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In This Issue -

Rick Warren Critic Reports on Visit with Rick Warren

Time Magazine on Rick Warren's New Global Reformation and PEACE Coalition

Lectio Divina - Leading Sheep to a New Level of Consciousness

Henri Nouwen's [Inter]Spirituality

Todd Bentley and a Spirit Named "Winds of Change"

Brian McLaren and the Emerging Church on Creation Spirituality

Pastors and Leaders from Around the World Sign New Covenant with Rick Warren for PEACE Coalition

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What is Contemplative Spirituality?

definition: contemplative spirituality: a belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped in Christian terminology; the premise of contemplative spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all).

spiritual formation: a movement that has provided a platform and a channel through which contemplative prayer is entering the church. Find spiritual formation being used, and in nearly every case you will find contemplative spirituality. In fact, contemplative spirituality is the heartbeat of the spiritual formation movement.

How Widespread Has Spiritual Formation Become? Read our list of ministries that are promoting it. Please pray for the leaders of these groups that their eyes may be opened.

 

Myanmar Update

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 As we continue to expose contemplative/ emerging spirituality, we have joined many ministries and individual believers who too seek to defend the faith and the biblical Gospel. Contemplative spirituality continues to gain momentum and has literally swept into churches, colleges, organizations and ministries at an astronomical rate. From Purpose Driven to Willow Creek to the emerging church movement, from respected Christian leaders to publishing companies and nearly every denomination (to varying degrees), few stones have been left unturned.

However, through Scripture and solid documentation, it has been proven to be a detriment to all. While there have been several attempts to silence and discredit those believers who are speaking the truth, the Lord has been faithful to uphold His Word.

Now in our seventh year of publishing books and websites that warn of impending dangers, we pray that the Lord will give courage and strength to the brothers and sisters around the world who defend the precious faith of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." I Peter 1:13"

"[T]hat we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ ..."  (Ephesians 4:14,15)

 

Rick Warren Critic Reports on Visit with Rick Warren

On May 22nd, Bob DeWaay, pastor of Twin City Fellowship in Minneapolis, attended a semi-private, recorded meeting with Rick Warren. The meeting occurred after Warren invited DeWaay to travel to the Saddleback campus. DeWaay has been a long-time critic of Warren and the Purpose Driven program. After the meeting took place, DeWaay made statements to his congregation about the meeting, which led Rick Warren's apologist and defender, Richard Abanes, to make public statements saying that Bob DeWaay saw nothing wrong with Warren and his beliefs.  DeWaay has now written a statement to reaffirm his continued belief that Rick Warren is part of a global movement to bring about a "One World church."

In addition, DeWaay's statement discusses author Warren Smith, who was also the topic of Abanes' statement. Smith, a former New Ager, is the author of Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose Driven Life. He will be speaking this coming week to 800 pastors at the Calvary Chapel Senior Pastors Conference. In DeWaay's statement, he reiterates that he is in agreement with Warren Smith's conclusions regarding the Purpose Driven program and it's New Age implications. Please
click here to read Bob DeWaay's statement.

Note: On May 13th Lighthouse Trails received an email from Rick Warren asking us to attend his PEACE Coalition conference. In Warren's letter, he stated that we attack him regularly and consider him to be an enemy.  He issued an invitation to attend his conference, offering to pay all travel expenses. He stated that he would like to "get to know" us personally and said: "I don't  know what motivates you, and you don't know what motivates me." 

Lighthouse Trails declined the invitation. The matters we address in our books and articles deal with Rick Warren's public teachings and doctrine and have nothing to do with relationships. We do not consider Rick Warren a personal enemy, we do not hate him, and we do not attack his private life or character.

However, regardless of his motivation, be it good or bad, we believe his public teachings, writings, and speeches promote contemplative (i.e., mystical) spirituality and the emerging church, both of which advocate New Age spirituality and are instrumental in restructuring the Christian church so it no longer represents biblical Christianity. This new age/new spirituality that is coming forth puts the spiritual welfare of millions in harm's way. 

Because these matters have already been brought out and addressed through our books, articles, and various communications with Rick Warren's ministry, we feel that such a proposed meeting would be unfruitful and counterproductive.

Time Magazine on Rick Warren's New Global Reformation and PEACE Coalition

Time magazine has joined the ranks of Christian and secular media that are reporting on Rick Warren's new PEACE Coalition. The article, titled "Rick Warren Goes Global," says that Warren is "perhaps the most important voice in contemporary American Evangelical Christianity," and that Warren is hoping to "take his 'brand' [of spirituality] to the ends of the earth." Warren told Time (who was invited to the by-invitation-only conference) that this was "the most important conference" of his life, and he was extending participation in the PEACE Coalition to "the wider Evangelical community."

