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Important study on the Emergent Church and its infiltration into Protestantism and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Omega of apostasy will deceive many people, for the devil is behind it. Our ...

Important study on the Emergent Church and its infiltration into Protestantism and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The Omega of apostasy will deceive many people, for the devil is behind it. Our only safety is in an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ, and serious study of the Bible.

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    • Spiritually Experiencing God Part - 2
    • We are reaping the rewards of sending our pastors and worship leaders to Willow Creek and Saddleback Community
    • Like Israel of old, Satan wisely brings his deceptions to the leaders of the church, knowing this is the most fruitful ground for the spreading of his false teachings. “Princes Enlisted in Rebellion.--Those men of Israel were determined to resist all evidence that would prove them to be wrong. . . . Who were these? Not the weak, not the ignorant, not the unenlightened. In that rebellion there were two hundred and fifty princes famous in the congregation, men of renown. “ (Letter 2a, 1892) {1BC 1115.2}
    • neither are Adventist
    • Dr. George Barna George Barna, a well-known CGM strategist and supporter of both Hybels and Warren, has even gone so far as to say: It is . . . critical that we keep in mind a fundamental principle of Christian communication: the audience, not the message, is sovereign. If our advertising is going to stop people in the midst of hectic schedules and cause them to think about what we're saying, our message has to be adapted to the needs of the audience. So who is God ??? “the audience is god”
    • What kind of “plan” are they promoting?
    • What is being promoted here??
    • Gladden used to be this...
    • The following letter was sent by Don Schneider to every conference president in the North American Division: "August 10, 2004 "Conference Presidents "North American Division "Dear President, "Ron Gladden met with me and two other church leaders for several hours this past Saturday night following the ASI meetings in Cincinnati. He outlined his plan to create a church planting ministry immediately. This follows on the heels of his termination from the Mid-America and North Pacific Unions in March of this year. "Briefly, his plan includes the following points: " He is creating a very congregational network of churches committed to church planting. " Churches in his network will subscribe to a set of beliefs similar to the Adventist Church's beliefs. " Churches in his network will give 10% of their tithes and offerings to Gladdens ministry office. " No church in his ministry network will return any tithe or offerings to the conference or any other part of the Adventist Church. " No pastors in his network will carry any credentials from the Adventist Church. " Ron indicated that he is aware that churches in his network cannot be part of the Adventist Church. "I am deeply saddened that Ron has chosen to develop a ministry that cannot work with the Adventist Church. (I even made one more appeal last evening to Ron, asking him to back away from this plan and build plans that can work within the Adventist Church.) He is, however, adamant that his plan which he acknowledged Saturday night will create a new denomination is better than the church's governance structure and church planting plans. "We've had significant success in planting churches in the past eight years since we first established the SEEDS conferences. We’ve planted about 1,000 churches, most of which are still healthy, growing parts of the denomination. On Saturday night, I asked Ron to continue to work within the church's successful program of church planting, but he said he had gone too far with his plans to turn back now. "Very sincerely, "Don C. Schneider www.sdadefend.com/Defend-foundation/Gladden's-church.htm "President
    • Ron Gladden’s website.... Gladden is now training and planting his own churches. You can call for a personal consultation on how to get started.
    • Pastor Sam Mckee’s church... Click on Willow Creek
    • Here are just a few SDA churches...
    • Pastor Chris Bullock Ron Gladden
    • Coming Together - Experiencing God Through Comtemplation By: Bill Ashlock - Treasurer of Creative Ministry Description Experiencing God Through Contemplation is designed for small group leaders and others who want to learn about contemplation as means of hearing God's voice in our lives. Discover: ◦ What Contemplation Is- and Isn't ◦ Is There One "Right" Way to Comtemplate? ◦ Contemplation and Ups and Downs or Life ◦ The Value of Group Contemplation This book is part of a 4-volume series. It's all about starting a Spiritual Formation group whose members seek to find intimacy with God in community. Join a movement that is coming together to experience God through Scripture, prayer, contemplation, and spiritual mentors.
    • Bill’s on Mission Catalyst’s board...
    • www.vervent.org
    • Vervent
    • Remember Monte Sahlin and Matthew Gamble are on the Creative Ministry board
    • Christopher Bullock Pastor of Fusion Church located in Atlanta, Georgia
    • “I also want to give a word of precaution. In the silent contemplation of God we are entering deeply into the spiritual realm, and there is such a thing as supernatural guidance that is not divine guidance. While the Bible does not give us a lot of information on the nature of the spiritual world, we do know… there are various orders of spiritual beings, and some of them are definitely not in cooperation with God and his way! … But for now I want to encourage you to learn and practice prayers of protection… “All dark and evil spirits must now leave.” ~ Richard J. Foster Notice he says...
    • Foster comments on the Companion to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius: “This book of reflections on spiritual teachings of Ignatius Loyola is an excellent treatment by a noted Jesuit spiritual director and retreat leader.” Foster and Griffin, p. 299. (emphasis added)
    • Richard Foster explains.... “[W]e must be willing to go down into the recreating silences, into the inner world of contemplation. In their writings, all of the masters of meditation strive to awaken us to the fact that the universe is much larger than we know, that there are vast unexplored inner regions that are just as real as the physical world we know so well. . . . They call us to the adventure, to be pioneers in this frontier of the Spirit." (Richard Foster, The Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth(New York: Harper Collins, 1988), p. 13.
    • Remember his books are being used at Andrews Theological Seminary Nouwen, the Roman Catholic priest wrote, “The Way of the Heart,” one of Spiritual Formation’s most essential books of instruction. He also happens to be the mentor of Richard Foster, a name those familiar with Spiritual Formation recognize as one of, if not the foremost leader of today’s “Emerging Church,” the name of the Spiritual Formation movement sweeping the Protestant world. This is the same Richard Foster, interviewed in an issue of the Review a few years ago, an issue, in which his personal “Renovare Spiritual Formation Bible,” was advertised and recommended by the “Center for Creative Ministry,” of the Ohio Conference of Seventh- day Adventists.
    • Richard Foster is one of the guru’s of the present Spiritual Formation movement in America. In a recent DVD, put it this way, “this silence, is like a “portable sanctuary,” where all carry around with us the “presence of God.” Do you see the significance of this remark? It reveals the belief of all that practice Spiritual Formation’s “Contemplative/Mystical Prayer,” including those in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Satan’s deception has led them to believe they have been in Jesus presence and many have heard His voice. To them, it is as if they were carrying around with them a “Portable Sanctuary.” If we carry with us a “Portable Sanctuary,” and have Jesus speak to us any time we enter into the “Silence,” who needs the sanctuary in Heaven, or for that matter, who needs the Seventh-day Adventist Church to tell the world that Jesus is in the Most Holy Place, of Heaven’s Sanctuary? What does it matter, that Jesus entered the Most Holy Place? There would be no need for a Most Holy Place, for they always carry Jesus with them in their hearts sanctuary; all their own, with Jesus available when needed. All they have to do is slip into the “Silence,” to conjure Him up and do their bidding. This teaching throws out the sanctuary message.
    • listed Emerging Church Plants
    • Just who is the “glorious unseen” referring to?
    • Just which spirit is meeting with them? Looks like Taize to me. I thought our only hope is in Christ? And is that bird falling or flying?
