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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

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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 Part 5 B cont’d: Council of Trent’s Anathemas—Now

Pope Benedict revives The Tridentine Mass from 1570–1572, ok’d by the Council of Trent, contained in the 1962 Roman Missal

Pope Poised To Revive Latin Mass, Official Says
By Alan Cooperman 10/13/2006

Old rite wins new Mass appeal July 30, 2007

“Don’t pray at Holy Mass, but pray the Holy Mass.”
Pope Saint Pius X

Listing of Latin Mass Churches and Communities
This page was updated on January 9, 2012. “…Extraordinary form of the Roman Rite (previously called the Latin, traditional or Tridentine Mass per the 1962 Missal) in the USA and Canada.

Mel Gibson and the Latin Mass
Exactly what type of Catholic is Mel Gibson?
“…Several years ago, Mel Gibson told the press: ”I go to an all-pre-Vatican II Latin mass…”

“According to various sources, Gibson shares many beliefs of the Traditionalist Catholic movement which rejects some or all reforms started by the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.

“…Mel Gibson funded the construction of a church not affiliated with the local Roman Catholic diocese, the Holy Family Chapel in Agoura, California. This church conducts a Latin mass and observes Traditionalist Catholic doctrine.”

‘The Passion’…for its author, is a Mass 2/18/2004
Vittorio Messori on Mel Gibson’s Work

The Passion of Mel Gibson 02/20/04
Why evangelicals are cheering a movie with profoundly Catholic sensibilities. by David Neff

The Return of the Latin Mass October 12, 2006
By Jeff Israely, Rome and David Van Biema, New York


The Roman Church still believes the Eucharist is
Jesus’ real body and real blood

John Paul 2 and the Eucharist
On the Mystery and Worship of the Eucharist
Promulgated by Pope John Paul II on February 24, 1980
“…Therefore in eucharistic Communion we receive Christ, Christ Himself; and our union with Him…brings it about that in Him we are also associated in the unity of His body which is the Church.

Only in this way…is there brought about that building up of the Church, which in the Eucharist truly finds its “source and summit,” according to the well-known expression of the Second Vatican Council.[18]”

On the Way to Jesus Christ
by Joseph Ratzinger, Current Pope

This book…concludes with reflections on Jesus’ Presence in the Holy Eucharist, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s presentation of the Christian mystery as seen through the Catechism’s dynamic view of Sacred Scripture.

Chapter 6. Daily Bread and Eucharistic Bread:
A meditation for the Feast of Corpus Christi
Chapter 7. Eucharist–Communio–Solidarity:
Christ Present and Active in the Blessed Sacrament

On the Eucharist, “‘Treasure’ of the Church”
From Benedict XVI’s address at Vatican City,
June 18, 2006.


“The Eucharist is, in fact, the “treasure” of the Church, the precious heritage that her Lord has left her. And the Church guards this heritage with the greatest care, celebrating it daily in the holy Mass, adoring it in churches and chapels, distributing it to the sick, and as viaticum to those on their last journey.

“…the Eucharist is the Lord Jesus…

“…the Eucharist also has cosmic value: The transformation of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ constitutes, in fact, the principle of divinization of creation itself.

“This is why the feast of Corpus Christi is characterized particularly by the tradition of carrying the Blessed Sacrament in procession, a gesture full of meaning.

“By carrying the Eucharist through the streets and squares, we wish to submerge the bread descended from heaven in the everyday of our lives; we want Jesus to walk where we walk; to live where we live. Our world, our lives, must become his temple…

“Mary is the “Eucharistic woman…Let us pray to the Virgin that all Christians may deepen their faith in the Eucharistic mystery, so that they live in constant communion with Jesus…”

College Student steals “Jesus” (the consecrated host)
The Student That Stole The Body of Christ
University of Central Florida student, Webster Cook, took the Eucharist, a small wafer that represents the Body of Christ during communion, out of the church to show a friend a sample of the wafer. Now the student claims that he fears for his life, reporting that he has received death threats and other disturbing messages from Catholic enthusiasts…

Catholic League comments:
Florida Student Abuses Eucharist July 7, 2008
“…Catholic League president Bill Donohue offered the following remarks today:
“For a student to disrupt Mass by taking the Body of Christ hostage—regardless of the alleged nature of his grievance—is beyond hate speech. That is why the UCF administration needs to act swiftly and decisively in seeing that justice is done. All options should be on the table, including expulsion.”

