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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 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

 

UPDATE: LORD WILLING, NEW POSTS COMING SOON

 

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Leonard  Sweet, the importance of testing the teachings of Christian leaders in light of Scripture, mysticism in the church, as well as the lack of spiritual discernment among many Christians today will all be focused on in this post. However, please allow me to begin this post by laying out the trail that led to Leonard Sweet, and made me clearly see the need to write this post:

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God’s Word declares that Satan comes as an angel of light, so is it any wonder that so many are being deceived by popular mystical teachings that are being presented to Christians these days claiming to draw them closer to God and to experience Him on this side of heaven? After all, those of us who are Christians long for the day when we will see Him face to face, so why not experience being in His presence and hearing Him speak to us now? If you have been led to believe that by listening to someone’s teaching, it is unbiblical and dangerous! When we begin to seek after having experiences with God and lose sight of the fact that God gave us His Word so that we might come to know Him, and how His Word warns us time and time again about false teachers and doctrines of demons, then we allow ourselves to become easily deceived by the many so-called Christian leaders who are promoting mysticism these days. Things such as Contemplative Prayer, Spiritual Formation, and silent prayer, are strongly being promoted by Christian leaders such as Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Tim Keller, Mindy Caliguire, and many others. They may attempt to cloak these practices with somewhat Christian terminology, but don’t be fooled; they are still unbiblical eastern practices that have their roots in Buddhism and Hinduism and will lead you away from Biblical Christianity and into spiritual deception and the occult.

Praying for spiritual discernment, knowing God’s Word well, testing things in light of Scripture, and searching for information on things that are presented to you that cause you to have uneasy feelings, are key to protecting yourself from being deceived spiritually. I highly recommend Lighthouse Trails, Herescope, Deception In The Church, as well as Apprising Ministries, but I still urge you to continue to test everything you read and listen to against the truth of God’s Word since, sadly, so many Christians are drifting from Biblical truth these days!

Let’s start out with a few examples so you can see how deceptive the language can be at times: To make a long story short, last month (June 2015) I decided to search Rick Warren’s Saddle Back Church’s website to see if he had anything to say concerning the legalization of same sex marriage that was voted into law on Friday, June 26, 2015, but when I found nothing on that topic I decided to check out the classes that they are offering. Below you will see a few examples of what I found:

Even though I cannot say with certainty that the term strengthening postures that they use in the following description of this ‘Stretch and Strengthen’ class is actually yoga, that term certainly sent up a big red flag and set off alarm bells in my spirit!

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I realize that some Christians enroll their children in Karate classes, and I may be stepping on some toes by using this Karate class as an example, but there is much more to Karate than just learning how to defend yourself and learning how to become more disciplined. When my brother enrolled in a Karate class they told everyone in his class to bring in a candle so that they could focus their attention on the flame, which is a New Age meditation technique.

If you’d like to read the detailed testimony of what caused a woman to walk away from a championship career in the Martial Arts, please click HERE.  

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The description for the following Stretch and Strengthen class gives the clearest indication that New Age/New Spirituality practices are most certainly being incorporated in many of Saddleback’s fitness classes. Terms such as “breathing techniques” and “guided relaxation” are used in the descriptions of these classes, which are the same techniques used in  New Age/New Spirituality classes that use similar terms such as “breathing techniques” and “guided imagery” to lead people into altered states of consciousness. And, once again, notice that the term “stretching and strengthening postures, is used:

Capture Daniel Plan Fitness - Stretch and Strengthen - strengthening postures, breathing techniques, guided relaxation - Sarah KeatingUPDATE: Because of a suggestion that was expressed in a comment from a helpful and thoughtful reader of this blog encouraging me on in my continued search for answers, I decided to set aside my main focus of searching for more information on Leonard Sweet. Instead, I decided to first search Facebook and Twitter to see if Lisa Odette, (the instructor of one of the Stretch and Strengthen classes) was on there. One thing led to another, and here is the information that I found on her that definitely gives enough evidence to clearly indicate and to now say with certainty that the classes offered by Saddleback with Lisa Odette as the instructor,  are indeed Yoga classes, no matter how they may try to disguise the language!

