Friday, February 28, 2014


Dalai Lama and Catholic Cardinal Pray in Taiwan:


Dalai Lama meets Taiwan Cardinal:

Buddhism in Catholic Mexico: Devout Catholics pray 

before ancient cremated remains of 35 Buddhist lamas 

from Tibet, China and India dating back 2,500 years, 

which "impart energy":

Buddha Day in Haitian Catholic Church:


In light of the recent Catholic-Buddhist Fourth Colloquium, and other joint events,, it is not surprising that this ecumenical apostate symbiosis would confer a Catholic Imprimatur/Nihil Obstat on persons and organizations willing to adapt the paganism of Buddhism with pseudo-Christianity such as that found in the Roman Catholic Church, under the guise of some alleged common ground of mysticism and social programs.
    "Catholic" Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio describes how he was influenced by Catholic contemplative practices such as "breath prayer" and developed a "side life" of Buddhist mindfulness practices after going to a retreat given by Jon Kabat-Zinn, and before he "came out". 
    Now, he unashamedly spends his energies and taxpayer monies on going to other states and conferences spreading this pagan philosophy and mystical practice as a type of apologist/missionary. He says near the end that "if it hurts (him) politically, (you'll) always have the salvation of being yourself". As a Catholic, he probably knows little to nothing of salvation in Christ alone, since his church repudiated and condemned the true gospel and the five solas of the Protestant Reformation. 
Romans 1:16-"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."
Acts 4:12-"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."


On February 18 and 22, 2013, we posted three reports about Tim Ryan's interest in seeing "mindfulness", a Buddhist rooted mystical practice, in schools, the military, hospitals, among veterans, and just about anywhere. Yes, he's still at it in full force, as these videos show:

Mind-Body Week, D.C. 2013 Tim Ryan Interview:

Congressman Tim Ryan at "A Mindful Miami" sponsored by Mindful Kids:

Jon Kabat-Zinn, (founder of mindfulness), Marianne Williamson 

(New Age occultist and friend of Oprah also a New Ager),

and Congressman Tim Ryan at "Wisdom 2.0: 


See the three here at Wisdom 2.0:

Congressman Tim Ryan: Holding a Vision for a Mindful Nation:

Envisioning A Mindful Nation: A Mirror of Leadership Not Power Struggle:

"Calmer Choice", of Cotuit, Cape Cod, 

Massachusetts, which has 7 mindfulness teachers,, has this 

YouTube video:

and hosts Congressman Tim Ryan:


Arizona Governor Feels Heat; 

Ices Religious Freedom Bill:

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer chooses 
'gay' tyranny over freedom 
on SB 1062:

Critics: Arizona's Brewer 

Blackmailed Into Veto:


Lighthouse Trails Research reports that Roma Downey, New Age advocate, is joining arms with "Women of Faith", and warns, as before, that Christian women should avoid their conferences.

Max Lucado, contemplative proponent and believer in "baptismal regeneration" also promotes "Women of Faith":

Priscilla Shirer, another reason to avoid the conference:
See posts about Shirer by Apprising:
(See Rohr below in our posts)
And our own previous posts about Richard Rohr, mystical monk:

Christine Caine of Hillsong, Australia, another reason to avoid the conference:
Ruth Haley Barton, a contemplative mystic, will be attending the Assembly of God "Believe" conference event in Orlando, Florida, August 5-9, 2013, along with Franklin Graham, Christine Caine of Hillsong, Australia, Judah Smith, and Joni Eareckson Tada, among many others. See:
See posts about Caine by Apprising:

Lysa Terkeurst promoting "breath payers" in her book "Made to Crave", and who endorsed Ann Voskamp’s book One Thousand GiftsAnn Voskamp has a blog where she shares how to do Lectio Divina. Both of these women are deceiving many women with their contemplative mysticism.
See Lighthouse Trails Research about "breath prayers":, and "lectio divina":

A number of other Word of Faith heretics and rock groups will be at this convention, so avoid!

