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
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.
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
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.
“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.”
“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