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Social Justice Emergent Jim Wallis and SoJourners Presents World Change Through Faith and Justice Summit

LTRP Note: The force behind this event that took place in June is Jim Wallis and his organization SoJourners. To understand the socialist, anti-biblical roots of this effort, read Mary Danielsen’s article/booklet What You Need to Know About Jim Wallis and the Social-Justice Gospel. It is important to  be aware of events such as the one described below because this is what the younger generations are being drawn into, and many of these young people are coming from Christian homes. The result is, they leave their biblical faith and exchange it for an anti-Christian lie. Your children, your grandchildren are being targeted. Also because environmentalism plays a huge role in this “new” spirituality, read Roger Oakland’s article/booklet A Christian Perspective on the Environment.

Submitted by a researcher and a Lighthouse Trails reader

On June 21-23, 2017, an event took place in Washington, DC called The Healing + Resistance Summit: World Change through Faith and Justice.  The Summit is organized by Jim Wallis’ Sojourners Ministries and Magazine:  https://sojo.net/.  While many Christians do attend this Summit and while the stated purpose of Sojourners Ministries does use some Christian terms (erroneously) when talking about the “biblical” call to social justice and the need for “Christians” to “act on their faith” to bring world peace and justice,  Sojourners and their Summit is anything but biblical.  Jesus’ work on the Cross is not mentioned.  Man’s need for a personal Savior because of our fallen state and sinfulness is not addressed either.  Instead, Sojourners’ Healing + Resistance Summit believes that men and women can and should unite together to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world in order to achieve justice and peace.  There is a strong contemplative emphasis (Yoga, centering prayer, body prayer, and spiritual direction) and ecumenical and interfaith emphases and participation as well.

According to the Sojourners Ministries website, the following is the mission and vision of Sojourners:
Mission

“The mission of Sojourners is to articulate the biblical call to social justice, to inspire hope and build a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world.

Vision
We envision a future in which Christians put their faith into action in the passionate pursuit of social justice, peace, and environmental stewardship, working in partnership with people of other perspectives, for the common good of communities, families and individuals. We articulate that vision, convene and mobilize constituencies, and build alliances for effective advocacy.”
https://sojo.net/about-us/who-we-are

According to Sojourner’s The Healing + Resistance Summit 2017 promotional video, 300 activists, leaders, artists, and others gathered together in June to find new solutions toward justice as the world becomes more and more unjust.  The Summit investigates the power of healing and resistance through exploring 5 themes, which are:

(1)  the power of story to mend gaps
(2)  truthtelling and ordering the world around truth
(3)  resistance of the “normalization of injustice” by the faithful
(4)  disruption of injustice in systems, which means reimagining and rebuilding the institutions of government, business, and church where injustice exists
(5)  healing because “sustainable dissent must also include reconciliation with our bodies, our relationships, and our God”
The purpose of the Summit is to give individuals a clear vision on how to fight injustice.
https://summitforchange.com/

Some sessions from the Healing + Resistance Summit 2017 are:
Morning Yoga

“Yoga is an ancient mind-body practice that compliments any faith tradition. In a Christian context, yoga can be understood as “body prayer.” Join us for an hour of centering the mind, heart, and body through body movement and breath work. You’ll enjoy gentle stretching and intentional breathing as a way of bringing your whole self in service to God.”
Morning Centering
“A spiritual director and a featured artist will guide us into a grounded, prayerful space.”
Spiritual Direction Sessions
“Spiritual direction is an ancient spiritual discipline in which persons are assisted in observing God’s presence and work in their lives. A spiritual director offers a listening, open, prayerful presence to another while they walk together with God. Most simply, a spiritual director “listens to God on a person’s behalf.”
All participants are invited to engage one of our spiritual directors at The Summit.”
Praying with the Body
“We will learn several body prayer techniques and somatic and neuro‐kinetic exercises that will allow us to connect to centering breath, to release the mind, and to balance the nervous system. By entering into sacred movement we will allow for our bodies to usher us into a deeper experience with God.”
“Faiths” for Climate Action
“Religious‐environmentalism is now poised to evolve to a new level of reach and impact, with local faith communities coming together to join the new “glocal” (global‐local) climate and environmental movement. This session will trace key factors in the development of the religious‐environmental movement, analyze the current context, and offer a vision for the movement’s future that creates opportunities for holistic eco‐discipleship that will represent a foundation for church development in the anthropocene era.”
Courageous Conversations
“The profound level of global conflict, the apocalyptic disruptions in human and civil rights, and the vitriolic tensions in the U.S. call us to confront the power of our spiritual practices and strengthen our capacity to hold conversations and create dialogue across our different experiences. In order for us to continue creating the Beloved Community, we must increase our ability to listen, hear, understand, analyze, and empathize with those who possess different social identities and worldviews.”
Climate Justice
Global Peace
LBGTQIA
Racial Justice
Disability Justice

