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Church Is Cultural Hermit


The church has become a cultural hermit. While we were staying in Thessalonica, Greece we visited the beautiful monasteries of Meteora. They are simply stunning. I was however stunned by another fact: they were nearly inaccessible to society at large. Take a closer look at the beautiful photograph of one the monasteries below. In the photograph one sees the silhouette of the local village. The monks climbed up 300-550m limestone formations to build the monasteries and stay there, divorced from the community. I assume they were trying to concentrate on worshipping God and giving themselves to seclusion to avoid being tempted by the world. They were avoiding the world when Jesus asked them to engage the world. To them the world was evil and should be shunned.Screen Shot 2018-09-03 at 12.54.35 PM

Meteora is a beautiful but sad metaphor of the Church. It is so difficult to ascend that monastery. It is nearly inaccessible. The monks separated and isolated themselves from the world so that they would not be corrupted by the world. The church is still doing that. We get into our monasteries called the church and avoid any meaningful contact with the world. We have become cultural hermits. Just like the monks retreated from the world and huddled in monasteries, the Church has similarly retreated into its own cultural monastery of Christian schools, villages, hospitals etc.

The salt has been removed from contact with the society that it should salt. Are we not the salt of the earth? Salt requires contact with society to have its effect.

The Church has withdrawn its influence from the culture and society that needs it most. As the Church disengaged the world, it left a vacuum for the devil to fill through secular humanism, Islam, New Age and other vain philosophies authored in Hell. Priestly king I plead with you: Get out of your monastery! Don’t disengage the world and society. Engage them in the name of the Lord and for kingdom purposes!

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Ideas Have Consequences


Just like you can recognize a tree by its fruit, you can only definitely recognize a worldview by its fruit as well. For simplicity to discern a person’s governing worldview, check the fruit produced in the behavior and actions of that person. Worldviews just like roots are not readily evident until one sees the actions and behaviors being produced.

The things we value, the decisions we make, and our daily actions reflect and grow from the assumptions we hold about the big questions of life. Our worldview produces consequences in our everyday lives. A healthy worldview—one based on biblical truth—produces productive consequences. An unhealthy worldview—one based on lies—produces destructive consequences. A person who has a worldview that does not see any difference between human and animal life will be seen by his willingness to kill human beings to save animals. A person who does not recognize the sanctity of life does not see anything wrong with killing unborn babies.

The battle of worldviews is about discipling societies by controlling their cultures. The world runs on ideas, and these ideas have godly or ungodly consequences. We should not be taken captive by the attractive and yet erroneous ideas of unbiblical worldviews! A nation runs on a worldview. As a reminder a worldview is the sum total of the ideas (assumptions) which function as its base. The ideas (assumptions) which make up a worldview reach into every area of life: each domain of influence. And yet we know from research methods that your assumptions determine your conclusions! You see what you already believe (or assume to be reality.) Your starting premise determines what you find from your search.

George Grant in The Micah Mandate argues, “According to Augustine, culture is —— an outworking of a people’s creed. In other words, culture is the temporal manifestation of a people’s faith. If a culture begins to change, it is not because of fads, fashions, or the passing of time, it is because of a shift in the worldview – it is because of a change of faith.” So we can see that the change in contemporary culture from its godly moorings, is a result of a shift in worldviews (towards secular humanism) because of a change of faith (notice how the western world would rather believe any strange religion than believe the Bible).

 

To explore this idea of worldviews further check Discipling Nations Alliance at: http://www.coramdeo.com

Impact of Worldviews on Nation Disciplers


A worldview is a philosophy, ideology or religion that provides an overarching approach to understanding and interpreting God and the world. It is a deeply ingrained organizing principle to life and culture that makes up the total set of beliefs, assumptions (or presuppositions) and ideas that we hold (consciously or unconsciously) and comprise the mindset of an individual that provides an overarching approach to determining how they view and interpret reality or the whole world. The ideas (assumptions) which make up a worldview reach into every area of life: Theology, Celebration & Communication, Education, Law & Government, Finance, Business & Economics, and Family.) Put simply a worldview is a framework by which we make sense of the world. It literally forms who we are.

