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Megan Quinn: Visiting minister separates Jesus from Christ

Robin Meyers wants people to stop worshipping Christ — and he is not afraid to say so. Meyers is not anti-religion, and he is not an atheist. In fact, he’s a United Church of Christ minister and published author on religious and political topics. When he visits Boulder this weekend, he will explain his polarizing view.

In his recent book, Meyers argues that Jesus, as a human, was a perfect example of kindness, love and selflessness. Yet today’s view centers around Christ — a divine being born of a virgin who was resurrected from the dead. The dogmatic shift has diverted Christians’ gaze from compassion to condemnation and sin, he said.

“We are looking for a teacher, not a savior,” he wrote in his recent book, “Saving Jesus From the Church: How to Stop Worshipping Christ and Following Jesus.”

More here:

http://www.understandthetimes.org/inthenews/333_uc.shtml

Note: Endorsements for Saving Jesus From the Church: How to Stop Worshipping Christ and Following Jesus include the following:

“Robin Meyers emerges in Saving Jesus from the Church as a national voice for a new Christianity. He is a well read scholar and a superb communicator. He writes with a refreshing honesty and a disarming authority. This book is a treat.”
— John Shelby Spong, author of Jesus for the Non-Religious

“With crisply prophetic joy, Meyers calls seekers and believers alike to leave belief about God behind in favor of becoming imitators of Jesus. We can save Jesus from the church, and in doing so, recreate faith communities freed from hypocrisy and filled with hope.”
— Diana Butler Bass, author of Christianity for the Rest of Us

“Every once in a while, a book comes along that changes everything. This is the book. It is scholarly, pastoral, prophetic, and eloquent–all in equal measure. Robin Meyers has spoken truth to power, and the church he loves will never be the same.”
— Desmond Tutu

“The time is right for this book and this book is right for the time.”
— Fred B. Craddock, Bandy Distinguished Professor of Preaching and New Testament Emeritus, Emory University

Source: Harper Collins

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John Piper: Desiring Rick Warren

Despite the countless and detailed warnings that have gone out over the last decade about Rick Warren and his distortion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, John Piper prepares to deliver his followers to the platform at Saddleback Church in an act of ultimate spiritual betrayal on April 29 and 30, 2011.

John Piper, perhaps more than anyone else who has been seduced by Dr. Warren through the years, is without excuse. Could there be a teacher more aware of what the Gospel actually is according to Scripture? Someone with a more thorough knowledge of the whole Counsel of God? Someone with more access to the best commentaries, the best theological instruction, the most devout and rigorous Bible teaching colleagues in the land? Yet he falls, and with him, takes innumerable sheep who will trust him to their own destruction.

More here:

http://www.crosstalkblog.com/2011/02/john-piper-desiring-rick-warren/

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Are young girls learning eastern spirituality from this “wholesome” doll?

“American Girl is a doll company that has had a reputation for selling wholesome dolls; for many Christian parents, American Girl has been an alternative to Barbie Dolls. Once included in American Doll’s mission statement was the goal to “reinforce positive social and moral values.”1 That statement was found on their website in 2000. But American Girl today is reinforcing and promoting New Age practices. American Girl Publishing (a division of American Girl) released a book in 2009 titled Spa Fun. On the back cover, it tells young readers to try a “yoga pose.” Inside, the chapter called “De-Stress” has sections titled “Balloon Breathes” (instructing readers to sit cross-legged and practice deep breathing exercises), “Mini Meditations” (instructs to sit cross-legged and focus on your breathing), and “Mantras.” In “Mantras,” it states: “Add a mantra to your meditation. A mantra is a sound or a word you repeat to help you focus” (p. 18).

The book also tells girls to practice “Laughing yoga”: “Sit cross-legged and take a deep breath. Exhale a few times with force saying ‘Ha-ha-ha!’ (p. 47). There is also a section called “Morning Yoga” (p. 48). On page 42, it tells girls to “meditate” and “take a mental trip to the beach.””

More here:

PARENTS BEWARE: American Girl Doll Company Recommends Yoga, Mantras, Meditation, and Breath Prayers
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=5925

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Rob Bell – Love Wins

Critical Praise for Love Wins

“In Love Wins, Rob Bell tackles the old heaven-and-hell question and offers a courageous alternative answer. Thousands of readers will find freedom and hope and a new way of understanding the biblical story – from beginning to end.”
— Brian D. McLaren, author of A New Kind of Christianity and Naked Spirituality

“[A] prophetic voice.”
— Christianity Today

Source: Harper Collins Canada

Related:

Rob Bell’s Upcoming Book on Heaven & Hell Stirs Blog, Twitter Backlash on Universalism
http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2011/02/rob_bells_book.html

NEW: See also:

Two Thoughts on the Rob Bell Brouhaha
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2011/02/28/bell-brouhaha/

Heads Up, Christian Parents: Rob Bell Is Teaching “Christian Universalism” to Youth Group Kids
http://solasisters.blogspot.com/2011/02/heads-up-christian-parents-rob-bell-is.html

Update: Heaven, Hell, and Rob Bell: Putting the Pastor in Context
http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2011/marchweb-only/rob-bell-universalism.html

Also just added, a related warning from the past:

Emergent Church Leaders’ InterSpirituality Talks Raise Flags
http://www.christianpost.com/news/emergent-church-leaders-interspirituality-talks-raise-flags-31980/

