Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church Promoting Contemplative Rituals

Rick Warren and his Saddleback Church are now promoting a “Journey With Jesus Tour“, which features Catholic Stations of the Cross, with images for contemplative meditation. The stations are set up at Saddleback Church on a trail circuit as a mini-pilgrimage for believers. The concept of “Stations of the Cross” and the images involved, was designed specifically to facilitate contemplative mysticism. This is but the latest in a long line of indicators of Warren’s Rome-ward bound ecumenicism.

 

Priscilla Shirer & Mark Batterson Reveal Their Contemplative Affinities

For those who are not aware, Alpha (originally the ‘Alpha Course’) is contemplative at it’s core, and was created and developed by the heretical Holy Trinity Brompton [HTB] – the home of the European wave of the aberrant ‘Holy Laughter Revival’. Nicky Gumbel is HTB’s leader, and face of Alpha. Video used in this post is from the 2017 Alpha Leadership Conference [LC17].

Their link is HERE: http://alpha.org/lc/talks

PS: I apologize for the shaky video. The stream & the app were not behaving.

EmergentWatch and Friends Falsely Accused of “Slander”

This article is written in response to the unwarranted attack upon my friend Eric Stuckey, by Holland Davis [Calvary Chapel San Clemente] in his FB article posted 6/2/2017, entitled: “EMERGENT WATCH OR EMERGENT SLANDER?See: https://www.facebook.com/hollanddavis/posts/10212281628851463

First of all, Eric Stuckey is not the owner of the EmergentWatch blog, nor did he write the article exposing the “Pastors Together” group. Eric only posted or “shared” it on his Facebook timeline. Eric is most certainly not guilty of anything, particularly regarding the EW blog. He is now being falsely accused by Davis for “slander” and for allegedly lying.

Eric had only been involved initially with my EW blog, and wrote two articles, none of which criticized anyone. He has not been involved, or written anything since then – over 3 years ago. Eric wrote only two articles for the EW blog, in the first months of it’s creation.

1- “Noting the Dividers and Offenders“, on 11/16/2013, wherein he shows the biblical precedents for naming names of those involved in false teachings. 2- “Biblical Outreaches” of 12/17/2013. Neither of these articles had anything to do with Holland Davis or the PT group.

I have stated publicly on several occasions on my Facebook page that I -Mark Jefferies – am the writer of the posts on EmergentWatch, and the creator of the related videos on You Tube, under the screen name 4Philemon.

It was after careful research that the “Pastors Together“, of 1/24/2016 post was posted. It was based on publicly available screen captured evidence which is now a matter of public record. I posted 2 posts in early 2016 on Holland Davis and the PT group: 1- 1/24/2016 – https://emergentwatch.com/2016/01/24/pastors-together-a-fellowship-of-errors/ 

2- The EW post of 3/26/2016 on HD & his “Pastors Together” group was simply a posting of my You Tube video, “Pastors Together – Together in Ecumenical Apostasy“. https://emergentwatch.com/2016/03/26/pastors-together-together-in-ecumenical-apostasy/

I did not personally slander Holland. I did surmise from the available data, that Holland “appeared to be” the leader of the PT group, as he is the one actively promoting it on social media. I also did point out his reposting of an IHOP post that was highly questionable, and this post has since been removed from his page.

I stand behind my research in these posts. It is a matter of historical record, as the screen captured documentation remains valid. How screen captured documentation can be interpreted as “slander” is beyond me.

Although the PT group page has removed the “What we Believe” page – that linked them to the ecumenical Lausanne Covenant has been removed, it appears that all of the same churches that were involved at the time I wrote the blog piece are still currently involved. 

Rather than be accountable to the public for their actions and statements, some here have misused Matt. 18, in an attempt to intimidate believers into silence. This is an abuse of pastoral authority, and disingenuous to say the least.

PS: Note that some of the people in positions of power, whose unbiblical activities have been exposed by EmergentWatch are apparently now feeling threatened enough that they will resort to these false accusations; Even enlisting the help of as many supporters as they can, in an attempt to discredit and silence EmergentWatch – so they can continue their activities without fear of exposure. Again, the documentation on this blog speaks for itself.

Attention – EmergentWatch viewers:

It has recently come to my attention that the EW blog server (WordPress.com) is placing ads that are unaffiliated with, and unsupported by me or my blog – And that some of these ads are from various groups that may include false teachings. I compose, and usually view my articles on my desktop, wherein ads are not displayed. However, when I recently viewed my blog on my mobile device, I saw ads for books by David C. Pack, a disciple of Herbert W. Armstrong (Worldwide Church of God) Be advised that the doctrines taught by this group and their affiliates are aberrant. This is just one example of bad ads being inserted in my blog.

