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The Serpent’s Old Lie in an Updated Package

May 9, 2017

Yesterday I was going through the headlines on my blog reading list when suddenly, boom! the electricity in our house shut off.  As I temporarily sat in the darkness that surrounded me at my computer, I thought, “oh no…not again!”

Power outages seems to happen on our block several times a year so my husband bought a gas generator to keep the refrigerator and freezer going until it comes back on.  He contacted the utilities company and was told that it was a “planned power outage” cable  replacement in our area.  We should have received a notice about this.  Well, the notice was sitting in my husband’s mail inbox!  It would have been nice to have known about the outage ahead of time, but we made the best of the situation.

I started reading my Bible by flashlight and was drawn to the book of Colossians.  It sparked some insight into my mind which will be discussed in my next post.  Today, I need to “set the stage” so to speak, in exactly why my study in Colossians had such a profound impact on me.

The contrast of what is in that particular book of the Bible compared to what is going on in our society (often for the purpose of countering biblical Christianity) these days will become quite obvious.

When I compare the truth of Scripture with the lies being spread in the news, through haters in Hollyweird, the Democratic party (which voted God out of their political platform years ago), and the minions of “splinter groups” that are raging today (often paid to do this!)…it is obvious to me that demonic influence abounds!   They are all derived by men and women who have been influenced by the lies of that serpent of old that we read about in Genesis and elsewhere in the Bible.  You will vividly see how the nefarious ideas, deeds, and plans of such individuals have been derived from what Jesus named as the enemy of our souls who comes to lie, steal, kill and destroy.

Jhn 10:10

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

See Romans 1

1Jo 1:6

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

Previously, I had been reading a book entitled, “So What’s The Difference” by Fritz Ridenour.  In the past, I had the habit of skipping over the cults and false religions pages, but this time I wanted to read the details about Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, New Age, and many others that are briefly, but succinctly detailed in the book.  When I got to the New Age section, it can be hard to define because of its far-reaching claims, lack of formal structure and organization and it’s adherents being interested in “hoping to transform society by bringing about reawakening that will emphasize self-discovery, spiritual growth and enlightenment.”  The truth is, New Age thinking isn’t really new because it goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden where the serpent asked Eve if God really said that she couldn’t eat from that tree (see Genesis 3:1-5).

It was interesting to read about the “founder” of New Age, Alice Bailey.  New Agers have their own definition of God, find “salvation” in themselves, use “channeling” (the New Age version of contacting spirits), often believe in reincarnation, believe in syncretism (all religions lead to the same place), and many are into the plan for a worldwide government led by one great leader.

Shirley McLaine was a high-powered NAM (New Age Movement) adherent with great media exposure due to her “star” status in Hollyweird.  She lied in her book, claiming that the Fifth Ecumenical Council struck down the idea of reincarnation from the Bible.  Author Fritz Ridenour said it well when he wrote:

Contrary to New Age thinking, the Bible overwhelmingly teaches resurrection, not reincarnation (see Psalms 49:15, John 5:25; 6:40; 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 4:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:16).  New Agers like to think they have all kinds of time to “get it right” as they progress toward some kind of self-induced salvation.  The Bible clearly says you get one chance and after that comes the judgment (see Hebrews 9:27).

Much of today’s “progressive movement and thinking”  is derived from one or many of the errors of the NAM.  They may not call themselves New Agers, but their beliefs certainly line up with the NAM!

Ridenour writes:

Ever since Satan told Eve, “Eat the fruit; become like God Himself,” men and women have been trying to “do it on their own,” or at least with the help of spirits and demons–what Paul calls “the powers of this dark world and … the spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:12).  It is no coincidence that the Bible firmly forbids contacting spirits or getting in touch with the dead (see Leviticus 19:31; Deuteronomy 18:10-13).  Other New Age concepts or practices condemned or countered in the Scriptures include:

  •  many gods, goddesses, spirits and demons:  see Gen. 1:1; Exodus 15:11; 20:2-6; Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 45:5,6,21,22.

