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What is Contemplative
definition: 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).
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
How Widespread Has Spiritual Formation Become? Read our list of ministries
that are promoting it. Please pray for the leaders of these groups
that their eyes may be opened.
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Understand the Times orphanages in Myanmar where the recent cyclone hit,
please visit Understand the Times website.
We at Lighthouse Trails are dedicated to
defending the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe the Bible presents this
message in a clear and understandable manner.
Emerging church leaders say that the
Gospel is so obscure that people today cannot really understand
it, so it is the task of the emerging church to come up with a redefined Gospel that makes sense.
Some of the things the emerging church is
redefining are the Trinity, the virgin birth, and above all, the idea
of an atonement which is considered to be an archaic and barbaric
man-made idea. Even the concept of sin needs to be
re-evaluated--this being based on the belief that divinity lies within
every human being.
But what did the Old Testament prophet
Isaiah have to say about the good news from God (the Gospel)?
"Then the eyes of the blind shall be
opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. . . . And an highway
shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the
unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring
men, though fools, shall not err therein." (Isaiah 35:5,8)
When it comes to the Gospel and the
essentials of Christian doctrine, the Bible is not only clear but also
repetitive in presenting God's plan of salvation. Four Gospels and numerous
epistles all state the same message as does the Old Testament--all
speaking of the sinfulness of man and the need for atonement through a
And yet, many of today's spiritual
figures are saying that traditional Christianity cannot be understood; and
therefore it needs to be altered to meet the intellects and needs of
this generation. Now, while it is no surprise that the fundamentals of the
faith are under attack (as has always been), it is more than disturbing
that these attacks are now coming from within. Many who purport to be
Christian are saying everything
What is especially shocking about all
this is that New Age occultist Alice Bailey predicted that
a new messiah would come on the scene who would bring peace and healing to
the earth. She further stated that the preparations for the appearance of
this pseudo-Christ would come not around the church but rather through the
church. In her view, the Christian church will have within its leadership
forerunners (or John the Baptists) for this future world figure. She called
this the "rejuvenation of the churches":
"The Christian church in its many
branches can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness
[for the New Age], and as a nucleus through which world illumination may be
accomplished." (E.H. p. 150)
Jude, in his very short epistle, writes:
". . . it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye
should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the
saints" (Jude 3). We have therefore, as believers, not only a
privilege but an obligation to defend the Christian faith.
For this reason, we at Lighthouse Trails
have endeavored to publish books, articles, and reports that expose false
doctrine and the seemingly benign New Age teachings that have crept into
the church, unbeknownst to many.
We have watched in reverent fear of God
how often it is the educated, the learned, and the theologians who succumb
to deception; and we humbly recognize we must place ourselves at God's
mercy instead of depending on our own understanding to keep on the narrow
path of truth.
mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the
table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding
in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge
him, and he shall direct thy paths." (Proverbs 3:3-6)
McLaren's Future - Your Grandchildren
McLaren's newest book,Finding Our Way Again: The
Return of the Ancient Practices, is the first in a series of eight books
by Thomas Nelson publishers. The General Editor of the series, which is
titled The Ancient
Practices Series, is emerging church proponent Phyllis Tickle.
Other authors in the series include Dan Allender, Scot McKnight, Diana Butler
Bass and Joan Chittister.
In Finding Our Way Again, McLaren thanks several
contemplatives like Richard Foster, Dallas
Willard, and Joan Chittister. He also
says he is "indebted" to Tony Campolo and Jim Wallis and
recognizes Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones
for teaching him contemplative practices. It is not surprising that McLaren
thanks these listed teachers - McLaren has been in the emergent camp from
the beginning of its inception, and where there is emerging, there is
McLaren tells a story in which he met Buddhist sympathizer Peter Senge at a
Christian conference for pastors. Senge asks the pastors: "[W]hy are
books on Buddhism so popular, and not books on Christianity?" Senge
then tells the pastors it is because "Buddhism presents itself as a
way of life, and Christianity presents itself as a system of belief. So I
would want to get Christian ministers thinking about how to rediscover
their own faith as a way of life." Translated, this emulates what a
Hindu monk, Dr. Bramachari, told Thomas Merton once, that mysticism
(ancient practices) could be found within the Christian tradition (the
What Senge meant was that a Christian did not have to become a Buddhist to enjoy the mystical
experience but just "rediscover" that this mysticism is within
the Christian faith (through contemplative spirituality). This is
essentially the thesis of McLaren's book, and with this mystical ideology,
McLaren interjects the usual emerging church condemnation on Christians who
adhere too closely to biblical doctrine and the return of Christ.
