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Letter to the Editor: Community College Philosophy Teacher – “Discovered first-hand how corrupt ‘theology’ and ‘Christian philosophy’ have become”

To Lighthouse Trails:

This is simply to let you know how encouraging it is to have discovered your ministry today. Some of the books you’ve published have certainly been very needed. I’m not an important person by any means. Yet, after having earned an MA in Theology at Fuller Seminary, and a PhD in Philosophy at _________ University, I discovered first-hand how corrupt “theology” and “Christian philosophy” have become. People still will not believe what I share with them about the content of several of my courses. As it happened, I was at _______ University when Scott Hahn was there. Scott invited me to [lunch] and spoke with me at length. I was not persuaded by the reasons he gave for his notorious conversion to the Roman church. As well, I encountered “creation spirituality,” the “cosmic christ” of Mathew Fox, the evolutionary views of Teilhard de Chardin, feminist “spirituality,” and more notions and ideas than you’d care to hear about. I currently teach philosophy at a community college in _______. Part of my personal mission is to heal some of the damage that has been done to my students before they arrive in my classroom. I have one short semester to counteract the impact of relativism, postmodernism, etc. The notion of objective truth is astonishing to them, especially in the area of morality. A current colleague on campus is a Roman Catholic Teihardian disciple, and who subtly introduces [Chardin's] ideas into her course planning. All of this is, again, simply to let you know how much I appreciate your ministry, and the efforts of those whose books you publish. Keep up the good work!

____________

They Were Thankful in Death as Well as Life!

by Kjos Ministries

Their crime? They were Christians who refused to compromise or recant. They would rather die than deny their faith and betray the Lord they loved!

The seven men and five women were brought before the Roman proconsul Saturninus in Carthage, North Africa (Tunisia) on July 17, 180AD. He gave them an opportunity to recant:

“You can win the indulgence of our lord the Emperor, if you return to a sound mind.”[1] [See The UN Plan for your mental health]

Speratus, the apparent leader of the small group of faithful disciples, answered,

‘We have never done ill, we have not lent ourselves to wrong, we have never spoken ill, but when ill-treated we have given thanks….”

“We too are religious,” answered the proconsul, “and our religion is simple, and we swear by the genius of our lord the Emperor, and pray for his welfare, as you also ought to do.”

“The empire of this world I know not,” explained Speratus, “but rather I serve that God, whom no man has seen, nor with these eyes can see. I have committed no theft; but if I have bought anything, I pay the tax; because I know my Lord, the King of kings and Emperor of all nations.”

“Be not partakers of this folly,” said the proconsul.

Cittinus, one of the faithful, said, “We have none other to fear, save only our Lord God, who is in heaven.”…

“Do you persist in being a Christian?” asked the proconsul.

“I am a Christian,” he answered. All the others agreed….

The proconsul Saturninus then read the decree [their sentence] from a tablet:

“Speratus, Nartzalus, Cittinus, Donata, Vestia, Secunda and the rest having confessed that they live according to the Christian rite, since after opportunity offered them of returning to the custom of the Romans they have obstinately persisted, it is determined that they be put to the sword.”

“We give thanks to God,” said Speratus.

“Today we are martyrs in heaven; thanks be to God,” added Nartzalus.

The proconsul then gave the order that their sentence be publicly announced by the herald: “Speratus, Nartzalus, Cittinus, Veturius, Felix, Aquilinus, Lætantius, Januaria, Generosa, Vestia, Donata and Secunda, I have ordered to be executed.”

They all said: “Thanks be to God.”

“And so they all together were crowned with martyrdom; and they reign with the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost, for ever and ever. Amen.”

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According to the Christian History Magazine, Issue 27,

“The account of these martyrs from Scilli, a village near Carthage, is the earliest document demonstrating the existence of Christianity in North Africa. It shows what was at stake between Rome and the church: two opposing ways of life. When these African Christians refused to return to ‘the usage [custom] of the Romans,’ the Roman authorities recognized there was a profound danger to the Empire.

