Coming From the Lighthouse
This summer Interbay Covenant
Church, a 65-year old traditional church, joined
up with Quest Church, an emerging church in the
Seattle area. Calling the merger "a miracle,"
Quest pastor and founder Eugene Cho admits the churches
are very different but states:
[I]n the midst of that difference,
what we know without a shadow of a doubt is that
we share our faith and love in and for the same
Quest Church describes itself
... an urban and multiethnic
church in Seattle striving to be an incarnational
presence in a fast changing postmodern and postchurch
culture. Our purpose is very simple: the human soul,
community, compassion and justice, and global presence. 2
In an article titled "Companions
in Seattle," it stated:
[Interbay Covenant pastor
Ray] Bartel said it took a while for Interbay's
leadership to warm up to this idea of "giving
themselves away" for the greater kingdom. After
some initial resistance, Bartel said the final vote
was 92 percent in favor of joining Quest.
On Pastor Cho's blog, he explains
that eventually Interbay Covenant gave all their assets
to Quest. He states:
In closing their church and
merging with Quest, Interbay gave to Quest ALL of
their assets which includes a church building and
small warehouse conservatively valued at $6 million
Both Interbay Covenant and
Quest Church are part of the Evangelical Covenant
denomination. The Evangelical Covenant Church has
been in existence since 1885. Recently, their president,
Glenn R. Palmberg, was one of the signers in a letter
to the President, calling for a Palestinian state. 4
Regarding the emerging church movement, a 2004 Evangelical
Covenant Church Resolution stated:
Whereas the emerging generation
is largely lacking in the current church population,
and the emerging voice must be heard to sustain
the future of the Church,
Whereas the Evangelical Covenant Church has already
voiced and begun to embody it's commitment to developing
emerging leaders throughout our church by emphasizing
this issue at Midwinter, engaging in the conversation
at the seminary level, and making it one of the
seven distinctives of our church mission.5
The outcome of this resolution
can possibly be seen through articles on the denomination's
website, such as this 2006 article by emerging leader
Scot McKnight called "A look at the emerging
church movement." 6
Sadly, a search on Evangelical Covenant's main site
reveals a propensity toward contemplative spirituality
(an earmark of the emerging church). One article called
< a href="http://www.covchurch.org/cov/resources/shared/silent-retreat-ideas">Silent
Retreat Ideas lists "wonderful resources"
by mystics Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen. Another
article titled "Labyrinth Serves as 'Guided Prayer
Walk'" encourages church members to "walk
the labyrinth." 7 And yet another article, "Centering Prayer: Rediscovering God's Presence" talks about the contribution mystic Thomas Keating
has made to the centering prayer movement and encourages
readers to "learn more." And we could list
article after article of a similar nature.
Clearly, the Evangelical Covenant denomination is
embracing contemplative spirituality and the emerging
church, which would explain why The Quest has been
able to successfully absorb the 65 year old traditional
Interbay Covenant. We just wonder though, did Interbay's
members realize what they were getting into? Did they
realize they were heading straight into a mystical
spirituality which caused Henri Nouwen to eventually
Today I personally believe
that while Jesus came to open the door to God's house,
all human beings can walk through that door, whether
they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my
call to help every person claim his or her own way
to God.From Sabbatical Journey, Henri Nouwen's
last book, page 51, 1998 Hardcover Edition
To understand why contemplative
spirituality and the emerging church are mystical
in nature and contrary to the Word of God, read A Time of Departing and Faith Undone. If you are an Evangelical Covenant
pastor or elder, we will send you a complimentary
copy of one of these books at your request. Please email us.
Image of "Jesus" Reported on Host
by Roger Oakland
Understand The Times has been sounding the alarm with regard
to alleged appearances of the "Eucharistic
Christ" in reference to the warning given by
Jesus, Matthew 24: 24-26:
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and
shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that,
if it were possible, they shall deceive the very
elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore
if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the
desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret
chambers; believe it not.
The following article provides an example of what to expect
in the future as "lying signs and wonders"
associated with false appearances of a "Jesus"
will become more prevalent.
