Right Before our Very Eyes

I remember, back when I was a young believer, when it seemed every Christian was passionate for God’s Word, when evangelism was a normal activity, and when false teaching was something that happened out there, hidden in the shadowy world of the New Agers and cults.

Now things are different. The New Agers have gone mainstream; popularizing their occult religion in every venue of our culture, from education to entertainment and the marketplace. What used to be found only in a crystal and incense filled Berkeley bookstore is now openly promoted throughout society. Even the main textbook for the foundation of my college major existed to mainstream the New Age. The world religions, the New Agers, secular humanists and the occult have come out from the underground and have normalized their worldview.

Now things are really different. Now we have many from within Christianity, joining in with what is now called the “New Spirituality”. I remember ten years ago when I walked into a bookstore, and saw a prominent display of John Shelby Spong’s book, Why Christianity Must Change or Die. Yes this was a liberal mainline skeptic’s manifesto. But something was up. Then a few years later he gave us A New Christianity for a New World: Why Traditional Faith is Dying and How a New Faith is Being Born. At that point, I realized that Protestant Christianity had joined with the New Age.

Today, ever increasing numbers of Evangelicals are now joining in with the skepticism, doubt and denial of the Word of God. They are speaking the same words as those in the New Spirituality. They have joined the New Faith. They have joined the One World Religion.

Just like God said would happen, thousands of years ago. We are seeing it unfold now, right before our very eyes.

Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostacy comes first, and the man of lawlesness is revealed, the son of destruction…2Thes.2:3.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; and will turn away their ears from the truth, and will turn aside to myths. 2Tim.2:3-4.

But false prophets also arose among the people; just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them… 2Pe.2:1.

“Many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am Christ!’ and will mislead many.” Mark13:6.

And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence. And he makes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast…Rev.13:11-12.

Listen: Christian Worldview radio. The merger of modern-day “Christianity” and Evangelicalism with the New Age Movement and Universalism. Laying the groundwork for a world religion and a world leader as predicted in the Bible. This is happening fast and you are seeing what the Bible foretold thousands of years ago.

Chart: Biblical Truth (thesis: the Bible), the transition phase(antithesis: the New Age movement), and the New Spirituality (synthesis: Global Spirituality) compared.

Article: New Spirituality Emerging into One Church for the world.

Article: Bringing Christianity into the One World Religion.

Video: The whole world coming together as One spiritually.

Change Agents in Your Church?

In April, Rick Warren is scheduled to speak at a preaching conference on “how to use the pulpit to address political, social and cultural issues”. What exactly will he tell pastors to teach their congregations? An article by abpnews.com states,

Warren has set a precedent for using his pulpit to speak about global warming and HIV/AIDS and has invited several prominent political figures — including presidential contenders Senators Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) — to speak in his church.

Political, social and cultural issues aren’t what they used to be. Things have been changing. Change agents are hard at work within the church, transforming churches from Christ centered, Spirit-led, Word focused, Gospel proclaiming, called out (from the world) assemblies, into what they would like them to be: communitarian social service distribution centers. The plan involves recruiting Christian churches to work in unity with other religions, the government, and corporations, to solve the world’s social, economic and physical problems.

According to the bible, the church exists to worship the Lord corporately, for fellowship (based on spiritual unity), to train and edify the saints, and to proclaim the gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ. According to the change agents, the church exists to help supply volunteer labor for the global programs that government and business oversee.

This “three legged stool” cooperation of government, corporate, and “church” does not allow for participating churches or individual Christians to share the gospel in the course of the social work. In addition, “church”, in this communitarian plan, means any “faith based” group of any religion.

