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August 31, 2007

 

In This Issue -

Traditional Church Joins with Emerging Church - Wave of the Future?

Image of "Jesus" Reported on Host

Christian Yoga: Rooted in Hinduism/Occultism

New Hymnal Proposed for United Methodist

Transcendental Meditation Appears in Classrooms - Washington, DC

Erwin McManus Teams Up with Robert Schuller - Could Have Far-Reached Effects

The Story of A Martyr

The Truth Behind the Emerging Church

"The Secret" Inspirers Join Heavy-Hitting New Agers for Conference

Young Christian Woman Withdraws from Moody Bible Institute Because of Contemplative Promotion

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This summer Interbay Covenant Church, a 65-year old traditional church, joined up with Quest Church, an emerging church in the Seattle area. Calling the merger "a miracle," Quest pastor and founder Eugene Cho admits the churches are very different but states:

[I]n the midst of that difference, what we know without a shadow of a doubt is that we share our faith and love in and for the same Jesus. 1

Quest Church describes itself as:

... an urban and multiethnic church in Seattle striving to be an incarnational presence in a fast changing postmodern and postchurch culture. Our purpose is very simple: the human soul, community, compassion and justice, and global presence. 2

In an article titled "Companions in Seattle," it stated:

[Interbay Covenant pastor Ray] Bartel said it took a while for Interbay's leadership to warm up to this idea of "giving themselves away" for the greater kingdom. After some initial resistance, Bartel said the final vote was 92 percent in favor of joining Quest.

On Pastor Cho's blog, he explains that eventually Interbay Covenant gave all their assets to Quest. He states:

In closing their church and merging with Quest, Interbay gave to Quest ALL of their assets which includes a church building and small warehouse conservatively valued at $6 million dollars. 3

Both Interbay Covenant and Quest Church are part of the Evangelical Covenant denomination. The Evangelical Covenant Church has been in existence since 1885. Recently, their president, Glenn R. Palmberg, was one of the signers in a letter to the President, calling for a Palestinian state. 4

Regarding the emerging church movement, a 2004 Evangelical Covenant Church Resolution stated:

Whereas the emerging generation is largely lacking in the current church population, and the emerging voice must be heard to sustain the future of the Church,

Whereas the Evangelical Covenant Church has already voiced and begun to embody it's commitment to developing emerging leaders throughout our church by emphasizing this issue at Midwinter, engaging in the conversation at the seminary level, and making it one of the seven distinctives of our church mission.5

The outcome of this resolution can possibly be seen through articles on the denomination's website, such as this 2006 article by emerging leader Scot McKnight called "A look at the emerging church movement." 6

Sadly, a search on Evangelical Covenant's main site reveals a propensity toward contemplative spirituality (an earmark of the emerging church). One article called < a href="http://www.covchurch.org/cov/resources/shared/silent-retreat-ideas">Silent Retreat Ideas lists "wonderful resources" by mystics Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen. Another article titled "Labyrinth Serves as 'Guided Prayer Walk'" encourages church members to "walk the labyrinth." 7 And yet another article, "Centering Prayer: Rediscovering God's Presence" talks about the contribution mystic Thomas Keating has made to the centering prayer movement and encourages readers to "learn more." And we could list article after article of a similar nature.

Clearly, the Evangelical Covenant denomination is embracing contemplative spirituality and the emerging church, which would explain why The Quest has been able to successfully absorb the 65 year old traditional Interbay Covenant. We just wonder though, did Interbay's members realize what they were getting into? Did they realize they were heading straight into a mystical spirituality which caused Henri Nouwen to eventually say:

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.—From Sabbatical Journey, Henri Nouwen's last book, page 51, 1998 Hardcover Edition

To understand why contemplative spirituality and the emerging church are mystical in nature and contrary to the Word of God, read A Time of Departing and Faith Undone. If you are an Evangelical Covenant pastor or elder, we will send you a complimentary copy of one of these books at your request. Please email us.

 

Image of "Jesus" Reported on Host

by Roger Oakland

 Understand The Times has been sounding the alarm with regard to alleged appearances of the "Eucharistic Christ" in reference to the warning given by Jesus, Matthew 24: 24-26:

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

The following article provides an example of what to expect in the future as "lying signs and wonders" associated with false appearances of a "Jesus" will become more prevalent.

http://www.star-telegram.com/news/v-print/story/215660.html

LAREDO -- The Rev. Jose Maria Weyne had an unusual question for his congregation to open Wednesday's morning Mass.

