Doctrines of Demons: The
Global Network(b) (Part 9)
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter
times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving
spirits and doctrines [taught by] demons... (1 Tim 4:1 NKJ)
THOSE WHO WANT TO REPRODUCE
Please see the important
message at the bottom of this article
- The Lighthouse Movement
- The Lausanne Connection
- Ed Silvoso and his Prayer Evangelism
- Spiritual Warfare
- The non-offensive Gospel
- Lighthouse Methodology
- Embryonic Cell-Churches
- Conclusion: The Hidden Dangers
The Lighthouse Movement
is the time to build a canopy of prayer that will change the
spiritual climate over the nation through prayer evangelism.
Impact your sphere of influence (neighbors, work place, campus)
by becoming a Lighthouse of Prayer." - Founder, Ed Silvoso
of Harvest Evangelism
The Lighthouse Movement represents a major coalition of evangelization
ministries and projects, effectively aligning the Apostolic
movements to the World Evangelization movements and the Revival
using computer technology and the Internet, as well as conventional
methods to link thousands of churches, denominations and organisations
in unity of purpose - to "win the world for Christ".
Winning the world for Christ does not at first glance seem
to provide cause for alarm. However, as Al Dager points out
in his excellent study "The
World Christian Movement: Evangelism vs. Evangelization"
the motivation is identical to that of the Revival and the
Reconstructionalist Movement. He says "The goal is to
evangelize the world by the year 2000 through social and political
action on a mandate to alleviate suffering." To that I
would add the sonship/restoration mandate to bring the world
into a new era of dominion using the Global Church, headed
and governed by the very same folks who are now proposing "world
evangelization". In short, I smell a rat!
Examining the Lighthouses Movement, we find its foundational
philosophy is that of spiritual warfare and "prayer evangelism"
combining the evangelistic philosophies of Peter Wagner and
Ed Silvoso. We will be examining this shortly.
On the Lighthouses web site [http://lighthousemovement.com]
we find a list of subscribers to the project. Already signed
up are more than seventy church denominations, and hundreds
of organisations as diverse as the American Bible Society and
Habitat for Humanity, along with groups such as Women Aglow,
Caleb Project and March for Jesus. [Note: this does not mean
that an organisation is "heretical" just by virtue
of its name appearing on the Lighthouse list.]
There we read: "Under the banner of Mission America,
more than 70 denominations with 180,000 local churches and
350 ministries have already caught the vision! In January,
1999, these leaders came together for the Mission America annual
meeting, enthusiastically adopting the Lighthouse strategy
now called the Lighthouse Movement to reach the vision of Celebrate
Jesus 2000 -- mobilizing the church to pray for, care for and
share Christ with every person in America by the end of 2000."
- For the full list of denominations, ministries and organisations
already signed up to Lighthouse, please see the Appendix.
"Light the Nation" on October 16th 1999 was the
public, televised, launch event for Lighthouses, and in their
advertisement they say:
"National Lighthouse Launch: Light the Nation will
be broadcast on the Pax TV channel as well as satellite (Sky
Angel 1 & 2, C-band, KU-band), FamilyNet and hundreds of
Christian stations..... It is MOST IMPORTANT that each participating
church appoints an "Event Host" and registers with Harvest
Evangelism. The Event Host will be provided with a 28-page
manual complete with checklists and calendars to ensure a
successful Light the Nation broadcast and Lighthouse launch."
Clearly, then, they are leaving nothing to chance!
What then is the Lighthouse Movement? From their own literature:
"The Lighthouse Movement/Mission America Coalition is
an outgrowth of the Lausanne Movement, and is a cooperative
effort with the AD2000 & Beyond Movement, plus scores of denominations,
ministry networks, servant ministries and local churches."
The Lausanne Covenant
For those of you unfamiliar with the Lausanne initiative,
I should briefly explain that it is a deeply flawed ecumenistic
attempt to reach people with what amounts to a social gospel.
Set up by Billy Graham in 1974 as a call to win the world to
Christ by the year 2000, it quickly became all things to all
men and opened its doors to liberals and Catholics as well
as adopting some offbeat pentecostal methodology.
On the Lighthouses site, Churches and individuals are urged
to sign online to become a part of the Lighthouse scheme. But
"Involvement in the Lighthouse Movement/Mission America
requires the following: Each member must be committed to Jesus
Christ as Lord, and the fulfillment of His Great Commission.
Each member must be willing to sign the Lausanne Covenant without
This is no loose connection of Christians simply wanting to
spread the gospel. No, it is part and parcel of the World Evangelization
system, and subscribing to the one means subscribing to the
We can see from the two requirements above, without going
much further, that all who participate must have a theological
vision that incorporates (1) the "fulfillment of the Great
Commission" to supposedly "disciple all nations"
before the Return of Jesus and (2) the Lausanne Covenant on
Evangelization - NB: WITHOUT RESERVATION!
You can read the Lausanne Covenant in the Appendix. See if
you could agree with it "without reservation". Meanwhile,
I would point out what the Covenant states on:
- SOCIAL CONCERN: We therefore should share his concern for
justice and reconciliation throughout human society and for
the liberation of men and women from every kind of oppression.
