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Letter to the Editor: Tired of Churches That Do Not Contend for the Faith

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I just wanted to thank you so very much for taking a stand for biblical truth and having the courage to expose the errors regarding Calvinism and Reformed Theology knowing full well that some would no longer support, follow, or recommend your ministry.

I had to leave my previous church of five years because the pastor started allowing books . . . [by Calvinists] to be used in the women’s Bible study groups. I talked with my pastor and explained my concerns regarding Calvinism and Reformed Theology. We e-mailed back and forth quite a few times, but since he was not willing to take a stand for biblical truth, I told him that as much as I had appreciated his preaching up to that point, I could no longer stay because of how he doesn’t see the serious concerns that a Christian should have regarding these teachings. In our conversations, he also told me that the worship leader is a Calvinist and that many who attend the church were also Calvinists. He had also told me that the church he grew up in split because of Calvinism, so I think he is afraid to take a stand knowing that the same thing will happen at the church he pastors. That is why I appreciate your decision at Lighthouse Trails to boldly, but lovingly, speak the truth on these divisive and destructive teachings that distort God’s Word, and His character as well.

Standing for biblical truth certainly can be hard and often painful, especially when leaving a church and not finding a biblically solid church to attend. After leaving my previous church and searching for the past two years, all I see are either Reformed/Calvinistic churches in their theological position, churches that have adopted the “Purpose Driven” model, or ones that promote Contemplative Spirituality in their Spiritual Formation classes and present Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer “Bible Studies.” I am content in staying home and reading my Bible on a consistent basis and listening to online sermons from pastors who truly do earnestly contend for the faith because I am tired of attending churches and connecting with people only to find the pastor compromising with biblical truth as time goes on; then when the time comes when the Lord shows you that you have to leave, you find out that hardly anyone wants anything to do with you any more. One of my friends left the church with me, and I have connected with some discerning Christians on Facebook, so I am thankful to still have a Christian friend to fellowship with and also thankful for how God makes a way for those who stand for biblical truth to connect with one another via the Internet.

In the midst of our momentary discouragement, we grow to appreciate God’s Word so much more and find that His grace is always sufficient, and His peace truly surpasses all human understanding when we pray and not worry and trust that He will — and does — use all things for our good and for His glory.

Truly praying that the Lord will continue to give all of you at Lighthouse Trails His wisdom, discernment, grace and determination to stand for biblical truth and to expose error with His boldness guided by His love and grace. God Bless You, M.

Auschwitz Survivor Celebrates 104th Birthday With 400 Descendants

By Alex Winston
The Jerusalem Post
(see photo below)

[Shoshona Ovitz] celebrated her 104th birthday this week, surrounded by approximately 400 of her descendants at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Ovitz wished that her birthday celebration would be with all of her family together at the holy site.

Ovitz survived Auschwitz after witnessing her mother being handed over to the infamous Nazi doctor and “Angel of Death,” Josef Mengele, known for his cruel experiments on prisoners. Her father also died in the Holocaust. Click here to continue reading.

Shoshana Ovitz and 400 of her descendants in Jerusalem

Related Stories:

The Jews: Beloved by God, Hated by Many by Tony Pearce

Study Shows Americans Are Forgetting About the Holocaust

A Further Unveiling of Assemblies of God Resolution 3 & the Serious Implications

(Photo from Jerusalem Post)

Comments From Our Readers

The following are some of the comments that came in this past two weeks from our readers regarding articles posted on our blog. If you would like to post a comment to one of our articles, you may do so at the blog. You only need to give your first name. We would be grateful to hear from you, and such feedback is helpful for others. You can also post comments on the Lighthouse Trails Research Facebook page:

Letter to the Editor: Tired of Churches That Do Not Contend for the Faith: We have lived all over the country and seen this insidious doctrine grow exponentially. Does anyone have the ability to connect those of us without a church family in different areas of the US so that we can find each other and start home groups? We had to leave our solid church in south KC due to a recent relocation to NE. We don’t do FB either because pastors and congregants have lambasted each other via social media. Laruil

Letter to the Editor: Tired of Churches That Do Not Contend for the Faith: It’s so comforting to hear from someone else who is standing for Biblical truth! There ARE still some of us out there! Your story has been an encouragement to me today. I too, love this website, and am so thankful for LTR! Allyson

A Matter of Life and Death: May I use this forum to ask a question? I have many Christian friends who continually talk about karma. They think it is Biblical. I can tell them where the term karma came from (and tell them it is not Biblical), but I don’t know what scripture(s) to share with them specifically so they will understand. Thank you! Cindy

To Cindy from a Reader: Hi, Cindy. “Karma” has become a buzzword, and I think that 99% of people have no idea it’s a Hindu/Buddhist term, and maybe that’s a good place to start. Put the word into its context, as you have alluded. It has everything to do with the afterlife, reincarnation, punishment in a next, physical life whereas true Christianity does not teach that because it’s not the truth. We die once and then judgment (Hebrews 9:27). There’s no coming back and fixing our bad deeds, or our good deeds outweighing our bad ones - and the winner determines our eternal destiny. Also Matthew 25:46 puts karma in its place.

