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Awana Parents: On Reading Awana Workbooks

I notice that a number of people have been reading my Awana posts. Since I will probably not have time until July to start a series on what is actually said in the Awana books, I thought I would mention to parents that they might want to read through their children’s Awana workbooks to see what is being taught and if it agrees with the Bible. This would include the workbooks of all ages.

I took just a few minutes yesterday to look at a couple sections of the Trek books and this is what I found.

Trek: In their Sandals copyright 2006

p. 45
As believers, we remember Jesus’ death and sacrifice for us through the Lord’s supper. Through it, we repeat what Jesus did.

God’s WORD

    “And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.”—Luke 22:19

    “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.”—1 Corinthians 11:26

    “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”—1 Corinthians 11:28

    “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”—1 Peter 3:18

    “…but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.—Hebrews 9:26

Trek: Detour copyright 2007

p. 42
“Maybe there’s something about being in church that makes praying easier. It’s like I can sense God right there in front of me. I never feel that way at home. I glance at my parents, and see that they too are praying. (Honestly, I don’t see them pray much at home either!) Maybe God likes us better when we’re in church. Maybe we’re more holy or something, I don’t know.

Why do you think this person senses God’s presence more at church than at home?
1) God lives in the church; that’s why people call it “God’s House.”

2) God likes us to talk with Him at church better than at home.

3) There are fewer distractions at church than at home.

4) Choose your own ending.

p. 45
Why do you think it’s easier for the person in the introduction to pray at church than at home? Where do you sense God’s presence more? Does that mean He is more present in that place and less present in other?

God’s WORD

    “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that
    he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;”—Acts 17:24

    “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”—John 14:23

    “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”—Hebrews 4:15

    “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
    —1 Peter 5:7

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Awana: Revisiting “Here and Now”, “Then and There”, and “Eternal Life”

Two of my Awana posts mentioned “Here and Now” and “Then and There”. In another post, Awana/CC, I talked about the misuse of the phrase “Eternal Life” which was substituted for Jesus’ sacrifice for sins.

I may have found the source of the unbiblical use of these phrases in a book written by the Dutch-Catholic Priest, Henri J. M. Nowen, Here and Now:
Living in the Spirit.

This post will be comparing some quotes of Henri J. M. Nouwen’s in his book, Here and Now: Living in the Spirit, with what the Bible says. Henri’s writing sounds very spiritual. Don’t be misled by Henri’s enticing words. The Spirit mentioned in the title cannot be the Holy Spirit as the book is NOT based on the Bible even though he talks of God and Jesus, references the Bible, and talks of Spiritual living. In fact, Henri’s book is full of deceit and lies, but are packaged nicely. It is so sad to me to read what Henri says as it sounds like he never knew Jesus Christ as his Saviour or had assurance that his sins were forgiven and would live with the Lord forever when he died.

GOD’s WORD

    “And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.”—Colossians 2:4

    “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:”—1 Corinthians 2:4

from Henri J. M. Nouwen’s Here and Now: Living in the Spirit
Inside front jacket cover
(bolded emphasis mine):
The spiritual life is not a life then and there, but a life here and now.

Chapter I Living in the Present
Meditation One: A New Beginning
[p.16]
“… We must learn to live each day, each hour, yes, each minute as a new beginning, as a unique opportunity to make everything new. Imagine that we could live each moment as a moment pregnant with new life. Imagine that we could live each day as a day full of promises. Imagine that we could walk through the new year always listening to a voice saying to us: “I have a gift for you and can’t wait for you to see it!” Imagine. Is it possible that our imagination can lead us to the truth of our lives? Yes, it can!

My Comment: On what is he basing his comments? It sounds like his spirituality depends on the person and has nothing to do with how the Lord can give us a new heart. Imagination does NOT lead us to the truth. That is a flat out lie if God’s Word is true.

