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A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God and Augustine

God’s WORD

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

    “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.”—2 Timothy 1:13

    “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

Many religious institutions and leaders, Roman Catholic, Reformed, Protestant, and others, have based some of their belief system on the writings of Augustine of Hippo. Tozer, in his Pursuit of God seems to accept Augustine’s unbiblical phrases and philosophies—the interior life, gaze of the soul, summum bonum.

The Pursuit of God, Chapter 1: Following hard after God

    “The experiential heart-theology of a grand army of fragrant saints is rejected in favor of a smug interpretation of Scripture which would certainly have sounded strange to an Augustine…”

The Pursuit of God, Chapter 3: Removing the Veil

    “Among the famous sayings of the Church fathers none is better known than Augustine’s, `Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.’ The great saint states here in few words the origin and interior history of the human race…”

The Pursuit of God, Chapter 7: The Gaze of the Soul

    “…When the habit of inwardly gazing Godward becomes fixed within us we shall be ushered onto a new level of spiritual life more in keeping with the promises of God and the mood of the New Testament…

    “We will have found life’s summun bonum indeed. `There is the source of all delights that can be desired…For it is the absolute maximum of every rational desire, than which a greater cannot be.'”

God’s WORD
“O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”—Jeremiah 10:23

“…for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth…”
—Genesis 8:21

“For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness…”—Psalm 5:9

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 3:14

JTB comment:
In these three excerpts Tozer has referenced error. Don’t we base truth on what is written in God’s Word, not what a person, even a so-called church father says? What is experiential heart-theology? The following information explains what is meant by some of Augustine’s unbiblical terms and thinking.

Augustine: Inner man, Gaze of the Soul, and summun bonum

    The Soul of St Augustine by Nymph Kellerman
    “Augustinian thought is based on the soul as the innermost reality, which he calls the ‘inner man’…’To arrive at God, one begins with the reality of God’s creation, and especially with the inner nature of man.” He refers to the soul as the ‘interior of man’…”

God’s WORD
“And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.”—Luke 11:39

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

“Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

“All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
—Mark 7:21–23

“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,
to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”
—Ephesians 3:16

    Gaze of the soul/contemplation
    Contemplation, the object of contemplative life, is defined as the complacent, loving gaze of the soul on Divine truth already known and apprehended by the intellect, assisted and enlightened by Divine grace.
    —p. 329 The Catholic Encyclopedia by Charles George Herbermann, Knights of Columbus Catholic Truth Committee, 1908

    In his early work, Augustine adopted a Platonic confidence in reason. Defining reason as the gaze of the soul, he proposed that the soul’s eye could gain direct insight into truth and eventually achieve an intellectual vision of God.—Christianity, A Global History, by David Chidester

    13. When, then, you shall have sound eyes, what remains?
    From The Soliloquies of St. Augustine
    A. That the soul look.
    R. The gaze of the soul is Reason; but since it does not follow that every one who looks, sees, that right and perfect looking, which is followed by seeing, is called Virtue, for Virtue is rectified and perfected Reason. But that very act of looking, even though the eyes be sound, cannot turn them toward the Light unless three things persist:

    Faith—by which the soul believes that, that toward which the gaze has been directed, is such that to gaze upon it will cause blessedness:

    Hope—by which, the eyes being rightly fixed, the soul expects this vision to follow: and

    Love—which is the soul’s longing to see and to enjoy it. Such looking is followed by the vision of God Himself, who is the goal of the soul’s gaze, not because it could not continue to look, but because there is nothing beyond this on which it can fix its gaze.

    This is truly perfected Reason—Virtue—attaining its proper end, on which the happy life follows. And this intellectual vision is that which is in the soul a conjunction of the seer and the seen.” (translated into English by Rose Elizabeth Cleveland)

God’s WORD
“But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?”—Luke 5:22

“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock,
and unto the Greeks foolishness;

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”—1 Corinthians 1:22–24

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”—1 Corinthians 2:13

    Summum bonum
    “Summum bonum (Latin for the highest good) is an expression used in philosophy, particularly in medieval philosophy, and in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, to describe the ultimate importance, the singular and most ultimate end which human beings ought to pursue.

    “…In the Western world, the concept was introduced by the neoplatonic philosophers, and described as a feature of the Christian God by Saint Augustine in De natura boni (On the Nature of Good, written circa 399).

    Augustine denies the positive existence of absolute evil, describing a world with God as the supreme good at the center, and defining different grades of evil as different stages of remoteness from that center…”

God’s WORD
“And from Jesus Christ…Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”—Revelation 1:5

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”—Revelation 20:10, 14, 15

“And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

“And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”—Revelation 22:3–5

For more reading on Augustine:
wikipedia
Just the BOOK

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Tozer the Mystic, Part 2, What is wrong with Pursuing God?

God’s WORD
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”—John 14:6

What is wrong with Pursuing God?
God’s way, the Bible, says Jesus is the only way to God. Mankind prefers to get
to God through his works and/or through an experience. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God could be retitled Pursuing an Experience of God.

Pursuing in the Bible, usually has to do with going after one’s enemy. The Hebrew word was also translated follow after, as in follow after righteousness, or pursue peace, but the phrase pursue God is not in the Bible. God’s Word does tell us that no one seeks Him, but that Jesus came to seek us who were lost.

    “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There
    is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.”—Romans 3:10, 11

    “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which
    was lost.”—Luke 19:10

    “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”
    —1 John 4:10

While affirming and often referencing the Bible (though majorly torquing it to make his points), Tozer subtly attacks organizations and those that believe the Bible. Tozer seems to think that worship is a spiritual feeling or sensation. He therefore, accuses people of not being spiritual, because they aren’t pursuing God enough and not worshipping correctly. Tozer is enticing people with something more—something we (meaning Christians), apparently didn’t get when we had our sins forgiven. Second Peter says differently.

