Capture Harvest Bible Chapel Women's Retreat October 2015 - Camp Harvest - Meditation Stations

“The One who knows you better and loves you more than any  person on the planet is inviting you to a weekend with Him like no other!”

So says the above invitation to all women who attend Harvest Bible Chapel. How could a woman pass up an invitation when it is presented to her in such an alluring manner? After all, what woman would turn down an invitation from –God?

But let’s take a closer look at what else this invitation says. Notice what is included in their camp activities…“meditation stations.”

Capture Harvest Bible Chapel Women's Retreat October 2015 - Camp Harvest - Meditation Stations 2(SOURCE)

What comes to mind when anyone uses the term “meditation stations” is what I have seen in videos that shows what takes place at churches that are involved in the Emerging/Emergent Church Movement. They have sectioned off areas where prayer altars have been set up for those who attend such gatherings, so that the participants can pause and reflect or meditate, such as the prayer/meditation station pictured below.

Capture Contemplative Prayer - Prayer stations - cross and candlesOn April 2, 2010 when I was still attending Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows, their Good Friday service was set up in a similar manner. There was a station where a six or seven foot cross was laying flat on a table so that each person could write their name on the cross with a marker as a reminder that Jesus died in our place, and another station where a video continuously played featuring a doctor who shared in great detail, the effects that flogging and crucifixion had on the human body.

There was also another station with tables set up that had a crown of thorns, so that you could feel how sharp the thorns were and reflect on how Jesus must have felt when it was forced upon His head, as well as a whip that was recreated to be like the one that was used on Jesus that had leather strips and sharp metal pieces at the ends which would tear at the skin of the one who was to be crucified, and there were also long nails like those that were used in the painful process of crucifixion on display, accompanied by a small sign that said, “Touch.”

In another station there was an artist who sat drawing a scene related to  Jesus’ death. Everything was set up in such a way that they caused you to engage all of your senses.

I must admit that it was a very moving experience, but that was the problem. Because even though it did cause me to reflect upon the pain that Jesus endured, I couldn’t stop thinking of the similarities of these stations that were set up and the stations that I saw in the many videos that I had seen concerning the Emergent Church Movement and how everything is geared towards the worshipers having an experience with God by having them see, touch, smell, taste, and hear things. I left that night feeling very troubled.

What I truly enjoyed were the Good Friday services that they had in the past where all that you did was either come into the worship center where quiet Christian music was being played and there was an atmosphere of reverence as different Scriptures were shown on a screen at the front of the church and you could stay for as long as you wanted and leave in silence as you walked out to your car. Or there were other years when you would just come into the worship center and reflect on the Scriptures that were projected onto the screen to prepare your heart for a drama of the reenactment of the crucifixion, or the days leading up to it, and hear God’s Word being read. But that Friday night in April of 2010 simply added to the concerns that I already had because of my awareness of the dangers of the Emergent Church Movement in which  there is a moving away from Scriptural truth and instead the focus is more upon having experiences with God.

For those of you who are not familiar with what the Emergent Church Movement is, when time allows please watch this video, as well as the video Playlist under Related Videos:

 

 

Now back to focusing on the women’s retreat and I’ll tie all of this together for you:

The speaker for Harvest Bible Chapel’s women’s retreat is Shannon Milholland. When I searched YouTube hoping to find a video of a conference that she had spoken at in the past so that I could test what she said against Scripture, there were none to be found.

So I began to do research on her to see if she was involved in Spiritual Formation, Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, or some form of meditation since meditation stations were being set up at this retreat that she would be speaking at. Here is what I discovered:

First I found an old comment that Shannon had made on a post by Robert D Smith who I discovered is a motivational speaker. He wrote a book called “20,000 DAYS AND COUNTING” which tells you to figure out how many days that you have been alive so far, and to live the rest of your days one moment at a time and to make them count.      

