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.
|Does Matthew 18 Apply To False Teachers?
(Heretics and Hypocrites by Paul Proctor)
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
from Nicky Gumbel,
the creator of the Alpha
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"
himself is here right now ... [P]icture him ...
standing in front of you"
find true happiness - [through] high self- esteem"
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."
Church is Christ'"
... [is] defeated ... and we are now involved in
the final mopping-up operations."
hell is smaller than one pebble ... smaller than
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
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?"
Entire Document (Includes Scripture comparisons.)
Other Documents and Articles for your research:
|Breath Prayer - It's Everywhere ...
practice, you can develop the habit of praying silent
'breath prayers'"Rick Warren Also
see pages 89 and 299 of PDL
sure to breathe prayers to God about your conversations
Ortberg (John Ortberg's wife)
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."
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
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
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
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.
of the Forum represent the following churches, seminaries,
Church (Pastor Rob DeKlotz)
International University (Dr. Waybright)
Evangelical Divinity School
of the Open Door (MN)
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
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
What Would Buddha Do at Work?
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"
"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."
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
To Yoga, Christianity Today, May 2005
Amazing Quotes ...
|Earthly Empires - Evangelical Churches
Shunning Bibles and Crosses
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.
Seminary Stepping Towards Emerging and Contemplative
Spirituality - Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
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.
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."
503 SPIRITUAL FORMATION OF THE MINISTER Course
Uses Contemplative Authors:
by Ray Yungen
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
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."
here for full article and footnotes.
article is taken from Ray Yungen's book, A
Time of Departing
|Christianity Today and YOGA!
Can a Christian breathe air that has been offered
by Agnieszka Tennant
Inn ... Outt ...
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
For more on this crisis that has hit the church, read A
Time of Departing.
Ken Blanchard and The
Hoffman Quadrinity Process
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
you are open to life, you start noticing the divine
in everything." p. 209.
For information on the relationship between Rick Warren
and Ken Blanchard, see our press
release page at Lighthouse Trails Research Project.
Lighthouse Trails Publishing
Trails Research Project
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."
to audio of Ken Blanchard discussing when he became
a Christian. This file loads slowly
Table of Ken Blanchard Endorsements and Dates
Ken Blanchard Endorses New Age Teacher Jack
Canfield's Recently Released Book, The Success
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
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