They Won’t Say “Black Lives Matter”?!

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Tuesday, August 4, 2020 0 comments


by Chad Koons

They won’t say “Black Lives Matter,” and frankly, neither will I. Now before you condemn me in some manner, take a few minutes to find out why.

Accusation and condemnation are out of control in our nation. BLM has itself become a source of divisive tendency, from an opportunity to a line drawn in the sand so to speak, with many using it as a filter to sift the good people from the bad. To the confusion and anger of many BLM supporters, there remain millions who refuse to declare it. Instead of immediately accusing these people of racism, should we not seek to understand their reasoning? What if they are right?

You may wonder why I even bring this up. If you haven’t noticed, it’s really awkward out here. Most people that I am in contact with are either confused or unconvinced about how to interact with the issue. Unsure of what to do, they either retreat, become silent, spout off in frustration, or just go with the flow. Black, White, Asian, Latino, and even people of varying faiths all seem to be having trouble processing where we should stand.

For my part, I will speak as a Christian. If you are a person of faith, you simply will not be able to align with everything that Black Lives Matter openly supports. And, as a person of faith, you should not feel ashamed for your decision to withhold support of this movement, assuming that your intent is pure, as your priority in all things is unto the Lord. To be candid, I know many black people who refuse to support BLM. Your refusal to participate does not equal racism.

Here is something that we fail to understand: adherence to a statement or a specific movement is not necessary to display one's support of Black Americans. We desperately need to recognize this, otherwise we may accuse without cause. Yes, it is possible to fully support God-given racial equality while not aligning with the Black Lives Matter movement, and we should not condemn one another over it.

Regarding the phrase itself, I find it lacking. Black lives do not merely matter, they very much more than “matter”! Being fearfully and wonderfully made, black lives are wondrous works of divine creation, worthy of every respect and opportunity the same as any other skin color. As part of humanity, they exist as the marvelous loved ones eligible for salvation and fullness in God! Indeed, the Lord considers all “races” of equal value! This is why I would take exception with “black lives matter” as a phrase, as it feels extraordinarily weak to me, at best woefully incomplete. It fails to carry the proper strength.

“Black Lives are Created in the Image of God.”
“Black Lives are Precious.”
How about “Black Lives are Infinitely Valuable”?
These phrases better carry the weight of holy creation and would be more appropriate. Are they not better descriptors?

Yet saying these would draw anger from BLM supporters. Why? Because that’s not what we’re supposed to say, it does not fit their narrative. You must name the movement. Get in, get out, or get run over. Become an echo or be targeted and accused. Do you see the problem?

Exchanging movement over message, has the organization become more important than the cause that they seek to champion? Their change only? It’s of little wonder why so many people are confused over where to stand regarding BLM. The exclusivity exhibited by the organization is palpable.

Perhaps I am calling out the fly in the ointment. Perhaps the ointment itself is tainted.

So, what’s our problem with BLM, specifically? Have a look at what the organization believes: here is BLM’s belief statement. If you are a Christian, you will immediately recognize the dangerous agenda therein. It is a Trojan Horse. You will see the mixing of good with evil. This is why millions of Christians, and those of other religions, cannot get behind Black Lives Matter. How Christians can in good conscience support this organization at all is a mystery to me.

Do we have an obligation to support BLM as the only vehicle for positive change? Are we to ignore the evil and hope that it somehow does good? Take that before the Lord and get back to me. Is there an answer to racism, oppression, and defeat? The only answer that I know of is fixing the family unit. If we look towards legislation change to save us, we look in the wrong place. Imagine if we put as much effort into prayer, Godly community, and family support as we put into these movements – what great and lasting change we could see! But will we do what it takes?

My point is that we need to think twice before trigger jerking our accusations against one another. Many of us will not support Black Lives Matter, and it is foolish to label, accuse, and condemn us because of it. Acceptance and understanding go both ways. Although we may not support the movement, the Godly among us will greatly support black lives. The Lord is up to something in this season, we must join in His work and refuse to accuse people along the way.

Here is my statement: Black Lives are Infinitely Valuable. I wonder, can we agree on that and work towards a better tomorrow? Love God and love people.