The Bible is full of examples that we will reap what we sow; cast your bread on the waters and it will come back to you, especially Proverbs 11:27; Proverbs 26:27; Psalms 7:16 (but this is not karma; these are life lessons and ways of conduct; truisms, not laws, either spiritual or natural). Galatians 6:7 is a karma favorite, but it teaches simply that God will punish sin. Karma, according to those who believe in it, is something that one cannot escape from. Jesus, as savior, made it possible for us to escape his wrath and by becoming born-again, we become part of his family, and there is no more condemnation for him/her who is in Christ (Roman 8:1). Today’s usage of the word “karma” is used wrongly to top it all. There are these Instant” karma jokes; there are a million and one karma memes and stuff on the Internet. As I’ve said, it’s a buzzword with deep, unbiblical roots. It’s a fashion and people run after a fashion.

Be gentle when you explain that it’s either karma or Jesus Christ and the freedom that comes with Him; being reconciled with God forever when born-again.So, someone takes your parking spot at the mall and then ten minutes later someone bumps into his car. “Karma!” people shout. Nope, bad luck, coincidence, everyday life. Cindy, if karma were true (and it has to be 100% true to be true, like the law of gravity), then this world would have zero people. We’d all be dead because of our “wrongdoings.” Using karma to compare it with what happens to a born-again Christian should convince your friends. John

An Overlooked Reason For "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" Author Josh Harris' Departure From the Christian Faith: I do believe you misrepresent Calvinism. They do not normally believe that God plans and makes men sin. They believe that man is utterly sinful and depraved and that man can do nothing but sin and that all good things of the world are because of God’s general grace. Furthermore, man is, according to their beliefs, so depraved that he cannot even choose that which is good (i e believing in Christ). To solve this problem God has to intervene and give the grace of saving faith to some. The rest will, because of their sinful and rebellious nature, not turn to Christ and will therefore perish. Their view is that if God would not elect some, none would be saved. Martin

A reader's reply to Martin: “They do not normally believe God plans and makes men sin.” You might find that they do actually believe it, but usually find other words to say so. In my conversations with them regarding suffering they usually point to BC 13, and say “God designs” everything. In their view of “providence,” they make no distinctions between God allowing/permitting us to disobey him, genetic disease from a fallen world and what he purposely orchestrates. They have told me God orchestrates rape to bring about teachable moments, God gave their mom cancer and that’s a good thing, God caused the girl they purchased out of sexual slavery to be sold by her parents into the brothel in India just so Christians could buy her and witness to her, and that those who are mutilating and raping and starving Christians in North Korea will not hear Jesus confront them and say, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.”  In short, they have a serious problem acknowledging evil, and in their reaction against “chance,” they wrongly make no distinction between God working all things for good, and God’s orchestration. Browsing

An Overlooked Reason For "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" Author Josh Harris' Departure From the Christian Faith: This article grossly misrepresents the Doctrines of Grace and the Sovereignty of God in salvation a.k.a. Calvinism. The authors inability to comprehend Calvinism does not negate the truth of what the Word of God actually says.. His (Josh Harris) lack of salvation, as well as dabbling in the Emergent church movement, is what REVEALED his apostasy, not what caused it. Patrick

An Overlooked Reason For "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" Author Josh Harris' Departure From the Christian Faith: I would say the spiritual formation and emergent ideology were the primary factors in his “departure from the faith”. However it is adding fuel to the fire when you mix in Calvinism with its unbiblical view of election (i.e. even though He could save all, God instead elects certain individuals and damns the rest). Even the “elect” don’t know for sure if they are one of the “elect” so they have to persevere to the end to prove they are actually one of the “elect." Craig

An Overlooked Reason For "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" Author Josh Harris' Departure From the Christian Faith: Sorry for my long response but there are several commenters that have made statements that need to be addressed. First off it is a standard claim by Calvinists that their system is misunderstood by every non-Calvinist. Do you realize what this implies? It implies that the Holy Spirit has given Calvinists special spiritual insight that He hasn’t given to other Christians. This claim is closer to Gnosticism than it is biblical Christianity.

Do you Calvinists realize that John Calvin based his system on the works of Augustine of Hippo? In fact, Calvin claimed that he wrote nothing that Augustine would have disagreed with. This is the same Augustine who claimed that scripture must be interpreted using a Platonic framework and even called Plato a pre-Christian Christian. Plato was a pagan pure and simple. Augustine’s writings are blatant syncretism, and so is any system based on Augustine. It is fairly simple to understand Calvinism by reading Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. A really instructive exercise is to take the allegory and “Christianize” it by changing some of the vocabulary so it sounds biblical. The prisoners become the “unregenerate,” the sunlight becomes “illumination of the Holy Spirit.” The parallels are not some Augustinian accident but very much on purpose.