God’s WORD

    “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.”—John 16:13

    “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
    —2 Corinthians 5:17

    “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”—Revelation 21:5

    “But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.”—Jeremiah 7:24

    “Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imagination of their evil heart…”—Jeremiah 11:8

    “And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me.”—Jeremiah 16:12

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

Meditation Two: Without “Oughts” and “Ifs” [p.17, 18]
The real enemies of our life are the “oughts” and the “ifs.” They pull us backward into the unalterable past and forward into the unpredictable future. But real life takes place in the here and the now. God is a God of the present. God is always in the moment…When Jesus spoke about God, he always spoke about God as being where and when we are…God is not someone who was or will be, but the One who is, and who is for me in the present moment. That’s why Jesus came… He wants us to discover God right where we are, here and now.

My Comment: The Bible says the real problem is our sin nature and Satan. We need to repent! Then we can know God, the God Who the Bible says is eternal. God was in the past (that’s when Jesus died), He is and He is in the future.

The BIBLE

    “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”—Jeremiah 17:9

    “And they went out, and preached that men should repent.”
    —Mark 6:12

    “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”—John 10:10

    “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”—John 20:31

    “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”—Revelation 1:8

Meditation Four: Here and Now [p. 19, 20]
To live in the present, we must believe deeply that what is most important is the here and now…It is not easy to remain focused on the present. Our mind is hard to master and keeps pulling us away from the moment…If we could just be, for a few minutes each day, fully where we are, we would indeed discover that we are not alone and that the One who is with us wants only one thing: to give us love.

My Comment: What is Henri’s focus/bottom line? Why is his goal to live in the present and the “here and now”? That was not Paul’s goal.

GOD’s BOOK

    “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”
    —Philippians 1:21

    “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”—Hebrews 13:5

    “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”—Titus 2:13

    “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
    — Revelation 21:6

Chapter V Disciplined Living Meditation Three: Eternal Life [p.69 ]
Eternal life. Where is it? When is it? For a long time I have thought about eternal life as a life after all my birthdays have run out…But the older I become, the less interest my “afterlife” holds for me. Worrying not only about tomorrow, next year, and the next decade, but even about the next life seems a false preoccupation. Wondering how things will be for me after I die seems, for the most part, a distraction. When my clear goal is the eternal life, that life must be reachable right now, where I am, because eternal life is life in and with God, and God is where I am here and now.

The great mystery of the spiritual life—the life in God—is that we don’t have to wait for it as something that will happen later. Jesus says: “Dwell in me as I dwell in you.” It is this divine in-dwelling that is eternal life. It is the active presence of God at the center of my living—the movement of God’s Spirit within us—that gives us the eternal life.

My Comment: I don’t understand what Henri is trying to say. He is talking about eternal life apart from the One Who gives us forgiveness of sins and a hope for the future. Eternal life is NOT our goal. The Lord Jesus, the One Who we love because He first loved us, died in our place so that we might have eternal life. It is our goal to be with Him, and one day, not here and now, but when the Lord calls us home or Raptures/Redeems us from this life, we will live with Him forever. But Jesus Christ is our focus and Who we love and serve.

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

    “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
    —John 17:3

    “And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.”—1 John 2:25

    “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”—1 John 5:11

    “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”—1 John 5:13

    “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”—1 John 5:20

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

Awana: Here and Now Part 2

Continuing from Awana: Here and Now Part I

These two posts on Awana: Here and Now, are not an interruption in my series: 2000 Years of Deception and Error. My blog has been headed towards the discussion of “christian/biblical” worldview from the start.

Since the time of Constantine and Augustine, the Roman church has seen itself as a political power. Since Reformed theology never completely divested itself of Roman thought, and based some of its thinking on Augustine and Aquinas and included the idea that the church replaced Israel, we now have a rather large group believing they are to bring in the Kingdom for Jesus. Awana/Rorheim leadership seems to be a part of this group.

As you read Awana/Rorheim information or any other organizations goals, check out to see if they are actually preaching Jesus Christ and him crucified, or only paying lip service so they can accomplish their agenda. A foundation not built solely on the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word (no wresting of scriptures or elevating men’s words), will end up in the Kingdom of Darkness, NOT the Kingdom of LIGHT.