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Jesus' Disciples: Peter, Part 1

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Monday, August 3, 2020 0 comments


by Katie Erickson

As we begin this series on Jesus’ disciples, here’s a fun fact for you: Peter’s name is mentioned 195 times in the New Testament – significantly more than any other disciple! The next closest is John with 29 mentions. We hear a lot about Peter’s life when reading through the gospels, and even elsewhere in the New Testament. Today we’re going to start looking at a handful of those mentions and why they were significant in Peter’s life, in the life of the church, and for discipleship, and we’ll follow up with more of them next week.

One of the personality traits that Peter is known for is his boldness and his willingness to go out on a limb. He is known for speaking his mind, often speaking without thinking first. Check out Matthew 14:22-33 for one bold event: Peter walked on water with Jesus. How many disciples did you see get out of the boat in that account? Only Peter. They were all afraid when they first saw Jesus walking on the lake – as you and I would be too, I’m sure! But once Jesus said who He was, Peter immediately wanted verification and then took part in this miracle of Jesus walking on top of the water.

This is even more significant when we consider the culture then. For us modern people, we see Jesus and Peter defying the law of gravity. But to them, it was an image of conquering chaos and death. The sea was considered to be evil and chaotic, often leading to death in the waves, and only God could control it. This situation happened after Jesus calmed the storm while He was in the boat with them, so the disciples already had some sense that Jesus was God because of His ability to calm the wind and the waves. But to see one of their own try walking on the chaos of the water? That takes some serious boldness!

What does this account mean for discipleship today? First, we see Peter needing proof that it really is Jesus, then we see him having an impulsive trust followed by doubt. How many of you have seen yourself follow that pattern? We question something then get our proof and go for it, only to realize we aren’t perfect and somehow fail at the task. But that’s what discipleship is all about – having the trust to let someone into your life, even if there’s the possibility you’ll fall into the chaos of life. Peter trusted that Jesus was there for him, and even when he doubted, Jesus still caught him. He will do the same for us, we just need to step out of the boat and trust Him.

For our next glimpse into Peter’s life, read Matthew 16:13-20. This is one of those times where we see Peter speak up first before the rest of the group of disciples. Jesus addresses them all collectively in verse 15 when He asks who they say He is, and it is only Peter who answers. Peter’s response is significant because it is a very clear confession of Jesus as God. Jesus normally referred to himself as the Son of Man, so for Peter to say that Jesus is the Son of God was a big leap to take. Jesus responds to this by blessing Peter because he got that knowledge from God, not from mankind. This passage is also Peter’s commissioning as a foundational pillar of the church. Jesus gives him the name of Peter (or Petros in Greek) which means rock. Jesus is giving authority to Peter and the rest of His disciples here to carry on His message.

We see here an example of what we should be if we consider ourselves to be disciples of Christ. We should be bold in confessing Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of the living God, just as Peter was. Peter recognized this and was willing to say it. We have the Bible to tell us so much information about who Jesus was and what He did, and it provides us with much more insight into Jesus’ character. We, like Peter, need to boldly confess who we follow. As disciples, we don’t follow some earthly teacher who seems to be a smart person; we follow the Son of the living God!

So even though Peter boldly confessed Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of the living God, we see in the very next verses that he still had some confusion about what Jesus really came to earth to do. Check out Matthew 16:21-28. We see by the phrase “from that time on” at the beginning of verse 21 that these two instances did not happen back to back as they are recorded by Matthew, but it is intriguing that they are placed right next to each other because of how Peter is portrayed.

Peter’s response to Jesus explaining what must happen to him can be interpreted in two different ways. First, it can be seen in the light of Peter’s personal love for Jesus. Wouldn’t any of us be horrified if a close friend or family member told us that they would have to die soon, and not only that but to suffer at the hands of the authorities? Second, Peter’s response can be seen as him misinterpreting what kind of Messiah Jesus really came to be. Peter didn’t put it together yet that Jesus had to suffer and die to fulfill all the prophecies made about Him in the Old Testament.

When Jesus tells Peter to get behind Him, He doesn’t just mean to physically stand behind Him. The position of a disciple was behind the rabbi (their teacher) – literally following the rabbi as he went about every single task of his day. A disciple does not lead the teacher nor even walk beside; a disciple follows behind. Through this statement, Jesus is calling Peter into deeper discipleship following Him.

But what about being called Satan? Peter the rock now suddenly is called Satan, the enemy. Peter’s attempt to deny the path that Jesus must follow makes him a stumbling block to Jesus; for that one moment, Peter is an enemy that Jesus has to contend with. It is reminiscent of when Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness at the start of his earthly ministry. Satan tempted Jesus to do things the easy way, which is what Peter wants Jesus to do as well.

