The One Project
La Sierra University - click here Notice the following on page 13
This following is a very disturbing report from the meeting where a certain lady has shared with us of her first hand experience after attending the One Project in Seattle, WA February 10-11, 2014:
1. If you go to the internet link for the One Project, it was stated that all attendees needed to read Desire of Ages and the 4 Gospels before coming to the meetings. Not one thing was said about any of this at the meetings--She told us that she expected that if they were to read this, that it would be brought up in the meeting but it wasn't. Not one word was said.
2. Bill Knott, Editor of the Review and Herald was the first Monday morning speaker. She said his focus was on conversion only and was sarcastic towards world evangelism which brought lots of laughter from the attendees. Mr. Knott said "beware of the men in charge" and spoke about being in favor of women's ordination.
There was "emergent church" conversation and group consensus to "define truth." It was all a social gospel, there was nothing said about evangelism and in fact all our evangelistic efforts of the SDA church, present and past, were mocked and made fun of. There was no present truth there at all.
3. Japhet De Oliveira said it is okay to "turn around--nothing is etched in stone." A 180 degree turn is what we need.
4. Alex Bryan spoke and said in reference to Revelation 14 that "we need to be scared of it--we need to be quiet about these things." The belief was brought out that our church needs to CHANGE now--forget what we once thought was truth.
5. Sam Leonor was the next speaker. He said "Adventists need to learn new things" and caused much raucous laughter and hooting from the 750 attendees. He said "new light is coming" and he mocked 1844. They spoke about how "new truth is constantly re-named and constantly changed."
6. Dilys Brooks had a huge diatribe against the SDA church and spoke about how those against them are "judgmental" and "hypocritical" and "how we (SDA's) will protect the purity of the church"--when she said this there was MUCH mocking laughter and hooting from the audience as well as clapping. For some reason this was funny to them.
7. Leonard Sweet - Introduced with much adoration--even to his "beautiful silver long hair that touched his signature scarf." She said he came out looking very pleasing and that his voice was very pleasant to hear. But his message was new age and although he didn't say a lot of controversial things, he did say "renewal is needed and we need to learn and interpret Scripture by CULTURE."
8. Tim Gillespie - gave another version of present truth which he said was an "ever-changing" present truth. He said "to remain fresh we must feed from many streams. Others must give us information. God is always doing something new outside our denomination."
All during these two days of meetings there was a large Christian rock group who would play between speakers very loudly. She said the music was awful.
At the end of the two days they were instructed to "anoint" the person to their right, on their HAND, with olive oil. The lady telling us this wasn't sure what this was for but she thought it was very strange. She said she believes it is from Catholicism.
The One Project Background
What started out as an intrusion with Willow Creek and the Celebration Movement a dozen years or so ago, has grown into much more including new age and spiritualism. Some of the players are the same with new ones added, such as Rick Warren and Leonard Sweet.
It is important we know enough about this intrusion to warn, especially our youth against these charismatic speakers such as Alex Bryan and Leonard Sweet (a non-Adventist that is trying to distance himself with the Emergent Church & Spiritual Formation). Sweet though is still very much involved in mysticism/new age.
Carfully read the following from the OneProject website. Think about what is said and how it can be interpreted. As written it could apply to many "like-minded energetic individuals focused on change and transformation". For instance it could apply to a group that is wanting to change the fundamental beliefs of the church. This is a poorly written vision statement at best? Our people need to wake up to what is happening. You CAN make a difference by speaking up and not supporting those things that are against God's Word. Is this group out to "shape the trajectory of the church?". We believe it most definitely is.
6. What is the vision of the One project? Click here to see their website.
We believe that there is a sacred echo for followers of Jesus all over this planet - people longing for community with like-minded energetic individuals focused on change and transformation, who have taken hold of the Kingdom of God in anticipation of the Kingdom of Heaven yet to come. While we love our Church as she is, we are also called, along with others, to shape its trajectory. The One project does not exist to replace camp meetings or conferences or symposiums or summits or retreats. It is a gathering of pastors and members on a level playing field, allowing them to explore how best to fulfill the great commission. It will continue for as long as there is a need for this space.
One Project Board
Tweet from NAD President Dan Jackson (who supports womens ordination) to the One Project
A Short History of the One Project - Japhet De Oliveira, Tim Gillespie
YouTube Videos to discover more about these people.
