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What is Contemplative
definition: contemplative spirituality: a
belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states
of consciousness (the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult
but often wrapped in Christian terminology; the premise of contemplative
spirituality is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all).
spiritual formation: a
movement that has provided a platform and a channel through which
contemplative prayer is entering the church. Find spiritual formation being
used, and in nearly every case you will find contemplative spirituality. In
fact, contemplative spirituality is the heartbeat of the spiritual
How Widespread Has Spiritual Formation Become? Read our list of ministries
that are promoting it. Please pray for the leaders of these groups
that their eyes may be opened.
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IS a Contemplative Church
Lighthouse Trails has reported many times in the past, Rick Warren (pastor
of Saddleback Church) has been promoting the spiritual formation (i.e.,
contemplative prayer) movement for many years. This report will show that
Saddleback Church is directly recommending numerous contemplative
materials to those under their influence through "spiritual
formation" and what they term "maturity."
First of all, it is important to understand what the contemplative means by
"maturity." In Rick Warren's first book, The Purpose Driven
Church, he said he saw spiritual formation as God's way of bringing
"believers to full maturity." He named Richard Foster and Dallas
Willard as being key players in that process and said that the spiritual
formation movement had a "valid message for the church" and gave
"the body of Christ a wake-up call" (pp. 126-127). Because Warren
equates spiritual maturity with Richard Foster, it is logical for us to
examine what Foster thinks about this subject.
In 1994, research analyst Ray Yungen attended a seminar in Salem, Oregon
where Richard Foster was speaking. Yungen had been researching the New Age
and mystical meditation for several years and had become familiar with the
spiritual dynamics of the Desert Fathers and the panentheistic views of
Thomas Merton. Listen to him explain what happened at this seminar with
seemed charming, winsome, and gifted in speech. His oratorical skills
reminded me of a Shakespearean actor on stage. His program mixed serious
oratory, music, and humor in just the right doses. However, his message
conveyed that today's Christians suffer from spiritual stagnation, and
consequently need something more. The following are a few [of his]
* There is a hunger ...
* We have become barren within ...
* We are floundering ...
* People are trying rather than training.
Foster alluded to a remedy for this problem with such statements as:
* We need a way of moving forward ...
* We need a plan to implement the Great Commission ...
* We need a simple mechanism ...
* This might be new or frightening, but you are being drawn.
After the seminar ended, curious about what he meant by these statements, I
approached Foster and politely asked him, "What do you think of the
current Catholic contemplative prayer movement?" [this is back in 1994
before contemplative spirituality entered the mainstream church]. He
appeared visibly uncomfortable with the question, and at first seemed
evasive and vague....
[H]e said, "My critics don't understand there is this tradition within
Christianity that goes back centuries." He then said something that
has echoed in my mind ever since that day. He emphatically stated,
"Well, Thomas Merton tried to awaken God's people!" I realized
then Foster had waded deep into Merton's belief system. (A Time of
Departing, pp. 76-77)
Foster told Yungen that Merton tried to awaken God's people, Yungen knew
what that meant. Merton believed that there was one essential ingredient
missing from Christianity--that is mysticism. Merton knew that if
Christians would practice mysticism they would experience the awakening that he had experienced and thus came to believe that God dwells in every
We should make no mistake about it, Richard Foster believes that it is
through contemplative prayer that one can enter into spiritual maturity.
That is why in his book Celebration of Discipline he implores his
readers: "We should all without shame enroll in the school of
contemplative prayer" (p. 13, 1978 ed.). And in his book, Spiritual
Classics he talks about the "spiritual disciplines" that help
us move toward this "spiritual maturity" (p. xi).
Where does Saddleback stand when it comes to Foster's spiritual formation
and spiritual maturity? According to their Spiritual Growth Center under the "maturity"
section -- they are on the same page. Regarding the books they list, they
This website is designed to recommend the
best resources for your spiritual growth. We've poured over hundreds of
books, articles, and websites, interviewed numerous staff members, and
studied our own book shelves in order to narrow the list of suggestions to
what we think are really the best of the best. Whether they're the
profound words of a well worn classic or the latest thoughts from today's
best loved teachers, we hope these resources will help you go deeper and
grow stronger in your walk with Christ.
