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Lighthouse Trails Sending Out 11th Mailing to Christian Leaders and Pastors

Since January 2016, Lighthouse Trails has been mailing out small booklet packs to Christian leaders and pastors three times a year. Next week, we will be sending our 11th mailing. Since we began the mailings, we have added the names of numerous pastors and ministry leaders, many of whom were sent to us from our readers. Our current list is at 262 names (others were added but removed upon request or invalid addresses). If you would like your pastor to begin receiving these mailings, please send his name and valid church mailing address to us at editors@lighthousetrails.com. We are no longer making the names on this list public as what started out as a well-known “leaders” list is transitioning into more of a “pastors” list, and we wish to respect the privacy of these individual pastors. The following is the letter we will be including with three booklets:

Dear Christian Leader:

We hope you find the enclosed booklets we have published helpful.

The first booklet, The Dangerous Truth About the Social-Justice “Gospel,” explains several crucial elements of the social-justice movement and shows how this movement is very threatening to biblical Christianity as well as to Christians themselves.

The second booklet, The Big Picture: How the World and the Church Are Being Deceived lays out ten devices being used to bring about great deception to millions.

The third booklet, Dominionism, Kingdom Now, and What Does the Bible Say? helps to uncover the actual agenda and purpose of dominionist teachings that are very prevalent in the church today.

We hope these booklets will provide some assistance to you.

Sincerely in Christ,

The Editors at
Lighthouse Trails Publishing, Inc.

For our readers’ information, below is a list of the booklets we have sent out so far:

2016
10 Scriptural Reasons Jesus Calling is a Dangerous Book (Smith)
5 Things You Should Know About Contemplative Prayer (Yungen)
Rick Warren’s Dangerous Ecumenical Path to Rome (Oakland)

2017
The Shack and It’s New Age Leaven (Smith)
Yoga and Christianity: Are They Compatible? (Lawson)
A Serious Look at Richard Foster’s “School” of Contemplative Prayer (Yungen)
The New Missiology: Doing Missions Without the Gospel (Oakland)
Shack Theology: Universalism, TBN, Oprah, and the New Age (Smith)

2018
Israel: Replacing What God Has Not (Oppenheimer)
D is for Deception: The Language of the “New” Christianity (Reeves)
Mindfulness: What You May Not Know and Should Have Been Told (Kneas/Putnam)
Lectio Divina: What is it, What it is Not, and Should Christians Practice it? (Editors)
A Course in Miracles: The New Age Book That is Redefining Christianity and Fooling the World (Smith)
Oprah Winfrey’s New Age “Christianity”: Neale Donald Walsch, “God,” and Hitler (Smith)
The Jews: Beloved by God, Hated by Many (Pearce)

2019

Eugene Peterson’s Mixed Message: Subversive Bible for a New Age (Smith)

The New Evangelization From Rome or Finding the True Jesus Christ (Oakland)
Transgenderism and Our Children (Kneas/Putnam)

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Letter to the Editor: Interest in Contemplative Catholic Monasteries Increasing
Painting of Teresa of Avila

The contemplative response is not a luxury or an added extra [for the Carmelite]; it is at the very core of how we see life and cope with the challenges and pressures of what we call our postmodern world. Perhaps this is what Karl Rahner meant when he said, a generation ago: “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” – Carmelite Friar, Eugene McCaffrey, “Carmelite Spirituality”

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I wanted to thank you for all your wonderful work rooting out false Christianity. I have followed your website and blog for 12 years and have been so blessed. Just wanted to forward some pertinent information regarding Catholicism and the increase of their number at these end times. I am not Catholic, but I subscribe to several news outlets that keep me informed of news regarding abortion, euthanasia, LGBTQ, and the like; one of those sites is LifeSite News. They are conservative Catholics, but they do a good job in keeping tabs on the news on many fronts. I ignore their Catholic stories, but this one [see below] I think you will understand as a mark and sign of the Catholic Church’s pervasive influx of error. You may already know about it, but it fulfills much of what Roger Oakland speaks about, as well as many of your other authors. God bless you and all that you do in equipping the saints.

SF

LTRP Note: The Carmelite Order of the Catholic Church is rooted in contemplative spirituality. What we find noteworthy about the news article below from LifeSite is that what is being called Catholic “church traditions” is largely contemplative prayer (the spirituality that is drawing people into the Carmelite Order as well as into the Catholic Church). Ray Yungen examines this influence in his article “Contemplative Spirituality – the Source of the Catholic Church’s Expansion.” In that article, Yungen stated:

I had always been confused as to the real nature of this advance in the Catholic church. Was this just the work of a few mavericks and renegades, or did the church hierarchy sanction this practice? My concerns were affirmed when I read in an interview that the mystical prayer movement not only had the approval of the highest echelons of Catholicism but also was, in fact, the source of its expansion.