    • POSTmodern Ministry Ministry to Postmoderns How is the Seventh-day Adventist church doing in attracting people of today’s culture and generation? Is it possible that the Seventh- day Adventist Church in North America and Europe could be at a crossroads? Many churches in Europe are near empty, or are being filled for uses other than worshipping God. Could this happen in the United States? George Barna states in his book, Revolution, that “eight out of every ten believers do not feel they have entered into the presence of God, or experienced a connection with Him, during the worship service.”[1] He then says, “Regarding faith-based conversations, most Christians believe that since they are not gifted in evangelism, such outreach is not a significant responsibility of theirs.”[2] This seems to be a formula for ineffective church growth. In The Second Coming of the Church, Barna states, “Most American churches...are holding fast to programs and goals established by their charter members years ago. Many of these ministries have mastered the art of denying the cataclysmic cultural changes around them, responding with cosmetic changes that make little difference.”[3] He further states, “Only one out of four adults – and even fewer teenagers – believe that there is such a thing as absolute moral truth. They believe that the Bible is relegated to nothing more than a book of riveting stories and helpful suggestions….[4] So here is the equation that happens in the minds of these people. “Without absolute moral truth, there can be no right and wrong. Without right and wrong, there is no such thing as sin. Without sin, there can be no such thing as judgment and no such thing as condemnation. If there is no condemnation, there is no need for a Savior.”[5] If this seems scary, it is even more frightening to think that this is not a future prediction but a present reality! Barna then goes on to say, “Increasingly we find that young people view sermons as lectures, or class presentations, and are one-sided communiqués that are ineffective.”[6] If this is the experience of believers, and an accurate representation of today’s culture, what are we as the church to do? How can these people be reached with the truth of Jesus Christ? Dr. Miroslav Pujic, TED Director of Ministry to Postmoderns, has come up with the following identifying characteristics of this group. [7] What is a postmodern, and what distinguishes them? Postmoderns value the process of participation rather than finding “the answer.” Instead of one universal truth, they find significance in many little truths. Instead of programs, they are more interested in discovery. They are not isolationists – they value community, belonging, and friendship over wealth and prosperity. They are technologically savvy, and media is important to them. They are highly interactive which means they don’t do well in one-sided lectures. Images are their method of conveying meaning. They are not interested in religion, but are intensely spiritual, and open to spiritual things, including the occult. They are political in a global sense, not believing or trusting one main political authority, but in universal decentralization of power and process. Where a person of the modern age values individual pride, autonomy, and builds self- confidence, postmoderns find value in and admire self-sacrifice and selflessness, yet have anxiety over the ever-changing paradigm of their lives. Truth to a postmodern is relative – it is a reality based on personal life experience (whatever form that might take), and whatever is believed to be personal truth then becomes truth. Their belief is, “if it’s true for me, then it is truth.” Because of this, they are very open-minded, and acceptance comes easily. They poke fun at one another, and affectionately spoof what moderns would define as serious issues. To the postmodern mind, the style of evangelism the church has previously relied upon brings a “one size fits all” message. The church’s hope is that after an evangelistic effort has finished, new converts will see and understand the truth, and make major lifestyle changes in a matter of weeks. In the culture of the modern mind, this seems logical, but a postmodern person simply cannot connect with this. It is obvious that these two cultures are speaking different languages. How can the gap be bridged? One lay-led postmodern, urban Atlanta church, New Life, meets in the Vineyard Church at the corner of Jimmy Carter Blvd. and Peachtree Industrial, and is reaching out to postmoderns in Atlanta (website). Another postmodern group, Fusion, led by Pastor Chris Bullock, meets at the Defoor Centre. For more information about Fusion, check out their website Looking for more on POSTmodern training etc., please contact Bill Levin at wflevin@gccsda.com.  
    • Canton SDA Church Observing Lent Pastor Todd Leonard
    • Please see next slide to see what I have to say...
    • Mike Tucker says... In the third session of HeartQuest Mike Tucker presented the following instructions: “One form of meditation involves softly repeating the words of Scripture over and over again. The word suggests that we actually murmur the words to ourselves, until they become a part of our being. If you have had difficulty knowing how to do this, I’d like to offer a few suggestions today. . . . First, choose a passage of Scripture no longer than six to eight verses in length. Begin with a time of silent preparation during which you come in touch with your desire to hear from God. Next, read the passage through. Read it once or twice slowly as you look a word or phrase that strikes you. It is a word or phrase that stands out from all the rest in the sense that you either resonate with it or you find that it brings out a sense of resistance. Once you have found that word or phrase, spend a brief period of silence during which you savor or repeat it without trying to figure out what it means or understand why you have reacted to it as you have.”
    • Faith House Manhattan was launched by AMM
    • Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
    • Muslim raised Adventist Pastor Samir Selmanovic’s most recent book The emerging church has been making inroads into Seventh Day Adventism as it has in most of “religion in the Western world.” Samir Selmanovic is a Muslim turned-Seventh Day Adventist pastor- It’s Really All About God turned emerging figure. is a very personal story and a thrilling exploration Samir Selmanovic … has some interesting of a redeeming, dynamic, and alarming views on Christianity. He and radically different way states: to hold one’s religion. The emerging church movement has Readers will deepen their come to believe that the ultimate context religious identities while of the spiritual aspirations of a follower of discovering God, Jesus Christ is not Christianity but rather goodness, and grace the kingdom of God…. to believe that God beyond their own religious is limited to it [Christianity] would be an boundaries. attempt to manage God. If one holds that Christ is confined to Christianity, one has chosen a god that is not sovereign. Soren Kierkegaard argued that the moment one decides to become a Christian, one is liable to idolatry.1 On Selmanovic’s website, Faith House project, he presents an interfaith vision that will “…seek to bring progressive Jews, Christians, Muslims, and spiritual seekers of no faith to become an interfaith community for the good of the world. We have one world and one God.”2
    • SDA professor
    • Selmanovic is co-leader and Founder of www.faithhousemanhattan.org “Experience Your Neighbor’s Faith” Mission We are an experiential inter-religious community that comes together to deepen our personal and communal journeys, share ritual life and devotional space, and foster a commitment to social justice and healing the world. Looks like he’s jumped on board with this ecumenical movement.
    • These Living Room Gatherings meet twice a month
    • Selmanovic
    • You will soon see just how “unconventional” this conference is...
    • 2008 National Conference on Innovation speakers
    • www.crossroad.to/Quotes/spirituality/lighthousetrails/08/9-sweet-adventist.htm The 4Th Annual National Conference On Innovation, sponsored by the Ohio Conference Of Seventh Day Adventists, will take place in October in Columbus, Ohio and will feature New Age sympathizer/ emerging futurist Leonard Sweet. On the conference website, it states: Partners in Innovation is a convergence of people and organizations committed to providing the environment, encouragement, resources and support for the emergence of the Adventist Church of the future in North America.... We ask you to consider becoming a partner in developing this far-reaching initiative to energize a new future for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. Leonard Sweet, who promotes mysticism, christ-consciousness, and the "New Lights" movement that touts people like Matthew Fox, Ken Wilber, and other mystic proponents, recently spoke at Rick Warren's Small Groups Conference. Sweet states in his book Quantum Spirituality that the "power of small groups is in their ability to develop the discipline to get people 'in-phase' with the Christ consciousness (meaning the divinity of man) and connected with one another (meaning interspirituality)(p. 147). The emerging church has been making inroads into Seventh Day Adventism as it has in most of "religion in the Western world." Roger Oakland, in his book Faith Undone, discusses Samir Selmanovic, a Muslim turned-Seventh Day Adventist pastor-turned emerging figure: Samir Selmanovic ... has some interesting and alarming views on Christianity. He states: The emerging church movement has come to believe that the ultimate context of the spiritual aspirations of a follower of Jesus Christ is not Christianity but rather the kingdom of God.... to believe that God is limited to it [Christianity] would be an attempt to manage God. If one holds that Christ is confined to Christianity, one has chosen a god that is not sovereign. Soren Kierkegaard argued that the moment one decides to become a Christian, one is liable to idolatry.1 On Selmanovic's website, Faith House project, he presents an interfaith vision that will "...seek to bring progressive Jews, Christians, Muslims, and spiritual seekers of no faith to become an interfaith community for the good of the world. We have one world and one God."2 www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/newsletter090808.htm (non-Adventist website)
    • Innovation Conference NAD Leonard Sweet talks about Kundalini in his book,Quantum Spirituality "Energy-fire experiences take us into ourselves only that we might reach outside of ourselves. Metanoia is a de-centering experience of connected-ness and community. It is not an exercise in reciting what Jesus has done for me lately. Energy-fire ecstasy, more a buzz than a binge, takes us out of ourselves, literally. That is the meaning of the word 'ecstatic.'" —Quantum Spirituality, P. 93 "A surprisingly central feature of all the world's religions is the language of light in communicating the divine and symbolizing the union of the human with the divine: Muhammad's light-filled cave, Moses' burning bush, Paul's blinding light, Fox's "inner light," Krishna's Lord of Light, Bohme's light-filled cobbler shop, Plotinus' fire experiences, Bodhisattvas with the flow of Kundalini's fire erupting from their fontanelles, and so on." P. 235
    • “The truths most plainly revealed in the Bible have been involved in doubt and darkness by learned men, who, with a pretense of great wisdom, teach that the Scriptures have a mystical, a secret, spiritual meaning not apparent in the language employed. These men are false teachers. It was to such a class that Jesus declared, "Ye know not the Scriptures, neither the power of God." [MARK 12:24.]” GC. pg 598
    • 2007 Innovation Keynote Speakers For sake of space you can research Doug
    • Marcia’s web page...
