THE VATICAN AND THE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION: WHAT’S THE DEAL?

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Futurism and the Pitfalls of Preterism

Futurism is an eschatological view that interprets the Book of Revelation, Daniel, and all other prophecies dealing with future end time events in a literal, apocalyptic, and face value context.  Other forms of eschatological views, such as preteristism interpret these passages as past events in a symbolic and historic context, and approach eschatology in a non-literal and spiritual textual manner.  The dividing line between Futurist and Preterist is futurist assign most of prophecy as yet future, just prior to the Second Coming of Christ while Preterist view all of prophecy as fulfilled in A.D. 70.

In response to the preterist, if they are correct in their theory, the future from A.D. 70 to the present and beyond is unwritten as Thomas Ice states:

“If preterism is true, especially full preterism, then we are already at the end of history and don’t++ really know where it is headed.  If preterism is true, then the New Testament was written primarily to believers who lived during the 40-year period between the death of Christ and the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.  Therefore, virtually no part of the New Testament applies to believers today, according to preterist logic.  There is no canon that applies directly to believers during the current age.”1

This means the Church has been drifting in uncharted waters for two Millennium having an unconventional future.  Modern preteristism is a blend of Reconstructionism with charismatic extremism and is the root of Kingdom Now Theology.  In their view, today we are witnessing a “new” charismatic age of the Holy Spirit that would establish a new religious order.2  Dominionism and Kingdom Now Theology with its radical views of Preterism and Reconstructionism are simply designed to seduce the Church into trusting in the strength of the flesh (Jer. 17:5), to trust in this life and in the New Apostolic Agenda.

And what exactly is the New Apostolic Agenda?  It is the Christianization of the world resulting in the progressive and ultimate triumph of the Church over the seven Cultural Mountains (Arts & Entertainment; Business; Education; Family; Government; Media; and Religion).   In their opinion, the church is not to expect an increasing apostasy as the end of the age draws near but should expect the increasing Christianization of the world.3

Theologically, the Social Gospellers seek to operationalize the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:10): “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  They are postmillennialist who believe Jesus Christ established His kingdom on earth in the first century and now empowers the Church to disciple all nations (Matt. 28:19).  Their goal is to immanentize the eschaton to bring about the final heavenly stage of history.  Of sorts, they believe they can “make that which belongs to the eternal happen here on Earth.”

There are some Futurist who purpose a prophetic progression from the historic now to the eschatological future, men such as Ron Wallace, Jacob Prasch, and Barry E. Horner.   They teach Matthew 24 takes us from the perspective of pre-AD 70 to post-AD 70 to the future apocalyptic return of Christ, with various degrees that is.  For instance, Ron Wallace teaches that Matthew 24:4-8 are pre-apocalyptic, playing out during the course of the Church age.  Jacob Prasch, while mainly PreWrath, leans to dispensationalism seeing the letters to the seven churches in Revelation 2-3 as periods of time throughout the church age culminating with the church in Laodicea.  Barry E. Horner see’s all of Matthew 24 as a progression from the pre-70 era to a latter eschatological era.  In other words, all elements listed in Matthew 24 are present in all generations leading up to the final conflagration of God’s Wrath.  Others like myself view Matthew 24 through a proleptic lens, that is, a near/far lens, a first and last generation view, seeing a relationship between the first generation and the last generation.  Some of what Christ taught in the Olivet Discourse was fulfilled in AD 70 (Matt. 24:1-2) while most remains unfulfilled until the parousia of Christ and the Eschatological Day of the Lord.  In my mind when you consider Matthew 24 grammatically, the events are in secession to one another and are eschatological in nature.  The hinge point is found in Matthew 24:3 between, “…when will these things be (and) what will be the sign of your coming?”  “These things” referring to the destruction of the Temple in A.D. 70 while the sign of His coming is eschatological.  However, unlike many others, I see a progression of apostasy building up to the main event which opens the way to the revealing of the man of sin (2 Thess. 2:3-10).

Hermeneutics, the key to interpretation

As already mentioned, modern preterist form what is known as reconstructionism who believe they can reconstruct society according to New Testament principles and the Law of Moses resulting in a golden age of prosperity that will “in time” lead to the return of Christ after this golden age.  However, to arrive at such a conclusion, prophetic Scripture is approached with an allegorical and Spiritualized method of interpretation.  As a result, for example, they are proponents of what is called replacement theology.  The promises given to Israel now belong to the church and a Millennium Kingdom comprised primarily of Jewish believers will never occur.

The errors of Reconstructionism, Replacement Theology, Hyper-Preterism, Post Millennialism and Kingdom Now/Dominion Theology cannot be stressed strong enough, all are an over-realized Eschatology.  Major problems exist with the view of replacement theology, such as the continuing existence of the Jewish people throughout the centuries and especially with the revival of the modern state of Israel. If Israel has been condemned by God, and there is no future for the Jewish nation, how do we explain the supernatural survival of the Jewish people over the past 2000 years despite the many attempts to destroy them? How do we explain why and how Israel reappeared as a nation in the 20th century after not existing for 1900 years.

“Replacement Theology” can be paraphrased as such: “Israel has been replaced by the Christian Church, so the promises and prominent position once held by God’s chosen people are now held exclusively by the Church.” Scripture clearly teaches Gentile believers are grafted into the vine of Israel. (Rom 11:17-21) There is no replacement.

By now you can see the many pitfalls that arise from the preterist view.  Without exception, every time you Spiritualize and or Allegorize Scripture, error is always the final outcome.  Opposite the allegorical and Spiritualized method of interpretation are those who take a literal approach to prophecy, those who believe the Lord will rapture His people before He unleashes His wrath upon an unrepentant world, followed by a literal thousand-year millennial reign of Christ on earth.  So on the contrary, without exception, every time you use a literal (face value) method of interpretation you always achieve harmony.   The final outcome of a literal method of interpretation will always be sound doctrine!

Let me give you an example at how grossly some wrest the Word of God to forward their preterist agenda:

“There is a new move of God, with new mindsets, leading to cultural transformation. Our eschatology is working against our ecology. What we believe about the end effects the way we treat the planet. Cities and nations are being restored, as it becomeson earth as it is in heaven.”  Chris Vallotton

Notice it is a “new move of God,” with a “new mindset” that is leading to a cultural transformation according to Vallotton.  Where is this taught in the New Testament?  Where is this taught anywhere in Scripture?  It’s not!  He’s wrong on two points in the first sentence alone, nowhere is it stated that God moves in a new way which in turn causes us to acquire a new way of thinking.  This is the first problem, secondly, in Eschatology, as found in the Scripture, there is never a hint of cultural transformation, it’s just not a New Testament teaching.

We are in a dissolving world and it is impossible to reform the world. Luke 17 reads, “As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives…until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came…” I disagree entirely with the “social and cultural mandate” to Christianize the world through political and social means. You cannot Christianize the world, the end time is going to be like the time of the Flood, the condition of the modern world proves that we must preach more than ever, “Escape from the wrath to come.”

e time of the Flood, the condition of the modern world proves that what we must preach more than ever is “Escape from the wrath to come!”…            e time of the Flood, the condition of the modern world proves that what we must preach more than ever is “Escape from the wrath to come!”But hold on, it gets worse!  According to Vallotton, our eschatology is working against our ecology, what we believe about the end effects the way we treat the planet.  What I want to know is, what planet are you from Chris?  It must be nice for these guys to have their heads stuck in the clouds where they see the world through rose colored glasses because the last time I checked our Cities and nations are not being restored.  Quite the opposite, our world is coming apart at the seams, society is un-raveling at an exponential rate.  But now here’s the kicker, Vallotton ties all this together with a partial verse, and miss quoted it to boot, “as it becomes on earth as it is in heaven.”  Here is where he totally distorts and Wrest the Scripture.  You see, Matthew 6:10 says; “Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Christ’s kingdom will only be realized when Christ Himself sits on His earthly throne in His Millennial Kingdom, exactly as the Scripture says.