To gain a better understanding (from a biblical perspective) of contemplative spirituality as well as Roman Catholicism, please see the links below the article under Related Information.

Latin Mass, Church Traditions Bring Boom in Vocations for US Order of Nuns” (posted in LT for informational and research purposes)

By Drew Belsky (Lifesite News)

In an age where religious professions are in decline, especially in the United States, one order is looking back in time to buck the trend. The Discalced Carmelites have turned from the modern Church’s reforms of the 1960s and embraced ancient traditions – particularly the traditional Latin Mass. Now their order is booming, with multiple at-capacity monasteries dotting the eastern U.S. . . .

The cloistered nuns at the Carmel in Fairfield close themselves off from the world and devote the rest of their lives to strict silence, arduous labor, and prayer. . . .

St. Teresa of Avila* (1515–1582), whom the Carmelites revere as their patroness, is one of the order’s most distinguished saints. A famous mystic and foundress of many Carmelite houses, she also wrote the famous works The Way of Perfection and The Interior Castle. . . . With the Church’s ancient liturgy and traditions now firmly ensconced in the order, “young women are writing, are knocking at the door to enter,” said Mother Stella. “The growth is very clear and very palpable.” . . . Mother Stella did not mince words regarding the importance of the contemplative orders. Click here to continue reading.

Related Information From Lighthouse Trails:

*Teresa of Avila – An Ancient Mystic Who Helped Shape Today’s Spiritual Formation Movement

Catholic Evangelization and the Role of the “Eucharist” in This End-Time Deception by Roger Oakland

Five Things You Should Know About Contemplative Prayer by Ray Yungen

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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: https://www.facebook.com/LighthouseTrailsResearch.

Diet Eman (99), Resistance Worker During Holocaust, Has Passed Away: It’s sad to know that more and more people don’t believe that the holocaust is real. I had the privilege of meeting a holocaust survivor in a coffee shop I frequented. I talked with her on several occasions about how she lived as a girl, all by herself, much like an animal, in the woods for a couple years to avoid being captured and how she eventually was caught and taken to a camp very much like the one described above. For years she never knew if her family members were alive, captured and taken to camps, or dead. It’s all very, very real and often beyond belief. We can never forget. Dave

10 Things to Ponder—Pathways to Apostasy: Who suspected that seminaries, pastors and elders would be actively leading the charge into apostasy? They focus entirely on the churches vision which is the pastors vision. Then they take the position that whoever is against the pastors vision is also against Jesus.
Unity within the church walls is more important than truth. Lastly they ignore their God given commission to be the watchers on the wall the sheep dogs fighting off the wolves. They are the most uniformed Christians on the planet when it comes to this present apostasy movement. The love the seat of honor. T. I.

Letter to the Editor: As Christians, My Wife and I Became Heavily Involved With Reiki: Think about where and how Reiki began. It began in a country that worships many idols. Nothing good can come from a religion that rejects the one true God, the Creator of the Universe and adopts false, evil gods. Even Satan himself can do miracles; the antichrist will perform miracles and appear peaceful in the beginning. Elizabeth

Letter to the Editor: As Christians, My Wife and I Became Heavily Involved With Reiki: Reading the comments of those that are deceived into thinking reiki is a good thing saddens me but, does not surprise me. I pray all of you realize you are CHOOSING to harden your hearts. I know you don’t see it right now but, I beg you to get on your knees and cry out to Jesus for the One and ONLY TRUTH!!! Many of you spoke His name or spoke of the Light as if you have a personal relationship with Him. If that is true, I not only beg but CHALLENGE you to cry out to Him and ask if what you are defending is Truth. I also challenge you to study the wiles of satan, educating yourselves about his tactics and about the original lie. Angela

LT Note: After posting the letter to the editor from the man (and his wife) who became deeply involved with Reiki, we began receiving numerous comments from Christians and those of the New Age who were upset we posted this and defended the practice of Reiki and other energy healing techniques. Click here if you would like to read some of these comments (we did not post all the ones we received).

