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LTRP Note: This series by Roger Oakland is one of the most significant stories we have ever covered. You will come to understand this as the rest of the series unfolds. If you have not read our articles/booklets The New Evangelization From Rome or Finding the True Jesus or The Jesuit Agenda, we encourage you to do so to help come up to speed on the Road to Rome issue. Considering the millions of Christians being influenced by Rick Warren and the Purpose Driven movement worldwide, what is happening here simply cannot be ignored.

By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times

What did he say? This is exactly the direction we predicted he would go! It will be crucial that skeptics hear and see this interview. These were my thoughts when I first watched the EWTN interview with Rick Warren and Raymond Arroyo provided by YouTube. April 11, 2014. The comments by Rick Warren in response to Arroyo’s questions from an interview that took place at Warren’s church in southern California were stunning. There is no room for doubt: Warren’s march towards ecumenical unity with Rome is becoming clearer and bolder as time passes.

The interview opened with the following question from Arroyo:

The Purpose Drive Life is the bestselling book in the world – 36 million plus copies. It’s been translated more than any book except the Bible. What is the key to that success? Why were so many people touched by that book and continue to be? [1]

Warren’s response to this question provides insight to two very important questions – the inspiration behind the book and the reason why it was written. His own words confirm that Roman Catholic mystics and their writings have been a strong influence on him personally and his ministry. This affinity associates him with the emerging church as well as numerous other statements he has made in the past. Warren responded:

You know, Ray, There is not a single new thought in Purpose Driven Life that teresaavilahadn’t been said for 2,000 years. I’ve just said it in a fresh way. I said it in a simple way. When I was writing Purpose Drive Life it took me 7 months, 12 hours a day. I’d get up at 4:30 in the morning. I’d go to a little study. Start at 5 a.m. I was fasting til noon and I would light some candles and I would start writing and rewrite, rewrite, rewrite. One of the things I did before I wrote the book was, um, I’d ask the question—How do you write a book that lasts 500 years? For instance, um, Imitation of Christ by Thomas Kempis, Practicing the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence. Ok? The Desert Fathers, St. John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila. All of these great, classic devotional works. Any one of them—I just realized that in order to be timeless you have to be eternal. Click here to continue reading.



Part 1 of Special Coverage: Rick Warren’s Ecumenical Pathway to Rome Continues

By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times, International

In February of 2013, Understand The Times published a commentary on our website titled What’s Next For Rick Warren.

In this commentary, we provided evidence to show that Warren and Tony Blair were partnering together with the Roman Catholic Church in the formation of a P.E.A.C.E. Plan that leads towards the formation of a global religion in the name of Christ for the cause of peace. Documentation for this premise can be supported by numerous statements that both Warren and Blair have made publically from messages they have given or articles that have been written explaining their ideas.

While many who read that commentary doubted or denied such a Warren-Rome connection, a new YouTube interview with Rick Warren and Raymond Arroyo of EWTN (published and posted on Apr 11, 2014), reveals the statements we made about the Warren-Rome partnership were accurate prophetic warnings with regard to what would happen in the future.

The YouTube description of the interview with Warren and Arroyo states:

“Part II of our exclusive interview RICK WARREN, pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California. Rick talks about the expansion of his ministry abroad, the Vatican delegation that recently came to Orange County to study his church’s style of evangelization, and which television channel he finds himself watching most often and the show that draws him.”

The interview can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

We highly recommend you watch the entire 30-minute interview, which was done at Saddleback Church at some date previous to the publishing date of April 11, 2-14. The interview is loaded with information that provides further insight into Rick Warren’s pathway to Rome that he has actually been supporting for quite some time. For instance, in 2005, Warren created the Purpose Driven Life Catholics program as you can see from the image below (which is taken from Rick Warren’s website). (To continue reading this article, click here.)




Bible Gateway Advertises New Age-Inspired Daniel Plan for “Lent” (But Have 12,000 Websites Removed Bible Gateway?)

