Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Ephesians 2:2

The World

In our media driven world it is all too easy to accept the world’s viewpoint, but there is no reason to expect this to be a valid way for a Christian to formulate his worldview. The purpose of this page is not to rant against specific trends but to challenge people to look sceptically at the ideas offered by the world and compare them with the truth as revealed in God’s word.

Wildolive is mainly concerned with challenging the World's view about Israel and the God of Israel, but many of the basic imperatives for challenge apply equally in the wider world.

Here we will look at a few insidious messages from the world.

 

Civilised Virtues

Tolerance

It is never right for people of one faith to kill / execute others who reject that faith. It is not OK when Muslims do it and it was not OK when Christians did it.

It is reasonable for members of all faiths to try to win over others to what they believe to be true. This holds true for Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism and even Atheism. Christians obviously need to accept this and treat all men as Jesus would have us. This is where the distinction needs to be made between tolerance of others and acceptance of their beliefs, customs and behaviour. This is the peril of “Interfaith” , that we will dilute our faith and distinctive witness in order enjoy friendly relations.

However, Tolerance is not a virtue in God’s book. We are not to tolerate false prophets and we are not to tolerate evil within our faith community (the Church)

Clearly, neither is it good for one faith to seek to impose that faith on others by force of law. It is evil as practiced by Islamic nations, but is it any better or more fitting for the Kingdom of Jesus if we seek to preserve “Christendom” by legislation in the courts of our nations?

Political Correctness

Closely related to Tolerance, Political correctness goes one stage further than merely enforcing tolerance of practices that are wrong according to the Bible. Political Correctness does not accept us having any judgmental attitude in our worldview. Whereas PC may have been a good way of avoiding giving offence to people with some form of disability, it has become a tool by which criticism of lifestyle choices can be criminalized.

Democracy

Winston Churchill wisely said, “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried.” A look at the world, supports this view, and we value our democratic freedoms.

But Democracy is not God's plan or standard and we can see our western democracy dying under their own weight. Think about it. If government is of the people, for the people and by the people (Abraham Lincoln) the actions of our democratic government will not go against the will of perverse and sinful people if there are enough of them voting. This can be discerned in the 2010 campaign in the UK. Christians who expect Britain to behave as a Christian nation are becoming very disillusioned.

As David Andrew observed in a "Sword" magazine editorial, "It's time to reject the colossal illusion that we are going to 'transform our nation' That's not our call. It never was."

He also observed, "If the Bible is true, Democracy will die. Not that Christians should work to that end. We have been the founders and strongest defenders of Democracy's freedoms down the centuries."

Biblical eschatology does not speak of democratic but autocratic governments in the end-times and we are not going to confound the Bible by defending democracy. Check out Jesus' "great commission" to see where our priorrities should lie.

 

Media / Government / Pressure Groups - scare-mongering

There are grounds for believing that government and media are going along with various concerned pressure groups to bring us into a kind of bondage of fear. Christopher Booker and Richard North have followed the development of various scares in Britain, starting with Salmonella in 1988-89.

Their book “SCARED TO DEATH” starts with Chapter 1, subtitled “How Scares Became a Disaster Waiting to Happen” and demonstrates the worrying way in which non-scientific pressure groups bring politicians on board and, with the compliance of the media and NGOs squeeze out all opinion from scientists holding other views.

The latest and greatest of these scares is Climate Change, covered in Chapter 14, “Saving the Planet”; “Global Warming: The New Secular Religion.” This subtitle captures the essence of the matter; the belief that man has the power to fundamentally damage the world’s climate and, by political cooperation, save it. God is not involved.

Climate Change

Christopher Booker has continued the story with “THE REAL GLOBAL WARMING DISASTER”,” Is the obsession with Climate Change turning out to be the most costly scientific blunder in History.” This book is devoted entirely to the Climate Change debate; if it could reasonably be called a debate. In fact scientific debate is the most conspicuously absent component of Climate Change hysteria.

This agenda, among others, is fed into our children at school and in the media aimed at them. According to Treehugger.com, “ There's a new bogeyman lurking in the closet, and this one isn't imaginary. Us. “

According to a new telephone survey that polled a national sample of 500 American preteens—250 males and 250 females survey, commissioned by Habitat Heroes and conducted by Opinion Research, …..

