“Video shows prosperity preachers Kenneth Copeland, Paula White laying hands on Donald Trump for presidency” by Marsha West

Marsha West writes:

Heather Clark of Christian News Network (CNN) asks: What do Kenneth Copeland, Paula White, Jan Crouch, Dr. David Jeremiah and Robert Jeffress all have in common?

But a better question would be: what do high-profile Baptist pastors David Jeremiah and Robert Jeffress have in common with prosperity preachers?  Seeing two pastors who are admired by many Christians praying with the likes of Paula White, Ken Copeland and click here to continue reading

Pastor Robert Jeffress: Pope “a humble Christ follower. We can all learn from him.”

Robert Jeffress has defended the biblical faith for decades. What is going on here?

3:44 in video: Pastor Jeffress states, “I have great respect for Pope Francis. He’s a humble Christ follower. We all can learn from him.” 

7:00 in video: According to Pastor Jeffress, “As this world becomes increasingly darker I find myself having much more in common with my Catholic friends than I even do with liberal Baptists because the fact is we are fighting together against a common enemy, the kingdom of darkness.” 

Contrast that with these 2011 comments from Pastor Jeffress about the origins of Catholicism.

Read: Pastor Robert Jeffress’ quotes

Could you maybe take the time to read this? Why Evangelicals and Catholics Cannot Be “Together(HT Marsha West)

Related: Pope praises contemplative pioneer Thomas Merton before Congress

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James Goll, Beth Moore and contemplative false visions

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (1 Timothy 4:1)

I am wondering if Beth Moore’s false vision of Catholicism as a biblical denomination in the Body of Christ was birthed from contemplative prayer. (Video)

Thus it was interesting to read what James Goll states about contemplative prayer and visions. (Goll has done much to spread this harmful practice.)

He writes, “It’s difficult to explain, but it’s almost like going through a tunnel, or a gate. As we approach God through contemplative prayer, we draw progressively nearer to Him…” [1]

Unfortunately for James Goll and many other contemplatives, that’s not God.

“Eventually,” states Goll, “we enter that bright, clean, holy place where God dwells, and we sit quietly in awe and silence and pure worship.” [2]

And so Goll  waits, happily deceived, believing he is communing with the biblical God.

Goll writes, “…our heart is now beating as one with God’s heart, and out of that place of quiet communion the revelatory release of God’s heart enters into our spirit. It might be in the form of a prophecy, or a vision or a trance.” [3] (Italics mine)


Now, consider that contemplative prayer (essentially the same as Eastern or New Age meditation but disguised with Christian terminology) is rapidly infecting the Body of Christ. Rick Warren, Tim Keller, Mike Bickle, Bill and Beni Johnson, Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, James Goll and other leaders and teachers have promoted it. It is in most Christian colleges. It is in Assemblies of God.

How many will enter this state and fall prey to false visions? How many will have their theology addled and altered? How many will commune with false “christs”?


According to Ray Yungen, who has done much to alert Christians about this practice, “This is what I am warning Christians about. Contemplative prayer is presenting a way to God identical with all the world’s mystical traditions. Christians are haplessly lulled into it by the emphasis on seeking the Kingdom of God and greater piety, yet the apostle Paul described the church’s end-time apostasy in the context of a mystical seduction. If this practice doesn’t fit that description, I don’t know what does.” [4]

Source Notes:

  1. James W. Goll, The Lost Art of Practicing His Presence, page? (I accessed this on books.google, and there were no page numbers. It may be in the chapter titled: Toward a greater Union with Christ. Or, try this link   and then scroll down a few pages.)
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ray Yungen, A Time of Departing, p. 140

Now after John had been taken into custody

Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God,
and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
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Pope praises contemplative pioneer Thomas Merton before Congress

This is how it seems to be going: People are being encouraged into contemplative prayer by men and women such as Rick Warren, Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, Mike Bickle, James Goll, Beni Johnson, and  many others.

(Rick Warren has also exposed many Christians to Eastern and New Age meditation).

The false church is rising, and its god may well be contemplative, deceptive spirits posing as “christ.” What wonderful (false) visions people will have; what thrilling supernatural encounters will be experienced in the contemplative silence. For all too many already, the lies of the silence are taken as truth, and the truth of Bible matters less and less.

