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Bay Area Fellowship in Corpus Christi

Posted by susanb99 on April 24, 2009

In 2007 at one of the Sunday youth meetings of Bay Area Fellowship church of Corpus Christi, TX (grades 6th through 12th), the youth pastor showed a “funny” video depicting him and another guy meditating and saying, while in the lotus position, “…empty your mind and find the inner child within you….” Supposed to funny, but completely missed the mark.

Considering all the teenagers that were in attendance, it would have been a great opportunity to warn them of the dangers of New Age / Occult techniques, of which meditation is a part. Instead the pastors chose to poke fun at the occult practice of conjuring up an array of spirits, angels of light, who are more than happy to inhabit those who “empty their minds” and without the protection of God Almighty, venture off into a redefined “Christianity”.

Contemplative spirituality (meditation, centering/listening/soaking prayer, yoga, lectio divina, spiritual formation) is not something to laugh at, to poke fun at. The power behind this darkness is satan, an angel of light. According to the Bible, we are to take this seriously

This church is definitely emergent, which means they believe in the “ancient paths” of the Catholic mystics, whether they will admit it or not. The senior pastor, Bil Cornelius, was a speaker at Saddleback Church (Rick Warren’s church) in 2005. In this PDC article (Page 1, Page 2, Page 3) Cornelius outlines his philosophy for converging the purpose-driven paradigm into an Emergent/Emerging church (the name of the church is incorrect in the article).

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ALERT: John Crowder & Co.

Posted by susanb99 on April 18, 2009

Hat Tip: DiscernIt (Kim Olsen’s blog)
&
Blasphemy Incorporated by Bud Press

Parents,
Please be on the alert for John Crowder’s blasphemous teachings and meetings. He is a dangerous wolf in sheep’s clothing, deceiving young people, instructing them to exercise their emotions and carnal desires to “worship” God.

Also be aware of the outrageously heretical teachings of Stacy Denboer, Ben Dunn, and Brandon Barthrop of Red Letter Ministries, among other wolves.

John Crowder & Company are part of the Elijah List, founded and promoted by Steve Shultz. Included in this false prophecy scheme are Bob Jones, Bobby Conner, Chuck Pierce, Dutch Sheets, Francis Frangipane, James Goll, John Arnott, John Bevere, Kim Clement, Patricia King, C. Peter Wagner, Rick Joyner, Ryan Wyatt, Todd Bentley, and many more.

The following are videos and information on John and Lily Crowder and Company:

Rolling in the Butter

Butter Trance — See Stacy Denboer with the helmet (at 1:02 minutes)

Stacy Denboer & John Crowder

Stacy Denboer’s Drooling Ministries “Whacked Up on the Blood of Jesus”

Stacy Denboer Birthing Revival

Stacy Denboer Nursing on the Breast of Jesus

Stacy Denboer Bring Heaven to Earth

Ben Dunn & John Crowder On Drugs

John Crowder and Co-Hort Tokin’ the Holy Ghost

Brandon Barthrop’s Apostolic Birdie (spiritualizing “the middle finger”)

Brandon Barthrop — “Manifest Sons of God” Heresies with “God-sperm” (at 2:05 minutes)

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Mennonite Prayer Beads

Posted by susanb99 on July 16, 2008

From Roll Over Menno:

This July, children in the workshops during the Mennonite Church Canada Summit 2008 were taught how to make and use prayer beads.

Here is a brief history of prayer beads:

Prayer Beads

Roman Catholic: European catholics began using prayer beads in the 7th century AD. Gertrude of Nivelles, 626-659 AD; her body was found with a fragment of a rosary in a tomb in Belgium. Twelfth century AD, beads were found in the graves of Norbert in France and Rosalia of Palermo, Sicily. The infamous Lady Godiva, died in 1040 AD at Coventry, England

Orthodox Christian:Prayer Rope used by Orthodox, Greek Orthodox and other Orthodox Christian groups. A series of 33, 50 or 100 knots in a wool or cotton rope, anchored by a cross at one end. Wooden beads or beads of another material often are used as guide markers on the rope.
In the 11th century, church bureaucracy decided rosaries were better used for counting devotions than as superstitious pagan talismans.

Those who were unschooled in the original biblical languages Greek, Chalde, Hebrew, Aramaic; or Latin like the Romans; or were illiterate, unable to read were assigned prayers to memorize and repeat on rosaries.

Rosaries and prayer beads were intended by the Catholic Church hierarchy, cardinals, bishops and priests, for use by the ignorant.

Repeating the prayer is meant to help a person focus on the presence of God and what God is trying to say to him.