https://summitforchange.com/schedule/

REPRESENTATIVES FROM THESE ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATED IN THE SUMMIT
Interfaith
Baha’is of the United States
U.S. Bahá’í Office of Public Affairs
Friends Commitee on National Legislation (Quaker)
Equal Exchange Interfaith Program
Interfaith Connections TV show
Parliament of the World’s Religions
Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA)
Interfaith Youth Core
Wild Goose Festival

Catholic
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (Catholic)
Madonna University

Political
Congressman Joe Kennedy III, D-MA

University President
Georgetown University, President

Evangelical Christian
Kathy Khang, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA
Church World Service
Christ Ministry Center
North American Assn of Christians in Social Work (NACSW)
Progressive National Baptist Convention
National Council of Churches USA
Christian Churches Together in the USA
American Baptist International Ministries
Willow Creek Community Church
World Relief

Environmental
GreenFaith
Honor the Earth; Sacred Pipe Resource Center

Bono’s Organization
Bono’s THE ONE Campaign
https://summitforchange.com/schedule/   (Click on Attendees for full list.)

INFORMATION ON SOME OF THE SUMMIT LEADERS
Phileena Heurertz

*During the Summit, Phileena led Morning Yoga and was one of the leaders of the Spiritual Direction sessions.
Background Info
“Phileena Heuertz is an author, speaker, spiritual director, retreat guide and yoga instructor.”
“founding partner” of Gravity – a center for contemplative activism with her huband, Christopher Heuretz
” A member of the New Friar movement”
“Phileena has led contemplative retreats for a number of faith communities including: Word Made Flesh, World Vision International, Compassion International, as well as non-faith and interfaith groups in leading cities across the nation.”
“certified spiritual director in the Ignatian contemplative evocative method.”
“She is  a board member emeritus for Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation and board member for Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation.”
http://phileena.com/biography/
https://gravitycenter.com/learn/community/founders/

Jenny Yang, Vice President of Advocacy and Policy at World Relief
*During the Summit, Jenny Yang was one of the leaders on the Core Conversation of Healing.
Background Info
Speaker at The Justice Conference 17 at Willow Creek Community Church, IF Gathering, ERLC and Focus on the Family’s Evangelicals for Life 17 in DC
Schedule:  https://www.jennyhyang.com/speaking/
“Chair of the Refugee Council USA (RCUSA) Africa Work Group, and was named one of the “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today”
https://www.jennyhyang.com/

Amena Brown
*During the Summit, Amena Brown was one of the leaders of the Core Conversations session on Story, and co-led Morning Centering.
Background Info
Speaker and performer at The Justice Conference 17 at Willow Creek, IF Gathering, and MOPS’ MOMcon Conference
“performed and spoken at events across the nation such as The RightNow Conference, Creativity World Forum, Catalyst Conference, Chick-fil-A Leadercast, as well as touring with Gungor.”
http://www.amenabrown.com/about/

Sojourners has already determined that the dates for its next Summit will be June 13-15, 2018 in Washington, DC.

Letter to the Editor: Parliament of the World’s Religions Seeks “Global Collective Mission” and “Interfaith Harmony”

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

When I read of your new release of Ray Yungen’s latest booklet: “Pope Francis and the Thomas Merton Connection,” and of Ray’s recent visit to Salt Lake City to attend the Parliament of the World’s Religions conference with a media pass, I decided to write you. The Parliament of the World’s Religions Conference started this past week: Oct.15 and ends on Oct.19, held in the Mormon Capital of the World, Salt Lake City. Their own website states their mission (see http://www.parliamentofreligions.org//mission):

“The Parliament of the World’s Religions was created to cultivate harmony among the world’s religious and spiritual communities and foster their engagement with the world and its guiding institutions in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world. To accomplish this, we invite individuals and communities who are equally invested in attaining this goal.”

