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Neuroplasticity, A science falsely so-called

Neuroplasticity And How To Re-wire Your BrainNEUROPLASTICITY AND HOW TO RE-WIRE YOUR BRAIN (SALVATION REVISITED)

1 Timothy 6:20
(20)  O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called

Neuroplasticity – the mind-science or neuroscience that alleges you can change your brain and therefore alter your life from ”bad mapping” or “bad patterns” to “good and wholesome mapping” or “good and wholesome patterns” – is one the of most dangerous winds of change blowing through the church today. (Ephesians 4:14).

It has become taboo to mention the words “sin,” “lost,” “hell,” “lake of fire,” and “judgment” in most churches becauseswitch-off-your-phone-and-switch-on-your-brain-1 it sounds too condescending and threatening.

Therefore the so-called new apostles and evangelists prefer to use words like  “toxic thoughts,” “bad choices,” and “mistakes” of which anyone (believers and unbelievers alike) can now rid themselves by merely switching on and manipulating their brains. Let’s use our brains and think about this for a moment. » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »

Emergent Mysticism – Part 2

Holy Longing - Johan Geyser - EmergentEmergent Mysticism: A Biblical Appraisal of the Mosaic Congress held at the Mosaic Church (4 – 5 Sept. 2009) – Part 2

Session 1: “A Holy Longing” by Dr. Johan Geyser

Dr. Johan Geyser has a doctorate in theology and educational psychology and is also a part time lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. How he obtained his doctorate without thinking or studying, only he will know. Nonetheless, this is his take on the highest form of spiritual life. Enjoy!

The two stops and two justs

In the business world and particularly in the estate agency business, referrals are one of the best ways to create a constant stream of new customers. It is one of the quickest ways to advertise your expertise as a competent and successful seller of property. Referrals are not only applicable to the business world. In the ordinary and everyday life it has the tendency to either enhance your status as a citizen or to denigrate it, depending on the people with whom you like to associate. I suppose this is why people would rather refer to distinguished persons in society. » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »

Johan Geyser and The “Mosaïek” Seat of Moses

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Johan Geyser and The “Mosaïek” Seat of Moses

In 1926 a unique stone seat was found near the southern wall of the Chorazin synagogue. Since then it has been called the “Chair of Moses.” The Chair of Moses is a special seat that is used in some synagogues, even today, on certain occasions, usually located near the most important wall, that which faces Jerusalem. (BAR 13:05 (Sep/Oct 1987).

The photo on the left is of a replica of the Chair (or Seat) of Moses. The original is displayed in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Jesus once said:

“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. (Matthew 23:2-3)

I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to one of Johan Geyser’s most recent sermons on the Mosaïek Church’s podcast page. It formed part of a series on Psalms which he entitled “Psalms as Companion: Psalm 1 – Happiness.” Hadn’t I been familiar with the Mosaic Church’s tomfooleries and dabbling in all kinds of mystical spiritual practices (Centering Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, Listening Prayer, Lectio Divina, Silence, Labyrinths, Retreats, Meditation et al) I would have thought that he truly is a man of God who boldly proclaims the unadulterated Word of God.

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Changing Your DNA for Spiritual Transcendence?

DNA helix -Spiritual Transcendence

It is a proven fact that meditation alters brain-waves, it has now come to light that it can alter your DNA as well.  So they say.

Spirituality: Reprogramming Your DNA For Spiritual Transcendence

By Nick Arrizza, M.D.

[Note by DTW:  Nick Arrizza is Editor of a New Ezine Called “Spirituality And Science” and is not a Christian.]

Your DNA has programmed in it your entire intergenerational family history and this sets definite limits on your emotional temperament, personality characteristics, intelligence, creativity, physical characteristics, prediliction for certain illnesses, behavior patterns, and ultimately the aging process.

All of this has a direct impact on your success, self confidence, health, relationships, and longevity. Until recently it was believed that DNA was immutable to change. There is now increasing evidence that in fact DNA can be directly programmed by the very beliefs we carry in our conscious and unconscious minds. [Emphasis added] » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »

Stephan Joubert – What You Think, Is What You Are

building relationships- stephan joubertStephan Joubert … What You Think, Is What You Are

God says that our thoughts are mirror images of what we truly are in our deepest innermost being.

