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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

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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

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

The Conclusion of my comments about error found on chaceldon.edu.

Here are some more Bible verses to compare with what is being taught at chalcedon, or elsewhere. We always need to discern through the lens of God’s Holy Word. Mostly, we need God’s Word to discern our own hearts. But we do need to be on the alert for false teaching about God’s Kingdom and His ways, so we don’t inadvertently end up following a world ruler who is not Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”—Hebrews 4:12

The Kingdom of God as found in the WORD of GOD

“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.“—Mark 1:14, 15

“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”—Luke 17:21

“And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him.”—Luke 8:1

“And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick…And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.”—Luke 9:2, 6

“And he [Jesus] opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”—Matthew 5:2–10

What the WORD of GOD says the disciples did and said after Jesus was ascended.

“But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.”—Acts 5:19, 20

“And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening.”—Acts 28:23

“And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.”
—Acts 28:30, 31

“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.“—Galatians 5:13, 14

What God’s Word says we are to do.

“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
—Acts 17:11

“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.“—1 Timothy 4:1, 2

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

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

“By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.“—John 13:35

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.“—Matthew 16:24

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

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
—Titus 2:13, 14

“Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness.“—2 Peter 3:11

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

Continuing with Part 6 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

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

chalcedon.edu/vision
“We believe that the source of godly change is regeneration by the Holy Spirit, not revolution by the violence of man. As God regenerates more and more individuals, and as they reorient their lives and areas of personal influence to the teachings of the Bible, He employs them to advance His kingdom and establish Christian civilization.”

My Comment
Does the Bible say that the Holy Spirit and God regenerate us and then WE reorient our own lives to the teachings of the Bible and then God uses us to advance His kingdom and establish Christian civilization? I guess the Holy Spirit isn’t needed after He regenerates us?

chalcedon.edu/vision
“We believe that God’s law is the divine pattern of sanctification in every area of life, but it is not the means of justification; man is saved by grace, not by law. The role of every earthly government including family government, church government, school government, vocational government, and civil government is to submit to Biblical law.”

My Comment
God’s law is the divine pattern of sanctification? What does that mean? Where are they getting this?

GOD’s WORD

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”—1 Corinthians 1:30

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.”—John 17:17, 19

That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.“—Ephesians 5:26

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—1 Thessalonians 5:23

“Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.”—Hebrews 13:12

chalcedon.edu/vision
“No government in any form can make men Christians or truly obedient; this is the work of God’ sovereign grace. Much less should civil government try to impose Biblical law on an unbelieving society. Biblical law cannot be imposed; it must be embraced.”

My Comment
How do you embrace Biblical law? Maybe their mind needs to be renewed to think Jesus’ way. What job does the Holy Spirit have in their theology?

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

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”—Matthew 22:37–40

My Comment
I was 31 years old before I understood that it was impossible for me to obey Matthew 22:37, 38. In fact, that is the point of the law—I can’t keep it. No one can. When I realized my heart is desperately wicked, I confessed my sin and accepted Jesus’ sacrifice for my sin. Then the Holy Spirit put/s the right desires in my heart. I need the Holy Spirit to help me.

chalcedon.edu/credo
“But the God who justifies also sanctifies, and sanctification means progressive obedience to God’s requirements, His law of the Old and New Testaments.”

My Comment
What is progressive obedience? Where did they find these terms? Where is the Holy Spirit in their “theology?” I am going to include a number of Bible verses related to the Holy Spirit. At the end are verses telling the fruit of the world Kingdom and the fruit of God’s Kingdom. Be a fruit inspector.

The WORD of GOD

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.”—Romans 8:14

“This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”—Galatians 3:2, 3, 5<

“Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me; Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged…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. He shall glorify me...”—John 16:7–14

“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.“—Galatians 5:16–18

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”—Galatians 5:19–21

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”—Galatians 5:22–26

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

Continuing with Part 5 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

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

It was difficult for me to discern from the chalcedon site exactly what they believe about Israel. Both Reconstructionist and Reformed thought (which thinking is supported on the site) believe that the church has replaced Israel,
so I am inclined to think that the folk at chalcedon.edu also believe that the church has replaced Israel.

It seems to me that there is a relationship between thinking that the church has replaced Israel and the idea that therefore the church needs to live under the Old Testament laws and ways and that it is their job to be bringing in the Kingdom get people to obey God’s law so the kingdom is ready for Jesus. (Not that this is biblical thought, just my observation of what has/is happening.)

chalcedon.edu/credo

“Because we strongly emphasize the authority of Biblical law, holding it to be a verbal description of God’s character, and because we hold that Biblical law should govern every area of man’s life and thought…”

“Because we believe that the Bible should apply to all of life, including the state; and because we believe that the Christian state should enforce Biblical civil law; and finally, because we believe that the responsibility of Christians is to exercise dominion in the earth for God’s glory…We do not believe that politics or the state are a chief sphere of dominion.

“…We believe in regeneration, not in revolution. Men are not changed fundamentally by politics, but by the power of God. Men’s hearts are changed by regeneration (Jn. 3:3). They are translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God’s dear Son (Col. 1:13). From that point, they progressively work to reorient their lives and every sphere they touch in terms of God’s holy, infallible Word. Long-term, pervasive social change is the result of extensive regeneration and obedience by the people of God. This means, of course, that there can be no Christian society of any significance or longevity unless a large number of its members are Christians.”

