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Greg Laurie, Calvary Chapel, and New Catholic National Shrine for Marian Apparitions

From Understand the Times

According to the Catholic News Service in a August 17th article titled “Bishops designate Wisconsin site of Marian apparitions as national shrine,” U.S. Catholic bishops “formally designated the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion as a national shrine.” The article explains that “Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay announced its new status at a news conference prior to the annual Mass celebrated at the shrine for the feast day.”

The Catholic News Service article explains Bishop Ricken’s role in helping to establish this national shrine with Marian apparitions in Wisconsin:

On Dec. 8, 2010, Bishop Ricken formally approved the apparition of Our Lady of Good Help to Brise, making the Marian apparitions that occurred some 18 miles northeast of Green Bay the first in the United States to receive approval of a diocesan bishop. His decree came nearly two years after he opened a formal investigation into the apparitions.

Bishop David Ricken (Photo: Sam Lucero)

Bishop David Ricken (Photo: Sam Lucero)

For those reading this who have followed Understand the Times for any length of time, you know that Marian apparitions (supposed supernatural appearances of the Virgin Mary) are a sign of the end times great delusion. Our present concern, however, regarding this situation is that one of Calvary Chapel’s most popular and influential pastors implicated himself with Bishop Ricken in 2011 during the Lifest event in Wisconsin. As Lighthouse Trails reported, Calvary Chapel pastor Greg Laurie joined Bishop Ricken at Lifest that year. One news story reporting on the event stated:

[Bishop] Ricken led 9 a.m. Mass from the Thrivent Café Stage on the final day of the 13th annual Lifest celebration at Sunnyview Expo Center. Hundreds worshipped as intermittent showers trickled down on the large tent. . . .

Protestant devotions, a children’s service and the Catholic Mass each were held separately before joint worship at 11 a.m. on the grandstand featuring Lenz; Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., and head of the international Harvest Crusades.

To date, Laurie has never come forth with a statement acknowledging that such actions could confuse and mislead many Christians into thinking that biblical Christianity is not in conflict with Roman Catholicism and its view on Mary and Marian apparitions. In an article Understand The Times released in 2011, I explained:

It was the name Bishop Ricken that caught my attention when I read the article about the Roman Catholic churches plan to use appearances of “Mary” to enhance the New Evangelization plan. I had heard of Ricken before from other articles I had read. Bishop Ricken shared the platform with Greg Laurie in Wisconsin at a city wide Lifest evangelistic crusade in the spring of 2011 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. . . .

So what does this mean? Will people who attended the meeting in Wisconsin where Laurie and Ricken both spoke on the same platform be somewhat confused? What if there are those who attended the Lifest ecumenical meetings who are now convinced that Ricken’s program to promote Marian apparitions is a good thing with regard to the New Evangelization? Apparently, Ricken and his colleague from Europe plan to promote Marian apparitions as a means of pointing people to the Eucharistic Jesus. As the article states:

“Bishop Ricken has acted boldly in the United States, with his approval of an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In Europe, Cardinal Schonborn has acted fearlessly as well with his activities. Both men, charged with revitalizing the Catholic faith, have courageously taken action that acknowledges the supernatural presence of the Our Lady and importantly her motherly role in leading us to her son.”1

Since Greg Laurie shared the platform in Oskosh, Wisconsin at the Lifest Celebration with Bishop Ricken much more has happened. Ricken has now been promoted to be a key player in the pope’s New Evangelization program.

It is well known that Jesuits are behind the devotion to “Our Lady of Peace,” also called the “Queen of Heaven,” that leads to the promotion of the Eucharistic Jesus. This will be an important part of developing a One-World Religion for Peace that will usher in the Antichrist.  Therefore, the questions that should be asked are these: Why would Greg Laurie endorse Roman Catholic Jesuit Bishop Ricken by sharing the platform with him at the Lifest gathering in Oshkosh? Is Laurie aware of the damage he has done by forming this association, or is this just part of a much larger game plan that has not yet been revealed?

Isn’t it time that Calvary Chapel pastors who understand the times and the great delusion coming upon the world speak up and call out those pastors and leaders who are leading the flock in a direction that is away from the Gospel and biblical truth? For those who think that there is nothing to be alarmed about, consider this news article that came out this week from Religion News Service. Click here to continue reading and for a related video clip.

