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Capture Test the spirits 1 John 4 1

As you can see from the title of this post, this will be the last in the series of posts for Mysticism Monday. Lord willing, I will be explaining why in an upcoming post later on this month.

The information that you will see and hear in the following videos sums up perfectly the many things that I have tried to warn you about in these Mysticism Monday posts. When time allows, I hope that you will watch these videos and pray for discernment so that you will not be deceived by the many ways that spiritually deceptive teachings and practices are infiltrating many churches today, because some of these things may very well be happening in your church!

If you are new to this blog, I hope that you will consider clicking on the Mysticism Monday Category and read some of the previous posts so that you can be aware of the many other things that I have warned about over the past year or so.

The main thing that I try to stress in the things that I write here on my blog is the importance of reading and studying God’s Word so that you will be able to discern a counterfeit form of spirituality from genuine Christianity.

The following videos will show you how the teachings of the New Age — which are now referred to as the New Spirituality — are merging with Christianity and seducing Christians into the world of the occult because of so-called Christian leaders who are encouraging Christians to have experiences with God instead of telling them that the only way to come to know God is by the truth of His Word –the Bible. Please don’t allow yourself to become one of the many Christians who have been deceived and led astray by teachers who claim to be Christian and yet promote these unbiblical spiritual practices!

Here are the video descriptions:

VIDEO 1

A look into the Invasion of the old New Age Movement in today’s Post Modern Church.

VOLUME 1 OF A MULTI-PART SERIES

COVERS THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

The Counterfeit Church
Biblical Christianity
The Evolving New Age
Christianized New Age Spiritually
The New Age in Media 

5 PARTS | 40 MINS EACH | 3 HRS TOTAL

also available in the Europe Shop

VOLUMES 2&3 ALSO AVAILABLE AT WWW.CARYL.TV

 

VIDEO 2

Continuing from VOLUME 1: A look into the Invasion of the old New Age Movement in today’s Post Modern Church.

VOLUME 3 OF A MULTI-PART SERIES

COVERS THE FOLLOWING TOPICS:

The Holy Spirit Gifts of The Holy Spirit
Five Fold Ministry
Music
God Chasers and Mystery Schools
Mystical Divine Within
Little Gods in the End-Times Battle

7 EPISODES | 2 DISC SET | OVER 5 HRS TOTAL

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WIDE IS THE GATE VOLUME 1 & 3 ALSO AVAILABLE AT WWW.CARYL.TV

And now for the final Mysticism Monday:

 

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? And in thy name have cast out devils? And in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:13-23)

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”          (1 Timothy 4:1)

“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.” (Amos 8:11,12)

 

 

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

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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Capture Test the spirits 1 John 4 1

Have you unknowingly been lured into New Age mystical practices by teachers claiming that certain “new ways to pray” will bring you closer to God? Have you signed up for classes in Spiritual Formation, or has your pastor been preaching on it? Have you been involved in “Christian“ Yoga, Centering Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, or Lectio Divina? Well, this series of posts in the new Category of posts that I have entitled, ‘MYSTICISM MONDAYS,‘ will attempt to not only peel back the layers of the many forms of spiritual deception that have been entering the church in order to reveal them to you as being lies of the enemy of our souls, but also the intention of these posts are to present you with the truth of God’s Word in order to expose the spiritual dangers of these practices.

Lord willing, at least once a month on a Monday, I will be sharing teachings with you from Christian experts on the subject, some of whom have even been personally involved with these dangerous practices.

All of these teachings that I will be presenting to you will focus on many Scriptures; those who speak on these topics will not just be talking about these practices, because it’s only the truth of God’s Word that will expose the dangers of these practices and set a deceived person free.

Lord willing, when time allows, I will be writing many posts in the future zeroing in on specific Christian programming and Christian teachers who are promoting these deceptive practices, (One coming very soon –Lord willing) but since my time is getting rather limited these days because of other important responsibilities that I now have, I will oftentimes simply be sharing a video or an article with you that is filled with important information for you.

When time allows, I truly hope and pray that you will take the time to listen to these messages and read the upcoming articles and posts on these important topics so that you can be aware of these false teachings that are deceiving many Christians –possibly even you.

Please be sure that you test the teachings of all those whom you listen to against Scripture as God’s Word shows us that we are to do (Acts 17:11) so that you will never be deceived.

I hope and pray that all of you who are Bible believing followers of Jesus Christ are constantly testing what your pastors and teachers are presenting to you against the truth of God’s Word as we are shown in Scripture to do (Acts 17:11) no matter how long they have been in ministry, because many pastors and teachers are now embracing and presenting New Age mystical practices to their people through things such as yoga, as well as  though meditation practices which often times are found in Spiritual Formation classes and are referred to as Contemplative Prayer, silent prayer, Lectio Divina, Taize, etc.