    • Here’s Rabbi Marcia as a keynote speaker, on meditation, at the Tibet Center to be held at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.
    • Today the mysteries of heathen worship are replaced by the secret associations and seances, the obscurities and wonders, of Spiritualistic mediums. The disclosures of these mediums are eagerly received by thousands who refuse to accept light from God's Word or through his Spirit. Believers in Spiritualism may speak with scorn of the magicians of old but the great deceiver laughs in triumph as they yield to his arts under a different form. {RH, January 15, 1914 par. 9} There are many who shrink with horror from the thought of consulting spirit mediums, but who are attracted by more pleasing forms of spiritism... Still others are led astray by the teachings of Christian Science, and by the mysticism of theosophy and other Oriental religions. {RH, January 15, 1914 par. 10}
    • 2005 & 2006 National Conference on Innovation speakers
    • The Kaiser’s have founded a school called “Two Worlds Wisdom” which we will look at shortly.
    • Kevin Kaiser recommended this book to the attendees at the 2005 Ohio Seventh-day Adventist Conference on Innovation. What concerns me is that the Kaisers, who were honored guest speakers, use this book, and witches, practitioners of magic, astral travelers, Shamans, etc. also use it. This is straight occult language being brought right into the Adventist church, under the blessing of the Ohio Conference of Seventh-day Adventist’s and their President Raj Attiken.
    • Notice who the publisher is...
    • Alchemy: A seemingly magical power or process of transmuting. Two Worlds Wisdom School (operated by the Kaiser family) www.twoworldswisdom.org ...learn to harness alchemy...
    • Labyrinth The Crossings (retreat center)
    • The Crossings
    • Two Worlds Wisdom School Presents The 2009 Annual Wisdom Gathering: A JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF KARMA With Rabbi Gershon Winkler, Rabbi Miriam Maron, Leanne KeiserCarlson, Lench Archuleta, Kevin Kaiser, and others. November 2-4, 2009 at “The Crossings” in Austin, Texas This year we explore the mysteries of why things happen. We journey into the roots of repeating patterns, cause and effect cycles, and consequence. We look at seeds we sow throughour own action as well as seeds generated by larger groups, or originating before birth in our ancestral DNA. We questionseeming twists of fate. Connect what appears unrelated. See paths of learning. And we explore how to accelerate, mitigate, and ultimately use karma to shape our destiny. For more information, and to register,visit www.twoworldswisdom.org http://www.idrah.org/?page_id=488
    • Title: Hello :) http://forums.riverofenlightenment.com/index.php?action=printpage;topic=2677.0 Post by: Tiger on July 27, 2008, 02:12:59 PM Notice the web address above... read what this guy has to say and then Hello everyone, notice who he is directed to contact. Well I'll try to make it short and sweet for everyone. I am a 23 year old male from middle of nowhere America. I am currently attending a local university and will graduate with my RN BSN degree (nursing). I have played approx. 3 years of college baseball, but am now done due to both injury and elgibility reasons. Metaphysical wise- I have been projecting etherically (real time zone) for about the last 5 years, and have had close to 100 in this time period. They started off occurring at random, and I have now gained SOME control over it. Projection led me into energy work, in which I found energy healings. I am now on course to becoming a certified healing touch practioner, so that way I can incorporate healing touch into my field of work. I want to help people with not only traditional western medicine, but non traditional treatments as well. I am taking courses, and right now I am a level 2 of 5 student. The results I, and my mother have had are pretty unreal. I am looking to get healing touch implemented into the local hospitals. I am a practicing Rosicrucian, although I have been slack on my monographs and studies as of late (any questions, just ask or google). I have been slowly developing my auric vision as of late...it has been occurring spontaneously over the past year, but I have also learned to control it as well. One of my most memorable moments, of all the things I have accomplished, is seeing my aura extend in a cone-like shape about 2 feet above my head (which I found out was my crown chakra), into an array of unreal, vibrant colors. I am also an ordained minister through the Universal Life Church, which I use as my 'license' to touch until I get my RN, so if I choose to charge for my services as a student of healing touch, I can do so legally. I am also a staff member of astral commune, so if my nickname sounds familiar, that is probably why. My mother also visits this site on occasion, and she is also a Rosicrucian, a practicing healing touch student, and is clairvoyant. Hey mom, if you are reading this...lol. Any questions or concerns just pm me. Nice to be here :). Title: Re: Hello :) Let’s just briefly look at riverofenlightenment.com Post by: Leswan on August 07, 2008, 04:27:05 AM Hey Tiger, thanks for posting your introduction. Have you heard of Two Worlds Wisdom School run by Leland Kaiser? Google 'gnosticnotes' to find his blog. Leland is a health care consultant who's goal is to integrate spirituality into healthcare and the wider world of business and commerce. I think you'd like his blog - I find it very inspiring. If you get a chance it would be great to hear about some of your most profound / strange / exciting OBE's. Take care Matt says... “Leland is a health care consultant Matt who’s goal is to integrate spirituality into healthcare Title: Re: Hello :) and the wider world of business and commerce.” Post by: Aunt Clair on August 07, 2008, 03:54:10 AM Hello and welcome to the River ! (http://forums.riverofenlightenment.com/Smileys/default/sal.gif)
    • Notice their quotation from “Christ”.
    • Dr. Leland Kaiser’s blog page...
    • Beings they have met with and artistically drawn...
    • Taken directly from Kaiser’s blog...
    • Read faculty member of Two Worlds...
    • Dr. Leland Kaiser wrote the forward in this book...
    • Read....
    • Kaiser endorsing Return To The Sacred Read If you want to understand what the spiritual journey is really like – this is the book for you. Dr. Ellerby has given us an intimate, exciting view of walking with Spirit. It is a true inner look at the spiritual world along with 12 powerful spiritual practices that will greatly assist your own passage. This is a great introduction to what spirituality is all about. If you are ready to graduate from traditional religion to spirituality - this is your roadmap. What a delightful book Jonathan has given us! —Leland R. Kaiser, Ph.D. Spiritual Coach, Co-founder of Two Worlds Wisdom School http://www.jonathanellerby.com/return-to-the-sacred
    • The Kaiser’s travel far and wide presenting their “futurist” ideas to hospitals and others in the health community. These businesses pay top dollar to have the Kaiser’s come and share their “magic”. Let’s look at just a few people on their client list.
