Inclusive spiritual experience?

29 01 2008

From the hills outside the ancient city of Jerusalem, lies a single watchtower. Shifts of man keeping watch must stay vigilant, and alert for the hour is coming when the dust from afar rises, knowing trouble draws near. Just as Ezekiel is called as Israel’s watchman, we are called to our generation. The day is coming, as our eyes watch the closing in of trouble.

Robert Schuller once said: “Standing before a crowd of devout Muslims with the Grand Mufti, I know that we’re all doing God’s work together. Standing on the edge of a new millennium, we’re laboring hand in hand to repair the breach.” He made that statement in his 2001 biography, My Journey  (p. 501), and today he has taken a giant step forward in seeing his dream of an all all-inclusive spiritual body come true. What’s more, Christian leaders and organizations are helping to bring it to pass.

It becomes clear in the Rethink Conference, which hosted by Robert Schuller and Erwin McManus, that such a time has come when a contemplative inclusive spiritual experience is the focus of the new age Christian leaders worldwide.

In addition to McManus, the Rethink Conference has several other Christian leaders speaking: Gary Smalley, Henry Cloud, Chuck Colson, and Kay Warren, to name a few. While the speaker list includes several names outside the Christian camp (Larry King, George Bush Sr., Rupert Murdoch, etc.), a majority of the speakers, both Christian and non-Christian, are proponents mystical spirituality. The reason this is important to know is because Schuller’s vision of an all-inclusive global religious body cannot happen without mysticism.

There is a renewed ancient way call Mysticism, in another word, Paganism through the deeply rooted in Occult practises that will engulf the Christian world today in pursuit of something else rather than God. No longer is the Word the only, sole, authority in a Christian walk, but we need mysticism to find the force within? From prominent leaders to secular leaders with the pagan new age leaders, there is a new twist in the Ecumenical movement which will lead all faith back to the Roman Catholic Church – Vatican.

Come out of this system of deceits, lies and destruction, before its entanglements of its web of false religion drags you to the fiery gates of Hell. Read more on the various conferences happening now with regards to the Emerging Church, Emergent Movement, Ecumenical Movement and Christian Mystics.  


Hosanna to the King in the highest!

29 01 2008

We played this song in our worship last Sunday and wow, the presence of God just enveloped us, and drawing us nearer to Him in worship!

What would you give for this child?

29 01 2008

The child

Repenting on a twisted perspective

17 01 2008

As usual, i do not read every of the Elijah List’s mail, except this one which i did. (As it is the only unread email in my mailbox).

Parable of the Gas pump

Do you ever have one of those “I woke up on the wrong side of the bed” days? Recently I was having one! I’m not a negative person and I tend to always see the glass half full rather than half empty, but not on this particular day. It was a day filled with things I didn’t want to do, and I left the house in the morning with a very negative perspective regarding my day ahead. Sure enough, everything seemed to go wrong. From traffic to lack of parking spaces and delays in meetings, I was living out what I had expected.

Finally I was on my way to the last meeting of the day, running a bit late. I jumped into my car and began driving only to look at the gas gauge and saw the needle pointing to “E.” I had no time to stop and get gas! Now I was really frustrated. I pulled up to the gas station, mumbling all the way, and tried to fill my tank. But gas spewed back at me and the pump wouldn’t stay on. In my frustration, I quickly pulled forward to the next pump, believing that the first one was broken. Now I was really frustrated and to top it off, I smelled like gas. I put the nozzle in my tank and once again, gas spewed at me. I was so upset that I shouted (under my breath), “What’s up with this?”

Right as the last word came out of my mouth, the Holy Spirit said to me, “Go check your gas gauge again.” I quickly did and it read “F.” It had been full all along. Right then the Holy Spirit spoke to me again and said, “When your perspective is not aligned with Mine, even the things that are full in your life will appear empty.”

This lesson has been incredibly helpful over the past months. When I begin to have a bad day, the first thing I do now is check my “perspective gauge”–is it on full or empty? After God speaking to me about my perspective, I realized that much of our warfare comes from the view we choose to look at life with. Will I align myself with truth or a lie? Will I live in the hope of tomorrow or the disappointments of yesterday? Will I praise or complain?

Eyes to See and Ears to Hear

As the months have passed since the “empty tank” incident, the Holy Spirit has not stopped speaking to me about this issue of perspective. To be aligned with His perspective is a posture that He is asking us to take as we enter into 2008. Let’s look at the word “perspective” from the Wikipedia site:

Perspective (visual) is the way in which objects appear to the eye. Perspective (graphical) means to represent the effects of visual perspective in drawings. Metaphorically in relation to cognitive topics, perspective (cognitive) is one’s “point of view,” the choice of a context for opinions, beliefs and experiences. Point of view (literature) is the related experience of the narrator. For example, with art, perspective can determine how you view a particular piece. Often you must draw things smaller if the viewer is at a distance or if you view from a particular angle, you will see things in a distorted way.

