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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
Michael F. Haverluck
After Wayzata Public Schools illegally threatened a Minnesota homeschool family with criminal charges for allegedly not filing a “mandatory” notice of intent, the parents pushed back, causing school officials to back off and apologize.
“You have two days to give us the information we want or we are filing truancy charges,” the enrollment secretary of Wayzata Public Schools threatened the homeschooling parents concerning their 17-year-old son.
Soon afterward, the family contacted the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) out of fear that further harassment and unwanted criminal charges would ensue. HSLDA attorneys contend that the threat was not only unlawful, but completely unwarranted.
“Minnesota law explicitly states that a letter of intent to continue homeschooling is not required for a child over 16, as long as the family has notified school officials in previous years,” HSLDA Staff Attorney Michael Donnelly asserted. “This family had previously notified officials, so no further notice was required.” Click here to continue reading.
By L. Putnam
A recent Facebook Post captioned: “Help Your Child Achieve Calmness!” showed a picture of a little girl sitting cross-legged, eyes closed, hands out, and with her fingers fixed in a mudra position. What finger position is that? To be precise, it is the “Gyan Mudra” or “Chin Mudra” finger position in which the index finger touches the thumb tip to form as perfect a circle as possible with the other fingers extending upward.
Why do people do this? Yoga aficionado Gertud Hirschi, in her book Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands, tells us why: “We can effectively engage and influence our body and our mind by bending, crossing, extending, or touching the fingers with other fingers.” Hirschi goes on to pinpoint just what this finger position really means: “The thumb is symbolic of cosmic (divine) and the index finger is symbolic of individual (human) consciousness. The ultimate goal … is oneness of humanity with cosmic consciousness.”
Now, the purpose of this article is to inform teachers, parents, and grandparents that when either a child or adult uses mudra gestures, along with mantras, one is setting himself up to open up body areas designated as chakras. So, readers beware, each mudra gesture has far more wrapped up in in it than you might imagine; and it is not just an innocent finger technique to get one into a calmed state. To find out more–more on mudras, chakras, and mantras read on.
Mudra Definition: (muh–drah) A mudra is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism. It is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian religions. (Wikipedia) Right up front, these gestures are spiritual, but most definitely not Christian! For nowhere in Scripture do we read of various ways to fix our fingers; as a matter of fact Scripture does not even tell us to fold our hands! However, it does tell us that we can stretch out our hands toward heaven, and call to the Lord who will hear our prayer. Click here to continue reading.
Read Berit Kjos’ book How to Protect Your Child From the New Age and Spiritual Deception
By Berit Kjos
(author of How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception)
When eight-year-old Joshua’s parents found out what he wanted for Christmas, they felt put on the spot. Joshua only had eyes for the newest rage—Nintendo—along with its most popular game, Super Mario Brothers II. Anything else was “boring.”
Joshua’s folks had heard disturbing stories about Nintendo addiction—or whatever you call that intense focus that tolerates no interruption. So they didn’t relish battling that obsession at bedtime—or any time. A rather pricey toy, Nintendo promised to zap a sizable hole in their budget, and the local stores had already sold out of their holiday allotment of SMB II.
Last year it was simple for Mom and Dad. Joshua just wanted more figures and accessories for his Masters of the Universe toys. The cost was tolerable, and they provided a year’s worth of imaginative play. Of course, the gruesomeness of some of the figures caused them uneasiness.
Heidi’s parents faced a similar dilemma. Their six-year-old daughter asked for Barbie’s Dream House—fully furnished, of course. “They fit together,” she explained, “and everybody has them.”
Barbie’s long-time popularity fails to endear her to Heidi’s concerned parents. They often wonder if the doll’s curvy figure and flashy clothes might encourage values and sophistication inconsistent with their hopes for Heidi. What kinds of aspirations are built by these symbols of self-centered materialism and the body image issues they instill in young girls at an early age?
If Barbie were the only messenger of image-based hedonistic self-interest, a few more accessories would hardly matter. But pagan decadence beckons children everywhere. “Just throw off all restraints,” it shouts, “and let human nature lead the way. Follow your feelings.”
It’s tough to teach restraint to children who are begging for gratification. Schools and the media have often declared parents the “bad guys.” We, as parents, keenly and distinctly feel the confusing values gap and flinch at the thought of being a killjoy once again. Yet we must. God has told us, the parents, to train our children to follow His way, and we can’t turn back now. Also, He promises to enable us. Fortified with truth, let’s make sure our children have toys that enhance their progress toward God’s kind of maturity.
