LTRP Note: In March, we posted “The Unification of Hyper-Charismatics and the Catholic Church,” an article by Roger Oakland, discussing the recent hearty endorsement Kenneth Copeland gave the Catholic church via his public meeting with “evangelist” for the Catholic church, Anglican Tony Palmer (who claims Pope Francis is his mentor). John Lanagan is now presenting further evidence of this ecumenical uniting taking place under the guise of Christian brotherhood. If you are not sure why the Catholic church is NOT biblical Christianity, please do the homework. We offer countless articles and resources on this subject. Underneath the video below, you can see some of those. Things are moving very quickly right now. Bible-believing Christians watching this video will sense an urgency as we are called racists who are standing in the way of spiritual progress. The stage is being set for persecution on those who do not take the road to Rome.
By John Lanagan
My Word Like Fire Ministries
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. (2 Peter 2:1)
What are the strands that will be woven together to form the false church?
Tony Palmer states he receives financial support from Kenneth Copeland and claims he has been “consecrated” by Pope Francis to be a bridge for further unity among Protestants and Catholics. You may have seen the message from the Pope that Tony Palmer played at Kenneth Copeland’s convention. It is included in the below video.
According to Palmer, “…the protest of Luther is over. And therefore now we are all living in a post-Protestant era…” (8:00 in video)
The Protestants who disagree are suffering from “spiritual racism.” (8:40) Click here to continue reading this article by John Lanagan.
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Book Review on Dangerous Illusions, the Newest Release From Lighthouse Trails
There is something very comfortable and familiar about reading sequels. “Dangerous Illusions” is a novel that picks up where “Castles in the Sand” leaves off. Having read ‘Castles’ a few years ago, it took a while for me to become familiar with the characters and story line once again, but there are enough references to the past that soon it fits like a pair of comfortable shoes.
It is several years later and Tessa returns to her home town, from a missions trip, where she finds things not quite the way she had left them. Her adoptive parents are out of sorts, her church is struggling out of a slump, and there are strange and unexplained things happening to her, quite randomly, or so it would seem.
There are two themes running through the novel, one of which admits it to the genre of ‘Christian fiction’, and one which fits it quite nicely into the mystery/intrigue/suspense genre. As new characters are introduced and developed, you just know they are going to be connected somehow, but the reader must be patient.
Click here to continue this review.
The Church in Crisis! – Liberty University Hires Open Homosexual Advocate to Choreograph ‘Mary Poppins’ Production
By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Liberty University, which is considered the world’s largest Christian university and whose motto is ‘training champions for Christ,’ has hired an open homosexual advocate to choreograph its upcoming Broadway-style presentation of Mary Poppins.
The university recently published an article regarding the production, which it celebrates as being the school’s “largest to date.” The article notes that Alluvion Stage Company, an arm of the university’s Department of Theater Arts, “has hired a guest music director, a flight director, and a Broadway choreographer” to assist with the presentation.
“We are very excited to have all of these guest artists join us … They bring a whole new level of excellence,” stated artistic director Linda Nell Cooper. “Our goal with Alluvion is for every show to raise the bar somehow; they have helped us to do that.”
The selected choreographer is Geoffrey Goldberg, a New York City-based artist who has been involved with professional theater for over a decade, and traveled the country for five years assisting with the production of Mary Poppins, among others. . . .
Goldberg’s social media pages also indicate his support and advocacy for the homosexual agenda, posting “Happy pride, everyone” in June of last year, which was designated as Homosexual Pride Month by Barack Obama. Goldberg is also a member of the Facebook group Marriage Equality New York. Click here to continue reading. Also more about Liberty University’s move down the emerging path.
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LTRP Note: Shepherd’s Bible Verse Tea is a small division of Lighthouse Trails, started in 2010 as a way to help support LT.
31 Ways To Use Shepherd’s Bible Verse Tea
1.Make it for breakfast, snack or dessert with hot home-baked bread or muffins.
2.Give it as a hostess gift.
3.Add it to a gift basket (make it tea-themed!)
4.Host a tea party.
5.Gift it to a friend in the hospital.
6.Send it in a care package to a college student.
7.Drink it in lieu of coffee during your morning devotional.
8.Send some with a get well card or gift.
9.Make iced tea on a hot day.
10.Sooth allergies and throats with peppermint.
11.Give it as a pastor’s wife/family appreciation gift.
12.Create a “tea room” (or nook) for your devotional or prayer time.
13.Use leftover tea as mulch for potted plants, flower beds or vegetable gardens.
14.Donate boxes to a church food pantry, soup kitchen, homeless or women’s shelter, or orphanage kitchen.
15.Tell your mom how much you love her and thank her for her prayers.
16.Send a box to a teachers lounge at a Christian school.
17.Bless a nurses station at a hospital (make sure they have a staff kitchenette to store and prepare it).
18.Make up a homeschool lesson surrounding topics like “tea history, growing, manufacturing, entrepreneurship, business, and serving the Lord, with scriptural application.”
19.Serve hot tea in disposable cups to those who have to work out in the cold (husbands, neighbors shoveling the driveway or plowing snow).
