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Student Speaks Up Against “Common Core” Education

LTRP Note: If you haven’t read Berit Kjos’ Booklet Tract A “Common Core” For a Global Community, please do so and consider what is happening to children in the public school system. You can read the Booklet Tract in its entirety on this blog. The young man who spoke in this video expressed concern from a students point of view. If you cannot view this video below, click here.

Letter to the Editor: A New Believer Shocked to Learn New Age Practices in Christian College

To Lighthouse Trails:

I’m a new student at __________College in ___________ Canada. The President of the College himself teaches the Spiritual  Formation classes.

The Lord delivered me out of 30 years of spiritual seeking last year (where I tasted of and practiced just about every spirituality and philosophy and practice on the planet) and brought me to salvation. You can imagine my surprise, if not shock, when in class the spiritual exercises the prof was teaching seemed like nothing so much as repackaged New Age stuff. I bought Ray [Yungen's] PDF A Time of Departing a few days ago from you. It completely confirms my impressions. My professor, also the president of the university, is such a gracious caring man . . .  who knows his Bible cold – what a deception!

collegesstairsCould you send me Ray’s other book For Many Shall Come in My Name, the e-book version? [I] am right in the middle of a paper for this prof. I’m trying to line my ducks up in a row and state my case, as far as I can as a new Christian. I’m going to call for him to repent and need to be clear on what I’m saying. No idea how this will affect my academics, and will leave that in the Lord’s hands.

 You might want to add ______________College to your [Contemplative Colleges]  list.

Part of my testimony is that I was adopted into the family of the chief medicine man of the Lakota nation (my own natural father abandoned when I was 5) and intensively practiced aboriginal ceremony for 13 years. When the Lord saved me from the Pit, all hell broke loose – literally- as Satan clearly did not want to let me go. As I battled my way through each day for those first couple of months – this was back in early 2012 – one day I landed on your site and ordered Nanci [Des Gerlaise's] book [Muddy Waters] from you. That book was a great comfort and really helped me get through. 

 Praise the Lord God! The victory is His! Amen!

I was raised Anglican in ________,[Canada] and was an altar boy in my youth for a number of years. I stayed at the rectory a lot and the priest was something like a father to me. He was a homosexual. The utter hypocrisy of everything I saw as a kid is what drove me from everything Christian when I left home at age 16. That’s the reason why I tried just about everything else on the planet – looking for God. 

It’s amazing to see those spirits from the Anglican church of my youth now insinuated into what was once a Bible-believing ________ college. I think that’s why the Lord made it possible for me to go there, to see first hand what is happening. 

No question about it in my mind – this is the great falling away happening before our eyes. I was also once a member of the Anthroposophical Society – an offshoot of the Theosophical society. The mystical Christ being preached more and more is the same as the  anthroposophical Christ taught by Rudolf Steiner, a gnostic version of Christ. 

Paul was serious when he said that those who teach and follow this other gospel, this other Christ, will be accursed.

What are the chances that the American headquarters for the Theosophical Society and Ruth Barton’s transforming center are located within a couple of miles from each other in Wheaton, Illinois?

In Christ,

Stephen (not real name)

The Native Spirituality “Medicine Wheel” and The Circle Maker

By Nanci Des Gerlaise
(Canadian Cree author of Muddy Waters: an insider’s view of North American Native Spirituality)

Native Americans developed the concept of the medicine wheel to illustrate their belief that life is a circle—from birth to death to rebirth—and to act as a guide to understanding self, creation, and their duties. Everything within the wheel is interrelated, and the goal is that these interconnected elements are in balance with each other. Important ceremonies always take place within a circle.

Four is a significant number within Native Spirituality—four directions, four winds, four seasons, four elements, and so forth. Hence, the wheel has four quadrants, which move in a clockwise direction because that is the sun’s direction.  

