Meet Ima Do-Gooder

February 13, 2015   | Download the PDF here

Meet Ima Do-Gooder and Mia Mystic,

Affable Spokespersons for Deception

Debra Rae

 

Allow me, if you will, to introduce Ima Do-gooder and his partner, Mia Mystic. Both college educated,i Ima and Mia are model citizens, ever ready to take in stray animals and take on local litterbugs. The kindly couple lives modestly in a demonstrably “green” apartment within an urbancluster development boasting easy access to public transportation.

 

No car clutters their garage—only bicycles handily tucked behind recycle containers appropriately labeled “trash,” “glass,” “plastic,” “paper,” “food and foliage scraps.” Whenever necessary, Ima and Mia beckon temporary transport, consistently of the hybrid variety, by means of a Smartphone application. Creation care matters, after all. ii

 

Given Mia’s conscientious attention to reproductive health care, there is no baby in the oven, nor will there be. The planet can do without additional eaters.iii Nonetheless, when less evolved folks choose to breed, Mia gives the nod to universal, government managed health- and child- care services.iv

 

While she opposes capital punishment for the guilty,v Mia applies no litmus test to aborting the innocent. A pregnant woman’s choice rightfully trumps a nonperson’s right to life. Moreover, a customer’s demand for abortifacient drugs, as Plan B or Ella, precludes a private pharmacy owner’s right to conscience.vi

 

To Ima and Mia, marriage,vii mortgage,viii and munchkins ix are superfluous to a personally fulfilled life. Together, the two spend free time at the local Pea Patch, which provides them fresh, pesticide-free produce that, to their credit, they willingly share with food banks. By example, they coax others into their lifestyle of mandatory volunteerism.x

 

To remain fitxi and centered,xii Ima and Mia endorse holistic philosophies,xiii energy medicine, meditative/ divine breathing practices, and yoga.xiv They self-identify as spiritual, not religious; and theirs is a conciliatory gospel of unrequited love. Hate is what non-enlightened folks, unlike themselves, direct toward gays, Muslims, abortionists, progressives, and the like.xv

 

In their world, dogs are people, too.xvi

 

Doctrine of Tolerance

Ima and Mia view rendering offense as the chief vice; hence, “tolerance” encapsulates their core creed. Propelled by a social Gospel, Ima and Mia sympathize with media bias that demonizes fervent Christianity as even more perilous and hatemongering than Islamic fundamentalism.xvii Indeed, intolerant Christian extremists cling to a defunct worldview of biblical fundamentalism by insisting on fixed values of right and wrong, obsolete traditionalism, fiscal and social conservatism.xviii

 

Doctrine of Cosmic Citizenship

Geo-politically, Ima and Mia identify, not as Americans, but rather as citizens of the planet. Doing so, they evade principles of rugged individualism, self-government, free speech and enterprise, middle class affluence (private property ownership), and public religious expression. National sovereignty, they insist, is passé. In fact, both of them are shamed by their birth nation’s perceived arrogance, imperialism, colonialism, greedy capitalism, exploitation of third world countries, and racism, historically epitomized in slave ownership. Closing our nation’s borders— thus, denying undocumented people the welfare, access to universal health care, bilingual education, and leg-up affirmative action to which they are rightfully entitled—would signal selfishness.xix

 

Instead, social and ecological justice creates a new, superior story of our origins and culture.xx With that in view, Ima and Mia champion racial justice,xxi interfaith relations with Muslims (reciprocity optional),xxii justice for God’s creation (warranting human apology—even worship),xxiii and international law (trumping the US Constitution). Because strict interpretation of our nation’s outmoded Constitution is folly, its first, second, and tenth amendments (others as well) must be revisited with an eye toward the common good.