Tibetan monks set up an altar in preparation for the Parliament of the World's Religions at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (Photo: Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

Tibetan monks set up an altar in preparation for the Parliament of the World’s Religions at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (Photo: Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

The Parliament declarations page (see http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/parliament/salt-lake-2015/declarations) says:

“10,000 people, 80 nations, 50 faiths…Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity: Working Together for a World of Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainability.”

There are 6 Parliament Declarations participants can sign including the following: Declarations on Climate Change, Hate Speech, War & Violence, Income Inequality, Human Rights and Dignity of Women, Standing with Emerging Leaders, and Standing with Indigenous Peoples.

This Parliament of World Religions has only been held 5 times previously in the past 200+ years:

Chicago, Illinois, USA 1893 and 1993
Capetown, South Africa 1999
Barcelona, Spain 2004
Melbourne, Australia 2009

And, now this past week (Oct.15-19, 2015) : Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Notable international speakers include Nobel Peace Laureates including Costa Rica’s President, the Spiritual Leader of Tibetan Buddhism, a Lakota nation tribal leader, and a US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religion Freedom.

Other notable speakers, Lighthouse Trails has repeatedly warned about over the years, and they include:

—Jim Wallis, Brian McLaren, and Marianne Williamson

The keynote speaker on Oct.17 was Jane Goodall, and a Fox News article said the following (See http://fox13now.com/2015/10/17/jane-goodall-speaks-at-parliament-of-world-religions-in-salt-lake-city/):

“Goodall is calling upon religious leaders from all over the globe to use their influence to affect policies on environmental issues such as climate change., and Goodall says she has a favorite religious leader, but he’s not at this Parliament. “I think Pope Francis should be canonized on the spot, he’s absolutely amazing,” Goodall said. “He gives me more hope than almost anybody else alive at this time today.”

Everyone seems to be intoxicated with the media persona of Pope Francis, even Jane Goodall, even delegates at this 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions, and no doubt the tens of thousands of conference attendees who have come, sadly, to find an “interfaith harmony” and a global collective mission to achieve a world of compassion, peace, justice and sustainablity.

I hope and pray Lighthouse Trails readers will take a look at Ray Yungen’s “Pope Francis & Thomas Merton Connection” to see how this interspirituality goes way beyond Catholicism. . . . it’s part of the Oneness New Age philosophy, this mysticism that has pervaded all spiritual traditions, and that is vying to unify and bond people together in a false harmony/unity that is really a counterfeit “Christianity,” an anti-christ spirituality…

Sincerely,
CONCERNED IN CALIFORNIA

Letter to the Editor: Please Send Your Evidence and Examples for Calvin College ASAP

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

You list Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI, as being contemplative, formation.  Please give me evidence, examples of this, also any emergent info, too on them.  ASAP, please.

Our Response:

Finding evidence and examples to show Calvin College’s contemplative/emergent persuasions is NOT like finding a needle in a haystack. This college is saturated with evidence and examples. Here are a few:

2015 article talking about how Calvin College is incorporating Taize Worship: http://www.calvin.edu/chimes/2015/04/30/world-language-chapels-provide-wider-worship-opportunities (Taize is a form of contemplative worship and meditative practices developed at the interspiritual Taize community in France: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/taize.htm).

Another example of CC using Taize (this one in one of their Chapel services): http://www.calvin.edu/offices-services/campus-ministries/worship/archives/?pageNumber=103&numberToShow=10.

Also in the  example above, it shows contemplative/emerging figure Michael Gungor as a chapel leader this year. Gungor is a strong contemplative/emerging advocate: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=9848. In this article on Gungor, we show his views rejecting the biblical account of creation: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15886.

Here you can see a Calvin College “Sabbath” exercise, which was inspired by emergent Shane Claiborne: http://www.calvin.edu/dotAsset/381ecf55-8803-4f21-b6f3-5ac6c10aef97.pdf.

