Lighthouse Trails Research

Self-made Religions and Porn for Kids

From Lighthouse Trails Newsletter, December 14, 2009

Posted on December 15

INDEX of previous reports from Lighthouse-Trails

Emphasis added


This past week, USA Today released an article that clearly substantiates the message that Lighthouse Trails has been trying to say for years. If anyone doubts the validity of our warnings, this USA Today article proves that we have not exaggerated or misinterpreted the scale and depth of the increasing threat to traditional Christianity.  

The article, titled "More US Christians mix in 'Eastern,' New Age beliefs," states that "Elements of Eastern faiths and New Age thinking have been widely adopted by 65% of U.S. Adults, including many who call themselves Protestants and Catholics."

Much of this change can be laid at the feet of the mysticism that has presented itself under the banner of contemplative or centering prayer via the spiritual formation movement. What this has done is broken down the barriers that have previously existed. Some might argue that the article is talking about New Age practices, not the Christian mystical tradition, which contemplative advocates say is orthodox and loyal to the Gospel. But as Anglican mystic Richard Kirby stated so precisely: "[T]he meditation of advanced occultists is identical with the prayer of advanced mystics: it is no accident that both traditions use the same word for the highest reaches of their respective activities: contemplation" (p. 7 The Mission of Mysticism).

The implications of this are that we indeed are living in a time of departing, of which II Thessalonians 2 speaks. There is no turning back. This is a reality that we will be living with from now on. And it is the responsibility of biblical believers everywhere to be fully equipped in knowing how to counter this reality so that friends, loved ones, pastors, professors, and co-workers etc. can be warned. 
This new spirituality completely opposes the Gospel that we embrace and love and that is the only way of salvation. As the world moves more into this mystical model, it is vital that those who comprehend what is taking place have the boldness and courage to speak the truth and defend the faith.
Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first. II Thessalonians 2: 1-3

"More U.S. Christians mix in 'Eastern,' New Age beliefs"

By Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA TODAY

Going to church this Sunday? Look around. The chances are that one in five of the people there find "spiritual energy" in mountains or trees, and one in six believe in the "evil eye," that certain people can cast curses with a look - beliefs your Christian pastor doesn't preach.

In a Catholic church? Chances are that one in five members believe in reincarnation in a way never taught in catechism class - that you'll be reborn in this world again and again.

Elements of Eastern faiths and New Age thinking have been widely adopted by 65% of U.S. adults, including many who call themselves Protestants and Catholics, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released Wednesday. 

Syncretism - mashing up contradictory beliefs like Catholic rocker Madonna's devotion to a Kabbalah-light version of Jewish mysticism - appears on the rise. 

And, according to the survey's other major finding, devotion to one clear faith is fading.  Click here to continue reading.

"Americans carve out their own religions" (Washington Times)

 LTRP Note: The following article by the Washington Times is based on the survey done by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, which is also the basis of the USA Today article we are carrying this week. Perspectives from two different secular media sources.


When it comes to religion, many Americans like the mix-and-match, build-your-own approach.

Large numbers attend services of traditions other than their own and blend Christianity with Eastern and New Age beliefs, a survey finds.

The report, released Wednesday from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, also shows tremendous growth over the past three decades in the number of Americans who say they have had a religious or mystical experience.

Though the United States is an overwhelmingly Christian country, significant minorities say they hold beliefs of the sort found at Buddhist temples or New Age bookstores. Twenty-four percent of those surveyed overall and 22 percent of Christians say they believe in reincarnation, the idea that people will be reborn in this world again and again.

As for the significant numbers who visit more than one place of worship, it's not just an occasional visit while on vacation or for special events such as weddings and funerals.

One-third of Americans say they regularly or occasionally attend religious services at more than one place. One-quarter say they sometimes attend services of a faith different from their own. Click here to continue reading.

How Can Porn be 'Safe" for Kids? by Linda Harvey, Mission America

Jaw-Dropping GLSEN Book Recommendations

Several prominent blogs reported this week that Obama's "Safe Schools" czar/appointee, Kevin Jennings, was at the helm of the group GLSEN as it recommended books that are beyond graphic for school children. These selections are X-rated homosexual pornography, folks. GLSEN thinks it can get away with this by putting a mild disclaimer on its site-parents should review these selections, etc.-but that's no excuse. This group positions itself as an expert on "safety" for kids. And GLSEN knows most parents never visit their site. GLSEN regularly bypasses parental involvement in everything they do, going directly to interact with kids even at the grade school level.

We'd like to direct readers to the in-depth report Mission America did back in 2002 about the totally inappropriate books that almost all remain on the GLSEN list.

To review the original Mission America coverage of GLSEN's pornographic books, go HERE.

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