Election is Over - What About the Department of Peace?
that the election is over, Lighthouse Trails has a question, and that is,
"What about the Department of Peace?" Most Christians have
probably never heard of it. Those who have been tracking the news through
Lighthouse Trails for some time most likely have. One thing that may happen
with the new administration is that the Department of Peace will become a
Right now in Washington DC, a group of New Age lobbyists are working
diligently to get the government to establish what they are calling the U.S.
Department of Peace. The chief lobbying organization--The Peace
Alliance--was founded by New Age leaders Marianne Williamson and Neale
Donald Walsch. In essence, the Department of Peace, should it become a
reality, will be a means to enforce New Age based hate crime legislation.
The legislation could very well lead ultimately to what Barbara Marx
Hubbard calls the selection process, which is based on the New Age belief
in order to stop the crises and turmoil in the world, all must go along
with the plan, and resistance of any kind will be intolerable. The
spiritual reasoning behind it is that unless humanity is enlightened to
realize its own divinity, the world will head into Armageddon, and those
who are self-centered (biblical Christians) are the only ones standing in
the way from the planet being saved. We, of course, know that God's enemy,
the devil, hates the Gospel and the messengers of this Gospel of true peace
(because of the atonement for sins by Jesus Christ).
With the increased voice and influence that Oprah Winfrey will most likely
gain because of the new president-elect, it seems inevitable that the
Department of Peace will come into place. Lighthouse Trails believes
this governmental body will dovetail at some point with Rick Warren's
global P.E.A.C.E. Plan. We can say this with the utmost confidence because
of Warren's efforts to bring about what he calls a three-legged stool
reformation where government, business (economy), and religion will come
together to solve the world's major problems. In addition, because of
Obama's support of Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan and his support for the $845 billion Global Poverty Act (which is bound to happen now), it's
very likely that Warren's peace plan will get a financial shot in the arm
from an Obama administration.
But let's take a closer look at the Department of Peace so that when it
comes to pass, we will have a better understanding of its significance.
In former New Age follower Warren Smith's 2002 book, Reinventing Jesus Christ,
he addresses the Department of Peace. Only back then it was called the The Global Renaissance Alliance, co-founded by New Age
leaders Marianne Williamson and Neale Donald Walsch. Here are Warren's
Williamson's radical transformation from a little known author appearing on
The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1992 to best-selling author, "spiritual
leader," and co-founder of The Global Renaissance Alliance has been
remarkable to say the least. As already noted, Winfrey's enthusiastic
public endorsement of Williamson's book, A Return to Love: Reflections
on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, made Williamson, her book,
and the Course instantly famous.
While A Return to Love made Williamson a key player in the
contemporary spiritual arena, a subsequent book, Healing the Soul of
America, has now brought Williamson and her "new gospel"
message into the political arena. The combined message of these two books
is that we, the people, can heal the soul of America and the soul of the
world if we "return to love" by accepting the [New Age] "new
gospel" along with its A Course in Miracles-based principles.
Because of the popularity of her books and her continued favored status in
the media, Williamson has fast become the unofficial ambassador for the
[New Age] "new gospel Christ."
After the events of September 11, 2001, Williamson became one of the
"experts" the media called upon to provide support to the nation
and to make suggestions about how we should spiritually respond to these
disastrous events. With everyone's heightened concern about terrorism and
the general state of the world, Williamson and other "new gospel"
activists are introducing spiritual strategies for America's future.
Suddenly, "spiritual politics" is center stage as the
"Christ" of the "new gospel" brings his updated
spiritual teachings into everyone's living room--whether people know it or
Desirous of establishing a single, unified organization to help create
peace, Marianne Williamson joined with Conversations with God author
Neale Donald Walsch to co-found The Global Renaissance Alliance. Alliance
members include a veritable "who's who" of best selling "new
age" authors and powerful "new gospel" advocates such as
Barbara Marx Hubbard, Gary Zukav, James Redfield, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer
and many others.
The Global Renaissance Alliance describes itself as a "citizen-based
network of spiritual activists" whose "mission is to make a stand
in our local and national communities for the role of spiritual principle
in solving the problems of the world."1 The unspecified "spiritual
principle" is the "new gospel" notion that we are all
"one" because we are all a part of "God."