... we express penitence both for our neglect and for having
sometimes regarded evangelism and social concern as mutually
- POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ACTION: We affirm that evangelism
and socio-political involvement are both part of our Christian
duty...The message of salvation implies also a message of
judgment upon every form of alienation, oppression and discrimination,
and we should not be afraid to denounce evil and injustice
wherever they exist.
- VISIBLE CHURCH UNITY: We affirm that the Church's visible
unity in truth is God's purpose. Evangelism also summons
us to unity, because our oneness strengthens our witness,
just as our disunity undermines our gospel of reconciliation.
- REVIVAL: Worldwide evangelization will become a realistic
possibility only when the Spirit renews the Church in truth
and wisdom, faith, holiness, love and power. We therefore
call upon all Christians to pray for such a visitation of
the sovereign Spirit of God.
- COVENANTING: we enter into a solemn covenant with God and
with each other, to pray, to plan and to work together for
the evangelization of the whole world.
To view the Lausanne Covenant in full, please see the Appendix
If you were to get beyond these requirements, you are led
to another page containing a statement of belief, then ultimately
to a form requiring you to give certain details, such as the
names of your "leadership", your YEARLY BUDGET, your
Central Office address, telephone and fax numbers, and name
of your newsletter(s). At the WPC login: "We also ask
that you include your pastor's name and number on our application
for a reference."
Requirements seem to differ according to the entry-point,
since the Lighthouse site itself offers free membership (at
least initially) but "To affiliate with the World Prayer
Center as a Lighthouse of Prayer, we are asking for $100.00
annually to cover our operational costs and service to you."
When affiliated as a Lighthouse, you gain access to a network
of interlinked websites and resource databases containing precise
information about thousands of other Lighthouses, and eventually
through the new "Observatory" database you will be
able to input and receive more detailed information about your
city or area.
"The Observatory is the research center of the World
Prayer Center. The Observatory combines services offered
through research libraries, prayer networks and Internet
search capabilities. Our unique database will provide information
- Urgent prayer notices
- Countries and people groups
- Social and spiritual trends
- Religious sites and systems
- Religious pilgrimages and festivals
- Cults and the occult
- Spiritual mapping reports
- And more!
According to those who have researched this movement, "Maintaining
a detailed written record of your prayers, including your neighbors'
names, addresses, personal problems, "felt needs" and current
belief-systems; and e-mailing, faxing or mailing a copy of
these records to the World Prayer Center on a regular basis,
is a condition of being an affiliated Lighthouse."
Further pertinent comments from the same researchers are:
"Could it be that Lighthouses are actually intended
to be embryonic 'cells' of a single global Apostolic (and
apostate) church? As crazy as it sounds, the plan is for
them to be linked in some pyramid-type, cross-denominational,
multilevel network... to the 120 planned World Prayer Centers,
and their executive directors are intended to be high-level
Apostles, in other words, New Reformation cardinals.
"The World Prayer Center: ...This $55 million structure
was designed with the electronic capacity to process and
collate much more data than will be generated by the three
to six million Lighthouses in the United States that are
expected to "affiliate" with it this year.
Initially, individual homes were signed up as Lighthouses,
many in what turned out to be successful test markets. Perhaps
in part because pastors were afraid of missing out, or because
they were easier to reach, the project seems to have shifted
to signing up churches (an individual, family, or cell group
could then elect to sign up under a church or other "designated
group"), and then denominations. There are currently 70 to
75 denominations signed up in the United States, including
many of the major denominations like the Assemblies of God
(both the US General Council and the International Fellowship)
and the Southern Baptist Convention.
"There are references in early Lighthouse material
to 'The City Church', a now fully formed New Apostolic Reformation
concept - 'The Lighthouses produce in reality a mantel of
prayer that opens the heavens over the city so that the light
of the gospel begins to shine through to the minds of lost
people... Watch for crime rates dropping, favor between the
Church of the city and government, neighborhoods being cleaned
up and improved economic conditions... all the spiritual
IOU's that you have been collecting will be cashed in...
putting the Lighthouse people in [a] privileged place of
favor to become part of the personal discipleship process.'"
[http://www.harvestevan.org/resource.html#7, previous edition
(webpage download received by e-mail 07/24/99 on file), reproduced
in part at http://www.praytwincities.org/howtobea.htm]
Ed Silvoso and Prayer Evangelism
The Lighthouses of Prayer concept was developed in the 1970s
by Ed Silvoso using his model of prayer-evangelism. To understand
what is wrong with the Lighthouses Movement, we must see what
Ed Silvoso teaches about evangelism. He does not advocate going
out onto the streets to preach the gospel, nor does he promote
evangelistic events. All of this is much too offensive for
Ed Silvoso, and merely puts people off.
Instead, groups of people meet in their homes as lighthouses
of prayer to "change the spiritual climate" in their
area. Having done so (to their own satisfaction presumably)
they advance to meeting the "felt needs" of the people
in their locality and telling them they are being prayed for.