Letter to the Editor: As Christians, My Wife and I Became Heavily Involved With Reiki: I’m a Catholic and a Lightworker. My gift comes from God. We are all Angel’s in human form. It’s up to us to live our lives accordingly. Gene [the author of the letter to the editor about Reiki] you are correct in the way you feel. Mislead, yes. Your job is to comfort,ease someone’s sorrow and pain. Please don’t mistake your gift as darkness. My brother you are a Lightworker. Dig deep into your soul and you will see your guardian angels and Ascended masters are guiding you to your soul purpose. The heavens applaud you. You are needed and don’t think for one second you are wrong and being driven by darkness. You are the light this world needs. Herb

Letter to the Editor: As Christians, My Wife and I Became Heavily Involved With Reiki: Reiki is just the name. What it involves is universal love, the source from where we all come from. This energy existed before it was rediscovered, and it is available to all. We all have the ability to act from compassion towards ourselves and towards every living being. Let’s help each other and lift each other up. Haley

Letter to the Editor: As Christians, My Wife and I Became Heavily Involved With Reiki:. One of the biggest lies and deception that satan tells people is they need more than just the Lord. Through all these man made practices, like Reiki and all the other occult practices, the focus is always on something other than Christ. We who know Him as our Savior know He is our healer. I pray today for all who are so blind and are following worldly ideas and satan inspired healing methods. Thank you to Gene and Lighthouse Trails for publishing this much needed article. Lynne

Take Away From Me the Noise of Your Songs: I’m so glad to hear that there is a concern regarding the music in many churches. Whatever happened to, “Worship the Lord in spirit and in truth?” Thank you for posting this. Erik

Take Away From Me the Noise of Your Songs: I agree with all of the above sentiment but another very important issue is the fact that the loud contemporary music also promotes division between the younger generation and the less young. Instead of honoring the more mature who are, of God, there to preserve the faith and teach the fear of God, the hip relegate them to another venue, the silence of ear plugs, or the option of staying home! This cannot please God and must of necessity be the very antithesis of worship! Aubrey

Take Away From Me the Noise of Your Songs: [S]ome of the traditional songs are blasphemous and doctrinally evil, and people flock to see the costumes; you’re right. Satan is not stupid. But nothing turns one off as a “Christian” song that sounds as though the singer/screamer is high on cocaine or in some trance (have a look at these famous “bands” and church groups . . . stoned and tranced to the max. That ain’t God; that’s not “changing” with the times. That’s called mockery and deceit). Who loves chaos and noise? Yes, the evil dude himself. John

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Lighthouse Trails Sending Out 11th Mailing to Christian Leaders and Pastors
Letter to the Editor: Interest in Contemplative Catholic Monasteries Increasing
Comments From Our Readers

Cutting-Edge Christianity or Shamanism?

“Liberal Christians Gather at Wild Goose Festival to Pray — and Plan”
Letter to the Editor: The Catholic Catechism and Contemplative Prayer
Diet Eman (99), Resistance Worker During Holocaust, Has Passed Away
10 Things to Ponder—Pathways to Apostasy
Take Away From Me the Noise of Your Songs
Note About Lighthouse Trails Journal Mailed to Homes, Offices, Prisons, and Churches
Letter to the Editor: As Christians, My Wife and I Became Heavily Involved With Reiki
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Cutting-Edge Christianity or Shamanism?

By David Dombrowski
Chief Editor, Lighthouse Trails Publishing

I find it rather interesting how God has orchestrated things in life, which demonstrate His great love and ongoing mercy to ordinary people like myself. But, more specifically, I am thinking right now about how years ago I happened to come across a copy of a nearly forgotten book at the university library while working on a project. I still find it amazing that this secular humanistic library even had a copy of Stories from Indian Wigwams and Northern Campfires – a book written by a missionary to the Canadian Native peoples of the 1800s sharing not only his life among them but the amazing stories they would tell him as they would warm themselves before a fire. This book is a treasure of the long-forgotten heritage of the Cree and Saulteaux tribes and how their lives were wonderfully transformed through the proclamation of the Gospel.

Though I first read that book over thirty years ago as a young university student, in 2010 God put it in our hearts here at Lighthouse Trails to publish this nearly forgotten book; then, when we were preparing to release it for publication, Nanci Des Gerlaise, a Canadian Cree, contacted us about a book she had written titled Muddy Waters. The great surprise was that Nanci, whom we then sent a review copy of the Wigwam manuscript, recognized in it the name Mask-e-pe-toon as being the name of the best friend of her great, great grandfather. Nanci agreed to write the forward to that book. We also agreed to publish Muddy Waters. Later we added a DVD titled I’ll Never Go Back!: The Testimony of Chief Shoefoot. In this film, Chief Shoefoot shares his own story of what life has been like for him both before and after he received the Gospel, hence his words “I’ll never go back” became the title of the video. Chief Shoefoot is a member of the native people known as the Yanomamo. The Yanomamo reside in a northern region of South America bordering Venezuela and Brazil. Hearing that Chief Shoefoot is part of a Yanomamo tribe especially caught my interest because I remembered studying these people in an anthropology class back in 1972.

