Monthly Archives: December 2007

“Just the BOOK” End of the Year Update

The posts on “Just the BOOK” have ended up going in several directions—all of which are trying to warn of the current, very prevalent error and deception that permeates our lives in about every area, resulting in, or because of, a mass exodus from the Truth of God’s Word.

Reconstructionist, Replacement/Dominion Theology Influence
My original intention (although I have not been able to address the subject as I wanted), in writing the “Just the BOOK” blog, was to warn about the influence of the reconstructionist/replacement and dominion theology folk that are so much a part of our government, and who believe they are reclaiming/redeeming our culture and country—trying to make it Christian so Jesus can set up his kingdom. (This is unbiblical of course and I have discussed some of the aspects of this in my posts.) I present a case in point:

Here is an article regarding a quote of presidential candidate Mike Huckabee who has coauthored the book Kids Who Kill with reconstructionist, dominionist, George Grant. Mr. Huckabee’s quote: “I hope we answer the alarm clock and take this nation back for Christ.”

Here is a quote from The Changing of the Guard: Biblical Principles for Political Action authored by George Grant:

“Christians have an obligation, a mandate, a commission, a holy responsibility to reclaim the land for Jesus Christ—to have dominion in the civil structures, just as in every other aspect of life and godliness….World conquest. That’s what Christ has commissioned us to accomplish. We must win the world with the power of the Gospel. And we must never settle for anything less….Thus, Christian politics has as its primary intent the conquest of the land—of men, families, institutions, bureaucracies, courts, and governments for the Kingdom of Christ. It is to reinstitute the authority of God’s Word as supreme over all judgments, over all legislation, over all declarations, constitutions, and confederations.”

The Bible

“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

As I began posting about the current departure from the Word of God, I realized that this Error and Deception started influencing “Christianity” 2000 years ago in the first century AD, and began writing a series of posts accordingly. As I researched, I began to see the influence the Monastic orders still have on our world today, and I promised and intended to do several posts discussing the effect several of those Monastic orders continue to have in the 21st century.

As I researched that information, it came to my attention that the original Lie and Deception in the garden of Eden is behind all false systems of belief, and commented that I would start a new series about the roots of false religions before going back to my original 2000 Years of Deception post.

That intent was interrupted with what I felt was the need to warn parents of the substitution of “eternal life” for Jesus in the testimony of Awana/Kids’ Evangelical Explosion. And along with that, I posted an article on the influence of the unbiblical use of the terms “vision casting” and “biblical worldview,” used and promoted by the Awana/Rorheim Institute, and not just RI, but much of so called evangelical “Christianity.”

The information in my last post gave credence to the idea that the purpose of Biblical Worldview was/is to bring evangelicals together with Roman Catholicism. In my research, I also uncovered information (about which I hope to write a post) which takes me back to the original purpose of the JTB blog—that of showing that there is an agenda, and there are groups that want to control the government, and they are using “Christianity” and/or Spiritual sounding concepts to gain support.

So, what am I saying? I am hopeful of posting in the areas I promised, but it may be in a different order than I originally thought. I don’t want my faithful readers (should there be some) to think that I have forgotten what I said I would do.

God’s WORD

“To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”
—Jude 1:25

“And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”—Revelation 1:5, 6

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Awana’s Rorheim Institute and the terms “Vision Casting” and “Biblical Worldview” Part 2

Here are some references to biblical worldview from Rorheim Institute’s Teaching Notes.

Pillar 4: A Developing Biblical Worldview

5.B  A Developing Biblical Worldview Initial Assessment

Purpose: to assess the biblical worldview potential of ourselves and our children

Notes: 1. How does one measure spiritual growth and biblical worldview? … The issue of measuring the important aspects of a biblical worldview are not only important but necessary.” … There are three aspects of worldview assessment— doctrines to know, virtues to choose and develop and biblical actions to do.

5.C Gaining a Biblical Worldview

My comment:
I have never read the phrase biblical/Christian worldview in the Bible. How can you measure it? What are they talking about?

