On May 1st, we posted “Assemblies of God General Superintendent Letter Responds to Lighthouse Trails Article – Defends Contemplative Spirituality.” Lighthouse Trails has not yet issued our own response to Dr. George Wood and Dr. Detrick’s statement defending their choosing Ruth Haley Barton to speak at the Assemblies of God General Council conference. However, below is a response from a former AOG pastor and a Lighthouse Trails reader. We believe this response by Cedric Fisher is making some excellent points that will help decipher the AOG statement.
A Response by a Former AOG Pastor:
by Cedric Fisher
This is my response to the Assemblies of God response to the Lighthouse Trails Research article exposing their acceptance of Contemplative Prayer. I am not affiliated with Lighthouse Trails Research and do not speak for them in this response. Some people might question if I have a right to respond. God’s Word commands us to expose the unfruitful things of darkness (Ephesians 5:11). Every true Christian armed with truth must obey this command. I believe that truth has just as much right to be heard as error. If we truly love people, we cannot allow them to walk into destructive snares without a warning. It is not a matter of contention for the sake of contention, but confrontation for the sake of truth and the souls who rely on her shelter. Therefore, I must present and defend truth and I cannot do otherwise.
After reading the Assemblies of God response written by Dr. Jodi Detrick, regarding Ruth Haley Barton’s participation in their General Council, I feel obliged to respond to some of her points. First, Dr. Detrick played the elitist card by implying that non-Pentecostals have no right to question the heresies of a Pentecostal denomination. Click here to continue reading this response on FaceBook.