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Warning to Parents: Mind Yeti: The Committee for Children’s Mesmerizing Mindfulness Program

LTRP Note: Recently, we received the following letter from a concerned reader. At the time, we had nothing on our research site about Mind Yeti, but now Lois Putnam has written a great research piece on Mind Yeti (see below the letter to the editor).

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I read your blog article dated 11/15/17 about mindfulness meditation being promoted in schools, and I am curious if you have ever heard of Mind Yeti? It is a program being sold, and, I might add, bought as if it is the latest and greatest “tool” for schools to use to help their students focus. I am acutely aware of this because I work at a public elementary school in Oregon that has begun implementing it–by a teacher who purports to be a Christian no less! I did not like it the very first time I heard it being used, but could not put my finger on exactly why. Since then, I began doing more research and now realize it is out and out indoctrination! I am literally sickened by it! I plan to talk to the teacher promoting it to the rest of the staff, and to my principal as well. I doubt that my questioning of it will be well-received, but I know I must do what I can to stand in the gap on behalf of our students. I would appreciate your prayers and your help in giving me some talking points and anything else you think might be helpful to me as I address this in my own school. I would also like to ask you to sound the alarm to others about this very dangerous program and encourage people to ask specifically if it is being used in their neighborhood schools.

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“Mind Yeti: The Committee for Children’s Mesmerizing Mindfulness Program”

By Lois Putnam

Have you heard of Mind Yeti, CFC’s mindfulness program with its Yeti cartoon-like character who will help clear hubbubbles from kids and their adults’ minds with its daily meditation practices both in the classroom and at home?  Touting its exciting possibilities in an almost half-hour webinar “Get Your Mind Ready with Mind Yeti for Schools” introduces a third grade classroom video where kids “take a moment to find their yeti bodies.”  Its teacher too, along side of her pupils, leads the meditation.  And its students testify how great Mind Yeti is! http://www.secondstep.org/webinars/mind-yeti-for-schools

Just who is Yeti?  Yeti is an ice-blue colored Sesame Street-like character that will help teach kids mindfulness.  And what is a yeti?  Well, a yeti is an ape-like creature said to reside in the Himalayan mountains.  Yes, the Mind Yeti creators have very cleverly used the yeti which some Buddhists worship, and whose costumes Buddhist monks use for religious ceremonies to lure youngsters into mindfulness meditation.  http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2016/01/the-yeti-whats-in-a-name/

In its webinar, CFC collaborators comment, while they haven’t yet revealed Yeti’s “back story,” some children are sending in their own ideas.  However, the back story is that its origin is connected to Buddhism.  Even the YETI company with its drinkware carries a “Sherpa Cooler” named after Tibetan Buddhists who worship the Himalayan peaks and who guide tourists on mountain treks. Click here to continue reading.

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Click here to see booklets that Lois Putnam has written about protecting our children.

 

“Father of the New Age Movement” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – on List of “40 Influential Christian Books”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, often called the “Father of the New Age movement,” is on a list of “40 influential Christian books” on two popular Christian news sites, The Christian Post and The Christian Examiner. The article, which provides the list, states:

Every thoughtful Christian can probably appreciate these 40 volumes in the journey to grow into a deeper understanding of life and existence through the Bible. . . . These books have influenced countless Christians across vast periods of time.

Pierre Teilhard de ChardinAlong with Chardin’s name are other New Age/panentheist-promoting names such as Brennan Manning, Matthew Fox, Henri Nouwen, and Pope Francis.* Any discerning “thoughtful Christian” will understand the implications of Chardin’s and these other names being on a list that purports to represent Christianity and influence “countless Christians.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

If indeed, Chardin and the other men named above have had such a tremendous impact on Christianity, then it is no wonder the church at large is in the condition it is today. The quotes below by Chardin are a picture of where today’s “Christianity” seems to be heading. Some of the other names on the list that we did not mention have played their roles in helping to form a Christianity that would be unrecognizable to the Christianity of the New Testament.

What I am proposing to do is to narrow that gap between pantheism and Christianity by bringing out what one might call the Christian soul of pantheism or the pantheist aspect of Christianity.—Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Christianity and Evolution, p. 56

Now I realize that, on the model of the incarnate God whom Christianity reveals to me, I can be saved only by becoming one with the universe. Thereby, too, my deepest ‘pantheist’ aspirations are satisfied.—Chardin, Christianity and Evolution, p. 128.

I believe that the Messiah whom we await, whom we all without any doubt await, is the universal Christ; that is to say, the Christ of evolution.—Chardin, Christianity and Evolution, p. 95. [Amazingly, Leonard Sweet, one of today’s most prolific Christian authors, describes Chardin as “Twentieth-century Christianity’s major voice.”(Warren B. Smith makes the case against Chardin’s “Christianity” in his book A “Wonderful Deception )

*We have documented these things for many years. Use the search engine on the blog and the research site to read material about each of these names.

Praying Through It All

Praying Through It All

By Warren B. Smith

PRAYER
Prayer was appointed to convey
The blessings God designs to give;
Long as they live should Christians pray;
For only when they pray they live.

And shall we in dead silence lie,
When Christ stands waiting for our prayer?
My soul, thou hast a Friend on high;
Arise and try thy interest there.

If pain afflict, or wrongs oppress;
If cares distract, or fears dismay;
If guilt deject, if sin distress;
The remedy’s before thee—Pray!

Depend on Christ, thou canst not fail;
Make all thy wants and wishes known.
Fear not; His merits must prevail;
Ask what thou wilt; it shall be done!1
—Joseph Hart

E. M. Bounds (1835-1913) authored a number of classic books on prayer. A former attorney who became a preacher, editor, author, and intercessory prayer warrior, Bounds reputedly arose at four each morning and prayed for three hours. In his book The Necessity of Prayer, Bounds wrote:

God’s Word is a record of prayer—of praying men and their achievements, of the Divine warrant of prayer and of the encouragement given to those who pray.2

He described the urgency of prayer as:

. . . a mighty movement of the soul toward God. It is a stirring of the deepest forces of the soul, toward the throne of heavenly grace. It is the ability to hold on, press on, and wait. Restless desire, restful patience, and strength of grasp are all embraced in it. It is not an incident, or a performance, but a passion of soul. It is not a want, half-needed, but a sheer necessity.3

He further wrote:

Nothing distinguishes the children of God so clearly and strongly as prayer. It is the one infallible mark and test of being a Christian. Christian people are prayerful, the worldly-minded, prayerless. Christians call on God; worldlings ignore God, and call not on His Name. But even the Christian had need to cultivate continual prayer. Prayer must be habitual, but much more than a habit. It is duty, yet one which rises far above, and goes beyond the ordinary implications of the term. It is the expression of a relation to God, a yearning for Divine communion.4 . . .

Biblical Prayer

Pray to God
Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. (Isaiah 55:6)

Thus saith the LORD the maker thereof, the LORD that formed it, to establish it; the LORD is his name; Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:2-3)

Pray God’s Will Be Done
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1 John 5:14-15)

Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness. (Psalm 143:10)

Pray in Jesus Name
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. (John 14:13-14)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. (John 16:23-24)

Pray and Abide in Jesus
If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. (John 15:7)

Watch and Pray
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41)

But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. (1 Peter 4:7)

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. (Luke 21:34-36)

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Warning to Parents: Mind Yeti: The Committee for Children’s Mesmerizing Mindfulness Program;
“Father of the New Age Movement” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – on List of “40 Influential Christian Books”
Praying Through It All
Many Just Now Learning About the Dangers of Spiritual Formation

Psalm 23 – The Faithfulness of God

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Many Just Now Learning About the Dangers of Spiritual Formation

Last week, our office received a phone call from a woman who had signed up through her church (with her husband) to take a college course from a local Christian seminary. The course is being held at her church and is on Spiritual Formation. The woman said she was unfamiliar with what Spiritual Formation was when she started the course, but from the pastor’s description of what the course would be about, it sounded like a good thing. However, as she began reading the required textbooks (by Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, and Eugene Peterson), she grew increasingly uncomfortable and concerned. A search on the Internet for some of the terms and ideas being used led her to Lighthouse Trails.

While we know that some of our readers may at times feel we have “hammered” the contemplative issue for too long and that “everybody knows about it now,” we have always believed, based on people calling, writing, and e-mailing, that there are many many Christians who are just now learning about this deception as it is currently exploding in popularity within the evangelical church. Thus, our reason for continuing the warning. It is good that many of you who have studied this for quite awhile have a solid grasp on understanding the dangers of contemplative spirituality, but please never assume that those around you in your communities and churches (and even in your families) have the same understanding and knowledge that you do.

As the woman who called today expressed her surprise and confusion about how such a huge spiritual deception could come into the church, it reminded us of our earlier days of Lighthouse Trails when we too were surprised and confused about how so many leaders in the church didn’t get it when it seemed so obvious. In the beginning, we thought leaders like Rick Warren, David Jeremiah, and Chuck Swindoll (to name a few) would see the danger of it if they were presented with the documentation. But that was before we realized so many of them played a part in helping to bring it into the church. Sixteen years later, unfortunately, we don’t get surprised anymore at what the leaders are doing as they have consistently continued down this path of deception.

