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Let the Little Ones Come to Me Social Justice Gone Awry
The Aquilla Report ^ | 17 Aug 2013

Posted on 08/17/2013 6:36:57 AM PDT by Gamecock

Full Title: Let the Little Ones Come to Me — Social Justice Gone Awry This is an anti-gospel—learning morality from nature and being successful from within ourselves, without depending on the Creator and Redeemer of nature.

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A further danger lurks—that Christian good works can be recuperated by movements of pagan utopianism. A case in point.

In January 2013 World Vision (WV) sent an Easter funding appeal to those sponsoring needy children. WV began as an evangelistic ministry of Bob Pierce, a powerful preacher whom I heard preach when I was just a lad in my hometown in Liverpool in an evangelistic crusade. Since then, I have noticed many changes. The cross featured on all WV literature morphed into a twinkling star. I began to wonder. At the WV booth at a recent pastors’ conference, we were asked to fill packages with good things to be sent abroad. When I asked why there were no Bibles in the packages, I was told that they couldn’t know which language to include! My concern increased.

This Easter appeal included a card to be sent to deprived children in faraway places, with the WV tagline “Building a better world for children.” There was no good news of resurrection, rather pictures of animals teaching moralistic lessons to “bless children.” Children, like sheep, should “stay close to the family and friends you know…” but no mention of staying close to Jesus the Good shepherd. Children are like deer: “The deer is sure-footed…be confident in your abilities, like the deer.” No mention of the soul, like a thirsty deer, panting after God. The card only lacked the Easter Bunny! This is not an absence of Gospel. This is an anti-gospel—learning morality from nature and being successful from within ourselves, without depending on the Creator and Redeemer of nature.

In an accompanying letter, the president, Richard Stearns, explains: “We’ve been careful to design the card…so that it won’t compromise the safety of children or World Vision staff in countries where Christianity is restricted.” For “safety reasons,” not only is the Gospel absent but a subtle counter-gospel of self-improvement is proposed. The physical safety of Christians in hostile countries is important, but for a Christian organization, eternal safety and preparing for God’s “better world” of the new creation is surely of even greater concern.

The Christian WV recommends that churches work with secular United Nations-approved social justice NGOs, like InterAction where another worldview is being incubated—not secularism, but a new version of ancient paganism, blending “enlightened spirituality” with “social action.” The goal is “world transformation” to create a pagan “non-dual” (no Creator) utopia. The Lucis Trust (originally the Lucifer Trust!), an occult Theosophist group in charge of the spiritual heart of the United Nations’ Meditation Room since 1952, now announces their version of a better world: “uniformity of beliefs is unnecessary…shared spiritual experience and collective service may offer a better hope for achieving global synthesis.” “Beliefs” are dismissed. Meditative “spiritual experience” and “collective service” are in. How many well-meaning evangelicals are following like “sheep,” unaware that totalitarian paganism, by this agenda, now seeks control of the planet?

This growing movement, deeply tied to evolution, “cannot be halted,” says ex-fundamentalist Michael Dowd. An “evangelical naturalist [who is] no longer a supernaturalist,” because “God is not a person,” Dowd goes on: “As we integrate the Great Story of evolution…we will see a worldwide spiritual revival… a new era of peace, sustainability, health, and prosperity….the end of war, democracy for all, eradication of hunger, and education for everyone. Freedom. Opportunity. Global friendship…These dreams are at our fingertips now.”

Christians cannot dig wells in Africa without telling thirsty sinners of the wells of salvation. They cannot speak of blessings without speaking also of the curse of human evil. Children must hear the difference between the Lie and the Truth in order to place their trust in Jesus as their only Savior, and we must obey the Savior’s command: “Let the little ones come tome.”


TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: gospel

1 posted on 08/17/2013 6:36:57 AM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock

This is sadly becoming a trend. This was posted a while ago and it kind of fits with this article: http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/3050669/posts


2 posted on 08/17/2013 7:19:01 AM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: xzins

Ping.

Goes along with what we are chatting about.

The UN can probably do a better job at providing fresh water. But only we can provide living water.


3 posted on 08/17/2013 7:23:18 AM PDT by Gamecock (Member: NAACAC)
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To: Gamecock

I was at Family Christian Bookstore the other day, and was informed they had become totally non-profit, that all their profits would be going to charity. At the register we were asked to donate to World Vision by sponsoring a child. We did not. I didn’t know anything bad about World Vision, but I’ve always been wary of “sponsoring a child” and of any organization I don’t first know the ratio of admin/outreach costs. So, it wasn’t a hard-hearted refusal to donate; it was just my insistence on first getting more information.

This article says I made the right decision.

Beyond this article to our earlier discussion, if we’re not presenting the real gospel to the world, then we’re not doing our job.


4 posted on 08/17/2013 7:48:28 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It! Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: Gamecock
Warped message. Here is the real one:

“Catholic social ministry begins and ends with Jesus Christ,” he said. “If it doesn’t, it isn’t Catholic.”

~Archbishop Chaput


5 posted on 08/17/2013 8:25:31 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Which contradicts the nonsense many FRoman Catholics gush around these part about preaching the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.

Total post-modern garbage, plus un-Biblical.


6 posted on 08/17/2013 8:39:35 AM PDT by Gamecock (Member: NAACAC)
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7 posted on 08/17/2013 11:04:41 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Gamecock

Ever hear of Jesus curing the sick, the lame, the blind, the mute, the bleeding,raising the dead, telling the paralyed to get up and walk? Aren’t these the social ministires that he did so that the regular people could have a better life?

What about these — did Jesus do them too?

• Feed the hungry
• Give drink to the thirsty
• Clothe the naked
• Shelter the homeless
• Visit the sick
• Visit the imprisoned
• Bury the dead
• Admonish the sinner
• Instruct the ignorant (This and the next work are extremely pertinent categories today, when so many people are confused by what the Church teaches on contraception, abortion, homosexuality, etc.)
• Counsel the doubtful
• Comfort the sorrowful
• Bear wrongs patiently
• Forgive all injuries
• Pray for the living and the dead

Do you do them?


8 posted on 08/17/2013 3:43:37 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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9 posted on 08/17/2013 3:49:31 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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10 posted on 08/17/2013 3:52:12 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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11 posted on 08/17/2013 4:02:02 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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