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Cathedral Transforms into a Serpent's Casino
Manchester Cathedral is a Saxon church in Manchester from 700 Ad. In 1215 Robert
Greslet, Lord of the Manor decided to build the current church adjacent to his
manor house (This became the Parish Church of Manchester. This is one of the
oldest churches in the United Kingdom.
In their new cathedral guide book they answer ‘How old is Manchester Cathedral?
Answer: “Let us begin with the materials from which it is made. Much of the
floor is made of limestone from the south of the Derbyshire Peak District,
formed over a period from 325 to 305 million years ago.” [Here is the first clue
that something is not right].
Website: “One of our main aspirations at Manchester Cathedral is to help promote
the most thoughtful theology.”
”A Cathedral, as the mother church of a diocese, has to relate to all sorts of
very diverse local parish churches, communities, and interest groups. It serves
as a centre for people originating from all around the world, with a very wide
range of contrasting worldviews. We believe in trying to facilitate the most
open and honest conversation possible between these different points of view”
We will look at their “thoughtful theology” and their answers to open
conversation between the points of view.
On its website “about us” it says, “be a sign of the presence of God in the
world as sacred space for worship, prayer, hospitality and sanctuary”
“witness to the inclusive gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed”
“encourage and support Christian pilgrimage, spiritual formation and Christian
“engage in critical theological reflection and action in collaboration with
other agencies and especially with the universities”
Sacred space, inclusive gospel, pilgrimage, spiritual formation are all
recognized words found in emergent/ new age teaching, this is a church has been
refashioned to be something to everyone and stand with next to nothing that
Christianity holds to. While one can read of a very short statement of faith
that is orthodox, it is missing important details. What they practice is in
contradistinction of what they claim to believe.
Sacred space- is where you put aside an area in your home where one makes use of
religious symbols, icons, mandalas, artwork and would meditate on them.
inclusive gospel carries the concept of everyone being saved, it is another word
pilgrimage was often used for Labyrinths that were put in ancient cathedrals for
those who could not make a trip to the promised land Spiritual Formation
according to ‘Renovare’ is a process, but it is also a journey through which we
open our hearts to a deeper connection with God (website). The main promoters of
this are Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Ruth Haley Baton, Larry Crabb, Rick
Warren and many others.
Often used as a channel where contemplative prayer or meditative prayer is
used. Its intent is to create a “spiritual space,” another name is an “inner
sanctuary” where meditation exercises are used and one enters the stillness.
This one I’m puzzled at -critical theological reflection, if they did this they
would not be involved in everything else they are doing that is NON- Christian.
But their position is that they are “Calvinistic Anglicans in discussion with
other Catholics of the Reformation,” which explains a lot, or maybe too little
considering the direction they have gone.
On their website “Feed your Mind” What is theology?
In this portion they explain, “Frankly, the Church of England has not in the
past been all that strong in theology. Unlike the other great churches of the
Reformation, …Now, however, the situation has changed. For here is a Church that
has largely lost its old privileges and its power, the one thing that used to
unite it. And so it has become a rather bewildered Church. We who belong to it
find ourselves, more and more, compelled to rethink our corporate identity. This
is potentially a very creative situation. And more than ever before in its
history, as a result, the Church of England has now started to be a community
truly buzzing with fresh theological reflection.
”One sign of this new seriousness about theology was the inauguration of the
Michael Ramsey prize for theology in 2005: awarded every two years, under the
auspices of the Archbishop of Canterbury, to an outstanding work of original
thinking – it may be in any area of theology, by a member of any Church.”
The Archbishop of Canterbury is Dr Rowan Williams, who supports Sharia law and
has endorsed a promiscuous Bible which is perplexing, since he wrote a book on
“Arius: Heresy and Tradition.”
Manchester Cathedral links with sister cathedrals on four continents, one is St
John Divine Cathedral in New York which has long been a promoter of the new age
thought and practices. James Parks Morton, dean of the Cathedral displayed a
female "Christa" on a cross; Morton, "We are increasingly being called to
realize that the body of Christ is the earth-the biosphere-the skin that
includes all of us.” Where they developed an environmentally informed theology,
spirituality and ecological practices.
Each month Manchester Cathedral publishes Cathedral News and Education News,
which is sent to local schools.
(Gazing with Icons By Raylia Chadwick p. 4 Cathedral News July 2010)
“For Icons, traditional, and contemporary, are human images - Divinely Inspired
- of God’s heavenly Kingdom reflected here on earth. In this way, they hover
between two worlds, rendering the invisible, visible. Such Icons are born out of
the inconographer’s life of deep, personal prayer, and contemplation upon the
As we know, God can never conform to humanre presentations of Him, being beyond
but Icons, by their gentle, invitation to silent prayer, requiring us only to
gaze upon them, can reveal to us, as unique individuals, what God means to us,
in our own experience, in the hurly burly of modern 21st Century life - work,
family, community, human relationships.”