If this is a true statement, then
Saddleback has got a serious problem because a high percentage of the books
they consider "the best of the best" are books written by those
with strong contemplative (i.e., mystical) propensities. Here is a list of
some of them. We have provided links to more information about each of
J. P. Moreland
Brennan Manning (two titles)
Henri Nouwen (several titles)
Richard Foster (Celebration of Discipline and Prayer:
Finding the Heart's True Home)
H.B. London (Focus on the Family)
Donald Miller (Blue Like Jazz and Searching For
God Knows What)
Michael Casey (Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio
With many of these names, Saddleback is carrying two or three or sometimes
four titles by the same author. This list of authors represents a large
number of the books that are being recommended by Saddleback's Spiritual
Growth Center. This means that contemplative spirituality is not just
hanging on the fringe edges of Saddleback Church, but it is an integral
part of it. This inadvertently will spill over into the Purpose Driven network (which according to Rick Warren
has over 500,000 churches), and could potentially influence tens of
millions of people around the world: if the average church in the PDL
network is even just 250 people, this equals over 125 million. The results
could be staggering.
One of the authors in the Saddleback Spiritual Growth Center that we did
not list above is Adele Ahlberg Calhoun author of Spiritual
Disciplines Handbook (the one Saddleback is recommending). The book is
promoting mantra meditation, giving detailed instructions on several types
of contemplative practices. In addition, the author quotes from many New
Age sympathizers and New Age contemplatives. In Spiritual Disciplines
Handbook, Ahlberg Calhoun encourages the use of centering prayer,
breath prayers, contemplative prayer, labyrinths, palms-up, palms-down
exercises, and recommends for further reading a who's who of mystics. One
of those she lists is Tilden Edwards (p. 62). Edwards, the founder of the
Shalem Prayer Institute, said that contemplative prayer is the bridge
between Christianity and Eastern religion. 1 The Shalem center is a hub of New Age spirituality
with an emphasis on the divinity in all. In her book, Ahlberg Calhoun also
calls Basil Pennington one of her "spiritual tutor[s]." It was
Pennington who stated:
We should not hesitate to take the fruit
of the age-old wisdom of the East and "capture" it for Christ.
Indeed, those of us who are in ministry should make the necessary effort to
acquaint ourselves with as many of these Eastern techniques as possible.
By turning to Ahlberg Calhoun, along with
the other contemplative authors, Saddleback is promoting methods of prayer
that will bring spiritually tragic results in the long run to those who
embrace these non-biblical approaches to God. Rick Warren, wittingly or
unwittingly, has placed his church and many others in the sphere of Karl
Rahner, the mystic who said "The Christian of the future will be a
mystic or he will not exist at all."2
2. Karl Rahner, Theological Investigations, Concern for the Church,
translated Edward Quinn (New York: Crossroad, 1981), p. 149.
God Sanction Mystical Experiences?
many years during my research, I would come across the term contemplative
prayer. Immediately I would dismiss any thought that it had a New Age
connotation because I thought it meant to ponder while praying--which would
be the logical association with that term. But in the New Age disciplines,
things are not always what they seem to be to untrained ears. What
contemplative prayer actually entails is described very clearly by the
one enters the deeper layers of contemplative prayer one sooner or later
experiences the void, the emptiness, the nothingness ... the profound
mystical silence ... an absence of thought.1
my dismay, I discovered this "mystical silence" is accomplished
by the same methods used by New Agers to achieve their silence--the mantra
and the breath! Contemplative prayer is the repetition of what is referred
to as a prayer word or sacred word until one reaches a state where the
soul, rather than the mind, contemplates God. Contemplative prayer teacher
and Zen master Willigis Jager brought this out when he postulated:
not reflect on the meaning of the word; thinking and reflecting must cease,
as all mystical writers insist. Simply "sound" the word silently,
letting go of all feelings and thoughts.2
of the most well-known writings on the subject is the classic 14th century
treatise, The Cloud of Unknowing, written by an anonymous author. It
is essentially a manual on contemplative prayer inviting a beginner to:
just a little word, of one syllable rather than of two. With this
word you are to strike down every kind of thought under the cloud of
premise here is that in order to really know God, mysticism must be
practiced--the mind has to be shut down or turned off so that the cloud of
unknowing where the presence of God awaits can be experienced....
So the question we as Christians must ask ourselves is, "Why not? Why
shouldn't we incorporate this mystical prayer practice into our
lives?" The answer to this is actually found in Scripture.
