Brian D. McLaren: The Secret Message of Jesus Brian claims acces to a "time release capsule" which no one had access until now.  He seems to think that it is a new revelation that Jesus Christ came to set up His kingdom or Church. What he does not grasp is that this was prophesied and fulfilled so perfectly that you cannot be a disciple and have missed it.  Jesus warned that he spoke to the false clergy in parables because they had no need to know: that is why doctors of the law "take away the key to knowledge." That is their job: that is what they do.
Do you envision the day when people will write their own version of the Bible in the manner of, say, Wikipedia?
I don't know. I imagine they will. That’s a fascinating question. This is one of our problems, whether people rewrite it in print or not, we do tend to rewrite it in our own thinking, so, for example, the difference between Fox News and Aljazeera — two different ways of telling the same stories. I think we have that kind of diversity in telling the Biblical story.

Resource: Nevertheless, with still a year remaining on his moratorium, Brian McLaren has made a moral pronouncement on the moral status of homosexuality. In his 2010 book A New Kind of Christianity, McLaren seeks to redefine the Christian faith for a new day, and in one chapter in particular he argues that traditional evangelicals need to abandon their 2,000-year old ethic on homosexuality. He pillories their beliefs as “fundasexuality,” which he defines as a “reactive, combative brand of religious fundamentalism that preoccupies itself with sexuality. . . . It is a kind of heterophobia: the fear of people who are different.” note 2 Traditional evangelicals, he argues, need an enemy against which they can coalesce in common cause: “Groups can exist without a god, but no group can exist without a devil. Some individual or group needs to be identified as the enemy. . . . Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered people are an ideal choice for this kind of scapegoating.” note 4.  For McLaren, evangelicals who treat homosexuals as sinners are really just looking for an enemy—a scapegoat. In other words, traditionalist faith is less about theology than it is about psychology. Evangelicals need someone to loathe, and homosexuals are the unfortunate target. What is clear in all of this is that McLaren has come to definitive conclusions on the matter in spite of what he said in 2006. That McLaren has broken his own moratorium shows how untenable a suggestion it was in the first place.
  1. ^Brian McLaren, A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions That Are Transforming the Faith (New York: HarperOne, 2010), 174–75.
  2. ^Ibid., 175.

Summer Celebration at David Lipscomb University

9.09.12 New
Lipscomb University 2012 Ignatian Retreat

Ignatius of Loyola the spiritual terrorist is NOT Ignatius the Church Father whose doctrine refutes the Ignatius of terrorism
...with the task of making disciples of women called as witnesses by the Inquisition under the direction of magistrate Alonso Mejias. Although the alumbrados [Illuminated; Illuminati; Enlightened Ones] of Spain were linked in their zeal and spirituality to the Franciscan reforms of which Cardinal de Cisneros was a promoter," the administrators of the Inquisition had mounting suspicions. These female disciples, Doña Leo, Doña Maria, and Doña Beatriz were so hysterically zealous that "one fell senseless, another sometimes rolled about on the ground, another had been seen in the grip of convulsions or shuddering and sweating in anguish." This suspicious activity had taken place while Ignatius and his companions were regularly preaching in public. Because of his "street-corner perorations" being identified "with the activities of the alumbrados," Ignatius was naturally singled out for inspection as one of these visionaries; however he was later released.

The Alumbrados: The Jesuit Order or "Society of Jesus" is a Covert Military Organization founded by Ignatius of Loyola (a member of the Spanish Gnostic Sect, Los Alumbrados) in 1534. The Alumbrados (Spanish word for The Illuminated Ones) where a Secret Society of Gnostic (Religion that combines Eastern Mysticism with Monotheist Religions and Mystery Religions ) origins. The Alumbrados were a sect of people of Noble blood who believed that the Human Soul could evolve into a degree of "Perfection" in this present life and comprehend the "Mystery" of the trinity. They believe that when a person´s soul reaches this state of "Perfection" and "Union with God" they could commit any criminal, Immoral and sinful acts without staining their souls.
        Gnosticism and Eastern Mysticism (including the Mystery Babylonian religion) teaches that its members are "Gods in the making" and that Lucifer is the one that makes us realize the "God within us" and evolve this into our full potential (without the need to repent for our sins) as his name means "Morning Star" and "The Illuminated One", this doctrine which is nearly identical in all Secret Societies called the Illuminati (The Illuminated Ones)


The Spirit of Christ in the Prophets identified Babylon, Tyre and the end-time Great Mother of Babylon (Revelation 17) as a "singing and harp-playing prostitute. Because the pagan belief that Lucifer (Venus, Zoe) was superior to brother LOGOS, the prophets and the New Testament teaches the antithesis.

Peter pointed to the prophets through the Spirit OF Christ and the prophecies made more certain as the FOUNDATIONAL TEACHING resource for the Ekklesia--Synagogue or Christ with a singular purpose: to teach that which is written for our learning.

2Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy;
        whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, [the only Worship concept]
        as unto a light that shineth in a dark place,
        until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:
        but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit (or Christ).

THIS WAS TO MARK DOCTORS OF THE LAW WHOSE TASK IS TO TAKE AWAY THE KEY TO KNOWLEDGE

2Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people,
       
even as there shall be false teachers among you,
        who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
        even denying the Lord that bought them,
        and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways;
        by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:
        whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
2Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned,
        but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
2Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government.
        Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

Revelation 2:28 And I will give him the morning star.
Revelation 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
From Post Modernism to New Age Ocultism influence? The Staff of most "christian" universities have clearly adopted the views of postmodernism -- which began as a college prank. They say that all of the Bible has been sifted away by philosophy, evolution of the eyeballs and the Heisenberg Uncertainty principle. That is surely a MARK of people who think that they can move at the speed of light where things become UNCERTAIN. 
Lipscomb University Preaching 2008 From Denominational Imagination!  
"This conference proposes that WE allow the worlds imagined
        in the essential biblical narratives
        to dramatically shape our preaching and lives.
We believe that preaching REconstitutes biblical paradigms when it engages Scripture’s vision
  1. by REpresenting what is absent
  2. and making present what is inaccessible
  3. to the end that followers of God will live into a God-shaped reality.
THE CHURCH OF CHRIST WAS DEFINED AS THE QAHAL, SYNAGOGUE OR CHURCH IN THE WILDERNESS.

The Synagogue was
INCLUSIVE of Rest, Reading and Rehearsing the Word of God
EXCLUSIVE of vocal or instrumental rejoicing or elevated rhetoric.

The synagogue QUARANTINED the godly people from the Jacob-cursed Levites who were turned over to worship the starry host because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai.

The Gentiles often attended synagogue instead of the pagan vocal and instrumental orgies. They and Timothy were "wise unto salvation" because they had been trained in the Prophets and Apostles which is the ONLY resource Christ prophesied and Jesus fulfilled.

Acts 15:21 For Moses of old time
        hath in every city them that preach him,
        being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

Jesus exampled that and commanded it both inclusively and exclusively by the terms ekklesia and synagogue.
Paul practiced and commanded "using one mind and one mouth" to teach that which is commanded for our learning.
That was the unique pattern until pagans added rhetoricians and performing artists after Augustine.

BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND BLACK TEXT ON BROWN PAPER IS THE MARK OF ONE WITH A HOLY SPIRIT OR A GOOD CONSCIENCE.

Latin: Romans 12.1 obsecro itaque vos fratres per misericordiam Dei ut exhibeatis corpora vestra hostiamviventemsanctam Deo placentem rationabile obsequium vestrum
Rătĭōnābĭlis , e, adj. ratio (post-Aug.; = rationalis, which is in better use), I. reasonable, rational: he pure milk of reason, id. 1 Pet. 2, 2: “sententia vera et rationabilis,
Sententĭa , ae, f. for sentientia, from sentio,
I. a way of thinking, opinion, judgment, sentiment; a purpose, determination, decision, will, etc.
I. Transf., of words, discourse, etc., sense, meaning, signification, idea, notion, etc.
1. In gen., a thought expressed in words; a sentence, period: dum de singulis sententiis breviter disputo

Greek rational worship demands:

logi^k-os , ē, on, (logos)
A. of or for speaking or speech, merē l. the organs of speech, Plu.Cor.38:
logikē, , speech, Opposite. mousikē,
Opposite
phantasia expressed in speech, cf. 71, al. 2. imagination, i.e. the re-presentation of appearances or images, primarily derived from sensation (cf. “aisthēsis11), hotan kath' hauto alla di' aisthēseōs parē tini to toiouton au pathos
c. creative imagination,ph. sophōtera mimēseōs dēmiourgosPhilostr.VA6.19.

Iamblichus 3.8 OTHER MODES OF ENTRANCEMENT.
In regard to another kind of divination thou makest this statement, namely: "Others who understand themselves in other respects become divinely inspired through the fancy:4 some taking darkness as accessory, others employing certain potions, and others depending on singing and magic figures. Some are affected by means of water, others by gazing on a wall, others by the hypæthral air, and others by the sun or some other of the heavenly luminaries."

4. Greek, fantastikon (Phantasia, or imagination) is defined by Chrysippos and Plutarch as the faculty which reveals itself and its causes; phantastikon or fancy, the term here used, as a vain impulse of the mind with no real cause; phantaston as the imaginable, anything that may make an impression; phantasma, a phantom, an apparition.

