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Lighthouse Trails to Send Out 12th Mailing to Christian Leaders & Pastors

In January 2016, Lighthouse Trails began mailing out small booklet packs to Christian leaders and pastors three times a year. On December 31, we will be sending out our 3rd mailing of 2019. Since we started 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 301 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 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, Understanding the New Age, Meditation, and the Higher Selfgives a concise explanation of meditation. It is especially important for today’s pastors and church leaders to understand what meditation is because of the role it is playing in the lives of so many Christians.

The second booklet, Butterfly Illusions, documents Roma Downey’s New Age influence in the church. While one cannot perhaps question her sincerity, it cannot be ignored that she is propagating New Age ideas with the help and approval of Christian leaders.

The third booklet, Broken Vessels for Christ, written by Harry Ironside (pastor of Moody Church in Chicago from 1929-1948), uses 2 Corinthians 4:10-11 as his text to exhort pastors and all believers to fully surrender our lives to Him as broken and contrite vessels, allowing Him to work through us as He pleases.

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:

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)
Setting Aside the Power of the Gospel for a Powerless Substitute (Dombrowski)
Is Your Church Doing Spiritual Formation? (Editors)

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)

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)


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)
The Dangerous Truth About the Social Justice “Gospel (Danielsen)
The Big Picture: How the World and the Church Are Being Deceived (Smith)
Dominionism, Kingdom Now, and What Does the Bible Say? (Oppenheimer)

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Natasha Vins, Daughter of Former Soviet Religious Prisoner Georgi Vins, Passes Away at 67

Note: The editors at Lighthouse Trails have been aware of the Vins’ family since the late 1970s when Georgi Vins was a prisoner for his faith in the U.S.S.R. Today, Lighthouse Trails is the publisher for two of Georgi Vins’ books and carries one book written by his daughter, Natasha Vins. This family continually exercised courage and faith in the midst of persecution and are an inspiration and an example to the body of Christ, especially in a day and age today when freedom and liberty to worship God are at such risk of being lost.

There are no greater riches than Christ, and you feel this especially keenly when they want to take Him away from you, when they forbid you to share these riches with people . . . But people need Him so much! Jesus—is there any name more dear to a redeemed soul?—Georgi Vins

Natalia “Natasha” Vins –
November 27, 1952 – December 21, 2019

“A Legacy to Remember”

On December 22, 2019, Natalia (Natasha) Vins departed from this world and joined those who have gone before her into the arms of the Lord and eternal life.

Natasha was born November 27, 1952 in Kiev, Ukraine to Georgi and Nadia Vins during a period when Ukraine was part of the atheistic U.S.S.R. Her father was a Baptist preacher, and when Natasha was just nine years old, her father was arrested for preaching the Gospel. Over the next 17 years, he spent a total of eight years imprisoned for his faith.

Because of the unrelenting hostility by the Soviet State against Christians, throughout Natasha’s childhood she and her family suffered greatly. Not only were she and her younger siblings deprived of their father for many of their childhood years, they suffered persecution in their community and schools. There was also a law established when Natasha was in 1st grade that children were not allowed to attend church anymore. This was a great disappointment and heartache for Natasha and her family. Eventually, secret outdoor church meetings in the woods began that the Vins’ family participated in, but it put them in great danger. But there was never a question as to whom should they serve—God or man. The Lord had their unwavering devotion. In Natasha’s biography, Children of the Storm, she recalls:

Many changes took place for Peter and me after that first worship service in the woods. Papa explained to us, “The police might come to one of our meetings, arrest me, and take me to prison because I preach from the Bible. . . . He also said that difficulties might come not just for the grownups in our family, but also for me in school. “You are already nine, Natasha, and can understand a great deal. For many months you and Peter couldn’t go to church, because children were forbidden at the worship services. Unfortunately, these regulations were made by church leaders who gave in to pressure from the atheistic authorities. But when the church submits to such unbiblical demands, it disobeys the Lord’s commandments. There are many other things going on that have forced us to start a new church. But you are still too young to understand it all. Just remember the most important thing—your parents love Jesus and want to live according to the Bible.” That is how our carefree childhood abruptly ended: for me at the age of nine; for Peter at six; and little Lisa was not even big enough to remember the days when Papa spent his evenings at home, reading us children’s books and taking us to the playground in the park. Our family entered a harsh period of persecution that was to last several decades. (p. 6)

In school, Natasha experienced much ostracizing and ridicule for her belief in God. She describes one particular day:

Natasha – 10 years old

In October of 1962, a long article criticizing Christians appeared in the Evening Kiev newspaper. My parents’ names were mentioned in it. The next day at school, my teacher Mrs. Alekseeva was telling us about cavemen, their customs, and religious practices. Suddenly she exclaimed, “Children, can you imagine that even in our day there are people who believe in God just like those cavemen did?” The kids giggled. “Science has proven that there is no God,” the teacher continued, “and progressive-minded mankind rejected all religious beliefs long ago. But occasionally even today we encounter people stupefied by religion. And such a girl is in our own class!” Mrs. Alekseeva stopped and peered at the class. Everyone was silent, waiting for what would come next. She turned to me. “Natasha Vins, come forward, stand before the class, and tell your comrades. Is it true that you believe in God?” I felt a sudden panic. Like a little animal being hunted, I wanted to hide, to become invisible. “Well? How long do we have to wait?” the teacher repeated in a stern voice.

