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Coming from the Lighthouse      Exposing the Truth About Contemplative Spirituality and Interspirituality.
May/June 2005 Issue

As we continue to receive phone calls and emails from believers all over the world, we hear a similar story over and over: "What is going on with the church?" Many say they have been asked to leave their churches for not going along with the Purpose Driven program. Others have told stories of new pastors who bring with them labyrinths, candles and a spirituality that has Eastern and mystical roots. The stories are all a little different but one thing is the same - Christian churches around the world are filling up with doctrines and practices that redefine Christendom and have no use for those who question or show even the slightest concern. This newsletter is written to alert and encourage believers to the fast growing infiltration of interspirituality and contemplative spirituality into the church and the world.

We have done the very best we can to present accurate information and documentation. Please feel free to distribute all or any portion of this newsletter.

This Issue Contains the Following Articles:
  • Ken Blanchard and The Hoffman Quadrinity      Process
  • Does Matthew 18 Apply To False Teachers?     (Heretics and Hypocrites by Paul Proctor)
  • The Alpha Course and the New Age
  • Breath Prayer - It's Everywhere ...
  • The Spiritual Formation Forum - Another      Avenue to Spread Contemplative Prayer
  • Lighthouse Watch
        The Global Day of Prayer
  • Amazing Quotes
  • Earthly Empires - Evangelical Churches     Shunning Bibles and Crosses
  • Another Seminary Stepping Towards Emerging      and Contemplative Spirituality - Assemblies of      God Theological Seminary
  • Christian Kundalini
         by Ray Yungen
  • Christianity Today and YOGA!

  • Does Matthew 18 Apply To False Teachers? (Heretics and Hypocrites by Paul Proctor)

    "[W]hen someone reprimands today's religious leaders for their unbiblical teachings, they are silenced, shamed, slandered, marginalized, isolated and/or asked to leave. But, isn't that exactly what the religious leaders did to Jesus and His disciples?"

    "There is absolutely no biblical record of Jesus or any of His disciples ever taking a heretic off to the side for coffee and donuts after they led someone astray distorting the Word of God."

    "Jesus dealt with heretics harshly, publicly and immediately, as did Paul and the other disciples."
    - Quotes from Paul Proctor, News With Views


    Article By Permission


    The Alpha Course and the New Age
    The Alpha Course

    Quotes from Nicky Gumbel,
    the creator of the Alpha Course

    • "Jesus said 'I am the Way' ... but it doesn't mean to say you write off other religions ... There is validity in pretty well all religions"
    • "Jesus himself is here right now ... [P]icture him ... standing in front of you"
    • "[We] find true happiness - [through] high self- esteem"
    • "[T]he age to come has begun.... [T]he age to come has broken into history ... [T]he powers of the new age have erupted into this age."
    • "'[T]he Church is Christ'"
    • "Satan ... [is] defeated ... and we are now involved in the final mopping-up operations."
    • "All hell is smaller than one pebble ... smaller than one atom.

    Quotes from The New Age and Alpha
    by Dusty Peterson/Elizabeth McDonald.




    For many years now Dusty Peterson and Elizabeth McDonald of the UK have devoted themselves to exposing the deception and danger that lies within the Alpha Course. As the Alpha course grows quickly in popularity, it is high time to take a look at the New Age underlayers of this program.

    The New Age of Alpha
    by Dusty Peterson/Elizabeth McDonald


    "The Alpha Course has swept the globe and is being used by an incredibly wide range of groups ... including Anglicans and Roman Catholics, Methodists and Seventh Day Adventists. Where other evangelistic initiatives have petered out very swiftly, Alpha has done the opposite. From its roots in the late 1970s, Alpha has grown to stunning proportions today and millions have already participated. What is the secret of its popularity - and what issues does this raise?"

    Read Entire Document (Includes Scripture comparisons.)

    Other Documents and Articles for your research:


    Breath Prayer - It's Everywhere ...

    "With practice, you can develop the habit of praying silent 'breath prayers'"—Rick Warren Also see pages 89 and 299 of PDL

    "Be sure to breathe prayers to God about your conversations ..."
    Nancy Ortberg (John Ortberg's wife)

    "But how do we turn our thoughts so quickly? One helpful method is the time-proven "breath prayer" format, repeating a prayer phrase that has great meaning." -- Jan Johnson

    "My natural response to any deep-breathing exercises is an emotionally felt love of God. Soon after I take off my socks and do a couple of poses, spontaneous prayers soar to Christ. Give me five minutes of yoga, and my mind immediately goes to the metaphor of God's spirit being as omnipresent and as necessary as the air." -- Agnieszka Tennant, YES TO YOGA, Christianity Today, May 16, 2005


    The Spiritual Formation Forum - Another Avenue to Spread Contemplative Prayer



    "The next reformation is due. It will focus on what it means to know God with a power that changes who we are and how we relate. I predict the Spiritual Formation Forum will play a vital role in the Spirit's next great movement."


