They said What? Pantheism and Panentheism run amok

Posted: December 3, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Anglican Communion, Thought and Practice in the Diocese of South Carolina, Uncategorized

The following are some statements from 2007 from the Diocese of Northern Michigan. I’ve given some definitions & as we read there statements see if what they say fits either of these definitions. If they do notice that Pantheism& Panentheism both are at odds with the Word of God.

pantheism:
Doctrine that the universe is God and, conversely, that there is no god apart from the substance, forces, and laws manifested in the universe. Pantheism characterizes many Buddhist and Hindu doctrines and can be seen in such Hindu works as the Vedas and the Bhagavadgita. Numerous Greek philosophers contributed to the foundations of Western pantheism. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the tradition was continued in Neoplatonism and Judeo-Christian mysticism. In the 17th century Benedict de Spinoza formulated the most thoroughly pantheistic philosophical system, arguing that God and Nature are merely two names for one reality.
Panentheism:
In panentheism, the universe in the first formulation is practically the whole itself. In the second formulation, the universe and the divine are not ontologically equivalent. In panentheism, God is viewed as the eternal animating force behind the universe. Some versions suggest that the universe is nothing more than the manifest part of God. In some forms of panentheism, the cosmos exists within God, who in turn "pervades" or is "in" the cosmos. While pantheism asserts that 'All is God', panentheism goes further to claim that God is greater than the universe. In addition, some forms indicate that the universe is contained within God. Much Hindu thought is highly characterized by panentheism and pantheism.

More could be said but these definitions should suffice & now to a Statement below responding to the Dar es Salaam Communique  in 2007

“We seek and serve Christ in all persons
because all persons are the living Christ.
Each and every human being, as a human
being, is knit together in God’s Spirit, and
thus an anointed one – Christ.

Here is something that if you hear you should run. This equates to the man who says he’s a “scrambled egg”. All persons(all humans) are not the Second member of the Trinity. You are knit together by God Psalm (139:19) in a human womb, not into God. This statement attacks scripture by trying to twist the words & at the same time deny the Uniqueness of Jesus, God’s only begotten Son.

We do harmful and evil things to ourselves and one another, not because we are bad, but because we are blind to the beauty of creation and ourselves.

There is no one who is good  (Rom 3:11-12) would disagree and speak specifically to our not worshiping God like He deserves (Rom 1:18-22). We are blind to the Glory of God until the Truth of the Gospel lands on us & the Holy Spirit makes us Born Again (John3).

Because each and every one of us is an
only begotten child of God; because we,
as the church, are invited by God to see
all of creation as having life only insofar
as it is in God; because everything,
without exception, is the living presence,
or incarnation, of God;

This statement joins together definitions at the top, mixes in some words you know, all the while deny the Uniqueness of Jesus & the testimony of scripture which never says that rocks are an incarnation of God. But Jesus tells the Pharisees that if the people remained quiet the stones would cry out in worship of Him (Luke19:39-40).

We affirm the full dignity and
autonomy and interdependence of every
Church in the Anglican Communion and
reject any attempt of the Primates to
assume an authority they do not have nor
have ever possessed;”

I think they mean only if you believe & affirm what “they” believe will they not try to kick you out.

Standing Committee
Core Team
Diocesan Council
General Convention Deputation
11 August 2007

Diocese of Northern Michigan

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