33 percent of children aged 6 to 11 fear that Ma Earth won't exist when they grow up,

56 percent worry that the planet will be a blasted heath (or at least a very unpleasant place to live),

50 percent say that hurricanes and tornadoes are the natural disasters that scare them the most.

28 percent say that they fear animals, such as polar bears and penguins, will become extinct and disappear from the planet more than any other environmental concern.

http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/04/kids-worry-about-environment.php

Environmental activists are bringing our children into bondage of fear of global catastrophe and guilt that it is all our fault and we are not doing enough to avert it. Where is the understanding that our God created the universe in six days and has plans to recreate it and restore it to its original, un-fallen state?

The Green / Eco Agenda

One might reasonably assume that Christians are not the sort of people to trash God's creation, but can we go too far and be sucked into activism that has nothing in common with following Jesus and his calling? If we believe that our God created the heavens and the earth, that all creation is groaning and that God plans to recreate it all when he restores all things, how can we become consumed in defending this planet because man has the power to destroy it in spite of God.

The world is viewing the saving of the planet based upon the secular, atheistic science that produced Evolution. Surely our calling is to win disciples to Jesus and trust God to take care of the planet.

Political Buzzwords

Political buzzwords and buzzphrases come into popular usage, but how many of those who use them know what they actually mean? One such buzzphrase is a social value that has been forced into the fabric of our society today called "Sustainable Development."  It sounds good and sensible but what does it mean?  Wildolive is indebted to friends from Olive Tree Views in the USA for tackling the subject in response to the DVD, Shadow Government  

Those who have looked into this term have concluded that there lies behind it a desire by leaders to pursue a new agenda but hide it from the ordinary people. Sustainable Development sounds good but it hides a deeper significance known to the ruling elite. So, what is Sustainable Development?

Too many people?

According to Michael Shaw, the specific plan for Sustainable Development that has been outlined by the United Nations is entitled Agenda 21.  "That plan, in its own expression, calls for reduction of the human population by 85%." 

There is a United Nations Web page for Sustainable Development but it might be better to visit  "Sustainable Development/Agenda 21 for Dummies."  This article puts the gist of the Agenda 21 plan in layman's terms. 

The author quotes the Agenda 21 plan, "All biological life has natural cycles of birth and death, and we should learn to accept these natural cycles and teach people that saving lives at birth or extending life at our times' end is non-sustainable." 

Are we to abandon medical advances and life-saving treatments and allow sick people to die, or do we make value judgments about who receives treatment? Will the politicians driving this agenda forego lifesaving treatment, or does that only apply to the little people? Remember that Al Gore, chief pusher of Climate Change has, possibly, the largest carbon footprint in the world for his luxury home. How far removed is all this from Hitler’s plans for exterminating those considered less fit to live?

After population reduction, Sustainable Development embodies bio-equity. 'Animals and all living creatures have equal rights to humans.' We might laugh or we might start noticing signs in the news.

In the USA

The San Joaquin Valley is being starved as their economy is shut down to protect the smelt.

Logging villages are being shut down in Oregon to preserve the spotted owl. Over 400,000 square miles of the United States is currently being 'grabbed' by the government in the name of the Agenda 21 Wildlands Project.

In Britain

Parliament spent 300 hours debating the ban on foxhunting but only three hours on the rights of the unborn human embryo.

Any homeowner finding bats living in his roof is not allowed to do anything to maintain his roof.

Animal Right activists see nothing wrong in abusing humans who do not agree with them about issues like animal testing.

Gary Kah , a former high-ranking government liaison and author of En Route to Global Occupation states, "I've seen a map that shows that ultimately as much as a third of the United States could be declared as one-world property where people wouldn't have any access to it at all."

Georgia GuidestonesGeorgia Guidestones

Regarding population control, Gary shares, "There's a place I visited called The Georgia Guidestones where they present the 10 commandments of the New Age movement in a number of different languages, and one of the commandments calls for the reduction of the population of mankind down to a fraction of what it is right now

 

 

Sir David Attenborough, the much loved face and voice of wildlife broadcasting in Britain said that the growth in global population was frightening, as he became a patron of an organisation that campaigns to limit the number of people in the world.

Bill Gates and the New Malthusians

From Hard Eugenics to Soft Eugenics

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first eugenics conference, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put on a family planning conference on 11 July 2012 and was co-hosted by the UK Department for International Development, included among its coalition partners such organizations as Planned Parenthood, Marie Stopes International, and the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA).