    “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge
    of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”—2 Peter 1:3

Instead of pointing people to what God’s Word says, Tozer sets up other people (mystics, but he doesn’t call them that), their philosophies, writings, and experiences as examples of the way you can pursue (get closer to) God, experience Him, get righteousness, or become more spiritual. How can
we get any closer to God if we abide in Him and His words abide in us?

    “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

Because of the mystical people Tozer refers to as good examples, I am left with the thought that Tozer is really telling his readers, many of whom think Tozer is
a biblical preacher, that they can have unity with God—be one with the Divine.

Just like the Carmelites, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Brother Lawrence, Tozer advocates a mystical way to God, but not the God of the Bible, or the true Jesus. Tozer, under the guise of using scripture (albeit wresting it), deceives his readers through enticing words of men’s wisdom, not to the true Jesus, but to another Jesus, not to get closer to God, but in actuality, to become one with God.

It seems more like Tozer is offering water from “…broken cisterns, that can hold no water,” and advocating a return to the centuries old mysticism of Roman Catholicism, thus propagating Satan’s lie—”your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods…”

    “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”—Genesis 3:5

    “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”—Proverbs 16:15

    “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”—Jeremiah 2:13

    “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst…”—John 4:14

The next four posts will include quotes and some background information on Augustine, Bernard of Clairvaux, Nicholas of Cusa, Frederick Faber, Thomas a Kempis, and The Cloud of Unknowing—all of whom Tozer quotes and references positively in The Pursuit of God.

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A. W. Tozer, the Mystic, Part 1

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 16:3

“For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.”—Isaiah 32:6

Tozer is called both a mystic, and a preacher who calls “for evangelicals to return to the authentic, biblical positions that characterized the church when it was most faithful to Christ and His Word.” Though Tozer is elusive regarding his bent towards mysticism, others praise him for it. [Was A. W. Tozer a Mystic?]

Rather than take the word of others, I decided to search Tozer’s writings to see if they contained any mysticism. I will mainly be referencing Tozer’s The Pursuit of God (1948), which I have read a number of times. I also reviewed Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy (1961), for mystical references.

In 1963, the year of his death, Tozer wrote, The Christian Book of Mystical Verse, a poetry collection from the saintly mystics (which I won’t be reviewing).

The prefaces to both The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy, indicate Tozer was offering what the mystics believe. Tozer is not hiding what he is offering—once you realize he is really speaking from the viewpoint that the mystics are right. Tozer is steeped in the literature of the mystics, but not the language of the Bible, even though he often quotes it or alludes to it.

from Preface to Tozer’s The Pursuit of God

    “…This book is a modest attempt to aid God’s hungry children so to find Him…it is a discovery which my own heart has made of spiritual realities most delightful and wonderful to me. Others before me have gone much farther into these holy mysteries than I have done…”

    Tozer ends with an offer, “if my fire is not large it is yet real, and there may be those who can light their candle at its flame.”

from Preface to Tozer’s Knowledge of the Holy

    “…Were Christians today reading such works as those of Augustine or Anselm a book like this would have no reason for being. But such illuminated masters are known to modern Christians only by name…

    “It is my hope that this small book may contribute somewhat to the promotion of personal heart religion among us; and should a few persons by reading it be encouraged to begin the practice of reverent meditation on the being of God, that will more than repay the labor…”

In The Pursuit of God, Tozer often quotes or positively references Roman Catholic mystics and their writings—Augustine, Nicholas of Cusa, Thomas a Kempis (and “the Voice” from his “Imitation of Christ”), Francis of Assisi, von Hugel, Bernard of Clairvaux, Cloud of Unknowing, Frederick Faber, the Catholic hymn writer, as well as the Chinese sage, Lao-tze.

Though the Carmelites, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Brother Lawrence, are not mentioned specifically, their mystic belief system is
referred to as a correct way to God—John’s ascent to God, Teresa’s
mystical ecstacy
(including terms such as piercing sweetness), both John
and Teresa’s use of being inflamed with love for God, in which they were
referring to a marriage or “union” with God, and Lawrence’s Practicing
the Presence of God
which referenced, “the All.”

Thirteen years later, in Knowledge of the Holy, Tozer again referenced Augustine, Nicholas of Cusa, Cloud of Unknowing, and Frederick Faber positively. Among the People Tozer added were Richard Rolle, Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart, Bernard of Cluny, and Anslem, a mystic scholastic.

God’s WORD
“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”—Matthew 15:9

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you
into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

“Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

“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 1:6

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Conclusion of Carmelite Order Posts or Why I am writing about by A. W. Tozer

I had no idea that in February of 2008, when I wrote a series of posts on the Carmelite Order in my 2000 Years of Deception and Error series, that it would be almost a year before the series would come to a conclusion.

The initial series on the Carmelite Order (whose emphasis is contemplative prayer and a mystical union with God), included posts about John of the
Cross and Teresa of Avila
, Brother Lawrence, and Brother Lawrence’s book, Practicing the Presence of God.

In my research, I read that Brother Lawrence’s mystical, unbiblical book, Practicing the Presence of God, was a favorite of the preacher, A. W. Tozer,
who I had always thought of as a strong biblical preacher. As I read Tozer’s
The Pursuit of God, which I had randomly chosen, I looked for any mystical influence.

In the first chapter of The Pursuit of God, I found favorable references to the Roman Catholics, Augustine, and St. Bernard; the mystical book, Cloud of Unknowing; and von Hugel, a name I’d not heard of.