    • Kevin Kaiser gave his definition of what he thinks the Adventist Church is, at the 2006 Conference on Innovation, in Columbus, Ohio. On Monday, October 2, 2006, in his presentation entitled “Spiritual Capacities of Innovative Leaders,” beginning at the minute mark of 65:00, here is what he said: “See, the Adventist Church isn’t the 28 fundamental beliefs, and we know that. The Adventist Church is alive—it’s always re-creating itself. It is an alive entity. It is an expression of God. It’s always changing. It’s always in metamorphosis. And, although we’re always gonna have structures to support that, and ways to try to explain what it is, you certainly can’t contain that. The Adventist Church is an epiphany. It’s something, that, without any of the structures—without Sabbath, without the 28 fundamental beliefs, without the Bible, without Christianity—there is a consciousness, where a group of people now for a long period of time have come together to talk to God and to create something. And if that energy—that pure energy of inspiration and creativity—moves through your voice, moves through your words, then anything that you do is going to be effective with anyone with any kind of openness.” ~ Kevin Kaiser "The essential task of cutting through decades and centuries of tradition and ritual, and rediscovering the beauty and simplicity of following Jesus into His mission field, has meant that we reevaluate our priorities, assumptions, and loyalties. Applying the principles of Jesus' ministry has meant that we displace and rearrange some cherished practices and habits. The task of engaging ourselves in distinguishing what is essential to preserve from our heritage from what is expendable is daunting." ~ Raj Attiken, in written introductory remarks given to the public at town hall meetings in 2010
    • Kevin Kaiser, son of Leland Kaiser, spoke at both the 2005 and 2006 Conferences on Innovation, in Columbus, Ohio. In the 2006 conference, Kevin Kaiser recounted an experience he had at the Cliffs of Moher, in Ireland. In this experience he was laying face-down, with his head hanging over the cliff. The Cliffs of Moher are a traditional sacred spot for Celts and Druids. Here is what Kevin Kaiser said on Monday, October 2, 2006, in his presentation entitled “Spiritual Capacities of Innovative Leaders,” staring at the minute mark of 8 min. 16 seconds on the recorded CD of the event: “And then something amazing happened for me that really started a lot of my thinking and moving towards what I’m going to talk to you today. And this is a kind of connection that you so eloquently talked about, that didn’t have to do with separation, religion, or classification; it had to do with community. And I noticed that as I was laying on my chest with now—now everyone was sort of, you know, they were emboldened—almost everyone was laying on their stomachs, hanging out over the cliffs. I noticed that as I was laying there with these fifteen to twenty people, that I felt really connected. I felt really connected to this space. It was as if I had always been at the cliffs. It was so familiar to me in the moment. And I noticed that the people around me, who, at face value, seemed like complete strangers, were so familiar. It was as if I had always been with them. And you talk about seeing the Kingdom of God in any person! I’m sure there was probably an atheist there—maybe there was a Wiccan—I’m sure there were a couple of Southern Baptists, and maybe a Muslim or two, and maybe a Zen Buddhist—and there was a moment of connection where it simply didn’t matter; that the thing that was Divine in all of us was simply moving through us into the ground.”
    • Now, you would think that the Conference president, or one of the other Conference personnel, or maybe one of the many pastors who were present—somebody would have right then and there stood to their feet and said: “I’m sorry, but you will have to leave. You are of a different spirit altogether. But no. Nobody stood up and said anything of the sort. Instead, 130 or so people stayed right in their seats, and continued to listen to Kevin Kaiser, as he led them in an exercise regarding how to create and hold “sacred space” in their lives. The following Pagan site mentions the Cliffs of Moher as a sacred site (scroll way down): http://paganpages.org/content/tag/ireland/ This next site also mentions the Cliffs of Moher as a sacred site. Here is the opening to the author’s page: “As Christians look to the Holy Land or Muslims revere Mecca, those of us who walk a Druidic or Celtic Pagan path regard Ireland, or Eire, as the spiritual home of our tradition.” Scroll down about one third the way down the page: http://www.aquarius-atlanta.com/archivesview.php?issueid=470 Letʼs look at what organizations are clients of the Kaiserʼs....
    • Here are just a few of their many clients...
    • Kaiser’s home church Dr. Kaiser and his son teach Sabbath School class at Brighton SDA
    • 01 September 2000 NAD K-12 Teachers' Convention in Dallas Makes History by Patricia Humphrey and J. D. Victor Fitch, Superintendent of Education, Manitoba- Saskatchewan Conference Inspirational - Excellent - Awesome - Spiritual - Spectacular - Enriching - Refreshing These are just a few of the expressions teachers used to describe their experience at the first-ever North American Division K-12 Teachers Convention held in Dallas, Tex., August 13-16. More than 6,000 teachers, school administrators, conference and union personnel, including family members, from the North American Division (NAD), along with special guests from outside the NAD, converged at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Dallas for the largest gathering of educators in Seventh-day Adventist history. “The convention far exceeded our hopes,” says Dick Osborn, vice president for education at the NAD Office of Education. “Teachers left here feeling proud to be Adventist educators, realizing that they are part of a bigger system.” page. 1 of NAD K-12 Teachers' Convention in Dallas Makes History “Also addressing the large gathering of educators during the opening session was special guest Joe McTighe, executive director of the Council for American Private Education. “Adventist schools are a vital part of the private education community,” McTighe remarked. “I am in awe of your energy and spirit, and I have a deep respect for the commitment you bring to your noble work.” Three eminent general session speakers inspired the attendees. Dr. Harry K. Wong, one of the most sought after speakers for Adventist education, challenged educators on how to become a successful and effective teacher. Besides giving more than 3,000 presentations to a half-million people, almost one million copies of his book, The First Days of School, have been sold. Dr. Leland Kaiser is a consultant and university professor and one of the world’s leading futurists, working with corporations, health care and education. A dedicated Adventist layperson, he focused his futuristic eyes on Adventist education in the 21st century with provocative, passionate ideas that stirred the thinking of each listener. Dr. William Glasser, one of the most influential thinkers in education for the past three decades, focused on the characteristics of quality schools. page. 2 of NAD K-12 Teachers' Convention in Dallas Makes History
    • Basically the same article
    • Ohio SDA Conference President Read who their partners are...
    • Pastor Loren Seibold of the Worthington SDA Church in Ohio writes this article in Spectrum Magazine applauding the National Conference On Innovation and is unhappy with those speaking out against it.
    • "There shall not be found among you [anyone] who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, [or one] who practices witchcraft, [or] a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things [are] an abomination to the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you.” Deut. 18:10-12 "For you have trusted in your wickedness; You have said, 'No one sees me'; Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you; And you have said in your heart, 'I [am,] and [there is] no one else besides me.' Therefore evil shall come upon you; You shall not know from where it arises. And trouble shall fall upon you; You will not be able to put it off. And desolation shall come upon you suddenly, [Which] you shall not know. Stand now with your enchantments And the multitude of your sorceries, In which you have labored from your youth -- Perhaps you will be able to profit, Perhaps you will prevail. You are wearied in the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, [And] the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you From what shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble, The fire shall burn them; They shall not deliver themselves From the power of the flame; [It shall] not [be] a coal to be warmed by, [Nor] a fire to sit before! Thus shall they be to you With whom you have labored, Your merchants from your youth; They shall wander each one to his quarter. No one shall save you.” Isaiah 47:10-15
    • Pastor Alex Bryan, a fellow graduate of Southern Adventist University in Tennessee, has been repeatedly featured in the Adventist Review. His former congregation, The New Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia, broke away from the Georgia Cumberland Conference and became an interdenominational congregation over tithe and doctrinal issues (one being the Sabbath).