The same is true with God. Our lives can appear distorted if we view them from a wrong angle, such as through circumstances or through disappointments. Just because something appears to our natural eye as being true, doesn’t make it actually true. I remember being in a counseling session with some parents and their adult child as they all tried to relay a story from many years before. The parents’ view was very different from their daughter’s view, since she was seeing from a child’s perspective with less awareness and a more limited view. Was her version of the story wrong? No, but she was given a greater awareness hearing her parents’ view many years later, which brought her into much healing regarding the memory.

God wants us to stop and ask Him what His view (perspective) of our situations is. He is training us to see with our spiritual eyes and to hear with our spiritual ears. “Then Jesus said, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear.'” Mark 4:9

The Praise Perspective

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. Your enemies will be clothed in shame, and the tents of the wicked will be no more.” Job 8:21-22

I returned home from my last trip of 2007 on December 7. I was so excited to spend the next few weeks focused on my family and the holiday season. But by December 8, I started to have a sore throat and earache. Within a few days, a terrible infection had spread throughout my throat and ears, causing one ear drum to rupture and my throat to have ulcerated sores. The pain was so intense that I was put on continual morphine for over two weeks. The antibiotics weren’t working, and I was spending my “family holiday” too ill to do anything but try to manage the pain.

As I lay there in pain (pain like I’ve only felt in childbirth), overwhelmed at the disappointment of losing this time with my family, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Enter the gates of My peace with praise.” In the midst of such physical pain, by His grace, I began to praise Him. I praised Him for the family that I have, for the ministry that I have been honored to serve in, for “choosing me,” for dying for me, and on and on. Although the pain continued, so did the praise. My spirit was having a wonderful holiday season with the One that we celebrate. My spirit had risen above the physical pain. The peace continually flooded over me. Praise changed my perspective, even in the midst of pain!

It was like entering into a spiritual Lamaze childbirth. It was breathing truth and praise into my spirit and blowing out all the wrong perspectives that pain can usher in. All of a sudden, I was not feeling a loss of the holiday, but I was ushered into His living room and was being cared for by the hand of My Father. I was realigned with His perspective rather than the wrong perspective that pain can cause.

Aligning Ourselves to Enter 2008 with Praise

Some of you came to the end of 2007, saying, “Why am I still in so much pain?” or “Why have my circumstances not changed?” I encourage you right now to enter into the gates of this new year with shouts of praise. No matter the circumstances, no matter the pain level–begin to praise Him. He is worthy. Allow Him to carry you into this new year like a bridegroom would carry His bride over the threshold of intimacy. There is never a lack of what we can praise Him for. Move beyond the “whys” and into the absolutes — HE IS ABSOLUTELY WORTHY OF PRAISE!

“Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:4-5

New Year’s Dream

My year started with a dream I had in the wee hours of New Year’s day. In my dream, I was in a worship band that was playing Spirit-filled instrumental music. We were waiting for the Lord to speak to us regarding 2008. As we waited, I saw a picture of a large sunflower, pointed towards the brightness of the sunlight. As I saw this picture, I clearly heard the Lord begin to sing over His Church the song: You Are My Sunshine. Most of us are familiar with the words to this simple song:

“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy, when skies are gray. You’ll never know dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.”

In this dream, I felt the Lord’s delight for His children in a way I have never experienced before. As I awoke, the Lord’s delight continued. I was quite moved by this experience because when my husband and I adopted our oldest daughter, we would sing this song over her every night before putting her to bed. Just looking at her would fill us with such delight that it would often leave us in tears. We had never known such love for another human being. This was the same delight that I felt the Lord showering over His children.

Then I heard Him speak to my spirit, saying, “This will be a year that I express My delight for My children. I will sing over them as a Father who is filled with delight. This is how I see you, and I want you to receive like a child would receive and to believe like a child would believe. This is the year of My delight!”

“You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. It will no longer be said to you, ‘Forsaken,’ nor to your land will it any longer be said, ‘Desolate’; but you will be called, ‘My delight is in her,’ and your land, ‘Married’; for the LORD delights in you, and to Him your land will be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so your sons will marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.” Isaiah 62:3-5

Allow His light to shine on you and His delight to be showered over you. He is singing over you with love and joy. Expect to feel and experience His delight this year. We can sing this song back to Him too! When your skies are gray, He will be your warmth and light. He is our sunshine. We will never know how much He loves us, but this year, we will experience a new and fresh revelation of His love. May your perspective be aligned with the praise that comes from knowing that we are “His Delight.”

