Outcome-Based Religion

Part Six

Marketing Salvation

 

In this report author Mac Dominick addresses the issue of Outcome Based Religion with regard to UN global governance intentions. Known as Whole System Transition the UN agenda is clear - a systemic transition from the tried and true to the ‘brave and new’. Encompassing all sectors of society including ‘religion’, the plan is already well on its way to completion. What is frightening is the fact that well-meaning believers are aiding this facilitation by their endorsement of and participation in all things Purpose Driven. Mac Dominick herein outlines the guidelines by which this new global system (which will eventually be headed by antichrist) will be transformed and eventually operate:

The goal of the enemy throughout this entire process was (and is) Whole System Transition to a Planetary Society. In order for prophecy to be fulfilled, there must be a systemic transition from a society of individual nation states to a socialist planetary society.

The main obstacle to this systemic change is the true Church of Jesus Christ. Born again Christians who live by the commands of the Word of God will not fit into the new system, and thus true Christians adamantly oppose such systemic change. Therefore, if the systemic transition of the culture is to be successful, it must also include the successful transition of the Church into complete conformity to the postmodern culture. If a predominant segment of the militant Church can be subtly and deceptively transitioned to a non-combative, innocuous, spineless, compromising state that blends into the broader culture, the opposition to whole system transition will melt as an ice cube before a flamethrower.

How can this transition be accomplished? The fact is that this transition is very successfully becoming a reality with the recruitment of thousands of Evangelicals and Fundamentalists to play the “New Paradigm Church Game”---herein referenced as Outcome-Based Religion.

 

OBJECT OF THE GAME

Chapter 8 of Mac Dominick’s book Outcome Based Religion, Purpose, Apostasy and the New Paradigm Church defines the terms for the proper interpretation of the rules of the New Paradigm Church Game. Now that the terms have been defined, the process of learning the rules can begin. These rules come directly from the mouths of some of the game’s greatest stars, and are not the result of this author’s [Mac Dominick] imagination or opinions. However, as with any game one would attempt to play, there must first be a declaration of the Object of the Game. Once the object is declared, one may then proceed to the rules.

The object of the New paradigm Church Game is the complete transition of the Church from the traditional, Biblical, separatist position to become more aligned to and in tune with the dictates of the Postmodern Culture—thus initiating exponential church growth.

This object basically states the “outcome” in Outcome-Based Religion. That outcome is two-fold:

1.  Alignment of the Church with the Postmodern Culture

2.  Exponential church growth

The methods used to reach this outcome are, in effect, the rules of the game. Those who achieve the object (or reach the outcome) win the game. The rules of this game have been established from a pragmatic base. In other words, if one follows these rules and plays the game well—that individual is following a course proven to yield positive results. The New Paradigm Church Game is based on pragmatic rules that deceptively attack the fundamental, separated Church. This is the “new way of doing church.”

RULE 1

We must “change our thinking…of what God is trying to do.” 1

This statement made by a prominent “Church Growth” author is alarmingly intriguing. In the first place, a change of thinking designates a “paradigm shift”. Secondly, once thinking is changed, beliefs, attitudes, and values subsequently change. Finally, changed thinking ultimately leads to a changed perception of reality. The end result of the man is then as distant from his beginning as light is from darkness. This is further exhibited by following the logic that if thinking must be changed, it stands to reason that the change is necessary because the thinking of those in traditional or fundamental churches is seriously flawed. This leads to some questions:

1. What is wrong with the current thought process?

2.   Has this flawed thinking forced a change in God’s original plan?

3.  If such thinking forces the necessity of a “paradigm shift,” does it not also stand to reason that God is doing something new?

 

The answer to Question 1 lies in the revelation of the past and present thoughts of God’s plan. From the perspective of Outcome-based Religion, the thinking of separatist, fundamental Christianity must be resulting in actions that seriously inhibit church growth. What are examples of these growth-stunting thoughts?

 

1. Churches must function according to the Word of God

2. God and His Word do not change.

3.  Based on the character and nature of God, the members of the church should be accountable to God and to His principles of holiness and righteous living—separated from the world.

 

If one were to harbor these thoughts, that individual would never win the New Paradigm Church Game, because such an individual thinks theologically. According to the new paradigm, theological thinking spells disaster in the postmodern culture. This is theoretically due to the fact that those to be reached for Christ do not understand actions that result from theological thinking. For example, if the “seeker of fulfillment” enters a church and hears the espousal of theological thinking, that seeker will not return to this particular church because the theological mindset is alien to his worldview.

