Contemplative Spirituality Exposed

Contemplative Spirituality Exposed!

by T. A. McMahon | The Berean Call Newsletter, March 2000

Please Contemplate This…Suppose you were introduced to a promotion promising a direct line of communication with the Creator of the universe. 

Let’s say you’re initially skeptical, but you also find the idea appealing. After all, who wouldn’t want to be able to hear from and speak with God as though He were on one’s cell phone? As you listen to the deal being pitched and peruse some of the literature, you realize that the key to this is the use of a Ouija board. You push the literature aside and head for the exit. 

Virtually every evangelical Christian would quickly reject the proposalespecially if he were aware that a Ouija board is an instrument of divination, a device for contacting spirit entities, which the Bible explicitly condemns (Dt 18:10). The basic problem with divination is that, even though the diviner is sincerely attempting to contact God, the entities with which one ends up communicating are demons (posing as Jesus, God, angels, departed loved ones, aliens, gods, etc.). 

Discernment regarding the above example is for the most part, as my kids would say, “a no brainer!” However, that’s rarely the case in today’s spiritual marketplace. In particular, the “new and improved” or “revived” ways of communicating with God promoted among evangelicals are highly deceptive and very seductive. God has given His Word and His Holy Spirit to help us discern what is of Him and what is not. It’s particularly disturbing that a lethal portion of the “what is not” has entered the arena of our evangelical youth. Under the guise of “spiritual exercises that invite direct experiences with God,” and with the assurance that they are “classical forms of biblical meditation,” growing numbers of our “church” kids are being led unwittingly into the occult. 

As I researched what I consider to be an extremely dangerous “spiritual” trend in the body of Christ, my empathy and concern deepened for the young people and youth pastors involved. I have little doubt that the motivation common to most of them arises from a desire to know God more intimately. That is not only what every biblical believer wants but, more importantly, that’s what the Lord wants for us. Furthermore, no truly born-again Christian can deny the experiential aspect of his personal relationship with Jesus Christ. So what exactly is the problem? God’s way is being forsaken for man’s way—and worse. 

Programs and practices rife with occult methodologies and techniques have been in the works at churches and youth ministries around the country: Taizé, Lectio Divina, The Labyrinth (prayer walk), Renovaré, guided imagery, Walk to Emmaus, Cursillo, Centering Prayer, Ignatian Awareness Examen, The Jesus Prayer, and The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, to name but a handful. Two significant reasons for the appalling growth of these and other similar activities are that 1) they have an inside track with established parachurch organizations, and 2) increasing numbers of evangelicals are acquiring a taste for things Catholic. 

Mark Yaconelli is co-director of the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project (YMSP), an Eli Lilly (makers of Prozac) endowed program which is introducing contemplative spirituality to young people throughout the country. He is also an adjunct professor of youth ministries at San Francisco Theological Seminary. His father is Mike Yaconelli, head of Youth Specialities, a major evangelical organization serving “more than 80,000 youth workers worldwide through training seminars, conventions, videos, magazines, and resource products.” 

One Youth Specialities seminar is “Sabbath: A [Contemplative] Spiritual Retreat for Youth Workers,” which Mark Yaconelli leads. In an article for the popular, youth-oriented Group magazine, Mark states, “The YMSP approach to youth ministry pushes for a return to God-awareness…[noting] that middle school and senior high kids are hungry to encounter God directly and eager to learn contemplative spiritual practices.”1

In another article subtitled “How Spiritual Exercises Can Change Your Kids,” he tells of implementing contemplative methods he first learned at “a weeklong retreat at a nearby [Roman Catholic] convent”: 

Our [YMSP] project churches were introduced to a number of classical exercises from the Christian tradition: Biblical meditation forms like Lectio Divina and Ignatian contemplation; icon prayers and other visualization prayers; chanting; guided imagery; biblical imagination…centering prayer; and prayers of discernment.2

While I’m not questioning Yaconelli’s sincerity or integrity, nevertheless his statement needs both clarification and correction for accuracy’s sake. By “Christian tradition” he cannot mean biblical Christianity; these are exercises from “ancient” Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions. And, as will become clear, the “biblical meditation forms” he refers to are the antithesis of the meditation presented in God’s Word. 