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Capture Lisa Odette - Saddleback instructor for Stretch and Strengthen classes - Twitter with link to her website

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 Now I’d like to share some examples with you of how people are failing to test things in light of Scripture and therefore end up getting involved with those who are heavily into spiritual mysticism and unbiblical teachings. This is not meant to be an attack on the character of the people whom I will be speaking about, and I am not judging anyone in regards to their salvation. I am simply sharing this information with you just to, once again, point out the extreme importance for us to always test things that others say and do in light of Scripture, and how we should never promote anyone or anything without first deeply looking into their beliefs.  Also, I wanted to use this as an example to show why we are never to take anyone’s word on a matter or an endorsement of someone; we must always think for ourselves and do our own research to see if a person’s teaching lines up with God’s Word.

On with my examples:

In April of 2015 while I was on Facebook looking at what my friends had posted and ‘liked,’ I happened to see that a friend from my former church  (Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows) had clicked like on this post by Meredith Andrews. I decided not to quick capture the portion that included a picture of her two adorable boys:

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Being the detective at heart that I am, I decided to check out her page to see what conference she took part in and discovered that it was ‘Fresh Grounded Faith.’ While I was on her page I saw the link to her website, and here is what else I discovered that will begin to make my point:

As you can see, Meredith took part in this women’s event along with Ann Voscamp:

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If you have never heard of Ann Voscamp before, she is the author of the best selling Christian book, ‘One Thousand Gifts.’ In case you are not aware of the concerns that many Christians have with her book, I encourage you to continue reading the article below that I quick captured in part for you from Lighthouse Trails Research. If you decide to continue reading it, you will soon come to realize that she promotes unbiblical mysticism, as well as intimacy with God that is far from being Biblical. (For those of you who have requested that I post book reviews, you can consider this the first one).

Capture Ann Voscamp - One Thousand Gifts promotes mysticism and an unbiblical view of intimacy with GodTo continue reading, please click HERE
Capture Meredith Andrews - Picture with Ann VoscampMeredith Andrews (on the left) Ann Voscamp (on the right)

Capture Meredith Andrews retweeting Ann Voscamp's tweetA bond seems to be developing between Meredith and Ann V. because of the conferences they have been involved in together, so, in her enthusiasm and support of Ann V., Meredith retweets many of her tweets, thus endorsing Ann Voscamp in the eyes of the many who follow Meredith and love her beautiful, powerful voice that sings out praises to our God. But sometimes friendship has a way of blinding us to error, and can be deadly to us and to the many we influence in our lives. I would rather believe that Meredith is not aware of the unbiblical nature of Ann V.’s book, than to believe that she has read it and is in complete agreement with everything that’s in her book.

I also became very concerned when I happened to see that Meredith sent out these tweets dated Aug. 6th and Sept. 5th of 2014 promoting the ‘Holy Ghost‘ movie :

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Capture Meredith Andrews promotes Holy Ghost movieNot only did she promote this movie with her tweets, but also she was considered to be one of this movie’s Thunderous Supporters:

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If you have not heard about the Holy Ghost Movie that came out in the Fall of 2014, it was totally unscripted. Those involved in producing this documentary film claim that it was “directed and led by the Holy Spirit.” (They prayed, asking the Holy Spirit to lead them to whomever they were supposed to talk to).  They talked and prayed with many people during this documentary. However, as you will hear from the information that is shared in the following set of videos reviewing this movie, after they tested what was  said and done in this documentary against Scripture, it was clear that the Biblical gospel was not preached, the Holy Spirit that was presented to these people was not the Holy Spirit, and the Jesus that they spoke of when talking with these people was not the true Jesus Christ as revealed in God’s Word. But first, here’s the trailer for the movie:

What these people unknowingly were presented with, was a mystical, new age form of prayer, as well as new age Reiki energy healing. The focus was on experiencing the “Holy Spirit,” but what they actually experienced were unbiblical occultic manifestations, as you will soon see and hear in these reviews. This is why it’s so very important for all of us as Christians to do our own research and never take anyone’s recommendation on what to see or read, etc. First we must always test the teachings of everyone in light of Scripture (Acts 17:11) so that we will not be deceived.

