UPDATE On YWAM’s New Age ‘Alternatives Ministry’

Back on Feb. 22nd, I posted an expose’ of YWAM’s ‘Alternatives Ministry’, which just like Bethel Redding’s ‘Christ Alignment‘, purports to be an outreach to New Agers, and yet uses occultic/ New Age devices and practices.

The leader of YWAM’s New Age ‘Alternatives ministry‘ – Jari Koivu, revealed his aberrant beliefs in his June 2 FaceBook Post, wherein he says: “Revival and *transformation takes much more than what we’re used to… it takes LOVE…not only as a theological, theoretical concept. [NOTE] *NON-JUDGMENTAL, *INCLUSIVE love… [‘Love’] that is a higher level of spirituality than even signs, wonders and miracles. That is more transformative to people than around us than merely ‘being right’ about doctrine and dogma…”

For the original EW article see: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/02/22/ywams-occultic-new-age-alternatives-ministry/

Note that this so-called “love” is factually little more than unbiblical compromise and politically/ spiritually “correct” tolerance – a tolerance of  evil and forbidden practices. It is this counterfeit love – this emotional appeal, that is powering the ecumenical movement in it’s relentless push towards “unity” at the expense of biblical truth.  Along with Contemplative Mysticism, this ecumenical unity is foundational to the infrastructure of the Anti-Christ and his False Prophet.

“…this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” 1Jn. 4:3  “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to *this word, it is because there is no light in them!” – Isa. 8:20

2Thes. 2 warns: The mystery of lawlessness is already at work.”, and that, “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.” [V7, 9-11]

See the EW video expose’ : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgrfMBQ2CGg

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Counterfeit Signs and Wonders Movement Deceiving Many

Why so much emphasis on “Signs & Wonders”? What is genuine and what counterfeit? Consider God’s Word on the subject:

“But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.” – Exo. 7:11

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me…” – Matt. 7:22-23

“There were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies… many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words… They are presumptuous, self-willed…. loved the wages of unrighteousness… they speak great swelling words of emptiness, THEY ALLURE THROUGH THE LUSTS OF FLESH…” 2Pet. 2:10-19

“For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive [NOTE] A *DIFFERENT SPIRIT which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted – you may well put up with it!” – 2Cor. 11:4

Jesus said: “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.” – Matt. 16:4

“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.” – Mark 13:22-23

Jesus said “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” – John 4:48

“But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of The Lord been revealed?” – John 12:37

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.” – 2Thes. 2:9-11

“If you have bitter envy and *self-seeking self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” – James 3:14-16

“He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth—by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.” – Rev. 13:13-14

 See: https://bibleresources.org/lying-signs-and-wonders/

And see: https://newagechristianity.blogspot.com/p/lying-signs-and-wonders.html

PS: Wishing a happy, safe & sane 4th to all my readers!

Dr. David Jeremiah Promoting Sarah Young’s ‘Jesus Calling’

Dr. David Jeremiah is a popular pastor/ teacher, and has had a daily program on Calvary Chapel affiliated ‘His Channel’ for some years. However, he has had numerous problems with bad affiliations and endorsements.

In May 2016, DJ was scheduled to take part – but later withdrew from – the “Jumpstart” Pastors and Leaders Conference, which featured well know Word-Faith preachers Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyers & others.

In ‘Life Wide Open’ [2005] DJ cites contemplatives Brother Lawrence’s ‘Practice of the Presence of God”, and ‘When the heart Waits’, by Sue Monk Kidd. Now DJ has lent his name and credibility to back the aberrant theology of Sarah Young and her ‘Jesus Calling’. In a recent advert on Jesuscalling.com, we are told: “As a pastor and a teacher, Dr. Jeremiah advocates daily prayer and scripture reading. He appreciates how Sarah Young has helped many with their prayer lives through the words of Jesus Calling.

DJ writes:

“When I read Sarah’s work, it’s pretty obvious to me why it’s been so highly regarded and received. She makes prayer very personal. Sometimes prayer isn’t personal, sometimes prayer can be very cold and empty. Maybe that’s why a lot of people have a hard time sustaining any kind of a prayer ministry. What Sarah has done has made it possible for people to say, “I talked to God today…I communicated with my Father.” That’s what prayer is supposed to be and she has moved the ball down the field quite aggressively in that direction.”