Slowly I walked forward and turned to face the class. Tense silence hung in the air. Quietly, almost in a whisper, I said, “Yes, I believe in God.”

“What’s wrong with you?” the teacher exclaimed angrily. “Are you that ignorant? Didn’t you read what Yuri Gagarin said after he returned from his space flight? It was in all the newspapers. He did not see God anywhere! You’re in the third grade already! The Soviet State is making every effort to give its children the best education in the world, and here is the result. How shameful! Go to the principal’s office.” . . . My classmates had discovered that I was strikingly different from everyone else, and our relationships changed. (pp.7-8)

Natasha – 19 years old

In 1979, when Natasha was 27 years old, her family was released from the U.S.S.R.’s hold, and they resettled in America. How this came about is chronicled in Children of the Storm as well as her father’s book, The Gospel in Bonds. Once settled in America, Natasha’s father became part of a ministry called Russian Gospel Ministries, which aided those still suffering persecution. Natasha worked by her father’s side until his passing in 1998 at the age of 69.

After her father passed away, Natasha continued in ministry for the Lord in various aspects including interpreting for Bible teachers and sharing the story of the Vins’ family and her own testimony of coming to faith in Christ while enduring years of persecution.

During the last several years of Natasha’s life, she worked alongside her husband, Alexander Velichkin, serving together as missionaries in Russia, bringing the Gospel to remote and hard-to-reach small villages scattered along two Siberian Rivers.

Natasha’s paternal grandparents, Peter (who was executed in a Soviet prison in 1937 at the age of 39) and Lydia, and Natasha’s parents left a legacy to their children and grandchildren of devotion and commitment to the Lord even in the face of extreme persecution and suffering. Natasha did not squander that legacy given to her but rather carried it throughout her own life, serving Christ and testifying to His faithfulness and goodness so that others might be partakers of the same unwavering faith that was passed on to her.

Today, we rejoice in knowing that she is now reunited with those who shaped her life and share in her life’s hope that many will come to Christ and follow Him all the days of their lives.

Natasha’s obituary and funeral service information.

To read more about Georgi Vins and his daughter Natasha, visit

Lighthouse Trails to Send Out 12th Mailing to Christian Leaders & Pastors
Natasha Vins, Daughter of Former Soviet Religious Prisoner Georgi Vins, Passes Away at 67

A Biblical Perspective on Salvation Vs. Calvinism

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A Biblical Perspective on Salvation Vs. Calvinism

By the Editors at Lighthouse Trails
From the Appendix from Bob Kirkland’s book, Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy

No subject ever discussed can be more important and crucial in this life than the subject of salvation. This is what the citizens of Berea were discussing where it says in Acts 17:11, “they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” The Bereans did two things right here in that their humble disposition motivated them with “readiness” to receive instruction, and they went to the Scriptures as the final authority on the subject. Notice the plural word “scriptures” is used as it is essential that Scripture be compared with Scripture in order to find out if “those things were so.”

Although this may sound elementary (and it actually is), the sad reality is that human nature (in particular our sin nature) tends to be impulsive, and it is so easy to grab one verse, or maybe just one or two words, from the Bible and run with it, twisting and distorting it from its actual meaning in Scripture. For example, Jesus referred to himself as “the bread of life” (John 6:35), which was obviously a figure of speech. However, Jesus then emphasized the point by saying, “For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed . . . he that eateth me, even he shall live by me” (John 6:55,57). Even though Jesus then qualified His statement by saying, “This is that bread which came down from heaven” (John 6:58), comparing Himself with manna, His disciples were already locked into a confusion, disputing amongst themselves what He could mean by His statements. The fact is, from a non-figurative perspective, partaking of human flesh was an unthinkable abomination, and the partaking of any kind of blood was forbidden in the Law.

For the reason of their great confusion, Jesus later explained to His disciples that (a) He would soon ascend to Heaven (John 6:62) making all He had said impossible in a physical sense, (b) that partaking of flesh “profiteth nothing” (John 6:63), and (c) the words He had spoken, “they are spirit” (John 6:63) (i.e., a figure of speech). Then, at the Last Supper, Jesus made it even clearer that He had been using a figure of speech by referring to the bread and wine as His body and blood (which obviously was impossible in a literal sense because He was still physically present) and then saying, “this do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19) to signify that they were to remember His sacrifice on the Cross in this manner. Most unfortunately, the Catholic Church has turned this memorial into a very literal “sacrament of the Eucharist” where participation in this sacrament is what saves you. Hence, we now have “another gospel” that is works based and therefore never for certain.

Likewise, John Calvin did much the same thing, except in his case, he latched onto little more than a single word (predestinate) and ran with it. Then, rather than carefully looking to the whole of Scripture to verify his precepts and conclusions, he looked to the writings of Augustine to verify his thinking. The result is that, as with Catholicism, we now have “another gospel” that is not solely based on Scripture but on the confused thinking and misconstrued assumptions of a mere man.

With Calvin, rather than changing his views to fit Scripture, he changed the meaning of words in Scripture to fit his now distorted view of God and salvation.

We will, therefore, look to Scripture on the subjects pertaining to salvation. A good place to start is chapter 33 of Ezekiel where the very words of God, spoken through a prophet, reveal God’s heart on the subject of repentance:

Again, the word of the LORD came unto me, saying . . .

