Pluralism, Diversity, and Inclusion


I received an email today from a close friend that said:

As a child I was always very patriotic. I would always cry when we sang patriotic songs. It was no different today as I listened to [this song]. I cried again … Very Beautiful. Click on the link to be blessed!! What a great song.
The link to the Born Again American website was attached. I opened the website and in bold red, white, and blue letters, it read BORN AGAIN AMERICAN. My first thought was, "I'm a born again American, so I will enjoy listening to this."

I listened to the song, which featured a diverse group of individual singers and groups. It was very moving. I kept waiting to hear praise to God or something akin to new birth in Jesus, but it never came. My spiritual antennae had been going up, and by now was high enough to decide that I needed to look deeper into this website. It took me to a page where I was supposed to sign a pledge. I'm careful about making pledges (Jesus had something to say about that), especially to something I'm not familiar with. As I delved deeper into the website, I discovered it was not Christian at all; it is quite the antithesis.

I started writing about my findings to my friend, but it kept growing into this post. I post it as a reminder and a challenge to all of us who are true, born again Christians!


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I would like to challenge you to stir up and exercise your discernment. We are moving into an era when this is CRITICAL! As Christians, we must look beyond the surface to see what force or agenda is behind the things being presented to us as good and patriotic. Instead of taking things at face value, like the Born Again American (BAA) video that is being passed around, we must learn to delve deeper to the core of what they are about. BAA at first glance appears to be a Christian movement. IT IS NOT! But the way it is presented and its name are designed to deceive even the elect. What born again means on the BAA site is that one has a renewed realization of how great America is, and they, therefore, pledge to serve her more actively. It is really true that the American dictionary is being re-written, and many words have new meanings.

There is a subtle move afoot to change the mind/thinking of people, not only Americans, but around the world. The goal of this move is pluralism, and the ultimate goal is global pluralism. Who is behind it? It is those who are pushing for a New World Order (NWO). The NWO will have a one-world government, a one-world economy, and a one-world religion.

I went searching for definitions of pluralism on the Internet and found some interesting things. Pluralism is:
A process of compromise [that answers the question right there!] characterized by mutual appreciation and respect between two or more groups, such that members of different groups are permitted to maintain their cultural ways, as long as they conform to those practices deemed necessary for the survival of the society as a whole. [emphasis added]
A very important question we should ask is: Who does the deeming of what is necessary?

Another notable definition of pluralism:
Theologically implies there being more than one principle at work in the universe.
Well, isn’t that what Christianity is all about? Good vs. evil? Life vs. death? Hope vs. despair? Wiki.answers.com says the opposite of hope is Despair: To lose all hope. Complete loss of hope. To not know Jesus. So, then, the way of hope is Jesus, and without Jesus, there is despair.
Even Wiki knows that Jesus is the only way. Okay, okay! I know that is not exactly what that definition meant. It was not referring to opposites, but "likes," as in there are more than one equally legitimate principles at work, such as, "You can go to heaven through Jesus, and I will go to heaven through Mohammad, or Buddha, or love." How about, "You have a right to marry a person of the opposite sex, and I have the right to marry a person of the same sex."

The question to ask here is: Can one simultaneously and equally possess right and wrong, good and evil, life and death, hope and despair? It is an impossibility to accept two opposing ideologies at once, as the next definition of pluralism states:
The tolerance of different and often incompatible views. [emphasis added]
Here is where compromise must enter. Incompatible views naturally repel each other, like oil and water. It is impossible for them to be close without some kind of compromise. It is impossible for them to be together and each maintain their own purity. Well, guess who is expected to compromise in this pluralistic agenda? That’s right, the Christians. Not only do those pushing this agenda want Christians to compromise, they want them extinct.

Besides pluralism, the goal is also called diversity and inclusion, depending on the group using it. Diversity is used more in societal dynamics, while inclusion has become quite the popular word in parts of religion. Carlton Pearson has embraced inclusion, with his idea that all roads lead to heaven. Even some of the popular drama series on TV now have their characters attending All Saints Inclusion Church. I saw it on "Bones." Many businesses are going beyond training their employees in acceptance of diversity and are cultivating an inclusive environment in the workplace. The propaganda is everywhere!

When you sign up to be a part of things like Born Again American, as well as others of their ilk, they begin sending you subtle mind-altering propaganda. It comes in bit by bit. They use things that sound very noble, loving, and patriotic. They are primarily targeting young people, as their commitment statement shows, because the youth are easier to influence and are the future leaders.

Behind this Born Again American movement is Norman Lear's People for the American Way, a very liberal and anti-Christian organization.

