LTRP Note: Kjos Ministries has reposted the following article, written seven years ago by Lorin Smith from the UK, because of its relevancy, which is more apparent today than when it was first issued. As pointed out in the article, in a new world order, fundamentalism (adhering strictly to doctrine) will be a threat. This is also what Rick Warren said, when he stated in 2006 that fundamentalism will be “one of the big enemies of the 21st century. . . . Muslim fundamentalism, Christian fundamentalism, Jewish fundamentalism, secular fundamentalism – they’re all motivated by fear. Fear of each other.’” 1 Less than a year earlier, he defined what he means by “fundamentalism” when he spoke at the Pew Forum on Religion and said:
Today there really aren’t that many Fundamentalists left; I don’t know if you know that or not, but they are such a minority; there aren’t that many Fundamentalists left in America … Now the word ‘fundamentalist’ actually comes from a document in the 1920s called the Five Fundamentals of the Faith. And it is a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity. Quote by Rick Warren, May 2005
“New Religion for a New World”
by Lorin Smith
Two developments have become obvious to observers of the rapidly changing geo-political landscape. We have entered a time of accelerated global transformation, and religion will play a major role in how this new world order will be configured. In short, a new world calls for the creation of a new world religion.
In the construction of this new world order, Christianity will face ideological challenges to the central tenets of its faith unlike anything it has experienced in the previous the previous two millennia. In this new world, all religions must be recognized and acknowledged as legitimate pathways to God. Religious exclusivity, absolutism and dogmatism will be viewed as potential threats to world peace and survival.
Hans Kung, director of the institute of Ecumenical Research at the University of Tubingen, makes this point emphatically in his book, Global Responsibility: In Search of a New World Ethic:
“All the religions of the world today have to recognize their share in responsibility for world peace. And therefore one cannot repeat often enough the thesis for which I have found growing acceptance all over the world: there can be no peace among the nations without peace among the religions. In short, there can be no world peace without religious peace.”
At the 1999 annual meeting of The World Economic Forum, an international think-tank of political, business and academic leaders held in Davos, Switzerland, Dominic Peccoud, Advisor for Socio-Religious Affairs at the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva, speaking on the topic “Religion as a Global Phenomenon for the New Millennium,” asserted, “Fundamentalism is a worldwide threat.” The way it has to be countered, he maintained, is “to change the view that salvation depends on playing by certain religious rules: everyone is saved.”
Denys Teundroup, Honorary President of the European Buddhist Union, speaking at the same Forum, claimed: “The world is fed up with dogmatic religion but starving for spirituality.” Click here to read this entire article.
by Ray Yungen
In the days prior to Jesus Christ’s return, [f]amiliar spirits (fallen angels) will not just mislead a few individuals; they will deceive the whole world into embracing a new system. Satan (whose name means adversary) will be the power behind the “coming one”-the great Antichrist. The origin of the Antichrist-s religious system is clearly revealed by the apostle John in Revelation 17:5:
“And on her forehead a name was written: Mystery, Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and of the abominations of the earth.”
Another word for Babylon in the Old Testament was Chaldea. The Chaldeans were renowned for their use of metaphysical arts. They began the first mystery schools. Daniel 4:7 says: “Then the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers came in.” This Mystery Babylon, then, would be the original source or mother of what is now New Age metaphysics.
Thus, when the apostle John identifies the Antichrist’s spiritual format, he is making reference to the city and the people that first spawned occultism in ancient times. All of the other mystery schools flowed out of Babylon, teaching essentially the same thing–the higher self. John saw it as one unbroken line throughout history culminating in the Antichrist’s rule with hundreds of millions being given over to familiar spirits. Luke, who wrote the book of Acts, gave us an account of this activity as the first century believers were daily confronting spirits not of God:
But there was a certain man called Simon, who previously practiced sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, “This man is the great power of God.” And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time. (Acts 8:9-11)
Simon was a man whose activities appeared good; otherwise the people would not have declared, “this man is the great power of God.” But the truth of the matter is, he wasn’t of God–he just appeared to be. Fortunately for Simon, he repented from his Chaldean practice, and he and his household were saved.