There are numerous interpretations and uses of the wheel, but the following is the one my own family used. We believed our spirit keeper was the grizzly bear -

In the center are the creator and the individual. East represents beginning or birth, spring, and where the sun rises and is symbolized by the eagle as spirit keeper. The next quadrant, the south, is the mental area, representing the teenage years and symbolized by the buffalo as spirit keeper. The west represents the emotions as well as the season of fall and is symbolized by the grizzly bear. The north represents the spiritual self and is symbolized by the wolf.
Francis Whiskeyjack, a Cree elder and expert on the medicine wheel states:

As we share in this circle with others, we are asking the Creator, the healer, to heal us. We are asking our spirit guides, the helpers, our grandfathers and grandmothers, to pray for us, to be mediators and to help us.1

The Wheel summarizes their earth-centered faith and reveals a system of interaction of animistic, pantheistic, and spiritualistic beliefs in their search for spiritual wholeness.

This is only a brief summary of a very complex teaching that has had great influence for centuries among Native American peoples.

Contrary to this view, however, the biblical view is linear. That is, it views human life as having a beginning and an end. From the creation to the return of Jesus Christ, from the fall of man in Genesis to the new Heaven and the new earth, God reveals in the Bible a linear history filled with purpose: to create a new people for Himself. The medicine wheel indicates that there is no beginning and no end to the existence of a man or other created beings. But we know from Scripture that carnal man does indeed have a beginning (birth) and an end (death). Likewise, in linear fashion, those who are written in the Book of Life will live eternally in Heaven based on the finished work at the Cross by Jesus Christ while everlasting Hell awaits those who reject Christ.

The medicine wheel is used to make contact with the dead, with spirit guides, and with the “great spirit.” But the Bible is clear that man has only one mediator between him and God:

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5).

The Circle Maker

native spiritualityIn 2011, a book titled The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears by emerging church pastor, Mark Batterson, was released. Batterson says his book is inspired by a legendary Jewish sage, Honi, the Circle-Drawer. The premise behind the book is that if we draw circles around important things in our lives, including our prayers, we will receive great blessings. In the legend of Honi in 1 BC, the land was subjected to a drought. In the excerpt below, Batterson says:

With a six-foot staff in his hand, Honi began to turn like a math compass. His circular movement was rhythmical and methodical. Ninety degrees. One hundred and eighty degrees. Two hundred and seventy degrees. Three hundred and sixty degrees. He never looked up as the crowd looked on. After what seemed like hours, but had only been seconds, Honi stood inside the circle he had drawn.2

Sure enough, it rained, and Batterson went on to say, “The circle he drew in the sand became a sacred symbol.”3 Whether God brought rain in answer to Honi’s prayers or not, I will not try to speculate, but what Batterson has done in his book is turn “circle making” into a practice and a ritual (based on drawing circles) that will supposedly bring great results in a person’s life.

While Batterson doesn’t talk about Native Spirituality in his book, I feel it is worth mentioning his book and his “circle making” because this is a way that conditions Christians to more readily accept Native Spirituality, whether Batterson intended it or not. Everything in Native Spirituality is done in circles because the power of the world works in circles, so everything is deemed circular from childhood to worship. As the moon, sun, and earth are all round, so it is that all circles attract a spiritual energy as does symbolic expression. The circle that the medicine wheel represents is an integration of energy and matter, as well as spirit and man, so as to achieve a greater spiritual understanding and creation. Some segments of Native Spirituality involving circles are: round dances, talking circles, pipe ceremonies, drums, four quadrants (north, south, east and west), seasons, and life of man.

Endnotes:

1. “The Medicine Wheel” by Francis Whiskeyjack (http://web.archive.org/web/20100412122830/http://www.ammsa.com/buffalospirit/June-2000/medicinewheel.html).

2.  Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, http://thecirclemaker.com/images/wk1.jpg), pp. 9-10.

3. Ibid.

Letter to the Editor: A New Believer Shocked to Learn New Age Practices in Christian College
The Native Spirituality “Medicine Wheel” and The Circle Maker
Brian McLaren’s Mystery Project Out of the Bag – CANA Initiative – A Gathering of Emergents
Repost: Sojourners Founder Jim Wallis’ Revolutionary Anti-Christian “Gospel” (and Will Christian Leaders Stand with Wallis?)
Creation or the Creator – Who Will You Serve?
Which “Jesus” is calling? An interview with Warren Smith
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Brian McLaren’s Mystery Project Out of the Bag – CANA Initiative – A Gathering of Emergents
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National Cathedral in Washington DC

Recently, a reader brought to our attention a new development within the emerging church – the Cana Initiative, a think tank comprised of ”faith-engaged organizations, individuals, institutions and networks.” On the Cana Initiative website, it states:

The CANA Initiative seeks to create a healthy ecosystem for connection among existing and emerging individuals, organizations, and networks and will serve as an influential “network of networks.” The CANA Initiative is comprised of Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, Orthodox, and other Christians who believe the future for Christian life and mission will be different in many ways from the past and present. . . . The CANA Initiative seeks to support and encourage what is often called Emergence Christianity.

