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Capture Midday Connection airs its final program - Moody Radio(SOURCE)

UPDATED MONDAY 2/22/16 7:44 P.M. Added another video of Dr. Sue Edwards and more information. See further below dated 2/22/16 in red.

UPDATED SUNDAY 2/21/16 Added video of Dr. Sue Edwards, Barbara Neumann, and George M Hillman discussing Organic Mentoring, and added a few more comments.

UPDATED SATURDAY 2/20/16 Added more information. See further below dated 2/20/16 in red. Lord willing, when time allows I will be searching for the notes that I took as I listened to many Midday Connection programs, and will share them with you in this post which should then fully complete this post.

NOTE: 1/4/2016 This post is a work in progress. It is almost completely finished, but in order to make sure that I will not lose all the information that I have already added to this post, I am publishing it now, and will continue to update it when time allows until it is completely finished. I will then remove this note.  Thank you.

Christians, have you ever found yourself stunned by what you have heard on Christian radio while you’re driving? Have you found yourself in disbelief to the point of where you gasp in utter shock and have to remind yourself that you have to concentrate on your driving or you might hit the car in front of you? Well, that had been my experience many a time over the past at least five years or so while I had been listening to Moody Radio’s Midday Connection program which started at 12:00 noon central time in my area. I write in the past tense because at first I was led to believe (by the announcement that I found as I was searching for more information at the end of October which I quick captured and posted above for you) that Moody Radio was simply going to be airing prerecorded editions of Midday Connection programs until the start of the new year when they would then begin having their new Midday Connection programs. However, after I began writing this post way back on September 9, 2015 with the intention of warning you about what is being presented on Midday Connection, as I was searching for more information at the end of October to add to this post it was then that I discovered the show  was actually cancelled! I then realized that what they meant by “new program” was actually just that; an entirely different program. I then had to go back and reword some of what I had already written and change the title of this post, as well. All that just to explain to you one reason why it has taken me so long to finish writing the post concerning Mysticism that I had been telling you at first was coming soon.

Okay. On with my post.

As I searched the Internet to see if I could find out the reason why Moody cancelled their program, I came across the blog belonging to one of the former hosts of Midday ConnectionLori Neff. She wrote a very vivid and deeply emotional account of how she was told:

Capture Midday Connection - Lori Neff - Given the news that Midday Connection was ending(SOURCE)

My heart was filled with compassion for her because it reminded me of how I was treated after working so very hard for thirteen years at my previous job, and it brought back to my mind of how I felt two years ago when I was called into the office and told that I was fired. Unjustly fired, I might add. But that’s another story.

As I continued to read Lori Neff’s post I also identified with the shock that she felt, the disappointment, as well as the depression. But I had actually been praying that God would somehow get me out of my job mainly because of how the new manager was treating me. And although I shed some tears for a few moments after I left the building because I was escorted out as if I was a criminal, and because I loved my co-workers and was hurt that no one came to my defense, my heart then became filled with thanks to God for releasing me! Lori Neff, on the other hand, loved her job! As did Melinda Schmidt and Anita Lustria, I’m sure!

Before I continue by sharing some of my concerns with you in regards to what Moody Radio has presented and is continuing to present to their listeners, I’d first like to start out by saying that Moody Radio played a part in my spiritual journey before I was a Christian and when I was still married, yet feeling so unloved and alone. When my ‘husband’ would leave for work very early in the morning, I would search through all of the radio stations looking for something to comfort me, and one day I came across Moody Radio. One of the songs that I heard  for the first time was Unfailing Love, by Evie Torquist. The beauty of her voice, the melody, and above all, the gospel message (that I was unaware of at the time) which permeated this song, was what truly brought me to tears. Here’s a portion of the lyrics:

“Unfailing love flows from His heart and heals my soul. In spite of who I am He loves and makes me whole. I almost can’t believe it’s true, unfailing love. And yet I know…He gave His life to give to me, unfailing love.” 

I wanted to know God’s unfailing love! I needed His unfailing love to heal my soul! However, it would be a few more years and many more days of tears, heartache, and rejection until God revealed His love — as well as His truth — to me, and healed my soul and made me whole. (If you’d like, you can read about that by clicking on My Testimony at the top of my blog).

Mike Kellogg’s soothing voice, the Scriptures that I heard him share, as well as the songs that he played on his program Music Through The Night on Moody Radio was also a deep comfort to my broken heart and troubled mind throughout those years before I personally came to know Jesus Christ and the true gospel in 1980.

