the kingdom. They assign to the Church duties and rights that belong Scripturally only to Jesus Christ. This includes the esoteric belief that believers can “incarnate” Christ and function as His body on Earth to establish His kingdom rule. An inordinate emphasis is placed on man’s efforts; the doctrine of the sovereignty of God is diminished.
The new dominion mandate by control
Dominion theology is predicated upon three basic beliefs: 1) Satan usurped man’s dominion over the earth through the temptation of Adam and Eve; 2) The Church is God’s instrument to take dominion back from Satan; 3) Jesus cannot or will not return until the Church has taken dominion by gaining control of the earth’s governmental and social institutions.6 [emphasis added]
Al Dager, Vengeance Is Ours: The Church In Dominion
Dominion theology is a heresy. As such it is rarely presented as openly as the definitions above may indicate. Outside of the Reconstructionist camp, evangelical dominionism has wrapped itself in slick packages – one piece at a time – for mass-media consumption. This has been a slow process, taking several decades. Few evangelicals would recognize the word “dominionism” or know what it means. This is because other terminologies have been developed which soft-sell dominionism, concealing the full scope of the agenda. Many evangelicals (and even their more conservative counterparts, the fundamentalists) may adhere to tidbits of dominionism without recognizing the error. This is because dominionism has “crept in unawares” (Jude 4) to seduce an undiscerning generation.
To most effectively propagate their agenda, dominionist leaders first developed new ecclesiologies, eschatologies and soteriologies for targeted audiences along the major denominational fault lines of evangelical Christianity. Then the 1990s Promise Keepers men’s movement was used as a vehicle to “break down the walls”, i.e., cross denominational barriers for the purpose of exporting dominionism to the wider evangelical subculture.7 This strategy was so effective that it reached into the mainline Protestant denominations. Dominionists have carefully selected leaders to be trained as “change agents” for “transformation” (dominion) in an erudite manner that belies the media stereotype of southern-talking, Bible-thumping, fundamentalist half-wits.
The 3 sects of evangelical dominionism
There are three predominant sects (or movements) that propagate dominion theology which hold considerable influence over evangelicaldom.
1. SPIRITUAL WARFARE PRAYER movement: The Kingdom of God must be advanced on Earth through hyper-spiritual “warfare” activities against the devil. A veritable supermarket of verbal and physical prayer techniques such as chanting, walks, and marches are employed in this effort. Believers are told their prayer power creates spiritual “canopies” over regions, preparing the way for “revival.” In this sense, prayer warfare is seen as preparatory work so that the other two movements can build the kingdom. Recently the contemplative prayer movement – which includes meditation, fasting, and labyrinths – has been brought into the spiritual warfare prayer “arsenal.” Prayer serves as a convenient decoy for covert operations. All three sects are utilizing massive statistical databanking resources (e.g., the World Prayer Center in Colorado Springs) and sophisticated psycho-social group manipulations to forge kingdom “transformation.” One key leader of this sect is Cindy Jacobs, who is closely associated with C. Peter Wagner (see below). Her website http://www.generals.org epitomizes the militant doctrines and practices of the spiritual warfare sect.
Prayer before fighting
Our calling is to be worshippers, warriors, and workers. We must first offer our lives as a living sacrifice in worship to God. From our worship will flow our intercession and warfare as we fight with weapons of righteousness in our right hand and in our left. Only after we have worshipped our God and fought the fight in the Spirit will we proceed to work in the harvest fields, advancing the Kingdom of God.8 [emphasis added]
Promoting these prayer warfare activities are hyper-charismatics from the “signs and wonders” movement, which include self-anointed, self-appointed “apostles” and “prophets” who are preparing to govern the world through their “New Apostolic Reformation.” This dominionist sect is a direct offshoot of the Latter Rain cult (also known as Joel’s Army or Manifest Sons of God).9 Chief architect of this movement for the past two decades is C. Peter Wagner, President of Global Harvest Ministries and Chancellor of the Wagner Leadership Institute. His spiritual warfare teachings have been widely disseminated through mission networks such as AD 2000, which was closely associated with the Lausanne Movement. A prominent individual connected to this sect is Ted Haggard, current head of the National Association of Evangelicals.10
The New Apostolic Reformation
Since 2001, the body of Christ has been in the Second Apostolic Age. The apostolic/prophetic government of the church is now in place. . . . [W]e began to build our base by locating and identifying with the intercessory prayer movements. This time, however, we feel that God wants us to start governmentally, connecting with the apostles of the region. God has already raised up for us a key apostle in one of the strategic nations of the Middle East, and other apostles are already coming on board. Once we have the apostles in place, we will then bring the intercessors and the prophets into the inner circle, and we will end up with the spiritual core we need to move ahead for retaking the dominion that is rightfully ours.11 [emphasis added]
C. Peter Wagner
