Skip to comments.Judges 2:10-13: The Opening of America’s Anti-Christian Chapter
Posted on 01/26/2014 4:58:24 AM PST by spirited irish
When also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers; and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which He had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lords anger...they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths." Judges 2:10-13
In his book New Evangelicalism: the New World Order, Paul Smith, the younger brother of Pastor Chuck Smith of Calvary Chapel, reports that the second generation sons of faithful evangelicals and evangelical pastors are going astray. Among those who have already done so are Daniel Fuller, Frank Schaeffer, Rick Warren, and Chuck Smith Jr. (p. 177)
"New" evangelicals are traveling the broad smooth road to compromise, syncretism, universalism and evolutionary pantheism taken years ago by mainline Protestantism. Already some apostate evangelicals have embraced and are teaching pantheist conceptions of Jesus Christ.
In the The Christ of the New Age Movement, Ron Rhodes notes that apostate evangelical, now New Age theologian David Spangler defines Christ as a cosmic principle:
Any old Christ will not do, not if we need to show that we have something better than the mainstream Christian traditions. It must be a cosmic Christ, a universal Christ, a New Age Christ. The Christ is not so much a religious figure, but rather a cosmic principle, a spiritual presence whose quality infuses and appears in various ways in all the religions and philosophies that uplift humanity and seek unity with spirit. (The Christ of the New Age Movement: Part One in a Two-Part Series on New Age Christology, cited in A Quantum Cosmic Christ, Herescope BlogSpot, June 2012)
The cosmic Christ is the Omega refashioned. The Omega is the Hermetic Hindu-pantheist divine One Substance featured by apostate Catholic theologian Teilhard de Chardin in his New Religion and now by Leonard Sweet in his Quantum Spirituality.
Leonard Sweet, preacher, scholar, and ordained United Methodist clergyman teaches a version of de Chardin's New Religion that he calls Quantum Spirituality. Sweet has remolded Omega as an embodiment of God in process of evolving within the substance of creation:
Quantum spirituality bonds us to all creation as well as to other members of the human family . This entails a radical doctrine of embodiment of God in the very substance of creation . But a spirituality that is not in some way entheistic (whether pan- or trans-), that does not extend to the spirit-matter of the cosmos, is not Christian. (ibid, Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality: A Postmodern Apologetic )
The fall of the Christian Church is not limited to the Evangelical Church but rather the disaster is manifest over the entire denominational spectrum from the Presbyterian Church USA, which has lost hundreds of churches in the last few years, to the Episcopal and Catholic denominations.
In Tidings of Discomfort and Joy, Jamie Dean describes a scorched earth policy being conducted by the apostate Episcopal Church against faithful Anglicans leaving the TEC:
TEC leaders have fought dozens of court battles to force congregations leaving the denomination to forfeit the buildings they, their parents, and their grandparents paid for. (Jamie Dean, World Magazine, Dec. 28, 2013)
Phil Ashey of the American Anglican Council, an advocacy group for parishes and dioceses leaving TEC, says these conflicts are a kind of first fruits of what faithful Christians outside TEC could face in coming years.
Since TEC consecrated openly homosexual Gene Robinson as its first gay bishop a decade ago, hundreds of churches have fled the denomination. Departing churches emphasize TECs approval of open homosexuality as an outgrowth of deeper doctrinal problems: TEC leadership has questioned the authority of Scripture for decades.
Under Katherine Jefferts Schori, the first female presiding bishop, the scorched earth policy has reached new heights. The apostate Schori said this is because,
Bad behavior must be confronted. (ibid)
Schori preaches a brand of evolutionary pantheism while masquerading as a Christian bishop. As she mocks the crucial doctrines of the Christian faith, including the God of creation, the Incarnation, and the Trinity, she calls on Christians to boldly cross the frontier to become God while she taunts the Lord by use of the name Big Man,
... and then points her finger at everyone listening and tells them that they have missed the boat. Jefferts Schori then proclaims that she has the answer for this. We all need the act of crossing boundaries to become God after which our hands become a sacrament of mission. In this way Schori continues her mission of destroying the Christian faith through her rhetorical device of dismissive ridicule. (The False Theology of Episcopalian Bishop Katherine Jefferts Schori, Sarah Frances Ives, PhD, VirtueOnline, Wednesday, July 11, 2012)
Within the Catholic Church losses have also been devastating, said Patrick Buchanan:
Catholic losses have been staggering (and) Catholics who remain in the Church are not nearly as firm in the faith or devout as their parents were. The institutional shrinkage mirrors a spreading disbelief in doctrines that define the faith. Millions of Catholic children are being taught their faith by heretics. (Suicide of a Super Power: Will America Survive to 2025? pp. 91-93)
Evolutionary pantheism quietly infiltrated the Catholic Church years ago. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen identifies the infamous heretic Teilhard de Chardin as the main villain: As one looks at the various trends in our day, one sees that Teilhards conception of spirituality is in the forefront. He knew that he had to pass through many hazards, but he was directed principally to the cosmic world.....His fundamental orientation was to attain heaven through the fulfillment of earth. Christify matter. (Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Footprints In A Darkened Forest, p. 73)
By any name, Quantum Spirituality, Evolutionary Christianity, Schoris brand of evolutionary pantheism or Teilhards New Religion, all are a synthesis of heresies whose primary doctrine is evolution.