20.Slip an individual bag into a greeting card with a warm message: “I found these excellent teas! Sorry I can’t be there. . . pull up a chair and enjoy these as if I am!”
21.Give it to extended family at Christmas time.
22.Ward off colds in winter.
23.Make “Red Chai” flavored ice-cream.
24.Investigate new recipes involving tea, or try mixing different fruit juices, spices, milks or honey.
25.If your church serves coffee before or after services, serve it in baskets or on platters with a hot water dispenser.
26.Serve it to your Sunday School or small group.
27.Set aside time to share the tea with your grandmother or other relatives, especially if they are home bound.
28.Donate it to veteran’s family support service locations or staff, such as Fischer Houses, or to Arlington Ladies.
29.Bring it on vacation to keep eyes on God as you and your family enjoy time away.
30.Make Shepherd’s “sweet tea” Popsicles.
31.Make it a conversation starter, and let the Lord lead you!
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By Roger Oakland
Understand the Times
For years I have been following the agenda designed to implement the New Evangelization Program initiated by Pope John Paul II and the Roman Catholic Church. This same program was continued by Pope Benedict and Pope Francis and is a plan to reach Roman Catholics who have “strayed away” and also to evangelize people of all faiths. The goal is to set up the Kingdom of God with headquarters in Rome so that all religions worldwide will eventually bow down and worship the Roman Catholic Eucharistic Christ.
For those who are not familiar with the term the Eucharistic Christ, this entity is formulated by a priest after the process of transubstantiation. This object, which is worshipped as “Jesus Christ,” is nothing more than a wafer that is placed in a container called a monstrance and worshipped and adored as “Jesus Christ.” This obviously is not the Jesus we know and understand from the Bible. Eucharistic adoration is a tradition of the Roman Catholic Church. When participants stare at the monstrance, they believe they are adoring or worshiping “Jesus.” In the Bible, such a practice would be described as idolatry.
Recently, I read an article that added a whole new dimension to the Roman Catholic New Evangelization Program. While I was aware that many of the emerging church ideas were gleaned by returning to the practices of Roman Catholic mystics from the past, I had never come across the proof that contemplative prayer and monasticism were essential components of the New Evangelization Program. The article titled “Mysticism, Monasticism and the New Evangelization” made this connection very clear. The article began with the following statement:
Many people think of Christian mysticism and monasticism as strictly “in-house” matters, too remote and esoteric to have any bearing on the Church’s re-evangelization of the post-Christian West. While Catholics generally respect the contemplative vocation, they may see it as peripheral to supposedly more urgent concerns, such as improving catechesis and the liturgy, or bearing witness to faith and morality in public life. Those concerns are critical. But we believe the New Evangelization of historically Christian countries also requires a rediscovery of Christian mysticism, and a revival of the monastic setting which is its natural home. 
So these words written by author Benjamin Mann help connect the dots and show the New Evangelization goes hand and hand with the promotion of mysticism and monasticism. No speculation is required. The facts speak for themselves. However, this is only the first clue in the article. There are numerous others. The article continues:
The Church has a new task in our time: to re-evangelize regions that are falling away from the faith. Most inhabitants of this post-Christendom are not atheists: many of them are open to “spirituality,” though skeptical toward “religion.” This public hunger for spirituality reflects a legitimate need. Christians must rediscover the mystical core of the Gospel, and present it to the world through the witness of monasticism. We have written this article to outline the urgency of both tasks, and their inseparability from one another. To re-evangelize the West, the Church must recover its mystical heritage – but this task requires contact with the living monastic tradition. Monasteries are thus essential to the New Evangelization.
So it is obvious for anyone with a reasonable mind to see the connection between the Roman Catholic New Evangelization Program and the Emerging Church movement that has swept the world and impacted so many churches and denominations. In fact, perhaps another way to describe the Roman Catholic New Evangelization Program could be – the seductive Jesuit scheme to bring the separated brethren back to the “mother of all churches” through the re-introduction of contemplative mysticism and monasticism rooted in Roman Catholicism.
This emphasis is made clear through the words used in this article. The author enthusiastically encourages his readers to abandon the Scriptures and jump on the mystical-experiential bandwagon by stating the following:
Worse still, many Christians share this ignorance. They neglect their own mystical tradition, often due to misconceptions about what it actually is. Unschooled in their own rich spiritual heritage, they cannot evangelize those for whom “spirituality” and “religion” are at odds. This ignorance of mysticism must cease, especially if we care about the New Evangelization of historically Christian nations, which are now the breeding-ground for “spirituality without religion.”
Then the following statement is added as an exclamation point:
Monasticism has always been a privileged vehicle for the transmission and spread of mystical spirituality, especially among Eastern Christians. Our tradition exists to foster the same intimacy with God that the first hermits sought in the Egyptian deserts. The same is true of traditional Western monasticism, especially in the Benedictine lineage which drew so much from the Desert Fathers. We hope that the Western Church will rediscover its own great monastic tradition, and the practical mysticism at its core. Nothing else will suffice for the evangelization of those who seek “spirituality” but mistrust “religion.” Indeed, nothing else will satisfy the needs of the human soul. 