While certain instances in the Bible describe mystical experiences, I see
no evidence anywhere of God sanctioning man-initiated mysticism. Legitimate
mystical experiences were always initiated by God to certain individuals
for certain revelations and was never based on a method for the altering of
consciousness. In Acts 11:5, Peter fell into a trance while in prayer. But
it was God, not Peter, who initiated the trance and facilitated it.
By definition, a mystic, on the other hand, is someone who uses rote
methods in an attempt to tap into their inner divinity. Those who use these
methods put themselves into a trance state outside of God's sanction or
protection and thus engage in an extremely dangerous approach. Besides,
nowhere in the Bible are such mystical practices prescribed. For instance,
the Lord, for the purpose of teaching people a respect for His holiness and
His plans, instated certain ceremonies for His people (especially in the Old
Testament). Nonetheless, Scripture contains no reference in which God
promoted mystical practices. The gifts of the Spirit spoken of in the New
Testament were supernatural in nature but did not fall within the confines
of mysticism. God bestowed spiritual gifts without the Christian practicing
a method beforehand to get God's response.
Proponents of contemplative prayer would respond with, What about Psalms
46:10? "Be still and know that I am God." This verse is often
used by those promoting contemplative prayer. On the surface, this argument
can seem valid, but once the meaning of "still" is examined, any
contemplative connection is expelled. The Hebrew meaning of the word is to
slacken, cease, or abate. In other words, the context is to slow down and
trust God rather than get in a dither over things. Relax and watch God
work.... This isn't talking about going into some altered state of
It should also be pointed out that being born again, in and of itself, is
mystical. But it is a direct act of God, initiated by Him--the Holy Spirit
has regenerated the once-dead spirit of man into a living spirit through
Christ. Yet, we notice that even in this most significant of experiences
when one is "passed from death into life" (John 5:24), God
accomplishes this without placing the individual in an altered state of
We can take this a step further by looking at the day of Pentecost recorded
in Acts, chapter 2 where those present were "all filled with the Holy
Spirit" (vs. 4). Notice that they were "all with one accord in
one place" (vs. 1) when the Holy Spirit descended on them. From the
context of the chapter, it is safe to assume this was a lively gathering of
believers engaged in intelligent conversation. Then, when those present
began to speak in other tongues, it was not an episode of mindless babbling
or vain repetition as in a mantra. Rather it was an event of coherent
speech significant enough to draw a crowd who exclaimed, "we hear them
speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God" (vs. 11).
Other observers who suspected they were in an altered state of
consciousness said, "They are full of new wine" (vs. 13). Notice
that Peter was quick to correct this group in asserting that they were all
fully conscious. Would it not then stand to reason that their minds were
not in any kind of altered state? Next, Peter delivered one of the most
carefully articulated speeches recorded in Scripture. This was certainly
not a group of men in a trance.
So, through the lens of perhaps the two most meaningful mystical
experiences recorded in the New Testament (i.e., being born again and the
outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost), an altered state of
consciousness was never sought after nor was it achieved. In fact, a
complete search of both Old and New Testaments reveals there were only two
types of experiences sanctioned by God where the recipient is not fully
awake--namely dreams and visions--and in each case the experience is
initiated by God. Conversely, every instance of a self-induced trance
recorded in Scripture is adamantly condemned by God as we see summarized in
the following verses:
you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not
learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found
among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire,
or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets
omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a
spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. (Deuteronomy 18:9-11)
examination of the Hebrew meanings of the terms used in the above verses
shows that much of what is being spoken of is the invoking of spells. And a
spell, used in this context, refers to a trance. In other words, when God
induces a trance it is in the form of a dream or a vision. When man induces
a trance, it is in the form of a spell or hypnosis.
And remember, nowhere in the Bible is the silence equated with the
"power of God," but the message of the cross (1 Corinthians 1:18)
most certainly is!
1.William Johnston, Letters to Contemplatives, op. cit., p. 13.
2.Willigis Jager, Contemplation: A Christian Path (Triumph Books,
1994), p. 31.
3.Ken Kaisch, Finding God, cited from The Cloud of Unknowing,
Mike Bickle (IHOP) & Mike Huckabee Team Up for "The
Call" Revival Conference
By Roger Beach
Mike Bickle (IHOP), a major player in the Apostles/Prophet movement
and a proponent of Contemplative Prayer will be sharing a platform with
Mike Huckabee and others at an upcoming event presented by TheCall, an organization that states on its website it
is "divinely initiated."