In 2014, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (part of Calvin College) presented an event by Dr. Michael Higgins exalting contemplative Catholics Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen. http://worship.calvin.edu/news-events/events/roots-of-influence-thomas-merton-and-henri-nouwen-a-presentation-by-dr-michael-w-higgins/ Higgins calls Merton and Nouwen, “two of the 20th century’s most important and articulate Christian voices.” This event was held at the Catholic Information Center and was sponsored in part by Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

Photo from Calvin College’s website

A prayer Labyrinth in March 2015 in the chapel multi-purpose room: https://www.calvin.edu/calendar/event.html?id=dde727e6-8f7d-4497-8bc2-d34020e977bf. You can read more about labyrinths here: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/labyrinth.htm.

In a 2013 chapel service, students were taught how to do lectio divina, a contemplative practice: http://www.calvin.edu/chimes/2013/10/19/chapel-schedule-oct-21-25/. Here you can read a good article describing what lectio divina is: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10887.

2013 – Developing a Christian Mind course | Description: IDIS 150 10 DCM: The New Monasticism. “Ever wonder what life is like in a Christian monastery? Ever ask why Shane Claiborne urges serious followers of Jesus today to return to the past—to pay careful attention to early Christian monastic life and practices, and to adopt for themselves a “new monasticism?”    This course will focus on what Christian monks, disciples strangely out-of-step with prevailing culture, can teach about staying in step with Jesus. Students will read (ancient and contemporary) books on Christian monastic life and practice and explore ways to implement them today . The course will conclude with a week-long stay at a tranquil Christian monastery, the Abbey of Gethsemane, spiritual home of Thomas Merton. Off campus dates January 14-18. Fee: $400. D. Cooper. 8:30 a.m. to noon.” http://www.calvin.edu/academic/services/registration/interim/2013/dcm.html

To show the “fruit” of the contemplative spirituality that Calvin College is embracing, see this 2016 interfaith conference: http://www.calvin.edu/calendar/event.html?id=e0f5d8c9-dcb7-4a1e-ae70-796233a6925b.

At Calvin’s Henry Institute, an interesting list of speakers including anti-Israel Jim Wallis and Stephen Sizer: http://henry.calvin.edu/news-events/past-events.html. See our articles on both these men at our site. Also watch this video: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16058.

In Calvin College’s mission statement page, they reference the very Socialist leaning emerging magazine SoJourners (Jim Wallis’ magazine) http://www.calvin.edu/sao/about-us.html

The Christian Classics Ethereal Library is located on the Calvin campus, and to show its connection to the college, many of the Board members are Calvin College faculty and staff: http://www.ccel.org/info/structure. The CCEL is on the Lighthouse Trails top organizations bringing contemplative into the church. They even promote Emanuel Swedenborg, an occult influenced figure: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=5618.

In this 2011 course, From Worldview to Worship, one of the textbooks is a socialist promoting book titled Desiring the Kingdom. http://www.calvin.edu/~jks4/fromworldviewtoworshipsyllabus.pdf. You can read excerpts of that book on Amazon.

The list above covers everything from contemplative meditation, emergent theologies, interfaith connections, Islam, Israel, the occult and socialism. And finally, the homosexual issue. Just type in LGBT in the Calvin College search engine, and you will have a day’s worth of reading: http://search.calvin.edu/search/.

You can also check out their textbooks here: http://www.bkstr.com/calvinstore/shop/books/textbooks-and-course-materials.

I hope this helps. This is just the tip of the iceberg for Calvin College.

Editors at Lighthouse Trails

 

Letter to the Editor: Brian McLaren, Jim Wallis, Marianne Williamson Speaking at “Parliament of the World Religions”

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I wanted to alert you of the 2015 PARLIAMENT of the World Religions, taking place Oct.15-19 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  For the first time in more than 20 years, they are holding this conference in the U.S.  The last time it was held in the U.S. was 1993 in Chicago.
(Previous Parliaments were held: 2009 in Australia, 2004 in Spain, 1999 in South Africa, 1993 in Chicago, 1893 in Chicago).

Of note is that this 2015 PARLIAMENT of the World Religions is being held in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Mormon capital of the world!

