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Letter to the Editor: “The Changes I’ve Seen in Nearly 81 Years”
Dear Lighthouse Trails:

Please send me Game of Gods by Carl Teichrib. This is an amazing book and my third one to give away. It so well encapsulates the human quest to build that famous (or infamous) Tower of Babel.

The changes I’ve seen in my nearly 81 years are more than shocking—many “big” names gone awry in their ministries. It makes me wonder—were they rebels all along but couched their rebellion by going with the culture which appeared to have a moral compass and a desire for the Lord and His way? They are still going along with the culture—this world-wide attitude of ungodliness. But only God knows their true hearts, and for that, I am thankful.

I appreciate Lighthouse Trails, and I regularly pray for your protection and your encouragement! The work you are doing is God-honoring and helping many.

I love our Lord’s Word, and the more I pour over it, the more I love Him!

The entrance [unfolding] of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. (Psalm 119:130)

God bless and keep you ever “unfolding” His words.

Norma

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Jesus Calling Devotional Series—A Path to Mediumship?

Readers of A. J. Russell’s God Calling books and Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling series may reject the idea of becoming a medium, channel, or psychic if it is put plainly before them. However, if it is introduced indirectly through Christian-sounding devotions, and if the spirit being channeled is called “Jesus,” they might be more receptive.—BNES

Jesus Calling Devotional Series—A Path to Mediumship?”

By Chris Lawson
Founder and Director of Spiritual Research Network

In an August 2019 headline on Thomas Nelson’s publishing blog titled “The Jesus Calling Brand Celebrates 30 Million Units Sold,” it stated:

Devotional continues to grow year-over-year, more than 15 years post-release

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 26, 2019) – Today, Thomas Nelson announced that the Jesus Calling brand by Sarah Young has surpassed 30 million units sold since it was first published in October 2004. It remains one of the most successful devotionals of all time. The deep connection that readers feel to the content in Jesus Calling is evident across its various social media accounts, which total more than 1.5 million followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Readers regularly share their experiences with Jesus Calling on social media, and those experiences led to the creation of the Jesus Calling: Stories of Faith Podcast, which recently surpassed 3 million downloads.

In light of the “Jesus Calling Brand’s” incredible popularity, there is something very important you should know, which is stated in a booklet written by BDES that we keep on our website titled “Training Manual for Mediums?—Quotations from the God Calling Books and the Jesus Calling Series.” Here is an excerpt:

The God Calling books and the Jesus Calling series teach the principles of mediumship with gentle, repetitive commands that are woven into the text and scattered throughout the books. Readers are progressively presented with meditation techniques that sound vaguely scriptural but are not actually found in the Bible. Devoted readers, consciously or not, may find themselves gradually embracing an Eastern model of religious devotion, characterized by a consistent list of imperatives.

Millions of Christians have absolutely no idea about the spirit that is influencing Sarah Young—which is providing her with New Age/occult concepts, buzzwords, and phrases, as well as names and titles for the Divine, that are actually from New Age, occult and cultic belief systems. (See, Extra-Biblical Names in the Jesus Calling Series by BNES.)

For Jesus Calling readers, this may sound extremely harsh; however, our reasoning is based on factual data that has been craftily embedded into the entire framework of the Jesus Calling devotional series texts. Sarah Young and the voice/thoughts/spirit that is communicating to/with/through her have given to the world a message from “another” Jesus (2 Cor. 11:1-4), and that message is found collectively within the texts of Jesus Calling, Dear Jesus, Jesus Lives, Jesus Today, Jesus Calling Devotional Journal, Jesus Today Devotional Journal, Jesus calling Morning & Evening, and Jesus Always.

The Bible states that Christians can fall prey to spiritual deception without even realizing it. Paul the apostle wrote the following to the church at Corinth:

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.—2 Corinthians 11:3-4

Our concern is about the overarching and hidden (occult) theme throughout the Jesus Calling series—and that overarching theme, which can be found by examining the entire series in detail, is the induction into mediumship/channeling, which is inspired by “the Presence” that Sarah Young writes about.

Click this link to read: “Training Manual for Mediums?—Quotations from the God Calling Books and the Jesus Calling Series.”

Chris Lawson, Director of SRN
Spiritual Research Network

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Letter to the Editor: I Was Seduced by the “Jesus” of “Jesus Calling”

Jesus Calling, Contemplative Prayer, the New Age, and Psalm 46:10

Dear Ladies—Are You a Discerning One or a Deceived One?

10 Scriptural Reasons Why Jesus Calling is a Dangerous Book

 

Dream Catchers—Those Popular Spidery “Sacred Hoops”

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

Beautiful dream catcher on green background

Dream catchers—those spidery “sacred hoops” with feathers. They originated with the Ojibwa tribe during the ’60s and ’70s, supposedly to protect a sleeper by “catching” bad dreams or evil spirits. Then they caught on with other tribes and spread through the New Age movement into popular culture. Today, it is not uncommon to see dream catchers in gift and variety stores.  Dream catchers are even used in some public school settings, as the following describes:

Every classroom displayed at least one dreamcatcher—a magical spider web inside a sacred circle. The students explained that dreamcatchers protect them from evil spirits and nightmares by catching the bad dreams but permitting good dreams to pass though the center. According to fourth grade teacher Ms. Preston, the amber crystal in the center of her dreamcatcher meant proper spiritual alignment with the energy of the universe.1

But you can be sure, most of the general public has no idea of the meaning and purpose of dream catchers.

Basically, using a dream catcher in its intended purpose is nothing more than a form of practicing occultism. How can an inanimate object “catch” evil spirits, much less bad dreams? And why attempt to “catch” evil spirits or nightmares when you cannot fight them physically?

Although Native people can sometimes see into the spiritual world of darkness, dream catchers, or anything having to do with the occult, merely attract evil spirits and demonic activity and provide no means of protection from them. Using dream catchers is an open invitation for more spiritual works of darkness.

If you are a born-again Christian, you have a Protector—God Almighty—who stands between us and the evil realm. We need nothing more than Jesus Christ Himself who overcame all works and powers of darkness by His death and resurrection. If we pay attention to God’s Word and not to seducing spirits, we can walk in His freedom from fear.

Ephesians 6:12 says that our battle is not against “flesh and blood,” but is against “principalities,” “powers,” “the rulers of the darkness” and “spiritual wickedness in high places.” And in Hebrews, we read:

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Hebrews 2:14–15)

(To understand more about Native Spirituality, read Muddy Waters, by Nanci Des Gerlaise).

Notes:
1. Berit Kjos, Brave New Schools (Kjos Ministries), ch. 1.

