Charts: From Truth to a New Spirituality
The links and summaries on this page will show that similar buzzwords, visions, purposes and psychosocial processes are used around the world to drive the transformational agendas of local community groups, global organizations, the World Bank and other "specialized UN agencies," educational and mental health institutions, and the Purpose-Driven and Church Growth Movements. Believers and unbelievers alike are embracing the new relational dialogues and transformational thinking needed to unify the world and establish solidarity.
The Goal Is To Destroy All Constitutional Culture: "In America, our cultural method of debate tends to divide individual issues into carefully separated spheres of discussion. This hyperfocus on single issues, from gun rights to illegal wars to invasion of privacy, draws us away from looking at the bigger interconnected picture....
"Throughout history, when conquerors wished to fully dominate a population, they would seek to slowly subsume the people’s ...principles. They would attempt to co-opt cultural ideas and values, twisting them into something completely different or wiping them from memory altogether. When the people lose their traditions and heritage, they become easier to mold and rule. This is exactly what is happening in the United States today: an ideological colonization that views Constitutional life as a mortal enemy and hopes to obliterate it from the pages of time."
The last paragraph fits right into the new "Common Core" standards and agenda, which are designed to shed the old ideologies that prospered our nation - and replace both Christian faith and morality with a socialist world system. Now ponder the statements below:
See Cultural Christianity
Religious Conversions (turning empty churches into homes): "As congregations shrink, more churches are selling properties to residential developers. High ceilings and stained glass create ambience, but aging buildings make going from God's house to townhouse a challenge....
"When Colin Bodell moved into a new 3,000-square-foot condo in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood in August, he was looking forward to living with its 30-foot ceilings, polished-marble floors and 20-foot-tall stained-glass windows. One thing he didn't anticipate, however, was people knocking on his front door to ask what time services were..."
Stop President Obama's Anti-Israel Nomination for Secretary of Defense: "Yesterday, former Senator Chuck Hagel displayed before the Senate Armed Services Committee and the world a myriad of reasons why he should not be the next Secretary of Defense. As the short snippet of his disastrous confirmation hearing above shows, he was unable to defend or account for his long record of opposition to Israel and continued appeasement of Iran." See CHANGE!
Is America Becoming a Pagan Kingdom? "Sadly, this is exactly what appears to be quickly happening to this most Christian of all nations in terms of origin and practice. We see this in our views of government, family, economics, freedom, law and especially religion. We are now presented with a kind modern homo paganus....
"Paganism is a set of beliefs and practices essentially tied to the societies of the ancient world outside Judaism and Christianity. In particular, classical paganism was the worldview of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The revival of these ancient cultures during the Renaissance by way of the ancient writers is the foundation for Humanism. Despite the many high points of ancient classical paganism, these cultures’ values were rejected by the Christian West as utterly at odds with the great standards created by the rise of Christian Europe. This article details how these standards, misunderstood and rejected, are being slowly lost and replaced..." See God's Warnings for our Times
Cultural Christianity: "...much of what is called Christianity today is not the Christianity of the New Testament. It is distinctly different.... Jesus is not the fountainhead of modern Christianity. He is scarcely thought about. Christian preachers, Sunday School teachers, religious books, all without any apology patronize Jesus Christ and put Him on one side.
"We have to learn that to stand true to Jesus Christ's point of view means ostracism -- the ostracism that was brought on Him....Our Lord's teaching is based on something we violently hate, namely His doctrine of sin; we do not believe it unless we have had a radical dealing with God on the line of His teaching. Remember that a disciple is committed to much more than belief in Jesus, he is committed to His Lord's view of the world, of men, of God and of sin." See Following Jesus
Homeschoolers can't be taught 'gay' sex sinful: "Homeschooling families will soon be forbidden from teaching that homosexual sex is sinful as part of their schooling program, according to the government of Alberta, Canada. Under the province’s Education Act, homeschoolers and religious schools will be banned from 'disrespecting' people’s differences....'Whatever the nature of schooling – homeschool, private school, Catholic school – we do not tolerate disrespect for differences...”