Chief Shoefoot Chief Shoefoot

Anthropologists have been studying the Yanomamo for many years now, and the typical reaction by many anthropologists to missionary outreaches to these people is that they would have been better off if they had been left alone. Granted various missionary efforts were probably not conducted as they should have been, the fact remains that Jesus commissioned the Gospel to be shared with the whole world. What makes this video unique is that it is the testimony of an actual member of the Yanomamo tribe sharing his viewpoint and his side of the story, and his conclusion is an emphatic yes to having received the Gospel. Contrary to what these anthropologists are saying, Chief Shoefoot makes it clear that his life has been forever changed for the better.

Today, even much of the mission field has been marred by the mentality that we should be less intrusive about sharing the Gospel (see New Missiology). Now don’t get me wrong; it’s true that there may be many non-spiritual aspects of a culture that don’t need to be changed, but the Gospel is very intrusive in calling all people everywhere to repent (turn from the direction in which they are heading) and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus came as Savior to the whole world, and people from all tribes and nations are offered one way to God. But today organizations, like YWAM, have been taking a more politically correct approach in assuming that every culture already has within their religious traditions an acceptable pathway to God, and our only duty is to encourage them in what they already believe and are already doing with little more than perhaps an occasional reference to the Jesus Christ of the Bible. The sad truth and reality is that although many peoples and cultures may believe in some type of supreme being and do have a sense of right and wrong, the Gospel is unique in that it is God’s revealed Word and offer of salvation based on grace through faith in Jesus Christ as opposed to a gospel of good works based on a belief in the innate goodness of mankind and God’s willingness to accept any and all man-made plans of salvation.

The truth is that God has declared in his Word that all are sinners and in need of a Savior. So while it may be true that God has not called us to impose European customs on the indigenous peoples of the world, the Gospel is God’s “culture” for all mankind, offering salvation and eternal life to anyone who puts his trust in Jesus Christ. All I can say is that I personally am so glad that God “imposed” Himself on me when I received Christ as my Savior; and in both Muddy Waters and in the I’ll Never Go Back video, you will witness the powerful and convincing testimony of two people – a medicine man’s daughter (in the book) and a former shaman or witchdoctor (in the film). Their stories are evidence that knowing Jesus Christ as Savior is more precious than anything the world has to offer,

So, while it may be true that people from all over the world have a sense of right and wrong, the spirituality of all tribes and nations must give way to the truth of the Gospel rather than trying to reshape the Gospel to make it more palatable to any culture. After all, what part of the Gospel would we change? The fact of the matter is that the “preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). Thus, it remains that the Gospel will always be offensive and politically incorrect to the unbeliever regardless of cultural setting. The Gospel is offensive not because it is the “white man’s religion” (which it never was) but because it is the way God chose to redeem mankind – which appears foolish to the carnal mind. But as Scripture declares, “the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:25).

Now, let me share something that caught my attention as I was watching the I’ll Never Go Back video. I was listening to Chief Shoefoot share how he became a shaman or witchdoctor and about  the spirituality that ensued, and I was amazed by the realization that as he was describing his spirituality as a shaman, he was describing the spirituality that is being promoted in the church today as “cutting-edge Christianity.” In fact, Chief Shoefoot’s spirituality was far ahead of contemplative spirituality and the New Age of today. Furthermore, they were already incorporating spiritual disciplines into their meditative practices. When I realized this, I listened to Chief Shoefoot very attentively and with much interest because I understood then that they had been practicing “contemplative spirituality” and the “spiritual disciplines” probably for many centuries – perhaps even longer than the Desert Fathers. In listening to him describe his spirituality as a shaman, I also realized that he was at the same time describing where the spirituality of contemplative prayer, the New Age, and the spiritual disciplines will be in the future.

So, while the meditative practices and disciplines of the Desert Fathers phased out to near extinction after the Middle Ages and has been “resurrected” today, the Yanomamo have preserved and developed these practices and brought them to full fruition. In other words, as the church and the New Age movement are in unison developing these practices, they will in time become like the Yanomamo.

