Monday, December 27, 2010

John MacArthur Sermon Jam Church Growth

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Can we trust the Bible?

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

From Truth to a New Spirituality

Here's a chart from Berit Kjos that shows the slide from True doctrine (historical Christianity) into a compromised doctrine (from the "gosel lite of Rick Warren, Bill Hybels and the Emergent Church), right on over to New Age (Oprahanity, Mysticism and the Shack).
Share this with your church leaders.
-Chris (Click here for more charts by Berit)

Charts - Index
From Truth to a New Spirituality
By Berit Kjos - March 10, 2008

Emphasis added i
"The hope of the New Age faith, or New Spirituality, is that when this One Humanity has achieved its 'divine potential' and all separation has been purged from the world, then world problems such as 'tribalism' and poverty and hatred and violence will be left behind. The world will then be transformed by this New Humanity into a divine new world of peace, love, good will, and sharing where everyone can be free to worship his own inner (immanent) 'God' of his own understanding in his own way.
      "The call for this New Age 'kingdom of God' is now being so widely heeded, even in today’s Christianity, that the building of humanity’s Ark of Oneness is suddenly nearing completion." Tamara Hartzell
"The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception...." 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
"The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart." Jeremiah 14:14

Note: The occult quotes listed under Transition and New Spirituality were dictated by seducing spirits channeled by influential occultists such as Alice Bailey (spirit guide Djwhal Khul) and Neale Donald Walsch (a counterfeit "God"). These revealing messages were compiled by our friend and fellow-researcher Tamara Hartzell and explained in her insightful report: "Are you 'Being led away with Error of the Wicked' to the New Age Ark of Oneness?" The endnotes are numbered as they appear in her report.
BeliefsBiblical Christianity
See Emerging, Kingdom and PEACE
New Spirituality
God's eternal, unchanging Word! Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6
Truth is de-emphasized to avoid division: “Humanity is recognizing the need for a more vital approach to God... men are tired of doctrinal and dogmatic differences....”23
“...a portion of truth... is found in every religious and philosophical system…. There is no room for absolute truth.... But there are relative truths."26 
    “When we can contact our own inner God, all truth will be revealed to us."58
our Savior
or a
"World Teacher"?
"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Matt 16:15-16
"...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow... and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord....." Phil. 2:10-11
“The teaching of Christ is not obsolete and out of date. It needs only to be rescued from the interpretations of the theologies of the past …”8
“…see Christ as representing all the faiths and taking His rightful place as World Teacher.… They may not call Him Christ, but they have their own name for Him and follow Himas truly and faithfully as their Western brethren.”13
"He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God..." Col. 1:15  "The Word became flesh  (incarnate) and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory." John 1:14 
"For the church not to speak to pop culture, not to use [its] images... that's not being very incarnational.... In order to incarnate Christ into the culture... wehave to look to redeem pop culture." Leonard Sweet[note 2]
"God, the scripture is saying, is formless consciousness and the essence of who you are." Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth, p. 219

