The article below is from the website Watcher's Lamp. It is speaking of an advance paper that was written for this Lausanne Congress by Os Guinness and David Wells. Their problem seems to be us pesky, "End Times" Christians. Apparently those of us who believe that the Bible is true when it says that globalization is a sign of the final days before Christ returns are a hindrance to all of these ecumenical efforts. Naturally this would be a problem for such an organization as Lausanne, whose entire purpose is globalization.
Oh, and just a final note: Susie Rowan, the newest Executive Director of Bible Study Fellowship, is in attendance at this year's Lausanne conference. Apparently Susie is one of the special "elect" who was chosen to attend. That shouldn't surprise us considering Susie's favorite quote from The Message, "I'm setting you up as a light for the nations so that my salvation becomes global!" (Isaiah 49:5, supposedly). You can see this quote in BSF's May 2010 magazine. Perhaps these globalist motives help explain why this year's study of Isaiah is focused on whatever warm-fuzzies it can find while it barely acknowledges the Messianic prophecies contained in the book.
In the Capetown 2010 / Lausanne Congress advance paper, Global Gospel, Global Era, authored by Os Guiness and David Wells, Christians who recognize globalism as an end times sign are cast as pit-fallen curmudgeons who apparently hold a distorted view of Christianity.
Ironically, the authors reference the need for "accuracy and humility", yet exercise neither as they marginalize believers with the following statement:
"...Needless to say, globalization poses a sharp challenge to both accuracy and humility, and we need to start by avoiding the two equal and opposite pitfalls into which so many fall: the excessive “Wow!” attitudes of the cheerleaders and the excessive “gloom and doom” of the curmudgeons (who in their Christian form view globalization as the precursor to “the end times”) In any age, there are three tasks facing Christians who would wrestle with the world of their day and live faithfully as followers of the Way of Jesus."
The authors cast an aberrant shadow on these "curmudgeons" by intimating that these Christians hold a distorted view of Chrisitianity because "they" associate globalism with end times prophecy.
The end times framing of globalism is not a figment of "the curmudgeons" imaginations. The authors err in crediting these "curmudgeons" with the origination of this "Christian form". The real credit belongs to the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation.
These Books reveal the Rise of the Fourth Kingdom. These Books define a one-world government to be ruled by the Anti-Christ who makes war with the saints.
The authors write: "The first task is to discern, and so to make an accurate description of the realities of the world in which we find ourselves." Though the authors encourage a biblical worldview, they fail to point the reader to the Scriptures to discern today's realities and the signs of the times.
Instead, the case is made for the authors' form of Christianity to undergird globalism and how to serve the world. A form of Christianity void of the prophetic portions of Scripture that warn of the very threat the authors are petitioning other Christians to embrace.
"...there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all the kingdoms,and it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces. 24 As for the ten horns,out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them;he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings. 25 He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High...