LAREDO -- The Rev. Jose Maria Weyne had an unusual
question for his congregation to open Wednesday's
"Who saw something out of the ordinary here?"
he asked the group of about 70 faithful, pointing
to the altar at the Laredo Medical Center chapel.
Thirty people raised their hands, saying they could
see the image of Jesus Christ. Click here to read more.
Yoga: Rooted in Hinduism/Occultism
by Chris Lawson (SRN)
Dear reader, the following article has been written in order
to convey information about the unbiblical practice
of Christian Yoga. Sadly, many professing Christians
in the church are too undiscerning to know any better.
Even Hindu's recognize that "Christian Yoga is
This article is also written with heartfelt grief
and concern for those whom I have lovingly warned
about the dangers of yoga, but who have rejected biblical
counsel, pastoral exhortation, brotherly advice, testimony
of destroyed lives, written warnings from yogi's of
the dangers involved with yoga, etc. This past year
I have received several emails from people whose lives
have become dismantled due to yoga practice.
Others, thinking they know better, have laughed at
me and said that I don't know what I am talking about.
Some have even gone so far as to ignorantly state
that hatha yoga is just "exercise" and cannot
Although this article is in two parts, it is not meant
to be a full length biblical critique on Christian
yoga. Rather, it is meant to serve as a wake up call
and warning to all who profess to be Christian--and
yet find themselves "Stretching out in Worship"
through yogic poses (asanas) and breath control techniques
(pranayama). If any professing Christian can still
justify doing yoga after reading this and the forthcoming
articles, they might want to think twice about which
Jesus they worship. The Jesus of the Bible does not
and will never endorse any kind of yoga. Yoga, in
any way, shape or form, has the ability to corrupt
the mind and undo a Christian's faith. It has as its
goal the conversion
of individuals to an occult, pantheistic world view.
As we shall see, Christian Yoga, like all yoga, is
part of the occult based Hindu religion. Re-labeling
yoga for undiscerning westerners doesn't change the
facts. Yoga is yoga!Click here to read more.
Click here for part 2.
New Hymnal Proposed for United Methodist
By Andrew J. Schleicher
"would better serve contemplative settings
such as Taize worship"
[A] new hymnal would include musical styles such
as jazz, spirituals and contemporary harmonies and
a greater variety of accompaniment settings for
guitars, keyboards and percussion instruments. It
also would draw more music from racial/ethnic communities
and would better serve contemplative settings
such as Taize worship and special services for
baptism and communion. Click here for entire article.
Warning: Transcendental Meditation Appears in Classrooms - Washington,
The spiritual practice popularized in the 1960s
and known as Transcendental Meditation is showing
up in elementary school classrooms. Teachers have
students use the practice between classes to help
quiet their minds, but some opponents claim the practice
is religious and say it violates separation of church
and state. Click here to read.
Feature article: "Transcendental Meditation Appears in the Classroom"
Click here to listen to the audio of this article.
Erwin McManus Teams Up with Robert Schuller - Could Have Far-Reached
In January 2008, the Rethink
Conference will take place at Robert Schuller's Crystal
Cathedral. According to Church Communication Network (CCN), the event
will be hosted by Robert Schuller and Erwin McManus.
On the Rethink Conference website, the event is described as:
"Leading Thinkers and Influencers offer a perspective
you may never have imagined." These thinkers
and influencers include a wide array of prominent
personalities such as Kay Warren, Chuck Colson, former
president H.W. Bush, Larry King, John and Nancy Ortberg,
Rupert Murdoch, Gary Smalley, and of course hosts
Robert Schuller and Erwin McManus. While at first
glance there might appear to be little, if anything,
in common between these speakers. However, a number
of them do have one thing in common, and that is a
propensity toward contemplative (i.e., mystical) spirituality.
Those would include Kay Warren, the Ortbergs, Erwin
McManus, Robert Schuller, Dan Kimball, and H.B. London
Jr. (Focus on the Family).