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” (Acts 17:11)

 Mysticism in the church is one of the many ways that Satan is now using to bring about the oneness and unity that is being promoted in the world to bring about the One World Religion. Sadly, many pastors and teachers lack discernment and have now become tools in Satan’s hands to promote these mystical practices. We must keep in mind what God says in His Word:

“Be sober; be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (2 Corinthians 2:11) 

Are you a follower of  a man (or woman) and their ministry? Or are you a follower of Jesus Christ? Will you be a Berean and examine the Scriptures daily to see if what they are saying is true? Will you walk in the light and in truth and leave, if necessary, if Yoga and other mystical practices  are being promoted at your church? Or are the relationships that you have developed over the years while you have attended your church more important to you than being obedient to God and the truth presented in His Word? True followers of Jesus Christ will follow Him –no matter what the cost.

“For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things.” (2 Corinthians 2:9)

 I hope and pray that you will guard yourselves and your precious children and leave your church if yoga and mystical practices are being promoted and taught at your church before you and your loved ones are led into spiritual deception!

Lord willing, in future posts I will be going into greater depth concerning the pastors who are promoting Spiritual Formation (such as Rick Warren of Saddle Back Church and Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church), and I will also be warning you about some of the other writers and speakers who are teaching these things.

As I mentioned to you in a few previous posts, I am in the process of writing a very detailed post concerning Mysticism. Today I spent at least eight more hours working on it and it is very close to being fully completed. Lord willing, I am hoping to have it completed before the end of this week. So for today’s Mysticism Monday, in order to continue to inform you and warn you of how New Age mysticism is entering many churches today, I would like to share a video with you that was put together by a dear sister-in-Christ known as Psalm86 on YouTube.

And now for today’s Mysticism Monday:

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

God Bless You

~Mary/Living4HisGlory

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Capture Test the spirits 1 John 4 1

Have you unknowingly been lured into New Age mystical practices by teachers claiming that certain “new ways to pray” will bring you closer to God? Have you signed up for classes in Spiritual Formation? Have you been involved in Centering Prayer , Contemplative Prayer, or Lectio Divina ? Well, this new series of posts in the new Category of posts that I have entitled, ‘MYSTICISM MONDAYS‘ will attempt to peel back the layers of spiritual deception and present you with the truth of God’s Word that will expose the dangers of these practices. Lord willing, at least once a month on a Monday, I will be sharing teachings with you from Christian experts on the subject, some of whom have even been personally involved with these dangerous practices. All of these teachings that I will be presenting to you will focus on many Scriptures; those who speak on these topics will not just be talking about these practices, because it’s only the truth of God’s Word that will expose the dangers of these practices and set a deceived person free.

Lord willing, when time allows, I will be writing many posts in the future zeroing in on specific Christian programming and Christian teachers who are promoting these deceptive practices, but since my time is getting rather limited these days because of other important responsibilities that I have, I will oftentimes simply be sharing a video with you.

When time allows, I truly hope and pray that you will take the time to listen to these messages and read the upcoming posts on this important topic so that you can be aware of these false teachings that are deceiving many Christians –possibly even you.

Please test the teachings of all those whom you listen to against Scripture as God’s Word shows us that we are to do (Acts 17:11) so that you will never be deceived.

Now for today’s Mysticism Monday:

Below you will find a video Playlist in which you will hear another one of my favorite speakers, Roger Oakland, of UNDERSTAND THE TIMES. In his presentation he will clearly show you how there is a One World Religion for peace forming and how there is a plan to win the world to the Roman Catholic Jesus –the Eucharistic Christ. If you are a former Catholic like I am, you will understand who/what this Eucharistic Christ is. If not, your eyes will soon be opened to discover how many Christians are being led astray by this Eucharistic Christ because not only are they failing to test things in light of Scripture, but also they are falling for the popular deceptive teachings that cause Christians to seek after having mystical experiences with God above seeking to know God through His Word.

In the following presentation, Roger Oakland shares many articles and documented evidence in order to show you how these mystical practices that are being promoted in many churches today (via the  Emerging/Emergent Church through Spiritual Formation, Lectio Divina, Contemplative Prayer, etc.), are being used to entice Evangelical Christians to travel down the road of mysticism which leads to Rome.  Oftentimes, when Christians involve themselves in these mystical practices that began with Catholic monks, known as the desert fathers, it causes them to embrace Roman Catholicism  itself, which is the goal of the New Evangelization program of Roman Catholicism.

Watching Roger Oakland’s videos concerning Roman Catholicism and Another Jesus made me see the connection with the Manifest Presence of God that is the focus of the messages of some popular pastors and teachers today, with what is called the Real Presence in Catholicism, and how these two could easily merge together one day. We must be aware of Church History and, above all, what God’s Word teaches, so that we will not be deceived, because, as you well know, history often repeats itself.

Do you know God’s Word well enough so that you will not be deceived by these false, mystical teachings that are being promoted in many Christian churches today claiming to lead you into having a deeper and more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ? Are you seeking to know God through His Word? Or will you sadly be among those who are being led astray today because you have fallen for the lie that God’s Word is not enough, and that you can now have experiences with God?

