MANIFESTO: Emerging Church
Coming Out of the Closet
Manifesto of Hope is
the new release from Emersion, a publishing partnership between Baker Books
and Emergent Village. The
book, edited and compiled
by emergent leaders Tony
Jones and Doug Pagitt, is
a collection of essays by
various emerging church
leaders. Pagitt says the book "provides a rare glimpse inside
the emerging church."
This "rare glimpse"
actually lays out the agenda
of the movement, and in
essence Emergent Manifesto is the emerging church's coming out of the closet tribute.
back cover of Emergent
it as a "front-row"
look at this "influential
and promises readers that
they will come away with
"a deeper understanding
of the hopeful imagination
that drives the emerging
church." Readers are
also told that they will
"appreciate the beauty
of a conversation that is
continually being formed."
However, the book fails
to deliver any "beauty."
more accurate title for
this book would be Emergent
Manifesto of False Hope,
and a subtitle (albeit a
lengthy one) that would
describe it perfectly would
go something like this:
Kingdom of God is already
here on earth, includes all
people, all faiths, and in
fact is in all people
and all of creation and can
be felt or realized through
mysticism which connects everything
together as ONE.
new collective spirituality leads people into a socialistic
community where rituals, practices,
and social justice become
a means of salvation, but
not the salvation you think
of in a personal sense of
being born-again through Jesus
Christ. This is a collective
salvation 1 that includes whole cultures and communities who follow
the way of someone referred
to as Jesus. Read
more of this book review ... click here.
David Jeremiah Continues
For several years now, popular speaker
and preacher David Jeremiah
has been showing signs that
he is in favor of contemplative
spirituality. In 2001, he
was quoting Henri Nouwen in
church services. In 2002,
he had his endorsement on
the back cover of Erwin McManus' book, Seizing Your Divine Moment.
In Jeremiah's 2003 book, Life
Wide Open, he favorably
quoted several authors with
mystical and/or New Age proclivities. 1 Over the last couple years he has publicly rallied
behind New Age sympathizer Ken Blanchard and mystic-promoting futurist Erwin McManus,
and in Jeremiah's 2006 book, Captured by Grace,
he includes an endorsement
by Blanchard and favorably
quotes Henri Nouwen again.
In today's Turning Point (David Jeremiah's daily commentary),
he has once again shown his
affinity toward those who
practice or teach mystical
meditation (i.e., contemplative).
His commentary called "Living
in Harmony" is summed
up when he says "we should
all live in harmony."
But Jeremiah's quoting of
mystic Saint Thomas Aquinas in his commentary today is troublesome.
When Jeremiah said "we
should all live in harmony,"
he was referencing the apostle
Peter (1 Peter 3:8) who was
speaking directly to other
Christians (that's why Peter
For Jeremiah to quote Aquinas
as saying "How can we
live in harmony? First we
need to know we are all madly
in love with the same God,"
is inappropriate because contemplative
mystics, like Aquinas, believe
God dwells in all creation
(including all humans).
We pray and hope that David
Jeremiah will soon see the
danger of contemplative/emerging
theologies and rather than
pointing people to this dangerous spirituality,
he will warn them about it.
For more information and
Jeremiah Proposes "Major
Paradigm Shift" For His
Earth Day: More Than
by Berit Kjos
LTRP Note: The recent Earth Day focus on recycling and cleaning
streams are conservation efforts
that generate positive media
reports. But as Berit Kjos
shows in her new article,
"Green Lies and Amazing
Truths," there is much
more to this movement...
"Green Lies and Amazing
by Berit Kjos
The Earth Charter opens with
this declaration: "We
stand at a critical moment
in Earth's history, a time
when humanity must choose
never before in history, common
destiny beckons us to seek
a new beginning. Such renewal
is the promise of these Earth
Charter principles.... This
requires a change of mind
and heart. It requires a new
sense of global INTERdependence
[systems thinking] and universal
responsibility. ... The partnership
of government, civil society,
and business is essential
for effective governance."
global contract clashes with
changes," it tells us,
"are needed in our values,
institutions, and ways of
living." A new set of
beliefs, values and behavior
must unify "the one human
family" to ensure lasting
peace. Click here to read this entire article.