Calling the PEACE Coalition a "plan of epic ambition," Time says Warren hopes to turn tens of millions of Christian churches "into a giant 'network of networks'" to fight world "poverty and misery." Warren anticipates that the conference will result in large numbers of churches joining the PEACE plan and could end up with over 200,000 "PEACE missionaries." He hopes this will put his program at the "forefront of the missionary field."

The article admits that Warren "offered" the 1700 pastors and leaders who attended his conference last week "few details of the plan." Nevertheless, "the response of the pastors was enthusiastic." "I knew they were already on board," Warren confidently stated to Time. Others who endorsed the Coalition were Billy Graham, George and Laura Bush, Bono, and John McCain. In addition, Warren said "he's already secured personal commitments from influential leaders in the Salvation Army and the Assemblies of God."

According to the article, Warren's plan will be "extremely complicated and possibly controversial." But these areas of complicity and controversy are not discussed. It states that "the PEACE program is an attempt to radically re-engineer Evangelicalism's huge missionary culture."

At the conference, Warren explained that this vision of his could take 50 years, and he hopes to see the "next generation" bring it to fruition calling them "the reformation generation." When Time says that "Warren has passed the point of no return," we are reminded of Warren's earlier statements years ago that he will do "whatever it takes" to bring about what he calls "a new reformation."

For those who read the Time article and are not familiar with Rick Warren's previous statements and teachings, Warren's reformation may appear to be a biblically-based reformation, one that represents the Christian church, caring about the poor and needy. But Warren has defined this "new reformation" and how he intends to "re-engineer" the Christian faith. For instance, when Warren spoke at the Pew Forum on Religion in 2005, he told the audience that his new Christian reformation would include those from other faiths (in particularly Muslims). So when Warren talks about extending his vision to "the wider Evangelical community," this is an inaccurate remark because Warren has intended for that extension to include people of all faiths, as well as people of no faith and as well as those practicing homosexuality:

Who's the man of peace in any village - or it might be a woman of peace - who has the most respect, they're open and they're influential? They don't have to be a Christian. In fact, they could be a Muslim, but they're open and they're influential and you work with them to attack the five giants. And that's going to bring the second Reformation. - Rick Warren, May 2005, Pew Forum on Religion 

In an interview in August 2006 with Charlie Rose, Warren stated that we don't have to have the same religion or moral beliefs to work with people on poverty, disease, etc. As an example he said he just met with the President of the gay-activist group ACT UP, and asked him, "Eric [Sawyer], how can I help you get your message out?" Sawyer answered, "Use your moral authority." Warren then said to Rose, "I'm working with these guys ... I'm looking for a coalition of civility, which means let's get back to the original meaning of tolerance."

Not only will Warren's PEACE plan for a new reformation include Muslims and gays, it will also include those with New Age propensities. Just this month, Warren hosted a Small Groups Conference in which New Age sympathizer Leonard Sweet was a featured speaker. Sweet's spirituality is unveiled in his book Quantum Spirituality where he says he resonates wholeheartedly with New Age mystics (like Matthew Fox and Ken Wilber) and says that we can help people find their "christ-consciousness" through small groups. Warren has promoted Leonard Sweet for many years and clearly continues to do so with virtually no response or critique from Christian leaders around the world.

Without question, Warren's reformation will include mysticism. He stated that very precisely many years ago in his first book, Purpose Driven Church, when he said the Spiritual Formation movement (via Richard Foster) would be a wake up call to the church and will bring the church to a full maturity. This makes sense given the fact that Warren's 20 year plus mentor was Peter Drucker who had mystical propensities.1

Finally, Warren's new reformation will also include the emerging church. Roger Oakland has documented this fact in his landmark book, Faith Undone, showing Warren's continued participation and efforts in helping the emerging church become that next "reformation generation."

While Rick Warren continues to receive magnificent support by the biggest names in both religion and secularism, and unrelenting media coverage, silent church leaders play their part in this paradigm shift as well. By refusing to defend the Christian faith against those who present a non-biblical plan for peace and reformation, they will share in the responsibility of the outcome, which is mass delusion and far too many unsaved souls.

Perhaps it is true, as Time magazine states, that Rick Warren has passed the point of no return. Only the Lord knows that. But it is not too late for Christian believers to turn back to the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ and warn a world in darkness that there is no light in any of these other belief systems. Eternal life comes only through repenting and accepting Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord by faith through His grace. A reformation that unites Islam, emerging spirituality, the New Age, mysticism, and homosexuality is a reformation that will only lead to spiritual death. And as the Bible states, our efforts to save the body (from hunger, poverty, and disease) will be in vain if the soul is neglected and not born-again.

