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The following video is about that ‘peaceful’ religion, beheadings, desensitization, and the indoctrination of children in Canada.

In a shocking video of radical Islam in a Canadian school, Toronto-area Islamic Jaffari Centre stages a beheading play for kids . . .




New: Former Marine banned from daughter’s school after dispute over Islam lesson

‘There Is No God But Allah’: Father Pulls Son From School Over Pro-Islam Textbook

Is Islam a religion of peace?
ISLAM | The West’s definition of ‘peace’ differs dramatically from Islam’s


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It is no surprise to read about YWAM leaders in Switzerland earning their MA in a Spiritual Formation course from the University of the Nations with Renovaré at its core (see: A Public Letter From Renovare Reveals Troubling Connection with YWAM). The effects are already rapidly spreading throughout YWAM worldwide, but it was only a matter of time. Contemplative spirituality has been lurking quietly in this organization for a few years.

For example, on the YWAM Knowledge Base website is a Spiritual Growth Reading List that was compiled in 2010 as part of the ‘Savior Care’ files in ‘Missionary Care,’ which is essentially about the self care of YWAM leaders. Recommended books to read ‘no matter what’ include authors Ruth Haley Barton, Tony Jones, Peter Scazzero and ‘anything Henri Nouwen has written’. Some of the other resources recommended for Spiritual Growth on this list are:

Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas
Come Be My Light by Mother Teresa
The Reflective Life by Ken Gire
Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina by Michael Casey
A Guide to Living the Truth: Saint Benedict’s Teaching on Humility by Micheal Casey
A Testament of Devotion by Thomas R. Kelly
Open Heart Open Mind by Thomas Merton

The Way is Made by Walking by Arthur Paul Boers
Letters from the Desert by Carlo Carretto
Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry by Ruth Haley Barton
The Contemplative Pastor by Eugene Peterson
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Palmer Parker
The Poems of St. John of the Cross

Another way that contemplative spiritual formation may be influencing YWAM leaders is through various retreat centers. Since 2010, YWAM Canada (based in Vancouver, B.C.) has been promoting retreat centers that specialize in ecumenical contemplative spirituality (see: Retreat Centers @ http://www.ywamvancouver.org). One of the retreat centers YWAM recommends is the Mennonite Brethren affiliated Mark Centre. In fact, the founder of Youth With A Mission himself, Loren Cunningham, recently wrote the foreword in a new contemplative training resource written by the Mark Centre directors (see: What Will Ears Hear in The Mark Centre’s New Book?). The Mark Centre’s overriding goal
 and strategy is “To serve thousands who will inspire millions to embrace a lifestyle of listening to God” through contemplative spirituality (see: The Mark Centre and Silent Prayer – Strategy to Affect Millions). Will YWAM, with their worldwide influence, achieve that same goal?

There are just as many theological problems within YWAM as there are sincere young Christians with good intentions, but now a dangerous dose of contemplative spirituality has been added to the mixture. Pray for this Christian organization and others who may be leading sincere disciples of Jesus over the contemplative bridge back to Rome.

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A successfully convincing deception takes time and involves careful, deliberate planning. This is especially true when age old truths of the Bible are re-imagined and re-told in new ways in order to bring about change through a new kind of evolutionary Christianity that converges religion, universalism and spirituality to children.

A few years ago, before his Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity conference in Washington, Brian McLaren was asked a question regarding his vision for Children’s Ministry:

Question: Do you have or know of resources for children’s ministry which are aligned with your vision for the new church?

Answer: This is a big passion – maybe obsession – of mine: the need for curricula that introduce kids and youth to life in the way of Christ – and does so in the new emerging paradigm. It brings to mind something I once heard Walter Brueggemann say about theology: teaching theology is like teaching kids about sex. You don’t tell people more than they can handle, but you don’t teach them things you’ll have to unteach them later. So much of what we teach kids now will need to be untaught or at least modified in a major way later …
So I’m glad to hear about these two options you recommend … You’re also familiar, I imagine, with Godly Play, which provides truly helpful approaches. I also think that the Network of Biblical Storytellers has a lot to offer in this regard, although they don’t produce curricula.
This will be an important theme of a gathering I will be part of next May in Washington, DC – Children, Youth, and a New Kind of Christianity. You can get information here … I hope you can come … My hope is that from this conference, initiatives to develop the needed curricula will emerge. I know we need this immediately, yet I also know these things take time.