Must Christian parents teach their children that gay sex is okay and Biblical guidelines are wrong? What about the government's "disrespect" for people who trust God and His guidelines? Will the law favor immorality and punish Christianity? Are we facing the end of freedom and morality in the West?
Europe to destroy traditional family and sexual identity: "Traditional words 'father' and 'mother' will be replaced with official terms Parent 1 and Parent 2 in Britain. The terms will be used in official documents. The authorities decided to make su#39;politically correct' move to accommodate same-sex couples....The US State Department tried to do the same before, but it was eventually decided not to remove the two words from US passport applications."
, theosophy, and the teachings of Skull and Bones and other secret societies. Their corrupt goals have tarnished every branch of Western society: education, the news and entertainment media -- even churches."
Boy Scouts infiltrated by Muslim Brotherhood? "The Boy Scouts of America welcomes major religions, including Islam. It has incorporated under its banner a group called the National Islamic Committee on Scouting, or NICS, which provides Muslim scouts an opportunity to earn badges or emblems by participating in religious activities. The NICS scouting emblems include an 'Allahu Akbar' emblem, which means 'Allah is greatest' in Arabic...The NICS's chairman is appointed annually by the president of the Boy Scouts of America..."
Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception! "The war on Biblical Christianity is spreading like wildfire. After a long reprieve from violent rage and overt occultism, the dark forces that flourished centuries ago are again spreading deception in plain sight. Our children's minds are prime targets! Are they prepared to resist it?"
Spiritual Warfare: Hating Truth and Primed for Deception! "The war on Biblical Christianity is spreading like wildfire. After a long reprieve from violent rage and overt occultism, the dark forces that flourished centuries ago are again spreading deception in plain sight. Our children's minds are prime targets! Are they prepared to resist it?
"The foundations for today's spiritual battles were laid by elite western leaders long ago. Many were steeped in the occult visions of high level freemasonry, rosicrucianism
The [Communist] Agenda - Grinding America Down. In a list of 45 Communist Goals, no. #27 states: "Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with 'social' religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a 'religious crutch.'" This process is described in these two articles: Treason in the Church: Trading Truth for a "Social Gospel and Transforming the World by Subverting the Church.
Trusting God as Freedom Fades: "What does the word 'freedom' mean in the context of today's corrupt culture? Amoral license? Liberty to follow feelings rather than facts? A ban on Christian expressions of faith? Mandatory " tolerance" for homosexual lifestyles?
"To conform young minds to the vision ofglobal solidarity, pluralism must replace God's unchanging Truth. So seventh grade World History text books promote Islam and demean Christianity. Social Studies are used to "normalize homosexuality." And propaganda for "social justice" seems more acceptable than loyalty to our sovereign God -- even in churches! As God warned us long ago,
"...when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them... when your heart is lifted up and you forget the Lord your God.... Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods... you shall surely perish." Deuteronomy 8:12-14, 17-19
Video: Aspen Institute: Education Innovation Forum Learning from Abroad: Lessons and Opportunities for Innovation in the US. Read more about Aspen Institute here.
Prof: Hispanics should replace 'old white men': "A UCLA professor has given public speeches in support of the DREAM Act in which he has made inflammatory statements, including the suggestion that Hispanics should replace 'old white men' in positions of power and that Republican leaders in the Senate who oppose the immigration bill are racists. On the UCLA website, Kent Wong is listed as the director of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA, where he teaches Labor Studies and Asian-American Studies." See CHANGE!
Under Construction - the Other 9/11 Mosque: "With eyes on New York, it’s easy to overlook the other ground-zero mosque that is presently being built in Shanksville Pennsylvania at the Flight 93 crash site. That 9/11 site is home to what will soon be the world’s largest open-air mosque disguised as a memorial....
"The giant half-mile wide Islamic-shaped red crescent of maple trees is slated for completion next year on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.... The 40 brave American heroes who seized control of the plane from Islamic terrorists...are going to be honored with a design that features the major symbol of their murderers - a red Islamic crescent large enough to be seen from aircraft flying overhead....