    • Alex Bryan has been named the new associate pastor for the Collegedale Seventh-day Adventist Church. Bryan led an evangelistic initiative in Atlanta in 1996, the New Community Fellowship, aimed at reaching secular young adults with the Gospel. Bryan resigned from denominational employment in 2002 to pursue this evangelistic passion, and not without success. Earlier this year, however, Bryan and his wife, Nicole, came under increasing conviction to reconnect with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Months of candid dialog in various settings culminated in a clear vote of support from the Executive Committee of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference October 24, offering Bryan renewed employment and this position. “I learned many things through this experience,” reflected Bryan. “Here are just two. First, I learned how to begin and enjoy authentic relationships with people outside the church, how to love them unconditionally, and how to have spiritually significant conversations with non- Christians. Second, I learned to appreciate the unique gifts of Adventism (the seventh-day Sabbath, global community, the consistent grace of God) from unexpected vantage points.” “I believe Seventh-day Adventists are uniquely positioned to address (the) three big issues of our times,” Bryan continued: “stress, uncertainty, and ugly gods. God’s remedy for stress is Sabbatical life. God’s remedy for uncertainty is the surety of heaven. God’s remedy for ugly gods (visions of deities as terrorists, who torture people in hell forever, or blow up buildings, for example) is a picture of a graceful God, the desire of this and every age, Jesus Christ.” “It is my pleasure to welcome Alex back to the Georgia-Cumberland Conference,” says Ed Wright, D.Min, President of the Georgia-Cumberland Conference. “I am honored to represent an organization that is clear in its own identity, but also bold in acting as an agent of reconciliation.” Bryan will serve as Pastor for Mission and Ministry on the staff of the Collegedale Church, led by John Nixon, D.Min., Senior Pastor. He will begin responsibilities in early December, 2007. Bryan graduated from Southern College (now Southern Adventist University) in 1993. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Andrews University in 1996, and is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at George Fox University in Portland, OR. by Pastor Ed Wright - Current President of the Georgia Cumberland Conference * This article was taken from the “Communique” a magazine published by the Georgia Cumberland Conf.
    • This is Pastor Alex Bryan’s blog page... Let’s look at Henri Nouwen.... Notice what Alex says
    • Henri Nouwen (1932-1966) was a Dutch-born Jesuit priest whose spiritual journey began in his native Holland and took him to America where he became a writer, academic and theologian, and a campaigner for social justice. Henri Nouwen is known as the “Wounded Healer”, turning his own wounds and sadness into compassion and care for others. http://henrinouwenhouse.com/henrihistory.html Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen (Nouen), (Nijkerk, January 24, 1932 - Hilversum, September 21, 1996) was a Dutch-born Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life. Nouwen struggled with his sexuality.[2] "Although his sexuality was known by those close to him, he never publicly claimed a homosexual identity."[3] Although he never directly addressed the matter of his sexuality in the writings he published during his lifetime, he acknowledged the struggle both in his private journals and in discussions with friends,[4] both of which were extensively referenced by Michael Ford in the biography Wounded Prophet, which was published after Nouwen's death. Henri Nouwen was strongly influenced by Thomas Merton and because of this is seen by some as one of the founders of the Emerging Church. He had visions of Jesus and Mary, but also of Ramakrishna and the Dalai Lama. Although he found contact with God very important, Henri Nouwen always struggled, in his own words, with redemption by faith. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Nouwen
    • Go online and watch their taize service ... Their church also observing Lent
    • Pastor Ryan Bell Ryan has this to say on his blog... Moltmann on the Mystical Experience of the Sabbath "I discovered something else as well: Teresa [of Avila]'s interior castle and Thomas Merton's mountain and many other descriptions of mystical journeys use the number seven: on the seventh level the soul finds its way to God, and it is in the seventh chamber of the soul that the mystical marriage takes place. This is nothing other than Israel's teaching about the Sabbath. The person who keeps the Sabbath, and who on the Sabbath experiences the union of the Shekinah with the Eternal One, is already at the place which the Christian mystics strive to attain through meditation and contemplation" (Moltmann, A Broad Place, 214).
    • Lectio Divina....
    • Interesting indeed...
    • By now you should recognize these names.
    • Insinuating doubt in the Spirit of Prophecy.... by Pastor of the Worthington SDA Church in Ohio
    • Conference on Innovation Vervent Pastor Loren Seibold Pastor Ryan Bell
    • Stavanger, Norway www.adventistmission.org About 120 participants gathered 4-6 April, to attend the Life Development seminar hosted by the Adventist churches in Sandnes and Stavanger, in the south-western part of Norway. In the introductory meeting on Friday evening, Dr. Miroslav Pujic, director of the Global Mission Centre for Secular and Postmodern Studies, held an inspirational lecture on what challenges the Adventist church, and Christians in general, are face in conveying the gospel to the culture in which we live. On Sabbath morning, Dr. Pujic presented the characteristics and values of post moderns, and what makes them skeptical of belonging to one specific denomination or faith. This was followed by his sermon, which focused on trusting the Lord with all our hearts (Proverbs 3:5,6). Based on this text, Dr. Pujic illustrated how God uses our various levels of relationships for strengthening human relations; and that through these processes, our relationship with God may be strengthened. During the Sabbath afternoon session, Dr. Pujic outlined how to communicate the Christian message in a postmodern age. The emphasis was on evangelizing through spending time with others, showing sympathy and care for others' needs, and following the methods Jesus used in dealing with people. Concluding the seminar on Sunday, Dr. Pujic presented the LIFEdevelopment model. Church members responded positively, showing that they are very motivated to adjust the church activities to a postmodern level; that music, lectures, group and club activities, and communication at large may be adjusted also. This seminar was of great inspiration to all of us attending, and the church members are motivated to make use of the model, methods, and resources. We thank Dr. Miroslav Pujic and his team for presenting this model in such simple and motivating package. "What a great weekend! says Reidar J. Kvinge, the local pastor of these two resourceful churches. "We all came alive with new visions and energy to reach out to new target groups." Gaute Steinkopf/TED News Miroslav Pujic is the director of the Global Mission Centre for Secular and Postmodern Studies-CSPS. He works to increase awareness of emergent culture among members and pastors, and offering the LIFEdevelopment discipleship pathway as a model for reaching postmoderns. Pujic also serves as the director of Media Ministry for the Trans-European Division of Seventh-day Adventists. For more information on the Centre for Secular and Postmodern Studies and other Global Mission religious study centers, click here.
    • Developed by the Georgia Cumberland Conference to specifically target postmoderns
    • Center for Secular & Postmodern Studies
    • In 2006, Brian McLaren was a guest speaker at the Adventist Loma Linda University. McLaren rejects the traditional view of the atonement (substitutionary death of Christ for sins). Loma Linda now has spiritual formation as an integral part of school life. Interestingly, they are using the Journal of Spiritual Formation that is put out by Biola University (a strong proponent for contemplative). Pastor John Jenson, an Adventist pastor in Torrance, California, says, “There’s a need for spiritual formation with the [Adventist] Church . . . without spiritual formation, a person would be ’spiritually uncivilized.’” If this line of reasoning is shared among other Adventist pastors, then no doubt contemplative/ emerging spirituality will place its heavy mark on the Adventist movement as it has already done in so many other religious groups. And with Leonard Sweet speaking at Adventist conferences, this process will be speeded up all the more. www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com
    • http://67.15.157.7/~adventi6/images/CommiteeMinutes/YoungAdults/ NAD Young Adult Ministry Advisory 030407 Page 5 nadyamadvisorymin030407d.pdf 7. Incorporated with #6 have it be a directional place for things like “ask a pastor”, “cruise with a mission”, “GODencounters”, training, discipleship, Bible studies, etc. 8. Notes: be sure our mindset is in tune with the culture; address why people are not already connected; don!t try and run the conversation but listen to what they need; look into www.secondlife.com, www.progressiveadventist.com. Brad Forbes – Came at very end to endorse that AdventSource/PlusLine is committed to provide strong support for the resourcing and networking of young adult ministries. 7. Other Items a. Para-Church agencies: i.e. General Youth Conference (GYC) - (GYC is developed from ASI and other sponsors as a response to the “contemporary Read what the board is saying ministry philosophies”.) The question was posed as to what the “buzz” about about GYC... the recent GYC gathering and the feedback from the field. [feedback requested by NAD Youth/Young Adult Ministries] i. We can!t let it divide the church by being liberal or conservative but just all work for the same goal and emphasize the positive ii. Funds are being directed to this organization rather than to the organized church where we need the support iii. Name causes some confusion iv. If they can do it better, let them v. "Small tent! view of Adventism and if you aren!t there you aren!t right – would like to see more cooperation and less mudslinging vi. Attendee reported phenomenal presentations and rich blessing to him though music and KJV tense were frustrating vii. Overwhelmingly positive, concern to be Christ-like in our relationship with GYC and concern that if everything presented is agreed with by those who attend they will come back and not be able to support what the organized church is doing viii. Negative/conservative so we don!t want to be part of it ix. “Four-letter word” in some areas – same people who go to GYC are divisive in their home church x. Does not support the structure that is in place but with the endorsements of the GC it is confusing to the local leadership xi. Confusion as to whether it is official xii. Theme/emphasis: Purpose for your life and a reason for you to exist – which is good and to be encouraged xiii. Suggest writing to the GC and letting them know what the image is to the local church xiv. When we define our faith by demonizing the other there is a significant issue with that approach. Caution to keep from this tendency which is
    • NAD Young Adult Ministry Advisory 030407 Page 6 xv. Note: GC has met with the president of GYC and needs prayer related to how to handle the on-going relationship. 8. Discipleship Agreed at the Advisory in January that discipleship is key in Young Adult ministry. GODencounters (GE) was presented as a curriculum to use in addressing this need. GE [www.GODencounters.org] is a place where young adults want to seek a 24/7 experience with God and live lives based on discipleship principles. Currently it is a seven topic series: • Worship – living in an attitude of worship 24/7 • Gospel – kingdom living begins now • Grace – reality of grace every day • Prayer – as part of life and expressed freely • Sabbath – Sacred Space in life • Morphing – discipleship • Jubilee – permission to celebrate Jesus in your life a. Regionally developing around the United States b. Café at JCI on Friday night – modeled after GE café - 400-500 people. Great success!! c. Ask for a concerted effort from this committee to develop this type of effort and use GODencounters as a template d. Consensus was that this was a good model but many would like to see first hand and have more exposure. 10. Adjournment Chair called for adjournment, Rebeca Clay-Flores concluded meeting with prayer.
