Advice to John Wesley from his mother

Whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the [desire for] spiritual things … that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.

— Susannah Wesley

Published in: on July 17, 2016 at 4:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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“Spiritual information about Pokemon” by Preston Young

A warning from several years ago by a teenage researcher concerned with the occultic aspects of Pokemon.

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[Note from MWLF: 14 year old researcher Preston Young shares a few things about the Pokémon game. His concern is that it’s “sneakily teaching kids and adults stuff in the occult.” This is an area where most adults have little knowledge.]

Preston Young writes:

What’s wrong with Pokémon? Here are a few things I found. I got this info from Pokémon X.

1. Throughout the game you must battle random Pokémon trainers (Pokémon owners), all of whom have different hobbies. Some are Fishermen, Tourists, or Pokémon rangers, but two of them caught my attention: Psychics and Hex Maniacs, a.k.a witches. This is bad already, but what caught my attention even more is what they said before and after you meet them: For example the Hex Maniac will say “I’ve known forever—since my PREVIOUS LIFE –that we would meet here today and face off!” The previous life mentioned here comes from…

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Published in: on July 16, 2016 at 11:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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AA’s spiritual Broad Highway invitation contradicts Christ’s warning in Matthew 7:13

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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.”– AA Big Book, pg.75 (bold mine)

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.”– AA  Big Book, pg.46-47 (bold mine)

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…

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Together 2016 ditches App for locating “Gay Affirming” churches?

According to Amy Spreeman of Berean Research:

UPDATE: In the 9 hours since this story was published, those who now download (or update) this app are have reported that theFind a Church” function is no longer available.  The screen shots in this article are from my downloaded version at 6:30 a.m. this morning, July 14th.  I think I will keep the original version for awhile. continue reading article

Published in: on July 15, 2016 at 10:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Together 2016 App locates “Gay Affirming” churches–Open letter to Assemblies of God leader George O. Wood

Hi Dr. Wood,

Remember a  few years back when Jim Wallis asked you to sign his “Covenant for Civility”? Unfortunately, the Covenant had a number of signatories from pro-gay churches, and even included an individual who had served on the Board of Directors for a pro-choice religious organization. When you discovered this deception you withdrew your name. [1]

This is sort of a similar thing with Together 2016, which begins tomorrow in Washington D.C., only the App has been released on the very last day before this gathering begins.

Here is Amy Spreeman’s article warning the Body of Christ about this. Please  READ …

The AoG motion to affirm Together 2016 occurred in 2015, [2] long before this App was introduced, and before the Pope was added as a speaker via video. News about the Pope’s participation, however, has been out for some time now.

Dr. Wood, official Catholic doctrine promotes inclusivism–the teaching  that non Christians who are sincere in their religion will go to heaven. [3] Those of us who attempt to join in unity with the Catholic Church, as if it is simply another biblical denomination, are in serious error.

I want to thank you for for being so approachable, even to guys like me who usually have bad news or a warning to share. I am  going to publish this open letter on my blog so that others may be warned.

These gatherings and calls for ecumenical unity are going to increase. Perhaps these events can be thoroughly vetted from here on out.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. (Ephesians 5:11)





[3]  Excerpt of Holly Pivec’s article

Published in: on July 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm  Comments (3)  
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Putin crosses a line — bans Russians from preaching the Gospel outside churches. Here’s the latest.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has just crossed a very dangerous line. He has just signed a law making it illegal for Russian followers of Jesus Christ to share or preach the Gospel anywhere outside the walls of their church, or even email their family and friends to invite them to church. What’s more, he has done so under the guise of preventing “terrorism.”

As I have been warning for a decade (see here, here, hereand in my 2006 book, Epicenter), Putin — who is fashioning himself as a rising Czar — is an increasingly dangerous despot. He continues to centralize government power and control to himself. He is trampling over human rights, the media, and NGOs. He is rebuilding the Russian military. He has invaded neighboring Georgia and Ukraine. He is arming and building alliances with Radical Islamic countries, particularly Iran.

Now, Putin is positioning himself as an enemy of Christ and His Church. If he doesn’t not…

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Published in: on July 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Shawn Bolz Sees Dead Child in Cold Reading

“As for the person who turns to mediums and spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My Face against that person and will cut him off from his people.” (Leviticus 20:6)


“There shall not be found among you…a medium or a spiritist or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10, 11, 12)


Is Not Satire


Shawn Bolz is now claiming to see dead people. During one of his cold reading “prophecies” with a couple, he claimed he saw their dead daughter Morgan.