Quite surprised, I skimmed through the rest of The Pursuit of God. The people Tozer quoted and praised were often unknown or little known to me. The words, phrases, and concepts were often foreign to me—and not biblical.

To prepare my readers to understand the terms and phrases Tozer used and compare them with God’s Word, I started a God’s Word or Man’s Words and Experience post series, the first of which was titled, Of “Practice the Presence”, “God’s Heart”, “Pursue”, “Seek”, “Abide”, “God’s Face.”

In July 2008, I started the last of the God’s Word or Man’s Words and Experience posts, with what turned out to be another long series of posts defining the Real Presence in the Eucharist, and the influence it has had
and continues to have on American education, culture, and politics.

Behind the men, words, phrases, and ideas in Tozer’s The Pursuit of God,
is another major layer of men and philosophies that I am in the process of researching. It will take me some time to gather all the information.

Rather than wait what may be months for that research, I decided to post
some of the information I have gathered on Tozer, to alert people to be aware
of unbiblical thinking when reading books assumed to be biblical or Christian—no matter who wrote it, what the title or when it was written.

God’s WORD

    “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”—1 John 4:1

    “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send
    a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:”—Amos 8:11

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A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God and Augustine
A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, von Hugel, Bernard of Clairvaux, and the
Cloud of Unknowing

A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God, the Chinese sage, Laotze, and Faber, the Catholic Hymnwriter
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What is so appealing about the The Pursuit of God by Tozer?
JTB series: Scripture compared with some phrases in The Pursuit of God

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America by ending proselytizing of the sects

God’s WORD

    Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep
    of my pasture! saith the LORD.”—Jeremiah 23:1, 2

    “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

    “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; re-
    prove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

    “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

    “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and
    shall be turned unto fables.”—2 Timoth 4:2–4

The end of Pope Paul II’s Ecclesia in America exhortation contains some real mind torquers. My interpretation of what Pope Paul II said in the excerpt below.

• Preaching the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is hindering our (Roman Catholic Church’s) evangelization, so STOP it.

• We (RC Church) don’t like proselytizing/religious propaganda because unlike us
(RC Church), these malicious proselytizers do not respect the freedom of others.

• Quit proselytizing—it is wrong, even if you are separated brethren. We (RC Church) choose not to proselytize, [oh but you do], though we could because
only in us (Roman Catholic Church) is the means of salvation.

• Catholic families/homes will be true centers of evangelization.

• Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Mother of America, prays for us.

from Ecclesia in America: The Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America, Pope John Paul II, Mexico, 1999

    73. The proselytizing activity of the sects and new religious groups in many parts of America is a grave hindrance to the work of evangelization. The word “proselytism” has a negative meaning when it indicates a way of winning followers which does not respect the freedom of those to whom a specific kind of religious propaganda is directed. 280

    The Catholic Church in America is critical of proselytism by
    the sects and, for this reason, rejects methods of this kind
    in her own evangelizing work…

    This must be borne in mind especially with regard to the sisters and
    brothers of the Churches and Ecclesial Communities separated from
    the Catholic Church, long-established in some regions. The bonds of
    true though imperfect communion which, according to the teaching
    of the Second Vatican Council, 281 these communities already have
    with the Catholic Church must enlighten the attitudes of the Church
    and her members towards them. 282

    These attitudes, however, must not be such that they weaken the firm conviction that only in the Catholic Church is found the fullness of the means of salvation established by Jesus Christ. 283

    76. I therefore invite all the Catholics of America to take an active part in the evangelizing initiatives which the Holy Spirit is stirring in every part of this immense continent…I invite Catholic families to be “domestic Churches”, …If they live up to the ideal which God places before them, Catholic homes will be true centers of evangelization…

    Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, pray for us!
    Given at Mexico City, January 22, in the year 1999, the twenty-first of my Pontificate.

God’s WORD

    “And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity…through deceit
    they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.”—Jeremiah 9:5, 6

    “For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.”—Jeremiah 6:13

The Roman Catholic Church enlists the help of others (ecumenism), but they believe that they alone have the means of salvation and the source to evangelize the Americas, of whom Our Lady of Guadalupe is apparently the Mother.

There seems to be no end to the folk who are or have been willing to go along with the pope’s message. This includes many people that are called evangelicals. The last several posts have focused on the ecumenicalness of a number of people and organizations, so this post will only mention an article Bill Bright wrote.

    Evangelicals And Catholics Together:
    The Christian Mission In The Third Millennium,

    by Dr. Bill Bright, December 1994
    “…Some are concerned about the agreement not to proselytize one another. In this sense, proselytize does not mean evangelize.

    “In fact, I believe the agreement will enhance our evangelistic efforts among Catholics. Campus Crusade for Christ has always been and will continue to be dedicated to sharing the gospel with everyone, including those who claim to be Protestants, Catholics, Jews, nonbelievers or anyone else. We have never recruited for any church or denomination…

    “For almost 25 years, we have helped to take the gospel to tens of millions of Catholics in cooperation with Catholics who know our Lord all over the world. There are probably a billion people who profess Catholic affiliation, but many have never received Christ. I believe this agreement will help open doors to them for the gospel…”

God’s WORD

    “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

    “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

    “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

    “Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ
    our Saviour;

    “That being justified by his grace, we should be made
    heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”—Titus 3:3–7

    “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day;
    lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness
    of sin.”—Hebrews 3:13

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America through Politics

God’s WORD

    “But the LORD is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and
    the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.”
    —Jeremiah 10:10

    “For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.”
    —Jeremiah 16:17

    “Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men…For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence.”—Proverbs 4:14, 17

    “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in
    whom there is no help.”—Psalm 146:3

    “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while
    some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and
    pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
    —1 Timothy 6:10

    “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.”—Hebrews 13:14

from Ecclesia in America: The Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America, Pope John Paul II, Mexico, 1999

    The content of the education they impart should make constant reference to Jesus Christ and his message as the Church presents it in her dogmatic and moral teaching.

