About Carl Teichrib:
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Carl Teichrib is a Canadian-based researcher, writer, and lecturer focusing on the paradigm shift sweeping the Western world, including the challenges and opportunities faced by Christians. He is the author of "Game of Gods: The Temple of Man in the Age of Re-Enchantment."
Since the mid-1990s, Carl’s research has been utilized by numerous authors, media hosts and documentary producers, pastors, professors and students, and interested lay people. From 2007 until the end of 2015, he edited a monthly web-based magazine, Forcing Change, documenting and detailing the worldview revolution underway – points of pressure, forces of change.
He frequently speaks to church groups, in conference settings, and occasionally teaches a modular course on Secular/Pagan Trends at Millar College of the Bible.
Carl’s biases are transparent: he embraces an evangelical Christian perspective, is pro-liberty versus politically imposed equality, pro-individualistic versus consensus collectivism, and pro-free market.
Carl: I’m Carl Teichrib, the author of Game of Gods: The Temple of Man in the Age of Re-enchantment. Today we’re going to be tackling a question that hangs over our present age, a topic that tugs at the heart of young people, that steers the course of corporations, that stands in the center of a world political movement with an observable ideology. It’s Self, built upon a shift in spirituality and a rejection of the biblical worldview.
So here is the question: Are you a good global citizen? Someone in tune with the planet, an activist working for one-world global solidarity, a united humanity in the sacred quest to save Mother Earth?
Today’s youth are both a product of and the target of global citizenship thinking from youth movements and campaigns to concerts and festivals right to the classroom and the textbooks. In fact, there are even global citizenship youth prizes. And so pressure is exerted: Are you a good global citizen?
In this presentation, we want to explore this big idea. Before we begin, however, it’s imperative that we consider who the savior really is.
Isaiah 43: “Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled. Who among them can declare this, and show us former things? Let them bring out their witnesses, that they may be justified; or let them hear and say, ‘It is truth.’ ‘You are My witnesses’, says the Lord, ‘and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.’”
Isaiah 45 says something quite similar: “Tell, bring forth your case; yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the Lord? And there is no other God besides me, a just God and a Savior. There is none besides Me.”
Hosea:13:4 says this: “Yet I am the Lord your God ever since the land of Egypt, and you shall know no God but Me, for there is no savior besides Me.”
Declarative words. God, creator of heaven and earth, the one who chose the Hebrews to be His people, He is the only God and Savior.
I ask that you keep these passages in mind as we explore this timely topic. The desire to set our own course, because that’s what global citizenship values are all about. To be our own masters of meaning and destiny. To declare that it is through our hands collectively, globally, that we save earth by the power of human imagination, the power of politics, the power of “we.” The emotionally driven energy of the mob coming together in purpose and unity to build our planetary Babel.
Before we go further, I want to say thank you to The Berean Call for hosting this important event, and for the opportunity to participate and share in it. It is my hope that this conference will strengthen you, encourage you, and certainly I hope it challenges you while reminding all of us, speakers included, to look to Jesus Christ for all things.
The world is seeking a fix to the problems that seemingly plague humanity. Covid has demonstrated this desire, elevating the call for world unity, a world understanding. To come together—to use the phrase, “To build back better.” Even as nations and cultures clash and as we hear of wars and rumors of wars, there is this observable movement that claims we need a one-world solution, whether it’s a pandemic or the so-called climate emergency, or whatever is next. Mankind is longing for collective salvation.
When Tom reached out, he suggested that I speak on movements that are out to transform and fix the problems of the world, especially those elements that attract young people. Transhumanism. Earth Day. EDM (electronic dance music) as a unifying experience. The Burning Man gathering. CEOs and money power brokers trying to save the world.
Now, this last one is essentially the marriage between woke corporate culture and the politics of global citizenship—the idea of social justice as the guiding narrative for our behavior right into the world of business and commerce.
To be fair, I can’t cover all of this in my allotted time! I can’t do justice to even one of these subjects in the space that we have, and Tom knew that.
