Willow Creek’s “The Practice” blends New Age & Catholic Mysticism by Amy Spreeman

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According to Amy Spreeman of http://bereanrearch.org:

A Catholic priest and a New Ager walk into Willow Creek…

No, it’s not a joke waiting for a punchline. It’s an experiment called The Practice, and it’s the brainchild of Pastor Bill Hybels’ son-in-law, Aaron Niequist. Niequist is also the Worship Pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, and he calls a Jesuit priest his spiritual director.

Be warned; you are about to hear a lot of New Age lingo:

The Practice is an experimental gathering where we immerse ourselves in God’s dream for humanity, practice the historic disciplines that align us with His dream, and carry each other along the way.  PracticeTribe.com

Starting this Sunday, Niequist will teach you about “unforced rhythms of grace,” in which you will learn to align your rhythm with God’s rhythm, practice contemplative prayer methods like Lectio Divina, and learn from a Catholic priest.

click here to continue reading Berean Research article

The Mystical, New Age Roots of Jesus Calling by Geri Ungurean

We have been searching for a Bible based church. For a long time, my husband and I have been worshiping from home; watching pastors and preachers whom we have come to trust and love via YouTube. We do miss fellowship and we are aware that God wants us to be in fellowship with other believers.

For the last two Sundays we visited a Baptist church. This church ordains women as pastors. The head pastor is a man. We do not believe that the Word of God supports women being pastors.

Knowing that we will probably not find a church where we agree on every point, we know that some things are essential, while others are non-essential to salvation. But I have often spoken of the slippery slope on which leadership finds itself when they stray from the Word. It is inevitable.

A baby was being dedicated on the first Sunday we visited the new church. A book was presented to the parents of the baby. The name of the book was Jesus Calling. I had read about this book, and knew that it was very controversial, but I had no idea how wrong this book was for any Christian to be reading.

I know that this article is going to upset many people who have come to love Jesus Calling. My job as a Christian writer is to speak truth. I have no control over the readers’ reaction, but I must speak truth; and hopefully I will reach some Christians with this truth. I pray that this piece will help many to see that Jesus Calling is not a book that Jesus would have them read.

Jesus Calling is a New Age mystical book which Christians should completely avoid.

SOLA SCRIPTURA From gotquestions.org

Question: “What is sola scriptura?”

Answer: The phrase sola scriptura is from the Latin: sola having the idea of “alone,” “ground,” “base,” and the word scriptura meaning “writings”—referring to the Scriptures. Sola scriptura means that Scripture alone is authoritative for the faith and practice of the Christian. The Bible is complete, authoritative, and true. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). [1]

It says in Timothy 3:16, that all Scripture is God-breathed. Just as He breathed life into Adam, He breathed the Words of the Bible – penned by men, but under His inspiration. It is so vitally important for the believer to read God’s Word. It is food for their soul. God speaks to us through His Word.

Have you ever read a verse of Scripture that you have read many times before, but suddenly the words just jumped off the page and into your heart? God was speaking to you through His Word, and helping you with whatever you were going through at that particular time.

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)


The author of this book, Sarah Young, modeled her book after God Calling, a book written in the early 1930s. This book was written by two “listeners” who said that they would come into the presence of God and begin to write what they thought He was saying. It is a New Age practice called automatic writing. The New Age followers believe that they are channeling spirits who impart knowledge to them. We know that these so-called spirits are demons.

Isn’t it just like Satan to deceive the children of God? In Jesus Calling, Sarah Young also claims that she came into God’s presence and listened and then wrote what she felt He was saying to her. She writes as if Jesus Himself is speaking.

Doesn’t it make you wonder who was saying the things for Miss Young to write? I have skimmed through many of the writings in this book, and on the surface they seem innocuous. But I have wondered why so many millions of Christians would resort to reading this book, when we have the Word of God. Why do they need more? Who is whispering to them that they need more?

I see that Sarah Young now has a book out for children, and even a Jesus Calling bible! This alarms me, and makes me wonder why so many Christians lack discernment. It is obvious to me that Satan is confusing and deceiving God’s children. But if these same people would read the Word of God, they would see that everything they need to know is right there is His Word!