    These are the words of Dr. Larry Crabb, one of the Board of Directors of the The Spiritual Formation Forum, whose membership includes Richard Foster of Renovare, Dallas Willard and Biola University. Will this "new reformation" that Larry Crabb speaks of include the mystical, contemplative element?

    Darrell L. Bock of Dallas Theological Seminary and also a Board Member of the Forum speaks of "bridges" that will link what he calls "resources of the Spirit" to those who seek God. Could these "bridges" be the very ones that Tilden Edwards speaks of when he says that contemplative prayer is the bridge between Christianity and Far Eastern religion?

    The Spiritual Formation Forum offers books such as Willard's The Spirit of the Disciplines, Eugene Peterson's The Contemplative Pastor, Larry Crabb's Soul Talk and many more that point to the contemplative way of life.

    Other members of the Forum represent the following churches, seminaries, and organizations:
    • Saddleback Church (Pastor Rob DeKlotz)
    • Trinity International University (Dr. Waybright)
    • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
    • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
    • World Vision
    • Church of the Open Door (MN)


    Lighthouse Watch
    The Global Day of Prayer
    Lighthouse Watch

    On May 15th, 2005, all across the globe, millions of people gathered in stadiums to pray together. While this may seem like a wonderful event to many, and who should question a prayer gathering of this magnitude, the underlying framework of this event must be examined.


    Amazing Quotes

    "You've heard me say many times that the greatest thing you can do with your life is tell somebody about Jesus ... if you help somebody secure their eternal destiny, that they spend the rest of their life in Heaven not Hell ...your life counts, your life matters because nothing matters more than helping get a person and their eternal destiny settled. They will be forever eternally grateful....And I've always said that that was the greatest thing you can do with your life. I was wrong. There is one thing you can do greater than share Jesus Christ with somebody, and it is help start a church."
    —Sermon from 11/2003 when Rick Warren Announced His Global Peace Plan to Saddleback. Hear entire sermon - This portion starts around the 14 minute mark.)

    "We come into this Peace Plan with great humility ... We will be like a giant mushroom expanding and exploding around the world. Whatever it takes, it will be a holy moment."—Rick Warren

    "I look for inspirational messages from a variety of sources besides Jesus. Our folks get to hear words of wisdom from great prophets and spiritual leaders like Buddha, Mohammed ... Yogananda and the Dalai Lama."—Ken Blanchard, foreword
    What Would Buddha Do at Work? (2001)


    "Buddha points to the path and invites us to begin our journey to enlightenment. I ... invite you to begin your journey to enlightened work."—Ken Blanchard, foreword
    What Would Buddha Do at Work?

    "The first time I introduced this, the kids came in, and I had a candle going and a little incense burning and some Gregorian chant music on the CD player"
    Tony Jones


    "What works for me is a combination of disciplines: I do yoga, tai chi which is a Chinese martial art and three kinds of meditation—vipasana, transcendental and mantra (sound) meditation."
    J ack Canfield,

    Chicken Soup for the Soul


    "To dispel the stereotype at hand, let me witness that yoga has never had any negative influence on me, and it doesn't trigger any harmful religious impulses. Just the opposite is true. The three hours a week I spend doing yoga not only make me more flexible, tone my muscles, and relax me. They also draw me closer to Christ. They are my bodily-kinetic prayer." Agnieszka Tennant, Yes To Yoga, Christianity Today, May 2005

    More Amazing Quotes ...


    Earthly Empires - Evangelical Churches Shunning Bibles and Crosses

    "Hybel's consumer-driven approach is evident at Willow Creek, where he shunned stained glass, Bibles, or even a cross for the 7,200-seat, $72 million sanctuary he recently built. The reason? Market research suggested that such traditional symbols would scare away non-churchgoers." Read the rest of this article, Earthly Empires Business Week Online Magazine.


    Another Seminary Stepping Towards Emerging and Contemplative Spirituality - Assemblies of God Theological Seminary

    Assemblies of God Theological Seminary appears to be heading towards Emerging and Contemplative Spirituality.
    Take a look at Professor Earl Creps' syllabus and decide for yourself.
    Syllabus materials include those from Henri Nouwen, Brian McLaren, Ken Blanchard, Dan Kimball, Erwin McManus, Sally Morgenthaler, Leonard Sweet. See More on Earl Creps.