 "You are God in a physical body ... You are all power ... You are all intelligence ... You are the creator." The Secret.[note 3]
By faith
by works?
" grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works...."
     “...wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction.... Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life... there are fewwho find it." Matt. 7:13-14
"We have taught that Christ died to save the world and have endeavored to show that only believers could be saved … Individual salvation is surely selfish in its interest and its origin.”76"Only those principles and truths which are universally recognized and which find their place in every religion are truly necessary to salvation.” 20
Based on Truth or experience?
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God..." Gal. 2:20-21
    "...your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God." 1 Cor. 2:5
  “The need is for vision, wisdom and that wide tolerance which will see divinity on every hand and recognize the Christ in every human being.”10
“...there will emerge the universal religion, the One Church. …doctrines and dogmas will no longer be regarded as necessary, for faith will be based on experience.…"16
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves.... If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:8-9
Sin and guilt are ignored, minimized, redefined, or replaced by unbiblical tolerance or -- as spirit guideDjwhal Khul called it,  “the Law of Loving Understanding."
"There is no sin." [note 1]
    “That old message of right and wrong … good and evil, everlasting rewarding and everlasting damnation, has done nothing to end the suffering. …because it is a message ofseparation.”77
The Truth
or   deception?
The "good news" about the suffering, redeeming death, and victorious resurrection of Jesus -- that we might besaved from sin and joined to Christ.
    Those who deny His Gospel will face His judgment.
The old Gospel is replaced by a more "positive" gospel: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for you. Just agree and accept in His love. Don't dwell onsin.
"...this message is the only message that can save the world.… That message is The New Gospel: WE ARE ALL ONE.”78
In Christ or throughfacilitated dialogue?
" one another; as I have loved you..." John 13:34    
     "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another....singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord....." Col. 3:16
Small dialectic groups must be non-judgmental, "authentic" and affirming, showing unconditional tolerance and acceptance, seeking consensus and unity in diversity. [note 4]
"Our object is not to destroy any religion, but rather to... filter each, thus ridding them of their respective impurities.... Free discussion, temperate, candid, undefiled by personalities and animosity, is, we think, the most efficacious means of getting rid of error.... ”26 [See The Dialectic Process]
God's way
or the world's way [Praxis]
"...whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men." Col. 3:23
    "...they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us..." 2 Cor. 8:5
    "...distributing to the needs of the saints...." Rom. 12:13
"The first Reformation was... about creeds; this one's going to be about our deeds."
    "The last thing many believers need today is to go to another Bible study.... What they need are serving experiences..." Rick Warren [note 5]
"The New Group of World Servers ... can be regarded as the embodiment of the emerging kingdom of God on earth ... not a Christian kingdom.... It is a grouping of all those who – belonging as they do to every world religion... are free from the spirit of hatred and separativeness..... It is a group... without a of any kind... it has no creed..."[note 6]
universal oneness?
"Walk as children of light ... finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. " Eph. 5:8-11
"Key to the New Spirituality is a belief that God is notseparate from anyone or anything  -- and neither are we."44
“...the ushering in of the new world order... will gather into its ranks all men of peace and good will … the embodiment of the emerging Kingdom of God on earth… It is a grouping of all those who... are free from the spirit of hatred andseparativeness.”52
"tolerance" for
"...the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me." John 16:2-3
"Postmodern culture is a change-or-be-changed world. The word is out: Reinvent yourself for the 21st century or die." Emerging church leader, Leonard SweetSoul Tsunami"Evolve or die: that is our only choice now. this time about ten percent of people in North America are alreadyawakening.... This is probably enough of a critical mass to bring about a new earth." Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth and The Power of Now
of GOD
Kingdom of the World?
Jesus said, "My kingdom is not of this world." John 18:36
     "He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son... in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins." Colossians 1:13
“Christ's major task was the establishing of God'skingdom upon earth. He showed us the way in which humanity could enter that kingdom … the way is found in service to our fellow men …"4
“The true Church is the kingdom of God on earth … composed of all, regardless of race or creed, who live by the light within, who have discovered the fact of the mystical Christ in their hearts.”11
To glimpse the vast network of world leaders, occult authors, and deceiving spirits behind this New Spirituality, please read
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things..." 2 Timothy 4:2-5  

23. Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, Problems of Humanity, Chapter V - The Problem of the Churches,
26. Helena P. Blavatsky, “What Is Truth?,” Lucifer Magazine, February, 1888,
58. Alice Bailey, The Consciousness of the Atom, The Goal of Evolution, (Caux, Switzerland: Netnews Association and/or its suppliers, 2002),
8. Alice Bailey, From Bethlehem to Calvary, Chapter Seven - Our Immediate Goal,
13. Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, The Reappearance of the Christ, Chapter IV - The Work of the Christ Today and in the Future,
76. Alice Bailey, From Bethlehem to Calvary, Chapter Five - The Fourth Initiation,
20. Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, Problems of Humanity, Chapter V - The Problem of the Churches,
10. Alice Bailey, From Bethlehem to Calvary, Chapter Seven - Our Immediate Goal,
16. Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, A Treatise on White Magic, Rule Ten - The Present Age and the Future, (Caux, Switzerland: Netnews Association and/or its suppliers,2002),
2. Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, The Destiny of the Nations, The Nations and the Rays, (Caux, Switzerland: Netnews Association and/or its suppliers, 2002),
77. “God,” as quoted by Neale Donald Walsch, Friendship with God: an uncommon dialogue, (New York, New York: The Berkley Publishing Group, 1999), p. 373.
78. Ibid., pp. 372-373.
26. Helena P. Blavatsky, “What Is Truth?,” Lucifer Magazine, February, 1888,
44. Neale Donald Walsch’s Humanity’s Team website,
52. Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul, Esoteric Psychology II, Chapter III - Humanity Today, The World Situation,
4. Helena P. Blavatsky, “The New Cycle,” La Revue Theosophique Magazine, March 21, 1889,
11. Alice Bailey, From Bethlehem to Calvary, Chapter Seven - Our Immediate Goal,
Note 1: A Course in Miracles, What Is Sin? at (Unlike the quotes above, this came from our article, Deceived by a counterfeit "Jesus")