 

Camouflaged Conflicting Convictions

Fact is, their convictions in favor of gay marriage and reproductive health (code word for abortion on demand) are sincerely heartfelt. Sadly, the inconsistency (some would call hypocrisy) of their own dogma escapes them.xxiv

 

For example, Ima and Mia champion legal marriage despite gender orientation or preference. In their world, despite issues of conscience, neither a local florist, nor baker may deny a gay couple the designer wedding cake or flower arrangements of their dreams, yet Ima and Mia readily defer to vociferous demands of a-religionists offended by display of a manger scene. To them, conscience matters little—but being offended by matters of conscience speaks volumes.xxv

 

Another case in point: In the public school classroom, allowing a crucifix necklace threatens constitutional freedom.xxvi If, however, that very image is illustrated as being submerged in urine,bit somehow qualifies as transcendent “art,” suitable for school groups to study on field trips to artv museums. Yes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Nonetheless, while some are entitled to escape offense, others are expected to toughen up and take it on the chin.xxvii

 

Doctrine of Enlightenment

Of the varied paths to godhood, the Jesus gig suits Ima and Mia just fine.xxviii Theirs is a message of inclusion,xxix looking for the good while ignoring the bad.xxx Generally on Sundays, they are in

church. Upon selecting a place of worship, the two intentionally bypassed fundamental Bible churches attended by whom they view as the monolithic religious right.

 

Satisfying relationships and engaging activities keep Ima and Mia coming back to their fellowship and accountability groups keep them in line. Home gatherings serve to expand evangelical core values of personal salvation,xxxi evangelism,xxxii Bible reading,xxxiii prayer,xxxiv and mutual accountabilityxxxv to include globalization, politics of war/peace, the environment, and social welfare.xxxvi

 

Since the construct of hell cannot possibly have originated from a loving God, these left-leaning moralists exalt universal salvation over personal redemption.xxxvii In their view, morality spans a sliding continuum rightfully exempt from narrow-minded judgment;xxxviii and social justice routs spiritual purity.xxxix

 

While Ima and Mia may claim to be compelled by biblical theology, they espouse a non-literal view of the Bible that relies heavily on German higher criticism. The two vehemently oppose what 3 they condemn as the “idolatry of Scriptures.” Truth is resident within them—not on the antiquated pages of some error-riddled book.xl

 

Doctrine of Utopianism

A shining star of the religious left, Dr. Tony Campolo believes the future is ours to create. xli Accordingly, both Ima and Mia lobby for non-proliferation, world peace, and conflict resolution. Nuclear freezes are mandatory; and Israel must be shunned for unlawful occupation and heartless displacement of Palestinian brethren.xlii

 

Both favor systematic emasculation of armed services. They believe America’s military strength to be excessive and its many evils unconscionable. Looking to ideals promulgated by the United Nations, Ima and Mia concede that the push for global harmony and understanding, in time, will render war obsolete and anti-ballistic missile defense unnecessary.xliii

 

Doctrine of Cosmic Humanism

Their so-called “positive Christianity” diverts their church community from God and salvation toward resolving the “human condition” through human intervention and institutions.xliv In meeting the call to renewal, their emerging church (of man’s own making) freely expands core biblical values to accommodate “red-letter,” freestyle Christian thought. To believers like Ima and Mia, human dignity and worth are based on self-determination through reason,xlv not so much Bible truth.xlvi

 

Rather than be renewed by the good, acceptable, and perfect will of God,xlvii Ima and Mia instead conform to a decidedly humanistic worldview. They reason that the AIDS virus was spread by lack of federal funding, and SUVs pave the way for climatic apocalypse. Hence, they advocate creating a better world through social controls featuring evolving doctrine, attitudes, and ways of living centered more on relativistic human values than on biblical mandate.xlviii

 

Doctrine of Redistribution

Self-proclaimed citizens of “one world,” Ima and Mia assign ownership of money and property to the collective. Any discussion of free enterprise and limited government disquiets them. In a 1979 interview, Pastor Jim Wallis told a reporter he hoped more Christians would come “to view the world through Marxist eyes.” Ima and Mia could not agree more. True equality demands equal sharing of all sources. Right?xlix

 

Doctrine of Consensus

A distributed church uses contrasts to accomplish kingdom purposes;l however, consensus with opposites requires nothing short of compromise.li Through their home study groups, Ima and Mia achieve collaborative consciousness by participating in guided dialogue.lii Blatantly absent from their agenda is deep study of the meat of the Word, the Bible.liii

 

To Ima and Mia, all Christians are mystics, defined as “those who experience God in transrational and non-empirical ways.” Mystical experiences encompass heightened awareness accompanied by new insights,liv breakthrough conversion experiences, and I = Thou relationships (neo-pantheismlv).

