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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Final Preparations to Receive the New Age Christ

Great New article from my brother in the Lord Johan Malan-Tim

Final Preparations to Receive the New Age Christ
Prof. Johan Malan, Middelburg, South Africa (March 12, 2008)

All Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version, unless otherwise stated.

Christianity experiences unprecedented attacks on its foundational truths. These attacks are motivated and coordinated by evil forces that are intent on deceiving all people as a prelude to revealing the Antichrist and physically establishing Satan’s kingdom on earth. Their main obstacle is biblical beliefs in the deity, atoning death, resurrection and second coming of Jesus Christ. As a result, attacks against evangelical Christianity are on the increase, being aimed at discrediting the canonical books of the Bible, and thus also the God and Saviour of the Bible.

When the Lord Jesus was asked about the signs indicating the nearness of His second coming He first and foremost mentioned the widespread occurrence of spiritual deception: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying, I am the Christ, and will deceive many” (Matt. 24:4-5). The many people who will be deceived by many false teachers refers to the general occurrence of a changed mindset, or new paradigm, in terms of which people will perceive Christ in the end-time. That accounts for the disturbing phenomenon why the entire world will marvel and follow Satan’s false Christ (Rev. 13:3). The Amplified Bible says: “…and the whole earth went after the [Antichrist] in amazement and admiration.” That will be a united, multireligious form of worship.

The ultimate form of deception will be reached with the appearing of the Christ (the Antichrist) who will pretend to be the universal Christ of all religions. He will be empowered by Satan to perform great signs and wonders (2 Thess. 2:7-10; Rev. 13:2) and will also introduce a false peace and unity on earth (1 Thess. 5:3; Rev. 13:3). Halfway through his reign of seven years he will enter the rebuilt temple in Jerusalem and in utter arrogance declare himself to be God (2 Thess. 2:4).

There are clearly different forms and stages of deception by which Satan attempts to draw people away from believing in, worshipping and following the true God of the Bible. Once they have rejected the truth they become spiritually so blinded that the ability to discern good from evil rapidly decreases to a dangerously low level. Such people entertain distorted and completely unbiblical views on Jesus, the Holy Spirit and the gospel. Among them are also former believers in Christ. Paul says:

“I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you put up with it well” (2 Cor. 11:2-4).

Much more than only perverting the image of Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit with a view to depriving people of a biblical basis of faith, spiritual deception is now specifically aimed at deconstructing the biblical image and attributes of Jesus Christ to make Him conformable to the image of the Antichrist. This other Jesus will arise from the kingdom of darkness but present himself as the true Jesus who has come to save, bless and empower humanity. Preparations are in an advanced stage to receive him as the global messiah of all faiths. The mounting evidence on the nature and extent of this movement is very compelling, as indicated below:

Another Jesus
There are various independent initiatives, driven by the same spirit of error, to distort the biblical image of Jesus. The following initiatives clearly set the scene:

Liberal interpretation of Scripture. Liberal, humanistic-inclined theologians do not respect the root meaning of God’s Word – particularly those sections which describe God’s supernatural intervention in the affairs of humanity – and decide for themselves which other meaning(s) to attach to these scriptures. Many of them take literal concepts such as heaven, hell, the devil, the Antichrist, Israel, the millennial reign of Christ, as well as the end-time judgements of God, and offer explanations which differ radically from those which the Bible gives. Their agnostic mindset eventually leads them to question and attack the very foundations of the doctrine of salvation by denying clearly stated biblical concepts on the virgin birth of Christ, the spiritual significance of His atoning death, as well as His bodily resurrection. The starting-point for this serious delusion is the denial of the virgin birth of Christ. If He was not miraculously conceived by the Holy Spirit He could not be the only begotten Son of God who was destined to be the Saviour of mankind and the King who will rule the world in righteousness from the throne of David (cf. Matt. 1:20-21; Luke 1:26-35; Acts 15:16-17). Consequently, these theologians and their followers end up with another Jesus who is satanically-inspired and humanly conceived. This counterfeit Christ is endued with various unbiblical attributes and presented as one of many divine figures in the deceived family of world religions. To them, He is not the unique Son of God who defies the sinful conventions of human existence and denounces non-Christian religions as false institutions aimed at worshipping the Father of Lies (cf. 1 Cor. 10:20; 2 Cor. 6:14-18). These misguided people are paving the way for the coming of the Antichrist (1 John 2:22; 1 John 4:3).

The Jesus Seminar. On the extreme end of this rapidly expanding movement aimed at rejecting the Jesus of the Bible by utterly perverting His divine image is the US based Jesus Seminar which was established in 1985. They discredit more than 80% of the testimony of Jesus in the four Gospels as historically inaccurate. This is evident from their publication, The Five Gospels, to which the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas was added. In their efforts to portray the historical Jesus they strip the true, biblical Jesus of all His divine characteristics and render Him a mortal man who was no more than a human prophet. They do not hesitate to make grossly blasphemous statements about Jesus. During his visit to theological faculties at two universities in Pretoria, South Africa, John Dominic Crossan of the Jesus Seminar called the crucifixion of Jesus an act of transcendental child abuse and said that we should hate a God who surrendered His Son to such a cruel death. He also postulated that Jesus was never buried and did not rise from the dead. Another member of the Jesus Seminar, Prof. Marcus Borg, said during his visit to SA that there was never a full tomb, let alone an empty one, and added: “I think it is quite possible that his body was eaten by dogs.”

These ideas were eagerly accepted by prominent South African theologians who are members of the New Reformation. One of them, Prof. Andries van Aarde, wrote a book, Fatherless in Galilee, in which he describes Mary as a prostitute and Jesus as an illegitimate child who was begat by a Roman soldier. Being ‘fatherless’ in Galilee allegedly induced Him to fantasize about a heavenly Father. Despite its heretical premise this book was well received by fellow theologians. Those members of the Jesus Seminar and the New Reformation who do somehow agree that Jesus was a divine incarnation are quick to indicate that He was not the only incarnation of God. Religious leaders such as Buddha are also described as incarnations of the divine. The time for the revelation of the false Christ must surely be at hand.

Resurgence of the Gnostic Gospels. In keeping with the modern trend to relegate Jesus to the level of a mortal man and human prophet there is a new interest in the Gnostic Gospels. Since the time of the early Christian church theological development was strongly influenced by philosophy. Initially, it was the heathen Greek philosophy of Plato that had the greatest impact on religious thinking. Since the first century, Gnosticism developed concurrently with evangelical beliefs on the deity and incarnation of the Lord Jesus. This philosophy was derived from the concept “gnosis” (knowledge of spiritual mysteries) and teaches that knowledge, rather than faith, is the key to salvation. This philosophy enjoyed great support until the sixth century and during that time perverted the truth of various theological concepts. It was developed with the purpose of making the Christian religion more acceptable to Greek-speaking intelligentsia, but in the process the biblical concept of God was fundamentally changed. The Gnostic love for knowledge was shaped by the mystic beliefs of Plato, as well as his concept of God as the “Absolute,” which is not compatible with the biblical concept of the Holy Trinity. After these views were mixed with Christian concepts it was argued that there is a singular Creator-God, the Father, and that He created Jesus as a lower order God, or even as an angel. That was a vicious attack against the deity and incarnation of the Lord Jesus. Profs. Walvoord & Zuck (The Bible Knowledge Commentary, 1983:677) say: “Both Christ’s deity and humanity were challenged by this early Gnostic-like heresy. Those heretics diminished Christ to an angel whose ‘body’ was only apparent, not real.” But Paul defended the deity of the Lord Jesus, as well as His complete incarnation: “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9). He was fully God and fully man.

The large public acclaim enjoyed by false, apocryphal Gospels such as The Gospel of Judas, and other unauthentic accounts on the life of Jesus are indicative of this time of great deception prior to the dawning of the new dispensation of the Antichrist’s reign on earth. Just before Easter 2006, the National Geographic Society announced that they discovered the lost Gospel of Judas which contradicts the canonical gospels about Judas and his betrayal of Jesus. There were even claims in the press that this was the greatest discovery of the century and that it would result in a re-evaluation of Christians’ beliefs as we know it. The front-page headline of USA Today read, “Long-lost gospel of Judas casts ‘traitor’ in new light.” The Gospel of Judas presents Judas in a positive light as the only disciple who truly understood Jesus and who betrayed Him only because he was asked to do so. Jesus allegedly wanted to be released from the constraints imposed upon Him by His human body. The Gnostic Jesus described in the Gospel of Judas is not almighty God or the Creator of the world; He did not die for man’s sin, and did not rise bodily from the dead. It is no Gospel at all.

The Davinci Code. One of the modern platforms used to raise public awareness for the false Gnostic Gospels is Dan Brown’s novel, The Da Vinci Code, as well as a film with the same title. This book is based upon evidence derived from the Gnostic Gospels, which is presented as a true account of Jesus and His works. Many questions are raised concerning the deity of Christ and the trustworthiness of the canonical Gospels. Jesus is described as a mortal man who was married to Mary Magdalene, and these assertions cast doubt on the authenticity of the New Testament. The world has been looking for convincing proof that the Bible is not the Word of God. Scientists and researchers have been searching for credible reasons to reject the claims of Scripture. The public is hungry for such information. If the Bible is not the Word of God people are free to choose their lifestyles and behaviours without fear of punishment in this life or the next.

The Da Vinci Code has been on nationwide bestseller lists for extended periods since it was first published in 2003, including 87 weeks at the top of the New York Times bestseller list. As one reads this novel one finds that Brown blurs the lines between history and fiction, thereby suggesting that Christianity is based on a lie. What is the proof? A Gnostic Gospel and Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper where he contends that the person sitting next to Jesus was a woman, namely Mary Magdalene. The central claim that Brown’s novel makes about the Christian faith is that almost everything we learned about Jesus is false, thereby reinforcing the claims of heretics and apostates. In May 2006, a film with the same title was released. In the first four days it grossed $224 million at box offices world-wide.

