A Lighthouse Trails reader brought to our attention this week that John MacArthur is no longer appearing on the speaker line up for the NRB’s convention, Proclaim 19. Editors at Lighthouse Trails called Grace to You (MacArthur’s ministry) to confirm this and were told that due to illness, John MacArthur would not be speaking at Proclaim 19.
In an article in October 2018, Lighthouse Trails reported that the Proclaim 19 speaker line up included New Age sympathizer and devout Catholic Roma Downey along with evangelical leaders Rick Warren, Greg Laurie, and John MacArthur. Our article stated:
Roma Downey, who has never renounced her extensive New Age involvement, is now firmly entrenched and aligned with contemporary Christian leadership. Because Christian leaders and day-to-day believers have given Roma Downey a get-out-of-the-new-age free pass, Lighthouse Trails is releasing a second Roma Downey booklet today. This booklet emphasizes the danger of Downey’s most recent book, Box of Butterflies, which has been incrementally and dangerously endorsed by a wide variety of Christian leaders (listed in the booklet). In addition, a number of Christian leaders such as Rick Warren, Greg Laurie, and John MacArthur will be speaking at an event in 2019 called Proclaim 19, and Roma Downey is also one of the speakers. While some say this is no problem for this mixture of speakers at a Christian event and is only a faulty premise of guilt by association, we believe such actions by Christian leaders only give the New Age/New Spirituality further admittance into the church. Of course, many disagree with our calling out and challenging Christian leaders on such matters.
Two weeks after our article came out, Roma Downey disappeared off the speaker list for Proclaim 19 but the NRB did not make a public announcement as to why she no longer appeared on the list. Phone calls to NRB have never provided a definitive answer as to whether Downey will be at the event or not.
Proclaim 19 begins next week in Anaheim, California.