Step One: Develop a Sensitivity to Evil
A young mother driving a carload of children—including two from her church—posed this question: “Who is the master of the universe?”
“He-Man!” shouted a chorus of voices. The mother grieved as the youngsters praised their idol. Her heart sank further when one boy pulled an ugly figure from his pocket and waved it in the air. “And this is Hordak,” he shouted. “He’s bad! He fights He-Man!”
Current delight in false gods and demonic creatures may have begun with winsome magicians such as Papa Smurf and Rainbow Brite. As people welcomed these nonthreatening (in appearance) harbingers of occult forces, they unknowingly opened the door to the grotesque and disturbing realms of the dark occult as well.
At first, we parents closed our eyes to this trend—we didn’t want to overreact. Even within the church community, talk about Satan and his dark realm has often been regarded as too negative or heavy-handed. Since we failed to resist, we gradually adapted and then accepted these practices. Now it’s time to retrench, take our positions, and fight to regain our discernment and freedom. How do we do this?
Continue to read and apply Scriptures.
Share your own observations.
Spark awareness in a young child with comments such as, “That monster looks gross!” or “That creature reminds me of a snake,” along with “Did you know that in the Bible, serpents always represent Satan and evil?”
To express your feelings to a young child, comment, “Who would want that evil-looking figure? I don’t even like to look at him. Let’s find something that makes us feel happy inside.”
Model wise decision-making. Tell your child why you wouldn’t want to buy certain things.
When a child wants something questionable, ask questions that are prayerfully adapted to your child’s age, such as:
What does the toy (or game) teach you (about power, about magic, about God, about yourself)? Discuss both the obvious and the subtle with your child.
Have you seen movies, cartoons, or comic books that made this toy (game) part of a story? What did the story tell you about it? Does the toy (game) remind you of someone who uses magic or supernatural power? Did someone pretend to be God?
What does it teach about violence or immorality and their consequences?
Does the toy have any symbols or characteristics that associate it with either the light or dark side of New Age occultism?
Whatever is lovely, gracious, and good originates with God. Satan cannot produce anything new. All he can offer is counterfeits or clever distortions of God’s gifts.
Step Two: Encourage Your Child To Choose the Good
Develop a mindset that seeks the best, not just the “OK.” You have identified and rejected the worst toys. But the rest are not necessarily good either. Discuss these questions to help your child learn to choose only the best. Phrase the questions according to your child’s age level.
- Does it present a true picture of life? In a time when even adults base their lives on counterfeit dreams and false illusions, our children need to learn to tell what is flight of fancy and what is real.
- How long would the interest last? Fad toys are fun for the moment, but they whet the appetite for every “in” thing, so that decision-making centers on the question, “What will make me feel happy right now?” Determine not to buy that lie. Unfortunately, many quality toy companies have been bought up or squeezed out by giants who can pay the high price for television promotion. The range of major toy lines is narrowing to those that look glamorous on the screen.
- Will this toy be used for playing alone or with others? A child needs a healthy balance of solitary and social play. Good toys will help her interact both with her imaginary world and with the real world, harmonizing the two. That may require some interaction with you. Perhaps you could agree together to find toys that will help you, the parent, participate in your young child’s imaginary world.
- Does it build godly character? Many toys, hobbies, and games do. Review the biblical principles suggested for evaluating movies and television programs.
Step Three: Train Your Child to Follow God, Not Peers
We want our children to feel good about themselves, be liked by their peers, and not miss out on the fun. But as we realize what their friends choose, we wonder how our children will respond to the peer pressure. How can we prepare them to make wise choices?
Counter peer pressure. Children naturally compare us to the parents of peers, challenging us to match their “generosity.” That hurts, since we want them to feel our love for them. We see what they don’t realize: that getting the toys they want will not make them feel secure in our love. It’s more likely to increase their craving and stir discontent. Also, it teaches them to equate love with material things. If your child is old enough, explain this process to him.
Discuss whether “showing off” might be their motive for wanting a toy. Feeding that feeling produces bondage and increased insecurity. Children as well as adults crave superior luxury items, and toy manufacturers are quick to comply.
Be a trendsetter. Have an abundant supply of ideas and tools to help your child and his friends use their imaginations and develop their own play: dress-up clothes (thrift stores are a good resource), fabrics for making puppets, scrap wood for outdoor structures, a refrigerator carton for making a playhouse, etc.