So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. . . .

Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? . . .

[A]s for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness . . . When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered . . .

Yet the children of thy people say, The way of the Lord is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal. When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby. Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will judge you every one after his ways. (Ezekiel 33:1,7,11-13,17-20; emphasis added)

For the sake of brevity, we have hopped from verse to verse in Ezekiel 33, but if you have suffered under the teaching of Calvinism, it would do you well to carefully read all of this portion of Scripture through the twentieth verse as this passage refutes Calvinism without Calvinists doing some very serious mental gymnastics in altering and twisting the meaning of words. The italicized portions especially reveal that:

  • God has given everyone a free will.
  • Everyone already has the God-given ability to choose whether or not to live for God.
  • Our destiny—Heaven or Hell—is our choice, but if we choose Heaven, we must choose to do it God’s way as we cannot trust (i.e., be saved) in our own righteousness.
  • God takes no pleasure in sending people to Hell. It is not His choice but our choice to make.
  • God is “equal” in His dealings with all of mankind. He is not a cruel or unjust God. It is those who depict God as cruel and unjust (as one who delights in sending people to Hell) who are “not equal”—or perhaps it is better to say blasphemous. Even the apostle Peter said that God is “no respecter of persons” (Acts 10:34), and Paul said, “there is no respect of persons with God” (Romans 2:11). (See also Ephesians 6:9 and Colossians 3:25.) In other words, both Peter and Paul are in agreement with Ezekiel in that God is equal and fair in His dealings with all people. But John Calvin opposed this truth in saying, “All are not created on equal terms, but some are preordained to eternal life, others to eternal damnation.”1
  • Repentance* is a pre-conversion experience. It precedes the grace (indwelling Holy Spirit) that God gives to live a godly life.

Next, let’s consider the ministry of John the Baptist. Jesus said of him, “Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Luke 7:28). Scripture also says of him, “Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee [Jesus] . . . John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins” (Mark 1:2, 4). Though the religious leaders stayed away, many unconverted sinners came to John and partook of this baptism of repentance. As is indicated here, historically they repented as a prelude to later receiving Christ as their Savior. John the Baptist said of Jesus, “I indeed baptize you with water; but . . . he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” (Luke 3:16). But, while these people were yet sinners, God made repentance available to all who willed it through the ministry of John the Baptist.

Then in Acts 16:30, the Philippian jailer asks of Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” to which they respond, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house” (Acts 16:31).

For the Calvinist, any testimony of a conversion experience may be questioned and scrutinized. In fact, except for this being in Scripture, they would tell you that such a testimony is totally unacceptable. From a fatalistic, predestinate viewpoint, neither the jailer nor his family could have any choice in the matter, so most likely they would all go to Hell. Also, beyond their lacking any free will in the matter, they are fully degenerate to the degree that they are unable to repent or believe. Such is the predicament for the Calvinist who is fully indoctrinated into Calvin’s teachings. It is a large pill to swallow, and it is to be swallowed whole.

From a biblical perspective, the conversion experience is not forced or manipulated but initiated of a person’s own free will as the Holy Spirit draws him (remember John 12:32 where Jesus says He will draw all men). The individual repents (i.e., changes direction) and believes, then is “born again” of the Holy Spirit. From the Calvinist perspective, one must be born again first before one can repent and believe, but this is Scripture turned upside down and backwards.

Perhaps the act of becoming a Christian can best be explained by illustration: It is like a person walking down the wrong path; the person then stops and turns around (repentance), then looks to the right direction (faith). (This is what God requires to be born again.) To be born again means to be indwelt with the Holy Spirit as Paul indicates that Christians have God’s Spirit in them (Romans 8:9). Now with the Holy Spirit abiding within, the person begins walking in the new direction. It should be noted here that biblical repentance does not mean that we must clean up our act before we can come to Christ. Rather, it is an admission of our guilt and of our need of a Savior to begin transforming our lives to the image of God’s Son. Walking in the new direction, then, is subsequent to first repenting and believing. Then, as we will never be perfect in this life, we will continue to live a life of faith and repentance as the Holy Spirit continually transforms us to be like the Son.

In conclusion, it is important to realize that we will never understand all of Scripture perfectly, but the fundamentals of the Gospel can be readily comprehended. God is love and will not turn away whosoever comes to Him. Unfortunately, many come to Calvinism because on the surface, it appears to offer comfort and assurance of salvation. But, like Catholicism, there is no real assurance of salvation in Calvinism where salvation is deemed to be predestinated and therefore inaccessible by our choice or will. Once fully indoctrinated into Calvinism, the Calvinist is left wondering for the rest of his life if he is one of the elect. This is not a walk of faith but of doubt, and it is totally unscriptural. Scripture says that we can walk in assurance of eternal life:

Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God. (1 John 5:1; emphasis added)

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17; emphasis added)

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:13; emphasis added)

*Ironside: “To repent is to change one’s attitude toward self, toward sin, toward God, toward Christ.”

If you are following the Calvinist doctrine or are attending a Calvinist church, we urge you to read Bob Kirkland’s book, Calvinism: None Dare Call It Heresy.If you cannot obtain a copy, Lighthouse Trails will be happy to send you a free copy. Just send your e-mail address to We will keep your information confidential. If you do not wish to read an entire book, we have a growing number of articles on our blog discussing Calvinism and comparing it to Scripture. The Berean Call also has excellent articles on this issue as well. Calvinism is spreading throughout evangelical Christianity very rapidly today. The editors at Lighthouse Trails are obviously very concerned.