Therefore, if theological thinking inhibits or threatens this individual, the theological thinker must change his thought process to that of strategic thinking in order to reach the seeker. To think strategically, one must take several things into consideration:

 

1. The lost individual visiting the church has no concept of Christian dogma.

2. The church must adapt its methods to then make this individual more comfortable (and less inhibited and threatened) while attending church.

3.  Once this individual feels at ease, he can be reached with the Gospel.

 

Therefore, the entire system of how the church service is conducted must become more in tune with the postmodern culture in order to reach these individuals who may feel intimidated by the old-fashioned ideas such as calls for self-examination, the guilt associated with sin, calls for true repentance, and the need for transformation of the individual based on the fundamental doctrines of the Word of God. In essence, the change in thinking must be systemic—not systematic. According to new paradigm theory, the church obsessed with theological thinking must be completely transformed, or it will be unable to reach the lost citizens of this culture.

This transformation can only take place by “thinking in terms of process, not content.” 2 This statement in and of itself is frightening language. Suddenly, the strategic process used to reach the lost for Christ bears more weight than the content of the message. This methodology forgets the most important aspect of reaching the lost for Christ:

True salvation comes only from the conviction of the Holy Spirit as revealed in the Word of God. It is the Word of God that convicts of sin. It is the Word of God that reveals the love of Christ. It is the Word of God that persuades the sinner to turn from his sin and turn to Jesus Christ. “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” 3

 

Conclusion:  Rule 1 is seriously flawed:

1.  The idea that God is doing a “new thing” comes directly from a synthesis of errant Charismatic misconceptions of God and the tolerant, “watered-down” theology of the “greater Evangelical Community.” God is not doing a new thing—God’s plan for the Church is established in His Holy and eternal Word. God’s plan has not changed.

2.  The thinking of Christians is to be grounded and established in the Word of God. If the Word of God does not align with the culture, neither should the thought processes of Christians adapt to the culture. Christians should ALWAYS give priority in their thinking to theological content over process –for when the content of Christian thinking is based on the Word of God, the resulting process of ministry will, in turn, be biblical.

3.   To put the processes or systems over the content of the Word of God amounts only to emotional manipulation by the methods of men. Emotional manipulation is no substitute for the conviction of the Holy Spirit, and there will never be any genuine conversion by using method over content.

 

RULE 2

“Develop a Market Strategy”

The entire western culture today has been manipulated and driven by the dictates of the marketing geniuses of Madison Avenue, and there is absolutely no question that these systems and methods have to some extent permeated the thought processes of every individual. One could then reason that an assault of Madison Avenue methodology into the church was certainly inevitable. However, the degree to which the players of the new paradigm game have used these manipulative methods is far beyond what any could have imagined.

The author of the book [Outcome Based Religion, Purpose, Apostasy and the New Paradigm Church - Mac Dominick] is no stranger to marketing methods and tactics or to the implementation of secular marketing tactics into church growth strategy:

“I possess a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Bob Jones University, and I am the senior partner in a company that coordinates regional sales and marketing for twenty national and/or multinational corporations. Therefore, when attending church growth strategy sessions a few years ago, I was amazed by the textbook marketing tactics espoused by the pastor and wondered where he gained access to this information. At the time, I also reasoned (pragmatically) that if these strategies worked in my business, why not employ such proven methods to ministry?

However, the situation soon got out of hand. The church began to consider hiring a church-growth consulting firm that claimed that for a mere $40,000, they would assure that growth in the membership would net the church $300,000 by the second year of the implementation of their system. This entire scenario was very disconcerting, and with minimal research into the consulting organization, discovery was made of noted Charismatics not only linked to this organization, but also on the board of directors. Further research traced the entire concept to Fuller Theological Seminary.

The truth was soon revealed that the pastor was following the guidelines of Dr. Rick Warren and Bill Hybels, and he was playing the New Paradigm Church Game. Needless to say, I no longer attend this church—a church that began as an Independent, Fundamental, Baptist Church—is now experiencing exponential growth while making compromise after compromise to reach the church growth outcome.”