Interestingly, the first meeting that the CANA Initiative is holding is actually wrapping up today, November 21st, and is being held at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. (an Episcopal church). We posted an unrelated (but maybe actually related) article this past October titled “National Cathedral Leader: ‘Homophobia’ a Sin; Same-Sex Marriages Will Be Performed.”  

On the CANA website (started and managed by Doug Pagitt according to Domain Tools.com), it talks about how the last two decades have brought out many ”emerging expressions of Christian faith across the entire religious landscape” (translated, that means interspiritual). It was just about 15 years ago that Leadership Network (under Peter Drucker’s protégée, Bob Buford) gathered together a group of young Christian men (first calling them the Young Leaders Network) and began the Terra Nova project (see chapter 2 of Faith Undone for more about Terra Nova). Some of those men were: Mark Driscoll, Brian McLaren, Dan Kimball, Chris Seay, Tony Jones, and Doug Pagitt. Eventually, the group broke away from Leadership Network and became what is known as Emergent. While they did not all stay together as the years past, today, they are all advocates for contemplative spirituality (worth noting).

According to CANA Initiative, “A number of innovative leaders have emerged over recent decades. They have taken big risks and made big sacrifices. Around them, Progressive, Emergence, and Missional networks have taken shape.”  CANA has a pretty hefty list of these leaders, and CANA may be the first time they have made such a major effort to come together in a more organized fashion. We’re quite confident that atonement rejector Brian McLaren is at a top level of this organizing. In May of 2013, we posted an article from Stand Up For the Truth titled “Brian McLaren ask for significant cash for mystery project.” That article stated:

On his blog [on May 22, 2013], Brian McLaren is making a mysterious appeal for money. Not just a few dollars, but big, bodacious financial support from those with deep pockets. What’s it for? Brian won’t say, but if you want to contribute, you could email him at a special “happy to help” address.

On McLaren’s blog, he stated with regard to this request for money: “Grace [his wife] and I recently decided to make a significant financial investment in building some behind-the-scenes support structures for this movement to take its next steps. I think the time is ripe. I’m looking for some people to join in this initiative.” Later, in another posting, McLaren stated: “We’re considering the name CANA . . . (Potential Name: CANA Initiative).”2

When you think of the negative impact (from a biblical point of view) Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt, Tony Jones, and a number of other emergent figures have had, it’s scary to think of the further impact this new CANA initiative could have on many, especially many young people. Thanks to the big bucks, the huge media attention, an early endorsement and promotion by big name figures like Bill Hybels and Rick Warren, and publishing companies whose support they have enjoyed, the Emergent pioneers are “alive and well.” We knew they had not gone away. That is why we have always disputed the notion that the emerging church was a passing fad that has dissipated. A case in point, two years ago when John MacArthur said the emerging church was in “disarray and decline,” we were compelled to speak up in our article,  ”John MacArthur Says Emerging Church in “Disarray and Decline” – Evidence Shows Differently.” We’re not really sure why MacArthur and others have thought that the emerging church was dead. It made no sense. For one thing, the main driving force behind the emerging church is contemplative mystical prayer. And sadly, that is NOT in disarray and decline. On the contrary, contemplative spirituality has, for the most part, entered almost every evangelical Protestant denomination and almost every Christian seminary and college (Richard Foster and Dallas Willard having been at the forefront of bringing it in).

The emerging church may have a greater end they are seeking than contemplative prayer (that greater end being total unity and oneness among all of humanity), but they cannot get there without getting a critical mass of people to have a change of consciousness, which can come speedily through meditative experiences (altered states). Unbeknownst to these emerging change agents (perhaps some of them do know), they have fallen prey to the devil’s end-time plan to bring total unity and oneness among all humanity for one purpose – so he can be worshipped by the world as God: ” that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world (Revelation 12:9).

