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“RESURRECTION” MOVIE: Like Oprah, New Agers Roma Downey and hubby Mark Burnett now falsely claiming they’re Christians

A "BIBLICALLY ACCURATE" EASTER MOVIE PRODUCED BY CATHOLIC NEW AGE HERETICS, MYSTICS? DON'T BE DECEIVED!

WITH THE APOSTATE HERETICS, THE OSTEENS: 

WITH ANOTHER NEW AGER, MARIANNE WILLIAMSON: 

WITH RICK WARREN: 

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DOWNEY, BURNETT & OPRAH
ALL NEW AGERS

SEE: https://davemosher.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/touched-by-an-angel-roma-downeys-new-age-ish-little-angels-series-for-preschoolers-claims-to-be-christian/

Downey & Burnett: Living Out Your Faith in Today's Culture - Focus on the Family

SEE: https://www.focusonthefamily.com/episodes/broadcast/living-out-your-faith-in-todays-culture/

EVEN FOCUS ON THE FAMILY CHOOSES TO IGNORE THE NEW AGE DECEIVERS ROMA & MARK:

Roma Downey Joins Dinesh D'Souza to Discuss Her New Film "Resurrection"

Downey & Burnett are New Agers, Oprah's friends, apostates, heretics, Catholic leaning contemplative mystics, etc. SEE: https://ratherexposethem.org/?s=roma+downey for multiple posts that prove this. Why, if D'Souza is so educated, is he so enthralled with these people, and so undiscerning? Why hasn't he researched and vetted them before recommending them to the world? Unless of course he's of like mind. In that case, we should either avoid the three and/or take what they say with a grain of salt. Very disappointed Dinesh!

SEE ALL OUR MANY PREVIOUS POSTS: https://ratherexposethem.org/?s=DOWNEY+BURNETT

 

 

GREG LAURIE OF CALVARY CHAPEL MEETS WITH ROMA DOWNEY & MARK BURNETT, CATHOLIC NEW AGERS

GREG LAURIE & WIFE POSE WITH 
ROMA DOWNEY & MARK BURNETT
(SEE OUR PREVIOUS POSTS ABOUT 
DOWNEY & BURNETT)
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FROM LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH: 
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletters/2015/newsletter20151109.htm
LTRL Note: On the Lighthouse Trails FaceBook page, where we posted the following photo and statement, we received a wide variety of response. Some were upset with Greg Laurie for posting this picture on his own Facebook Account; others were upset with Lighthouse Trails for “judging” him and posting this. If Greg Laurie had his lunch get-together with Roma Downey and her husband to share the biblical Gospel with them, then that would be a good thing as we need to reach out to the lost. However, given the fact that he posted this on his Facebook account, where he knew thousands would see the photo, without any explanation as to the nature of the meeting, merely sends out the message that Laurie has no problem with Roma Downey or her husband. If he had wanted to have a private meeting with them, that is one thing, but he shared it with virtually the whole world by posting it on Facebook. And, we think he owes the church an honest explanation. Roma Downey is a devout Catholic and a New Age sympathizer, and we know from Scripture that the Catholic church teaches a “different gospel” and the New Age teaches a false christ.
Our Post:
A Lighthouse Trails reader sent this photo (see below) to us today (October 28th). It is a picture of Calvary Chapel pastor Greg Laurie, standing with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett and was posted on Greg Laurie’s Facebook page along with this caption by Downey:

So nice spending time with friends. Mark and I had a lovely lunch today with Greg and Cathe Laurie ‪#‎harvestoc

Such a photo only heightens concerns as to the direction Greg Laurie (one of Calvary Chapel’s most popular pastors)  is taking the church.
In 2012, Chris Lawson (a former Calvary Chapel pastor, now a Lighthouse Trails author) wrote a report about a book titled Have Heart (which is the story of pastor Steve Berger and communication with his deceased son). Even though the book encouraged necromancy, it was endorsed by Greg Laurie.
In author Greg Reid’s booklet, Confused by an Angel: The Dilemma of Roma Downey’s New Age Beliefs, he documents that Roma Downey is aligned with the New Age. That, though, has not deterred Christian leaders, such as David Jeremiah and now Greg Laurie, from showing comradeship with Downey and Burnett.
To understand a fuller scope of our concerns about Greg Laurie, refer to the articles from our archive below.


Related Information:
Tens of Thousands Introduced to Contemplative Advocates Gungor and David Crowder at Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusade
Green Bay Catholic Priest David Ricken leads Mass at Lifefest Before Joint Worship with Greg Laurie
The Pope’s New Evangelization Program: Bishop Ricken, Greg Laurie and Calvary Chapel
Warren, Blanchard, Hybels, Laurie, Buford – Launching New York Leadership Center This Week  (2008)
Greg Laurie Connects Purpose Driven to a Move of God – Gives Financial Support (2008)

COMPLETE ECUMENICAL APOSTASY: DAVID JEREMIAH INVITES ROMA DOWNEY & MARK BURNETT, CATHOLIC NEW AGE HERETICS~PASSES “TURNING POINT” INTO HERESY & APOSTASY

JEREMIAH HAS ALREADY PASSED 
THE “TURNING POINT” 
TOWARDS HERESY, APOSTASY,
CATHOLICISM & NEW AGE MYSTICISM
A PARTNERSHIP BORN OF SATAN
SEE: 
VIDEO OF INTERVIEW (EXCELLENT QUALITY):
DAVID JEREMIAH 
COMPLETELY & UTTERLY DECEIVED  
A Lighthouse Trails reader who is on David Jeremiah’s mailing list received the following e-mail notice from David Jeremiah. The appearance took place earlier this month. Please read our new Booklet Tract/article by Gregory Reid, “Confused by an Angel: The Dilemma of Roma Downey’s New Age Beliefs.”
You’re Invited: Thursday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m.
A.D. Interview


Dear ______,You’re invited to be part of a live studio audience as I interview the producers of The Bible and A.D., Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, on stage in the main sanctuary at Shadow Mountain Community Church this Thursday, March 12, at 3:00 p.m.On Easter Sunday, Turning Point Television will begin airing our new series, A.D. The Revolution That Changed the World. This teaching series is the “Scripture behind the story” of the dramatic NBC television event, A.D. The Bible Continues.
We are privileged that producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey asked us to partner with them in telling the story of the early church through the characters found in the Book of Acts.
I pray you’ll join me for this live taping with Mark and Roma as we discuss the role of Christians in Hollywood and how God is using biblically based programming on primetime television to reach the world for Christ.
Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and the taping is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. This interview will be aired on Turning Point Television and used online and in social media to promote the message of this groundbreaking series.
See you this Thursday!
David Jeremiah Signature
David Jeremiah
Shadow Mountain Community Church
2100 Greenfield Dr.
El Cajon, CA 92019



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LAUGHING ALL THE WAY TO THE BANK WITH MONEY 
FROM GULLIBLE CHRISTIANS


A.D. The Bible Continues – First Look





SEE: LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH:

NEW BOOKLET TRACT – Confused by an Angel: The Dilemma of Roma Downey’s New Age Beliefs

AT: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16968

SEE ALL OUR PREVIOUS POSTS ABOUT DOWNEY & BURNETT


SOUTHERN BAPTISTS AND CATHOLICS PRAISING NEW AGER’S WORK 
(Friday Church News Notes, April 10, 2015, www.wayoflife.org,[email protected], 866-295-4143) – Southern Baptists, Catholics, Pentecostals, and emergents are praising the latest work of the New Age entertainer Roma Downey. Those who praise Downey’s newest production, A.D. The Bible Continues, include Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Ed Stetzer of the SBC’s LifeWay Research, George Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Catholic Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Andy Stanley, Max Lucado, Perry Noble, and Rick Warren. The praise from these men is effusive and lacking any warning about Downey’s apostasy. For example, Stetzer says, “In ‘A.D.’, Mark and Roma have masterfully brought together the text and context, bringing the story alive in a fresh, new way–showing the true promise and peril of the early church situation. ‘A.D.’ is amazing television, and a gift to the church.” Roma Downey is the Roman Catholic co-creator with husband Mark Burnett of the History Channel’s popular The Bible miniseries and The Son of God movie. She calls Pope Francis “a new pope of hope” (“Roma Downey,” Christian Post, April 4, 2013). She says, “I have prayed to Mary and loved her my whole life” (“The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series,” Catholiclane.com, Feb. 28, 2013). She promotes the use of the rosary as a meditation practice by which she prays to Mary as the Queen of Heaven and the Mother of God. The Catholic Mary is sinless and can hear and answer the prayers of every petitioner, thus having the divine attributes of mediatorship, omnipresence, and omnipotence. But Roma Downey’s heresies exceed those pertaining to Rome’s papacy, sacramental gospel, and communion with a demon masquerading as Mary. Roma graduated from the University of Santa Monica with a graduate degree in Spiritual Psychology, which is described at the school’s web site as “the study and practice of the art and science of human evolution in consciousness.” The benefits of Spiritual Psychology include “experiencing enhanced spiritual awareness through knowing yourself as a Divine Being” and “learning to relate to yourself with greater compassion and awareness of yourself as a Divine Being having a human experience.” Why would any Bible-believing Christian recommend movies produced by a New Ager without the loudest and most fervent qualification, at the very least? “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14).

“WOMEN OF THE BIBLE” PRODUCED BY CATHOLIC NEW AGERS DOWNEY & BURNETT~STARRING MEGA CHURCH APOSTATES’ WIVES

BIBLE TWISTING & DISTORTION WITH SMILING FACES;



WILL YOU SUCCUMB TO THEIR PROPAGANDA?


2 Peter 2:

1-“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.”


ABOVE:

JOEL & VICTORIA OSTEEN WITH ROMA DOWNEY & MARK BURNETT;
UNBIBLICAL “FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF CHRISTIANITY” MIXED WITH CATHOLICISM/NEW AGE COMMUNING WITH THE DEAD (NECROMANCY)
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VICTORIA OSTEEN & KAY WARREN, WIFE OF RICK WARREN;
LIFE IS GOOD WHEN BLESSINGS & ABUNDANCE POUR IN 
FROM DECEIVED FOLLOWERS

Matthew 19:

23-24-“And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 





Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”







The Christ of Lightworkers Media

Roma Downey is the co-owner, with her husband Mark Burnett, of Lightworkers Media, the producer of The Bible miniseries which aired in 2013 (the History Channel) and The Son of God movie which appeared in 2014 (20th Century Fox). The movie was adapted from the miniseries. In December 2014, Lightworkers Media will air Women of the Bible

The fact that Roma’s productions are widely promoted by “evangelical” Christians is evidence of the width and depth of the apostasy that we are witnessing in these end times. 
The Bible miniseries was endorsed by Rick Warren, Jim Daly of Focus on the Family, T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Lisa Harper of Women of Faith, Luis Palau, Dick Rolfe, and many others. Osteen, Warren, and Jakes were advisers for the Lightworkers Media production. Rick Warren rented movie theaters for the showing of the Son of God movie. Osteen purchased and distributed 8,000 tickets. 

Victoria Osteen and Kay Warren appear in the 
Women of the Bible. These women are wives of the pastors of two of the largest “evangelical” churches in America. Joyce Meyer is also featured in Women of the Bible

Roma Downey played a prominent role in the January 2015 We Will Stand Contemporary Music concert, which featured Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Newsboys, Don Moen, Mark Schultz, Sandi Patti, Travis Cottrell (Beth Moore’s worship leader), Steven Curtis Chapman, Steve Green, Dallas Holm, Russ Taff, The Imperials, Don Francisco, First Call, Michael Omartian, Francesca Battistelli, Kari Jobe, Laura Story, Petra, 4Him, Point of Grace, Carman, Nicole Mullen, among others.

Downey’s productions have been hugely popular. 

The first episode of 
The Bible, which ran on March 2013, was seen by more than 13 million viewers, the largest cable television audience that year (“Mark Burnett’s The Bible begets record ratings,” Entertainment Weekly, March 4, 2013). When The Bible was released on DVD a month later, it quickly sold more than one-half million copies to become the top-selling TV miniseries. Within the first month, the miniseries had been viewed by an estimated 95 million people (“#1 TV on DVD in last five years,” HollywoodJesus.com, April 8, 2013). The YouVersion Bible App, the official app of The Bible miniseries, had 88 million downloads and was the in top 15 of all free apps in the iTunes store.
The Son of God movie made $26.5 million in its first weekend, and within three months it had grossed $68 million. 

Shouldn’t we rejoice that multitudes of people are seeing these multimedia presentations about the Bible and Jesus? 

God warns His people to prove all things and to try the spirits. He warns of false christs and false spirits and false gospels. 

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:5).

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3).

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).

In light of what Roma Downey believes and practices, it is obvious that her programs and movies are introducing people to a false christ, a false spirit, and a false gospel.



NEW AGE SELF WORSHIP
Roma, who became famous for her role as “the angel Monica” in the New-agey TV series 
Touched by an Angel, is a Roman Catholic who holds New Age principles and communes with the dead. Touched by an Angel promotes the New Age doctrines that men are not estranged from God by sin, that they do not have to be reconciled through Christ’s atonement, that God is the Father of all men, that angels are not perfect, and that salvation is by human kindness.

When Roma was married in 2007 to television producer Mark Burnett (her second marriage), the ceremony was performed by Della Reese, her co-star in 
Touched by an Angel. Reese is the co-founder with Johnnie Coleman of the Understanding Principles for Better Living Church. Coleman is a New Thought minister of the Unity School of Christianity, which teaches, “We are Divine through the Christ within, the individualization of God in us.”

Roma graduated from the University of Santa Monica with a masters degree in Spiritual Psychology. The university was “founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John-Roger” (“Roma Downey Happy Out of Spotlight,” 
Beck/Smith Hollywood, April 23, 2013). The university’s web site describes Spiritual Psychology as “the study and practice of the art and science of human evolution in consciousness.” It says that the benefits of Spiritual Psychology include “experiencing enhanced spiritual awareness through knowing yourself as a Divine Being,” “individual evolution,” and “learning to relate to yourself with greater compassion and awareness of yourself as a Divine Being having a human experience.” 

The New Age book 
Loyalty to Your Soul by Ron and Mary Hulnick carries Roma Downey’s recommendation as follows: “The teachings in this beautiful book have sent me on a journey to the very center of my own being where, wrapped in the safe wings of Love, I feel as though I have come home.”Loyalty to Your Soul teaches self worship. “Center your awareness in your heart and consciously look for the Loving Essence in the person in your presence. By doing so, you’re signifying your respect for the Soul before you …  Maintain awareness that you’re in conversation with another Divine Being who is engaged in having a human experience” (p. 209).

She says that she listens to books on tape by New Age guru Eckhart Tolle, who teaches the divinity of man. (See our book 
The New Age Tower of Babel for documentation.) Tolle says, “God, the scripture is saying, is formless consciousness and the essence of who you are” (The New Earth, p. 219), and, “Christ is your God-essence or Self” (The Power of Now, p. 104).



COMMUNING WITH MARY
Roma says, “I have prayed to Mary and loved her my whole life” (“The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series,” Catholiclane.com, Feb. 28, 2013). (She plays the part of Mary in 
The Bibleminiseries.) She promotes the use of the Rosary as a meditation practice. By this, practitioners pray to Mary as the Queen of Heaven and the Mother of God. The Catholic Mary is a mediator between God and man who can hear and answer the prayers of every petitioner, thus having the divine attributes of omnipresence and omnipotence.



COMMUNING WITH THE DEAD
Roma also communes with the dead. On the 
Crossing Over television program on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2002, she supposedly talked to her mother through the mediumship of psychic Jonathan Edwards (Drew MacKenzie, “Roma’s TV chat to dead mother,” TheFreeLibrary.com). Roma’s CD “Meditation” is included with Jonathan Edward’s book Practical Praying: Using the Rosary to Enhance Your Life.

“And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people” (Leviticus 20:6).

“And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?” (Isaiah 8:19).



A FALSE CHRIST
The christ of 
The Bible miniseries and The Son of God movie is not the Christ of Scripture. The christ of Lightworkers Media is the typical long-haired hippy of popular mythical imagination. He looks and acts like a cool surfer dude, a miracle-working super hero. He does not call people to repentance from sin; he does not warn of hell; he does not require the new birth for salvation. The christ of The Bible miniseries and The Son of God movie is the non-judgmental christ of The Shack, a christ who accepts everyone, sees the goodness in every person, and “puts no obligations on anyone.” He is a cool, modern christ. At the Last Supper, the christ of the Son of God movie does not mention “the forgiveness of sins” in connection with the cup and his death. 

The 
Son of God promotes a New Age world in which all men will be saved, in which all religions are accepted by God. Before he is beheaded, John the Baptist says, “His [Jesus] power will draw all men to a new world.”

“In the ‘Son of God’ what they are trying to present is not the Orthodox Christ, but one who’s message is not of repentance but of uniting all faiths into and earthly kingdom where all are welcome. In Antichrist’s kingdom heretics and sinners, all are told they are accepted as they are” (“Son of God: A Charismatic Revival Masterpiece,” 
Orthodox Views, March 1, 2014).

It can be no accident that the actor of 
The Son of God movie bears an uncanny resemblance to a New Age “cosmic christ” and ascended master called Sananda who is channelled by occultists. 
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SEE OUR 10 PREVIOUS POSTS ABOUT DOWNEY & BURNETT, USING THE SEARCH

ALSO SEE: http://variety.com/2014/tv/news/lifetime-orders-women-of-the-bible-special-from-roma-downey-mark-burnett-1201342355/
EXCERPT:
“Women of the Bible” will examine the stories of Eve, Sara, Rehab, Mary Magdalene and Mother Mary and feature interviews with Christine Caine and Priscilla Shirer, co-founders of Going Beyond Ministries; Victoria Osteen, co-Pastor of Lakewood Church; Eva Rodriguez of the Latino Evangelical Women’s Assn; Kay Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church; and Bible teacher Joyce Meyer.
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ECUMENICAL BACKED MOVIE, “SON OF GOD” SENDS SUBTLE NEW AGE/ROMAN CATHOLIC MESSAGES~LIBERTY UNIVERSITY IGNORANTLY ENDORSES DOWNEY & BURNETT

“SON OF GOD” MOVIE PRODUCERS
NEW AGERS, CATHOLIC LEANING, & ECUMENICAL 
ROMA DOWNEY & MARK BURNETT
ROMA DOWNEY AS MARY 
LOOKING AT JESUS CROWNED WITH THORNS
DOWNEY, BURNETT & OPRAH
ALL NEW AGERS
RICK WARREN, ROMA DOWNEY, MARK BURNETT



Lighthouse Trails Research explains its concerns about Roma Downey’s & Mark Burnett’s newly released “Son of God” movie here:
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletters/2014/newsletter20140303.htm;
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:

“If everything begins with intention, our heart on ‘Son of God’ was to find the places that we could bring people together.”—Roma Downey, New York Times

On February 28th, 20th Century Fox will release the movie Son of God in theaters. The movie is produced by husband/wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey (Downey plays Mary in the film). While the movie is about the life of Jesus (and if the movie trailer is any indication, it will be  a very moving and emotional account), Lighthouse Trails wishes to issue a word of caution and warning to those who will be going to see it. Between Roma Downey’s affinity toward New Ageism and the highly ecumenical (evangelical, emerging, contemplative, Catholic, Mormon, etc) group of endorsers and advisers, there may be subtle messages and omissions in the movie that are contrary to the Word of God and its portrayal of Jesus Christ as the truth and the singular Savior of the world. Thus, we encourage those who will be seeing the movie to watch it through the eyes of discernment and the filter of God’s Word.
We know the Bible tells us the day will come when the whole world will follow a false (anti) Christ and will worship him. And we can see how quickly an apostate ecumenical religious body is rising to the surface, leaving traditional, biblical Christianity behind. There have been films that have been produced over the years with the purpose of drawing people into an ecumenical religious movement. For instance, when Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ came out, evangelical Christians flocked to the movie in scores, and most major Christian leaders promoted it. But after the movie had come out, Mel Gibson admitted that the his reason for doing the movie was to draw people to the Eucharist, Mary, and the Catholic church. If you did not read Roger Oakland’s article, “What Lies Behind Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ  by Roger Oakland,” we hope you will read it before attending Son of God. Roger received a lot of criticism from peers for his warnings about The Passion of the Christ. But in the end, it was Mel Gibson himself who set the record straight and confirmed what Roger was saying was true. And today, several years later, the evangelical/Protestant church is so much further down the contemplative/emerging, ecumenical road to Rome.
With Son of God, we can only hope that Roma Downey’s New Age/Catholic bent doesn’t surface. However, we are skeptical that it won’t. A February 27th New York Times article shows that the intention of filmmakers for Son of God is to reach past the differences of religious faiths and bring people into unity. The article states:

Downey’s husband, “The Voice” and “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett, said the Christian filmmaking team reached out specifically to other faiths to tell the story of the life of Jesus . . . without causing offense.
“It just took a lot of work and a lot of time and a lot of listening over a number of years to see everybody’s point of view and how to not take the teeth out of the story — the dynamic drama from the story — but be sensitive across groups,” Burnett said. “Because there’s very different interpretations across the Catholic faith and the Protestant faith and the Jewish faith.”

In a July 2013 Lighthouse Trails article, we wrote the following statements, which reflect Roma Downey’s spiritual proclivities:

From our July 2013 article, “From the Frying Pan into the Fire: Women of Faith Partners with New Age Advocate Roma Downey” :
In an article we posted earlier this year, “Rick Warren Endorses 2013 Book, Catholics Come Home – Calls Catholic Evangelization “Critically Important,” we quoted [Roma] Downey as saying this about the book: “Catholics Come Home inspires each of us to share God’s love with others, in order to help change the world for the better, for eternity!” And, in a book titled Practical Praying: Using the Rosary to Enhance Your Life, there is a companion “Meditation” CD by Roma Downey that comes with the book.
But Roma Downey isn’t just a Catholic promoter. She is a New Age/New Spirituality promoter. Within the pages of a book titled Loyalty to Your Soul by Ron and Mary Hulnick (published in 2010 by the New Age publisher, Hay House), Downey endorses the book saying:
“As a USM [ University of Santa Monica – a New Age metaphysical school] graduate, I know firsthand the value I received from participating with Ron and Mary in the Master’s degree Program in Spiritual Psychology. I am so grateful to have Loyalty to Your Soul to sweetly remind me of all I have learned. Let’s just say that I went from playing an angel on TV to living more of an angelic life every day. The teachings in this beautiful book have sent me on a journey to the very center of my own being where, wrapped in the safe wings of Love, I feel as though I have come home.”
Downey’s endorsement in the Hulnick’s book is nestled in with full-blown New Agers like Barbara Marx Hubbard, Joan Borysenko, and Gay Hendricks (The Corporate Mystic). By the way, Neale Donald Walsch, the New Ager who said that Hitler did the Jews a favor by killing them,wrote the foreword to Loyalty to Your Soul!
Clearly, Downey read this book and resonates deeply with it to say what she did about it. To get an idea of this “journey” that Downey is on, listen to a few quotes from Loyalty to Your Soul:
“Center your awareness in your heart and consciously look for the Loving Essence in the person in your presence. By doing so, you’re signifying your respect for the Soul before you . . .  Maintain awareness that you’re in conversation with another Divine Being who is engaged in having a human experience.” (p. 209)
“We ask for the presence, protection, guidance, and Love of the Divine Beings  who work with each of us.” (from the “Invocation” – emphasis added)
“When people speak of spirituality, they simply mean awareness of the sacred reality of the Divine Essence within and beyond all creation.” (p. 8, quoting favorably a New Age “spiritual teacher”)
“For the awakening person, there is a growing yearning for time in the silence. There is a sense of needing time and space for contemplation, meditation, walking in nature, and just plain being alone. Attuning to the inner channel of Divine Love is supported by quiet moments.” (p. 27)
“You begin to recognize others as Divine Beings, and the situations and circumstances of your life as learning devices.” (p. 31)
Those familiar with New Age teachings will recognize such statements as being the core essence of the occult (that man is divine). Loyalty to Your Soul is a contemporary version of A Course in Miracles (the New Age book Warren B. Smith talks about in his biography, The Light That Was Dark).
In addition to endorsing Loyalty to Your Soul, Downey also endorsed a book called Angels in My Hair: the true story of a modern day Irish mystic by Lorna Bryne. The book is about spirit guides in people’s lives. We find it disconcerting to know that someone with Downey’s spiritual propensities, who attended a New Age university, helped to create a program on God’s Word.

If you watch the video clips of various Christian leaders who are promoting the Son of God movie (e.g., Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Max Lucado, etc), you will notice that many of these endorsers are praising Hollywood for coming out with films on Jesus and the Bible (soon a movie on Noah is going to be released). But if the Jesus that Hollywood is depicting is not the Jesus of the Bible but rather a why-can’t-we-all-get-along kind of Jesus and if the Word of God itself is being altered and revised, then how can we, as Christian believers, praise such work? Nevertheless, it will be praised by today’s popular religious leaders and most likely tens of millions will go to see the film. And the question that must be asked is, what will be the “fruit” of this and other such films?
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Producers Mark Burnett, Roma Downey offer sneak peek at new film (at Liberty University)

January 20, 2014 : Liberty University News Service
http://www.liberty.edu/news/index.cfm?PID=18495&MID=110629;
EXCERPT:

Liberty University students got a special treat in Monday’s Convocation as they were shown clips from the upcoming film, “Son of God,” by its producers: Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. Senior Vice President for Communications Johnnie Moore introduced the married couple, calling them the “prototypical image of people who are excellent at their craft and yet committed to their faith.”

AN ECUMENICAL EMERGING “ROGUES GALLERY”;
INCLUDES CATHOLICS:
From http://sonofgodresources.com/leader-commentaries: “Hear from our friends and partners, some of the nation’s leading influencers in faith, who offer insightful commentary on selected scenes from the movie Son of God.” 



A Word of Caution: Ecumenical-Backed Movie, “Son of God,” May Send Subtle New Age/Roman Catholic Messages

A Word of Caution: Ecumenical-Backed Movie, “Son of God,” May Send Subtle New Age/Roman Catholic Messages

REPOSTED: “CATHOLICS COME HOME”~JUST SAY NO TO ROMA DOWNEY & MARK BURNETT

WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID THE CATHOLIC CHURCH INSTEAD:

Richard Bennett’s Berean Beacon www.bereanbeacon.org. He is an ex-Catholic Benedictine priest, educated by the Jesuits. See the latest YouTube video from Richard here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BheUebiKZaI.
A prior video from Richard about Rick Warren given at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London:

Mike Gendron’s Proclaiming the Gospel
http://www.proclaimingthegospel.org/.
The following videos show how the Catholic Church has morphed over the centuries, and how tradition is equal to and/or above the Word of God:

Ken Silva of Apprising has the following articles about Rick Warren:
http://apprising.org/2013/03/12/rick-warren-asks-us-to-fast-and-pray-for-god-to-help-apostates-elect-their-new-pope/.
http://apprising.org/2013/02/13/whats-next-for-rick-warren/.
http://apprising.org/2013/01/29/rick-warren-and-his-brother-his-eminence-timothy-cardinal-dolan-archbishop-of-new-york/.
http://apprising.org/2011/11/08/rick-warren-and-teachings-of-demons/.
http://apprising.org/2010/04/01/the-inadequate-gospel-of-rick-warren/.
http://apprising.org/2010/04/19/rick-warren-awards-purpose-driven-roman-catholics/.
http://apprising.org/2010/07/13/rick-warren-and-roman-catholics/.
http://apprising.org/2008/08/20/refuting-rick-warren/, includes Bob DeWaay’s extensive refutation of Warren. This is a followup: http://apprising.org/2008/06/01/pastor-bob-dewaay-on-his-meeting-with-rick-warren/.
http://apprising.org/2007/05/25/southern-baptist-pastor-rick-warren-is-openly-promoting-apostate-roman-catholicism/.
http://apprising.org/2010/04/20/rick-warren-and-purpose-driven-roman-catholics/.

Bob DeWaay of Critical Issues Commentary http://cicministry.org/, has the following on Warren:
http://cicministry.org/commentary/worldview0034.htm.

John MacArthur of Grace to You www.gty.org, on Catholicism, uploaded April 8, 2013:

John MacArthur on Warren’s “Purpose Driven Life”:

MacArthur and R.C. Sproul on Catholicism:



Roma Downey:
Dave Mosher Blog has a group of excellent posts http://davemosher.wordpress.com/?s=roma+downey on Roma Downey and her New Age beliefs and associations, in particular this one:
http://davemosher.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/touched-by-an-angel-roma-downeys-new-age-ish-little-angels-series-for-preschoolers-claims-to-be-christian/, revised March 27, 2013. In it we see Roma Downey on the cover of OM Times, http://omtimes.com/, a New Age publication. See Downey’s biography and interview at OM Times here: http://omtimes.com/2011/07/roma-downey-truly-an-angel/.

David Cloud’s Way of Life reports:
Roma Downey, the Roman Catholic co-creator (with her husband) of the History Channel’s popular “The Bible” miniseries, says Pope Francis is “a new pope of hope” (“Roma Downey,” Christian Post, April 4, 2013). Downey, famous for her role as “the angel Monica” in the new-agey TV series “Touched by an Angel,” plays the part of Mary in “The Bible” miniseries. She says the example of Pope Francis will cause “the seeds of hope to flourish in people’s hearts and people’s lives.” In an earlier interview, Downey said, “I have prayed to Mary and loved her my whole life” (“The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series,” Catholiclane.com, Feb. 28, 2013). Roma attended the University of Santa Monica http://www.universityofsantamonica.edu/offering Master’s degrees in Spiritual Psychology, “founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru JohnRoger” (“Roma Downey Happy Out of Spotlight,” Beck/Smith Hollywood, April 23, 2013). She says that she listens to books on tape by New Age guru Eckhart Tolle, who teaches the divinity of man. The creators of “The Bible” miniseries have not been afraid to add to and change God’s Word.

Christian Research Network discusses Downey and the “Bible” miniseries:
http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2013/03/15/roman-catholic-roma-downey-producer-of-the-bible-miniseries-says-francis-i-will-be-a-pope-of-hope/.

Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church invited Downey and Burnett to do a “question and answer” time during February 2013 showing of the Bible miniseries: http://saddleback.com/blogs/communityblog/mark-burnett-and-roma-downey-coming-to-saddleback/.

Don Green sermons from Vimeo video:
“Why Are We ‘Protestants’? We Reject the Papacy”: http://vimeo.com/62695090.
“Why Are We ‘Protestants’? We Affirm Sola Scriptura”: http://vimeo.com/62713346.

Robert Zins, http://www.cwrc-rz.org/, debates a Roman Catholic priest who believes in universal salvation (universalism):



“SON OF GOD” MOVIE BY NEW AGERS ROMA DOWNEY & MARK BURNETT

SEE OUR PREVIOUS POSTS ABOUT ROMA DOWNEY & MARK BURNETT:
https://ratherexposethem.org/2013/08/roma-downey-new-age-advocate-partners.html

Son of God Official Trailer & Cast Interview: Diogo Morgado, Roma Downey, and Mark Burnett:


Please Consider This Before 
Going Out To See “Son of God”
Manny Silva has written a review:

“People will walk away liking “Jesus,” or rather liking Diogo Morgado, and they will think because they like the Hollywood Jesus they are Christian more or less. They will not sense their urgent need to come to a saving knowledge of the true Christ. And they will be deceived into thinking they are alright, when they are in serious spiritual jeopardy.” (from the review at the lasthiker blog)

 I realize I may cause a bit of upset in sending this out, but this has been bothering me for a while.
The movie trailer for Son of God seems pretty good to most Christians.  There was one part of it that gave me pause, so I did a little more homework.  ​I had been planning to post my thoughts on the “Son of God” movie, and realized that it is already opening tonight.  So as I planned to write something for early next week, I received an email from a sister in the Lord, with a link to an article about the same subject.  “Son of God” is a movie produced by actress Roma Downey, and her husband Mark Burnett.  If you recall, they also produced last year’s “Bible Series” on the History Channel.  I saw enough portions of that series to truly be dismayed at how Hollywood can re-write Bible history for its own purposes.  So what reason is there to trust the same folks who produced and directed that series?
This is part of what I posted on Facebook today:
 “I will not pay to see this movie and help finance future “Bible” based projects by these folks, and it is my recommendation that you do not go as well, after considering two things: the people behind the movie, and the content of the movie itself.  Christians really need to be careful in these times and scrutinize not only who is making these movies, but what they are leaving out, or adding. Beware of those who call themselves Christian, but who embrace paganism, talk to the dead,​ and borrow practices from other religions.”

My friend Nancy commented that:
 “All you have to do is watch the trailer “Come with me” “What are we going to do” Then they have Jesus saying “Change the world” C’mon on now, really? What does the Word really say? I can think of several verses – how about from the gospel of John Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.” or again from John, Jesus answered, “My kingship is not of this world; if my kingship were of this world, my servants would fight, that I might not be handed over to the Jews; but my kingship is not from the world.”
or Paul said in Romans – Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Well, we shouldn’t be surprised as over and over we are told of a deception coming, a strong delusion, masquerading as Christ. People better wake up and pay attention, lest you too be caught off guard.”
I agree.  One of the dubious things I found out about the movie is that CeeLo Green, from the Voice, will be singing “Mary Did You Know” at the end of the movie.  This is the same CeeLo Green who sang a song called F**k You.  And Roma Downey decided to “cast out” Satan from the movie, saying that it should be all about Jesus, and called Satan a distraction.
If the deception and delusion going on now is not the great big one, then I shudder to think what it will be like.  Please do not consider this nitpicking on my part, or by the writer of the article.  I agree with the writer when she ​says that “​Hollywood, or FAKE Christians can’t make a good truthful movie about Jesus.”​
Please read the facts about Roma Downey and her propensity to dabble in paganism, mysticism, and “spiritual psychology.”  She is a New Ager.
She has spent time with Jonathan Edwards to speak with her dead mother!  She also worked with Edwards on a book that teaches contemplative prayer.  ​
And also consider the movie, in the following excerpt (and continue to the full article) in light of what Scripture teaches us.  They made some very erroneous revisions in the “Bible Series” and twisted the word of God.  What makes us think they would not do the same to this movie?

Here is the link to the article:


I was listening to Christian radio last week and I heard a radio interview on Focus on the Family with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett about their new television series, The Bible. They claimed to be Christian and said that the Lord has called them to make this series. She shared about how she would pray and ask the Holy Spirit to fill her when she was on “Touched by an Angel.” I was a little surprised at the picture she was trying to create, but I let it go. Whatever. But one of their main points was that there are a lot of Christians in Hollywood and they are not ashamed to admit it.
… Then I happened to see a blog by a woman I used to follow years ago. And she mentioned that Roma Downey has some New Age ties. I remembered my red flag and I followed up on her sources and did my own research. Because by now many members of my church were posting on Facebook about how “AMAZING” the show was. I don’t want to be a kill-joy! But it is true. Roma Downey deceived the church when she went on Focus on the Family. She came on Christian Radio and pretended to be a the same kind of Christian that we are. There is room for differences in the body of Christ, but New Age paganism falls outside the fence.
She was quoted in an article talking about how she listens to books on tape by Eckart Tolle. “I get my own selections [on the radio in the car] — books on tape by Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins…” She goes on to say, “My husband says I’m so self-realized I’m practically levitating.’” Really? Because I have never heard my pastor’s wife talk like that? If you are not familiar with Eckart Tolle, he is a New Age teacher who twists the Bible and adds it to his Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Shintoist philosophy. If you are familiar with him, and you like him–whatever. He is a false teacher when it comes to Christianity. Charlie Campbell has a list of his troubling statements.
Aside from her VERY questionable theological beliefs, she has gone to the University of Santa Monica to get a degree in “Spiritual Psychology.” When I first read that I thought, “so?” BUT when I looked it up, the University of Santa Monica is not just a school like Cal Poly or USC that people from all walks of life go to. When you click on their home page you will see that it specializes in New Age degrees.