"Another feature... is a colossal 93-foot minaret-like tower that Rawls argues indicates time for prayer by functioning as an Islamic sundial. The tower is shaped like a crescent with a crescent-shaped top. More crescents of trees surround the tower and together they too are oriented towards Mecca. The massive size of the tower and crescent displayed on over 2,000 acres of national park land, will undoubtedly convey a message of endorsement, proselytization, and aggrandizement of Islam.... Not a peep from the ACLU – it is too busy purging the country of Christian symbols...
"...on September 15th, a national security report...concluded that the threat posed by Sharia to America is critical. One way the teachings of Sharia can infiltrate and undermine western civilization is via mosques. ...many American mosques are funded by Saudi Arabia, the country that gave America 15 of the 19 terrorists on 9/11, and are radicalized by its Wahhabi hardliners - meaning that these radicals choose and train the imams and also write or give final approval of the sermons....
"Paralleling the construction of the Shanksville memorial-mosque is the growing number of mega-mosques across America, especially in rural areas.... 'It does seem to be part of a larger strategy to build mosques in rural areas and create Islamic communities..'"
First They Came for the Cartoonists: "Fear, however, seems to have been at work at The Washington Post and several other newspapers when they decided not to run a 'Non Sequitur' cartoon earlier this month.....The cartoon was so mild even the hair-trigger Council on American-Islamic Relations took no offense. 'The reference [to Muhammad] in this case was so vague that I don't even know if offense comes into it,' said CAIR spokesman....
"It is tempting to believe some editors may have been so pickled in the juices of political correctness that they now consider any religious reference [except Christian] simply beyond the pale." See Mocking God and His Guidelines
Dismantling America: Part IV by Thomas Sowell: "How did we get to the point where many people feel that the America they have known is being replaced by a very different kind of country, with not only different kinds of policies but very different values and ways of governing?...
"Neither the Constitution of the United States nor the institutions set up by that Constitution are enough to ensure the continuance of a free, self-governing nation. When Benjamin Franklin was asked what members of the Constitution Convention were creating, he replied, 'A republic, madam, if you can keep it.' ....
"To the extent that we allow clever people to circumvent the Constitution, while dazzling us with rhetoric, the Constitution will become just a meaningless piece of paper, as our freedoms are stolen from us.... It is not just evil people who would dismantle America. Many people who have no desire to destroy our freedoms simply have their own agendas that are singly or collectively incompatible with the survival of freedom....
"Our 'educators,' who cannot educate our children to the level of math or science achieved in most other comparable countries, have time to poison their minds against America. Why?" SeeThe International Agenda
Approving occult corruption. Pagan police get paid pagan holidays [UK]: Police officers have been given the right to take days off to dance naked on the solstices, celebrate fertility rituals and burn Yule logs if they profess pagan beliefs. The Pagan Police Association claimed yesterday that it had been recognised by the Home Office as a 'diversity staff support association' — a status also enjoyed by groups representing female, black, gay, Muslim and disabled officers....
"The eight pagan festivals include... Lammas (the harvest festival) and the Summer Solstice (when mead drinking and naked dancing are the order of the day). ...the pagan festivals also include Samhain (known to non-pagans as Hallowe’en), a day when police leave is often cancelled because of the high incidence of vandalism, violence and antisocial behaviour.... However, there is unease in policing circles that the widening definition of diversity is creating a morass of organisations based on religion, gender and sexual orientation that appear to emphasise division." SeeThe Nature and Tactics of Satan
Canada: Not Quite Dead: "Let's look at the symptoms. Weeks after student rioters forced the cancellation of Ann Coulter's speech at the University of Ottawa, Canadians are still congratulating themselves for that. Canadian feminist Susan Cole said, 'We don't have a First Amendment, we don't have a religion of free speech… Students sign off on all kinds of agreements as to how they'll behave on campus... in order to respect diversity, equity, all of the values that Canadians really care about. Those are the things that drive our political culture. Not freedom, not rugged individualism, not free speech. It's different, and for us, it works.'