2. “Kingdom Now” and “Biblical Worldview”

My intention is to make you aware of “Kingdom Now” theology and how it is connected to the biblical worldview, which Awana’s Rorheim Institute has wholeheartedly embraced.

[Rorheim Institute is not the only organization to climb onto the Biblical Worldview bandwagon, there is wholesale embracing of this idea in churches, “christian” schools, and organizations.]

Whether known or unknown to the Awana/Rorheim Institute personnel, the Biblical Worldview that they are preaching and intent in propagating, is related to aspects of “Kingdom Now” theology and its relatives: Dominion Theology, Reconstructionism, Reformed thought, and Replacement theology. This connection is the slough that I am now going to wade into and discuss, although, not in its totality.

Kingdom Now Theology

“Kingdom Now theology has some beliefs in common with the Latter Rain Movement, such as a belief in restored apostles and prophets. It also has a great deal in common with Dominion theology which is the belief that this world can be conquered for Christ by the temporal political, military, and religious powers of a present day Christian superpower. Its eschatology is a dominionist belief that a church-state takeover of the world is awaiting fulfilment.”

From what I have read and observed, Biblical or Christian Worldview is a belief/cause which has consciously been introduced into the “Christian” church/schools to bring people of different theological belief systems (especially wanting those who believe the Bible and are true believers) together in an ecumenical way with the purpose of getting the Kingdom ready for Jesus, or that is what they say. It’s about a political kingdom here on earth, now. And it is about diverting attention away from our only means of rescue from this world of darkness.

The result is that biblical worldview (a term NOT in the Bible, NOR is the concept) becomes the focus of agreement, and the LORD Jesus Christ, His sacrifice for sins, the need for repentance, and God’s WORD is either ignored or mentioned occasionally to keep folk thinking they are really believers.

Don’t take my word for it, but don’t accept everything other folk are saying either. The Lord gave you intelligence. Satan has an agenda, and he uses people to achieve his purpose of one world religion and government. Somehow, he has to refocus people from Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins, onto something that still sounds spiritual, but is not 100% Jesus and God’s Word so he can have citizens for his kingdom of darkness; he desperately wants to be worshipped.

Rorheim Institute strongly promotes “biblical worldview.”

Here’s what Rorheim Institute says about itself:

About Rorheim Institute.org
Why was Rorheim Institute formed: In response to an alarming erosion of biblical values in America…The average scores of students from Christian schools as well as evangelical families on tests that determine worldview have dropped by over 30 percent since 1988.

These results are merely a symptom of the decline in biblical worldview among today’s Christian adults, many of whom are not equipped to instill this worldview in young people. (Biblical worldview is defined as living life and making decisions based on God’s truth from the Bible.) Just nine percent of all born-again adults, seven percent of Protestants and half of Protestant pastors hold a biblical worldview of life…

What is the mission of the Institute? Our goal is to equip churches with Awana leaders, other kids’ ministry workers and parents who have cultivated a sound biblical worldview —with the additional benefit of college accreditation—and possess the shepherding skills to infuse this worldview into the young people in their sphere of influence.

What will the Institute strive to accomplish? Our goals cover four key areas: [I’ve listed two of them.]
1. Research, communicate and create awareness regarding the needs of children’s ministry today in developing biblical worldview.
2. Network with individuals and churches committed to transforming children’s ministry

My comments:
The whole premise of the Rorheim Institute seems to be that Awana and “just” Bible verses is not working, so now we need “biblical worldview.” [See my Awana Parent Alert Posts as the talks at Awana Summit support this. Just click on Awana in the category section on the right.]

The seed that we plant is the Word of God. It is not about a biblical worldview, and superimposing morality on folk. God uses us to plant the seed, He takes care of the results.

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.”—Luke 8:11

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”—1 Peter 1:23

Other references to the biblical worldview agenda of Awana/Rorheim.

