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Breaking News: Lisa Miller Back in the U.S. After Nearly 10 Years in Hiding

Update – 2/9/21: We have been given the following mailing address for Lisa Miller, where letters of encouragement can be sent. We hope some of our readers will write to Lisa.

Lisa Miller #27502-509
DC MIAMI
FEDERAL DETENTION CENTER
P.O. BOX 019120
MIAMI, FL  33101

As many of our readers know, Lighthouse Trails has been following the story of the former lesbian mother, Lisa Miller, who fled the country nearly ten years ago to protect her little daughter, Isabella, from abuse and an overly zealous liberal Vermont justice system that was determined to take custody of Isabella away from Lisa (her only legal and biological parent) and give it to Lisa’s former lesbian partner. Lisa and Isabella have been living underground in Nicaragua all these years.

Last year, Isabella turned 18, and last month Lisa and Isabella went to the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua where Lisa turned herself in. Lisa had been hoping she would have received a pardon from President Trump before he left office. That never happened, and she is currently being held in a U.S. Federal detention center.

The following article, written by someone who has been in contact with those in Nicaragua who know Lisa well, was sent to us last week, but we were waiting for confirmation on the story from 419Fund, a small group we have been staying in contact with that has been raising money these past few years for Lisa, Isabella, and Philip Zodhiates (the man who drove Lisa and Isabella part way to the border). Philip is currently serving time in a Federal prison for doing that, even though he broke no law.

As news become available to us regarding Lisa and Isabella as well as Philip, we will keep you informed. If you would like to help support Lisa and Isabella and Philip, please consider donating through 419Fund. Obviously, the LGBTQ lobbyists have and will continue to politicize this case, and with the new administration and a radically biased mainstream media those efforts to villainize Lisa Miller and Philip Zodhiates will no doubt only increase.

“Lisa Miller Surrenders Into US Custody”

By Mark Roth

After more than a decade in hiding, Lisa Miller turned herself in.

Today, January 18, 2021, I am voluntarily surrendering myself to the U.S. Authorities by walking into the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua.

Lisa Miller’s plan was thwarted by a holiday. She and Isabella (and a friend) arrived at the American Embassy in Managua only to learn it was closed due to Martin Luther King Jr Day.

They returned the next day and followed through with their plan. Click here to continue reading.


Related Information:

Lisa Miller in Quarantine by Mark Roth

The Lisa/Isabella Miller Case—”Criminalizing Christianity in America”

Philip Zodhiates – Remains in U.S. Prison For Helping Former Lesbian Mother

Look Up, But Look Out!
By Warren B. Smith
From his new book, The Titanic and Today’s Church

SADLY, the warnings issued by those of us who came out of the New Age have been as casually and complacently disregarded as the iceberg warnings given to the Titanic before it collided with the iceberg. As church leaders minimized and marginalized our warnings about the New Age, they were simultaneously injecting New Age concepts, teachings, and language into their sermons, talks, and writings. And when absolutely forced to deal with the subjects of the New Age and spiritual deception, many of these leaders would quickly dismiss New Age teachings as being “silly,” “stupid,” or as Rick Warren put it—“a bunch of baloney!”1 As a result, the New Age has been allowed to flow into the church just as surely as that North Atlantic sea water flowed into the Titanic.

Jesus told us to “look up” (Luke 21:28), but He also told us to “look out” (Matthew 24:3-5). After His strong warning in the Olivet Discourse to “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4), He warned about false prophets, false Christs (Matthew 24:24)—and the coming of Antichrist (Matthew 24:15).

The Titanic had lookouts, and ships today have lookouts. These lookouts are the “eyes of the ship.” They are there to spot danger and warn about it ahead of time. The church also needs lookouts. Click here to continue reading on Warren Smith’s website.


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“Former Ohio [Yoga] Instructor Calls Term ‘Christian Yoga’ Stretching the Truth”

LTRP Note: The following news story is posted for informational and research purposes. Lighthouse Trails has been warning about Yoga and so-called “Christian Yoga” for many years; yet, the practice of Yoga in churches is accelerating.

By Frontlines Ohio

One former yoga instructor says some church-goers and school educators mistakenly believe yoga is just stretching. While stretching is beneficial, she says yoga is not good even if you slap the word ‘Christian’ in front of it.

Amy Dudley (Photo courtesy of Linked In/Amy Dudley)

After having a radical change of heart, Amy Dudley says there is nothing Christian about the practice of yoga no matter what people say.

“Yoga is Eastern Religion. There are several so-called Christian versions of yoga, like ‘Holy Yoga,’ ‘Rev on the Mat,’ and ‘Christian Yoga Association.’ But by changing the name of what you call it, or by doing yoga poses ‘focusing on Jesus,’ I was still deceived. I was certified to teach ‘Rev on the Mat’ so I could teach at local YMCA’s and churches. It makes my stomach turn as these well-meaning fitness-enthusiasts loved Jesus and preached Jesus, but are still moving one degree in the wrong direction and departing from Biblical Scripture.” Click here to continue reading.


Related Reading:

Letter to the Editor: Former Hindu, Now Believer Walks Lonely Path

Christians Doing Yoga – A Betrayal of the Cross . . . And What a Hindu Yogi Says

BOOKLET: YOGA: Exercise or Religion—Does it Matter?

 

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Our Present Situation—Emergency Mode
By David Dombrowski

An Analogy of Finding Our Way

As we now move away from the year 2020 and reflect on where that year has taken us, I am reminded of an interesting experience I had years ago. It was 1972, and having been drafted into the military, on one particularday one of our training sessions was on navigation. It seemed a bit peculiar to me that this session was running so late in the day until I later realized we would be doing our navigation exercise at night.

Back then, soldiers at military bases did not have GPS. Instead, we were each issued a compass for the exercise and given instructions on how to use it. Ironically, only months before this, I was taking a university geography class where we spent some time learning about reading topographical maps, using a compass, and correcting magnetic north for true north. But on this particular day in the army, I was learning more of the practical side of using a compass.

Once it became dark, the first thing we did was to “charge” our compasses by holding the phosphorescent dial and needle up to a bright light bulb for about two minutes. We were each then dispersed with compass in hand, having adjusted our own compass for aspecific bearing on the dial. Because this was a military training exercise, none of us bore flashlights as we needed to avoid being seen, but as our eyes adjusted for night vision, we were able to see our way to our destination.

The key step, we were told, in using the compass was to sight an object or feature in the terrain that fell in line with the compass bearing. Once that spot was reached, each of us performed a new sighting to bring us to the next spot leading to our destination. On a smooth piece of landscape, sightings can be fewer and farther apart, but rough terrain necessitates frequent sightings because we cannot see as far.

A Year That Required Frequent Sightings

I believe this illustration serves as a good analogy of the need to stop and reflect and get fresh direction from our Lord because 2020 was an especially hilly year requiring frequent “sightings.” Often, during the year, I would hear acquaintances (including pastors) express the desire to “get through this and back to normal.” Basically, all of us, in varying degrees, had to “get through” something or a combination of things which included COVID-19 (and all its many facets), rioting, massive forest fires invading cities and towns in the West, and unusual weather changes. Compounded with these challenges that so many faced were financial tensions, social isolation, restrictions on church and family gatherings, and failing businesses; needless to say, it was an incredibly difficult year, and many people experienced high amounts of stress, hardship, and suffering.