I was in the bookstore today and was looking through Everything Must Change, by Brian McLaren. He was basically saying this very thing: traditional Christianity is about man being under the judgment of God and bound for hell, the necessity for substitutionary atonement, and salvation through Jesus for forgiveness of sins to make us right with God. In contrast, he said the emergent view of Christianity is that man has messed up things pretty bad, and must work together to change society and the world, and thus we will find redemption, and we will have the kingdom of God on earth. McLaren re-imagines Jesus and the Gospel, and makes it all about working for a social Utopia. Salvation is not personal redemption, but saving the world through global socialism. That is exactly what Rick Warren was promoting in the Faith and Modernization panel at the World Economic Forum.

Well there you go. What we’ve suspected all along: the Kingdom Now, Purpose Driven and Emergent movements are all related and working for the same thing.

The church is being stripped of it’s power, the Word of God, and the Gospel. It is being recruited to serve the world system, which denies Christ.

Let us resist the change agents, rejecting the invitation to join the world system, doing good to those who have need of help, while never ceasing to boldly proclaim the Gospel, in love.

For more on change agents in the church, visit Crossroad.to, and Herescope; also see ONE Faith for All, pt.3. and Educate Me, which is about replacing Christianity with Humanistic Psychology.

ONE Faith For All, Pt.3

The Davos World Economic Forum not only discusses economics, but many topics related to the globalization of the world, or, phrased differently, the new re-ordered world system.

The Open Forum panel on “Faith and Modernization”, hosted by Tony Blair, consisted of Muslims, Jews and Catholics, and (Protestant) Christianity. Christianity was being represented by Rick Warren, who claims to be a Baptist Evangelical Christian.

The message communicated by the Muslim, Jewish, and Catholic leaders was basically that religions must coexist, common ground must be found, proselytism must stop, extremism, the source of all the problems, must be stopped, and extremists must be faced and controlled. They declared that all believers (adherents to all religions) must work together in unity for world peace, and that it is in “our hands” to change the world.

Mike Gendron, in his article, The Remarkable Formation of the One World Religion, writes that there are two kinds of unity:

Doctrine is what divides the true church from the emerging world religion. The Bible condemns any unity that is not founded in God’s word. False unity is based upon man’s ambitions and is always independent of God (Gen.11:1-9). This type of unity will be a tool of the Antichrist (Rev. 17-18). On the other hand, biblical unity is based on apostolic truth and is a work of the Holy Spirit, not of man (Eph. 4:3,13; 1Cor.12:13)

When Rick Warren spoke, he stated that the future of the world is religious pluralism, and that the world is becoming more religious, not less. He said “we” cannot solve the ‘Five Giants’ (from the P.E.A.C.E. plan) without involving ‘people of faith’ and their religious institutions. In saying this, he implied people of all faiths, and all religious institutions. He boasted of his membership in the Council on Foreign Relations and promoted the philosophy of the three legged stool of government, business and the ‘faith’ sector working together. He explained that this last leg consists of churches, mosques, synagogues and (Buddhist) temples. He talked about how every village in the world has a church, and by church, he meant any house of worship, of any religion. He said the ‘church’ is the only truly global organization, with the largest pool of committed manpower (volunteer laborers).

Warren said that the ‘church’ has local credibility. This he defines as the local imam, pastor, priest, or rabbi. He asked if we (all houses of worship) can work together with business, government and the U.N. to build the three legged stool. He proposed using houses of worship as community social service distribution centers (managed and funded by government and business). He later admits that the ‘purpose’ of the Purpose Driven Life, is to participate as a volunteer in this interfaith plan to change the world. He challenged the audience with “Can we not all get along?”

Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 1Jn.2:22.

and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. 1Jn.4:3.

Who will build the One World Religion? Those who deny the Lord Jesus Christ.

Towards the end the prime minister of Malaysia said that we have “one faith, one faith that all of us believe in!”

Eventually the world will officially declare: “ONE faith for all!”

ONE Faith For All, Pt.2

My own introduction to the New Age concept of spiritual oneness came as a child when I heard “Imagine” on the radio. Even as a child growing up in the Roman Catholic Church, I understood that the song was about all the people of the world coming together as one spiritually. I understood the song’s purpose was to destroy the truth of Christianity.