The original conference that Bill Gates wished to commemorate was titled The First International Eugenics Congress in London from 24-29 July, 1912. The conference was dedicated to Charles Darwin’s half-cousin Francis Galton (1822–1911). Galton invented the term Eugenics to describe his theory that man could be perfected through strategic breeding. His ideas that certain races are genetically superior to other races had a profound impact on later Nazi theorists.

Read the full article here - www.christianvoice.org.uk

Acquisitiveness - Stuff

We live in the western world in a society saturated in encouragement to want more of everything. This is obvious in the case of TV advertising, Newspaper advertising, billboards, hobby magazines and shop displays, but the pressure is also relentless in television programmes such as the afternoon and early evening (in the UK) about buying / desiring very up-market houses and renovating homes to be trendy and fashionable. On the lifestyle front there are also multiple cookery programmes for those who seek to impress their friends with sophisticated dinner parties. Fashion shows etc, etc ….

Self Esteem – the Beauty Industry

As my wife observed, the beauty industry is not trying to make you feel beautiful but about making you feel that you are ugly unless you buy and use all their products. This is not just targeting young girls; watch the advertisements and see how many are targeting older women and convincing them they are getting wrinkly.

Women and young girls are continually made to compare themselves, unconsciously, with the few most beautiful (by somebody’s estimation) girls and even idealised images of beauty, whether filmed, photographed, drawn or even made as dolls. So many young women are so much in bondage to a desire to look like these beauty icons, even though they may well all be computer enhanced, that they can not see how beautiful they really are; certainly in God’s sight.

Guarding against Deception

Attack does not all originate from the world outside the church, but world oriented thinking is displacing or distorting Bible based thinking within the church.

Spirituality

There are many non biblical concepts of spirituality. This has always been the case, but Christians are supposed to recognize the false and flee from it.

The Shack, by William P. Young has become a best seller and also the basis for church housegroup meetings that are normally devoted to Bible study. But Bible teachers warn about the dangerous theology proposed by the book.

Tony Pearce raised the following problems with The Shack - Sword Magazine

The Shack undermines biblical Christian teaching at a number of levels yet it has been praised by many church leaders as a way of 're-inventing' God and Jesus in a way that will appeal to 'postmodern' thinking in the world. I read it and was shocked at the number of theological errors it contains.

• The book consistently belittles the Bible ,which in one place is equated with 'religious conditioning' (p 65-66). Nowhere is scripture Mooted.
• It completely confuses the Bible's teaching on the tri-une nature of God. All three persons of God are said to have spoken themselves into human existence as the Son of god, becoming fully human. The 'Father' Papa who appears as an African American woman) has the nail prints of the crucifixion in her wrists (p 95-99).
• It claims that joining the church is all about relationships with one another and does not mention repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord (page 178). I t, 'God' exercises no authority over man and sets no moral standards for all time. In fact ,one passage implies that God is submitted to Humans! (p 145, 123).
• It claims 'In Jesus you are not under any law: All things are lawful.' '...enforcing rules is a vain attempt to create certainty out of ,uncertainty' (p 203).
• It claims 'Evil and darkness can only be understood in relation to Light and Good; they do not have any actual existence' (p 136).
• It teaches a kind of universalism in which everyone gets to heaven in the end. God does not condemn anyone to hell and you do not need to be a Christian to get to heaven (p 151-169,182, 209-217). 'In Jesus I have forgiven all humans for their sins against me, but only some choose relationship'(p 224-5). But the Bible teaches that for a person to be redeemed they must recognize and repent of their sin and believe in Jesus as Saviour and Lord.
The fact that a book which so undermines the teaching of the New Testament can be so popular in churches today is a sign of the apostasy of the church in our time.

New Age ideas, interspirituality, Emergent Church/ Emerging Church, Labyrinths, icons, incense, chanting, candles, centering and contemplative prayer... all appear as threats to Bible based Christian faith.

This page might provide a starting point to look for worrying trends. www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/emergingchurch.htm

 

How has our worldview been changed while we were not looking?

Yes; including us in the Church. Today's average Christian worldview would have been unthinkable a generation ago.

This book answers many of the questions about how the world has influenced us.

It is shocking and challenging.

Excellent *****

Essential

The book studies what happened in the USA but challenges non Americans to find how its findings apply in their own nations.

Full Review here

 

 

What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you--guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. 2 Timothy 1 v13-14

Updateded 15/09/12

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