2. MISSION AS TRANSFORMATION movement: The words “revival,” “reformation” and “transformation” now carry embedded dominionist connotations. “Fulfilling the Great Commission” (Matthew 28:18-20) no longer means spreading the Gospel message by speaking the Word of salvation from the Bible. The dominionist focus is placed upon the phrase making disciples, with an incorrect exegesis that is disconcertingly compulsory. Traditional mission evangelism, done one-on-one using the Bible, is being replaced with a slew of “kingdom building” corporate activities for cities, regions and nations. The disingenuous phrase “bless the nations” is often used to conceal dominionism. Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ International and Ralph Winter, founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission and editor of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement curriculum (which has taught dominionism to an entire generation of missionaries), have been among the chief architects of this movement.12
Dominionism supplants biblical evangelism
“The Church must grow past the ‘Gospel of Salvation’ message and understand that it is only when we begin to implement the principles of the ‘Gospel of the kingdom’ that we will really begin to see change in lives and cities and nations. The Church has no understanding of this realm. . . The Church must grow up. . . . 13 [emphasis added]
Dale Neill, president of ICCC
“. . . God’s concern goes beyond the salvation of individual people. His redemptive plan encompasses the healing and transformation of entire nations . . . . Nations are discipled as the church makes the invisible Kingdom visible by faithful obedience to God’s Word throughout culture–in every area of life, and every realm of society including the family, the community, the arts, sciences, media, law, government, schools, or business. . . .”14 [emphasis added]
Disciple the Nations
3. PATRIOTIC AMERICAN movement: Patriotic dominionists, most of whom are not Reconstructionists, teach that political action will advance the kingdom of God in America. Using the vehicle of Christian media, they have taught evangelicals for the past three decades that America is a Christian nation and needs to return to its roots. Almost every evangelical in the pew has been influenced in one way or another by this sect. Patriotic dominionist leaders and their organizations have been closely interlocked financially and politically with the conservatives from the political Right. The secular conservatives purport to uphold morality, which appeals to evangelicals. The combined force of conservatives and evangelicals flexes its political muscles in Washington. One of its most powerful leaders is James Dobson of Focus on the Family. Patriotic dominionism was widely disseminated through the activities of Jay Grimstead, founder of Coalition on Revival (COR). From its earliest inception COR managed to successfully bring together key leaders from all three dominionist sects, including the Reconstructionists, to promote the most ruthless doctrines of dominionism.15
Grimstead’s COR Steering Council letter, dated May 1993
1. The Kingdom of God was inaugurated and the King was installed and seated in the First Century A.D. and we need not wait for the King’s second coming to get the Kingdom started here on earth.
4. At this moment of history, all humans on earth, whether Jew or Gentile, believer or unbeliever, private person or public official, are obligated to bow their knees to this King Jesus, confess Him as Lord of the universe with their tongues, and submit to His lordship over every aspect of their lives in thought, word and deed.
5. Biblical evangelism according to the Great Commission of Matt. 28:18-20 is not truly accomplished unless that message of Christ’s lordship from point #4 above is given to the person being evangelized so that they know that an attempt at personal neutrality before King Jesus is sin and treason in this universe.16 [emphases added]
Dominionism goes global
Since the latter half of the 1990s the three major dominionists sects have openly converged into an ecumenical force. These three branches of dominionism are linked historically at many levels, and there is solid documentation to support the idea that the current convergence was planned and intentional.17
While Leftists focused their attentions on political dominionists in American politics and what was going on in Iraq, the three movements went global. This new confederation of dominionists has been rapidly advancing its kingdom across the globe through “economic, social, political and spiritual transformation.”18 To achieve this paradigm shift, the global dominionists have employed sophisticated psycho-social methodologies, statistical research, socio-economic development tools, marketing research, strategic planning, assessments, databanking and monitoring, and technical assistance. They are also aggressively forming alliances with national and international governments, corporations, individuals, private agencies, philanthropic groups and other entities. Below are some key examples of this rapid convergence around a global kingdom worldview.
1. Global “spheres.” Observers from the Left were infuriated when the Coalition on Revival political dominionists cranked out documents during the 1980s addressing a Christian worldview in seventeen “spheres” of life and ministry – education, health care, the family, the arts, sciences, law, media, government, business, etc. This is because COR didn’t just write a philosophical statement. COR “determined that it is mandatory for all Christians to implement that worldview in society, particularly as it applies to the dominionist interpretation of the Great Commission.”19 These spheres didn’t disappear when COR began to fade off the radar screen. They have a new life. The worldview sphere documents have now gone global by becoming incorporated into mission agendas. Mission groups are now partnering with national and international governments, business corporations, NGOs, humanitarian entities and others to build their kingdom in the cultural spheres of selected nations around the globe.
