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Letter to the Editor: Thank you Mr. Yungen

Sep 30th, 2014 Posted in Book/DVD Reviews, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: Thank you Mr. Yungen
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Ray Yungen

I just finished A Time of Departing today. What a thorough, yet cordial expose. Well done. I always admire those who can expose the errors of others without slinging mud.

So thank you for your book and for all the countless hours you must wade through such dark stuff in preparation. I have prayed for you all (all those sounding the alarms) ever since I became a Christian 5 years ago, and realized what my sister was caught up in (word faith movement). I have had a crash course in all that is wrong with the church at large in just a few short years. And I am so grateful for all you faithful servants who are standing watch and alerting those with ears to hear. I am one of those, and I pray that is my course til I go home. It is frightening to see who is “wandering off the reservation” so to speak. We must be so diligent in our walk.

Well I won’t keep you, just wanted to thank you and let you know you and your staff are in my prayers.

God bless you all, B.

Letter to the Editor: Lighthouse Trails Books Help Us Defend the Faith

Aug 9th, 2013 Posted in Book/DVD Reviews | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: Lighthouse Trails Books Help Us Defend the Faith

Dear LHTE,

I have just finished Ray Yungen’s book A Time of Departing.  I cannot stress enough, what a great book this is on contemplative prayer, and all that is connected with the ancient mystical practices.  I would encourage everyone to read this, as it is a comprehensive book on what is happening in our churches, and the world around us.  He makes no accusations, that he does not back up, and you can see the study, and research he has put into writing this book.  I consider myself blessed that LHT, publishes these kinds of books, as I know they are not considered popular.

I also have read Ray’s book For Many Shall Come in My Name, and Kevin Reeves book, The Other Side of the River, and Warren Smith’s book, False Christ Coming, and I have learned so much from these authors.  I have recommended these books to friends and family, and they have made it into the hands of pastors, and others who are caught up into the Emergent Church.  When I defend the faith to others, I can do it, because of these authors, as they have written a wealth of information, and there are no other books that are such great resources.  If you are a watchman on the wall, these books should be in your library.

Blessings

BB

A Time of Departing – A Decade of Warning About Contemplative Spirituality

Sep 20th, 2012 Posted in LT Author News, Publishing News | Comments Off on A Time of Departing – A Decade of Warning About Contemplative Spirituality

In September of 2002, the then-new publishing house, Lighthouse Trails Publishing, released its first book, A Time of Departing by Ray Yungen. Since then, over 32,000 copies of Yungen’s book have been sold or given away. While that may not be considered a high number in comparison to New York Times best sellers (such as The Purpose Driven Life and The Shack), which sell tens of millions of copies, A Time of Departing, we believe, has had a far reaching effect around the world.A-Time-Of-Departing

Many of the people who have purchased the book over the last ten years are committed believers in Jesus Christ and His Word (the Bible) and have worked tirelessly to warn others of the contemplative prayer (i.e., spiritual formation) movement. We could give countless examples of these scenarios: the church in Hawaii that gives a copy of A Time of Departing to each visitor who comes to the church, a Bible college teacher in California who has purchased several hundred copies of the book and given them away to pastors within his denomination, a former Central American missionary in Portland, Oregon who hands out the book to various ministry figures where she lives, the Sunday School teacher in Nebraska who used the book to teach his class on spiritual deception, a pastor’s wife in Illinois who orders sets of A Time of Departing and Faith Undone and then has them sent to pastors and church leaders around the country, and on and on the stories go. Because of the efforts of these people, contemplative prayer and the emerging church (i.e., the “new” spirituality) are being challenged and biblically refuted throughout the globe, especially in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Northern Ireland.

At its ten year anniversary, A Time of Departing is still being printed, sold, and given away. We believe the reason the book has remained so active is simple – virtually no other publishing company we know of has published a book challenging the contemplative prayer movement.* And frankly, when we first started out, that wasn’t what we expected. We naively thought that once Christian leaders (and publishing houses) learned about this dangerous and anti-biblical spirituality, they would begin to warn their followers (and thus, we even thought Lighthouse Trails might be a short-lived ministry after spawning an initial warning). To the contrary of what we anticipated happening, contemplative spirituality has exploded worldwide within mainstream Christianity. Rather than Christian publishing houses releasing books that take issue with the movement, the majority of Christian publishing companies are publishing books that support and embrace contemplative spirituality (e.g., Thomas Nelson, Baker Books, Zondervan, InterVarsity, NavPress, etc.). And rather than Christian leaders understanding the message of A Time of Departing then sharing it with others, a great number of Christian leaders and organizations are either promoting the movement (e.g., Rick Warren, Beth Moore, In Touch magazine, Charles Swindoll, Focus on the Family, etc.) or simply ignoring it altogether (and that is almost as damaging as promoting it). And of course, as we have often documented, most Christian universities, colleges, and seminaries have begun to promote contemplative spirituality through the spiritual formation movement (even though many professors and college presidents and chaplains have received a free copy of A Time of Departing and Faith Undone (the companion book to A Time of Departing)).

Skeptics may be thinking to themselves, “Well, if all these Christian leaders, professors, and publishing houses have rejected the message of A Time of Departing, then there must be something flawed about Yungen’s message, and they may see it as a fundamentalist conspiracy theory. That could be a legitimate conclusion to draw if what we are accused of by critics is true: one, that A Time of Departing takes quotes out of context; two, that it often uses guilt by mere association to indict someone; and three, Scriptures can be used to support contemplative prayer and thus refute the overall message of A Time of Departing. But the problem for the critics is this – none of these criticisms can be upheld in the light of facts.