In regard to Christian doctrine, McLaren states: "[W]e need to move
beyond our deadlock, our polarization, our binary, either/or thinking
regarding faith and reason, religion and science, matter and spirit ... We
need a fusion of the sacred and the secular" (pp. 4-5). As do other
emerging philosophers (such as Tony Campolo and Rick Warren), McLaren pairs
fundamentalism with the adjectives: "fearful, manic, violent,
apocalyptic" saying that its followers are "well armed,
dangerous, and in the mood for an apocalypse." (p. 5). This resonates
with Rick Warren who said that Christian fundamentalists (he describes
those as ones who adhere to the five fundamentals of the faith 1) are this new century's
enemy (and put them in the same category as Islamic terrorists.2
McLaren says there are three groups we must avoid: "militarist
scientific secularism, pushy religious fundamentalism, and mushy amorphous
spirituality" [which he calls "new age"]. He offers a fourth
"creative" alternative, one that needs to "derive strength
from the old religious traditions" (i.e., mysticism ), a "fresh
alternative ... [that] seeks to bring ancient spiritual practices to bear
on the emerging world" (p. 6).
McLaren understands the outcome of mysticism, which is interspirituality
and man awakening to his own divinity. Thus, he explains that these ancient
practices (spiritual formation) are for people of different faiths and that
these "practices are actions within our power that help us narrow the
gap" (p. 14). They are "ways of becoming awake and staying awake
to God" (p. 18).
McLaren twists Scripture by suggesting that the Old Testament priest
Melchizedek was of a different religion than Abraham, and Abraham used a
mystical practice to connect with Melchizedek. Thus McLaren draws this
conclusion: "[W]e discover practices for our own faith in an encounter
with someone of another faith" (p. 25). This is what occultists
believe. Occultist Aldous Huxley said that mysticism is the "highest
common factor" that "links the world's religious traditions"
and leads man to recognize the divinity within all things (see As Above, So Below, p.
2). Spiritual director Tilden Edwards backed up this comment by stating
that this "mystical stream [contemplative] is the Western bridge to
far eastern spirituality (see Spiritual Friend). Tony Campolo, in his book Speaking My Mind suggests that it is mysticism that unites Christianity with Islam (pp.
The interfaith theme is threaded through Finding
Our Way Again. In one section, McLaren says that even Christian
communion is something to be shared with people of all faiths (in
particularly with the Jewish faith and Islam); he states that this
"sacred meal" is a celebration of "inclusion" and
"reconciliation" (p. 26). This makes a mockery of the sacrifice
of Jesus Christ, who told believers to do this in remembrance of Him,
acknowledging His atonement for sin - a mockery because the beliefs of
other religions reject Christ as being God and the slain Lamb who could
take away sin.
As do other emerging/contemplative teachers, McLaren believes in a literal
global kingdom of God on earth before Christ returns that will incorporate all the world's religions and all
creation, a "world yet to be born" that "desperately"
needs "these spiritual practices." He also relates: "[T]hese
practices" have "enlivened the three Abrahamic faiths"
(Christianity, Judaism, Islam) and should not be "allowed to go
extinct" (p. 29).
There is a piece of the puzzle in the book as to where the emerging church
is really heading. In view of the fact that prominent Christian figures
like Rick Warren and Bill Hybels continue to promote emerging church
leaders (e.g. Leonard Sweet was a recent speaker at Saddleback and McLaren
himself recently at Willow Creek) with millions of people around the world
being significantly influenced by them, it is essential that we know where
the emerging church is going. In chapter four of Finding Our Way Again,
McLaren, in referring to his "spiritual formation," admits he has
gleaned from various religious traditions (e.g., Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam,
etc). Then he makes reference to a woman named Anne Lamott when she says,
"I am at heart a Jesus person" (p. 31). Lamott is a perfect
example of someone who "likes Jesus" but
rejects biblical Christianity. Lamott illustrates this by her recent back
cover endorsement of the best-selling book, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.
