Rick Warren’s Catholic television interview

In a stunning interview with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN Catholic network, Rick Warren referred to the “great classic devotional works” of Catholic contemplatives Brother Lawrence, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross, (11:28) and seemed to say his own “spiritual director” studied under a noted Catholic. (29:58)

Warren said he is an “avid fan of EWTN. I make no bones about it.” (34:25) So…Rick Warren faithfully follows the Catholic channel, so to speak?

Warren calls EWTN’s The Chaplet of Divine Mercy “one of my favorite shows…” He says he and his wife “put it on and relax and worship and in that time of reflection, meditation, and quietness I find myself renewed and restored.” (35:03).

He thanked Mother Angelica for the show.

I don’t know how much one should to read into this, but it is amazing he referred to Pope Francis as “our new Pope…” (13:00)

Then again, Warren stated he fully supports the Catholic Church’s New Evangelization strategy. (30:50) But…New Evangelization is a strategy to bring people into Catholicism!

Host Raymond Arroyo asked Warren what is the obstacle “keeping Christians apart and away from that unity” and noted that Christ, Pope John Paul 2 and other popes desired unity. (23:32)

“Every one of them,” agreed Warren, which seemed to be a reference to the most recent popes. (23:45)

Warren gave his apparent understanding (?) of salvation, or what beliefs supposedly bind Christians and Catholics… (23:40–24:55)

These are perilous times when church leaders cannot necessarily be relied upon. The Word of God will continue to be attacked or denied, sometimes subtly, sometimes overtly.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 timothy 2:15)

Rick Warren’s Catholic endeavor comes on the heels of Protestants who don’t unite with Catholics are guilty of ‘Spiritual Racism,’ which you can read and watch right HERE

World Over 4-10-2014
Sackcloth and Ashes
Raymond Arroyo with Rick Warren

Start at 10:00 minute mark: http://www.ewtn.com/multimedia/video.asp?servertime=201404140619

Thank you Marsha West for informing us about the Rick Warren story. Marsha’s latest: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mwest/140410

Memorable Roma Downey quote

“Sometimes it’s harder to ask someone to go to church with you, but it’s easy to ask them to the movies.” — Roma Downey

Ken Ham’s Answers In Genesis Argues “Son Of God” Movie Is Flawed…

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Addressing concerns over “Son of God” film by Marsha West

[Click the link at the end for the other half of Marsha West's well researched article.]

West writes:

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. ~Eph 5:11

Not surprisingly the movie “Son of God” has created quite a stir in the Christian community. Before I gave the theater my money I read several reviews, blog posts, Facebook comments and viewed TV interviews of husband and wife team Mark Burnett and Roma Downey promoting their film. Roma is a familiar face to many and is best-known for her role on the successful TV show “Touched by An Angel.” Mark Burnett is the executive producer of a string of hit TV shows such as “Survivor,” “The Voice, “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Shark Tank,” and he has won several Emmys.

When I first heard that another full-length feature film about the life of Christ was coming to the silver screen, I was skeptical for several reasons. First, Mark and Roma are Catholic and I was concerned that the movie would be produced from this perspective; a perspective that in many cases I disagree with.

Second, I learned that Roma earned a degree in “spiritual psychology” from the University of Santa Monica, a private graduate school founded by New Age spiritual and self-help quack John-Roger. P.J. Miller is not being flippant when he asks:

What do you call someone who is a student of new age psychology and spiritualism? Do you call them new agers? Do you call them seekers? Would you dare call them Christian? Well, if you’re Roma Downey, then yes, you would call yourself all the above. (Source)

Third, a movie trailer shows Jesus asking Peter to follow Him. Peter looks skeptical and asks Jesus what they’re going to do. Jesus grins and replies “Change the world.” Well, no. Jesus never said those words to Peter! Here’s what Jesus actually said:

While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. (Mat 4:18-20)

Jesus commanded – Peter and Andrew dropped what they were doing to follow Him. (More on this in a moment.) Another clip shows a woman sitting in a boat on the Sea of Galilee with Jesus and the apostles during the storm where Jesus walks on water. But according to Scripture there was no woman in the boat:

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. (Mat 14:22)

In the movie Mary was the woman in the boat. But why would they have a woman in the boat when Matthew informs us that the disciples/apostles got into the boat. Mary wasn’t one of the twelve disciples/apostles – no woman was!

Finally, S. Michael Houdmann revealed in his review of the movie that, “the reason for Jesus’ death and the meaning of His resurrection are completely missing. The fact that Jesus’ death is the atoning sacrifice for sin is not mentioned at all (1 John 2:2).”

