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July 20, 2010
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Bible Study Fellowship Women Respond to Lighthouse Trails Article

The following comments were received after our recent article, Is BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) Heading in the Contemplative Direction?. We have used substitute names for these women (all who have been personally involved with BSF), so as to protect their privacy, but the letters are real letters from real people. Many of these women are BSF teachers and leaders.

Comment #1: After attending the last few weeks of BSF this Spring, I also received the newsletter with list of recommended books. I wrote to the director of BSF a month or two ago regarding this, but have not received a response. One illustration I gave was of Willard’s book “The Great Omission,” which I had read.  Mary Ann

Comment #2: Thank you for sounding the warning on BSF International after their May 2010 magazine quoted “The Message” and promoted several emergent/contemplative books on their reading list.  I have been in BSF for 7+ years and I was shocked by the current magazine.  No one else seems concerned.  I am horrified.  I am also a Discussion Leader and was told at the Retreat this year in Louisville, KY that we were in for “big changes” by the new Director Susie Rowan. Please stay on top of this story as I see BSF slipping down a deceptive slope and I seem unable to do anything about it, even after sounding the alarm to our Teaching Leader and Substitute Teaching Leader here in _________. God Bless everything you do! Cynthia

Comment #3:  Being that we have corresponded in the past I just wanted to share a few comments with you.  Thank God for LHT!  It took me years to find you but each Newsletter is an encouragement to us in ways you can’t imagine. I was totally alone in my thinking (and wasn’t aware of Lighthouse Trails) when I quit BSF about  ten years ago.  I went to leaders to discuss my concerns, no one could see my point of view.  It started out with the original study questions which were challenging to everyone and our answers should only come from KJV.  Then came the “new” studies, our reading could be from different versions of the Bible (one gal brought her old Catholic Bible).   The questions, in my opinion, were full of “how do you feel” and “what do think” kind of wordings.  Each question was worded in such a way “our” feelings seemed to be more important than WORD.  The study seemed to make the Bible-up to our own interruption.  It was just getting started!!  I appreciate  your article. On Jim Wallis, I am given to understand he was Plymouth Brethren.  I believe he might have been the disgruntled Jim Wallis from the Detroit Michigan area.  We grew up PB and his belief system is sooo contrary to the teachings we grew up with.  My Grandfather was a lay minister in the Plymouth Brethren and he would have taken Wallis down in a mega second, if he were alive today. I cannot believe how many have fallen away from the truth we were exposed to in this non-denominational church.  I know we all fall short and most of us are too worldly but starting a neo-religion based on pagan practices,  just breaks our hearts. Keep up the (good) GOD work!! In Christ. Kathy

Comment #4: Thank you for your article re. BSF.  I hope they will respond soon.  I see the hundreds reading the recommended books, and then coming to Isaiah (next year’s study) saying that Isaiah’s vision was just as the contemplative prayer and visions. Rachel

Comment #5: I quit attending BSF back in 2000 because it was very ecumenical. Since attendees were from various churches we weren’t allowed to speak the truth as in the Word of God if it would offend any church (i.e. Catholic, Mormon, etc.) … Each person in the group was supposed to give their opinion on what they got out of the scripture being studied, not what the truth of God’s Word was. It reminded me of the dialectic method. Laura

Comment #6(shortened version):  I have been involved in BSF for a very long time…and am currently entering my __th year of leadership. I could never imagine my life without BSF….until this past year. I have noticed the questions being “watered down”….with more of “what do you think…rather than what does the Bible say type of questions. Within the organization, there has been an increased awareness and concern about decreasing attendance ….especially of the younger generation. When I attended the retreat this past year, we were told that plans were in place to correct that problem. We were told to “LOVE” the members more because the younger people are needing more love….