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“Roma Downey and LightWorkers Media Options Bestselling Author Debbie Macomber’s ‘Angels Everywhere’ Book Series”

LTRP Note: The following news clip is posted for informational and research purposes and not as an endorsement for either the content or the source. Lighthouse Trails has been issuing warnings about the New Age propensities of Roma Downey for the last few years because of the promotion of Ms. Downey by popular Christian leaders such as Greg Laurie and David Jeremiah.

From LightWorker’s* Website:

LightWorkers Media and President Roma Downey have secured worldwide rights to New York Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber’s “Angels Everywhere” complete book series, which currently has seven titles in the franchise. . . .

Macomber has more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the #1 New York Times bestseller list with thirteen of her novels hitting the number one spot. Click here to continue reading.

LTRP Comment: While the Bible does speak of angels who are “ministering spirits” “sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:14), it also warns about Satan who is an “angel of light” and his demons who come as “ministers [angels] of righteousness” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15). But you will find no warnings or exhortings to “try [test] the spirits” (angels) (1 John 4:1) by Roma Downey or Debbie Macomber regarding their “angels.” Viewers and readers are expected to assume that all “angels” are good and from God.

In Warren B. Smith’s booklet Be Still and Know That You Are NOT God, he quotes Roma Downey from a 2018 statement she made:

God is everywhere, in everyone, in everything we do.—Roma Downey, 2018 (source; 1:40 minute mark)

Panentheism (the belief that God is in all things and all people) is the crux of New Age thinking and is the antithesis of the message that God gave us in His Word (i.e., that man is sinful, is separated from God, and is in need of a holy God for redemption which can only come through faith in Jesus Christ). To understand Roma Downey’s New Age affinities and how Christian leaders have repeatedly ignored this fact, please read the following articles:

Confused by an Angel: The Dilemma of Roma Downey’s New Age Beliefs by Gregory Reid

Roma Downey’s Financial Contribution to New Ager Marianne Williamson Raises Many Questions

Note and Photos to the Editor: Roma Downey Says Oprah Winfrey on Fire With the Holy Spirit

Roma Downey Promotes New Age Doctrine (God “In” Everyone & Everything)—Christian Leaders Say Nothing

New Booklet Reveals John MacArthur,* Rick Warren, Greg Laurie to Speak With New Age Sympathizer Roma Downey at Proclaim 19 by Gregory Reid

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*"LightWorker" is a New Age term. Click here for one definition.


Pope Francis/Vatican Launch eRosary to Help Bring About “World Peace”s

In October of this year, Pope Francis and the Vatican launched the “eRosary” app with the hopes of drawing in more young people to pray the rosary. A BBC article, “Vatican launches new ‘eRosary’ bracelet,” states:

The Vatican is hoping to pull in tech-savvy youngsters with the launch of an “eRosary” bracelet.

The gadget, which costs $109 (£85), can be worn as a bracelet and is activated by making the sign of a cross.

It is connected to the “Click to Pray eRosary” app, which is designed to help Catholic users pray for world peace and contemplate the gospel.

On ChurchPop (a Catholic news source part of the EWTN Network), an article announcing the release of the eRosary states:

The Vatican recently launched and promoted an eRosary, a digital and wearable prayer aid activated by the Sign of the Cross. The official website describes the eRosary as “an innovative way to help you pray for peace in the world.” . . .

Aimed at the peripheral frontiers of the digital world where the young people dwell, the Click To Pray eRosary serves as a technology-based pedagogy to teach the young how to pray the Rosary, how to pray it for peace, how to contemplate the Gospel.

Therefore, this project brings together the best of the Church’s spiritual tradition and the latest advances of the technological world.

The Catholic Church has worked very hard at not only rounding up their own young people to become more committed to the Catholic Church but has also worked very hard at bringing in what they call “the lost brethren” (the Protestants and evangelicals). They have also worked tirelessly to convince the world that if the Catholics, Protestants, and evangelicals would just come together in unity, then world peace could be achieved.

A little history worth mentioning: In 1917, an apparition of “Mary” appeared in Fatima, Portugal to three young shepherd children. “Mary” told the children:

God wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace.

Continue to say the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, to obtain the peace of the world and the end of the war, because only she can obtain it.

Roger Oakland discusses the Marian apparitions, including the one at Fatima, in his book, Another Jesus: the eucharistic christ and the new evangelization and ties them in with end-time deception throughout the world:

The world is being prepared for great deception through lying signs and wonders; according to the Bible it is a deception that is so great it has the potential to unite the religions of the world for the cause of peace and in so doing give the world a false sense of security that everything is just fine.

