Becoming "Transformed Transforming Transformers"
("Rick Warren - Fundamentalist or Finagler?" Paul Proctor, 3/15/06,
"Our Mission: To seek the transformation of believers as they apply biblical thinking to all of life, enabling them to transform their communities through the grace and truth of Jesus Christ.
This "advancing the kingdom of God" statement is pure dominionism. To underscore this point, note the references to "spheres" in the last sentence. This is a reference to the agenda to transform the "spheres" of society of the Coalition on Revival. Chuck Colson has been closely connected to COR leaders and its agenda since its inception. According to Al Dager, in Vengeance Is Ours (Sword, 1990), "COR has determined that it is mandatory for all Christians to implement [their] worldview in society, particularly as it applies to the dominionist interpretation of the Great Commission."(p. 235-6)
Snyder's article continues. . . .
"Transformation occurs to some degree when we fix what is broken or improve what is not. For example, we help reconcile broken relationships between man and God and between man and all of God’s creation, including God’s image-bearers—the human family. We right wrongs. We strive for just social institutions, laws, policies, and judicial decisions grounded in natural law that seek to achieve the common good, balancing personal freedom, individual moral responsibility, and the merciful consideration of individual circumstances."
In this statement, once again there is a leap from Tradition to Transformation. Note the sentence "reconciling broken relationships . . . between man and all of God's creation." This focus on "creation" is a reference to the Genesis 1 "mandate" to restore paradise on Earth -- the ultimate goal in the global kingdom Transformation agenda.
Note also the political Communitarianism evident in the last sentence. This is a key tenet of both Neo-conservatives and Neo-evangelicals, whose top leadership is intricately intermingled for the purposes of achieving dominionism. Achieving the "common good" in Communitarianism means giving up individual rights to the State, which in turns prescribes individual responsibilities.
"These are honorable tasks for kingdom-builders. Yet they do not adequately convey the enormity and wonderment of the transformation project in which our King has us engaged with Him. Indeed, we are much more than fixers, tweakers, and protectors. We are His Body doing His work in His world—making all things new by building His Church and seeking human flourishing in accord with His design. We call this shalom.
"This project entails transformation of both souls and systems through the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. It requires all of God’s transformed—and still transforming—believers to engage intentionally in God’s work of transforming others. And it requires us to transform the world around us through the practical application of biblical truth to every sphere of life, including our family, local church, workplace, neighborhood, professional association, service organization, etc."
Nowhere in the Bible does it talk about transforming SYSTEMS. Yet this is the goal of both the New Age and the New Apostolic Reformation. Based upon an evolutionary model of the universe called General Systems Theory, this Worldview teaches that man can perfect himself on Earth by setting everything (every sphere of man) into an Amway-style hierarchical pyramid structure, forging "organic" unity, and developing a "cosmic consciousness." These esoteric New Age beliefs have been Christianized, packaged and marketed to an unsuspecting Christian public via Leadership Network, the false apostles and prophets, Cell/Shepherding model advocates, and Coalition on Revival political dominionists.
Just in case you thought the last paragraph of analysis might have been too extreme, read on. . . .
"In Christ we are “new creations”. As part of His Body, we must hear and heed the Head. This means we ought to be about His business, the Holy Spirit-led re-creation business. In short, we are to be new creations re-creating.
". . . It energizes us to be as creative and resourceful as possible as we pursue the mission of helping unbelievers become new creations and making society new. . . ." [all emphases in above quotations are added]