The novel opens with the murder of an elderly curator at the Louvre, the world famous museum in Paris. The curator was harbouring a secret that, if revealed, would destroy the very foundations of Christianity. In his dying moments the curator left a series of numeric and cryptographic clues that would decode the fatal secret. The investigation of the murder produced clues that lead to the Holy Grail. As it turns out, the Grail isn’t the cup that Christ drank out of at the Last Supper, but Mary Magdalene, the true Grail who held the blood of Jesus in her womb while bearing His children. Furthermore, it is claimed that Mary’s reputation as a prostitute was fabricated by church leaders to undercut her influence, and that of women in general, in the early church. The real story was kept by a secret society called The Priory of Sion, to which many famous Europeans, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, belonged.

The Da Vinci Code is one of a series of blasphemous Hollywood films aimed at destroying the biblical image of Jesus. The ball was set rolling by films in which Jesus is portrayed as sinner, e.g. Jesus Christ Superstar, Jesus of Montreal and The Last Temptation of Christ. By these films the scene has been set of the revelation of “the man of sin” (2 Thess. 2:3) who will soon make his appearance in the name of the true Jesus.

The New Age Christ. The highest ranking deities in the New Age Movement are (1) the universal god of all faiths, (2) the cosmic Christ, and (3) Lucifer. In his book Reflections on the Christ the head of Planetary Citizens, David Spangler, included a chapter titled: Lucifer, Christ and God. In it, an important role in the development of a Christ consciousness in humans is assigned to Lucifer: “When man entered upon the pathway of self, he entered into a great creative adventure… There he can say, ‘I have fully and absolutely accepted the responsibility of who and what I am. In so doing I am free…’ The being that helps man to reach this point is Lucifer. That is his role. He is the angel of man’s evolution. He is the angel of man’s inner light. Lucifer is the spirit of light in the microcosmic world. God is the spirit of light in the macrocosm, and Christ is the bridge between the two that spells freedom in manifestation… Lucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness, and as we move into a new age, which is the age of man’s wholeness, each of us is brought to the point of a Luciferic initiation, the doorway through which the individual must pass if he is to come fully into the presence of his light and wholeness.” Through the spirit of the cosmic Christ of the kingdom of darkness (the Antichrist), people are introduced to the false light and peace of Lucifer, who is the father of lies. Full luciferic revelations are at present still confined to the inner circles of the New Age Movement, as members must pass through various stages of spiritual illumination before the real identity of the movement’s leader is revealed to them. Ordinary members of the movement are not aware that they actually open themselves up to Lucifer when they strive to attain spiritual illumination through the Christ consciousness.

The coming interfaith Christ will be the highest incarnation of the god of this world and be enthusiastically accepted by the deceived masses as the common Messiah of all faiths. Nominal Christians and orthodox Jews won’t have any problem when, after his revelation as the cosmic Christ, he also reaches out to the other religions to gather them under his banner. Muslims expect the prophet Jesus, who is not God, to appear soon and act in unison with the Imam Mahdi, who is a descendant of Muhammad. Hindus await a Jesus who, according to them, will be and end-time incarnation of Vishnu and Krishna. Buddhists equate the coming Christ with the fifth Buddha. According to the New Age Movement, Lucifer will work in the hearts of people to accept the universal Christ, while motivating them to become christs (or little gods) themselves.

Another spirit
Satan’s spirit of error (cf. 1 John 4:6) is actively working in the world to blind people’s minds to the truths of the gospel, while guiding them on how to have mystical experiences and empowering them to perform signs and wonders with occult powers. The many demons which Satan has at his disposal are evil spirits who are sent out to deceive people, thereby advancing the interests of the kingdom of darkness. The following actions of these spirits are very evident in the time in which we live:

Strange phenomena. The New Age Movement and its associated false religions is at present focusing attention on the discovery and use of the miracle-working psychic powers of healing, as well as the promotion of various supernatural manifestations. Even at many Christian meetings strange phenomena are now common, e.g. falling (or slaying) in the spirit. Other phenomena, such as laughing in the spirit, prophesying in the spirit and dancing in the spirit, which result from this experience, are also attributed to the Holy Spirit. Many believers blindly accept these phenomena without testing the spirits, despite the danger of spurious satanic imitation in such manifestations. Most of the Word of Faith preachers create strong expectations of powerful manifestations of the Holy Spirit. However, there is no scriptural basis for the signs that allegedly occur at their meetings. There is also the phenomenon of gold-dust falling on the hands, arms or hair of those at the meetings, while some claimed that fillings in their teeth turned into gold! Another modern fad in this movement is the so-called “New Wine” meetings where people experience typical symptoms of drunkenness. This is accompanied by falling, dancing and laughing in the spirit, also pogo stick jumping and making a wide range of animal noises, such as barking like a dog, crowing like a rooster and roaring like a lion! Are not the claims that such highly dubious phenomena and extraordinary behaviour are attributable to the activity of the Holy Spirit quite blasphemous, grossly insulting to Him and detrimental to the Christian witness to the world? It is not difficult to see how ideally this suits Satan’s purpose to discredit the Christian faith and deceive as many as he can. The express purpose of deceiving spirits is to destroy the faith of believers and to mislead, confuse, corrupt, overshadow and control them with the power of deception.

A new spirituality. The deceiving spirit of Satan imitates the Holy Spirit and instils a new kind of spirituality in people. It is a spirit of self-exaltation, pride and arrogance which makes you very important and powerful in your own eyes because of the gifts you have received, the recognition you enjoy, the strong influence you have over people, and also because of your material wealth. The presence, power and gifts of this spirit become the dominating reality in your life, while Jesus is subtly moved to the background. This spirit instils nice and relaxed feelings in you so that you forget all your problems and sins. He does not convict of sin, always condones it, and has no problems to live with lies, deceit, distorted versions of the truth, and moral laxity. He gives people the false hope that they are saved and will go to heaven. He uses so-called ‘prophets’ as human mediators to convey messages to you about what God wants you to do. He also majors on extra-biblical revelations from God through dreams and visions. He removes guilt complexes on his own authority, without specific reference to the cross, and surrounds you with light and joy. You are ever dependent upon him. He guides you through a process of inner healing to a spiritual reprogramming of your life in which the scars of the past, and even from before your birth, are put right by self-healing, positive confession, hypnotic regression and the breaking of generation curses.

This new spirituality is contemplative. People are taught to switch over to their ‘right-brain’ through meditation, walking labyrinths and practising mystical techniques such as yoga. They empty their minds by the using of mantras (the repetition of a single word or short phrase) which helps them descend to the deeper levels of their subconscious mind where they experience an altered state of consciousness. In this spiritual state some people meet spirit guides who teach or inform them, while others even hear voices speaking to them. There are also those who receive supernatural gifts such as prophesying, healing, tongues, astral travel, clairvoyance, and the performing of miracles.

This spirit also tells you that you are a king already, who has dominion on earth, and can claim and demand anything you like. You do not have to suffer poverty, disease or any other afflictions, and you can change anything through positive confession. You are in command of your life. He motivates people to organise transformation rallies as a means to usher in the kingdom of God on earth. He also makes his victims believe they can pull down demonic strongholds in any society by making use of strategic spiritual warfare. Any notable success is evading them as Satan will only be incarcerated when Christ comes (Rev. 20:1-3). In this dispensation, only individuals can be set free from the power of Satan – not entire cities or countries!

Berit Kjos posted a very helpful chart in which she indicates the transition from evangelical beliefs to the new spirituality: From this chart it is evident that a spiritually blinded humanity explores mystical powers in its quest to become divine, united and in full control of its own destiny. People end up discovering a mystical christ in their own hearts (the god within) who guides them into gaining a position of dominion on earth.

The Secret. Modern times are characterised by a strong resurgence of the secrets of ancient mysteries. In her book, The Secret, Rhonda Byrne says that when Christianity started spreading the forbidden forces behind magical arts went underground. They were hidden in secret societies and occult orders until the late 20th century when interest in the mystical powers of the past was revived by the biblically illiterate members of postmodern society. This new thought enables people to do miracles. The author says that if you begin to understand the hidden, untapped powers that are within you, this revelation can bring joy to every aspect of your life, including you financial interests, your relationships and your health. In her article, A New Mask for an Ancient Secret, Berit Kjos (Feb. 2007) says: “Now as [in ancient times] those dark Luciferian teachings have become shining lights to post-Christian cultures inspired by ‘false apostles and deceitful workers’ – servants of Satan, the evil one who masquerades as an angel of light. After all, The Secret offers gullible seekers everything under the sun: There isn’t a single thing that you cannot do with this knowledge. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are, The Secret can give you whatever you want. The law of attraction is the law of creation... You create your life through your thoughts. With this powerful knowledge, you can completely change every circumstance and event in your entire life...”

In his article The Secret Seduction (June 2007) Dave Hunt says: “The latest occult scam to capture the imagination of the West is called The Secret. The book by that name, a top New York Times bestseller, has quickly sold more than 6 million copies and the DVD over 2 million copies… The numerous misrepresentations [in the book] begin with the title itself. The Secret is not a secret at all, but recycled Hinduism, shamanism, and New Age folly. One of many huge lies is its claim: ‘You create your own reality with your mind.’ This was the serpent’s false promise to Eve – the promise of godhood (Gen. 3:5). Embracing that delusion cost Eve and her descendants Eden’s paradise – and would have barred mankind from heaven had not Christ died for the sins of the world. In the 6,000 years since Eden, the serpent’s promise has not been fulfilled in even one person’s life.”

The spiritual message of this book clearly implies that God is obsolete and that real spiritual empowerment is not to be found in the Bible but in The Secret. The popularity of this book throughout the world is staggering. This is indicative of the widespread interest in occult ideologies and practices which elevate fallen man to a position where he becomes the master of his own destiny. When he is his own god, everything is permissible, including any imaginable sin. In this frame of mind people will be willing followers of “the man of sin… whose coming is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thess. 2:3-12).