Mission incorporates COR’s spheres
The seven spheres of influence described below will help us shape societies for Christ. God gave us these handles to use in carrying out Matthew 28 and discipling nations for Him. We believe He is wanting all His people to see the importance of these seven areas and work in them to extend Christ’s reign throughout the earth. The Family & Health Care; Commerce, Science and Technology; The Church; Government; Education; The Media; The Arts, Entertainment and Sports20
Disciple the Nations
2. The 3-legged stool. The dominionist’s kingdom must be advanced on Earth by gaining control of governments (State), utilizing business (Corporations) and partnering with social sector (Church) institutions. New bridges are being built based on triangular relationship between all three sectors of society. The Church is forming partnerships (or collaborations) with State and/or Corporate interests in order to implement dominion. Peter Drucker, the management guru, was instrumental in overseeing the implementation of this agenda – to create a three-legged “healthy society” globally – via Rick Warren of purpose-driven fame. Warren was mentored by Drucker, as were a number of other evangelical leaders such as Bob Buford of Leadership Network. Buford trained an entire generation of aspiring megachurch pastors in Drucker’s social philosophies. The megachurches are based on the Drucker corporate business model. Drucker’s ideas also undergird the faith-based (Church-State) movement which has been politically championed by the neoconservatives in Washington.21 Dominionism is significantly breaking down the walls between Church and Corporations (see point 4 below). In brief, the three-legged stool of dominionism looks like this:
CORPORATE + STATE = Fascism
STATE + CHURCH = Faith-based
CHURCH + CORPORATE = Fusion –
the Merchant Church
Drucker’s 3-legged stool model
. . .[The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management], created ten years ago to honor Peter Drucker’s contributions to management and leadership, believes that a healthy society requires three vital sectors: a public sector of effective governments; a private sector of effective businesses; and a social sector of effective community organizations, including faith-based organizations. It furthers its mission to lead social sector organizations toward excellence in performance by providing educational opportunities and resources.22
3. The phenomenon of Rick Warren. Rick Warren has single-handedly accomplished more to bring about a public convergence between the three sects of dominionism than any other individual. Warren received his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary under the tutelage of his advisor, C. Peter Wagner of the spiritual warfare dominionists.23 Dubbed “America’s Pastor” by the media, he is now embarking on an aggressive marketing campaign to set up a model of Peter Drucker’s “healthy society” in Rwanda, ostensibly under the banner of missionary and charitable endeavors. Warren has launched a grandiose plan to “transform” Africa – to “cure AIDS,” “end poverty” and “fulfill the Great Commission.” Warren transcends evangelicalism. He easily moves in internationalist circles (Aspen Institute) and aligns himself with rock stars (Bono). Warren has audaciously called for a “Second Reformation” based upon his global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, which is a study in dominionism.24 Leftists who fret over Warren’s foray into AIDS25 may miss the more serious dominionist ramifications of his overall global plan. Warren intends to amass the world’s largest volunteer “army” of “one billion foot soldiers” to implement his global P.E.A.C.E. Plan.26
The global P.E.A.C.E. plan to make disciples
In addition to its message of compassion, the [Saddleback Church AIDS] conference sought to impart several other points emerging from Warren’s global P.E.A.C.E. plan.
Based on the Great Commission to make disciples (Matthew 28:18-20) and the Great Commandments to love God and to love our neighbors (Mark 12:28-34), the plan is Warren’s approach to attack what he calls the five “global giants” — spiritual emptiness, egocentric leadership, extreme poverty, pandemic diseases and illiteracy and poor education, by Planting churches, Equipping servant leaders, Assisting the poor, Caring for the sick and Educating the next generation. [emphasis added]27
“Involvement in AIDS crisis urged at Saddleback conference,” Baptist Press
4. Marketplace ministries. Corporate business ventures are cloaking themselves in missionary garb to enter a nation and effect change. Creating an outpost for new corporate markets in undeveloped Third World countries, particularly those rich in natural resources, is being done in the name of “kingdom-building.” In order to establish a spiritual aura for these activities, a high-tech Global Day of Prayer was established in May 2005 by the Spiritual Warfare sect working together with Rick Warren.28 This annual event is designed to promote the dominionist agenda worldwide. Corporate “marketplace ministry” expansion is being done with claims of sustainable development, free-trade, and other community development activities that could screen the dominionist agenda. An influential marketplace mission organization is Transform World, which is one of the most patent examples of dominionism.29 Mission groups are taking up the quest for corporate expansion and financial gain by linking with business corporations, who are taking up the “mission” to expand their markets in the name of kingdom-building. Meanwhile, C. Peter Wagner has cooked up a new definition of ekklesia (Gk. church) to fuse the Church with the Corporate workplace.30
What is required is a change of heart. The heart of the nation is the marketplace—the combination of business, education and government, the three arteries through which its life flows. If we take God’s power and presence to the marketplace we will see nations changed . . . .
To change a man you must first change his heart. This approach, of course, is typical of missionary organizations. Silvoso’s idea, though, is far more radical. Cities can be changed in nature. Countries can be redeemed. Entire cultures can be brought to “salvation.” The land itself, in fact, can be healed.
And such a miraculous change is brought about through one primary avenue: God working through the marketplace. . . .
The primary means to true revival, though, takes place first in the marketplace.31 [emphases added]
Business Reform interview with Ed Silvoso of Harvest Evangelism
The “business mission company”
To achieve its purpose, the business mission company must develop and invest in Great Commission efforts that are synergistic with and leveraged by the company’s presence in strategically selected markets. It must set standards for evangelism and discipleship, measure results, and evaluate results per dollar invested for every sphere of influence identified in the market analysis. Company spheres of influence and the spheres of influence of each team member are specific market segments targeted for impact…. Any parts of the company that do not produce to standards are pruned. An axe is laid to the root of those that do not produce at all.32 [emphasis added]
John Cragin, On Kingdom Business:
Transforming Missions Through Entrepreneurial Strategie
5. Militant rhetoric. There is a notable increase in the stridency and urgency of “strategic level” prayer warfare rhetoric which is linked to global “transformation” (dominionism).33 False prophets regularly pump out new “prophecies” and “decrees” to shore up the kingdom mandate. These “prophecies” function like oracles – they are a major avenue for communicating “God’s plan” for the next step in kingdom-building. False apostles have been anointed, appointed as leaders of regions around the globe, and charged with wielding the king’s authority. The doctrines of the New Apostolic Reformation have been promulgated throughout the mission movement by C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs, Chuck Pierce, Bill Hamon, a group known as the “Kansas City Prophets,” the Vineyard Fellowship, and many others. At the highest echelons these organizations all have interlocking boards of directors. Two noteworthy internal organs for disseminating false prophecies and new doctrines include The Elijah List and Joel News.