    • NAD Young Adult Ministry Advisory 030407 Page 2 1. Sacred Space: Devotional/Prayer Sacred Space: not just good at Sabbath chronologically, but also in every day life – Remember where the term making time for the spiritual moments as well. Question – “What are you wanting to put “sacred space” comes from ? back into you busy life? And what are you willing to give up doing it?” Discussion time/prayer Jeremiah 24.7 [Definition of Young Adult age group: “post high school-pre parenthood”] 2. Minutes Minutes were reviewed from 011007 advisory meeting, by consensus accepted with the revision noting Ron Pickell!s presence. 3. Team Appointments a. Recording Secretary: Chair solicited nominations for recording secretary. Elisa Brown was nominated and by consensus appointed as recording secretary. b. Point Persons: Important part of creating a network is to appoint “point people” for young adult ministry around the NAD. (* indicates member was not present and has not confirmed willingness.) i. Ron Pickell – North/Central California, Nevada/Utah [Northern portion of Pacific Union] ii. Tuesday Roberts – Southeast iii. Matthew Gamble – Northwest [North Pacific Union] iv. Marc Woodson – Southern California/Hawaii [Southern Pacific Union] v. Lane Campbell – Southwest vi. Elisa Brown – Midwest vii. Sonja Perez – Northeast viii. Cyril Millett – Canada ix. Kirk King* [Cassie Martsching*] - Central/Plains 4. Leadership Development Leadership training needed for Public Campus ministry – Ron Pickell a. Create a NAD organization to give strength and resources for SDA students on public campuses – voted in November 2005 to have a SDA Campus Crusade organization. b. Estimated 70% of SDA college students are not in SDA colleges/universities c. www.acflink.org - resource for local public college campus – become an official SDA organization of public campuses d. Leadership training for young adults on secular campuses – need to focus on SDA young adults but not to the exclusion of others e. Suggest a 3-4 day leadership conference before or after the Ivy Jungle (www.ivyjungle.org) conference in November in Orlando, FL.
    • NAD Young Adult Ministry Advisory 030407 Page 1 North American Division Young Adult Ministry Advisory Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dallas, TX This meeting happened in Sunday, March 4, 2007 9:00am – 1:00pm 2007 Invitees and ex-officio members present: Tony Avila, Youth Ministries, Texas Conference Elisa Brown, GODencounters, Illinois Conference Lane Campbell, Young Adult Ministries, Texas Conference Steve & Marit Case, Involve Youth & Northern California Conference Rebecca Clay-Flores, DecideDecide, Houston, TX Laffit Cortes – Young Adult Ministries, New Jersey Conference Manny Cruz, Youth/Young Adult Ministries, North American Division Falvo Fowler, Sabbath School Department, General Conference Matthew Gamble, Grassroots Productions, Washington Conference Van Hurst, Youth/Young Adult Ministries, Mid-America Union, Adventist College Network Chin Kim, Pastor, Southeastern California Conference, Korean American Youth Ministries A Allan Martin, Young Adult Ministries, North American Division Cyril Millett, Youth/Young Adult Ministries, Ontario Conference Japhet De Oliveira, Center for Youth Evangelism, Campus Ministry—Andrews University Sonia Perez, Youth/YA Pastor, Potomac Conference Ron Pickell, Adventist Christian Fellowship, North American Division Tuesday Roberts, Young Adult Invitee, Lloyd Schanffenberg, Youth Ministries, Greater NY Conf Alejandra Torres, Youth/Young Adult Ministries, Florida Conference Sergio Torres, Youth/Young Adult Ministries, Florida Conference Erik VanDenburgh, Youth/Young Adult Ministries, Arizona Conference Tara VinCross, Cruise With a Mission, Center for Youth Evangelism Bill Wood, Youth/Young Adult Ministries, Atlantic Union Marc Woodson, Young Adult/Missions, Southeastern California Conference Nick Zork, Andrews Music and Worship Conference Guests Robert Hines, Youth Ministries, England Conference Nicki Carleton, Blissful Ministries Invitees Sending Regrets: James Black, Youth/Young Adult Ministries, North American Division Terry Clem, Young Adult Ministries, Carolina Conference Read this... Bill Crofton, Youth/Young Adult Ministries, Florida Conference John Grys, Advent House, Georgia Cumberland Conference http://gycweb.org/documents/ Claude Harris, BAYDA GYCStatementofClarification.pdf Roy Ice, Campus Ministry, Pacific Union College, SalvationCoach George Johnson, NAD Communications Leah Jordache, Loma Linda University Church, Southeastern California Conference Paul Kim, Vervent, North American Division Charlyn Kimball, 011007 Advisory attendee Sam Leonor, La Sierra University, Hey Everybody Carolyn Macomber, Encounter Sabbath School, Andrews University Kimberly Maran, Cutting Edge Edition, Adventist Review Ron Pollard, Young Adult Ministries, Southern California Conference Brett Schlishner, the 7, San Luis Obisbo Church Mike Stevenson, Youth/Young Adult Ministries, Ohio Conference Adrienne Townsend, New Life Church, Andrews University Ron Whitehead, Youth/Young Adult Ministries, Lake Union Allan Williamson, Youth/Young Adult Ministries, Southern Union
    • “The sophistries regarding God and nature that are flooding the world with skepticism are the inspiration of the fallen foe, who is himself a Bible student, who knows the truth that it is essential for the people to receive, and whose study it is to divert minds from the great truths given to prepare them for what is coming upon the world. I have seen the results of these fanciful views of God, in apostasy, spiritualism, and free-lovism. The free-love tendency of these teachings was so concealed that at first it was difficult to make plain its real character. Until the Lord presented it to me, I knew not what to call it, but I was instructed to call it unholy spiritual love.”--Testimonies, vol. 8, pp. 291, 292. (1904) {Ev 602.3} 2717 Contemplative prayer is silence, the "symbol of the world to come"12 or "silent love."13 Words in this kind of prayer are not speeches; they are like kindling that feeds the fire of love. In this silence, unbearable to the "outer" man, the Father speaks to us his incarnate Word, who suffered, died, and rose; in this silence the Spirit of adoption enables us to share in the prayer of Jesus.” The New Roman Catholic Catechism under the heading “Contemplative Prayer”
    • Logic dictates that it makes no difference whether we go to other Protestant churches to learn something new or invite them to our churches or colleges for the same reason. There is no difference between going and reading their books, listening to their tapes or watching their presentations. If we do any of these things for the purpose of gaining spiritual insight or for spiritual growth, or go for any other reason without the Lord’s direct providence telling us to do so, it is a rejection of the counsel in the Spirit of Prophecy. I direct your attention once again to Ellen White’s inspired advice: “I was shown the necessity of those who believe that we are having the last message of mercy, being separate from those who are daily imbibing new errors. I saw that neither young nor old should attend their meetings; for it is wrong to thus encourage them while they teach error that is a deadly poison to the soul and teach for doctrines the commandments of men. The influence of such gatherings is not good. If God has delivered us from such darkness and error, we should stand fast in the liberty wherewith He has set us free and rejoice in the truth. God is displeased with us when we go to listen to error, without being obliged to go. . . . EW 124, 125
    • Notice some characteristics of this counterfeit revival: "Popular revivals are too often carried by appeals to the imagination, by exciting the emotions, by gratifying the love for what is new and startling. Converts thus gained have little desire to listen to Bible truth, little interest in the testimony of prophets and apostles. Unless religious service has something of a sensational character, it has no attractions for them. A message which appeals to unimpassioned reason awakens no response. The plain warnings of God's word, relating directly to their eternal interest, are unheeded" (GC, 463).
