by Kjos Ministries
Don’t be deceived! The twenty-year-old Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has little to do with personal rights. It has everything to do with changing values and undermining the traditional family. Since it transfers parental authority to the state, Christian children are legally free to reject safe family guidelines. The state will back their choice! As Hillary Clinton wrote back in the nineties, “It Takes a Village!”
This process started long ago. Its milestones include the birth of the United Nations in 1945 and, starting in 1948, its “consultative” relationships with the new World Federation for Mental Health. The Federation’s founding document, “Mental Health and World Citizenship,” exposed the mind-changing agenda behind the social sciences:
“Studies of human development indicate the modifiability of human behaviour throughout life, especially during infancy, childhood and adolescence…. Social institutions such as family and school impose their imprint early…. It is the men and women in whom these patterns of attitude and behaviour have been incorporated who present the immediate resistance to social, economic and political changes.”
The CRC is designed to erode that resistance! For example, its ARTICLE 14 tells parents to “respect the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.” That might make sense if parents were free to teach them safe moral and spiritual boundaries. But it spells disaster in today’s boundary-free culture, which bombards our children with promiscuous, pornographic and pluralistic suggestions and images.
ARTICLE 14 includes this qualification: “Freedom to manifest one’s religion or beliefs may be subject only to such limitations as are prescribed by law and are necessary to protect public safety, order, health or morals, or the fundamental rights and freedoms of others.” But who are those “others” that need protection? All who despise the Bible and are offended by moral standards? That’s already happening! As one school administrator warned a student: “Leave your faith in the car.”
ARTICLE 15 grants children the right to “freedom of association,” while ARTICLE 16 forbids “interference with his or her privacy… or correspondence.” Their freedom to choose would fling the doors open to every lewd kind of literature, texting and Internet communications.
Notice the strange twist. With ratification of this Convention, the state terminates parental rights to set wise boundaries and maintain moral standards. It “frees” children to follow their new pied pipers into a world of corruption, group thinking, and government control. Meanwhile, Christian children lose their traditional right to express their faith, since Christian beliefs and values are too divisive for today’s changing world. Click here to read this entire article.
LTRP Note: This 2004 UK article predicted that Christianity was going to be replaced by mystical spirituality. Today, five years later largely because of the spiritual formation movement, the Purpose Driven movement, and the emerging church, this is exactly what is taking place! The words of Karl Rahner are ringing true when he said the Christian of the future will be a mystic or he will be nothing at all. Are we witnessing the great falling away?
“Spirited away: why the end is nigh for religion”
Christianity will be eclipsed by spirituality in 30 years, startling new research predicts. Our correspondent reports on the collapse of traditional religion and the rise of mysticism.
Study after study appears to prove that people are increasingly losing faith in the Church and the Bible and turning instead to mysticism in guises ranging from astrology to reiki and holistic healing. The Government, significantly, said this week that older people should be offered t’ai chi classes on the NHS to promote their physical and mental wellbeing….
Twice as many people believe in a “spirit force” within than they do an Almighty God without, while a recent survey hailed a revival of the Age of Aquarius after finding that two thirds of 18 to 24-year-olds had more belief in their horoscopes than in the Bible. …
So what does meditation have that conventional worship does not? Neutrality, suggests Elizabeth Forder, who runs the centre. “We are not affiliated to any religion and there is no belief system imposed on anybody here,” she says. “I was brought up a Christian, but it held no real meaning for me. I would class myself as a universalist, believing that all religions offer the same end.”Click here to read this entire article.
LTRP Note: The following comments made by Larry DeBruyn help to point out the emerging church teaching that God is more concerned about (and desirous of) community or cultural salvation as opposed to individual salvation. This is a classic earmark of emerging/contemplative spirituality. This is the message conveyed in books such as Death by Church by Mike Erre and An Emergent Manifesto of Hope by Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones.
by Larry DeBruyn
At the Episcopal Churches General Conference recently held in Anaheim, California, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, opened the conference with a stunning statement saying, “the great Western heresy” is “we can be saved as individuals, that any of us alone can be in right relationship with God.” According to the bishop-ess, “That individualist focus is a form of idolatry, for it puts me and my words in the place that only God can occupy.” Say what . . . ?
The third chapter of John records Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus who by himself came to Jesus at night (John 3:1-14). John is clear on this. Click here to read the rest.
