“The devil is not fighting religion. He is too smart for that. He is producing a counterfeit Christianity so much like the real one that good Christians are afraid to speak out against it.”
“I am more afraid of false revival than of no revival – a false revival with a false gospel, false evangelists, false converts, false joy. It will seem so genuine that it would deceive, if possible, the very elect. Many church leaders will endorse it. Other good people will be afraid to oppose it for fear that they might be fighting against God.”
“Eu cred că liderul ei, dl. Cristian Barbosu, nu face decît o frumoasă figuraţie la nivel superior, de funcţionar al globalizării, pus să implementeze în România mode evanghelice de peste ocean, cu tot ceea ce presupune acest demers: oameni, fonduri şi tehnologie de vîrf. Există contacte de ambele părţi ale lumii, vizite de o parte şi de alta, un schimb neîntrerupt de idei, de strategie şi de viziune.”
Joaca cu focul
Faptul ca unii se joaca in ziua de azi cu niste idei periculoase nu pare sa ne preocupe prea mult. Tot felul de filozofii New Age le poti prezenta ca si mari adevaruri spirituale daca gasesti oameni capabili sa o faca intr-un mod convingator. Nu mai conteaza de unde vin ideile acestea si ce se ascunde in spatele lor, ci conteaza cel mai mult cine le promoveaza si cat de frumos sunt prezentate.
Dupa cum spuneam si in episodul trecut, comunitarismul are la baza o perspectiva kabalistica asupra lumii si a vietii.
Pastorul Cristian Barbosu ne ajuta cu traducerea acestei scurte povestiri pentru cei care nu inteleg engleza:
Indiferent cat de frumos ne gadila urechile astfel de povestiri ele ascund niste idei care nu au nici o legatura cu crestinismul, ci cu New Age/Kabbalah. Astfel de povestiri au rolul de a initia ascultatorii in ceea ce se numeste comunitarism. Unul dintre intelesurile prezentarii de mai sus este acela ca Satan reprezinta “spatiul” dintre oameni, iar daca acest spatiu nu ar mai exista, adica daca oamenii ar fi uniti si si-ar sluji unii altora, atunci omenirea ca si organism social ar atinge nemurirea. Individualistii si cei care creeaza dezbinare (adica cei ca mine) sunt vazuti ca si niste celule canceroase intr-un corp sanatos. Pentru individualisti nu exista alta solutie decat eliminarea, deoarece il reprezinta pe Satan. Va rog sa observati ca aceste idei par sa exprime ceva adevar, dar din pacate unul pervertit… deci o minciuna.
Cum sunt tratati cei care nu se aliniaza acestei viziuni? O sa intelegeti la sfarsitul acestui post.
Amitai Etzioni (numele lui adevarat fiind Werner Falk) este unul dintre cei mai mari promotori ai comunitarismului si fondatorul asociatiei “Communitarian Network”. “Amitai Etzioni” se traduce prin “The Tree of Knolwedge from Zion”, dansul fiind un student al Cabalei:
Etzioni’s main communitarian thesis is that individual rights and aspirations should be protected but they should be inserted into a sense of the community, hence the name of the movement he created, Communitarianism. He argues that communitarian thinking developed in reaction to the “me-first” attitude of the 1980s. He has urged the movement to attempt to establish common ground between liberals and conservatives, thus bridging that division. In his book Radical Middle, author Mark Satin identifies Etzioni as a radical centrist communitarian.
In Etzioni’s view, the communitarian movement works to strengthen the ability of all aspects of the community including the families and schools in order to introduce more positive values. In addition, it aims to get people involved in positive ways in all levels of the community and ensure that society progresses in an orderly fashion.