 

 

Letter to the Editor: “The Changes I’ve Seen in Nearly 81 Years”
Jesus Calling Devotional Series—A Path to Mediumship?
Dream Catchers—Those Popular Spidery “Sacred Hoops”

Southern Baptist Convention Adopts “Critical Race Theory”—A Dangerous Marxist “Solution” That Will Not Work

The New Age Road to a U.S. “Department of Peace”
Jury: Pro-Life Group/Daleiden Must Pay $2 Million in Damages to Planned Parenthood for Undercover Videos
Ironside: “If Only I Could Be Sure I Was in the Right Church.”
World Leader of Salvation Army Meets With Pope Francis/Vatican to Discuss Ecumenical Plans
Letter to the Editor: Reminder About Study Showing Adverse Effects of Meditation
Letter to the Editor From Man From India: Yoga is a Doctrine of Demons!
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Southern Baptist Convention Adopts “Critical Race Theory”—A Dangerous Marxist “Solution” That Will Not Work
On November 25th, Lighthouse Trails received a link to a YouTube documentary titled “The Stain of Albert Mohler”(1) that documents how the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) passed a resolution (Resolution 9) this past summer (2019) which adopts “Critical Race Theory” (a theory that claims to be a solution to ending racism but according to critics is actually a theory enveloped in Marxism).

A June 18th 2019 Federalist article titled “In Last-Minute Move, Southern Baptist Convention Supports Anti-Christian Racial Identity Politics,” expresses concerns over the resolution:

The largest Protestant denomination in North America, the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), officially adopted “critical race theory” and “intersectionality” as “analytical tools” to be used in fostering racial reconciliation in the church. These key drivers of identity politics, however, are more likely to produce racial discord and strike at Christianity itself.

OneNewsNow article titled Critical Race Theory—A Bait-and-Switch Tactic Infiltrating the Church” further explains the issue:

Hamilton

Critical Race Theory (often referred to as CRT) teaches that American culture is rife with white supremacy and baked-in racism, and is used—often subconsciously—to hold women and people of color back. According to pastor and talk-show host Abraham Hamilton III, it’s the philosophy behind identity politics and comes straight out of the Marxist playbook.

“[CRT] doesn’t depend on your personal feeling, sentiment, [or] heart condition—it’s based on the group that you’re born into,” [Hamilton] explained recently on American Family Radio. “It completely eliminates individual responsibility, individual sin and expands it to corporate sin. And based on how you’re born, you are immediately ascribed into an ‘oppressor’ or ‘oppressed’ group.” . . .

“Jesus articulated the primary commandments: love God with your heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself,” [Hamilton] concluded. “We don’t need these anti-Christ, unbiblical tools to teach us how to love our neighbors as ourselves—the scripture is sufficient for that.”

In “The Stain of Albert Mohler” documentary, Tom Buck, a SBC pastor who contested Resolution 9 at the SBC convention in June, noted that Resolution 9 acknowledges that Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality(2) alone were insufficient to diagnose and redress the root causes of the social ills they identified. Furthermore, Buck stated:

Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality are . . . not merely insufficient, they’re incapable of diagnosing man’s problem and incompatible with the biblical Gospel. Critical Race Theory is based upon Marxism, a godless intellectual foundation, and both include a praxis contradictory to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. These views do not complement the Gospel; they completely contradict it.

In his rebuttal statements against Resolution 9, Buck quoted Colossians 2:8, then added:

When it came to worldly philosophy and human tradition, Paul did not tell the Colossians to adopt or adapt but to abandon.

One SBC pastor announced, after SBC adopted Resolution 9, that his church was withdrawing from the SBC:

At the last Southern Baptist Convention, the messengers from the churches voted to include Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality as tools to help us interpret the Bible. Now if you don’t know what Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality mean, among other things, it is the notion that if you’re born white, you’re already a racist; it doesn’t matter what you feel or how you act. You’re just a racist. All of the radical liberal progressive thought is in those terms in order to appease the culture and get along. (minute mark 3:20 of video)

Abraham Hamilton III, who has a podcast on American Family Radio devoted to exposing the dangers of Critical Race Theory, explained how some of these social justice “theories” have entered the church:

The way it’s getting into the church, you have people presenting these ideas – Critical Race Theory and other things—as something that they are not. . . . They’re not adhering to the traditional definitions and applications [so they can] get the foot in the door—and then once the foot is in the door, the applications return to the original definitions.

Albert Mohler

The documentary identifies Albert Mohler (president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) as one of the main proponents for bringing CRT into the SBC. It first shows Mohler addressing a group from a previous time and saying:

Critical Theory(3) of the Frankfurt School, coming out of the the left-wing of Marxism in Europe, was basically, and this is what is key, was a repudiation of consensual politics. So [in] this critical theory and all that came out of this horror, Marxism emerged from the idea that democratic politics won’t work. It’s not going to get to revolution. It’s not going to get to justice; therefore, there has to be a confrontation all the way down to the foundation, and that’s the critical means, taking it apart. And so they wanted to blow up the world basically ideologically. Basically it was a matter of identifying all the structures of authority and of order in society as repressive. (minute mark 5:32)

And yet, while Mohler condemned Critical Theory in the above quote, as the documentary shows through live footage, Mohler has actually embraced CRT which is an offshoot of Critical Theory.

Critical Theory and Critical Race Theory are basically “cultural Marxism.” The documentary gives this definition of cultural Marxism:

Cultural Marxism is a broad term which refers to the advocacy and application of critical theory and more generally to the cultural political and academic influence of certain elements within the contemporary Left. . . . is the creation of interdisciplinary theories that might serve as instruments of social transformation. . . .

Gender, sexual orientation, family, race, culture, or religion—every aspect of a person’s identity is to be questioned; every norm or standard in society be challenged and ideally altered in order to benefit supposedly oppressed groups. . . .

Cultural Marxism is such a conflict as existing between the oppressed and the oppressors, between those with privilege and those without. . . . Majority groups are typically defined as privileged and oppressive with minority groups accordingly labeled underprivileged and oppressed. Heterosexuals are oppressive. Cisgender(4) people are oppressive. Whites are oppressive, especially white men. Christians are oppressive. Those that do not fit into these groups are thus considered oppressed. If whites are oppressors, the solution is racial diversity. If Cisgender people are oppressors, the solution is to encourage transgenderism. (minute mark 9:15)

Author and pastor David Platt, who was President of the SBC International Mission Board for four years until 2018, was quoted on the documentary as well, showing his affinity with CRT. In live footage on the documentary, Platt says that basically the evangelical church is propagating racism rather than helping to diminish it. The narrator of the film refutes Platt’s statements:

Platt’s sermon is not based in biblical truth but in the ideology of Critical Race Theory of cultural Marxism. His basic presupposition is that white Christians are not only immersed in racism but are actually increasing the racial divide. He exhorts churches to repent of racism and to set up multi-ethnic communities in order to achieve racial reconciliation, but Scripture teaches otherwise. All true believers are one in Christ so there is no racial divide in the true Church of God—for black Christians and white Christians are one in Christ; they are reconciled in Christ. (minute mark 56:06)

Voddie Baucham

The documentary draws to a conclusion with a statement by Pastor Voddie Baucham about true and legitimate racial reconciliation from a sermon he gave from Ephesians 2:

