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 April 27, 2010
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Contemplative or Listening Prayer and Psalm 46:10.

by Larry DeBruyn
Guarding His Flock Ministries

"Be still, and know that I am God . . ." (Psalm 46:10). Those promoting contemplative or "listening" prayer refer to this Scripture as a biblical endorsement for pursuing this spiritual discipline. As a precondition for experiencing Soul-to-soul communication from God, contemplative Christians advocate cultivating quietude for the purpose of creating a spiritual tabula rasa (i.e., Latin for blank slate) in which personal communication from God can be received. Influential Christian leaders and spiritual directors encourage listening prayer (praying without words) as a means to experience "God's guidance in everyday life." At face value, Psalm 46 verse 10 appears to endorse this increasingly popular but ancient and mystical way to pray.

A major Christian magazine once devoted a full page advertisement promoting a DVD titled "Be Still."[1] The DVD case bears the inscription of Psalm 46:10 and a promotion which reads, "In Today's Fast-Paced, Hectic Life, Be Still Is an Important Tool that Keeps You in Touch with Yourself, Your Family and God."[2] The magazine's advertisement of the DVD stated:

BE STILL . . . demonstrates how contemplative, or 'listening,' prayer can be be a vital way to find peace in the midst of a frenzied, fast-paced, modern world. BE STILL examines the importance of silence and reflective prayer as a way to receive God's guidance in everyday life. BE STILL . . . features a useful 'how to' section that shows how contemplative prayer can be used to return to a more simple life and reaffirm that which is truly important.[3]

As advocated by some of today's most notable Christian communicators, what should Bible believers think about this DVD advocating contemplative prayer?

Bible Interpretation 101 teaches that every text without a context is pretext. Extracting Psalm 46:10 to be an endorsement of meditative-listening prayer is just such a pretext. Here's why.

First, the injunction to "Be still" must be understood in the milieu it was uttered. The Psalmist addressed a cosmos in crisis. The crisis imperiled the creation (vv. 1-3); threatened the city (vv. 4-7); and besieged the country (vv. 8-11). In the crisis with their world falling apart, the people were afraid (v. 2).

Second, the verb "Be still" (Hebrew, rapah) is used 46 times in the Old Testament with meanings everywhere from describing laziness to ordering relaxation. Though the majority of versions translate the injunction "Be still", other meanings are "Cease striving " (NASB), "Be quiet" (NCV), "Desist" (Young's), or "Calm down" (CEV). In no biblical usage or context does the Hebrew verb enjoin God's people to meditate or contemplate. Rather, believers are to rest and trust in God.

Third, verse 10 contains two co-ordinate imperatives, with the emphasis being on the second command, to "know that I am God," not the first, to "Be still." With the first imperative functioning as an adverb, the verse might read, "Calmly (or quietly) know that I am God . . ." [4] Thus by their focusing upon the initial command, to Be still, contemplative spiritualists ignore the greater command, and that is, to know that I am God.

The command "know" primarily means, "to know by observing and reflecting (thinking) . . ."[5] As such, believers are encouraged to find comfort of soul by reflecting upon the saving works that God has both performed and promised. The meditation the psalm envisions is therefore objective, not subjective. "Be still" does not call persons to induce within their consciousness a wordless void or incubator in which state a mystical experience or word can be hatched. The cognitive command to "know" cancels that notion. In the light of God's mighty works and providence, the psalm exhorts believers to reverence Him. As the prophet Habakkuk wrote, " . . . the Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him" (Habakkuk 2:20).

Fourth, the command to "Be still" (v. 10) is specifically addressed to the survivors of a war torn nation, people that on all sides continued to feel threatened. To those scared to death by what was going on all around them (v. 2), the sovereign Lord encourages them to stop their trembling. As one commentator observed, "In this explosive context, 'be still' is not an invitation to tranquil meditation but a command to allow God to be God, to do his work of abolishing the weapons of war."[6]

And finally, in the third section the Psalmist looks forward to a new order when God will impose his peace plan upon the world (See Isaiah 2:4.). As He will have ended conflicts and destroyed the weapons of war (vv. 8-9), the Lord affirms that in the coming kingdom age he "will be exalted among the nations" (v. 10). In view of this prospect, the sovereign Lord encourages his covenant people to, "Be still, and know that I am God . . .." In the end, the sovereign God will defeat war and end terrorism.