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Brian Brodersen and Greg Laurie’s “Bigger Picture of Christianity”

As we observe evangelical Christianity being drawn toward “the Mother Church” of Roman Catholicism, it is amazing to see how very few Christian leaders speak up about this. On the contrary, one after the next, Christian leaders are succumbing to this ecumenical, interfaith last-days apostasy of merging evangelicalism into the Catholic fold. Lighthouse Trails has reported on numerous examples of highly influential evangelical leaders heading in this direction: Rick Warren, Beth Moore, James Robison, and Ken Copeland to name a few.

Today, we received two different e-mails that provided information to show the continuance of this evangelical move toward Rome. In the first e-mail sent by Roger Oakland of Understand the Times, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa senior pastor Brian Brodersen was brought to our attention. Brodersen is beginning an online YouTube series called Things That Matter. In his introductory segment, he explains that this new show is going to help believers see “the bigger picture of Christianity.” He says that too often Christians focus on issues that are not important. As we listened to his words, we couldn’t help but be reminded of the words of emerging church pioneer, Leonard Sweet, when he said:

“Christ is in the Church in the same way as the sun is before our eyes. We see the same sun as our fathers saw, and yet we understand it in a much more magnificent way.” (Aqua Church, p.39, emphasis added)

Sweet was actually quoting Pierre Teilhard de Chardin when he said this as Warren B. Smith points out in his book, A “Wonderful” Deception. What is this “more magnificent way” to which Sweet refers? We know what Chardin means by this, and based on our research on Leonard Sweet and the emerging church, Sweet concurs with Chardin. The “more magnificent way” of seeing things is the paradigm shift that brings all religions together as one, removing all “barriers,” and ultimately leading man to believe he is Divine.

Some may say this is a stretch to suggest that Brian Brodersen is thinking this way just because he says “the bigger picture of Christianity.” But is it really a stretch? As we reported earlier this year, Brodersen recently came out publicly promoting the Alpha Course leader, Nicky Gumbel, who is practically in the arms of the papacy and will take millions of Alpha Course participants with him. It was no small thing that a leading Calvary Chapel pastor endorsed Gumbel and the Alpha Course (if you aren’t sure what to think about the Alpha Course, read our recent article by Mary Danielsen and Chris Lawson). While Brodersen is not proclaiming that man is Divine, whether he realizes it or not, he is helping to remove the barriers between evangelical Christianity and Roman Catholicism.

What is this “bigger picture of Christianity” that Brodersen is talking about? Is he just talking about the Christianity that is beyond the Calvary Chapel borders? Of course not; that would be nothing new as many Calvary Chapel pastors, including CC’s founder Chuck Smith have acknowledged that the body of Christ includes believers outside of Calvary Chapel. Calvary Chapel has never claimed that the body of Christ was solely within their own walls. Time will tell what exactly Brodersen means by this “bigger picture of Christianity.” However, from our perspective, it stands to reason that Brodersen’s remarks would resonate with Rick Warren’s when Warren has stated on numerous occasions that Christianity does include the Catholic Church and that we should focus more on what we have in common than in what we don’t. In other words, the bigger picture of Christianity. That is what Warren means. In Brodersen’s Things That Matter segment, he expressed his concern that some in the body of Christ are focusing too much on “non-essential” issues. We are curious as to what those “non-essential” issues are, and we suspect one of those will be criticizing the Catholic Church.

The second e-mail we received today was regarding Calvary Chapel’s leading pastor Greg Laurie. The e-mail stated: “As a former attendee at Harvest Christian Fellowship [Laurie’s church], it saddens me that Pastor Greg gives validity to Mel Gibson. This post was on Pastor Greg’s Instagram.” The Instagram our reader was referring to shows a photo of Greg Laurie, his wife, and Hollywood actor Mel Gibson.

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While this may seem to be of no significance at first glance, the message that Laurie included in his Instagram also stated: ” I have good news; this dynamic duo [Gibson and Randall Wallace] is working together on a follow-up of the epic film on the crucifixion of Jesus, The Passion. . . . I am really looking forward to a long-overdue movie about this topic from the man who created a whole new template for telling a biblical story on film, Mel Gibson.”