A Course in Miracles. In keeping with the rising interest in magical, occult powers that are often marketed in a ‘Christian’ package to deceive more people in Western societies, a course in miracles is offered on internet websites, in books and by celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey. On her daily radio program Oprah will offer a year-long course on the New Age Christ from the Course in Miracles Workbook. Those who finish the Course will have a wholly redefined spiritual mindset – a New Age worldview that includes the beliefs that there is no sin, no evil, no devil. It is emphasized in the course that in Jesus we are not under the law, so everything is lawful. A perverted kind of forgiveness is propagated, which is the world’s way of promoting unity and healing apart from the cross. Oprah told her television audience that Williamson’s book, A Course in Miracles, was one of her favorite books, and that she had already bought a thousand copies and would be handing them out to everyone in her studio audience. Oprah’s endorsement skyrocketed Williamson’s book to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. A Course in Miracles was originally dictated to channeller Helen Schucman in 1977 by her spirit guide who claimed to be Jesus.

The Miracle Times ( say on their website: “A course in miracles is a message to you from… the whole resurrected mind of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. It is an experiential guide to help bring about the illumination of your mind and body through the practical application of love, healing and forgiveness.” They define inspiration as follows: “Inspiration means: a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation. What is your qualification? You are the Holy Son of God Himself! You need only remember who you are. It is your purpose to inspire.” The real author of A Course in Miracles is described as “Master Jesus, who is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit… He became completely identified with the Christ, the Son of God.” People are influenced to see themselves as sinless: “See then the light that is all about you… You are as perfect as God created you.” Through positive thinking, forgiveness, love and positive confession people are to creatively change their lives by miracles.

The Moses Code. The global campaign of deception which is driven by Satan’s spirit of error, popularised by the media and promoted by celebrities, is taken one step further with the publishing of James Twyman’s book, The Moses Code. This book, as well as the film based upon it, elevates fallen mankind to the position occupied by Lucifer when he openly deified himself in heaven. He said, “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High” (Isa. 14:14). The author offers people a secret code which will dramatically change their lives from indigence and mediocrity to prosperity, royalty and abundance. That will happen when they can say to themselves, “I AM.” This code was revealed to Moses at the burning bush in the wilderness and enabled him to perform unprecedented miracles.

The book is promoted as follows by the publishers: “Twyman describes the most powerful manifestation technique ever known to humanity, hidden or ignored for almost 3,500 years. And yet, this powerful tool was responsible for some of the most amazing and famous miracles in the history of the world. Why, then, has the Code been held in such secrecy when it changed the world the few times it was applied? Is it possible that this technology is so powerful that our ancient forefathers decided that humanity wasn’t ready to wield such a mighty sword? When properly applied the Moses Code gives you everything you need to easily attract your Heart’s Desire. When used by large groups of people the Code also has the power to initiate a world based upon the laws of compassion and peace. In the first chapter you will learn what the Moses Code is and why it is so important today. In chapters two and three you will learn the beginning techniques for applying the Code in your life, and in the world. In short, chapters two and three will give you the necessary tools for changing your life and the lives of those around you.”

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 1: “You’ve likely heard the story before, all about Moses leading the Hebrews out of Egypt, an astounding accomplishment that began with him standing before a burning bush listening to the voice of God. But have we ever really heard the deeper message being communicated, not only to Moses but to each one of us? Is it possible that there is a code hidden somewhere in this story, a secret that gives us the power to attract everything we desire into our lives? Could this secret be the most powerful gift God has ever given the world? What are some of the things you most want to receive? Abundance, your soul mate, the perfect house, or your dream car? Did Moses receive from God the secret of how to achieve all your dreams, easily and automatically, attracting into your life everything you have ever desired? If so, is it possible for you to use this same secret today and for the rest of your life, achieving what the rest of the world would call miraculous?”

It is further explained that God called Moses from the bush and he responded by saying, “Here I am.” He was standing on holy ground when he said, “Here I AM.” The author then continues: “It’s almost as if God smiles at him and says: ‘Ah, well said, Moses. Indeed, Here I AM. This ground is holy because it is the spot where you have known yourself to be who you are.’ You may be thinking: ‘Wait a minute! Are you saying that God was pleased because Moses seemed to recognize himself as one with his Creator?’ The answer is YES!!! For thousands of years we have been sold a lie, and this lie has led to the suppression and dismissal of The Moses Code all through the world. We have been told that we are weak and vulnerable, unable to do more than eke out a meagre existence on earth. If we’re lucky we’ll be able to accumulate a relative degree of comfort, maybe a few houses and a big bank account, but none of that ever really satisfies us. We are here but to live then die, hopefully with a few moments of joy in-between. We have imagined ourselves to be in a prison that we can never escape, and we have convinced ourselves that the prison yard is our real home. What if the door to that prison cell was never locked? What if the world we live in is nothing more than a projection of our thoughts about ourselves, and that God has never shared that vision at all? If God is all-powerful, all-knowing and fully present in every moment and form, is it possible that God would rejoice when we realize the TRUTH? … Hold on before you answer. Your response will determine your entire experience of life, and how willing you are to accept everything God intends for you. Your answer will determine how open you are to receiving miracles and ultimately crack the Moses Code.” The author further says that God told Moses He would lead the Hebrews out of the bondage of Egypt into the Promised Land where they would live in abundance. He says that the same promise applies to us, also in a material sense.

In their e-newsletter of March 4, 2008, Lighthouse Trails say: “The Moses Code – taking the next step toward a world-wide awakening: On April 5th, The Moses Code film will be released in a unique synchronized worldwide opening, just a few weeks after this week’s release of the book with the same title. The book and film will most likely become best sellers with expected promotion by Oprah Winfrey and others of influence. The book/film is following the release of last year’s The Secret, which has remained on the New York Times Best Seller list for over 59 weeks. The Secret, also a book/film, was highly promoted by Oprah and carries a similar-type message. In essence, both projects focus on humanity being divine and having the ability to alter our personal lives and ultimately alter the world in which we live through hidden mysteries that the projects supposedly reveal.”

The Moses Code represents self-deification and prosperity in its most extreme form. But it goes beyond this and also offers this secret code as the solution to all the world’s problems of division, hostility and suffering. The assurance is given that if thousands of people gather at the same time, assume their position as gods and co-creators, and focus their positive thoughts on problem areas such as the Middle East, everything will change for the better.

Another gospel
The arrogant and unrestrained proclaiming of another Jesus under the instigation of another spirit has become a world-wide phenomenon. Preachers, politicians and celebrities with very large constituencies are joining hands to celebrate the divine nature of humanity, raise the level of people’s consciousness, promote global unity and peace, and ensure prosperity and good health to all. The following are popular themes for preaching:

Ecumenism. It is generally believed that religious globalism holds the key to the revelation of God’s kingdom on earth and a future of unity, prosperity and peace to divided humanity. Within this approach the fragmentation of Christianity into many denominations (referred to as vintage Christianity) should be countered by establishing mega-churches without strict and very explicit creeds, and without standing strong on the inerrancy of the Bible. Mega-churches should merge into post-denominational city churches that function under the guidance of prophets and apostles. Regional, national and international ties should then be forged among the various local branches of the church. Collective actions such as transformation rallies or meditation meetings are believed to wield the spiritual power needed to overcome evil and change the destiny of societies. This is New Age philosophy. They believe that when a critical mass (a representative group of people who believe they are divine) comes together to meditate, the scale will swing away from evil and divisiveness, draw humanity into this oneness, and heal the world.

The uniting of the Christian church is only an interim objective which paves the way towards multireligious ecumenical ties – an alliance of world religions in which the members of all faiths join hands on the premise that they worship the same God. It stands to reason that if they believe they worship the same God, they are also awaiting the same, universal Christ to finally unite them. When he has come, no insubordination will be tolerated and all people will be obliged to worship him (cf. Rev. 13:3-4,8,15).

Ecumenically-minded preachers of deceived mega-churches are preparing the way for the coming universal Christ of the New Age Movement. The vagueness of their creeds, the ignorance of their members, and the strong impact of postmodern thinking allows them to present another Jesus who, in many respects, differs from the biblical Jesus. Without much resistance they unwittingly make Jesus conformable to the New Age Jesus, simply by denying His uniqueness, the redemptive significance of His cross, and His insistence on repentance. They only emphasise His mission to bless and unite all people, to inspire them to realise their full potential so as to prosper in everything they do, and to empower them to establish and extend the kingdom of God on earth.

However, where there are still significant numbers of evangelical Christians, like in the US and South Africa, ecumenically-minded theologians first engage in a relentless campaign to slander and discredit the biblical Jesus by reducing Him to a historical Jesus who was just one of many human prophets. After that, their spiritually uprooted and disillusioned followers will be introduced to the cosmic Jesus of the emerging New World Order, thereby drawing them into the multireligious structures of the ecumenical movement.

Dominionism. The message proclaimed by the emerging church is that they are called upon to take control over the world, thereby physically establishing the kingdom of God to the good of all people. A wealth of concise and well written articles have been produced on his subject by the Discernment Research Group: see See also Sarah Leslie’s excellent article, Dominionism and the rise of Christian imperialism on

Herescope offers interesting excerpts from an article by C. Peter Wagner, in which he says: “We need to take a new look at one of our most quoted Bible verses: ‘The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost’ (Luke 19:10). In the past, most of us thought that Jesus was saying ‘to seek and to save those who were lost.’ Consequently, we applied it to saving souls. But now we realize that we should have taken Jesus’ statement at face value, namely ‘that which was lost.’ What is it then, that was lost and that Jesus came to seek and to save? The answer is in the first chapter of Genesis. God’s original design was that Adam and Eve should have dominion over all of God’s creation (see Gen. 1:28). But they disobeyed God, they lost their authority, Satan usurped it and he became the god of this age. Satan’s kingdom encompassed all of the human kingdoms of the earth (see Luke 4:5-6). Why did Jesus come? He came with His kingdom, namely the kingdom of God, to invade the kingdom of Satan for the purpose of taking back dominion of God’s creation which was lost in the Garden of Eden. The Holy Spirit is now speaking to the churches and saying that God’s people must do what it takes to transform society, segment by segment, until God’s kingdom is seen on earth as it is in heaven” (C. Peter Wagner, Transform Society! Global Prayer News, Vol. 6, No. 3, Jul-Sep 2005).