    Only in this way will they train truly Christian leaders in the different spheres of human activity, and in society, especially in politics, economics, science, art and philosophical reflection. 267

The goal of this next-to-last post regarding the Ecclesia in America of Pope John Paul II, is to show that the Roman Catholic Church and its related groups, both obvious and secretive ones, are very much intertwined with US politics and our government leaders.

While there may be some people that are true believers, the so called fundamentalist right wing of our government has many Roman Catholic influences from the RC Church itself, Knights of Columbus, Opus Dei,
Knights of Malta, and the many ecumenical groups, to mention a few.

The Fellowship Foundation which puts on the National Prayer Breakfast
wears a cloak of Evangelicalism, but on closer look, it is very ecumenical
and it too has a number of Roman Catholic influences, and political goals.

I have found much research regarding the influence of the Roman
Catholic Church on politics (like the pope advised) and have posted
the following links on my areyouaware site.

The Mass/Eucharist/Real Presence and US government/politics
Nothing has changed:
13th Century: The English King and the Pope

Red Mass, Blue Mass

    Since 1952, many of our own United States government leaders have annually celebrated the Roman Catholic Red Mass for judges, prosecutors, attorneys, law school professors, students, and government officials on the Sunday before the opening session of the Supreme Court.

    The Red Mass includes a “lecture” (homily) on how to vote the “Roman Catholic” way, and the Eucharist [eating the real body of Jesus and drinking his real blood], which is presumably just for the Roman Catholics in attendance. The Red Mass is now celebrated annually in more than half the states of the United States.

Recent Presidents and two Popes

Roman Catholics and the Religious Right

Knights of Columbus

Knights of Malta (Sovereign Military Order of Malta)

Opus Dei (God’s Work) Posts
Joseamaria Escriva felt his Opus Dei (a rather secretive group) group was to help “ordinary” people attain holiness by their good works.

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

    “Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…”—Romans 3:22

Josemaría Escrivá, founder of the Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei

Excerpts from Escriva’s The Way

The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei

Opus Dei, Monsignor Vladimir Felzmann, Father John McCloskey, Scott Hahn

Some American Opus Dei “Works” and a few Prominent American Members

Excerpts from “2030 Looking Back” by Opus Dei’s Father John McCloskey
This is a very unnerving post. Opus Dei folk think pain and suffering make you holy.

The Family (Fellowship Foundation) Posts
The National Prayer Breakfast and the Fellowship Foundation (The Family)

History of the Fellowship Foundation

Some National Prayer Breakfasts 2007–2009

Presidential Candidates and the Family Foundation

Colson, The Family, Born Again

God’s WORD

    “Babylon hath been a golden cup in the LORD’S hand…the nations have drunken of her wine; therefore the nations are mad.”—Jeremiah 51:7

    “…Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
    —Revelation 14:8

    “And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”—Revelation 17:18

    “…and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.”—Revelation 18:3

    “…for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.”—Revelation 18:23

    “…Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities”—Revelation 18:4-5

    “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.”
    —Jeremiah 23:5

    “Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.”—2 Corinthians 5:20

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America through Culture

God’s WORD

    “…The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

    “But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

    “But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

    “…The servants said unto him [the householder], Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

    “But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest…”—Matthew 13:24–30

    “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-
    block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;”—1 Corinthians 1:23

This post compares the quotes of the Pope and others regarding the Roman Catholic Church’s evangelization through culture goal (which they have
had for at least 1500 years) with quotes of Christian/Biblical Worldview folk/organizations and family/morals/values folk/organizations, which
seem to have a political agenda.

from Ecclesia in America: The Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America, Pope John Paul II, Mexico, 1999

    The evangelization of culture
    70. …the Synod Fathers rightly felt that the new evangelization calls for a clearly conceived, serious and well organized effort to evangelize culture”. 264

    In America, the mestiza face of the Virgin of Guadalupe was from the start a symbol of the inculturation of the Gospel, of which she has been the lodestar and the guide.

    Through her powerful intercession, the Gospel will penetrate the hearts of the men and women of America and permeate their cultures, transforming them from within. 266

from the Discourse to the Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture, John Paul II, January 1987

    5. This leads me…to insist upon…a central objective in our work…inculturation (newly-coined word)…

    When the Church enters into contact with cultures, she must welcome all that is compatible with the Gospel…to be enriched herself by the manifold wisdom of the nations of the earth…inculturation commits the Church to a path that is difficult, but necessary…

Redemptoris missio, On the permanent validity of the Church’s missionary mandate Ioannes Paulus PP. II December 1990

    Incarnating the Gospel in Peoples’ Culture
    52. inculturation “means the intimate transformation of authentic cultural values through their integration in Christianity and the insertion of Christianity in the various human cultures.”85 …

    Through inculturation the Church makes the Gospel incarnate in different cultures…She transmits to them her own values…Inculturation is a slow journey…

    53. Missionaries…must immerse themselves in the cultur[e]..evangelizing the culture of the environment in which they are working…

    54. …inculturation must be guided by two principles: “compatibility with the gospel and communion with the universal Church.“94

    …In effect, inculturation must involve the whole people of God…The safeguarding of traditional values is the work of a mature faith.