Let’s begin with the term “contemplative,” which is the prevalent name for the movement. Whereas contemplation normally means to think about something intently or to study it carefully, practitioners of the various contemplative methods do the opposite. The movement’s goal is to get people beyond thinking and understanding and into the realm of experiencing. Adherents are taught that while reason has some value, truly knowing God can only come through experiencing Him. This approach is, at best, a corruption of what the Bible says both about reason and how a believer’s personal relationship with Jesus Christ is developed. At worst, the contemplative exercises lead to the false Eastern mystical belief that man can achieve literal union with God, i.e., be absorbed into Him or It. 

Lectio Divina (or “holy reading”) is one of the basic exercises of these disciplines. A phrase or single word is chosen from the Bible. However, rather than aiding understanding through one’s dwelling on its plain meaning, the word or words become mediumistic devices for hearing directly from God. The word or phrase is then “meditated upon” (meditatio) by being slowly repeated again and again in the fashion of a mantra (Jesus condemns as heathen “vain repetitions” in prayer [Mt 6:7]). It is then prayed (oratio) as an incantation, thereby allegedly healing painful thoughts or emotions. Finally, the repeated word is used to help clear one’s thoughts (contemplatio), supposedly making one an open receptacle for personally hearing God’s voice. 

These biblical words are selected not for the purpose of attaining objective understanding—the “contemplator” has almost no interest in the meaning, grammatical use or context of the verses, which simply become a mechanism to aid in listening for subjective communication from God. It should be obvious (especially for evangelicals!) that this is not how the Bible instructs us to learn or teach the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. Furthermore, classic contemplative concepts reject doctrine as a basis for knowing God and for receiving His salvation. Many of the movement’s “spiritual masters” blame western rationalism (with its penchant for reason and emphasis upon words) for nearly destroying “our ability to intuitively experience our Creator.” 

While the contemplative movement is troubling in its antibiblical philosophies, it is downright alarming in its potential for demon involvement. Its methodologies have been the very stuff of occultism throughout the ages. A tutorial of this movement is The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, a primer for learning occult visualization (hailed by shamans as the most potent method for contacting spirit entities). In one of dozens of such exercises Ignatius instructs the reader “to picture…Christ our Lord….standing in a lowly place in a great plain about the region of Jerusalem, His appearance beautiful and attractive.”3 Though this may seem innocent, even spiritually gratifying, in reality it’s impossible. No one knows what Jesus looks like. Morever, this is visual idolatry (Ex 20:4-5), and a divination technique that opens the door to demonic spirits. We personally know former Jesuit priests (Ignatius founded the Jesuits) who report that they had been demonized by this method. The real Jesus will not respond, no matter how sincere the practitioner. Through the imagination the visualized Jesus (or any other personage) often takes on a life of its own and brings the practitioner into occult bondage. (See The Seduction of Christianity or Occult Invasion for more information on shamanic visualization.) 

Centering prayer, a foundational contemplative technique, is a “Christianized” version of Eastern mystical meditation. Stripped of its deceptively biblical sounding terminology, it’s no different from that which yogis have practiced for millennia; neither are its occult effects. For example, an instructor in the movement (who mentors two Catholic priests) tells of his recurring problem with his meditation breathing exercise: 

The Spirit would flow into my heart and start burning and I couldn’t get it to stop. The burning would proceed into my lungs and I could not take a deep breath for days, let alone do the breathing exercises….Do not get the idea that I was doing the exercises too forcefully. I wasn’t. It was just that the Spirit had become unleashed and I was encouraging it to flow more forcefully than my nervous system could handle. I sought medical help but the doctor couldn’t find any reason for the problem. How do you tell a doctor that the Spirit has really been rough on you lately and you want to learn how to cope with it?4

