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Posted September 11, 2014

"STAGE MANAGED" ECUMENISM
A Commentary by Dr. Orrel Steinkamp

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Unbelievable and largely unseen ecumenical coalitions and ad hoc alliances are forming. These alliances are being forged by a small cadre of seeker-driven  megachurch celebrity pastors/authors. These vision-casting celebrities are in effect acting as power brokers in forming ecumenical coalitions. As with all coalitions these players are attempting to gain something for themselves and their “ministries” and the expanding of their personal reputations. They are willing to exchange their platforms and pulpits with other celebrities of like class and clout. These platform exchanges often cross boundaries into false and even heretical territory. Consequently, these celebrities become an endorsement of false teaching to the masses of low information evangelicals who are fans of these various Christian celebrities. 

The opportunity for these maneuvers is that classical evangelicalism as a theologically descriptive word is becoming near meaningless. Gregory Thornbury, now president of Kings College states: “the evangelicalism I signed up for is gone forever.... In fact many leading theologians today see evangelicalism as a relic of a bygone era.” (Thornbury, Recovering Classic Evangelicalism, Crossway, 2013, pp. 223)  

The vacuum created by the disappearance of classical evangelicalism, unfortunately has been filled by TV ministries, bookstores, stadiums rallies, mega churches and extended mega church campuses and their media promotions.

These new media leaders have launched their own media outlets replete with fully equipped transportable entourages. If you can't attend the events you can get it all on GodTV, TBN or a DVD for a price. These efforts are the  beginnings of a back door ecumenism, an unpublicized ecumenical convergence. A sort of reverse ecumenical big bang is upon us. There is an unseen and undocumented ecumenical contraction in Christendom. This phenomena is unreported and even mostly an unspoken practical ecumenism. It's as if there is a gravitational pull that draws even the most unlikely supporters together. There is a handy deniable component built into this in that it is promoted by sharing a stage or platform. These coalition partners promote each other by inviting other celebrities to their platform of their mega church or stadium conferences. Some rush in to say that such so-called “platform ecumenism” is guilt by association. It is that, but more, so their presence together on a platform shouts for all to hear a  guilt by endorsement. It is like forming a shadow government. This ground level ecumenism is not the product of denominational leaders. In fact denomination leaders in this postmodern era have been  essentially relegated to the sidelines. The sheeple (the sheep as people) blindly follow their celebrities. They pay little or no attention to their unknown denominational leaders. Beyond that many denominational leaders join right in. The  sheeple are out there. They can be organized to follow their leaders. Indeed sheep follow other sheep.

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Posted September 2, 2014

"WE ARE NOT ABANDONED"
The Culture Which Gave Rise to Mark Driscoll
Part 1: What "blessed subtraction" and "anonymous" mean

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Peter Drucker, "Management's New Paradigm"[1]

Compare Peter Drucker's remarks to Mark Driscoll's. Does "organized abandonment" equal "blessed subtraction"? This is the question we will be addressing in this post.

Peter Drucker, the management guru, made his statements in an essay in an October 5, 1998 issue of Forbes magazine, which was re-published by Leadership Network in December 1998 in its glossy newsletter NEXT. NEXT was a training tool for the young emerging leaders as well as the megachurch pastors.

The current context is the recent unfolding revelations about Mark Driscoll and his controversial activities. In addition to Driscoll, the past year has brought to light disturbing revelations about the misbehavior of other men of influence including as Doug Phillips, Bill Gothard and C.J. Mahaney. Suddenly there is an unprecedented openness, a sincere searching, and a willingness to examine controversial issues. Many are trying to make sense out of what has happened.

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Posted August 29, 2014

THE PHYSICS OF HEAVEN
A Serial Book Review & Theological Interaction: 
Part 1

By Pastor Larry DeBruyn

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Judy Franklin, Ellyn Davis and others, The Physics of Heaven: Exploring God’s Mysteries of Sound, Light, Energy, Vibrations and Quantum Physics (Crossville, TN: Double Portion Publishing, 2012): xiv + 188.

 

Introduction

Canst thou by searching find out God?
canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection?
It is as high as heaven;
what canst thou do?

deeper than hell;
what canst thou know?
Zophar to Job, Job 11:7-8, KJV

Beginning about the time of Albert Einstein (1879-1955), Quantum or theoretical physics has influenced the way people view life’s reality. Whereas “the old physics,” championed by Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727), assumed that the infinite universe worked like “a clock”—an ordered and predictable cosmos—“the new physics” observes an infinitesimal universe playing itself out like “a game”—a disordered and unpredictable chaos. So in a “blended system” where cosmos and chaos are ever interacting at reality’s macro and micro levels (“as above, so below”), it’s theorized that a butterfly flapping its wings in Africa could stimulate the formation of a hurricane in the Atlantic. This new science, or theoretical way of “observing” the universe has caused many within Christendom, even claimed evangelicals, to adapt their faith to it.[1]

From the Quantum way of looking at reality have emerged theological movements such as Process Theology and Free Will or Open Theism.[2] All these belief systems favor a theological paradigm that deemphasizes God’s sovereign transcendence (God is holy and therefore apart from His creation.) on the one hand, while emphasizing God’s subjugated immanence (God is unholy and not apart from nature.) on the other. But now others in evangelicalism’s “big tent” are slanting their Christian belief system to a Quantum worldview in another way.

Whereas the former theological adaptations (Process Theology and Open Theism) assert God’s overall impotence as regards the overall functioning and outcome of the universe, some within the Charismatic movement are asserting that a Quantum merger is taking place between the powers heaven and the energies of earth. They claim that this merger will soon be exhibited in the happening of a second Pentecost in which Spirit filled and transformed Christians will play a “strategic role in releasing the glory of God on earth,” which means that by their exhibition of powers they will introduce earth to God’s kingdom. No longer will Christians have to pray for God’s kingdom to come (Matthew 6:10). Rather, by exercising supernatural powers bestowed at the coming planetary Pentecost, they will help God to introduce earth to heaven (“as above, so below”).

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