Gospel-less Haiti Relief

While looking for news about the Haiti relief effort a few weeks back, I ended up on the World Vision site where I saw a link to the book, The Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision. Looking for information about this book, I found two interviews with statements that are very important for us to understand at this time, so that we may continue to be found faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ.

In this Sojourners interview, Stearns discusses his philosophy of ministry and his position on the president’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Read the Sojo interview here at this link.

In this PBS interview, Stearns discusses World Vision’s policy on religion, evangelism and proselytization, as well as his position on Obama’s Faith Based Task Force.

Watch the PBS interview here at this link.

Please continue reading for a collection of quotes from these interviews, and my analysis and exhortation to all the saints.

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Deceiving the Church

This issue is not going away; we will all eventually have to deal with it. One reason this is important is that deception in the church changes and eliminates the gospel.

There are many new gospel messages emerging; among them, the New Spirituality/One World gospel (we are god, we are all one), and the “Save the Earth” gospel (the planet is god/we must all unite/we can create Utopia on Earth). It is the popular thing in many churches now to be transformed (changed), to agree with these new ways of thinking and believing.

I agree with this statement that contending for truth and defending the faith will cost you something. There is a price to pay. Unity with, and acceptance by the world will not be yours. Unity with, and acceptance by people in the visible church who are emerging into the New Paradigms (ultimately joining the world), will not be yours. But you are not alone.

Here are excerpts from an article by Jan Markell:

Biblical truth will continue to be scorned by those who consider themselves to be intellectual (I Cor. 1:20), and it will likely be rejected by those who seek the praise of man over the praise of God (John 12:42,43). But the Spirit of God is always at work in the hearts of men, giving life to human spirits by the same power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead (Ephesians 1:19).

Will you contend for the faith today as we are asked to do in Jude 3? It will cost you something. You will lose loved ones. You will be tempted to cave in and keep quiet. You will feel very alone. I know these things because endless e-mails from the four corners of the earth come into our office stating this is the case.

Read the article here at Understanding the Times

Related post: Change Agents in Your Church?

Unity in the One World Religion

Here is a chart from the July-Sep.2007 issue of Proclaiming the Gospel newsletter, titled Common Bonds for Unity, and excerpts from the article, The Remarkable Formation of the One World Religion, by Mike Gendron.

The True Church

♦ Receives divine revelation from Scripture alone (2 Peter 1:20)

♦ Is called by God their Father, saved by Jesus Christ and sealed and sanctified by the Holy Spirit (Col. 1:9; Eph. 2:8; 1 Cor. 1:3)

♦ Is saved by God’s grace for good works (Eph. 2:8-10)

♦ Is intolerant, believing there is only one way to God (John 14:6)

♦ Is baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body (1 Cor. 12:13)

♦ Is alive in Christ and abides in His word (Rom. 6:11; John 8:31-32)

♦ Contends for the apostles’ faith (Jude 3)

♦ Is the Bride of Christ, united in love for the Savior (Rev. 19:7; Jn 13:35)

♦ Will worship and serve the true Christ when He appears in glory(Titus 2:13-15)

♦ Will rejoice in God’s peace (Rev. 21:4)


The World Religion

♦ Receives “divine” revelation from demonic sources (1 Tim. 4:1-4)

♦ Is blinded by their father the devil, deceived by false Christs and bonded by another spirit (2 Cor. 4:4; John 8:44; Rev. 9:20)

♦ Teach they are saved by works, but their works deny God (Titus 1:16)

♦ Is tolerant, believing there are many ways to God

♦ Is ensnared by another Spirit to do his will (2 Tim. 2:24-26)

♦ Is spiritually dead and abides in the world (1 John 2:16)

♦ Seeks common truth among all faiths.

♦ Is the harlot of anti-Christ, united in hatred for the saints (Rev. 17:6)

♦ Will worship and serve a false Christ when he appears in deceit (Rev. 13.12)

♦ Will weep in an eternal fire (Mat. 13:42)

What Are Christians To Do? Christians must not tolerate anyone who willfully misrepresents the character or attributes of almighty God or His Gospel. A sound and loving rebuke, using scripture, is necessary to earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 3). To remain silent shows, either an indifference toward the Lord Jesus, or a greater loyalty to another person or institution.

We are commanded to separate from those who persist in false teaching (Rom.16:17; Titus 3:10). For some, this may mean finding another church. For others, it may mean withholding support from ministries that continue to compromise the Gospel. The apostles warned us that if we do not separate from false teachers we could either be disqualified for service, become identified with them and their error, or risk being partakers of their fate (2 Tim. 2:20; 2 John 10-11; Jude 11-13). May God help us all to stand firm and not be carried away by every wind of doctrine!

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!”