Bible Gateway is one of the most popular websites on the Internet today, ranking in the top 1000 websites worldwide. In 2010, Lighthouse Trails posted John Lanagan’s article “Bible Gateway Now Gateway to Heretical Authors – Could Point Millions to Emerging Teachings “ and in 2012 our own article titled “Biblegateway Teaches Readers “Lectio Divina” – a Dangerous Gateway to a New Spiritual Outlook.” Thus, it isn’t a surprise to see that the Zondervan/Harper Collins-owned company is promoting Rick Warren’s New Age-inspired Daniel Plan. For the reasons explained in the two articles, Lighthouse Trails had to remove Bible Gateway from our  recommended resources for our readers.

While Bible Gateway is an excellent tool to look up Scriptures, the advertising for “new” spirituality teachers is a regular occurrence. For example, this week’s advertisings include books by Andy Stanley and John Ortberg,

In Lanagan’s 2010 article, he pointed out a statement that Bible Gateway makes about their advertising of books:

Bible Gateway offers this assurance:  “Of course, it’s critical that any advertising on Bible Gateway reflects our Christian values and does not conflict with our mission. That means we carefully screen the ads that appear on Bible Gateway, and we don’t use ads in ways that interfere with your ability to read and study Scripture.”1

The statement also says:

[I]f you spot an ad that you consider problematic for any reason, we’re listening. We want the ads to complement the site, offering you relevant and valuable services and offers.

We’re very aware of the trust you place in us when you choose to use Bible Gateway, and we want to protect that trust carefully. We hope and pray that Bible Gateway will continue to be a blessing to you in your spiritual walk.

Unfortunately, even though Lanagan and others have contacted Bible Gateway about these advertisements for contemplative/emerging authors, Bible Gateway continues this marketing practice.

It’s possible that some Christian ministries are tired of Bible Gateway’s promotions of these new spirituality leaders. In 2012, when we last wrote about Bible Gateway, 48,000 websites were linking to Bible Today, according to (a popular ranking website), only 36, 000 are linking in. While it’s only speculation as to what happened to those 12,000 sites that are no longer linking to it, we would like to think that many of them were Christian ministries and individuals who refuse to join with Bible Gateway’s compromise.


The Circle Makers

In a book written by Mark Batterson called, The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears, Batterson insist that one can draw a circle around various issues and desires, and God will intervene mightily.—C.H. Fisher


By C. H. Fisher

There is this familiar and oft-quoted excerpt from a poem, “Outwitted,”  by Edwin Markham;

“He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In !”

Is it possible to cause a rebellious heretic to change his heart and mind with nothing but love?  Of all the people to attempt to win with love, the rebellious heretic is the most difficult.  It seems good on the surface, a Christian thing to do, roping a rebellious heretic with a circle of love and taking him in.  In fact, professing Christians often quote the excerpt as if it is a noble example of true Christianity.  But I’m not certain that it was Christianity that Markham determined to win his rebellious heretic to.

Before writing his poem, Markham became a mystic under the influence of Thomas Lake Harris.  Harris, who had contact with spirit entities such as “The Lily Queen”, was the leader of a small religious cult.  As a winemaker, he claimed that his wine was filled with “divine breath” and thus free from noxious properties including the effects of alcohol.  Markham also became a Mason. His first wife divorced him over his adulterous affair.  To my knowledge he never practiced Christianity.  So exactly what he meant by his poem we may never know.

There is some circle drawing going on in Christianity today that appears to be based on the same fanciful notion that Markham wrote about.  Popular pastor and author Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church (and other professing Christians) has been teaching an imaginative salvation plan called Kingdom Circles.  It is a method of inclusion whereby false religions and cults are accepted into Christianity without renouncing their sin or heresy.  The plan involves a large circle with a number of small circles on its perimeter.  The large circle supposedly represents the Kingdom of God, and the smaller circles represent false religions and cults.  The portion of the small circles that fall inside of the large one is considered light, and the portion on the outside of the large circle is darkness.  Thus, a Muslim has his dark portion in the kingdom of Satan with his light portion in the kingdom of God.  Of course, this defies the Word of God, but that does not matter to the circle makers.  They drew circles and took them in.