Look to the Bible for guidelines and authority. God understands our desires to follow the crowd; He feels our struggle to be “in” the world but not “of it” (John 17:16-18). According to age readiness, review Romans 12:1-2 together and then discuss 3 John 11 and Jude 18-20.
Self-denial seems out of place in a nation consumed with self-indulgence and self-fulfillment. But God commanded it, and Jesus demonstrated it. Dare we refuse to acknowledge it? According to the age of your child, discuss Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:24 and then allow the Holy Spirit to direct your application.
Don’t get me wrong. Far more than earthly parents, God wants His children to be happy and have a good time. But He doesn’t want cream puffs to satisfy our hunger and turn us away from the meat of truth. Self-discipline produces the kind of maturity that brings genuine happiness forever, not merely a pleasant moment today.
Our Heavenly Father, who models parenting better than any of us, doesn’t major on the superficial. He knows better than to give us all the things we want. For just as most children will choose pop over milk, and chips over carrots, so do we, as adults, often choose that which cannot satisfy. God does not want vain deceits, as He calls them (Colossians 2:8), to mold our appetites, satisfy our hunger, and replace the very best.
It’s hard to teach restraint to children who are begging for gratification. Wanting to please rather than overreact, we flinch at the thought of having to continually censor our children’s wants, preferences, and desires. Parental authority simply doesn’t fit the fast-spreading new views of social equality taught through the media and the schools. Yet, we must obey God. He has told us to raise our children to choose His way, and we must rise to the occasion, fight the good fight, and not shrink back.
After hearing God’s warning and praying for His wisdom, nine-year-old Alan Brannan decided to throw away all his Pokémon cards. “My friend did the same,” said his mother. “Her twelve-year-old son had been having nightmares. But after a discussion with his parents about the game and its symbols, he was convicted to burn his cards and return his Game Boy game. That night, he slept well for the first time in a month.”
“It seemed to us that these cards had some sort of power,” continued DiAnna Brannan. “Another nine-year-boy had stolen money from his mother’s purse ($7.00) to buy more cards.” When questioned, he confessed and said he had heard the devil urging him to do it. The family quickly gathered in prayer, then saw God’s answer. Both the boy and his little sister burned their cards, warned their friends, and discovered the joy and freedom that only comes from following their Shepherd.
Training Kids to Love Good More Than Evil
Don’t play games with the occult! Ouija Boards have always invited oppression, but they are far more likely to invoke unwanted “spirits” today. So it is with the new generation of occult games and DVDs as well.
I became aware of this change back in the nineties when a Canadian psychologist called me. He had read my book Under the Spell of Mother Earth and wanted to share some observations with me. In past years, he said, many women would come to scenic Alberta to do a Native American “Spirit Quest” in search of their personal “animal spirit.” Few succeeded. But times have changed, and the “spirits” that now answer the summons are numerous as well as oppressive. Treating the scary symptoms as “multiple personality disorders” is no help at all.
Popular occultism is spreading fast, and the “spirit world” has become increasingly more accessible. But few families are equipped to resist it. Contemporary churches offer little or no help. Most simply ignore the danger or endorse the “fun.” To avoid offense, the word evil is dropped from their vocabulary.
The primary victims of this blindness end up being our children. Unless we teach them to recognize and resist these dangers, many will come to embrace the darkness.
Those who love and follow God will be repelled by occult myths. And those who love today’s popular occultism will run from God’s unchanging truths and wise and loving boundaries. For if we are filled with His Spirit and follow His way, we will—by His life in us—“abhor that which is evil: and cleave to that which is good” (Romans 12:9).
The world cringes when it hears these truths because its fiction and fantasies are too enticing. That’s why people find all kinds of arguments to justify their misdirected love.
To prepare your child for daily battles against tempting spiritual counterfeits, consider these three other outlines of vital truths:
The Armor of God—These six truths expose and counter today’s most popular deceptions. Even more important, they show us the way to an intimate relationship with God.
The Lord’s Prayer—These truths parallel the ones in the armor of God and serve the same purposes.
The Beatitudes—Jesus’ message, recorded in Matthew 5, show us a standard for holiness that is far higher than we can achieve, but it comes with the promise that—by His life in us—He will make us all He intends us to be. It ends with the reminder that those who follow Jesus will also share in His suffering. Therefore, our children need to be prepared for persecution. Uncompromising faith and God’s unchanging truths have become intolerable in today’s postmodern age.