According to the conference site, "If you want
to increase your influence as a leader in an ever-changing
culture, then ... Rethink gives you the tools and
perspectives you need to lead today." The event
is designed for pastors and leaders in particularly,
and promises that even theologically conservative
pastors will feel comfortable. Ironically enough,
many of the speakers whom Christian pastors and leaders
might be more willing to trust (those who are professing
Christians) may be the very ones who will pass on
a mystical perspective. For instance, H.B. London
Jr. is an avid promoter of Richard Foster's spiritual
formation, and Erwin McManus, who says it is his goal
to destroy Christianity, claims that the core of his
book, The Barbarian Way, is mysticism.2 Kay Warren recommends Henri Nouwen's contemplative book, In the Name of Jesus, and her husband Rick
Warren has supported the contemplative (spiritual
formation) movement for years (see ATOD, ch.
While Robert Schuller will be representing Christianity
as well, he too has a long history of mystical affinities.
Listen to Ray Yungen explain:
[W]hat many might not know
about Schuller is his New Thought proclivities.
Interspiritual scholar Marcus Bach once related
the following incident that took place at a Unity
church in Hawaii in which Bach was speaking:
Dr. Schuller attended the
first of three services, this one at 7:30 am.
When we shook hands at the door, he tarried to
assure me how much Unity principles meant to him
and how helpful they had been to him in his work.
What could some of these Unity
principles be? Bach explains:
Hinduism's emphasis on meditation
fit[s] well into Unity's patterns for enlightenment.
This is one of the major principles
that Schuller was making reference to. In his own
book, Prayer: My Soul's Adventure with God,
Move into mighty moods of
meditation. Draw energy from centers of sacred solitude,
serenity, and silence... Find yourself coming alive
in the garden of prayer called meditation.... Yes,
the "New Agers" have grabbed hold of meditation....
Hey, Christian! Hear me! Let's not give up the glorious,
God-given gift of meditation by turning it over
to those outside our faith.
The point that Schuller misses
is that meditation is what makes a person a New Ager!
This perspective is something to consider in light
of the quarter million pastors who have trained and
been mentored under Schuller at his Leadership Institute.
The Rethink Conference is
bringing together leaders from several different philosophical
and religious camps under the auspices of Robert Schuller.
If one wonders what his purpose is, that answer might
be found in his book, My Journey, when he states:
I met once more with the Grand
Mufti (a Muslim), truly one of the great Christ-honoring
leaders of faith.... I'm dreaming a bold impossible
dream: that positive-thinking believers in God will
rise above the illusions that our sectarian religions
have imposed on the world, and that leaders of the
major faiths will rise above doctrinal idiosyncrasies,
choosing not to focus on disagreements, but rather
to transcend divisive dogmas to work together to
bring peace and prosperity and hope to the world....
Standing before a crowd of devout Muslims with the
Grand Mufti, I know that we're all doing
God's work together. Standing on the edge of a new
millennium, we're laboring hand in hand to repair
the breach." p. 501
What is really taking place
at the Rethink Conference is the reality of Schuller's
dream that there be a global unity among all religions
and beliefs and that all these paths lead to the same
God (i.e., "we're all doing God's work"
and all these paths can "bring peace and prosperity
and hope to the world.") The glue is mysticism,
and this is what is being inculcated at the Rethink
Conference. The effects of this could be far-reaching
as you can see by the earlier quotes.
For more information on interspirituality, click here.
One of the Anabaptists who died in flames was Dirk Willem.
His story is particularly touching, because he forfeited
a real chance to escape when he turned back to help
one of his pursuers.
Dirk was captured and imprisoned in his home town
of Asperen in the Netherlands. Knowing that his fate
would be death if he remained in prison, Dirk made
a rope of strips of cloth and slid down it over the
prison wall. A guard chased him.
Frost had covered a nearby pond with a thin layer
of ice. Dirk risked a dash across it. He made it to
safety, but the ice broke under his pursuer who cried
for help. Dirk believed the Scripture that a man should
help his enemies. He immediately turned back and pulled
the floundering man from the frigid water.
In gratitude for his life, the man would have let
Dirk escape, but a Burgomaster (chief magistrate)
standing on the shore sternly ordered him to arrest
Dirk and bring him back, reminding him of the oath
he had sworn as an officer of the peace. Click here to read the rest.