If you want to understand where the emerging/emergent/contemplative/progressive church is heading and how they are going to get there, just read the chapter by chapter synopsis of Faith Undone. Pay attention to the sections that talk about the denial of the atonement of Jesus Christ for our sins and the kingdom of God on earth now (prior to Christ’s return) being established. We don’t know how much money Brian McLaren and his wife donated to kick off the new initiative, but we do know he and the others means business.  Watch in the future to see how many books are published by CANA initiators. In the past decade, numerous publishers have provided ample platform for McLaren and the others. Some of the more outstanding publishers catering to emergent have been: Wiley & Sons, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Baker (Emersion Books), Intervarsity Press, and NavPress. McLaren’s most recent book, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammed Cross the Road?: Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World  and his 2014 upcoming book We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation are examples of what we have to look forward to from these CANA Initiators.

Here are some of the names and photos of “Initiators” of the CANA Initiative. If you type in any of these names in our search engine at the top right of this blog, you can find background information on most of them:

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Rob Bell

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 Spencer Burke

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Diana Butler Bass

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 Ian Cron

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Tony Jones

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 Brian McLaren

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Doug Pagitt

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Mark Scandrette

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Samir Selmanović

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Phyllis Tickle

Repost: Sojourners Founder Jim Wallis’ Revolutionary Anti-Christian “Gospel” (and Will Christian Leaders Stand with Wallis?)

LTRP Note: We first posted the following commentary in June 2010. We felt it was timely to post it again for those who have forgotten about it or for those who have not yet read it, especially in view of Jim Wallis’ SoJourner magazine’s endorsement of Brian McLaren’s new CANA Initiative, which we wrote about yesterday. If you want to know where things are going, this article will be most “enlightening.”

By M. Danielsen Guest Commentary

Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners magazine, is one of the top “change agents” today, and the timing of his surge in popularity should not be ignored, considering 1) the ideology of our current administration,  2) the advance of liberal theology via the emerging church and church growth movements, and 3) the current state of apostasy the church finds itself in today. Are all these connected? Through this man, they are indeed.

Unbiblical trends in the church tend to snowball, producing even worse trends: each heretical book or teaching that comes along seems to lead to a worse one; the Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:13 that in the last days, “evil men and seducers [imposters] shall wax worse and worse deceiving and being deceived,” suggesting a progressive pattern of deception.

For those who remember the old “Dragnet” TV show, allow me to “reinvent” Joe Friday: “The story you are about to hear is true. None of the names have been changed – and the only thing I’m interested in protecting is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Worth noting, Jim Wallis will be one of the keynote speakers at Lifest this July [2010]. (Lifest is a large “Christian” music fest in Oshkosh, Wisconsin every summer. 70,000 attendees are expected over the course of the  weekend.) Click here to continue reading.

 

Creation or the Creator – Who Will You Serve?

By Roger Oakland
(author of Faith Undone and Let There Be Light)

Saul of Tarsus was traveling on the Road to Damascus in order to persecute those who followed Jesus Christ and His Word. While his plan was to confront those who believed in Christ, he was shown firsthand the grace of God and was saved by Jesus Christ. This born-again conversion typifies what happens to everyone who comes into the family of God.

Paul’s spiritual eyes were opened; he came out of the kingdom of darkness and was ushered into the kingdom of light. He was delivered from Satan’s kingdom and ushered into God’s Kingdom—a Kingdom that lasts for eternity.

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. (Colossians 1:13)

The apostle Paul’s conversion experience was very dynamic and is recorded in the book of Acts, chapter 17. My own conversion was not as dynamic, but it is just as real. While not written in the Word of God, the Bible provides the explanation for why and how my life was influenced by the Holy Spirit. Since February 12, 1978, my life has never been the same.

The Scriptures teach that when light is shone into the darkness, there is always a resistance from those who would rather remain in the darkness than have light expose their sin (John 3:19). Even though the wages of sin is death, and God has warned mankind of this, men, women, and children are driven by the flesh and therefore not led by the Spirit. Those living in spiritual darkness will accept an evolutionary agenda that will play a major role in the formation of the one-world religion that will set up the Antichrist.