He [the apostle Paul] starts off talking about what the Gentiles didn’t have, and we end up talking about what Jews and Gentiles now have because of the Cross. Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself, being the cornerstone in whom the whole structure being joined together grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the spirit. That’s racial reconciliation, and it’s not something you and I have to achieve. It’s something you and I have to believe because Christ has already achieved it. It is done. It is real. We are one in Christ. You need to be reminded of your union; you need to strengthen your union . . . same thing with racial reconciliation—we are reconciled in Christ; we don’t need to achieve racial reconciliation, we just need to walk in the racial reconciliation that Christ achieved at the Cross. It’s ours. It’s real, and I don’t need sociology books in order to walk in this reconciliation. I need God’s book in order to walk in this reconciliation. (minute mark 57:00)

Countless men, women, and children, throughout the history of man, have been hurt and ostracized, sexually and physically abused, and even murdered by those who have hated and had evil and murder in their hearts. The answer in today’s world for this is socialism, social justice, changing views on gender and sexuality, New Age thought, radical feminism, and now cultural Marxism through CRT. But these are not the answers the church should embrace. These ideologies are powerless substitutes for the only viable and true solution—and that is the Cross. And any group that claims to represent that Cross (e.g., SBC) should have nothing to do with the world’s “solutions” that will never work but rather should be proclaiming the Gospel to an unsaved, lost, and hurting world. Those who embrace Critical Race Theory (which broadens the terms racist and white supremacist to include virtually all white people) believe CRT is going to help end racial tensions and create a more loving world. On the contrary, it is going to cause animosity, suspicion, anger, and all the things that are the opposite of God’s love that is described in 1 Corinthians 13 (the love chapter).

Let us remember this too: Man’s adversary, Satan, does not care about anyone of any race, color, gender, or culture. He only uses people to propagate and accomplish his horribly wicked evil plans. And his ultimate goal is to keep people from Christ and His salvation. As utterly horrible as abuse, bigotry, rape, hate, and murder are, there is something even worse, and that is to be eternally lost without Christ.

Promoters of Resolution 9 say there is a “massive” racism problem within SBC. If that is truly the case, then SBC should take Abraham Hamilton’s advice and realize this is not a corporate sin (that would be saying every white SBC pastor and leader is a racist); rather, the problem lies with individuals within SBC (or within any evangelical group) who hate, belittle, or devalue those of different races; and it would be hard not to wonder if such individuals have ever truly been born of the Spirit for it is that Holy Spirit who puts the love of God in our hearts, giving us the desire and ability to love God and love our neighbor. What’s more, to view any individual as less valuable and worthy of hate or disdain because of the color of his skin is going completely against the God of the Bible who created man (of all races) in His image and who loved each person so much He gave His Son to die on the Cross that any person who believes on Him will have eternal life. Thus, if SBC does have a racist problem, then they have a salvation problem with too many of its members, and that is what should be focused on because when that problem is solved, the other will begin to be solved also.

If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also. (1 John 4:20-21)

We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. (1 John 3:14)


APPENDIX

Having written an article about such a sensitive and important issue, we did not want to include more commentary than needed. However, there is an important observation we feel we cannot leave out, though we know some readers will not like it nor agree with it.

Calvinism (in particular what old-school Calvinists call neo/emergent Calvinism) has been overtaking SBC churches and seminaries to an alarming degree. J.D. Greear, the SBC’s current president, falls in this category as do many of the men who are promoting CRT. While Calvinists and Reformed would vehemently deny that Calvinism has anything to do with the infiltration of anti-biblical Marxist-leaning beliefs, we believe there is a definite connection. Many, many, many of the young men who were mentored and trained in Calvinism by the older seasoned Calvinists to become pastors have turned emergent. How did this happen? If the foundation upon which one’s “faith” is faulty to begin with, then the building itself will too become faulty. Calvinism presents a “God” who does not love every person and who wants to send the majority of people to Hell. Very likely, it’s because of this distorted unloving and unbiblical view of God that so many young Calvinists (and some older ones too) have become emergent, and maybe that’s even why they now are so compelled to turn to socialism and Marxism for solutions.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

Endnotes:

  1. Documentary produced by Dr. E.S. Williams of London Metropolitan Tabernacle. Documentary Link .
  2. Intersectionality is the idea that there are people who have overlapping oppressed and “oppressor” social identities (e.g., someone who is poor, uneducated, and homosexual; or someone who is white, male, and educated).
  3. CRT is an offshoot of Critical Theory according to the documentary as is social justice and feminism.
  4. Cisgender refers to people who identify themselves with the sex/gender to which they are born.

(Illustration design of heart shaped people and cross by Lighthouse Trails; photos used for design are from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission.)

Related Articles:

Parting With National Body, Tennessee Baptists Repudiate Critical Race Theory

In Last-Minute Move, Southern Baptist Convention Supports Anti-Christian Racial Identity Politics

Critical Race Theory – a bait-and-switch tactic infiltrating the Church

The Dangerous Truth About the Social-Justice “Gospel”

Oneness vs. Separation Heresy “Now” in the Church

Resources:

Understanding the Gospel with Harry Ironside

Calvinism and Reformed Theology

Protecting Children From Sexual Abuse

Remembering the Holocaust

Remembering Communism

 

 
The New Age Road to a U.S. “Department of Peace”
LTRP Note: In August of 2019, presidential candidate for 2020, Marianne Williamson, “unveiled” her plans for a Department of Peace in the United States. But as you will read in the following article by former New Age follower Warren B. Smith, Williamson’s Department of Peace has been in the making for many years. Regardless of who becomes the next president, efforts by Williamson and numerous members of Congress and others are not going away until the Department of Peace is established. And as Smith lays out, this department will be anything but peaceable for Bible-believing Christians.

By Warren B. Smith

​From the Ashes

In the fall of 2001, a book titled From the Ashes: A Spiritual Response to the Attack on America was published by the multi-faith e-community Beliefnet. The book contained articles by a variety of “spiritual leaders” and “extraordinary citizens” written in response to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Proceeds from the book were to go to surviving families. A number of Christian leaders were included in this book as well as many familiar New Age leaders. Articles by Billy Graham, Charles Colson, Bill Hybels, Max Lucado, Bruce Wilkinson, Rick Warren, and others were interspersed with articles written by popular New Age figures like the Dalai Lama, Starhawk the witch, and Neale Donald Walsch. Not only did Christian leaders find themselves in the company of top New Age leaders in this book, they were also now being challenged by some of these same New Age leaders. For example, Neale Donald Walsch’s article appeared near the beginning of the book and challenged Christian ministers and religious leaders everywhere, in the light of September 11th, to adopt the New Gospel teaching that “we are all one.” This was based on the unbiblical New Age belief that God is in everyone and everything. Walsch wrote:

We must change ourselves. We must change the beliefs upon which our behaviors are based. We must create a different reality, build a new society…. We must do so with new spiritual truths. We must preach a new gospel, its healing message summarized in two sentences:

We are all one.
Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.

This 15-word message, delivered from every lectern and pulpit, from every rostrum and platform, could change everything overnight. I challenge every priest, every minister, every rabbi, and religious cleric to preach this.1

Walsch obviously knew how spiritually appealing the idea of peace and oneness would sound to a frightened humanity wondering when the next disaster might strike. What an opportune time to introduce the New Age doctrine of spiritual oneness to an anxious and vulnerable world. But the Bible clearly teaches that while all nations are of one blood (Acts 17:26), they are not all of one spirit (Romans 8:9-14; 1 Corinthians 2:12). The Bible states that we are only “one” with God and with each other in Jesus Christ.