When time allows, I hope and pray that you will watch Roger Oakland’s presentation so that you will become aware of  yet another way in which mysticism is being used these days to cause Christians to seek after having experiences with God, and lead them away from Biblical truth that can be found in God’s Word alone.

The titles of the videos in this four part presentation are as follows:

1)Another Jesus

2)Another Spirit

3)Road To Rome

4)Road To Babylon

 

 

 

Are you aware of the teachings of Catholicism and how they compare to Scripture? It is extremely important for you to know, not only because  these mystical practices that are being promoted today are rooted in the teachings of Catholic mystics, but also because of the fact that Catholicism teaches “another Jesus” and “another gospel,” and many Christians are being led astray by their teachings. Do you know God’s Word well enough so that you could lovingly and patiently share the good news of the gospel with a precious Catholic if the opportunity arises?

Lord willing, I hope to have my post completed by the end of November in which I will compare many of the teachings that can be found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church against the truth of God’s Word. I hope that you will consider checking back here towards the end of next month and learn how to discern truth from error when it comes to Catholicism. Until then, please read and study God’s Word and continue to test all that you read and listen to against the truth of God’s Word so that you will not be among the many Christians who are being deceived today.

Thank you very much 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

 

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)

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”          (1 Timothy 4:1)

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)

“I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:6-9)

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

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Capture Test the spirits 1 John 4 1Have you unknowingly been lured into New Age mystical practices by teachers claiming that certain “new ways to pray” will bring you closer to God? Have you signed up for classes in Spiritual Formation? Have you been involved in Centering Prayer , Contemplative Prayer, or Lectio Divina ? Well, this new series of posts in the new Category of posts that I have entitled ‘MYSTICISM MONDAYS‘ will attempt to peel back the layers of spiritual deception and present you with the truth of God’s Word that will expose the dangers of these practices. Lord willing, at least once a month on a Monday, I will be sharing teachings with you from Christian experts on the subject, some of whom have even been personally involved with these dangerous practices. All of these teachings that I will be presenting to you will focus on many Scriptures; those who speak on these topics will not just be talking about these practices, because it’s only the truth of God’s Word that will expose the dangers of these practices and set a deceived person free.

Lord willing, when time allows, I will be writing many posts in the future zeroing in on specific Christian programming and Christian teachers who are promoting these deceptive practices, but since my time is getting rather limited these days because of other important responsibilities that I have, I will oftentimes simply be sharing a video with you.

When time allows, I truly hope and pray that you will take the time to listen to these messages and read the upcoming posts on this important topic so that you can be aware of these false teachings that are deceiving many Christians –possibly even you.

Please test the teachings of all those whom you listen to against Scripture as God’s Word shows us that we are to do. (Acts 17:11)

Now for today’s Mysticism Monday:

In light of the fact that many church leaders are now promoting Spiritual Formation, Contemplative Prayer, learning to hear God speak to you, and many other unbiblical, spiritual, mystical practices these days, I’d like to share the following video Playlist with you. In it you will hear Ray Yungen give an in depth presentation concerning Contemplative Prayer, the Mystical Revolution and Reiki Healing, and more. (The sound quality of the third video is not as good as the other two, which is why I decided to add that one last). When time allows, please consider watching this video series so that you are aware of the dangers of these spiritual practices that are very strongly being promoted in many churches today. Not only do we need to know God’s Word very well, but we also need to be aware of what Satan is using these days to lure Christians away from seeking God in His Word in order to lead them down a dangerous path that leads into spiritual deception and the world of the occult.

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.”          (2 Timothy 4:1)

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)

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

Capture Test the spirits 1 John 4 1Have you unknowingly been lured into New Age mystical practices by teachers claiming that certain “new ways to pray” will bring you closer to God? Have you signed up for classes in Spiritual Formation? Have you been involved in Centering Prayer or Contemplative Prayer? Well, this new series of posts in the new Category of posts that I have entitled ‘MYSTICISM MONDAYS‘ will attempt to peel back the layers of spiritual deception and present you with the truth of God’s Word that will expose the dangers of these practices. Lord willing, at least once a month on a Monday, I will be sharing teachings with you from Christian experts on the subject, some of whom have even been personally involved with these dangerous practices. All of these teachings that I will be presenting to you will focus on many Scriptures; those who speak on these topics will not just be talking about these practices, because it’s only the truth of God’s Word that will expose the dangers of these practices and set a deceived person free.

Lord willing, when time allows, I will be writing many posts in the future zeroing in on specific Christian programming and Christian teachers who are promoting these deceptive practices, but since my time is getting rather limited these days because of other important responsibilities that I have, I will oftentimes simply be sharing a video with you.

When time allows, I truly hope and pray that you will take the time to listen to these messages and read the upcoming posts on this important topic so that you can be aware of these false teachings that are deceiving many Christians –possibly even you.