That there are interlocking themes within all of these topics, and especially the concept of world unity and planetary service is understood, and it’s that point I’d like to dig into.
Now, during last year’s Berean Call virtual conference, we did, for a brief time, dive into transhumanism, Earth Day, Burning Man, and evolutionary culture, of which EDM is associated with. We also for a few minutes looked at modern paganism, and I shared some pictures from a witchcraft event that I had personally attended in doing research.
We also discussed interfaithism, particularly the Parliament of World Religions, and we did it around two broad themes: first, to understand the cultural, social switchover to re-enchantment—that is, this move past post-modernism into an era of global oneness, and that really is the dominant worldview.
Second, to be challenged and encouraged to act as ambassadors for Christ within this new social, cultural, spiritual, and, yes, political environment, and we’re going to return to that briefly.
So if you haven’t watched last year’s conference talks, I would encourage you, I would invite you, to go back to The Berean Call YouTube page, go through their archives, avail yourself of that resource—not just for the lectures I give, but for all of the resources that are there. There’s a lot to glean from. And if you’d like more information on these topics, then pick up a copy of my book Game of Gods. It’s extensively documented. It pulls together the common threads woven into global government, interfaithism, transhumanism, deep ecology, paganism, evolutionary culture like Burning Man, and because I personally go and interact within these movements, Game of Gods offers a truly unique overview.
And that last topic suggestion that Tom threw out of CEOs and money power attempting to save the planet, that’s a reference to the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset agenda. And we can touch on that in this presentation.
So why tackle a subject like this? I mentioned it last year but it bears repeating, so that, first, you’re not uninformed to the direction of society. So that you can see past the hype, the rumors, the sensationalism. So that you can recognize when you’re being preached to by the culture, looking past the packaging to spot the worldview being sold to you. So that we are warned so we don’t become gullible participants ourselves, and that when our churches adopt some of these principles and ideas, well, now we have a context to understand the shift, and we can begin to formulate a response.
So, speaking of response, 2 Corinthians 5 tells us this: “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Notice this presupposes that we are citizens of another kingdom. Paul lays this out in Philippians 3:
“Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
So our goal in terms of being an ambassador, our understanding of being an ambassador is this: first, you are the official and legal representative of your government. And in this case, your government is a higher government. You are a citizen of a heavenly kingdom first. And we are now finding ourselves in a foreign land. Even if this is the place you have been born, it is spiritually your foreign land, where you represent Jesus Christ as an official legal representative. Your job is to know your King’s power and position. You represent His interests, not your own.
Then you try to understand the culture and the customs of that foreign land (that’s what ambassadors do), understanding that you’re set apart from it, but you cannot be uninformed as to its character or composition. And in doing this, then we can effectively begin to communicate the King’s message. And we can also warn others who are of the heavenly citizenship, others who are brothers and sisters in Christ, of various areas of concern that we see happening in the culture around us so that they too can be equipped and have an understanding.
So with all of that in mind, knowing we are to be ambassadors for Christ in a foreign land, which happens to be wherever our feet are—wherever our feet are, that’s where our ministry is; that’s where our ambassadorship is to be lived out—let us now consider the state of affairs that we find ourselves in. And allow me to start with a quote, something to set the stage, to give you a glimpse into the spirit of our age.
This comes from Desmond Berghofer: “The supreme motivating concept of the future is synergy, men and women of all nations coming together under leaders of great vision who see that the pursuit of a common ideal—one world, one earth, one people—is the reason for all existence.”
I met Desmond Berghofer at the Global Citizenship 2000 Youth Congress back in 1997. He was one of the hosts of that event. And he had brought on, for the event, Robert Muller, a former United Nations high official. And Robert Muller and Desmond Berghofer gave presentations to various groups of schools that were meeting for this congress. This is what Robert Muller told the children in attendance at Global Citizenship Congress:
“You are not children of Canada, you are really living units of the cosmos, because the earth is a cosmic phenomenon. We’re all cosmic units. This is why religions tell you, ‘You are divine.’ We are divine energy. It is in your hands whether evolution on this planet continues or not.”