Harper Collins publishes “Jesus Calling” books. Harper Collins also publishes the Satanic Bible. Coincidence?  I think not.

Back to the church that my husband and I visited; we had the pastor come to our home to speak with us about some of our concerns. I had already told him about being alarmed that the church would present Jesus Calling to the parents of a baby being dedicated. When we began to speak with him about this, he shut us down by saying that his wife loves Jesus Calling and that all of these books bring her peace. So, the book is okay because his wife loves it? I was speechless.

I began to connect the dots. I thought to myself that this pastor believes that it is okay to ordain women as pastors, and he was influenced by his wife about the spiritual legitimacy of Jesus Calling. My mind traveled back to the Scriptures about the Garden of Eden. It was Eve who was deceived by Satan. Adam sinned willfully. I believe that he did this because of his love for Eve. He put her above God.

If this pastor believed the Word of God, and studied it as any pastor should, he would have seen the error of his ways. God would have spoken to him through His Word. But instead he did what he thought was right.

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).


Warren Smith wrote a book entitled Another Jesus Calling. In this insightful book, Mr. Smith asks the question “Is this really our Savior speaking?” I would encourage any readers of this article, who are defensive about Sarah Young’s book, to purchase Another Jesus Calling. Warren Smith believes (as I do) that this is just part of the Emerging Church movement, where contemplative prayer and eastern mediation is encouraged.

Please pass this article on to anyone you know who is reading Jesus Calling. I pray that the Lord will bring many away from this counterfeit book and back into His book – the Bible.

Blessings in Yeshua



[1] http://www.gotquestions.org/sola-scriptura.html

Quit bothering the A.A. Christians with the Bible

Hey, I know. I’ve been in it. You don’t want to deal with the Bible, you want to talk about how wonderful A.A. is. You want to hear what everybody has to say about their “higher power,” even if that higher power could be a pink cloud or a tree. You want to hear quotes from the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book.
My Christian friend, you are in the temple of the gods, 21st century version.
I have good news, and I have bad news. The good news is that Christ frees us from our bondage.
The bad news is that A.A. is relatively ineffective as treatment, but very effective in diluting the Christian faith, and in pointing the unsaved away from Christ.
A.A. is a spirituality where Christ is, at best, simply one god among many. The A.A. “good news” is another gospel.
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! (Galatians 1:8)

There are three A.A. Big Book references to a broad spirituality.

1) “We feel we are on the Broad Highway, walking hand in hand with the Spirit of the Universe.”– A.A. Big Book, pg.75 (bold mine)

But Jesus Christ warns, “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is BROAD that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” (Matthew 7:13)

2) “We found that God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him. To us, the Realm of the Spirit is broad, roomy, all inclusive; never exclusive or forbidding to those who earnestly seek. It is open, we believe, to all men. When, therefore, we speak to you of God, we mean your own conception of God.”– A.A. Big Book, pg.46-47 (bold mine)

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is BROAD that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” (Matthew 7:13)

3) “If our testimony helps sweep away prejudice, enables you to think honestly, encourages you to search diligently within yourself, then, if you wish, you can join us on the Broad Highway. With this attitude you cannot fail. The consciousness of your belief is sure to come to you.”–A.A. Big Book, pg. 55 (bold mine)

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is BROAD that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it.” (Matthew 7:13)

As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed! (Galatians 1:9)

A Look at Dreams and Visions


Highly recommended.

Originally posted on m'kayla's korner:

I wanted to take a closer look at what the bible has to say in the areas of dreams and visions. These experiences have become quite popular over the years with many people  who claim their dreams are from God. Others claim the ability to interpret the dreams and produce many resources and conduct expensive classes to teach the ability to do the same.  Some will go so far as to provide impartations at the conclusion of classes through the laying on of hands so that the attendees will receive the gift of dreams and visions with the ability to interpret same.

