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Unbiblical and/or mystical phrases, in The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

God’s WORD

    “For when they speak great swelling words of vanity,
    they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much
    wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who
    live in error.”—2 Peter 2:18

    “This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.”—James 3:15

    “And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.”—Colossians 2:4

    “For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”—Matthew 12:37

The Chapters in A. W. Tozer’s, The Pursuit of God, with a few of the unbiblical and/or mystical phrases.
Chapter 1 Following Hard after God

All is of God
God is always previous
man must pursue God
experience of the Divine
Creating Personality, God
throbbing heart of New Testament religion
feel the heat of their desire after God
torrent of spiritual desire
his burning desire after Christ
to taste, to touch with their hearts
to see with their inner eyes the wonder that is God
our expanding hearts
to sacrifice the many for the One
we Christians are in real danger of losing God amid the wonders of His Word

Chapter 2 The Blessedness of Possessing Nothing
We must ascend a step at a time.
know God in growing intimacy
inward bleeding

Chapter 3 Removing the Veil
to push in to conscious awareness of His Presence
interior journey of the soul
push on into His Presence
Flame of the Presence
the need to experience that Presence actually
the manifest Presence
wrenched loose from that `blissful center’

Chapter 4 Apprehending God
A spiritual kingdom lies all about us…within reach of our inner selves
only One who is Absolute, that is God
Absolute One
great Reality is God
fixed points in the universe
By the deep wisdom of life
real and the imaginary
the great unseen Reality is God
we can rise to unlimited heights
our inner eyes
taste and hear and inwardly feel the God who is our life and our all
God will become to us the great All

Chapter 5 The Universal Presence
the divine immanence
the doctrine of the divine Presence
transcendent above all His works even while He is immanent within them
think on them and pray over them until they begin to glow within us.
The Universal Presence is a fact
We will know Him in increasing degree

Chapter 6 The Speaking Voice
He fills the world with His speaking Voice.
the living Voice of God immanent in His creation
This word of God is the breath of God filling the world with living potentiality.
universal Voice of God
The order and life of the world depend upon that Voice
[The concept of the speaking voice seems to be from the “Imitation of Christ” by Thomas a Kempis.]

Chapter 7 The Gaze of the Soul
faith is the gaze of a soul upon a saving God.
a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God
volitional act which establishes the heart’s intention to gaze forever upon Jesus
a habit of soul is forming
faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests
lift our inward eyes to gaze upon God
eyes of the soul looking out
the eyes of God looking in
the all-seeing eyes of God
nor ever turn aside the eyes of my mind
Thou, who are Love’s self
constantly practice this habit of inwardly gazing upon God
we shall be ushered onto a new level of spiritual life
without special equipment or religious paraphernalia
can never be subject to the caprice of accident

    God’s WORD
    “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings.”—Proverbs 5:21

    “The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”—Proverbs 15:3

    “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

The source and even the concept of the phrase, Gaze of the Soul, and the idea that, “faith is the gaze of the heart at God,” in Chapter 7, is not from the Bible.

    God’s WORD
    “…Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved…” —Acts 16:31

    “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”—Hebrews 11:6

    “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word
    of God.”—Romans 10:17

Chapter 8 Restoring the Creator/creature Relation
emotionally satisfying
a fixed center
Such a center is God.
The pursuit of God
will embrace the labor of bringing our total personality into conformity to His
as we make progress in the holy way
`the stars in their courses’ fight for him
this voluntary sell-out of his all to his God
to take again our God as our All
God was our original habitat
our hearts…feel at home when they enter again that ancient and beautiful abode
holy intention made the difference

    God’s WORD
    “…he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”—Philippians 1:6

Chapter 9 Meekness and Rest
a visitation from above
His words are the essence of truth

    God’s WORD
    “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came
    by Jesus Christ.”—John 1:7

    “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
    no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”—John 14:6

Chapter 10 The Sacrament of Living [Sacrament is not in the Bible]
and turn the whole life into a sacrament.
unify our inner lives and make everything sacred to us
a thousand thought-prayers
God is in all our simple deeds
The sacredness of times and places
a half-light necessary to the education of the race
passed away before the full sun of spiritual worship
For such a man, living itself will be sacramental and the whole world a sanctuary.