No one has ever denied that there are many Calvinists who are faithful to the Lord. Their faithfulness is in spite of the Calvinist philosophy not because of it. Glenn

An Overlooked Reason For "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" Author Josh Harris' Departure From the Christian Faith: Wow! I want to say that I heard of [Josh Harris] the first time yesterday in another article. I never heard of him before or of his book. He was quite young to write such a book. . . . I found that there are Catholics who left the church for Calvinism, Seventh day Adventists as well. Once you leave wrong doctrine to more wrong doctrine it leads to failure. . . . How many will follow this Josh Harris in the destruction of their faith? He is responsible for what he had done to people. Ann

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Letter to the Editor: Tired of Churches That Do Not Contend for the Faith
Auschwitz Survivor Celebrates 104th Birthday With 400 Descendants
Comments From Our Readers

Letter to the Editor: Continuing Concern About Moody Bible Institute

Bryce Homes in Kenya Summer 2019 Update
A Matter of Life and Death

New Booklet: “Patiently Waiting and Enduring Through It All”
Beware: Mindfulness Meditation, Especially for Children, is Dangerous
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Letter to the Editor: Continuing Concern About Moody Bible Institute
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LTRP Note: When we received the following note this past week from a reader, we were reminded again about Moody Bible Institute and some of its professors. Moody, which claims to be a Bible-based learning institution, has an obligation to its donors and students to not veer from biblical truth and to make sure the school only uses professors who adhere to this framework.

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I trust you are being blessed mightily.

[Bryan Litfin] (link below) was listed in the “Add friend” area of my Facebook page. I assume the listed ones either visited my page or they were linked through others. He is a writer and a professor at Moody. He is obviously ecumenical and pro-Catholic theology. Sad days!

I thought you might be interested in his FB page:

Praise God for your investigative work which exposes today’s so-called Christian institutions.


Below is an excerpt from an article Lighthouse Trails wrote 5 1/2 years ago. We believe it is still relevant to what is taking place at MBI and so many other Christian colleges, seminaries, and Bible schools today:

December 2013 – “Embracing Contemplative Shows Ill Effects at Moody Bible Institute in Ecumenical ‘Road to Rome’ Event”

By LT Editors

For over seven years now, Lighthouse Trails has followed Moody Bible Institute’s continued promotion of contemplative spirituality. Although the organization has denied that they are promoting contemplative, the evidence has consistently existed. Those who have a good understanding of contemplative spirituality are aware of the inevitable outcome for followers of contemplative. This outcome is a change in spiritual attitude that leads to the following – ecumenism (a joining together of all religious traditions, in particularly Catholicism first, then Islam),  interspirituality (all paths lead to God), panentheism (God is in all), and eventually universalism (all are saved, regardless of belief – thus no need for the Cross).

We had hoped that at some point leaders and professors at Moody would seriously examine the contemplative issue and come to the conclusion that they do not want to go in that direction. Sadly, the indications of that happening are non-existent, and the probability of the complete embracing of contemplative spirituality is fast increasing. A case in point occurred just this month [December 2013) when the school allowed an ecumenical/road to Rome  event to take place on campus, where it was reported that over 300 people showed up, most of them being MBI students.

On December 3rd, emerging church figure John Armstrong (a convert from traditional evangelicalism to emerging) and Catholic priest Father Robert Barron spoke at a gathering at Moody Bible Institute. The event was presented by the Moody Student Theological Society. It was not broadcasted, and Moody’s website doesn’t seem to show anything about it so we have had to gather information from various other sources, including the Moody Student Theological Society’s Facebook page, which carries information about the event, which was called the “Evangelical and Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue.”

We were first alerted to the ecumenical “dialogue” by a Lighthouse Trails reader, who stated:

Heads up to things stirring at Moody Bible Institute. (Also, please read this blog entry about it: [link removed]  from Dec. 4, titled, “Can We Learn from Rome? Maybe… (A Reflection on Ecumenical Unity).” This is by that young man I have mentioned to you before, who rubs elbows with Brian McLaren, Rob Bell, Jim Wallis, et. al.

The blog entry mentioned by the LT reader was written by a senior at Moody Bible Institute (MBI). . . .

The MBI student states:

As I myself have been in the process of rediscovering the beauty of the ancient Christian tradition [contemplative] offered to us via the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and even Anglican versions of faith, I have also felt a tugging and noticed a trend of millennial evangelicals to convert to Catholicism- returning to Rome, if you will.

It is not our intention to draw attention to or scrutinize this student. Our issue is with MBI’s leadership and professors. We believe this and other students at Moody who are being drawn to contemplative . . . and Roman Catholicism  . . .  are merely reflecting the sympathies they have witnessed at Moody from professors and others in leadership. For instance, on John Armstrong’s website, he talks about his invitation to the “Evangelical and Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue” and points to one of the MBI professors:

Our dialogue tomorrow will begin with a welcome by a Moody student leader which will be followed by an introduction given by our moderator, Dr. Bryan Litfin (Ph.D. in the field of ancient church history at the University of Virginia). Dr. Litfin is a professor of theology at Moody Bible Institute. Bryan is also a first-rate patristics scholar and has often encouraged Christian dialogue as a part of his teaching. He is the author of Getting to Know the Church Fathers–An Evangelical Introduction (Brazos, 2007). Fr. Barron and I will each speak for about ten minutes and then we will field questions from the students.