Religious Cleansing, Keith Fournier (Roman Catholic Deacon), 1993

    It is essential for Christians of the twentieth century and the beginning of a new millennium…to contend once again for the culture…to rescue a civilization which is heading toward barbarism. p. 6

Defending the First Right and First Freedom: A Call for Collaboration, Deacon Keith Fournier, 2004

    For decades I have tried in my own little way to take the social teaching of the Catholic Church and offer it as a resource for building a culture of life, family, freedom and solidarity. This beautiful teaching is not just for Catholics, other Christians or even other people of faith but intended for all men and women.

Good News, Bad News: Evangelization, Conversion and the Crisis
of Faith
by C. John, III McCloskey, Russell Shaw, 2007

    “So now we face the need to do again what our forebears in the faith did all those centuries ago—I mean evangelize a largely pagan society and convert the pagans

    “And as that kind of growth takes place, it will lead inevitably to the transformation of the contemporary culture into one that faithfully reflects Christ’s teaching as mediated by the Church.

    “Primarily through her laity,” Pope John Paul II told the American bishops in 1987, “the church is in a position to exercise great influence upon American culture.”

    “Then he asked, “But how is American culture evolving today? Is the evolution being influenced by the Gospel? Does it clearly reflect Christian inspiration?

    “Your music, your poetry and art, your drama, your painting and sculpture, the literature that you are producing—are all those things which reflect the soul of a nation being influenced by the sprit of Christ for the perfection of humanity?” p. 25, 26

“Preaching” a Christian/Biblical Worldview to redeem culture; supporting and voting for conservative morality in the form of family/traditional/pro-life values; or spending massive amounts of money for such—NONE of this saves you from your own wicked deceitful heart; Nor does it nor can it make culture or society better.

The Lord Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross to rescue and redeem culture? NO! Jesus died on the cross (taking the punishment for all sin), so that people (individuals, YOU specifically) could be rescued, redeemed and freed from sin, darkness, and from this wicked world. Jesus Christ and repentance are to be preached, not culture or values.

God’s WORD

    “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world…”
    —John 18:36

    “…our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins,
    that he might deliver us from this present evil world…”
    —Galatians 1:3, 4

    “And that repentance and remission of sins should be
    preached in his name among all nations…”—Luke 24:47

    “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord…”
    —2 Corinthians 4:5

    “And from Jesus Christ…the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”—Revelation 1:5

Rather than proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who live in darkness, the ecumenical “religious” and “spiritual” leaders of our world are promoting transformation through culture. Many of these groups have political agendas, and have a major influence on our current government.

The Ecumenical/Common Good/Dialogue Way or Evangelization of culture with the help of Christian Worldview, Values, the Family
Through ecumenism/common good and focus on culture/values, Evangelicals, Methodists, Baptists, Orthodox, Reformed, Roman Catholics, Calvinists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, Mormons, Moonies, and Muslims, the poor and the very wealthy (to mention some groups)—all can agree that society (culture) needs to have morals and values such as family, marriage, sanctity of life.

The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Eucharist is Jesus’ real body and real blood. As I have discussed in this Real Presence series, the RC Church believes the Eucharist is the center of worship, they are NOT going to change, and they are out to get YOU to agree with them so they can once again rule the world.

Any group that is ecumenical—including worldview and transforming culture, or focusing on pro-life, family values and/or the social gospel—is, whether they know it or not, participating in the Roman Church agenda.

    “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”—Ephesians 5:11

The following are posts on my AreYouAware site and give more information on some of the Christian Worldview and Family/Values groups.

1. Christian/Biblical World View
Background information on the Christian/Biblical Worldview.
Some Christian/Biblical Worldview groups
Starting with Awana and ending with YWAM.
Christian Worldview Weekends
Timeline of Norman Geisler’s education, books, etc.

2. Cultural/Political Groups
Some Culture/Family/Values Groups
Alliance Defense Fund
Arlington Group Links
Howard Center Links
Values Voters Summits
World Congress of Families, funding, sponsors, supporters

God’s WORD

    “In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.”—Psalm 143:2

    Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.”—Isaiah 29:13

    “Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”—Acts 20:21

    “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.

    “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

    “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”—2 John 9–11

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: American Evangelism through Education, Part I—Catholic

God’s WORD

    “When wisdom entereth into thine heart…understanding
    shall keep thee:

    “To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man
    that speaketh froward things;

    “Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways
    of darkness;

    “Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of
    the wicked;

    “Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:”
    —Proverbs 2:10–15

    “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

Evangelizing centers of education, Ecclesia in America, John Paul II

    71. Education can play an outstanding role in promoting the inculturation of the Gospel.

    …Catholic centers of education, and those which, although non-denominational, are clearly inspired by Catholic principles, will be able
    to engage in authentic evangelization only if at all levels including that
    of the university they clearly preserve their Catholic orientation.

    The content of the education they impart should make constant reference to Jesus Christ and his message as the Church presents it in her dogmatic and moral teaching.

    Only in this way will they train truly Christian leaders in the different spheres of human activity, and in society, especially in politics, economics, science, art and philosophical reflection. 267

    Hence, it is essential that the Catholic university be truly both things at once: a university and Catholic...

    Pastoral work in Catholic universities will therefore be given special attention: it must encourage a commitment to the apostolate on the part of the students themselves, so that they can become

    the evangelizers of the university world. 269

    In addition, cooperation between Catholic universities throughout America needs to be encouraged, for their mutual enrichment; 270

    this will help put into effect, at the university level too, the principle of solidarity and interchange between the peoples of the whole continent.

    In the overall work of the new evangelization, the educational sector occupies a place of honor.

    For this reason, the activity of all Catholic teachers, including those working in non-denominational schools, should be encouraged.