 

 

The release date for Holy Ghost Part  2 will be October 20th 2015, and is called Holy Ghost Reborn:

Capture Holy Ghost Reborn release date Oct 20th 2015

The following video trailer for this movie was just published on YouTube on July 14th 2015:

 

Here’s a Dove Family Friendly Movie Review of Holy Ghost Reborn:

Capture Holy Ghost Movie - Synopsis and review - Dove Family Friendly Movie ReviewSOURCE

The cast of this documentary should raise your level of concern. I haven’t had time to research all of them yet, but I highlighted the ones who I am already aware of and concerned about:

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If you aren’t aware of who the people are that I highlighted in the ‘quick capture’ above, here’s some information on them which I pray will open your eyes as to why you should be concerned. Please pray for discernment before you watch, and test what is said in light of Scripture:

Kim Walker Smith of Jesus CultureBethel Church, Redding CA:

 

Bill Johnson, Pastor of Bethel Church:

 

 

Banning Liebscher Director of Jesus Culture:

 

Now I will finally share with you how this trail ultimately led me to Leonard Sweet who I have been aware of since 2008:

Once again, simply using Meredith as an example to show you how all of us as Christians must deeply delve into the beliefs and teachings of everyone we choose to get involved with for our own sake, as well as for those we may have an influence on concerning who we associate with and endorse, I’d like to bring this to your attention:

Besides being a singer and song writer, Meredith Andrews is also a worship leader at Harvest Bible Chapel Rolling Meadows, and takes part in many Worship Leader Conferences. I came across this information on the National Worship Leader Conference:

Capture National Worship Leader Conference - picture of some of the speakers As you can see from the picture above, Leonard Sweet, who is a Christian author, ordained Methodist minister, and Dean of the Theological School at Drew University, is also one of speakers at this conference. If you’re  wondering why I’m drawing attention to the fact that Meredith Andrews is taking part in this Conference with Leonard Sweet, please read the following quotes from his book, entitled, ‘Quantum Spirituality.’ I think you will then begin to realize why:

“A surprisingly central feature of all the world’s religions is the language of light in communicating the divine and symbolizing the union of the human with the divine: Muhammed’s light-filled cave, Moses’ burning bush, Paul’s blinding light, Fox’s “inner light,” Krishna’s Lord of Light, Bohme’s light-filled cobbler shop, Plotinus’ fire experiences, Bodhisattvis with the flow of Kundalini’s fire erupting from their fontanelles, and so on. Light is the common thread that ties together near-death experiences as they occur in various cultures.” (Leonard Sweet Quantum Spirituality page 146)

“So far the church has refused to dip its toe into post-modern culture. A quantum spirituality challenges the church to bear its past and to dare its future by sticking its big TOE into the time and place of the present…Then, and only then, will the church not appear to be in a time capsule, sealed against new developments. Then, and only then, will a New Light movement of ‘world-making’ faith have helped to create the world that is to, and may yet, be. Then, and only then, will earthlings have uncovered the meaning of these words, some of the last words poet/activist/contemplative/ bridge between East and West Thomas Merton uttered: “We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity.” (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality page 10)

“Fourth, New Light embodiment means to be ‘in connection’ and ‘information’ with other faiths. To be in-formation means to know each others songs almost as well as one knows them oneself, and to enlarge the community to include those whose conceptions of God differ from ours in form. To be in connection means to be able to sing, not only selected stanzas, but all the verses” … “One can be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ without denying the flickers of the sacred in followers of Yahweh, or Kali, or Krishna. A globalization of evangelism ‘in connection’ with others, and a globally ‘in-formed’ gospel, is capable of talking across the fence with Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Muslim –people from other so-called ‘new’ religious traditions (‘new’ only to us)–without assumption of superiority and power.” (Leonard Sweet Quantum Spirituality pages 129-130) (SOURCE) DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH – LEONARD SWEET QUOTES – SANDY SIMPSON