Herescope also reviews an article by Rick Joyner, The true soldiers of the cross are mobilizing, in which he says that coercive measures will be used to usher in the kingdom of God before increased liberty will be allowed: “At first it may seem like totalitarianism as the Lord will destroy the antichrist spirit now dominating the world… and will shatter many nations like pottery.” In support of this vision, various dominionists have devised a strategy of defeating the so-called giants of unbelief, poverty, disease, illiteracy and self-centred leadership. The forces of marketplace transformation are the main method which dominionists intend using to overcome the negative factors which deprive societies of the prosperity and abundance of the kingdom.

The deceived church tries to do now what only Christ can do at His second coming. Their heavy reliance on human resources and methods renders their efforts unbiblical and dispensationally out of place. Instead of preaching salvation to lost sinners they endeavour to restore paradise conditions on earth during this dispensation, thereby pre-empting the coming of Christ as King to reveal His kingdom on earth. The counterfeit kingdom of dominionists differs substantially from the true kingdom of Christ, and actually paves the way for a false king, the Antichrist, who will arise from the ranks of fallen humanity before Christ comes.

Positive thinking. This ideology, which is also promoted by liberal theologians, represents a clever mix of humanitarian and biblical objectives. It appeals to governments, businessmen, churches and communities at large, whether secular or religiously oriented, to uplift society, eradicate poverty, treat the sick, educate the illiterate, and promote peace and reconciliation among all factions of society. This approach was refined and used very successfully by Norman Vincent Peale (The Power of Positive Thinking), Robert Schuller (Self-Esteem: The New Reformation) and Rick Warren (The Purpose Driven Life). The ideology of positive thinking, by its very nature, excludes all negative thoughts, e.g. sin, judgement, deception, false prophets, false religions, the Antichrist, the false prophet, Satan, suffering, tribulation, etc. It refrains from giving offence to anybody – not even to the sinner in his natural (sinful) state. All people must be made to feel welcome just as they are, and to accept Christianity for the sake of the advantages and blessings that are in store for them. No warnings are issued to any people on the basis of God’s impending judgments upon the wicked.

Positive thinking is contrary to the gospel message and leads to the perversion of the gospel in churches where it is taught. That is the reason why Rick Warren does not dwell on God’s judgements upon sin, which include the crucifixion of Christ. His poor doctrinal foundation also renders him ecumenical in his outreaches to pastors of various denominations, not even excluding the Mormons. A Jesus without the cross is not the true Jesus, however much people might think that he preaches the biblical Jesus. Furthermore, Warren’s approach leads him to support transformation initiatives towards changing the world through joint efforts to establish God’s kingdom. No warnings are given on the coming Antichrist and the great tribulation. What will his supporters do when the cosmic Christ appears on the scene as a peacemaker? Won’t they think he is the true Christ?

A marriage between religion and politics. There is a very conspicuous movement in the world to ally religion and politics. This was common practice in the ancient world empires, where the emperors deified themselves and were not satisfied only with political allegiance but also demanded religious worship. The Antichrist will do the same. (Rev. 13:4,7,15). Modern political leaders increasingly mobilise their followers by means of a religious ideology to help change and improve the word. They either collaborate with religious leaders in the ecumenical movement or they pose as religious leaders themselves. This is all part of kingdom theology, in which political, business and religious leaders work closely together.

Rick Warren says that stability in any nation is dependent upon a strong and healthy government, a strong and healthy business sector, and strong and healthy churches. He likened it with a three-legged stool. With a view to promoting this view he travels to various countries to address government leaders, business leaders and church leaders to make them aware of their responsibility to work together in realising the objectives of stable, prosperous, and purpose driven nations. According to dominionists, that is the way in which the kingdom of God will be ushered in. Little do they realise that the next world empire will be that of the cosmic Christ. He will have a three-legged throne – as political leader, universal messiah, and head of the global economy.

In this other gospel which is preached by leaders of the emerging church, promoted by political leaders, supported by global business, and popularised by celebrities, there is no reference whatsoever to the coming of the true Jesus for His bridal congregation, the subsequent revelation of the Antichrist and the judgements of God upon a self-centred, sinful, materialistic and utterly wicked world. “When they say, Peace and safety! then sudden destruction comes upon them” (1 Thess. 5:3).

The unlocking of occult powers
The paradigm shift towards the emerging new world order of the cosmic Christ has been underway for quite a number of years. Although it has been implemented as unobtrusive as possible, the changes are far-reaching and constitute a radical break from the truth of God’s Word to the alternative spirituality of the ‘angel of light.’ It is only in an advanced stage of change that people are actively exposed to the hidden sources of power which are offered to them. Special formulas, codes, or actions are needed to unlock these powers and use them for whatever purpose they are offered. In her article, Mysticism and Global Mind Change (Sept. 2007), Berit Kjos says: “Do you wonder why yoga, labyrinths and other meditational practices have suddenly emerged in churches across America? Or why ‘Christians’ now use the old occult formulas (a combination of concentration, meditation, visualization and mental projection) practiced by sorcerers, alchemists and ‘enlightened’ yogis to invoke the presence of ‘God’? This East-West synthesis didn’t happen by chance. For several decades, influential church leaders have been promoting a new way of thinking, an end to ‘separatism,’ and an inclusive oneness that would fulfil their vision of an earthly kingdom of God.”

A specific code, key-word, mantra, ritual initiation, mindset, symbol, belief system, or action is needed to invoke the occult powers or spirits which Lucifer offers in a disguised form to his unsuspecting victims. In The Da Vinci Code, a series of numeric and cryptographic clues were given to decode the secret. The investigation lead to the Holy Grail, which wasn’t the cup that Christ drank out of at the Last Supper, but Mary Magdalene, the true Grail who held the blood of Jesus in her womb while bearing His children. The breaking of this code in Da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper represents a major deviation from the truth of God’s Word. It introduces a false teaching that Jesus was not divine but an ordinary, mortal man who had a wife and children. The implications of these assumptions are that Jesus is not God, the Bible is not true, the rejected Gnostic gospels reflect a more credible account of Jesus’ life, and somewhere among his unknown descendants a person may emerge in the end-time to claim the office of the Christ.

The Secret is also based upon the idea that hidden powers can be unlocked to fulfil all your dreams and needs. A new thought pattern enables people to do miracles as they create their own reality with their mind. Visualisation becomes a method of focussing the mind on an occult source of energy, thereby attracting and activating it.

The Moses Code is presented as a powerful method of declaring yourself to be God, thereby tapping creative powers in the universe to realise your dreams and changing your circumstances for the good. In saying, “I AM…” and adding to it whatever divine attribute you wish, e.g. “I AM the way and the truth,” you will share in Lucifer’s rebellious deed of self-exaltation and deification. The condition for promoting yourself to the level of co-creator is to despise and disobey God’s clear commandments to you, thereby becoming your own god. If you are prepared to do that, Lucifer will immediately empower you to become his co-worker and also allow you to enjoy certain short-lived benefits in his kingdom. The serpent achieved great success with this lie, which was first used to deceive our first parents in the Garden of Eden. He said to Eve that if she ignored God’s commandments she would not die, as God said, but that she would, instead, “be like God” (Gen. 3:5). She never became a god, only a deceived rebel who turned against the true God at her own peril. If it wasn’t for God’s grace to restore repentant sinners she would have died in her sins.

The Antichrist’s rise to power
The coming Antichrist will follow exactly the same course while rising to a position of absolute power as a self-declared God. He will oppose and exalt himself “above all that is called God or that is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thess. 2:4). When he openly states that he is the great I AM, Satan will strongly empower him do even more signs and wonders. He will be the lawless one, who breaks and despises all the laws of God, while acting “according to the working of Satan, will all power, signs and lying wonders” (2 Thess. 2:9). The devil will give him “his power, his throne and great authority” (Rev. 13:2). His co-ruler, the false prophet, will wield the same powers: “He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men” (Rev. 13:13).

The Antichrist, who will call himself the Christ or God, will deceive the whole world to worship him in order to share in his great power. He will also use a code which will give people access to his dark powers. No one will be able to buy or sell, “except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of man: His number is 666” (Rev. 13:17-18). The numeric symbol of the beast and the mark of his name will be used to physically mark all his followers. They will have to sign an oath of allegiance to him whereby they commit themselves to worshipping him and his image, to utterly reject the God of heaven, and to also denounce the true Christ who will still, during that time, be worshipped by a minority of people.

Be warned that the use of hidden codes to access supernatural powers will make you an enemy of God because you will arrogantly call yourself God or the Son of God, thereby exalting yourself to His position, and thus sharing in the rebellion of Lucifer. Eternal condemnation awaits people who do that: “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation, and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name” (Rev. 14:9-11 KJV).

With reference to the coming wrath, the Lord Jesus said: “Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:36).

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Is Your Church Suffering From R & R By Paul Proctor

Great article from my brother in the Lord Paul Proctor


By Paul Proctor

January 2, 2008

The Lord sent me on a difficult journey several years ago. It has been a long, painful and frustrating excursion. But it has also been quite rewarding in that I have learned so much along the way.

He called me out of The People's Church in August of 2000 for reasons I have already chronicled in a published piece by the same name. It wasn't a mere critique of a church gone bad from a disgruntled ex-member with an axe to grind, but rather the beginning of a calling of sorts to expose what I discovered to be a growing movement and trend in church life that in reality robs people of their faith in Jesus Christ.

In my ten or so years as an untrained writer and columnist with an undeserved high school diploma and a very basic knowledge of the scriptures that came largely through personal study and prayer, I started writing commentary for the internet barely knowing even how to punctuate a sentence, much less how to structure one properly. It was more or less on-the-job-training; so frankly, I learned as I wrote what I witnessed. And not having the luxury of editors most of that time, it meant that any embarrassing errors I made involving grammar, punctuation or spelling were promptly published for all the world to see - and in many cases, still are.