"Well, it certainly works for some of 'us.' If you're a feminist, a Marxist, a Muslim, or a 'gay' activist in Canada, you have free speech. If you're not, you don't....
"Quebec has defined as its primary mission the abolition of 'homophobia' (another emotion...). The Canadian Supreme Court defines the federal government's mission...as 'designing society.' To that end, 'human rights' commissions assign themselves the duty to police the 'organizational culture' of a company or an association, right down to the level of 'informal social behavior, such as communication, decision-making and interpersonal relationships... which are the evidence of deeply held and largely unconscious'...values, assumptions and behavioral norms" [quotes from the Ontario Human Rights Commission's website]. Wow! What sweeping authority! What truly godlike powers!....
"The origin of the disease is rebellion against God, and man's pretensions to replace Him." See Mandatory Training in Orwellian Thinking
Obama Faith Council debates requiring Fed. Fund recipients to remove religious symbols: "President Obama's faith council came to no clear conclusion after an impassioned debate on whether religious organizations receiving federal funds should be required to cover or remove religious symbols in service areas....
"Donohue called on the administration to close down the faith office whose purpose, he said, has been radically altered from the original vision.... 'This is worse than just simply an insult, they're a fraud - because they're posing as though they are the friends of faith-based programs, when in fact they're not.' ...'When they hear 'religion,' they think 'church and state,' they think 'the separation of,' - they think how we can limit freedom as opposed to expanding freedom.'" See CHANGE! New world, New ways, New minds, New gods
Revolution: "...often... revolutions aren't military conflicts, and the good guys are the ones trying to keep the revolution from happening. In January 1933, Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor of Germany by its elected president; he would spend the next two years consolidating his power with the legislative connivance of his political allies in the Reichstag.... Lenin and his Bolsheviks took control of Russia from Kerensky and his Social Democrats -- who had overthrown the Czar earlier that year -- entirely through parliamentary maneuvering.... What defines a revolution... is that when it's over a country has changed not merely its leaders and its laws, but its operating system....
"With the election of Barack Obama as president, the liberals have launched a massive, two-front offensive they believe will end in victory. They have judged that our public education system is so degraded that only a few Americans are left who even understand what a democracy is, and how the free market actually works. They are convinced that the majority of Americans are too frightened by the current recession to care about preserving the principles that made us the most powerful, productive and innovative country the world has ever known.... The speed of their offensive is breathtaking.... The liberals lecture us incessantly that everything is 'relative,' but that's not true; some things are absolutes."
Quantum Eschatology: "The futurists of the 1960s and 1970s were characterized by their zeal to create 'alternative future scenarios.'They had their own eschatology – mankind could rewrite its destiny.... They began to work hard at shifting the paradigm; shifting the focus from reason to relationships, from rational thinking to mysticism, from science to metaphysics. They also began to imagine that they could create a better man. The New Age movement was directly connected to these early futurists." See Mysticism & Global Mind Change
Happy Upside-down Day, America: "As the stunned and defeated British army marched out of Yorktown, their band appropriately played the song 'A World Turned Upside Down.' Our forefathers pledged their lives and fortunes to fight and defeat the world's mightiest army and give birth to America....
"George Washington believed our amazing victory was a result of divine providence. The dream of limited government, personal freedom and liberty, rugged individualism, and self-sufficiency that our forefathers fought and died for is rapidly disappearing in 2009. It is once again a world turned upside down. Our federal government is turning into the very type of heavy-handed, unaccountable, and disrespectful government our forefathers despised, fought against, and warned us to avoid.... Instead of heeding the warnings of our forefathers, we have embraced big government and both political parties have been more than happy to give it to us over the past 45 years...."