When you go to the page entitled “What is Spiritual Psychology?” you will see that they are indeed promoting New Age ideas. Here is a quote, “Spiritual Psychology is the study and practice of the art and science of human evolution in consciousness.” It goes on to say, “Put another way, Spiritual Psychology is a technology that empowers students to convert their everyday life experiences into rungs on the ladder of Spiritual Evolution.” 
Spiritual Evolution.
Do you think that has ANYTHING to do with Jesus dying on the cross for your sins? So you could evolve spiritually? NOOOOO. It is blasphemy to the Christian which she claims to be. A Christian who happens to be so self-realized that she is levitating?!?!  Uhm levitating? That is a funny little joke Roma. Because IF you were self-realized, have you realized that you are dirt? You are a sinner? You can’t evolve spiritually, because if  you could Jesus wouldn’t have had to come die on the cross for your sins. Do you “realize” that the Bible is the BEST book on “Spiritual Psychology” there is??? And it won’t baby you, or flatter you–but it will give you the truth and give you HOPE that ONLY exists IN CHRIST JESUS!
So this New Age woman and her husband want to go on Focus on the Family and laugh and talk about the Holy Spirit and their love for the Bible, and this call that God placed on their lives to make a Hollywood movie of His favorite book.
Then they wanted all their Hollywood friends to promote the series on Twitter. For some reason John Edward from “Crossing Over” tweeted that he didn’t need to be a psychic to know that this series is going to be SPECTACULAR! And P-Diddy, Christian Aguilera, Jane Lynch, Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York, Adam Levine, and Shakira just so happen to really love the Bible, right? Do they go to church too? Are they some of the Christians in Hollywood that you talked about in your interview? That is crazy.
And then when my friends are telling me, after watching it, that it was “SOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD.” And they did notice a few things that were different, but other than that it was really, really good. So to them it is okay that it is different from the Bible. A series called the Bible and it is DIFFERENT than the Bible. Okay . . . (The Last Hiker)

Manny Silva
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ROMA DOWNEY’S FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION TO NEW AGER MARIANNE WILLIAMSON RAISES MANY QUESTIONS

ROMA DOWNEY’S FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION 
TO NEW AGER MARIANNE WILLIAMSON 
RAISES MANY QUESTIONS
SEE: https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletters/2019/newsletter20190408.htmrepublished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes:
Screenshot from a May 25, 2014 article in People Magazine, taken from Pinterest (used in accordance with the US Fair Use Act)

Evangelical leaders such as Rick Warren, Greg Laurie, and David Jeremiah have shown public support for Roma Downey and her books, movies, and other media work for a number of years now. Lighthouse Trails has attempted to alert these leaders and the church at large that while Downey may be a sincere person, she is a New Age sympathizer and has consistently supported those sympathies.
This week, a Lighthouse Trails reader sent us a link to a March 27, 2019 article from the Center for Public Integrity that disclosed that Roma Downey contributed $2600 to Marianne Williamson’s 2014 run in California for Congress. Proof of this contribution can be seen on a government website (Federal Election Commission) that shows a tax record for Marianne Williamson for the year 2013 (when the contribution by Downey was made – see page 135 of the report). Marianne Williamson is one of today’s foremost New Age leaders and is running for president in 2020. It was because of Williamson that the New Age “Bible,” A Course in Miracles (see video), became popular in mainstream America after Williamson’s book Return to Love (promoting A Course in Miracles) was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show. A Course in Miracles has the quintessential New Age message that God dwells in every human being and that each person has a Christ consciousness. It is this same New Age “God” who believes that “the era of the single savior is over”(1) and that Hitler actually did the Jews a favor by killing them. Listen to the following quotes by the New Age “God”:

The real issue is whether Hitler’s actions were “wrong.” Yet I have said over and over again that there is no “right” or “wrong” in the universe. A thing is not intrinsically right or wrong. A thing simply is.2
Now your thought that Hitler was a monster is based on the fact that he ordered the killing of millions of people, correct? . . . Yet what if I told you that what you call “death” is the greatest thing that could happen to anyone—what then?3
So the first thing you have to understand—as I’ve already explained to you—is that Hitler didn’t hurt anyone. In a sense, he didn’t inflict suffering, he ended it.4
The mistakes Hitler made did no harm or damage to those whose deaths he caused. Those souls were released from their earthly bondage, like butterflies emerging from a cocoon.5

These quotes were said by the New Age “God” in Neale Donald Walsch’s highly popular book series Conversations With God (as cited in Warren B. Smith’s booklet Oprah Winfrey’s New Age “Christianity.” Such sentiments as are revealed in these quotes express the underlying truth about the New Age “God.” 
Roma Downey is free to believe whatever she wants to believe. That is one of the great benefits of living in a free and democratic country. Our concern (one that is growing by the day) is with Christian leaders (men and women who name the name of Jesus Christ, who are highly influential and looked up to by millions – such as Greg Laurie and David Jeremiah) who are exhibiting very little or no discernment, such as in the situation with Roma Downey. And many are being misled because of this.
Some may say that we should not be bringing up her contribution of $2600 to Marianne Williamson during her run for Congress because that was six years ago. But as we have documented for some time (including in Greg Reid’s recent booklet Butterfly Illusions), Downey has never recanted or renounced her New Age affinities and continues promoting them. Not that long ago, she even said that  Oprah Winfrey was “on fire with the holy spirit.” To say something like that about a major New Age leader shows there is something amiss. The thing is, when someone comes out of the New Age (e.g., Warren Smith, Johanna Michaelsen, Caryl Matrisciana), a natural outcome of that is to want to warn about the things he or she was once promoting. But Roma Downey has not done that. 
Have any of these leaders (i.e., Greg Laurie, David Jeremiah, Rick Warren) ever sat down with Roma Downey and told her that the New Age “God” is not the God of the Bible and is actually in dire opposition of the message of the Cross? And have these men ever made a public admission that they were wrong to give credence (either directly or indirectly) to a woman whose beliefs are so contrary to biblical Christianity? In one recent article we published, we documented with two video clips where Downey was promoting the idea that God is in everyone. You can see those clips by clicking here.
Recently, we have been addressing Francis Chan, another popular evangelical leader, after he said that God would destroy (kill) those who challenge and criticize Christian leaders. Whether he realizes it or not, he is trying strongly to intimidate believers into not being discerning and not contending for the faith. Part of contending for the faith is to expose error, or as Harry Ironside so aptly put it:

Truth mixed with error is equivalent to all error, except that it is more innocent looking and, therefore, more dangerous. God hates such a mixture! Any error, or any truth-and-error mixture, calls for definite exposure and repudiation. To condone such is to be unfaithful to God and His Word and treacherous to imperiled souls for whom Christ died.6

This story today about Roma Downey and her supporting Marianne Williamson is a perfect example of why names need to be named. Serious deception must be identified—not to villainize or hurt those promoting it but to warn those who are blindly walking into a dangerous trap. It is wrong for leaders who call themselves Christian to misrepresent the Lord whom they claim to serve, and it’s long overdue for some of them to start speaking up when the Gospel is being compromised.


Greg Laurie (and his wife) with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (2015) as shown on Greg Laurie’s Facebook page


Roma Downey with Mark Burnett and Mr. and Mrs. David Jeremiah (2015) as shown on David Jeremiah’s Facebook page.

Proclaim 19 Speakers List (photo used in accordance with the US Fair Use Act for the purpose of critique, review, and education) – This is a photo of the Proclaim 19 speaker line up after Roma Downey’s name was removed.


LOS ANGELES, CA. August 11, 2016: Della Reese & Mark Burnett & Roma Downey & Rick Warren at Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony for actress Roma Downey. (photo from shutterstock, used with permission for editorial purposes only)

Endnotes
1.Neale Donald Walsch, The New Revelations: A Conversation with God (New York, NY: Atria Books, 2002), p. 157
2.Walsch, Conversations with Godan uncommon dialogue, Book 2 (Charlottesville, VA: Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc., 1997 p. 36.
3.Ibid.
4.Ibid., p. 56.
5.Ibid., p. 42.
6. Harry Ironside, Three Vital Questions on Navigating: Discernment, https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=27928


ROMA DOWNEY PROMOTES NEW AGE DOCTRINE (PANTHEISM & PANENTHEISM)~CHRISTIAN LEADERS SAY NOTHING

ROMA DOWNEY PROMOTES NEW AGE DOCTRINE (PANTHEISM & PANENTHEISM)~
CHRISTIAN LEADERS SAY NOTHING
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes:
 

Proclaim 19

First she’s there; now she’s gone, or is she? New Age sympathizer Roma Downey was scheduled to speak at the National Religious Broadcaster’s 2019 convention, Proclaim 19. Sharing the docket with her are highly popular evangelical names like John MacArthur, Rick Warren, Greg Laurie, and Kirk Cameron. Lighthouse Trails reported on the story with the release of Greg Reid’s booklet, Butterfly Illusions (which unveils the strong New Age messages in Roma Downey’s new book, Box of Butterflies).
Shortly after the release of the booklet, Lighthouse Trails learned that Roma Downey’s name (along with her husband Mark Burnett) had been removed from the speakers list for Proclaim 19. Calls to the NRB office in Washington, DC by Lighthouse Trails editors provided no answers as to why Downey’s name was gone other than being told “it has not yet been decided” if she will be speaking there. As has been the “normal” protocol for Christian leaders when they get challenged, there is just dead silence from NRB as well as from the evangelical figures who are involved. But new information about Roma Downey’s beliefs will hopefully prompt NRB and Christian leaders to be responsible and do the right thing.

God “In” Everyone and Everything?

The crux of the New Age is not Ouija boards and Tarot cards but rather is the foundational belief that God is “in” everyone and “in” everything. It is the prevailing doctrine throughout all New Age teachings as well as the root of mystical meditation. To believe that God is in everyone and in everything is to ultimately reject the Cross (whether one realizes that or not). If God is in everyone, then there would have been no reason for Jesus Christ to go to the Cross as a substitute for humanity’s sins because we would already be divine and not need a Savior. That is why one prominent New Age leader quoted his “God” as saying, “the era of the Single Savior is over”1 (because we are all Saviors). It would stand to reason that Christian teachers and pastors who profess to know God’s Word and His ways would easily recognize the contrast between New Age spirituality and biblical Christianity. But in the case of Roma Downey and today’s Christian leaders, this is not so.
For many years now, Roma Downey has consistently and publicly shown herself to be strongly aligned with the New Age. Her long-time spiritual mentor was New Age/New Thought pastor and teacher Della Reese whom Downey considered to be a mother figure. Downey then attended and, in 2010, graduated from the University of Santa Monica (one of the most popular New Age schools in the world). And she favorably quotes the school’s New Age leader and founder, the late John-Roger2 (who claimed he was inhabited by the “mystical traveler consciousness”).  Shortly after her graduation from USM, Downey came on the evangelical Christian scene (calling herself a devout Catholic), producing Bible-story movies and being wholeheartedly welcomed by numerous Christian celebrities (see some photo examples below) including Rick Warren, David Jeremiah, Greg Laurie, Samuel Rodriguez (she wrote the foreword to his 2017 book, Be Light), and Joel Osteen. And now, most recently, her open-armed welcome to speak at Proclaim 19 with John MacArthur, Rick Warren, Greg Laurie, and Kirk Cameron.

Christian Leaders Say Nothing

Until concern was issued by Lighthouse Trails and others, none of the men listed above had any apparent problem with being associated with Roma Downey. But do they even know or care about what she believes? Or have they just benefited from their association with her and ignored what she really stands for? (After all, she has gained the affection and following of millions and millions of people since her Touched by an Angel days—those associating with her would clearly glean from her substantial popularity.) On this point (i.e., the motives of the leaders), we can only speculate. But on the issue of Roma Downey’s New Age beliefs, we can know this for sure. For example, on two different interviews, one in 2012 (during the making of The Bible series) and one in April 2018, Downey stated that she believes God is “in” everyone and everything. (See videos below.) And as Greg Reid shows in his booklet Butterfly Illusions, Downey’s new book Box of Butterflies echoes this same message that God is in everyone by stating that separation is an illusion.3 Reid confronts Christian leaders (many of whom gave their hearty endorsements for Box of Butterflies) for not being more discerning and also for not correcting Roma Downey and her husband about their New Age beliefs and showing them that such beliefs are the antithesis of the message of the Bible and the Gospel, and the two absolutely cannot mix or be joined together. (We must interject here that recently Greg Reid had the opportunity to hand Roma Downey a copy of Warren B. Smith’s biography The Light That Was Dark: From the New Age to Amazing Grace—can Christian leaders say they have done even half that much to point Roma Downey in the right direction?)
Our Spiritual Adversary would have everyone believe that we are all “one” because God is “in” everyone and everything. Using every promotional means possible—including a creative and ingenious perversion of quantum physics—he is attempting to convince the world and the church that while Jesus was Christ, so is everyone. And while Jesus was God, so is everyone else. To underscore this heretical New Age doctrine of God and Christ “in” everyone, he would have us further believe that nothing of any significance happened on the Cross of Calvary. However, the Bible makes it very clear that something extremely wonderful and overwhelmingly significant did happen on the Cross of Calvary. For it was on that Cross that Jesus Christ died to save the world as He defeated sin (1 John 2:2), death (2 Timothy 1:10), and the Devil himself (Hebrews 2:14). As the one and only Christ, He is our Rock (1 Corinthians 10:1-4), He is our Foundation (1 Corinthians 3:11), and in every sense of the word He is the Saviour of the world (1 John 4:14).
The tragedy about this situation between Roma Downey and Christian leaders is that the leaders are using Roma Downey, Roma Downey is using the leaders, and our Adversary is using them both—and countless naïve and undiscerning Christians are buying into the whole thing.
Is Roma Downey going to be speaking at Proclaim 19? We don’t know. NRB is saying nothing about the removal of her name except the unofficial comment to Lighthouse Trails that “it has not yet been decided.” We urge NRB as well as John MacArthur, Greg Laurie, Kirk Cameron, and the other leaders to do the right thing—to speak the truth in love to Roma Downey about the dangers of her New Age beliefs that directly contradict the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Washington Post Interview – 2012 (If you cannot see the two videos below, please click here.)
100 Huntley Street Interview – April 2018 (start at 1:30 min. mark) (100 Huntley Street is Canada’s equivalent to the 700 Club in the U.S.)
PHOTOS THAT SAY  A THOUSAND WORDS:
 

Roma Downey with Mark Burnett and Mr. and Mrs. David Jeremiah (2015) (photo from David Jeremiah’s Twitter account; used in accordance with the US Fair Use Act for the purpose of education, critique, and review)
 

Greg Laurie (and his wife) with Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (2015) (low resolution photo from Greg Laurie’s Facebook; used in accordance with the U.S. Fair Use Act)
 

LOS ANGELES, CA. August 11, 2016: Della Reese & Mark Burnett & Roma Downey & Rick Warren at Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony for actress Roma Downey. (photo from shutterstock, used with permission for editorial purposes only)
 (photo from emergentwatch.com)

March 2018 – Calvary Chapel KWAVE Radio program Interview with Roma Downey promoting Box of Butterflies (photo from emergentwatch.com)
Endnote:
1. Neale Donald Walsch, The New Revelations: A Conversation with God (New York, NY: Atria Books, 2002), p. 157.
2.  On Roma Downey’s August 4th 2011 Twitter.
3. To understand the “lie of separation” heresy, read Warren B. Smith’s booklet, Oneness vs. Separation Heresy “Now” in the Church
(Photo of butterflies from bigstockphoto.com; used with permission)
 Note from LT reader: [Contemplative proponent] Priscilla Shirer
[see photo below] with Roma Downey at a [spring 2018] charity event
where Roma said Oprah was full of the Holy Spirit. As screen captured
below:
 
 



NEW BOOKLET, BUTTERFLY ILLUSIONS: THE NEW AGE IMPLICATIONS OF ROMA DOWNEY’S “BOX OF BUTTERFLIES” & THE CHRISTIAN LEADERS WHO WERE FOOLED

NEW BOOKLET: BUTTERFLY ILLUSIONS: THE NEW AGE IMPLICATIONS OF ROMA DOWNEY’S “BOX OF BUTTERFLIES” & THE CHRISTIAN LEADERS WHO WERE FOOLED
SEE OUR PREVIOUS POSTS ABOUT ROMA DOWNEY:
THEN SEE THIS:
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes:
Roma Downey, who has never renounced her extensive New Age involvement, is now firmly entrenched and aligned with contemporary Christian leadership. Because Christian leaders and day-to-day believers have given Roma Downey a get-out-of-the-new-age free pass, Lighthouse Trails is releasing a second Roma Downey booklet. This booklet emphasizes the danger of Downey’s most recent book, Box of Butterflies, which has been incrementally and dangerously endorsed by a wide variety of Christian leaders (listed in the booklet). In addition, a number of Christian leaders such as Rick Warren, Greg Laurie, and John MacArthur will be speaking at an event in 2019 called Proclaim 19, and Roma Downey is also one of the speakers. While some say this is no problem for this mixture of speakers at a Christian event and is only a faulty premise of guilt by association, we believe such actions by Christian leaders only give the New Age/New Spirituality further admittance into the church. Of course, many disagree with our calling out and challenging Christian leaders on such matters.
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Butterfly Illusions by Gregory ReidButterfly Illusions: The New Age Implications of Roma Downey’s Box of Butterflies & the Christian Leaders Who Were Fooled
By Gregory Reid
The illusion of separation is just that, an illusion.1—Roma Downey, Box of Butterflies
The illusion is that we are separate, distanced from our Earth, Moon and Stars, yet in reality we are one.2—New Age writer Grace Gabriella Puskas
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2)
I had just given my life to Jesus, and I was excited to share Him with others. I went out one night with a group from our Bible study to pass out literature and tell people about the Lord and what He had done in my life.
“Jesus loves you!” I said to one man as I handed him a paper.
“I’m a Buddhist,” he replied.
“That’s cool,” I replied. “All paths lead to God.” “Jesus loves you,” I told a lady.
“What, am I going to go to Hell if I don’t believe?” she answered.
“No,” I replied, “There is no Hell. Heaven and Hell are here on earth!”
As good intentioned as I was, I was not sharing the God of the Scriptures but rather the lies I had learned from studying the occult.
One of our team members told our house leader, Dave, about my unbiblical ideas. Dave was prepared to talk with me. When I met with him, he said, “Greg, I hear you don’t believe in Hell. Can you read this verse for me?” He had his Bible opened and was pointing to a verse. “Read this,” he said. “‘He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned,’ Mark 16:16. So?”
“I also hear you believe all paths lead to God.”
“So what?” I replied testily.
“Read this,” Dave said, pointing to another verse.
“‘I am the way the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me’ John 14:6.” On it went until I finally snapped at him. “What’s your point, Dave?”
“My point is, you either believe all of this Word or none of it. You either believe everything Jesus said is true, or you’re saying He’s a liar. He said He was the only way to God. Understand?”
I did. And I was furious. I had spent four years studying spiritual teachers—Edgar Cayce, Ruth Montgomery, Jeanne Dixon, Paramahansa Yogananda, and others. Everything I learned and accepted as true, I learned from them—reincarnation, communicating with departed loved ones, that all paths lead to God, that there is no Hell, that Jesus was just a great teacher—a Christ among many Christs of whom we all were Christs—and now this man was telling me it was all a lie.
The battle for my soul had begun. It had only been a month since I had given my life to Jesus Christ. Now I was told that I could either believe the Bible or believe my long-held New Age teachings, but not both. I would either believe all paths led to God or Jesus was the only way. I could believe in reincarnation or that “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). I took it all to God and studied the Scriptures. It became clear that what Jesus and the Bible said were nearly a hundred percent in opposition to everything I believed.
I was devastated. All I had believed was threatened. The Word of God overwhelmingly contradicted my New Age worldview. I was sick with the conflict. I can’t remember the specific turning point, but in one moment, I realized I had been utterly lied to by Satan and that everything I learned was a lie. I knew I couldn’t walk with Jesus and hold on to the lies. Jesus had saved me out of the utter darkness I had grown up in—including the confusion all these “beliefs” really led to. I chose to follow Him. “Jesus, I believe Your Word,” I prayed. And in one moment, my New Age worldview crumbled into an ash heap. Instead of feeling sad or lost—I felt free. A tremendous weight lifted off me. From that moment on, the Bible began to make sense for the first time.
I’ve never regretted that decision or failed to be thankful for the person that dared to tell me the truth.
It’s been years since I stepped out of the world of New Age and occult thought. It took time to be healed from the knots of lies I had believed. The clarity of the simple truth of God’s Word was a miracle to me.
I could not have imagined that, not too many years later, the very doctrines of death from which I was delivered had begun to seep into the very highest levels of the church. Before then, I underwent solid spiritual education and preparation through the Word of God and godly teachers such as Dr. Walter Martin who sharpened my discernment and helped me teach and train believers concerning spiritual warfare, the last days, and spiritual deception. I also had three encounters that showed me how deception could easily slip into Christian circles.
The first involved a “Christian” counselor a friend had recommended. Warning lights immediately went off as she began speaking of “The Christ Spirit,” the “divine within,” and using other New Age words I had once used myself. I broke off the meeting when she and her associate tried to lead us into a guided visualization meditation! I was shocked that my friend had recommended her as a Christian counselor.
The second incident was at a conference I had been invited to by a well-known Christian author. That weekend, her “spiritual father” taught, and from the moment he began to speak, I knew he was a New Age teacher, speaking about “God, whoever you conceive him or her to be, . . . the Bible, which contains the words of God . . .” and saying that Jesus swore and was married. Sadly, my attempt to reason with the writer who had invited me cost me the friendship.
The third incident involved a woman who asked me to explain why I thought Edgar Cayce was wrong. I explained that he practiced the occult. “But he healed people!” she protested.
“He was an occultist,” I answered.
“But he quoted out of the Bible and loved Jesus!” I then explained biblically and specifically why he was teaching the occult. She realized she had been deceived. It was revealed that the wife of one of her church’s elders was having an “invitation only” ladies’ Bible study where she taught Edgar Cayce and promoted other New Age concepts like reincarnation. She had also laid hands on and prayed for nearly every pastor in our city.
I thought these encounters I had witnessed were rare and that most Christians wouldn’t fall for such things. But somewhere in the late 1990s, New Age teachings—sometimes in very subtle forms—began gaining a foothold in the church, from “Christian Yoga” to Buddhist/Hindu-modeled meditation in the guise of “contemplative prayer.” It was the beginning of what soon became a flood of New Age-tinged, infused, or themed books and teachings right in the center of the church, from The Shack to Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis and more. I challenged these things scripturally, and I was often opposed for trying to expose the New Age and occult roots of these teachings.
In 2013, Roma Downey, star of the acclaimed TV series Touched by an Angel, and her husband Mark Burnett burst onto the Christian scene with their well-produced television series, The Bible, followed shortly thereafter with the movie, Son of God.
When I first heard, I assumed that Roma had departed from the New Age message that was so strongly evident in the series she co-starred in with her spiritual mother Della Reese. (Della was pastor of a large New Age/New Spiritualty church in California. She was totally committed to New Age principles.) Immediately, Mark and Roma were widely embraced by the Christian world and media. Even though I knew how deeply committed Roma had been to New Age precepts, I was cautiously hopeful she had turned away from them. I began to research, hoping to find a testimony that would confirm she had broken with New Age teaching and become a true follower of Jesus Christ and His Word.
Instead, I found that Roma had graduated from John Roger’s University of Santa Monica—one of the most well-known New Age schools in the world—in 2010, and by 2011 was working with her husband on The Bible series.3 Roma was using all the right words about Jesus, but I feared she might be talking about another Jesus, one in complete affinity with New Age thought. Roma, a committed Catholic since childhood, said she had always loved Jesus yet had no conflict participating in a televised séance with well-known psychic John Edward who “channeled” her deceased mother.4
It was almost a certainty that Roma was still a committed New Age believer. Around the time of the release of Son of God, I was miraculously given an opportunity to personally hand Roma a copy of The Light that was Dark by Warren B. Smith, the testimony of how he and his wife were delivered out of the New Age and A Course in Miracles. I prayed that Roma would read it and turn away from the New Age and somehow communicate that in an upcoming interview, book, or article.

Box of Butterflies

In 2018, Roma Downey came out with a new book, Box of Butterflies. As I read the book, I was dismayed to see she had not rejected her New Age views at all. Box of Butterflies is filled with New Age precepts. Page after page has quotes from a mix of Christian, mystic, Buddhist, Muslim, and New Age leaders interspersed with her own Christian-sounding but New Age beliefs.
Box of Butterflies would fit in any New Age/New Spirituality/self-help bookstore section with no objection nor contradiction as to its contents, simply because there is nothing in Box of Butterflies that contradicts or, in fact, is not accepted and taught in the New Age/New Spirituality circles. Nothing. In many ways, the book is little different than many Christian self-help, possibility-thinking books that fill today’s Christian bookstores. The poison is always in the mixture.
Here is the problem. Roma Downey is not known in Christian circles as a “New Age” author but as one of us. Mark and Roma are accepted as believers—loving Hollywood luminaries who brought new life to religious films through The Bibleseries and Son of God. They have been given carte blanche into church leadership, pastoral circles, Christian media, and places of influence without question because their presentation, products, and faith appear to be the genuine. Their sincerity is so real that one is reticent to ask the most crucial question: Who is the Jesus of whom they speak? Jesus Himself said clearly there would be false Christs in the last days (Matthew 24:24). Is the Jesus they love the Jesus of the Word of God?
It is not unusual that New Age devotees accept all religions, believe in reincarnation, accept all religious books as equally valuable, do not believe in Hell, and can say with all sincerity, “I love Jesus with all my heart.” But the Jesus that New Agers love is a “Christ” who is one of many “ascended masters,” allows everyone into Heaven, and accepts everyone whether they believe in the blood sacrifice of Jesus as an atonement for their sins or not. This is the New Age world Roma has come from and, from all indications, never left.
Box of Butterflies has received endorsements from some of the most well-known and respected leaders and pastors in the evangelical world. This requires that we look carefully at what exactly they have endorsed. So many Christian leaders have endorsed Roma unreservedly that unsuspecting Christians have been given complete liberty to pursue Roma’s world and will suspect nothing as they take their first step into the world of New Age/New Spirituality that Roma lives by and promotes. With Box of Butterflies, the doors to the New Age have been thrown wide open.
The New Age/New Spirituality movement has a very clear and exacting agenda. The movement, in fact, is a very old movement that began with the Tower of Babel (see Genesis 11) where all people united in a multireligious occult community. It has continued through the teachings of Madame Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, and more recently, Neale Donald Walsch, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Marianne Williamson (author of A Return to Love), Rhonda Byrne (author of The Secret), Eckhart Tolle, and a plethora of others. This movement has always had vanguards who wrote and spoke to further the vision for a New Age in which all religions are one. Their belief is that we must unite the world under one banner that includes all people, all religions, all governments. It includes the need to absorb the church by slowly removing “old and outdated teachings” such as the Cross, sin, and Hell, replacing them with the idea that we must be one family under whatever “God” each person worships to save the world and bring peace. Their teachers and influencers are many and vast, from Oprah Winfrey to the late John Roger and his New Age university from which Roma graduated.

Roma’s Associations and Influencers

There’s an old expression: Tell me who you’re with, and I’ll tell you who you are. The people we affiliate with, the writers and teachers we recommend tell us a great deal about who we are.
We must put that test to some of those Roma quotes in Box of Butterflies. After we examine them, I’ll leave every Christian believer including pastors and leaders with the question: Are you comfortable recommending this book, knowing these things?
Let’s now look at some of those quoted in Box of Butterflies, who they are, what they say in this book, and what they believe.
Thomas Merton Box of Butterflies gives three quotes by the Catholic mystic Thomas Merton, one of which states:
May we . . . not neglect the silence that is printed in the centre of our being. It will not fail us.5
For those not familiar with Merton, the following quotes from some of his writings and speeches illustrate his spiritual propensities:
I came with the notion of perhaps saying something for monks and to monks of all religions. . . . My dear brothers, we are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity.6 (emphasis added)
If only they [people] could all see themselves as they really are . . . I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other. . . . At the center of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusions, a point of pure truth. . . . This little point . . . is the pure glory of God in us. It is in everybody.7
I see no contradiction between Buddhism and Christianity. . . . I intend to become as good a Buddhist as I can.8
It is not difficult to see, when examining the teachings of Thomas Merton, that he clung to panentheistic (God in all) and interspiritual (all paths lead to God) views that contradict the Word of God.
Henri Nouwen Roma quotes Henri Nouwen several times in her book. Here is a small sampling from Nouwen’s books that illustrate his spirituality:
The God who dwells in our inner sanctuary is also the God who dwells in the inner sanctuary of each human being.9 (emphasis added)
[O]ur souls are those sacred centers where all is one . . . It is in the heart of God that we can come to the full realization of the unity of all that is.10 (emphasis added)
Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God’s house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God.11
David Richo David Richo, also quoted in Box of Butterflies, is a psychotherapist who uses Buddhist and other mystical practices with his clients. He is the author of several books promoting the New Age, such as Everything Ablaze: Meditating on the Mystical Vision of Teilhard de Chardin (Chardin is considered broadly to be the “father” of the New Age movement). Any Christian with even the least amount of biblical discernment would never favorably quote Richo.
Rabindranath Tagore Rabindranath Tagore was a Hindu and the author of the book Sadhana: The Realization of Life, which touts panentheistic beliefs. In Box of Butterflies, Roma quotes him as saying:
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.12
Tagore is speaking of all people, no matter what their beliefs are or where they put their faith. Contrary to his belief stated above, death is followed by darkness for those who reject Jesus. In his book, Sadhana, Tagore says, “death is not the reality.”13 But for the lost unbeliever, death is not only the reality, it is the place of eternal separation from God. The spiritual teachings of Tagore do not belong in a box of butterflies (butterflies symbolizing life and hope) but are rather in the remains of dead empty cocoons where there is no life at all. Obviously, by Roma quoting him, she is gleaning from his teachings and passing them on to unaware Christians.
Robert Holden One of the most concerning persons quoted in Box of Butterflies is Robert Holden, a New Age motivational speaker and author. Roma gives Holden an entire page in her book. A few lines are:
The belief that happiness has to be deserved has led to centuries of pain, guilt, and deception. So firmly have we clung to this single, illusory belief that we’ve almost forgotten the real truth about happiness. . . . Happiness is natural, happiness is a birthright, happiness is free, happiness is a choice, happiness is within, and happiness is being.14
Holden’s website states:
Robert Holden Ph.D.’s innovative work on psychology and spirituality has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, a PBS show called Shift Happens! and in two major BBC documentaries. . . .
Robert is the author of Happiness NOW!; Shift Happens!; Authentic Success; Be Happy; Loveability; . . . 365 Daily Meditations from A Course in Miracles; and Life Loves You, co-written with Louise Hay [the founder of Hay House, the largest New Age publishing house.]15
There is nothing in Robert Holden’s writings to even suggest he believes in or follows the Jesus Christ of the Bible but everything to show he is a devoted New Age teacher. For those reading this who are not familiar with A Course in Miracles(essentially the New Age “Bible”), the following section by former New Age follower and Course devotee Warren B. Smith explains:
A Course in Miracles . . . claims it is new revelation that was supposedly delivered by Jesus Himself to . . . Helen Schucman [who] claimed she heard an inner voice saying, “This is a course in miracles. Please take notes.” So, for seven years she took down the notes. It was a whole new philosophy about life. It was a whole new religion, if you will. . . .
The Jesus of A Course in Miracles . . . says the following things, and they are not true. “The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself.” And, “The journey to the cross should be the last useless journey.”
Another thing the Jesus of A Course of Miracles said was, “Do not make the pathetic error of clinging to the Old Rugged Cross.” These things I know now are total blasphemy to believers in Christ, but somebody who doesn’t know what happened on the cross wouldn’t know that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and to defeat the Devil.
Then, there was a most interesting statement this New Age Jesus claimed, “There is no sin. There is no evil. There is no Devil.” Okay, with that you have pretty much turned the Bible upside down, and all in the name of what? Love. It’s all done in the name of love.
The one spectacular heresy that this New Age Jesus said that is really significant, especially today, is that when this Jesus was asked, “Are you Christ?” He responded, “Yes, and along with you.”16
With such quotes, affiliations, and sympathies that Roma has exhibited in Box of Butterflies, there cannot be any doubt as to her affinity with the New Age. She obviously is very familiar with who Robert Holden is and that he teaches from A Course in Miracles. Roma would not quote him if she did not believe what he says. Again, tell me who you’re with, and I will tell you who you are.

Three Points of Focus in Box of Butterflies

When we take Box of Butterflies as a whole, we can see three themes that run through the book.
I. Possibility Thinking Throughout the book, with Roma’s quotes, references, and statements, the message is: There is nothing really wrong with you; you just need to wake up to who you are, remember you are in God (and God is in you), and accept that you are full of power, love, and possibility just the way you are and who you always have been (“I pray this book is a moment of remembering for you. A remembering of who you really are.”17) This is a theme echoed by the Muslim poet Rumi whom Roma also quotes, “My soul is from elsewhere. I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.”18
The “Gospel” of possibility thinking presented in Box of Butterflies is a contradiction to the biblical view of man that we are born into sin, that we are born into a broken world, and that we need a Redeemer to save and deliver us from our sin. If we really “remembered who we are,” we would remember that without Him, we are in spiritual darkness. Scripture tells us we need to turn from that old dark lifeless existence (repent), come to the Cross, and be born again into new life. Roma’s book expresses the overall New Age teaching of accepting the inherent goodness in all people and in yourself.
Man’s heart is sinful, and he is separated from God because of it. It is only in trusting in the Lord Jesus and His sacrifice on the Cross for our sins and being born anew that we can truly “remember who we are” with an accurate assessment. Outside of that provision God gave mankind for salvation, there is nothing within us that can save our souls from eternal separation from God. If you believe the Word of God, then you realize that the idea that we are inherently good and just need to “remember who we are” is a deception meant to keep us from recognizing that “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). This foundational biblical belief is nowhere to be found in Box of Butterflies. But the opposite view is.