MercyMe Rock Group: 
See: Way of Life: 
file:///C:/Users/John/Downloads/Directory_of_Contemporary_Worship_Musicians%20(1).pdf: Select quotes:
"MercyMe is a rocking contemporary band that is ecumenical and charismatic. In early 
2011 they included Roman Catholic Matt Maher on their Rock & Worship Roadshow. It is obvious that the members of MercyMe fill  their minds and hearts with a lot of licentious secular rock. MercyMe’s popular “Word of God Speak” worship song is pure charismatic mysticism. Consider the lyrics:
“Word of God speak, would you pour down like rain, washing my eyes to see our majesty. To be still and know that you’re in this place, please let me stay and rest in your holiness. ... Finding myself in the midst of you, beyond the music, beyond the noise. All that I need is to be with you and in the quiet I hear your voice.” This “open yourself to the flow of the Spirit” has led to all sorts of unscriptural doctrines and practices."

Third Day Rock Group:
See: Way of Life: Select quotes:
"One of the themes of CCM is ecumenical unity, and that is evident in Third Day’s “Come Together” album. Third Day performed for the Roman Catholic Youth Rally in 2011, which featured Pope Benedict XVI and a Catholic mass during which a piece of bread allegedly became Jesus."

Mark Lowry:
See: Way of Life: Select quotes:
"Mark Lowry labels living standards and ecclesiastical separation “legalism”Lowry’s tirade against “legalism” is a smokescreen for his rebellion against Bible-believing Christianity. Lowry’s ecumenical, positive-only philosophy is evident in his attitude toward preaching on Hell. In 1997, Lowry joined Roman Catholic Kathy Troccoli and 40 other CCM artists to record Love One Another, a song with an ecumenical theme. In an article in CCM Magazine, Lowry praised Mother Teresa and Princess Diana. Lowry had no word of warning about Mother Teresa’s false gospel that has caused multitudes 
to die with a false hope."
Example video, titled:

"Mark Lowry Recovering Fundamentalist", 

(Funny "Christian" Humor, But Still Very Ecumenical 

in Spirit and Mocking of Fundamentalists):

See our previous post about Roma Downey and her husband Mark Burnett:,
with this part about Downey:

Roma Downey:
Dave Mosher Blog has a group of excellent posts on Roma Downey and her New Age beliefs and associations, in particular this one:, revised March 27, 2013. In it we see Roma Downey on the cover of OM Times, New Age publication. See Downey's biography and interview at OM Times here:

David Cloud's Way of Life reports:
Roma Downey, the Roman Catholic co-creator (with her husband, Mark Burnett) of the History Channel’s popular “The Bible” miniseries, says Pope Francis is “a new pope of hope” (“Roma Downey,” Christian Post, April 4, 2013). Here is the promotion video of "The Bible" series:

    Downey, famous for her role as “the angel Monica” in the new-agey TV series “Touched by an Angel,” plays the part of Mary in “The Bible” miniseries. She says the example of Pope Francis will cause “the seeds of hope to flourish in people’s hearts and people’s lives.” In an earlier interview, Downey said, “I have prayed to Mary and loved her my whole life” (“The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series,”, Feb. 28, 2013). Roma attended the University of Santa Monica Master's degrees in Spiritual Psychology“founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John Roger” (“Roma Downey Happy Out of Spotlight,” Beck/Smith Hollywood, April 23, 2013). She says that she listens to books on tape by New Age guru Eckhart Tolle, who teaches the divinity of man. The creators of “The Bible” miniseries have not been afraid to add to and change God’s Word.

Christian Research Network discusses Downey and the "Bible" miniseries:

Rick Warren's Saddleback Church invited Downey and Burnett to do a "question and answer" time during February 2013 showing of the Bible miniseries:

Lighthouse article in full, unedited:

    Lighthouse Trails first addressed concerns about the Women of Faith conferences in 2006. In an article, we stated:
Women of Faith is a Christian franchise that has held conferences for over 3 million women since its inception in 1996. In 2000, Christian publisher Thomas Nelson bought the Women of Faith franchise and has a strong influence in the organization. Nearly all of the regular Women of Faith speakers are Thomas Nelson authors, and Thomas Nelson books are sold at the Women of Faith conferences, thus women attending the conferences will get a hearty dose of Thomas Nelson.
In light of books published by Thomas Nelson that have contemplative slants, women attending these conferences should use discernment and wisdom. Below is a list of some Thomas Nelson books and authors that have New Age and/or contemplative content. Incidentally, nearly all of these books below are sold through the Women of Faith online bookstore, including Yoga for Christians and The Secret Message of Jesus:
Yoga for Christians by Susan Bordenkircher
The Secret Message of Jesus by Brian McLaren
Cure for the Common Life by Max Lucado
Speaking My Mind by Tony Campolo
Celebration of Discipline (Spanish) by Richard Foster
The Sacred Romance by John Eldredge
Turn My Mourning into Dancing by Henri Nouwen
How to Make the Rest of Your Life the Best of Your Life by Mark Victor Hansen
Seeing What is Sacred by Ken Gire
So You Want to Be Like Christ (Workbook) by Chuck Swindoll
In 2007, Lighthouse Trails posted an article titled “10, 000 Expected to Attend Women of Faith Conference.”  In that article, we stated that the “women who attend Women of Faith conferences will be exposed to mystical spirituality, and because they trust Women of Faith, they will be caught unaware and put in harm’s way.”
In 2010, we posted John Lanagan’s article “Why Are Women of Faith Promoting Mystic/Emerging Brian McLaren?”  Lanagan expressed his concerns about Women of Faith including the fact that the organization was selling Brian McLaren’s books. Lanagan stated:
When a well known organization like Women of Faith is the reason women are exposed to false teaching, whether through exposure to The Message paraphrase, or to the apostate rebellion of Brian McLaren, this should not be accepted with a yawn and a shrug. . . .  Is Women of Faith on its way to purveying a generic spirituality?
We fear we must say yes to John Lanagan’s question. Women of Faith is going from the frying pan into the fire. In a June 21stChristian Post article, “Mark Burnett, Roma Downey Partner With Women of Faith, ‘Believe God Can Do Anything’ Tour,”  it explains how Women of Faith “has partnered with ‘The Bible’ producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to incorporate parts of the highly successful History Channel program into its ‘life-changing’ tour. That probably sounds UN-alarming to most people. After all, what could be wrong with a  program called The Bible?  And the series (now seen by over 100 million people), The Bible,  is being promoted widely by many Christian organizations and ministries with a broad marketing target.
It was concerning enough knowing these past several years that Women of Faith introduced their women to Brian McLaren and other emergent-type names. But Roma Downey falls as much in the New Spirituality camp as McLaren, if not more. First of all, Roma promotes the Roman Catholic church. In an article we posted earlier this year,Rick Warren Endorses 2013 Book, “Catholics Come Home” – Calls Catholic Evangelization “Critically Important,” we quoted Downey as saying this about the Catholics Come Home book: “Catholics Come Home inspires each of us to share God’s love with others, in order to help change the world for the better, for eternity!” And, in a book titled Practical Praying: Using the Rosary to Enhance Your Life, there is a companion “Meditation” CD by Roma Downey that comes with the book.
But Roma Downey isn’t just a Catholic promoter. She is a New Age/New Spirituality promoter. Within the pages of a book titledLoyalty to Your Soul by Ron and Mary Hulnick (published in 2010 by the New Age publisher, Hay House), Downey endorses the book saying:
As a USM [ University of Santa Monica - a New Age metaphysical school] graduate, I know firsthand the value I received from participating with Ron and Mary  in the Master’s degree Program in Spiritual Psychology. I am so grateful to haveLoyalty to Your Soul to sweetly remind me of all I have learned. Let’s just say that I went from playing an angel on TV to living more of an angelic life every day. The teachings in this beautiful book have sent me on a journey to the very center of my own being where, wrapped in the safe wings of Love, I feel as though I have come home.