In my youthful college days, I was extremely naive. I was already well versed in Humanism, the prevailing secular wisdom. This was to be expected from public institutions. Foolishly thinking I could continue my education in Liberal Studies at San Francisco State, I knew there was more Humanism to come. I would take it, as always with a grain of salt. But I was hoping the curriculum would consist of content such as “Invitation To the Classics”. It turned out to be more like, “Invitation to the Occult”.

The main textbook for the core class was Marilyn Ferguson’s The Aquarian Conspiracy, which was basically a primer for the outing and mainstreaming of the New Age occultic religion into modern society. The total required reading list of luciferian primers was more than I could stomach as a young Christian. A watershed moment in my college career was the day the class listened as the instructor taught us the concept of ‘paradigm shift’ and declared, “The goal is to destroy the old paradigm and replace it with the new paradigm” (as described in Furgeson’s book). As we look around us now, we see they are very successful in achieving their plan.

But that is the world, and we know the god of this world is working hard to institute the global religion of antichrist, which is essentially the global worship of himself, the enemy of God. The thing that is happening now, is that we have professing Christians, supposed Christian organizations, and church leaders who are promoting this one world religion. The enemy is working overtime to get professing Christianity into the mix.

I got a copy of the Spring 2005 SoulMag in the mail. It was a new magazine for Christians, and it was about “entertainment, lifestyle and faith”. Every single article was blasphemous diaprax to transform an undiscerning Christian to accept new age beliefs, for the goal of joining Christians to the global religion via “common ground”. Who was producing this magazine? Professing Christians. The content of the articles was undeniably luciferian (new age or anti-biblical).

Then, around the same time, I got a postcard in the mail, inviting me to sign the ONE declaration, and join a good social cause, along with other “people of faith”. It had a picture of several Christian and political leaders, and of course Bono. The card promoted this as a public-private partnership to do social work. What jumped out at me, was this bible verse printed on the card: “There is one body and one spirit (small s), just as also you were called in one hope of your calling.” Eph. 4:4. That is exactly how it was phrased on the postcard. They were using a bible verse to appeal to Christians, but what they were really saying was that the ‘one body’ is the whole world (misusing this text). This is so because they made it clear that this was a joint effort of secular organizations and an interfaith cooperation of all ‘people of faith’.

Another interesting experience was when I looked at the church bulletin and I noticed that they were inviting the people in the church to participate in building a house with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat claims to be a Christian organization. For a long time church groups would sign up to work on a house together. It would be a time of fellowship and serving alongside one another in an act of Christian love and service. But this project was different. This was no ordinary Habitat project. This was the new “All Faiths” house build project. This interfaith project would bring Christians, Muslims, Jews and Hindus together to build common ground and interfaith unity. These interfaith projects would include a worship service where all faiths participate, and all are recognized.

So I gave a call to my local chapter of Habitat, and asked about this interfaith project, and how it would help bring people from all religions together in unity. The man on the phone happily affirmed this, and with excitement in his voice, said, “Yes, it’s already happening!”

ONE Faith For All, Pt.1

In 1998 the Lord woke me up out of a Laodicean slumber and by 1999 I realized there was something strange going on in the world, spiritually and geopolitically. In the summer of 2001, I was talking with my best Roman Catholic friend, and I asked her opinion regarding the historic event of Pope John Paul ll being the first pope (or Christian leader of any kind) in history to enter a mosque. Pope JPll had entered a mosque in Syria, not to bring the gospel, but to join with Muslims for worship and prayer.

Her answer really surprised me. “Why are you so shocked? Christians and Muslims worship the same God!” Well we had a friendly debate about that, and she was very surprised that I would see a problem with that. She thought it was marvelous. She submitted my question to the “Ask the Monsignor” column in a local Catholic paper. In the June 24, 2001 issue of Our Sunday Visitor, the Msgr. M. Francis Mannion in his answer quoted from Nietzsche, Pope John Paul ll, and the 1965 Declaration on the Relations of the Church to Non-Christian Religions, of the Second Vatican Council.