II. Universalism and “Separation”

From Box of Butterflies:
Define yourself radically as one beloved by God . . . every other identity is an illusion.19—John Eagan, a Jesuit who practiced Ignatian exercises
I am sorry, God, for forgetting the truth. That you are my Father, and I am your child. That we all belong to one family.20 —Roma Downey (emphasis added)
There are people in the world who really get it. Who embody the great possibility that dwells within each one of us. The potential we all have to love, to speak truth, to connect no matter our differences. To understand that we are all one, that we all belong to each other, that we are all one big, beautiful family of God.21 Roma (emphasis added)
Tucked carefully within the pages of Box of Butterflies is the language of universalism—that we are all part of God’s family; whether Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, or any other religion, we are all one.
It goes much deeper, however. As in the first quotes in this booklet, Roma says something that absolutely defines her beliefs in New Age thought when she states:
The illusion of separation is just that, an illusion. . . . If we are all God’s children, it means that we are all one family. . . . We are all the family of God. We forget. We get caught up in separation. . . . We all belong to each other.22 (emphasis added)
The “illusion of separation” is a teaching that humans are not, and never have been, separated from God, or each other, and that to believe there is a separation between God and man is an “illusion.”
We are here to awaken from the illusion of our separateness.23—Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist (emphasis added)
But why do most of us have this mentality? . . . The illusion of separation is what causes this. On the surface . . . we all appear separated. But this is the base level of who we are. When you start to peel away the surface of the ego, brain, and assorted vehicles (physical, astral, and mental), you will find that we exist within the network of the Universal Mind or All That Is. . . . But we forget.24
This “illusion of separation” that Roma has placed in her book is a core principle of New Age thought. Typing that phrase into a search engine will bring up hundreds of New Age and occult websites. What’s more, this “illusion of separation” teaching is now being introduced into the church through others and now through Roma Downey; and Christian leadership is giving this New Age belief a pass.
Let’s read the words of two more New Age teachers on the matter:
A sense of separation from God is the only lack you really need to correct.25—A Course in Miracles
You are to destroy the illusion of separation.26—Neale Donald Walsch, Friendship with God
This “illusion of separation” is becoming so prevalent in the church that former New Age follower Warren Smith wrote a booklet titled Oneness vs. Separation Heresy: Now in the Church solely devoted to this teaching. To really understand how detrimental this “illusion of separation” heresy is, read his booklet as it offers numerous quotes by both New Agers and Christian leaders alike.
We are separated from our Creator God through sin. If separation is an illusion, as Roma states, then there was no reason for Jesus to die on the Cross. He died because sin separated us from God, and the only way to save us was through Jesus shedding His blood for us. To reject that this blood sacrifice on the Cross is the only way to be reconciled to the Father is to deny the very heart of the Gospel and the reason Jesus came to the earth and gave His life.

III. The Butterfly Effect

The butterfly is the vehicle through which Roma brings her message in the book. For Roma, she sees the butterfly as a symbol of many things: hopefulness, life, God speaking to her, etc. But much more is going on here. Through her use of the butterfly metaphor, Roma’s views on death, Heaven, and our departed loved ones are revealed. It begins with a story of Roma at her mother’s grave when she and her father witness a passing butterfly:
“Would you look at that little butterfly. That could be your mother’s spirit right there!” her father says, a story she repeated in 2018 on a CBN interview.27 This is not just a touching story or analogy. Roma believes her mom uses butterflies to speak to her from beyond the grave:
These gifts, these simple moments that show that He is here and that your loved ones are still surrounding you,are the ones that lift my heart and give me strength. They show me that the veil between this world and the next is just that, a thin veil. We are closer than we think, though we may feel so far. Separation is just an illusion.28 (emphasis added)
Roma wraps up her book with the death/butterfly theme with a story of how she won a prize in a contest, and it turned out a woman who made jewelry had a “unique” piece and felt Roma should have it. It was a butterfly. Roma said, “Tears sprang to my eyes. Immediately, I knew it was from my mom. That it was a message from her. I’m still here, Roma. All these years later, I’m still right here. . . . That ring was a gift from my dear mother. It was meant for me.”29 (Her grief is so palpable on these pages, it is painful to even address it.)
Those moments were so validating to me. I then understood that my mother is still reaching out to me. That I will see her again. That I will be reunited with the loving energy of my mom and dad.30
At this point, I realize that bleeding through nearly every page of the book is a grieving little girl who never got over the death of her parents. A recurring theme of grief and the afterlife are tied in with some dangerous misleading conclusions about it all.
While my heart is saddened for Roma’s pain, I am deeply troubled that unsuspecting readers may take cues from her and seek their own communication or “signs” from departed loved ones. While very likely well intentioned and sincere, Roma is actually bringing potentially millions into harm’s way by promoting ideas and practices that do not align with the God of the Bible.

The Heart of the Matter

The Bible is very clear on the following points: 1) all paths do not lead to God, 2) salvation is only through Jesus Christ, 3) Hell and judgment are real, and 4) there is a coming tribulation in which Satan will try to unite the whole world against God and against His Christ ending with the visible return of the real Jesus to judge the living and the dead.
The Bible also says that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” As someone who was once steeped in the occult and the New Age, my heart is grieved for Roma and her husband Mark as well as for those who are being led down that same path. I am also grieved because I do not see Christian leaders discerning the New Age nature of Roma’s message. Have any of them, such as David Jeremiah (who publicly showed his unwavering support for her in 201531), sat down to explain to Roma and Mark the vital importance of breaking away from all New Age, occultic, and unbiblical ideologies and practices? Has Jeremiah and other leaders in the evangelical church ever asked them if they 1) believe that Jesus Christ is the only provision God has made for man to go to Heaven; 2) believe that the Bible is the Word of God, not just one of many “good” religious books; 3) believe there is a real Hell and a real judgement; and 4) believe that God does not dwell in every human being, that there is a separation between man and God and not everyone will be saved?
After reading this booklet and the quotes and documentation I have provided, you may be very surprised at the list of Christian leaders below, all who gave glowing endorsements for Box of Butterflies. Incidentally, I sent a letter with the same information to several of the names mentioned below.
Jonathan Falwell, Lisa Bevere, Samuel Rodriguez, Andy Stanley, Max Lucado, Rick and Kay Warren, Matthew Barnett (founder of the Dream Center), Mark Batterson (author of The Circle Maker), Christine Caine, TBN’s Laurie Crouch, Craig Groeschel (mega-church pastor), Ronnie Floyd (president, National Day of Prayer), Jim Daly (Focus on the Family president), Jerry Johnson (president of the National Religious Broadcasters), Erwin McManus, Kevin Palau (president of the Luis Palau Association), Andy Stanley (Charles Stanley’s son), and John Hagee who encourages people to “get several copies of this stunning book.” The only thing stunning about this book is that it has fooled all these evangelical leaders into thinking it is a God-given book. That is truly stunning!32
I have listed so many names to emphasize how serious this matter is. It’s not going to affect just a few people. Put together, these leaders and pastors have millions and millions of followers whom they influence. How can these leaders exhibit this drastic lack of discernment? I see three possibilities. One, is that as one Christian media representative told me, they are “aware of the issues” but have decided to go ahead and sell their material “for the greater good”—basically putting profit before principle and truth. Or two, they were so overwhelmed with the sheer genuineness and charm of Mark and Roma that they did not even read the book before, which is a terribly irresponsible thing to do. And three, theydid read it, and they did not discern or care to discern the dangerous New Age nature of the book. I chill at the possibility that the third may be true.
In 2019, the National Religious Broadcaster’s Convention, called Proclaim 19, will take place in Anaheim, California. Some of the speakers lined up for the event are Greg Laurie, Rick and Kay Warren, Charles Stanley, John MacArthur, and Kirk Cameron—and along with those names scheduled to speak are Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.33 If this is what evangelical leadership has come to, then dark days are ahead for mainstream Christianity as it reaches deeply into this box of deceptive butterflies.
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Endnotes: 1. Roma Downey (Light Workers Media, LLC), Box of Butterflies (Howard Books, Simon and Schuster, 2018), p. 221, Kindle (e-pub) location 2520.* 2. Grace Gabriella Puskas, “A New Cycle” (Body, Mind Spirit magazine, Summer, 2018). 3. https://web.archive.org/web/20170628124120/http://www.universityofsantamonica.edu/testimonial/roma-downey-5http://www.browsebiography.com/bio-roma_downey.html. 4. https://web.archive.org/web/20160331011148/http://www.locatetv.com/tv/crossing-over-with-john-edward/1821144https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Roma%27s+TV+chat+to+dead+mother.-a082422578. 5. Roma Downey, Box of Butterflies, op. cit., p. 165, Kindle location 1913; citing Thomas Merton from the book Hidden Ground of Love: The Letters of Thomas Merton (edited by William Shannon), p. 116. 6. “Thomas Merton’s View of Monasticism,” a talk delivered at Calcutta, October 1968 (The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton, 1975 edition, appendix III), p. 308. 7. Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (Garden City, NY: Doubleday Publishers, 1989), pp. 157-158. 8. David Steindl-Rast, “Recollection of Thomas Merton’s Last Days in the West” (Monastic Studies, 7:10, 1969, http://www.gratefulness.org/readings/dsr_merton_recol2.htm). 9. Henri Nouwen, Here and Now (New York, NY: The Crossroad Publishing Company, 1997 edition), p. 22. 10. Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey (San Francisco, CA: Harper, 1997), Jan. 15 and Nov. 16 daily readings. 11. Henri Nouwen, Sabbatical Journey (New York, NY: Crossroad, 1998), p. 51. 12. Roma Downey, Box of Butterflies, op. cit., p. 229, Kindle location 2599. 13. Rabindranath Tagore, Sadhana: The Realization of Life (public domain Kindle copy from Amazon), Kindle location 437. For another exposé on Box of Butterflies, read Lois Putnam’s article, “To Unpack Roma Downey’s Box of Butterflies Is to Discover a Core False Teaching” at: https://ratherexposethem.org/2018/06/a-book-review-to-unpack-roma-downeys.html. 14. Roma Downey, Box of Butterflies, op. cit., p. 202, Kindle location 2294; citing Robert Holden from Happiness Now(Hay House, 2007), p. 100. 15. https://www.robertholden.com/about-robert. 16. http://www.lamblion.us/2013/03/warren-smith-testimony-new-age-jesus.html. 17. Roma Downey, Box of Butterflies, op. cit., p. 11, Kindle location 225. 18. Ibid., p. 205, Kindle location 2314. 19. Ibid., p. 218, Kindle location 2476; citing John Eagan from A Traveler Towards Dawn. 20. Ibid., p. 225, Kindle location 2546. 21. Ibid., p. 149, Kindle location 1725. 22. Ibid., pp. 221-222, Kindle location 2520. 23. https://upliftconnect.com/illusion-of-separation. 24. “The Illusion of Separation,” http://www.spiritual-experiences.com/articles-spirituality/illusion-separation.php. 25. Helen Schucman, A Course in Miracles, Combined Volume (Mill Valley, CA: Foundation for Inner Peace, Third Edition, 2007, Kindle edition), p. 12, Kindle location 1452. 26. Neale Donald Walsch, Friendship with God: An Uncommon Dialogue (New York, NY: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1999, p. 21). 27. CBN interview with Roma Downey, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmteMi9DeiY. 28. Roma Downey, Box of Butterflies, p. 212, Kindle location 2413. 29. Ibid., p. 214, Kindle location 2431. 30. Ibid., p. 215, Kindle location 2441. 31. “Letter to the Editor: David Jeremiah Brings Roma Downey and Mark Burnett to Shadow Mountain Community Church,” https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17111. 32. http://www.boxofbutterflies.com/testimonials.html. 33. http://nrbconvention.org. *The wording in the print edition and the Kindle (e-pub) edition of Box of Butterflies may vary slightly. This booklet has taken the wording from the Kindle edition.
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Related Resources:
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EFFUSIVE RICK WARREN TO EMCEE ROMAN CATHOLIC MYSTIC, ROMA DOWNEY, FOR HER HOLLYWOOD AWARD CEREMONY~OTHER APOSTATE NEW AGE HERETICS TO ATTEND

Confused by an Angel

HOW THRILLED WARREN IS TO BE NEAR A CATHOLIC NEW AGE MYSTIC, ONE WHO DENIES SCRIPTURE AND/OR TWISTS IT!
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WITH DELLA REESE, (“ANGEL-BOSS ‘TESS'”); ANOTHER NEW AGE MYSTIC, WHO OFFICIATED AT MARK BURNETT & ROMA DOWNEY’S “WEDDING” IN 2007
“Reese, a well-known and acclaimed singer and actress for many years, is also the pastor of Understanding Principals for Better Living Church (UpChurch) in southern California. Her own mentor is the late minister Johnnie Colemon, founding pastor of the megachurch Christ Unity Center in Chicago and a pioneer of the “new thought” movement, a New Age metaphysical teaching based on “healing meditation and positive thought.” Reese believes that man has all of the attributes of God, making him omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient—like God.”
WITH JOEL & VICTORIA OSTEEN, BIBLICALLY IGNORANT & CARELESS, JUST LIKE THEIR SYCOPHANTS 
WITH OPRAH WINFREY, ANOTHER NEW AGE MYSTIC, WITH A FOLLOWING ALSO MASSIVELY IGNORANT & CARELESS ABOUT BIBLE TRUTH
Rick Warren to Emcee Roman Catholic Mystic, Roma Downey’s Hollywood Award Ceremony
BY JEFF MAPLES
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:

New Age Roman Catholic Mystic, Roma Downey, who is best known for her acting role in the spiritually poisonous television series, Touched by an Angel, will be receiving the 2,586th star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, August 11, 2016. There to stand with her, and speak at the event, along with another New Age mystic, Della Reese, will be none other than “America’s Pastor,” Rick Warren.
Warren, who has had Downey speak at his church, and gives glowing accolades to for her theologically impaired television series, A.D. The Bible Continues, apparently sees no problem with pairing up with, endorsing, and even promoting false teachers. This is the same Rick Warren that regularly speaks at the Vatican and other Papal eventsinvites New Age Tantric Sex gurus to address his congregation, and holds hands with God-hating sodomites, joking about kissing them, and having it be “heard around the world.”
But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. – 1 Corinthians 5:11
Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett present themselves as Christians. They are professing Roman Catholics, yet they have no problem embracing and engaging in New Age and occultic practices. Downey, a graduate of the new age University of Santa Monica, teamed up with the well-known television psychic, John Edward, to produce a children’s prayer and meditation CD and book, where she prayed the entire Rosary while her and Edward “explored its power.” According to the Amazon description,
This book explores the power of the rosary as a tool to bring focused energy and creative thought into your everyday life. For many people, their daily lives are a dark place with an even darker future, and John Edward shares how his belief in the power of prayer alone can help to illuminate a path for each individual to follow…
Why would Warren, a Southern Baptist pastor of one the largest churches in the country, be so quick to endorse such a blatantly false teacher? Does Warren agree with her views on new age spirituality? Does he believe Roman Catholicism to be a valid expression of Christianity? His repeated partnerships with false teachers should undoubtedly disqualify him from the pastorate, yet he’s lauded as one of the greatest evangelical teachers of today (2 Corinthians 11:14). The spiritual venom he injects into all of his followers with every bite of false teaching he promotes serves to self-promote while bringing swift destruction (2 Peter 2:1) to himself, and to those who grovel after him.
There is no doubt that Rick Warren is a dangerous wolf, and any teacher or bible-believing Christian who cares about others should expose him, and warn others to avoid him at all costs (Ephesians 5:11).
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. – 2 Timothy 4:3-4



CATHOLIC NEW AGER ROMA DOWNEY PRAISED BY APOSTATE & EMERGING CHURCH LEADERS

SOUTHERN BAPTISTS, PENTECOSTALS, AND CATHOLICS PRAISING NEW AGER’S WORK 
(ADD OSTEEN, JAKES, ANDY STANLEY, LUCADO, NOBLE, 
RICK WARREN AS WELL)



(Friday Church News Notes, April 10, 2015, www.wayoflife.org,[email protected], 866-295-4143) – Southern Baptists, Catholics, Pentecostals, and emergents are praising the latest work of the New Age entertainer Roma Downey. Those who praise Downey’s newest production, A.D. The Bible Continues, include Ronnie Floyd, President of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), Ed Stetzer of the SBC’s LifeWay Research, George Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Catholic Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Andy Stanley, Max Lucado, Perry Noble, and Rick Warren. The praise from these men is effusive and lacking any warning about Downey’s apostasy. For example, Stetzer says, “In ‘A.D.’, Mark and Roma have masterfully brought together the text and context, bringing the story alive in a fresh, new way–showing the true promise and peril of the early church situation. ‘A.D.’ is amazing television, and a gift to the church.” Roma Downey is the Roman Catholic co-creator with husband Mark Burnett of the History Channel’s popular The Bible miniseries and The Son of God movie. She calls Pope Francis “a new pope of hope” (“Roma Downey,” Christian Post, April 4, 2013). She says, “I have prayed to Mary and loved her my whole life” (“The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series,” Catholiclane.com, Feb. 28, 2013). She promotes the use of the rosary as a meditation practice by which she prays to Mary as the Queen of Heaven and the Mother of God. The Catholic Mary is sinless and can hear and answer the prayers of every petitioner, thus having the divine attributes of mediatorship, omnipresence, and omnipotence. But Roma Downey’s heresies exceed those pertaining to Rome’s papacy, sacramental gospel, and communion with a demon masquerading as Mary. Roma graduated from the University of Santa Monica with a graduate degree in Spiritual Psychology, which is described at the school’s web site as “the study and practice of the art and science of human evolution in consciousness.” The benefits of Spiritual Psychology include “experiencing enhanced spiritual awareness through knowing yourself as a Divine Being” and “learning to relate to yourself with greater compassion and awareness of yourself as a Divine Being having a human experience.” Why would any Bible-believing Christian recommend movies produced by a New Ager without the loudest and most fervent qualification, at the very least? “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14).
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“WE WILL STAND” CCM CONCERT: 33 ARTISTS JOIN WITH CATHOLIC NEW AGER ROMA DOWNEY & OTHER CATHOLIC LEANING/ECUMENICAL ARTISTS

                                



FIRST READ OUR PREVIOUS POSTS:
https://ratherexposethem.org/2013/08/roma-downey-new-age-advocate-partners.html

https://ratherexposethem.org/2014/02/reposted-catholics-come-homejust-say-no.html

https://ratherexposethem.org/2014/02/son-of-god-movie-by-new-agers-roma.html

https://ratherexposethem.org/2014/03/ecumenical-backed-movie-son-of-god.html

https://ratherexposethem.org/2014/03/scandals-of-bill-gothard-voice-of.html


FROM LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS RESEARCH: 
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletters/2015/newsletter20150120.htm
On January 21st, about 30 of contemporary Christian music’s most well-known singers from the last four decades will be joining New Age sympathizer and devout Roman Catholic Roma Downey for a special live online concert called “We Will Stand.” The concert is being presented by CCM United and has a motto of “One Message, Many Voices.’” According to an article titled “We Are United: The Story Behind ‘The Greatest Night In Contemporary Christian Music,’” there could be over a million viewers with a potential reach globally of 40 million.
A CCM United personnel told a Lighthouse Trails researcher in an e-mail that Downey will be opening the concert and will “make other stage appearances.”  Sponsors of the event include the Southern Baptist resource arm, LifeWay Christian Resources, Voice of the Martyrs, and Compassion International. Artists include: Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, Newsboys, Don Moen, Mark Schultz, Sandi Patti, Travis Cottrell (Beth Moore’s worship leader), Love Song, Steven Curtis Chapman, Steve Green, Dallas Holm, The Imperials,  Nicole Mullen and many others.
It is a sad state of affairs when a concert, billed as “the greatest night in the history of contemporary Christian music,” uses a highly New Age- and Catholic-influenced celebrity to help open and close the event, which is basically making a statement to viewers as well as the church at large that Christianity is compatible with all beliefs. But after all, the cry of today’s “new” Christian is unity, unity, unity, with all faiths and at any cost. This concert illustrates the terrible breach in discernment that is happening in Christianity today.
Lighthouse Trails may be writing a follow up report after the concert, which takes place online on January 21st. In the meantime, these 10 points below are 10 reasons why musicians who call themselves Christians should not be sharing a platform with Roma Downey.
10 Important Things to Consider About Roma Downey’s Spiritual Affinities:

roma-downey-maryFrom Roma Downey’s Lightworker Media Facebook page; used in accordance with the US Fair Use Act

1. Roma is a devout Roman Catholic who, among other Catholic rituals, prays to Mary, as she describes in this video. Roman Catholicism teaches that Mary is a co-redeemer with Jesus.
2. Roma Downey endorsed a 2010 New Age book titled Loyalty to Your Soul by Ron and Mary Hulnick (published by the New Age publisher, Hay House), Downey endorses the book saying:

As a USM [ University of Santa Monica – a New Age metaphysical school] graduate, I know firsthand the value I received from participating with Ron and Mary  in the Master’s degree Program in Spiritual Psychology. I am so grateful to have Loyalty to Your Soul to sweetly remind me of all I have learned. Let’s just say that I went from playing an angel on TV to living more of an angelic life every day. The teachings in this beautiful book have sent me on a journey to the very center of my own being where, wrapped in the safe wings of Love, I feel as though I have come home.

Downey’s endorsement in the Hulnick’s book is nestled in with full-blown New Agers like Barbara Marx Hubbard, Joan Borysenko, and Gay Hendricks (The Corporate Mystic). (By the way, Neale Donald Walsch, the New Ager who said that Hitler did the Jews a favor by killing them,(1) wrote the foreword to Loyalty to Your Soul.)  Clearly, Downey read this book and resonates deeply with it to say what she did about it. To get an idea of this “journey” that Downey is on, listen to a few quotes from Loyalty to Your Soul:

Center your awareness in your heart and consciously look for the Loving Essence in the person in your presence. By doing so, you’re signifying your respect for the Soul before you . . .  Maintain awareness that you’re in conversation with another Divine Being who is engaged in having a human experience. (p. 209)
We ask for the presence, protection, guidance, and Love of the Divine Beings [spirit guides]  who work with each of us. (from the “Invocation” – emphasis added)
When people speak of spirituality, they simply mean awareness of the sacred reality of the Divine Essence within and beyond all creation. (p. 8, quoting favorably a New Age “spiritual teacher”)
You begin to recognize others as Divine Beings, and the situations and circumstances of your life as learning devices. (p. 31)

Those familiar with New Age teachings will recognize such statements as being the core essence of the occult (that man is divine) and that there are spirit guides who help us through life. Loyalty to Your Soul is a contemporary version of A Course in Miracles (the New Age book Warren B. Smith talks about in his biography,The Light That Was Dark).
3. Roma Downey also endorsed a 2008/2011 book called Angels in My Hair: the true story of a modern day Irish mystic by Lorna Bryne. The book is about spirit guides in people’s lives.

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Photo: Taken from Santa Monica University website; used in accordance with the US Fair Use Act

4. Roma Downey graduated in 2010 from the University of Santa Monica’s Spiritual Psychology Program. The school was founded by the late New Age spiritualist guru John-Roger Hinkins in 1971 (who also founded the Movement of Spiritual Awareness). Hinkins claimed to have had a spirit guide named Mystic Traveler.  Today, University of Santa Monica  is considered a New Age/metaphysical university. Some teaching points(2) from USM’s Spiritual Psychology program (the program is one of just three degree programs offered at the school):

a. ” If you are interested in really growing as a person and awakening more fully to your Divinity—take this course” (emphasis added).
b. “Soul-centered co-creation [a term used in New Age to signify our equality with God].”
c. “Spiritual Awakening. Designed to provide a practical working knowledge of, and appreciation for, the “giants” in the field of psychology, including Rogers, Perls, Ellis, and [Roberto] Assagioli [a world-famous occultist].”
d. “The Buddhas and the Christs are born complete.(3)

practical-praying5.  In 2010, Roma Downey did a “meditation” CD for psychic medium John Edward’s 2010 book Practical Praying: Using the Rosary to Enhance Your Life (see video of John Edwards). As of Jan. 17, 2015, John Edward’s is still selling thePractical Praying book advertising Roma Downey’s CD meditation contribution. John Edward is best known for his psychic TV show in which he talked to the dead. Downey has been on his show and allowed him to channel her mother.
6. New Age actress and ordained minister  of a New Thought church, Della Reese, plays a significant role in Downey’s life. In addition to Reese teaming with Downey for 9 years in the popular TV series Touched by an Angel, Reese is Downey’s daughter’s godmother and also officiated at the wedding of Downey and Mark Burnett.
7. Downey has been on the Oprah Show to promote her and her husband’s production Son of God. Oprah is the most influential New Ager today.
8. Downey and Burnett are proponents of Tony Robbins, a prolific New Ager. “For 25 years, Hollywood power producer Mark Burnett has applied Tony’s strategies to his life. This past year, he decided it was time to invite his wife, Roma Downey, and their 3 children to share in an experience they won’t forget.”(4)
9. Downey resonates with Eckhart Tolle, another very prolific New Age author and teacher. Warren B. Smith has written about Tolle and his New Age/New Spirituality views. One article about Downey quotes her as saying: “My kids go to school about a 40-minute  drive away. I’m open to the group’s opinion about what we listen to on the  way there. On the way back, I get my own selections—books on tape by  Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins . . . My husband says I’m so self-realized I’m practically levitating’” (First for Women magazine, 03/31/14, pp. 44-45). To get an idea of what Eckhart Tolle believes, listen to a quote by him:

Don’t get attached to any one word. You can substitute ‘Christ’ for presence, if that is more meaningful to you. Christ is your God-essence or the Self, as it is sometimes called in the East. The only difference between Christ and presence is that Christ refers to your indwelling divinity regardless of whether you are conscious of it or not, whereas presence means your awakened divinity or God-essence. – (Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, p. 104)

10. Former New Age followers Caryl Matrisciana, Johanna Michaelsen, and Warren B. Smith have renounced and repudiated their former New Age beliefs and have even written books warning others about the New Age. On the contrary, Roma Downey has never renounced her New Age involvement and continues to promote it in one form or another. Interestingly (and significantly), Lighthouse Trails author Greg Reid personally handed Roma Downey a copy of Warren B. Smith’s book, The Light That Was Dark: From the New Age to Amazing Grace at the 2014 National Religious Broadcaster’s Convention right after she finished premiering The Son of God movie. Roma Downey is in a perfect position to warn the church about the New Age, but rather she is bringing the New Age into the church. Greg Reid capsulates this situation well:

Roma and Mark’s open door credentials to the evangelical church is that they are committed Catholics. That, and the movies themselves, were apparently proof enough to the higher leadership of the evangelical churches to give them carte blanche. They have been, 100%, embraced as one of us.
NO ONE has asked the crucial questions: Is Jesus the only way to God? Do we all have the “Christ spirit?” Are we all Divine? Is the Bible the infallible Word of God? Knowing that the Bible forbids necromancy, are you sorry you worked with John Edward? Is what you learned from John-Roger’s University compatible with your Christian faith? Unless Roma and Mark have gone through a massive conversion since last year, then they are still the same people who listen to audio books by New Age Gurus Eckhart Tolle and Tony Robbins, and who follow a brand of spirituality that is so strong that, as Mark said of Roma, “You’re so self-realized you’re practically levitating.”
Why are none of these questions being asked? If we didn’t know, now we do. If leaders DID know and chose to ignore it, or considered these things “little differences,” then God forgive us for our spiritual blindness and willingness to let crucial spiritual darkness enter in for the sake of a movie they think will lead the masses to Christ. (from Reid’s article Son of God—Trojan Horse)

REPOSTED: ROMA DOWNEY NEW AGE ADVOCATE PARTNERS WITH WOMEN OF FAITH

Lighthouse Trails Research reports that Roma Downey, New Age advocate, is joining arms with “Women of Faith”, and warns, as before, that Christian women should avoid their conferences.

Max Lucado, contemplative proponent and believer in “baptismal regeneration” also promotes “Women of Faith”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_1BvDQ5DN8.

Priscilla Shirer, another reason to avoid the conference:
See posts about Shirer by Apprising:
http://apprising.org/2012/02/27/women-pastors-priscilla-shirer-and-the-southern-baptist-convention/.
http://apprising.org/2010/07/26/priscilla-shirer-and-contemplativecentering-prayer/.
http://apprising.org/2010/08/28/priscilla-shirer-promoting-contemplativecentering-prayer/.
http://apprising.org/2010/09/23/priscilla-shirer-points-us-to-richard-rohr/
(See Rohr below in our posts)
http://apprising.org/2012/08/23/true-woman-conference-speaker-priscilla-shirer-hears-gods-still-small-voice/.
http://apprising.org/2012/11/26/priscilla-shirer-excited-her-brother-performed-at-joel-osteens-heretical-word-faith-church/.
And our own previous posts about Richard Rohr, mystical monk:
https://ratherexposethem.org/2013/04/much-more-on-rohr-plus-enneagrams.html.
https://ratherexposethem.org/2013/04/the-connection-between-lgbtq-soulforce.html.

Christine Caine of Hillsong, Australia, another reason to avoid the conference:
Ruth Haley Barton, a contemplative mystic, will be attending the Assembly of God “Believe” conference event in Orlando, Florida, August 5-9, 2013, along with Franklin Graham, Christine Caine of Hillsong, Australia, Judah Smith, and Joni Eareckson Tada, among many others. See: http://generalcouncil.ag.org/.
See posts about Caine by Apprising:
http://apprising.org/2012/01/22/word-faith-pastrix-christine-caine-preaches-sunday-morning-sermon-for-steven-furtick/.
http://apprising.org/2011/09/23/code-orange-speaker-christine-caine/.
http://apprising.org/2012/06/06/the-budding-femance-between-word-faith-pastrix-christine-caine-and-kay-warren/.
http://apprising.org/2012/06/22/pastrix-christine-caine-honored-to-speak-at-lakewood-church-youth-conference/.
http://apprising.org/2012/10/03/christine-caine-to-preach-weekend-services-at-saddleback-church/.
http://apprising.org/2012/09/17/christine-caine-says-word-faith-teacher-joyce-meyer-is-her-spiritual-mother/.

Lysa Terkeurst promoting “breath payers” in her book “Made to Crave”, and who endorsed Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand GiftsAnn Voskamp has a blog where she shares how to do Lectio Divina. Both of these women are deceiving many women with their contemplative mysticism.
See Lighthouse Trails Research about “breath prayers”: 
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/breathprayer.htm, and “lectio divina”:
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10887.



A number of other Word of Faith heretics and rock groups will be at this convention, so avoid!

MercyMe Rock Group: 
See: Way of Life: 
file:///C:/Users/John/Downloads/Directory_of_Contemporary_Worship_Musicians%20(1).pdf: Select quotes:
“MercyMe is a rocking contemporary band that is ecumenical and charismatic. In early 
2011 they included Roman Catholic Matt Maher on their Rock & Worship Roadshow. It is obvious that the members of MercyMe fill  their minds and hearts with a lot of licentious secular rock. MercyMe’s popular “Word of God Speak” worship song is pure charismatic mysticism. Consider the lyrics:
“Word of God speak, would you pour down like rain, washing my eyes to see our majesty. To be still and know that you’re in this place, please let me stay and rest in your holiness. … Finding myself in the midst of you, beyond the music, beyond the noise. All that I need is to be with you and in the quiet I hear your voice.” This “open yourself to the flow of the Spirit” has led to all sorts of unscriptural doctrines and practices.”

Third Day Rock Group:
See: Way of Life: Select quotes:
“One of the themes of CCM is ecumenical unity, and that is evident in Third Day’s “Come Together” album. Third Day performed for the Roman Catholic Youth Rally in 2011, which featured Pope Benedict XVI and a Catholic mass during which a piece of bread allegedly became Jesus.”

Mark Lowry:
See: Way of Life: Select quotes:
Mark Lowry labels living standards and ecclesiastical separation “legalism”Lowry’s tirade against “legalism” is a smokescreen for his rebellion against Bible-believing Christianity. Lowry’s ecumenical, positive-only philosophy is evident in his attitude toward preaching on Hell. In 1997, Lowry joined Roman Catholic Kathy Troccoli and 40 other CCM artists to record Love One Another, a song with an ecumenical theme. In an article in CCM Magazine, Lowry praised Mother Teresa and Princess Diana. Lowry had no word of warning about Mother Teresa’s false gospel that has caused multitudes 
to die with a false hope.”
Example video, titled:

“Mark Lowry Recovering Fundamentalist”, 

(Funny “Christian” Humor, But Still Very Ecumenical 

in Spirit and Mocking of Fundamentalists):



See our previous post about Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett:
https://ratherexposethem.org/2013/05/global-leadership-summit-2013.html,
with this part about Downey:


Roma Downey:

Dave Mosher Blog has a group of excellent posts http://davemosher.wordpress.com/?s=roma+downey on Roma Downey and her New Age beliefs and associations, in particular this one:
http://davemosher.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/touched-by-an-angel-roma-downeys-new-age-ish-little-angels-series-for-preschoolers-claims-to-be-christian/, revised March 27, 2013. In it we see Roma Downey on the cover of OM Times, http://omtimes.com/a New Age publication. See Downey’s biography and interview at OM Times here: http://omtimes.com/2011/07/roma-downey-truly-an-angel/.



David Cloud’s Way of Life reports:
Roma Downey, the Roman Catholic co-creator (with her husband, Mark Burnett) of the History Channel’s popular “The Bible” miniseries, says Pope Francis is “a new pope of hope” (“Roma Downey,” Christian Post, April 4, 2013). Here is the promotion video of “The Bible” series:



    Downey, famous for her role as “the angel Monica” in the new-agey TV series “Touched by an Angel,” plays the part of Mary in “The Bible” miniseries. She says the example of Pope Francis will cause “the seeds of hope to flourish in people’s hearts and people’s lives.” In an earlier interview, Downey said, “I have prayed to Mary and loved her my whole life” (“The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series,” Catholiclane.com, Feb. 28, 2013). Roma attended the University of Santa Monica http://www.universityofsantamonica.edu/offering Master’s degrees in Spiritual Psychology“founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John Roger” (“Roma Downey Happy Out of Spotlight,” Beck/Smith Hollywood, April 23, 2013). She says that she listens to books on tape by New Age guru Eckhart Tolle, who teaches the divinity of man. The creators of “The Bible” miniseries have not been afraid to add to and change God’s Word.

Christian Research Network discusses Downey and the “Bible” miniseries:
http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2013/03/15/roman-catholic-roma-downey-producer-of-the-bible-miniseries-says-francis-i-will-be-a-pope-of-hope/.


Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church invited Downey and Burnett to do a “question and answer” time during February 2013 showing of the Bible miniseries: http://saddleback.com/blogs/communityblog/mark-burnett-and-roma-downey-coming-to-saddleback/.

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Lighthouse article in full, unedited:

    Lighthouse Trails first addressed concerns about the Women of Faith conferences in 2006. In an article, we stated:

Women of Faith is a Christian franchise that has held conferences for over 3 million women since its inception in 1996. In 2000, Christian publisher Thomas Nelson bought the Women of Faith franchise and has a strong influence in the organization. Nearly all of the regular Women of Faith speakers are Thomas Nelson authors, and Thomas Nelson books are sold at the Women of Faith conferences, thus women attending the conferences will get a hearty dose of Thomas Nelson.
In light of books published by Thomas Nelson that have contemplative slants, women attending these conferences should use discernment and wisdom. Below is a list of some Thomas Nelson books and authors that have New Age and/or contemplative content. Incidentally, nearly all of these books below are sold through the Women of Faith online bookstore, including Yoga for Christians and The Secret Message of Jesus:
Yoga for Christians by Susan Bordenkircher
The Secret Message of Jesus by Brian McLaren
Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado
Speaking My Mind by Tony Campolo
Celebration of Discipline (Spanish) by Richard Foster
The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge
Turn My Mourning into Dancing by Henri Nouwen
How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life by Mark Victor Hansen
Seeing What is Sacred by Ken Gire
So You Want to Be Like Christ (Workbook) by Chuck Swindoll

In 2007, Lighthouse Trails posted an article titled “10, 000 Expected to Attend Women of Faith Conference.”  In that article, we stated that the “women who attend Women of Faith conferences will be exposed to mystical spirituality, and because they trust Women of Faith, they will be caught unaware and put in harm’s way.”
In 2010, we posted John Lanagan’s article “Why Are Women of Faith Promoting Mystic/Emerging Brian McLaren?”  Lanagan expressed his concerns about Women of Faith including the fact that the organization was selling Brian McLaren’s books. Lanagan stated:

When a well known organization like Women of Faith is the reason women are exposed to false teaching, whether through exposure to The Message paraphrase, or to the apostate rebellion of Brian McLaren, this should not be accepted with a yawn and a shrug. . . .  Is Women of Faith on its way to purveying a generic spirituality?