    I also make an urgent appeal to men and women religious not to abandon this field which is so important for the new evangelization. 274

Pope Benedict to Catholic Educators, Catholic University 4/17/2008
Wash., D C publicaffairs.cua.edu/Releases/2008//PopeBenedictSpeech.cfm

    “…Again, we see why fostering personal intimacy with Jesus Christ and communal witness to his loving truth is indispensable in Catholic institutions of learning.

    The Church’s primary mission of evangelization, in which
    educational institutions play a crucial role
    , is consonant with
    a nation’s fundamental aspiration to develop a society truly worthy of the
    human person’s dignity…the Church never tires of upholding the essential
    moral categories of right and wrong… 



    Teachers and administrators, whether in universities or schools, have the duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruc-
    tion in Catholic doctrine and practice.

    This requires that public witness to the way of Christ, as found
    in the Gospel and upheld by the Church’s Magisterium, shapes
    all aspects of an institution’s life,
    both inside and outside the
    classroom. Divergence from this vision weakens Catholic identity…

    
”…lay and Religious teachers of catechesis…must also be
    ready to lead the commitment
    made by the entire school community
    to assist our young people, and their families, to experience the harmony between faith, life and culture.

Roman Catholic Education
To help the pope out with his goal of evangelization through education,
is the Roman Catholic education system with 200,000 Catholic educators,
7.6 million students and 8000 Catholic elementary and secondary schools,
religious education programs, seminaries, colleges and universities. (ncea.org/about/index.asp)

As far as higher education, there are 245 Catholic higher education institutions
in the United States. In 2006, it was estimated there were more than 686,000
students enrolled in 215 Catholic higher education institutions in the US.

According to the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, approximately 12.5% of the world’s Catholic colleges and universities are located in the United States. There are approximately 1,861 Catholic colleges and universities worldwide.

To be right in everything, we ought always to hold that the white which I see, is black if the hierarchical Church
so decides it.
—Thirteenth Rule of Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises

Ignatius Loyola, The Society of Jesus, and Jesuit Educators
Major help for the Pope and his goal of evangelization through education has been in place since the mid-1500s from The Society of Jesus or Jesuits started by the Spaniard, Ignatius Loyola, also the originator of the Jesuits’ Spiritual Exercises. Considered Ignatius’ greatest contribution to the Church, the Spiritual Exercises are the basis for the Spiritual Disciplines of today’s emergent church.

    Benedict XVI 4/22/2006 to the Society of Jesus

St. Ignatius of Loyola was first and foremost a man of
God who in his life put God, his greatest glory and his
greatest service, first. He was a profoundly prayerful
man for whom the daily celebration of the Eucharist
was the heart and crowning point of his day.

    Sketches from Church History, S. M. Houghton, p. 135

The Jesuits were a Catholic order founded in 1534, by
Ignatius Loyola, a Spaniard, their chief aim being the
complete extermination of Protestantism. They called
their Order the Society of Jesus.

Responsible only to the Pope and exempted from all
other jurisdiction, they bound themselves by oath to unconditional obedience to the Pope.

Country, friends, personal interest, even private opinion and conscience were nothing; the rules of the Order were everything to them.

They specialized in providing a high standard of education for the sons of the nobility, and by this means their influence was enormous.

They penetrated into all the relationships of life and obtained possession of secret information that would further their aims.

The most notorious principle of the Society of Jesus was, “the end justifies the means”. Hence they would engage in murder
if they judged that the Catholic Church would benefit by it…”

Some background links to read
The following links on my Are You Aware site give the necessary background
for my next post, The Real Presence in the Eucharist: American Evangelism
through Education, Part II—Jesuit.

Catholic Schools in the US and Four conservatives with some Roman Catholic Education.

Ignatius Loyola and the Society of Jesus.

Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises/Ignatian Spirituality.

God’s WORD

    “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge
    of the truth.

    “…so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.”—2 Timothy 3:7. 8

    “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:”
    —Titus 2:1

    “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

    “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”
    —2 Timothy 1:9, 10

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: American Evangelization Through Media

God’s WORD

    “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.”—Psalm 118:8

    “If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud,
    knowing nothing…”—1 Timothy 6:3, 4

“For the new evangelization to be effective, it is essential to have a deep understanding of the culture of our time in which the social communications media are most influential…knowledge and use of the media…is indispensable”.—John Paul II

Evangelization through media, Ecclesia in America, John Paul II

    72. Using the media correctly and competently can lead to a genuine inculturation of the Gospel…initiatives to make the Gospel effectively present…

    the training of pastoral workers for this task;

    the support of high-quality production centers;

    the careful and effective use of satellite and other new technologies;

    teaching the faithful to be “critical” in their use of the media;

    joining forces in order to acquire and manage new transmitters and TV and radio networks, as well as coordinating those already in operation…

    Business people should be encouraged to provide economic support for quality products promoting human and Christian values. 278

NEA: New Evangelization of America Mission Statement
“NEA is a Pan-American organization which seeks to use and help coordinate media communications to bring about the “New Evangelization.”

letter of recommendation for NEA from the Vatican
From the Vatican, January 4, 1999
Dear Bishop Grahmann,
The Holy Father was pleased to receive your letter forwarding the plan of evangelization approved at the NETA 200 Conference held in Dallas last month. He wishes me to assure you and your Brother Bishops of his gratitude for your efforst to promote the new evangelization of America according to the vision…set forth in his Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Ecclesia in America…

NEA and movies

    NEA has been blessed to present early previews of some of the finest Catholic Christian movies produced in recent years.

    Thérèse
    January 2003 conference featured…[the] true story of St. Thérèse of Lisieux…in the movie Thérèse.

