Lighthouse Trails Research Journal VOL. 5 | NO. 6

SOUND THE TRUMPET IN THE MIDST OF APOSTASY: THE ENEMY IS IN THE CAMP BY DAVID DOMBROWSKI ver the past decade and a half, we have watched with a mixture of surprise and sadness how an apostate church has materialized before our eyes. It all began for us here at Lighthouse Trails when we met Ray Yungen in 2000. 1 Though we were not publishers back then, he shared with us his manuscript for A Time of Departing, which spoke of a coming apostasy in the form of mystical practices and “spiritual disci- plines.” Stirred by the content of that book, we agreed to help him find a publisher. But, at the time, we never imagined how relevant and prophetic that book would be nor how quickly this apostasy would flourish in the evangelical and mainstream churches. Today, it is even difficult to find a church that has not been compromised or in some way influenced by this contempla- tive spirituality (i.e., an emerging church philosophy). Now e-mails, phone calls, and letters pour into our office telling how readers who either just discovered us or O were at one time skeptical of our warnings are now shocked to see that these things have entered their churches. How did this happen, and how did it happen so quickly? We think this can partly be explained by what we discovered years ago. After meeting Ray, we felt compelled to help him find a publisher for his book, but after contacting a number of Christian publishing houses, we soon learned that they were only looking for books that would sell well—and that meant books considered non-controversial and written by well-known authors. At that point, we prayerfully decided to start our own pub- lishing house. But just the lack of interest that we saw in the publishers was indicative of what was to happen in the church. Whether we realize it or not, there is tremendous spiritual warfare taking place in our world today. In numerous instances, we are hearing stories of young people go- ing to Christian colleges only to have their Continues on page 17 THE LAS VEGAS SHOOTING— MOURNING THE LOSS IN SO MANY WAYS BY LT EDITORS e mourn deeply for the tragic event that took place in Las Vegas on Octo- st ber 1 . We mourn for the families and friends of those who were murdered, knowing their lives will never be the same. We mourn at the thought that some of those who perished may not have been ready to meet their Maker. W Volume 5—No. 6 And while it’s hard at a time like this to even think of mourning for someone who caused this horrific rampage of death, we mourn because another pitiful soul has chosen death and Hell over eternal life. We mourn because of the senseless violence and bloodshed that took the lives of so many people in a country that was once considered a safe place to live. MEDITATION’S ROLE IN THE END OF THE AGE BY RAY YUNGEN hroughout my Christian life I have periodically heard fellow Christians suggest we are in the last days. Often these comments were initiated from current cases of violent crimes, sexual perversions, war, or natural disasters. Since I knew history had repeatedly encountered these calamities, such predictions of Christ’s imminent return rang hollow. However, in 1984 I had an unexpected encounter that changed my entire outlook. A newfound friend educated me about the New Age movement and its end-times implications. After a period of investiga- tion, I came to believe this could very well be the time period the book of Revelation showcases. Instead of a vague and obscure manifestation of prophecy, I saw some- thing distinct and pervasive happening in our churches and society. And incredibly enough, this shift has been predicted from both sides of the struggle. Christians must remember that the authenticity of Christianity itself is predi- T Continues on page 3 And last, we extend our mourning to one more thing. When we heard the news of the shooting and took time to ponder and grieve over the devastation of it, we then turned our eyes and thoughts toward the present condition of the Christian church, of which we also mourn. Continues on page 4 November/December 2017