The Disappearance of the God of the Bible
Dr. R. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, describes our age as marked by so much spiritual and theological confusion that the God of the Bible has largely disappeared from view and been replaced by,
less imposing deities that are more amenable to the modern mind. (The Disappearance of God, Mohler, p. xiii)
We are witnessing the secularization, paganization and evaporation of orthodox Biblical theism to which must be added rebellion against every vestige of authority, an inversion of history caused by evolutionary thinking, the privatization of truth and,
.....the fact that millions of Americans claim a divine right to their own spiritual cocoon and belief system. Americans, now lay claim to their own personal Jesus. This personal vision of Jesus Christ may well bear little or no resemblance to Jesus as He is revealed in the Bible. (xiii)
We are on the very brink of an anti-orthodox Christian mentality empowered and promoted by Americas apostate paganized 'church. This development is approved and applauded by America's cultural elites. For a long time our highly evolved cultural elitespolitical, legal, judicial, academic, scientific, entertainment, educationhave not only been largely post-Christian in their mentality but openly hostile:
NBCs sitcom The New Normal isnt just trying to remake society for the Gay Left. Its trying to remake Christianity, which is to say, destroy it. (Brent Bozell, The New Normal Christianity? Townhall.com, Oct 26, 2012)
Paganized, post-Christian, sexually emancipated America is in a very advanced state of moral decay. Years ago when its decay was not as advanced, Pitirim Sorokin even then compared it with the morally depraved, sexually decadent social conditions in the Old Kingdom of Egypt 4,500 years ago just prior to its collapse.
In his book, The American Sex Revolution, Sorokin reported that in the Old Kingdom:
Sexual anarchy assumed extreme forms and spread through a large part of the population. Side by side with an increase of sexual perversions, a shameless sexual promiscuity also greatly increased. They seduced members of the same family. Relations between father and daughter ..son and mother Adultery, rape prostitution greatly increased homosexual love entered the mores of the population all the aberrations of morbid eroticism ..unnatural relations, flagellations, and sodomy. (p. 93)
When sodomy becomes not just socially acceptable to a people but is rather a cause for celebration then collapse cannot be far behind:
The Southern Decadence Festival is one of our nations most notorious celebrations of sodomy, public sex acts, prostitution, drunkenness, and worse, but is by no means the only such festival. According to this years Autumn Gay Pride Calendar, decadence festivals are held over and across post-Christian America and Western Europe as well as in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Thailand, Brazil, Belarus, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, China, S. Africa, India and Taipei. (Sex slaves, sexual anarchy and decadence festivals: ominous signs of something really rotten, L. Kimball, Renew America, Oct. 25, 2012)
One of the central realities of Americas moral decay was the dawning of a post-Christian culture now rapidly transitioning into an anti-orthodox Christian society.
The anti-orthodox Christian consciousness is now well developed. Tolerance is perverted into a radical secularism that is wholly open to gay marriage and sodomy, abortion as legalized choice, perverse sex education for children, occult practices, Satanism, sorcery, Wicca, magic, nudity, pornography and Decadence Festivals but intolerant of Gods Authority, Moral Law and sexual ethics. The post-Christian mind is closed to the eternally unchanging higher truths of God but completely open to the idea that truth has no objective or absolute basis whatsoever. Indeed, the postmodern mind has a fanatical dedication to moral relativism, love of self, pleasure, and its own personal Jesus idols and gods, be they evolution-gods, science-gods, mystical passion-gods, Omegas, gods-of-reason or something else.
We are living in an age of deep and undeniable breakdown, an age of darkness and spreading evil where moral constraints and restraints have been thrown off in the name of a liberation that does not emancipate but enslave. Our increasingly bizarre age is marked by a fundamental failure of conviction in unison with deepening corruption and lawlessness characterized by pathological lying, hard-edged egotism and warped, distorted personalities; but then Scripture has told us that sinners love darkness rather than the light.
Something is happening to the consciousness of this age. A counter-conversion of consciousness is closing the soul to Jesus Christ while opening it to powers of darkness. If we listen closely said Albert Mohler, we can hear something,
....like the closing of a steel doora solemn, cataclysmic slamming of a door. (p. 166)
No matter how much discomfort and suffering it causes us we nevertheless need to "wake up" and "see" and comprehend these developments in order to understand the challenges we are already facing and those yet to come. We are in a time of shaking, and there is far worse to come. We are about to see what remains and what falls. There is a sense, said Dr. Mohler, that we are waiting for a signal for something to tell us which way we are going to go,
Something is happening and about to happen. The landscape is changing, the skies are darkeningand this is something we know with a spiritual perception, a spiritual sense, a spiritual urgency. Something is happening that we as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ should see and understand. For we cannot say that we were not warned. (pp. 158, 164, 166)
Fortunately, God repects a/the remnant.
