Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Mudras, Chakras, Mantras: Deceptive Meditative Techniques

Mudras, Chakras, Mantras: Deceptive Meditative Techniques


A recent Facebook Post captioned: "Help Your Child Achieve Calmness!" showed a picture of a little girl sitting cross-legged, eyes closed, hands out, and with her fingers fixed in a mudra position.  What finger position is that?  To be precise, it is the "Gyan Mudra" or "Chin Mudra" finger position in which the index finger touches the thumb tip to form as perfect a circle as possible with the other fingers extending upward.

Why do people do this?  Yoga aficionado Gertud Hirschi, in her book Mudras: Yoga in Your Hands,  tells us why: "We can effectively engage and influence our body and our mind by bending, crossing, extending, or touching the fingers with other fingers."  Hirschi goes on to pinpoint just what this finger position really means: "The thumb is symbolic of cosmic (divine) and the index finger is symbolic of individual (human) consciousness.  The ultimate goal ... is oneness of humanity with cosmic consciousness."
http://www.amazon.com/Mudras-Yoga-Hands-Gertrud-Hirschi/dp/1578631394

Now, the purpose of this article is to inform teachers, parents, and grandparents that when either a child or adult uses mudra gestures, along with mantras, one is setting himself up to open up body areas designated as chakras.  So, readers beware, each mudra gesture has far more wrapped up in in it than you might imagine; and it is not just an innocent finger technique to get one into a calmed state.  To find out more--more on mudras, chakras, and mantras read on.

Mudra Information:

Mudra Definition: (muh-drah)  A mudra is a symbolic or ritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism.  It is a spiritual gesture and an energetic seal of authenticity employed in the iconography and spiritual practice of Indian religions. (Wikipedia)  Right up front, these gestures are spiritual, but most definitely not Christian!  For nowhere in Scripture do we read of various ways to fix our fingers; as a matter of fact Scripture does not even tell us to fold our hands!  However, it does tell us that we can stretch out our hands toward heaven, and call to the Lord who will hear our prayer.

Another Mudra Definition:  One of the symbolic hand gestures used in religious ceremonies and dances in India and in yoga. (Merriam-Webster

Mudra Introduction: 

The Eclectic Energies web page states, "Mudras have been in use in the East for thousands of years, particularly in Buddhism.  Buddha statues often have the hands in certain hand positions.  They have been used as a spiritual practice ... as a way on the path to enlightenment."
http://www.eclecticenergies.com/mudras/mudra.php?num=1

Buddha Mudras:

There are a number of sites where one can glimpse close up photos focusing in on the mudra gestures of the Buddha.  One such site reads: "Mudras of the Great Buddha: Symbolic Gestures and Postures" while another says: "Hand Gestures of the Buddha (Mudras) and Buddha Iconography."  Looking at these Buddha hands brings to mind the verses from Psalm 115:4-8 where it says: "Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not; noses have they, but they smell not: they have hands, but they handle not; feet have they, but they walk not; neither speak they through their throat.  They that make them are like them; so is every one that trusteth in them."  Truly sad, that the hands of precious children, along with undiscerning adults, are being taught to form Buddhist mudras.
http://www.exoticindiaart.com/mudras.htm  and
http://www.buddha-images.com/hand-gestures.asp

Children's Mudras:

Speaking of children's hands, the book title: Yoga for Busy Little Hands: Mudras for Children          
by Marsha Therese Danzig says it all.  Under its title it suggests this book is "great for kids with ADD, ADHD, Autism, and in the Classroom."  And its back cover reads, "Yoga Educator and Founder of  'Color Me Yoga for Children' Marsha Therese Danzig, Ed. M. Harvard, Registered Yoga Teacher 500 Hours, illustrates the wonderful world of mudras, or sacred hand gestures."  (Reiki Master too.)*

It continues, "Mudras are ancient healing techniques relevant to children in modern times.  The hand has a series of meridians or rivers of energy that link the body, mind, and spirit.  Mudras teach child-ren self-empowerment, allowing them to access and send energy where it needs to go for physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.  Yoga for Busy Little Hands, first in Color Me Yoga's Educational Yoga Series for children, "satisfies the linguistic learner with foreign language skills, (Make that Sanskrit.)* ... the music learner with the rhythm of affirmation and mantra, ... the intrapersonal learner with meditative practices, and the spiritual learner with expanded conscious awareness."
*Note: I have highlighted some words, and added inserts.
 
This book description describes what mudras are all about showing these finger actions are not akin to nursery rhyme movements, or action rhyme movements used by teachers of young children.  The book also paints mudras as something very educational--yes, educating one into deceptive meditative techniques!

A look at the book contents reveals even more of its spiritual agenda.  Here are some of its "Mudra Categories" such as "Energy" as Live (Prana); "Nature" as Flow (Varuna); "Confidence" as Focus (Hakai); "Healing" as Surrender (Suchi); "Calm" as Quiet (Dhyana); and "Spirit" as Om (Shunya).

In addition, Danzig designed an hour webnar: "You've Got the Whole World in Your Hands: Mudras for Children."  (No!  He's Got the Whole World in His Hands!) to "illuminate the many ways specific, purposeful hand movements can increase positive energy ...."  "Mudra means seal," explains Danzig, "so in practicing a mudra, it is like sealing the body, mind, and spirit together."  Just simple hand movements?  No, one hundred percent no!  These are hand movements taking one straight into a New Age spirituality!
http://www.amazon.com/Yoga-Busy-Little-Hands-Childrens/dp/1495380858
https://kidsyogaacademy.net/faculty/marsha-therese-danzig/

More Mudra Materials for Kids:

The Global Family Yoga publishes a downloadable eBook Mudras for Children with an introduction to mudras, how and why to practice mudras, and instructions for ten simple mudras suitable for children.  Of mudras they write, "They are like mini yoga poses for your hands and are one of the many techniques used for self-regulation and to develop awareness.  Mudras tune us into the subtle energies of the body."  Of mudras and meditation they observe, "Meditation is one of the best ways to give the mind a rest and mudras are a wonderful way to facilitate the one-pointed concentration that leads to meditation."  http://globalfamilyyoga.com/mudras_for_children/

An enticing book, Evyatar's Mudras or Magical Hand Gestures by Alex Man, and Elizabeth Futerman, pictures a very young child meeting the morning by doing mudras in his bed.  This book includes nine basic mudras, and how to practice them on one hand or two.
http://www.amazon.com/childrens-books-Evyatars-Attention-collection-ebook/dp/B00RCIMTUM

Another tool is Lori Lite's mudra poster entitled "The Feelings in You Are the Feelings in Me" which shows mudra hand positions demonstrated by eleven children photographed listening to Indigo Dreams CD/Audio and book.  These mudra gestures include: heart, vision, peace, color, imagine, universal, truth, love, create, intuition, happy, and breathe.  Below the poster it says, "Yoga mudras have new meanings when children explore hand positions that empower them to be active participants in their own healthy, heart driven lives."  Notice the kids' poster photos as they sit cross-legged listening to mesmerizing stories, and music all the while doing sacred mudras.  Awaken!  This is not what one would desire for any child, or student!
http://www.amazon.com/Kids-Yoga-Posters-Mudras-Feelings/dp/0970863381

Don't Do Mudras!

