Brannon Howse at Worldview Times with a fantastic video on the cultish beliefs and practices of talk-show host Glenn Beck, and the sinful acceptance of Beck by some evangelicals.
read the entire article at LighthouseTrailsResearch.com
The current popularity with meditative mysticism presents a very new and perplexing challenge for evangelical Christianity. We are beginning to encounter the New Age or Aquarian Christian. This new term describes someone who remains in his or her home church and professes the Christian faith but has also incorporated various aspects of the New Age or Aquarian mindset into his or her life. New Age author David Spangler was very optimistic about the possibility of this integration when he wrote, “The point is that the New Age is here … it builds itself and forms itself in the midst of the old.”1
What has fueled the momentum of this trend is the buffet-style dining approach that has become a hallmark of American religious sensibilities in the last twenty years—you take what you want and leave the rest. Americans are picking and blending religions as if they were ordering espressos: pick your espresso blend, but you still get coffee—pick your spiritual path, but you still get God. Whatever suits your spiritual tastes, you bring together. The result is hybrid New Age spirituality.
posted at Christian Research Network by Marsha West
Christianity Today’s Her.meneutics blog for women posted a piece entiled Why Your Church Needs a Dr. Oz. Not surprisingly the writer, Laura Leonard, conveniently leaves out the fact that Rick Warren chose to team up with Dr. Oz for The Daniel Plan knowing full well that he is a Muslim and a New Ager and that he pals around with Oprah and Deepak Chopra. So why in heaven’s name would a Christian church need a Dr. Oz? What the Church needs is discerning Christians!
by Dr. Albert Mohler at www.albertmohler.com
When Christians practice yoga, they must either deny the reality of what yoga represents or fail to see the contradictions between their Christian commitments and their embrace of yoga. The contradictions are not few, nor are they peripheral. The bare fact is that yoga is a spiritual discipline by which the adherent is trained to use the body as a vehicle for achieving consciousness of the divine. Christians are called to look to Christ for all that we need and to obey Christ through obeying his Word. We are not called to escape the consciousness of this world by achieving an elevated state of consciousness, but to follow Christ in the way of faithfulness.
There is nothing wrong with physical exercise, and yoga positions in themselves are not the main issue. But these positions are teaching postures with a spiritual purpose. Consider this — if you have to meditate intensely in order to achieve or to maintain a physical posture, it is no longer merely a physical posture.
The embrace of yoga is a symptom of our postmodern spiritual confusion, and, to our shame, this confusion reaches into the church. Stefanie Syman is telling us something important when she writes that yoga “has augured a truly post-Christian, spiritually polyglot country.” Christians who practice yoga are embracing, or at minimum flirting with, a spiritual practice that threatens to transform their own spiritual lives into a “post-Christian, spiritually polyglot” reality. Should any Christian willingly risk that?
World Net Daily posts an article highlighting the new book by Josh McDowell titled “‘O’ God: A Dialogue on Truth and Oprah’s Spirituality.”
McDowell and his co-author, Dave Sterrett, contend that the “splintered belief” of Oprah and the advice of the colorful teachers she promotes are among today’s most relevant issues.
“The danger is that while appearing to use Christian and inclusive language that at first seems similar to that of Christianity, Oprah teaches a message that is radically different and absolutely contrary to the true teaching of Scripture and historic Christianity,” McDowell and Sterrett warn. Get your autographed copy of “O God” exclusively from the team that published it – WND Books and the WND Superstore.
The media’s portrayal of Oprah as a modern-day Billy Graham and her selection as master of ceremonies for the national memorial service at Yankee Stadium after the 9/11 attacks demonstrate her powerful influence, the authors note.
McDowell points out USA Today reporter Cathy Lynn Grossman discussed in a recent article the theological shift taking place.
“Religion today in the USA is a salad bar where people heap on upbeat beliefs they like and often leave the veggies – like strict doctrine – behind,” she wrote.
“…so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:29
On this Wild and Wacky installment of The Mike Corley Program, Mike examines the so-called “Lakeland Revival” and the false ministry of Todd Bentley. Thousands are flocking to Lakeland and millions are watching on TV at home and in churches, attracted to these ultra-charismatic, indeed occultic, teachings. Who is Todd Bentley and what does he teach? Why is his ministry heretical?
A dear friend and brother in the Seattle area Derek Schroeder, is ministering at the Seeds of Compassion, a five day event there, which features the appearance of the Dalai Lama. The events website states the following concerning its purpose, “An unprecedented gathering to engage the hearts and minds of our community by highlighting the vision, science, and programs of early social, emotional, and cognitive learning.”
Derek is working there, passing out tracts, preaching on the street, and witnessing one-on-one. Here is his account of Day One.
Brothers and Sisters,
I went over to Seattle on Saturday to witness and do some street preaching at the Seeds of Compassion event. Here are some my observations and thoughts on Saturday’s events.
We had a drastic improvement in weather. It had been cold and rainy for the last 6 weeks and Saturday was beautiful day. It was in the 70’s. When I took the Bremerton-Seattle ferry it was packed with families. I thought most of them were taking advantage of the good weather to visit Seattle. When I walked off the ferry, I say almost 50% of the walk on passengers were heading over to QWest Field were the Dalai Lama was going to talk.
In this special repeat broadcast, from the MCP talks with Ray Rungen, author of the book A Time of Departing. They discussing such issues as centering prayer, the silence, yoga, Reiki, the Desert Fathers and spiritual formation teachings, and the influence of these new age teachings in the contemporary church.