Once again, I am hoping that Meredith just doesn’t have any idea what Leonard Sweet’s beliefs are, which is why it is so very important for us as Christians to do research on those we are considering getting involved with or getting our teachings from so that we will not be led astray, and so that we will not cause anyone else to be led astray by who we choose to get involved with, and what or who we promote.

Hopefully after you are aware of the rest of the information that I will now be sharing with you concerning Leonard Sweet, you will then find the thought of her taking part in this conference with him very troubling, like I do:

Leonard Sweet has been a guest speaker at many churches and Christian Conferences, which gives him credibility in the eyes of many Christians. But it leaves many other Christians wondering as to why there is such a lack of discernment among Christians today that they could be totally unaware of the fact that Leonard Sweet not only endorses many New Age teachers, but also many of his teachings are rooted in New Age/New Spirituality teachings. Consider THIS article that I recently found in the Lighthouse Trails Research Newsletter dated April 7, 2008:

Concerning ‘small groups,’ Leonard Sweet had this to say in his book ‘Quantum Spirituality.’

“The power of small groups is in their ability to develop the discipline to get people “in-phase” with the Christ consciousness and connected with one another.” SOURCE

While I was doing more research on Leonard Sweet, I came across an 8 min. 29 second podcast of one of his messages on his website, entitled Vultures:

Reflecting on a book that he read entitled, ‘The Vultures of Africa‘ by Peter Mundy, he said:

“It’s sort of how everything is so interconnected. At least when I read it this is the thing that just came through.”

Concerning the Pope’s Encyclical, “Our Common Home,” he said:

“I like that so much…because the, the planet. This planet is our common home. Not just care for creation. It’s our common home. And we exist together on this. And we all have to learn to live together, not just humans got to live together. We got to learn to live together with all of…all of creation.”

“And we also have to understand that Jesus died…the redemption story is a story of redemption for all creation. Remember that, that covenant that God made with Noah?It was made with all creation. And that, that continues the redemption of that covenant, and the fulfillment of that covenant that takes place at Calvary is a redemption for all creation.” (Emphasis in red is mine).

From the 2 min 44second mark – 2:49 second mark, he says the following:

“Jesus didn’t just die to save souls; He died to save seals, as well as souls.” (Emphasis in red is mine).

Yes, Romans 8:21 and Colossians 1:20-22 does say:

For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.”

And how:

God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, (Jesus) and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.”

However, if you come to understand all the teachings of Leonard Sweet, (as well as Brian McLaren, as you will see by the information below) you will realize he means much more than that.

At the very end of his message that focuses on “how connected everything is,” beginning at the 7:49 minute mark, he says: 

“It is our common home. We have to learn to live together. We have to learn to to give thanks and be good stewards…good trustees…of all that God has given us.”

“Praise be to God, for God’s unspeakable gifts. And the greatest gift, besides Jesus, this gift of the creation, that Jesus came to save. Len Sweet, here.” (SOURCE) (Emphasis in red is mine).

In the New Age/New Spirituality view of things, the focus begins on how everything is connected. The focus is on oneness and “oneness with everyone and everything.” The emphasis on oneness continues to grow until the final stages which leads a person to not only believe they can be one with God,” and that God is in each and every one of us,” but also these teachings attempt to lead a person to “believe in their own divinity.”

When time allows, please watch the videos that I posted for you below by Christian author and speaker, Warren B Smith who was once deeply involved in the New Age Movement, but now he speaks and writes on the subject to warn Christians of the many ways that these New Age teachings are now permeating many churches today. He also shares information on these new age concepts, as well as information on Leonard Sweet, Rick Warren, and many others in his presentation.