Let us ask ourselves, would the Apostle Paul form a coalition and work with the followers of the goddess Isis or the god Jupiter to improve the lot of the poor and needy and call it a movement of God! Rather, he admonished: "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing" (II Corinthians 6:17). While it is right and moral to help the poor and the sick, trying to establish a godly movement while incorporating that which is not a part of the kingdom of God simply cannot be done.

Quotes by Rick Warren

"We come into this Peace Plan with great humility ... We will be like a giant mushroom expanding and exploding around the world. Whatever it takes, it will be a holy moment."-Christian Examiner, 2005

"You've heard me say many times that the greatest thing you can do with your life is tell somebody about Jesus ... if you help somebody secure their eternal destiny, that they spend the rest of their life in Heaven not Hell ...your life counts, your life matters because nothing matters more than helping get a person and their eternal destiny settled. They will be forever eternally grateful....And I've always said that that was the greatest thing you can do with your life. I was wrong. There is one thing you can do greater than share Jesus Christ with somebody, and it is help start a church."- Sermon from 11/2003 when Rick Warren Announced His Global Peace Plan to Saddleback.

"Personal computers have brand names. But inside every pc is an Intel chip and an operating system, Windows," Warren says. "The Purpose Driven paradigm is the Intel chip for the 21st-century church and the Windows system of the 21st-century church."- Christianity Today, Oct. 2005 in talking about his global peace plan.

 

Lectio Divina - Leading Sheep to a New Level of Consciousness

by Wolf Tracks Blog

Lectio Divina is derived from a Latin word that means "holy reading." It is an ancient method of slowly reading the scriptures in a repetitive fashion in order to encounter the presence of God.

Friar Luke Dysinger explains that this "VERY ANCIENT art, practiced at one time by all Christians, is the technique known as lectio divina - a slow, contemplative praying of the Scriptures which enables the Bible, the Word of God, to become a means of union with God."

Today, this practice that has been kept alive in the tradition of Benedictine monastics and oblates is not only popular among Catholics, it has gained acceptance in other faiths and, more recently, in the emerging church.

The Youth Ministry & Spirituality Project, an organization dedicated to contemplative youth ministry, has a description of the four steps of Lectio Divina on their on their website: In order to practice lectio divina, select a time and place that is peaceful and in which you may be alert and prayerfully attentive. Dispose yourself for prayer in whatever way is natural for you. This may be a spoken prayer to God to open you more fully to the Spirit, a gentle relaxation process that focuses on breathing, singing or chanting, or simply a few minutes of silence to empty yourself of thoughts, images, and emotions.
Click here to read this entire article.

 

Henri Nouwen's [Inter]Spirituality

Nouwen wrote the foreword to this 1993 book on Hindu and Buddhist practices.

, written by interspiritualist Catholic priest Thomas Ryan, is a handbook on Buddhist and Hindu meditative practices. Ryan, who speaks of "essential Buddhist disciplines," teaches readers and followers to practice the presence of God through meditation. Henri Nouwen, who wrote the foreword to the book, says:

I am convinced that this book will be of great help and support to the many people who have a deep faith in Jesus but are at a loss when they look for ways to practice it in their busy and always changing lives.


In addition, a book written by the late Nouwen (With Open Hands) and re-released in a new edition last month, has a foreword by Sue Monk Kidd. Monk Kidd, author of The Dance of the Dissident Daughter, is a highly popular author and promoter of pantheism and contemplative prayer. The fact that she wrote a foreword for Nouwen's book is another indication of Nouwen's affinity for both contemplative and interspirituality. And yet, countless Christian organizations, colleges and churches are using Nouwen's books as sources for spiritual growth. This has and will have detrimental effects. Practicing mysticism brought Nouwen to the following conclusion by the end of his life:

Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God's house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God. - Henri Nouwen, From Sabbatical Journey, Henri Nouwen's last book page 51, 1998 Hardcover Edition

 

Todd Bentley and a Spirit Named "Winds of Change"

by Kathi Sundeen
Guest Writer

The "healing revival" started by Todd Bentley that is currently taking place in Florida began with a demonic appearance by a spirit calling itself the "Winds of Change."

This message of change is the same one that is resonating throughout the world, as this spirit prepares the world to make the "needed change" to the "christ-consciousness."