Rough “Spirit”? Not the Holy Spirit! Still needing help, he wrote to a renowned Catholic monk, author of many books on contemplative exercises. The reply was revealing though not surprising. “He graciously wrote back explaining that although the end in God is the same….he had not felt the heat or the flowing of the Spirit exactly as I did but that he had read about these experiences when reading of the Kundalini (what [Western] yogis call the fire of the Holy Spirit [Hindus actually call it the “Serpent force!”]) experiences….”Similar “rough” manifestations which wouldn’t go away have been reported at the alleged revivals of Pensacola and Toronto, causing young people and their parents to seek medical counsel. 

If our small, central-Oregon town of Bend is any indication, the pied pipers of this movement are everywhere. Some of our local churches recently had Taizé meetings (repetitive chanting, meditative silences, candlelit rooms, etc.) for their youth. Walk to Emmaus has its local adherents. Richard Foster, who introduced shamanic visualization to evangelicals in his bestselling Celebration of Discipline, came to town with his contemplative spirituality-promoting organization, Renovaré. Its board of reference and speakers have included Jack Hayford, Lloyd John Ogilvie, Don Moomaw, Robert Seiple, David and Karen Mains, Martin Marty, C. Peter Wagner, Ron Sider, J.I. Packer, Calvin Miller, Fr. Henri Nouwen, Ted Engstrom, Fr. Michael Scanlon, Eugene Peterson, John Wimber, and Tony Campolo. 

Not far from here, Eastern mystical guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh had his massive ashram/ranch, which the Lord graciously turned over to Young Life, the evangelical parachurch ministry. So it’s grievously ironic that the speaker for their pre-opening leadership conference at the 60,000-plus-acres Wild Horse Canyon complex was former Catholic priest/present Catholic mystic Brennan Manning. His book The Signature of Jesus advances the philosophies and methodologies of the contemplative mystical/New Age pundits. It is Jesus to whom he attributes the occult technique of centering prayer: “The hunger I encounter across the land for silence, solitude, and centering prayer is the Spirit of Christ calling us from the shadows to the deep.”6 His most influential admirers (and promoters among our youth) are some of the biggest names in Christian music, among them the late Rich Mullins, Michael Card, D.C. Talk, and A Ragamuffin Band—named after Manning’s Ragamuffin Gospel (endorsed by Eugene Peterson and Max Lucado). His contemplative and “unconditional love” gospel (see Q&A this issue), however, is not the biblical gospel of salvation; therefore, neither can the Jesus who he claims appears to him be the biblical Jesus. 

The problems with this bogus spiritual approach to God are too many to fit into this brief article. Nevertheless, my prayer is that those youth leaders and pastors involved, or thinking about getting involved, would contemplate (in the biblical sense!) the following: 

Where do you find any of these methods or techniques in the Bible? Did any prophet or apostle, New Testament or Old, practice any of these “spiritual” exercises? No. Then how can these exercises be considered God’s way of knowing Him? 

How much of this movement with its mystical saints and classic works is Catholic, advancing the Catholic way of salvation? Are you interested in having your youth group follow the “check your mind at the door” teachings of St. Ignatius found in his spiritual exercises—such as, “If we wish to proceed securely in all things, we must hold fast to the following principle: What seems to me white, I will believe black if the hierarchical [Roman Catholic] Church so defines”?

Have you ever found the biblical gospel in any of the classic or modern contemplative materials? Could there be any significance in the fact that this movement practically died out after the Reformation, only to be revived today! How does one discern whether or not the God being “heard” through the subjectiveexperiential mode of communication is truly our Lord speaking—especially if the authority and sufficiency of His Word is downplayed, even rejected? 

Finally, if you truly love those young souls whom Christ also loved and for whom He died, will you be a Berean, carefully checking these things in the light of Scripture—for their sake (Acts 20:28)? TBC 
 

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Lectio Divina Exposed

Ye Must Be Born Again!