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-28; emphasis added)

The Bible also teaches that our only real peace with God and with each other comes through faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior:

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)

The Bible does not teach us to approach God by praying to or through anyone other than Jesus Christ.

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

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)

No More Jesus Christ as Savior?

In the fall of 2002, just one year after September 11th, Neale Donald Walsch released a new book titled The New Revelations: A Conversation with God. In this book, he described how “God” was making it known that world peace could be achieved if all humanity was willing to incorporate certain “new revelation” teachings into their already existing belief systems. Walsch’s “God” stated that if people were open enough, and humble enough to admit that they didn’t have a complete understanding of God—that they needed more information—“new revelations” would then be given to them. Walsch’s “God” made it clear that these “new revelations” would not do away with one’s own particular religion or belief system, but the revelations would be simply “adding to” and “enlarging” the scope of their present beliefs.2 These revelations would provide a common core of belief to all peoples and religions, helping everyone to understand how the universal acceptance of certain spiritual principles could save the world. “God” had provided Walsch with these “new revelations” and Walsch would now share these revelations with others in his new book.

In New Revelations: A Conversation with God, Neale Donald Walsch explained that “God” was giving the world a last-chance warning. To avoid self-destruction and attain world peace everyone must recognize the divinity of all creation. With this foundational teaching that God was in everything, Walsch then described how “God” was now proposing a “PEACE PLAN.” This PEACE PLAN process would help to unify the world’s various religions and bring peace to the world. Walsch’s “God” described his PEACE PLAN as “The Five Steps to PEACE.” But to avoid conflict and spiritual divisiveness, “God” had one mandatory condition: the PEACE PLAN would make no allowances for anyone calling Jesus Christ their exclusive Lord and Saviour. In The New Revelations Walsch’s “God” emphatically stated:

Yet let me make something clear. The era of the Single Savior is over.3

The 5-Step PEACE PLAN

The PEACE PLAN delineated by Walsch’s New Age “God” is a sequential 5-step prayer-like process that encourages people to examine their existing beliefs about God, and to be open enough to accept “new understandings” from God. The PEACE PLAN was obviously patterned after the Alcoholics Anonymous 12-step program. Walsch explained the New Age PEACE PLAN of his “God” in The New Revelations and also posted it on his Conversations with God website:

THE FIVE STEPS TO PEACE

Peace will be attained when we, as human beings…

PERMIT ourselves to acknowledge that some of our old beliefs about God and about Life are no longer working.

EXPLORE the possibility that there is something we do not understand about God and about Life, the understanding of which could change everything.

ANNOUNCE that we are willing for new understandings of God and Life to now be brought forth, understandings that could produce a new way of life on this planet.

COURAGEOUSLY examine these new understandings and, if they align with our personal inner truth and knowing, to enlarge our belief system to include them.

EXPRESS our lives as a demonstration of our highest beliefs, rather than as a denial of them.4

The clever subtlety of this PEACE PLAN is reminiscent of the serpent’s approach to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The PEACE PLAN is a slick contemporary version of the original spiritual temptation to believe man is God. It tempts people—especially people with a Christian background—to doubt their sole faith in Jesus Christ and to open themselves up to other beliefs. The Apostle Paul expressed his concern that believers might actually listen to the cunning false teachings of men like Walsch:

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3)

Walsch’s PEACE PLAN encourages everyone—particularly Christians—to doubt their beliefs. It asks them to consider the possibility that God is providing new beliefs through “new revelations.” These “new revelations” would include the New Age/New Gospel teaching that “we are all one” based on the panentheistic New Age/New Spitituality teaching that God is in everything. And this is exactly what Marianne Williamson, Gary Zukav, Wayne Dyer and other New Age leaders were suggesting in their televised comments after September 11th. Because “bad” things were happening, were Christians suddenly supposed to doubt the teachings of the Bible and open themselves up to the New Age teachings of the New Spirituality? It was all very clever and very predictable. Our spiritual Adversary loves to create a problem so he can then offer his own solution to that problem. His solution in this instance was the ingeniously contrived 5-step spiritual PEACE PLAN.

Using Walsch as his New Age spokesmen, the Adversary was tempting everyone to humbly open themselves up to a new way of thinking that could change the world. But there is a major problem with this suggestion. The proposed PEACE PLAN is predicated on a fundamental disbelief in the authority and reliability of the Holy Bible. And the Bible clearly teaches that doubting God’s Word, and doubting Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour of the world, is not a sign of humility—it is a sign of faithlessness. Furthermore, the proposal by Walsch’s “God” that we measure “new revelations” by our own “personal inner truth” is extremely misleading. We are not to measure any teaching by our own feelings or personal experience. We are to measure everything by the Word of God as contained in His Holy Bible. Walsch’s PEACE PLAN clearly fits the biblical description of a faithless and ungodly “wavering” prayer-like process. The Scripture warns that a person thinking, praying and proceeding in this manner should expect to receive nothing from God.

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. (James 1:5-8)

This warning would also apply also to the nearly identical “humility theology” of business leader and New Age sympathizer John Templeton.

Templeton’s Humility Theology

Sir John Marks Templeton is widely known for his Templeton Prize for Progress in Religions. He has been described as a “religious philanthropist,” “investment wizard,” and an “amateur philosopher.”5

A do-gooder for the end of the millennium, the late Templeton (d. 2008) paid professors to promote conservative values, universities to build character, and researchers to investigate the connections between faith and science. He believed he could reconcile the irreconcilable contradictions of contemporary society: Christian conservatism and New Age loopiness, capitalist greed and sweet charity, old-time religion and modern technology.6

He also developed his own brand of religion which he called “humility theology,” which he described as the ability to humbly live with “conflicting scientific theories” and “conflicting religious attitudes.”7 Neale Donald Walsch, in a May 2004 interview with the New Age magazine Science of Mind, noted that Templeton’s “humility theology” was in almost complete accord with the New Age PEACE PLAN. Walsch praised Templeton, calling him his “wonderful role model.”

The ethical and moral dilemmas with which we will be confronted in the twenty-first century cannot be successfully negotiated using old ideas. So we have to have the courage to experience what my wonderful role model, Sir John Templeton, would say: What the world needs now is a bit of humility with its theology, that is, a theology that understands we don’t have all the answers but is willing to remain inside the questions, “Who am I? Who is God? What is our newest, our grandest, and our most extraordinary understanding?” Let us not stay in the answer we gave ourselves hundreds, even thousands, of years ago.8

Using Templeton as his springboard, Walsch told the Science of Mind interviewer that what the world needs now is a “new” and “refreshed” understanding of God:

Let us hold on to the parts of that answer that still continue to resonate and make sense to the human soul but let us release those parts of the answer that do not—and there are many parts that do not. We’re going to create a new God at last. Of course, it won’t really be a new God but simply an enlarged and breathtakingly refreshed understanding of the God who always was and who is now and always will be.9

It is therefore interesting that Walsch and “God” had a conversation specifically about how Templeton’s “humility theology” works hand in hand with the New Age PEACE PLAN. In fact, Walsch’s “God” commended Templeton for being “very wise”:

“God”: What would you tell your local religious leaders if you could get them to sit down together with you?