We fear we must say yes to John Lanagan’s question. Women of Faith is going from the frying pan into the fire. In a June 21stChristian Post article, “Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Partner With Women of Faith, ‘Believe God Can Do Anything’ Tour,”  it explains how Women of Faith “has partnered with ‘The Bible’ producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to incorporate parts of the highly successful History Channel program into its ‘life-changing’ tour. That probably sounds UN-alarming to most people. After all, what could be wrong with a  program called The Bible?  And the series (now seen by over 100 million people), The Bible,  is being promoted widely by many Christian organizations and ministries with a broad marketing target.
It was concerning enough knowing these past several years that Women of Faith introduced their women to Brian McLaren and other emergent-type names. But Roma Downey falls as much in the New Spirituality camp as McLaren, if not more. First of all, Roma promotes the Roman Catholic church. In an article we posted earlier this year,Rick Warren Endorses 2013 Book, “Catholics Come Home” – Calls Catholic Evangelization “Critically Important,” we quoted Downey as saying this about the Catholics Come Home book: “Catholics Come Home inspires each of us to share God’s love with others, in order to help change the world for the better, for eternity!” And, in a book titled Practical Praying: Using the Rosary to Enhance Your Life, there is a companion “Meditation” CD by Roma Downey that comes with the book.
But Roma Downey isn’t just a Catholic promoter. She is a New Age/New Spirituality promoter. Within the pages of a book titledLoyalty to Your Soul by Ron and Mary Hulnick (published in 2010 by the New Age publisher, Hay House), Downey endorses the book saying:

As a USM [ University of Santa Monica – a New Age metaphysical school] graduate, I know firsthand the value I received from participating with Ron and Mary  in the Master’s degree Program in Spiritual Psychology. I am so grateful to haveLoyalty to Your Soul to sweetly remind me of all I have learned. Let’s just say that I went from playing an angel on TV to living more of an angelic life every day. The teachings in this beautiful book have sent me on a journey to the very center of my own being where, wrapped in the safe wings of Love, I feel as though I have come home.

Downey’s endorsement in the Hulnick’s book is nestled in with full-blown New Agers like Barbara Marx Hubbard, Joan Borysenko, and Gay Hendricks (The Corporate Mystic). By the way, Neale Donald Walsch, the New Ager who said that Hitler did the Jews a favor by killing them,wrote the foreword to Loyalty to Your Soul.
Clearly, Downey read this book and resonates deeply with it to say what she did about it. To get an idea of this “journey” that Downey is on, listen to a few quotes from Loyalty to Your Soul:

Center your awareness in your heart and consciously look for the Loving Essence in the person in your presence. By doing so, you’re signifying your respect for the Soul before you . . .  Maintain awareness that you’re in conversation with another Divine Being who is engaged in having a human experience. (p. 209)
We ask for the presence, protection, guidance, and Love of the Divine Beings  who work with each of us. (from the “Invocation” – emphasis added
“When people speak of spirituality, they simply mean awareness of the sacred reality of the Divine Essence within and beyond all creation.” (p. 8, quoting favorably a New Age “spiritual teacher”)
For the awakening person, there is a growing yearning for time in the silence. There is a sense of needing time and space for contemplation, meditation, walking in nature, and just plain being alone. Attuning to the inner channel of Divine Love is supported by quiet moments. (p. 27)
You begin to recognize others as Divine Beings, and the situations and circumstances of your life as learning devices. (p. 31)

Those familiar with New Age teachings will recognize such statements as being the core essence of the occult (that man is divine).Loyalty to Your Soul is a contemporary version of A Course in Miracles (the New Age book Warren B. Smith talks about in his biography, The Light That Was Dark).
In addition to endorsing Loyalty to Your Soul, Downey also endorsed a book called Angels in My Hair: the true story of a modern day Irish mystic by Lorna Bryne. The book is about spirit guides in people’s lives.
We find it disconcerting to know that someone with Downey’s spiritual propensities, who attended a New Age university, helped to create a program on God’s Word.
So, the question we have is this: Now that Women of Faith has “partnered” with Roma Downey, will the millions of women who attend Women of Faith conferences be led down the same path Downey has found herself on? Perhaps we should ask Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer,
 Lisa Harper
(See Lighthouse Trails brief description of Lisa Harper at http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10843, with a quote from this link: “In looking at her 2011 book, Stumbling into Grace, she is quoting several major contemplatives: Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, Brennan Manning, Richard Foster, Anne Lamott, and at least one New Age author, Gerald May. We don’t know that she is advocating contemplative practices in her book, but clearly she is reading from and gleaning from the mystics and passing those “insights” onto her readers.”)
and Sheila Walsch the answer to that question – they will be the speakers at the Women of Faith “Unwrap the Bible” conference in 2014 (see video below where Downey promotes this conference). But then, you might get a biased answer – Moore, Shirer, Harper, and Walsch are all proponents of contemplative spirituality, and those who understand the dynamics of contemplative prayer know that it is a comfortable companion to the ”theology” behind A Course in Miracles.
Evangelical and Protestant Christianity are becoming synonymous with contemplative spirituality. In other words, where you find evangelical and Protestant Christianity, you will increasingly find contemplative spirituality (i.e., Spiritual Formation). And in this paradigm shift, we can see that Alice Bailey’s prediction that the church will be the avenue through which the “Aquarian Age” will enter the world, preparing for that one whom the Bible warns will deceive the whole world.
Related Video: (If you cannot see this video below, click here.)
(Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUJxZq6rT04).

Who’s Promoting Burnett/Downey’s The Bible:
Southern Baptist Conventionhttp://www.lifeway.com/Article/The-Bible-Miniseries-An-Interview-with-Roma-Downey-and-Mark-Burnett.
Focus on the Familyhttp://www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.aspx?ID={8AA137FE-2171-40A9-9569-E902F99BD82B}
Willow Creek Associationhttp://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/speaker_mark_burnett.asp
Rick Warren and Saddlebackhttp://saddleback.com/blogs/communityblog/mark-burnett-and-roma-downey-coming-to-saddleback/
Oprahhttp://www.oprah.com/own-oprahs-next-chapter/Why-Diogo-Morgado-Didnt-Feel-Worthy-to-Play-Jesus-Video
More endorsements, click here.om the Frying Pan into the Fire: Women of Faith Partners with New Age Advocate Roma Downeyrom the Frying Pan into the Fire: Women of Faith Partners with New Age Advocate Roma Downey

ROMA DOWNEY NEW AGE ADVOCATE PARTNERS WITH “WOMEN OF FAITH”~WOMEN SHOULD AVOID THESE CONFERENCES

Lighthouse Trails Research reports that Roma Downey, New Age advocate, is joining arms with “Women of Faith”, and warns, as before, that Christian women should avoid their conferences.

Fall 2013 Promo videos:





Max Lucado, contemplative proponent and believer in “baptismal regeneration” also promotes “Women of Faith”:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_1BvDQ5DN8.


Priscilla Shirer, another reason to avoid the conference:
See posts about Shirer by Apprising:
http://apprising.org/2012/02/27/women-pastors-priscilla-shirer-and-the-southern-baptist-convention/.
http://apprising.org/2010/07/26/priscilla-shirer-and-contemplativecentering-prayer/.
http://apprising.org/2010/08/28/priscilla-shirer-promoting-contemplativecentering-prayer/.
http://apprising.org/2010/09/23/priscilla-shirer-points-us-to-richard-rohr/
(See Rohr below in our posts)
http://apprising.org/2012/08/23/true-woman-conference-speaker-priscilla-shirer-hears-gods-still-small-voice/.
http://apprising.org/2012/11/26/priscilla-shirer-excited-her-brother-performed-at-joel-osteens-heretical-word-faith-church/.
And our own previous posts about Richard Rohr, mystical monk:
https://ratherexposethem.org/2013/04/much-more-on-rohr-plus-enneagrams.html.
https://ratherexposethem.org/2013/04/the-connection-between-lgbtq-soulforce.html.


Christine Caine of Hillsong, Australia, another reason to avoid the conference:
Ruth Haley Barton, a contemplative mystic, will be attending the Assembly of God “Believe” conference event in Orlando, Florida, August 5-9, 2013, along with Franklin Graham, Christine Caine of Hillsong, Australia, Judah Smith, and Joni Eareckson Tada, among many others. See: http://generalcouncil.ag.org/.
See posts about Caine by Apprising:
http://apprising.org/2012/01/22/word-faith-pastrix-christine-caine-preaches-sunday-morning-sermon-for-steven-furtick/.
http://apprising.org/2011/09/23/code-orange-speaker-christine-caine/.
http://apprising.org/2012/06/06/the-budding-femance-between-word-faith-pastrix-christine-caine-and-kay-warren/.
http://apprising.org/2012/06/22/pastrix-christine-caine-honored-to-speak-at-lakewood-church-youth-conference/.
http://apprising.org/2012/10/03/christine-caine-to-preach-weekend-services-at-saddleback-church/.
http://apprising.org/2012/09/17/christine-caine-says-word-faith-teacher-joyce-meyer-is-her-spiritual-mother/.


Lysa Terkeurst promoting “breath payers” in her book “Made to Crave”, and who endorsed Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand GiftsAnn Voskamp has a blog where she shares how to do Lectio Divina. Both of these women are deceiving many women with their contemplative mysticism.
See Lighthouse Trails Research about “breath prayers”: 
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/breathprayer.htm, and “lectio divina”:
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10887.





A number of other Word of Faith heretics and rock groups will be at this convention, so avoid!


MercyMe Rock Group: 
See: Way of Life: 
file:///C:/Users/John/Downloads/Directory_of_Contemporary_Worship_Musicians%20(1).pdf: Select quotes:
“MercyMe is a rocking contemporary band that is ecumenical and charismatic. In early 
2011 they included Roman Catholic Matt Maher on their Rock & Worship Roadshow. It is obvious that the members of MercyMe fill  their minds and hearts with a lot of licentious secular rock. MercyMe’s popular “Word of God Speak” worship song is pure charismatic mysticism. Consider the lyrics:
“Word of God speak, would you pour down like rain, washing my eyes to see our majesty. To be still and know that you’re in this place, please let me stay and rest in your holiness. … Finding myself in the midst of you, beyond the music, beyond the noise. All that I need is to be with you and in the quiet I hear your voice.” This “open yourself to the flow of the Spirit” has led to all sorts of unscriptural doctrines and practices.”


Third Day Rock Group:
See: Way of Life: Select quotes:
“One of the themes of CCM is ecumenical unity, and that is evident in Third Day’s “Come Together” album. Third Day performed for the Roman Catholic Youth Rally in 2011, which featured Pope Benedict XVI and a Catholic mass during which a piece of bread allegedly became Jesus.”


Mark Lowry:
See: Way of Life: Select quotes:
Mark Lowry labels living standards and ecclesiastical separation “legalism”Lowry’s tirade against “legalism” is a smokescreen for his rebellion against Bible-believing Christianity. Lowry’s ecumenical, positive-only philosophy is evident in his attitude toward preaching on Hell. In 1997, Lowry joined Roman Catholic Kathy Troccoli and 40 other CCM artists to record Love One Another, a song with an ecumenical theme. In an article in CCM Magazine, Lowry praised Mother Teresa and Princess Diana. Lowry had no word of warning about Mother Teresa’s false gospel that has caused multitudes 
to die with a false hope.”
Example video, titled:

“Mark Lowry Recovering Fundamentalist”, 

(Funny “Christian” Humor, But Still Very Ecumenical 

in Spirit and Mocking of Fundamentalists):




See our previous post about Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett:
https://ratherexposethem.org/2013/05/global-leadership-summit-2013.html,
with this part about Downey:


Roma Downey:

Dave Mosher Blog has a group of excellent posts http://davemosher.wordpress.com/?s=roma+downey on Roma Downey and her New Age beliefs and associations, in particular this one:
http://davemosher.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/touched-by-an-angel-roma-downeys-new-age-ish-little-angels-series-for-preschoolers-claims-to-be-christian/, revised March 27, 2013. In it we see Roma Downey on the cover of OM Times, http://omtimes.com/a New Age publication. See Downey’s biography and interview at OM Times here: http://omtimes.com/2011/07/roma-downey-truly-an-angel/.



David Cloud’s Way of Life reports:
Roma Downey, the Roman Catholic co-creator (with her husband, Mark Burnett) of the History Channel’s popular “The Bible” miniseries, says Pope Francis is “a new pope of hope” (“Roma Downey,” Christian Post, April 4, 2013). Here is the promotion video of “The Bible” series:



    Downey, famous for her role as “the angel Monica” in the new-agey TV series “Touched by an Angel,” plays the part of Mary in “The Bible” miniseries. She says the example of Pope Francis will cause “the seeds of hope to flourish in people’s hearts and people’s lives.” In an earlier interview, Downey said, “I have prayed to Mary and loved her my whole life” (“The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series,” Catholiclane.com, Feb. 28, 2013). Roma attended the University of Santa Monica http://www.universityofsantamonica.edu/offering Master’s degrees in Spiritual Psychology“founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John Roger” (“Roma Downey Happy Out of Spotlight,” Beck/Smith Hollywood, April 23, 2013). She says that she listens to books on tape by New Age guru Eckhart Tolle, who teaches the divinity of man. The creators of “The Bible” miniseries have not been afraid to add to and change God’s Word.

Christian Research Network discusses Downey and the “Bible” miniseries:
http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2013/03/15/roman-catholic-roma-downey-producer-of-the-bible-miniseries-says-francis-i-will-be-a-pope-of-hope/.


Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church invited Downey and Burnett to do a “question and answer” time during February 2013 showing of the Bible miniseries: http://saddleback.com/blogs/communityblog/mark-burnett-and-roma-downey-coming-to-saddleback/.

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Lighthouse article in full, unedited:

    Lighthouse Trails first addressed concerns about the Women of Faith conferences in 2006. In an article, we stated:

Women of Faith is a Christian franchise that has held conferences for over 3 million women since its inception in 1996. In 2000, Christian publisher Thomas Nelson bought the Women of Faith franchise and has a strong influence in the organization. Nearly all of the regular Women of Faith speakers are Thomas Nelson authors, and Thomas Nelson books are sold at the Women of Faith conferences, thus women attending the conferences will get a hearty dose of Thomas Nelson.
In light of books published by Thomas Nelson that have contemplative slants, women attending these conferences should use discernment and wisdom. Below is a list of some Thomas Nelson books and authors that have New Age and/or contemplative content. Incidentally, nearly all of these books below are sold through the Women of Faith online bookstore, including Yoga for Christians and The Secret Message of Jesus:
Yoga for Christians by Susan Bordenkircher
The Secret Message of Jesus by Brian McLaren
Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado
Speaking My Mind by Tony Campolo
Celebration of Discipline (Spanish) by Richard Foster
The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge
Turn My Mourning into Dancing by Henri Nouwen
How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life by Mark Victor Hansen
Seeing What is Sacred by Ken Gire
So You Want to Be Like Christ (Workbook) by Chuck Swindoll

In 2007, Lighthouse Trails posted an article titled “10, 000 Expected to Attend Women of Faith Conference.”  In that article, we stated that the “women who attend Women of Faith conferences will be exposed to mystical spirituality, and because they trust Women of Faith, they will be caught unaware and put in harm’s way.”
In 2010, we posted John Lanagan’s article “Why Are Women of Faith Promoting Mystic/Emerging Brian McLaren?”  Lanagan expressed his concerns about Women of Faith including the fact that the organization was selling Brian McLaren’s books. Lanagan stated:

When a well known organization like Women of Faith is the reason women are exposed to false teaching, whether through exposure to The Message paraphrase, or to the apostate rebellion of Brian McLaren, this should not be accepted with a yawn and a shrug. . . .  Is Women of Faith on its way to purveying a generic spirituality?

We fear we must say yes to John Lanagan’s question. Women of Faith is going from the frying pan into the fire. In a June 21stChristian Post article, “Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Partner With Women of Faith, ‘Believe God Can Do Anything’ Tour,”  it explains how Women of Faith “has partnered with ‘The Bible’ producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to incorporate parts of the highly successful History Channel program into its ‘life-changing’ tour. That probably sounds UN-alarming to most people. After all, what could be wrong with a  program called The Bible?  And the series (now seen by over 100 million people), The Bible,  is being promoted widely by many Christian organizations and ministries with a broad marketing target.
It was concerning enough knowing these past several years that Women of Faith introduced their women to Brian McLaren and other emergent-type names. But Roma Downey falls as much in the New Spirituality camp as McLaren, if not more. First of all, Roma promotes the Roman Catholic church. In an article we posted earlier this year,Rick Warren Endorses 2013 Book, “Catholics Come Home” – Calls Catholic Evangelization “Critically Important,” we quoted Downey as saying this about the Catholics Come Home book: “Catholics Come Home inspires each of us to share God’s love with others, in order to help change the world for the better, for eternity!” And, in a book titled Practical Praying: Using the Rosary to Enhance Your Life, there is a companion “Meditation” CD by Roma Downey that comes with the book.
But Roma Downey isn’t just a Catholic promoter. She is a New Age/New Spirituality promoter. Within the pages of a book titledLoyalty to Your Soul by Ron and Mary Hulnick (published in 2010 by the New Age publisher, Hay House), Downey endorses the book saying:

As a USM [ University of Santa Monica – a New Age metaphysical school] graduate, I know firsthand the value I received from participating with Ron and Mary  in the Master’s degree Program in Spiritual Psychology. I am so grateful to haveLoyalty to Your Soul to sweetly remind me of all I have learned. Let’s just say that I went from playing an angel on TV to living more of an angelic life every day. The teachings in this beautiful book have sent me on a journey to the very center of my own being where, wrapped in the safe wings of Love, I feel as though I have come home.

Downey’s endorsement in the Hulnick’s book is nestled in with full-blown New Agers like Barbara Marx Hubbard, Joan Borysenko, and Gay Hendricks (The Corporate Mystic). By the way, Neale Donald Walsch, the New Ager who said that Hitler did the Jews a favor by killing them,wrote the foreword to Loyalty to Your Soul.
Clearly, Downey read this book and resonates deeply with it to say what she did about it. To get an idea of this “journey” that Downey is on, listen to a few quotes from Loyalty to Your Soul:

Center your awareness in your heart and consciously look for the Loving Essence in the person in your presence. By doing so, you’re signifying your respect for the Soul before you . . .  Maintain awareness that you’re in conversation with another Divine Being who is engaged in having a human experience. (p. 209)
We ask for the presence, protection, guidance, and Love of the Divine Beings  who work with each of us. (from the “Invocation” – emphasis added
“When people speak of spirituality, they simply mean awareness of the sacred reality of the Divine Essence within and beyond all creation.” (p. 8, quoting favorably a New Age “spiritual teacher”)
For the awakening person, there is a growing yearning for time in the silence. There is a sense of needing time and space for contemplation, meditation, walking in nature, and just plain being alone. Attuning to the inner channel of Divine Love is supported by quiet moments. (p. 27)
You begin to recognize others as Divine Beings, and the situations and circumstances of your life as learning devices. (p. 31)

Those familiar with New Age teachings will recognize such statements as being the core essence of the occult (that man is divine).Loyalty to Your Soul is a contemporary version of A Course in Miracles (the New Age book Warren B. Smith talks about in his biography, The Light That Was Dark).
In addition to endorsing Loyalty to Your Soul, Downey also endorsed a book called Angels in My Hair: the true story of a modern day Irish mystic by Lorna Bryne. The book is about spirit guides in people’s lives.
We find it disconcerting to know that someone with Downey’s spiritual propensities, who attended a New Age university, helped to create a program on God’s Word.
So, the question we have is this: Now that Women of Faith has “partnered” with Roma Downey, will the millions of women who attend Women of Faith conferences be led down the same path Downey has found herself on? Perhaps we should ask Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer,
 Lisa Harper
(See Lighthouse Trails brief description of Lisa Harper at http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10843, with a quote from this link: “In looking at her 2011 book, Stumbling into Grace, she is quoting several major contemplatives: Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, Brennan Manning, Richard Foster, Anne Lamott, and at least one New Age author, Gerald May. We don’t know that she is advocating contemplative practices in her book, but clearly she is reading from and gleaning from the mystics and passing those “insights” onto her readers.”)
and Sheila Walsch the answer to that question – they will be the speakers at the Women of Faith “Unwrap the Bible” conference in 2014 (see video below where Downey promotes this conference). But then, you might get a biased answer – Moore, Shirer, Harper, and Walsch are all proponents of contemplative spirituality, and those who understand the dynamics of contemplative prayer know that it is a comfortable companion to the ”theology” behind A Course in Miracles.
Evangelical and Protestant Christianity are becoming synonymous with contemplative spirituality. In other words, where you find evangelical and Protestant Christianity, you will increasingly find contemplative spirituality (i.e., Spiritual Formation). And in this paradigm shift, we can see that Alice Bailey’s prediction that the church will be the avenue through which the “Aquarian Age” will enter the world, preparing for that one whom the Bible warns will deceive the whole world.
Related Video: (If you cannot see this video below, click here.)
(Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUJxZq6rT04).

Who’s Promoting Burnett/Downey’s The Bible:
Southern Baptist Conventionhttp://www.lifeway.com/Article/The-Bible-Miniseries-An-Interview-with-Roma-Downey-and-Mark-Burnett.
Focus on the Familyhttp://www.focusonthefamily.com/radio.aspx?ID={8AA137FE-2171-40A9-9569-E902F99BD82B}
Willow Creek Associationhttp://www.willowcreek.com/events/leadership/speaker_mark_burnett.asp
Rick Warren and Saddlebackhttp://saddleback.com/blogs/communityblog/mark-burnett-and-roma-downey-coming-to-saddleback/
Oprahhttp://www.oprah.com/own-oprahs-next-chapter/Why-Diogo-Morgado-Didnt-Feel-Worthy-to-Play-Jesus-Video
More endorsements, click here.om the Frying Pan into the Fire: Women of Faith Partners with New Age Advocate Roma Downeyrom the Frying Pan into the Fire: Women of Faith Partners with New Age Advocate Roma Downey

JOHNNIE MOORE, SOUTHERN BAPTIST MEETS MIDDLE EAST RULERS-“WE WANT WHAT IT WAS LIKE WHEN MUHAMMAD WAS ALIVE, A PLURALIST REGION”~A TWISTED VIEW OF ISLAM AS WELL AS CHRISTIANITY

 WHILE ISLAMIC TERROR GROWS WORLDWIDE, WITH THE KORAN FUELING ITS JUSTIFICATION; CHRISTIANS TARGETED & PERSECUTED, ABUSED & KILLED BY MUSLIMS

ALLEGED “CHRISTIANS” WORK TOWARD A ONE WORLD RELIGION, STARTING WITH UNITING IN SOLIDARITY WITH ISLAM

A SOUTHERN BAPTIST LEADS THE WAY

 

 The Rev. Johnnie Moore, a commissioner with the United States Commission
on International Religious Freedom, speaks at the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Community’s Jalsa Salana event in Alton, Hampshire, England, on Aug. 4,
2018. Photo courtesy of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

 Being Unequally Yoked

SEE: https://biblereasons.com/unequally-yoked/

EXCERPTS:

 What does the Bible say?

1. Amos 3:3 Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?

2. 2 Corinthians 6:14
Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a
partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness?


3. Ephesians 5:7 Therefore do not become partners with them.


4. 2 Corinthians 6:15 What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?


5. 1 Thessalonians 5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.


6. 2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”


7. Isaiah 52:11 Depart, depart, go out from there! Touch no unclean thing! Come out from it and be pure, you who carry the articles of the LORD’s house.


8. 2 Corinthians 6:16 What agreement
is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of
the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among
them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

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 Christian leader meets Middle East rulers: “We want what it was like when Muhammad was alive, a pluralistic region”

BY ROBERT SPENCER; SEE: https://www.jihadwatch.org/2019/01/christian-leader-meets-middle-east-rulers-we-want-what-it-was-like-when-muhammad-was-alive-a-pluralistic-region; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes:

 Says Johnnie Moore: “All we want is for what it was like when the
Prophet Muhammad himself was alive, which was a very pluralistic region.
There were Christians and Jews, there were synagogues and there were
churches.”

Yes, but what happened to them?
According to Islamic tradition, there were three Jewish tribes in
Medina when Muhammad moved there: the Banu Qurayzah, Banu Qaynuqa and
Banu Nadir. Muhammad exiled the Banu Qaynuqa and Banu Nadir, massacred
the Banu Qurayza after they (understandably) made a pact with his
enemies during the pagan Meccans’ siege of Medina, and then massacred
the exiles at the Khaybar oasis, giving Muslims even today a
bloodthirsty war chant: “Khaybar, Khaybar, O Jews, the army of Muhammad
will return.”
A hadith depicts Muhammad saying: “I will expel the Jews and
Christians from the Arabian Peninsula and will not leave any but
Muslim.” (Sahih Muslim 19.4366)
This is why the Saudis allow no non-Muslim religious observance in their domains.
If Johnnie Moore thinks Muhammad offers a pluralistic model for
Muslim countries to emulate today, he has been reading too much
deceptive Islamic apologetics, and is whistling in the dark.

“Evangelicals Seek Detente With Mideast Muslim Leaders As Critics Doubt Motives,” by Jerome Socolovsky, NPR, January 2, 2019 (thanks to Magdi):

In recent months, evangelical Christian leaders have been
traveling to the Middle East to meet with rulers of Islamic countries
and with Muslim clergy.

The participants say the meetings — especially one they had in
November with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman — are
unprecedented, and aimed at promoting religious freedom in the region.
Johnnie Moore, a public relations consultant and a former vice
president of Liberty University, has been on many of the trips. He says
they are not about easing the way for Christian missionaries, as some
critics allege.
“All we want is for what it was like when the Prophet Muhammad
himself was alive, which was a very pluralistic region,” he says. “There
were Christians and Jews, there were synagogues and there were
churches.”
The evangelicals have also had audiences with Sheikh Mohamed bin
Zayed al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates, President Abdel Fattah
al-Sisi of Egypt and King Abdullah of Jordan….

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INCREDIBLY IGNORANT CHURCH LEADERS ATTEMPT RELIGIOUS RECONCILIATION WITH MUSLIMS, WITH THE EQUALLY IGNORANT CHRISTIAN PRESS
 Still No Churches in Saudi Arabia, But Small Steps Toward Religious Freedom
Still No Churches in Saudi Arabia, But Small Steps Toward Religious Freedom



US envoy celebrates “unprecedented” progress under the promise of more moderate Muslim rule.
BY

republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes:
 Saudi Arabia has made unprecedented strides toward religious tolerance just a year 
after its young new ruler pledged to bring more moderate Islam to the Sunni 
kingdom.
 
After a visit to the capital city of Riyadh last week,
US officials reported the country has reformed its religious police—once
tasked with enforcing shari’ah law on the streets and in homes—and has
instituted new government programs to quash extremism.
“I was surprised by the pace of change in the country.
It reminded me of the verse at the end of Book of Job which says, ‘My
ears had heard … but now my eyes have seen,’” said US Commission on
International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) commissioner Johnnie Moore, who
has also served as an unofficial liaison between evangelical leaders
and the Trump White House.
“It was the first time I have ever thought to myself, Wow, we could actually see religious freedom in Saudi. This is possible.”
Moore represents the highest-profile evangelical leader
to meet with the Saudi government since 33-year-old Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman announced plans last October
to return the restrictive Muslim country to “what we were before: a
country of moderate Islam that is open to all religions and to the
world.” The USCIRF official formerly worked with Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s campaign to aid persecuted Christians in the Middle East.
Fewer than 5 percent of the 32 million people living in Saudi Arabia are Christians, according to Pew Research,
and the kingdom ranks No. 12 among countries where it is hardest to
follow Jesus, according to Open Doors. Likewise the State Department, at
USCIRF’s recommendation, has designated Saudi Arabia a “country of
particular concern” since 2004 due to its egregious religious freedom
violations.
The government still does not sanction churches or any
form public worship by non-Muslims, but progress is being made toward
allowing private worship and protecting the rights of minority faiths.
As the conservative Muslim nation instituted new social
reforms—including lifting its infamous ban on women driving—bin Salman
has recently hosted a string of Christian leaders.
“It should not be lost on us that the Crown Prince
has—in the last six months alone—met with the Archbishop of Canterbury,
the Maronite Patriarch, and met with the Coptic Pope in Cairo and that
meeting took place in front of wall-sized piece of art honoring Jesus,”
Moore told CT.
“There was also a very prominent visit by the recently
deceased Cardinal Tauran [a Vatican diplomat] where he signed a joint
agreement to promote peaceful coexistence with the General Secretary of
the World Muslim League, Dr. al-Issa.”
During their visit, Moore and fellow USCIRF commissioner Nadine Maenza
met with leaders across the government, including the Commission for
the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, which promotes
Islamic moral code.
According to Moore, the commission—once the greatest
barrier to private worship—no longer has authority to go into people’s
homes or to make arrests. He said Christians in Saudi Arabia have
already felt the effects of the reform under bin Salman and support the
changes.
Additionally, the USCIRF delegation met with the
government ministries tasked with cracking down on religious extremism
by establishing educational programs and monitoring teaching in mosques.
Under a Muslim constitution, Saudi Arabia continues to have laws
against apostasy and conversion, though there a signs they may be
becoming less strict in their implementation.
The changes now coming to Saudi Arabia have been
anticipated for over a year. “The days of a religious monopoly in Saudi
Arabia are over,” Daoud Kuttab, a Christian Palestinian journalist, told CT last fall, noting mixed motivations—social and economic—for the changes. “No more pushing Islam down every citizen’s throat.”
Some of the reforms are obvious already. “I saw women
driving, some guardianship rules being rolled back, and women and men
increasingly mixing in public venues, including at a Cirque du Soleil
concert in Riyadh,” Commissioner Maenza said in a press release.
“The question we continue to assess is whether this
opening is extending to other parts of the country and the degree to
which these reforms are impacting freedom of religion or belief in a
country that still—for instance—officially bans public worship unless it
is the state-sanctioned practice of Islam.”
Moore, for one, is hopeful. He wrote to CT days after the trip:
I am optimistic for a Saudi Arabia where Muslims,
Christians and others can freely and openly worship, living as
neighbors, their children as friends with no fear of one another and, in
fact, great joy from knowing one another.
I’m praying for a day when I can travel to Saudi
Arabia to proudly and publicly celebrate Christmas or Easter on a
peninsula whose Islamic faith and culture owes, by its own admission, a
great debt to “people of the book,” which preceded it.
For the first time in my life, and in my advocacy for
religious freedom, I believe this could be possible and maybe even
sooner than we expect. I am also realistic about the challenges
involved, but—so far—I do believe they are sincere in their ambitions to
moderate and modernize.
Over the summer, USCIRF commissioners also spoke out
on behalf of religious minorities in Pakistan, including Ahmadi Muslims
and Christians, pledging to prioritize religious freedom and promote
peace in that region as well.
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SEE OUR POSTS ABOUT APOSTATES ROMA DOWNEY & MARK BURNETT HERE: 
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Why Rev. Johnnie Moore Is Praising This Muslim-Majority Nation as a ‘Model’ for Other Countries
BY CRYSTAL WOODALL
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational and research purposes:
 
Rev.
Johnnie Moore, founder of the Interdenominational Congress of Christian
Leaders, is singing the praises of Azerbaijan after wrapping up a
multi-day visit to the Islamic nation.


Moore says he was encouraged by how people of various faiths and
backgrounds seemed to peacefully co-exist in the country, which boasts a
more than 90 percent Muslim population.

“I met Sunni and Shia young people who pray together, orthodox and
evangelical Christians who serve together,” he wrote in a statement.
“And I observed the valued and indispensable role a thriving Jewish
community plays in a country whose population is over 90 percent Muslim
but whose people have celebrated a longstanding relationship between
their nation and the State of Israel.”

Moore was joined by Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon
Wiesenthal Center. Both men are frequent collaborators on interfaith
initiatives worldwide and Moore said he was impressed by the
multiculturalism he witnessed during their visit.
“No doubt, Azerbaijan has its imperfections as well,” Moore
acknowledged. “But I came to specifically assess firsthand the spirit of
multiculturalism that undergirds Azeri society, which should be
celebrated and which can be a model for many countries in the world.”
He indicated this was particularly poignant given Azerbaijan’s history as a former Soviet republic.
“It was profound to sit these last few days with Muslim, Jewish and
Christian citizens who haven’t forgotten the mutual suffering they
endured together as devoutly religious under the atheistic, Soviet era,”
Moore said. “They cherish what they have now knowing what little they
had, then. “

He noted that Azerbaijan lies in stark contrast to nations like Iraq
and Afghanistan, where religion is wielded like a weapon against the
people by terror groups like the Islamic State. It’s a brutal phenomenon
he hopes to help bring to an end.
“Having witnessed firsthand the devastation wrought by the
alternative in 2014 by Daesh (ISIS) in Iraq, I decided I would work with
all my might to prevent future extremism by finding good partners,
encouraging moderation, identifying best practices and building trust
through friendship between many religious communities throughout the
world, especially between Muslims, Christians and Jews,” Moore wrote.
“The fact is that we have allowed our world to become a place where
religion is too easily weaponized,” he observed. “Rather than being a
blessing to the world that God intended, religion has been used as a
tool to sow chaos, division, and worse. Even in our most developed and
enlightened societies, we are losing the ability to get along with those
different than us.”
“For the sake of our children, we must find another way, where the
name of God is revered, not defiled by our mistreatment of others who
are also made in His image,” he concluded.
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 Fighting intolerance, Ahmadi Muslims have won unlikely allies
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ALTON, United Kingdom (RNS) — Johnnie Moore, one of President
Trump’s evangelical advisers, stood before the Ahmadi caliph and tens
of thousands of his Muslim followers on Saturday (Aug. 4) and celebrated
the phrase “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is the greatest.”


“I grieve at the defilements of God’s
name to promote (acts of terrorism and murder),” Moore said in a short
speech at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community’s annual Jalsa Salana
convention in Alton. “God truly is great, and he is a God of peace, and
you are a symbol of it.”

The Jalsa, billed as the U.K.’s
largest Muslim convention, was presided over by Mirza Masroor Ahmad, the
caliph and leader of the world’s minority Ahmadi Muslims. The
denomination’s members, estimated to number 10 million to 20 million,
face often-deadly persecution from hardline clerics who consider them
apostates.

Moore, whom Trump recently appointed
as a commissioner on the United States Commission on International
Religious Freedom, has drawn criticism from many in liberal and Muslim
activist circles for his alignment with Trump. But for Ahmadis, an
alliance with a political conservative like Moore is nothing
unusual. Their strong advocacy of religious freedom and vocal
condemnation of religious extremism have gained them several unlikely
allies in the West.

“Sometimes the religious freedom
space isn’t packaged neatly,” Amjad Mahmood Khan, AMC’s U.S. public
affairs director, told Religion News Service. “We believe in religious
freedom for all, and not as a partisan or political issue.”

Muslim advocacy groups have long noted that it’s difficult
to move in Western religious freedom circles. Muslim activists and
researchers told Deseret News
in 2016 that, particularly because of perceived ties to extremism,
their contributions in the space were not valued. On top of that, many
Muslim civil rights advocacy groups have shunned conservative
politicians and organizations because of their ties to anti-Muslim
policies. And Muslims themselves feel disconnected from the idea of
religious freedom because of how they say it has been politicized by the
Christian right.
But Ahmadi officials say they are happy to work with any
nongovernmental organizations or politicians who share their goals.
Ahmad told reporters during a news conference after the Jalsa that his
community will join a secular organization working toward good. “When
the purpose is not religious, we can work together for humanitarian
work,” he said.

