Trevor Baker: “Let’s Go Home”

Zemanta Related Posts ThumbnailBy Trevor Baker
(Canadian singer, song writer, and defender of the truth)

Much of my album Let’s Go Home has been devoted to the subject of going home. Home in this case is not Heaven; that comes later. This home is referring to a place where we belong; a place where your heart is at rest. It’s a place with peace of mind, a place of common sense and stability. This home has a foundation that won’t be washed away in the coming storm.

So much that is portrayed as the Gospel today will not stand.

Ask and seek for the old paths and walk therein, and you will find rest for your souls; that’s what my Bible says.

We in North America are always looking to make things better, newer, with faster computers, more efficient cars, newer bells and whistles. Bigger, more nicely renovated homes with all of the comforts known to man. I guess we have foolishly thought that we could do the same with the Gospel; but the Gospel doesn’t change. It wasn’t made by man so that it could be improved, it was made by God so it started out perfect. All of the adjusting that we have done only takes away from perfection and ultimately becomes an entirely different thing all together so that it’s no longer even the Gospel. It’s just some man-made belief system with the name of Jesus attached to it.

And; by the way, all that means is that it doesn’t lead to Heaven. It does in fact do the opposite, it leads thousands right into Hell.

There are some today who started at home with the Bible and true faith but have opted for the newly renovated, smoother running model, the fake model. There are others that have grown up in the last 30 years with the fake model. They don’t even know that there even was an original model. It’s like reproducing a painting of the Mona Lisa. All of the new ones are flawed if you look close enough; and believe me, they are no treasure, they’re junk.

This  is a call to those who can still hear. Please go home, your life depends on it.


To hear Trevor sing his song, “Let’s Go Home” live in concert, click to the 1:38:40 mark on the video below (or watch the entire thing for an extra blessing).

 

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Understanding the Difference: Biblical Atonement or New Age At-One-Ment?

by Warren B. Smith

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.—Matthew 24:4–5

In 1965, Columbia University Professor of Medical Psychology, Helen Schucman, heard an “inner voice” saying, “This is a course in miracles. Please take notes.”1 Schucman’s initial resistance was overcome when the “inner voice,” identifying itself as “Jesus,” told her the purpose of the course:

The world situation is worsening to an alarming degree. People all over the world are being called on to help, and are making their individual contributions as part of an overall prearranged plan. Part of the plan is taking down A Course in Miracles, and I am fulfilling my part in the agreement, as you will fulfill yours. You will be using abilities you developed long ago, and which you are not really ready to use again. Because of the acute emergency, however, the usual slow, evolutionary process is being by-passed in what might best be described as a “celestial speed-up.”2

Baffled by her assignment, but nevertheless obliging, the skeptical Schucman diligently took dictation from this “inner voice.” In the seven and a half years of cumulative dictation that became A Course in Miracles, Schucman’s “Jesus” presents a whole new way of looking at the world. Using Christian terminology, sophisticated psychology, and convincing authority, Schucman’s “Jesus” teaches a completely different gospel than the one found in the Bible. His New Age/New Gospel wholly contradicts the Bible’s Gospel of Jesus Christ. Schucman’s “inner voice,” while claiming to be Jesus, actually opposes everything for which the Bible’s Jesus stands.

In brief, A Course in Miracles teaches that all is love. And while the Course teaches that the opposite of love is fear, it explains that fear is just an illusion based on wrong thinking. It states that the world we see is merely the projected manifestation of our own illusive, fearful thoughts. As each one of us learns to correct our fearful, wrong thinking, it will change not only how we see the world, but also change the world we see. The purpose of the Course is to facilitate this change in perception.

According to the Course, love is all there is. And because God is love, God is therefore in everyone and everything. It states God is sinless, perfect, and “at one” with all creation and that we, as a part of God, are also sinless and perfect in our “oneness” with Him. It teaches that man’s only “sin” is in not remembering his own perfect, sinless, divine nature. The only “devil” is our illusion that we are separate from, and not a part of, God. The Course tells its readers that a “sense of separation from God is the only lack you really need correct.”3

The Course also teaches that while “Christ” is in Jesus, so “Christ” is in everyone—and that the “Christ” in everyone is their divine connection with God and with each other. The Course further teaches that a “slain Christ has no meaning.”4 It states that wrong thinking has produced the misperception that man is a “sinner” and that he needs an external Christ to save him from his “sins.” The Course teaches that salvation has nothing to do with Jesus’ death on the cross. Salvation comes from what the Course calls the “Atonement” (“at-one-ment”) process.

This “Atonement,” or “atoning,” is when each person remembers and affirms and experiences their “oneness” (at-one-ment) with God and creation. The “Atonement” is the Course’s key to undoing “fear” and dispelling the illusion that man is “separate” from God. The Course stresses that the healing of the world is dependent upon each person’s fulfilling their Atonement “function” to teach this “oneness” to the world. When everyone comes to understand that “all is love and all is God,” then “inner peace” and “world peace” will finally happen. Only “fear” and the illusion of “separation” stand in the way of man’s attaining this peace for himself and his world. (For more on this and the “false christ,” read False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care?

Notes:
1. Robert Skutch, Journey without Distance: The Story behind “A Course in Miracles” (Berkeley, CA: Celestial Arts, 1984), p. 54.
2. Ibid., p. 60.

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They Say God Would Never Send His Son to a Violent Death For the Sins of Mankind

LTRP Note: As you read this article by Roger Oakland, remember that as millions of proclaiming Christians give remembrance this weekend to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, countless pastors, teachers, and leaders will be promoting contemplative spirituality, which is a driving force behind the view that is addressed in this article. Thus, we ask the question this time every year, do they not realize that by promoting contemplative spirituality, they are in essence, by proxy, denying the atonement? Next time your pastor or Sunday school teacher favorably quotes Henri Nouwen, Brennan Manning, or any number of contemplative mystics or encourages the practice of lectio divina or walking the labyrinth, consider sharing this article with that pastor or teacher.


