Kissinger to Serve As Papal Adviser?
BY EDWARD PENTIN Register Correspondent:
VATICAN CITY — Over the course of his long and controversial career, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has had many titles. Now he reportedly has one more — adviser to the Pope. According to the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Pope Benedict XVI has invited the 83-year-old former adviser to Richard Nixon to be a political consultant, and Kissinger has accepted.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Kissinger to Serve As Papal Adviser?
By Gwendolyn Driscoll, The Orange County Register:
"In series of impassioned emails and statements issued this week, Saddleback Church pastor Rick Warren defended his invitation of Democratic Sen. Barack Obama-Ill., to attend a church-sponsored AIDS conference, which begins today. The senator, whose support for abortion rights is at odds with conservative evangelical beliefs, is scheduled to speak Friday morning at Saddleback Church's second-annual "Global Summit on AIDS"
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Lighthouse Research Trails reports: "Southern Baptist Convention continues to make the descent into spiritual formation (i.e., contemplative spirituality). At their upcoming (Feb. 2007) On Target Evangelism conference, speakers will be New Age sympathizer Ken Blanchard and emerging church proponent, Erwin McManus. In addition to Blanchard's long history, including current activity, of promoting New Age authors and teachers (with a particular focus on meditation), Blanchard is on the board of the Hoffman Institute, home of the Hoffman Quadrinity Process. McManus, author of The Barbarian Way, says: "My goal is to destroy Christianity as a world religion and be a recatalyst for the movement of Jesus Christ ... Some people are upset with me because it sounds like I'm anti-Christian. I think they might be right."
Rick Warren's Latest Damage Control by Rev. Ken Silva:
"Seems Mr. Warren has been very busy with his writing lately. This email was sent to his church today. You may wish to note the emphasis I added below. Warren is telling us that even non-Christian business leaders and showbiz entertainers are going to be working him to "end AIDS." Here is the text of this email from Rick Warren..."
Looking back to August 2005, the purpose driven agenda becomes more clear...By Trennis Henderson Editor of Western Recorder:
Birmingham, England—Urging Christians to pursue “a new reformation” in the 21st century, Rick Warren told Baptist World Congress delegates last week, “The first Reformation was about belief. This one needs to be about behavior.” “We need a reformation of not creeds but deeds,” said Warren, pastor of Saddleback Community Church in California and author of the best-selling book, “The Purpose Driven Church.”
Wiley Drake, second vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention, also voiced his opposition in a personal e-mail sent to Warren and media outlets Nov. 28. Drake, pastor of First Southern Baptist Church of Buena Park, Calif., just north of the Lake Forest, Calif., megachurch, addressed his note to a "fellow Southern Baptist pastor." While not an initial signer to the pro-lifers' letter, Drake repeated the request for Warren to rescind the invitation "to the enemy Senator Obama." He wrote he was "very disappointed at this move and ... this is bad for the Kingdom of God."
Joseph Farah of WorldNet Daily receives mixed messages from Rick Warren:
"I received the following apology from Rick Warren Sunday night...A few minutes after I dashed off my reply, I got another e-mail forwarded to me from a member of Rick Warren's church. The juxtaposition of these two e-mails sent on the same day was striking."
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 /Christian Newswire/
Members of many denominations ask Saddleback Church to cancel senator's appearance-- Church leaders from Catholic, Evangelical, Orthodox and Protestant traditions today expressed disappointment and deep distress over the impending visit of Illinois Senator Barack Obama to the Saddleback Church of Orange County, California, pastored by leading Evangelical Rick Warren. "Senator Obama's policies represent the antithesis of biblical ethics and morality, not to mention supreme American values," said the Reverend Rob Schenck (pronounced SHANK), president of the National Clergy Council and chair of the Committee on Church and Society for the Evangelical Church Alliance, America's oldest association of Evangelical ministers.
Christian Defense Coalition Joins Call Asking Pastor Rick Warren to Drop Senator Barack Obama from Speaking at Saddleback Church
WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- Group troubled that one of America’s leading evangelical churches and leaders would welcome a speaker who supports the killing of innocent children and the exploitation of women through abortion.
Coalition adds that Senator Obama has forfeited his right to speak on issues of social justice by supporting violence against children through his radical pro-abortion policies. Rev. Patrick J. Mahoney, Director of the Christian Defense Coalition, states, “Having Senator Barack Obama speak on issues of social justice is like having a segregationist speak on civil rights. Mr. Obama supports partial-birth abortion and has voted against bills prohibiting taxpayers paying for abortion.