I have always been a big dreamer. I dream almost every night and some of those dreams seem to go on for long periods of time. They are filled with all sorts of things, people, some living, some not, places, animals, colors, probably much like you dream. Some…

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“Be Still And Know That You Are Not God!” by Warren B. Smith

Is God in everyone? Alcoholics Anonymous has  taught this to millions of alcoholics. According to the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book:

“Sometimes we had to search fearlessly but He was there. He was as much a fact as we were. We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis, it is only there that He may be found.” (pg. 55) (bold mine)

Can this be found in the Bible? Absolutely not.

By no means is Alcoholics Anonymous alone in making this assertion.

The claim that God is in all people, and/or in everything, is becoming increasingly prevalent–even in the visible church.

Warren B. Smith has written Be Still and Know That You are Not God!–God is Not “in” Everyone and Everything. This booklet offers biblical proof that God is not in all men, nor is God in all that exists.

It is an important issue as this is foundational to the rising false/new age church.

You can read Smith’s booklet HERE

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The A.A. Big Book: God only found “deep down within us”

Originally posted on My Word Like Fire:

Well, it must be true, because it’s in the A.A. Big Book.

According to the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, “Sometimes we had to search fearlessly, but He was there. He was as much a fact as we were. We found the Great Reality deep down within us. In the last analysis, it is only there that He may be found. It was so with us.” (pg. 55, bold mine)

That is right out of the New Age/New Thought handbook.

How many hurting, unsaved alcoholics come to believe this is true–that God can only be found by looking deep down within themselves? This is one of many examples of A.A. Big Book heresy–a complete denial of Jesus Christ.

When is God within people? When those people have accepted Christ as Savior. The Bible tells us: However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of…

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NAR “apostle” Mark Chironna scorns Christians concerned with end times

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:13)

Promoting his latest webinar, Mark Chironna writes, “It is becoming increasingly evident that preoccupation with end-time scenarios is ‘in vogue’…BUT ONLY within a small subculture of the Body of Christ. Trans-generationally, the majority of the Church globally is seeing something that the Western Church seems to be missing and misinterpreting.” [1]

As is usually the case with New Apostolic Reformation apostles and prophets, Scripture is secondary to dreams, visions, and new revelations.

According to Chironna, “You and I need to decide whether or not we will be part of a company of believers, followers of Jesus, who will participate in the new thing that the Spirit is doing in the earth, or whether we will passively continue to misinterpret the signs of the times and follow the same mistakes previous generations have by being distracted by endless speculations that we are warned not to get involved with.” [2] (emphasis mine)

Like Bill Johnson of Bethel Redding, Mark Chironna leans towards new age/quantum mysticism. That became obvious when Chironna spoke at Bethel Redding. READ

Chironna declares, “It is time to LEAP INTO THE FUTURE, however that cannot happen unless we embrace the Prophetic Paradigm of the Spirit, and not the pathetic paradigm of foolish speculation based on Scriptural misinterpretation. [3]

I know your deeds and your toil and perseverance, and that you cannot tolerate evil men, and you put to the test those who call themselves apostles, and they are not, and you found them to be false; (Revelation 2:2)

Source Notes:

1. Leap into the Future: The Spirit’s 21st-Century Prophetic Paradigm Orlando, FL-June 12th and 13th

2. Ibid

3. Ibid

Fake (or demonic) Glory Feather Cloud from an “Apostolic and Prophetic” ministry

“Look at the feathers, man! Look at the feathers!” (52 seconds in video)

Jeff Jansen leads Global Fire Ministries International, which is described as “Apostolic and Prophetic.” [1] The website claims, “Jeff flows in a strong prophetic and miracle healing anointing that releases the tangible Glory of God everywhere he goes.” [2]

Jansen’s alleged glory feather cloud is somewhat similar to the glory cloud (?) which occurred in Bill Johnson’s church some years ago. [3]

There is another similarity as well. In 2012, Bill and Beni Johnson each contributed chapters from their own books to The Physics of Heaven. Co-authored by Ellyn Davis and Bill Johnson’s personal assistant, Judy Franklin, with the Foreword by Bethel’s Kris Vallotton, the book is shocking in terms of its New Age/quantum mysticism implications.