Without a biblical foundation you have no foundation and are standing on quicksand.   When one substitutes the literal sense of the Scripture for a deeper spiritual meaning they always come up short.  Too often those spiritualizing and or allegorizing Scripture interpret it to suit their own bias rather than accepting the clear intent of the biblical writer.   Only when you interpret Scripture with a face value hermeneutic is the confusion expelled and truth is established.  As Robert Van Kampen says: “If the plain sense makes sense, you have the right sense.”   “The text must be understood at face value, in its most natural, normal, customary sense, making allowance for obvious figures of speech, its context, and all other passages of Scripture dealing with the same issue.  When in doubt, let Scripture interpret Scripture!  Once the common denominator is found that harmonizes all the passages, without contradiction, then we have truth, but not before.  And once we have truth, that truth stands in judgment of us; never do we dare stand in judgment of it!”4

The Preterist Diorama

Preterism can be understood as a narrow miniature three-dimensional spectacle.  First is their compression of New Testament prophecy into the pre-70 AD generation.  Second is their single-minded understanding of Matthew 24:34. And third is their rudimentary conjecture of an early date for the writing of the book of Revelation.  These three are the gest of their foundational credo which are seriously flawed and when compared to Scripture from a face value approach is found doctrinally inadequate lacking any Scriptural support.

So the question which arises is, from a Biblical perspective, is Matthew 24:34 speaking of the first generation to which Jesus is speaking to, or to the generation living at the end of the age?  The answer lays with one’s hermeneutical method of interpretation of the context.  If you’re a preterist, you interpret Eschatological text from a symbolic and historic context, approaching Scripture with an allegorical mentality.  However, this method is always faulty leading to error.  Others interpret Eschatological texts from a face-value approach to which we will briefly look at three different but similar views.

Dual Fulfilment or Near/Far Prophecy

Some prophecies have their complete fulfilment in the long term, but in the short term there is a partial fulfilment in events which are types of the complete fulfilment.  The near far fulfillment nature and character of biblical prophecy is the view accepted by many that speaks of an event in the near future of the life of the prophet or the nation while at the same time speaking of an event and fulfillment in the eschatological future.  The prophesied event soon to be fulfilled is a type and pattern for a later and more exhaustive eschatological fulfillment.

In the Olivet Discourse there is the overlapping fulfilment of short-term and long-term elements, such as the siege of Jerusalem, Antiochus Epiphanes, the destruction of the second Temple by Titus Flavius are only partial fulfilment of Matthew 24.

Midrash

Midrash is a Jewish Hermeneutic which simply means to “enquire into.” For example, looking at John chapters one through three the Jewish interpreter sees a parallel relationship between the Scriptural narrative of these three chapters and the Genesis account of creation in Genesis chapters one through three.  The Jewish interpreter reads Scripture exegetically seeing the meaning of a word and the context as important, but also looks for a consistent theme or pattern to explain it in Scripture.

With the Midrash method of interpretation there are many types or shadows, but one ultimate fulfillment.  Jewish prophecy is made up of patterns, one Scripture interprets another and all must fit together as a whole.  Revelation chapter 13 presents the Antichrist and his image, historically, Antiochus Epiphanes partially fulfilled this in 168 B.C. when he sacrificed pits on the altar in the Temple and set up an image of Zeus, yet in Matthew 24 we see Jesus teaching that it was going to happen again, eschatologically.   In fact, historically, there have been many Antichrist who have appeared in history, but Scripture teaches one Antichrist personified in the end times.  Much of what is Biblically Prophetic is witnessed in history but serves as a type of the final ultimate fulfillment.  The Preteristic approach to eschatology and those holding to the Dominion Theology position among hyper-Charismatics that the Olivet Discourse was totally fulfilled in AD 70 along with the prophetic predictions of the Book of Revelation is easily dismissed by the plain teaching of Jesus and its context.

What happened in AD 70 was realized in Antiochus Epiphanes but will also be consummated in the Antichrist personified eschatologically.  It is true as Jesus taught it in the Olivet Discourse, it is also true in the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation.

Proleptic Expressions

A proleptic expression is the representation of a thing as existing in the now before it actually occurs. It speaks of a future event as happening in the present;

John 17:11

Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You.  Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are one.”

The Lord Jesus anticipated His return to His Father and prayed as if He had already gone.  Proleptic expressions simply show the link between the present and the future and are frequently employed in Scripture.  Much of Prophetic Scripture is proleptic, meaning future events described in Scripture are resigned to a period earlier than the actual one, it’s the representation of something in the future as if it already existed or had occurred;

Isaiah 13:6-12

“Wail, for the day of the LORD is at hand!  It will come as destruction from the Almighty.  Therefore, all hands will be limp, every man’s heart will melt, and they will be afraid.  Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them; They will be amazed at one another; Their faces will be like flames.  Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it.  For the stars of heaven and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be darkened in its going forth and the moon will not cause its light to shine.”

What was Isaiah prophesying?  In his historical present it was that the Medes were about to put an end to the glories of the Babylonian Empire.  But there is partial truth here with regard to the historic present, what was left out concerning the eschatological future is what makes a vital difference.  Verse 10 is quoted in Matthew 24:29 and was not part of the localized judgment of a world power that existed in Isaiah’s day.  Its significance concerns the eschatological future, far beyond that of Christ’s day to the end of the age.

Isaiah 34:1‐4.

“Draw near, O nations, to hear; and listen, O peoples! Let the earth and all it contains hear, and the world and all that springs from it. For the LORD’S indignation is against all the nations, and His wrath against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to slaughter. So their slain will be thrown out, and their corpses will give off their stench, and the mountains will be drenched with their blood. And all the host of heaven will wear away, and the sky will be rolled up like a scroll; all their hosts will also wither away as a leaf withers from the vine, or as one withers from the fig tree.”

Clearly we have here a declaration of God’s wrath and prospective judgment against the nations that surely to date have not known fulfillment. Yet verse 2 proleptically declares “For the LORD’S indignation is against all the nations, and His wrath against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to slaughter.” Here this divine intervention is spoken of as having been accomplished, the reason being that its eventual fulfillment is certain.5

In other words, proleptic expressions within eschatological context simply means its eventual fulfillment is certain. It is, the very essence of our faith!  As believers, we walk in the present “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13).   This then evolves into believers living in the future, presently.  We live having a proleptic existence.

Having a “proleptic existence” signifies a spiritual orientation determined by the anticipation (proleptic) of the future Coming of Christ, His Milliennial Kingdom, and a new heaven and new earth.  Let me give you a few examples:

Abraham lived with a proleptic existence, he demonstrated his faith by living in obedience to God’s Promises, leaving his Native Land in Ur and journeying to an unknown land, living many years in the Promised Land as a foreigner, yet never himself saw God’s promise fulfilled but looked beyond this life “waiting for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:8-10).   In fact, all of the Patriarchs of Faith never received the promises, but saw them afar off.

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13).

Even Moses, who…”By faith, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward” (Hebrews 11:24-26).

Moses lived in a proleptic existence, “for he looked to the reward.”  The word “looked” in the Greek is apoblepo, and literally means “to look away from everything else in order to look intently on one object.”  He looked toward a messianic future.  That’s the kind of faith I want to walk in!  Understanding this makes Hebrews 11:1 so much clearer, it is the future Messianic Kingdom which is the substance of things hoped for, it is the evidence of things not seen.  We are to look so intently to the Coming of Christ everything else in this life becomes of no significance.

