keeping a watchful eye on the wolves

More Disappearing Trails

If you have ever observed the tracks left behind by sheep, you would know that a sheep’s foot print looks very different than a wolf foot foot print. This is why wolves in sheeps clothing need to continually cover their tracks, otherwise the sheep will know that there are wolves among them in the sheep pen. Let’s take a look at some recent tracks that have been covered up on the disappearing trail…

We all heard about the disappearance of Todd Bentley’s references to his angel Emma, who became simply that “particular” angel as his story was changed (see Todd Bentley, Is he now ashamed of his angel Emma?).

But that is not the only thing that is being changed as Christian bloggers expose what is going on behind the scenes while wolves in sheeps clothing tip toe around in the sheep pen, trying to act like sheep.

For example:

The godtube video of Todd Bentley at The Secret Place in Abbotsford, B.C., as referred to in the post called
Following the Tracks (Part 2)- from Abbotsford to Lakeland and Around the World, has disappeared.

Here is another one. After being up for a long time, the youtube video of Mark Virkler teaching how to hear the voice of God through automatic writing/channelling (as recently referred to in a post called Todd Bentley Responds to Criticism) has suddenly disappeared. In the video, Virkler sat down and typed out a message on the spot from God for his interviewer in a cheap display of “hear God guaranteed” on demand, not unlike putting coins into a soda pop dispenser. This was an important video as Virkler’s spiritual advisor is Dr. Gary Greig, whose widely publicized endorsement Freshfire uses to legitimize Todd Bentley and the false Florida revival.

Then there’s the strange phenomena of shifting articles. Take for example the glory cloud revelation (Todd’s vision of Sundar Singh) as referred to in Todd Bentley and Contemplative Meditation.The link to this vision account disappeared. It was later discovered that it was simply changed on the Freshfire website shortly after many discernment blogs had linked to it.

Then there’s this one which deserves a longer explanation. A recent article on Wolf Tracks that got a lot of traffic and referals was called LECTIO DIVINA – Leading Sheep to a New Level of Consciousness. While I was writing this article, I copied and pasted the words from a page on the Youth Specialties website that was written by Mike Perschon. In the article, Pershon mentioned the four levels of consciousness achieved through practicing Lectio Divina.

This is what I wrote in the Lectio Divina article (the words in quotation marks were copied and pasted from Mike Perschon’s article, as were the four steps of consciousness, or so I thought):

Mike Perschon of Youth Specialties compares the four steps of Lectio Divina to “four levels of consciousness…which introduces you at each new level into a whole new world of reality” that occurs through the four levels of repetitious reading:

1- LITERAL LEVEL CONSCIOUSNESS
2- Moral level of consciousness
3- the Allegorical level which requires a Spiritual level of listening
4- We simply rest in the presence of the one who has used His word as a means of inviting us to accept His transforming embrace. We call this level, Union of Life or the unitive level of consciousness.
-An Experience of Lectio Divina
(http://www.cellofpeace.com/refl_lectio.htm)

The reference to these steps can no longer be found as the Youth Specialties article is no longer there. All you will get if you click on the link now is the OOPS page. Nevertheless, whether it has disappeared or not, Mike Perschon himself commented on Wolf Tracks under my article on Lectio Divina and did not disagree with these steps or the practise of Lectio Divina. Here is what he said:

“I’d just like to clarify that I’ve been misquoted here. I didn’t write the website regarding the four steps. I was asked by Youth Specialties to do an introductory article on various contemplative practices, and I linked to certain pages I deemed to represent the practice well. I didn’t write it though. That said, I don’t disagree with it, and I would like to further clarify by saying that I do not espouse Lectio Divina as THE way to knowing Christ. As an academic and former pastor, I am devoted to studying the Bible within its contexts, and understanding it in a very rational way. But I find that Lectio Divina enlarges my experience of the Bible. It’s one of many tools I use in my walk with Christ. And I’m not suggesting it replaces grace, as some have supposed elsewhere.”

We would like to give Perschon the benefit of the doubt, but as it is interesting that while Perschon says he was misquoted, he admittedly does NOT disagree with these 4 levels of consciousness. It’s difficult to check back to read exactly what he said because the page is now blank, and the article that I used to pull his quote from has been shifted over. It has been moved, and given a new URL…

This is where it was:
http://www.youthspecialties.com/articles/topics/spirituality/contemplative.php
This is where you can find it now:
http://www.youthspecialties.com/freeresources/articles/spirituality/contemplative.php

Apparently missing from the article is the reference to the 4 levels of consciousness, however, the link to Cell of Peace remains. Perhaps I copied and pasted incorrectly? Could be. But then, how can this ever be proven? Is the moral of the story to copy/paste/save everything we find? Who has time for that?