Book Review on Castles in the Sand
by C. Pack
(Used with permission)
“Spiritual Formation is Dangerous…. And Here’s Why”
As a former New Ager, I have become increasingly alarmed at the New Age/New Spirituality practices and beliefs that I have seen flowing into the church. I was saved in a conservative, evangelical church that boldly proclaimed the gospel: Jesus is THE Way, THE Truth and THE Life, and no-one comes to the Father but by Him. Yet, within 2 years time, this same precious church began to preach sermons on past mystics (St. John of the Cross), began offering yoga classes, and began to adopt practices that eerily reminded me of my New Age days… all of which are an assault on the true gospel.
In my spiritual immaturity, I just assumed that there was a type of mysticism that was okay within the framework of Christendom. I even participated in “setting the stage” for these new practices to come into our church: I helped hang blackout curtains to set the right “atmosphere,” I set up candles, I carefully placed incense stations so they were out of reach of small children, etc.
However, after doing a little research (just to put my mind at ease), I came to the startling realization that these “Christianized” practices (yoga, contemplative prayer, Lectio Divina, etc.) were identical to what I (and my New Age friends) had done, way back in the 80s and 90s…they just had new names.
This book by Carolyn Greene unmasks the demonic nature of these practices and shows how our Christian children are being exposed to them. The heroine of this novel, Teresa, goes off to a Christian college that has always had a reputation for being doctrinally solid. Unbeknownst to her (and her foster grandparents, who themselves attended the school), the college has just begun implementing new classes in Spiritual Formation, Ancient Future, Lectio Divina, and Contemplative Prayer, among others. Not only that, but they’ve bulldozed the boring old soccer field to make way for a Labyrinth….
The story cuts back and forth between the experiences of the young student Teresa and another Teresa set in the 16th century – St. Teresa of Avila, a well-known mystic. As the student Teresa is unwittingly sucked deeper and deeper into a vortex of unbiblical practices and demonic deception, she becomes the star pupil of the college’s glamorous new teacher, Dr. Jasmine Winters, who is introducing these enthralled young students to new – yet unbiblical – ways to “experience” God.
On a sidenote, let me state that as parents, we have been “trained” by our church leadership to turn over the spiritual discipling of our children to the leadership, whether at church or school…..but how sure are we that the youth group or private school or “Christian” college our kids are attending are, in fact, discipling them in solid Biblical truths? The emergent church movement, which heavily promotes Spiritual Formation and Contemplative practices, is a HUGE and very popular movement today. It prides itself with being able to “dialogue” with today’s youth, with being culturally relevant to them. But as Christians, we know that our children’s deepest spiritual need is NOT to be “engaged” by someone with hipness and cultural relevancy, but is rather to be given spiritual truth: that they are dead in their sins, depraved at their core, and in need of God’s mercy and plan of salvation, through Christ’s atoning death on the cross. The emergent church movement never gives this message, because at its core, emergent theology is a cross between New Age and Universalist thought (man’s divine inner goodness + good works = salvation).
If the gospel is not clearly given to our youth, but instead we are giving them exciting, but unbiblical, “experiences” – which seem spiritual because they’re wrapped in Christian terminology – then we’ve damned them. In our rush to do the next big thing, we are taking the edge off the blade, as it were, and giving our children just enough “Christianity” to “feel” spiritual and saved, without them coming to God on His terms: through the blood of Christ. These emergent experiences do not have the power to save, but instead are just “a form of godliness” without salvific power (2 Tim 3:5).
This book will be eye-opening for anyone who has heard the terms Ancient Future, Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation, Contemplative Prayer, Lectio Divina, etc. and perhaps wondered what they were, and if they were biblical. They absolutely are not… and Carolyn Greene shows us why. (Originally posted at Amazon.com, used with permission from C. Pack)
LTRP Note: As a vast of number of the large and medium size Christian publishing houses continue releasing book after book on contemplative prayer, spiritual formation, the emerging church, and the new spirituality, it isn’t too surprising that the International Christian Retail Show would feature contemplative pioneer Richard Foster as the keynote speaker this year.