It is clear from Lighthouses literature that this phase includes
signs and wonders and miracles, so that people are captivated
by the power of God and led to ask more. Only when it is "safe"
to talk about theological things will the gospel be mentioned
(and even then, as we know from previous experience, it will
be a watered-down people-friendly gospel that shies away from
the hard truths about sin and repentance.)
Ed Silvoso heads Harvest Evangelism, and developed his methods
of "prayer-evangelism" through that ministry. Silvoso
is fully involved in the Toronto/Brownsville revival. Indeed,
he is a regular speaker at such events, and relates intimately
with the Argentinean revival leaders such as Claudio Friedzon
- the man who started off the Toronto revival by praying over
Speaking of the "toronto blessing" Ed Silvoso says
"Well, we find the Toronto blessing in every city we go
to. I believe that it is a blessing indeed. ... the Toronto
blessing has to be kicked out of the church - kicked out of
the church into the world! If in each neighbourhood prayerhouse,
there is a manifestation of Jesus, which I believe in its purest
form that's what the Toronto blessing is, then the entire neighbourhood
will flock to that house."
On the subject of Church Unity he says "Our unity is
essential for the world to believe."
Ed Silvoso is also the brother in law of another central figure
on the revival, Luis Palau, who said "The Bible says the Lord
saves us from the pit -- the pit of despair, the pit of low
Noel Stanton, senior pastor of the Jesus Fellowship (a cult-like
heavy-shepherding group based in the UK) interviewed Ed Silvoso
about revival and evangelism in Argentina, for 'Jesus Life'
magazine, which posted the following undated extract (http://www.jesus.org.uk/es.html):
Noel: What is prayer evangelism?
Ed: Prayer evangelism is basically the implementation of
1 Timothy 1:15 to 2:8. In 1 Tim 1:15 Paul says, "This
is a trustworthy statement deserving full acceptance that
Jesus came into the world to save sinners."
That word full acceptance means that everybody should accept
it. Then in verse 18 he tells Timothy, "I have a
command for you that if you keep it, you will succeed."
And the implication is unavoidable. You will succeed in making
everybody accept the truth that Jesus came to save sinners.
Then in Chapter 2 he tells him how to commence. "First
of all then I urge that prayer be said on behalf of everybody,
everywhere," because God wants everybody to be saved
and Jesus died for all.
We see prayer as a support system for evangelism. We tell
people we would like to pray for them. And they say, "Well,
I don't believe in Jesus." We say, "Once we're done, you'll
believe in Jesus, because Jesus promised anything we ask
He will do."
...This is revolutionary. We go to the lost and rather than
telling them they're going to hell and praying they'll go
to heaven, which is offensive,
pray for something that they consider is important.
Here we see that prayer-evangelism is based on the (mistaken)
belief that everybody in the world is going to be saved, and
if we pray then God is - in effect - forced to make people
Secondly, the prayer is a form of spiritual warfare to cleanse
the heavenlies and "create a climate" for the gospel
by displacing the spiritual powers that oppose God.
The concept of destroying spiritual strongholds in order to
change cities and entire geographical areas has become popular
over the last decade. It is appealing because it's easy to
do, demands no particular knowledge of doctrine, needs no missionary
expertise and - best of all - offers illusory results that
cannot be measured.
Evangelising without ever coming into contact or conflict
with real people is the safest method of all! Christians would
far rather spend a night in a tower praying than be out on
the streets talking to the down-and-outs. But more than this,
they can come down from their tower glowing with the "knowledge"
that they have kicked the spirit of addiction out of town and
therefore have achieved a much greater victory than having
saved a couple of drunks!
However, how is such a victory to be gauged? If whole cities
can be "taken" by such methods (as is claimed) then
where are these golden cities of holiness today, after decades
of spiritual warfare? Has even ONE city been "taken for
Christ"? Despite the lack of evidence, however, spiritual
warfare continues unabated, and often replaces real gospel
preaching in the majority of churches.
Peter Wagner's own ambitious project was to oppose and cast
down the 'Queen of Heaven' in "Operation Queen's Palace"
Wagner says "While we were in Turkey, Doris [his wife]
and I...knew that the power of the Queen of Heaven had to be
broken in order for the gospel to spread in Turkey." I
don't believe you will find the missionaries of the Early Church
agreed with that statement, since they went right ahead and
preached the gospel to the people of Turkey without knowing
anything about spiritual warfare techniques.
Wagner identifies the Queen of Heaven as not only Diana of
the Ephesians but the power behind the worship of the Virgin
Mary. He quotes Cindy Jacobs as saying, "For several years
we have been doing battle against the Queen of Heaven in many
parts of the world." So where are the results? If Catholics
in your area have stopped praying to the Virgin, do please
let me know!
Another scheme, "Operation
Ice Castle" in 1997 involved a group of intercessors
climbing Mount Everest in a "frontal attack" on a
"principal stronghold in Nepal". "God spoke to us
that He was going to release judgment upon the iniquity and
over the false religious systems of the world. He said that
he was going to bring down the foundations of 'Mystery Babylon
the Great, Mother of Harlots.'"
This will be news to those of us who have seen her rise and
activity in the endtimes, in the book of Revelation!