To think that the central meaning of Easter [resurrection] depends upon something spectacular happening to Jesus’ corpse misses the point of the Easter message and risks trivializing the story. To link Easter primarily to our hope for an afterlife, as if our post-death existence depends upon God having transformed the corpse of Jesus, is to reduce the story to a politically-domesticated yearning for our survival beyond death.—Emergent author Marcus Borg

cross on wall backgroundBy Roger Oakland

In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. (Ephesians 1:7) For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (II Corinthians 5:21)

The heart and core of the Christian faith is based upon Jesus Christ’s shed blood at Calvary as the only acceptable substitutionary atonement for mankind’s sins. The Gospel message requires this foundation. The Bible says the wages of sin is death—thus every person alive should receive the penalty of spiritual death because none of us is without sin, since we are born with our sin nature intact. Satan hates the Gospel message. He understands what the Gospel means, and his agenda is to deceive mankind from understanding and believing so they can suffer eternally with him. While Scripture is very clear about the necessity of Christ’s death in order for us to be saved, some believe this would make God a blood-thirsty barbarian. Embedded within the structure of the emerging church and the “new” spirituality is just such a belief.

Precivilized Barbarity

Many in the emerging church movement would vehemently object if someone told them that emerging church leaders don’t like the Cross. They would jump up and say, “Yes, they do. I’ve heard them talk about Jesus and His going to the Cross. They say they love the Cross.” Some emerging church leaders do say they love the Cross, but an underlying theme is among them. It says Jesus’ going to the Cross was an example of sacrifice and servanthood that we should follow; but the idea that God would send His Son to a violent death for the sins of mankind—well, that is not who God is. A loving God would never do that! Such a violent act would make Christianity a “slaughterhouse religion.”1 Liberal theologian and pastor of the Riverside Church in New York City, Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969), believed that the doctrine of the atonement, where “Jesus suffered as a substitute for us” because of our sins, is a “precivilized barbarity.”2 In his book, The Modern Use of the Bible, Fosdick says that Jesus’ going to the Cross should be seen as an example of a life of service and sacrifice and not compared with “old animal sacrifices” and “made ‘a pious fraud’ played by God upon the devil.”3 In Fosdick’s book Dear Mr. Brown, he states:

Too many theories of the atonement assume that by one single high priestly act of self-sacrifice Christ saved the world.4 Fosdick ends that statement with a pronounced—“No!” He insists, “These legalistic theories of the atonement are in my judgment a theological disgrace.”5

Fosdick considered the idea that God would actually send His Son to die on a Cross to take our place to be the basis for a violent and bloody religion. He rejected the biblical message of an atonement and substitutionary sacrifice. Fosdick was the pastor of Riverside Church of New York City from 1925 to 1946. While he has been long gone, his ideologies have remained intact and have drifted right into the emerging church. In October 2006, Riverside Church held the 5th Fosdick Convocation in honor of their former pastor. Two of the emerging church’s most influential teachers were there as speakers in honor of Fosdick—Brian McLaren and Tony Campolo.6 As I will show you, McLaren resonates with Fosdick’s view of the Cross.

False Advertising for God

In an interview, Brian McLaren questioned the idea of God sending His Son to a violent death, calling it “false advertising for God”:

[O]ne of the huge problems is the traditional understanding of hell. Because if the cross is in line with Jesus’ teaching then—I won’t say, the only, and I certainly won’t say even the primary—but a primary meaning of the cross is that the kingdom of God doesn’t come like the kingdoms of this world, by inflicting violence and coercing people. But that the kingdom of God comes through suffering and willing, voluntary sacrifice. But in an ironic way, the doctrine of hell basically says, no, that’s not really true. That in the end, God gets His way through coercion and violence and intimidation and domination, just like every other kingdom does. The cross isn’t the center then. The cross is almost a distraction and false advertising for God. (emphasis added)7

What an extraordinary example of faith under attack and the consequences of thinking outside of the box. If McLaren is right, all those who have ever lived and believed in Christ’s atonement have been misled and wrong. McLaren has taken the freedom to reconstruct what faith means by distorting the Scriptures, or worse yet, saying the very opposite of what the inspired Word of God says. This is blasphemy! McLaren also states:

And I heard one well-known Christian leader . . . say it like this: The traditional understanding says that God asks of us something that God is incapable of Himself. God asks us to forgive people. But God is incapable of forgiving. God can’t forgive unless He punishes somebody in place of the person He was going to forgive. God doesn’t say things to you—Forgive your wife, and then go kick the dog to vent your anger. God asks you to actually forgive. And there’s a certain sense that, a common understanding of the atonement presents a God who is incapable of forgiving. Unless He kicks somebody else.8

That God Does Not Exist

This idea of rejecting God’s judgment placed on Jesus Christ instead of us is not exclusive with Fosdick or McLaren. In fact, such rejection is integrated into the teachings of many others. In 1991, William Shannon (biographer of Catholic monk and mystic Thomas Merton) said:

This is a typical patriarchal notion of God. He is the God of Noah who sees people deep in sin, repents that He made them and resolves to destroy them. He is the God of the desert who sends snakes to bite His people because they murmured against Him. He is the God of David who practically decimates a people … He is the God who exacts the last drop of blood from His Son, so that His just anger, evoked by sin, may be appeased. This God whose moods alternate between graciousness and fierce anger … This God does not exist.9

So in other words, according to Fosdick, McLaren, and Shannon, Jesus should be seen as a model of sacrifice to follow in our own lives, but to view God the Father as a judge against sin is not a proper view of God. Those who reject the atonement realize the greatest threat to their heretical views is those who take the Scriptures literally and seriously. Fosdick explains:

Were you to talk to that fundamentalist preacher, he doubtless would insist that you must believe in the “substitutionary” theory of atonement—namely, that Jesus suffered as a substitute for us the punishment due us for our sins. But can you imagine a modern courtroom in a civilized country where an innocent man would be deliberately punished for another man’s crime? … [S]ubstitutionary atonement … came a long way down in history in many a penal system. But now it is a precivilized barbarity; no secular court would tolerate the idea for a moment; only in certain belated theologies is it retained as an explanation of our Lord’s death … Christ’s sacrificial life and death are too sacred to be so misrepresented.10

This is another perfect example of how the emerging church turns doctrine it doesn’t understand into a mockery against Scripture and God’s plan of salvation. God’s ways are not our ways and to expect them to line up with our own human reasoning is ludicrous:

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

Former Catholic priest Brennan Manning has been a major influence in emerging spirituality. In his 2003 book Above All (foreword by singer Michael W. Smith) he quotes William Shannon almost word for word, regarding the atonement:

[T]he god whose moods alternate between graciousness and fierce anger … the god who exacts the last drop of blood from his Son so that his just anger, evoked by sin, may be appeased, is not the God revealed by and in Jesus Christ. And if he is not the God of Jesus, he does not exist.11

Dying for the Sins of the World

Marcus Borg is a lecturer and the author of several books, some of which are Jesus and Buddha, The God We Never Knew, and Reading the Bible Again for the First Time: Taking the Bible Seriously But not Literally. His thinking has greatly influenced the emerging church movement and its leaders.

Borg explains in his book The God We Never Knew that his views on God, the Bible, and Christianity were transformed while he was in seminary:

I let go of the notion that the Bible is a divine product. I learned that it is a human cultural product, the product of two ancient communities, biblical Israel and early Christianity. As such, it contained their understandings and affirmations, not statements coming directly or somewhat directly from God.… I realized that whatever “divine revelation” and the “inspiration of the Bible” meant (if they meant anything), they did not mean that the Bible was a divine product with divine authority.12

This attitude would certainly explain how Borg could say:

Jesus almost certainly was not born of a virgin, did not think of himself as the Son of God, and did not see his purpose as dying for the sins of the world.13

If what Borg is saying is true, then we would have to throw out John 3:16 which says God so loved the world He gave His only Son, and we would have to dismiss the theme of a blood offering that is prevalent throughout all of Scripture. In the Old Testament, it is clear:

For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. (Leviticus 17:11)

But Borg rejects this emphasis:

To think that the central meaning of Easter [resurrection] depends upon something spectacular happening to Jesus’ corpse misses the point of the Easter message and risks trivializing the story. To link Easter primarily to our hope for an afterlife, as if our post-death existence depends upon God having transformed the corpse of Jesus, is to reduce the story to a politically-domesticated yearning for our survival beyond death.14

What is behind this mindset? Listen to one New Ager describe what underlies this line of thought:

Jesus was an historical person, a human becoming Christ, the Christos, is an eternal transpersonal condition of being. Jesus did not say that this higher state of consciousness realized in him was his alone for all time. Nor did he call us to worship him. Rather, he called us to follow him, to follow in his steps, to learn from him, from his example.15

Fosdick would resonate with this. When he says, “Christ’s sacrificial life and death are too sacred to be so misrepresented,” he means that Christ is an example to be followed, not an innocent sacrifice for our guilt and thus worthy of praise and worship. Satan wants desperately to be worshiped and adored as God. He hates all that Jesus’ death stands for. Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, purchased with His own blood the lives of those written in the Book of Life. The Bible says, “without the shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22), and also, “He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26). Are we to reject these Scriptures and other ones as well that speak of the atonement because it doesn’t sound logical? Scripture tells us that the carnal mind is at enmity with God. We need to recognize that the Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is our final authority, and we must adhere to the truth of its teachings.

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.… And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. (I John 4:10, 14)

 

To read more about this issue by Roger Oakland, read his book, Faith Undone.

Endnotes:
1. Beka Horton, Church History and Things to Come (Pensacola, FL:Pensacola Christian College, 1997 printing), p. 156.
2. Harry Emerson Fosdick, Dear Mr. Brown (New York, NY: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1961), p. 136.
3. Harry Emerson Fosdick, The Modern Use of the Bible (New York NY: The Macmillan Company, 1924), p. 230.
4. Harry Emerson Fosdick, Dear Mr. Brown, op. cit., p. 135.
5. Ibid., p. 134-135.
6. Riverside City Church, New York City, http://www.the riversidechurchny.org/getinvolved/?fosdick-speakers.
7. Interview by Leif Hansen (The Bleeding Purple Podcast) with Brian McLaren, January 8th, 2006); Part 1: http://bleeding purple podcast .blog
spot.com/2006/01/brian-mclaren-interview-part-i.html; Part II: http://bleeding purple pod cast. blog spot.com/2006/01/interviewwith-brianmclaren-part-ii.html).
8. Ibid., part II.
9. William Shannon, Silence on Fire (New York, NY: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1995 edition), pp. 109-110.
10. Harry Emerson Fosdick, Dear Mr. Brown, op. cit., p. 136.
11. Brennan Manning, Above All (Brentwood, TN: Integrity Publishers, 2003), pp. 58-59.
12. Marcus Borg, The God We Never Knew (New York, NY: HarperCollins, First HarperCollins Paperback Edition, 1998), p. 25.
13. Ibid.
14. Marcus Borg, “Easter About Life, Not Death” (Washington Post/Newsweek “On Faith” column, April 7, 2004, http://newsweek.wash ington
post.com/onfaith).
15. John White, (Science of Mind, September 1981), p. 15

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The 2nd Coming of the “Presence”

By Discernment Ministries (Herescope)

The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) teaches the same basic doctrines as the IHOP movement. This is because they both have the same historical roots that track directly back the old Manifest Son of God/Latter Rain cult. There is a noticeable difference, however. Mike Bickle invented his own unique verbiage in his “Bridal Paradigm” in order to update the old Latter Rain doctrines with the prophetic visions of his group of “Kansas City Prophets.” It takes some in-depth indoctrination to grasp the gist of Bickle’s message. But it is somewhat easier to figure out what the NAR is teaching. Both groups rely upon the old George Warnock “Feast of Tabernacles” allegory[5] for their eschatology. And both are eagerly anticipating a “Second Pentecost” experience of a coming “Presence.”

