The Global Church - Part 3
The call to global oneness
By Berit Kjos, 2002
Skip down to Hans Kung (first) (second)
Part 1: The millennial church & A church in tune with the world
Part 2: Church networks and global management
Part 4: The Open Church
Part 5: Christians in the new millennium
The quest for unity appeals to Christians and non-Christians alike. To churches, it sounds Biblical. To contemporary globalists, it seems to fit the UN vision of "a culture of peace." It is shaping a church that will extend a hand of fellowship to anyone - except those who resist.
We may not notice it at first, since most evangelical networks show an indisputable commitment to the true gospel in their mission statements. As Jesus warned, the outward similarities between wheat and tares makes it almost impossible to separate the two. So it's not surprising that an increasing number of faithful Christians been deceived by sincere visionaries with similar goals but different beliefs. As a result, many advocates for interfaith unity and religious pluralism have infiltrated God's churches and, step by step, turned their focus from His truth to a social agenda. [See Conforming the Church to the New Millennium]
Few illustrate this undercurrent of spiritual compromise better than Jay Gary, Senior Associate with The World Network of Religious Futurists and an influential member of the World Future Society. [Other associates include occult author Barbara Marx Hubbard] He joined the faculty at Pat Robertson's Regent University School of Leadership Studies faculty in 2003, and he serves as an adjunct professor in its M.A. program in Strategic Foresight.
Though relatively few Christians recognize his name, Gary has become a forceful leader in today’s vast and vital effort to evangelize the world for the Christ he envisions. From 1978 to 1982, he helped develop the Perspectives Study Program, a nationwide lay mission study effort which "touched more than 5000 students a year.”
From 1982 to 1986, he served as executive editor for World Christian magazine. Next, he worked as a research consultant to the Worldwide Student NetWork, Campus Crusade for Christ’s year 2000 program to reach college students around the world. He coordinated the AD 2000 [directed by Luis Bush] Global Service office in Colorado Springs, and some years ago, he called himself a “Congress Planner with the Lausanne movement.” In his article, "Welcome to the Christian Futures Network," he describes his ministry:
"By 1980, my interest in the world mission of the church led me to help start the Perspectives study program, popular today among evangelicals worldwide. By the mid-'80s, I began a term of service for the Lausanne movement, a network of Christian leaders which Billy Graham founded. I helped develop the national younger leaders strategy, culminating in Leadership '88. At that time a great anticipation of A.D. 2000 swept over the church. I remember Dr. David Barrett, editor of the World Christian Encyclopedia, telling me that this millennial enthusiasm had no promise apart from futures research...
"Since the fall of 1995, I have had the privilege of being active with the World Network of Religious Futurist, first as a speaker and now as an officer. The roots of a "Christian Futures" node of this network go back to its inception in the early '80s, when the Joint Strategy and Action Group of the National Council of Churches hosted a "Religious Futurists Network."
"...In February of 1997, Todd [Johnson] and I launched the Christian Futurist electronic conference. Since then we have enlisted various professional members of the World Future Society to serve as mentors to this network: including Dr. David Barrett, editor, World Christian Encyclopedia, Rev. Gary Clark, Holy Spirit Renewal Ministries, American Baptist Churches, Dr. Tom Sine, author of The Mustard Seed Conspiracy and Dr. Bill O'Brien, author of Choosing a Future for U.S. Missions." http://www.wnrf.org/networks/christian.htm
To many Christians, Jay Gary seemed to be a tireless soldier for Christ, compelled by one essential purpose: to share the gospel in every corner of the world. His credentials as a sincere servant of God seemed beyond reproach.
But why would he join forces with the interfaith World Network of Religious Futurists? Or with Robert Muller, the former under-secretary of the United Nations, whose spiritual tutors include former Buddhist UN leader U Thant and Alice Bailey, a theosophical channeler who received her occult teachings from her spirit guide, the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul?
The World Goodwill Newsletter (date) published by Lucis (formerly Lucifer) Press, which was founded by Foster and Alice Bailey, offers a clue. It describes BEGIN, the global networking organization founded and directed by Jay Gary, and endorses the relationship between Gary and Muller:
"In a letter to World Goodwill, BEGIN Executive Director Jay E. Gary writes: “One common project we are developing is an ‘International Year of Thanksgiving’ in 2000, especially through the United Nations. Dr. Robert Muller has given leadership to this proposal."
On the first page of his Bimillennial Research Report (March-April 1992), Gary gave an uncritical endorsement of Robert Muller. He also announced the coming “World Parliament of Religions” and approved the UN vision of a global civilization:
"United Nations Proclamation. In his latest book, The Birth of a Global Civilization, former Assistant Secretary-General, Robert Muller, proposes the United Nations proclaim the Year 2000 as an International Year of Thanksgiving, preceded by 'unprecedented thinking, action, and determination to solve our remaining problems in order to enter the third millennium with a clean slate.'