Before discussing the marketing strategies of the new paradigm church, some aspects of marketing should be addressed. First, “marketing” must be defined. For this definition one must go to the Marketing 201 textbook:

“Marketing is a process of a society by which the demand structure or the desire for economic goods and services is anticipated or enlarged and satisfied through the conception, promotion, exchange, and physical distribution of such goods and services.” 4

Using this definition as a baseline, the following steps copied from the notes of this author’s [Mac Dominick] Marketing 201 lecture class provide a concise example of a detailed marketing strategy:

1. Decide on a long-term objective (outcome) and list the details to meet that objective.

2. Identify the market (potential customers) for your product.

3. Identify the customer’s need and develop a strategy to fill that need.

·                      What is the real problem?

4. Do not deliver a tangible product, but a standard of living:

·                     Know the buyer’s motive

·                     Advertise to a target market

·                     Sell satisfaction

·                     Sell furiously

·                     Be elastic to change

·                     Innovate

·                     Promote from the best angle

5.  Carefully select good salesmen 5

 

[And you thought the Holy Spirit was growing the church right? Actually He is. What is growing the New Paradigm Church is not of God, but of marketing spin from clever orators, some of whom may be well intentioned. Assumptions are made that build the groundwork for the “vision” of the New Paradigm Church often peddled by Rick Warren and his contemporaries, these assumptions are as follows – ed.]

 

·                     Assumption 1: “God is doing something fresh in the world today” 6

·                     Assumption 2: states that the transition to the new paradigm is “God’s Vision for the Church.” 7

·                     Assumption 3: is based on the embracing of Assumption 2, must also accept the contention that the vision can still be God’s vision regardless of what the Bible teaches.

 

Dr. Rick Warren is very specific when he speaks of strategic planning, and he defends from Scripture his position of targeting only the “young, white-collar” residents of the Saddleback Valley. However, his defense from Scripture gives rise to one of those occasions when an individual blatantly stretches credulity to the point of disbelief. Dr. Warren contends that Jesus strategically targeted a certain segment of the population by preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom only to the Jews and ignoring the Gentiles in His earthly ministry. Warren’s further contention that Jesus sent His disciples “to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” in lieu of the Samaritans or Gentiles because these “were the people they were most likely to reach.” 8 In addition, Dr. Warren also states that Jesus was “being strategic, not prejudiced” by implementing such a ministry. 9

The perfect response to Dr. Warren for this contention would be that old adage, “I may have been born at night, but it wasn’t last night.” Not only do Dr. Warren’s statements blatantly insult the intelligence of any individual who reads his book, but they also ignore the entire Old Testament, discount all Messianic prophecy, and diminish the Deity of the incarnate God. Dr. Warren further clouds the issue of the Deity of Christ when he states, “Jesus often knew what others were thinking.” 10

The biblical truth is that Jesus was neither prejudiced nor strategic. Jesus further knew exactly those who his disciples would reach, and Jesus always knew what others were thinking—for Jesus Christ was God in the Flesh. Jesus did what He did because He is God. He acted in impeccable righteousness to His eternal plan and in accordance with the promises for His chosen people, Israel.

The fact of the matter is that Jesus came in fulfillment of the Messianic promises to set up the Hebrew Kingdom as revealed to his servant, David. For Messiah to go to the Gentiles would contradict His purpose for coming to set up the Kingdom. Does Dr. Warren not understand this? To diminish the actions of Jesus to strategic thinking and limiting His knowledge of the thoughts of the heart not only calls into question the Deity of Christ but also the spiritual character and motives of the individual who would make such questionable, theologically blasphemous statements. What kind of marketing strategy—or better yet, what set of priorities would lead one to espouse such a position?

 

IDENTIFY THE CUSTOMER’S NEED AND DEVELOP A STRATEGY TO FILL THAT NEED.

It is with this marketing principle that “the rubber meets the road” in the New Paradigm Church Game. This is the issue that brought bill Hybels and Willow Creek Community Church to the forefront of the Church Growth Movement, and it is this issue that made Saddleback Community Church the force it is today. The essence of this is due to the fact that “…people today hunger not for personal salvation…but for the momentary illusion of personal well-being, health, and psychic security.” 11

Therefore, the New Paradigm Church Game puts an emphasis on meeting the felt needs of the unchurched as a means of bringing them into the fold. This is not at all unlike those on the political scene who dupe huge voting blocs into their political party by bribery of handouts and other such promises in devious ploy to gain their votes.