In ten years, not one critic has been able to give us a legitimate example of where Yungen took a quote out of context or where he used mere guilt by association. He has used guilt by promotion or guilt by proxy, a very valid form of proof, but that is much different than guilt by association. He has sometimes used guilt by association as a reinforcement of what has already been proven but never as a stand-alone argument. As for taking things out of context, Lighthouse Trails checked every single quote that Ray Yungen cited in the book, and not one quote was taken out of context. When Brennan Manning or Henri Nouwen or Gary Thomas told readers to repeat a word over and over for twenty minutes to enter “the silence,” that is what they meant. When the contemplative mystic Thomas Merton said he believed that every human being has divinity within, that is what he meant. And when Rick Warren said that the spiritual formation movement (i.e., contemplative prayer) is a “valid message for the church” that has “given the body of Christ a wake-up call” (PDC, p. 127 ), that is exactly what he meant! These quotes in A Time of Departing were not taken out of context by any means.

As for Scriptures that can be used to support contemplative prayer – well, there aren’t any. For example, Psalm 46:10, the most popular verse used to “prove” that contemplative prayer is a scripturally mandated practice, has been manipulated and twisted by contemplative advocates, as Ray Yungen points out:

On the surface, this argument can seem valid, but once the meaning of “still” is examined, any contemplative connection is expelled. The Hebrew meaning of the word is to slacken, cease, or abate. In other words, the context is to slow down and trust God rather than get in a dither over things. Relax and watch God work. Reading the two verses just before Psalms 46:10 puts it in an entirely different light from that proposed by mystics:

“Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

This isn’t talking about going into some altered state of consciousness! (ATOD, pp. 34-35)

Another Scripture that is often used by contemplatives to “back up” their position is I Kings 19:12. However, this passage in no way indicates that Elijah was practicing a mantra exercise. On the contrary, it was the prophets of Baal who “called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, ‘O Baal, hear us!” (I Kings 18:26). Now Elijah was in a cave, not to practice contemplative prayer, but to hide from Jezebel’s threat to take his life. Also, his encounter with God was something he did not initiate but God initiated Himself, thereby emphasizing that Elijah was not practicing a mantra. If anything, from his conversation with God, we might conclude that he was also hiding from his ministry and God Himself, as he was feeling hopeless (taken from “A Few Commonly Asked Questions” in ATOD).

When David and Deborah Dombrowski, founders and editors at Lighthouse Trails Publishing, first read the unpublished manuscript of A Time of Departing in the fall of 2000, it seemed to them so unlikely that this mystical spirituality with such interspiritual panentheistic roots could ever be popular within Christianity. But because they could see how subtle and disguised contemplative spirituality was, they saw the need for the warning so this deception wouldn’t enter the church. What they didn’t know then was that ground had already been broken over twenty years earlier through Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline, and then later reinforced in the 90s with Rick Warren’s endorsement of Foster and spiritual formation. By the time A Time of Departing came along, contemplative spirituality was intricately woven in the underlying infrastructure of Western Christianity, only to “come out of the closet” and reveal itself by 2012.

Why do we care so much about exposing this mystical spirituality? It’s because we know at its root the Gospel is being altered, twisted, and disposed of. And that is why Lighthouse Trails will continue to bring light to this area of darkness for as long as the Lord sees fit.

The following two quotes, one from A Time of Departing, sum up and exemplify the need for this warning:

During a conference on contemplative prayer, the question was put to Thomas Merton: “How can we best help people to attain union with God?” His answer was very clear: We must tell them that they are already united with God. “Contemplative prayer is nothing other than ‘coming into consciousness’ of what is already there.” (Spoken by William Shannon, Thomas Merton’s biographer, cited in ATOD, p. 83).

And from a contemporary mystic:

God’s hope for humanity is that one day we will all recognize that the divine dwelling place is all of creation. Christ comes again whenever we see that matter and spirit coexist. This truly deserves to be called good news. – Richard Rohr (National Catholic Reporter) (Rohr is on Richard Foster’s editorial team)


*Note: While there are now on the market a few books on the topic (such as David Cloud’s book, Contemplative Mysticism), we know of no mainstream evangelical publishing company that has published a book exposing contemplative spirituality. On the contrary, almost all of them have published books promoting the contemplative prayer movement.

New Book Reviews on Two Lighthouse Trails Books

Apr 7th, 2011 Posted in Book/DVD Reviews | Comments Off on New Book Reviews on Two Lighthouse Trails Books

From Books and Chocolate

Trapped in Hitler’s Hell by Anita Dittman with Jan Markell

Trapped-In-Hitler-s-HellI read this book in one evening because I was that drawn into Anita’s story. She doesn’t hold back in describing the horrors for Jews in concentration camps, and she also doesn’t hold back in telling how God was at work and protected her and her family through the worst of it. While the story reminded me of other accounts of the holocaust such as The Hiding Place, this is different because it is told from the perspective of one who experienced it as a child and teenager rather than as an adult. In Anita’s account, the reader is able to see how God reached out to a young Jewish girl through a Christian pastor and neighbor, and how her faith in Jesus as Messiah sustained her through every trial, including being abandoned by her non-Jewish father. Click here to read more.

A Time of Departing by Ray Yungen

Yungen pulls back the wrapping to reveal what many mainstream denominations and celebrity authors and pastors are really teaching, and whatA-Time-Of-Departing Christians are embracing as biblical that is actually rooted in Eastern religion and even the occult.

I appreciated that the author isn’t giving his personal opinion; he instead uses the very words of these teachers (Richard Foster, Rick Warren, Brian McClaren, and Henri Nouwen, to name a few) and those of scripture to make a case against the contemplative spirituality teachings and doctrines of the Emergent Church.

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