Last year at this time, Lighthouse Trails reported on the Breakforth Conference that took place in Edmonton, Alberta. The speakers included popular teachers Kay Arthur and Josh McDowell along with contemplative proponents Tony Campolo and Jack Hayford (see report). We concluded that report by stating:
If Josh McDowell and Kay Arthur are going to be doing “Christian” conferences with Tony Campolo, we hope they will tell the conference attendees that contemplative spirituality does not truly make one more intimate with God, regardless of the high feelings and emotions it may produce.
Now, Breakforth 2008 is quickly approaching (January 25th – 27th), and the line up of speakers proves to be another disconcerting mixture: Kay Arthur, Josh McDowell, and emerging leaders Chris Seay and Erwin McManus.
McManus is just wrapping up his Rethink Conference with Robert Schuller at the Crystal Cathedral. Within a week he will be sharing the platform with Arthur and McDowell at Breakforth. If Arthur and McDowell are prepared to stand on stage at Breakforth and renounce the spirituality of McManus and the emerging church as well as the contemplative prayer movement, giving an exacting warning to those attending, then by all means, they should go. But they did not do that last year when they shared the platform with Tony Campolo – thus we do not anticipate they will do that this year.
What Arthur and McDowell may not realize is that by their participating at Breakforth, they are giving the thumbs up signal to thousands that the emerging church and contemplative spirituality are acceptable avenues to reach God; and in so doing they become part of the deception, and people’s spiritual lives are going to be affected.
Josh McDowell is presently scheduled to speak at the Breakforth USA 2009. 1