    Excerpt from The Emerging Church: Ancient Faith for a Post-Modern World
    "Among the many authors to pay attention to are Vintage Faith pastor Dan Kimball, author of The Emerging Church and Emerging Worship; Drew University professor Leonard Sweet (Postmodern Pilgrims; A Is for Abductive); youth pastor Tony Jones (Postmodern Youth Ministry; Read, Think, Pray, Live); Robert E. Webber, author of The Younger Evangelicals and Ancient-Future Faith: Rethinking Evangelicalism for a Postmodern World; Spencer Burke, Sally Morgenthaler-the list is far too extensive to include all the recommended authors here. For the most thorough collection of postmodern resources that I know of, go to www.agts.edu, click on " Free Resources," and then click on the folder labeled "Emerging Culture/Emerging Church." That will give you access to a PDF file of 1,700-plus resources amassed by Assemblies of God professor Earl Creps, a man for whom many in the emerging church movement give thanks daily."

    AGTS PTHI 503 SPIRITUAL FORMATION OF THE MINISTER Course Uses Contemplative Authors:

    • Thomas Merton
    • Dallas Willard
    • Richard Foster



    Christian Kundalini
    by Ray Yungen

    "Many Christians might have great difficulty accepting the assessment that what is termed Christian mysticism is, in truth, not really Christian. They might feel this rejection is spawned by a heresy hunting mentality. Let's examine the writings of Philip St. Romain, who wrote a book about his journey into contemplative prayer called Kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality. [K]undalini is a Hindu term for the mystical power or force that underlies their spirituality. In Hinduism it is commonly referred to as the serpent power.

    "Philip St. Romain, a substance abuse counselor and devout Catholic lay minister, began his journey while practicing contemplative prayer or resting in the still point, as he called it. What happened to him following this practice should bear the utmost scrutiny from the evangelical community-especially from our leadership."
    Click here for full article and footnotes.

    This article is taken from Ray Yungen's book, A Time of Departing

    Ray 
Yungen, author of A Time of Departing: Exposing the 
dangers of contemplative prayer


    Christianity Today and YOGA!
    Agnieszka Tennant, author of Yes to Yoga

    Yes to Yoga
    Can a Christian breathe air that has been offered to idols?
    by Agnieszka Tennant

    "In-out-in-out-in-out.

    In-out.

    In. Out.

    Inhale.

    Exhale.

    Inn ... Outt ...

    Innn ...

    It's 7:45 p.m. on a weekday and for the first time today, I consciously slow down my breathing. I send the air deep down into my belly, letting it rise and fall like a wave. Inn ... Outt ..." Read Entire Article

    For more on this crisis that has hit the church, read A Time of Departing.


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    Ken Blanchard and The Hoffman Quadrinity Process

    On April 20th, Lighthouse Trails Publishing sent out a press release concerning Ken Blanchard who "signed on" with Rick Warren to help implement Warren's global PEACE Plan and to help Rick Warren train leaders around the globe (see sermon).

    In the press release, we listed several books in which Ken Blanchard has either written the foreword or placed his endorsement on the front or back cover. These include: Mind Like Water by Jim Ballard, What Would Buddha Do At Work by Frank Metcalf, The Corporate Mystic by Gay Hendricks, The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success by New Age leader Deepak Chopra, and Death and Letting Go by clairvoyant Ellen Tadd.

    Further research on Ken Blanchard's endorsement of New Age teachers and mystics has painted an even bleaker picture than before. Added to our previous list is Blanchard's endorsement of motivational speaker Brian Tracy's book, Maximum Achievement. In chapter six, "The Master Power"(p. 179), Tracy says "many of the greatest thinkers who have ever lived have stood in awe before this power and have written about it." He continues, "Madame Blavatsky, the Russian theosophist, called it, 'the secret doctrine.'" Blavatsky's book, The Secret Doctrine, is one of the foundational books, which under girds the New Age and the new spirituality. Of Brian Tracy's book, Blanchard says: "I guarantee the strategies and skills presented in this book will unlock your hidden powers [occult?] to succeed."

    If Blanchard's endorsement of Brian Tracy's book isn't enough to show where Blanchard's spiritual sympathies lie, then perhaps the following will do so. Robert Scheinfeld is the author of a book called The 11th Element. Scheinfeld, a man who boasts of going through the AVATAR program, teaches in his books and seminars a concept that within every person is an invisible network and an inner intelligence or Inner CEO. Of this invisible network, Scheinfeld says, "That network links all of us together at the unconscious level and stores information on what everybody is doing all over the planet."

    Ken Blanchard makes no secret of his admiration and trust in Scheinfeld's theory. On the back cover of Scheinfeld's book, Blanchard says: "The 11th Element teaches you the valuable skill of asking for assistance from your 'Inner CEO' to improve your decision making."