As I pen this commentary in the first month of this new year, the prospect for 2021 looks very foreboding as our nation appears to be teetering on the brink of full-blown moral, financial, and political disaster. Countless businesses are trying to hold out just a little bit longer even as government leaders talk about doing full-scale extended lockdowns; the aftermath of a turbulent election and the uncertainty about America’s future feels like a real and present danger; a socially “progressive” Marxist-leaning agenda continues stealing the minds and the faith of our young people (and older ones too); and in the midst of widespread false teachings and heresy going on in churches across the land, efforts continue in 2021 to prohibit church gatherings; and the list goes on. It is easy to feel overwhelmed with what is happening in our country, in Canada, and in the entire world as the problems appear to be getting more insurmountable and complex.

The Complexity of the Day

Reason would tell us that any solutions to these complex problems need themselves to be complex. However, Jesus did not offer a complex solution to the problems of His day (which must have seemed equally as challenging and complex, especially for the Jews who were under the thumb of Roman rule). Nor did Jesus require that one had to be an intellectual to be His disciple. Most of His disciples were simple, uneducated men; and His teachings to them, regarding spiritual matters, were given in simple language, often in the form of parables.

Yes, Jesus lived in a complex time of Roman occupation complicated further by violence and unrest. Likewise, some of the greatest worries of North American Christians include the understandable fear of an overthrow of what is left of conservative democracy in exchange for a liberal, Marxist-influenced anti-moral ideology. While the Israel of Jesus’ day was occupied by Roman soldiers,  Jesus was not perplexed by what He saw even though He knew the future outcome. He even knew that the temple in Jerusalem would be destroyed; but He also knew that He, being the true temple of God, would be resurrected three days after His death on the cross, and He would abide with His disciples in the person of the Holy Spirit.

It is no wonder, then, that when Jesus taught His disciples, He taught them of eternal things that would never be destroyed. He kept them on track and moving even when the times were tough and discouraging.

The Wearing Down of the Saints

In Daniel 7:25, Daniel speaks of the coming Antichrist, who “shall wear out the saints of the most High,” but already it seems that the saints are beginning to wear out. Much of what we see happening today is undergirded by Satan himself. And I believe there is a reason why we see so much accelerated demonic activity both within and without the church today, for Revelation 12 speaks of Satan in his wrath speeding and intensifying his activities in the last days:

Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. (Revelation 12:12)

Now is not the time for the church to be overwhelmed, discouraged, or asleep as we see the darkness approaching. We are heading home, and we need to keep our eyes on Him and continue doing what God has set before us. Revelation 12 also indicates that the overcomers will be those who hold fast to the Gospel and the proclamation of the Gospel:

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)

Regardless of the cost, we dare not forsake the Gospel. The Gospel offers the full gift of salvation to the “whosoevers”—that means all who put their hope and trust in Christ and what He did for us at the Cross. The Gospel is simple enough for anyone to receive and profound enough to save everyone who comes to Christ our Redeemer.

A Simple Solution

Now, approaching the task of finding God’s simple solution to the problem of living in an increasingly stressful and complex world, we turn to Jesus’ words when He said this to His disciples in Matthew:

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. (Matthew 6:33)

The “But” in the above verse refers to all the distractions, worries, fears, and oppressions that can lay hold of us in a world that has largely forsaken the God of the Bible (i.e., the true and only God). We can always find comfort and strength in our Lord. So Jesus said we should take no thought for money (vv. 19-21) nor for our life, be it food, drink, or clothing (e.g. shelter, vv. 25-32), nor should we even take thought for tomorrow (v. 34).

There is one thing God will never say to any believer; He will never tell us that we trusted Him too much. As we look around and see the crippling force that fear and worry have on so many people—overtaking them rather than helping them—we see people being robbed of health, vitality, and faith.

The saddest thing about this, for believers, is that it can render us ineffective in sharing the Gospel if our thoughts are consumed with earthly cares. God will take care of us no matter what comes, but time and opportunities are ticking away when it comes to sharing the Lord and letting our “light so shine before men, that they may see [our] good works, and glorify [our] Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).  May God help us to be salt and light to the world. That is why Jesus said, “seek ye first  . . .”

Emergency Mode

What constitutes an emergency? Let me explain. In an emergency, one experiences a sense of danger and the need to act immediately. When we see an ambulance racing through the streets with lights flashing or a fire truck speeding by with sirens and horns blaring, we call it an emergency. If the emergency involves us or our loved ones in any way, we feel anxious if not fearful.

During the past year, it seems as though our entire country had been in emergency mode. Early in the year, we heard of coronavirus, and media coverage made it seem like the world was nearly coming to an end, at least the world as we know it. Then rioting in the streets majorly affected many of our cities, dashing morale and security to the ground. In our own personal case, we had three instances of family members living in Oregon and northern California who had to flee their homes against the threat of raging fires. Then too, because of all the political turmoil, people throughout the country felt a sense of restlessness, insecurity, and anxiety. All in all, 2020 felt like being in an emergency that just kept going and going.

Seek Ye First . . .

As we turn to God’s Word, we are reminded that God knows about all these things, and He has compassion on those who are suffering. But there is something more I believe He wants us to see. God has His own state of emergency, and that is over the souls who are perishing. Thus, Jesus’ words, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God.”

One thing that really brought this message of urgency home to me was in reading Warren Smith’s latest book, The Titanic and Today’s Church. I read of Pastor John Harper, a minister and evangelist who happened to be on the Titanic on its maiden voyage to America; Harper shared the Gospel with people he encountered on the ship, not knowing the sinking of the Titanic was soon to happen. But even later, as the ship was sinking and he was soon to drown, he struggled through the icy waters of the North Atlantic, sharing the Gospel with those he came upon, clinging to the debris of the ship. This reminds me that God has compassion for the suffering and the dying, but His sense of emergency is greatest over the destiny of eternal souls.

My prayer for 2021 is that we, the body of Christ, will not be worn down by false media reports and political and social turmoil to the extent that we are rendered ineffective for Christ. That is why I hold to His words, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all these things [i.e., all the things that we would worry about] shall be added unto you.” Let us remember that God is never taken by surprise where He cannot work all things together for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that . . . they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. But I would have you without carefulness [i.e., the cares of the world that would draw us away from Christ]. (1 Corinthians 7:29-32)


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“Open Letter From the International Board of Directors of RZIM on the Investigation of Ravi Zacharias”.
A 2-second YouTube video clip of Ravi Zacharias (2019); used in accordance with the U.S. Fair Use Act

LTRP Note: The following is posted as a follow up of a previous post from December 2020.*

“Open Letter From the International Board of Directors of RZIM on the Investigation of Ravi Zacharias”

From the RZIM Board:

It is with shattered hearts that we issue this statement about the allegations against RZIM’s Founder, Ravi Zacharias.