Observati va rog aceleasi idei: oamenii sunt prea individualisti (“me-first” thinking) iar solutia e “gandirea comunitara” spre un progres al societatii. Istoria ne-a convins insa cat de mult au progresat societatile care au pus accentul pe socialism si colectivism…
L-am mentionat deja in episoadele trecute pe Peter Drucker, dar as vrea sa vedem si mai mult din modul in care se sintetizeaza gandirea lui referitoare la rolul Bisericii in societate:
“social sector institutions have a particular kind of purpose … The ‘product’ of a church is a churchgoer whose life is being changed. The task of social-sector organizations is to create human health and well being.” (Peter Drucker, “The Age of Social Transformation”)
Adica mai pe romaneste: biserica este o fabrica de “mergatori la biserica” care si-au schimbat comportamentul…
Va rog sa retineti ca desi Peter Drucker nu a fost un crestin, el a reusit totusi sa influenteze intr-un mod foarte mult crestinismul din ziua de azi prin oameni precum Rick Warren, Bob Buford sau Bill Hybels, adica prin ceea ce se numeste “Biserica condusa de Scopuri” si/sau “Leadership Network”. Bob Buford a scris o carte numita “Drucker & Me” care a fost bineinteles promovata atat de Rick Warren cat si de Bill Hybels:
“I personally witnessed this fascinating backstory between two of my best friends, Peter Drucker and Bob Buford. Now everyone can benefit from the amazing conversations Bob had with one of the brightest minds of all time.” DR. RICK WARREN, Founding Pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life
“Being mentored by Peter Drucker was one of God’s great gifts to my ministry. I remain indebted to Bob Buford for making that happen.” BILL HYBELS, Founding Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church
Chiar si cei de la “Leadership Network” recunosc influenta pe care Peter Drucker a avut-o asupra lui Bill Hybells si Rick Warren:
In the church world, if your ministry has been impacted by Rick Warren and Saddleback Church, Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel, or Bill Hybels and Willow Creek Church, then you’ve also been influenced by Drucker, who developed a significant mentoring relationship with each of these leaders and organizations.
Drucker (1909-2005), who described himself as a “social ecologist,” was also a personal mentor for more than 25 years to Leadership Network co-founder Bob Buford, whose most recent book, Drucker & Me, highlights Drucker’s relationship to Leadership Network and to various evangelical church leaders. Events sponsored by Leadership Network often featured Drucker as a speaker, offering opportunities to meet with Drucker in small groups over shared meals. (sublinierile imi apartin)
Both Bartel and Warren speak of Drucker’s graciousness and wisdom inhelping them chart the course for their ministries. Warren says his staff reads and discusses Drucker’s writings, using them to manage the church’s multi-faceted ministry. Everyone who walks into the pastor’s office is reminded of Drucker’s well-known advice, which appears on a print that Drucker signed and gave to Warren:
• “What is our business?”
• “Who is our customer?”
• “What does the customer consider value?” (sublinierile imi apartin)
Primul numar din seria de buletine informative ale celor de la “Leadership Network” este dedicat lui… Peter Drucker:
Pentru a putea intelege toate acestea mult mai bine va recomand sa vizionati un documentar in care sunt puse cap la cap multe dintre subiectele pe care le-am pomenit pana acum. E un documentar destul de lung, dar va asigur ca se merita sa-l vizionati pentru a avea o privire de ansamblu asupra a ceea ce inseamna “Church Growth Movement”, “Leadership Network” si “Purpose Driven Church”:
In cazul in care vi se pare un documentar prea lung si nu aveti timp sa-l urmariti am sa redau mai jos cateva lucruri importante.
Rick Warren, Bill Hybels si Bob Buford sunt cunoscuti sub numele de “The Druckerite Trinity”. Acestia sunt cei care prin “Leadership Network” au pus bazele si au promovat printre altele miscare cunoscuta sub numele de “Biserica Emergentat“. Acest articol (din care am sa redau cateva fragmente) ne relateaza in mare modul in care s-au petrecut lucrurile:
[The genesis of Emergent can be traced back to an organization called Leadership Network. This organization was introduced as a resource to help leaders of innovative postmodern churches to connect.]
[By this time Leadership Network hired Doug Pagitt to lead the team and organize the events. He began growing the team and it soon included Brian McLaren. … Pagitt, McLaren, and others such as Chris Seay, Tony Jones, Dan Kimball, and Andrew Jones stayed together and continued speaking and writing together as friends…]
[Just who was this “individual in Texas” which McLaren spoke of who funded the Leadership Network organization? It is a man by the name of Bob Buford, an owner of a successful cable television company in Texas at the time. Buford happens to have a lot in common with influential megachurch pastors Rick Warren (Founder and Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church) and Bill Hybels (Founder and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church). Some have referred to these three men as the Druckerite trinity for their relationships with business management guru Peter Drucker.]
