Thursday, June 30, 2011
Acts 4:10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, [even] by him doth this man stand here before you whole.
This is a great article I want to share. He is right about the cries for those who want more laws to control the sinful lawlessness, bringing in a police state. Here is the deal the Christians who think their Dominionist leaders and "culture warriors" are going to clean this country up, are misled. Salvation and Conviction via the Holy Spirit is what changes hearts and brings victory over sin.
This is a post script to the Platt article too.
Platt refers his church members to the United Nations "World Food Programme" to solve "poverty". See this link, it's right there on the bottom right! I have taken a screenshot of the link.
Here is the "World Food Programme" website, it is definitely a United Nations group.
Any church signed on to the United Nation or any of it's official organizations or NGOs, has gone in with the BEAST system of the Antichrist. I am not going to mince words. Most of my readers here, already know the evil spirit roots of the United Nations and how it promotes world government and how the Popes have advanced the cause of the United Nations for world government. It is one main vehicle for the global elites, to usher in their "new world order".
So any church hooked to the United Nations, has already lost the way.
See one of my earliest posts here too: "The One World Church: The Beast Gets Ready For Deception"
One thing there are many front groups and evangelical organizations and others who are yoked into the global management system too. We already know that is true of the Roman Catholic church, and main liners but many do not realize it applies to the evangelical churches as well. The World Evangelical Movement with its endless groups and global mission networks, often has United Nations connections and or suggest UN groups for donations such as we see on Platt's church website!
The one world church is joining around not only Rome but the United Nations:With the Pope and Vatican, there is no question they work together.The Pope uses the UN as a vehicle to do much of his geo-political dirty work. Read Vatican 2 documents, nothing but endless praise for the United Nations.
We know that the World Council of Churches works with the UN. They of course represent a vast array of mainline and other churches.
The WCC and the United Nations
For over 50 years, the WCC, through the Commission of the Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), has maintained a constant and active presence at the United Nations. In the early years there were offices in New York (UN Headquarters), London, Geneva (UNHCR and ILO), Paris (UNESCO), and close liaison with Rome (FAO). Today only the Geneva and New York UN Headquarters Liaison Offices remain, though consultative relations have further been established with virtually the whole family of UN-related agencies (UNEP, UNDP, UNCTAD, WHO, etc.)
Well that is a given.
Many of the false cults, have their UN offices too, yes even the ones who tell the people in the pews, that the UN is evil and part of the antichrist system.
At the first link, they write...
"For more than a century Seventh-day Adventists have been active promoters of religious freedom. We recognize the need to champion freedom of conscience and religion as a fundamental human right, in harmony with the instruments of the United Nations."
With the Jehovah Witnesses, there was major controversy when it was discovered they were working with the UN.
But let's look at the evangelical churches? How many are promoting the United Nations via a variety of causes, that match those of the global elite or joining directly with United Nations NGOs?
We know that Annie Lotz Graham [Billy Graham's daughter] did a speech at a UN Millennium World Peace Summit about 11 years ago. Billy Graham we know has visited himself...
It was my privilege to be the guest of a secretary general at the United Nations in New York.
Rick Warren who influences even the SBC [invited as a speaker recently to their annual conference] definitely is a United Nations supporter, with his UN driven P.E.A.C.E Program and speeches to UN dignitaries
The Lausanne Movement and it's leaders support the United Nations and it's globalist causes. Here is one example of a leader praising the UN...
"Praise God for:
His faithfulness in your life and family every day.
His provisions, grace and protection.
For the open doors of ministry He is giving His body in various places in the world (Thank God especially for the open door to hold a United Nations Prayer Summit in NY at the UN between 8th and the 12th of September)."
Here is a second example, John Stott was the chairman of the first Lausanne drafting committee:
The church also has a responsibility to the state, and in particular to pray for the leaders of the nations (verse 1 and 2a). The church cannot stop with prayer, however. In addition it has a duty, insofar as it is able, to be the nation's conscience, and to remind leaders of their God-ordained role. Therefore, we not only call upon God for our leaders, but we call upon our leaders themselves to guarantee freedom of thought and conscience, and freedom to practice and propagate religion. These freedoms have been set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was unanimously adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in December, 1948, with eight abstentions.
So for those still in a church, who are reading this blog, ask yourself some questions, if you are told to donate to a UN group, or if your church has official ties to the United Nations.
Revelation 13:7 .... " And AUTHORITY WAS GIVEN HIM OVER EVERY TRIBE, TONGUE, AND NATION"
"Monsanto trying to take over world seed supply, nation by nation"
(NaturalNews) He who controls the seed controls the food supply; and he who controls the food supply controls the world. There is no question that Monsanto is on a mission to monopolize the conventional seed market. In fact, they are steadfastly working towards the goal of creating a world where 100% of all commercial seeds are genetically modified and patented- basically a world where natural seeds are extinct.(http://www.naturalnews.com/029325_M...)