    God’s WORD
    “…but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and
    of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.”—Isaiah 66:2

    “But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them
    that believe.”—Galatians 3:22

    “And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:”—1 Corinthians 2:4

    “If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things,
    thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished
    up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto
    thou hast attained.”—1 Timothy 4:6

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A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God and Augustine
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A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God and Augustine

God’s WORD

    “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”—Romans 10:17

    “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

    “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”—Colossians 2:8

Many religious institutions and leaders, Roman Catholic, Reformed, Protestant, and others, have based some of their belief system on the writings of Augustine of Hippo. Tozer, in his Pursuit of God seems to accept Augustine’s unbiblical phrases and philosophies—the interior life, gaze of the soul, summum bonum.

The Pursuit of God, Chapter 1: Following hard after God

    “The experiential heart-theology of a grand army of fragrant saints is rejected in favor of a smug interpretation of Scripture which would certainly have sounded strange to an Augustine…”

The Pursuit of God, Chapter 3: Removing the Veil

    “Among the famous sayings of the Church fathers none is better known than Augustine’s, `Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.’ The great saint states here in few words the origin and interior history of the human race…”

The Pursuit of God, Chapter 7: The Gaze of the Soul

    “…When the habit of inwardly gazing Godward becomes fixed within us we shall be ushered onto a new level of spiritual life more in keeping with the promises of God and the mood of the New Testament…

    “We will have found life’s summun bonum indeed. `There is the source of all delights that can be desired…For it is the absolute maximum of every rational desire, than which a greater cannot be.'”

God’s WORD
“O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”—Jeremiah 10:23

“…for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth…”
—Genesis 8:21

“For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness…”—Psalm 5:9

“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 3:14

JTB comment:
In these three excerpts Tozer has referenced error. Don’t we base truth on what is written in God’s Word, not what a person, even a so-called church father says? What is experiential heart-theology? The following information explains what is meant by some of Augustine’s unbiblical terms and thinking.

Augustine: Inner man, Gaze of the Soul, and summun bonum

    The Soul of St Augustine by Nymph Kellerman
    “Augustinian thought is based on the soul as the innermost reality, which he calls the ‘inner man’…’To arrive at God, one begins with the reality of God’s creation, and especially with the inner nature of man.” He refers to the soul as the ‘interior of man’…”

God’s WORD
“And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.”—Luke 11:39

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

“Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

“All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
—Mark 7:21–23

“That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory,
to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;”
—Ephesians 3:16

    Gaze of the soul/contemplation
    Contemplation, the object of contemplative life, is defined as the complacent, loving gaze of the soul on Divine truth already known and apprehended by the intellect, assisted and enlightened by Divine grace.
    —p. 329 The Catholic Encyclopedia by Charles George Herbermann, Knights of Columbus Catholic Truth Committee, 1908

    In his early work, Augustine adopted a Platonic confidence in reason. Defining reason as the gaze of the soul, he proposed that the soul’s eye could gain direct insight into truth and eventually achieve an intellectual vision of God.—Christianity, A Global History, by David Chidester

    13. When, then, you shall have sound eyes, what remains?
    From The Soliloquies of St. Augustine
    A. That the soul look.
    R. The gaze of the soul is Reason; but since it does not follow that every one who looks, sees, that right and perfect looking, which is followed by seeing, is called Virtue, for Virtue is rectified and perfected Reason. But that very act of looking, even though the eyes be sound, cannot turn them toward the Light unless three things persist:

    Faith—by which the soul believes that, that toward which the gaze has been directed, is such that to gaze upon it will cause blessedness:

    Hope—by which, the eyes being rightly fixed, the soul expects this vision to follow: and

    Love—which is the soul’s longing to see and to enjoy it. Such looking is followed by the vision of God Himself, who is the goal of the soul’s gaze, not because it could not continue to look, but because there is nothing beyond this on which it can fix its gaze.