Mike Huckabee will join Lou Engle, Bill McCartney, Ron Luce (also a proponent of contemplative), Harry
Jackson, Larry Stockstill, and Tony Perkins for a PASTORS AND LEADERS GATHERING on August 14-15,
preceding TheCall DC to be held August 16 in Washington D.C.
In addition, there will be a FORERUNNER GATHERING August 14-15 and the
speakers include Lou Engle, Mike Bickle, Ron Luce, Misty Edwards, and Eddie
James. Bickle is one of TheCall's National Board members, as is James Goll,
another proponent of contemplative spirituality. In an article in Charisma
magazine titled "Be Still and Know," Goll states:
I have found that the most direct road to
greater intimacy with God has come through the practice or discipline of an
almost lost art in the fast-paced church of today--something called
In the article, Goll references Richard
Foster's book, Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home. This is the
book where Foster encourages the use of breath prayers saying: "You
must bind the mind with one thought" (meaning repeating a word or
phrase over and over again to still the mind - as Rick Warren also
recommends in The Purpose Driven Life (pp. 88-89).
TheCall DC is to be a massive day of fasting and prayer for revival in the
U.S. It will be preceded by Blow the Trumpet Sunday June 29 where churches
will be asked to play a video promoting the TheCall.
Following this is the National Pre-Call Rally on July 18 featuring live
streaming video on DirecTV and at www.God.TV.
There will also be a series of PreCall rallies in Winterville NC, Myrtle
Beach SC, Miami FL, and Orlando FL during July.
On their website, TheCall has listed their values. First is "THE CALL
WILL BE NAMELESS AND FACELESS" with the following statement:
God clearly directed TheCall Board not to
advertise the names and faces of those speaking, praying, or leading
worship at TheCall gatherings. Although national leaders and musicians will
be involved, the focus is not on personalities but on Jesus and His
The Board was clearly directed not to
advertise the name and faces of those speaking? That is difficult to
believe. Why does the flyer that came in the mail list all the speakers?
Why does TheCall website list the names of the 80 men and women on the Advisory Board? Why does the website have videos of
proponents endorsing TheCall?
THE CALL IS A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT The
Call does not oppose godly advertising and marketing (we do have state and
city coordinators for national gatherings); however, the primary vehicle for
mobilizing people to gather for TheCall gatherings is word of mouth.
The Call gathering is word of mouth? This
is also hard to believe. With regional PreCall rallies, live streaming
video on DirecTV and www.God.TV, and flyers in the mail this is more than a
word of mouth movement.
The list of values on the website seem to contradict much of the other
information provided. TheCall makes another interesting statement about
The Call supports and endorses all
Christian organizations that espouse its values: These values include
Unity, Transformation, and Impartation. 
We have all seen the new functional
definition of Unity. It is a man-made unity where even doctrine must be
sacrificed for relationship.
Transformation has become a code word for Contemplative Prayer, in which
one comes into the immediate (unmediated) presence of God and is thereby
silently transformed by the power of God with no cognitive effort by the
Impartation as defined by Mike Bickle is the transferring of "the
anointing" of God from one person to another by the laying on of hands
which imparts spiritual gifts. On his website, Bickle shows more of what he
means when he states: "Everybody is called to live in the
contemplative lifestyle. Everyone! Everyone! Everyone! That's one of the
great strongholds we have to overcome." 1 And just so there is no mistake about what Bickle
means by "the contemplative lifestyle," also on his website is an
article titled "Contemplative Prayer," where instructions on
meditative practices are given.
Now the question must be asked, with Mike Huckabee joining up with so many
who are in the contemplative camp at TheCall, does he adhere to their
THE CALL HAS DEFINITIVE VALUES The Call supports and endorses all
Christian organizations that espouse its values:
* Follow Up
Is Rick Warren Promoting Contemplative Prayer?
Rick Warren promoting contemplative spirituality (i.e.,spiritual formation)? We believe the answer to that is
a wholehearted "yes." The first clue came many years ago in
Warren's first book, The Purpose Driven Church, where he said that
the Spiritual Formation movement had a "vital message for the
church," and has "given the body of Christ a wake up call"
(p. 127). Since then, a continued promotion of contemplative prayer has
taken place through Rick Warren's ministries.
In an article written by Saddleback pastor, Lance Witt, titled "Enjoying God's Presence in Solitude," Witt
says we are "designed to enjoy the presence of God, but that's easier
said than done." In the article, Witt uses Thomas Merton as an example of someone who knew about
solitude. But Merton's solitude was connected to his Buddhist sympathies.
