The Swedenborgian twelve steps

Throughout A.A.’s history are indications of the devil’s handiwork. These are small things, perhaps, but indicative nevertheless. It was still astounding to discover that occultist Emanuel Swedenborg had written about ‘twelve steps’ more than one hundred and fifty years before the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous.

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson, who wrote the A.A. twelve steps, married into a Swedenborgian family.

Swedenborg writes, “[Angels] picture wisdom as a magnificently and finely decorated palace. One climbs to enter this palace by twelve steps. One can only arrive at the first step by means of the Lord’s power through joining with Him…As a person climbs these steps, he perceives that no one is wise from himself but from the Lord…the twelve steps into the palace of wisdom signify love in union with faith and faith in union with love.”[4]

Did Wilson copy this term from Emanuel Swedenborg? I do not believe so. I believe that Wilson click here for entire article

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Move One Up A Little Higher by Mahalia Jackson

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Joyce Meyer cancels speaking engagement at IHOP-KC Onething 2014

Joyce Meyer will not be speaking at the International House of Prayer Onething 2014 event.

According to an IHOP-KC Leadership Team notification, “Joyce expressed her regret to us that she is unable to be with us and has had to cancel her visit at the last minute.”

The reason for this unexpected cancellation is attributed to “some unforeseeable personal circumstances.”

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Shaky Doctrine, Shaky Life

The man whose doctrine is shaky will be shaky in his whole life. . . those who are driven with every wind of doctrine are those who are too lazy to study doctrine. My observation over the years is that the people who have not been taught the truth negatively as well as positively always get carried away by the heresies and cults. . . .

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, quoted in The Banner of Truth magazine, Aug/Sep 1986. Cited in “Quotable,” The Berean Call, June 2001.

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Sinister Minister by Bela Fleck

This wonderfully catchy tune used to upset me. I didn’t appreciate the title.

Now, some years later, it is an accurate description of many televangelists, and of many other high profile preachers.

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A.A. co-founder bought into New Thought rejection of Christ

“But messages as to the availability of grace, salvation, and the mind of Christ presented a strange and soon unacceptable Christian package for Bill and Lois Wilson. Yes, they bought the sugar-coated cover up by the Emmet Fox message to A.A. people and others that the Bible has no plan of salvation and that salvation is a myth.”

Source: Dick B., When Early A.A.’s Were Cured And Why, pg. 26

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CTT | Cultural Context of Scripture?

Originally posted on Faithful Stewardship:

CTTGood Monday Morning!  Last week while I was reading up on various pastor’s websites, I came across a comment on one of Voddie Baucham’s messages that caught my ire. The poster was asserting that Voddie was overly patriarchal in his theology and that he was guilty of “ripping Scripture out of their Cultural Context”. Now, the allegation of Voddie being “too patriarchal” is one of opinions, and I have no desire to jump into that; however, when it comes to this notion of “cultural context” of scripture, now we’ve got something to address.

How “Cultural Context” Used

Invariably, if the idea of “cultural context” comes up, the topic of discussion is likely gender roles or so-called homosexual marriage. There are times it pops up in “scientific” arguments, too. The idea is that Scripture was written in a time when “people weren’t as educated/enlightened as we are today”. The “therefore” that follows…

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A dad and his four year old

One of the sweetest things you will ever see. The four year old doesn’t understand that the fireworks display is over, and the dad sings with her to distract her from this.

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Spurgeon Quotes

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” — Charles H. Spurgeon

“Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.” — Charles H. Spurgeon

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Ravi Zacharias on Henri Nouwen – “I regret having said that” “Henri Nouwen Was One of the Greatest Saints In Our Time”


Please go to comments and read Ballerina’s observations and watch the brief video where Zacharias is asked about Roman Catholicism. Be sure to link to Lighthouse entire article (from DiscernIt) for more questions and concerns about Zacharias.

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What a wonderful thing it is when a known leader retracts endorsements of false religious teachers. Lighthouse Trails reports that this has happened with Ravi Zacharias. It is important to also report the good news along with the distressing. Here is the article.


It is not often that Lighthouse Trails can report on a major Christian leader actually renouncing earlier endorsements of the contemplative mystics. Rick Warren, Beth Moore, Chuck Swindoll, David Jeremiah, and many others have written books that have promoted contemplative teachers, and Lighthouse Trails has documented many of these situations. And in every case, even though each of these leaders learned about our challenge, none of them has ever come forth and admitted they were wrong. But in a 2012 online interview by an independent blog, Ravi Zacharias was asked the following question:

If in your book, you wrote how Eastern mysticism is completely erroneous, why…

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