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Some leading contemplative proponents say that a loving God would not send His son to a violent death on a Cross. Brennan Manning, in his book Above All states:

[T]he god who exacts the last drop of blood from his Son so that his just anger, evoked by sin, may be appeased, is not the God revealed by and in Jesus Christ. And if he is not the God of Jesus, he does not exist (p. 58).
Although Manning takes credit for penning these words, they are actually the words of panentheist mystic, William Shannon, from his book Silence on Fire, who wrote them several years ago. Shannon stated:
He is the God who exacts the last drop of blood from His Son, so that His just anger, evoked by sin, may be appeased ... This God does not exist. This is not the God whom Jesus Christ reveals to us" (p. 110).
What are the implications of Shannon's statement? Basically, making someone suffer a violent death to save others is not something a loving God would do. Shannon believes such a sacrifice is unnecessary because he believes all creation (all people) are already connected to God:
The goal of all true spirituality is to achieve an awareness of our oneness with God and with all of God's creation ... and with all that is (p. 160).
Shannon says that we are all "contemplatives" ("mystics") and that "God is the Hidden Ground of Love," and we are "all one in that Ground" and "contemplative prayer [is] becoming conscious of what is already there [God]" (p. 22, 154, 160). That is why Thomas Merton said if we knew what was really inside of each other, we would fall down and worship one another - Merton's biographer totally agreed with this.

Manning, Shannon and Merton are not the only ones who downplay the doctrine of the Cross. Alan Jones, in his book Reimagining Christianity, says that "Jesus' sacrifice was to appease an angry God. Penal substitution was the name of this vile doctrine" (p. 168). Brian McLaren suggests that the doctrines of the Cross and of Hell are "false advertising for God."1

If it were true, that Jesus Christ suffering a violent death on the Cross was unnecessary for man to be saved, then Scripture becomes invalid for in Hebrews it says that "the Mediator [Jesus Christ] of the new covenant" had to die before the covenant could take effect (Hebrews 9). If Christ had not died a sacrificial death, the new covenant of grace would be non-existent, and there would be no means in which anyone could be saved.

Contemplative spirituality ultimately rejects the gospel message, and those who continue in its path will eventually follow after other gods and be led away from the salvation freely given to all who will believe. Henri Nouwen, one of the most prominent figures in the contemplative movement, said that Buddhism and Hinduism offered many spiritual treasures to contribute to the life of the Christian (Disciplines for Christian Living - Ryan). What do Buddhism and Hinduism offer? Panentheism (God in everything).

If Manning, Shannon, Merton, McLaren and Jones are right, then there is no need to preach the gospel to the lost, for there are no lost - they are already connected to God and they just need to be made aware of that. But if Scripture is correct, then believers are compelled to defend and preach this message that we are reconciled to God through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

By His grace,
Editors, Lighthouse Trails Publishing
Meditation: The heartbeat of a new kind of politics
 

As Ray Yungen has pointed out in his book, For Many Shall Come in My Name, the New Age movement and eastern meditation have completely saturated our society. The influence can be seen in medicine, education, religion ... and now more than ever, politics. Marianne Williamson, a staunch New Ager and opponent of biblical Christianity, has teamed up with Walter Cronkite to lobby Washington DC for a Department of Peace. Make no mistake about it, this Department of Peace will become a controlling center for those who resist the unified effort to rid the world of "narrow-mindedness" that would say there is only one way to God, Jesus Christ. Marianne Williamson and Barbara Marx Hubbard, along with several other influential New Age proponents have made this clear time and again. And what is the driving force, the energy that will give this effort its power? It's meditation. Mysticism.

Where else is the New Age showing up in politics? Well just take a look at Rick Warren. While he says he is not into politics and is not a diplomat, of course he is -- his actions show this clearly (e.g., wanting to go to North Korea to diffuse tensions). But politics is not Warren's only agenda. No, he is also a strong endorser and promoter of the spiritual formation movement, which is a thinly veiled rendition of the New Age movement. And what is the driving force of the spiritual formation movement (i.e., contemplative spirituality). Meditation. Mysticism.

In case some haven't noticed, there is a convergence going on. Political activist Marianne Williamson came to the defense of another political activist, Rick Warren. Both promote mystical meditation - is it any wonder Williamson would resonate with Warren? And a statement was issued by several "evangelicals" that is titled, We Stand with Rick Warren and Barak Obama. This statement was signed by meditation proponents like Tony Campolo, Jim Wallis and Lauren Winner (Girl Meets God).