Jesus’ response to Peter is by telling him more about what it’s really like to be His disciple, as we see in verses 24-28. Jesus tells all of the disciples that they must really and truly follow Him – even all the way to His death on the cross. The Christian life is not one of conforming to the world and its ways, but instead one of losing our earthly desires in life for the sake of heavenly ones.

We see from Peter’s experiences here that being called to a life of discipleship means that we must confess Jesus Christ as our Messiah, the Son of God. We need to expect to be rebuked along the way when we make mistakes. We need to live life in community, truly being discipled and discipling others as Jesus did. Finally, we need to learn to deny our selfish desires to follow Jesus.

How are you like Peter, or not like Peter, in your faith? Are you boldly confessing Jesus in your life? Are you trying to follow Jesus in all His ways? As you go about your week, think about Peter and his bold faith and be encouraged to grow in boldness in your own faith. Check back next week for more about Peter’s life and discipleship.

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A Confessing Faith

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Friday, July 31, 2020 0 comments


by Charlie Wolcott

Our nation is being brainwashed via a method called the Hegelian Dialectic Process to forget our past, to embrace a new standard of morals which are in total contrast to what the Bible calls for, and to embrace state run operations on nearly every area of our life. Our foundations have been destroyed, so what can we do? What can we as believers do about all this? Since the Bible has been rejected as a source of authority nationwide, how can we use it to call people back to what we once were?

Before we can address things politically, we must first address where we are spiritually. It’s not just the nation that has lost its history and its moral foundations, but so has the American “church.” If the Christian is to make a change in our society politically, we need to make a change in our lives spiritually. We must return to the faith that was handed down. The Gospel hasn’t changed; we’ve changed. As a result, the extreme majority of Christians today don’t even know what the Gospel is. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know what the Gospel was until around the same time I joined Worldview Warriors 6 ½ years ago and I was not only raised in the church, but on the mission field no less. God was doing an amazing work in me during that time and it’s been an awesome journey. Then, I was what you could call a “casual Christian.” My faith lived on in cruise control. Since that time period, I woke up. I still have a long way to go, but I realized that there was so much more to this life we call Christianity than what I knew for so long.

Our churches today have many professing Christians. If you ask someone what religion they are, many will say, “I’m a Christian.” But if you dig deeper into that and ask them how it works or what it means, the answers will be vague, unclear, general, and not concrete. They claim the label because it’s simply part of their culture or their morality. But that is not Christianity. We instead need to be confessing Christians. Eric Ludy has a short sermon/video about "Two Churches" and it will be worth watching before you continue.

First, the image that comes to mind when I hear “confession” in regard to modern Christianity is a mere profession of faith. It is someone saying little more than “I agree with 4-5 doctrines of Christianity, I have said a prayer, and I have declared in front of my church that I am a Christian.” But that’s not Biblical confession. In the simplest form confession is saying the same thing that God says about something. But it means more than that. According to Ludy, the Greek word “homologeo” is a “reflection upon the word.” To “confess,” Biblically speaking, means to reflect the Word of God, to be in agreement in both word and deed, and with Jesus Christ. Anyone can make a proclamation of faith; that’s easy. To confess Christ is another issue.

Near the beginning of the movie Tortured for Christ, Richard Wurmbrand and his wife were sitting in a major conference with all the big church leaders of Romania to welcome in the new Communist regime. Preacher after preacher after preacher proclaimed how their churches would work with the Russians, how their church practices would not be affected, and how the Russians would support the churches. Sabina Wurmbrand told her husband that they were spitting on the face of Jesus and encouraged her husband to speak up. Richard said she may not have a husband if he did so, because he was telling her this was exactly how it went in Russia during their revolution before Communist atheism was enforced. Sabina said she’d rather have a dead husband than a coward husband. Richard stepped up to the microphone and proclaimed the true Gospel. The pastors present who didn’t have the guts to speak up, but didn’t speak in favor of Communism, cheered and clapped while the whole thing was broadcast on the Romanian radio.

Wurmbrand was a confessor of Christ. He spoke up when it wasn’t popular. He spoke up when he knew he would become a target and on the ‘wanted’ list by the Communist government. He saw the dialectic process going on as it was happening, explaining to his wife during that conference what was happening. Pastor after pastor spoke and dedicated their churches to the promotion of the state, whereas Wurmbrand confessed Christ as supreme over the state. He was a confessor of Christ.

