Warren Teams Up with New Age Proponent Leonard Sweet
Rick Warren has invited New Age proponent Leonard Sweet to speak at the 2008 Saddleback Small
Groups Conference called Wired. 1 The theme of the conference is "Prepare your
church for spiritual growth and connectivity." Unfortunately,
spiritual growth and connectivity ala Leonard Sweet could be a
panentheistic, mystical dose of the New Age - and it isn't the first time
Warren has found comradeship with Sweet. As Ray Yungen explains in A
Time of Departing, Sweet and Warren came together in 1994 for their Tides
of Change audio series. Yungen describes Warren and Sweet's
relationship as well as Sweet's beliefs:
In the set, Warren and
Sweet talk about "new frontiers," "changing times" and
a "new spirituality" on the horizon.
Later, in Sweet's 2001 book, Soul Tsunami, Warren gives an
endorsement that sits on the back as well as on the front cover of the book.
Of the book, Warren says:
Leonard Sweet ... suggests
practical ways to communicate God's unchanging truth to our changing
Some of these
"practical ways" include using a labyrinth and visiting a
meditation center.2 Sweet also says, "It's time for a Post Modern
Reformation,"3 adding that "The wind of spiritual awakening is
blowing across the waters."4 He says that times are changing and you'd
better "Reinvent yourself for the 21st century or die."5
To better understand Leonard Sweet's spirituality, I would like to draw
your attention to a book he wrote a few years prior to The Tides of
Change audio set--Quantum Spirituality. I highly recommend you
take a look at this book yourself--Sweet has now placed the book on his
website at www.leonardsweet.com in a format easy to download, which, of course, shows that he still
promotes its message.
The acknowledgments section of Quantum Spirituality shows very
clearly Sweet's spiritual sympathies. In it, Sweet thanks
interspiritualists/universalists such as Matthew Fox (author of The
Coming of the Cosmic Christ), Episcopalian priest/mystic Morton Kelsey,
Willis Harman (author of Global Mind Change) and Ken Wilber (one of
the major intellectuals in the New Age movement) for helping him to find
what he calls "New Light."6 Sweet adds that he trusts "the
Spirit that led the author of The Cloud of Unknowing."7
In the preface of the same book, Sweet disseminates line after line of
suggestions that the "old teachings" of Christianity must be
replaced with new teachings of "the New Light." And yet these new
teachings, he believes, will draw from "ancient teachings" (the
Desert Fathers). This "New Light movement," Sweet says, is a
"radical faith commitment that is willing to dance to a new rhythm.8
Throughout the book, Sweet favorably uses terms like Christ consciousness
and higher self and in no uncertain terms promotes New Age ideology:
"[Quantum spirituality is] a structure of human becoming, a channeling
of Christ energies through mindbody experience."9
The Bible does not describe Jesus Christ as an energy channeling its way in
and through us. Without a doubt, this is New Age lingo. The wonderful thing
about the Gospel that is presented in Scripture is that Jesus Christ is
presented as a personal God who loves us and will have a relationship with
anyone who, by faith, comes to the Father through Him. This is where the
contemplatives have it wrong. They believe that through this meditative
prayer they can reach God.
Sweet also tells his readers that humanity and creation are united as one
and we must realize it. Once humanity comes to this realization, Sweet
Then, and only then, will a
New Light movement of "world-making" faith have helped to create
the world that is to, and may yet, be. Then, and only then, will earthlings
have uncovered the meaning ... of the last words [Thomas Merton] uttered:
"We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have
to recover is our original unity."10
Leonard Sweet is what could
be called an Alice Bailey Christian because his views on the role of
mysticism in the church are evident. He states:
Mysticism, once cast to the
sidelines of the Christian tradition, is now situated in postmodernist
culture near the center.... In the words of one of the greatest theologians
of the twentieth century, Jesuit philosopher of religion/dogmatist Karl
Rahner, "The Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic, one who has
experienced something, or he will be nothing." [Mysticism] is
metaphysics arrived at through mindbody experiences. Mysticism begins in
experience; it ends in theology.11
It is this same mysticism
(i.e., contemplative prayer) that I believe Rick Warren is also promoting.
