Tuesday, March 6, 2012

has YWAM jumped the shark?

My heart was heavy as I traveled Africa, as I thought about my own nation. My prayer became, “Lord, what has gone wrong?” Nearly two thousand years of concentrated missions effort on this continent—how could it result in this? God spoke, simply and with a dawning revelation that would change my understanding of missions and my life calling, fundamentally and permanently. He said, “The devastation you see is the result of a gospel that limits itself to the preaching of salvation.”

Landa Cope, The Old Testament Template for Discipling Nations
(2012-01-22). His Kingdom Come: An Integrated Approach to Discipling the Nations and Fulfilling the Great Commission (Kindle Locations 669-673). YWAM Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Well, if that doesn't sound like Enlow's nonsense, I don't know what does. So, what does she suggest...?

All of a sudden it was as though I were given ears to hear what I had read so many times in my life and never understood. Somewhere between Boise, Idaho, and Omaha, Nebraska, (which is about five days of corn and wheat,) I was driving along and all of a sudden I thought, Whoa! Do you know what that chapter was about? It was about Law! Moses was teaching law. Moses was forming government. A little farther through the corn I thought, Whoa! Do you know what that chapter was about? It was about hygiene! There was a passage on economics. Then one on family and health care. Now another on law, and on it went. The light flashed into my poor little brain. Revelation hit like a laser beam. Moses’ job was to disciple a nation. His job was to teach people who had been slaves for more than three hundred years how to form and run their nation. Moses was to teach Israel God’s principles of government, economics, the family, the priesthood, and every domain of human society. He had forty years in the wilderness to do it, and he had written it all down!
(Kindle Locations 709-717)

And there we go...she wants to put us back under the law.

I discovered that chapter 28 gives us what I call a national inventory. It gives us a way of measuring how our nation is doing. It says if you are experiencing these things, you are being blessed. If you are experiencing those things, you are being cursed. When I drew out the different domains that are blessed when we are following God’s laws, I realized that he talks about the whole of society. So he says, “You will be blessed in the city; you will be blessed in the country.” When I hold American cities up to this, I know we are not being blessed. Our cities are a mess...
(Kindle Locations 901-906).

God says that the weather will be blessed (bad news for California!). He says national debt will be blessed—by lack of it, that is. America is failing on this list. How is your nation doing? God basically says that if you obey this body of laws, your country will be blessed.
(Kindle Locations 916-918)

It's as if she's never read the New Testament.

ga.4.21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? ga.4.22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. ga.4.23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. ga.4.24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar.† ga.4.25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.† ga.4.26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. ga.4.27 For it is written, Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not; break forth and cry, thou that travailest not: for the desolate hath many more children than she which hath an husband. ga.4.28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. ga.4.29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. ga.4.30 Nevertheless what saith the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. ga.4.31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Brown, David; Fausset, A. R.; Jamieson, Robert (2011-06-02). Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary on the Whole Bible (best navigation with Direct Verse Jump) (Kindle Locations 172337-172353). OSNOVA. Kindle Edition.

ro.3.19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.† ro.3.20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Brown, David; Fausset, A. R.; Jamieson, Robert (2011-06-02). Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary on the Whole Bible (best navigation with Direct Verse Jump) (Kindle Locations 170524-170527). OSNOVA. Kindle Edition.

Is Cope right the we could be blessed if we keep this body of laws? Sure. Now, go try.

No, seriously, please try. Try to make your nation, your district, your county, your city, your suburb, your family, or even yourself perfectly keep those laws. Don't pretend that you can do pretty good, and maybe that's good enough, 'cause it ain't. If a person violates one law, then he or she is guilty of all the law.

The truth is, the law was given to us for reasons. Consider what the verse above from Romans says. The law was given, to essentially shut us up. It was given so we could know about our sinfulness, so we can stop boasting of our own righteousness, or excuse our sins. It was not meant as a means to justification, because that is impossible. It was not given as a means for us to earn blessings.

ga.3.21 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. ga.3.22 But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. ga.3.23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. ga.3.24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. ga.3.25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. ga.3.26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. ga.3.27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Brown, David; Fausset, A. R.; Jamieson, Robert (2011-06-02). Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown's Commentary on the Whole Bible (best navigation with Direct Verse Jump) (Kindle Locations 172294-172304). OSNOVA. Kindle Edition.

The Galatian Christians had to deal with those who wanted to put them under the law, by saying that they had to be circumcised. Those like Cope seem to want to do the same, by saying that we have to return to the law in order to have nations be fit for God to bless. Never mind the fact that God spoke those words to a particularly people many long years ago, never mind that the intent of the law was not to make them righteous, but rather to show them sin and make it exceedingly sinful, so that they would repent and believe in the Messiah.

So, has YWAM jumped the shark? Has YWAM crossed the line? Landa Cope is not some little nobody in the grand scheme of things in YWAM, when she talks, people in YWAM listen. When her 'god' tells her that the world's problems are because the church has preached only the Gospel of salvation, what other gospel is there? What else is there, except law?

And this is what Cope is saying we should return to. In order to be blessed as nations, we have to keep all of the law. If that is so, than woe unto us!! Shall any nation, composed of sinful men, fully keep the law? Shall we dare to come to God, wrapped in the rags of our own righteousness, say that we have kept all his commands, and thus demand that He bless us? Is that not what her quid pro quo amounts to?

In Deuteronomy 27:26 God says through Moses, “‘Cursed be anyone who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’” Indeed, man is invited by the Law to pronounce a curse upon himself. Only a person engulfed by infernal darkness can believe that the Law will give him no trouble.
C.F.W. Walther (2011-12-29T05:00:00+00:00). The Proper Distinction of Law and Gospel (Kindle Locations 235-238). Pirate Christian Media. Kindle Edition.

Do not be mistaken, Cope is promoting bondage and slavery, the very things that we who believe in Christ have been freed from, just as those who tried to make the Galatians be circumcised were trying to put them back under the bondage of the law.

If this is where YWAM is going, or has gone already, then they are to be rejected by the Christian churches. They are preaching law, they are preaching another gospel, they are preaching a false gospel. And just as Paul told the Galatians, those who preach another Gospel are eternally cursed.

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