Although the organization presents itself as an alternative to
"politics as usual," its members seem to maintain the old
political practice of not being very out front about their real agenda. As
expressed between the lines of their writings, one of the obvious goals of
the "new gospel" and of the Alliance organization is to
completely "reinvent" (if it were possible) the traditional
Gospel of Jesus Christ. While members teach that all paths lead to God,
they know that there is no place in their new spiritual world order for
those who insist that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Saviour.
The Alliance presents itself as a "grassroots" organization of
everyday folks, but it is important to remember that the Alliance is
spearheaded by a high level group of [New Age] "new gospel"
advocates who appear to be operating from a general blueprint channeled
from the spirit world years ago by esotericist and occultist, Alice Bailey, who is the author of many channeled
works. Her blueprint is continually being affirmed and updated by the
recent "new revelations" received by Schucman, Hubbard, Walsch,
Creme and others.... In a revealing passage in her book, Healing the
Soul of America, Williamson writes:
the appearances of history, there is a great and glorious unfolding plan
for the destiny of nations. According to the mystical traditions, God
carries this plan within His mind, seeking always, in every way, channels
for its furtherance. His plan for the evolution of humanity, and the
preparation of teachers to guide it, is called within the esoteric
traditions the Great Work.2
significance of Williamson, Walsch, Hubbard and other very influential
"new gospel" advocates choosing to demonstrate their unity and
oneness at this time through their global association cannot be overstated.
The amount of networking and mutual support among Alliance members is
widespread as they continue to join together in increasingly powerful ways
to put their "new gospel" agenda before an anxious world that is
searching for spiritual answers. Furthering their common cause, Walsch has
written the introduction to Hubbard's last two books, Conscious
Evolution and Emergence. Hubbard, in turn, recommends Walsch's
and Williamson's books in her writings. Williamson does the same with
Walsch and Hubbard. The three of them, in their mutual support of each
other, provide a strong nucleus for the Alliance's high-powered network of
[New Age] "new gospel" advocates, many of whom have bestsellers
and followings of their own.
The Alliance has definitely unified the "new gospel" leadership
over the last few years. However, it wasn't until after the events of
September 11 that they stepped forward in an even more significant and
public way to begin introducing their "new gospel" plan for the
conscious creation of world peace. (from Reinventing Jesus Christ, chapter 6)
was written by Warren Smith in 2002. In 2005, the Global Renaissance
Alliance changed its name to the Peace Alliance. Williamson joined forces
with people like news icon Walter Cronkite, Senator Dennis Kucinich, and a
number of well-known Hollywood stars and singers. The Global Renaissance
Alliance with its wide array of New Age leaders was too obvious. Now, the Peace Alliance has gathered a "respectable"
group of leaders, pressing forward with the same agenda as the Global
Renaissance Alliance. That agenda? According to Barbara Marx Hubbard and
former Global Renaissance Alliance board member, to "reorient our
great social and scientific capacities in alignment with Christ
consciousness as to transform this Earth (from the GRA website)
Today, Williamson's Department of Peace efforts (bill HR-808) has gained
the sponsorship and support of 70 U.S. Representatives. Incidentally, every one of
them except Rep. Wayne Gilchrest of Maryland, is a member of the Democratic
While Scripture instructs believers to pray for those in authority, it also
exhorts us to warn the church of grievous wolves and false doctrines, and
to defend the precious faith. Because so many Christian figures are leading
countless people toward the New Age/New spirituality, we are compelled to continue
our warnings. We know that salvation comes only to those who accept Jesus
Christ as Lord and Savior through faith by His grace - it is this Gospel
message we seek to preserve in such dark and trying times. Thus, while the
United States and the rest of the world move closer and closer toward a
false one world system and a false christ, we will continue speaking the
truth in love and boldness, exposing areas of darkness for the sake of the
saints and the hopeful salvation of many lost souls.
thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus
Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is
not in vain in the Lord. (I Corinthians 15:57-58)
1. Marianne Williamson, Imagine: What America Could Be in the 21st
Century (U.S.A.: Rodale, Inc.: Daybreak imprint, 2000), p. 413.
2. Marianne Williamson, Healing the Soul of America: Reclaiming Our
Voices as Spiritual Citizens (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000), p.