The point of bringing these particular things to light is this. Why would Mike Perschon say he was misquoted, but also say that he agrees with the quote anyways? Is he feeling bad about leading youth to a new level consciousness instead of leading them to the truth? Is he sort of covering his tracks?

In another Youth Specialties article Mike Perschon wrote (here):

Morton Kelsey refers to the experience of contemplative prayer in all its forms as entering a “laboratory for the soul.” While this phrase entices me with its sense of adventure, it frightens most believers. For too long, evangelical Christianity has packaged faith in safe bundles.

I’m sorry Mike Perschon, but the reason this “frightens” most believers is that this is not of God, and the only “safe” place to be is under the shelter of His wings. He is our strong tower. This is why we must stay away from practices that might open our minds up to the darkness of the spirit realm and doctrines of demons, but you are leading youth away from God, in this mad laboratory experiment devised by Satan, and into darkness.

In conclusion, there will surely be more covered tracks as the delusion unfolds and sticky web of apostasy is woven. In the meantime, some might say, why bother with all this, let’s just read God’s Word and stick to the truth. While this is very VERY good advice, and I totally agree, God’s Word also instructs us to reprove and expose what is in the darkness.

11And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

12For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

13But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

Ephesians 5:11

Maranatha!

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12 responses

  1. I went to the Cell of Peace link… and I don’t get an oops now!

    There is an article called “An Experience of Lectio Divina”.

    *LITERAL LEVEL CONSCIOUSNESS — Studying the teachings of Christ.The first time we hear the reading we are listening with “the ears of our heart” for a LITERAL interpretation of the Word

    *The second time we read the Word we reflect (ruminate) on the Word and become aware of the thoughts that rise to your awareness. During this time of reflection we are becoming friendly with God and the Moral level of consciousness is developing.

    *The third time we read the Word we develop a loving conversation and allow God to embrace us during this prayer. This third level of consciousness is the Allegorical level which requires a Spiritual level of listening.

    * [The fourth]We simply rest in the presence of the one who has used His word as a means of inviting us to accept His transforming embrace. We call this level, Union of Life or the unitive level of consciousness.

    This is exactly the points that you found on the site, perhaps they have been rewritten or elaborated on since then???

    June 28, 2008 at 2:02 am

  2. Oh, I have had certain youtubes disappear on me before too. Videos that have really proved my point beyond doubt. So I know from experience that this happens all the time.

    One in particular was of Neale Donald Walsch talking about the “Indigo Children” and how they are actually souls that were part of Lucifer’s fall! As plain as that! Yet, he pulled that youtube off of the WWW for good.

    I really wish I had of transcribed that one, but luckily I had posted the points that were of interest to me.

    June 28, 2008 at 2:10 am

  3. sheepyweepy

    No, it’s not the Cell of Peace link that is now blank, it’s the Youth Specialties link where Mike Perschon’s article is (or was). I had copied those four steps from here:
    http://www.youthspecialties.com/articles/topics/spirituality/contemplative.php

    Just to make that clear. 🙂

    The four steps Perschon had listed are pretty much the same as the Cell of Peace link, but worded a bit differently (briefer). Or, at least they were. I had copied and pasted them from the YS article.

    I know, it gets confusing. Perhaps that was their intention when they changed it.

    Yes, youtubes are always disappearing. Frustrating, isn’t it?

    June 28, 2008 at 2:42 am

  4. Alan Gosage

    Todd Bentley also changed this one:
    http://www.deceptionbytes.com/HolyGhostShoomba

    Sneaky little devil!

    June 28, 2008 at 7:06 am

  5. sheepyweepy

    Either Todd or his staff. Kind of sad, isn’t it?

    June 28, 2008 at 2:45 pm

  6. Not trying to “sort of” cover my tracks. I don’t feel bad about the article, period. I just can’t stand being misquoted. Kudos to you though, Sheepy Weepy for checking up on things. Most of the sites who’ve blacklisted me for my views on contemplative prayer don’t take much more than the time it requires to CTRL-C and CTRL-V my quotes from other likeminded sites. Thanks for taking the time to look into things. Again, I assure you, I did not write the steps. I don’t want to be stealing anyone else’s thunder. Or hellfire. Or brimstone. Or whatever it is you think I’m cooking up.

