Dear Lighthouse Trails:
Along with my regular donation to this ministry, and after reading your post of the wave of attacks coming your way, I felt I needed to include a note of encouragement to you.
Let me say for sure, you must be doing something right if you are rattling so many cages that they must attack you and not address what is being printed and brought to light. Shedding light on darkness always stirs up so much dust and how wonderful to know the light shall always remove the darkness.
I have been so blessed to come from a Christian heritage where standing up for the truth meant you ended up being almost on an island. My own dear father was a layman who reported the truth over 50 years ago and was attacked for it so many times and yet, what he shared then is all coming to light now. He at one time was setting up crusades for Billy Graham and had to resign as he saw what was happening with their alignment with the Catholic church. Dad had spent his early years in the service and due to his abilities went under cover for the Army and found while doing so, the information on the Illuminati and all the connections of its plans. He did such research in order to share with those who were unaware to prepare them for what was coming. He also was the only white man invited to speak at so many black churches in Philadelphia at the conferences because of his knowledge and love for them as brothers in Christ and yet, he was not a pastor but a layman.
He taught us over and over again to “check it out” before you move forward. Most of all, that just because it is popular does not make it correct, and if the crowds are following it, there must be something wrong. With his endorsement of very few and truthful resources, we were able to keep current with the rising tide of compromising ministries and their new thinking. So needless to say when I found Lighthouse Trails, I did the same thing.
I was so thankful to verify the pureness of the facts and the consistent standard in which they were presented. The high quality of those you promote and publish always speaks of the “ring of truth” and is so refreshing in this desert of those promoting opinion, imaginations and feelings.
I have shared over and over the material I have ordered from you and have told many of your website. I am so thankful I can recommend a resource that is solid on the foundation of the Word of God and remains solid. And most importantly, those who are proclaiming the truth are living the truth!
I continue to pray daily for this ministry and the writers/speakers you represent. I am so very sad that the body of Christ is in such a state of confusion that we fighting each other instead of Satan and all his lies, and people are on their way to hell as a result. I trust you to the Lord’s keeping and only He can minister to your hearts and reveal to you His grace and strength in the midst of this battle. Thank you so much for holding the line and remaining faithful, and I will continue to join you in praying earnestly as we rejoice that the battle is His and not ours.
Yours in His soon coming Name.
LTRP Note: We get a lot of thank yous for our Shepherd’s Bible Verse Tea (which is our own creation), but we don’t usually post those here. But this one has so many good qualities about it, we decided to post it.
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
Thank you so much for the free tea samples you included with my last two orders from Lighthouse Trails. I’m not exaggerating when I say that your teas are the most delicious teas I have ever had!! I honestly couldn’t believe how incredibly flavorful your cranberry orange and peppermint teas are!! I’m very excited to try your sampler package!! But, most of all, thank you so much for shining a light on the truth and beauty that can only be found in God’s Word. By the grace of God and the power of His Holy Word, and with the help of wonderful ministries such as yours and a few wonderful pastors who have not departed from preaching the true Gospel, my eyes have been opened for the first time in my life to the truth as well as to the spiritual deception that is all around us. As several Christian pastors have noted, perhaps the most tragic passage in the Bible is found in Matthew 7:21-23: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’ Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’” Its ministries such as yours that are helping people discern whether they are saved or whether they are self-deceived.
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
I was thinking about the cost of mail and how it affects your ministry. I wonder whether it would now require broader topics to keep it going. So many of your readers like me have read your warnings about the contemplatives for many years now and perhaps there could be other areas for those people. Just a thought . . . because it might bring in more readers in the U.S.A. when the Canadians can’t buy because of outrageous shipping costs. I forget what small thing I wanted to buy in the U.S.A. yesterday, but it would cost $60 shipping for a small inexpensive object! I don’t understand this at all. There’s supposed to be free trade between the two countries, but those shipping prices are not likely to promote free trade.
Your articles on contemplatives have been excellent, and I knew to avoid churches with that after reading Lighthouse Trails authors. I wonder what other areas need to be covered now.