Please test the teachings of all those whom you listen to against Scripture as God’s Word shows us that we are to do. (Acts 17:11)

Now for today’s Mysticism Monday:

Capture Warren B Smith - Truth - The Whole Truth - LivestreamPicture of Warren B Smith was quick captures from a video of his presentation ‘TRUTH – The Whole Truth,’ at The Berean Call Conference: http://livestream.com/bereancallconference/events/3276912

Warren B Smith was once very deeply involved in the New Age Movement. But by the grace of God, after many years his eyes were opened to see that evil exists, and that the spiritual world that he was once involved with is very real and very dangerous! He also came to know who the true Jesus Christ is and repented of these practices and placed his trust in Jesus Christ alone. Now he writes books, as well as speaks at many churches, so that he can warn Christians how these same New Age practices — which are now cloaked in Christian terminology — are entering many churches these days and are sadly being embraced by many Christians and leading them astray.

You can visit his website HERE where you will find MANY ARTICLES that he has written on the topics of spiritual deception in the church and the New Age Movement. All of his articles have been written to warn Christians of the importance of being alert and aware of what is taking place in the name of Christianity so that you will not be deceived, as well as to make Christians realize the importance of knowing God’s Word so very well that we will not be deceived by false teachers because we will be able to discern the genuine from the counterfeit.

You can also find many more articles that Warren has written in which he also warns Christians of the many spiritually deceptive practices, as well as warning of the many false teachers who are presenting these New Age/New Spirituality practices to Christians through Contemplative Prayer, etc., at LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH

Warren recently presented this message at Calvary Chapel Elk Grove, IL When time allows, please listen, and learn to discern:

 

 

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;”        (1 Timothy 4:1)

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when  men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 3:16,17-4:1-4)

“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)

“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:3,4)

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel– which is really no gospel at all.  Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned.  As we have already said, so now I say again:  If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!” (Galatians 1:3-9)

“But evil men and imposters will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Timothy 3:13)

 “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it. Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7: 13-15)

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

 

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Capture Meditation Chakras picTime does not permit me to write a lengthy post today, but since I was recently made aware of the fact that today, June 21st, is National Yoga Day, I wanted to make some information available to those of you who are Christians and have accepted the false belief that “yoga is just stretching exercises that helps to relieve stress,” and therefore you believe that it’s okay to practice yoga.

Here is just some of what you will hear in the following excellent presentation given by Pamela Frost:

– “Yoga literally means to join or to unite the lower self (which would be the human self) with the higher self (which would be the universal divinity). The object with the subject, the worshiper with god; Brahman.”

– ” Yoga also inverts God’s creation of man in His image by turning the body into a pagan temple for the Hindu deities. “During the practice of yoga, the yogan stands both for a cosmos and a pantheon. He incarnates in his own body both Shiva and Shakti.”

– “Hatha yoga is  a system of reversal in which the tantric procedures are intended to construct a new reality for the yogan or yogini in which the practitioner’s body becomes the body of the chosen deity. That is to say it is as the deity that the yogan or yogini becomes one with the supreme deity or godhead, which is sheer being.”

– “Yoga also offers the body a sacrifice to the veda deities.  The breath is offered as a sacrifice to the lord of yoga who is Shiva, the Destroyer of the binary during the breathing exercises.”

– “They understood that while the west was not ready to embrace Hinduism, per se, the poses would appeal to American pragmatism, opening a door through which the full orbed meaning and practice of yoga could easily slip without calling much attention to itself. Yoga is the evangelistic tool to convert one’s world view to the Hindu Vedanta without you really knowing that it’s happening.”

Can yoga be compatible with Christianity? When time allows, if  you take the time to listen to Pamela Frost’s full presentation, and if you are truly a follower of Jesus Christ, there is only one answer to that question –absolutely not!

RELATED SCRIPTURES

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” Therefore,“Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you. And,“I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)

“For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

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

“The Lord your God will cut off before you the nations you are about to invade and dispossess. But when you have driven them out and settled in their land, and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” (Deuteronomy 12:29,30)

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

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INTRODUCTION 

As I was reading in the book of Hebrews last month, one verse stood out to me…Hebrews 6:19  “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”  Those words gripped me, and I began to think about how the truth of God’s Word is an anchor for a believer’s soul, giving us hope and keeping us firmly planted so we are not ‘blown away’ as the storms of life come against us.  Trials, times of doubt and discouragement, the reality of how depraved our world is becoming, and  just how sinful each of us are when we look inside our own hearts, can leave us with no hope at all, if we do not have the hope that comes from knowing the gospel and placing our trust in Christ alone.

I also thought about how the truth of God’s Word keeps us from being ‘tossed to and fro’ and pulled into the depths of deception because of the many false teachings that continue to come into the church today.  Even as I write this, I am on the verge of leaving the church I am now attending after being there for almost 14 years. 