The following is a good introduction to understanding Spiritual Formation.

A Few Words About Spiritual Formation

When I first began writing in the field in the late 70s and early 80s the term “Spiritual Formation” was hardly known, except for highly specialized references in relation to the Catholic orders. Today it is a rare person who has not heard the term. Seminary courses in Spiritual Formation proliferate like baby rabbits. Huge numbers are seeking to become certified as Spiritual Directors to answer the cry of multiplied thousands for spiritual direction.1 Richard Foster

What is spiritual formation, and what is its premise? According to Roger Oakland, spiritual formation came upon the church like an unsuspecting avalanche:

A move away from the truth of God’s Word to a mystical form of Christianity has infiltrated, to some degree, nearly all evangelical denominations. Few Bible teachers saw this avalanche coming. Now that it is underway, most do not realize it has even happened.

The best way to understand this process is to recall what happened during the Dark Ages when the Bible became the forbidden book. Until the Reformers translated the Bible into the language of the common people, the great masses were in darkness. When the light of God’s Word became available, the Gospel was once again understood.

I believe history is repeating itself. As the Word of God becomes less and less important, the rise in mystical experiences escalates, and these experiences are presented to convince the unsuspecting that Christianity is about feeling, touching, smelling, and seeing God. The postmodern mindset is the perfect environment for fostering spiritual formation. This term suggests there are various ways and means to get closer to God and to emulate him. Thus the idea that if you do certain practices, you can be more like Jesus. Proponents of spiritual formation erroneously teach that anyone can practice these mystical rituals and find God within. Having a relationship with Jesus Christ is not a prerequisite. In a DVD called Be Still, which promotes contemplative prayer, Richard Foster said that contemplative prayer is for anyone and that by practicing it, one becomes “a portable sanctuary” for “the presence of God.”2 Rather than having the indwelling of the person of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, spiritual formation through the spiritual disciplines supposedly transforms the seeker by entering an altered realm of consciousness.

The spiritual formation movement is widely promoted at colleges and seminaries as the latest and the greatest way to become a spiritual leader. It teaches people that this is how they can become more intimate with God and truly hear His voice. Even Christian leaders with longstanding reputations of teaching God’s word seem to be succumbing. In so doing, many Christian leaders are frivolously playing with fire, and the result will be thousands, probably millions, getting burned.

It isn’t going into the silence that transforms a person’s life. It is in accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and allowing Him to change us, that transformation occurs. (Faith Undone, pp. 90-92)

To understand spiritual formation, all one needs to do is understand the spirituality of Richard Foster. Lighthouse Trails has documented his beliefs through A Time of Departing and Faith Undone, as well as through numerous articles and booklets on the Lighthouse Trails Research site. In this particular article, let us turn to a small book Richard Foster wrote called Meditative Prayer. Foster says that the purpose of meditative prayer is to create a “spiritual space” or “inner sanctuary” through “specific meditation exercises” (p. 9). Foster references several mystics in the book who can point the way to these exercises: Madame Guyon, Teresa of Avila, Francis de Sales, Henri Nouwen, and Thomas Merton. Foster breaks the contemplative process down into three steps. He says:

The first step [into meditative prayer] is sometimes called “centering down.” Others have used the term re-collection; that is, a re-collecting of ourselves until we are unified or whole. The idea is to let go of all competing distractions until we are truly centered, until we are truly present where we are.

Foster suggests that practicing visualization methods help us center down (p. 17). In the second step of meditation, Foster suggests that mystic Richard Rolle experienced “physical sensations” (see kundalini info) during meditation which perhaps we may or may not experience as well (p. 18). Step three of meditation, Foster says, is that of “listening” to God. Once the meditative exercises have been implemented and the “spiritual ecstasy” is reached, this entered realm is where the voice of God can be heard (p. 23). However, as any New Age meditator knows, this ecstatic state is an altered state of consciousness where everything is supposed to be unified and one with God. Foster acknowledges the interspiritual attribute linked to contemplative prayer when he states: “[Jesus] showed us God’s yearning for the gathering of an all-inclusive community of loving persons” (p. 5). Foster defines more of what he means by “all-inclusive” in his book Streams of Living Water when he says this “all-inclusive community” includes everything from a “Catholic monk” to a “Baptist evangelist.”3 In other writings, he says that contemplative prayer (and its results) are for everyone and anyone (see Be Still DVD).

Interestingly, Foster discusses the practice of lectio divina in his book, which is being heralded in many Christian settings as a Christian, biblical practice. People are persuaded to believe that repeating phrases and words of Scripture over and over again is a deeper way to know God. They believe that since it is Scripture being repeated (and not just any words), then this validates the practice and that this sacred reading is sacred because it is the Bible being used. But Foster himself proves that it has nothing to do with Scripture. It’s the repetition that is effective, not the words. He states:

“[L]ectio divina includes more than the Bible. There are the lives of the saints and the writings which have proceeded from their profound [mystical] experiences” (p. 25).

Foster obliterates the supposed premise of lectio divina by saying this. That is because as a meditation proponent he knows that meditation has nothing to do with which words are repeated over and over; it is the repetition itself that puts one into an altered state. Thus whether you say Jesus, Abba, Buddha, or OM, it produces the same effect.

Just in case there is any doubt in the reader’s mind, Richard Foster tells readers to study Thomas Merton for a deeper understanding of meditation, calling his book, Contemplative Prayer a “powerful analysis of the central nature of contemplative prayer.”

Spiritual formation is contemplative spirituality, and it is sweeping quickly throughout Christianity today. If a college, a seminary, a church, or an organization (like Focus on the Family) wants spiritual formation, may they keep in mind, they will get eastern meditation and the occultic realms that accompany it.

And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel. (Colossians 1:21-23)

As Roger Oakland states:

We are reconciled to God only through his “death” (the atonement for sin), and we are presented “holy and unblamable and unreproveable” when we belong to Him through rebirth. It has nothing to do with works, rituals, or mystical experiences. It is Christ’s life in the converted believer that transforms him. (Faith Undone)

For a more in-depth report on Spiritual Formation, read our booklet: Is Your Church Doing Spiritual Formation? 

Notes:
1. “Spiritual Formation: A Pastoral Letter”

2. Richard Foster, Be Still DVD (Fox Home Entertainment, 2006), section titled “Contemplative Prayer.”

3. Richard Foster, Streams of Living Water (San Francisco, CA: Harper, 1998), p. 273.

 

 
Psalm 23 – The Faithfulness of God

By David Dombrowski

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 23When David penned the words to Psalm 23, he attested in unquestioning words to the faithfulness of God. Verse 1 is one of the boldest statements found in Scripture because it testifies to the faithfulness of God from a man who had a unique relationship with the Lord. Here was a man after God’s own heart, a man who grew to believe that God is always faithful no matter what our position in life may be. God is glorious, and never can too much be said to the glory and majesty of God. Or as Jeremiah so aptly put it, “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21-23). God’s mercies are enduring.

So let us listen as David takes up his melodic harp. In verse 1, with song unwavering, David proclaims his trust and enduring assurance to the faithfulness of God. David had been a meek shepherd who watched his flocks day after day, caring for them. He knew that God is a shepherd too, looking after His own. What a wonderful God we have. And just as he cared for all of the needs of his flock, David looked to his Lord to be the provider for all of his needs. Verse 1, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want,” is a summation statement of all that follows in this psalm; yet this verse comes at the beginning rather than the end because each succeeding verse carries with it his resolute declaration to the faithfulness of God as the loving Shepherd who attends to all of the needs of His flock throughout our entire lifespan. Psalm 23 takes us through the sojourn the shepherd takes with his sheep to the mountain pastures and then back home again. I hope to describe the tone and testament to God’s character presented in this psalm.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