There resides a potential danger in mystical practices. It is this: In their journey into the "higher consciousness," contemplator/meditators may forget that God is the object and they are the subjects. As the theologian Warfield noted almost a century ago, "The history of mysticism only too clearly shows that he who begins by seeking God within himself may end by confusing himself with God."[7] Thus by fixating upon the secondary imperative "Be still," contemplators may like eastern mystics and New Age devotees, forget they are not God!

A friend of mine, devoted to the pursuit and practice of alternative spirituality for some of his adult life, related how one New Age class adapted this verse for use. At each session's beginning, participants were told to relax and say to themselves, "Be still and know (pause) . . . I am God." Thus by using the psalmist's words to affirm their own divinity, New Age practitioners turned God's word outside in and upside down!

To those who misuse Psalm 46:10 to endorse contemplative spirituality I say, "Nice try!" In no sense does "Be still" call believers to meditate. One study Bible states, "This is not a call for 'silent' worship."[8] Rather, in light of the prospect that the sovereign God will one day institute and enforce his peace plan in the world, the psalm calls believers to serenity of heart and to "know" when that peace comes, then God "will be exalted among the nations." (Source: Guarding His Flock Ministries; used with permission.)

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ENDNOTES
[1] Advertisement, Christianity Today, April 2006, p.5.
[2] Be Still (DVD © 2006 Twentieth Fox Home Entertainment LLC).
[3] Op. cit.
[4] Of this type of construction (imperative waw imperative, "Be still and know") one grammar remarks that, "the second verb usually expresses the principal idea, while the first indicates the manner, and may conveniently be rendered in the translation by the use of an adverb." See Ronald J. Williams, Hebrew Syntax: An Outline (Toronto, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 1969) 43.
[5] Merrill F. Unger and William White, Jr., eds., Nelson's Expository Dictionary of the Old Testament (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1980) 212.
[6] Craig C. Broyles, Psalms (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 1999) 210.
[7] Benjamin B. Warfield, "Mysticism and Christianity," The Works of Benjamin B. Warfield, Vol. 9 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House Company, 2003) 661.
[8] New Spirit Filled Life Bible, Jack Hayford, Executive Editor (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2002) 724.

 

 

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Prominent Pro-Marriage Leader, Bishop Harry Jackson, Pulls Name From “Covenant for Civility”

by John Lanagan
My Word Like Fire Ministries

In the second prominent defection from the Jim Wallis engineered Covenant for Civility, Bishop Harry Jackson has asked for his name to be stricken from the document.

Jackson now joins Assemblies of God General Superintendent George O. Wood in taking this stand. “I don’t want to be in covenant with those who support homosexual marriage,” said Jackson.

Like AOG General Superintendent George O. Wood, Jackson was introduced to the document by the National Association of Evangelicals, and never told about the pro-abortion, pro-homosexual signers.

The document, while presented as a call to civility, actually presents those who sign as members of the Body of Christ.

Jackson said that he would be calling Dr. Wood to let the Assemblies of God leader know that he, too, was pulling out.

One of the signatories is Geoffrey A. Black, General Secretary and President of United Church of Christ. As noted in a 4/16 release, “The General Synod of the UCC has called [to]” … “repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and create marriage equality for all.”[1] (Bold mine)

For further coverage on the Covenant for Civility, go to: http://mywordlikefire.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/bishop-harry-jacksons-pro-gay-marriage-allies-huh/

Notes:

1. “UCC leaders applaud presidential order on patient visitation” by Greg Brekke 4/16/10

Related Information:

Bishop Harry Jackson: One Man, One Woman

Max Lucado joins Covenant for Civility

Assemblies of God General Superintendent requests name be removed from “Covenant for Civility”

http://www.crosstalkblog.com/2010/03/covenant-of-civility-exposed/ (Radio interview with Ingrid Schlueter of VCY America on Covenant for Civility)

Obama appoints “faith-based” advisory council (including Jim Wallis)

 

CrossTalk Calls Mark Driscoll and Liberty University To Task for Compromising the Faith

These two commentaries in from Ingrid Schlueter of CrossTalk:

Mark Driscoll Church Plant Works with Hamas Front Group

Click here to listen to the prayer at Harambee Church in Renton, Washington back in March. The sound of the Islamic call to prayer echoed through this Mark Driscoll, Acts 29 Network church at an Interfaith event where participants dialogued about “Jesus.” Harambee Church was so proud of that Muslim call to prayer in their facilities that they posted it on their website. Both Islamic and Christian sides declared the event a “tremendous success.”