We were told at the retreat that they were going to change the “stigma” that BSF has had about being so rigid….. that wherever there were “barriers” between the rules and members, that those barriers would “come down.” The rules and routine for the various groups would be different to be “relative” for each setting. The younger groups would have different, more “comfortable” routines than the older ones. The goal was to be more appealing and attractive to compete with other less-rigid studies that are out there. It was clear to me that BSF was taking initial steps down the Emergent path.

There were 2,000 leaders at the retreat I attended. I would say that more than 1/2 of them were brand-new leaders….and yes, many were very young. I was appalled to see body piercings, tattoos and THE MESSAGE being used by several of them. This was my second retreat and it was totally different than the one I attended 3 years ago. This one was more of a tribute/commercial for BSF and the new director, Susie Rowan. The cheering and ovations were astounding as the organization was in promotion of itself and it’s leadership. …

I alerted my Teaching Leader of my concerns…but was abruptly brushed aside. The majority of our local leadership circle are among the many who were taken in by the deception that I believe was taking place at the retreat and within the organization itself. I was told by my Teaching Leader that I need to “love” more and not be so critical. (As a side note…I was also told that I could no longer tell anyone that Beth Moore twists Scripture! I always reserve my personal opinions for time outside of BSF…but it was very clear that I shouldn’t even be pursuing that truth on my own time.) …

I have planned to remain in leadership through this next year because the study of Isaiah is a new one. I am very interested in seeing the changes that will unfold. I have no doubt that this will be my last year though…if I even last that long! I can no longer promote the study…I will not invite anyone anymore. I have no doubt that the introduction of the quote from The Message and the endorsed books are trial balloons..and that without resistance, they will be ushering in the end of a great, 50+yr old Bible Study.

Thank you for your incredible ministry! You have NO IDEA how welcome your article was to me! I was beginning to think that I was just imagining things…and basically that’s what I’ve been told by my leadership too. God bless your work! Come Lord Jesus! Theresa

Comment #7: I want to thank you for your article about BSF moving in a contemplative direction. I have been involved with BSF for several years, joined leadership this year, and began to have the very same concerns. They were compounded when my mother (who is a leader in a different class) attended the retreat this past February. Many of the leaders there were utilizing The Message as their Bible “translation” and many of the talks seemed to be
leaning toward a contemplative slant. Thankfully, my class is blessed to have a woman leading who is greatly grounded in the truth and sees the same
concerns that I do. Nevertheless, I think it is important to send the warning out about BSF. Your article expressed every one of my concerns to
the letter. (I also have concerns about their newest move into China with the apparent blessing of the Chinese government, but that is another issue).
Thank you for your dedication to the Truth. Blessings, Jennifer

Comment #8:  I find it very interesting that BSF is recommending Eugene Peterson, or Dallas Willard at all.  If Jane Roach (second in command at BSF Headquarters) is still in their ranks, there has to be some internal friction going on down in San Antonio.  She often spoke at BSF Retreats (conventions) and was critical of any kind of worldly practices in the church.  Having been a BSF Discussion Leader and Assistant Class Administrator, I can tell you that BSF gives NO interviews, and flies totally under the radar.  They are nearly invisible on the internet as you’ve probably noticed.  Their philosophy is to give out NO information so their reputation remains untarnished. 

Having been an insider, I can tell you that while the fellowship seemed great when I was young in the faith and naive, there was a strong unspoken pressure that bore down on those in leadership.  When the time came for me to step out of BSF, I found it very difficult to do so even for valid reasons.  BSF told their leaders they couldn’t leave BSF unless God had called them to a different ministry.  Family concerns didn’t seem like reason enough.  Now that I’m an outsider, it occurs to me that there is a degree of mind control exerted on the participants through their rules, signed agreements (for those in leadership), dress code, etc.  They even subtly mention legal action for those that copied their materials or imitated their class structure. Not remembering what I exactly signed when I became a Discussion Leader and Assistant Class Administrator, I’ve been leery of exposing them too much for fear of reprisals.  An example of this control is seen in the tiny print at the top of each of their lessons that are handed out weekly to class members, “BSF notes are provided for the personal use of class members during their active participation and must not be loaned or given to nonmembers.”  These notes are free to the class members, yet BSF doesn’t want them to be shared.  