  •  manipulating or bartering with the spirit world:  see Deut. 13:1-5, 18:9-14; 1 Kings 11:33.

  •  continuing blood sacrifice rituals:  see Hebrews 7:27; 10:10-13; 1 Peter 3:18.

  •  mythological, unhistorical legends:  see 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 12-19; 1 Timothy 1:4; 2 Peter 1:16.

  •  secret knowledge only for elite “knowers”:  see John 1:12; 3:16; Colossians 2:8-10; 1 Timothy 2:4.

  •  magic arts, spells, taboos, astrology:  see 2 Kings 17:16-18; Isaiah 47:12-15; Acts 8:9-24.

  •  confusion of identity between the creator and the created:  see 1 Kings 8:27; Psalms 8:1-9; 24:1-10; 89:5-14; Isaiah 40:12-17; 1 Peter 1:24, 25.

  •  ethics and morals derived from humans or the self; no absolutes, everything is relative:  see 1 Kings 8:46; Psalms 51:1-4; 143:2; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 2:14-16; 1 John 1:5-10.

  •  reincarnation:  see Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27.

  •  salvation by human effort:  see Romans 4:3; Galatians 2:15,16.

  •  picking and choosing among religions:  see Exodus 20:2-5; 23:13; John 1:7-9.

  •  worshipping other gods, especially fertility religions:  see 2 Kings 17:9-12; Jeremiah 2:20; Ezekiel 6:13.

  •  the idea that Christ is optional, only one of many spiritual masters:  see John 14:6-8; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5, 6.

I realize that’s a lot of reading to do, but if you, dear reader, happen to be caught up into any one of these errors, I urge you to find out the truth that is only contained in the Bible!

Ridenour’s book was originally written back in 1967, updated in 1979 and then updated again in 2001.  It is interesting to me that he wrote:

Because the New Age seems to be everywhere and in practically everything, it would seem logical to see all of the NAM as taboo and dangerous.  But there are some things New Agers talk about that Christians can agree with, to a point. (bold, italics mine)  Saving the environment is one.  Trying to end war, terrorism, bigotry and racial and gender discrimination are others.  The New Age solution to these problems, however, is found only in fallen mankind, and that is doomed to a dead end.

That paragraph is almost prophetic!  Now, in 2017 we see such things ratcheted up into such a frenzy that the so-called “solutions” are being used to demonize people who don’t agree with their “methods” to help “solve” such problems!  This is just another “updated package” being spewed through individuals who don’t know God and are (either knowingly or unknowingly) being influenced by the enemy of our souls!

In fact, many are using either the “ostrich mentality” regarding radical Islamic terrorism; while perpetuating bigotry towards people of faith in Christ and biblical Christianity; as well as exploding racial division and gender identity issues to an extreme!  Don’t even get me started on the “man-made global warming (or, is it now just called ‘climate change?’) hysteria” where celebrities and “scientists” often use pollution producing jets to go and lecture us all about carbon dioxide emissions!

Readers, can you now see why biblical Christianity is so extremely hated by the leftists?  They scheme against Christians on all levels and we are often targeted by them through lawsuits meant to impose huge financial fines with the goal of putting Christian business owners out of business.  Through purposely targeting Christians and utilizing phony “discrimination” claims; as well as perpetuating constant violent demonstrations towards speech suppression at universities and spewing hateful rhetoric through late night “comedians” and in the leftist led alphabet news networks, they demean and  trample upon the First Amendment rights of Christians that are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

So, what is their ultimate goal?

Could it be to eradicate our beliefs from public, political, social, freedom of conscience/speech/association of thought…and ultimately from existence in our nation?

Notice, also, the FACT that the NAM proponents idea of “syncretism:  all religions lead to the same place” cannot, and does not,  include biblical Christian faith?

They don’t attack the lukewarm churches that agree with the NAM’s agenda, so what are biblically-based Christians supposed to do?