Then he went on to say (these are ideas that he presented to the children) that we need to tremendously strengthen the United Nations, or establish a world federation, or develop regional continental units, and then unite them to create a form of world union. And as he explained to the children, “You can be caretakers and the saviors of the world. Everybody, remember your Mother Earth.”
The schools that were there brainstormed ideas of how to save the planet. In fact, Robert Muller told them, “Hey, you have a fantastic future! Just come up with an idea!” So some of the schools that were there talked about developing interfaith groups and global citizenship clubs. One of them talked about fostering earth pride, the idea of focusing on our planetary identity. One school suggested that we needed to zero out world debt, replace money with biometric cards and earth points. And all throughout it, we were constantly given this idea that what we needed to do was instill global spiritual and ethical values through the power of public education.
One of the groups that was represented, and it was a table I was sitting beside, was…and they were a group of university students. One of them put it this way, recognizing that this was a spiritual shift: “Make it a virus. No inoculation. Infect everyone.”
Now, harnessing the emotional energy of youth to achieve revolutionary goals has long been a favorable tool. It’s been a formidable tool, a powerful lever to shift cultures, to embed ideologies, to ferment radical political and social outcomes. Indeed, if we want to fundamentally transform civilization (and that’s exactly what we’ve been a witness to in the last five decades), then it’s essential to capture the heart and minds of young people.
This was understood by Benjamin Kidd, the British social thinker, who right around the time of World War I had this idea that what we need to do is integrate everyone into the universal—that the group itself would be integrated, that humanity would become one in power.
Here are two quotes from his book, The Science of Power: “Civilization is absolutely invincible once it realizes the secret of its own unity. The influence of a collective ideal, imposed on the mind of the young under conditions of emotion, is incalculable. Give us the young, and we will create a new mind and a new earth in a single generation.”
Adolf Hitler understood the importance of capturing the minds of the young. In his September 10, 1934 Nuremberg speech, where thousands of youths were in formation, he proclaimed, “Youth is devoted to us! It has joined us in body and in soul.”
Chairman Mao Zedong understood the importance of the power of young people, setting up youth shock brigades and youth leagues who marched with revolutionary zeal. Mao Zedong said this: “Young people are the most active and vital force in society. They are the most eager to learn and the least conservative in their thinking.” This is especially so in the era of socialism.
This is no surprise. Every generation knows the importance of young people, for not only are they our future leaders, but if directed with the right motives and the right messages, they can become current agents of change. At this point young climate revolutionary Greta, her famous words, should be ringing in your head: “How dare you!”
But juxtaposed against the biblical admonition that is found in Deuteronomy is this: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.”
Notice the difference. This biblical counsel directs our minds and hearts, and the minds of our children, to the one who created the heavens and the earth—to the eternal God, the Author of life, the One who holds our very breath! Our focus is on the Creator as the Savior.
On the other hand, the system of the world directs minds and hearts toward political power, massive social change with the goal of creating heaven on earth through human ideology. One points to the Creator, and our love and appreciation of Him grows. And so too by extension should our love for one another.
“’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
The other points to following creation, and specifically, human power as our goal post for collective salvation. Notice the difference.
And this brings us back to the Global Citizenship Youth Congress.
Now, the notion of global citizenship has been around for decades. One example is the very first Earth Day held April 22, 1970, when some 20 million Americans—mostly young people, mostly students—were bombarded through this textbook, The Environmental Handbook, prepared for the first Earth Day. What did it teach? No, no, no, pardon me—what did it preach? It preached that Christianity is to blame, that our ecological problems lay at the feet of the Christian worldview, and what we need is a new eco-friendly religion and a corresponding worldview. The planet has too many people! We need population control. We need a new sexual and social relationship. We need to attune this to our new attitudes. We have to phase out the internal combustion engine and the fossil fuel industry in general. Industry and capitalism? No, no, no, that’s bad! We must shift to a nature, holistic, socioeconomic model. We can all share our things in common.