Note 5: Ken Camp, "Second Reformation' will unify church, Warren tells Dallas GDOP," 2005, at and Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002), page 231.

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Oprah's Big Lie...

Former New Ager Warren Smith exposes some of the false teaching coming from the pulpit of Oprah, and promoted from the "evangelical" pulpits of Saddleback (Rick Warren) and Willow Creek (Bill Hybels)right into the front door of your church. Click on post title to link to more from Lighthouse Trails.


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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Benny Hinn Slays 'Em.

It's so tragic you have to laugh (to keep from crying).

Read your Bible and Pray...Next question.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

You might be in a Relevant Church if...

You might be in a Relevant Church if your service is like this. A Relevant Church is more about tugging at your heart strings, and less about the real truths of the Bible. So beware, if your church looks like this, I would be cautious of what is coming from the pulpit.



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Tuesday, July 13, 2010



I recommend that you read all of these scriptures. It will give you a good overview of the occult.

Exodus  7:11-12 (Secret arts)
20:3-5 (Supernatural experiences outside of God)
22:18 (Punishable by death)
Zechariah  10:2 (Harlotry brought from Egypt)
Leviticus 18:10-26 (Forbidden practices)
29:16,31 (Occultism and spiritually defiling)
20:6,27 (Punishable by death)
Malachi  3:5-6 (God does not change)
Numbers 33:52 (Destroy the inhabitants and idols) Matthew  17:10-13 (Elijah not reincarnated)
Deuteronomy 5:7-9 (Previous generations)
7:25-26 (Abomination to God)
11:16-17 (Poor crops)
18:9-12 (Magic practices - spiritism)
29:27 (Hidden knowledge)
31:17 (Many evils and troubles)
32:16-25 (Continual inward fears)
Acts  8:9 (Simon practiced magic)
15:29 (Meat sacrificed to idols)
16:16-18 (Divination - fortune telling)
19:19 (Break heathen images)
I Samuel 15:22-23 (Witchcraft)
28 (Necromancy - seance)
31:4 (Suicide)
I Corinthians  6:9-10 (Idolaters go to Hell)
10:20 (Provokes the Lord to jealousy)
12 (True spiritual gifts)
II Kings 1:1-4 (Advises your life.)
17:17 (Enchantments - divination - wizardry)
21:5-6 (Burned son as offering.)
23:10-15 (Destroyed idol worship)
II Corinthians  4:4 (Satan is god of this world)
I Chronicles 10:13-14 (Communication with the dead) Galatians  5:19-21 (Shall not inherit the kingdom of God)
6:7 (God is not mocked)
II Chronicles 28:1-4 (Abominable practices of the nations)
33:6 (Enchantments - witchcraft)
Ephesians  5:5,11-12 (Have no fellowship with darkness)
6:10-18 (Stand against wiles of devil)
Psalms 106:24-31 (Worshipped Baal of Peor) I Timothy  4:1 (Doctrines of demons)
Proverbs 3:5-7 (Fortune telling)
28:13 (Covereth his sins)
II Timothy  3:8 (Men opposed the truth)
Isaiah 2:6 (Diviners - soothsayers - strike hands)
8:17-19 (Communication with the dead)
19:3 (Put a spell upon)
47:9,12-13 (Predicts the future)
James  1:5 (Ask God for wisdom)
4:7 (Resist the devil)
Jeremiah 10:2 (Prognostication - observing times)
27: 9-10 (Enchantments - divination)
29:8 (Fortune telling)
II Peter  2:1 (Damnable heresies)
Ezekiel 23:37 (Committed adultery with idols) I John  5:21 (Meat sacrificed to idols)
Daniel 1:20 (Enchantments - astrology)
2 (Astrology)
4 (Astrology)
5:7-12 (Prognostication - observing times)
Revelation  9:20-21 (Worshipping demons and idols)
21:8 (Lake which burneth with fire and brimstone)
22:15 (Who loves and practices falsehood)
Hosea 4:6 (Lack of knowledge)