Jan Markell of Olive Tree Ministries writes:
"If you have followed this ministry for some time, you know that I have made the issue of "America's Pastor", Rick Warren, a lesser focus than other issues with which we deal. I have had a radio debate focusing on both sides of the "Purpose Driven" movement and have mentioned some other "Purpose Driven" issues occasionally. I have received hundreds of emails over three years, most expressing sorrow about church splits and being tossed out of a church for not approving of PDL coming in, but also emails that talk about remarkable spiritual and numerical growth due to the PDL plan for church growth. To be perfectly honest, the negative emails outnumber the positive ones twenty to one."
From Christian Today ( UK ecumenical publication ):
The World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary, Rev Dr Samuel Kobia, will lead an ecumenical delegation on a visit of Taiwan from 23 to 26 November, following an invitation made by the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan (PCT), which is the WCC member church in the country. During its four-day visit, the delegation will meet with PCT leadership and staff, and attend a public meeting at the Taiwan Theological College and Seminary where Kobia will address the public on the topic of “The spirit and basic concerns of the ecumenical movement and the interactive relationship between ecumenism and spirituality”.
From World Net Daily: Megachurch pastor Rick Warren may have been unprepared for the Syrian media's propaganda using his name during his recent visit and he may have confused religious tolerance with religious freedom, but neither is an excuse for becoming "an enabler and defender of evil," according to experts on the Mideast and its persecution of non-Muslims. "Rick Warren can do us all a favor and keep his remarks and opinions to himself. When you don't stand up against and condemn evil, let alone say misrepresented facts about an evil regime, you become an enabler and defender of evil, plain and simple," Brigitte Gabriel told WND.
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin, Nov. 28 /Christian Newswire/ -- As those who have worked to defend preborn children from the horrors of abortion in America and who have stood uncompromisingly against the legalized slaughter of an estimated 50 million Americans in the womb since 1973, we join with one voice in expressing our indignation and opposition to Rick Warren's welcoming of Senator Barack Obama to his church on December 1, 2006. Rick Warren is bringing Senator Obama to his church to speak for his Global Summit on AIDS and the church and to take an AIDS test in front of the cameras at a noon press conference.
Monday, November 27, 2006
From Lighthouse Trails Research Project:
"Zondervan Publishing's 2007 National Pastors Convention will take place on February 5th through 10th. If you and your church plan to send your pastor, youth pastor or other church leaders, you might want to think twice about that. As we have shown through our documentation and research , the National Pastor's Convention is a place where pastors will be introduced to contemplative spirituality and the emerging church. And they won't be told the truth about these belief systems. On the contrary, they will be told that they need new "ancient wisdom" practices like contemplative prayer, lectio divina, labyrinths and more to have a really deep and meaningful relationship with God. "
Syndicated Columnist and Talk Show Host Kevin McCullough writes:
"Anyone who has listened to my show, read my syndicated column, or perused this blog in the past weeks knows I had been attempting to help encourage Rick Warren by showing him the merits of dis-inviting the leftist Senator from Illinois Barack Obama from speaking to his gathered faithful this coming Friday. (If you would like to express your opinion to Warren and his staff personally - 949.609.8000.)Simultaneously Warren found himself fending off what seemed credible reports at the time from Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily, who reported exclusively on Rick's rather bizarre endorsement of Syria (a terrorist state) as a place of moderation for Christians. Farah's reporting included a YouTube video originally posted by Warren's own staff that in fact had Warren saying THIS specifically."
Audio clip found here, too: http://www.fromthelighthouse.com/blog/index.php?p=392&more=1&c=1
Joseph Farah of World Net Daily drills down for the truth:
"Warren has been telling the world he was misquoted by the Syrian press when he extolled the virtues of the totalitarian police state.
But before anyone questioned his statements, Warren's Saddleback Church had recorded him as he strolled down a Damascus street explaining what a peaceful and tolerant place Syria really is...
As soon as I hotlinked to the YouTube video last week and questioned Rick Warren about it, the church yanked it. I didn't have time to download a copy, but, thankfully, one johnny-on-the-spot talk-show host did. You may not be able to see it, but you can at least hear it. Here is a word-for-word transcript of what Warren said in the 50-second video: "Syria's a place that has Muslims and Christians living together for 1,400 years. So it's a lot more peaceful, honestly, than a lot of other places because Christians were here first. "
Sunday, November 26, 2006
November 29 & 30, 2006:
"With the encouragement and the blessings of their Holiness Pope Benedict and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew a group of scholars from the Universities of Berlin, Nottingham and Vienna as well as the Academies of Sciences of Bavaria and the Vatican, representing the western Church tradition and another group from the Universities of Athens, Ioannina, Komotini, Thessaloniki and the National Research Foundation representing the eastern Church tradition, organize a symposion on "Modes of Communication between Rome and Constantinople through the centuries".