Update for Chapter 6, Reinventing Jesus Christ by Warren Smith
Global Peace Plans--Who Has Them and What's the Difference
Rick Warren--Seeking Unity to Reach "Critical
Movie Alert: The [Global] Shift Movie (Without
The Blood of the Saints
The Great Heretical Idea: Oprah and Eckhart Do the New Age
Thomas Keating and Other Mystics Come Together to Find
new spiritual energy is emerging in the country ... Just as the political
landscape is changing, so too is the spiritual landscape. We must tap this
new energy to gain a forward looking vision of how to advance our national
leaders gather in Aspen"
Group hopes to
discover collective voice
The Aspen Times, Aspen CO, Colorado
ASPEN - About 150 spiritual leaders from around the world have
descended upon Aspen, working together over four days to form a collective
voice of peace in an effort to bring healing to the nation, which is facing
Today marks the final day of the Global Peace Initiative of Women's
"Gathering Spiritual Voices of America," which is being held at
the Doerr-Hosier Center at the Aspen Institute.
The gathering was deliberately scheduled two days after the presidential
election. Organizers said that during the past several years, the nation
has become politically and religiously polarized. The initiative is an
effort to end the divisions by tapping the values shared by all religious
traditions and focusing on the vision of unity. Click here to read this entire article.
Rick Warren and the Aspen Institute - 2005
The Unbiblical Theological Implications of The Shack
(Part 3: Universal Reconciliation in The
Writing from the standpoint of being a one time "theological
buddy" of Paul Young, author of The Shack, James De Young notes
that the "the most serious error is Paul's embrace of Universal
Reconciliation which lies imbedded in the book." When applied to
Christianity, Universal Reconciliation (UR) behaves like a computer virus
that first invades, and then infects the whole body of biblical Truth.
Contradicting distinctive Christian teachings, UR proposes a dialectic that
changes biblical beliefs about God's love and justice, Jesus' atonement,
heaven and hell, and the balance between divine sovereignty and human
Divine Love and Justice
In the composite of His being, the loving God is interested in personal
relationships (John 1:12). But at the same time, He remains holy and just
(Isaiah 6:1-7; Genesis 18:25). At one and the same time, He is both
separate from and near to His creation and His creatures. At times, He even
becomes angry with people (Ezekiel 16:26; 38:17-23). After all, how should
God feel about and respond to the crimes and injustices He sees perpetrated
by one group or individual against others? Is He to idly stand by and let
the villains get away with it? If UR is true, then, yes. Love trumps anger
and justice. But if UR is not true, the answer is, no. Sooner or later, in
this life or the next, God will bring the bad guys to justice and punish
them. This is the wrath of God. But in sync with a UR worldview, The
Shack manifests aversion to the idea of divine wrath.Click here to read this entire article.
More on The Shack
A New Day
A New Day
A post-election letter
((Taken from Kjos Ministries website)
Well, the vote is counted, and we have a new president. But Barak Obama is
only the "President of the United States of America."
I invite you all to look up to the throne of heaven, where the KING OF
KINGS sits. He will never be ousted. He will never lose to an opposing
side. He will never be successfully rebelled against, nor diminish in
power, ability, wisdom and might. He remains the same.
In essence, for born-again believers, nothing has changed for us in our
"real" world, a.k.a., the heavenly realm. This world and all
that's in it, with its lusts of the flesh and eyes, and the pride of life,
are passing fancies, as mist blown away in the wind. For us who believe on
Jesus Christ, and are born-again by His Spirit, we have an eternal
inheritance waiting for us in heaven. Our "real home" is secure,
free from pain, torment, upheaval, and it's permanent.
And because we are children of a great King, we need not "change"
nor be dismayed because of these new circumstances. We have the Comforter,
Whom none other than our Lord and King has sent us -- the blessed Holy
Spirit sent to help us. We are not orphaned, abandoned, or alone. We are
adopted, and our adoptive Parent, God our Father, provides very well for
us. We have God's Word in our hearts to strengthen and guide us. We have a
never-ending supply of grace and enabling from on high!
Imagine! Paul wrote to believers encouraging them to pray for those in
authority, and Peter talked about those who disrespected
"dignities" and what a no-no that was even though the apostles
lived in a day when tyrants were governing!! It was no different then than
we have now...yet the world was turned upside down by these devout and
devoted people of God, by the power of His Spirit and grace given them, at
such a time as that was!
All glory to God Who is ABLE to do such a mighty work in mere human flesh!