In playing politics as well as playing the New Paradigm Church Game, truth must be sacrificed to force this type of mass manipulation. This is evidenced in the church game by a distinct lack of emphasis on theology. Remember, “Unchurched Harry” cannot be convinced that his humanistic, self-perceived felt needs will be unconditionally met if he is faced with self-examination, calls to repentance, or humility before a Holy God. Robert Schuller, the self-proclaimed father of the Church-Growth Movement, relates: “We should concentrate on people’s needs instead of theological truth.” 12 As a result, theological truth and theological thinking are subjugated to emotional manipulation and strategic thinking. What possible basis do those who play the New Paradigm Church Game have in believing that they can force eternal changes in the souls of men by working a strategy of mundane, pragmatic philosophies that base their success or failure in emotional manipulation?

If the wrapper is changed to make a product more appealing, the product must also be altered to keep the customer returning for more. This certainly begs the question, “If Unchurched Harry is drawn to church to get, in order to satisfy his flesh, will he stay around when and if he is called to lose his life for Christ’s sake?” 13

The broad-based problem with Rule 2 is the simple fact that the participants in the New Paradigm Church Game are attempting to convert the church’s structural system into an entity based more on the principles of the corporate world than the commands of the Word of God. As a result, the church begins to operate more like a business, and the pastor emulates the persona of a corporate CEO. When the church operates on business principles rather than biblical guidelines, the tendency is to become more concerned with the growth aspects of the operation than the biblical priority of faithfulness to the truth of the Word of God. As the necessity for financing and the pressure for financial expertise increases with the resulting growth, the door is then opened to powerful individuals that have much to gain by transitioning the church from its separated position that militantly defies the globalistic values system of the new millennium to a highly motivated, precariously obligated, willing participant in the postmodern culture.

 

RULE 3

Build Relationships of Integrity with the Unchurched.

Not only is this is another unorthodox approach to the ministry of the Word of God, but when carried to its logical conclusions, this methodology is possibly the most destructive force facing Christianity today. New paradigm thought dictates that men and women will be more likely reached for Christ by an individual they know and trust. One pastor set the example in this arena by joining a secular softball league in order to build these relationships. His idea was participation in the softball league, telling no one of his pastorate, and befriending those in the league who were unchurched.

If this process is viewed properly, it is no more than a Hegelian Dialectic as preached by Marx and Lenin—now implemented within the walls of the Church. 14 As this process is repeated, it will dramatically weaken or completely eliminate Fundamentalist Christianity over the course of the next two generations.

Conclusion: The full implementation of Rule 3 is potentially fatal to true Christianity.

Does the perceived success of a religious organization enthusiastically applauded by man necessarily equate to the approval of a Holy God? Furthermore, on what basis does one establish that of which God approves?

The honest answers to these questions must hinge solely on compliance to the doctrinal teachings and methods as detailed in the Word of God; and the conclusion can logically be surmised that any growing church or religious organization that departs from instructions of the biblical position is merely experiencing growth based on the same concepts used by any growing secular corporation.

 

BUILDING THE ‘KINGDOM OF GOD’

·   Most Christian have no clue as to what the “Kingdom of God” entails, much less how to “build it.” This is because the Roman Catholic Church claims to be the manifestation of the Kingdom of God on Earth with the Pope, as the “Vicar of Christ,” its head. This stems from the idea that the Jews lost their claim to the promised Jewish Kingdom when they crucified Jesus Christ, and the Church replaced or supplanted them as heirs to this “kingdom.” However, this doctrine is not only completely unsubstantiated by the Word of God, but is refuted in no uncertain terms by the whole of the prophetic Scriptures. Subsequently, the Protestant Reformation’s retention of many errant teachings of Catholicism, instilling the idea of the church as “Kingdom of God” or Christians charged to further “build the Kingdom of God” continues to be echoed by misdirected church members of every stripe.

·   This “Kingdom terminology” has also been elevated in recent years by Charismatics such as Jack Hayford and Pat Robertson, two leading advocates of Dominion Theology (along with their Australian compatriots Brian Houston and Ashley Evans – ed.).  This terminology has infiltrated the Church through the “Christian” bookstore, Trinity Broadcasting Network, the 700 Club, and “praise choruses” such as Majesty sung every Sunday even in fundamental, otherwise biblically-based churches.

·   The Word of God teaches of two “kingdoms”: The first is the eternal “Kingdom of God” or “Kingdom of Heaven” (the two terms are used interchangeably) where resides the eternal throne of God in heaven. This kingdom is already in place, and God certainly does not need the help of any man to “build it.”

·   The second “Kingdom” is the “Millennial Kingdom” that will be presided over by Jesus Christ at His Second Coming. It is in this “Kingdom” that God will fulfill His promises to the patriarchs of Israel and to His servant, David. Though the raptured and glorified Church will be very involved in this kingdom, the Millennial Kingdom will not be “built” until the Second Coming of Christ.