Unfortunately for the global community Monsanto is accomplishing their purpose. They currently own 90% of the world's patents for GMO seed including cotton, soybeans, corn, sugar beets and canola. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environme...)
Yep, the creators of chemicals that will go down in history for their toxicity and horrific side effects, is attempting to take over the world's seed supply. Ask yourself- do you really want companies such as BASF, Bayer, DuPont, Syngenta, and Dow involved with your food? Sadly, to a large extent they already are. These Monsanto chemical and GMO cronies all share genetically engineered traits and create the patented herbicides and pesticides that GMO crops require to thrive.
When the Bible speaks of the Antichrist controlling the entire world, that means the whole world and every facet of living. God's very creation is being destroyed and His blessings in how our food is grown and replicated. My concerns about GMO food is growing, as science studies have been coming out, noting that GMO food is changing our very DNA and leading to endless problems like the still birth of cattle. If you ever wondered about the famine the Bible warns of in scripture, this seems to me to be one of the ways, it will happen.
Many scientists and bio-engineering companies are doing sick and disgusting things with our food, such as manipulating cow DNA, to have cows produce human milk. No, I am not making this up. Here is one website that goes in deeper detail about the mad scientists who are advancing beyond nuclear bombs to biological bombs, that definitely will in the future do things to destroy this earth.
"Genetic Modification Gone Wild: That Our World May Be Destined To Resemble A Really Bad Science Fiction Movie"
Monsanto is one of those corporations that joined the UN Global Compact.
From their website:
"In 2009, Monsanto joined the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest corporate citizenship and sustainability initiative. This strategic policy initiative is for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. The Compact is both a policy platform and a practical framework for companies that are committed to sustainability and responsible business practices."
The UN GLOBAL COMPACT, is the joining of businesses and corporations with the goals and aims of the UN. More Tower of Babel stuff for the Antichrist kingdom.
Knowing the Antichrist nature of the UN, the wicked want power over the world's food, even at it's root, the seeds. Only Satan himself could have come up with something so diabolical.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
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.
Monday, June 27, 2011
Here is a definition that sums it up:
Liberation theology is a school of theology within Christianity, particularly in the Roman Catholic Church. It emphasizes the Christian mission to bring justice to the poor and oppressed, particularly through political activism. Its theologians consider sin the root source of poverty, the sin in question being exploitative capitalism and class war by the rich against the poor. It has a range of meanings: broadly, especially in the media, it may refer to any politically-activist Christian thought, but the technical sense is narrower.
It also has it's links to the false what is called SOCIAL JUSTICE gospel, ie: bringing in change not via the Holy Spirit and conviction but POLITICAL ACTION. Keep in mind politics are carnal and how both sides work against one another.
We know the Pope, while denying aspects of liberation theology seems to be pushing it for the entire planet. The political vehicle they want to use? The United Nations of course! The Pope in his last encyclical wrote:
"The scandal of glaring inequalities" continues. Corruption and illegality are unfortunately evident in the conduct of the economic and political class in rich countries, both old and new, as well as in poor ones.Here I exposed the Pope's push for the redistribution of wealth via the United Nations, where rich countries would redistribute wealth to poor ones.
"The Vatican Wants World Government #2: Redistribution of the World's Wealth"
So keep in mind, this "redistribution of wealth" among countries, is the game plan, and they will start it on the local and national levels and work their way up. The elites have sold this country out, and reading comments like on this news story about the lack of jobs, you can see more people are noticing something is very wrong. Many do not realize the elites just see America as a place now to just take the money and run!
Naive people will buy the underlying notion that that all of this is really "helping" the poor. It's not, it's about using and EXPLOITING the poor for power. In other word's when you hear Bono going on about end poverty now on behalf of the millennium goals for the United Nations don't believe him.
Even when it came to collections for Haiti, later on, the question was asked "Where did all the money go"? [google "Where did All the Money to Haiti go?] Corrupt countries do not have fair wealth hand-outs. While the poor in these disaster ridden countries may get a few food packages and water at the start, nothing every changes. It's a smokescreen for the movement of wealth. If a basic infrastructure doesn't exist, or even a non-corrupt society where basic fairness rules, then money disappears down a giant pit. The elites take advantage of that.
Many of these people mean well.
Who wants poverty to keep going? Those who have been poor with food being negotiable, lack of opportunities and more, know poverty is a horrible thing. Homelessness, not being able to pay the rent, not having medical care, are all scary things. Our hearts can be broken watching the outcome of poverty and how it destroys people's lives both in this country and overseas. Poverty has a multitude of causes, many related to human sin, corruption, avarice, greed, corruption, exploitation of the weak--[this is not to say poor people are sinful themselves, but many suffer as the result of the sin of others.] Sadly here the global elites play the game of enriching themselves while claiming to lead the "world" into ending poverty. It goes along with the false peace you know warned of in the Bible.