The Christian radio stations I have listened to for years are even promoting Sarah Young’s devotional ‘Jesus Calling,’ Rick Warren and many people who are involved in the ‘Emergent Church Movement,’ as well as ‘new age/new spirituality’ practices of meditation, calling it ‘centering prayer,’ and ‘breath prayers.’  Basically these teachings and practices that are being accepted by Christians today come from Buddhism.  Contemplative/centering prayer, simply put, is ‘Christianized’ ‘transcendental meditation.’  You are told to quiet and empty your mind, and to focus on one word, repeating it over and over, which puts a person into an altered state of consciousness.  No matter what you may try to call it, these things are unbiblical and demonic beginning at its very roots.

Many in these movements say you can ‘look inward’ and ‘get in touch with your ‘divine self’ in this way.  God’s Word tells us ‘our hearts are deceitful and desperately wicked,’ (Jeremiah 17:9); they would have you believe that ‘you can become as ‘God.’  The lie that began in the garden of Eden is still alive and well, and is in many churches today.  Time for us to ‘wake up’ and get on our knees and pray.  The wolf is definitely in the sheep pen, because many believers seemingly have left the door wide opened and welcomed him in!

There are so many people who are involved in these things, that it’s hard to keep up with them all!  I have posted  a list of people below who I have found so far that are connected to all of this, and have also added links to information and posted videos, so you can not only be aware of those who are promoting these false ‘new age’ and unbiblical teachings and practices, but so you will also come to understand what these things are mainly about, and then be able to warn others.  Search the Scriptures so you will be ready and able to share Biblical truth with them, in order to expose these things as well.

Because I have gone through similar things in the past when the church I last attended began to get involved with a false revival, God has taught me to constantly ‘test things in light of Scripture,’ as His Word shows us to do to protect us from being led into deception.  (Acts 17:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:21,22)  If you don’t already realize the importance of doing the same, I pray you will realize that after you prayerfully consider taking time to read the important information at the links below, and watching the following videos when time allows. 

When I began attending the church I am presently at, I never thought that this pastor would ever get involved with the things he is now a part of!  His sermons would always take us verse by verse through all the books in the Bible, and he still does for the most part, but recently he has allowed his friendship with a pastor who is involved with many unbiblical preachers, to seemingly overpower his ability to discern truth from error.

All these thoughts for this poem began to come together as I thanked God for His Word and how it’s only in Him that I have the strength to face the continued frustration I am experiencing at work, and the loneliness I sometimes feel at church when it seems as if I am the only one who sees the pastor drifting from Biblical truth as he becomes more and more involved with those who endorse and encourage the practice of ‘contemplative prayer,’ and who twist and distort God’s Word, as well as those who even preach heresy.

When I try to warn my friends, they say and imply that I am ‘negative and judgmental,’ although one of my friends recently began listening to me with an opened mind.   Thankfully I do have two friends who I can talk with about these things, as well as those whom I have met on YouTube that are as concerned as I am about all that is happening in the name of ‘Christianity’ today.

Because of the deep concerns I have over these false teachings that are coming into my church, (UPDATE…AS OF THE END OF JANUARY 2012 I AM NO LONGER ATTENDING THAT CHURCH.  IT FINALLY CAME TO THE POINT WHERE I KNEW IT WAS TIME TO LEAVE)  and the church in general, I will be putting off writing the book on my life; now is not the time.  I need to spend more time praying, reading God’s Word, and doing research on all of the things, and possibly going to the elders of the church to present some information to them.  I will continue writing more poems and keep you informed on all the people that you need to be aware of, and the signs to look for, so that you can check out your church to see if these things are creeping into your church as well.

Here is just a beginning list of who to watch out for. These are the main leaders of the ‘Emergent Church Movement’: Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, Dan Kimball, Brennan Manning, Doug Pagitt, Dallas Willard, Leonard Sweet, and Richard Foster. 

Here is a growing list of those in Christian ministry that are now somewhat involved in unbiblical and even mystical practices.  I will continue to add to this list, (and also continue to add more links to information to verify everything): Andy Stanley, Beth Moore, Bill Hybels, Curt Thompson, David Jeremiah, Ed Stetzel (although he does speak out against some of the E C teachings), Erwin McManus, Gary Thomas, Greg Laurie, Ken Blanchard, Mark Batterson, Mark Driscoll,  (Even though he, Mark Driscoll, has denounced certain aspects of the E C Movement, he is still leading people in the practice of eastern ‘meditation,’ even though it may be called ‘centering prayer’/’contemplative prayer’), *Mindy Caliguire (*see link and video below), *Phyllis Tickle, (*see link below) and Ravi Zacharias.