How is it that Christians are unaware of the New Age teachings of  Leonard Sweet and some other prominent Christian leaders and writers of today? Is it possible that since some Christians today lack spiritual discernment because they fail to test the teachings of popular Christian teachers in light of Scripture and that they are also unaware of what the teachings of the New Age Movement are, that they have simply blended these New Age teachings into Christianity without realizing it and have embraced unity in a way that Jesus never intended for us as Christians to do?

Wayne Shepherd, the announcer for James MacDonald’s ‘Walk In The Word’ program, did an interview with Leonard Sweet about his book, Nudge:

 

Here are some Leonard Sweet quotes ‘quick captured‘ from an excerpt taken from Tamara Hartzell’s excellent online book: “Reimagining” God: Turning the Light Off to Look for “Truth” in the Corner of a Dark Round Room”  

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Here’s some important information concerning Leonard Sweet and his book NUDGE that I found on Lighthouse Trails Research and ‘quick captured’ for you:

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On Tuesday, July 22, 2015, I happened to see the following tweet by Pulpit And Pen concerning what he had seen on Leonard Sweet’s website. I saw it as  perfect timing to be on Twitter at just the right moment, because the information that I found at the link he shared became quite helpful to continue on with my research for this post, as you will soon see:

 

Seeing his tweet made me realize that I should have taken more time investigating Leonard Sweet’s website the day that I found his podcast. So I clicked on the link and this is what I discovered:

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The term “sacred spaces” leaped out at me, because I learned  many years ago that the word sacred is used quite frequently when ‘Contemplative Prayer‘ is involved. But in my determination to try and finish this post I simply ‘quick captured‘ the above information and ended up completely missing what I would have seen if I had only taken one more minute to scroll down just a little further! When I saw some of the replies to Pulpit and Pen’s tweet, I went back to that page, and this is what I realized what they were all wondering about –and rightly so!!

Capture Leonard Sweet SpiritVentures - Advance Conversation Partners - Mark Driscoll, Brian MacLaren, Erwin McManus and moreSeeing the name Brian McLaren on that list was a huge red flag! (In a minute I’ll explain why, for those of you who aren’t aware of who he is). So was seeing Erwin McManus, Mark Batterson, and…Mark Driscoll! The only other person on that list that I was aware of is Margaret Feinberg. She is often a guest on Moody Radio’s ‘Midday Connection.’ (More on Moody Radio and Midday Connection in an upcoming post later on this year –Lord willing). And, by seeing Margaret Feinberg as well as the previously mentioned names, it led me to one highly probable conclusion on what they all seem to have in common which links them all together –Spiritual Formation, mysticism, Contemplative Prayer, Emerging/Emergent Church; these are all unbiblical forms of prayer and spirituality that are leading many Christians astray!

Here’s some information from seven years ago that I ‘quick captured’ for you from Lighthouse Trails which ties many of the ‘Advance Conversation Partners’ together, and gives evidence to their Contemplative Spirituality connections. As you can see, Mark Batterson, Erwin McManus, Margaret Feinberg, Leonard Sweet, Brian McLaren, and Sally Morgenthaler — some of the very same people who are involved in Leonard Sweet’s ADVANCE —  are all considered to be ‘Contemplative.’

Capture Contemplative Christians and Contemplative Conferences - Lighthouse Trails(SOURCE) CONTEMPLATIVE CHRISTIANS AND CONTEMPLATIVE CONFERENCES

In the following video you will hear Margaret Feinberg say:

“God often uses the repetitive nature of  events and themes in daily life to get our attention. I call these moments, ‘Sacred Echoes.” 

Notice how she also uses the word sacred:

 

In the video below, Margaret F. expounds on what she means by “Sacred Echo” by saying the following:

“What is a sacred echo? It is the persistent voice of God in your life.”

“And in my own life, while I want to hear the whispers of God, what I am discovering is that when I listen for the sacred echoes — when I listen for the repetitive nature of God’s voice in my life — then I walk more fully, and more confidently into all that He has for me.”

