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The Master's Current Vol. 21 No. 2 (Jan. 2016)

I received a copy of the cult's magazine The Master's Current in the mail yesterday, and I wanted to do a brief critique, as it contains a number of things any Christian or watcher of this cult should be concerned about.

For starters, the emphasis in this issue seems to be that if you are in a secular field, that is, any major other than Bible, you are using that as your mission field.  If you dissect the articles from the various departments, you will see the emphasis is not on academics but on spreading lordship doctrine via your workplace.  This should help validate what I said in the thread on the cult's educational system being more about lordship beliefs than academics.

The juicy stuff begins at page 12 where the "All Around Campus" has the latest news on Plew taking the music groups on the road, shades of the LDS church's tabernacle choir and is probably effective advertising.  Then, an article strokes MacArthur's ego with testimonies from people of how their lives were changed by his ministry.  The next part should concern us all...

John MacArthur with execs Lee Duncan and John Stead spent the day showing Congressman Steve Knight and Santa Clarita councilman Dante Acosta around the campus.  I never believed politics and religion mixed, and Scientology is frequently criticized for making friends with politicians by their critics.  Also, the Duncan family are major players in the college, as the student union building is named after them, and a Duncan now has Tatlock's former position so he can be the head of the TMAI/Grace Advance program.
 
Next, there is now more online degree programs and an MBA, which makes no sense as they used to say you have to live with other students to be mentored.  High school students in the area can now take college courses, so they found a way to further indoctrinate the young people.

 

MacArthur has ordered the college out of the CCCU (Council for Christian Colleges and Universities).  He cites the issues of a literal six day creation, marriage, and homosexuality as the reasons.  I am wondering why he has these issues with liberals when he cites their research freely in books like Slave.

 

The article ends with the yarn they spin about the high ranking of US News and World Report.  Watchpray exposed this deception in one of the other threads.

 

Next article is "A Testimony to All Nations," a short blurb about various missions trips kids went on.  If you're curious about the slave labor required during missions week, and yes it's required despite what they say because not going means you need the restoration process, this is a good article to go through although it only tells the positive experiences and is meant to motivate others to go.

 

"Faculty News" is a section with some things to be concerned about.  Zondervan is now publishing books of some lordship authors.  In fact, professor Todd Bolen is writing the 2 Kings chapter of the Niv Zondervan Study Bible.  Also, Zondervan is publishing Ernie Baker's nouthetic counseling book "Biblical Counseling and the Church."  Interestingly, they are now being more deceptive calling nouthetic counseling "Biblical Counseling" only, possibly because the word "nouthetic" uses the same root word "nous" as Scientology's Dianetics (Greek words "dia" and "nous").  I think word has probably spread about the Scientology similarities.  Also to note a Southern Baptist seminary had Stuart Scott speak on the counseling, and the original watchmanwakes site has an article connecting them to Freemasonry.

 

Further on faculty news, Abner Chou wrote a chapter in MacArthur's new book "Word."  Will Varner, the expert on Jewish studies for TMC, has written a commentary on Phillipians and the extra-biblical "Didache," which is puzzling since Varner normally only writes on how Jewish religion points to Christianity.

The next section introduces the new professors.  A quick glance at Stuart Scott's quote will show the anti-psychology stance and how they believe psychology is adding to scripture.  The problem is their cult has added so much to the Bible it would take years to read it all.  He says their theology leads to the desired end of change, which is Christlikeness, and he is speaking about nouthetic counseling here.  What he is referring to is there belief you must constantly keep growing, always topping your previous progress, toward Christlikeness, and Lordship doctrine supposedly enables this.  It's my opinion this has driven more away from Christianity than toward it.  I'll give the full quote here:
 
"So, it's just good with biblical counseling that theology goes to the very end it should go to, the desired end of change into Christlikeness.  We don't need the Bible plus something else; we just need more of the Bible."
 
There is a brief memorial and alumni section, then at the end they hit with the success stories.  They now have graduates at NBC Universal, Walt Disney Company, Lockeed, Deloitte, Bank of America, and even baseball players and movie directors.  This is scary because this cult is invading every walk of life.  As couragehonor and brokenbutstanding's stories show, they are taking over churches while deceptively imposing their doctrines.  They run their own organization with an iron fist.  One thing former executive of the Moonies Steve Hassan  said when he woke up from his cult, was he wondered how the world would be if his cult ran the world.  Well, ask yourself this about Lordship Salvation, would you want to live in a world under that?  We have seen how unethical they are, and now this is spreading into other churches, corporations, media, and politics.  This month's magazine should make anyone do a reread of watchmanwakes website.