If your church has a book store, please go in there and check to see if any of the following books are on the shelves.  If you find any of these, deception has already begun to enter your church as well:

BOOKS BY BRIAN MCLAREN      

  • ‘A Generous Orthodoxy’                         

  • ‘A New Kind Of Christianity’

  • ‘Everything Must Change’

  • ‘The Secret Message Of Jesus’

  • ‘The Voice’ (A ‘Bible’ translation)

  • BOOKS AND VIDEOS BY ROB BELL

  • ‘Drops Like Stars’

  • ‘The Gods Aren’t Angry’

  • ‘Velvet Elvis’

  • ‘Whirlwind’

  • ‘Love Wins’ (To be released at the end of March 2011)

  • ‘Nooma’ videos

BOOKS YOU MAY VERY WELL FIND IN YOUR BOOKSTORES

  • ‘Celebration of Disciplines’ – by Richard Foster

  • ‘Experiencing God’ by Henry Blackabye

  • ‘Jesus Calling’ – by Sarah Young

  • ‘My Utmost For His Highest’ -by Oswald Chambers

  • ‘Purpose Driven Church’ – by Rick Warren

  • ‘Purpose Driven Life’ – by Rick Warren

  • ‘Sacred Marriage’ – by Gary Thomas

  • ‘Sacred Pathways’- by Gary Thomas

  • ‘Soul Print’ – by Mark Batterson

  • ‘The Message Bible’ – by Eugene Peterson

RECOMMENDED BOOKS TO READ EXPOSING THE EMERGENT CHURCH AND MORE

  • ‘Another Jesus?’ by Roger Oakland

  • ‘Faith Undone’ by Roger Oakland

  • ‘A Wonderful Deception’ by Warren Smith

  • ‘Deceived On Purpose’ by Warren Smith

  • ‘Who’s Driving The Purpose Driven Church?’ by James Sundquist

EMERGENT, NEW AGE/NEW SPIRITUALITY TERMS AND WORDS TO WATCH FOR

“Ancient future,” ” breath prayers,”  “casting a vision,”  centering”  “centering prayer,” “contemplative prayer,”  “contemplative spirituality,”  “desert fathers,” “fresh expressions,” “kundalini,” “labyrinths,” “lectio divina,” “sacred,”  “sacred space,” “soaking prayer,”   “spiritual dna,”  “spiritual formation,”  “staying put,” “stillness,” “taize,” “the silence,”  “vision casting,” “visualization,” (Will continue to add more).

Unfortunately I don’t have enough time to define what each of these terms mean, but I will do one to start with.  (I’ll do  a few more when time allows)…

Contemplative Spirituality– “A belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped in Christian terminology.  The premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all).” -Lighthouse Trails

Taize Prayer – “Taize is an ecumenical sung and silent participatory prayer service designed to achievea contemplative state through music, song, and silence.” – Lighthouse Trails  **(See information at link below).

>>ANCIENTFUTURE SPIRITUALITY NOT BIBLICALBY ROGER OAKLANDLIGHTHOUSE TRAILS<<CLICK HERE  *JUST ADDED APRIL 5, 2011

>>ATONEMENT WARSBY GARY GILLEYHOW BRIAN MCLAREN AND OTHERS SAY THAT THOSE WHO BELIEVE IN THE SUBSTITUTIONARY ATONEMENT OF CHRIST ARE EMBRACING A FORM OF DIVINE CHILD ABUSE <<CLICK HERE

>>BILL HYBELSWILLOWCREEKMYSTICAL PARADIGM SHIFT, LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS <<CLICK HERE

>>CONTEMPLATIVE/CENTERING PRAYERBY KEN SILVA APPRISING MINISTRIES <<CLICK HERE  *  JUST ADDED APRIL 5, 2011

>>CHARLES STANLEY PROMOTING CONTEMPLATIVE NEW MONASTICISM<<BY KEN SILVA APPRISING MINISTRIES <<CLICK HERE ADDED JULY 1, 2011

>>CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY/MYSTICISM UNITES THE GLOBAL FAMILY<<BY KEN SILVAAPPRISING MINISTRIES<<(INCLUDES LINKS TO INFORMATION ON TONY JONES, DOUG PAGITT, BRIAN MCLAREN, AND MORE, AND INFORMATION ON HOW SOME PEOPLE IN THIS MOVEMENT ATTEMPT TO DENY THE UNIQUENESS OF CHRIST AND MORE) <<CLICK HERE

>>HENRY BLACKABY -\”EXPERIENCING GOD\” BY KEN SILVA/ APPRISING MINISTRIES<<CLICK HERE

>>HOW TO KNOW IF THE EMERGING CHURCH IS EMERGING IN YOUR CHURCH<<CLICK HERE

>>INWARD JOURNEY OF CONTEMPLATIVE/CENTERING PRAYER<<(ALSO CONTAINS INFORMATION ON RICHARD FOSTER AND LINKS TO MORE INFORMATION) – BY KEN SILVA/APPRISING MINISTRIES<<CLICK HERE

>>MARK DRISCOLL AND CONTEMPLATIVE IDOLATRY BY KEN SILVA – APPRISING MINISTRIES<<CLICK HERE

*CLICK HERE>>MINDY CALIGUIRE THE FOUNDER OF \‘SOUL CARE\’ A ‘SPIRITUAL FORMATION\’ MINISTRY QUOTES THE BIBLE BUT HER TEACHINGS ARE BASED ON CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITYMANTRAS ,\’ ETC.<<FROM LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS, ADDED JUNE 21, 2011