1. Rorheim Institute’s fourth pillar is developing biblical worldview. (where did pillars come from?)

2. The High School Group, Journey, has an elective book:
“God Colored Glasses (Biblical Worldview).”

3. Rorheim Institute’s CAFÉ
Their Cafe is about a “deep” biblical worldview. (What is a “deep” biblical worldview?)

CAFÉ is a group of educators from academia and church ministry…to be advocates for guiding young people toward faith in Jesus Christ and a sound and deep biblical worldview.

You can download Awana shepherding training materials and information from Rorheim Seminars and conferences. I have issues with the shepherding materials, but I am going to concentrate on the information from the Rorheim Institute in this post.

There is some information that has the Gospel for children. But instead of teaching adults how to find answers for family problems from God’s Word, Rorheim Institute pushes the “biblical worldview.” Again, the inference is that the job hasn’t been done by teaching the Bible, and can’t be done without teaching the “biblical worldview.”

The movie: “Is Christ in our Kids?” that you can watch seems to be saying just that; teaching the Bible is not enough for this generation, it didn’t work. We need something more. Fortunately, Rorheim Institute comes to our rescue. I think they are creating a need and then filling it…and it isn’t with the Lord Jesus Christ.

One of their goals is to deepen a worldview in children. They say parents and ministry workers will shape children’s worldview. Where is that in the Bible? What are they really saying?

Here are some statements/thoughts from the Rorheim Institute powerpoint:

Worldview: the underlying belief system held by an individual that determines his/her attitudes and actions in life.

Children’s ministry is no longer effectively developing a biblical worldview in a majority of our children. People without a correct biblical worldview are terribly immoral and they have statistics to prove it.

“The American Church must focus on children and children’s ministry. We have virtually lost a generation—we cannot afford to lose another.”—George Barna

Worldview is largely formed by age 10; therefore, we must concentrate on children.

Children won’t change their worldview by themselves; therefore, we must work with those who work with the children.

Nehemiah Institute conducts testing of Christian sophomores and seniors to determine their worldview is biblical.

My Comment:

I’m not getting this. Why is Worldview so important to them?

I researched Nehemiah Institute some years ago when I realized it was an important part of the thinking of many of the leaders of the homeschooling movement and included Reformed and Reconstructionist thinking. The Nehemiah Institute focuses on rebuilding the walls that have broken down—referring to Nehemiah in Old Testatment who directed the Jewish people in the rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem. [These verses are referred to in the Rorheim powerpoint presentation.]

I don’t think the Bible teaches us to rebuild walls. We preach Jesus and Him crucified and repentance and forgiveness from sins. Jesus broke down the wall between us and God!

“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.”—Ephesians 2:14–17

Nehemiah Institute

I don’t get the connection between their verse on the top left: “Worldview training for all the World”—Psalm 50:12, and what the Bible actually says:

“If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.—Psalm 50:12

Goal of Nehemiah Institute:

The mission of the Nehemiah Institute is to unleash a massive spiritual awakening within the Christian community, by helping Christian organizations and the individuals and families they serve, establish quantifiable standards for worldview education and a personal plan for each individual to achieve and maintain a Christian worldview.

In addition to our worldview testing program, we offer several items for teaching on ‘biblical worldview’ understanding.

Discussing the Nehemiah Institute is way too vast a discussion for right now. Check out their mission, links, staff, endorsements. You will find people in one or more of these categories: Reformed (not that they aren’t Christian, but they have a different view of our present and future than what I believe is in the Bible), Restorationists, Dominion Theology, Reclaiming the culture and/or Replacement theology folk, some of them with (my opinion) political goals.

People in Jesus’ Kingdom, love each other, forgive others, are humble, lay down their lives for others, deny themselves and aren’t self-centered because they are forgiven and the Lord has given them a new heart to do His will.

You can not superimpose what you think is moral behavior on people; it comes from within when people are changed on the inside, leaving the kingdom of darkness and entering the kingdom of light.