The Truth Behind the Emerging Church
Roger Oakland's new book answers the following questions:
1. How did the emerging church gain momentum and who were the
key players that helped accomplish it?
2. What exactly are "non-baptized believers"?
3. What are some of the mystical practices that earmark the
4. What contribution do the early "church fathers"
make to the modern day emerging church movement?
5. What are the global plans of the Catholic church, and how
does the evangelical church (and the emerging church)
6. In what ways is Rick Warren an integral part of the
emerging church and how is he helping to promote
For the answers to these and many more questions, read Faith
Undone, released summer 2007.
|"The Secret" Inspirers Join Heavy-Hitting New Agers
Esther and Jerry Hicks, inspirers for Rhonda Byrne's
best selling book and DVD, The Secret, will
be joining today's most prominent New Agers for an
October conference. The "I Can Do It" event will take place in Florida
and speakers include Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Sonia Choquette
(tantric sex proponent), and several other influential
Many people, including many professing Christians,
do not consider The Secret to be a New Age
teaching. However, the Hicks admit they are influenced
by a group of spirit guides called Abraham. Rhonda
Byrne gives credit to both the Hicks and the "teachings
of Abraham" for inspiring her to produce The
Secret, which has been at the top of the New York
Times Best Sellers list for many months and has millions
of copies now in print and production.
For more understanding and information on The Secret, click here.
The Secret: A New Era for Mankind
Young Christian Woman Withdraws from Moody Bible Institute Because
of Contemplative Promotion
Lighthouse Trails has been contacted by the family of a young
Christian woman who was enrolled at Moody Bible Institute,
where she hoped to obtain her nearly-reached degree.
This week the young woman learned that the college
(and at least one of the classes she was registered
for) was promoting contemplative spirituality. According
to the young woman (who we corresponded with), upon
learning this, she spoke with various school officials
about the situation. After coming to the conclusion
through these meetings that Moody would at this time
continue in the direction it was going, the young
woman prayerfully decided she could not compromise
her faith by receiving a degree from an institution
that was promoting these teachings. This week, she
withdrew herself from this fall's upcoming classes
and will now search for another Christian college.
We commend this young Christian woman for her courage
to stand. Although her words may have fallen on deaf
ears, we believe the Lord has seen her faith. We pray
that the leaders and professors at Moody Bible Institute
will also take a stand to defend the faith by renouncing
Two of the books being used by MBI that the young
woman challenged are In the Name of Jesus,
by Henri Nouwen (in which he says we need to move
from the moral to the mystical and that Christian
leadership should turn to contemplative for direction)and Captivating, by John Eldredge. The following article, which we originally
posted in September of 2006, documents and further
confirms the direction in which MBI is heading:
Moody Bible Institute - Whatever Happened?
Moody Bible Institute has been around for a very long
time and has enjoyed a respected reputation in the
Christian community at large. Their mission statement
admirably says they exist "to equip and motivate
people to advance the cause of Christ through ministries
that educate, edify and evangelize." However,
as with so many Christian colleges and seminaries,
MBI is more than dabbling with contemplative, thus
putting the school at risk of falling into that seductive
trap that looks and feels so right but in actuality
is so deceptive and spiritually harmful.
Midday Connection, a ministry of Moody Bible Institute,
is featuring an author (and a guest on their show) who promotes
contemplative spirituality, Keri Wyatt Kent. Wyatt
Kent is a writer for Willow Creek Community Church
and often speaks on spiritual formation. Her recent
book, Listen: Finding God in the Story of Your Life (published
by the emerging/contemplative promoting publisher,
Jossey-Bass), teaches readers to "listen"
to God through "spiritual practices," including
the practice of silence. The author quotes extensively
throughout the book both contemplatives and New Agers,
including Henri Nouwen, M.Scott Peck, Sue Monk Kidd,
Anne Lamott, Julia Cameron, Rick Warren, Richard Foster,
Ruth Haley Barton, and Eugene Peterson.