In retrospect, I suppose that helped keep my ego in check, at least most of the time, especially when the praise and support of other Christians began coming in - not unlike the Apostle Paul's thorn in the flesh that tormented him throughout his ministry. By the same token, I guess those words of encouragement helped keep my discouragement, embarrassment and humiliation from overwhelming me when all the criticism and rejection followed.

I had been a musician all of my adult life and until the mid-nineties, had no inkling or desire to write about anything that didn't involve music - much less controversial matters of church and faith. To this day I'm amazed that anyone is interested in anything I have to say - and moreover, that the Lord would compel a fool like me to write it down.

But I do nonetheless, for whatever it's worth.

After leaving The People's Church, I ended up at a smaller more traditional Southern Baptist fellowship where the pastor assured me numerous times over the four years I was there that he would not bring that church growth movement stuff I had agonized through at my previous church into his church, only to end up, much to my dismay, hearing him quote Rick Warren and his Purpose Driven Life principles time and again from the pulpit - eventually going so far as to offer a class on it to those who were interested in attending - that is, until I reminded him of his promise to me. It was as if every time I tried to settle in and serve the Lord in some capacity there, either as a teacher, a committee member or as a trustee, the CGM would reappear in one form or another and distract me into a confrontation and response in order to restrain its influence. As I would soon learn, many others who were reading my articles were also enduring the same kinds of struggles at their churches.

Whenever I questioned my pastor about his PDL proclivities, the justification was that, even though he didn't actively promote The Purpose Driven Life and Church per se, there were some practical things in Warren's books he thought would help our congregation. I suspect he was also under at least some peer-pressure, intentional or not, from local promoters and sellers of PDL products and materials which may have included fellow pastors and representatives from LifeWay Christian Resources here in Nashville, where such things have been for sale for years - a company that once employed him as an editor - not to mention the fact that he was shepherding a handful of misguided church members who were absolutely taken by Warren's unbiblical notions and ideas.

Still I remained, hoping to persuade him otherwise.

What finally sent me packing and back on my journey in search of a faithful church (not to be confused with a perfect church) was a Sunday morning message given in two services on November 21st, 2004, where he told of being impressed by a missionary and speaker he heard a few days earlier named Rick Leatherwood, who shrewdly used certain Proverbs from the Old Testament as a means of evangelizing Muslims by referring to the God of the Bible as "Allah," in hopes of winning them to Christ.

After the service was over, I obtained a CD copy of my pastor's sermon, to make sure I had actually heard him correctly, so as not to jump to conclusions and falsely accuse him of something he didn't actually say.

Citing the Apostle Paul as an example, this is an excerpt of what he preached that morning:

Paul had learned to become all things to all men. Rick Leatherwood has done that too. He does so many interesting things. And, he was trying to figure out, "How do I connect with these Muslims? They believe in the same God, sort of, that I do. They believe in the same God Abraham believed in. They believe in that God. Well, what can I do to connect with them? I can't just walk in and start talking about Jesus. They believe that Jesus was a real man but they don't believe He really died. So, I just can't walk in and start telling the good news about Jesus."
So, he came up with the idea, he said, "They believe in God; why not tell them about God? And so the one way I can do that is to give them a copy of the book of Proverbs from our Old Testament." It tells all this wisdom about God, from God and how to know God. And so, what he did; he printed up these little booklets - and he's done it - he's got them printed in various Arabic languages. And he'll go up, and when he gets to know somebody, he said, "I'd like to give you a gift. I'd like to give you this copy of the wisdom of God." Because they believe in God, he can say, "I'm talking about the same God."

After listening to the CD at home I called my pastor and politely told him: "Jesus is not the Son of Allah." He responded to my concerns by saying, that wasn't what he meant, followed by an apology for "offending me."

You see, he cleverly turned an Absolute Truth issue into a Relationship issue and quickly apologized for having offended me rather than admitting that he had in fact contradicted the Word of God.


After a short but heated discussion, I closed the conversation stating, if I were he, I'd revisit the issue from the pulpit and clear up any confusion his remarks may have caused.

When two or three Sundays passed without any mention of his mistake, my wife and I discontinued our participation in worship there, but did continue in Sunday School with friends for a time, visiting another nearby church for worship, waiting on the Lord's leading elsewhere or our pastor's public confession and repentance - whichever came first.

Almost three months later, on February 6th of 2005, my pastor made the following remarks in passing during his sermon that morning:

"Muslims claim to know God; but the god that they say they know, when you really study what they say; we did a study, some of you may remember, on Muslims and Muslim religion a few months back. When you really study what they believe, you see that the god they're worshipping is not the God you and I worship. It's a different God. It's not the God that Jesus revealed to us."
So, apparently this was, to his way of thinking, an acceptable substitute for confession and repentance; to ever-so-briefly re-visit the issue months later as if no real error had actually been committed - as if his unofficial follow-up sermon communicated what he really believed all along about God and Allah. I was left to ask myself: How could such a man ever call on sinners to confess and repent when he was so stubbornly unwilling to do so himself?

We never looked back.

And that brings me to the point of this article about my ongoing journey and the question I offered as its title:

Is your church suffering from R & R?

Both my previous churches obviously were; and amazingly, so have every one of the Southern Baptist churches my wife and I visited across three counties here in Middle Tennessee over the last three years.

Blame whomever and whatever you will; but somewhere along the way, they all to varying degrees, quit believing God - they lost their faith - their conviction - their focus and their Divine call to hear, believe, proclaim and obey the Word of God at all costs, whatever may come - and made the call to repentance and faith in Christ at best, secondary to the pragmatic pursuit of Results and Relationships - refashioning their religion into something more marketable - more practical - more horizontal and humanistic, so as to please prospects and participants into jumping onboard, that they might artificially grow their congregations into something impressive instead of something faithful - boasting of "fruit" while yielding a great harvest of weeds.

In spite of all this, the numbers steadily drop and revival continues to evade the Southern Baptist Convention whose members stare at their baptisteries year after year, longing for more Results - and then at each other, longing for more Relationships - this, while ignoring the Provider of both Who patiently waits for their confession, repentance and obedience, that He might bless.

Eve took the forbidden fruit because she wanted Results. Adam took it to protect and sustain his Relationship with Eve. Today, the church of the 21st century shamelessly continues to pursue both at God's expense in a desperate and disobedient attempt to satisfy "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life." (1st John 2:16)

May God have mercy on us all in 2008.

© 2008 Paul Proctor - All Rights Reserved


Paul Proctor, a rural resident of the Volunteer state and seasoned veteran of the country music industry, retired from showbiz in the late 1990's to dedicate himself to addressing important social issues from a distinctly biblical perspective. As a freelance writer and regular columnist for, he extols the wisdom and truths of scripture through commentary and insight on cultural trends and current events. His articles appear regularly on a variety of news and opinion sites across the internet and in print

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Rob Bell is going after your kids and youth

There is not going to be a need for a long commentary on this one. Tim


My comments-Ok so many of us have seen Rob's Nooma videos and have to admit that Rob is a great communicator but so what.
Many folks can be a great communicator and not be a Christian.
History is full of unsaved great communicators.
Now to the point.
Both Emergent church leaders Rob Bell and Doug Pagitt are speakers at this infaith conference and here is what that conferences focus is.
(Taken from the site)
Global, national and local luminaries representing faiths from around the world will gather to discuss nurturing youth with spirituality.

I would also encourage you to fish around this site and see what Bell and Pagitt are really mixed up in. Even though I don't think Bell or Pagitt are mixed up I think they know exactly what they are doing.
Notice on this site where the focus is and what they want you to practice.

Here is a list of all speakers.
Before you read this list though keep in thought of what the scripture teaches

Eph 5:11-12
"Ephesians 5:11-12 (New King James Version)
New King James Version (NKJV)
Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

"11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret."

So if you are a Christian you have no business partnering with the Dali Lama and others outside the faith because no matter how nice they are there works are still unfruitful and dark.
And most of all I wouldn't want any Christian leader I let my kids exposed to gleaning off folks like the Dali Lama and Desmond Tutu.
The bible states their works are unfruitful-period!
Again here is why this group is meeting.
Global, national and local luminaries representing faiths from around the world will gather to discuss nurturing youth with spirituality.

If this doesn't throw up a big red flag you had better examine your faith AND your walk with The Lord Jesus. Who in fact didn't meet with other spiritual leaders in His day to discuss nurturing youth with different type's of spirituality.

Here is a list of the leaders attending-

Participants include:
• His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a simple Buddhist monk
• Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Episcopal Archbishop of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient
• Dr. Ingrid Mattson, President of the Islamic Society of North America
• Rabbi David Rosen, Chairman of the International Jewish Committee on Interreligious Consultations
• Roshi Joan Halifax, Zen Buddhist Master and abbess of Upaya Zen Center
• Rob Bell, emergent Christian leader, writer, and pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan
• Sister Joan Chittister, Benedictine Catholic nun, writer and teacher
• Pravrajika Vrajaprana, Hindu philosopher, writer, and teacher
• Doug Pagitt, evangelical author, pastor of Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis, emergent Christian leader
• Episcopal Bishop Steven Charleston, President and Dean of Episcopal Divinity School and a Professor of Theology
• Linda Kavelin-Popov, co-founder of the Virtues Project
• Reverend Samuel Berry McKinney, civil rights leader and pastor emeritus of Mount Zion Baptist Church in Seattle
• Father William Treacy, Interfaith leader, founder of Camp Brotherhood
• Ahmed Tijani Ben Omar, Muslim scholar and spiritual leader
• Guru Singh, Sikh philosopher and spiritual leader
• Steven Shankman, the UNESCO Chair in Transcultural Studies, Interreligious Dialogue and Peace
• Youth representatives from across Washington State

Here is what they plan to do (PS welcome to the forming of the new Christianity )

"The Youth and Spiritual Connection Dialogue begins with a panel focusing on contemporary children. In today’s complex culture, with problems such as media overload, social pressure, short attention spans, isolation and fear, how do we bring awareness of spirituality and compassion to our children in the first years of life?

