Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Passion Conferences: Contemplative Prayer for Social Change

 Symbolism of "as above, so below" and the "all-seeing eye of the Illuminati" are seen in the Passion 2012 logo. Both of these logos circulate through the magical and occult circles.

At the beginning of this month, the Passion Conferences hosted Passion 2012. Originally founded by members of the Emergent Church movement, Louie Giglio is the speaker and co-founder of the Passion Movement. He also pastors at Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA.

The conferences reach several cities and they have ministered to other continents with a purpose of  "...uniting students in worship and prayer for spiritual awakening in this generation."[1] It reaches college age individuals with their message, and raises money for social justice causes.

In the following CBN report, you can get a glimpse of the numbers they draw for this event, and the amount of money they direct toward their social justice cause.

(CBN link)

The Catch

As we have seen within the Emergent Church movement, Passion Conferences are pushing the TM-like practice of Centering/contemplative prayer - but they call it Lectio Devina for their own reasons. It is a traditional Catholic practice of scripture reading, meditation, and prayer intended to promote communion with God. Like Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina is a contemplative approach to pondering the scriptures, and they share common ground with the same prayer practices of other false religions.[2]

As we learned in a comparative study of TM vs. Contemplative/Centering Prayer, there are several distinct similarities between the two, and more importantly a mystical practice used by Pagans which is practiced by Catholics - opening believers to seducing spirits and spiritual deception.

This form of mysticism is playing an important part of the ecumenical movement and the one world religion. In his book Speaking My Mind, Tony Campolo drives the point home about Contemplative prayer and mystical practices:

 "Mysticism provides some hope for common ground between Christianity and Islam. Both religions have within their histories examples of ecstatic union with God, which seem at odds with their own spiritual traditions, but have much in common with each other." 
With various examples, Campolo paints a picture of interspirituality through mysticism. Referring to Muslim and Christian mystics, he even tells us that the Christian mystics, such as St. John of the Cross, were enriched by the teachings of Sufi philosophers. In comparing St. Francis of Assisi with the founder of the Sufi movement, Campolo says: 

"Both men sensed a sacred presence in everything and claimed to have experienced a mystical union with God."[3]

To demonstrate how this is being used to desensitize and reprogram the masses, the National Council of Churches hosted an ecumenical gathering for Protestant, Orthodox, Evangelical, and Roman Catholic churches. The article states: “Exper­iencing the [contemplative] prayer of another tra­dition can be a powerful means of understanding and appreciat­ing that tradition and of affirming diversity.” Apparently they made no statement that these Asian and Buddhist practices are unbiblical.

Passion 2012 led college age participants into the experience of contemplative prayer. Let's see the session led by Beth Moore.

(YouTube link)

And by John Piper.

(YouTube link)

The Religious Leg of the Three-legged Stool
What the young participants of these conferences don't know is that the Emergent church is the religion of the "Third Way," and the corporate/political/religious agenda of Communitarianism. The Third Way refers to various political positions which try to reconcile right-wing and left-wing politics by advocating a varying synthesis of right-wing economic and left-wing social policies.[3] It helps to accomplish the goals of Fabian Socialists by manipulating the Church into working for the UN Millennial Goals and the global community, thus making the Church the religious leg of the three-legged stool. The Christian/Catholic/New Age blend is being orchestrated by the Emergents, although they have not been doing this alone, as to cause the same spiritual fusion that will change the face of Biblical Christianity. If it were an equation, it would read:

Capitalism + Communism = Communitarianism
Communism Lite

The Fabian Socialist Window

The Emergent church, through the use of Centering/Contemplative prayer, is using it to facilitate social change - and the spiritual ramifications of the practice are paving the way. It is the vehicle which will lead us slowly down the path to a religion similar to the Bahá'í Faith

Who is Involved with Passion Conferences?
We can see how grand this Emergent movement is getting when you see who is involved. Passion conferences, based on the Wikipedia write-up, has cooperated with:

Their worship leaders include:
For some secular and religious promoters of Contemplative/Centering prayer, check out Berit Kjos's list.

Sin Forgotten
The Gospel presentation will become non-existent in the Emergent church, because they have altered the biblical message. Christians will go to all nations, but there will be no Gospel presented. It only talks about the love of God, and little or nothing about fearing the wrath of God, sin, repentance, or the cross of Christ.  Without those things this new Gospel is nothing but dust in the wind, and doesn't have the power to save anyone.