 

SBC and Evangelicals seekers shift toward mystical emergent church

SBC and Evangelicals seekers shift toward mystical emergent church

“Christian” leaders that appeared on the church platforms of Saddleback, Willow Creek, Crystal Cathedral and other mega churches told us that a “big shift” was coming in Christianity and it has. This shift has been from following the written word of God to following mystical beliefs. This will eventually split the Evangelicals and their largest denomination.

The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) and other Evangelicals are slowly but surely being led by the seeker friendly gurus toward embracing the postmodern relativistic mystical concepts and leaders of the Emergent Church Movement.

This danger is greater than the division in the ranks of the SBC some years ago when liberals had unduly influenced the SBC leadership. It then took Adrian Rogers and some other conservative leaders to save the denomination from the abyss. This time the division is more insidious because the deception is coming from once strong conservative Bible believing churches that suddenly and subtly are now shifting to conform to the views of the postmodern emergent “Christians” that believe that truth is relative and Eastern and Roman Catholic religious mysticism is knowledge that should be acquired by Evangelicals.

You cannot argue from the scripture with postmodern people because their thoughts and feelings and human rationalizations trump any sound doctrine arguments. In other words, they are the final authority on God or at least humans are. They have in effect made man God because only man can determine what is good and evil. They have fallen into the big lie and the trap of a Devil that they do not even believe in. The concept of any Devil or Hell is not rational to the emergent church. It is just primitive and harmful folklore.

Scripture is no longer the final authority for faith and practice to most that lead the Emergent Movement, and that is why true Christians will have to separate from them. The situation we find ourselves in within the Evangelical Movement happened before on a smaller scale in the Jesus Movement of the 70’s and it will have a similar outcome.

The Jesus Movement was big and growing in California but some wanted esoteric mystical experiences in the services more than the teaching of sound doctrine. The Calvary Chapel Jesus movement split when Chuck Smith insisted that teaching doctrine, the written word of God, be the main focus of their services and not esoteric claims and mystical experiences. Those that disagreed with Smith split off to form the Vineyard movement that became led by John Wimber. The Vineyards are hyper Charismatic/Pentecostal churches and much like Word of Faith churches they went off into esoteric mystical fairyland and produced, laughing, prosperity and healing circuses. TV also spread hyper-Pentecostalism to other Pentecostal denominations. I guess the umbrella name for these hyper-Pentecostals today (if there is one) is now known as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). Without sound doctrine to guide them, they just get crazier all the time. On the other hand, the Calvary Chapel movement continued to teach through the Bible and most are still very solid biblical churches.

I think there will be a separation from the emergents as well, because once they departed from the word of God, there is no common foundation to stand on. I can’t stand on someone’s feelings, or on the teachings of men who use scripture as only a tool to teach philosophies that came from subjective contemplation and feelings originating in their own mind.

Unfortunately Bible believers are not going to be able to just educate or eradicate the emergents out of the evangelical movement because postmodern relativism has become firmly established; it has gone on too long. Very popular seeker-friendly gurus like Rick Warren, Bill Hybells etc, are endorsing emergent leaders. They are also joining with the NAR leaders.

What the emergents and the NAR have in common is postmodernism, postmillennialism, Dominion Theology and mysticism. They have different views of just how the Church takes over the world for God, but emergents almost all agree that Christendom must unite and take the world for Christ. Depending on the point of view of those that bought into this Dominion Theology, that either means they will once again join with the Roman Catholics, or they will be taking over the Roman Catholic system. That is why some emergent churches have incorporated Roman Catholic type rituals and its mysticism and some even push the writings of Catholic mystics. On the other hand, the NAR disciples think their anointed elite will usurp the Vatican and all leadership within Christendom. All will bow their knee to the anointed spiritual elite and that is how they will unite the Church and the world. They plan on doing it through signs, wonders and conquest (fat chance).

