Friday, November 30, 2007

Mysticism and Politics Converge at Saddleback

Isaiah 31:1-3 comes to mind when I read this post from LighthouseTrailsResearch.com.

I am not completely sure on the right balance when it comes to the church working arm-in-arm with the world to resolve social issues. I know 2 Cor. 6:14-18 tells us to be separate from the world. What agreement does the temple of God have with idols?... AIDS? I also know Isaiah 31:1-3 warns not to go down to Egypt for help. Israel believed the strength of Egypt could be trusted more than God's strength (i.e:church growth movement). I think there is a lot of danger in doing this. There is a great potential for the church to once again lose its focus of preaching the Gospel and making disciples. The true Gospel becomes, and is becoming the "Social Gospel". It's easy for the church to become distracted from its God-given purpose and lust after what the world is doing and how they are doing it. It seems like Rick Warren and those who follow him want the applause and the world's smiles of approval.

Unfortunately I think this is what's happening here.

Here is a brief excerpt from the article:

"To put it bluntly, many who are doing the training are New Agers, mystics, and those who work toward a kingdom of this world where man is divine and one with all. Strong words? Yes, but desperate ones. Many believers watch in shock and dismay, as leader after leader, church after church, and ministry after ministry are dancing to the tune of spiritual formation (a "safe" word for a mystical spirituality that ultimately negates the very Gospel of Jesus Christ because of its panentheistic nature).

1 Comments:

Anonymous tom m said...

We are not left to wonder concerning the so-called church joining with the political world of Babylon.....the Christ-rejecting 'kings of the earth'.

The apostle John clears up the matter. The 'un-holy' spirit that is drawing christendom into it's clutches is aptly named in the Revelation..."the great whore", and her activities are described also...the aforementioned kings do commit formication with her and by her the peoples are made drunk.

"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication." Rev. 17:1-2

What then? The "Holy Spirit" has already provided instruction for those who can hear....another voice.

"And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." (Rev. 18:4)

go where?

go ye out to meet him! Matt 25:6

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