Ridenour writes:

In response to New Age thinking, Christians must have a thorough understanding of their own faith.  To know what God’s Word teaches is imperative.  Even more important is to know the Living Word –His Son–in a personal, vibrant way.  A favorite response of the New Ager to the Christian who tries to point out the absolute truth of the Bible is, “That’s your reality, but it’s not mine.”  Christians can only respond confidently but humbly that, in the end, only one reality will turn out to be real:  Jesus Christ –the only way, the only absolute truth and the only source of life.

Reference:  “So What’s the Difference?” by Fritz Ridenour, Bethany House, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2001 pp. 147-159

Next up:  The difference between man-made religion and man’s attempt to find God vs. biblical Christianity which affirms that true faith is the result of God’s successful efforts to reach out to man through the Person of Jesus Christ.

Keep Speaking “Your” Truth?

May 5, 2014

kouklchoprafaith

 

Admittedly, it was a bit challenging for me to choose a title for this post.  The various discussions, therein, includes many subtopics that could be utilized for the post title.  However, I thought that the one chosen encompasses them all quite well.

Posting Christian faith information on a blog can often get a writer into trouble.  Why?  Because those who do not believe that the Bible is true and that Jesus Christ is exactly who he said he is – the Son of God, crucified Savior and risen Lord – will claim that the Bible isn’t God-breathed truth and/or that man doesn’t need to confess and repent for their sins at the foot of Christ’s cross at Calvary.   Nor would such a person agree that he or she needs this Savior – Jesus Christ – in order to be reconciled back unto God.

In today’s world, religious pluralism is considered good, but biblical absolutism is crammed into the minds of many by the politically correct crowd as “discriminatory,” “uncompromising,” and in some cases, just plain “bigoted.”  But these are all terms and conditions thought up by man, which inevitably (and, unfortunately) locks them into bitter feuds over “religion,” rather than reasoned faith discussions.

Take “guru” Deepak Chopra, for example.  In an article from yesterday’s San Diego Tribune newspaper, the online title chosen by the writer states: Deepak Chopra Chasing His Demons. Interestingly, the title in the printed copy reads: “Guru Chopra Still Searches For Meaning – New Age celebrity seems absolutely certain of his beliefs, but still questions own identity.” The sentence written under a photo of him states, “Deepak Chopra has been locked in bitter feuds with skeptical scientists and writers.”

I am reminded of several posts that I wrote regarding Deepak Chopra at my former Talk Wisdom blog. One of the best debates that I have ever seen was between Christian Apologist Greg Koukl and New Age Guru, Deepak Chopra. Unfortunately, the video at that link is no longer available. [I will continue to search for it and include the new link here when I find it.]

[Update: I found an 8 minute segment of the debate HERE or here:]

What was so great about it is the fact that both men were cordial to each other. Yet, Mr. Koukl’s arguments completely demolished Mr. Chopra’s. Why? Because one included reasonable faith ideas while the other, Chopra’s views, were a mish-mash of human ideas about faith.

Here is a 36 second video where an audience member at one of Chopra’s events “reasoned out” against only one of Deepak’s claims:

[Note: If the video doesn’t work here, view it on You Tube Deepak Chopra Gets Owned.]

Now, the video poster states that it wasn’t his intention to “mock” Chopra. He wanted to show the logical fallacies of what he stated previously at the event.

I have found a video of the last five minutes of the debate between Greg Koukl and Deepak Chopra:

[Note: If video doesn’t work here, go to You Tube and view it HERE]

My comment when I first saw this [entire] debate:

This broadcast was absolutely fabulous! Greg Koukl pointed out the fact that people can have differing beliefs regarding faith, but that it is logically impossible for them all to be true at the same time. His trust in Jesus Christ and God’s Word stood in direct contrast to Deepak Chopra who admitted “embracing his uncertainty.” Koukl’s view demonstrates a steadfast and true faith where Chopra’s view can only lead to theological oblivion.

~ Christine

In the newspaper version of the UT Tribune article, the writer included the following opinion about Deepak Chopra:

 

‘People have no idea what he is talking about,’ critic says.

