Filling the Vacuum with Mysticism

by Ray Yungen  Why are the mainstream denominations so open to meditative and holistic practices? David R. Griffen, professor of theology at a United Methodist college in Clairmont, California, states: A spiritual vacuum exists in organized religion that might he filled by theologies that draw–for better or worse–from what is called parapsychology, paranormal studies, psychic … [Read more…]

Reiki, Thomas Merton, and Richard Foster

by Ray Yungen  A mystical pragmatism is growing particularly fast through various New Age healing techniques. One such procedure is called Reiki (pronounced ray-key), a Japanese word that translates to Universal Life Energy or God energy. It has also been referred to as the radiance technique. Reiki is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist healing system, rediscovered … [Read more…]

Hostile Sentiment Toward “End-Time” Believing Christians Increasing

by Roger Oakland (Understand the Times) If you haven’t already noticed, anti-Christian sentiment is growing toward those who believe in a biblical last days/Book of Revelation scenario prior to Christ’s return. A 2005 article titled “Lutheran leader calls for an ecumenical council to address growing biblical fundamentalism” should help convince you. The article shows not … [Read more…]

Churchless Christianity – The “New” Way of Doing Missions

by Roger Oakland (from Faith Undone) In an article titled “Christ-Followers in India Flourishing Outside the Church,” the following statement is made regarding the research of Herbert Hoefer, author of Churchless Christianity: In striking research undertaken in the mid-eighties and published in 1991, Herbert E. Hoefer found that the people of Madras City are far … [Read more…]

Coming into “Alignment”

by Kevin Reeves  The following is an excerpt from Kevin Reeves’ book, The Other Side of the River. Back in about the early ’90s, we went through a series of divine healing videos put out by Charles and Francis Hunter, or “The Happy Hunters.” At the end of each video, we put the teachings to … [Read more…]

HOME TO ROME

By Roger Oakland Over the past number of years I have been writing articles and producing radio programs in an attempt to urge evangelical Christians to wake up and see the light. Many Bible-believing Christians who were once concerned about false teaching and apostasy seem to have lost their passion for the truth and have … [Read more…]

The Shape of Things to Come

by Ray Yungen Biola University Embraces Contemplative Spirituality Biola University, the traditional virtual bedrock of conservative Christian higher education, has opened itself to influences that would have its founders turning over in their graves. This Fall, at Biola’s Christian Spirituality Soul Care series, contemporary Protestant mystic Ruth Haley Barton will be a featured speaker. Ms. … [Read more…]

What is Meditation?

by Ray Yungen  See Part I of this paper on the New Age by Ray Yungen. Part II What is meditation? What exactly is meditation? The meditation many of us are familiar with involves a deep, continuous thinking about something. But New Age meditation does just the opposite. It involves ridding oneself of all thoughts … [Read more…]

Rick Warren and the Emerging Church

by Ray Yungen  The emerging church movement has gained the support of many Christian leaders. Rick Warren is one of those leaders who has actually helped to launch the movement. In Dan Kimball’spopular book, The Emerging Church, Rick Warren wrote the foreword and said: This book is a wonderful, detailed example of what a purpose-driven … [Read more…]

Chuck Smith and Purpose Driven

by Roger Oakland Why did Calvary Distribution remove Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven books and related materials from their distribution? I believe these four reasons I have discussed are reasonable and a valid answer to that question: Differences in Eschatology Differences with regard to the Emerging Church Differences with regard to contemplative prayer and mysticism Differences … [Read more…]