    This is truly perfected Reason—Virtue—attaining its proper end, on which the happy life follows. And this intellectual vision is that which is in the soul a conjunction of the seer and the seen.” (translated into English by Rose Elizabeth Cleveland)

God’s WORD
“But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts?”—Luke 5:22

“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock,
and unto the Greeks foolishness;

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”—1 Corinthians 1:22–24

“Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”—1 Corinthians 2:13

    Summum bonum
    “Summum bonum (Latin for the highest good) is an expression used in philosophy, particularly in medieval philosophy, and in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant, to describe the ultimate importance, the singular and most ultimate end which human beings ought to pursue.

    “…In the Western world, the concept was introduced by the neoplatonic philosophers, and described as a feature of the Christian God by Saint Augustine in De natura boni (On the Nature of Good, written circa 399).

    Augustine denies the positive existence of absolute evil, describing a world with God as the supreme good at the center, and defining different grades of evil as different stages of remoteness from that center…”

God’s WORD
“And from Jesus Christ…Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,”—Revelation 1:5

“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

“And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”—Revelation 20:10, 14, 15

“And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

“And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”—Revelation 22:3–5

For more reading on Augustine:
wikipedia
Just the BOOK

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A. W. Tozer, the Mystic, Part 1

God’s WORD
“Howbeit 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.”—John 16:3

“For the vile person will speak villany, and his heart will work iniquity, to practise hypocrisy, and to utter error against the LORD, to make empty the soul of the hungry, and he will cause the drink of the thirsty to fail.”—Isaiah 32:6

Tozer is called both a mystic, and a preacher who calls “for evangelicals to return to the authentic, biblical positions that characterized the church when it was most faithful to Christ and His Word.” Though Tozer is elusive regarding his bent towards mysticism, others praise him for it. [Was A. W. Tozer a Mystic?]

Rather than take the word of others, I decided to search Tozer’s writings to see if they contained any mysticism. I will mainly be referencing Tozer’s The Pursuit of God (1948), which I have read a number of times. I also reviewed Tozer’s The Knowledge of the Holy (1961), for mystical references.

In 1963, the year of his death, Tozer wrote, The Christian Book of Mystical Verse, a poetry collection from the saintly mystics (which I won’t be reviewing).

The prefaces to both The Pursuit of God and The Knowledge of the Holy, indicate Tozer was offering what the mystics believe. Tozer is not hiding what he is offering—once you realize he is really speaking from the viewpoint that the mystics are right. Tozer is steeped in the literature of the mystics, but not the language of the Bible, even though he often quotes it or alludes to it.

from Preface to Tozer’s The Pursuit of God

    “…This book is a modest attempt to aid God’s hungry children so to find Him…it is a discovery which my own heart has made of spiritual realities most delightful and wonderful to me. Others before me have gone much farther into these holy mysteries than I have done…”

    Tozer ends with an offer, “if my fire is not large it is yet real, and there may be those who can light their candle at its flame.”

from Preface to Tozer’s Knowledge of the Holy

    “…Were Christians today reading such works as those of Augustine or Anselm a book like this would have no reason for being. But such illuminated masters are known to modern Christians only by name…

    “It is my hope that this small book may contribute somewhat to the promotion of personal heart religion among us; and should a few persons by reading it be encouraged to begin the practice of reverent meditation on the being of God, that will more than repay the labor…”

In The Pursuit of God, Tozer often quotes or positively references Roman Catholic mystics and their writings—Augustine, Nicholas of Cusa, Thomas a Kempis (and “the Voice” from his “Imitation of Christ”), Francis of Assisi, von Hugel, Bernard of Clairvaux, Cloud of Unknowing, Frederick Faber, the Catholic hymn writer, as well as the Chinese sage, Lao-tze.

