Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Entry #12 in the New Age Series


danielplan.com

Last time, we talked about Rick Warren and “The Purpose Driven Life.” We’ll conclude our discussion on Rick today.

Another one of his projects is The Daniel Plan, a diet program he launched in 2011. I haven’t read the book and know nothing of the plan except that it has to do with how the prophet Daniel ate as described in the Book of Daniel, but I found the three men that he invited to help him write the curriculum interesting. You might, too. The men are Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mark Hyman.http://danielplan.com http://www.doctoroz.com/slideshow/daniel-plan-diet-mind-body-and-spirit  Some websites have made adjustments so that Dr. Oz's name doesn't show up in conjunction with The Daniel Plan anymore.

You recognize Dr. Oz’s name immediately. It’s interesting that he’s a Sufi Muslim. The Sufis are more interested in the spiritual side of Islam, seeking the purification of the inner self. Why would Rick Warren invite a Muslim (of any order) to assist him with writing a curriculum? Dr. Oz’s wife is a massage therapist. Not just any massage therapist. She is involved in Reiki massage, a form of New Age massage. (“The practitioner stores energy in their own body so the heat and flow can translate to energize the meridians, qi, and chakras in the body.” Fromanswers.com http://www.answers.com/Q/What_is_Reiki&altQ=What_is_reiki_massage&isLookUp=1#Q=what%20is%20reiki%20massage  They call this energy, we call it demonic spirits. She is not just involved in Reiki, she is a Reiki Master. http://www.tara-do-reiki.com/lisa-oz-reiki-master.html Dr. Oz has placed his seal of approval on this.http://iarp.org/dr-oz-and-the-healing-power-of-reiki

Dr. Amen is a psychiatrist, sometimes dealing with children. In his book “The Brain in Love” (formerly titled “Sex on the Brain”) he recommends tantric sex, which involves the worship of sex. This is not a Christian idea. Does it bother anyone besides me that a child psychiatrist is associated with worshipping sex? Does it also bother anyone besides me that Rick Warren asked him to help write a curriculum…for ANYTHING?http://www.christiannewswire.com/news/5708516031.html

Finally, Dr. Hyman is a family practitioner, metabolic expert, and medical advisor for “The Dr. Oz Show” and to Bill and Hillary Clinton (Amy Chozick (April 11, 2014). "He Tells the Clintons How to Lose a Little". The New York Times) His book “The UltraMind Solution” offers practical medical advice but also suggests New Age resources and recommends yoga and meditation to his readers.

http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/011/discernment/warren-gurus.htm

(Some of this information was also extracted from a pamphlet entitled “The Dangers of Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan” from Lighthouse Trails Research, where there is a wealth of knowledge on the New Age.)

I just have to wonder why Rick Warren would claim to be a Christian and invite three unbelievers to join with him in writing a curriculum for a diet plan…or anything else. Why would he ask three New Agers unless he’s into the New Age himself? If you were going to embark on a project that you need help with, wouldn’t you ask like-minded people to assist you? (I think Rick Warren did, don’t you?)

Stay tuned! smile emoticon

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Entry #11 in The New Age Series - A Testimony

This is a detour from my regular New Age series posts.  I was just given this link by a friend who knows I am interested in exposing the New Age.  I have not really looked at anything on this website except his testimony, which I viewed on youtube.  His testimony is 14 minutes long and well worth sitting down to watch.  Enjoy this sweet brother's story.  And stay tuned!

http://www.exposingthenewage.com/

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Entry #10 in The New Age Series

Our next focus will be on “The Purpose Driven Life,” by Rick Warren. I told you the names were going to be more familiar as we go along! This book was wildly popular in the early 2000s. It seems everywhere you went someone was reading it. I did, and as I read it, there were times when I knew something wasn’t quite right, but I just couldn’t put my finger on it. I kept reading though, just sure I was going to get something out of it. I really didn’t except for the very first sentence in the very first chapter: “It’s not about you.” Of course, that sounded great because the Christian life is about serving God and helping others, right? That was fine except it seems a good portion of the rest of the book is all about…you.

One thing I noticed was that Rick used so many, many versions of the Bible. I thought that was odd but I just thought that he was trying to please everyone by hoping to cite their favorite version. I didn’t recognize some of the versions, especially the New Century Version. I later discovered that it has New Age tendencies as it uses the “God is in everyone and everything” concept which we’ve already established is not true. God is in every Christian but not in every person and everything. The New Age people believe that God is in everyone and everything and that makes everyone and everything connected…you know, “one with the universe.” Actually you may remember that they think everyone and everything is God. According to the Bible, this is not true.