In the afternoon, workshops and forums on Spirituality and Compassion will provide participants with practical tools they can contribute to their homes, communities and future generations.

Please join us on April 15th, to participate, contribute and learn at this historical event, and encourage members of your community to attend – especially new and expecting parents. "

Folks I believe this is the forming of the apostate religion that the Bible speaks about in the end times.
If I would you I would mark Rob Bell and Doug Pagitt and inform your youth pastors and pastors about this event.
If they still think its ok to use Rob Bell videos and Doug Pagitt materials I would flee that church and never turn back your kids are in serious danger.
Tim Wirth

Monday, March 24, 2008

Letters to Richard Abanes Concerning Ken Blanchard and the New Age Movement

This is from my friend and brother in the Lord Bud Press.
If you are not familiar with Richard Abanes he is the unofficial apologist for Rick Warrens faith and all things purpose driven. Tim

Letters to Richard Abanes Concerning

Ken Blanchard and the New Age Movement

by Bud Press, Director

Christian Research Service

March 24, 2008

Introduction: Christian Research Service, along with other discernment ministries, has spent over three years researching Ken Blanchard and his Lead Like Jesus movement. Blanchard, the co-founder of Lead Like Jesus and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies, claims to be a Christian, but has amassed an incredible track-record of involvement with and participation in the New Age Movement.

While rumors abound about when Blanchard became a Christian, on page VIII of his 2005 book, Lead Like Jesus, Blanchard states he began reading the Bible "When I turned my life over to the Lord in the late 1980s."

Further, on page 1 of his Spring 2007 article, "to Quack or to Soar?" Blanchard states that he "became a Christian in 1988," and further states that,

Henry Blackerby and I agree on this: He says the great spiritual revolution will come from businesspeople by demonstration, not proclamation. It will not come from evangelism.

I pray every morning, "Lord, protect me from your people." I have never met such vicious people as Christians. They want to be right. My big disillusionment since I've become a Christian is that we've got the worst business model in the world. I was in suburban Chicago and asked a guy there, "How many churches here have Jesus central to them?" He said about 1,200. I said, "Do you think Jesus is a good product?" He said, "Yeah, the best." So I said, "What if I wanted to franchise Him?"

Blanchard's statements tie-in with the following from Rebecca Barnes' May 20, 2004 article, "Ken Blanchard: Serving to lead like Jesus":

Blanchard said he is disappointed in Christians, too, because they aren't using Jesus' techniques more. "The biggest gap in Christianity is between knowing and doing. I mean, why don't people who know better behave better," he said.

"People ask me if I'm interested in evangelism. I'm not. I think the next big evangelism movement will be driven by behaving differently."

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Ken Blanchard's words are crystal clear. But the Apostle Paul's inspired words offer a stern rebuke:

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: PREACH THE WORD; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, EXHORT, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELIST, fulfill your ministry (2 Timothy 4:1-5, emp. added).

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake (2 Corinthians 4:3-5).

Norman's a-Peale-ing influence

It is important to note that on page four of Ken Blanchard's "to Quack or to Soar" article, he states that,

I wrote a book with Norman Vincent Peale about ethics. I wasn't even a believer at the time, but I was open. That's when I became a Christian. We decided there were two problems with being ethical and leading like Jesus. The first was knowing the right thing to do. I think most people know the right thing to do. The biggest problem is doing what you know.

The book Blanchard referred to is the The Power of Ethical Management (1988) which, as of this writing, is still promoted on The Ken Blanchard Companies website ( ).

Concerning Norman Vincent Peale and his spirituality, Watchman Fellowship's Index of Cults and Religions states that he,

Was a popular writer, promoter of the belief in the power of positive thinking popularized through the interfaith magazine, Guideposts. Peale's views of Christianity were heavily influenced by his mentor Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious Science, and also reflected the philosophies of New Thought, and Unity. [hyperlinks their]

In a 1990 article titled, "Norman Vincent Peale," Watchman Fellowship informs the reader about Peale's endorsements of and ties to the New Age Movement:

According to Dave Hunt's bulletin Peale wrote in the Masonic Magazine, New Age, concerning his involvement, "Men of different religions meet in fellowship and brotherhood under the fatherhood of God." Peale also demonstrates that he is much more in alignment with the New Age Movement and its accompanying belief categories, than he is in Christianity. [The Watchman Expositor,, hyperlinks theirs]

Peale first became suspect when he consistently began endorsing New Age/Occultic writers. [Ibid.]

When one examines many of the self-help, New Age, Occult books, references and quotes from Norman Vincent Peale frequently occur. [Ibid.]

Peale consistently operates with New Age doctrine and practices, emphasizing the creative power of thought and that consciousness is true reality and aligning your consciousness by meditation or affirmation, will automatically bring what you desire. [Ibid.]

It is obvious that Norman Vincent Peale's New Age spirituality had an effect on Ken Blanchard. In 1997, Watchman Fellowship correctly identified Peale and Blanchard as New Age:

In A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul can be found at least 38 New Age or Mormon contributors or attributions, including M. Scott Peck, Steve Andreas, Sai Baba, Martin Buber, Gandhi, William James, Joseph Campbell, Leo Buscaglia, Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, Benjamin Hoff, Ken Blanchard (Please See Update), Canfield, Hansen, and T.M. promoter Harold Bloomfield. [Craig Branch, "Chicken Soup for the Soul Reviewed,", hyperlinks theirs]

More New Age endorsements

While Ken Blanchard claims to have been a Christian for the last twenty years, he has amassed an incredible track-record of direct involvement in the New Age Movement. In addition to what has been researched thus far, here are a few updates:

-- Deep Current Technology: "Deep Current uses mind/body science" and "offers five-minute, interactive modules that both integrate and teach the most widely used mind/body techniques: progressive relaxation, meditation, visualization, cognitive reframing, workplace yoga, and autogenics" (click HERE and HERE ).

Susan Greene, co-founder, has "studied with such leading-edge thinkers as Peter Senge, Edwards Deming, Ken Blanchard, Tom Peters, and Stephen Covey, helping to translate their 'work' into the workplace. Personally, she has been practicing yoga since the third grade and has had the honor of sitting with Jack Kornfield in satsung at Spirit Rock Meditation Center for the past 10 years" (, page 3).

-- Ken Blanchard is scheduled as a keynote speaker for The Bob Pike Group "15th Annual Training and Performance Solutions Conference" (September 28-October 3, 2008, ). The conference also includes,

Stretching, Breathing and Yoga Priscilla Shumway: Join this sunrise session to start your day with stretching, breathing and Yoga techniques to wake up your body and brain. Dress comfortably ready to flex your muscles! Explore how we can incorporate them to stretch your next classroom experience.

[ ], emp. theirs).

Shumway is a faculty member and a Senior Training Consultant with The Bob Pike Group

( ).

-- Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE) specializes in therapeutic massage, Pilates, and yoga ( ). Marilou Ramos, a TDE staff member, is a Reiki practioner and is "certified in hot stone therapy, pregnancy massage and Zen-Touch acupressure work as well" ( ).

The Ken Blanchard Companies is a "Featured Client" of TDE, and is on the TDE "Distinguished Corporate Client's List" at .

Of Todd Durkin, Ken Blanchard testifies that,

"Todd has the unique ability to bring fitness down to a personal level. His approach challenges each person to be their best and make improvements that are achievable. His knowledge and enthusiasm are a true inspiration. This is a can't miss program that will add value to any meeting or conference."

[ ]

Todd and his team are a great addition to any meeting if you care about more than the heads of the participants. They will stimulate the heart, body and spirit of your people. Do it and everyone's heads will function better too. [ ]

And Ken Blanchard remains an active member of the New Age Hoffman Institute

( ), established by Bob Hoffman, psychic.

Damage control 101

Despite the staggering amount of evidence, and despite the fact that Abanes admits on his own website that "Ken Blanchard has either endorsed or written forewords for many books that advance beliefs/ideas clearly at odds with biblical Christianity" ( ), as of this writing Abanes maintains:

Nearly three years have passed now since the controversy, and I have heard Blanchard speak on various occasions. And by his words and deeds, I can only believe that he has truly fought, and continues to fight, to grow in the grace and knowledge of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. ["Ken Blanchard and Rick Warren: The Truth Behind the Controversy," ]

Tragically, Blanchard's past mistakes of judgment have provided more than enough ammunition for Warren's critics to continue attacking both Blanchard and Warren (especially Lighthouse Trails Research Project, the so-called "discernment" ministry that can arguably be credited with having started the whole controversy (Lighthouse Trails: The Blanchard Bashers). Blanchard's admission of errors, his willingness to learn more about doctrinal discernment, his attempts to express regret over decisions he had made, and his ongoing work to spread the Gospel have meant nothing to such individuals. They have continued to resurrect the old controversy from 2005, declaring that Blanchard has not done enough to prove he has truly repented. As of 2008, this is basically where the Ken Blanchard controversy stands. [Ibid., hyperlinks theirs]

Ken Blanchard is no New Ager. [ ]

Admitting to error or sin, promising to right a wrong, but continuing in error or sin is not an apology or repentance. If a person claims to be in fellowship with Jesus Christ, but is walking in darkness, that person is a liar. There is no gray area! God's word is final:

If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us (1 John 1:6-10).

Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin (James 4:17).

Glorifying the guru

To his credit, Richard Abanes correctly identifies Jim Ballard as a New Ager, and as one who,

...advances and promotes New Age teachings, specifically those of Paramahansa Yogananda of the Self-Realization Fellowship New Age cult, which is stands in total opposition to the teachings of Christianity. [ ]

But advancing and promoting New Age teachings and Paramahansa Yogananda and Self-Realization Fellowship is precisely what Ken Blanchard did in the Foreword of Jim Ballard's 2007 book, Little Wave and Old Swell--which was "Inspired by Paramahansa Yogananda"--a deceased Hindu guru! (For further details, refer to "Ken Blanchard Endorses Book 'Inspired' by Hindu Guru" at )

And according to his website, Ballard is "currently at work on a sequel to Little Wave and Old Swell" ( ). Will Ken Blanchard endorse it as well?

