by Mike Ratliff
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26 ESV)
The evidence of the culpability of Ralph Winter in at least part of the development of the Seeker Sensitive movement from Fuller Theological Seminary is becoming more and more clear as we dig and learn and God provides the proof. It is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle with the pieces being scattered across many boxes in a cluttered attic at times. However, we must not forget that Winter was one of the mentors of Rick Warren at Fuller. My friend Christine Pack does a fine job of exploring Winter’s connection with the Seeker Sensitive movement here along with his influence on the theology of Rob Bell and Shane Hipps. Another friend of mine, Kit, sent me the link to this video dealing with Diaprax and the globalization of the Church via the Seeker Sensitive movement. I watched it today and I highly recommend that you do as well. It is over 2 hours long, but it is well worth the time. You may want to take notes.
Our God is good to us. He is prying opening those dark, hidden areas that Rick Warren and his cohorts are attempting to keep under the radar. Yes, they are positive that they are succeeding in subverting the Church, capturing it, and making it part of this socialized peace plan and one world government. A few years ago I would have laughed at something like this and shrugged it off, but not anymore. The depth of spiritual blindness we are witnessing right now in those who really should know better is utterly astounding. The ease with which these men are abandoning their stance with Christ and His Gospel as they fellowship with obvious heretics is shockingly telling.
I used to take a lot of heat from Rick Warren apologists when I attempted to show that the gospel he preached was not THE GOSPEL of our Lord Jesus Christ nor was the focus of his ministry really a biblical church. A couple of my friends interviewed Rick Warren a few years ago. Both are as solid as they come and still are. However, even they were soft on Rick for a while after they talked with him because the man’s personality is incredibly compelling. He is a great communicator. He is a master of the Diaprax process. That means that he always try to find common ground with those in opposition to him and then try to find compromise. It is difficult to debate someone like that. However, we do have what he has said, what he has written, and with whom he is associated. This is the evidence that points to the truth that is clearly revealed in that video. I pray that if you have not watched it that you take the time to do so.
I confess that at times I do tire of wading through the rubbish that is the apostate visible church. However, there is a place I can go that always refreshes me and brings me back to the proper focus. That place is in the Word of God and in it I read the words of my Saviour. Prior to His arrest, trial, and crucifixion, our Lord spent some time with His disciples. He made many wonderful promises to them that we can also apply to all faithful Christians. Let us look at John 14:1-7.
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. (John 14:1 ESV)
Here is v1 in Greek: Μὴ ταρασσέσθω ὑμῶν ἡ καρδία· πιστεύετε εἰς τὸν Θεόν, καὶ εἰς ἐμὲ πιστεύετε.
A word-for-word translation into English of this text would be, “Not let be troubled of you the heart; trust in the God, also in me trust. “
New Testament usage of καρδία·, translated in the ESV as “hearts,” covers the whole range of activities that go on within one’s inner self including grieving as in this passage. The verb here, ταρασσέσθω, is in present tense, imperative mood and middle voice. It is negated by being preceded with μη so this is a command to “not let be troubled.” Therefore, Christ is commanding Christians to not allow their hearts to ταρασσέσθω. This verb means to “trouble” or “disturb” by displacing someone or something from its normal state. A believer’s heart that is properly focused, that is, on Christ above where He is, on the eternal as he or she walks as a living sacrifice in this life of repentance will have a heart that is not troubled by things of this world. Yes, as we focus on Christian leaders who let us down in their apostasy, et cetera our hearts can become troubled. We can become troubled if we sin. Our hearts become troubled if our focus is misplaced. Christ gives us the solution.
In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.” (John 14:2-4 ESV)
That’s right, if our focus is correct then it will be eternal and this promise will mean everything to us. I wonder at professing Christians who seem to be all about this life with no concern at all on eternity. However, our Lord says, that if we have our focus right, our hearts will not become troubled when they otherwise would. This is the fruit of our believing God and our Lord and their promises.
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:5-7 ESV)
I love this exchange. We really do not have to worry about “finding the way.” If we are in Christ then we are already in the way. Jesus is the only way to God. There is no way through keeping the Law, doing good works, being religious, none of the things that men try to do to get to God. No, there is only one way and that is the way God has defined.
Again, I pray that you do watch that video at the end of that link. If you are a follower of certain well-known so-called Christian leaders mentioned in that video then you may be in for some heart-troubling as you watch it. I say that and share this passage with you so that you will have the right focus and know that our faith must be in Christ alone. The visible church is apostatized. It has been sold and merchandized. The genuine Church is doing just fine. The remnant, the Elect are in Christ and bear the mark of their Saviour, awaiting His return. We must have an eternal focus as we prepare our hearts for the troubling times ahead, for there will most assuredly be some, but for those truly in Christ, eternity with our Lord awaits.
Soli Deo Gloria!