[Lighthouse Trails editors] decided to spend $13.99 to buy an e-book copy of Litfin’s book, Getting to Know the Church Fathers – an Evangelical Introduction. A better title for this book might be Why Evangelicals Should Not Think Too Lowly of the Catholic Church. Litfin says that the benefit of studying the “church fathers” is to “help us get in touch with the general thrust of the Christian faith”  (Kindle Locations 389-390, Baker Publishing Group). But from Litfin’s book’s point of view, the benefit of studying the church fathers is to see some good in the Roman Catholic church. Here’s one example in Litfin’s book where he whitewashes and minimizes the heretical teachings of Roman Catholicism:

[M]any Catholic teachings must be understood as continuous historical developments out of earlier thought. For example, though the theology has changed from biblical times, the breaking of bread and drinking of wine in the Mass is an evolution of the love feasts of the early Christians, for whom the elements represented the Savior’s body and blood just as they still do for Catholics. Likewise, recitation of the Lord’s Prayer is an ancient habit still practiced today. And there are not a few doctrines held by the Roman Church which every orthodox Protestant would hold as well. (Endnote section, #20, (Kindle Locations 4084-4088).

The MBI student (mentioned above) goes on to say:

The Catholic Church offers much of what many millennial Protestants are longing for – liturgy, artistic expression, scholarship, ancient tradition, and a robust and deeply rooted theology [i.e., the Desert Fathers and contemplative spirituality]. Rome offers one, united Christian body with many stripes, styles, and theological variations contained within one communion. And with the Roman Catholic Churches recent moves for ecumenical unity with the Eastern  church and a number of Protestant traditions, it seems to me that perhaps a return to Rome may be in some millennial Evangelicals future.

The MBI student expresses his own hope for the future:

My hope and prayer is that in the coming years, Evangelicals, Mainliners, Catholics, and Orthodox will find more and more common ground on which we can work together to expand the Kingdom of God. My prayer is that God would continue to cause us to rethink, reform, and renew our faith traditions and in so doing help us refine them to reflect more clearly the face of Jesus Christ- our common Lord and Savior.

When you consider that Moody has been promoting the contemplative tradition for so long and the Catholic Church uses contemplative prayer as a catalyst to bring in new converts, it makes perfect sense that a student attending Moody for three and a half years could say something like this.

In 2007, Moody posted a response to LT criticisms that they were promoting contemplative. In that statement (which sat on their site for a number of years), they deny the allegations. But take a look at some of the related links we have provided below to see that indeed they have been promoting contemplative and continue to do so.

One person who would have been very upset about the recent “Evangelical and Catholic Ecumenical Dialogue” held at Moody is Harry Ironside, who was the pastor of the Moody Church (which also now promotes contemplative via its inclusion of sermons by contemplative/Spiritual Formation leader Larry Crabb [1]) from 1930-1948. Ironside stated:

Every Roman Catholic priest will tell you that all  the claims of the Church of Rome stand or fall with the doctrine of the real  presence of Christ in the Mass. If the bread and wine used in the Sacrament of  the Mass, when consecrated by the priest, are changed in some mysterious way  into the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ so that the  communicant receiving the bread actually takes into his mouth and eats and  digests the body, blood, soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ-if this is  true, then the Church of Rome is the true church of Christ and every one of us  should be members of it. But if it is false, if it is absolutely opposed to the  teaching of the Word of God, then the Church of Rome is an apostate church and  every faithful believer should come out of her in order that he might not be  held accountable for her sins.

It was because the great reformers of the sixteenth  century saw this clearly and were assured in their own hearts that the doctrine  of the Church of Rome in regard to the Eucharist or the Mass was absolutely  opposed to the Word of God and was not only blasphemous but idolatrous, that  they came out in protest against that apostate system and they won for us at  tremendous cost of Christian blood the liberty that we now possess. And yet we,  unworthy children of such worthy sires, are frittering away our liberty and we  are allowing our children to be ensnared again by this evil system from which  our fathers escaped with such tremendous effort. (From Ironside’s “The Mass Versus the Lord’s Supper”)

The Bible says in the last days there will be a harlot church. We are watching its formation right now; the tragedy is Christian leaders don’t even see it happening. And sadly, like so many other Christian campuses, Moody Bible Institute is falling into step with this apostasy.

Related Information/LT Coverage on Moody:

Moody Bible Institute—Trying to Hold on to a Biblical Heritage While Riding the Wave of the Emerging Church

What Would D. L. Moody Say Today to Moody Bible Institute About Mingling Truth and Error?

