Tuesday, July 22, 2008


When I became aware that Bruxy Cavey was going to be one of the speakers at Gathering 2008, the 89th convention of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches in Montreal July 10-12, and that he was also posting a transcript of a round-table discussion called "Enjoy the Silence" which explores contemplative spirituality in a positive light on his website, I decided I needed to read his book, "Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus: The End of Religion" to get a better understanding of his teachings. Searching through the web for book reviews, I did come across one by Gary Gilley, which I found to be extremely brief but quite accurate. I decided to purchase the book myself and read it in-depth in all fairness to Cavey. I found the book disturbing in a way that is difficult to describe (although I am determined to try). Like all things emergent, it is like trying to nail jello to a wall. I want to be clear that I have no personal vendetta against Cavey himself. He appears to be both warm and likable, and sincere about his faith. I don't think he is intentionally deceptive and will do my utmost not to judge his motives. It does appear, however, that he is being led down the emergent contemplative pathway whether he is willing to acknowledge it or not. This is evidenced by the fact that he is described freely as an emergent pastor on the web, positively references other emergents in the book, and by his promotion of mystical spirituality on his own website. It troubles me to have to say this, but this is just more evidence that the MB Conference is on a dangerous spiritual path.

I am not writing this book review after a quick skim through it. I have read and reread the book, making notes as I went through it. I will reread each chapter again before writing a review on it so that I can provide an in-depth review. I do want to say that I found some of Cavey's illustrations very enlightening, and appreciate his effort to bring people to an understanding of the importance of a relationship with Christ. However, I reject the underlying premise of the book and his method of trying to convince his audience. I will get into more detail about this as I write the review, chapter by chapter, in coming posts. The accolades, publishing details, preface, introduction and first chapter is available online HERE if you would like to have a look at them yourself.

As the librarian of a small Mennonite Brethren Church (of which I am now no longer a member), I want to state that my job has become a lot harder in the last five years due to the fact that there is so much false doctrine being presented these days. Many Christian book distributors show little or no discretion when it comes to doctrine, and as a librarian I have had to exercise extreme caution while choosing books for the church library. It seems there are more heretical books available under the label "Christian" than there are good solid ones. Although I do not generally write book reviews on those I purchase for the church library, I do scrutinize them carefully. I consider it both a privilege and a great responsibility to be allowed to continue to do so, and I write this review with the same attitude. The church is described as both the pillar and ground of truth. May we rise to the standard given us in God's Word and be considered faithful to that calling by God Himself as we stand before Him on that great day.

Thursday, July 17, 2008


If you are not yet aware that the MB Conference is in the throes of doctrinal upheaval of the most disturbing kind, it is probably high time you checked out two websites exposing the divisions. One that has been on the web for quite some time, Roll Over Menno, and a new one, December 1859 Weblog, being operated by 18 MB men who are challenging other MBs to stand up for the truth before the denomination is overtaken by wolves in sheep's clothing. (In my opinion it already is). You will also find a number of articles on this website which I have written on a similar topic. My purpose in writing this, and the other articles, is to expose those who are causing divisions in the body of Christ by introducing false doctrine, so that they may be marked and avoided for the purpose of maintaining the unity of the faith, as we have been commanded to do in Scripture.

It is my personal opinion that it is already too late to stop those who are promoting false doctrine in the Mennonite Brethren denomination, as it is in every other major evangelical denomination. I have seen signs of this happening in practically every one of them, including, and primarily in, their educational institutions. I can speak of this personally because I saw and experienced it firsthand at a major nondenominational (inclusive of all denominations) seminary in 2006 and 2007 here in Canada. It was not long before I began to recognize these same things my own (previous) denomination. I have since been able to see how they have influenced churches far and wide and how false doctrine and pagan worship methods have been spreading like wildfire throughout the body of Christ. It is my firm conviction that this is the "falling away" that is described as taking place before the final seven years preceding Christ's physical return to the earth to establish His millennial reign. It is for this reason that my husband and I withdrew our membership from our local MB Church. This was the only way we could separate ourselves from a backslidden denomination in a church that has not yet understood the damage that has been done. It is our hope that one day soon this local church will put its fear and ignorance of the situation behind it and withdraw itself from the Conference. We decided that we would not wait until it did, being convinced more and more as time went by that false doctrine had become fully accepted and firmly entrenched in the MB Conference by those in leadership. We have yet to hear of anyone in leadership challenging those teaching false doctrine, and in some cases it is those in leadership who are doing the promoting. It is always our prayer that those in leadership will have their eyes opened to the reality that doctrine which is contrary to the doctrine taught by the apostles is being taught in the MB Seminary and at MB Bible Schools. We have wept over the deception that is taking place unchallenged by those in leadership. Not once have we heard of anyone rebuking them within the denomination in a public manner. Today we call for such and for open, public and corporate repentance. The things that are happening are an abomination before the Lord. We continue to pray that God's Spirit will preserve all those who have a love of the truth.