Now my reader may ask, “Did he succeed in stopping the taking over?” The answer is obvious: No. But he succeeded in giving the true believers hope and courage not to cave when every other so-called believer kowtowed to the state’s demands lest they be put in prison. I need to make something clear. We CANNOT save the world. Satan owns it. The world’s way of thinking, the culture, the system, etc., is ruled by the god of this world. Russ Miller describes how he was on a college campus and during a Q/A session, someone made a very disparaging and insulting comment towards Christianity and the audience roared with laughter. After the audience quieted down, Miller asked if he could make the same comment towards a Muslim or a homosexual. Would the audience still laugh, or would he be kicked out of the campus? Dead silence. Then he said the reason why he could do that was because academia is run by the god of this world, Satan, and he doesn’t need false teachings to battle each other. He only needs them all to battle the truth. Again, dead silence. Miller is a confessing Christian. We here at Worldview Warriors are confessing Christians. We aren’t going to mince words nor cave to fear. We are going to confess the name of Christ even when it not kosher to do so.

Our job as Christians is not to save the system. Our job is to save people FROM the system. Every believer has one of three roles: go into the pit to rescue the lost, hold the rope for those going into the pit, or train and help those who came out of the pit to go back and repeat the process. Not many are doing those roles. I’ve come to see my role as the third one: to help equip and train those going into the pit and to help those who’ve come out in how to live a Christian life. I still need to go into the pit myself and I need to help hold the rope too, but when someone gets out, they need someone who can help them learn what to do with life outside the pit.

In the video link above, Eric Ludy points out a key difference between the professing Christian and a confessing Christian. The “professing Christian” is the one who identifies as a Christian and may be saved but listens to the state in where, when, and how he can practice his faith. He is a “caged Christian” like a caged bird. The “confessing Christian” is the one who boldly proclaims Christ and defies any order to slow down, shut up, and stay in your cage. They prefer to follow God’s orders over man’s orders. Now, I’m not calling for a defiant uprising against any governmental authority. Peter and James were still respectful to those they said they would not obey, as were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they refused to bow before the golden image. However, those who are confessing Christians are going to be as Richard Wurmbrand; when everyone else around you spits on the face of Christ due to political correctness, they will stand up and proclaim Him in defiance of the system that seeks to rid themselves of Him.

But Wurmbrand knew that making a stand would come with a cost. Next week, I’m going to share a burden that’s been on my heart for a couple of years but has been reignited recently, and it is likely to be one of the most difficult subjects for me to address in our comfortable American culture.

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Who Were Jesus' Disciples?

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Monday, July 27, 2020 2 comments


by Katie Erickson

If you’ve been around the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the Bible at all, you’ve likely read about Jesus’ 12 disciples. We’re all familiar with some of them: Peter, John, or Matthew for example. But what do you know about, say, Thaddeus? Probably not too much. Are you even able to name all 12 of the disciples? I know I can’t, at least not from memory.

In light of that, I’m writing this blog post series to give more insight into who each of the 12 disciples was. We don’t have a lot of information on some of them, but I hope to educate you as well as myself on some aspects of these men’s lives that perhaps we didn’t know before.

So to start, who were all 12 of the disciples? Let’s start with a list, in no particular order:

  1. Simon Peter
  2. James
  3. John
  4. Andrew
  5. Bartholomew aka Nathanael
  6. James the Lesser
  7. Judas
  8. Jude aka Thaddeus
  9. Matthew aka Levi
  10. Philip
  11. Simon the Zealot
  12. Thomas

You’ll notice that some of them have two names, which is one aspect we’ll get into in the individual posts about each of these men. But why is it important for us today to know who these men were, who lived some 2000 years ago? It’s actually very important for our Christian faith, for a few reasons. First of all, these men are one of the main reasons that you and I can even know who Jesus is today. Right before Jesus left the earth and ascended into heaven, He gave them these instructions:

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age’” (Matthew 28:18-20).

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

In the passage from Matthew 28, known as the Great Commission, Jesus commands His disciples to make more disciples. Many generations later, that legacy is how you and I have had the opportunity to become disciples of Jesus. If His gospel message had died with those 12 men, then Christianity would have died and none of us would have the opportunity to know Jesus today. But instead, these twelve literally risked their lives to carry on that gospel message so that others would get to know Jesus, both their contemporaries and future generations to come. They followed Jesus’ instructions to make disciples and teach them everything that Jesus taught them.