As the Catholic Church is stepping up its efforts (as we can see with the new eRosary app) to bring all into unity under its authority, Protestant and evangelical leaders are showing less and less resistance to the Catholic “gospel” and more and more comradeship with the Vatican. And as Warren B. Smith points out in his booklet Be Still and Know That You Are NOT God, Roman Catholic doctrine teaches that man can be God as shown in these quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

Let us rejoice then and give thanks that we have become not only Christians, but Christ himself. Do you understand and grasp, brethren, God’s grace toward us? Marvel and rejoice: we have become Christ. (#795)26 (emphasis added)

For the Son of God became man so that we might become God. (#460)27 (emphasis added)

The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods. (#460)28 (emphasis added)

In an article by Ray Yungen titled “Christian Leaders—A New Openness,” Yungen documents how Christian leaders are helping the Catholic Church to bring about its “new evangelization” plan. Yungen names Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Kenneth Copeland, Nicky Gumbel (of the Alpha Course), Wheaton College, Franklin Graham, and Southern Baptist Convention as those who are doing this. Yungen further explains:

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

With the new eRosary app, it is the ambition of Pope Francis and the Vatican that many young straying Catholics will begin praying the rosary and thus, pledge their allegiance to Rome. And with Christian leaders like Beth Moore and Rick Warren (who are followed by millions) doing their part to show the evangelical church that there is nothing seriously wrong with linking arms with Rome, maybe the eRosary will be attractive to evangelical young people as well. That is not as far fetched as it may sound to some. Catholic priest and mystic activist, Richard Rohr, said in an interview called “The Cosmic Christ” that one of his publishers told him his biggest audience was young evangelical men!1 With that in mind, the eRosary may far exceed the Catholic Church’s expectations in creating their unity and peace throughout the world.

Only time will tell how well-received the eRosary will be; but, no doubt, it is another step toward a future described in the Bible as a time of great apostasy and “falling away.”

It is so sad to see that today Protestants and evangelicals will go so far as to compromise the Gospel itself, while our forebears were willing to give up their lives for its soul-saving truth.

Satan’s final effort is to deceive the whole world for the purpose of bringing vast destruction to the world and his own harvest of souls. Those who overcome will do it through the Gospel itself while clinging to our one true Savior, Jesus Christ, whom the world has rejected.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)

Below is a short promo for the eRosary. If you cannot view the video below, click here.


1. The Liturgists Podcast (April 11, 2016,


Hallmark Channel Caving in to LGBT Demands
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LTRJ Note: The following out-of-house news story is posted for informational and research purposes.

“Lesbian Ads On The Hallmark Channel Are Just The Beginning”

By Hans Fiene
The Federalist

On the latest episode of “Everybody on the Internet is Angry,” the Hallmark Channel found itself caught between a Christian rock and an LGBT hard place. After the network ran a commercial from online wedding firm Zola featuring a lesbian wedding, One Million Moms, a division of the American Family Association, “voiced its concern and gave Hallmark the opportunity to do the right thing.”

Hallmark quickly dropped the ad from its schedule, but after complaints from “prominent LGBT celebrities and advocacy groups” and the rise of #BoycottHallmarkChannel on Twitter, the network reversed its decision, with Hallmark CEO Mike Perry apologizing for the hurt the company had caused and stating, “Hallmark will be working with GLAAD to better represent the LGBT community across our portfolio of brands.” Click here to continue reading.

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The New Gnostics in Today’s Church

By Bill Randles
(Author of the new release, War Against the Saints)

I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. (1 John 2:21)

The church is undergoing perhaps her final assault from within, as she has been beset with a new wave of Gnostics who have entered in.

What is Gnosticism? One definition of Gnosticism states:

Gnosticism was built on Greek philosophy that taught matter was evil and the Spirit was good. . . . So-called “Christian Gnostics” said since matter was evil, God could not really incarnate in a human body; He only appeared in human form and only appeared to suffer, but basically, it was an illusion. . . .

Prior to Christianity, the Gnostics taught that man is composed of body, soul, and spirit. The body and the soul are man’s earthly existence and were considered evil. Enclosed in man’s soul is the spirit, a divine substance of man. This “spirit” was asleep and ignorant and needed to be awakened. It could only be liberated by a special knowledge that would be later called “illumination.”1

The apostle Paul saw that Gnostic influences were coming into the church, and he addressed them in his epistles (Colossians 2:8-23, 1 Timothy 1:4, 2 Timothy 2:16-19, and Titus 1:10-16).

Gnostics (“knowing ones”) redefined the knowledge of God (i.e., what it means to know and communicate with God). They were elitists who sought “deeper knowledge” than that which is revealed in God’s Word. Gnostics despised doctrine, dismissing it as mere head knowledge.

They held forth a view of “salvation” which was, in fact, merely a self-realization rather than the rescue from sin and judgment through the blood of Jesus (which the Bible says is the only means of atoning for sin).

Gnostics believed that self-realization wasn’t for every Christian but only available to elite Christians who are let in on the secret knowledge (the so-called “secrets of the kingdom” available only to the initiated). The same attacks are presently being launched as dogma also. The “dry, dusty doctrines of another day” are being jettisoned by the “new” Gnostics of today who eagerly covet “new revelation” or “present truth.”

Gnostics influenced me early in my walk with Jesus. I was given a pack of Kenneth Copeland and Kenneth Hagin teachings and entered into the “deep revelations” of the Word Faith heresy. I learned such “revelations” as the following: the believer is just as much an incarnation as Jesus was, faith is a force, and we all can learn to use the laws of faith to get what we need. (If this were true, we wouldn’t need God; we would simply learn the laws of faith and control it like the force. )

The deepest, darkest core of the Gnostic teaching was that we believers are in “God’s class of being.” In other words, “we are little gods” who just don’t realize it yet.