Walsch: I would tell them about a conversation that I had not long ago with Sir John Templeton—he’s the man who created the Templeton Prize in Religion—in which I asked him what he felt the world needed most right now. Sir John said, “humility theology… It’s a theology that acknowledges it does not have all the answers. We need a theology that is willing to continue asking questions.”

“God”: Sir John is very wise.10

In another one of his Conversations with God books, Walsch and his “God” talked more about Templeton and his “humility theology”:

“God”: In the days of the New Spirituality your presently established religions will stop imagining themselves to have all the answers.

They will acknowledge openly that there may be something they don’t understand about God—the understanding of which could change everything. [bold in original]

Walsch: Sir John Templeton calls this “humility theology.”

“God”: It is aptly described. This is what would benefit earthly theologies greatly right now—and it is an attitude that most of your exclusivist organized religions will finally adopt as the earth’s people embrace Tomorrow’s God.

This will come about slowly at first, then as a fresh breeze sweeping across the land. More international conferences and congresses will be held, such as those which have already been held in recent years, inviting representatives of all the world’s religions to come together in one place to explore the path of mutual respect and cooperation.11

The following quotes from Templeton’s book The Humble Approach illustrate the similarities between Templeton’s “humility theology” and the PEACE PLAN of Walsch’s New Age “God”:

Humility is the gateway of knowledge. To learn more, we must first realize how little we already know.12

Differing concepts of God have developed in different cultures. No one should say that God can be reached by only one path. Such exclusiveness lacks humility because it presumes that we can and do comprehend God. The humble person is ready to admit and welcome the various manifestations of God.13

One following the humble approach thinks it possible that God may want to reveal Himself further than He has done to date in any major or minor religion. He may be ever ready to give us new revelation if we will but open our minds to seek and inquire, but first we must rid ourselves of that rigidity and intellectual arrogance that tells us we have all the answers already.14

To say that God cannot reveal Himself again in a decisive way because He did it once years ago seems sacrilegious. We should be gentle, kind, and sympathetic toward God’s new prophets even though they bring strange new ideas.15

Scriptures have been very beneficial to the whole world, but I am hoping we can develop a body of knowledge about God that doesn’t rely on ancient revelations or scripture.16

The possibility of a great new reformation depends upon scientists humble enough to admit that the unseen is vastly greater than the seen, and upon theologians humble enough to admit that some older concepts of God may need to grow. By using the humble approach, both can develop a vastly larger cosmology and a wider, deeper theology.17

Christian author Dave Hunt took note of the fact that John Marks Templeton and his New Age heresies had been introduced into the evangelical church by Crystal Cathedral pastor, Robert Schuller:

Templeton and his neopagan views were first introduced to the church in 1986 by Robert Schuller, who continues to endorse him. Schuller’s Possibilities magazine put Templeton’s picture on its front cover, and its major article was an interview with Templeton. In it he expressed his Unity/Religious Science/New Age beliefs: “Your spiritual principles attract prosperity to you… material success… comes… from being in tune with the infinite…. The Christ spirit dwells in every human being whether the person knows it or not… nothing exists except God.” These heresies were promoted by Schuller to his vast audience of readers.18

The Templeton article in Robert Schuller’s magazine betrays the same New Age sympathies that were later manifested in Schuller’s involvement with Gerald Jampolsky and A Course in Miracles. Walsch and his “God” must have been pleased with Schuller’s obvious affection for both Templeton and Jampolsky. By promoting these men, Schuller was in effect supporting and promoting their New Age cause within the evangelical church. What was a bit surprising, though, was their willingness to express these feelings so openly and publicly in Walsch’s book The New Revelations.

Schuller as a Bridge

In The New Revelations Walsch and his “God” have a conversation in which they both describe Robert Schuller as the kind of “extraordinary minister” who was providing a bridge from the “Christian” church into the New Age/New Spirituality. Walsch and his “God” were obviously pleased that Schuller—like Templeton—was proposing a “new reformation” for the church that would be based on the principles of “self-esteem.” Walsch began by praising Schuller, quoting from his 1982 book Self-Esteem: The New Reformation:

This extraordinary minister also declared, “As a Christian, a theologian, and a churchman within the Reformed tradition, I must believe that it is possible for the church to exist even though it may be in serious error in substance, strategy, style or spirit.” But, he said, ultimately “theologians must have their international, universal, transcreedal, transcultural, transracial standard.”19

Walsch’s “God” then replied:

Rev. Schuller was profoundly astute in his observations and incredibly courageous in making them public. I hope he is proud of himself!

I suggest that such an international, universal, transcreedal, transcultural, transracial standard for theology is the statement: “We Are All One. Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way.”

This can be the gospel of a New Spirituality. It can be a kind of spirituality that gives people back to themselves.20 (emphasis in original)

Neale Donald Walsch and his New Age “God” had declared that “the era of the Single Savior is over,” yet in this conversation they cited the “Christian” minister Robert Schuller. Obviously his ideas are compatible with their own. They favorably compared Schuller’s “New theology” of “self-esteem” and a “new reformation”21 to their own call for a “New Spirituality.”

It is interesting that on October 17, 2004, just two years after this conversation where Walsch and his “God” praised Schuller, New Age leader Gerald Jampolsky was Schuller’s featured guest on his Hour of Power television program. And it was on this program that Schuller recommended all of Jampolsky’s “fabulous” New Age books. He had especially recommended Jampolsky’s most recent book Forgiveness. Not surprisingly, the Foreword to Forgiveness was written by Neale Donald Walsch.

While Schuller was featuring Jampolsky and his Course in Miracles-based teachings on the Hour of Power, Walsch and Williamson were in the process of reinventing their Global Renaissance Alliance of New Age leaders. Their Global Renaissance Alliance would soon be renamed the Peace Alliance. They were about to make their New Age cause for a New Spirituality become the spiritual and political foundation for a world peace movement.

The New Age Peace Alliance

The Global Renaissance Alliance—originally co-founded as the American Renaissance Alliance in 1997—was renamed the Peace Alliance in 2005. By transforming the more hard-core New Age Global Renaissance Alliance into the more spiritually and politically pleasing Peace Alliance, co-founders Marianne Williamson and Neale Donald Walsch had removed most of the spiritual trappings that made the Global Renaissance Alliance such an easily identifiable New Age organization. Gone from the new Peace Alliance website was any mention of the organization’s more controversial co-founder Neale Donald Walsch. Also gone were most of the board members who were obvious New Age leaders—people like Barbara Marx Hubbard, Gary Zukav and Deepak Chopra. And gone from the new website was the original recommended reading list that had included Williamson’s book about A Course in Miracles (A Return to Love), Walsch’s books that downplayed the serious crimes of Hitler (Conversations with God: Books 1&2), and Hubbard’s book that mandated the “selection process” (The Revelation).