In the film, Chief Shoefoot describes how he was introduced to shamanism at an early age because he was far advanced for his age in spiritual acuteness. Like contemplative prayer and New Age meditation, connection with “God” is accomplished by going into an altered state of consciousness (i.e., the silence). A drug is used for this purpose along with chanting (mantra), rhythm, and dancing. Spiritual disciplines – to include the withholding of food and sleep (i.e., fasting) – were also used to make the spiritual senses more acute. Chief Shoefoot, as I listened to him describe his story, was much more advanced than the mystics and contemplative prayer leaders of today. He literally saw into the spirit world and beheld various spirits which the Yanomamo even had names for.

The Yanomamo shaman recognizes the spirit world as a reality, not a superstition. According to Chief Shoefoot, spirits of various sorts are seen as desirable and are invited to “get inside your chest” while others are avoided as being evil. I am reminded how contemplative leader Richard Foster warns his students to beware of dangerous spirits when they practice contemplative prayer. In Faith Undone, Roger Oakland talks about this:

Proponents of contemplative prayer say the purpose of contemplative prayer is to tune in with God and hear His voice. However, Richard Foster claims that practitioners must use caution. He admits that in contemplative prayer “we are entering deeply into the spiritual realm” and that sometimes it is not the realm of God even though it is “supernatural.” He admits there are spiritual beings and that a prayer of protection should be said beforehand something to the effect of “All dark and evil spirits must now leave.”1

What Chief Shoefoot realized too late is that none of these spirits are good and those considered to be evil cannot be avoided either. He learned that once a person enters into the occultic or contemplative realm, he becomes subject to the spirits that inhabit that realm. Christian mystics who engage in contemplative prayer think they are encountering the Holy Spirit, but Chief Shoefoot literally saw that this realm is inhabited by nothing more than demons who in time also made their habitation in him (and in other members of the tribe).

Understandably, much of the activity of the tribe was marked by immorality and violence. Even anthropologists who are unsympathetic to the Christianizing of these tribes recognize that there is a problem in their social and domestic interactions. Consider, for example, the following quote from an anthropological source regarding the role and treatment of wives in Yanomamo culture:

It is interesting to watch the behavior of women when their husbands return from a hunting trip or a visit. The men march slowly across the village and retire silently into their hammocks. The woman, no matter what she is doing, hurries home and quietly but rapidly prepares a meal for her husband. Should the wife be slow at doing this, the husband is within his rights to beat her. Most reprimands meted out by irate husbands take the form of blows with the hand or with a piece of firewood, but a good many husbands are even more severe. Some of them chop their wives with the sharp edge of a machete or ax, or shoot them with a barbed arrow in some nonvital area, such as in the buttocks or leg. Many men are given to punishing their wives by holding the hot end of a glowing stick against them, resulting in serious burns. . . . It is not uncommon for a man to injure his errant wife seriously; and some men have even killed wives. Women expect this kind of treatment. Those who are not too severely treated might even measure their husband’s concern in terms of the frequency of minor beatings they sustain. I overheard two young women discussing each other’s scalp scars. One of them commented that the other’s husband must really care for her since he has beaten her on the head so frequently! . . . Some men . . . seem to think that it is reasonable to beat their wife once in a while “just to keep them on their toes.”2

For lack of space, let me just say that the interactions of men with each other both within and between tribes is often not peaceable either. But, in any case, Native Spirituality plays a highly significant role in the happenings of these tribes.

Now, I imagine my statement made earlier that those who practice contemplative prayer or New Age mysticism will eventually become like the Yanomamo must now sound too extreme or at least a tongue-in-cheek statement. Actually, it would bring me much comfort if I were to know that I am completely wrong in this assertion. But I am deeply concerned about people, many of whom are Christians, delving into contemplative prayer, eastern meditative practices, Yoga, and New Age mysticism thinking that they will better themselves by doing so. All of these are occult practices that will tie the user in with the demonic realm though he may think he is connecting with “good” spirits or the Holy Spirit.

It is not unusual for people to join the New Age movement or engage in Yoga or meditative practices like contemplative prayer to reap health benefits to include higher levels of relaxation or to live a more victorious life, but, all the while, they are being introduced to something demonic both in origin and operation. The Bible makes a clear statement about occult or mystical practices in Deuteronomy 18:9-12 by sounding the alarm that these practices are “an abomination unto the Lord.” Then, too, Jesus warned against praying as the heathen do by using “vain repetitions” (Matthew 6:7), which is a clear indictment against chanting or the mantra-like words and phrases used in contemplative or meditative prayer.