“The story of these seven men and five women is also important for the development of the canon of Scripture. When the Christians were arrested, they were carrying ‘the sacred books, and the letters of Paul, a just man.’ ‘The sacred books’ may mean the Hebrew Scriptures, thus making this an early indication that Paul’s letters were treated as Scripture. Or ‘the books’ may refer to the Gospels, which would likewise give insight into the history of the New Testament’s formation.”[2]

The intensity of persecution in the Roman Empire rose and fell with the temperaments and circumstances of the various emperors. Of course, that’s not unique in the historical record. Through the centuries of time, everything keeps changing — including churches and values — except God and His eternal Kingdom. In the last few decades, we have seen masses of so-called Christians ready and willing to compromise Truth and conform to an increasingly corrupt world. Like in Old Testament days, it no longer seems wrong to “love evil more than good.” (Psalm 52:3) Almost “anything goes” except “intolerance” toward popular evil.

Genuine, uncompromising Christians will be despised by tomorrow’s leaders and global managers. We don’t fit their vision of unity, solidarity and upside-down tolerance. Like the ancient rulers who demanded conformity with “the custom of the Romans,” a new breed of rulers — like those in ancient Rome — are beginning to trumpet the “profound danger” of Christian resistance to their rising global empire. (See The emerging New World Order ) [2]

The times ahead will surely bring a time of purification to the Church — a separation of what the Bible calls wheat and tares: a division between those who truly belong to God and those who prefer to identify with today’s adaptable, emerging church.
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Letter from Concerned Mother-in-Law Prompts Another Warning About Reiki

LTRP Note: Today, we received an e-mail from a woman who said her daughter-in-law has just become a Reiki Master. In view of that letter and in view of the ever and fast growing popularity of Reiki, we hope you will read the following article we wrote as a warning about Reiki:

"Warning: Energy “Healing” and Reiki May Be Offered to You at Your Hospital"

According to an article written by the “guru” of Reiki, William Lee Rand, the popularity of Reiki (and other energy healing techniques) is growing by leaps and bounds and is becoming common in many US hospitals. “At hospitals and clinics across America, Reiki is beginning to gain acceptance as a meaningful and cost-effective way to improve patient care,” Rand explains. “Personal interviews conducted with medical professionals corroborate this view,” (1) he adds.

Rand says that the general public is “turning with ever-increasing interest to complementary health care, including Reiki,” and according to one study, one in every three Americans has used this type of “care.” Another survey showed that “1.2 million adults and 161,000 children in the U.S. received one or more energy healing sessions such as Reiki.”

For those who understand the nature of Reiki and other energy healing methods (e.g: therapeutic touch, healing touch, quantum touch, Pranic healing, and Brennan Healing Science), these figures are alarming.

Researcher Ray Yungen explains that energy healing “is a force or energy pouring out of the practitioner’s hands into the client or subject. This energy always has a spiritual component and is supposed to alleviate a variety of ills and problems” (FMSC, p. 53). Yungen describes the nature of energy healing:

Occultists [i.e., New Agers] believe that man has more than one body, that there are other invisible bodies superimposed on the physical body. They refer to one of these as the etheric body and believe there lies within it energy centers called chakras (pronounced shock-ras). The term chakra means whirling wheel in Sanskrit, the ancient Hindu language. They were seen by those with clairvoyant powers as spinning balls of psychic energy. It is taught that there are seven chakras, which start at the base of the spine and end at the crown chakra at the top of the head.

Each chakra is supposed to have a different function corresponding to certain levels of awareness. The chakras act as conduits or conductors for what is called kundalini or serpent energy. They say this force lies coiled but dormant at the base of the spine like a snake. When awakened during meditation, it is supposed to travel up the spine activating each chakra as it surges upward. When the kundalini force hits the crown chakra, the person experiences enlightenment or Self-realization. This mystical current results in the person knowing himself to be God. That is why kundalini is sometimes referred to as the divine energy. According to New Age proponents, all meditative methods involve energy and power, and the greater the power, the greater the experience.

Basically, what all energy healing entails is opening up the chakras through meditation or transferring the kundalini power from someone already attuned to it. (FMSC, pp. 76-77).

While Reiki is clearly a “spiritual” practice, one involving New Age components, efforts to convince Christians, along with mainstream society, that Reiki is legitimate, religiously neutral (a person of any religion can practice it) and safe are being made. In an article titled “Explaining Reiki to Christians,” William Lee Rand tells readers to visit a website called Reiki for Christians. The website says that even Jesus practiced this kind of energy healing and suggests that we can become more compassionate if we practice Reiki.

