How will the One World Religion come about, or is it here already? Ray Yungen discusses the advent of The Mystic Revolution. Mysticism is a bridge for all religions to coexist. Ray discusses how the mystical explosion is setting the stage for the One World Religion. What began in the West in the early 50’s & 60’s has grown up into a major force to be rekoned with. Eastern Mystical practices have been repackaged and given shiny new Christian labels. See more & audio download… (more…)
Audio Session with Warren Smith who discusses the wildly popular book “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. Learn insights into the spirit behind the voice that spoke with author Sarah Young. Are the teachings in the devotions consistent with biblical teachings or are they something else? Warren Smith a former New Ager probes the phrase ” Presence” which occurs over 300 times and the New Age nuances that proliferate this popular teaching. Do not scriptures warn us of the very nature of deception and trying of the spirits. And what of this talk of “Another Jesus”? Read on.
Warren Smith discusses the New Age and it’s explosive growth in the Church. Oprah, Joel Osteen, Brian McLaren, and Rick Warren have all helped further the dreams of occultist Alice Bailey to use the Church to herald the coming of the New Age by using “…occultism awakening the mystical faculties”
The woman who coined the term New Age, occultist Alice Bailey, (believing that we were on the threshold of a new spiritual awakening) said that this new enlightened age would come, not around the Christian church, but rather through it. She said the outer layers would be initially kept intact (i.e., Christian terminology would still be used) but the changes would take place obscurely from the inside. (more…)
Lighthouse Trails has recently contracted with author Warren B. Smith for his new book, “Another Jesus” Calling, a biblical analysis and critique of Sarah Young’s book,Jesus Calling. Because millions of readers (most of them proclaiming Christians) are turning to Jesus Calling for messages and inspiration they believe are from Jesus Himself, a careful and responsible examination of Sarah Young’s book is prudent and necessary.
With a fast growing number of Christians turning to contemplative mystical practices to “experience” God, the editors at Lighthouse Trails feel an urgency to present Warren B. Smith’s latest work to the body of Christ; and in doing so, we ask this question, is Sarah Young’s “Jesus” the Jesus of the Bible, or is it a false Christ, of which the Bible warns many shall come in the last days? (Luke 21:8) (more…)
In the Bible, the term “devotion” is used for the early church’s attention to and time spent on the means of grace. This included the apostles’ teaching, which is our New Testament. Devotional books today are often devoted to private mysticism. Sarah Young’s book is a good example. Devotion, in this case, has become a devotion to metaphysical impressions, not God’s Word.
Furthermore, Young’s daily devotional is written in words as though they were spoken directly by Jesus Christ Himself. This genre of devotional is not new. When I was a new Christian, Francis Roberts published such a book entitled Come Away My Beloved, which was based on the allegorization of the Song of Solomon. The book and sequels were quite popular. (more…)
In a recent interview, Pastor Justin Peters addressed his concerns about the best-selling book by Sarah Young, Jesus Calling. Peters carefully and biblically laid out the problems with this book, which has spawned many derivatives: devotionals, teen and children’s versions, even a study Bible. The author of this book has talked about being influenced by a book written by two mystics. After she read their book, she decided to follow their example and sit, pen in hand, waiting to hear and record what God was “telling” her in audible words. Beware-beware-beware those who claim audible words from God today……this is NOT how God speaks to his people. (more…)
Infiltrating Heresies: Nathan Jones: Warren, you have such an extensive background in the New Age Movement, and so can easily recognize it’s teachings when you spot them. How then do these occultic teachings influence and even penetrate churches?
Warren Smith: You can go all the way back to someone like Norman Vincent Peale and his book The Power of Positive Thinking. I think it is on page 40 of his book where he says, “God is in you.” Robert Schuller in a 2003 television program also said similarly, “Yes, God is alive and He is in every single person.” That is classic New Age teaching.