A militant false prophecy
We are coming to the times when passive Christianity and passive Christians will cease to exist. There is a maturity, a discipline, and a divine militancy coming upon the people of God. Those who have succumbed to humanistic and idealistic theologies may have a hard time with this, but we must understand that God is a military God. The title that He uses ten times more than any other in Scripture is “the Lord of hosts,” or “Lord of armies.” There is a martial aspect to His character that we must understand and embrace for the times and the job to which we are now coming.34
Rick Joyner, “TAKING THE LAND”
6. Neoevangelical and neoconservative allies. The December 2005 issue of Mother Jones magazine was devoted to examining the Patriotic dominionists. It included an article about the National Christian Foundation, a philanthropic group linked to neoconservative organizations. This brief article called attention to a vast network of interlocking boards of directors and financial ties between neoconservatives and neoevangelicals.35 The website http://www.mediatransparency.org explores Patriotic dominionist financial ties to neoconservative groups,36 but it does not delve into the considerable linkages between the other two sects and the neoconservatives. Some of the bonds between these individuals and organizations go back over half a century, and some connections are alarmingly anti-semitic.37 Corporate acts of charity, especially through the influence of the philanthropic groups, are supplanting the traditional doctrine of “let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth” (Matthew 6:3). Marketplace transformation is also forging many new political alliances. Dennis Peacocke of COR is an influential marketplace transformation leader who is also a member of the International Coalition of Apostles (the spiritual warfare dominionists).38 Peacocke, who easily moves in all three sects, has suggested changing global economic structures.39
The new “Apostles” move into governments
Apostle Jim Hodges took the stage on Wednesday evening to introduce an exciting new venture for FMCI: a permanent presence in Washington, D.C. called the International Leadership Embassy (I.L.E.). The I.L.E. will position FMCI more directly to affect our government, our nation, and world nations by establishing contacts with government officials, D.C. citizens, and international diplomats. The ILE will, further, facilitate on site intercession efforts in D.C., host visiting prayer teams, sponsor Kingdom oriented teaching for government officials, employees and interns, and Christian leaders.40 [emphasis added]
Federation of Ministers and Churches International
7. Whose kingdom come? There has been a significant rise of cross-pollination between evangelical dominionists and New Age Theosophists.41 Since the late 1970s there has been a closeted fraternization between dominionists and Theosophists for the purpose of finding common ground for the future. Both groups seek to bring in a “Christ” figure to solve the world’s problems. Both groups have grand utopian plans to create “peace” on earth. During the past decade, the two groups began borrowing doctrinal terminologies from one another and working on common theologies. The events of 9/11 gave a new impetus to this effort.42 Jay Gary, who has been a leader within all three sects of dominionism has had close ties with the Theosophists43 and is adopting new theologies, including a hybrid of preterism called “transmillenialism.”44 Bob Buford of Leadership Network (mentioned in point 2 above) has been working since the mid-1990s to create a youth culture based on “emergent” theologies called the Emergent Church – a mixture of New Age paganism, eastern mysticism and evangelical dominionism.45 And Patriotic Dominionist leaders have long-standing, close ties with the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who has his own messianic kingdom ambitions.46
The crime of separation, of division, of lawlessness must go from the world. All that hinders the manifestation of man’s divinity must be driven from our planet. My Law will take the place of separation.47
Maitreya the “Christ”
8. The stewardship deception. The “Transformational Covenant”48 by Luis Bush is a key document which outlines the new theology of stewardship dominion. Bush has held very influential positions in the mission movement as a leader in AD2000, World Inquiry, and the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. He now serves as the international facilitator of Transform World. By linking a reinterpreted Genesis 1 “stewardship of the earth” mandate to the reinterpreted Great Commission doctrine, there is a volatile new doctrine of dominionism doctrine rising. This “stewardship” mandate was actually first proposed as a deceptive strategy in the late 1970s by Jeremy Rifkin in his book The Emerging Order.49 Rick Warren and others have now picked up the theme.50 George Otis of the Sentinel Group (spiritual warfare dominionist), suggests that by taking dominion of the Earth (he calls it “transformation”), paradise can be restored (as in Genesis 1 before the Fall) – an old Latter Rain cult heresy that presents an alternative eschatology of dominion.51
“Cultivating the Great Commission Ecosphere”
EFMA exists to cultivate the Great Commission Ecosphere so that it bears good and abundant fruit and God is glorified among all people. To this end the Fellowship works in depth with members to enhance mutual effectiveness and increase capacity as we work to extend Christ’s Kingdom. EFMA works broadly within the mission community who share a commitment to Christ, the Scriptures, and obedience to God’s command to disciple the nations.52
Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies
The Genesis 1 stewardship mandate
. . . [W]hen God created man, he gave man dominion over the earth. Adam relinquished man’s dominion by disobedience. Redemption and restoration of man’s dominion over the earth, as well as his reconciliation with God, was made possible by Jesus.53
International Christian Chamber of Commerce
9. Leftist dominionists. Evangelical Leftists (Tom Sine, Ron Sider, Jim Wallis and others) have always hobnobbed with the dominionists.54 Many of the key Leftist dominionists have been coalescing around an agenda to eradicate world poverty, laboring with Rick Warren to implement the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. Micah Challenge is one of the key organizations operating in this realm. A number of international mission networking agencies have formed alliances around these mutual kingdom aspirations. Working to end poverty may seem laudable on the surface. But scratch the surface and dominionism appears.55 Charity is not what it seems. Charity is a vehicle to maneuver dominionism into the best possible international publicity spotlight. And altruistic appeals for charitable sacrifice are a mechanism to sign up recruits in the billion man army.