Conclusions

In a strange way, both the world and Christianity is heading in the same direction, let me explain.  The world today is looking for a coming transformation, a higher plain of existence for humanity.  Christianity also looks for the coming of Christ where in the resurrection we put on immortality.  The world believes they can provide a sustainable and healthy society through technology such as genetics, life extension, stem cell research and nanotechnology.  The difference is, one is the truth, the other a lie.  One is reality, the other a pipe dream.  One is God and His Promises, the other is man.  One is God, the other wants to be god.   A.W. Tozer said it so eloquently when he said; “(A) reason for the absence of real yearning for Christ’s Return is that Christians are so comfortable in this world they have little desire to leave it.”  It is this reason that preterist fail in their attempt to interpret eschatological texts.  Mankind since the fall has always strived for immortality outside of the confines of God’s Sovereignty, a thing only obtainable within the provisions of God’s Sovereignty.  We must with all earnestness heed the words of Scripture;

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” ~ Col. 3:1-4

It is the power of the Gospel which preps us for the future, it is the life-changing power of the gospel which draws our attention and affection towards heavenly things, which we are now identified with Christ in death to this life and empowered for the future by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.   We carry within our bodies the seed of resurrection life in Christ only to be revived through the death of this flesh.  The two most astounding truths of the New Testament is summed up in this, “Christ came and will come again.”

  1. Thomas Ice, “Some Practical Dangers of Preterism,” Tim LaHaye and Thomas Ice, The End Times Controversy, pp. 420‐421, 426.
  2. James Jacob Prasch, “The Dilemma of Laodicea,” pp.117-118
  3. David Chilton, Paradise Restored: An Eschatology of Dominion, p. 225.
  4. Robert Van Kampen, “The Rapture Qustion Answered Plain and Simple; p.32
  5. Barry E. Horner  PDF “The Olivet Discourse”  Matthew 24, Futurism and Preterism.  P.14-15

Notes 1,3,5 were taking from Barry E. Horner’s PDF “The Olivet Discourse”  Matthew 24, Futurism and Preterism.

The World Man is Here: The Convergence of World Government and Religion

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The Players, Agenda, And Strategies of the Global Dominionist Movement

Rick Warren’s PEACE Plan Millennium Development Goals

  1. Was: Plant churches,  Changed to: Promote Reconciliation: Develop a global partnership for development. (The leadership training for purpose-driven churches parallels the dialectic process, Systems Thinking and team development prescribed by various UN agencies involved in human resource development.)
  2. Equip servant leaders: Develop a global partnership for development. Actually “Lifelong Learning” has been the major UNESCO education goal since the UN agency was founded.
  3. Assist the poor: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
  4. Care for the sick: Reduce child mortality. Improve maternal health. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
  5. Educate the next generation: Achieve universal primary education. The implied aims of UN Millennium Goals and are certain to be included in each of Warren’s five programs – especially in P, E, A and E. Promote gender equality and empower women. Ensure environmental sustainability.

One can say, out of chaos comes order, and with well planned strategies of the elite revolutionaries who drive the UN Agenda, all that is needed is a major crisis for the world to accept the New World Order. Former President George H. W. Bush echoed that assurance. “Out of these troubled times… a new world order can emerge,” he told Congress in a 1990 message aptly titled “Toward a New World Order.” Back then, the opportune crisis was the Gulf War. It helped build public acceptance for the global management system, which had already begun to replace American rights with global rules.[1]

clip_image002Rick Warren, the “America’s Pastor”, or at least, pastor of America’s dialectic church has intended to reinvent the mission strategy in the 21st century by introducing his five pillar PEACE plan by which the church can become the ultimate change agent, or according to Rick Warren, the Global agent: ” If Jesus Christ does not come back in a thousand years from today there will be no organizations or government… there will be a Church.” It is interesting that Rick Warren is partnering with organizations such as the UNESCO (UN Educational, Social and Scientific Organization), and his partnership with the UN is helping merge politics and religion. Bottom line, Rick is using religion to push a world political agenda.

CFR and the Social Gospel (The Council on Foreign Relations)

Rick Warren responded to a radio interview posted at www.familylife.com in the context of “Seeing the AIDS Crisis through God’s Eyes” and how the “Social Gospel” and its excesses might enter into the equation of Rick’s current Global Peace initiative – well, the exchange was telling:

“Bob (the radio interviewer):  Let me ask all three of you – there are some who would look at this emphasis and say, ‘You know, 50, 60 years ago, the church got distracted with what became known as the ‘social gospel,’ and forgot evangelism, forgot the spiritual needs of people.’  Are we in danger of doing that again?”

“Rick:  Well, what happened is the liberals took the social justice issues – racism, injustice, poverty, things like that – and the conservatives, Bible believers, took the personal issues of morality – family, homosexuality, personal morality, and salvation.  Well, who was right?  I actually happen to believe they’re both right – that Jesus cared about both the body and society.  He cared about the spirit.  He wanted people saved, but He also wanted us to act different in society;  and, honestly, I would love to see a new reformation that brings those two back together that says, ‘Jesus cares about the poor, the sick, the lame, the hurting’ – He clearly did – the orphans, the widows, without watering down the fact.  And you know, in my heart, as an evangelist, everything I do has the motivation of sharing the good news . . . Right wing, left wing.  I’m for the whole bird . . . you have to have two wings to fly.”  (Said on the final day of the Dec. 1, 2006 AIDS Conference – Crossroad, December 15, 2006 – The Emergent Social Gospel – CFR and the Social Gospel:  Part 2).

That Warrens “servant leader development” falls under the guidelines of the UNESCO (UN Educational, Social and Scientific Organization), it’s necessary to have a understanding of the UNESCO’s role in international education. The task before the UNESCO is to help the emergence of a single world culture with its own philosophy and background of ideas and with its own broad purpose. Julian Huxley, the first Director-General of the UNESCO and author of “UNESCO: It’s purpose and Its Philosophy” states:

This is opportune, since this the first time in history that the scaffolding and the mechanisms for world unification have become available and also the first time that man has had the means… of laying a world-wide foundation for the minimum physical welfare of the entire human species. And it is necessary, for at the moment, two opposing philosophies of life confront each other from the West and from the East….

“You may categorize the two philosophies as two super-nationalisms, or as individualism versus collectivism; or as the American versus the Russian way of life, or as capitalism versus communism, or as Christianity versus Marxism.  Can these opposites be reconciled, this antithesis be resolved in a higher synthesis? I believe not only that this can happen, but that, through the inexorable dialectic of evolution, it must happen….

In pursuing this aim, we must eschew dogma – whether it be theological dogma or Marxist dogma…. East and West will not agree on a basis of the future if they merely hurl at each other the fixed ideas of the past. For that is what dogma’s are — the crystallizations of some dominant system of thought of a particular epoch. A dogma may of course crystallize tried and valid experience; but if it be dogma, it does so in a way which is rigid, uncompromising and intolerant…. If we are to achieve progress, we must learn to uncrystalize our dogmas.”  p. 61 http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/globalism/julian-huxley.htm

It appears that Julian Huxley’s agenda to reconcile the East and the West, the liberal and the conservative through the inexorable dialectic of evolution fits perfectly with Warren’s view. In His own words he believed both the liberals who took the social justice issues and the conservatives, Bible believers, who took the personal issues of morality, are both right. Whether consciously or simply out of success-oriented pragmatism, the purpose-driven church movement has answered the call. With management guru Peter Drucker as his mentor, Rick Warren’s quest for reformation and transformation serves the UN vision very well. In fact, the two seem to march to the same drumbeat. Like Warren’s vision of transformation,  UNESCO Culture of Peace Programme calls for total transformation to its global system of assessments and control –“a process of individual, collective and institutional transformation.”[2] Sounds a lot like the Social Gospel of the liberal wing who believe the Second Coming of Christ cannot happen until humankind rids itself of social evils by human effort. Social Gospel leaders are predominantly associated with the liberal wing of the Progressive Movement and are mostly theologically liberal, although they are typically conservative when it comes to their views on social issues.