While politics is obviously on people's minds right now in light of an upcoming election, we must remember that mysticism transcends politics and is the heartbeat of a new kind of politics that is surfacing today.


The Spirituality of Barak Obama and Rick Warren
 

Barak Obama, the Senator who recently spoke at Saddleback Church, drew criticism from many Christians because of his pro-abortion beliefs. Rick Warren defended his move to include Obama at the AIDS convention, and while at first glance, it may look like the two men are at opposite ends of the pole when it comes to spiritual beliefs, in actuality, they have quite a bit in common.

In an article in United Church News, Obama stated that the teachings of the UCC (United Church of Christ), of which he is a member (Trinity United Church of Christ), are "foundation stones for his political work." Just what are those "teachings" comprised of? On Trinity's website, on the Yoga page, the following statement is highlighted:
Within each [of]us is the seed of Divinity. Each Soul is divine. I bow to the divinity in us all!
That is the spirituality of Thomas Merton! You may be asking right now, "How is this kind of affinity to yoga and panentheism similar to Rick Warren's beliefs? After all, he's evangelical! Right." But Rick Warren has been and continues to promote Thomas Merton's contemplative spirituality, which has the same premise as that of yoga and panentheism - it's just that what he promotes is disguised in Christian terminology so people are fooled.

It is interesting to note that on the Trinity Church of Christ website, it states: Rick Warren is "brilliant at explaining our real purpose on earth." Such a statement clearly shows that Obama's spiritual leaders at Trinity resonate with Rick Warren.

The United Church of Christ basically is an ultra liberal Christian denomination that has focused on social justice and making the world into a better place. But in the process of their all encompassing view that anything positive is spiritually sound, many leaders within this group have embraced or incorporated the teachings and practices of occultism and eastern religion. One such individual is Bruce Epperly, a United Church of Christ pastor, who wrote a book called Reiki Healing Touch and the Way of Jesus, in which Epperly says: We can utilize the practice of Reiki to transform families, relationships, meetings, and institutions." Reiki, as you know, is drawn from Tibetan Buddhism and incorporates spirit guides and psychic powers. It is extremely likely that Obama has been exposed to things such as yoga or Reiki.

Rick Warren and Barak Obama also share views on global peace and world-wide unification. Obama, who was a speaker at the "Pentecost 2006: Building a Covenant for a New America" conference, used "the speech as a call for continued dialogue and bridge- building between religious conservatives and progressives." This "bridge-building" is the same kind of talk Rick Warren uses when he is discussing his "new reformation" that will include all religions, in which he states that he will do "whatever it takes" to accomplish it in his lifetime.

In Obama's address at Pentecost 2006, he talked about the "connection between religion and politics." That is what Rick Warren talks about with his "three-legged stool" philosophy that government, religion and business have to work together if global peace is every going to happen. Herein lies another similarity between Obama and Warren.

When New Ager and meditation promoter Marianne Williamson came to Rick Warren's defense recently, she knew he shared the same vision as she. That vision, which is also Obama's, will eventually attempt to eliminate opposition to this mystical-based new reformation. They will believe they have to in order for it to work.

We mustn't be fooled into thinking that Rick Warren is on a different page than Obama, just because their views on abortion differ. They have found a common ground, and it is one that is sinking sand.

For related information:

The Red Three Legged Stool
Meditation: The heartbeat of a new kind of politics
"Spiritual Politics" (Excerpt from Reinventing Jesus Christ)
Why We Should Be Very Concerned About Leonard Sweet and Rick Warren ... and Their Plans for the Future

 
CANADA WATCH: Trinity Western University Teams Up with 24-7 Prayer
 

Trinity Western University (TWU) of British Columbia, Canada, has joined up with the contemplative/emerging ministry of 24-7 prayer. The founder of 24-7 prayer is Pete Greig (of the UK), author of Red Moon Rising. In October, we reported on this situation in an article titled, "Red Moon Rising: An Army for God with a 'Violent Reaction'" . We stated:
While Greig's book and ministry may, at first glance, appear to be a movement of prayer, research shows that both the book and the movement are heavily influenced by contemplative spirituality and New Age thought. And while youth around the world are taking shifts (to pray) in Greig's boiler rooms (prayer rooms), they may be getting into something entirely different than biblical prayer....Throughout Greig's site, articles and discussion cover topics such as monks, monasteries, and meditation. One article, titled "The Cross and the Cellar", is written by Morton Kelsey. Kelsey, an Episcopalian priest was a strong advocate for contemplative spirituality and said: "You can find most of the New Age practices in the depth of Christianity.... I believe that the Holy One lives in every soul (A Time of Departing, p. 67).