2:50 Even tonight as I’m seeing her.
4:18 I just see Jesus smiling with her.
4:20 I’m telling you she’s like watching you like we watch reality television.

This kind of communication from the dead isn’t encouraged in the Bible. It’s a demonic parlor trick causing people to be distracted from the main message of the Gospel.

Chris Rosebrough does a segment on testing the fruit of Shawn Bolz. Link

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Published in: on July 12, 2016 at 3:54 am  Leave a Comment  

Why did Mike Bickle of IHOP-KC ask the Pope the wrong question?

In her article, NAR Leaders meet with the Pope, Holly Pivec of Spirit of Error  writes:

By asking the Pope about universalism, Bickle showed that he apparently doesn’t understand the Catholic position on salvation. The Roman Catholic Church does not hold to universalism, the belief that all belief systems are equally valid (like Hinduism, Buddhism, atheism, etc.). The Roman Catholic Church since Vatican II has held a doctrine known as “inclusivism”—the belief that there’s just one way to be saved (through Jesus Christ and through the Roman Catholic Church), but explicit knowledge of Jesus Christ and a profession of faith in him are not required to experience his salvation. In other words, people of other religions can be saved by Christ—without believing in him—so long as they’re sincere. Catholic inclusivism is very different from exclusivism—the view historically held by Protestants—that salvation is available only to those who have explicitly put their trust in Christ. Catholic teaching on inclusivism offers a false hope that salvation can be experienced apart from conscious faith in Christ—a hope not held out in Scripture. As a result, inclusivism undercuts the urgency of missionary efforts to take the gospel to the unreached.

Bickle’s line of questioning the Pope leads me to believe that he doesn’t understand Catholic teaching on inclusivism. If he did understand it, he wouldn’t have asked the Pope about a different teaching—universalism. And he may not have been so satisfied with the Pope’s assurance he believes that “Jesus is the only way of salvation.” He would have realized that this statement— consistent with inclusivism—still allows for people in other religions to be saved.

A more disturbing case would be if Bickle did, indeed, understand inclusivism. In this hypothetical situation, asking the Pope about universalism (when Bickle already knew the Catholic party line) would seem to have been disingenuous. Bickle would have been giving his followers a false sense of security by suggesting that Catholic inclusivism and Protestant exclusivism are the same. Granted, that possibility is just speculation. But it’s the only way I can make sense of Bickle’s seemingly misguided questions—apart from assuming they were prompted by theological ignorance. click here to continue reading Holly Pivec’s article

Prayer request for writer Warren B. Smith

[Note from MWLF: If you are among the thousands of us who have been helped by the writing of Warren B. Smith, here is an opportunity to pray for Warren and his wife. If you want to help financially, the mailing address is at the end of the Lighthouse Trails bulletin.]

According to Lighthouse Trails:

Please pray for Lighthouse Trails author and co-laborer Warren B. Smith and his wife, Joy. They were hit with a house fire and have another potential risk from a nearby forest fire. Yesterday on July 3rd, their home, located in central California, suffered severe fire and smoke damage due to a faulty cooling system. They lost four pets in the fire as well as personal possessions. The house is uninhabitable in its present state. Now, today, we have learned that there is a fast-moving forest fire currently about a mile from their property. Warren and Joy are away from the vicinity and told us, “We are OK.” We know they are putting their trust in the Lord.

For those of you who are familiar with Warren’s ministry and writings, you know he has sacrificially laid down his life for the edifying and exhortation of the body of Christ for many years now as he warns of the danger of the New Age and its impact on the church. As a former New Age follower himself, he also ministers to many people who have come out of the New Age. We find it very disheartening and sad to learn of the fire that has damaged their home and the forest fire nearing their place. Please pray for this dear beloved couple who mean so much to Lighthouse Trails and to thousands of people touched by Warren’s life and ministry.

As you pray for Warren and Joy, please also pray that they will have clear guidance from the Lord as to how to handle this situation and as to whether they will need to relocate. As we write this prayer request and think of them, we are reminded of the following verses:

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:8-10).

If you have been blessed by Warren Smith’s ministry and would like to send an offering to help during this extremely difficult time, you may use the PayPal button below or mail your offering to:

Warren B. Smith
P.O. Box 1794
Magalia, CA 95954-1794

click here to help via Pay Pal (at end of Lighthouse Trails bulletin)

Published in: on July 5, 2016 at 3:49 pm  Comments (2)  
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Entertainers in the Church?

HT again: The Watchman’s Bagpipes


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