Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Hands and Feet of Christ and the Identifying Marks of a Communitarian Social Justice Agenda

The Church on a Mission
Churches build community within groups, and in turn they perform service projects that reach into the surrounding community. Based on the service/volunteerism of the group, the church becomes a hub for the community. As a strategy of change agents, the Church is on a "mission from God" that has become the friendly face that is creating a good society, which will unknowingly facilitate the transition of Christians and churches into the collectivist mindset for the New World Order.

The hands represent the interconnectedness of the group, and unity in diversity - also seen in many churches. Ironically the ministry photo from the top of the post, parallels Amitai Etzioni's book cover. He's the founder of the Communitarian Network, and teaches the Third Way political concepts of the good society. Unfortunately, his ideas have proven to be totalitarian.

At the Root of Volunteerism
Volunteerism is an integral part of Communitarianism. It is part of being a good citizen. Based on the writings of Amitai Etzioni's Communitarian Network, the following statement describes how volunteerism fits into the community:
"National and local service, as well as volunteer work, is desirable to build and express a civil commitment. Such activities, bringing together people from different backgrounds and enabling and encouraging them to work together, build community and foster mutual respect and tolerance."[1]
Their logic is that you need to build community in order to create a collective mindset. Creating a collective mindset eliminates individualism, which is what America's social-political ideals were built upon. Collectivism is the basis for Karl Marx's Socialist/Communist philosophy. In collectivism, the group consensus comes first over one's personal ambitions. Wikipedia states that:
"Collectivism is any philosophic, political, religious, economic, or social outlook that emphasizes the interdependence of every human.[2] The term interdependence in the Communist Manifesto (1848) in describing the universal interdependence of nations in comparison to the old local and national seclusion of independence and self-sufficiency.[3]
Marx and Engel's social relationships and processes are associated with Feudalism, including the interdependence of church and state, and the economic interdependence of families. Coincidentally, Feudalism is a system that is interconnected and interdependent, as you see below.[4]

Realizing that these concepts lead to Communism, note what this U.N. representative said about unity in Diversity and interconnectedness:
 "...the highest possible attainment of a civilization, a testimony to the most noble possibilities of the human race. This attainment is made possible through passionate concern for choice, in an atmosphere of social trust." Michael Novak, former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Human Rights Commission [5]
Interdependence, unity in diversity, and interconnectedness are New Age/occult concepts that are taught in Theosophy. The Theosophical Society promotes the following:
"An essential principle of theosophy is its concept of a holistic world view which emphasizes the unity and interconnectedness of all life, the basic oneness of all people and all species of life. Its  philosophy points to a divine spark in each of us that is always part of the Source from which it arises."
These three teachings are being used to bring in the single authoritarian government. Take note of this statement from the UNESCO website. When following the link, you will see that all these concepts are there. It is man's solution to peace - which skirts around the true solution for peace:

 Today, sustainable development calls to rethink our relationship to the economy, to society and the environment, bearing in mind that the emerging and future challenges of humankind do require collective responses, which implies the kind of solidarity that can result only from a culture of peace, non-violence and dialogue which condenses “that which binds” cultures and societies to each other and from within. In turn, a culture of peace fosters sustainable development since it is aimed at helping people cope resiliently and creatively with ethical, cultural, political, environmental and other social transformations.
True peace is not the lack of conflict between men, but the lack of conflict between men and God. God has given us the solution to human conflict and that solution is the person of Christ Jesus. There is only one “roadmap to peace” and it is the path with Jesus.[6]

If you have been a Christian for any length of time, you would know that Antichrist will come in peaceably on a platform of peace, prosperity, and safety for all nations and all religions - deceiving the majority. Satan has cleverly uses doctrines of demons to get the church on board with cleverly disguised global and community missional goals to assist the Enemy in securing the world for his purposes. Even the overemphasis of the teaching on love - it all plays a part of the elimination of intolerance, so that proponents can bring about civic cooperation, create responsibilities, and achieve common good for the community/world.[7

The Purpose of the Church  
Within the last decade, the corporate church has created a new mission for the Church - to be the hands and feet of Christ. The Purpose Driven and Emergent/Missional churches have used 1 Cor. 12:12-26 to create an unified Christian workforce for the world. Please read closely:
"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked. That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it."
The true meaning of these verses is directed toward genuine believers, so that:
  1. Each believer in the Body of Christ will seek unity within the Body, and
  2. Each believer has a different spiritual gift, their position within the Body has an important part. 
It does not mean that the Church is to become the volunteer "good works" workforce for the community or some far-off land. If coupled with the Great Commission, it still isn't the correct use of scripture.

The Christian Communist uses several passages to advance their theological and political theory based upon the view that the teachings of Jesus Christ compels Christians to support Communism as the ideal social system. Christ did not support any political system. He merely wanted believers to be connected with one another, and not fly solo. Since it is often times difficult living separate from the world system, He desired us to stick together. He wanted us to encourage one another in love, in spite of our giftings and differences within the Body.

"Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Gal. 6:2

The modern church now sees fit to assume the key role of managing the transformation of society. That is a far reach from the original intent  for the purpose of the Church.

With the emphasis on the concern for community and social justice issues, this should cause us to question the genuine purpose of the Body of Christ. The Bible says that it is to: worship God (Luke 4:8; John 4:23), study His Word (2 Tim. 2:15), pray (Acts 2:42), love one another (John 13:35), bear one another's burdens (Gal. 6:2), learn how to live as godly people (Titus 2:11-12), for the perfecting of the saints (Eph. 4:12), and to spread the Gospel (Matt. 28:18-20).

Buzz Word: The Use and Meaning of Words
Change agents routinely alter the meaning and use of biblical words and phrases. For instance, the Emergent/Purpose Driven church use of the phrase "the hands and feet of Christ." This phrase actually has two meanings - one true and the other false.
  1. The first meaning is used in Gospel outreach. It describes one who goes out to preach the Gospel to an unsaved world headed toward judgment. It is one who reaches their surrounding community through Gospel Mission ministries to the poor, and prison outreach, as they deliver the “good news” that condemned sinners worthy of judgement from God’s wrath, having offended a holy God. It has been used over the years within the Church to emphasize that each individual believer, as they work in ministry, may be the only Jesus the unbelieving world will ever see. It's the basis for lifestyle evangelism, and it can often silently lead people to the Lord. 
  2. The second use of the phrase is relatively new. The Purpose Driven, seeker friendly church, is one that improves society. Outside of bettering society, the missional concept has no content; it specifically denies a mission of proclaiming an escape from God’s coming wrath. For the Emergent, “The journey is the reward,” and the journey will certainly end well for all.[8] If it has a Gospel presentation, it's typically a weak one, or no Gospel at all. It mobilizes the unrepentant to good works - to be the hands and feet of Christ.

You can see the contrast in the sermon notes of this popular preacher, who will remain nameless. In his Gospel-driven message,  he says:
"The work of Jesus Christ in the world is in the hands of those who belong to Him. In that sense, Christ has no hands but our hands, no feet but our feet. The Lord commissioned His earthly ministry to His followers, saying, 'Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you (Matt 28:20)'"[9]
The phrase sounds similar to that of the Emergent/Missional church, but this preacher's church has only outreach to their local Gospel Mission, a prison ministry, a local Christian college, and a pastor's training program. He is not flawless, since his church promotes interdependence with government, but it doesn't seem to be promoting social justice missions projects.
Now let's look at Rick Warren's writings. In the following quote, Warren was speaking about disaster relief for Hurricane Katrina:
"Disaster presents Christians with unprecedented opportunities to mobilize the Church and become the hands and feet of Christ. We need to become audio-visual Christians – not just talking about it, but doing it." [10]
Straight from Rick Warren's Dominionist plan.[11] What makes it uniquely Communitarian is the interconnectedness of the social, political, and economic sectors.

This reflects the double meaning for 1 Cor. 12: 12-27, and how these are man's idea, not God's. Mobilizing an army of Christian workers is a man thing, not a God thing. This was never seen in the Bible, but is seen in the U.N. Millennium Development Goals - an organization Rick Warren has had close contact with.[12]

Ironically, another famous person used the same concept of service. Teresa of Avila put it like this:

 “Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.”
Teresa of Avila (1515 – 1582) was a prominent Spanish mystic, a Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun, liberation theology (Marxist), writer of the Counter Reformation, and involved in contemplative prayer. She wasn't hearing from the Lord, rather from the spirit world.
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." 1 John 4:1
"Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD." Jeremiah 23:16
Calling a Spade a Spade
What once seemed like a harmless principle on the unity of the Body taught in 1 Cor. 12: 12-27, is now the rallying cry of  the corporate Church. The once clear-cut purpose of the Church has now been molded by change agents to have the elements of  Tony Blair's interfaith Faith Foundation, the Roman Catholic-rooted liberation theology, and Purpose Driven/Emergent church/missional model.

Can you see how the Church has moved from freedom to servitude? Christians are slowly being brainwashed to think like Communists.[13] Some in Christianity have traditionally viewed our service to God as an act of slavery, taking the ancient images of slavery and superimposing them onto modern Christianity. Their is a notion that our normal relationship and service to God should be that of a slave to a master, instead of that of a child of God responding out of love and gratitude to a good God. In reading the following verse, being slaves is not the picture of what Jesus described to us of who we are. He does desire our obedience and service, but it is in our freedom that we do so.
 "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you." John 15:13-15
Leadership Network
Church planting goals, sales tactics, and community "good works" outreach goals sound as though they are biblical, but actually spill over into a goal of reaching the local community with the totalitarian agenda of Communitarianism. They are using the concepts developed by the Leadership Network, whose goal it is to reach your church's global missions program.

