Category Archives: One World Government and Religion

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

Advertisements

The “Real Presence” in the Eucharist: Introduction

God’s WORD

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

    “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,
    but shall have the light of life.”—John 8:12

    “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth
    on me should not abide in darkness.”—John 12:46

    “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because
    their deeds were evil.”—John 3:19

Two Kingdoms: Darkness and Light
Ever since Satan deceived Eve saying,

“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,”

mankind has sought to be god—one with the divine/God, Oneness, Ultimate Reality, the All. This concept from Satan’s Kingdom of Darkness is sometimes expressed as having “union with God” or “union with the divine”, meaning that through an experience, one has “become like God,” just as Satan wanted to be.

“I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.”—Isaiah 14:14

The “Real Presence” or Eating “Jesus” to become divine
According to Roman Catholic doctrine (which can not be changed), the
Eucharist (which is central to Roman Catholic doctrine) taken at Mass, is the
“Real Presence” of Jesus.

Each time that the Eucharist (the unbloody sacrifice of the host and wine) is taken, it is (according to Roman Catholic doctrine which can not be changed) transformed into the real body and real blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus by transubstantiation. (That is if an approved priest consecrates it.) This “Jesus”
is “sacrificed” over and over again every day throughout the year, in churches
all over the world.

Roman Catholic doctrine (which can not be changed), teaches that by partaking
of the Eucharist—”eating the Real Jesus and drinking his blood” at Mass—one
is initiated into Christianity, and although it does not seem to be common knowledge, “eating Jesus and drinking his blood” is the way oneness/union
is achieved with Jesus/God (if only for 15 minutes); or as some say, they are transformed into Jesus. The Roman Church claims they are the only Church with the “Real Presence” of Jesus. They have really fallen prey to Satan’s promise:

    “…ye shall be as gods.”—Genesis 3:5

The “Real Presence” Posts are the last in the series, “God’s Words or Man’s Words and Experience”
This next series of posts will discuss the centrality of the Eucharist in the Roman Catholic doctrine (which can not change), the influence that it has had in the world down through history, and how through the new evangelization and ecumenicalism, its massive tentacles continue to influence not only church denominations (not just contemplative emergent churches), and many “good” organizations, some political; but also our own government and leaders, in which it has been entrenched for quite some time. Rome ruled for centuries, and it wants to again.

God’s WORD

    “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say,
    Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
    —Matthew 4:17

    “…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

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

    “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

    “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may
    be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come
    from the presence of the Lord;”—Acts 3:19

The Kingdom of Darkness: Satan’s Lie from the Garden to Judgement

As I have researched information regarding the deceptions that have made their way into what is commonly called “the church”, I have been surprised to see a common denominator of similar false beliefs, including mysticism, asceticism, mother/child worship, Queen of Heaven worship and the rosary, in the Roman church, Hinduism, Buddhism, Muslim religion, the ancient pagan religions from around the world, and now the emergent church. As I got to thinking about it,
I realized there must be a common denominator.

The first deception of course was in the Garden of Eden when Satan beguiled Eve saying that God had lied to her and that she wouldn’t die, and that she could be as a god knowing good and evil.

Instead of remembering God’s Words and acting on them, Eve chose the experiential route. She saw the food was pleasant, desired to be wise, took the fruit and ate it. And so did Adam, thereby thrusting us into a fallen world. This was not a surprise to God, and in His great goodness, mercy, love and wisdom, He had already planned a way to rescue the descendants of Adam and Eve.

GODs WORD

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

“And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

“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.

“And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.”—Genesis 3:1–6

Skipping ahead to Noah’s generation which God destroyed except for eight people.

“And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”—Genesis 6:5

Some years after the flood, man once again rebelled at God’s Word, and did their own thing. The LORD scattered them.

“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

“And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

“So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.”—Genesis 11:4–9

A major player in the rebellion seems to be Nimrod whose kingdom the Bible tells us was Babel or Babylon.

“And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.”—Genesis 10:8–10

I found the book Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop very fascinating. The link is online, although unfortunately, the images Rev. Hislop has in his book (still available today) which was written originally in 1853 and expanded in 1858, are not online. Among other items of interest is the mother/child image which is in cultures all around the world as is the worship of “Mary” in the Roman church.

The Queen of Heaven, as the Roman church calls Mary (not the real Mother of Jesus) is someone the Jews also worshipped and is mentioned five times in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah.

“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.”
—Jeremiah 7:18

“But we will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth forth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we, and our fathers, our kings, and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem: for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

“But since we left off to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

“And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink offerings unto her, without our men?—Jeremiah 44:17–19

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows.”—Jeremiah 44:25

Here are some Bible verses which reference the mystery of iniquity and Mystery Babylon which the Bible says will play a major role, but also comes to its end in the Last Days. I think these verses explain much of what goes on in the politics and religion in our world—part of Satan’s Kingdom of Darkness that he tries to make people think is light.

“For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.”—2 Thessalonians 2:7

Ҧ And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast,
full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and
ten horns.

“And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

“And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

“¶ And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns.”—Revelation 17:1–7

“And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

“For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Ҧ And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.

“And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

“For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, 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.

“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, 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 17:15–18:5

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

“And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.”—Daniel 8:23

There is a good mystery: The mystery of godliness!

“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.”—1 Timothy 3:16

“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

“In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.”—Rom 2:16

“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

Awana: Here and Now Part 2

Continuing from Awana: Here and Now Part I

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

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

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

2. “Kingdom Now” and “Biblical Worldview”

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

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

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

Kingdom Now Theology

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

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

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

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

Rorheim Institute strongly promotes “biblical worldview.”

Here’s what Rorheim Institute says about itself:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Comment:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nehemiah Institute

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

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

Goal of Nehemiah Institute:

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

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

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

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

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

The BOOK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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