The progressive movement never reaches a final consensus, for “continual change” is an ongoing process: one step today, another tomorrow. To permanently change the way we think and relate to each other, our leaders must set the stage for conflict and compromise week after week, year after year. Dialectical thinking and group consensus must become as normal as eating. Eventually, people learn to discard their old mental anchors and boundaries — all the facts and certainties that built firm convictions. They become like boats adrift, always ready to shift with the changing winds and currents.[3] This is how societies progressively change from decade to decade. Unfortunately, many of our Church leaders are buying into the program and have joined forces to bring about an new Millennial Utopia.

It becomes painfully obvious that Rick Warren, who is embracing New Age Occultic leaders on the platform of his church has become one of the many change agents (See Julian Huxley’s quote above) who deliberately bring opposite views into an arena together where they can conflict.  This is the dialectic process where you bring opposing ideas together to conflict with each other where they will merge together to become a third option.  This dialectic process is evolutionary and is happening not only in the area of Religion, but in economics, in the area of law, and in the area of society.  And there are proponents in all four of these area’s working to achieve one goal, a one world governmental and religious system.  Rick becomes a shining example of a Fabian Socialist who wants Socialism through evolution, not revolution as he embraces the social gospel and social justice which is common for people who are into being Fabian Socialist.  For an excellent video on this subject click here.

Dr. Robert Klenck summarizes on the “Seeker Sensitive” Church Movement: “…in this movement it is imperative that unbelievers are brought into the Church; other wise, the process of continual change cannot begin.  There must be an antithesis (unbelievers) to oppose the thesis (believers), in order to move towards consensus (compromise), and move the believers away from their moral absolutism (resistance to change).  If all members of the church stand firm on the Word of God, and it’s final authority in all doctrine and tradition, the the church cannot and will not change. This is common faith.  Soon we will see why these “change agents” are pushing so hard for change to occur in the church.“[4]

clip_image004 Fabian Society: “Its purpose is to accomplish a social democracy to transform societies and governments not through revolution but gradually.” [Thus A Wolf In Sheeps Clothing is their logo.] Rick Warren says he was mentored for years by Peter Drucker. We have now discovered that Peter Drucker admitted to be influenced by John Maynard Keynes who was a Fabian Socialist. Fabian Socialists are Statist, they are absolutely authoritarian in their philosophy. Their long-term goal has always been a Socialistic Dictatorship with full-imposition of a very legalistic society where the individual is simply a part of the collective. Through the dialectic process, team development prescribed by various UN agencies, international education, the global transformation and world unification prescribed by Rick Warren is becoming a reality. Society is changing, and the church with it. Rick Warren promotes his three legged stool of Communitarianism that calls for a partnership between the government, business, and non-profits.

Thomas Merton is quoted saying “We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity.” The partnership between government, business and non-profits with the philosophy of world unification (or oneness) only means mankind has traveled full circle, in essence, the journey forward has returned us to Babel. Babel to this day remains the prime example of man’s pride, self-sufficiency and rebellion against God. Babel was the precursor and type of Babylon, the false world system and religion, which is the domain of the Antichrist (Revelation 17 & 18). The core of Babylonian Philosophy is humanism, an attempt for man to make a name for himself apart from God, and the self exaltation of man in God’s place. In Genesis 11 the tower of Babel was a monument to human effort and quickly became a symbol of Divine judgment on human pride and self-rule. In that day, mankind was one, unified, and today as governments and religious institutions create an alliance, we become witnesses of the rebirth of the Babylonian system. Today through the dialectic process, the religious and political systems are slowly bring the masses into a “one mind” mindset and tolerance is it’s key player.

[1] Kjos Ministries: http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/006/migration-2.htm

[2] UNESCO Culture of Peace Programme at http://www.peace.ca/vowunesco.htm

[3] http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/communism/alinsky.htm

[4] http://www.worldviewweekend.com/index.php

The Players, Agenda, And Power Ties of the Global Dominionist Movement

This Article is Posted by permission and provided by Dawn Ciminski.

     Intro: This is for everyone, religious or non-religious, Catholic or Protestant, Charismatic or Baptist, this affects YOU. If you don’t go to any church, you need to read this because the Dominionist agenda is ultimately political, and it is affecting you and your future whether you realize it or not. If you are a Christian, you NEED to know that this movement has its tentacles into virtually every known denomination. It is impossible to turn a blind eye and think that it doesn’t affect you or your church, because it now encompasses most of the authors, evangelists and doctrines (non-biblical) associated with Christianity. In the evangelical world it’s being advanced through the Emergent Church (Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Rob Bell, Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention, among many others). You NEED to be aware of the books and authors your church teaches and affiliates with, and closely examine their doctrines. If your church has put an emphasis on experience over doctrine, new spiritual practices over orthodox biblical doctrine, or if it has redefined or expanded anything that has been traditionally considered Christian, it has most likely turned into a Dominionist church and you need to get out. Make no mistake: it is happening everywhere and the people behind it will not rest until your church is transformed into their image. Once-orthodox churches are falling like dominoes under the “Apostolic Authority” if you don’t believe me just look into it.  They are highly organized with virtually unlimited wealth and influence.

     Below is a very detailed, excellent overview of the Dominionist movement within the church and politics. It was written & put together by very dear friends of mine who are also relatives. As you’ll see their expertise on the subject far outweighs my own. It is long but definitely one of the most important things you’ll ever read. If you have to read it in increments over time, I implore you to read it ALL. Thank you and God bless you as the Spirit leads you into ALL truth. As always, FEEL FREE TO PASS THIS ALONG!

One World Government with a One World Church

     Under the guise of many “words”, messages, and terms, one main message is being pushed: globalism and ecumenism.  This is being accomplished on many fronts but of most concern are the doctrines of:

  1. Unity (through the emergent church and one-world government people)
  2. Dominionism (through the Charismatic wing of the Church)

Unity:

     Unity at the expense of doctrine.  Though this message is being preached ad nauseum from almost every public ministry, the main proponents are Rick Warren and Bill Hybels who have both signed a document by the Yale Center for faith asserting Christians and Muslims worship the same God.” [Brannon Howse, Grave Influence, pg. 260]. They are actively working toward the merging of earth’s religions by a.) watering down the gospel of Christ, saying all paths lead to God; b.) Promoting a social gospel in place of the real one; and, c.) aligning themselves with people like: 

Tony Blair: head of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation (to advocate One World Religion and Social Justice) and outspoken supporter of Gay Rights has stated, “God’s Spirit moves through us and the world at a pace that can never be constricted by any one religious paradigm. Be wary of people who think theirs is the only way. [Brannon Howse, Grave Influence, pg. 260.] Mr. Blair has been a keynote speaker at multiple Willow Creek Conferences and believes doctrinal distinctions are divisive and the enemy of peace. Members of his board include a Zen Buddhist, a Hindu from Minnesota, an Anglican, Rick Warren, a Rabbi, and others. Their goal of healing the divisiveness in the world feeds into the end-time ecumenical effort predicted in the Bible. Mr. Blair is also a member of the Fabian Socialist Labor Party and has given numerous interviews regarding globalism and the need for the religions of the world to come together.

Note: The message of healing doctrinal division is coming from the Charismatic wing as well.  Their answer however, is focusing on “experiences” with God instead of doctrinal theology.

Bono: My husband was asked to attend the Leadership conference at Kentwood community, a video stream from Willow Creek, featuring Bill Hybels with special guests Tony Blair and Bono, formerly of U2 and blatantly Satanic. Bono, whose well-known chant is “Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, all true,” is also working with Tony Blair to promote a One World Religion and Social Justice causes.  In the video conference he told Hybels how Christians had failed because they weren’t helping the poor. As stated in Brannon Howse’s Grave Influence, many evangelicals are promoting a social gospel which is nothing more than socialism in a pretty package. 

Brian McLaren: Emergent Church pastor and speaker at Willow Creek Conferences (namely April 2008) who has said “the cross and hell are false advertising for God.”