A Second Pentecost? 
Charisma magazine recently published an article about this titled “Spirit-Empowered Believers Praying for Second Pentecostal Outpouring.” The article reveals a meeting of a group calling itself “Empowered 21” (E21),[6] featuring Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson, Oral Roberts University’s President Billy Wilson, and top-ranking NAR “apostle” Cindy Jacobs. These leaders met together to plan their long-anticipated “Second Pentecost,” a key component of their Latter Rain endtime beliefs. To read this entire article and for endnotes, click here.

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Part 1 of Special Coverage: Rick Warren’s Ecumenical Pathway to Rome Continues

By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times, International

In February of 2013, Understand The Times published a commentary on our website titled What’s Next For Rick Warren.

In this commentary, we provided evidence to show that Warren and Tony Blair were partnering together with the Roman Catholic Church in the formation of a P.E.A.C.E. Plan that leads towards the formation of a global religion in the name of Christ for the cause of peace. Documentation for this premise can be supported by numerous statements that both Warren and Blair have made publically from messages they have given or articles that have been written explaining their ideas.

While many who read that commentary doubted or denied such a Warren-Rome connection, a new YouTube interview with Rick Warren and Raymond Arroyo of EWTN (published and posted on Apr 11, 2014), reveals the statements we made about the Warren-Rome partnership were accurate prophetic warnings with regard to what would happen in the future.

The YouTube description of the interview with Warren and Arroyo states:

“Part II of our exclusive interview RICK WARREN, pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California. Rick talks about the expansion of his ministry abroad, the Vatican delegation that recently came to Orange County to study his church’s style of evangelization, and which television channel he finds himself watching most often and the show that draws him.”

The interview can be viewed by clicking on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVCY8pW-ACs

We highly recommend you watch the entire 30-minute interview, which was done at Saddleback Church at some date previous to the publishing date of April 11, 2-14. The interview is loaded with information that provides further insight into Rick Warren’s pathway to Rome that he has actually been supporting for quite some time. For instance, in 2005, Warren created the Purpose Driven Life Catholics program as you can see from the image below (which is taken from Rick Warren’s website). (To continue reading this article, click here.)

 

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Four Blood Moons Are Coming

bigstock-Blood-Moon-4795776By Mike Oppenheimer
Let Us Reason Ministries

We have been hearing from a number of people on four Blood (red) Moons for 2014, making it is a unique and significant event. We are told the first of these four Blood Moons is to occur on Passover (Pesach) 2014 and through October (Sukkot) 2015. We are reminded by those pointing this out of Jesus saying there would be signs in the sky, specifically that the sun would be darkened and the moon would turn blood red.

Jesus’ statement on signs in the sky include far more than the sun being darkened and the moon turning. There are signs—plural.

Luke 21:11 “[A]nd great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”

V.25-26 “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.”

Most have connected the predicted blood moons with Acts 2:19-21. “I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: blood and fire and vapor of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord. And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

We see both signs: in heaven – sun darkened, moon turns red

Signs in the earth – blood fire, vapor of smoke

And salvation to Israel (spoken elsewhere)

The whole thing on blood moons is completely blown out of proportion and speculation. Acts 2 is about the latter rain that takes place at the END of the TRIBULATION. This is when all of Israel that goes through the Tribulation and those who survive are saved as a nation (Zech.14). They call on the Lord, and Zech. 12:10 is fulfilled: see Joel 2:32.

Rom 11:25-26 “For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved.”

One of the purposes of the Tribulation is turn Israel back to know her God. Another purpose is to punish the nations that come against Israel and the Jews whom the lord has covenanted with.

Remember the sun is turned black at the same time, indicative of the day of the Lord.

The timing speaks against this being fulfilled in 2014 because the tribulation would have begun before this (I know many believe we are in the tribulation, many more than 10-15 years ago: we are not. If you are here, you will clearly know the Tribulation has begun).

Rev. 6:12 “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.”

Matt 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken” (same event of Rev.6).

For something spoken of in prophecy to be fulfilled all the elements, the descriptions must be included. This means those points not just found in one particular scripture but others that also give information on the same event and time period. If the sun is darkened or the moon turns red it does not mean fulfillment has occurred unless the other points mentioned coincide. This is where prophecy teachers get ahead of themselves and make something out of near nothing. We should be careful not to say this will be fulfilled or is fulfilled when it is not.

Author Bio: Mike Oppenheimer is the founder and director of Let Us Reason Ministries, which began in 1994. He has been researching and writing about spiritual deception in the church for many years. His website has extensive information, articles, books, and DVDs. Mike was brought up Jewish, later spending many years in the New Age movement. He became a born-again Christian in the mid-’80s. You can read his testimony at: http://www.letusreason.org/testim.htm. For this and other important articles, visit Mike Oppenheimer’s website, Let Us Reason Ministries

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NEW BOOKLET TRACT: What You Need to Know About Jim Wallis and the Social-Justice Gospel

What You Need to Know About Jim Wallis and the Social-Justice Gospel written by Mary Danielsen is our newest Lighthouse Trails Print Booklet Tract. The Booklet Tract is 18 pages long and sells for $1.95 for single copies. Quantity discounts are as much as 50% off retail.  Below is the content of the booklet. To order copies of What You Need to Know About Jim Wallis and the Social-Justice Gospel, click here. Also included in this Booklet Tract are the following two lists: 1) Some Key Players in the Social Gospel Movement; 2) Some Buzz Words in the Social Justice Gospel Movement.