Verse 2 then carries the message of God’s faithfulness found in verse 1 and renders it like the softer cords of a melody, alluding to the quiet love of the shepherd as he leads his sheep to green pastures bathed in the beauty of gently warming sunlight and soft breezes like a hand brushing over the tops of these slender grasses. To such a place, the shepherd brings his sheep to lay down if but for a little while to be renewed in the quiet confidence that gives strength – not so much in the physical event itself as in knowing and believing that the shepherd is there to sustain them. The shepherd then bids his sheep to come to the still waters; but more so than a bidding, he literally leads them to the still waters, which remind me so much of the living water Jesus offered to the woman He met at the well. The Word of God is life giving, like water to one who thirsts, in that it brings us to Jesus who is in the truest sense that living water springing up to eternal life. Notice again it says that the shepherd “leads.” The great wonder of the Christian faith is that it brings us to the Shepherd of our souls whose purpose is to guide us every step along our life-long journey. There can be no greater and truer comfort than knowing that Jesus is there guiding us. This quiet confidence is available to all who would be so bold as to yield their lives to Jesus by faith – trusting not in their ability to follow Him but in His ability to lead us. As the Scriptures say both implicitly and literally throughout the Bible, “the just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17), so too it is by faith that the Lord leads us. This is one of the great proclamations of this psalm – the Lord leads me; and He does so as we put our confidence in Him (not in ourselves) to do so.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Like the strummings of a melodic harp, we can hear the chords of restoration. Yes, there is nothing like spending the day under the watchful eye of the Shepherd of our souls. When we come to Him, He renews us and strengthens us. Nothing can really be compared to the work of regeneration God performs in us when we come to Jesus the first time; we are truly born from above at that time. Yet, Jesus then abides in us to continually renew and strengthen us. If you are a Christian who is feeling weary from the testings and trials of life, be assured that Jesus is knocking at your heart’s door to speak words of hope and comfort. Our journey may be difficult at times, but Jesus is there to renew us and bid us to go on. And on we go, from the pasture lands that feed us and the waters that restore our thirsty souls, on we go up into the hills. As Christians, no matter what station of life we are in, God has a call on each of our lives, and simply put, that call is to follow Him. And it is on the paths of righteousness that He leads us. Too often, we as Christians would want to get what we can out of life. There is the temptation to be selfish and self-centered. But God leads us on the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Our very lives should be a testament to the goodness and faithfulness of God. Today, there is much sin within God’s own flock. Let us remember that even though we are justified by the shed blood of Jesus alone, by faith alone, the fruit of our salvation should reflect the nature of God in our own character. That is why Paul said that the sins of immorality and ungodliness should not be named among us (Ephesians 5:3). All of us are being refined and renewed by the Holy Spirit. As Jesus said, we must be holy for God is holy. Like beholding God in a mirror, we are being transformed from glory to glory.

 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Verse 4 proclaims the secret for knowing God’s peace. One of the ironies of life is that those who have known suffering are oftentimes the very ones who have found the lasting peace that can only come from Christ alone. Here the psalmist declares his abiding faith, refined by God’s testings, by saying that he will not fear even under the shadow of death. David’s melodic harp continues on, and though the word “death” would ordinarily strike fear in the heart, somehow the music continues with beautiful cords beckoning our hearts to be still and witness the beauty of the Lord in the more trying moments of life. Up through the shadowy crags, the shepherd leads his sheep where predators often hide awaiting the moment when they can spring upon their victims. Yet, we learn here the secret of perfect peace in knowing that though danger may be near, and only God knows the outcome, we have hope and assurance that God is with us. The sheep know no fear when they know the shepherd is near; their hope and trust is that explicit. Is there any reason why we should not trust our Lord that fully? And, if there is a reason, what would that reason be?

His rod and staff, which are symbols of both his authority and ownership of the sheep, are also weapons of warfare, and hence bring a deep sense of comfort especially in this place of danger. Isn’t it true that God, who is mighty to correct and reprove His children, can by that same attribute bring comfort and peace as we know that no real harm can ever come to God’s people who put their trust in Him? Remember Jesus said: “Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him” (Luke 12:4-5). Unfortunately, the fear of the Lord is being robbed from our present generation of young people. “New” spirituality leaders have converged on them like wolves in sheep’s clothing encouraging them to break away from the moral restraints presented in Scripture as well as teachings on salvation, that we are justified by faith through the sacrificial death of Jesus on the Cross. The negative result from all of this is that our young people are being scattered from the watchful care of the true Shepherd only to have false teachers spring on them with all of their mortally toxic teachings.

I am so grateful that David, who was a good shepherd to his flock, became a shepherd to his people and pointed the way for us to see the true Shepherd of our souls. And here, there is great comfort in knowing God as He really is and trusting Him fully.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

The melodic music continues from the harp, not halting or wavering from its beautiful tones, as the psalm continues in its stirring message. The shepherd has now brought his sheep up through the cliffs and crags of the mountainside to a “table” where the sheep can stop again and feed on the gentle grasses. Though the enemy yet lurks on the fringes of this plateau, the shepherd’s watchful eye keeps them safe. They proceed to graze again while the shepherd tends to the sheep individually, bearing his horn filled with healing oil. What a blessing it is to know the care of the shepherd, anointing his sheep with healing oil. I also appreciate the fact that, while the last verse speaks of “the shadow of death,” this one speaks of renewal. We all face the prospect of something negative happening to us or to those we care for, whether it be death itself or some kind of loss that makes our hopes and dreams seem unreachable and brings them to a grinding halt. But this verse demonstrates that we can go through the valley and come through on the other side. The strings of the harp now plucked to their most vibrant sound speak of those moments in life where perhaps all seems lost but then renewed hope rings out with a new beginning or a way to go on. It is the most joyous sound that speaks of God’s ability to take a difficult situation and bring light out of darkness and joy out of sorrow.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Now we come to the sweet refrain upon the harp. We return to the familiar pastures that we call home. As if boasting before all who will hear, the sheep testify to the goodness and mercy of the Lord – whose mercies are new every morning; but also in their yearly transhumance, the sheep return to winter in their pastoral home on the valley below. If we boast, let us boast in the Lord, and this psalm is a vibrant proclamation to the faithful care of our Good Shepherd throughout the days of our lives. Surely, the joy in life is in knowing that we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever, and we can know the joy of salvation even now.

The music has now ended as the tone of the vibrating harp-strings fades away. No doubt, this was a song of rare beauty as we have as our witness words unrivaled by songwriter or poet. Yet, there is something even more precious to behold than mere words and melody in that this psalm is a testament to the relationship David had with his Lord that would be difficult for a commentator or theologian to adequately describe. And that is the matter that David was a man after God’s own heart; yet in this psalm, David invites us to enter into that same relationship with our Lord; there is no formula or code here, no ten-step plan – but an abiding relationship that comes from having a heart after God.

I should note here that God uses the difficulties that come our way in life to shape our character, but most importantly, He wants us to draw close to Him. The fruit of staying near to the Shepherd, if we allow Him to do His work in us, is that we have a heart after God. This is a place of staying close to Him, of being led by God on a daily basis. Are you aware of God orchestrating your life? By faith, you can trust Him to lead you on a daily basis, for the Word of God says “the just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17). That means we can and should be trusting Him to lead us by the power of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis. It is a journey on the paths of righteousness, past the meadows and quiet streams of renewal through reading His Word, up through the valleys of difficulties, to the table of restoration for summer feeding, then back to winter pastures in the valley below. God should be involved in the details of our lives throughout the year. For the Christian, there is no vacation from God, but at the same time, there is no better, no safer place, than to be near to God. Do you have a thirst for God? Seek after Him, with the Bible daily in your hands, and ask the Lord to lead you. The Holy Spirit is given to believers to be our Shepherd and guide through life with all its dangers and challenges. And as we come to trust Him more and more, drawing near to Him with every challenge we face, we will find that we too have a heart after God like David did.

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Christian Leaders – A New Openness . . .

By Ray Yungen
(From the 2017 book Simple Answers)

It is not just a fluke or an aberration that the evangelical churches and the Catholic Church are coming into alignment with each other. The Catholic Church is taking a softer approach to the evangelical church, and the evangelical church is starting to downplay the traditional and significant differences that have kept it at bay with the Roman Catholic Church. While church history has witnessed martyrs who would not bend on doctrinal issues concerning salvation, today, we are witnessing a paradigm shift from an emphasis on biblical doctrine to the experiential and the mystical. The consensus is becoming that it’s not so important what we believe anymore but what we do—namely that we need to experience God and get along with everyone. And this is where the Catholic Church comes in as it promotes oneness (a unifying of all religious traditions under the umbrella of the Catholic Church) and a vast array of religious practices stemming back to the Church fathers to satisfy the draw to the experiential.

The following examples illustrate how this changing landscape is occurring—

Rick Warren and EWTN

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Rick Warren and Catholic TV host, Raymond Arroyo

In 2014, evangelical Purpose-Driven pastor Rick Warren was interviewed by EWTN (Catholic T.V. network) host Raymond Arroyo.1 In this interview, Warren made it very clear that he saw nothing within the Catholic Church that would keep him from uniting with Catholics from a spiritual point of view.