-Brian McLaren @ brianmclaren.net/archives/blog/thank-you-for-your-clarity.html

Because “these things take time,” there is no specific children’s curricula thus far, but McLaren has rewritten a new overview of the Bible which he is recommending for churches to use as a year long curriculum[1].

Setting up new material that teaches a new kind of evolutionary Christianity for children is a complicated business and takes time. This is because even the children’s curricula that he feels he can personally recommend does not adhere to his interpretation of Genesis. For example, he recommends Godly Play[2], but this resource teaches the literal 6 day creation, an ‘old assumption’ according to McLaren who is a ‘billions of years’ old earth advocate. This could be one of the reasons why he feels the urgency of obsession, as he puts the wheels into motion to re-imagine his own (specifically ‘McLaren correct’) new children’s curriculum.

Pray and watch, and listen for the tune of the Pied Piper of Change. And teach your children well. These are perilous times.

6 “For I am the Lord, I do not change;
Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
7 Yet from the days of your fathers
You have gone away from My ordinances
And have not kept them.
Return to Me, and I will return to you,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
Malachi 3


[1] See:
*Muddy Emerging Convergence in Sunday School Curriculum
*McLaren’s New Book – A New Kind of Year Long Church Curriculum

[2] Godly Play® Resources in Ashland, Kansas, provides Godly Play® products for Christian education and spiritual direction for children. The goal of Godly Play® is to teach children and adults the art of using religious language and to help them become fully aware of the mystery of God’s presence in their lives.
*Godly Play offers various kits which reveal a Roman Catholic flavour, such as the following:
The Saints, Volume 7 (Catherine of Sienna, Julian of Norwich, St. Teresa of Avila, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, etc.):
Circle of the Church Year wooden
Godly Play Calendar of the Church Year:

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Brian McLaren, who said a few years ago that everything must change, proposes that in order to keep the next generation in church, we must deal with the way that Christian children and teens have been taught, or are currently being taught. Therefore, the curriculum must be changed. McLaren and friends seem to agree that one area where the church has failed is by teaching children a literal interpretation of the Bible, especially when it comes to the book of Genesis. Recently, McLaren and his associates put together a conference to try to change everything that children and youth are learning about Christianity. Here is part of what he had to say when questioned after the event . . .

You recently convened a conference on ‘Children, youth and a new kind of Christianity’ – what was that event all about and why did you draw it together?
There is a group of us in the United States who have been doing a lot of creative work on what it means to be Christians and what church is about, especially focussed on young adults and adults. We’ve done a lot of creative work with youth, but very often we’re still providing our children with the same kind of traditional curricula. As a result, in some ways we’re having to do repair work on those children when they reach adolescence and then adulthood.
For a number of years we’ve been saying all of our creative work for youth and young adults, ‘how would that affect the way we teach children?’ So, for example, if we teach children a way of reading the first few chapters of Genesis that gives them an anti-evolutionary bias, then we’ve got to deal with that when they turn 14 or 16 and they’re ready to leave the faith because it’s so opposed to science. So that was one dimension of the event.

Source: Q&A with Brian McLaren

The grave concern with McLaren’s new idea to deal with kids who are going through stages of doubt in regards to creation vs. evolution (as he did at that age) is that McLaren does not hold to a literal interpretation of the Bible. He has stated that  .  .  .

“Christians are in “deep denial” over the continuous evolution of the Christian faith which allows the work of Charles Darwin to be celebrated, not feared.

Source: Brian McLaren: Christians in Denial Over Evolution of Faith

The article at the above link also says that McLaren “rejects the Bible’s narrative of Eden, the fall, condemnation, salvation, and heaven or hell/damnation” and that he
“criticizes evangelicals for holding onto what he perceives as obsolete doctrines instead of making faith relevant to the 21st century.”