(Source: http://www.newsfinder.org/site/more/prayer_beads/)

Here is what Mennonite children were taught about prayer beads at the Summit this July (you can go to the PDF’s to read it for yourself):

About the 33 beads:

Counting Prayer Beads

Each prayer bead bracelet contains 33 beads – one for each year that Jesus lived on earth. Within these 33 beads are beads of different sizes and grouped in different numbers which symbolize other aspects of our faith…

During the Children’s Assembly, kids will make bracelet-sized prayer beads…In Deuteronomy 6:6-8, Israelites are reminded to keep God’s commandments in their hearts, to “bind them as a sign on your hand.” Prayer beads, an old prayer practice tool, can serve as reminders of God’s faithfulness – and it’s all in the numbers of beads. Stay tuned to fin out how counting beads can remind you to count on God.

Here:
http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/resourcecentre/FileDownload/9441/CrossroadsCurrent7th.pdf
and here:
http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/files/events/summit08/CrossroadsCurrent7th.pdf

About the 4 beads:

Four groups of seven beads are divided into sections by larger beads. These four beads are positioned at the top, bottom, left and right of the bracelet, reminding us of the four points of the cross.

Here:
http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/files/events/summit08/CrossroadsCurrent10th.pdf

About how two pray with the beads…

After circling the bracelet of beads, prayer ends on the cross directly below the “invitations to praise” bead. The cross reminds us of the prayer that Jesus taught us.

Here:
http://www.mennonitechurch.ca/files/events/summit08/CrossroadsCurrent10thFinal.pdf

These symbolic prayer beads sound very similar to this:
http://www.fullcirclebeads.com/symbolism.html

Here is some more enlightening information regarding the 33 beads, the 4 beads and the cross which the children were taught about at the Mennonite Summit:

Prayer beads an ancient devotion – Spirituality

Prayer beads originally were devised to help people to keep track of repetitive devotions. They enabled one to pray while doing routine jobs and between activities. In the very earliest times, prayers were marked by dropping little pebbles one by one on the ground.

About 500 years before Christ, people tied knots in strings. Primitive forms of prayer beads were made of fruit pits, dried berries, pieces of bone, and hardened clay. The wealthy used precious stones and jewels.

St. Dominic is a latecomer to the scene. The Western Church picked up on the idea in 1213 when parts of Europe were devastated by the crusade against the Albigensian heresy. According to tradition, Dominic sought the help of Mary, who instructed him in a dream to preach the rosary, as an antidote to sin. The word, rosary, comes from the Latin word rosarium, which means wreath or chaplet of roses.

By Dominic’s time, other spiritual traditions were already well grounded in their own prayer bead practices. The Hindu religion has had prayer beads for a long time. Its rosary consists of 109 beads–108 to mark the 108 names of God and one to mark the beginning of the prayer cycle, “Dancing Shiva, who shows grace, peace and creative power, and destroys and treads on the evil dwarf.”

Sakyamuni, the East Indian who was the founder of Buddhism, was well grounded in prayer beads. On one occasion, he gave a distraught king a spiritual practice based on his Hindu heritage. He directed Vaidunya to thread 108 seeds of the Bodhi tree on a string, and while passing them through his fingers to repeat, “Hail to the Buddha, the darhma (teaching) and the sangha (community).

Another interpretation of this Sanskrit prayer is translated as “Hail to the jewel in the heart of the lotus (compassion).” Repeating the mantra on each of the mala’s 108 beads serves to drive away evil “filling you and all other beings with peace and bliss.”

Islam also has its prayer beads, called tasbih or subhah. The 33-bead strand, repeated three times, honors the 99 “beautiful names of Allah” (the One Unity or God). Some of these names, or Wazifas, include Mercy, Compassion, Opener of the Way, Lover and Beloved.

The Anglican Church created its own rosary in the 1980s. It also has 33 beads, remembering the years Christ lived. The rosary is grouped in sevens and is based on Incarnational theology, starting with the cross. Four sets of beads represent the seven days of creation, seven days in a week, and seven seasons of the church year. They are divided by four large cruciform beads representing the centrality of the cross.

Source:(http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1141/is_7_39/ai_95632004)

How unfortunate that instead of teaching Bible stories to the children, Mennonite Church Canada is introducing them to this ancient repetitive practice of praying the rosary, which has been such a big part of the religious system that Menno Simons renounced.

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ALERT: The Canadian Contemplative Youth Workers Conference

Posted by susanb99 on June 25, 2008

From Roll Over Menno:

If you go to the Mennonite Brethren Conference (Canada) website (here) and click on ‘Ministry Quest’ or ‘Canadian Youth Workers Conference’ you will find yourself on the website of the Canadian Youth Workers Conference which is going to be held in Toronto Dec. 4-7, 2008. This conference is put on by Youth Specialties and Canadafire.