 

When you hear Christian leaders and speakers say things like that it should truly concern you, because it’s leading people away from the belief in the sufficiency of Scripture. Yes, Margaret F. does say in many of her videos that ‘what we hear must line up with what God’s Word says,‘ but the emphasis is no longer completely on hearing God speak to us through His written Word. Instead, people are now  encouraged to learn how to hear God speak by not only Margaret F., but also by Christian teachers such as Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, and many others. It then makes God’s Word appear to be outdated, and some will end up opening themselves up to doctrines of demons and demonic spirits through participating in these occultic practices and will end up being deceived spiritually. Never lose sight of the fact that we have the very words of God Himself recorded in sixty-six books of the Bible written by many different authors, but completely inspired by the Holy Spirit:

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:20,21)

 

Lord willing, if time allows I’ll do research on the people that I am not familiar with to see if they are also involved with promoting Contemplative Prayer, Spiritual Formation, etc., and I will update this post so that I can share my findings with you.

As promised, here’s some information on Brian McLaren:

This concerns his ‘EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE’ conference, as well as his book of the same title, which will show you just how far from Biblical truth his beliefs really are!

Seven years ago I heard Eric Barger share the shocking things that he witnessed take place during Brian McLaren’s ‘Everthing Must Change’ Conference. Eric Barger goes into greater detail concerning what happened at this conference in the video below than you will read in the information I quick captured for you further down. When time allows, please listen. Keep in mind that Brian McLaren is a frequent speaker at Willowcreek Church in Barrington, Illinois, as well as a speaker at many other Christian churches, universities, and conferences. After you hear some of the things that took place at this conference, you will come to realize just how great the need is for discernment, and how important it is to study and truly know God’s Word so that we will not be deceived by teachers such as Brian McLaren! Please pray for him, as well as the many who are  involved in this Emergent Church movement, that they would come to the knowledge of the truth and stop compromising and twisting what God declares to be right and wrong in His Word.

As you can see from the  quick capture below, Brian McLaren clearly said that:

“…salvation is actually us saving the planet, and when Jesus used the phrase “the world,” He was referring to the earth and not the lost souls living on it.” 

“…he recommended that while we were there (my note: at the front of the conference area) we also stick our hands into the tub of dirt that had been provided to fully sense “what needed to be saved.” 

That ties in with what Leonard Sweet says — concerning his quotes that I shared with you earlier — in which he declared:

“The redemption story is a story of redemption for all creation.”

Jesus didn’t just die to save souls. He died to save seals as well as souls.”

“…and the greatest gift, besides Jesus, this gift of the creation, that Jesus came to save.”

Capture Eric Barger attended Brian McLaren's Everything Must Change conference - B M said salvation is us saving the planet(SOURCE)

More of the teachings of Brian McLaren:

 

In the following Playlist you will hear a three part message in which Brian McLaren will  use Deconstructionism in an attempt to justify changing Christianity into something entirely different. Notice how Brian McLaren begins by saying how everything changes over time and uses maps as an example. He sets people up to accept his idea about how the landscape is changing and maps need to change and be updated because “they don’t reflect reality any more.” He then uses that concept to try and lead people to accept how Christianity must also change to adapt to a changing culture. Listen very  carefully to all that he says, pray for discernment, and test what He says in light of Scripture. (In this Playlist I also added ‘A Critique of Brian McLaren’s ‘A New Kind of Christianity,’ as well as the  video that I posted earlier concerning what occurred at Brian McLaren’s  ‘Everything Must Change’ Conference).

 

Here’s a good article I found on the subject:

THE SECOND GREAT EVANGELICAL MELTDOWN – THE FALSE PICTURE – UNMASKING “POSTMODERNISM” – BY RICHARD NATHAN, M.A.

