Tuesday, August 11, 2015


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“God does His greatest work when the hour is darkest.” So says Paul Blair, pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma, and leader of Reclaiming America for Christ, founded by the late Dr. D. James Kennedy. And indeed, in America the hour is dark. But what to do?
The annual conference of Reclaiming America for Christ might be a start. Scheduled for July 24-25 at First Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma, the gathering promises practical applications for Americans who are fed up with a federal government gone off the rails. Quite simply, the purpose is to teach Christian apologetics and a biblical worldview to those who want to better understand how Christians should approach civil government, and to learn how to reclaim their country.
As the name implies, the theme of this year’s conference, “Restoring the Foundations,” emphasizes the importance of restoring the family, the church, and finally, civil government.
“With American Christians you have to start at the beginning.” With that statement, Blair was off and running in an interview with The New American. He explained,
The modern view [of American Christianity], which is almost gnostic, is that the church exists to deal only with getting us to heaven, and [that we are] not to soil ourselves with things of the world. That’s just not biblical. We’ve tried to pull Christians out of the world, but we are in the world! We’re to be in the world, just not of it.
So we have to understand Scripture and live every facet of our lives according to the gospel, including how we approach civil government. We haven’t done that, and as a consequence our civil government is now godless.
Blair continued,
The Christian faith is not emotional, or based on how we feel about things; it is fact-based. Apologetics simply means understanding that, knowing what’s true, why it’s true, and learning how to apply it every day.
Blair explained that he wanted to teach Christians a godly understanding of civil affairs:
The Founders believed in the laws of nature and nature’s God. They didn’t think of themselves as rebels; it was the king [of England] who was in rebellion — against God! 
They sought to restore the proper balance of government, with God in His proper sovereign place. And pastors were the political experts of the day. Why would God call pastors to be biblical experts on everything else, but not on the affairs of civil government?
Though the Moore, Oklahoma, conference serves as an annual rally, is also a teaching tool for Christians, aiming to advance the cause of "restoring the foundations." Each speaker provides an introduction for those just beginning their grasp of a biblical worldview, but even those who are far down the path of understanding will find something new. Each year’s crop of speakers provides opportunities for attendees to hear someone they’ve never heard before, to be exposed to different ways of thinking, and to learn about new resources.
The three guest speakers at this year’s event are constitutional heavyweights and devout Christians. Author Josh McDowell, a leader in Christian apologetics, will address the need for Christians to be able to defend their faith, especially in the political arena.
McDowell is joined by Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel, a non-profit organization providing pro bono representation on issues related to religious freedom, sanctity of life, and other topics. Staver is described as a bold Christian attorney who will speak on state sovereignty, informing churches on their roles in these matters.
Finally, constitutional attorney KrisAnne Hall will speak on state sovereignty and the genealogy of the U.S. Constitution. Hall’s remarkable personal story should give hope to all who fear that liberals may never see the light and become conservatives.
Blair continued,
We encourage folks to remember the Apostle Paul in Acts 17:11 when he spoke to the church in Berea. "They examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." And everyone should do that with the teaching about Christian apologetics and our Constitution. Study the documents and confirm [the truth] for yourself.
Next, Blair mentioned the constitutionally sound acts of nullification and interpositionThe New American's Joe Wolverton defines nullification as follows:
Nullification is not the right of states to nullify any federal act. Rather, it is the right to choose to not enforce any federal act that fails to conform to the constitutionally established limits on its authority.
Interposition is the right of a state to "interpose" itself between its citizens and the fedeal government in order to keep the federal government from enforcing laws that the state deems unconstitutional.
Blair observed:
Regarding nullification and interposition, we don’t forget about that, as we believe it’s the rightful remedy — certainly considering the efforts we’ve launched since the Obergefell [Supreme Court same-sex marriage] decision. To those who say it’s impossible, we remind them that it’s being done! Consider "sanctuary cities," which have declared federal immigration law as" null and void" and refuse to recognize or enforce federal immigration law. These cities have been effectively nullifying federal law since the 1980s.
And then there are the four states and the District of Columbia that have declared "null and void" federal drug laws and have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.
Finally, in 2011, the federal Department of Justice declared "null and void" the Defense of Marriage Act and chose to stop enforcing that federal law. This was a federal agency nullifying the law of another federal agency! 
So we believe wholeheartedly in nullification, and will be actively encouraging the state of Oklahoma to nullify the Obergefell decision, which dovetails with our effort to nullify Roe v. Wade in Oklahoma. And we’ll encourage our legislators that we’re behind them every step of the way.
Blair will deliver the conference’s closing charge, based on Romans 13, in which he’ll examine the proper role of civil government, then will press for the state of Oklahoma to ignore the Obergefell decision, not forgetting the organization’s original focus on Roe v. Wade.
As always, this year’s convocation is free and open to the public. For a deliberative and substantive study of how Christians can gain a solid constitutional understanding, it’s the only place in town.

