The Bright Ones: Bethel Redding Meets Disney

The notorious NAR (New apostolic Reformation) cult Bethel Redding continues their incursions into mainstream Christian media with their latest gimmick – a movie called ‘The Bright Ones’. Taking a page from the Disney Channel playbook, Bethel is targeting kids as young a seven years for indoctrination into their demonic practices. The Bright Ones youth recently even appeared on Radio Disney. [See https://www.facebook.com/BrightOnesOfficial/videos/312275572771007/]

Originally a Bethel youth stage production, the Bright Ones has been made into a movie that is now playing in select theaters. The movie’s narrative is a seductive play on fleshly desires for popularity and recognition. This is but another vain attempt to rebrand Bethel Redding as a mainstream evangelical movement. Parents Beware the Bright Ones.

See: Bright Ones (2019) Official Trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nH4VmRiSW8M

See their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BrightOnesOfficial/

And see: https://www.facebook.com/BrightOnesOfficial/videos/2153010771457063/

Voice of the Apostles and Demonic Transference Exposed – part 2

This is part II of my video expose’ of the New Apostolic Reformation’s Voice of the Apostles [VOA] conferences. Featured is a new clip with NAR rising star Brian Starley, laying hands of people in Indonesia on Oct. 1st, 2018. The video also compares the effects of what the NAR false apostles call “impartation” to Eastern occultic kundalini “Shaktipata” and it’s demonic “kriya”manifestations.

See also: Voice of the Apostles: Deceiving Spirits and Demonic Transference 

https://emergentwatch.com/2017/10/24/voice-of-the-apostles-deceiving-spirits-and-demonic-transference/

UPDATE On YWAM’s New Age ‘Alternatives Ministry’

Back on Feb. 22nd, I posted an expose’ of YWAM’s ‘Alternatives Ministry’, which just like Bethel Redding’s ‘Christ Alignment‘, purports to be an outreach to New Agers, and yet uses occultic/ New Age devices and practices.

The leader of YWAM’s New Age ‘Alternatives ministry‘ – Jari Koivu, revealed his aberrant beliefs in his June 2 FaceBook Post, wherein he says: “Revival and *transformation takes much more than what we’re used to… it takes LOVE…not only as a theological, theoretical concept. [NOTE] *NON-JUDGMENTAL, *INCLUSIVE love… [‘Love’] that is a higher level of spirituality than even signs, wonders and miracles. That is more transformative to people than around us than merely ‘being right’ about doctrine and dogma…”

For the original EW article see: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/02/22/ywams-occultic-new-age-alternatives-ministry/

Note that this so-called “love” is factually little more than unbiblical compromise and politically/ spiritually “correct” tolerance – a tolerance of  evil and forbidden practices. It is this counterfeit love – this emotional appeal, that is powering the ecumenical movement in it’s relentless push towards “unity” at the expense of biblical truth.  Along with Contemplative Mysticism, this ecumenical unity is foundational to the infrastructure of the Anti-Christ and his False Prophet.

“…this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.” 1Jn. 4:3  “To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to *this word, it is because there is no light in them!” – Isa. 8:20

2Thes. 2 warns: The mystery of lawlessness is already at work.”, and that, “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.” [V7, 9-11]

See the EW video expose’ : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgrfMBQ2CGg

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Counterfeit Signs and Wonders Movement Deceiving Many

Why so much emphasis on “Signs & Wonders”? What is genuine and what counterfeit? Consider God’s Word on the subject:

“But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.” – Exo. 7:11

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me…” – Matt. 7:22-23

“There were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies… many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words… They are presumptuous, self-willed…. loved the wages of unrighteousness… they speak great swelling words of emptiness, THEY ALLURE THROUGH THE LUSTS OF FLESH…” 2Pet. 2:10-19

“For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive [NOTE] A *DIFFERENT SPIRIT which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted – you may well put up with it!” – 2Cor. 11:4

Jesus said: “A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.” – Matt. 16:4

“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. But take heed; see, I have told you all things beforehand.” – Mark 13:22-23

Jesus said “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.” – John 4:48

“But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of The Lord been revealed?” – John 12:37

“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie.” – 2Thes. 2:9-11

“If you have bitter envy and *self-seeking self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” – James 3:14-16

“He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth—by those signs which he was granted to do in the sight of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who was wounded by the sword and lived.” – Rev. 13:13-14

 See: https://bibleresources.org/lying-signs-and-wonders/

And see: https://newagechristianity.blogspot.com/p/lying-signs-and-wonders.html

PS: Wishing a happy, safe & sane 4th to all my readers!