As I said, “Son of God” has elicited a great deal of controversy as did Mark and Roma’s “The Bible” miniseries produced by LightWorkers Media, a company owned by them. This “heretical and blasphemous” program aired on the History Channel last year. “We knew when we were shooting,” said Downey, “that the Jesus portion of our ‘Bible’ series was special and we shot much more footage and we’ve re-edited many more scenes into a stand-alone feature film called ‘Son of God.'” I don’t have the space to tackle the “The Bible” brouhaha. I will say, though, that several highly controversial pastors sat on the Board of Advisors. They include Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Richard Mouw and Samuel Rodriguez. (For more on “The Bible” go to Resources below)

The Son of God?

“Son of God” opened on February 28, so by now a lot of folks have had the opportunity to view it in theatres and many more will have it streaming into their living rooms in a few months. Naturally, reviews were quickly written, some good, some not so good. (You’ll find links to the reviews at the end of this piece.) Suffice to say that in a short amount of time a lot has been said about the film.

Many of you won’t be surprised to learn that Mark and Roma asked Saddleback Church founder Rick Warren to help spread their version of the “good news.”

For rest of article: Here

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Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan book removed from main Calvary Chapel bookstore

Wowza!  http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=14367

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Jesus Calling is Amazon’s 5th best selling book for 2013

Slate Magazine wryly notes that the successful sales of Jesus Calling means, “We’re desperate for guidance from Jesus, even if it’s just an author named Sarah Young pretending to be Jesus.” [1]

An author pretending to be Jesus would be bad enough, but Jesus Calling seems a product of spirit dictation, much like its predecessor, God Calling.

There is no denying the impact this book is having upon church and culture. It is one more step toward the contemplative “christ.”

This imposter (or imposters**) has been helped along by Rick Warren, Mike Bickle, and many others. Warren’s Daniel Plan brought Eastern/New Age meditation advocates before unsuspecting Christians.  Read

Contemplative prayer is foundational to Mike Bickle’s International House of Prayer. Read

This is going to get much worse, because so many are now trusting and relying on their leaders rather than the Word of God.

Related: Fake “jesus” flatters in Jesus Calling Read

Related: Alcoholics Anonymous and Jesus Calling have God Calling in common Read

**And Jesus said to them, “See that no one misleads you. For many shall come in My name saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many.” (Matthew 24:4-5)

HT: http://the-end-time.blogspot.com/

Endnotes:

1.  Slate article

“Rick Warren’s new book ‘Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life’ awash with doctrines of demons” by Marsha West

Marsha West writes:

Rick Warren is one of America’s most influential Christian ministers.  He’s so popular that many folks call him “America’s Pastor.”

Warren has earned a reputation as larger than life and until a couple of years ago he was large around the middle!  Because of health concerns he decided to shed a few pounds.  But why go it alone?  After all, he had his own personal cheering section if he wanted it – Saddleback Church in Forest Hills California, an evangelical megachurch he started in 1980.

Thirty-three years later Saddleback boasts over 20,000 weekly attendees.  He felt sure that many folks would cheer him on while others would join him in his endeavor to achieve a healthier lifestyle.  So he said No! to Jenny Craig and took on the daunting task of developing a weight loss program that, according to Rick Warren, is “God’s prescription for your health.”

Sound like a plan?

Well, yes, in fact he christened it “The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life.”

On January 15, 2011, over 6,000 people made the trek to Saddleback’s main campus to learn what the Bible allegedly says about getting healthy.  Thousands more watched online at the other Saddleback campuses.

In order to achieve his lofty goal, [Rick Warren] brought together “three of the leading health specialists in America.”  But surprisingly the three doctors picked by the pastor were not Christians – not by a long shot.  In fact, when you look into some of the things they’re into (more on this in a moment), it’s fair to say that all three of them are into New Age/New Thought spirituality.

Who are the doctors Rick Warren chose?   1) Mehmet Oz.  Dr. Oz is a Sufi Muslim, a cardio vascular surgeon, and popular daytime talk show host.  2) Dr. Daniel Amen (pronounced A-mun).  Dr. Amen is a psychiatrist and brain imaging specialist.  He’s also a practitioner of Tanta which is the use of Hinduistic-type mysticism during sexual intercourse.  Dr. Amen is also a self-professed Christian.  3) Dr. Mark Hyman.  Dr. Hyman is a practitioner in alternative therapies in health and medicine and is a secular Jew.

Does this seem like a good fit too you?  I mean, why didn’t he elicit the aid of three notable Christian specialists to create “God’s prescription for your health”?

Furthermore, why would a high-profile evangelical pastor choose doctors who are entrenched in New Age/New Thought (occult) spirituality, as well as questionable alternative health practices? click here for entire article by Marsha West

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A.A.’s co-founder, Dr. Oz, and Swedenborg

“You can become a Reiki master in three weekends.” –Lisa Oz, wife of Dr. Mehmet Oz

Perhaps it is not surprising Dr. Mehmet Oz, a key teacher in Rick Warren’s 52 week health-and-wellness Daniel Plan, has been influenced by occultist Emanuel Swedenborg. Although Swedenborg rejected the biblical Christ, and communed with familiar spirits, some of Swedenborg’s admirers have been culturally significant figures. At this point in his career, Dr. Mehmet Oz certainly qualifies as such.