Emergents have already taken over many of our Bible colleges and seminaries and they are now pumping out young ministers made in the emergent image. I would venture to say that most of the young pastor/teachers coming out of Christian schools today are buying into at least some of the writings of emergent church leaders. Any small church getting a  pastor today right out of Bible school will probably get someone who leans toward emergent teaching. I would also venture to say that any large church probably already has one or more emergent clerics or lay leaders subverting the church from within. Once solid Bible teaching churches and head pastors have shown little discernment about the Emergent Church Movement. Many seem to now care only about numbers and being relevant to a postmodern generation, or perhaps they are deceived themselves and have actually converted to the emergent philosophy.

For example: there is the case of Dr. Ed Young who endorsed the teachings of Gary Thomas and even hired him as a leader in his mega church. Here is an excerpt about this from Apprising Ministries (links within were removed).

Gary Thomas’ main point of teaching right now, while promoting his latest book Thirsting for God: Spiritual Refreshment for the Sacred Journey, is encouraging people to read what he calls the “Christian classics.” He’ll tell you himself that these include, for example, the emotionally troubled Carmelite nun Teresa of Avila and her disciple John of the Cross. So Thomas has clearly set aside the Protestant Reformers’ assessments of these Roman Catholic mystics; but remember, Teresa and John were living at the same time as were these Reformers. And also keep in mind that they were actually active in the Counter Reformation movement within the RCC.

In fact, precisely in answer to mystics like these, the Protestant Reformers rightly emphasized that the proper way to approach Christian spirituality was to meet God in His Word, the Bible, one of His prescribed means of grace. However, in order to teach his mystic mythology Thomas has to set aside sola Scriptura along with these apostate Roman Catholic nuns and monks; they don’t mix. You really need to understand that this is all vivid evidence of an egregious infection of epidemic proportions because it quite accurately represents the views of more and more younger evangelicals.

Not only that, but from years of using marred materials from teachers in the Emerging Church, this also serves to further illustrate the awful effects Emergent philosophy is now having within the mainstream of the evangelical community. Sadly, desperate for numbers circa 2000 foolish leaders within once conservative evangelical churches would end up using their own young as spiritual guinea pigs in “alternative” worship services and quite literally bring wolves into Young Adult and Youth ministry sheep pens. And the first thing los lobos did was to separate them away from trust in Holy Scripture.

Bottom line: If Roman Catholic mysticism is now being promoted and recommended so openly in megachurches like 2ndBC and Saddleback Church within the SBC, then we really have a huge problem.

The Counterfeit Emerging Church Of Alice Bailey

 

The Counterfeit Emerging Church Of Alice Bailey

by David J. Stewart | July 2015

2nd Timothy 3:1-5, “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; HAVING A FORM OF GODLINESS, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

The following shocking quote from Alice Bailey ought to alarm every born-again Christian in the world. I’ll explain the Satanic meaning and dark agenda set forth by Mrs. Bailey after you read this disturbing quote…

The Christian church in its many branches can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness, and as a nucleus through which world illumination may be accomplished. I indicate the hope. I do not assert a fact. Its work is intended to be the holding of a broad platform. The church must show a wide tolerance, and teach no revolutionary doctrines or cling to any reactionary ideas. The church as a teaching factor should take the great basic doctrines and (shattering the old forms in which they are expressed and held) show their true and inner spiritual significance. The prime work of the church is to teach, and teach ceaselessly, preserving the outer appearance in order to reach the many who are accustomed to church usages. Teachers must be trained; Bible knowledge must be spread; the sacraments must be mystically interpreted, and the power of the church to heal must be demonstrated.