In another article Greig says 24-7 Prayer is part of a "global prayer explosion" that includes the Catholic Renewal Movement, Taize worship, IHOP, and other prayer movements.
It is most unfortunately that Trinity Western University has decided to take this route.

Popularity for Greig's prayer rooms in North America has brought about the release of a book by Greig called 24-7 Prayer Manual. This movement is introducing more and more people to global meditation and eastern mysticism, which will ultimately usher in spiritual deception of a magnitude the world has never seen. (See Reinventing Jesus Christ for more information on this topic.)


AN APPEARANCE OF "JESUS"
 

Recently a non-Catholic visiting a Roman Catholic Adoration Chapel saw a manifestation of "Jesus" in a monstrance. According to the Bible, there will be more of these appearances before the real Jesus appears. Are you aware this is a sign of the end times?

It was another one of those headlines that immediately caught my attention: "Non-Catholic visitor sees Jesus in local chapel." Ever since I became aware of the Roman Catholic New Evangelization program to win the world to the Roman Catholic Eucharistic Christ, I have been expecting a news item of this nature. If my perception is correct, many more reports will soon be common.

The St. Charles Herald Guide reported that a petroleum geologist by the name of Andy Petty experienced a manifestation of "Jesus" at the Adoration Chapel of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Quoting from the article:

It all started when Petty visited Our Lady of Perpetual Help Adoration Chapel in Rivertown. Little did he know that someone was waiting for him there. Petty, who belonged to the Worldwide Church of God, was only attending Our Lady of Perpetual Help to be with his fiance, Ina. When Ina said, "let's go to the chapel" he thought she meant wedding chapel.

For those not familiar with this topic, adoration of the Eucharistic Jesus that takes place in adoration chapels is a major part of the New Evangelization program. In order to understand what this means, some basic terms and concepts need to be defined. Click here to read the rest of this article.


National Pastor's Convention Using Occultic Enneagram
 

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EnneagramNext year's National Pastors Convention will be using an occultic tool called the enneagram (see yesterday's post about Enneagrams). The tool will be used during one of the Critical Concerns Courses. An introduction of the course, Understanding the Enneagram: Insights for Spiritual Transformation says "This course will provide personal and biblical perspectives from the enneagram, an ancient tool being rediscovered in the church."

Unfortunately, this "ancient tool" that is being "rediscovered" is just another New Age/contemplative practice that is being disguised as Christian by wrapping it with out of context scriptures and Christian terminology.

Considering that the National Pastors Convention is presented by Zondervan and Youth Specialties, it really comes as no surprise that they would introduce the enneagram. Zondervan Publishing is heading straight into the interspiritual camp, and if you watch the video clip we posted yesterday by Catholic priest William Menninger, you will see that the enneagram fits nicely with such interspiritual sympathies.

Incidentally, mantra proponent Gary Thomas (promoted by Focus on the Family and Rick Warren) will also be speaking at the National Pastors Convention. Thomas, in his book Sacred Pathways, tells readers they should repeat a word for 20 minutes.

Hail Mary and Rhythmic Breathing - A New Way of Praying the Rosary
 

LTRP Note: There is a growing belief (that actually been taught by New Agers for a long time) that meditation is the key to global peace. New Age proponent Marianne Williamson's recent defense of Rick Warren and her hope that collective meditation will bring peace is another example of this. The following article is further proof that this is the direction spirituality is going.

Written by Staci Schoff
Published November 28, 2006

"Incorporating meditative breathing exercises into Catholic prayer is a fascinating concept, but is it useful, licit and the key to world peace? The answer is maybe, not exactly and sort of, but Richard Galentino makes a fairly strong and surprisingly poetic case for "yes."

"The book begins with a short history of Yoga and the rosary, as well as information outlining some historical connections between yoga and Catholicism." Read this entire news article.


 

ALERT: 24-7 Prayer Rooms Increasing in North America
 

24-7 Prayer 
Manual 24-7 Prayer, the ministry of Pete Greig (UK author of Red Moon Rising) has announced: "The new 24-7 Prayer Manual has just been published in North America in response to the growing demand of prayer rooms multiplying all over the continent."