Reclaiming Religion in America

Reclaiming Religion in America

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Paul Blair is pastor of the Fairview Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma; leader of Reclaiming America for Christ (RA4C); and former Chicago Bears offensive tackle. He recently spoke with The New American about RA4C’s call to pastors to stand up for righteousness following the Obergefellcase. Obergefell v. Hodges is the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case in which the court opined that the fundamental right to “marry” is guaranteed to same-sex couples.
Blair explained America’s biblical heritage and the necessity for pastors to take the lead in persuading lawmakers that nullification is the rightful remedy, and in supporting them in that decision. Blair’s plan is to launch national resistance beginning in Oklahoma, with hopes that the Sooner State will serve as a model for other states, starting with its neighbors Kansas and Texas. Pastor Blair is already in discussions with lawmakers in those states.
The New American: What do you perceive to be the real problem in America that led to Obergefell and other unconstitutional decisions?
Paul Blair: America is not 320 million individuals ruled by five non-elected attorneys. We all know this, it’s just been too long since we put it into practice. We’re a union of sovereign states who delegated few and defined powers to the government now residing in the District of Columbia. Our Constitution begins with “We the People” not “They the Powerbrokers.”
The federal courts have a very limited scope of jurisdiction according to Article III of the U.S. Constitution. We need to remember that and encourage states to ignore federal court decisions that are outside the proper rule of law as defined in the Constitution.
The redefinition of marriage is a blatant, unlawful attack by the federal government on the states, the consent of the governed, and Christianity in general. This has done more to awaken the masses than any action since 1973. We (RA4C) are actively reaching out and joining hands with hundreds of pastors and legislators, along with tens of thousands of the good citizens across the State of Oklahoma. We’re reminding them of what the rules [Constitution and Declaration] actually say. And we’re honestly asking the question, “Why aren’t we following what the law says rather than what judges want it to say?” Other states need to be doing the same thing.
Everyone is familiar with the term “American exceptionalism,” but why was America, at one time, exceptional? First, recognize that America was never perfect and never will be. However, America was different and exceptional because of two fundamental truths laid out in our country’s birth certificate — the Declaration of Independence.
Fundamental Truth #1: God grants rights, not government. In fact, man has unalienable rights that include life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (Blackstone’s Commentaries defines it thus: the right to walk in God’s revealed will and thus find happiness). The purpose of civil government is to secure those rights, and if any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, the people have the right to alter it, abolish it, or throw it off — which they did with the tyranny of Great Britain in 1776.
Fundamental Truth #2: God establishes what truth is. Truth is not arbitrary or determined by a dictator or majority vote. Our Creator established right and wrong. Our Creator determined truth. Truth is “the laws of nature and nature’s God.” No human law should contradict God’s law.
For nearly 200 years, America was proud of its biblical worldview and Christian heritage. In 1962 and 1963, the Supreme Court illegally removed the Bible and prayer from public education — which it had no constitutional authority to do.
As a consequence, if there is no God, then “government” becomes the “god,” as it becomes the supreme authority. If there is no God, then there is no “law of God,” therefore no fixed truth. Truth “evolves” as people do. So we removed God and a biblical worldview as the foundation of American education and replaced Him with Marxism (“government is god”) and Darwinism (“truth evolves”).
The church should have risen up in 1963 and demanded the states reject these unlawful Supreme Court actions. However, we sat quietly and are now reaping the fruit of several generations raised on Marxist Darwinism.
TNA: What do you see to be the solution?
Blair: Christians need to be trained in how to live as Christians. The modern church doesn’t do a very good job of discipleship.
Obviously, there’s nothing more important that trusting Jesus Christ as Savior. But somehow we fail to recognize that when we accept His gift of salvation, we’re also surrendering our lives to His lordship. There’s a reason God doesn’t take us to heaven the moment we get saved. We’re called to bear witness as followers of Jesus and serve as His ambassadors.
The Barna Group [a market research firm specializing in studying the religious beliefs and behavior of Americans] conducted a survey by actually testing professing Christians about their worldview. Only nine percent of those who identified as born-again believers actually had a biblical worldview. The majority were post-modernists. This shouldn’t be a surprise because we have removed God from our educational system in America, so are taught to depend on an all-powerful government rather than an all-powerful God.
