Question: This citywide transformation movement is taking place in my city. I am very concerned, as devout Christians seem to have accepted this as being a legitimate and sound movement. I am meeting with my pastor, and the leader of this citywide transformation thing.
What , in your opinion, would be the best source to explain the true essence of this citywide transformation movement? What source would be credible? I am deeply concerned about C. Peter Wagner and the dominionist teachings. I can find material, but the sources do not bear close examination, except for yours. Media Spotlight is one example. Al Dager wrote an excellent article, but I cannot even find a place to email him on the Media Spotlight site. As you well know, anybody can write anything on the net.
Answer: You can trust Al Dager. He a highly respected researcher who has been very sick in the last few years. I heard he was better, but I have not talked with him personally for some years. He probably had to stop trying to keep up with email.
Did you read the articles on “transformation” of the global church by Sarah Leslie and the “discernment ministry?” Here are some of them:
Are you in the throes of Transformation?
Using CHANGE to facilitate TRANSFORMATION
Dominionism and the Rise of Christian Imperialism
What Is Transformation?
You may want to read these four articles as well. They show the global agenda behind the transformation:
Reinventing the World | The Habitat II Agenda
Here is an excerpt from the first of the last four links. Henry Lamb writes:
"This transformation is not the result of a deliberate decision made by elected representatives after fair and public debate. It is the result of years of subtle influence and obscure processes relentlessly imposed through the United Nations’ agencies and organizations, and a multitude of non-government organizations accredited by, and sympathetic to the United Nations’ agenda....
"Here is an example of the policy recommendations that follow: 'All countries should establish as a matter of urgency a national policy on human settlements, embodying the distribution of population...over the national territory.... Such a policy should be devised to facilitate population redistribution to accord with the availability of resources. ... Public ownership or effective control of land in the public interest is the single most important means of...achieving a more equitable distribution of the benefits of development.... Governments must maintain full jurisdiction and exercise complete sovereignty over such land with a view to freely planning development of human settlements....'"
The Wildlands project... has an even more vivid description: "...at least half of the land area of the 48 conterminous states should be encompassed in core reserves and inner corridor zones (essentially extensions of core reserves) within the next few decades.... Eventually, a wilderness network would dominate a region.... with human habitations being the islands. The native ecosystem and the collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans."
Question: I was wondering if you might be able to point me to any articles on your website that refers to the name brand Volcom. If you don’t have any information about this I recommend you visit their website www.volcom.com to see what they’re about. The main theme I found is what they call “youth against establishment.” This is a VERY popular brand of clothing among teens (even ones in our church) and I am praying about confronting them on this issue.
Answer: Thanks for alerting me to the problem. Though you know more than I do about this issue, these quotes from the website help expose the philosophy behind the popular brand name:
Volcom Stone History: "During the march dumps of 1991, Richard Woolcott and Tucker Hall set off on a snowboard trip that would forever change their lives. ... After riding four days of fresh [snow], Richard called work with the excuse that they were snowed in and extended his stay.... It was their first real experience riding powder and the new obsession wouldn't stop....
"The Volcom idea would incorporate a major philosophy of the times, 'youth against establishment'. This energy was an enlightened state to support young creative thinking. Volcom was a family of people not willing to accept the suppression of the established ways . ...For the first two years, Richard and Tucker traveled around the world on wild journeys with friends riding whatever they could. The business side of things was minimal....
"Since those wild beginnings, the Volcom Stone has spread slowly across the world. The Company has matured internally but continues to run off the same philosophy it started with. The Volcom thinking now flows through its art, music, films, athletes and clothing."
On the Volcom home page, the following words and phrases -- written in various styles and fonts -- appear and disappear in suggestive rotation: "burn your stencils," "have fun," "debauchery continues," "rather than the traditional old ways," "shattered," "A..." (an ordinary A morphs into the symbol for anarchy inside a circle).