The Non-Offensive Gospel
Rather than openly preach the true gospel (including judgement
for sin, and hell for those who refuse to accept Jesus Christ)
which Ed Silvoso says "is offensive to people" the
new idea is to do the work first in prayer rooms and strategy
meetings, creating a climate that is supposedly conducive to
Christianity. When the time is deemed appropriate to meet people
face to face, it is done by coming alongside people in their
situations, providing for them, finding out about their "felt
needs" and showing them the power of God in praying for
answers to their problems. All well and good, but is this the
the major series on Church Growth techniques and the new evangelism,
starting at this
Lighthouses do "eventually" tell people about Jesus,
but only in a "loving and appropriate way" according
to Lighthouse literature, which presumably means soft-pedalling
on the tricky subjects of immorality, crime, abortion, drugs,
and so forth.
The Lighthouses promotional literature circulated throughout
the Internet said:
"What is a Lighthouse of Prayer? - It's an individual
or a family that commits to be a beacon of hope in their
neighborhood, school or workplace. They pray for others,
care for them by meeting their felt needs, and eventually
share the Gospel in an appropriate and loving way. In the
words of internationally recognized prayer evangelism author
and speaker Rev Ed Silvoso, it's 'Telling God about your
neighbors BEFORE telling your neighbors about God.' It's
simple and it works!"
Sure - it WORKS! People love to be made the centre of attention!
They are more than willing to have a bunch of Christians pick
up their children from nursery school, do their shopping for
them, or visit them in hospital. But what is achieved? Caring
for people is good, but not if it's bribery to soften them
up. Meeting people's "felt needs" may be good also,
but isn't it dishonest to do so with a hidden agenda? Why not
be honest about being Christians? Why not love them enough
to tell they they are going to hell and need a Saviour? (but
maybe that would not be "appropriate" or "loving"?)
Here is an extended extract [denoted by changed colouring]
from a report on the Lighthouses Movement. It begins with quotes
"The unbeliever needs to feel the impact of the gospel (good
news that Christ loves people)... One major implication is
that our presentation of the gospel must adapt itself to
a vastly changed target audience... God has good news for
the person who needs love and affection, security or esteem...
Extensive research reveals that 'people will not listen to
the gospel message unless it speaks to felt needs'... Adapt
your presentation to his needs..." [Joseph Aldrich, "Life-Style
Evangelism" (Multnomah Press, 1981), pp. 83, 85, 88-89, 232;
compare to instructions given in "How to Start and Sustain
a Light-House" (Houses of Prayer Everywhere, HOPE Ministries
of Mission India, Grand Rapids, MI, 1999)]
"The Bible says the Lord saves us from the pit -- the pit
of despair, the pit of low self-esteem... the Bible says
He redeems your life from the pit." [Luis Palau, "Hope for
the Stressed Out," videotaped broadcast on WGN-TV, Chicago,
10/01/93, cited in his entry in the "Biblical
Discernment Notebook" edited by Rick Miesel]
Palau, often called "the Billy Graham of South America," is
Edgardo Silvoso's brother-in-law and mentor, honorary co-chairman
of AD2000 & Beyond, and member of the honorary advisory committee
of its US goliath, Mission America.
Mission America, looking for a pragmatic strategy to save
its flagging "Celebrate Jesus 2000" vision, developed the Lighthouse
Movement in conjunction with AD2000 & Beyond, from Ed Silvoso's
"successful" evangelization methodology.
Let's not forget that when we read the Jesus Life magazine
interview with Edgardo Silvoso (http://www.jesus.org.uk/talking.html),
we're reading views on world evangelization by an expert with
years of experience in the mission field.
We readily accept that his opinions are those of one of the
architects of the Argentine revival, which we've been repeatedly
told has produced great numbers of "decisions for Christ."
But are these opinions consistent with the Scriptures, or even
Mr. Silvoso seems to have concluded that the problem is ...with
the Church. Since "telling [the lost] they're going to hell
and praying they'll go to heaven... is offensive," a Church
ashamed of the gospel would be more to their liking, and aren't
numbers more important than anything else for church growth
and the successful evangelization of the world?
In Mr. Silvoso and his friends' theology, there just has to
be a gospel (or, hey, why not, an assortment of gospels) sufficiently
"contextualized" to be acceptable to everyone on the planet.
With the world completely christianized and united, Mr. Silvoso
and his friends will have peace and safety (plus plenty of
money and clout). The best payoff is that Jesus can then come
back (either the real Jesus, or, more to their liking, through
a sort of incarnation into the Church's elite corps of apostles
and prophets, the manifest sons of God). The Holy Spirit will
lead people to true repentance and salvation despite the twisted
goals of this movement, just as He always has. But perilous
times lay ahead.
You may have seen the following unsigned press release, crafted
in the finest Madison Avenue style, that's been spreading throughout
the Internet for about the last four weeks:
Dear Friend, I have an urgent
message for you today! In just one month there will be
an important TV special broadcast to the entire nation
that all Christians should watch.
Called "Light the Nation," the TV special
will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden on
Saturday morning, October 16th.
Light the Nation will be the national
television event to launch Lighthouses of Prayer in thousands,
possibly even millions, of homes.
