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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 for Parents of Teens Regarding Acquire The Fire / Teen Mania / Battle Cry

Posted by susanb99 on February 17, 2008

The Acquire The Fire website has a video describing ATF’s “Branded By God – The Mark of a Warrior” promotion. About halfway through the video, the f-word is used (uttered by The Comedian when he shoves aside another kid from his locker). I had emailed Battle Cry inquiring about the profanity, and received a response stating

“The line that you are hearing is “Summon the Kracken!” Which is just a catch phrase used by that one character throughout the drama as a joke in reference to a line in a recent major motion picture.”

What is “Summon the Kracken (or Kraken)!”? One demonic website says: “…his crew of asundry dead sea creature pirates rise from their watery graves to collect the debt, and to summon….the KRACKEN.” The dead people are summoning “the Kracken”. According to the Bible, once a person dies, they go to heaven or hell. Dead people do not rise from their graves, wander around, or suddenly appear, and call for “the Kracken”. It’s quite clear that DEMONS are the ones who are summoning this Kraken. According to Wikipedia, the Kraken is a demonic sea creature that takes his victims where they must experience their worst fear for eternity – satan taking his victims to hell.

Why would a Christian organization make a Christian video depicting a character saying a phrase that is demonic? Or a phrase that sounds like profanity? Is that supposed to be “cool”? or perhaps “relevant to the pop culture”?, the very pop culture that ATF/Teen Mania/Battle Cry claims they are AGAINST?

Listen to this short audio from the video for yourself — it is clearly profanity. (link not working at this time)

Please be extremely careful about sending your teenagers to any of these events.

For more information regarding “branding” and Acquire The Fire, read:
Branding the New Breed (Note: There is a swear word in one of the quotes in this article.)
Training Teens to Twist the Truth

Ron Luce, founder and organizer of Teen Mania / Battle Cry / Acquire The Fire, is a proponent of contemplative spirituality, the NEW spirituality.

Watch him in this interview with Liz Babbs, New Age guru. Christian meditation?

Note: “the disciplines of old” is in reference to the Roman Catholic mystics, which means Luce is agreeing with the Catholics and denying the Reformation of the 1500s.

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