Following allegations made in late August of 2020 that Ravi had engaged in sexual misconduct and abuse in connection with two day spas, we commissioned Miller & Martin PLLC, a law firm with experience in corporate and sex crimes investigations, to conduct an independent investigation [see the 2/9/21 full report – caution to readers: contains disturbing and graphic information]. We gave Miller & Martin a broad scope to pursue any avenues that they judged to be relevant to the accusations, and we emphasized that our only purpose for the investigation was to ascertain the full truth.

Having received the results of the investigation, we are publicly releasing the investigation report in the exact form that we received it. We have been waiting to make an extended statement in the hope that the full findings of the investigation would allow us to speak more accurately and meaningfully. We also wanted to ensure Miller & Martin’s independence in their investigation, assessments, and reporting of the findings. . . .  Tragically, witnesses described encounters including sexting, unwanted touching, spiritual abuse, and rape. Click here to continue reading.


Note from Lighthouse Trails:

LTRJ Note: The news story above about Ravi Zacharias above is obviously going to be difficult for most to read. Lighthouse Trails editors do not post a story like this frivolously or with malice. And we have always been cautious about publicizing the personal “private” sins of various Christian leaders. However, in the case where a highly popular and strongly followed leader has entered into the role of sexual predator (one who seeks out victims whom he may sexually exploit), we do believe the church needs to be warned so that hopefully there will be fewer victims and a more discerning church in the future.

Lighthouse Trails was criticized severely by some followers of Voice of the Martyrs when we reported (from 2012-2014) on VOM’s poor handling of their investigation into executive director, Tom White’s suicide after discovery of his sexually molesting a young girl. We know that many in the Christian church have made “heroes” out of numerous Christian leaders and organizations even to the point of idolizing them and thus becoming extremely angry when anyone dares to challenge these leaders and groups. But this is wrong, and such a mentality and practice can actually abet and create scenarios where sexual and other types of abuse can more easily occur.

The motto of Lighthouse Trails has always been “bringing light to areas of darkness.” There are few things darker than sexual abuse, and its power lies in its secrecy. We will not be part of that secrecy. In the case of Ravi Zacharias, it appears that his victims were young adult women, but in so many cases, the victims of sexual abuse are children who are almost always completely helpless to protect themselves.


 

 

Letter to the Editor: Todd Bentley Is Back to Deceive Unwitting Sheep

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I am writing to  warn of Todd Bentley’s Jan.27, 2021 announcement of his plans for 2021. Bentley went “radio silent” last year, but has reappeared, apparently/supposedly with a “25 year mandate” from God. He is launching via various media platforms, and not just in America, but in other continents.

In a 27 January 2021 Facebook post, Todd revealed his “vision” and plans for the year and beyond, which were based on a “series of angelic encounters, visions and personal encounters with the Lord that were absolutely life-changing”….

 

 

 

 

 

But what does the Bible say about “angelic encounters”?

1) DO NOT WORSHIP ANGELS OR SEEK TO “encounter” THEM:

Colossians 2:18-19 – 18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

Revelation 19:10 – 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

2) SATAN DOES DECEIVE AND MASQUERADE AS “an angel of light”:

2 Cor.11:3-4,13-15 – 3 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. 4 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….

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

3) LET’S SEEK TO “ENCOUNTER” THE TRUE GOD OF THE BIBLE 
(not angels or subjective experiences), through His Amazing, Powerful Word!

Psalm 119: 14-20, 25, 40, 47-50, 54, 72, 92, 97, 103, 127-130, 138, 140, 151, 162 –


14 I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
17 Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.
25 
My soul cleaveth unto the dust: quicken thou me according to thy word.
40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.
47 And I will delight myself in thy commandments, which I have loved.
48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.
49 Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.
54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
92 Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine affliction.

97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.
103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.
129 Thy testimonies are wonderful: therefore doth my soul keep them.
130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
138 Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are righteous and very faithful.
140 Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.

151 Thou art near, O Lord; and all thy commandments are truth.
162 I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

4) AS WE SEEK GOD, THROUGH HIS WORD, LET US REMEMBER THAT WE HAVE ACCESS TO HIS HEAVENLY THRONE OF GRACE, and that He hears our cries and answers prayers according to His will. . . . We need not seek false, counterfeit “experiences.” We have access to and fellowship with the true God of the Bible, who promises us that when we seek Him, we will indeed find Him.

Heb.4:12-16 –
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Jeremiah 29:13 – And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

1 Chronicles 16:11 – Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.

Psalm 63:1-8 –
O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
4 Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
7 Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

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May His amazing, powerful, life-giving TRUE WORD, encourage and uplift us this day, and may we remember that His Word is well able to deliver and set free many from deception (including those being led astray by false prophets/”revivalists” like Todd Bentley), who are truly seeking to know the true GOD OF THE BIBLE, who reveals Himself through His word.

Here is a link to previous Lighthouse Trails articles warning about Todd Bentley:

https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?tag=todd-bentley

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He is our faithful Shepherd, who feeds, protects, and leads His precious sheep, according to His truth,

L. SHARP


Related Articles:

2018 – Evangelist Todd Bentley Claims Shirtless ‘Financial Angel’ Visited Him in Hotel Room, Another Wrestled Him at Home

2020 – Heavenly Realities with Todd Bentley – Angels! (CAUTION: Lighthouse Trails is posting this link for informational and research purposes only and not in any way as an endorsement of the content. In fact, we highly recommend viewers to use extreme discernment and caution and only watch enough to understand the nature of what Todd Bentley is presenting rather than watching the entire video.)

Todd Bentley and “The Beautiful Side of Evil” by Berit Kjos

The Perfect Storm of Apostasy – An Introduction to the Kansas City Prophets and Other Latter-Day Prognosticators by Mary Danielsen

(photo from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission)

 

 

“Middle School: Ground Zero for Indoctrinating America’s Children”

By Linda Harvey

Did you know that math supports capitalist and imperialist views, and that teachers need to deconstruct its inherent racism?

This “woke” message from the Oregon Department of Education to the state’s educators is just the latest example of radical instruction in American schools. And some of the worst is found in middle schools.

Middle school is described by many parents as a gauntlet of twisted, dangerous indoctrination emanating from activist teachers, administrators and school counselors drawn to the 6th to 8th grade age cohort. Why? Because the pubescent child is the ideal subject for ideological manipulation.

I heard recently from a concerned mom, a single Ohio parent raising two daughters. One had just completed eighth grade when her mom described to me the non-stop liberal agendas dominating the climate at her child’s middle school.

The hallways were papered with “LGBT” rainbows and messages pushing “love is love.” School announcements regularly featured perky voices plugging “gay-straight alliance” activities. Diversity, equity, social justice themes popped up everywhere, the mom told me. “My daughter was inundated with constant propaganda.” Click here to continue reading.


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Letter to the Editor: Brennan Manning Book Review by John Caddock Saved Me From Years of Wandering in the Wilderness

LTRP Note: The following letter to the editor is one we received a few years ago, referring to a book review about Brennan Manning’s book, The Signature of Jesus. The review was written by John Caddock and was the first piece we ever read on the Internet refuting contemplative prayer shortly after we met Ray Yungen and read his then-unpublished manuscript A Time of Departing over twenty years ago. This book review by Caddock has opened the eyes of many people and is still doing so today as this letter reveals. Below the letter is the full review. As with all our blog articles, you can print it freely. It is also available in booklet format for those needing that.

