Posted by: judy | February 22, 2011

Parents be warned! CCO Staff / 2011 Jubilee Speaker: Meet Steve Lutz at Penn State

Dear Parents,

How well do you know your student’s campus minister? Are you resting in the knowledge that your student is part of a campus ministry, being discipled, attending the Jubilee Conference? Do you know what they are being taught? Do you know if they are being systematically led away from Biblical Christianity? Do not mistake passion for truth.

Use this helpful chart to better understand the differences in vocabulary & ideologies between you and your student (and also with campus leaders and staff at Christian colleges). We speak a different language so common terms such as “reformed”, “orthodox”, “evangelical” may not mean what you think and believe.

Meet Steve Lutz at Penn State University:

Rev. Stephen Lutz is a campus minister with CCO (Coalition for Christian Outreach) at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania, and Director of Life Groups with Calvary Church. He has recently completed a book on missional ministry to (and for) emerging adults, which Alan Hirsch calls “an intensely practical, and theologically substantial orientation on what it means to do campus ministry in 21st Century America.” Steve has helped start campus ministries, a church, and is the founder of Commontary.com, a ministry which provides access to free biblical resources. Steve lives with his wife and three children in Boalsburg, Pennsylvania. He blogs at http://stevelutz.wordpress.com and tweets @stephenlutz

The Need for a Missional Campus , Steve Lutz

{All Scripture notations in this section are mine. Mr. Lutz did not cite any Scripture support in his 5 page paper. However, he does use Tim Keller, The Barna Group, and former President of the UN, Charles Habib Malik}

Excerpt:

“Many campus ministers that I come into contact with share my nagging sense that something is wrong. Old approaches to ministry are clearly no longer sufficient. This goes well beyond the usual wrestling with what is relevant or hip among the current generation. People engaged in campus ministry are well aware that fashions, musical taste, and slang are always changing, and can actually plan for such change.”

“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2Timothy 4:2-4)

John MacArthur’s Notes:  Professing Christians, nominal believers in the church follow their own desires and flock to preachers who offer them God’s blessings apart from His forgiveness, and His salvation apart from their repentance. They want to be entertained by teachings that will produce pleasant sensations and leave them with good feelings about themselves. Their goal is that men preach “in accordance to their own desires.” Under those conditions, people will dictate what men preach, rather than God dictating it by His Word.

Excerpt:

“Though serving in academia, an arena further down the road to a post-Christian society, many campus ministries have operated in denial and failed to develop a missiology for the post-Christian university. They have done this because they can still draw a crowd among students who are already churched and converted, or inclined to be traditional and conservative. Instead of being lights to the world around them, many campus ministries appear to be more like ghettos, squatter faith communities. Michael Green has described this ghetto tendency in the church in vivid fashion: “a community of immigrants in a foreign country, clinging together for warmth and understanding, and surrounded by a society that does not understand or seem to care.”[1] Sadly, this is just as true of many Christian campus groups as it is of the church at large.”

“Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers . . .” (1Peter 2:11)  
 
John MacArthur’s Notes:  Peter calls Bible readers to a righteous life in a hostile world. Christians are foreigners in a secular society because their citizenship is in heaven .

The 5 Big Issues in Campus Ministry today, Steve Lutz

Excerpt from “I. Missiology”:

1. We need a missiology of our people-group, college students. This must include sociology, demographics, psychology, and worldview of college students. Who ARE we trying to reach, anyway? Perhaps you’ve heard some of the following statistics:

2. We need a missiology of our context: higher ed/academia. This is a failure in my opinion of the old guard campus ministries, who tended to just look at reaching students without much interest in redeeming & renewing places and institutions.

Missional outreach is familiar with, and engages the various “gospels” proclaimed in culture, particularly through movies, music, etc. Because “all truth is God’s Truth,” many points of contact exist in popular culture, points which provide ample opportunities to connect people’s experience with the Gospel story. This takes wisdom and discernment, as well as a deep awareness (and appreciation) of both the biblical (meta)narrative and the cultural narratives. “Because the kingdom is our model, we must be wary of every generation’s tendency to tout a “new” culture to replace the kingdom” (Mark Driscoll). Being aware of the Gospel story empowers us to engage the gospels of culture with the genuine article, which in turn exposes the counterfeits. {emphasis mine, for use below}

 “Because “all truth is God’s Truth,”” {not sure here, if Lutz is in agreement or disagreement with this statement but this phrase is commonly used among Christian college students in support of ecumenical mission(al) partnerships}

Scripture clearly defines “truth”:  Biblically speaking the word ‘truth’ in “all truth . . .” is God’s truth. Therefore; the phrase reads, “all God’s Truth is God’s Truth”. This is a true statement. There is no other “truth” as defined by Scripture.

By contrast defining ‘truth’ in “all truth . . .” not using a Biblical definition leaves the presupposition as false. Substitute any adjective:

 “all culture’s truth is God’s Truth”

 “all Hindu truth is God’s Truth”

John 14:6 — “Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth, and the life no one comes to the Father but through Me”.”

John 17:17 —  “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth”

2Timothy 2:15 “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God :s a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. But avoid worldy and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness and their talk will spread like gangrene . . . “

“which provide ample opportunities to connect people’s experience with the Gospel story”   Biblical mission does not connect people’s “experience” “with the Gospel story”. Biblical mission connects a person’s SIN with the need for our Savior.

Romans 5:12 — “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.”

Romans 8:7 — “because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

John 3:6 — “Truly, Truly, I say to you , unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

 J. C. Ryle,  Holiness  — “The plain truth is that a right knowledge of sin lies at the root of all saving Christianity”.

Marketing Blurb to students for CCO /Jubilee — no mention of the conference’s Scripture focus but “CCO’s go-to book guru”, Byron Borger of Hearts and Minds is fully recommended.  For additional information visit:  CCO / 2011 Jubilee Conference

Dear Parents,

There is an overwhelming amount of  material on Steve Lutz’s blog that is questionable. Read it for yourself, know what you believe and most importantly know what your child is being taught. There is a simple test for what is true, ask them to join you in looking at God’s Word to support their new found ideologies & philosophies. Do not mistake passion for truth.

“Contend for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ”. Jude 3-4

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Responses

  1. There always has to be some new approach, doesn’t there? There seems to be no end to these people and their teachings. Must be getting nearer the end times!

  2. What is this referring to… “Because the kingdom is our model, we must be wary of every generation’s tendency to tout a “new” culture to replace the kingdom.” By kingdom is he meaning God’s kingdom? As in working to creat God’s kingdom on earth? It just gets so confusing when words are used but the meaning aren’t what you think they are!!!!


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