[Though the organizations of Leadership Network, the Purpose Driven Network and the Willow Creek Association are uniquely divided, they are intimately connected to one another. These three organizations are businesses that sell products to the target market of church leaders and pastors (based on Peter Drucker’s business and management ideas). All of these organizations have designed products that appeal to their consumers (be it baby boomers or Generation X). It is no coincidence that these three successful and influential men in Christendom were all mentored by the late business management guru Peter Drucker.]
[In Bill Hybels’ book Courageous Leadership, he cites his conversations with Drucker in regard to leadership. In his own words under a subsection entitled “Consulting Mentors About Performance Evaluations”, Hybels referred to Peter Drucker as one of “the two men who have most shaped my thinking on this issue” next to Jesus.⁹]
[Hybels crystalized his vision for Willow Creek in the 1980′s at a dinner conversation with Drucker. “Bill, what is your unique contribution to Willow Creek?” Drucker asked. Hybels decided that one of his unique contributions to his church, aside from being the pastor, could be to create a resource for pastors who didn’t have firsthand access to thinkers like Drucker. This idea later turned into Willow Creek’s business school called the Global Leadership Summit. One reporter commented that “if evangelicalism does have a global power center, it would have to be Willow Creek” thanks largely to its business school.]
[Willow Creek has so enthusiastically adopted and applied the principles of marketing that it has received growing attention from business schools and publications. Harvard Business School, for instance, selected Willow Creek as the subject of one of its famous case studies. Its author, who was eventually hired as the president of the Willow Creek Association, explains that the staff of Willow Creek ‘attribute much of their success to the simple concept of knowing your customers and meeting their needs.’ (emphasis added)
“Willow Creek’s strategy has also been discussed in the pages of Fortune magazine and the Wall Street Journal. In the latter, Peter Drucker explains that Willow Creek and its imitators are employing simple marketing ideas: ‘None of these marketing lessons are new. Anyone who has taken a marketing course these past 30 years or who has read a marketing text should know them.’”¹²]
[Before Leadership Network began, its founder Bob Buford was consulting with business management guru Peter Drucker. Bob Buford is not only the founder of Leadership Network but also founded the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management.¹³ Buford stated, “Peter Drucker who’s Bill [Hybels]’s friend and mine, and I think one of the wisest men alive.”¹⁴ Bob Buford has often expressed his deep admiration for Drucker:
“Peter Drucker is the ‘intellectual father’ of most all that guides my approach to philanthropy. I’ve long since ceased trying to determine what thoughts are mine and which come from Peter.”¹⁵]
[Warren describes how the Purpose Driven paradigm is a franchise system which any pastor can transfer to his church in order to replicate the same church growth results produced at Warren’s Saddleback Church model. He says,
“Well, one of our values is what I call “the good enough” principle. A person doesn’t have to be perfect for God to use them. Because we want our church to be a model for other churches, we want average people doing average activities in order to get extraordinary results. Just like how the typical McDonalds is able to succeed while being staffed by high school students. Because the system works, it doesn’t require unusual talent.”²⁸
Borrowing Warren’s example, the Druckerites Bob Buford, Bill Hybels and Rick Warren are like the franchises Burger King, Wendy’s and McDonalds. Just as all of those fast-food restaurants sell hamburgers, so the Druckerites all sell knowledge-based products to build churches. Though the different brands of hamburgers taste different and come with different toppings, they are all hamburgers. In the same way, the Druckerites brand may vary, whether it be Leaderhip Network, Willow Creek or Purpose Driven, but they are all essentially the same in their implementation of best business practices for building the local church.]
[Warren helped launch the Emergent movement by writing the foreword Dan Kimball’s book called The Emerging Church. Directly associating himself with other Emergents who endorsed this same book such as Brian McLaren (who wrote another foreword in the book), Tony Jones, Chris Seay, and Spencer Burke, Warren wrote:
“This book is a wonderful, detailed example of what a purpose-driven church can look like in a postmodern world. My friend Dan Kimball writes passionately . . . While my book The Purpose Driven Church explained what the church is called to do, Dan’s book explains how to do it with the cultural-creatives who think and feel in postmodern times. You need to pay attention to him because times are changing.”³⁰]
Un lucru e clar: Rick Warren nu este emergent, ci biserica emergenta este un tip de “biserica condusa de scopuri”.