The formation of the religion of the coming Antichrist became a reality to me in the early 1980s. As with other areas of the ministry God has given me, the Word of God opened my understanding regarding this topic. First, the teaching I received from my mentors G.S. McLean and Lorne Pritchard gave me the foundation to understand what the Bible teaches about this coming one-world religion. Second, I could see, based on the study of biblical history, that the Bible reveals there is nothing new under the sun, and history repeats itself.

In the early ’80s, a trend, obvious to only a few, was happening wherein Babylonianism was being revived and called new. This supposed new religion for a modern world is only the reintroduction of the same old lies that blinded millions of people in the past as evidenced by history and archaeology. In other words, the practices of pagans of the past are being introduced into the present in the name of something new. This New Age is not new. The deception can be understood in light of the Bible and the lie that Satan told Eve in the Garden of Eden—“ye shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5).

Many people worldwide, influenced by Darwinian evolution, are being deceived because they believe that God does not exist. Now I can see that the indoctrination of evolution has had another role to play in the latter part of the 20th century up to the present. Because society in general has rejected the overwhelming evidence for creation, they are now willing to worship and serve the creation rather than the Creator.

This, of course, is clearly outlined in Romans, chapter one. The outline for the last-days religion accompanied by the last- days delusion that will produce the perilous times and last-days immorality and depravity is clear. In fact, it is already here.

One day a number of years ago, I asked one of the staff of a local Bible school, “Do you think it would be possible for me to teach a class to the students here exposing the New Age movement?” You could see by his reaction that he had no idea what I was talking about. When I explained what the New Age movement was about, he seemed flabbergasted.

“This is a Bible school,” he exclaimed. “We don’t want students knowing about such things!”

I finally came to the sad conclusion that no one seemed to care. The house was on fire, and they didn’t want to hear about it because they did not like the message or the messenger. After all, it was a message that did not appeal to the sensual appetites of carnal man but rather challenged and exposed the hidden things of darkness.

The Eastern religious belief that man is evolving towards godhood and that we are all connected to one another and to all of creation should be apparent. This heresy promoted today by well-known proponents of the emerging church were ideas that were planted from Eastern mysticism in the early ’80s as the propaganda being sold to the world, but not the church.

Now that we are in the 21st century, these same ideas are mainstream in the emerging church. The preparation that has occurred is like the frog in the lukewarm water illustration where the frog is cooked to death without knowing it as the water in the pot is gradually brought to a boil.

From the New Age warning, the ministry God gave me headed in another direction. As I traveled, I could see that the world was being deceived in two main ways—there is no personal God because of evolution, and everything is God because of evolution.

While these two monstrous deceptions would be enough of a challenge for anyone or any organization to stand up against, another great delusion met me wherever I traveled worldwide—a delusion severely impacting the church. Christians who had once believed the Bible were now looking beyond the Bible for new revelation and experience.

Standing up against this tide of a New Age, experience-based form of Christianity proved to be devastating to my family and me. Many friends, acquaintances, and even pastors who once supported the ministry thought I had gone too far. As a result, they chastised me, called me a heretic and divisive, and finally abandoned me. One even “marked” me (Romans 16:17). What’s more, few have understood that my intention has always and only been that we, as believers, walk in humility, contriteness, and repentance. Repentance is like the rudder of a ship that keeps correcting for errors in compass bearings, steering clear of crags and shoals. It is the way I want to live my life, and I would think that others would want to live their lives like that too. It is a small price to pay for all that Jesus had done for us.

For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. (John 3:20-21)

Which “Jesus” is calling? An interview with Warren Smith

From Stand Up For the Truth Radio Ministries

Many people are attempting to hear the voice of our Savior speaking to them, thanks to a wildly popular book franchise you probably have heard of.

The “Jesus Calling” book was written nearly a decade ago by author Sarah Young, who practiced a contemplative prayer method and actually heard a voice speak to her. She wrote down everything the voice told her to and published her first book which has now sold over 9 million copies and is ranked #1 on the Wall Street Journal Non Fiction Bestseller list. Its product list includes books for women, teens, a children’s version, calendars, devotionals and even a smart phone app.

 We have some concerns that many people are turning to their own experiences over the real Truth that God promises can be found in the Scriptures.

With us today is Warren Smith, a frequent guest on Stand Up For The Truth. Warren has just finished writing his newest book, “Another Jesus” Calling: How False Christs are Entering the Church through Contemplative Prayer.”