We are reposting this because the contemplative prayer movement is having more negative impact in the church than ever before, and the influence of pioneers like Brennan Manning remains robust.

Keep in mind that while many of our long-time readers are fully aware of the dangers of the contemplative prayer movement and have personally stayed clear of it, there is probably not one of them who does not have a family member or friend who is not delving into this. We have gone through a mystical occult paradigm shift, and there is no turning back.

Dear John Caddock,

I am 65 year old Christian man who has run ahead of Jesus most of my Christian experience. Hence I feel the lack of instruction that my years should show.

I have a good friend who I can talk to about anything.  He is a believer but has always seemed to have strange ideas about God. Long story short, after watching  Brennan Manning and starting to run ahead of Jesus again, the Lord led me to your never-ending review [about Brennan Manning]

Thank you very much for this review; you saved me from who knows how many years of wandering in the wilderness.

I really can’t thank you enough.

God bless you and yours,

James

Brennan Manning’s “New Monks” & Their Dangerous Contemplative Monasticism
A review of The Signature of Jesus
By John Caddock

The Never-Ending Review
Little did I know when I began to read The Signature of Jesus, the time and effort that would be involved in understanding it. I am not a theologian by training. My background is in technical management in electronic component manufacturing. However, I stumbled onto something that I became convinced was very dangerous and little understood.

One reading was not enough for me to understand The Signature of Jesus. I found it was like reading a book in a foreign language. I read many new expressions like contemplative prayer, centering prayer, centering down, paschal spirituality, the discipline of the secret, contemplative spirituality, celebrating the darkness, practicing the presence, the interior life, inner integration, yielding to the Center, notional knowledge, spiritual masters, masters of the interior life, false self, and the Abba experience.1

I also encountered many writers I had never read before, including Kasemann, Burghardt, Merton, Van Breemen, Brueggemann, Moltmann, Nouwen, Küng, Steindl-Rast, Rahner, Kierkegaard, and Camus.

I had to read the book three separate times before I was confident that I understood what Manning was saying. I even read it a fourth time for good measure.

Reading this book led me to read a number of other books and articles by and about leading mystics/contemplatives. I learned about the heart of Manning’s message—centering prayer.

Ultimately, I felt I had to meet the man. I attended one conference he conducted. In addition, I purchased the tapes of another conference he conducted and pored over them. Manning conducted many speaking engagements for many years. He died in April 2013 at the age of 79.

Brennan Manning's 'New Monks' & Their Dangerous Contemplative Monasticism

Altogether, I spent hundreds of hours trying to understand what Manning was saying. Why did I do this? Well, I began this study because three Christian leaders whom I know endorsed Brennan Manning in his book, The Ragamuffin Gospel. These men are bright, well educated, experienced in ministry, and heads of major works. Yet, I had read a cautionary review of that book,2 and I wanted to read Manning for myself.

I continued the study because what I found frightened me and because I felt others needed to be warned. I came to the conclusion that the teachings of Brennan Manning are very dangerous.

There is a seductive quality to his writings. He reports grappling with and overcoming fear, guilt, and psychological hang-ups and difficulties, including alcoholism. He gives the impression that he had a very intimate relationship with God and that he had insight to a superspirituality. He regularly meditated and reports having many visions and encounters with God. He was an extremely gifted writer who was able to tug at the emotions of the reader while at the same time introducing ideas that the reader would immediately reject if they were not cloaked under this emotional blanket.

He promises his readers that if they apply his teaching, they too will gain this same intimacy with God as well as freedom from fear, guilt, and psychological hang-ups and difficulties. This is very attractive. Manning’s prescription to achieve this is not by traditional prayer and the reading and application of the Bible. Rather, the means to this end is a mixture of Eastern mysticism, psychology, the New Age movement, liberation theology, Catholicism, and Protestantism. This mixture will not deliver intimacy with God. It no doubt will lead to special feelings and experiences. Those practicing Manning’s methods will likely feel closer to God. Ironically, in the process they will actually move away from Him as a result of a counterfeit spirituality.

Ordained a Franciscan priest, Manning earned degrees in philosophy and theology. He had training with a monastic order, which included seven months of isolation in a desert cave. Years later, after a collapse into alcoholism, he shifted direction and focused on writing and speaking. He became persona non grata among the Roman Catholic hierarchy as a result of his marriage in 1982. He began writing and speaking mainly to Protestant audiences.

What Is Contemplative Spirituality?
The Signature of Jesus is actually a primer on what Manning calls paschal spirituality, which is supposedly, but not actually, spirituality centered on the life, death, and resurrection of Christ. Another name for this, a more accurate one, is contemplative spirituality. Indeed, one entire chapter is a call to “Celebrate the Darkness,”3 and another teaches about centering prayer, an Eastern religion, mind-emptying meditation technique.4

Manning indicates that The Signature of Jesus is about radical discipleship and authentic faith. Radical discipleship sounds good. So does authentic faith. Unfortunately, the book isn’t about following Jesus Christ or having faith in Him. It is about following “the masters of the interior life.”5

In Manning’s view, many Christians have been raised in a devotional spirituality, which focuses “more on behavior than on consciousness; more on doing God’s will and performing the devotional acts that pleased Him than on experiencing God as God truly is.”6 Contemplative spirituality, on the other hand, “emphasize[s] the need for a change in consciousness, a new way of seeing God, others, self, and the world,”7 which leads to a deeper knowledge of God.

Thus, Manning sets up a battle between two views of the Christian life. One he paints as traditional, cold, intellectual, ritualistic, unemotional, unloving, uncaring, insensitive, unattractive, and obsessive. The other he presents as new, warm, free, emotional, loving, caring, sensitive, attractive, and liberating. While he acknowledges there is a place for Bible study and corporate worship, he argues that the key is “practicing the presence” through a special form of prayer we will discuss more fully later, centering prayer. Manning writes:

Herein lies the secret, I believe, of the inner life of Jesus. Christ’s communion with Abba in the inner sanctuary of His soul transformed his vision of reality, enabling him to perceive God’s love and care behind the complexities of life. Practicing the presence helps us to discern the providence of God at work, especially in those dark hours when the signature of Jesus is being traced in our flesh. (You may wish to try it right now. Lower the book, center down, and offer yourself to the indwelling Spirit of God.)8

Daily devotions consisting of Bible study, meditation, memorization, and traditional prayers are of limited importance in the contemplative spirituality of Manning. His substitute—a type of prayer derived from Eastern mysticism, is what is really important—Practice the presence—Center down—What is really needed is freeing the mind and having an existential experience with God.

The Origins of Contemplative Spirituality
This movement began in the Roman Catholic Church, where there has been an important shift over the last few decades. Devotional spirituality is a pejorative term coined by some within Roman Catholicism who reacted against the prewar, pre-Vatican II Church, with a devotion to saints, doctrine, frequent reception of the sacraments, and approved devotional practices.