Another thing that is noticeable is that “The Message” seems to be among his favorite versions, if not his absolute favorite, as he quotes it many times in his book. We can see where that’s a problem as we’ve already seen the fallacy in believing it to be a true Bible. Or even true to the Bible.

Over the years I have heard discussions about “The Purpose Driven Life,” and how others were turned off by it or couldn’t really get into it, or that it even angered some folks. I understand. As it turns out, it seems that Rick Warren was close with Robert Schuller of Crystal Cathedral fame whom we studied several days ago. I understand that Rick’s wife, Kay, even spoke at a Schuller conference several years ago. You may say, “What’s wrong with that?” Well, when I go to a conference or other meeting, I expect like-minded people to be on the stage. Like-minded with me. I suspect that the Warrens and Schullers were like-minded with each other.

My friend Warren B. Smith was deeply into the New Age for years but was radically saved by Jesus Christ in the 1980s. He came across “The Purpose Driven Life” when it was popular and read it. He says that he immediately began seeing some of his old New Age teachings being brought forth by Rick Warren. Mr. Smith now devotes his life to speaking on the dangers of the New Age and its harmful effect on people. After he read “The Purpose Driven Life,” he wrote “Deceived on Purpose,” to help people understand that Rick Warren’s book was not entirely Christian but loaded with New Age implications. There is a lot of information about Rick Warren in Mr. Smith’s book. It and his other books are available at amazon.com http://www.amazon.com/Deceived-Purpose-Implications-Purpose-Driven-Church/dp/0976349205/ref=sr_1_8?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1442438406&sr=8-8&keywords=warren+b+smith

In “The Purpose Driven Life,” Rick quoted a number of notable people, such as:

Bertrand Russell, an atheist; Albert Einstein, agnostic; Anais Nin, a female erotic writer; Madame Guyon, a French mystic who said that God is in all things; Dr. Bernie Siegel, a New Age leader with a spirit guide named George; and Aldous Huxley, occultist and New Ager. I’ll just let you draw your own conclusions from that.

Stay tuned!smile emoticon

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Entry #9 of the New Age Series

 

Today’s focus is on “The Message” by Eugene Peterson. Some people call it a Bible. I, and many, MANY others, don’t consider it a Bible because the Bible itself says you are not to add to or take away from it. That is mentioned in the books of Deuteronomy and Revelation. Although in both places it says you are not to add to or take away from “this book,” which could limit the instruction to Deuteronomy or Revelation, it would make sense that if God doesn’t want those books amended, chances are He doesn’t want any of the rest of the Bible tampered with either.

You may wonder where “The Message” has added to or taken away from the Bible. In 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, not only has it been added to, but it has been watered down. This passage appears to be an unveiled attempt to cater to the “Save-the-Earth” and LGBT communities. Here is the passage in the NASB and in “The Message.” The differences are not subtle at all but blatant.

NASB

1 Corinthians 6:9-11: "Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified..."

THE MESSAGE

"Unjust people who don't care about God will not be joining in his kingdom. Those who use and abuse each other, use and abuse sex, use and abuse the earth and everything in it don't qualify as citizens in God's kingdom. A number of you know from experience what I'm talking about, for not so long ago you were on that list. Since then, you've been cleaned up and given a fresh start...."
 
The use of the phrase "use and abuse" is relative to the reader's viewpoint.  What does "use and abuse" mean to a Christian?  What does it mean to a homosexual or lesbian?  What does it mean to a pedophile?

And notice the phrase, "use and abuse the earth."  Do you see the earth mentioned in this passage in any other version of the Bible?  I tried but I couldn't find it, so here is one passage where The Message has added to the Bible.

Let's move on.  Contrast these two versions of The Lord’s Prayer from Matthew 6:9-13. They don’t say NEARLY the same thing.

NEW KING JAMES VERSION

Matthew 6:9-13
"Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.

THE MESSAGE

"Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what's best -
As above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you
and forgiving others.
Keep us safe
from ourselves and the Devil.
You're in charge!

Notice in “The Message” version of The Lord’s Prayer the phrase, “as above, so below.” This is a term used in witchcraft when a spell is cast. This term “seals” the spell. It is also used in numerous New Age works, including “The Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne. Here is more information on “as above, so below.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermeticism (Scroll down about a third of the way to the heading, "As Above, So Below.")  An internet search will tell you much more. There was also a horror movie a year or so ago entitled “As Above, So Below.”