Be warned when one allows a child to do mudras to calm down, they're being set up to go deeper into meditative techniques that will teach them to affirm their own goodness, and their own divinity.
They will also be taught that they can control their bodies, and that they can use these mudras to learn to open up their "chakras."  All the hype about de-stressing, relaxing, calming, and breathing will have that child, at some point, ready to be a full blown meditator falling into very dangerous habits.  Instead of being "from a child knowing the Holy Scriptures" they will be hooked on mudras and
mantras, and the pagan worldviews associated with them.  And instead of trusting Jesus as Savior, and protector they will be looking within themselves as divine.

Chakra Information:

Chakra Definition:  Chakras are centers of energy, says Eclectic Energies, are located on the midline of the body.  There are seven of them, and they govern  psychological properties.  The chakras located on the lower side of the body are the instinctual side, while the highest ones are the mental side.  http://www.eclecticenergies.com/chakras/introduction.php

Chakra Description:  The Sanskrit word chakra literally translates to wheel or disk.  In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body.  There are seven main chakras which align the spine beginning from the base of the spine right up to the crown of the head.  One can visualize a chakra as a swirling wheel of energy where matter and consciousness meet.  This invisible energy, called prana is a vital life force, keeps one vibrant, healthy, and alive.

Chakra Chants:

In "Opening the Chakras" from Eclectic Energies it explains in detail how to use chakra chants that use mudras to open the chakras.  The mudras, says the article, have the power to send more energy to particular chakras.  Basically the mudra method involves fixing your hands in a designated arrangement, concentrating on a particular chakra, and chanting sounds to awaken it.
http://www.eclecticenergies.com/chakras/open.php
 
"How to Open Your Seven Chakras-As Explained in a Children's Show":

Aired on October 18, 2013 on Nick TV a chilling kids' show, "The Last Airbender," now a You Tube video, vividly described how a young boy was taught by his guru to open his chakras.  The video,
labled Y7 FV, demonstrated step by step how this cartoon character opened up all his chakras--from the earth chakra right up to the crown chakra.  Adults should watch this ten minute video to get an eye-opening glimpse into some of the mind-blowing teachings on this kids' cartoon.  Watch here:  
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02FkMr21xOA

Check Out These Children's Chakra Materials:

Chakra Webnar:

Marsha Danzig has recently developed a new webnar "Little Spinning Wheels: Chakras for Children." In it she says one can fine tune children's sensitivities to the chakras--those related to specific glands and earth qualities as roots, water, fire, air, ether, sound, light, and space which will make them better beings on the planet! 

While looking at this site click on the colorful butterfly to see it up close, to notice the wing colors beginning with the red (root chakra) color and the bottom all the way to the violet (crown chakra) at the top.  Notice, too, its black body with the colored chakra energy balls from the bottom right up through the top.  Clever!  Deceptive! https://kidsyogaacademy.net/faculty/marsha-therese-danzig/

Chakra Book:

A 2015 book titled: The Rainbow Tower: Understanding Chakras, Auras, and Reiki Energy for Kids can be viewed on Amazon.com books.  Click onto the book photo "to look inside" and what a tale you'll find there.  Its author, Kytka Hilmar-Jezek, has spun a story even the youngest child can understand all about the Chakra Tower with its colorful chakra lotuses.

Hilmar-Jezek wrote a parental letter saying in part: "Have you always wondered how to explain chakras, auras, and reiki to your children in a way they would understand?  Maybe you are a beginner looking for answers about auras, chakras, reiki, and healing energy or life force."  We all, asserts Hilmar-Jezek, have this Universal Life Force with an energy field made up of aura which shows itself in seven colorful layers and the chakra system.

Note: While indoctrinating children, these books go after parents too.  So, take heed!

Then in giant print Hilmar-Jezek emphasizes, "Even the youngest kids can learn the most about the seven chakras through the color story in the book."  Later, the author again uses oversized print to add, "This book helps children easily begin to understand their body as energy cen-
ters." http://www.amazon.com/The-Rainbow-Tower-Understanding-Chakras-ebook/dp/B00YYUJJ40 

Chakra Poster:

A Lori Lite Stress Free Kids' "Chakras Color Our World" Poster (March 2005) from Indigo Dreams renamed the chakras this way: earth (red); creativity (orange); feelings (yellow); love (green); voice (blue); knowing (indigo) and angel (purple).  These seven, says the poster, will empower kids to be active participants in creating their own healthy, heart driven, peaceful lives.  Marketed as a great tool for teaching chakras to children of any age this poster boasts that kids of any nationality may look different on the outside, but inside we all share the same inner colors.  However, Isaiah 53:6 says that inside we're all sinners who have gone astray, turning everyone to his own way, and that because of this we need a Savior.
http://healing.about.com/od/chakraimages/ig/Chakra-Posters/Chakra-10.htm

Kids' Chakra Affirmations:

Affirmation Book/CDs:

Lori Lite wrote Affirmation Weaver: A Believe in Yourself Story.  In this innocent sounding tale about sea creatures, Lite uses the oft repeated reason one needs such a book for children who are stressed out, and need calming, that she, Lite, has the book for you--a book that will boost your child's belief in himself through the repeating of positive sounding affirmations.  Now, an affirmation, according to Lite, is a compliment that you give to yourself.  Here's a Lite quote, "I love myself the way I am.  I can do anything I believe I can."
http://www.amazon.com/Affirmation-Weaver-Yourself-Self-esteem-Decreasing/dp/0983625697

Discerning reader, stop here, recall that this view is so opposite of what the Word teaches.  For it clearly says in Proverbs 20:11: "Even a child is known by his doing whether his work be pure, and whether it be right."  Jeremiah 17:9 sums it up like this, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked and who can know it?"

As Christians we want our children to trust the Lord Jesus as personal Savior.  However, no amount of positive affirming meditative mantras are going to prepare a child to know the Lord; rather they are going to prepare him to focus in on himself speaking to his chakras and saying things to his "root chakra" as "I am divine being of light, and I am peaceful, protected, and secure."  But, only the Lord is divine!  He is the Light of the World wanting to rescue us from the darkness of sin.  Flee from these techniques, open up your Bible, and teach from it!  Check out chakra affirmations and know where Ms. Lite is leading you in such "relaxation" books filled to the brim with mudras, mantras, and more.

Be aware too Lite produces CD story sets as "Indigo Dreams," and "Indigo Ocean Dreams" with kids' stories said to reduce stress, anger, and anxiety while increasing kids' centering on self.  Both covers show a child seated in the lotus position, eyes closed, hands fixed in a mudra with the caption that these CDs will one de-stress and relax.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0012ARCA8?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0
http://www.amazon.com/Indigo-Ocean-Dreams-Self-Esteem-Self-Awareness/dp/0970863365

Think on II Corinthians 6:17: "Wherefore come out from among them (idolaters, unbelievers ...), and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you, ...."  We need to leave behind these New Age ideas that purport to help us, but instead lead us and our children far from the Lord.

Mantra Information:

Mantra Definitions:

A mantra is a motivating chant.  A mantra is usually any repeated word or phrase, but it can also refer more specifically to a word repeated in meditation.  Mantra comes from  Sanskrit word meaning a "sacred message," or text, charm, spell, counsel.  (Vocabulary.com)

A mantra is (Originally in Hinduism and Buddhism) a word or sound repeated to aid concentration.
A mantra is also a Vedic hymn. (Oxford Dictionaries)

A mantra is (Hinduism or Buddhism) any sacred word or syllable used as an object of concentration and embodying some aspect of spiritual power. (Dictionary.com)

Mantra Materials for Kids:

Liz Bragdon of "Move with Me" (Yoga Adventures) has written an article entitled: "Affirmations and Mantras for Kids."  In it Liz lays out what a mantra is, and what a mantra will do.  Liz says, "When you think of a mantra ... you will probably think of the recitation of beautiful Sanskrit phrases with a spiritual purpose.  In a nutshell, the idea behind mantras is that the specific words you repeat may become part of you and reveal, over time, truths about yourself and your connection to a deeper source, when recited regularly with faith and feeling."  Liz asserts, "Mantras ... encourage us to tune into our authentic inner voice and tune out the negative, distracting, thoughtlessly repeated messages that divide us from that authentic, wise, and loving voice."