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As veteran author and teacher Roger Oakland has documented in his book, Another Jesus, The Passion film was an attempt by Mel Gibson to “evangelize” evangelicals and drawn them “back to the Mother Church.” As Oakland pointed out, Gibson said:

The goal of the movie [The Passion] is to shake modern audiences by brashly juxtaposing the “sacrifice of the cross with the sacrifice of the altar–which is the same thing.”1
When Gibson says “the sacrifice of the altar,” he is talking about the Catholic Mass, which re-crucifies Christ repeatedly.

Oakland also wrote “The Passion of the Christ Motives Revealed” that brings out more evidence from Gibson himself that The Passion was intended to draw non-Catholics to the Catholic Church. Oakland stated:

The newly released “Definitive Edition” of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” confirms the film was produced with the specific purpose to promote a Roman Catholic agenda that would introduce viewers to the Roman Catholic “Mary” and the Roman Catholic “Jesus.”

One of the statements Mel Gibson made (brought out in Oakland’s article) regarding this Definitive Edition of The Passion was about Mary. Gibson stated: “[S]he was cooperating with this, salvific work. I tried to make that obvious.” You can read several other statements by Gibson with regard to his  motive in doing The Passion in the article above.

Read this extract from Another Jesus titled “What Lies Behind Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ,” and you will see that The Passion was an effort to bring “modern audiences” into the Catholic fold. There’s little doubt that Greg Laurie knows of this information from Roger Oakland. Roger was virtually the only Calvary Chapel figure (when he was part of Calvary Chapel) opposing the raving support the evangelical church was giving The Passion when it came out, and he was severely criticized for his opposition; and at the 2005 Calvary Chapel senior pastor’s conference in Murrieta, California, with Chuck Smith’s permission, a copy of Another Jesus was given out to each pastor in attendance.

Laurie’s recent praise on Instagram of Mel Gibson and The Passion isn’t the first time Laurie has shown that he sees “the bigger picture of Christianity.” In 2015, he publicly promoted New Age Catholic Roma Downey.2 And in 2011, there was the LifeFest event where he had no problem sharing a platform with a Catholic priest as you can read in our article “Green Bay Catholic Priest David Ricken leads Mass at Lifefest Before Joint Worship with Greg Laurie” and Roger Oakland’s articleThe Pope’s New Evangelization Program: Bishop Ricken, Greg Laurie and Calvary Chapel. ” And, of course, most recently, we reported on The Gathering 2016 taking place this fall where Laurie and other evangelical leaders are coming together in an ecumenical event that has at least one pro-Catholic speaker.

There are too many instances to ignore anymore where Christian leaders are saying OK to joining up with the Roman Catholic Church. And sadly, there is too much silence and apathy from the ranks of the evangelical/Protestant camp. Few voices are speaking up, and when those voices are silenced, all that will be left will be the bigger picture of a false Christianity.

Related Information:

The Catholic Church’s Role in the Coming One-World Global Religion

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DRESS REHEARSAL FOR A FALSE REVIVAL? – Evangelical, Charismatic, Emerging Leaders, & Pope Francis Unite for “Together 2016” in Washington, DC

photo: from a still shot from video on Reset 2016 site; used in accordance with the US Fair Use Act

photo: from a still shot from video on Reset 2016 site; used in accordance with the US Fair Use Act

According to a news release from PRWire titled “Pope Francis To Address Americans At National Mall Event ’Together 2016’ With Special Video Message,” Pope Francis will be joining (via video) evangelical leaders such as Ravi Zacharias, Luis Palau, Michael W. Smith, and Josh McDowell, emerging-church leaders such as Francis Chan, Ann Voskamp, Jennie Allen (IF), and Mark Batterson (Circle Maker) and charismatic leaders such as Sammy Rodriguez and Hillsong for an event motivated by a goal to bring unity to all those who “love Jesus.” The event is called “Together 2016,” subtitled Fill the Mall.

Nick Hall, the organizer of the event who hopes to draw one million people to the National Mall on July 16th, stated: “Together 2016 is about laying aside what divides us to lift up Jesus who unites us.”1 Hall told one news source, “We are coming together in historic unity to pray for a reset for our nation.”2

It’s been over fifteen years since contemplative pioneer Richard Foster shared his vision of Catholics and evangelicals coming together3 and over two decades since Chuck Colson helped author a document titled “Evangelicals/Catholics Together.”4 It’s been over a decade since Rick Warren announced his hopes to bring about a second reformation that would include people of different religions.5 In more recent days, evangelical leaders such as Beth Moore,6 Franklin Graham,7 and Kenneth Copeland8 have played their parts in helping to remove the barriers between the evangelical/Protestant church and the Roman Catholic Church (something the Catholic Church calls the New Evangelization program9).