·   The Word of God absolutely does not teach that the church will rule the world via a theocratic world government prior to the coming of Christ as the Dominion theologians insist.

·   Therefore, anyone making the statement, “We are in the business of building the Kingdom of God” is not only demonstrating a lack of understanding of the Word of God by falling prey to errant Catholic or Dominionist teaching, but is also playing the New Paradigm Church Game. This statement practically summarizes Rules 1-3 of the New Paradigm Church Game, and leads the participant to the game’s next level—Rules 4-5.

 

RULE 4

“Never Criticize What God is Blessing” 15

This rule is based on two assumptions:

1.  Growth = [God’s] blessing

2.   Christians are to refrain from outspoken evaluations of new Evangelical methods or movements

Once one pragmatically makes the first assumption of ‘growth = [God’s] blessing, he opens himself up to the most dreadful conclusions because of the fact that these conclusions are based upon assumptions and not God’s Word. [Pastors everywhere nowadays are using the phrase ‘God’s dream’ – news flash, God does not dream! – ed] But for the sake of the argument, let’s ponder the following; where does this dream originate? Is the ‘dream’ the result of the leading of the Holy Spirit of the living God, or the marketing tactic of some man’s scheme of a designated outcome?

Charismatic ministries have a history of claiming great revivals in third world countries by cramming stadiums with those hoping for physical healing or witnessing some other supernatural ‘sign’. This was exactly the case several years ago in Brazil. According to sources such as Praise the Lord Ministries (PTL) and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) there was a great revival in Brazil, but according to true Bible believing missionaries in that country this claim was an absolute fabrication. [But of course that did not stop the dollars rolling in. Let us state this quite emphatically, and Moriah Ministries Australia demands to be held accountable for this statement: The Heavenly Father is neither honoured nor glorified by deception of any kind despite the desired outcome, nor are sinners brought to Him by such. This may well be the teaching of the Koran but it is not the teaching of the Holy Scriptures – ed.] There is a vast difference in true revival and a numerical outcome based on Madison Avenue marketing tactics.

 

DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO REACH THE LOST FOR CHRIST 16

The first guideline sounds very pious and spiritual. By taking this statement at face value, many if not most of the readers of this manuscript would agree that such efforts of evangelism are required as long as the methodology is within a biblical context. However, one must remember the context of this statement. It should read that one should “Do whatever is necessary to reach your target market for Christ.” This simply means that a church needs to:

1.  Do all the necessary marketing research to identify the desires and needs of the market.

2.  Develop a systematic plan to appeal to those desires and needs.

3.  Give the target market what it wants.

4.  Read, translate, and identify with the culture of the target market.

5.   Once the targeted individuals are in the church building, psychologically manipulate them to the point of reception to the Gospel of Christ.

[Can you see what’s happening here? The gospel of the New Paradigm Church is not supernaturally received as the Bible demands, but rather psychologically infused by self-sanctified spin doctors leading to a false salvation – ed.] The distance of the above concepts from the principles of the Word of God should make ice water flow in the veins of any true child of God. This exemplifies, however, the transition from the “Old time religion” to “outcome based religion.”

The apostle Paul said in 1Corinthians 2:15 “He that is spiritual judgeth all things.”  17

Though no longer popular the ultimate standard of truth is the Word of God and true believers would do well to remember that in light of today’s popular compromises some basic rules therefore must be applied:

·   Realize the Word of God is just that – the Word of God.

·   The Holy Spirit is the teacher He alone can reveal the Word of God.

·   Fill the heart and mind with the content of Scripture.

·   Test every teacher as did the Bereans.

·   Spend more time in intimate, one-on-one fellowship with the Lord.

·   Constantly evaluate sermons, Bible studies, Sunday school classes, seminars, etc.

·   And perhaps most importantly if you want to know what God wants you to know, let Scripture interpret Scripture. 18

 

[Throughout my ministry at Life(less) FM I constantly insisted that if what I have had to say was not in agreement with the Word of God then what I had to say must be out-rightly rejected - ed.]

 

If Christians would honestly evaluate the New Paradigm Church Game based only on the Word of God, none would participate in such a frivolous pastime. The crux of the problem lies in the fact that the vast majority of professing believers would rather follow what some man has envisioned rather than what God has clearly spoken in His Word. But tragically relating to the popular culture is the basis for new paradigm thought, and it is this flawed thinking and extremely poor theology that begins still another downward path to apostasy. [Think about it folks, it’s popular because it’s palatable. It costs nothing – no sacrifice involved, no hardship, no trial, and guess what, it affords no salvation either – ed.]