Liz then goes on to list six simple mantras for children that are fun.  "However," she adds, "they are also for grown-ups.  A simple message is sometimes a powerful message."  Liz shares that some of her favorite kids' mantras taken from the performance of well-known chant artist--Snatam Kaur. 

Three of her favorites include: "Sa Ta Na Ma" a mantra that uses finger movements with a lovely song from Snatam's video.  Another: "Peace: Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantih" should be repeated three times: for oneself, for all living things, and for the whole world and the universe.  She also finds lovely: "I am Happy, I am Good" with its "Sat Nam, Sat Nam, Sat Nam ji," and its "Waheguru, Waheguru, Waheguru, ji" from Snatam's video.  Always these mantras teach children that in ourselves we are good, just the opposite of what our Bible says in Romans 3:23: "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; "
http://move-with-me.com/uncategorized/affirmations-and-mantras-for-kids/

When one views these little tots using mudras, and loudly chanting the "Wahe Guru" mantra one might smile, and think how cute!  However, here's what "Wahe Guru" really means, according to Kunalini Yoga Boot Camp (KYBC): "Wahe (Wha-hay) means 'Wow' or 'Ecstasy'" ... while Guru (goo-roo) means that force which brings one from darkness into light."  KYBC comments, "For example Wahe Guru is another way of expressing the joyous ecstasy that comes from knowing your true essence--call it God, call it soul, call it Self ... whatever."  Sad indeed that Christians today are allowing little kids to learn yogic techniques, and who knows what teacher just might teach your young child to chant mantras declaring they are divine in themselves.  How deceived, and na├»ve are the parents who think these so called "calming" mantras will help their children.
http://kundaliniyogabootcamp.com/wahe-guru-a-little-meaning/

Another article by Shannon Sexton gives "Six Reasons to Chant with Your Kids."  Sexton says, "There's a new generation of yoga-children out there who calm down and find peace through mantra musical meditations as "Kirtan" which is a form of call-and-response chanting from India.  Sexton lists six reasons why your child should become a yoga kid beginning with it helps kids focus--therefore try "bedtime mantras" which are sure to soothe!  Mantras help diffuse conflict too, says Sexton, so "Let's 'Om' Together!"  Besides, Sexton maintains that Sanskrit mantras are great for teaching yogic values.  Of course, these mantras will help kids quiet their minds, and help kids to know they are "spiritual beings."  "Just imagine," muses Sexton, "if we were all walking around singing, 'I am divine love.'"  Yes, becoming a "chanting junkie" will help one bond.  And finally, suggests Sexton, sing mantras with others, or join a live Kirtan event which will help one connect with community.  Discerning reader, I challenge you to research what is out there to entice parents, grandparents, and teachers to try out these wondrous mantra methods with their little ones.  Beware!
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shannon-sexton/6-reasons-to-chant-with-y_b_5439564.html

Like an Angel of Light--Snatam Kaur--Sacred Chant Artist and Kids' Kundalini Yoga Teacher

If ever there was someone who appears quite angelic Snatam Kaur would have to be it.  To watch her beautiful face, and to listen to her melodious voice as she teaches those she calls her "Little Yogis," or "Tomorrow's Teachers" one would think she is a goddess herself.  But, do not be deceived, these chants are sacred mantras to captivate and to lead precious children deep into a New Spirituality.  To open your eyes watch this seductive video here:  http://www.spiritvoyage.com/yoga/Shanti-the-Yogi---Mountain-Adventure-DVD/Snatam-Kaur/DVD-002410.aspx

One of Kaur's DVDs is "Shanti the Yogi"--Mountain Adventure DVD" which is filled with beguiling illustrations as well as alluring musical mantra lyrics.  Composed of eight tracks the words to the lyrics can be found on "Welcome to Shanti the Yogi Dot Com" by clicking on "Lyric Sheets" PDF.  Oh, and there is a Coloring Book PDF as well. http://www.shatitheyogi.com/shanti_frame.html

Just a brief look at the lyrics will quickly let you know that each track song has teachings exactly opposite to Scripture.  Track 1, for example, "Feeling Good Today" teaches the idea that we're feeling good today for God who is in my inside is in you too.  Verse three reads: "God and me, me and God, are one, Sat Nam."  "Sat Nam," the common Kundalini mantra greeting, means "I see your true nature, " or "I recognize the divinity within you."  Similar to "Namaste" it acknowledges we are the same, we are one.  A site named the "Kundalini Way" explains, "Sat Nam is a mantra commonly used in Kundalini Yoga and is repeated three times at the end of a yoga session. ... It has been called the process of naming one's self  'Truth.'"  But in John 14:6 Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me."  For we are not truth, nor are we divine; but we are sinners in need of a Savior!  https://kundaliniway.wordpress.com/sat-nam/

Then there is Track 6, "I Am the Light of My Soul," that teaches the child he again is divine by having him sing, "I am the light, light, light, light of my soul.  I am beautiful, I am bountiful, I am bliss.  Beautiful I am, I am, Bountiful I am, I am.  I am bliss."  No, we are not any of this!  Once again our Bibles tell us Jesus is the Light, and he is the great I Am.  For as Jesus said in John 8:12: "I am the light of the World: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

Track 7, "Sa Ta Na Ma," is one of most common mantras of Kundalini Yoga, which young children learn with ease belting it out while doing mudras.  Bragdon, in her affirmation piece named above, mentions Kaur's video of this mantra by saying, "This mantra incorporates finger movements, or mudras.  For kids they are just fun things to do with your fingers.  Both hands are doing the finger plays (hardly finger plays!!), simultaneously.  Bragdon then details the motions touching pointer finger to thumb for "Sa," and so on.  Below this explanation Bragdon includes this disturbing mantra video from Kaur.  Hear here:  http://move-with-me.com/uncategorized/affirmations-and-mantras-for-kids/  The bottom line is: stay far away from this seductive female Sikh, New Age Indian devotional musician, Kundalini Yoga teacher for kids, and meditation and Kirtan guru--Snatam Kaur, and anyone else endorsing these practices!

"Stand Up for Truth" has an in depth article "Warning: Kundalini Yoga's 'Highest Mantra Meditation'"--the Sa Ta Na Ma-- describing its mudras and mantras in detail.  It says, "You will notice the very same greeting in Kundalini Yoga 'Sat Nam' contains the Sa Ta Na Ma components.  Sat Nam is the seed mantra ... while Sa Ta Na Ma is understood as Existence, Life, Death, and Rebirth.  Kirtan Kriya makes this most important mantra the centerpiece of the meditation."

"Kirtan Kryia," the article explains, "exploits the power of mantras, hand positions (mudras), mind power, naad yoga (yoga of sound) to work its magic ...."  For more of this informative warning read here: http://standupforthetruth.com/2011/12/warning-kundalini-yogas-highest-mantra-meditation/

In Conclusion: We Can Choose!

We can choose to follow the gods of the people around us as did the Children of Israel, or we can choose to follow the Lord.  For as Deuteronomy 5:14 noted, "Ye shall not go after other gods, the gods of the people which are around you."  Or as Joshua 23:7-8 reads, "... neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves to them: But cleave unto the Lord your God ...."