In 2014, Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Jackie Speier, D-Calif., became co-chairs of the 32-member Congressional Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus
for religious freedom. Before that, King made headlines for chairing a
controversial 2011 hearing about radicalization among U.S. Muslims — a
hearing many Muslims criticized as an Islamophobic witch hunt. But one
prominent U.S. Ahmadi wrote a letter to the editor
in The New York Times at the time: “There should be no reason to
blindly accuse the Muslim-American community of noncooperation. But if
the government thinks that Congressional hearings will improve homeland
security and help expose those exploiting Islam, I assure full
cooperation.”

At the AMC’s annual Jalsa in Canada,
too, speakers have included conservative former Prime Minister Stephen
Harper, who was branded an Islamophobe by many Muslims and liberals
after, among other comments, his attempt to
call for limitations on wearing the face-covering niqab shortly before the elections. (Many Ahmadi women worldwide wear the niqab.)

Mirza
Masroor Ahmad, the international leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim
Community, speaks at the group’s 52nd annual Jalsa Salana event in
Alton, Hampshire, England, on Aug. 4, 2018. Photo courtesy of Ahmadiyya
Muslim Community

Speakers at this year’s Jalsa U.K.
included Sara Khan, head of the U.K.’s new Commission for Countering
Extremism. Her appointment
drew criticism because of her support of policies that some claimed damaged government relations with Muslim communities.
“It is the Ahmadiyya Community’s
defiant rejection of extremism often in the face of abuse, intolerance
and persecution that brings me to today’s Jalsa,” she said. “I am here
today to extend my hand out to you in friendship, solidarity and
partnership in our common cause of countering extremism.”

In an age when many critics accuse
moderate Muslim leaders of standing silent in the face of Islamist
terrorism, the AMC is quick to send out press statements condemning acts
of deadly violence. The denomination’s founder, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad,
whom members believe to be the messiah, urged a “jihad of the pen” to
defend the faith. Every year, the caliph keynotes a National Peace Symposium
the AMC organizes in London for a crowd of 800 dignitaries and civic
leaders, where he denounces terrorism as well as the governments that
enable and sponsor such discord. He has also corresponded with heads of
state and delivered speeches on establishing world peace before Congress
and the parliaments of Canada and major European nations.

In the U.K., Ahmadis have become well-known for the “human chain” of solidarity
they formed last year on the Westminster bridge after a Muslim man
drove his car into a crowd there, killing four in what officials called
an act of terrorism. Ahmadis’ anti-extremism campaigns in the Western
world are wide-ranging:
True Islam clarifies that terrorism has no place in Islam, Muslims for Peace shows that the faith revolves around tolerance and justice, Stop the CrISIS and United Against Extremism work against youth radicalization, and Pathway to Peace identifies the requirements for moving toward a lasting world peace. 

An incredible honor to address the Ahmadiyya Muslim community today on behalf of @USCIRF, during their global gathering in the United Kingdom, over 35-thousand people.

For too long, & in too many places, Ahmadis have been severely persecuted for their faith.

We stand with you

Amjad Khan said his experience engaging with the Obama and Trump
administrations shows that it’s not always the case that progressives
enact policies that help Muslims. Under Obama, the role of the
international religious freedom ambassador remained vacant during
much of his administration, and Khan said there were long stretches
where the administration would ignore AMC’s efforts to engage.
While many leaders were skeptical
that Trump would prioritize Muslim religious freedom, Khan said, the
president appointed Sam Brownback to the empty ambassador position in a
matter of months, and Brownback’s office now holds weekly roundtables
with global stakeholders.
And last month, not only did Brownback speak at the AMC’s Jalsa in America, he invited representatives from AMC and a Pakistani Ahmadi victim of persecution – Farooq Kahlon,
who was shot five times the day after his son’s wedding by anti-Ahmadi
extremists in 2012 – to speak at the State Department’s first
International Religious Freedom Ministerial in Washington, D.C. 

Brownback’s first international trip
once in office was to a camp for persecuted Rohingya Muslims. And his
first public appearance was his speech at
an event
hosted in February by the Forum for Promoting Peace in Muslim
Societies, where interfaith leaders signed the Washington Declaration
that called for respect for U.S. Muslims and affirmed the rights of
religious minorities in Muslim-majority nations.

Regarding largely liberal critics who
accuse Moore and Brownback of only caring about religious freedom for
Christians, Amjad Khan said: “I always expect commissioners to naturally
be passionate about issues they’re personally connected to. That’s why
you need a diverse group to bring in their own experiences and
interests.”

As a USCIRF commissioner, Moore
promised Ahmadis that he had a “personal commitment to make sure that
you’re not forgotten, because I believe that the answer to the worst of
religion in our world is the best of the best of faith.” He pointed to a
recent RNS op-ed he co-wrote calling for international pressure to be placed on the Pakistani government to undo its blasphemy laws against Ahmadis.

That personal commitment is partly because of behind-the-scenes advocacy efforts from Ahmadi representatives.
“I would like to see (Vice President
Mike) Pence tweeting about Muslim prisoners of conscience instead of
only Christian ones,” Amjad Khan said. “But the principle I advocate is
that you must meet with anyone and everyone who will listen to you
advocate your cause. Our job is not to dictate the political winds.”

But that doesn’t mean cowing into
silence or praise when those people miss the mark, he said. “I’ve told
Sam Brownback that when it comes to Islam, he needs to educate himself
on this issue or that issue.”

And while many Muslim leaders
announced that they would refuse to attend Trump’s controversial White
House iftar dinner, held this summer during Ramadan, Ahmadi officials
say they would have gladly attended had they received an invitation.

“We would never boycott an event,”
Khan said. “It’s not in our DNA. It’s critical for us to have a seat at
the table and discuss our concerns.”

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 ‘Holocaust of Christians’ in the Middle East?
When Stupid Christians Are Misled & Deceived by Alleged “Peaceful” Muslims
 Johnnie Moore on his new book, ‘Defying ISIS’ 
NOTE: It’s Not Just Isis, But All of Islam;
What Better Way To Separate Jihad Terror From The Rest of Islam, But Through Attempting to Whitewash the Rest of Islam?

“Defying Isis” ???

Johnnie Moore shares his latest book “Defying ISIS: Preserving Christianity in the Place of Its Birth and in Your Own Backyard”.
To Get Your Copy:
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“WE LOVE GOD”: PRESIDENT TRUMP ADDRESSES NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST~VIDEO WITH TRANSCRIPT

“WE LOVE GOD”: PRESIDENT TRUMP ADDRESSES NATIONAL PRAYER BREAKFAST~
VIDEO WITH TRANSCRIPT
 ‘Our rights are not given to us by man; 
our rights come from our Creator.’
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President Trump delivered remarks at the 66th annual National Prayer Breakfast Thursday.

Read a transcript below:

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Charlie. (Applause.) Thank you
very much. And thank you, Randy, for that very kind introduction. I want
to thank you and Congressman Charlie Crist for serving as co-chairs
this year.
It’s an honor to be with so many faith leaders, members of Congress,
and dignitaries from all around the world as we continue this
extraordinary tradition. I’m very glad to be joined by many members of
my Cabinet. You’re doing a terrific job.

I want to extend our appreciation to the First Lady of Rwanda for
leading the opening prayer. Thank you. Thank you very much. (Applause.)

I also want to thank my two great friends, Mark Burnett and Roma
Downey. They’re some here. Where are they? They are two terrific people.
Stand up, Mark. You deserve it. Even though he comes from Hollywood.
(Applause.) Roma, thank you very much. Thank you for being here.

Major Scotty Smiley and Tiffany, we’re moved by your faith and
your courage, and inspired by your service and sacrifice. That was
really beautiful. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

And to my friend, and everybody’s friend, Steve Scalise, we are
so glad to have you with us today. Your presence reminds us of Jesus’s
words in the Book of Matthew: “With God all things are possible.” You
are fantastic. You really are, Steve. (Applause.) Fantastic man.

America is a nation of believers, and together we are
strengthened by the power of prayer. This morning, our hearts are full
of gratitude as we come together for the 66th annual National Prayer
Breakfast.

But our hearts are also saddened by the absence of the co-founder
of this wonderful breakfast who passed away last year, Doug Coe, who
everybody loved. (Applause.) For 60 years, Doug devoted his time and
passion to this Prayer Breakfast and to many other wonderful causes.
Today, we are blessed to be joined by Doug’s wife Jan, and two of their
sons, David and Tim. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much. Great
man.

I want to thank you for carrying on Doug’s legacy also, and
bringing our nation together in prayer. You are indeed carrying on his
great legacy.

Each year, this event reminds us that faith is central to
American life and to liberty. Our founders invoked our Creator four
times in the Declaration of Independence. Our currency declares, “In God
We Trust.” (Applause.) And we place our hands on our hearts as we
recite the Pledge of Allegiance and proclaim we are “One Nation Under
God.” (Applause.)

Our rights are not given to us by man; our rights come from our
Creator. (Applause.) No matter what, no Earthly force can take those
rights away. (Applause.) That is why the words “Praise be to God” are
etched atop the Washington Monument, and those same words are etched
into the hearts of our people.

So today, we praise God for how truly blessed we are to be
American. (Applause.) Across our land, we see the splendor of God’s
creation. Throughout our history, we see the story of God’s providence.
And in every city and town, we see the Lord’s grace all around us,
through a million acts of kindness, courage and generosity. We love God.

We see the Lord’s grace in the servicemembers who risk their
lives for our freedom. We see it in the teachers who work tirelessly for
their students, and the police who sacrifice for our communities — and
sacrifice they do. (Applause.)

And we see the Lord’s grace in the moms and dads who work two and
three jobs to give their children the chance for a better and much more
prosperous and happier life.

As the Bible tells us, for we are God’s handiwork, created in
Jesus Christ to do good works. America’s heroes rise to this calling. In
their selfless deeds, they reveal the beauty and goodness of the human
soul.

When catastrophic hurricanes struck, first responders and
everyday citizens dove into rushing waters to save stranded families
from danger. And they saved them by the thousands. Neighbors opened
their homes to those in need of food, clothes, shelter. Firefighters
braved blinding smoke and flames to rescue children from devastating
wildfires.

During the horrific shootings, strangers shielded strangers, and
police officers ran into a hail of bullets to save the lives of their
fellow Americans, right in Las Vegas. A terrible day, a terrible night.
But such bravery.

Families have adopted babies orphaned by the opioid epidemic and
given them loving homes. Communities and churches have reached out to
those struggling with addiction, and shown them the path to a clean
life, a good job, and a renewed sense of purpose.

And soldiers, sailors, Coast Guardsmen, airmen, and Marines have
spent long months away from home defending our great American flag.
(Applause.)

All we have to do is open our eyes and look around us, and we can
see God’s hand. In the courage of our fellow citizens, we see the power
of God’s love at work in our souls, and the power of God’s will to
answer all of our prayers.

When Americans are able to live by their convictions, to speak
openly of their faith, and to teach their children what is right, our
families thrive, our communities flourish, and our nation can achieve
anything at all. (Applause.)

Together, as Americans, we are a tireless force for justice and for peace. We have witnessed this truth over the past year.

For years, ISIS had brutally tortured and murdered Christians, Jews, religious minorities, and countless Muslims.

Today, the coalition to defeat ISIS has liberated almost 100
percent of the territory just recently held by these killers in Iraq and
all throughout Syria. (Applause.)

Much work will always remain, but we will never rest until that
job is completely done. And we are really doing it like never before.
(Applause.)

We know that millions of people in Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, North
Korea, and other countries suffer under repressive and brutal regimes.
America stands with all people suffering oppression and religious
persecution.

Last week, during the State of the Union, the world was inspired
by the story of a North Korean defector, Mr. Ji Seong-ho, who is now
back in South Korea.

Before his escape, when Seong-ho was being tortured by North
Korean officials, there was one thing that kept him from losing hope:
Over and over again, he recited the Lord’s prayer. He prayed for peace,
and he prayed for freedom. And now, as you know, Seong-ho is free and a
symbol of hope to millions of people all around the world. (Applause.)

Here with us today is another symbol of hope, a very brave
9-year-old girl named Sophia Marie Campa Peters. Sophia suffers from a
rare disease that has caused her to have many strokes. At one point, the
doctors told Sophia that she would not be able to walk.

Sophia replied, “If you’re only going to talk about what I can’t
do, then I don’t want to hear it — (laughter) — just let me try to
walk.” (Applause.)

She tried, and she succeeded. And one of her doctors even told
her mom — and theyre right here in the front row where they should be —
“This little girl has God on her side.” (Applause.) Thank you, Sophia.
Thank you, mom. Great mom.

I said, Do you love your mom? She said, I have a great mom. I love my mom. (Laughter.) Right?

Just two weeks ago, Sophia needed to have a very high-risk
surgery. She decided to ask the whole world to pray for her, and she
hoped to reach 10,000 people.

On January 24th, as Sophia went into surgery, she far surpassed
her goal. Millions and millions of people lifted Sophia up in their
prayers.

Today, we thank God that Sophia is with us, and she’s recovering, and shes walking very well. (Applause.)

And I have to say this, Sophia: You may only be 9 years old, but
you are already a hero to all of us in this room, and all over the
world. Thank you, Sophia. (Applause).

Heroes like Sophia come from all across our country and from
every different background. But they all share one thing in common:
Through their love, their courage, their sacrifice, we glimpse the grace
of almighty God.

So today, inspired by our fellow citizens, let us resolve to find
the best within ourselves. Let us pray for that extra measure of
strength and that extra measure of devotion. And let us seek to build a
more just and peaceful world, where every child can grow up without
violence, worship without fear, and reach their God-given potential.

As long as we are true to America’s founding and the example that
all of these great founders have set, we can all be heroes to
everybody, and they can be heroes to us.

As long as we open our eyes to God’s grace and open our hearts to
God’s love, then America will forever be the land of the free, the home
of the brave, and a light unto all nations. (Applause.)

Thank you for this incredible event and to our wonderful hosts.
And thank you to all of our heroes for serving, protecting, and
inspiring America each and every day.

God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

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SEE ALSO:

 Trump More Comfortable With His Faith 
at Prayer Breakfast 

EXCERPTS:
 And then he treaded where the previous president feared to go: Trump unabashedly used the name of Jesus Christ:

As the Bible tells us, we are God’s
handiwork, created in Jesus Christ to do good works.… All we have to do
is open our eyes and look around us, and we can see God’s hand. In the
courage of our fellow citizens, we see the power of God’s love and work
in our souls, and the power of God’s will to answer all of our prayers.

It was in his insertion into his speech of part of the Apostle Paul’s
letter to the church in Ephesus that raised most eyebrows and gave the
most comfort to those still questioning the depth of Trump’s faith in
Christ. The full quote is:


For it is by grace you have been saved,
through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God —
not by works, so that no one can boast.


For we [who have been saved through
faith] are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us [believers] to do.
 Somewhere along the line it seems that Trump may have discovered enough spiritual truth to embrace Jesus Christ as his savior.”
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THE DISCOURAGING PART: COMMON PRAYER WITH PAGANS, APOSTATES:
 Trump, Pence Have Worshiped With Muslim, Buddhist & Sikhs And Pence Tweets Support For Open Sodomite
 
republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research 
purposes:
 

[Editor’s Note: In addition to “worshiping God” with Muhammadans,
etc. Pence also recently tweeted his support for an open sodomite
Olympic athlete, as shown in the attached image. Please don’t make the
mistake of assuming that because leaders such as Trump or Pence oppose
certain ungodly elements of society that it means they themselves are
righteous or godly.]

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and Vice
President Mike Pence attended the traditional National Prayer Service at
the Washington National Cathedral on [January 20th 2017], which
featured representatives from various religions, including Islam,
Sikhism and Buddhism.

The gathering featured a variety of music and speakers, with prayers
in the name of Jesus and songs such as “How Great Thou Art” by Marlana
VanHoose and “We’ve Come This Far By Faith” by Liberty University Praise
interspersed with prayers and readings from a rabbi, an imam, a Hindu
priest and others.

The event was opened by Mariann Edgar Budde, the female bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.

“As we mark this moment of political transition, let us all draw
strength and courage from the sacred texts and songs … from the many
traditions of our land,” Budde declared.

A Navajo blessing was presented by Carlyle Begay, followed later by
Todd Christopherson of the Mormon Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who
read from the Book of Common Prayer, as was done during a prayer service
for George Washington in 1783.

“Fill them with the love and truth of righteousness, and make them
ever mindful of their calling to serve this people, in thy fear through
Jesus Christ our Lord who lives and reigns with Thee, one God, world
without end,” Christopherson recited.

Cantor Mikhail Manevich from Washington Hebrew Congregation recited
the Jewish Sh’ma Yisrael (Hear O Israel) and the Viyahafta (You Shall
Love).

Also in the first half of the service, Narayanachar Digalakota from
the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple in Lanham, Maryland presented an invocation
on behalf of the Hindu religion, speaking in Sanskrit.

Sajid Tarar, the founder of Muslims for Trump, who delivered an Islamic prayer at
the Republican National Convention in July, read from the Koran in
Arabic, and Imam Mohamed Magid, executive director of the All Dulles
Area Muslim Society, presented a reading as well.

“O mankind, indeed we have created you from male and female and made
you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most
noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you,” Magid
recited.

Later in the event, Greg Laurie of Harvest Christian Fellowship and
the Harvest Crusades presented a prayer asking that the Armed Forces
have divine protection, that diplomats would be “ambassadors of hope,”
and that local governments would have the “spirit of wisdom and love,
and justice and compassion.”

He was followed by Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church in
Plano, Texas, who implored God to protect and give courage to the
nation’s first responders and police officers “that they may serve You
and their neighbor.”

David Jeremiah of Shadow Mountain Community Church also provided a
reading from Romans, and Ronnie Floyd, former president of the Southern
Baptist Convention, read from Psalm 23.

The men were followed by Jesse Singh, founder of American Sikhs for
Trump, who offered a prayer first delivered by Guru Gobind Singh, who is
considered the 10th Sikh master.

The event concluded with a recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, led by Ramiro Pena of Christ the King Baptist Church in Waco, Texas.

Others who spoke at the service included Ian McIlraith of the
Buddhist organization Soka Gakkai International; Alveda King, the niece
of the late Martin Luther King Jr.; Geron Demetrios of the Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese of America; Donald Wuerl, Roman Catholic Archbishop
of Washington, D.C.; and Cissie Graham Lynch, the granddaughter of
Billy Graham.

As previously reported, services at the Washington National Cathedral
following inaugural ceremonies have been a long-held American
tradition, spanning more than 100 years. Barack Obama and Joe Biden likewise attended ceremonies at the cathedral featuring a number of world religions following the 2009 and 2013 inaugurations.

In 2013, the Episcopalian Cathedral announced that it would begin hosting same-sex ceremonies.

“PASTOR IN CHIEF” OBAMA CLOAKS HIMSELF IN A FRAUDULENT MIX OF CHRISTIANITY & INTERFAITH UNIVERSALISM AT PRAYER BREAKFAST: “I DRAW STRENGTH FROM ‘PEOPLE OF ALL FAITHS WHO DO LORD’S WORK EACH DAY'”

HYPOCRITE IN CHIEF PLAYS PASTOR & SERMONIZES IN FALSE HUMILITY

WHICH LORD? ALLAH OR CHRIST?

Obama at Prayer Breakfast: 

“I Draw Strength From ‘People of All Faiths 

Who Do Lord’s Work Each Day’”

BY HEATHER CLARK
SEE: http://christiannews.net/2016/02/05/obama-at-prayer-breakfast-i-draw-strength-from-people-of-all-faiths-who-do-lords-work-each-day/republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama appeared at the annual National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, speaking on the subject of fear from Scripture, but also relating the message to religions outside of Christianity, people who he said “do the Lord’s work each and every day.”
The president quoted from 2 Timothy 1:7, which reads, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, of love and of a sound mind,” and cited what he considers to be fearful developments in current times, from “tectonic shifts in technology and in our economy” to “disruptions to our climate” to terrorism and the refugee crisis.
“Fear can lead us to lash out against those who are different, or lead us to try to get some sinister ‘other’ under control,” Obama said. “Alternatively, fear can lead us to succumb to despair, or paralysis, or cynicism. Fear can feed our most selfish impulses, and erode the bonds of community.”

“Jesus is a good cure for fear,” he continued. “He gives us the courage to reach out to others across that divide, rather than push people away. He gives us the courage to go against the conventional wisdom and stand up for what’s right, even when it’s not popular. … Less of me, more of God.”
Obama said that he struggles with fear at times as president, and again cited Scripture.
“But my faith tells me that I need not fear death; that the acceptance of Christ promises everlasting life and the washing away of sins,” he stated. “If Scripture instructs me to ‘put on the full armor of God’ so that when trouble comes, I’m able to stand, then surely I can face down these temporal setbacks, surely I can battle back doubts, surely I can rouse myself to action.”
But he said that he also draws his strength from people of other religions in observing their good deeds in the world.
“[S]hould that faith waver, should I lose my way, I have drawn strength not only from a remarkable wife, not only from incredible colleagues and friends,” Obama stated, “but I have drawn strength from witnessing all across this country and all around this world, good people of all faiths who do the Lord’s work each and every day, who wield that power and love and sound mind to feed the hungry and heal the sick, to teach our children and welcome the stranger.”
He provided examples of the deeds he has seen committed by the world’s religions.
“When the Earth cleaves in Haiti, Christians, Sikhs, and other faith groups sent volunteers to distribute aid, tend to the wounded, rebuild homes for the homeless,” Obama said. “When Ebola ravaged West Africa, Jewish, Christian, Muslim groups responded to the outbreak to save lives.”
“When nine worshipers were murdered in a Charleston church basement, it was people of all faiths who came together to wrap a shattered community in love and understanding,” he continued. “When Syrian refugees seek the sanctuary of our shores, it’s the faithful from synagogues, mosques, temples, and churches who welcome them, the first to offer blankets and food and open their homes.”
Obama then contended that the duty of man is seek the common humanity with those different then themselves, or as he called it, “seeing God in others.”
“And we’re driven to do this because we’re driven by the value that so many of our faiths teach us [that] I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper,” he said. “As Christians, we do this compelled by the Gospel of Jesus—the command to love God, and love one another.”
“For this is what each of us is called on to do: To seek our common humanity in each other,” Obama continued. “To make sure our politics and our public discourse reflect that same spirit of love and sound mind. To assume the best in each other and not just the worst—and not just at the National Prayer Breakfast. To begin each of our works from the shared belief that all of us want what’s good and right for our country and our future.”
During his speech, Obama also told the story of a Christian man who helped save Jewish lives during the Holocaust and a Muslim man in the Chicago area who faced his fears following the San Bernardino attacks. Obama noted that he had just spoken at a Maryland mosque the day prior “to let our Muslim-American brothers and sisters know that they, too, are Americans and welcome here.”
“Now, those two stories, they give me courage and they give me hope. And they instruct me in my own Christian faith,” he said. “I can’t imagine a moment in which that young American sergeant expressed his Christianity more profoundly than when, confronted by his own death, he said ‘We are all Jews.’ I can’t imagine a clearer expression of Jesus’s teachings. I can’t imagine a better expression of the peaceful spirit of Islam than when a Muslim father, filled with fear, drew from the example of a Baptist preacher and a Jewish rabbi to teach his children what God demands.”
“I pray … that our differences ultimately are bridged; that the God that is in each of us comes together, and we don’t divide,” Obama stated.
The event was attended by members of Congress and other leaders in the Obama administration.

Proof Obama Is An Anti-Christian President!
BENDING OVER COMPLETELY BACKWARDS
FOR MUSLIMS

TRANSCRIPT

Obama Speaks at National Prayer Breakfast

“God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind,” the president said.

SEE: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-02-04/obama-2016-national-prayer-breakfast-transcriptrepublished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
President Barack Obama spoke at the 2016 National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington Hilton Thursday, reiterating respect for religious minorities and contemplating the idea of fear. Also in attendance were first lady Michelle Obama, House Speaker Paul Ryan, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Housing Secretary Julian Castro, Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and co-chairmen of the event Rep. Rob Aderholt, R-Ala., and Rep. Juan Vargas, D-Calif. Here is a transcript of the remarks by President Barack Obama at the 2016 National Prayer Breakfast, as provided by the White House.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. Thank you. (Applause.) You’re very kind. Thank you very much. Well, good morning.
AUDIENCE: Good morning.
THE PRESIDENT: Giving all praise and honor to God for bringing us together here this morning.
I want to thank everyone who helped organize this breakfast, especially our co-chairs, Robert and Juan, who embody the tradition of friendship, fellowship, and prayer. I will begin with a confession: I have always felt a tinge of guilt motorcading up here at the heart of D.C.’s rush hour. (Laughter.) I suspect that not all the commuters were blessing me as they waited to get to work. (Laughter.) But it’s for a good cause. A National Prayer Brunch doesn’t have the same ring to it. (Laughter.)
And Michelle and I are extremely honored, as always, to be with so many friends, with members of Congress, with faith leaders from across the country and around the world, to be with the Speaker, Leader. I want thank Mark and Roma for their friendship and their extraordinary story, and sharing those inspiring words. Andre, for sharing his remarkable gifts.
And on this occasion, I always enjoy reflecting on a piece of scripture that’s been meaningful to me or otherwise sustained me throughout the year. And lately, I’ve been thinking and praying on a verse from Second Timothy: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
We live in extraordinary times. Times of extraordinary change. We’re surrounded by tectonic shifts in technology and in our economy; by destructive conflict, disruptions to our climate. And it all reshapes the way we work and the way we live. It’s all amplified by a media that is unceasing, and that feeds 24/7 on our ever-shrinking attention spans.
And as a student of history, I often remind people that the challenges that we face are not unique; that in fact, the threats of previous eras — civil war or world war or cold war, depressions or famines — those challenges put our own in perspective. Moreover, I believe that our unique strengths as a nation make us better equipped than others to harness this change to work for us, rather than against us.
And yet, the sheer rapidity of change, and the uncertainty that it brings, is real. The hardship of a family trying to make ends meet. Refugees fleeing from a war-torn home. Those things are real. Terrorism, eroding shorelines — those things are real. Even the very progress that humanity has made, the affluence, the stability that so many of us enjoy, far greater prosperity than any previous generation of humanity has experienced, shines a brighter light on those who still struggle, reveal the gap in prospects that exist for the children of the world.
And that gap between want and plenty, it gives us vertigo. It can make us afraid, not only of the possibility that progress will stall, but that maybe we have more to lose. And fear does funny things. Fear can lead us to lash out against those who are different, or lead us to try to get some sinister “other” under control. Alternatively, fear can lead us to succumb to despair, or paralysis, or cynicism. Fear can feed our most selfish impulses, and erode the bonds of community.
It is a primal emotion — fear — one that we all experience. And it can be contagious, spreading through societies, and through nations. And if we let it consume us, the consequences of that fear can be worse than any outward threat.
For me, and I know for so many of you, faith is the great cure for fear. Jesus is a good cure for fear. God gives believers the power, the love, the sound mind required to conquer any fear. And what more important moment for that faith than right now? What better time than these changing, tumultuous times to have Jesus standing beside us, steadying our minds, cleansing our hearts, pointing us towards what matters. (Applause.)
His love gives us the power to resist fear’s temptations. He gives us the courage to reach out to others across that divide, rather than push people away. He gives us the courage to go against the conventional wisdom and stand up for what’s right, even when it’s not popular. To stand up not just to our enemies but, sometimes, to stand up to our friends. He gives us the fortitude to sacrifice ourselves for a larger cause. Or to make tough decisions knowing that we can only do our best. Less of me, more of God. And then, to have the courage to admit our failings and our sins while pledging to learn from our mistakes and to try to do better.
Certainly, during the course of this enormous privilege to have served as the President of the United States, that’s what faith has done for me. It helps me deal with the common, everyday fears that we all share. The main one I’m feeling right now is that our children grow up too fast. (Laughter.) They’re leaving. (Laughter.) That’s a tough deal. (Laughter.) And so, as a parent, you’re worrying about will some harm befall them, how are they going to manage without you, did you miss some central moment in their lives. Will they call? (Laughter.) Or text? (Laughter.) Each day, we’re fearful that God’s purpose becomes elusive, cloudy. We try to figure out how we fit into his broader plan. They’re universal fears that we have, and my faith helps me to manage those.
And then my faiths helps me to deal with some of the unique elements of my job. As one of the great departed heroes of our age, Nelson Mandela, once said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it… The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
And certainly, there are times where I’ve had to repeat that to myself while holding this office. When you hear from a parade of experts, just days after you’re elected, that another Great Depression is a very real possibility — that will get your attention. (Laughter.) When you tell a room full of young cadets that you’ve made a decision to send them into harm’s way, knowing that some of them might not return safely — that’s sobering. When you hold in your arms the mothers and fathers of innocent children gunned down in their classroom — that reminds you there’s evil in the world. And so you come to understand what President Lincoln meant when he said that he’d been driven to his knees by the overwhelming conviction that he had no place else to go.
And so like every President, like every leader, like every person, I’ve known fear. But my faith tells me that I need not fear death; that the acceptance of Christ promises everlasting life and the washing away of sins. (Applause.) If Scripture instructs me to “put on the full armor of God” so that when trouble comes, I’m able to stand, then surely I can face down these temporal setbacks, surely I can battle back doubts, surely I can rouse myself to action.
And should that faith waver, should I lose my way, I have drawn strength not only from a remarkable wife, not only from incredible colleagues and friends, but I have drawn strength from witnessing all across this country and all around this world, good people, of all faiths, who do the Lord’s work each and every day, Who wield that power and love, and sound mind to feed the hungry and heal the sick, to teach our children and welcome the stranger.
Think about the extraordinary work of the congregations and faith communities represented here today. Whether fighting global poverty or working to end the scourge of human trafficking, you are the leaders of what Pope Francis calls “this march of living hope.”
When the Earth cleaves in Haiti, Christians, Sikhs, and other faith groups sent volunteers to distribute aid, tend to the wounded, rebuild homes for the homeless.
When Ebola ravaged West Africa, Jewish, Christian, Muslim groups responded to the outbreak to save lives. And as the news fanned the flames of fear, churches and mosques responded with a powerful rebuke, welcoming survivors into their pews.
When nine worshippers were murdered in a Charleston church basement, it was people of all faiths who came together to wrap a shattered community in love and understanding.
When Syrian refugees seek the sanctuary of our shores, it’s the faithful from synagogues, mosques, temples, and churches who welcome them, the first to offer blankets and food and open their homes. Even now, people of different faiths and beliefs are coming together to help people suffering in Flint.
And then there’s the most — less spectacular, more quiet efforts of congregations all across this country just helping people. Seeing God in others. And we’re driven to do this because we’re driven by the value that so many of our faiths teach us -– I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper. As Christians, we do this compelled by the Gospel of Jesus — the command to love God, and love one another.
And so, yes, like every person, there are times where I’m fearful. But my faith and, more importantly, the faith that I’ve seen in so many of you, the God I see in you, that makes me inevitably hopeful about our future. I have seen so many who know that God has not given us a spirit of fear. He has given us power, and love, and a sound mind.
We see that spirit in people like Pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned for no crime other than holding God in his heart. And last year, we prayed that he might be freed. And this year, we give thanks that he is home safe. (Applause.)
We pray for God’s protection for all around the world who are not free to practice their faith, including Christians who are persecuted, or who have been driven from their ancient homelands by unspeakable violence. (Applause.) And just as we call on other countries to respect the rights of religious minorities, we, too, respect the right of every single American to practice their faith freely. (Applause.) For this is what each of us is called on to do: To seek our common humanity in each other. To make sure our politics and our public discourse reflect that same spirit of love and sound mind. To assume the best in each other and not just the worst — and not just at the National Prayer Breakfast. To begin each of our works from the shared belief that all of us want what’s good and right for our country and our future.
We can draw such strength from the quiet moments of heroism around us every single day. And so let me close with two such stories that I’ve come to know just over the past week.
A week ago, I spoke at a ceremony held at the Israeli Embassy for the first time, honoring the courage of people who saved Jews during the Holocaust. And one of the recipients was the grandson — or the son of an American soldier who had been captured by the Nazis. So a group of American soldiers are captured, and their captors ordered Jewish POWs to identify themselves. And one sergeant, a Christian named Roddie Edmonds, from Tennessee, ordered all American troops to report alongside them. They lined up in formation, approximately 200 of them, and the Nazi colonel said, “I asked only for the Jewish POWs,” and said, “These can’t all be Jewish.” And Master Sergeant Edmonds stood there and said, “We are all Jews.” And the colonel took out his pistol and held it to the Master Sergeant’s head and said, “Tell me who the Jews are.” And he repeated, “We are all Jews.” And faced with the choice of shooting all those soldiers, the Nazis relented. And so, through his moral clarity, through an act of faith, Sergeant Edmonds saved the lives of his Jewish brothers-in-arms. (Applause.)
A second story. Just yesterday, some of you may be aware I visited a mosque in Baltimore to let our Muslim-American brothers and sisters know that they, too, are Americans and welcome here. (Applause.) And there I met a Muslim-American named Rami Nashashibi, who runs a nonprofit working for social change in Chicago. And he forms coalitions with churches and Latino groups and African Americans in this poor neighborhood in Chicago. And he told me how the day after the tragedy in San Bernardino happened, he took his three young children to a playground in the Marquette Park neighborhood, and while they were out, the time came for one of the five daily prayers that are essential to the Muslim tradition. And on any other day, he told me, he would have immediately put his rug out on the grass right there and prayed.
But that day, he paused. He feared any unwelcome attention he might attract to himself and his children. And his seven year-old daughter asked him, “What are you doing, Dad? Isn’t it time to pray?” And he thought of all the times he had told her the story of the day that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rabbi Robert Marx, and 700 other people marched to that very same park, enduring hatred and bigotry, dodging rocks and bottles, and hateful words, in order to challenge Chicago housing segregation, and to ask America to live up to our highest ideals.
And so, at that moment, drawing from the courage of men of different religions, of a different time, Rami refused to teach his children to be afraid. Instead, he taught them to be a part of that legacy of faith and good conscience. “I want them to understand that sometimes faith will be tested,” he told me, “and that we will be asked to show immense courage, like others have before us, to make our city, our country, and our world a better reflection of all our ideals.” And he put down his rug and he prayed. (Applause.)
Now, those two stories, they give me courage and they give me hope. And they instruct me in my own Christian faith. I can’t imagine a moment in which that young American sergeant expressed his Christianity more profoundly than when, confronted by his own death, he said “We are all Jews.” (Applause.) I can’t imagine a clearer expression of Jesus’s teachings. I can’t imagine a better expression of the peaceful spirit of Islam than when a Muslim father, filled with fear, drew from the example of a Baptist preacher and a Jewish rabbi to teach his children what God demands. (Applause.)
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. I pray that by His grace, we all find the courage to set such examples in our own lives — not just during this wonderful gathering and fellowship, not just in the public piety that we profess, but in those smaller moments when it’s difficult, when we’re challenged, when we’re angry, when we’re confronted with someone who doesn’t agree with us, when no one is watching. I pray, as Roma* so beautifully said, that our differences ultimately are bridged; that the God that is in each of us comes together, and we don’t divide.
I pray that our leaders will always act with humility and generosity. I pray that my failings are forgiven. I pray that we will uphold our obligation to be good stewards of God’s creation — this beautiful planet. I pray that we will see every single child as our own, each worthy of our love and of our compassion. And I pray we answer Scripture’s call to lift up the vulnerable, and to stand up for justice, and ensure that every human being lives in dignity.
That’s my prayer for this breakfast, and for this country, in the years to come.
May God bless you, and may He continue to bless this country that we love. (Applause.)
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IN ATTENDANCE: Television producers Mark Burnett (L) and his wife Roma Downey (R) deliver remarks at the National Prayer Breakfas in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2016.
                     