 

Their intuitive application of spiritualitylvi invites a wide variety of trendy, albeit extra-biblical perspectives (rebirthing, Christ-consciousness, harmonic convergence) and practices (contemplative prayer, silence, meditation, and creative expression). lvii Applying a systems 4 approachlviii to personal spiritual development, Ima and Mia align with the burgeoning “spiritual formation” movement in which the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit take back seat to new techniques, some drawn from ancient disciplines.lix

 

By devaluating New Testament spirituality, Ima and Mia court the postmodern fallacy that ours is an age of new images—notably, images that portray biblical Christianity as outmoded and downright defunct. In its place, they champion a new story of our origins and culture—this, minus a grand meta-narrative (big story) featuring the God of the Bible.lx

 

Ima Do-gooder and Mia Mystic worry more about offending man than God, but they faithfully walk the talk.lxi Folks like and appreciate them as neighbors.

 

Problem is, Ima and Mia are spokespersons for deception; theirs is a way that seems right to man, but its end (according to Scripture) is death.lxii

Ii “… changed the truth of God into a lie, worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator” (Romans 1:24-25).

iii

“Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion’” (Genesis 1:28).

iv

“But if any provide not for his own, … he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (1 Timothy 5:8).

v

“…they which commit such things are worthy of death” (Romans 1:32).

“Whoever kills any person, the murderer shall be

put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die” (Numbers

35:30).

vi

God detests “hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:16-17). “Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some

having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck” (1 Timothy 1:19).

vii

“For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh”

(Matthew 19:5).

viii “You will know that your tent is secure; you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing” (Job 5:24).

ix “Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them” (Psalm 127:5).

x

Man’s ways are not God’s ways (Isaiah 55:8). “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that

proceeds out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

xi

“For bodily exercise profits little: but godliness is profitable to all things” (1 Timothy 4:8).

xii

“For the Lord GOD will help me; … therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed”

(Isaiah 50:7).

xiii

Holistic involvement takes diverse forms of social activism in performing acts of kindness—i.e., “missional living.” This

key social drive in the West sometimes cloaks old lies in the garment of new spirituality. The holistic movement involves

evolution into greater wholes (body, mind, spirit), its goal being the balance of forces in the universe (pantheism). The

New Age mystic wrongly perceives God to be no more or less than the sum total of all that exists. At the base of all is

pantheism, proclaiming all life to be God, or part of God.

xiv

In the latter times, some will heed seducing spirits and doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1).

xv

“Hate evil and love what is good; turn your courts into true halls of justice” (Amos 5:15).

xvi

“You are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:7; Matthew 10:31).

xvii

“Let God be true, but every man a liar …” (Romans 3:4).

xviii

The triumph of America’s economic prosperity is her free market system based on respect for rule of law, individual

effort, and fair dealing—all biblical principles. To rejoice in the fruit of one’s labor is the gift of God (Hebrews 13:17;

Proverbs 6:6; Micah 6:8; Jeremiah 22:13; 1 Timothy 5:18; Ecclesiastes 5:19). “Blessed are you, when men shall revile you

… and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake” (Matthew 5:11).

xix

Whereas the Plan of God involves a godly Millennial Kingdom; then, New Heaven/Earth (Revelation 20:1-7; 21:1), its

counterfeit celebrates godless, one world governance (Revelation 13:1,7).

xx

Overcomers escape corruption and vanity in this sin-bent world; they do not re-create it to their personal liking (2 Peter

1:4).

xxi

The flesh nature, not its color, yields bondage (Galatians 5:19-21).

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xxii

“For they … serve not our Lord Jesus Christ… [but] by good words … deceive the hearts of the simple” (Romans

16:18).

xxiii

In defining the self as “the earth having become conscious of herself,” man is charged with moral responsibility to

embrace a heightened ecological consciousness enforced by draconian laws designed to preserve biodiversity.

xxiv

“For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets… if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew

24:24).

xxv

“For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections … against nature … working that which is unseemly.” Theirs is

“a reprobate mind,” “filled with all unrighteousness” “without natural affection” (Romans 1:26-31).

xxvi

“What benefit is there in a molded statue … when its maker has molded [what] … cannot speak” (Habakkuk 2:18)?

xxvii

Even so, “Let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right” (Revelation 22:11).

