Are Jesus and spirituality synonymous?
Can we separate them?
According to one large Australian para-church organization you can. You can give spiritual counseling and advice all without speaking about Jesus, teaching about Jesus or mentioning the key foundations of the gospel and Christianity.
This para-church organization has it’s staff sign a code of conduct where they promise to not speak in the name of Jesus or teach in the name of Jesus. They are proud of this. It’s displayed prominently on their website. If staff disobey, they promise to discipline them!
It’s all about money and fear. This “Christian’ organization, receives large amounts of funding from the Australian Government, to provide spiritual counseling. To receive this money, they have agreed to give up their rights to speak freely about Jesus.
What disturbs me is that when speaking in churches, they proclaim that their ministry is done in the name of Jesus when asking for greater financial support. BUT, when speaking to the Australian Government, they proclaim that they will not bring religion into their counselling, as though the two can be separated.
Can we separate them?
This is apostasy.
This is fear driven.
This is not righteous, holy and good.
Why would they do this?
This is insane.
This is NOT what Scripture teaches.
"Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, 'Judge for yourselves whether it is right in God's sight to obey you rather than God. For we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.' " Acts 4:18-20
We are called to always give an account for what we have heard, and seen and for what Jesus has done in our lives.
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” Rom 1:16
There is power in the message of the cross.
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." 1 Cor 1:18
This is deceptive.
They have put money ahead of righteousness, holiness and goodness.
"Better the poor whose walk is blameless than the rich whose ways are perverse." Proverbs 28:6
So, I say to them, “If you truly believe that the souls you are counseling are lost, will you not want to give them the Truth, that salvation is found in no-one other than Jesus?”
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
I am speaking of Scripture Union QLD. An organization I have faithfully supported in many ways for the past 25 years.
I have withdrawn all support.
I have asked to be removed from their mailing lists.
I am grieved by their spiritual state.
I ask Jesus to call them to repentance.
I ask you to hold them to account.
For if the Church does not hold them to account for their actions, then who will?
I have informed them of my concerns.
What will you do?
"Chaplains are required to be non-judgmental, non-coercive and support all students regardless of the student’s issues or worldview. If they fail in this, they answer to the school, the relevant state/territory education department, the federal government and their employer.
Every school chaplain signs a binding national code of conduct, with serious disciplinary consequences if it is contravened. If there is a problem, it is dealt with swiftly and decisively.
The national rate is 13 complaints of proselytising per annum (three year average). With 2,900 schools having chaplains, the rate of proselytising complaints is 0.4 per cent per annum, and has been declining year on year. In 2013, there was one complaint nationally."
"Chaplaincy is non-coercive, but it recognises the importance of spirituality for young people. Promoting positive spirituality for children and young people is important for their overall development.5 This is recognised in state education department wellbeing frameworks.
Spirituality is not meant to be something strange or foreign to us, but something vital that pulls together the various facets of our lives in meaningful ways.
Spirituality is about a way of seeing the world and, even more importantly, being in the world. Positive spirituality has been shown to contribute to positive health and wellbeing, recovery from illness, and long life."