    July 14, 2008 at 7:15 pm

  7. sheepyweepy

    Hello Mike,

    In other words, (as you have previously stated) you have no remorse for leading youth to another level of consciousness and new world of reality through meditation techniques which you condone and promote.

    Sadly, that is already apparent. No need to rehash it.

    July 14, 2008 at 7:42 pm

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  9. Actually, you raised the need for rehashing by questioning my motives for clarification, which I did in my second comment. As for leading youth to another level of consciousness, my goal has always been, and always will be, to lead youth to Christ. I’ve written articles on other aspects of the Christian life than just contemplative prayer. It’s not the only aspect of living for Christ I focus on in my own teaching. Besides, the Word tells us not to let anyone call evil what you know to be good, and I take umbrage with you accusing me of leading youth into the arms of Satan. You make it sound like I’ve reduced all of my Christian faith to contemplative prayer, which is the farthest thing from the truth. It’s an aspect of my faith. I take Christ to be the only true refuge, but we all do many things to have a relationship with Christ. Contemplative prayer is one of mine. So is serious Bible Study which takes the Bible contextually, historically, and exegetically. Regular attendance and involvement in a local church body, taking my kids to Sunday School, intercessory prayer, the list goes on. I’m not some mystical one trick pony. But there’s a rich tradition of contemplative living throughout the history of Christianity, and I think we ignore it at our loss.

    July 15, 2008 at 12:19 am

  10. SLAL

    It seems funny that you accuse Mike of trying to cover his tracks by changing the article and removing the four steps. You say “we’ll never know” for sure. I think we can. There is a lovely online service called archive.org, and on it I was able to retrieve the original copy of the article… on which I find no reference to four levels of consciousness.

    Basically, what I am saying is that the article did not get changed to cover anybodys tracks. Be more careful in the future before lobbing ridiculous accusations.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20050508081122/http://www.youthspecialties.com/articles/topics/spirituality/contemplative.php

    BTW, Lectio divina has been taught by many reputable Christians for hundreds of years, and I don’t see you(or anybody for that matter) trying to rip their throat out over it.

    September 12, 2008 at 3:46 pm

  11. Tim, from the City Beautiful

    Mr. Perschon,
    What is the Scriptural context for “contemplative living” such as Lectio Divina? Is this what it means when we are admonished to “gird up the loins of our minds”? Is this the “renewing of our minds” talked of in Romans? What about the admonition of Colossians? or Galations? Or 1st and 2nd Peter, Jude?
    Ok, moving from Scripture, answer me this:
    What are these traditions throughout Christian history you speak of? Whose “Christian” history are you talking about? The desert fathers? The Methodist monastic monks? Buddhists? Hinus? New Age Christians? I am deeply concerned. You speak as if on behalf of those who persecuted the truly faithful, the Roman Catholic church of the dark ages. Please, if you are going to take up the mantle to be responsible for teaching our youth, such as MY sons, then you need to give an answer for yourself. Why should I allow YOU to influence my sons in their faith? What are YOUR credentials? What is YOUR testimony? And what IS the fruit of your labors? And, most disturbing of all, why WOULD”NT reducing all of your Christian faith to contemplative prayer be comparable, in your words, to leading youth into the arms of Satan? Doesn’t Scripture teach that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Or don’t you know that leaven is equated with SIN in the Word of God? And IF there is JUST a perceived danger, why expose young believers to it and risk their very faith for just an experience such as this? You think we ignire it at our LOSS? Seems to me that if we DIDN’T ignore it, but embraced it, as you wish all of us would, that it COULD be at our loss! Not a risk I would take nor one I can ever believe God would want for me and my sons. I’d rather we stay away from even the very appearance of evil than tempt fate and open my mind up to who or whatever would be whispering in my ear. Remember, satan IS able to masquerade as an angel of light, as do his ministers. But you can’t know that if you don’t study the Word for reproof, for instruction, and training in righteousness. And I would be remiss if I didn’t protect my sons from this type of harm, even if only perceived. What say you?
    A concerned father in Him,
    Tim, from the City Beautiful

    October 21, 2008 at 2:36 am

  12. sheepyweepy

    SLAL,

    I put this blog to rest a while ago and have not been able to respond earlier. I can’t remember the specific details anymore, but the point is, Mike Perschon commented on this blog and said he agrees with the steps in Lectio Divina and the article which he referred to regarding the 4 levels of consciousness. Also, the link to the article at Youth Specialties was changed but the article but can still be accessed and viewed on their site.

    January 14, 2009 at 9:20 pm

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