Ray Yungen explains the “power” that is behind Reiki and how even children are being introduced to it.

“One practitioner describes the [Reiki] experience in the following way:

When doing it, I become a channel through which this force, this juice of the universe, comes pouring from my palms into the body of the person I am touching, sometimes lightly, almost imperceptibly, sometimes in famished sucking drafts. I get it even as I’m giving it. It surrounds the two of us, patient and practitioner.2

“One obtains this power to perform Reiki by being attuned by a Reiki master. This is done in four sessions in which the master activates the chakras, creating an open channel for the energy. The attunement process is not made known for general information, but is held in secrecy for only those being initiated. . . . New Age teaching is that once someone is attuned he or she can never lose the power; it is for life. Even distance is not a barrier for the Reiki energy, for the channeler may engage in something called absentee healing, in which the energy is sent over long distances, even thousands of miles. One master relates:

Just by having the name or an object of the person or perhaps even a picture in your hand, you can send Reiki to them to wherever they are in the world.3

“What Reiki is really about is using this power to transform others into New Age consciousness. As one Reiki leader states:

[I]t also makes a level of spiritual transformation available to non-meditators, that is usually reserved for those with a meditative path.4

“Statements like this reveal that Reiki is in line with all the other New Age transformation efforts. It changes the way people perceive reality. Most practitioners acknowledge the truth of this. A German Reiki channeler makes this comment:

It frequently happens that patients will come into contact with new ideas after a few Reiki treatments. Some will start doing yoga or autogenous training or start to meditate or practise [sic] some other kind of spiritual method. . . . Fundamental changes will set in and new things will start to develop. You will find it easier to cast off old, outlived structures and you will notice that you are being led and guided more and more.5

“What concerns me is that Reiki apparently can be combined with regular massage techniques without the recipient even knowing it. A letter in the Reiki Journal reveals:

Reiki is a whole new experience when used in my massage therapy practice. Massage, I thought, would be an excellent tool to spread the radiance of this universal energy and a client would benefit and really not realize what a wonderful growth was happening in his or her being .6

“Of all the New Age practices and modalities, Reiki holds the title to being the most intriguing and perhaps eerie one. This is brought out in the following observations made by one of the leading Reiki masters in the country. He reveals:

When I looked psychically at the energy, I could often see it as thousands of small particles of light, like “corpuscles” filled with radiant Reiki energy flowing through me and out of my hands. It was as though these Reiki “corpuscles” of light had a purpose and intelligence.7

“Since Reiki is not something taught intellectually even children can be brought into it. In one Reiki magazine, I found an ad that was offering Children’s Reiki Handbook: A Guide to Energy Healing for Kids. The book is described as a ‘guide that provides kids with what they need to prepare for their first Reiki Attunement.’”8 (from FMSC, Ray Yungen, chapter 6)

If you or someone you know will be staying in a hospital anytime soon, it would be a good idea to tell your doctor and nurses that you do not want Reiki performed on you during your stay. William Lee Rand says that there are over 1 million people in the US alone now practicing Reiki.9 This is not something that should be taken lightly. Sooner or later, you or family members will come across Reiki. And the results could be detrimental.

Notes:
2.”Healing Hands,” p. 78.
3. “Vincent J. Barra Psychic Healer Transmits Reiki Energy” (Meditation Magazine, Summer 1991), p. 31.
4. Paula Horan, Empowerment Through Reiki(Wilmot, WI: Lotus Light Publications, 1990), p. 9.
5. Bodo J. Baginski and Shalila Sharamon, Reiki Universal Life Energy (Mendocino, CA: Life Rhythm, 1988), pp. 33, 49-50.
6. “Sharings” (The Reiki Journal, Vol. VI, No. 4, October/December 1986), p. 17.
7. William Lee Rand, “The Nature of Reiki Energy” (The Reik News, Autumn 2000, p. 5.
8. The Reiki News, Spring 2006, p. 43.
9. William Lee Rand, “Keeping Reiki Free” (Reiki News Magazine, Spring 2005), p. 37

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Consider the Troubles of Israel – Psalm 9

By Bill Randles
Pastor of Believers in Grace

Why has Israel been so universally hated? What is it about her that consumes so much frenetic activity in world forums such as the United Nations? Why so many censures of the only free and democratic nation in the middle east? How could there even be a suggested ‘moral equivalence' in discussions of Israel and her enemies?