    The Passion of the Christ
    In January 2004, NEA hosted a special preview of The Passion of the Christ, by Mel Gibson, with…Jim Caviezel as special guest…

    Bella
    The 2007 NEA Conference…played a special preview of Bella…

Star Quest Production Network
Leading the way in Catholic New Media

(SQPN)’s first Catholic New Media Celebration, 6/22/2008
in conjunction with the Eucharistic Congress, Atlanta, Georgia

It’s a day of learning about the technologies that make up the heart of Catholic New Media.

It’s Catholic: the Eucharist will be the heart of the celebration!

    “The new media—telecommunications and internet in particular—are changing the very face of communication
    —Pope Benedict XVI, message for the 42nd World Communications Day

Catholic Radio Association

    Global Catholic Radio Conference
    October 8–11, 2008
    It is now necessary that the Good News be spread by the invaluable medium of radio available to us.

Institute for World Evangelism, ICPE Mission
Theme: To Know Christ and make Him known

    NEA (New Evangelisation of America) has had an alliance with the Institute for World Evangelization—ICPE Mission, since January 2007. Founded by Mario and Anna Cappello, the Catholic ICPE Mission was dedicated to the formation and training of Catholics so that they may become more effective evangelisers.

Inspirational Films and Institute for World Evangelisation sign Jesus Film agreement

    The Jesus Film originated by Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade,
    was distributed in 1979. In 1981, Bill created the Jesus Film Project organization with the goal of accurately translating Jesus into other languages and showing them around the world.

    In April 1999, Inspirational Films and the ICPE Institute for World Evangelisation signed an agreement in which the Pontifical ICPE
    Institute for World Evangelisation
    was given permisssion to prepare a Catholic Edition of the film JESUS.

    The ICPE Institute also prepared their own literature, for the follow-up
    of Film JESUS which would be used as “evangelization” worldwide.

    The Institute for World Evangelisation established Millennium Films International (MFI) to proclaim the “gospel” through the distribution
    of the film JESUS.

Millennium Films International

    The International Office of the Institute for World Evangelisation,
    in Rome since the summer of 1998, is also the main headquarters of Millennium Films International.

    Millennium Films International has translated the film in various languages. Our goal is to reach every nation, tribe, people and tongue, helping them see and hear the story of Jesus in a language they can understand…

    [JTB comment: Is this the Jesus of the Bible?]

film JESUS

    Through the use of the film JESUS and other means of mass communication, Millennium Films International aims to evangelise
    and to help parish communities, families and individuals worldwide
    to renew their personal faith and love for Jesus.

      Film Jesus Statistics
      May 2000: Jubilee Edition of the film JESUS won the Grand Prix
      of the XV International Catholic Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland.

      Rome in 2000: over 1.5 million videocassettes in 7 languages were given as gifts…

      World Youth Day—film JESUS was shown to an estimated 2.2 million people..

      Eucharistic Congress, Argentina—60,000 packages of the film JESUS in Spanish distributed

      Ukrainian version—20,000 copies crowds gathered with Pope
      John Paul II in Ukraine

      Malta —110,000 videocassettes of film JESUS distributed to every household.

      In 2002, distribution of approximately 2,000,000 copies of the film JESUS in various Asian countries started…

      Thousands of copies of the film JESUS in Arabic were distributed
      in Middle Eastern countries.

      World Youth Day in Germany—50,000 DVDs were distributed…

      June 2006 meeting of Pope Benedict XVI with Ecclesial Movements: 10,000 DVDs of film JESUS were distributed.

    Bill Bright letter

    March 18, 2002
    Mr. and Mrs. Mario Cappello
    Institute for World Evangelisation
    Rome, Italy
    Dear Mario and Anna:
    Warm greetings with Christ’s great love from our beautiful Lake Hart campus!

    Thank you so much for your letter of February 15, and your kind and gracious words. I am humbled and honored that our great God and Savior has used us and Campus Crusade for Christ in some small way to help impact souls for His Kingdom. To Him be all praise and glory!

    I rejoice over every report of what God is doing in the Catholic world. My special prayers for you and Pope John Paul II.

    It is so exciting to hear about what you and your ministry are accomplishing for the cause of our Lord. I consider it a privilege to work alongside you in the greatest spiritual harvest of all time.

    Warm affection in Christ.

    Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
    Bill Bright
    Founder of Campus Crusade International

    More reference on Bill Bright:
    Fellowship of the Burning Heart 1947
    Evangelicals and Catholics Together

    God’s WORD

      “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”—Psalm 119:130

      “Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me.”—Psalm 119:133

      “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”—2 Timothy 2:15

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: The Evangelization of the Americas

God’s WORD

    “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works,

    but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given
    us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

    “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

    “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
    —2 Timothy 1:9, 10, 13

Ecclesia in America: The way to conversion, communion and solidarity in America—Pope John Paul II, Mexico, 1999

    Ecclesia in America, subtitled, The way to conversion, communion and solidarity in America, is an exhortation that John Paul II addressed to the “Church in America” [Roman Catholic Church], and lays out a plan for the evangelization of the Americas.

    Ever since the publication of Ecclesia in America, Canada’s bishops have actively promoted the document, describing it as a “pastoral road map for the Catholic Church in the Americas” that guides us in living the Gospel in the new millennium…” Ecclesia in America emphasizes the need for a new evangelization…”

The Roman Catholic Plan for Evangelizing the Americas
The plan for Evangelizing the Americas by the Roman Catholic Church will
be the subject of my next posts, and will complete my Real Presence in the
Eucharist
series.

It was unnerving to me to read the evangelization plan for America as I have heard some of these same words spoken by folk that I did not think were
Catholic and my observation is that some of the objectives mentioned in this
“evangelization” plan are already happening.

This post will quote excerpts from the first part of the exhortation to show that the document, Ecclesia in America, is very much connected with the Eucharist which is believed to be the source and summit of the Roman Catholic Church’s life, and the way of globalization of solidarity—unity or agreement.

