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Taizé—A Community and Worship: Ecumenical Reconciliation or an Interfaith Delusion?

NEW BOOK by Chris Lawson - NOW AVAILABLE!

"Over 100,000 young people visit Taizé Community in France every year. Many of them are from Christian homes.  What's more, an increasing number of churches are introducing Taizé worship practices in their church services. Just what exactly is Taizé? Chris Lawson uncovers the truth about this interfaith community."  See also:


How to Know if You Are Being Spiritually Abused or Deceived—A Spiritual Abuse Questionnaire

Do you know a loved one, a neighbor, or a co-worker who is in a cult or an abusive church or group? Or perhaps you yourself are in such a situation. The Spiritual-Abuse Questionnaire in this booklet will help shed light on this issue.

Spiritual abuse occurs when a leader, a church, or a belief system, whether well intentioned or not, dominates, manipulates, or castigates individuals and even entire families through fear tactics, mind control, or some other psychological or emotional abuse.

Sadly, the mask of spiritual abuse deception can be worn by anyone. The following two Scriptures are reflective of what happens when the position of authority is abused within a spiritual/church setting (e.g., self-exaltation, heavy-handed leadership, etc).


YOGA AND CHRISTIANTIY - Are They Compatible?

Western Culture Embraces Yoga
It is no secret that Yoga is taking Western civilization by storm. In just a little over a hundred years, a mystical revolution has occurred that millions of Westerners have wholeheartedly embraced. Amazingly, the Western Judeo-Christian view is in the process of a paradigm shift toward the same perspective as yogic India.

To illustrate the magnitude of the Yoga explosion, consider Yoga Journal’s “Yoga in America Study 2012.” This study reveals some incredible statistics:

• 20.4 million Americans practice Yoga, compared to 15.8 million from the previous 2008 study.
• Practitioners spend $10.3 billion a year on Yoga classes and products. The previous estimate from the 2008 study was $5.7 billion.
• Of current non-practitioners, 44.4 percent of Americans call themselves “aspirational yogis”—people who are interested in trying Yoga.


Contemplative Spirituality - How beneficial is it really?

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Many people today - Christians and non-Christians - are engaging in Contemplative Spirituality practices. What many do not realize is that the Spiritual Formation "centering prayer" movement, with its mystical and occult methods and techniques, is part of a global Interfaith system of spirituality, a spirituality that is rooted in Eastern mysticism and philosophies such as pantheism (All is God, God is all), monism (All is one) and panentheistic (All in God, God in all) evolutionary occultism (the "hidden" things, "universal cosmic energies," quantum spirituality, etc). This short introductory video speaks to fact that the "centering prayer" and "meditation" movements within the the New Spirituality/New Gospel/New Age movement are hostile to the Person, nature and work of Jesus Christ and the biblical Gospel.      Video: Contemplative Spirituality Concerns Pt.1 - Introduction (13:02) from Chris Lawson.


Is it "unloving" and "judgmental" to warn about well-meaning ecumenically minded people who are leading youth into grave theological error?

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God's Method of Consistently 'Warning' and 'Teaching' (11:33) from Chris Lawson

From cover to cover the Bible reveals God's love to and for humanity!

One of the ways God expresses this is through his consistent warnings against satanic spiritual deception, false teachers, false prophets, deceivers, the enemies of Israel, liars, deceivers, spiritism, sorcerers, the tools of the occult, the enemies of the Church, false gospels, counterfeit "Jesus's," false apostles, false brethren, doctrines of demons, the antichrist spirit that dominates each age and the world's system, occult Mystery Babylon, end-times deception, the coming personal Antichrist and his false prophet (Rev. 13), and more.

This video is simply a reminder of God's goodness and the fact that God has shown us His own method of warning people against spiritual error. What is God's method? Warning and teaching, warning and teaching and warning and teaching. That's it - simple! God loves and God rebukes, God warns and God teaches. And what's more, God the Holy Spirit Himself has displayed this principle systematically throughout the entirety of Scripture, for all to see. His prophets expressed warnings and taught as did faithful Israel, as did Messiah Jesus the Son of God, as did Jesus's faithful disciples, the apostles, and seriously committed pastors, teachers, missionaries and even children throughout the ages.

We live in an age where there is much teaching, much machinery and much musical excitement amongst contemporary Christianity - and very, very little warning about the things God hates that He has been warning about since time began.

God’s Method of ‘Warning’ and ‘Teaching’ is clear.

Whom [Christ] we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. (Colossians 1:27-29   Emphasis added).


Ten Word of Faith Doctrines Weighed Against Scripture

By Danny Frigulti  (Read/Purchase Booklet and also see THIS AMAZING BOOK by same author!)

Since the 1970s, a growing and captivating faith-teaching movement has saturated the world. This movement continues to emphasize “faith Scriptures” as a foundation for encouraging Christians to have strong and unwavering faith when speaking, confessing, or declaring God’s Word for health and wealth. Most people refer to this faith movement as the “Word of Faith,” and many use Romans 10:8 and 17 to lay a foundation for their faith belief. These read:

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

In this booklet, we will look at some common Word of Faith teachings and compare these with Scripture to discern the definition of their doctrines. This will verify whether any person or ministry is preaching doctrines of truth or false doctrine. Some faith-teaching ministries do not claim to be Word of Faith ministries but still teach false faith doctrine. Therefore, our focus will also be on refuting ten common false faith teachings found worldwide.  Read more...


THE HOLY BIBLE: ITS ALL IMPORTANCE

Originally published 1824

Transcribers note: The piece that you are about to read was transcribed from the torn frontispiece pages of a very old and very well read large print family Bible. The Bible’s original publishing date was previous to 1824 (Hall-End, Halifax). The paragraph and poem were first published in the Christian Journal and Literary Register (New York, 1819). Almost 200 years ago, this small introductory statement and poem were originally published with no separate paragraphs. I have transcribed them with small spaces between for better flow of thought and readability. - Chris Lawson

A NATION must be truly blessed, if it were governed by no other laws than those of this blessed book; it is so complete a system, that nothing can be added to it, or taken from it; it contains every thing needful to be known or done; it affords a copy for a king (Deut. xvii. 18), and a rule for a subject; it gives instruction and counsel to a senate; authority and direction for a magistrate: it cautions a witness; requires an impartial verdict of a jury, and furnishes the judge with his sentence; it sets the husband as lord of the household, and the wife as mistress of the table:  tells him how to rule, and her how to manage.   Continue reading...


Potentially Harmful and Dangerous Spiritual Practices!

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Video - Potentially Harmful and Dangerous Spiritual Practices from Chris Lawson.

View A-to-Z Listing of Potentially Harmful and Dangerous Spiritual Practices

We consider all of the "Potentially Harmful and Dangerous Spiritual Practices" practices that we mention in our A-to-Z Listing (and many more) to have the potential to be spiritually harmful, if not downright exceedingly dangerous.

We are issuing these warnings because many New Age, holistic and spiritual practices we warn about include either one, two, three - or all four of the following components of the occult/psychic worldview:

1) Mystical and supernaturalistic health related methods.
2) Founded on occult principles.
3) Dangerous forms of occult and mystical practices.
4) Based on the writings and beliefs associated with either paganism, spiritism, occultism or mysticism.

 



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