Rick Warren: On the Faith Foundation: “I honestly don’t know of anyone better suited for this challenge. It’s why I agreed to serve on the Advisory Board. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s potential for doing good is staggering.”

     On Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan & UN Goals: Warren’s P.E.A.C.E Plan and partnership with the UN is helping merge politics and religion. They are becoming one as politicians use religion to promote globalism and religious leaders in turn promote the United Nations and One World Governmental Goals with politicians. Rick Warren, in serving on the boards of UN Non-governmental Organizations (NGO’s), is legally obligated to promote all the goals of the United Nation’s Global Management System. Cloaked in Christian language, his P.E.A.C.E. plan is a perfect vehicle for meeting UN goals. See:                                                   http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/05/peace-un.htm

     On Peter Drucker and Fabian Socialism: “Rick Warren says he was mentored for years by Peter Drucker. We have now discovered that Peter Drucker admitted to be influenced by John Maynard Keynes who was a Fabian Socialist. Could this help explain why Rick Warren promotes his three legged stool of Communitarianism that calls for a partnership between the government, business, and non-profits? What do Fabian Socialists believe?” [From the Brannon Howse Radio Show, aired On January 3, 2011]

     On Islam: Rick spoke at the Islamic Society Convention in July 2010 in Washington DC. This is an organization affiliated with Moslem leaders like Dr. Siddiqi who has led flag burnings in Los Angeles, cursed the American flag, affirmed his support for terrorist organizations Hamas and Hezbollah, and has publicly affirmed the Qur’an, demanding swift justice against those who oppose Muhammad and Islam. 

On New Age: Rick Warren is now listed as a guru. See http://numii.net/word_press/gurus

     Rick Warren also promotes, endorses, quotes, and writes with various New Age leaders. For example, Dr. Leonard Sweet, a popular Emerging Church leader, also considered to be a New Ager, who suggests “practical ways” to “communicate God’s unchanging truth to our changing world” including using a labyrinth or visiting a meditation center. Sweet says, “Postmodern culture is a change or be changed world. It’s time for a Post Modern Reformation…the wind of spiritual awakening is blowing across the waters… [times are changing and you’d better] reinvent yourself for the 21st century or die.” Sweet also thanks inter-spiritualists/universalists such as Matthew Fox (author of The Coming of the Cosmic Christ), Episcopalian priest/mystic Morton Kelsey, Willis Harman (author of Global Mind Change) and Ken Wilber (major intellectual in the New Age movement) for helping him to find what he calls “New Light.” Sweet adds that the “old teachings” of Christianity must be replaced with new teachings of “the New Light.” Sweet also tells his readers that humanity and creation are united as one, and we must realize it. Once humanity comes to this realization, Sweet says: Then, and only then, will a New Light movement of “world-making” faith have helped to create the world that is to, and may yet, be. Then, and only then, will earthlings have uncovered the meaning … of the last words [Thomas Merton] uttered: “We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity.” “The Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic, one who has experienced something, or he will be nothing.” [Mysticism] is metaphysics arrived at through mind-body experiences. Mysticism begins in experience; it ends in theology.”

For a list of New Age authors, teachers, and other questionable “Christian” leaders Rick associates with, promotes or endorses see: http://www.inplainsite.org/html/rick_warren_new_age.html#RW-Sweet

Bill Hybels:

Advocates and endorses all the above, hosting conferences with all the above people.

Note: Rick Warren and Bill Hybels are products of Robert Schuler, who says: 

     “I was the first person to introduce real church growth to the American Church. …He [Hybels] became the first guy to take these principles, refine them, maximize them to the ultimate length of their potential… I am so proud of him… I think of him as a son. I think of him as one of the greatest things to happen in Christianity in our time. …Bill Hybels is doing the best job of anybody I know!” [G.A. Pritchard, Willow Creek Seeker Services: Evaluating a New Way of Doing Church, Baker, 1996, p.56, quoting Robert Schuller] 

What does Schuler preach?  In his own words:

     “We can pray, ‘Our Father in Heaven, honorable is OUR name…’” [Self-Esteem: The New Reformation p. 31]  “Classical theology has erred in its insistence that theology be God-centered, not man-centered.” [Ibid p. 64]  “The church’s problem is that: 1. It has had a God-centered theology for centuries when it needs to be a man-centered one; 2. We’re not bad, merely badly informed about how good we are; 3. It would be an insult to the integrity of any human being to call him a sinner; and,  4. Jesus knew His worth; His success fed His self-esteem. He suffered the cross to sanctify His self-esteem and He bore the cross to sanctify YOUR self-esteem. The cross will sanctify the ego trip.” [Ibid p. 115]

Dominionism:

     Dominionism theology is predicated upon three basic beliefs: 1) Satan usurped man’s Dominion over the earth through the temptation of Adam and Eve; 2) The Church is God’s instrument to take Dominion back from Satan; 3) Jesus cannot or will not return until the Church has taken Dominion by gaining control of the earth’s governmental and social institutions.* [emphasis added]  Al Dager, Vengeance Is Ours: The Church In Dominion (Sword Pub., 1990), p. 87.

See:http://www.arkhaven.org/dominionism_trojan_horse_in_charismatic_movement.htm for a good overview.

     Dominionism is a teaching that essentially advocates taking over the world for “Christ.” TO achieve their “transformation” (big buzz word!), objective truth (i.e. fundamentalism, etc.) must be destroyed and replaced with subjective truth (i.e. feelings).  When the kingdom has been subdued, the Christ or “Messiah” will be able to return and the kingdom will be handed over to him.  Until man has sufficiently reached Christ-consciousness, or earned the “anointing,” the Christ cannot return.

     This teaching has reared its head in the church continually over the past 2000 years under various names but was first easily recognized in our day as preached by Paul Cain during the healing revival of the mid 1940’s, along with fellow ministers William Branham, Jack Coe, T.L. Osborne, and A.A. Allen, etc. The movement was officially decried as heretical until 1987 when Kansas City Fellowship leaders Mike Bickle and Bob Jones embraced Paul and his message, serving as a springboard to spread the message to the church.

     Paul teaches the Latter Rain doctrine of the “Manifest Sons of God” which proclaims a “new breed” of believers will attain immortality and conquer the last enemy of death in the last days. According to proponents of this theology we are not to look for Jesus to come back physically but rather, prior to the Lord’s physical return, Jesus will spiritually and invisibly come again to a corporate body of believers. This end-time new breed of believers will be perfected, glorified, and qualify for immortality here upon the earth prior to Christ’s return. Impregnated with the presence of the “Christ,” this indestructible and immortal company will put all things under their feet. These “Manifested Sons of God” will receive divine gifts, including the ability to change their physical location, speak in any language, and be able to perform miracles such as divine healing and raising the dead.  As the “Man-child” of Revelation 12, they will rule and reign the nations with a rod of iron and as the prophetic fulfillment of “Joel’s Army” in Joel 2 and Revelation 9, this army will put all things under its feet as it rides forth as God’s agent of judgment to rid the world of evil by overseeing drastic judgment on all who remain in the ‘old generation.’

     This man-child company is also commonly referred to as; The Latter Rain; Manifest Sons of God; Man-child Company; Dominion Theology; or Kingdom Now.  Teachings include: Progressive Revelation, Revival/Harvest, Joel’s Army, Replacement Theology, Post-Millennial Eschatology or Preterist/Partial Preterist Eschatology, Victorious Eschatology, Signs and Wonders, Territorial Warfare, Ecumenism, Restoration of Apostles and Prophets, Jubilee/Feast of Tabernacles, and the Post-denominational Church.

     Mormons, Jews, Muslims, New Agers, One-Worlders and Christians all call for some form of Dominionism. The goal is ecumenicalism.