The interview also showed Warren’s affinity with Catholic contemplative prayer.* He listed a number of Catholic mystics whom he turned to (Thomas à Kempis, Brother Lawrence, The Desert Fathers, St. John of the Cross, and Teresa of Avila2) and told Arroyo the writings of these mystics were “great, classical devotional works.”3 Warren told Arroyo that his own “spiritual director” at Saddleback Church was trained by a Catholic mystic named Jean Vanier. When you read the following description of Vanier, I believe you will understand why Rick Warren is included in this section of Simple Answers:

Vanier is a contemplative mystic who promotes interspirituality and interfaith beliefs, calling the Hindu Mahatma Gandhi “one of the greatest prophets of our times” and “a man sent by God.” In the book Essential Writings, Vanier talks about “opening doors to other religions” and helping people develop their own faiths be it Hinduism, Christianity, or Islam.4

The Warren/Arroyo interview revealed much more about Rick Warren’s proclivities toward the Catholic Church. For instance, he admitted that he loves watching EWTN, and one of his favorite shows is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, which is comprised of “unbiblical practices rooted in paganism.”5

Beth Moore
Beth Moore is the most popular women’s Bible study teacher in the world today. Many men read her teachings as well. She was in a 2015 Christian movie titled War Room that remains very popular and is considered the epitome of conservative evangelicalism. However, she has been a proponent of the contemplative prayer movement for a number of years. In her book, When Godly People Do Ungodly Things, she endorses and resonates with Catholic contemplative practitioner Brennan Manning.6 And in the contemplative infomercial film Be Still, Moore said we cannot really know God without the contemplative “stillness.”7

Like Rick Warren, Beth Moore has delivered a message to her followers that she sees the Catholic Church as a legitimate part of the body of Christ. For example, she has been a regular teacher on James and Betty Robison’s show, Life Today. The Robison’s have made statements that show their strong comradeship to the Catholic Church. For instance, in a May 2014 article written by James Robison on his website titled “Pope Francis on Life Today,” Robison states:

I believe there is an important spiritual awakening beginning in the hearts of those truly committed to Christ in the Protestant and Catholic communities. Is it possible that Pope Francis may prove to be an answer not only to the prayers of Catholics, but also those known as Protestants?8

Some may think it is guilt by association to say Beth Moore agrees with Robison on the Catholic issue just because she teaches on his show. But to further illustrate her affinities, at a conference where Beth Moore was speaking, she called up several women from the audience to the stage and had them sit in different groups based on their religious affiliations. She told the attending women that these groups were all part of the body of Christ. While most of the groups would fall within the Protestant church, she also included a group from the Catholic Church and said these different groups combined form a community that is “the church as Jesus sees it.”9 This is just another example of how the gap between evangelicalism and Catholicism is being narrowed.

Kenneth Copeland

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Pope Francis with several evangelical leaders including James Robison, Tony Palmer, and Kenneth Copeland

In January of 2014, Tony Palmer, an Anglican priest who served as an ambassador for Pope Francis (calling the pope his mentor) to the evangelical church, visited charismatic leader Kenneth Copeland’s church. In a video of the meeting, Palmer told the congregation that he was coming in “the spirit of Elijah” similar to that of John the Baptist.10 Palmer said what was coming was “reconciliation” (meaning Protestants reconciling with the “Mother” church) and that there was no need for the Reformation any longer. Palmer told Copeland’s congregation that division among Christians was diabolical and that it was doctrine that divided but God’s “presence” that united us.11 As Palmer spoke, the congregation enthusiastically applauded and affirmed him. Palmer said that “Luther’s protest is over,” and “if there is no more protest, how can there be a Protestant church?”12 When Palmer was finished talking, he played a clip of Pope Francis greeting Copeland’s congregation. Pope Francis spoke of the separation between Catholics and Protestants. He stated:

I am nostalgic that this separation comes to an end and gives us communion. . . . We have to encounter one another as brothers. . . . Let’s pray to the Lord that He unites us all. . . . The miracle of unity has begun.13

In June of that same year, Tony Palmer met with Pope Francis and handed the pope a document called the “Declaration of Faith in Unity for Mission” that Palmer hoped the Vatican and evangelical leaders would sign in 2017, the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation. The Declaration stated that the evangelicals and Catholics both preached the same Gospel, and therefore, there should be unity.

One month after Palmer had the meeting with Pope Francis, Palmer was killed in a motorcycle accident in the U.K., halting his ecumenical work. Many recognized his efforts as the Boston Globe reported at the time of his death:

The news stunned . . . many across the Christian world who were aware that, behind the scenes, the unlikely friendship of Palmer and Pope Francis was the catalyst of an extraordinary historic breakthrough in relations between the Catholic Church and the evangelical world. . . . [Pope] Francis created the strong impression that the work he and Palmer had begun would continue.14

And so, though Palmer is gone, the efforts to bridge the gap between evangelical/Protestant Christianity and the Catholic Church are still continuing on with others.

Alpha Course/Nicky Gumbel
In 2015, there was an Alpha Leadership Conference, hosted by Nicky Gumbel (the current head of the Alpha program and vicar of the Holy Trinity Brompton Church in the UK). Incidentally, the popular name-it, claim-it teacher Joyce Meyer was also one of the speakers at the event. The following are some quotes taken from Gumbel’s talks at the conference and given to my publisher by someone who watched the talks online:

This crisis [of lack of unity] is a massive opportunity for the church to stand together and fight together.

Ultimately, unity is not doctrinal, it’s relational.

Unity is not an option—Jesus is still praying for our unity—so that the world will be one.

I have come to love the Catholic Church—If God has given them the same Spirit, who are we to oppose God?

The same Spirit lives in the Catholics, and the Orthodox, and the Pentecostals and the Protestants, even the Anglicans have the same Holy Spirit living within them. That’s what makes us one!

Unity doesn’t mean we’re not interested in the truth! The only way to get truth is through unity!

We live in a divided world that demands a united church.

Root of all problems in the world is division. Paul gives us the answer to this—it’s in relationships!15

In a 2004 Alpha News commentary, Gumbel, who is Anglican, stated the following, which shows his acceptance and promotion of Roman Catholicism and the Catholic papacy:

It was a great honor to be presented to Pope John Paul II, who has done so much to promote evangelism around the world. We have been enormously enriched by our interaction with Catholics in many countries.16

And in a 2009 interview between Nicky Gumbel and the UK newspaper The Guardian, Gumbel stated:

Probably one of the strongest movements of the Holy Spirit is in the Roman Catholic Church, so there’s not a huge theological difference between the official teaching of the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church, for example.17

Wheaton College
On March 26, 2012, evangelical Wheaton College held an event titled “A Conversation on Unity in Christ’s Mission.” The two speakers for the event were evangelical pastor, author, and adjunct professor at Wheaton John Armstrong and Catholic Cardinal George of Chicago. A flier for the event read:

An evening of dialogue exploring the common ground and current challenges that face Catholics and evangelical Protestants in Christian faith and mission.18

This was not a debate by two people with opposing views. On the contrary, the discussion was focused on how to bring unity between evangelicalism and Catholicism. In January of 2012, Armstrong posted the following on his blog:

There is a long history behind the worldwide call to prayer for Christian unity but I became acutely aware of the history of this call at the Center for Unity in Rome last March. Then in June . . . I visited the grave site of Fr. Paul Wattson, the man who launched this global week of prayer for Christian unity. As deeply interested as I am in this subject I am pleased to share news today from the Vatican Information Service of January 18. The Pope’s comments provide a gracious reminder of our common duty to the whole of Christ’s Church, not just our own communion or fellowship.19

Armstrong then posted an article from the Vatican news, which in part stated:

Ecumenism, as defined by Vatican Council II and Blessed John Paul II, is “the responsibility of the entire Church and of all the baptised, who must augment the partial communion that already exists among Christians until achieving full communion in truth and charity. Praying for unity . . . must then be an integral part of the prayer life of all Christians, in all times and places, especially when people from different traditions come together to work for victory in Christ over sin, evil, injustice and the violation of human dignity.20

Wheaton College is just another spoke in a wheel that is pushing forward to unite the evangelical church with the Catholic Church.

Franklin Graham

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Bishop David Zubik

On August 15-17 2014, a  gathering called “Three Rivers Festival of Hope” in Pittsburgh, PA was led and organized by Franklin Graham. For the opening prayer on stage in front of a large audience, Graham brought in Catholic Bishop David Zubik. The bishop, during his prayer, acknowledged his belief that Protestants and Catholics are all part of the same church. While we know that Graham’s father, Billy Graham, allowed Catholic counselors at his own crusade meetings (which sadly set a precedent), it’s a big leap to give a Catholic priest the platform at an evangelical event to lead in an ecumenical prayer that puts Catholicism on par with Protestant Christianity.

A newspaper article advertising the Franklin Graham event stated:

Bishop David Zubik said the festival dovetails with calls by recent popes to a “new evangelization,” bringing back cradle Catholics who drifted or became estranged from the faith.

“We felt as long as there was a Catholic component to this particular crusade, we wanted to be a part of it,” Bishop Zubik said.

Those who respond to Rev. Graham’s invitation to make a decision for Christ, and who identify as Catholic, will be given the opportunity to go to Epiphany Church—adjacent to the Consol Energy Center—for the sacrament of reconciliation, or confession.

“We’re right next door,” Bishop Zubik said.

Bishop Zubik said Catholics don’t share all of Rev. Graham’s controversial political statements but added: “That’s not what this is all about. The whole point is to bring people back to Jesus.”21

In an pastoral letter written by Bishop Zubik titled “The Church Evangelizing!,” Zubik expresses his support for the papacy’s “New Evangelization” program. In the letter, Zubik states:

As Catholics, we invite others “to come to Jesus” not only at events in stadiums, but to come to Him in the sacraments, most especially the Eucharist.22

Many evangelicals do not understand what the Catholic church teaches about the “sacraments” and the “Eucharist.” They do not realize that the Catholic belief is that Jesus Christ is actually in the wafer and his blood in the wine, and this “transubstantiation” takes place only when a Catholic priest prays over the bread and the wine. This continual re-crucifying of Christ is the benchmark of Catholic Church doctrine.

