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  1. Jan Otto

    You have to be kidding! I have been a part of the various cursillo movements in protestant churches for years and have NEVER EVER experienced anything even remotely demonic. I think someone has some personal issues that emerged on the weekend and it had nothing to do with Walk to Emmaus.

    • Katherine Hart

      The Walk to Emmaus was a HUGE factor in the ‘split’ of our beloved church over a decade ago. While my spouse & I both attended a ‘walk’ and had an overall positive experience…it was what came AFTER that weekend. If the goal of WTE is to encourage Christians to become more involved in their ‘home church’…then the ‘community’ & reunion groups should be ended. I/we found that the NUMEROUS WTE activities & related WTE financial requests/expectations actually ‘pulled’ people AWAY from their home church(es), and the people that left/split from our flock….started their own church which is-to this day- HEAVILY involved in WTE. In other words, the WTE is ‘cult-like’ in its organizational structure. Furthermore…The Church(as defined in the Bible) is the ONLY Bride of Christ. The WTE is a highly camouflaged ‘other woman’… in other words, a form of spiritual adultery. What if your spouse came home telling of the FABULOUS time they had spent with another man(or woman)…& upon your objection…they stated…’we talked about you! and how wonderful YOU are!’ Involvement in WTE keeps the participants with one foot in The Bride’s house, and the other foot in the house of the ‘other woman’. WTE also plays heavily to the emotional side of us…but we are not meant to ‘live/stay on the mountain top’- (refer to Christ’s Transfiguration). WTE appears to be a friendly, well intentioned girlfriend….but Christ has only ONE Bride….The Church. Not a religious organization….even, and especially if, it appears like a ‘wonderful Christian group.’

    • Thomas

      I too have participated in the Walk to Emmaus, both as pilgrim and as a staff member and found it to be a wonderful experience. In fact one of the best experiences in my life for spiritual renewal and bringing me closer to others and maturing my relationship with Christ. I cannot imagine what negative consequences or feelings others may have had but am deeply sorry they came away feeling the way they did. I wish I could do it again for the first time but it isn’t possible

  2. Lisa Lewis

    Men at the Methodist Church have been talking about the wonderful experience they’ve had at FAITH WALK. I know a year ago or so I always heard about the Emmaeus Walk. Are they one in the same? We know how they love to change the names of things when they are exposed.

  3. Shelley Hettinger

    Yes, I too would have liked to hear what took place during this “retreat” we do need to be able to tell people who might cross our paths who may be intending to go to this how it is unbiblical and ungodly and what takes place. God is so faithful to keep and protect His people like He did for Kayla! Thank you Lighthouse Trails for all you do to warn and inform the Church. It was six years ago that I stumbled upon Lighthouse Trails and my eyes were opened and I have been researching and learning ever since. May God continue to bless this ministry ~ S.H.

  4. JDV

    “From the Upper Room website (link now removed)” Perhaps it didn’t play as well up front, so they may figure waiting until people are deeper into this experience (sic) to unveil the insertion of pagan practice.

  5. Elizabeth Bennett

    I hope Kayla left that church! It is important that we know the step by step details about what happened, or maybe K. can write a book about this. Others need to be warned.

  6. Elizabeth Bennett

    My heart goes out to Kayla! I thank the Lord that she was preserved through the horror she experienced of demons during this supposed 3-day retreat. I pray the Lord will bring her peace and healing. Lighthouse is correct in condemning spiritual formation/contemplative prayer. I read Castles in the Sand many yrs. ago and now know it was all true, even though it was a conglomerate of many observed experiences in America. Mantras, even though they say Jesus, provide the same results as a Hindu mantra. My son is a missionary in Spain but has always been aware of the dangers in Spiritual Formation.

  7. patrick

    I would like to know what Kayla experienced that was “horrific”. I went through the Walk several years ago and left the second day. After dinner the second day there was a chapel type service with everybody and the leader was reading out of a script to visualize your self walking down the road then visualize Jesus walking up to you and so forth. I recognized this technic as guided visualization. That was it for me, I left. I think she should have clarified at least one or two details of what was horrific, instead of a blanket statement of to many to share.

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