Happy New Year!

Kathi Pelton
Light Streams Ministries

This article came in the right time when everything seems to go wrong and when nothing seems to be moving, and i feel like i am under siege from all sides – financial debt mounting, stress in relationship, rising demand in work expectation, lack of rest, restlessness, apparent loss in hope and vision, and it seems for a second, at the darker side of life which i cannot see God’s help and rescue.

Am i seeing everything as empty and hopelessness, or do I continue to trust in God when everything goes wrong? For a moment, i feel my faith is diminishing and disappearing fast, and i feel the odds are against me, like the giants, and i can’t move into actions, whether through fear or lack of faith, in either way, i am a wretched soul. I do not know how to handle this feeling, i should keep it in perspective under the lordship of Jesus, who has never failed. Faith over circumstances and feelings Daniel!!!!!

Heidi Baker in Singapore

13 01 2008

Mercy and I went to Singapore Expo to hear Heidi Baker to preach, and i must confess, i went without any single expectation, and when i entered the hall, there was an atmosphere of God’s presence, not sure if it is the fog or a visible cloud that descended in the hall itself.

The worship is really great even though i have never heard the songs before, and now i know one of them is call “We humble ourselves” by Paul Baloche. I guess I am never known as an emotional freak during worship but there is definitely a moment of worship that brought us into the throne room of God.

Heidi Baker had an altar call where the sick came forward, but she did not lay hands but instead trusted the Holy Spirit to heal them, and there was a message like Forgiveness is the key to healing, and she prayed that when one forgive there will be a release of healing. A message that’s desperately needed to be preached and practiced.

The sermon was simply Great! She preached on the Beatitudes. About the Richness from the Poor. It is not the physical wealth, but spiritual wealth that through lessons and stories she shared from the poor in Mozambique.

Throughout the past 2 weeks since 2008, the verse “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” kept tugging at my heart, and i asked God how do i seek the Kingdom of God first, and the answer came when Heidi said, be like the Child. A child is totally dependent, and our dependence is on Christ!

Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the Kingdom of heaven is theirs.

She shared about how God told her to stop having huge meeting at Stadiums when she started her ministry at the age of 16, and move to the poorest of the poor where God’s heart is moved.  She shared about how when she went to Mozambique, she gave everything away, with no money, no house and no food. She was at the street and began to learn the language, and talking to the kids. Through their eyes, their lives, the kids were mostly abandoned, abused, raped, etc, but through the ministry, many become great women and men of God who in turn, touches many lives in their villages. One thing is that in Singapore, we will never understand what poor really means, except God reminded me of the sight in India at the slum, and the poor old folk around Singapore where so many times my heart simply breaks to see. These are the faces of Christ, when Jesus said, the least you do to these, you do it for me.

Blessed are those who mourn, because they will be comforted.

Heidi Baker shared about a girl, who was raped by her father, and beaten up, and she was left at the home the ministry was running, and when Heidi Baker first held her in her embrace, she was covered with boils, and lice cos of the abuse and lack of medical care. Heidi caught the lice too, and well she understood her pain. She can’t speak and through her bloodied eye, she saw Christ. This young woman turned out to be a great and wonderful sister in Christ, who in turn, touched other lives. Once she picked up a baby girl, who was abandoned at the steps, who can’t speak and she began to comfort her. From a girl whose life is nothing short of many terrible turns, began to comfort others. How can we  began to comfort or even how can this girl comforts others? It is the Holy Spirit in us who will comfort through us, and all we need, is to be there to reach out.

Blessed are the gentle, because they will inherit the earth.

Heidi Baker shared about this man in the poorest community in Mozambique, that he got married to a girl, and was saving some tin and cement to build a house for his wife and himself, as the rats began to bite his wife’s feet. Then one day, this man fell down to the dirt and wept, Heidi went up to him and asked him what happened. This man told her that God told him to give away all his tins and cement, and he did it. What happened is that when that happens, some visitors from overseas built him a house, and he gave that away too and make it into a home for orphanage, and he was given a truck and he gave it away, and a gentle spirit of this man, the meekness Heidi began to show how the gentle who will inherit the earth, of physical proportion and spiritual ones!

There was so much more she shared —- ok… i forgot most of the stories.HAHA. guilty. But i will never forget the main message – Jesus conquered the world not cos he is God (of course He is) but through Love. Jesus died for the murderers, the terrorists, the bandits, even those who do us harm.