Though the Carmelites, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Brother Lawrence, are not mentioned specifically, their mystic belief system is
referred to as a correct way to God—John’s ascent to God, Teresa’s
mystical ecstacy
(including terms such as piercing sweetness), both John
and Teresa’s use of being inflamed with love for God, in which they were
referring to a marriage or “union” with God, and Lawrence’s Practicing
the Presence of God
which referenced, “the All.”

Thirteen years later, in Knowledge of the Holy, Tozer again referenced Augustine, Nicholas of Cusa, Cloud of Unknowing, and Frederick Faber positively. Among the People Tozer added were Richard Rolle, Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart, Bernard of Cluny, and Anslem, a mystic scholastic.

God’s WORD
“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”—Matthew 15:9

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you
into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:

“Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.

“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”—Galatians 1:6

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The Real Presence in the Eucharist: Evangelization of America by ending proselytizing of the sects

God’s WORD

    Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep
    of my pasture! saith the LORD.”—Jeremiah 23:1, 2

    “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

    “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; re-
    prove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

    “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

    “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and
    shall be turned unto fables.”—2 Timoth 4:2–4

The end of Pope Paul II’s Ecclesia in America exhortation contains some real mind torquers. My interpretation of what Pope Paul II said in the excerpt below.

• Preaching the true gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is hindering our (Roman Catholic Church’s) evangelization, so STOP it.

• We (RC Church) don’t like proselytizing/religious propaganda because unlike us
(RC Church), these malicious proselytizers do not respect the freedom of others.

• Quit proselytizing—it is wrong, even if you are separated brethren. We (RC Church) choose not to proselytize, [oh but you do], though we could because
only in us (Roman Catholic Church) is the means of salvation.

• Catholic families/homes will be true centers of evangelization.

• Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Mother of America, prays for us.

from Ecclesia in America: The Way to Conversion, Communion and Solidarity in America, Pope John Paul II, Mexico, 1999

    73. The proselytizing activity of the sects and new religious groups in many parts of America is a grave hindrance to the work of evangelization. The word “proselytism” has a negative meaning when it indicates a way of winning followers which does not respect the freedom of those to whom a specific kind of religious propaganda is directed. 280

    The Catholic Church in America is critical of proselytism by
    the sects and, for this reason, rejects methods of this kind
    in her own evangelizing work…

    This must be borne in mind especially with regard to the sisters and
    brothers of the Churches and Ecclesial Communities separated from
    the Catholic Church, long-established in some regions. The bonds of
    true though imperfect communion which, according to the teaching
    of the Second Vatican Council, 281 these communities already have
    with the Catholic Church must enlighten the attitudes of the Church
    and her members towards them. 282

    These attitudes, however, must not be such that they weaken the firm conviction that only in the Catholic Church is found the fullness of the means of salvation established by Jesus Christ. 283

    76. I therefore invite all the Catholics of America to take an active part in the evangelizing initiatives which the Holy Spirit is stirring in every part of this immense continent…I invite Catholic families to be “domestic Churches”, …If they live up to the ideal which God places before them, Catholic homes will be true centers of evangelization…

    Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, pray for us!
    Given at Mexico City, January 22, in the year 1999, the twenty-first of my Pontificate.

God’s WORD

    “And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity…through deceit
    they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.”—Jeremiah 9:5, 6

    “For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.”—Jeremiah 6:13

The Roman Catholic Church enlists the help of others (ecumenism), but they believe that they alone have the means of salvation and the source to evangelize the Americas, of whom Our Lady of Guadalupe is apparently the Mother.

There seems to be no end to the folk who are or have been willing to go along with the pope’s message. This includes many people that are called evangelicals. The last several posts have focused on the ecumenicalness of a number of people and organizations, so this post will only mention an article Bill Bright wrote.

    Evangelicals And Catholics Together:
    The Christian Mission In The Third Millennium,

    by Dr. Bill Bright, December 1994
    “…Some are concerned about the agreement not to proselytize one another. In this sense, proselytize does not mean evangelize.

    “In fact, I believe the agreement will enhance our evangelistic efforts among Catholics. Campus Crusade for Christ has always been and will continue to be dedicated to sharing the gospel with everyone, including those who claim to be Protestants, Catholics, Jews, nonbelievers or anyone else. We have never recruited for any church or denomination…

    “For almost 25 years, we have helped to take the gospel to tens of millions of Catholics in cooperation with Catholics who know our Lord all over the world. There are probably a billion people who profess Catholic affiliation, but many have never received Christ. I believe this agreement will help open doors to them for the gospel…”

God’s WORD

    “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

    “But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,

    “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

    “Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ
    our Saviour;

    “That being justified by his grace, we should be made
    heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”—Titus 3:3–7

    “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day;
    lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness
    of sin.”—Hebrews 3:13

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

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: American Evangelism through Education; Jesuit— Part II

God’s WORD

    “Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key
    of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that
    were entering in ye hindered.”—Luke 11:52

    “Ye have wearied the LORD with your words…When ye say,
    Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD…
    —Malachi 2:17

    “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put
    darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter
    for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”—Isaiah 5:20

    “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments…”
    —Psalm 11:10

    “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the
    knowledge of the truth.”—1 Timothy 2:4

Ignatius Loyola and the Society of the Jesuits
from “Sweet Land of Liberty,” by Charles C. Coffin, originally published 1879

“…Ignatius Loyola, who founded the society of the Jesuits…inspired others with his own lofty zeal. The members of the society went forth to convert the world…To bring about that end by any means were justifiable…

If they have been charitable and kind, they have also blackened history by the darkest of crimes.

If they have lifted men to higher and nobler lives, they have also sent myriads to prison, and burnt hundreds
of thousands at the stake.

Time has not quenched their zeal; and though three hundred and fifty years have passed since their organization, they are still making their power felt in every country, controlling the consciences and actions
of men.

Ignatius Loyola, the Roman Catholic Church, Jesuit Education

“Jesuit schools are a part of the apostolic mission of the church in building the Kingdom of God…The aim of Jesuit education is the
formation of principled, value-oriented persons for others…”
—#93, “Go Forth and Teach”

“Jesuit education…is faithful to the teachings of the church, especially in moral and religious formation…”
—#95, “Go Forth and Teach”

Jesuit Education then and now
The first Jesuits schools were started around 1545. 463 years later, Jesuit thought and goals have infiltrated and permeated all levels of society and culture around the world through the fields of education, intellectual research, cultural pursuits and centers for the training of lawyers and public officials, just as Pope Paul II encouraged in his Ecclesia America.

Jesuit high schools and colleges tout their teaching of academic excellence and their emphasis on the formation of the whole person: intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially, morally and spiritually. Theology is taught for the religious education of their Catholic students as well as to strengthen the faith of non-Catholics.

As of January 2008, there were over 160 Jesuit educational institutions—elementary, middle, and high schools; colleges, universities, seminaries, technical institutes, and centers for adult learning—located in over one hundred nations around the world. Jesuits also serve on the faculties of both Catholic and secular schools, just as Pope Paul II requested in his Ecclesia America.

There are 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and 46 Jesuit high schools in the
United States, and one in Puerto Rico.

These 28 US Jesuit Colleges/Universities enroll more than 183,000 students
and offer more than 260 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs
of study. There are well over one million living alumni who have shared in the
Jesuit tradition of educating men and women for others. jesuit.org/JesuitSchools/JesuitCollegeUniversity/default.aspx

The first Catholic and Jesuit higher education institution in the United States, Georgetown University, in Washington, DC, was founded by the Society of
Jesus in 1789. 

The Curriculum of Jesuit Schools
The official set of goals and objectives Jesuit educators were to follow in teaching the early grades through college, called in its shortened form, Ratio Studiorum, or Plan of Studies, was begun in 1586, and finalized in 1599.