Perhaps you have never heard about the New Evangelization Program and the Roman Catholic plan to win the world to the Eucharistic Christ that is supposed to establish the Kingdom of God here on planet earth. Maybe this commentary has provided some facts that shed light into the darkness. Has your church or pastor made reference to contemplative spirituality? Have you been introduced to the ideas of Roman Catholic mystics (such as Thomas Merton or Henri Nouwen), discussed the concept of monastic disciplines, or taught how to get closer to God through uttering repetitive words or phrases?
If so, maybe it is time to wake up and recognize what is happening! Is it possible your church has joined hands with Rome and become agents of the New Evangelization Program? If you don’t know the answer to this question, then think about this seriously.
Spiritual delusion is happening worldwide as part of the Last Days scenario which we are headed toward.
Cheryl sat in my office and tearfully told me her strange story. Just the day before, her pastor had taken her by the hands as he counseled her. The dimly lit room had been hushed. He unfolded her tightly-closed fists and gently pressed her palms against his desk. Then he barely touched his own fingertips against hers.
“Now close your eyes,” he quietly instructed. “Picture yourself as a tiny child. Do you remember being two years old?”
“Yes”. . . Cheryl’s voice broke.
“That’s right. You’re hurt and confused. Your father has just left you alone after an abusive incident.” Cheryl began to sob.
“You’re all by yourself. Frightened. You’re wearing only your diapers and a little shirt. There is a knock on the door. You go to the door and open it. Suddenly the room is flooded with dazzling light. It’s Jesus!”
“Jesus . . .” Cheryl whispered in a childlike voice.
“Yes, Jesus. Now tell Him what’s happened. Ask Him what to do. Let Him counsel you.”
At this point the pastor-counselor quietly left the room. Cheryl was sobbing convulsively, and he had instructed her to have her own “private” conversation with this Jesus.
Cheryl had come to me because the experience had somehow seemed mystical or “magical.” It had frightened her spiritually and she didn’t know why. To me, such conjuring was alarmingly reminiscent of Hindu spiritual experiments and experiences. I remembered conversations with occultic gurus who openly encouraged and taught these techniques. Spirit guides are visualized and confronted. Such Hindu techniques have been cultivated for centuries.
Now, however, on a daily basis in dozens of Christian counseling sessions, the same practices are being used. Jesus is visualized, animated in the mind of the patient, and sought for counsel. When this visualized Jesus speaks, his words are accepted as the very words of God.
Counselors who take part in this sort of visualization therapy (often called inner healing—a term popularized by Ruth Carter Stapleton) explain that Jesus is “the same yesterday, today, and forever.” They believe that the patient either didn’t know Him or didn’t turn to Him at the time of some particular crisis, so the circumstances simply need to be reenacted with Him present.
To a person such as myself, who has been exposed to the Hindu concept of maya (that life is an illusion), this method becomes particularly suspect. Can we mentally create an “envisioned Jesus” to speak to us at our whim? What makes us think we can manipulate the God of the universe to appear at our every request? How can we be sure we’ve contacted the real Jesus?
When Jesus actually did appear following His resurrection it was always in His own time and on His own terms. He came to encourage—to reinforce faith. Never is there a report in Scripture of His being mentally pictured, soon materializing with sage advice.
The two disciples on the Emmaus Road had known Jesus personally. They were lost in grief, on their way home following the nightmarish events of the crucifixion. Joined by an unidentified stranger, they didn’t know Him to be Jesus until after He had blessed and broken bread with them and vanished. Speaking of the time while they were on the road with Him, they said, “Did not our heart burn within us?” (Luke 24:32). Their spirits had recognized Him, but not their eyes!
John’s encounter with Christ after His ascension (in his Patmos vision) caused him to fall on his face in awe. John had shared a very special relationship with Jesus. John was the one “whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23), who lay against His bosom at the Last Supper. John had seen Him transfigured, had watched Him die, and had met Him after His resurrection. Yet the awesome, glorified Jesus was almost unrecognizable as the human John had known.
Decades before John’s encounter with the ascended, glorified Christ on Patmos, however, in another appearance to His disciples after His crucifixion, Jesus addressed Thomas. What He said at that time is extremely important for us in these days of deception. Thomas, after expressing grave doubts about Jesus’ resurrection, met his living Lord face to face. Jesus knew Thomas had been unconvinced of His resurrection and invited him to touch the scars of His wounds. The relieved disciple proclaimed, “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28).
Jesus’ response to Thomas’ declaration has echoed down through twenty centuries to the sanctuaries of our experience-hungry churches:
[B]ecause thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (John 20:29)
By Heather Clark
Christian News Network
MERIDIAN, Idaho – A school board in Idaho has voted to pull a controversial novel from its 10th grade curriculum after parents complained about its profane and vulgar language and anti-Christian sentiments.
The Meridian School Board voted 2-1 this past week to remove The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian from the supplemental reading list. The novel, written by Sherman Alexie, centers on the life of a young American Indian boy who leaves his school on an Indian reservation and begins attending an all-white school. It won the 2007 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. . . .
[W]hile The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is an award-winning book, it is also one of the most controversial across the nation. Click here to continue reading.