Some Roman Catholics began to advocate the “new theology,”9 which Francis Schaeffer warned of in his classic The God Who is There. Schaeffer pointed to Hans Küng and Karl Rahner (both influential in shaping Manning’s views) and Teilhard de Chardin as the leading progressive thinkers who were following in the path of Heidegger, the existentialist philosopher. To the new theology or new spirituality, language is always a matter of personal interpretation, and therefore the language of the Bible can be used as a vehicle for continuous existential experiences. A given verse has thousands of different interpretations as each person has an encounter with God. Scripture now becomes a triggering device for mystical experiences rather than a source of sound doctrine.

Schaeffer warned that if the “progressives” consolidated their position within the Roman Catholic Church, they would have both its organization and linguistic continuity at their disposal. They would then be in the position of supplying society with an endless series of religiously motivated “arbitrary absolutes” applying any sociological or psychological theory at their discretion.

Schaeffer predicted that the new theology would lead to mysticism. Karl Rahner showed the truth in Schaeffer’s prediction when Rahner wrote, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or he or she will not exist at all.”10

The New Monks
In The Signature of Jesus, Manning quotes Catholic saints, medieval mystics, and monks, including Charles de Foucauld, Francis De Sales, Meister Eckhart, Teresa of Avila, and Catherine of Siena. The most frequently cited sources are part of the community of Roman Catholic clergy who are instrumental in promoting modern contemplative spirituality: Thomas Merton, Anthony De Mello, William Shannon, Henri Nouwen, Peter Van Breemen, William Reiser, David Steindl-Rast, and Basil Pennington. Although the word contemplation brings to mind a monastic life dedicated to pence and cloistered within the walls of the monastery, not so with these New Monks.11

The New Monks critique the current state of Christianity by arguing that since God is holy and is a “wholly other,” He cannot be defined by systems of doctrine. They maintain that western rationalism has crushed the knowledge of God and that we must return to a more intuitively received knowledge. We must move beyond the intellect, beyond doctrine, and beyond words to a deeper union with God. Their writings contain rather complex discussions on the nature of being and share common themes of universality, mystical union with God through contemplation (wordless “prayer”), social justice, and non-violence.

The New Monks maintain that all religions should immerse themselves in the myths of their tradition because there is power in the “collective unconscious”12 of the tradition to shape the experience of its followers. So, for the New Monk, the use of biblical language has great power within the Christian tradition. For example, the call to salvation13 is actually a call to a transformation of consciousness to be psychologically awakened to the unity and oneness of all creation. For the New Monks, all religions at their deepest mystical level use myth and symbol to say the same thing.

The New Monks believe we are born into a duality between self (the ego) and oneness (being). The ego is driven by fear of death and alienation and is the source of all suffering and woundedness. The fall, a mythical story, has a deeper more “universal truth,” which is intended to shed light on present human experience. We have fallen from oneness and harmony of paradise into alienation and a sense of separation. We must simply realize that the gulf that appears to separate “sinful” humanity from a righteous God has never existed; we are and always have been one with God. For the New Monks, this is God’s unconditional love and grace.

Thomas Merton, who is frequently cited by Manning, is the forerunner of the New Monks. Having accepted so much of the new theology, Merton remained involved in the Roman Catholic Church only by a thin affirmation of a God in Nature and a reverence for tradition. He popularized Jungian Psychotherapy in his writings about spiritual healing, agreeing with Jung’s mythic perspective of biblical doctrines.

Merton traveled to Asia on a quest to redefine what being a monk entailed and found it in Buddhist and Hindu teachings. There he discovered great similarities between monastic contemplation and Eastern meditation and determined that they were both in touch with the same mystical source. He felt the emphasis on experience and inner transformation rather than doctrine would be the ecumenical meeting place between East and West.

Merton advocated moving the practice of contemplation from its marginal state of use by only the Catholic monks behind the cloistered walls to a broader use by the common man. Dedicated to civil rights, antiwar, and liberationist activism, he came to call his fellow activists “true monks.” In The Signature of Jesus, Manning precisely echoes the themes of contemplative spirituality. It appears his intention was to bring to Protestants what Thomas Merton brought to many Roman Catholics.

Contemplative Spirituality Promotes Universalism
Both the new theology and contemplative spirituality emphasize ecumenism. Hans Küng (whose book On Being Christian, Manning says is “the most powerful book other than Scripture that I have ever read,”)14 is the author of the document, “Declaration of a Global Ethic,” which personifies the push toward religious pluralism among progressives. The document, intended to be an agreement among the world’s religions, does not contain the word God, Küng explains “because including it would exclude all Buddhist and many faith groups with different views of God and the divine.”15 Most evangelicals are familiar with ecumenism within Christianity only. However, those who hold to the new theology and more explicitly those who hold to contemplative spirituality believe in an ecumenism that includes non-Christian religions and all “faith groups.” This is a logical step for those who divorce themselves from the Gospel of Scripture and who adopt the view that all are saved (universalism).

Since universalism has traditionally not appealed to many evangelicals, and Manning is attempting to reach them, he does not make blatant statements advocating it. He shows, however, that he is indeed a universalist in two ways.

First, the people whom Manning approvingly cites believe in universalism. David Steindl-Rast is a Roman Catholic priest who promotes contemplative theology. In a 1992 article, he said, “Envision the great religious traditions arranged on the circumference of a circle. At their mystical core they all say the same thing, but with different emphasis.”16 Manning cites him approvingly twice in The Signature of Jesus.17

The New Monks frequently use the term “unconditional love” to express universality. Their push to a beyond-words, beyond-thoughts meditation experience in order to fully experience a loving deity misses entirely that apart from faith in Christ for eternal life, there can be no adequate discussion of experiencing God’s love.

Matthew Fox, cited approvingly in Manning’s books Lion and Lamb18 and A Stranger to Self-Hatred,19 is an excommunicated Catholic priest and a contemplative. He gives us another example of the universalism of the contemplatives Manning cites:

God is a great underground river, and there are many wells into that river. There’s a Taoist well, a Buddhist well, a Jewish well, a Muslim well, a Christian well, a Goddess well, the Native wells—many wells that humans have dug to get into that river, but friends, there’s only one river; the living waters of wisdom. All of us have to go down a well today; we all have to do spiritual practice to find divinity. But whether your well be Buddhist, or Christian or Sufi or Jewish, when you do your work, you will come to the same source of wisdom.20

Merton says one can work within the Christian traditions but view universalism as the broader truth:

[The contemplative] has a unified vision and experience of the one truth shining out in all its various manifestations . . . He does not set these partial views up in opposition to each other, but unites them in a dialectic or an insight of complementarity.21

Second, Manning makes statements that imply universalism. For example, he says that contemplative spirituality “looks upon human nature as fallen but redeemed—flawed but, in essence, good.”22 For Manning, the life, death, and resurrection of Christ mean that all are redeemed. There is nothing to be done to gain the life of God. Everyone already has it:

He has a single, relentless stance toward us: He loves us. He is the only God man has ever heard of who loves sinners. False gods—the gods of human manufacturing—despise sinners, but the Father of Jesus loves all, no matter what they do. But of course this is almost too incredible for us to accept. Nevertheless, the central affirmation of the Reformation stands: Through no merit of ours, but by His mercy, we have been restored to a right relationship with God through the life, death, and resurrection of His beloved Son. This is the Good News, the gospel of Grace.23

Manning says that God loves “all.” He is not speaking here merely of the compassion God has for the world, which moved Him to send His Son to die for us (John 3:16). He is saying that God has already restored all people to a right relationship with Him. Notice that he first says “he loves us” and then “he loves all.” Clearly “us,” the first person plural pronoun, in this context includes everyone. Then, in the same context Manning goes on to say that “we have been restored to a right relationship with God.” “We” mentioned here is the same group as the “all” mentioned earlier. All have been restored to a right relationship with God. Manning wants us to overcome our psychological fog so that we can realize it. The Good News is that everyone is already saved. The biblical view that all are lost and that only when a person trusts Jesus Christ as Savior does he pass from death to life (John 5:24) is foreign to Manning and contemplatives.