See – https://www.jesuscalling.com/blog/dr-david-jeremiah/

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Other endorsers of Jesus Calling include Max Lucado, Mark Batterson, Lysa TerKeurst, Sadie Robertson, Lee Strobel, Ann Voskamp, Sheila Walsh, Christine Caine, Roma Downey, Dr. Jack Graham and many others. See: https://www.jesuscalling.com/media/endorsements/

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Calvary Chapel Pastors Conference to Feature Contemplative Speakers

The 2018 Calvary Chapel Pastors and Leaders Conference will feature a number of speakers from outside the CC movement, not the least of which is Dr. Gerry Breshears. A graduate of the heretical Fuller Seminary, Breshears is Professor of theology at Western Seminary, and is also the co-author of three books with the infamous Mark Driscoll.

The recent appearance of contemplative promoter Kyle Strobel at the Calvary Chapel Men’s Conference [See  https://emergentwatch.com/2018/04/12/calvary-chapel-mens-conference-to-feature-contemplative-speaker/ was apparently not a one off, as now Strobel is to be a featured speaker at the 2018 CC Pastors and Leaders Conference. The inclusion of Strobel at two of CC’s premiere events marks the deepest infiltration of contemplative mysticism into the CC movement to date.

The Bio data on Kyle Strobel (KS) presented in the list of speakers at the CC PLC18 only states that Strobel is “a theologian at Talbot School of Theology, Biola Univ. What they fail to mention is that in fact KS is “Associate Professor of *Spiritual Theology – Institute for Spiritual Formation” [ISF]. See http://www.talbot.edu/isf/about-isf/faculty/

“Spiritual Formation” at Talbot is thoroughly contemplative, and the ISF is it’s very core… The ISF’s “Goals and Approach” informs us:

“All of our programs… facilitate personal growth [NOTE] through various experiences, including: *Experiential-relational soul work employing [NOTE] the spiritual disciplines within courses along with co-curricular activity in personal *spiritual direction, various [contemplative] retreats, individual psychotherapy, and community [group] experiences.”

Strobel’s boss and mentor at the ISF is John H. Coe, (who is a fierce defender of contemplative practices). See his bio @ http://media1.biola.edu/rosemead/faculty/cvs/john_coe.pdf

Though Strobel & co. had previously gone to great lengths to avoid using the word “contemplative” – the “C” word has returned again – in the forthcoming (2018) book entitled “Contemplation and Contemplative Prayer: A Guide for Evangelicals” – of which Strobel is co-editor.

As further evidence of Strobel’s contemplative ideology, consider:

Spring 2014 article by KS in Biola’s Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, was titled “A Theological Prolegomena for Contemplation” – wherein Strobel says, “Contemplation is at the heart of the Christian faith…” [show SC]

July 2016 – KS article: “Jonathan Edward’s Reformed Doctrine of Theosis” in the leftist Harvard Theological Review – the Review being the journal of Harvard Divinity School, whose notable professors include: Harvey Cox, Henri Nouwen, Paul Tillich and [Marxist] Cornel West.

Lighthouse Trails has noted KS’ recommendation of his ‘Top Ten’ books in 2008.

Lighthouse Trails has written on Strobel’s contemplativism: “There is NO QUESTION that Kyle Strobel is following the contemplative path… [Strobel] is helping to pave the contemplative way by touting the works and practices of mystics, contemplatives, and emergents. Kyle’s website ministry Metamorpha is called “an online community for Christian spiritual formation,” listing several contemplative practices, including repetitive prayers, lectio divina, and Ignatian exercises. Recommended books on the site list a who’s who of contemplative mysticism proponents such as Dallas Willard, Thomas Merton, Richard Foster, Henri Nouwen, Adele Calhoun, Thomas Kelly, and several others.” > See https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=1405

Strobel’s ‘Academic Curriculum Vitae’ is here: https://assets.biola.edu/4396738754672012438/attachment/5ace387ab9c465000648fc05/Kyle_Strobel_2018.pdf

 

 

 

Calvary Chapel’s Brodersen Praises Royal Wedding ‘Gospel Moment’

In a series of Twitter tweets on 5/19/2018, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa’s Brian Brodersen lifted up praises for  (Episcopal) Bishop Michael Curry, for his speech at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Brodersen also retweeted a Sky News article on Curry and Archbishop Justin Welby. Brian even retweeted a post by Nicky Gumbel – head of the heretical Holy Trinity Brompton – home of the UK’s ‘Toronto Blessing’. Gumbel also is the head of the global contemplative ‘Alpha’ program.