Now I’ll get back to the reason for this post by focusing on the program Midday Connection:

While Anita Lustrea, Melinda Schmidt, and Lorie Neff seem like they are all very sweet and warm radio hostesses who treated their callers with respect and gave them enough time to share what they wanted to say when they called in, I found myself becoming deeply concerned about all of those who listened to their programs because of many of the guests they had on over the past, at least six years, or so. Take September 9th, 2015 for example. Ruth Haley Barton, the former Associate Director of Spiritual Formation at Willow Creek Community Church, who is the founder of the Transforming Center, was their special guest:

Capture Moody Radio Midday Connection - Ruth Haley Barton - Sacred Rhythms

For those of you who are not aware of who Ruth Haley Barton is, you will find some of many articles on her posted by Lighthouse Trails, HERE.

Here is an excerpt from some of the information that you will find:

Capture Ruth Haley Barton - In her own words - Lighthouse Trails(SOURCE)

Here is another very good article with a lot of information on Ruth Haley Barton that was written by the late Pastor Ken Silva (who faithfully and earnestly contended for the faith), followed by a quick capture of a portion of his article:

WHO IS RUTH HALEY BARTON?

Capture Ruth Haley Barton - Quick capture of portion of article written by Ken Silva - Apprising Ministries(SOURCE)<–Click here to continue reading.

Then on September 29, 2015, Midday Connection had author, speaker, and spiritual director, Janet Davis, as their special guest. During this program creative ways to pray were  discussed which focused on prayer beads, breath prayers, wordless prayer, body prayer, praying in color, and other forms of prayer and practices that went beyond the examples of prayer that can be seen in Scripture, and into mystical and pagan practices that can be seen in the New Age/New Spirituality movement. Lorie Neff said that these creative ways to pray, such as wordless prayer, brought about a “deeper connection with God.Janet Davis agreed by saying that these creative ways to pray is  “something that can really revitalize our prayer life.” Because of the fact that what they presented to their listeners on this particular day was so far from Biblical Christianity, and because much of what they presented on many of their shows led their listeners to desire having mystical experiences with God and away from seeking God in His Word, I found my concern for their listeners begin to intensify!

During this program, Lorie Neff, the host of Midday Connection, also mentioned  Richard Foster’s book Prayer which she said she had read for her spiritual direction training. (More information on Richard Foster a little later in this post).

Capture Midday Connection - Creative Prayer - Janet Davis - September 29 2015(SOURCE)<– You can listen to the program here.

Here is a quick capture from one of her articles on Being Prayer, and using visual aids in prayer:

Capture Janet Davis - Being prayer - Visual aids in prayer - beads - praying in color - body prayer - labyrinth(SOURCE)

 

While doing research for this post I discovered that on June 3, 2013 Anita Lustrea wrote an article about Walking the Labyrinth on their Midday Blog:

Capture Midday Connection Blog - Anita Lustrea - Walking the Labyrinth - June 3 2013(SOURCE)

For those of you who are not aware of what a Labyrinth is, here is some information that will show you this is not a Christian practice by any means; it is pagan in origin:

ENTER THE LABYRINTH – LET US REASON MINISTRIES

VIDEO PLAYLIST OF MANY DIFFERENT LABYRINTHS, AND AN EXPLANATION OF WHAT CAN BE FOUND IN THE CENTER OF THEM IN THE VERY LAST VIDEO:

At first I was hoping that some of Moody’s discerning listeners called and complained about the many New Age/New Spirituality teachings that were being presented on Midday Connection and that was the reason it was going off the air.

However, as I was listening to Moody’s morning show with Karl and June, I realized that was definitely not the reason, because on the morning of October 26, 2015 they had Richard Foster as their guest, so I went to their Facebook page to quick capture this for you:

Capture Moody Radio - Karl and June featured Richard Foster October 26, 2015

 

That wasn’t the first time that Richard Foster was on Moody Radio. I remember him being on Midday Connection at least a few times over the past six or so years. Here is just one example:

Capture Midday Connection - Richard Foster - 6-17-2014(SOURCE)

One of the most alarming things that Richard Foster said in the 1978 version of his book Celebration of Discipline, a book which can be found on the Recommended Reading list put out by many churches to this day, is the following very disturbing description of what the reader is instructed to do which exactly describes the same occult practice of astral travel:

“In your imagination allow your spiritual body, shining with light, to rise out of your physical body. Look back so that you can see yourself lying in the grass and reassure your body that you will return momentarily … go deeper and deeper into outer space until there is nothing except the warm presence of the eternal Creator. Rest in His presence.” –Richard Foster in the 1978 edition of Celebration of Discipline, pages 26,27 (SOURCE) Lighthouse Trails

There was a time when you could listen to Moody Radio and hear  many Biblically solid teachings and messages. Today, however, as I hope that you can now see, things have drastically changed!