According to the modern Gnostics, Jesus Himself was a man of faith upon whom the Holy Spirit came. He knew all of the laws of faith, which was why He could die on the Cross. Anyone could do so if he or she had the same “revelation knowledge” as Jesus.

Kenneth Copeland, the Word Faith preacher, is certainly one of today’s Gnostics. Here is a sampling of some of his teachings:

Every prophet that walked the face of the earth under the Abrahamic covenant could have paid the price if it were a physical death only. When He said “It is finished” on that cross, He was not speaking of the plan of redemption. The plan of redemption had just begun; there were still three days and three nights to be gone through.2

The Spirit of God spoke to me and He said, “Son, realize this. Now follow me in this and don’t let your tradition trip you up.” He said, “Think this way—a twice-born man whipped Satan in his own domain.” And I threw my Bible down . . . like that. I said, “What?” He said, “A born-again man defeated Satan, the firstborn of many brethren defeated him.” He said, “You are the very image, the very copy of that one.” I said, “Goodness, gracious sakes alive!” And I began to see what had gone on in there, and I said, “Well now you don’t mean, you couldn’t dare mean, that I could have done the same thing?” He said, “Oh yeah, if you’d had the knowledge of the Word of God that He did, you could have done the same thing, ’cause you’re a reborn man too.”3

What blasphemy! A whole generation of Christians has been swept away and corrupted on the deepest level by accepting this man’s unbiblical teachings.

John Wimber was a Quaker who came into the charismatic movement. He eventually taught a famous course at Fuller Seminary, MC510 “Signs, Wonders, and Church Growth,” which launched a “signs and wonders” movement that spread Gnostic teachings throughout the Earth. Eventually, this movement became the Vineyard Fellowship.

Of interest is that Wimber taught that a “paradigm shift” in thinking was necessary to bring the church into “power evangelism.” In my book, Weighed and Found Wanting, I explain:

Wimber, Kraft, White and Williams, as well as many other Third Wave teachers, have been calling for a “paradigm shift” for some time now . . .  A paradigm shift is a total exchange of your world view! . . . What is the shift? It is from a primarily Western, rational, logical, objective point of view to an Eastern, subjective, experiential paradigm. Haven’t we been subtly taught over the years that the Western mind set is cold, calculated, rational, based on just the observable facts? On the other hand, allegedly, the Eastern is mystical, from the heart, and based on experience?

Wimber teaches, “We must remember always that the Bible was written in the Middle East, not with rational assumption, that we bring to it as we try to understand it, but with an experiential assumption.”4 I interpret him to be saying that the Bible is not so much an objective book, but a subjective one. Not so much for understanding God mentally, but for experiencing Him intimately.

In another tape, Wimber explains: “You tell someone from the Far or Middle East that cotton only grows in warm semi-arid climates. England is cold and wet. [Ask them] Does cotton grow in England? The answer you’ll get is, ‘I don’t know, I haven’t been to England.’” Or, “I can’t say unless I’ve been there, (experience).”5 This is the new paradigm, a down playing of doctrine or “head knowledge” in favour of mystical experience. Another variation of this is, “God is bigger than His written word,” translated, God wants to bring you into experiences that aren’t in the limits of scripture. Just knowing God “doctrinally” is not sufficient, you now must have self-authenticating experiences. All of these attitudes are the end result of the New Paradigm. This is the shift from primarily objective to subjective thinking in our approach to truth.6

Perhaps the premier proponent of Gnosticism in the evangelical and charismatic church these days is Bill Johnson, the senior pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California. Johnson’s church is the current version of the Toronto Airport Vineyard and Brownsville Assembly of God pilgrimage sites where people influenced by Gnosticism come to “experience” God.

Through Bethel and most notably through their worship team (a popular rock band called “Jesus Culture”), Bethel reaches hundreds of thousands with its Gnostic message of anti-doctrinal, experience-based, New Age-emulating  “power” evangelism.

I believe Bethel literally represents the final stages of the apostasy, the slide into the occult which I wrote about in the revised version of my book, Beware the New Prophets.

Here is an example of this redefinition of Christianity and the knowledge of God in occult terms promoted by Gnostics such as those associated with Bethel. An article in The Christian Post titled “Bethel Responds to Christian Tarot Cards Controversy” reported that Bethel “was accused of working with a Melbourne, Australia-based group known as Christalignment, which claims to have worked with many churches in that country to do such readings.”7 According to the article, Bethel denied using “Christian tarot cards.” The article stated:

Bethel admitted the leaders of Christalignment, Ken and Jenny Hodge, are connected with several of their church members as the Hodges are the parents to church evangelist Ben Fitzgerald, and said the church leaders “have a value for what they are seeking to accomplish.”

“They (Christalignment) stand in agreement with the Scriptures that all occult practices (like tarot cards) have no place in the Kingdom and should not be used,” Bethel said in a statement.

Christ Alignment staff describe themselves as “trained spiritual consultants,” and say on their website that they “draw from the same divine energy of the Christ spirit.”8

Christ Alignment staff further stated that,

We practice a form of supernatural healing that flows from the universal presence of the Christ. We draw from the same divine energy of the Christ spirit, as ancient followers did and operate only out of the third heaven realm to gain insight and revelation.9

Satan has seduced large segments of the professing church into Gnosticism and the occult. Like King Saul in the last desperate hours of his life, some have gone into darkness seeking power and a “word” of comfort, having already rejected the true Word of God.