The BOOK

“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

“Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?”—James 2:5

“As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”—Galatians 1:9

“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”—1 Corinthians 2:2

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”—Hebrews 10:16, 17

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”—2 Corinthians 6:14

“And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD.”—Jeremiah 9:3

Awana: Here and Now—Part 1

Today I am revisiting a past post: Parent Alert 1: What AWANA Leaders are Saying, regarding the “here and now” phrase used by Kevin White at the Awana Summit conference.

Summit’s not about “here and now”; it’s about “there and then.”

I’m still not sure what “there and then” means, but I recently heard of an Awana leader of the T&T (Truth and Training grade 4–6) who in the council time, after explaining the gospel (which was done well, I understand) used the phrase “here and now” and “kingdom now.” My friend’s two children both heard the talk.

This Awana Club is at a smaller quite conservative Bible church in the outskirts of Phoenix. If these concepts are mentioned in this smaller church, it makes me think that there is much undermining of the truth of God’s Word being done in churches of all sizes across the country. And it is quite possible that:

1. Leaders aren’t aware that they are adding to the gospel.

2. Parents don’t know what is being told to their children.

In researching, I again found information on the Awana site that is very grieving to me, so, I am revisiting Awana on my blog.

1. “Here and now” and layers of meaning.

I am in no way saying this leader knew about or was intentionally using the phrase to mean anything other than just words. But words mean things. I was surprised at the following information, some of which was forwarded to me.

Immanentize the eschaton

Well, this was a new vocabulary phrase for me. Apparently, the phrase was coined by, Eric Voegelin, a political philosopher in his 1952 book, “The New Science of Politics.”

“To immanentize the eschaton means trying to make the eschaton (transcendent, spiritual, or future; the end of days) in the immanent (within the limits of possible experience) world.”

Don’t immanentize the eschaton, then means, should you prefer understandable English: “Don’t try to make that which belongs to the afterlife happen here and now,” or “Don’t try to create heaven on earth.”

“It is also being used by libertarians to criticise George W. Bush and the neo-conservative movement [1]. In this context it means “trying to make that which belongs to the afterlife happen here and now (on Earth)” or “trying to create heaven here on Earth.”—from wikipedia, Immanentize the eschaton

The last comment above will connect to “Kingdom Now” which I will talk about in Awana: Here and Now—Part 2.

These next references refer not to a political kingdom of here and now, but, as I understand it, to the Buddhist concept of life happening “here and now.” On one site, I found what they said was Buddha’s summary of the correct attitude and actions in the Eight-fold Noble path. This is one of the points: Correct mindfulness: try to be aware of the “here and now”, instead of dreaming in the “there and then”.

If you are brave, google: “here and now”, buddhism.

Other places I found “here and now”.

A Book: Here and Now: Living in the Spirit by contemplative author, Henri Nouwen

Qualities of Buddha Dharma/Dhamma

The Teaching of the Buddha also has six supreme qualities [here is the third one]:

Akāliko (Sanskrit: Akālika “immediate”). The Dhamma is able to bestow timeless and immediate results here and now, for which there is no need to wait until the future or next existence.

Here and Now Meditation Booklet

So what exactly is “Here & Now”? It means literally being “here” and “now.” It results from keeping the mind where the body is and from the absence of thought while in a heightened state of awareness. In this state, the mind stands still, unthinking—not darting to the past, jumping to the future, or analyzing and drawing inaccurate conclusions. “Mind” and “body” become One, uniting the physical body with its inherent inner Stillness; a state that transcends time and space.

Here and Now Productions

With a strong focus on safety, proper allignment, breath control and the intuitive flow of the asanas, shakti teaches the students how to create and retain prana (sanskrit for lifeforce) while stilling the mind into a meditative enjoyment of the present moment. This DVD is an unforgettable journey into a world of yoga from a truly inspired and inspirational teacher.

What does the BOOK say?

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.“—Matthew 22:29

“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”—1 Corinthians 2:5

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”—Galatians 5:9

“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.”—Acts 26:18

“But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!“—Matthew 6:23

“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
—1 John 1:5