Warren extends his promotion and endorsement of Sweet to his pastors.com
website. Nearly a dozen times Sweet is referred to positively,
including an article featuring Sweet and another article written by him.
(from chapter 8, A Time of Departing)
Leonard Sweet is a New Age
evangelist. For Rick Warren to have him as a speaker for the upcoming Wired
conference is a blatant move on Warren's part in his efforts to shift
Christianity into a New Age (or what he calls New Reformation) that will
help lead to possibly the greatest apostasy this world has ever seen. For
any church to still use Purpose Driven material and still promote Rick
Warren in any fashion makes that church just as guilty as Rick Warren
If you really want to know the direction Rick Warren is going toward, study
Leonard Sweet, Ken Wilber, and Alice Bailey. That will indeed show you a
picture of the Purpose Driven future and sad to say the future of thousands
of evangelical churches around the world.
For more information:
New Age Proponent Ken Blanchard Returns to Saddleback
Rick Warren Plays "Catch Me if You Can" While
1. Rick Warren, Soul Tsunami by Leonard Sweet (Grand Rapids, MI:Zondervan,
2. Ibid., Leonard Sweet, Soul Tsunami, op. cit., pp. 431, 432.
3. Ibid., p. 17.
4. Ibid., p. 408.
5. Ibid., p. 75.
6. Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality (Dayton, OH: Whaleprints, 1991),
7. Ibid., xi.
8. Ibid., Preface, p. 7.
9. Ibid., p. 70
10. Ibid., p. 13 in Preface.
11. Ibid., p. 76.
Warren, Bill Hybels, and other Christian Leaders Invite Muslims to
Share "Common Love for God"
LTRP Note: The Christian Post article
below is regarding a response by a significant number of evangelical
leaders who have said that Christians and Muslims need to come together
because they worship a common God. The response is to a document by Muslim
leaders titled "A
Common Word Between Us and You" Some of those who signed the Christian response are Rick
Warren, Brian McLaren, Bill Hybels, Leith Anderson and many others. One
thing most of the signers have in common, and that is their propensity
towards contemplative and/or emerging spiritualities.
By Ethan Cole
Christian Post Reporter
Christian leaders across denominational lines responded to the
unprecedented open letter signed last month by 138 representative Muslim
leaders with their own letter, calling on the two Abrahamic faiths to love
God and neighbors together.
Over 100 theologians, ministry leaders, and prominent pastors have thus far
signed the response letter issued by the Yale Center for Faith and Culture.
Signers include Jim Wallis, president of Sojourners; Rick Warren, founder
and senior pastor of Saddleback Church; John Stott, rector emeritus of All
Souls Church in London; and Leith Anderson, president of the National
Association of Evangelicals....
Christian leaders urged for an interfaith dialogue that moves beyond
"polite" ecumenical talks between selected leaders. Instead,
leaders of both faiths should hold dialogues to build relations that will
"reshape" the two communities to "genuinely reflect our
common love for God and for one another," the Christian letter state. Click
here to read the entire Christian Post article.
The entire "Christian Response" is posted on
the Yale Center for Faith & Culture. Click
Rick Warren (Southern Baptist, Sr. pastor Saddleback)
Bill Hybels (Willow Creek Association)
Leith Anderson (head of NAE and Wooddale Church)
Northwest University (Washington, AOG)
David Yonggi Cho (Korea)
Makoto Fujimura, Artist (Focus on the Family, The Truth Project)
Eastern Mennonite Mission
Rev. John A. Koski, Assemblies of God, Dearborn, MI
First Presbyterian- Vintage Faith Church, Santa Cruz, CA
ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America)
The Christian Century
Robert Schuller (Crystal Cathedral)
Regent College (BC)
Jim Wallis (Sojourners)
articles on Interspirituality
Contemplative Proponent J. P. Moreland Says Christians Too
Committed to the Bible
to a Christianity Today article, Biola University professor J.P. Moreland says evangelical Christians are too committed to the Bible.
His talk at a recent Evangelical Theology Society meeting was titled
"How Evangelicals Became Over-Committed to the Bible and What Can Be
Done About It." Quoting Moreland, the article states:
"In the actual practices of the Evangelical
community in North America, there is an over-commitment to Scripture in a
way that is false, irrational, and harmful to the cause of Christ," he
[Moreland] said. "And it has produced a mean-spiritedness among the
over-committed that is a grotesque and often ignorant distortion of
discipleship unto the Lord Jesus." The problem, he said, is "the
idea that the Bible is the sole source of knowledge of God, morality, and a
host of related important items. Accordingly, the Bible is taken to be the
sole authority for faith and practice."