Here is the website:
http://www.parliamentofreligions.org/index.cfm?n=35&sn=14

Notable speakers include those you have warned your readers about in the past:

1) Marianne Williamson (New Age Leader and Rick Warren supporter)
See link:  http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?s=marianne+williamson&search=Search

2) Brian McLaren (Emergent/Contemplative/Universalist Author & Speaker, CANA Initiative founder)
See link: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?s=brian+mclaren&search=Search

3) Jim Wallis (Sojourners founder, “social-justice gospel” advocate, “Christian Palestianism”/anti-Israel advocate)
See link:  http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?s=jim+wallis&search=Search

Other notable speakers include:
-The 14th Dalai Lama (Current head of Tibetan Buddhism, 1989 Nobel Peace Prize winner)
-Swami Suhitananda (Indian Guru)
-Tariq Ramadan–founder of the European Muslim Network, advisor to the European Union
-Michael Bernard Beckwith–“New Thought” (or New Spirituality) Leader and founder of Agape International Spiritual Center
-A Lakota nation tribal leader (Native-American)
-a Mormon author
-a U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Satan is putting together this ONE WORLD RELIGION through unbiblical “interreligious” conferences like this one.

Marianne Williamson, Brian McLaren and Jim Wallis are part of this false ecumenical “ONE” global movement. Truth and error are no longer being discussed. It’s all about dialogue and “interconnecting” in relational “ONE-ness.” This global conference, being held in the U.S. after more than 20 years, is an example of these sobering days we are living in…

In Christ,
CONCERNED IN CALIFORNIA

P.S. You may wish to show this video clip below, which is a trailer to the 2009 PARLIAMENT of the World Religions. It is clear to see that a one-world religion will be mystical and occultic in nature:

2009 Parliament Slideshow from Parliament of Religions on Vimeo.

Guest Commentary: A Response to “Red Letter Christians” and Tony Campolo’s “Going the Jesus Way”

By Erik G.
Guest Commentary

I saw the article, on Tony Campolo:Christians Should Vote for Hilary.” It was quite revealing. Well on his website (redletterchristians.org), he wrote a short article called, “Going the Jesus Way” (http://www.redletterchristians.org/going-the-jesus-way/). He describes what the “Red Letter Christians” are all about. It’s off the mark to say the least. So I sent a response to this article and was wondering if you would be willing to look it over and consider it for a potential posting. Thank you, and I truly appreciate the work that you all do.

In Truth,

Erik G.

A response to Tony Campolo’s Article “Going the Jesus Way”:

1st – Anyone who takes God’s word seriously understands that the emphasis needs to be on all of it and not just those of a particular shade, and certainly not on politics or any “new movements.”

2nd – It is true that Jesus was far from being political. So if He transcends political identities, then we shouldn’t be using His name as a way to promote a political agenda with all of those political issues mentioned.

And yes, the label “Evangelical” surely has been distorted, but the “Red Letter Christians” are currently involved in distorting. Tragically, they’re teaching a false Gospel by leading people, many of whom may be seeking after God’s truth, to believe the lie that the black letters of the Bible are of lesser value. Evidently, Jesus vehemently disagreed when He used Old Testament Scripture and said, “..Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD that proceeds from the MOUTH OF GOD” ( Matthew 4:4, Deuteronomy 8:3). Obviously, Jesus had a high regard for the Scriptures. It’s ironic that the “Red Letter Christians” actually missed those red letters. Or is it?

Any born again believer knows that this sort of erroneous doctrine peddled by the RLC’s is simply foolishness. Born again? Popular culture has distorted those words as well. The RLC’s must know that Jesus said in bright red letters that being “born again” is something that we must become. Jesus also said that if we love Him we must do what He says (John 14:23). So as a display of integrity to their current label, it might serve them well to be sure they’ve obeyed this command. Then they can just call themselves born again Christians. Why reinvent the wheel? Plus, what better label could a real Christian want than one that Jesus Himself came up with. The red letters are the most important, right?

3rd – If the RLC’s don’t believe in the equal importance of all Scripture, then they don’t believe in any of it (Matthew 4:4, 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Also, in Matthew 6, Jesus has nothing to say whatsoever about holding a higher regard for His own words. The RLC’s take on Scripture is so often distorted and off the mark that they appear ignorant of it. It’s a lot of babble with no backbone. Nevertheless, it doesn’t matter what color the letters are, all of God’s word is true (John 17:17, Psalm 119:160, Proverbs 22:21, Proverbs 30:5,  Ephesians 1:13-14, James 1:18), inspired by God, profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and He gave His children the Holy Spirit to discern all truth (John 16:13).