“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, he says to you, but his heart is not with you”. (Proverbs 23:7)

My thoughts immediately went to this verse when I read Stephan Joubert’s article DO THE GRACE WALK on echurch’s website. He writes:

Never wait until you feel like doing nice things to mean people, because, frankly, you never will! Jesus never said you should wait until your enemies become your friends before you begin to love them. No, love them while you’re still angry at them! In other words: do good things to them and build a relationship with them while you actually feel like ripping their heads off their shoulders. Retaliate with love. Walk a second mile by giving them a glass of cold water when you’d rather want to give them a big dose of arsenic. The longer you do nice things to bad people and the more you lay the initial building blocks of new relationships, the more you’ll decipher the footsteps of God in front of you. You will become more and more like your heavenly Father. » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »

Neo-Gnostic Calvinism: The Bane of Highfalutin Language thoroughly mixed with a Chimerical form of Fatal Contradictions

neo gnostic calvinismNEO-GNOSTIC CALVINISM: INTRODUCTION

I can appreciate highfalutin language when I am armed with a large and trusted dictionary and thesaurus but I have no sympathy whatsoever with anyone who woefully, wilfully and deliberately contradicts himself and, worst of all, the Bible. Having said that, I suppose I should immediately tell you what prompted me to make such a statement. My entire dissertation is a response to Greg Fields’ “Essays on Neo-Gnostic Calvinism.”

Greg fields kicks off with a bumper sticker declaration that boggles the mind. Here’s how he begins one of his “Essays on Neo-Gnostic Calvinism.”

Who among us who have been illuminated by the Spirit of God to heartily embrace that exalted system of Pauline Theology commonly called “Calvinism” can forget the sublime joy experienced when these verities became manifest in our believing heart? For many of us grasping these truths or better, being gripped by these truths, was the real “second blessing” in our Christian pilgrimage. (Emphasis added)

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Age of Aquarius – A New Age, A New Dawn

Age of Aquarious - new ageWhat does this mean I am asked – “A New Age”.  Well I went off and found the best explanation I could find, written by a New Age person.

Can you spot the similarities between New Age belief system and the new type of Christianity that has replaced orthodox Christianity?

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NEW AGE – THE AGE OF AQUARIUS  

[DTW notes in green]

I recently had a discussion with an acquaintance regarding traditional religious teachings and dogma vs. New Age thinking. I quickly realized that her opinion was that “new age thinking” would condemn one to eternal damnation. We had an indepth discussion on the subject and I was able to help her see what this system of belief is really about. I now realize how much confusion and misunderstanding there is out there about exactly what the term “new age” means. I am by no stretch of the imagination an authority on the subject of new age; however, I have done considerable study of metaphysics over the past 10-12 years and I would like to share some of my personal truths. I will try to do so in a way that can be easily understood by anyone.   [DTW note:  Word of Faith doctrine is based on Metaphysics, that faith is a force and you can speak things into existence.]
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John MacArthur and Dallas Willard – Two Contemplating Calvinists

John MacArthur - Dallas WillardLighthouse trails published the below article pointing out that John MacArthur favorably quotes Dallas Willard a Contemplative Spiritualist.  It is important to note that Dallas Willad was a Southern Baptist and his theology was Calvinistic.  He says,

“If you were to get to the bottom of my theology you would find me pretty Calvinistic”  — http://www.dwillard.org/articles/artview.asp?artID=92

So why is John MacArthur quoting Contemplative spirituality so favorably?  Because the roots of Calvinism are ESOTERICAL and founded by the known murderer John Calvin.

Please see following articles:  The Legacy of John Calvin – Part 1 / Part 2

John MacArthur Broadcast Favorably Quotes Dallas Willard – Why This is a Bad Move

This past weekend, Lighthouse Trails received the following letter from one of our readers: » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »

Wholebrain Christianity

Wholebrain Christianity

Gys du Plessis

Gys du Plessis

The phrase never the twain shall meet, as Rudyard Kipling used it in his Barrack-room ballads, 1892: “Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet,” has become something of a non sequitur ever since post-modern thinkers have been trying to marry spirituality and science. It is alarming to see how many people, among whom are many Christians, have been hoodwinked to believe that Eastern mysticism is scientifically verifiable. In fact, there is a continued and concerted global effort to corroborate paranormal and spiritual experiences, induced by meditation and contemplative disciplines such as contemplative prayer, by means of the “scientific” Trojan horse. You may find it thought-provoking to know that the Dalai Lama has a keen interest in science and especially in the field of neuroscience. Sharon Begley, author of the book “Train Your Mind Change Your Brain” writes:

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An Ecumenical, Post Modern, Post Apartheid, Missional Church

ransforming-mission-bosch-david-Since the Conference hosted by the Faculty of Theology at the University of Stellenbosch and Communitas from 18-20 May 2009 on the theme “What can we learn from the book of Acts about being a Missional Church?” the Book of Acts has suddenly become the new Magna Carta for the missional church in South Africa.

Several questions ensue from the Dutch Reformed Church’s unexpected interest in Acts. If Acts is a trailblazer in regard to effective local and global missionary work, why has the church delayed its imperatives to study and implement what Jesus Christ’s apostles taught and practiced in Acts?

What has motivated the DRC to embark at this late stage in the history of the church on a research programme that will work on seven themes in the Book of Acts over a period of three years?