In fact, most people looking at the reinvented Peace Alliance website would never know that this “peace” organization had been originally founded by New Age leaders for specific New Age spiritual/political purposes. Like Walsch and his Humanity’s Team, the Peace Alliance was yet another way for these New Age leaders to tempt the world—and the church—with their repackaged New Age teachings. The Peace Alliance is, for all intents and purposes, still the New Age Global Renaissance Alliance. But now these “spiritual activists” have become more radical as they boldly proclaim their spiritually- based peace movement to be a “civil rights movement for the soul”—a phrase coined by Neale Donald Walsch’s “God” to describe his New Spirituality. In Walsch’s book Tommorrow’s God, Walsch and “God” discuss the ominous implications of this clever catchphrase:

“God”: I have said repeatedly that the New Spirituality is a civil rights movement for the soul. It is a message of freedom from humanity’s belief in an oppressive, angry, violent, and killing God. When this message is received by the people, it will not matter how powerful a dictator’s government is, or how repressive a religion is. When the number of people who no longer support oppression and repression reaches critical mass, that government will fall, and that religion will disappear.

Walsch: There is another profound political development that I see emerging from the New Spirituality.

“God”: What is that?

Walsch: I see the present form of democracy disappearing.

“God”: Yes? And why? Why do you see this happening? Is this what you choose to create?

Walsch: I think so, yes.

“God”: Why?

Walsch: Because another of the foundational truths of the New Spirituality is Oneness, and those who embrace this New Spirituality–

“God”: —the number of which will increase exponentially each year–

Walsch: —will see themselves as separate from no one and nothing. I believe that this sense of unity will not be merely theoretical or conceptual, but experiential.

“God”: I agree with you. The New Spirituality will produce this shift. People will not merely know themselves to be one with everything, they will feel this unity.
In the days of the New Spirituality the unity of all things will be experiential.

Walsch: This will dramatically change people’s attitude about many things.

“God”: It will, indeed.22 (emphasis in original)

Meditation and Spiritual Experience

​In the New Age, mystical spiritual experiences often reinforce one’s newly “evolving” spiritual beliefs, and give seekers the feeling that they are on the right path. There is no doubt that this New Age peace movement will feel “good” and seem “right” to those who depend upon spiritual experience rather than the truth of God’s Word.

For Williamson and her New Age “spiritual activists,” meditation will be one of the most important means for providing ongoing spiritual experiences. Williamson has repeatedly underlined the importance of meditation in her writings and teachings. In A Return to Love she wrote:

Meditation is time spent with God in silence and quiet listening. It is the time during which the Holy Spirit has a chance to enter into our minds and perform His divine alchemy.23

Her definition of meditation is almost exactly how most Christian leaders are defining contemplative prayer—a “time spent with God in silence and quiet listening.” However, the “Holy Spirit” that she refers to is not the Holy Spirit of God but rather the unholy spirit of her New Age “God” and “Christ.” That is why it is so important that believers “test the spirits” by the Word of God in all spiritual experiences. Otherwise one might be “quietly listening” in “silence” and “solitude” to the same counterfeit “Holy Spirit” that the New Age is listening to. The Bible warns that there is “another gospel” and “another spirit” and undiscerning believers may get very deceived (2 Corinthians 11:4).

One reason the New Age/New Spirituality places such great emphasis on meditation and contemplative prayer is because it provides a means for the spirit world to interact with the person who is sitting in “solitude” and “silence” so trusting and expectant. These seemingly “meant-to-be” spiritual experiences have led countless numbers of people into the New Age/New Gospel/New Spirituality. It is not surprising that the New Age/New Spirituality puts such emphasis on meditation and spiritual experience. Meditation and what is being called “contemplative prayer” will surely play a key part in making people feel like they are being “led” by God to get involved in a peace movement that is, in reality, based on the teachings of the New Spirituality.

Marianne Williamson on the Move

With co-founder Neale Donald Walsch’s role in the Peace Alliance being downplayed, Marianne Williamson now stood alone as the Chairman of the board of directors of the Peace Alliance. Adding to her already burgeoning resume, Williamson was being touted as one of the featured contributors on Oprah Winfrey’s new XM satellite radio program.24 Williamson, Walsch, and their New Age colleagues are very aware that Oprah could play a strategic role in gaining popular support for their New Age Peace Plan—their “civil rights movement of the soul.” Williamson acknowledged how Oprah popularized her book about A Course in Miracles which made her a national figure. She wrote:

For that, my deepest thanks to Oprah Winfrey. Her enthusiasm and generosity have given the book, and me, an audience we would never otherwise have had.25

In her 2004 book The Gift of Change, Williamson wrote:

To Oprah Winfrey, for creating my national audience to begin with and for continuing to support my work. She has made a world of difference in my life, as she has in the lives of millions of others. In my heart I thank her constantly.26

In a relatively few short years, Marianne Williamson became a high profile spiritual leader and activist [and today is a presidential candidate for 2020], heading a highly charged “civil rights movement for the soul.” Sounding more like Martin Luther King than Shirley MacLaine, Williamson fast became a formidable political figure. Joining her New Age/New Spirituality forces were politicians like Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Williamson and her Peace Alliance associates were suddenly in the thick of Washington politics. But the spiritual politics of their “peace” is completely founded on New Age/New Gospel/New Spirituality teachings like those of A Course in Miracles. In fact, in The Gift of Change, Williamson declares that the New Age teachings of A Course in Miracles could change the world:

Twenty years ago, I saw the guidance of the Course as key to changing one’s personal life; today, I see its guidance as key to changing the world. More than anything else, I see how deeply the two are connected.27

Dennis Kucinich and the Peace Department

When talking about spiritual politics, Marianne Williamson and Neale Donald Walsch are very careful to invoke the names of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi rather than credit the New Age occultists who are actually driving their movement. These politically savvy New Age leaders want an unsuspecting public to believe that their “civil rights movement for the soul” is founded on the non-resistent peace and justice principles of King and Gandhi rather than the occult New Age principles of Blavatsky, Bailey, and Hubbard.

Williamson and Walsch were very serious about engaging Washington politicians in their New Age politics and their New Age plans for peace. When the Global Renaissance Alliance moved more visibly into the political arena, it became very active in supporting Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich as the Democratic nominee for President in the 2004 election. In fact, Williamson and Walsch made joint political appearances with Kucinich. He, in turn, was a speaker at some of their Global Renaissance Alliance events. In his writings and speeches, Kucinich proved to be a surprisingly strong advocate for the New Age/New Gospel/New Spirituality. For example, in his June 9, 2002 “Spirit and Stardust” speech at a conference titled “Peacebuilding in the 21st Century” held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Kucinich sounded more like a New Age leader than a U.S. Congressman when he stated:

We need to remember where we came from; to know that we are one. To understand that we are of an undivided whole: race, color, nationality, creed, gender are beams of light, refracted through one great prism. We begin as perfect and journey through life to become more perfect in the singularity of “I” and the multiplicity of “we”….

…Our vision of interconnectedness resonates with new networks of world citizens in nongovernmental organizations linking from numberless centers of energy, expressing the emergence of a new organic whole, seeking unity within and across national lines….

As citizen-activists the world over merge, they can become an irresistible force to create peace and protect the planet….