The remaining posts in the series will concentrate on the end of John Paul II’s Ecclesia America, in which he specifies ways to carry out the evangelization of America. I will be using quotes from the Ecclesia America document regarding use of Media, Culture, Education and Politics to implement the agenda and then show how these directives are already happening.

Two comments before presenting excerpts from the Ecclesia in America text.
The text mentions the pilgrim church but actually is referring to the Roman Catholic Church. The Ecclesia in America is NOT promoting the true gospel
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Of possible interest: A History of Catholic America: From Columbus to the 20th Century Written and Edited by E. Phillips Mantz and Rev. Michael J. Roach

Excerpts from Ecclesia in America—The Church in America: On the Encounter with the Living Jesus Christ: The Way to Conversion, Communion, and Solidarity in America,
Pope John Paul II, Mexico City, January 22, 1999

    Introduction
    1. …the Church in America has recently celebrated the fifth centenary of the first preaching of the Gospel on its soil. The commemoration made all American Catholics more deeply aware of Christ’s desire to meet the inhabitants of the so-called New World so that, gathering them into his Church, he might be present in the continent’s history.

    The evangelization of America is not only a gift from the Lord; it is also a source of new responsibilities

    This command applies to the whole Church; and, in this moment of her history, the Church in America is called to take it up and respond with loving generosity to the fundamental task of evangelization. This was what my Predecessor Paul VI, the first Pope to visit America, stressed at Bogota: It will be our task…

    “…Realizing the greatness of the gifts received, the pilgrim Church in America wishes to bring the whole of society and every man and woman to share in the riches of faith and communion in Christ.

    2. On October 12, 1992, the very day marking the five hundredth anniversary of the first evangelization of America, I spoke at the opening of the Fourth General Assembly of the Latin American Bishops in Santo Domingo…

    11. …Throughout the continent, from the time of the first evangelization, “the Gospel was proclaimed by presenting the Virgin Mary as its highest realization. From the beginning ” invoked as Our Lady of Guadalupe”, Mary…

    Chapter II. The Christian identity of America
    14. “…America’s Christian identity is not synonymous with Catholic identity. The presence of other Christian communities, to a greater or lesser degree in the different parts of America, means that the ecumenical commitment to seek unity among all those who believe in Christ is especially urgent.32

    31. …Therefore, the Church in America “must give a clear priority to prayerful reflection on Sacred Scripture by all the faithful”.90

    This reading of the Bible, accompanied by prayer, is known in the tradition of the Church as lectio divina, and it is a practice to be encouraged among all Christians….

    Chapter IV
The Path to Communion
    The Church, sacrament of communion

    34. “…The journey of Christian initiation comes to completion and reaches its summit in the Eucharist, which fully incorporates the baptized into the Body of Christ. 104

    “These sacraments are an excellent opportunity for an effective evangelization and catechesis…

    35. The Eucharist is more than simply the culmination of Christian initiation…the Eucharist is the living and lasting center around which the entire community of the Church gathers…it is at one and the same time a Sacrament of Sacrifice, Communion and Presence. 109

    The Eucharist is the outstanding moment of encounter with the living Christ. For this reason, by their preaching and catechesis, the Pastors of the People of God in America must strive “to give the Sunday Eucharistic celebration new strength, as the source and summit of the Church’s life

    Leading children to encounter Christ
    48. Children are God’s gift and a sign of his presence. “There is a need to accompany children in their encounter with Christ, from Baptism to First Communion, since they are part of the living community of faith, hope and love”. 182 …

    Elements of communion with other Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities
    49. Between the Catholic Church and the other Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities there exists a drive…nourished by prayer, dialogue and joint action…

    It was suggested in the first place “that Catholic Christians, Pastors and faithful foster cooperation between Christians of the different confessions, in the name of the Gospel, in response to the cry of the poor, by the promotion of justice, by common prayer for unity…” 187

    Also to be promoted…are meetings of experts from the different Churches and Ecclesial Communities aimed at facilitating ecumenical dialogue. Ecumenism should be a subject of reflection and shared experience between the different Catholic Episcopal Conferences in America.

    Although the Second Vatican Council refers to all those who are baptized and believe in Christ as “brothers and sisters in the Lord”, 188 it is necessary to distinguish clearly between Christian communities, with which ecumenical relations can be established, and sects, cults and other pseudo-religious movements.

    Chapter V
The globalization of solidarity
    55. The Church in America is called not only to promote greater integration between nations, thus helping to create an authentic globalized culture of solidarity, 204

    but also to cooperate with every legitimate means in reducing the negative effects of globalization, such as the domination of the powerful over the weak, especially in the economic sphere, and the loss of the values of local cultures in favor of a misconstrued homogenization.

    “…The Church in America must be constantly concerned to provide for the effective evangelization of those recent arrivals who do not yet know Christ. 238

    Chapter VI
The Mission of the Church in America Today:
    The New Evangelization

    66. “…the new and unique situation in which the world and the Church find themselves at the threshold of the Third Millennium…calls for a new program which can be defined overall as a “new evangelization”. 244

    As the Church’s Supreme Pastor, I urgently desire to encourage all the members of God’s People, particularly those living in America…to take up this project and to cooperate in carrying it out…

    The encounter with Christ spurs evangelization
    68. “…This mission has become particularly urgent today in America, five hundred years after the first evangelization…

God’s WORD

    “Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous
    and very faithful.

    “My zeal hath consumed me, because mine enemies have forgotten thy words.

    “Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it

    “I am small and despised: yet do not I forget thy precepts.

    “Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy
    law is the truth.”—Psalm 119:138–142