The spiritual danger in viewing the book of Genesis, or the entire Bible, as allegorical rather than literal is that the meaning of doctrines can then be changed, and no longer accepted as the basics of Christianity. Anyone who denies the redemption from eternal punishment in hell through the blood Christ shed on the cross, and re-imagines a new kind of Christianity, as McLaren has done, has placed his soul in eternal peril. But the even bigger danger is when the teachers of this re-imagined Christianity target the minds of children and youth.

Later this month, McLaren will be speaking at Faith Forward 2014, another conference about re-imagining ministry with children and youth. In the following video, Brian McLaren and co-planner Dave Csinos discuss looking forward to the conference. During the conversation, Csinos says, “maybe we need not just change the packaging, maybe we just need to tell better stories.” McLaren agrees and says that “we as adults need to be story formed and story shaped people.” Through their own creative efforts at this gathering, they hope to fill the void, the old methods are not working, and this gathering will bring together creative people who are experimenting… a community of co-conspirators re-imagining together . . .


Is the Bible just a bunch of stories that need to be changed for children? Does Sunday School curricula that contains old doctrines need to be re-imagined?

Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. 1 Cor. 10:11

When Scripture is viewed as just an allegory, the absolutes disappear, and the meaning becomes subject to conjecture and opinions of man. This is what leaves a void that opens the door to all kinds of substitutions for the truth. This is how heresy, mysticism and contemplative spirituality are being introduced into the church, labelled as the ‘new kind of Christianity.’ The muddy lie is so smooth that this new kind of evolutionary Christianity has slipped into every area of the church, and is now sliding into the Sunday School curriculum, thanks to those who don’t even believe that the Word of God is inspired by the Holy Spirit.

In one of his books, Brian McLaren states, “Scripture is something God had ‘let be,’ and so it is at once God’s creation and the creation of the dozens of people and communities and cultures who produced it” (McLaren, p. 162 Generous Orthodoxy, (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004)

McLaren fails to notice that Jesus took scripture literally whenever he quoted from the Old Testament. In contrast, McLaren twists scripture when he quotes it. For example, he has suggested that …

“the Old Testament priest Melchizedek was of a different religion than Abraham, and Abraham used a mystical practice to connect with Melchizedek. Thus McLaren draws this conclusion: “[W]e discover practices for our own faith in an encounter with someone of another faith””

Source: Brian McLaren’s Hope for the Future – The Minds of Your Grandchildren

Is this why McLaren celebrates Ramadan?

In truth, had McLaren studied the Bible in depth, instead of re-imagining it, he would have discovered that Melchizedek, which means “king of righteousness,” was king of Salem (Jerusalem) and priest of God Most High who worshipped the true God. According to Psalm 110:4, the priesthood of the Messiah is the order of Melchizedek, and Hebrews 7:3 alludes to Melchizedek as a possible theophany.

Sadly, McLaren and friends may be correct about one thing – many teenagers and young adults in our culture are leaving church. It’s the conclusion on the solution which is incorrect. Teaching a non-literal interpretation of the Bible is not the way to keep the youth in church. If they stay in these new kind of emerging ‘churches’ that are void of the power of God’s unchanging Word, today’s youth will fill the void with a counterfit spirituality, as their emerging ‘church’ leaders have done.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12


*** McLaren’s New Book – A New Kind of Year Long Church Curriculum

Question: “Can / Should we interpret the Bible as literal?

10 Basics Every Creationist Must Know To Boldly Proclaim a Biblical Worldview

Genesis 1: Are the Six Days of Creation Literal or Figurative?

Emergent Church and Biblical Inerrancy-What Does The Emergent Church Believe

Like We Said, Brian McLaren Wants the Minds of Your Children and Grandchildren

Indoctrination……It’s Not Just For Communists. Emergents Like It, Too, for Their “New Kind of Christianity.”

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As the interfaith one world religion ball rolls….