While Moreland gives examples such as non-charismatics who
steer clear of any and all venues such as "impressions, dreams,
visions, prophetic words, words of knowledge and wisdom," there may be
more behind his statements than meets the eye. This idea of
"bibliolatry" (the idolizing of the Bible) did not originate with
Moreland. Several years ago contemplative Brennan Manning (who gets many of
his ideas from panentheist mystics like Thomas
Merton and William Shannon (Silence
on Fire) said this:
I am deeply distressed by what I only can call in our
Christian culture the idolatry of the Scriptures. For many Christians, the
Bible is not a pointer to God but God himself. In a word--bibliolatry. God
cannot be confined within the covers of a leather-bound book. I develop a
nasty rash around people who speak as if mere scrutiny of its pages will
reveal precisely how God thinks and precisely what God
wants."--Brennan Manning, Signature of Jesus, pp. 188-189
Some may agree with Manning and Moreland by saying that we
should not worship a leather bound book but rather the One who the book is
about. But few "over-committed" Bible-believing Christians would
argue with that. Christians who believe the Bible is the actual inspired
word of God know that it is the Jesus Christ proclaimed in that Bible that
is to be worshiped. But they also know that within the pages of the Bible
are the holy words, ideas, and truths of God. So for Moreland and Manning
to suggest that these types of Christians don't really worship God but
rather pages in a book is a complete misrepresentation of Bible-believing
There may be a logical reason why Moreland and Manning condemn those who
adhere to the Bible too strongly. Both have something in common - their
promotion of contemplative spirituality. And those who turn to
contemplative mysticism, often shift their focus from the moral (doctrine)
to the mystical (as Henri
Nouwen suggested). J.P. Moreland is in
the same camp as Manning. In Moreland's 2006 book, The Lost Virtue of
Happiness, he talks about rediscovering important spiritual principles
that have been lost:
In our experience, Catholic retreat centers [bastions of
mysticism] are usually ideal for solitude retreats... We also recommend
that you bring photos of your loved ones and a picture of Jesus... Or gaze
at a statue of Jesus. Or let some pleasant thought, feeling, or memory run
through your mind over and over again (pp. 54-55)....
Moreland and Issler provide tips for developing a prayer
life. Here are some of the recommendations they make:
1. "[W]e recommend that you begin by saying the Jesus Prayer about three
hundred times a day" (p. 90).
2. "When you first awaken, say the Jesus Prayer twenty to thirty
times. As you do, something will begin to happen to you. God will begin to
slowly begin to occupy the center of your attention" (p. 92).
3. "Repetitive use of the Jesus Prayer while doing more focused things
allows God to be on the boundaries of your mind and forms the habit of
being gently in contact with him all day long" (p. 93).
Moreland and Issler try to present what they consider a scriptural case that
repetitive prayers are OK with God. But they never do it! They say the
Jesus Prayer is derived from Luke 18:38 where the blind man cries out,
"Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me,"(p.90) but nowhere
in that section of the Bible (or any other section for that matter) does it
instruct people to repeat a rendition of Luke 18:38 over and over.
In a four-part article written by Moreland on Focus on the
Family website, Moreland encourages the spiritual disciplines. In Part II
of Moreland's article he says, "A spiritual discipline is a repetitive
practice." Moreland favorably references contemplative-promoter Dallas
Willard to describe the importance of
silence and solitude. He adds: "People are coming to see that repeated
bodily practice in the form of spiritual exercises/disciplines is at the
heart of spiritual transformation." 1Moreland's recent release, Kingdom Triangle, is also
quite telling. Dallas Willard wrote the foreword, and in an Amazon book
review, the reviewer states:
On page 159, Dr. Moreland encourages the reader to
participate in an unbiblical form of meditation which is more akin to the
religious practices of Yoga and Eastern mysticism than orthodox Biblical
Christianity where he details a 2-step process first alluded to in the Lost
Virtue of Happiness book. In step one, he tells the reader to
"[f]ocus the center of your attention on your physical heart
Moreland recommends Richard Foster and Henri Nouwen, which
makes sense - he co-authored a book with Dallas Willard ten years ago;
thus, he has been dancing in contemplative circles for sometime. That being
the case, it makes sense that he would say some Christians are
over-committed to the Bible. And that's something to think about.