It is a tribute to His grace and power, and He is the same today
for as He was for them! Hallelujah!
Our mission is clear. By God's grace and Spirit, we must pray still, just
like we have been doing. Pray for president-elect Obama, his family, our
country, the world.
We give thanks in ALL things, for this is God's will concerning us.
We keep praising and worshipping with all our hearts in sincerity,
admiration, adoration, surrender to a great and Worthy Lord and King, Jesus
We grow in love and in grace daily in fellowship with the Lord and in His
Word, and encourage each other daily, as we see these things coming.
We share our faith with as many people as we can, for the door of the ark
One last thought: Jesus said that He would come back. There are certain
things that "must come to pass" before He does. Jesus told us
about this Matthew 24, i.e. Are we at the place described in Revelation 10,
"a mighty angel, with one foot on the land and one foot on the
sea....lifted up His right hand to heaven, and swore...there is no more
We must remember, our Lord longs to set up His Kingdom of peace, He longs
for us all to be together, He longs to put down all unrighteousness, and
put an end to those things that have troubled the apple of his eye: His
beloved people who know, trust and follow Him!
"Father, I will that where I am, there they be with me.... that they
may see my glory." John 17.
Maybe Jesus doesn't want this great day to be put off much longer. It is
His day, "The Day of the Lord!" I am not suggesting a day or time
for Christ's return. No man knows that. But we can seek for understanding
of the season that we are in! I want to be saying, with the Spirit,
"Even so, come Lord Jesus!"
We look up, for our Redeemer is coming.
May God Almighty, our great God and Father, and the Lord God and Reigning
Sovereign King, King Jesus Christ, embolden, encourage, and equip you
afresh today. May the mighty, irresistible power of the Holy Spirit dwell
in you richly. I ask the Lord to renew each of you by grace, and to make
each of you an honor and glory to Him each and every day, and to strengthen
you in the blessed hope we have because of Jesus Christ and what He did for
us all on Calvary!
In Christ Jesus,
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of
witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily
ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy
that was set before Him endured the cross..." Hebrews 12:1-2
(Taken from Kjos Ministries website
First Ever Catholic-Muslim Forum to Open at Vatican
CITY (AFP) - The Vatican's first-ever Catholic-Muslim forum kicks off
Tuesday, two years after Pope Benedict XVI sparked outrage among Muslims
for a speech seen as linking Islam with violence.
The three-day forum opens "a new chapter in the long history" of
dialogue between the two faiths, the head of the Catholic delegation,
Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, told the French Catholic daily La Croix.
Benedict will meet with the delegations on Thursday.
The Muslim side is led by the mufti of Bosnia, Mustafa Ceric, whose
spokesman Yahya Pallavicini told AFP the delegates "represent no state
and no ideological tendency."...
Muslims and Christians differ in their concept of God, and follow
"different paths to reach this God," said Tauran, the Roman
Catholic Church's pointman for dialogue with Islam. Click here to read more.
"Vatican officials and Muslim scholars will begin talks on November 4:
the fruit of the 'Common Word' initiative by 138 Islamic scholars and the
direct result of a papal invitation."1
Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, and other Christian Leaders
Invite Muslims to Share "Common Love for God"
Understanding Mantra Meditation
meditation most of us are familiar with involves a deep, continuous
thinking about something. But New Age meditation does just the opposite. It
involves ridding oneself of all thoughts in order to still the mind by
putting it in the equivalent of pause or neutral. A comparison would be
that of turning a fast-moving stream into a still pond. When meditation is
employed by damming the free flow of thinking, it holds back active thought
and causes a shift in consciousness. This condition is not to be confused
with daydreaming, where the mind dwells on a subject. New Age meditation
works as a holding mechanism until the mind becomes thoughtless, empty and
two most common methods used to induce this thoughtless state are breathing
exercises, where attention is focused on the breath, and a mantra, which is
a repeated word or phrase. The basic process is to focus and maintain concentration
without thinking about what you are focusing on. Repetition on the focused
object is what triggers the blank mind.
mantras are central to New Age meditation, it is important to understand a
proper definition of the word. The translation from Sanskrit is man,
meaning to think and tra, meaning to be liberated from. Thus, the word
literally means to escape from thought. By repeating the mantra, either out
loud or silently, the word or phrase begins to lose any meaning it once
had. The conscious thinking process is gradually tuned out until an altered
state of consciousness is achieved. But this silence is not the final
objective; its attainment is only a means to an end. What that end entails
was aptly described by English artist Vanora Goodhart after she embarked on
the practice of zen meditation. She recounted:
[A] light began seeping through my closed
eyelids, bright and gentle at first, but growing more and more intense ...
