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Letter to the Editor: Rick Warren to Co-Preach Keynote Address at Pope’s U.S.A. Visit in September

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

omalley-warrenI thought you might want to know that Rick Warren is going to co-preach the Keynote Address with a priest for Pope Francis’ visit in September 2015. Here is the link to the documentation on that meeting: http://www.worldmeeting2015.org/about-the-event/adult-congress-sessions-thursday-friday/

Thank you for continuing to warn about Rick Warren’s ecumenism, particularly with his joining hands with the current Pope and Catholicism. Thank you for informing your readers that on Nov.19, 2014, “a delegation of Catholic bishops sought ‘wisdom’ from Saddleback on how to use Purpose-Driven methods to propagate their ‘new evangelization,’ which is really no true biblical evangelization at all!” (See link: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16405).

In your Nov.19, 2014 blog post, it asked: “Did Rick Warren play a role in getting the Pope to the US, and will Rick Warren play a role in the Pope’s visit to the US. in 2015?”

The answer apparently is: “Yes!” as to whether Rick Warren is going to play a role in the Pope’s visit to the U.S. in September 2015.

Also in your same Nov.2014 blog post, it said that earlier in 2014, a “delegation of Catholic bishops visited Rick Warren and Saddleback to gain some ‘wisdom’ on how to accelerate the Catholic New Evangelization program using Purpose Driven methods.” That same blog also stated: “Perhaps the Pope will make a stop at Saddleback”…

Considering how most hyper-charismatics and heretical groups seem to be convinced a “global revival” will start in California, maybe the Pope might just stop by Saddleback . . . Perhaps a Papal visit to California might deceive more Christians into jumping on the spiritual bandwagon of this “revival” that supposedly will begin in California, as Bethel Church, Jesus Culture, the Sacramento pastors, etc. all have been pushing this false, ecumenical revival idea for quite a while already…

In Christ,
CONCERNED IN CALIFORNIA
LTRP Note: To understand more about Rick Warren’s global P.E.A.C.E. Plan, read Faith Undone by Roger Oakland and A “Wonderful” Deception by Warren B. Smith

‘Pope’ Francis Claims Devil Keeping Evangelicals, Roman Catholics Divided: ‘They Are One’

LTRP Note: Please see the video below, which is an 8-minute talk Pope Francis recently gave regarding this matter. While listening to him talk, it was hard not to think of the martyrs described in Foxe’s Book of Martyrs, many of whom died at the hands of Roman papacy because they would not accept Catholic doctrine of the Eucharist. Is this where we are heading again? As Roger Oakland often says, history repeats itself. See our article “If Rick Warren is Right, Why Did These Martyrs Even Die At the Hands of the Roman Catholic Church?”

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

ROME — In a recorded video statement released on Saturday, the Roman Catholic Pontiff known as Francis asserted that evangelicals and Catholics are one, and that it is the devil who has divided the two groups.

“Division is the work of the ‘Father of Lies,’ ‘the Father of Discord,’ who does everything possible to keep us divided,” he said.

The eight-minute video was for the “Celebration of Christian Unity” event organized by John 17 Ministries out of Phoenix, Ariz., which seeks to unite Christians and Catholics.

“I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical, perhaps,” Francis stated. “But there is someone who ‘knows’ that despite our differences we are one.” Click here to continue reading.

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Letter to the Editor: “Awakening America Alliance” Brings SBC President Ronnie Floyd Together with New Age Roma Downey

TO LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS:

I’m sending you this e-mail (see below) that I got from the “Awakening America Alliance” about their recent biennial “RESET SUMMIT” held in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Awakening America Alliance” states this as their ultimate goal: “The Alliance’s ultimate goal is serving kingdom initiatives for spiritual awakening and missional living. The Reset Summit is a part of their pursuit of a fresh Christ-Awakening across the nation—in every state, every county, every church, and every heart. Gathering leaders from these various spheres of influence not only builds relationships, but reflects one of their foundational principles—“history is transformed among friends.”

I am sending you this because I noticed that participants included Roma Downey (and husband Mark Burnett)! This is a conference for national Christian leaders, and Ronnie Floyd (President of the Southern Baptist Convention) along with other denominational prayer and church leaders participated. What is Roma Downey doing at a National Christian Leader’s conference for an American “spiritual awakening”?

I am concerned over Roma Downey’s growing influence over evangelical Christians, and what seems to be her public role in helping Christians supposedly gain influence or reclaim “dominion” over the “Arts and Entertainment” mountain of the  “7 Cultural Mountains”. (See–http://www.7culturalmountains.org/). Lance Wallnau, Os Hillman, C.Peter Wagner are all proponents of this.

Please see Herescope blog posts: http://herescope.blogspot.com/2010/06/seven-mountains.html http://herescope.blogspot.com/2010/09/next-great-awakening_20.html.