Logos: II. possessed of reason, intellectual, “merosTi.Locr.99e, al.; “to l. zōon   
        dianoētikai, Mind Opposite. ēthikai, Arist.EN1108b9.
        And:
        Ethi^k-os , A. ēthos11) moral, Opposite. dianoētikos, Arist.EN1103a5,
        al.; ta ēthika a treatise on morals,
Logos: 2. dialectical, argumentative, hoi l. dialogoi
    logical, l. sullogismoi, Opposite. rhētorikoi, Rh.1355a13.
peri logikōn title of work, Opposite to phusikon, to ēthikon,
And Phusikos is the opposite of logikos
phu^sikos , ē, onA. natural, produced or caused by nature, inborn, native,
II. of or concerning the order of external nature, natural, physical, ph. epistēmē
2. ho ph.an inquirer into nature, natural philosopher,
4. Adv. “-kōsaccording to the laws of nature,
phu^sikos  is the Opposite of logikōs,
Logos , Opposite. kata pathos, Arist.EN1169a5 or personal experiences
Opposite matēn , Dor. mata_n ma^, Adv. random, balse, dreams
Opposite human reasoning.
Opposite muthos, as history to legend,
intelligent utterance,  Opposite phōnē, 3. any articulate sound,
4. of sounds made by inanimate objects, mostly Poet., “kerkidos ph.S.Fr.595; “suriggōnE.Tr.127 (lyr.); “aulōnMnesim.4.56 (anap.); rare in early Prose, “organōn phōnaiPl.R.397a; freq. in LXX, “ ph. tēs salpiggosLXX Ex.20.18; ph. brontēs ib. Ps.103(104).7;
Opposite inarticulate noise (psophos
psoph-os , also of musical instruments, lōtou, kitharas, E.Ba.687, Cyc.443; of a trumpet, Paus.2.21.3.
prose, Opposite poiēsis, Id.R.390a; Opposite. psilometria, Arist.Po.1448a11; Opposite. emmetra, l. touto tōn metrōn (sc. to iambeion)“
pezoi, Opposite poiētikē,

pezos , ē, on, (v. pous) : 2. of verse, unaccompanied by music, “kai peza kai phormiktaS.Fr.16 ; pezō goō: aneu aulou ē luras, without the lyre
2. without musical accompaniment (cf. 11.2), “pausai melōdous' alla p. moi phrason. Pl.Sph.237a.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
373.  anapano, an-ap-ow´-o; from 303 and 3973; (reflexively) to repose (literally or figuratively (be exempt), remain); by implication, to refresh: — take ease, refresh, (give, take) rest.
3973. pauo, pow´-o; a primary verb (“pause”); to stop (transitively or intransitively), i.e. restrain, quit, desist, come to an end: — cease, leave, refrain.
Stop the:  Melōd-eō ,A. chant, sing, Ar.Av.226, 1381, Th.99:—Pass., to be chanted, “ta rhēthenta ē melōdēthentaPl.Lg.655d, cf. Chamael. ap. Ath. 14.620c; to be set to music, Cleanth. ap. Phld.Mus.p.98 K.; ta melōdoumena diastēmata used in music, Plu.2.1019a.
pauō , Il.19.67, etc. ;
Stop the: lupas ōdais p. E.Med.197 (anap.), etc. ; p. toxon let the bow rest, Od.21.279
Stop the: 2. c. acc. pers. et gen. rei, hinder, keep back, or give one rest, from a thing, p. Hektora makhēs, ponoio Akhilēa, Thamurin aoidēs,
Stop the: 3. c. pres. part., stop a person from  leave off doing . . , hoth' hupnos heloi, pausaito te nēpiakheuōn when he stopped playing
Stop the: later paēsomai ana-) Apoc.14.13
Stop the: of one singing or speaking, 17.359, Hdt.7.8.d : generally, Med. denotes willing, Pass. forced, cessation.
Stop the rhapsōd-os , o(, A. reciter of Epic poems, sts. applied to the bard who recited his own poem, professional reciters, esp. of the poems of Homer, Hdt.5.67, Pl.Ion 530c, etc.: also rh. kuōn, ironically, of the Sphinx who chanted her riddle, S.OT391
(Prob. from rhaptō, aoidē; Hes.Fr. 265 speaks of himself and Homer as en nearois humnois rhapsantes aoidēn, and Pi.N.2.2 calls Epic poets rhaptōn epeōn aoidoi:
Stop the orkheomai , 2. represent by dancing or pantomime,
III. Act. orkheō , make to dance (v. Pl.Cra.407a), is used by Ion Trag.50, ek tōn aelptōn mallon ōrkhēsen phrenas made my heart leap
Noting the unnatural rush to "Spiritual Formation" as the latest fad:
"The realization of this may be what is reflected in the current mass abandonment of the exclusiveness of Christianity that is going on among Western Christians now, especially in its academic centers. Why should one insist on the exclusiveness of Christianity if all it is is one more cultural form? But let the reality of Christian spiritual formation come to its fullness, and exclusiveness will take care of itself. If the homosexual, the witch and the warlock, the Buddhist and the Muslim, can truly walk in a holiness and power equal to that of Jesus Christ and devoted followers, there is nothing more to say. But Christ himself, and not Christianity as a form of human culture, is the standard by which 'we' as well as 'they' are to be measured (Acts 17:31). Dallas Willard
Spiritual Formation through the "works of human hands or the imagimnations of the human heart" when God said that He is not worshipped with the works of human hands and the "imagination of man is evil continually."

God in Christ provided all things required for spiritual grouth.
Eph. 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists;
        and some, pastors and teachers;
Eph. 4:12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry,
        for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Eph. 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith,
        and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
        unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
To understand why people have DESPISED the Word of The Son of God and turned back to using the human imagination to understand the real message you shoulc read how they are training preachers:
Lipscomb University Conference on Preaching 2008
Summer Celebration 2009 Streams of Living Waters
The modern mass movement is to replace the teaching of the Bible as having the power to train the human spirit is to turn to ocultism which attemts to derive truth FROM the human imagination. A host of mind focusing efforts are collected under the new discipline of Spiritual Formation. You can now get advanced degrees as experts in seeking the god within.  

Christianity Today and the fears of a militaristic cult.

"Douglass, who has developed the most successful Willow Creek-based church service in Germany, even maintained, "I think this approach is most applicable to the state churches. We have the people, even if they don't attend. We enjoy an incredible edge in confidence vis-àvis the free churches." He cautioned,

"The cost of this approach is hard work and loads of strife with church insiders." Christianity Today

"All things come into being by conflict of opposites, and the sum of things flows like a stream. This order, the same for all things, no one of gods or men has made, but it always was, and is, and ever shall be, an ever-living fire, kindling according to fixed measure, and extinguished according to fixed measure. Justice meant a balance of opposites, and hence could be defined as strife.

Heraclitus cited as an example the tension between the string and the frame in a bow or a musical instrument. 'Harmony lies in the bending back, as for instance of the bow or of the lyre... Opposition unites. From what draws apart results the most beautiful harmony. All things take place by strife'." (Parkes, Henry Bamford, Gods and Men The Origins of Western Culture, p. 188, Knopf)

"SKEPTICAL VOICES: Skeptics believe a Willow Creek approach disregards Western Europeans' strong aversion to entering any church service, their suspicion of innovation, and deep fear of sectarianism. Christianity Today 

Freeing itself from the Catholic Clergy, Luther wrote and defended Sola Scriptura as the only source of faith and practice as against the "doctors of the Law who take away the key to Knowledge":

"But, if many things still remain abstruse to many, this does not arise from obscurity in the Scriptures, but from [our] own blindness or want [i.e., lack] of understanding, who do not go the way to see the all-perfect clearness of truth…. Let, therefore, wretched men cease to impute, with blasphemous perverseness, the darkness and obscurity of their own heart to the all-clear scriptures of God…. If you speak of the internal clearness, no man sees one iota in the Scriptures but he that hath the Spirit of God…. If you speak of the external clearness, nothing whatever is left obscure or ambiguous; but all things that are in the Scriptures, are by the Word brought forth into the clearest light, and proclaimedto the whole world.    

In 2 Corinthians 3 of the Jews who had been made blind at Mount Sinai Paul said that they would not be able to read BLACK text on BROWN paper until they converted to Christ which is done only at baptism. 

"Though such an understanding, as Luther openly admits, did not demand complete agreement among Protestants on every secondary doctrine, it did establish an important principle: That the Word of God was revealed in an understandable way, that its central message is clear, and that (because it is clear) all men are fully accountable to its message

The Emergent Approach: You can understand the new Lipscomb University School by understanding one of its consultants.

In contrast to this, the teachings of Brian McLaren (and others of his Emergent Church) directly assault the doctrine of biblical clarity. Instead of promoting a settled confidence in the fact that the Bible can be understood, McLaren does just the opposite. And he does so in at least five important ways.

ONE DEFINITION OF SPIRITUAL PROSTITUTION IS TO USE THE HUMAN IMAGINATION TO REPLACE SCRIPTURE.

Lipscomb University Preaching 2008 From Denominational Imagination!
 
"This conference proposes that WE allow the worlds imagined
        in the essential biblical narratives
        to dramatically shape our preaching and lives.
We believe that preaching REconstitutes biblical paradigms when it engages Scripture’s vision
  1. by REpresenting what is absent
  2. and making present what is inaccessible
  3. to the end that followers of God will live into a God-shaped reality.
With some background, the point of this paper is to speak of the teaching of "spiritual formation" which this year at LU points to mysticism or finding the truths of God from within. Because the Word says that the "imaginations of the heart are only evil continually" God thought that He should inform us and put it in clay vessels and literal chards so that we can MARK false teachers.