     This IS the core issue of the end time deception!  WHO builds the kingdom?  Answer that question and you know which “side” people are on. The charismatic crew, the likes of Rick Joyner, Cindy Jacobs, C. Peter Wagner, Elijah List people, Bill Johnson, etc., are ALL dominionists/preterists/amillenialist!  They all adhere to this teaching.

     The list of names associated with this teaching basically encompasses every Charismatic teacher/preacher publicly known.  The “King” of the movement is:

C. Peter Wagner:

     Known as the founder of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR), Peter Wagner promotes Kingdom and Dominion Theology. This belief system proclaims that Christians will take over America and the world politically, socially, and economically and usher in God’s kingdom on earth. His endorsement can be found on most popular books circulating in Charismatic Christian circles.

     According to Dispatch Magazine “Wagner is awaiting a ‘critical mass’ of Christians to arise to takeover the political systems of the world.” A NAR produced conference brochure stated “this conference will cause the Body to understand God’s ‘new’ order for this coming era.” A March 2001 article in the Plumbline reported, “When asked what he (Wagner) thought the main stumbling block would be, that would keep leaders from embracing the Apostolic Reformation, Wagner cites, ‘a commitment to tradition amongst ministers.’ Wagner states: ‘I think that some are bound by religious forms and functions that are ineffective and I think in many cases it is demonic influence.”

Gnosticism:

Please make sure you have a thorough understanding of Gnosticism.  What we are experiencing is, in principle, the resurgence of Gnosticism.

http://www.thepearl.org/What_is_Gnosticism.htm

Here are “The Sayings”:

http://www.thepearl.org/Sayings_of_Jesus.htm

     And if you would like it straight from the enemy, here is a primer in Gnosticism, including things like “Continuous Revelation” or “Saga of Sophia and Christ” or “The Inward Quest” etc., etc., ad nauseum!

http://www.thepearl.org/index.htm

The Seven Mountain Prophecy:

     The latest teaching in the Charismatic world is The Seven Mountain Prophecy.  “God” has told the Christians to “use our influence” and strategically place themselves to take over the “seven mountains” of society in order to “advance the Kingdom of God on earth.” This is the exact same seven major fields of world work New Age “goddess” Alice A. Bailey instructed her disciples to take over (see Brannon Howse, Grave Influence, p.59).  Once they do, the “final battle” will be between “self-professing” believers and true believers.

     Rick Joyner, General Jerry Boykin, and Dr. Lance Wallnau are the main proponents pushing this through conferences, The Oak Initiative, and organizations like Transformation Michigan (transformation =  ushering in the new age of the Christ). If you’re interested, read The Seven Mountain Prophecy by Johnny Enlow and Victorious Eschatology by Harold R. Eberle & Martin Trench. These are now “bibles” for the Dominionist crew, laying out their core beliefs and the plan to “take over” for Christ. 

In a nutshell…

     According to Johnny Enlow’s The Seven Mountain Prophecy: Unveiling the Coming Elijah Revolution, the final “mountain,” and the most difficult to take over, will be the mountain of religion.  Why?  Because the whole world will essentially be “converted” in the upcoming revival so everyone will appear to be “Christian.”  First he defines the “holy people” of Daniel 12:7 as religious, “left-brained” Christians (that’s you and me, in case you were wondering) and describes how their power will be “completely shattered… [meaning] a complete dismantling and pulverizing of the religious spirit’s operations… is coming” [pg.134-135].

     Then it gets really ugly. The following quote is quite long, but Enlow continues, p 135-137:

     “Our last religious enemy will be more difficult to discern: that which has come onto the mountain of religion calling itself Christian. Just as Jesus faced the greatest persecution from the very ones who were supposedly looking for the Messiah, so too will the advancing church face its greatest challenge from those who profess Jesus. These will be the final “holy people” to be completely shattered, which means ‘shatter, break, dash, beat in pieces, pulverize’…they will not be our enemies, but we will be their enemies….”

     “Left-brained Christianity will be the last great religious enemy that the church of Jesus Christ will have to face… The reason this form of Christianity will be such a difficult enemy is that, for a season, it will be mixed in with the advancing true church. A time is coming when it will seem as if the whole world is converting or about to convert. No other major religion will be left to knock off the mountain. At this time, the religious spirit will again reinvent himself and team up with the prince of Greece. All those believers who have not been freed from rationalism will come under its power. They will attempt to use Christianity’s newfound power to advance their version of Christianity with reason and sophistication. This last Anti-Christ will look good, but will be in its ultimate disguise – a true wolf in sheep’s clothing. I believe this is the fourth beast horn from Daniel 7:20 – ‘that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows.’ The prince of Greece always comes with pompous words…”

     “This most heavily disguised Antichrist will prevail for a season against the saints who have just experienced a tremendous world harvest [the huge outpouring of the Spirit they are expecting, with miraculous signs and wonders to convince the whole world to follow Christ].”

     “Antichrist can also be translated ‘against the anointing.’ The Greek word Christos means ‘anointing.’ (It’s a translation of the Hebrew word for messiah, which also means ‘anointed one.’) This antichrist can ultimately be discerned by its anti-anointing stance. It will be pompous and subtly oppose all the manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s power. Believers who live their lives resisting the anointing will become an unwitting part of the Antichrist’s resistance, a tool of the anti-anointing.” [pg. 136-137]     

     Earlier in the book, Enlow thoroughly explains how one can only truly be saved if one is a right-brained thinker.  Why?  Because he claims one can only have true faith if one has “experiences” with God, which right-brained thinking allows due of its subjectivity and reliance on experience.  He further states that Jesus was a right-brained (subjective) thinker who challenged the left-brained (objective) religious people of his day.  The same thing is meant by the phrase “prince of Greece.”  Left-brained Christians are too rational, bring division due to their emphasis on theology, and squeeze out the Spirit of God.  Also, the “anointing” they refer to is the current “outpouring” of the Spirit in Charismatic circles accompanied by uncontrollable laughter, dog-barking, acting drunk in the spirit, and constant special revelation, signs and wonders, and “experiences” with God that are about to bring about a world-wide revival. The question is, what spirit are they really talking about?  What spirit is behind this?  This is the same teaching that has been preached by the New Agers for over 100 years. 

Redefinition of Terms:

As part of this deception, basic fundamental terms are being redefined with Dominionist and/or Gnostic theology. For example:

Anti-Christ:

A person against the anointing

     Johnny Enlow, The Seven Mountain Prophecy: Unveiling the Coming Elijah Revolution, pg 136-137“Antichrist can also be translated ‘against the anointing.’ The Greek word Christos means ‘anointing.’ (It’s a translation of the Hebrew word for messiah, which also means ‘anointed one.’) This antichrist can ultimately be discerned by its anti-anointing stance. It will be pompous and subtly oppose all the manifestations of the Holy Spirit’s power. Believers who live their lives resisting the anointing will become an unwitting part of the Antichrist’s resistance, a tool of the anti-anointing.”

Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth, pg 79, 81

“The nature of the antichrist spirit is found in its name: anti, “against”; Christ, “Anointed One”… the spirit of the antichrist is at work today, attempting to influence believers to reject everything that has to do with the Holy Spirit’s anointing.  That sprit has worked to reduce the gospel to a mere intellectual message, rather than a supernatural God encounter.”

Christ:

A person who has been “qualified” by being baptized in the Spirit

Bill Johnson, Face to Face with God, p.109

“The outpouring of the Spirit also needed to happen to Jesus for Him to be fully qualified.  This was His quest.  Receiving this anointing qualified Him to be called the Christ, which means “anointed one.”  Without the experience there could be no title.”

Bill Johnson, When Heaven Invades Earth: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles, p.79:

“Christ is not Jesus’ last name. The word Christ means ‘Anointed One’ or ‘Messiah.’ It is a title that points to an experience. It was not sufficient that Jesus be sent from heaven to earth with a title. He had to receive the anointing in an experience to accomplish what the Father desired.”