…There is no question therefore that the work to be done in familiarising the general public with the nature of the Mysteries is of paramount importance at this time. These Mysteries will be restored to outer expression through the medium of the Church and the Masonic Fraternity, if those groups leave off being organisations with material purpose, and become organisms with living objectives. [emphasis added]

SOURCE: Alice Bailey, The Externalisation Of The Hierarchy, pp. 510, 514

Let’s break the preceding quote down into a few points, and examine it in light of the Word of God:

Apostate Churches Will Be The Nucleus Through Which The New World Order Is Implemented. Bailey says that modern apostate churches can be just as influential as John the Baptist, who prepared the way for the first appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ. Shockingly, Bailey is teaching that the churches can be infiltrated and corrupted so that they actually help prepare for the coming of the Antichrist. Wow! Apostate Rick Warren (who has a personal net worth of $25,000,000) has been dubbed as “America’s Pastor,” yet he has relentlessly promoted “Chrislam” (Christianity sinfully yoked together with Islam), and has called for all Christians to submit to the Catholic Pope. In essence, and I say this kindly, Pastor Warren is “America’s Bastard” (meaning illegitimate). Illuminati Puppet, Pastor Rick Warren, Calls Jesuit Pedophile Devil Pope Francis, “OUR POPE”! What a fraud! Please watch the video titled: Rick Warren Exposed: Roman Catholic End Time Deception! If you understand what Alice Bailey is saying in the previous quote, you can clearly see how the Devil is using Pastor Warren to reform and corrupt the churches with New World Order philosophies. Warren claims that his book on “The Purpose Driven Life” is second in sales only to the King James Bible itself. I don’t know if that’s true, but that’s what he claims. Warren said his book has been translated into 159 different languages. That is sad and tragic, because his book is a blueprint for Alice Bailey’s New World Order.

These Churches Will Be Ecumenical, Soft-On-Sin, Non-Controversial And Doctrinally Deficient. Bailey states: “The church must show a wide tolerance, and teach no revolutionary doctrines or cling to any reactionary ideas.” This defines Rick Warren’s ecumenical compromise and shameful teachings. Warren’s wishy-washy! Alice Bailey said the churches must refrain from being controversial, by becoming widely “tolerant.” Now you know why in March of 2015, 20,562 Presbyterian ministers sinfully embraced same-sex marriages in 10,083 churches!!! WOE UNTO THOSE CHURCHES!!! The dictionary defines the word “reactionary” as “extremely conservative.” No wonder Rick Warren flip-flops on the issue of homosexuality, apologetically expressing his lame beliefs, telling everyone that he has many gay friends. The word “revolutionary” means “radical.” Bailey said the churches must not teach radical doctrines, such as the truth that salvation is by faith alone!!! The churches are infected today with the false doctrine that a person must forsake a sinful life to be saved, which is 100% works salvation. Reformation is not a requirement for regeneration!!! Amen! Warren is an unsaved spiritual destitute man, who teaches the Lordship Salvation heresy (.pdf book), pulling on the same rope as the Devil. God deliver us from this evil generation!!! Bailey’s plan for the New World Order is being successfully implemented, and the average church leader is woefully ignorant of these things. By God’s grace, I am trying to wake you up!!! Here’s a video clip of reprobate Rick Warren saying concerning Roman Catholics, “If you love Jesus, we’re on the same team.” No, Catholics are on their way to a burning Hell in their sacramental salvation!!! Salvation is by faith, not human effort.

These Churches Will Transform Biblical Theology Into Religious Spirituality. Bailey says, “The church as a teaching factor should take the great basic doctrines and (shattering the old forms in which they are expressed and held) show their true and inner spiritual significance.” Whoa! Alice Bailey said that to usher in the New World Order, the churches should change the fundamental doctrines of Christianity into religious forms that put forth New World Order philosophies instead. This is why many churches today are teaching spirituality without Biblical doctrinal soundness and truth. This is why the senior pastor (Miss Gretta Vosper) of the West Hill United Church in Toronto, Canada is a devout atheist!!! She says it’s more important how we treat each other than what we believe. In April of 2014, Melanie Johnson-Debaufre of United Methodist Drew University Theological School and Robert J. Miller of Juniata College appeared as part of the Jesus Seminar on the Road program. These two liberal theologians spoke at the United Methodist Church in Washington DC, presenting their argument why Jesus DIDN’T bodily raise up from the dead. Literally, the Methodist church advertised and held a Resurrection-Denying Seminar!!! This is The Emerging Church today, the fulfillment of Alice Bailey’s sinister plot to infiltrate the churches and exploit them to achieve a New World Order. I wish I could shake every fool-headed pastor, and wake him up to the horrifying reality that Luciferian-worshipping occultists are behind all modern counterfeit Bible versions!!! Satan is using the new corrupt Bible versions to corrupt and change the churches, transforming them from Biblical churches into Satanic false churches. Please watch the 1:46 hour documentary on the attack against the Word of God, Illuminati Plans 2016: The End Of The World.

