The Underlying Foundation of the Alpha Course
Lighthouse Trails Research has added the Alpha Course to its Spiritual Formation list. This list is comprised of Christian organizations that are promoting Spiritual Formation (i.e., contemplative spirituality). It is the hope of Lighthouse Trails that believers can be made aware of this fast growing spirituality that negates biblical Christianity because of its mystical, panentheistic roots. Alpha Course Promotes Spiritual Formation
The Dangers of the Alpha Course
by Deception in the Church
The Alpha Course is a course that has been used by many as a way to attempt to introduce the false doctrines and practices of the Third Wave into mainstream denominations.
I was dumbfounded when I found out some of the people who endorse this course. Among them were the Salvation Army and, most notably, Luis Palau. Here is his endorsement that is featured on the Alpha Course web page:
"Alpha seems especially blessed in that the Lord is using it to reach all sorts of people in all sorts of spiritual condition." (http://www.alphana.org/alendo01.htm)
The Alpha Course, though teaching some truth, also lays truth alongside error. The wooing of people using the gospel message, only to later enslave them in ritualism, works salvation, and occult manifestations is one of the great deceptions of our time. One of the cleverest ploys of the enemy in our day is to allow "unprincipled" men to use the salvation message as an enticment to unsuspecting and untrained people, while they secretly introduce false doctrine, thereby giving "the devil a foothold" for fleshly manifestations and temptations in their lives. The men who designed this course are laying error alongside truth, introducing error secretly ("pareisaxousinin" in Greek) the result of which will ruin the faith of the believer in the end. The Bible says of this process:
"But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--bringing swift destruction on themselves." (2 Pet. 2:1) Click here to read more.
Sermon preached by Cecil Andrews of 'Take Heed' Ministries on 15/2/2004
Tonight I want to 'assess' or 'evaluate' what has in recent years become virtually a by-word for introducing people to the Christian faith ' I'm referring of course to THE ALPHA COURSE.
ALPHA started life back in 1977 as a modest, local church based initiative, described as 'a means of presenting the basic principles of the Christian faith in a relaxed and informal setting'. It's home then, as it still is today, was and is the Anglican Parish of HOLY TRINITY BROMPTON in London. Its first presenter was a man called CHARLES MARNHAM but today 'the face' of ALPHA is the assistant curate ' NICKY GUMBEL and to a lesser extent his boss, the vicar of HTB ' Sandy Millar.
As a first step in our 'assessment' I want to read a short passage from Paul's 2nd letter to Timothy ' 2nd Timothy 2: 1-2
'1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also'. Alpha
Sermon by Cecil Andrews of Take Heed
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