Face to Face with God: The Ultimate Quest to Experience His Presence, p.200:

“Most all of the experiences of Jesus recorded in Scripture were prophetic examples of the realms in God that are made available to the believer. The Mount of Transfiguration raised the bar significantly on potential human experience… The overwhelming lesson in this story is that Jesus Christ, the Son of man, had the glory of God upon Him… Only Peter, James, and John were privileged to be a part of this event. It was so extreme that Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about what they had seen until after His Resurrection… Certain things have no place in our hearts until we know of the Resurrection through our own conversion experience.  Through the Spirit of the resurrected Christ living in us we are designed to carry the same glory. But first we must go up the mountain – to the place where we meet God face to face.”

The Great Commission:

Extending the kingdom of heaven on earth.

Bill Johnson, The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind, p. 38

“We, the Church, are called to extend His rule on this earthly sphere, just as Adam was called to do. We see this in each commission shown in the gospel… God gave the same instructions: In essence… demonstrate who I am and what I am like. Extend My Kingdom!” “There is no CO-missioning without SUB-mission to the primary mission. So what is the primary mission? …we are to destroy the works of the devil. ‘For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8b).’ That was Jesus’ assignment; it was Adam and Eve’s assignment; it was the disciples’ assignment. Believers, that is your assignment as well. God’s purpose in saving you was not simply to rescue you… His purpose was much bigger, much more stunning: He commissioned you to demonstrate the will of God, ‘on earth as it is in heaven,’ transforming this planet into a place radiant and saturated with His power and presence. This is the very backbone of the Great Commission and it should define your life and mine.”  .”

Bill Johnson, The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind, p. 46]

“His purpose… is to raise up a delegated group of people who work with Him to destroy the works of the devil, who demonstrate and prove the will of God here on earth as it is in heaven. That is the core of the Great Commission, and it is your privilege and mine to co-labor with Him in it.”

Repentance:

Returning to the Great Commission

The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind, p. 44:

“Renewing the mind begins with repentance… Jesus said, ‘Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ To many Christians, repent refers to having an altar call where people come forward and weep at the altar and get right with God. That is a legitimate expression of repentance, but it’s not what the word repentance means. ‘Re’ means to go back. ‘Pent’ is like the penthouse, the top floor of a building. Repent, then, means to go back to God’s perspective on reality. And in that perspective there is a renewal, a reformation that affects our intellect, our emotions, and every part of our lives. Without repentance we remain locked into carnal ways of thinking. When the bible speaks of carnality, it doesn’t necessarily mean obvious, disgusting sin. Most Christians have no appetite for sin… but because they live without the demonstrated power of the gospel, many have lost their sense of purpose and gone back to sin.  Having a renewed mind is often not an issue of whether or not someone is going to heaven, but of how much of heaven he or she wants in his or her life right now.”

Face to Face with God: The Ultimate Quest to Experience His Presence, p.46:

“But the reason we don’t automatically get it is that we have to receive divine grace [as defined in other places, this means favor that we receive through continuous revelation and then must steward] from God in order to see things from His perspective. This process of perceiving and coming into agreement with God’s perspective is called repentance… we repent when our sorrow over sin leads us to the place where we receive power from God to change the way we think.”

Born Again:

Seeing the kingdom of heaven literally displayed on earth.

The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind, p. 45:

“Jesus said that ‘unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God’ (John 3:3). What does that mean? Well, Jesus was not saying that we would have visions of heaven, though I know that happens. He was speaking more practically. He was saying that when our minds are renewed, we will see the kingdom displayed and proven as He did in His earthly ministry. That’s what it means to “see” the Kingdom of heaven.”

Gnostic principle/story of the Garden of Eden:

Face to Face with God: The Ultimate Quest to Experience His Presence, p.32-33:

“While Adam and Eve were placed in a garden of perfect peace, the garden itself was placed in the midst of turmoil. It was in this original setting that Adam and Eve were given the assignment to subdue the earth. God said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it.” (Genesis 1:28). As they increased in number they would be able to establish and extend the rule of God over the planet by representing Him as His delegated authorities. The reason that the territory beyond the garden was in turmoil was that Satan, one of the three archangels, had set up his rule there after being cast out of heaven for his rebellion and his desire to be worshiped like God. God in His sovereignty allowed the devil to set up his rule on planet earth because His intention was to bring eternal judgment on the devil though mankind, in particular, through the fruitfulness of intimate, co-laboring between God and man. We must always remember that Satan has never been a threat to God. Instead, God chose to give those who were made in His image the privilege of executing the judgment of God on all the fallen hosts. God determined that it would be fitting for the devil’s defeat to come at the hands of those made in the image of God, who worship Him by choice, because it would mean that the devil would be overcome by those who succeeded where he had failed.”

When Heaven Invades Earth: A Practical Guide to a Life of Miracles, p.30:

“Man was created in the image of God and placed into the Father’s ultimate expression of beauty and peace: the Garden of Eden. Outside of that garden was a different story. It was without the order and blessing contained within and was in great need of the touch of God’s delegated one – Adam. Adam and Eve were placed in the garden with a mission. God said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it.’ It was God’s intention that as they bore more children, who also lived under God’s rule, they would be extending the boundaries of His garden (His government) through the simplicity of their devotion to Him. The greater the number of people in right relationship to God, the greater the impact of their leadership. This process was to continue until the entire earth was covered with the glorious rule of God through man. But in Genesis chapter 1 we discover it’s not a perfect universe. Satan had rebelled and had been cast out of heaven, and with him a portion of the fallen angels took dominion of the earth. It’s obvious why the rest of the planet needed to be subdues – it was under the influence of darkness. God could have destroyed the devil and his host with a word, but instead He chose to defeat darkness through His delegated authority – those made in His image who were lovers of God by choice.”

Further Questionable Teachings in the Church:

From The Elijah List                                                             January 10, 2011

Dennis Cramer:

Eleven “Words” for 2011!

It is Time to Dust Off Your Bible!

Picture in your mind, if you will, the image of an unused, dust-covered Bible. Now picture in your mind that this same dust-covered Bible is your Bible! This is not a good image to be sure, especially for a Bible-believing Christian in 2011. Sadly, many Christians now read more books about the Bible then they do the Bible itself.

Consequently, many in the Church have gradually and somewhat unknowingly, become Biblically ignorant, unaware or stunted. And doctrinally speaking, anything goes. There is now wide-spread acceptance of “marginal to heretical” doctrines. Just 25 years ago individuals would have been thrown out of the Church if caught teaching these heresies. How did this happen?

Simply, we have become Biblically ignorant. We have not been diligent to feed on the unadulterated Word of God. We are at best malnourished, and in some cases, starving to death. Biblical ignorance is on the increase in the Church, even to epidemic levels! Like any form of “lack” created by ignorance which can lead to sickness, only the proper “intake,” or in these cases, only proper Biblical education can remedy it.

Warning: We Live in an Age of “Anything Goes” Theology! The Charismatic Church is in Big Trouble!

So, here is my 2011 prophetic “prescription” for this beautiful but Biblically challenged, even unhealthy, Bride.

1. Orthodoxy! I would like to prescribe a good healthy dose of the written Word of God, the Bible. The Church needs an immediate injection of the truth! We must all pray for the Church to return to the orthodoxy (traditional belief) of Scripture. This means a return to the proper reading, INTERPRETATION, and application of the Bible in our lives. There is a growing trend toward some really bad doctrine out there. And we, the Church, must put a stop to it! If we don’t, no one else will! The Church must begin to police herself against unorthodox (false) teaching and bizarre practices. You must reacquaint yourself with the Scriptures and know your Bible.

In 40 years of serving God, I have not heard so much bad doctrine preached from so-called “Bible-believing” Christians – specifically charismatic Christians.