SEE OUR PREVIOUS POSTS ABOUT THESE TWO APOSTATES ABOVE, WHO LOVE CATHOLICISM.

FRANKLIN GRAHAM LETS CATHOLIC BISHOP DELIVER ECUMENICAL OPENING PRAYER TO YOUTH AT CRUSADE IN PITTSBURGH

PROMO VIDEO FILLED WITH ROCK MUSICIANS:
INCLUDING MICHAEL W. SMITH:
AND: 
MICHAEL W. SMITH performed at the Catholic-sponsored World Youth Day in Denver, Colorado, in 1993. Smith and guitarist-songwriter BILLY SPRAGUE performed with Catholic Kathy Troccoli at a concert in November 1985 in Tampa, Florida. The concert was sponsored by Youth for Christ and the First Assembly of God of Clearwater, Florida (St. Petersburg Times, Florida, Religious Section, Nov. 9, 1985, p. 3). Smith also wrote the foreword to Brennan Manning’s The Ragamuffin Gospel, which is published by Multnomah Press. Manning is a Roman Catholic who attends mass daily.
In 1997, Smith joined the Roman Catholic Kathy Troccoli and 40 other CCM artists to record Love One Another, a song that talks about tearing down the walls of denominational division. Smith testifies that he has had many charismatic experiences, though he doesn’t like the label “charismatic” because of “negative baggage associated with the term.” At a Full Gospel Business Men’s meeting he was “slain in the spirit” for 15 minutes and “laughed all the way home” (Charisma, April 2000, p. 55). Another time he felt “a bolt of electricity go through my body from the top of my head to my toes–wham!” He also started laughing uncontrollably–“rolling on the floor,” “hyperventilating”–on that occasion. Inside Magazine interviewed Smith in 1991 and noted that his music is influenced by Alan Parsons. The interviewer said: “There’s also the influence of such groups as Alan Parsons in your music” (Inside Music, January/February 1991, p. 23). Smith’s quick reply was “DEFINITELY!” Parsons is one of the most occultic rock musicians. One of his songs is openly titled Lucifer
ECUMENICAL OPENING PRAYER GIVEN BY CATHOLIC 
BISHOP OF PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA,
DAVID ZUBIK
VIDEO OF THE ECUMENICAL PRAYER:
BLARING ROCK MUSIC IS TYPICAL OF GRAHAM’S “WORSHIP” FESTIVALS:

THE GRAHAM INVITATION TO RECEIVE “CHRIST” PRECEDED BY ROCK MUSIC:

Evangelical Church Takes Another Big Step Toward Rome—This Time?: 
Franklin Graham
AND: 
As Lighthouse Trails has been reporting on over the past number of months, evangelical church leaders are coming out of the woodwork like never before in showing their willingness to unite with and give credibility to the Catholic Church.
In March of this year, we posted Roger Oakland’s report on charismatic leader Kenneth Copeland’s open embracing of the Roman Catholic church (see “The Unification of Hyper-Charismatics and the Catholic Church”). In that article, Oakland stated:

How close we are to the unification of Rome with “Charismatic evangelicals” and eventually all religions. This is something that Understand The Times has been predicting for some years as the present Pope Francis and the last two Popes, Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul, have been active in promoting the New Evangelization.
The purpose of the New Evangelization is to promote the Roman Catholic gospel by reaching out to all religions as well as the separated brethren and introducing them to the Eucharistic Christ.

 Oakland’s report includes a video clip of Kenneth Copeland and Tony Palmer (an evangelical “evangelist” for the Catholic Church who was recently killed in a motorcycle accident). This video is worth watching and will help show how far the evangelical church has gone on the road to Rome. In the video, Palmer who was speaking at Copeland’s church told the congregation that he was coming in “the spirit of Elijah” similar to that of John the Baptist. As you watch this video, you will see that the “spirit” in which Palmer was coming was what he called “reconciliation” (meaning Protestants reconciling with the “Mother” church). Incidentally, Catholic priest Henri Nouwen put much emphasis on this type of “reconciliation,” and as Ray Yungen showed in A Time of Departing,Nouwen used the means of contemplative mysticism to remove the walls between biblical Christianity and Roman Catholicism.

Also in March, we posted a short piece titled “A Picture Says a Thousand Words,” which showed a banner from Ambrose University that stated “Catholics and Evangelicals in God’s Mission Together” (just one of many examples where Christian colleges are showing an affinity with Roman Catholicism.
Back in February of this year, we posted “A Word of Caution: Ecumenical-Backed Movie, “Son of God,” May Send Subtle New Age/Roman Catholic Messages.”  We issued this warning about the Son of God movie because of the New Age/Roman Catholic influence that the producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey would have on the making of the film. In fact, Downey stated clearly that her intention in making the movie was to “bring people together.”1We know that means to break down the barriers between Christianity and Catholicism. And yet, many popular evangelical leaders gave raving endorsements of the film (e.g., Max Lucado, Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Erwin McManus, Pat Robertson, Luis Palau, and others).
Photo: Took place at Moody Bible Institute

Last December, Moody Bible Institute showed its favor toward Rome, which you can read about in our article “Embracing Contemplative Shows Ill Effects at Moody Bible Institute in Ecumenical “Road to Rome” Event.” This photo to the left shows some of those who were involved with the event. While it was a student-led event, a professor from Moody helped to moderate it (interesting because he is a convert from Catholicism to Protestantism).
Then in May of this year, we posted Roger Oakland’s 5-part series on Rick Warren’s interview on a Catholic television network where Warren admitted: he is influenced by Catholic mystics, calls Pope Francis “our Pope,” and tells how he and his wife Kay turn to Catholic ceremonies for comfort and encouragement.
Most recently, in August of this year, we posted “Is Beth Moore’s “Spiritual Awakening” Taking the Evangelical Church Toward Rome?” making a number of different points to show that Beth Moore is showing more and more signs of heading toward Rome including a video where she illustrates on stage that she considers Roman Catholicism on par with Protestant Christianity. That article also showed James Robison’s strong propensity toward Roman Catholicism.
FRANKLIN GRAHAM

Now, Lighthouse Trails has learned that at the August 15-17 2014  gathering called “Three Rivers Festival of Hope” in Pittsburgh, PA, Franklin Graham (who led and organized the event) brought in Catholic Bishop David Zubik to give the opening prayer on stage with the large audience. During the bishop’s prayer, he acknowledged his belief that Protestants and Catholics are all part of the same church. While Graham’s public stand against homosexual marriage and his work to help the poor and needy is commendable, his giving a thumbs up to Roman Catholicism is moving the church closer and closer to complete apostasy. While we know that Graham’s father, Billy Graham, allowed Catholic counselors at his own crusade meetings (which sadly set a precedent), it’s a big jump to give a Catholic priest the platform at an evangelical event to lead in an ecumenical prayer that puts Catholicism on par with Protestant Christianity.

In a newspaper article advertising the Franklin Graham event, it states:
Photo: Catholic Bishop David Zubik
Bishop David Zubik said the festival dovetails with calls by recent popes to a “new evangelization,” bringing back cradle Catholics who drifted or became estranged from the faith.
“We felt as long as there was a Catholic component to this particular crusade, we wanted to be a part of it,” Bishop Zubik said.
Those who respond to Rev. Graham’s invitation to make a decision for Christ, and who identify as Catholic, will be given the opportunity to go to Epiphany Church — adjacent to the Consol Energy Center — for the sacrament of reconciliation, or confession.
“We’re right next door,” Bishop Zubik said.
Bishop Zubik said Catholics don’t share all of Rev. Graham’s controversial political statements but added: “That’s not what this is all about. The whole point is to bring people back to Jesus.” (source)
The question we have at Lighthouse Trails is, which Jesus is Franklin Graham sending these people to when he sends them to the Catholic Church for the sacrament? We believe the answer to that is “another” Jesus as the Bible warns will happen (2 Corinthians 11:4).
According to one article, nearly 26,000 people showed up to the Graham revival meeting with around 1700 coming forth to commit or recommit their lives to Jesus.
In an article written by Bishop Zubik titled “The Church Evangelizing!,” Zubik expresses his support for the papacy’s “New Evangelization” program that Roger Oakland has warned about in his books Another Jesus: the new evangelization and the eucharist christ and Faith Undone. In the article by Zubik, he states: “As Catholics, we invite others ‘to come to Jesus’ not only at events in stadiums, but to come to Him in the sacraments, most especially the Eucharist” (p. 8). Ironically, the Catholic Church as a whole holds the official position of “closed communion,” which means that only converts to Catholicism can legitimately partake in the sacrament of the Eucharist. Many evangelicals do not understand what the Catholic church teaches about the “sacraments” and the “Eucharist.” They do not realize that the Catholic belief is that Jesus Christ is actually in the wafer and his blood in the wine, and this “transubstantiation” takes place only when a Catholic priest prays over the bread and the wine. This continual re-crucifying of Christ is the benchmark of Catholic Church doctrine to the point of martyring those who would not accept that Jesus Christ was in a wafer (see Foxe’s story about a woman who was burned at the stake for refusing to accept the Catholic belief on the Eucharist.)
This woman, Mrs. Prest, gave up her life because she understood that the Catholic “Gospel” is a religion of works based on participation in the Eucharist and the other sacraments. According to Catholic doctrine, salvation is never certain because it is based on earning something that was meant to be free as opposed to the clear statement of the Bible that we can have full assurance of salvation in that it is based on grace through faith alone in the perfect, one-time sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross. The Christian Gospel cannot be reconciled with the Sacrament of the Eucharist, but many are deceived into thinking they are one and the same thing merely because they are both focused on the Cross. But a gift that is earned is no longer a gift; in short, the free gift of salvation has been rendered useless by turning it back into a system of works. If you have not read Roger Oakland’s article and booklet The New Evangelization From Rome: Finding the True Jesus Christ, we urge you to do so as it lays out the Bible Gospel versus the Catholic “Gospel.”
Photo: The man with the Mary statue at the Franklin Graham crusade
Another aspect of the Catholic “Gospel” that shouldn’t be ignored can be seen on an interesting video (see video) on YouTube of a man who is being interviewed who tried to go into the Franklin Graham meeting but was denied access because he was carrying a statue of Mary, and security guards would not allow him to bring the statue in. What is worth noting is that this Catholic man states that the way to truly know God or Jesus is through Mary and that she will actually even usher in world peace and the second coming of Christ.
Frankly, what is the point of keeping a statue of Mary out of the Graham crusade but allowing a Catholic bishop to give the opening prayer? Perhaps Franklin Graham does not realize that embracing Catholicism cannot be a smorgasbord where you pick and choose which elements you want. Catholicism has a whole plethora of anathemas for those who differ on various unscriptural doctrinal points.
Lest you think that the Catholic Church’s “New Evangelization” program is only trying to reach “backslidden” Catholics, we need to ask the question, Who is the Catholic Church’s “New Evangelization” program trying to reach? The answer: Everyone! As Bishop Zubik states in his article: “Pope Francis has made it clear that our witness [for the Catholic Church] must be to and for everyone—to each other as fellow Catholics, active or not, as well as to other Christians, to non-Christians and to nonbelievers.”
CONCLUSION
While we believe that at least part of the motivation for these evangelical leaders to join forces with the Catholic church is politically and morally motivated to “help bring America back to God,” we believe this unifying for the sake of political and moral issues is going to backfire on the evangelical church as the Catholic papacy and leadership (including the Jesuits) are using these issues to “bring back the lost brethren to the Mother Church.” And the question that must be asked is, if this united ecumenical body of evangelicals and Catholics is successful in bringing in a new White House administration that holds to traditional moral values, will the compromise of Christian faith by evangelicals be able to be reversed and separation of the two different belief systems be restored? Not likely considering the level of spiritual deception the evangelical church is at today. In essence, a paradigm shift has already taken place. And what will happen if the ecumenical evangelical/Catholic effort is unsuccessful in bringing in a morally conservative White House administration in the next election in 2016? We can be sure that the now-very-blurred lines that have in the past distinguished evangelical Christianity from other belief systems will erode all together because unrepentant compromise never produces good fruit but only leads to further compromise. Rather, the foothold that Satan presently has will throw the door wide open for the making of a totally corrupt and apostate church.
For those evangelical/Protestants who believe we have much in common with the Catholic Church and can unify with it, consider these statements, which Warren B. Smith cited in his book “Another Jesus” Calling. They are taken from the 1994 Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is the official source for all Roman Catholic doctrine today. After reading these quotes, can any Bible-believing Christian say they share the same faith as Roman Catholicism?:

“Let us rejoice then and give thanks that we have become not only Christians, but Christ himself. Do you understand and grasp, brethren, God’s grace toward us? Marvel and rejoice: we have become Christ.” (#795)
“For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.” (#460)
“The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods.” (#460)

Finally, what is it that we as Christians should hope for? For those who hope to see the church at large turn around from the apostasy that is upon her, there will be great disappointment. The Bible indicates such a falling away is going to happen. Our purpose should not be to hope that all of this will turn around but rather that those who have ears to hear and eyes to see will comprehend the times in which we live and remain steadfast in the faith and to the truth of the Gospel, which God has committed to us.
For biblical believers in Jesus Christ who see this taking place and refuse to become part of this apostasy, they will find themselves on the outside looking in, but when that day comes (and it’s not far off), it will be the safest place to be.

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.(1 Corinthians 15:58)

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 CATHOLIC BISHOP OPENS PRAYER FOR FRANKLIN GRAHAM EVENT

(Friday Church News Notes, August 29, 2014, www.wayoflife.org[email protected], 866-295-4143) – A Roman Catholic bishop gave the opening prayer for Franklin Graham’s Festival of Hope in Pittsburg, August 15-17. Bishop David Zubik rejoiced in the ecumenical spirit represented by the event (“Festival of Hope attendees enjoy final day of worship, music, Graham,” Pittsburg Tribune Review, Aug. 17, 2014). He prayed, “Lord, how good it is for us to be here: Orthodox, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Pentecostal, Catholic, and many more. Despite our differences, what draws us here is your Son Jesus Christ.” There is nothing new here. Though Franklin Graham is more outspoken on some matters than his father, Billy, he is totally on board with the ecumenical agenda. In 1999, Franklin said that his father’s ecumenical alliance with the Catholic Church and all other denominations “was one of the smartest things his father ever did” (“Keeping it simple, safe keeps Graham on high,” The Indianapolis Star, Thurs., June 3, 1999, p. H2). Billy Graham’s association with Rome goes back to the early days of his ministry before he came to prominence. We have documented this in the free eBook Billy Graham’s Sad Disobedience atwww.wayoflife.org. See also the report “Franklin Graham’s Radical Ecumenism.” 
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CATHOLICS ARE SO GLAD FRANKLIN GRAHAM DOESN’T “PROSELYTIZE” 
FOR THE REAL GOSPEL OF THE BIBLE:

Republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes:
FROM THE DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH: 

http://diopitt.org/pittsburgh-catholic/catholics-prepared-hope

ANN RODGERS
General Manager
 Dave Dames was a bored-at-Mass 16-year-old when a Protestant friend invited him to hear the Rev. Billy Graham preach at Pitt Stadium in 1968.
 Rather than leading him out of the Catholic Church, “it planted a seed to take my faith much more seriously,” said Dames, a member of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Perrysville. 
 Hoping that others will have the same experience, he and his wife, Judy, were among hundreds of Catholic volunteers who were trained to assist those who will commit their lives to Jesus when Graham’s son preaches next month in Pittsburgh.
 The Diocese of Pittsburgh is cooperating with the Three Rivers Festival of Hope at the Consol Energy Center, where Franklin Graham will invite listeners into a new or deeper Christian life.  The free event includes performances by musicians ranging from rapper Lecrae to worship artist Michael W. Smith to country star Charlie Daniels. It will begin at 7 p.m. Aug. 15-16, and at 4 p.m. Aug. 17, with doors opening 90 minutes early. Details are at www.threerivershope.org.
 The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association doesn’t steer converts into or out of any particular Christian tradition, but reconnects them with one to which they have a tie. Those who identify themselves as Catholic will be referred to a Catholic parish for follow-up.
 A special feature of the Pittsburgh festival will be the Catholic welcome center next door at Epiphany Church, where Catholics who wish to renew their faith can receive immediate support and an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation.
 “Catholics who step forward at the festival wishing to renew their relationship with Jesus will have almost instant access to him in the sacrament of his mercy and love,” said Helene Paharik, associate general secretary of the diocese and a member of the festival executive committee. “If Catholics bring friends to the festival, we want them to know that they can bring them immediately afterward to Epiphany to celebrate their reconciliation with our precious Lord.”
 Steve Geitgey, an adult faith formation teacher from St. Winifred Parish in Mount Lebanon, will be among the volunteers inside Epiphany. A convert to Catholicism, he led supplemental training classes for Catholics who had completed the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association’s Christian Life and Witness course.
 The Catholic training emphasized that conversion isn’t a momentary experience, and that God gave the church sacraments to strengthen and renew the followers of Jesus.
 “This is a conversion of life. We want to accompany people on that journey,” Geitgey said.
 While ministry is under way at Epiphany, Christine Raizin, a member of Holy Child Parish in Bridgeville and president of the Pittsburgh Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, will be in an office at Consol recording commitment cards.
 Many of her relatives have left the Catholic Church for non-denominational congregations, so she was thrilled to learn that Catholics who come forward at the festival will receive the encouragement, support and sacraments they need from the Catholic Church.
 “We are a very Spirit-filled church,” she said. “People think that if you’re a Catholic you don’t read the Bible or you don’t understand that Jesus is Lord. But we do. It isn’t the pope who directs everything, it’s the Holy Spirit. Once you understand what the Eucharist is, why would you not want to be Catholic?”
 Twelve pastors have volunteered their parishes as centers of welcome and support for those who return to the practice of their faith after the festival.
 Pastoral associates, including Franciscan Sister Annie Bremmer at SS. John and Paul Parish in Franklin Park/Marshall Township, Mary Jordan at St. Richard Parish in Richland Township and Tess Keddie at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Carnegie “are working closely with parishioners to finalize their plans to integrate these new friends into their parish communities. It is being done in the spirit of Bishop Zubik’s pastoral letter (“The Church Evangelizing!”), and his call to be a friend, be a friend of Jesus, make friends for Jesus,” Paharik said.
 Ten parishioners from St. Damien of Molokai Parish in Monongahela received training to counsel new converts when they come forward at the festival. New or returning Catholics who are referred to St. Damien will receive one-on-one mentoring. 
 St. Damien parishioners “have always had an interest in reaching out to the unchurched or to those who have fallen away,” said Father William Terza, pastor. “We are always open to welcoming people back to the faith and to pursue their relationship with God.”

Bring a friend to the Three Rivers Festival of Hope

By: HELENE PAHARIK
One of the memories Bishop David Zubik shared with us in his pastoral letter, “The Church Evangelizing!” was from his childhood, watching TV as the Rev. Billy Graham preached to stadiums full of people. Bishop Zubik recalled when the choir sang “Just as I Am” and thousands streamed to the field to commit their lives to Jesus, he felt joy but also a little bit guilty. He wondered, was it wrong for him, a Catholic, to be glad that people were responding to a call from a Protestant evangelist? (“The Church Evangelizing!,” 19)  Catholics do rejoice whenever people turn to Jesus. As Catholics, we invite others to encounter Jesus in Scripture, the sacraments and in service to their neighbor.
 We can witness that first-hand Aug. 17 at 4 p.m., when Bishop Zubik will offer the opening prayer as Rev. Graham’s son, Franklin Graham, continues his father’s ministry at the Three Rivers Festival of Hope in the Consol Energy Center.
 Members of the diocesan staff, along with hundreds of Catholic volunteers, have worked for months alongside Christians from many denominations to plan for this event. The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is wonderful about ensuring that anyone who responds to the message will be directed back to the Christian community to which they may already belong. When someone goes forward and says they are Catholic, they will be put in touch with a Catholic parish, one that is prepared and waiting to receive them.
 The Consol arena was providentially built beside Epiphany Church. Each night after the festival, Epiphany will host a welcome center for Catholics. Fellowship will be offered in the parish hall. The church will be open for private prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, and priests will be available to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation.
 The events in Consol Energy Center are the culmination of a larger evangelization process. For months beforehand the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association trained thousands of local Christians to talk to their friends about Jesus and invite them to the festival.
 Again, one can see God’s providential timing. The Graham organization’s message about bringing friends to meet Jesus echoes the theme of Bishop Zubik’s fourth pastoral letter, “The Church Evangelizing!” That theme is: Be a friend. Be a friend of Jesus. Make friends for Jesus. This is an opportunity for all of us Catholics to put that lesson into practice.
 The Festival of Hope is an easy invite. It’s free and features great music. On the evening that Bishop Zubik will be there, Sunday, Aug. 17, starting at 4 p.m., the performers include Michael W. Smith and The Charlie Daniels Band. I have to confess that I haven’t heard of some of the other performers, but folks tell me that they’re very popular with teens and young adults. Ask your (grand) children about a Christian rapper named Lecrae, who’s set to appear Saturday at 7 p.m.
 Check the whole schedule at www.ThreeRiversHope.org. You can find music that your friends like, that your children like, that you like. Then ask them to come with you to the event. This could be an easy first step in fostering their friendship with Jesus. Afterward, bring them next door to Epiphany Church.
 Bishop Zubik wants to make sure that when someone desires to strengthen their relationship with Jesus in the arena, it’s not just a flash in the pan. His heartfelt prayer is that you, your family and friends will rediscover the spiritual resources of the church in a fresh, new way. 
 Jesus gave us the sacraments to bring us to him and keep us close. We want to make sure that Catholics who begin a renewed journey of faith have the grace of those sacraments. We want them to ask questions about what they’ve just experienced and how that fits into what they learned about the church earlier in their lives. We want to help them resolve personal or family issues that may have estranged them from the church. Epiphany Church will be a place to begin those conversations, which can continue and deepen in parishes that have been prepared to receive people from the Festival of Hope.
 Be a friend. Be a friend of Jesus. Make friends for Jesus. Bring a friend to the Festival of Hope. Then share that experience with us at Epiphany Church. See you there!
Paharik is a diocesan assistant general secretary and director of the Department for Human Life and Dignity.
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Pope: “Don’t Proselytize to be Happy”
by Mike Gendron of Proclaiming the Gospel http://proclaimingthegospel.org/:

In an interview published by the Argentine Weekly “Viva”, the pope listed his Top 10 Secrets for Happiness. One of them was quite shocking in view of the Great Commission given to the church by our Lord Jesus Christ. Pope Francis disagrees with the true Head of the Church in saying that we should not proselytize. He said we should respect others’ beliefs because “the worst thing of all is religious proselytism, which paralyzes.” The word “proselytize” means to try to convert somebody to a religious faith. The pope said “the church grows by attraction, not proselytizing.”

Mike’s Comment: The pope’s church does indeed grow by attraction to its “smells and bells.” Catholicism has always appealed to the flesh with its pagan rituals, including the solemn worship of the Eucharist, the flowing priestly robes, the flicker of the candles, the smell of incense, the pomp and pageantry of idol worship, and sacrifices for the dead. The influence of the secular media also encourages the world to love the “humble” man in white who declares himself to be the “Vicar of Christ” and “Holy Father.” It is no wonder the Lord Jesus declared, “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you” (Luke 6:26). Why wouldn’t the world love this pope? He says atheists and homosexuals can follow their conscience into heaven. It is no wonder the pope says “the worst thing of all is religious proselytism.” He thinks everyone who has a conscience will make it through the pearly gates. 

The Lord’s church does not even resemble the pope’s church. God’s Church is the body and bride of Christ. It is His purchased possession. It is the Church of the first-born, whose names are written in heaven (Heb. 12:23). This is the Church to which the Lord Jesus promises “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”(Matt. 16:18). Every member of the Lord’s church has been evangelized with the glorious Gospel of grace. After they heard the word of truth and believed in the Lord Jesus, they were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of their inheritance to the praise of His glory (Eph. 1:13-14). Every member has been born again as a new creation in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). This is the only Church of which no one member can perish; they are safe in the hands of God for all eternity. The calling of God the Father, along with the continual intercession of God the Son, coupled with the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, protect all who have been divinely chosen. They joyfully proclaim the voice of the Good Shepherd so His lost sheep will hear and follow Him (John 10). They are not citizens of this world because they are only passing through on their way to heaven. This church will be presented without spot or blemish before the Father’s throne. To God be all glory, praise and honor!

“NOAH” & “SON OF GOD” MOVIES ARE LYING PERVERSIONS OF GOD’S WORD

We Thought You Should Know.
The Son of God and Noah movies are
lying perversions of the word of God.

“Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” Proverbs 30:6
Tonight, there are two films playing in this theater which both grossly pervert the Bible, the word of God. Some of us from Pilgrims Covenant Church are here tonight to warn you that the Noah movie and the Son of God movie are filled with inaccuracies; misrepresentations; and irreverent, blasphemous scenes and statements. It would take pages to document the truth of what I have just stated concerning these two movies. In this short space, I can only scratch the surface.
The Noah Movie, a Wicked Distortion
“. . . Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. . . . Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (from Genesis 6:8-9) “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly . . .” (2 Peter 2:5)
In the Noah movie, the historical facts recorded and preserved by the Spirit of God in the Scriptures are distorted in a wicked and vile way. God’s character, words, and actions, as well as His purpose for the Flood, are blasphemously slandered and misrepresented. The character of Noah is likewise nothing like the true Noah, who was a godly, good, and righteous man, not the dark, murderous Noah of the movie who even attempts to kill members in his own family and enlists demons to help him build the ark! The lies presented as truth in the movie Noah are numerous and outrageous, not to mention wicked and completely against the truth of the word of God. To name just one more of many such lies, this movie portrays Methuselah, Noah’s grandfather, as a witch doctor who in the movie provides spiritual guidance for Noah! No wonder the foul-mouthed, anything-but-Christian director of Noah, Darren Aronofsky, told Movie News that “Noah is the least biblical biblical film ever made.” To learn the truth about Noah, the Flood, and God’s righteous reason for it, at least read Genesis chapter 6.
The Son of God Movie, a Blasphemous Mocking of the Word of God
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:13
The Son of God movie is likewise a conglomeration of lies and distortions from beginning to end. Before I provide just a few of many facts to substantiate that assessment, I need to stress that this movie is unbiblical and even idolatrous for visually portraying the Son of God, Christ Jesus, who is both God and man, one person with two natures inseparably joined, though not co-mingled, acting in unison. Christ Jesus is God “manifest in the flesh” (1 Timothy 3:16) who came to this earth for a reason not at all clearly shown in the film: that is to act in the place of helpless, condemned sinners; obeying perfectly the law of God in their stead; taking their sins upon Himself on the cross and offering up His life of infinite worth to save from eternal wrath and condemnation in hell those who will repent and believe on Him as Savior, on His person, His blood, and His righteousness. Please read the booklet From Death unto Life for a thorough explanation of the way of salvation through faith in Christ. My purpose here is to briefly warn you about the Son of God movie. As I mentioned, this movie is idolatrous because it visually depicts the Son of God. See, for instance, Exodus 20:4-5 and Deuteronomy 4:15-18.
The Son of God movie misrepresents the purpose, twists the words, and slanders the character of Christ Jesus, which is blasphemy. This movie is filled with error from start to finish. Please bear with me as I mention just a few of such grievous errors. In the opening scene of the Son of God movie, “Jesus” wades out to a boat; and Peter pulls him in, at which point Jesus then says to Peter, “Just give me an hour and I will give you a whole new life,” to which Peter replies, “Who says I want one?” Then Jesus says, “I’m giving you the chance to change your life.” “What are we going to do?” asks Peter. To which Jesus answers, “Change the world.” This is all a figment of the movie producer’s imagination. In the biblical account of Jesus calling Peter and his brother Andrew as disciples, Jesus is walking by the sea and tells the two, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him” (Matthew 4:19-20). Jesus spoke figuratively in the incident, indicating He would make Peter and Andrew spiritual “fishers of men”:  that is by their preaching of the gospel.
The calling of Mathew by Jesus as His disciple is in this movie likewise a perversion, a literal mangling of the word of God. Read the truth in Matthew 9:9-13. The portrayal of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead in Son of God is an outrageous lie from start to finish. In the movie, the Jesus character goes into the tomb and raises Lazarus by kissing him on the head, whereupon Lazarus blinks a few times and hugs his sister Martha. After that, the three of them walk out of the tomb to a cheering crowd. This is one blatant lie from start to finish. Read the true story in John 11:1-45.

The Son of God account of the Last Supper of Jesus with His disciples, in the night He was betrayed and before the day He was crucified, is a blasphemous, misleading fabrication. In the movie, during the Passover supper and inauguration of the Lord’s Supper with His disciples, a carefree Jesus suddenly has a vision of Judas betraying Him, after which He talks Judas into doing so. This is all breathtakingly false. By the way, at that supper in the movie, it is Peter who breaks the bread and declares, “This is my body which is broken for you.” But, the word of God plainly records that it was Jesus who did and said this (Matthew 26:20-30). And while Peter is busily saying and doing in the movie what in reality Jesus did and said, the movie Jesus stands behind Peter and says, as the true Jesus did, “I am the way, the truth, and the life”; but the movie Jesus leaves out this crucial gospel truth: “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

These are just a few of many outrageous lies presented in the idolatrous, blasphemous movie Son of God. To even briefly mention all of the ungodly, grievous misrepresentations and outright lies contained in the Son of God movie would take pages to document. The account of the woman caught in adultery, the feeding of the 5,000, the crucifixion of Jesus, and quite frankly, virtually every scene of Son of God contains horrible and misleading errors—bluntly put, lies. This movie is one long, blasphemous mocking of the word of God, the Bible, and the true Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ. Such a movie may result in financial profit for those who produce it; but Matthew 16:26 warns, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” and Galatians 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Ralph Ovadal, pastor of Pilgrims Covenant Church, Monroe, Wisconsin www.pccmonroe.org
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SHOULD CAUSE YOU TO AVOID IT