Are they aiming to reach the lost with the unadulterated Gospel of Jesus Christ so that as many lost sinners as possible may be saved? Or, is she working toward the inauguration of the Kingdom of God on earth in which every conceivable religious ragtag and bob-tail is welcome?

Why is the DRC’s younger generation clergy obsessed with the ancient practices and experiential theology and disciplines of the so-called Desert Fathers, i.e. contemplative prayer, centering prayer, labyrinths, breath prayers, the silence, solitude etc., when these disciplines do not feature in the book of Acts?

To find some answers to these questions it might be feasible to pay attention to the names of distinguished missiologists who keep on popping up in the on-going discussions on the blogs of DRC pastors and students on the internet.

A name that seems to be on every “Acts-orientated” follower of Jesus’ lips is David Jacobus Bosch. He was a missiologist in South Africa who died in 1992 in a tragic car accident only a year after he published his monumental book, Transforming Mission.

He formulated the concept of AC, the “Alternate Community” in South Africa which was born out of  his strong aversion to the Apartheid system. In his book “Mission and the Alternative Community,” pp. 8-9. Bosch wrote:

“The church has tremendous significance for society precisely because it [exists] as a uniquely separate community . . . . We have to work consistently for the renewal of the church—the alternative community—and precisely in that way at the renewal of society.” (Emphasis added)

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Dries Cronje – In and Out, Right or Wrong, Which one are you?

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Dries Cronje – In and Out, Right or Wrong, Which one are you?

Would you penalize me when I change a certain Bible verse very slightly? Yes? Ok! so here goes:

He who possesses the Truth has the only Truth; he who does not possess the only Truth of God does not have that Truth but a lie (1 John 5:12).

Should you feel you want to penalize me, I must remind you that Jesus once said I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me” (John 14:6).

Every born-again child of God who posseses the Son ought to be eternally thankful to the Lord that he/she has the ONLY Truth whilst the lives of those who do not possess Him are engulfed in lies. If this is true why do the members of e-church find it so difficult to distinguish between “in and out,” “right and wrong,” “the turth and a bunch of lies, ” and heaven and hell?” In a post  “Send me straight . . .”  by Dries Cronje (which has now been removed from the internet)  on Stephan Joubert’s e-church website  he laments the attitude of some followers of Christ as follows: » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »

Elza Meyer – Hearing God’s Voice the Contemplative Way

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Elza Meyer

Elza Meyer - Hearing Gods Voice - Contemplative SpiritualityElza Meyer is part of the New Apostolic Reformation and is a minister at Moreleta Park Dutch Reformed Church and is big friends with Angus Buchan (Shalom Ministries), Stephan Joubert, Isak Burger, Graham Power (Transformation Africa), Bennie Mostert (Jericho Walls), et el.  Elza Meyer wrote a book called, “Hearing God’s voice”.  It’s a small book, but it’s filled to the brim with unscriptural teachings as Elza Meyer leads people down another path, away from Jesus Christ the Son of God to the Cosmic Christ.  Elza Meyer tries to tell us that hearing from God is such a difficult thing and that most Christians never hear His voice (this is an oxymoron in itself) as I will explain later, but Elza has the remedy on how to hear God’s voice that relies on being silent and listening with your heart which I thought was rather peculiar considering the bible tells us to listen with your ears.  Oh well.  Shall we continue?  I think we should.

“Listen with your Heart and Hear God Whisper” [Chp1]

So we’ve barely hit the book with our noses buried in deep and we come across this heading to chapter 1.  I sit back and laugh, seriously? Since when do we listen with our hearts when it comes to anything?  No, we use our ears for that.  Lets’s see what the bible has to say:

We BELIEVE with our heart, we CONFESS with our mouth,

Romans 10:9-10 “9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »

What is Entering ‘The Presence’ Really all About?

Entering The Presence - What is is Really all about?No man can approach God, no man has seen Him, nor can any man see Him

1 Timothy 6:16 “Who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach to; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.”

Contemplative spirituality is an extremely demonic and dangerous practice for any person who desires to live a Christian life.  Contemplative prayer does not involve contemplating while you pray.  Quite the opposite in fact.  Yes, the Bible tells us to pray using our minds (1 Corinthians 14:15), and this is also meant as contemplation. But praying with your mind and the unscriptural practices of Contemplative prayer are two different things.

Contemplative prayer begins with Centering prayer where the person will focus on a word or a phrase and repeats that word over and over for a period of time. The repeating of a word of phrase is also known as a Mantra. The purpose of repeating words is to clear one’s mind of outside negativity so that God’s voice may be more easily heard. After completing the centering prayer, the person is to sit still and wait and listen for direct word from God, and then feel and enter ‘His presence’. » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »