Saturday, March 25, 2006

Dominionism in the Church

This is scary. A huge ecumenical movement. The Big Picture

Spurgeon on Romans 8:29

You will have noticed that in this chapter, Paul has been expounding a very deep inward, spiritual experience. He has written concerning the spirit of bondage, and the spirit of adoption, the infirmities of the flesh, and the helpings of the spirit; the waiting for the redemption of the body, and the groanings which cannot be uttered. It was most natural, therefore, that a deep spiritual experience should bring him to a clear perception of the doctrines of grace, for such an experience is a school in which alone those great truths are effectually learned.

A lack of depth in the inner life accounts for most of the doctrinal error in the church. Sound conviction of sin, deep humiliation on account of it, and a sense of utter weakness and unworthiness naturally conduct the mind to the belief of the doctrines of grace, while shallowness in these matters leaves a man content with a superficial creed.

Those teachings which are commonly called Calvinistic doctrines are usually most beloved and best received by those who have had much conflict of soul, and so have learned the strength of corruption and the necessity of grace.

Note, also, that Paul in this chapter has been treating of the sufferings of this present time; and though by faith he speaks of them as very inconsiderable compared with the glory to be revealed, yet we know that they were not inconsiderable in his case. He was a man of many trials; he went from one tribulation to another for Christ’s sake; he swam through many seas of affliction to serve the church. I do not wonder, therefore, that in his epistles he often discourses upon the doctrines of foreknowledge, and predestination, and eternal love, because these are a rich cordial for a fainting spirit. To be cheered under many things, which otherwise would depress him, the believer may betake himself to the matchless mysteries of the grace of God, which are wines on the lees well refined. Sustained by distinguishing grace, a man learns to glory in tribulations also; and strengthened by electing love, he defies the hatred of the world and the trials of life.

Suffering is the college of orthodoxy. Many a Jonah, who now rejects the doctrines of the grace of God, only needs to be put into the whale’s belly and he will cry out with the soundest free-grace man, “Salvation is of the Lord.” Prosperous professors, who do no business amid David’s billows and waterspouts, may set small store by the blessed anchorage of eternal purpose and everlasting love but those who are “tossed with tempest, and not comforted, are of another mind.” Let these few sentences suffice for a preface. I utter them not in the spirit of controversy, but the reverse.


Friday, March 24, 2006

Discussion about art

There is a good discussion going on over at.Purgatorio about art. Since it is an abstract that is at the center of the discussion, it is even more provocative than usual. Check it out

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Petition for Abdul Rahman

Abdul Rahman is on trial and may lose his life in Afganistan. His crime? He converted to Christianity. Please take the time to sign the petition here

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Favorite Spurgeon Quote

History shows that whenever God uses a rod to chasten His servants, He always breaks it afterwards, as if He loathed the rod which gave his children pain.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Questionable Funding for Evangelical Climate Initiative

For more information about questionable funding for the Evangelical Climate Initiative go here. Not only did Hewlett provide funding, but Rockefeller Foundation provided funding as well. I wish Christian leaders would do some research instead of accepting funds from such questionable sources.

Saturday, March 04, 2006


Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to reform.
-Mark Twain

Evangelical Environmental Entanglement

I am really into nature. I mean REALLY into nature. I hike, paint nature, teach outdoor education at times. I am an environmentalist of sorts. I believe in Leave No Trace principles and never ever litter. Not even in parking lots. I have to tell you though, that I am greatly concerned over recent developments of the Evangelical Community to join the Environmental Movement. Specifically, the whole Evangelical Climate Initiative.

My concern is not that Christians shouldn't get involved in the environment, my concern is that Christians are partnering up with some rather dubious new pals. It doesn't take much research to understand that some of the foundations that are suddenly Rick Warren's new friends have an agenda that goes way beyond just caring for our environment. Look into the history of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation. They have a long history of incrementally drawing the world into a global socialist government.

