Calvary Chapel’s KWVE Radio Promotes New Age Catholic Roma Downey

I’ve been monitoring Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and it’s KWVE national radio’s outreach for some time now, but still was shocked to discover a post on the KWVE Facebook page of March 6, 2018, advertising an interview with New Age Catholic celebrity Roma Downey. The post says that “This Week on Front Page Radio Dan Wooding interviews Irish actress Roma Downey (‘Touched by an Angel‘)”. And that “Roma talks about her new book (a promotion of) ‘Box of Butterflies‘”. The post concludes with: “Listen in this Sunday (3/11/2018) at 2pm here ON KWVE”.

Roma Downey is by no stretch of the imagination an evangelical born-again believer. She is a a Catholic and a New Ager – a graduate of the New Age University of Santa Monica and a promoter of religious ecumenism.  One has to wonder what are the folks at KWVE thinking?


See also: Roma Downey’s comments about her U of SM “Spiritual Psychology” degree show she is not a Christian but in fact a New Ager – by Dave Mosher




Dallas Theological Seminary Gone Contemplative?

The ministry of EmergentWatch began as a means to alert Christians to the infiltration of false teachings coming into the churches, under the radar of most – coming into the bookstores right in their local churches. EW published a number of bookstore surveys, searching for materials by known false teachers. After being exposed, two churches surveyed slapped a copyright violation claim against two of EW’s video presentations, exposing Calvary Chapel of Downey and Rick Warren’s Saddleback church. Both videos were subsequently removed.

Two Christian Seminaries were also examined in late 2013. Fuller Theological (With predictably bad results; See, and Dallas Theological. The latter returned some alarming results, as it is widely know as a bastion of conservative Christianity.

A recent article by Lighthouse Trails explains:

“Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) has always maintained that while they teach Spiritual Formation, they only teach the “good” kind and that they are not a school that promotes contemplative spirituality. Lighthouse Trails has always challenged these suppositions. In fact, it wasn’t that long ago when Lighthouse Trails editors had some correspondence with two different DTS faculty members (one a dean) who insisted that DTS was not promoting contemplative spirituality…”

See the complete article here:

EmergentWatch did a Bookstore survey of the DTS online bookstore in November 2013, and published the results, showing hundreds of books and tapes by many known false teachers. Another survey was done on 7/21-22/2017, and shows that rather than the problem being corrected, it has gotten worse – and now includes authors such as Leonard Sweet, Henri Nouwen, Tony Campolo, Phyliss Tickle and other recognized heretical teachers. The bookstore survey is now in jpeg format.

The above results are of only a partial, and not a comprehensive survey – Yet, it certainly does appear that DTS, like so many other Christian institutions now, has been overrun with the spirit of this age.

 See also: Christian Bookstores – selling anything for profit?

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’s 21 min. video posted on 5/25/2017:

See  and see:

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:

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”:

May 8, 2013 LTR blog –

May 10, 2013 –

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.




The Shack Movie – On Shaky Ground

As there have been many good reviews of the movie (and the book) The Shack – it is not my intent here to do another. Rather, I have done a satirical Photoshop hack of The Shack movie poster, that I believe, adequately expresses my sentiments on the subject.

For a well balance review of the movie, please see Lighthouse Trails/ Warren B. Smith’s article: Before Watching The Shack Movie, Read This – The “Inspiration” Behind the Movie and Eugene Peterson’s Connection


Calvary (Chapel) Distribution selling book by Nick Hall – Organizer/ Promoter of the Ecumenical “Together 2016”!

Calvary Costa Mesa linked book distribution arm – Calvary Distribution – is now selling, and thus promoting “Reset: Jesus Changes Everything”, by Nick Hall – the organizer and promoter of the coming ecumenical aberration “Together 2016” – aka “RESET 2016”. Nick Hall directly partners with with the heretical teacher Lou Engle, and many other false teachers and groups!

CalDist sells Reset by Nick Hall 6.17.16

Endorsements of Hall’s book include Jesus Culture’s Lead Pastor, and others.

Reset Endorsements1

Nick Hall’s organization, “Pulse” is linked to these speakers:

Hall LX2 Engle

Pulse “Partners” also include the contemplative group “Alpha”, and others.

Pulse Partners


Practicing the Presence: An Unholy Spirit

A Presbyterian church pamphlet I recently found at a local library entitled “Enjoying the Presence of God” states: “It isn’t a matter of achieving God’s presence , but of surrendering to that presence that is already within…” The pamphlet also quotes Russian mystic Theophan the Recluse: “To pray is to descend with the mind into the heart, and there to stand before the face of the Lord, ever-present, all-seeing, withing you.”

Contemplative prayer is essentially occultic prayer. One of the chief exponents says: “Prayer is standing in the presence of God with the mind in the heart; at that point of our being where there are no divisions or distinctions and where we are totally one. There God’s Spirit dwells and there the great encounter takes place… before the face of the Lord, all-seeing, within us. – Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart, [p. 73-74]

This concept of prayer is NOT based on the Biblical model – wherein Jesus instructs us to pray “IN THIS MANNER – Our Father WHO IS IN HEAVEN…”. This is addressed to the Heavenly Father; to the God who is outside our bodies and far above and beyond us.

Occultic contemplative “prayer” is turned inward, allegedly toward “God within”. This inward prayer for the Christian “believer” is said to be to “the Holy Spirit”, BUT NOWHERE in Scripture are we told to pray to the holy Spirit, or to any “god within”! Strangely even non-believers are encouraged to practice this.

Jesus gives many NT references to the “Heavenly Father” – NONE to any kind of “god within”. Of The Spirit He says: “The Spirit of truth… He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you!” – John 16:13-14. God’s Holy Spirit never draws attention to Himself and we are never encouraged to worship or pray to God as the Holy Spirit.

The concept of the “God within” comes from Hinduism – specifically the Vedic Bramanic texts. The god Brahma (or “Shiva”, depending on the sect) is said to pervade and indwell everything. In the panthestic “Advaita” schools this is the known as Brahman, with which devotees seek to “merge”. In the schools that purport to worship a personal God, the same concept [of Brahman] is used but alleged to be the Paramatma, or “super-soul”, an all pervading form of “Vishnu”. See

No matter the “school” followed, the Hindu concepts are all foundationally pantheistic/ impersonalist and much of New Age occultism is built on these concepts. Wiccans describe occult meditation as “The spiritual practice of mental concentration upon (or openness to) the Divine… to consciously connect with our real Self, and the Divine… to reach your full spiritual potential, meditating is the golden road. It has a lot to offer your Wicca practice.” – fr:

People are being sold a bill of goods that promises a “Deeper” spirituality and “intimacy” with God, and in their quest for spiritual experiences, they are being deceived en mass. To practice this contemplative “meditation”, and “Descending with the mind into the heart”, and there, “Surrendering to that presence”, is nothing short of an open invitation to demonic influence or worse.

Jesus warned: “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah!” – Matthew 16:4; And “…the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him!” – John 4:23