D. Jakes: Quotes Lighthouse Trails;
T.D. Jakes article on Washington Post
The famous pastor quotes Lighthouse Trails as saying
"Christian leaders are embracing
practices and a new spirituality
that borrows from Eastern mysticism
and New Age philosophy" but
Jakes says yoga is OK if intent
On April 16, 2007, Lighthouse Trails Research received
a phone call from a student at
Harvard University who was doing
research on yoga being taught
in the public schools. The student
told us about a Washington Post article that quoted Lighthouse Trails.
We later learned that the article
on the Washington Post website
was written by the popular pastor
T. D. Jakes.
Jakes (named the "Most Influential Christian" in 2006) is pastor of
the mega-church Potter's House
in Dallas, Texas. The Washington
Post article titled "Know
What to Try and Why" addresses
the growing topic of Christians
practicing yoga. Jakes quotes
Lighthouse Trails as saying that
certain Christian leaders are:
... embracing practices and a new spirituality that
borrows from Eastern mysticism
and New Age philosophy.
He lists Rick Warren, Brian McLaren, Richard Foster,
Tony Campolo, and Eugene Peterson
as some whom we say are doing
this. However, it is unsure why
and ironic that Jakes has quoted
Lighthouse Trails because then
he turns around and condones Christians
utilizing eastern practices.
Jakes quoted an article we wrote
titled "Evangelical Leaders Promote New Age and Eastern Spiritual
in his own article, Jakes rightly
acknowledges Rick Warren's promotion
of eastern mysticism:
In Warren's Purpose- Driven Life, he does encourage people to practice "breath prayers"
by repeating words and phrases
over and over in a mantra-style
prayer, a practice that is similar
to that found in Hindu yoga and
But Jakes seems to advocate Rick Warren's position by
In many cases yoga can be viewed as a quiet place where
we individually meditate on God's
word and who that God is.
Jakes justifies doing this by saying:
I believe at the core of the debate is what your intentions
are when one practices the exercises
of yoga or when you meditate.
To read the rest of this article, click
Will Meditation Make
Our Colleges Safer?
In light of the horrific event that just took place
at Virginia Tech, the question will
be asked by many, "What will
make our colleges (and our society)
safer?" No doubt, countless
solutions will be presented, everything
from more gun control to increasing
hate legislation. But there is one
thing that is NOT going to make
things safer, and that is an increase
in the practice of meditation.
Right now, mystical meditation is
being introduced to children, college
students, moms, patients, and business
people at an accelerated rate. Literally,
our society is being altered with
meditation (i.e., mysticism). Now
some may say, "Well, what is
wrong with that? Don't meditators
become more peaceful and loving?"
The following explanation by a New
Age meditator would resonate with
One starts by silencing the mind--for many, this is
not easy, but when the mind has
become silent and still, it is then
possible for the Divine Force to
descend and enter into the receptive
individual. First it trickles in,
and later, in it comes in waves.
It is both transforming and cleansing;
and it is through this force that divine transformation will
While we tend to picture in our minds, when
we hear the word meditation, a peaceful
guru sitting on a beautiful mountainside
in India, in truth mysticism is
occultic. To read the entire article, click
Do People Leave Their Churches
by Paul Proctor
week in my NewsWithViews column,1 I responded to the curious claims of a Christian Post
reporter about alleged survey findings
she highlighted from a LifeWay study
in a couple of recent articles titled,
"Most Adults Switch Churches
to Flee Former Church." and
"Most Church Switchers Choose
Non-Traditional Worship," where
she concluded that "More than
one in five adults who switch to
a new church move away from traditional
worship..." and that "...most
do not end up attending traditional
services as they formerly did."
Knowing that this didn't sound right,
I invited readers to email me personally
with "the primary reason they
left their former church and if
they actively sought out and ended
up in a more contemporary fellowship,"
to see for myself if the results
would be anywhere near those cited
in the Christian Post. Click here to read more of this.
Emerging Church Critics Too Critical?
by Roger Oakland
are those who will read this and
will not come to the conclusion
that we are living in an age of
apostasy before the return of our
Lord. There will be those who accuse
me of presenting an unbalanced view
of the emerging church, in spite
of the facts. There will be those
who say that I concentrate only
on the negative and that I have
avoided all the good things about
the Emerging Church.