“SON OF GOD” MOVIE CRITIQUED BY JUSTIN PETERS

“SON OF GOD” MOVIE CRITIQUED BY JUSTIN PETERS

CRITIQUE OF THE “SON OF GOD” MOVIE

by Justin Peters  www.justinpeters.org
Ten years after Mel Gibson’s movie, “The Passion of the Christ,” we have another blockbuster film portraying the second Person of the triune God.  This movie, “Son of God,” shares more in common with its predecessor than simply the main character.  Like “The Passion,”“Son of God” has Roman Catholics (husband and wife team of Mark Burnett and Roma Downey) as its producers and is being enthusiastically embraced and promoted by evangelicals.  
Once it comes out on DVD, “Son of God” will be sold in many secular stores, and undoubtedly every Christian bookstore.  LifeWay Christian Stores, affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, is already selling a Bible study authored by Rick Warren based on the film.  Knowing that this movie is going to be the topic of considerable conversation for some time, I went to see it with pen and notepad in hand to be able to offer my biblical/theological reflections. 
I am no film critic and so will not comment one way or the other about cinematography, acting, musical score, etc. as I have no knowledge much less any expertise in such matters.  This review will pertain to matters of historical and theological biblical accuracy.  I have seen the movie once and did my best to take notes on as much as I possibly could.  What follows is not – by a long shot – a comprehensive list of the problems with “Son of God” but does hit some of the more egregious ones.
Peter, let’s change the world!                                                                                                                                                                                                      
The problems with the movie began with the very first scene.  The opening scene is that of Jesus calling Peter as his disciple.  The biblical account records Jesus calling both Peter and Andrew his brother at the Sea of Galilee followed shortly thereafter with James and John.  In the movie, it is only Peter who is called.  This is the first of what, I believe, are many nods to the Roman Catholic Church and its heretical theology.
The Jesus character, played by Diogo Morgado, waded out into the water toward Peter in his boat and Peter pulled him in.  Jesus said, “Just give me an hour and I will give you a whole new life” to which Peter replied, “Who says I want one?”  Jesus said “I’m giving you the chance to change your life.”  “What are we going to do?” asked Peter.  Jesus answered, “Change the world.” 
Firstly, none of these statements is in Scripture.  The statement Jesus actually did make, “Come, follow me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matt. 4:19) was left out entirely.  Notice, too, the horizontal nature of the statements from the Jesus character in the film: “I’m giving you the chance to change your life” and “change the world.”  This reflects the entire tone of the film.  It is horizontally rather than vertically oriented.  Rather than focusing on the Person and work of Jesus reconciling sinful man to the righteous and holy God, the movie is focused on meeting people’s and society’s “felt” needs.  This is not surprising given that the men chosen by Burnett and Downey to be the film’s theological advisors are the seeker-sensitive Rick Warren and Word-Faith preachers Joel Osteen and T.D. Jakes, the latter of whom is anti-Trinitarian. 
In an interview Burnett and Downey did with Oprah Winfrey, the latter refers to the main character, Diogo Morgado, as “hot Jesus,” in reference to what some, apparently, believe to be his good looks.  As I watched the movie I was struck by how warm and fuzzy the Jesus character was.  Almost touchy-feely.  He struck me as, well, a hippie.  And so rather than referring to him as Jesus, which I am most uncomfortable doing, I will heretofore refer to him as Hippie Jesus.  
Tax Collector and his Blessed Life Now
The ordering of events in this movie is the chronological equivalent of a game of Pickup Sticks.  The events of nearly every scene were either out of order or spliced together with portions of completely separate events.  The account of Matthew, the tax collector, being called (Matt. 9:9-13) is just one such example.  In the film Hippie Jesus calls Matthew to be his disciple.  As the scene closed, Hippie Jesus paraphrases the real Jesus’ statement from a totally separate event recorded in Luke 18:9-14, specifically, that of the Pharisee and the tax collector.  
The Bible records the unnamed tax collector (erroneously identified as Matthew in the film) as humbling himself, acknowledging his sin, and crying to God for mercy.  Jesus said of this man that he “went to his house justified” (Luke 18:14).  Hippie Jesus said of Matthew, “God blessed the tax collector, not the Pharisee.”  Not only is this a mangling and juxtaposition of biblical events, notice the horizontal bent.  The takeaway from the scene in the movie is not that the tax collector went away justified before a holy God as the real Jesus clearly stated, but that he was simply “blessed.”
Mary, Mary Bold and Daring
Mary Magdalene was prominently featured in the film.  She is depicted as being in the boat with the other disciples as Hippie Jesus calls Peter to walk on the water.  She rebukes and corrects the other male disciples (So much for the Apostle Paul’s Holy Spirit inspired directive of 1 Timothy 2:12).  She is at the crucifixion scene and is the only one brave enough to defend (Hippie) Jesus.  She is also the first at the scene at the empty tomb.  Seemingly her faith is stronger and she is bolder than anyone else – even the “first Pope” Peter!  
Lazarus – I’m Coming!
The scene of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead was really odd.  Rather than standing outside of the tomb and calling Lazarus to come forth, our cinematic hero walks into the tomb with Lazarus, stands behind him, and kisses him on the head (which, to be honest, I found to be more than a bit  creepy).  Lazarus then opens his eyes, stands up, and hugs his sister, Martha.  The triumphant trio  proceed to walk out to greet the cheering crowd.
Nicodemus, pay your taxes.
The account of Jesus being questioned by the Pharisees and Herodians as to whether or not Jews should pay taxes to Caesar is recorded by all three synoptic gospels.  Jesus responded by calling them hypocrites.  In the movie, it is Nicodemas who asks Jesus the question.  Nicodemas?  Really?
Omniscient?  Not so much.
One of the oddities of this film is that on several occasions Hippie Jesus was surprised.  He seemed to have premonitions throughout the film of future events.  During his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Hippie Jesus had a sudden and startling premonition of his coming crucifixion.  It was as if up until that moment he had no idea what lay ahead of him.  Nevermind that Matthew 20:17-19 records Jesus prophesying His own death specifically by crucifixion before His triumphal entry into Jerusalem recorded in the next chapter.  Hippie Jesus had another premonition, this one interrupting the Last Supper.  The meal which up to this point had been joyful and seemingly carefree was suddenly interrupted when he had a vision of Judas betraying him into the hands of the Romans.  Judas then did so but did so reluctantly and only after Hippie Jesus talked him into it.  His final premonition came just before His arrest.  Peter assured Hippie Jesus that he would not fall away.  Greatly relieved, Hippie Jesus enthusiastically embraced him in gratitude.  His relief was short-lived, however, as during the embrace he had a premonition of his upcoming denial (pictured).
The portrayal of Christ being startled by these premonitions is not only adding to Scripture what is not there, but it also strongly insinuates that He was not omniscient.  This is an attack on the Second Person of the Triune God.  As the God-Man, Jesus retained all attributes of His deity even though He was incarnate.  All of God’s attributes are essential to His nature.  One of these attributes is His omniscience. To portray Jesus as lacking omniscience is to detract from the biblical doctrine of His deity.  Jesus affirmed His omniscience in John 16:30-31.
Destruction of the Temple – a Bedtime Story
One of the more bizarre scenes in the movie is its portrayal of Jesus pronouncement of judgment on the Temple and its accompanying corrupt religion.  In Mark 13:1-2, Jesus walked out of the Temple and prophesied that “Not one stone will be left upon another which will not be torn down.”  This prophecy was literally and dramatically fulfilled in AD 70 when the Romans laid waste to Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple.
In the movie, Hippie Jesus is indeed walking out of the Temple, but as he makes this pronouncement of judgment he stoops down to a smiling 4 or 5 year old little girl and playfully pokes her in her tummy.  The juxtaposition of such a playful and lighthearted demeanor with what was in reality a very grave and serious pronouncement of coming judgment was truly surreal.
The Crucifixion – Robert Schuller Style 
In the movie, Hippie Jesus is carrying his cross on the way to Golgatha.  As he progresses, his mother, Mary, falls down beside him in anguish.  Hippie Jesus says to her, “Don’t be afraid.  Everything is possible with God.”  
Not only is this event foreign to the biblical record, it greatly diminishes the meaning of the cross.  Absent from the film is any mention of the heinousness and gravity of sin.  Any consequences of sin are portrayed as merely horizontal with no eternal perspective.  Hippie Jesus’ words to Mary in this scene instantly reminded me of Robert Schuller’s theology of Possibility Thinking.  Schuller holds that the Gospel is not about receiving the imputed righteousness of Christ through repentance and faith but rather about enhancing one’s self-esteem.
Only Way to the Father?  Let’s Just Not Bother.
One of the distinguishing doctrines of biblical Christianity is that there is one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5) and that there is salvation in no one else (Acts 4:12).  This bedrock and non-negotiable truth is conspicuously absent from the Son of God movie. 
After the resurrection but before their knowledge of it, Peter is portrayed as leading communion for the other disciples.  As Peter is breaking bread and saying, “This is my body which is broken for you,” (Nope, this isn’t in the Bible either – just in case you were wondering) Hippie Jesus appears behind him and says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.”  Period.  Period!  He conveniently and oh-so pluralistically left out the true Jesus’ immediately following words, “No man comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6)  
There could be no legitimate reason for leaving out such a clear statement of the exclusivity of Christ other than this exclusivity is one of the chief complaints against biblical Christianity.  The world says that it is not “loving” to make such exclusive claims to Truth when the biblical reality is that the most loving thing we can do is to tell people the Truth.  If Mark Burnett and Roma Downey love Jesus and people as they claim, then why did they not love them enough to tell them this?  Why did they not love, for example, Hindus enough to tell them that Jesus is not just another god to add to their many, but the only God through Whom they can be saved from eternal wrath?  It’s not like Mark and Roma did not know the next line.  They knew it.  They just chose not to include it.  
If you truly want to show people love, tell them the truth.  If you want to show someone hatred, see that they are in error, know the truth, but say nothing about it.                                                                        
Other Concerns
The above list is far, far from a comprehensive list of the biblical and theological errors of this film.  The account of the woman caught in adultery, the feeding of the 5000, Jesus reading from Isaiah 61, His instruction to “Turn the other cheek,” His statement regarding John the Baptist, the (partial) quotation of John 3:16, etc., etc. were all riddled with errors. There was literally not a single scene in the entire production that was without glaring issues.  Some will say that there is nothing wrong with taking artistic license in making a movie.  I would agree with that – depending upon the subject matter.
The Psalmist, David, says of God, “You have exalted above all things Your Name and Your Word” (138:2, ESV).  God has exalted His Name and His Word not above some things or many things – above all things.  It is simply not possible to overstate how seriously He takes them.  If someone wants to make a modern rendition of say, John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath or Herman Melville’s Moby Dick or any other work of secular literature, hey, I’m good with that.  Knock yourself out.  
But that is not the case here.  The subject matter here is God’s full revelation of Himself to us, the God-Man Jesus Christ.  The Alpha and Omega.  The only Creator and Savior.  Dear ones, we are not at liberty to take artistic (and theological) license with such things.  They are too sacred.  Too holy.  
Let’s suppose, for the sake of argument, that this movie had been produced not by New Age Roman Catholics but rather by Bible-believing Christians and that the man playing the role of Jesus was the very best actor with the very best of intentions.  Let’s further suppose that we were to go see this movie in the theater and have Jesus Christ Himself walk in and occupy the seat next to us.  I cannot imagine a scenario in which after the closing credits rolled and the lights came back on that the real Jesus would say, “You know, that guy got it right.  He did real justice to Me, truly understands what I experienced, and accurately portrayed Me to a watching world.”  Can you?   
It’s a Small World After All
Even if you’ve never been to Disney World, chances are you know the theme song to one of the park’s most well known and beloved attractions, “It’s A Small World.”  Chances are that simply by reading the above heading you have the song playing in your mind right now.  It is one of those songs that, once stuck in your head, is notoriously and irritatingly hard to get out.  Media is powerful.  
One of the great dangers of this film is that for those who go into it thinking that they are about to view an accurate portrayal of the Son of God (this is, after all, how many evangelical celebrities have described it), for many of them, what they see becomes their picture of Christ.  For them Hippie Jesus is how they picture the real Jesus.  This is tragic and has, potentially, eternal consequences.  
I tell people often in my preaching and teaching that it is not enough to believe in Jesus.  Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in Jesus.  Mormons believe in Jesus.  Even Muslims believe in Jesus.  The problem, though, is that they do not believe in the right Jesus.  We must believe in the right Jesus.  We must believe in the Jesus of the Bible.   We must trust in the finished work of the real Jesus on the cross and repent from sins in order to have the righteous wrath of God removed from and the righteousness of the risen Christ imputed to our accounts.  The Son of God film creates in our minds a different Jesus than the Jesus of the Bible.  It creates an image of a false god in our minds and, therefore, is perilously close to – if not outright – violating the second commandment (Exodus 20:4-6). If we trust in a different Jesus then we are trusting in a different gospel and a different gospel does not save (Gal 1:6-9).
Concluding Thoughts
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey claim that they desired to make a movie honoring the Son of God but by distorting His character, taking Him out of context, and omitting His claims of exclusivity they have not honored Him at all; they have denied Him.  Let’s keep in mind, though, that Burnett and Downey are New Age Roman Catholics and, as such, are not regenerate.  Their minds have been blinded by the god of this age (2 Cor. 4:4).  They cannot see what they cannot see.  God must reveal the Truth to them.  Let us pray for their genuine conversion.  
What is more troubling to me than the movie itself is that evangelical leaders who claim to believe in the authority and sufficiency of Scripture have so heartily endorsed it.  That Word-Faith preachers such as T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, and Paula White endorse it should be no surprise.  Though it certainly does not surprise me that Rick Warren endorsed it, he at least claims to be a preacher of the true Gospel.  Rick Warren went so far as to say of the film, “Skip church and go see it.  It is that important.” Other notable “evangelicals” to praise the film include Andy Stanley, Bill Hybels, Max Lucado, Lamb and Lion Ministries and the American Family Association.  These men, at least in theory, should know better.  It is quite telling just how far the professing church – let alone society in general – has slid in its biblical literacy.  The theological bar has been so lowered for so long now that very few Christians see any problem with this movie whatsoever.  Many will undoubtedly read this article and think I am pharisaical for caring about the need for biblical fidelity.  I am not making an evaluation one way or the other about the sincerity of those who endorse it.  Sincerity, though, is not the issue.  Truth is the issue.  
About halfway through the film I began to wonder what my reaction would be if this had been a movie about my wife.  I began to wonder what my reaction would be if Kathy was the main character and she was misrepresented and her words distorted.  I would not have stood for it.  I would not have just remained silent.  Why, then, would I remain silent given that it was not my wife but my Savior being disparaged on the silver screen for the consumption of the undiscerning masses?  And so, I did not.
When the movie came to its merciful end and the lights came on, I stood up and turned to face the crowd (I was sitting at the front and so everyone was behind me).  I said, “Ladies and gentlemen, may I please have your attention?”  Every head in the theater turned and people stared at me.  I went on to explain to them that they just saw a movie in which Jesus was grossly misrepresented and His teachings twisted beyond recognition.  I said, “Please do not think that you just saw the Jesus of the Bible in this movie because you did not.  What you just saw was a different Jesus with a different gospel.”  I went on to present the true Gospel to them.  I talked about sin, the wrath of God and the absolute necessity for genuine repentance.  I said that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.  I ended by saying, “Please do not think you will find the true Jesus in this movie or any other movie.  If you want to know the true Jesus, please, please go home and read your Bibles.  There and only there will you find Him.”
I guess I spoke for 3-4 minutes or so.  I noticed that as I spoke the vast majority of people looked like deer in headlights just watching me in stunned silence.  A few, though, were nodding their heads in agreement.  For just a few it seemed that what I was saying was resonating with their hearts and minds.
I relate this to you not to lift myself up as some courageous Christian.  Not at all.  I only did what I was supposed to do.  My conscience was so violated by this film that for me to do anything less would have been sin.  I did it because it was right thing to do.  James 4:17 states, “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”  Any decent husband would have defended his wife and so why would we not likewise defend our Savior?
This movie, like its theatrical predecessor of a decade ago, is being billed as one of the greatest evangelistic tools of all time.  Dear friends, I would submit to you that it is the Word of God empowered by God’s Holy Spirit that is the greatest evangelistic tool of all time.  Movies such as this undoubtedly move us and tug on our heart strings but they are the theological equivalent of a sugar rush.  They give us a brief emotional high but then leave us to come crashing back down.  
Recall the account in Luke 16 of the rich man languishing in the place of torment begging Father Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his five brothers back on earth not to come to this place.  Abraham responded, “They have Moses and the prophets.  Let them hear them.”  The rich man retorted, “No, Father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, then they will believe!”  Abraham said, “If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.”  In other words, if the rich man’s brothers will not respond to the written authoritative Word of God, they will not respond even if someone were to come to them from the dead.  
This movie is, in my estimation, a reflection of the pitiful state to which we as professing believers have slid.  We seem to yearn for Hollywood to somehow validate our theology and values.  It’s as if we are saying to the world, “See, Jesus really is cool and we really aren’t kooks!  See how popular these films are?”  We are like the kid on the playground who nobody wants on his team but desperately desires to be included.  Pitiful.  Why do we need validation from a lost world and depraved culture that is warring against God?  We are the redeemed of the Most High God empowered by His Holy Spirit.  Why is it that we seem to get so excited and worked up over a theologically and biblically inept Hollywood production when we have the Alpha and Omega as our Head?   
There is an inherent power in the word of God – the Bible – that is found nowhere else.  Not in movies, not in passion plays, not in skits, and certainly not in church services which pander to the supposed “felt needs” of the lost.  We have traded in the big guns of Scripture for the spitballs of visual entertainment.  The Apostle Paul said, “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom. 1:16).  If you truly want to see the power of God unleashed, take the Gospel as it is read in and preached from the Bible out to a lost world and trust the Holy Spirit to convict of sin, righteousness, and judgment.  Trust Him to bring life to the spiritually dead.  That, dear ones, is the power of God.
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“SON OF GOD” MOVIE: PERMEATED WITH NEW AGE MYSTICISM~REASONS TO BE WARY~SHOULD CAUSE YOU TO AVOID IT

Son of God Movie Trailer 2014 – Official [HD]:

Published on Nov 26, 2013
Son of God trailer 2014 – Official movie trailer in HD 1080p – starring Roma Downey, Diogo Morgado, Louise Delamere – directed by Christopher Spencer – The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. 
“Son of God” movie hits theaters on February 28, 2014.
Now, “Son of God” the larger-than-life story of Jesus gets a larger-than-life treatment in the stand-alone feature SON OF GOD. Told with the scope and scale of an action epic, the film features powerful performances, exotic locales, dazzling visual effects and a rich orchestral score from Oscar®-winner Hans Zimmer. Portuguese actor Diogo Morgado beautifully portrays the role of Jesus as the film spans from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection. This movie has been able to bring leaders together with support from across all denominations. The producers, Mark Burnett & Roma Downey focused from the very beginning on creating an experience that would be shared by all. Son of God movie trailer 2014 is presented in full HD 1080p high resolution.
ANALYSIS OF “SON OF GOD” MOVIE BY “BEGINNING AND END”;
http://beginningandend.com/5-reasons-to-be-wary-of-the-son-of-god-movie/; republished below in full unedited for informational, educational, and research purposes; colored and bold type is ours for emphasis:

“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.” -2 Corinthians 11:4.

In February 2014, ‘Son of God’ a spinoff feature-length film, of the wildly successful “Bible Miniseries”, will debut in movie theaters across America. The film, which is essentially expanded scenes from The Bible Miniseries. Created by TV producer Mark Burnett and actress Roma Downey, the movie has the potential to just be a continuation of the inaccurate and heretical doctrines of its original miniseries. And despite the many doctrinal red flags in The Bible Miniseries, Pastors across the country are once again urging their congregations to flock to see Hollywood’s distorted version of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
1.  The Bible Mini-Series: The Foundation of Its Heresy
Beginning and End initially did an article on The Bible Miniseries, entitled “The Bible Miniseries: Hollywood Heresy” in which we exposed the many heretical doctrines and outright blasphemies in the smash hit cable series. Rather than just mere “creative license”, The Bible Miniseries distorted and changed key events and accounts in the Biblical text for the sake of “entertainment.” Among some of the examples:
In the real Bible, the angels sent to Sodom never got beat up.
  • The angels who arrive in Sodom to warn Lot of the coming judgment of God are beaten up by the residents of the city of Sodom. They run into Lot’s house in fear of the people. None of this is in Scripture and in angels, not only do humans never harm angels, they are more often than not in utter fear and despair when standing in the presence of a Holy Angel. Later in The Bible Miniseries, the angels use martial arts to fight the Sodomites as Lots and his family escape. Again, none of this is ever in Scripture and is a bizarre depiction of a very important account of God’s righteous judgment against sin (destroying the sinful city of Sodom) and His loving redemption (saving Lot and his family).
  • King David upon being caught in the sin of adultery and murder by the prophet Nathan, is told that his son born of adultery will die as punishment. This indeed is what the Bible depicts. However in the Miniseries, David’s reaction at being told God’s judgment is anger and defiance, as he tells Nathan “we’ll see about that”, implying that he’s going to fix God’s business for daring to pronounce such a judgment on him. In Scripture, the real King David’s reaction is deep sorrow and repentance:
    And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.  And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
    And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me. – 2 Samuel 12:13-23.
There are many powerful Biblical principles in this account. For one, we see that the real King David did indeed repent and immediately confess his sin. His humility before God was clear because despite being a powerful king surrounded by servants and owning an abundance of wealth, David fasted for days, laying on his face on the ground in repentance, praying for God’s mercy on his illegitimate child. Thus we see David’s heart was indeed one of a believer in God’s salvation and forgiveness. David even expressed to his servants that he believed it was possible God would revoke his judgment and let the child live. Finally in verse 23, David, despite his horrific sin, knows that he is going to Heaven as he declares that his child will not be coming back to life, but that he would “go to him” – at David’s point of death they would be reunited. What does this tell a believer? That even an adulterer and murderer like King David can be forgiven. That even in our times of deepest despair, God’s mercy is still extended. David did not earn God’s forgiveness. He believed in God’s Gospel and trusted in God’s mercy that his soul was saved eternally. He elaborated on this in Psalm 51, which he wrote after this incident:
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. – Psalm 51:1-8.
This beautiful Psalm shows the way to Heaven. And it starts with recognizing one’s sin. David confessed his sin to the Lord in clear and bold fashion. And he recognized that is God who “cleans” and “washes” us of that sin. How? By the blood of Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Son of God. Jesus’ sacrifice was the payment for our sins. It is what allows God to justly forgive a person of their sins because in putting their faith in Christ, a person’s rightful punishment was taken on by Jesus on the cross. Jesus stepped in the place of King David and every other person who has ever lived, to suffer in their place. And it only takes faith in Christ’s sacrifice to receive forgiveness of sin. This is what the Bible is all about. If a person was making a movie about the Bible, it would probably be a good idea to include this very, extremely important and critical message in the film. But instead what did The Bible Miniseries do? Eliminate it altogether and turn David into a petulant brat who has no remorse or repentance and tells God “we’ll see about that!” This incredibly heretical and blasphemous in its distortion of the Holy Bible.
Recall that the ‘Son of God’ movie is mostly made from parts of The Bible Miniseries with extra scenes added in. For more details of the horrific alterations of Scripture and the Bible’s message of forgiveness of sin in Christ, see our article,“The Bible Miniseries: Hollywood Heresy.”
2. The ‘Biblical Advisors’ of The Bible Miniseries – Producing Rotten Fruit
Rick Warren, an advisor to the film, has been a major promoter of The Son of God.
“We weren’t qualified to teach the Bible, but we knew plenty of people who were,” – The Bible mini-series co-creator Mark Burnett, speaking of the panel of spiritual advisors who helped make the mini-series.
“[Miniseries Co-Creator Mark Burnett] would send scripts our way and ask doctrinal or Bible questions about it, but a lot of it was a friendship and an advisory role,”[Pastor Joel] Osteen said. Osteen said much of his work was confirming if the extra biblical material stayed true to the Bible. (source).
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. – Jesus Christ, The True Son of God, Matthew 7:15-20.
The Son of God film also provides books, sermons and study kits for sale. Despite its many errors, the producers of Son of God are selling sermons, Bible Study guides and numerous resources for churches all over the world.
A quick look at the Board of Advisors on The Bible Miniseries and it becomes quite obvious that it was bound to contain heretical portrayals of the Scriptures. Prosperity Gospel preacher T.D. Jakes, Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church, the largest church in the United States are the three most prominent names. As Beginning and End has detailed in past articles, all three pastors teach Unbiblical, New Age, false doctrines. In our article on T.D. Jakes we showed that in addition to preaching the money-focused prosperity Gospel, he also has yoked with New Age promoter Oprah Winfrey. Joel Osteen preaches a message of New Age mysticism that can be found in many books and websites on witchcraft, while Rick Warren has been a major promoter of a one-world religion that merges other faiths with Christianity.
New Age mystic Joel Osteen, far left, was one of the main “spiritual advisors” 
to Son of God co-creators Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, right (New Age Catholics)

Osteen specifically, stated that he was a script advisor for The Bible Miniseries. Here is the pastor openly denying Jesus Christ as the only way to salvation:

False Teacher Joel Osteen: The Gospel:

Uploaded on Sep 21, 2010
Joel Osteen is interviewed by Larry King and blatantly denies the gospel and exclusiveness of Jesus Christ. He is actually given two chances, but he denies Christ both times. Beware—this man is a false teacher who teaches heresy that sends people to Hell.
(John 14:6) Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
(John 3:18) He who believes in Him is not condemned; he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
(John 3:36) He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
http://www.truthsource.net
So in addition to his New Age doctrines, Osteen has openly denied Jesus Christ. His teachings are wildly unbiblical and fall under the category of corrupt fruit. And the clear word of Scripture is that no “good fruit” will come from a corrupt tree. So says, the True Son of God, Jesus Christ.  Who do you believe?
3. The Creators of Son of God – Yoked With The Occult
The Bible Miniseries Co-creator Roma Downey on the cover of the New Age OM Magazine.

As detailed in our article on the Bible Miniseries, Roma Downey, co-creator of The Bible Miniseries and the Son of God, adheres to a number of New Age and occult doctrines and practices.  Roma Downey has been celebrated for her co-creation of The Bible Miniseries and being an outspoken “Hollywood Christian.” Known for her role in the 90s drama “Touched By An Angel” in which she played an angel who comes to Earth to help people with problems, her name on The Bible Miniseries lent a great deal of Christian credibility. But looking a little closer at the testimony of Downey and it becomes apparent she is more involved with New Age mysticism than Biblical Christianity.
In 2010 Downey graduated from The University of Santa Monica with a Degree in Spiritual Psychology (the entire school is dedicated to the study of Spiritual Psychology and “Soul-centered Education”). The University describes this field as:
Spiritual Psychology is the study and practice of the art and science of human evolution in consciousness… “surrendering” and “sacrificing” is work that can and has been called “healing,” which includes healing on the physical, mental, and emotional levels in service to the deeper revelation of who we truly are as Loving, Peaceful, Compassionate, and Joyful beings. We refer to this level of awareness as the Authentic Self…
Put another way, Spiritual Psychology is a technology that empowers students to convert their everyday life experience into rungs on the ladder of Spiritual Evolution…” (source).
Downey also said in an interview:
‘My kids go to school about a 40-minute drive away. I’m open to the group’s opinion about what we listen to on the way there. On the way back, I get my own selections — books on tape by Eckhart Tolle, Tony Robbins…My husband says I’m so self-realized I’m practically levitating.’ (source).
“Self-realization” is a term in New Age and Eastern mysticism for achieving godhood, or releasing one’s true “inner divine self” through spiritual practices. Eckhart Tolle, a New Age guru and author of the book, A New Earth, promoted many doctrines that are contrary to Biblical Christianity. Among them:
“…heaven is not a location but refers to the inner realm of consciousness…. Earth, on the other hand, is the outer manifestation in form, which is always a reflection of the inner…. ‘A new heaven’ is the emergence of a transformed state of human consciousness, and ‘a new earth’ is its reflection in the physical realm.”[1,p.23]
“Recognize the ego for what it is: a collective dysfunction, the insanity of the human mind…. Nobody is wrong. It is the ego in someone, that’s all.” (p. 76).
“You realize your true identity as consciousness…. That’s the peace of God. The ultimate truth of who you are is not I am this or I am that, but I Am.” (p. 56-57).
These doctrines are in clear contradiction to the Bible which states that Heaven is indeed a real place, as is hell. And rather than say “nobody is wrong” the Bible is quite clear that we are all sinners. Romans chapter 3 says: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”  All people (this author included) have sinned. All people are deserving of God’s wrath. The New Age movmement seeks to eliminate the concept of sin or judgment of God. And this is a satanic deception. Beloved, if a person does not believe in sin, then they have no need for a Savior.
Roma Downey collaborated on a book that teaches prayers to Mary.

Downey has also promoted her occult practice of necromancy – communicating with the dead. She has worked with TV psychic Johnathan Edwards, who is renowned for his ability to speak with the dead. Against these are clear sins in Scripture:
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. –Deuteronomy 18:10-12.
“Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.” – Leviticus 19:31.
The Bible could not be clearer that contacting the dead is rebellion against God. Downey not only practices necromancy, she appeared on Edwards’ TV show to have an on-air séance.  In addition, she collaborated on a book with Edwards teaching the heretical Roman Catholic practice of “praying the rosary.” In the book Edwards encourages readers to “pray the rosary” a practice of holding a Catholic Crucifix necklace and uttering repetitive chants in prayers to Mary, the mother of Jesus in the Bible. This practice is sinful for several reasons. As shown above, Christians are not to communicate with the dead. Whether it is a relative, someone from the Bible or a celebrity, any attempts to speak with the dead is necromancy. Secondly, Mary was just a normal person. We are not to pray to her, hail her or seek anything from God through Mary. 1 Timothy 2:3 says: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” It is Jesus Christ who is our advocate with God The Father. The Son of God goes further by showing a scene after the crucifixion where the Apostle Peter is leading the disciples (all 13 of them) in The Lord’s Supper. This scene never took place in the Bible but serves the unbiblical Roman Catholic doctrine that Peter was the “first Pope.” Once again, there is no pope in the Bible or substitute Christ (save for the Antichrist).
Jesus Christ is our High Priest who we take our prayers too. Jesus Christ, the True Son of God said: “But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking,” (Matthew 6:7). Repetitive chants or mantras, are occult practices. Jesus Christ was clear that Christians were not to do this as it is not a proper way of prayer. Prayer for a Christian should be open confession of sin and petitions – asking God for help in areas of life or for others. It’s a frank, open speaking from the heart, not repeated chants as if trying to cast a spell. Yet not only does Roma Downey ignore the Son of God’s clear teaching, she made a CD with John Edwards in which she does a series of repetitive prayers for the listener to repeat and chant themselves.  What spirit is guiding the creator of the Son of God movie? What kind of fruit is coming the creators?
4. It Stars Another Jesus
“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” – Matthew 24:4-5.
Much of the Gospel accounts are altered inexplicably in the Son of God movie. Among some of the errors:

The Bible PREVIEW — Jesus with Peter:


Here is that same account in the actual Bible:
And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret, And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him. – Luke 5:1-11.
Notice Peter’s reaction to the miracle that Jesus had performed. He and his men were fishing all night and caught nothing. There was seemingly, no way to catch any. Yet Peter believed Jesus’ words and obeyed him. Why? Because first off,Jesus was teaching people from Peter’s ship. He was preaching the Gospelwhich the Bible calls: “the power of God unto salvation…”   And after the miracle, Peter dropped to a position of worship and said “Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.” Recognizing one’s own sin before the morally perfect God and Lord that is Jesus Christ, is key to going to Heaven. This is again a critical aspect of how a person is saved from the wrath of God and the lake of fire. Peter understood he was in the presence of Divine Power and did not feel worthy. Yet Jesus encourages him by inviting him to come with him to “catch men”, meaning bringing more people to believe in Christ. And Peter “forsook all”, meaning he gave up everything he was doing with his life on the spot, to follow Jesus. All of this is what a person has to do in order to go to Heaven. Acknowledging your sin, confessing it to God, believing in Jesus Christ and giving up your past life of sinful ways and letting your own heart rule, in order to follow Jesus and let Him be Lord of your life, is all a part of being a born again Christian.
Does The Son of God illustrate these powerful points? Not at all. Instead of being astonished and worshiping at the feet of Jesus Character, Peter asks him “How did this happen? What did you do?” as if he had no idea what was going on. The Jesus Character (who looked  like the renaissance era/Catholic depictions of Jesus) responds: “I am giving you the chance to change your life..giving up catching fish and I will make you a fisher of men.” Peter answers “What are we going to do?”showing he still does not really understand if Jesus is divine or why it would be necessary for people to know Jesus. And the Jesus character’s answer is “Change the world.”  No mention of sin, acknowledging of Jesus as God in the flesh or a real salvation message. Instead it is almost a social justice message. Jesus Christ did not come to change the world, He came to save it from its sin. Without understanding that sin is the greatest problem the world is facing, Jesus’ message could be changed to just helping the poor, or providing water wells to communities in drought or working in a homeless shelter. All these actions, while noble, will not get you to Heaven or make one right before God. This is the problem with many churches as they put overemphasis on “changing the world” without first changing the sinful heart that has led a person into sin and damnation, lest they believe the Gospel. And the false doctrines being preached today, while exciting are not Biblical. Do not be deceived.
The Mary Magdalene character, left, is featured in every major scene in the film.
Prominence of Mary Magdalene – Mary Magdalene, a true believer in Jesus Christ, is not very featured in the Gospels, as she only occurs in a small number of the accounts of Jesus’ life. In The Son of God movie, she is “the 13th disciple” right along with Jesus and the twelve disciples at every key event. As one excellent Christian review stated:
“But in the film, there are 13 apostles, and the thirteenth apostle is a woman named Mary. Not only is she always with them, but she’s with them in the boat during the storm when Jesus walks on water; she’s with them when they travel privately, though in the Scriptures, Jesus pulled aside and taught only The Twelve…men. Mary is also very outspoken and often reproves the male apostles to have more faith as it is very apparent her faith is stronger.During the crucifixion scene when Jesus is being jeered at by the crowd, Mary defends Jesus and shouts “Leave him be!” Wow, brave gal, huh? Braver than the male apostles who never speak up or do anything heroic or faithful. Then when Jesus is resurrected, she’s the first (and only woman) to enter the empty tomb. She also accompanies Peter and John who later come to the empty tomb to see for themselves. In Scripture, three women go to the tomb early in the morning and are greeted by angels who remind them that Jesus said He would rise on the third day. In the movie, she and the apostles remember all this on their own.” (source).
Mary Magdalene is a virtual celebrity in New Age and pagan circles. There are even Gnostic churches devoted to her. And all of this based on heretical and blasphemous writings about a woman who was indeed a believer, but never one of the twelve disciples. She also was not the wife, girlfriend or “right hand woman” to Jesus Christ. With all the deception promoted by blasphemous books such as The DaVinci Code, History Channel documentaries and other “entertainment vehicles” based on the heretical Gnostic Gospels, you would think someone making a “Christian film” would be very wary of this be faithful to the limited account of Mary Magdalene. Instead, the Joel Osteen-approvedSon of God film just adds to the confusion.
The Son of God clearly promotes Mary Magdaelene (far left) as one of the disciples.

  • Mary Magadalene’s account in Scripture, as a woman once possessed by demons who was healed by Jesus and then became a born-again believer – is one to celebrate. But it shoudl be right alongside the numerous other people who Jesus healed in Scripture who then professed their faith in Him as The True Son of God.
  • No mention of sin – In The Son of God, the Jesus Character somehow neglects to mention sin and the need for forgiveness (a glaring omission throughout The Bible miniseries as well). Again, if someone is making a movie about Jesus Christ and trying to share the Gospel this is a key element. The true Jesus Christ of the Bible said: “beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.” Both of these groups groups were the established “megachurch” preachers of their day, who drew the biggest audiences, garnered the most worldly respect and put on the best appearances of running a truly Godly ministry. But in fact, their doctrine was corrupt and heretical. Jesus referred to their doctrine as “leaven” (another term for yeast) to illustrate an important point – just as a bowl of bread dough only needs a pinch of leaven, so too can false teachers just add a small amount of their false teachings to true Biblical teaching. But soon, like leaven permeates an entire loaf of bread, so too will the false teaching permeate the doctrine. The Son of God film is a perfect example of how the leaven works.
5. It’s Going To Test You
There are some beautiful, powerful scenes in Son of God. But that does not change or correct its many errors.

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. – Matthew 10:34-35.
Jesus Christ was clear that His message was divisive. And today, it is clear that the message of Christ has become one of the divisive issues in all of society. And within the church, the division increases with works like the Son of God. The Christian church has entered an age of rampant apostasy, watered down doctrine and a lack of respect for the Word of God. There has been such a rush to celebrate a Hollywood retelling of the Gospel, that thousands if not millions of Christians have no concern for the inaccuracies, heretical doctrines or occult and New age roots of The Bible Miniseries. Many pastors have rented out theaters, given away thousands of tickets and basically commanded their congregations to run and support the film. And while curiosity about the film or a desire to give a film about Jesus a chance is perfectly understandable – a Pastor, in a position of authority over his congregation has a greater duty. Telling your congregants to see a film is an open endorsement of its creators. And in the case of The Son of God, it means these pastors are endorsing Catholic mystics and New Age heretics.  This is just the type of “Christian unity” that will come in the end times as more and more apostate churches abandon Biblical Christianity in preparation for the one-world religion of the Antichrist.
Christian writers have praised the film, that despite its “liberties” with the Bible, should be celebrated because it will “open discussions about Jesus.” If you are a Christian – a real born again, Bible-believing Christian, then your purpose in life is clear: Jesus Christ, the son of God said: “Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:  And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations…”
You do not need a movie to start a “discussion about Jesus.” Preach the Gospel to those around you. Share Gospel tracts with family, friends and co-workers. Open the Bible with your children and read it to them. Find a Bible-believing church and attend. If the Church is relying on Hollywood to open doors to preach the Gospel, it will be waiting for a very long time. The True Son of God needed no entertainment vehicle to preach. He just needed people around Him. We are to follow His example. And certainly if the Church is going to be excited it should not be over fruit from a corrupt tree, like The Son of God movie.
So where do you stand, Christian? Are you willing to rush after a heretical film and promote it, despite its glaring errors? Are you willing to take in the leaven that The True Son of God said should be avoided, lest you become completely leavened? Are you willing to put popular sentiment among the apostate church and rock star false pastors over the clear commands and words of Jesus Christ? Are you going to listen to your heart over The True Son of God who said the Bible is truth? Or will you be yoked with the New Age movement and the occult? This is the test. And it will produce ugly results. Many will be upset and offended by this article. But why? Because of their passion for God’s Word or due to their excitement that Hollywood is “giving us a chance”?
This author’s sincere hope and prayer is that Christians become united over the Bible and it being presented in “spirit and truth.” The spirit and enthusiasm of the church is certainly present today – but the commitment to truth – meaning accurate, Biblical preaching, is lacking. If Christians want to make Christian film or presentations of the Bible, that is great. In this age, all media should be used to share the message of the Bible. But it should be done with the reverence, respect and care that our Savior deserves and is more than worthy of. That commitment, to be an ambassador for Christ and contend for the faith in every arena, is the best testimony a movie can give (even if it gets a thumbs down from Hollywood).
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John Edward: 
EXCERPT:
“ACTRESS Roma Downey has talked to her mother through a psychic on live TV. The Derry-born Touched By An Angel star was a guest on a celebrity version of the US psychic show Crossing Over, hosted by medium John Edward. Roma’s mother Maureen died of a heart attack in Derry when she was 10. And Roma was heartbroken that she was never able to tell her how much she loved her. So she jumped at an offer from the producers of the show on the Sci-Fi Channel to speak to her mum using Edwards for the connection. (source).”







REPOSTED: GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2013

APPLICABLE BIBLE VERSES:
John 5:43-44-“I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?”
Romans 2:21-“You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?”
Romans 12:5-“so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.”
Romans 12:16-“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”
1 Cor. 3:4-“For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?”
1 Cor. 12:25-“that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.”
2 Cor. 11:4-“For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted –you may well put up with it!”
Gal. 1:7-“which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.”
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.”
2 Tim. 3:13-17-“But evil men and seducers will go forward to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But continue in the things that you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from a babe you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work.”
Matt. 7:13-“Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it.”

    The Willow Creek Association of Bill Hybels will again be holding the Global Leadership Summit August 8-9, 2013. Here are the promotional videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5-__FApYYs, and/or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmiRMh6XVKE.