>>\’MYSTICISM-PART 1\’ BY DR. GARY GILLEY-FOUND ON KEN SILVA\’S \’APPRISING MINISTRIES\'<<CLICK HERE (CLICK ON PARTS 2-5 AT THE END)

>>INFORMATION ON PHYLLIS TICKLE<<BY KEN SILVA APPRISING MINISTRIES<< CLICK HERE ADDED JULY 1, 2011

>>PURPOSE DRIVEN MOVEMENT, GLOBAL PEACE FORUM, (HELD MARCH 7TH 2011 ) WITH RICK WARREN AND TONY BLAIR, LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS<<CLICK HERE 

>>INFORMATION ON RICK WARREN\’S PEACE PLAN FROM \’HERESCOPE\'<<CLICK HERE

>>ROB BELL SPEAKS OF THE GREATNESS INSIDE OF MAN, BY KEN SILVA, APPRISING MINISTRIES<<CLICK HERE

>>ROB BELL UNABLE TO DEFEND HIS OWN BELIEFS ON MSNBC -FROM- LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH<<HERE 

**>>TAIZE \’PRAYER\’ INFORMATION FROM LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS<< CLICK HERE ADDED JULY 3,2011

>>THE BEREAN LIBRARY – IDENTIFYING FALSE TEACHING IN CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORES<<BOOK REVIEWS <<CLICK HERE<<

>>THE EMERGING CHURCH- BY GARY GILLEY <<CLICK HERE

>>\’USING CONTEMPLATIVE/CENTERING PRAYER AS \”CHRISTIAN\” MEDITATION\’ BY KEN SILVA<<CLICK HERE

>>INFORMATION ON GARY THOMAS FROM LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS<<CLICK HERE

>>>LINK TO INFORMATION ON ROB BELL CLICK HERE<<<

RICK WARREN \’VISION CASTING\’ – HERESCOPE/DISCERNMENT RESEARCH GROUP<<CLICK HERE

USING CONTEMPLATIVE CENTERING PRAYER AS CHRISTIAN MEDITATION – APPRISING MINISTRIES<<<CLICK HERE  ADDED APRIL 4th 2011

>>INFORMATION ON WAYNE CORDEIRO BY ‘ANOTHER VOICE’ ON BLOGSPOT.COM<< **ADDED 1/2/12

FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO THE FOLLOWING TRUSTED WEBSITES,BUT STILL CONTINUE TO TEST EVERYTHING IN LIGHT OF SCRIPTURE

>>LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS Information On The Emerging Church And More<<

>>LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS INFORMATION ON \’SPIRITUAL FORMATION\'<<CLICK HERE

>>LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS \’ANCIENT FUTURE\’ INFORMATION CLICK HERE<<ADDED 6/23/11

>>APPRISING MINISTRIES Information On The EMERGENT CHURCH And More<<Here

>>DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH Web Site; Great Information Here As Well<<

Another work in progress…Lord willing, I will continue to update this page as I find more information.  As you can see by all the information that I posted, I am deeply concerned about all of this, and feel the need to make all of you aware of these things, and stress to you the importance of  studying God’s Word and testing all the things you hear being said against the truth of God’s Word, so you will not be led into this deceptive, but enticing movement, in the name of seeking to know God more.  All we need is His Word.  Please take a stand for Biblical truth, and let your voice be heard; speak out against these things in boldness, but be humble and choose your words carefully.  Let your heart be filled with Christ’s love, and allow God to guide your thoughts and words by His Holy Spirit.  And those of you who are followers of Christ, please continue to ‘contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.’  (Jude 3)

Now that I am basically done expressing all of my concerns, I will go back to having my complete focus on God and pray about more ideas on what kind of poems to write.  The ones I have already been working on are almost finished, and, Lord willing, I will be posting them in the near future, as time allows.

**UPDATE MARCH 21st 2011** With all that is happening in the church today, concerning those who are attempting to not only ‘change’ the message of Christianity, (example – Brian Mclaren’s book, ‘Everything Must Change’) but actually destroy it, and bring about a ‘New Kind Of Christianity,’ (another book by Brian Mclaren, one of the main leaders of the ‘Emergent/Emerging Church) this is a time for us as Bible believing Christians to not only be a voice of warning to other believers of the importance of knowing God’s Word and testing the words and actions of those who speak in the name of Christianity against the truth of God’s Word, but it is also a wonderful chance for us to ‘make the most of every opportunity,’ (Ephesians 5:16) and use what we see happening to share the gospel with unbelievers.  Example…Because God has given my mom ‘ears to hear,’ even though she has not yet placed her trust only in what Christ has already done by laying down His life for her/us, because of her/our sins, I have been sharing many of the above mentioned concerns with her, praying God would use them as opportunities to share Biblical truth with her.  God gave me an opportunity to clearly share the gospel with her again yesterday, and I just wanted to give God the glory, and to encourage you to also look for those opportunities, and to share the gospel with your loved ones who do not yet know the joy of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, and do it ‘with gentleness and with respect,’ (1 Peter 3:15) trusting God with the results, knowing that when you share His Word with others, His Word never returns void.