See: https://www.jashow.org/articles/false-teaching/armstrongism/armstrongism/

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Restored_Church_of_God

and see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_W._Armstrong

As I can’t constantly monitor, nor have I control over, what ads are being placed on my blog – let the viewers be advised that ads seen on my blog are not mine, nor do I endorse them.

Things That Matter – Unity above Doctrine?

Thursday 5/25/2017 – Brian Brodersen brought Mark Foreman of North Coast Calvary in to promote his ecumenical “One Church” initiative, on his “Things that Matter” program – entitled: “on the Importance of Working with Churches from Different Evangelical Traditions“.

The following is edited from Calvarychapel.com’s 21 min. video posted on 5/25/2017:

See https://calvarychapel.com/resources/article/view/things-that-matter-mark-foreman-on-the-importance-of-working-with-churches-from-different-evangelical-traditions/#.WSeztG7c88Q.facebook  and see: https://vimeo.com/219026292

The description on the Vimeo vid says it, “focuses on the importance of pastors recognizing that we are all part of one church and cultivating love and unity in the larger body of Christ.”

At the 16 minute mark, Foreman explains: When you move beyond doctrine, and you find out that we’re 99% the same and you realize, they love Jesus and this is my blood brother. So, I would say that that’s step one, Step two is to actually believe the New testament (like it says to join with apostates?) …All of our statements of faith have nothing about unity… To actually believe that two are better than one… The amount of leverage (in the world, on social issues) we have when we begin to join hands…”

There appears to be no information publicly available on the “One Church” group in San Diego, but it seems to be very similar to Holland Davis’ “Pastor’s Together” ecumenical affair, which   I reported on here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjC3oDNDswU

Foreman’s history: Foreman has been of the forefront of the emergent/ contemplative wave sweeping into Calvary Chapel churches. With his degree in Theology from the apostate Fuller Seminary, Foreman is touted as “an internationally renown speaker.”

Some of Foreman’s highlights are:

Featured speaker at the 2013 Catalyst West, alongside contemplative guru Dallas Willard.

2015 – Foreman’s NCCC Promotes Roma Downey’s “A.D. The Bible” miniseries on his FB.

NCCC Winter Women’s Book club featured Brennan Manning’s Ragamuffin Gospel. 2015 – CCNC Women’s Ministry hosted contemplative author Jill Briscoe, and have used the contemplative book “Sacred Chaos” by Tricia Rhodes, in the group (2015)

NCCC’s bookstore features numerous contemplative authors, inc: Brennan Manning, Dallas Willard, Tricia Rhodes, Ann Voskamp, and others.

Foreman’s NCCC has hosted events with:

Willow Creek’s Lynn Hybels, Contemplative author Jill Briscoe, and

Sami Awad of the ‘Holy Land Trust and other questionable chararters.

Foreman’s 2008 book, “Wholly Jesus” attempts to apply a “holistic” theology to Jesus Christ – And that Jesus “Came to redeem humanity physically, mentally, spiritually and culturally.” It proposes that “A fresh understanding of [NOTE] THE *HOLISTIC REDEEMER provides a roadmap to the wholeness that many people seek”, etc. The book is also replete with citations by the top contemplative gurus.

 

For more on Foreman and his NCCC See: Jim Fletcher’s article: “CC Breached”: http://www.worldviewweekend.com/news/article/calvary-chapel-breached

May 8, 2013 LTR blog – http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=11597

May 10, 2013 – http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/north-coast-calvary-chapel-breached-indeed.html

The fact that Brodersen felt is necessary to bring in Foreman and attempt to legitimatize his ministry, again shows that Brian is coming out of the closet for ecumenical and emergent/ contemplative doctrines and practices. Apparently, what is not on the list of “Things that Matter”, is genuine biblical doctrine.

 

See the EmergentWatch archive for more on Calvary Chapel and Brian Brodersen.

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Calvary Chapel – On the Road to Rome?

Brodersen’s Creation Fest FB page posted one last invitation on the morning of the Thy Kingdom Come ecumenical event, inviting people to worship at the “prayer stations” and to “Taize Reflection…

One brave lady posted on the Truro Cathedral FB page: “This is extremely worrying. Contemplative prayer is a mystical practice, and not one Christians should be involved in at all. Please do your own research”.

The COE’s Truro dismissively responds: ” (This) event has been requested by the archbishops of Canterbury and York, with the purpose of stimulating and promoting prayer, and thus deepen people’s relationship with God. Like people, prayer comes in many forms…”

Taking a closer look at one of the players involved: As mentioned previously, Brian Brodersen’s Creation fest hosted the COE’s Tim Thornton, Bishop of Truro, in a live teaching event on social media. It is also Thornton’s church, Truro Cathedral where the contemplative event, Thy Kingdom Come [TKC] event was held yesterday, sponsored by BB’s Creation Fest. See https://emergentwatch.com/2017/05/17/brian-brodersens-creation-fest-hosting-major-contemplative-event/

It is not without significance that Bishop Thornton also happens to be one of the two men chosen to represent the UK in the ongoing “Anglican – Roman Catholic Dialogue“. The representatives were specially commissioned by Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby – “to promote growth in communion between these two churches”. See https://iarccum.org/bishop-pairs/

 It appears that Thornton is no ordinary Anglican priest. As his Twitter page shows, he was “Commissioned” for this ecumenical work in October 2016 – as he says, “as Bishops walking together *FOR unity“. The fingerprints of the Vatican seem to be all over these things.