Yet, more and more Christians are joining in contemplative or mystical prayer, thinking it will make them stronger spiritually when the opposite is the case. In fact, what Christians are being drawn into is very antichrist in nature. Our research shows that those who engage in contemplative prayer in time see less and less relevance to the Cross (the atonement) to where it becomes unnecessary. The reason for this is quite simple: contemplative prayer makes a person feel one with and a part of God to where a sacrifice for sin no longer makes any sense.

Contemplative prayer is one and the same thing as New Age or mystical prayer; both are occultic practices in that they bring the practitioner into the demonic realm though he believes all the while that he is connecting with God. Then when I heard Chief Shoefoot’s testimony, I realized that shamanism is one and the same thing as contemplative or New Age mystical prayer as well. As one adherent of mysticism explains, “The meditation of advanced occultists is identical with the prayer of advanced mystics.”3 Thomas Merton, a Catholic monk, who helped pioneer the modern-day contemplative prayer movement identified with Buddhism (saying he “intend[ed] to become as good a Buddhist as [he] can”)4 because he realized that the prayer of the Buddhist monks was the same as his. Alice Bailey, whom I consider the mother of the New Age movement, predicted that New Age (or occultic) spirituality would not go around the Christian church but rather through it. She called it the “the regeneration of the churches.” In explaining this, Ray Yungen says:

[I]nstead of opposing Christianity, the occult would capture and blend itself with Christianity and then use it as its primary  vehicle for spreading and instilling New Age consciousness!5

In other words, occultic prayer all over the world is coming to a head and bringing about the great falling away that the Bible predicts will happen. Modern day proponents refer to it as quantum spirituality; and through borrowing terms used in physics, they tell us that if enough people meditate at the same time, we will achieve a critical mass, and we will then witness the dawning of the age of Aquarius where peace will guide our planet. However, Alice Bailey and New Age leaders who have followed her see Christians who do not practice New Age style meditation as in the way because they are not being “vibrationally sympathetic.” Such people, they maintain, will have to be eliminated! Having come from the New Age movement, Warren Smith has been warning Christians about this for some time. New Age leaders speak of love, but those who have birthed and perpetuated the movement have something much more sinister in their hearts.

We at Lighthouse Trails, as do other ministries like ours, have a sense of urgency to call all Christians to return to their true roots – namely the Gospel and the Word of God. Our loyalty needs to be with our Savior and not with the traditions of men. Whether we are Native American or of any other descent, Jesus Christ needs to be more precious than any of the things that would make us appear politically correct or gain the favor of men.

Notes:

1.  Roger Oakland, Faith Undone (Eureka, MT: Lighthouse Trails Publishing),  p. 99.

2.  Napolean A. Chagnon, Yanomamo: The Fierce People (New York, NY: Holt, Reinhart adn Winston, 3rd edition), pp.112-113.

3.  Richard Kirby, The Mission of Mysticism (London, UK: SPCK, 1979), p. 7; as cited in A Time of Departing, p. 32.

4.  David Steindl-Rast, “Recollection of Thomas Merton’s Last Days in the West” (Monastic Studies, 7:10, 1969), as cited in A Time of Departing, p. 78.

5. Ray Yungen, A Time of Departing (Eureka, MT: Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2nd edition), p. 124.

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“Liberal Christians Gather at Wild Goose Festival to Pray — and Plan”

“He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 8:8

LTRP Note: The following news story is posted for informational and research purposes and not as an endorsement of either content or the source. It is worth reading this article (written earlier this summer) because it is a glimpse of the face of today’s emergent church and just how influential it really is. Roger Oakland laid it out in Faith Undone (2007) and Warren Smith defined it in A “Wonderful” Deception (2009). Both men were trying to warn the church of what was coming and how it would come, but few pastors and leaders listened. Now, as the church slept, the enemy has crept in – big time.

Liberal Christians gather at Wild Goose Festival to pray — and plan

By Jack Jenkins
Religious News Service

For years, liberals — even liberal people of faith — have been wary of fusions of faith and politics, careful not to pierce the boundary between church and state.

But at this year’s Wild Goose Festival, an annual Christian gathering that convened last Thursday-Sunday in a campground along the French Broad River, many attendees asked the same question: What if my beliefs are by implication political? . . . The atmosphere may seem foreign to top Democratic Party operatives and even many liberal religious leaders. But as the religious left exerts an unaccustomed influence on political rhetoric, Wild Goose has begun to draw recognizable names, including presidential candidate Marianne Williamson.