  1. Mike Oppenheimer, “What is Gnosticism?” (Let Us Reason Ministries,
  2. Kenneth Copeland, “What Satan Saw on the Day of Pentecost,” audiotape #BCC-19, side 1.
  3. Kenneth Copeland, “Substitution and Identification,” 1989, tape #00-0202, side 2.
  4. F.V. Scott, “John Wimber and the Vineyard Ministries” (Passport magazine), p. 19.
  5. John Wimber, “Ministering in England” Audio Tape (Media Spotlight Report); John Goodwin, “Testing the Fruit of the Vineyard” (Media Spotlight Report, 1990).
  6. Bill Randles, Weighed and Found Wanting: Putting the Toronto Blessing in Context (St. Matthews Publishing, 1995), p. 81.
  7. Anugrah Kumar, “Bethel Church Responds to ‘Christian Tarot Cards’ Controversy” (Christian Post, January 6, 2018;
  8. Ibid.
  9. Ibid.

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Ouija Angel Boards”

“While most children in the seventies knew enough truth to place divination in the forbidden realm of the occult, today’s children—who often feel more comfortable with occult games than biblical truth—see nothing wrong with pagan practices.”—Berit Kjos

By Lynn Lusby Pratt

“Well, would you try to Christianize a Ouija board?”

When I’ve asked that question, heads start shaking no, as anticipated. I use that question because most Christians know enough about the Ouija board not to even consider using it in relation to the Lord Almighty. Whereas, an object or practice that is new (or at least unfamiliar) to us can seem harmless—and Christianize-able (or able to be used in a “neutral” way)—even when its Eastern or occult origin is somewhat revealed. So helping people picture such a ridiculous thing as a Christian version of the Ouija board has helped them see that they should use a little more discernment (and do some research) about various other things that appear on the scene.

At least, that’s what I thought.

Sadly, my question may be pretty much out the window. Because on the market (and apparently for some time now) are boards that are takeoffs of the Ouija board. They’re called angel boards and other names. . . . The creation of the board itself involves sorcery: you burn some sage or a white candle, opt for white cardboard because white is “a divine aura color” . . . To use, you focus on positive things, ask the angels a question, and they will guide the “oracle” (the little piece that moves) to give your answer. And be sure and thank the angels for their time. Click here to continue reading.

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GC2 Conference on Mental Health Includes “Spiritual Formation” Teachers Rick Warren and Ruth Haley Barton

On December 12, 2019, Christianity Today posted an article by “new” Christianity pastor Ed Stetzer, giving a recap of the GC2 Summit that took place on December 6th. The article, titled “Lies Pastors Believe, Part One,” states:

Two months of planning for our GC2 Summit on Facing Hard Truths & Challenges in Pastoral Ministry couldn’t have prepared us for what we saw God do this past Friday. Over 400 leaders joined us in person and nearly 80 livestreamed in from all over the world to hear pastors and counselors talk about leadership, burnout, and mental health. If you were unable to join us, you can purchase the full day’s recordings through the GC2 website. They will be available until January 10, 2020.

The messages from leaders such as Rick Warren, Derwin Gray, Ruth Hayley Barton, Drew Hyun, David Wang, Philip Ryken, Margaret Diddams, and others reflected the most important messages pastors need to hear today.

With at least three of the nine speakers being strong advocates for Spiritual Formation (a synonym for “contemplative spirituality”)—Rick Warren, Ruth Haley Barton, and David Wang (a pastor of Spiritual Formation)—it is clear that organizers of GC2 believe Spiritual Formation is a crucial element of “the most important messages pastors need to hear today.”

Spiritual Formation is the entry point for bringing New Age meditation into the church as Lighthouse Trails has time and again documented. The GC2 is yet another example of how Spiritual Formation has become saturated in today’s evangelical church. In fact, it is so integrated now that it’s difficult to find many lines of distinction. Ruth Haley Barton and Rick Warren illustrate this perfectly.

Both Barton and Warren have been long-time activists for contemplative spirituality (i.e., Spiritual Formation). Rick Warren began endorsing it with his first book The Purpose Driven Church saying that the movement has a valid message to the church (p. 126) and continued promoting it in The Purpose Driven Life. Ruth Haley Barton, after training at the highly New Age panentheistic Shalem Center in Washington, DC many years ago, moved into Willow Creek to work with John Ortberg. Together the two created the Spiritual Formation/Contemplative Prayer curriculum for Willow Creek. Today, Barton runs The Transforming Center, a contemplative outreach that trains thousands of pastors in Spiritual Formation.

The GC2 Summit (which was a conference for pastors and church leaders) focused primarily on “burnout,” “mental illness,” and pastoral care and was at least in part to be a remembrance of Rick Warren’s son who passed away in 2013 from suicide. We cannot even imagine the suffering a family would go through from such a loss, and we would not wish that on anyone is this world. We also recognize that the incidence of suicide by young people has reached epidemic proportions. People are looking for answers understandably. Unfortunately, as with the issue of racism that we recently wrote about, the church is looking to the world (and to the New Age) for its answers.