Still thousands will continue to flock to New Paradigm churches because the masses are happily ignorant of the fact that they are being emotionally manipulated into a non-threatening religious experience that makes them feel good about themselves. [Senior pastor of the Paradise Community Church put it so aptly in a television commercial in which he proclaimed of his church, “You will love it!” despite the Word of God proclaiming that the world would hate the church because of the Saviour. The tragic reality is that people probably will ‘love it’ because the Word of God also states that the world loves its own!]

So, to the overall point, if the postmodern culture that emphasizes psychology over theology is used to grow a church, such a church will soon cease to be a true church – because the message must change to accommodate psychological worldview. The same applies in other areas such as the teaching of evolution as a fact, acceptance of homosexuality, etc. Even though these issues and philosophies are in direct contradiction to the Word of God, the New Paradigm Church must reach a consensus with Unchurched Harry and Unchurched Sally on these very topics in order to get them through the front door.

As illustrated in other cases, Rick Warren again pushes credulity and insults the intelligence of his readers in his book The Purpose Driven Church with the enlightening revelation:

“When Jesus told his disciples to eat what is before you, He was commanding them to be sensitive to the local culture.”

The disciples lived in Israel – the Jewish culture. They shared the Jewish culture based on Mosaic law with all of those with whom they communicated. In other words, they were already part of the same culture, so for Warren to manipulate Scripture in an anemic attempt to justify unscriptural methodology is blatantly deceitful.

 

FOCUS ON FELT NEEDS, PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELING

The postmodern culture of Western society has become a culture of psychology [Not surprising given Eve chose knowledge over relationship in the Garden of Eden – ed.] And apparently no one is any longer accountable for his or her actions. Everyone is a victim: my problems were caused by someone else; I act in an inappropriate manner because I was abused as a child; I have these problems because I was deprived as a child; I am simply a victim of my environment; I am basically a good person, but I lack self esteem as a result of the actions of others; I need…I need…I need, and someone else it to blame.

[Again we are back to the Garden of Eden, do you remember the discourse? It was not me, it was the woman You gave me – it was not me, it was the Serpent. Buck passing is nothing new – ed.]

The popular reaction to this mass victimization of society is “counseling” or “therapy” and the greater “Christian” community is no exception to the rule. The fact of the matter is that the evangelical church was “hijacked by psychology in the late 1970s” 19  and has never been restored to its former abode.

[The unpalatable truth, the shocking reality is that this New Paradigm Church preaches a different gospel to that of the disciples. It is a ‘new gospel’ and its principles are as follows:]

·   Liberation from low self esteem

·   Freedom from emptiness and loneliness

·   A means of fulfillment and excitement

·   A way to receive the hearts desires

·   A means of meeting our needs 20

The content of messages in New Paradigm Churches are based on the following principles:

·   The King James version is rarely if ever used [Even though it is the most eschatologically faithful version available based on the fact it was translated according to the ‘Majority Text’ – ed.]

·   Psychological categories tend to be described as biblical principles 21

·   The church messages are more about stress reduction than salvation

·   Messages are more therapeutic than theological

·   The emphasis is more about feeling good about oneself than dealing with the eternal consequences of personal sin

The New Paradigm Church Game focuses on the manipulation of Unchurched Harry and Unchurched Sally for the purpose of ‘evangelism’. Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church [Note that ‘Community Church’ is a dead giveaway for an outcome based movement – ed.] readily admits that “A significant amount of weekend message content comes from psychology,” 22 and he “tends to describe psychological categories as biblical principles.” 23

However, these methods beg the questions: Does the Holy Spirit draw men and women to salvation through emotional manipulation? Can true revival occur through therapy? Or are they merely growing the church by affording spiritual self-delusion? Does “Christian Psychology” really exist, or is John McArthur correct when he states the term is an oxymoron? 24 Is there really any such thing as “Christian Counseling,” and if so, exactly what does it entail?

The Christian Psychologist will contend:

SCRIPTURE + PSYCHOLOGICAL METHODS = HELP.

However, how can the infusion of humanism into Biblical Christianity do anything but corrupt Biblical Christianity?

The reality is:

SCRIPTURE + PSYCHOLOGICAL METHODS = PERVERSION OF THE TRUTH.