This is what Wikipedia says about them:
People For the American Way (People For) is a progressive, politically liberal advocacy organization in the United States.

Purpose

People For The American Way was created as an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. It has also been active in recent years in battles over judicial nominations and on issues including school class size, separation of church and state, civil rights, voting rights for Washington, DC, in the U.S. Congress, while its main purpose is equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) people, and promotion of civic participation.

People For describes itself as "an energetic advocate for the values and institutions that sustain a diverse democratic society ... threatened by the influence of the radical right and its allies who have risen to political power." Its principal targets have been Religious Right organizations such as Christian Voice (USA), Moral Majority, and Focus on the Family.

History

People For The American Way was founded by television producer Norman Lear (All in the Family, Maude, The Jeffersons, etc.) in 1981 specifically to attack the efforts of the religious right as an advocacy group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. According to People For's website, Lear was particularly concerned with the growing number of televangelists such as Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. Co-founders included Barbara Jordan, Andrew Heiskell, and other leaders from the political, religious, business, and entertainment communities.
You will find People For The American Way advertised on the Born Again American website. If you read their purpose and the pledge they are asking people to sign, you will see how they encourage the elevation of self when the Word of God says, He must increase, but I must decrease.

We, as Christians, must wake up from our slumber. Wake up, O sleeper! What these liberal NWO voices are touting is not really diversity but the silencing of the Christian voices and their influence. They are tolerant of everyone but Christians. We are approaching the time when those who are against us will attempt to silence our Christian voices by any means necessary. Many Christians are going to be martyred like we have never seen in history. It’s already happening in other countries, and we are closer now than we have ever been to it happening in America. More and more, minds are being programmed to see Christians as narrow-minded, non-thinking, unintelligent individuals who are a blight on society and a hindrance to pluralism and diversity and must be silenced and/or eradicated. Even our new President stated that America is no longer a Christian nation, "We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus — and nonbelievers."

How easy it is to change a mind that is not convinced. Remember that 1 Timothy 4 says: Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons ... The Amplified Bible adds in verse 2: through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared (cauterized) ...
Deceiving spirits operate through people.

Now you can see the importance of having your senses trained to examine everything. If someone can deceive you and re-program your mind and cause you to fall away from Christ, the next great step is to draw you into allegiance to Antichrist.

I have included a link below to an article by Jim Simmons who wrote the new book I recently edited, The Last Generation. The article is made up of information extracted from his book. You will find it to be very revealing about the end times and the coming One World Empire, which includes a one-world government, one-world economy, and one-world religion. I believe it will open the reader's eyes as to what is going on in the world now. You will realize how close we really are to the second coming of Christ. It is an excellent article and a very good book. Although Jim believes the pre-trib rapture theory and it is mildly included in the article, I personally do not believe in the theory.
[I still recommend the book.] I believe the Bible reveals over and over that we must be prepared to withstand in the evil day. We must be prepared and have our senses trained to discern good and evil if we wish to be included with the "overcomers." The rewards are tremendous.

We are to put on the mind of Christ rather than the mind of the world, or of those in the world. The Bible does not teach inclusion or pluralism but, rather, to come out from among them and be separate. Jesus the the ONLY way, the ONLY truth, and the ONLY life. Those who come to the Father must come through Jesus Christ. I leave you with this truth:
2 Cor. 6:14-16 (NIV): Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: "I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people."Link

Link to The Last Generation article by Jim Simmons.



Copied from the Born Again American website:

Born Again American

is committed to the rebirth and re-expression of citizenship through informed and thoughtful activism. It is an initiative of Declare Yourself, a national non-partisan, non-profit (501(c)3) organization dedicated to increasing young voter participation and civic involvement. Declare Yourself’s on-line voter registration tool has been used by almost four million people since 2004. Declare Yourself grew out of the 2003’s Declaration of Independence Road Trip that toured an original 1776 copy of the Declaration to schools, town halls, and other locations all over the country.


The Pledge
I am
A Born Again American.
I am my Country’s Keeper.
My President and my Congress report to me
And so—
I will stay informed and involved
I will make my voice heard
And not just at election time
I can make a difference
I matter.
I am an American, Born Again.

The Declaration of Independence is our nation’s birth certificate.
Recommit to its principles and declare yourself to all a
Born Again American by adding your signature.


