The Ugly Side Of Diaprax
by Sandy Simpson, 4/10/09

There has been a concerted effort by the false teachers from many movements inside the church such as Word of Faith, New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)/Latter Rain, World Gathering on Indigenous People and Emerging Church among others to diaprax people into thinking that the church has been ineffective until they came along with their new and improved ideas on how to take over the world.  This is always a feature of the Hegelian Dialectical process put into action by praxis, thus diaprax.  In order to form a new paradigm or worldview the leadership of these movements must vilify orthodox Biblical Christianity.  Let's look at some of those statements.

Gordon Anderson (NAR)

The reason the church has failed its mandate, is that early on it lost the offices of Apostle and prophets. (excerpted and adapted from "Kingdom Now," Gordon Anderson, Paraclete, Summer 1990, Vol. 24, Number 3).

Bill Hamon (NAR)

No other generation of the Church, from the day of pentecost till the present, has been challenged to do what this; the last generation of the mortal Church is called to do. We have never functioned as a Church with all fivefold ministers actively fulfilling their ministry. Apostles and prophets are being restored in this generation. The Church is coming to maturity. The last generation of the Church... must become the instruments of Christ that overcomes the last enemy. We must sanctify ourselves for in 1997 God will begin to do signs and wonders among us like we have never seen before. (Bill Hamon, 1997, http://www.do-you-love-me.org/wsomers/pivotal.html)

Let me say the twentieth century saw more advancement in the church and more restoration and moves of God than any several centuries through the whole two thousand years of church history.  (Bill Hamon, National School Of The Prophets Mobilizing The Prophetic Office, Friday, 5/12/00, 4 p.m. - Session 11)

Tommy Tenney (NAR)

"in our present state we (the Church) are in no position to affect anything," (Tommy Tenney, God Chasers, pg. 101)

C. Peter Wagner (NAR)

When asked what he (Wagner) thought the main stumbling block would be, that would keep leaders from embracing the Apostolic Reformation, Wagner cites "a commitment to tradition amongst ministers." Wagner states: "I think that some are bound by religious forms and functions that are ineffective and I think in many cases it is demonic influence." (The Apostles Are Coming To Your City, Ready or Not by Orell Steinkamp, The Plumbline, Vol. 6, No. 2, March/April 2001)

Rick Warren (Church Growth)

"Most churches only think about their own church and their own community," he told attendants, who represented 39 countries and 50 states. "But our mission is the global glory of God." (Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Network Summit, 5/08, as cited in Rick Warren Launches Coalition to Combat Five 'Global Giants', by Katherine T. Phan, Christian Post Reporter, Mon, May. 26 2008 04:31 PM, http://www.christianpost.com/article/20080526/32537_Rick_Warren_Launches_Coalition_to_Combat_Five_'Global_Giants'.htm)

Today, most local churches are sidelined and uninvolved when it comes to missions.  (Rick Warren's letter on his web site regarding the P.E.A.C.E. plan, http://www.saddleback.com/home/todaystory.asp?id=6213)

Terry LeBlanc (WCGIP)

And you know just picking up on the notion of that myth I mean one of the things that has been sort of an irritant in the hearts of many indigenous people around that world is that the Western cultures seem to acceptable as they are, as cultures within which we express our faith commitment to Christ, whereas indigenous cultures are almost uniquely denigrated and set aside as culture unacceptable in any way, shape or form within which we can express our faith in Christ and so indigenous peoples have not seen themselves in Christ many times because they have to see themselves in white skin in Christ and white culture in Christ and rejecting, in essence the very identity that God created them in and so it's kind of like how would feel to be told that you were discovered by someone who was lost, that kind of thing. (WORD TO THE WORLD, PROGRAM 544, KLHT 1040 radio in Honolulu, HI in late 2001, transcript available here: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/lehmann.html)

Richard Twiss (WCGIP)

“Indigenous peoples have perpetually been put in the position of the mission field never fully recognized as been given gifts and callings and anointings to be coequal partners …” (Richard Twiss, Word To The World, show #541)

One major wound in the land that negatively impacts the "character" of the American church lies in the fact that the message of Jesus has been so inextricably identified as "Euro-American." Because of this fact, the gospel message has been the cause of great shame, oppression, and in many cases, genocide among the Host People of the land. Because of past atrocities, regions have been condemned by the spilt blood upon the land that continues to cry out for justice; the Pacific Northwest being no exception. (Smoke Signals - Prayer Need and Reports Richard Twiss, June 16, 2004)

Next week my son Daniel is joining me on a trip to New York (his 16th birthday) where I am the keynote speaker at the "Healing the Land" Conference hosted by Pastor Peter Bruno of Metro Church. Pastor Bruno writes, "I really felt on my heart to reach out to pastors & intercessors from our region to invite them personally to this important conference. The problem with our land is that throughout the history of Christianity, the message of Jesus has been delivered (at times) with deadly force & hatred instead of in love and mercy. Because of past atrocities, regions have been condemned by the spilt blood upon the land that continues to cry out for justice. For our NYC/NJ region to come into it's fulfillment of God's vision, we must cleanse the past and partner into the future. I believe that God is calling His church to build bridges to see Native people come to faith & life in Jesus Christ and fulfill their God-given place within the Body of Christ. This conference will help bring these truths to light as well as help us to befriend, partner with and build bridges to our Native brothers & sisters. (Smoke Signals - Prayer Need and Reports Richard Twiss, May 7, 2004)