Those who have either appreciated or followed Swedenborg’s theology have included Helen Keller, Johnny Appleseed, Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Carl Jung, Henry James Sr., the poet Robert Frost, and Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Swedenborg, who died in the 1700s, has been called the father of modern day spiritualism. It is likely Alcoholics Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson’s bondage to the spirit world began with his introduction to Swedenborg’s teachings. Despite erroneous claims he was a Christian, Wilson’s spirituality was one of seances, familiar spirits, and the Ouija board. [1]

Just like Dr. Mehmet Oz, Bill Wilson was introduced to the teachings of Swedenborg through his own wife. Early in their romantic relationship, Bill Wilson “learned that [his future wife's family] were all Swedenborgians, and the mystic aspect of the faith so fascinated them they vowed to explore it more deeply one day.”[2]

In Pass It On (AA co-founder’s official biography), Bill Wilson states, “The Ouija board began moving in earnest. What followed was the fairly usual experience-it was a strange melange of Aristotle, St. Francis, diverse archangels with odd names, deceased friends–some in purgatory and others doing nicely, thank you! . . . Then, the seemingly virtuous entities would elbow them out with messages of comfort, information, advice—and sometimes just sheer nonsense.”[3] (Bold added.)

Swedenborg had power. This cannot be denied. It was stunning to learn Swedenborg had written of a spiritual “twelve steps” more than a century before Alcoholics Anonymous was birthed.[4] Did Wilson copy this term from Emanuel Swedenborg? I do not believe so. I believe that Wilson, having opened himself up to communication with unclean spirits, received his 12 Steps from the same source as had Swedenborg.

Emanuel Swedenborg experienced mystic dreams, trances, and meditation. He believed that he was visited by Christ, who informed him he was the human appointed to write the real meaning of the Bible. He believed he communicated with Moses, Luther, Mary, Aristotle, the apostle Paul, and many others.

For rest of article: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=5618

Documenting Rick Warren’s Activities

If you ever need to research (you need to) Rick Warren and the Purpose Driven Movement, these links are valuable:

Research Pages on Rick Warren: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/warren.htm

Review on updated Purpose Driven Life: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10312

Published in: on January 21, 2013 at 2:37 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Church of Tares” receives My Word Like Fire award for Best Documentary of 2012

You can view Church of Tares: Purpose Driven, Seeker Sensitive, Church Growth & New World Order in its entirety on YouTube.

My Word Like Fire names Church of Tares the Best Documentary of 2012. If you have ever wondered what Rick Warren is promoting, and teaching, this documentary will answer many questions.

Here is the link: Click here for Church of Tares

Recovery Awareness blog states Celebrate Recovery is not biblical

Here is the link to RecoveryAwareness, please check out this site. The following is posted from Recovery Awareness, with permission:
This, having
experienced, witnessed and studied,
I must testify to…
Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. Do not add to His words Or He will reprove you, and you will be proved a liar.
To do something because someone says ‘it works’ or ‘feels right’ can often be the worst possible reason for doing it [2Ti4:4]; especially if the act flies so clearly in the face of scripture [Mar13:31]. There is an obvious problem with all twelve step including celebrate recovery’s new latter day healing approach; it is not Biblical doctrine [Psa56:5]. If it was necessary, the historic Christian church was flawed [Mat16:18].
If CR is correct, then Rick Warren is a prophet and according to (Warren’s own words) “’everyone needs recovery’ and ‘these are the very word of Jesus'”, another words everyone is spiritually incomplete without this man-made 12 step program [Pro30:6]. CR distorts the use of scriptures and also incorporates the 12 steps of alcoholics anonymous [2Pe2:1] both of these heresies are exactly what we are warned about in God’s word [1Cr3:11] [2Cr4:2].
Just because the name Jesus is stamped all over this new syncretism, that wrongful branding will never make it of The Lord [Mat7:21] . Doctrine cannot be 95% good and 5% arsenic, or it would be the theological equivalent of rat poison [Hbr6:8]. This means that the use of the 12 steps alone pollutes everything [1Cr5:7], making it un-holy and not fit for any Godly purpose [2Ti1:9].
The Bible is the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God, inerrant in the original writings [2Ti3:16]. All 12 step recovery programs have the same composition as poison by corrupting the “pure spiritual milk” [1Pe2:2] of God’s words debasing and inhibiting spiritual growth. Every nice, warm experience of all involved and the best intentions cannot change that truth. Those taking part in this new breed of so called Christianity-[Χριστιανός]-(christianos)-meaning “follower of Christ”-must be warned of these misguiding teachings and lies.
“Woe to the rebellious children,” declares The Lord, “Who execute a plan, but not Mine, And make an alliance, but not of My Spirit, In order to add sin to sin;
Here, again, is the link to Recovery Awareness.
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