The Biblical TEXT which is more than just their narratives do more than IMAGE certain facts.  The Bible states explicitly that ..
Gen. 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth,
        and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Gen. 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I
         will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake;
        for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth;
        neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.
Spiritual Formation causes its disciples (future preachers) to get information from their OWN imagination or they expect some alien spirit to inform them.
And all of the prophets by the Spirit of Christ agree:

Jeremiah 6:17 Also I set watchmen over you,
             saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet.
............ But they said, We will not hearken.

Jeremiah 6:18 Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.

Jeremiah 6:19 Hear, O earth: behold,
............ I will bring evil upon this people,
............ even the fruit of their thoughts,
............ because they have not hearkened unto my words,
............ nor to my law, but rejected it.

Church is defined as ekklesia or synagogue or a school of the Word of God: the preacher's only task is to teach that which has been spoken. The Spiritual Formation takes place when our minds or spirits are "washed by the water of the Word."  After the Israelites rose up in musical idolatry they lost the power to read BLACK TEXT on BROWN paper without twisting it.  Paul in 2 Corinthians 3 says that a clear view or conscience or A holy spirit comes only after baptism.

For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners
        but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do. Deut 18:14

The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren,
        like unto me; unto
him ye shall hearken; Deut 18:15
According to all that thou desiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly,
        saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God,
        neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. Deut 18:16
And the Lord said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken. Deut 18:17

I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto the
        and will
put my words in his mouth;
        and
he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. Deut 18:18
And it shall come to pass, that
whosoever will not hearken unto my words
        which he shall speak in my name, I
will require it of him. Deut 18:19
But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name,
        which I have
not commanded him to speak,
        or that shall speak in the name of other gods,

        even
that prophet shall die. Deut 18:20

Paul confirmed that the Sword of the Spirit is unlike the carnal weapons or lifeless instruments. These are given to PREVENT men from using their own imagination--however twisted by mind control exercises--as authority.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 2 Cor 10:3

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 2 Cor 10: 4

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that

exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,
and
bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Cor 10: 5

The Greek literal weapon--

hoplizo (g3695) hop-lid'-zo; from 3696; to equip (with weapons [mid. and figurative.]): - arm self.

Hoplon (g3696) hop'-lon; prob. from a prim. hepo , (to be busy about); an implement or utensil or tool (lit. or fig., espec. offensive for war): - armour, instrument, weapon

By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, 2 Cor 6:7

Or in Hebrew:

Keliy (h3627) kel-ee'; from 3615;... vessel or weapon): - armour ([-bearee]), artillery, bag, carriage, instrument, jewel, psaltery, sack, stuff, thing, tool, vessel, ware, weapon, / whatsoever.

That chant (scatter words like tongues) to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David; Am.6:5

THE PROPHECY OF THE BABYLONIAN MOTHER OF HARLOTS IN REVELATION 17

When Paul said that he did not CORRUPT the Word it means that he did not "sell learning at retail" or hawk it about in the markets. The same word identifies the prostitute.

Rev 17:1 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:

Rev 17:2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

RELIGIONS PROSTITUTION IS LITERAL: All pagan religious performers were prostitutes or catamites.

prostitutio 
I. Prostitution, Arn. 2, 53; Tert. Pudic. 6; Aug. in Psa. 128, 6.—Plur.:mulierum, Lact. 5, 8, 7.—
II. In gen., a dishonoring, profaning: “imaginum,

MORE LIKELY RELIGIOUS PROSTITUTION IS FALSE SPEAKING AND MUSIC

All rhetoric, singing, playing instruments or acting is identified as second or third order truth. If it is sold as the truth then it is religious prostitution.

Imag I. an imitation, copy of a thing, an image, likeness (i. e. a picture, statue, mask, an apparition, ghost, phantom.  Jesus calls speakers, singers and instrument players HYPOCRITES. That is, they present an IMAGINATIVE IMITATION of the truth.

II. Transf., a reverberation of sound, an echo

Resono  To send forth a roaring noise, clamore, Musicus  Cantus
I. the production of melodious sound, a musical utterance or expression, either with voice or instrument; hence, song, singing, playing, music B. An incantation, charm, magic song,

Magicus
skilled in incantantations. Vanitates, superstition, Resonance of a musical corda Catgut, a string (of a musical instrument), A rope, cord, for binding a slave:
Vanitas emptiness, nothingness, nullity, want of realityfalsity, falsehood, deception, untruth, untrustworthiness, fickleness,
Superstitio
Excessive fear of the goas, unreasonable religious belief, superstition. A song is a LADED BURDEN. Phort-ikos  tiresome, wearisome, because of the crowd, inflated rhetorical style, listening to METER 
tuba
tuba terribili sonitu taratantara dixit Outlawed for the Church in the wilderness, 1. A signal for war, lofty style of spaking, exciter, author of civil war.
Spectacle with applause, the musical strings.
Vergil  Verg. A. 9.503
But now the brazen trumpet's fearsome song
blares loud, and startled shouts of soldiery
spread through the roaring sky. The Volscian band
press to the siege, and, locking shield with shield,
fill the great trenches, tear the palisades,
or seek approach by ladders up the walls,
Canorus I. of or pertaining to melody, melodious, harmonious, euphonious; neutr. or act. (of sound, men, animals, instruments, etc.; class. in prose and poetry). mere jingling, melody, charm, in speaking:
Phantasies most likely the result of Mind Alteration. Creative imagination is the realm of the Sophist or the WISE which 1 Corinthians 1 claims will not be in the church.  A Sophist is a slick speaker, mjusician, harp player.  Mim-esis songs and sermons are almost always imitation of the real Biblical Text. Demiourgos one who practices as a profession namely a Rhetor-ikos skilled as a speaker the primary meaing of hypocrite
PROSTITUTION LITERAL

Pro-stituo to expose women publically. Occulo

B. Trop., unchaste: “sermones prostituti ac theatrales,

RELIGIOUS PROSTITUTION IN RELIGION

"Sermons set forth in public, offer for sale in the theater"

These are feigned, spurious sermons, humanitatis or polished languate for sale. Orator

Cic. S. Rosc. 41.121 Cicero [121] That cannot be the truth, O judges; it is not probable that Chrysogonus has taken a fancy to their learning or their politeness, or that he should be acquainted with their industry and fidelity in the business of a household. There is something which is hidden; and the more studiously it is bidden and kept back by them, so much the more is it visible and conspicuous.   Cic. S. Rosc. 120

Pro-sto I. To stand forth, stand out, projectA. Of a seller, to offer one's wares for sale, carry on one's business (cf. propono) 2. In partic., to sell one's body, prostitute one's self:
Lucretitus Lucr. 2.428
Thus simple 'tis to see that whatsoever
Can touch the senses pleasingly are made
Of smooth and rounded elements, whilst those
Which seem the bitter and the sharp, are held
Entwined by elements more crook'd, and so
Are wont to tear their ways into our senses,
And rend our body as they enter in.
In short all good to sense, all bad to touch,
Being up-built of figures so unlike,
Are mutually at strife- lest thou suppose
That the shrill rasping of a squeaking saw
Consists of elements as smooth as song
Which, waked by nimble fingers, on the strings
The sweet musicians fashion; or suppose
That same-shaped atoms through men's nostrils pierce
When foul cadavers burn, as when the stage
Is with Cilician saffron sprinkled fresh,
And the altar near exhales Panchaean scent;
Kapel-euo A. to be a retail-dealer, drive a petty trade, sell by retail, sell learning by retail, hawk it abouttraffic in grants of citizenship, of PROSTITUTES

Hdt.1.155 Heredotus: Cyrus told how to take the FIGHT out of the enemy: [4] But pardon the Lydians, and give them this command so that they not revolt or pose a danger to you: send and forbid them to possess weapons of war,
............and order them to wear tunics under their cloaks
........... and knee-boots on their feet,
........... and to teach their sons lyre-playing [kitharizein]
........... and song [psallein] and dance
............and shop-keeping [huckstering].
........... And quickly, O king,
........... you shall see them become women instead of men,
........... so that you need not fear them, that they might revolt."

2Cor. 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ,
        and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
2Cor. 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ,
        in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
2Cor. 2:16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death;
        and to the other the savour of life unto life.
        And who is sufficient for these things?
2Cor. 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.
SPIRITUAL FORMATION MAY JUST BE WITCHERY
BEWITCHING Kel-esis A. bewitching, charming, ekheōn, nosōn, Pl.Euthd. 290a: enchantment by eloquence, dikastōn k. te kai paramuthia ibid.; by music and sweet sounds, Id.R.601b, Stoic.3.97.

ekhis “ekheisThphr. Char.1.7:—viper, Pl.Smp.217e, Arist.HA511a16, etc.: metaph., “sukophantēs kai e. tēn phusinD.25.96; hōsper e. ē skorpios ērkōs to kentron52; cf. ekhidna.

Dem. 25 96 Demosthenes [96] Let me put it in this way. Perhaps none of you has ever been bitten by an adder or a tarantula, and I hope he never may be. All the same, whenever you see such creatures, you promptly kill them all. In just the same way, men of Athens, whenever you see a false accuser, a man with the venom of a viper in his nature, do not wait for him to bite one of you, but always let the man who comes across him exact punishment.