Thanks for your e-mail. It’s really a tragedy that “free” trade between our two countries is so expensive. We are trying to find a Canadian distributor, at least for the booklets, which would mean Canadians could buy the materials right in Canada. Sadly, we were told recently that some of our topics would now be illegal in Canada, and the U.S. is right behind that.
We know what you mean about covering other topics. We actually do cover many many other topics If you look at our blog, for instance, under categories (see below), you can see just how many there are. While we have always emphasized the contemplative, there are dozens of other topics we regularly cover such as Israel, the Holocaust, the emerging church, child abuse, evolution vs creation, false signs and wonders, Roman Catholicism, ecumenism, abortion, Yoga and the New Age, homeschooling issues, Native Spirituality, the Gospel and salvation, and other issues that are affecting the church and the world. This can be seen in our print journals too. We know we will always talk about the contemplative issue, especially because we do receive new readers every day who know nothing about it, but we agree that we need to cover other aspects too, and we hope that is what we are doing.
Here is a list of our current topics we regularly cover. This list is taken from our blog, and these are all live links you can click.
BELOW IS A LIST OF THE CATEGORIES WE COVER IN THE RESOURCES ON OUR STORE SITE:
Roger Oakland, founder and director of Understand the Times, International, will be livestreaming from Saskatchewan, Canada this afternoon. The weekend meeting will last through tonight (9PM) with a dinner break and then into tomorrow. You may watch this program at this link: http://www.understandthetimes.org/uttgathering2016/utt2016page.htmL.
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
I really appreciate all of you at LHTs. Thank you and God bless each one of you. I went through a very difficult period when attending Calvary Chapel __________. I was very uncomfortable with what they were permitting and promoting. I was very distressed. I had concerns about The Message bible, Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz’s Circle Prayer, Greg Laurie and a few other things. I was told to spit out the bones. I asked them to show me that approach in Scripture—they ignored me. I raised concerns again and was booted out harshly. It was mean. It hurt. LHT helped me to understand the concerns were reasonable. I am still sad for the way things ended—but God comforts me—I am okay. I think this is what happens sometimes, and what happened to me is mild in comparison to other situations.This has encouraged me to read and study God’s Word. I really appreciate all that you do- will keep you all in prayer.
June (not real name)
By Lighthouse Trails Editors
Recently, two different Lighthouse Trails readers informed us of a similar situation. In the first situation, our reader was told by a well-known Christian radio host in the midwest to stay clear of Lighthouse Trails. When our reader asked this person why, the radio host said “because Lighthouse Trails goes after everybody.” In the second situation, a Lighthouse Trails reader was told by his pastor that Lighthouse Trails shouldn’t be listened to “because they get their facts wrong.”
In both cases, the accuser of Lighthouse Trails gave no examples of where Lighthouse Trails got it wrong. Basically, they provided no evidence, just slander.
We have heard these kinds of things almost from the beginning of Lighthouse Trails: e.g., Lighthouse Trails takes things out of context; Lighthouse Trails practices guilt by association; Lighthouse Trails editors are liars, deceivers, and so forth.
What we have never heard from any accuser is examples of where we took things out of context, got our facts wrong, lied, deceived, and so forth.
We have always asked, when given the opportunity, for even one or two examples of where we did these things. To date, no one has ever come forth and given us such examples. We have heard stories of pastors telling their entire congregations not to listen to Lighthouse Trails; we have endured false accusations by Rick Warren and other leaders, but they have never given specifics. . . just vague untrue accusations.
Fourteen years of this kind of treatment toward Lighthouse Trails has not been easy to endure, especially in view of the fact that our main goal is to contend for the biblical faith and defend the message of the Gospel against dangerous unbiblical teachings and practices. It isn’t as if we are trying to introduce strange and new heretical ideas into the church. And while we are not trying to say we are infallible (goodness knows we are not) or that we have done everything perfectly and never made a mistake, we must strongly affirm that we do not lie, deceive, take things out of context, nor do we go “after everybody”; nor do we publish inaccurate statements. When we quote someone, we check the original source to make sure we have not taken things out of context. And as you know if you are a regular LT reader, we provide thousands of links and references in our material.