Why is this so important?
It takes only a brief review of national
and local news to understand that our nation is in decline
in many ways. At the same time (but not by coincidence)
God has brought national focus to prayer. Denominations,
Christian leaders, national ministries and thousands
of pastors have all embraced prayer, and more specifically
Lighthouses of Prayer, as key to changing the spiritual
climate in America and bringing millions more to Christ.
What is a Lighthouse of Prayer?
It's an individual or a family that commits
to be a beacon of hope in their neighborhood, school
or workplace. They pray for others, care for them by
meeting their felt needs, and eventually share the Gospel
in an appropriate and loving way. In the words of internationally
recognized prayer evangelism author and speaker Rev Ed
Silvoso, it's "Telling God about your neighbors BEFORE
telling your neighbors about God." It's simple and it
Tell your pastor about Light the Nation.
It's a great opportunity for churches to
gather together for two hours, listen to inspirational
Lighthouse testimonies, hear motivational speakers urge
unity, holiness and reconciliation, and receive valuable
If you've heard about Lighthouses but
didn't know quite when or how to start, now's the time!
To find out more about Light the Nation and when and
how to tune in, visit www.HarvestEvan.Org and www.LighthouseMovement.com
or call 1-800-898-8004.
One last thing -- PLEASE forward this message
to everyone in your e-mail address book! Before we blanket
the U.S. with prayer, we must blanket it with E-mail
messages in order to spread the word!
God Bless You, and God Bless America!
Mark Kass writes, "It works to what end? I am trying to figure
out how telling God something God already knows, while we pretend
God doesn't know it, serves any function."
But doesn't "prayer evangelism" sound so much nicer? In this
dark and dying world, what Christian wouldn't want to be a
"Lighthouse" to the lost?
Mark Kass continues:
"We are to pray constantly. The function of prayer is to
help mold us into the will of God in our life. The Lord's
prayer is the paramount example of this, and it would take
a much lengthier post to exposit all of the richness that
lie therein. Silvoso however, seems to believe that there
is something pragmatically functional about the timing of
As if the fact that you tell God about your neighbors before
you witness to them will insure the success of your witnessing
endeavor. My point is, that God already knows this information,
and will do what He wishes with whom he wishes regardless
of the timing of our prayer. This is but another example
of some magical formula, that has nothing to do with the
reason or function of biblical prayer."
This is an important point in understanding all projects
that come out of the new paradigm, no matter how good they
look on the surface. This kind of thinking is common to leading
River Revivalists, World Christians, and New Apostolic Reformers....
This common pattern presents an understanding of prayer that
cannot be found in the Bible. It requires you to do things
that would never otherwise occur to you, which include:
- Describing what you ask for in as much detail as possible.
- Clearly identifying the "targets" of your prayer (names
and addresses are best).
- Placing yourself in close spatial proximity to your "targets"
(prayerwalking), or using as detailed a map as possible (spiritual
- Praying the exact same thing simultaneously with as many
people as humanly possible. (This seems to be the new definition
of intercessory prayer. The largest number claimed to date
that we remember seeing is the 50,000,000 people praying
in unison this month under the direction of Dr. C. Peter
Wagner. New Agers call this synchronous prayer.) ["Praying
Through The 10/40 Window IV: A Message From Peter Wagner"
(http://www.ad2000.org/ptw4wag.htm, posted 07/21/99)]
- Praying in opposition to the fallen angels (it helps to
identify them and command them by name), claiming specific
territory (it helps to be physically there, or at least have
a detailed map or 15-foot slowly spinning globe), and asking
for a "window" or "gate" to be opened. (This seems to be
the new definition of spiritual warfare).
- Praying from high places (hills, prayer towers, the roofs
of tall buildings, mountains -- Yonggi Cho has his own Prayer
- Praying from the geographic center (or the four corners,
that is, the furthermost cardinal compass points) of municipalities,
states or provinces, nations, and continents.
- Arranging with others to pray the same thing around the
- Claiming the answer you want, before seeing any results.
- Maintaining a detailed written record of your prayers,
including your neighbors' names, addresses, personal problems,
"felt needs" and current belief-systems. E-mailing, faxing,
or mailing a copy of this record, on a regular basis, to
the World Prayer Center in Colorado Springs, or, when all
120 global World Prayer Centers are up and running, to your
I would further point out that, if you join a Lighthouse program,
you agree to "tell God about your neighbors" for three months
to fifteen weeks "before telling your neighbors about God,"
although affiliated Lighthouses (that's you) are to continue
prayerwalking and sending in those detailed reports mentioned
above. (You can buy a pocket journal to use while prayerwalking.)
Various sets of Lighthouse instructions warn participants,
once you finally reach the point of "telling your neighbors
about God," not to use certain words -- words like gospel,
born-again, saved, sin, conviction, or salvation!
The Lighthouse handbook cited above suggests (after 15 weeks)
only that you invite your neighbors "to events like worship
services, crusades, Promise Keepers meetings, and Women's Club
luncheons, where they will hear the gospel."
