From the 20th Baptist World Congress, meeting July 28-August 1 in Honolulu, Hawaii:
"...In step with the Spirit, we renew our commitment to:
support the values reflected in the UN Millennium Development Goals. Because the Spirit of the Lord is upon us, we have been anointed us to:
- remove the scourge of poverty and hunger
- support efforts to provide universal education
- work for environmental sustainability
- promote gender equality
- improve child health and maternal health
- combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
- develop global partnerships
Like most other UN documents, its Millennium Goals sound kind and compassionate. They are designed to appeal to noble instincts and caring hearts -- and they do! That's why nations, corporations, organizations and churches have joined the global campaign. Who would disagree with these eight lofty goals?
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.
2. Achieve universal primary education.
3. Promote gender equality and empower women.4. Reduce child mortality.5. Improve maternal health.6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.7. Ensure environmental sustainability.
8. Develop a global partnership for development.
Of course, there's more to this list than nice-sounding words. The motivational vision of a worldwide welfare system may have captured hearts around the world, but it actually serves the grandiose aims of socialist change agents who have little concern for human suffering. (Just look how government leaders are treating the victims of hurricane Katrina!) Yet, no other program has more effectively linked the evangelical church to the UN management system, which, from its birth, declared war on Biblical truth and values. And no other program has more effectively drawn Christians into a process designed to manipulate the masses, undermine traditional values, silence resisters, synthesize beliefs, trade individual thinking for collective thinking, and train global citizens to serve the "greater whole."
See more on the UN and the rising one world system that the BWA emulates.
In this news piece, now former BWA president David Coffee encourages the bible-less, pragmatic movements to listen to the Spirit...
HONOLULU (ABP) -- Human effort and creative strategies lead to futility apart from an anointing by God’s Holy Spirit, British Baptist leader David Coffey told the opening session of the Baptist World Congress July 28 in Honolulu.
Coffey, who completes his five-year term as president of the Baptist World Alliance at the quinquennial gathering, challenged Baptists from around the world to hear and heed the Holy Spirit.
“We can be a purpose-driven church. We can be seeker-sensitive church. We can be emergent and creative church. We can be justice-and-peace church. We can be a conservative Calvinist church. But if we fail to hear the Holy Spirit of the living God, then all our serving will be futile and fruitless,” he said.
Editor's note: Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. The pragmatism represented by the church movements David Coffey lists above subjugates the Authority of Scripture preaching and teaching, supplanted by commercialism, meeting felt needs and doing good deeds. If we fail to hear the Spirit of God, it's because we fail to read the Word of God, and do what the Scriptures say.