Because of the growing popularity of these contemplative/mystical prayer rooms, we are re-posting an article we wrote in October regarding the 24-7 prayer rooms and Greig's book, Red Moon Rising:

Red Moon Rising: How 24-7 Prayer is Awakening a Generation (2003, Relevant Books), by UK author Pete Greig, is becoming an increasingly popular book among Christian youth. Greig is the founder of an international prayer movement called 24-7 Prayer and Boiler Rooms. In a magazine interview with Greig, he explains that his organization is now in over 65 countries and has partnered with groups such as Salvation Army and YWAM and has established "modern day monasteries based on the example of the ancient Celts."

While Greig's book and ministry may, at first glance, appear to be a movement of prayer, research shows that both the book and the movement are heavily influenced by contemplative spirituality and New Age thought. And while youth around the world are taking shifts (to pray) in Greig's boiler rooms (prayer rooms), they may be getting into something entirely different than biblical prayer. If your youth group is considering incorporating Red Moon Rising and 24-7 Prayer into their agenda, a second look may be worthwhile.

Greig tells his readers to look to Brennan Manning's book, Abba's Child, for further reading. It is in Abba's Child that Manning says Dr. Beatrice Bruteau is a "trustworthy guide to contemplative consciousness." Bruteau is the founder of The School for Contemplation and believes God is within every human being. She wrote the book, What We Can Learn from the East and says:
"We have realized ourselves as the Self that says only I AM, with no predicate following, not "I am a this" or "I have that quality." Only unlimited, absolute I AM"
Also in Manning's book, he says: "[I]f I find Christ, I will find my true self and if I find my true self, I will find Christ." Thomas Merton believed what Bruteau and Manning have stated, that God is already within every human being, we just need to become aware of this. When Greig tells readers to turn to Abba's Child, he is pointing them towards the mystical, panentheistic views of Thomas Merton.

Red Moon Rising instructs readers on lectio divina, but warns readers that their "inner fundamentalist" voice may be telling them this isn't biblical - in actuality that may be the voice of the Holy Spirit. The book cites contemplative proponents like Leonard Sweet, Brian McLaren and Henri Nouwen and talks about a paradigm and cultural shift that is taking place in the world.

On the 24-7 Prayer website, a section called Labyrinths and Liturgy states: "[I]t's about time we pooled our resources and created a collection of homegrown liturgies, and make them available for anyone out there who wishes to use them in their prayer rooms or as part of their personal rhythm of prayer."

Throughout Greig's site, articles and discussion cover topics such as monks, monasteries, and meditation. One article, titled "The Cross and the Cellar", is written by Morton Kelsey. Kelsey, an Episcopalian priest was a strong advocate for contemplative spirituality and said: "You can find most of the New Age practices in the depth of Christianity.... I believe that the Holy One lives in every soul (A Time of Departing, p. 67).

In another article Greig says 24-7 Prayer is part of a "global prayer explosion" that includes the Catholic Renewal Movement, Taize worship, IHOP, and other prayer movements.

The 24-7 Prayer organization has another ministry outlet called "The Order of the Mustard Seed." Based on an 18th century order, participants are asked to take a vow and then wear a specially made ring. When we study the Mustard Seed website a clear picture begins to unfold, that this vow is a vow to be contemplative. Contemplative and occultic concepts, references, quotes, etc. so fill the pages of this site, that it would take much more than this article to describe it's depth of deception. In one Mustard Seed article, Greig states his admiration for Henri Nouwen, saying: "I am firmly in the Henri Nouwen fan-club, yearning for greater spiritual depth and getting excited about Rhythms and Rules of Life." But these rhythms and rules are filled with mysticism and spiritual darkness. "Rules have been the heartbeat of life for many of those we esteem the most," Greig adds and then lists several contemplatives including Thomas Merton and Mother Teresa(see her address: "Contemplatives in the Heart of the World"). A "Vision Study Guide" gives instruction on the spiritual disciplines including the silence and sacred space.

Unfortunately, as we have shown over the past few years, this "cultural shift" that is occurring within Christendom is one steeped in mysticism and a joining together of all the world's religious traditions. And when Greig talks about his vision for an army of young people who have a "violent reaction to compromised religion," this sounds similar to Erwin McManus' "barbarian way," Teen Mania's "battlecry" and Kids in Ministry's army of children with supernatural proclivities. It is frightening to see a growing trend that sounds more like a preparation for the Crusades than the language of Jesus Christ and the disciples. Couple this with contemplative mysticism, and we may have a combination that will bring about unmentionable results.