How is it that there can be a Red Cross, and a Red Crescent but there can never be a Red Star of David?

Israel, even in it’s current temporary state of unbelief, is an ongoing testimony to the reality of the God of the Bible. The world seeks to “will away” the existence of God, therefore it hates Israel.

Many centuries earlier a pagan prophet, Balaam, was used by the Holy God to prophesy to the King of Moab, who had paid him to curse Israel. Instead God inspired Balaam to bless and extol Israel, predicting that Israel would triumph over all of her enemies in the last days. Click here to read this entire article.

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A LETTER FROM WIDOW AT BRYCE HOME # 14 IN SUNA, KENYA – How My Life and My Children’s Lives Have Changed

LTRP Note: The following letter is sent to us from Mereza, one of the widows who is part of the Bryce Homes for Children that is supported by Understand the Times and Lighthouse Trails readers. You might also like to read two other testimonial letters that we previously posted: Two Testimonial Letters From Widows in Kenya – How Their Lives Have Changed . If you would like to learn more or would like to help support the 15 Bryce Homes in Kenya, please visit our website Missions for Truth or Understand the Times. The letter below was translated by one of Pastor Achilla’s workers.

Dear readers:

I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus. Finally, the Lord has enabled me to get an opportunity to share my testimony which is translated at least to pass appreciation to UTT and Lighthouse Trails readers. May the Glory be to our Lord

Missions for Truth

Mereza with her children – Bryce Home #14 standing with Pastor Nelson

Jesus.

In order to convey systematic information, I have to cite each item and how the same has lifted my living standards.

MY HUMBLED BEGINNING

Immediately after my husband, who was the sole bread winner for the family, passed on, I entered into a traumatizing life which I could not imagine.

In order to feed my five children, I was forced to engage in tobacco farming and processing which is the famous cash-crop in Suna-Kenya. I decided to risk my life in such a hazardous enterprise. Its fruits became really bitter when my health began deteriorating. Constant tests in the hospital confirmed that it was the effect of the fumes from the traditional tobacco processing huts we commonly used. Still I decided not to stop but God finally intervened.

When Roger visited the Suna region in Kenya, I was graced by God to be one of the widowed women to be supported by the Bryce Home project. Since then, I have seen how through project the light of our Lord Jesus is over my life and the entire family.

FEEDING PROGRAMME

I have to clearly state that I had lived the latter part of my life without the knowledge of need to feed on balanced diet. This led to myself and my children to suffer from deficiency diseases. When the donors (UTT and the Lighthouse) intervened through the generous and caring arms of the Lord, my health has dramatically changed. People have even begun admiring my way of life. We no longer suffer the blows of malnutrition since the children can now access food rich in protein, carbohydrates and vitamins. Currently the children were over excited to take sodas (Coka-Cola) which was their first time in life to taste such a beverage.

ENOUGH BED REST

I cannot fail to mention the new status of my bedding characterized by a high density mattress, heavy blanket and a well set wooden bed. I can now relieve my body from the frequent back-ache which used to be my daily complaint. I used to think it was due to old age yet my age is not such advanced. Now it is an improvement I cannot express by mere words alone. Abundant blessings to the readers I say. My children have worn a loving face since then and now believe there is hope for life.

IMPROVED SHELTER

The kind of house I lived in before had become a terrible nuisance to the entire family especially during the rainy seasons. It could force me and the children to be disrupted during the sleep until the rain stops.

Currently the house I live in has iron-roof what seems to be a dream yet it is a reality. This house is fitted with a wood stove chimney which keeps away the smoke. Plastering of the house is in progress and this is an added step in my life. May the Lord teach me to live a life of honour in this house to give his name all the Glory.

SCHOOL UNIFORM

My children have great news to share. Their current status of school uniforms has caused a great stir in their school. They have become so modest that even their teachers comment.To me I thank the Lord since the children can now settle and learn in public school unlike when they used to be ashamed when wearing patched dilapidated uniforms.

Missions for Truth

Mereza’s children in their new uniforms. They are so happy.

What can I say, it is all about the Lord Jesus and He will definitely bless the hands which gave their kind donations.

