Question to the Berean Call: Why are you and other “discernment” writers so critical of Rick Warren and his new Daniel Plan?
From The Berean Call
Question: Why are you and other “discernment” writers so critical of Rick Warren and his new Daniel Plan? What difference does it make that Rick Warren turns to some of the best secular doctors in the nation to help the church with its battle over obesity, physical fitness, and mental health? After all, Christians don’t have to ensure that their cars are repaired only by Christian mechanics, and their toilets unstopped only by Christian plumbers. If you’ve got a problem with your physical body, isn’t it far more important to have the very best doctor’s advice, regardless of their religious background?
Response: As long as one’s mechanic or plumber isn’t incorporating unbiblical spiritual content in his service to a believer, his religious background shouldn’t be a problem. However, that is not the case with the eminent doctors that Rick Warren has selected to minister to his congregation and those hundreds of thousands who follow his ministry. All three of the medical doctors are practitioners of various forms of Eastern mystical meditation and occultism, which they promote in their well-being programs of body, mind, and spirit. No doubt their medical science education gives them valuable insights into the workings of their patients’ bodies, but what of mind and spirit? The mind is not the brain; it’s part of man’s nonphysical makeup. There is no objective science of mind. There is only the metaphysical kind. There is no objective science of the spirit. There are no scientific instruments for evaluating a person’s spirit. It’s purely a subjective religious matter.
Furthermore, your question reflects the religious pragmatism (“whatever works”) that leads many believers to abandon biblical authority, compromise their faith, supplant the gospel, and even endanger their very lives. The journey of departing from the Truth may not begin with such stark choices, but often ends with tragic spiritual consequences. “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (Gal 5:9). Click here to continue reading.
(WFRV)– It seems as if things couldn’t get any worse for the citizens of Japan. Now, there’s a new problem at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Water in one reactor storage pool is reported to be dangerously hot.
If the water boils away, exposed fuel rods could throw more radiation into the atmosphere.
United Nations monitoring teams say radiation levels are now 1,600 times higher than normal, about 12 miles from the complex; the limit of the government’s evacuation area.
It also being reported that radiation levels drop dramatically outside that zone. (click here for source and video clip)
Lincoln Christian College and Seminary (IL) Changes Name, But Still Promotes Contemplative Spirituality
Today we received the following email from a concerned Lighthouse Trails reader. We believe it is worth noting to help warn those who are looking for good Christian colleges to attend that Lincoln promotes spiritual formation (i.e., contemplative spirituality).
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
I notice on your website that you list “Lincoln Christian College and Seminary” in Lincoln, Illinois as a school which promotes the practice. I do not dispute this, being a graduate of the seminary, and know for a fact that during my time there as a student, Bill Hybels and Rick Warren were regarded more highly as models for pastors and evangelists than Peter and Paul.
But, to update you – the school has changed its name and is now known as “Lincoln Christian University.”
Moreover, this is not merely something which is being simply “promoted” there–students are being indoctrinated with [contemplative spirituality] since all undergraduate students are now required to take at least one class in “spiritual formation.”
Moreover, every year during the week before Easter, undergraduate students are “encouraged” to participate in what is called “week of E,” which originally meant “week of evangelism” where teams of students would disperse to various parts of the country to lead or assist with revival meetings or other types of evangelistic outreach. Now the school reports some of the following to be offered during this year’s “Week of E”:
1: Led by Isaac Gaff [professor of “Worship Ministry” in the undergraduate school], students will observe the Daily Divine Prayer Offices and share in meals with the monastic community at Holy Cross in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago.”
2: Chris Simpson [professor of philosophy and theology in the undergraduate school] will take a group to the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, for a week of study and spiritual formation based around Kierkegaard’s writings.
3: In daily worship services, Steve Cone [professor of theology in the undergraduate school] will lead students in reading from the writings of Catherine of Sienna as a meditation on Christ’s passion as a way to find true self through the love of God.
Obviously, nothing which even approximates a proclamation of the Gospel will be occurring during these proceedings.
Just thought you’d like to have some documentation of what supposedly Christian schools are promoting.
From a concerned alumni of Lincoln Christian College and Seminary
Here are a few more items to substantiate what is said above. This is only a PARTIAL list of contemplative and/or emerging textbooks being used at Lincoln Christian University.
Textbook used for Senior Seminar include: In the Name of Jesus (Henri Nouwen – perhaps Nouwen’s most blatantly contemplative book)
Textbooks for YM211 FOUNDATIONS FOR YOUTH MIN include: Purpose Driven Youth Ministry (Doug Fields), This Way to Youth Ministry (Duffy Robbins, author of Enjoy the Silence)
Textbooks for WM400 CAPSTONE IN WORSHIP MINISTRY include: Ancient-Future Worship (Robert Webber),
Textbooks for CE899 READING SPIRIT FORMATION include: Celebration of Discipline (Richard Foster), Blue Like Jazz (Donald Miller), Renovation of the Heart (Dallas Willard), Eat This Book (Eugene Peterson)
Textbooks for LS601-01 SHAPING HEART OF A LEADER include: Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (Pete Scazzero; also used for their course PC600 BASIC TYPES OF COUNSELING) and Renovations of the Heart (Willard)
Texbook for DMIN1004 CULTURE/MINISTRY includes: Christ and Culture (Nieibur)
Textbook for NT899 ESCHATOLOGY includes: Surprised by Hope (N.T. Wright – emerging)
If you are not sure who some of these names are, do a search on our research site.