Roma Downey’s (and her husband Mark Burnett’s) recent and growing projects are gathering great momentum, sadly among evangelical Christians. As you well know and have warned about, her projects include creating the “A.D.” miniseries currrently airing on NBC, which is not even remotely accurate to the Bible. She and husband Mark Burnett were also executives of the recently released Roman Catholic, mystical film : “Little Boy: Believe the Impossible” (See Facebook page link with trailer–https://www.facebook.com/littleboymovie).

I’m sending you this email so you can hopefully keep warning your readers about the unbiblical teachings and associations of Roma Downey and the promotion and embracing that evangelical leaders are giving her.

In Christ,

Concerned in California

Reset America Summit Unites National Leaders

The Awakening America Alliance recently hosted their bi-annual Leadership Summit in Atlanta, Georgia. The summits emphasize:

  • Strategic Planning and Development of Preach2Engage Initiatives
  • Relational Connecting and Encouragement for National Leaders and Spouses
  • United Ministry Engagement around a Contemporary Spiritual Awakening

General Sessions introduced fresh ideas and inspired the group of key leaders with speakers from the arenas of denominational leadership, next-generation evangelism, faith-based media, and prayer ministry. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, Producers of A.D. The Bible Continues, and Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention joined the group via video conferencing. (Click here to view Mark and Roma’s greeting.)

Awakening Indicators Emphasized Dr. David Ferguson, Co-chair of the Alliance, opened the event with a brief celebration and drew attention to the Twenty Indicators of Awakening, identified by the Awakening Alliance in 2008 and still a major focal point for the ministry. Indicator #10 in the Church, “Heightened expressions of love and unity among all believers, as demonstrated by the unity of pastors and leaders,” was evident in the Summit as a clear answer to prayer. In addition, “Christ’s influence in the arts, media, and communications” (Indicator #3 in the Culture) has also been greatly increasing, and a moment of praise and thanksgiving ensued. A Prayer for RESET in the Nation The summit theme, “RESET America,” focused on restoring biblical foundations and godly values in the nation. An invitation to RESET was given by Nick Hall, Founder and Chief Communicator of PULSE Movement. Nick explained that RESET is simply a prayer for Jesus to reset our lives, our families, our churches, and ultimately the nation. To reset something literally means to restore something to its original design, so the Alliance’s prayer is that Jesus would “RESET America.”               One underlying theme emphasized prayer as the key to transformation. Presenters such as Doug Small of Project Pray, Joe Battaglia of Renaissance Communications, Dion Elmore of National Day of Prayer, and Michael Obi of African Strategic Leadership Prayer Network stressed the importance of extraordinary, united prayer in any great awakening and each one led the Summit in prayers for God to RESET our generation.
Strategic Planning and Prayer Breakout sessions convened for strategic planning and united prayer, targeting the Awakening indicators. Georgia Ministry Leaders, led by David Franklin, gathered to plan and pray for the May 7th National Day of Prayer efforts.   Denominational and Prayer Leaders, led by David Ferguson, joined in a Solemn Assembly as a pre-curser to calling their constituency to Solemn Assemblies across the nation on Pentecost Sunday, May 16, 2016. Kay Horner facilitated a session with Awakening Imperative Leaders, who were encouraged as the group shared a powerful time of prayer for their respective ministries and celebrated the flash points of revival God is sending.   Convergence Conference That evening the Alliance joined forces with the ConvergenceConference, a three-day event centered on fanning the flames of revival and evangelism on local college campuses and throughout the Atlanta region. This high-energy event spanned the generations, and a deep sense of unity was experienced across cultural and racial divides. Musical artists included Trip Lee, Kutless, and Lacey Sturm leading worship while Nick Hall, Corey Lee, Byron Paulus, and Alex Kendrick (producer of War Room, to be released August 28) joined with numerous other leaders ministering in the General Sessions.              The Alliance recognizes that spiritual awakenings are sovereign moves of God’s Spirit that are often marked by united prayer, courageous preaching, and pastors who are spiritually whole and personally renewed. With this in mind, they are providing:

  • Prayer guides focused on the Twenty Indicators of Awakening
  • Sermon outlines with media elements
  • Bulletin inserts and social media graphics/posts
  • Mobile apps for spiritual renewal and marriage enrichment
  • Other free resources to engage Jesus followers in a prayer-care-share lifestyle throughout 2015 and beyond

The Alliance’s ultimate goal is serving kingdom initiatives for spiritual awakening and missional living. The Reset Summit is a part of their pursuit of a fresh Christ-Awakening across the nation—in every state, every county, every church, and every heart. Gathering leaders from these various spheres of influence not only builds relationships, but reflects one of their foundational principles—“history is transformed among friends.”