Ouch!!!

But, I guess such criticism doesn’t hurt that bad, especially since Deepak Chopra has made millions on the sales of dozens of books he has written. Apparently, it is appealing to people when Chopra states that he “embraces his uncertainty.”

When it comes to religious beliefs, it is often viewed as “taboo” to be certain in one’s own beliefs. Our current world really likes the concept of “everyone doing what is right in their own eyes.” However, the Bible tells us the opposite! We are instructed by the God-breathed text about what is right and what is wrong, what constitutes sin, evil, and death vs. what is holy, good, and brings eternal life. But that can be the topic of another blog post. For now, lets take a brief, but powerful glimpse into looking at what “speaking your own truth” vs. speaking the truth of the Bible can mean for mankind.

What do you think it means when someone quips, “keep speaking your truth”? Does it mean that there are several different “truths” out there? If so, my question is, how can they all be correct at the same time?

The third question above is similar to what Christian Apologist Greg Koukl asked New Age guru Deepak Chopra on a recent episode of “Faith Under Fire.” But like many other non-believers of the Christian faith, Chopra attempted to trap Greg with the question. This is the question which, inevitably, most Christian apologists are asked.

However, this particular question is not asked in order to find the truth. Nope. It is more often asked as a mechanism to trap the Christian while engaging in debate. You see, if someone words a question right, they can win any debate.

Dr. Chopra asked the question during his debate with Koukl. It was a classic case in point. In fact, I have heard Larry King ask this very same question several times, especially when interviewing Christian evangelists like Billy Graham. Dennis Prager has asked Greg this question when he was a guest on his radio program. What is the question?

Here’s the question, as was presented in Chopra’s own words on the “Faith Under Fire” episode: “Then you’re saying that people who don’t believe just like you are going to Hell?”

Fortunately, Greg was able to share that this wasn’t the point that he was making. Greg’s point was different. Since Chopra and he were grappling with serious issues no one could avoidGod, truth, salvation, eternity everything rides on their answers.

Their discussion wasn’t idle banter. Ideas have consequences. Everyone is inevitably involved and eternity is at stake. If Chopra is right and Koukl is wrong, he loses. If the reverse, Chopra losesand so does everyone who reads his books, attends his seminars, or watches this debate and believes what Chopra says.

Second, Dr. Chopra’s goal was not to clarify a theological point. In the course of this debate it was obvious that he was losing ground, so he offered up a challenge he hoped would tip Greg off balance, with the goal being to discredit Greg with the audience.

I watched this debate and saw this as it happened. It was so obvious to me that Chopra was attempting to gain “debating points” rather than addressing the true, serious issues being discussed (i.e. God, truth, salvation, eternity).

If Greg had answered directly – “Yes, people who don’t believe just like me are going to Hell” – the debate would have been over. Chopra’s query would have succeeded at painting Greg with an ugly stereotype, and he knew it.

People wouldn’t have heard, through Greg, this important exchange about faith and truth, the voice of Jesus calling all men to repentance, offering reprieve and rescue from a judgment they will all face. Instead, they would hear exactly what Chopra intended them to hear: conceit and condescension, an ideologue wishing people into Hell simply because they disagreed with him.

Are you involved in Christian apologetics? Does this sound familiar to you?

This confrontation between Koukl and Chopra taught me a lot! It taught me that “the” question misses the point. It taught me that I need to tell them everything is at stake and everyone is at risk, including you and me!

Each of us will have to stand before God and give an account. That’s the reality, and it’s not good news because we are all guilty in the final analysis!

But there is another reality that is good news. God has provided clemency if anyone accepts the pardon He offers through Jesus Christ. What could possibly be better than the kindest mercy of all – complete forgiveness instead of the punishment that we all would deserve?

This encounter between Koukl and Chopra taught me that I can sidestep the traps set by skeptics and scoffers while still telling the truth. If you are a Christian and are reading this I’m sure that you can relate that this is not always easy. Jesus’ claim that “Unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins (John 8:24)” is less popular now than ever. As ambassadors for Christ, we must be prepared to clarify Jesus’ point.