there was a great power and strength in this Light ... I felt I was being
drawn upwards and in a great and wonderful rush of power that rose
eventually to a crescendo and bathed me through and through with glorious,
burning, embracing Light.
experiences as this are what New Age mysticism is really all about ... not
just believing in some doctrine or a faith that is supported by some creed
but rather a close personal contact with a powerful Presence. The renowned
occultist Dion Fortune acknowledged: "shifting the consciousness is
the key to all occult training." In other words, meditation is the
gateway to the "light" Goodhart experienced.
The ultimate objective
of the meditation effort lies in the concept called the higher self. This
is thought to be the part of the individual linked to the divine essence of
the Universe, the God part of man. The goal is to become attuned with the
higher self, thus facilitating the higher self's emergence into the
physical realm bringing the practitioner under the guidance and direction
of God. This connection is referred to in New Age circles as: awakening,
transformation, enlightenment, self-realization, cosmic consciousness and
superconsciousness. This is also why an interchangeable term for New Age is
metaphysics. Metaphysics means that which is beyond the physical realm (the
unseen realm) and being intimately connected to those powers not perceived
by the normal five senses.-Ray Yungen, A Time of Departing, chapter 1
Letters to the Editors - Colleges Gone Astray -
Students Being Warned
Two letters written to Lighthouse Trails recently (similar
to many others we receive):
To Lighthouse Trails:
just looked at your
list of colleges and seminaries that are joining with
the Emergent church movement. I am shocked and horrified. Moody Bible,
Taylor University (my children attended Taylor in the 1990s) and so many
more that at one time were considered very sound. Are there any left who
are trustworthy? This is all happening so fast, the Lord's return must be
near, very near. I'm sorry to say I believe my own church has bought into
this lie from the pit of hell, and no doubt I will be forced to leave soon.
So few people see what is happening. Sometimes I wonder if I am the one who
is off base but then I look at the Word of God and know that is not the
case. Thank you for keeping us informed of this terrible deception. I am
praying for you and thanking God for your faithfulness to His Word.
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To Lighthouse Trails:
Lighthouse Trails has been an invaluable resource to me over the past
three years. Many of my friends and family have benefited greatly from your
website and books. The most recent example is a young woman in my church
who read A Time of Departing and has been warning and informing her
friend who attends Biola. This friend then informed another friend at Biola
who is very concerned and is asking for more information. Another example
is a young man from my church who began attending Point Loma University in
August. His mother and grandparents were able to warn him and prepare him
to stand against the contemplative spirituality at that university thanks
to information from Lighthouse Trails. I could give many more examples. The
Lord is using your ministry in countless ways to warn and equip his people.
I can't begin to express how thankful I am for your extremely important
service to the body of Christ. May He bless you abundantly as you continue
to faithfully serve Him!
An Unchanging God in Unchanging Times
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
For the past several months we have been praying that God would have mercy
on our country and give us what we need and not what we deserve. We now
know that we have been given what we deserve. But let us not lose hope,
"for our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for
a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ" (Phil. 3:20). "Let us keep
living by that same standard to which we have attained...For many walk, of
whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies
of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their
appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly
things" (Phil. 3:16-19).
Remember that "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in
trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change (Psalm
As a shadow of spiritual darkness continues to creep across our country, we
must recognize the great opportunity we have as Christians to reflect the
glorious light of our Savior. He is still our King and He has declared
victory over the devil and his schemes. So let us be encouraged:
"The light of the righteous rejoices, but the lamp of the wicked goes
out" (Prov. 13:17).
Remember Paul's exhortation, "Put on the full armor of God,
that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our
struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against
the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the
spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up
the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and
having done everything, to stand firm" (Eph. 6:10-13).
Let us remember what children of the King are called to be! "You
are the salt of the earth...You are the light of the world...Let your light
shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and
glorify your Father who is in heaven" (Mat. 5:13-16).
"In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not
be afraid. What can mere man do to me?" (Psalm 56:4)
A Fellow Servant of the King,
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