The major thrust of these foundations is to control and influence education. If students can be forced into government schools and manipulated into thinking about issues a certain way, then you have your compliant population. Students have been inundated with environmental concerns for years.

Another method these corporations employ is to create a crisis. If the governmental structures can create a crisis, then they can also implement a solution that is a predetermined outcome. The current crisis is Global Warming. One population these foundations know is a key population to influence are Christians. What a victory to have Rick Warren join their ranks of worthy causes! He is considered one of America's influencial Christians. He has been playing into the plans of these foundations so easily. He has spoken at the United Nations, and the Aspen Institute (a think tank for Socialist influences and implementation). He was good friends with Peter Drucker, who implemented Hegelian Dialectics into the business sector. He utilized his Purpose Driven model using the same kinds of methods that he was taught by Peter Drucker.

I was reading an article recently by Michael Crichton. You know the guy. He wrote Jurassic Park. . He has written a novel recently called State of Fear. He has some interesting comments about another scientific theory that shrilly made the rounds about a century ago. This scientific theory was supported by major figures: Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Alexander Graham Bell, Margaret Sanger (the founder of Planned Parenthood), Woodrow Wilson to name a few. Of course the study was funded by the usual players, Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations among others. The theory was not only funded by major foundations, but the media saturated the public with it, and educational systems introduced it into their academic research and instruction.

Michael Crichton makes the point that this theory was based in pseudoscience. The theory in question is now considered quite abhorrant to most of us today. The theory that gained so much momentum and allegiance was Eugenics. The basis for Eugenics was the theory that the gene pool was being corrupted by breeding of "undesirable" human beings. There was a need to get the word out and advance the idea of breeding by "superior" races. Of course, as Eugenics shifted and took root in Germany, the results were initial gassing of "mental defectives" and later extermination of millions of undesirable humans. Of course, the horror of WWII quickly allowed the idea of Eugenics to retreat to shadowy corners of shameful historical facts. Nobody, especially key figures, admitted that they were tied into such a theory.

Governmental ideology funds scientific research. If scientists want to continue to be funded, then they usually toe the line on expected outcomes. Global Warming is being presented in the same way Eugenics was presented last century. Scientists get the word out, media saturates the public with the crisis, educators brainwash our children with environmental propaganda.

Is there really a crisis? There might possibly be a crisis of warming. There is not enough information to warrant a true picture. Some argue that our earth is going through a warming trend, but that our earth has always ebbed and flowed with cooling and warming trends.

It is alarming that major Christian figures and Churches are aligning with such questionable players in the hysteria surrounding this issue. I am surprised that some of these Christians don't take the time to research the funding partners or the real agendas of some of these foundations. I think that their eyes may be blinded by their fame or prestige, and they have forgotten their calling. It is a major triumph for environmental proponents to have Christians sign up for this agenda, for the Church has traditionally been a thorn in the flesh of political movements and trends (generally speaking). by imploring Christians with the idea that the environmental movement will save starving third world populations and coastlines is simplistic at best.

If the Environmental Movement was strictly concerned with the care and stewardship of the creation of God, I would be the first one to be involved. I would be out there saving Yosemite with John Muir, and protesting wholescale desecration of our resources. The fact of the matter is that certain environmental organizations are concerned with gobbling up land for "wilderness areas" with the ideology of no human contact. Ranchers and private property owners are forced out of their property for the "public good". The government owns huge swatches of land, and farms and ranches are going under, while food is being imported from foreign lands. We are allowed in certain areas, but more and more fees are being attached to that privilege. I love Yosemite, but in order to visit, I have to pay $20.00 for the privilege.

Well, so goes my rant for the day. I become more disappointed the more I dig up information regarding environmental issues. I used to be so idealistic about the environment, and I believe some of the Christian figures who signed up for the Evangelical Climate Initiative may be seeing the issue through their own rose colored glasses. Unfortunately, they may crash and burn when they finally learn they have been pawns in a more elaborate game than they could have ever dreamed .