This encounter between Koukl and Chopra taught me not to let anyone twist the truth. Whether they do it subtly with semi-flattering words like, “keep speaking your truth”; in other words, “that’s true for you but not for me”; or whether they do it more directly in order to paint you or I as a conceited, condescending, sterotypical ideologue in front of others with their main purpose being so that they can discredit you or me.

Hat tips to all links.

Beware When Today’s Media Calls Someone, “America’s Pastor.”

January 14, 2014

H/T for graphic:  missionventureministries

When Bible truths are being distorted, it is important for Christian believers to speak up and point out such errors.  Recently, I caught a segment on the Fox and Friends show on The Fox News Channel where Rick Warren appeared with three co-authors of a new book called, “The Daniel Plan.”  I will get to what that “plan” is all about in a moment.

First, I must share that I had noticed years ago that Pastor Warren’s teachings were leading towards error.   It all began when I (as well as two other Bible study leaders) noticed that Rick Warren’s prayer of salvation was missing something very crucial!   As the years went on, I noticed his wishy-washy attitude towards the CA Proposition 8 (marriage is the union of one man and one woman) debate, and his non-biblical stance on other issues, so I wrote about them.  IMHO, Warren REALLY went off the deep end, once again, by embracing Chrislam (a form of melding Christianity with Islam).

I must start off by saying that I was deeply saddened to learn of the Warren’s son (who battled depression most of his life) committing suicide last year.  In fact, his son’s suicide was so heartbreaking (as any loss of a child would be to his/her parents!!!) that Warren stated on the Fox and Friends show that he couldn’t sleep for six months and gained a lot of weight.  This was one of the reasons he and his co-authors wrote the new diet book, “The Daniel Plan.”

Well, I’ve got some bad news about that book and it’s co-authors.

Today, in my email inbox I got a notification about a post from a blog I follow called Muddy Streams. The link at the end of the post explains, in great detail, why these four men and their book should be avoided by Bible-based Christian followers of Jesus Christ.

Here is a copy of the post, in its entirety:

Question: Why are you and other “discernment” writers so critical of Rick Warren and his new Daniel Plan?

Question : Why are you and other “discernment” writers so critical of Rick Warren and his new Daniel Plan? What difference does it make that Rick Warren turns to some of the best secular doctors in the nation to help the church with its battle over obesity, physical fitness, and mental health? After all, Christians don’t have to ensure that their cars are repaired only by Christian mechanics, and their toilets unstopped only by Christian plumbers. If you’ve got a problem with your physical body, isn’t it far more important to have the very best doctor’s advice, regardless of their religious background?

Response:  As long as one’s mechanic or plumber isn’t incorporating un-biblical spiritual content in his service to a believer, his religious background shouldn’t be a problem. However, that is not the case with the eminent doctors that Rick Warren has selected to minister to his congregation and those hundreds of thousands who follow his ministry. All three of the medical doctors are practitioners of various forms of Eastern mystical meditation and occultism, which they promote in their well-being programs of body, mind, and spirit. No doubt their medical science education gives them valuable insights into the workings of their patients’ bodies, but what of mind and spirit? The mind is not the brain; it’s part of man’s nonphysical makeup. There is no objective science of mind. There is only the metaphysical kind. There is no objective science of the spirit. There are no scientific instruments for evaluating a person’s spirit. It’s purely a subjective religious matter.

Furthermore, your question reflects the religious pragmatism (“whatever works”) that leads many believers to abandon biblical authority, compromise their faith, supplant the gospel, and even endanger their very lives. The journey of departing from the Truth may not begin with such stark choices, but often ends with tragic spiritual consequences. “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (Gal:5:9A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.).