These men weren't trained in what needed to be done, but they were trained to hear and respond to the Father. If they knew what they were getting into, they probably would not have done it. They spent 3 years living and ministering with Jesus, having all of their preconceived notions about religion blown up. Now, they know God will be present with them and they know the goal of making more disciples. Fortunately, they had the power and authority of Jesus behind them in this task, as it could not be accomplished simply by human means.

The original disciples did not just keep the message to themselves and their local area either. They followed Jesus’ command in Acts 1:8 and took the message to the entire known world, even to people with whom they would not usually associate. These courageous men relied on the power of the Holy Spirit that they received to fulfill this mission so that the whole world would have the opportunity to experience God’s grace and salvation as they had.

It is important for us to know where our faith came from and appreciate these twelve men who gave up their “regular” lives in order to follow Jesus, learned His teaching, and bravely shared that message with so many others. Most of them were believed to be martyred, giving up their lives for this faith. If they could literally give their entire lives for the gospel message, the least we can do is to learn about their stories and learn from their examples so that we can follow Jesus better.

I look forward to you joining me on this journey to learn more about Jesus’ original disciples as we yearn to become better disciples ourselves.

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Destroying the Foundations

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Friday, July 24, 2020 0 comments


by Charlie Wolcott

“If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” ~Psalm 11:3

If you’ve been following Worldview Warriors as a whole this year, you will have heard our president Jason DeZurik saying a lot of stuff about needing to return to our foundations to find out what is really going on and what we should do amidst all this chaos. We see all the statues and historical figures being removed from public because at some point in their lives, there was something related to racism there. That’s the reasoning. But when the 54th Massachusetts memorial is trashed (go watch the movie Glory to get a lesson about that one) or “Aunt Jemima” (a woman who came out of slavery and developed recipes for pancakes and syrup) are being tarnished and removed, you might want to realize that this isn’t about ‘racism,’ but about the removal of our history.

I have been writing about brainwashing and the Hegelian Dialectic Process over the past few weeks. Today, I’m going to address how this process has been used and is currently being used. This is a repetitive process that over time guides a people away from solid, moral foundations and gets them adjusted to a “new” standard. In William Watkins’ book The New Absolutes (which is 20 years old for the record), he described how the moral standards of Judeo-Christianity are being replaced not with a “free-for-all” as some are suggesting but “new standards” that cannot and will not be challenged. Voddie Baucham makes the distinction between how the word “tolerance” has changed in his sermon “Contending for the Faith.” The old meaning was used by Voltaire: “I disagree with you, but I defend your right to say it.” The current meaning is: “You better allow for my opinion and if you disagree with me, you are a lying, racist, white supremist, bigot.” That’s the result of this dialectic process and the brainwashing that comes with it. Our history and our moral standards that were predominately Judeo-Christian are not merely being removed but replaced with a history and moral standard set up by a Marxist, or rather Satanic, agenda. Side note: Richard Wurmbrand reveals that Karl Marx wasn’t merely an atheist, he was a practicing Satanist (cited by Henry Morris in The Long War Against God, page 182).

This Hegelian Dialectic is a tactic of compromise to get those who speak the truth to be either silenced or submitted into service for the state to promote their agenda. There are biographies showcasing this process but few I’ve read depicts it better than Laura’s Children by Becky Powers, a local author to me. This is not a well-known book, partly due to the need of protection from those whom Laura Richards, an American girl who started an orphanage in pre-Communist China, raised. This book very accurately describes how the Communists took over and eventually forced her to return to the U.S.

Here is how it happened. The state immediately made a proclamation of religious freedom. China, due to Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Missions, having the support of C.T. Studd and George Mueller, was fast becoming a Christian nation. The Communist government sent in their trained people who would be the “facilitators,” and they would actually carry out the Hegelian Dialectic Process. But instead of having two groups of differing opinions, they would talk about the daily operations and they would be seeking for any sort of moral failing to remove the leader of the church or compound where they could replace their own. Powers describes how when this wasn’t working for Laura Richards and her orphanage, the facilitators would go back for more training, to uproot Richards and submit the orphanage to be run by the state. Eventually one student caved because Richards’ then husband made a grave error when she was away, and the dominoes began to fall. She eventually had to flee back to the U.S.

