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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

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

Continuing with Part 3 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu.

2. The denial of a future, thousand-year, physical reign of Jesus Christ on the earth.

From http://www.chalcedon.edu/credo; chalcedon.edu/ministry

“Because we affirm postmillennialism…Because we believe that Christ’s first coming established His kingdom (Mt. 3:2), and His church is presently energized to advance that kingdom
(Mt. 28:18-20)…”

“…Jesus Christ already ‘brought in the kingdom’ at His first coming. His glorious reign was formalized at His ascension (Dan. 7:13-14), after which He showered His royal gifts on His people so that they could advance His kingdom in the earth (Ac. 2:17-18, 30-33)…”

“Chalcedon’s activities include foundational and leadership roles in Christian reconstruction. Our emphasis on the Cultural or Dominion Mandate, Genesis 1:28, and the necessity of a return to Biblical Law has been a crucial factor in the challenge to Humanism by Christians in this country and elsewhere. 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.”

My Comments

These folk have torqued scripture to come up with a reconstructionist postmillennial eschatology. As you read above, they believe Jesus has established His kingdom already, and the church is energized to advance that kingdom.

In my opinion, the postmillennial belief combined with Replacement theology (the belief that Israel has been replaced by the church) and their ideas about the state/church has allowed for their belief of “Reconstructionism.”

Rather than preach the gospel to every creature like Jesus told us to do, they are putting their energies into getting people to obey Biblical law.

Perhaps you would be interested in reading a book that uses both the Old and New Testament to discuss the Redemption (Rapture) of the church by our Redeemer. You can read ‘The Manasseh Effect: A Biblical Case for the Rapture of the Church” by John Higgins and download the chart online for free.

Jesus did not tell us to set up a church system or to reform the American government or to Christianize our culture. He came to rescue people from hell, and He wants us to spread that good news to others.

From the BOOK

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

“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

This is what Christ’s kingdom on earth will be like. Does it sound like it has happened or is happening? Does it sound like Jesus needs help establishing the kingdom?

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.“—Isaiah 9:6, 7

“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”—Psalm 37:11

“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.”—Acts 17:30, 31

“Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.“—2 Corinthians 3:6

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

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

Continuing with Part 2 regarding the error at Chaceldon.edu

1. A Political union of the church and state.

What Chalcedon Believes
“Christians suckled on a pietistic view of the Faith and life simply cannot conceive of a world-conquering Christianity; because they cannot grasp this premise, they dismiss its defenders and spread misinformation about its position.”

My Comment
What does this mean? A world-conquering Christianity? Do they believe Christianity/Church conquers? Isn’t that what the Roman church believed and still believes? That is like a body without the head. The Church is the body, Jesus is the head of the church and Jesus is the Conqueror.

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.”—Revelation 19:11

What Chalcedon Believes
“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…”

My Comment
These folk seem to have forgotten that when Jesus was on earth he never tried to make a Christian state out of the Roman government.

What does exercise “dominion in the earth for God’s glory” mean? I think this is dominion theology which I have addressed on my blog previously.

The Chalcedon site also says that they support
“the efforts of Christians and Christian organizations to implement the vision of Christian civilization. Though unapologetically Reformed, Chalcedon supports the kingdom work of all orthodox denominations and churches.”

My Comment
Who has given the vision of Christian civilization? It sounds like reclaiming culture. I haven’t read about it in the Bible. What is Christian Civilization? Jesus rescues individuals from the kingdom of darkness and hell. This is NOT about us, it’s all about JESUS who paid a great price and rescued us because of His great love for us.

God’s WORD says

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”—Colossians 1:12–18

“Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.”—Isaiah 5:13

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

Introduction

The next few posts will be discussing how the errors and unbiblical thinking of Constantine, Augustine, the Council of Chalcedon and Aquinas has influenced Chalcedon.edu, Reconstructionists who believe in reclaiming the culture and who have had great influence on the homeschooling community and the “Christian” right of our government, implementing their belief system through homeschooling and promoting our “Christian Nation.”

The theology/doctrine of this group has bothered me for a long time. I now understand that part of their theology leaves out the Holy Spirit (even though they make mention of the Holy Spirit once on their site), and that they apparently agree with Aquinas that man’s intelligence was not affected by the fall and thus give man’s reasonings and writings equal footing with God’s Holy Word.

[Previous related posts 2000 years of Deception and Error 3B and Aquinas]

“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 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 16:17, 18

2000 Years of Deception and Error, Part 2B: Politics of the “Christian” Right

My intention in writing this blog (which I haven’t been able to do until now because of nests of related error I found on the way) is to make readers aware of what I perceive as a massive political agenda on the right (not that the left is better), which couches its goals in “Christian” terms, thereby gaining much support. It is my opinion, that these errors that have come down to us through the years, are contained in the beliefs of certain people and churches, and give credence to the folk that are into setting up a “Christian” political system, some of the elements of which I talk about in my Constantine/Augustine blog. I found the following news item on September 30, 2007, which reinforces my thought:

Christian Conservatives Consider Third-Party Effort

My comments about the article:

• Why is the Council for National Policy meeting in Salt Lake City?

• What is their agenda? (Notice the word secret is used.)

• Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family “is perhaps the most influential of the group”. He’s a part of a number of websites I’ve seen lately. (More on him in a later blog.)

• I’ve not heard of Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, but, as I will be discussing in the future, “family” and “pro-life” seem to be rallying words and a banner many belief systems can agree with.

• Pew Research Center has been popping up in my recent research. My observation is that it is very ecumenical.

• So Pat Robertson of CBN has provided coverage for Mr. Giuliani, and the reason the CNP met was to think up an alternative person for president. Are they going to pit two different “Christian” thoughts regarding a future president against each other?

Perhaps you would like to research the Council for National Policy. Just keep in mind, that, as you probably know, the reader needs to be discerning.

Council for National Policy

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Council_for_National_Policy

http://www.alternet.org/module/printversion/21372

My comments about the people in the Council of National Policy.

• It would seem that these supposed evangelical leaders want to, in the name of Christianity, run the goverment.

• These leaders are banking on their “Christian” rhetoric about morals, etc. to gather folk to support them. Apparently, they must think this is a huge group and that they are in control of it.

• They don’t seem to know that you can’t legislate morality. The heart is desperately wicked…

• We’ve had pro-life presidents, but still no change, and things are getting worse.

• Perhaps if these so called Christian leaders would concentrate on spreading the gospel (as Jesus commanded), instead of working towards a “Christian” government, we would have seen a turning of the hearts of people to God’s ways. Only God can change a heart. You can not superimpose rules, on people to make them change.

From the BOOK

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

“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”—Mark 16:15

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

“For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.”—Mark 4:22

“Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; and in secret have I said nothing.”—John 18:20

“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.”—Ephesians 5:12

“But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them.”
—Mark 10:42

“Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh [but] in vain.”—Psalm 127:1

“…should not a people seek unto their God?…if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.”
—Isaiah 8:19, 20

“But the meek shall inherit the earth…”—Psalm 37:11

“(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”—Philippians 3:18, 19

Looking Up

The Dominion Theology, Replacement Theology, and Reconstructionist leaders that are setting up a social, religious, and political kingdom here on earth are making their flock vulnerable to the control of the actual world ruler that will set himself up as Jesus here on earth.

How will we know if the world ruler is the real Jesus?

What does the Book say?

“‘…Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.'”—Act 1:11

Dominion Theology and Reconstructionists

Dominion Theology is closely related to “reclaiming the Culture”, and another belief system, “Reconstuctionism.” By wresting the text of Genesis 1:26, this group justifies their agenda of taking dominion over the world system (culture, government, education, etc.) as a biblical mandate.

“And God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.'”—Genesis 1:26

Does this verse sound like a mandate from God to the human race to take dominion over the world system: culture, education, government, people, money and power?

Satan, who is now the prince of this world, gained dominion over this present world system when Adam and Eve disobeyed God (See Genesis chapter 3). In the New Testament, Satan offered Jesus the kingdoms, their power and glory, if Jesus would worship Satan.

“And the devil, taking him [Jesus] up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, ‘All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.'”—Luke 4:5–7

Quoting scripture, Jesus rejected Satan’s offer:

“And Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.'”—Luke 4:8

Could it be that Satan is still offering men the glory of the kingdoms of this world that Jesus rejected?

One day, Jesus will take dominion of what is rightfully His; but that isn’t our job as followers of Jesus Christ and of His Book.

Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.”
— Psalm 145:13

“And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
—Revelation 1:6

More verses from the Book which may be of interest to you: Continue reading