We can choose to form sacred mudras, or we can stretch out our hands to the Lord.  For as Psalm 44:20-21 records: "If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a strange god: Shall not our God search this out? ...."  Or as Psalm 63:3-4 so beautifully describes, "Because  thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.  Thus will I bless thee while I live, I will lift up my hands in thy name."

We can choose to mumble Sanskrit mantras--to multiply sounds and words; or we can choose to exalt the Lord of Lords, and King of Kings!  For as Matthew 6:7 reminds us, "But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking."  Or as Psalm 8:1 says we can shout out, "O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth."

Yes, we have a choice to follow the way that seems right to a man, or the one way of truth--we can allow our children, or even ourselves to follow after pagan techniques touted to calm us, and ground us; or we can choose, as the Psalmist penned in Psalm 19:14, to declare: "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in they sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."  We can choose, it is our choice; but as Joshua of old may our choice be to say: "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord!" (Joshua 24:14)

Learn to Discern Granny Verse:  Matthew 21:16  

"Hosannas, Not Mantras!"

"And they said unto him, Hearest thou what these say?  And Jesus said unto them, Yea, have you not read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise."


More Information:

For Many Shall Come in My Name by Ray Yungen (Lighthouse Trails)

Out of India by Caryl Matrisciana (Lighthouse Trails)




Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Foxs News' Contributor Kirsten Powers Exits Evangelicalism to Embrace Catholicism

Fox News' Contributor Kirsten Powers Exits Evangelicalism to Embrace Catholicism


Kirsten Powers, Fox News' pundit, happily announced on October 9, 2015 to "The Five" on "One More Thing" that the next day she would become Catholic.  Immediately, Powers was "high fived" by Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Eric Bolling.

Exactly why was this announcement so news worthy?  Well, for starters Kirsten, once an Episcopalian and later an atheist, had shared a "conversion story" about nine years ago.  At the time well-known Presbyterian Pastor Tim Keller of Redeemer Church in New York City had played a role in unveiling her eyes to the truth that God existed.  Further time at Redeemer had her calling herself an "orthodox Christian," and sharing her story with Christianity Today.  One wonders was there anything Keller shared about his own affinity with Catholicism as found, for example, in his book Reason for God  that gave Kirsten the impression Catholics are surely true Christians?  Dr. E.S. Williams in his article "Keller's Affinity with Rome" would support this.  Read more here:
http://www.newcalvinist.com/kellers-affinity-with-rome/

In an article, "Fox News's* Kirsten Powers Announces: 'I'm Becoming Catholic,'" Catholic Deacon
Greg Kandra of the Diocese of Brooklyn writes that during a 2006 trip to Taiwan Powers felt she had had a visitation from Jesus.  Kandra further writes, "She has called her conversion a 'a bit of a mind bender' due to her political beliefs and former atheism, and prefers the term 'orthodox Christian' over 'evangelical' to describe herself due to the 'cultural baggage' around the word 'evangelical.'  She has said that the biggest impact her new found faith had on her political beliefs was that she came to 'view everyone as God's child and that means everyone deserves grace and respect.'"  However, I would point out, that the Bible does not say everyone is God's child.  GotQuestions.com puts it this way, "The Bible is clear that all people are God's creation (Colossians 1:16) and that God loves the entire world (John 3:16), but only those who are born again are children of God (John 1:12, 11:52, Romans 8:16; I John 3:1-10)."  http://www.gotquestions.org/Printer/Gods-children-PF.html
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2015/10/fox-newss-kirsten-powers-announces-im-becoming-catholic/
* Kandra's error. 

In another piece, "Kirsten Powers Awakens to the Beauty and Depth and Riches of the Catholic Faith," Rick Rice wrote of Msgr. Charles Pope's* article that told of Kirsten's beautiful conversion story to Evangelicalism.  Rice noted that Msgr. Pope, at the time, prayed that Kirsten would to know that Jesus is Lord and the lover of her soul.  Of the Msgr. Pope piece Rice quotes, "But Father, but Father... 'She did not become Catholic.'"  However,  Msgr. Pope wrote, "Well, all I know is that she is on a journey.  And the Lord has surely led some of the best Catholics through the Evangelical denominations to the Catholic Church.**  ... In fact some of the greatest converts to the Catholic Church bring many gifts from their time as Evangelicals ...  At a personal level, I would love for Ms. Powers to find herself in full union with the Catholic Church. ..."  Rice went on, "Well Msgr. Pope, that one day has apparently arrived: Welcome Ms. Powers to the faith that challenges and enriches."  Rice ended by saying to Powers, "May God use you ma'am to bring others to His embrace."
http://wizbangblog.com/2015/10/09/kirsten-powers-awakens-to-the-beauty-and-depth-and-riches-of-the-catholic-faith/

*  Msgr. Charles Pope is pastor of the Holy Comforter- St. Cyprian Church that is part of the Arch- diocese of Washington, D.C.  Pope has also led Bible Studies in both Congress and the White House.
http://hcscchurch.org/  http://blog.adw.org/monsignor-charles-pope/

**  This could certainly refer to former Presbyterian Scott Hahn who converted to Catholicism some years back, and has become a best selling Catholic teacher, author, and speaker. 

In still another "Home to Rome" article: "Fox News' Kirsten Powers: Welcome Home to the Catholic Church" from Catholic News Live, Kate O'Hare writes "Deo Gratias!  Welcome Home!"  O'Hare also mentions Kirsten's tweet note of gratitude to Father Jonathan Morris for being instrumental in leading her into Catholicism.  O'Hare also adds, " ... maybe we can get her to tag-team with Father Morris and plant seeds to change the heart and mind of fallen-away Catholic Greg Gutfield of 'The Five.'"  As Powers has proven it may be a long and winding road, but there's no greater joy then finally crossing the Tiber.  Come on in Greg, the water's fine."
http://www.catholicvote.org/fox-news-kirsten-powers-welcome-home-to-the-catholic-church/

Dear reader, this is why Kirsten, a well-known writer and contributor, is such a prize convert for her opinions and thoughts influence many.  For us as Evangelicals, it is time to awaken and to understand that the Catholic Church teaches another gospel.  And rather than praising the Catholic Church and seeking common ground, we need to be planting our own seeds of the true gospel as found in Romans 3:24-26, and 28 where Scripture declares we are justified freely, and by faith without or apart from the deeds of the law!

While at Fox, Powers would have much contact with the large number of Catholic contributors.  And as Kirsten twittered about her conversations over dinner at Del Friscas, a ritzy Manhattan restaurant, with Fox's resident Catholic "evangelist" --the ever charismatic Father Jonathan Morris who had swayed her to make her decision.  This same Morris, you may recall, was on evangelist James Robison's program where Robison spoke of Evangelicals and Catholics joining together.  Morris was also on "Hannity" (9-24-15) along with Dr. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church, Dallas as they discussed their positive reaction to Pope Francis' visit.
https://twitter.com/kirstenpowers  https://www.facebook.com/drjeffress

Certainly, it seems Powers knows of, and has met Jeffress. One might ask did she hear Jeffress' clear affirmation of the pope declaring Francis "a humble Christ follower" for whom he had much respect?  Did she hear him state that he had more in common with his Catholic friends than his liberal Baptist friends?  Did she hear him say he differed with the pope only on secondary issues?  If Powers didn't, hundreds of others did!