Concerns Grow as Moody Presses Forward Down Contemplative Path

Moody’s Pastors’ Conference Teaching Lectio Divina This Week – And Seven Years of Warning by Lighthouse Trails Go Unheeded

Moody Publishers Release Prayers for Today: A Yearlong Journey of Contemplative Prayer

An Epidemic of Apostasy – Christian Seminaries Must Incorporate “Spiritual Formation” to Become Accredited



Bryce Homes in Kenya Summer 2019 Update
Written by the Board Members in Kenya

June Report:

About eight years ago, Understand The Times and Lighthouse Trails conceived a vision to distribute basic resources to several needy families in Kenya. At this time Bryce Homes Kenya was birthed.  While offering physical assistance to widows and orphans around the world, it was noted that there was a serious need to teach them about the saving relationship they should have with Jesus Christ. The Bryce Homes program has progressively impacted the lives of many widows and orphans in Kenya. This has been made possible by supporters who have continuously stood with the Bryce Homes Program throughout the years.

This month, the administration of Bryce Homes Kenya gathered information to help assess the spiritual aspect the program has had and how it has impacted in the lives of the widows and orphans. Click here to continue reading.

July Report:

This month, the Bryce Home family in Kenya is pleased to share real-life experiences under this program. In all the places where widows and orphans have been reached as the result of the Bryce Homes program, there is a high demand for many other needy families seeking assistance. Unfortunately, we have limitations since not all can be reached. Most of these families under the Bryce Homes program have improved tremendously in life. Children are going to school. Widows motivated by their Small Business programs are working hard since their hopes were rekindled by start-up capital. This is why many others living in abject poverty have asked to be included. We can only thank the Almighty God for the wonderful testimony that is proclaimed by touching the lives of the needy. Click here to continue reading.

LTRP Note: We have put together a slideshow below of recent photos of many of the Bryce Home families in Kenya. We hope you will consider helping to support the Bryce Homes in Kenya (founded and directed by Roger Oakland’s ministry, Understand the Times and significantly supported by Lighthouse Trails readers). If you would like to know more or would like to donate, please visit And to the many LT readers who have faithfully donated to the program, on behalf of UTT and all the Bryce Home families, thank you!  (If you cannot see the slideshow below, click here.

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A Matter of Life and Death

By Roger Oakland
Evolution` not only robs God of His glory in creating life, it also destroys God’s purpose of death and God’s plan to overcome it through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) and “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Contrary to the abrupt formation of each species as stated in the Bible’s creation story, evolution teaches that through the cycle of death came higher forms of life. Through endless cycles of death in one-celled organisms came simple life. From the death of simple life came the formation of more complex life. Finally, through the death of apes came man. Evolution proposes that death combined with the survival of the fittest of a species is the mechanism which produces new and greater forms of life.

This philosophy is cousin to the concept of reincarnation, which is rooted in the pagan religions of the East. Reincarnation states that death and life are intrinsically joined together. They link arms with another cousin, suffering (known as “karma” in India), which is seen as the result of negative acts performed in this or other lifetimes. Such a concept is in contradiction to the view of abrupt appearance or creation by God, and ultimately of resurrection.

In Genesis 3:21, God clothed Adam and Eve with “coats of skin.” These served as a covering for their sin, just as Jesus shed His blood on the Cross as a covering for sin unto salvation. In Scripture, death came about as a result of sin and is not a means of an evolutionary mechanism by which simple life is transformed into more complex forms or man is reincarnated into successive lives. To believe such a premise destroys the very heart of biblical Christianity. To cancel out and nullify the purpose of death and the atonement through the shedding of blood utterly contradicts God’s plan and purpose. The Bible tells us, “it is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). How frightful to think that many go into eternity without knowing Christ as Savior because they would rather believe in a spiritual form of evolution than the Word of God.

Genesis develops the theme of atonement. The Jews were told continually to offer animal sacrifices to God with thanksgiving. Noah carried extra animals on the Ark to thank God for saving them. When the angel of death passed over the Egyptians’ homes and killed the firstborn sons in judgment for Pharaoh’s rebellion against God, those Jews who had the blood of an unblemished lamb painted on their front portals were bypassed. Their lives were spared that the Jews might later inhabit the Promised Land. The sacrifice of an unblemished lamb illustrates the purpose and necessity of God’s Messiah, Jesus described as “the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29) and is a prophetic fulfillment of Isaiah 53.

Like the Jews who were bypassed by the angel of death, sinners today can be spared the ramifications of death only if they are covered by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. Our relationship with God is broken due to sin, and we are lost in our sins. But when we turn to Christ and receive Him as our Savior by faith, He puts a new life within us and gives us right standing with God. By faith, we have received eternal life, and we begin a life of living for God. All of this is the result of Jesus’ death on the Cross where He shed His blood for our transgressions (Romans 5:1).

What does all this have to do with evolution? Here’s what G. Richard Bozarth, atheist and outspoken opponent of creationism, has said:

Christianity has fought, still fights, and will fight science to the desperate end over evolution, because evolution destroys utterly and finally the very reason Jesus’ earthly life was supposedly made necessary. Destroy Adam and Eve and the original sin, and in the rubble you will find the sorry remains of the son of god. Take away the meaning of his death. If Jesus was not the redeemer who died for our sins, and this is what evolution means, then Christianity is nothing!1

Bozarth’s statement makes it apparent that atheism’s agenda is to advance evolution and destroy the very foundational principles of biblical Christianity. It is sad to think that it takes an atheist to have the insight that evolution undermines and destroys the meaning of the Cross while many Christians would blindly go and embrace it.