According to the Bible, we know a time is coming when a global one-world religion will serve alongside a global one-world government, both of which will reject Jesus Christ as the Messiah and Lord. Whether they realize it or not, the leaders and musicians participating in Together 2016 are helping to make that global religion a reality as they participate in this ongoing relay race of breaking down the walls that divide different faiths in the name of unity at all costs.

Right now, in America, evangelical and charismatic leaders are calling for a nation-wide revival. But will their revival be a revival from God; or will it be a false revival? And is Together 2016 nothing more than a dress rehearsal for this false revival?

 

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Lighthouse Trails Begins Second Booklet-Mailing Project – This Time to 235 Christian College/Seminary Presidents

rp_college-photo_1679..jpgOn the week of May 16, 2016, Lighthouse Trails began a second booklet-mailing project. Whereas our first booklet-mailing project is sending out booklets and short letters to over 130 Christian leaders every 2-3 months, this new project is reaching out to 235 Christian college and seminary presidents (and some deans). After 14 years of research, our journalists and researchers have discovered that over 90% of the Christian schools have, to one degree or another, introduced contemplative spirituality (i.e., Spiritual Formation/emerging spirituality) into their schools. As we stated in an earlier article, we have begun these booklet-mailing projects out of a sense of desperation to warn the body of Christ.

For the first booklet going to these 235 college and seminary presidents, we chose Ray Yungen’s A Serious Look at Richard Foster’s “School” of Contemplative Prayer because it is Foster’s quote, “We should all enroll in the school of contemplative prayer (from his book Celebration of Discipline) that has helped to change the “landscape” of today’s Christianity. Below is the letter that we sent out last week to these college presidents and deans, and below that is the list of the schools to whom we sent a booklet and this  letter. We plan to send out a new booklet and letter every 2-3 months to these school leaders.

Dear Professor:

In fourteen years of careful research, our team of Christian journalists and authors has discovered that over ninety percent of the Christian colleges and seminaries have begun to incorporate contemplative spirituality (also called Spiritual Formation) into the lives of their students. This has largely occurred because of the writings of contemplative advocates such as Richard Foster (author of Celebration of Discipline, first released in 1978).

The enclosed booklet, A Serious Look at Richard Foster’s “School” of Contemplative Prayer, explains why this spiritual outlook is not consistent with what the Bible teaches.

We hope you will read and prayerfully consider the warning this booklet gives.

Sincerely in Christ,

Editors at Lighthouse Trails

Note: This list below is compromised of schools that DO promote contemplative spirituality and ones that DON’T. To see our list of schools that promote contemplative spirituality/Spiritual Formation, click here. Also read our booklet, An Epidemic of Apostasy – How Christian Seminaries Must Incorporate “Spiritual Formation” to Become Accredited