This is just a sampling of what happens in nearly every church or Christian school in a Communist state. The pastors and principals are approached by the government, and they are given a choice to submit to the state and begin preaching the state’s doctrines, or basically face imprisonment or arrest. But the latter happens through this dialectic process. The government plants their own people into leadership, possibly as an elder or on a board, or gets one who is already there to cave, and they begin the dialectic process. Again, the goal is to either expose the leader as corrupt through ANY form of sin and thus grounds for removal for which he will then be replaced by someone the government has already selected to run the institution, or to get the very congregation to run said leader out through emotional hype. Powers records how some pastors were attacked by mobs and killed through a result of this dialectic process. The 50+ million killed by Mao Tse Tung? It wasn’t just by starvation. It was also by using the Hegelian Dialectic Process to creates mobs and turn against those who won’t “play by the rules.”

Two weeks ago, I explained how the Hegelian Dialectic is a gradual changing from the old morals to the new morals. The removal of history is a key part of it. I am able to showcase the gradual changes (and I’ve hardly touched on the subject here) because I know the history of where we came from. Another key part of this process is the removal of historical markers and the re-writing of the history. When the people don’t know where they came from, they can’t tell if the direction they are heading is good or bad. While our schools have “history” as a required course, what are they teaching? At most, it’s just dates and events. We aren’t teaching them about the mindset and the reasons for why these events took place, nor the philosophies that went behind the thinking of the decisions. And when those are presented, it’s always in conjunction with the politically correct agenda. The average person on the street repeatedly shows to be utterly clueless about even current events. They only know what the media tells them, and even then they mostly get it wrong.

Even in a series of blog posts, I can’t give this topic enough justice. The foremost authority I know on this issue is Dean Gotcher. I had shared a 4-part series (for about 6 hours total) a few weeks ago and I’ll share the first link here for further research. He also has a website on this issue called “Authority Research,” however, it’s rather painful to navigate and the articles are long. But he does travel and even in group homes he’ll share what he’s learned. One of his themes is addressing the removal of the father figure from the home and ultimately to remove God as being the Father. It’s all using this Dialectic process. He terms it “diaprax,” which is the praxis (practice) of the dialectic. It’s worth exploring.

What can we do about this process? How can we battle against it? Deception is so powerful, and it easily affects the masses. We as a church have been sleeping and playing along with this, with only a few voices speaking out. I’d speak out more too than just here if I knew how. But here is one thing: We must stop being a professing church, one who just declares that we are Christian. We must instead be a confessing church. Next week, I’m going to address what a confessing church is and what it does, especially in a culture that is hostile to such messages.

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Summary of Ecclesiastes

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Monday, July 20, 2020 0 comments


by Katie Erickson

I’ve been writing through the book of Ecclesiastes throughout 2020 so far, and we have finally reached the end! Last week, I wrapped up going through the actual text, so this week I want to provide you with a summary of the Teacher’s wisdom from this great book. You can read all of my blog posts on this book here or at the links throughout this post.

Way back in my introduction post, we first needed to figure out who wrote this book and why in order to have a better understanding of its meaning. Ecclesiastes is written by the Teacher (“Qohelet” in Hebrew), who is generally believed to be King Solomon. If that is true, then it was written near the end of King Solomon’s reign and life. It is considered to be wisdom literature, similar to proverbs.

Ecclesiastes 1 starts out on a seemingly depressing note, talking about how meaningless this life is. It first looks at nature and how all of the natural processes just keep on going regardless of what’s going on in the lives of humans. Next in this chapter, the Teacher looks at the chasing of knowledge and wisdom and how it seems meaningless. In both of these examples, the important thing to remember is that God created this world and put us in it to worship and glorify Him, and that is what gives meaning to our lives.

Ecclesiastes 2 starts out with the Teacher’s discussion on pleasure in this life. His emphasis is on how the pleasures of this life are only temporarily enjoyable but ultimately meaningless when we die. These pleasures will never truly satisfy us. The chapter continues with comparing wisdom to folly, very similar to many passages in the book of Proverbs. The Teacher emphasizes that whether we live our lives wisely or foolishly, all of us are going to die. That may sound depressing, but for those of us who believe in Jesus, physical death brings us that much closer to eternal life with Him, if we have made the choice to live our lives out of faith in Him. This chapter concludes with the Teacher’s thoughts on work and how it, too, seems to be meaningless in this life after we die. Work is important because God created us to do it, and our goal should be to glorify God in our work.

