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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

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

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