Regarding this revival, there is an article at Elijah's List called "TODD BENTLEY and BOB JONES: 'The Third Wave is Here!' 12 Places for Healing and Revival to Start are Mentioned--but THIS TIME IT'S GLOBAL"1. Some excerpts are:

"Are you feeling 'the wind' of the Spirit blowing where you are? The 'winds of change' angel appeared to Todd Bentley in Florida, and simultaneously to Bob Jones."

"On New Year's Eve, for 2008, God told Bob Jones that 'the third wave was coming.' Todd asked Bob what the third wave was. He said that Toronto was wave #1, Pensacola was wave #2, and the third wave is the "Winds of Change"--this move of God. This move will be a global move, traveling with signs and wonders all over the world! The third wave is here!"

"There would then be a move of the Holy Ghost, where entire towns would be shut down by the power of the Spirit."

It was also mentioned to "set up your sail"--the "Winds of Change" are blowing! There are 12 places specifically mentioned where revival will hit first (listed in the order mentioned): Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Kansas City, Missouri; Denver, Colorado; Nashville, Tennessee; Lakeland, Florida; Ohio; Charlotte, North Carolina; Albany, Oregon; Washington; and Redding, California.

 "The third wave has begun! This wave promotes, prepares, purifies, pierces and inspires."

This is the same demonic spirit that is at work in the Emerging Church and the New Age Movement. Brian McLaren's book and tour, Everything Must Change, reveals that this change has to do with our beliefs, when he said, "When we believe in our heart that We Are All One, everything will change. Everything."2 This is the same spirit that is behind The Shift.

>From an article at Kjos Ministries, called "Change! New worlds, New ways, New minds, New gods..."3, We read, in part:

"CHANGE! However hollow its promises, this common catchword does bring an illusion of unity. For even the most diverse politicians, pastors, managers and media masters across America seem to agree on this point: Change is essential to their own success."

"It's about change!" proclaims the Obama for Change website!"

"It's not [just] about change," said pollster Frank Luntz. It's about a new beginning."4

"'This is not yesterday's world; this world is now -- and now just changed,'5 declares the "Rethink" website. Featuring speakers from diverse cultural arenas, it has joined Pastor Robert Schuller and Erwin McManus, former President George H.W. Bush, Larry King, Kay Warren, Rupert Murdoch and many others in collective dialogues that envision the future and propose the 'needed' change."

"'Do you need to change your life,' asks Oprah Winfrey. 'Do you feel STUCK? Are you UNHAPPY with your life?'6 Her fans answer 'yes'--and Oprah guides the way. One of her solutions is the occult bestseller, The Secret."

>From another article at Elijah's List called Not a Pleading...but a PROPHETIC PRAYER: "On Earth As it IS IN HEAVEN!"7, we see a possible connection to this spirit of change. From the article, we read, "He is commanding us to call for God's Kingdom to rule on earth!"

"Yes, even now, the armies of God in Heaven are beginning to unite with the armies of God on earth. Lightening-like power is beginning to fill the backbone of the redeemed."

However, this call to take dominion does not come without a price to those who oppose this coming "kingdom."

>From the mini book, Are You Being Led Away with the Error of the Wicked to the New Age Ark of Oneness? by Tamara Hartzell8, we read:

"An increase of pressure on the part of all who recognize the factual nature of the inner subjective kingdom of God, will produce amazing results--the seducing spirit calling itself Djwhal Khul.9

"This divinity in man must be brought to the birth, both in the individual and in the race, and thus can the kingdom of God on earth be brought into being.--Alice Bailey10

"The true church is the kingdom of God on earth--composed of all, regardless of race or creed, who live by the light within, who have discovered the fact of the mystical Christ in their hearts, and are preparing to tread the Way of Initiation.--Alice Bailey11

"This will necessarily involve a pledging of the entire personality to the helping of humanity ... United group effort would eventuate in an inspired reorganization of the entire world, and the elimination of hindrances.--the seducing spirit calling itself "Djwhal Khul."12

"This world crisis, will, it is hoped, awaken men to the realization that the form side of manifestation, with its aggressive selfishness, its cruel emphases and its separative tendencies, carries inevitably with it the seeds of its own eventual elimination! [T]he whole aim of the present crisis is to shift the focus of human awareness out of the form and the material aspect of living, into the consciousness of the soul, and to do this at any cost to the hindering forms.--the seducing spirit calling itself Djwhal Khul.13

"There will be chaos before the shift. This is natural in advance of any shift of this proportion. For you are not merely changing your way of doing things, you are shifting your whole idea of Who You Are, as a person, as a collection of nations, as a species.--the seducing spirit calling itself "God"14

"Leonard Sweet wrote in Soul Tsunami (endorsed by Rick Warren): 'Postmodern culture is a change-or-be-changed world. The word is out: Reinvent yourself for the 21st century or die.'"15

The literal fulfillment of this lies in the future.