What You Need to Know About Jim Wallis and the Social-Justice Gospel
By Mary Danielsen

Many Christian believers are expressing concern today, and rightly so, over something called “social justice” or the “social-justice gospel.” Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners magazine, is one of the top “change agents” in the social-justice movement within the evangelical/Protestant church, and the timing of his surge in popularity cannot be ignored, considering: 1) the ideology of our current administration; 2) the advance of liberal theology via the emerging church and church-growth movements; and 3) the current state of apostasy the church finds itself in today. Are all these connected? Through this man and other key players, they are indeed.

In 2010, I discovered that Jim Wallis had been invited as a keynote speaker to a huge Christian music festival in Wisconsin that claims to bring in upward of 70,000 attendees each year, largely youth.1 This prompted a few Christian ministries to begin to educate, warn, and encourage others to do their homework on Jim Wallis and his brand of social justice “Christianity.” My prayer is that those reading this booklet will take heart to this warning and use this information to find clarity to what has become a serious breach in discernment.

Unbiblical trends in the church tend to snowball, producing even worse trends; each heretical book or teaching that comes along seems to lead to more serious deceptions. The Bible warns in 2 Timothy 3:13 that in the last days, “evil men and seducers [imposters] shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived,” suggesting a progressive pattern of deception that requires our vigilance.

For those who remember the old Dragnet TV show, allow me to reinvent Joe Friday: “The story you are about to hear is true. None of the names have been changed—and the only thing I’m interested in protecting is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” If we are going to do any critical thinking at all on this subject, we really need to get a Kodak moment of “the big picture.”

In my desire to be thorough and accurate on this subject, I read nearly fifty different articles about or by Wallis and his activities over the last four decades. I also read his book The Great Awakening. In reality, anyone with Internet access could probably have all the information they need on him within ten minutes—he is not shy about his agenda.

Lest any think that Jim Wallis and his social gospel are not being warmly embraced by many within Protestant/evangelical Christianity, some of the places that have invited Jim Wallis to speak over the last half a decade or so include Wheaton College, the Mennonite Church USA, Cedarville University, and Willow Creek to name a few. What’s more, his books are found in countless Christian bookstores including the Southern Baptist Convention resources branch, LifeWay; and his books are frequently used in Christian seminary and college courses. In addition, at least three traditional Christian publishing houses—Baker Books, InterVarsity Press, and Zondervan—publish his books.

As you read the following pages, you will see why all this backing by Christian leaders and organizations is nothing less than a travesty.
So who is Jim Wallis?

For nearly forty years, Wallis has expressed himself through an organization called “Sojourners.” He was raised in an evangelical family in Detroit and attended Trinity Evangelical Divinity school, but his radical political views made it impossible for him to finish there.2

At that time, he also founded an anti-capitalist magazine called The Post-American in which he called for the redistribution of wealth and an economy managed by the government. He also experimented for a season with communal living in search of a utopian lifestyle.3

In 1975, he moved his work to Washington D.C. and renamed it Sojourners. He wasn’t just against the Vietnam war, he rejoiced in America’s defeat there—there is a big difference—showing his leftist sympathies by publicly criticizing the Vietnamese and Hmong refugees who fled that communist regime (we called them “boat people” back then). He claimed they were leaving to support their consumer habit in other lands—that being greedy capitalists made it just too hard to live under a dictatorship.4 Where is the “liberal compassion” in those sentiments?

Wallis supported the Sandinista Communists in their attempt to take over Nicaragua in the ’80s, actively participating in resistance against the American military and working side by side in this cause with none other than Jeremiah Wright, the radical anti-American Chicago preacher who was President Obama’s pastor for twenty years.5

Wallis also supported the FMLN, a communist terror group from El Salvador itching to spread their Marxist revolution throughout South America.6 The word “traitor” does come to mind at this point.

In 1983, the organization “Accuracy in Media” published a lengthy book titled The Sojourner’s Files on the far-left policies of Wallis and his organization, documenting 53 political positions of Sojourners on such issues as Israel’s right to exist, terrorism, socialism, capitalism, human rights, etc.—and compared their positions on these subjects with those of the Soviet Union. In all 53 position statements, it was found that Sojourners’ views were completely in line with the views of hard line Soviets.

Joan Harris, who did the reporting on this, observed:

Sojourners never criticizes a Marxist state. The U.S. and the West are the only violators of human rights to them because they are capitalist. Marxists, by Sojourners’ own definition, cannot violate human rights.7

Wallis, who calls himself a “progressive” (meaning as far left as you can go) believes that Castro’s Cuba, Chavez’s Venezuela, and Ortega’s Nicaragua are the Marxist paradises the U.S. should emulate. It is not extreme at all to say that one of his goals is to witness the end of the U.S. as we have known it—“Post-Americanism” finally realized. So, after being arrested by the U.S. government 22 times in forty years, where has he soft-landed? As spiritual advisor to President Obama.8 Now, with the help of our own government, he hopes to turn mere ideology into policy.

Wallis has known Obama for over twenty years, and during the “Reverend Wright” damage-control days, Wallis was advising Obama on how to spin it, helping him draft many “faith-based initiatives,” to make the far left appear to have some form of religion, to sell the church the idea that here is a spiritual alternative to the now-defunct “Religious Right,” which Wallis eulogizes endlessly in his book.