As to the accusation that we go after “everybody,” we have never gone after the personal effect of any individual but rather we have challenged leaders in the church who are allowing these dangerous unbiblical teachings and practices to enter the church. We are not vitriolic or mean spirited toward these leaders, but we do believe it is a biblical mandate for all believers to be Bereans and search out the truth in matters concerning the church and the Gospel message. If someone like Anne Graham Lotz promotes circle making, then, yes, we challenge her. Do we say she is suddenly not a Christian? No, we leave that judgement up to God. But how could it be right to just ignore what these leaders are doing?
Next time someone tells you that you should not listen to Lighthouse Trails, we hope you will ask that person for some specific examples (and the documentation to those examples) of why he or she would say that. Otherwise, perhaps it would be good to tell that person that he or she is merely spreading false slander about Lighthouse Trails and not backing up their accusations.
Someday, we or some of you may be brought before courts with accusations that are not true, especially if America (and the rest of the western world) continues its descent away from morality and godly justice. We will not fear what man can do to us, but rather we will pray that the message of the Gospel can go out to a world that desperately needs to turn to Jesus Christ.
Two Letters to the Editor: Concerns About Erwin Lutzer and the Church’s Acceptance of Catholicism and Mysticism
LTRP Note: Christian leaders are giving a pass to Roman Catholicism and the Jesuits. After reading this letter to the editor, we cannot help but wonder how many other Christian leaders have attended Jesuit schools and could this be a reason so many of them are accepting of contemplative spirituality and Catholicism in general? One thing is for sure, popular Christian leaders who have attended Jesuit schools and who promote contemplative figures are influencing others to do the same.
Letter #1 (August 2016)
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
I wanted to let you know that I happened to listen to an online YouTube message from Erwin Lutzer yesterday that was an overview of his life.1 Well, I was shocked to hear him say he went to Loyola University!!!! [see YouTube link below; also: https://logoi.org/authors/erwin-lutzer/?___store=en]. It was after his graduation from Dallas Seminary, but still, he did not offer an apology for not knowing he should stay out of Catholicism back when he was young, no, he said it just as if it was a good university to go to!!! I was stunned, as I had always thought Moody Bible was separate from Catholicism, and the very name of Loyola screams Jesuit Catholicism, the worst of the worst of Catholicism! Anyway, I thought it might be worth noting in your articles about how Moody Bible Institute is going Contemplative, and it may help you to maybe understand why his response to your warning e-mails to him was to love all of the brethren. That’s because he obviously feels the Catholics are our brethren. Also if you listen to the link I’ve provided below with that message, you will hear him say that Billy Graham was his hero when he was young, and he still brags about getting 20 minutes of private time with the famous preacher, (at which I said under my breath, every important person in the world gets 20 minutes with Billy Graham, whether they be Democrat or Republican, immoral or moral, Communist or the Pope, Billy Graham has met with and approved of all of them as God’s children.) and so Erwin Lutzer has obviously ignored the fact that Billy Graham sent people back to their Catholic churches after they made a confession for Christ at his crusades and that he has been [one of] the most instrumental preacher in getting the ecumenical movement on its fast path.
Thank you for standing for truth and for being a resource for us all who are wondering “what is happening to our preachers today and the institutions we trusted such as Moody Bible?” Your articles gave me the support I needed to realize I am not alone in being disturbed about Erwin Lutzer’s stance on things and that I need to stick with older preachers who were separate from Catholicism.
Letter #2 (2015)
To Lighthouse Trails:
I heard Lutzer on Moody radio yesterday quoting from and commending The Cloud of Unknowing as well as Augustine. He’s now on my untrustworthy list.
When you guys first started sounding the alarm about the contemplative movement among evangelicals I though you were going perhaps too far on flimsy evidence in regards to some. But now men like Lutzer and Moody!
Click here for the broadcast in question.
Our Comments: Ironically, the broadcast our reader is referring to is dealing with “false prophets.” The Cloud of Unknowing was written by an anonymous monk in the 14th century. The book is a primer on contemplative prayer. The monk states:
Take just a little word, of one syllable rather than of two … With this word you are to strike down every kind of thought under the cloud of forgetting.
Related Articles from Lighthouse Trails Regarding Erwin Lutzer and Moody Church