WEA, Micah Challenge and Wolfowitz
The Church is “God’s primary instrument of transformation within the local community,” says Tunnicliffe, chair of Micah Challenge Canada and international director of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). Canadian churches and Christian organizations must evaluate what they’re doing to serve the poor. They must keep themselves informed about issues surrounding poverty, and strive to find meaningful, practical outlets for people to respond. . . .
While in Washington, the group also met with the new president of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz, who reportedly told the Christian leaders that the Church could become a more significant player in the role of responding to global poverty.
The World Bank, a source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world, has traditionally worked with governments. But Tunnicliffe says they want to evaluate the possible role that could be played by the faith-based community in such work. A small body has been set up by the faith-based community to advise the World Bank in setting policy. The WEA has been asked to participate.56
10. The church militant. Since 9/11, patriotic fervor has combined with the neoconservative goals, and there is a disturbing rise of actual military activity for “kingdom-building” purposes. This activity is especially alarming because it encompasses all three major dominionist sects. Dominionist cult leader Bill Gothard has set up paramilitary training camps for evangelical children.57 Christian Right leader Michael Farris, connected with Coalition on Revival (COR),58 is recruiting homeschoolers for CIA-type training at his Patrick Henry College.59 At http://www.goarmy.com/hslda/ one can see how the Army is recruiting homeschoolers, many of whom are active in the patriotic dominionist sect.
Campus Crusade, an international mission organization, asks for prayer “that we will accomplish our Military Ministry goal to change continents for Christ.”60
Dr. Hope Taylor, ministry director of International Leadership Embassy, Washington, D.C. (see quotation for point 6 above), recently wrote “The church has the mantle to execute the will of the King concerning the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism. This assignment must not be abrogated or left solely to the military. . . .”61
Dr. Richard Kirby, of the World Network for Religious Futurists, a hybrid of neoevangelicals and Theosophists has written, “We want to train up a school of prophets who will be able to listen to the fresh word of God and deliver it to the people. Perhaps one example of this is the work of the Religious Futurists group with the military and with NASA the space authority.”62
“The Shepherd’s Rod” false prophecy
From this posture we will be strengthened as a mighty warrior and equipped to encounter the plots of the adversary set against this generation. The Lord is a Warrior and we are to be clothed in His militant attributes as it relates to the enemy who dwells in heavenly places. . . .
There will be times and seasons to hide ourselves in Christ and other times to be aggressive and militant in our posture. The seasons that we isolate ourselves with Christ is not for dormancy but to wait upon Him and minister to Him to gain His insight and blueprint for victory. . . .
There will be a marked escalation in the angelic activity surrounding the Church. Furthermore, this activity will carry a militant characteristic as Michael and the warring angels of Heaven are released to establish the design of Heaven in the earth. As in the days of Israel, the giants of the adversary are occupying the land of promise and must be displaced in order to access our inheritance. . . .
To experience the governmental release related to the dominion associated with His Kingdom design, we must also allow the Holy Spirit to equip us as “overcomers” clothed in garments of righteousness.63
Emerging Global Ethics
Fulfilling the kingdom mandate is seen as so critical that the “end justifies the means.” Rick Warren has advocated for a philosophy of “do whatever it takes” to achieve his global P.E.A.C.E. Plan.64 Putting forth the global hunger and AIDS crises as a rationale to further the dominion kingdom has proven to be a brilliant strategy. The new gospel of pragmatism, combined with emotive pleas for compassion, is superseding any ethical or doctrinal concerns about the legitimacy of the emerging Church-State-Corporate partnerships.
Eradicating global poverty for all is a key priority for Christians, but specific attention also needs to be paid to the scandal of inequality and deprivation within the world-wide Christian community, says Mennonite World Conference (MWC) executive secretary Larry Miller.
Mr Miller, writing in the latest issue of Courier, a multilingual MWC publication, supports the ‘Agape Call’ of the World Council of Churches and the ‘Micah Challenge’ of the World Evangelical Alliance, stating the biblical and theological case for involvement in the UN Millennium goals to halve world poverty by 2015.
“What must be added to these calls – and cried out loudly – is a plea to overcome the disaster of poverty in the church”, he adds. . . .65
Evangelicals have traditionally adhered to the Gospel directive to function as “salt” (Matthew 5:13) and “light” (Matthew 5:14) in the world. This Scripture was not traditionally laden with dominionist connotations. What it means is that Christians, by their individual or church-based acts of compassion, can make a difference in the lives of people. And by a holy and righteous lifestyle that matches a biblical profession of faith, Christians can make a positive difference within their culture. Being “salt and light” also means that there is a duty to do good in the face of evil (Romans 16:19).
The Scripture speaks of a type of separation between Church and State that forbids unholy coalitions. When a financial Church-State question was posed by the chief priests and scribes to the Lord Jesus Christ, He answered, “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things that be God’s” (Luke 20:25) While believers have a responsibility to obey the laws and rulers of the land (Romans 13), they are also required to “obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29), especially when the truth of the Gospel message is at stake.
By engaging in this vast new dominionist alliance, the Christian witness has been compromised. The ability to function independently as directly accountable to God, while adhering to Biblical truth alone, has been sharply curtailed. The biblical charge to boldly speak the truth (e.g., Philippians 1:14, 1 Thessalonians 2:2) has been subrogated to the “never speak critically” mantras of the Rick Warren’s purpose-driven church covenants.66
The dominionist collaborations effectually function as a conspiracy against Scriptural truth (Jeremiah 11:9-10; Ezekiel 22:25-30).