Gilbert's book is heavily promoted by Oprah and has been at the top of the New York Times best-seller list for over a year. Gilbert was a disillusioned young woman
who traveled to an India ashram where she learned to meditate and find
oneness with God. During her time at the ashram, Gilbert had a meditative
experience where she says "the scales fell from my eyes and the
openings of the universe were shown to me." Her book is a virtual
primer on New Age thinking. Of the book, Lamott says: "This is a
wonderful book, brilliant and personal, rich in spiritual insight."
The reason McLaren resonates with Lamott is because the New Age and the
emerging church (or what we now call the merging church) are going in the same direction - to help man awaken to his inner
divinity through mysticism. When McLaren states in this chapter that he
learned from Hinduism, what else could he have learned than this?
Like so many others in the emerging camp, McLaren shows a disdain for Christianity,
saying that "a person can be a follower of the way of Jesus without
affiliating with the Christian religion (p. 33) (please see our report "Christian or Christ-follower."
One emerging leader says that Christianity actually hijacked truth.
McLaren takes this reasoning a step further and says, "Jesus wasn't a
Christian" (p. 34). But McLaren certainly isn't the only one in the
merging church that talks like this. Erwin McManus (unfortunately promoted
by David Jeremiah) says it is his "goal to destroy Christianity as a
world religion" and also: "Some people are upset with me because
it sounds like I'm anti-Christian. I think they might be right."
Finding Our Way Again emulates McLaren's previous writings on atonement, on Jesus being the only
way to God and salvation, on the return of Christ and on the last days. The
difference with this book is that the emphasis is on how we can attain to
this awakened state - through mystical practices. One chapter is devoted
primarily to these contemplative exercises, but the entire book is seeping
with its core message - "reconciliation with God, one another, and all
creation in a global community" (p. 42).
While we at Lighthouse Trails read this entire book, it would be repetitive
to write about each chapter. The theme is as we have described above, and
McLaren spends page after page trying to prove his points. He condemns
traditional Christianity to dangerous and fearful, he applauds efforts to
reconcile all religions together, he rejects any thoughts that Christ's
kingdom is only for the born-again, and he upholds a New Age kingdom in
which man is in union with God (regardless of beliefs). He embraces
mysticism wholeheartedly and in fact believes the world cannot be healed
But something in McLaren's book has given this writer a motivation to continue
with the work we do at Lighthouse Trails as long as we have breath. In
McLaren's chapter titled "Moving On," he gives a detailed
analysis of how the emerging church is God's answer to a stifled, fearful
Christian church. He explains that this merging church must infiltrate the
"institutions that rejected it," adding that "conservative
Protestants have repeated their Catholic sibling's earlier mistakes
(referring to the Catholic church's one time rejection of Galileo). Then he
says: "But over time, what they reject will find or create safe space
outside their borders and become a resource so that many if not most of the
grandchildren of today's fundamentalists will learn and grow and move on
from the misguided battles of their forebears [biblical believers]"
(p. 133). You see, McLaren and his emerging church fellows (Pagitt, Sweet,
Warren, et.al) want to change the minds of our children and grandchildren.
That is why Rick Warren once said that
the older traditional ones will have to leave or die because they won't
change, thus the emphasis in the emerging church on the youth.
What's alarming is that McLaren's vision of infiltration is working. And he
knows it. Listen: "At the center, safe space happens. A learning
community forms. New possibilities emerge. A new day dawns. If the
guardians of our fragmented religious institutions forbid their members to
meet in the center, the members will not be able to comply. They will
simply go undercover and arrange secret liaisons ... Eventually, the shared
resources, vitality, and new possibilities that unfold ... will penetrate
and reinvigorate ... Trying to stop [this] ... is a losing game ... against
the plot line of God's universe."
In the last chapter of McLaren's book, "Theosis (via Unitiva),"
he sums up his calling by stating that "The purpose of the via
purgativa [the practices] is to prepare us for the via illuminativa [the
awakening], and the purpose of the via illuminativa is to prepare us for
the via unitiva [all is one], the union of our nature with the nature of
God" (pp. 171-172). He calls God "fire" and says, "We
join God in being fire ... Before the beginning ... God was All, and All
was God" (p. 175). This is the exact same message that Eckhart Tolle
and Oprah are propagating. But while many Christians are now condemning Tolle's
message, they don't realize that the very same message is permeating their
very own churches. For those readers who care about the spiritual future of
their children and grandchildren, it is vital they understand the meaning
of McLaren's spirituality in particular and the emerging/contemplative
movement in general. We believe this is an extremely compelling motivation
and should prompt us as believers to defend the faith and the gospel
message of Jesus Christ.
