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A concerning paradigm that has crept into the church is a form of fascism. Through time, we will explore if C3 and Hillsong also push these fascist like elements in the content of their teaching, their behavioural control methods and in their overall crowd control dynamics.
Below is a very good article by Sola Sisters.
“Christian Fascism” Targeting Our Youth?
Posted by Christine Pack
“God is a community, so He wants us to live in community…. The world will not see God without community.”
(Judah Smith, teaching at Passion 2013)
Why is “Community” so critically important to this new crop of idealistic young pastors (like Judah Smith, quoted above from the recent Passion 2013 Conference in Atlanta, GA)? Christian apologist Chris Rosebrough has put forth a compelling argument that it is because they misinterpret that, since God reveals himself in a Trinitarian way as Father-Son-and-Holy-Spirit, this means that God is a God of Community, and that Community is therefore what every Christian must strive for. Community becomes some kind of holy ideal. But Christians are called to live in unity, not community, and there is a distinction. A Utopian community is what the Soviet Union and other high-minded Marxists have long sought to enforce through Communism. But does this really work on earth? And more importantly, is that what God commands of us?
“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:1-3
Parents, you need to be aware that, in varying degrees, Communitarian Groupthink was being taught at the Passion 2013 Conference, which just wrapped up in Atlanta, GA. Modern day “Christian Fascists” target our youth because they know that youth are particularly vulnerable to such high-minded communitarian talk. It’s very enticing, this language they use, about the youth being a part of The Next Big Thing or The Cause That Will Change The World. After all, who believed, when they were younger, that they could slay all the world’s dragons? I know I did. It’s only when you have left your youth behind that you can begin to grasp certain verses: life is but a breath (Job 7:7, Psalm 144:4), a vapor (James 4:14), and it actually becomes a comfort, knowing that only God’s works are great and will prevail (Psalm 92:5, Prov 19:21, Psalm 33:11). But this Christian Fascism movement, with its communitarian ideology, is fast moving, fast growing, and is actively engaged in capturing our children’s minds.A few years ago, talk show host Chris Rosebrough did an excellent program on fascism, what it is, its roots, etc. But in two more recent radio interviews, Rosebrough did an excellent job of explaining why we can’t just dismiss this ideology as something antiquated and out-of-date, since its language and ideals are actively being employed in seeking to shape the worldview of our children. Listen as Chris Rosebrough (Pirate Christian Radio) and Brannon Howse (Worldview Weekend Radio) discuss this issue, and why parents MUST understand these ideologies, and how and why they seek to capture our children (Part 1 and Part 2).
Source: Christine Pack, “Christian Fascism” Targeting Our Youth?, http://solasisters.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/christian-fascism-targeting-our-youth.html, 05/01/2012. (Accessed 08/01/2012.)
Judah Smith is a common speaker at C3 and Hillsong Church events. We thought it was worth supplying this article and it’s resources to our readers.