By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times, International
Recently, I was informed about a conference held this week in Budapest, Hungary where Willow Creek senior pastor Bill Hybels taught leaders. According to comments posted on Phil Metzger’s Facebook page, the event was held at Calvary Chapel Golgota Budapest where Metzger is pastor. He is also the director of Calvary Chapel Bible College Europe (also located in Hungary). On Metzger’s Facebook, Hybels was not only endorsed, he was praised. 
Perhaps most who read about this event will not be alarmed. But I was because I see the significance. I know that what Chuck Smith and Calvary Chapel once stood for is not at all what Hybels stands for. Bill Hybels was mentored by Peter Drucker along with Rick Warren to “reshape” Christianity for the 21st century. Hybels, from the famous Willow Creek Church located in South Barrington, Illinois, fathered the “seeker-friendly” movement.
When Hybels and his cohorts discovered that the seeker-friendly model produced spiritually illiterate believers, they said they “repented”  from this model of church; but in actuality, they delved right into teachings associated with the emergent church and contemplative mysticism, seeing those as the next “great” step. Interestingly, on Metzger’s Facebook page, someone defending Metzger’s promotion of Hybels said that it was irrelevant to talk about the emerging church because it was no longer an issue. But nothing could be further from the truth. While often called other names now, such as progressive, the ideologies of the emerging church are very much at work today. Click here to read this entire article and for endnotes.
Israel: Archaeologists Uncover Inscriptions in Jesus’ Language – Proves Existence of Jewish Community
“This discovery is important because it proves the existence of a Jewish community in the region from ancient times–something which the Palestinian Authority continually denies.”
From The Berean Call
Archaeologists in Israel have uncovered ancient epitaphs in both Greek and Aramaic that date back to the first century.
[It was reported] that the inscriptions were found in a cemetery that is located in the ancient Galilean capital city of Zippori.
“Zippori was the first capital of Galilee from the time of the Hasmonean dynasty until the establishment of Tiberias in the first century CE. The city continued to be central and important later on,” researchers explained in a press release announcing the discovery.
Four words which are part of the inscriptions were thus far able to be decoded. One word, in Greek, means “Jose,” a common Jewish name during the period, the three other words are Aramaic for “the Tiberian,” “forever,” and “rabbi.” Click here to continue reading.
LTRP Note: Please see our links below this letter for some excellent resources on Reiki.
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
I won’t bore you with details of my life and why I am writing, but want you to know I am a Bible-believing Christian. My mom is into the New Age movement and has had Reiki done on her for years; recently she started practicing Reiki. She does it on friends and family members (I am the only Christian in the family). I live with back pain, and she has wanted to do it on me. I have always said no, but after researching Reiki I finally decided to tell her that my beliefs conflict with Reiki and that the “energy” is actually demonic (that was a difficult conversation). FYI, she told me she can’t do it on anyone without their permission. Also she regularly meditates and talks to “her angel,” whom she credits with anything good happening. She is getting deeper into this.
My mother says she prays to “Jesus” before doing Reiki. When she said that, I knew I couldn’t keep ignoring it and decided I needed to really look into Reiki and share my faith (she knows I’m a Christian—thus telling me Reiki is OK for me because she prays to Jesus; but I don’t think she saw much distinction in our beliefs and said her Reiki teacher used to be a female minister). She does not believe in the Bible or most of it anyway, nor Jesus’ deity, but rather He came to point the way to God. To me, of course, this just doesn’t make any logical sense for so many reasons (I told her those reasons), but she is so deceived she can’t see reason. This “Jesus” seems to be a big part of her life, but I think her angel(s) more so. She states she only “prays” to God but “talks” to her angel(s) and asks them for help. I see the contradiction because she “prays” to Jesus before Reiki but doesn’t believe He’s God yet only prays to God. But she doesn’t see it. Obviously this is a false Jesus (and are not holy angels). We are very close, but it turns my stomach to hear her talk about her angels (one of whom is “like a best friend” and has a name).
I’ve been trying to research any author or speaker before I listen/read them because I know how subtle wrong teaching can come in. It takes a lot of discernment; your website will help me a lot. So many people are being mislead by a lot of different things. It’s heartbreaking! I don’t think my Christian friends truly understand what this stuff is so its hard for them to understand how upset I am.
Thank you so much! I’m so glad you are telling the truth. I felt impotent in my search for answers until I stumbled upon the podcasts and then the website.