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Back in the fall of 2008, in a sermon by Emergent Church pastor Rob Bell, he referred to an idea about “a school of thought called an integral approach to humanity” developed by Don Beck, Clare Graves and Ken Wilber. As Apprising Ministries reported, this school of thought is “a biopsychosocial systems concept originated by the late Dr. Clare W. Graves” which was set to come to Southern Baptist churches in January of 2009. (See Who Is Dr. Michael Armour And Why Is He Teaching Southern Baptist Pastors?) Also in the post is a very interesting video where Bill Clinton (at Davos) also mentions Ken Wilber’s theory of everything and global consciousness. [Source: World Asked to Help Craft Online Charter for Religious Harmony @ http://christianresearchnetwork.com/?p=7942]

Here is what Rob Bell said in his 2008 sermon:

Now, there is a…a school of thought called an “Integral Approach to Humanity”. It’s essentially taking psychology, sociology, um….a bit of economics, world religions, etc., and they are working to say, “Are there ways to synthesize human development?” Now, if you take the work of some of these folks…the Don Beck, Claire Graves, Ken Wilbur and you look at child development, you begin to see certain patterns that connect. Now, you can take this biblical pattern and you can actually see a larger trend…

Read more about Rob Bell’s above mentioned sermon, Beware the dogs, here:

KEN WILBER: INTEGRAL THEORY MEANS EVERYBODY’S RIGHT ROB BELL
http://apprising.org/2008/11/22/ken-wilber-integral-theory-means-everybodys-right/

It’s interesting that Rob Bell, who has a new book about the after life where he puts Hell on trial (Love Wins), draws from the very same systems theories and vain philosophies as Brian McLaren, who also refers to the works of Graves, Beck and Wilber as the foundation for the concepts in his new and soon to be released book (Naked Spirituality).

For example, listen to what was said earlier this month during McLaren’s shocking first plenary session on Naked Spirituality at a Canadian Christian university, here:

McLaren’s Refreshing Winds at CMU – Part 1
http://mennolite.wordpress.com/2011/02/22/mclarens-refreshing-winds-at-cmu-part-1/

Remember, Rob Bell, whose new book will be hitting the shelves everywhere, recommended his readers set aside three months and study Ken Wilber’s A Brief History of Everything in his book Velvet Elvis. Is it any wonder he is now teaching universalism?

Another theory that Bell and McLaren share is their view on hell. Emerging church leader Brian McLaren calls the doctrine of hell “false advertising for God,” while Rob Bell is about to put hell on trial, arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever.

Wilber fans Bell and McLaren both seem to be drawing from the same murky waters of pseudo-scientific evolutionary theories and coming to the same conclusions about the eternal destination of the lost, which God went to great lengths to rescue us from. Meanwhile, it escapes the notice of their many followers that those who claim to be Christians but base their foundations on the theories and philosophies of anything other than God’s Word have exchanged the truth for a lie. The only thing worse than this is leading others away from the Living Water into their muddy streams of apostasy, straight to the place that neither of them believe in.

It is now obvious to all. There is no more doubt; the new official theory on Rob Bell is that he has gone out! It is the opinion of many that he has undeniably denied the truth and departed from the faith. The same is also true for Brian McLaren.

They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us. 1 John 2:19

Please pray for all those who follow after them and are learning about another Jesus.

Related:

Rob Bell: Universalist?
http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2011/02/26/rob-bell-universalist/

ROB BELL TEACHING UNIVERSALISM
http://apprising.org/2011/02/26/rob-bell-teaching-universalism/

A Critique of Ken Wilber
http://theconstructivecurmudgeon.blogspot.com/2010/03/critique-of-ken-wilber.html

BRIAN MCLAREN SPEAKS AS A UNIVERSALIST
http://apprising.org/2010/09/13/brian-mclaren-speaks-as-a-universalist/

Why is Rob Bell teaching Eastern Spirituality?
https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/why-is-rob-bell-teaching-eastern-spirituality/

UPDATE:

Bell Says He’s Been Slandered
March 30, 2011
http://www.dennyburk.com/bell-says-hes-been-slandered/

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Is Rob Bell coming out of the closet with his universalism beliefs? Apprising Ministries brings us the following announcement about Bell’s new book…

A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived.

Rob Bell addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever…? With searing insight, Bell puts hell on trial, and his message is decidedly hopeful—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins. (Online source)

More here:

ROB BELL OUT OF THE CLOSET FOR UNIVERSALISM

http://apprising.org/2011/02/25/rob-bell-out-of-the-closet-for-universalism/

Related:

Rob Bell Comes Out of the Closet for Universalism – Yet Speaks at Nazarene University
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=5912

UPDATE: Also see:

ROB BELL TEACHING UNIVERSALISM
http://apprising.org/2011/02/26/rob-bell-teaching-universalism/

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Protestant-Turned-Catholic Professor to Speak at Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA: On March 2nd, Azusa Pacific University, located in California, will hold its annual Common Day of Learning, a “campus-wide conference dedicated to the commemoration and celebration of academic discovery.” The University website says of the conference:

The theme for this year—“Seeking Wisdom from Above” (James 3:17)—is based on the beautiful summary of godly wisdom: “Wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.”1

The University website also states: “As an evangelical Christian university, APU affirms the supremacy of Christ in all areas of life.” Although the school claims to be “evangelical” and “affirms the supremacy of Christ,” the university has invited Protestant-turned-Catholic Jay Budziszewski to be the key note speaker at this year’s conference. Evangelicalism and Catholicism have traditionally been at opposite poles in the past with regard to certain doctrines such as justification by faith alone, the role of Mary (Catholicism adheres to Mary being a co-redemptor with Christ) and the Catholic belief that the elements during communion (the Eucharist) are the actual body and blood of Jesus Christ (see Another Jesus). Largely due to the influence over the past decade of the emerging church, the contemplative prayer (i.e., spiritual formation) movement, and the Purpose Driven movement, there has been a blurring of these essential doctrinal lines within the evangelical and Protestant church.

More here:

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=5902

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