"Who saw something out of the ordinary here?" he asked the group of about 70 faithful, pointing to the altar at the Laredo Medical Center chapel.

Thirty people raised their hands, saying they could see the image of Jesus Christ. Click here to read more.

Christian Yoga: Rooted in Hinduism/Occultism

 by Chris Lawson (SRN)

 

Dear reader, the following article has been written in order to convey information about the unbiblical practice of Christian Yoga. Sadly, many professing Christians in the church are too undiscerning to know any better. Even Hindu's recognize that "Christian Yoga is still Hindu."

This article is also written with heartfelt grief and concern for those whom I have lovingly warned about the dangers of yoga, but who have rejected biblical counsel, pastoral exhortation, brotherly advice, testimony of destroyed lives, written warnings from yogi's of the dangers involved with yoga, etc. This past year I have received several emails from people whose lives have become dismantled due to yoga practice.

Others, thinking they know better, have laughed at me and said that I don't know what I am talking about. Some have even gone so far as to ignorantly state that hatha yoga is just "exercise" and cannot harm anybody.

Although this article is in two parts, it is not meant to be a full length biblical critique on Christian yoga. Rather, it is meant to serve as a wake up call and warning to all who profess to be Christian--and yet find themselves "Stretching out in Worship" through yogic poses (asanas) and breath control techniques (pranayama). If any professing Christian can still justify doing yoga after reading this and the forthcoming articles, they might want to think twice about which Jesus they worship. The Jesus of the Bible does not and will never endorse any kind of yoga. Yoga, in any way, shape or form, has the ability to corrupt the mind and undo a Christian's faith. It has as its goal the conversion
of individuals to an occult, pantheistic world view. As we shall see, Christian Yoga, like all yoga, is part of the occult based Hindu religion. Re-labeling yoga for undiscerning westerners doesn't change the facts. Yoga is yoga!
Click here to read more.

Click here for part 2.

 

New Hymnal Proposed for United Methodist

By Andrew J. Schleicher

"would better serve contemplative settings such as Taize worship"

[A] new hymnal would include musical styles such as jazz, spirituals and contemporary harmonies and a greater variety of accompaniment settings for guitars, keyboards and percussion instruments. It also would draw more music from racial/ethnic communities and would better serve contemplative settings such as
Taize worship and special services for baptism and communion. Click here for entire article.

 

Warning: Transcendental Meditation Appears in Classrooms - Washington, DC


NPR Radio
by Alison Brody
The spiritual practice popularized in the 1960s and known as Transcendental Meditation is showing up in elementary school classrooms. Teachers have students use the practice between classes to help quiet their minds, but some opponents claim the practice is religious and say it violates separation of church and state.
Click here to read.

Feature article: "Transcendental Meditation Appears in the Classroom"

Click here to listen to the audio of this article.

 

Erwin McManus Teams Up with Robert Schuller - Could Have Far-Reached Effects

In January 2008, the Rethink Conference will take place at Robert Schuller's Crystal Cathedral. According to Church Communication Network (CCN), the event will be hosted by Robert Schuller and Erwin McManus.

On the Rethink Conference website, the event is described as: "Leading Thinkers and Influencers offer a perspective you may never have imagined." These thinkers and influencers include a wide array of prominent personalities such as Kay Warren, Chuck Colson, former president H.W. Bush, Larry King, John and Nancy Ortberg, Rupert Murdoch, Gary Smalley, and of course hosts Robert Schuller and Erwin McManus. While at first glance there might appear to be little, if anything, in common between these speakers. However, a number of them do have one thing in common, and that is a propensity toward contemplative (i.e., mystical) spirituality. Those would include Kay Warren, the Ortbergs, Erwin McManus, Robert Schuller, Dan Kimball, and H.B. London Jr. (Focus on the Family).