Lighthouse Trails authors Warren B. Smith and Roger Oakland will be speaking at the following conference in Southern California on February 5th and 6th. There is no charge for this conference. Also speaking will be Paul Smith and Xavier Reis
THE REMAINING AND ONGOING DANGERS
OF THE EMERGENT CHURCH MOVEMENT
Day One – Feb 5th
7p – Warren Smith
8p – Xavier Ries
Q&A after each session
Day Two – Feb 6th
8:45a – Roger Oakland
10:15a – Warren Smith
11:30a – Paul Smith
12:30p – Lunch Break
1:15p – Xavier Ries
2:15p – Warren Smith
3:30 – Conference End
Q&A after each session
– Collective Solution
– Emerging, Emergent, E. Village
– New Age False Doctrine
– Contemplative Prayer
– Authors and teachers of
– 20 point checklist that reveals
– How to defend against this
– Plus much more!
Cost: No Charge/Love Offering
WHEN: Friday, February 5th: 7pm – 9pm
Saturday, February 6th: 8:45am – 3:30pm
Hosanna Christian Fellowhship
16705 Bellflower Blvd. Bellflower, CA
Please call or e-mail Hosanna Christian Fellowship with questions or for pre-registration (registration not mandatory):
(562) 925 – 5093
Note: This is not a Lighthouse Trails event. It is sponsored and hosted by an unaffiliated group.
LTRP Note: For 6 years, Lighthouse Trails has been following the story of homosexual-turned-Christian-believer, Lisa Miller and her young daughter, Isabella.
“Pastor Convicted of Helping Ex-Lesbian Flee Country With Daughter Ordered to Report to Prison”
By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
BURLINGTON, Vt. — A Mennonite pastor who was convicted of providing assistance to an ex-lesbian who fled the country with her daughter has been ordered to report to prison next month after losing his appeal.
As previously reported, Kenneth Miller of Stuarts Draft, Virginia was convicted in August 2012 for helping Lisa Miller (no relation) and her young daughter Isabella travel to Buffalo, New York, where they crossed the border into Canada and then escaped to Nicaragua.
The situation began in 2000, when Lisa Miller, then a homosexual, joined in a civil union with lesbian Janet Jenkins in the state of Vermont. Following an artificial insemination procedure, Miller gave birth to baby Isabella in 2002. Click here to continue reading.
Chronicle of Our Coverage on the Lisa/Isabella Miller Situation:
January 2010: Lesbian ‘mother’ case presents constitutional issue
January 2010: Vermont Judge Threatens Mother in Hiding With Arrest
Protestants and Catholics in Vancouver (Canada) to Hold Ecumenical “Weekend of Protestant and Catholic Discovery”
Protestants and Catholics in Vancouver, BC, area will be holding two events at the end of February calling the weekend the “Weekend of Protestant and Catholic Discovery.” The Church for Vancouver website states:
One of the signs of hope in Vancouver is the way the Holy Spirit is helping Catholics and Protestants to find inspiration and insight in each others traditions. From monastic spiritual disciplines to the Alpha Course, from a sacramental view of the cosmos to charismatic worship, from Catholic teaching on social justice to Protestant “missional” parish renewal – we are learning the joy of following Jesus together in a culture increasingly antagonistic to religion in general and Christianity in particular.1
One of the speakers for the ecumenical weekend in Vancouver, John Armstrong, was discussed in a Lighthouse Trails article in 2012 when he participated in a Protestant/Catholic event at Wheaton College. What we found intriguing about that, aside from the fact that Wheaton would even host such an event, was that John Armstrong had read the unpublished manuscript, A Time of Departing by Ray Yungen, in 2001.2 At the time he read the book, he shared his vigor enthusiasm for Ray Yungen’s work; but gradually over the years, we watched in dismay as Armstrong drifted over toward the emerging church. Now, of course, he relishes in the “fruit” of the emerging church: interspirituality and has become a spokesperson to bring together the Protestant and Catholic churches. Today, Armstrong is the president and founder of Act3 Network, a network of ecumenical churches.
The following video is from the Act3 Network, showing the ecumenical goals of John Armstrong:
To Lighthouse Trails:
I just want to inform you that someone is advertising Jesus Calling on radio here. The advertisement is directing people to JesusCalling.com. This is very disappointing since it is on a Christian Talk Radio station (http://www.newstalk1400.us/), here in Michigan. Also, Conservative Talk Radio Announcer Mike Gallagher (http://www.mikeonline.com/) is doing an ad for them as well. In his ad, he talks about how he has kept a copy of Jesus Calling on his nightstand for years, even when he is out of town. He speaks very highly of the book and recommends listeners to get a copy or go to the website.
Click on this link: http://www.jesuscalling.com/media/radio/
Because this radio station and Mike Gallagher are very popular, I believe many will buy Jesus Calling without knowing that the book doesn’t promote the TRUE Jesus of the Bible.
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
Please warn your readers that Senior Fellow and lecturer Eric Metaxas of The King’s College NYC advertises “Jesus Calling” on his radio program.