When I first bought a computer in 2008 I began searching for information on some of the guests that I heard on Midday Connection because of some of the troubling things that I heard them say, Lighthouse Trails Research was the first blog that I found that had an abundance of information concerning Moody, as well as Midday Connection. The information that I found confirmed all of my concerns and provided me with enough information to even cause my concerns to intensify! That’s why I decided to start writing posts this past year such as Mysticism Monday and Warning You With Tears Wednesday instead of just writing poetry that I began this blog with, so that I could warn all of you of the extreme importance of not only reading and studying God’s Word, but also the extreme importance of testing everything that you hear and read in light of Scripture (Acts 17:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:21,22), as well as the need to help you become aware of Satans devices that he is using to cause many Christians to be led astray and even to become deceived!

Lighthouse Trails has been warning about Moody’s promotion of mysticism and New Age spirituality for over seven years, as you will see by reading this article when time allows:

MOODY’S PASTORS’ CONFERENCE TEACHING LECTIO DIVINA THIS WEEK – AND SEVEN YEARS OF WARNING BY LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS GO UNHEEDED – LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS

Here are just some of the many other special guests that were presented to the listening audience on Moody’s Midday Connection over the past at least six years, and some articles and videos of them, as well. Pray for discernment when you have time to read the articles and listen to the videos below:

 

As previously mentioned, Ruth Haley Barton was one of their guests:

Capture Midday Connection - Ruth Haley Barton - Sacred Rhythms 9-9-15

 

 

 

 

 

Trevor Hudson was on quite frequently, as well. Here are two examples:

Capture Midday Connection - Trevor Hudson - 2-3-2014(SOURCE)

Capture Midday Connection - Trevor Hudson - 3-3-14(SOURCE)

Here’s an article with information on Trevor Hudson posted by DISCERNING THE WORLD – EMERGENT MYSTICISM: A BIBLICAL APPRAISAL OF THE MOSAIC CONGRESS – MOSAIC CHURCH (4-5 SEPT 2009)

 

 

 

John Ortberg

Capture Midday Connection - John Ortberg - 4-22-2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: WHAT ABOUT JOHN ORTBERG’S ‘FULLY DEVOTED’ BOOK? MY PASTOR WANTS TO USE IT

Erwin McManus

Capture Midday Connection - Erwin McManus - September 24 2015(SOURCE)

 

ERWIN MCMANUS – HIS GOAL IS TO “DESTROY CHRISTIANITY” – LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS

Below is a quick capture from a portion of one of the many articles concerning Erwin McManus that you will find on Lighthouse Trails at the link above:

Capture Erwin McManus on mysticism - Lighthouse Trails(SOURCE)

 

 

Kyle Strobel, son of Lee Strobel, was also one of their guests.

Capture Midday Connection - Kyle Strobel - Spiritual practices - September 28 2015(SOURCE)

 

Here is more information on Kyle Strobel that I found over two years ago, which should raise your concerns, because, as the saying goes, “One picture is worth a thousands words.”

capture saddleback kyle strobel

Richard Rohr – As I searched the archives of Midday Connection’s previous shows that now only date back to 2014, there were none to be found for Richard Rohr, but I am almost positive that I remember him being on there, and will continue to search for information to verify that for you.

I remember him as being one of the guest speakers on Midday Connection that I was very concerned about! Just by reading some of the titles of the following videos should cause a discerning Christian to become very alarmed!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good information on Richard Rohr by the late Pastor Ken Silva in the following article:

WHO IS RICHARD ROHR

James Bryan Smith

James Bryan Smith was also a featured guest on Midday Connection. His book The Good And Beautiful God was discussed once a week on their programs throughout the entire summer of 2015.