According to the conference site, "If you want to increase your influence as a leader in an ever-changing culture, then ... Rethink gives you the tools and perspectives you need to lead today." The event is designed for pastors and leaders in particularly, and promises that even theologically conservative pastors will feel comfortable. Ironically enough, many of the speakers whom Christian pastors and leaders might be more willing to trust (those who are professing Christians) may be the very ones who will pass on a mystical perspective. For instance, H.B. London Jr. is an avid promoter of Richard Foster's spiritual formation, and Erwin McManus, who says it is his goal to destroy Christianity, claims that the core of his book, The Barbarian Way, is mysticism.2 Kay Warren recommends Henri Nouwen's contemplative book, In the Name of Jesus, and her husband Rick Warren has supported the contemplative (spiritual formation) movement for years (see ATOD, ch. 8)

While Robert Schuller will be representing Christianity as well, he too has a long history of mystical affinities. Listen to Ray Yungen explain:

[W]hat many might not know about Schuller is his New Thought proclivities. Interspiritual scholar Marcus Bach once related the following incident that took place at a Unity church in Hawaii in which Bach was speaking:

Dr. Schuller attended the first of three services, this one at 7:30 am. When we shook hands at the door, he tarried to assure me how much Unity principles meant to him and how helpful they had been to him in his work.

What could some of these Unity principles be? Bach explains:

Hinduism's emphasis on meditation fit[s] well into Unity's patterns for enlightenment.

This is one of the major principles that Schuller was making reference to. In his own book, Prayer: My Soul's Adventure with God, he says:

Move into mighty moods of meditation. Draw energy from centers of sacred solitude, serenity, and silence... Find yourself coming alive in the garden of prayer called meditation.... Yes, the "New Agers" have grabbed hold of meditation.... Hey, Christian! Hear me! Let's not give up the glorious, God-given gift of meditation by turning it over to those outside our faith.

The point that Schuller misses is that meditation is what makes a person a New Ager! This perspective is something to consider in light of the quarter million pastors who have trained and been mentored under Schuller at his Leadership Institute.

The Rethink Conference is bringing together leaders from several different philosophical and religious camps under the auspices of Robert Schuller. If one wonders what his purpose is, that answer might be found in his book, My Journey, when he states:

I met once more with the Grand Mufti (a Muslim), truly one of the great Christ-honoring leaders of faith.... I'm dreaming a bold impossible dream: that positive-thinking believers in God will rise above the illusions that our sectarian religions have imposed on the world, and that leaders of the major faiths will rise above doctrinal idiosyncrasies, choosing not to focus on disagreements, but rather to transcend divisive dogmas to work together to bring peace and prosperity and hope to the world.... p. 502

Standing before a crowd of devout Muslims with the Grand Mufti, I know that we're all doing God's work together. Standing on the edge of a new millennium, we're laboring hand in hand to repair the breach." p. 501

What is really taking place at the Rethink Conference is the reality of Schuller's dream that there be a global unity among all religions and beliefs and that all these paths lead to the same God (i.e., "we're all doing God's work" and all these paths can "bring peace and prosperity and hope to the world.") The glue is mysticism, and this is what is being inculcated at the Rethink Conference. The effects of this could be far-reaching as you can see by the earlier quotes.

For more information on interspirituality, click here.


 

The Story of A Martyr

One of the Anabaptists who died in flames was Dirk Willem. His story is particularly touching, because he forfeited a real chance to escape when he turned back to help one of his pursuers.

Dirk was captured and imprisoned in his home town of Asperen in the Netherlands. Knowing that his fate would be death if he remained in prison, Dirk made a rope of strips of cloth and slid down it over the prison wall. A guard chased him.

Frost had covered a nearby pond with a thin layer of ice. Dirk risked a dash across it. He made it to safety, but the ice broke under his pursuer who cried for help. Dirk believed the Scripture that a man should help his enemies. He immediately turned back and pulled the floundering man from the frigid water.

In gratitude for his life, the man would have let Dirk escape, but a Burgomaster (chief magistrate) standing on the shore sternly ordered him to arrest Dirk and bring him back, reminding him of the oath he had sworn as an officer of the peace. Click
here to read the rest.