Downey’s endorsement in the Hulnick’s book is nestled in with full-blown New Agers like Barbara Marx Hubbard, Joan Borysenko, and Gay Hendricks (The Corporate Mystic). By the way, Neale Donald Walsch, the New Ager who said that Hitler did the Jews a favor by killing them,wrote the foreword to Loyalty to Your Soul.
Clearly, Downey read this book and resonates deeply with it to say what she did about it. To get an idea of this “journey” that Downey is on, listen to a few quotes from Loyalty to Your Soul:
Center your awareness in your heart and consciously look for the Loving Essence in the person in your presence. By doing so, you’re signifying your respect for the Soul before you . . .  Maintain awareness that you’re in conversation with another Divine Being who is engaged in having a human experience. (p. 209)
We ask for the presence, protection, guidance, and Love of the Divine Beings  who work with each of us. (from the “Invocation” – emphasis added
“When people speak of spirituality, they simply mean awareness of the sacred reality of the Divine Essence within and beyond all creation.” (p. 8, quoting favorably a New Age “spiritual teacher”)
For the awakening person, there is a growing yearning for time in the silence. There is a sense of needing time and space for contemplation, meditation, walking in nature, and just plain being alone. Attuning to the inner channel of Divine Love is supported by quiet moments. (p. 27)
You begin to recognize others as Divine Beings, and the situations and circumstances of your life as learning devices. (p. 31)
Those familiar with New Age teachings will recognize such statements as being the core essence of the occult (that man is divine).Loyalty to Your Soul is a contemporary version of A Course in Miracles (the New Age book Warren B. Smith talks about in his biography, The Light That Was Dark).
In addition to endorsing Loyalty to Your Soul, Downey also endorsed a book called Angels in My Hair: the true story of a modern day Irish mystic by Lorna Bryne. The book is about spirit guides in people’s lives.
We find it disconcerting to know that someone with Downey’s spiritual propensities, who attended a New Age university, helped to create a program on God’s Word.
So, the question we have is this: Now that Women of Faith has “partnered” with Roma Downey, will the millions of women who attend Women of Faith conferences be led down the same path Downey has found herself on? Perhaps we should ask Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer,
 Lisa Harper
(See Lighthouse Trails brief description of Lisa Harper at, with a quote from this link: "In looking at her 2011 book, Stumbling into Grace, she is quoting several major contemplatives: Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, Brennan Manning, Richard Foster, Anne Lamott, and at least one New Age author, Gerald May. We don’t know that she is advocating contemplative practices in her book, but clearly she is reading from and gleaning from the mystics and passing those “insights” onto her readers.")
and Sheila Walsch the answer to that question – they will be the speakers at the Women of Faith “Unwrap the Bible” conference in 2014 (see video below where Downey promotes this conference). But then, you might get a biased answer – Moore, Shirer, Harper, and Walsch are all proponents of contemplative spirituality, and those who understand the dynamics of contemplative prayer know that it is a comfortable companion to the ”theology” behind A Course in Miracles.
Evangelical and Protestant Christianity are becoming synonymous with contemplative spirituality. In other words, where you find evangelical and Protestant Christianity, you will increasingly find contemplative spirituality (i.e., Spiritual Formation). And in this paradigm shift, we can see that Alice Bailey’s prediction that the church will be the avenue through which the “Aquarian Age” will enter the world, preparing for that one whom the Bible warns will deceive the whole world.
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Who’s Promoting Burnett/Downey’s The Bible:
Southern Baptist Convention
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Willow Creek Association
Rick Warren and Saddleback
More endorsements, click the Frying Pan into the Fire: Women of Faith Partners with New Age Advocate Roma Downeyrom the Frying Pan into the Fire: Women of Faith Partners with New Age Advocate Roma Downey