2. Berea! We must pray for a “Berean Revival” in the Church – a revival which returns us all to our roots – our roots in the Word of God. In the Bible, the original Bereans were Believers who “searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things be so.” There is a lot of doctrine currently in circulation in the charismatic Church that is highly questionable – even heretical.

Each Believer must begin to “search the Scriptures” for himself to discover whether what he is believing is Biblical or not (Acts 17:11). Stop unequivocally trusting ministers and their pulpits to always and completely preach the truth – some do, some do not. You need to search and know the Scriptures for yourself. If their teachings sound too good to be true – they very well may be! Know your Bible.

3. Preach the Word! (2 Timothy 4:2). It is time for the Church to return to her basic Bible beliefs (fundamental doctrines) and the core values these fundamental doctrines produce. Peripheral doctrines or beliefs are peripheral for a reason, and can lead to dangerous theologically positions and questionable practices. We must stop extracting obscure, vague, single, solitary verses out of context, and stop trying to make major “sound” doctrines out of them.

This “stretching of the truth” must stop. Some of our so-called “proof texts” do not prove what’s being preached at all. We are “twisting the Scriptures to our own destruction.” We must again major in major doctrine and minor in the minor ones. My prophetic word to all Pastors/Teachers for 2011 is simple: “Preach the Word!” Know your Bible.

Some examples of current doctrine circulating in the Church: You must believe me that I am NOT making this stuff up!

• Open Theism: Teaches God is not sovereign

• Ultimate Reconciliation/Restitution of all things

• The “nefilin” children alive on earth

• Open Heaven/Spiritual portals

• Third Heaven experiences at will

• Going to Heaven at will to get your gifts

• Cloud of witnesses/dead saints

• Traveling in time at will

• Transporting physically at will

• Over-emphasis on angels and specifically arc-angels

• Going into trances at will

• Trance dancing

• Going to Hell to discern evil spirits

• Hyper-Grace: Christians do not need to repent of sin

• Meditation/Altered State through soaking music & contemplative prayer

See http://elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=9490 for the 2011 “Word from God” regarding discerning the false teaching in the church right now.  It’s a good “word” but beware…basically everything on the Elijah List promotes the above practices.  It’s surprising they would make such a “word” public.

Bottom line, it looks more and more like what Paul warned us about!

1 Timothy 4:1

“The Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.”

2 Timothy 4:3-4

“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 Thessalonians 2:3

“Let no one deceive you by any means for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first. :10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. :11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.”

When asked what would be the sign of His coming, Jesus first response was “take heed that no man deceive you.”  He continued, “For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect – if that were possible.”

  Deception is always subtle; it creeps in and cloaks itself as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  It would behoove us then to understand the enemy’s plans in order not to fall prey to his lies in these perilous days.

Two Kingdoms by Pastor Anton Bosch

Many Christians have been deceived into believing that they can somehow “convert” the kingdoms of this world to become the Kingdom of God. In the process they have put their energy and hopes into bringing about the Kingdom of God by working towards getting more influence with government in order to transform government. Some even believe that Jesus will return once we have transformed the world and created the millennial Kingdom.

This presupposes that the Kingdom of God is a better version of or improved earthly kingdom. But what does the Bible have to say about this?

The first mention of a subject in the Bible is often very significant for an understanding of that topic. The first mention of the word “kingdom” is in Genesis 10:10 when it says of Nimrod that “the beginning of his kingdom was Babel.” It was at Babel that the tower was built that was intended to reach to Heaven and that to this day remains the prime example of man’s pride, self-sufficiency and rebellion against God. Babel was the precursor and type of Babylon, the false world system and religion, which is the domain of the Antichrist (Revelation 17 & 18). It was at Babel that God brought division between the nations and broke their rebellious unity.

Furthermore it is remarkable and significant that the last time the word “kingdom” is mentioned is in Revelation 17:17 where it says that the world rulers will “be of one mind, and to give their kingdom to the beast.” This will bring the world full-circle where they once again are united against God and once again establish Babel/Babylon.

The fact that the first and last mention of the word “kingdom” both relate to the false world system which is united in its rejection of God and that both speak of that which is man-made with an emphasis on man rather than God is not coincidental. By definition any kingdom built by man is anti-god and anti-Christ. The kingdoms of this world have never been, are not and never will be God’s Kingdom. They have different kings, different citizens, function by different principles and have different goals.

When Satan tempted Jesus he “showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.” (Luke 4:5-6). Jesus did not deny that this was in the Devil’s power to do and thus He acknowledges that the kingdoms of the world do indeed belong to the Devil. There are many theories as to how and when the Devil acquired them, but the fact remains that they are his to give. Several
times Jesus refers to the Devil as “the ruler of this world” John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11), confirming Satan’s dominion here on earth.

Many Christians feel that things changed after the Cross and that the Kingdoms of the world are now under God’s control. But Paul (after the Cross) still refers to Satan as “the god of this world (age)” (2Corinthinas 4:4). John (also after the Cross) states emphatically that “the whole world lies under the sway (NIV – “control”) of the wicked one” (1John 5:19). Thus the Devil is clearly the one who is in control of the world, its systems and its governments. Romans 13 says that authorities are appointed by God and that they are God’s servants or ministers. This does not mean that they are godly, they clearly are not. Nevertheless God uses them to accomplish His purposes (Revelation 17:17).

At no stage do the kingdoms of the world morph into the Kingdom of God. There is not a single Scripture to support this popular misconception. The kingdoms of this world are so evil that they are completely destroyed (Daniel 2 and Revelation 18) and they will be replaced by God’s Kingdom. This will be a work of God and not of man or the church. “The God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever” (Daniel 2:44). (See also Revelation 18 and 19).

Just like many Christians today, Jesus’ disciples also did not understand the difference between God’s Kingdom and political kingdoms. They too thought that Jesus would merge His followers with the world’s kingdoms and thus bring about His Kingdom. But in response to these ideas Jesus clearly said to them: “indeed, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21). In other words His Kingdom is spiritual and in the hearts of His people while the world’s kingdoms are political and have physical boundaries. (His Kingdom will ultimately become a physical kingdom, known as the Millennial Kingdom, but as said above, that will come about in a single cataclysmic event when He sets up His Kingdom.)

When Pilate questioned Jesus about His Kingdom, Jesus explicitly stated “My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). It cannot be clearer than that.  Jesus is indeed a King and He has a Kingdom, but it is not of this world. The god and ruler of this world and its kingdoms is Satan. These two kingdoms do not overlap, they do not merge and the one does not become the other. They are totally different in substance and have different kings.

These two kingdoms have different destinies. The kingdom of Satan will be destroyed. This means that its ruler, all its systems as well as its citizens will be destroyed. It has no future. No matter what man does to build his towers, hierarchies and empires into the heavens, they will be destroyed and brought to nothing, just like Nimrod’s Babel.

God’s Kingdom, on the other hand, is an eternal kingdom. “Of His kingdom there will be no end” (Luke 1:33) and “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever” (Hebrews 1:8). It will never be destroyed and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.

When Moses was growing up in the courts of Egypt, Egypt seemed to be an indestructible world empire. There was no end to its power, wealth and influence. Egypt, and later Babylon, Greece and Rome, were true world kingdoms, more than any modern empire. Egypt’s knowledge, art, engineering and political power were dazzling in their brilliance to the extent that we, thousands of year later, still marvel at their glories.

When God began to speak to Moses about a greater Kingdom which could only be seen afar off, it is to be expected that Moses could have thought of God’s promises only in terms of an improved Egypt. God had, after all, used Egypt once before to save the world! Maybe we could excuse Moses if he thought of the Kingdom in terms of Canaan, but he looked beyond that to a “heavenly country” (Hebrews 11:16).

When Moses finally had to make a choice he esteemed “the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:26-27).

If Moses could see the invisible King beyond the glory of Pharaoh, and if he placed his vote with the Eternal, how is it then, that so many Christians keep placing their hope in the wrong kingdom?

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