  1. Richard Bozarth, “The Meaning of Evolution” (The American Atheist, September 1978), p. 28.
New Booklet: “Patiently Waiting and Enduring Through It All”

NEW BOOKLET: Patiently Waiting and Enduring Through It All by Warren B. Smith is our newest Lighthouse Trails Booklet. The Booklet is 14 pages long and sells for $1.95 for single copies. Quantity discounts are available. Our Booklets are designed to give away to others or for your own personal use. Below is the content of the booklet. To order copies of Patiently Waiting and Enduring Through It All, click here. This booklet is part of Warren B. Smith’s devotional book, Pressing On Through It All: Scriptural Encouragement For These Last Days.

Patiently Waiting and Enduring
Through It All

By Warren B. Smith

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. (Romans 8:24-25)

Enduring Patience

Webster’s New World Dictionary defines the word “patient” as “bearing or enduring pain, trouble, etc. without complaining or losing self-control, calmly tolerating delay, confusion; able to wait calmly for something desired; steady, diligent, persevering.” The Greek meaning according to Strong’s Concordance is to have “a cheerful or hopeful endurance; a constancy or enduring patience; a patient continuance (waiting).” In short, patience may be seen as the ability to cheerfully and hopefully wait and endure—without complaint—whatever befalls us.

The Israelites’ Impatience

The Bible makes it clear that Jesus’ followers are to wait patiently for His return. The Book of Exodus records how the Israelites did not wait patiently when Moses “delayed” his return from Mount Sinai:

And when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. (Exodus 32:1)

In their impatience, the Israelites “corrupted themselves” by worshiping a god of their own making. Instead of waiting patiently for Moses and the true God of Israel, the people created another god. Scripture records how “the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play”:

And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings, which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me. And all the people brake off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To morrow is a feast to the LORD. And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. (Exodus 32:2-7)

The apostle Paul cites this particular incident to warn how the Israelites’ simple act of impatience resulted in their “corrupting themselves”:

Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. . . . Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (1 Corinthians 10:7,11-12)

In a letter to the Romans, Paul emphasizes how these former events described in Scripture can comfort us and help us to learn patience and hope:

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

The first stanza of the hymn My Soul With Patience Waits underscores the importance of patience and the comfort of God’s Word—how we are to patiently wait for our Lord:

My soul with patience waits
For Thee, the living Lord
My hopes are on thy promise built,
Thy never-failing word.

The following selected verses from Scripture describe the importance of patience and how—with God’s help—we are to patiently wait and endure whatever circumstances arise in our lives.


God Is the God of Patience

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 15:5-6)

Add Patience to Your Faith

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 1:4-8)

Through Patience We Have Hope

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

Follow After Patience

But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. (1 Timothy 6:11)

Run With Patience

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Patience Brings Forth Fruit

But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15)

Temptations Worketh Patience

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. (James 1:2-4)

Patience and Faith in the Midst of Persecutions and Tribulations

So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer. (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5)

Tribulation Produces Patience

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:3-5)

Patience in All Things

But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings. (2 Corinthians 6:4-5)

Through Faith and Patience We Inherit the Promises

And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:11-12)

For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (Hebrews 10:36)

The Patience of Job

Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. (James 5:11)

The Patience of Paul

But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. (2 Timothy 3:10-11)

The Patience of the Prophets

Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. (James 5:10-11)

The Patience of Jesus Christ

I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 1:9)

The Patience of the Church in Ephesus

I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. (Revelation 2:-2-3)

The Patience of the Church in Thyatira

I know thy works, and charity, and service, and faith, and thy patience, and thy works; and the last to be more than the first. (Revelation 2:19)

The Patience of the Church in Philadelphia

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. (Revelation 3:10-11)

The Patience of the Saints

Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:12)

He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. (Revelation 13:10)

And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. (2 Timothy 2:24)

Our Patience of Hope Is in the Lord Jesus

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. (1 Thessalonians 1:2-4)

Encouragement For Those Who Are Patient

In your patience possess ye your souls. (Luke 21:19)

A Prayer

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness. (Colossians 1:9-11)


Our Eyes Wait Upon the Lord

Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. (Psalm 123:1-2)

The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. (Psalm 145:14-15)

Our Souls Wait Upon the Lord

I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. (Psalm 130:5-6)

Wait For the God of Our Salvation

Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me. (Micah 7:5-7)

And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. (Isaiah 25:9)

The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. (Lamentations 3:25-26)

Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved. (Psalm 62:1-2)

Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. (Proverbs 20:22)

Wait Patiently For the Lord

Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. (Psalm 37:7)

I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. (Psalm 40:1-4)

But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. (2 Thessalonians 3:3-5)

Wait on His Name

I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints. (Psalm 52:9)

Wait For the Lord Who Is Our Hope

And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. (Psalm 39:7)

Wait on the Lord Who Is Our Help

Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20)

Wait Only on Him

My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved. (Psalm 62:5-6)

