Discernment Ministries

Cordially invites you to attend




October 10 & 11, 2008




10:00 a.m.           Dr. Martin Erdmann

The Rosicrucian Vision of a Transformed World (17th Century)

How this esoteric group’s doctrine became part of established Christianity, and how it influenced eschatology and theology in a way that is still impacting the church today.


1:30 p.m.             Pastor Larry DeBruyn

Was Paul a Mystic?  Pastor DeBruyn answers this question of examining Scripture, history, and the influential rise of Emergent mysticism in the evangelical church.


3:00 p.m.             Pastor Jeff Whittaker

His firsthand account of his personal experience attending the Emergent church leader Brian McLaren’s “Everything Must Change” conference.


7:00 p.m.             Dr. Martin Erdmann

The Ecumenical Vision of a Transformed World (20th Century) 

How the mainline denominations were used as a vehicle to generate support for a one world government by “building the kingdom of God on Earth” – this links to what is happening in the church today. 



9:00 a.m.                   Dr. Martin Erdmann

The Transhumanist Vision of a Transformed World (21st Century)

There is a growing group of scientists who envision creating an actual New Breed, a physically superior man, by engineering with DNA.


11:00 a.m.              Jewel Grewe

The New Breed

A teaching on the rise in Charismatic circles with its influence increasing by the means of parachurch conferences, networking and television.


2:00 p.m.                   Larry DeBruyn

The Romancing of the Soul:  Music and Mysticism

How music is being used to promote mystical experiences and mind-altering states.  A frank examination of the roots and fruits of this new wave.


3:45 p.m.                    Sarah Leslie

Final Session - Synopsis of the Conference



Our Speakers

Dr. Martin Erdmann received a doctoral degree from Brunel University in England.  For 4 years he headed up the New Testament department of the Staatsunabhaengige Theologische Hochschule in Basel, Switzerland.  He served as Senior Scientist at the University Hospital in Basel, researching the ethical implications of Nanotechnology.  He is Assistant Professor (distance learning) of Biblical Studies at Patrick Henry College and Director of the Verax Institute for Christian Apologetics.  He is a learned historian and theological scholar in key areas affecting the church today. 


Pastor Larry DeBruyn is the author of CHURCH ON THE RISE:  Why I am not a “Purpose-Driven” Pastor.  He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1974) and has pastored for 38 years, the last 21 being at the Franklin Road Baptist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Pastor Jeffrey Whittaker is the host pastor of the conference.  He has pastored the Michiana Christian Embassy for 14 years.  His burden and passion is to see the end time church come into true revival and the nations of the earth reached with the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


Sarah Leslie is a former counselor, publisher, editor and writer.  She is one of the writers for the Discernment Research Group which publishes on the Herescope blog.


Jewel Grewe is the founder of Discernment Ministries (with her late husband Travers van der Merwe).  Publishes the newsletter, Discernment.


The conference is being held at:


The Michiana Christian Embassy

1922 E. Main Street

Niles, MI  49120


(easy access from interstate 80/90 – near South Bend, IN)



There is a block of rooms being held at the Holiday Inn Express - 1265 South 11th Street, Niles.  Rooms must be booked by September 24th for the special rate of $79.99 plus tax.  When you book your room ask for “Joan” and then ask for the “Embassy rate”.  Their phone number is: 269-684-3900.


There is an airport in South Bend.  Also bus service to South Bend from the Chicago airports. 


 There is no registration fee for the conference.  Free-will offerings will be taken.

Inquiries:  765-583-4799/ 765-583-4177