TMR 073 : Pastor Dean Good : Mystical Unity or the Cross?
This week, our guest is Pastor Dean Good of Grace Church, North Olmsted, Ohio, who joins us to discuss the mission and spirituality of the Church, and the ways in which many in the churches (including evangelicals) are being subtly misled to embrace unbiblical forms of mission and spirituality.
To what is the Church called in this present Age? Is it primarily to labour for world peace and justice in the attempt to bring about the Kingdom of God on Earth? Is it primarily to experience God in quasi-mystical ways, unchecked by biblical teaching? Arguing that the Church's call is rather to focus on the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, in order to "make disciples of all nations" (Mt. 28:19) and in order "that the body of Christ be built up" (Eph. 4:12), Pastor Good warns that failing to follow the biblical path will lead to disaster.
Reminding us that the so-called 'god of this world' (2 Cor. 4:4) also has plans for a "kingdom" on Earth (Rev. 13), and observing how mysticism perfectly complements utopian visions for a One-World Order of "unity, peace and harmony", Pastor Good urges us all to conform our concepts of mission and spirituality to the Word of God, lest we unwittingly co-operate with the one who "poses as an angel of light" (2 Cor. 11:14).
[William Wilberforce, social justice, evangelism, mission, spirituality, Gospel, Word of God, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Omega Point, New Age, Occult, mysticsm, pantheism, panentheism, New World Order, one-world religion, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, self-actualisation, visualisation, Christian yoga, prosperity gospel, health and wealth, rock music, transhumanism, ecumenism, epistemology]