The late Paramahansa Yogananda tried to redefine Jesus Christ and rip-and-shred God's holy word, but that which he tried was to his own destruction (2 Peter 2:1-3; 2 Corinthians 11:13; Matthew 7:15; John 3:18-19; John 8:24).

Yogananda was responsible for deceiving untold numbers of people worldwide. Yet, on the homepage of Jim Ballard's Little Wave and Old Swell website, Blanchard encourages the reader to,

Enjoy this story. Read it many times. Let it speak to your heart and reintroduce you to the wonder that breathes from everything in the world ( ).

Leading people to Paramahansa Yogananda isn't leading like Jesus! It is classic in-your-face deception designed to condition the innocent and unwary into accepting, without reservation, the false prophets and false teachers of our day.

But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13). It is imperative that Christians awaken to the deception in their midst, and stand strong for Jesus Christ and the truth of God's holy word.

Letters to Richard Abanes

The following letters from Christian Research Service to Richard Abanes are self-explanatory. While Abanes did reply, his one e-mail contained no rebuttal to the documentation contained in the letters.

Abanes' reply contained a copyright disclaimer. While the letters to Abanes make it crystal clear that "...any-and-all replies will be subject to public scrutiny," Christian Research Service has chosen to refrain from posting his reply publicly--but reserves the right to do so in the future.

Letter #1:

March 11, 2008

Richard Abanes

Pop cuLTuRE MiX

Dear Richard:

I have spent a considerable amount of time on your website reviewing your articles, "Lighthouse Trails: The Blanchard Bashers" and "Ken Blanchard and Rick Warren: The Truth Behind the Controversy," and offer the following for your consideration.

Since Lighthouse Trails and others cited in your articles are capable of speaking for themselves, my comments are specific to the issues surrounding Ken Blanchard. Please take the time to read them carefully.

As one who has spent the last three years researching Ken Blanchard and his involvement in the New Age Movement, I am very concerned that you aren't telling the whole story. Your readers, as well as those who promote and support Blanchard's Lead Like Jesus, deserve to know both sides of the issue.

It is important to note that in the last paragraph of your article, "RUMOR CONTROL" ("TRUTH: MY PERSONAL VIEWS OF IT"), you state that, our fallen world, many forms of evil masquerade as innocent, harmless and fun. They are often accepted with little evalutaion or criticism, especially when they are popular and entertaining. Yet Paul calls us to test everything, hold on to the good and avoid every kind of evil (1 Thessalonians5 :21-22)." And so, for the record, let me plainly state that objective/ultimate truth does indeed exist and that it is without a doubt knowable/accessible. [Emp. theirs, ]

Yes, truth does exist and is knowable and accessible. There exists a marriage between truth and solid documentation, of which there can be no divorce. Standing for truth--regardless of the outcome--separates the men from the boys.

Now, for the benefit of yourself and your readers, here are a few reasons why you should consider revising your statements concerning Ken Blanchard and his participation in the New Age Movement:

1. In your article, "Ken Blanchard and Rick Warren: The Truth Behind the Controversy," you inform the reader about: your contact with Blanchard and his Lead Like Jesus staff, Blanchard's statement and "promise" to "exercise better discernment in the future," and Watchman Fellowship's involvement with Ken Blanchard.

Your article also includes excerpts from James Walker's July 25, 2005 "Ken Blanchard Update."

Continuing, you state that, "I eventually came to find out that Blanchard was no New Ager," that Blanchard called you personally, and that Blanchard "assured" you that "he was going to work very hard to learn more about doctrinal matters and grow spiritually as the years progressed, using the controversy as a wake-up call for him."

But despite the efforts to reason with Ken Blanchard, and despite the public exposure of Blanchard's involvement in the New Age Movement, he has yet to awaken to the damage he has and is doing to the cause of Christ. At present, he is endangering the spiritual welfare of innocent, unwary Christians worldwide.

Has Ken Blanchard honored his "promise"? Has he exercised "better discernment" and stopped endorsing New Age authors and books? Has he publicly repented, retracted, and renounced his ties with the New Age movement and totally separated from New Agers? Has he surrounded himself with solid, Bible-based Christians? Here are a few important facts to consider:

Fact: Ken Blanchard has not kept the "promise" he made in 2005. His July 2005 statements have long since disappeared from his Lead Like Jesus website.

Fact: Ken Blanchard continues to endorse New Age authors, is involved in New Age practices, remains an active member of the New Age Hoffman Institute, and still sits on the Hoffman Institute's Advisory Council. He and his wife, Margie, contribute financially to the Hoffman Institute.

Fact: The Ken Blanchard Companies is still listed as one of the Attendees of the New Age Heartland Circle's Thought Leader Gatherings.

Fact: While Blanchard claims to be Christian, he refers people to Buddha, Mohammed, Mahatma Ghandi, the Dalai Lama, and deceased Hindu guru Paramahansa Yogananda, and honors them as "great prophets" and "spiritual leaders."

Fact: Watchman Fellowship was one of the "PARTICIPATING SPONSORS" of Blanchard's Lead Like Jesus, despite the fact that New Agers--such as Mark Victor Hansen--sat on the Lead Like Jesus Board.

Fact: The list of Lead Like Jesus' Board of Directors has long since disappeared from the Lead Like Jesus website.

Fact: James Walker's July 25, 2005 "Ken Blanchard Update" has been removed from Watchman Fellowship's website.

James Walker is the president of Watchman Fellowship. Once it was learned that his update on Blanchard had been removed, I wrote him on December 12, 2007 and asked if his update had been removed permanently or if it was a glitch in the system. I also asked Walker that in light of the overwhelming documentation on Blanchard (see recommended reading below), would he or would he not provide a statement on Ken Blanchard?

As of this writing, there has been no reply from Walker, nor has he provided a statement.

Presently, the only reference to Ken Blanchard on Watchman Fellowship's website is Craig Branch's 1997 article, "Chicken Soup for the Soul Reviewed." Branch, formerly of Watchman Fellowship, now the director of the Apologetics Resource Center, is a former Unitarian and a noted authority on the New Age Movement. In his article, Branch included Ken Blanchard along with other New Agers, stating that:

In A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul can be found at least 38 New Age or Mormon contributors or attributions, including M. Scott Peck, Steve Andreas, Sai Baba, Martin Buber, Gandhi, William James, Joseph Campbell, Leo Buscaglia, Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, Benjamin Hoff, Ken Blanchard (Please See Update), Canfield, Hansen, and T.M. promoter Harold Bloomfield.

[ ]

Note that the above "Ken Blanchard (Please See Update)" hyperlink leads the reader back to Watchman Fellowship's homepage. Note also that Branch included Norman Vincent Peale and Mark Victor Hansen as New Agers, that Blanchard and Peale co-authored a book, and that Hansen sat on the Lead Like Jesus Board of Directors.

For verification, you may want to contact Walker and ask him why he removed his "Ken Blanchard Update" and why Watchman Fellowship remains tight-lipped on this issue.


Phone: (817) 277-0023

FAX: (817) 277-8098

And, since you know Ken Blanchard personally, you may want to contact him and ask why he has not honored the promise he made in 2005, and why he is still deeply involved in the New Age Movement.

Lead Like Jesus

Toll-free (800) 383-6890

Phone: (706) 863-8494

FAX: (706) 863-9372

The Ken Blanchard Companies

Phone (800) 728-6000

FAX: (760) 489-8407

For the record, no one faults Watchman Fellowship for their efforts to reason with Ken Blanchard. Sadly, Blanchard deceived them and continues doing the same to others, including you. Now, years later, he is demonstrating his true colors.

At this point, it is important to allow Scripture to demonstrate what happened 2,000 years ago when the Apostle Paul encountered the New Agers of his day:

Many also of those who had believed kept coming, confessing and disclosing their practices. And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of everyone; and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing (Acts 19:18-20).

Once saved, the New Agers became Christians--not half-Christian and half-New Age. They repented and renounced their ungodly, occultic practices, and stopped acknowledging, affirming, endorsing, promoting and lending credibility to their occultic beliefs. They further demonstrated their sincerity by burning their occultic materials for everyone to see. Once they turned their lives over to Jesus Christ, they no longer endangered the spiritual welfare of the innocent and unwary.

Keep in mind that on page VIII of his 2005 book, Lead Like Jesus, Blanchard claims to have been a Christian since the "late 1980's." Elsewhere, Blanchard claims that he "became a Christian in 1988" ("to Quack or to Soar," Spring 2007). Thus, Blanchard is not a "new" Christian, as many have been led to believe.

Furthermore, every Christian is called to evangelize the lost and be a good witness for Jesus Christ. But despite Jesus' command to Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15), Ken Blanchard has made his interest in evangelism crystal clear:

"People ask me if I'm interested in evangelism. I'm not. I think the next big evangelism movement will be driven by behaving differently" (Rebecca Barnes, "Ken Blanchard: Serving to lead like Jesus," May 20, 2004, ).

God's inspired word demonstrates the difference between those who truly love and cherish Jesus Christ in their hearts, and those who claim to be Christian on the outside:

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men (Matthew 15:8-9).

Ken Blanchard talks about Jesus and has convinced many that he is a Christian. But Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and many New Agers talk about Jesus and claim to be Christian

( ). Moreover, in your September 13, 2007 Pop cuLTuRE MiX blog article, "Is J.K. Rowling REALLY A Christian," you cite the Harry Potter author stating that, "Well, I do believe in God."

There is a big difference between talking about Jesus and sharing Him from the heart. There is a big difference between one who claims to be a Christian and one who has surrendered his life to Jesus Christ. And in the case of Ken Blanchard, there is a big difference between leading like Jesus and worshipping Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Jesus said, My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand (John 10:27-28).

Cultists, occultists, false prophets, and heretics carry baggage filled with deception, lies, doctrines of demons and, man-made gods. In Matthew 7:15, Jesus clearly warns the believer to Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. In verses 16-20, Jesus clearly informs the believer of the big difference between a true and false prophet, and that both will be known by their fruits, whether good or bad.