Wait For the Lord in Times of Trouble

O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. (Isaiah 33:2)

I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God. (Psalm 69:2-3)

O LORD, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble. (Isaiah 33:2)

Wait on the Lord to Renew Our Strength

Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

Wait on the Lord All Day

Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5)

Wait on God Continually

Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judgment, and wait on thy God continually. (Hosea 12:6)

Wait on the Lord From Heaven

For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10)

Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. (Luke 12:35-36)

Wait on the Lord For Redemption

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (Romans 8:22-23)

Wait on the Lord to Be Confirmed Blameless

So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 1:7-8)

Wait on the Lord to Inherit the Earth

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. (Psalm 37:9)

Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. (Psalm 37:34)

Blessed Are Those Who Wait For the Lord

And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. (Isaiah 30:18)

Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand. And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days. But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days. (Daniel 12:10-13)

Encouragement For Those Who Wait

For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him. (Isaiah 64:4)

A Prayer

The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins. Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. (Psalm 25:17-21)


Jesus Endured the Cross

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Hebrews 12:2-3)

Endure Temptation

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12)

Endure Chastening

For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? (Hebrews 12:6-7)

Endure Hardness

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (2 Timothy 2:3)

Endure Affliction

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (2 Timothy 4:5)

Endure Suffering

And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. (2 Corinthians 1:6 )

For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. (1 Peter 2:19-20)

Endure Persecutions, Tribulations

So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer. (2 Thessalonians 1:4-5)

Endure All Things

Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. (2 Timothy 2:10)

Endure to the End

Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Matthew 24:9-13)

Encouragement For Those Who Endure

Behold, we count them happy which endure. (James 5:11)

A Prayer

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

To order copies of Patiently Waiting and Enduring Through It All, click here. This booklet is part of Warren B. Smith’s devotional book, Pressing On Through It All: Scriptural Encouragement For These Last Days.

Beware: Mindfulness Meditation, Especially for Children, is Dangerous

As a fast-growing number of public schools are incorporating mindfulness meditation into the lives of the school children, few seem aware of just how dangerous meditation can be, especially for children. The following is an extract from our 2018 booklet on mindfulness as a reminder to parents and grandparents.

The Dangers of Meditation

Numerous research reports show that meditation can be dangerous, especially for the vulnerable and weak (a category in which children fit). A preface to an article titled “Meditation is Touted as a Cure for Mental Instability but Can It Actually Be Bad for You” written by Dr. Miguel Farias* states:

If it’s so powerful, might meditation also do harm to sensitive souls? [While] researching a mass murder, Dr. Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, [meditation] can leave devotees in pieces.1

Farias explains:

[M]editation, for all its de-stressing and self-development potential, can take you deeper into the recesses of your mind than you may have wished for.2

In the article, Farias relays the stories of people who were meditators and upon further research came to believe that meditation can be very dangerous. He found there were other professionals who agreed:

In 1992, David Shapiro, a professor at UCLA Irvine, published an article about the effects of meditation retreats. After examining 27 people with different levels of meditation experience, he found 63 per cent of them had suffered at least one negative effect and seven per cent profoundly adverse effects.3

Farias continues:

[A] number of Western Buddhists are aware that not all is plain sailing with meditation; and they have even given a name to the emotional difficulties that arise—the “dark night”—borrowing the phrase coined by the 16th-century Christian mystic St John of the Cross to describe an advanced stage of prayer and contemplation characterised by an emotional dryness, in which the subject feels abandoned by God.4

In another article titled “3 Hidden Dangers of Meditation You Should Know,” David K. William references the work of Dr. Florian Ruths, consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley hospital in London, and researchers at Brown University showing that meditation can invoke the following results:

It can bring feelings of ennui, emptiness and even fear.

It can bring changes in your sense of self, and cause impairment in social relationships.

It can be disempowering and keep you passive, contained and compliant.5

The article describes Brown University’s “dark night project,” (later named “The Varieties of Contemplative Experience Project”6) describing how “some Buddhist meditators have been assailed by traumatic memories.”7

Professor Willoughby Britton, lead researcher and psychiatrist in the project, has recorded surprising problems among some of the Buddhist meditators that include: “cognitive, perceptual and sensory aberrations,” impairment in social relationships and changes in their sense of self.8

Another article, titled “The Dangers of Meditation: It Can Actually Lead to Insomnia, Fear and Hypersensitivity to Light,” states:

[M]indfulness, so popular with celebrities like Emma Watson and Angelina Jolie, could be bad for you—causing insomnia, anxiety and hypersensitivity to light and sound.

These were side effects discovered by US researchers exploring the phenomenon of “meditation sickness” by interviewing nearly 100 people.

They found, while some experienced bliss from concentrating on their breathing and practising “loving kindness,” others were left in pain or struggling to return to normal life.9

The article also reports on a study done by Brown University:

The study, published in the journal PLOS One, describes the “billion dollar meditation industry,” with more than 20 mobile phone apps now devoted to mindfulness.