God's Warnings for our Times
The Character of Nations by Thomas Sowell: "'The Character of Nations' is about far more than the fact that there are different behavior patterns in different countries.... The real point is to show what kinds of behaviors produce what kinds of consequences -- in the economy, in the family, in the government and in other aspects of human life.... Among these patterns have been a concentration of decision-making power in government officials, an undermining of the role of the family, a 'non-judgmental' attitude toward behavior and a dissolution of the common bonds that hold a society together, leading to atomistic self-indulgences and group-identity politics that increasingly pits different segments of society against each other.
"Those among the intelligentsia who say that we should 'learn from other countries' almost invariably mean that we should imitate what other countries have done. Angelo Codevilla argues that we should learn from other countries' mistakes..."
Muslim Demographics: This video gives us a glimpse of the transformation of the Western world. It sounds credible, but I can't guarantee its accuracy.
U.K.'s Smith known for redefining 'terrorism': "She led a charge to restrict the word 'terrorism,' instead urging government employees to refer to the phenomenon as 'anti-Islamic activity.' ... '[T]here is nothing Islamic about the wish to terrorize, nothing Islamic about plotting murder, pain and grief,' she said." Three Sets of Meanings for Educational Buzzwords
Christ is Risen! "In modern times Christians are tortured, imprisoned and slaughtered for what they believe in Communist China and in Islamist countries. Christianity, or any other religion for that matter, is not something that a president, no matter how highly held by a cult, can scrub from existence. Even if Obama someday succeeds in what appears to be his plan to drag America kicking and screaming into a wholly Socialist state, people will still worship the Almighty, likely even more so. ... Obama can tear up the Constitution... But... Obama cannot expunge Christianity from the souls of those who believe."
No, not from the truly born-again Christian. But a lot of so-called Christians (who know neither Jesus nor His Word), are fast shifting sides. This is the time to equip ourselves for the intensifying spiritual war and hatred ahead. See Are We Fundamentalists? and Purging the Memory of our Christian Roots
Beware of One-Party Classrooms: "Are the American people really willing to let the government be our nanny, manage our economy, federalize our schools, and decide which businesses can keep their doors open, what health care will be permitted, who will get new jobs and how extravagant will be the foreign handouts as Obama 'rejoins the world community'?
"One answer ... may be what has been taught over the last 30 years in U.S. colleges and universities, where the radicals of the 1960s have become tenured professors.... These so-called academic departments teach students to hate America.... Women's studies departments teach that gender is not a fact of nature or biologically determined, but is a socially or environmentally determined classification...." See Mine is the Power!
Census Bureau: We’ll Work with ‘Community Organizations’ to Count All Illegal Aliens in 2010: "The Census is used to apportion the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.... This means that a state harboring more illegal aliens can gain more House seats.... This also means that the illegal alien population resident in the United States during a census year has the potential to alter the regional and philosophical balance of power in Congress. .... So, certainly that’s our goal to count every individual, every resident whether they’re documented, undocumented, whether they are citizens or non-citizens.” He said local community organizations will play a key role in making sure all illegal immigrants are counted." See Reinventing the World
Thomas Sowell: Do Facts Matter?: "'Or is Obama's rhetoric and the media's spin enough to make facts irrelevant? ...It was liberal Democrats, led by Senator Christopher Dodd and Congressman Barney Frank, who for years... denied that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were taking big risks that could lead to a financial crisis. ... who for years refused requests from the Bush administration to set up an agency to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac ...who for years pushed for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to go even further in promoting subprime mortgage loans, which are at the heart of today's financial crisis....
"Then there is the question of being against the 'greed' of CEOs and for 'the people.' Franklin Raines made $90 million while he was head of Fannie Mae and mismanaging that institution into crisis. Who in Congress defended Franklin Raines? Liberal Democrats... at least one of whom referred to the 'lynching' of Raines, as if it was racist to hold him to the same standard as white CEOs.... Obama has been the second-largest recipient of Fannie Mae's financial contributions, right after Senator Christopher Dodd."See New Emphasis in Schools and Culture
Rising Voices / Global Voices: "Rising Voices, an outreach initiative of Global Voices, aims to help bring new voices from new communities and speaking new languages to the global conversation by providing resources and funding to local groups reaching out to underrepresented communities."