The last chapter of The Signature of Jesus is all about a revelation, which Manning supposedly received from God about final judgment. The illustration mentions by name some of the most vile men of all time, including Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Idi Amin, and Saddam Hussein, and implies that all of them, indeed all who have ever lived, will get into heaven.24

It should be noted, however, that there are statements in The Signature of Jesus and in the writings of other contemplatives that can be easily misconstrued to imply that there is salvation only for those who believe in Jesus. For example, Manning writes, “In any other great world religion it is unthinkable to address almighty God as ‘Abba.’” He then supports this point by approvingly quoting Peter Van Breemen:

Many devout Moslems, Buddhists, and Hinduists are generous and sincere in their search for God. Many have had profound mystical experiences. Yet in spite of their immeasurable spiritual depth, they seldom or never come to know God as their Father. Indeed, intimacy with Abba is one of the greatest treasures Jesus has brought us.25

It is important to realize that when contemplatives speak of knowing God as Father or Abba, they are not referring to regeneration. They are referring to achieving a level of intimacy with God, “intimacy with Abba.” They view all people as heaven bound. The issue for them is becoming a mystic whose experience of God transforms the life and hence the world. Their ultimate aim is to usher in a new world.

There are statements in The Signature of Jesus which could be misconstrued as well. He denounces “cheap grace”26 and says:

In the last analysis, faith is not the sum of our beliefs or a way of speaking or a way of thinking; it is a way of living and can be articulated adequately only in a living practice. To acknowledge Jesus as Savior and Lord is meaningful insofar as we try to live as he lived and to order our lives according to his values. We do not need to theorize about Jesus; we need to make him present in our time, our culture, and our circumstances. Only a true practice of our Christian faith can verify what we believe .27

However, Manning is not talking about salvation from Hell. He is speaking of deliverance from fear and shame. He is speaking here of coming into an intimate knowledge of God in one’s experience, not of how we gain eternal life through biblical salvation.

Centering Prayer
As mentioned above, the key to spirituality, according to Manning, is a special type of prayer, which he calls “contemplative prayer” or “centering prayer.” For the uninitiated, this may not seem ominous. It may sound like what God calls us to do in His Word. It is not. It is ominous. It is a practice derived from Eastern mysticism.

Manning writes, “The task of contemplative prayer is to help me achieve the conscious awareness of the unconditionally loving God dwelling within me.”28 He also says, “What masters of the interior life recommend is the discipline of ‘centering down’ throughout the day.”29

Manning attempts to head off the charge that centering prayer comes from Eastern mysticism and the New Age movement by saying:

A simple method of contemplative prayer (often called “centering prayer” in our time and anchored in the Western Christian tradition of John Cassian and the desert fathers, and not, as some think, in Eastern mysticism or New age philosophy) has four steps.30

He instructs the reader in the practice of centering prayer, which is a type of contemplative wordless “prayer” a technique that involves breathing exercises and the chanting of a sacred word or phrase. Manning begins “the first step in faith is to stop thinking about God at the time of prayer”!31 What biblical support is there for this idea?

The second step, according to Manning, is to “without moving your lips, repeat the sacred word [or phrase] inwardly, slowly, and often.”32 Once again, where is the biblical support for this practice? None is cited, because none exists.

The third step concerns what to do when inevitable distractions come. The answer is to “simply return to listening to your sacred word . . . gently return to your sacred word.”33

Finally, “after a twenty-minute period of prayer [which Manning recommends twice daily] conclude with the Lord’s Prayer, a favorite psalm, or some spontaneous words of praise and thanks.”34 While he doesn’t say how long this concluding recitation or spontaneous words might last, it seems he only expects this to be a minute or two, since the Lord’s Prayer and most of the Psalms are short and easy to read in a minute or so. This concluding recitation seems to be an afterthought, something put in to make the “prayer” seem Christian. Yet even this fourth part is biblically suspect. Jesus said, “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do” (Matthew 6:7). Any routine prayer repeated each prayer session will soon fall into the category of “vain repetition,” even if it is Scripture. The Lord’s Prayer is a sample of the way we should pray that Jesus gave when He said “use not vain repetitions” (Matthew 6:7).

The instruction utilizes odd jargon such as the “false self” and “crucifixion of the ego” and a curious mix of spiritual and psychological terms. To understand his language, one would need to have a more candid overview of centering prayer.35

Chapter seven is titled “Celebrate the Darkness” (a title that is decidedly not only unbiblical, but even anti-biblical; darkness is always presented negatively in Scripture (see, for example, 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:8, 11; 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 John 1:5-10). Manning, quoting atonement rejector, Alan Jones, writes “the ego has to break; and this breaking is like entering into a great darkness. Without such a struggle and affliction, there can be no movement in love.”36 He goes on:

With the ego purged and the heart purified through the trials of the dark night, the interior life of an authentic disciple is a hidden, invisible affair. Today it appears that God is calling many ordinary Christians into this rhythm of loss and gain. The hunger I encounter across the land for silence, solitude, and centering prayer is the Spirit of Christ calling us from the shallows to the deep.37

In centering prayer, the word sin becomes a religious word attached to a method of psychological therapy, and the biblical presentation of true moral guilt is omitted.38 It is a system completely open to the manipulation of the inventors who feel the liberty to use the biblical language any way they see fit. Manning attempts to give it the validity of tradition by saying that it has been rooted in Catholic monastic practices since the 5th century.