This formula must also be viewed as yet another implementation of the Hegelian Dialectic:

SCRIPTURE (THESIS) x CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY (ANTITHESIS) = OUTCOME (SYNTHESIS)

The fact of the matter is that the New Paradigm Church has so permeated evangelical Christianity that finding a Bible-based church not perverted with psychology is almost impossible.

T.A. McMahon states,

“Secular counseling begins and ends with self: professional ‘Christian’ counseling begins and ends with Christianity interpreted through ‘self’ theories. The result of both is antithetical to what the Bible teaches.” 25

[The clear warning here is that any organization claiming to be a ‘church’ which panders to the promotion of ‘self’ in any degree is a biblical prostitute – ed.] Unscriptural methodology does indeed lead to gross apostasy.

 

USING TECHNOLOGY FOR MAXIMUM EMOTIONAL IMPACT

It is infusion of this very standard into every facet of life that has made teaching and entertainment inseparable; 26 and as a result, television has created a climate in which individuals “no longer think and analyze…but simply respond to clever manipulation of the emotions.” 27 [And it IS. That is why they call it the ‘idiot box’ and ‘bubble gum for the eyes!’ – ed.]

 The motivation instilling this aspiration becomes obvious when one understands that participants in the New Paradigm Church Game realize they must not only identify with, but must also assimilate into the cutting edge of postmodern culture in order to attain the outcome of exponential church growth within an upwardly mobile target market. Ignoring the impact of the utilization of technology that allows the church service to imitate the Hollywood Standard certainly (in the eyes of the new paradigm participant) equates to “communicating God’s Word in an ‘outdated style’.”

At this juncture, one must realize that Christians should not confuse theology with “style.” Theology is based on substance, and style is based on cultural whim. Therefore, adopting the new paradigm methodology of placing style over substance is synonymous to placing “the things of this world” over “the things of God.” When this happens, “the end result of confusing theology with style is a confused theology.” 38

The danger certainly is fully realized when the church replaces or confuses edification with entertainment.

The Greek word translated as “edify” in our English Bible can be best defined as “the process of building a structure.”

 

·   The Church is to lay a doctrinal foundation on which the Christian can construct his spiritual life.

·   The Church is to supply the materials and provide the labor to frame and support the structure of the individual’s spiritual life.

·   The Church is to give the Christian the guide for practical Christian living (as found in Romans [chapters] 12-16, for example) to put the finishing touches on the structure of his life.

·   The Church is to provide the mature Christian with the weapons of Christian warfare to protect the structure of his life from the attacks of Lucifer.

 

What does all of this have to do with the use of technology in the Church? The new paradigm church uses Hollywood-style technology and talent to lure the unchurched into the service, and once the unchurched individuals are in the service, their emotions are manipulated with a professional presentation the likes of which would rival any variety show produced in Las Vegas. These productions substitute religious rock concerts in lieu of cantatas, praise bands in lieu of choirs or orchestras, dramatic presentations in lieu of exhortation, and psychology lectures in lieu of the expository preaching of the Word of God.

The church service suddenly has been transformed from a sacred time set aside to edify and feed the sheep to first class production geared to entertaining the goats. Yes, this goat entertainment session may well exude moral principles, religious accolades, and even naming the name of Jesus Christ. The entire experience may be “relevant, refreshing, and practical.” The sheep as well as the goats may well receive a sense of self-fulfillment, self esteem, or even a sense that their felt needs have been or will be met. Most importantly to the “visionary genius” who inspired the spectacle, an even larger crowd will return next week to be refreshed by another culturally relevant session of “practical Christianity.”

Aside from that, entertainment (unlike edification) builds nothing. The individual comes to church, is entertained to the point that he leaves feeling very good about himself, but there is no change in the life—there is only a deeper void in the spirit than when he walked in the front door. The individual may leave exclaiming, “this church has style!”—but without doctrine taught to convict or edify, such a church lacks life-changing substance. Finally, this individual has just witnessed the consummate shell game—a game that could possibly result in unspeakable, horrific, eternal ramifications on his very soul.