Actually, every issue America faces is dealt with biblically and has been assigned to one of four realms of government: self-government, church government, family government, and civil government.
For example, it’s up to the individual to decide what size soda to buy, not the civil government. It’s up to the church to oversee charity. It’s up to the family to provide for loved ones and to oversee the education of the children. According to the Bible, the purpose of civil government is to punish evil and protect the good.
However, we’ve been taught to look to the all-powerful government to oversee everything from education to healthcare to welfare. Karl Marx would be proud; however, our Founding Fathers would be spinning in their graves.
TNA: How did you come to see Reclaiming America for Christ as part of the solution?
Blair: When Jesus becomes Lord of your life, that means more than just the Lord of Sunday mornings. As a follower of Christ, I should parent differently. I should be a better husband. I should be a better employee and a better employer. As a Christian, my business practices should reflect Christ. And as a Christian, I should be an outstanding citizen and maintain a biblical worldview when it comes to civil government.
As I travel the country speaking, I see three major problems in the average American church. First, the average church has abandoned the exclusivity of salvation by Christ alone (John 14:6, Acts 4:12). Second, as mentioned earlier, the average church fails in discipleship and establishing a biblical worldview in its members. Finally, the average church has abandoned the intellectuality of Christianity. We don’t have blind faith, but the truth. Unfortunately, most Christians today operate by feelings rather than facts.
Reclaiming America for Christ is an organization whose goal is to reintroduce biblical truths to all who attend and how to put those truths into practice in their lives. At our annual conference, we focus on teaching Christian apologetics and biblical worldview; plus, we reaffirm the truth of Christianity’s influence on our country’s founding and framing.
For example, in 1859, the historian John Pelfrey wrote in his work The History of New England, “The Puritan searched the Bible, not only for principles and rules, but for mandates — and, when he could find none of these, for analogies — to guide him in precise arrangements of public administration, and in the minutest points of individual conduct.”
America’s success has not been by accident, but by design. The laws and rights that we take for granted in America are largely unique to America. The reason we’re different was the devoted biblical worldview of our Founding Fathers, and the influence the Bible had over our political thought.
Recognizing the role of Christians in our country’s birth, we wish to awaken the body of Christ in hopes of returning to the moorings from which we’ve drifted. With our conferences and continuing education, we hope to educate, motivate, and activate the body of Christ.
TNA: Explain how pastors can be encouraged and mobilized.
Blair: The country is huge. It becomes so overwhelming that an individual can feel helpless. We encourage pastors to apply the “Nehemiah Strategy.” Nehemiah led rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem in a miraculous 52 days. His successful strategy was for each family to focus on their own section of the wall.
We encourage pastors to focus on their own congregations (or, sections of the wall) and do three things: (1) Be faithful to preach the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ to their congregations. (2) Make sure members are trained and able to share their faith in Christ with others. (3) Teach their congregations a complete biblical worldview. Make disciples!
Individual churches can transform neighborhoods. Working together, churches can transform a city. Together, transformed cities and communities can transform a state. The sovereign states have the ability to rein in an out-of-control federal government.
TNA: How can other states be encouraged, and brought alongside Oklahoma’s effort?
Blair: We’ve been trained to focus on Washington, D.C. We raise millions of dollars for organizations inside the beltway or “the party.” When is the last time Washington ever fixed anything? Washington is generally the cause of our problems, not the solution. In fact, Washington doesn’t think it’s broken, because those inside the beltway are doing quite well.
In 1787, the sovereign states designed a limited “general government” to handle the “general welfare” of those states working in union. The states delegated “few and defined” powers to this general government — such as negotiating treaties with foreign countries, establishing a navy, coining money, and creating a postal system. What took place inside the borders of the sovereign states was not the business of the general government. Nowhere did we the people of the United States delegate to Washington the authority to redefine marriage! Come to think of it, we didn’t delegate the authority to make us abort babies, control our education, mandate healthcare, or a lot of other things, either. Washington does not have unlimited power and they certainly don’t have the authority to determine the limits of their own power.