The old doctrine
The kingdom of Christ is not a kingdom of this world, otherwise would his servants fight! It rests on a spiritual basis and is to be advanced by spiritual means. Yet Christ’s servants gradually slipped down into the notion that His kingdom was of this world and could be upheld by human power.67
Rev. Charles Spurgeon, circa 1880
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, . . . And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:
(2 Peter 2:1a, 3a)
The Merchant Church
This kingdom being built is not of Jesus Christ OF the Bible. It is not FOR the Jesus of the Bible. It has nothing to do with Him, but everything to do with an antichrist zeitgeist that is frightening, appalling and massive in its build-up.
At the present time it is still possible for seekers after truth to access the old doctrines and old sermons in books and on the Internet. The time has nearly come when these traditional Gospel doctrines will be declared heretical and a threat to the false king and kingdom that are being set up.
The Bible speaks of a latter day heresy called “mystery Babylon” which is a merger of Commerce and Church. This unholy dominionist mixture – a modern-day alchemy – is what appears to be forming before our very eyes:
The global merchants
And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies . . . .
And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble. And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots and slaves, and souls of men. (Revelation 18:2-3; 11-13)
1. “Dominion Theology,” Sara Diamond, article posted at http://zena.secureforum.com/Znet/zmag/articles/feb95diamond.htm). Sara Diamond authored Spiritual Warfare: The Politics of the Christian Right (South End Press, 1989) which provides some history of the rise of modern evangelical dominionism. Her perspective comes from the political Left.
2. “Editor’s Note,” special issue “God and Country: Where the Christian Right Is Leading Us,” Dec. 2005 p. 5.
3. Michael M. Phillips, “In Swaziland, U.S. Preacher Sees His Dream Vanish,” Wall Street Journal, 12/19/05. Bruce Wilkinson, author of The Prayer of Jabez, is closely associated with Rick Warren; see Deceived on Purpose by Warren Smith, (Mountain Stream Press, 2004). Their efforts in Africa were connected with the other dominionist movements mentioned in this article. See also articles posted at http://www.discernment-ministries.org/NLMayJune_2005.htm and http://www.discernment-ministries.org/NLJulyAugust_2005.htm
4. Sara Diamond, Ibid, Internet article.
5. Matthew Henry Study Bible, A. Kenneth Abraham, Ed., (Tyndale House, 1986), p. 1207. Henry is commenting on Psalms 149:6 “Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand” which has been given a new dominion connotation.
6. Al Dager, Vengeance Is Ours: The Church In Dominion (Sword Pub., 1990), p. 87. This book is a historical “encyclopedia” of the history of modern dominionism, clearly demarking the various sects. Dager approaches the subject from a Christian perspective. His book is available through http://www.discernment-ministries.org.
7. Lynn & Sarah Leslie, “Resurrecting Pagan Rites,” http://www.discernment-ministries.org/ResurrectingPaganRights.pdf. This article series examines the roots and rise of the Promise Keepers’ movement.
8. http://www.tribeissachar.com/. The mixture of contemplative spirituality with the spiritual warfare sect is coming in through the Emergent church, mainline denominations and purpose-driven. See http://www.whitedoveministries.org/content/NewsItem.phtml?art=254&c=0&id=30&style=1; or http://tinyurl.com/87b4v.
9. Sandy Simpson, “The New Apostolic Reformation: What is it and where is it going?” http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/nardvd.html. See also, Strange Fire: The Rise of Gnosticism in the Church by Traverse & Jewel van der Merwe (Conscience Press, 1995) http://www.discernment-ministries.org/StrangeFire1.htm
10. See documentation at http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/addendum-haggard.html and http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/haggardelected.html for the history of Haggard’s entanglement with this sect of dominionism.
11. 11/01/05, Global Link newsletter Global Harvest Ministries.
12. Al Dager, The World Christian Movement, (Sword Publ., 2001). This book reads like a sequel to Vengeance Is Ours by the same author (see footnote 5). It is a cursory look at the rise of the modern mission movement, its roots and doctrines, from a Christian apologetics perspective. Available at http://www.discernment-ministries.org website.
13. President of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce, speech given at an International Coalition of Workplace Ministries banquet, Oct. 2004 http://tinyurl.com/bngcn or use http://www.tinyurl.com/a9db2. For more information about ICCC see http://www.icccreg.net/pages.asp?pageid=20404. This organization appears to be wielding tremendous influence in the marketplace transformation movement that believes “it is possible to operate in God’s Kingdom rule on earth here and now.”
14. Disciple Nations Alliance (DNA) “Online Course” summary at http://tinyurl.com/afdkj. This quotation is an example of the “spheres” mentioned in point 1 below in the text entitled “Global “spheres.”
15. Vengeance Is Ours, pp. 235-258.
16. The author has a copy of this letter. A subsequent COR conference was attended by Cynthia Weatherly and reported upon in The Christian Conscience magazine, “From SPIRITUALIST and Spiritual TWIST?” Nov. 1996, pp. 64-65.
17. Vengeance Is Ours documents the rise of the dominionists and their interconnections. At http://www.discernment-ministries.org there is an archive of past newsletters that focuses on the Latter Rain dominionists. The World Christian Movement documents the history of the mission dominionists. Also see http://www.herescope.blogspot.com which frequently posts historical material.
