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2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4D: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Continuing with Part 3 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu.

2. The denial of a future, thousand-year, physical reign of Jesus Christ on the earth.

From http://www.chalcedon.edu/credo; chalcedon.edu/ministry

“Because we affirm postmillennialism…Because we believe that Christ’s first coming established His kingdom (Mt. 3:2), and His church is presently energized to advance that kingdom
(Mt. 28:18-20)…”

“…Jesus Christ already ‘brought in the kingdom’ at His first coming. His glorious reign was formalized at His ascension (Dan. 7:13-14), after which He showered His royal gifts on His people so that they could advance His kingdom in the earth (Ac. 2:17-18, 30-33)…”

“Chalcedon’s activities include foundational and leadership roles in Christian reconstruction. Our emphasis on the Cultural or Dominion Mandate, Genesis 1:28, and the necessity of a return to Biblical Law has been a crucial factor in the challenge to Humanism by Christians in this country and elsewhere. Chalcedon’s involvement in and commitment to Christian education began with its inception when founder Rousas John Rushdoony pinpointed the Christian and home schools as the most important institutions in reversing the influence of secular Humanism.”

My Comments

These folk have torqued scripture to come up with a reconstructionist postmillennial eschatology. As you read above, they believe Jesus has established His kingdom already, and the church is energized to advance that kingdom.

In my opinion, the postmillennial belief combined with Replacement theology (the belief that Israel has been replaced by the church) and their ideas about the state/church has allowed for their belief of “Reconstructionism.”

Rather than preach the gospel to every creature like Jesus told us to do, they are putting their energies into getting people to obey Biblical law.

Perhaps you would be interested in reading a book that uses both the Old and New Testament to discuss the Redemption (Rapture) of the church by our Redeemer. You can read ‘The Manasseh Effect: A Biblical Case for the Rapture of the Church” by John Higgins and download the chart online for free.

Jesus did not tell us to set up a church system or to reform the American government or to Christianize our culture. He came to rescue people from hell, and He wants us to spread that good news to others.

From the BOOK

“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”—1 John 5:19

“Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”
—John 18:36

This is what Christ’s kingdom on earth will be like. Does it sound like it has happened or is happening? Does it sound like Jesus needs help establishing the kingdom?

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.“—Isaiah 9:6, 7

“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”—Psalm 37:11

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”—Acts 17:30, 31

“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.“—2 Corinthians 3:6

“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world {not government} unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.“—2 Corinthians 5:19

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4C: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Continuing with Part 2 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

1. A Political union of the church and state.

What Chalcedon Believes
“Christians suckled on a pietistic view of the Faith and life simply cannot conceive of a world-conquering Christianity; because they cannot grasp this premise, they dismiss its defenders and spread misinformation about its position.”

My Comment
What does this mean? A world-conquering Christianity? Do they believe Christianity/Church conquers? Isn’t that what the Roman church believed and still believes? That is like a body without the head. The Church is the body, Jesus is the head of the church and Jesus is the Conqueror.

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.”—Revelation 19:11

What Chalcedon Believes
“Because we believe that the Bible should apply to all of life, including the state; and because we believe that the Christian state should enforce Biblical civil law; and finally, because we believe that the responsibility of Christians is to exercise dominion in the earth for God’s glory…”

My Comment
These folk seem to have forgotten that when Jesus was on earth he never tried to make a Christian state out of the Roman government.

What does exercise “dominion in the earth for God’s glory” mean? I think this is dominion theology which I have addressed on my blog previously.

The Chalcedon site also says that they support
“the efforts of Christians and Christian organizations to implement the vision of Christian civilization. Though unapologetically Reformed, Chalcedon supports the kingdom work of all orthodox denominations and churches.”

My Comment
Who has given the vision of Christian civilization? It sounds like reclaiming culture. I haven’t read about it in the Bible. What is Christian Civilization? Jesus rescues individuals from the kingdom of darkness and hell. This is NOT about us, it’s all about JESUS who paid a great price and rescued us because of His great love for us.

God’s WORD says

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”—Colossians 1:12–18

“Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”—Isaiah 5:13

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4B: Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon, Aquinas 2007

Introduction

The next few posts will be discussing how the errors and unbiblical thinking of Constantine, Augustine, the Council of Chalcedon and Aquinas has influenced Chalcedon.edu, Reconstructionists who believe in reclaiming the culture and who have had great influence on the homeschooling community and the “Christian” right of our government, implementing their belief system through homeschooling and promoting our “Christian Nation.”

The theology/doctrine of this group has bothered me for a long time. I now understand that part of their theology leaves out the Holy Spirit (even though they make mention of the Holy Spirit once on their site), and that they apparently agree with Aquinas that man’s intelligence was not affected by the fall and thus give man’s reasonings and writings equal footing with God’s Holy Word.

[Previous related posts 2000 years of Deception and Error 3B and Aquinas]

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”—Romans 16:17, 18

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 4A: Thomas Aquinas

Thomas Aquinas 1225–March 7, 1274

Some of the influences Thomas Aquinas’ life and writings have had.

1. Thomas Aquinas looked at Christianity using Greek thought and philosophy, specifically that of Aristotle.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”— Colossians 2:8

2. Using Greek thought, Aquinas justified the unbiblical doctrine of transubstantiation which says the bread becomes Jesus’ body and the wine his blood each time communion (the eucharist) is taken, resulting in Jesus being continually sacrificed.

“For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.”—Romans 6:10

“By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”—Hebrews 10:10

3. The Council of Trent gave Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica equal standing with the Bible and Decretals (letters of the Pope which formulated decisions in ecclesiastical law). Thomas Aquinas himself viewed sacred doctrine as both Scripture and the tradition of the Catholic Church.