“Christian authors and staff from publishing houses scattered throughout the United States are preparing to attend the International Christian Retail Show in Denver, Colorado this weekend. The event will begin on Saturday, July 11th at 7:00 PM with the Christy Awards ceremony at the Denver Marriott City Center. Bestselling author Richard Foster will be presenting the keynote address entitled The Spiritual Formation of the Writer.” Click here for source.
by Olive Tree Ministries with Jan Markell On July 5 the Washington Times online reported that Pastor Rick Warren told his Islamic audience, the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA,) that he envisions “a coalition of faith.” Whether Pastor Warren knows this or not, this is just another term for the coming one-world religion outlined in Revelation 13. It is further outlined in Revelation 17. I have not taken on the issue of Rick Warren all that often, but after reading what the Washington Times has to say about his message to a group of spiritually lost Muslims, I feel I must address this in an open letter to who many say is the most influential pastor in America and some would say the world.
Pastor Warren, you pleaded with 8,000 Muslim listeners on Saturday, July 4, to work together to solve the world’s greatest problems by cooperating in a series of interfaith projects. You said, “Muslims and Christians can work together for the common good without compromising my convictions or your convictions.”
Pastor Warren, you needed to compromise the convictions of the Muslims in attendance. To just say that “My deepest faith is in Jesus Christ” was not enough to a thoroughly lost crowd. The hour is too late to withhold a gospel message without which they will face a Christless eternity, and you will be held accountable. The “world’s greatest problems” will always be with us and the Bible says so in Matthew 26:11. Sin is at the root of them. I have to conclude you are more interested in ecumenical unity and solving AIDS, poverty, and other social issues. Last Saturday you were given a golden opportunity that 99.9% of American Christians could never get.
You said you were not interested in interfaith dialogue, but you seize every opportunity to talk to all religions and you always leave out the gospel. You even address Jewish groups but you tell them how to grow a mega-synagogue like your own church, Saddleback. In this “can’t we all get along?” generation, you usually leave out the only good news left: There is salvation in Christ and Christ alone (Acts 4:12), and the hour is late, so make a conscious decision to be a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. Click here to read this entire article.
Rick Warren’s new reformation to include Islam:
“Who’s the man of peace in any village–or it might be a woman of peace – who has the most respect, they’re open and they’re influential? They don’t have to be a Christian. In fact, they could be a Muslim, but they’re open and they’re influential and you work with them to attack the five giants. And that’s going to bring the second Reformation.”–Rick Warren, May 2005, Pew Forum on Religion
Doug Pagitt, one of the original “Emergent” leaders from Leadership Network, announced last fall that he would be running for office in the Minnesota State Legislature, but has now announced that he will be postponing his political campaign until 2012 because of lack of financial support.1
Pagitt is the author of several books, all propagating emerging church ideologies. 2 He is also known for his embracing of Yoga and other eastern-style meditation practices and beliefs. And in the book he co-edited with Tony Jones, An Emergent Manifesto of Hope, he provided the basic New Age/New Spirituality concepts of the emerging church. These views are consistent throughout his other books. For instance, in his book, Church Re-Imagined, Pagitt makes the following statement: “God also invites us to be re-created and to join the work of God as co-(re)creators” (p. 185). This is indicative of a belief system that teaches that God is in all things; thus, since God is in us (all of humanity), we are equal to God and co-creators. This, of course, is a deceptive (not to mention absurd) idea, since man is incapable of creating even a speck of dust. Nevertheless, this is classic emerging/contemplative thinking.
As we have reported in the past, we believe that the emerging church voters played a significant role in the election of our present White House administration. And we believe that Christian leaders such as Rick Warren and Bill Hybels (to name a few) were instrumental over the past decade in giving “life” and momentum to this emerging church movement. In addition, a concerted effort to confuse, manipulate, and instill guilt on evangelical, pro-life voters was instigated and successful. With the help of figures like Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt, and Tony Jones, winning over the youth was essentially “a piece of cake.” And with the help of Tony Campolo, Rick Warren, and a number of others, taking a hold of the older generation was also quite easy. Our present political scene is the aftermath of these efforts.
With these things in mind, Lighthouse Trails is grateful that emerging church leader and mover Doug Pagitt will not be running for office in 2010. But believers should keep in mind that efforts are already underway and will continue to convince more and more of our society that biblical standards should be laid aside for the common good of all people. And do not forget that our Adversary has a particular group of people he targets more than any other … the Bible-believing Christian who defends the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Politics or no politics, he hopes to make this group ineffective, afraid, confused, and deceived.
As the emerging church seeks to exalt uncertainty and doubt (of biblical truth primarily) and introduce mystical practices as the correct path to truth, let us who know Him as Savior and Lord not lose heart nor grow weary in well doing. By His grace and His strength, let us stand.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. Galatians 6:7-9