He quoted, “They(Muslims) worship God, who is one, living and subsistent, merciful and almighty, the Creator of heaven and earth, who has also spoken to men.” Vatican ll also went on to say regarding the Muslim attitude to Christ, “Although not acknowledging Him as God, they worship Jesus as a prophet, His virgin Mother they also honor, and even at times devoutly invoke…..they highly esteem an upright life and worship God, especially by way of prayer, alms-deeds, and fasting.” Finally the Monsignor quoted Vatican ll, “The sacred council….. urges that a sincere effort be made to achieve mutual understanding for the benefit of all men, let them together preserve and promote peace, liberty, social justice and moral values.” Remember, this was 1965.

After my friend handed me this published article, I had to attempt to answer the Monsignor, and thus began an earnest interest in apologetics and defending the faith. This also began for me, an interest in watching the amazing development…….of the One World Religion.

Just for fun, I began collecting John Paul ll quotes like some women collect shoes. After a while, I had lots of fascinating quotes which only showed one thing: the Roman Catholic Church was at the forefront (aside from the New Agers) of helping the new religion of Global Spirituality come into fruition. Now, Pope Benedict XVl is continuing where JPll left off.

But there are many more besides the Pope working hard to achieve this goal.

A Biblical Youth Group (wow!)

“So, honey, what did they teach about tonight?”, I asked my Jr. Hi age daughter as we drove home from our local youth group of choice. Her answer was music to my ears.

No, it wasn’t “Belong to the group” (psychology +Church Growth Movement), “Take back the city from the principalities of darkness and claim the territory for God” (Kingdom Now/Dominionist movement), or “God spoke to me and said you are the end time army of God to be the new authoritative apostles and prophets” (New Apostolic Reformation movement).

They didn’t play Halo, shock-value unsanitary “gross games” or worship unbiblicaly with candle & incense burning, altar decorating, stations of the cross, chanting or labyrinth walking (Emergent/return to Rome movement).

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for fun and being social. They do play games, eat pizza and go on fun summer and winter trips. But the focus is discipling young Christians in God’s Word.

So what did she learn? “God is Sovereign”. That’s right; they are teaching the youth the attributes of God. How refreshing!

I’m so, so thankful for this youth group, and youth pastor. This is God’s faithful provision. The pastor desires to teach young people Biblical Christian doctrine, theology and some apologetics. He has a heart to pass on the faith and disciple youth in the Word of God. He desires to prepare kids to hold fast to Biblical Truth, as they come of age in a world of apostasy in the church, and increasing hatred of the things of God out in the world. He wants to prepare them for a life of service to God, as ambassadors of the gospel, and to stand strong in faith in Jesus.

It’s What We Say

Lots of people are talking about Joel Osteen’s recent CBS interview, so I finally forced myself to watch it. Naturally, Christians are commenting on how his message is a classic “fluff and puff, cake-bake” message which not only waters down Christianity, but is actually heresy. He is not the only one out there preaching this message, he is just the most famous. The thing that I found the most interesting in this video though, was the result of his preaching. In the part where people are coming to his book signing, there was a couple who came up to him and the man said, “She’s Roman Catholic, I’m Jewish, we listen every Sunday!” Osteen’s message is bringing people from various religions together in unity.

The reason why so many people love Osteen’s teaching is that it omits so many truths about God and the gospel. He is popular because of what he does not say. Missing is the true identity of Jesus, His accomplishments through His death and resurrection, God’s holiness, righteousness, justice and judgment of sin, and redemption only through repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. (It is these things which we believe, which we also speak, which separates us from the rest of the world.) This missing information is replaced with psychology and Humanism. These are replacement religions for true Christianity. In Humanism, the belief is that “we are all one” in our human experience, and it is all about us, what we have in common, and what we can do. This helps feed the growing worldwide movement to bring together all peoples into spiritual unity.