The hero of progressivism, Woodrow Wilson, wrote an article in 1887 published in the Political Science Quarterly. To summarize his strategy to transform America, he believed that what one generation would resist, but eventually accept, the next generation would accept because their parents did, then future generations would assume that it’s always been that way.
We’ve been trained to function as if the states were merely subsidiaries of the federal government and ruled by a supreme leader and a Supreme Court. We must recognize that we’re not ruled by men, but by the consent of the governed in accordance to the law.
People keep wanting to amend the Constitution. Why? Washington doesn’t follow the one we have now. Why do we think they’d follow a new amendment? Who’s going to make them obey it? Ultimately, the states have to say “no” when Washington tries to act outside the Constitution. We all point to the 10th Amendment without realizing that the 10th Amendment is not going to enforce itself! The states have incredible political power if only they have the will to use it.
I shake my head when I hear people say that nullification won’t work. They don’t seem to realize that there are some 150 cities that have already successfully nullified federal immigration law and declared themselves “sanctuary cities.” Four states, plus the District of Columbia, have nullified federal drug law and legalized recreational marijuana. In 2011, the Department of Justice nullified the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) stating it wasn’t constitutional, in their opinion — that was one federal agency nullifying the act of another agency! If so many are using nullification for bad things, why don’t we use it to save natural marriage and stop abortion?
Oklahoma lawfully amended its state Constitution in 2004 to incorporate God’s definition of marriage. There’s no place in the U.S. Constitution where we delegated to Washington the authority to redefine marriage in our state. In fact, according to the 10th Amendment (which is part of the U.S. Constitution) that authority clearly remains with us. Our governor, attorney general, and legislators have all sworn oaths to uphold the Constitutions of the State of Oklahoma and the United States. We call upon them to uphold their oaths of office and ignore the U.S. Supreme Court’s unlawful Obergefell opinion. In fact, we want Oklahoma to be a “sanctuary state” for marriage, life, and the Constitution.
TNA: What do you have to say to pastors who still refrain from discussing “politics” from the pulpit?
Blair: According to Genesis 9, Romans 13, 1 Timothy 2, and 1 Peter 2, the institution of civil government was God’s idea and His purpose for establishing it was to punish evildoers and protect those who do well, that we may live peaceably in all godliness. I call upon pastors to preach the whole counsel of God.
Every pastor recognizes that God had a will and design for the family and for the church. Even though we all know that children are to obey their parents and pastors are to lead their flocks, we understand the condition of that leadership being “in the Lord.” If a father becomes perverted and commands his children to do drugs or commit illicit acts, the children are not under the obligation of unlimited submission. Likewise, if a pastor decided to keep the church building fund for himself or began to teach heresy, the congregation is not under the obligation of “unlimited submission.”
Our Founding Fathers recognized that if a government becomes perverse and tyrannical, then the people had no obligation to submit unconditionally. In fact, Jefferson stated that if any government ceases to protect the unalienable God-given rights of man and instead becomes destructive and tyrannical, the people have the unalienable right to alter, abolish, and replace it.
As we saw in the Nuremburg trials, a person who doesn’t resist an evil action becomes complicit with the evil action. Therefore, our Founding Fathers believed that just as the Hebrew midwives did in Exodus 1, the three Hebrews in Daniel 3 and Peter and John in Acts 5, “Resistance to tyranny is obedience to God.”
TNA: What can you say to pastors who are truly looking for answers?
Blair: Call me! I’ll be glad to give counsel and share experiences. I also encourage you to visit our website at and watch our videos on worldview. We have lots of books and resources for you and your congregation.
TNA: Speak to the family in the pew — what can families do?
Blair: Start by educating your family, club, friends, Sunday School class, or small group. We have worldview training ranging from creation to civil government on our RA4C website. Make use of it.
I’m also a fan of “The Truth Project” produced by Focus on the Family several years ago. It’s a great introduction to begin looking at all the world from a biblical perspective.
If several upstanding families in a church respectfully approach their pastor, they can introduce him to these materials and encourage him. If your pastor refuses to engage, quit supporting a dead church with your attendance and money. Find a church that teaches all of the Bible and applies it to today’s living.