Active citizenship begins with an envisioning of the desired outcome and a conscious application of spiritual principles.28

His statements about “oneness,” “citizens-activists,” and “envisioning desired outcomes” through “a conscious application of spiritual principles” are a perfect example of how the New Age is influencing national politics and the emerging world peace movement. Kucinich has maintained strong spiritual/political ties with Marianne Williamson, Neale Donald Walsch, Barbara Marx Hubbard and other New Age leaders. He actually participated in fund raising activities for the Global Renaissance Alliance29—now the Peace Alliance—and has become one of America’s foremost peace activists.

The New Age Peace Department

On April 8, 2003 Representative Dennis Kucinich introduced a bill (H.R. 1673) in the U.S. House of Representatives that, if passed, would have established a cabinet level Department of Peace. This Peace Department would oversee a wide range of domestic and international activity. Kucinich also wants to establish a Peace Room in the White House—an idea that was first conceived by Barbara Marx Hubbard more than twenty years ago.30

In fact, Barbara Marx Hubbard made reference to Representative Kucinich and the idea of a Peace Room when she accepted a “Peace Builders Award” at a special September 11, 2005, Washington, D.C., Peace Alliance Conference that also featured speakers Marianne Williamson, Walter Cronkite, and Dennis Kucinich. In accepting her award, Hubbard described how Representative Kucinich had received the same dream she had been given so many years ago by her “Christ.”

When Dennis Kucinich was running for president, I told him of a dream I had. “Dennis,” I said, “I dreamed that we were inaugurating The Peace Room in the Rose Garden of the White House.”

“Barbara,” he responded, “When I am president, we won’t just inaugurate it in the Rose Garden, we will build it next to the oval office in the White House.”

And he laid out the identical vision without ever having seen it before.31

The legislation to establish a Department of Peace was reintroduced by Congressman Kucinich at the Capitol on September 12, 2005 (H.R. 3760).* It was a fitting finale to the three-day Peace Alliance Conference. To date the legislation for a Peace Department has gained the support of dozens of members of congress. Such a department would, subtly and not so subtly, regulate numerous aspects of American life by New Age principles.32 For example, according to the mission statement in Title 1, Section 101(C)4 of the original bill, the Secretary of Peace would have wide, sweeping powers to “promote the development of human potential.” This is interesting because Neale Donald Walsch has already explained that the term “human potential” can be just another way of saying New Age/New Spirituality. At his 2003 Humanity’s Team Leadership Conference, Walsch described how New Age colleagues like Wayne Dyer and Gary Zukav use the facade of the “human potential movement” to introduce and promote their New Age/New Gospel/New Spirituality teachings.

New Age Definition of Hate

Section 102(b)10 of the original bill described how the Secretary of Peace would also “provide for public education programs and counseling strategies concerning hate crimes.” But the question necessarily arises—who defines what constitutes a hate crime? If New Age politicians like Dennis Kucinich and Marianne Williamson have their way, then “hate” could be easily defined in New Age terms. For example, it is clear that in the New Age/New Gospel/New Spirituality scheme of things “separation” means not seeing yourself and others as God. As an example, Maitreya warned that “hatred is begotten of separation” and that in his New World Order it will be a hate “crime” not to believe in “man’s divinity.” He says it is his “purpose” to see that everyone who refuses to believe in “man’s divinity” be “driven” from this world. He affirms that his “law” concerning hatred will prevail.

The crime of separation must be driven from this world. I affirm that as My Purpose.33

Let us together show the world: that the need for war is past; that the instinct of man is to live and to love; that hatred is begotten of separation.34

The crime of separation, of division, of lawlessness must go from the world. All that hinders the manifestation of man’s divinity must be driven from our planet. My Law will take the place of separation.35

Thus, it is possible that the New Age Doctrines of “Oneness” and “Separation” could play a huge part in a future Peace Department’s definition of hatred, tolerance and human potential. In fact, to avoid future wars—and an Armageddon—New Age leaders and politicians like Williamson, Walsch, Hubbard and Kucinich have made it clear that everyone would eventually have to embrace their New Age/New Spirituality doctrines. Of course if these doctrines were law then the acceptance of these doctrines would not be optional. Hatred would simply be defined as not seeing “God” in everyone and everything.

Endnotes

1. Beliefnet Editors, From the Ashes: A Spiritual Response to the Attack on America (USA: Rodale Inc., 2001), p. 21.

2. Neale Donald Walsch, The New Revelations: A Conversation with God (New York: Atria Books, 2002), p. 9.

3. Ibid., p. 157.

4. “The Five Steps To Peace,” Conversations with God website, http://www.cwg.org/5steps/5stepstopeace.pdf, p. 1.

5. David Plotz, “God’s Venture Capitalist: The strange quest of Sir John Templeton,” Slate, June 8, 1997, http://www.slate.com/id/1822/.

6. Ibid.

7. Sir John Templeton, The Humble Approach: Scientists Discover God (Radnor, Pennsylvania: Templeton Foundation Press, 1995), p. 42.

8. Kathy Juline, “Question Authority: A Conversation with Neale Donald Walsch,” Science of Mind, May 2004, p. 29.

9. Ibid.

10. Walsch, The New Revelations, pp. 68-69.

11. Neale Donald Walsch, TOMORROW’S GOD: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (New York: Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, 2004), p. 234.

12. Templeton, The Humble Approach, p. 11.

13. Ibid., p. 46.

14. Ibid., p. 40.

15. Ibid., p. 53.

16. Ibid., p. 137.

17. Ibid., p. 70.

18. Dave Hunt, Occult Invasion: The Subtle Seduction of the World and the Church (Eugene, Oregon: Harvest House Publishers, 1998), p.102. Possibilities, Summer 1986, pp. 8-12.

19. Walsch, The New Revelations: A Conversation with God, p. 282.

20. Ibid.

21. Robert Schuller, Self-Esteem: The New Reformation, pp. 38-39.

22. Neale Donald Walsch, TOMORROW’S GOD: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (New York: Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, 2004), pp. 262-263.

23. Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, p. 281.

24. Oprah & Friends-An XM Exclusive: http://www2.oprah.com/presents/2006/xm/xm_main.jhtml.

25. Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, p. ix.

26. Marianne Williamson, The Gift of CHANGE: Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004), pp. ix-x.

27. Ibid, p. 5.

28. Praxis Peace Institute Dubrovnik Conference, Dubrovnik Croatia: The Alchemy of Peacebuilding, June 4-11, 2002. Speech by U.S. Representative Dennis J. Kucinich, June 9, 2002 http://www.praxispeace.org/kucinich_letter.html.

29. Williamson, ed., Imagine: What America Could Be in the 21st Century, p. 361 p. 413.

30. Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Hunger of Eve: One Woman’s Odyssey Toward the Future, pp. 186, 197.

31. Peace Alliance Conference, September 10-12, 2005, Washington, D.C., Peace Builders Award: Acceptance speech by Barbara Marx Hubbard, September 11, 2005. http://www.barbaramarxhubbard.com/utility/showArticle/?objectID=77 .

32. http://www.dopcampaign.org/read_bill.htm .

