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Eastern Meditation Sneaks into the Church
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Can a Christian be "spoiled"?
"Christian university [Azuza Pacific U] changes stance on gay relationships a third time"
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This DVD is a message based on this article. Heb. 5:14 But solid food is for the MATURE, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. At the core of maturity in Christ is the issue of training to be able to distinguish between good and evil, right and wrong. But in today's churches this issue has not only been downplayed, but actually swept aside. I run a website and get hundreds of emails every week. Since the website deals with apologetics against false teachers and false prophets, about half the email I receive is blasting me for even bringing up the issue. These emails are from "Christians" who claim I am not "anointed", don't understand the work of the Holy Spirit, etc. I am forced to remind them of Hebrews 5 and Ephesians 4 and the biblical definition of maturity in Christ. Maturity is not defined as following dynamic speakers, running after people who claim the ability to perform signs and wonders, those with wealth, charismatic teachers with large numbers of followers, those with name recognition, and prophets who make wild prophecies. It is defined simply as training ourselves to know the difference between good and evil. Where do Christians get solid food? From voices in their heads, intuition, imaginations, flights of fancy, signs, wonders? No. Solid food is consumed by feeding on the meat of the written Word of God.

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Eastern Meditation Sneaks into the Church
by Prof. Johan Malan, 3/18/19 Bible Guidance Ministries

There is a widespread resurgence of Eastern meditation among nominal Christians in the West. In many churches and other Christian circles, prayer is increasingly replaced by meditation, which is also described as contemplation, centring prayers, or quiet prayers. Meditation is often accompanied by Yoga relaxation exercises and relaxed breathing in order to promote a mental shift from the rational left brain to the intuitive right brain. The basic objective with meditation - whether it be Hindu-based Transcendental Meditation (TM), Buddhist, Islamic or 'Christian' meditation - is to acquire a situation of complete rest in your body, soul and spirit, thereby eliminating stress and facilitating contact with deeper, more creative levels of your consciousness. Rational thinking is intentionally suppressed and switched off while you transcend to mystical spheres to make contact with your deeper self. According to Naomi Humphrey (Meditation - the inner way) meditation helps to deliver you from spiritual and mental bondage, and also from fear, by enabling you to transcend to a new perception of reality. The result is a holistic way of life in which spirit and matter become integrated. The inner journey: Meditation has an inner focus. You are not searching for a God who is outside of you, but learn to overcome the barrier of domination by human thoughts to discover God deep within yourself. This is an Eastern practice aimed at self-deification. A Roman Catholic priest and practitioner of meditation, Adrian B. Smith, says in his book, TM - an aid to Christian growth, that he accepts this Eastern concept of God: "The great religions of the East are more accustomed to seeking the God who is within, both within the cosmos and within one's own depth. This leads more easily to an interior form of prayer - or centring prayer... The Judeo-Christian tradition looks more often to the God without... TM can, by developing a consciousness of the depth within us, lead us to greater interiority - to an experience of God's presence deep within us." According to him, meditation also leads to greater unity and harmony in the world: "People who are enlightened experience a new harmony with other people and with the cosmic world. They have entered a new era of harmonious relationships which is one of the fruits of the Kingdom." During daily meditation, usually two sessions of 15 to 20 minutes in a seated position with your eyes closed, a mantra is used to obtain an altered state of consciousness. A mantra is a short phrase or a single word which is repeated over and over until your rational thoughts have been put to rest to allow for a deep spiritual consciousness. The manta is repeated until your own thoughts fade away and are replaced by a mystical experience in which you receive inspirational suggestions (brainwaves) and thoughts of an unknown origin.
Liberation Theology Infused in Western Thinking 
by Berean Beacon, 3/19/19 The Berean Beacon
Latin American liberation theology has for the most part been a movement identified with the Roman Catholic Church.  It is in fact just the tip of the iceberg; the principles that it proclaims have affected western society.  Much of the present welfare societies in the USA and in Europe are just different expressions of the same Catholic mentality seen in official statements of the Vatican.[1]  The Politics of guilt and shame permeate our society.  The Catholic Priests, Leonardo Boff and Clodovis Boff, in Introducing Liberation Theology give a sample taste of what is proposed by Liberation theology.
Can a Christian be "spoiled"?
by Sandy Simpson, 3/20/19 ACT Logo 2

Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (KJV)

"Christian university [Azuza Pacific U] changes stance on gay relationships a third time"
at Lighthouse Trails, 3/22/19

LTRP Note: The following news story is posted for informational and research purposes. "Same-sex relationships are now, again, permitted on campus A Christian university has once again lifted a ban on same-sex relationships on its campus, several months after re-instating the ban after it had initially been lifted in the late summer of last year. Azusa Pacific University "specifically removed language that barred LGBTQ relationships as part of a standing ban on pre-marital sex" from its student handbook, The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports. The school had previously removed the ban at the beginning of last semester. But the Board of Trustees declared that it had "never approved this removal," and the ban was subsequently re-instated. Campus officials at the time couldn't explain how the ban had been lifted without the approval of the Board of Trustees."
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