The event was coordinated with CAIR, a Hamas front group that has so many links to terrorist individuals, groups and countries that even the FBI will no longer work with them. See here.

So today we have so-called Christian churches working with terrorist-backed groups, allowing pagans to pray in their facilities and sitting around sharing about who THEY think Jesus is.

Mark Driscoll has been repeatedly warned about at this site and on the websites of other discernment ministries. The full fruit of his “ministry” is now showing. (source)

Glenn Beck to be Liberty U’s Commencement Speaker

Glenn Beck to be Liberty U’s Commencement Speaker

The decision by Liberty University to invite Fox’s Glenn Beck as commencement speaker is making waves. It should. It is both revealing and prophetic that American evangelical Christians would have to look to a member of the Mormon church for moral and spiritual leadership. At a time when the Gospel of Jesus Christ should be held up as the only sure cure for our nation’s woes, officials at Liberty University, like so many others, have chosen to promote a therapeutic moral deism instead. Rather than bring a faithful preacher and Christian leader to issue the challenge of a lifetime to these graduating young people, Liberty offers a Mormon talk show host.

As admirable and needed as Glenn Beck’s crusade for our nation’s Constitution is, the lesson that should have been learned by graduates at Liberty University is that our true battle is against the enemy of our souls. He is the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy. The ultimate answer to the ravages of the enemy in our culture will never be the forcing of a public display of morality. The only true answer is found in the forgiveness of sins available through Jesus Christ, the Lamb for sinners slain. Glenn Beck cannot offer that because his church preaches another Jesus.

The following is a press release from a Christian group that also objects to the invitation of Glenn Beck to Liberty University. God is showing, by this invitation, how truly bankrupt American Christianity really is.

MADISON, Wisc., April 24 /Christian Newswire/ — In today’s confusing times, we need clear Biblical messages. By allowing Glenn Beck, a Mormon, to speak at Liberty University’s Commencement, Liberty’s message becomes off-focus.

According to the Liberty University’s website, Glenn Beck will address Liberty University’s Class of 2010 Commencement on Saturday, May 15. He will be joined by popular Baptist preacher Dr. Paige Patterson. Click here to continue reading this commentary.

Related Information:

Article on Mark Driscoll’s Site Takes Scripture Out of Context to Defend Contemplative

A Pastor Speaks Up: Mark Driscoll and the New “Sexual Spirituality”

Rick Warren and Other Contemplative Proponents at Thomas Road Baptist Innovate Church Conference

Liberty University Climbs Deeper into the Contemplative/Emerging Camp

Six city councils in USA opening with ancient Hindu prayers

(Courtesy Underground News US)

Nevada (US), April 26 (ANI): Five city councils in California and one in Nevada are opening their meetings with Hindu prayers containing ancient Sanskrit mantras in the coming weeks.

Nevada based Hindu leader Rajan Zed is reciting these prayers before city councils of Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, Lincoln and Yuba City in California and Henderson in Nevada.

Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, is delivering these prayers from ancient Hindu scriptures at Lincoln (April 27), Yuba City (May four), Bakersfield (May five), Modesto (May 11), Fresno (May 13) and Henderson (May 18). After first reciting in Sanskrit, he will then read the English translation of the prayer. Sanskrit is considered a sacred language in Hinduism and root language of Indo-European languages.

Rajan Zed plans to recite from Rig-Veda, the oldest scripture of the world still in common use, dated from around 1,500 BCE, besides lines from Upanishads and Bhagavad-Gita (Song of the Lord), both ancient Hindu scriptures. He will start and end the prayer with “Om,” the mystical syllable containing the universe, which in Hinduism is used to introduce and conclude religious work. Click here to read this entire article.

BOOK REVIEW: REJESUS: A WILD MESSIAH FOR A MISSIONAL CHURCH

By Larry DeBruyn
Guarding His Flock Ministries

What might it all mean, and where might it all lead?

Therefore I make known to you, that . . . no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:2, NASB

Amongst pan-evangelicals nowadays, there’s a lot of talk . . . talk . . . talk . . . going on about “Jesus,” the name that bespeaks the humanity of the historical person known by that name. The best selling religious allegory The Shack humanizes Jesus as a relatively unattractive Middle Eastern Jewish man with a “big nose” who functioned as the retreat center’s repairman.[1]

At face value, there is nothing wrong with portraying Jesus as human. In Jesus, God became incarnate. Paul the Apostle wrote, Jesus was “made in the likeness of men . . . [and] found in appearance as a man” (Philippians 2:7-8). Christians cannot deny—though Docetism, an ancient heresy in the early church, taught that His body was not real, that He only “seemed” (Greek, dokein) to have a body—Jesus possessed and possesses a genuine humanity. To counter the false teaching of Docetism, John the Apostle wrote that “the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,” and that “many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh” (John 1:14; 2 John 7). For reason of His incarnation, no true Christian believer denies Jesus’ humanity. But with all this “Jesus-Jesus-Jesus” talk, believers ought to be concerned that a Christ-identity crisis is going on amongst professing evangelicals as they attempt to deconstruct the traditions surrounding Jesus in order to discover the authentic Jesus of the primitive gospel.

“ReJesusing”
To this point, a couple of authors have written a book titled, ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church.[2] The book proposes ”a rediscovery of Christology that includes a preoccupation with the example and teaching of Jesus for the purposes of emulation by his followers.”[3] Why do the authors propose rediscovering Jesus? Because, as they rightly describe,

Whether it is the grand ecclesiastical project of institutional churches, epitomized by the ostentatious excess of the Vatican, or the tawdry grab for the hearts and minds of the aspirational middle class by prosperity-style Pentecostalism, the Christian movement has been subverted. Like a forgotten nativity scene in a shopping mall dominated by Santa Claus, reindeer, elves, Disney characters, tinsel, baubles, and fake snow, the biblical Jesus is hard to find.[4]

Then the authors add: “Let’s get our Christology right and then dare to place all our deeply held desires for how to do church at its service. Not vice versa.”[5]

Though the authors make a fair point for going back to the source of the Christian faith, a faith that in many ways has been corrupted by intruding ideologies for two millennia, we must note that their desire to restore Christianity to its primitive roots is not new. It’s been tried before, and rightfully so, for we Christians ought to desire to rid our faith of symbolic baggage and get down to the nitty-gritty practice of it. Presumably that’s why God gave to us His Son and the Scriptures that witness to Jesus (Luke 24:44; John 5:39); to clarify what we should believe about Him and how we ought to behave in Him (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

But my concern is that Jesus talk may not be all it’s cracked up to be, and that because it appears to deemphasize Jesus to be, as Peter confessed Him, ”the Christ the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16), it will lead to nowhere in the end. In fact, the authors seem to infer that understanding Jesus to be the Lord Jesus Christ is a metaphysical imposition by the church upon the primitive but authentic Jesus.[6] This is what emergents believe has accumulated around Jesus, what they call the Jesus myth. Thus they propose that, to really understand Jesus, the mass of ecclesiastical beliefs and traditions about Him must be discarded so that the modern church can be ”rejesused.” In their view, the church must be “rejesused,” or to use a computer metaphor, be “rebooted,” so that a new kind of Christianity can emerge. Coordinate with this line of thinking, one can observe that in Wm. Paul Young’s novel The Shack, Jesus is never referred to as “Christ” or “Lord.” Maybe those designations represent for Young a philosophical imposition upon the life of Jesus.

A Name above All Names
Yet in contrast to Paul the author, we can note that in various combinations Paul the Apostle predominately referred to Jesus as “Christ Jesus” (90 times), “Jesus Christ” (79 times), “Lord Jesus” or “Lord Jesus Christ (72 times), or “Jesus our Lord” (10 times). In the minority of instances when Paul refers to Jesus as “Jesus” (Romans 3:26; 8:11; 2 Corinthians 4:5, 10-11; Galatians 6:17; Ephesians 4:21; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 4:14), the context indicates Jesus is being referred to as Jesus Christ, Christ Jesus or the Lord Jesus Christ. Why then, in contrast to the “Jesus-Jesus-Jesus” talk going on these days, does the Apostle refer to Him as such? I suggest the following reasons.

First, He is Jesus because He is the Savior for our sins (Matthew 1:21). Second, that He is “the Christ” is how Jesus Himself expected to be referenced (Compare Peter’s confession and Jesus’ response to it in Matthew 16:16-17.). Third, by His resurrection, Jesus was “declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 1:4). Fourth, Paul wrote to the Romans that nobody can be saved if they do not confess “Jesus as Lord” and believe in their heart that “God raised Him from the dead” (Romans 10:9; Now in contrast to name-it-claim-it hyper-charismaticism, there’s the real the word of faith! See Romans 10:8.) And fifth, in that He’s now ascended into heaven and there occupying the honored place at the Father’s right hand (Romans 8:34; Ephesians 1:20; Colossians 3:1), addressing Jesus as “Lord” by faith gives recognition to Jesus’ honored state. One day “every knee” shall bow, “of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:10-11). Question: Before our ascended Lord, why should we not bow our tongues and like the Apostle Paul, refer to Him as “Christ Jesus,” “Jesus Christ,” “Lord Jesus,” or “the Lord Jesus Christ”? Having observed that the New Testament refers to Jesus as Savior 24 times and Lord 522 times, one author concludes: “We should be able to make a personal application of these important statistics.”[7]

So what are we to make of all this Jesus talk, this talk which while it rightfully exalts his earthly name on the one hand, wrongfully diminishes His heavenly name on the other? We need to be careful lest we create a Jesus so earth bound that He becomes of no heavenly relevance. After all, Jesus is “the Son of Man” (Matthew 16:13; Compare Daniel 7:13). Here’s what I mean.

A “Conspiracy” of Jesuses
In ReJesus, the authors state that, “A true Christian expression models itself on Jesus . . .”[8] Then after citing Romans 8:29 (For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son . . .), the book quotes an author who calls this the “conspiracy of little Jesuses,” to which the authors add, “we believe it is fundamental to God’s plans and purposes for his world [i.e., that Christians be a conspiracy of little Jesuses].”[9]

Now for the purpose of working up God’s kingdom below, one can only wonder when this conspiracy of little Jesuses will morph to become a collusion of little Christs. Could this eventually be the fallout of an emergent Christology that attempts to affect the institution of God’s kingdom on earth through little Jesuses? On this point we must note that New Age author Neale Donald Walsch tells his readers, “Many have been Christed, not just Jesus of Nazareth. You can be Christed, too.”[10] Or as Helen Schucman stated in A Course in Miracles:

Is he [Jesus] the Christ? O yes, along with you. His little life on earth was not enough to teach the mighty lesson that he learned for all of you.[11] 

Conclusion
“Jesus” was as common a name in Israel during the Lord’s life as it is in Latin America today. So what is it that distinguishes His name above all other names? It is that–as the Apostle Paul knew Him–He is “the Lord Jesus Christ”! To the extent that emergents prefer to refer to Him mostly as “Jesus,” they trivialize Him, making His name an inconsequential moniker.

So who is Jesus? Is He Jesus-Jesus-Jesus, or THE LORD JESUS CHRIST? As we answer this question, we ought all remember that “no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3). If we should find a deficiency within us making it difficult to refer to Jesus as “Lord” there may be indication of a deeper problem going on within our souls; and that is in all this Jesus talk, we are not really being led by the Spirit (John 15:26); or worse, that our hearts are not really regenerate. After all, regeneration is the nexus by which the Holy Spirit imparts Jesus’ life in us for the purpose of living His life through us. To be Christlike on the outside demands that people first possess the Spirit of Christ on the inside (Romans 8:9). In its fullness, the Kingdom will not come by emulation, but by regeneration.[12]