In reality, however, your question presents a textbook-perfect “straw man” argument–defined as “creating the illusion of having refuted a proposition by substituting it with a superficially similar yet unequivalent proposition…without ever having actually refuted the original position.” In this case, you are comparing the evaluation and repair of a physical object, such as an automobile or toilet, to the diagnosis and prescription for human beings, with regard to their physical as well as mental and spiritual health. As followers of Christ, we should indeed be convinced (and convicted) of our need to care for our physical bodies, all the while recognizing that they are temples of the Spirit of God (1 Cor:3:  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?). As Paul explained to Timothy, “Bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come” (1 Tm 4:8). Attempting to care for our bodies in ways that are antithetical  to God’s Word is sinning against our Creator.

An additional concern over Rick Warren’s latest church marketing campaign has nothing to do with helping believers improve their level of physical fitness (which is understandably connected to emotional health as well). Rather, it is Warren’s boastful claim that The Daniel Plan is nothing short of “God’s Prescription for Your Health,” a statement that must be thoroughly evaluated and challenged.

To begin with, the biblical Daniel wasn’t in need of a diet or program to help him get into top physical shape. To attempt to use him as a spiritual model to motivate Christians to healthy living demonstrates either an ignorance of the Scriptures or a dishonest marketing ploy.

The fact that the three doctors chosen by Warren to implement his church-wide regimen are widely recognized in their field of medical expertise is not in question. What every participant must ask is how the doctors’ personal religious worldviews shape their understanding of the human mind, body, and spirit–and whether or not these extra-biblical worldviews will infect the so-called Daniel Plan’s “prescription” with spiritually dangerous ideas and practices.

Dr. Mehmet Oz was born to first-generation Muslim parents in Cleveland, Ohio. His father’s side of the family embraces Sharia law. Dr. Oz claims to be influenced by Sufism (“whirling dervishes”), a mystical Islamic contemplative practice in which the “adept” spins himself into an altered state of consciousness in order to commune with Allah. Through the influence of his Protestant wife, he adopted some of the teachings of Emmanuel Swedenborg, the founder of a pseudo-Christian cult that denies the Trinity, believes the Last Judgment is past, and teaches that “all who do good from the truth of their own religion” will be accepted into heaven, since “doing good conjoins oneself to God” (http://www.religiousherald.org/index. php?option=com_content&task=view&id=650&Itemid=110). [Note:  Apologies to readers because the link no longer works.  I tried to do a search for the quote but was unable to find it.]

Oz believes hypnosis can and should be used to address emotional and addictive behaviors. One of his secrets to maintaining a calm presence, says Oz, is practicing Transcendental Meditation, of which he is a national spokesperson: “When I meditate, I go to that place where truth lives,” he said. “I can see what reality really is, and it is so much easier to form good relationships.” Oz’s wife, Lisa, is a Reiki Master, a very occult form of deep massage. He praised Reiki as his “favorite treatment that could change the future of medicine forever.” He explained, “It broadens dramatically the spectrum of where we might be able to go in our bodies, and this is the area of energy medicine.” Concluding one episode of his popular TV program, Oz ordered millions of viewers: “Try Reiki!”

Dr. Daniel Amen, another of Rick Warren’s “Daniel Plan” doctors, is founder of the famous Amen Clinic, which purports to diagnose brain-behavior disorders and prescribe dietary, chemical, and meditative treatments. Licensed in both child and adult psychiatry, Amen is an ADHD specialist who practices non-medical treatments, including hypnosis, meditation, relaxation, and eye-movement desensitization. Dr. Amen recommends that everyone should strive to meditate daily for 12 minutes and recommends “an active form of yoga meditation called Kriya Kirtan.” He explains that this Kundalini-based Hindu practice “is based on the five primal sounds: saa , taa , naa , maa , and aa .” (An interesting choice and order of syllables for Christians to “contemplate:” Sa ta na …).

In his bestselling book, Making a Good Brain Great , Amen instructs readers to “write a poem or love letter to your brain” (p. 240). He is also an enthusiastic activist for tantric sex, which is a Hindu practice that incorporates mysticism during intercourse to attain a higher state of pleasure–and divine consciousness. In reality, this ritual behavior invites demons into the marriage bed.