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Friday, June 18, 2010

What do Joel Osteen, Bill Hybels, Rick Warren and Oprah "positively" have in common? age-positivity of course!  As Pastor Larry DeBruyn of Discernment Ministries shows us in his latest Discernment Newsletter; The "Occultization of the Evangelicalism"and positive thinking began with the "New Thought" movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (although the practices and principles which were derived from the occult have been around for thousands of years).  The newsletter thoughtfully threads the heresy from there to Norman Vincent Peale, to Marianne Williamson (one of Oprah Winfrey's gurus), to Robert Schuller, to Rick Warren, Bill Hybels and Joel Osteen.  Arguably the three most influential pastors in America if not the world (not to mention Oprah's wide reaching new age gobblygook).

Please click on the title and take the time to read the article in it's entirety and come back, as in the next few days/weeks, I will be doing video and written expose's on each of these prime-time players in the "Bewitching" of the church.  


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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Three False Christs

Thanks to the Museum of Idolatry for this post...

This ABC news story is chilling. Jesus warned us that this would happen in the last days.
“And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.” (Matthew 24:4–5)
“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand.” (Matthew 24:23–25)

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Thursday, June 10, 2010


Here is another insightful article by Ken Silva who is a leading watch dog when it comes to exposing the new age spirituality that is gaining ground within our evangelical churches.  PLEASE go to his site for tons more.  My goal at this site is to equip you with the best discernment sites, books, articles and videos available.  I only wish I had the time and half the writing talent that these guys have.  So click on their links for more. But keep coming here for updates.


PS: I am saddened by the fact that Lee Strobel's son is following this path of mysticism.  I am a big fan of Lee's books; The Case for Christ, and The Case for Faith, as well as The Case for a Creator and I still recommend them.  Let's pray that the Willow Creek group changes their ways soon.  These guys infect uhhh, I mean affect thousands of "Evangelical" churches which means hundreds of thousands of possible believers will follow their every move. 