President Name School Name
Dean Dr. Phil Schubert Abilene Christian University
Mr. John Perch Alaska Bible College
President Dr. Michael Scales Alliance Theological Seminary
President Dr. Alton Beal Ambassador Baptist College
Dr. Joseph Saggio American Indian College
President Dr. Evans P. Whitaker Anderson University
President Dr. John S. Pistole Anderson University
Dr. James Hayes II Andersonville Baptist Seminary
Dr. Curvin Stambaugh – Pastoral Theology Antietam Bible College and Seminary
President Dr. Daniel L. Anderson Appalachaian Bible College
Mrs. Amber Mead Ashland Theological Seminary
President Dr. Kent Ingle Assemblies of God – Southeastern University
Dr. Don Meyer Assemblies of God – University of Valley Forge
President Dr. Mark A. Hausfeld Assemblies of God Theological Seminary
Pastor Matt Grimes Atlanta Baptist College
President Jon R. Wallace Azusa Pacific University
President Brad Smith Bakke Graduate University
President Mark Milioni Baptist Bible College
President Dr. Royce Frazier Barclay Colege
President and Chancellor Dr. Ken Starr Baylor University
Dean Timothy George Beeson Divinity School – Samson University
Provost Dr. Thomas Burns Belmont University
President Dr. Robert Nix Berean Bible Institute
Mr. Carl Warden Bethany Bible College & Theological Seminary
Dr. Jay H. Barnes III Bethel Seminary
Dr. Jay H. Barnes III Bethel University
Dr. James Keiller – religious studies Beulah Heights University
President Dr. Frank A. James III Biblical Theological Seminary
President Barry H. Corey Biola University
President Dr. James M. Harder Blufton University
President Mr. Steve Pettit Bob Jones University
Dr. Charles Faber – Professor of Theology Boise Bible College
President Reverend David Melton Boston Baptist College
Pastor Robert Stapleton – school director Brown Trail School of Preaching
President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay Bryan College
President Dr.Chris Morgan California Baptist College
Mr. Dave Molter California Christian College
Dr. Keith Miller – chair for Theology/Bible Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary
Mr. Simon Woodstock Calvary Chapel Bible College
President Michael K. LeRoy Calvin College
President Dr. J. Bradley Creed Campbell University
President Dr. Michael Carter Campbellsville University
President Dr. J. Randall O’Brien Carson-Newman University
Dr. Benjamin Jacks – Biblical/Theology dept. Carver College
President Dr. Thomas White Cedarville University
President Matt Morrell Central Baptist Theological Seminary
President Mr. Hal Hoxie Central Christian College
President Dr. David B. Fincher Central Christian College of the Bible
Reverend Richard Bishop Christian Life College
Mr. Wayne Wochsnuth – Academic Dean Christian Life College
President Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton Christian Theological Seminary
Dr. Johnny Pressley – Theology Department Cincinnati Bible Seminary
Dr. Johnny Pressley – Theology Department Cincinnati Christian University
President College Of The Open Bible and Theological Seminary
President Mr. Jerry C. Davis College Of The Ozarks
President Dr. Bill Armstrong Colorado Chrisrian University
President Dr. Eric Odell-Hein Columbia Evangelical Seminary
President Dr. Bill Jones Columbia International University
President Dr. Leanne Van Dyk Columbia Theological Seminary
Dr. Cheryl Washington Concordia College
Mr. Robert Sorensen – Chair of Theology Concordia University Chicago
Dr. Kurt Krueger Concordia University Irvine
President Dr. Patrick T. Ferry Concordia University Wisconsin
President Dr. Sheldon C. Nord Corban University
President Cornerstone Bible Institute
President Dr. Joseph M. Stowell Cornerstone University
President Dr. Mark Dalbey Covenant Theological Seminary
President Dr. Barry K. Creamer Criswell College
President Mike Kilgallin Crossroads College
Dr. Joel Wiggins Crown College
President Dr. Mark L. Bailey Dallas Theological Seminary
Dr. Gilbert Parker – Academic Dean Davis College
Pastor Mark Julian Dayspring Bible College and Seminary
Dr. Scott Wenig – professor of Theology Denver Seminary
Dr. William W. Combs – Academic Dean Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary
Dr. Javier A. Vierra – Dean of Pastoral Theology Drew University
Dr. Richard Hays – Dean of Duke Divinity School Duke Divinity School
President Dr. Loren Swartzendruber Eastern Mennonite Seminary
President Dr. Corlis McGee Eastern Nazarene College
President Dr. Robert G. Duffett Eastern University
Mr. Jim Tillotson Faith Baptist Bible College And Seminary
Dr. Mark Baker – Theology Department Head Fresno Pacific University – Biblical Seminary
President Dr. Amy Bragg Carey Friends University
President Dr. Mark Labberton Fuller Theological Seminary
President Dr. Robin Blake George Fox Evangelical Seminary
Dr. Allan Brown – Ministerial Education chair God’s Bible School and College
Mr. Jim Badry – Director of Development Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary
President Dr. D. Michael Lindsay Gordon College
President Dr. Dennis Hollinger Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
President Dr. James E. Brenneman Goshen College
Professor Steven C. Pittman Grace Baptist Bible College
President Ken B. Kemper Grace Bible College
President Dr. Gil Katip Grace College and Theological Seminary
Chancellor Reverend W. Lyman Phillips Grace Evangelical College and Seminary
President Dr. David M. Barnes Grace University
President Brian Mueller Grand Canyon University
Dr. Michael Witmer Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone Univ.
Chancellor Dr. Ronald L. Tottingham Great Plains Baptist Divinity School
President Dr. Ivan Filby Greenville College
President Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Vice-President Dr. Jim Martin Harding School of Theology
President Dr. Bruce D. McLarty Harding University
President Pastor Sam Davivdson Heartland Baptist Bible College
President Dr. Elvin Butts Heritage Bible College
Mr. Bill Bagents Heritage Christian University
Attention: Presidential Search Committee Hesston College
President His Hill Bible School And Camp
President John C. Knapp Hope College
President Dr. Joe Grana Hope International University
President Shirley Mullen Houghton College
Dr. Dave Stubblefield Hyles-Anderson College
Dr. Kevin Newman Indian Bible College
Dr. Paul Loder Indiana Baptist College
Vice-President Dr. Wayne Schmidt Indiana Wesleyan University
Chancellor Dr. Jerry TeTreau International Baptist College
Dr. Robert R. Congdon Internet Bible Institute – online institute
contact Kristin Marshall Intervarsity Christian Fellowship NW
President Don Landis Jackson Hole Bible College