Dr. David Jeremiah Promoting Sarah Young’s ‘Jesus Calling’

Dr. David Jeremiah is a popular pastor/ teacher, and has had a daily program on Calvary Chapel affiliated ‘His Channel’ for some years. However, he has had numerous problems with bad affiliations and endorsements.

In May 2016, DJ was scheduled to take part – but later withdrew from – the “Jumpstart” Pastors and Leaders Conference, which featured well know Word-Faith preachers Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyers & others.

In ‘Life Wide Open’ [2005] DJ cites contemplatives Brother Lawrence’s ‘Practice of the Presence of God”, and ‘When the heart Waits’, by Sue Monk Kidd. Now DJ has lent his name and credibility to back the aberrant theology of Sarah Young and her ‘Jesus Calling’. In a recent advert on Jesuscalling.com, we are told: “As a pastor and a teacher, Dr. Jeremiah advocates daily prayer and scripture reading. He appreciates how Sarah Young has helped many with their prayer lives through the words of Jesus Calling.

DJ writes:

“When I read Sarah’s work, it’s pretty obvious to me why it’s been so highly regarded and received. She makes prayer very personal. Sometimes prayer isn’t personal, sometimes prayer can be very cold and empty. Maybe that’s why a lot of people have a hard time sustaining any kind of a prayer ministry. What Sarah has done has made it possible for people to say, “I talked to God today…I communicated with my Father.” That’s what prayer is supposed to be and she has moved the ball down the field quite aggressively in that direction.”

See – https://www.jesuscalling.com/blog/dr-david-jeremiah/

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Other endorsers of Jesus Calling include Max Lucado, Mark Batterson, Lysa TerKeurst, Sadie Robertson, Lee Strobel, Ann Voskamp, Sheila Walsh, Christine Caine, Roma Downey, Dr. Jack Graham and many others. See: https://www.jesuscalling.com/media/endorsements/

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Calvary Chapel Men’s Conference To Feature Contemplative Speaker

When Pastor Chuck Smith was alive, the CC Men’s Conferences, held annually at the Anaheim Convention Center, were a bastion of Christian strength, spiritual edification and biblical spirituality, centered on God’s Word… apparently this is now no longer true.

(Brian Brodersen’s) Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa’s 2018 Men’s Conference [Sat. 5/12] is featuring the emergent, contemplative Kyle Strobel. Strobel is not affiliated in any way with CC, and his inclusion in the CC Men’s Con18 is highly irregular. Strobel is the author of several books and created a contemplative group called “Metamorpha”. Strobel is currently Associate Professor at Talbot School of Theology – Being well versed in church history, but also in the practices of Catholic contemplatives. [See https://mensconference.calvarychapel.com/]

While his teaching career may pay the bills, Strobel’s real passion seems to be contemplative mysticism. He has been a featured speaker at more than a few contemplative conferences – not the least of which is Richard Foster’s RenovareWhere in 2014, he spoke besides top contemplatives Larry Crabb, Ruth Haley Barton, Eugene Cho and Richard Foster himself. Make no mistake about it, these conferences are about one thing, and one thing only – Contemplative mysticism and it’s practices.

Strobel’s 2007 book “Metamorpha” has some very telling endorsements: See http://metamorpha.com/resources/books/metamorpha/  >> Dan Kimball author, The Emerging Church; Contemplative guru Chuck Smith Jr., and Leonard Sweet, author of the (heretical) Jesus Manifesto, and others.

A book review of Strobel’s [2013] “Formed for the Glory of God” tells us: “Many Protestants are now quite happy to read Catholics… Strobel himself is young and profoundly aware of the hungers of the post-modern generation, and is [NOTE] well grounded in the scholarly study of church history and various sorts of thinkers who taught contemplation and meditation. In fact, he explores exactly some of this sort of mystery in this very volume.”

Formed for the Glory of God reveals the books contents, as chapter 4 is entitled “Spiritual disciplines as a means of Grace”. Spiritual Disciplines virtually always is referring to contemplative mystical practices. Chapter 6 is entitled: “Meditation and Contemplation”, etc.

In the 2013 book, Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics, co-authored by Strobel and his Metamorpha partner Jamin Goggin, the “Suggested Reading” section includes: John of the Cross: The Collected Works of...; Julian of Norwich: Showings; Thomas Merton: The Wisdom of the Desert, and many other “classic” contemplatives.

Strobel’s Metamorpha website is careful to disguise words and phrases that are instantly recognizable as being contemplative. They claim that they: “Serve the local church by offering *training resources that cultivate [NOTE] *doctrinal reflection (Lectio Divina), the life of (contemplative) prayer, and compassionate (Social gospel) community.”