“Nothing short,” and this is what The Environmental Handbook had to say, “Nothing short of total transformation will do much good.”
By the early 1990s, long before Greta, it was evident that young people were being invited to sit at the global table. Probably the most notable example was 12-year-old Severn Suzuki, who gave a speech at the 1992 United Nations Earth Summit. She had traveled some 5,000 miles from Canada to Brazil to “tell you adults that you must change your ways,” saying to the adults, “I am only a child, yet I know we’re all part of a family—5 billion of us; in fact, 30 million species strong—and borders and governments will never change that. I am only a child, yet I know we are all in this together and should act as one single world towards one single goal.”
Of course, the 1992 Rio Summit gave us Agenda 21. I have a copy of that right here. They gave us a climate change convention and other important milestones for what was now, or what is now being considered global governance. And with it, a push—a significant push to create youth-based networks along with publications and programs and campaigns and movements and partnerships promoting global governance and global citizenship.
For example, on the heels of the Rio Summit, Rescue Mission: Planet Earth was released, a youth edition of Agenda 21. Just so you know, it’s right there in ink, and it was published in consultation with roughly 10,000 students from 100 countries. Faced with pressing world issues, the document stated, “We need a new way of governing the whole planet. We’d like kids everywhere to become a part of this rescue mission, to get access to leaders with their ideas and concerns. It cannot just be an elite. There’s only one way to do this in a fair way: to build a global democracy of children.”
And so the document goes on, “The first place to organize this is in our schools. We have to have regular access to governments. We have to begin to work with local governments. From local governments we move to the state government. From the state, our final goal is to move on to the national, continental, and international levels of governance. And then to set up a series of youth centers around the world. Together,” the document says, “together we will be unstoppable.”
Now, this didn’t happen, but these are the ideas that come forward in the minds of young people.
By the mid-1990s my own province of Manitoba had incorporated what are now essentially global citizenship issues into the classroom.
I’m holding here in my hand a series of provincial examinations for grade 12 from 1995 to 1997, and each contained questions and themes that today would be associated with social justice, global citizenship, and progressive views. Things like the problem of overpopulation, sustainable development, gun control, global disarmament and weapons proliferation, social identities, transhumanist themes, wealth inequality, global disparities, the United Nations, its empowerment and collective security.
“You are interdependent” was the message. And to make the point, a declaration of interdependence was part of the 1996 exam:
“We are the earth through the plant and animals that nourish us. We are the rains and the oceans that flow through our veins. We are human animals. We work for an evolution, from dominance to partnership, from fragmentation to connection, from insecurity to interdependence.”
Another youth-based global action report was Pachamama: [Our] Earth, Our Future. Again, a global consultation of young people from around the world aided in its creation. And it was all the same: the problem of overpopulation, the need to implement global order, pursuing sustainable development, deep green regulations, etc., etc.
One suggestion, under the heading “If We Rule the World,” was for the creation of a national youth environment security council to direct governments and lobby for international agreements.
Another recommendation was a global tax to save our environment. Now, this idea of a global tax, a taxation regime (that’s the language that’s being used), I saw this being discussed in 1999 at a national youth conference on the Hague Appeal for Peace, which was hosted by the World Federalist Association, the largest pro-world government lobbying group in the United States.
This is what one young representative had to tell us:
“On the international level, graduated tax must be implemented. Presently Americans accept mandatory taxes on a state and national level. A successful world government rides on applying this system internationally. Aside from economic sacrifices, effective world government entails a sacrifice of certain freedoms in cultivating security through a globally respected law enforcement system. All nations and therefore all people must cooperate and make some sacrifices. A world government must establish an equilibrium where certain freedoms are restricted in mankind’s best interest. Global law transcends national law. Unity carries more weight than diversity. This requires each nation…” Pardon me, “This requires each nation state to yield certain rights to the international government, vowing to abide by international decisions.”