A mission statement on the Sojourners website reads:

[Founded in 1971] Sojourners mission is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, inspiring hope and building a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church and the world.9

A Social Justice Social Gospel
What is this “biblical call to social justice” that is supposed to transform our churches and even us as individuals? We know the Bible tells us that the Holy Spirit does the transforming work in both the church and the individual believer’s life. Is this what Wallis and Sojourners has in mind when they talk about transforming people’s lives? No, it is not.

One government source defines “social justice” as, “The equitable distribution of advantages, assets, and benefits among all members of a society.”10 Without turning this into political science 101, I’ll keep it simple by saying that this is also the definition for “social-ism”: a government-controlled economy and the redistribution of wealth.

Briefly, the social gospel places all the emphasis for how to live an “authentic” Christianity on good works, as in meeting the needs of the poor and “marginalized.” It replaces the primary message of salvation through grace by faith in Jesus Christ with fixing society as the primary communication of truth and redemption. In effect, salvation through faith in Christ has no role in ridding society of all its problems, which they say must take place before Jesus can even return to set up His kingdom. While it has been around for over a hundred years, in today’s repackaged version, it has made itself appealing particularly to the youth by merging with the E-merging church and becoming the political ideology that so many are identifying with thanks to young men like Shane Claiborne, whom Wallis says reminds him of a younger version of himself. Claiborne, who has spoken at numerous Christian colleges, emulates emerging church leaders such as Tony Campolo and Wallis and sees them as role models.

If you were of the impression that social justice is simply caring for the disadvantaged, then you need to upgrade your thinking on it, or you will risk being deceived by today’s definition of the term. After all, who among us who names the name of Christ would ever be against reaching out to the poor and alleviating suffering? Believers in Jesus Christ will naturally care for “the least of these.” But Wallis takes any collective sense of moral responsibility we may have for the disadvantaged and redefines and manipulates it for a different agenda.

Keep this in mind when you watch the extreme changes going on in our country today—Wallis’ social justice turns all the political hot-button issues of the day into moral issues with a divine, biblical mandate. Everything from the economy, jobs, and education, to healthcare, global warming, race issues and immigration—now carries with it the moral imperative of fairness, equity, and validity—and that mindset is responsible for our current administration’s frenzy to push through legislation on all the above.

This “new morality” is radically changing our country and has been for some time via organizations like ACORN. But you might be asking, what does this have to do with the church? One thing is for sure, believers who question or challenge this new global-village moral imperative will no doubt have their Christianity called into question at some point.

Social justice is in a perfect orbit with something called the social gospel. What is the social gospel? The roots of the social gospel go back to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. That was when many Protestant denominations took on liberal theology, which includes the view that Jesus cannot return until mankind has brought justice to the earth by ridding itself of all social evils.

In Wallis’ book The Great Awakening, Wallis says he believes he was born in the wrong century11—and is longing for those early days of social-justice awareness, or “Great Awakenings” as they were called putting them on par with true Holy Spirit-led revivals; hence the name of Wallis’ book, The Great Awakening—an awakening he is calling for today.

In an article written by T. A. McMahon of The Berean Call titled “The Shameful Social Gospel,” McMahon warns of a gospel that is being tinkered with by some who call themselves evangelicals but in reality are ashamed of the true Gospel, presenting a new “Gospel” to the world that is more palatable, politically correct, and ecumenical.12

Emergent church pioneer Brian McLaren’s view of this social gospel reveals the interspiritual, interfaith nature behind it:

I think our future will require us to join humbly and charitably with people of other faiths—Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, and secularists in pursuit of peace, environmental stewardship and justice for all people, things that matter greatly to the heart of God.13

But McMahon reminds us:

No, what matters to the heart of God is that all should come to repentance and believe the true Gospel.14

Rick Warren took the social gospel to new levels by hobnobbing with world leaders and presenting his global P.E.A.C.E. Plan to mobilize churches to address poverty and disease while at the same time relaying to tens of millions through his Purpose Driven Life book not to bother with Bible prophecy. In fact, taking the Bible out of context, he tells us that Jesus said those who concern themselves with Bible prophecy are “not fit for the kingdom of God.”15 Remember too Rick Warren’s interview of the 2008 Presidential candidates at Saddleback Church? Ever wonder how he got that job? I sure have. Now Jim Wallis is carrying this very same agenda to the highest levels of our government as an appointee of the president.

Wallis has also found a kindred spirit in Willow Creek. Lynne Hybels, the wife of Willow Creek’s senior pastor Bill Hybels, is a regular contributing writer to Sojourner’s magazine. In addition, Willow Creek offers classes on the Wallis brand of social justice.16 The Willow Creek Association offers churches of any denomination an opportunity to align themselves with their main campus for a yearly fee, giving those churches access to their annual summits, leadership training, and sermon ideas. They claim there are 14,000 Willow Creek Association member churches throughout the world. Do the math on this one—look at the potential influence a Jim Wallis could have on the church if even half of them choose to emulate Willow Creek in their growing emphasis on the social gospel!

The Social Justice “Gospel” and Israel
This social-justice-gospel view is causing many churches to rethink their support of Israel in favor of a “progressive” theology and politics. Churches that once maintained the view that Israel plays a significant role in biblical prophecy of the endtimes are now aligning with the “Palestinian cause.” Lynne Hybels has helped to bring this to the forefront, and her connections to Jim Wallis are the knot that joins all of this together. In fact, in the broader scheme of things, the entire Willow Creek/Saddleback church model, is embracing this emerging view.