One of Warren’s associates and collaborating authors Dr. Mehmet Oz practices Reiki.  During a workshop with her husband, Dr. Oz’s wife conducted a Reiki experience that went as follows. Click here to continue reading this article.

New DVD Exposes “Christian Palestinianism” and the Evangelical Leaders Promoting It

Lighthouse Trails is now carrying Caryl Matrisciana’s extraordinary new DVD titled Exposing Christian Palestinianism. Lighthouse Trails editors have reviewed this powerful film, which explains what “Christian Palestinianism” is and identifies key Christian leaders who are strongly promoting this anti-Semitic, anti-biblical movement that is gaining fast ground within the evangelical church. We do not have the trailer for this film yet, but the video below from a Berean Call conference presents Paul Wilkinson who is one of the speakers on the Exposing Christian Palestinianism DVD (Dave Hunt is another).

This 3-part DVD is 104 minutes long and sells for $22.95. It is worth every penny. After watching this film, you will realize how frighteningly similar the world stage is today to how it was in the 1930s with regard to the attitude against the Jews and Israel. With propaganda films such as With God on Our Side, Israel is becoming more and more marginalized while Islam (entering the church through Chrislam) is becoming more and more accepted. While we know that the Bible says the day will come when the world will turn against Israel, woe to those Christians who join with the world in doing so. But that is what is happening today.


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Hostile Sentiment Toward “End-Time” Believing Christians Increasing

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The green areas are predominately Muslim countries. Israel is in red.


Letter to the Editor: The Message at Celebrate Recovery Has Been Twisted – The False Teachings of 12 Steps

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

This subject has been written on my heart for several months now because I have been volunteering as a leader in [Rick Warren’s] Celebrate Recovery and involved in this program for almost three years. I have been waiting for God to lead me away from this group on His time, and this booklet track [The “Spiritual” Truth Behind Alcoholics Anonymous] has shed new light into this arena.  I believe God is telling me to separate and [is] trying to arm me with info to pass along to others. As a former Catholic and attender of AA and then experiencing many more years of addiction and abusive relationships with people, places, and things, I was broken. I thank God everyday for breaking me!

That brokeness led me to CR, but it didn’t take long for me to repent and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior,  hallelujah! Over these past few years, my eyes of discernment have only been opened by Him. The false teachings of 12 steps mixed with God’s Truth has been the equivalent of a crystal clear glass of clean water touched with a few drops of poison; it leaventh the whole lump! While there are many godly and well-meaning people involved at the local Celebrate Recovery, the message has been twisted. They’ll say, “I don’t know anybody that doesn’t need recovery” where I often chimed in, “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t need Jesus.”

I am hoping you might expand the information given here to address the issues of “other 12 step programs” including the abomination of all time from the Purpose Driven movement spawn of Celebrate Recovery.

Thank you for being the light in the midst of the storm. I know spiritual deception separates families as my own aunt ________ , a nun for over 50 years, is teaching the occult and spreading the gospel of Satan through her church and artwork.  I pray the messages of Truth will continue to shine and speak even louder in this time of urgency.


Sandra (not real name)

Related Material:

Celebrate Recovery’s 12 Steps by John Lanagan

Swedenborg, AA, and Celebrate Recovery by John Lanagan

Is Rick Warren Promoting Contemplative Prayer?


Update: Main Calvary Chapel Store Removes Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan After Numerous Complaints

On January 7th, Lighthouse Trails posted a letter to the editor titled: “Main Calvary Chapel Bookstore Just Added Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan Book.” Today, we received e-mails from various Lighthouse Trails readers stating that they were told by the Calvary Chapel store that it decided to remove Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan book after receiving a number of phone calls and complaints over the last two days. As of this writing, the link we had posted to the store where the book was made available is no longer available (see here), and it appears that The Daniel Plan is no longer for sale. The Daniel Plan, a dieting plan offered by Rick Warren and Saddleback church, is a creation of three doctors who advocate as part of good health New Age/eastern-style meditation.

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