David Platt is a young and upcoming preacher at The Church of Brooks Hill in Birmingham Alabama who has the support of Rick Warren, and who has signed the ecumenical Manhattan Declaration. This is becoming a popular book being read in Bible studies, and one of the latest trendy reads out there. I know of a Southern Baptist church using this book for it's Bible study. Lately I read this book, and couldn't believe my eyes, talk about a wily way to advance the UN program among evangelicals under a Christian guise! See this post I wrote today in context. It was meant to explain where I am coming from on this. This one did take some explaining because I didn't want people saying, "well what is wrong with helping the poor, missions, mission trips, or preaching the gospel to the lost?" Nothing but these things are being skewed for another agenda.
Radical is a book which has a title of interest probably to draw in young eyes, as "radical" has been a word used like "cool" to lead the masses into "what's happening now" and what is hip. It also has the quality of being connected to being an "extremist" as "radical" means that too. One thing to watch out for is overused "buzz" words that will play on your emotions. Someone sees that title and thinks "Well I want to be radical for Jesus too!" Radical is for emotional teenagers, not seasoned Christian adults.
David Platt uses many Christian messages in this book, such as giving up things to follow Jesus...who he says of here:
"He was simply and boldly making it clear from the start that if you follow him, you abandon everything--your needs, your desires, even your family"[p 10]
Of course these things are skewed for Platt's false messages in this book..While materialism can be a problem and people seeking after the things of this world, Platt hammers this point to bring in his false globalist gospel: [p 13]
"A nice-middle class, American Jesus. A Jesus who doesn't mind materialism and who would never call us to give away everything we have...."
David Platt must be one of the most out of touch individuals in America, but isn't that true for many of the mega church pastors? Hey I've met some of these guys, and they take many things for granted such as two week jaunts to Jamaica for missions work as economically viable for most people out there.
To David Platt, there seems to be no such thing as a poor or unemployed American outside of a few small inner city enclaves. I find myself thinking he needs to get out a bit more. David Platt's constant references to the "American Dream" as it is utterly failing, is the height of irony. I found myself thinking, has he ever left the suburbs?, when reading this on page 111:
"I wonder if followers of Christ 150 years from now will look back at Christians in America today and ask, "How could they live in such big houses? How could they drive such nice cars and wear such nice clothes? How could they live in such affluence while thousands of children were dying because they didn't have food and water? How could they go on with their lives as though the billions of poor didn't exist?" [page 111]
One question I want to ask, is how does it help the poor, for the wealthy to have their money or prosperity taken away? America for centuries has given the most money and aid to the world. With the above statement, one smells the slight whiff of class warfare and Marxism. Think of Maoist China, when the Communist revolution did away with all the landlords, arts, books and things of finer living to "equalize" society.
Luk 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse [any] falsely; and be content with your wages.
I have dealt with these types online, who have said things, like "well even the poorest Americans have running water", as if we should return to having urchins in the gutters for the sake of the third world, and to be just like them. [course it could be going that way soon the way things are going]
He goes on to ask:
"More specifically is materialism a blind spot in your Christianity today? Surely there is something we must uncover for if our lives do not reflect radical compassion for the poor there is no reason to question just how effective we will be in declare the glory of Christ to the ends of the earth."
Poor people or anyone who has ever been poor know themselves, that a lot of this is utter silliness, the endless condemnation of people for having a decent standard of living, is foolishness, as if any poor will be helped once everyone is living in huts, the electrical grid is shut off, and there is no more clean water to drink. But remember my last article, think about this, the United Nations and Vatican, wants a poor America, they know the nations with a strong middle class and decent standard of living will demand more freedom, rather then oppression and being a new beaten down slave class for the elites. Thus the wealth clean out. This is more Vatican "vow of poverty" stuff. Being wealthy is not a sin, God does say it is harder for the rich not to depend on their money instead of God, but there were wealthy people in the Bible too who were good stewards of wealth. They exist today, helping who they can.
Platt goes on to write:
"The reality is that most everything in our lives in the American culture would be classified as a luxury, not a necessity. The computer I am writing this book on, the spoon and fork, I will eat my dinner with later this evening, wand the bed and pillow I will sleep on tonight [in addition to many other things in my life] are all luxuries."Strange how he names many assets of civilization as being luxurious, as if we should all go back to living in huts and sleeping on dirt floors. The whole "you should feel guilty for having a decent standard of living and not living in squalor" is programming by the elites to embrace a new diminished status at their behest.