    Mind Like Water, What Would Buddha Do At Work, The Corporate Mystic and The 11th Element are precise manifestos on pantheism and interspirituality and thus a denial of the gospel of Jesus Christ. One can only conclude, in light of his glowing endorsements, that Ken Blanchard must be in one accord with the authors of these books.

    But Ken Blanchard has taken his spiritual sympathies another step further. It's a step that cannot be ignored. As we mentioned in our April 20th press release, Ken Blanchard is on the Board of Advisors of an organization called the Hoffman Institute (home of the Hoffman Quadrinity Process). For those of you who may wonder what exactly the Hoffman Quadrinity Process is, we turn our attention now to a 2003 book named, The Hoffman Process written by Tim Laurence, the present director of The Hoffman Institute. I don't even think words can fully describe the disturbing anti-biblical message in this book. But to see Ken Blanchard's name on the inside endorsement page nestled in between Sonia Choquette (a third generation psychic), Margot Anand (a tantric/mystic sex teacher), and staunch New Ager, Joan Borysenko, is an utter disgrace.

    In both the book and the Hoffman Institute web site, Ken Blanchard states, after having taken the course himself, that: "The Hoffman Process brings forth spiritual leadership in a person. It made my spirituality come alive." (emphasis added)

    Let's look at a few quotes in Tim Laurence's book to gain a perspective on the spirituality of the Hoffman Process.

    • "'I asked my friends up above. They always have the right answer," he replied, referring to his spirit guides that, as a psychic healer, he often consulted."-Tim Laurence, speaking about the Hoffman Process founder, Bob Hoffman, p.15.

    • "Many traditions around the world focus on the breath as a link to the divine. -- Indeed, it is used as the focus of the Buddhist practice called Vipassana, or 'insight meditation.'" (Also see pages 89 and 299 of Rick Warren's book, The Purpose Driven Life for his explanation of breath prayers.)

    • "You can use a short meditation to remind yourself of this connection to all others in this world of ours. - As you breathe, feel that breath coming from your core essence." p. 207.

    • "When you are open to life, you start noticing the divine in everything." p. 209.


    This is just a very small number of the many similar quotes throughout The Hoffman Process. The question must now be asked: What is Rick Warren doing by allowing Ken Blanchard, a man who clearly supports the teachings of New Age gurus and mystics, to "sign on" to train "one billion soldiers for Christ?"

    For information on the relationship between Rick Warren and Ken Blanchard, see our press release page at Lighthouse Trails Research Project.


    Editor
    Lighthouse Trails Publishing
    Lighthouse Trails Research Project

    Q & A
    When Did Ken Blanchard Become a Christian? According to his own autobiography, We Are the Beloved (1994), Blanchard has been a Christian since the mid-80s. In his own words he says, "In 1985 my [spiritual] journey got a boost when Margie and I met Bob and Linda Buford." A few pages later in the book, Blanchard says, "I bowed my head and said, 'Lord, I can't save myself here.'" And then, "I accept Jesus as my Savior and the bridge between You and me."

    Listen to audio of Ken Blanchard discussing when he became a Christian. This file loads slowly


    See Table of Ken Blanchard Endorsements and Dates



    ANOTHER ENDORSEMENT

    Ken Blanchard Endorses New Age Teacher Jack Canfield's Recently Released Book, The Success Principles:
    Within the pages of this book, Canfield encourages the use of practices such as visualization and meditation, along with quoting page after page of New Age authors and gurus. Blanchard says of The Success Principles, "Canfield and Switzer have put their methods to success in an illuminating and easy-to-read book. Jack's teaching is highly effective and this new book will be the gift to give this year."

    In Jack Canfield's own words, he reveals his New Age, mystical beliefs. In an article written by Canfield, "Choosing to Be Happy" he says, "Every religion I've looked at has some technology.... I've studied all of them and found what works for me and I've tried to make it available to others. What works for me is a combination of disciplines: I do yoga, tai chi which is a Chinese martial art and three kinds of meditation: vipasana, transcendental and mantra (sound) meditation."

    Links to Important Information and Resources for Research

    Past Newsletter Issues and Special News Alerts

    Recent Press Release -Rick Warren Teams Up With Ken Blanchard

    Sermon Clip - Rick Warren Introduces Global Peace Plan and Ken Blanchard

    Eastern Regional Watch Ministries
    with Steve Muse

    Lighthouse Trails Publishing - A Light Shining in the Darkness

    Index of our Research Topics

    This Month's Featured Book -
    The well-written, captivating testimony of Warren Smith, author of Deceived on Purpose. For years Warren Smith was a spiritual seeker. That quest took him on a journey that he never expected. This is a book that everyone needs to read.

    The Light That Was Dark by Warren Smith






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