TNA: Does RA4C’s effort to nullify Obergefell reach across denominational lines?
Blair: Yes! We have pastors from at least eight to 10 different denominational backgrounds who’ve worked together for several years, and agree on three essential points. One, salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone. Two, the Bible is the holy, inerrant, plenary Word of God. Three, if we don’t experience another great awakening, our country is in deep trouble. I personally have great working relationships with many Orthodox Jews, as we share a Judeo-Christian worldview. However, every citizen who desires true liberty will enjoy the fruit of our labor.
The home is the basic building block of society. Procreation is the biological means of the continuation of humanity to future generations, and sociologists acknowledge that the ideal environment for children is to be raised in a loving home by the birth parents. While we wholeheartedly support adoption and support single moms and dads doing their best to raise their kids, and we pray for homes that are starting over after experiencing divorce or death, we should still strive for and promote that which is ideal — God’s design.
The Supreme Court’s ruling was wrong in many ways. First, the ruling itself was illegitimate as Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were far from unbiased, having officiated same-sex unions in the past and even while they were considering the Obergefell case. Any justice who had respect for the law would have recused himself.
Second, the result itself was unconstitutional. There is no place in the U.S. Constitution where the states delegated to Washington the authority to redefine marriage. Two years ago, in the Windsor case, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion declaring DOMA unconstitutional because marriage was a states’ rights issue, and not under federal jurisdiction. This year in Obergefell, Kennedy reversed course and nullified the state constitutions claiming supremacy of the U.S. Constitution. That is pure hypocrisy. To add further insult to injury, he claimed that same-sex “marriage” was secured in the Fifth and 14th Amendments. However, that claim was ludicrous — when both amendments were ratified, homosexuality was illegal in all states.
Third, the decision violates the foundation upon which our country exists — the laws of nature and nature’s God. Alexander Hamilton was one of many Founders who clearly stated that no human law was of any validity if contrary to the law of God. No one is required to be a Christian to live in America; however, the freedoms available for all to enjoy in our country come from the biblical worldview held by the Founders and Framers.
Finally, the decision itself celebrates immoral conduct. According to the Bible, God created male and female — not the 56 (and growing) gender identities recognized by Facebook. By design, God created us as sexual beings and gave us the gift of intimacy to be held sacred within the union of marriage between a husband and wife (Hebrews 13:4). According to the Bible, there is natural sexuality and sexuality which goes “against nature” (Romans 1:26-27).
All people are created equal, but not all behavior is equal. If a person chooses to practice dangerous, immoral behavior in privacy, that’s his business, and he alone will be accountable both with consequential medical issues and before God. However, Obergefell is an attempt to force everyone to celebrate a behavior that violates conscience and the Holy Scriptures, and to force the acceptance of that behavior on our children through public education.
The Williams Institute at UCLA conducted a study in 2011 that concluded only 1.7 percent of the American population is homosexual. When 1.7 percent practice a certain behavior, it is not considered “the norm,” as 98.3 percent abstain. It is by definition an abnormal and perverse behavior.
As Christians, we are our brother’s keeper. It’s far more loving to speak the truth in hopes of saving someone’s life or soul rather than simply “tolerating” self-destruction.
TNA: How has The John Birch Society played a part in this?
Blair: JBS has faithfully stood in defense of our Constitution and teaching the true history of our country. In so doing, they’ve produced some wonderful materials. For example, we’ve included the 30-minute DVD Overview of America as part of our biblical worldview training package under the topic of “Civil Government” on the RA4C website. It is a must watch and the first lesson in that section of training.
I was most impressed with The New American when they did an article on me six years ago. I had stated a number in my interview, but was off by one percentage point. Before publishing the article, they fact-checked it and informed me of the correction that they were making. I was amazed at their dedication to being 100-percent factually accurate. From that experience, I have had great confidence in trusting the news they report.
Oklahoma hopes to be the first of many states that will join together and reject this unlawful opinion offered by the court, rein in Washington, and save our union under the Constitution. Legally we can. Morally we must. I invite everyone to visit our websites: and
May God bless America, and may America be worthy of God’s blessings!!