In John 14:6, Jesus said, I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. Jesus Christ is God Himself in human form, and is exclusive to every man-made, fabricated "messiah" and "savior" and "god."

Speaking favorably of and leading people to Buddha, Mohammed, Mahatma Ghandi, the Dalai Lama, Paramahansa Yogananda, New Agers, and New Age organizations (as Blanchard does), flat-out contradicts Jesus' words and denies His exclusivity and deity. Leading people to those that deny that Jesus is the only way, truth, and life is the same as saying, Jesus is okay, but there are others who are just as good.

A glaring example of this is Blanchard's endorsement of New Ager Jim Ballard's June 2007 book, Little Wave and Old Swell, which, by the way, was "Inspired by Paramahansa Yogananda." Blanchard writes:

"Enjoy this story. Read it many times. Let it speak to your heart and reintroduce you to the wonder that breathes from everything in the world." [ ]

One doesn't have to wonder about the "wonder" Ballard and Blanchard want to "reintroduce" to the reader. In fact, Ballard, a Yogananda devotee, explains what the "wonder" is on pages 62 and 82:

Ommm-m-m-m-m... Ommm-m-m-m-m... As Little Wave listened, he realized the Sound was coming from inside him, all around him, everywhere. It was the Voice of Everything.

Help me to feel my connection with the vast Ocean of Life, the Oneness within all things.

In the Foreword of Ballard's Little Wave and Old Swell, Blanchard opens a floodgate of deception for unwary Christians, and serves to cause further distancing between Yogananda devotees and Jesus Christ:

The fact is, Yogananda loved Jesus, and Jesus would have loved Yogananda. Every year, the Self-Realization Fellowship headquarters in Los Angeles--as well as all its temples and meditation groups throughout the world--hold a full-day Christmas event. It is a time of reverent reflection, with periodic interruptions to listen to taped messages of Yogananda's love for Jesus and his teachings. The way I see it, love is love. [pp. viii-ix]

Blanchard's stating that Paramahansa Yogananda "loved Jesus" and his favorable mention of Self-Realization Fellowship is enough to make one's skin crawl. Yogananda's teachings on "Jesus" are so far out they couldn't be tracked by the Hubble telescope! Blanchard's statements demonstrate his lack of knowledge on what Yogananda believed about Jesus and Who the real Jesus Christ is.

The Bible warns about Yogananda and his "Jesus" in Galatians 1:6-9 and 2 Corinthians 11:3-4. Prior to his death, Yogananda defiled and distorted the gospel of Jesus Christ, was deceived by Satan, preached a counterfeit Jesus, was influenced by a counterfeit spirit, and was under a divine curse. Yet, Ken Blanchard considers Yogananda a great spiritual leader and recommends a book that was "Inspired" by Yogananda.

For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that theyare enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things (Philippians 3:18-19).

Paramahansa Yogananda was an enemy of the cross of Christ. But which is worst, an enemy of the cross or one who promotes the enemy? The Bible answers this question in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15:

For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

Leading people to enemies of the cross and their demon-filled baggage is not only an exercise in reckless abandon, it angers God, carries severe consequences for the precious souls for whom Jesus died for, and drives the unsaved deeper into sin and further away from Jesus Christ. Judgement of the unsaved, hell, and eternal separation from God is real.

Then the sons of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD and served the Baals, and they forsook the LORD, the God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods from among the gods of the peoples who

were around them, and bowed themselves down to them; thus they provoked the LORD to anger (Judges 2:11-12).

Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins (John 8:24).

Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son (2 John 1:9).

Ken Blanchard isn't leading like Jesus. He is, however, leading both the Christian and non-Christian into harm's way and causing both to stumble (Matthew 18:6-7). This is why Ken Blanchard, and those like him, must be exposed.

Thus, the question that needs to be asked is: Is Ken Blanchard a Christian? If he is, then everyone who pays lip-service to Jesus should be viewed as Christian--including Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, New Agers and, J.K. Rowling. And if talking about Jesus and claiming to lead like Jesus makes one a Christian, then apologists and cult-evangelists worldwide need to find something else to do with their time.

For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it (Matthew 7:14).

On the outside, Blanchard talks-the-Christian-talk, but on the inside, he is a wolf in sheep's clothing, whose New Age fruit is rotten to the core.

Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting (Romans 16:17-18).

2. In the last paragraph of your article, "Lighthouse Trails: The Blanchard Bashers"

( ), your "2008 Update" states that,

As of early 2008, Lighthouse Trails was still making the very same false accusations about Ken Blanchard and Rick Warren that they were making back in 2005, going so far as to devote an entire page to the ever-present danger, as they see it. The page includes the same information above, as well as a resoundingly clear rejection of Blanchard's attempts to rectify the situation by: a) expressing his regret/sorrow over his mistakes; b) seeking the help of Watchman Fellowship to learn more about Christian doctrine; and c) working harder to be more careful about what books/people he endorses.

Please know that a large percentage of the documentation on Ken Blanchard and his involvement with the New Age Movement was provided to Lighthouse Trails by myself and colleagues--some of whom are former New Agers. Thus, while broken links and webpages that mysteriously disappear overnight can't be prevented, the documentation I provide to other ministries and include in my articles is solid and speaks for itself.

Had Blanchard never co-founded Lead Like Jesus; had he never became the "Chief Spiritual Officer" of The Ken Blanchard Companies; had he never claimed to be a Christian in the first place, we may have never heard of Ken Blanchard, and the name "Ken Blanchard" would be just another name in an ocean of New Agers.

Blanchard wasn't forced into the New Age, he made a choice. Nevertheless, I pray that God will be merciful, open his eyes to the truth, and grant him repentance (2 Timothy 2:25).

With the above in mind, if there is any doubt about Ken Blanchard being a New Ager, please refer to my November 26, 2007 article, "Ken Blanchard Endorses Book 'Inspired' by Hindu Guru" at Once read, if you continue to maintain that Blanchard isn't a New Ager, please don't get upset when Christians wonder if you suffer from an acute case of Don't confuse me with the facts my mind is made up.

Our task is to tell the truth in love, and pour the whole truth into the barrels of confusion, controversy, and deception. One cannot be a practicing Christian and practicing New Ager at the same time. One cannot fellowship with Jesus Christ and fellowship with occultic, New Age paganism at the same time. One cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons

(1 Corinthians 10:21).

Ken Blanchard is a false brethren and a wolf is sheep's clothing (Galatians 2:4-5; Matthew 7:15; Acts 20:28-29). Outwardly, he pays lip-service to Jesus Christ, but inwardly, he honors New Age organizations, authors, books, practices, demonic doctrines, and pagan gods (Matthew 15:7-9).

Words are important. Words can encourage or discourage, build-up or destroy. When misused, words will return to haunt the writer. This is why it is important that you revise your statements concerning Ken Blanchard and his participation in the New Age Movement. After all, once informed of the truth, surely you wouldn't purposely deceive your readers by not telling the other side of the story, would you?

Finally, you have my permission to post this letter on your website and blogs, but only in its entirety. Please know that this letter and any-and-all replies will be subject to public scrutiny.

Thank you, Richard. I look forward to your reply in a timely manner.

In Christian love,

Bud Press, Director

Christian Research Service

Jude 3

Recommended reading:

Watchman Fellowship Identifies Ken Blanchard as New Age 1997

Letter to Ken Blanchard: With Love and Concern 7/21/05

Update on Ken Blanchard: Actions Speak Louder than Words 8/21/05

UPDATE ON KEN BLANCHARD: You Will Know Them By Their Fruits 9/20/05

Ken Blanchard Still Endorsing the New Age (6 Months later) 2/11/06

An Open Letter to James Walker and Watchman Fellowship 2/26/06

Ken Blanchard Endorses Book 'Inspired' by Hindu Guru 11/26/07

Bud Press is a Christian Investigative Researcher and the Director of Christian Research Service. CRS is a discernment ministry that provides information, documentation, and referral on a wide variety of issues to the body of Christ and the Christian news media worldwide. All correspondence is subject to public scrutiny.

Letter #2:

March 17, 2008

Richard Abanes

Pop cuLTuRE MiX

Dear Richard:

I have read your letter of March 13 carefully and prayerfully. Frankly, your statements are quite disturbing, and left me questioning your ability as an "Award-winning journalist" ( ).

Equally disturbing is the fact that you carry a short list of Ken Blanchard's involvement in the New Age on your website, but continue to maintain he isn't a New Ager ( ).

While you may not have been totally aware of Ken Blanchard's continued involvement in the New Age since 2005, you are now. And no amount of excuses, spin-doctoring, and damage control on your part will change that fact. This is serious business, and the lives of those whom Jesus Christ died for hang in the balance.

Therefore, I encourage you to post my correspondence with you on your website and blog, provided it is in its entirety. Doing so will give your readers the other side of the story on Ken Blanchard and Lead Like Jesus, and will serve to prevent the gullible, innocent, and unwary from stumbling.

In addition, please feel free to link to my articles on Ken Blanchard and Lead Like Jesus, especially my "Letter to Ken Blanchard: With Love and Concern" at .

I close with your own words from your February 27, 2008 post in the Phoenix Preacher blog at :

1. NO one is beyond correction!

2. Someone who is caught in sin, must have that sin revealed to them, and if they will not repent, you need to take it to the church. And then, if they still will not change thier ways, you are to cut them off.

3. Just a little bit of leaven can leaven the whole lump. That is why sin cannot be tolerated.

4. Everyone needs to be held accountable for what they say publicly.

5. No one should be allowed to divide the Body of Christ.

6. The shepherds of God's flock have the responsibility of leading God's people in truth and according to scripture.

7. Do not gossip! One of the worst things you can do in a church is to gossip.

I encourage you to practice what you preach, lest your words return to haunt you.

Finally, based on your March 13 reply, I feel any further attempt to reason with you would prove futile. Should you have a change of heart, please feel free to contact me.

In the meantime, I will remember you in my prayers.

Sincerely in Christ,

Bud Press, Director

Christian Research Service

Jude 3

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