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Shawn Bolz -- Living in an NAR Fantasyland

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"The Holy Spirit desires to coach us into the ability to influence humanity by showing the world God's original intention. I love how the Holy Spirit is so consistent in His message to the world: He wants to connect our hearts to the everlasting love nature of God. We have a Father in heaven who has always had an original design for all things, especially humanity. He has this incredible vision of reigning and partnership, and it's so unbelievable that when man failed, He sent His Son to restore us and make everything new." -- Shawn Bolz

Yeah, no Shawn. This is the sloppy agape side of the NAR dominionism. The Gospel is replaced with a diabetic love message that is unbiblical and saves nobody. The message from Jesus Himself when He walked the earth was repent for the kingdom of God is at hand not I want to connect your heart to the everlasting love nature of God. The other disturbing NAR teaching embodied in this snippet is the notion of co-reigning with God in partnership. There is simply no understanding of the Lordship of Jesus Christ within the NAR. They think God is their partner or wingman. God is the Creator and we are the created. This is the same sin of Lucifer. This is wanting to ascend to the throne of the Most High. This is Eve believing that she will see good and evil and thus be like God. Beloved, the Holy Spirit's consistent message to the world is repent and be forgiven. Without repentance there is no salvation. Yes God loves you but He loves you so much that He will not allow you to continue to be oppressed by sin. Do we get that today? Sin is what destroys us and God wants us saved.

"The Holy Spirit shares with us today how to access this restoration of all things and gives us vision to see the Father's original design and desire. I love how 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 frames it: The Holy Spirit searches the deepest parts of God and connects us to those places in His heart.

I believe the Holy Spirit is bringing incredible perspective through His eyes of love to see the value of people and industries we have not previously treasured. He is commissioning Christians to influence in places that before felt off-limits or fringy but now have become empowered by mainstream Christianity--industries like music, film and technology. Daniel, Joseph and Esther are examples of people positioned differently in culture to have a kingdom effect that just wouldn't have happened if they had remained limited to the tribe of Israel alone. They were positioned for the good of God's people and for the good of the people they served." -- Shawn Bolz

More bible twisting from the NAR. 1Corinthians 2 is dealing with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. How someone with the indwelt Holy Spirit is led into the truths of God and can understand the mind of God. How someone without the Holy Spirit cannot possibly understand the things of God for they are foolishness to him. There is no mention of connecting to the heart of God or the Holy Spirit searching the depths of God. That is all high sounding nonsense from the wickedly deceitful heart of Shawn Bolz. Note that Shawn admits that his notion of the Holy Spirit bringing incredible perspective through the eyes of love to see the value of people and industries is not biblical. We know that because instead of saying God said, he says, "I Believe." Mormons believe Jesus and Satan are brothers so it doesn't really matter what we believe unless we can back it up with Scripture.

God is not commissioning Christians to influence music, film and technology. John Calvin once said that zeal without doctrine is like a sword in the hand of a lunatic. Shawn Bolz and the NAR have no shortage of zeal but their doctrine is so polluted by the carnality of this world that it only makes their zeal more dangerous. Bolz works for Bethel, which produced the heretical worship outfit known as Jesus Culture. These folks tour the nation indoctrinating youth with the false theology of Bethel and the narcissistic music of the NAR and likeminded faux worship. One of their leaders regales the kids with stories of a demonic encounter that she thinks was Jesus whisking her away to the throne room to meet the Father face to face. At Jesus Culture events there are unbiblical and satanic "fire tunnels" where people run a gauntlet of kids "laying hands" on them until they collapse on the floor. I like a good worship song as much as the next guy but not as part of the music industry. It was pop gospel singer James Fortune who beat his wife with a chair. It was philanderer Israel Houghton who was winning Dove awards while sleeping with his mistress. When Christian music becomes entertainment we have lost the point. In order to entertain people who do not know God we are forced to abandon theology because the true things of God are foolishness to those that are perishing. No one wants to sing about how much they need to repent! So instead it always has to spun in such a way to present the love of God without His wrath. The same is true in film. Bolz wants more "Christian" films but we are no longer talking about Charlton Heston in the Ten Commandments. Instead we get things like the Bible mini-series produced by ex-catholic mystic Roma Downey. Once again in order to sell, they had to remove any possibility of offending anyone. So Jesus says He is the way the truth and the life but then they quickly cut to commercial so as to avoid that none may come to the Father except through Him. The Bible Miniseries did not start in the Garden of Eden so as to avoid the controversy over a six day creation period. Instead the miniseries started with the account of Noah.

We do not need more films like the AD miniseries either. The goal of the female producers of this travesty was to elevate women into more prominent roles than the bible ever says they had. That is how we get the memorable scene of Mary chastising Peter, which of course never happened. Even theatrical releases are rarely biblical. They have the appearance of piety but only a discerning eye can see what they are really teaching. Whether it is eastern mysticism or prayer solely as a means of obtaining blessings these movies are bad theology at best. The cause of the Gospel does not need more Christian movies beloved. Because they do not teach the full Gospel, the world does not need them either. Bolz gives three ludicrous examples to try and prove the point he does not have. Daniel was a captured slave. He gained favor but the Babylonians were not saved because of his faithfulness. Joseph carved out a place for Israel within Egyptian culture but no one was saved on the Egyptian side, which would eventually enslave the Israelites. Esther was able to confound a plot against her people but that is it. I agree that God used them to protect the people of God but those around them that were unsaved remained so. Under the New Covenant, salvation has now come to the world. Bolz concludes:

"Today, we are seeing huge numbers of pastors' and ministers' kids coming into careers in arts and entertainment, business, tech, science and even politics. They feel sent by God the same way their parents felt when they started their ministry. It is a clear sign when you can identify a generation of Western world leaders' kids not taking the direct legacy of their parents but instead being infused with the same passion to see impact through an industry instead of ministry." -- Shawn Bolz

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