Aldred [Cree Nation] is the Director of the First Nations Alliance of Churches, and was the first Native American person to address an Urbana convention in its 57-year history. ... Aldred applied this culture-challenging aspect of the gospel in a powerful challenge to the western Church: "Western Christianity is syncretistic...It is a religion motivated about sharing the gospel story with people, not so they become who God has made them to be, but to make them like me so I can love them." Aldred said that much of the western missionary effort has been characterized by an attempt to assimilate people into its own mold, which is why the western church has so many fights over music and forms of worship. It has reduced the gospel to a technical presentation of facts separated off from the real life of the witness and the mysterious power of God. Western Christianity has separated the public and private realms, and banished Jesus' relevance to the personal and private world of piety, ignoring social and relational aspects of God's Kingdom. In actual practice it trusts more in its own wealth, knowledge, and power than in God's holy word. It is intellectualized rather than holistic and integrated in the whole human person. Aldred boldly announced these ways that the gospel of Jesus continues to call the western church to radical conversion from the culture of modernity to the Kingdom of God. (Aldred Cree Nation, GOD MOVED IN POWER! Urbana Report #1, Richard Twiss, Jan 9, 2004)

Brian McLaren (Emerging Church)

But I think this picture is a power metaphor for what happens in our world because 100 inches of rain falls in Honduras falls every year, every two years.  What’s unusual though is when 100 inches of rain is condensed, you see, into a week.  Now I think change is the same way.  Change is happening constantly.  But when a lot of change is concentrated in a short amount of time structures that used to serve become tourist attractions.  (Brian McLaren , A New Kind Of Christian – Part 1, Copyright: 2004, Off The Map)

Then there’s an early transition period when people are very negative and very cynical, very critical, they’re angry about how the old system doesn’t answer the questions anymore. (Brian McLaren , A New Kind Of Christian – Part 1, Copyright: 2004, Off The Map)

And he’s saying “you have to continually be upgraded in your preparation” because people are going to continue to ask you new questions. A lot of our churches are very well prepared for the questions of the 1840’s.  Some are prepared for the 1950’s.  What we call contemporary churches are prepared for the 1970’s.  But there are relatively few churches and few Christians that are still being prepared to deal with the questions of the new century and new millennium.  (Brian McLaren , A New Kind Of Christian – Part 1, Copyright: 2004, Off The Map)

And a number of people, I’m one of them, think that we’re not in that new paradigm yet, we’re far from there but we’re in this transition period.  Some of us are in the negative stage, others of us are just trying to get a little more constructive, but we don’t know what this new paradigm is going to be yet.  But we’re in the process and there’s this sense that the new road hasn’t been built, the new bridge hasn’t been built, but a lot of us are saying the old one doesn’t seem to be working anymore. (Brian McLaren , A New Kind Of Christian – Part 1, Copyright: 2004, Off The Map)

Leonard Sweet (Emerging Church)

"CHANGE OR BE CHANGED — In the old ecology of nature, change was seen as abnormal. In the new ecology of nature, change is life’s natural, normative state.... What works today won’t work tomorrow.... The wonder is that churches are not in more disarray. ... They are standing pat, opting to uphold the status quo rather than undergo the upheaval." … "Postmodern culture is a change-or-be-changed world. The word is out: Reinvent yourself for the 21st century or die." (Leonard Sweet, Soul Tsunami: Sink or Swim in the New Millennium Culture (Zondervan, 1999), p. 74-75)

Alan Jones (Emerging Church)

ALAN JONES (Author of Reimagining Christianity) "The Church's fixation on the death of Jesus as the universal saving act must end, and the place of the cross must be reimagined in Christian faith. Why? Because of the cult of suffering and the vindictive God behind it" (Alan Jones, Reimaging Christianity, p. 132).

Alan Roxburgh (Emerging Church)

Another metaphor is a tapestry woven from a wide number of diverse strands forming our Christendom world. For quite some time that amazing tapestry has been unraveling, until it now lies threadbare, like tattered threads on the cultural floor. (Alan Roxburgh, Crossing The Bridge, pg. 21)

Yes, we (the Church) are going through a dying experience, but we do not go alone. … What do we share in particular with them? We have lost our place. We share the loss of our traditions and institutions. We share the pressure to lose faith in God to those gods of the surrounding culture. … There is clarity in overwhelming ambiguity. (Alan Roxburgh, Crossing The Bridge, pg. 160)

WCGIP

The purpose of the 2006 WCGIP is (1) to present the unique role of the Indigenous People in the Body of Christ in fulfilling God’s revival and destiny for the nations. (2) to discover together how redeemed indigenous culture can be utilized as an expression of worship and vehicle for evangelism. (3) to identify the hindrances affecting the active participation of Indigenous Peoples in the Body of Christ. (4) to provide a forum to discuss the appropriate Christian response to the issues concerning the Indigenous People. ... Organized by Tribal Mission Foundation International ... the 2006 WCGIP is in partnership with the Intercessors for the Philippines, Wycliffe Asia, Overseas Missionary Fellowship, and Alliance of Christian Development Agencies. (Press Releases, The Philippines hosts the 6th WCGIP, http://iquadrant.biz/wcgip/resources/index.cfm?Handler=View&ID=1)