To understand more about the contemplative idea of moving from the moral
(doctrine) to the mystical, read chapter 3 pages 61-64 (about Nouwen) of A
Time of Departing.
SHIRLEY MACLAINE'S "KARMA-GEDDON"
By: Attorney Constance Cumbey
I received my latest copy of U. S. News & World Report. It was supposed
to be about "Sacred Sites." Some, obviously, are not so sacred.
I'm still doing my browsing, but I was more than a little startled to see
the New Age community Crestone/Baca started and run by Hanne and Maurice
The Strong's are active with Lucis (Lucifer) Trust and I have written both
for my blogspot readers and NewsWithViews.com about their extremely deep
involvement with the "Maitreya the Christ" crowd. I have also
written about the "curious triangle" of former Canadian Prime
Minister Paul Martin, Maurice Strong, and Javier Solana.
Shirley MacLaine, another proponent of this whole awful scene is out and
about, featured on many talk shows about her new book, "Sage-ing While
Age-ing." Ms. MacLaine has a more than disturbing paragraph on pages
191-192 of her new book which I suspect reflects a growing broad consensus
in the New Age community. Click here to read this entire article.
LTRP Note: If you have not read Warren Smith's online (free) book, Reinventing Jesus Christ, this is the time to
A Note from Roger Oakland
I have returned from the conference I was speaking at in Rome, Italy and am
spending time with my family over the holidays. Please pray for me and my
entire family and the new direction for ministry that God is leading me in
With regard to my radio program being removed from KWVE radio, it is my
desire to be a vessel from God that can be used to promote truth in these
last days. I am very appreciative of the 20 years that I have been
affiliated with Calvary Chapel and the opportunities for ministry that God
has provided through Chuck Smith and the many Calvary Chapels that I have
spoken at around the world.
I am also very grateful to be partnered with Lighthouse Trails. We have no
agendas or motives other than to be used as vessels that can stand for what
Since six years ago when my 27 year old son, Bryce, suddenly went home to
be with the Lord, God has given me a special calling for these days in
which we find ourselves. I believe Jesus is coming soon. May He help each
believer to finish the race well.
Understand the Times
Worldwide Share Common Vision of Salvation through Diversity
"How the largest movement in the world came into
being, and why no one saw it coming." Blessed Rest, Paul Hawken
Paul Hawken, New Age promoter and author of the best-selling 1987 book, Growing
a Business, tells an audience that the world cannot be saved through a
single system but rather through the coming together of all peoples,
faiths, and beliefs. In a YouTube video clip, Hawken tells people that this
"coming world" will happen through a movement that consists of
over 130,000 organizations which are all working toward bringing peace and
unity to the earth.
For those who do not realize the seriousness of the days in which we live,
watch this video clip and then read this article by former New Age follower
Warren Smith, "The Era of the Single Savior is Over"
BOOK Review by Gary Gilley: For Many Shall Come in My Name
Book review of For Many Shall Come in My Name by Pastor Gary
Southern View Chapel
Yungen has done vast research into what is commonly called the New Age movement-"The
age of Aquarius, supposedly the Golden Age, when man becomes aware of his
power and divinity" (p. 108). The New Age movement, which came to the
surface of our awareness in the 1970s, is a fusing of Eastern and Western
New Age thought teaches that everything that exists, seen or unseen, is
made up of energy--tiny particles of vibrating energy, atoms, molecules,
protons, etc. All is energy. That energy, they believe, is God, and
therefore, all is God. They believe that since we are all part of this
God-energy, then we, too, are God. God is not seen as a Being that dwells
in heaven, but as the universe itself. According to one writer,
"Simply put, God functions in you, through you, and as you" (p.
Yungen devotes individual chapters to documenting New Age thought in
education, business, medicine, politics, the media, self-help/psychology,
and religion. The last three chapters contrast New Age thought with
Scripture, the last chapter presenting a clear gospel message. Click here to read this entire book review.