II.   ekhion 11, Nic.Th.541, 636, Plin. HN22.50.

Plat. Euthyd. 290a [290a] and only slightly inferior to that. The sorcerer's art is the charming of snakes and tarantulas and scorpions and other beasts and diseases, while the other is just the charming and soothing of juries, assemblies, crowds, and so forth. Or does it strike you differently? I asked.

Sorcerer Epode A. song sung to or over: hence, enchantment, spell, II. in metre, epôidos, ho, a verse or passage returning at intervals, a chorus, burden

Pharmakon sorcerers in Revelation who will burn.

Therion Beasts includes a New Style of song and drama

By music and sweet sounds

Plat. Rep. 601b Plato Republic [601b] whether he speak in rhythm, meter and harmony about cobbling or generalship or anything whatever. So mighty is the spell1 that these adornments naturally exercise; though when they are stripped bare of their musical coloring and taken by themselves, I think you know what sort of a showing these sayings of the poets make. For you, I believe, have observed them.” “I have,” he said. “Do they not,” said I, “resemble the faces of adolescents, young but not really beautiful, when the bloom of youth abandons them?” “By all means,” he said. “Come, then,” said I, “consider this point: The creator of the phantom, the imitator, we say, knows nothing of the reality but only the appearance.

Note 2 Cf. Gorg. 502 Cei tis perieloi tēs poiēseōs pasēs to te melos kai ton rhuthmon,

says that the ideas of poets are inferior to those of the ordinary layman. Cf. also Julian, Or. ii. 78 D, Coleridge, Table Talk: “If you take from Virgil his diction and metre what do you leave him?”

See how this connects to ancient Dionysus Worship in Navigating the Winds of Change.  When some of Israel rose up to PLAY in musical idolatry at Mount Sinai, Stephen says that God abandoned them to worship the starry host. This was the worship of Dionysus or the new wineskin of Egypt, Greece, Canaan and Babylon.  This paper looks at proof that the urge for mysticism---broughrt about by "musical worship" exactly repeats the rising up in musical idolatry. Paul warned about this in 1 Corinthians 10 and Romans 10.

Mysticism: In which knowledge of the true self and the true secret doctrines is attained by a mystical experience of the divine. The scriptures refer to this in Colossians:

"Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind…These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh". [Col 2:18-23]

EXAMPLES OF MYSTICAL RITES AT TORONTO

  • Catholic mysticism, with trances states, levitation and visions of angels.
  • New Age mysticism, meditation, trances, sleep and sensory deprivation, etc etc
  • Yoga, chanting, dancing, - tribal rites
  • Rock music, other forms of trance-inducing music, disco-dancing, head-banging, shaking,
  • Drugs, especially hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD
  • Apparitions, visions, encounters with aliens from UFO’s
  • Prolonged fasting and prayer, with meditation
  • And now by the Toronto Blessing. - TB uses many of these techniques! In churches where the Toronto blessing and its offshoots are practised, people are led to the very same type of hypnotic trance states, catalepsy, and other physiological conditions that would be familiar to those studying tribal rituals. They are (whether they know it or not) copying the gnostics in seeking spiritual transformation by mystical rituals. And the result is the same as it was for the Gnostics! They do achieve communication in the spirit realm with various beings ranging from demons, angels, to (supposedly) Jesus himself: vivid visions are seen and words are heard, physical sensations are experienced that open up a new vision of the spiritual realm, and give a sense of unity with the divine.
  • Mysticism Defined - John MacArthur

    "Mysticism includes the idea that direct knowledge of God or ultimate reality is achieved through personal, subjective intuition or experience apart from, or even contrary to, historical fact or objective divine revelation."

    "Johnson, a professor at West Texas State University, elaborates: When we speak of a mystical experience we refer to an event that is completely within the person. It is totally subjective . . . Although the mystic may experience it as having been triggered by occurrences or objects outside himself (like a sunset, a piece of music, a religious ceremony, or even a sex act), the mystical experience is a totally inner event. It contains no essential aspects that exist externally to him in the physical world . . . A mystical experience is primarily an emotive event, rather than a cognitive one . . Its predominant qualities have more to do with emotional intensity, or 'feeling tone' than with facts evaluated and understood rationally. Although this is true, it alone is a woefully inadequate way of describing the mystical experience. The force of the experience is often so overwhelming that the person having it finds his entire life changed by it. Mere emotions cannot effect such transformations.

    "Furthermore, it is from this emotional quality that another characteristic results, namely, its 'self-authenticating' nature. The mystic rarely questions the goodness and value of his experience. Consequently, if he describes it as giving him information, he rarely questions the truth of his newly gained "knowledge". It is this claim that mystical experiences are "ways of knowing" truth that is vital to understanding many religious movements we see today. [Our Sufficiency in Christ, John MacArthur, Jr., Word Publishing, 1991]

    It was music in all pagan mysticism which was used to bring on this "out of your mind" mystical feeling. 

    This naturally leads to trying to use the
    performing arts as away to fill the void. Because Lynn Anderson has been held up as a prime example you may want to see how .....
    Lynn Anderson of Hope Network and how to Transition into Shepherding.
    How he promotes the
    Promise Keepers Shepherding Movement works.
    See Lynn Anderson and the Neo Pagan Parallels
    Because the SHEPHERDING of Lynn Anderson and the forcing of instruments at Oak Hills is based on promise keepers, Travers and Jewel van der Merwe, "Strange Fire: The Rise of Gnosticism in the Church" provides us a detailed explanation of the Gnostic heresy and how it has adapted to the modern church in various new perversions of doctrine.

    "When a high value is placed on personal experiences or revelations, Scriptures are then unscrupulously twisted and misquoted. We find those who believe the feelings of a congregation must be hyped-up in order to `feel' the Presence of the Lord or else the church is thought to be `dead.' Instead of music being used to worship and glorify God, it is used as a means of `connecting' or `feeling' the Presence of God. (p. 89)

    "Could Promise Keepers be adopting some of these `experiential' Gnostic beliefs and practices? Chris Corbett noted, in the "Heritage" article, that "given PK's emphasis on emotional highs and revelations, and their apparent disdain for precise theology, critics wonder where the next `vision' could take the movement - and how it could influence the lives of the Christian men being tethered to it through PK's growing arms." Unfortunately, Corbett found that "PK officials would not comment on the Vineyard...

    Click for the Witchery at LU Section below
    Feedback from Celebration: Keith Lancaster

    "The congregational singing was stunning, with all ages joining in a seamless collection of standards and contemporary songs; upbeat and meditative songs with an emphasis on the joy of the Lord.  Randy Harris presented a message encouraging God's people to "party."  (One of his points was how Jesus was the type of person who was invited to parties and people wanted to be around.)

    Stunning like all musical terms speaks of enchantment or sorcery.  Jesus identifies the Scribes and Pharisees by calling them hypocrites. He STUNNED them so that they could never again read the Word of God.

    The Psalms of Solomon

    14 They left no sin undone, wherein they surpassed not the heathen.
    15 Therefore God mingled for them a
    spirit of wandering;
    ........ And gave them to drink a cup of undiluted wine, that they might become drunken.

    Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out. Isaiah 51:17

    16 He brought him that is from the end of the earth, that smiteth mightily;

    Be stunned and amazed, blind yourselves and be sightless; be drunk, but not from wine, stagger, but not from beer. Isaiah 29:9

    The LORD has brought over you a deep sleep: He has sealed your eyes (the prophets); he has covered your heads (the seers). Isaiah 29:10

    These prophets and prophetesses were not foretellers or forthtellers. They made up their sermons and songs out of their own head and then sold them with charismatic preaching or with music. Click Here

    Pindar, Olympian, 1.[105] whom we shall adorn with the glorious folds of song. A god is set over your ambitions as a guardian, Hieron, and he devises with this as his concern. If he does not desert you soon, I hope that I will celebrate an even greater sweetness, [110][110] sped by a swift chariot, finding a helpful path of song when I come to the sunny hill of Cronus. For me the Muse tends her mightiest shaft of courage. Some men are great in one thing, others in another; but the peak of the farthest limit is for kings. Do not look beyond that! [115] May it be yours to walk on high throughout your life, and mine to associate with victors [Nikes] as long as I live, distinguished for my skill among Greeks everywhere.

    Of course, this is a blasphemous and slanderous lie which fits with the EMERGING church PATTERNED after Navigating the Winds of changed which is patterned after witchcraft or sorcery as John called the rhetoricians, singers and musicians as "lusted after fruits" and sorcerers:

    In declaring Jesus a wine drinker and wine manufacturer,

    Fred Peatross sets the PATTERNISM: The New Testament emphasizes diversity. It is not wrong to remain single, but it is wrong to prohibit marriage (1 Timothy 4:3). It is not wrong to abstain, but it is wrong to forbid wine (Romans 14:21).

    John the Baptist was an abstemious loner who preferred the desert to parties and luxuries.
    His sermons emphasized doom and judgment.

    Jesus was the opposite.

    His sermons emphasized grace and mercy (Matthew 11:18-19). He was a party-goer, a gregarious friend of sinners. Yet both Jesus and John pleased God.

    Rubel Shelly: Wine was a common beverage in his world. He drank it. He served it. He produced well over 100 gallons of it for this event.
    Lenski: "Those who charge Jesus with manufacturing intoxicants are "eager to mar, if by any means they could, the image of a perfect Holiness, which offends and rebukes them." (Quoting Trench)

    Fred Peatross says
    A Pixel in a Greater Picture: The Emerging Church of Christ

    Fred Peatross: Spectacle Creations
    aren't just presentations by performers but events that provide an occasion for the enactment of an experience by participants and large crowds that gather. In this spectacle there is the development of anticipation or expectation about what is coming;

    Music plays a key part of the spectacle. Sound, as a sensual component, enters us in a way in which the visual alone cannot.
            Previous generations found
    meaning in words;
            today's generations
    find meaning in experiences.