Simon’s conversion (like all conversions) was a huge threat to the mystical agenda. Hence, it is easy to see why the coming of the Gospel to the town of Ephesus was a great hindrance to the practice of occultism. Once the people understood they had been deceived by what appeared to be spiritual truth, they repented and liberated themselves of all their collections of mystical recipes. The following describes this dramatic event:
“And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.” (Acts 19:18-20)
The magical or metaphysical arts flew out their door when the Gospel of Christ came in. The two were not only incompatible but totally opposite. Further, what the new believers burned equaled the wages of 150 men for one year. The Ephesian believers gave up their wealth and mystical formulas for the truth found only in Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, the opposite is happening in the world today!
There is another account in Scripture that highlights what I am trying to say. It is found in Acts 16:16-19:
Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And he came out that very hour. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace to the authorities.
Such events in Scripture illustrate several things critical to understanding the nature and aim of familiar spirits:
The spirit was the source of her power, not some latent faculty inherent in her human makeup. When it left, her ability left with it. The spirit was accurate to a high degree. Otherwise she would not have brought her masters “much gain.” Deception often occurs when there is 99 percent truth and just 1 percent falsehood. It only takes a little leaven or white lie to leaven or taint the greater lump, which is truth. Paul and the spirit were not on the same side; all was not one here. This is quite evident due to the fact that he cast it out of her. Most important of all, the spirit tried to identify or associate itself with God by open acknowledgment. It was crafty when it followed Paul and Silas, for it was proclaiming the truth: “These men show us the way of salvation.” This reveals that Mystery Babylon and its spirit guide legions will try to appear as being on God’s side. Today, many of these types of occurrences are already happening in the name of Christianity.
For information on mysticism and contemplative spirituality in relation to biblical prophecy and the last days, read A Time of Departing by Ray Yungen, 2nd edition.
LTRP Note: The following Christianity Today article is an interview with Prison Fellowship Chuck Colson, a CT columnist as well as one of the authors of the ecumenical “Evangelicals and Catholics Together” document that was drafted several years ago. In this interview, Colson explains his efforts in continuing to bridge the divide between evangelicals and Catholics, efforts which will include a new upcoming document on Mary. After reading the CT interview, please refer to the links below, which provide vital insights on the merging of evangelicalism with Catholicism.
“The Post-Neuhaus Future of Evangelicals and Catholics Together”
Charles Colson says the convert to Catholicism helped break down the most important barrier.
Interview by Susan Wunderink
When Richard John Neuhaus died January 8, Prison Fellowship’s Charles Colson didn’t just lose a friend of 25 years. He also lost his partner in convening Evangelicals and Catholics Together. Since its first publication in 1994, “The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium,” the group has issued other consensus statements on salvation, the relationship between Scripture and tradition, the communion of saints, and other issues. It is next set to issue a document on Mary, the Mother of Jesus. But can the movement continue without its chief Roman Catholic architect? Christianity Today international editor Susan Wunderink asked Colson, a Christianity Today columnist, what lies ahead. Click here to read this entire article.
Research on Catholicism and Contemplative Spirituality
Another Jesus by Roger Oakland
Catholic Concerns (a free online book by former Catholic nun, Mary Ann Collins
During the late 1990s, while evangelical Protestants and Catholics were making progress joining hands and disregarding differences (Chuck Colson’s “Evangelicals & Catholics Together”1), I discovered strong evidence of an underlying Catholic agenda to entice all those who were not Catholic to become Catholic.
The pope’s declaration at the Eucharistic Congress in June of 2000 and the Knights of Columbus booklet promoting the Eucharist as the heart of what Catholics mean by evangelization, reminded me of a statement made by Catholic priest Tom Forest in 1990. I had come across this quote while doing research for my book, New Wine and the Babylonian Vine. Forest speaking to an exclusively Catholic group, explained:
Our job is to make people as richly and as fully Christian as we can make them by bringing them into the Catholic Church. So evangelization is never fully successful, it’s only partial, until the convert is made a member of Christ’s body by being led into the [Catholic] church.
No, you don’t just invite someone to become a Christian. You invite them to become Catholics … Why would this be so important? First of all, there are seven sacraments, and the Catholic Church has all seven. On our altars we have the body of Christ; we drink the blood of Christ. Jesus is alive on our altars … We become one with Christ in the Eucharist…
As Catholics we have Mary, and that Mom of ours, Queen of Paradise, is praying for us till she sees us in glory. As Catholics we have the papacy, a history of popes from Peter to John Paul II … we have the rock upon which Christ did build His Church. Now as Catholics–now I love this one–we have purgatory. Thank God! I’m one of those people who would never get to the Beatific Vision without it. It’s the only way to go….