Pew Forum Study Shows Growing Number of Americans Say Obama is a Muslim, Not a Christian as He Claimed
Pew Forum on Religion
A substantial and growing number of Americans say that Barack Obama is a Muslim, while the proportion saying he is a Christian has declined. More than a year and a half into his presidency, a plurality of the public says they do not know what religion Obama follows.
A new national survey by the Pew Research Center finds that nearly one-in-five Americans (18%) now say Obama is a Muslim, up from 11% in March 2009. Only about one-third of adults (34%) say Obama is a Christian, down sharply from 48% in 2009. Fully 43% say they do not know what Obama’s religion is. The survey was completed in early August, before Obama’s recent comments about the proposed construction of a mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center.
The view that Obama is a Muslim is more widespread among his political opponents than among his backers. Roughly a third of conservative Republicans (34%) say Obama is a Muslim, as do 30% of those who disapprove of Obama’s job performance. But even among many of his supporters and allies, less than half now say Obama is a Christian. Among Democrats, for instance, 46% say Obama is a Christian, down from 55% in March 2009. Click here to continue reading this report.
A newly released book called Love Wins by Rob Bell is (supposedly) causing a huge controversy in Christendom. The issue is over the doctrine of hell, which the emergent Bell hasn’t been very clear about in certain interviews and promotional videos lately. Because it’s no secret that in the past Mennonites have been fond of Rob Bell, and that even more recently, the October 2009 MB Herald issue featured Bell (under Currently in Sermons), some of us are wondering how the Mennonites are reacting to the current publicity over Bell’s latest work on his road to universalism.
As expected, a few postmodern Mennonites are beginning to sound off on this issue, like the odd Mennonite blogger here and there, an MB Forum discussion here, and even some young Anabaptist radicals. Even Menno Weekly has gotten into the hellish debate. After recommending readers to glean from the opinions of heresy’s front line defender Brian McLaren, their article then states:
It has been astounding to see the speed with which Bell has been denounced as a heretic and the forceful unwillingness to even raise the questions he poses. For me, this is a red flag. Why are so many vigorously defending a relatively specific doctrine of hell?
When you look at the Bible, there is no one consistent understanding of hell. For that matter, the concept of an afterlife in much of the Old Testament was non-existent. God blesses and curses you through your descendants, not in an afterlife (see the Ten Commandments). There is no consistent version of hell in the Bible, and what is there most certainly doesn’t look like what most people envision. The image of a red guy with a pitchfork and horns comes from Dante’s Inferno, not the Bible.
The doctrine of hell is powerful. Combined with a select few leaders who determine who’s in and who’s out, the fear of hell fuels enormous power and control. Even raising the question, as Bell has done, challenges the enormous power that many have enjoyed for centuries. –Rob Bell and what we believe about hell and heaven By Alan Stucky (pastor of Pleasant Valley Mennonite Church in Harper, Kan.) http://www.mennoweekly.org/blog/2011/3/7/rob-bell-and-what-we-believe-about-hell-and-heaven/
Bringing reason to the this postmodern madness is an enlightening review that Menno-lite has come across which definitely shines a bright spot light on the subject. Click here to read more.
Emerging church/mysticism promoter Rob Bell is making the circuit in American media to promote his newest book, Love Wins. The book is receiving a lot of publicity, largely because of a pre-release video (see bottom of this post) by Bell where he suggests that in the end everyone will go to Heaven, regardless of beliefs. In our February 28th posting titled Rob Bell Puts God on Trial – “Hath God Really Said?” researcher Steve Blackwell states:
In the sixties we were bombarded with “love,” and we have seen what that experiment has produced; a whole generation of babies murdered in the womb. Today, love is in the air once again, and Rob Bell has captured the essence of this love fest by making scandalous claims against God. He has put words into the mouth of God that are pure and simple lies; Rob has made God a liar.
Lighthouse Trails has been tracking the spirituality of Rob Bell for several years now, shocked to see that many Christian junior high, high schools, colleges, and seminaries have students watch Bell’s hip Nooma films and read his book, Velvet Elvis. And even though much of Bell’s anti-biblical beliefs have been exposed, he is still being invited to speak to evangelical college student bodies (an example that we documented in February was a speaking engagement at Point Loma Nazarene University.1) Typically, schools that are big into contemplative spirituality embrace figures such as Rob Bell because the universalistic nature of contemplative fits well with Bell’s “theology.”