Metamorpha also regularly promotes contemplative gurus Dallas Willard and Richard Foster. A 2011 article on Metamorpha by Dallas Willard was titled: “Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation, and the Restoration of the Soul”, wherein Willard advocates becoming “active in spiritual growth by *utilizing (‘spiritual’) disciplines such as [NOTE] solitude, silence and fasting… Spiritual formation through spiritual disciplines is emphasized.”

Summary: It should be quite clear from the above evidence that Kyle Strobel is a dyed-in-the-wool emergent/ contemplative who should have absolutely no place in Calvary Chapel, let alone at the premier annual event for CC men. Yet it appears Brodersen has taken yet another step off the precipice into the contemplative abyss. Although Strobel may not even discuss contemplative mysticism directly at the conference, you can be sure his books will be on the merchandise tables, and thus his impact at the CCMC18 could have great and lasting consequences. Sadly, rather than protecting the sheep, the CC leadership are feeding them to the wolves.

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YWAM’s Occultic New Age ‘Alternatives’ Ministry

The Christian community was recently shocked to discover that a group out of Bethel Redding – Christ Alignment – was practicing divination using “Destiny Cards”, and involved in forbidden occultic practices under the guise of ‘ministering’ to New Agers.

As it turns out, Christ Alignment has a sister group, connected to the Mendocino YWAM HQ – YWAM’s “Alternatives.net“. is based in Ontario Canada, and like ‘ChristAlignment‘, bills itself as a ministry outreach to New Agers

The Alternatives ministry is lead by a Finnish couple Jari Koivu and his wife, and claims to offer “Spiritual Readings, ‘Healing Touch’, ‘Sacred Oil’, Dream interpretation, “Prophetic & Angelic languages”.

Their webpage says: “Our teams have ministered at many holistic health and alternative spirituality expos, with hundreds (allegedly) coming to Christ and many *reported healings. We also train churches and organizations to do this… Our flagship training for that is called ‘Carry the Light‘ [cp. Latin = Lucifer].” See http://www.ywamalternatives.net/

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“Alternatives Network also offers different retreats which focus on renewal, *CONTEMPLATION, healing, etc. Another aspect of our work is INNER HEALING [Sozo].” See: http://www.ywamalternatives,net/about.html

The banners displayed at the new age expos state: (apx. translation from Finnish) ““Open Sky Cafe – “On the way to Light: Intuitive messages, Words and visions whose messages healing the Spirit Energy, body and mind – Cure encounter – Holy Spirirt effective guidance for spirit growth”

Other banners claim they offer “Healing Touch” and that “There is an *IMPARTATION and flow of spiritual energy when we combine words of healing and placing our hands on the subject.”

The reality of this group is that aside from the demonic doctrines and practices involved, the leaders of this “alternatives” group use this ministry as a front to market their own line new age products.

Their banner proclaims “Wellness Advocates”, as they openly sell their Essential Oil/ Aromatherapy products at the same venues they do their “Open Sky Cafe” / “prophetic guidance” ministry.

The same essential oils being sold by Jari and the Alternatives group – doTerra – are promoted as, and used in new age occult/ meditation and Yoga rituals. See https://www.doterra.com/US/en/empowered-life-series-yoga-and-meditation

doTERRA has a series of endorsement videos by Yoga & meditation instructors, and a “Mindfulness” page, and one entitled: “The Unity of Yoga and Essential Oils”- see https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/science-wellness-unity-yoga-essential-oils

One video by Jari Koivu shows him doing a seminar on the ‘Alternatives’ ministry, wherein he states:

“When we do this (the new age expos) we believe that God speaks and offers words of encouragement, comfort and (will) edify non-Christians. We can encourage and comfort un-churched people. In many churches this is a new idea. This is something we can do and it seems that Jesus really likes that…” And:

“When we go to these expos… we just bless people…. we don’t prophecy in a Christian way though… We introduce ourselves as followers of Jesus. we don’t say we’re Christians because of the bad connotations… (they tell them) ‘This is not a psychic reading, because psychic is about the soul realm. This is a spiritual reading. We tune into the Holy Spirit here, and we do, whether it’s healing or prophesying, we do this in the name of Jesus Christ…”

NOTE: In addition to his YWAM activities, Jari has also been a regular at John Arnott’s ‘Catch the Fire Toronto’.

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See also: Young Living and Do Terra Essential Oils — New Age and Occult Multi-level Marketing in the Church – https://thelasthiker.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/young-living-and-do-terra-new-age-and-occult-multi-level-marteting-in-the-church/