For the record, Jesus used Old Testament Scripture to overthrow Satan, and those black letters had the final authority against each attack by the evil one (Matthew 4, Luke 16:29, 31). Jesus honored the Scriptures and even criticized people who were ignorant of them (Matthew 22:29, Mark 12:24). So, to clear it up for the RLC’s, many of the red letters were used precisely to establish the complete authority of the black letters. Jesus said it, so that should settle it. The red letters are still the most important, right?

Statements like the following demonstrate either an unfamiliarity with, or an ignorance of the word of God: “What is more, we are convinced that the black letters in the Bible cannot be understood unless you read them through the Jesus you find in the red letters.” Well God’s word says, “My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge”(Proverbs 8:9). So does Mr. Campolo and crew lack understanding? Are they void of the knowledge of God? It would appear so based on the quote above. Any man that is convinced of false notions that do not line up with God’s word cannot be trusted. God has plainly revealed to us that the whole of His word is pure and true and agreeable. Hopefully, the Holy Spirit will convince the RLC’s of this. If not, they’ll just be reading the Scriptures in vain.

4th – As Mr. Campolo correctly points out, we are disciples of Jesus if we do what He commands us to do. But it seems the RLC’s idea of a disciple is one who gets involved with politically charged issues and then throws in the name of Jesus to make it sound pious. But the issue here is being a disciple of Jesus and doing what he says. Helping the poor, for example, certainly is something the Lord asks of us, but we must also listen to Him when He says things like, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD that proceeds from the mouth of God.” As the RLC’s shamelessly choose to deny God’s full authority by placing (claiming to place) more emphasis on the red letters, they still fail to walk their own walk and actually do all that Jesus says when they cherry pick the red letters that suit their taste and ignore others.

Their call to RADICAL DISCIPLESHIP has an appearance of Godliness but denies God’s complete rule. Here’s some more red letters, “Their worship is a farce, for they replace God’s commands with their own man-made teachings” (Matthew 15:9). Being radical is irrelevant, it’s following Jesus without compromise that matters. Again, we don’t need any “new movement,” unless it’s one that aims at preserving the purity of the entire word of God and standing firm on it. If the red letters are the most important to the RLC’s, then they should practice what they preach and start living by them.

Related Articles:

2010 Film “With God on Our Side” – Championed by Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, Brian McLaren & Steve Haas (World Vision) – Has Changed the Minds of Evangelicals by Jan Markell 

Questions for Those Who Claim the “Supreme Beings” Of the Nations Are the True God  by Sandy Simpson

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

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

Hostile Sentiment Toward “End-Time” Believing Christians Increasing

Coming to Christ Through Mysticism?  by Roger Oakland

 

2014 LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS YEAR IN REVIEW—Part 3: Top 10 Articles on Christian Colleges

2010 Film “With God on Our Side” – Championed by Jim Wallis, Tony Campolo, Brian McLaren & Steve Haas (World Vision) – Has Changed the Minds of Evangelicals

By Jan Markell
Olive Tree Ministries

Today, one of the greatest seductions is that there could be world peace if only the Palestinians had a homeland. The film that came out in 2010 titled With God On Our Side 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 of Israel.

Porter Speakman, the movie’s producer, explains that there is a biblical alternative for Christians who want to love and support the people of Israel. He says there is a theology that doesn’t favor one people group over another but instead promotes peace and reconciliation for both Jews and Palestinians. Peace would be terrific if Palestinian leadership wanted peace with Israel. They don’t. They want a one-state solution and the destruction of Israel. So whatever theology Speakman refers to is bogus.

The film’s trailer claims:

“Palestinian Christians lived here for centuries in this land. Suddenly they meet Christian groups of people who say the Palestinians are obstacles to the Second Coming of Christ. You need to move out to make room for the Jewish Diaspora to come here.”

“Anti-Israel activists see American evangelicals as key to U.S. support for Israel. That is why they are targeting evangelicals with messages of pro-Palestinian solidarity as supposedly central to Christian compassion.”

Mark Tooley of the Institute for Religion and Democracy states,

“Anti-Israel activists see American evangelicals as key to U.S. support for Israel. That is why they are targeting evangelicals with messages of pro-Palestinian solidarity as supposedly central to Christian compassion.”