And their control extends into the very structure of their weekly lesson questions.  They ask questions in such a way as to either assume the answer or steer the class member, who is quite often a new or non Christian, toward their viewpoint.  This is especially evident in their Romans study.  The materials were compiled from James Boice’s four book series on Romans.  Boice was a personal friend and I believe a BSF Board member when the Romans study was released as a new BSF study in 1998.  He was personal friends with the then BSF General Director, Rosemary Jensen.  Rosemary Jensen was facing forced retirement from BSF because she was turning 70,but insisted on the Romans study before she was dismissed.  James Boice died two years later of liver cancer.  BSF is currently about to unveil a brand new study on Isaiah which makes me wonder what they will teach concerning the return of Christ and the Kingdom.  BSF’s founder Wetherell Johnson held to the pre-trib rapture position, but BSF has stayed neutral about the timing (infant or believer’s) and mode of baptism.  This is probably more info than you wanted, so I’ll just close…. Thanks for all you do! Blessings, Elaine

Comment #9:I’ve been reading Lighthouse Trails for years & very much appreciate all of your very well researched information. I believed in the Lord Jesus in May 1999 at 50 yrs of age. It is truly a miracle. God is so faithful. I started attending BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) in Sept of 2002. When I received the BSF Magazine in May, I was very disturbed with the quote from the Message & the recommendation to read a book by Dallas Willard. I thought this place would be the last stronghold which had resisted all this mystical stuff. I have made copies of articles about the Message & Dallas Willard (with Biblical quotes) to send them & really was waffling on sending them…not knowing how to put all my worries into words. Never in my life did I expect to read about my wonderful BSF in relation to mysticism. It breaks my heart. But I will send them tomorrow & write a letter expressing my concern. My teaching leader in _________, is so wonderful. Please print an article if they answer you & I will let you know what they say to me. Thank you for your diligence. I’m hoping that BSF will take a letter seriously that is written by someone who has attended for 8 years & learned so much Biblical Truth. Glenda



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Uniting Religions for World Change: The G8 World Religions Summit

by Carl Teichrib
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Points to Ponder About Christian Interfaith Involvement: 1) The interfaith approach is rationally directionless. If all religions are equally valid or hold some common level of spiritual authenticity, as the interfaith movement asserts, then all religions are ultimately baseless. Therefore, the nonbeliever can logically reject Christianity as a meaningless sect among many meaningless faiths. For by acknowledging another religion as a vehicle that proclaims the revelation of God, even tentatively, the exclusive nature of God as revealed in the Bible (Isaiah 45:18-22; John 14:6-7) can no longer be viewed as exclusively true. The door has now been opened to consider any other spiritual claim as legitimate; and to not accept these other claims would demonstrate an intolerant exclusivity.

Either Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be, the great I AM – the only true God – or He’s only one way among many and His claim is false. It’s an all or nothing position (see Joshua 24:14-24).

2) The interfaith position muddies the Christian mission of bringing the good news of Jesus Christ as God incarnate come to redeem sinful humanity. Inter-religious bridge building bolsters the idea (continued on page 17)


A sacred fire was lit. Mother Earth, we were told, needs to hear that we love her, so give a “prayer of gratitude” to the Earth; “Because out of Mother Earth comes all we need to live … she gives us the food, the water, the medicines, and the teachings.”

We were asked to privately perform a water ritual, for this will give strength to Mother Earth. Everything that’s alive, “even the water” it was explained to the delegates and observers, has the spirit. We were told that religiously speaking, “there is not only one way, there is many ways” – and to go to the sacred fire and “invoke the spirits.”

Drummers summoned the power of the eagle spirit, because it brings “the spirit of love, it brings vision. The Eagle carries our wishes and our prayers.” And this eagle spirit will tell the Great Spirit of the wonderful things happening in this gathering.