The result of this mystical practice is that the practitioner becomes less interested in objective spiritual knowledge found in the Bible and more interested in the subjective experience, which is found through centering prayer. This may account for the antagonistic attitude toward traditional forms of faith. Manning speaks of “several local churches [he has] visited, [in which] religiosity has pushed Jesus to the margins of real life and plunged people into preoccupation with their own personal salvation.”39 Of course, centering prayer requires no interest whatsoever in one’s own personal salvation since it presupposes that all are already saved. That is what we discover when we “center down.” Manning’s attitude toward the Bible seems to be markedly different from anyone who has a high regard for it as the very Word of God:

I am deeply distressed by what I can only call in our Christian culture the idolatry of the Scriptures. For many Christians, the Bible is not a pointer to God but God himself. In a word—bibliolatry. God cannot be confined within the covers of a leather-bound book. I develop a nasty rash around people who speak as if mere scrutiny of its pages will reveal precisely how God thinks and precisely what God wants.40

In The Signature of Jesus, Manning rarely cites Scripture. Why should he, when the truly important knowledge of God comes from his experience of centering down and not from the Bible? Remember “God cannot be confined within the covers of a leather-bound book.” While Manning would acknowledge that some elementary truths of God can be found by reading the Bible, intimate knowledge of God only comes through centering prayer.41

Conclusion
Manning speaks much of God’s grace and love but these precious biblical concepts are actually replaced by vague notions of wholeness through an eastern religious meditation technique, Centering Prayer. Many contemplatives assert that this constitutes the spiritual journey and is the same process as integrating the conscious with the unconscious as described by Jungian psychotherapy. Manning has reinterpreted some of the most crucial biblical truths such as sin and forgiveness. The irony is that a clear biblical Gospel, if believed to be true, will produce assurance that has truly profound psychological benefits. There is no place for centering prayer in discipleship. Meditation is to be on God’s Word, not on nothingness.

Contemplative spirituality is dangerous. Christian leaders should warn their people about it. Those who are interested in a comprehensive biblical understanding of true biblical spirituality and of the Gospel of Jesus Christ should be warned that Brennan Manning traveled on a wholly other path and took countless people with him.

To order John Caddock’s review in booklet format, click here.

Endnotes:
1. Brennan Manning, The Signature of Jesus (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 1996 edition). See pp. 209-27, 218, 94, 115-36, 185-96, 216, 137-58, 58-59, 58, 94, 94, 170, 102, 111, 112, 30, 29, 219, 94, 224, 224, 231, 65, and 168 respectively.
2 Reviewed by Robert N. Wilkin in the Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society, Autumn 1994, pp. 74-75.
3. The Signature of Jesus, op. cit., pp. 131-150. Manning tells of literally sitting in a dark room with one solitary spotlight shining on a crucifix (p. 46): “Prostrate on the floor, I whisper, ‘Come, Lord Jesus’ over and over.”
4. Ibid., pp. 195-212
5. Ibid., p. 89.
6. Ibid., p. 201.
7. Ibid.
8. Ibid., p. 90.
9. Schaeffer seems to have used the term broadly to avoid clumsiness in his discussion of how modern shifts in philosophies have effected theology. The expression “new theology,” as Schaeffer uses it, encompasses neo-orthodoxy, strongly rationalistic liberal theology, theologies following Kierkegaard’s leap of faith, and theologies following in the footsteps of the religious existentialism of Heidegger. Since Manning and the contemplatives drink from all of these fountains, I have used this expression.
10. John B. Healey, “The Journey Within” (America, February 19, 1994).
11. I coined this term since these priests promote mysticism for the common man through the use of their interpretation of monastic ideas and meditation. For them every man should be a mystic and every man should be a true monk. A “true monk” is a social activist.
12. This term is from Carl Jung, whose teaching is highly influential to the New Monks. Manning also favorably cites him in The Ragamuffin Gospel, p. 173 (2005 ed.) and Abba’s Child, p. 44 (2002 ed.). Jung, a psychologist who was a disciple of Freud, believed one could become whole by integrating the unconscious with the conscious; however, this process requires embracing the darkness of the unconscious. Jung was known to even use occultic techniques to facilitate this.
13. A further example of how biblical language and themes are distorted by the New Monks is found in the writings of Alan Jones (who calls the doctrine of the atonement a vile doctrine in his book Reimagining Christianity), favorably cited by Manning in The Signature of Jesus, pp. 14, 132, 141, 184 and in Abba’s Child, p. 55.
14. The Signature of Jesus, op. cit., p. 153.
15. John R. Coyne, Jr., “Ultimate Reality in Chicago” (National Review, October 4, 1993).
16. David Steindl-Rast, “Heroic Virtue” (Gnosis, Summer, 1992).
17. The Signature of Jesus, op. cit., pp. 196, 199.
18. Lion and Lamb (p. 135).
19. A Stranger to Self-Hatred (pp. 113, 124).
20. Matthew Fox, “In honor of Dr. Howard Thurman” (Creation Spirituality, Spring 1997, http://creationspiritualitymag.org/wp-content/uploads/1997/02/vol-13-howard-thurman.pdf). (Fox believes that the “second coming” of the Cosmic Christ, an awakening to mysticism, will usher in a global renaissance that can heal Mother Earth and save her by changing human hearts and ways.)
21. Thomas Merton, Contemplation in a World of Action (Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., Inc., 1965), pp. 207-208.
22. The Signature of Jesus op. cit., p. 118 (this is italicized in original).
23. Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Books, 2005 ed.), p. 20. See also his approving citation on the previous page of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s suggestion that God will accept into heaven sinners of every stripe (drunkards, weaklings, vile beings), including those who have taken the mark of the beast. The latter is a direct contradiction of Revelation 14:9-11. The former is only true of those who have been washed in the blood of Christ by faith. Yet Dostoevsky and Manning put no qualifier on which sinners get into heaven. All go to heaven.
24. In a 1995 sermon given at Greenbelt Seminars in Sheffield, England, titled “In Bed with God” (what kind of title is this!), Manning says, “Do you see why the revelation of Jesus on the nature of God is so revolutionary? [Do you see] why no Christian can ever say one form of prayer is not as good as another or one religion is not as good as another?” If all religions are equally good, then universalism must be true.
25. The Signature of Jesus, p. 158. Manning indicates that our “mission” is “building the new heavens and the new earth under the signature of Jesus” (p. 180). While this is a startling claim for those who know the biblical promise that it is God who will introduce the new heavens and the new earth (e.g., Rev 21:1ff.), it is consistent with the emphasis of contemplatives.
26. The Signature of Jesus, op. cit., pp. 112, 121, 134, 172.
27. Ibid., p. 33.
28. Ibid., p. 197.
29. Ibid., p. 89.
30. Ibid., p. 203.
31. Ibid., p. 198.
32. Ibid., p. 204.
33. Ibid.
34. Ibid.
35. To understand how the contemplatives view these terms, read Cynthia Bourgeault’s article “From Woundedness to Union” (Gnosis, Winter 1995, pp. 41-45).
36. The Signature of Jesus, op. cit., p. 139.
37. Ibid., p. 142.
38. Manning gives us better insight into the contemplatives’ view of sin in his book Abba’s Child (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2002 ed.), pp. 153-154.
39. The Signature of Jesus, op. cit., p. 178.
40. Ibid., p. 174.
41. In his first chapters of an earlier book, Gentle Revolutionaries, Manning indicates that we all have seven “centers,” three bad (security, sensation, and power) and four good (love, acceptance, self awareness, and unitive). The unitive center is the “highest level of consciousness” (p. 104). None of this, of course, is found in the Bible. It is all consistent with centering prayer and contemplative spirituality, neither of which depends on being anchored in the Word.