Capture Midday Connection - James Bryan Smith - The Good and Beautiful God - Summer 2015(SOURCE)

Here is an article that I just found which was posted by Lighthouse Trails in which they give a review on his book, as well as inform the very concerned writer of the letter they received that James Bryan Smith is a writer and speaker in the area of Christian spiritual formation and that he has a very close connection with Richard Foster:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: CONCERNS ABOUT HOME CHURCH USING BOOK BY RENOVARE’S JAMES BRYAN SMITH

 

 

 

 

Margaret Feinberg Margaret Feinberg was also a frequent guest on Midday Connection. As you can see from the quick capture below, she presented many teachings from the Book of Genesis:

Capture Midday Connection - Margaret Feinberg November 17 2015(SOURCE)

In a PREVIOUS POST,  I added a lot of information concerning Margaret Feinberg. Here is just a little of what I wrote in that post to make you aware of some of the troubling things that she says:

“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.”

 

“In the video below, Margaret F. expounds on what she means by “Sacred Echoes” 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.”

 

In that previous post I concluded expressing my concerns about her by saying the following:

“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)

 

 Ann Voskamp

This program originally aired on November 27, 2013Capture Midday Connection - Ann Voskamp - Greatest Gift - November 23 2015(SOURCE)

Ann Voskamp is the author of the New York Times best selling book One Thousand Gifts. Although our hearts go out to Ann because of the very tragic death of her baby sister which she speaks about in her book as well as on this program, and even though she focuses on the goodness of God in both of them, as well, there are some extremely serious concerns that many Christians have with some of the very disturbing and unbiblical things that Ann Voskamp says in her book. We must be very careful not to be so emotionally moved by something that an author or a speaker says that we forget the importance of praying for discernment, as well as the importance of testing what is being said in light of Scripture. You can read about the serious problems in her book in the following articles:

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH – ANN VOSKAMP’S BEST SELLING BOOK ONE THOUSAND GIFTS – A COLLISION OF INSPIRATION AND THE NEW SPIRITUALITY

CRITICAL ISSUES COMMENTARY: ROMANTIC PANENTHEISM – A REVIEW OF ONE THOUSAND GIFTS – PASTOR BOB DEWAAY

 

 

 

Mark Buchanan – Original program aired on Dec. 6, 2010

Capture Midday Connection - Mark Buchanan - Spiritual Rhythm Part 4(SOURCE)

 

 

Mary DeMuth – Original program aired on May 19, 2010

In this program, Mary DeMuth shares her heartbreaking story of child abuse in her book entitled, Thin Places (a Celtic term; physical places between heaven and earth were considered “thin places” where they believed “you can sense the presence of God”) and the healing that she said she received after coming to faith in Jesus Christ.

Capture Midday Connection - Ann Voskamp and Mary DeMuth - Thin Places - December 7 2015(SOURCE)

Though the above program was very moving, not only because of hearing what Mary DeMuth went through as a child, but also because of the heartbreaking circumstances that women shared when they called in,   what I discovered while  doing research on A PREVIOUS POST is the fact that Mary DeMuth promotes contemplative spirituality. As you can see in THIS ARTICLE  posted by Lighthouse Trails, in Mary DeMuth’s book Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, she “favorably quotes [Marjorie] Thompson in three different chapters.” The book that she quoted from was Soul Feast. In the article by Lighthouse Trails, we are told that this book “is a book that promotes mantra meditation and New Age mystics.”

Here is a quick capture from a portion of the article by Lighthouse Trails Research:

Capture Book Alert - Soul Feast by Marjorie Thompson - Favorably quoted by Mary DeMuth(SOURCE)<–Click here to continue reading the article.

Nancy Kane

Ray and Nancy Kane were frequent guests on Midday Connection and discussed topics that focused on marriage and relationships. However, Nancy Kane is also deeply involved in the Spiritual Formation movement which she briefly mentions in this program:

 Capture Midday Connection - Ray and Nancy Kane - Nov 19 2015(SOURCE)

Although I could not find examples of programs in Midday Connection’s archives concerning Keri Wyatt Kent who was one of the guests on the show who promoted and who continues to promote Spiritual Formation and contemplative spirituality, here is some information on her:

Keri Wyatt Kent

Capture Midday Connection - Lighthouse Trails documents Keri Wyatt Kent was a guest and that in her book she has quotes from those in the contemplative mystical world(SOURCE) <–Click here to continue reading

Capture Keri Wyatt Kent -(SOURCE) 

 

 

 

Mindy Caliguire – Although I had never heard of her before, Mindy Caliguire was another person who immediately caused alarm bells to go off in my spirit when I began to hear her speak on Midday Connection.