The world will not get mad at you if you do not speak truth from God’s word. It is when we speak it (or write it) that people get angry because they do not want to hear it. But the Lord has given us our task: we are to speak the truth (respectfully, lovingly, boldly) about who He is and what He has done through the Lord Jesus Christ.

Just this Sunday, during our worship service, we were listening to our pastor read through a list of dozens of amazing and wonderful ways Jesus has fulfilled the Law and ceremonial symbols of the Old Covenant. Right in the middle, a female voice in the back shouted out angrily, opposing what was being said about Jesus being this fulfillment, and then she dashed out and was gone. My friend and I sat there thinking, “heckler”, because we became accustomed to hecklers during outdoor gospel outreaches we have participated in. Hecklers are a normal occurrence with “street” preaching. Then we realized, “Hey, this is in a church building. This is not the norm.”

It is not what was not said that made this woman mad, it is what was said.

The world will not get angry if you choose to be quiet and not speak about Bible truth. They will love you! You will be as popular as Joel Osteen! The world’s religions will come together someday, in spiritual solidarity. What will you say?

Speak of all His wonders. 1Chron.16:9.

God Has a Dream for Your Life?

A friend emailed me the link to the Women of Faith Conference that will take place in San Jose. There is a Pre-Conference called, “God Has a Dream for Your Life”. Check out the preview video in the ad. Listening to the video, it sounds like it is all Psychobabble and New Age ‘lite’. If this dream they are referring to is founded in scripture, then it would be instruction and encouragement from God from His Word. But this preview, anyway, does not give any indication of this. I would be interested in the content of this talk. Will it be loaded with truth from the Word of God, or more Freud-Skinner-Maslow, et al?

They talk about understanding your self so you can reach the dreams you have not dared to dream, about dreams residing in your soul, dreams in your heart, so you will understand you better. It sounds like psychoanalysis, in it’s reference to past psychological trauma. It says there is a path God has laid out for us and the psychologist will help us understand what that path is. Is this path the truth of God’s Word? If this is about how God leads us to serve Him by His Holy Spirit, and guides us, and will also work out all things together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose, why don’t they give a hint of this in the preview video? They say it’s not going to be like your 6th grade Sunday School class: it will be fun!

They use the analogy of Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz “finding her path” when someone tells her to follow the yellow brick road. What is this? Is this supposed to symbolize following God according to His Word? Or what?

God does not have a dream for your life. He has a plan, and a will, and truth, which we should humbly follow, obey and trust. Brothers and sisters, this is not Christianity. Again, modern Evangelicalism is sounding more like my college Psych class, and my local New Age talk radio station.

The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps. Prov.16:9.

Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but the counsel of the Lord, it will stand. Prov.19:21.

..yet not My will, but Thine be done. Luke 22:42.

Video: God Has a Dream for Your Life Conference

Related article: The Voice of Deception

What’s Emerging

Frustrated with the pragmatic, seeker centered, marketing managed, church growth movement, many have left to gather together to find a new way of doing church. A change in the methods has slowly emerged into a change in the message. What is emerging? Wolves in sheeps clothing with a message that denies the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. This movement is summarized here in this basic overview, and preached on in the sermon below.

Today it is not uncommon to hear leading voices in the emerging church make reckless statements that cast doubt on the absolute divine authority and complete historical reliability of Scripture, downplay the doctrine of personal sin as an offense against a holy God, deny that the substitutionary atonement is central to the gospel, or open the door to salvation through non-Christian religions.

Summary: What’s Emerging in the Church?

Seeker sensitivity and pragmatism in church growth methodology have driven the church into emergent church apostacy. Our irresponsible infatuation with methodology has led to a frontal assault on theology. In reality the emergent church is anti-Church and anti-Christ.