Biblical/Christian Worldview is a way to get the focus off Jesus Christ, the salvation message, and the Bible. It will get folk to have a religion, a template of belief systems, but not a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a “Christian” sounding phrase that a number of belief systems can agree to, which I will discuss shortly. God’s viewpoint is that we are all sinners, the world is evil, and the HE wants to rescue us from our sin and this evil world.

“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 all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
—1 John 2:16

“…that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”—1 Peter 4:11

My comment:
I find it interesting that the Awana/EE connection personifies eternal life and substitutes it for Jesus Christ and his sacrifice for sinners; and Awana’s Rorheim Institute substitutes biblical worldview in the place of a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ which God offers anyone who confesses their sin, repents and receives His free gift.

The Unity that Biblical/Christian Worldview brings
As you may know, Awana’s Rorheim Institute is not the only organization pushing biblical worldview or vision casting. I believe there is an agenda to use biblical or Christian worldview to bring different groups who say they are Christian into a unified group; the long term (possibly the short term) goal actually being a one world government. In other words, unsuspecting folk who think they are Christians are purposely being deceived away from the simplicity of the gospel and the person of the LORD JESUS CHRIST and pointed to a biblical worldview.

For some reason, it is easier for us to learn and implement a biblical worldview rather than follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance and live by faith, trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word.

Part of the reason the worldview can even be considered is that the dominionists/reconstructionists disregard the many, many promises the LORD GOD made to the Israelite nation in the Bible, and believe that the “church” replaced Israel, and thereby obtains Israel’s promises. In the minds of the leaders, this is justification and permission to set up the kingdom (which they think is spiritual) on earth—something the Roman church has been doing for over a thousand years.

The Reformed belief system never broke away from the idea of the control of the church over the state or the idea that the church replaced Israel, either. These folk, who are not basing beliefs on scripture, completely disregarding it in fact, justify making everything “Christian” including the government, so Jesus can come back to a “Christian” world and begin His reign.

Man can not make things right. Jesus’ kingdom is not of this world. It isn’t our job to fight and create a kingdom. This is NOT BIBLICAL. In the Bible, Jesus overcomes. He does not need our help. In fact, we have nothing to offer Him.
He came to rescue us!

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.”—Revelation 17:14

Biblical Worldview and Chuck Colson
I have copied excerpts from an interview with Chuck Colson and his spiritual, “Christian”, biblical-sounding thoughts regarding the importance of the biblical worldview to him. I may go more into depth discussing the subtly deceptive, smooth-talking, scholarly, biblical double-talk of Mr. Colson in this interview
at a later time. Right now, though, I bring your attention to the end of the article which indicates that the term biblical worldview was used as a means to bring unity with the Roman church.

note: Mr. Colson has been very influenced by the Dutch politician/theologian Abraham Kuyper who championed equal treatment for faith-based organizations and institutions which created the basis for the alliance between Protestants and Catholics that continues to be a part of Dutch politics.

Excerpt from Biblical Worldview Crucial for the New Millennium

R&L: Writing about ecumenism, you note that, “focusing on worldview…can help build bridges” between Protestant evangelicals, Roman Catholics, and Eastern Orthodox believers. Can you explain, on the basis of your participation in Evangelicals and Catholics Together, how you have seen the biblical worldview promote such church unity?

Colson: Father Richard Neuhaus and I saw that Christians from both the Catholic and Protestant confessions are defending the same worldview; we therefore thought that we should join together to seek common ground wherever we could find it, to engage in dialogue to better understand one another’s traditions and points of view, and to work toward a common witness in the world. That conviction was at the root of Evangelicals and Catholics Together in 1992. We subsequently have issued two statements and engaged in extensive, ongoing conversations. I firmly believe that we are finding unity together as brothers and sisters in Christ. By focusing, as Kuyper recommended, on the sovereignty of God and the larger issues of life in a postmodern world, we have been able to join hands at many points, discovering in the process that we have more in common than we suspected, yet holding on without compromise to the distinctives that make us evangelicals and Catholics…

I think this is a God-ordained movement and that it will continue to bring Christians together in defense of the fundamental truths of the faith.