Ecclesiastes 3 begins with that “famous” passage of there being a time for everything under the sun. We go through rhythms of good and bad times in our lives, and God is there for us through it all. The Teacher shares his perspective on this concept in the next part of the chapter as he discusses where our focus is, discovering our purpose, and how we react to God and what He has done in our lives. The chapter ends with a discussion on death - a topic we’ve probably all thought about, but most people don’t want to discuss it.

After that depressing note, the Teacher begins to discuss ambition and power in Ecclesiastes 4. Achieving power is meaningless in this world if that’s all we’re living for, so we need to check out motivation on why we live the way we live so that we’re not living meaningless lives. He then moves on to discussing working together for good purposes and being in leadership roles. We’re encouraged in this chapter to work with others for the good of the community rather than to be isolated, and to be a wise leader and to pray for and encourage our leaders.

Ecclesiastes 5 begins with the Teacher reminding his readers that true purpose and fulfillment are only found in God’s presence. Everything outside of fearing God and doing His will is meaningless. Next, the Teacher goes back to addressing the meaninglessness of various topics; next up is money. We need to keep a proper perspective on money, that it’s all from God anyway so we need to use it as He wants us to. The Teacher then addresses the evils of money, and how accumulating wealth can be a distraction from what is really important in this life - glorifying God and trusting in Him for all our needs.

Ecclesiastes 6 continues the discussion on money by addressing our desire for accumulating possessions. We frequently think that having more possessions will make us happier, but the Teacher has learned from his wisdom that this is not the case. Our attitude toward material wealth is important; are we content with what God has given us, or are we always wanting more?

The Teacher switches gears in Ecclesiastes 7 by starting out the chapter with a selection of proverbs, or wise sayings. The chapter then continues by addressing the question of what happens to people who live righteous lives or wicked lives. We all disobey God in our lives, but some people seem to have better or longer lives than others. We are all called to obey God, and it’s up to God how He blesses us or not. The Teacher wraps up the chapter by looking at how to deal with those who appear to be less wise than us. We may become frustrated in such situations, but God calls us to share the wisdom He has given us with others.

Ecclesiastes 8 begins with instructing us on obeying the authorities that are in power over us. We need to respect our authorities, knowing that all of us will answer to God (the ultimate authority) for all of our actions. The rest of this chapter deals with the idea of injustice in this world. We all struggle with this idea of why the world seems to be so unfair, but the key is to remember that God is God and we are not, so we cannot understand His ways.

Ecclesiastes 9 first looks at our destiny - both what we will end up doing on this earth, and where we will end up after this life is over. As believers in Christ, we know our destiny is ultimately to be with Him. That is a certainty, unlike all of the uncertainty we face in this life. We can (and should) always turn to God in every situation we face in this life because He is the one certainty we have. That wisdom is better than physical strength or size.

Ecclesiastes 10 is full of proverbs from the Teacher on a variety of topics. While these proverbs were written many centuries ago in a different culture, they have timeless wisdom that still applies to us today.

Ecclesiastes 11 continues with more proverbs, but these are centered around the theme of how to live in the present with not knowing what the future will hold. The Teacher then discusses the idea of growing up and growing old. We should strive to enjoy the days we are given and always be growing in wisdom and maturity.

Ecclesiastes 12 first continues the discussion on old age and how our life should not be meaningless when we look back on it. We then read the Teacher’s concluding thoughts. I’ll leave you with the ultimate summary of this great book from Ecclesiastes 12:13-14: “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”

Fear God and keep His commandments; everything else is meaningless under the sun.

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The Mediator

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Friday, July 17, 2020 0 comments


by Charlie Wolcott

As I wrote last week’s post on the Hegelian Dialectic process, I had an epiphany. I need to take a short detour to examine the role of the facilitator of this process which has swept away the foundations of our nation and our culture. This facilitator is hired and trained by those seeking power to not only create the division in the first place but to agitate any division already there and then to play the hero in negotiating the peace. In other words, the one who is going to present themselves as the hero in the conflicts is the very villain who created them.

The formal job of said facilitator is to be a mediator, or a negotiator. As I wrote my blog post for last week, I was thinking about this role and it hit me: the mediator, the true Mediator, is Jesus Christ. The only one who could create peace between God and man is Jesus Christ. God and man are irreconcilable apart from Jesus, the Creator Himself, coming as a man to die on the cross. We need to understand this about the Gospel. Man is at war with God. Sin is not a mistake. Sin is not a mere barrier that prevents our “blessings” from coming to us. Sin is direct defiance against the Holy God. There is nothing man can do to make up for this, except to die and join the demons in hell in everlasting punishment. God is so holy, so pure, and so righteous that He will punish sin and smite it once and for all. If we are associated with sin when that day comes, we go with it. Jesus, however, came to negotiate peace.