So already then, in the 1990s, young people were being set up to become global activists. But what does this mean? Nothing more than the hand of ideological power brokers seeking to use the influence of emotions to turn your children into agents of change. Social justice warriors. Community organizers. The leaders of today, equipped with a new purpose, a new thought pattern, a new sense of allegiance. And I’m not exaggerating to press the issue! That’s what the literature repeatedly points to: changing minds, changing values, changing ethics, changing worldviews.
Here are two quotes on education for global citizenship. The first comes from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization:
“Perhaps we’re beginning to move towards a new global ethic, which transcends all other systems of allegiance and belief. The potential of education is enormous! Not only can it inform people, it can change them. Education is the primary agent of transformation.”
The next quote comes from a document entitled, “Empowerment for Sustainable Development”: “The task of education for the immediate future is to assist in activating an ethic of planetary sensitivity. We must pass from a human-centered to an earth-centered sense of reality and value.”
The document continued that we need to encourage collective and social learning, that we need to make links between local and global. We have to draw strength from gender, race, ethnicity, our abilities, sexual orientation, and that we need to facilitate knowledge of all kinds, including spiritual.
From the UNESCO document on the issue of information and knowledge and education: “Planetary citizenship must facilitate interaction among citizens of the world. Strengthening the idea of a world civilization will provide the stage for communicating, interacting, associating, and rejecting what will not fit in global codes. People must become citizens of Earth.”
Don’t kid yourselves. We’re being led by children, and I don’t just mean the young people of today. More critically, those youth from the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s who have grown into adulthood, but who have been ideologically implanted already as young people to now guide our ethics, our institutions, our schools, our churches, and the general thrust of our culture’s worldview. And in all of this, there is a conditioning. By focusing on the earth, by aligning yourselves as a good global citizen, a social justice warrior, seeking to build the kingdom of heaven on earth, you act as savior of the world, for the future of the planet is now resting on your shoulders.
It reminds me of Romans 1. This is the world we live in:
“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lust of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
Worshipping and serving the creation. That’s really the heartbeat of global citizenship. We just demonstrated that in their own documents, in their own literature.
I’d like to shift gears. It’s in the same vein, but it’s a shift, because if this is what’s being implanted in the minds of young people already back in the 1990s, we can look at today and see the same thing taking shape all around us. And it’s not just in the classroom. It’s not just with youth. The thinking that was already projected in that era is today the realm of corporate culture.
I want to shift gears quickly to explore the great reset, the World Economic Forum, because you’re going to see that they also couch what they’re doing in this idea of global citizenship.
In January I had the opportunity to observe the virtual Davos Agenda Great Reset Conference hosted by the World Economic Forum. Who was in attendance? Well, it included personalities like the president of the People’s Republic of China; the president—oh, pardon me, the prime minister of Singapore; Prime Minister Modi of India was involved; Vladimir Putin; the president of the European Central Bank; the governor of the Bank of China; the secretary general of Interpol. The list goes on and on. CEOs from Western Union, PayPal, Coca-Cola, Fidelity, Procter and Gamble, JP Morgan, Barkley’s, Salesforce, BlackRock—they were, it seemed, all there. Of course, Bill Gates, Al Gore, and the president of Google.
This is what the president of China said to the World Economic Forum, and notice how it really is the same language as global citizenship education:
“There is only one earth and one shared future for humanity. As we cope with the current crisis and endeavor to make a better day for everyone, we need to stand united and work together. We have been shown time and again that to beggar thy neighbor, to go it alone, and to slip into arrogant isolation will always fail. Let us all join hands and let multilateralism light our way toward a community with a shared future for humanity.”
The United Nations secretary general in his talk said, “What we need is one global economy with universal respect for international law.”
And then on the question of climate, the world economic forum’s Davos Agenda was very clear: this is a central point for the Reset—the need to push to achieve what they call “carbon neutrality,” or net zero carbon, by 2050 at the latest. And this would require a complete change in every facet of our economics, our industries, our transportation, our agriculture, our energy grid, and most importantly, our personal behaviors. Are you a good global citizen?
Net zero isn’t an abstract exercise. A number of countries are already pursuing legislation to that end. So expect more carbon taxes, more regulations on all fronts, the never ending climate narrative to be pushed.