Now I’ll continue on with other things that I found during my times of research for this post:

The same day that I was looking at the conferences that Meredith Andrews was involved with, I also discovered that she will be singing at Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church on Aug 13, 2015:

Capture Meredith Andrews Saddleback Church Aug, 13th 2015

If you read the description of the following video on YouTube, you will soon realize that August 13th won’t be Meredith’s first appearance at Saddleback. This video clearly shows that she started singing at Rick Warren’s church way back as early as June 28th, 2009 during their services:

If you are among the few who are still unaware of the concerns that many Christians have with Rick Warren, these videos will fill you in on most of what you need to know:

 

 

 

In my research I also found out that one of Meredith’s songs (The Gospel Changes Everything) was featured in Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s the ‘Son of God‘ movie. She also took part in ‘The Bible: Son of God Tour‘ which started out at Saddleback Church and traveled to 17 cities from March 20th-April  13th of 2014:

“The two-hour live event, a joint partnership between Word Entertainment and Lightworkers Media (Mark Burnett and Roma Downey), brings the feature film, “Son of God” and epic mini-series The Bible” to life in sight and sound with award-winning artists…” (SOURCE)

If you happen to be wondering what the problem is with Meredith becoming involved with the “Son of God” tour, please consider reading one of my previous posts, entitled:  WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW IF YOUR PASTOR IS ONE OF THE MANY WHO IS PROMOTING A.D. THE BIBLE CONTINUES

7/31/15 IMPORTANT UPDATE: This morning while I was on Facebook I happened to see the following post that reveals the Premier Sponsors for the National Worship Leader Conference which featured Leonard Sweet was Greg Laurie and Harvest America. As you can see in the yellow highlighted area that I added to Mark Jeffries’ post, James Macdonald/Harvest Bible Chapel’s Vertical Church Band also appeared at this conference that took place at the Cathedral Of Faith in San Jose, CA on July 28-30, 2015:

Capture National Worship Leader Conference with Leonard Sweet, Vertical Church Band, sponsored by Greg Laurie and Harvest America

CLOSING THOUGHTS:

I hope that you are now beginning to see how very important it is to test the teachings of everyone you listen to in light of Scripture, as well as the need to pray for discernment and to be aware of the spiritually deceptive practices that are leading so many Christians astray.

Sadly, as many of us now realize, we live at a time where not all of us can trust our pastors or other Christian leaders because of the direction that many of them seem to be going in. Some pastors no longer believe in the inerrancy of Scripture, many are compromising with Biblical truth, some are embracing heretics, some are promoting Contemplative, mystical experiences, and there have even been some Christians very recently who have brought complete shame to the name of Jesus Christ by their lives or by denying their faith completely.

While there is still hope and forgiveness if they repent and turn to Jesus Christ with all of their hearts, as Christians we must learn that the only one who we must truly place our trust in is Jesus Christ Himself; we cannot rely on any man or ministry to learn truth. God’s Holy Spirit will be faithful to reveal the truth to us as we dig deeply into His Word to study it so that we can rightly divide the Word of truth for ourselves.

When time allows, please consider visiting  LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH WEBSITE , as well as HERESCOPE, as well as the other websites that I posted the links to below, so that you can  become aware of the many false teachings and false teachers that are popular today so that you will not be led astray by them. And, as always, make sure that you test everything against the truth of God’s Word. (Acts 17:11)

NOTE: A special thank you to those of you who take the time to make a comment. Whether it’s to encourage or to share helpful information, or even if it’s a comment that expresses your disagreement with what I write, or possibly even a comment that is negative or harsh in some way. All of you motivate me to dig deeper, and I end up finding even more information that I would never have found if it wasn’t for those of you who cause me to search deeper for one reason or another.

For this post, I want to personally thank Cindy Lopez for offering advice on what I could do to find more information on the instructor of the Stretch and Strengthen classes being offered at Saddleback in order to possibly verify if the classes offered at Saddleback are Yoga classes as they appear to be. I was trying to finish up this post by just focusing on finding and adding more information on Leonard Sweet, and wasn’t even intending to search for any further information concerning the classes. However, because of Cindy, I decided to continue on with my search on  the instructors of these classes which led me to find, and already post, enough information that I believe will clearly put an end to any doubts that anyone might have –the information that I found concerning the instructor of some of these classes gives enough evidence to demonstrate that the Stretch and Strengthen classes are indeed Yoga classes!