    In concerts there is a convergence--the total experience takes place in the response of an audience to the multidimensional character of electronic events. There are music, words, the charisma of the artists, the percussive use of light, images and beat, the behaviors of the crowd, the kinesthetic involvement of the audience in moving, dancing and typically staying on their feet the entire time. The power of the event for the participative audience occurs

    in the convergence of the sensory experience.
    They are drawn into a vortex of personal and social yearnings and satisfactions.

    Hitler could not have said it better!
    All of the Biblical writers used POINTERS to further expand the false religon which the Epistles were written to repudiate.  All of the people in the Greek world would readily understand that Jesus called the Scribes and Pharisees (professionals without ethics) as hypocrites by pointing to rhetoricians, singers and talented musicians.  The marginally literate world knew that rhetoricians and song writers fed on MYTHS and could not make a living telling the truth.  One of the best dissertations on the role of rhetoricians and the MOTHER of musicians is:

    Plato's dialog between Phaedrus and Socrates.


    This proves the madness of all forms of musical performance and identrifies the LOCUSTS in Revelation as the sudden rise of men who had been seduced by the Muses (mother of harlots) in Revelation 17 who used "lusted after fruits" as rhetoricians, singers and instrument players in Revelation 18: John called the SORCERERS who deceived the whole world and murdered the prophets. Therefore, those who have been seduced by the Mother Goddess (professoress, elderess) lust to use the Old Testament which the Bible student knows was added BECAUSE of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai.

    You will be entertained with 12 "musical worship teams" (a blasphemous term?) and 2 major Acappella leaders to go along with some of the "thought leaders" and any biblical comments will undoubtedly be massaged to make it "turkey soup for the sick." The prophecy, in fact, is that the beginning-time Babylon harlot church will be repeated where the mother of harlots (Rev 17) uses "lusted after FRUITS" [same people in Amos] as slick speakers, singers and instrument players John called sorcerers WHO HAD deceived the whole world. (John 18)  It is interesting that when people abandon THE FAITH they always "crack away to the archaic" (Joseph Campbell) and the new style worship is from old style Babylon.


    The twice-daily PRACTICE of connecting "praise singing" to the worship of a Spirit God is defined by all known evidence as a form of sorcery or witchcraft.
     The grouping and affirmation of the massed multitudes will alter your brain even if you scoff.

    Consistent with the Bible and good mental health, believers are taught to seek God (Paul's only worship concept) by giving heed to His Word.  The very style of musical performance always points to "enchantment" and modern medicine knows that it works by inducing a drug high:
    endorphins which induce the impulse of FIGHT, FLIGHT and SEXUAL feelings. That is why all churches having "installed" a college-trained "worship minister" cause many of the owners to flee.  

    Click to understand why "worship music" is people being drug pushers.
    Click for Part Two

    Time Magazine

    Scientific American Music and the Brain
    And when a symphony's denouement gives delicious chills, the same kinds of pleasure centers of the brain light up as they do when eating chocolate, having sex or taking cocaine.

    Therein lies an intriguing biological mystery: Why is music--universally beloved and uniquely powerful in its ability to wring emotions--so pervasive and important to us? Could its emergence have enhanced human survival somehow, such as by aiding courtship, as Geoffrey F. Miller of the University of New Mexico has proposed? Or did it originally help us by promoting social cohesion in groups that had grown too large for grooming, as suggested by Robin M. Dunbar of the University of Liverpool? On the other hand, to use the words of Harvard University's Steven Pinker, is music just "auditory cheesecake"--a happy accident of evolution that happens to tickle the brain's fancy?

    It is clear that different parts of the brain process music and speech: that is why the direct command is to SPEAK even when we "sing that which is written" in the style of the time.  SPEAK is defined--for any student--as the opposite to poetry and music.  Myth Mongers were allowed to write songs and poems because they never wrote the truth. That is why "singers" are USED to silence the Words of Christ. For that reason John called rhetoric, singing and instrument players SORCERERS consistent witl all Greek texts.


    It has been the sectarianizing patternism for churches which engage in the Church Growth Cult and build mega churches to fall into some kind of primal madness and quite willingly lie about all of the Bible and known literature to IMPOSE first musical worship teams and then instruments knowing that they were deliberately sowing discord having "counted the losses as acceptable." 
    Don't be put off by the term "instrumental" because the Acappella (hides a cappella) praise team is a defacto MUSICAL instrument but using organic instruments.  If you listen you will hear the pseudo-instruments and even the "animal" sounds which in the pre-illiterate period was a sign of demonism.
    “See how they sang! ‘That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David.’  Musical sounds gratified their auricular sensibilities, and they chanted to the ‘viol.’  Here is the lust of the ear... What a description this of a people that lived and wrought entirely for the senses!  They were practical materialists.  They had no spiritual vision, sensibilities, or experience.  Their imperishable souls were submerged in the deep flowing sea of mere animal pleasures... There is, indeed, a reference to intellectual effort, for it is said, ‘they invented to themselves instruments of music.’  Carnal indulgencies has ever been and is now as much, if not more than ever, the great employer of man’s inventive faculties.” (Pulpit Commentary, The Book of Amos, p. 131).
    Naturally, the most crowd--attracting speakers have been instrumental in trying to "restructure" what they call the ANTI-instrumental Church of Christ into the use of instruments.  The ploy of calling congregational singing "Acappella" and using performance singers whose "style" is instrumental paves the way for adding instruments.

    Not surprisingly, the curse of the Monarchy now being used to say that God commands musical worship, was LIKE THE NATIONS because that is what God abandoned Israel to.

    Click for the Old Style Babylon worship

    "According to the system which Nimrod was the grand instrument in introducing, men were led to believe

    that a real spiritual change of heart was unnecessary,
    and that so far as change was needful,
    they could be
    regenerated by mere external means.

    "Looking at the subject in the light of the Bacchanalian orgies (Read Ephesus and Corinth), which, as the reader has seen, commemorated the history of Nimrod, it is evident that
    ........... he led mankind to seek their chief good in sensual enjoyment,

    and showed them how they might enjoy the pleasures of sin, without any fear of the wrath of a holy God. (Voodoo, Rock, Boogie Woogie becomes Contemporary Christian Music)

    "In his various expeditions he was always accompanied by troops of women; and by music and song, and games (ritual drama) and revelries, and everything that could please the natural hearts,

    he commended himself to the good graces of mankind." (Hislop, Alexander, The Two Babylons, p. 55, Loizeaux Brothers)

    All blue underline text opens another paper in another window.
    Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them who cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.  For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ but their own body, and by good works and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the innocent" (Romans 16:17, 18).
    See how Rubel Shelly uses Lynn Anderson for getting new SPECTACLES to get a new VISION for the Church of Christ. This was a popular thing at the time among Methodist feminists and lesbians in the schools and universities reviving the Sophia-Zoe "old style worship" of Gnosticism.  This has deep roots in the Grace-Based movements.

    See how early churchy hymns evolved out of voodoo:
    the modern ROCK beat makes it absolute.

    Lynn Anderson continues to be a favorite son at Lipscomb: he has been responsible for Blowing the Winds of Change and has been instrumental in
    feeding elders radically false teachings about all of the "instrument" terms in the Bible. What you should grasp is that Jesus said that the doctors of the law take away the key to knowledge. They missed key is that there are always TWO THREADS running through the Bible: the king-priestly-elite were turned over to worship the starry hosts and the Monarchy was God carrying out the captivity and death sentence imposed at Mount Sinai. The Godly or Spiritual thread taught by the Spirit of Christ in the prophets radically repudiates the Civil-Religious THREAD including slick speakers and music as the tools used by those Nehemiah and others call robbers and parasites.  Because those elevated to guru state apparently cannot pick between the road to hell and the road to heaven, it comes as no surprise that teachers believe that all truth evaporated in THEIR postmodern age but that we should pay them to get a NEW SUPPLY.  The postmodern concept is based on these minimalist's belief that they run at the speed of light and therefore there is NO

    I have collected some of the witchery threads among the now-PROMOTED change agents here under Max Lucado.


    Part of the
    always-female-at-the-root view is that " While we want to be considerate of feelings and comfort zones, we should be much more interested in being obedient to God and considering what He desires.  “Am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God?  Or am I trying to please men?  If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ.” Gal.1:10.  Rather than asking what kind of worship we are comfortable with, each of us should be asking what kind of worship is pleasing to God. "

    But the Jesus Christ of the olden Bible died to give us REST from the laded burdens (musical rituals) and the burden laders: Scribes and Pharisees Jesus called hypocrites by pointing to Isaiah and Ezekiel where as the Spirit of Christ he MARKED rhetoricians, singers and instrument players.

    Jameson Fawcett Brown notes: Vulgate translates, "They turn thy words into a song of their mouths." heart goeth after covetousness--the grand rival to the love of God; therefore called "idolatry," and therefore associated with impure carnal love, as both alike transfer the heart's affection from the Creator to the creature

    1 et veniunt ad te quasi si ingrediatur populus et sedent coram te populus meus et audiunt sermones tuos et non faciunt eos quia in canticum oris sui vertunt illos et avaritiam suam sequitur cor eorum

    And they come to thee, as if people were coming in, and my people sit before thee: and hear thy words, and do them not: for they turn them into a song of their mouth, and their heart goeth after their covetousness. Ezekiel 33:31

    EXPOSING COLLEGE STUDENTS TO FEMINIST THEOLOGY AND THEOLOGIANS:

    Writing on Willow Creek in in discussing Feminist leadership which has always leaned toward witchery: for every ten thousand witches there is only one warlock!