Mr. Aaron Abbott – Director of Student Services John Brown University
President Dr. Gary E. Weedman Johnson University
Dr. Eric Gilchrest Judson College
Dr. Scott Caulley – Bible/Theology Dept. Kentucky Christian University
Reverend Tom Lorimer – Academic Dean Kentucky Mountain Bible College
Dean of the Divinity School La Sierra University
President Dr. Peter W. Teague Lancaster Bible College
President – Dr. Mickey Carter Landmark Baptist College
President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford Le Toureau University
President Dr. Charles “Paul” Conn Lee University
Pastor Matt Grimes Liberty Baptist College
President Jerry Falwell Jr. Liberty University
President Dr. Don Green Lincoln Christian University
President William T. Luckey Jr. Lindsey Wilson College
President L. Randolph Lowry III Lipscomb University
Dr. Dave Keeny – Dean of Biblical Studies Louisiana Baptist University and Theological Seminary
President Dr. James L. Flanagan Luther Rice Seminary
President Dr. David A. King Malone University
President Dan Allender Mars Hill Graduate School
Professor James Pope Martin Luther College
Pastor Aedan O’connell Maryland Bible College and Seminary
President Dr. Cecil Thayer Massillon Baptist College
President Dr. Kim S. Phipps Messiah College
President Dr. Michael Spradlin Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary
President David J. Spittal MidAmerica Nazarene University
Dr. J. Mark Beach – Prof. of Doctrinal Studies Mid-America Reformed Seminary
President Dr. William B. Greer Milligan College
President Dr. R Alton Lacey Missouri Baptist University
President Jim Carlson Montana Bible College
President Dr. Paul J. Maurer Montreat College
President Dr. Paul Nyquist Moody Bible Institute
President Dr. Henry W. Spaulding Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Reverend Dr. Craig Williford Multinomah University
President Richard Milliken Nebraska Christian College
President Robert Ramirez New Mexico Bible Institute
President Dr. Charles S. Kelley Jr. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
President Dan Falls New Tribes Bible Institute
President Dr. David L. Parkyn North Park University
President Dr. Deana L. Porterfield Northeastern Seminary
Interim President – Karen Walker Freeburg Northern Baptist Theological Seminary
President Dr. William D. Shell Northern Seminary
President Daniel Patz Northland International University
President Dr. Joel K. Pearsall Northwest Nazarene University
attn. Jennie Victoriano Northwest University
President Gregory E. Christy Northwestern College
President Dr. Michael G. Scales Nyack College (CMA)
attn. Chair of Religion & Theology Oakwood University
President Dr. Mark A. Smith Ohio Christian University
President Dr. David Whitlock Oklahoma Baptist University
President Dr. John deSteiguer Oklahoma Christian College
President Dr. Everett Piper Oklahoma Wesleyan University
President Dr. John Carl Bowling Olivet Nazarene University
President Dr. William M. Wilson Oral Roberts University
President Matt Proctor Ozark Christian College
President Dr. Kent M. Keith Pacific Rim Christian College
Professor Ross Winkle Pacific Union College
Vice-President Vicki Pugh Palm Beach Atlantic University
President Jack Haye Patrick Henry College
Dr. Lonnie Skinner Patriot University
President Dr. Troy A. Shoemaker Pensacola Christian College
President Dr. Andrew K. Benton Pepperdine University
President Dr. Darryl K. DelHousaye Phoenix Seminary
President Dr. Charles Petitt Piedmont International University
President Dr. Bob Brower Point Loma Nazarene
Dr. Frank Damazio Portland Bible College
Chancellor Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III Reformed Theological Seminary
President Christopher Webb Renovaré Institute
President Dr. Deana L. Porterfield Roberts Wesleyan College
President Dr. Daryl Eldridge Rockbridge Seminary
Senior Pastor Byron MacDonald Rolling Hills Bible Institute
President Dr. Andrew Westmoreland Samford University
Dr. Brian Moulton San Diego Christian College
Dean  Bryan K. Johnson Seattle Bible College
Office of the Provost –  Dr. Jeffrey B. Van Duzer Seattle Pacific University
Dr. George Gunn Shasta Bible College
President Dr. Don Dowless Shorter University, was Shorter College
Dr. Robin Dummer Simpson University
President Dr. Danny Akin Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Mr. Paul Roberts Southeastern Bible College
President Jim Marcum Southeastern Free Will Baptist College
President Dr. Kent Ingle Southeastern University
Dr. James Fazio Southern California Seminary
President Dr. Loren Greshum Southern Nazarene University
President Dr. Todd Voss Southern Wesleyan University
President Dr. C. Pat Taylor Southwest Baptist University
President Dr. Brent D. Ellis Spring Arbor University
President James Baker Tabernacle Baptist Bible College and Seminary
Dean – Dr. Clinton E. Arnold Talbot School of Theology (Biola)
President Dr. Lowell Haines Taylor University
President David Hill Tennessee Bible College
President Dr. Harley Knowles Tennessee Wesleyan College
Chancellor Victor Boschini Texas Christian University
President Steve Brown The Berkshire Institute for Christian Studies
President Clarence Sexton The Crown College of the Bible
President Dr. Gregory Alan Thornbury The King’s College
Dr. John MacArthur The Master’s Seminary
President Dr. Keith R. Anderson The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
President Dr. Robert Myers Toccoa Falls College
President Dr. Dan Boone Trevecca Nazarene University
Dr. Matthew Beamer – Dean of Academics Trinity Baptist College
Dr. Stuart Parsons – Professor of Theology Trinity College
Dr. Edward Martin – apologetics/philosophy Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary
President Dr. David S. Dockery Trinity International University
President Dr. Samuel W. “Dub” Oliver Union University
President Dr. Alan S. Cureton University of Northwestern
President Dr. Michael J. Beals Vanguard University
Reverend Kathy Smith Vision International University
Dr. Mike Sanders Warner University
President Matt Pinson Welch College
Mr. Mike Lester – academic Dean West Coast Baptist College
President Randy Roberts Western Seminary
President Dr. Timothy L. Brown Western Theological Seminary
President Dr. Gayle D. Beebe Westmont College
President Dr. Philip Graham Ryken Wheaton College Graduate School
President Dr. Beck A. Taylor Whitworth University
President Dr. John Jackson William Jessup University
Executive Director Don Lough Jr. Word of Life Bible Institute
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Move of God or Movements of Men . . . Connecting the Dots