Brian also retweeted a post by leftist media talking head Piers Morgan that praises Rev. Curry. BB’s posted at least 6 tweets related to Curry and the event.

Pastor Gabe Hughes, in his Junction City blog, analyses Rev. Curry speech and notes the insufficiencies in the message. He also notes: “Lest you think I’m being hyper-critical of Bishop Curry’s sermon… Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, (is) an Episcopal priest, is a gay-rights activist. Why else would Vanity Fair be so praising of him? Or the leftist Vox.com, who pointed out Curry’s liberation theology? Or the gay publication Pink News…”  [see https://pastorgabehughes.blogspot.com/2018/05/a-royal-wedding-not-royal-enough.html

Brodersen has established close ties with the COE and Gumbel’s HTB, partnering with them in his ‘Creation Fest’ outreach [UK]. I have reported on BB’s heretical affiliations for several years now.

See: https://emergentwatch.com/2014/03/16/calvary-costa-mesa-doing-major-ecumenical-outreach/

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

See: https://emergentwatch.com/2016/05/08/calvary-chapel-alert-brian-brodersen-now-partnering-with-hillsong-and-other-aberrant-groups-at-his-uk-creation-fest/

UPDATE 9pm: Apparently this Rev. Curry is not only a gay rights activist, but a Black Liberation Theologist and proponent of the ‘Social‘ Gospel.  A FB friend sent this article to me: https://ashenden.org/2018/05/20/the-struggle-to-tell-the-truth-about-jesus-welby-curry-and-the-integrity-of-the-gospel/

Below is a pic of Curry from the article.

 

Unity – The Ecumenical Vision of the National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer started out as a great idea – with an official declaration by President Reagan calling Americans to prayer for their country. Unfortunately, the organization behind this noble event – celebrated on the first Thursday of May –  now appears to have been, to a large extent, hijacked by NAR/ Dominionist factions.

Dr. Ronnie Floyd serves as the President of the National Day of Prayer. Floyd has been a strategic leader in the Southern Baptist Convention for decades, and oversaw it’s deterioration, into the “SBC” being referred to as “Slowly Becoming Catholic”. His leadership of the NDP also appears to be aberrant.

Obviously there is nothing wrong with churches gathering for prayer – nor with biblical churches joining together to do so. The problem is that this is really not the agenda of this NDP organization. The agenda now appears to be much more about ecumenical “UNITY” than about prayer itself, and thus the theme for 2018 is “UNITY”… especially unity of all the churches.

In the series of video presentations on the NDP home page [see http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/equipping#unity] the “UNITY” theme is hammered in, over and over. After first explaining how the NDP is to have a “Multi-Vision” – meaning essentially globalist ‘Unity in Diversity’ and wholly ecumenical – Floyd says:

“It’s time to claim the territory again. This is why we must do everything we can to call people to unify together for public prayer… Pray for America for unity, – UNITY! *This is the heart of God for this nation… This will be our theme: Pray for America – UNITY! …We must come together. ”

Although Floyd makes some valid points in the video, the theme verse of Ephesians 4:3: “Making every effort to keep the UNITY OF THE SPIRIT through the bond of peace” – is NOT applicable to having unified fellowship with apostate churches which are operating via a counterfeit “spirit”. There are dozens of warnings in the bible concerning false teachers and their teachings, not the least of which is 2 John 1:10-11 – “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this (biblical) doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds”. See: Floyd @ “Vision for Unity” https://vimeo.com/252407702


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The NAR/ Dominionist agenda of the NDP.org is clearly evident in it’s documents. One handout lists 5 “Pray for Unity” bullet points, but the lower portion says: “PRAY FOR THE SEVEN AREAS OF INFLUENCE: Government, Military, Media/ Arts, Business, Education, Church and Family”. The “Areas of Influence” exactly correspond to the Dominionist “Seven Mountain Mandate”, wherein the “Church” is to infiltrate and take over these areas – bringing in “God’s Kingdom” so that supposedly Christ can then return.

Another flyer states: “Call for unity, and forward unity in America continually… Pray – Ask God for thousands of local churches to unify as one body of Christ… For the church in America to walk in unity, harmony and oneness, so (that) His church personifies, calls and leads America to Unity.” See https://www.nationaldayofprayer.net/products/ndp-theme-prayer-guide-2018-100-pk

A quick search of the “Virtual Events” listed on the NDP site reveals that various NAR groups are capitalizing on the NDP, using it to promote their dominionist and ecumenical agendas. The page lists events sponsored by: Dominion @ the GATE PRAYer Global Network, Dominion International Ministries, Kingdom Now Church, the National Hispanic Global Sphere Apostle, etc., etc.