We are told by Jesus Christ to help the poor, but Jesus also told us this...
Mar 14:7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.
So don't necessarily believe all the global elites and the Vatican about the desire to HELP the poor, or the United Nation's claim that they WANT TO END POVERTY NOW and the end Poverty Now 2015 Campaign. Separate these things in your mind. Their claims of desire to help, is a massive smokescreen. The poor are not being helped. The bankers are being enriched. As even Greece faces recent trouble, know many are making profit off the collapses enslaving and destroying entire countries via debt.
I remember some of us wondered if Obama was going to bring a new version of Liberation Theology for America. It was obvious the USCCB [the Catholic bishops] wanted Obama in there, if you know the whole CCHD saga where they helped to finance ACORN. Once Obama was in they cut the ties. Obama worked for the Catholic church you see.
Obama actually has a significant Catholic experience in his background," observes Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest and scholar at Georgetown University. Reese says Obama attended Catholic school for three years when he lived in Indonesia. When Obama was a community organizer in Chicago, he worked out of Holy Rosary Parish, and his program was funded by the Catholic Bishops Campaign for Human Development.
Obama is promoting the United Nations more and more, while Bush pushed the globalist program, Obama has stepped it especially as far as the United Nations is concerned. The other day, I read that Michelle Obama was called "Queen of Our World" by Nelson Mandela.
When one looks at the "social activism" of the fallen away churches including more obviously the mainline liberal churches and Roman Catholicism but now entering everywhere, notice how all their programs match those of the global elites: open borders-support of illegal immigration [I do not blame the people who illegally immigrate, they are pawns in the hands of their own corrupt Rome-driven oligarchies, and the corrupt business owners and elites here who want cheap labor at slave wages] with even the Southern Baptist Convention supporting illegal immigration, to go along with the Catholic church's support. Many of these churches promote pro-homosexual agendas including the embracing of gay pastors, class warfare, the United Nations itself and all its millennium programs' and extreme socialist programs.
We know most of the churches are entrenched now in the United Nations programs, led by Rome. This blogger explores this topic more "United Nations Entrenched Within Most Christian Denominations" here, but I would tell him, it's not just the liberals anymore! He also doesn't realize as far as the comments on war, go how the USA is being used from the right for the aims of the globalists as well. But is very accurate about how the churches are signed on with the UN's goals. Think about this if the Southern Baptist Convention is having Rick Warren speak, that shows at least implicit support for his United Nations linked globalist P.E.A.C.E. program!
He quotes one author who writes:
Of course, there's more to this list than nice-sounding words. The motivational vision of a worldwide welfare system may have captured hearts around the world, but it actually serves the grandiose aims of socialist change agents who have little concern for human suffering. (Just look how government leaders are treating the victims of hurricane Katrina!) Yet, no other program has more effectively linked the evangelical church to the UN management system, which, from its birth, declared war on Biblical truth and values. And no other program has more effectively drawn Christians into a process designed to manipulate the masses, undermine traditional values, silence resisters, synthesize beliefs, trade individual thinking for collective thinking, and train global citizens to serve the "greater whole."
I've been in United Nations loving churches. The Unitarian Universalist Association is open about it's UN affiliations and support even with many of the churches hanging UN flags in the sanctuary. Social Justice was big in the UU, they wouldn't help any of the people sleeping in the streets right down the road from the church but cried copious tears over Bali. But it's not just the liberals. I have visited churches in a community where the economy was on it's last legs, and personally knew very poor people, but the preaching always centered on global poverty, never on helping those right around you. They would tell people "send money" but no direct help was ever given in those churches. Now there are many churches that do local help, and even some charity for others overseas is not a bad thing, but ponder all this...there are many churches diverting Christian charity into globalist UN aims.
Poor people can attest, when they visit these churches, they feel very odd. They see their own families collapsing under the economy pressures, unemployment, etc, while the preachers push the UN globalist stuff and tells them they are "rich Americans" who are at fault for all the injustice in the world.
"Social justice" sounds good but is a false misnomer which actually brings more injustice:
This pseudo humanistic movement of bringing fairness is more ideological than altruistic. Altruism is defined as 1: unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). Instead this is based on an ideology: “the integrated assertions, theories and aims that constitute a sociopolitical program.”
Convincing people with a platform of platitudes that this is the right thing to do for everyone, as the goal is a utopian type society. But it will never be reached by human efforts no matter how noble or earnest they may be in them. They want the world to be perfect without Christ and take the credit for making it happen. Don’t be fooled by the religious humanists, they are not for Christ but for their own peace of mind to relieve themselves of guilt.
Social justice is being presented to the church as ones Christian duty. The progressive liberals that feign being religious have found their way into the government and now the church is next in their transformation. This comes from the United Nation’s plan to have world governance, to forge a fair and just world economy.