“How can we know if something is not a move of God? In today’s church, there are two significant signs that can be looked at to answer this question.”—Roger Oakland

By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times, International

Throughout my life, I have seen God work in many supernatural and natural ways. God is a God of wonders, and there are many times I wonder at the things He does to help me connect the dots in order so I can understand the times.

Someone once said that connecting dots in order to make a meaningful drawing or picture is easy. All one has to do is use a pencil or pen to join one number to another. Now, while this may sound easy, in the confusing world we presently live in, connecting dots is not so simple.

My calling has been to connect dots in order to help believers, and unbelievers, understand what the Bible has to say about the times in which we live. The Bible helps us to understand the past, the present, and the future and is of paramount importance as it is given to us by the inspiration of God for our benefit. For example, we read in 2 Timothy 3:16-17:

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

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Now, for the point of this commentary. First, let me start with John 6. This is the story of where Jesus miraculously multiplied fish and bread to feed the multitude that had come to hear him preach. Afterward, the men whom he fed said, “This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world” (vs. 14). The chapter goes on:

When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. (vs 15)

Later in the chapter, it explains that the multitude found him and began questioning him as to where he had gone. But rather than answering their question, He brought to their attention the motives of their hearts:

Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. (vs. 26)

Jesus had used the miracle of the loaves and fishes to show them that He was God. But they didn’t see that—in essence, they only saw how they benefited from what He had done. They missed the entire point of what God was trying to show them and do in their lives. Click here to continue reading.