They are full of superstitions from the East; they practice divination like the Philistines and clasp hands with pagans. (Isaiah 2:6)
Wannbe Gurus Galore
Apprising Ministries sounds the warning again, along with Lighthouse Trails Research, about increasing inroads of corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM) ala Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster—and his spiritual twin Dallas Willard—who are spreading this spurious Spiritual Formation (SF). Right in line with AM posts such as Contemplative Spirituality Growing Within Mainstream Evangelicalism and Disciplines To Deception In Southern Baptist Convention comes the following sad report at From the Lighthouse blog (FtL).
In “Soul at Rest” Women’s Conference Will Connect Women with Contemplative Advocate we’re told of a Soul At Rest conference of CSM coming next month at an obstensibly mainstream Protestant evangelical church aligned with Chuck Smith’s Calvary Chapel. FtL begins:
For those who wonder if contemplative spirituality is still making strong inroads into the evangelical Christian church, below is an indicator that this mystical spirituality is moving full speed ahead. And for most Christian leaders, there are no questions asked.
North Coast Calvary Chapel: Women’s Conference Soul at Rest (November 6th-8th) will be featuring contemplative author Tricia McCary Rhodes as the speaker of the conference. Rhodes has been a contemplative advocate for many years…
FtL then leaves us no doubt we’re dealing with spurious CSM, which flowered in the antibiblical monastic traditions of apostate Roman Catholicism, and is now masquerading as some form of “Protestant” SF:
From Rhodes’ book, The Soul at Rest: A Journey into Contemplative Prayer, she states:
Take deep breaths, concentrating on relaxing your body. Establish a slow, rhythmic pattern. Breathe in God’s peace, and breathe out your stresses, distractions, and fears. Breathe in God’s love, forgiveness, and compassion, and breathe out your sins, failures, and frustrations. Make every effort to “stop the flow of talking going on within you–to slow it down until it comes to a halt.” (p. 28) (Online source)
This is the same lunacy in the Lord’s Name I covered recently in Read The Bible, Pray, And Do What It Says where I talked about Kyle Strobel, the son of well-known Christian apologist Lee Strobel, who tells us that he grew up at Willow Creek Community Church. Strobel informed a friend on AM that, “I am finishing my Ph.D in systematic theology on Jonathan Edwards, and founded a spiritual formation ministry“; and further, Strobel also claims that his ministry is consistent with Puritan spirituality.
But as I pointed out previously, after examining his SF ministry Metamorpha with all of its “information on spiritual disciplines, prayer exercises, books, spiritual direction and retreats,” it’s crystal clear that Kyle Strobel has much more in common with CSM guru-ess Ruth Haley Barton than he does with Jonathan Edwards. This now brings me to my other example concerning how CSM continues gaining ground within mainstream evangelicalism, which would be Willow Creek Community Church (WCCC) itself.
A couple of days ago Bill Donahue, “Executive Director—Adult Ministry” at WCCC and part of “The Willow Creek Association Group Life Team,” tweeted:
7 Days til This Changes Everything! #grouplife (Online source)
That link takes us to the Twitter account for the Official Site for Willow Creek Association Group Life team, and over at Group Life, we find information concerning that This Changes Everything (TCE) conference coming up October 24:
This Changes Everything is a one-day training event designed to move you in that direction. It offers practical next steps for fostering spiritual growth in your small groups. (Online source)
Rehashing Spiritual Practices Used By Monastic Systems Of The Roman Catholic Church
The promotional email received at Apprising Ministries, which is entitled “Spiritual Formation and Group Life,” informs us that TCE is “the spiritual formation-focused Group Life Conference on Saturday, October 24 live via satellite.” TCE features one very well known practitioner of CSM in Dr. Henry Cloud, and as I pointed out in Does Psalm 46:10 Teach Contemplative/Centering Prayer, Cloud was featured in the DVD Be Still And Know, which was an veritable ode to Contemplative/Centering Prayer (CCP).
In addition TCE will also have CSM advocate Mindy Caliguire, founder of “a spiritual formation ministry serving church leaders—for the care of their own souls and those they lead,” that’s called Soul Force (SFe), which is:
a publishing and ministry vision dedicated to helping people restore health to their souls. The growing hunger for authentic Christian spirituality continues, along with a need for practical help in experiencing God. As a result, the vision of Soul Care continued to emerge. Consulting and speaking with groups such as the Willow Creek Association, Renovare and the Spiritual Formation Alliance has broadened the Soul Care platform. (Online source)
Under alleged Soul Care Pillars At SFe we find the recommendation to practice Solitude/Silence, which incorporates the CCP mentioned above, including incorrectly listing Psalm 46 as somehow teaching this foolishness. And you are probably aware that Renovare is the mystic ministry of the aforementioned Richard Foster who, according to EC guru Brian McLaren, is a key mentor of the egregiously ecumenical Emerging Church aka Emergent Church de-formation of the Christian faith—now morphing into Emergence Christianity (EC).
You need to know, as I just pointed out again in Not So Gay Writing On Wall Of Apostatizing Evangelicalism, that this EC is a cult of a postliberalism now growing within evangelicalism itself. It’s actually a Liberalism 2.0 that comes complete with the virus of CSM, itself a core doctrine from the EC hatching in Hell, and which then goes to work shorting out one’s critical reasoning skills. Do yourself a favor and examine the fruit of this CSM, which Jesus has told us to do, and you’ll see it’s no great surprise that this Counter Reformation spirituality is largely reversing God’s Reformation.
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Friday, May 21, 2010

The First Demonic Church of Australia?

If you haven't been to The Museum of Idolatry lately, check it out when you get a chance. You have to see some of this stuff to believe it. But, in the meantime, here is a sample of what kind of heresy is going on in the name of Jesus.

Not much to say's just sad.  Very sad.

And a sneak peak at a couple of sermon series at real evangelical churches in America...I use the term evangelical very loosely.

Yes these are real...unfortunately.


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