 The Leadership Network's logo symbolizes the interconnecting network of feudalism. "The Feudal system had a ruling class who owned all the land and wealth, and provided security and safety to all the serfs. In turn the serfs provided work and servitude to their master. But many people do not realize the collective aspect of how serfs lived together.[14]" 

While watching the video, take note of the "global message," the use of Socialist Peter Drucker's name (founder of the Purpose Driven model), the concern for sustainability, their use of guided solutions, and the desire to change the world.

(YouTube link)

Then there is this video by the Leadership Network. Note as they speak about social justice. I should mention first that the phrase "social justice" was coined by a Jesuit, and "is a part of Catholic social teaching, the Protestants' Social Gospel. It is one of the Four Pillars of the Green Party upheld by green parties worldwide. Social justice is a secular concept, distinct from religious teachings, emerged mainly in the late twentieth century, influenced primarily by philosopher John Rawls. [15]" In case you don't know, the Jesuits lead the counter reformation and the Reconstruction movement of the Roman Catholic Church, and are Dominionists.

(YouTube link)

And this one on community engagement being a mission for God.

(YouTube link)

Service Projects

Community service and Christian service projects are good things to do. Seeing the lives of the lost being touched by these projects is also good. Giving to the poor, needy, and oppressed is called for in the Bible. But we should not be ignorant of the fact that something greater is presently taking place. We should not be reluctant to question the change in the overall mission of the church, and try to see how it fits into the big world picture, even if they mention a generic "God" and say the Gospel is being preached.

Most of us have been taught not to make waves, be compliant, and not question authority, since it is viewed by some to be sinful to disagree. We must understand that there is nothing wrong with questioning what the church experts claim - since they are fully capable of being wrong. Many times this includes how they use scripture.

Communitarian ideology has infiltrated the corporate Church, making it completely acceptable to become servants to the world. As their indoctrinating educational church materials continue to flood the Church, positions will continue to move believers from the socially conservative camp to the Communitarian camp, whether they realize it or not. As long as church members internalize the values of what they are being taught by these fraudulent evangelism experts, they will always fall prey to those who have grander ideas.

Perhaps we should consider these verses about helping the needy.
 "Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly."
Could it be that when we help the poor, needy, and oppressed, that we do it in secret? Perhaps we should question whether these open acts of service are to be done on an individual basis among the Body of Christ first, then serving unbelievers who are open to the Gospel, second. Has the church considered that the people in their own congregation may be in need nearly as much as the heathen people in far-off lands? This is just one example of a possible inconsistency in the way we are doing things today in the church. It seems to me that helping those in private shows far more of a heart of compassion than that of an army of follower volunteers. If we are compassionate, we will help them without the group.

The following is a list of social justice issues. It is only an excerpt of a greater list from a Catholic university website.

Catholic Social Justice Issues
  • Access to food, clean water and shelter 
  • Community: promotion of the common good, e.g. education 
  • Development of poor countries in an effort to alleviate human misery 
  • Dignity of the human person from creation: abortion; euthanasia; the death penalty 
  • Family-friendly economic policy—where does the US stand in this regard? 
  • Global responsibility for alleviation of economic inequality 
  • Human dignity: how poverty affects human rights 
  • Marginalization of the poor 
  • Pacifism, disarmament 
Children's Rights
  • Exploitation of children 
  • Child soldiers in Uganda 
  • Child workers enslaved on chocolate farms in Ivory Coast 
  • Child workers in India 
  • Human trafficking – prostitution 
  • Right to free education 
  • Right to adequate healthcare 
  • Rights and their corresponding social responsibilities
Climate Change
  • Climate change inequitably impacts developing countries 
  • Help is needed to adapt to climate change—technology, policy, etc. 
  • Effect of sea level rise to small island nations, e.g.
  • Enable the most vulnerable states and populations to become more resilient to climate change by mitigation and adaptation 
Criminal Justice
  • Challenges of terrorism: extraordinary rendition, torture and unlawful detention 
  • Death penalty / capital punishment 
  • Human trafficking 
  • Police powers and human rights 
  • Prisoners’ rights 
  • Racial profiling 
When Christians walk through the doors of a church, they would never anticipate that they would be intentionally deceived by a political agenda, no matter how subtle it is. This is why Communitarianism is so cleverly disguised. It combines the believers desire to spread the good news, alongside the political objective of creating a collectivist mindset. It is truth mixed with lies, and made to appear biblical.

As these church volunteer/service projects continue, allow my words to challenge you in determining  how participating in Christian community projects are part of the globalist/Dominionist/Communitarian plan to transform the world. God's Word was intended to mean something very specific, but change agents have seen the opportunity to manufacture this ingenious plan of the Enemy. Not only does it provide the opportunity to create world socialism, but also a future false great awakening to accept a false messiah figure. It is a conspiracy, and it's real.

It is a global deception...

"The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 'Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.' He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision." Psalm 2:2-4

...and the Church is participating in it.

"For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." 2 Cor. 11:13-15

Need I say more.

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