Kundalini Energy (the effects of Soaking Prayer)
With the rising interest in Todd Bentley's "revival" and his use
of soaking prayer, we post the following warning about soaking prayer
(i.e., Kundalini energy).
"Kundalini Energy (the effects of Soaking Prayer)"
by Ray Yungen
Many Christians might have great difficulty accepting the assessment that
what is termed Christian mysticism is, in truth, not Christian at all. They
might feel this rejection is spawned by a heresy hunting mentality that
completely ignores the love and devotion to God that also accompanies the
mystical life. To those who are still skeptical, I suggest examining the
writings of Philip St. Romain, who wrote a book about his journey into
contemplative prayer called Kundalini Energy and Christian Spirituality.
This title is revealing because kundalini is a Hindu term for the mystical
power or force that underlies Hindu spirituality. In Hinduism it is
commonly referred to as the serpent power.
St. Romain, a substance abuse counselor and devout Catholic lay minister,
began his journey while practicing contemplative prayer or resting in the
still point, as he called it. What happened to him following this practice
should bear the utmost scrutiny from the evangelical community--especially
from its leadership. The future course of evangelical Christianity rests on
whether St. Romain's path is just a fluke or if it is the norm for
Having rejected mental prayer as "unproductive,"(1) he embraced
the prayer form that switches off the mind, creating what he described as a
mental passivity. What he encountered next underscores my concern with
came the lights! The gold swirls that I had noted on occasion began to
intensify, forming themselves into patterns that both intrigued and
captivated me ... There were always four or five of these; as soon as one
would fade, another would appear, even brighter and more intense ... They
came through complete passivity and only after I had been in the silence
for a while.(2)
this, St. Romain began to sense "wise sayings" coming into his
mind and felt he was "receiving messages from another."(3) He
also had physical developments occur during his periods in the silence. He
would feel "prickly sensations" on the top of his head and at
times it would "fizzle with energy." This sensation would go on
culmination of St. Romain's mystical excursion was predictable--when you do
Christian yoga or Christian Zen you end up with Christian samadhi as did
he. He proclaimed:
longer is there any sense of alienation, for the Ground that flows
throughout my being is identical with the Reality of all creation. It seems
that the mystics of all the world's religions know something of this. (4)
Romain, logically, passed on to the next stage with:
significance of this work, perhaps, lies in its potential to contribute to
the dialogue between Christianity and Eastern forms of mysticism such as
are promoted in what is called New Age spirituality.(5)
people believe St. Romain is a devout Christian. He claims he loves Jesus,
believes in salvation, and is a member in good standing within his church.
What changed though were his sensibilities. He says:
cannot make any decisions for myself without the approbation of the inner
adviser, whose voice speaks so clearly in times of need ... there is a
distinct sense of an inner eye of some kind "seeing" with my two
Romain would probably be astounded that somebody would question his claims
to finding truth because of the positive nature of his mysticism. But is
this "inner adviser" St. Romain has connected with really God?
This is a fair question to ask especially when this prayer method has now
spread within a broad spectrum of Christianity.
This practice has already spread extensively throughout the Roman Catholic
and Protestant mainline churches. And it has now crossed over and is
manifesting itself in conservative denominations as well--ones that have
traditionally stood against the New Age. Just as a tidal wave of practical
mystics has hit secular society, so it has also in the religious world.
Romain makes one observation in his book that I take very seriously. Like
his secular practical mystic brethren, he has a strong sense of mission and
destiny. He predicts:
it be that those who make the journey to the True Self are, in some ways,
demonstrating what lies in store for the entire race? What a magnificent
world that would be--for the majority of people to be living out of the
True Self state. Such a world cannot come, however, unless hundreds of
thousands of people experience the regression of the Ego in the service of
transcendence [meditation], and then restructure the culture to accommodate
similar growth for millions of others. I believe we are only now beginning
to recognize this task.(7)
book titled Metaphysical Primer:
A Guide to Understanding Metaphysics outlines the basic laws
and principles of the New Age movement. First and foremost is the following
principle: You are one with the Deity, as is all of humanity. Everything is
one with everything else. All that is on Earth is an expression of the One
Deity and is permeated with Its energies.(8) St. Romain's statement was,
"[T]he Ground [God] that flows throughout my being is identical with
the Reality of all creation."(9) The two views are identical!