See this YouTube Channel for more videos about the One Project speakers. You may notice that the Youtube videos reference multiple powerpoint slides. Here are the PPT files if you would like to download them
Leonard Sweet - "the Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic"
Two of the most prominent guiding thinkers of the Emerging Church movement are Brian McLaren and Leonard Sweet, both of whom publicly promote Roman Catholic mysticism. In Quantum Spirituality, Sweet positively quotes Jesuit philosopher Karl Rahner stating that “the Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic” (p. 76). Brian McLaren, in his book, A Generous Orthodoxy, also stated that after being raised in a conservative Christian home, “I discovered other Roman Catholic writers -- 20th century writers such as Flannery O’Conner, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Romano Gaurdini, and Gabriel Marcel, as well as the medieval mystics and others” (P. 62). Amazingly, both Sweet’s and Mclaren’s books are now recommended on Advent Source as good reading for Adventists!
If the One Project is truely Jesus centered then WHY is it connecting to spiritualistic/new age leaders like Leonard Sweet and others?
Question: How can we know if we see a wolf in sheeps clothing? Answer: By its actions. A wolf does not act like a sheep. For people we can know by what they say they believe.
On The Emerging Church: (a non-SDA source)
New Age sympathizer Leonard Sweet , who trained church leaders and pastors at the 2008 Saddleback Small Groups Conference in April, is accepted by Rick Warren as a trustworthy source of Christian leadership. However, Sweet's view of the value of small groups lines up more with the New Age and Alice Bailey than it does with biblical Christianity. In his book, Quantum Spirituality, Sweet states:
The power of small groups is in their ability to develop the discipline to get people "in-phase" with the Christ consciousness and connected with one another.
What Sweet means by "Christ consciousness" can be determined through his book, Quantum Spirituality. For instance, in the Acknowledgements pages Sweet thanks the "New Light leaders" whom he has followed in his spiritual journey. He names interspiritualists/universalists such as Matthew Fox (author of The Coming of the Cosmic Christ), Episcopalian priest/mystic Morton Kelsey, Willis Harman (author of Global Mind Change) and Ken Wilber (one of the major intellectuals in the New Age movement). In the Preface of Sweet's book (p. 3), he (referring to other New Agers such as Gary Zukav) says: "Unfortunately, little of this literature is known or celebrated in the religious community." Zukav's book, The Seat of the Soul, teaches people how to get in touch with their spirit guides.
Since the release of Quantum Spirituality in 1991, Sweet has never renounced the spirituality of the book.
A key to understanding Sweet's meaning of "Christ consciousness" can be partly found in his reference on page 13 to Thomas Merton, whom he quotes as saying:
We are already one. But we imagine that we are not. And what we have to recover is our original unity.
And also in Sweet's TOE (Theory of Everything) in which he believes that a "unifying principle" binds all things together.
Lighthouse Trails reported that the Saddleback Small Groups Conference would be featuring Leonard Sweet as one of the speakers.1 The report explained that for many years Rick Warren has resonated with Leonard Sweet, which was apparent in a 1994 audio series the two did together, and also in a book written by Sweet (Soul Tsunami), on which Warren wrote a front cover endorsement. Sweet's idea that the power of small groups lies in their ability to develop the Christ consciousness in participants is alarming, especially considering the influence Warren has on hundreds of thousands of churches around the world.
In A Time of Departing, Ray Yungen explains that occultist Alice Bailey, who coined the term New Age, predicted a time would come when new age philosophy would rejuvenate the Christian church:
Bailey eagerly foretold of what she termed "the regeneration of the churches." Her rationale for this was obvious:
The Christian church in its many branches can serve as a St. John the Baptist, as a voice crying in the wilderness [for the New Age], and as a nucleus through which world illumination may be accomplished.
In other words, instead of opposing Christianity, the occult [New Age] would capture and blend itself with Christianity and then use it as its primary vehicle for spreading and instilling New Age consciousness! (ATOD , p. 123)
Someone whom Leonard Sweet has looked to for spiritual guidance is Matthew Fox, author of The Coming of the Cosmic Christ. A brief look at Fox's "cosmic christ," will help sum up why we believe Sweet's teachings to small group leaders and pastors will not give them the biblical Christ but rather a false "christ consciousness." From Matthew Fox:
Divinity is found in all creatures.... The Cosmic Christ is the "I am" in every creature. 2
Without mysticism there will be no "deep ecumenism," no unleashing of the power of wisdom from all the world's religious traditions. Without this [mysticism] I am convinced there will never be global peace or justice since the human race needs spiritual depths and disciplines, celebrations and rituals to awaken its better selves. 3
We need to become aware of the Cosmic Christ, which means recognizing that every being has within it the light of Christ. 4
2. Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 1980), p. 154.
3. Ibid., p. 65
4. Steve Turner interviewing Matthew Fox, "Natural Mystic?" Nine O Clock Service, March 1995, http://members.tripod.com/nineoclockservice/mattiefx.htm
Interview with Steve Wohlberg on the emerging church
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