19. Vengeance Is Ours, p. 235-236.
20. Disciple the Nations, http://disciplethenations.org/LMEMNVision.html#Discipling.
21. See The Pied Pipers of Purpose: Human Capital Systems and Church Performance, a monograph by Lynn & Sarah Leslie and Susan Conway. This monograph details the influence of Peter Drucker over Rick Warren, including a look at his political, social and economic philosophies. Monograph posted at http://www.discernment-ministries.org/Purpose_Driven.pdf
22. Explorer, No. 23, 11/06/00, http://www.leadnet.org/epubarchive.asp?id=41&db=archive_explorer. The Leadership Network has been a pivotal organization to turn Christian pastors into “change agents” through its leadership training.
23. This point is documented at http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/ditc12-10.html.
24. See article posted at http://www.discernment-ministries.org/NLMayJune_2005.htm, “The Global Day of Prayer” and its sequel, “The Second Reformation” at http://www.discernment-ministries.org/NLJulyAugust_2005.htm, both authored by Sarah Leslie. These two articles present the current history of Rick Warren’s connection to the Global Day of Prayer, and his Africa project.
25. Wayne Besen, “Purpose-driven lies,” 12/09/05, http://www.washblade.com/2005/12-9/view/columns/lies.cfm
26. http://www.christianpost.com/article/ministries/1615/section/purpose.driven.network.opens.new.aids.conference.to.address.church/1.htm is a news account. The transcript of Rick Warren’s interview with Larry King Live at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0512/02/lkl.01.html. And a critical review of this from an African perspective at http://www.bibleguidance.co.za/Engarticles/Africanvision.htm
27. “Involvement in AIDS crisis urged at Saddleback conference,” Shannon Baker, Baptist Press, 12/07/05, http://www.sbcbaptistpress.org/bpnews.asp?ID=22230
28. See http://www.discernment-ministries.org/NLMayJune_2005.htm and its sequel http://www.discernment-ministries.org/NLJulyAugust_2005.htm (see footnote 22).
29. http://tinyurl.com/dyv8w or http://www.transform-world.com/focusgroupall.asp?id=2. Also see “A Call to Transformation,” Australian Prayer Network, http://tinyurl.com/b5v5y
30. See a transcript of Wagner’s speech posted at http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/arise.html. Also see http://www.marketplaceleaders.org/articles_view.asp?articleid=5682&columnid=743, C. Peter Wagner’s Foreword to Faith@Work Movement book by Os Hillman. Os Hillman is a key player in marketplace transformation.
31. Business Reform interview with Ed Silvoso of Harvest Evangelism, “The Heart of A Nation,” (01/07/05) at http://tinyurl.com/akwd2. Ed Silvoso, from both mission and spiritual warfare sects, is one of the architects of global marketplace reform.
32. John Cragin, Chapter 15, “The Business of Missions — The Missions of Business,” On Kingdom Business: Transforming Missions Through Entrepreneurial Strategies (Crossway, 2003), edited by Tetsunao Yamamori and Kenneth A. Eldred. The quote is a perfect example of the influence of Peter Drucker’s ideology.
33. See http://www.discernment-ministries.org/NLMayJune_2005.htm and its sequel http://www.discernment-ministries.org/NLJulyAugust_2005.htm (see footnote 22).
34. Rick Joyner, “TAKING THE LAND–We Are Establishing Our Eternal Place And Position Here On Earth” 11/29/05, http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=3617. Rick Joyner was one of the “Kansas City Prophets” who now wields considerable influence through his “prophecies” about a coming militant church.
35. Michael Reynolds, “Rendering Unto God,” Mother Jones, Dec. 2005, p. 43. http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2005/12/rendering_unto_god.html. For other articles see: http://www.motherjones.com/search/category_religion.html
36. Eric Alterman, “Neoconning the Media:A Very Short History of Neoconservatism,” 04/22/05 at http://www.mediatransparency.org/story.php?storyID=2.
37. Vengeance Is Ours documents the ties with Identity, e.g., p. 67. Also see Russ Bellant’s three books: Old Nazis, the New Right and the Republican Party (South End Press, 1988); The Coors Connection: How Coors Family Philanthropy Undermines Democratic Pluralism (South End Press, 1988) and The Religious Right in Michigan Politics (Americans for Religious Liberty, 1996). Bellant approaches the subject from the political Left perspective. His historical research goes back over sixty years.
38. International Coalition of Apostles website at http://www.apostlesnet.net/index.asp?action+introduction. “ICA is designed for Apostolic Leaders who are kingdom builders. . . .”
39. Strategic Christian Services (Dennis Peacocke), “Co-Managing the Earth: The Foundational Work of the Christian Marketplace Ministry,” http://www.strategicchristianservices.org/0903article.asp
40. Federation of Ministers and Churches International, Spring 2005, FMCI’s November ’04 Leadership Conference, http://www.fmcapostolicnetwork.com/articles_view.asp?articleid=10858&columnid=1727
41. Warren Smith, “Evangelicals and New Agers Together,” article posted at http://www.erwm.com/EvangelicalsandNewAgers.htm. It must be noted that there is a common Gnostic link between Theosophists and the Latter Rain cult. See Strange Fire (footnote 8) for more information.
42. Warren Smith, Reinventing Jesus Christ, book posted on-line at http://www.reinventingjesuschrist.com. This book chronicles the recent connections between Theosophists and leading evangelicals. A second edition with updated information will come out this Spring.