Besides teaching the Roman Catholic faith, the Ratio Studiorum emphasized the study of Latin, Greek, classical literature, poetry, and philosophy as well as non-European languages, sciences and the arts. The study of literature written in the native tongue (not Latin) and rhetoric were also encouraged.

Go Forth and Teach: the Characteristics of Jesuit Education
Today’s vision for Jesuit schools is found in the 1986 document, Go Forth and Teach: the Characteristics of Jesuit Education, an updated version of the Ratio Studiorum.

Excerpts from Go Forth and Teach are posted on Are You Aware.

The influence of Jesuit education in today’s world
The terms and phrases in Go Forth and Teach: the Characteristics of Jesuit Education, reminded me of educational input I have received in my almost 40 years of involvement in education, either as a student, including a Master’s degree in elementary education; or as an elementary teacher for ten years in a public school system in the 1970s, and as a homeschool teacher for 22 years.

In the 1970s, the college classes I took and the elementary education workshops
I attended emphasized developmental stages of growth, independent learners,
values clarification, children working at their own pace, and the need
for continuing education for adults (since education is a life-long process)—
each of these phrases, as well as others, are discussed in Go Forth and Teach.

Some of the predominant themes and emphases in Homeschooling—worldview, critical thinking, classical education, training leaders, and character training
(to mention a few)—are also characteristics of a Jesuit education.

Warning from Charles Chiniquy 1886
In four chapters of his book, Fifty Years in the Church of Rome, written 120 years ago, (and reviewed on Just the Book), Charles Chiniquy (1809–1899), who had grown up in the Roman Catholic education system and become a priest, well aware of the influence of the Jesuits, warned against getting entangled with a Catholic or Jesuit education.

More research to read
The following links go to my AYA site. I suggest reading them to get a glimpse of the massive Jesuit influence on our American society.

The Training to Become a Jesuit

Jesuit High Schools and a Few Alumni

Ignatian Worldview and Jesuit Education
Go Forth and Teach: The Characteristics of Jesuit Education, excerpts

Georgetown University, Georgetown Law, Mission and Ministry

A Few Georgetown University Alumni

28 Jesuit colleges and Universities in the US and some of their Alumni

God’s WORD

    “Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood:”—Psalm 144:11

    “The light of the body is the eye…but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.”—Luke 11:34

    “For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”—Proverbs 2:6

    “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,

    “In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

    “And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
    —2 Timothy 2:24–26

The Real Presence in the Eucharist: American Evangelism through Education, Part I—Catholic

God’s WORD

    “When wisdom entereth into thine heart…understanding
    shall keep thee:

    “To deliver thee from the way of the evil man, from the man
    that speaketh froward things;

    “Who leave the paths of uprightness, to walk in the ways
    of darkness;

    “Who rejoice to do evil, and delight in the frowardness of
    the wicked;

    “Whose ways are crooked, and they froward in their paths:”
    —Proverbs 2:10–15

    “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain
    deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the
    world, and not after Christ.”—Colossians 2:8

Evangelizing centers of education, Ecclesia in America, John Paul II

    71. Education can play an outstanding role in promoting the inculturation of the Gospel.

    …Catholic centers of education, and those which, although non-denominational, are clearly inspired by Catholic principles, will be able
    to engage in authentic evangelization only if at all levels including that
    of the university they clearly preserve their Catholic orientation.

    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

    Hence, it is essential that the Catholic university be truly both things at once: a university and Catholic...

    Pastoral work in Catholic universities will therefore be given special attention: it must encourage a commitment to the apostolate on the part of the students themselves, so that they can become

    the evangelizers of the university world. 269

    In addition, cooperation between Catholic universities throughout America needs to be encouraged, for their mutual enrichment; 270

    this will help put into effect, at the university level too, the principle of solidarity and interchange between the peoples of the whole continent.

    In the overall work of the new evangelization, the educational sector occupies a place of honor.

    For this reason, the activity of all Catholic teachers, including those working in non-denominational schools, should be encouraged.