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Bono Meets With “The Message” Author Eugene Peterson

The following is posted for informational and research purposes and not as an endorsement. The video is part of a new film project by the emergent Fuller Theological Seminary. To him who has ears to hear, let him hear.

 

Related Information:

NEW BOOKLET TRACT: The Message “Bible”— A Breach of Truth

The New Age Implications of The Message “Bible’s” “As Above, So Below”

Message Bible for Little Kids Instructs on Contemplative Meditation

D is for Deception—The Language of the “New” Christianity

What Kind of Message is THE MESSAGE?

Who is Bringing the “New” Spirituality Into the Church?

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New Age Leader Deepak Chopra Asks? “Will Pope Francis Become a Holy Man for the World?”

rp_pope-francis-1-300x200.jpgBy Ray Yungen and the Editors at Lighthouse Trails

In an article released in January 2016 written by New Age leader Deepak Chopra titled, “Will Pope Francis Become a Holy Man for the World?,” Chopra states,

Pope Francis I is poised to be more than a very popular pontiff . . . He could rise to become a symbol of holiness beyond the Catholic Church. . . . for those of us who aren’t Catholic, there’s a universal message voiced personally by the Pope: “No one can be excluded from God’s mercy. The question, then, is how potent this mission will be.

Chopra says that “millions of non-Catholics feel a fresh wind blowing” because of the Pope’s actions and that Pope Francis has “become a spiritual exemplar.”

In the article, Chopra gives some advice to Pope Francis, that he not become another “theological” pope but rather  one with a “higher consciousness” and like the “Jesus” who was not theological but rather “enlightened.” Chopra adds:

I hope in a corner of my heart that Francis I can open himself to a kind of Super-ecumenical position, not only allowing that other faiths have validity, but seeing that the Eastern tradition of higher consciousness is in fact universal. . . .  we must be realistic. Spiritual experiences occur in consciousness. . . . There is no reason to reject meditation as “not Christian” when the point is that meditation, among other contemplative practices, alters brain function. In so doing, specific regions of the brain are trained to register subtle perceptions. The deeper your perceptions, the more subtle the levels of reality you are comfortable with. At the deepest level, we encounter the entire history of spiritual awakening, which is the opening of the self to the self through expanded awareness. . . .  If we are in fact witnessing the career of the most conscious pope in modern times, let him tell us more about consciousness and the spiritual fulfillment it contains.

Pope Francis is well on his way to doing just that. As a Jesuit contemplative priest, he is very much drawn to this mystical higher consciousness. That is why he named Thomas Merton as one of four most meaningful people when he was in the United States last year. As we have often pointed out, Merton found Buddhist enlightenment in contemplative prayer. Merton’s view that God is in every person is summed up in this statement:

During a conference on contemplative prayer, the question was put to Thomas Merton: “How can we best help people to attain union with God?” His answer was very clear: “We must tell them that they are already united with God. Contemplative prayer is nothing other than “coming into consciousness” of what is already there. ( Brennan Manning, The Signature of Jesus (Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 1996, Revised Edition), p. 211.)

Photo from World Religious News – used in accordance with the US Fair Use Act

Deepak Chopra and many other are hoping that Pope Francis will be that one who will bring the entire world into “superconsciousness” (the realization that man is divine). Remember the Parliament of World Religions this past fall that Lighthouse Trails reported on (see links below). It was a New Age/New Spirituality gathering of emerging church leaders, New Age leaders, Eastern religious leaders, and others who were looking for a “Coming Messiah” as Alice Bailey “prophesied” who could save the world.  And who was the figure everyone was talking about at the Parliament with enthusiasm and hope? None other than Pope Francis.

Related Articles:

Eye Witness Account at Parliament of the World’s Religions 2015 Reveals Growing Animosity Toward Biblical Christians

Letter to the Editor: Parliament of the World’s Religions Seeks “Global Collective Mission” and “Interfaith Harmony”

Letter to the Editor: Brian McLaren, Jim Wallis, Marianne Williamson Speaking at “Parliament of the World Religions”

 

 

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