Lifeway Survey (Southern Baptist)
Probably the most telling example of this paradigm shift is a study done by LifeWay Research (a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, the resource arm of Southern Baptist Convention). A Christianity Today article called “From Antichrist to Brother in Christ: How Protestant Pastors View the Pope,” details the survey. The first reference is about the negative attitude that evangelical pastors had over the last five hundred years regarding the Catholic Church, which was based on hostility and rejection by Protestantism. In other words, most evangelical pastors would see the Pope as an enemy of the Christian Gospel. But now, according to the survey, 58% of evangelical pastors view the Pope as “a genuine Christian and a brother in Christ.” Another 19% are not sure.23
The general current of evangelical thought is beginning to flow in the direction of the Catholic Church as being a valid and legitimate expression of Christianity. I heard an interview in 2016 that illustrates this perfectly. The interview was with popular Catholic contemplative priest and author Richard Rohr who revealed that his publisher told him that his largest segment of readers is young evangelical men!24 This would have been virtually unheard of a few decades ago.

I find it ironic that LifeWay, which conducted the survey showing this paradigm shift in attitude toward the Catholic Church by evangelicals, is itself part of the problem. Through their online and walk-in bookstores, they sell numerous books written by those who are helping to bridge the gap between Catholicism and Protestantism. In one book they sell titled A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People are the writings of Catholic mystics such as Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen.

Another book LifeWay sells is contemplative pioneer Richard Foster’s book 25 Books Every Christian Should Read: A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics (where he includes a number of Catholic mystics and emergent** authors). One of the people listed in the book as being on the editorial team is Richard Rohr. Rohr’s spirituality would be in the same camp as someone like Episcopalian panentheist Matthew Fox (author of The Coming of the Cosmic Christ). On Rohr’s website, he has an article titled “The Cosmic Christ,”25 which is the “christ” whose being they say lives in every human (i.e., christ consciousness). It’s disheartening to know that Rohr’s largest audience is young evangelical men!

Judgmentalism or Profound Differences?
I haven’t named all these people or organizations in this chapter with the intent of lambasting them. My motive has been to show with this small sampling how the evangelical church is helping to bring about an ecumenical Catholic-bound landscape.

The Catholic-friendly individuals I’ve just quoted would certainly acknowledge there are differences between the evangelical and the Catholic faith. But they would relegate these distinctives as minor issues, and focusing on them in any negative way would be seen as theologically acerbic and divisive. The response most often given by evangelical pastors, church leaders, and those in authority is that criticism is judgmentalism—a vice rather than a virtue—and that those who bring up these objections, seen as minor issues, lead people away from what’s important.

However, our focus here is to show there are profound differences that affect salvation, that are not just unscriptural but anti-scriptural and anti-Gospel. The controversies are not just based on misunderstanding or bigotry but have a solid footing in scriptural discernment. Certain ideas presented as truth must be given the litmus test whether they are actually of God or have gone off the mark, hence the term discernment, which means to have the ability to distinguish or discriminate. The important part is to differentiate between mere human opinion and objective truth.
In actuality, there must be a gauge, something that will measure a perspective or teaching. And in Christianity, that gauge is the Gospel as presented in the Bible. Otherwise, anything and everything is permissible and as is commonly said today, “all paths lead to God.” We can see this illustrated in the Old Testament account of the golden calf, which was supposed to honor Jehovah God who delivered them out of Egypt, but the people did something that was not pleasing to God. Rather than pure worship to the Lord, they used an image (which is idolatry) as a vehicle and actually ended up worshipping another god under another gospel.

A few comments need to be made on what ecumenism is all about from the official Catholic point of view. While this chapter is titled “A New Openness,” openness is not real unless it is honest and forthright. The true meaning of Catholic ecumenism is that in time the “lost brethren” (i.e., Protestants) will be reabsorbed into the Catholic Church, and this is what the New Evangelization is all about. Now, while it may be true that a few Catholic clergy see evangelicals as true Christians, and while most Catholics are at a loss on what official Catholic doctrine teaches, officially the Catholic Church sees the “lost brethren” as just that—“lost.”

The honest approach, of course, would be for the Catholic Church to let evangelicals know where they stand doctrinally. But, as Machiavelli’s old axiom goes, “the end justifies the means,” the Catholic Church has taken the friendly approach to win Protestants back into the fold. If you keep in mind that “unity” here really means “reabsorption,” the pieces of the puzzle will fit together and seemingly contradictory behavior of the Catholic Church will begin to make sense.

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Ray Yungen

*Contemplative prayer is a practice that has entered the evangelical church through the Spiritual Formation movement and has its roots in Catholic mysticism and panentheism (God is in all things). The practice entails repeating a word or phrase (often called a sacred word) in order to “remove distractions,” put the mind into a neutral state, and in this altered state, the contemplative practitioner hopes to hear the voice of God. I discuss contemplative spirituality and its dangers in depth in my book, A Time of Departing.

*** Emergent or “emerging church” refers to those who follow a loose set of doctrines promoting a redefinition of Christianity and incorporating into their fellowships some or all of the following: Roman Catholic mysticism and contemplative prayer, eastern meditation techniques, pagan religious practices such as walking the labyrinth, Lectio Divina, entering the silence, mantras, etc. The emerging/emergent church is highly ecumenical, and the focus is on social justice and cultural relevancy rather than the Gospel and the Word of God. Emphasis is on a social gospel as opposed to a personal Gospel. (This definition taken from Kevin Reeves booklet D is for Deception: The Language of the New Christianity published by Lighthouse Trails.) 

Editor’s Note: At the request of Ray Yungen (before he passed away and while he was writing his book Simple Answers), he asked the editors at Lighthouse Trails to co-write chapter one (which is the content of the above article).

Endnotes:

1. The interview can be viewed by clicking on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVCY8pW-ACs. Roger Oakland wrote about this interview in his booklet Rick Warren and His Dangerous Ecumenical Path to Rome (you can read this booklet at http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog or purchase it at www.lighthousetrails.com).
2. To understand the meaning of contemplative prayer and learn about some of these Catholic mystics, read my booklet 5 Things You Should Know About Contemplative Prayer, or for a more exhaustive study read my book A Time of Departing, both available through Lighthouse Trails Publishing.
3. Warren/Arroyo interview, op. cit.
4. Roger Oakland, Rick Warren’s Dangerous Ecumenical Path to Rome (Eureka, MT: Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2015), p. 11.
5. Ibid., p. 17.
6. Beth Moore, When Godly People Do Ungodly Things (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2002), pp. 72-73.
7. Beth Moore, Be Still DVD (Fox Home Entertainment, April 2006), section: “Contemplative Prayer: The Divine Romance Between God and Man” (transcript on file at Lighthouse Trails).
8. James Robison, “Pope Francis on Life Today” (May 2, 2014, http://www.jamesrobison.net/pope-francis).
9. Lighthouse Trails Editors, “Is Beth Moore’s ‘Spiritual Awakening’ Taking the Evangelical Church Toward Rome?” (http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15914). You can watch the video clip of Moore on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqUiqdGYit8.
10. Watch this video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uA4EPOfic5A.
11. Ibid.
12. Ibid.
13. Ibid.
14. Austen Ivereigh, “Pope’s Protestant Friend Dies, But Push for Unity Lives” (Boston Globe, August 7, 2014, http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2014/08/07/pope-protestant-friend-dies-but-push-for-unity-lives/v7y0x8NglzPe6oNWoXIKdJ/story.html).
15. “Letter to the Editor: Alpha Course Founder, Nicky Gumbel, Asks for Ecumenical Unity with Catholic Church” (http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17458).
16. Roger Oakland, “Alpha and the Pope” (http://www.understandthetimes.org/commentary/c25.shtml), quoting Nicky Gumbel from Alpha News, March-June 2004, p. 7.
17. “Nicky Gumbel Interview Transcript” (The Guardian, August 28, 2009, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2009/aug/28/religion-christianity-alpha-gumbel-transcript).
18. “Wheaton College ‘Dialogue’ Evening—Exploring ‘Common Ground’ with Catholicism in ‘A Conversation on Unity’” (http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=8647).
19. “The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” (http://johnharmstrong.typepad.com/john_h_armstrong_/prayer).
20. Ibid.
21. Peter Smith, “Revival Headliner Franklin Graham Has Trail of Support, Polarizing Comments” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 9, 2014, http://www.post-gazette.com/local/2014/08/10/Franklin-Graham-coming-to-Pittsburgh-known-for-outreach-but-also-divisive-comments-on-Islam-Hinduism-and-gay-marriage/stories/201408100022).
22. Bishop David Zubik, “The Church Evangelizing!” (April 17, 2014, http://www.dioceseofpgh.org/sites/default/files/FINALchurchevangelizingnewsrelease.pdf), p. 8.
23. Lisa Cannon Green, “From AntiChrist to Brother in Christ: How Protestant Pastors View the Pope” (Christianity Today, September 25, 2015, http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2015/september/antichrist-brother-christ-protestant-pastors-pope-francis.html).
24.The Liturgists Podcast (April 11, 2016, http://podcast.theliturgists.com/e/episode-35-the-cosmic-christ-with-richard-rohr).
25. Richard Rohr, “The Cosmic Christ” (The Center for Action and Contemplation, November 5, 2015, https://cac.org/the-cosmic-christ-2015-11-05).