For more information:
Directory of 24-7 Prayer Rooms in the US

International House of Prayer (IHOP) Promotes Contemplative Spirituality


 

Southern Baptist Convention Teams Up with Ken Blanchard And Erwin McManus
 

Southern Baptist Convention continues to make the descent into spiritual formation (i.e., contemplative spirituality). At their upcoming (Feb. 2007) On Target Evangelism conference, speakers will be New Age sympathizer Ken Blanchard and emerging church proponent, Erwin McManus. In addition to Blanchard's long history, including current activity, of promoting New Age authors and teachers (with a particular focus on meditation), Blanchard is on the board of the Hoffman Institute, home of the Hoffman Quadrinity Process. McManus, author of The Barbarian Way, says: "My goal is to destroy Christianity as a world religion and be a recatalyst for the movement of Jesus Christ ... Some people are upset with me because it sounds like I'm anti-Christian. I think they might be right."- While it is not surprising to see Southern Baptist Convention take another big step into apostasy, it is disheartening to watch it happen. So many unaware people are going to get sucked into the spiritual deception that now permeates the SBC walls.

Yoga for Children
 

Kids in public school are learning yoga. According to yoga instructor, Mark Blanchard, (of Progressive Power Yoga, he taught children at Colfax Elementary school in California this past November. On his blog, he states: "I will be introducing yoga to all of the kids at the school as I donate a full yoga program." Blanchard has been featured in many magazines such as Family Circle and Seventeen and has trained many actors and actresses (like Jennifer Lopez and Drew Barrymore). Blanchard plans to "bring Progressive Power Yoga to as many places as I can around the states (as well as the globe) in the coming year."

Part of Blanchard's plans include working with Mini Yogis Yoga for Kids. On the Mini Yogis website, they list not only Blanchard's company but many other organizations as well, many of which are schools like Happy Land Preschool in Culver City and St. Monica's Elementary School in Santa Monica.

Yoga for kids is on the rise, and if your child attends public school, you may want to check to see if they are teaching him or her yoga. A program called Yoga Ed provides yoga classes under the heading of "health/wellness" programs for schools. Those programs take place in several states including California, Colorado, New York, Washington and Washington, DC.

Parents whose kids are in Christian schools may need to be concerned too. More and more churches and Christian organizations are opening their doors to the practice of Yoga. And the biggest Christian publisher, Thomas Nelson, published a book titled Yoga for Christians earlier this year. It's just a matter of time before kids in Christian schools will be learning Yoga and eventually the art of meditation.

It is tragic to know that countless public school children are being taught eastern mysticism and will learn how to say "Namaste (the god in me greets the god in you) before they learn that they can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ without going into altered states through meditation. And it is equally tragic that much of Christendom will not be able to help them because they are doing the same practices through their spiritual formation programs in their churches.

More Yoga in Elementary Schools:
Youngsters sit quietly for yoga (Pennsylvania)

Yoga at Rosa Parks Elementary

Yoga Kids (Massachusetts elementary schools)



 

Rick Warren Interview: Campaigning for His New "Reformation"
 

"The PEACE plan revolves around mobilizing a billion Christians in missions-essentially the entire Christian Church."
Rick Warren was interviewed by Urbana.org in preparation for the Urbana 2006 conference, which will take place in late December. Urbana is an InterVarsity ministry. In the interview, Warren said that "To be a part of God's purposes, we're going to have to make a fundamental shift in the way we think about life-- or five major mental shifts." Warren explains that these "shifts" are:

1. A "shift from self-centeredness to God- centeredness."
2. A shift "from local orientation to global orientation."
3. A "shift "from temporal values-temporary values-to eternal ones."
4. A "shifting our thinking from security to service."
5. "The shift from comfort to sacrifice"

Warren says that the church has a great opportunity now to make a difference in the AIDS epidemic and "to silence skeptics." Rick Warren has proven time and again that it is Rick's way or no way. There is no room for opponents. He explains the plan:
"I believe we're on the verge of a second Reformation in the church. 500 years ago we had the first Reformation. It was about beliefs. This one is going to be about behavior. It's not about what the church knows, it's about what the church does."