 

The Truth Behind the Emerging Church 

 Roger Oakland's new book answers the following questions:

 

1. How did the emerging church gain momentum and who were the key players that helped accomplish it?

 

2. What exactly are "non-baptized believers"?

 

3. What are some of the mystical practices that earmark the emerging church?

 

4. What contribution do the early "church fathers" make to the modern day emerging church movement?

 

5. What are the global plans of the Catholic church, and how does the evangelical church (and the emerging church) fit in?

 

6. In what ways is Rick Warren an integral part of the emerging church and how is he helping to promote its agenda?

 

For the answers to these and many more questions, read Faith Undone, released summer 2007.

 

"The Secret" Inspirers Join Heavy-Hitting New Agers for Conference


Esther and Jerry Hicks, inspirers for Rhonda Byrne's best selling book and DVD, The Secret, will be joining today's most prominent New Agers for an October conference. The
"I Can Do It" event will take place in Florida and speakers include Wayne Dyer, Marianne Williamson, Sonia Choquette (tantric sex proponent), and several other influential mystics/New Agers.

Many people, including many professing Christians, do not consider The Secret to be a New Age teaching. However, the Hicks admit they are influenced by a group of spirit guides called Abraham. Rhonda Byrne gives credit to both the Hicks and the "teachings of Abraham" for inspiring her to produce The Secret, which has been at the top of the New York Times Best Sellers list for many months and has millions of copies now in print and production.

For more understanding and information on The Secret, click here.

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The Secret: A New Era for Mankind

 

 

Young Christian Woman Withdraws from Moody Bible Institute Because of Contemplative Promotion

Lighthouse Trails has been contacted by the family of a young Christian woman who was enrolled at Moody Bible Institute, where she hoped to obtain her nearly-reached degree. This week the young woman learned that the college (and at least one of the classes she was registered for) was promoting contemplative spirituality. According to the young woman (who we corresponded with), upon learning this, she spoke with various school officials about the situation. After coming to the conclusion through these meetings that Moody would at this time continue in the direction it was going, the young woman prayerfully decided she could not compromise her faith by receiving a degree from an institution that was promoting these teachings. This week, she withdrew herself from this fall's upcoming classes and will now search for another Christian college. We commend this young Christian woman for her courage to stand. Although her words may have fallen on deaf ears, we believe the Lord has seen her faith. We pray that the leaders and professors at Moody Bible Institute will also take a stand to defend the faith by renouncing contemplative spirituality.

Two of the books being used by MBI that the young woman challenged are In the Name of Jesus, by Henri Nouwen (in which he says we need to move from the moral to the mystical and that Christian leadership should turn to contemplative for direction)and Captivating, by
John Eldredge. The following article, which we originally posted in September of 2006, documents and further confirms the direction in which MBI is heading:

Moody Bible Institute - Whatever Happened?

Moody Bible Institute has been around for a very long time and has enjoyed a respected reputation in the Christian community at large. Their mission statement admirably says they exist "to equip and motivate people to advance the cause of Christ through ministries that educate, edify and evangelize." However, as with so many Christian colleges and seminaries, MBI is more than dabbling with contemplative, thus putting the school at risk of falling into that seductive trap that looks and feels so right but in actuality is so deceptive and spiritually harmful.

Midday Connection, a ministry of Moody Bible Institute, is featuring an author (and a guest on their show) who promotes contemplative spirituality, Keri Wyatt Kent. Wyatt Kent is a writer for Willow Creek Community Church and often speaks on spiritual formation. Her recent book, Listen: Finding God in the Story of Your Life (published by the emerging/contemplative promoting publisher, Jossey-Bass), teaches readers to "listen" to God through "spiritual practices," including the practice of silence. The author quotes extensively throughout the book both contemplatives and New Agers, including Henri Nouwen, M.Scott Peck, Sue Monk Kidd, Anne Lamott, Julia Cameron, Rick Warren, Richard Foster, Ruth Haley Barton, and Eugene Peterson.

When Midday Connection (MBI ministry) was recently asked about their obvious promotion of Wyatt Kent and of contemplative spirituality, they stated that they were committed to spiritual formation and named "solid guests" like Larry Crabb and Dallas Willard who were teaching people "spiritual disciplines." They said they were just "re-stating some old truths in new ways." It makes sense that they would use Larry Crabb as an example of these "new ways." Crabb, in the foreword of a book (Sacred Companions) by contemplative-promoting David Benner, said that it was time to get rid of the old written code and replace it with new ways of practicing spirituality. Even still, it is surprising that Moody would call Larry Crabb and Dallas Willard "solid guests ... "who recognize the need to teach people spiritual disciplines." We know that spiritual disciplines, according to Crabb and Willard, include the silence (i.e., contemplative). (See also the Midday Connection Recommended Reading List.)