These Churches Will Have A Superficial Outer Shell, But Lack True Biblical Christianity. Alice Bailey said, “The prime work of the church is to teach, and teach ceaselessly, preserving the outer appearance in order to reach the many who are accustomed to church usages.” Do you see how evil this reprobate woman was? Bailey is teaching that the church is to be exploited, as a whore, to deceive the masses of society. As you just read in her shocking sinister quote, Bailey says that in order to maintain the illusion of a real church (i.e., preserving the outer appearance), there should be a continuous flow of information. Now you know why these Satanic ministers always have another New York Times Best-Seller being sold in your nearest bookstore. The purpose of the New Testament Church is not to incessantly teach as Bailey claims; but rather, the Church is the Christian’s spiritual family. Church is where we hear preaching to mature in the Lord, get comfort, receive encouragement, tithe and go soul-winning. Church is where we exalt the Savior, evangelize the sinner and edify the saints!!! Please read from the awesome, doctrinally sound book, The Purpose Of Going To Church (by Pastor Jack Hyles, 1926-2001). If your church doesn’t have strong-preaching against sin, you’re in a sick church! If your church doesn’t go soul-winning, your in a sick church! If your church uses modern corrupt Bible versions, and teaches the heresy of Lordship Salvation, your in a religious cult!!! Alice Bailey said that apostate churches should PRESERVE “the outer appearance IN ORDER TO REACH [DECEIVE] THE MANY who are accustomed to church usages.” In other words, make it look like a church, but it’s not a real church!!!

My friend, what you just read by Alice Bailey is a manual on how to infiltrate, corrupt and destroy the churches! It is happening now!!! Our churches are in ruins. Evangelist Billy Sunday saw this horrifying trend a century ago in 1914…

“It would be a godsend if the Church would suffer persecution today; she hasn’t
suffered it for hundreds of years. She is growing rich and lagging behind. Going back.”
SOURCE: Billy Sunday, The Need for Revivals, From “Billy Sunday: The Man and His Message,” by William T. Ellis, Philadelphia: John C. Winston Co., 1914.
The average independent Baptist church has been corrupted, using the corrupted modern Bible PERversions instead of recognizing the faithful King James Bible as God’s preserved very pure Words. Psalms 119:140, “Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.” God promised to preserve those very pure Words unto every generation (Psalms 12:6-7). Every modern counterfeit Bible version completely changes this Scripture passage, saying that God preserves the saints instead. BLASPHEMY!!! Since greedy publishers are wickedly butchering the Word of God, and there are literally hundreds of English versions, they had to remove this promise from God from Psalms 12:6-7. The Devil’s hands have been very busy!

The Antichrist will not promote any certain religion. There will not be a One World Religion; but rather, there will be a watering down and diminishing of the churches, melting them into a one world religious philosophy (yet retaining their superficial denominational identities). Non-denominational churches are becoming very popular. Although there is no such thing as “The Baptist Church” (or any other denomination), I like to identify with Independent Fundamental Baptist (first because I am one), and because it gives people an idea of what core beliefs I hold. I sometimes meet people who refuse to tell me what religion or denomination they best align with, but after a few questions I can usually determine who they are. For example: If a man tells me that he believes salvation can be lost, believes in speaking-in-tongues and healing meetings, then I know he’s caught-up in the Charismatic mess.