    • “Truth, present truth, is all that the word of God represents it to be. The Lord would have his people keep themselves from all superfluities, from all that tends to mysticism. Let those who are tempted to indulge in fanciful, imaginary doctrines sink the shaft deep into the quarries of heavenly truth, and secure the treasure that means life eternal to the receiver.” {SW, April 4, 1905 par. 7}
    • “But ministers who bear the last message of mercy to fallen men must utter no random works; they must not open doors whereby Satan shall find access to human minds. It is not our work to experiment, to study out something new and startling that will create excitement. Satan is watching his chance to take advantage of anything of this order that he may bring in his deceiving elements. . . . They will act as though it was their prerogative to use the Holy Spirit instead of letting the Holy Spirit use them, and mold and fashion them after the pattern of the divine.” {2SM 60.1} “The Lord has permitted this matter to develop as it has done, in order to show how easily His people will be misled, when they depend upon the words of men instead of searching the Scriptures for themselves, as did the noble Bereans, to see if these things are so. . . .” {1BC 1114.4}
    • Jeremiah 2:13,18 - 13 "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, [And] hewn themselves cisterns -- broken cisterns that can hold no water. 18 And now why take the road to Egypt, To drink the waters of Sihor? Or why take the road to Assyria, To drink the waters of the River?
    • “With stern and commanding voice Elijah cries: "How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word." Not one in that vast assembly dared utter one word for God and show his loyalty to Jehovah. What astonishing deception and fearful blindness had, like a dark cloud, covered Israel! This blindness and apostasy had not closed about them suddenly; it had come upon them gradually as they had not heeded the word of reproof and warning which the Lord had sent to them because of their pride and their sins. And now, in this fearful crisis, in the presence of the idolatrous priests and the apostate king, they remained neutral. If God abhors one sin above another, of which His people are guilty, it is doing nothing in case of an emergency. Indifference and neutrality in a religious crisis is regarded of God as a grievous crime and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God. All Israel is silent.” [3T pg. 280]
    • My message to you is: No longer consent to listen without protest to the perversion of truth. Unmask the pretentious sophistries which, if received, will lead ministers and physicians and medical missionary workers to ignore the truth. Every one is now to stand on his guard. God calls upon men and women to take their stand under the blood-stained banner of Prince Emmanuel. I have been instructed to warn our people; for many are in danger of receiving theories and sophistries that undermine the foundation pillars of the faith. [1SM p. 196]
    • As you will see in the next few slides, these and others are taking a stand against these teachings. Please write, e-mail or call people within leadership and kindly ask that they not support these teachings. Join us as we strive to alert others and pray earnestly for our leaders.
    • One sermon in a whole series that Dr. Pipim has on this subject, very interesting.
    • Will Baron shares his personal testimony of how God brought him out of the New Age movement. Will Baron's autobiographical account of his experiences in the New Age Movement provide a sobering wake-up call.
    • Very insightful...
    • Herbert Douglass
    • These are non-Adventists sounding the alarm!! We should be doing the same!
    • Hopefully you’ve been able to catch just a glimpse of the emerging church movement. Its essence is... mysticism, ecumenism, pantheism, interspirituality, down-playing the authority of Scripture, a non-biblical view of the atonement, and a kingdom-now eschatology. Really, the emerging church should be called the merging church, for it is a merging together of all beliefs, all faiths, and all gods.
    • “If God has any new light to communicate, He will let His chosen and beloved understand it, without their going to have their minds enlightened by hearing those who are in darkness and error.” {EW 124.2} Ellen White stated, “Much of the history that has taken place in fulfillment of this prophecy will be repeated.” Then she said the following: “In the thirtieth verse a power is spoken of that “shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.” {13 MR 393.5}; The prophecy in Daniel 11, predicts that he, The King of the North (Papal Rome) would have “intelligence” with those who have forsaken the holy covenant. It should be pointed out that those “that have forsaken the holy covenant” must refer to people who, at one time, were in a covenant relationship with God, but then turned from it. It goes on to say that the King of the North has “intelligence” with them. This word means to “cunningly observe, choose and separate out in order to instruct.” The word suggests secret observation, manipulation, and instruction in order to conquer. It is interesting to note that this unique word that Daniel chose is used only this one time in the entire Bible.