And what a gathering! As an observer to the 2010, G8 World Religions Summit (WRS), I listened as the opening ceremonies set the tone for this remarkable event. The Secretary General of the WRS, Dr. James Christie – the Dean of Theology at the University of Winnipeg – welcomed us as religious equals, stating that what was important was that we “offer our service, and ourselves, and our lives” to the “God we know by so many names.” (1)

This multi-faith perspective was evident in full color; Hindu swamis in flowing orange attire, members of the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs dressed in desert garb, Jewish yamakas, cross pendants and clerical collars, Shinto robes, Orthodox priests in black, Salvation Army uniforms, and Baha’i leaders and evangelical Christians in business suits. Religions from every corner of the planet were represented. Even so, very few people have heard about the G8 World Religions Summit, held in Winnipeg, Manitoba from June 21-23.

Compared to the G8/G20 political summits occurring days later in Toronto and Huntsville, Ontario, the WRS – the official religious parallel – was an ultra-tame affair. The security budget for the Winnipeg event was zero; nobody burnt any cars, and no windows were smashed. The only “protestors” were a group of Mennonites who, a few days before the Summit began, sang songs of support at a downtown park. (2) In fact, many of the international participants had “never heard of Winnipeg” before. (3)

Nevertheless, what occurred in Winnipeg will likely have a far more real impact at the local level than what transpired in Toronto. Why do I say this? Because of the direct lines of influence that radiate from the World Religions Summit right down to individual bodies. It’s a top-down strategy ensuring that religious people will fall in line with an emerging global framework – a type of world theology along with an international system of socialism. And it’s going to work, particularly in the Christian community.

The history of the G8 World Religions Summit goes back to 2005. That year, Jim Wallis of Sojourners – a left wing Christian advocacy group – teamed up with the Archbishop of Canterbury to “raise the voices of the faith leaders of the world in unity and in a call for justice.” (4) The 2005 event was a small, ecumenical affair made up of representatives from Catholic groups, the National Association of Evangelicals, World Vision, the Salvation Army, the Mennonite Central Committee, the World Evangelical Alliance, and other church bodies.

These leaders released an “Action on Poverty” document calling for governments to alleviate poverty, and for faith communities to generate the necessary moral will. The text itself was very short and ambiguous, with a underlying socialist slant.

The next year, the G8 religious summit took place in Moscow and a host of other religions contributed; leaders from the Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, and Shinto communities – along with Christians, hashed out another declaration, this time calling for a “more systemic partnership of religious leaders with the United Nations.” In 2007 at Cologne, the emphasis was on the UN Millennium Development goals and the support for a worldwide climate change “protection agreement.” 2008 and 2009 saw the religious leaders meeting in Sapporo/Kyoto/Osaka, Japan and Rome, Italy.

Sapporo’s declaration called for religions to unite in a “commitment to peace.” It also recognized that “religious communities are the world’s largest social networks which reach into the furthest corners of the earth.” In other words, religions are powerful actors in the global field.

Hence, the Sapporo text demanded a system of “Shared Security” based on interdependence, the “mysterious giftedness of all existence,” the establishment of an “Earth Fund dedicated to environmental protection,” and a binding global climate treaty. Another document was released in Japan, recognizing that the “dharmic, pantheistic and ancestor traditions of Eastern societies remain a practical tool… in defence of the environment.” And religious diversity was expounded as part of the divine, cosmic order – therefore, “we seek to be considered equal partners.” (5)

Finally in Rome, faith leaders focused on the worsening global economy and broadly called for a “new financial pact,” without really explaining what it would entail. To be fair to the Rome event, the entire summit was overshadowed by the almost simultaneous release of Pope Benedict’s encyclical Charity in Truth, which shook the international community in its brazen call for a world political authority “with teeth.” (See the Forcing Change report, “Sowing the Seeds of Global Government,” Volume 3, Issue 8)….