A movie that came out in 2010, With God on Our Side, capsulizes the insidious agenda of the new social gospel with regard to Israel. Jan Markell, of Olive Tree Ministries, warns us about this film:

[I]t is aimed at changing the end-time views of evangelicals and the theology that says the Jews are God’s chosen people and have a divine right to the land.17

The producer of With God on Our Side explains the objective of the film:

. . . a biblical alternative for Christians who want to love and support Israel, a theology that doesn’t favor one people group over another but instead promotes peace and reconciliation for both Jew and Palestinian” instead of endless Middle East violence.18

The problem with that pie-in-the-sky thinking is that the Palestinian leadership does not want peace with Israel. Rather, it wants a one-state solution—the destruction of Israel. The message of With God on Our Side to evangelicals is that the U.S.’s old pro-Israel foreign policy was based on end-time theology and has created great suffering among the Palestinians. But today’s more “socially aware” and “compassionate” Christians, they say, will reject that old policy and realize that the Palestinians are the victim group most in need of Christian compassion. Wallis, McLaren, and Tony Campolo heartily promoted that film, which was nothing more than another vehicle for social justice, social-gospel indoctrination, and an unbiblical spin on the clear teachings about Israel presented throughout the Scriptures.

Now we know that Marxism is nothing new. What Wallis and these other social-justice emerging leaders are promoting is nothing new either. But let’s take the wood, hay, and stubble of this dry, old, social-justice gospel and examine it more carefully—like the emergent church’s mix of Catholicism and liberal Protestantism; add Rick Warren’s global P.E.A.C.E. Plan and Willow Creek’s leadership summits featuring speakers like Bono, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, and Rick Warren, and before long things are burning out of control in the church. Throw in the fact that the foreword to Wallis’ book is written by Jimmy Carter, an anti-Israel leftist, and other endorsers who include Bill Hybels, Bono, and Brian McLaren (incidentally, a contributing editor for Sojourners), and a picture of a last-days apostate church comes clearly into focus.

Social-Justice Beliefs
To help get a clearer picture of the underlying agenda of the social-justice gospel, let’s look at some quotes by Jim Wallis on key biblical issues.

On being born again:
Jesus proclaimed, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. . . . He is saying that a whole new order is about to enter history, and if you want to be a part of it, you will need a change so fundamental that the Gospel of John would later refer to it as a “new birth.” Being born again was not meant to be a private religious experience that is hard to communicate . . . but rather the prerequisite for joining a new and very public movement—the Jesus and kingdom of God movement.”19 (emphasis added)

On Israel:
The completely one-sided support for Israel from conservative evangelicals rests on 2 things: one, a very dubious interpretation (and I’m being generous here) of biblical prophecy . . . in which the modern state of Israel is still equated with the Old Testament notion of “God’s Chosen People,” and a complete denial of the existence of Palestinian Christians.20

On Homosexual Rights:
Abomination is a pretty strong word . . . there is a debate and questions over the meaning of the word “abomination.”21 (Referring to Leviticus 18:22; as heard on Moody Christian Radio Network, in Chicago, Feb.19, 2008, when asked about government sanctions on civil unions for gays.)

On the Kingdom:
The kingdom of God, which Jesus came to inaugurate, is meant to create an alternate reality in this world, and ultimately to transform the kingdoms of this world.”22

On Repentance:
We are all familiar with the famous pop culture image of a street evangelist holding up a sign reading, “Repent, for the end is near!” But repentance is . . . often misunderstood. . . . one could imagine a group of pastors, priests, rabbis, and imams holding up a sign on Wall Street for the titans of the financial industry to see, reading, “Repent, or the end could be near again” . . . let’s have some sermons on the repentance of Wall Street.23

Sojourners On Bible Prophecy:
It’s all too easy to make fun of the extreme examples of prophecy belief that we encounter on bumper stickers and best-seller lists. When people talk breathlessly of the dangers of Universal Product Codes and automated teller machines as signs of the impending Tribulation, giggles and head shaking are hard to repress . . . when we ridicule apocalyptic interpretations of bar codes and the European Common Market, we are . . . properly rejecting an interpretive method that (suggests a) correspondence between biblical events and symbols, and our own lives. Ought Revelation to be included within the family of Christian texts, or should it be thrown on the fire of apocalyptic excesses?24

On the Imminent Return of Jesus:
In all of Wallis’ writings, I could find no hint of “our blessed hope” of Christ’s return. Nor could I find discussion by him of having a personal biblical relationship with Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Politics and the Theory of Revolution
The equating of biblical care of the downtrodden with a welfare socialistic state is rapidly changing the face of the evangelical church. This “pseudo-Christian” seemingly morality-based religion for the last days is infiltrating every corner of American society, and the church seems to have either lost the will to identify and counteract its influence or feels so guilty about its mega-excesses that it is operating out of a sense of works not in keeping with true biblical repentance. What I see in Wallis’ Great Awakening book is a preachy, self-righteous, shaming, finger-pointing rant. Quite a contrast from what God’s Word says:

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. (Romans 10:3)

With the social-justice gospel, God’s righteousness, power, and salvation are set aside, and the focus is on man’s supposed righteousness, power, and his own path to salvation.

I believe this is a preview of an even deeper level of apostasy, a marriage of religion and politics that will ultimately come together under the dictatorial reign of Antichrist, who “causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave . . . ” to receive his mark. Is this the “level playing field” Wallis and others are working toward? If that’s true, then this is deception of the highest possible caliber, and we should find it thoroughly sobering in light of the lateness of the hour.

Social-gospel “reformers” deceptively blur the lines between two kingdoms, seeking to turn houses of worship into distribution centers for their causes. What they choose to ignore is that all the ills of society are merely symptoms—the root cause is sin. They reject the cure for sin through the Cross of Christ and instead treat symptoms—but in removing the Cross, they are conveniently free to affirm anyone’s beliefs. The result is a broad-road, all-inclusive everything-goes global social justice revolution, or what I call, “The Theory of Revolution.” Eventually, this “revolution” will lead to the persecution of Christian believers who refuse to bow to this spiritual politics that despises Israel as a nation and who believe in Bible prophecy.