My comment:
Notice, the focus was not to try and see what the Bible says, but is unity with the Roman church. The church is the focus, not the Lord Jesus Christ.

“…defense of the fundamental truths of the faith”?
Whose faith? What fundamentals? Sin, a walk by faith with a personal Saviour, and a focus on God’s Word are evaded and replaced with biblical worldview. Are there larger issues more important than being saved from our sin, rescued out of this wicked world, and going to live with our Lord and Saviour forever?

I want to be like Jesus. Jesus did not teach His disciples about a biblical worldview or that Rome needed to be more Christian. Jesus never talked about worldview so He couldn’t elevate worldview as more important than God’s Word. Jesus did not talk in lofty, wordy, scholareze, making it hard to know how to get into the Kingdom of Heaven.

The BOOK

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

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”—2 Corinthians 11:3

“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”—2 John 1:9

“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

“…and there were great voices in heaven, saying, 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

Awana’s Rorheim Institute and the terms “Vision Casting” and “Biblical Worldview” Part 1

I have talked about Awana’s Rorheim Institute in the past. Today, I want to talk once more about their emphasis on biblical worldview, but I want to also talk about vision casting which is mentioned in their Four Pillars’ teaching notes.

Once again, the focus is on man’s way to do things. While saying they use the Bible, they are actually pointing away from the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and the walk of faith. Rorheim Institute creates what they think is a need that only they can fill. If a love for the Lord Jesus and His Word were promoted, RI would not be needed, hence the focus away from the truth of the Bible.

“But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.”—Galatians 3:11

Some references to vision/vision-casting from RI Teaching Notes.

Vision: Building the Need; Why are We Here?

Purpose: to start the seminar on a strong note of vision-casting

Notes: 1. Read Jack Eggar’s quote on page 7 of the Vision Workbook.

Extra Modules: 7.C 30 Days of Vision

My comment:
I did not realize until this past summer how nonchalantly the supposed Christian church uses the term vision casting as if it is a good thing. They may be able to rationalize it, but the phrase brings to mind the casting of a spell, and nothing biblical about it at all. The phrase is not in the Bible.

Some links where vision casting is used in the evangelical world.

Vision Casting and Planning:
Evaluate your vision and communicate it clearly.

Book: Vision Casting

Vision Casting: The Road of Leadership, the Summit at Willow Creek
By: Rick Warren, Bill Hybels
Oasis Audio Llc / 2006 / Compact disc for $24.99

The Five Languages of Leadership

1- The Language of Vision: Casting Your Vision

Vision Driven Man

I sought God and mentors for help in my discipleship, which in turn birthed the vision for God4me Men’s Ministries (Christian Leadership and Discipleship). Vision was then communicated further by Bill McCartney and Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, both great visionaries. For this reason, the first of the Five Languages of Leadership ™ is vision casting.

Pastors Who Lead the Way Learn to Delegate

By Rick Warren; Christian Post Guest Columnist; Fri, Jan. 06 2006
“I know my leadership style. I’m a big-picture, vision-casting leader…Now, there’s nothing inherently right nor inherently wrong about being a vision-casting leader.”

God’s WORD

Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.”—Jeremiah 14:14

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.“—Jeremiah 23:16

“Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit I have not spoken?”—Ezekiel 13:7

Awana and Kids’ Evangelism Explosion: Teaching children to teach a wrong gospel

“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”—2 John 1:9

Awana and Kids’ EE: Teaching children how to give a false testimony
Recently, a nearby Awana Club used Unit 6 of Kids’ Evangelism Explosion curriculum to “help” their 4th through 6th graders (T & T), learn to give their “testimony.” The instruction sheets seem to teach children to give a “testimony” based around asking James Kennedy’s two questions: Do you know for sure that you are going to be with God in Heaven?; If God were to ask you, “Why should I let you into My Heaven?” what would you say?