While it’s important to equip those in the body of Christ who work with youth, is this a good event for youth workers to be attending? It appears that this conference may be another means by which Youth Specialties is teaching contemplative spirituality to youth.

For example, if you browse the Canada Fire on-line store you will a book called Contemplative Youth Ministry (by Youth Specialties). This is not surprising as Youth Specialities is an extremely contemplative youth ministry. (See here.)

Another concern is who the Youth Workers Conference is associating itself with. Can you see what is tucked away in their interdenominational (ecumenical) association list?

• The Presbyterian Church in Canada
• Apostolic Youth Ministries International
• CBM Youth
• Sonlife
• Canadian Youth Network
• Christian and Missionary
Alli
ance
• Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada
• Nazarene Youth Ministry International
• YFC Canada
• Evangelical Missionary Church
• Brethren in Christ
• MB Conference
• Salvation Army of Canada
• North American Baptist
• Fellowship of Evangelical Churches of BC/Yukon
• Christian Reformed Church of N. America
• United Church of BC
• Canadian Youth Worker
• Southern Baptist Convention of Canada
• Canadian Catholic Youth Ministry Network (http://www.ccymn.ca/en/index.php)
• Muskoka Woods Sports Resort
• The Wesleyan Church
• Independent Christian Churches
• Mennonite Church of Canada

Among the speakers listed at the Youth Workers Conference are Bruxy Cavey, Shane Clairborne, Tony Campolo and Mark Oestreicher. To find out about what kinds of things these speakers believe and may be teaching at the conference, click on the following links:

Read More…

 

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Christian Colleges That DO NOT Have Spiritual Formation Programs

Posted by susanb99 on May 5, 2008

From Lighthouse Trails Blog:

Source: Editors at Lighthouse Trails Disclaimer: These colleges are listed, not necessarily as an endorsement or recommendation, but rather to show schools that do not have Spiritual Formation programs, nor do we know of any promotion of contemplative prayer or the emerging church within each of these schools. They also do not promote Purpose Driven materials, which are a catalyst for contemplative spirituality. Before sending your student to any of the schools listed below, please check out other criteria at the school that will influence your student.

 

Ambassador Baptist College (North Carolina)

Baptist Bible College Graduate School (Missouri)

Berean Bible Institute (Wisconsin)

Blue Letter Bible Institute (Online)

Bob Jones University (South Carolina)

Boston Baptist College (Massachusetts)

Calvary Chapel Bible College (California)

Corban College (formerly Western Bible College – Oregon)

The Masters College (California)

Pensacola Christian College (Florida)

Pillsbury Baptist Bible College (Minnesota)

His Hill Bible School (Comfort, Texas) added to the list 7/27/08

Special Note: If your student is not yet aware of what the New Age movement really is, you should ask them to read For Many Shall Come in My Name. The book is a compelling overview of the New Age movement. This book will prepare young people and adults alike to recognize dangerous and non-biblical practices and beliefs that are being introduced into countless Christian schools.

If you know of a Bible-believing Christian college or seminary that does not promote contemplative or emerging and does not have a Spiritual Formation program, please drop us [Lighthouse Trails] an email and tell us the name of the institution. We would like to post some of these on our research site.

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Mennonites and Rob Bell

Posted by susanb99 on April 23, 2008

From RollOverMenno.wordpress.com:

Kindred Productions is a ministry of the Mennonite Brethren Churches in North America for both the Canadian Conference and the US Conference. One of the recommended resources for youth by Kindred Productions is Nooma by Rob Bell (see here).

[…]

There is no denying the fact that Rob Bell is very popular in Mennonite churches. Parents have every right to be very concerned about what their teenagers are watching and learning under the direction of their youth pastors (who seem to find it more convenient to pop in a top selling DVD than to study and teach from the Bible)…

Read More…

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Brian McLaren says: Lessen Focus on Eternity

Posted by susanb99 on April 22, 2008

The emphasis Christians place on the traditional Christian doctrines of hell and the second coming of Jesus inhibits believers from living effective lives of service in this world, according to speaker and author Brian McLaren.

McLaren explained his views April 9-10 at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill., as a featured speaker during the Willow Creek Association’s annual Shift student ministries conference. (Baptist Press article)

Parents, please know who is teaching your teens at your church and what they are teaching. Ask questions, don’t be timid about comparing to scripture what the youth minister tells you. There is no need to be intimidated by the youth ministers, senior pastors, or  other parents and teens. If you leave it to your church to teach your children, you will reap what you sow. Be vigilant. teaching your own children so they will know the difference between biblical teachings and apostate teachings such as McLaren’s.

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Parent Alert: Do You Know Where Your College Students are Attending Church?