Wallis says in his book that the majority of his audience is under thirty, and half of those are under 25. Worth noting also, Wallis, Campolo, McLaren, and Claiborne speak frequently at universities and colleges—some secular, many evangelical Christian. This is exactly what happened in the ’60s. The youth became the target. And today’s liberal emergent thinkers got their worldview from the counterculture agendas of America’s universities.

Lest you think Wallis himself is just some counterculture hippie type on the fringes of the establishment who has little influence, consider this: Jim Wallis is Vice-Chair for the Global Agenda Council on Values at the World Economic Forum,25 a global body that brings together the world’s most influential politicians and economists as they work to bring the world under a global authority.

Consider also that Sojourners receives a portion of its considerable funding from the Open Society Institute (billionaire leftist George Soros’ organization).26

Also, in 2007, the National Association of Evangelicals hosted a dinner gathering called, “A Global Leaders Forum.” The keynote speaker, Ban Ki Moon, is current head of the United Nations. In an article on the event titled, “Dinner With the Antichrist,” written by Wallis, he said that some Christians—those who read books like Left Behind—might say he had dinner with the Antichrist that night.27

Of the U.N. leader, Wallis stated:

Last night, the supposed Antichrist [Ban Ki Moon] was listening to gospel music, speaking of his own faith, quoting Scripture, celebrating a new alliance with “the evangelical church” on the critical issues of poverty and global warming, and bringing the conservative Christian crowd to its feet in smiling agreement with the U.N. secretary’s agenda.

Indeed, leader after Christian leader insisted this was a biblical agenda.28

This is a perfect illustration of how the social justice gospel is erroneously equated with biblical Christianity. I don’t know about you, but in light of the times, Wallis’ statement sends a chill up my spine. How gullible can one be who hears the head of the U.N. quote a Bible verse and then jumps to the outrageous conclusion that the U.N. has a biblical agenda? To me this defies comprehension and illustrates how far deception can go.

To those who may receive the information in this booklet, please be open and teachable regarding the times. The Bible commands us to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints! This applies to all who call themselves believers.

Now is not the time to hang on to any “sacred cows” of personality but to so love truth in our innermost being that nothing matters except to make sure we are on the side of truth. After all, if there is no such thing as absolute truth, is there such a thing as a lie?

May the Lord direct and guide us regarding this matter and all matters of faith, earnestly seeking His mind and heart in all things as laid out in His Word.

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Endnotes
1. This festival was Lifest in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in the summer of 2010 with Luis Palau. You may listen to a radio interview between Mary Danielsen and radio host Ingrid Schlueter: http://web.archive.org/web/20110109201533/http://www.crosstalkamerica.com/shows/2010/06/radical_leftist_wallis_to_spea.php. The festival website is www.lifest.com.
2. http://www.keywiki.org/index.php/Jim_Wallis
3. “Barak Obama’s New Spiritual Advisor” (Frontpage Magazine, March 17, 2009. http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=34385). See also Sojourners History: http://sojo.net/about-us/history.
4. http://www.traditionalvalues.org/pdf_files/jim_wallis.pdf
5. “Barak Obama’s New Spiritual Advisor,” op. cit.
6. Ibid.
7. Joan M. Harris, The Sojourners File (New Century Foundation Press, 1983).
8. “Barak Obama’s New Spiritual Advisor,” op. cit.
9. http://sojo.net/about-us/mission-statement.
10. National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Sustainability Planning Guide: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/programs/healthycommunitiesprogram/pdf/sustainability_guide.pdf.
11. Jim Wallis, The Great Awakening (HarperCollins paperback edition, 2009), p. 25.
12. T. A. McMahon, “The Shameful Social Gospel” (The Berean Call, http://www.thebereancall.org/node/7062).
13. Interview on Christianpost.com with Brian McLaren on July 28, 2008, http://www.christianpost.com/news/interview-brian-mclaren-on-anglicans-mission-and-reconciliation-33537.
14. McMahon, op. cit.
15. Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002), p. 285 (for more on this read Roger Oakland’s expose of the emerging church, Faith Undone, pp. 154-157.
16. One example: http://media.willowcreek.org/weekend/celebration-of-hope-2013.
17. http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=4422.
18. http://www.withgodonourside.com/about-the-film.
19. The Great Awakening,op. cit., p.60.
20. Jim Wallis, “Politics Pushes Uneven Policies” (God’s Politics Blog, September 17, 2007, http://www.beliefnet.com/columnists/godspolitics/2007/09/politics-pushes-uneven-policie.html).
21. As heard on Moody Christian Radio Network, in Chicago, Feb.19, 2008, when asked about government sanctions on civil unions for gays. www. americansfortruth.com
22. Jim Wallis, The Great Awakening, op. cit., p. 56.
23. Jim Wallis, “Wall Street Repent!” (Huffington Post, April 29, 2010, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-wallis/wall-street-repent_b_557057.html).
24. Wes Howard-Brook, “Apocalypse Soon?” Sojourners, January 1999.
25. http://www.weforum.org/contributors/jim-wallis.
26. Sarah Pulliam Bailey, “Wallis Admits to Soros Funding” (Christianity Today, August 20, 2010, http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctpolitics/2010/08/wallis_admits_t.html).
27. Jim Wallis, “Dinner with the Antichrist” (http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2007/10/dinner-with-the-antichrist-by.html).
28. Ibid.

Also included in this Booklet Tract are the following two lists: 1) Some Key Players in the Social Gospel Movement; 2) Some Buzz Words in the Social Justice Gospel Movement.

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