A second prominent priest, Father Roger J. Landry of the Holy Family Catholic Church, an attache to the United Nations and a permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations also heavily influenced her to convert.  On Kirsten's October 11 Twitter to Landry Kirsten wrote: "Day 1 as a Catholic: awesome!  Wld not be here w/out the brilliant, kind, sacrificial, thoughtful, @ Fr.RogerLandry."
http://churchholyfamily.org/  http://churchholyfamily.org/people/father-roger-landry-1
https://twitter.com/kirstenpowers

And it was Landry's homily about which Kirsten tweeted, "Happy to share the phenomenal homily from my baptismal Mass by Fr. Roger Landry "The Continual Conversion..."  The homily: "The Continual Conversion Asked of the Rich Young Man and of Us, October 10, 2015"  (Mass of the Reception into Full Communion with the Catholic Church) was given at Manhattan's Holy Family Church whose building was dedicated in 1965 by His Eminence Francis Cardinal Spellman to serve the needs of the UN.  The church, by the way, is located just one block from the United Nations.
https://twitter.com/kirstenpowers

Holy Family was designed by architect George J. Sole to reflect the contemporary, post-Vatican II Church to fit into the United Nations neighborhood.  Its art and design reflect "a spirit of ecumenism and multi-nationalism."  To the left of the main altar stands a large Byzantine icon--"Our Lady of Peace."  Its eastern church style and subject matter, says the parish history, reflects the themes of universality and peace. http://churchholyfamily.org/about-the-church
http://churchholyfamily.org/parish-history

Just prior to her conversion Power's twittered her awe with the Pope on his recent papal visit by saying she was waiting for "Papa Francesca;" and later by writing she "was at the Pontifex Mass in DC." 

Yes, Kirsten was, as Bob Smietana of Christianity Today wrote in a Gleanings News piece, "Pope Francis' Latest Convert: Kirsten Powers."  Smietana said, "Fox News' highly reluctant Jesus follower
has found a new church."  Smietana also noted, "Powers gave few details about her decision to become Catholic.  She did thank Father Jonathan Morris, pastor of Mt. Carmel Church of the Bronx, on Twitter."
http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2015/october/pope-francis-newest-convert-kirsten-powers.html

How many like Kirsten have received, and are receiving confusing messages about Catholicism from pastors such as Keller, Jeffress, and a host of others.  In light of this, may we be ever ready to share the gospel that in order to reach heaven one must be born again, not join a church or do good works.  For as Acts 4:12 says: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."  May we avail ourselves of every opportunity to share the hope that is within us with truth, and love.  And may we stand true to the faith that Jesus Christ is the only way, the truth, and the life; and that it is through Christ alone that we find salvation.

Learn to Discern Granny Verse: I Peter 3:15

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear."


For More Information:

Pope Francis and the Thomas Merton Connection by Ray Yungen--A Light House Trails Booklet
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=18379

My Journey Out of Catholicism by David Dombrowski--A Light House Trails Booklet
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=10964

The Catholic Mary and Her Eucharistic Christ by Roger Oakland--A Light House Trails Booklet
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16870







Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Elijah List: A Prophetic Portal Into the Heart of the NAR (New Apostolic Reformation)

The Elijah List: A Prophetic Portal Into the Heart of the NAR



The Elijah List, a prophetic portal into the very heart of the New Apostolic Reformation, is a far reaching prophetic network promoting the revelations and prophetic words of the very elite of the
NAR.  Begun in 1997 Elijah List leader Steve Shultz opted to share positive prophetic words with a few choice friends.   Fast forward to today, and Shultz's list of thirty has grown to nearly 150,000
subscribers world wide.

Connecting these "apostles and prophets" together has produced, as apologist Sandy Simpson wrote in 2008 in "Deception in the Church," "The Elijah List: The Biggest Distributor of False Prophecies in Cyperspace."  http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/elijahlist.html

The Elijah List Leader: Editor Steve Schultz

Steve Schultz, its prophetic leader, wears many hats from its chief prophetic coach to prophetic huckster to prophetic teacher.  Schultz, according to "Our History," in the 1990s began dabbling more and more in "the prophetic stream" greatly enhancing his prophesying abilities.  To further increase his knowledge Schultz enrolled in courses at Christian International headed by Bill Hamon.  http://www.elijahlist.com/ourhistory.html

Several years later Schultz began the site which is now known as "The Elijah List" whose
purpose is, according to Steve, "to give trustworthy, daily prophetic worship and intercessory prayer 'content' to as many Believers (and even Unbelievers) as possible."  Thus, presently "The Elijah List" disseminates its prophetic proclamations world wide with prophetic elder Schultz as its inveterate cheer leader!  http://www.elijahlist.com/mission.html

The Elijah List: A Prophetic Potpourri

Opening "The Elijah List" Home Page, with its lion banner and Amos 3:8 scripture, one encounters a page crammed with doorways into the prophetic-- "The Elijah List Daily Word," "The Elijah List Breaking Christian News," "The Elijah List Subscriber Boxes," "The Elijah List Upcoming Conferences," "The Elijah List Facebook and Twitter," "The Elijah List Prophetic TV," "The Elijah List Shop," and "The Elijah List Listen to Elijah Stream" and "The Elijah List Services."  From this prophetic potpourri one can delve into many hyper-Charismatic venues.  And sadly, all of this centers around idolizing man and his words, rather than the words of the Lord. For as the Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 119:105:  "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."  http://www.elijahlist.com

The Elijah List Lists:  From Prophetic Words to Prophetic Ministry Links

The Elijah List: The ABC Prophetic Ministries List

When I first heard the title--"The Elijah List"-- I supposed it was just a list of names of prominent prophets, but when I clicked onto the site I was blown away by its lists within the list.  And where was that elusive list of "prophets" and their ministries?  Well, that "list" could be found by clicking on "About Us" and scrolling down to "Links."  Click on "Links," and finally one will find that ABC List of the who's who of the Elijah List elites--its super apostles and prophets.

This ABC list not only gives names, but photos, and below them the name of that prophetic ministry.  While it's not necessary here to delineate all of the eighty-four ministries nor their founders (my 9-2015 count) some of its better known players include: Che Ahn, John/Carol Arnott, Heidi Baker, Mike Bickle, Shawn Bolz, Wes/Stacey Campbell, Mahesh/Bonnie Chavda, Randy Clark, Kim Clement, Paul Keith Davis, Lou Engle, Francis Frangipane, James/Michal Ann Goll, Bill Hamon, Rodney Howard-Browne, Cindy Jacobs, Bill Johnson, Bob/Bonnie Jones, Rick Joyner, Patricia King, Chuck Pierce, Larry Randolph, Dutch Sheets, Kris Vallotton, C. Peter Wagner, and Bill Yount.
http://www.elijahlist.com/links.html

The Elijah List Daily Word: Prophecies by the Fifties

At the very heart of the Elijah List is "The Elijah List Daily Word" where it's claimed, that in accordance with scripture, "fresh daily prophetic 'manna' from the Lord" will be given.  However, much of this "manna from the Lord" seems instead to be "manmade manna."  Jeremiah, a true prophet, reminds us in Jeremiah 17:5: "...Cursed is the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.  On the other hand, Jeremiah 17:7 says: "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is."

When an approved apostle or prophet receives a fresh revelatory "word" they may be featured on "The Elijah List Daily Word."  This word, always prefaced by "From the Desk of Steve Shultz" commentary, endorses this person, and their message encouraging the reader to partake of its "revelations."