On 9/24/15, before Congress, Pope Francis praised “four representatives of the American people”: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, and the contemplative pioneer, Thomas Merton. [1]

The Pope claimed, “Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions.” [2]

Pope Francis also commented “….the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton.” [3] (italics mine)
Merton, a Trappist Monk,  was one of the most effective promoters of contemplative prayer. This practice left Merton as an interspiritualist, a man who believed all people have God within.
All people do not have God within–only those who belong to Christ. The Bible tells us:
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. (Romans 8:9)
Millions of Americans heard the Pope place Merton on equal footing with Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. The rising false church will have (has?) a contemplative foundation. It is an alluring, and unholy, practice, and it is going to keep worming its way into the visible church.
You might want to read, Letter to the Editor: Pope Francis points to the contemplative, Thomas Merton, in speech to Congress…And the role this could play in a One World Religion.
Source Notes:
1. http://www.sunherald.com/2015/09/24/6431313_text-of-pope-francis-address-to.html?rh=1
2. Ibid
3. Ibid

Q&A: Filmmaker Stephen Kendrick on the shocking success of “War Room” and the critics who trashed it

[An interesting Q&A between Christian Examiner’s Michael Foust and War Room’s Stephen Kendricks. The link at the end will take you to the entire interview]

ALBANY, Ga. (Christian Examiner) — Producer Stephen Kendrick says he and his brother Alex didn’t get into the movie business to make No. 1 films. No, they got into it to see lives changes.

This year they’ve achieved both.

Their latest movie “War Room” opened at No. 2 on its first weekend before climbing to No. 1 on its second weekend – a rare achievement in an industry in which films typically lose 50 percent or more in box office receipts after their opening weekend, and fall fast.

It was their first No. 1 film, and on Tuesday “War Room” – which spotlights prayer — topped $50 million in receipts, another first for the brothers.  click here to read entire article

New Booklet Tract: Beth Moore & Priscilla Shirer–Their History of Contemplative Prayer and Why War Room Should Not Have Used Them

I would have deleted several scenes, but I liked the War Room movie. A lot.  I especially liked Priscilla Shirer in it. I don’t know that any other actress could play that part so well. And I have appreciated the movies the Kendrick brothers have made (Facing The Giants, Fireproof, Courageous).

Yet,  I can’t recommend War Room, which has many good things in it, because of the contemplative history of Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore.

Some of my writing/research has been combined with the writing/research of the Lighthouse Trails Editors, and the result is this Booklet Tract, Beth Moore & Priscilla Shirer – Their History of Contemplative Prayer and Why War Room Should Not Have Used Them.

If you are unfamiliar with contemplative prayer, and liked the movie, you will be angry. If you understand what contemplative prayer is doing to the church, you’ll understand why this had to be written.

Mark Chironna’s New Age/Quantum Mysticism at Bethel Redding Conference

Originally posted on My Word Like Fire:

“Will faith in God’s Word become a thing of the past as ‘science’ replaces faith? A growing number of church figures have directly or indirectly introduced quantum physics with its New Age implications into their teachings and writings.” –Warren B. Smith, Another Jesus Calling, pg. 103

In 2012 the book, The Physics of Heaven, was released. Shocking in its enthusiasm for quantum physics/quantum mysticism, and in its lack of discernment about New Age practices, the book has the approval and participation of Bethel Church of Redding’s movers and shakers. Bethel leader Bill Johnson contributed a chapter to the book, as did his wife, Beni Johnson. The Physics of Heaven is co-authored by Judy Franklin, Bill Johnson’s personal assistant. The foreword is written by Kris Vallotton, Senior Associate Leader at Bethel.

As disturbing as The Physics of Heaven is, at least the book serves as a warning that Bill…

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I liked War Room, but can’t recommend it

[I just can’t recommend War Room. I don’t want people being exposed to Priscilla Shirer’s contemplative leanings. Beth Moore’s as well. I am hopeful the Kendrick brothers will take a good look at contemplative prayer, rather than relying on the opinions of contemplatives]

I like the Kendrick brothers, and I have really appreciated most of the movies they have made. Frankly, I think they need more discernment (The Lost Medallion), and I am concerned that Priscilla Shirer’s prominence in War Room is going to send people into her pro-contemplative sphere. Many people are going to be buying her pre-War Room products.

I appreciate that Alex Kendrick and his brothers are trying to encourage people to pray more–or to begin praying.

I believe the Kendricks are now cognizant about anti-biblical meditation. According to a War Room products advertisement in Charisma News Daily (9/17/15), “Sitting with your eyes closed and trying to empty your head of all conscious brain activity is not prayer.” The ad also notes, “Repeating words incoherently is not prayer. Crossing your legs and chanting a mantra. Lighting a candle.”

That is encouraging. The internet can be a pretty powerful medium.

Unfortunately, contemplatives do a wonderful job of making a (false) distinction between contemplative prayer and New Age and Eastern meditation. ( Read)  There really isn’t any, and despite what Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore may believe, contemplative prayer is destroying the visible church.

Hopefully, via prayer and the internet, this will be made clear to the Kendricks.

Maybe it already is.

