Ken Silva, Southern Baptist Pastor and Discernment Scholar Promoted to Glory

October 7th, 2014 No comments

I encourage you all to hear this Tribute and Testimonies to my friend and biblical discernment giant and legend Ken Silva:


“Honor to whom honor is due” Romans 13:7


Here is Ken’s last email link he sent me upon my research request just a few days before his passing:

And here is Ken’s last article he posted before his death, on the very same subject:

And here is the first of a host of emails I received from Ken Silva, almost ten years ago

(note how prophetic his concerns turned out to be):

On Jul 9, 2005, at 2:22 PM, Apprising Ministries <[email protected]> wrote:

“Dear James;

Thank you for “apprising” us of these insidious events! My wife Donna and I share your concerns re. Warren and his “purpose-drivel” church. It is a spiritual flea infestation within the Body of Christ to be sure. We will be more than happy to make our readers aware of these goings on. In fact, it is our view that the “lie” in 2 Thess. 2 is not one lie, but whatever lie the person wants that will ultimately deceive them, and the lie du jour right now is this Rick Warren/Robert Schuler/Norman Vincent Peale/Ernest Holmes/Mary Baker Eddy/ meta-physical cult gnosticism that was refuted in 1 John and Colossians – so people like us know that the “New Age” isn’t so new after all is it, our brother!

You mention Dave Hunt, and also MacArthur’s new book, right now we are praying for a way to get writings I am doing into book or booklet form ourselves. We are a new work, and telling the truth as we do – and will continue to do – no matter what; we are receiving no funding, but the Lord has gotten us this far, and I believe He’s about to open a door to bring A.M. to a more visible place. The call of this work is to be one of the Watchmen who are being sent forth to those who don’t want their particular lie, and we will be happy to assist you in getting information like this out.

If you haven’t, you might want to let my friend Chris Carmichael, editor of know these things as well. He was in a Hybels infected church a couple of years back, so he knows first hand what it’s like to be a spiritual “refugee.” And, in this local area I pastor in, the purpose-driven stuff is all the rage and even within the SBC.

James, thank you for your commitment to the truth, and Donna and I will stand with you as soldiers for Christ as we begin the end of this age of grace.

Yours in Christ;

Rev. Ken Silva”

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Church of Christ SOS on Rick Warren’s Celebrate Recovery

September 9th, 2014 No comments

“My congregation recently paid off our mortgage. It was then announced that we would be starting a Celebrate Recovery program. Seemed like a good work, though to me the theology came across as rather “Jesus-Lite”.

I didn’t see this as a problem since it was a separate outreach program. Almost immediately, the focus of the preaching started to change (to “change”) and the Celebrate Recovery (hereafter “CR”) became the dominate topic.

We are a Church of Christ, which are known for being rather conservative and heavy on scripture. Speak where the Bible speaks, etc.

I am a deacon and founding member. Some of our members started asking me questions and expressing concerns about the changes.

I took one of the Elders to lunch and expressed my and the other members concerns. I expected this low-impact approach to result in an announcement of what and why the changes were being made. (One of the questions asked by a member was why CRs budget wasn’t included in the annual financial report to the congregation.)

A few days later I received an email from the Elders basically telling me that my concerns had no merit. (Though the full court press of CR from the pulpit has been scaled back considerably).

I received a phone call from an Elder (retired Minister) yesterday. We had a long and sometimes heated discussion of the concerns, especially about the abandonment of traditional Church of Christ teachings and he actually said, “I wouldn’t want to attend a church like that.” He then jumped into how much good CR was doing and how many lives we’ve touched.

I brought up what I’ve learned about CR’s relationship to the Seeker/Purpose Driven movement. He thinks I’m tilting at windmills but said if I have any proof of churches being taken over, present it to the Elders.

Can you supply me the names and contacts for a few churches who have fallen victim? I don’t think we are too far gone, I think they are just carried away by the excitement of all the new faces in the building. Even if they aren’t there because of Jesus.”  A concerned Church of Christ Deacon and Founding Member

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Rock to Salt Articles by James Sundquist

June 9th, 2014 No comments

This is an archive website hosted by my good Biblical discernment friends at Cephas Ministries, which contains many articles by James Sundquist on false teachings, fraud, and corruption, and sinister ministers in the church, which are not found on website:


March 8th, 2014 1 comment
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Is Rick Warren’s Claim that his book is the “Best Selling Non-Fiction Hardback Book in History”, TRUE?

November 8th, 2013 No comments



“BESTSELLING NON-FICTION HARDBACK BOOK IN HISTORY” (Publishers Weekly), the Purpose Driven Life has sold over 32 million copies






QUOTATIONS FROM CHAIRMAN MAO (THE LITTLE RED BOOK) Chinese, 1964, 800-900 million copies worldwide.

THE KORAN (Q’URAN): 800 million copies sold

THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO:   hundreds of millions

BHAGAVAGITA:  hundreds of millions

XINHUA CHINESE DICTIONARY: sold over 400 million copies

CHAIRMAN MAO’S POEMS: 400 million copies


FOXE’S BOOK OF MARTYRS:  150 million

SCOUTING FOR BOYS: 150 million

THE BOOK OF MORMON: sold 120 million.





THE COMMON SENSE BOOK OF BABY AND CHILD CARE, DR. BENJAMIN SPOCK: 50 million (combined hardcover and paperback)

BEN-HUR: A TALE OF THE CHRIST: sold 50 million

(Published by Harper.  You would think they would know that 50 million is greater than 32 million since both Ben-Hur and Purpose-Driven Life are under Harper (now Harper/Collins Publishing).  Now it could be argued that this book is in the Fiction category because Ben Hur was not a true historical character.  But Christ is historical, therefore Non-fiction.  Some latitude must be given for dramatization of a story, that is until they state something the clearly is contradicted by Scripture.