While there are many examples of how “The Message” has secularized, watered down, and amended the Bible, there are also some passages that are too embarrassing and, I feel, too crude and borderline vulgar to post here. If the Bible is supposed to be God speaking to us, I can’t see Him using this type of language to do so, especially when you consider that He says in Ephesians 5:4, “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.” If you want to compare them for yourself, you can find your favorite version and “The Message” at www.biblegateway.com The passages in question are:

Ezekiel 16:24; 2 Kings 18:27; Jeremiah 2:24, Jeremiah 3:2; Jeremiah 18:13, 1 Samuel 20:30; Hosea 2:10, Hosea 4:12.

Are you seeing how Satan is introducing the New Age into the church?

Stay tuned!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Entry #8 of the New Age Series


Today’s let’s talk about “The Shack,” by Paul Young, a popular book several years ago.  It spent over 172 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, 52 weeks at #1.
I had just heard the title and didn’t know much about it until a friend asked if I’d heard of it.  She had received a copy as a gift and said she was afraid to read it.  I wasn’t, so she gave it to me.  I read it, with pen and paper beside me because if THIS friend was afraid to read it, there had to be something wrong with it.  There was.  I took negative notes on every chapter except one!

Briefly, it’s a fiction novel about a man whose daughter had been kidnapped and killed.  He ended up on some mind trip where he went into the woods and spent some time with what the book says is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Apparently, it was the New Age father, son and spirit because they weren’t very much like the trinity of the Bible.  See if you agree.

God was portrayed as a woman who was black and hefty and known as Papa.  I immediately knew this book was in trouble with God…the real God…when I saw that description because all male figures in the Bible are referred to as “he” or “him.”  Likewise all females as “her” or “she.”  So how could God, referred to in the Bible in the masculine, be presented as female?   Next he/she was portrayed as black, which meant the author had assigned a race to God.  God is spirit and has no race or color.  Finally, it portrayed him/her as overweight which meant that God had an eating problem, was a glutton, or had a health issue that caused him to have weight gain.  None of this is true about God the Father.  Maybe the New Age “God” has these troubles but our perfect heavenly Father does not.

Next the Jesus character in the book was portrayed as sort of a Brawny guy with a plaid shirt and jeans and a tool belt, which is neither here nor there because Jesus had been a carpenter and in today’s setting would have probably looked like that.  However, on page 104 the Jesus character is mixing something in a bowl and drops the bowl, making a mess and having to clean it up.  Maybe this doesn’t mean much to you, but I think that if the real Jesus could be tempted in every way as man and not sin, he could probably hold onto a mixing bowl.  Just sayin’.  On page 112 he tells the main character that God dwells in, around, and through all things.  Blammo!  There’s our basic New Age belief.
Last but not least is the “Holy Spirit,” of “The Shack,” who was portrayed as a small Asian woman who was glittery and flittery and sort of a “now-you-see-me, now-you-don’t” character.  And again, a woman.  (Not sure how the Jesus character got away with being a male.)  She was here sometimes and you could see her, and here at other times and you couldn’t.  And her name was Sarayu.  I knew when I saw the name that there had to be something behind it, so I did a search and sure enough, there it was.  Sarayu is a river in India and has ancient significance because it’s mentioned in The Vedas and Ramayana, two works of Hindu writings.  The Vedas are credited to the Hindu god Brahma.  On page 136 Sarayu says, “…evil and darkness…do not have any actual existence.”  Maybe not in your make-believe fantasy world, sister, but they do in the real world.

Stay tuned!  J

Friday, February 5, 2016

Entry #7 in the New Age Series


Today’s post concerns the very popular “Jesus Calling” devotional book by Sarah Young. Did you have any idea that it is very New Age? Here’s why.

It’s my understanding that Sarah started out as a Christian. Then she read “God Calling,” a New Age book whose authors were two anonymous women who referred to themselves as “the two listeners.” They operated in “spiritual dictation,” believing they were receiving personal messages from God. It was a popular book on New Age participants’ bookshelves decades ago. Because of Sarah Young’s endorsement of it, it has resurfaced and is popular again. She said, “It is a treasure to me.” She liked it so much that she wanted to receive personal messages from Jesus, so she began to operate in spiritual dictation, too. In other words, she became a channeler. How do we know that it is not from the real Jesus Christ? Well, you decide.