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ENDNOTES
[1] Wm. Paul Young, The Shack (Los Angeles: Windblown Media, 2007) 111.
[2] Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost, ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 2009). Leonard Sweet ecstatically endorses this book as follows: “ReJesus will rock your world—-and cause you to reJesus your life, reJesus your church, and reJesus your Bible. Expect ‘reJesus’ to become a mantra and a mobilization in the revitalization of Christianity in the 21st century.” See Leonard Sweet, Book Endorsements at LeonardSweet.com. Online: http://www.leonardsweet.com/endorsement.php.
[3] Ibid. 15.
[4] Ibid. 9-10.
[5] Ibid. 12.
[6] The authors of ReJesus note of Adolph von Harnack (1851-1930) that, “As a historian of dogma, he had seen too many agendas take Jesus captive, quoting him to justify all manner of beliefs and practices. He [von Harnack] became convinced that the kernal of the gospel had been overlaid by the husks of metaphysical concepts alien to the teaching of Jesus. The primitive stories of Jesus had been corrupted by official church dogma [presumably of which, the writings of the Apostle Paul are a part] . . . Indeed,” state the authors in the following paragraph, “it’s not hard to find examples to support this view. (p. 9)
[7] William McDonald, Believer’s Bible Commentary, Art Farstad, Editor (Nashville,TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1985) 2075.
[8] Hirsch & Frost, ReJesus, 13.
[9] Ibid.
[10] Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God, Book 2, p. 22, quoted by Warren B. Smith, Reinventing Jesus Christ: The New Gospel (Ravenna, OH: Conscience Press, 2002) 23. Warren Smith’s book is available in a PDF format online at: http://www.newagetograce.com/RV.pdf. See Lighthouse Trails website for other of Warren’s writings at: http://www.newagetograce.com/index.html. I thank Warren for giving me the expression that to emergents the modern Christian faith with its abundance of misconceptions needs to be “rebooted.” 
[11] Ibid. 11. Emphasis mine. Smith quotes Schucman.
[12] The authors of ReJesus admit that trying to walk in Jesus’ footsteps is a tall order. They state that in their study of Christology, which for them involves studying how persons can copy the person and works of Jesus in their lifestyles, there are limits to the ways “his life and activity can be emulated by sinful human beings.” Then they add: “Some will say that such emulation is arduous to achieve in general [impossible might have been a better choice of words] when it comes to the specifics of his redeeming death and resurrection, the miracles, and his judgment of the unrighteous.” (p. 15) (From Guarding His Flock Ministries)

Moriel and Way of Life Ministries Report on Concerns Over Calvary Chapel Embracing of New Age Sympathizer Leonard Sweet

by Moriel Ministries

Moriel has received a number of inquiries and comments regarding the invitation by Skip Heitzig extended to Leonard Sweet, the New Age Christian mystic usually identified with the “Emergent Church," a movement against which senior Calvary pastor and founder Pastor Chuck Smith publicly opposed.

The event is to be held at Calvary Chapel, Albuquerque along with the so-called music ministry of a Roman Catholic worship leader in what has been described as the first official New Age/Ecumenical event to take place at a Calvary Chapel. This despite the majority of Calvary Chapel pastors not subscribing to the event’s Ecumenical agenda who support the expressed position of Pastor Chuck Smith opposing tenets and practices of the Post-Modern mysticism defining the Emergent Church, seeking to prevent it from entering into Calvary Chapels. The announcement follows a public financial scandal reaching the secular press at the same church in 2008.

Moriel cannot speak for Skip Heitzig and we urge those contacting us to rather direct their comments and questions to him. Moriel and Jacob Prasch do dismiss Leonard Sweet as a dangerous deceiver, and although not opposed to Catholic people we reject Ecumenical union of any kind with Roman Catholicism. We also firmly endorse the position expressed by Pastor Chuck Smith in opposition to this “emergence” which was undertaken by him in a personally painful yet noble and necessary reaction to its attempted influx into a Calvary Chapel in California. Moriel and Jacob Prasch also sanction the caveats issued to Calvary Chapel pastors by former New Ager Warren Smith who was invited by Chuck Smith to address a major Calvary Chapel pastors conference regarding these faulty trends. Click here to continue reading.

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Warren B. Smith and Ray Yungen 2010 Speaking Schedule

Below is a partial speaking schedule for Lighthouse Trails authors Warren B. Smith and Ray Yungen for 2010. If you live near any of these areas, we hope you will get the chance to attend. All these events are offered free of charge. If you are interested in having Warren or Ray (or both) speak to your group, call us at 503/873-9092, or email at editors@lighthousetrails.com.

April 23 (7pm-10pm), April 24 (9am-10pm)
Last Days Bible Conference

Warren B. Smith, James McCarthy, Rob Lindsted
Held at: Monterey Park Evangelical Free Church
3125 Catalina Blvd NE
Calgary, Alberta
(403) 948-5401
No cost. Free will offering

April 30-May 1
Discerning the Times Conference
Warren B. Smith, Rob Lindsted, John Plantz, Dave Dunn, Steve Herzig
Ramada Inn
806 Idylwyld Drive North, DIEFENBAKER ROOM
Saskatoon, Sask.
1-306-371-6877 (conference contact)
No cost. Free will offering.