A worldview is therefore a framework through which we view the world, our calling and future in it. This need not be fully articulated. It may be so internalized that it is largely unquestioned. It may not be explicitly developed into a systematic conception of life and it may not be theoretically deepened into a philosophy. Nevertheless, this framework is a channel for the ultimate beliefs which give direction and meaning to life.

A worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirely false) that we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being.

The term worldview comes from the German Weltanschauung, meaning a view or perspective on the world or universe that describes one’s total outlook, including beliefs and assumptions about reality, human nature, and the meaning and nature of life itself. In the largest sense, we all have an interpretative lens or filter we use to understand our reality and existence, and this lens develops over time.

Put simply then: Worldview is therefore the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world. It is a frame of reference where the color of the lenses determines how one sees the world and makes decisions in life. Your worldview matters.

Research has demonstrated that a person’s behavior is consistent with her worldview. Your worldview reflects your basic belief system concerning all of life. It establishes your value system: what is important to you. Your worldview and value system are publicly displayed by your behavior. Behavior, then, is the outward display of your worldview. Put differently your behavior is the consequence/result of your worldview. This explains the paradox of the Christian business executive who behaves contrary to his faith.

So the worldview that the Christian brother is using as an organizing principle of his business activities is not a biblical one but one shaped by a non-kingdom culture. One’s worldview determines how the events and circumstances of life will be understood, accepted and acted upon.

Christians who have a Biblical worldview by which they make sense of the world according to God’s standards as set down in the Bible are more effective in discipling nations. The greater challenge is that because the Church has not taken its role in defining and shaping the biblical worldview seriously, we have many believers who love God but have been discipled by the wrong Faith and accepted the wrong worldview. Consequently although they are believers in Christ, their worldview and guiding philosophies work contrary to the Kingdom agenda. This partly explains why some believers will actively support and promote ideas and actor sin life who are patently against the biblical model of community and national discipleship.

Priestly King, consider and intentionally review the worldview that is driving your life!

(Extract from Tabernacle of David: The Key to Discipling Communities and Nations)

Prayer Ideas for Priestly Kings


As nations pass through various stages during the complex journey to destiny, many believers ask how they should pray effectively for their nations. Here are some thoughts and directions that may be helpful:

  1. We should join Caleb and pray: Give me this mountain! Pray that God opens your eyes to your Mountain of influence. That He may deploy you into the relevant sphere of calling where your influence can help advance the Kingdom agenda.
  2. Pray for people who are in places of influence in these mountains that they are: either converted and discipled to use their influence for the Kingdom OR that God may use them as Cyruses to propel His agenda. NB King Cyrus was not a believer but God used him powerful to advance the agenda of God for Israel. See Isaiah 45:1-5
  3. Pray for priestly kings with a Kingdom mindset to occupy positions of influence in these Mountains. Pray that these be people of conviction. Not vacillators and opportunists who change depending on what they can get form the powers that be. They must then demonstrate Kingdom power and unashamedly attribute it to God. E.g. Daniel, Joseph
  4. Pray for Christians in positions of influence that they may boldly represent the Kingdom agenda, take uncompromising stand on Kingdom issues and use their influence to serve the Kingdom and people. Pray their protection from the corrupting influence of demonic powers.
  5. Pray for God to raise people up the mountains of influence who have a biblical worldview and who have the capacity to capture the mountain and implement Godly worldviews on those mountains.
  6. Pray against ungodly worldviews and their proponents that they do not hold sway in key spheres of influence in the nation.

Priestly Kings


Revelations 5:9-10 “And they sang a new song saying “you are worthy to take the book and open its seal you were slain and you have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred and every tongue and people and nation and you have made us kings and priests to our God and we will reign forever and ever.” (ESV) The purpose for which he made us kings and priests is so that we may reign in this earth. So that we may have dominion. We are kings and priests.