The economy is crashing in America but David Platt wants you to send more money to the third world, instead of helping your unemployed neighbor down the street whose about to lose his home. In David Platt's world, every American has a lavish suburban Mcmansion, two cars in the garage, endless shopping experiences and endless expendable income for frequent international jaunts overseas. He refers to these wealthy out of touch suburbanites, who by the way, remind me of the extreme liberals in the UU I dealt with while I worked and lived in the ghetto during my younger years, as feeling motivated to give up all their money to help the "third world". Looking back it seemed they wanted to assuage some odd misdirected "guilt", in the case of the UU, they obviously were not Christians being led by God to help those in need and preach the gospel. All of it sounds laudable doesn't it? But then a part of me, wonders about the "cool" factor in going overseas in a patronizing fashion to help the "downtrodden" natives. So called religious tourism. The real missionaries seem far more down to earth and not so pollyannish about foreign lands to me.
While us Americans, even the poor ones, may have food and water and heat unlike some poor third world folks, can someone do me a favor and send David Platt some recent news about the American economy? I find myself wondering if the fellow has opened a newspaper since 2008? 48% of Americans believe this country is going into a Great Depression...and I agree with them.
David Platt may be right about materialism and some of the problems that have led to America's demise. Many of these things do lead away from the gospel,but his solutions are more about the globalist agenda then doing anything for God. On Page 80-81, he describes wealthy people who sell all their things, and go traveling the world to do disaster relief and helping the poor in other countries. It sounded more like a psuedo-Christian PEACE CORPS, rather then any true witnessing or mission work:
"This year between July and October, Ed and Patty were home a total of only eleven days. They weren't home because they were doing disaster relief in cities and towns that experienced flooding in the United States. They both went to Nigeria, and Ed went to Sri Lanka, where he cooked meals for the hungry in the middle of rebel fighting"[page 82]
You think you can measure up to this? I found myself almost laughing when I read this, it seemed to be like those two people were trying to "prove" something they didn't need to prove. I am glad they want to help people, but there is something off about it all. An almost super-human global drive out of pride. This is what David Platt wants you to measure up to being a globe-trotter that wishes to save the whole planet not just in one country but several. It smacks of extreme pride, the gung-ho Americans all out to save the planet for Pax Americana. In all these examples these folks visit multiple countries and Platt even says of one man: "the unprecedented opportunities that God is now giving him from America, to Africa to Asia". I guess one foreign country just isn't good enough. Through out the book, Platt admits to being in India, the Sudan, Cuba, and Kazakhstan. He expects this of his readers, page 72, outlines his desire for everyone to go to global missions:
"I wonder if we have in some ways intentionally and in other ways unknowingly erected lines of defense against the global purpose God has for our lives. It's not uncommon to hear Christians say, "Well not everyone is called to foreign missions," or more specifically, "I am not called to foreign missions," When we
say this, we are usually referring to foreign missions as an optional program
in the church for a faithful few who are called to that"
Here I think of this Bible verse:
Mat 23:4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay [them] on men's shoulders; but they [themselves] will not move them with one of their fingers.
He goes on to state on page 75-77 pushing foreign missions for everyone and repeating his messages...
What is this "impact" the nations stuff? Christians are told not to be of this world and not to conform to it. This is a definite skewing, and back to my out of touch them, most people I know save for a few cannot afford overseas travel. Even on Platt's own church website, they list their own overseas trips and at the reduced church rate, most cost $2,000-2,500, that wouldn't include some other costs like food and perhaps even lodging. Some do not have the health. There is nothing wrong with missions sent overseas, and I have readers on this blog, from all places across the globe but here he lays a heavy burden on people using more guilt and exploiting and skewing bible verses to push his globalist visions.
"Because every single man, woman and child in the church I pastor is
intended to impact the nations for the glory of Christ..."
"Indeed, Jesus himself has not merely called us to go to all nations; he has created us and commanded us to go to all nations"
The globalist vision in this book is paramount....