Reactions to "Letter to the Editor: Concerned About Lighthouse Trails Upcoming Book Challenging Calvinism"

Since posting the "Letter to the Editor: Concerned About Lighthouse Trails Upcoming Book Challenging Calvinism" in February, Lighthouse Trails has received a significant amount of reaction regarding our upcoming book, Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy. Needless to say, there were some very angry upset responses as well as some from Lighthouse Trails readers who felt very wounded that Lighthouse Trails would do this. A number of readers told us they were through with Lighthouse Trails and were shaking the dust off their feet. While we anticipated a fairly large negative reaction (which we did receive), we had not expected the favorable response to be as strong as it was. People from around the world calling, e-mailing, and writing (as well as leaving comments on Facebook and our blog) saying they were very glad to know this book was coming out. Many shared, sometimes with tears, how they had been trying to warn friends and family members but with often little success. Somehow the book coming out coupled with reading other responses gave them the sense they were not alone. While the editors at Lighthouse Trails have had trepidation over releasing this book (knowing there would be a strong negative reaction), over the past few weeks we have come to believe more than ever that this is what we are supposed to do. We don't say that arrogantly or flippantly, as it saddens us to know we have upset so many of our readers. Ironically, it was partly due to the negative reaction that our conviction was solidified in knowing we were doing the right thing because so many of the negative reactions defended something we knew was not in the Bible. We, ourselves, do not claim to be anything special or above others regardless of their beliefs. Our conviction and confidence in this situation comes from God's Word, which clearly expresses His love for mankind and His faithfulness to save whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord and believes on Him.

For the benefit of those who are hoping to gain insight and understanding, as we have also hoped for, we are posting a number of the comments below. There are quite a few but are only a fraction of the ones that came in. You may read more of them on our Facebook page (go to 2/25/18 post) and also on our blog.

The letter you received certainly speaks volumes on the sad state of affairs today among the many denominations. Most are false teachings and must be addressed, no matter the cost. I, too, read your post about your projects for 2018 and was over the moon when I read about this project. We moved about 4 years ago and remained in close contact with several of our church family members. A few months after we moved, we began hearing about rumblings within our prior church about this thing called T.U.L.I.P. and Calvinism. There were meetings being held to discuss elder appointees and special classes available to guide and explain to those who didn't understand. One of our precious and dear friends who is a retired missionary was made to feel like an outsider because he was bold enough to state that he could not adhere to or endorse these beliefs. We were in shock! We had not chosen a new church yet and so I began an in depth study on Calvinism. I read everything I could get my hands on. The more I read, the sicker I got! I was floored to realize I had been sitting in the same pews with people that believed these things. There are even more reasons than mentioned above to fight this fight. The seminaries are steeped in this and sending out little soldiers brainwashed (deceived) to pass it on. When we found a new church, we invited the pastor to our home and this very topic was one of the things we discussed before joining. Hang in there, LT!! Angela

If I may weigh in, I don't see a problem with all Calvinists. My understanding is that there are moderate Calvinists like Charles Haddon Spurgeon and J.C. Ryle. I simply have a problem with those that take Calvinism to its logical conclusion. I don't think I have considered Calvinism as an actual religion of its own before. I do appreciate your perspective on the issue though. I would like some clarification on the issues. Ron

Lighthouse Trails- If you think Calvinism is heresy, then you have no credibility as a discernment ministry. It's clear from your response to this reader that you don't even have a proper understanding of what Calvinists believe, which brings your entire body of discernment work into question. How can we trust that you've done your due diligence on anything else you've written? That's why you'll be losing readers and support like you just lost mine. Michelle

I am very thankful that you are publishing a book on Calvinism. I truly believe that is one of the most dangerous theological constructs out there. It absolutely destroys the necessity of the gospel, which, according to Paul, is the power of God unto salvation. It makes the incarnation of Jesus, and the ministry of the apostles meaningless since the elect (and damned) have no choice in matters of salvation and belief. Calvinist blow off such points with lifeless intellectual arguments, all of which point to their superior understanding and wisdom regarding the things of God. While Calvinism appears quiet and harmless it is not. Jesus Christ shed his blood on that cold hard cross, naked and humiliated in the presence of his enemies so that whosoever belief might have eternal life. Evangelism mattered much to Jesus Christ and Paul, and it should matter much to us today. We are not robots. We are creatures made in the image of God, who have been blessed with the gift of freewill. We must encourage the lost that they still have time to open the door to our savior: “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” ‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭KJV‬‬, Ed

Amen! I am so glad you are doing this. Where I live when trying to find a church to go to I have found that most of them are Calvinist that are not Assembly's of God. The names of the churches do not give you a hint. It is not until you listen to them that you will find it out and it does not take long because 'election' is in everything they teach. The Baptist Churches here are Calvinist. The Presbyterian churches here do not call themselves that they call themselves a community church, or a new life church. Beth Moore is used in the women's studies, and they have fellowship with the Seventh Day Adventists. They are the 'new Calvinists' that Dave Hunt warned us about. I did try to stick it out in 2 of the churches but I just could not. Election is in everything. Nannette

Calvinism is not heresy. It is what the Bible teaches. It’s for people who really study the Bible to discern what it teaches. It's not Calvinism. It's Biblicism. What a sorry testimony to the lack of knowledge of the doctrines of grace and the sovereignty of God (Calvinism). You guys are deceived. The author calls Calvinism “heresy”. What a crock! This shows how uneducated biblically he is and anyone is who falls for this nonsense. This is what happens if someone doesn’t get into the Word and REALLY exegete scripture. It seems as if everything is called “heresy” these days.I’ll be leaving this group. I used to respect LT. Karen

I really don’t like to separate when there are many things we can agree on, but I’m finding it harder and harder to find common ground with someone whose soteriology is based on Calvinistic doctrine. The meaning and purpose of the whole gospel is affected. Mary

My son, who is not a Calvinist, wanted to have a debate about their beliefs with me. It was a no win situation for me no matter what scripture I used because they always have another to try to prove their belief, or say we are interpreting it incorrectly. He told me, "You will never convince them, they have to read it for themselves, and for the Holy Spirit to open their eyes. It was frustrating and sad. I asked him if they were to follow sin, since they have no choice, will they still go to Heaven? He said if they are chosen they will not sin...yet they don't know if they are chosen. What if those that live a life as a Bible believing Christian and die but are not chosen, where do they go? "To Hell I guess." So really, you go through life with out the peace of God, without the joy of knowing when you die you will go to Heaven, and your family suffers the pain of not knowing. What a sad and horrific religion for Calvinists. To say, "Well, if you live a Christian life but still go to Hell, you will know you did the right thing. For whom? How many will be at the Great White Throne Judgment that believed what they taught to be true, and yet it was heresy? If people live in sin because they believe they are chosen: a great sound of torment and anguish will fill the air for the teachers of such things, and from those that followed. The Word of God is there for all to read, study, and believe...all will be without excuse and not one will be able to point fingers. Kal

It takes much courage to tackle this subject. Thank you for doing it. I didn't really understand what tulip taught and as I learn the tulip of Calvinism is not biblical. I thank God I was not deceived by it. I will be praying for you because the attacks will be coming because it will expose the heresy and errors of this teaching. Deborah

Great! I researched this issue too, I felt prompted to and was so glad I did. I ended up writing a whole doctrinal paper on why Calvinism (TULIP) is wrong. I too see so many areas being swallowed up with this doctrine. I am glad too that you are making a stand anyway. How much sense would it make to stop carrying your cross now, right? That would be as bad as what the emergent church does, they shut up so their plates will still be filled, not warning while those in their care go down the broad road to destruction. Anna Rosa

I’ve been calling out false teaching for 35 years. Calvinism is way overdue for a look-see and I’ve been harping on that. LT is the only ministry with the guts to look into it apparently. He was and is highly influential in the church— for hundreds of years now — and discernment ministries won’t expose him. How can this be? Everyone is suspect except Calvin? He had people killed for disagreeing with him over infant baptism. If he were a pastor today he’d be skewered openly. He didn’t believe in free will. What? We can decide what to have for breakfast but where eternal matters are concerned we get a lotto number? That’s thoroughly unbiblical. Paul didn’t need Calvin to pen the NT! Dave Hunt blew Calvin’s teachings out of the water thoroughly. If today’s discernment ministries want to have credibility with me and many others they will examine Calvin. That is, unless they’re afraid of their fellow discernment people....who are often 5-pointers. Calvinism is a false soteriology and what’s more important than your doctrine of salvation? Mary

What I am seeing here is that no one can question this book or its premise, or else they are "extremely defensive/idolatrous." How handy is that? You get to be right, and no one had better disagree. Meanwhile, people are throwing their brothers and sisters in Christ under the Hell-bound heresy bus. Disagree, yes. but don't do this to your brothers and sisters. They are not "heretics", and you will worship together around His throne someday. Amy

Amy, some people more than disagreed, they basically stated that if LT published the book they would no longer support this ministry. I support your heresy hunting even though I am not a Calvinist and I know you are. So perhaps you might reexamine Calvinism, as you have held so many other false doctrines up to the light. Calvinism, my friend, is a false doctrine. I say this in love. Karen C.