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According to The Masters Current, Macarthur is taking The Masters College out of CCCU citing its liberal beliefs as the reason.  But Macarthur has incorporated The Masters College with the State of California and he has organized The Masters College as a 501C3 entity with the federal government. 

Macarthur has separated TMC from CCCU citing marriage and homosexual issues while he seeks the favor of the pro-gay marriage, pro-homosexual State.  Friendship with the world is enmity with God.   
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Originally Posted by bjw
For starters, the emphasis in this issue seems to be that if you are in a secular field, that is, any major other than Bible, you are using that as your mission field.  If you dissect the articles from the various departments, you will see the emphasis is not on academics but on spreading lordship doctrine via your workplace.  This should help validate what I said in the thread on the cult's educational system being more about lordship beliefs than academics. 


You are saying that The Masters College's academic emphasis is just a front hiding its real purpose which is to indoctrinate the students with Lordship teaching who will then graduate and go out into the workplace to indoctrinate others.   

This reminds me of the Lausanne Movement's agenda called "Business as Mission."

"The Lausanne Business as Mission (BAM) issue network asks the question, ‘How can we shape business for God and for good—among all peoples?’"

BAM isn't about preaching the gospel to unbelievers in the workplace so that individuals may be saved.  It's about transforming businesses and workers for social service within the communitarian partnership. 

 


 
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Right, and I think this makes the college more of a front group than anything.  From MacArthur's quote on the front cover to the first 11 pages of the magazine, it seems like they are shifting the emphasis further away from a college education to you serving a lifetime mission for the church via whatever degree you get from the college.  Being an example or witnessing seems to be the emphasis.  Also, keep in mind all students must minor in Bible.  The idea is if you are working in an office environment and the topic of Christianity comes up, you can share the message of what it takes to be saved.  Remember that when they witness to other Christians they normally assume the person is lost until the find out otherwise, prying to see if they have made a Lordship commitment.

While I don't think there is anything wrong with being a good example or showing good ethical standards in the workplace, we need to remember their idea of witnessing is different from the rest of Christianity.  They are taught to view others as inferior or weak and in need of discipleship, and once they invite a co-worker they will continue prying until getting a conversion.  Also, remember the story I told about the guy witnessing in theme park ride lines to keep his witnessing up, the pressure on them is so great it may be a hindrance to their work or social life, as people not familiar with this will view it as being pushy.  As far as ethical standards, their gospel is to be protected at all costs, and the church elders are to be obeyed before secular laws, so what appears to be moral "Christian" behavior may not always be so.  Another good reason they should not be involved in politics or media, in my opinion.

Also, I agree there must be something deeper about the CCCU split, as affiliation with liberals hasn't been much of an issue in the past.  Like you said, the state is even more pro-gay and he doesn't dump the 501c3 registration.  Maybe this was more about appearances than actual concerns, but its hard to tell.  I'll have to look into who else is a member of the CCCU, it could be an interesting read.

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One more thing, the Lausanne site seems to have a new age feel to it, and seemed more like trying to bring communities together in a global network, as you said, than missions. I also thought the leader Jo Plummer has a funny name, wonder if it could be an alias? :)

Could be an attempt to do with businesses what TMAI / Grace Advance are doing with churches.
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It seems that the goal of TMC isn't as much to educate young Christians in a Christian environment as it is to build Macarthur's world wide "ministry."  For those who enroll at TMC I have a word of caution: let the buyer beware.    

 

  
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"MacArthur has ordered the college out of the CCCU (Council for Christian Colleges and Universities).  He cites the issues of a literal six day creation, marriage, and homosexuality as the reasons."

Interesting that Macarthur doesn't cite that the CCCU partners with the Templeton Foundation or that its oversight includes World Vision (NGO of the UN) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (dedicated to eugenics/depopulation agenda) as reasons for withdrawing TMC. 