Gary’s Bimillennial Research Report closes with a booklist and order form. The recommended books include Muller’s The Birth of a Global Civilization, Isaac Asimov’s The March of the Millennia, and Global Responsibility by Hans Kung, the German theologian responsible for drafting a global ethics statement at the 1993 Parliament of World Religions.
Apparently Jay Gary’s goals match those of Robert Muller. No doubt, his endorsement of Robert Muller has opened some high-level Christian doors to the New Age global agenda. World evangelization is no new phenomenon to Muller, who has been persuading world leaders for decades to follow a more unifying spiritual path. According to Lucis Press’ World Goodwill Newsletter...
"In 1978 Robert Muller and Margaret Mead challenged the people of the world to prepare for the year 2000 by a 'worldwide collaborative process of unparalleled thinking, education and planning for a just and sustainable human world order.' ...[An] international team of scholars have designed the project as a creative response to what they refer to as 'six compelling essentials': a New Sense of Power; Transcultural Dialogue; Citizen Participation; a Global Forum; a Holistic Perspective; a Spiritual Renaissance; environmental security; Economic Security; and Disarmament.” Emphasis added 6
As Eugene Peterson, author of The Message, affirmed in his article, “Spirit Quest” (Christianity Today, 11-8-93), a renewed yearning for spiritual experience marks this final decade of the twentieth century. But many of the spiritual highways that beckon people today have little in common with genuine Christianity.
When Robert Muller talks about a “Spiritual Renaissance,” he doesn’t mean a Christian revival. He is referring to a world religion that will join all people and nations under the benevolent reign of spiritually wise UN leaders. He envisions a world of spiritual beings evolving through reincarnation and fulfilling the law of karma - doctrines he learned from spirit guide Djwhal Khul and Buddhist monk U Thant, former head of the United Nations. Like Al Gore and others who call themselves Christians, he bases his view of the future on Teillard de Chardin’s teaching about man’s spiritual evolution toward an Omega point of perfect unity.
So does Jay Gary. In "The Future of Religion FAQ," he tells us that "Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J., a Jesuit, mystic and paleontologist... famously postulated the emergence of the noosphere, the evolution of the whole human race toward 'Point Omega.' He saw the Christification of matter itself in the evolution of cosmos towards Godhead."
The same WNRF document gives answers to some interesting questions. In the excerpts below, notice how Biblical truth mingle with an interfaith idealism. Some parts sound almost like UNESCO's Declaration on the role of religion in a Culture of Peace. This dialectic blend resembles the serpents temptation in the garden of Eden: a bit of truth mixed with horrendous lies that alter the entire context of God's message of hope:
"Scholars, theologians and historians of religion, such as John Hick, Houston Smith... or Hans Kung help us understand that religion and our interpretation of religion is a tradition of change." (p.3)
"Scholars in the field of comparative religion are of similar mind in regards to social evolution -- that God is bringing the human race toward a greater peace, harmony, and happiness."
"We aim to form ourselves as deeply as possible in humble love, on the path of holiness, in conformity with divine revelation, in response to God's intent to build better civilizations." (p. 5)
"To be human is to be in relationship. This is relational ontology [the science of Being], where being is love. To be human is not to be "individual [separate] but to be a person, a being-in-relationship.' ...The aim of organization is to build a team, a divinely inspired group...."
"...religious leaders can learn to use the Delphi method. Its use can bring heightened awareness of the significance of emerging science and new technology."
"What is the logic of 'advancing the future of religion' beyond one's own tradition? It is the logic of love; the logic of Total quality Management--the logic of continuous improvement."
Unlike Jay Gary, Muller has everything to gain and nothing to lose by his alliance with Christian evangelists. His occult beliefs can easily assimilate other gods and conform them to his occult world view. Churches can't make similar compromises without rejecting the uniqueness of Christ and losing their true identity. We had better heed God’s warning in 2 Corinthians 6:14-18,
"Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness... or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said,
“I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Therefore come out from their midst and be separate, “says the Lord, “and do not touch what is unclean, and I will welcome you."
Next: Part 4 - The Open Church Home - Part 1 - Part 2 - The Changing Church
31. The Future of Religion FAQ, pages 3, 5-7, 11. Additional quotes:
"Reaching beyond one's own tradition is not leaving it, but enriching it; it is joining a bigger family--the family of world-religious scholars.... Mystics such as Vivekananda... pointed out that to be inspired by this realization is not to abandon one's own tradition; it is to dig deeper roots in one' own tradition. (11)
"No, religious futurists are not working toward a one-world religion, or a one-world church. We work to raise the 'collective theological I.Q.' of all religions."
"The WNRF "exists as a leadership development ministry to advance the future of religion by empowering people to think creatively and critically about the future of society, and to reinvent their ministry in light of those new contexts.... WNRF aims to activate, through he convocation of community of religious scholars from all traditions, the civic energies of young, older and all other ages of people from all lands, who care about helping religion to evolve towards a greater instrument of peace, justice, healing, and sustainable life...." (12)