Lord willing, I will be addressing the dangers of Yoga in an upcoming post, since it seems that there are many Christians and other people who are not aware of the dangers of it, but I have other posts that I need to write first. Until then, if you are not aware of the dangers of Yoga, when time allows, please watch the video below in which Ray Yungen shares a lot of information on the dangers of Yoga.

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

 

FURTHER READING:

SANDY SIMPSON – DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH – LEONARD SWEET QUOTES

LINK TO ARTICLE FOUND ON ‘DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH’ WEBSITE – ARTICLE POSTED ON ‘HERESCOPE’ – ‘THE “ENERGYMATTER JESUS” AN EXCERPT FROM TAMARA HARTZELL’S ONLINE BOOK, ENTITLED – “REIMAGINING” GOD: TURNING THE LIGHT OFF TO LOOK FOR “TRUTH” IN THE CORNER OF A DARK ROUND ROOM – THE NEW GOSPEL TAUGHT BY LEONARD SWEET

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH NEWSLETTER – RICK WARREN’S SMALL GROUP CONFERENCE SPEAKER SAYS SMALL GROUPS LEAD TO “CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS”

KEN SILVA – APPRISING MINISTRIES – GIVING LEONARD SWEET A NUDGE

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH – RICK WARREN AND LEONARD SWEET RIDING THE “TIDES OF CHANGE”

BY GRACE ALONE – PASTOR BOB DEWAAY – BOOK REVIEW ON ANN VOSCAMP’S ‘ONE THOUSAND GIFTS’

POINTING TO CHRIST – THE DANGEROUS TEACHINGS OF JESUS CULTURE

 

RELATED VIDEOS

 

 

 

 

 

Brian and Jen Johnson are the Senior Worship Pastors at Bethel Church in Redding California. Brian is the son of Bill Johnson, pastor of Bethel Church. Jen is also the song writer for Bethel music:

 

Here are some videos to help you become aware of the many ways that these New Age forms of mysticism are entering many churches today. Please watch when time allows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISIT THESE WEBSITES WHERE YOU CAN READ MANY ARTICLES TO KEEP YOU INFORMED ON WHAT YOU NEED TO BE AWARE OF (These are my favorite websites).

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH

HERESCOPE

ROGER OAKLAND – UNDERSTAND THE TIMES

WARREN B SMITH – FROM THE NEW AGE TO AMAZING GRACE

DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH

Lord willing, here are some of the books that I will be doing reviews on, and I also highly recommend them to you as books to read in order to become  informed concerning how New Age mysticism is coming into many churches these  days. Please send me your requests on what other books you would like to see reviews on.

 

Capture A Wonderful Deception - Warren B Smith - picture of book

 

Capture Deceived on Purpose - Warren B Smith - picture of book

Capture Faith Undone

capture Another Jesus Calling - Warren B Smith - picture of book

 

UPDATED 7/25/15 8:50 p.m. Added more information on Brian McLaren.

UPDATED 7/24/15 5:55 p.m. Added information that gives enough evidence to say with certainty that the Stretch and Strengthen classes offered at Saddleback Church is indeed Yoga.

UPDATED 7/24/15 9:56 a.m. Added more information concerning Leonard Sweet and his ‘Everything Must Change’ conference and what Eric Barger personally heard him say.

UPDATED: 7/23/15 10:53 p.m. Added more information concerning Leonard Sweet’s ‘ADVANCE,’  as well as information on some of the speakers participating with it, such as Brian McLaren and Margaret Feinberg.

UPDATED MONDAY 7/20/15 9:43 a.m. Added videos concerning Leonard Sweet and his unbiblical teachings.

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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.

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