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(photo from the cover of John Caddock’s booklet; an image of the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky)

Letter to the Editor: K.P. Yohannon (Gospel for Asia) Going Contemplative?
St. Anthony (one of the Desert Fathers)

LTRP Note: The following letter to the editor is written by one of our readers out of a deep sadness and concern that K.P. Yohannon, in his 2020 book, Never Give Up, is showing a strong affinity to contemplative mystics. In that book, Yohannon says he is learning things from the Desert Fathers and the early mystics (calling them “incredible Christians” and “giants of the faith” pp. 92-93) that no one had told him about in his earlier Christian years. How tragic that a Christian man who grew up in a country that is mostly Hindu is pointing his followers to mystics who embraced practices similar to those in Hinduism as Lighthouse Trails has documented for nearly two decades. And with popular evangelical leaders like Calvary Chapel pastors Skip Heitzig and Chip Lusko and Bible Answer man Hank Hanegraaff endorsing the book, many unsuspecting Christians will now be introduced to the contemplative mystics and their practices.

Lighthouse Trails has obtained its own copy of Never Give Up and confirms what is being said in this letter and even more so.

photo: KP Yohannon from Wikipedia – 2017

Hello Lighthouse Trails Family:

I thank God for this ministry through you. It has been through your ministry and others whom you are familiar with (TBC, Way of Life etc.) that I have learned what true faith, as opposed to false faith, looks like.

For years in the past, I have supported (monetarily and prayers) a man named K.P. Yohannon and the ministry he founded, Gospel For Asia (GFA for short) for their work in foreign lands by sending out front-line workers that lived in the area to spread the Gospel. I especially liked the Christmas gifts that could be bought (goats, pigs, chickens, blankets, tools etc.) and given to these hurting and needy people.

Well, for the past several years, K.P. Yohannon has been embroiled in a lawsuit that stated he had been deceitful in his business practices and was pilfering monies that were supposedly told were going to the mission field. He settled the suit out of court and had to eventually pay several million dollars to the people who originally brought the suit against him. Though vindicated, the suit found no fault on the side of GFA, if the suit had continued, as those who opposed him wanted him gone, he had to pay the money to stop the suit.

So what did K.P. do? He wrote a book, Never Give Up. In it, though, I learned, as all who read it themselves, that K.P. had been steeped in contemplative mysticism, The Jesus Prayer, Sign of the Cross, Desert Fathers and Mothers, Henri Nouwen . . . Yowch! My request is obvious, as per this book K.P. has written well over 200 books in his lifetime, could you please send your package to ministers to: www.gfa.org  Founder and Director K.P Yohannon @ Gospel For Asia, 1116 St. Thomas Way, Wills Point, TX 75169,  (972) 300 – 7777  Fax  (972) 300 – 7778.

Needless to say this ministry will affect thousands, and I dare say he is deceiving untold people with his gospel with added traditions and mystical practices.

He states that the ministry exalts God and the Holy Church (a word that scares me) and believes St. Teresa of Calcutta and quotes from both St. John of the Cross [who believed that God was in everything] and St. Teresa of Avila [who levitated during her mystical experiences].

Again, I thank you for your work and pray the booklets will affect a willing and receptive heart in K.P. Yohannon and his family and ministry. He may have to realize that the people who stayed were the ones who practice the same, comforting them in their distaste for the right way for that which is false.

People all need to know what K.P. is telling his donors—that he is doing the right thing by teaching converts in the practice of New Age mysticism.

D is definitely for Deception!

Thank you graciously, with love.

Richard

NEW LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS BOOK RELEASE - MARCH 2021- COLOR, COMMUNISM, AND COMMON SENSE - A TRUE STORY

Lighthouse Trails New Book Release - Color, Communism, and Common Sense - A True Story by Manning Johnson - To be released March 12, 2021 - Pre-Order your copy today (see note from 2021 publishers below)

The true story of a man who spent 10 years as a member of the Communist Party U.S.A. until he realized the truth. As you read this book, you will feel like you are reading a book written today, and it will shock you to see the similarities.

Book Information:

ISBN: 978-1-942423-55-3

160 pages | Softbound with illustrations and photos

Pre-order | Retail price $12.95 | quantity discounts available

Originally published in 1958, one year before Manning Johnson's untimely death at 51 years old.

Click here to read an excerpt from chapter 1. Available on both Lighthouse Trails and Amazon.

Note From the 2021 Publishers

In 2020, in the midst of coronavirus, riots, Antifa, and Black Lives Matter, the editors at Lighthouse Trails stumbled across Manning Johnson’s 1958 book, Color, Communism, and Common Sense. As we read his account of his years as a leading member in the Communist Party in America, we were astounded at the similarities of what Manning described and what is happening in our country today. After unsuccessfully searching for an edition we could offer our readers, we made the decision to publish our own edition of his book.

They say history repeats itself, especially if a generation ignores it; and rather than learning from history, it does the same thing all over again. We believe we are in such a time and find ourselves deeply concerned and alarmed at how today’s culture is embracing the same ideologies of which Manning Johnson warns in his book.

Manning was a man who cared about truth and about the plight of the black people. And even during his years of being enamored with the Communist agenda, his heart was to find truth and the path to betterment for his people. When he eventually realized he was on the wrong path to these objectives, he courageously walked away from the Red party and spent the rest of his life warning others. His book and the profound message in it were undoubtedly laid aside and forgotten after his untimely death one year after this book was first released.

It is with great appreciation and soberness that we offer this special edition to today’s generation of both young and old. It is our deepest hope that the lessons from history that Manning shares will be taken to heart and truly considered and that Manning’s final public words will be embraced.

The Editors at Lighthouse Trails

 

 

 

“Planned Parenthood [the Most Racist Organization Today”] Erases Black Lives From History 318 Times a Day”

LTRP Note: The following is posted for informational and research purposes.

Ryan Bomberger

From Ryan Bomberger of Radiance Foundation

Planned Parenthood now calls itself an “anti-racist organization.” If abortion weren’t so heinous it would be hilarious. It would be like a cigarette company claiming to be “anti-cancer.” Nope. Doesn’t work. No amount of their propaganda changes the fact that they kill 318 black lives every single day. They were birthed in eugenic racism and elitism, and their DNA has never changed. It’s #BlackHistoryMonth. Learn more about the nation’s most celebrated racist organization here: www.PlannedPropaganda.biz


Related Article:

Out-of-House Commentary—”Top Ten Reasons I’ll Never Support the #BlackLivesMatter Movement”

“Rush Limbaugh Dies at 70 After Battle With Lung Cancer”

LTRJ Note: The following is posted for informational and research purposes.

By Zachary Stieber
The Epoch Times

2/17/21 - Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has died at age 70, according to his wife.

Limbaugh passed away at his home in Palm Beach, Florida, his wife, Kathryn Adams Limbaugh, said on his radio show on Feb. 17, hours after his death.

Limbaugh was diagnosed with lung cancer last year, causing him to miss hosting the show.

“This day has been one of the most difficult days in recent memory, for me, because I’ve known this moment was coming,” Limbaugh said on the air at the time.

“I can’t help but feel that I’m letting everybody down with this. But the upshot is that I have been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.” Click here to continue reading.

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