    "What does Willow Creek mean by "appropriate level of consensus?" In practice, it means that complementarians are encouraged to look elsewhere for a church. As Dr. B--at is what Willow Creekers affectionately call Gilbert Bilezikian--explains,
    ........... "Anyone who is a member adheres to the statement of beliefs and practices of the church."

    "Dick Carr had attended Willow Creek since 1992. "I came to Christ there, was baptized there, married there," he says fondly. That's why Mr. Carr's dissent over the women-in-leadership position is painful for him to talk about; he still loves the church.

    But last year, when Mr. Carr decided to join the church, he ran into difficulties. An appendix of the membership book "threw up red flags for me."

    Mr. Carr went back to his division leader, who referred him to a female elder who is the author of a paper called "Elders' Response to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Membership at Willow Creek." In that document, volunteer membership coaches are told,

    "We ask that Participating Members of Willow Creek minimally be able to affirm and joyfully sit under the teaching of women teachers ... that they can joyfully submit to the leadership of women in various leadership positions at Willow Creek."

    A letter from Mr. Bilezikian to Mr. Carr confirmed the church's position: "I commend you for wanting to serve with integrity in a church that is compatible with your view.

    Obviously Willow Creek is not that place." At that point Mr. Carr gave up the idea of membership.

    Willow Creek teacher Mr. Ortberg says the need for agreement is an "issue of integrity" But complementarian Wayne Grudem uses no euphemisms in his analysis of the Willow Creek position:
    ........... "The way an egalitarian view triumphs is by a suppression of information and discussion."

    Therefore, one might expect that in 2008 you are set to have your COMFORT ZONES pushed closer to the edge--but not so close teaches Anderson that you get fired.  One would expect some Directors will attend with some pink slips.

    BUILT UPON THE FOUNDATION OF RHONDAY LOWRY
    Rhonda Lowry currently serves as an adjunct Professor of Spiritual Formation at the David Lipscomb University Institut of Leadership -- Nashville, Tennessee.  Rhonda completed her M.Div. at Fuller Theological Seminary. She has become a widely sought after speaker andhas taught at Fuller and Pepperdine Universities.

    Speaking of Willow Creek: being infiltrated by
    a strategy for ecumenism without regard for doctrine. Renovare is the organization behind this movement out of the traditions of Quakerism and it is directed by Rich Foster and William L. Vasivig. Ecumenical evangelism advocates infiltration of liberal denominations and organizations rather than separation from liberal unbelief and error.
    At the Wednesday night service at WCCC we were introduced to a "spiritual formation leader", Mindy Caliguire.
    The classics the women's ministry were instructing us to "avail to" were mystical writings from around the forth to fifteenth century. The mystics taught how to unclutter the mind and remove any rational thought so the mind is totally passive. This opened them up for the "Presence of God" which is actually a form of Zen meditation. Quaker quietists believe in a similar manner that "God is within" and they believe a "Quiet Revolution" is coming and declare there will be a coming incomparable "harvest." They are predicting the greatest harvesting of souls in the history of the world. An important difference to understand is that the Holy Spirit indwells us when we accept Jesus Christ and the occult meaning behind the concept of "the god within," "the light within," or "the Christ within" has a different meaning. 
    However, Jesus as the Christ was the VISIBLE and AUDIBLE Word of God. He is the RATIONAL DISCOURSE of the inaudible Deity.  When we accept Christ by being baptized into Christ Acts 2:38 promises us A holy spirit. Our Spirit is our rational mind.  In 2 Corinthians 3 it is only after conversion (at baptism) that those who are blind are given the ability to read BLACK text on WHITE paper. That is why the Christian school of the Bible is restricted to SPEAK or READ as the way to transfer SPIRIT from God in Christ to us: Jesus said, "My Words are Spirit and Life" (John 6:63).
    Jesus as the WORD is the LOGOS or rational discourse of God:

    1.
    plea, pretext, ground, would have admitted of an explanation,
    2. statement of a theory, argument, to be explained
    c. in Logic, proposition, whether as premiss or conclusion
    d.
    rule, principle, law, as embodying the result of logismos
    4.
    thesis, hypothesis, provisional ground,
    5.
    reason, ground 6.formula (wider than definition, but freq. equivalent thereto), term expressing reason,
    7.
    reason, law exhibited in the world-process,
    V.
    continuous statement, narrative (whether fact or fiction), oration lego
       
    Opposite myths, poetry, meter, imagination
    4.speech, delivered in court, assembly
    VI.
    verbal expression or utterance, lego, lexis
           Lexis A.
    speech, opposite ôidê, 1.art of song 5. = eppsdê, spell, incantation
    4.
    text of an author, opposite exegesis [Peter's private interpretation outlaws exegesis]
            The word SPEAK for the assembly is the opposite of poetry and music because these are derived out of the imaganation.  If the "imagination of mankind is always wicked" it warns against any kind of MIND CONTROL to enhance your imaginatiion. When you loose connection with the WORD you have lost connection of the HEAD and you cannot be trusted. That is why Paul warned that the only way to be sure is that women be quiet and sedentary.  See Second Maccabees to understand that women are kept SAFE in childbearing which they are NOT if they fall under the WRATH or ORGY of arousal music.
    5. Keri Wyatt Kent Is teaching women's ministry classes at WCCC; Involved in Cenacle Retreat House Spirituality Center-Interactive Retreats where you can experience "God within" in a variety of ways-through art, walking the labyrinth, Franciscan priest's prayers, chanting, meditation, Indian sound mysticism, and other journeys to your creative center;

    1. Richard J. Foster: Renovare & Christian Mystic Quaker and Fuller psychologist, Foster teaches all the techniques of the New Age such as quietism, mantras, centering, Buddhism, Yoga, T. M., exercises of Ignatius Loyola, Eastern religion and so on….
    See dialog with Foster Defenders
    "Spirituality" is not Christianity. The written Word of God gives Christians order and direction in living and worshiping together. God defines "truth" with His Word. It is objective, authoritative, and sufficient.

    "I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book." Revelation 22:18,19

    Randy Harris, Gary Holloway and Rhonda Lowery
    Growing Deeper: A look at contemplative Spirituality.

    Harris said. ‘This is aimed at students, not the guests.’ ‘I’ve done a number of things related to the topic,’ Harris said. He’s spent time at a Trappist monastery, a Buddhist retreat, a Celtic retreat house and a hermit community for 40 days of silent prayer. ‘We’re in a world where everyone is looking for religious experience,’ Harris said. ‘Monks and hermits are people who seem to know about that – that’s why I’ve gone to check ‘em out.’ . . . Though he studies mysticism, Harris said his education on the subject includes learning through experience. ‘I’ve done a whole lot of reading about it, but you get to a point where you don’t want to read about it,’ Harris said. ‘I’ve really been on a search and kinda decided I would go any place in the world to try and learn from people who know about meditation or contemplative prayer or who were practicing a mystical tradition.’”
    "For Fr. Bede, being universal meant to be centered and grounded. He generated this universality of heart through his daily practice of meditation and contemplative prayer, and this opened him ever more to the myths, symbols and teachings of the other great religions of the world."  Man, Monk, Mystic by Pascaline Coff, O.S.B. Speaking of Bede Griffiths

    Inside Code Words
    "The popularity of Buddhist practice among Christians has grown substantially during the last two decades, said John Cowan, author of Taking Seriously: Buddhist Meditations for Christians ..." read more

    Barbara Hubbard (noted New Ager) writes in her books:

    "Teachings from the Inner Christ, how the human race will soon experience a day of 'Planetary Pentecost.' Hubbard, claiming to be in contact with 'Christ,' writes 'the Planetary Smile is another name for the Planetary Pentecost. When enough of us share a common thought [paradigm shift] of our oneness with God, Spirit will be poured out on all flesh paying attention.' (p. 79). In her book, The Revelation, Hubbard says, 'Christ, in describing the planetary smile, said: "an uncontrollable joy will ripple through the thinking layer of the earth."' ...This massive sudden empathic alignment will cause a shift in the consciousness [paradigm shift] of Earth." (p. 234-235). Writing in Happy Birth Day Planet Earth, Hubbard repeats what she heard from 'Christ.' He said, "as the planetary smile ripples through the nervous systems of earth, ... separation is overcome, and I appear to all of you at once." (p. 10-11.) (The words "paradigm shift" added at appropriate places.) (SCP Newsletter, Volume 19:2, p. 13. Published by Spiritual Counterfeits Project, P. O. Box 4308, Berkeley, CA 94704.).

    "Paul (David) Yonggi Cho teaches the same thing. In The Fourth Dimension he tells of his frustration that Buddhist monks and yoga healers could perform miracles. Then the Holy Spirit supposedly revealed to him that the fourth dimension, the spirit realm, is available to all whether Christian or not, for it contains both good and evil powers. 'So men, by exploring their spiritual sphere of the fourth dimension of visions and dreams in their imaginations, can brood over and incubate the third dimension (the material world) influencing it and changing it.' This applies to all men alike. Because God gave man dominion over the earth, says Cho, unbelievers can 'develop their inner spiritual being' and change the material world. Thus Christians also have the responsibility to 'realize their inner potential' and manipulate the fourth dimension for good." (Mainstream, Winter, 1994, p. 11. Published by Banner Ministries, Box 23, Belper, Derbys DE56 1QR, UK.) Anyone who teaches this idea of a fourth dimension is dealing with psychic activities and the depraved soul, not the Holy Spirit. While there are some temporary results to these kinds of activities, they are totally evil and will eventually turn on the person's head.