John Kerry, President Biden’s special envoy for climate, told the World Economic Forum that we’re making climate central to foreign policy planning and national security preparedness. He told the delegates that a net zero future will bring green economic growth. And as Kerry said to all of us, that to use the president’s words, to “build back better” from the global economic crisis.
And all this, we were told constantly, that we have to do this for social justice, that what we need is an inclusive world for all. That was the mantra—unless, of course, you’re not in agreement with the global consensus. Nevertheless, social justice seams are directly bolted to the framework of the Great Reset as they are directly connected to the concepts of global citizenship. From racial issues to gender claims, social justice leaves its mark.
However, a range of other justices needs to be considered and came up during the World Economic Forum’s Davos Agenda. And those are ideas like ecojustice, climate justice, vaccine justice. All of these vaccine—or, pardon me, all of these justice issues were attached in some measure to the Reset concept.
In the panel on creating a new social contract, economic justice was front and center. And so it was suggested that what we need is a global social protection fund, that we have to pair international debt relief to a universal social economy of living wages and living communities.
On that same panel, James Quincy, CEO of Coca-Cola, described how his company is addressing social justice by fashioning an internal racial, social, economic ecosystem. More than that, industry leading corporations must, we were told, must influence smaller companies to follow suit, especially those in the supply chain. Entire sectors need to realign their economic models to social justice, priorities, and that’s the essence of what’s being pushed—the concept of stakeholder capitalism.
What is stakeholder capitalism? Well, in the 1970s, the idea of stakeholder capitalism was attached to advocating or incorporating labor and union and government interest into corporate decision-making. Now it’s something else. It’s more than that.
Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, described stakeholder capitalism this way—notice again how this language, this sense of one world comes into play, global citizenship: “The planet is thus the center of the global economic system, and its health should be optimized in the decisions made by all other stakeholders. The same interconnectedness can be observed for the people who live on the planet. It is incumbent on all of us as global citizens to optimize the wellbeing of all.”
In other words, capitalism itself has to bend to the demands of special interest groups. Capitalism itself needs to bend to the demands of global citizenship, to the ideas of green government. Corporations, industries, financial institutions, all of them must shift their business models to appreciate and accelerate new global norms, and your economic activity, your business, must demonstrate an allegiance to the earth.
And then there’s digitization. Nothing short of a total global commitment will suffice if we want to save the planet, so the narrative goes. Therefore, we need tools to manage our way forward. Digitization becomes the tie that binds, and data the lifeblood of our new era.
In this not so futuristic vision, the information collected from our lifestyle choices will be aggregated, analyzed, and used to modify behaviors for planetary outcomes.
One of the Davos themes was “smart cities,” noting that urban zones are rich information ecosystems. So here’s an emerging possibility: in our smart cities, street-based censors will talk to smart cars, and payment apps will be notified of your movement, automatically deducting carbon taxes or travel credits from your account. It’s hardly farfetched.
The overall trajectory is deeper integration with artificial intelligence, the harmonization, the managed harmonization of our planet. What is not harmonious, however, is contrary thinking and behavior. Anything unaligned with approved global narratives—conservative values, national sovereignty, personal rights attached to private property—if this doesn’t fit with the Great Reset, then it’s part of the great problem, because you’re not being a good global citizen.
On the last day of the Davos Agenda in January, US Senator Gillibrand called for accountability regarding right-wing news outlets. More than that, she stressed the need for oversight of social media platforms, holding them to account for allowing right-wing messages to proliferate. She then affirmed these positions by appealing to her faith, that we need to love one another more.
For conservative Christians, the idea of the Great Reset, and behind it, the concepts of global citizenship, is something more important that just talking points. The real question becomes one of salvation—who ultimately saves the world? Is it Christ our Messiah, or is it some form of collective human endeavor, a collective mankind that redeems itself by saving the world?