Click here to listen to the interview.


Also: Warren Smith Interview on Janet Mefferd Show Talks About the New Age, Jesus Calling, and More

In View of the CANA Initiative - Remember the Emergent Manifesto - All the Earmarks Of What is Now Here

Emergent Manifesto

LTRP Note: In view of the news about Brian McLaren and Doug Pagitt's new CANA Initiative, it may be worth taking another look at the original emerging church treatise, Emergent Manifesto. A number of the names mentioned about in the article above about the CANA Initiative are names found in the Emergent Manifesto. The article below (which we previously wrote) will give you a glimpse of what CANA is all about. These are some of the names found in both the book and CANA: Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, Mark Scandrette, Samir Selmanović, Barry Taylor, Randy Woodley, and Diana Butler Bass.

If you want to know the behind the scenes agenda that is taking over the minds of our children in the schools and colleges (and yes, Christian colleges too), then recognize the earmarks of this evolutionary, socialistic, emergent plan.


From 2007:

Emergent Manifesto of Hope is the new release from Emersion, a publishing partnership between Baker Books and Emergent Village. The book, edited and compiled by emergent leaders Tony Jones and Doug Pagitt, is a collection of essays by various emerging church leaders. Pagitt says the book "provides a rare glimpse inside the emerging church." This "rare glimpse" actually lays out the agenda of the movement, and in essence Emergent Manifesto is the emerging church's coming out of the closet tribute.

The back cover of Emergent Manifesto describes it as a "front-row" look at this "influential international movement" and promises readers that they will come away with "a deeper understanding of the hopeful imagination that drives the emerging church." Readers are also told that they will "appreciate the beauty of a conversation that is continually being formed." However, the book fails to deliver any "beauty."

A more accurate title for this book would be Emergent Manifesto of False Hope, and a subtitle (albeit a lengthy one) that would describe it perfectly would go something like this:

The Kingdom of God is already here on earth, includes all people, all faiths, and in fact is in all people and all of creation and can be felt or realized through mysticism which connects everything together as ONE.

This new collective spirituality leads people into a socialistic community where rituals, practices, and social justice become a means of salvation, but not the salvation you think of in a personal sense of being born-again through Jesus Christ. This is a collective salvation 1 that includes whole cultures and communities who follow the way of someone referred to as Jesus.

Tony Jones lays the ground work for the book by referring to the "highest good" (for humanity) and explains that when Emergent began (in 1998) the group was "engaging in some sort of 'socially established cooperative human activity'"(p. 14). "Cooperative" is a theme that runs through the book. Doug Pagitt says Emergent is a "call to friendship ... with the world" and this "friendship" is a "dangerous leap" in which many ways have been created to connect (p. 19). Throughout the book, these ways to connect become quite obvious. While often called other terms in the book, the concepts behind them are interspirituality (all religions coming together), panentheism (God is all creation), universalism (all are saved), and mysticism (the means by which this connecting takes place).

In this "sense of interconnection," the book states:

[R]enewed popularity of the "kingdom" language is related to the emerging global narrative of the deep ecology movement - a consciousness and awareness that everything matters and is somehow interdependent (p. 27).

New Age sympathizer, Leonard Sweet (in his book Quantum Spirituality) calls this the Theory of Everything. This theory not only says that all creation is connected but that it is all inhabited with Divinity (God).

The Manifesto describes "themes" of "integrative theology" as: Interest in monastic practices, contemplative and bodily spiritual formation disciplines, celebrating earth, humanity, cultures, and the sensuous (p. 28). In a chapter titled "Meeting Jesus at Bars" the Manifesto favorably includes visiting monasteries, practicing yoga, engaging in silent retreats, and chanting with monks (p. 38). One writer in the book has this to say:

"I am a Christian today because of a Hindu meditation master. She taught me some things that Christians had not. She taught me to meditate, to sit in silence and openness in the presence of God.... I believe that all people are children of God." (p.45)

While the book does list praying and reading Scripture as one of the practices to engage in, it offers a disclaimer that this is not what is most spiritually nourishing but rather "our relationship with others give us the most insight into who God is and where God is leading us" (p. 38). And this is really the essence of the book. Harmless, some may say. No, anything but. The Emergent Manifesto belittles a personal, one on one relationship with the Lord and insists that it is a collective salvation that really matters. The goal of this cooperative movement is to participate in "the healing of our world" and to "collaborate with our Maker in the fulfillment of God's reign on Earth" (p. 30).