And once again, we have the merchandizers and their merch…

The “Spiritual Awakening” the NDP folk claim to be seeking will never be happen by all of the apostate and aberrant churches unifying – THIS is the agenda of the Anti-Christ! Amidst all of the the NDP’s calls for unity – particularly unity of the churches – Where are the calls for repentance? The greatest need of America – and of the churches, is NOT ecumenical unity, but personal and national repentance!

Calvary Chapel Men’s Conference To Feature Contemplative Speaker

When Pastor Chuck Smith was alive, the CC Men’s Conferences, held annually at the Anaheim Convention Center, were a bastion of Christian strength, spiritual edification and biblical spirituality, centered on God’s Word… apparently this is now no longer true.

(Brian Brodersen’s) Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa’s 2018 Men’s Conference [Sat. 5/12] is featuring the emergent, contemplative Kyle Strobel. Strobel is not affiliated in any way with CC, and his inclusion in the CC Men’s Con18 is highly irregular. Strobel is the author of several books and created a contemplative group called “Metamorpha”. Strobel is currently Associate Professor at Talbot School of Theology – Being well versed in church history, but also in the practices of Catholic contemplatives. [See https://mensconference.calvarychapel.com/]

While his teaching career may pay the bills, Strobel’s real passion seems to be contemplative mysticism. He has been a featured speaker at more than a few contemplative conferences – not the least of which is Richard Foster’s RenovareWhere in 2014, he spoke besides top contemplatives Larry Crabb, Ruth Haley Barton, Eugene Cho and Richard Foster himself. Make no mistake about it, these conferences are about one thing, and one thing only – Contemplative mysticism and it’s practices.

Strobel’s 2007 book “Metamorpha” has some very telling endorsements: See http://metamorpha.com/resources/books/metamorpha/  >> Dan Kimball author, The Emerging Church; Contemplative guru Chuck Smith Jr., and Leonard Sweet, author of the (heretical) Jesus Manifesto, and others.

A book review of Strobel’s [2013] “Formed for the Glory of God” tells us: “Many Protestants are now quite happy to read Catholics… Strobel himself is young and profoundly aware of the hungers of the post-modern generation, and is [NOTE] well grounded in the scholarly study of church history and various sorts of thinkers who taught contemplation and meditation. In fact, he explores exactly some of this sort of mystery in this very volume.”

Formed for the Glory of God reveals the books contents, as chapter 4 is entitled “Spiritual disciplines as a means of Grace”. Spiritual Disciplines virtually always is referring to contemplative mystical practices. Chapter 6 is entitled: “Meditation and Contemplation”, etc.

In the 2013 book, Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics, co-authored by Strobel and his Metamorpha partner Jamin Goggin, the “Suggested Reading” section includes: John of the Cross: The Collected Works of...; Julian of Norwich: Showings; Thomas Merton: The Wisdom of the Desert, and many other “classic” contemplatives.

Strobel’s Metamorpha website is careful to disguise words and phrases that are instantly recognizable as being contemplative. They claim that they: “Serve the local church by offering *training resources that cultivate [NOTE] *doctrinal reflection (Lectio Divina), the life of (contemplative) prayer, and compassionate (Social gospel) community.”

Metamorpha also regularly promotes contemplative gurus Dallas Willard and Richard Foster. A 2011 article on Metamorpha by Dallas Willard was titled: “Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation, and the Restoration of the Soul”, wherein Willard advocates becoming “active in spiritual growth by *utilizing (‘spiritual’) disciplines such as [NOTE] solitude, silence and fasting… Spiritual formation through spiritual disciplines is emphasized.”

Summary: It should be quite clear from the above evidence that Kyle Strobel is a dyed-in-the-wool emergent/ contemplative who should have absolutely no place in Calvary Chapel, let alone at the premier annual event for CC men. Yet it appears Brodersen has taken yet another step off the precipice into the contemplative abyss. Although Strobel may not even discuss contemplative mysticism directly at the conference, you can be sure his books will be on the merchandise tables, and thus his impact at the CCMC18 could have great and lasting consequences. Sadly, rather than protecting the sheep, the CC leadership are feeding them to the wolves.

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