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10,11)

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

INFORMATION ON RICK WARREN

RICK WARREN’S ‘PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE’

RICK WARREN, DR. OZ, AND THE DANGERS OF THE ‘DANIEL PLAN’

VIDEOS EXPOSING THE EMERGENT/EMERGING CHURCH MOVEMENT

ROB BELL IS THE FOCUS IN THIS ONE

EXPOSING THE EMERGENT CHURCH AND ITS LEADERS

 

A CHRISTIAN BIBLE COLLEGE TEACHER EXPOSES THE EMERGENT CHURCH

MYSTICISM IN THE CHURCH

CURT THOMPSON-A SUPPOSED CHAPEL SERVICE,WITH EASTERN MEDITATION AND GUIDED IMAGERY ADDED (I COULD ONLY BRING MYSELF TO WATCH LESS THAN A MINUTE OF THIS, AND HESITATE TO POST THIS, BUT YOU NEED TO SEE IT AS PROOF).

*ADDED JUNE 21, 2011 MINDY CALIGUIRE MAY CALL IT ‘SILENT PRAYER’ AND USING A ‘PRAYER WORD,’ BUT IT’S EASTERN MEDITATION.   WE ARE TO FILL OUR MIND WITH GOD’S WORD, AND ALLOW HIS WORD AND HIS HOLY SPIRIT TO DO A WORK OF TRANSFORMATION IN OUR LIVES .  DO NOT BE DECEIVED!        

 INFORMATION ON RAVI ZACHARIUS                                                          

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VIDEO EXPLAINING HOW MANY CHURCHES ARE AFFECTED BY ALL OF THIS

 

SCRIPTURES FOR TRUTH AND ENCOURAGEMENT

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 20:28-31)

“May Your unfailing love rest upon us. O LORD, even as we put our hope in You.” (Psalm 33:22)

“The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” (Psalm 145:18)

Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with an oath.  God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossibe for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.  It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf.  He has become a high priest forever…” (Hebrews 6:17-20)

“For God who said,  “Let light shine out of darkness.”  made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the glory of God in the face of Christ.  But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.  We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-9)

“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes; first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.  For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith, from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”  The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–His eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.  Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.  They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the creator–who is forever praised.  Amen.  Because of this, God gave them over to their shameful lusts.  Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones.  In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another.  Men committed indecent acts with other men and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.  Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done.”  (Romans 1:16-28)

“By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you.  Otherwise you have believed in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:2)

“I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to Him.  But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds might somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.  For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11:2-4)

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.  I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel–which is really no gospel at all.  Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel.  But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned!  As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned.” (Galatians 1:3-9)

(THE SUPREMACY OF CHRIST ) ‘He is the image of the invisible God, the *firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.  He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.  And He is the head of the body, the church;  He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy.  For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.  Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.  But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation–if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.  This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.”  (Colossians 1:15-23)

“…God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.  He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or letter.” (2 Corinthians 2:13-15)

“…become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.  Then we will no longer be infants, being tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming.” (Ephesians 4:13-15)

“…be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.  But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”  (2 Peter 3:17,18)

*(The word ‘firstborn’ here means ‘first in rank and privilege.’  Jehovah’s Witnesses are told and therefore teach that  this verse says Jesus did not always exist… that He was a created being, and use this verse to try and prove this false teaching.)

AN ANCHOR FOR MY SOUL

When circumstances seek to thrust me into a sea of despair,

When I am temped in thought to believe that You don’t really care,

You’re Word, O Lord, is an anchor for my soul,

When continuous trials attempt to bring me down,

And reduce my trusting smile into a faithless frown,

Your Word, O Lord, is an anchor for my soul,

When my best is never good enough, no matter how hard I try,

When the truth of Your Word is constantly being exchanged for a lie,

Your Word, O Lord, is an anchor for my soul,

When I see doctrines of demons distorting Your Word,

When warnings to Christians refuse to be heard,

Your Word, O Lord, is an anchor for my soul,

Your Word has the power to set captives free,

By giving eyes that are blind the ability to see…

Deception, and a heart that’s filled with depravity,

And the truth in Your Word that breaks sin’s hold on me,

Your Word gives wisdom to reach maturity, so we’re not tossed to and fro,

By every wind of doctrine, so into deception we would not go,

Men are now lifted high, and Your Word has been brought down low,

We must stand together and contend for the faith, Your truth to others

we must continue to show,

The deceitful schemes of men, seek to lead us all astray,

Discernment is what we need, so from Your truth we will not turn away,

Now is the time we must seek You in Your Word and pray,

For Your Word will keep us firm and steady, so in truth we will always stay.

Copyright©2011 Mary K. Dalke/Living4HisGlory/LivingForHisGlory All rights reserved.

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UPDATED APRIL 30th, 2012 ADDED ‘LEONARD SWEET’ VIDEO