May God bless Roger and UTT donors, together with LT Readers. I cannot fail to thank the team working tirelessly with Pastor Achilla to ensure the donated items reach us faithfully,

Yours Faithfully,

MEREZA

BRYCE HOME# 14

SUNA – KENYA

Protestant-Turned-Catholic, Scot Hahn, Was Scheduled to Speak at IHOP’s Onething Conference – Understanding Hahn’s “Conversion” to Catholicism

In view of the fact that IHOP (International House of Prayer), a very contemplative promoting hyper-charismatic organization, was planning on having Scot Hahn, a Protestant-turned-Catholic, as one of the speakers at their upcoming Onething Christian Conference, speaks volumes about the move toward Catholicism that many in the evangelical church are making today. In charismatic circles, IHOP would be considered a prominent force so clearly what they do influences tens of thousands of people. And although it appears that the Catholics pulled out of the conference this past week (see John Lanagan’s coverage on this), we would like to draw the attention of our readers to Scot Hahn’s “spiritual journey” into Catholicism.

On November 12th, we posted John Lanagan’s article IHOP-KC/Onething website mum about Catholic participation showing that IHOP was saying very little about the Catholic church’s participation in this conference, even though a Catholic website was being vocal about it. In Lanagan’s article, he listed a number of Catholic speakers who would be at the Onething event. One of those, Scot Hahn, is a major “evangelist” for the Catholic Church in winning converts from Protestantism, using his own conversion from Protestantism to Catholicism as a catalyst.

Because so many evangelicals are moving toward Catholicism (especially through contemplative mystics such as Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Brennan Manning, and Henri Nouwen), we feel Scot Hahn’s “conversion” story would be insightful. Roger Oakland discusses Hahn’s conversion in his book Another Jesus: the eucharistic christ and the new evangelization. Oakland also discusses Hahn’s wife’s conversion too as the couple wrote a book about it, Rome Sweet Rome. Incidentally, Scot Hahn also wrote a book titled Scripture and Metaphysics where he references and quotes many contemplative mystics.

We see a connection between the evangelical embracing of contemplative Catholic mystics and the emerging church’s promotion of the Catholic eucharist (Christ in a wafer). Thus, the following story:

Scott and Kimberly Hahn: Their Eucharistic Conversions
By Roger Oakland

Scott Hahn [is] a Professor of Theology and Scripture at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990. He is also the founder and director of the Saint Paul Center for Biblical Theology.

Hahn entered the Catholic Church on Easter 1986. He is a former ordained Presbyterian minister with ten years of ministry experience in Protestant congregations and a former Professor of Theology at Chesapeake Theological Seminary.

An exceptionally popular speaker and teacher, Hahn has delivered numerous talks nationally and internationally on a wide variety of topics related to the Catholic faith. His teaching has been effective in helping thousands of Protestants and fallen-away Catholics to (re)embrace the Catholic faith.1

Both Scott and his wife Kimberly have written about their spiritual journeys that brought them to the Catholic Church in a book called Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism.2 On the back cover of their book, a statement is made that provides further information about the Hahn family:

For the last decade, Scott and Kimberly Hahn have been speaking around the country—and making tapes that circulate the globe—sharing with thousands all about their conversion to the Catholic Church and the truth and splendor of the Catholic faith. Now this outstanding Catholic husband and wife have finally put their story into print as they recount their incredible spiritual journey “back home” into God’s worldwide family, the Catholic Church.3

In Rome Sweet Home, Hahn gives a step by step account of a Eucharistic encounter that was instrumental in his conversion to Catholicism. He describes in detail what happened to him one day while attending a Catholic Mass. He writes:

[O]ne day, I made a “fatal blunder”—I decided that it was time for me to go to Mass on my own. . . . Right before noon, I slipped quietly into the basement chapel for daily Mass. I wasn’t sure what to expect; maybe I’d be all alone with a priest and a couple of old nuns. I took a seat as an observer in the back pew.

All of a sudden lots of ordinary people began coming in off the streets—rank-and-file type folks. They came in, genuflected, knelt and prayed. Their simple but sincere devotion was impressive. Then a bell rang and a priest walked out toward the altar. I remained seated; I wasn’t sure if it was safe to kneel. As an evangelical Calvinist, I had been taught that the Catholic Mass was the greatest sacrilege that a man could commit—to resacrifice Christ—so I wasn’t sure what to do.4

Hahn then describes the thoughts and feelings that overcame him as the priest proceeded with the consecration of the Host:

After pronouncing the words of consecration, the priest held up the Host. I felt as if the last drop of doubt had drained from me. With all of my heart, I whispered, “My Lord and my God. That’s really you! And if that’s you, then I want full communion with you. I don’t want to hold anything back.”