I went up for prayer, actually was more like those who wants to seek God. I went up and well to my surprise, Heidi Baker prayed for me. Nothing much except that i will be filled with Jesus and His Love. Then i went behind and stand and a few more pastors from Cornerstone Church prayed for me. As i knelt down, someone came and prayed for me. He has some words for me which are very specific. Not sure it is the right time for me to put down yet but it due time.

Word of Knowledge vs Truth

11 01 2008

I have heard in recent times, an increase in the use of this gift – the Word of Knowledge, being used by so many pastors for their church and people who came forward during service for prayers.

To many, the gift of the Word of Knowledge given during service, is from God, and we have failed to be discerning of its nature. While I do not deny that pastors and people of God do get access to this gift and pass on words of knowledge to someone, and I do not deny that Satan do has a counterfeit of this gift as well. And how often, such words being given, is not biblical, nor consistent with the Word of God, and often detrimental to sound teachings and doctrines of the Scriptures.

The common characteristics of ‘words’ given to Christians these days

– Instructions to do something, sometimes, not consistent with the Scriptures. The hearers do not check back with the Word of God and hence such Word taking precedent over the Scriptures as the Authority of their Faith.

– Many words given led not to a more intimate relationship with God, but a burden especially when comes to Financial giving. That we need to give or bring a special offering in order to get blessed. The position that we ought to adopt is that God desire to bless us whether we give or not, and we give because we love him, not because of financial blessings in return.

– Many words or what most call prophetic uttering given are either not consistent with the Scriptures or emphasis are not given enough to the hearer that such word or prophetic uttering must always lead to the us glorifying Him instead of ourselves.

– Many words or prophetic uttering are not specific, instead it is always an analogy. When the biblical prophets speak to someone for example King David by Prophet Nathan, it is always specific. These days, most will give an analogy and left us wondering what’s the meaning of it all. And most of such interpretation lacks sound biblical principles.

Examining Ecumenism

11 01 2008

There was a meeting at the Singapore National Stadium recently that saw the reconciliation of the Evangelical Conservatives and the Charismatic groups and two pastors on each side washing each other’s feet as an act of love and reconciliation. Those who were present, there wasn’t any protest, neither was there any argument on doctrinal or theological issues at hand. It was kind of solemn and respectful. This is not an ecumenical act.

To understand what’s Ecumenism?

The word ecumenism (also oecumenism, œcumenism) is derived from Greek ”” (oikoumene), which means “the inhabited world”, and was historically used with specific reference to the Roman Empire

Ecumenical on the whole, in today’s context is a concerted effort move to bring all faith into unity with the Roman Catholic Church. Should we Christians strive to bring unity to the body of Christ? Yes we ought to, but the question remains, how do we define Unity in the Church, and who is defined as the Church? It is true, that within Protestant Christianity, there are many denominations, and the only thing that how we drew the line of denominations is in the secondary doctrinal issues between the Baptist, Pentecostal, Anglican, Presbyterian, Charismatic, etc, and not the fundamental doctrines in the Gospel, the central focus of Jesus Christ. Where with the Roman Catholic Church, it is not the case. We do not worship Mary, nor practise Marian Worship, and that in our beliefs, is of the Devil and the pit of Hell. Nor do we endorse the Pope as the only channel where God speaks through. Nor can we compromise on the Roman Catholic Church practises on Sacraments. Now, these are the Fundamental Doctrines that separates the Protestant Christian World with the Roman Catholic Church.

The Assemblies of God Church Council has spoken on the issue of Ecumenism

The General Council of the Assemblies of God RE-EMPHASIZED a bylaw of long standing in their biennial meeting in St. Louis in 1995. Article IX, Section 11, states: “The General Council of the Assemblies of God disapproves of ministers or churches participating in any of the modern ecumenical organizations on a local, national, or international level in such a manner as to promote the ecumenical movement because:

    •  We believe the basis of doctrinal fellowship of said movement to be so broad that it includes people who reject the inspiration of Scripture, the deity of Christ, the universality of sin, the substitutionary atonement, and other cardinal teachings that we understand to be essential to biblical Christianity.

    • We believe the emphases of the ecumenical movement to be at variance with what we hold to be biblical priorities, frequently displacing the urgency of individual salvation with social concerns.

    •  We believe that the combination of many religious organizations into a world superchurch will culminate in the religious Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18.”

Therefore it is in my conviction, that we can never, and will never ever share a common table with the Roman Catholic Church, nor can we compromise on the TRUTH, and the FREEDOM we have in Christ, and prostitute ourselves with the Roman Catholic Church, but let us continue to keep in vigilant prayers for the lost in the Roman Catholic Church that they will know the Truth and be set free.