Before I present this repost, I want to make a few observations. I see many concerned individuals scrambling to fight Spiritual Formation and postmodern (Emerging/Emergent) teachings. By “scrambling,” I mean they Google and Google, trying to find discernment info exposing the false teachings of various writers, various denominations, various colleges and seminaries. They hope to present this info to individuals swallowed up in these heresies.
Picture a huge forest fire raging. Individuals are trying to put out the fire with buckets of water, blankets, whatever. But once they get one flame put out, another flame flares up. This is what we see with Spiritual Formation and postmodern teachings. The forest fire (in this case a literal “fire from Hell”) just keeps growing and growing.
Is there a better way to fight the fire? Perhaps. Perhaps we should back up and see the whole picture. As they say, often we “can’t see the forest for the trees.” In this case, the forest is the “fields white unto harvest,” the harvest of souls.
We will hopefully be looking in more detail at two strategies:
1) The strategy of Satan and his minions in stealing souls
2) Our strategy in fighting Satan and his minions
This battle is encapsulated in the words of our Lord Jesus, when He contrasts Satan’s purpose with His own purpose:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10, KJV)
One of the strategies of Satan and his minions in stealing souls – presented in the blog reposted below – is to kill, steal and destroy the minds and hearts of our youth. Let me be blunt. We would not allow our children to be physically killed, stolen from and destroyed. Yet many of us are allowing our children to be spiritually “killed, stolen from and destroyed”. God help us! Read on…
Following is a discussion of the most shocking statement I have read thus far from the Emergent/Emerging Church movement. This is an excerpt from the Lighthouse Trails Research book review of Brian McLaren’s book, entitled “Finding Our Way Again.” Click here for the entire book review.
… something in McLaren’s book has given this writer a motivation to continue with the work we do at Lighthouse Trails as long as we have breath. In McLaren’s chapter titled “Moving On,” he gives a detailed analysis of how the emerging church is God’s answer to a stifled, fearful Christian church. He explains that this merging church must infiltrate the “institutions that rejected it,” adding that “conservative Protestants have repeated their Catholic sibling’s earlier mistakes (referring to the Catholic church’s one time rejection of Galileo). Then he says: “But over time, what they reject will find or create safe space outside their borders and become a resource so that many if not most of the grandchildren of today’s fundamentalists will learn and grow and move on from the misguided battles of their forebears [biblical believers]” (p. 133). You see, McLaren and his emerging church fellows (Pagitt, Sweet, Warren, et.al) want to change the minds of our children and grandchildren. That is why Rick Warren once said that the older traditional ones will have to leave or die because they won’t change, thus the emphasis in the emerging church on the youth.
What’s alarming is that McLaren’s vision of infiltration is working. And he knows it. Listen: “At the center, safe space happens. A learning community forms. New possibilities emerge. A new day dawns. If the guardians of our fragmented religious institutions forbid their members to meet in the center, the members will not be able to comply. They will simply go undercover and arrange secret liaisons … Eventually, the shared resources, vitality, and new possibilities that unfold … will penetrate and reinvigorate … Trying to stop [this] … is a losing game … against the plotline of God’s universe.”
In the last chapter of McLaren’s book, “Theosis (via Unitiva),” he sums up his calling by stating that “The purpose of the via purgativa [the practices] is to prepare us for the via illuminativa [the awakening], and the purpose of the via illuminativa is to prepare us for the via unitiva [all is one], the union of our nature with the nature of God” (pp. 171-172). He calls God “fire” and says, “We join God in being fire … Before the beginning … God was All, and All was God” (p. 175). This is the exact same message that Eckhart Tolle and Oprah are propagating. But while many Christians are now condemning Tolle’s message, they don’t realize that the very same message is permeating their very own churches. For those readers who care about the spiritual future of their children and grandchildren, it is vital they understand the meaning of McLaren’s spirituality in particular and the merging/contemplative movement in general. We believe this is an extremely compelling motivation and should prompt us as believers to defend the faith and the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
God bless all of you at Lighthouse Trails Research. And God bless all of you in various discernment ministries, who are working to expose Spiritual Formation and Emerging/Emergent teachings.