Conference ALERT: ZOE Group and Leonard Sweet

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On March 2-4, 2007, the ZOE Group will present the Look to the Hills Leadership and Worship Conference with keynote speaker, Leonard Sweet. Leonard Sweet, author of Quantum Spirituality and SoulTsunami (endorsed by Rick Warren) is a proponent of New Age thought and contemplative spirituality. ZOE Group (and New Wineskins magazine) is a Christian organization that states: “We want our readership to know that we are Christians seeking to honor Jesus Christ in our lives.” However, their promotion of Leonard Sweet, Brian McLaren and other emergents will lead readers and participants down a road away from biblical Christianity and towards the spirituality of Thomas Merton, who was a panentheist (God is in all) and said if we knew what was in each one of us (all humans), we would bow down and worship one another.

Quotes:

“The first of these five untheorized observations is that New Light embodiment means to be “in connection” and ‘in-formation’ with other Christians. Deeper feeling and higher relating go together. The church is fundamentally one being, one person, a comm-union whose cells are connected to one another within the information network called the Christ consciousness.” Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, P. 122

“Energy-fire experiences take us into ourselves only that we might reach outside of ourselves. Metanoia is a de-centering experience of connected-ness and community. It is not an exercise in reciting what Jesus has done for me lately. Energy-fire ecstasy, more a buzz than a binge, takes us out of ourselves, literally. That is the meaning of the word ‘ecstatic.'” Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, P. 93

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