Akin to a prophetic cheer leader Shultz writes things such as: "Enjoy!  Forward this! Now, grab a cup of coffee, and pull up a chair."   And like a prophetic huckster Shultz adds, "HEY!  Please EXPLORE our more than 4000 Christian prophetic books, CDs, and gifts at elijahshopper ...."  Then, after you've pulled up that chair, and begin to read that prophetic word you'll also learn of recent prophetic
products that prophet has produced, as well as their ministry address and upcoming itinerary as well.

Now, these dated prophecies come in fifties--you can receive the previous fifty words, or the next fifty words; or you may search the archives. Should you wish to send the daily word to a friend send it with text only, or send it with pictures.

A Recent Elijah List Daily Word: Doug Addison's "Doorway to Advancement"

Go to ABC Ministry Link; and find the "A" ministries.  There you'll note that the first name is Doug Addison and his ministry is listed as "In Light Connection Ministry." Research Addison's bio/info at his web site to find he is a prophetic dream interpreter, speaker, writer, Life Coach, and stand-up-comedian.  In addition Addison, as the Tattoo Prophet, specializes in prophetic tattoo and piercing interpretation.
http://dougaddison.com/about-us/  http://dougaddison.com/training/prophetic-tattoo-interpretation/

As per usual Steve Shultz on 9-9-2015 gives Addison a "thumbs up" rating when he writes, "I always look forward to ... Addison's word for the month.  Doug has a unique pulse from the LORD on what HE has in store for the Body of Christ each month."  "... but during this time, I try to be very attuned to what God might be saying to me, either in a dream or as I listen to His Voice!  I encourage all of you to do the same! ... Blessings.  ... And thanks for forwarding this to your friends! ..."

Addison's prophecy suggests September 13-23 is the time to hear God more clearly.  For at this time, says Addison, as God spoke to the Jewish people on their holy days, we too can gain direction.  What's more, continues Addison, God is redistributing gifts and callings --those of people who don't use them or those of people who have died--to those who will advance the Kingdom.

At this point Addison inserts his dream of meeting of the Tarnished Key Angel who hands Addison "The Key of Life and Death" which he says helped lift him out of sickness.  So, advises Addison, watch for something to be given you.
http://www.elijahlist.com/words/textonly.html?ID=15134

Speaking of angels, Addison on his In Light site September 10th wrote "A New Season, New Dreams, and An Angel of Bliss." In a dream Addison tells of buying a house in which a spirit resided.  When Addison went into this house the spirit appeared as a brilliant white Angel like transparent white rain. Was this angel evil?  No, insists Addison, this was an angel from God. This was the "Angel of Bliss."  Now this dream indicates, claims Addison, that God is moving in new ways that might be out of our comfort zones.  Watch, intones Addison, for new seasons of ecstasy and bliss to be coming.
http://dougaddison.com/2015/09/a-new-season-new-dreams-an-angel-of-bliss/

Steve Schultz may be enthused over Addison; but it would seem that readers, with even a smidgen of discernment after researching Addison's present and past prophetic utterances, should know to avoid a list that would promote his words as something God wants the body of Christ to read every month.  Surely Timothy's words in II Tim 3:13 are so apt: "But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived."

For an in depth look at "prophetic evangelist" Addison read Mike Oppenheimer's "Let Us Reason" articles "When Psychology Meets Psychic: What do You Get?" Part I and II here:
http://www.letusreason.org/Popteach62.htm.

The Elijah List Events List:  Upcoming Conferences/Schools

The Elijah List Event's list enables one to check out the latest prophetic conferences/schools world wide by clicking on a conference/event to register, or to peruse its agenda.  Events are dated, by city, state, country, and category.  There's even a place where starting at $99 an ad for your own conference can be arranged.
http://www.elijahlist.com/conference/index.html

The current list covers September/October 2015 with one exception--that is the January 7-9, 2016 "Elijah List Ministries Conference" --"What's God Saying for 2016: Don't Miss This One!"-- which takes place in Albany, Oregon.  Hosted by Elijah List founder Steve Shultz its speakers include Chuck Pierce (NAR's #2 in command behind C. Peter Wagner according to Dr. Orrel Steinkamp); Dutch Sheets (#3); Jane Hamon, and Dr. Alveda King (first time ever) niece of the Dr. Martin Luther King.  Schultz reminds all that 2016 will be a very pivotal year with presidential primaries and elections.
http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/plumblinearchive.html  Scroll down to Dr. Steinkamp's
article: "Chuck Pierce, The Kabbalist Apostle and Heir Apparent for the NAR" (March-April 2010)

One sentence, part of this announcement, gives a window into Shultz's perception of prophecy fulfillment.  It reads, "The accuracy level of these prophetic voices have always been very high concerning what God is about to do, and it gets more accurate each year."  Along these same lines, The Zedekiah List gives several Shultz quotes about prophetic certainty.  Here are two.  Date: 8-12-2000:  "No prophet or prophetic voice is without error when they give specific prophecies.  However, some have developed more credibility over time, and with a track record of Words that come true."  Date:  12-4-2007: "When we post any word at all on the Elijah List website--ANY word some think it's from God and some think it's NOT from God.  So, that's the way it's supposed to work.  Over time, you will decide literally for yourself which words you feel are trustworthy for YOU and/or which prophets you feel have the least or best credibility."   
http://www.zedekiahlist.com/index.html

In Wandering Stars author Keith Gibson often refers to and examines Elijah List prophets, and prophecies.  He especially takes on the Schultz's notion that prophets grow in accuracy.  In chapter twelve: "Oops! They Did it Again" he chronicles some Elijah List examples of failed prophecies.
(pp.243-259)

Of these false "prophetic practitioners" Gibson notes that they make "prophecies that are unverifiable" with "words that are so vague as to be essentially meaningless though they sound
impressive."  Gibson cites such Elijah List prophecies as those by Kim Clement, Bob Jones, Rick Joyner, Bobby Conner, Chuck Pierce, Catherine Brown, and many more.  Gibson also states, "In
light of the litany of failed prophecies with the modern prophetic movement the words of Richard Fisher seem particularly relevant, 'today's modern prophets are like a child playing an instrument and making numerous mistakes all the while claiming to be a prodigy. We are just supposed to ignore all the sour notes.' Today's apostles and prophets are truly wells without water. They boast great things but produce little results."  (p.258)
www.thebereancall.org/content/t-mcmahon-keith-gibson-part-1

The Elijah List Shop List: Pick from Over 4000 Products

Begin your Elijah List shopping by clicking on "Shop" which takes one to the "Elijah Shopper's"  ABC List of products such as Art Prints, Books, Christmas/Holiday, Conference Sets, ElijahRain Magazine, Gift Certificates, Oils and Scents, Teaching Messages, and so much more.  Click on "Review" to see pages of "real shopper's" opinions.  Shop by category: angels/supernatural, destiny/personal growth, dreams/visions, prophetic/prophecy, worship/dance plus more; or shop by author, artist, or brand name with hundreds of choices.

Here's a sample of one "heavenly product" that Keith Gibson describes in his excellent book Wandering Stars.  From the 2005 Elijah List Shopper Gibson describes "Third Heaven Vision Anointing Oil" like this, " ... for the person who has difficulty getting caught up to heaven on their own and for whom the many teachings by the prophets on how to make this happen have proven insufficient , the Elijah List provides the following: ...  Third Heaven Vision Anointing oil ... made from six ingredients around the world: ... Each fragrance was chosen from different nations and was indi-vidually prayed over and sanctified for the work of the Lord.  May you have 'third heaven' visions."  (p.104)  Shopper beware, for this is but one of the 4000 plus products that the Elijah List advertises -- products often full of deceptive and aberrant teachings.
http://www.elijahshopper.com/

The Elijah List Services List: An International Association of Healing Rooms Index 

Another list within the Elijah List is the "Services" page which includes advertising, healing, and prayer.  One service that the Elijah List sponsors is a list from the Spokane's Cal Pierce run
IAHR where the user can find instant access to over three hundred twenty-two of the over three thousand world wide healing rooms in its IAHR Index. 