St. Romain came to this view through standard contemplative prayer, not
Zen, not yoga but a Christian form of these practices. The lights were also
a reoccurring phenomenon as one contemplative author suggested:
literature makes reference to many episodes that parallel the experiences
of those going a yogic way. Saint Anthony, one of the first desert mystics,
frequently encountered strange and sometimes terrifying psychophysical
forces while at prayer.(10)
Unfortunately, this experience was not confined to St. Anthony alone. This
has been the common progression into mystical awareness throughout the
centuries, which also means many now entering the contemplative path will
follow suit. This is not just empty conjecture. One mystical trainer wrote:
[T]he classical experience of enlightenment as described by Buddhist monks,
Hindu gurus, Christian mystics, Aboriginal shamans, Sufi sheiks and Hebrew
kabalists is characterized by two universal elements: radiant light and an
experience of oneness with creation.(11)
the mystical connection there can be no oneness. The second always follows
the first. Here lies the heart of occultism.
This issue is clearly a serious one to contend with. Many individuals,
using terms for themselves like spiritual director, are showing up more and
more in the evangelical church. Many of them teach the message of mystical
1. Philip St. Romain, Kundalini
Energy and Christian Spirituality, Crossroad Pub. Co., 1995, p.
2. Ibid., pp. 22-23.
3. Ibid., pp. 28-29.
4. Ibid., p. 107.
5. Ibid., pp. 48-49.
6. Ibid., p. 39.
7. Ibid., pp. 75-76.
8. Deborah Hughes and Jane Robertson-Boudreaux, Metaphysical Primer, Metagnosis Pub., 1991,
9. St. Romain, Kundalini
Energy and Christian Spirituality, op. cit., p. 107.
10. Willigis Jager, Contemplation:
A Christian Path, p. 72.
11. Michael J. Gelb, The
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Workbook, Dell Publishing,
New York, NY, 1999, p. 142.
This article is an excerpt from A Time of Departing by Ray Yungen.
"I Just Had a Vision"
by Kevin Reeves
Todd Bentley and Contemplative
Emergent Road Show Receives Sponsorship from Major
"of the most outspoken" leaders of the emerging church (Tony
Jones, Doug Pagitt, and Mark Scandrette) will be going on a national road tour this
summer and are receiving sponsorship from several large organizations. Some
of those sponsors are Christianbook.com, Jossey-Bass, Compassion
International, International Bible Society, and Zondervan.
The three men will hit 32 cities with their message of "a 21st century
gospel." Pagitt states they are taking their "invitation of hope
and good news to people around the country. . . preaching a fresh way of
life and faith--one that is in rhythm with the life of God."
Unfortunately, this "fresh way" consists of a message that
contradicts the gospel message of the Bible.
Doug Pagitt, pastor of Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is an
advocate of Christian yoga. In his book, Church
Re-Imagined, Pagitt devotes most of one chapter to the subject,
speaking of it in a most favorable manner, giving specific instruction and
encouraging the practice.
Mark Scandrette, a contributing author of An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (edited
by Jones and Pagitt), believes that all things are interconnected--his
writing emulates Leonard Sweet's Theory
of Everything, in which a new kingdom is arising, one that will
bring all humanity and all creation into unity with God. Scandrette refers
to this as "integrative theology" (p. 27 of the Manifesto). For
more information on integrative or integral theology, see the work of
Buddhist proponent Ken Wilber (but please view
this site with caution and discernment, and it is not for young eyes).
In Tony Jones' recent book, The New Christians,
he makes it clear that he does not see the Bible as an authority on truth
and says that "theology" cannot be set in concrete or pinned
down. In his book and in others he has authored, he resonates with
mysticism, an earmark of emerging spirituality.
As Roger Oakland points out in Faith Undone,
the emerging church movement was birthed with significant financial
backing--and now, based on the sponsors of the Jones/Pagitt/Scandrette road
tour, it looks like nothing has changed, and the merging-together-with-all-faiths
movement will continue on its course of deception.
Understand the Times Myanmar Relief
Update from Roger Oakland
is a letter from Elisha [from Myanmar orphanage project] that I received a
few days ago that describes some details of the disaster in Myanmar.