If my experience is anything to go by, trying to embrace Calvinism can turn you into the 'frozen chosen', you end up losing any concept of the love of God or that God is kind. It was the kindness of God that set me free from calvinism! I had 'forgotten' this is one of his main attributes. I see some truth in calvinist doctrine, but it should never be equated with the gospel, it is rather a system of interpretation. It is more important to be faithful to the text of the NT itself rather than make it fit a theological grid. Any book that brings liberation to anyone with a similar experience to mine is to be welcomed. Ken

Write the book! Expose what needs to be exposed! My studies have also led me to see that Calvinism is heresy - I believe it is another religion altogether, as it preaches a different god than the God of the bible. It is a counterfeit, and must be wholly rejected. I can't wait to read your book! I praise the Lord for folks with enough guts to speak the truth, even when it may cost them. Jesus said "count the cost". Heather

Wow, I thought Lighthouse Trails was one of the few safe places left ... I see that is no longer true.Susan

Matthew 7:13-14 Publish it! Michael

Your response to the letter shows a lack of understanding of Calvinism. I plead with you, don't release this book if you are arguing against a "straw man". Seek to understand, that will serve us all better and help your readers whether they believe in Calvinism or not. Anna

I don't understand why anyone is surprised that Lighthouse Trails would publish such a book. It is clear from your past posts and articles that you are not fans of the Reformed doctrines. I don't like to call myself a "Calvinist" as no-one should be following any one man's teachings and Calvin was certainly wrong in several areas, but I do believe that most of the doctrines of Calvinism are true (though I also think the Reformed faith as taught is incomplete). It is also true that there are many misconceptions of what those doctrines really mean, even within the reformed believers, so there's no surprise that there is confusion. The bottom line for Christianity is "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved." Make sure that you believe in God as He is revealed in the Holy Scriptures, examine yourself to ensure you are in the faith, and keep climbing up! If you fall, repent, ask forgiveness, and get back up - walking in the Spirit rather than in the Flesh. Lighthouse Trails is a good ministry and exposes many of the false teachings found in our churches today, and the publishing of this one book shouldn't deter anyone from your ministry even if they consider themselves full Calvinists. Doug

Calvin was Augustinian in his doctrine. John Calvin: “Augustine is so wholly with me, that if I wished to write a confession of my faith, I could do so with all fullness and satisfaction to myself out of his writings.” Bonnie

Lighthouse Trails has been very helpful in getting information out there on Mysticism, The Emergent Church, etc. I have purchased many of their materials and subscribe to their printed Magazine but I will no longer be supporting their ministry. Lighthouse Trails might as well include all of the Protestant Reformers in their imaginary camp of heresy because they proclaimed the same things as "Calvinists" do today. Romeward bound you go.Dean

God Bless Lighthouse Trails. I for one appreciate all you've done over the years, and stand with you in these trying times. It's especially hard to get the truth out with so many conflicting views around. But, I think D. James Kennedy said it best, "there are only 2 religious, one the is God Centered, and all the rest, Man Centered." What God gave with one hand, free will to choose him, to love him, but on the other hand, man takes away, in Calvinism. David

I was deep into Calvinism. I came out of it when I realized that, under Calvinism, the gospel of Jesus Christ was no longer good news to all. If you are not one of the elect, the gospel is the worst news you will ever hear forever into eternity, hands down! And if the gospel is not good news to a dying, sinful world as the Bible tells us, then it must be something else. And something else can only mean it is a different gospel. And a different gospel is a false gospel. I studied John Calvin and his life in Geneva. Words don't describe his evil deeds there. If Calvin truly believed in election as he defines it, then why did he force converts? If they weren't elect, why would he punish and murder them for not following something that according to his very own doctrine, they were completely incapable of following? He should have felt pity for those that were not "chosen of God." But he didn't, he killed them. Don't be too quick to condemn Lighthouse Trails. They have always been dependable. This should give you Calvinists pause. Ask God for truth. He will deliver. Leaving Calvinism has transformed my spiritual life. I took off those John Calvin reading glasses that filtered the Bible through his doctrine. Praise the Lord! Sue

So sad to see this. I had great respect for LT until seeing this. For a ministry devoted to research so that we can be better informed, your obvious lack of research here is glaring. Back as far as Exodus God told Moses that He would have mercy on who He wanted to. (33:19). You obviously believe differently and that 'man will have mercy on God if he (man) wishes to'. As Stewart has said 'Man's perspective' --- making God in his own image. Or should that last sentence be small g and capital H? God will not be mocked by you calling His word (or at least those things clearly taught in it) heresy. Mike

Please exeget John 6: 37- 44. No man can come unless the father draws and sends them of which Jesus will receive and raise them. If the father draws all then all will be received That is either universal reconciliation or the context, in light of the rest of scripture, demands some form of exclusion. Otherwise you risk boasting in your morally superior free will enabled you to receive the gospel Or so it would seem to allow for boasting in your self in defiance of Ephesians 2: 8-9 T. I. Miller

This is a book that is long overdue. Thank you for standing on Scripture and publishing it. Gunny

Dave Hunt's What Love is This is extremely good Scott

I love you guys. Taking on the Calvinism machine is always rough. Despite now 30 years of reading and studying Calvinist work, like the others above, every time I publicly speak against C'm, Calvinists tell me I don't understand Calvinism. Apparently, we only understand it if we agree with it. Hm. And many also insinuate or outright say that anyone who does NOT accept Calvinism rejects it because we were born rejected by God Who has barred us from understanding these so-called "doctrines of grace". Aimee

I'm definitely going to read this one. I, too, have major concerns with Calvinism and particularly neo-Calvinism, which is why I call myself "Calminian". I believe Walter Martin had it right when he said both camps are correct in what they affirm, and wrong in what they deny. On a practical level, I've seen Calvinism used as an excuse for pacifism--doing little to evangelize or push back against the darkness that is overtaking our country and world. But rather than make this a diatribe against Calvinists, the focus here should be on the book. I hope that it will make the case well, showing that Arminians and Calvinists err when they favor certain verses over other verses, and do gymnastics around the text to make it fit into their frameworks. It is not God's sovereignty vs. man's responsibility. It is both. We are to do what God has told us to do as the body of Christ rather than be disobedient and unfruitful. Bravo for your courage in publishing a book that should help people think and not blindly accept any denominational doctrine or celebrity teacher of the day. Let's continue to look at the whole counsel of God and think. Let's always be teachable and consider that we may have strayed (as did the church we broke from in the reformation) from the truth and need correction. Ed.

Thank you for your stand against Calvinism. The Lord will reward you greatly. This deadly doctrine is rearing its head again I was caught up in it at one time but could never get peace about it. You may get some negative response but there are a lot of Christians who are opposed to Calvinism that will never respond to your Blog. Someone doesn't become a Calvinist by reading the Scripture. Someone has to introduce them to it. Thank you for your stand. I'm an Independent Baptist, at present time a member of a Southern Baptist Church that stands against Calvinism. Lee

Hello to all. I am a "Calvinist" (although I disdain the moniker, as I do not follow Calvin, I follow Christ). And I will say without hesitation that I personally have no problem with you publishing the book. From where I stand, we are brothers and sisters in Christ, and regardless of where you stand on the issue of Reformed Theology, we are still united in Christ, and that is what matters most. I have heard numerous arguments against "Calvinism" (and I have been called some horrendous things by professing Christians because I am a "Calvinist"), and I have found that very few of them have any merit. Most of the anti-Calvinist views I have seen and heard are based on biases, half-truths, misunderstandings about Reformed Theology, and, in some cases, flat out lies. I wish there was more civil and open and thoughtful dialog between the Calvinist and Arminian camps; more of a desire to understand one another. I think our Lord would like that. Thanks for your ministry and God Bless! Bob

There are individuals on this thread who are in a ministry that exposes heresy on a regular basis. Consider that you refuse to allow heretics to use certain tactics when attempting to establish biblical legitimacy for their heresy. However, I have witnessed for several decades otherwise sound Christians cling to a single false doctrine using the same tactics as the heretics they oppose. Therefore, I challenge each one to put Calvinism to the exact same test as doctrines that we would all agree are heresies. Please don’t use the tactics of heretics to defend Calvinism, and then go back to solid hermeneutics for the rest of your belief system.Cedric