    I also make an urgent appeal to men and women religious not to abandon this field which is so important for the new evangelization. 274

Pope Benedict to Catholic Educators, Catholic University 4/17/2008
Wash., D C publicaffairs.cua.edu/Releases/2008//PopeBenedictSpeech.cfm

    “…Again, we see why fostering personal intimacy with Jesus Christ and communal witness to his loving truth is indispensable in Catholic institutions of learning.

    The Church’s primary mission of evangelization, in which
    educational institutions play a crucial role
    , is consonant with
    a nation’s fundamental aspiration to develop a society truly worthy of the
    human person’s dignity…the Church never tires of upholding the essential
    moral categories of right and wrong… 



    Teachers and administrators, whether in universities or schools, have the duty and privilege to ensure that students receive instruc-
    tion in Catholic doctrine and practice.

    This requires that public witness to the way of Christ, as found
    in the Gospel and upheld by the Church’s Magisterium, shapes
    all aspects of an institution’s life,
    both inside and outside the
    classroom. Divergence from this vision weakens Catholic identity…

    
”…lay and Religious teachers of catechesis…must also be
    ready to lead the commitment
    made by the entire school community
    to assist our young people, and their families, to experience the harmony between faith, life and culture.

Roman Catholic Education
To help the pope out with his goal of evangelization through education,
is the Roman Catholic education system with 200,000 Catholic educators,
7.6 million students and 8000 Catholic elementary and secondary schools,
religious education programs, seminaries, colleges and universities. (ncea.org/about/index.asp)

As far as higher education, there are 245 Catholic higher education institutions
in the United States. In 2006, it was estimated there were more than 686,000
students enrolled in 215 Catholic higher education institutions in the US.

According to the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, approximately 12.5% of the world’s Catholic colleges and universities are located in the United States. There are approximately 1,861 Catholic colleges and universities worldwide.

To be right in everything, we ought always to hold that the white which I see, is black if the hierarchical Church
so decides it.
—Thirteenth Rule of Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises

Ignatius Loyola, The Society of Jesus, and Jesuit Educators
Major help for the Pope and his goal of evangelization through education has been in place since the mid-1500s from The Society of Jesus or Jesuits started by the Spaniard, Ignatius Loyola, also the originator of the Jesuits’ Spiritual Exercises. Considered Ignatius’ greatest contribution to the Church, the Spiritual Exercises are the basis for the Spiritual Disciplines of today’s emergent church.

    Benedict XVI 4/22/2006 to the Society of Jesus

St. Ignatius of Loyola was first and foremost a man of
God who in his life put God, his greatest glory and his
greatest service, first. He was a profoundly prayerful
man for whom the daily celebration of the Eucharist
was the heart and crowning point of his day.

    Sketches from Church History, S. M. Houghton, p. 135

The Jesuits were a Catholic order founded in 1534, by
Ignatius Loyola, a Spaniard, their chief aim being the
complete extermination of Protestantism. They called
their Order the Society of Jesus.

Responsible only to the Pope and exempted from all
other jurisdiction, they bound themselves by oath to unconditional obedience to the Pope.

Country, friends, personal interest, even private opinion and conscience were nothing; the rules of the Order were everything to them.

They specialized in providing a high standard of education for the sons of the nobility, and by this means their influence was enormous.

They penetrated into all the relationships of life and obtained possession of secret information that would further their aims.

The most notorious principle of the Society of Jesus was, “the end justifies the means”. Hence they would engage in murder
if they judged that the Catholic Church would benefit by it…”

Some background links to read
The following links on my Are You Aware site give the necessary background
for my next post, The Real Presence in the Eucharist: American Evangelism
through Education, Part II—Jesuit.

Catholic Schools in the US and Four conservatives with some Roman Catholic Education.

Ignatius Loyola and the Society of Jesus.

Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises/Ignatian Spirituality.

God’s WORD

    “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge
    of the truth.

    “…so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.”—2 Timothy 3:7. 8

    “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:”
    —Titus 2:1

    “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

    “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:”
    —2 Timothy 1:9, 10