On page 246, the August 23 entry, he is talking about entrusting your loved ones to him. He says, “I took Isaac to the very point of death to free Abraham from son-worship. Both Abraham and Isaac suffered terribly because of the father’s undisciplined emotions. I detest idolatry, even in the form of parental love.” Abraham was being obedient to God, not worshipping Isaac. And what undisciplined emotions was this "Jesus" talking about?

On page 376, the December 25 entry, as he is talking about his birth, he says, “I accepted the limitations of infancy under the most appalling conditions—a filthy stable. That was a dark night for me…” Wouldn’t it be more likely that it was a dark night for Satan? Jesus was glad to give up Heaven for earth. In my opinion, the only thing that might appall Jesus is sin. Paul said in Philippians 4:11 that he had learned to be content in whatever situation he found himself. Wouldn’t the Savior feel that way even more?  And he thought that a filthy stable is "the most appalling conditions?"  Can you think of anything more appalling?  Yeah, I can, too.

“Jesus Calling” is rife with references to “My Presence.” That sounds good until you discover that the New Age is also rife with these same references, and especially with both words capitalized. There is even a New Age book called, “Practicing the Presence,” by Joel Goldsmith, in which he states, “All is God manifested…God constitutes the life, the mind, and the Soul of every individual.” We’ve already established that God is not in every human, but He lives in every Christian.

One last point for today. The New Age refers often to Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” They suggest that it is a call to sit in silence and listen for God’s voice when it is actually a call, according to Matthew Henry and others, to the nations to literally “shut up” and be still and know that HE is God. It is taken out of context. God is speaking to the nations in this verse. I have to admit…I had interpreted it as sitting in silence, too, but if we’re supposed to be quiet and listen and think on nothing, wouldn’t it make sense that Satan could drop a few ideas into our heads in that time, too? And didn’t King David say, “Blessed is the one…who meditates on His law day and night?” Psalm 1:2

Warren B. Smith, a man who spent years in the New Age then got saved, has written several books. One is “Another Jesus Calling” in which he points out so many, many New Age tendencies in “Jesus Calling.” It is available from amazon.com. I have taken some of the info in this post from this book. There is much more.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Entry #6 in the New Age Series



Today let's look at Neale Donald Walsch. http://www.benchmarkcoaching.com/law2.html

In this entry about him, he is quoted as saying, "The purpose of life is to recreate ourselves anew in the highest version of the grandest vision we ever had about ourselves..." This is in direct opposition to the Bible, which says our purpose is to bring glory to God. Isaiah 43:7

One quote attributed to him at http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/9374.Neale_Donald_Walsch  is, “There is no truth except the truth that exists within you.  Everything else is what someone is telling you.”  However, in John 14:6, Jesus says, "I am the way  and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me."

Another quote from that same website is, "The meaning of everything is the meaning I give it."  (Please feel free to do a search for any of the names I throw out at you. There is MUCH to be learned about them all and not nearly enough space here for all that information. I just want you to be aware of who they are in case you hear their names or read about them somewhere. Believe me, as we go along you'll see some very well known names.) Walsch is a New Age leader who has authored several books, one of which is "Conversations with God." In the beginning of the book, he thanks "my best friend, God," then Walsch's wife, Nancy, "on a somewhat different plane, though no less heavenly..." Do you see how he has equated his wife with God? Of course, that's because New Age folks believe that everyone is God.

He also thanks such "teachers" as Ellen DeGeneres, Anne Heche (who was her lover several years ago,) Jerry Jampolsky, Marianne Williamson, and Oprah Winfrey. More on Marianne and Oprah later.

In this book, Walsch also experiences automatic writing, an occult phenomenon in which a person writes but not under their own power. Their hand literally writes without the person's control of it. This is a way of channeling a spirit guide. We spoke earlier about channeling and how it is occult. The channeler is under Satanic influence and invites demonic activity. Of course, they don't refer to it as demonic. Sometimes they will even say they're channeling Jesus. Of course, this is never how Jesus works. Our relationship with Jesus is not occult. It can't be since the Bible tells us to stay away from anything occult. Again, a search will tell you much. Here's what Wikipedia says about it. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_writing (If you are one who has trouble trusting Wikipedia, please feel free to search other sites for information you deem more trustworthy.)

This site has many quotes by Walsch that are pretty "far out."  Compare them with scripture.  You'll find many of them are way off from what God really says.

More later! Stay tuned!