Capture Shannon Milholland comment on The Importance of Numbering Your Days Robert D Smith interviewAfter reading some of the INFORMATION ABOUT ROBERT D SMITH’S  BOOK ON AMAZON, it reminded me of Steven Furtick’s CRASH THE CHATTERBOX because of how he talks about changing your negative thinking. Robert D Smith also addresses how to talk to yourself in one of his blog posts by suggesting that you:

“Write down what you say.” “Read it over and over again. Say it aloud 30 times before you go to bed. Then say it 30 times first thing in the morning. Or when you are taking a shower.” (SOURCE)

He speaks about God in some of his writings, but instead of telling his readers to renew their minds with the truth of God’s Word, his advise sounds more like positive confession teachings that can be found in the Word of Faith Movement, or the mantra’s uttered over and over by those involved in the New Age Movement, and not like Christianity at all.

In Robert D Smith’s book under ‘Section 1 Point 4’ of his Notes section, it shows that he quoted Norman Vincent Peale who promoted positive thinking and whose New Age teachings strongly influenced Rick Warren. (Read THIS ARTICLE by LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH to learn more).

While there was nothing wrong per se with Shannon Milholland’s comment that she made on Robert D Smith’s interview post, it was concerning to see that she was interested in this type of book and author.

I decided to check if she was on Pinterest to see what her interests were and discovered the following:

This is a quote from one of her books entitled, Jesus & My Orange Juice. Is it possible that she also promotes “hearing from God” as Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer do, who are both highly promoted at Harvest Bible Chapel?

Capture Shannon Milholland - Pinterest Board - Favorite Quotes from Jesus&My Orange JuiceCapture His voice is but a whisper. Can YOU hear from Him.

Is it also possible that Shannon Milholland practices yoga?

Capture Shannon Milholland - Pinterest - Lazy lizards yoga mat

Below is a quick capture of the most concerning information that I found. I will explain in detail just a little further in this post.

Capture Shannon Milholland - Pinterest Board - Books I Recommend - Lysa TerKeurst, Mary DeMuth, and Steven Furtick

Most of you are already aware of the serious concerns that many have with Steven Furtick. If not, please consider reading through the following previous posts that I wrote about him which are listed HERE:

Also consider watching the Playlist that I posted below under Related Videos which features an interview of Steven Furtick by Lysa TerKeurst, (which is all that I feel is necessary to say about her at this time to make my point that she is not one who should be promoted since she strongly endorses Steven Furtick), and I also added  other videos to that Playlist in order to help you see the concerns that many have about his teachings.

Now, notice in the quick capture above that Shannon Milholland also recommends a book by  Mary DeMuth. Further below you will see a quick capture of a portion of AN ARTICLE POSTED ON LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS entitled, Dear Dr. Charles Stanley, What Are You Trying To Tell Us? Are You A Contemplative? In part, it states the following:

“In the In Touch article, DeMuth tells readers to visit “prayer rooms – sacred spaces where you can experience different aspects of praying.” DeMuth tells readers to “[r]esearch online to find a prayer room near you.” Lighthouse Trails goes on to make the point that by doing so, “One of the first entries you’ll come up with…” is a website “where a higher consciousness and New Age thought is promoted.” (SOURCE)

This is the clearest evidence that shows Shannon Milholland is endorsing someone — Mary DeMuth — who is involved in these mystical practices even if she is personally not involved with them, but at this point I still cannot be certain if she is or not.Capture Shannon Milholland recommends contemplative advocate Mary DeMuth - Lighthouse Trails revealing information on her(SOURCE)