The following has been taken from The Transformation of the Church--Control Over Christian Educational Institutions:


Council of Christian Colleges & Universities/CCCU

Partnerships include:

Ÿ        Templeton Foundation

Ÿ        Wilberforce Forum

 
CCCU oversight includes representation from:

Ÿ        Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Ÿ        Christianity Today staff members

Ÿ        American Bible Society/ABS

Ÿ        World Vision

Ÿ        Wilberforce Forum

Ÿ        Kellogg Foundation

 

CCCU-affiliated programs includes:

Ÿ        World Magazine’s World Journalism Institute/WJI

Ÿ        organizations represented include:

Ÿ        USA Today

Ÿ        CNN News

Ÿ        United Press Int’l/UPI [owned by Sun Myung Moon]

Ÿ        Washington Times [owned by Sun Myung Moon]

Ÿ        Wall Street Journal— John Fund [associate of the Heritage Foundation]

Ÿ        CCCU’s Institute of Journalism— Terry Mattingly

Ÿ        Tyndale House [publishers of the Living Bible / Living Translation]— Deborah Beisner

Ÿ        Knox Theological Seminary [founder and chancellor D. James Kennedy/CNP]— E. Calvin Beisner [formerly at Christian circa 1990; brother of CRI’s Gretchen Passantino]

Ÿ        God's World Publishing, Inc.— Joel Belz, CEO

Ÿ        Campus Crusade’s Kings College—Bill Bright/CNP

Ÿ        Ethics and Public Policy Center/EPPC— Michael Cromartie

Ÿ        Ethics and Public Policy Center/EPPC—David Aikman

Ÿ        Capital Research Center and Concordia University—Gene Edward Veith [friend of Spiritual Counterfeits Project/SCP Tal Brooke]

Ÿ        National Association of Evangelicals— John White

Ÿ        Discovery Institute—Nancy Pearce

Ÿ        World Magazine— Marvin Olasky [advisor to President George W. Bush on faith-based initiatives]

Ÿ        World Magazine— Susan Olasky

Ÿ        Christianity Today Carl Henry [first editor of CT, 1956-1968]

Ÿ        Cato Institute—David Griswold [CATO board member Theodore Forstmann is also on the board of Freedom House/CFR front org; Rupert Murdock is a former board member of CATO]

Ÿ        Christian Research Institute/CRI [Hank Hanegraaff]— Norman Geisler [CRI JOURNAL, Contributing Editor since 1989; president Southern Evangelical Seminary/SES]

Ÿ        Trinity Forum— Os Guiness [framer of the ecumenical Williamsburg Charter]

 

Several seminaries which are members of the Rockefeller-affiliated Assn. of Theological Schools/ATS are also represented at the World Journalism Institute/WJI.

 

Ÿ        Wilberforce Forum [Nigel Cameron and Chuck Colson] —WF’s mission and leadership interfaces with the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity [Nigel Cameron and John Kilner] See Wilberforce Forum below

 

CCCU, Oxford University & The John Templeton Foundation

Ÿ        John Templeton Oxford Seminars on Science and Christianity

 

“…reflects the John Templeton Foundation's interest in bringing together the religious and scientific communities in order to establish a scholarly relationship between the natural sciences and religion.”

 

Ÿ        The Oxford Summer Programme (OSP)

…is a programme of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford [OSP director is Alister McGrath, Christianity Today, Consulting Editor and principal at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford]

 

CCCU and the Center for Public Justice…

Ÿ        CIVITAS Program in Faith & Public Affairs—CCCU, Center for Public Justice, Brookings Institution, American Enterprise Institute with a Pew Charitable Trusts grant: $ 1,500,000 (funded through a grant to Council for Christian Colleges & Universities/CCCU)

 

CCCU member orgs include…

Ÿ        Christian University Global Net/CUGN— CCCU's Internet Initiative

Ÿ        EQUIP University—affiliate of Christian Research Institute/CRI [Hank Hanegraaff]

 

 

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"MacArthur has ordered the college out of the CCCU (Council for Christian Colleges and Universities).  He cites the issues of a literal six day creation, marriage, and homosexuality as the reasons."

But Macarthur has no problem with TMC forming a long term partnership with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in order to "shape the future of public policy in the US."  And Macarthur has no problem with the fact that the AEI's leadership consists of Bilderbergers, CFR members, Trilateral Commission members, World Bank members, and several board members of Federal Reserve banks including the former Governor of the Federal Reserve System!  Click here to better appreciate the depth of Macarthur's hypocrisy. 

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I think there were plenty of other reasons that make CCCU "unbiblical," but MacArthur doesn't want to reveal these because some of his other ventures still hold to these positions. If only his followers knew these connections with globalists and zero population growth groups. The fact there is a money trail that can be traced to this much corruption should concern any of MacArthur's followers. Also, none of this is fringe conspiracy theory, all of these people and groups have openly admitted their agendas.
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