What all of this represents, from the first event in 2005 until Winnipeg, is the intentional move within Christendom to politically unite with other faiths “in one community.” The motivator: Social Justice – world peace, care for the Earth, and alleviating poverty. And who doesn’t want peace, a healthy environment, and the poor raised above their poverty?

These are admirable goals. But something else is going on, raising the question: What does the Christian community have to sacrifice in the name of interfaith partnering for “social justice”?

Not surprisingly, the only time the name “Jesus Christ” came up at the 2010 WRS was when He was compared with Buddha and Mohammad as a religious figure. Nobody dared present Him as “the way, the truth and the life… the only way to the Father.” (John 14:6). Love, compassion, and “spiritual law” were tossed about freely in the speeches. But nobody was willing to rock the boat by venturing into what Francis Schaffer called “true truth.”…

The interfaith approach, by default, recognizes Jesus as one spiritual leader in a long line of religious reformers. That’s all. Nothing more. Hence, at global interfaith events, like the one that took place in Winnipeg, Christian representatives remain silent on the subject of Jesus Christ as truth, “…the only way to the Father.” For to do otherwise would be divisive and contrary to the ideal of “one community.”

By default, the Christian community has to sacrifice Truth. Therefore, it was no surprise that on different occasions I heard participants criticize Christian missions and Christian “fundamentalists.”

The representative of the Pacific Council of Churches told us that everything is inter-connected, and that we need to revisit the ancient [pagan] religions and myths – those ancient ways that were “deliberately pushed aside” by Christian missionaries – in order to understand and appreciate this interdependence.

Another speaker explained that it was time to put aside the past dogmas of traditional faiths, and that the litmus test for religions in this global era was interdependence and transcendent spirituality. Religions, we were repeatedly told, needed to unify if the planet is to survive….


Note: I suggest you subscribe to this online magazine and read the rest. This vital information will help prepare us for the spiritual challenges and hostility we will be facing in the years ahead. Berit



1. The quotes and speech materials used in this report have been taken from my audio copies of the WRS.

If otherwise, the source is included in footnotes where appropriate.

2. Brenda Suderman, “A meeting of religious minds,” Winnipeg Free Press, June 18, 2010. The “protestors”

were members of the Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship Choir.

3. Ibid.

4. “History of the Interfaith Leaders’ Summits,” 2010 G8 World Religions Summit Resource Kit, p.13.

5. All of the previous G8 religious documents were given to Winnipeg delegates and observers in a single


6. Doug Koop, “World religions summit in Winnipeg will deliver message to G8,” Christian Week, March

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Quantum Spirituality Has Entered the Church Through Christian Leaders

by Warren Smith

Leonard Sweet is definitely one of the point men for today’s emerging/postmodern/Purpose Driven Church. As Rick Warren has aligned himself with Sweet, it is important to remember that Sweet has described former and present New Age figures as his “heroes” and “role models.” He has openly acknowledged that his quantum “new cell theory” understanding of “new light leadership” was formulated with the help of veteran New Age leader David Spangler. Additionally, Sweet describes mystical New Age priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin as “Twentieth-century Christianity’s major voice.”1 And while Sweet’s almost “in your face” New Age sympathies are there for all to see, Rick Warren, and other Christian figures continue to hold him in high esteem. But it is just business as usual as Warren’s apologist tells us that “Doctrinally/theologically, Leonard Sweet is about as Christian as anyone can get.”2

In his 2009 book So Beautiful, Leonard Sweet underscores his quantum “relational worldview”3 by favorably quoting from William Young’s The Shack regarding relationship.4 He also tells readers to look to Margaret Wheatley’s Leadership and the New Science to further understand his quantum view on the “spiritual and social significance of relationship.”5 And he still continues to refer readers back to his 1991 book, Quantum Spirituality.6