    If Harris is searching it is a sure sign that he is LOST: being a quiet Christian gives one absolute assurance which does not need the music or meditation of Witchcraft. History knows that when you want to change the laws of a nation you must first introduce a new style music as a vanguard

    "Music and gymnastic (must) be preserved in their original form, and no innovation made. They must do their utmost to maintain them intact. And when anyone says that mankind must regard...

    The newest song which the singers have, (Osyssey)...

    they will be afraid that he may be praising, not some new songs, but a new kind of song; and this ought not to be praised, or conceived to be the meaning of the poet;

    for any musical innovation is full of danger in the whole State, and ought to be prohibited.
    So Damon tells me, and I can quite believe him; 

    he says that when modes of music change, the fundamental laws of the State always change with them..."
    "Then," I said, "our guardians must lay the foundations of their fortress in music?"

    "Yes," I replied, 'in the form of amusement: and at first sight it always appears harmless'." (The Great Dialogs, Plato, Classic edition, p. 312)

    It is probably true that the baby boomers (infantile drummers) have fueled much of the radical changes in most religious groups. And as a society gets more urban and disconnected it turns out that the best educated are the easiest to driven into a new mental state. You can believe it or not but the Bible seems to confirm The Book of Enoch and other ancient documents that when Satan seduces you away from the Word and into musical entertainment, you have fallen and will never get up. That is because music is as addictive as crack.

    "A quiet revolution had taken place since John Lennon declared that the Beatles were more popular than God. Suddenly a whole generation raised on free love, drugs, and rock and roll was looking for something more eternal. They found it in Jesus Christ -- not the Jesus Christ who was found in their parents' churches -- but a Jesus Christ that was much like them -- the ultimate hippy. These self-proclaimed "Jesus Freaks" originated in California, centering especially in Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa.

    "Like most religious revivals, the "Jesus Movement" was accompanied by a new music that expressed the mood, culture, and tenets of the new faith.

    "Jesus Music" was an attempt to use the language of the generation-- music--as vehicle to bring Christ to the generation.

    As William D. Romanowski points out in his history of Jesus music, "Baptizing rock music with Christian lyrics was a way of legitimizing the music for born-again hippies and making it viable in the youth market" (Schultze 1990, 149). For the article Click Here

    Rubel Shelly wants to baptize Santa and begin to think of the S.O.N. God as the S.U.N. god.

    And Max Lucado's Cosmic Christmas has some interesting comparisons to Shamash or S.U.N. worship.

    See how Max Lucado led his church into instrumental
    music at a high cost of loss of original members, elders and the best source of CASH from people who will never trust an elder again and many will never enter another church again.

    The problem with DEEP MEDITATION is that you probably inform your brain what you want it to tell you in vivid visions, audible voices or having the Holy Spirit tell you it is ok to lie about all of the "instrument" words in the Bible.

    Max Lucado: God calls us to do the same. Over the last few months, I've sensed our Master urging us to expand our dreams for San Antonio. He calls us to a fresh vision: a vision of a city-impacting church.

    As the details of this vision crystallized for me, I shared them with our elders.
    They prayed, pondered, and tested the ideas and, ultimately saw them as God's will for Oak Hills.

    The purpose of this presentation is to share several strategic decisions that will posture Oak Hills to make,

    with the Lord's guidance, a citywide impact. We call you to dedicate the next forty days (August 31 to October 9) to prayer, asking God to give us all strength to obey his call. Like the Apostle Paul, we desire to say, "...I obeyed this vision from heaven..." (Acts 26:19 CEV)

    Seems that the Lord was NOT in that meditated vision to get authority to pursue it by having many owners leave, elders resign and many others confessing to GOING ALONG. Of Course, Lynn Anderson was fueling the elders with absolutely false teaching about instrumental music.
    Here is what God wants us to think on or meditate on but without the "prophesying" of "lord, lord saying" which is sorcery.
    Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
    There is nothing mystical in the "witchy" sense in Christianity: Indeed, by calling people back to the WORD CENTERED Centered the "ekklesia" intends to inclucate spiritual (mental, sane, sober) principles by rehearsing the great EPICS contained in the Bible.  On the contrary, the mythical of the pagan world involved the form of rhetoric and singing styles which both MARK and MANUFACTURE effeminance in our children.
    "Contemplative Prayer is not Biblical prayer at all, rather it is a type of mystical meditation leading the mind into an altered state of consciousness. It goes beyond thought, providing an experiential union with so-called God or with nature producing body sensations, feelings, images, and reflections. It is based on "experiences" rather than sound doctrine. " ... give attendance ... to doctrine." 1 Timothy 4:13.

    Faith is to be based on God's word rather than experiences. "So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." Romans 10:17, "For we walk by faith, not by sight:" 2 Corinthians 5:7.

    Click for the ancient and now restored Babylonian System

    Nimrod was known as the god of the Chaldean Mysteries. That name, as we have seen, was Saturn. Saturn and Mystery are both Chaldean words, and they are correlative terms. As Mystery signifies the Hidden system, so Saturn signifies the Hidden god. *

    * In the Litany of the Mass, the worshipers ARE TAUGHT thus to pray: "God Hidden, and my Saviour, have mercy upon us." (M'GAVIN'S Protestant) Whence can this invocation of the "God Hidden" have come, but from the ancient worship of Saturn, the "Hidden God"? As the Papacy has canonised the Babylonian god by the name of St. Dionysius, and St. Bacchus, the "martyr," so by this very name of "Satur" is he also enrolled in the calendar; for March 29th is the festival of "St. Satur," the martyr. (CHAMBER'S Book of Days)

    "According to the system which Nimrod was the grand instrument in introducing, men were led to believe

    that a real spiritual change of heart was unnecessary,
    and that so far as change was needful,
    they could be
    regenerated by mere external means.

    "Looking at the subject in the light of the Bacchanalian orgies (Read Ephesus and Corinth), which, as the reader has seen, commemorated the history of Nimrod, it is evident that he led mankind to seek their chief good in sensual enjoyment,

    and showed them how they might enjoy the pleasures of sin, without any fear of the wrath of a holy God. (Voodoo, Rock, Boogie Woogie becomes Contemporary Christian Music)

    "In his various expeditions he was always accompanied by troops of women; and by music and song, and games (ritual drama) and revelries, and everything that could please the natural hearts,

    he commended himself to the good graces of mankind." (Hislop, Alexander, The Two Babylons, p. 55, Loizeaux Brothers

    You may click here for a long collection of articles on New Age Occultism.

    New Age Occultism.


    We have posted
    Lynn Anderson's Shepherding and Navigating the Winds of Change theology and noted that the ideas are almost word for word from a definition of Wicca.  Lynn Anderson on his Shepherding

    Lynn Anderson will be on the program this year and his life work was honored by Lipscomb University last year.  He has been a leader of contemplative spirituality and his book has been endorsed by Leith Anderson another leader.
    Henri Nouwen
    [Leith Anderson Sermon
    quoting from Henri Nouwen's Sabbatical Journey in which Henri Nouwen says he is uncomfortable with those who say Jesus is the only way to Heaven.]
    You may purchase the following book at Amazon Com to give some background to the emerging church and new age occultism.

    You can buy the book:
    Faith Undone: The Emerging Church or end-time deception.  by Roger Oakland
    Description: For a new missional frontier, traditional patterns of leadership that emphasize problem solving and predicting outcomes will simply not be adequate. Missional leadership will need to develop Christian imagination through the cultivation of spiritual practices. Come and explore what possibilities leadership on the missional frontier holds.”
    BrotherhoodNews.Com makes the following comments

    What they believe:


    Emergent leaders see their movement as “a new reformation,” shattering “intolerable carapace” of “institutionalized Christianity,” even as Martin Luther revolted against Roman Catholicism. Oakland, however, believes the “emerging church” to be an “end-time deception,” in keeping with his dispensational convictions.

    Rick Warren, Tony Campolo, Chuck Colson, Bill Hybels, Leonard Sweet and Brian McLaren. Even Max Lucado receives a brief mention for his book A Cure for the Common Life


    Mysticism
    - Roman Catholic, also other religions & New Age.

    Meditation - not as in Scripture, but with chants, etc., seeking altered state of consciousness.

    Contemplative spirituality, contemplative prayer (centering prayer) emptying the mind of all thoughts via meditation and repetition of a single word or syllable – preferably a one-syllable word. Any time outside thoughts return, attention is re-focused by saying that word/syllable again.

    "When we go to the center of our being and pass through that center into the very center of God we get in immediate touch with this divine creating energy ... that the divine energy may have the freedom to forward the evolution of consciousness in us and through us, as a part of the whole, in the whole of the creation." —M. Basil Pennington 

    However, the almost universal meaning of the ancient religions was that the "gods" or "demons" only spoke to you when in a state of madness. Assuredly, if you abuse your brain with unnatural mantras you will produce something but the "spirit" will not be holy.

    Some definitions:

    The Jesus Prayer - While meditating, breathe in while saying “Lord Jesus, Son of God,” and breathe out saying “have mercy on me.” Repeat over & over, keep track of repetitions by using beads, knots on a rope.

