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

Conquered by Contemplative Prayer

Beth Moore and War Room stand-out Priscilla Shirer have promoted it. So has Tim Keller. And so have Mike Bickle, Beni Johnson, and Rick Warren.

(For Priscilla Shirer’s contemplative history, click HERE.)

Contemplative prayer 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.

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.

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)

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 often seems to lead to an inability to distinguish between Catholic teaching on Salvation and the Truth of the Bible. It has also served as a road to interspirituality.

There is a biblical meditation, and we read of it in the Bible. In fact, we are instructed to do this. (Joshua 1:8) In biblical meditation, the mind is active and thinking. The Word is pondered, ruminated upon, “chewed,” so to speak.** This can be a wonderful experience with our God.

I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways. (Psalm 119:15)

And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments, Which I love; And I will meditate on Your statutes. (Psalm 119:48)

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.

Source Notes:

** I got this idea/description about chewing and ruminating on the Word of God (biblical meditation) from someone, maybe Ray Yungen, or maybe Charles Spurgeon.

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Catholicism and the Worship of Mary


Another warning about the growing incursion of Catholicism into the visible church. Beware James Robison, Rick Warren, and others.

Originally posted on Following Jesus Christ:

                                                CATHOLICISM AND THE WORSHIP OF MARY

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” 1 Timothy 2:5

And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”  Matthew 23:9

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God….” 2 Corinthians 10:5


It is interesting to see that many of the idolatrous doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church, including Mary worship, treating Mary as our co-redeemer, extra-biblical mysticism, and veneration for the Pope, are leaching into Protestant churches – especially charismatic congregations. I am surprised to see that these teachings, doctrines and practices are taking root with little to…

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Mike Gendron–Tell Catholics The Truth

Ex-Catholic Mike Gendron has a heart for the Catholic people. “Who is going to do the correcting? Those who know the Truth,” he says.

Who is going to correct Rick Warren, Beth Moore, James Robison, and others who seem unable or unwilling to distinguish the difference between Catholic teaching and biblical teaching on Salvation?

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“Be skeptical of Dr. Oz’s Remedies and Rick Warren’s ‘Plans'” by Marsha West

Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, author and host of a successful TV show, has involved himself in some, um, questionable cures for what ails you. According to a Fox News report, a recent study showed that “Half of Dr. Oz’s health advice is bad.” Die-hard Oz fans will more than likely ignore the study results and continue tuning into his TV show for advice from him and the panel of doctors that appear regularly, even knowing that Oz and the other doctors often recommend products straight out of Quacksville.

Our idols would never steer us wrong, would they? click here for rest of Marsha West’s article

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Warren B. Smith video from The Berean Call Conference

Warren B. Smith spoke at The Berean Call conference, and had a strong warning about Bill Johnson and Bethel Church of Redding, California. This was one of many things he spoke about, but it is important to note that Bethel seems to be heading into quantum mysticism, and quantum mysticism is something Smith has been alerting Christians about for years. Smith also spoke about Jesus Calling, The Message Bible, Rick Warren, the New Age, and much more.

You can see this right HERE

[Sorry, the video seems to have been removed]

Be Careful Who You Follow


In the dead of night, in the bright of day, Truthinator strikes again…

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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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