While appearing to be somewhat of a 21st century renaissance man who leaves everyone in the wake of his postmodern intellect, Leonard Sweet’s “scientific” postmodern/quantum/New Age view on things raises some critical questions—particularly in regard to his association with Rick Warren. If Warren, Sweet, and other Christian leaders continue to move the church towards the New Spirituality, how will it ultimately play out? Will we see Warren, Schuller, Sweet, McLaren, and other “New Light” leaders signing a mutual accord someday affirming that God is “in” everything? Will that proclamation be based on new “scientific findings” from quantum physics? Will they explain that Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and the “God” of Neale Donald Walsch and William Young had it right—that “the sub-atomic reality” is that God is in every atom? That God really is—scientifically speaking—“in” everyone and everything?

But what about the inevitable reaction that will come from those referred to by Rick Warren as “fundamentalists”7 when they accuse Warren of flip-flopping? Will Warren defend his new worldview by repeating what he said at the Saddleback Civil Forum—that “sometimes flip-flopping is smart because you actually have decided a better position based on knowledge that you didn’t have”? Armed with seemingly scientific “facts” from quantum physics, will Warren defend his new worldview by stating, “That’s not flip-flopping. Sometimes that’s growing in wisdom”? Is this where Warren, Sweet, and other Christian leaders will try to take the church? Are they about to take a big “quantum leap” into the New Spirituality of a New Age that is based on the findings of the “new science”? Given the continued New Age implications of the emerging Purpose Driven movement, it would seem that this is a real possibility. (from A “Wonderful” Deception, chapter 13)

1. Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, op. cit., p. 106.
2. Richard Abanes, “Leonard Sweet, Rick Warren, and the New Age,”
3. Leonard Sweet, So Beautiful (Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2009), p. 279, #118.
4. Ibid., p. 101.
5. Ibid., p. 256, #22.
6. Ibid., p. 278, #107.
7. Rick Warren referred to “Christian fundamentalism” as “one of the big enemies of the 21st century.” See: Paul Nussbaum, “The purpose-driven pastor,” Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 08, 2006,
On May 23, 2005, Rick Warren spoke at the Pew Forum on Religion and stated the following: “Today there really aren’t that many Fundamentalists left; I don’t know if you know that or not, but they are such a minority; there aren’t that many Fundamentalists left in America. . . . Now the word ‘fundamentalist’ actually comes from a document in the 1920s called the Five Fundamentals of the Faith. And it is a very legalistic, narrow view of Christianity.” See: “Myths of the Modern Megachurch,”

Los Angeles Times Reports: Flak with The Shack – Tangle of lawsuits over royalties and book’s authorship

By Sarah Weinman
Special to the Los Angeles Times

William Paul Young’s bestselling novel about a father’s renewal of faith after suffering an unspeakable tragedy has spawned a tangle of lawsuits over royalties and even the book’s authorship.

It was an improbable Cinderella story.

“The Shack,” William Paul Young’s novel about a man rediscovering lost faith after the murder of his 5-year-old daughter, started out as a manuscript no one would touch. Finally, pastors Wayne Jacobsen and Brad Cummings discovered the book and created a start-up, Windblown Media, to publish it. The novel sold a million copies for them in the first year, eventually ending up at No. 1 on the New York Times’ trade paperback bestseller list.

Then Hachette Book Group got involved. In May 2008, the publishing conglomerate — one of the largest in the country — cut a deal with Windblown Media to market and distribute the book. In the two years since, “The Shack” has become a 12-million-copy-selling phenomenon and the biggest Christian publishing sensation in decades. Click here to continue reading.

More on The Shack, click here.