Manchester Cathedral has sadly entered “the shift” that so many others are
participating in so it was not surprising that they are promoting “The Spirit of
Life” Manchester Cathedral May 2, 2011 (www.thespiritoflife.org.uk)
This is a Mind, Body, Spirit fair, which they claim offers Christian worship
“through meditation and mysticism, prophecy and Jesus-Deck Reading, massage and
therapies, creative arts, prayer and conversation.”
Mind, Body, Spirit fairs are what the new age movement pus on, I used to
frequent them before I became a Christian.
Here we find an active participation of a new age transformation of what once
was a church. The basis of this is what they say next. “Drawing on ancient forms
of Christian spirituality, there are workshops, stalls, meditations and
performances throughout the day.”
What is claimed as ancient forms of Christian spirituality (which are not
Christian at all) is not at all. Instead they are Christianizing occult and
other religions practices. I’m writing about this church as the example of what
is taking place to many others as they move to be inclusive and interfaith. This
is why we tell people one thing leads to another because once you open the door
to these practices you are lead away from the faith of the Bible into ancient
Catholicism/ mysticism and the occult. The spirit of life certainly is not the
same as the spirit of truth, it is the spirit of error being brought to people
under the guise of new Christian spirituality
Here is the lineup http://www.thespiritoflife.org.uk/upload/userfiles/file/web%20provisional%20programme.pdf
[ many of these links I suspect will not work as they remove them from the
Some of these practices are harmless others are dangerous.
Section 1 - Labyrinths
Section 2 - Votive candle and a symbol of prayer
Section 4 - Spiritual meditation
Section 5 - personality profiling
Section 6 - Yarn Crafts
Section 7 - Soul Clinics
Section 8 - C3 Creative Arts in mysticism
Section 9 - Two Church Mice, Cards, gemstones, saints, and healing.
Section 10 - LLI Consultancy, Talk to us about issues of fulfillment and
personality type and
healing. MBTI workshops in the area.
Section 11 - Jesus Deck readings.
Section 12 - Celtic Springs, Christian travellers in the New Age. Jesus Deck and
Section 13 - Spirit of Life, We offer hand and foot massage to revive you,
prayer bead making, Jesus Deck reading and prayer for healing.
Section 14 - Franciscan Third Order, Explore spirituality which originated with
Francis and evolved within the Franciscan
Section 15 - dream interpretation, reflective sites, insight objects, and Ruach
Section 16 - Still Point Monastic Cave Refectory Road themes.
Section 17 - Journey into wholeness - Sally Coleman A "Christian" terrot card
Reader promotes why the use of Terrot Cards in a Christian Context.
Section 18 - Taize chant.
Section 19 Emerging Church (Many Inroads into the Roman Catholic Church),
Promoting Experimentation. (Sanctus 1)
Posted on http://www.firstplumbline.net/html/spiritoflifemancath.html
See this video on the Spirit of Life Event: http://vimeo.com/23441500
The Bible teaches that “faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God”
(Romans 10:17). Instead they have another way that eliminates faith, by seeing
images, touching icons and other unbiblcal methods. I will not comment on each
thing they are practicing, but some which are the most dangerous.
1. Small Chapel - Sit, reflect, light a candle and a symbol of prayer”
[ed.note: The Labyrinth- it has nothing to do with Christ or his teachings, it
is not found in Christianity of the church, it was used by pagans long before.
What it does is introduce contemplative or centering prayer in a subtle way to
2. Spirit Walk- Spiritual meditation around the cathedral on headphones.
3. As in Eden- We offer personality profiling and point you to appropriate
4. Yarn Crafts Knitting, crochet and sewing as a route to Christian meditation.
Building a relationship with God, one stitch at a time. Bring a work in progress
or create using our resources.”
5. Soul Clinics 6 C3 Creative Arts”
6. C3 Creative Arts- Creating something unique and beautiful can be a mystical
experience where we commune with the spirit of God. It is also great fun! Come
and express yourself. Suitable for all ages and abilities.”
[ed. note: Spiritual and mystical experiences are quite different, mystical is
of the new age.]
7. Two Church Mice- Cards, gemstones, saints, and healing.
8. LLI Consultancy- Talk to us about issues of fulfillment and personality type
and healing. We have information about MBTI workshops in the area.
9. Penny Horseman- Jesus Deck readings.
10. Celtic Springs- Christian travellers in the New Age. Jesus
Deck and Christian creation cards.
11. Spirit of Life- We offer hand and foot massage to revive you, prayer bead
making, Jesus Deck reading
and prayer for healing.
12. Franciscan Third Order- Explore spirituality which originated with St
Francis and evolved within the Franciscan order.
14. Acorn Christian Healing- A “listening space” for you to come and tell
Foundation your story, reflect on your life experience and beliefs. Explore
issues without judgment, interruption or prejudice.
15. Eden- People Join us in the big dome for massage, dream interpretation,
reflective sites, insight objects, healing and blessing prayer, Jesus Deck
Reading and Ruach cards.