43. Warren Smith, “Evangelicals and New Agers Together,” Ibid.
44. http://www.presence.tv is an example of an entire ministry built around a new doctrine. Jay Gary has been a significant player, cloaking his dominionism in the rhetoric of “futurism.” He openly networks with the Theosophists. He is part of the World Network of Religious Futurists, an influential organization with theosophical underpinnings. See http://www.wnrf.org/cms/associates.shtml and http://www.wnrf.org/cms/faq.shtml.
45. See postings at http://www.herescope.blogspot.com for historical documentation.
46. In addition to the information on this topic which could be found at http://www.mediatransparency.org website, this author has personal experience in this realm and was an eyewitnesses during the 1980s to the Christian Right’s close financial and organizational ties to Moon.
47. Maitreya, Messages from Maitreya the Christ, (Share International Foundation, 2001), p. 248.
49. Rifkin, Jeremy with Ted Howard. The Emerging Order: God in the Age of Scarcity (G.P. Putnam’s Sons: New York, 1979), “See introduction,” pp. ix-xii. The book is a blueprint on how to network charismatics and transform their theology.
50. Lynn & Sarah Leslie, “What Is Transformation?” article posted at http://newswithviews.com/Leslie/sarah.htm.
51. George Otis is part of a new group called FUSION, which exemplifies many points made in this paper. See http://www.prayerbydesign.com/transformation.php
52. Evangelical Fellowship of Missionary Agencies, a key networking mission group with very dominionist goals http://community.gospelcom.net/Brix?pageID=7115
53. “The Vision: THE KINGDOM FOCUS,” International Christian Chamber of Commerce, http://www.icccreg.net/pages.asp?pageid=20404. See footnote 12.
54. For example, see a series of posts on http://www.herescope.blogspot.com (Sept/Oct. 2005) pertaining to Evangelical Consultations about the future held in the late 1970s. These Consultations not only linked Leftist evangelicals to the emerging dominionist mandate, but also brought in leading Theosophist Willis Harman to help create new theologies for the future.
55. See http://www.discernment-ministries.org/NLMayJune_2005.htm and its sequel http://www.discernment-ministries.org/NLJulyAugust_2005.htm (see footnote 22)
56. Patricia Paddy, “Christian leaders propose partnering with UN to fight poverty,” http://www.canadianchristianity.com/cgi-bin/na.cgi?nationalupdates/051027poverty
57. See http://www.alertacademy.com for starters. Gothard, who revivifies many Old Testament doctrines, appeals to a wide spectrum of evangelicals for varying reasons. His organizations function in a secretive cult-like manner.
58. Vengeance Is Ours, p. 252.
59. http://www.phc.edu/teencamps/. Note: homeschoolers are an extremely diverse group and cannot be lumped into the dominionist camps solely on the basis of the free choice they exercise in educating their children at home. Michael Farris and his organization, Home School Legal Defense Association, attempt to represent home educators politically in Washington, to the chagrin of the non-dominionist homeschoolers.
60. “Goal to Change Continents for Christ, 9/15/-5, Global Prayer Movement, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ International, http://globalprayermovement.org/prayerrequests.asp?offset=23&AOA_Id=3404
61. “DECEMBER 15th, PRESIDENT BUSH AND IRAQ” post at http://www.ile-dc.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=27&Itemid=2 or see
62. “WNRF Marks 25 Years of Religious Futurism,” by Dr. Rev. Richard Kirby, World Network of Religious Futurists, 7/20/05, http://www.wnrf.org/cms/print_religious_futurism_25years.shtml. See footnote 42.
63. Bob Jones & Paul Keith Davis, Shepherd’s Rod 2004, October 7, 2003,
http://www.whitedoveministries.org/content/ArchivesItem.phtml?art=163&c=0&id=11&style=2 . Bob Jones is a Latter Rain sect leader.
64. http://www.discernment-ministries.org/NLJulyAugust_2005.htm (See footnote 22). For an example of how this “urgency” manifests, see footnote 3. The WSJ article cited states, “Mr. Wilkinson felt the situation was so urgent that the time for cautious measures had passed.”
65. “End scandal of poverty in churches, says Mennonite leader,” 05/12/05, http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/content/news_syndication/article_05125menno.shtml>. This quotation is an example of the widespread diffusion of dominionist ideas. Mennonites are Anabaptists who traditionally do not hold to these doctrines.
66. The author was an eyewitness to the compromises of the faith that occur when political and financial coalitions take precedence biblical truth. See “How Can There Be Revival Without Repentance,” by Lynn and Sarah Leslie posted at http://www.discernment-ministries.org/2001_SeptemberOctober.pdf. See also Lynn D. & Sarah Leslie, “The Shepherding Movement Comes of Age,” http://www.discernment-ministries.org/NLjanfeb_2003.htm. This article explores the content of the covenants that must be signed in the purpose-driven church movement.
67. Rev. Charles Spurgeon, “Christ’s Universal Kingdom and How it Comes,” http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols25-27/chs1535.pdf. Spurgeon’s sermons are a good source of old-time doctrines, which provide a stark contrast to modern dominionism.
Grateful acknowledgement is made to independent researcher Susan J. Conway and Steve Muse of Eastern Regional Watch Ministries (http://www.erwm.com) for their invaluable research assistance in this project.
Sarah H. Leslie is a former Christian Right leader in homeschooling and right to life. She has authored many articles on education reform and Christian apologetic issues. She and her husband Lynn published The Christian Conscience magazine and several books They currently sit on the board of directors of Discernment Ministries, Inc.