Crusades? Promise Keepers? Women's Club luncheons? Does this
sound like an improvement over pre-Lighthouse methods of sharing
Note from author: On the Promise Keepers official website
there is now a section promoting Lighthouses, with the aim
that "every promise keeper make his home a Lighthouse
of prayer and outreach." PK are fully participating
in integrating PK groups into Lighthouses and "uniting
leaders for strategic local ministry". The PK initiative,
named Vision 2000 "is a two-pronged initiative during
1999 and 2000, aimed at preparing for revival and achieving
national impact in the areas of evangelism and biblical unity."
Combine this with the World Christian Movement concepts of
"corporate salvation" and "world evangelization" (as opposed
to individual salvation, which they have for many years belittled
as inefficient "extraction" evangelism), and you begin to see
a deadly combination of church growth techniques at work.
What's that, you say? This is not the River Revival, not the
World Christian Movement, not the New Apostolic Reformation
-- this is the Lighthouse Movement! It's not a program, it's
a grass-roots movement to win America and the world for Christ!
If that is what you believe, haven't they done their job
well? We don't expect you to make up your mind now, but we
think we've raised a few valid questions. We need to examine
the source of this project, review its methodology in light
of the scriptures (noting also how they twist those scriptures),
and consider what its underlying agenda will spread throughout
Let us look at the instructions given for "How to Get
Your Lighthouse Started" from the Lighthouses entry-point
on Ed Silvoso's Harvest Evangelism site http://harvestevan.org/lighhouseinfo.html:
1. Define your Target Area
A. Determine the scope of your target area using the following
- Measure of faith - Ask the Lord for the number of people
or homes that He wants you to be personally influencing
for His kingdom, and ask Him for the faith to do it.
- With whom are you in daily contact? How far apart are
the houses/people in your neighborhood? How many people
do you supervise?
- Geographical area -Your target area needs to be small
enough so that you can "reach out and touch someone" to
get results. Tracking the results of the prayer effort
is important to the process.You need to be able to monitor
what's happening in your target area.
B. Translate your target area into a map.
- Conduct a "reconnaissance" walk.
- Plot buildings and places using a simple legend where
necessary. Note addresses and names where available.
- Use the map as a prayer guide for "rainy-day" praying
inside your home and to record additional information as
it becomes known.
2. Gather your Strategic Tools
a. Prayer Journal. Keep a prayer journal of burdens and
expressed needs, with places for prayer requests and answers
to prayer to be recorded. This notebook helps to keep your
prayers specific, and becomes a faith-builder as you see
Jesus affecting lives in your neighborhood.
b. Window Poster: It has proven very effective to print
some reasonably-sized posters (more or less the size of a
sheet of paper) with an attractive, identifying logo that
identifies the Lighthouse as a place of prayer. The same
poster should be used by all the congregations participating
in the city-wide effort without modification and without
identifying any local congregation. In this way, the concept
of the "one Church, many congregations" is reinforced and
the message of unity is displayed. It sends a message that
the neighborhood is being prayed for, and attracts people
to the anchor point.
c. Praying the Promises, Not the Problems Guide: This guide
to helps you speak the word of your testimony (Rev. 12:11),
declaring the intentions of God rather than advertising the
purposes of Satan.
d. Door Hangers or personal note: The objective here is
to make non-threatening contact with the people for whom
we are praying. One method that has been used with success
is the Door hanger that asks the question on one side, "Can
Prayer Really Make a Difference?" On the reverse side, the
answer shouts, "YES! And we've been praying for you! If you
have any particular needs for which you have no human resource,
please feel free to call us." A space follows where each
Lighthouse can insert their name and phone number. The design
of the door hanger should be coordinated among all the congregations
participating in reaching the city through prayer evangelism.
A personal friendship note can accomplish the same purpose.
e. Newspaper: It's a ready-made list of prayer requests
that will give you insight into the felt needs of your city.
f. Prayerwalking: The Lighthouse family should walk through
their target area as often as possible, speaking peace and
praying promises from God's Word over each home and praying
as the Holy Spirit leads.
3. Achieve a Prayerful Presence
You should maintain the discipline of a regular prayer
time on a daily basis with the goal of praying through your
target area at least once a week. The model and sequence
described in Luke 10:5-9 is the most effective strategy.
Phase 1: Prayerwalking ("Speak peace to each house.")
Begin talking to God about your neighbors before you talk
to your neighbors about God. The purpose of this Phase is
to pray for the Holy Spirit to begin to soften the ground
of the hearts of non-believers. This is the groundwork for
the platform upon which subsequent evangelism will take place.
This phase often takes approximately three months. It is
essential that this time not be shortened except by the intervention
of the Holy Spirit. Prayer must be given a chance to do its
Phase 2: Fellowship ("Remain in the same house...")
The purpose of Phase 2 is to make contact with your neighbors
and to let them know that they are being prayed for. The
doorknob hanger strategy can help at this point.
Phase 3: Praying for Felt Needs ("Heal the sick...")