Then I remembered my promise … Oh yes. I’ve got to regain control—I’m a Presbyterian, right? right! And with that, I left the chapel, not telling a soul where I had been or what I had done. But the next day I was back, and the next, and the next. Within a week or two I was hooked. I don’t know how to say it, but I had fallen head over heels in love with our Lord in the Eucharist! His presence to me in the Blessed Sacrament was powerful and personal. As I sat in the back I began to kneel and pray with the others whom I now knew to be my brothers and sisters. I wasn’t an orphan! I had found my family—it was God’s family.5

Soon the conversion process was complete. Hahn was overcome by his experience and was convinced he truly had discovered the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. In his own words:

Day after day, witnessing the entire drama of the Mass, I saw the covenant renewed right before my eyes. I knew Christ wanted me to receive him in faith, not just spiritually in my heart, but physically as well: onto my tongue, down my throat and into my whole body and soul. This was what the Incarnation was all about. This was the gospel in its fullness.

Each day after Mass, I spent a half hour to an hour praying the Rosary. I felt the Lord unleash his power through his Mother before the Blessed Sacrament. I begged him to open up my heart to show me his will.6

While Scott was converted in 1986, Kimberly’s conversion did not happen until four years later. In one section of Rome Sweet Home, Kimberly Hahn describes the struggle she experienced living in a mixed marriage with her newly converted Catholic husband. She writes:

I tried to fit into Scott’s life as a Catholic. The week after Easter, Scott led a Bible study in our home and I sat in. When a young man was asked to open in prayer, he promptly led in a Hail Mary. I left the room in agony, fell on my knees in my bedroom and wept bitterly—how dare he say those words in my home, rubbing salt into my open wound from Scott’s conversion! Later, I tried to rejoin them, but their comments and expressions of Catholic piety were overwhelming. Soon Scott moved the Bible study out of our home, for which I was most grateful.7

Eventually, Kimberly softened her position and agreed to attend Mass with her husband. She describes the thoughts that went through her mind:

One evening, we had an opportunity to be at a Mass where there was a [E]ucharistic procession at the end. I had never seen this before. As I watched row after row of grown men and women kneel and bow when the monstrance passed by, I thought, these people believe that that is the Lord, and not just bread and wine. If this is Jesus, that is the only appropriate response. If one should kneel before a king today, how much more before the King of Kings? The Lord of Lords? Is it safe not to kneel?

But I continued to ruminate, what if it’s not? If that is not Jesus in the monstrance, then what they are doing is gross idolatry. So, is it safe to kneel? The situation highlighted what Scott had said all along: the Catholic Church is not just another denomination—it is either true or diabolical.8

As more time passed, Kimberly’s perspective of the Eucharist and Mary gradually changed. Eventually she found herself, like her husband Scott, in the position where she had a Eucharistic encounter that changed her life. She writes:

I was amazed how much the monstrance seemed to symbolize the Catholic Church. Like many Protestants, I had been concerned that Mary, the saints, and the sacraments were roadblocks between believers and God so that to get to God, one would have to go around them. They seemed to complicate life with God unnecessarily—like accretions on the sides of sunken treasures, they had to be discarded to get to what was important.

But now I could see that the opposite was true, Catholicism was not a distant religion, but a presence oriented one—Catholics were the ones who had Jesus physically present in churches and saw themselves as living tabernacles after receiving the Eucharist. And because Jesus is the Eucharist, keeping Him in the center allows all of the rich doctrines of the Church to emanate from him, just as the beautiful gold rays stream forth from the Host in the monstrance.9

Kimberly joined her husband in the Catholic Church and in Eucharistic adoration.

(from chapter 9, Eucharistic Conversions, of Another Jesus by Roger Oakland)

Notes:

1. See http://www.scotthahn.com for more information about Scott Hahn.

2. Scott and Kimberly Hahn, Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism (San Francisco, CA: Ignatius Press), 1993.