Church Offers Chico a Labyrinth
labyrinth is painted on a 34-by-34-foot canvas at Faith Lutheran Church in
August. A church in Chico plans to offer the community an ancient form of
healing. It's called walking the labyrinth.
People walk along a series of paths, just being quiet, or meditating or
praying. They may come away from the experience feeling nurtured and
peaceful, it's said.
Just what is a labyrinth? The dictionary defines it as "an intricate
structure of intersecting passages."
The Rev. Peg Schultz-Akerson of Chico's Faith Lutheran Church first learned
of the labyrinth from a book.
Like many people, she's received her share of books as gifts. Some get read
and set aside, some gather dust on shelves from day one, and once in a
great while, a gift book has a real impact.
For Schultz-Akerson, the book she received around 15 years ago titled
"Walking a Sacred Path" fell into the once-in-a-great-while
Written by an Episcopal priest, the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, the book also
has a subtitle: "Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual
Practice." Click here to read this entire article.
For information on labyrinths, click here.
David Jeremiah Quotes New Ager ...
A Mysterious Twist
It isn't the first time and may not be the last that
popular Christian preacher David Jeremiah quotes a New Ager. But this
incident has a mysterious twist. In the 11/19/07 Turning Point commentary, Jeremiah quotes the late New
Ager M. Scott Peck. Jeremiah, whose radio program is played on countless
Christian radio stations, has a record of quoting mystics and New Age
proponents (see timeline below). In his book Life Wide Open (2003, 2005), Jeremiah said that
the book was a road map to a more passionate life. Listing what he called a
handful of people who had learned the secret of a passionate life, Jeremiah
included New Agers, a Buddhist sympathizer, Rick Warren, and mystics. While
a report came out on this two years ago, to our knowledge Jeremiah has
never publicly commented about that book's content. On the contrary, he
continues to promote the book (see examples: 1, 2). In addition, he has defended the spirituality of New Age proponent Ken
Blanchard and continually promotes emerging church leader Erwin
could say, in Jeremiah's defense, that he isn't aware of what the New Age
is, let alone M. Scott Peck. But in Jeremiah's 1995 book, Invasion of
Other Gods (an excellent expose' of the New Age movement), Jeremiah
identifies not only the New Age movement but Peck as part of the New Age.
proclaim to be a Christian and yet embrace an incompatible non-Christian
pluralism, like M. Scott Peck, author of the bestselling book The Road
Less Traveled, who frequently uses Christian terminology and considers
himself a convert to Christianity and yet who inconsistently proclaims in
the sequel, Further Along the Road Less Traveled: "God, unlike
some organized religions, does not discriminate. As long as you reach out
to Her, She will go the better part of the way to meet you. There are an
infinite number of roads to reach God." (p. 18)
astounding! David Jeremiah called Peck for what he was 12 years ago, and
yet today, he quotes him, not in a critical manner but a favorable one (see more on the spirituality of M. Scott Peck). He
warned us about Peck's spirituality in 1995, and in 2007 he quotes him,
giving no warning at all. How could this be? What happened?
In Peck's book, Further Along the Road Less Traveled, he said:
"If the New Age can reform society rather than just adversely
challenge it then it can be extremely holy and desperately needed."
Does David Jeremiah realize he is helping to fulfill Peck's dream of a New
Age society by consistently quoting these New Age and emerging evangelists?