Lighthouse Trails receives countless reports about kids from Christian homes who enter Christian colleges, and within a term of being exposed to contemplative, their Christian faith is turned upside down, and often they come out four years later as deluded, unbelieving, and confused about what the Christian faith even is. Just a couple weeks ago, we were told a story about a pastor’s son who sat for four years under Dallas Willard and graduated as an atheist! Parents, you better find out what is happening at your child’s school before it is too late. Try this test – find out if the school has ever shown a Nooma film. If the answer is yes, then at best the people running that school have no discernment; at worst, they know what they are doing, and it is called deception. Unfortunately, your children are the victims.
Regarding Rob Bell’s spirituality proclivities, one example that should convince any discerning believer can be found in Velvet Elvis, where Rob Bell tells young readers to study New Ager/tantric sex advocate Ken Wilber for three months for a “mind-blowing” experience. Take a brief look at Wilber’s site. This is all the evidence you should need. http://www.kenwilber.com/personal/ILP/MyILP.html.
Bell’s new book, Love Wins, is not a big surprise to Lighthouse Trails. The “natural” course for those involved in mysticism is to ultimately become panentheistic (God is in all), universalistic (all are saved), and interspiritual (all paths lead to God); these are all characteristics that negate biblical Christianity and the atoning sacrifice by Jesus Christ for our sins through His shed blood on the Cross. Emerging leaders says that a loving God would never cause His Son to die on the Cross as a substitute for the sins of others. They say they believe that Jesus died on the Cross but explain that He died to be an example of true “servant-leadership,” NOT as a payment to God for sin. Some of the things they have said about the Cross are: it is a vile doctrine (Alan Jones); it is false advertising for God (Brian McLaren); and, such a God does not exist (Brennan Manning).
If Bell, McLaren, Manning, and Jones are correct, then God made a terrible horrific mistake in sending His son to die – it wouldn’t have been necessary. What a mockery to God such a belief is! In a book review on Bell’s book Drops Like Stars, it states:
[Bell’s] view of the cross brings God to our level. While Jesus Christ became a man and bore our sins upon Himself, it wasn’t simply to feel what we feel, but to break the power of sin and death in order that we might have eternal life in Him. It is through his suffering, death AND resurrection that we are now united in Christ. Tragically, Bell has not given his readers the whole truth. . . .
In a recent interview Bell said: “The most powerful thing is when somebody joins us in our suffering … In some ways the gospel, or the story of Jesus, is like a cosmic act of solidarity.”–http://www.christianweek.org/stories.php?id=597
Did God send His Son so that we could stand together in the solidarity of our sufferings? No. Not our sufferings … Those in Christ Jesus find fellowship in and around HIS sufferings: “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death” (Philippians 3:10).
Jesus Christ conquered the power of sin and death, but has yet to return and put an end to suffering. There are only two choices for all of humanity–eternal life in Christ in heaven, or eternity without Him in Hell. Of these two realities, Bell gives no warning or makes no distinction.
That book review was written in 2009. In 2011, it appears that Rob Bell is now making his distinctions clear; and he has fallen on the side of apostasy; tragically, many will believe him.
Below: PRE-RELEASE VIDEO BY ROB BELL
Lighthouse Trails Research on Rob Bell:
LTRP Note: Hopefully, Americans and Canadians on the West Coast will not see a nuclear fallout from the current crisis in Japan. But it is always wise for families to use some common-sense preparedness for emergencies in this nuclear, technology-dependent age in which we find ourselves. We found the article below to be a balanced well-thought-out article on the subject of preparedness in the event of radiation exposure.
**And please remember to pray for the Japanese people at this time; pray that God will strengthen believers there that they might be able to minister the love of the Lord and the truth of the Word of God during this terrible crisis in that country.
How to Prepare for Radioactive Fallout
Conservative Daily News
Remember: time, distance, and mass. In the case of the reactors in Japan those of us in North America have the advantages of time and distance on our side.
When it comes to protecting yourself from a potentially radioactive fallout situation from the Japanese reactors that have gone awry you have three things going in your favor – time, distance, and mass.
Make that four things, the last being Potassium Iodide (KI). If you have to prioritize your preparations to survive a fallout situation in the next few days, put this item first on your list. You will have to act fast if you want to get some Potassium Iodide.
I saw a report a few minutes ago (Monday, March 14, 2011) on a local TV news broadcast that supplies of Potassium Iodide were running out. If you want to get some then stop thinking like the herd. Most people are going to swarm their local pharmacies and emergency preparedness stores. At this point in time it is unlikely you are going to find any Potassium Iodide left on their shelves. But all is not lost. The herd is looking for Potassium Iodide pills. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. You can get the same substance from chemical supply warehouses. The only difference is that it will not be in pill form. Instead, you can purchase Potassium Iodide in its crystallized form – Potassium Iodide is just a salt. It will look like a white powder. All you have to do when you acquire some is to dissolve it in water and drink it. You will get the same protection as those people who overpaid for the convenience of obtaining Potassium Iodide in pill form. Click here to read more.