My Comment
Is this double talk? Why do they emphasis Biblical law? “They progressively work to reorient their lives?” Biblical law did not work for Israel. Why? Because their hearts were desperately wicked like ours. Why do they think Biblical law will work for Gentiles?

GOD says

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.“—Galatians 3:10–14

chalcedon.edu/credo
“We do believe that the state one day will be Christian, but this no way implies that the role of the state is to Christianize its citizens…Our objective, therefore, in supporting Christian political involvement is to scale down the massive state in Western democracies, reducing it to its Biblical limits…”

My comment
One day the state will be Christian? How are they going to reduce Western democracies to their biblical limits? Is that in the Bible?

The Ministry of Chalcedon
“We believe that the whole Word of God must be applied to all of life. It is not only our duty as individuals, families and churches to be Christian, but it is also the duty of the state, the school, the arts and sciences, law, economics, and every other sphere to be under Christ the King. Nothing is exempt from His dominion. We must live by His Word, not our own.”

My Comment
Where is this in the Bible? God fills us with His Holy Spirit so we can tell other sinners that Jesus will rescue them from hell, too. We are not told to bring the state, school, arts under the dominion of Jesus. This group has also torqued the meaning of the word “dominion” as it is in the Bible. See a past blog: dominion-theology-and-reconstructionists/

This is what God says in His BOOK

“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.“—Romans 10:2–4

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

“But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.”—Isaiah 41:8, 9

“But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.“—Isaiah 43:1

“Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.”—Isaiah 44:21, 22

Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands; thy walls are continually before me.“—Isaiah 49:16

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

Continuing with Part 4 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

4. Greek thought and the intellect elevated; man’s words and traditions given equal status with the Bible.
The belief from Aquinas that the intellect, mind or reason was not affected by our sin nature explains some of the emphasis on scholasticism, intellectualism, and elevation of man’s mind and reason.

chalcedon.edu/credo
“…The highest point of scholarship in the medieval world was within the bosom of the church; and although it was defective at certain key points, it was at least an attempt at intellectual reverence for God. The scholarship of the Reformation was even more rigorously Biblical, and this was no less true of the Reformation’s successors…”

“…The Bible itself is a revelation of ideas as much as it is words; it is not a collection of isolated words, but of words that are divinely inspired and arranged to set forth ideas. Biblical revelation is propositional: it comes to us in words and sentences, conveying thought. To say that we should dismiss ideas and the work of scholarship is really to say that we should dismiss God’s written revelation. One is deeply impressed, for example, with the wide scholarship of men like the Apostle Paul, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Kuyper, Van Til, and many others. But this scholarship, in every case, springs from a simple faith — faith in the sovereign, Triune God and the authority of the Word of God. Scholarship is an instrument in the service of the advancement of the Faith and of Christ’s kingdom. Scholarship is not central to the Faith, but a vigorous Faith requires scholarship. It is this sort of scholarship to which Chalcedon is dedicated.”

chalcedon.edu/vision
“First, Chalcedon is committed to recovering the intellectual foundations of Christian civilization.”

My Comment
Why is there such a focus and emphasis on scholarship and the need to justify it? Why is Apostle Paul, who wrote so much of the New Testament, included with others who did not write scripture. Where is this in the Bible: “Intellectual foundations of Christian civilization?”

Just the BOOK

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

“…we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.”—1 Corinthians 8:1

“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

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness.“—1 Corinthians 1:23

To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
—Luke 1:77–79

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”—Ephesians 5:6

“For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.“—Romans 16:18

“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

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wiseThat no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
—1 Corinthians 1:27–31

“For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.”—Isaiah 47:10

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

Continuing with Part 3 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

3. The Church becomes the focus instead of Jesus Christ.

chalcedon.edu/conference
“If the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is to bring transformation to this world, it must return without compromise to the tenets of the Reformed faith.”

“Only the God-centered theology of the reformation can supply the resources necessary for godly reconstruction.”

My Comment
Where does it say in the Bible that the Church is responsible to bring transformation to this world? We preach Christ and Him crucified because there is a coming judgment and we want people to be rescued.

We don’t want to return to the Reformed faith, but to the Bible. It does not hinge on us or our theology. Only the Lord Jesus Christ can change our hearts.

chalcedon.edu/vision
“In the way we guide Christians in the task of governing their own spheres of life in terms of the entire Bible: in family, church, school, vocation, arts, economics, business, media, the state, and all other areas of modern life.”

My Comment
This is Worldview/Reconstructionist thinking—reclaiming the culture. I thought Jesus was the head of the church and His Holy Spirit and God’s Word gave us direction. People need to be redeemed, not the spheres of our life.

chalcedon.edu/vision
“Historically, therefore, the Chalcedonian creed is the foundation of Western liberty, setting limits on all authoritarian human institutions by acknowledging the validity of the claims of the One who is the source of all human freedom (Galatians 5:1)”

My Comment
A creed is the foundation of Western liberty? Notice part of the problem with the Creed showing up here? Because the Holy Spirit is not a player in the Chalcedon Creed, this group seems to take on the job of the Holy Spirit. (more on this later)

From the BOOK

For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”—2 Corinthians 4:5

“…Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.”—Colossians 1:27, 28

“And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, “Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.”—Ephesians 1:22, 23