In the broader spectrum of the Body of Christ at large, at what point do we address serious concerns we observe, that are inflicting serious spiritual damage upon largely, unsuspecting participants in highly erroneous activity, practice and beliefs?
I cannot be silent!
I’m not a fear mongering, delusional, spiritual, conspiratorialist. I’m observing Jesus’ warning in Mat.24:24 being played out before my very eyes! “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.”
There is, it almost seems like, a ‘spiritual babylonian confusion,’ arising in the independent ‘charismatic community.’ Yet in my research I see all ‘tribes,’ and denominations, succumbing to spiritual deceptions. For ex., in the US, where most of my research is drawn from, the practice of ‘contemplative prayer,’ which evidence clearly reveals direct eastern mysticism roots, finds many denominations embracing, as well as participation in events with leading proponents of the practice, including AOG.
Error, heresy, new age philosophy, liberal apostate theology, doctrines of demons, practices and exp.’s are infiltrating all levels, all spheres of Christianity. Trinity Western University is adopting contemplative prayer practice. https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletter121206…
Some AOG leaders have done the same. https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/…/www.light…/blog/…
No one, no church, no denomination, no ministry is beyond being infiltrated, as we can see from the above.
Focus On The Family has also done the same. https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=28081
As we can see from the sources above, people have their defending arguments for their decisions. I don’t want to get into that here. I can give one or two quotes from Thomas Merton, who some say is the modern day father of westernized contemplative prayer.
“Thomas Merton has influenced New Age thinking more than any person of recent decades. Merton penned one of the most classic descriptions of New Age spirituality I have ever come across. He explained:
“It is a glorious destiny to be a member of the human race, … now I realize what we all are …. If only they [people] could all see themselves as they really are …I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other … At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusions, a point of pure truth … This little point …is the pure glory of God in us. It is in everybody.”
FROM A TIME OF DEPARTING BY RAY YUNGEN (quoting Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (1989 edition, 157-158)
(Thomas Keating Database of Books Written about Merton)
Thomas Merton said:
“I see no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity … I intend to become as good a Buddhist as I can.”
(David Steindl-Rast, “Recollection of Thomas Merton’s Last Days in the West” (Monastic Studies, 7:10, 1969)
These things are prevalent every where, and the Church must be aware. We will see greater infiltrations in all circles even in Canada in the days ahead. May we continue to sound an alarm! Yes it can and is happening here, and not just in the form of contemplative prayer!
TOWARD THE NEW AGE, UNIVERSALISM & A FALSE REVIVAL!
“What we are witnessing in new evangelicalism and the charismatic movement is a subjective approach to God’s Word. If something seems to work, it is accepted even if it cannot be validated by Scripture. Since it cannot be validated, it is assumed to be a new work of God. Those who reject it on the basis of its unbiblical or extra-Biblical character are regarded as faithless when, in fact, they are faithless toward the subjective religious philosophy of the “new thing” — not toward God.
This subjectivity is necessary if Satan is going to meld humanity into a one-world religion. As the masses open themselves up to beliefs and practices that are not validated by Scripture, they leave themselves open to deception of the highest order, often presented in the name of Jesus.
It is not merely coincidental that holy laughter has found its place among the mystically inclined whose beliefs lean toward New Age philosophy. Leanne Payne, a disciple of inner healing guru, the late Agnes Sanford, has also indulged in holy laughter. (Her experience is recorded in Karen Mains’s book Lonely No More.) Payne blends New Age mysticism, Jungian psychology, and Christian philosophy. Her ministry team is headed primarily by women who share this integrationist methodology. To Payne, all sin is linked to lack of self-acceptance and failure to recognize God’s affirmation of oneself. Of course, this is a simple explanation of her more involved theology.
Is it merely coincidental that her disciple, Karen Mains, wrote of this holy laughter experience in 1993, essentially the same time Rodney Howard-Browne’s notoriety and the Toronto blessing began? And is it merely coincidental that a phenomenon similar to holy laughter is found in the New Age movement is exactly at the same time?
Barbara Marx Hubbard is the founder of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and a leader at the frontier of social and spiritual change for the New Age. At the same time holy laughter began to ripple through the churches, she wrote as one channeling the thoughts of God. The instruction given was to expect planetary transformation and a quantum leap in evolutionary personal transformation through uncontrollable joy. This uncontrollable joy of which Hubbard speaks will transcend all barriers to unity. False signs and wonders will likewise break down those barriers to unity.” (Mk. 13:22)
…This subjectivity is necessary if Satan is going to meld humanity into a one-world religion. As the masses open themselves up to beliefs and practices that are not validated by Scripture, they leave themselves open to deception of the highest order, often presented in the name of Jesus.” 😢 .http://jbeard.users.rapidnet.com/b…/Psychology/holylaugh.htm
A separation is coming to the Body of Christ. I am so compelled to warn, warn, warn, right now! A collision course is straight ahead my friends! Determine today, to pursue truth and know what the Lord is affirming and judging. Hide yourselves in the Word of God and in fellowship with like minded believers who are crying out to know God, to know the fear of the Lord, to walk in holiness and humility!
False Jesus Attached To False Signs & Wonders
Even in evangelical circles there is a false ‘jesus’ attached to false signs and wonders, deceiving the very elect!
“The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders,” 2 Thes. 2:9
Matthew 24:23-24 “Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it. (24) “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”
It’s almost as if, ‘experience’ is the new gospel! It’s clearing a path to universal spirituality. True Church, let Jesus be Lord! Seeking an experience with an impure heart and heretical beliefs, is an open door to deception! Anyone can embrace idols & error.
As the early Church Fathers ‘defended the faith,’ against gnosticism, and other rank heresies, there are vigilant defenders today.
A Clash Is Coming
In a rather conservative charismatic environment, it is more difficult to grasp the scope and seriousness of the dangers encroaching upon and infiltrating the Church today, resulting in various responses and reactions.
Modern Gnosticism, as seen in ‘manifest sons of God’ doctrine, reflecting highly similar new age philosophy, highly subjective, spiritualized readings of Scripture, from which over emphasized revelation is drawn, a returning to liberal theology, and all of it’s erroneous doctrines, mindsets and attitudes, erroneous concepts, applications, presentations, of the gospel and the denial of repentance of sin, experience oriented focus, lacking Biblical support, coupled with false gospel beliefs, lack of emphasis on character, holiness, repentance, humility, servant hood, etc, the assault on the Word of God, it’s inerrantcy, inspiration, reliability, relevance, the embracing of spurious practices of questionable source; all of these things are increasing the spiritual apostate condition of large sections of the universal church.
More descriptive terms of the unfolding apostasy and it’s out workings, will temporarily give way to ‘fact presentations,’ and ‘red flag’ observations. I believe when the extent of the spiritual dilemma, the reality of the depth and reach of deception, into the core of high profile ministries, currently camouflaged by chameleon counterfeits, is recognized, and begun to be addressed, then our lands will begin to be healed.
Any supposed ‘move of God, ‘outpouring of the Spirit,’ ‘revival,’ that primarily focuses on experiences, manifestations, even signs and wonders, supernatural activity, isolated doctrinal texts, practices, hyper-emphasis on anything that diminishes Jesus Christ, His life, death and resurrection, and the Word of God, and the charge to the Church, to cling to them in love, obedient reverence, and the holy fear of the Lord, is to be suspect!
May true modern day church fathers, once again stand upon the platforms of the true Church, to defend it once again, in the face of another encroaching ‘dark age’! A clash is coming, between the true & false! Know and love the truth!