Capture Midday Connection - Mindy Caliguire - January 30 2014(SOURCE)

After listening to her for the first time, I began searching for information on her later because as I listened to her speak I discovered that she was involved with Willow Creek Community Church where Bill Hybels is the pastor. That definitely heightened my concerns that I already had about her! By all that she said it was very clear that she was also involved in promoting Spiritual Formation. 

Here’s some information on Mindy Caliguire from her Soul Care website:

Capture Mindy Caliguire - Information about her and her Soul Care ministry on her website(SOURCE)

Capture Mindy Caliguire - Soul Care information from website(SOURCE)

Mindy Caliguire promotes Catholic mystic Teresa of Avila as well as Richard Foster’s Renovare’ and Dallas Willard:

Capture Mindy Caliguire on Twitter - Tweets

Mindy Caliguire is also involved in The Practice:

Capture The Practice - Lectio in the morning - Link to Mindy Caliguire's teaching and other links, as well

And as Amy Spreeman of Berean Research tells us in the following article,  WILLOW CREEK’S “THE PRACTICE” BLENDS NEW AGE AND CATHOLIC MYSTICISM, The Practice is:

“… the brainchild of Pastor Bill Hybels son-in-law, Aaron Niequist. Niequist is also the Worship Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, and he calls a Jesuit priest his spiritual director.”

Here’s a portion of her very revealing article that clearly shows you the intent for The Practice:

Capture The Practice - Quick capture of a portion of article by Berean Research - Amy Spreeman(SOURCE)

This tweet by Aaron Niequist that Mindy Caliguire retweets, again confirms to you her promotion of Spiritual Formation. A term that may seem innocent enough, but as you take the time to read the articles that I have added links to, as well as watch the videos below, you will come to realize that it’s simply New Age meditation techniques cloaked in somewhat Christian terminology. Please do not be deceived by those who promote this! Our minds are renewed and we are conformed into the image of Jesus Christ through the reading of God’s Word! These practices will only succeed in leading Christians away from the sufficiency of Scripture by telling you that you can have experiences with God! God’s Word is all that we need to truly come to know Him through Jesus Christ and to become like Him. (Read Hebrews 1, Romans 12:2, Colossians 3:1-14, 2 Timothy 3:16, Ephesians 4:22-32, just to name a few Scriptures).

 

Capture Mindy Caliguire - Retweets Aaron Niequist's tweet concerning The Practice and Spiritual Formation

In the following series of videos, Mindy Caliguire also had another one which was entitled, Practicing Silent Prayer. However, it seems that because of the comments that I remember discerning Christians had made on that video, she must have decided to remove it.

 

 

 

As I was doing more research today, 1/4/16, desiring to finally finish writing this post, I did another search on Lighthouse Trails hoping to find some information on Mindy Caliguire’s video, Practicing Silent Prayer  that she must have removed from her series like I just mentioned to you above, and was so thankful to have found an article that had been written by Mike Stanwood which included information on that video! Here is a portion of his article that I quick captured for you:

Capture Mindy Caliguire - Information quick captured from article on Lighthouse Trails concerning the video I saw that has since been removed, entitled Practicing Silent Prayer(SOURCE)<– Click here to continue reading.

David Jeremiah

Moody radio also airs David Jeremiah’s program, Turning Point. There was a time when he strongly warned about the New Age Movement in his book and audio series Invasion of Other Gods, (which I personally have). Sadly, however, he now promotes Roma Downey, who is deeply involved in the New Age Movement.

Capture Picture - Twitter - David Jeremiah interviews Roma Downey promotes A D series

Here’s some information concerning Roma Downey:

NEW BOOKLET TRACT- CONFUSED BY AN ANGEL: THE DILEMMA OF ROMA DOWNEY’S NEW AGE BELIEFS – LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS

 

David Jeremiah also ‘opened his pulpit to Contemplative Advocate, John Ortberg‘ as Lighthouse Trails documents for us below:

Capture Lighthouse Trails - David Jeremiah has John Ortberg as guest speaker at his Shadow Mountain church for Summer Bible Conference(SOURCE) <– Click here to continue reading

As you can see, John Ortberg was also a guest on Midday Connection:

Capture Midday Connection - John Ortberg - 4-22-2014(SOURCE)

 

Here is some information on John Ortberg that was written by James Sundquist of Rock Salt Ministries which I found posted at DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH– JOHN ORTBERG EXPOSE’

John Ortberg and Joyce Meyer discuss “how to experience God in every day life.” He also mentions Catholic mystic, Brother Lawrence and “practicing the presence of God.” 