Believers have been very good at being priestly. We have interceded a lot. But we have not been kingly enough. We have been very good in the Temple, but poor players in the marketplace. We have lost the concept of priestly kings. So the Tabernacle of David through the order of Melchizedek restores kings who are priests. That was always God’s intention. Kings know that their purpose is to advance the cause of the kingdom. They are about dominion. That’s why Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is heaven” and yet we are thinking about heaven and not thinking about the coming of the kingdom of God. That’s why believers are often poor citizens because they are thinking of heaven instead of thinking of kingdom. To make a difference, we need to be both priests and kings.

We have a dominion mandate both by creation and redemption, to rule on earth not in heaven. Priests don’t think dominion. They don’t think reigning. They don’t think impact. They don’t think community impact. They don’t think community-enhancing initiatives. The church has lost its impact because it thinks of the tabernacle of Moses as priests under the order of Aaron rather than the tabernacle of David under the order of Melchizedek. The church will be a blessing to our communities and our nations when it’s thinking kingdom, when it’s thinking dominion, reigning, and how it can make a difference. We need a paradigm shift. A mental realignment!

When you think as priests, you think being a businessman is ungodly. When we were growing up, anytime you were spiritual and loved God, you were encouraged to leave all the earthly vocations, and go serve God “full-time”. So we lost some of our most brilliant minds to the tabernacle of Moses and the nations were robbed. Who said God does not anoint scientists? Who said He does not anoint educationists? Who said God does not anoint politicians? The kingdom is about every sphere of society. If we want to make a difference, we must do the prayer of intercession, but we must also represent the kingdom by doing the work of intercession.

How can we be the salt of the earth when we are in a saltshaker? We spend our time in church and yet expect to positively affect society. When you have prayed yourself up, go into the marketplace and make a difference. Hallelujah! So He has made us kings and priests for our God to reign.

Its time for priestly kings to arise in Africa and be involved in politics, business, law, education, the arts etc.

Priestly Kings and Kingly Priests


1 Peter 2:4,5 says “Come to Him as the living stone rejected by men but chosen by God and you also as living stones are build up as a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifice acceptable to God through our High Priest Jesus Christ.” Look closely at verse 5. It says “you also”. In the English language if you add the word “also” it means you are following after someone. It says you also are a royal priesthood. Also like whom? Like Jesus Christ whom you are coming to. We are a royal priesthood that serves God through our High Priest, even Jesus Christ. We are kings and priests. We got the revelation of the holy priesthood offering sacrifices to God and are doing well in the tabernacle of Moses. But we lost sight of 1 Peter 2:9 which says “but you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation his own special people.” We are not only a holy priesthood BUT a kingdom of priests. Kings who are priests! This has to be at a new tabernacle since Moses’ Tabernacle had no provision for priest to be kings.

God calls us a kingdom of priests. We are kings and priests. Jesus Christ, the high priest of our profession, is a king and priest. Melchizedek is both king and a priest. The redeemed are both kings and priests. We have focused on our priestly function but lost our kingly function.

A kingdom of priests. A royal priesthood. Clearly we are not either priests or kings. It is not an either/or proposition. It is both. We are both kings and priests at the same time. I would prefer to use a new terminology that will capture this concept better. If we use the term “kings and priests,” although it is biblical, it can be confused as meaning either kings or priests. So let’s refer to these as “priestly kings” or “kingly priests.” These two terms are basically the same. I however use them distinctly simply to capture the fact that although each person is both a king and priest, often one of the functions dominates. If you are predominantly a pulpit minister you still have to exercise some kingly authority so we call you a “kingly priest. On the other hand if your primary calling is outside the pulpit then you are a “priestly king”.

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Blessings. I know that its been a while since my last post. I have been busy with my newest book, The Tabernacle of David: The Key to Discipling Nations as Priestly Kings. I have just completed the initial draft of that book. Since tomorrow is my birthday, I have decided to launch this my fifth publication by offering the full manuscript as a free e-book download to celebrate my birthday month. It will remain available as a free download for the month of September 2017. Feel free to forward link to your friends. I hope you enjoy this offering and will offer your thoughts and insights on this blogsite (www.nurturingchampions.com). I am believing that your input will happen sharpen the hard copy edition that is still in final stages.

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