We beseech him to have his own turning point and once again begin to warn
about the New Age. It would have to include a warning about Erwin McManus (now a favorite of Jeremiah's) who said
it is his goal to destroy Christianity and who said mysticism is
at the core of his own spirituality (through his book, The
said that the ultimate goal of spiritual growth is for the individual to
become as one with God ... It is for the individual to become totally,
wholly God." M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled
Time Line of Jeremiah's Walk Towards Contemplative
2001 - Quotes Henri Nouwen in church services
2002 - Endorses back cover of Erwin McManus' book, Seizing Your Divine
2003, 2005 - In his book, Life Wide Open, Jeremiah favorably quotes the
following New Agers, Buddhists and contemplatives,( i.e. mystics):
Sue Monk Kidd
Peter Senge (Buddhist)
St. John of the Cross
2003 - David Jeremiah's
church, Shadow Mountain, encourages their men to become involved with
contemplative spirituality. Currently, Pastor John Gillette of Shadow
Mountain encourages the use of Richard Foster's book, Celebration of
2005 - Signs on with Ken Blanchard and Laurie Beth Jones in the Lead Like
2006 - David Jeremiah's New Book, Captured by Grace Discusses Henri Nouwen
and includes endorsement by Ken Blanchard
November 2006 - David Jeremiah Quotes Erwin McManus in Sermon
Throughout 2007 - Jeremiah continues to promote Life Wide Open
November 2007 - David Jeremiah quotes New Ager M. Scott Peck on Turning
Point, after identifying him as part of the New Age movement in 1995 in his
book, Invasion of Other Gods. Click here for links to the above timeline
Will Prairie Bible Institute Ignore Contemplative Problem?
In August 2007, Lighthouse Trails wrote a College Alert
about Alberta, Canada's Prairie Bible Institute. The article documented
numerous scenarios at Prairie that show the college is being influenced by
contemplative spirituality. However, in the most recent issue of Servant (Prairie's magazine), Prairie president Jon Ohlhauser discussed Lighthouse
Trails' article (not mentioning LT directly).1 Ohlhauser stated:
Unfortunately, the problem
with Christians acting out of mistaken perceptions still exists as a
significant stumbling block in the Body of Christ today.... This past
summer we received notice that a Christian organization had come to the
erroneous conclusion that Prairie had departed from our solid, historic
commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the authority of his Word.
While Lighthouse Trails did
not come to that conclusion, what was said was that Prairie is
"showing strong signs that it is going in a contemplative
direction." The Lighthouse Trails article gave several examples
where the college is promoting or incorporating contemplative spirituality,
but Ohlhauser did not address any of them, referring to them vaguely as
"misperceptions." Ohlhauser did what many in the Purpose Driven,
contemplative/emerging camps do when confronted by concerned believers. He
basically said that Lighthouse Trails (and those who do likewise): damage
God's purposes, accomplish the work of God's archenemy, and defame the name
of God. In other words, believers who are challenging contemplative
spirituality and the emerging church are abetting Satan.
What Olhauser did not do in his rebuttal though is speak about the issues
we laid out in our report. Here is a synopsis of the situation at Prairie
with regard to contemplative:
1. Quoting New Ager/goddess worshipper Sue Monk Kidd in their magazine from
her pro-Thomas Merton book God's Joyful Surprise.
2. Featuring a favorable story in their magazine about globalist/emerging
leader Bill Hybels and mystic promoter Philip Yancey.
3. A list of writers by Professor Ritchie White that includes: Eugene
Peterson, Annie Dillard, and Henri Nouwen (link now removed from website)
4. Prairie music instructor Vernon Charter using textbook by the late
emerging leader Robert Webber and a Supplementary Book list that includes
emerging leader Dan Kimball.
5. Prairie Christian Academy (a ministry of PBI) teacher and former PBI
instructor Dr. Steven Ibbotson teaches on the spiritual disciplines (ala
John Ortberg, et. al) and includes the discipline of "Silence and
6. In Mosaic (a Prairie student run paper that shows how the
students at Prairie have been very affected by contemplative/emerging
spiritualities) in a December 2006 article titled "The Arrogance of the Evangelical Church," Morgan Mosselman (listed as the Commissioner of Spiritual Life and officer
of the Prairie Student Union in the 2005-2006 Chapel handbook) suggests we can "learn
from our Catholic friends" in the area of spiritual life. Mosselman
then favorably refers to a man named Simon Chan. Chan is described as
"the world's most liturgically minded Pentecostal.2His book, Liturgical Theology 3 is a primer for the Catholic Eucharist and other
Catholic means of spirituality.
7. In that same issue of Mosaic, there is an article by
contemplative writer Lauren Winner (Girl Meets God). And in other
issues, regular columnists write about and quote from other mysticism
proponents such as Erwin McManus. (see our August article for more)
8. Prairie Bible Institute's textbook lists have authors that include contemplative
proponent John Ortberg, mystic promoter Jim Collins, and Richard Foster's colleague, Dallas Willard (Renovation of the Heart). They
also have textbooks by Ruth Haley Barton (trained at the interspiritual Shalem Institute), as well as Gary Thomas (Sacred
Pathways where he says to repeat a word or phrase for twenty minutes)
and Rick Warren (both whom avidly promote contemplative).