Posted by susanb99 on April 22, 2008

From Lighthouse Trails Blog:

Lighthouse Trails Research has provided extensive information on Christian colleges that are promoting contemplative and emerging spiritualities. Many parents we have spoken with have either pulled their young college students from those schools or at the very least warned their children of the dangers. But parents also need to find out where their students are attending church, while they are away at college.

When parents send their children off to college, often far from their homes, they are relieved when their students tell them they are attending church every week, sometimes even twice a week. However, Lighthouse Trails has confirmed that in many of these school settings, a large number of the students are attending pro-contemplative/emerging churches.

Often professors and school administration are not aware that such a high percentage of the student body is attending churches that teach contrary to biblical doctrine. And if that is the case, most likely parents aren’t aware either. If you have children attending college (secular or Christian), please ask them where they are going to church and find out what that church is teaching.

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Rob Bell’s Comments at Seeds of Compassion

Posted by susanb99 on April 15, 2008

From A Little Leaven:

Rob Bell shared the stage today with “his holiness” the Dalai Lama during an InterSpiritual panel discussion at the Seeds of Compassion conference.

Bell’s defenders claimed that he would be a voice for Christianity at this event. But, right out of the box Bell’s comments accomplished nothing more than blend the ooooie goooie non-sensical spirituality that was being promoted at this event.

Below is Rob Bell answering the question that a twelve year old boy asked. Here was his question…

What can I do to not be so hard on myself when I make a mistake?”

If Bell were giving a Christian answer then he should have mentioned the forgiveness of sins won by Jesus Christ on the cross. Here was Rob Bell’s answer…

See Video HERE

In this second video pay close attention to how Bell allegorizes Christ’s death and resurrection so that it can fit into the generic one-world spirituality being promoted at this event.

See Video HERE

For more video of the Seeds of Compassion InterSpiritual Panel Discussion Click Here.

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Washington State Schools Busing Kids to See Dalai Lama

Posted by susanb99 on April 4, 2008

From Lighthouse Trails Blog:

On March 30th, Lighthouse Trails reported that emerging church leaders Rob Bell and Doug Pagitt would be speaking with the Dalai Lama at the Seeds of Compassion event in Seattle, Washington on April 11th-15. Today’s article is a follow up of that report.

“Washington State Schools Busing Kids to See Dalai Lama”
Washington State public schools will be participating in the Seeds of Compassion event taking place in Seattle, Washington in April. Lighthouse Trails spoke with an assistant in the office of OSPI (Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction), who said that students from all over the state of Washington would participate in the Seeds of Compassion. She told Lighthouse Trails that some people think this is a religious event but she said this was strictly about compassion… Read More…
 

 

 

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College Student Stands Alone Against Emerging Spirituality

Posted by susanb99 on March 4, 2008

From Lighthouse Trails Blog:

LTRP Note: The following letter is one we received from the mother of a young man who attends a Christian university in the United States. For his protection and privacy, we are omitting the name of the institution and using the name John in place of his own. This week we spoke to him via telephone; he told us that many students at his school were attending churches that promoted contemplative and emerging spirituality.

The letter –

Dear Lighthouse Trails,
I just read your recent book review of The New Christians by Tony Jones. I thank God for you every day and the work you are doing to expose these horrible things.

My son is a student at * University. John has had to become an apologist against emergent because several students don’t know the dangers of it… Read more…

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Rob Bell of Mars Hill Bible Church

Posted by susanb99 on February 17, 2008

From Lighthouse Trails Research:

NOTICE TO PARENTS
The following Audio clip is a sermon by Rob Bell. In this audio, Bell leads the audience through a meditation exercise and talks about various aspects of contemplative spirituality. Please use caution when listening to this audio file (not suitable for children)…

Lighthouse Trails has been contacted by several concerned parents and grandparents whose teens are being introduced to the teachings and films of emerging church leader, Rob Bell (a strong proponent of mysticism, i.e., contemplative)…

LINK to Lighthouse Trails Research article and AUDIO FILE of Rob Bell

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Bellevue Christian School in Clyde Hill (Bellevue), WA

Posted by susanb99 on February 17, 2008

From Lighthouse Trails Blog:

Is Velvet Elvis, the popular book by emerging pastor, Rob Bell, being recommended by your teen’s Christian school?

Read Velvet Elvis – A Doorway to the New Age

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Youth Specialties: Promoting Mysticism and Interspirituality

Posted by susanb99 on February 17, 2008

“Christianity is an eastern religion.” — Youth Specialties President
Read Lighthouse Trails article HERE

Youth Specialties promotes yoga, contemplative prayer, labyrinths (including the Roman Catholic Stations of the Cross), sacred candles, meditation – anything that leads the youth away from Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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