Merton likened contemplative prayer to an LSD trip.
Witt finishes his article with:
The goal of solitude is not so much to
unplug from my crazy world, as it is to change frequencies so that I can
hear the Father. Richard Foster has said, "Solitude doesn't give us
the power to win the rat race, but to ignore it altogether."
What does Witt mean by "changing
frequencies"? Several years ago, Lighthouse Trails spoke with Lance
Witt, via email, and asked him if the kind of contemplative prayer he
taught was a practice in which words or phrases are repeated over and over.
He told us that it was indeed this type of prayer he taught. This
"changing frequencies" is contemplative language and means going
into an Alpha state of mind (an altered state of consciousness) in order to
stop distractions. It's like putting the mind in neutral. Contemplatives believe
this is how they can hear the voice of God.
In light of Witt's statement to us and his article, it shouldn't come as
too much of a surprise to know that Rick Warren has promoted a book called
Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas. In Ray Yungen's 2nd edition of A Time of Departing, Yungen brings this out. He
quotes Warren who says of Thomas' book: "Gary has spoken at
Saddleback, and I think highly of his work ... he tells them [readers] how
they can make the most of their spiritual journeys. He places an emphasis
on practical spiritual exercises" (see pg.151 ATOD, 2nd ed.). Yungen
then quotes from Thomas' book:
It is particularly difficult to describe
this type of prayer in writing, as it is best taught in person. In general
however, centering prayer works like this: Choose a word (Jesus or Father,
for example) as a focus for contemplative prayer. Repeat the word silently
in your mind for a set amount of time (say, twenty minutes) until your
heart seems to be repeating the word by itself, just as naturally and
involuntarily as breathing. (p. 152 ATOD,
It is through this twenty minute long
repetition that frequencies can be changed.
This promotion of contemplative by Rick Warren is just another example of a
long line of promotions of contemplative spirituality that have come
through Purpose Driven. Ray Yungen wrote an entire chapter on this matter.
By the time you finish reading that chapter, we think you will be convinced
beyond doubt that Rick Warren is an advocate for the very spirituality that
Thomas Merton claimed made him feel deeply impregnated with Sufism (Islamic
mysticism). The following is another excerpt from A Time of Departing:
The question you may be asking right now
is, "Why is Rick Warren included in a book that is covering New Age
interspirituality and exposing the dangers of contemplative prayer? Are you
saying that Rick Warren is heading in that direction too? Not America's
pastor! Surely not." If that were the case, we'd hear about it from
Christian leaders. Right? ... If indeed Rick Warren is promoting
contemplative prayer, as I believe he is, this guarantees that
contemplative prayer will be promoted on an enormous scale. Through Rick
Warren, Richard Foster's vision could enter fully into mainstream
evangelicalism both in North America and around the world; and with the
unprecedented following and support Warren has gained, we could be heading
towards a crisis in the church that might possibly lead to the falling away
that the Apostle Paul warns about (pp. 142-143, ATOD, 2nd ed.).
Like a volcanic mountain that has
simmered silently in the background for years, building pressure and
waiting to explode, so too is contemplative spirituality. As many of you
have already witnessed, this mystical, dangerous belief system is now
everywhere, even in the teachings and ministries of "America's
pastor," who is influencing millions of people around the world.
New Agers believe that the world will be unified and brought to peace
through a majority of people practicing meditation. What surprise they must
be experiencing now to see so many from the Christian faith join ranks and
leave behind a solid, Bible-based faith in Jesus Christ and exchange it for
this new age/new spirituality.
To read "America's Pastor," chapter 8 of A Time of Departing, click here.
Is Todd Bentley Walking in the Footsteps of Mystics and Seers?
by Wolf Tracks (by a sheep who weeps)
Todd Bentley actually receiving revelations from God, or is there something
more to his visions of angels and messages from heaven? For example, what
about his vision of Sadhu Sundar Singh? Read the following and decide if
these things are biblical.
To begin with, does this vision line up with what the Bible teaches?
DEATH OF A PHILOSOPHER
The soul of a German philosopher entered into the world of spirits and saw
from afar the incomparable glory of the spiritual world, and the boundless
happiness of its people. Click here to read more.