The Song [look closely and you will see the subtle blame that is placed on the former administration]

BORN AGAIN AMERICAN

Just a workin’ man without a job
It got shipped off to China via Washington, D.C.
And I know I’m nothin’ special, there are plenty more like me
Just the same
I thought I knew the rules of the game

I stood up for this country that I love
I came back from the desert to a wife and kids to feed
I’m not sayin’ Uncle Sam should give me what I need
My offer stands
I’ll pull my weight you give me half a chance

I went up to a congressman and said to him “you know
Our government is letting people down”
He said he’d need a lot of help to buck the status-quo
I said there was a bunch of us around

I’m a Born Again American, conceived in Liberty
My Bible and the Bill of Rights, my creed’s equality
I’m a Born Again American, my country ‘tis of me
And everyone who shares the dream from sea to shining sea

My brother’s welding chassis at the plant
He’s earning what our granddad did in 1948
While CEOs count bonuses behind the castle gates
How can they see
When all they care about’s the do re mi

It’s getting where there’s nowhere left to turn
Not since the crash of twenty-nine have things been so unfair
So many of our citizens are living in despair
The time has come
To reaffirm that hope’s not just for some

The promise of America’s surrendering to greed
The rule is just look out for number one
But brace yourself ‘cause some of us have sown a different seed
A harvest of the spirit has begun

I’m a Born Again American conceived in liberty
My Bible and The Bill Of Rights
My creed’s equality
A Born Again American, my country ‘tis of me
And everyone who shares the dream from sea to shining sea

It’s clear my country’s soul is on the line
She’s hungering for something that she lost along the way
The principle the framers called upon us to obey
That in this land
The people’s will must have the upper hand

I felt the calling once before and took a sacred vow
And faithful to that vow I have remained
I hear the calling once again, my country needs me now
And to her cause I have been re-ordained

I’m a Born Again American conceived in liberty
My Bible and the Bill Of Rights, all people living free
A Born Again American, my country ‘tis of me
And everyone who shares the dream
From sea to shining sea
And everyone who shares the dream
From sea to shining sea
A M E R I C A


Scene at the Judgment Seat of Christ

Once upon a time ...

A Minister went to heaven and stood before Jesus at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

Jesus asks the minister, “Well, what do you have to say for yourself?”

The minister answered, “Well, Jesus, I have loved you with all of my heart. I prepared myself to be a minister in Your Name. I got a degree, started a website, arranged speaking engagements, held conferences and Bible studies. I taught classes and even did some writing. I built an extensive mailing list and networked with a lot of people. I have tried to be a good spouse and to be patient and understanding. I’m afraid that sometimes I did complain.”

Jesus answered, “Yes, I have seen all of those things. You enjoyed doing them and sharing your life with others. And I did take note of your complaints about your mate.”

“Yes, Lord (head hung).”

“I have some questions to ask you, My child. Please consider carefully your answers. You may wish to remain silent and ponder my questions for a while. That is acceptable and preferable because excuses are not profitable.

“Why did you spend your life trying to be a better minister when all I asked you to do was to deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Me?

“Why were you not willing to die to yourself and your ministry so that I might live and work and minister through you? Were you trying to build My Kingdom or your own?

“Why did you not seek Me first in all things before going to others with your complaints? Did you believe I would not understand or move on your behalf?

“Why did you not have interest or take the time to build an intimate relationship with Me? I longed for you to come to Me to enjoy My Presence.

“Where were you when I came to My garden to visit with you? I waited for you, but you never came.

“Where were you when I called you to the back side of the desert? I had many things to reveal to you in the stillness of solitude.

“Why did you habitually satisfy the cravings of the flesh instead of placing those things on the cross so that I could heal you and you could walk in the spirit?

“Why did you tolerate and accept sin, in others and in yourself, without giving a warning of the consequences? Were you trying to be accepted and approved by the world?

“Why have you not taken the steps necessary to tame your tongue and bring your self under subjection to My Spirit? Do you not know that your self must die in order to have My Life?

“Now I ask you, do you think you deserve to enter into heaven with Me?”

Weeping and sobbing in godly sorrow, the minister answers, “No, Lord, I do not deserve to enter into heaven with You. I have been self-centered and carnal, and I have failed You miserably! I'm so sorry, my Lord. Please, forgive me! I deserve to be cast into outer darkness.”

Lovingly, Jesus reached out and touched the broken and contrite minister, “That’s why I died for you. I suffered the penalty for each and every one of your sins because I love you, and I wanted to redeem you to Myself. How I desired for you to be holy as I am holy in all of your conduct. This meeting would then have been very different, for I had many rewards I would have given you ... But come now, and let us go on in to the dinner banquet."

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“My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.”

As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. God’s discipline is always good for you, so that you might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.

So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel.

Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.” This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.

Since you are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire.

Excerpts from Hebrews 12 NLT.