This index shows the name of the organization that hosts a healing room, its location by state or country, and its operating hours.  Should you need further locations contact information for the IAHR is given: its website, email, and telephone.  Of the over three hundred healing rooms listed there's an ABC list of the USA states; and also a list of  countries as the United Kingdom, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Croatia, Canada, Australia, and so on.  For much more information on the Healing Rooms see my previous blog which details its ties to the New Apostolic Reformation.

In Summary:  The Elijah List portal is like a prophetic megaphone spewing out prophetic propaganda and prophecies to many in the body of Christ.  These are prophets and prophetesses, who do not stick to the Bible, are willing to add to it, or subtract from it teaching false doctrine from their prophetic pedestals. These men and women crave power, and are willing to do anything it takes to have people idolize them.  And while they are at it they aren't shy about helping themselves, through their prophetic products, to plenty of money from the undiscerning. As true discerners we need to educate ourselves, warn others, and turn away from such publications as the Elijah List.
http://www.elijahlist.com/healing_rooms/index.html

A Scriptural Word: 

As for you and me, let us choose the Word of God--the forever in heaven settled word, the truth word, the pure word, the sweeter than honey word, the lamp unto my feet word, the light unto my path word, the hide in my heart word, the not to be forgotten word, and the full of hope word.  For as the Psalmist says in Psalm 119:104: "Through thy precepts I get understanding; therefore, I hate every false way."

Learn to Discern Granny Verse:  Romans 16:17

"Now, I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."

 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Christian and Missionary Alliance Hooks Up with the IAHR (International Association of Healing Rooms)

The Christian and Missionary Alliance Hooks Up with the IAHR  (International Association of Healing Rooms)


The Christian and Missionary Alliance headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado now has a  Healing Room Ministry established by Steve Peterson, a technology group employee of the CMA headquarter staff, trained by NAR Apostle Cal Pierce's International Association of Healing Rooms, Spokane, Washington (IAHR).  Meantime, CMA Higher Life Fellowship, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma has an official healing room under the IAHR co-directed by Dr. Paul L. King.
http://healingrooms.com/    http://healingrooms.com/index.php?src=local&l=US1743

Perhaps, you're saying, "Why should this be concerning?  After all, hasn't the Alliance always supported divine healing?"  That indeed is true, however, there is a huge concern because as Pro Veritate Blog points out, and as I have pointed out in several of my blogs, "The Christian and Missionary Alliance has exhibited a worrisome move toward the direction of the New Apostolic
Reformation."

Now, the founder of the Healing Room Movement is none other than John G. Lake, the often venerated faith healer, whose healing room ministry has been resurrected by New Apostolic Reformation Apostle Cal Pierce.  Therefore, to know the roots of the healing room movement is to revisit its past history as well its recent restoration.  And to see the results of that restoration is to look into today's healing room association--the IAHR.

Take a Look at John G. Lake's Healing Room History:

John G. Lake?  Who was he?  Was he the esteemed man of God as his ardent admirers claim, or was he a con and a fraud as history seems to indicate?  There's much to read, and I would admonish one to do so before buying into the healing room mystique and hype!

To peruse most renditions of Lake's life is to read a biased view of  Lake's legendary fame that's been told and retold until Lake appears saint-like, rather than the man he actually was. In light of this, I will attempt to give the reader just a little peek into the rest of the story.
http://healingrooms.com/index.php?page_id=422

Now, a good place to start might be with "John G. Lake" found in Keith Gibson's "Patron Saints of the Prophetic" found in his book Wandering Stars: Contending for the Faith with the New Apostles and Prophets. Gibson gives us a short overview of Lake's life and legacy which, by the way, he says, "... few have actually read him, or even taken a cursory look at his history beyond the claims of the miraculous." (p.282)
http://www.thebereancall.org/content/t-mcmahon-keith-gibson-part-1

Gibson notes that Lake taught that we are "little gods."  Gibson quotes from a Kenneth Copeland publication John G. Lake: His Life, His Sermons, His Boldness of Faith that reads, "The
power of God, the Holy Ghost, is the Spirit of Dominion. It makes one a god."  Lake also
taught "dominion theology" noting that he wrote, "... that the church will 'take the world' and will crown the Son of God as King of kings and Lord of lords." Lake taught too that one could communicate with the dead as long as one did not call them up from hell!  And that was just the beginning of Lake's falsehoods. (pp.282, 283)

Lake also was a documented fraud, says Gibson, being arrested various times. Gibson details Lake's inability to heal as noted in the Oregonian newspaper.  Gibson observes, "These are not the actions of a man of God but that of a charlatan." (p.286)

Wikipedia tells us Lake was known as a faith healer, missionary, and founder of "healing rooms." Lake also was strongly influenced by one --John Alexander Dowie-- whose own checkered background one should examine as well. The article points out claims Lake made such as his having established newspapers which was patently false, having had lucrative jobs when he was but a carpenter, and having connections with prominent people of his day of which there is no record.  Historian Barry Morton documents much of Lake's questionable activities in two detailed articles: "'The Devil Who Heals" and "John G. Lake's Formative Years."  Scroll down to the bottom of the Wikipedia article, and click onto Morton's articles to read them.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_G._Lake

Let Us Reason Ministries also has an eye-opening article: "Reviving the Revival of John Lake" which further exposes Lake's life. It is part of a five part series on "John Lake and the Healing Rooms." I recommend you click below to read more of its "reasoned" comments.  For a compilation of this series also read: "John G. Lake and the Healing Rooms: False Teachings and Unbiblical Practices" written and compiled by Chris Lawson.
http://www.letusreason.org/Popteac41.htm 
http://www.spiritual-research-network.com/healingrooms.html

Take a Look at Apostle Cal Pierce's Healing Room Awakening:

Lake died in 1935, and after his death the healing rooms folded.  Almost seventy years later a Bethel Assembly of God (presently Bethel Church, Redding, CA) elder, now turned Apostle Cal Pierce,
moved to Spokane to resurrect Lake's healing rooms.  Pierce told how he'd spent time praying at Lake's grave reminding one of  Benny Hinn praying over Katherine Kuhlman's grave, or of  Bethel's current fascination with "grave sucking," or even of Lake's involvement with calling back the dead.  There's even a tale, as Lake's healing room was being restarted, that an angel appeared in the corner of the very room where Lake had had many amazing healings.  However, it turns out that room, and that building had burned down long ago!
http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word/8154

Along with his resurrection of the Spokane, Washington healing room Piece has made this ever expanding ministry just another arm of the NAR.  At present, this ministry has over three thousand healing rooms in seventy-six nations.   Leader Cal Piece, as a true NARite, follows their aberrant teachings as demonstrated by Cal's chapter nine excerpt from the book The Physics of Heaven.  In it Cal has an angelic encounter by his "supposed" angel of thirty years whom he never met until recently.  Cal recounts how upon imbibing of NAR's Tim Sheets' (Dutch Sheets' brother) teaching about "service angels"--angels that run errands-- Cal met "the energy angel" who according to this tale had been sent to teach Cal about "a water car" --a proposed car of the future.  Why, Cal even took a walk with his energy angel.  As a result of this "angel adventure," shares Cal, he is now into exploring how to produce power with sound!  This is but one beyond wild manifestation that NARites openly share purporting to be true.  Readers, this is exactly why the International Association of Healing Rooms Headquarters with its fire room, portal room, waves of glory room, and more are suspect; for Cal as well as his other NAR cohorts tout so many strange manifestations and prophecies it boggles the mind how people can blindly follow such leaders.  http://heavensphysics.com/chapter9/