33. Share International Foundation, Messages from Maitreya the Christ: One Hundred Forty Messages, p. 189.

34. Ibid., p. 108.

​35. Ibid., p. 248.

*Today, the bill is called H.R.1111, The Department of Peacebuilding.

Warren B. Smith is a former New Age follower. You may visit his two websites at: www.newagetoamazinggrace.com and www.warrenbsmith.com.

(Photos from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission.)

 

 

Jury: Pro-Life Group/Daleiden Must Pay $2 Million in Damages to Planned Parenthood for Undercover Videos
Unborn baby

By Heather Clark
Christian News Network

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — A jury deciding a civil suit in California has awarded Planned Parenthood over $2 million after finding that pro-life activist David Daleiden and his Center for Medical Progress (CMP) caused “substantial harm” by posing as members of a biomedical procurement company and secretly recording their discussions with Planned Parenthood leadership in order to expose the abortion giant’s practices.

Daleiden and his colleague, Sandra Merritt, attended abortion industry conferences from 2013 to 2015 under the names Robert Sarkis and Susan Tennenbaum and with the impression that they were representatives of a company they called BioMax Procurement Services. They recorded their conversations as they sought to learn about Planned Parenthood’s abortion practices and harvesting partnerships.

CMP then publicly released video footage of the undercover investigation, showing various Planned Parenthood leaders and representatives of biomedical companies callously discussing extracting unborn children from the womb so that their body parts can be collected and sold for research. Click here to continue reading.

(photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission)

 

Ironside: “If Only I Could Be Sure I Was in the Right Church.”
LTRP Note: The following is from Harry Ironside’s book Full Assurance.

By Harry Ironside

A comment put to me: “If I could only be sure I was in the right church, I would feel secure; but there are so many different churches that I get all confused and upset.”

My response: The church is not the ark of safety. The church is the aggregate of all who believe in the Lord Jesus and who have therefore been baptized by the Holy Spirit into one body. This is not a mere organization, however ancient and venerable. If you were sure you were in the right church (some earthly organization) and trusted in that for salvation, you would be forever lost! Your trust must be in the Head of the church, the risen Christ. He is the only Savior. All ecclesiastical pretension is vain, and to rest in any kind of church membership is an empty deception. Christ alone is the ark that will carry you safely through all the storms of judgment. No matter what denomination you turn to, you will never find salvation in allying yourself with it, but when you come to Jesus, you are then prepared to enjoy fellowship with His people.

I love Thy kingdom, Lord,
The house of Thine abode,
The Church our blest Redeemer saved
With His own precious blood.

(photo: bigstockphoto.com; used with permission)

World Leader of Salvation Army Meets With Pope Francis/Vatican to Discuss Ecumenical Plans
(photo credit: Pope Francis And General Brian Peddle – © Vatican Media)

According to a November 2019 posting on the Salvation Army website titled, “World Leader of The Salvation Army General Brian Peddle meets His Holiness Pope Francis,” it appears that the Salvation Army is part of the growing ranks of evangelical organizations in the race toward unity at all costs. The post from the Salvation Army site states:

GENERAL Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle visited the Vatican today for conversation with His Holiness Pope Francis. During the visit, the accompanying delegation – Commissioner Betty Matear, Secretary for International Ecumenical Relations, Lieut-Colonel Massimo Tursi, Officer Commanding Italy and Greece Command and Major David Williamson, Private Secretary to the General – met with Cardinal Koch, Bishop Farrell and Father Avelino Gonzales of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. . . .

It is intended that beyond this historic visit there would be a series of meetings, which will strengthen relationships and cooperation in areas of mutual concern and service. (source: https://www.salvationarmy.org/ihq/news/inr081119)

Thirteen years ago Lighthouse Trails wrote, “Salvation Army Joins the Contemplative/Emerging Ranks.” It is the “natural” course of those organizations that go contemplative to eventually go ecumenical, of which a large part includes unifying with the Catholic Church as you can see from some of our past headlines below. All of the ministries listed below first moved into the contemplative camp and then later the ecumenical camp with the Roman Catholic Church.

Pope Francis first met with a Salvation Army General in 2014 when André Cox led the organization.

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Letter to the Editor: Reminder About Study Showing Adverse Effects of Meditation
Dear Lighthouse Trails:

This article came up in a feed, and I thought it might be a useful reminder to your readers. It’s a 2017 shallow academic re-run of what LHT has devotedly and thoroughly covered in depth for years!

I imagine a title like:

“Study Names 59 Categories of Unexpected and Unwanted Side Effects Of Meditation”

This is the mainstream article that covered it in 2017:

“Meditation can bring about a wide variety of thoughts and emotions—some are peaceful, others are not.”

Key Quote: “The researchers identified 59 kinds of unexpected or unwanted experiences, which they classified into seven domains: cognitive, perceptual, affective (related to moods), somatic, conative (related to motivation), sense of self, and social. Among the experiences described to them were feelings of anxiety and fear, involuntary twitching, insomnia, a sense of complete detachment from one’s emotions, hypersensitivity to light or sound, distortion in time and space, nausea, hallucinations, irritability, and the re-experiencing of past traumas. The associated levels of distress and impairment ranged from “mild and transient to severe and lasting,” according to the study.”

This is the original study (2017):

“The varieties of contemplative experience: A mixed-methods study of meditation-related challenges in Western Buddhists”

A key Quote: “The vast majority (88%) of participants reported that challenging or difficult meditation experiences bled over into daily life or had an impact on their life beyond a meditation retreat or beyond a formal practice session. The term “symptoms” is used here to denote the subset of experiences that were experienced as challenging, difficult or functionally impairing. Fig 1 shows the duration of symptoms and their associated impairment. The median duration of symptoms was 1–3 years, ranging from a few days to more than 10 years. While 10% reported minimal impairment, impairment tended to mirror symptom duration, lasting from days to more than a decade. The majority of the sample (73%) indicated moderate to severe impairment in at least one domain, with 17% reporting suicidality, and 17% requiring inpatient hospitalization.”

BLESSINGS,

E.P.

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Letter to the Editor From Man From India: Yoga is a Doctrine of Demons!
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Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I am from a Hindu background. The word Yoga has developed from the word Yog. Yog means union. So when you do Yoga, you can expect your spirit to be in union with “divine spirit” completely. According to Bishnu Puran, one of the Hindu scripture yoga is “complete union between spirit of god and man.” So when you do Yoga, you are focusing on uniting with some spirit. We know it is not the Spirit of the Lord God.

Yoga was in practice in ancient Hindu times to connect them with gods to get people closure to Nirvana. Hindus have many ways for salvation and Yoga is one of that. It is a doctrine of demons. Christians cannot take part in it as it tries to connect your spirit with some spirit, and you do not know what that spirit is. In Nepal, if you walk to the Hindu temples, you find “holy people,” and they say they got freedom from all the longing of the world because of Yoga. Yoga helped them to be united with their god, and now they are free. They will show you different postures which will be offered as worship to different gods.

As Christians, according to Colossians 2:8, we should not follow the theories made according to the traditions of this world nor based on any spiritual beings.

B. S. D., Nepal

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