 

 

 

Further below you will see an example of another Moody Radio program, This Is The Day, with Nancy Turner. Nathan Foster, the son of Richard Foster, was her featured guest. The “ancient practice of spiritual disciplines” was the topic of their conversation.

As her program began, Nancy Turner invited those who tuned in to her program to continue listening, by saying:

“Hope you’ll stay tuned to hear the insights from saints of old to uncover fresh ways of of living in our world today.”

She introduced Nathan Foster by saying the following:

“Nathan is associate professor of social work and theology at Spring Arbor University in Michigan. He holds the Andrews Chair in Spiritual Formation. He’s also a licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Director of Teaching Ministries for Renovare.’ 

When asked by Nancy Turner to explain what Renovare’ is, Nathan said the following:

“Renovare’ is a nonprofit organization that my dad set up, and essentially it is kind of an outgrowth of his work and Dallas Willard’s work in helping equip the church with teachings on Spiritual Formation and how people grow into  Christ-likeness.”

Capture Moody Radio - This Is The Day - Nathan Foster Richard Foster's son - Ancient practices of spiritual disciplines (SOURCE)

To read about the many concerns that discerning Christians have with Renovare,’ please consider reading some of THESE ARTICLES POSTED ON LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS

Also, if you are not aware of who Dallas Willard is, here’s some information for you:

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH – DALLAS WILLARD GOING DOWN THE CONTEMPLATIVE ROAD, AND TAKING OTHERS WITH HIM

 

 

The clearest evidence that I can present to you to show you that Moody is indeed promoting Spiritual Formation, (if everything that I have already shared with you wasn’t enough) is the fact that Moody Bible Institute now has a  Spiritual Formation program, (which Nancy Kane briefly mentioned in her November 19th visit on Midday Connection) and upon completion of the class you will  receive a Spiritual Formation certificate:

Capture Moody Bible Institute Spiritual Formation Certificate 1 of 2

Capture Moody Bible Institute Spiritual Formation Certificate 2 of 2 - Program Objectives(SOURCE)

If you are still unaware of what Spiritual Formation is and the dangers that you can encounter in most of these teachings, please consider reading the following articles, as well as the articles that I have added under Further Reading. When time allows, I encourage you to watch the videos further below, as well.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION – PASTOR GARY GILLEY

ROOTS OF THE SPIRITUAL FORMATION MOVEMENT – PASTOR GARY GILLEY

 

When time allows, I will be updating this post by adding more information and videos, as well as some notes that I took as I frequently listened to Midday Connection’s programs in order to do research on the many guests they had on over the many years they were on.  It would not be an exaggeration to say that at least 98% of their guests were — and still are — involved in the practice and promotion of mysticism and unbiblical spiritual disciplines at various degrees. Simply by looking at the information that I have already provided for you, I am almost certain that you will agree.

UPDATED: 2/20/16

HERE ARE SOME UPDATES FOR YOU:

Upon discovering that Moody Radio chose Equipped as their new show that would replace Midday Connection, I decided to listen in on January 7th 2016 to get an idea of what they would now be presenting to their listeners:

Capture New program - Equipped - replaces Midday Connection - Guest Dr Sue Edwards(SOURCE)

 Capture Moody Radio - Equipped - with Chris Brooks(SOURCE)

The description of this show reminds me of In The Market with Janet Parshall because they discuss topics in light of our culture today. At first I thought that this show might be good, because from the little that I heard the host of the show, Chris Brooks, say that day, he seemed very discerning and he is aware of the fact that spiritual deception is a big concern these days, and it sounded like Dr. Sue Edwards seemed to be presenting some good Bible studies by listening to much of what she had to say, as well. While I am not going to judge Chris Brooks by simply listening to one of his shows, what I soon discovered about Dr. Sue Edwards did cause me to become concerned:

Wanting to be certain that this particular speaker was Biblically solid, and that she wasn’t into anything related to Spiritual Formation since it seems that these teachings are especially permeating countless number of churches and ministries these days, I decided to do some research on Dr. Sue Edwards. Sadly, as you can see from the information that I quick captured for you below, she is on staff at Dallas Theological Seminary where they are  presenting these teachings to their students, and they have now merged their Christian Education and Spiritual Formation & Leadership departments:

Capture Sue Edwards - Dallas Theological Seminary merges Christian Education and Spiritual Formation and Leadership Departments

Capture Spiritual Formation - Dallas Theological Seminary

Capture Sue Edwards - Dallas Theological Seminary - Method of Spiritual Formation - An Overview of the Four Semesters(SOURCE)

Sue Edwards, along with Barbara Neumann, wrote the following book which caught my attention because the term organic, when not referring to food, can mean something new, vibrant, and unique in the language of the New Christianity:

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS – NEW BOOKLET TRACT: D IS FOR DECEPTION-THE LANGUAGE OF THE “NEW” CHRISTIANITY

Capture Sue Edwards - Organic Mentoring

After looking at a preview of this book on Amazon it clearly shows that the intent of this book is to explore ways that will be successful to mentor young women in order to keep the relationship going between mentor and mentee, and by the little that they showed in the preview, there doesn’t appear to be anything troubling in this book. However, just the fact that Spiritual Formation is strongly promoted at DTS is reason enough to be extremely hesitant about purchasing this book.

In the following video as Organic Mentoring is discussed, George M. Hillman had this to say towards the end of their discussion beginning at the 28:29 minute mark:

“Plug for my department: Many of you are in a Spiritual Formation group…that’s mentoring! That is pure mentoring. And you have an opportunity to invest in people’s lives and not just your leader in the group but you invest in one another’s lives. And I’ll go a sales pitch with this aspect of…if you want to learn this stuff,  guess what. Be a SF leader. We’ll give you a group of people and say, “Hang out with these people and love on these people.”

As I continued to search for information I came across this Spiritual Formation series that is based on a  curriculum which was developed at Dallas Theological Seminary which I have added to further demonstrate that Sue Edwards is indeed involved in Spiritual Formation. Not only is she is on staff at a seminary that teaches Spiritual Formation, but also she is on staff at a school that develops Spiritual Formation curriculum. Therefore Moody is still continuing to feature speakers on their programs that are involved in Spiritual Formation, some more deeply than others.

Capture Spiritual Formation program based on curriculum developed at Dallas Theological Seminary - Intro

 

Below you will see that Dallas Willard (who is now deceased) and Richard Foster, who both have strongly promoted mysticism in their teachings, are favorably mentioned:

Capture Spiritual Formation program - Spiritual Disciplines 2 - Dallas Willard and Richard Foster are quoted(SOURCE)

 

 

In Part 3 of this series, which is entitled Integrity, you can see by the list below that Spiritual Disciplines are a part of this course. To what extent, I do not know, but it is very possible that since Dallas Willard and  Richard Foster are quoted favorably in their series, the mystical practice of Contemplative Prayer may very well be included in their Spiritual Discipline practices.

Capture Spiritual Formation program - 3rd part in 4 part series - Spiritual Disciplines mentioned(SOURCE)

UPDATED 2/22/16

After discovering that Sue Edwards had some of her teachings on YouTube, I decided to listen to many of them to test them in light of Scripture. Here is one of them that I would like to bring to your attention:

Beginning at the 4:57 minute mark in the above video you will see the following information that I quick captured for you below:

Capture Sue Edwards - Recommends Henry Cloud in her video

As you can see from the information above, Sue Edwards listed Henry Cloud’s book as one of her Recommended Resources.

This is very troubling in light of the fact that as Lighthouse Trails shows us in the following article (that I quick captured a portion of for you below), Dr. Henry Cloud wrote the forward to the Be Still book (the companion to the 2006 Be Still DVD that featured Beth Moore, Henry Cloud, Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Priscilla Shirer, and more) in which he “makes comments that clearly show the true nature of this mystical spirituality.”

Capture Dr. Henry Cloud - Lighthouse Trails documents his promotion of mysticism(SOURCE)<– Click here to read this very good article in its entirety, or click on the link below.

LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS – BE STILL BOOK CONFIRMS TRUE NATURE OF CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER

END OF 2/22/26 UPDATE

Another thing that I would like to bring to your attention as you can see from the quick capture below, is the fact that Moody Founder’s Week just took place on February 1st through the 5th:

Capture Moody Bible Institute Founder's Week - Feb 1-5 2016

As you can see from the schedule below and the video that follows, one of their guest speakers was Ann Voskamp. Earlier in this post I shared with you the serious concerns that many have with what she presents in her books.