xxviii

Neo-Gnostics value knowledge. To achieve inner knowing, one must be awakened to the possibility of being no

longer terrestrial, but celestial—i.e., no longer a Christian, but a Christ.

xxix

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5).

xxx

“… I will … punish the men … that say in their heart, ‘The LORD will not do good, neither will he do evil’” (Zephaniah

1:12).

xxxi

“Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3).

xxxii

“Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).

xxxiii

“From a child you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith which

is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15).

xxxiv

“Pray without ceasing” (I Thessalonians 5:17).

xxxv

“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another” (James 5:16).

xxxvi

“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ said the LORD” (Isaiah 55:8).

xxxvii

“Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Whosoever wills

may come (Romans 10:13), but “those not found in the book of life will be cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:12-15;

21:8).

xxxviii

Judge all things (1 Corinthians 2:15); discern spirits (1 John 4:1); acknowledge God’s supremacy as ultimate judge,

for “shall not the Judge of all the earth do right” (Genesis 18:25)?

xxxix

“For I am the LORD your God: … you shall be holy, for I am holy” (Leviticus 11:44).

xl

“All Scripture God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16). “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35), and “the Law will never pass

away” (Matthew 5:18).

xli

A superior species of evolved humanity serves as “Custodians of the Plan” guiding humanity’s spiritual progress to

ensure the old “Piscean Age” (with its obsolete traditionalism) gives way to an “Age of Aquarius” (marked by peace,

harmony, and brotherhood).

xlii

Daniel 9:24-27 contains a complete history of Israel from Daniel’s time to that of the Messiah, thus confirming God’s

continuing plan for her. To bless Israel is to be blessed; to curse her is to be cursed of God (Genesis 12:3).

xliii

There is “a time for war” and a time for peace (Ecclesiastes 3:8).

xliv

Panetics is an evolving, a-biblical means of reducing human suffering and victimization through governments,

institutions, social groups, and the professions. However, Christians are to “take no thought for [their] life,” which is more

than meat and raiment (Matthew 6:25), for God shall supply all their need “according to His riches in glory by Christ

Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

xlv

Godly believers exalt not in humanity, but rather in the Lord alone (1 Corinthians 3:21; 1:31).

xlvi

“Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding” (Proverbs 23:23).

xlvii

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is

that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2).

xlviii

“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman

keeps awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).

xlix

Whereas God allows purchase of wine (blessings of God) and milk (strength of God) without … price (Isaiah 55:1),

His adversary calls for a cashless society with forced redistribution of wealth (Daniel 11:39).

l

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way…” (Isaiah 53:6).

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li

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no

variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

lii

“Now I beseech you, brothers, … that you all speak the same thing … perfectly joined together in the same mind and

in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 10). “We have the mind of Christ” (1 Corinthians 2:16).

liii

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth”

(2 Timothy 2:15).

liv

Mystics engage in supernatural experiences that become ends in themselves—e.g.,“yoga” means “union with

Brahma,” divine spirit of the universe. Occult enlightenment is accomplished by controlling vital energy in the act of

breathing. Meditative practices feature mental passivity and mantra meditation.

lv

Pantheists proclaim all life to be God, or part of God. However, God shares His glory with none (Genesis 1:26; James

3:7; Isaiah 48:11).

lvi The word “noetic” refers to “inner knowing,” a kind of intuitive consciousness. With esoteric knowledge, exceptional

talents and aptitude, custodians of a divine cosmic plan rightfully rule over less illumined counterparts.

lvii

Right use of energy among intuitive friends united by earth stewardship, sustainability, collectivism, and illumination

sounds like the real deal; but it isn’t.

lviii

Will-worshipping German philosopher George Hegel portrayed the Ten Commandments as arbitrary. He determined

his “truth” by democratic consensus under peer pressure (Romans 3:20; Galatians 3:21).

lix

Taking time to ponder God’s goodness, reflect upon His Word, and acknowledge Him at work is cognitive. Biblical

meditation doesn’t require an empty mind, or altered consciousness.

lx

Multiculturalism redefines America and biblical Christianity out of existence “in the name of many divinities and

philosophies” (See 2 Timothy 3:1-7).

lxi

“But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags…” (Isaiah 64:6).

lxii

“There is a way that seems right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 16:25).

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