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Brian Brodersen Now Promoting Contemplative Mysticism

Calvary Costa Mesa’s Brian Brodersen – via his Creation Fest – appears to be working in an active, continual partnership with the Church of England. On their Social media pages, CFest has had LIVE Q&A sessions with Tim Thornton – [COE] Bishop of Truro [Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary]; And, on April 26th, CFest posted “The Official Common Worship App” from the Church of England, for anyone to download. Bishop Thornton has also been a frequent speaker at various CFest events.

The CFest 2017 will feature contemplative advocate Kay Arthur. See: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=11053 And also: http://apprising.org/2014/07/05/kay-arthur-with-erroneous-contemplative-interpretation-of-psalm-4610/

The Big news is that Brian Brodersen’s CFest is now an active participant & promoter of the COE’s “Thy Kingdom Come” [TKC] ecumenical prayer event, to be held at the Truro Cathedral, May 28th, 2017 – and “Hosted by Creation Fest UK“. Their Facebook post of May 10th states: “JOIN US in prayer with an afternoon of events at the majestic Truro Cathedral as part of the global Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative.”

The COE’s Truro Cathedral FB page post of May 10, 2017 specifically identifies the Thy Kingdom Come event to be held there on May 28, as “Creation Fest UK’s event“. [See links & screen captures]

Truro Cathedral’s FB page events post declares: “Join the worldwide initiative to pray – http://www.thykingdomcome.global in partnership with the Diocese of Truro, Churches Together in Cornwall and Creation Fest“.

See:  https://www.facebook.com/events/637597366438107/?acontext={“action_history”:”[{\”surface\”:\”page\”,\”mechanism\”:\”page_upcoming_events_card\”,\”extra_data\”:[]}]”,”has_source”:true}

And see: https://www.facebook.com/creationfestuk/photos/a.431524083720.192705.123195133720/10154651135978721/?type=3&theater

And see: https://www.facebook.com/creationfestuk/photos/a.431524083720.192705.123195133720/10154626763903721/?type=3&theater

The TKC events are billed as a series of “Prayer” events, but are thoroughly contemplative. Included in the TKC materials are instructions for activities for individuals, families, churches and children, that include, amongst other things:

  • Lectio Divina
  • Labyrinth walking
  • Prayer Stations
  • Breath Prayers
  • Sitting in silence for extended periods
  • Taize Worship (w/ candles & music)
  • Symbolic (ritualistic) body movements, hand signs etc. – called “Prayer Games

Also, many of these practices are combined and executed together. Then, there are many “activities” designed for children, specifically to engage their senses and activate their imagination. Teaching them God’s Word does not seem to be one of these activities.

NOTE that most of these activities are designed to put one into an altered state of consciousness. It is well known that altered states render one susceptible to occultic spiritual (demonic) influences. These forces can subtly influence one towards anti-biblical beliefs and into further occultic practices.

The TKC “Facilitator’s Guidebook” indicates it was written by the contemplative monks of the Society of St. John the Evangelist [SSJE.org] These monks host regular contemplative retreats at their facilities. See https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/102

One of the handouts – “Praying the 11 prayers of Thy Kingdom Come” – Like the schedule for the daily prayers that end in Taize contemplation, so the prayers of Thy Kingdom Come end with:

[9:] “Celebration” – using the occultic statement: “Everything and everyone we meet is sacred and charged with God’s Glory” [10:] “Silence – contemplation“; [11:] Saying “I do this in God’s name“…

To summarize: Note that Brian Brodersen, as the Executive Director of the Creation Fest UK – is directly responsible for it’s activities. It has been demonstrated that the Thy Kingdom Come activities are based on contemplative, consciousness altering practices. Brodersen’s CFest FB page shows us CFest is hosting the event, and the COE’s Truro Cathedral FB page states that the May 28th event is “Creation Fest UK’s event”. For Brodersen and company to try to deny or claim ignorance of the contemplative factors being promoted here would be useless. BB is not simply reposting or liking posts by known contemplatives – He is now, himself now an active promoter of contemplative mysticism.

[NOTE: The links herein may be deleted by BB and co. after this article appears. This is why screen captured documentation is important.]

Also – All of documentation/ screen captures are now available for enlarged viewing on a separate page @  https://emergentwatch.com/documentation/

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