Here is what the Catholic church says in it's own catechism about "social justice": notice the one world themes that are inherent:
1928 Society ensures social justice when it provides the conditions that allow associations or individuals to obtain what is their due, according to their nature and their vocation. Social justice is linked to the common good and the exercise of authority.
As you read this one, do not forget the Pope himself vacations in a castle:
1938 There exist also sinful inequalities that affect millions of men and women. These are in open contradiction of the Gospel:
Who else spoke of the distribution of goods? Think about how much power that gives to the distributor!:
1940 Solidarity is manifested in the first place by the distribution of goods and remuneration for work. It also presupposes the effort for a more just social order where tensions are better able to be reduced and conflicts more readily settled by negotiation.
1941 Socio-economic problems can be resolved only with the help of all the forms of solidarity: solidarity of the poor among themselves, between rich and poor, of workers among themselves, between employers and employees in a business, solidarity among nations and peoples. International solidarity is a requirement of the moral order; world peace depends in part upon this.
The 'social justice" thing works for their globalist programs, bringing people "together" for supposed Utopia on this earth. It is to centralize power, misusing positive emotions among people who want to "end the suffering" in the world. Think about how it has been used to unite the churches, together for a variety of causes. The UN puts forth it's World Day of Social Justice.
Lately I am seeing the whole "social justice" :UN "redistribute the wealth" program definitely being pushed among evangelicals, and will be doing a separate article on David Platt's book "Radical", and one aspect of this book is how guilt and social justice lies are whipped up among upper class evangelicals and exploited. There is nothing wrong with sending money overseas or to missions but the message of this is far more insidious. More on that later.
This article was a difficult one to write, I believe Christians should help the poor as much as God leads them but what is happening here is something else, the exploitation of the poor for globalist and other programs, for one world government. Understand how they are manipulating people's emotions. Realize the whole thing is a scam.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
"The Vatican’s new initiative aimed at sparking dialogue with atheists and agnostics may soon be coming to North America.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, told CNA in a recent interview that the “The Courtyard of the Gentiles” may come to three cities.
“Quebec in Canada, which is one of the so-called ‘most secular’ places there is, where it seems like these days the question of faith is almost bothersome,” he said.
“And, also, we’re thinking about two U.S. cities--Chicago on the one hand and Washington on the other.”
see here too. What is NOBLE atheism? They are probably avoiding the high profile atheists, who while wrong themselves would ask them too many hard questions about the sex scandals and other corruptions. In this one this Catholic church leader manages to lump fundamentalists in with atheists:
"But in an interview with the National Catholic Register, Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, made it clear he would not be willing to give a platform to certain prominent atheists.
The foundation, he said, would only be interested in "noble atheism or agnosticism, not the polemical kind – so not those atheists such as [Piergiorgio] Odifreddi in Italy, [Michel] Onfray in France, [Christopher] Hitchens and [Richard] Dawkins".
Such atheists, he added, only view the truth with "irony and sarcasm" and tend to "read religious texts like fundamentalists".
In a speech to the Roman Curia back in December, the Pope first hinted at his plans to reach out to atheists.
"We, as believers, must have at heart even those people who consider themselves agnostics or atheists," he said. "When we speak of a New Evangelization, these people are perhaps taken aback. They do not want to see themselves as an object of mission or to give up their freedom of thought and will. Yet the question of God remains present even for them, even if they cannot believe in the concrete nature of his concern for us."
Sadly just more deceptions for them and no truth. Notice nothing is spoken of conversion [well Catholicism is a false religion anyhow]. Remember the harlot wants to draw EVERYONE under it's umbrella, that includes even those who deny the existence of God.
Southern Baptist Convention Membership Declines
This may not be such bad news considering who got invited to the SBC 2011 Annual Meeting, Rick Warren and his wife. Well Rick Warren do not forget, is a "Southern Baptist".[see here too]
Here is the transcript of his remarks at the SBC convention and this quote:
Now a lot of translations say so that people all over the world will be saved. My favorite is the Message paraphrase where he says so that my salvation goes global. God is a global God. And if you want God’s blessing on your ministry, you’ve got to get a global vision
I consider the SBC to be another denomination that has fully entered into the fallen away church world. On this blog, I will be examining them more in different articles. They are more "conservative" then other baptist denominations, and even came out against diplomatic ties with the Vatican, cut away from the ecumenical Baptist World Alliance in 2004 [which has had meetings with the Vatican] but there are many areas of serious concern, including political and other ties. They are definitely a part of the world evangelical movement. Having visited SBC churches, I've seen for myself their embracing of many of the church trends exposed on this blog.