For more information or to schedule an interview with the Awakening America Alliance Executive Cabinet contact: Gil Balch, Media Coordinator at gbalch@awakeningamerica.us or call toll free at 1.888.9AWAKUS or 1.888.929.2538.

Amy Grant Joins Catholic “Sisters” as “Thousands Flock to Michigan for Faith-filled Family Concert”

LTRP Note: The following news story is posted for informational and research purposes only and not as an endorsement of the content. This is another example of how Christian leaders and figures are leading the way in bringing the evangelical/Protestant church “back to the Roman Catholic Mother Church.” It was just a few months ago that Amy Grant and numerous other well-known Christian musicians (including Chuck Girard, Dallas Holm, Michael W. Smith and Nicole Mullen) stood on stage with New Age sympathizer and Roman Catholic Roma Downey in an ecumenical concert saying “we are united.” A number of years ago, when Rob Bell was still pastor at Mars Hill in Michigan, he invited one of the Dominican Sisters of Mary to speak at his church. You can listen to a little of that service here where Bell and the Sister are leading the congregation through a contemplative practice.

“Thousands Flock to Michigan for Faith-filled Family Concert”

YPSILANTI, Mich., April 22, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — The first major concert for The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, enjoyed widespread success Sunday April 19 in Ypsilanti, MI. The Unite, Disciples of Christ concert at Eastern Michigan University, hosted by the Dominican Sisters of Mary and Spiritus Sanctus Academy brought together 4,000 attendees of all ages and backgrounds from all over the Midwest. The benefit concert featured some of the top names in the Christian music industry: Amy Grant, Matt Maher, Sanctus Real, Ike Ndolo, Jon Guerra and the Dominican Sisters of Mary. The acclaimed line-up performed for a captivated crowd for over 5 hours including special performances, which included all of the artists on stage together.

The press supported the Unite Concert as Amy Grant and Sr. John Dominic were guests on Kresta in The Afternoon, which is heard nationwide on Sirius/XM and Ave Maria Radio. The entire interview is available here. Additional coverage was also given by Son Rise Morning Show, Proclaim FM in Toledo, WMUZ in Detroit, The Michigan Catholic, Christian Review, and Smile FM, among others. Click here to continue reading this article.

 Related Articles:

According to Rome, True Evangelization Not Complete Until A Christian Becomes Catholic by Roger Oakland

Confused by an Angel: The Dilemma of Roma Downey’s New Age Beliefs

Reiki Found at Many Catholic Convents – The Near Future for Evangelicalism

Letter to the Editor: Took Concerns About A.D. T.V. Series to Pastor – He Says “Result Will Be Good” – David Jeremiah Part of the Problem

To Lighthouse Trails:

I took my concerns to one of my pastors at my church regarding the bible A.D. Series. I was given Philippians 1: 15-18 that as long as the Gis preached or the Bible story being told, the result will be good. No matter who they are or what their motives are.

What are your thoughts on this?

Thank you,

K.

Our Comments:

The thing that needs to be pointed out to those with such reasoning is that because of the spiritual persuasions of the producers of such films (in this case, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett), wouldn’t it make sense that “the Gospel” message could be altered, and in fact, a different gospel could be presented? Yes, it’s true that the Bible is the focal point in the series, but the Bible itself warns that those coming as if in the faith will present “another gospel” and another Jesus.”

It’s also hardly comforting to know that David Jeremiah is turning out to be a major spokesperson, adviser, and promoter of the A.D. series when he himself has shown little or no discernment regarding spiritual deception during the past decade. With his widely promoted book, Life Wide Open, in which Jeremiah says that people like Rick Warren, Brother Lawrence, Buddhist sympathizer and Catholic convert Peter Kreeft, and goddess worshipper Sue Monk Kidd are a handful of people who have found the secret to a passionate life, we don’t see his involvement as some kind of assurance that the series is going to be biblically sound. How interesting that a New Age sympathizing producer (Downey) picks a New Age-promoting evangelical to help promote and create the series. But then as the saying goes, birds of a feather flock together. It’s just too bad that multitudes of pastors (like the one described in the letter above) are going to fall into step with Jeremiah and Downey, having completely ignored what Scripture says about spiritual deception and a great falling away.

American Christians seem desperate for everything but the Bible. They’ve got to have the most popular “Bible teachers” (e.g. Rick Warren and Beth Moore); the most exciting and sensually appealing books (e.g. Jesus Calling and The Shack); a wide assortment of exciting, sensual, wordly music;  the most mystically drawing teachers (e.g. Richard Foster and  Brennan Manning) and mystically oriented practices (e.g. lectio divina and contemplative prayer); and they’ve got to have the most thrilling and captivating movies about God (e.g. The Passion of the Christ and Son of God). The fact is, reading and studying the Bible itself has become too boring and blasé for most Christians today. And the pastors and leaders keep feeding this unsatiable hunger for sensual foods because the truth is, they want to to be filled with them too.

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