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Archive for January, 2010

Take the Test: Are You a New Ager?
by Mike Oppenheimer
Let Us Reason Ministries

This may seem like an inconsequential question, even a silly question to ask, but many people may not know how involved they are in the new age movement that has permeated our society.

Take the test here:

http://letusreason.org/Nam45.htm

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Christians, Muslims, Jews Worship at Evangelical Megachurch

It was an unusual Sunday morning worship at Northwood Church in Keller, Texas. Christians, Muslims and Jews sat together in the megachurch to hear an evangelical pastor preach about Jesus.

The three faith groups had already visited the Islamic Center of Irving the previous day and the Temple Shalom of North Dallas on Friday before congregating inside the Christian house of worship. And they don’t plan to make this a one-time event.

As Northwood Senior Pastor Bob Roberts said Sunday, the three groups are making an attempt to get to know one another, understand the different teachings and worldviews, and become friends.

While such multifaith worship gatherings have raised eyebrows, Roberts said they are not trying to minimize differences or compromise their beliefs. In fact, the evangelical pastor discourages it. He wants all three faith groups to be honest about their differences and hold to their core convictions.

More here:

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100125/muslims-jews-christians-worship-in-evangelical-church/index.html

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The Answer to the Why Question?

Why are Rick Warren and a growing gaggle of Purpose-Driven and Seeker-Driven pastors embracing and promoting Roman Catholic Monastic Mysticism? In a previous post, I said that I would answer this question. It’s now time to do so.

There is one reason and one reason only why innovative market-driven pastors are promoting Roman Catholic Monastic Mysticism. The simple answer is MARKETING.

Since the mid-90’s market survey’s and data have been pointing market-driven pastors to the fact that the spiritual market in America was undergoing a change and would soon be embracing spirituality and expect mystical spiritual experiences from their church.

More here:

http://www.extremetheology.com/2010/01/the-answer-to-the-why-question.html

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Will praying the Daily Office unite a church in the Spirit, as this Leadership Journal article says, or will it bring them back to the mother church of Rome and her monastic practices and contemplative spirituality?

Finding Myself in Fixed-Hour Prayer
How praying the Daily Offices is uniting a church in the Spirit.
Ken Wilson | posted 1/11/2010

I stumbled on fixed-hour prayer about eight years ago. After my father passed away, I found my energy levels really low, and I couldn’t sustain my usual devotional life. I did all the regular things: the ACTS acrostic and extemporaneous prayer. I replicated prayer meetings on a one-on-one basis. But nothing seemed to work. I had heard a priest talk about the Daily Office, so, even though it sounded like cheating to me, I thought I would try reading other people’s prayers.

I couldn’t find that particular prayer book, but I came across The Divine Hours by Phyllis Tickle. Her adaptation of the Benedictine prayer format included readings every three hours of the day, plus one for bedtime. I started with once a day, then twice, and soon I was up to four times a day. Fixed-hour prayer transformed my prayer life…

More here:

http://www.christianitytoday.com/le/communitylife/discipleship/findingmyselfinfixedhourprayer.html

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In the words of Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries…

why would Dr. Tim Keller “highly recommend” so many who are teaching things rooted in apostate Roman Catholicism…

To find out what kind of spirituality Tim Keller, Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (NYC) is recommending, see here:

TIM KELLER ALSO PROMOTING MYSTIC GURU PETER SCAZZERO?
http://apprising.org/2010/01/28/tim-keller-also-promoting-mystic-guru-peter-scazzero/

Also see:

TIM KELLER ENDORSING COUNTER-REFORMATION CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY?

http://apprising.org/2009/06/30/tim-keller-endorsing-counter-reformation-contemplative-spirituality/

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We believe this is a case of a university president who does not appear to understand the nature of the current spiritual deception sweeping through the church, and very much so the Nazarene denomination.

See the response of this university president to these concerns here:

Northwest Nazarene University President Responds Regarding New Spirituality Speaker
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=2878

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See how they are making Roman Catholicism cool for teens with Eucharist/Mary centered spirituality…

“After watching the following video it seems that Rome is trying to model the same seeker-sensitive, feely-touchy, charismatic, man-made methodology that has left so many evangelicals disenfranchised with Christianity and is the impetus behind why so many are running into the arms of the Romish organization.”

See here:

Are Roman Catholics copying Evangelicals?
http://defendingcontending.com/2010/01/15/roman-catholics-copying-evangelicals/

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