Philip, Elisha, Mang and Ingam are documenting the needs in their areas and
are waiting for Tom who is waiting for his visa.
I am amazed by the funds that have been donated from various sources - over
$30,000. Moriel Ministries, In The Days and Berean Call have helped out
tremendously to get the word out. The generosity of people has been
incredible. The amount that has been donated from Europe from people who
know the ministry of UTT has been a wonderful blessing.
Pray that we will be able to get these resources into the hands of our
people who will be able to administer this assistance along with hope in
Jesus. All funds will be accounted for as we are keeping a record of who
gets what and will follow up in the future as relationships are
established. We have had a number of gospel promoting tools donated to us
that we will also be taking over - God Story, Good Test in Burmese, etc.
As you can understand, the inflation has impacted our existing programs in
Myanmar. We will need to adjust and support our people's needs first and
then help them to help others.
This will be an ongoing project that will continue into the future as the
Lord provides through His people.
Sincerely in Christ,
As I told you before to investigate personally the worst place, I began my
journey to Bokalay on Saturday 9;00 AM and arrived there at 4:00PM and
coming back yesterday. Right after getting there, I walked around the town
till the night fall and it was really terrible.
I have tracts distribution, asking their family and neighborhood situations
at the same time sharing the Gospel and offering some charity gifts to the
real needy the best I could. And by the grace of God, I met two elders at
night who came from the village where a great disaster took place.
Their explanation and sharing of the situation gave me an idea to help and
share the Gospel at once. They gave me the exact list of their village lost
or met destruction. Only from their own village out of 554 in population
and 87 family, 27 died 7 Monks out of them. 372 acre rice fields are
destroyed. Plough engine for their field 25, 114 buffalo, 269 Pig, 350
Chicken, Duck 2000 and 80% of their houses including Basic Education
They can not give the exact number of death in the whole district of
Bokalay but they guess that it will not be less then 60000. According to
their explanation, Bokalay district is divided into 78 township or areas
and generally there are 20-30 villages and 20000 - 40000 population in one
township or area and in the worst township more than 20% are disappeared.
Before I went there, I did not give more regard than outskirt people of
Yangon but after seeing the situation with my own eyes, it took my heart
deeply to give more concern of them. Of course, there are many humanitarian
aids goes but more of their helps will recover only for their temporary
needs not for what they have lost. So, it will be a very great privilege
for us to reach them with the Gospel if we have long-term project to help
those in needs.
I don't how far we may be able to help them, we are here waiting for Tom's
coming with prayer to work for those people.
For regular updates, go to: Understand the Times
Rick Warren Launches Coalition to Combat Five "Global
The following out-of-house article is for informational and research
purposes only and not an endorsement.
Warren Launches Coalition to Combat Five 'Global Giants'"
By Katherine T. Phan
LAKE FOREST, Calif. - Megachurch pastor Rick Warren recently launched a
global coalition of pastors, business leaders and other institutions that
aims to tackle what he deems as the most pervasive problems in the world
Warren went public with the initiative at the end of the three-day Purpose
Driven Network Summit last week hosted by his home church, Saddleback
Church in Lake Forest, Calif.
The P.E.A.C.E. Coalition will be an international alliance of churches,
businesses, ministries, universities, and other institutions who will work
together to address five "Global Giants" that affect billions of
people worldwide: spiritual emptiness, lack of servant leadership, extreme
poverty, pandemic diseases, and illiteracy.
The acronym for the plan is based on the five actions Jesus modeled: Promote
reconciliation; Equip servant leaders; Assist the poor; Care for the sick;
and Educate the next generation. Click here to read this entire
Deepak Chopra Comments on Evangelical Manifesto
Evangelical Manifesto will have far reaching effects and
will further marginalize traditional Bible believing Christians.
Calling the new Evangelical Manifesto "conciliatory," New Age
leader and author Deepak Chopra says in a
Washington Post commentary that "the writers quickly declare that
their purpose is 'not to attack or exclude.'" He sees the Manifesto as
a type of spiritual handshake by these numbered evangelicals who signed the
document last week, who he says, want to stop being so "intolerant."