For example, I anticipate there
will be statements similar to the
following one made by Emerging Church
supporter Darren King in an article
he wrote titled "A Response
to Reactionism Against the Emerging
It is clear that while those of
us engaged in the Emerging Church
conversation might find new perspectives
a helpful thing, there are others,
within the larger Christian community,
who find these fresh perspectives
not only unhelpful, but actually
threatening. These people tend to
operate under very circular, rigid
belief systems. And for these people,
any idea that infringes on any one
corner of the "faith infrastructure"
causes what amounts to a fight or
This statement illustrates how someone
with a rigid perspective (biblical
perspective) is perceived by someone
with an Emerging Church perspective
From Darren King's viewpoint, if
someone is not willing to abandon
their "faith infrastructure,"
(the Bible) for the "fresh
perspective," (ideas that are
unbiblical or anti-biblical) the
person is considered a dangerous
here to read the rest of this
Practice Grows at Unprecedented
Rate in America
The Register-Guard reported that
35 million Americans will try yoga
for the first time this year. Once
confined to those interested in
Eastern spirituality, yoga is catching
on among fitness fanatics, aging
baby boomers and other unlikely
enthusiasts who claim the mind/body
practice does everything from heal
illness to tighten abs. Wal-Mart's
Web site exploits some 990 yoga
products while Target exceeds 4,200.
Hatha yoga exercises are taught
as part of YMCA physical education
programs, in health spas and given
as physical exercise on TV programs.
The majority of clubs now offer
yoga classes. Yoga is also incorporated
into institutional and liberal churches
on the assumption that these techniques
are nothing more than physical exercises
which condition the mind and body. Click here to read this entire article by S.E. Ray
For more information on Yoga:
*Our Yoga Research *Yoga News and Articles
Interview: Jan Markell/T.A. McMahon
on The Secret
Tree Ministries host and founder,
Jan Markell, has been exposing the
New Age coming into the church for
some time. In this interview with
Berean Call's Tom McMahon, Markell
and McMahon unveil the truth about
big selling DVD/book hit, The
Secret. There are two broadcasts,
yesterday's and today's, and they
are available online for your listening.
You can also put them on a podcast.
First half of interview, click here.
Second half of interview, click here.
For more information about The
Our articles and news stories on The Secret
do "The Secret," Yoga
and Harry Potter have in common?
by Caryl Matrisciana
Are you discerning of the times in which
we live and able to recognize
common to these three apparently
The root of THE SECRET, Yoga,
and the power of the young
witch Harry Potter, once acknowledged
as "heathen" and
the foundation of The New
Age Movement, is today sweeping
through Christendom. While
remaining true to its New
Age tenets, the "new
mysticism" has been sanitized
with Christian terminology,
seductive packaging and is
being embraced by the Christian
Body as The Emerging, Seeker
Friendly, Purpose Driven Church,
Christ- centered Yoga, Contemplative
Prayer and Christians for
Harry Potter. Click here to read this entire article.
The Other Side of the River Now Here
The Other Side of the River by Alaskan author Kevin Reeves, is
The book is the true story of a
young man's spiritual plunge into
a movement called "the River,"
which claims to be spreading the
kingdom of God through signs and
wonders. Sometimes referred to as
the River revival, the Third Wave
or the Latter Rain, this movement
is marked by bizarre manifestations,
false prophecies, and esoteric revelations.
Warnings of divine retribution keep
many adherents in bondage, afraid
to speak out or even question those
things they are taught and are witness
For Kevin Reeves, the determination
to rescue his family came to the
forefront. Even if the cost was
high and even if he had to stand
alone, his journey back into the
freedom and simplicity of the Gospel
of Jesus Christ would be worth the
price. Click here for more details and how to order.
For Many Shall Come in My Name has gone to print and will be back
from press around May 15th. You
can order your copy anytime, and
we will mail it to you as soon as
it is off the truck. Click here to order.
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as well as the online research will
be a blessing to the body of Christ
and a witness to those who have
not yet accepted Jesus Christ as
their Savior and Lord.
Contemplative Spirituality: A belief system that
uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness
(the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped
in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality
is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all). Common
terms used for this movement are "spiritual formation," "the
silence," "the stillness," "ancient-wisdom,"
"spiritual disciplines," and many others.
Spiritual Formation: A movement that has provided a platform and a channel through which contemplative prayer is entering the church. Find spiritual formation being used, and in nearly every case you will find contemplative spirituality. In fact, contemplative spirituality is the heartbeat of the spiritual formation movement.