    This event will be telecast or simulcast to other contemporary emerging churches which glory in the Warren/Hybels new paradigm of doing church, i.e., running a church like a business instead of the model created by Jesus Christ. The above thirteen guest speakers include high profile business world instructors, lawyers, psychologists, mega church pastors, new age practitioners and high level government alumni. Only the best of the best were invited this time so that you and your local church “leaders” can learn more about the workings of running a “business model” church that promises to grow exponentially IF you carefully follow their combined wisdom. Oh, what would the church world do without the benefit of their advice? Return to fundamental Christianity? Heaven forbid! The question that will be scrubbed from this conference is: “What would Jesus do?” You can be certain that although these name the name of Christ and claim to be people of faith, (but in what you may ask), they glory in man’s wisdom as an improvement on, and superior to, the Word of God. So get ready for what August will bring in the way of unheard of revelations from this gnostic group.
    We will be focusing on several of these to demonstrate that their advice and wisdom is of this world, derived from another gospel that repudiates the true authentic gospel of Jesus Christ, and represents not only a false methodology for doing church, but is poisonous to those who accept their apostate/heretical teachings without comparing to the Bible standard.
    We will not be focusing on Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley, Colin Powell, and others who are well known to the church world and the secular world of business. Instead, for the purpose of this post and the overall aim of this blog, we will focus on Dr. Brene Brown, Dr. Henry Cloud, Mark Burnett, and Chris Brown, supplying as much information about them gleaned from their own websites, writings, videos, and other third party sources to uncover what they believe and promote.
WARNING # 1: It needs to be said that churches should not be run like businesses. When churches are run like corporations, pastors, elders and deacons lose whatever humility they once had and become manipulative dictatorial leaders and/or task masters, and discard their roles as shepherds, ministers, caring advisers, and equal members of the body of Christ, under the authority of God. Frequently, and in their sinful arrogance and independent spirit, the result is a complete failure to teach from the Bible, disciple believers, and warn and/or correct the congregation in a loving way about apostates, heretics, false teachers, false prophets, and the twisting of Scripture. Instead, they themselves become the focus of worship, the primary and final arbiters of truth, doctrine, and practice on their own authority. Members are ridiculed for wanting to hear Bible based expository preaching on the pretense that it just makes people fat and lazy, unwilling to work for the common good of the church. Adopting a business-like structure in church creates a hierarchy of authority, a “chain of command”, leads to abuse, contributes to gnosticism, fosters elitism, belittles the congregation as a working class, values performance over grace, diverts from the God-given guidance of Scripture and focuses on implementing the vision cast by leaders, requires the congregation to subject themselves to unbiblical self-appointed change agents, drives the congregation away from the true gospel of grace towards a social gospel of works, creates a socialist, collectivist, community organizational structure that denies or suppresses individualism, individual thought, and individual effort. Compliance and compliant church members fit into this unbiblical business community, and consequently, individualistic personalities are routinely discarded and booted out if they “don’t get with the program”.

WARNING # 2: In our post of February 28, 2013, we showed that Tim Keller is giving advice to mega church pastors, such as at Willowdale Chapel of Kennett Square, PA. As with more than a few of the 13 guest speakers at GLS 2013, Keller is also enthralled with offering a blend of worldly humanistic psychological theories with Scripture, known among discerning Christians as psycho-heresy. Here again is what we posted on February 28, along with the sources:

 Sources show Keller may not be the biblical “go to guy” for advice, whether for individual Christians or churches:

http://www.newcalvinist.com/tim-kellers-false-gospel/. Excellent expose of Keller’s false gospel. A quote from this article sums it up:
You will see that he is deeply ecumenical in approach and sympathetic to the Catholic cause. Indeed, his commitment to the Catholicism is so deep that Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York engages in mystical Catholic practices. He has such a low view of Scripture that he goes out of his way to promote the false doctrine of theistic evolutionHe is so impressed with the idea of humanistic psychology that his church runs a fee charging counselling service that integrates psychological theories with Scripture. He is so taken with the ways of the world that he promotes a liberal political agenda. And the great tragedy of Tim Keller is that all this is done under the banner of Reformed Calvinism.”
http://apprising.org/2013/01/04/new-calvinist-tim-keller-on-theistic-evolution-and-the-roman-catholic-church/.
http://www.newcalvinist.com/tim-kellers-false-gospel/kellers-theistic-evolution/.
http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2011/04/tim-keller-reformed-hero-or-cause-for.html.
From Teaching the Word”:
“Tim Keller: Dangerously Influential”: http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/?columnid=5449&articleid=77005.
“Tim Keller’s Gutless Gospel”: http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/?columnid=5449&articleid=77008, in which Keller expresses his doubts about Jesus Christ to Mr. Bashir:

“Tim Keller’s False Gospel: Changing Both the Method and the Message”: http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/web/articleid/77007/columnid/5449/default.asp.
“Tim Keller’s False Gospel: A ‘Sandwich’ Made Without the Bread of Life”: http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/web/articleid/77100/columnid/5449/default.asp.
“Keller’s Affinity With Rome”: http://www.newcalvinist.com/kellers-affinity-with-rome/.
“Keller and the Mystics”: http://www.newcalvinist.com/kellers-affinity-with-rome/keller-and-the-catholic-mystics/.
“Keller’s Mysticism”: http://www.newcalvinist.com/kellers-affinity-with-rome/kellers-mysticism/.

    But Lafferty and Willowdale’s leadership have apparently learned a lot from Keller as well as Warren. Of course, all these emergents would claim a biblical mandate from Scripture. That may be so, but the implementation is not. They all seem to want to redeem the culture with good works, applying “salt and light” and/or present an attractive image to the unregenerate. Unfortunately, they will attempt to accomplish that goal through implementing a collectivist/fascist business model based on Peter Drucker’s ideas for business (the three legged stool), and which is the foundation of Warren’s “Purpose Driven” methods. 

    The second aim appears to be the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth or at least preparing the way, allegedly to reign, but not to rule, falling just short of the seven “dominionist” aims of the New Apostolic Reformation which includes ruling the culture.
    Lost in all this is the one-on-one traditional biblical model of evangelism, as well as the important role of individuals in such. Now, the message is that the sum total of all individuals spreading the gospel cannot be as effective as the collectivist community inside a business model. This is explored at length by Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith (Pirate Radio) in this audio “Resistance is Futile. You Will Be Assimilated into The Community”.
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This year’s presenters include:
• Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Ill.
• Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state
• Dr. Brené Brown, research professor at University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
• Mark Burnett, four-time Emmy Award winner and executive television producer of “The Voice” and “The Bible”
• Vijay Bovindarajan, Top 50 Management Thinker, and author of Reverse Innovation and The Other Side of Innovation
• Patrick Lencioni, best-selling author, founder and president of The Table Group, and named one of America’s Most Sought-After Businesses Speakers by The Wall Street Journal
• Liz Wiseman, executive strategy and leadership consultant, author of the best seller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
• Oscar Muriu, senior pastor of Nairobi Chapel, Kenya, with 14,000 weekly worshippers and a network of 30 churches
• Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist, leadership consultant and author of the 2-million seller Boundaries
• Chris Brown, co-senior pastor and teaching pastor of North Coast Church with 9,000-plus attendees, 25 worship services and multiple campuses
• Joseph Grenny, co-founder of VitalSmarts and author of four best-selling books, including Crucial Conversations
• Bob Goff, founder and CEO of Restore International, giving voice to oppressed children and the poorest of the poor
• Andy Stanley, founder and senior pastor of North Point Ministries, Atlanta, Ga.
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1) Dr. Brene Brown is described on Emerging Women here: http://www.emergingwomen.com/presenter/brene-brown/.
Dr. Brene Brown’s website, http://www.brenebrown.com/about/contains a short biography on her own website, which contains a link, http://www.oprah.com/own-supersoulsunday/blogs/Coming-Up-Sunday-Dr-Bren233-Brown-on-Daring-Greatly, to Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday. 
    Yes, it appears the two are in fact “soulmates”, promoting “psycho-heresy” (psychology and religious heresy mixture), further blended with New Age beliefs and practices such as yoga, mindfulness, holistic medicine, ecumenism, universalism, Hinduism, Buddhism, mantras, breath prayers, contemplative prayer with emptying of the mind, goddess worship, and an array of pagan, mystical ideas. All this while insisting they are Christians!

in which Brown participated and joined with Oprah, the latter claiming to be Christian, but practices and promulgates New Age beliefs, practices, and practitioners. Some examples of sessions with Oprah are in these select


Brown on her concept of “wholeheartedness”:

Brown’s “Parenting Manifesto”:
Brown has written for “Spirituality and Health”, a New Age/Yoga online website here: 
Brown is associated with Eomega, another New Age/Yoga websitehttp://www.eomega.org/learning-paths/body-mind-spirit, as a workshop teacher as shown here: http://www.eomega.org/workshops/teachers/bren%C3%A9-brown
Eomega offers: 
Quote: “new truths to help you unlock your full potential. Explore the intimate connection between body, mind and spirit through yoga, meditation, spiritual, wellness, and personal growth retreats and workshops.” 
and Eomega cites its source at http://www.eomega.org/about-omega/history quote: “The name “Omega” came from the teachings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a renowned 20th-century philosopher, who used the term “Omega Point” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_Point, to describe the peak of unity and integration toward which all life is evolving.” Chardin is a New Age mystic, Catholic Jesuit priest, influenced by Charles Darwin’s evolution theory. 
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2) Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Cloud.

Wikipedia states Cloud co-founded and built Minirth-Meier ClinicWest and served as its Clinical Co-Director for ten years.” and “ (has) PhD degree in clinical psychology from Biola University (1987). He also took classes from Talbot Theological Seminary.” Talbot is at Biola University, and has been one of the top seminaries teaching spiritual formation and contemplative mysticism. 

Pat Robertson of CBN interviews Cloud about his book “The Secret Things of God”, and his comments clearly point to a fusion of New Age practices and beliefs with Christianity, and in which he states that the Secret is “basically the New Age philosophy that says your thoughts create reality”. The video of this astounding interview is here: http://www.cbn.com/tv/1418278203001.
This is the book promotion video:


A less than complimentary review of his book was also written at CBN’s 700 Club site here:
http://www.cbn.com/700club/guests/bios/Henry_Cloud040408.aspx. Cloud is quoted as saying about his book therein as “a huge cultural phenomenon and is classic, new-age philosophy. ” And the review further states “As a psychologist, he is amazed at ‘the secret things of God’ validated by research and clinical practice. 

‘In fact, I do not know of any successful clinical process or practice that does not agree with God’s secrets’, he says. ” The article goes on to describe a mystical encounter with Jesus by a Jewish woman: “She was going through a challenging time and asked God to show up. She was immediately embraced by the presence of Jesus.”
Cloud has had a working relationship with Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek Association as shown in these videos in which Cloud describes how to do “pruning” in your church. 
This is very similar to James McDonald’s “catapulting” uncooperative church members out of the parking lot, and the foul mouthed/cussing pastor, Mark Driscoll’s “blessed subtraction” by getting rid of disagreeable church members by “throwing them under the bus”.
Driscoll’s “pile of dead bodies behind the bus”:
Cloud with Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in this video discussing Cloud’s “Necessary Endings”:

                               

Cloud claims that “dreams respond to positive and negative voices” in this video. Could the negative voices be demonic? 

                               

Cloud and Townsend on how to be a “vision caster/change agent” in their “Ultimate Leadership Workshops”. See: http://www.cloudtownsend.com/workshops/ultimate-leadership/.
                                  
 Cloud says traditional bible practices are useless according to the Jeff Prock YouTube video here:

                               

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3) Mark Burnett, married to Roma Downey, were previously covered in a prior post of ours and the pertinent material from that post is copied and pasted here. They are clearly New Agers:
Mark & Roma with Oprah, the queen of New Age: 
Roma Downey:

Dave Mosher Blog has a group of excellent posts http://davemosher.wordpress.com/?s=roma+downey on Roma Downey and her New Age beliefs and associations, in particular this one:
http://davemosher.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/touched-by-an-angel-roma-downeys-new-age-ish-little-angels-series-for-preschoolers-claims-to-be-christian/, revised March 27, 2013. In it we see Roma Downey on the cover of OM Times, http://omtimes.com/a New Age publication. See Downey’s biography and interview at OM Times here: http://omtimes.com/2011/07/roma-downey-truly-an-angel/.



David Cloud’s Way of Life reports:
Roma Downey, the Roman Catholic co-creator (with her husband, Mark Burnett) of the History Channel’s popular “The Bible” miniseries, says Pope Francis is “a new pope of hope” (“Roma Downey,” Christian Post, April 4, 2013). Here is the promotion video of “The Bible” series:


    Downey, famous for her role as “the angel Monica” in the new-agey TV series “Touched by an Angel,” plays the part of Mary in “The Bible” miniseries. She says the example of Pope Francis will cause “the seeds of hope to flourish in people’s hearts and people’s lives.” In an earlier interview, Downey said, “I have prayed to Mary and loved her my whole life” (“The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series,” Catholiclane.com, Feb. 28, 2013). Roma attended the University of Santa Monica http://www.universityofsantamonica.edu/offering Master’s degrees in Spiritual Psychology“founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John Roger” (“Roma Downey Happy Out of Spotlight,” Beck/Smith Hollywood, April 23, 2013). She says that she listens to books on tape by New Age guru Eckhart Tolle, who teaches the divinity of man. The creators of “The Bible” miniseries have not been afraid to add to and change God’s Word.


Christian Research Network discusses Downey and the “Bible” miniseries:
http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2013/03/15/roman-catholic-roma-downey-producer-of-the-bible-miniseries-says-francis-i-will-be-a-pope-of-hope/.


Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church invited Downey and Burnett to do a “question and answer” time during February 2013 showing of the Bible miniseries: http://saddleback.com/blogs/communityblog/mark-burnett-and-roma-downey-coming-to-saddleback/.

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4) Chris Brown of North Coast Church, http://www.northcoastchurch.com/, the largest Evangelical Free Church in the U.S.A. What more didn’t we know that we should have known by now?
Chris Brown on avoiding “stained glass” words when inviting unchurched/unsaved visitors to church as part of their Creative Leadership Training:

Brown on “Sermon Series Branding” to make sermons palatable to the world by always changing everything in the church, so it doesn’t look the same as it did 40 years ago. So much for traditional Christianity:
Ceilings of Creativity that hold things back in church, by Brown:
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Here is an example of one mega church, Willowdale Chapel of Kennett Square, PA, influenced by all the emergent leaders including Rick Warren and Bill Hybels, and which will be hosting a live simulcast of the Global Leadership Summit this coming August:
Likewise, Olivet Nazarene University will be doing the simulcast in their church. The following website link describes the event here: http://www.olivet.edu/News/2013/Colin_Powell,_Mark_Burnett_and_Bill_Hybels__featured_at_Olivet%E2%80%99s_live_telecast_of_2013_Global_Leadership_Summit.aspx#.UZj_e7V1-p9.
Quote from above link:
Chosen as a premier host site, Olivet will host the live telecast of the Willow Creek Association’s 2013 Global Leadership Summit on August 8 and 9. This two-day event will be broadcast live from Willow Creek Community Church to Olivet’s site at College Church of the Nazarene, North Campus, in Bourbonnais, Ill. Since on-site seats at the main site in South Barrington, Ill., are already sold out, this provides a unique opportunity for local leaders of businesses, churches and organizations to experience the Summit via live telecast. 
                 





    

GLOBAL LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2013

APPLICABLE BIBLE VERSES:
John 5:43-44-“I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?”
Romans 2:21-“You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?”
Romans 12:5-“so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.”
Romans 12:16-“Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion.”
1 Cor. 3:4-“For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?”
1 Cor. 12:25-“that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.”
2 Cor. 11:4-“For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted –you may well put up with it!”
Gal. 1:7-“which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.”
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.”
2 Tim. 3:13-17-“But evil men and seducers will go forward to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But continue in the things that you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from a babe you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work.”
Matt. 7:13-“Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it.”

    The Willow Creek Association of Bill Hybels will again be holding the Global Leadership Summit August 8-9, 2013. Here are the promotional videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5-__FApYYs, and/or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmiRMh6XVKE.

    This event will be telecast or simulcast to other contemporary emerging churches which glory in the Warren/Hybels new paradigm of doing church, i.e., running a church like a business instead of the model created by Jesus Christ. The above thirteen guest speakers include high profile business world instructors, lawyers, psychologists, mega church pastors, new age practitioners and high level government alumni. Only the best of the best were invited this time so that you and your local church “leaders” can learn more about the workings of running a “business model” church that promises to grow exponentially IF you carefully follow their combined wisdom. Oh, what would the church world do without the benefit of their advice? Return to fundamental Christianity? Heaven forbid! The question that will be scrubbed from this conference is: “What would Jesus do?” You can be certain that although these name the name of Christ and claim to be people of faith, (but in what you may ask), they glory in man’s wisdom as an improvement on, and superior to, the Word of God. So get ready for what August will bring in the way of unheard of revelations from this gnostic group.
    We will be focusing on several of these to demonstrate that their advice and wisdom is of this world, derived from another gospel that repudiates the true authentic gospel of Jesus Christ, and represents not only a false methodology for doing church, but is poisonous to those who accept their apostate/heretical teachings without comparing to the Bible standard.
    We will not be focusing on Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley, Colin Powell, and others who are well known to the church world and the secular world of business. Instead, for the purpose of this post and the overall aim of this blog, we will focus on Dr. Brene Brown, Dr. Henry Cloud, Mark Burnett, and Chris Brown, supplying as much information about them gleaned from their own websites, writings, videos, and other third party sources to uncover what they believe and promote.
WARNING # 1: It needs to be said that churches should not be run like businesses. When churches are run like corporations, pastors, elders and deacons lose whatever humility they once had and become manipulative dictatorial leaders and/or task masters, and discard their roles as shepherds, ministers, caring advisers, and equal members of the body of Christ, under the authority of God. Frequently, and in their sinful arrogance and independent spirit, the result is a complete failure to teach from the Bible, disciple believers, and warn and/or correct the congregation in a loving way about apostates, heretics, false teachers, false prophets, and the twisting of Scripture. Instead, they themselves become the focus of worship, the primary and final arbiters of truth, doctrine, and practice on their own authority. Members are ridiculed for wanting to hear Bible based expository preaching on the pretense that it just makes people fat and lazy, unwilling to work for the common good of the church. Adopting a business-like structure in church creates a hierarchy of authority, a “chain of command”, leads to abuse, contributes to gnosticism, fosters elitism, belittles the congregation as a working class, values performance over grace, diverts from the God-given guidance of Scripture and focuses on implementing the vision cast by leaders, requires the congregation to subject themselves to unbiblical self-appointed change agents, drives the congregation away from the true gospel of grace towards a social gospel of works, creates a socialist, collectivist, community organizational structure that denies or suppresses individualism, individual thought, and individual effort. Compliance and compliant church members fit into this unbiblical business community, and consequently, individualistic personalities are routinely discarded and booted out if they “don’t get with the program”.


WARNING # 2: In our post of February 28, 2013, we showed that Tim Keller is giving advice to mega church pastors, such as at Willowdale Chapel of Kennett Square, PA. As with more than a few of the 13 guest speakers at GLS 2013, Keller is also enthralled with offering a blend of worldly humanistic psychological theories with Scripture, known among discerning Christians as psycho-heresy. Here again is what we posted on February 28, along with the sources:

 Sources show Keller may not be the biblical “go to guy” for advice, whether for individual Christians or churches:

http://www.newcalvinist.com/tim-kellers-false-gospel/. Excellent expose of Keller’s false gospel. A quote from this article sums it up:
You will see that he is deeply ecumenical in approach and sympathetic to the Catholic cause. Indeed, his commitment to the Catholicism is so deep that Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York engages in mystical Catholic practices. He has such a low view of Scripture that he goes out of his way to promote the false doctrine of theistic evolution. He is so impressed with the idea of humanistic psychology that his church runs a fee charging counselling service that integrates psychological theories with Scripture. He is so taken with the ways of the world that he promotes a liberal political agenda. And the great tragedy of Tim Keller is that all this is done under the banner of Reformed Calvinism.”
http://apprising.org/2013/01/04/new-calvinist-tim-keller-on-theistic-evolution-and-the-roman-catholic-church/.
http://www.newcalvinist.com/tim-kellers-false-gospel/kellers-theistic-evolution/.
http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2011/04/tim-keller-reformed-hero-or-cause-for.html.
From Teaching the Word”:
“Tim Keller: Dangerously Influential”: http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/?columnid=5449&articleid=77005.
“Tim Keller’s Gutless Gospel”: http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/?columnid=5449&articleid=77008, in which Keller expresses his doubts about Jesus Christ to Mr. Bashir:

“Tim Keller’s False Gospel: Changing Both the Method and the Message”: http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/web/articleid/77007/columnid/5449/default.asp.
“Tim Keller’s False Gospel: A ‘Sandwich’ Made Without the Bread of Life”: http://www.teachingtheword.org/apps/articles/web/articleid/77100/columnid/5449/default.asp.
“Keller’s Affinity With Rome”: http://www.newcalvinist.com/kellers-affinity-with-rome/.
“Keller and the Mystics”: http://www.newcalvinist.com/kellers-affinity-with-rome/keller-and-the-catholic-mystics/.
“Keller’s Mysticism”: http://www.newcalvinist.com/kellers-affinity-with-rome/kellers-mysticism/.

    But Lafferty and Willowdale’s leadership have apparently learned a lot from Keller as well as Warren. Of course, all these emergents would claim a biblical mandate from Scripture. That may be so, but the implementation is not. They all seem to want to redeem the culture with good works, applying “salt and light” and/or present an attractive image to the unregenerate. Unfortunately, they will attempt to accomplish that goal through implementing a collectivist/fascist business model based on Peter Drucker’s ideas for business (the three legged stool), and which is the foundation of Warren’s “Purpose Driven” methods. 

    The second aim appears to be the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth or at least preparing the way, allegedly to reign, but not to rule, falling just short of the seven “dominionist” aims of the New Apostolic Reformation which includes ruling the culture.
    Lost in all this is the one-on-one traditional biblical model of evangelism, as well as the important role of individuals in such. Now, the message is that the sum total of all individuals spreading the gospel cannot be as effective as the collectivist community inside a business model. This is explored at length by Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith (Pirate Radio) in this audio “Resistance is Futile. You Will Be Assimilated into The Community”.
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This year’s presenters include:
Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Ill.
Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state
Dr. Brené Brown, research professor at University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
Mark Burnett, four-time Emmy Award winner and executive television producer of “The Voice” and “The Bible”
Vijay Bovindarajan, Top 50 Management Thinker, and author of Reverse Innovation and The Other Side of Innovation
Patrick Lencioni, best-selling author, founder and president of The Table Group, and named one of America’s Most Sought-After Businesses Speakers by The Wall Street Journal
Liz Wiseman, executive strategy and leadership consultant, author of the best seller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
Oscar Muriu, senior pastor of Nairobi Chapel, Kenya, with 14,000 weekly worshippers and a network of 30 churches
Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist, leadership consultant and author of the 2-million seller Boundaries
Chris Brown, co-senior pastor and teaching pastor of North Coast Church with 9,000-plus attendees, 25 worship services and multiple campuses
Joseph Grenny, co-founder of VitalSmarts and author of four best-selling books, including Crucial Conversations
Bob Goff, founder and CEO of Restore International, giving voice to oppressed children and the poorest of the poor
Andy Stanley, founder and senior pastor of North Point Ministries, Atlanta, Ga.
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1) Dr. Brene Brown is described on Emerging Women here: http://www.emergingwomen.com/presenter/brene-brown/.
Dr. Brene Brown’s website, http://www.brenebrown.com/about/, contains a short biography on her own website, which contains a link, http://www.oprah.com/own-supersoulsunday/blogs/Coming-Up-Sunday-Dr-Bren233-Brown-on-Daring-Greatly, to Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday. 
    Yes, it appears the two are in fact “soulmates”, promoting “psycho-heresy” (psychology and religious heresy mixture), further blended with New Age beliefs and practices such as yoga, mindfulness, holistic medicine, ecumenism, universalism, Hinduism, Buddhism, mantras, breath prayers, contemplative prayer with emptying of the mind, goddess worship, and an array of pagan, mystical ideas. All this while insisting they are Christians!

in which Brown participated and joined with Oprah, the latter claiming to be Christian, but practices and promulgates New Age beliefs, practices, and practitioners. Some examples of sessions with Oprah are in these select videos:

                                          
Brown on her concept of “wholeheartedness”:
Brown’s “Parenting Manifesto”:
Brown has written for “Spirituality and Health”, a New Age/Yoga online website here: 
Brown is associated with Eomega, another New Age/Yoga website, http://www.eomega.org/learning-paths/body-mind-spirit, as a workshop teacher as shown here: http://www.eomega.org/workshops/teachers/bren%C3%A9-brown
Eomega offers: 
Quote: “new truths to help you unlock your full potential. Explore the intimate connection between body, mind and spirit through yoga, meditation, spiritual, wellness, and personal growth retreats and workshops.” 
and Eomega cites its source at http://www.eomega.org/about-omega/history quote: “The name “Omega” came from the teachings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a renowned 20th-century philosopher, who used the term “Omega Point” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omega_Point, to describe the peak of unity and integration toward which all life is evolving.” Chardin is a New Age mystic, Catholic Jesuit priest, influenced by Charles Darwin’s evolution theory. 
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2) Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Cloud.

Wikipedia states Cloud co-founded and built Minirth-Meier ClinicWest and served as its Clinical Co-Director for ten years.” and “ (has) PhD degree in clinical psychology from Biola University (1987). He also took classes from Talbot Theological Seminary.Talbot is at Biola University, and has been one of the top seminaries teaching spiritual formation and contemplative mysticism. 


Pat Robertson of CBN interviews Cloud about his book “The Secret Things of God”, and his comments clearly point to a fusion of New Age practices and beliefs with Christianity, and in which he states that the Secret is “basically the New Age philosophy that says your thoughts create reality”. The video of this astounding interview is here: http://www.cbn.com/tv/1418278203001.
This is the book promotion video:



A less than complimentary review of his book was also written at CBN’s 700 Club site here:
http://www.cbn.com/700club/guests/bios/Henry_Cloud040408.aspx. Cloud is quoted as saying about his book therein as “a huge cultural phenomenon and is classic, new-age philosophy. ” And the review further states “As a psychologist, he is amazed at ‘the secret things of God’ validated by research and clinical practice. 

‘In fact, I do not know of any successful clinical process or practice that does not agree with God’s secrets’, he says. ” The article goes on to describe a mystical encounter with Jesus by a Jewish woman: “She was going through a challenging time and asked God to show up. She was immediately embraced by the presence of Jesus.”
Cloud has had a working relationship with Bill Hybels’ Willow Creek Association as shown in these videos in which Cloud describes how to do “pruning” in your church. 
This is very similar to James McDonald’s “catapulting” uncooperative church members out of the parking lot, and the foul mouthed/cussing pastor, Mark Driscoll’s “blessed subtraction” by getting rid of disagreeable church members by “throwing them under the bus”.
Driscoll’s “pile of dead bodies behind the bus”:
Cloud with Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in this video discussing Cloud’s “Necessary Endings”:

                                  

Cloud claims that “dreams respond to positive and negative voices” in this video. Could the negative voices be demonic? 

                                  

Cloud and Townsend on how to be a “vision caster/change agent” in their “Ultimate Leadership Workshops”. See: http://www.cloudtownsend.com/workshops/ultimate-leadership/.
                                  
 Cloud says traditional bible practices are useless according to the Jeff Prock YouTube video here:

                                  

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3) Mark Burnett, married to Roma Downey, were previously covered in a prior post of ours and the pertinent material from that post is copied and pasted here. They are clearly New Agers:
Mark & Roma with Oprah, the queen of New Age: 
Roma Downey:

Dave Mosher Blog has a group of excellent posts http://davemosher.wordpress.com/?s=roma+downey on Roma Downey and her New Age beliefs and associations, in particular this one:
http://davemosher.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/touched-by-an-angel-roma-downeys-new-age-ish-little-angels-series-for-preschoolers-claims-to-be-christian/, revised March 27, 2013. In it we see Roma Downey on the cover of OM Times, http://omtimes.com/a New Age publication. See Downey’s biography and interview at OM Times here: http://omtimes.com/2011/07/roma-downey-truly-an-angel/.



David Cloud’s Way of Life reports:
Roma Downey, the Roman Catholic co-creator (with her husband, Mark Burnett) of the History Channel’s popular “The Bible” miniseries, says Pope Francis is “a new pope of hope” (“Roma Downey,” Christian Post, April 4, 2013). Here is the promotion video of “The Bible” series:


    Downey, famous for her role as “the angel Monica” in the new-agey TV series “Touched by an Angel,” plays the part of Mary in “The Bible” miniseries. She says the example of Pope Francis will cause “the seeds of hope to flourish in people’s hearts and people’s lives.” In an earlier interview, Downey said, “I have prayed to Mary and loved her my whole life” (“The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series,” Catholiclane.com, Feb. 28, 2013). Roma attended the University of Santa Monica http://www.universityofsantamonica.edu/offering Master’s degrees in Spiritual Psychology“founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John Roger” (“Roma Downey Happy Out of Spotlight,” Beck/Smith Hollywood, April 23, 2013). She says that she listens to books on tape by New Age guru Eckhart Tolle, who teaches the divinity of man. The creators of “The Bible” miniseries have not been afraid to add to and change God’s Word.


Christian Research Network discusses Downey and the “Bible” miniseries:
http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2013/03/15/roman-catholic-roma-downey-producer-of-the-bible-miniseries-says-francis-i-will-be-a-pope-of-hope/.


Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church invited Downey and Burnett to do a “question and answer” time during February 2013 showing of the Bible miniseries: http://saddleback.com/blogs/communityblog/mark-burnett-and-roma-downey-coming-to-saddleback/.

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4) Chris Brown of North Coast Church, http://www.northcoastchurch.com/, the largest Evangelical Free Church in the U.S.A. What more didn’t we know that we should have known by now?
Chris Brown on avoiding “stained glass” words when inviting unchurched/unsaved visitors to church as part of their Creative Leadership Training:

Brown on “Sermon Series Branding” to make sermons palatable to the world by always changing everything in the church, so it doesn’t look the same as it did 40 years ago. So much for traditional Christianity:
Ceilings of Creativity that hold things back in church, by Brown:
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Here is an example of one mega church, Willowdale Chapel of Kennett Square, PA, influenced by all the emergent leaders including Rick Warren and Bill Hybels, and which will be hosting a live simulcast of the Global Leadership Summit this coming August:
Likewise, Olivet Nazarene University will be doing the simulcast in their church. The following website link describes the event here: http://www.olivet.edu/News/2013/Colin_Powell,_Mark_Burnett_and_Bill_Hybels__featured_at_Olivet%E2%80%99s_live_telecast_of_2013_Global_Leadership_Summit.aspx#.UZj_e7V1-p9.
Quote from above link:
Chosen as a premier host site, Olivet will host the live telecast of the Willow Creek Association’s 2013 Global Leadership Summit on August 8 and 9. This two-day event will be broadcast live from Willow Creek Community Church to Olivet’s site at College Church of the Nazarene, North Campus, in Bourbonnais, Ill. Since on-site seats at the main site in South Barrington, Ill., are already sold out, this provides a unique opportunity for local leaders of businesses, churches and organizations to experience the Summit via live telecast. 
                 






 

    

REPOSTED: “CATHOLICS COME HOME”-JUST SAY NO! REJECT THE CORRUPT COMPROMISERS OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

WHY YOU SHOULD AVOID THE CATHOLIC CHURCH INSTEAD:
Richard Bennett’s Berean Beacon www.bereanbeacon.org. He is an ex-Catholic Benedictine priest, educated by the Jesuits. See the latest YouTube video from Richard here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BheUebiKZaI.
A prior video from Richard about Rick Warren given at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London:

Mike Gendron’s Proclaiming the Gospel
http://www.proclaimingthegospel.org/.
The following videos show how the Catholic Church has morphed over the centuries, and how tradition is equal to and/or above the Word of God:


Ken Silva of Apprising has the following articles about Rick Warren:

http://apprising.org/2013/03/12/rick-warren-asks-us-to-fast-and-pray-for-god-to-help-apostates-elect-their-new-pope/.
http://apprising.org/2013/02/13/whats-next-for-rick-warren/.
http://apprising.org/2013/01/29/rick-warren-and-his-brother-his-eminence-timothy-cardinal-dolan-archbishop-of-new-york/.
http://apprising.org/2011/11/08/rick-warren-and-teachings-of-demons/.
http://apprising.org/2010/04/01/the-inadequate-gospel-of-rick-warren/.
http://apprising.org/2010/04/19/rick-warren-awards-purpose-driven-roman-catholics/.
http://apprising.org/2010/07/13/rick-warren-and-roman-catholics/.
http://apprising.org/2008/08/20/refuting-rick-warren/, includes Bob DeWaay’s extensive refutation of Warren. This is a followup: http://apprising.org/2008/06/01/pastor-bob-dewaay-on-his-meeting-with-rick-warren/.
http://apprising.org/2007/05/25/southern-baptist-pastor-rick-warren-is-openly-promoting-apostate-roman-catholicism/.
http://apprising.org/2010/04/20/rick-warren-and-purpose-driven-roman-catholics/.

Bob DeWaay of Critical Issues Commentary http://cicministry.org/, has the following on Warren:
http://cicministry.org/commentary/worldview0034.htm.

John MacArthur of Grace to You www.gty.org, on Catholicism, uploaded April 8, 2013:

John MacArthur on Warren’s “Purpose Driven Life”:

MacArthur and R.C. Sproul on Catholicism:



Roma Downey:
Dave Mosher Blog has a group of excellent posts http://davemosher.wordpress.com/?s=roma+downey on Roma Downey and her New Age beliefs and associations, in particular this one:
http://davemosher.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/touched-by-an-angel-roma-downeys-new-age-ish-little-angels-series-for-preschoolers-claims-to-be-christian/, revised March 27, 2013. In it we see Roma Downey on the cover of OM Times, http://omtimes.com/, a New Age publication. See Downey’s biography and interview at OM Times here: http://omtimes.com/2011/07/roma-downey-truly-an-angel/.

David Cloud’s Way of Life reports:
Roma Downey, the Roman Catholic co-creator (with her husband) of the History Channel’s popular “The Bible” miniseries, says Pope Francis is “a new pope of hope” (“Roma Downey,” Christian Post, April 4, 2013). Downey, famous for her role as “the angel Monica” in the new-agey TV series “Touched by an Angel,” plays the part of Mary in “The Bible” miniseries. She says the example of Pope Francis will cause “the seeds of hope to flourish in people’s hearts and people’s lives.” In an earlier interview, Downey said, “I have prayed to Mary and loved her my whole life” (“The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series,” Catholiclane.com, Feb. 28, 2013). Roma attended the University of Santa Monica http://www.universityofsantamonica.edu/offering Master’s degrees in Spiritual Psychology, “founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru JohnRoger” (“Roma Downey Happy Out of Spotlight,” Beck/Smith Hollywood, April 23, 2013). She says that she listens to books on tape by New Age guru Eckhart Tolle, who teaches the divinity of man. The creators of “The Bible” miniseries have not been afraid to add to and change God’s Word.

Christian Research Network discusses Downey and the “Bible” miniseries:
http://christianresearchnetwork.org/2013/03/15/roman-catholic-roma-downey-producer-of-the-bible-miniseries-says-francis-i-will-be-a-pope-of-hope/.

Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church invited Downey and Burnett to do a “question and answer” time during February 2013 showing of the Bible miniseries: http://saddleback.com/blogs/communityblog/mark-burnett-and-roma-downey-coming-to-saddleback/.

Don Green sermons from Vimeo video:
“Why Are We ‘Protestants’? We Reject the Papacy”: http://vimeo.com/62695090.
“Why Are We ‘Protestants’? We Affirm Sola Scriptura”: http://vimeo.com/62713346.


Robert Zins, http://www.cwrc-rz.org/, debates a Roman Catholic priest who believes in universal salvation (universalism):