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Update on the Church of the Nazarene and the Emerging/Contemplative Movement: Where are the Battlegrounds?

by an anonymous concerned Nazarene

The Emergent Church Movement is a serious problem for the Christian church.  It threatens practically all Christians regardless of denomination.  I’ve been a Nazarene all my life, but if you are reading this and are anything but Nazarene, it probably makes no difference.  Whether you are Southern Baptist, Presbyterian, Methodist, Calvary Chapel, or one of many other evangelical denominations, chances are you are either facing this danger, or you will be soon.  The third horrible option is that you either embrace this heretical ideology, or that you are a Christian who knows of this danger and have even seen it, but you have chosen to ignore the danger or warning signs, and have “stuck your head in the sand.”  The Bible speaks of a great falling away in the last days.  We certainly have been warned, and false movements and teachings have been with us since the days of the apostles.

Who are these emergents?  Very briefly, among most emergents today, you will find: an incorporation of Roman Catholic practices and embracing of books by many heretical mystics; the use of contemplative spirituality (mysticism), including but not limited to, prayer labyrinths, centering prayer, breath prayers, mantra-type prayers, and “practicing the silence”; the embracing of false ideologies such as open theism, process theology; the equating of evolution as being compatible with scripture; an unhealthy over-emphasis on social justice to the diminishing of preaching the plain gospel of salvation; an unbiblical focus on environmental concerns; a belief that after 2,000 years we have not gotten it right.  And there’s more, but here is its crowning jewel of “unbelief”: the Bible is NOT the inspired, infallible word of God, therefore man can use his reasoning to come up with different ways to read the Bible, all of which are equally valid (post-modernism, relativism).  Woe to to any Christian who dares to stand on the whole truth of scripture, and be ready for ridicule, scorn, and intellectually superior condescension! Click here to continue reading.

Is Internet Freedom for Christians in Danger?

A Special Be Alert Compilation from Moriel Ministries

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. John 9:4

Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth..- John 12:35

July 15, 2010

Shalom in Christ Jesus,

Work while it’s still light.

This has been a theme of the Moriel technical team and BEALERT! have discussed the last few years regarding the ability of Christians to freely minister via electronic communication systems, namely the Internet. These verses in Scripture have come to have this unique application, usually as a note of encouragement at the end of an email while passing along one of the many articles such as those below, due to this very late hour we find ourselves waiting for Jesus to return.

There is no doubting that criminal and terrorist enterprises as well as not so friendly nations are experimenting and actively involved in campaigns to cause havoc and even, if possible, shut down the Internet and tele-communication systems of countries such as The United States by using cyberwarfare. However, as stated before, our concern is that these very real threats (among others) have become the perfect pre-text for a time when only information and messages that fall within “State Approved” regulations will be allowed to be broadcast freely. As you will see from the articles posted in this alert, that time is very close.

In order to get a broader understanding of this topic I encourage readers to view the last alert this issue published in May of 2009 posted on the BEALERT! Archive page.

May the Lord bless you and keep you,
Scott Brisk

In This Alert
1) Senate panel passes Cybersecurity Act with revised “kill switch”
2) Obama ‘Internet kill switch’ plan approved by US Senate panel
3) Internet ‘kill switch’ proposed for US
4) US government rescinds ‘leave internet alone’ policy
5) F.C.C. has new authority to regulate broadband Internet service
6) U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies
7) Details of “Einstein” Cyber Shield Disclosed by White House
8) US Cyber Command logo code cracked in hours
9) UK government enlists public to spot terror Web sites
10) ACTA treaty aims to deputize ISPs on copyrights
11) Australia halts web filter plan ahead of polls
12) Net Neutrality and Internet Honor Codes

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Warren B. Smith and Ray Yungen Speaking Schedule

Below is a partial speaking schedule for Lighthouse Trails authors Warren B. Smith and Ray Yungen. If you live near any of these areas, we hope you will get the chance to attend. All these events are offered free of charge. If you are interested in having Warren or Ray (or both) speak to your group, call us at 406/889-3610, or email at

July 25th, 2010 (8:30 and 10:30)
Candlelight Fellowship
Warren B. Smith
5725 N. Pioneer Drive
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
No cost.