John 5:43-44-"I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?"
Romans 2:21-"You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal?"
Romans 12:5-"so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another."
Romans 12:16-"Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion."
1 Cor. 3:4-"For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not carnal?"
1 Cor. 12:25-"that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another."
2 Cor. 11:4-"For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted --you may well put up with it!"
Gal. 1:7-"which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ."
Col. 3:16-"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord."
2 Tim. 3:13-17-"But evil men and seducers will go forward to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But continue in the things that you have learned and have been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from a babe you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work."
Matt. 7:13-"Go in through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many there are who go in through it."

    The Willow Creek Association of Bill Hybels will again be holding the Global Leadership Summit August 8-9, 2013. Here are the promotional videos:, and/or

    This event will be telecast or simulcast to other contemporary emerging churches which glory in the Warren/Hybels new paradigm of doing church, i.e., running a church like a business instead of the model created by Jesus Christ. The above thirteen guest speakers include high profile business world instructors, lawyers, psychologists, mega church pastors, new age practitioners and high level government alumni. Only the best of the best were invited this time so that you and your local church "leaders" can learn more about the workings of running a "business model" church that promises to grow exponentially IF you carefully follow their combined wisdom. Oh, what would the church world do without the benefit of their advice? Return to fundamental Christianity? Heaven forbid! The question that will be scrubbed from this conference is: "What would Jesus do?" You can be certain that although these name the name of Christ and claim to be people of faith, (but in what you may ask), they glory in man's wisdom as an improvement on, and superior to, the Word of God. So get ready for what August will bring in the way of unheard of revelations from this gnostic group.
    We will be focusing on several of these to demonstrate that their advice and wisdom is of this world, derived from another gospel that repudiates the true authentic gospel of Jesus Christ, and represents not only a false methodology for doing church, but is poisonous to those who accept their apostate/heretical teachings without comparing to the Bible standard.
    We will not be focusing on Bill Hybels, Andy Stanley, Colin Powell, and others who are well known to the church world and the secular world of business. Instead, for the purpose of this post and the overall aim of this blog, we will focus on Dr. Brene Brown, Dr. Henry Cloud, Mark Burnett, and Chris Brown, supplying as much information about them gleaned from their own websites, writings, videos, and other third party sources to uncover what they believe and promote.
WARNING # 1: It needs to be said that churches should not be run like businesses. When churches are run like corporations, pastors, elders and deacons lose whatever humility they once had and become manipulative dictatorial leaders and/or task masters, and discard their roles as shepherds, ministers, caring advisers, and equal members of the body of Christ, under the authority of God. Frequently, and in their sinful arrogance and independent spirit, the result is a complete failure to teach from the Bible, disciple believers, and warn and/or correct the congregation in a loving way about apostates, heretics, false teachers, false prophets, and the twisting of Scripture. Instead, they themselves become the focus of worship, the primary and final arbiters of truth, doctrine, and practice on their own authority. Members are ridiculed for wanting to hear Bible based expository preaching on the pretense that it just makes people fat and lazy, unwilling to work for the common good of the church. Adopting a business-like structure in church creates a hierarchy of authority, a "chain of command", leads to abuse, contributes to gnosticism, fosters elitism, belittles the congregation as a working class, values performance over grace, diverts from the God-given guidance of Scripture and focuses on implementing the vision cast by leaders, requires the congregation to subject themselves to unbiblical self-appointed change agents, drives the congregation away from the true gospel of grace towards a social gospel of works, creates a socialist, collectivist, community organizational structure that denies or suppresses individualism, individual thought, and individual effort. Compliance and compliant church members fit into this unbiblical business community, and consequently, individualistic personalities are routinely discarded and booted out if they "don't get with the program".

WARNING # 2: In our post of February 28, 2013, we showed that Tim Keller is giving advice to mega church pastors, such as at Willowdale Chapel of Kennett Square, PA. As with more than a few of the 13 guest speakers at GLS 2013, Keller is also enthralled with offering a blend of worldly humanistic psychological theories with Scripture, known among discerning Christians as psycho-heresy. Here again is what we posted on February 28, along with the sources:

 Sources show Keller may not be the biblical "go to guy" for advice, whether for individual Christians or churches: Excellent expose of Keller's false gospel. A quote from this article sums it up:
"You will see that he is deeply ecumenical in approach and sympathetic to the Catholic cause. Indeed, his commitment to the Catholicism is so deep that Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York engages in mystical Catholic practices. He has such a low view of Scripture that he goes out of his way to promote the false doctrine of theistic evolutionHe is so impressed with the idea of humanistic psychology that his church runs a fee charging counselling service that integrates psychological theories with Scripture. He is so taken with the ways of the world that he promotes a liberal political agenda. And the great tragedy of Tim Keller is that all this is done under the banner of Reformed Calvinism."
From Teaching the Word":
"Tim Keller: Dangerously Influential":
"Tim Keller's Gutless Gospel":, in which Keller expresses his doubts about Jesus Christ to Mr. Bashir:
"Tim Keller's False Gospel: Changing Both the Method and the Message":
"Tim Keller's False Gospel: A 'Sandwich' Made Without the Bread of Life":
"Keller's Affinity With Rome":
"Keller and the Mystics":
"Keller's Mysticism":

    But Lafferty and Willowdale's leadership have apparently learned a lot from Keller as well as Warren. Of course, all these emergents would claim a biblical mandate from Scripture. That may be so, but the implementation is not. They all seem to want to redeem the culture with good works, applying "salt and light" and/or present an attractive image to the unregenerate. Unfortunately, they will attempt to accomplish that goal through implementing a collectivist/fascist business model based on Peter Drucker's ideas for business (the three legged stool), and which is the foundation of Warren's "Purpose Driven" methods. 
    The second aim appears to be the establishment of God's kingdom on earth or at least preparing the way, allegedly to reign, but not to rule, falling just short of the seven "dominionist" aims of the New Apostolic Reformation which includes ruling the culture.
    Lost in all this is the one-on-one traditional biblical model of evangelism, as well as the important role of individuals in such. Now, the message is that the sum total of all individuals spreading the gospel cannot be as effective as the collectivist community inside a business model. This is explored at length by Chris Rosebrough of Fighting for the Faith (Pirate Radio) in this audio "Resistance is Futile. You Will Be Assimilated into The Community".
This year’s presenters include:

• Bill Hybels, founder and senior pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, South Barrington, Ill.
• Gen. Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state
• Dr. BrenĂ© Brown, research professor at University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
• Mark Burnett, four-time Emmy Award winner and executive television producer of “The Voice” and “The Bible”
• Vijay Bovindarajan, Top 50 Management Thinker, and author of Reverse Innovation and The Other Side of Innovation
• Patrick Lencioni, best-selling author, founder and president of The Table Group, and named one of America’s Most Sought-After Businesses Speakers by The Wall Street Journal
• Liz Wiseman, executive strategy and leadership consultant, author of the best seller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter
• Oscar Muriu, senior pastor of Nairobi Chapel, Kenya, with 14,000 weekly worshippers and a network of 30 churches
• Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist, leadership consultant and author of the 2-million seller Boundaries
• Chris Brown, co-senior pastor and teaching pastor of North Coast Church with 9,000-plus attendees, 25 worship services and multiple campuses
• Joseph Grenny, co-founder of VitalSmarts and author of four best-selling books, including Crucial Conversations
• Bob Goff, founder and CEO of Restore International, giving voice to oppressed children and the poorest of the poor
• Andy Stanley, founder and senior pastor of North Point Ministries, Atlanta, Ga.

1) Dr. Brene Brown is described on Emerging Women here:
Dr. Brene Brown's website, a short biography on her own website, which contains a link,, to Oprah Winfrey's Super Soul Sunday. 
    Yes, it appears the two are in fact "soulmates", promoting "psycho-heresy" (psychology and religious heresy mixture), further blended with New Age beliefs and practices such as yoga, mindfulness, holistic medicine, ecumenism, universalism, Hinduism, Buddhism, mantras, breath prayers, contemplative prayer with emptying of the mind, goddess worship, and an array of pagan, mystical ideas. All this while insisting they are Christians!

in which Brown participated and joined with Oprah, the latter claiming to be Christian, but practices and promulgates New Age beliefs, practices, and practitioners. Some examples of sessions with Oprah are in these select

Brown on her concept of "wholeheartedness":
Brown's "Parenting Manifesto":

Brown has written for "Spirituality and Health", a New Age/Yoga online website here: 

Brown is associated with Eomega, another New Age/Yoga website, as a workshop teacher as shown here:
Eomega offers: 
Quote: "new truths to help you unlock your full potential. Explore the intimate connection between body, mind and spirit through yoga, meditation, spiritual, wellness, and personal growth retreats and workshops." 
and Eomega cites its source at quote: "The name "Omega" came from the teachings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a renowned 20th-century philosopher, who used the term "Omega Point", to describe the peak of unity and integration toward which all life is evolving." Chardin is a New Age mystic, Catholic Jesuit priest, influenced by Charles Darwin's evolution theory. 

2) Dr. Henry Cloud, clinical psychologist,

Wikipedia states "Cloud co-founded and built Minirth-Meier ClinicWest and served as its Clinical Co-Director for ten years." and " (has) PhD degree in clinical psychology from Biola University (1987). He also took classes from Talbot Theological Seminary.Talbot is at Biola University, and has been one of the top seminaries teaching spiritual formation and contemplative mysticism. 

Pat Robertson of CBN interviews Cloud about his book "The Secret Things of God", and his comments clearly point to a fusion of New Age practices and beliefs with Christianity, and in which he states that the Secret is "basically the New Age philosophy that says your thoughts create reality". The video of this astounding interview is here:
This is the book promotion video:

A less than complimentary review of his book was also written at CBN's 700 Club site here: Cloud is quoted as saying about his book therein as "a huge cultural phenomenon and is classic, new-age philosophy. " And the review further states "As a psychologist, he is amazed at 'the secret things of God' validated by research and clinical practice. 
'In fact, I do not know of any successful clinical process or practice that does not agree with God’s secrets', he says. " The article goes on to describe a mystical encounter with Jesus by a Jewish woman: "She was going through a challenging time and asked God to show up. She was immediately embraced by the presence of Jesus."
Cloud has had a working relationship with Bill Hybels' Willow Creek Association as shown in these videos in which Cloud describes how to do "pruning" in your church. 
This is very similar to James McDonald's "catapulting" uncooperative church members out of the parking lot, and the foul mouthed/cussing pastor, Mark Driscoll's "blessed subtraction" by getting rid of disagreeable church members by "throwing them under the bus".
Driscoll's "pile of dead bodies behind the bus":

Cloud with Steven Furtick of Elevation Church in this video discussing Cloud's "Necessary Endings":


Cloud claims that "dreams respond to positive and negative voices" in this video. Could the negative voices be demonic? 


Cloud and Townsend on how to be a "vision caster/change agent" in their "Ultimate Leadership Workshops". See:
 Cloud says traditional bible practices are useless according to the Jeff Prock YouTube video here:


3) Mark Burnett, married to Roma Downey, were previously covered in a prior post of ours and the pertinent material from that post is copied and pasted here. They are clearly New Agers:
Mark & Roma with Oprah, the queen of New Age: 

Roma Downey:
Dave Mosher Blog has a group of excellent posts on Roma Downey and her New Age beliefs and associations, in particular this one:, revised March 27, 2013. In it we see Roma Downey on the cover of OM Times, New Age publication. See Downey's biography and interview at OM Times here:

David Cloud's Way of Life reports:
Roma Downey, the Roman Catholic co-creator (with her husband, Mark Burnett) of the History Channel’s popular “The Bible” miniseries, says Pope Francis is “a new pope of hope” (“Roma Downey,” Christian Post, April 4, 2013). Here is the promotion video of "The Bible" series:

    Downey, famous for her role as “the angel Monica” in the new-agey TV series “Touched by an Angel,” plays the part of Mary in “The Bible” miniseries. She says the example of Pope Francis will cause “the seeds of hope to flourish in people’s hearts and people’s lives.” In an earlier interview, Downey said, “I have prayed to Mary and loved her my whole life” (“The Bible: An Epic Mini-Series,”, Feb. 28, 2013). Roma attended the University of Santa Monica Master's degrees in Spiritual Psychology“founded by New Age spiritual and self-help guru John Roger” (“Roma Downey Happy Out of Spotlight,” Beck/Smith Hollywood, April 23, 2013). She says that she listens to books on tape by New Age guru Eckhart Tolle, who teaches the divinity of man. The creators of “The Bible” miniseries have not been afraid to add to and change God’s Word.

Christian Research Network discusses Downey and the "Bible" miniseries:

Rick Warren's Saddleback Church invited Downey and Burnett to do a "question and answer" time during February 2013 showing of the Bible miniseries:

4) Chris Brown of North Coast Church,, the largest Evangelical Free Church in the U.S.A. What more didn't we know that we should have known by now?
Chris Brown on avoiding "stained glass" words when inviting unchurched/unsaved visitors to church as part of their Creative Leadership Training:

Brown on "Sermon Series Branding" to make sermons palatable to the world by always changing everything in the church, so it doesn't look the same as it did 40 years ago. So much for traditional Christianity:
Ceilings of Creativity that hold things back in church, by Brown:
Here is an example of one mega church, Willowdale Chapel of Kennett Square, PA, influenced by all the emergent leaders including Rick Warren and Bill Hybels, and which will be hosting a live simulcast of the Global Leadership Summit this coming August:

Likewise, Olivet Nazarene University will be doing the simulcast in their church. The following website link describes the event here:,_Mark_Burnett_and_Bill_Hybels__featured_at_Olivet%E2%80%99s_live_telecast_of_2013_Global_Leadership_Summit.aspx#.UZj_e7V1-p9.
Quote from above link:
Chosen as a premier host site, Olivet will host the live telecast of the Willow Creek Association’s 2013 Global Leadership Summit on August 8 and 9. This two-day event will be broadcast live from Willow Creek Community Church to Olivet’s site at College Church of the Nazarene, North Campus, in Bourbonnais, Ill. Since on-site seats at the main site in South Barrington, Ill., are already sold out, this provides a unique opportunity for local leaders of businesses, churches and organizations to experience the Summit via live telecast.