Your neighbors may be ready for a face-to-face visit. As
the Holy Spirit gives direction, begin to ask your neighbors
for a specific prayer request (felt needs). Enter those requests
with the date into your Prayer Journal. This is when the
excitement begins! "When Christians begin to pray for the
felt needs of the lost, God surprises them with almost immediate
answers to prayer." (That None Should Perish, p. 84) Based
on the principle shown in the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke
15:1-7), meeting the felt needs of the unbelievers is the
primary method that Jesus modeled to reveal God's love for
Phase 4: Proclamation ("Proclaim, The kingdom of God is near
As the result of the first three phases, people's awareness
of the presence of God, the love of God, and power of God
become evident. An opportunity now exists to proclaim the
gospel. This will most likely happen in two ways:
1) Expect the Holy Spirit to give you increased numbers of
divine appointments and creative ways to share the gospel
with the people in your target area.
2) Watch for the Holy Spirit to give a city-wide evangelism
strategy to the pastors in the city.
What effect do Lighthouses have on the city?
a. The Lighthouses produce in reality a mantel of prayer
that opens the heavens over the city so that the light of
the gospel begins to shine through to the minds of lost people.
b. Praying in this way will dramatically change the quality
of life in your city. Watch for general blessings upon the
city, such as crime rates dropping, favor between the Church
of the city and government, neighborhoods being cleaned up
and improved economic conditions.
c. This kind of grass-roots prayer evangelism will create
an atmosphere for effective evangelism. Your city will be
prepared over a period of time for an effective proclamation
of the gospel where all the spiritual IOU's that you have
been collecting will be cashed in.
What effect do Lighthouses have on the church?
a. Lighthouses of Prayer have the effect of creating spiritual
burden and responsibility for the lost at the most basic
and most effective level with the result of building a city-wide
team of individually strong players.
b. People are going to become saved, and the Church of the
city is going to grow. Many of the new converts will have
as their closest friends in the faith the people who prayed
for their felt needs, putting the Lighthouse people in privileged
place of favor to become part of the personal discipleship
process. The local church will determine the method of nurture,
but the Lighthouse person will provide the vital link.
c. Prayer evangelism will change your heart.
For additional tools, (they add) may we recommend:
Register to be Lighthouse through the World
Ed Silvoso - That
None Should Perish
Steve Hawthorne - "Prayerwalking and eeeee Prompts"
John Dawson - "Taking Our Cities for God"
Ted Haggard - "Primary Purpose"
Astute Christians reading the above will have spotted some
statements that go beyond ordinary prayer and evangelism.
The exercise seems to be setting up some kind of neighbourhood
watch that says "How many people do you supervise?"
and "Plot buildings and places...Note addresses and names
where available." and "You need to be able to monitor
what's happening in your target area." These monitoring
activities are, as we said before, then relayed back to the
central Lighthouses database.
A "prayer journal" is to be kept. I'm not sure
I'd feel happy about being included in it. And am I the only
one would would feel faintly unsettled waking up to find a
door-hanger had been hung on my front door by a group of people
who say they are "praying for me"? Just who are they,
and what are they praying?
Note the the length of time it takes before ANY attempt is
made to speak to the people. Much time is taken up by spiritual
mapping, drawing grids and plans of the area, keeping notes
of the names and addresses, and "speaking peace"
to the houses as you "pray-walk" round and round,
but only after months of this treatment is the "ground
softened" sufficiently to dare to speak about the Lord
Jesus to the people! (Even then, a period of praying for people's
needs comes first.)
According to the above instructions, "Your city will
be prepared over a period of time for an effective proclamation
of the gospel where all the spiritual IOU's that you have been
collecting will be cashed in."
Here, making proclamations into the atmosphere and repeating
God's promises (Word of Faith doctrine!) for several months
on end obliges God to save people because he then OWES you
the answers to all those prayers. Once you have made sufficient
proclamations, you can "cash in" your IOUs and demand
that people respond! Anything less like biblical evangelism
I cannot imagine.
The prayer-evangelism approach is further explained by the
phrases "The Lighthouses produce in reality a mantel of
prayer that opens the heavens over the city so that the light
of the gospel begins to shine through to the minds of lost
people" and "This kind of grass-roots prayer evangelism
will create an atmosphere for effective evangelism".
Cell Churches in Formation
Is is noticeable from the above Lighthouse literature that
UNITY is vital. (The PK site stresses this aspect more than
most.) All logos, posters, door-hangers and other identifying
signs of the groups are to be IDENTICAL throughout the city,
no matter what denomination. A front of visible Church unity
is important to this scheme. We shudder to enquire whether
the local Catholic churches will be involved, but I suspect
the answer is YES, and how would we know that, because we certainly
could not identify them from the Lighthouses posters.
People being prayed for, if they do respond, may end up being
pastored and discipled by the local Pentecostal TB-mad leadership,
or they may end up being initiated into Rome, but it's really
the luck of the draw, isn't it? Certainly, unbelievers know
no difference and are not going to be interested in the finer
points of church doctrine!
The ultimate aim, I believe, is to circumvent the local established
churches entirely, especially if they are not compliant, and
to use the Lighthouse groups themselves as cell churches.
As one researcher states:
"Dr. Wagner and the late John Wimber, as you may know,
worked closely together and influenced each other greatly.
Wimber seems to have introduced Wagner to his aberrant demonology,
and this is far from insignificant.