But medical reports document cases of meditation-induced psychosis, seizures and mania, while Zen Buddhists have long acknowledged the existence of “meditation sickness.” . . .

A team led by Brown University found people could suffer ill effects from doing just half an hour of meditation or after only one day.10

In the study, it was discovered that the most common side effects were fear, anxiety, panic or paranoia.

This was experienced by 82 per cent of those questioned, while 42 per cent suffered hallucinations, visions or illusions and 28 per cent said they had become hypersensitive to light and sound.11

Author Mary Wylie, Ph.D., writes:

These effects are well documented in Buddhist texts as stages along the long, hard path to inner wisdom but . . . aren’t featured in mindfulness/meditation brochures . . . [meditation is] in fact, a far deeper, more complex, and less well-understood process than many people realize.12

Some of the Dangers and Effects of Meditation

The following list is derived from the various sources we used to compile our booklet on mindfulness meditation:

hypersensitivity to light and sound
difficulty eating
panic and paranoia
visual hallucinations
unable to function or work
a loss of sense of identity
psychotic depression
elevated mood and grandiose delusions
unrestrained behaviors (sexual and violence)
confusion and disorientation
feelings of emptiness and ennui (listlessness, dissatisfaction)
impairment of social relationships
cognitive, perceptual and sensory aberrations
causes passiveness and compliance (even when those are negative responses to certain situations)

It is worthwhile to note that most of these symptoms are similar to symptoms that occur with the use of hallucinogenic drugs. Is this really what America’s children should be put at risk of enduring? There is no way for a teacher to know which children will respond negatively to meditation. As one concerned parent asked, “Can any district guarantee that no one will suffer negative effects of mindfulness in its classrooms?” Are school districts willing to take the risk of lawsuits against them if children start experiencing some of the symptoms above?

We find it sadly ironic that while part of the motive in having children practice mindfulness is to cut back on bullying and violence, several of the potential symptoms, including “unrestrained” sexual and violent behavior, would feed bullying and violence, not diminish it. Some of the mass shootings that have taken place in this past decade especially were committed by those who had a history of practicing meditation. A case in point is Kyle Odom, a 30-year-old Marine veteran who shot an Idaho pastor six times (the pastor miraculously survived). In an article we posted, we stated:

A “manifesto,” written by former Marine Kyle Odom, the 30-year-old man who shot Idaho pastor Tim Remmington, reveals that his life started to change drastically when he began doing meditation while in university to relieve stress. The meditation experiences . . . eventually led to two suicide attempts and then the shooting of Pastor Remmington.13

When we consider some of the possible symptoms from practicing meditation—depersonalization, unrestrained behaviors, psychotic depression, a loss of sense of identity—we must ask the question, will this huge thrust by American public schools to have all school children meditating end up producing a greater amount of violence and psychotic behavior in our society rather than more peace and love? Again, we must ask, how will teachers who instruct children on mindfulness exercises know which children will have adverse reactions? There is no way they can know, and thus, they are playing Russian roulette with America’s youth.

(An extract from MINDFULNESS—What You May Not Know and Should Have Been Told)


1. Dr. Miguel Farias, “Meditation Is Touted as a Cure for Mental Instability but Can It Actually Be Bad for You?” (
2. Ibid.
3. Ibid.
4. Ibid.
5. David K. William, “3 Hidden Dangers of Meditation You Should Know” (
6. Brown University, “The Varieties of Contemplative Experience” (
7. Ibid.
8. Ibid.
9. Victoria Allen, “The Dangers of Meditation: It Can Actually Lead to Insomnia, Fear and Hypersensitivity to Light” (Daily Mail, UK, May 24, 2017,
10. Ibid.
11. Ibid.
12. Mary Sykes Wylie, “How the Mindfulness Movement Went Mainstream—And the Backlash That Came With It” (Alternet, January 29, 2015,
13. “Kyle Odom, the Man Who Shot Idaho Pastor, Says Meditation Started it All” (Lighthouse Trails Research, March 10, 2016,

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A Poem of Hope for Those in Christ
By Bob Ayanian
Used with permission.

He will come again in glory
at the ending of the age
when man has done his utmost
and sin has earned its wage

When He comes again in glory
there will be lightning in the sky
trumpets will be sounding
and there’ll be no place to hide

When He comes again in glory
all man’s evil to arrest
every knee will bend before Him
and every tongue confess

That He is the God of glory
come to conquer by the sword
and that every man’s a sinner
and that Jesus Christ is Lord

When He comes again in glory
all the dead in Christ shall rise
the Maker without a maker
the Creator of the skies

Creator of the cosmos
He knows the ways of outer space
He finds no matter to be dark
He holds the universe in place

When He comes again in glory
reclaiming what is His
He will make us as we should be
and we will see Him as He is

When He comes again in glory
the God who is the great I Am
we’ll see the vengeance of the Lion
and the glory of the Lamb

When He comes again in glory
a mounted army at His side
they shall be arrayed for battle
and we shall all know how to ride

(Bob Ayanian is a gospel musician and songwriter. Photo is from Warren B. Smith’s Praising God Through It All booklet.)


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