"His All Holiness, BARTHOLOMEW, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch is the 270th successor of the 2,000 year-old local Christian Church founded by St. Andrew. As a citizen of Turkey, Patriarch Bartholomew’s personal experience provides him a unique perspective on the continuing dialogue among the Christian, Islamic and Jewish worlds. He works to advance reconciliation among Catholic, Muslim and Orthodox communities, such as in former Yugoslavia, and is supportive of peace building measures to diffuse global conflict in the region." Read more here: http://www.ec-patr.org/athp/index.php?lang=en
From the Israeli Insider:
"A report released by the Geneva-based United Nations watchdog, UN Watch, at the end of last week revealed a dismal progress report for the newly created UN Human Rights Council. The Council, which was set up to replace the discredited Human Rights Commission, received its first major report card after its creation in the spring of this year... The report also draws criticism to the Council's statistically anti-Israel bent, noting that despite massive killing in Darfur and Iraq, and widespread abuse in China, Saudi Arabia, Belarus, and Zimbabwe, the Council has "devoted 100% of its censure powers to one-sided condemnations of Israel, in four country-specific resolutions and three special sessions. It has yet to pass a resolution or convene a special session against any other state."
Hal Lindsey writes:
"It's Like Deja Vu All Over Again ...
According to a report issued by the World Jewish Congress last week, anti-Semitic sentiments in the European continent have doubled since the beginning of the summer.
And according to Professor Dina Porat, co-coordinator of the conference, the research showed a significant change in the attitudes toward Jews. And not just among extremists, but also in moderate sectors of the European population.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Only by His wonderful grace can we see from His perspective, rejoice always, and continually give thanks. Only by His life in us can we walk in humility and live together in the victory of His cross. Only by His Spirit in us can we obey His Word and follow His ways. Therefore we can thank Him -- not only for the sunny days and happy moments -- but even more for those things that show us our need and draw us closer to Him:
Berit Kjos,of Kjos Ministires writes:
"America's Pastor" Rick Warren rarely misses an opportunity to highlight the sales of his books or the influence of his PEACE Plan. But his latest boast to Joseph Farah at WorldNetDaily reveals a depth of deception that demands both a sober response and a public warning. And it begs answers to these puzzling questions:
Why would the globalist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) invite a Christian Pastor to join its semi-secret, anti-Christian organization? How might Rick Warren benefit the elite Oxford Analytica, which works with globalist power brokers such as J.P. Morgan, the Aspen Institute, the World Bank]?What could drive Pastor Warren to lie and deny his taped dialogue with a Syrian Muslim leader? "
Bill Wilson, KIN Senior Analyst writes:
"Saddleback Church pastor and author of The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren, learned a hard lesson about how compromising the Word of God has harsh consequences.
Warren went to Syria trying to build bridges for peace as part of his international PEACE Plan ministry. According to the Syrian media, he said that 80 percent of Americans reject the U.S. administration's policies in Iraq and the Middle East; he hailed Syria as an example of how Christians and Muslims live together in tolerance and peace; and he said he would bring the true story of Syria to the American people. Now Warren is saying he was misquoted and used and that he is a pastor, not a diplomat. He is also undiscerning and unwise. "
Chris Rosebrough of Extreme Theology writes:
"Earlier this week I pointed readers to the Orange County Register article that reported the layoffs and restructuring over at ‘Purpose-Driven’ ministries. Now Christianity Today has picked up on the story and has written about the layoffs at Purpose-Driven. I insist that the leaders at Purpose-Driven be held accountable for their failures!I’m doing this because over the past few years THEY have been judging other ministries and churches and pronounced them to be failures because they were not growing. For years the folks at Purpose-Driven have been selling a ‘miracle program’ that guaranteed growth. THEY have been promising a minimum of 20% growth to every church that follows THEIR methods."
By ZEINA KARAM, Associated Press Writer
"Pierre Gemayel, assassinated on Tuesday, was a rising star in one of Lebanon's most prominent Christian political families, widely expected to carry its mantle into the next generation. He was the fifth member of his family to die violently. With his boyish looks and often blunt comments, the 34-year-old industry minister was not always taken seriously by Lebanese politicians, some of whom considered him the spoiled son of an influential dynasty.But Gemayel gained more solid following during six years in parliament. He played a prominent role in rallying Lebanon's youth during the so-called "independence uprising" — a wave of massive anti-Syrian protests that followed the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri."