When Midday Connection (MBI ministry) was recently
asked about their obvious promotion of Wyatt Kent
and of contemplative spirituality, they stated that
they were committed to spiritual formation and named
"solid guests" like Larry Crabb and Dallas
Willard who were teaching people "spiritual disciplines."
They said they were just "re-stating some old
truths in new ways." It makes sense that they
would use Larry Crabb as an example of these "new
ways." Crabb, in the foreword of a book (Sacred
Companions) by contemplative-promoting David Benner,
said that it was time to get rid of the old written
code and replace it with new ways of practicing spirituality.
Even still, it is surprising that Moody would call
Larry Crabb and Dallas Willard "solid guests
... "who recognize the need to teach people spiritual
disciplines." We know that spiritual disciplines,
according to Crabb and Willard, include the silence
(i.e., contemplative). (See also the Midday Connection Recommended Reading List.)
Moody Conferences (another ministry of MBI) has a
list of several speakers they use at their various
conferences. One of them, Dan Allender (Mars Hill Graduate School)promotes contemplative
spirituality and the emerging church. Another speaker,
Robert Webber [now deceased], has the Ancient-Future Worship ministry and is [was] a strong
promoter of the emerging church. In an upcoming conference
presented by Webber, he includes Brian McLaren as
Unfortunately, Moody's promotion of contemplative
doesn't stop there. In the July 2006 issue of Moody
Publisher's magazine, Today in the Word, there
is favorable mention of Gary Thomas' book, Sacred
Pathways, (in which Thomas recommends repeating
a word or phrase for 20 minutes) and Habits of
a Child's Heart: Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual
Disciplines by Valerie Hess. On Amazon, it states that Hess's book is based on Richard
Foster's Celebration of Discipline.
Moody Bible Institute Graduate School has joined in
too -- there is a Department of Spiritual Formation, (p. 14) and a Master of Arts Degree in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship
(MASF/D). A number of contemplative authors are
used in these programs (Nouwen, Benner, Willard, Foster,
While it may seem that Moody has just recently come
to the contemplative table, that is not actually so.
In 1987, Moody Monthly wrote an endorsement
for Sue Monk Kidd's book, God's Joyful Surprise. In
this book, one of Monk Kidd's earlier books, she unfolds
her journey into contemplative spirituality, largely
from reading Thomas Merton and other contemplative
authors. Once a conservative Southern Baptist Sunday
School teacher, today she promotes neo-paganism and
goddess worship. This is what Moody Monthly wrote
on the back cover of God's Joyful Surprise nearly
two decades ago:
Carefully avoiding a how-to
approach [Kidd] suggests some disciplines for cultivating
an interior quietness and a richer personal experience
of God's love. Her writing, well-balanced by the wisdom
of writers like Brother Lawrence, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
and Henri Nouwen is alive with humorous anecdotes.
(more on this )
We can only hope that Moody
Bible Institute will not stray any further along the
contemplative path but will return to the foundation
that its founders set.
For more information on the spirituality of Henri
Nouwen, click here.
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Publishing News - FAITH UNDONE Selling Fast
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incorporates mysticism, Purpose Driven, global ecumenism
If you haven't read Faith
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Is the emerging church movement
just another passing fad, a more contemporary
approach to church, or a bunch of disillusioned
young people looking for answers? In fact, it
is actually much broader and is influencing Christianity
to a significant degree. Grounded in a centuries-old
mystical approach, this movement is powerful,
yet highly deceptive, and it draws its energy
from practices and experiences that are foreign
to traditional evangelical Christianity. The path
that the emerging church is taking is leading
to an interfaith perspective that has prophetically
1. Ancient rituals and practices
brought back to life
2.The Eucharistic Evangelization
3.The emerging road to Rome
5.The emerging church's view
of Hell and the Atonement
6.How the emerging church
considers biblical prophecy and the future of
7.The key catalysts of the
8.Purpose Driven ecumenism:
Part of the emerging church's new reformation
9.How emerging spirituality
is altering missions and evangelism
10.Understanding the emerging
church in light of Bible prophecy
more information and a chapter by chapter
synopsis of Faith Undone.
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