Global Interdependence -- Youth Summit, Brussels: "The Plan CivWorld’s inaugural Global Interdependence Youth Summit (held this year from September 9 through 13 in Brussels, Belgium) will explore the solutions to important worldwide challenges, from the impact of global warming to best practices in conflict prevention. Young people from across the world will be meeting for a series of workshops and youth-led discussions as well as participating in the larger Interdependence Day...
"This summit will address issues of interdependence that really matter to young people and will emphasize the importance of youth empowerment, participation, and creativity with an objective to chart the ways to turn awareness into accomplishment, vision into action, and learning into leadership - towards making a real difference....
"During the course of the summit the participants will have a choice of processes to use to enable their group assemblies – primarily roundtable discussions and workshops are expected.... They key principles guiding this event are:
• The promotion of interactive participation and empowerment of young people on local and global levels-
• Enhancement of creativity and to provide inspiration for the participants to be agents of change; promotion of civic engagement and civil society
• Fostering a greater sense of international unity and responsibility
• Providing unique opportunities for young people to share their views with a wide variety of international leaders, policy figures and academics Creating a safe environment for individual development; to increase self-confidence, improve social skills and networking, and gain valuable knowledge and experience
• Facilitating intercultural dialogue and understanding, promoting respect for diversity and tolerance for all nationalities, races, religions, and genders.
• Building a global youth network of support and partnership between participants..."
Update on The Shack: "The book refers to God as 'the ground of all being' that "dwells in... and through all things --ultimately emerging as the real' -- this is the ripe fruit of contemplative/emerging spirituality. One can find this language and definition of God in the writings of John Shelby Spong and Marcus Borg.... The gap between the New Age and Christianity is being narrowed, and The Shack is another disastrous and deceptive tool that will bring this about."Deceived by a counterfeit "Jesus"
"THE FAMILY" and its Hijacking of Evangelicalism - Part 1 : "'Now all of the resonating core groups with outwardly different purposes are merging and blending and coming together to do THE ONE WORK." [Barbara Marx Hubbard to a Unity Church congregation, Seattle, Washington, April, 1988.]
"...'The Family' and the Institute for Noetic Sciences, one of the most all time powerful New Age organizations, have intertwined core leadership and financing.... The motivating impulse for the frantic effort to deprive the Christian world of warnings of a [New Age] movement publicly working for (1) a 'New World Order; (2) a 'New World Religion' and (3) a New Age 'messiah' ... may well have stemmed from major financial support and political ties with one of the most prominent and visible New Age promoters – billionaire Harvard graduate attorney, Paul N. Temple.
"Paul Temple, together with astronaut Edgar Mitchell, organized the Institute of Noetic Sciences in 1973. Working closely with the two of them was Stanford Research Institute’s Willis Harman.... I am certain that many rationalized this as some did in heated discussions I had with certain evangelical leaders about their acceptance of largesse from Rev. Moon by a belief that 'it’s ok to take New Age moneys to build the Kingdom of God on earth.'... In my opinion, God does not need twenty five cents of moneys dedicated to Rev. Moon nor to the Institute of Noetic Sciences to build his kingdom! What was built was not the “Kingdom of God on Earth,” but silence sufficient to allow the final nails to be built in the long awaited kingdom of the Antichrist..." See Mysticism & Global Mind Change
GOD's DREAM? "A highly disturbing video posted at TheCall’s website describes the extreme nature of this youth movement, and states that 'those who come will be marked forever and they will be history-makers and dreamers of God's dream.' Notice the young men and women in this brownish-greyish video have marks on their foreheads.
"A similarly disturbing video is posted at The Luke 18 Project which is interconnected with TheCall. It states that 10,000 apostolic young men and women... will 'release justice over the earth'" See Transforming the Church
The 3 items below show how the masses are being conforming to a new vision of pluralism and solidarity. Its main obstacle is Biblical Truth!