It really appears we’re at a Romans 1 crossroad, and we’re faced with this question of worshipping and serving creation or the Creator. And thus, the Great Reset, global citizenship, all of this dangles before us. It’s there, and it’s saying ultimately to us, “Who do we serve?” That becomes our challenge.
So what can you do? Number one, understand your own worldview, then take the time to understand theirs. And while ignorance might be bliss, it’s still ignorant, and ultimately, it’s unhelpful. We live in an age where worldviews are in collision from the classroom to the boardroom, and you’re called to be an ambassador in this foreign culture. Remember—your citizenship is in heaven.
So study, test, prove all things, become Bereans. Inform yourself and inform your circle of influence without resorting to sensationalism—it’s hard to do sometimes, because the information itself is sensational on its own merits! But present the facts with honesty and with respect so that you can become a trusted source. Seek and apply biblical knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.
Encourage your pastor to stick with the truth of Scripture, for churches aren’t immune from these pressures. In fact, churches and seminaries often become supporters and promoters of this political religion, for that’s what it is—believing that together, we are the ones who build the kingdom of heaven on earth.
And don’t be scared of the world. Concerned? Yes! But don’t let it drive you into fear. Don’t let the fear of man overshadow what’s really important: the fear of God.
And then finally, see this agenda for what it really is, from global citizenship to the Great Reset: an alternative humanistic and paganistic salvation message. By uniting to save the earth, we redeem ourselves. We are the ones who usher in an age of peace and prosperity. It has an unmistakable messianic impulse.
So we are called, as ambassadors, to speak truth to this age. We have to ask this question: So who saves? Who is the messiah? Is it us? Is it collective humanity? Corporations that promote global citizenship? Is it the United Nations, or the ideas of world government? Will we be redeemed by the actions of social justice warriors? Who saves us?
Paul knew that our salvation didn’t come from the works of our hands. It didn’t come from our institutions. It didn’t come from the Roman system. Our salvation wouldn’t come from obligations and rites and rituals from religious institutions. Our salvation wouldn’t come from what man could accomplish. No, no, rather it comes from the Creator himself, the Author of life. And the question we need to then ask ourselves is who do we trust? Do we trust ourselves? Do we trust what we can do? Or do we trust what Christ has already done, finished on the cross?
Psalm 2 puts this into perspective, and it brings it about in a way that offers a big picture scenario. It’s a big picture perspective. And I think it’s fitting with the spirit of the age we find ourselves with this call for global citizenship and this call for one world, this call for a universal way forward, where the nations come together and the nations say, “Look what we can accomplish.” Psalm 2 offers a perspective that I think is very timely:
“Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.’ He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: ‘Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me, “You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.”’ Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.”
So are you going to be a good global citizen and put your trust in the United Nations? No, I don’t think so. You’re going to put your trust in the One who created the heavens and earth, the One who bought and redeemed you through His own sacrifice, the Author of life, the Creator of the universe.
You are a citizen of a different kingdom, stepping forward day by day in the knowledge of your Savior Jesus Christ, fulfilling the role of His ambassador right here in a foreign land. That is the charge, that is the challenge, that I want to leave with you today.
If you found this presentation interesting and you would desire to know more on global citizenship, global governance, the work of the United Nations, the intersection between world order, spirituality, culture, how all these converge at a crossroads, I would recommend my book Game of Gods: The Temple of Man in the Age of Re-enchantment. It brings together those pieces and offers it to you in a unique fashion, extensively documented, demonstrating where we came from, where we are now, and pointing the way forward.
I would also recommend that you take a look at forcingchange.org. It’s a free resource. From 2007-2015 I was the editor of Forcing Change Magazine. It was a publication I put together every single month. And forcingchange.org is a depository of my articles, research reports, and the forcing change issues. So sign up! As I said, it’s a gratis service to you. Avail yourself of the articles, avail yourself of the research reports. Download all 108 PDF copies of Forcing Change Magazine. All you need to do is sign up, use the material, mine the information, and then find ways to apply that as you look for opportunities to be ambassadors for Christ in this changing world.
Thank you for spending the time with me here at The Berean Call 2021 Conference. God bless.