Notes:
1. From:
http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word/6383
2. Neale Donald Walsch, What God Wants, p. 144
3. From:
http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/08/change.htm
4. From:
http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1701506,00.html
5. From:
http://www.rethinkconference.com/content/view/1/2/
6. From:
https://www.oprah.com/plugger/templates/BeOnTheShow.jhtml?action=respond&plugId=302200005
7. From:
http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word/6414
8. From
www.inthenameofpurpose.org/arkofoneness.pdf
9. Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, The Rays and the Initiations, Part One, Fourteen Rules for Group Initiation, (Caux, Switzerland: Netnews Association and/or its suppliers, 2002),
http://www.netnews.org.
10. Alice Bailey, From Bethlehem to Calvary, Chapter Two - The First Initiation,
http://www.netnews.org.
11. Alice Bailey, From Bethlehem to Calvary, Chapter Seven; "Our Immediate Goal," http.//www.netnews.org
12. Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, Esoteric Psychology I, Foreword, (Caux, Switzerland: Netnews Association and/or its suppliers, 2002),
http://www.netnews.org.
13.Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, The Externalization of the Hierarchy, Section II, The General World Picture,
http://www.netnews.org
14. "God," as quoted by Neale Donald Walsch, Friendship with God, p. 404.
15. Leonard Sweet, Soul Tsunami, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1999), p. 17, 34, 75.

Related:
Todd Bentley and Contemplative Spirituality

 

 

Pastors and Leaders from Around the World Sign New Covenant with Rick Warren for PEACE Coalition

LTRP Note: The following out-of-house news release is for informational purposes and is not an endorsement of Rick Warren's new PEACE Coalition.

by Larry Ross Communications

Ministry and Marketplace Leaders from 39 Countries and 50 States Sign Shared Mission Covenant for the Global Glory of God

LAKE FOREST, CALIF., May 24, 2008 - Over 1,700 leading pastors, business and Christian institutional leaders from 39 countries and all 50 states gathered in Lake Forest, California, May 20-22, to create The P.E.A.C.E. Coalition, a new international alliance of churches, businesses, ministries, universities, and other institutions.

The launch of the P.E.A.C.E. Coalition occurred at a three day Purpose Driven Network Summit hosted by Saddleback Church where Dr. Rick Warren is the founding pastor. The coalition will cooperate in a global mission strategy called the P.E.A.C.E. Plan, which is a massive, long range effort to mobilize one billion Christians in local churches around the world to copy Jesus' model of ministry.
Click here to read this entire release.

 

Announcing Summer 2008 Book Release: Things We Couldn't Say

Lighthouse Trails Presents:

Things We Couldn't Say by Diet Eman - August 2008

This is the true story of Diet Eman, a young Christian woman who joined the Christian resistance movement in the Netherlands during WWII. Together with her fiancé and other Dutch men and women, "Group Hein" risked their lives to save the lives of Jews who were in danger of becoming victims of Hitler's "final solution."

Things We Couldn't Say is an endearing and moving love story that occurs in the midst of extreme danger and often unbearable circumstances and loss. Before the war ends, Eman, her fiancé, and several in their group are arrested and sent to concentration camps - many of them lose their own lives.

This story will help us remember a time in history that should not be forgotten and will inspire us to live more courageously and stand for what is right, doing so by the power and grace of God. Things We Couldn't Say is a powerful illustration of II

Corinthians 12:9, which states: "And he [the Lord] said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."


Things We Couldn't Say
ISBN 978-0-9791315-7-8
Retail $14.95, 352 pages
August 2008
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Book Spotlights

 

Book Spotlights

These two important books expose the truth about contemplative spirituality, spiritual formation, and the new age.
A Time of Departing and For Many Shall Come in My Name

HOLOCAUST: LEST WE FORGET
A true story that will change your life and challenge your faith ..

"Will sweep you into 1930s Germany and back with your faith intact ... [Trapped in Hitler's Hell] carries a stark message for today's Western Christian ... will refocus your priorities and recharge your spiritual life."-Leo Hohmann, Read entire review at The Messianic Times   Trapped in Hitler's Hell

See all books and DVDs on the Holocaust

The Other Side of the River by Alaskan Kevin Reeves  

When mystical experiences and strange doctrines overtake his church, one man risks all to find the truth ... a true story. Read more about this important book, especially now in light of the Todd Bentley "revival" in Florida.

Find out the truth about the emerging church and the avenues through which it is entering Christianity.

Faith Undone by Roger Oakland

Find out more about the book that tells it like it is.

 

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