Capture Moody Bible Institute Founder's Week - Feb 1-5 2016 Schedule(SOURCE)<–All of the above information that I quick captured can be accessed here. You can listen to all of the sessions from Founder’s Week 2016 here, as well).

 

Thanks to Debi Martin, (who must also be a detective-at-heart like I am) it was made known on Facebook that Moody Theological Seminary is having a Spiritual Formation Retreat this weekend. By doing so, they are now  more openly declaring  just how strongly they are promoting Spiritual Formation:

Capture Moody Theological Seminary Spiritual Formation Retreat 2016

So upon seeing the above post, I decided to see what else I could find out about this Retreat, and I discovered this video and the following information:

 

Capture Moody Theological Seminary Spiritual Formation Retreat - Purpose of the retreat

 

Capture Moody Theological Seminary Spiritual Formation Retreat - Key Details

Capture Moody Theological Seminary Spiritual Formation Retreat - About the Discipleship Cohort Ministry - Final Part(SOURCE)

Why is it that those in leadership at Moody are so lacking in discernment? Why are they not aware of the fact that because of the many ways that they are promoting Spiritual Formation, they are actually presenting New Age/New Spirituality practices that are rooted in Hinduism and Buddhism to Christians? Why are they not carefully examining what Christian speakers actually say and write in light of Scripture before they choose them to speak at their Conferences?

Why is it that so many Christians in leadership positions today lack discernment? Is it that they no longer see a need to examine the Scriptures daily to see if what these pastors and speakers are saying is true? (Acts 17:11) Have they forgotten or are they just ignoring the many warnings in Scripture about doctrines of demons (1 Timothy 4:1) and false teachers, and that many of these false teachers will arise from among us? (Acts 20:30) Do many in leadership today just seek after those speakers who are the most popular and highly sought after in order to attract more people to their conferences and retreats? God will judge their hearts and their motives one day, but this is very troubling because oftentimes they are failing to protect their sheep! And because of the many in leadership these days who are strongly promoting Spiritual Formation Classes and the Spiritual Disciplines which almost always include Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, and other mystical practices that can be found in Buddhism and Hinduism, they are actually leading many Christians astray and right into Satan’s territory!

As Christians all of us are accountable before God for what we choose to do, but I truly hope that we are coming to realize more and more that we are to trust and to follow no one but the one and only Good Shepherd — Jesus Christ — and how we are only to believe the God-breathed words recorded in His Word –the Bible. END OF 2/20/16 UPDATE

IN CLOSING

Dr. Harry Ironside, former pastor of Moody Memorial Church from 1930-1948, wrote an  article, entitled, Exposing Error: Is It Worthwhile?  I answer that question with a hearty, “YES!” As I began to write this post I thought about him and how deeply grieved he would be if he knew about the many spiritually deceptive teachings that are now being promoted today through the ministry that he was once a part of.

I can think of no better way to pay tribute to him than by sharing it with you here as a way to carry on his legacy of earnestly contending for the faith. Here is a portion of his article that I quick captured from The Berean Call:

Capture Exposing Error - Is It Worthwhile - Dr Harry Ironside - Quick capture from Berean Call Website(SOURCE) <–Click here to continue reading.

It is my hope and prayer that those on staff at Moody will come to the realization that they are drifting away from the Biblical foundation that this ministry was founded upon, and that they would repent and return to presenting Biblical principles through their radio programs, their publications, and through their classes at Moody Bible Institute, and put a stop to presenting any speaker or writer who promote these unbiblical New Age/New Spirituality pagan practices that are being promoted through Spiritual Formation.

Please know that this post was not written with the intention of attacking Lori Neff, Melinda Schmidt and Anita Lustria, for I truly see them as sweet and loving women. However, I pray that their eyes will be opened to see the dangerous spiritual path that they are going down — and leading others down — which is leading them and many other women away from Biblical Christianity, not only because of their deep involvement in Spiritual Formation and the mystical practices that they are promoting, but also because of their involvement with the many others who are promoting  these things, as well.

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

 

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)

“But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you.” (2 Peter 2:1)

“Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:1-5)

“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

“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)

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men. after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Colossians 2:8)

“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 such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:6-8)

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

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

 

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