If TEC’s scorched earth policy is a sign of things to come then with time paganized ‘Christians’ will occupy the buildings and possess the wealth (earthly bread) handed over by the remnant who much prefer the Heavenly manna of our Lord.
Look for America and the west to be the new missionary fields of the Christians that are coming from the “global south” nations to bring back the good news of the Gospel of Jesus.
She’s spot on. It’s an excellent exercise to read those verses in Hebrew. The LORD is Yahweh. Baal also means owner or lord. Israel is God strives.
Our biggest challenge is government because religion in general stands against its authority. We will need a broad coalition of religious, including Muslims, bound together by the desire for religious liberty to defeat governments encroachment. Government is the natural enemy of religion. Government tolerates no other gods.
We are definitely seeing some dangerous practices creeping into our churches, very prevalent are:
Contemplative Spirituality: A belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all). Common terms used for this movement are "spiritual formation," "the silence," "the stillness," "ancient-wisdom," "spiritual disciplines," and many others.
Spiritual Formation: A movement that has provided a platform and a channel through which contemplative prayer is entering the church. Find spiritual formation being used, and in nearly every case you will find contemplative spirituality. In fact, contemplative spirituality is the heartbeat of the spiritual formation movement.
Any of you who would like to read more about these dangerous anti-Christian movements, there is an excellent site that has done a lot of research .... www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com You will be surprised and amazed to find out some of the sources of these movements that you might never have suspected.
Also, Ashtoreth is interesting to ponder. She’s androgynous and we’re seeing that in human sexuality. She’s the god of love (sex, not agape) and war.
Sheen was an evolutionist.
.....the fact that millions of Americans claim a divine right to their own spiritual cocoon and belief system. Americans, now lay claim to their own personal Jesus.
But isn't this the entire point of good ol' American Protestantism's "separation of church and state?" And how most American conservatives would scream if someone suggested that it's time to move beyond this failing system to a recognition of objective religious truth with legitimate authorities!
PS: The title has nothing to do with the article. What is this, another attempt to make the Hebrew Bible a (lehavdil) chrstian book?
Just a reminder: Resentment is an ugly thing ZC.
Thank-you for the info. It’s my understanding that kundalini spirit is coming in with the two practices you’ve listed. Do you find this to be true?
If you liked the other link, another one you will learn a LOT from is the Fuel Project from a wonderful pastor in Ireland (I am assuming you are from Ireland too, so you may already have heard him). He has a series of youtube videos called "know your enemy" which explain in great detail the beginning of the origin, significance, and dangers of the New Word Order (reemergence of the mystery religion of Babylonia) which encompass all of what we are taking about here today. I thought I knew a lot about all this, till I watched his videos, and found out just how much more there is to learn about it all and the extreme danger it posses for us today. Watch them all in order as the build upon each other to tell the whole "story."
Once again, thank-you for the links. As for kundalini, yes, it is from India and is related to kundalini yoga. The result of the final initiation into godhood is the possession of the guru by kundalini—or some other spirit such as Shiva.
I’m currently reading John MacArthur’s “Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship.” This book may be of interest to you:
“In Strange Fire, bestselling author and pastor John MacArthur chronicles the unsavory history behind the modern Charismatic movement. He lays out a chilling case for rejecting its false prophets, speaking out against their errors, showing true reverence to the Holy Spirit, and above all clinging to the Bible as the inerrant, authoritative Word of God and the one true standard by which all truth claims must be tested.”
MacArthur concludes that a false spirit is behind such things as “slain in the spirit” speaking in tongues, roaring like lions, psychic powers, etc.
Thank you. I will certainly have to get that book to read.
Read ANY MSM publication or listen to the TV/radio spectrum.
Is the word SIN ever typed/spoken?
Words such as “sin” “judgment” and “hell” have largely disappeared from vast numbers of churches more interested in quantity rather than quality, conformity rather than holiness, and feel-good psychology rather than sin.
“I understand what Spirited is saying and people like David Berlinski may see ID as a closed system, however I do not. I am a Christian but ID is not a Christian movement “
Spirited: Thank-you for explaining your position. The ID movement is well-known to me, including that some of its members favor closed systems while others are brilliant thinkers who are open about their faith in the God of creation.
The latter have my respect as men of courage and unwavering conviction.
I think the Fuel Project is actually out of Scotland. Nevertheless, ALL of his series are incredible. Time WELL spent tuning in!
You are absolutely right, he is out of Scotland. I thought of my wrong post fact last night when I was watching one of the videos again to retrieve a fact I remembered hearing and realized his accent is definitely Scottish. I am going to order a couple of his books.