Lectio Divina – The Prophetic Pandora’s Box

My recent research led me to some social media posts by a group of “charismatic” Catholics. On their page, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, a Capuchin contemplative monk and speaker at IHOP’s ‘One Thing’ Catholic Track conference states:

“The inebriation that comes from the Holy Spirit purifies of sin, renews the heart in fervor and enlightens the mind by a *SPECIAL KNOWLEDGE of God – NOT a RATIONAL but an intuitive, *EXPERIENTIAL knowledge, accompanied by inner joy.” – [Fr. Cantalamessa]

The obtaining of special knowledge of God is what Gnostics and assorted mystics have sought from the beginning – thus, to become gods themselves.

A second posts proclaiming a “Nativity Fast” gives detailed directions for the practice of contemplative Lectio Divina. The devil is in the details, as this reveals some of the major problems with LD and contemplative practices in general.

This is a dangerous practice,  and can open one to direct demonic deception. To begin with, “Invoking” the Holy Spirit has no scriptural foundation. Jesus taught us: “In *THIS manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven…”

Note that proper bible study – exegesis, is relegated to an “introductory exercise”. We are told to “Create a space” in our hearts “for a new experience”…Then passages are “isolated” – taken out of context, and repeated like a mantra. As the passage in repeated we are instructed to be “expecting NEW illumination, New highlight, NEW understanding…”

Lastly we are told to be “receptive and open… Opening up our inner man for a download from heaven”. What we are not told is that this entire process factually amounts to a Christianized form of divination – all forms of which are strictly forbidden in God’s Word [Lev. 19:2] precisely because they bring one in contact with demonic entities.

Some relevant bible verses include:

1Cor. 4:6 – “… that you may learn in us not to think *BEYOND WHAT IS WRITTEN, that none of you may be puffed up…”

“You must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of… that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” – 2Tim. 3:14-17

And, consider this:

“Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life. Therefore you shall no longer envision futility nor practice divination; for I will deliver My people out of your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.” ‘ ” – Ezekiel 13:22-23

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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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCbS3Mwo07A), 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: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=23055

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? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTQH9TGun20

Creation Fest 2017 – Singing the Ecumenical Siren Song

Today is OPENING DAY for Brian [Sr. Pastor Calvary Costa Mesa] Brodersen’s week-long ecumenical Creation Fest UK. EmergentWatch has reported on CFest for some years now – and this year, Brodersen reveals that the Church of England’s Diocese of Truro has been an active partner, including providing financial support to his ecumenical efforts.See: http://www.creationfest.org.uk/organisations.asp

C Fest’s social media proclaims the 2017 theme of ‘Unity in Diversity‘, and borrowed directly from Catholic ecumenicals, with the tagline: “a variety of friends joining together to explore the prayer of Jesus in John 17:21: that we might be ONE…

Another ad states: “The ongoing VISION of Creation Fest: That families/ people can come and ENJOY THE PRESENCE of God.” [And] “The *UNITY of the Spirit: THAT CHURCHES of different denominations WILL UNITE under the banner of Jesus as Lord and Savior.” This is the same siren song of the apostate movement that seeks to unite the Catholic church with evangelicals.

Brodersen’s C Fest17 is now partnered with God TV, a broadcaster that has no reservations about purveying the worst of the known false teachers.

NOTE that several of CF’s key partners are directly linked to the contemplative ALPHA. Brodersen’s friend & CF partner Phil Knox is the Director of church resources at Youth for Christ [YFC] which id linked to Youth Alpha. See https://www.yfcresources.co.uk/alpha-young-people/tryalpha

CF partner YWAM is also involved in contemplative, and both the CF linked Churches together in Cornwall [ http://www.churchestogetherincornwall.org.uk/ ], and The Evangelical Alliance [ http://eauk.org/ ] are apostate ecumenical organizations.

C Fest’s ad reveals they are financed by some big money foundations, including the Andrew Christian Trust, Joesph Rank Trust, the Lancaster Foundation, Souter Charitable Trust and the COE’s Diocese of Truro. …Follow the money.

More at: https://youtu.be/q53aYNQxPtw

Also see: https://emergentwatch.com/2015/05/31/calvary-chapel-alert-leaderships-stealth-partnership-with-the-church-of-england-and-catholics/

Their link: https://calvarychapel.com/resources/article/view/creation-fest-2017-streaming-live/

The Wild Goose Festival: Contemplative Meets Queer Theology

Held annually, the Wild Goose Festival is said to be “focused on justice, spirituality, music and the arts… (and) rooted in the Christian tradition” and is popular among progressive Christians and many involved with the emerging church movement. It is the only Christian music festival in the U.S. that caters to “theological liberals”…

Wild Goose Fest 2017 also prominently featured Shack author William Paul Young and the contemplatives Richard Rohr, Phyllis Ticlke and Tony Campolo, along with new age speakers like Mirabai Starr, and others. Their website is here: http://wildgoosefestival.org/

The following video is edited from some of the Wild Goose promo vids. http://

The Wild Goose Festival is affiliated with the aberrant group “Convergence“. Convergence is the brain child of ultra-liberal emergent apostate Brian McLaren. McLaren, the author of “A New Kind of Christian” – led the ceremony for his son’s same-sex wedding in 2012. [see http://apprising.org/2012/09/24/brian-mclaren-leads-ceremony-at-sons-same-sex-wedding/].

The Convergence charter informs us: “We believe in Jesus and the good news of the reign, commonwealth, or ecosystem of God… We seek to honor, interpret, and apply the Bible in fresh and healing ways, aware of the damaging ways the Bible has been used in the past… We seek the common good, locally and globally, through churches of many diverse forms… We build inclusive partnerships across gaps between the powerful and vulnerable – including disparities based on wealth, gender, race and ethnic identity, education, religion, and sexuality …”

In an 2006 interview with Lief Hansen, McLaren stated: “The doctrine of hell basically says…At the end, God gets his way through coercion, violence, intimidation and domination – just like every other kingdom. The cross isn’t the center then – the cross is almost a distraction and false advertising for God.”

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.

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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