Whose Rights? Hate speech or free speech?: "The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, which held five days of hearings on those questions in Vancouver last week, will soon rule on whether Maclean's violated a provincial hate speech law by stirring up animosity toward Muslims....The Maclean's article, 'The Future Belongs to Islam,' was an excerpt from a book by Mark Steyn called 'America Alone.'... 'The problem with so-called hate speech laws is that they're not about facts,' [Steyn] said.... 'They're about feelings..... Western governments are becoming increasingly comfortable with the regulation of opinion.'" See the next two links:
Seeds of Persecution. Biblical message now criminalized: "A new Colorado law is helping homosexual activists achieve their goal of forcing Christians to teach biblical condemnation of homosexuality only behind the closed doors of their sanctuaries.... The law makes it illegal to deny a person access to public accommodations, including restrooms and locker rooms, based on gender identity or the 'perception' of gender identity.... The law provides an exemption allowing religious groups to continue teaching, inside their doors, the Bible's condemnation of homosexuality....
"Religious publishers, he acknowledged, could be accused under the law for publishing biblical condemnation of homosexuality."See Cultural corruption
Education. Scholarship for gay, lesbian, bi teens: "Juan Vazquez graduated from Garinger High Friday, still unsure whether he'll be able to afford his dream of becoming a high school English teacher. But he is $2,500 closer this week, thanks to an unusual new Charlotte-based scholarship dedicated to students who have come out as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. Called The Griffin Scholarship, it is believed to be the first college fund in the Carolinas awarded on the basis of sexual orientation." See A New Way of Thinking
Bishop says collapse of Christianity is wrecking British society - and Islam is filling the void: "The collapse of Christianity has wrecked British society, a leading Church of England bishop declared yesterday. It has destroyed family life and left the country defenceless against the rise of radical Islam in a moral and spiritual vacuum.
"...the country was mired in a doctrine of 'endless self-indulgence' that had brought an explosion in public violence and binge-drinking. In a blow to Gordon Brown, he mocked the 'scramblings and scratchings' of politicians who try to cast new British values such as respect and tolerance.
"The Pakistani-born bishop dated the downfall of Christianity from the 'social and sexual revolution' of the 1960s. He said Church leaders had capitulated to Marxist revolutionary thinking and quoted an academic who blames the loss of 'faith and piety among women' for the steep decline in Christian worship. ... Christian values of human dignity, equality and freedom could be lost as the way is left open for the advance of brands of Islam that do not respect Western values." See New world, New ways, New minds, New gods
Transformational Development Conference: "This inaugural forum will draw together a broad interdisciplinary group of participants...to engage in a reflective and restorative dialogue about holistic ministry, Christian development and living in the 'already but not yet' kingdom of God. We seek to explore what it means to be transformational in all aspects of Christian development, recovering our heritage in a holistic gospel in which the spiritual, physical and social are seamlessly integrated in both theory and praxis, word and deed." See Charts: Total transformation
Tony Blair's Leap of Faith: "On May 30 in New York, Blair, 55, formally unveils The Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which, among other things, is dedicated to proving that collaboration among those of different religious faiths can help address some of the world's most pressing social problems.... For Blair, the goal is to rescue faith from the twin challenges of irrelevance... and extremism.....
"Blair now wants to tap into the global links that have been built between development activists and people of faith. 'Faith,' he says, 'can be a civilizing force in globalization,' which will doubtless be the theme of the course on the topic that he will be teaching at Yale this fall. His foundation will seek to partner with organizations to advance the U.N.'s eight Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2000....
"Rick Warren's Saddleback Church, for example, uses church-based clinics to provide basic health care in Africa. (Warren will serve on the foundation's advisory board.)....
"Blair says his foundation will try to ensure that faiths encounter one another 'through action as much as dialogue.' But the dialogue is important. In our conversations, Blair kept harking back to the idea that people of different faiths need to learn more about one another and understand where they can work in common. The alternative, he thinks, is that religious people will be tempted to define themselves in exclusion to others rather than in cooperation with them—with potentially disastrous results." See Global Spirituality--Tony Blair, Global Banking, Yale and the EU
The Evangelical Manifesto: What It Means [Actually, it means far more than this article states]: "The document, drafted over three years by nine evangelical theologians and writers, is largely the brainchild of social critic Os Guinness, whose most recent book, The Case for Civility: And Why Our Future Depends on It, develops many of the same themes on religion and public life that are addressed in the manifesto....