Reclaiming America for Christ- Oklahoma-  Pastor Paul Blair

Pastor Paul Blair The Bible and Self Defense
Published on Jul 31, 2015
Pastor Paul Blair discusses the issue of self defense for the Christian. Most churches are trying to turn everyone into pacifists. These churches teach turn the other cheek to murderers and rapists. Paul Blair teaches what the Bible teaches about self defense. A lot of Christians will be in for a surprise because they do not know what the Bible teaches about self defense. 

Common Core Rally Paul Blair

Paul Blair Session 10: "Romans 13"

Attorney KrisAnne Hall Session 4 "Roots Of Liberty"


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In the Summer 2015 Journal of the Southern Baptist Convention, an article titled “Great Awakening” states:
Thousands of messengers at the 2015 Southern Baptist Convention knelt in prayer and raised their hands to heaven July 16 as they prayed for revival in the church and a great awakening across the United States. . . . “The only thing that can ultimately reshape America is a spiritual awakening and the next move of God,” Ronnie Floyd, president of the SBC, told messengers. “When you look at it historically, there is no great movement of God that is not first preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God’s people.
“When was the last time that you gathered with thousands of people on a Tuesday night in the summer and prayed for spiritual awakening in the United States? We have full confidence in God and God alone.”
The article quoted several Southern Baptist pastors attending the summer event who named numerous sins from which Southern Baptists and Christians in general needed to repent: pride, racism, apathy, and so forth. While these are all sins that Christians do need to repent of if they are guilty of them,  there was no mention of one sin that is having detrimental effects within SBC and the Christian church at large. We are referring to the Southern Baptist’s sinful embracing of the “new” anti-Gospel spirituality, which includes occultic prayer practices (contemplative) and emergent/social justice/anti-Christianity ideologies. We present two pieces of evidence to show both of these are true statements. First, this short Letter from the Editor that we received this month:
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
I attend (won’t join) a Southern Baptist church wherein most of the women are heavily involved with Sarah Young’s, Jesus Calling.  I shared with the pastor articles confirming this is not a Christian book, but he doesn’t acknowledge my e-mails or the material that I personally handed to him.  People that are so-called Christians have verbally attacked me because I said this book is “New Age.”  I imagine you get a lot of unfavorable comments as well. J.
 Jesus Calling is a book who’s author was inspired by the New Age channeled book God Calling. If you have not researchedJesus Calling, we recommend you read Warren B. Smith’s book“Another Jesus” Calling or his article/booklet The New Age Implications of Jesus Calling.
The second piece of evidence is with LifeWay Resources (the SBC resource arm), which continues to present to Southern Baptist members a deluge of contemplative/emerging/New Spirituality promoting books. Here is a short list of the many examples that are on the LifeWay Resources website:
1. The complete line of Sarah Young’s Jesus Callingbooks
2. Dare to Journey with Henri Nouwen
3. 15 items by or about Brennan Manning
4. Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas (instructs, repeat a word for 20 minutes)
5. Books by Dan Allender (promoter of Brian McLaren and the emerging church)
6. Books by Ann Voskamp (emerging church writer involved with the IF movement)
7. Ruth Haley Barton materials (major player in the contemplative/spiritual formation movement)
8. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence (who danced violently like a mad man when in the silence)
9. Books by Walter Brueggemann (who loved Alan Jones’ book Reimagining Christianity which denies the atonement)
10. How to Stay Christian in College by Catholic convert J. Budziszewski (Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa High School used this book too – how funny to use a book written by a man who changed from Christianity to Catholicism!)
11. At least 1 book by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun (a strong contemplative proponent who resonates with many New Age teachers)
12. Lord, Save Us From Your Followers by emergent Dan Merchant
       13. At least 1 book that includes as an author heavy weight emergent Tony Campolo
14. Books by heavy weight emergent mentored by Tony Campolo, Shane Claiborne
15. Books by or about Richard Foster and/or Dallas Willard
16. A book called Mustard Seeds, which promotes goddess worshipper Sue Monk Kidd
17. Incidentally, also carries David Jeremiah’s book, Life Wide Open, in which he too promotes Sue Monk Kidd
19. Books by contemplative author Pete Scazzero
20. Last but certainly not least, several books by prolific emergent leader Leonard Sweet
21. God Calling, the New Age channeled book that inspired Sarah Young to write Jesus Calling.
The books and authors listed above represent, promote, or/and endorse an occultic mystical New Age spirituality that has sorely infiltrated the Christian church. This is not a complete list. To do that, it would take us hours because LifeWay Resources carries an almost countless number of contemplative and/or emergent books. If you want to see for yourself, use our Directory of Authors by Chris Lawson and compare some of the names on that list with the authors being carried on LifeWay. And you may type in any of the names above into our blog search engine and our research siteand get plenty of information showing the spiritual propensities of these authors.
We find it ironic (and tragic) that Southern Baptist Convention pastors say they want a “Great Awakening” when the leaders of this denomination are falling headlong into great spiritual deception and taking millions of Baptists with them. Several years ago, LifeWay Resources removed books by Catholic mystics such as Basil Pennington, Thomas Keating, and Thomas Merton after Lighthouse Trails and other ministries brought it to their attention that these authors’ writings were not compatible with biblical Christianity. In addition, somewhere along the line, they removed books by Brian McLaren and Rob Bell. But what good did that do when the authors they continue to sell to their readers, while sounding more Christian than McLaren and Bell, are really “preaching” the same contemplative/emergent/New Spirituality message.
If you are not sure just what the contemplative/emergent/”New” Spirituality message is, please research this out until you fully understand the serious implications.
And, if you live near a LifeWay Store, perhaps you should call and ask why they are carrying Jesus Calling and other books that are not biblically sound. (Store locator) By the way, the number of LifeWay stores is growing. For instance, in 2013, LifeWay purchased Berean Christian Storesgiving LifeWay 17 more stores.
If you are Southern Baptist, or if you attend a SBC church, isn’t it time to challenge your leaders and pastors to repent of the sin that will help lead the church into a great apostasy rather than a great awakening?!
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. (1 Timothy 4:1)



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The Christian and Missionary Alliance Hooks Up with the IAHR  (International Association of Healing Rooms)

The Christian and Missionary Alliance headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado now has a  Healing Room Ministry established by Steve Peterson, a technology group employee of the CMA headquarter staff, trained by NAR Apostle Cal Pierce's International Association of Healing Rooms, Spokane, Washington (IAHR).  Meantime, CMA Higher Life Fellowship, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma has an official healing room under the IAHR co-directed by Dr. Paul L. King.