[ed.note: what does massage have to do with Christianity? Ruach (spirit) cards -
sounds like the occult to me)
16. Still Point A stall and space for engagement and prayer around Cave
Refectory Road themes.
17. Andy Varley -Dream interpretation and prophetic art
18. Sally Coleman- Journey into wholeness
[ed.note: wholeness is another type of new age therapy that treats the mind,
body and spirit)
In the Programme of events Performances they state each performance lasts about
30 minutes. This is an introductory exposure to the new age so that people can
choose what to get involved with. These all replace Bible learning, which if
learned would keep them from participating in these.
Be still and know – Musical meditation by Wellspring Nave
Poetry read by Rev Rachel Mann, Poet in Residence, Manchester Cathedral Nave
Fire Breathing vicar! Outside!
Taize chant – a space to enjoy sacred music, to pray and release yourself from
the pressures of time
3.30pm Creating the Body of Christ – using multimedia to engage with and
challenge our understanding of
God – Sanctus 1Nave 4.30pm Evensong with the Voluntary Choir of Manchester
Meditations and Workshops
Listening to God Andrew Bradley
‘Be still and know that I am God’. Explore stillness and spirituality to
counteract the business of the world and help you connect with God.
12.30pm Inclusive love
When we nurture each other and the world that God made and saw was good, it is
more than able and willing – by God’s will – to nurture us in return.
1.30pm Art workshop – Gentle physical relaxation, a Refectory trace the Spirit
short visualisation and the opportunity to make a trace of the spirit using art
materials – however it comes to you.
“Healing Serpent Pauline Warner-
Looking for inspiration in the Old Testament bible stories About Moses and Aaron
in Egypt, we find that the God of Moses was the Great Serpent, the Protector and
[ed.note: This if find is disturbing to hear, the serpent in the bible is the
Devil who is NOT the God of Moses but their interpretation reveals whom they
think is. (Gen 3:1, 2; Rev.12:9) sounds like masonry where one finds at the 33
degree the devil (Lucifer) is the true god]
Meditating on Icons Steve Hollinghurst
“Meditating on icons as doors into the mystic realm.”
[ed.note: we are not to enter a mystical realm, the Bible warns of occult
practices that open the door. Hollingshurst also teaches on encountering the
mystic Christ- Drawing on ancient traditions of the Christian Mystics to centre
ourselves and go on an imaginative meditation journey to encounter Christ open
to people of all spiritual paths.]
Look at this link and see if there is any difference of what is taking place at
Angelic Encounters John and Olive Drane-
“Angels are all around us, if only we are open to their presence.”
[ed.note: God never tells us to become aware of angels or have contact, he has
them minister unbeknown to those who have salvation]
Movement and Meditation Karen Wellman
Speak and listen to the divine through movement and meditation, including simple
circle dances. No experience necessary ….
[ed.note: this is clearly a new age type of practice, completely removed from
anything the bible teaches]
“Jesus Chapel Ian Adams -
Rediscover Christian spirituality as a tradition rooted in stillness, finding
shape in earthly practice.”
When the bible says to be still it is not an eastern meditative practice but one
of stop your restlessness and pay attention concentrate on what God says. Our
spirituality is NOT rooted in stillness but in pobjective reading and
understanding of the word.]
Christianity and the Goddess Steve Hollinghurst”
[ed.note: The GODDESS! This alone brings this church into an apostasy. The onlky
goddesses mentioned in the bible are with false gods.]
“If you know yourself and your own gift of personality, you can make judgements
about things that are personality-driven, and tap into resources that will
support you in your spiritual journey.”
[ed.note: Personality profiles are not how the bible teaches us to learn
spirituality, it is found in other spiritual practices and psychology.]
“Musical Meditation and Blessings
“Using music, we create opportunities to ‘be still and know’ in the presence of
God. We may invite the classical musicians to move around the audience and play
over’ people to bless them.”
“ Bishop of Middleton, the Rt Rev Mark Davies said: “The Manchester Mind Body
Spirit attracts thousands of visitors wanting to experience the exhibitions,
workshops and music, and to meet authors and artists. For the first time
Manchester churches will be on hand at a stand to talk about Christian
“We invite people to stop by the Spirit of Life stand to meet with people who
will be happy to talk with them about their experiences of searching for
spiritual meaning in today’s world.”
“Bishop Nigel said the unconventional activities were not incompatible with
He said: “The event is a chance to discover and explore old and new Christian
spiritual traditions from living in a community to praying with icons, from
healing to bead-making, from Franciscan spirituality to contemporary music and
movement.” (Manchester Cathedral to host tarot card readers and healers at 'new
age' festival Yakub Qureshi March 28, 2011)
Tarot card readers, crystal healers and ‘dream interpretation’ what a lineup of
Christian spirituality. This church is an example of what happens when there is
no one steering a ship, it will go a ground. We are watching the new age
movement enter the church with strength; this means we must be on guard and
aware of the agenda.
We are told in Eph. 6:10-11: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in
the power of His might.
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles
of the devil.”
The solution 2 Tim. 2:1-2: “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that
is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many
witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”