3. Ibid., back cover.

4. Ibid., p. 87.

5. Ibid.

6. Ibid., pp. 88, 89.

7. Ibid., pp. 105, 106.

8. Ibid., p. 142.

9. Ibid., p. 162.

November 21 Update: Catholic Ralph Martin’s endorsement of IHOP-KC vanishes from IHOP-KC “Endorsements” page

 

The Idolatry of “I am!”

LTRP Note: After you read what Larry DeBruyn is saying in this article below, consider how many of the contemplatives promote this idea that we (man) are also “I AM” (God). See below Larry’s article where Ray Yungen discusses Brennan Manning in relation to this.

By Larry DeBruyn
Guarding His Flock Ministries

One of my seminary professors stated in a theology class, “God created man in His own likeness and image, and man has been returning the compliment ever since.” Again, like one pundit put it, “Man is the ape that wants to be God.” In many ways, shapes, and sizes, the “man-is-God” teaching still comes to us.

Though contemporary Mormons now disavow his statement, Lorenzo Snow (1814-1901), the fifth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, once said, “As man is, God once was; as God is, man may become.” Pretending to be within the pale of Christendom, some Word of Faith teachers boldly tell their followers, “You are gods.” [1] Helen Schucman (1909-1981), a New York research psychologist, authored volumes which now comprise A Course in Miracles (ACIM). Over a period of seven years, Schucman claimed to have received the contents of the course by a process of “inner dictation,” the dictator being Jesus, an “ascended master” and spirit guide. Though using Christian terminology, ACIM is founded upon the fundamental premises of Eastern-metaphysical-mystical religion. In one of the course’s lessons, Schucman stated, “The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself.” [2] Among a host of other believers, authors and teachers, Schucman-like spirituality is widely being disseminated into American culture by various New Age gurus like Marianne Williamson and Eckhart Tolle, and their publicist, Oprah Winfrey. But I will, in this article, address this question: Does the Bible teach anywhere that man is not God?

Other than the obvious, that God is One and not many (Deuteronomy 6:4; 1 Corinthians 8:4; Ephesians 4:6), and that God is the Creator and man is the creature (Romans 1:18-23), there is a revealing prophecy that demonstrates that people are not gods, and that God, and God alone, is God. Click here to continue reading.

Also read Larry DeBruyn’s excellent article: Getting “Higher” on God (A Sequel).

Related:

Brennan Manning and His Trustworthy Guide and the “I AM”
by Ray Yungen

In his book, Ruthless Trust, Brennan Manning mentions that Sue Monk Kidd eventually came under the mentorship of Dr. Beatrice Bruteau who authored the book What We Can Learn From the East. Since that title is self-explanatory, it’s easy to understand why Dr. Bruteau would write the preface to a book like The Mystic Heart by Wayne Teasdale. In the preface, she touts that a universal spirituality based on mysticism is going to save the world.

It seems that all these people want a better world. They do not seem like sinister conspirators like those out of a James Bond film. Yet, it is their niceness that rejects the reality of the fundamental separation between Man and God. It is their sense of compassion that feeds their universalism. It is idealism that makes Manning so attractive and causes him to say [in his book, Abba's Child] that Dr. Bruteau is a “trustworthy guide to contemplative consciousness.”

The irony of this is that Manning is completely correct in his statement—Dr. Bruteau is a reliable guide to contemplative awareness. She has founded two organizations, the Schola Contemplationis (school for contemplation) and the very Christian sounding Fellowship of the Holy Trinity. With the latter, she is promoted as “a well-known author and lecturer on contemplative life and prayer.” Both of these organizations incorporate Hindu and Buddhist approaches to spirituality. This should come as no surprise because Bruteau also has studied with the Ramakrishna order, which is named after the famous Hindu swami Sri Ramakrishna. Dr. Bruteau states:

We have realized ourselves as the Self that says only I AM, with no predicate following, not “I am a this” or “I have that quality.” Only unlimited, absolute I AM” [A Song That Goes On Singing - Interview with B.B.].

When Brennan Manning says she is trustworthy, does he mean we can trust her when she says we are all I AM?

NEW LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH JOURNAL STARTING IN 2013

From Special Press Announcement on November 17th - We have some news that we are excited about, which we wanted to share with our readers. In 2010, we mailed out two different print issues of our From the Lighthouse Newsletter, one in the spring and one in the fall. Our plans had been to mail out a print newsletter 6 times a year from thereon out to all Lighthouse Trails customers and to anyone else who requested it, but it was just too cost prohibitive, and thus we did not continue with the print newsletter, hoping that we could continue it at some point in the near future.

