World Vision’s online course designed to equip churches and pastors to understand “racial justice” is a hotbed of Critical Race Theory and unbiblical syncretism, infecting the organization and resulting in the wokefication of World Vision and a denial of some core tenets of the Christian Faith.
Discovered through their monthly “May We Be One: Pastors pursuing Racial Justice” course, we will be doing a 5-part series exposing the extent that CRT and pagan syncretism – the fusion of different systems of religious beliefs with Christianity – has compromised the mission of the famed NGO.
World Vision has been driving leftwards for a while now. Famously back in 2014, they changed their hiring practices to allow men and women in gay “marriage” to be hired and considered for employment, then quickly reversed course under the pressure and backlash, causing the late heretic Rachel Held Evans to weep in peevishly lament. Likewise in 2019, when Enemies within the church reported that the international branch of the evangelical organization had funneled money to the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA), an organization with ties to terror groups, including al-Qaeda.
In the summer of 2020, in the wake of the death of George Floyd, World Vision announced they would be hosting a free one-year online course to educate on social justice and put on in partnership with “leaders who represent a diverse group of churches and our friendships with experts and some of the pioneers of this work.”
The organization currently has over 115,000 pastors, priests, deacons, and Christian faith leaders trained through the Word Vision program and suggests that because of their experience in equipping local churches, they believe that they are “positioned to act as a convener and host for this experience.”
Some of their stated goals are to have church leaders “be prepared to lead conversations about racism in America,” and to “engage with one another to dismantle racism and change the landscape of the church,” and comprises a series of sessions between guests and host.
The first few entries have been brought to us by @wokepreachertv, who also provided the snippet and transcript. In this case, from Session 7 of the course, Flaming progressive and ecotheist Randy Woodley explains that Christians missionaries sent to do the Lord’s work not only in some ways mistreated indigenous people, which is true, but also that the missionaries were wrong to tell the Native tribes to repent from their pagan spiritual and animistic ways, given that they were already loving God before they arrived.
One of the things we need to understand about the theology that was planted in this soil, if you will, by the early settlers is that they did not deem the Native people as having anything spiritually worthy of keeping.
…All the early charters that were sent from England over here…all said that they had a mission to, and they would say, like, “the savages,” or “the heathen,” things like that. So the assumption was already that God is not here, that God is only present with us, and so what we need to do, then, is teach them our religion and get rid of any sort of cultural baggage or spiritual beliefs. In fact, they would even say, even missionaries would often say that they follow the devil.
…As Native people heard this, they were already very spiritual. They were people who understood that God is powerful, that God is love. That they have personal experiences and even covenants with God. There were ceremonies based on those covenants, there were stories built around those. And in particular, we all have our covenant story of the land that was given to us so long ago.
It’s sort of like that verse in Acts 17:26-27 that says: From one man he created every ethnos or nation, so that they might reach out and find God. And so those places, God placed our different Native peoples in.
And yet the people who came saying, no, they are the ones that are believing in the real God, destroyed our relationship with those places by removing us, by taking away those stories, by taking away those songs and those ceremonies, and the very foundation of what it meant to follow God here already.
And so we were very close. And as my adopted [inaudible] mother used to say, when the missionaries came, we were very close to the message. We only didn’t understand how much God loved us because we didn’t know the story of Jesus.
But you look at Acts 17…Paul quotes Epimenides, one of the Greek philosophers’ poets. He knows their stuff, right? So this is not a lazy guy. This is a guy who understands the people he’s talking to and the worldview and their culture…And Paul just simply said, “Let me explain who this unknown god is.”
WPTV, adding some commentary, notes that in vv. 29-31, “Paul does not merely “explain” who God is but commands his audience to repent from the false beliefs they hold.
Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead (Acts 17:31).
None of this surprising, as Woodley is thoroughly compromised. A writer for Sojourners and a signer of the Boston Declaration, this nonsense echoes his previous work and statements where he has claimed among other things that missionary work “doesn’t merely mean sharing a truth, it means to invite people into a shalom community,” and that “there is no place we can go where Jesus is not already present and active. Since Jesus is active everywhere, the first responsibility of mission among any culture is not to teach, speak or exert privilege but to discover what Jesus is already doing in that culture.”
He has further said that “God expects two conversions out of every missional encounter: 1) our conversion to the truths in their culture, and 2) their conversion to the truth we bring to the encounter” and that that “our humility as servants of Jesus should naturally lead us to first convert to the truths in their culture wherever we see Jesus is at work.”
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