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War Room’s Priscilla Shirer’s Contemplative History, and Why It Matters

For You have abandoned Your people, the house of Jacob, Because they are filled with influences from the east, And they are soothsayers like the Philistines, And they strike bargains with the children of foreigners. (Isaiah 2:6)

“…I knew the Lord was calling me to experience Him in prayer in a brand new way.” [1] — Priscilla Shirer

Contemplative prayer, which Priscilla Shirer referred to as her “brand new way” some years ago, is in reality an ancient way. It is essentially the same as New Age or Eastern meditation, but disguised with “Christianese” terminology. Those who participate and enter the silence, as it is called, open themselves to great deception.

Now, because of the success of the War Room movie, Shirer is going to have many fans flocking to her website, and purchasing her products. Those who buy Shirer’s book, Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks, will discover Shirer’s affinity for contemplative prayer.

Contemplative prayer is a primary factor to consider as we watch the visible church depart from sound doctrine. It is foundational to the International House of Prayer (Mike Bickle) and Bethel Church of Redding, California (Bill and Beni Johnson).

Popular leaders and teachers such as Rick Warren, Beth Moore, and Tim Keller have promoted contemplative prayer.

How was Shirer introduced to this practice?

She writes, “…a friend sent me a book on silent prayer. The book explains how purposeful periods of silent prayer can help believers hear God’s voice. I was very drawn to the spiritual journey of the author, and I read the book twice. As my heart burned within me, I knew that the Lord was calling me to experience Him in prayer in a brand new way.” [2]

Thus fascinated with this newly discovered concept, Shirer then read a Bible verse which she perceived as a Word from the Lord: As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. (Ecclesiastes 5:1, NLT)

“It confirmed the message of the book I had been so drawn to and what I sensed the Holy Spirit was leading me to do.” [3]

She was further amazed to learn that some of the women from her church were going to participate in a “silent prayer retreat. Women would gather to spend 36 hours of silence in anticipation of hearing the voice of God.” [4]

She had read about this in the book on silent prayer, but now here were people actually talking about the same thing. Shirer seems to have taken all this as part of God’s plan.

Priscilla Shirer apparently found the contemplative experience to be powerful and alluring. And then, the most significant of these “coincidences” happened. Fox Network reached out to her. According to Priscilla, “They were creating a program on contemplative prayer called ‘Be Still.’ They asked me to be a part of this project that was designed to help Americans see the importance of spending time before God in stillness. I knew immediately that God wanted me to be a part of the project.” [5]

And so she was, along with Beth Moore. The Be Still video was released in 2006. Nine years later, Priscilla Shirer still has an explanation on her website as to why she chose to be on the DVD. [6]

Lighthouse Trails issued this strong warning about the Be Still DVD:

The Be Still DVD, released April 2006 by Fox Home Entertainment, and featuring Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Calvin Miller and Beth Moore has one main message: You cannot know God if you do not practice the art of going into the silence.

That silence the DVD refers to is a special state of mind, different than normal prayer, and the DVD introduces an array of meditators, from a number of religious persuasions, to tell viewers about this state of silence. From those who promote guided imagery (Katherine-Brown Sultzman) to those who promote interspirituality, the DVD should not be classified as Christian. Jesus Christ is rarely mentioned, nor is the gospel presented. What is presented is a deceptive collection of dangerous commentaries, and there should be a warning label on the cover – NSFA – Not Safe For Anyone. [7]

Not Safe For Anyone.

As Ray Yungen has explained, our minds are like rushing rivers. Our thoughts go here, go there, our thought process is active and continuous. In contemplative prayer, Eastern meditation, and New Age meditation, all thought is stilled. The active river of our minds is dammed up–the rushing river is now a still pool of water. This can be done by repeating a word or phrase over and over until thought ceases and one enters the silence.

Contemplative teachers in the Christian camp will not advise believers to focus on a repetitive Eastern style mantra like “Ommm” (for example), but rather on a word or phrase like “Jesus” or “Abba Father,” or a scripture verse. In this way, the contemplative prayer appears “Christian” but nevertheless serves as entrance to the silence.

The silence of contemplative prayer is rich ground for false visions, lying “christs,” and supernatural experiences. This practice can addle or alter theology, and seems to lead to an inability to distinguish between Catholic teaching on Salvation and the Truth of the Bible. It has also served as the road to interspirituality.

When Beth Moore shared a vision she claimed was from God that apparently included Catholicism as part of the Body of Christ, was this something she was given during contemplative prayer?  Video

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Some years ago, the contemplatives came up with a brilliant answer to Christians who saw the similarity between contemplative prayer and Eastern and New Age meditation. It was explained that New Age and Eastern practitioners strive to empty the mind whereas Christian contemplatives, on the other hand, seek to fill the mind with God.

This clever marketing ploy has drawn many into the deception of contemplative prayer–which is really not prayer at all.