    • For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, [because] they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn [their] ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 2 Timothy 4:3 2 Thes. 2:9-12 “The coming of the [lawless one] is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
    • • Ellen White confirmed that in the last days, there would be two kinds of revivals--a true revival and a false revival. One will be the work of the Holy Spirit and the other will be the work of Satan. And both kinds of revivals will impact the whole world. • The enemy of souls desires to hinder this work [of revival]; and before the time for such a movement shall come, he will endeavor to prevent it by introducing a counterfeit. In those churches which he can bring under his deceptive power he will make it appear that God's special blessing is poured out; there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest. Multitudes will exult that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit. Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world" (Great Controversy, 464)
    • God's workmen must not follow after the world's practices and customs in the least. Any course that the minister shall pursue that will lead the people to look to him and depend upon him, is not after the working of the Holy Spirit. The pure word of God alone must be preached to the people in clear lines, and its convincing, controlling power on heart and life will alone transform the character and save the soul. "The word of the Lord endureth forever." "The entrance of Thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple." {Bible Echo, May 21, 1894 par. 4}
    • In analyzing this statement, Ellen White is saying that the fallen churches will be deceived right up until the time of the “loud cry,” and that it will only become worse as Satan ushers in a false revival just prior to it. “I saw that God has honest children among the nominal Adventists and the fallen churches, and before the plagues shall be poured out, ministers and people will be called out from these churches and will gladly receive the truth. Satan knows this; and before the loud cry of the third angel is given, he raises an excitement in these religious bodies, that those who have rejected the truth may think that God is with them. He hopes to deceive the honest and lead them to think that God is still working for the churches. But the light will shine, and all who are honest will leave the fallen churches, and take their stand with the remnant.” {EW 261.1}
    • 3 Fold Union- “Through the two great errors, the immortality of the soul and Sunday sacredness, Satan will bring the people under his deceptions. While the former lays the foundation of Spiritualism, the latter creates a bond of sympathy with Rome. Protestantism will yet stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of Spiritualism; she will reach over the abyss to clasp hands with the Roman power; and under the influence of this threefold union, our country will follow in the steps of Rome in trampling on the rights of conscience. Spiritualism is now changing its form, veiling some of its more objectionable and immoral features, and assuming a Christian guise. Formerly it denounced Christ and the Bible; now it professes to accept both. The Bible is interpreted in a manner that is attractive to the unrenewed heart, while its solemn and vital truths are made of no effect. A God of love is presented; but his justice, his denunciations of sin, the requirements of his holy law, are all kept out of sight. Pleasing, bewitching fables captivate the senses of those who do not make God's word the foundation of their faith. Christ is as verily rejected as before; but Satan has so blinded the eyes of the people that the deception is not discerned. As Spiritualism assimilates more closely to the nominal Christianity of the day, it has greater power to deceive and ensnare.” {4SP 405} “When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan and that the end is near.” {5T 451.1}
    • “How the Roman church can clear herself from the charge of idolatry we cannot see... And this is the religion which Protestants are beginning to look upon with so much favor, and which will eventually be united with Protestantism. This union will not, however, be effected by a change in Catholicism, for Rome never changes. She claims infallibility. It is Protestantism that will change. The adoption of liberal ideas on its part will bring it where it can clasp the hand of Catholicism. “ -RH June 1, 1886 (LDE pg. 130) “When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result...” -GC pg. 445 “The substitution of the laws of men for the law of God, the exaltation, by merely human authority, of Sunday in place of the Bible Sabbath, is the last act in the drama.” -Test. vol. 7 pg. 141 (LDE pg. 135, 136
    • The Work-Free Sunday Movement Getting Organized in Europe - Religious Liberty Association A "Work-Free Sunday" and the need of legislation to enforce the concept was the topic of a conference held this week in Brussels, Belgium.  Last year the European Parliament rejected such an attempt.  This conference comes as a response.  It is but the beginning of a more strategic movement to revitalize the discussion for a work-free Sunday.  Daniela Weichhold attended the conference and reports that László Andor, the new Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, saw the conference as " a new chapter."  As Weichhold points out the EU Commission can still launch the legislative procedure even if it fails.  There is now a serious attempt to convince the hearts and minds of Europeans that Sunday legislation is necessary for the health of all citizens. The conference was organized by a number of trade unions, political parties, Roman Catholic Bishops, and Protestant Churches including the Baptist, Methodist, Church of England, and Evangelical Lutherans.  The supporting website www.workfreesunday.eu argues "More than any other day of the week a free Sunday serves the aim of reconciling work and family life: As childcare facilities, schools and universities are usually closed on Sundays, parents and children can spend time with each other. Sunday is, moreover, the weekly rest day for children and adolescents according to EU law. ....  If the father has the weekly rest day on Monday, the mother on Wednesday and the children on Sunday, a situation is created that is contrary to the aim of fostering a reconciliation of work and family life."   Karel Nowak, Public Affairs and Religious Liberty Director at the Euro-Africa-Division of Seventh-day Adventists and Secretary General of the International Association for the Defence of Religious Liberty, was also present at the Conference.  He raised the question how this new proposed legislation would protect minorities who keep another day than Sunday.  As Weichhold noted he didn't get an answer.  "While we strongly support the right to rest," states John Graz the director of the public affairs and religious liberty department at the General Conference, "we believe the individual should be permitted to choose which days to rest on - not the state in cooperation with churches. We view this movement as a grave danger to religious liberty." "Seventh-day Adventists have long encouraged members to keep a weekly rest day - as enjoined by the Ten Commandments - the Sabbath (which is Saturday or sábado in Spanish) and practiced by the early Christian Church," states Barry Bussey who represents the Adventist Church to the US Government.  "Throughout history we have seen these attempts to use state regulation to enforce a particular interpretation of the Sabbath Commandment.  That is not the state's role - ultimately it will cause hardship for minority faiths that do not accept the majority's regulation of a Sabbath." "We will continue to monitor the situation," says James Standish, who heads up the UN Relations for the Adventist Church.  "This is a disturbing movement.  Now is the time for us as a people to share with others the importance of maintaining religious freedom for all citizens."
    • “I saw that as the Jews crucified Jesus, so the nominal churches had crucified these messages, and therefore they have no knowledge of the way into the most holy, and they cannot be benefited by the intercession of Jesus there……they offer up their useless prayers to the apartment which Jesus has left; and Satan, pleased with the deception, assumes a religious character, and leads the minds of these professed Christians to himself, working with his power, his signs and lying wonders, to fasten them in his snare… Satan deceives some with Spiritualism. He also comes as an angel of light and spreads his influence over the land by means of false reformations. The churches are elated, and consider that God is working marvelously for them, when it is the work of another spirit. The excitement will die away and leave the world and the church in a worse condition than before.” {EW 260.1}
    • “We are under obligation to declare faithfully the whole counsel of God. We are not to make less prominent the special truths that have separated us from the world, and made us what we are. At this time, when we are so near the end, shall we become so like the world in practice that men may look in vain to find God's denominated people? Shall any man sell our peculiar characteristics as God's chosen people for any advantage the world has to give? Shall the favor of those who transgress the law of God be looked upon as of great value? Shall those whom the Lord has named His people suppose that there is any power higher than the great I AM? Shall we endeavor to blot out the distinguishing points of faith that have made us Seventh-day Adventists?” italics supplied.” {Ev 121}
    • “God has placed in our hands a banner upon which is inscribed: "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." Revelation 14:12. This is a distinct, separating message, a message that is to give no uncertain sound. It is to lead the people away from the broken cisterns that contain no water, to the unfailing Fountain of the water of life.” {7T 150.2} “We cannot be complete in Christ and yet be ready to grasp those things that come from the so-called great men of the earth, and place their wisdom before the wisdom of the greatest Teacher the world has ever known. To seek knowledge from such sources is represented in the word as seeking to drink from broken cisterns that can hold no water.” {7T 204.4}
    • Colossians 2:1, 8 “For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and [for] as many as have not seen my face in the flesh... Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” “The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. . . The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath, of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement.” I SM pg. 204
    • “I told her [Mrs. Lida Scott] how mother regarded the experience of the remnant church, and of her positive teaching that God would not permit this denomination to so fully apostatize that there would be the coming out of another church.” {W.C. White to E.E. Andross, May 23, 1915, White Estate Correspondence File.} (LDE pg. 56) “The Lord has NOT given you a message to call the Seventh-day Adventists Babylon, and to call the people of God to come out of her. All the reasons you may present cannot have weight with me on this subject, because the Lord has given me decided light that is opposed to such a message... I know that the Lord love His church. It is not to be disorganized or broken up into independent atoms. There is not the least consistency in this; there is not the least evidence that such a thing will be.” [(2 SM pg. 63, 68, 69)(LDE pg. 51)]
    • 1 Thes. 5:19-23 “Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Isaiah 8:20 “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.”
    • A nation [and a church] can survive its fools, and… the ambitious.  But it cannot survive treason from within.  An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known  and carries his banner openly.  But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely,  his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, ... ... For the traitor appears not a traitor;  he speaks in accents familiar to his victims,  and he wears their face and their arguments,.. ... He rots the soul of a nation [and the Church], he works secretly and  unknown in the night to undermine the pillars ... he infects the body... so that it can no longer resist.  A murderer is less to fear.  The traitor is the plague. --Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • I AM the way, the truth and the life...
    • “The greatest want of the world is the want of men - men [and women] who will not be bought or sold, men who in their inmost souls are true and honest, men who do not fear to call sin by its right name, men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole, men who will stand for the right though the heavens fall.” Education pg. 57
    • "Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: 'When I bring the sword upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3 'when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the trumpet and warns the people, 4 'then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his [own] head. 5 'He heard the sound of the trumpet, but did not take warning; his blood shall be upon himself. But he who takes warning will save his life. 6 'But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes [any] person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.' 7 " So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. 8 "When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked [man,] you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 "Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.” ~Ezekiel 33:2-9
    • Please prayerfully consider what you have just read and seen. We especially need to pray for our leadership and kindly ask them to address these issues. We can no longer be silent.... we cannot continue to ignore what is happening, turning a blind eye. We need to wake up!!! I understand more fully now why Ellen White said she trembled for our church....