"If all that seems to suggest a reasonable middle way, why are some leading evangelical thinkers not adding their names to the manifesto? Richard Land, head of the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, says he was not invited to sign.... A crucial 10 percent, he says, suffers from language that is 'at the very best imprecise or at the very best obtuse,' problems that he finds typical of most documents written by committees. ...
"Guinness counters that some critics focus so much on examples and details in the document that 'they miss the point that it's a call to reform.'" See Manifesto
Rick Warren & Brian McLaren at DAVOS: "Two evangelical leaders, Rick Warren and Brian McLaren, who recently signed the common faith agreement Loving God and Neighbor Together, which called for Christian and Islamic leaders to work together, showed up in Davos, Switzerland, this week at the World Economic Forum.Davos featured a 'West-Islamic World Dialogue' with a 'Council of 100 Leaders (C-100) Promoting dialogue and cooperation between the Western and Islamic worlds.' According to one report, the purpose of the C-100 is sustain 'In-depth Dialogue and Discourse' and leverage 'Global Cooperative Action' with a network designed to:
Catalyse change and make progress in one of the most pressing global issues of our time
Advance thought leadership to shape and guide the agenda of West–Islam dialogue
Participate in the discourse among members of a network of influential leaders with eminent knowledge." See Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan & the UN Millennium Goals
My Trip to the Rethink Conference: "The overall view at the Rethink Conference... is that Christianity, as we have known it, has run its course and must be replaced. Co-hosted by Erwin Mc Manus and Robert Schuller, the conference declared that a paradigm shift is now underway. Speakers insisted that Christianity must be re-thought and re-invented if the name of Jesus Christ is going to survive here on planet earth.....
"Schuller... explained how pleased he was to be able to look back at the tremendous leaders he had mentored over the years, which include Willow Creek’s...pastor Bill Hybels... Bishop Charles Blake, and Rick Warren....
"Chuck Colson’s half hour talk was primarily focused on the importance of having faith based on the Scriptures.... But, just before his time was up, Colson... indicated how very encouraged he had become on how the emerging church was 'energizing' Christianity in such a positive way.... He also mentioned the importance of taking our faith to the world in an effort to 'establish the kingdom.'” See Re-Inventing the Church
2008: The year of the "Great Shift"? "Below is a selected list of New Year 'prophecies,' messages and conferences from the New Apostolic Reformation leaders in the evangelical world. You will notice the strong Dominionism themes which call for the transformation of culture and nations, bringing heaven to earth, perfecting the Bride of Christ on earth, training Joel's Army, taking over the neo-Kuyperian spheres of society, etc. These messages have little or nothing to do with the Gospel of repentance and the cross...." See God's holy, unchanging Word
The Christian Woodstock: "At Explo, Mr. Huckabee also saw evangelicals shedding some of their cultural conservatism. Every night, Christian rock music had the delegates in the Cotton Bowl swaying and singing before Mr. Bright or Mr. Graham took the stage.... Looking back, it is hard to appreciate just how revolutionary these steps were for evangelicals in 1972....
“Mr. Bright's son Zachary remembers telling his father: 'You can have a conservative view of music and keep what worked for you, or you can win [young people to Christ].' 'I'd rather win,' Campus Crusade's president responded.
"The organization's embrace of rock music at Explo '72 went a long way toward revolutionizing evangelicalism's relationship with popular culture. Only a few fundamentalists seriously swim against the cultural tide today. Explo may not have changed the world, but it changed American evangelicalism.
"Mr. Huckabee absorbed both Explo's substance and its style. Culturally, he became part of the updated evangelicalism that emerged from the event: bold, confident and much more at home in American culture, yet still determined to persuade others to embrace Jesus." See Conforming to the culture
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