White House Easter Egg Roll to Feature ‘Let’s Move!’ Yoga Garden

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be hosting a “Yoga Garden” this year for children and their parents who attend the traditional Easter Egg Roll festivities on Monday, April 21, 2014.
The yoga mecca is part of this year’s Easter theme, “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” which is part of the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” program and will feature professional instructors.
The event will also include a “Hop to it Stage” with a variety of dancing events, including “Baby Loves Disco, Hip Hop Public Health, KidTribe, and the Ohmies.”

More here:

Aside from the obvious dangers surrounding the spiritual elements of yoga and Hinduism, yoga exercises and positions are not all fun and games for children, as Marcia Montenegro of Christian Answers for the New Age tells us…

“the President of the American Yoga Association has stated that she does not think Yoga is good for children under age 16 because of the effects on “nervous and glandular systems” and that Yoga may interfere with natural growth… Referring to two of her teachers, she says, “Two of my great teachers, Rama and Lakshmanjoo, advised me of the dangers that Yoga asanas may pose for young children” …. She is okay with children doing some breathing techniques, but this website is clearly New Age and will not admit to the spiritual dangers. At least they advise against children doing Yoga for physical reasons”

By Marcia Montenegro, March 20

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Father Thomas Ryan is a catholic priest who directs the North American Office for Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations in Washington DC for his community, the Paulist Fathers.[1] He also coordinates ecumenical and inter-religious relations for the paulist community in Canada. A certified Kripalu yoga teacher, one of the sacred practices he teaches is YOGA PRAYER: AN EMBODIED CHRISTIAN PRACTICE.[2] Last fall Fr Thomas Ryan wrote several guest blogs for ‘Shalem Institute’s Living Contemplatively’[3].

This week Father Thomas Ryan will be speaking with Dr. Gordon Smith, President of Ambrose University College and Seminary, in Calgary, Alberta (the seminary of Christian and Missionary Alliance and The Church of the Nazarene). Together they will be leading “Catholics and Evangelicals in God’s Mission—Together,” which is an opportunity to…

“…come together to talk about Christian unity and mission. Church unity is a global issue that matters: Jesus prayed in the closing hours of his life for the unity of his followers, and the church’s vocation is to be a sign in our world of God’s reconciling power. The truth is that Evangelicals and Catholics share much more in common than not.”[4]

This comes as no surprise to those who have been watching the muddy streams of religion converge. Indeed, a picture says a thousand words.[5]


[1] http://www.kripalu.org/presenter/V0000213/fr_thomas_ryan
[2] http://www.paulistproductions.org/movies-yoga-prayer.html
[3] http://livingcontemplatively.org/tag/fr-thomas-ryan/
[4] http://ambrose.edu/global-impact-week
[5] http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=14806



C&MA and Ambrose: Welcoming Spiritually Muddy Theology

Are Ambrose Lecturers Leading Students into Muddy Waters?

Christian & Missionary Alliance Students Taught to Listen to God – Contemplative Style


Evangelicals and Catholics Together – Part 1
(December 1994 – Volume 1, Issue 2)
Was the Reformation a mistake, or do fundamental points of doctrine still separate the Roman Catholic Church from us?
Read Parts 1-3 here:

Evangelicals & Catholics: The Next Generation?
McMahon, T.A.

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Miley Cyrus’ Jesus

In early January 2014, Miley Cyrus turned to her Instagram account to let everyone know about Jesus! Don’t get too excited though; it is actually to tell others what they should believe about Jesus. Here are the words from the picture that was posted:

“Jesus was a radical nonviolent revolutionary who hung around with lepers hookers and crooks; wasn’t American and never spoke English; was anti-wealth, anti-death penalty anti-public prayer (M 6:5); but was never anti-gay, never mentioned abortion or birth control, never called the poor lazy, never justified torture, who never fought for tax cuts for the wealthiest Nazarenes, never asked a Leper for copay; and was a long-haired brown-skinned homeless community-organizing anti-slut-shaming middle eastern Jew.”

This is another Jesus than the Jesus of the Bible. Read more at Cup of Joe:


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