Perhaps, you're saying, "Why should this be concerning?  After all, hasn't the Alliance always supported divine healing?"  That indeed is true, however, there is a huge concern because as Pro Veritate Blog points out, and as I have pointed out in several of my blogs, "The Christian and Missionary Alliance has exhibited a worrisome move toward the direction of the New Apostolic

Now, the founder of the Healing Room Movement is none other than John G. Lake, the often venerated faith healer, whose healing room ministry has been resurrected by New Apostolic Reformation Apostle Cal Pierce.  Therefore, to know the roots of the healing room movement is to revisit its past history as well its recent restoration.  And to see the results of that restoration is to look into today's healing room association--the IAHR.

Take a Look at John G. Lake's Healing Room History:

John G. Lake?  Who was he?  Was he the esteemed man of God as his ardent admirers claim, or was he a con and a fraud as history seems to indicate?  There's much to read, and I would admonish one to do so before buying into the healing room mystique and hype!

To peruse most renditions of Lake's life is to read a biased view of  Lake's legendary fame that's been told and retold until Lake appears saint-like, rather than the man he actually was. In light of this, I will attempt to give the reader just a little peek into the rest of the story.

Now, a good place to start might be with "John G. Lake" found in Keith Gibson's "Patron Saints of the Prophetic" found in his book Wandering Stars: Contending for the Faith with the New Apostles and Prophets. Gibson gives us a short overview of Lake's life and legacy which, by the way, he says, "... few have actually read him, or even taken a cursory look at his history beyond the claims of the miraculous." (p.282)

Gibson notes that Lake taught that we are "little gods."  Gibson quotes from a Kenneth Copeland publication John G. Lake: His Life, His Sermons, His Boldness of Faith that reads, "The 
power of God, the Holy Ghost, is the Spirit of Dominion. It makes one a god."  Lake also
taught "dominion theology" noting that he wrote, "... that the church will 'take the world' and will crown the Son of God as King of kings and Lord of lords." Lake taught too that one could communicate with the dead as long as one did not call them up from hell!  And that was just the beginning of Lake's falsehoods. (pp.282, 283)

Lake also was a documented fraud, says Gibson, being arrested various times. Gibson details Lake's inability to heal as noted in the Oregonian newspaper.  Gibson observes, "These are not the actions of a man of God but that of a charlatan." (p.286)

Wikipedia tells us Lake was known as a faith healer, missionary, and founder of "healing rooms." Lake also was strongly influenced by one --John Alexander Dowie-- whose own checkered background one should examine as well. The article points out claims Lake made such as his having established newspapers which was patently false, having had lucrative jobs when he was but a carpenter, and having connections with prominent people of his day of which there is no record.  Historian Barry Morton documents much of Lake's questionable activities in two detailed articles: "'The Devil Who Heals" and "John G. Lake's Formative Years."  Scroll down to the bottom of the Wikipedia article, and click onto Morton's articles to read them.

Let Us Reason Ministries also has an eye-opening article: "Reviving the Revival of John Lake" which further exposes Lake's life. It is part of a five part series on "John Lake and the Healing Rooms." I recommend you click below to read more of its "reasoned" comments.  For a compilation of this series also read: "John G. Lake and the Healing Rooms: False Teachings and Unbiblical Practices" written and compiled by Chris Lawson.

Take a Look at Apostle Cal Pierce's Healing Room Awakening:

Lake died in 1935, and after his death the healing rooms folded.  Almost seventy years later a Bethel Assembly of God (presently Bethel Church, Redding, CA) elder, now turned Apostle Cal Pierce,
moved to Spokane to resurrect Lake's healing rooms.  Pierce told how he'd spent time praying at Lake's grave reminding one of  Benny Hinn praying over Katherine Kuhlman's grave, or of  Bethel's current fascination with "grave sucking," or even of Lake's involvement with calling back the dead.  There's even a tale, as Lake's healing room was being restarted, that an angel appeared in the corner of the very room where Lake had had many amazing healings.  However, it turns out that room, and that building had burned down long ago!