Obama Has Closed-Door Meeting with Evangelical Leaders
to various news reports, on Tuesday, June 10th, Barack Obama met in a
Chicago "undisclosed downtown location" with "30 religious
leaders from around the nation." (Fox News). The Fox News report said this
is "part of an ongoing dialogue" Obama hopes to continue with the
"faith community." Because some of those in attendance did not
want to be seen in public talking to Obama (because some of them do not
support him at this time), most of the identities were kept secret. But
according to Britain's Telegraph News, one of those in attendance
was a representative for Franklin Graham, the head of the Billy Graham
Evangelistic Association.1 The representative said he found Senator
"impressive" and "warm."
According to the Telegraph report, Obama is set to launch the Joshua
Generation Project, "an initiative that will include household
gatherings, blogs and concerts, to attract young evangelicals and Catholics
ahead of November's US presidential election." A correspondent for Christian
Broadcasting Network (CBN) said:
[T]he presence of several conservative
figures at the meeting was a "really big deal", adding it
"may be a signal that Obama's campaign is ready to break down the
traditional wall of separation between conservatives and liberals when it
comes to religious talk."
The Telegraph said that while
Obama is aware that his support of gay marriage and abortion will keep some
conservatives from voting for him, he hopes his efforts will "help
defuse the cultural conflict" in America. The article states that many
Evangelicals consider abortion and gay marriage "non-negotiable
issues," but says that view is changing as people find "whole of
life" more important, naming climate as one of those issues that is
PAC Seeks to Court Christians for Obama
Politics by Warren Smith
Obama: "[W]e can create a Kingdom right here on Earth."
Spirituality of Barack Obama and Rick Warren
The heartbeat of a new kind of politics
LifeWay Says: Read with Discernment
Many of today's Christian
bookstores, like the countless crowd-pleasing churches and ministries out
there, unequally yoked themselves long ago to gurus, groups, businesses and
organizations that do not share their values and convictions.
At the bottom of the LifeWay Christian Stores website, there are a
couple of hyperlinked subjects that need to be addressed. One is titled:
Read With Discernment and the other is Third-Party Distribution - the
latter of which contains a press release from Mark Scott, LifeWay Christian
Stores' vice president - a message that was posted as a result of some
problematic publications they were found to be offering for sale early last
You see, on January 26th, 2007, I wrote an article for NewsWithViews.com
titled Beware of Christian Bookstore Hypocrisy in response to Southern
Baptist criticism, via The Baptist Press, that Wal-Mart was "offering
book selections that cater to the gay and lesbian crowd" - all while
the SBC's own LifeWay Christian Stores was unwittingly offering
pro-homosexual books through its online outlet. Click here to read this entire article and for links and
More on Christian bookstores:
Exposing the Darkness of Online Christian Bookstores
Can LifeWay Stores Really Change Direction?
Book Review: Faith
highly recommend Roger Oakland's book, Faith Undone. In it
he reveals how the roots of the emerging church movement started in
the 1950s and he follows the movement through to the modern-day.
He documents how the Emerging Church movement is linked to
the Purpose-Driven and the Seeker-Friendly movements and how the
emerging church leaders are openly endorsing a new reformation--a
reformation based heavily on mysticism.
At a glance that sounds too unlikely to believe. Isn't the
emerging church just a harmless way to get young people to attend
church by darkening rooms and lighting candles?
Not so. Oakland meticulously documents the clear doctrines of
the movement and its leaders by quoting their books, writings
and speeches, and he compares those beliefs to the Word of God to
see whether it's indeed a new reformation that's needed, or whether
we're being lead into an end-time deception.
A must read, with 25-pages of thorough endnote documentation.
Announcing Summer 2008 Book
Release: Things We Couldn't Say
Lighthouse Trails Presents:
Things We Couldn't Say by Diet Eman - August 2008
This is the true story of Diet Eman, a young Christian woman
who joined the Christian resistance movement in the Netherlands during
WWII. Together with her fiancé and other Dutch men and women,
"Group Hein" risked their lives to save the lives of Jews who
were in danger of becoming victims of Hitler's "final solution."
Things We Couldn't Say is an endearing and
moving love story that occurs in the midst of extreme danger and often
unbearable circumstances and loss. Before the war ends, Eman, her fiancé,
and several in their group are arrested and sent to concentration camps -
many of them lose their own lives.
This story will help us remember a time
in history that should not be forgotten and will inspire us to live more
courageously and stand for what is right, doing so by the power and grace
of God. Things We Couldn't
Say is a powerful illustration of II Corinthians 12:9, which
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