1. Julia

    Thank you so much for putting into words what I knew but couldn’t express. I have heard people I thought were solid Christians tell me that Richard Rohrs is a great person, with his contemplative prayer and enneagram teachings.. Something didn’t sit well with me.
    With the world turned upside down and totally mad, my frequent prayer is “Lord, please keep me faithful to You and Your Word. Don’t let me be deceived”.

  2. MV

    Amen to your sound-minded, fact-based fare. Lighthouse Trails blesses our Shepherd’s Beloved Flock, in season and out with truly tested spiritual gifts. Thank you.

    Contentedly situated in a church with college friends, in bygone days,
    I read right over1 John 4:1 one afternoon.

    Whoa. Wait. What? Wait.


    What, Lord?

    I’m supposed to actually DO this, like, test the spirits?


    Whoa. What a concept.

    How . . . . ?


    So, I began to causally ask church folks: Who do you say Jesus is?

    (Test the spirits, here? They got this, I know.)

    Whoa. What? Wow.


    Outright hostility and censure . . . check.

    You’re-joking-right laughter . . . check.

    Blank stare w/ rapid change of subject . . . check.

    Offense, tabu topic . . . check.

    Apt Answer of Any Kind . . . no check.

    Who knew?

    Okay, Lord. Gotcha. Beneficial lesson. Thank You.

    In contrast, during a recent unsolicited, extemporaneous, edification moment, someone I do not even know asked if I am a Christian, told me Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life, and twice repeated, “Got my ticket to Heaven ready.”

    s w e e t

  3. Maria Kneas

    Regent University (formerly CBN University) requires all of their students to take a class in Spiritual Formation.

  4. Sharon

    Thank you so much for this! What an excellent historical summation of the deception going on these past 40 years or so. I appreciate your ministry so much!! Since I was born again in 1984, I have heard many theological arguments that twisted my brain around. I had to just study the Bible and keep to the basics. Sometimes I get a little nudge from the Holy Spirit that someone I am reading or listening to is taking away from the simplicity of the gospel, adding something to it or just making themselves look superior. I am in a weekly Bible study with some neighbors and could not believe what I saw in their major Bible study organization notes. It said, “One result of original sin is that men and women in their fallen state are not able to believe God’s Word.” That seemed crazy to me! What is the point of God’s Word, then? Then when they tied original sin in with “total depravity” and I saw where they were headed. They were trying to convince us that only the “elect” will be “regenerated” and be able to believe God’s Word. But we know from Hebrews 4:12 the true power of God’s Word. Make certain that you are saved, by repenting of your sin and receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life, then put your trust in Him and never stop asking Him for discernment. Don’t let those who sound authoritative confuse you or add anything to the simplicity of the gospel.

  5. Realist

    Thank you for touching on – how to test the spirits. Over the years I have read/seen so many saying tests the spirits, but not how to do that. “How to properly tests the spirits” would make a good future article.

    I have seen so many well-meaning, but naive, “Christians” (including pastors, etc) who are constantly searching for that new spiritual thing or high; all the while oblivious to the fact that good solid rightly dividing God’s Word and an unadulterated prayer life is completely satisfying. Doing so opens your relationship with God and provides a depth of spiritual knowledge beyond what they/you could imagine.

    Thank you for taking the time to write the great article.

  6. Jen

    That which I’ve seen and heard in the churches of today are words and theatrics to entertain the goats by tickling the ears and soothing the eyes. A local pastor took an ice bath on stage to demonstrate his discipline I suppose! The world is falling apart but let me entertain you. The applause, the accolades of, ‘that’s just what I needed pastor’ says it all.

    Or those who focus on ‘healings’, like Oprah…. You get a car and you get a car. I’ve watched it shaking my head. Never a sermon on sin, repentance or substitutionary atonement. Instead, a pastor reads from his phone about someone who has an ailment of a sore back, or a crooked thumb etc. to come and get your healing. Another example of an elder in the church espousing from the alter the shaking and the shifting God is doing (buzz words) and that someone was being cured of Downs Syndrome like it’s a disease and the pastor with a hot mic telling him he was so anointed as he stepped off of the stage. It’s a clown show. My heart grieves! If the anger of God burned against the Israelite’s as they were weeping because they didn’t have any meat to eat in the desert, I cannot fathom His anger now.

    When He returns, will He find faith? The narrow path indeed. The Lord instructs thusly,
    ‘Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.’ Luke 21:36

    Us bedraggled sheep have mucked things up since the beginning of time and there’s nothing new under the sun. But God!
    We are told to stand firm as His followers and do everything to stand, holding onto the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ🙏🏽

  7. GJ

    Thinking on this the last few days…
    Hosea 14:9 Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the Lord are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But wrongdoers will stumble in them.

    2 Thessalonians 2:10 and with all deception of wickedness for those who are being lost, because they didn’t receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 Because of this, God sends them a working of error, that they should believe a lie; 12 that they all might be judged who didn’t believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

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