Along with his resurrection of the Spokane, Washington healing room Piece has made this ever expanding ministry just another arm of the NAR.  At present, this ministry has over three thousand healing rooms in seventy-six nations.   Leader Cal Piece, as a true NARite, follows their aberrant teachings as demonstrated by Cal's chapter nine excerpt from the book The Physics of Heaven.  In it Cal has an angelic encounter by his "supposed" angel of thirty years whom he never met until recently.  Cal recounts how upon imbibing of NAR's Tim Sheets' (Dutch Sheets' brother) teaching about "service angels"--angels that run errands Cal met "the energy angel" who according to this tale had been sent to teach Cal about "a water car" --a proposed car of the future.  Why, Cal even took a walk with his energy angel.  As a result of this "angel adventure," shares Cal, he is now into exploring how to produce power with sound!  This is but one beyond wild manifestation that NARites openly share purporting to be true.  Readers, this is exactly why the International Association of Healing Rooms Headquarters with its fire room, portal room, waves of glory room, and more are suspect; for Cal as well as his other NAR cohorts tout so many strange manifestations and prophecies it boggles the mind how people can blindly follow such leaders.

View video  done by CBN "Reopening the Wells: Legacy of Lake's Healing Rooms" here:  At 4:10 on the video see the ad for the 2014 July Infusion Conference that was sponsored by the Healing Rooms
with Danny Silk, Graham Cooke, and Shawn Boltz.  Note Pierce's ending challenge.
Take a Look at CMA Headquarters' Healing Room Ministry:

In the January 2014 Alliance Life article: "The Alliance Inheritance" Steve Peterson, CMA worker, tells how he felt it was time to launch a healing prayer ministry at the National Office.  Steve recounts that his wife's fight with MS catapulted him into becoming focused in on healing prayer.
Soon, he began training and ministering with the IAHR or International Association of Healing Rooms.

Later, after submitting a proposal to establish a healing room to the National Office leadership team, and gaining approval, Steve forged ahead training a team to establish what became a weekly "healing room" in an office chapel.  Once trained the team began using their techniques on others from international workers to new US workers.  In the future Steve envisions these healing prayer techniques being used on General Council to district conference attendees.

Now, it is not Peterson's wanting to pray for the sick that is in question, but where and from whom Peterson received his training that is problematic.  For, as shown above, the Healing Rooms
have a very questionable history, and at present are solidly in the camp of the New Apostolic Reformation or hyper-charismatic movement!

Pro Veritate's  Blog piece "Cal Pierce, the NAR, 'Healing Rooms,' and the Christian and Missionary Alliance" pointed out that Apostle Pierce, founder of the IAHR, is directly connected to the NAR thus supporting false claims to apostleship, and the spread of dominion theology.  Pierce himself, says the article, is a member of the dues paying organization known as the International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders.

Below Peterson's Alliance Life article, Pro Veritate noted, an online commenter mentioned she had met Steve Peterson at a recent Randy Clark Global Awakening conference.  Clark, a NAR super apostle, the person who began the notorious Toronto Blessing with all of its bizarre manifestations and out of order "spiritual drunkenness," is a close friend of Bill Johnson.  That is Bill Johnson of the now famous for fanaticism Bethel Church with its ever changing strange signs and wonders phenomena.  And it is with Clark and Johnson that Dr. Paul L. King is currently connected.

Take a  Look at Dr. Paul L. King's Higher Life Healing Room:

CMA  professor, and historian Dr. Paul L. King pastors a Broken Arrow, Oklahoma CMA church, Higher Life Fellowship, which has the distinction of having its very own IAHR certified Healing Room center which King himself co-directs.  And it was at these Healing Rooms recently, advertised on its Facebook, one might come and partake of "soaking prayer."  "Soaking prayer," by the way, is just another form of contemplative prayer where mesmerizing music lulls those laying on the floor into a trance like state.

King, a masterful historian, has written a number of books including Come Up Higher which is endorsed by both Randy Clark, and Bill Johnson.  King is also author of Genuine Gold which is a detailed account of the early history of the CMA and its Pentecostal roots.  In it King quotes just about every early Pentecostal figure from John G. Lake to Charles Parham to A.B. Simpson.  King says of this work that he is cautiously charismatic and that he wants to be a bridge or buffer between charismatics and non-charismatics.  However, from all I've read of King he has thrown caution to the wind, and is now associated with the hyper-charismatics, and not just any of them but with some of the most well-known of the NAR movement.


In the end, the CMA's hook up with the International Association of Healing Rooms is very troublesome, for once again they are connecting themselves to hyper-charismatics who are involved in experiential manifestations that supersede the Word with so called signs and wonders that in no way are of the Holy Spirit!  Therefore, I'd encourage you to dig deeper into the NAR as well as the IAHR, so you may be ready to warn others of their deceptions and dangers.  Proverbs 1:5 reminds us: "A wise  man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:."

Learn to Discern Granny Verse:  Matthew 24:24

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."

For More Information:

Lighthouse Trails Booklet:  The New Age Propensities of Bethel Church's Bill Johnson by
John Lanagan.  This booklet gives a review of The Physics of Heaven of which Cal Pierce,

NAR IAHR leader, has a chapter.