Sermon: Emergent Church: Wolves in Our Midst

The Voice of Deception

Can you recognize a false message posing as truth? Can you recognize the voice of the devil? His message is “yea, hath God said?”, and his message is false, since the devil is a liar. His message is a flesh and pride satisfying alternative to what the Lord has said in His Word. The first time I ever heard the term ‘discernment’, as in, “Are you involved in discernment ministry”? I had no idea what that meant. Never heard of it. Turns out, I had been doing that (discerning) all along, not knowing it was called that. I thought this was a normal part of being a Christian; comparing what you hear to the Word of God and noting if there was a difference. How can we discern? We must know, believe in and trust in the Word of God.

Like I’ve been mentioning in other posts, there are religions and movements in the world which cry out the false, satanic messages of the god of this world; the New Age movement for instance, which is not new, just the old “ancient wisdom” occult religion of Lucifer that weaves its way back in time through history, all the way back past the Tower of Babel, to the garden.

The interesting thing is, now we are seeing this exact same message in the visible church, in some places. Besides the secular Humanist occult New Agers, who is promoting the devil’s lie the most lately? It is some within visible ‘Christianity’. It is within the visible ‘church’.

In Fatima Portugal there is a Roman Catholic shrine to ‘Mary’. People from all over the world go to it to worship and pray to Mary. Did you know it is an interfaith shrine? (And did you know Fatima was named for Muhammad’s daughter?) People from every religion you can think of go there, and they all worship Mary together. The leadership of Roman Catholic Church is fine with this. They encourage ‘interfaith dialogue’.

In mainline liberal Protestant Christianity, there is a movement, not just for ecumenism, but for interfaith universalism with the world’s religions. In seeker, man focused modern evangelicalism, there is the social gospel P.E.A.C.E. plan, which is focused on making this world in this present evil age, through the effort of man, a utopia. The messages you hear in these movements are not God’s message of faith and salvation in Jesus Christ alone.

Some who decided to leave modern ‘institutional’ evangelicalism have not just rearranged how and where they gather, and how they ‘do church.’ When I first heard of emergent church a while back, I thought they were interested in getting out of something less than biblical and becoming more biblical, and reaching the lost with the gospel. Turns out, they were interested in becoming skeptics, questioning the Word of God, becoming visionary philosophers and opening themselves up to the ‘possibilities’ of global ‘spirituality’. In other words, they are slowly emerging into the same New Age spirituality that the devil is selling to the world.

Here is a leader in the emergent church movement. How excited he is in his desire to pass on his ‘vision’ for communal global spirituality. We are used to hearing this from the New Agers, the Roman Catholics, the liberal mainliners. Now this is coming from ‘evangelical Christianity.’ This guy is coming to us in this video as a Christian, and he is speaking to Christians. He beckons us to join him in his dream, which he calls “God’s dream”.

God does not have a dream. God has told us His plan in His Word. He did not tell us to dream and come up with new ideas for how God’s plan will work out. He told us what to do, and told us what would happen, in His Word. We are not to gather in order to question what God has said, to question if it is true out of skepticism. To say you hold the bible in high esteem, but you hold God even higher makes no sense, since Jesus, who is God, is the Word of God.

Our understanding/interpretation of the bible is not achieved by the community’s collective responses and thoughts. This is Hegelian dialectic process, which uses dialogue to create synthesis (consensus) out of thesis and antithesis. If we have questions, the answers are found in the bible; that is, answers concerning things that God wants us to have information about. Are we to question His answers?

Saved does not mean having a kingdom of God mindset. God’s plan is not going to become a reality because of us. He will do it. To say “together, WE can become God’s dream” reminds me of the attitude of the people in Genesis 11:1-6.

Listen to the message in this video, and tell me, is he speaking truth from God’s Word; is this biblical? Or is this the voice of deception?

Thy word is truth. Ps.119:160.

Let no one deceive you with empty words… Eph.5:6.

and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Acts 20:30.

Video: The Emergent Dream.