WEBSTER’S DICTIONARY: 24-100 million





Isn’t 50 million, 4-8 hundred million, and a billion,  more than 32 million?

I have requested specific proof of page number, date, year of publication in Publishers Week for verification from Rick Warren and his staff, Zondervan and Harper/Collins of the statement on Rick Warren’s site that Purpose Driven Life is the “Best Selling Non-Fiction Hardback Book in History”.  NONE was provided.  Since they believe Rick Warren is first in sales in the history of publishing, certainly they would know who came in 2nd, 3rd, 4th….10th.  Perhaps if you write them they will provide you the list.  Ask them who certified that 52 million books makes Warren the biggest selling non-fiction hardback book in history?  In recent history, for example the RIAA certifies record sales when they become Gold (500,000) or Platinum (1 million).  Guinness Records are certified too.   Where is verifiable data?   Where is the list?  Where is the trust and accountability?  Who audits this list(s)?  Here is who you can contact to find out:

ZONDERVAN: [email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected],[email protected] 

HARPER/COLLINS: At Harper/Collins: Mark Schoenwald, President and CEO of HarperCollins: mark.schoenwald@harpercollins, Casey Harrell, Director of Corporate Relations: [email protected] 

RICK WARREN: Rick Warren: [email protected] and [email protected]  Tel # 800/633-8876. 

Here is someone who did give me a straight answer…the original source:

George W. Slowik Jr., President of Publishers Weekly:

“I’ve checked our site which includes all of our content from about 1995.
Also touched base with our religion editors and there is no finding of a
quote like that…We don’t generally use the term hardback.”  September 30, 2013 11:33:08 PM EDT, “George Slowik Jr.” <[email protected]>



“My Islamic brother from Italy”…”It became the best-selling book…in English in a world’s, next to the Bible, the best selling book.  And It’s the most translated book next to the Bible in over a hundred languages.”  SOURCE: Rick Warren, at World Economic Forum, “Faith and Modernization” Panel, January 28, 2008, Davos, Switzerland:  at 1hour 9 minutes in to 1 hour 11 minutes.
1:53-2:05 minute mark
Church of Tares – Purpose Driven Life, Seeker Sensitive

In this statement, Rick Warren combines all books (whether hard or paperback) and does not distinguish category of fiction vs. non-fiction.

Now as to Warren’s statement that his Purpose Driven Life Book is the Most Translated book in English (language of origin), here are the facts:

Purpose Driven Life book is not even listed on the list of the most translated books in English (language origin) on Wikipedia: (sort by language)

Warren made this claim in 2008.  In 2013 he posts that his PDL Book is translated in 85 languages:

Note that there are 7 books listed which are translated from English with number of translations greater than 85 that Warren boasted in 2008.



Dear Stephen Sizer,

This is my second request and followup inquiry to you regarding Rick Warren, regarding Rick Warren’s statement about his Purpose Driven Life Book:  “best selling non-fiction hardback book in history”, which I refute at:

I see that as late as yesterday that you are still promoting Rick Warren.  If you don’t believe me that his claim about the sales of his PDL has no foundation in fact, since you know him well, ask him directly for the date, issue, and page number of the Publishers Weekly citation.  Also ask the President George Slowik of Publishers Weekly, as I did, and you will be able to verify that they have no record of ever publishing such a statement.  And while you are at it, if Warren’s book is first, who came in second, third, tenth?  I would think as a Christian that you would want to trust but verify.  As such a boast would make your similar statement about the popularity of Rick Warren’s book (about 2 minutes in) at:

also untrue.  I am surprised you, as an author, would not know that statement is farfetched and unbelievable.  And where is the proof and citation that Warren’s book is even “the most popular book in the world apart from the Bible” 2:24 minutes in?  Who told you that?  Did you verify that?

I look forward to your prompt response.

Sincerely in Christ,

James Sundquist


The Numbers Game

“No More Fudging

Many publishers used to be more generous in calculating their sales than they can be today. In the freewheeling days before BookScan, publishers could inflate sales numbers when they were trying to promote an author to bookstores, and agents sometimes overestimated an author’s prior sales history when pitching a new book to an editor…

…”Sometimes the difference between what BookScan reports and what publishers know from their own sales data can be substantial. In early 2004, Zondervan reported sales for Rick Warren’s blockbuster The Purpose-Driven Life as exceeding 11 million copies in all of 2003. But, according to Zondervan, BookScan had reported only 2.4 million for 2003, or just under 21% of the total sales claimed by the publisher…

Data for one of Zondervan’s other top authors, prolific novelist Karen Kingsbury, show an even greater discrepancy. In mid-February, Verne Kenney, v-p of sales at Zondervan, told PW that even though Kingsbury was the number one current fiction author in the CBA (and held five of the other spots on the CBA bestsellers list), her BookScan numbers for the previous month didn’t reflect her overall transactions. “On her top fiction title [Beyond Tuesday Morning], BookScan data reported about 3.2% of what we know we sold at POS,” Kenney said. “It doesn’t have what’s going on in the Christian marketplace. That’s a fundamental problem.”  …Jana Riess




“But God forbid that I should glory , save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”  GALATIANS 6:14

“I am the way, the TRUTH, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  JESUS CHRIST: JOHN 14:6

“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:…A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”  PROVERBS 6:16,18

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

“And Zacchæus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.”  LUKE 19:8



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