“The film’s main message to evangelicals is that the old religious Right crassly imposed a pro-Israel U.S. foreign policy based on its end-time theology, creating untold suffering among largely innocent Palestinians. The film suggests that more thoughtful, more compassionate evangelicals will reject that heritage and instead stand with the Palestinians as the victim group most needing compassion.”

Tooley continues,

“The film perpetuates a simplistic stereotype alleging that American evangelicals self-servingly only support Israel because a Jewish presence there is central to their blood-thirsty apocalyptic dreams about the second coming of Jesus.”

I hope other evangelicals are as outraged as I am at being called “blood-thirsty.”

To sum it up, Israel and the U.S. are nasty imperialists, and Christian Zionist evangelicals only back the Jews because of perceived abused theology: God will bring the Jews back to the land. It rightfully belongs to them. The last days’ scenario centers around the Jewish people and nation. Say folks, I say we can’t change Scripture although many are trying to do so today!

What is true is that Palestinian leaders and the entire Arab world abuse them, not U.S. imperialism and anybody’s end-time theology. Evangelicals are strong supporters of Islamic evangelism around the world. Many evangelical agencies have been raised up, particularly since 9/11, to reach out to lost Muslims, including Palestinians.

The film With God On Our Side wants increased U.S. pressure on Israel to accommodate Palestinian demands, facilitated by reduced U.S. evangelical support for Israel. It just won’t happen. We are smart enough to know that what they really want is Israel dismantled altogether in favor of a one-state solution: Palestine.

Just what exactly is “Christian Zionism?” It is a movement supporting the return of the Jewish people to their rightful homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the land of Israel. Christians who fit into this category are almost exclusively evangelicals who believe God has a continuing special relationship with the Jews [as opposed to the belief of Replacement Theology]. He has a covenant with them that can never be broken. This is apart from the church. This is based on literal and futurist interpretation of the Bible and the conviction that Old Testament prophecies concerning the Jewish people are being fulfilled today in the State of Israel.

According to the film, With God on Our Side, Christian Zionism and our strange theology have muddied the waters more than any other entity! So, along comes a man who cannot stand the stench of Israel, Stephen Sizer. He is a Church of England priest who has written several anti-Israel books and anti-Christian Zionist books including Christian Zionism: Roadmap to Armageddon and Zion’s Christian Soldiers. Here are some more blood-thirsty images!

Sizer insists that the theology of Christian Zionists rejects some ethnic groups such as the Palestinians. He suggests we are using the lens of Bible prophecy and not the lens of justice. Most evangelicals will always choose the lens of the Bible so let Sizer bang his head against the wall in utter frustration. He has a great platform to do so on the program by the so-called “Bible Answerman,” Hank Hanegraaff. Who are some championing this film? Those who usually side with religious Left causes including Tony Campolo, Jim Wallis, Brian McLaren, Steve Haas from World Vision, Gary Burge from Wheaton College, and more.

This film came at a time when Barack Obama tried to impose a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians. Obama behaved as though he were President of the World, dictating borders and treaties even if one side does not want to participate. He has clashed with the Lord God of Israel, and America may never be the same. What other sovereign nation would put up with this scenario? None.

Gen. David Petraeus has blamed the war on terror on Israel, saying that the perception in the Arab world is that America cannot “stand up to Israel.” As a consequence of that perception, Petraeus said, America was losing support among the moderate Arab states. There are no moderate Arab states. But this is just one more American voice condemning our number-one ally and “the apple of God’s eye” (Zechariah 2:8). There was even talk that Barack Obama is going to shut down Israel’s nuclear program. What other nation would be on the receiving end of such abuse?

Some have concluded that Israel, while important, isn’t that important to the United States. The administration has “dug in” on its position and maintains that any Jewish construction in Jerusalem is an “Israeli provocation” and that the price for “peace” is a Palestinian state ethnically cleansed of any Jewish presence.

So those behind this pathetic effort to demonize a group of Christian Zionists and, for that matter, demonize all of Israel, need to do a reality check. There are consequences. Covenants are involved: Genesis 17:6-7; Genesis 12:1-7; Psalm 105:8-15. God is on the side of those with whom He has covenants: Israel and believing Christians who call him Savior. He will never break a covenant. That you can count on. You and I are betting eternity on His trustworthiness. Watching Him perform His promises to Israel should give us great comfort!

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