The Manifesto makes clear that followers of this new, collective religion should not be concerned about saving "people from the jaws of hell," but should rather be "motivated ... to be in relationship with people who in many ways are different" (p. 35). The focus should not be on conversion as much as "cultivation of relationships." The lofty language used in the Manifesto, reminiscent of legal or medical language, makes the writers seem highly intellectual but the reading difficult to comprehend. However, while the language in the book is often obscure and metaphorical, the ideologies are evident. To describe interspirituality, the book says:

"If the Emergent conversation is to have a 'next chapter,' it will need to learn from other sketches outside of Western Christendom" (p. 68). Translation: incorporate the belief systems of other religions.

Or this one:

[T]he environment that Emergent seeks to create - a studio for sketching, a place of freedom and divergence ... [Emergent Village] is more committed to equipping any and all for the process of emergence (p. 70).

Manifesto talks significantly about those who refuse to change and bend with this "process of emergence." Pagitt states:

While immovability may be a fine role for religion, it may not serve the story of God's action in the world very well ... I don't think it is possible to tell the story of faith from the posture of sameness and stability .... Ours is a story of the expanding life of God generating new creation ... of collective faith. (pp. 75-76)

When Pagitt speaks of "expanding life of God" and "new creation," he means that we cannot contain truth or reality within the confines of the written Word of God but that truth is always changing and being created.

Universalism is a pronounced theme in the book as well. Manifesto calls salvation "a collective experience." A Manifesto poem illustrates this:

Not only soul, whole body!
Not only whole body, all of the faithful community!
Not only all of the faithful community, all of humanity!
Not only all of humanity, all of God's creation!(pp. 82-83)

And panentheism (God is in all) is exhibited through statements like the following, which talks about the "holiness of humanity":

"[W]e are agents for change in the world (salvation, redemption, and reconciliation ... it is a celebration of the holiness of humanity in which the fullness of God was pleased to dwell ... it is our holy fleshiness" (p. 88).

What do the emerging church leaders hope to accomplish? Well, they tell us. They want you ... they want the church to join up with them. Listen to this explanation:

"The existing church/emerging church matrix can dissolve into missional collaboration and generative friendship" (p. 107).

And hearing that, we must ask, Is that what Josh McDowell is doing by endorsing Dan Kimball's book, They Like Jesus But Not the Church,2 and is that what David Jeremiah is doing by consistently promoting Erwin McManus?3 Are Christian leaders helping to bring about this dream of the emerging church by dissolving into it? Unfortunately, the answer to that seems to be yes. But how can we as believers follow them into this dark abyss?

In regard to biblical descriptions of last days apostasy, how does the Manifesto relate? It doesn't. In speaking of the days that the Book of Revelation describes, the Manifesto states:

[F]olks who hang around the emerging church tend to see goodness and light in God's future, not darkness and gnashing of teeth ... [some] take the view that we're in a downward spiral, and when things "down here" become bad enough, Jesus will return in glory.... We're caught in the tractor beam of redemption and re-creation, and there's no sense fighting it, so we might as well cooperate" (p. 130).

There is another underlying theme that is permeating the pages of this book and many of the other emerging church books in print, including Dan Kimball's. There is a continual hammering away and chiseling down of the image of Christians (the kind who take the Bible literally and stand by its authority). This effort to villainize Christians is reminiscent of Germany in the 30s when artists would draw distorted pictures of Jews with certain facial features making them look weird, and when rumors and stories would run amuck even suggesting that Jews would rape your daughters, so don't trust them. This all out effort to get society to hate and mistrust the Jews worked. It was a campaign, not based on fact, but based on a demonic kingdom that hates anything that has to do with Jesus Christ. In the Manifesto, Brian McLaren boils down the world's evils to the fault of Western Christians and suggests that these resisting Christians might even become militant against people one day. (Hitler was able to persuade people that the Jews were a threat so they better take them out before the Jews got them.) McLaren states:

What are we in the so-called emerging churches seeking to emerge from? I asked myself. We are seeking to emerge from modern Western Christianity, from colonial Christianity, from Christianity as a "white man's religion ... into a faith of collaborative mission ... It is immediately clear that this kind of emergence must lead to a convergence -- in the West, across denominations and across current polarizations, a convergence of postconservatives and postliberals into what Hans Frei and Stanley Grenz termed a new "generous orthodoxy." (p. 150)

[M]any will react and oppose this emergence, seeking to maintain the hegemony of the West ... perhaps even seeking a revival of crusading Christendom. (151)

In Ray Yungen's book, For Many Shall Come in My Name, he discusses this very thing and shows how New Age leaders have been framing a social mindset that will eventually become hostile to Bible-believing Christians. Yungen explains how it will all be justified as doing humanity a favor by getting rid of them, and when he quotes the words of New Ager Neale Donald Walsch as saying that God believes Hitler did the Jews a favor by killing them, it sends chills up the spine. And whether they realize what they are doing or not, Dan Kimball, Brian McLaren and other emergent leaders are framing a similar mindset for people to climb into.

While it is sad to think about persecution that may be coming upon believers, it is even more tragic to realize how many unsaved people will never hear the gospel because so many Christian leaders have given the emerging church a thumbs up. The publishers and editors at Baker Books should be ashamed of themselves for exalting such anti-Christ teachings or at the very least stop calling themselves a Christian publisher.

For those who are still skeptical about the Emergent Manifesto's message, pick up a copy sometime of Alice Bailey's The Externalization of the Hierarchy, or Al Gore's Earth in the Balance. And when you read those words by those "change agents" see if you notice that the message is the same, just dressed in a different outfit called Emergent.

Emergent Manifesto does indeed "provide a rare glimpse," but not one of hope. Rather it is a look into the near future of a world that is racing toward spiritual destruction through severe deception as the Bible predicts when it says that Satan will deceive the whole world in the days prior to Christ's return (Revelation 12:9).

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another jesus callingEureka, MT – November 25, 2013 – Lighthouse Trails is pleased to announce the release of “Another Jesus” Calling.

Are you one of the nine million people who has read Sarah Young’s New York Times best seller, Jesus Calling? Or do you have a family member or friend who uses Jesus Calling as a daily devotional? Or are you someone who is using discernment in your own spiritual life but feels confused about the direction in which you see so many you know going? If any of these is the case for you, then Warren B. Smith’s new book, “Another Jesus” Calling, is a crucial read.

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A messianic Jewish leader calls it "insane" that the Obama administration has forced Israel to release terrorists who were then showered with cash and military promotions for their evil deeds.

Terrorist killers recently freed by Israel under pressure from the U.S. are getting six-figure payments and military promotions from the Palestinian Authority, which receives millions of dollars of aid from U.S. taxpayers. There was widespread opposition in Israel against releasing 104 prisoners, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yielded to pressure from Secretary of State John Kerry to make a goodwill gesture for peace talks.

Jan-MarkellJan Markell, founder and director of Olive Tree Ministries, calls it "completely ludicrous" that Israel has a "peace partner" in the United States. Click here to continue reading.

 

 

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Jan Markell Interviews Investigative Sergeant, Patrick Crough, on Protecting Your Children From Sexual Predators

Patrick Crough is the author of Seducers Among Our Children: How to Protect Your Child From Sexual Predators - A Police Investigator's Perspective. Recently, Olive Tree Ministries founder and director, Jan Markell, interviewed Patrick on the subject of child sexual abuse. Click the link below to listen to this sensitive interview.

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Christians File Ballot Initiative to Protect Businesses That Decline to Service Same-Sex ‘Weddings’

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open pdPORTLAND, Ore. – A Christian organization in Oregon has filed a ballot initiative that would protect business owners against lawsuits and other penalties in the event that they decline to directly or indirectly participate in a same-sex “wedding.”

The Oregon Family Council filed the proposal, entitled the Protect Religious Freedom Initiative, on Thursday in light of the lawsuits and complaints lodged in recent months against several bakers, florists and photographers in the nation.

Earlier this year, the Christian owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham were placed under investigation after they declined to make a cake for a lesbian ceremony. The business states that it was soon forced to close its doors and operate from home due to protests and harassment from homosexuals. Click here to continue reading.

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