The argument presented by Rick Warren, Robert Schuller, Bill Hybels, and the balance of New Paradigm “all-stars” –that in order to effectively minister, one must “relate to the popular culture.” 29 This argument sounds not only credible, but highly justifiable on the surface, but there is one vital ingredient that this entire movement seems to casually dismiss:

God’s work is not under the control of man’s methodology, technology, cunning, wisdom, or direction; and the work of God cannot be properly executed using secular business practices. The work of God is under the direction of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit of God functions within the boundaries of the written Word of God. (emphasis added)

It has been stated that the Willow Creek “Creekers” “…Communicate to (Unchurched) Harry through the back door of his emotions.” These deceptive, psycho-tactics omit the most powerful weapon against sin in the entire universe—The Word of God. The Bible says of itself:

“The Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. Piercing even to the dividing asunder even to the soul and the spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” 30

Wow! How can anything so powerful be boring? If this weapon is utilized as it itself commands, why should Christians “communicate through the back door” of anyone’s emotions? Why do Christians need “Christian Psychologists?” Why should Christians even seek to relate to the popular culture? The fact is that Outcome-based Religion has brought the world into the church and ushered the Holy Spirit of God out the back door. The methods of men cannot and will not ever hold even a small candle to the power of God. If an individual hardens his heart to the Spirit of God to the point that he or she is bored with God’s Word, no amount of manipulation, entertainment, or psychology will bring this individual to the feet of the Savior. This individual may come to “church” to be entertained, to receive guidelines for stress reduction, or build his or her self esteem—but until this individual opens his or her heart to the leading of the Holy Spirit, the spiritual condition of the heart remains the same.

The Bible never called a minister or a ministry to be culturally relevant. The Bible calls a minister and a ministry to be faithful. What does a call to faithfulness entail? A look into the Word of God reveals the following (in no significant order):

·   Guard (defend) the truth (IITim. 1:13)

·   Study the Word of God—(IITim. 2:15)

·   Continue in the things you have learned—(IITim. 3:14)

·   Preach the Word—(II Tim. 4:2)

·   Reprove, Rebuke, Exhort—(II Tim. 4:2

·   Watch in all things—(II Tim. 4:5)

·   Endure afflictions—(II Tim. 4:5)

·   Do the work of an evangelist—(II Tim. 4:5

·   Feed the flock of God (I Pet. 5:2)

·   Do not emphasize unity at the expense of doctrinal purity (Jude 3)

 

As we draw near to the end of this series of reports we will discover the players most prominent in this UN orchestrated church building game and the revelation of such will astound you. It must be mentioned that much of the information detailed in these reports is sourced from Mac Dominick’s brilliant expose of outcome based religion and the new paradigm church. Entitled Outcome Based Religion, Purpose, Apostasy and the New Paradigm Church. Moriah Ministries Australia thoroughly endorses and recommends readers purchase this book (for around $20 AU) to both support Mac and further the awakening.

 

In His Everlasting Embrace

 

Tony Dean

Director

© 2007 Moriah Ministries Australia

 

 

End Notes

1 George, Carl. The Coming Church Revolution, Fleming Revell Publishers, Grand Rapids, MI., 1994, p.32.

2 Ibid., p.62.

3 Romans 10:17.

4 Weldon Taylor & Roy Shaw, Marketing, Southwest Publishing, Dallas, TX., 1969, p.7.

5 Gallagher, Richard. “Marketing 201 Notes”, Bob Jones University, 1972.

6 Ibid., p.14.

7 Ibid., p.24.

8 Warren, Rick. The Purpose-Driven Church, Zondervan Publishers, Grand Rapids, MI., 1995, p.187.

9 Ibid.

10 Ibid.,p.188.

11 Ibid.,p.188.

12 Ibid.,0.170.

13 Warren. P.220.

14 Southerland. Pgs. 84-96

15 Warren, Rick. The Purpose-Driven Church, Zondervan Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI, 1995, p.62.

16 Warren. Pg.66.

17 I Corinthians 2:15.

18 McMahon, T.A. The Berean Call newsletter, November, 1994, pg.1.

19 Gilley. Pg. 74.

20 Ibid.pg.94.

21 Pritchard. Pg.274.

22 Ibid. pg.155.

23 Ibid. pg.274.

24 MacArthur, John. Our Sufficiency in Christ, Word Publishing, Dallas, Texas, 1991, pg. 59.

25McMahon, T.A. “To Whom Shall Men Go?” The Berean Call newsletter, April 2003, pg.2.

26 Ibid. pg.34.

27 Ibid. pg.35.

28 Payton, Leonard. “Congregational Singing and the Ministry of the Word,” www.thehighway.com , July 1998, pg.12.

29 Warren. Pg. 234.

30 Hebrews 4:12.

 

 Critical Resources

·          Outcome Based Religion, Purpose, Apostasy and the New Paradigm Church – by Mac Dominick

 

 

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