Mega-pastorul Rick Warren (mentorat fiind de Peter Drucker, C. Peter Wagner si Rober Schuller) spunea in cartea sa “Biserica Condusa de Scopuri” urmatoarele: “Small groups are the most effective way of closing the back door of your church”. Asta pentru ca Rick Warren stie ca e mult mai usor sa manipulezi masele prin metoda “divide et impera” combinata cu tehnica Delphi si “leadership”. Sa nu uitam si faptul ca Rick Warren si-a facut doctoratul sub conducerea lui C. Peter Wagner la seminarul Fuller.
Pentru cei care sunt doritori sa mai intelega cate ceva despre ceea ce inseamna cu adevarat “Leadership Network”, “Summitul Global de Conducere” si implicit “modelul Harvest-Metanoia” din Romania (adica pentru a intelege transformarea sociala produsa de astfel de miscari de tip New Age) atunci aveti mai jos o sinteza remarcabila realizata de pastorul Chris Rosenbrough de la “Fighting for the Faith“. Sper sa intelegeti (si) prin aceasta prezentare ca miscarea “Leadership Network” este un virus cu mult mai periculos chiar si decat NAR (Noua Reforma Apostolica) tocmai pentru ca oamenii implicati par mult mai credibili. In esenta vorbim despre aceleasi idei dar prezentate din perspective diferite. “Apostolii” din lumea carismatica sunt defapt aceeasi agenti sociali precum “liderii” din reteaua “Leadership Network”. O sa vedeti ca la varf sunt uniti. Desigur batalia nu e neaparat pentru bani cat pentru suflete… Va rog sa nu sariti peste aceasta prezentare chiar daca dureaza 1h si 20min. E foarte foarte importanta! (mergeti direct de la minutul 9:40 unde incepe prezentarea efectiva)
So remember: Resistance is futile, you will be assimilated into the Community! There is no room for individuals in the global Community. “In time we do not, therefore, exist as individuals. [..] Human existence is not possible in time; only society is possible in time”, said Peter Drucker.
Si cine nu sare… cine nu sare… ori e legalist fundamentalist… ori moare.
“The first Reformation clarified what we believe. This reformation is all about how we act and operate in the world. It involves the key components of purpose, decentralization, lay mobilization, use of technology, and continuous learning. Churches that change are thriving and growing more effective. Churches that refuse to change will miss the reformation, and are dying.” (Rick Warren)
Deci, urmatorul holocaust se adreseaza individualistilor. Ei sunt cancerul societatii, adica cei care strica unitatea si armonia “cristosului cosmic”…
Desigur exista si o varianta mai “soft” de a-i trata pe cei care creeaza probleme: metoda catapultei. Sa-l lasam pe James MacDonald (“primus maximus” al retelei Harvest) sa ne-o explice:
Cata bunatate la acest mare slujitor al Domnului…
Biblia ne invata sa ne ferim de tot ceea ce ni se pare rau, adica sa fim vigilenti si intelepti. Unul dintre cele mai mari adevaruri ale istoriei este ca… majoritatea oamenilor nu invata mai nimic din istorie. Au mai fost in trecut miscari de tip colectivist care au pus accentul pe comunitate sau pe salvarea comunitara… care au sustinut puternic miscarea ecologica… care au pus accentul pe evenimentele de masa… care s-au concentrat foarte mult pe miscarile de tineret… care au incercat sa adune oamenii in jurul unor experiente comune si nu a unor crezuri comune… si lista ar putea continua. Astfel de miscari cu astfel de caracteristici nu au fost niciodata in istorie modele de prosperitate, ci s-au autodistrus. Stiu ca v-am obosit deja cu Youtube-uri, dar poate ca intr-o pauza de la plantat copaci si strans gunoaie o sa reusiti sa parcurgeti si interviul de mai jos cu dr. Gene Veith. Va recomand si cartea scrisa de acest autor, numita “Modern Fascism“.
Domnul nostru Isus Hristos ne-a lasat urmatorul indemn in Evanghelia dupa Matei:
“Nu vă temeţi de cei ce ucid trupul, dar care nu pot ucide sufletul; ci temeţi-vă mai degrabă de Cel ce poate să piardă şi sufletul şi trupul în gheenă.” (Matei 10:28)
Noi ca si oameni avem un singur dusman comun, dar acela nu e individualismul… ci Satana, tatal minciunii.
Doamne ai mila de noi toti… Amin.