March 10, 2017 by missionsandmysticism
This Racer has graciously allowed us to post this testimony telling us,
“I truly wish there was more I could do to prevent young people from going on this terrible, anti-missional world tour called the World Race.”
(We have added links to past posts we have done on certain topics mentioned.)
This Racer writes,
“I know that I made the right decision in leaving the race, and I truly believe that no one should undertake this “mission trip” if their goal is evangelism, growing in knowledge of the Word, or drawing closer to God in any non-mystic way, as the World Race does not support any of those activities.
Thank you for writing the blog, Missions and Mysticism. Though it didn’t teach me anything new about the WR / my experience, it helped me put better language to what I was experiencing, and when I read your blog all of a sudden it all became very, very clear.
I’m sure you all understand how confusing it is for a racer on the field, who is separated from any kind of community apart from the World Race, who doesn’t have access to mentors except the World Race squad mentors/coaches (and even if they’re true believers, access is severely limited. But in our case, I don’t believe our squad coaches were true believers, and our squad mentor told us we had to go through our squad leaders before emailing him, as he had too many squads to manage).
Anyway, as you can imagine, it’s very difficult to wade through the many lies and confusions the World Race propagates, and your blog brought a lot of clarity to my thinking and the Holy Spirit really affirmed my decision through finding your blog page and a few other solid resources.
I wish there was a way I could tell every incoming participant what the WR was really like, how the leadership behaved, the complete lack of discipline that hurt many of the women on our squad, and what the leadership shared of their beliefs that I believe goes against the Bible’s teachings.
The key takeaway is that the leadership does not teach a saving gospel message, and the program is not set up to bring the gospel to anyone, and it is certainly not set up for discipleship. Gospel and discipleship are the key elements of mission, and since the WR lacks these it explains why it is not an effective mission trip. People can have good experiences if their main goal is to travel the world and volunteer in various (disorganized) ways, wasting a lot of time in between projects, but if you’re looking for an actual mission trip this is DEFINITELY not the trip to take.
The heart of the matter is that the leadership that was over my squad does not believe a saving message (that Jesus died for our sins, rose from the dead, and that He reigns as Lord, and that we can have a relationship with Him if we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead). Our leadership instead believes that the gospel (good news) consists of this: that we can walk in the power of the Holy Spirit to heal the sick, raise the dead, build churches, and “bring Kingdom.”
They have lost sight of Jesus, and so they have completely lost their way,
which you will see in the many evidences below. They are enticed by the principles taught in so-called Christian Mysticism, encouraging our squad to “empty our minds to let God fill it,” to practice meditation (not meditating on God’s word but instead being quiet and focusing on breathing and/or repeating one word or phrase for hours on end), and to achieve some higher level of enlightenment by simply asking for “more” of God/Holy Spirit and by “stepping out in faith” (not ever in the context of telling someone about Jesus, but instead by being unafraid to look foolish in public — tested by doing socially disturbing things like yelling in a restaurant or screaming at the top of our lungs in a neighborhood or babbling incoherent “tongues” aloud.)
Jesus is the Word, and we have the Word of God. Sadly, the WR leadership does not teach the Bible. They won’t tell you they’re outright against the Bible, but they do not believe “Sola Scriptura,” (instead believing that scripture and prophecy / hearing God’s voice from within carry equal weight), they actually discouraged two of our members (that I know of) from reading the Bible (saying they were spending too much time in the Word — which was about 45 minutes a day), and they refused to set an expectation that we would read our Bibles every day (even when it was brought to their attention that most people were rarely reading the Word). During the first two weeks of our three-week training, I don’t recall a single time that we studied the Word as a group. I do recall that I was disturbed at the lack of focus on the Word, and I asked both squad leaders when we would be doing Bible studies. Both independently told me that it was up to each of us to read the Bible if we wanted to but that there would be no corporate Bible study, and that theoretically you could go the entire race without reading your Bible.”
(to be continued…)