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
From Lighthouse Trails Research:
"Tuesday, in an article in the Detroit News, something happened that doesn't happen every day. In fact, it may never have happened before. The headline read, "Faith leaders deserve a shot at creating peace on earth." The author of the article was defending Rick Warren - well that's not too unusual - many Christian leaders, pastors and teachers have done that consistently these past four years. That would hardly be newsworthy. But this article was written by someone who does not defend conservative Christians. On the contrary, she stands for beliefs that are opposed to biblical Christianity. Her name is Marianne Williamson. "
Ingrid Schlueter writes:
"Earlier today the header on the homepage for Christianity Today read, "Purpose Driven is Dead." It now reads "Purpose Driven is Over." I would suggest Slice readers read this piece and despite what it says, realize that the Purpose Driven movement is far from over..."
Joseph Farah of World Net Daily writes:
"...prominent anti-Syrian Christian politician Pierre Gemayel was assassinated in a suburb of Beirut yesterday. Gemayel, the minister of industry and son of former President Amin Gemayel, was a supporter of the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority, which is locked in a power struggle with pro-Syrian factions led by Hezbollah. He was named for his grandfather, who founded the Phalange Party in 1936 to exert Christian power in Lebanon. It dominated Christian politics for decades after Lebanon's independence from France in 1943. Neither Gemayel nor his family nor the party he represented are perfect. There is no political perfection in a fallen, sinful world. But it is imperative that Christians – and especially Christian leaders – have discernment about evil in our world. And true, unadulterated evil is what you have running Syria today. The government led by Bashar Assad, who met with Rick Warren last week, is anti-American, anti-freedom, anti-Christian, ant-Jewish and pro-terrorist."
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Kevin McCullough writes: "Rick Warren, the best selling author of The Purpose Driven Life and senior teaching pastor at Saddleback Church in California, has invited Barack Obama to speak to the congregation of the faithful on December 1, 2006. In doing so he has joined himself with one of the smoothest politicians of our times, and also one whose wickedness in worldview contradicts nearly every tenant of the Christian faith that Warren professes.
So the question is, "why?"...
Why would Warren marry the moral equivalency of his pulpit - a sacred place of honor in evangelical tradition - to the inhumane, sick, and sinister evil that Obama has worked for as a legislator?"
Joseph Farah writes: "I demand an apology from Rick Warren – not to me, for heaven's sake, but to Christians in Syria who choose to worship outside the state-approved churches he toured. I demand an apology to the Jews who suffer the humiliating life of dhimmitude in Syria today while Rick Warren tells the world they don't exist"
Dr. Albert Mohler writes:
" I am pleased to serve as a panelist on a new project undertaken by The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine. "On Faith" is described as "a conversation on religion" -- with religion described as "the most powerful yet least understood topic in global life." The conversation is moderated by Sally Quinn and Jon Meacham -- two veteran journalists -- and the conversation is sure to be interesting. The project went live this past Wednesday, and the first question is sure to get the conversation moving: If some religious people believe they have a monopoly on truth, then are conversation and common ground possible? If so, what would be the difficulties and benefits of such a conversation?"
Monday, November 20, 2006
Ingrid Schlueter writes: "If you read nothing else on Slice ever again, please read today's commentary by Joseph Farah of Worldnet Daily. Even after covering Rick Warren's Purpose Driven follies for the last few years, the arrogance he displays as described by Mr. Farah is something that shocks me. You will be interested in Rick Warren's correspondence with him."
Sunday, November 19, 2006
From Lighthouse Trails Research: "In light of the recent reports that Rick Warren is in Syria visiting with political and religious leaders, including Syria's Grand Mufti, it is worth noting that Robert Schuller (of Crystal Cathedral) also visited with the Grand Mufti of Syria (in 1999), with the hope of being instrumental in bringing peace to the world."
Mega Pastor ED YOUNG JR, & LEONARD SWEET ( Rick Warren associate)
"With the purpose of uniting generations from the classical, contemporary, and emerging churches, at Faith Forward you will not be inspired to preach sermons. We’ve done that for over 30 years. No, this is a Faith Forward Forum where you will be inspired to think, think, yes, THINK!– theologically, like you never have before! I strongly believe God is on the move raising up His leaders for the future, solidifying the thinking of contemporary pastors and calling forth seasoned pastors to pour their hearts into the younger church."- Robert H. Schuller
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Jospeh Farah of WorldNet Daily responds to Warren's trip to Syria: Rick Warren has traveled to and provided legitimacy to a hostile foreign government, presided over by a brutal fascist dictator who hates Jews, threatens Israel, subverts neighboring Lebanon, imprisons and terrorizes its own citizens and even kills them in massive numbers when they stand up in revolt – now I have to denounce this impostor in the strongest terms possible.
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Sunday, November 12, 2006
The original Watcher's Lamp was setup to share the Good News, Bible study lessons and world events. Now after 2 years, we migrate to the blog environment . Topics of spiritual deception,and the Purpose Driven Life from the original Flood Watch Page, will also be presented.
It is our hope and prayer that you will be blessed by what is presented here.