2 Thessalonians 2

1Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,

2That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God,
or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
shewing himself that he is God.

5Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?

6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.

7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:

9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan
with all power and signs and lying wonders,

10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie:

12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth,
but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

At this present time we are open to discussing these issues with anyone who fears God and has a desire to defend the truth. Although that has not yet really happened within our local church, we continue to pray that the Holy Spirit will convict people of the importance of faithfulness to God's Word as His written revelation to man and to Christ and His work on the cross. and the scriptural mandate to defend the truth and avoid false teachers. We have chosen at this time not to impose our understanding of these things on anyone, praying that the Holy Spirit will direct those who love the truth and fear God rather than man. We praise God that the Holy Spirit has done so within our immediate family in the past year. When the opportunity arises, we will do our best to explain the reasons we have withdrawn our membership so that others may understand. At present we have not found many who truly desire to know the reasons. This saddens me greatly. It seems to me that most are too preoccupied with daily affairs to care or are afraid of the consequences. In no way do I discount the fine work done by Menno Simons, the Mennonite Brethren in the past, or the work of those who desire to be faithful within the MB Conference today. I have Mennonite roots that run very deep myself and it pains me greatly to have to separate myself from the MB Conference.

Under attack is the deity of Jesus Christ, the Bible as inerrant and inspired, the exclusive nature of Christianity in its biblical form, and the work of the cross. Being introduced are pagan forms of worship, alterations to the meaning of the cross and the nature of Christ, interfaith alliances, and acceptance of sinful practices as part of the normal Christian life. Almost everything that has been taught as foundational to the faith is being challenged.

See Do you know that the Atonement is being Redefined by an Emerging Professor at the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary? and HOW MUCH OF OUR HERITAGE ARE YOU WILLING TO LOSE? The blood of all our martyrs was not spilled so that we would allow a small group of people to train us to reject The Lord for whom we have stood. Which biblical teaching listed below are you willing to drop? as examples.

Please be willing to be unpopular and stand up for the truth. We will one day be called upon to answer to God for how we have lived our lives, and also, importantly, for whether we were obedient to Christ and faithful to His Word. It appears that God is calling out a remnant of faithful followers for Himself from the church at large which is falling into apostasy. Please examine yourself and the things you are being taught through various arms of the MB Conference to be sure that you are in the faith, and speak up to warn your fellow MBs of the danger they are in if you have come to understand the nature of this apostasy.

When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? And will it be in the One of whom the Scriptures speak of as God incarnate? Or will you be believing another gospel, another Christ, and be of another spirit, one of your own imagination and choosing? I hope it will not be so, for your place in eternity is at stake.


Friday, July 11, 2008


My mom died in the summertime
The sun was shining bright
She left this world to go on home
She left without a fight

I loved her so
I'd like to know
Why God would want
To take her though

I'll miss her much
I'll miss her touch
She always was so sweet
Goodbye dear Mom
Goodbye for now
God's gift was you - a treat

~written by my brother, Barry

My mother passed from this life into the presence of God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth on July 11, 1999. How quickly the time flies away.

Her faith in God through the Lord Jesus Christ sustained her daily while she walked this earth and now holds her safely in God's arms. I praise God for such a fine example of what a godly mother is. Though she was not perfect, she knew where to turn for guidance, and along with my father faithfully led us to the truth that is found in Christ alone. I know that God will richly reward her for loving us enough to do so. May God bless all the mothers who train up their children in the ways of the Lord in these difficult days. May you continue to look to Him for strength and wisdom.

"My Mother's Faith" By Cynthia Clawson