"Left-leaning Wild Goose Festival Draws the Ire of Evangelicals"
I'm not sure what to think of this one. So many of the goals and teachers are entering the mainstream evangelical world. How many evangelicals are noticing that their supposedly "conservative" churches are going the same way teaching the same things? After all when everyone is around the United Nations, "world is one" altar, some of the outward trappings really make no difference. I mean what difference is there really between inviting Brian McLaren and inviting Rick Warren [he wasn't to the Wild Goose fest but was to the SBC convention?] All the end goals are the same. The "right" and "left" paradigms that I have exposed as false in politics, applies to the "right" and "left" games in the evangelical world.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Luk 13:30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
There are those who are indoctrinating the populace, that everything is about "winning" in this world and by "winning" I mean being the most popular, the most financially secure, the most powerful, the best dressed, seeking after appearances, "leadership", being the go-to guy or gal and having the "best life" now. What is ironic is this is only getting worse as the economy implodes, the prosperity fakes who preach unlimited wealth and winning in this world are only upping the ante. Everything is about "succeeding in this world". One thing there is nothing wrong with wanting to do right by your family or seeking after making a living but one thing with this world, everything is about "success" and who is "on top" and at the "front" of the pack. Humbleness has been tossed out the window for COMPETITION at all costs to be king or queen of the mountain. I see this in every day life, and its a sin all can be tempted by but its growing worse.
This is the high-mindness, the "we are the elite' pride, that has been bred from a narcissistic society, with the attitude of "winners" always "win" and the "losers" deserve what they get. While there are Christians in all socio-economic levels, and we have to watch out for those who would use class infighting and warfare for all matters of wickedness [remember the globalists sell their "give away all the wealth program" to enrich themselves], there is a new attitude out there, the churches have become worldly, and ego-driven. Everything is about "winning in this life" The apostles themselves suffered prison and endless suffering. We have martyrs who had to LOSE everything and be willing to give up this life. Many Christians have had to make the choice to give up things that may have brought them more money or prestige, what is the message of the modern church but the complete opposite?
The other day, I got a selection of magazines for free from a library magazine exchange, of some of TBN's finest...I read
Joyce Meyers "Enjoying Everyday Life" [March/April 2011] there is an article on page 6 "Growing As a Leader: Five Must-Have Ingredients". Everything is worldly success based such as in this quote... "It's easy enough to have a beginner's mind when you're actually a beginner, but maintaining teachability gets trickier in the long run especially when you've already achieved some degree of success"
Who is this written for? This is a general audience magazine. it is not written for pastors or businessmen. What do they mean by success? Worldly success? A higher bank account, more numbers in seats? A popular ministry?
Ambition has a place in life but when it is everything: something has become skewed in one's life.
Another article in still another Joyce Myer's magazine [Dec 2010/Jan 2011], and let's not forget her involvement in advancing the prosperity gospel is called "Jump start your dreams" She advertises a CD to go with this article called "What Do You Want Out of Life"? Here too one may ask, is God here to fulfill our worldly desires, the whole "I want to be rich God" message, or are we here to serve God? Whenever someone uses words like "Vision" I want to run, it smacks of grandiose schemes and more narcissism to invoke your own desires ignoring those of all others...after all Rick Warren's book, "The Purpose Driven Life", was really along the same theme. Religion as a self improvement program and self-success "program" for THIS life instead of looking to the Next and realizing serving God or preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ may take sacrifice as far as this world goes. The Dream article states:
"The first essential to jump-start your dreams and reach your finish line is vision. Just as we need a clear windshield to see where we're driving, we need a clear vision to see where our life is going."
"Whatever your vision is, write it down. And Remember God wants you to dream-make plans- and then He will help you along the way, step by step until you reach your personal finish line"
Again ask yourself what is considered success? Success by the world's formula of popularity or rewards here, or success by God's formula? Ask yourself this. I know so many people today who say this to me in various forms:
"I am a loser, I did not get that great career, I have to struggle to make ends meet."It is happening a lot in this dying economy. The human toll all this "win at all costs" ethos has taken on people is great especially in these times. The numbers of depressed, bummed out people who feel they are worthless out there are growing and without God, it can get bad. The churches are only advancing it. To such people, I have gotten in conversations where I have said, "What do you think God would think of all this instead?" and used it as an opportunity to witness to them.
What is a personal finish line? God's finish line or your own, in seeking to measure up to the world? People have forgotten how to live or what is important in life, as life becomes nothing but running after the carrots on many a stick. Do not get me wrong, people should make plans and take care of things in prayer, but so much has been sold on this idea of false perfection and measuring up to the endless demands of our modern consumerist society.
Another magazine I got was Jesse Duplantis, [November 2010] another false teacher... "Experience Prosperity God's Way!" is the title of one of his articles and "God's Reward System", this one written by Cathy Duplantis, on page 12, with this sample quote
"The Days of Limitations are gone! We have come too far to go back into lack."