Moody Conferences (another ministry of MBI) has a list of several speakers they use at their various conferences. One of them, Dan Allender (Mars Hill Graduate School)promotes contemplative spirituality and the emerging church. Another speaker, Robert Webber [now deceased], has the Ancient-Future Worship ministry and is [was] a strong promoter of the emerging church. In an upcoming conference presented by Webber, he includes Brian McLaren as a speaker.

Unfortunately, Moody's promotion of contemplative doesn't stop there. In the July 2006 issue of Moody Publisher's magazine, Today in the Word, there is favorable mention of Gary Thomas' book, Sacred Pathways, (in which Thomas recommends repeating a word or phrase for 20 minutes) and Habits of a Child's Heart: Raising Your Kids with the Spiritual Disciplines by Valerie Hess. On Amazon, it states that Hess's book is based on Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline.

Moody Bible Institute Graduate School has joined in too -- there is a Department of Spiritual Formation, (p. 14) and a Master of Arts Degree in Spiritual Formation and Discipleship (MASF/D). A number of contemplative authors are used in these programs (Nouwen, Benner, Willard, Foster, etc.).

While it may seem that Moody has just recently come to the contemplative table, that is not actually so. In 1987, Moody Monthly wrote an endorsement for Sue Monk Kidd's book, God's Joyful Surprise. In this book, one of Monk Kidd's earlier books, she unfolds her journey into contemplative spirituality, largely from reading Thomas Merton and other contemplative authors. Once a conservative Southern Baptist Sunday School teacher, today she promotes neo-paganism and goddess worship. This is what Moody Monthly wrote on the back cover of God's Joyful Surprise nearly two decades ago:

Carefully avoiding a how-to approach [Kidd] suggests some disciplines for cultivating an interior quietness and a richer personal experience of God's love. Her writing, well-balanced by the wisdom of writers like Brother Lawrence, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Henri Nouwen is alive with humorous anecdotes. (more on this )

We can only hope that Moody Bible Institute will not stray any further along the contemplative path but will return to the foundation that its founders set.

For more information on the spirituality of Henri Nouwen, click here.

 

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Faith Undone, our newest release, has had to go to a second printing after just one month. We believe this hard-hitting, well-documented book is in such demand because believers want to learn the truth about the emerging church that incorporates mysticism, Purpose Driven, global ecumenism and more.

 

If you haven't read Faith Undone, we encourage you to do so. One of the reasons the book is selling so fast is because many people and many churches are buying multiple copies to give to others. We strive at Lighthouse Trails to keep our book prices low, as well as offer large discounts for quantity orders, so that our books can be available to all who wish to read them.

 

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Lighthouse Trails Publishing is pleased to announce the release of Faith Undone by Roger Oakland. 

 

Is the emerging church movement just another passing fad, a more contemporary approach to church, or a bunch of disillusioned young people looking for answers? In fact, it is actually much broader and is influencing Christianity to a significant degree. Grounded in a centuries-old mystical approach, this movement is powerful, yet highly deceptive, and it draws its energy from practices and experiences that are foreign to traditional evangelical Christianity. The path that the emerging church is taking is leading to an interfaith perspective that has prophetically profound ramifications.

Discusses the following:

1. Ancient rituals and practices brought back to life

2.The Eucharistic Evangelization

3.The emerging road to Rome

4.Contemplative spirituality and mysticism

5.The emerging church's view of Hell and the Atonement

6.How the emerging church considers biblical prophecy and the future of planet Earth

7.The key catalysts of the emergent church

8.Purpose Driven ecumenism: Part of the emerging church's new reformation

9.How emerging spirituality is altering missions and evangelism

10.Understanding the emerging church in light of Bible prophecy

 

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ISBN: 978-0-9791315-1-6

Click here for more information and a chapter by chapter synopsis of Faith Undone.

 

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