The facilitator of the Hegelian Dialectic does a similar job at the surface. His job is to take two sides who are diametrically opposed to each other and to which no peace can seem to be had, and to get them to make peace. He often succeeds too. Peace is achieved. The fighting ends. However, there is a vast difference between the approaches of Jesus and the facilitator, and a vast difference in the outcomes as well.

As I shared last week, the facilitator’s job is to appeal to emotions and use peer pressure and feelings to get people to play around with different ideas based on how they feel. As the sinful, selfish, natural self will appeal emotionally to whatever feels good at the moment at the expense of what is true and needs to be done, the negotiation will always lean away from factual truths that remain throughout time, and lean towards the “progressive” ideas which lets sin rule unrestrained. Jesus doesn’t do this. Jesus lays out the facts and never appeals to emotion. You never hear Jesus asking: “How do you feel about this?” when dealing with doctrinal issues or the things of God. He wasn’t emotionless, but emotions weren’t the basis for how He made His decisions or how He dealt with people. Jesus based His claims on the facts, and He did not mince words about what they were and what reality was.

The facilitator and the group he’s with work behinds the scenes to create division or magnify what division is already there. They seek to create a problem that gets so bad that it takes someone – like them – to solve it. Once their “solution” is achieved, they will cease creating the problems, thus problem is solved. Again, the key here is to create division from the start. Jesus, however, was different. He didn’t create the problems man has; man did. Jesus wasn’t working behind the scenes to create the problem that He would be the savior to fix. No, He came to be the solution for man’s problem that man created.

The facilitator seeks to create “peace” between all groups at the expense of truth. Remember, his job is about emotions and feelings, not facts. Through peer pressure and emotional appeal, the facilitator brings a nominal peace that is ultimately just a cease fire. It’s a cease fire that will last only long enough for the next iteration of the compromise position to begin. It will end because the facilitator is going to bring division again. Jesus didn’t come to create such peace. He did not come to create a cease fire between God and man, but rather He came to bring both peace and a sword. He brings peace by getting man to surrender himself to God, in brokenness and humility over his sin. However, those who refuse to submit to Jesus’ negotiation process will remain at enmity with God. Because God does not compromise, those who refuse to submit to His terms will remain at war with Him and His followers.

The facilitator directs the process of compromise away from facts and conservative values and towards the already intended liberal left. The only compromise in the left is temporary because they know that once it starts, the “slippery slope” will pick up speed. And they know that when those who stand for truth compromise on the little things or “secondary issues,” it’s only a matter of time before they start caving on the big ones. Jesus doesn’t negotiate that way. He puts up the standards, God’s righteous standards, and gives us two options: meet them at your own ability (good luck), or to rely and depend upon Him who already did it for us. While the facilitator makes the righteous cave to the sinful, Jesus calls for the sinful to cave and surrender to the righteous God.

There’s one last comparison I want to make. This Hegelian Dialectic process is actually described in Scripture. There is going to be a great war which is described in Revelation and there is one man who will be able to negotiate peace for Jerusalem. This is not Jesus, but the Antichrist. We know from Scripture that such a peace will be only temporary as the Jews will be betrayed by the Antichrist. But how will such a treaty be made or even be possible? What could possibly get Muslims to make a positive deal with Israel? The answer is simple: through a process like this, where they KNOW that things will turn against Israel and in their favor. Please take notice: when the same tactics are being used by different people, regardless of what side they claim to be on, the tactics are from the same source.

There is one Mediator between God and man: Jesus Christ. There is only one mediator who can truly negotiate peace between different groups: Jesus Christ. Racial division? Socio-political division? Denominational division? Familial division? You name it; the only one who can truly negotiate peace among these battles is Jesus Christ. Anyone else, if they are following Christ’s method, they will be pointing to and revealing Christ. If they are not, they are not negotiating peace. They are negotiating something else and it will not be good.

Next week, I’ll come back to the practical side of the Hegelian Dialectic process, because that is going to lead to my next series which has been a burden on my heart for a couple years was reignited recently.

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