May 29th (9:30-4:00)
Gold Country Calvary Chapel
Warren B. Smith, Ray Yungen, Johanna Michaelsen
13026 LaBarr Meadows Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95949
530-274-2108
No cost. Free will offering.

July 25th (8:30 and 10:30)
Candlelight Fellowship

Warren B. Smith

5725 N. Pioneer Drive
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
208-772-7755
No cost.

August 12-14
Pastors and Leaders Conference
Warren B. Smith, Xavier Reis
500 South Lee Ave
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: (913) 829-9306

Lighthouse Trails New Contact Information Reminder, New Book Review, and Special Appreciation Offer

First, we would like to remind our readers about our new contact information. Our new mailing address is: P.O. Box 908, Eureka, Montana 59917. Our new phone numbers are as follows:

Main Office: 406/297-7756
Fax: 406/297-7993
Toll Free Order Line (US & Canada): 866/876-3910
Other International Ordering: 406/297-7756

While we had hoped to make the relocation transition as smooth as possible, there were some phone glitches for several days, which resulted in some callers not being able to reach us. We apologize for this inconvenience. All phone lines are working well now.

Secondly, we posted a new book review on Thursday by Larry DeBruyn. The review is on a book titled REJESUS: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church written by two emerging church authors, Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch. DeBruyn's review is a worthwhile read to better understand how the New Spirituality entering the church is presenting "another gospel" and "another Jesus" (II Corinthians 11:4).

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From Physics to Metaphysics

by Roger Oakland

Evolution, according to its biological definition, is a mechanism that changes life through time. Although for years, many have used the idea of evolution to explain away God, there are many today who are saying, because of evolution, everything is God. This trend is obvious in Great Britain, the very country where Charles Darwin authored his theory – physics has turned into metaphysics? How is this possible?

Glastonbury is situated in the southern part of England. From antiquity, Glastonbury has been known as a mystical center where numerous people have made the claim they have encountered the spiritual realm. Many and fantastic are the legends, a mythology which is still alive and growing today. Every year people go there from all over the world seeking spiritual solutions to their physical problems.

I had the opportunity to visit Glastonbury in the spring of 1997 while I was in England. I had just spent a couple of days researching the life of Charles Darwin and investigating the impact this man had on so many lives. His message, centered on natural selection and survival of the fittest, still shapes the thinking of evolutionists today. His motive, a disdain for Christianity, provides the basis for the “scientific” view there is no need for the supernatural. Today, throughout England and around the world, numerous monuments erected in his honor called “natural history museums,” project his beliefs as if he were God.

My trip to Glastonbury and Stonehenge revealed another aspect of Darwinism that most “evolutionary biologists” are not thrilled to discuss. The idea of natural selection may have been designed to explain God away, but in reality, through time, it has been the catalyst which has created an environment which has done exactly the opposite. It seems there has been a major shift in thinking over the past few decades. Our present generation has become frustrated with believing in naturalism. Now they are willing to believe that anything and everything is God.

There is no question mysticism and superstition, which modern science was supposed to have eliminated, has made a comeback in Great Britain. The shops in Glastonbury were filled with spiritual paraphernalia which would make one think we had returned to the pagan past.

At the core of these resurrected ideas was the basic belief in evolution. Man, according to the “new spirituality,” is on the verge of taking a giant leap of evolution. “Space brothers” or “spiritual guides,” whom it is believed have evolved to a “higher lever,” are waiting for us to make the leap. Meanwhile, worldly intellects are encouraged to spend their time practicing yoga, humming mantras or rubbing crystals. There are many ways to contact the “gods.”

I am fascinated with how evolution has evolved over the years – from mysticism to Darwinism then back to mysticism again. History has repeated itself, just as it has done many times before. The only thing that is unique this time is that “evolutionary mysticism” is a global religion. The Bible describes this current trend as “Christian Babylonianism.” The Bible also makes it clear that it will trigger off God’s wrath. Based upon my understanding of current events, it appears the time of God’s wrath may be soon! (from Understand the Times with Roger Oakland)

Roger Oakland is the author of Faith Undone, a compelling and well documented critique of the emerging church and the new spirituality.

 

 


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