I would like to emphasize that I have appreciated the Kendrick brothers for their Christian, family friendly films. (Facing The Giants, Fireproof, Courageous)

War Room’s Priscilla Shirer is an author, speaker, and Bible teacher. As previously mentioned, this movie is going to bring many women into her sphere of influence.

Unfortunately, because of her promotion of contemplative prayer, that’s not necessarily a good thing. In her book, Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks, Shirer writes,

“As I meditate upon a verse, I will often insert my name or a personal pronoun into it to make it more personal. If I’m reading and meditating on a Bible story, I will become the main character so that it’s not merely someone else’s experience with God, but my own. I often ask myself what God would have me do as a result of what I contemplated.” [8] (Bold mine)

She becomes…in the Bible story…the main character?

So, it would not be Moses, but Priscilla and the Burning Bush? (Exodus 3:2-4)

Not Elisabeth, but Priscilla, Mother of John the Baptist? (Luke 1:13)

Not Eve, but Priscilla, wife of Adam? (Genesis 2)

Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. (Proverbs 30:5-6)

No matter what historical Bible figure she “replaces,” this is wrong. Where did Priscilla Shirer get this idea the Lord is okay with people inserting themselves into God’s Word as…Bible characters?

It is probable this is from contemplative teacher Jan Johnson. According to Priscilla Shirer, “Years ago, I got a chance to meet Jan Johnson albeit only by phone – and yet in the short time we spent talking, I was encouraged and redirected in so many ways. As a young woman trying to navigate the ins and outs of my relationship with the Lord, Ms. Jan spoke wisdom into my life that was extremely pivotal in my life – personally and in ministry.” [9]

Jan Johnson is quoted in Shirer’s book, Discerning the Voice of God. (p. 145-46) Johnson is an advocate of guided meditations. Brother Lawrence, Dallas Willard, and other contemplatives are also quoted.

On Jan Johnson’s website, the reader is asked, “Have you ever imagined what it would be like to be present in the Christmas story? How might you have felt if you were Zechariah or Elizabeth, Mary or Joseph? What if you had been an angel, a shepherd, or one of the wise men? In this online retreat featuring Jan Johnson’s Advent guide, you’ll be invited to become part of the events surrounding the birth of the Christ child. You’ll be invited to ‘taste and see’–to live inside the story for a while.” [10] (bold mine)

This is unholy. I am sorry. There is no other word for it. This goes beyond arrogant, beyond disrespectful. People like Wycliffe and Tyndale died for the Word of God so that we could…pretend to replace saints and angels in Bible stories as if we were putting on clothes for a costume party?

This doesn’t honor God–it makes it all about us.

Jan Johnson has an Ignatian background. [11] Ignatius of Loyola was a fierce opponent of the Reformation, and founder of the Jesuits. The Jesuits are big on contemplative prayer. Ironic that Ignatius, this fierce soldier of Roman Catholicism, is invading the Protestant church centuries after his death.

According to a writer on a pro-Ignatian website, “Ignatian spirituality sees the same with the stories in the Bible. Our imagination can place ourselves in the boat with Jesus and his friends on the stormy sea. Or at the table at the Last Supper, listening in on the conversation, even participating. Ignatius says if we let our imagination free, not forcing it or “scripting” it, God can use it to show us something. I recall, in my own prayer, the vivid scene with Mary and Martha. I was one of their friends waiting for Jesus to arrive to raise from the dead our brother Lazarus. We spoke about Lazarus’ life and how much we missed him. But then our friend Jesus came along and brought him back to life. You should have seen the tears and embraces as the four of us rejoiced.” [12]

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

One writer describes Jan Johnson’s approach to meditating with Advent and Christmas stories: “Johnson invites readers to enter into the stories through a sort of neo-Ignatian approach she calls ‘participative meditation.'” [12]

Here’s the thing. I know Priscilla Shirer doesn’t see contemplative prayer as spiritually dangerous. Nor will thousands of women who see War Room, buy her book and/or the Be Still DVD, and follow her spiritual lead.

Source Notes:

  1. Priscilla Shirer, Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks, p. 39
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Ibid
  5. Ibid.
  6. http://www.goingbeyond.com/ministry/ministry-faqs/
  7. http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/bestilldvd.htm
  8. Priscilla Shirer, Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks, p. 39
  9. http://www.goingbeyond.com/blog/wisbits/
  10. http://www.janjohnson.org/taste_-_see.html
  11. Jan Johnson, Education: BA, Christian education, Ozark Christian College; journalism courses, UCLA; spirituality courses, Azusa Pacific University; graduate, Academy for Spiritual Formation; Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola 30-day Retreat, 2006; D.Min. Graduate Theological Foundation (Ignatian Spirituality & Spiritual Direction), 2006
  12. godinallthings.com/2012/05/24/dreams-imagination/
  13. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithforward/2014/11/early-christmas-joy-meditating-with-the-advent-and-christmas-stories/

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