I was a Calvinist for 14 years and I can attest that there is no middle ground with Calvinism. You either believe in sovereign election, or you do not. And with so-called "moderates" like Ryle and Spurgeon, they believed in sovereign election and put themselves squarely in the Calvinist category, even if some want to defend them and even if they had statements that masked their beliefs. I, too, eschewed the label "Calvinist," preferring to call myself a "biblicist" instead. Not so. We're talking about a different gospel (sovereign election), a different Jesus (limited atonement), and a different god (sovereignly electing). Calvinists have no assurance. They get caught in the double bind of fearing they're not elect with no way to become elect. And we have to remember that this isn't an academic debate. People are living this damaging theology that pushes them toward trusting in works, regardless of how cleverly they disguise or frame it. Then they call the inevitable sense of condemnation and defeat the "normal" Christian life. Calvinism offers no joy, no hope, no love, and no life because it's built on the lies of twisted truth. It's a wretched theology. Brenda

When I read the comments that were published both on your blog and on Facebook I was shocked to see the negative responses. Of course I was glad to see the positive ones. About 10 years ago I studied the calvinism doctrine, and found it is not the true Gospel but something totally different. Therefore it is absolutely correct to name it a heresy. Majlis (Sweden)

When someone makes a statement such as Lighthouse Trails made about releasing the book Calvinism-None Dare Call it Heresy, people who call themselves Christians did not do what God Word tells us to do. They did what man always does. They started flinging hurtful words and started threatening to take things away from Lighthouse Trails who are discerning the truth and have done it quite well for many years. Proverbs 18:3-God says: "He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him." Shame on you who have done this. You are trying to hurt Lighthouse Trails for the blessed work they have done and are going to keep doing because they are called of God to do so. We are told to search the Scriptures daily to see if what is said is true to the Scriptures. From the comments on here most of you did not do this, you just started lashing out words instead of going to the Scriptures to see if what was being said is true or a lie. Joey

It seems there has been a war of sorts on calvinism vs. armenianism for a very long time. I consider myself in the calvinist camp after learning about it from the preachers of the past, like George Whitefield and others. I have heard some of the more modern descriptions of this doctrine and can see why people are so against it. The modern take on it is without any grace or mercy. It is cold and I think a complete warping of the true doctrine which was held for centuries by the Christian Protestants coming from the Reformation. This must be carefully understood, that leaven has crept in to deceive people from the truth. Calvinism is the gospel, the good news. It is not the modern understanding and definition. It must take much discernment to understand the deeper things that God would show us and that takes prayer and meditation in God's word. Lots are against the teachings of men but they are using the teachings of men for what they don't fully understand in order to destroy that. Lauren

Thank you LT for not shying away from the truth. Many years ago in my early teens I was attending a wonderful Bible teaching church, but after a little while Calvinism became the main focus of this wonderful fellowship. Sadly the preaching was no longer God honoring and sadly the church split/divided over Calvinism. From that day to this I believe Calvinism is divisive and I want nothing to do with it. It was a sad time and it seems more churches are embracing Calvinism. TULIP is not Biblical as God has said in his word that "He is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9. Hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. Matt. 25:41. Hell was not intended for the human race. Yes LT you may lose some of your subscribers but God will honor you for your faithfulness and standing firm for the Truth. Lemke

Lighthouse, I have been following you for a long time before I came to your Facebook page. I stand totally with you on the Calvinist issue. You would be selling out were you to back down and not publish the book. I am proud of you for taking a stand in this sensitive issue. Pam

Where is the book refuting the teachings of Jacobus Arminius?? Or do you also believe that ALL are saved as soon as they pray a simple little prayer? Arminius teaches all about the pride of thinking that WE actually have something to do with our salvation! (Works doctrine.) If you took the time to actually learn about Calvinism (not Neo-Calvinism) You would find that ALL glory and honour belong to only One, God Almighty, He alone is sovereign and able to save. He alone has has the authority to say who will come into HIS heaven. Pretending that we are saved because WE did something like asking Him into our hearts is heresy! Are you now going to tell us to burn all our books by Calvin, Sproul, MacArthur, Spurgeon etc? These guys are the pillars of the faith. I've already burned all my books by Hunt, Oakland and McMahon.Wanda

Unlike your page. If your discernment on this, a Christian scriptural issue, is so woefully lacking, I question your discernment in other things. Not wasting my time. Ellie

Do you really think you're going to persuade anyone? Don't you think this has been debated enough already? God didn't tell you to do this, it's your ego, your pride. Bart

God is glorified when we " pray a simple prayer"! He didn't mind it when the thief on the cross did! And how is calling on the name of the Lord taking away from His glory? -I don't think LT expects any to be book burning but has just informed people of their study and viewpoint and leaving it up to each individual to make their own decisions. Luther as mentioned several times above, did demand things and even advocated hurting people as did Calvin, who actually did physically hurt and kill. I have not ever seen Lighthouse Trails advocating such polemics or push physical harm! Very telling!. Herb

I spoke with a very wise, gracious and senior Minister in Australia about this issue and he had a personal experience with his son who was hooked on Calvinism through another minister; it distressed my dear Brother but he persisted in loving his lad and praying for his release from Calvinism. His learned son was holding an high position of responsibility in the education world and was "no slouch" academically. The Holy Spirit won through and, one day, this clever son was seen to be BURNING all his books on Calvinism. ["How could I ever be so persuaded to think that God could deliver some to eternal damnation?"] I'm amazed to think that people can spend years studying Calvinism (to find answers). The Scriptures are written so that a child can learn to trust The Word of God. I'm a simple man; I have concluded that God knows it all and well He knows who will be saved and who will not. My limited learning convinces me that "Whosoever will may come!" Alan (Australia)

From what I have found in my Bible, I guess I would label myself as a Reformed, Calvinistic, predestination affirming, free will advocating, Bible believing Christian or better yet, just “Bible Believing Christian”. In that vein, I certainly do not disagree with John Calvin on every point of his theology. However. For several years I have agonized with the fact that most Calvinists simply discount the possibility of even a spark of free will which is found so many times in the Bible such as: “whosoever believeth in him should not perish” (John 3:16), “choose you this day whom ye will serve” (Joshua 24:15), “. . . in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2: 1-4) etc. could be imparted to man by our Sovereign God. There is no good thing in me of my own merits but through God, even before salvation, He inserted a conscience in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing. Tom

I embraced and followed Reformed /Calvinist doctrines for a couple of decades. It was expositional, in-depth, inductive study of Scripture in context, which brought me to renounce the doctrines of grace, aka TULIP, aka Calvinism. I didn't call myself a Calvinist, either, as someone mentioned above. I didn't "follow" John Calvin. After years in inductive study, book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse, I started to realize that the proof-texts used by Reformed /Calvinist teacher and theologians, didn't hold up when read and studied in context. Boydrea

If you ever want to have a mind numbing experience, look at the underlying, big picture, theology of this part of the reformed view. As in, God decrees all things and decides who lives and who dies, eternally. Find one of the supporters of that view and have them explain that, and further have them explain that if God decrees all things, then sin is among those things decreed. Chris Q.

Calvinism and manichaeism have everything to do with. It is very gnostic. Alexsandro

Can’t wait to read the book. Though brought up in the RCA, my parents & my pastor warned of the dangers, and brought us the pure truth of God’s Word. TY LT! Connie

Dear brothers and sisters at Lighthouse trails I would encourage you all to never give up even in the face of overwhelming opposition. The huge debate over Calvinism has been a long time coming. Many dear members of the body of Christ lie in Calvinist churches and many in Arminian....I have friends in both. But as in other doctrinal debates, very few believers seem to take the narrow path between the two. I have never had any problem reconciling mans free will given by God's absolute sovereignty. May all of us return to the pages of our bibles and like the the Bereans in scripture, check to see if these things are so. But lift up our heads church and look up...our redeemer draws near. With all blessings and prayers in Christ Fellow believer, Mogens in England

So thankful God doesn't pick and choose who is to be His but has given that choice to 'whosoever will'. It is cruel to think God would choose some and reject others. What a horrible doctrine to attribute to a loving God! Thanks Lighthouse Trails for always standing for Truth! We stand with you 100%! Cheryl

Keep preaching the truth Lighthouse. Eyes are beginning to open, heart are being changed and souls are being won. Thank you for not backing down from the truth of the Word. Sadly Man's doctrines have become more important than God's Word in the majority of the modern day church. Keep up the good work. John 8:32=== And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Chris

 

 

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It is our prayer that we will faithfully be humble servants of the Lord’s work for years to come should the Lord tarry. If you would like to donate to Lighthouse Trails, you may send a donation by mailing it to: Lighthouse Trails, P.O. Box 908, Eureka, MT 59917. Or you may call 866/876-3910. There is also a donate option on our store website. (There is also a PayPal option on that page.)

Lighthouse Trails is not a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, so your donations will not be tax deductible.

 
 
 
 
 
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Shepherd's Bible Verse Tea - Sampler BoxIn 2010, Lighthouse Trails began a small organic tea division as a way to help support the ministry. Thus the creation of Shepherd's Bible Verse Tea. Each tea bag has a string with a tag, and on each tag is a KJV Bible verse (95 verses used). Since the tea division began, we have had many people tell us how much they love our tea. We hope you will consider getting a box and trying it out. It is a wonderful gift too and helps to remind people about God's wonderful Word.

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(except with media rate, journals, and some smaller orders where it might change the shipping costs)

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