It’s hard to miss the festival’s political bent. The dirt road from the entrance to the conference’s main stage was a gauntlet of booths belonging to liberal activist groups such as Sojourners, the Washington, D.C. liberal evangelical organization; Creation Care Alliance . . . Click here to continue reading.

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2013 – Conference Alert: Philip Yancey and InterVarsity Press Join Emergents McLaren and Tickle at Wildgoose Festival

2017 – Social Justice Emergent Jim Wallis and SoJourners Presents World Change Through Faith and Justice Summit

Key Players and Buzz Language of the Social-Justice “Gospel”

New Spirituality Teacher Says “The Jig is Up” to Those Who Believe in “the Blood of the Lamb”

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Letter to the Editor: The Catholic Catechism and Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative prayer is hearing the word of God … Contemplative prayer is silence.—Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1994 edition, p. 652

LTRP Note: Since 2002, Lighthouse Trails has continued to issue warnings about contemplative prayer. We began our warnings after meeting Ray Yungen in the year 2000 and examining his extensive research. One of the first things we learned was that the roots of contemplative prayer (and centering prayer) came out of the Catholic Church beginning with the Desert Fathers in the early AD centuries, then later through Catholic monks such as Thomas Merton, Basil Pennington, and Thomas Keating. Today, contemplative prayer is growing exponentially within Protestantism and evangelicalism (having entered largely through Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline. We believe contemplative prayer will play a major role in bringing together a global apostate “church” that the Bible defines.

The reader below is referring to an article we posted on August 15th titled “Interest in Contemplative Catholic Monasteries Increasing,” which referenced Yungen’s work in showing how the Catholic Church is using contemplative spirituality to expand itself.

Dear Editors:

In the article by Ray Yungen . . . “Contemplative Spirituality – the Source of the Catholic Church’s Expansion,” Yungen refers the reader to “pg. 652” of the 1994 RCC catechism. I’ve checked the catechism online, and it has no page numbers as such, just numbered articles and statements, of which there are thousands.

If the reference number to the specific statement Yungen was referencing could be given, that would be a great help. Chas.

LTRP Response: Since the page numbers for this quote will vary in different editions of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we are providing the following location information:

To find the quote, which Ray Yungen included in his article, as well as an entire section on Contemplative Prayer in the Catechism, please refer to: Part Four: Christian Prayer -> Section One: Prayer in the Christian Life -> Chapter Three: The Life of Prayer -> Article One: Expressions of Prayer -> III. Contemplative Prayer.

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Diet Eman (99), Resistance Worker During Holocaust, Has Passed Away

When the war ended we all said, ‘This can never happen again.’ But now polls show that 22 percent of the U.S. population does not believe there was a Holocaust. The story has to be retold so that history does not repeat itself.”1Diet Eman

Diet Eman

Diet Eman, a Christian resistance worker in Holland during WWII, has passed away this week (September 3rd) at the age of 99. Lighthouse Trails was privileged in 2008 to publish a special edition of her book Things We Couldn’t Say, which chronicles the years she bravely fought to save the lives of Jewish people who were being persecuted by Adolph Hitler. Diet received the Righteous Among the Nations medal in 1998 in recognition of her aid to the Jewish people during the war. While we are comforted to know that Diet is now with the Lord, we are saddened that another witness to the atrocities against the Jewish people is gone. Below is a link to one of the chapters from her book.

“Darkness at Vught Concentration Camp”

10 Things to Ponder—Pathways to Apostasy

LTRP Note: The links in the following article provide further information on each topic listed.

By Roger Oakland

While I am certain there are many more, the following ten trends provide a good overview of what is taking place in the church today:

Ecumenical unity at any cost, yet completely void of any connection to the message that Jesus died on the Cross.

The church-growth movement, which is focused on a market-driven seeker-friendly Christianity emphasizing a megachurch mentality.

A Christianity focused on following men, their methods, and their movements.

A Jesuit agenda promoted by publishers and pastors proclaiming the teachings and ideas of Roman Catholic church fathers and Roman Catholic mystics.

The rejection of biblical creation and the acceptance of theistic evolution and progressive creation.

The acceptance of New Age ancient Babylonian practices such as yoga and contemplative prayer as a means of “getting closer to Jesus.”

A false Christianity that substitutes the Gospel according to the Scriptures with a social gospel.

The “Purpose-driven P.E.A.C.E. Plan” that prepares the church for a global one-world religion.

An experience-based “Christianity” that seeks after signs and wonders and rejects the biblical warnings of a Last Days spiritual deception found in the Bible.

The New Age belief that man is a “co-creator” and that every person has divinity within him.

