The bishops of the Church of England have published a plan to consecrate female bishops by 2015, after the defeat of legislation last autumn. It would end 20 years of bitter struggle with a clear decision in favour of progress.
The proposals, published on Friday and backed by both archbishops, offer a nearly complete victory for the female clergy and their supporters outraged by the failure of the earlier legislation.
Why should you need to be familiar with the word, “Davos?” Because Davos, Switzerland, was the site of the World Economic Forum back in 2008. Before your eyes glaze over, let me open them by sharing something Sarah Leslie, a phenomenal researcher and Emergent expert over at Herescope, shared on our program today.
English: Tony Blair, David A. Harris and Rick Warren at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, Davos, Switzerland, 24 January 2008. Taken during the session ‘Faith and Modernization’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
In Davos, the most powerful leaders in the world joined together in a convergence like none other. Who came to the table? Rick Warren and Brian McLaren. These two religious “superpowers” are now actively seeking sizable funding for global unity projects (Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. Plan and McLaren’s brand new “convergence plan,” respectively.
The following article from Sarah is full of links to keep you busy for awhile. But trust me, it is worth the effort you will spend to be informed:
Rick Warren & Brian McLaren at DAVOS
By Sarah Leslie ~ Originally published at Herescope and reprinted here with permission
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Baptist Press reports:
With the decision Thursday (May 23) to open the Boy Scouts of America membership to homosexual youth, the 70,000 faith-based organizations, including many churches, that have championed the virtues of “duty to God” and moral straightness by sponsoring local troops must decide whether to cut ties with the Scouts or continue their association with evangelistic outreach in mind.
Of the 100,000 chartered Scouting units in the United States, 70 percent are sponsored by faith-based organizations. Some took decisive stands against loosening membership standards, while leadership from other church groups voiced murkier positions. Numerous Southern Baptist leaders voiced opposition to the policy change.
Institute attorneys claim the attempt to label Raub as “mentally ill” and authorities’ efforts to involuntarily commit him into custody was intended to silence his criticism of the government. However, they explain the strategy also violated Raub’s First and Fourth Amendment rights.
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A while back I made the point in this post that confidence in my transformation is not the source of my assurance. Rather, the source of my assurance comes from faith in Christ’s substitution.
As a result, I had a few people raise this question: “But wait a minute…once God saves us and the Spirit begins his renewing work in our lives, shouldn’t that work of inward renewal become a source of our assurance? Isn’t that at least one way we can know we’re right before God?”
To be sure, the sanctifying work of the Spirit in the life of the Christian bears fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). God grows us in the “grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” In Christ, we have died to sin and been raised to newness of life (Romans 6:4). And this new life shows itself in new affections, new appetites, new habits. We begin to grow into our new, resurrected skin.
But when the Bible specifically speaks about the grounding or the source of assurance, it’s addressing the question, “How then can man be in the right before God?” (Job 25:4). Assurance has to do, in other words, with the conscience’s confidence in ultimate acquittal before God. When we are talking about assurance we are talking about final judgment–what God’s ultimate verdict on us will be. Our assurance depends on how certain we are that God will say at the final judgment: “Not guilty!”
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If your church uses words like “Missional” and “Spiritual Formation,” you’re not going to want to miss today’s program. And if someone has told you that the Emerging Church is a non-factor, that is an outright lie. (Yes, we need to be this bold.) We believe this is a must-hear interview for every pastor and elder playing with the Church Growth Model.
Today we are going to point you to several articles that you need to see in order to fully grasp the seriousness of this situation:
- Donation plea: Brian McLaren Responds
- Emerging Toward Convergence (By Sarah Leslie)
- Human “cyborgs” Spiritual Transformation and the 2045 Global Future
No one knows more about where the Emergent Church comes from or where it is going than our guest today. Sarah Leslie. Sarah is talking about her research into the convergence of the Emergent Church with the New Age. Sarah is the founder of an online journal called Herescope, published by Discernment Ministries Inc. It’s one of the many resources you’ll find on our website, and many of the guests you hear on our program tell us they couldn’t do what they do without her.
“After emergence comes emersion.”
—Teilhard de Chardin, The Phenomenon of Man (Harper, 1965), p. 309.
Emerging Toward Convergence
By Sarah Leslie, originally published at Herescope; reprinted with permission
The Emergent/Emerging Church movement is heading towards a crash collision with the New Age movement. In fact, it may already be happening before our very eyes. The Discernment Research Group has reached the inescapable conclusion that this is intentional and it has been planned for over a generation.
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“Instead of healthy, functioning adults, are we raising a bunch of co-dependent, anxious, namby-pambies? The article suggests that the cell phone is functioning as an eternal umbilicus that we are all too happy to continue coddling our children through.”
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Public opinion appears to be changing about same-sex marriage, as are the nation’s laws. Of course this change is just one in a larger constellation. America’s views on family, love, sexuality generally, tolerance, God, and so much more seems to be pushing in directions that put Bible-believing Christians on the defensive.
It’s easy to feel like we’ve become the new “moral outlaws,” to use Al Mohler’s phrase. Standing up for historic Christian principles will increasingly get you in trouble socially and maybe economically, perhaps one day also criminally. It’s ironic that Christians are told not to impose their views on others, even as the threat of job loss or other penalties loom over Christians for not toeing the new party line.
In all this, Christians are tempted to become panicked or to speak as alarmists. But to the extent we do, to that same extent we show we’ve embraced an unbiblical and nominal Christianity.
Here, then, are seven principles for surviving the very real cultural shifts we’re presently enduring.
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On May 24, 2013, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) voted to revise its membership policy on the issue of homosexuality. The 1,400 voting members of the BSA voted to allow openly gay boys into its ranks.
Rick Scarborough and Robert Knight are outraged by the decision. They believe “it’s a betrayal of the boys in the Scouts’ care. It’s a betrayal of trusting parents. It’s a betrayal of a 103-year-old institution that has molded millions of boys into men. It’s a betrayal of truth and honor.” Moreover, “It’s a betrayal of God, in Whose name the organization furthered the priceless worth of being morally straight.”
Scarborough and Knight also believe the decision was motivated by the BSA’s greed for corporate dollars and the organization’s fear of being “on the wrong side” of what they deem “an increasingly coarse culture that not only rejects biblical truth but openly attacks it.”