    Labyrinth - Similar to a maze, but has only one path – walking to the center is like a journey to the presence of God. May have “stations” along the way for prayer, etc.

    Multi-Sensory worship - All five senses, thus icons, incense, darkness, emphasis on tasting the bread and wine, music.

    Cosmic Christ - As opposed to the historic Christ. Jesus of Nazareth was not “THE Christ,” but had a “christ-consciousness” in him, as did Moses, Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Buddha.

    Eucharistic Christ - As advocates of the “emerging church” are heavily involved in Catholic mysticism, they also gravitate toward the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation and the worship of the “host,” consecrated wafer which the Catholic priest holds up to be worshipped just as one would worship Jesus.

    Not Christians but Christ-followers - Having Christ as Lord & Savior is not a prerequisite to being “like Jesus” thus a Christ-follower; may remain Buddhist, Muslim, Hindu.

    Minimizing the atonement - Some emergents say that the God who would require a blood sacrifice to atone for sin does not exist. They say Jesus died as an example of sacrificial service, but mock the idea of blood atonement for sin as being a “slaughterhouse religion.”

    The fact is that the sacrificial system with loud "music" was always a violent act against God or his surogate. Gos abandoned Israel to it when they elders "fired" and declared that they wanted to worship like the nations. The loud "music" was called exorcism and music from "mystery" always intended to SHUT THE MOUTH OF THE VICTIM.

    The sacrifice of Christ as well as baptism has the meaning of "cooling off the passions." 

    Experience over doctrine (See Harris' comments)

    God in everyone, everyone is/can be God - Or perhaps we already are God but just need to realize it – the idea is also set forth that all humans are united but just need to realize it.

    Vintage Christianity - Going back to the “church fathers” (but not back to the New Testament) and adopting the “spirituality” that the “fathers” set forth. Some emergents are rejecting the idea that the church went into apostasy eventually leading to the Reformation; instead they are affirming and embracing the entirety of church history, or so they claim. One wonders if they include the various varieties of Gnostics within that.

    Contextual theology - “… a way of doing theology in which one takes into account: the spirit and message of the gospel; the tradition of the Christian people; the culture in which one is theologizing; and social change in that culture, whether brought about by western technological progress or the grass-roots struggle for equality, justice and liberation” (quoting Stephan B. Bevans, Models of Contextual Theology, pp. 42-43).

    Emergent inroads among change-oriented brethren

    Abilene Christian University

    “The Spiritual Life Core would like to extend an invitation for students to attend ‘Come to the Quiet’ at 8:45 Sunday evening in Chapel on the Hill. This will be a time of contemplative prayer and worship in the form of a Taize service. . .”

    One Internet site says that “Taize worship includes candlelight, prayers, readings, silence, and soft music with repetitive words led by a keyboard and flute, or violin, and other instruments. The service is very meditative and offers a wonderful opportunity to be silent and center on the Lord. Come as you are – and listen.”

    Click for Jack Reese on Taize Worship.

    “Title: Be Still and Know that I am God An Introduction to Contemplative Prayer

    Presenter: Jackie Halstead, Abilene, Tex. (chair of dept. of Marriage & Family Therapy)

    Description: Contemplative prayer has been practiced throughout the history of the Christian church. One example of this prayer form – imaging prayer – will be taught to increase an awareness of God’s presence.”

    “Title: Up Willow Creek Without A Hybels (leading by cultivating missional imagination)

    Presenters: Chris Flanders (Abilene, TX), Robert Foster (Dallas, TX), and Mark Hopkins (Pasadena, CA)

    Description: For a new missional frontier, traditional patterns of leadership that emphasize problem solving and predicting outcomes will simply not be adequate. Missional leadership will need to develop Christian imagination through the cultivation of spiritual practices. Come and explore what possibilities leadership on the missional frontier holds.”

    Missional Ministry is a fabricated word like the Post Modern joke.: it demands the restoration of a 5-fold ministry including unquestioned apostles and prophets.  Click to read some the code words which have mystical connotations.  Rhonda Lowry is on the board of directiors of Rochester University where Rubel Shelly is temporary president.  This has been a hot bed of false teachers and promoters of instrumental music. Apparently the false teachings are not very popular with students from the Church of Christ who know better.

    This, of course, restores the Five-fold Ministry of Apostles and Prophets.  See how the KEY WORDS point directly to ancient paganism. Rubel Shelly helps define the Missional Ministry (they just made the word up.)

    Mysticism in a Modern World: See more about the Emerging-Church heresy trying to undo THE FAITH.

    “Focused on reaching the students during Lectureship, the student track offers more student-friendly topics, such as mysticism, at later times in the evening. Monday night at 8:45 PM in the Den CafA of Barret Hall, the Spiritual Spectrum topic is Mysticism in a Modern World, hosted by Randy Harris, instructor of Bible, missions and ministry. Harris said the topic was picked because it appeals to students. ‘The director of the lectures wanted to have things that the whole campus would be involved in, especiallystudents,’ Harris said. ‘This is aimed at students, not the guests.’ ‘I’ve done a number of things related to the topic,’ Harris said. He’s spent time at a Trappist monastery, a Buddhist retreat, a Celtic retreat house and a hermit community for 40 days of silent prayer. ‘We’re in a world where everyone is looking for religious experience,’ Harris said. ‘Monks and hermits are people who seem to know about that – that’s why I’ve gone to check ‘em out.’ . . . Though he studies mysticism, Harris said his education on the subject includes learning through experience. ‘I’ve done a whole lot of reading about it, but you get to a point where you don’t want to read about it,’ Harris said. ‘I’ve really been on a search and kinda decided I would go any place in the world to try and learn from people who know about meditation or contemplative prayer or who were practicing a mystical tradition.’”

    On Richard Foster: "Spend some time this week listening to contemplative music designed to quiet you, settle you, deepen you. (Compact discs and tapes from the Taize Community, John Michael Talbot, and the Monks of Weston Priory are especially helpful.)" From Renovare's Perspective Newsletter


    What is the Taize Community?
    "Taize is an ecumenical sung and silent participatory prayer service designed to achieve a contemplative state through music, song

    List of Topics

    Highland Church of Christ, Abilene, Tex.

    Experience Contemplative Prayer: This class will continue to meet from 7:00 to 8:30 PM each Wednesday . . . led by Jackie Halstead

    Lipscomb University

    GB5553 Spiritual Formation and Guidance (Spring 2008). Professor: Gary Holloway

    Course Description: This course explores how God works in us through his Holy Spirit to conform us to the image of Christ and to empower us for ministry. In the course students will experience spiritual disciplines for themselves, develop a rule of life, and be invited into the ministry of spiritual guidance.

    This course assumes some familiarity with the practice of the spiritual disciplines (various books recommended, others assigned)

    Select Bibliography included books by Richard Foster on Spiritual Disciplines, books on Contemplative Prayer, Centering Prayer, Mysticism, etc.)

    ZOE Group Ministries/New Wineskins

    Look to the Hills Leadership Conference (Oct. 4-5, 2007)

    Guest Keynote Speaker: Brian D. McLaren

    “We will be challenged by the ZOE Growing Deeper Team and Brian McLaren to grow deeper in our spiritual life and to live a transformed life.”

    The Holy Spirit is the Mind of Christ. Our mind is our Spirit and all of the seven spirits which rested on Jesus were forms of Divine knowledge (Isaiah 11).  It is our own spirit which is cleansed of the world so that the Words of Christ which He says are Spirit and Life (John 56:63) will dwell there.  Being filled with the Spirit for the "deacons" means to "hold the mysteries of THE FAITH in a clear conscience.  Here is how we grow:

    Rom. 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
            that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,
            holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
    3050.  logikos, log-ik-os´; from 3056; rational (“logical”):  reasonable, of the word.
    Rom. 12:2 And be not conformed to this world
            but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind
            t
    hat ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 


    This is not some kind of exprienced from abusing the mind bur so that we can understand the will of God. It matters not whether all of our pleasure centers make us feel OTHERWORLDY. To be renewed is not to seek something outside of the normal brain function but:

    342.  anakainosis, an-ak-ah´-ee-no-sis; from 341; renovation: — renewing.

    Rom. 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you,
            not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think;
            but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

    Meditation and music both produce a state of mental intoxication: you cannot be SOBER and RATIONAL and MYSTICAL at the same time.

    Nothing could be more "works intensive" than chanting a mantra or trying to be silent to bring on an altered state of consciousness.  Their form of "praise singing" borders on witchcraft as it induces a mental state of delusion by creating endorphins in the brain.

    Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived,
            serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy,
            hateful, and hating one another.
    Titus 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
    Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done,
            but according to his mercy he saved us,
            by the washing of regeneration,
            and renewing of the Holy Ghost; [our spirit]
    2Cor. 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, 
            yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
    Eph. 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
    Col. 3:10 And have put on the new man,
            which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
    Col. 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
            teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
            singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.


    We WON'T hear any of those at Lipsomb say!


    Col. 3:17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
            do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

    Brian McLaren is one of the main “movers and shakers” in the “emerging church” movement. This is freely acknowledged in the biographical information posted on the ZOE Group/New Wineskins web site.

    See John MacArthur on the Emergent Approach.

    Of Course, ZOE is another word for LUCIFER.  The claim is really that they worship the Hills or Mountain Gods whereas in the Bible it is a question: shall we look to the hills for our salvation? No, absolutely not.

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