Referring to the eleven contributors to The Physics of Heaven, co-author Ellyn Davis stated:

“[The contributors of the book] all agree that the next move of God will cause a shift at the deepest level of who we are—perhaps the very “vibrational level” that the New Age movement has been exploring. They also all agree that there are precious truths hidden in the New Age that belong to us as Christians and need to be extracted from the worthless.” [4]

Co-author Judy Franklin wrote, “This book is just a precursor to the revelation that God is going to give us when He releases a new, transforming sound.” [5]

As noted in The New Age Propensities of Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson, The Physics of Heaven “describes what God is supposedly going to bring about. A theme of the book is that God may somehow bestow incredible power on believers through vibrations/sounds/frequencies/energies, with “sound” mentioned a number of times throughout the book.” [6]

Note the commonality with Jansen’s expectations. Jansen wrote,

“The sound of the roar of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah is being released upon this generation. It will change and restore everything it touches right down to the core structure or subatomic level. That sound creates breakthrough, which enables transformation in regions, revealing the true intentions and purposes of God. Now, in our time, a generation must wake up from its slumber and rise to release the fresh, new sound of Heaven on the planet.” [7]

Jansen predicts,

“In this season, a new sound is being released upon the earth again, and that sound is ushering in a new era in the glory of God in nation transformation. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah is roaring again, unleashing His furious sound through a supernatural family.” [8]

New Age “Christianity” continues to rise.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. (1 Timothy 4:3-4)

Source Notes:

1. http://globalfireministries.com/jeff-jansen-ministries

2. Ibid.

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew0Dk1qdAa4

4. Ellyn Davis, The Physics of Heaven (Crossville, TN: Double Portion Publishing, Kindle Edition, 2013), Kindle location: 477

5. Judy Franklin, The Physics of Heaven, op. cit., Kindle location: 188.

6. http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15508  (Go to: Quantum Sounds?)

7. Jeff Jansen, Unleashing The Furious Sound of Glory: The Roar of Power and Love That Transforms The Earth, Elijah List Newsletter, 5/22/15

8. Ibid.

More on the “Quantum Christians”

Here is Herescope’s review of Chapter 7 of The Physics of Heaven, one of the most disturbing books ever to be introduced to the saints. Bill and Beni Johnson contributed chapters to the book, Bill Johnson’s personal assistant is a co-author, and Kris Vallotton wrote the Foreword.

Vallotton calls the book’s contributors “seers.” [1] In reality, these people may well serve to facilitate entrance into the New Age.

Read: http://herescope.blogspot.com/


1. Foreword of The Physics of Heaven

* I believe Al Dager first came up with the term Quantum Christians. Thanks, Craig at Crosswise blog.. http://www.mediaspotlight.org/pdfs/QuantumChristianityWeb.pdf

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Herescope reviews Jonathan Welton’s chapter in The Physics of Heaven

[The following excerpt is from Herescope’s review of the Jonathan Welton contribution to The Physics of Heaven. You can link to the rest of the review at the end of what is posted here.]

According to Herescope:

Ironically, this chapter, “Authentic vs. Counterfeit” by Jonathan Welton,[2] proposes that Christians should pursue separating the true from the false in New Age Religion, and reclaim the truths that religion stole from the church. The chapter’s “most important point” is,

If there is a counterfeit, there is an authentic that we need to find and reclaim. Every time we see a masquerade, we need too look closely to properly discern what is being counterfeited, because a counterfeit is evidence that an authentic exists. (TPOH, 42)

“Resistors” and “Fearers”
To advance his bold thesis, Welton needs to discredit conservative Christian critics who question the legitimacy of such a reclamation project and therefore states, “The way that God moves in power looks a lot like the New Age, and this has scared many Christians away from the operating gifts of the Holy Spirit.”(TPOH, 45) So he breaks down the way religious people view the supernatural into 3 Groups—
1.Those who operate in the supernatural realm authentically (i.e., the signs and wonders crowd of the New Apostolic Reformation);
2.Those who operate in the supernatural realm fraudulently (i.e., New Agers, Buddhists, Hindus and Occultists); and
3.Those who view the supernatural realm skeptically.
Welton perceives Group 3 to be comprised of “fellow Christians who believe false doctrines regarding the operation of supernatural power.”(TPOH, 48)

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