Page 20 and 21, are the people gleeful over receiving money due to "sowing seeds" suppsedly in Duplantis's ministry. Page 29 has some interesting CDs to be sold "The Economic Stimulus Package Before The Fall" which is described with this: "Learn to tap into the currency of Heaven..." and a T-shirt being sold with "Recession? I'm Not Participating" written right across with the description next to it "Let the world know that as a child of God you will not participate in any recession". That one would be humorous if so many were not suckered in by these false teachers.
Lest someone think I am only picking on the prosperity preachers, this stuff is leaking in all over the place. I have found myself skimming many Christian books, seeing the world's definition of success plastered all over them that does not represent my own or even biblical values in general. What if someone is not successful? While there are born again wealthy people who are good stewards in service to God, to be frank, I believe being born again in Jesus Christ and being His, is the zenith of "success" in this life; Even if you live alone in a shack, with not a penny, a friend or a "vision" to your name. Everything else is nothing in comparison, and will be blown away by the wind of time. This is what makes it even more horrible for me to watch those who skew the Christian gospel and marry it to the human potential movement lies, and more of the world's definitions. Remember most of the real saints died unknown and unnamed, contrary to a certain church's teachings.
"Christianity" as success "business" model 101. Demographic marketed false religion sold to the masses. A false faith based on what God will do for you, rather then on love for God and encountering the blessings of God through that.
Take a look circa 2011, time of rising gas prices and unemployment, even the United Nations warning about the collapse of the dollar, none of these preachers are warning their flocks about what lays over the horizon but selling false dreams and delusions that will vaporize like the wind. The ones too broke to buy their DVDs and pay for their seminars have already left out of the exits.
There is an insidious spirit in this country, I hinted at it in my older articles on the poor and how they are being treated: "The Society of Greed and Materialism" , "The Failing Economy and Trusting in God" and "Worldly Attitudes towards the Poor"This is an interesting verse, it describes the churches of today.
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Look at the false religious leaders, as they basically say the same thing, being celebrated in the halls of power, giant mega churches with mega-million dollar budgets preaching a false gospel for THIS world, and worldly success and narcissism for all. As far as being the first or last in line, if you seek to be first in this world, you have already lost your way.
Mat 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
“Barack Obama has issued a brand new executive order that establishes a White House Rural Council. This Rural Council has been given the task of developing “public-private partnerships” that will seek to bring the “economic prosperity” of our big cities to rural America. In other words, the U.S. government and the big corporations are going to team up to dominate the economies of our small towns and rural communities just like they dominate the economies of all of our big cities. So should those that live in rural America be excited about this? After all, the U.S. government and the big corporations have done such a great job of bringing “economic prosperity” to places like Detroit, Michigan and Camden, New Jersey. Won’t it be great to have the federal government come in and tell rural communities how they should be doing things?”
In my opinion, this is all about starting action on Agenda 21, nationwide.
Google Agenda 21, educate yourself about this program that will be impacting everyone's life and go direct to their website, they are not hiding the plans.
Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environment.
Read this verse from the Bible...
No man can by any means redeem his brother,Or give to God a ransom for him--
For the redemption of his soul is costly,
And he should cease trying forever- - Psalm 49:7-8
now read the Catholic teachings from the Catholic catechism that contradict...
Being obedient she became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race .... CCC 494
This union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christ's virginal conception up to his death. . . .
This ties into this false teaching in the Catholic church...
2027 No one can merit the initial grace which is at the origin of conversion. Moved by the Holy Spirit, we can merit for ourselves and for others all the graces needed to attain eternal life, as well as necessary temporal goods.
No man by any means can redeem his brother!
I am surprised they have not named Mary "Co-Redemptrix" yet, talk about blasphemy against God. There is a movement in the Catholic church to have a FIFTH Marian doctrine named where "Mary" [Rome's false queen of heaven] would be named "Co-Redemptrix". While this belief has not been made "official" the title is used already by the Popes and all over the place in the Catholic church.
Benedict XV, Inter Sodalicia, 1918:
"To such extent did Mary suffer and almost die with her suffering and dying Son; to such extent did she surrender her maternal rights over her Son for : man's salvation . . that we may rightly say she redeemed the human race together with Christ."
Plus XI, 1935, in a prayer to close a jubilee, we find the first use of the word Coredemptrix by a pope:
"O Mother of love and mercy who, when thy sweetest Son was consummating the Redemption of the human race on in the altar of the cross, didst stand next to him suffering with him as a Coredemptrix."
Pope John Paul II at a speech in Ecuador in 1985:
"Having suffered for the Church, Mary deserved to become the Mother of all the disciples of her Son, the Mother of their unity....In fact, Mary's role as Co-redemptrix did not cease with the glorification of her Son"
One thing they claim is that 'co' does not mean partnership but only "with" to muddy the waters but lets not forget that Redemptrix is merely the female form of the word Redeemer.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I found this book "Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith" in a used book store for very cheap, it is the quintessential "Emergent" book, written by Rob Bell.