"If you want to save the planet, it helps not to attack the bulk of
humanity that worships a different God," Deepak says. "To
redefine the evangelical movement, it takes two parties, one to offer the
new definition, the other to accept it." Chopra finds this move by
these more tolerant evangelicals admirable, but he says that the
fundamentalists (those against abortion and homosexual practice) "will
irrationally dominate their agenda."
Chopra is a prominent proponent of mantra meditation and believes that the
christ-consciousness (God) is in everyone. This is why he finds the
traditional Christian "intolerant," because he believes that God
is separate from humanity, that God is holy and man is sinful, and that it
is only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that this sin can be atoned
for. The fact that Chopra finds the Evangelical Manifesto to be hopeful is
not a good sign for evangelical Christianity. In his commentary, Chopra
says that "any attempt at reconciliation is welcome." But the New
Age "reconciliation" does not mean living peacefully with people
of different faiths - it means being willing to lay aside the belief that
there is only one way to God, (specifically Jesus Christ). Ultimately, this
line of thinking concludes that all paths lead to God, and we can be
reconciled to God through any faith. The reason this reconciliation can
take place is because every human being already has a christ-consciousness
or Divinity within him and its just a matter of realizing this. Based on
Chopra's teachings, he would not favor biblical reconciliation to God,
which is only through the Lord Jesus Christ. Click here to read the
commentary by Deekpak Chopra.
Church Leaders Gone Astray - Things Done in Secret
"He Who Came to Jesus By Night"
By Anton Bosch
Just as the Jews of Jesus' day had departed from the true faith and were
following their own traditions and inventions, rather than the Word of God,
so many churches and denominations today have left, or are departing from,
the true faith. They substitute this with a religion of their own
traditions and imaginations. And just as in Jesus' day there are still some
spiritual leaders in churches who are exactly like Nicodemus, Joseph and
Peter. They know the Truth but will not speak out for fear of what others
will say, or because they fear the loss of their status, position or
These modern Nicodemuses will approach those who stand for the Truth under
cover of darkness and, just like Nicodemus, recognize, acknowledge and
support the Truth. But they will not take an open stand for Truth -- and
against error -- for fear of the consequences. Almost every assembly and
every denomination has its share of people like this, who will hide in the
crowd while the Truth is denied, sold and crucified. While they know the
Truth, they choose to remain secret agents, feeding information to those
who are waging the battle, but they themselves prefer to operate at night,
under cover of darkness. Click here to read this entire
Warren Smith, Ray Yungen Speaking at Calvary Chapel
Conferences this Summer
Warren Smith, author of Deceived on Purpose and The Light That Was Dark,
will be a featured speaker at the 2008 Senior Pastors Conference in
Murietta, California this coming June. This conference is the annual
pastors conference for Calvary Chapel Senior pastors.
Both Smith and Yungen have written
extensively on the New Age/New Spirituality, documenting how it is
coming into the church through various avenues such as Purpose Driven, the
emerging church, spiritual formation, and more.
Launching: A Time of Departing
the fast spread of contemplative/emerging spirituality taking place today,
Ray Yungen has recently decided to enter full-time ministry. We are
pleased to announce the beginning of A Time of Departing Ministries.
Because of the wealth of information Ray has, after nearly 25 years of
research and writing, Ray is compelled to get this information to as many
as he can.
If you would like to
have Ray speak to your group, please call us at 503/873-9092 to
arrange the details. Ray will speak to both large and small groups, college
and high school students, at seminars and conferences and in people's
homes. He charges no fee, but we ask each group to pay for his lodging and
food during his stay, and honorarium offerings can be given to his ministry
for his support.
Ray's exuberance for life and his love
for Jesus Christ and for people are evident in both his writing and his
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important books expose the truth about contemplative spirituality,
spiritual formation, and the new age.
A Time of Departing and For Many Shall Come in My
HOLOCAUST: LEST WE FORGET
A true story that will change your life and challenge your faith ..
sweep you into 1930s Germany and back with your faith intact ... [Trapped
in Hitler's Hell] carries a stark message for today's Western Christian
... will refocus your priorities and recharge your spiritual
life."-Leo Hohmann, Read entire review at The Messianic Times Trapped in Hitler's Hell
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The Other Side of the River by Alaskan Kevin Reeves
When mystical experiences and strange doctrines overtake his church,
one man risks all to find the truth ... a true story. Read more about this
Find out the truth about the emerging church
and the avenues through which it is entering Christianity.
Faith Undone by Roger Oakland
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