Monthly Archives: September 2007

Transform, Transformed, Transforming, Transformation

While working on Part 2 and Part 3 of Barna Research for my blog, I realized that I need to discuss some current words/phrases before I can continue my comments about George Barna and the Barna Group.

Perhaps I should first mention that the word spiritual is overused these days, and often is referring to a feeling or sensation which may or may not be related to God and His Truth.

With that in mind, I would like to talk about some spiritual buzzwords. Specifically in this blog, I am going to discuss the verb, transform and its tenses. Transform is found in Romans 12.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”—Romans 12:2

I believe that the folk who use transform, or its relatives, whether it be in titles or content of books; on church billboards, bulletins, or conferences; headers on sites, etc., are counting on the folk that know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour, to reference the meaning of transform as it is in Romans 12:2.

However, there is a very different connotation to our blog word of the day in another part of the BOOK:

“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
—2 Corinthians 11:13–15

Research: George Barna and the Barna Group Part I

If you watched the BBC: The Century of the Self videos mentioned in my last post, you may remember the mention of Public Opinion and Research Polls being used to give credibility to whatever agenda business or government might have. Opinion and Research Polls are now and have been for some time, treated as fact and a way that the world systems (the media, business, and government) manipulate people.

Christian organizations, too, are using Research Polls to promote their books or their agendas—and have been for some time. I recently became aware of the research polls from the evangelical Barna Group. Their data is being used to promote a number of so-called Christian books, including those of George Barna, himself.

I personally do not like questionaire polls. There often are not enough answer choices. For example: scroll down on this Barna site link and you will see About the Research.

Two of the categories they use when polling people are:
1. “upscale” group—those with a 4 year degree and $75000 and above income.
2. “downscale”group —those who have not attended college and with household income of $20,000 or less.

I am not in either group. I have a master’s degree (6 years) of education, but this year, as well as most other years, we won’t be making $75,000. A benefit of getting my Master’s Degree, was taking the required Research Techniques class. I came to the same conclusion in my Research Techniques class as they did in the BBC videos that I mentioned: You can make research say whatever you want.

Why does the fallible human research of man have as much or more authority than God’s Word.

What does the Book say?

“The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going.”—Proverbs 14:15

Psychology

Psychology’s belief system is opposite what is taught in the Bible.

Psychology says: Love yourself. You need self-esteem.

Jesus says: Deny yourself. Follow Me.

The Bible says we are sinners, we need to repent, and only Jesus can change our hearts.

The psychologists say it’s our parent’s fault or our society’s fault, and by spending time and money for their services, they can help us change.

We so called Christians in America have compromised and combined the Bible and psychology to get our answers. The Bible isn’t enough. We want something more than just the Bible. And our fruit is rotten.

Today’s most prominent “Christian” Psychologist (that’s really an oxymoron—psychology is not Christian) has quite a following of folk across the nation and quite a bit of political clout in Washington DC. Jesus’ Kingdom is NOT political.

You may find these videos I’ve linked to interesting. “They” (government and business) have been using psychological techniques to manipulate the masses for years. The “Christian” psychologists are no different.

BBC: A Century of Self
#1 http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8953172273825999151&q=&hl=en

#2 http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-678466363224520614

After viewing these videos, I began to wonder if we get the truth from anywhere, or if everything and everyone everywhere has an agenda to try and get me to think their way.

What does the Book say?

“…there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”—Psalm 53:3

“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”—Romans 3:10, 12

“For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let no man glory in men.”—1 Corinthians 3:19–21

Doesn’t this sound like the result of years of psychologizing here in the US?

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
—2 Timothy 3:1–7

For true biblical counseling read from the Book:

“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
—John 8:32

Proverbs and Psalms

Looking Up

The Dominion Theology, Replacement Theology, and Reconstructionist leaders that are setting up a social, religious, and political kingdom here on earth are making their flock vulnerable to the control of the actual world ruler that will set himself up as Jesus here on earth.

How will we know if the world ruler is the real Jesus?

What does the Book say?

“‘…Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.'”—Act 1:11

Replacement Theology

Replacement Theology says incorrectly that the church has replaced Israel and that the promises in the Old Testament meant for Israel, now belong to the church.

The result of this philosophy is that the leaders of churches with this unbiblical belief—whether Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical, or Emergent—feel that it is their responsibility to set up God’s kingdom here on earth.

Replacement Theology results in a social gospel. When combined with Dominion Theology, RT becomes an agenda for making everything (including culture and government) Christian, in preparation, they think, to have everything ready for Jesus to come back and set up his Kingdom. These folk are ignoring the fact that God’s Kingdom is within and that ONLY Jesus, the Redeemer can set things right.

What does the Book say?

“Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, “He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.'”—Jeremiah 3:10

“Thus saith the LORD;’If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done,’ saith the LORD.”
—Jeremiah 31:37

“—behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”—Luke 17:21

“And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”—Luke 1:33

“And again, Esaias saith, ‘There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.'”—Romans 15:12

“‘…The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”
—Revelation 11:15