Some of today’s really well known preachers and pastors are using some of these new Bible versions. There is one from the New Century Version that say, “God rules everything, is everywhere, and is in everything.” And so people say, “Oh, God is His universe.” (more…)
Beyond all of this, just as walking the labyrinth is used for initiation in cults, it serves as a catalyst to draw people into more serious forms of New Age or eastern-style meditation cloaked under terms like “the silence,” “centering prayer,” or “contemplative prayer.” Yes, the majority of Christians would affirm that their labyrinth prayer walk is completely focused on Jesus Christ. That may be true, but it doesn’t excuse the fact that the labyrinth is, by its theological nature, an inter-religious and deeply mystical device. If God is going to bless the labyrinth experience, how is He going to deal with 2 Corinthians 6:14-16?
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? (more…)
Mindfulness is a Buddhist concept and practice, the seventh step of the Eightfold Path. Mindfulness is more than a meditative practice; it is an outlook on life and reality that ideally results from a type of meditation designed to cultivate detachment. Detachment in Buddhism is necessary, because Buddhism teaches that attachment to this world, to your thinking, to your identity as an individual self, and other attachments, such as desires, keep you in the cycle of rebirth. (more…)
The spiritual disciplines are not taught in Matthew 11:29, 30 (Willard’s primary proof test), and even Willard admits they cannot be found elsewhere in scripture (we shall show this momentarily). But he is nevertheless enthusiastic about the recent rediscovery of the disciplines. Dallas Willard is excited to tell us that finally, through the lead of people like Richard Foster, we are having a revival of the use of spiritual disciplines. Writes Willard: “Today, for the first time in our history as a nation, we are being presented with a characteristic range of human behaviors such as fasting, meditation, simple living, and submission to a spiritual overseer, in an attractive light.”13 He claims that ordinary means such as Bible study, prayer, fellowship, and evangelism are inadequate and having failed, have left most Christians as failures. He writes, “All pleasing and doctrinally sound schemes of Christian education, church growth, and spiritual renewal came around at last to this disappointing result. (more…)
The Beautiful Side of Evil : She always seemed to have magical spiritual gifts, but Johanna Michaelsen was deceived by very dark forces when she was just a little girl. Even after she dedicated her life to the Lord, the occult had a strong grip on her soul. Johanna’s “fellowship” with demons brought her indescribable depression and despair.
For many years she was caught up in the occult, yet she believed that the “angels” who reached out to her were servants of God, not Satan. One demon convinced her that he was Jesus, and she thought she was doing all of these things for the Christ of the Bible. Video seminar included & links for more. Pdf book attached below and a great message from Johanna. (more…)
Today, with many Christian leaders endorsing things like yoga (Christian Yoga), Contemplative (centering) prayer, Christianized meditation, mantras and altered stated of consciousness – all in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, it is no wonder that mystical manifestations of occult power are being experienced in Churches and in believers’ lives. Entering Christendom en masse, across continental and denominational boundaries, is an ancient, baleful power that is ever-so-subtly influencing compromised Christendom. This power has as its goal nothing less than the full blown destruction of the human body, mind and spirit. (more…)
New Age Movement, Altered States of Consciousness & The New Age Disciples. The Christian ought to remember that Satan is able to counterfeit spiritual experiences to such a degree that an undiscerning Christian can end up practicing Christianized occultism and Christianized Eastern mysticism. The definition of counterfeit is: “made in imitation of something else with intent to deceive” This is exactly what Satan intends to do and is doing, at large, through unbiblical forms of mystical spirituality.
Altered States of Consciousness: Trances entered through hypnosis, meditation, drugs (including hallucinogenics), visualization, etc. State of being in which one allows the subconscious to take control and guide. May heighten one’s vulnerability to suggestion or susceptibility to deception. (more…)
What do the two accreditation organizations – Association of Theological Seminaries and Association for Biblical Higher Education – have in common? Both associations require schools that wish to be accredited to include Spiritual Formation within the school’s infrastructure. Just what exactly does that mean for these 350 some seminaries and Bible colleges? Well, it means that if they want to receive and maintain their accreditation, they are going to have to incorporate Spiritual Formation (i.e., contemplative spirituality) A belief system that uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness into the lives of their students. (more…)