It is not my objective to place these various trends in their order of importance. The fact is, each one is occurring, and the vast majority of professing Christians are not even aware these trends are happening or even that there is a problem.

Biblical Christianity is under attack like it has never been before. We are not only on a “slippery slope”—Christianity is ready to fall off the cliff. As Jesus asked in Luke 18:8: “[W]hen the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”

Current events indicate the pathway to apostasy is leading exactly in the direction foretold by the Scriptures.

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Roger Oakland is the founder and director of Understand the Times, International. He has also founded numerous Bryce Homes for needy widows and children in several countries. You may visit his website at http://www.understandthetimes.org. For an indepth study of the above areas listed, read Roger Oakland’s book, The Good Shepherd Calls.

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Take Away From Me the Noise of Your Songs

LTRP Note: Lighthouse Trails will be publishing a booklet in 2019 by Sandy Simpson on worship and today’s Christian music. Below is an excerpt of his material on this subject. Many people who contact Lighthouse Trails are very concerned about the changes they are seeing in the worship music in their churches.

By Sandy Simpson
Deception in the Church Ministries

Amos 5:21-27 – I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, whose name is The God of hosts.

When I first reread this passage in Amos, a few things struck me.  First of all the Lord is bringing judgment on Israel for carrying on religious ceremony without true dedication to the Lord.  They sing songs and present their offerings while harboring idols.  I was reminded of how the Lord must view the heretical apostate mega church celebrations of today.  There is a lot of pomp and circumstance, yet little or no obedience to the Word of God.  The Lord does not look favorably upon worship of that type, no matter the hype, no matter the noise, no matter the show.  He actually “hates” it.

Modern “worship” music has taken on a distinct flavor of the world.  It is all about how well crafted the music is to get followers to think they are experiencing the presence of the Holy Spirit, when in fact they are simply experiencing the effect of their own emotions.  They mistake spiritual things for soulical. They think carnal things are an evidence of the presence of the Holy Spirit.  True worship of the Lord has been left behind and substituted with high-volume rock music where audience participation has been relegated to raising of hands and clapping instead of making their own voices heard above the din.  You can have the best musicians and songs crafted to tug at the heartstrings, and it may very well be something the Lord hates.  The Lord is looking for obedience and true worship, not a show, and not lyrics that compromise truth.

The Lord reminds Israel of their journey through the wilderness after disobeying the Lord.  They continued to present their sacrifices and grain offerings while carrying with them idols. 

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Letter to the Editor: As Christians, My Wife and I Became Heavily Involved With Reiki
Woman receiving Reiki treatment

 LTRP Note: The following letter to the editor is written by a Christian man who became involved with Reiki (a form of energy healing). As Lighthouse Trails has been warning for many years, Reiki is dangerous; and yet, many Christians (not to mention the countless number of non-Christians) are participating in it, often/usually ignorant of its occultic roots. Below this letter we have posted a talk given by LT author Ray Yungen in 2014 when he was in the UK. Also read his booklet on energy healing by clicking here.

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I am writing to help support your warning and exhorting of Reiki as a “healing modality.” My wife and I got “Attuned” approx. ten years ago to Level One. I remember feeling a certain buzz and got curious enough to document this feeling of energy that I had. So I went to get an Aura Picture done. The shop owner described the white spots on my shoulders was an Angel Guide that was honoring me into the art of Reiki. I fell for her evaluation and progressed through the next two levels and attained Master/Teacher. My wife and I practiced for ten plus years and bought crystals, Chakra stones, made energy grids, etc. We bought a table for clients also. All total this was about  $700.00 worth of Reiki related stuff.

We were listening to a series of Sermons on the occult, and we felt convicted to look into the issue further. I Googled “Is Reiki evil or occult ?” and was shocked further. We both tried to find supporting Scripture and thought there was some in the Bible we could apply. Everyone is guilty of picking a verse or two that sounds good and saying that validates their certain activity or belief at the time. We were guilty of this.

Once we discovered what the reality of what we were doing really was, we gathered everything together and made a deposit in our dumpster. It was a clean break without regret. We renounced any and all things Reiki at once and have since been on a path of repentance.

I say all this, to our shame, that we were so deceived in the name of healing others. My purpose in writing is to help others understand that there are many attempts from Satan trying to lead us astray. The sad fact is that occult can be anything that promises you power or fame or fortune and connects you to the Unseen World.

In closing, I would like to say the shop owner was correct about there being an Angel behind me.The Angel of Darkness.  

Gene

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