August 12-14, 2010
Pastors and Leaders Conference
Warren B. Smith, Xavier Reis
500 South Lee Ave
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: (913) 829-9306

September 10-11, 2010
Calvary Chapel Appleton, Wisconsin

September 18, 2010
Calvary Chapel Pasadena, CA (Pastor Xavier Reis)
Warren B. Smith and Ray Yungen


April 9-11, 2011
Prophecy Conference
La Crete, AB, Canada

April 2011
Cedarburg Cultural Center
W62 N546 Washington Avenue
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Warren Smith, Larry DeBruyn

May 21, 2011
Gold Country Calvary Chapel
Warren B. Smith, Ray Yungen, Johanna Michaelsen
13026 LaBarr Meadows Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95949
No cost. Free will offering.

October 12-15, 2011
Winnipeg Prophecy Conference
Winnipeg, MB, Canada


April 13-14, 2012
Discerning the Times Conference
Warren B. Smith, Rob Lindsted, John Plantz, Dave Dunn, Steve Herzig
Ramada Inn
806 Idylwyld Drive North, DIEFENBAKER ROOM
Saskatoon, Sask.
1-306-371-6877 (conference contact)
No cost. Free will offering.

Lighthouse Trails Launches Interactive Forum

On June 22, 2010, Lighthouse Trails launched its first interactive online forum and message board. Please take a moment to check it out and consider joining so you can make comments, post topics, and see what others are saying. We are still working on adding many more topics, but it is ready to go for those who would like to register. The forum is free, and we hope many will find it beneficial. It's a chance to meet others who are contending for the faith and also an opportunity to discuss some of the vital topics affecting Christians and the world today. Click here to visit the Lighthouse Trails Forum.


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Argentina legalizes same-sex marriage

News Brief from My Word Like Fire Ministries

“BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – Argentina became the first Latin American nation to legalize gay marriage Thursday, granting same-sex couples all the legal rights, responsibilities and protections that marriage brings to heterosexuals.

The law’s passage — a priority for President Cristina Fernandez’s government — has inspired activists to push for similar laws in other countries, and a wave of gay weddings are expected in Buenos Aires. Some gay business leaders are predicting an economic ripple effect from an increase in tourism among gays and lesbians who will see Argentina as an even more attractive destination.” (By Michael Warren, Associated Press Writer)

Well, so it continues. It is only a matter of time until Christian churches here in America are faced with a “civil rights” travesty, “hate speech” accusations, and much else.


U.S. Gov. Spent $410,624 on Project to Teach Chinese Meditation to Cocaine Addicts

( – The U.S. government has spent $410,625 to study the effects of teaching Chinese meditation to cocaine addicts.
“Our clinical experience and pilot studies suggest that Integrative Meditation (IM) from Chinese medicine may help clients engage in treatment, reduce cravings/withdrawal symptoms, and increase treatment retention, which appear missed by a typical behavior therapy,” says the official description of the project published by the National Institutes of Health.
“IM is an adaptation or simplified form of mindfulness meditation,” says the description. “It may enhance existing therapies to help reduce withdrawal symptoms, increase treatment engagement, and prevent relapse through step-by-step therapist facilitation.”
The study, which is titled “Treatment of Cocaine Addiction with Integrative Meditation,” received $225,000 in tax money in 2009 and $185,625 in 2010, for a total of $410,625. The project was scheduled to run from April 1, 2009 until March 31, 2011. The grant was issued by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a division of the NIH.
“The specific aims,” of the study, according to the NIH description, “include: (1) To conduct a pilot randomized controlled trial of 66 outpatient cocaine users with 12 weekly facilitation meetings to assess feasibility of recruiting and retaining cocaine addicts, and to determine effect size of IM-augmented treatment in comparison with Non-directive therapy (NT) control, with both groups receiving standard treatment as usual (TAU), (2) To examine the changes in attention networks and negative mood as possible mediators of treatment outcomes between the two groups.” Click here to continue reading.



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