This was Alice Bailey’s plan, that is, to retain the outer shell of the church, but hollow out the inside and replace it with the New Age mystery religion of the coming Antichrist. The onslaught of the never-ending slew of new counterfeit Bible versions is Satan’s grand accomplishment over the last century, allowing the Devil’s Illuminati to infiltrate, corrupt and kill the churches. We are witnessing the blurring of the lines between evangelical Christianity and all the religions of the world. This is all necessary for the Devil to ready the world for the appearance of the Antichrist. Rick Warren’s “The Purpose Driven Life” (deception) is a blueprint that would make Alice Bailey very proud. The Devil doesn’t jerk the steering wheel; but rather, he is slowly chipping away at Biblical Christianity, so he can replace it with a global religious philosophy. The new religion of “the God of forces” (Daniel 11:38) is all-inclusive of every religion, except Biblical Christianity!!!

Look in any of the new corrupt Bible versions and you’ll find that they change the first coming of Jesus Christ from “the time of reformation” to “THE NEW ORDER”!!! …

NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)—Hebrews 9:10, “They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.” [emphasis added]

KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB)—Hebrews 9:10, “Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.” [emphasis added]

Clearly they are promoting the New World Order. The 1984 NIV even changed Jesus from the chief cornerstone to “THE CAPSTONE.” Don’t you see my friend how the Devil is changing Jesus into the Antichrist? The NIV 2011 changed it back to cornerstone. The word “Antichrist” doesn’t mean “against Christ”; but rather, “IN PLACE OF” Christ.
In our text verse above, the “power thereof” refers to the Gospel (Good News) of the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Tragically, the Catholic idea of penance has crept into our churches, and the plethora of modern counterfeit Bible versions have redefined what it means to “repent.” Instead of a simple “change of mind” that compels a person to believe the Gospel to be saved, the churches have adopted the Satanic idea that a person cannot be saved unless they “change their life” away from sin to be saved. That is 100% human effort and a works-based salvation, not the imputed righteousness of God which is solely by faith. Eternal life is a free gift, which is simply received by faith in Christ’s death on the cross for our sins, His burial, and bodily resurrection the third day (1st Corinthians 15:1-4).
Instead, the emerging churches today are becoming mere religious institutions, having a form of godliness without the power of the Gospel. It appears that most churches are being deceived. The heresy of Lordship Salvation is not compatible with the Gospel. Either a person has to change their behavior to be saved or they don’t. It cannot be both (Romans 11:6). The new counterfeit Bibles say you do. Bless God, Jesus changed my life when I got saved, not me! We are living in a woefully Bible illiterate generation! I’m talking about woefully ignorant evangelists and pastors! The culprit is The Emerging Church which is being taught in all forms of media (magazines, internet, radio, books, television, et cetera). Please watch, The Emerging Church: Satanic False Heresy Of The End Times! (awesome preaching by Pastor Charles Lawson). Here’s the same sermon, but preached at a different time by Dr. Lawson, Beware: The Emerging Church Movement (preached June 2, 2013). Thank God for faithful preachers who have not bowed their knee to Baal!!!

I love you my friend in the Lord, whoever you may be. I sincerely mean that, which is why I work and pray night and day for the Lord to help all my web visitors, pleading for God’s Holy Spirit power to work in your heart as my words speak to your mind. I give all the credit and glory to God alone, who gave me this important ministerial work to do. Your life is a book in progress friend, and I thank you for letting me help write that book. 2nd Corinthians 3:2, “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men.” You are my joy, my treasure in whom I have invested my time and effort since 2002, to lead you closer to Jesus Christ and the King James Bible. HEAR YE HIM!!! It’s all about Jesus!!! We are so close to the Rapture. The end times are here! Look around you! We must work while it is still day, before the night cometh when no man can work. Time is running out quickly. Get busy for God.