The instruction sheets DO NOT teach children to tell about how Jesus Christ rescues us from sin and death by his sacrifice and shed blood on the cross, and His Resurrection. Instead, they teach a false gospel which sounds spiritual, but trivializes Jesus sacrifice by ignoring the cross, and focuses on experience, NOT God’s Word. To me the seriousness of this false instruction is multiplied because:

1. It is “reteaching” unsuspecting Christians, a “right” way to teach children what is really a false gospel.
2. It is teaching a false gospel (a lie) to children who are believers, subtly saying that what they did believe is wrong.
3. It is teaching these children who are believers, to teach their friends and others this false gospel.
4. Often, parents aren’t even aware of that this is what their children are being taught.

Words or phrases not allowed to be a part of the “testimony”

Don’t use: Christian, Saved, Washed with the blood, Born again, Delivered, Conversion, Savior.
Don’t say, “I asked Jesus into my heart” or I received Jesus as my Savior.”

Create a desire

Your testimony is a special, true story about yourself; The goal is to create a desire in them to want to hear more; Remember your testimony is like bait when you’re fishing. If a fish gets full on too much bait, it won’t bite your hook…

My Comment
Our testimony is about Jesus and what He did for us and can be found in God’s Word, which He does not hide from us, nor bait us trying to creating a desire in us by telling us only a little of what we need to know of the Truth.

God’s WORD

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”
—John 5:39

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me.”
—John 15:26

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”—Romans 10:17

Eternal Life replaces Jesus’ death on the cross
World’s Problems vs. God’s Benefits

In this convoluted testimony, the whole focus is “eternal life”, which is treated like the source, the goal, and provider of benefits, rather than the Lord Jesus Christ, who IS the ONE who gives eternal life and saves us from the bondage of sin. Instead of the children learning they are sinners and can be forgiven and have freedom from sin because of Jesus’ sacrifice, they are taught that they NEED “Eternal Life” which will give benefits from God.

My Comment
God does not play a game with people, nor does He substitute “eternal life” for Jesus’s sacrifice for sins, enticing unsaved people with experiences of “benefits” of eternal life. It is NOT eternal life that changes me; it is my wonderful Saviour and God, the Lord Jesus Christ that loved me even when I was a sinner.

Where is the concept of World’s Problems vs. God’s Benefits in the Bible? What is this supposed to mean? The real problem is my sin vs. God’s holiness. Biblically, we turn from our own sin, to Jesus Christ, our Saviour and God, then we understand God’s benefits, but our focus is still God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, NOT the benefits!

God’s WORD

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”—Romans 1:16

“I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”—Luke 5:32

“For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation…”
—2 Corinthians 7:10

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”—Romans 6:23

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 7 B: Kingdom of Light & Kingdom of Darkness

Next I intended to discuss several several groups that are within the Catholic Church: Benedictines (which include Cistercians and Trappists) Franciscans, Carmelites, Dominicans, and Augustinians.

In researching these groups, I have found many recurring concepts and ideas; some of which play a major role in what some call the “emergent church”, and many of which have been a part of Roman Catholicism and monastic groups
from the start.

Recurring Concepts and Ideas

contemplative prayer

lectio divina

eucharist worship (sacrifice of the mass)

sacrament of penance

purgatory

rosary

worship of sacred heart

immaculate heart of Mary (supposedly the mother of Jesus)

deification of mother and child (supposedly Mary and Jesus)

worship of Mary (eternally a virgin; supposedly the mother of Jesus)

scapulars

candles/incense

habit (clothing)

spiritual disciplines

sign of the cross

idol worship

Many of these concepts and practices are in Eastern religions and religions in other parts of the world, which tells me they have their basis in the Kingdom of Darkness, not in God’s Word and the Kingdom of Light.

Before continuing discussion on the different monastic orders, I plan to do some posts regarding how Awana is influencing children away from God’s Word. [updated 1/29/2008]

God’s Word

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”—1 Corinthians 3:11

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

“And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

“And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”—2 Peter 2:1–3