Month: May 2016

Disrespect of World Race Parents

A Note of caution to World Race parents…  You may also want to read our post called, “Seth as Papa and Daddy“, he seems quite happy to take them from you so he can be the replacement intending to rewire the kids with “deeper ways of thinking”…unfortunately our family is all to familiar with where that leads…

From Seth Barnes’ Blogs:

  • Parents who don’t disciple their kids  “Some of them call or write me to ask detailed questions about what’s going on with their kid. Many want to get a regular phone call update from them – something we discourage as it keeps young people stuck and unable to grow. These parents have got elastic apron strings that sometimes stretch as far as Africa. It’s exhausting for us. Sometimes I just want to refuse to take any young person whose parents can’t prove that they really get this point. It’s a fool’s errand to try and fight them. I want to tell them, “Hey, you did such a great job with your kiddo – why don’t we send them back home to you so you can have another whirl at it?”
  • Parents who are missing the plot  “So, I want to ask Tommy’s mom, “What is it that was so special about what Tommy was doing at home that has you so worked up, lady?” I mean, get a grip. Get some perspective!“…”And maybe, against her will, his example will drag Mom, kicking and screaming, to a point of realizing her destiny in spite of herself.”
  • An out-of-control mom  “A lot of parents need to get a life. Some are WAY too involved in their children’s lives.”
  • Let them go “Although the World Race has dramatically impacted the majority of those who have gone on it, there are many days that Michael Hindes, the World Race Director, and I have been ready to quit. And the reason is not the racers or their experience themselves. It’s their parents. Parents wear us out sometimes.”
  • Responding to unfair criticism  “Our objective at AIM is to thrust over-protected young people out into the world to formulate their own world view and collide with their destiny.”
  • From the World Race Parents Guide  “Everything starts with a call to leave the old security and structure and lean into the challenge of moving into the unknown. They are asked to leave their homes, and the comfort of current close relationships…The journey away from the familiar is imperative to this goal: they must journey away from the guidance of family, the security of friends, and the predictability of their everyday lives. They must learn to rely on their own pursuit of the things of God. Even if they’ve been taught good worldviews and theologies, they need to move beyond the spoon-feeding into new and deeper ways of thinking.”

From Michael Hindes-former World Race director

  • Michael to parents “They need places with close community that will challenge the behaviors and attitudes that we have previously excused.  In short, they need places to grow up and grow away from us.”
  • Blog (now closed) of Michael Hindes “I’m an antagonist by nature, an instigator, a provoker, some might even call me a bully (although I don’t think so). My goal in ministry has always been to challenge people’s beliefs…I’ve spent the last several years with the 20’s something crowd and have been very shocked, even dismayed at how much they’re dug in already regarding their understanding of God.

As an instigator, I try to wrestle with them. I want to see if we might deconstruct at least some of their presuppositions…  You know like challenging their views about the Spirit, the Word, His voice, the Kingdom…I actually had a 25-year-old ask me if I believed in the virgin birth, the atoning sacrifice, Jesus’ bodily resurrection, and our eternal reward? There was no room in their mind for any “true believer” to think differently about anything they’d been taught in Bible College.

Frightening!

With this information in mind, read this “manifesto”, “As a World Race Parent, I…”#5 says, “Know that educating myself on the process of abandonment, brokenness and dependence, specifically by reading Kingdom Journeys by Seth Barnes, will help me understand why my Racer needs to do the Race” and #6 “Will allow my son or daughter to do the hard work of abandonment and brokenness and will resist my temptation to rescue them from that.”

God’s Word Says:

2 Tim 3:14-15 “You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Deut 11:19 “You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.”

Exodus 20:12 “Honor your father and mother”

 

Warnings from other sources

A quick google search on World Race Concerns reveals quite a few sources for discerning the error at the mission organization Adventures in Missions.

Many have commented on this last article, some, of course, in defense of AIM, but pay attention to those with concern.

Alex says, “One of the most troubling things was AIM’s connection to the New  Apostolic Reformation and Kingdom Now theology.”

Mark says, “After only 15 minutes at AIM’s site, this site and one other it is easy to determine that AIM is cultic – if not an outright cult – and it’s leaders are simply in touch with their own spirit guides ( demons ) which they have falsely believed is the Holy Spirit talking to them. I found the statement that they place discipleship above evangelism to be troubling as their idea of “discipleship” appears to include the concept of total obedience to leadership.

“I noticed red flags immediately at training camp with no mention of the name of Jesus for the first few hours of orientation and an immensely secularized worship session to get the kids pumped up…

Never in a million years would I ever want any of our students to experience or be exposed to what I went through on the World Race. I fear, that the majority of the young people who go on this trip, are lured away from the faith via emotionalism and a “do what feels good, God loves you no matter what” approach to experiencing freedom in Christ…After a very traumatic experience being exposed to NAR/Dominion theology and the likes of occultic practices through AIM...told that I was not there to preach the Gospel, or teach the bible, or concern myself with other people’s spiritual growth — I was there to learn how to hear the voice of God.

I was being told that I made things too theological and this was infecting others. When I asked for answers, I was always referred to Seth Barnes’s “Kingdom Journeys” and “the process”…Again, I was told I make things too theological. They went so far as to say that I make the word of God an idol. I got under the coordinator’s collar enough that she slipped up in evident frustration/anger and explained to me that the church spiritual formation is according to Ephesians 4, and that Seth Barnes is an Apostle...

The crazy thing about these leader types from headquarters is that they won’t address you or answer your questions without always prefacing with, “Ok, so what’s your Myers-Briggs personality and your spiritual gifting?”…

Many had fallen for AIM’s approach to acts of service as being enough to show the world Jesus — never once was it encouraged to preach the Gospel…I’ve been having trouble debriefing and suffering from panic attacks since the World Race. I was literally rescued by my church…The sad thing is that the majority of the participants don’t recognize they’re being indoctrinated or they don’t see red-flags or harm being done. After all, it’s a fun adventure of doing good works in the name of Jesus while discovering who you really are and being healed of baggage you have…etc…according to the spin…”

Testimony video-“Why I left the World Race”