So as Catholics … our job is to use the remaining decade evangelizing everyone we can in the Catholic Church, into the body of Christ and into the third millennium of Catholic history.2
A clear picture was being painted–a missionary vision focusing on the Eucharist was a topic of extreme significance. (From Another Jesus, 2nd ed., pp. 29-30 – to understand the meaning of the Catholic Eucharist and the Pope’s new evangelization plan, please read this important book.)
1. Evangelicals & Catholics Together, co-authored by Charles Colson and signed by many evangelical leaders. (Can be viewed at: http://www.leaderu.com/ect/ectmenu.html).
2. “Roman Catholic Doubletalk at Indianapolis ’90,” Foundation, July-August 1990, excerpts from talk by Fr. Tom Forest to the Roman Catholic Saturday morning training session.
by Linda Harvey
If your school has launched a bullying prevention program, it will most likely be a big focus this winter. Many schools will observe “No Name-Calling Week” in late January.
But is respect for Christians part of these “no name-calling” lessons? Or does this effort in reality create more division by labeling and stereotyping objections to homosexuality? The labels are “homophobia,” or “hate,” or claiming that opposing cross-dressing is “heterosexism.” Thousands of us are highly offended because it’s not true. I know my own heart and there’s no hate there; there is in fact, grave concern for these kids, lots of prayers, etc. Yet I and others will never change our minds about homosexuality, because we know the truth. I used to approve of homosexuality but changed my mind when I got more information, not less.
The truth is, homosexuality itself is hateful.Click here to read this entire article by Linda Harvey of Mission America.
I humbly ask this in the name of the one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus, Jesus (hay-SOOS), who taught us to pray, Our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on Earth as it is in heaven. –Rick Warren, from inauguration prayer
Commentary by Daniel Cordell
Love for the Truth
[I]n his Presidential Inauguration prayer, Rick Warren prayed in the name of “Yeshua,” “Isa” and “Jesus.”
It seems, the three names Warren used were to imply the three “Abrahamic Faiths” (as they are so-called), Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
What’s significant is the name “Isa” being prayed by the “evangelical” Warren. Isa is strictly Koranic and used by Arab Muslims. Even Arab Christians don’t refer to Isa, but to Yesua. I’ve lived and studied Arabic in one of the same Muslim countries that Warren has visited, and I think he probably knows that the Arab Christian communities only refer to Jesus as “Yesua” and not “Isa” as the Muslims.
Isa was not Jewish, but Palistinian. Isa did not die on the cross but instead had someone die in his place. Isa is a Muslim prophet. Isa is only found in the Koran. The name Isa doesn’t have any Biblical support or any meaning found in Biblical scholarship. Yet, Rick prayed in the name of Isa.Click here for source and links to Warren’s inauguration transcript.
One of my early memories of post-war Norway was a shadowy concern about Russia — our neighbor in the arctic north. Stalin coveted Norway’s frost-free ports (warmed by the Gulf Stream), and many feared the snarling bear on our border.
In contrast, the British press ignored Stalin’s atrocities. In his Introduction to Animal Farm, George Orwell decried the cowardly refusal of British publishers to criticize Communism — or to publish his book:
“…it was obvious that there would be great difficulty in getting it published …. One publisher actually started by accepting the book, but after making the preliminary arrangements he decided to consult the Ministry of Information [which apparently] warned him… against publishing it. Here is an extract from his letter:
“…it might be… highly ill-advised to publish at the present time. If the fable were addressed generally to dictators and dictatorships at large then publication would be all right, but the fable does follow… so completely the progress of the Russian Soviets and their two dictators, that it can apply only to Russia…. Another thing: …the choice of pigs as the ruling caste will no doubt give offence to many people….”
Indeed it would! By 1943, Marxism had gained much favor in England, Russia was an ally in the war against Hitler, and Fabian socialism had become a powerful political movement among British elites. Like Antonio Gramsci’s more subtle form of Communism, the Fabians encouraged gradualism, infiltration and deception rather than bloody revolutions.
This socialist movement fanned out across Europe and into America under the lofty banner of solidarity and common good. Since those two ideals are rarely defined or candidly explained, few understand what they actually imply. Ponder this brief summary of their new meanings.Click here to read this entire article.