It is a few years old, but I am going to use it as a template to describe the lies that are being pushed down the throat of millions. The Emergent movement wishes to circumvent biblical Christianity in the service of Rome. While this was a "fringe" movement when the media a few years ago wrote of its darkened rooms, lava lamps, ancient church, love for liturgy and experiential worship, one can tell it's flavors have edged their way even into the more "conservative" denominations. What Rob Bell is selling in this book is being sold and push all over Christendom NOW.
As this blog entry outlines "Emergents Remind me of Unitarian Universalists" but they also remind me what the Catholic church teaches and where they desire people to go.
The cover of Velvet Elvis with no Elvis to be seen, is an interesting view, a young woman in jean jacket and white dress probably meant to symbolize purity, is FALLING through the air with streak lines right on her. It basically is a rendition of a modern "FALLEN ANGEL". My copy had a lady on it, but other versions of this book have FALLING MEN. Why is everyone falling? That is not a good sign.
Where do they want to take people in this destruction and "reformulation" [cough- REPAINTING like the title states] of Christianity that is happening now? Well this is the over all plan to bring confusion and worse to the churches, and haven't we seen this advanced all over?
1. They want people to believe the Christianity is supposed to CHANGE with the times.
The subtitle of this book points to that "The Repainting of the Christian Faith". What is repainting something but to CHANGE IT? Along with this "repainting" of Christianity is an "out with the old, in with the new and young" attitude. The concentration on rock bands and youthful things are paramount. Bell tells us of his story of a young 28 year old pastor already with his own mega-church in Grand Rapids, Michigan which he calls Mars Hill.
We are seeing that all over in the churches, with almost an over-obsession with what is "hip", "modern", and "with the times." Older people pushed aside for the glorification of "youth". Here this operates against biblical edicts for the more wise "elders" to lead the young, ever wonder why so many of the pastors are becoming younger by the day? There are other young pastors even in their late 20s being blessed with their own giant mega churches. They know the future is in deceiving the young. It's the complete opposite of what the Bible teaches:
1Pe 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
The theme of everything CHANGING is really brought to the forefront.
Rob Bell writes in Velvet Elvis:
"The challenge for Christians then is to live with great passion and conviction, remaining open and flexible, aware that this life is not the last painting." [p.11]
He goes on to comment about the reformation, but in a giant twist in what the Reformation was about connects it to a "changing" of the Christian faith instead of what it really was, a departure from the falsehoods of Roman Catholicism.
"But that wasn't the end of it. Luther was taking his place in a long line of people who never stopped rethinking and repainting the faith. Shedding unnecessary layers and at the same time rediscovering essentials that had been lost....[snip] Because of this movement the churches he was speaking against went through their own process of rethinking and repainting, making significant changes as well.."
In that last sentence, he obviously is referring to the Catholic counter-reformation, as something POSITIVE. Obviously we get the feeling he sees himself as part of a movement to CHANGE things.
2. They want people to reject the notion of absolute truth.
We know moral relativism is growing and situational ethics, one can find snarky anti-fundamentalist websites where they deem even belief in absolute truth as a laughable premise. That is the conclusion the world often comes to, there is no truth, and those who have arrived at the place of knowing there is absolute truth, are "bigots" meant for condemnation. Confusion, and doubt is the name of the game instead of what we are instructucted in the Bible as in Luke 4:1. "That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed." Remember 'the words have no meaning" crowd really can lob bombs of endless confusion to throw up billows of smoke and fog, to make people lose direction.
Rob Bell writes in Velvet Elvis on this theme of confusion:
"Our words aren't absolutes. Only God is absolute, and God has no intention of sharing this absoluteness with anything, especially words people have come up with to talk about him". [p.23]"
He furthers the confusion during page 26 and 27, downgrading doctrine itself saying so what if a brick or two is removed in the "doctrinal wall" so what? I am paraphrasing here, but he goes on to say...
"But if the whole faith falls apart when we reexamine and rethink one spring then it wasn't that strong in the first place was it?"
"This is because a brick is fixed in size. It can't flex or change size, because if it does then it can't fit into the wall. What happens then is that the wall becomes the sum total of the beliefs and God becomes as big as the wall. But God is bigger then any wall. God is bigger then any religion. God is bigger then any worldview. God is bigger then the Christian faith."
This goes against teachings about biblical doctrine in the Bible and against God's absolute truths:
Rom 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
The "God is bigger then that" word game, is one I have heard myself in many places, it is just the typical promoting the "god" of all religions stuff where they want to supplant trust and belief in God's Word. It basically means "God" operates in other places which would mean other religions and other religious books. It reminds me of this cartoon I saw the other day, on a more liberal preacher's website.
Click on this one to make it bigger, you will note that this cartoon is a slam against those who point to God's truth and revelation in His Word. The little person is squeezing a figure of "jesus" into the Bible, shouting, "Come on God! You just HAVE to fit in there! The message is, How dare you try to squeeze "God" in to the Bible? Which brings me to the next point....