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“It’s final in Ireland: Kids, gov’t rule in home over parents”

By Michael Haverluck
OneNewsNow

The results are in … and parents in Ireland voted for their own defeat — conceding that they are not fit to make decisions about raising their own children. They effectively handed over their parental rights to their own children and the government Saturday, as the final poll results show this week that 57 percent — versus 43 percent — of Irish voters believe that “children’s rights” should usurp their own when making crucial decisions on the upbringing of Irish youth.

In another stride toward global governance, the United Nations brought Ireland under compliance with its mandate that allows for the state’s seizure of children via an amendment that voters approved into the Irish constitution. Only one-third of Irish voters showed up to cast their ballot on the measure, which was not only supported by every political party, but surprisingly by all children’s charities, as well. Click here to continue reading.

Letter to the Editor: Bible Society in Istanbul, Turkey Promoting Contemplative

To Lighthouse Trails:

I just sent an e-mail to the Bible Society in Istanbul, Turkey. Everywhere I go, I find the book of Richard Foster Celebration of Discipline and many others. I looked at the homepage of the Bible Society and found Lectio Divina also: http://www.kitabimukaddes.com/reference-books/lectio-divina-en.html.

How could this crazy deception be everywhere even in the arabic world and Turkey? In the Bible Society of Dubai, you could find almost all contemplatives!

A pastor in Turkey told me that he loves mysticism.

Only the judgment of God can bring order again.

Everywhere I go, I warn and give them your address.

C. ________

A Special Report: The Healing Codes – The secret of health and prosperity revealed?

By Mike Oppenheimer
Let Us Reason Ministries

Whenever we hear of a discovery or a cure that has great popularity, it is always wise to look at how it was discovered, who are the people promoting it, and what are they saying about it? Also, is it being promoted as God given, and is it biblically approved? This is especially important as we see well-known names attached to it. In this report, we will be taking a look at something called The Healing Code to help determine if this is something that Christians can and should safely participate in.

Dr. Alex Loyd, who has a PhD in Psychology and an ND (doctorate) in Natural medicine, has “discovered” a new energy medicine he calls The Healing Code(s). Dr. Ben Johnson, M.D., N.M.D, D.O., who personally applied the results of The Healing Codes techniques, claims to have his ALS cured. Johnson left his medical practice and now works with The Healing Codes company full time. Together, Dr. Loyd and Dr. Johnson wrote the book The Healing Code. In that book, they claim that The Healing Codes is a “system that has been in the body forever but was only discovered in 2001.” Loyd and Johnson say, “It is not acupuncture or mudras or chakras or yoga or any of those methods. It is an absolutely new discovery” (p. 127).

The Healing Code book has been seen in USA Today, People, Time magazine, as well as many other print media publications and has been printed in 16 languages to over 17 countries. It is the #1 bestseller in 11 categories on Amazon. Dr. Loyd lectures all over the world live, on radio, Internet, and TV. Thousands of people from all 50 states and more than 143 countries have now practiced The Healing Codes. This is not some obscure discovery being practiced by just a few.

On the Healing Code website, we read: “Alex and Ben have been featured on network television, public television, and cable television. They will be featured in a Trinity Broadcast Network Special and in a DVD program that will be available in bookstores with Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Beth Moore, and Joyce Meyer called “The Source of the Secret.” (information accessed on Sept. 2012)

Dr. Oz states: “We’re beginning now to understand things that we know in our hearts are true but we could never measure,” he says. “As we get better at understanding how little we know about the body, we begin to realize that the next big frontier … in medicine is energy medicine [energy healing]. It’s not the mechanistic part of the joints moving. It’s not the chemistry of our body. It’s understanding for the first time how energy influences how we feel.”

Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series) says: “Dr. Alex Loyd has the defining healing technology in the world today – It (The Healing Code) will revolutionize health… It is the easiest way to get well, and stay well, fast… Dr. Loyd may very well be the Albert Schweitzer of our time.” There are endorsements by many doctors who are open to this new energy medicine. Click here to continue reading.

Related Articles:

Understanding the Age of Aquarius and Metaphysics

Energy Healing: Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch – Entertaining Devils Unaware

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