"Silvoso’s 'prayer evangelism' is in almost every
respect the same thing as John Wimber’s 'power evangelism'.
He has always visualized 'lighthouses' as embryonic cell
The following relevant excerpt is from Victor Lorenzo’s
"Evangelizing a City Dedicated to Darkness," which is included
as a chapter in C. Peter Wagner’s book, "Breaking Strongholds
in Your City" (Regal Books, Ventura, CA, 1993). The parenthetical
comments are in the original.
"Silvoso bases his strategy on four fundamental principles:
- The spiritual unity of the churches of a city
- Powerful intercessory prayer,
- Strategic-level spiritual warfare,
- Multiplication of new churches.
"Peter Wagner says, 'The most sophisticated strategy
for evangelizing a city we have at the present time is
Edgardo Silvoso’s Harvest Evangelism.’ To see how spiritual
mapping fits into the whole evangelistic design, allow
me to summarize Ed Silvoso’s six steps for taking a city...
"[Step] 4. Infiltrate Satan’s perimeter. Launch the
‘air attack’ of specific and strategic intercessory prayer
through hundreds of thousands of prayer houses (prayer
cells), having the objective of weakening Satan’s control
over the unsaved, claiming instead a favorable disposition
to the gospel. At the same time begin to plant embryonic
churches (‘lighthouses’) in anticipation of an abundant
"[Step] 5. Attack and destroy Satan’s perimeter.
Begin the ‘frontal assault.’ Launch the spiritual takeover
of the city, confronting, binding and casting down the
spiritual powers ruling over the region... Disciple new
believers through the established lighthouses."
"There is a direct connection between the Lighthouse
concept and the cell-based church system....."
To that statement I would add that Silvoso's Lighthouse instructions
plainly state that the benefits are those of "building
a city-wide team of individually strong players" and that
"many of the new converts will have as their closest friends
in the faith the people who prayed for their felt needs, putting
the Lighthouse people in privileged place of favor to become
part of the personal discipleship process."
The aspects most likely to be overlooked in opposition to
the Lighthouses scheme are the opportunities for setting up
citywide cell-churches of the sonship/revival pattern, and
for influencing people's minds by love-bombing and spiritual
"overshadowing" - which is to say, sending out demonic
spirits of deception and religious bondage to draw people to
the revival, and to create the new mind or "new paradigm"
so valued in revival circles.
Certainly, God does not cause people to accept his salvation
by speaking peace, proclamations, prayer-walking and spiritual
warfare! Then what IS achieved? The goals are denominational
unity; infiltration into churches of every kind within a locality
and the input of doctrine into those churches; leadership control
of prayer cells; the setting up of cell churches; feedback
on people and churches in each locality, and a powerbase for
the revival being established in each locality.
Add to this the demonic aspects of "changing the spiritual
atmosphere" by supposed prayer that is not in God's will,
and gaining a profound influence over an entire neighbourhood
for the purposes of implanting a flawed gospel - and we see
that Lighthouses are a coup for the Global church.
The End Result
What do we have here? Are the Lighthouses (and other such
evangelization projects) really innocent attempts to bring
people to Christ? Or are they part of an ongoing and much more
ambitious scheme to harvest the world for a false doctrine,
within a Harlot Church structure that "rules with a rod
of iron" like the predicted Manchild?
I willingly concede that many, if not most, people involved
in neighbourhood schemes and Lighthouses will do so through
a genuine desire to see people saved. More's the pity, for
they lend an air of credibility to what is in fact a low-down
deception being perpetrated by dominionists.
Few will make the connections that I have done in these articles.
Few will take heed to the methodology, the spiritual warfare
aspects, the networking between all sides of the false Church.
Most people will overlook the more glaring errors of "evangelization"
in order to "do a good work for God". Sadly, the
leaders do not care how many innocent people come along for
the ride so long as their own agenda is on target.
Not many establishments and non-charismatic churches are fooled
by the Toronto blessing and its manifestations, but the evangelization
movement is the acceptable face of the coming apostasy. Evangelical
churches will have no real basis for rejecting World Mission
unless they grasp the overall concept, and know where it's
heading - and I must say that pitifully few see the global
aspect or perceive the deception at its heart. Most are content
to live out their local church experience as if the book of
Revelation had never been written.
Reformed churches and those who dismiss the endtimes prophecies
of apostasy will of course have an ever harder time understanding
why World Mission is a snare! We must pray that God will instruct
and care for his own, and by any means guard them from error.
For those who do "take heed", for those with "an
ear to hear what the Spirit is saying" the Lighthouses
Movement is yet another torch-bearer of false light, adding
to the many "points of light" now springing up across
Yet true believers know and boldly testify that our true Light,
Jesus Christ, will never be extinguished.
[Note: For much of the above research I am indebted to my
colleague Gary Clem]
- APPENDIX A
- Historical Forerunners of the latter-rain/sonship doctrines
- The True versus the False doctrines
- A Glossary of terms
- APPENDIX B
- Links to Lighthouse Movement Information/Lausanne Covenant
- Lists of people and organisations involved in the World
- Website addresses for your own research, listed under
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