Dr. Mark Hyman is the third member of Rick Warren’s “Daniel Plan” triumvirate. He is the author of: UltraCalm: A Six-Step Plan to Reduce Stress and Eliminate Anxiety . The book presents his “simple, powerful method for generating a peaceful and harmonious state in the body-mind.” Hyman’s “prescription” to achieve this level of “natural healing intelligence” is not even camouflaged in pseudo-scientific language but expressed in outright New Age terminology. His “audio learning program” presents “breathing meditations and visualization exercises for feeling calm, confident, and in good spirits.” (Can you say “contemplative self-hypnosis and self-affirmation”?) On this, he certainly agrees with Dr. Oz and Dr. Amen: that “mind-body medicine…is now the most important medical frontier.” Dr. Hyman’s books are quite popular throughout the New Age and metaphysical community. Our great concern, however, is that they will be featured and promoted wherever The Daniel Plan is taught.

Rick Warren, as a shepherd of thousands of sheep and one who has been called “America’s pastor,” is responsible to the Lord for what he is feeding them. Tragically, he has brought in hirelings (and worse) who will lead his sheep into meditative techniques that are “doctrines of devils” and will open them to direct communication with “seducing spirits” (1 Tm 4:1).

I know what it is like to be subjected to a false religion’s mind-body metaphysical and meditative techniques. I once attended a yoga session with two non-Christians. The instructor actually made the claim that our yoga group was “inviting in the spirits” as she put her hands together in a traditional Christian prayer sign. Well, that is when I stopped participating. I opened my eyes and sat there until the session was over. I was NOT going to participate in something that I did not believe in, and I was certainly not going to follow her “command” to “invite the spirits” into my mind, body or soul!

I know. Many people would think this is harmless. Well, I don’t think so! ANYTHING that claims to “invite the spirits in” when you don’t know what kind or type of spirits they are referring to, is trouble.

The Bible instructs us:

1Jo 4:1

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Read more about testing the spirits:

Blue Letter Bible search criteria: the spirits.

Dear readers…this isn’t an insignificant  matter!!!

Unfortunately, Rick Warren and his band of co-authors have fallen towards deceiving spirits.  Let this be a warning to all who read this post!

1Ti 4:1

Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,*

Hat tips to all links

*
1Ti 4:2
speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,

1Ti 4:3
forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.


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Opinions from a Christian American Conservative

As Seen Through the Eyes of Faith

“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Rom. 10:17) KJV

Daniel B. Wallace

Executive Director of CSNTM & Senior Research Professor of NT Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary

The Master's Table

God honoring, Christ Centered

Truth2Freedom's Blog

"All truth passes through three stages: first, it is ridiculed; second, it is violently opposed; and third, it is accepted as self-evident." - Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860). "There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily" - George Washington letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795. Going beyond the MSM idealogical opinion/bias and their low information infotainment tabloid reality show news with a distractional superficial focus on entertainment, sensationalism, emotionalism and partisan activist opinion/commentary reporting - this blogs goal is to, in some small way, put a plug in the broken dam of truth and save as many as possible from the consequences—temporal and eternal. "The further a society drifts from truth, the more it will hate those who speak it." - George Orwell

Citizen WElls

Obama eligibility, Obama news

drkatesview

Thoughts on Our Constitutional Republic

We the People of the United States

Fighting the Culture War, One Skirmish at a Time

partneringwitheagles

WHENEVER ANY FORM OF GOVERNMENT BECOMES DESTRUCTIVE OF THESE ENDS (LIFE,LIBERTY,AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS) IT IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO ALTER OR ABOLISH IT, AND TO INSTITUTE A NEW GOVERNMENT...

Be Sure You're RIGHT, Then Go Ahead

"Our threat is from the insidious forces working from within which have already so drastically altered the character of our free institutions — those institutions we proudly called the American way of life. " -- Gen. Douglas MacArthur

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