Ohlhauser said: "If only they had checked their perceptions before
sharpening their swords, the entire misunderstanding could have been
avoided." But we must ask the question, why didn't Ohlhauser address
any of these issues in his rebuttal? If he doesn't understand what
contemplative spirituality is, wouldn't it be a good idea for him to learn
about this so he can protect the precious minds of so many young people?
And if he does know what it is, then how can he say that Prairie is staying
the course of the biblical Jesus Christ while following the
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College Alert (August 2007): Prairie Bible Institute
College Alert: Briercrest College (Canada) Presses Forward
Southern Baptist Convention 'List of Colleges and
Universities' Contains Schools Promoting Yoga/New Age
Hindu paganism is alive and well at Shorter College
Christian Colleges that Promote Contemplative Spirituality
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Will the Evangelical
Church Help Usher in the "Age of Enlightenment" and the Coming
the early twentieth century, a figure who would have a major impact on the
Western esoteric movement came out of the occultic Theosophical Society.
The actual coining of the very term New Age has been attributed to her
writings. Her name was Alice Ann Bailey.
Born Alice LaTrobe-Bateman, in Manchester, England on June 16, 1880, she
grew up as a society girl and enjoyed all the privileges of the British
upper class. Being very religious, Alice met and married a man who later
became an Episcopal minister. In time, they moved to the United States.
When Alice's husband became physically abusive toward her, she fled from
him and settled with her three children in Pacific Grove, California.
Alice was greatly comforted when she met two other English women living in
Pacific Grove. These women introduced her to theosophy, which seemed to
provide answers to her questions concerning why such misfortune had
befallen her. Alice, then 35, was about to have her life changed forever.
Later, in her unfinished autobiography, she wrote:
I discovered, first of all, that there is a great and divine
Plan ... I discovered, for a second thing, that there are Those Who are
responsible for the working out of that Plan and Who, step by step and
stage by stage, have led mankind on down the centuries.1
In 1917, Alice moved to Los Angeles and began working for
that plan at the Theosophical Society headquarters where she met Foster
Bailey, a man who had devoted his life to occultism. She divorced her
estranged husband and married Bailey in 1920. Alice had her first contact with
a voice that claimed to be a master in November of 1919. Calling himself
the Tibetan, he wanted Alice to take dictation from him. Concerning this,
I heard a voice which said, "There are some books,
which it is desired, should be written for the public. You can write them.
Will you do so?"2
Alice felt reluctant at first to take on such an unusual
endeavor, but the voice continued urging her to write the books. At this
point in time Alice experienced a brief period of intense anxiety in which
she feared for her health and sanity. One of her other spirit
"masters" finally reassured her she had nothing to fear and she
would be doing a "really valuable piece of work."3 The
"valuable work" Alice was to do ended up lasting thirty years.
Between 1919 and 1949, by means of telepathic communication, Alice Bailey
wrote nineteen books for her unseen mentor.
To occultists, the significance of the Alice Bailey writings has heralded
anticipation of the appearance of a World Healer and Savior in the coming
Aquarian Age (the astrological age of enlightenment and peace). This savior
would unite all mankind under his guidance. Bailey termed him the coming
one. This person was not to be the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom Christians
await the return, but an entirely different individual who would embody all
the great principles of occultism, chiefly the divinity and perfectibility
of man. One of Bailey's followers wrote:
The reappearance of the Avatar [world teacher], by whatever
name he may be known, has been prophesied in many religions as well as in
the esoteric [occult] tradition. A major manifestation is expected in
connection with the Aquarian age.4
Interestingly, the apostle Paul declared one called "the man of sin,
the son of perdition" would also proclaim himself to be God (II
Thessalonians 2:3,4). I believe this coming Aquarian messiah will be the
son of perdition spoken of by Paul in II Thessalonians. Furthermore, I am
convinced the New Age movement is his spiritual platform. Too many things
fit together for this to be just mere coincidence. Therefore, we must watch
for the restructuring of our world by those who are preparing the way for
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