Platt writes on page 83:
"So what might this look like in your life? As we explore what it means to be radically abandoned to Christ, I invite you simply to let your heart be gripped, maybe for the first time by the biblical prospect that God has designed a radically global purpose for your life"
The phrase Global purpose is repeated over and over in this book, [a false phrase advancing globalism]
"I am convinced that when we open up our lives to the global purpose of God, he will show us things we have never seen and take us places we have never been before. [p. 202]
"I am indebted to mentors and colleagues, pastors and authors who have helped me understand the global, God-centered nature of God." [p 87]
"God has created us to accomplish a radically global, supremely God-exalting purpose with our lives"
"What if a global God exalting passionate idealism is exactly what is needed in the lives of individual Christians today" [p 83]
With all this impacting the world nepotism, some of the misdirected pride and arrogance is shown by some of Platt's followers who probably are well meaning people but definitely falling into a trap..
"God has blessed me to show his mercy and grace to children in Guatemala. This is why od has given me income and education and resources. God saves me so the nations will know him. He blesses me so that all the earth will see his glory" [page 84]
"Bullen lowered the cup of hot tea from his lips looked me in the eyes and said, "David, I am going to impact the world"[page 86]
"Robert told me in all his years in church, he never had seen the responsibility--and privilege--he had to impact the nations for the glory of Christ"[page 91]
See how all of this is from the global context? Am I too out to lunch in thinking it rather narcissistic to think one can impact the ENTIRE world?
One thing I want to add here, many many unbelievers do good works, I was one of them, as I went into what is considered "altruistic" work fields and did volunteer work, during my unbeliever days, but there is a lot of human pride, that can bubble up, when one starts getting grandiose visions of "saving or impacting the entire world": human pride is part of that program. Everyone wants to think they are important. Remember "my first and last" post? There are those who "help" with the wrong aims, to give glory and name to themselves. It is impossible for one human being to impact the entire world. Just these extreme examples Platt describes, tells me something else is going on here. Frankly I feel exhausted in being told I have to go impact NATIONS. It is hyperbole, to whip up emotions and get people committed to the globalist program.
The whole book tries to shovel on massive amounts of guilt for not being a superman or woman of the global missions and humanitarian programs. I saw that in the liberal UU world and Catholicism, where the more "works" you did, the "better person you were" Platt denies this is about 'works" within in his book, but that whole message is there as well. Wanting to bring one group down to equalize the rest, is more classic false 'class warfare" stuff of liberation theology and Platt seems to at least have been influenced by these false "social justice" premises even if not outwardly agreeing with all of it. Platt misses the fact that wealth is more easily built in places where corruption does not rule, and where false religions do not oppress peoples. Americans can be very naive about how culture operates in some places, they idealize other countries, which some are often more violent and corrupt due to the historical lack of Christian values. This doesn't mean America isn't growing more wicked, but the breezy approach to foreign missions in this book denies a lot of realities about this world.
Platt puts forth "His Radical Experiment Program" which includes
"1. I will pray for the entire world, 2. I will read through the entire Word, 3. I will sacrifice my money for a specific purpose, 4. I will spend time in another context and 5. I will commit my life to a multiplying community."
#1 to me is foolishness, why not pray for individuals and their individual needs? For a Christian, there is always people to pray for. We can pray for those we do not know, such as people in Japan facing disaster, but praying for the ENTIRE world? Praying for the world in a vague disconnected way, is a waste of time. We need to preach the gospel to who we can, but praying for the world, when this world will end? This was something often done at Catholic Mass, and I used to think then, it was too vague.
#2 is good, and one can hope reading the Bible can wake some up, but sadly for Platt readers that is probably most likely adulterated bible versions, #3 God will lead those to give as He wills, sometimes it is not money but something else, such as their time and or care. For #4 he writes "So the fourth challenge in the Radical Experiment is to give some of your time in the next year to making the gospel known in a context outside your own city".[p. 200] Sounds good, but that one is definitely meant to push overseas travel. #5, He means joining a church obviously one that is growing.
David Platt went on to write another book that I believe still advances the false world evangelical movement, called "Radical Together: Unleashing The People of God for the Purpose of God. I'll check that one later on too.
What I want people to learn from this, is about those who will skew things that sound good, and skew even the gospel and biblical things themselves for the agenda of the elite.