It was no accident or coincidence that GC2 organizers brought in to the discussion of mental health issues prolific Spiritual Formation teachers. They obviously believe that Spiritual Formation is a major part of the answer to mental illness and pastoral burn out. But as we have shown for nearly 18 years, Spiritual Formation, contemplative and centering prayer, lectio divina, Yoga, mindfulness meditation, energy healing, and other New Age-based esoteric experiences and practices will not bring lasting relief for those in mental anguish. Quite the contrary as even secular studies are now showing (see links below).

If your church or someone you know is involved with any of the practices mentioned above, first bring yourself up to speed on understanding these issues; then, pray and do what you can to help others who are caught up into something that is very spiritually (and mentally) dangerous. Remind them that the Lord and His Word are what will bring true peace of mind, comfort, and rest for our souls. The world, and worldly carnal practices, cannot give these things.

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (Psalm 34:18)

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (1 Peter 5:10)

Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for thou art my praise. (Jeremiah 17:14)

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Related Articles:

Meditation! Pathway to Wellness or Doorway to the Occult?

Many Just Now Learning About the Dangers of Spiritual Formation

Beware: Mindfulness Meditation, Especially for Children, is Dangerous

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Lighthouse Trails Announces New Book Release: Full Assurance by Harry Ironside
Lighthouse Trails is pleased to announce the release of Full Assurance: Finding Settled Peace with God by Harry Ironside. This is the third book of Ironside’s that Lighthouse Trails has published, and we believe this new book is going to be extremely helpful to many. You may read a description of the book below. This book includes discussion that Scripturally refutes the Calvinist view on “election” and “predestination” showing how these terms have been misconstrued and thus, leading to much insecurity regarding the state of our salvation as born-again believers. We recommend this book for young believers in the faith, for those who are considering the Christian faith, and even for seasoned believers who sometimes feel unsure about their standing with God. The book includes a Bonus Section: “Charge That to My Account” by Harry Ironside.

Book Description From the Back Cover (Written by Ironside):

In penning the pages of this book, I have but one outstanding object before me—to make as plain as possible just how any troubled soul may find settled peace with God. I am thinking particularly of those people who believe the Holy Scriptures to be divinely inspired and who recognize that salvation is only to be found in Christ, but someway have missed the “peace of a perfect trust” and though earnestly desiring to know the Lord, are floundering in perplexity of mind.

“Full assurance!” What could be more precious? And it is for you if you want it; only you must receive it by faith. For observe carefully, it is not the full assurance of an emotional experience, nor the full assurance of a carefully reasoned-out system of philosophy. It is the full assurance of faith. The feeblest faith in Christ is saving faith. The strongest faith in self, or in something other than Christ, is but a delusion and a snare, and will leave the soul at last unsaved and forever forlorn.

Assurance forever! Is it not a wonderfully pleasing expression? Assurance not for a few days, or weeks, or months—nor yet for a few years, or even a lifetime—but forever! It is this blessed assurance that God delights to impart to all who come to Him as needy sinners seeking the way of life.—Harry Ironside

Retail Price: $12.95 | Softbound | 160 pages | ISBN: 978-1-942423-48-5 | Quantity discounts available. | ORDER BOOK | Will also be available in epub, Mobi, and other digital formats sometime in late January.

In the last chapter of Full Assurance, Harry Ironside answers 26 questions that can hinder one’s assurance of salvation. Here are some of those questions:

  1. “How may I be sure I have repented enough?”
  2. “I do not feel fit for God; I am so unworthy, I fear He will not take me in.”
  3. “But what if I am not one of the elect?”
  4. “Sometimes I am afraid I am predestinated to be damned; if so, I can do nothing to alter my terrible case.”
  5. “I am trying to believe, but I have no assurance of salvation.”
  6. “I can see that God has done His part in the work of my salvation, but must I not do my part if I would avail myself of what He has done?”
  7. “But the Bible says faith is the gift of God and that all men have not faith; perhaps it is not the will of God to give me saving faith.”
  8. “Sometimes I believe I have trusted Jesus and am justified before God, but I cannot forget my sins; they come before me night and day.
  9. “I often come to the point of deciding for Christ then I draw back because I am afraid I cannot hold out.”

Author Bio: Harry A. Ironside (1876-1951)
Harry (Henry) Ironside was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He became involved in Christian ministry and evangelism at the age of eleven and was often called the boy preacher. His devotion to God’s Word and his desire to see many come to salvation through Christ never waned. At the age of 53, he became pastor of Moody Bible Church in Chicago, where he pastored for 19 years. Visit to read more by Dr. Ironside.

Retail Price: $12.95 | Softbound | 160 pages | ISBN: 978-1-942423-48-5 | Quantity discounts available. | ORDER BOOK |


“Despite Common Core Promises, U.S. Kids Repeat Poor Performance On Latest Global Test”

LTRP Note: The following news story is posted for informational and research purposes. If you would like to read more about Common Core, see Berit Kjos’ article, “A ‘Common Core’ For a Global Community.” If you know a family whose children are in public school, please consider sharing a copy of Kjos’ article with them.

By Joy Pullman
The Federalist

On Tuesday, the latest results from a respected international test showed U.S. students making no progress in math or reading in the past 19 years. It’s the latest puncture in Common Core’s inflated promises.

Add another set of test results to the stack deflating promises U.S. leaders said justified the major arm-twisting required to switch the nation to Common Core. On Tuesday, the latest results from a respected international test showed U.S. students making no progress in math or reading since the last such exam three years ago. Click here to continue reading.

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