For more biblical advice on raising children and protecting them from spiritual deception and harmful practices, read Berit’s book, How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception.
LTRP Note: Lighthouse Trails is a strong supporter of homeschooling. This letter to the editor is posted not to condemn homeschooling but rather to show that homeschooled children and their parents are at risk too of becoming victim to spiritual deception. If you are homeschooling children or if your grandchildren are being homeschooled, we hope you will do all you can to protect those children from teachings that are not grounded in the Word of God. Contemplative spirituality (i.e., spiritual formation) is entering the Christian homeschool camp. For example, Biola University (a contemplative-promoting university) offers an annual lecture titled “Spiritual Formation for Home Educators.” Biola has been a leader in bringing contemplative spirituality into the church for a number of years. Now they are helping to bring it to homeschool parents.
Dear Lighthouse Trail Editors:
I am a Bible-believing, born-again homeschooling wife and mother from Australia. I am continually astounded by the sheer depth of deception that has gripped the church and has also taken over so many professing Christian mothers both here and in America.
There are so many homeschooling blogs by professing Christian mothers who promote all manner of things that are unbiblical and smacking of the world, witchcraft, the New Age and psychology. Blog after blog promoting Harry Potter novels and fantasy, Disney movies and T.V shows that promote witchcraft, homosexuality, and the spirit of the world. Having the veneer of Christianity but having no substance thereof. Loving and promoting all things of the world on the one hand while professing to be Christian and having a love of Jesus on the other. Promoting worldly methods of raising children such as “respectful parenting” where requiring obedience and punitive measures of discipline are viewed as harmful and mean.
What happens when you politely point out that these things are unbiblical and how God forbids us from having anything to do with witchcraft and the occult? That if you do not require your children to obey you how can they possibly learn to obey God? That punishment is not a bad thing, that it is a reality of life and that God is love and He punishes and disciplines. That God is just and holy and the unrepentant [those who do not turn from their sin and put their trust in Christ for salvation] will be judged on judgement day.
You are met with derision and the whole “judge not” rhetoric and then are blocked from ever commenting again. “Go away,” is the message; “we don’t want to know about it, and we don’t want to hear from you.” It doesn’t matter how nicely you do it, it’s the so-called Christians (the pseudo Christians) who turn on you the most whenever you point out that what they are promoting is unbiblical.
Every day I am reminded of the frightening lack of discernment among Christians. Now more than ever we need to exercise discernment because Satan and his minions are unleashing havoc everywhere – on television, in the movies, in books, through the school curriculum, and on the Internet. Particularly when raising children because there are snares everywhere. Satan is subtle, and the way to not fall victim to his deception is to not watch worldly TV shows and movies because the brainwashing and the defilement is rife, to pray and to be grounded firmly in the Word of God (preferably using the KJV). If you do these things, you have a far greater ability to spot the apostate teachings that abound.
Many of these high profile “Christian” homeschooling mothers have considerable influence. I often think what a great shame it is that instead of leading their many impressionable followers (many who seem to hang on their every word) to the truth of the Bible, they are leading them very subtly down the slippery slope of the New Age, a false Jesus, and a “feel good”/ “sounds good” methodology of child rearing that is not biblical. A methodology that doesn’t offend anyone and also keeps their non-Christian readers (and their advertisers!) happy.
I often feel like I’m completely on my own when challenging these women because nobody backs me up; it’s a pack mentality, and it is made known in no uncertain terms that you are firmly on the outer. It’s like I’m some kind of weirdo for having the “audacity” to say something. So thank you for your website, your blogs, and your books as you remind me that I am not alone and that God will always have His remnant.
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By Bob Unruh
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By SooToday.com Staff
The Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board (HSCDSB) is hosting a conference for Northeastern Ontario educators focused on meditating with children. Christian meditation pioneer Ernie Christie will be the facilitator of the full-day conference. . . . Christie is the Director of Learning, Teaching and Catholic Identity with the Diocese of Townsville Catholic Education Office in Australia. He is also the author of Coming Home: A Guide to Teaching Children Faith-Based Meditation.
“We have integrated meditation exercises into a number of our schools with great success. Having an expert such as Mr. Christie assist us in improving our understanding and approach to teaching children how to meditate is a tremendous gift. It will also allow us to better incorporate our faith into the meditation exercises we pass on to our students,” Click here to continue reading.