Although it is uncertain at this point in time what will actually take place at next weekend’s women’s retreat at Camp Harvest, since Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows promotes Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer as well as their Bible studies, and since they are both known to promote spiritual mysticism and teaching how to hear God speak to you, as I demonstrated through the information that I shared with you in some of the previous posts that I have written, (such as BETH MOORE LIVE SIMULCAST – WILL YOUR CHURCH BE BRINGING BETH MOORE TO YOUR COMMUNITY, as well as HARVEST BIBLE CHAPEL LEADERSHIP, CHRISTIAN LEADERS, AND THE LACK OF BIBLICAL DISCERNMENT), and since it is possible that Shannon Milholland may lead women into some form of Contemplative, meditative prayer exercise as demonstrated by the information that I provided for you in this post, and because of the fact that Harvest Bible Chapel has made it known that they will be having “meditation stations” at this retreat, I thought that it was very important to try and alert all of you women who are considering going to this retreat so that you can be aware of the possible spiritual dangers that you may encounter, and give you an opportunity to change your mind and choose not to attend this retreat.

One thing is very clear though. Spiritual mysticism is becoming increasingly prevalent in many churches today, and leading many Christians down the spiritually deceptive contemplative path that leads one to embrace the unbiblical teachings of Roman Catholicism. Here is just one example of what is happening at Willow Creek Church in Barrington IL where Bill Hybels is pastor. Keep in mind that James MacDonald is good friends with Bill Hybels:

Capture Willow Creek's The Practice blends New Age and Catholic mysticism - Amy Spreeman - Berean Research(SOURCE) <–Click here to continue reading.

Women of Harvest Bible Chapel, what is being presented to you as a supposed “divine invitation” and a “regret-free decision” may end up being the complete opposite. If you accept this invitation and what takes place at this retreat is anything like what is taking place in many other churches these days, I can tell you that it will be a regretful decision, because if you end up going you may be led into participating in spiritually deceptive practices that are akin to what takes place in the world of the occult. If you ignore this warning and the many others who warn about these very same things, you will gradually continue to be led down a spiritually deceptive path.

Some Christians believe that a Christian can never be deceived. However, that simply is not true. When the disciples asked Jesus what the signs of His coming would be, the very first thing that Jesus said was,

“Watch out that no one deceives you.” (Matthew 24:4)

Consider reading the following personal testimony of a dear Sister-in-Christ who was deceived by these very things that I have been warning you about when she was introduced to Spiritual Formation by the teaching pastor at her former church:

PAMELA COUVRETTE – THE TRUE SPIRITUAL DIRECTION OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION

IN CLOSING

This post goes out to all of you as a strong warning that I hope you will seriously take to heart! If you truly desire an encounter with God, you don’t need to look any further than in the pages of your own Bible. Save yourself $100.00, and, if possible, get up very early in the morning before your husband and your children wake up, take your Bible with you and either sit out in your yard, or take a walk to a nearby park as the beauty of God’s handiwork begins to display pinks and reds across the eastern sky as the sun begins to rise, and spend some one on one time with God by reading His Word and praying and praising Him for the Mighty and thrice Holy God that He is.

As JUSTIN PETERS has been known to say quite frequently:

“If you want to hear God speak to you, read your Bible. If you want to hear God speak audibly, read it out loud.”

 

Thank you for stopping by and taking time out of your busy day to read some of my posts and poems.

God Bless You

~Mary Dalke/Living4HisGlory

Former member of Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows from June 1997 – January 2012

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.” (Matthew 24:3,4)

“Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.” (Acts 20:26-31)

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.” (1 Timothy 4:1)

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith…” (1 Peter 5:8,9a)

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (Ephesians 5:11)

 

RELATED VIDEOS – LEARN TO DISCERN

LYSA TERKEURST INTERVIEWS STEVEN FURTICK

ROGER OAKLAND OF UNDERSTAND THE TIMES – THE EUCHARISTIC CHRIST & NEW EVANGELIZATION, THE EMERGING CHURCH: ROAD TO ROME & ROAD TO BABYLON

PASTOR JAY PETERS – THE EMERGENT CHURCH

 

BILL HYBELS – THE POWER OF A WHISPER

CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER EXPOSED

JUSTIN PETERS – HOW TO HEAR GOD’S VOICE

 

 

 

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