“And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”—Luke 4:4

“…for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
—Psalm 138:2

4. My understanding is that Thomas Aquinas believed that when Adam and Eve fell in the garden, their intellect, mind or reason was not affected by their sin. This explains to me some of the emphasis on scholasticism, intellectualism, and elevation of man’s mind and reason that I have encountered over the years in certain belief systems.

“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”—Romans 8:7

“Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”
—Ephesians 2:3

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind.”—Ephesians 4:17

“Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”
—1 Corinthians 8:1

5. It was reported that Aquinas had mystic experiences including levitating and an appearance from the “Blessed Virgin.”

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”—Galatians 1:8

“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.”—Colossians 2:18

Two Thousand Years of Deception & Error, Part 3B Constantine, Augustine, Chalcedon: Errors in 2007

Summing up the errors in the church that I have discussed so far. This is only some of the error that happened in the first five centuries.

• A Political union of the church and state, creating a state religion controlled by the church, and a battle between church and state as to who is going to be in control.

Amillennial thought denying a future, thousand-year, physical reign of Jesus Christ on the earth.

• The Church becomes the focus instead of Jesus Christ.

• An unbiblical Church hierarchy structure.

• Beliefs based on traditions or man’s words, not just the Bible.

• Greek thought and dualism.

• Baptism of babies not old enough to repent of their sin and accept Jesus as their Saviour.

• Mystic element.

• The belief that the Gentile church replaces Israel, and with it the thought that it is the church’s responsibility to bring in or advance the Kingdom of God.

• Playing down of the Holy Spirit as part of the Godhead, and His role in the believer’s life.

• The worship of Mary the mother of Jesus as a co-redemptrix.

Here is a list of some of the churches that include some of the above errors in their belief system.

Roman Catholic Church
The Emergent Church
The Reformed Church

Specifically today, I wanted to discuss the error in a system related to Reformed theology and compare their beliefs to the Bible. However, in doing research for this post, I realized that I need to discuss another source of error before continuing.

Two Thousand Years of Deception & Error, Part 3A Council of Chalcedon

Council of Chalcedon Creed 451 A. D.

The Council of Chalcedon established that Jesus “…is perfect both in deity and in humanness…”

Although the deity of Jesus was strongly established at the council, the humanity of Jesus was downplayed, thus creating the basis for two major errors.

One error allowed for a belief system of God in only two persons. It was thought that Jesus, because He was divine, healed the sick, cast out evil spirits, and raised people from the dead, in His own power; NOTin the power of the Holy Spirit as the Bible indicates.

According to The BOOK

“And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness.”—Luke 4:1

“Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.”—John 8:28

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.”—Acts 10:38

The concentration on Jesus’ divinity, while undermining his fully human nature, led to another error. The reasoning was that Jesus is God, and man is separated from God by sin, so Jesus can’t be our mediator, we need another Redeemer. This opened the way for the unbiblical worship of Mary.

According to The BOOK

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”—1 Timothy 2:5

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.“—Luke 1:46, 47

“And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”
—Hebrews 12:24

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 2B: Politics of the “Christian” Right

My intention in writing this blog (which I haven’t been able to do until now because of nests of related error I found on the way) is to make readers aware of what I perceive as a massive political agenda on the right (not that the left is better), which couches its goals in “Christian” terms, thereby gaining much support. It is my opinion, that these errors that have come down to us through the years, are contained in the beliefs of certain people and churches, and give credence to the folk that are into setting up a “Christian” political system, some of the elements of which I talk about in my Constantine/Augustine blog. I found the following news item on September 30, 2007, which reinforces my thought:

Christian Conservatives Consider Third-Party Effort

My comments about the article:

• Why is the Council for National Policy meeting in Salt Lake City?

• What is their agenda? (Notice the word secret is used.)

• Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family “is perhaps the most influential of the group”. He’s a part of a number of websites I’ve seen lately. (More on him in a later blog.)

• I’ve not heard of Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, but, as I will be discussing in the future, “family” and “pro-life” seem to be rallying words and a banner many belief systems can agree with.

• Pew Research Center has been popping up in my recent research. My observation is that it is very ecumenical.

• So Pat Robertson of CBN has provided coverage for Mr. Giuliani, and the reason the CNP met was to think up an alternative person for president. Are they going to pit two different “Christian” thoughts regarding a future president against each other?

Perhaps you would like to research the Council for National Policy. Just keep in mind, that, as you probably know, the reader needs to be discerning.

Council for National Policy

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Council_for_National_Policy

http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/21372

My comments about the people in the Council of National Policy.

• It would seem that these supposed evangelical leaders want to, in the name of Christianity, run the goverment.

• These leaders are banking on their “Christian” rhetoric about morals, etc. to gather folk to support them. Apparently, they must think this is a huge group and that they are in control of it.

• They don’t seem to know that you can’t legislate morality. The heart is desperately wicked…

• We’ve had pro-life presidents, but still no change, and things are getting worse.

• Perhaps if these so called Christian leaders would concentrate on spreading the gospel (as Jesus commanded), instead of working towards a “Christian” government, we would have seen a turning of the hearts of people to God’s ways. Only God can change a heart. You can not superimpose rules, on people to make them change.

From the BOOK

“For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.”—Isaiah 9:16

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”—Mark 16:15

“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”
—Galatians 1:4

“For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.”—Ecclesiastes 12:14

“For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.”—Mark 4:22

“Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; and in secret have I said nothing.”—John 18:20

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”—Ephesians 5:12

“But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.”
—Mark 10:42

“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh [but] in vain.”—Psalm 127:1

“…should not a people seek unto their God?…if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
—Isaiah 8:19, 20

“But the meek shall inherit the earth…”—Psalm 37:11

“(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”—Philippians 3:18, 19