“Body Of Christ’ Returned To Church After Student Receives Email Threats: July 9, 2008 Orange County, FL

The Roman Catholic Church wants All, Everyone (that means YOU) to celebrate the Eucharist as “Jesus’ Real blood and body”

Ecumenism ultimately points toward a common Eucharist,
Pope tells Christians
Sydney, July 18, 2008 (CNA)
Fifteen leaders of the Australian Christian church met the Pope in an Ecumenical event held in the St. Mary’s Cathedral Crypt on Friday morning. In his address to the church leaders, Benedict XVI called on them to not view doctrine as divisive since that view can prevent Christians from working to improve the world…

While Baptism is the starting point for ecumenical dialogue, the Pope said that, “The road of ecumenism ultimately points towards a common celebration of the Eucharist. We can be sure that a common Eucharist one day would only strengthen our resolve to love and serve one another in imitation of our Lord.”

God’s WORD

    “They know not, neither will they understand; they walk on in darkness: all the foundations of the earth are out of course.”
    —Psalm 82:5

    “They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”—Psalm 14:3

    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,”—Luke 4:18 (Isaiah 61:1)

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

Thoughts on the 2008 Homeschool Graduation

God’s WORD

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

    “Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”—1 John 5:5

    “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight…”
    —John 18:36

Note: I am concerned that this post will be misunderstood as being negative towards the parents who so faithfully give 1000 per cent of their time and energy to teach their children at home.

It is not in any way against homeschoolers or homeschooling, but is meant to encourage parents “…to try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
—1 John 4:1

Friday night, our family went to the Homeschool Graduation Ceremony. While listening to the speaker at the Homeschool Graduation ceremony encourage the graduates to be “world changers” and change the culture, I was reminded why I started this blog (although I haven’t gotten there yet) and that I was correct—there is an agenda underlying homeschooling.

“Worldchangers?” Is that in the Bible? No, “the whole world lieth in wickedness.” It’s repenting and receiving forgiveness of sins from the Lord Jesus, who shed His blood and rose again that changes people on the inside.

Superimposing a moral template on our society such as a “biblical” worldview to make our culture, arts, government, etc. “Christian,” so that Jesus can come back and rule, is not biblical.

Some time in the future, I hope to discuss what I call the “Homeschooling agenda” in more depth. Until that time, here are a few comments and links so
you can research for yourself.

Biblical or Christian Worldview
Biblical or Christian Worldview plays an important part in the agenda of the Homeschool leaders. Here is an excerpt of Chuck Colson commenting on Biblical Worldview that I discuss in more detail on an earlier blog regarding Awana’s Rorheim Institute and Biblical Worldview.

Biblical Worldview and Chuck Colson

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
Jesus never talked about “biblical worldview.” Are there fundamental truths of the faith more important than being saved from our sin, rescued out of this wicked world, going to live with our Lord and Saviour forever, and telling others they can have their sins forgiven?

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

Michael Farris

In 1983, (a couple years before we started homeschooling), Michael Farris was ordained as a Baptist minister and along with Michael Smith founded the Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

It was probably 1997 or later before I realized that Michael Farris received his Juris Doctor and was an honors graduate from the Jesuit, Gonzaga University School of Law (www.law.gonzaga.edu/), which claims it provides “an excellent legal education informed by our humanistic, Jesuit and Catholic traditions and values.”

A Baptist Minister that got his law degree at a Jesuit University did not make sense to me. It was only this year, 2008, that I discovered (if it is true) that Michael Farris was ordained to be a Baptist minister by Universal Life Church.

About Michael Farris.
List of People ordained.

Patrick Henry College and Michael P. Farris

Michael Farris was the first President of Patrick Henry College, which initially was thought of as a college for homeschoolers. The current President of Patrick Henry College is Graham Walker.

Graham Walker, Ph.D.

Vice Pres. Academic Affairs; Dean of Oklahoma Wesleyan U.
Ph.D. in political philosophy from Notre Dame in 1988.
Assist. Prof. of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania
Member/Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton
Assoc. Prof. of Politics, Catholic U. of America, 1996-2003

My Comment
Is it not odd that wikipedia calls Patrick Henry College a “Protestant College…known for its evangelical focus,” when both Presidents, Mike Farris and Graham Walker, have Roman Catholic and/or Jesuit education?

Peruse the Patrick Henry College site. Notice how “Christian” it sounds and the emphasis on Worldview, shaping culture, transformation of American society…

Other links/topics to research:
Christian Reconstructionism in the Homeschooling Movement

From Chalcedon.edu

Chalcedon’s activities include foundational and leadership roles in Christian reconstruction. Our emphasis on the Cultural or Dominion Mandate…Chalcedon’s involvement in and commitment to Christian education began with its inception when founder Rousas John Rushdoony pinpointed the Christian and home schools as the most important institutions in reversing the influence of secular Humanism.
I comment more on this at 2000 Years Part 4D.

God’s WORD

    “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it…”—Psalm 127:1

    “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”
    —1 Thessalonians 5:21

    “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”—Hebrews 12:2

    “Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”—Jude 21

“Just the BOOK” End of the Year Update

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

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

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

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

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

The Bible

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

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

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

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

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

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

God’s WORD

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

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

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