3. They want to bring doubt regarding God's Word, and to teach that truth and revelation can come from other places.
We see this all over the place, belief in God's Word is relegated to the fringes called "fundamentalist" in a derogatory way as people are marched off to seek "truth" in many other places. The Bible is to be tossed aside or its importance diminished, while people seek after "God" every other place.
Rob Bell writes in Velvet Elvis this humdinger:
"Which for me raises one huge question: Is the Bible the best God can do?" [p. 44]
This particular chapter is full of endless confusion, he goes on about how people misinterpret the Bible which really is no evidence of his claims. One thing I noticed was the absence of the mention of the Holy Spirit teaching the Christian believer. He goes on about the "word" love and debates the many different ways it is defined. and tells us on page 46,
"and that's because the Bible is open ended"
Debating the meaning of words--remember what I said about the "words have no meaning" crowd?
He states his point again on page 46,
"once again the Bible is open ended, it has to be interpreted", he then goes on to bring up rabbis and their quibbles about scripture which he favors, and comes to this odd conclusion:
"Notice what Jesus says in the book of Matthew, "I will give you the keys of the kingdom; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven"
What he is doing here is significant. He is giving his followers the authority to make new interpretations of the Bible. He is giving them permission to say, "Hey we think we missed it before on that verse, and we've recently come to the conclusion that this is what it actually means."
God's Word says differently...
1Th 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received [it] not [as] the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
This reminds me of my days on Catholic and Christian message boards, the Catholics would tell us, "Call no man Father" and rather direct messages from the Bible really did not mean what they said, so we know this one definitely can be used to bring in nothing but confusion. As I read this chapter, still no mention of the Holy Spirit. Also note how this ties into the change theme. Christians have the Holy Spirit to teach them, they do not need false preachers with their new supposedly "improved" and "changed" religion to offer.
1Jo 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
The quibbles about the "meaning of words" are all the same lies I was told in the Catholic church, just reformulated for the young evangelical hordes.
After all isn't scripture alone vilified in the Roman Catholic church? Well he manages to do that too just as strongly as any gung-ho Jesuit could manage on page 67:
"This is part of the problem with continually insisting that one of the absolutes of the Christian faith must be a belief that "Scripture alone", is our guide. It sounds nice, but is not true. In reaction to abuses by the church, a group of believers during a time called the Reformation claimed that we only need the authority of the Bible. But the problem is that we got the Bible from the church voting on what the Bible even is"
One thing to note here he defines "church" in a way that includes the Catholic church, all through out this book, including implying on page 172, that the true Christian church was behind the Inquisitions.
4. They want people to see God as a "force" not as having personhood.
This flavor is all over this book, "God" is seen as a "force" and promoted as a force permeating all things and "creation" itself. To advance the "god" of all religions, the personhood of God, is something that gets in the way for these types. There is even other stuff, with that pantheistic New Age flavor tossed in within the book. Focusing on the idea that "something holds this all together" he speaks of a couple he is friends with getting married and sums it up as a "picture of something much bigger" [p.77]
"I then asked, so today, your wedding is about something more significant than just the two of you become husband and wife"? They then said they would call this glue, this force, "God".
5. They want people to see truth in other religions in support of the one world religion.
We know that is happening all over the place, churches pointing to Allah as "God", pluralism, interfaithism. The Catholic agenda for the one world church, they know they must get the evangelicals on board and the Emergents have helped this along. This too includes seeking for truth in OTHER PLACES and moral relativism themes.
Rob Bell in Velvet Elvis writes...
"So as a Christian, I am free to claim, the good, the true, the holy, wherever and whenever I can find it. I live with the understanding that truth is bigger then any religion and the world is God's and everything in it." [p. 80]This of course goes along with the 'Anonymous Christian" theme I wrote about here where "God" is deemed present even among those who know nothing of Jesus Christ, and they are supposedly "Christians" without knowing it. This too ties into the Catholic program of joining all world religions under the "cosmic christ".
"I would ask them if people in China and India and Chicago are eating and laughing and enjoying things and generally being held together? Because if they are, then Jesus, in a way that is difficult to articulate, is already present there." [p.88]This book is one example meant to instill a new world view, and its out there. Published in 2005, with the views more on the fringe, 6 years later, many of the so called conservative evangelicals have adopted them. I suppose even with Bell's new "universalism" and "no hell" message that given enough time, that poison will infuse further. This is how it works. I will be doing essays on other books in the future meant to "influence evangelicals". This one definitely has done a number on especially young people and one can see the themes advanced for what they are. I certainly did not have the room or space to point out everything false in this book, but wanted to show the general agenda. This agenda is being played out in many other avenues. "Christianity" is indeed being reformulated and REPAINTED.