We need to reattach the hands and the feet to the body of Christ. About 50 years ago the hands and the feet got cut off, and all that's left is a mouth. Evangelicals in particular are known more for what we talk about than what we do. A lot of times we're known more for what we're against than what we're for. I intend to change that. So this second Reformation will be about being the church in the world. Reformations don't happen overnight. They take fifty years. I can give twenty years to it. But that's probably all I've got left in my life, is another twenty years. The next generation will be the Reformation generation. My goal is to train them, to prepare them to finish the task." Read entire interview.
Over 400,000 churches have done the Purpose Driven program. Isn't it time for born-again pastors who were fooled into thinking Purpose Driven was biblical Christianity to step forward and speak up? Rick Warren's new reformation is a dangerous trap of deception, and this global P.E.A.C.E. plan is a pied-piper that is going to lead a lot of people over the cliff.
"Who's the man of peace in any village - or it might be a woman of peace - who has the most respect, they're open and they're influential? They don't have to be a Christian. In fact, they could be a Muslim, but they're open and they're influential and you work with them to attack the five giants. And that's going to bring the second Reformation." -- Rick Warren, May 2005, Pew Forum on Religion

"I am praying for a second reformation of the church that will focus more on deeds than words. The first Reformation was about beliefs. This one needs to be about behavior.... We've had a Reformation; what we need now is a transformation." --Rick Warren, July 2005 at the Baptist World Alliance with Tony Campolo and Jimmy Carter "

Warren said the deeds of a new reformation will require mobilizing Christians, multiplying churches, evangelizing the world and eradicating global problems." --A World of Baptists By Greg Warner Associated Baptist Press

"I see absolutely zero reason in separating my fellowship from anybody," he said. Noting he has theological differences with many of the diverse denominations that invite him to speak, Warren added, "That doesn't stop me from fellowshipping with them." When he heard of the SBC's withdrawal, he added, "I thought, 'This is silly! Why would we separate ourselves from brothers and sisters in the world?'"--Rick Warren at the Baptist World Alliance, Warren: Global Baptists 'are all in this together' By Trennis Henderson

"I have two goals in my life. One is a reformation of the church in America and the other is a return of civility to society when people who disagree can still get along and like each other even if they disagree." Rick Warren on Larry King,12/2/05


 

Wesylan Church Goes Deeper into Contemplative
 

Wesleyan Publishing House, the publishing arm of the Wesleyan church is going contemplative. This past summer, we reported that the Wesleyan Church was offering contemplative retreats called Holy Next: Spiritual Formation Retreat. Dr. Keith Drury (featured on HolyNext and a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University) writes "extensively on spirituality." His newest book is titled With Unveiled Faces ... Experience Intimacy with God Through Spiritual Disciplines. Drury also wrote a book for a series called the Lectio Divina Bible Studies, which is published by Wesleyan Publishing.

In January, the Wesleyan Church will present the Gathering 2007 event. Speakers include Willow Creek pastor, Bill Hybels and business guru John Maxwell, a former Wesleyan pastor. And the denomination website has a Spiritual Formation Department with a Youth Ministry section that promotes the teachings of Rob Bell (Noomas) and Saddleback Church's Doug Fields.

In addition to these reasons above why we should be concerned about the direction Wesleyan is going, their main site online bookstore (serviced by Parable) is saturated with New Age sympathizing authors such as Brian McLaren, Ken Blanchard, Laurie Beth Jones, contemplatives such as Henri Nouwen, Richard Foster, emerging church leaders like Tony Jones, Dan Kimball, and Doug Pagitt. They also sell Alan Jones' book, Reimagining Christianity, in which Jones says the doctrine of the Cross is a vile doctrine. In Henri Nouwen's book, Sabbatical Journey (which Wesleyan sells) Nouwen said he was uncomfortable with those who said Jesus was the only way to salvation and he wanted to help people find their own path to God. Wesleyan is also selling Sue Monk Kidd's books, including The Dance of the Dissident Daughter in which Monk Kidd states that God is in everything, even excrement! To top all that off, they are carrying books by panentheists Thomas Keating, Thomas Merton, Matthew Fox, and Basil Pennington.

If you are attending a Wesleyan church, it might be a good idea to warn your pastor about the spiritual formation movement and ask him to contact headquarters because there is a fire of deception coming down the line, and a lot of people are going to get burned.

 

 

 

 

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