View video  done by CBN "Reopening the Wells: Legacy of Lake's Healing Rooms" here: 
http://healingrooms.com/index.php?src=videos&category=1&video=3  At 4:10 on the video see the ad for the 2014 July Infusion Conference that was sponsored by the Healing Rooms
with Danny Silk, Graham Cooke, and Shawn Bolz.  Note Pierce's ending challenge.  http://healingrooms.com/calendar_popup.php?cid=669
            
Take a Look at CMA Headquarters' Healing Room Ministry:

In the January 2014 Alliance Life article: "The Alliance Inheritance" Steve Peterson, CMA worker, tells how he felt it was time to launch a healing prayer ministry at the National Office.  Steve recounts that his wife's fight with MS catapulted him into becoming focused in on healing prayer.
Soon, he began training and ministering with the IAHR or International Association of Healing Rooms.

Later, after submitting a proposal to establish a healing room to the National Office leadership team, and gaining approval, Steve forged ahead training a team to establish what became a weekly "healing room" in an office chapel.  Once trained the team began using their techniques on others from international workers to new US workers.  In the future Steve envisions these healing prayer techniques being used on General Council to district conference attendees.
http://www.cmalliance.org/alife/the-alliance-inheritance/

Now, it is not Peterson's wanting to pray for the sick that is in question, but where and from whom Peterson received his training that is problematic.  For, as shown above, the Healing Rooms
have a very questionable history, and at present are solidly in the camp of the New Apostolic Reformation or hyper-charismatic movement!

Pro Veritate's  Blog piece "Cal Pierce, the NAR, 'Healing Rooms,' and the Christian and Missionary Alliance" pointed out that Apostle Pierce, founder of the IAHR, is directly connected to the NAR thus supporting false claims to apostleship, and the spread of dominion theology.  Pierce himself, says the article, is a member of the dues paying organization known as the International Coalition of Apostolic Leaders.
http://www.proveritate.org/blog/cal-pierce-nar-healing-rooms-cma

Below Peterson's Alliance Life article, Pro Veritate noted, an online commenter mentioned she had met Steve Peterson at a recent Randy Clark Global Awakening conference.  Clark, a NAR super apostle, the person who began the notorious Toronto Blessing with all of its bizarre manifestations and out of order "spiritual drunkenness," is a close friend of Bill Johnson.  That is Bill Johnson of the now famous for fanaticism Bethel Church with its ever changing strange signs and wonders phenomena.  And it is with Clark and Johnson that Dr. Paul L. King is currently connected.

Take a  Look at Dr. Paul L. King's Higher Life Healing Room:

CMA  professor, and historian Dr. Paul L. King pastors a Broken Arrow, Oklahoma CMA church, Higher Life Fellowship, which has the distinction of having its very own IAHR certified Healing Room center which King himself co-directs.  And it was at these Healing Rooms recently, advertised on its Facebook, one might come and partake of "soaking prayer."  "Soaking prayer," by the way, is just another form of contemplative prayer where mesmerizing music lulls those laying on the floor into a trance like state.
http://standupforthetruth.com/2013/10/sid-roth-promotes-soaking-prayer-tutorial-on-wnd/

King, a masterful historian, has written a number of books including Come Up Higher which is endorsed by both Randy Clark, and Bill Johnson.  King is also author of Genuine Gold which is a detailed account of the early history of the CMA and its Pentecostal roots.  In it King quotes just about every early Pentecostal figure from John G. Lake to Charles Parham to A.B. Simpson.  King says of this work that he is cautiously charismatic and that he wants to be a bridge or buffer between charismatics and non-charismatics.  However, from all I've read of King he has thrown caution to the wind, and is now associated with the hyper-charismatics, and not just any of them but with some of the most well-known of the NAR movement.
http://paulkingministries.com/shop/come-up-higher-rediscovering-throne-life-the-highest-christian-life-for-the-21st-century/

Conclusion:

In the end, the CMA's hook up with the International Association of Healing Rooms is very troublesome, for once again they are connecting themselves to hyper-charismatics who are involved in experiential manifestations that supersede the Word with so called signs and wonders that in no way are of the Holy Spirit!  Therefore, I'd encourage you to dig deeper into the NAR as well as the IAHR, so you may be ready to warn others of their deceptions and dangers.  Proverbs 1:5 reminds us: "A wise  man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:."

Learn to Discern Granny Verse:  Matthew 24:24

"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders, insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."

For More Information:

Lighthouse Trails BookletThe New Age Propensities of Bethel Church's Bill Johnson by
John Lanagan.  This booklet gives a review of The Physics of Heaven of which Cal Pierce,
NAR IAHR leader, has a chapter. http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15508

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ray Yungen's Warnings: What's Wrong with Reiki

Ray Yungen's Warnings: What's Wrong with Reiki


Ray Yungen, author of A Time of Departing and For Many Shall Come in My Name,  has an outstanding five part series: "Questions on the New Age" that can be seen on You Tube.  In
Part Five the question is, "What is the major spearhead of the New Age spirituality?" Ray answers "energy healing." Ray then zeroes in on Reiki spelling out its dangers.  Filled with facts, and warnings this short video is well worth listening to.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aqL2PrnyGA

Now, a small group, that meets in our home including a lady who did Reiki as well as two chiropractors, recently listened to Ray's video and here's what we learned:

Reiki is a popular form of "energy healing." 

How true, for Reiki is right here in our little Tennessee town.  I'll always recall the day my sweet beautician friend Bonnie* called saying, "They're going to do Rakki!"  "You mean "Reiki," I replied."  And she went on to tell me one of her young clients had been very ill, and they were going to try "Reiki."  "What can I do?" she inquired.  At the time, I recommended Jan Markell's "Understanding the Times" 2013 interview with Ray Yungen on Reiki.  Here it is:
http://www.olivetreeviews.org/radio/complete-archives/779-the-truth-about-energy-healing

Indeed, Reiki is all over.  Dr. B.*, in our group, knew of a close-by hospital that provides Reiki.  And it may be that a health center close to you is one of the 800 hospitals that Ray said now do this.  So be ready for Reiki at a venue near you from day spas to hospices!

*  Name changed.

Reiki is a Japanese word.

Reiki means "universal life," or "spiritual life."  In Japan it is a generic word associated with the occult.

Reiki is related to "the chakra system."

Yes, Reiki is related to the chakra energy points or, as Yungen puts it, those "spinning balls" of psychic energy beginning at the base of the spine right up to the top of your head.

Read Ray's chakra relationship to Reiki from his book Many Shall Come in My Name here:
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?tag=chakras

Reiki is a conduit to opening oneself up to other forces.

After having Reiki, Ray emphasized, one is often more open to practicing yoga or meditation.
Changes set in.  The person feels led and guided more and more.  It is easy to shed or cast off old belief systems.  So, beware don't partake of Reiki.

Reiki is going to be used on someone you know.

Ray warned it is only a matter of time until Reiki will be done on a loved one, or friend.  And while I was talking about Reiki, just the other day, someone close to us shared they had been given a Reiki treatment, and had experienced great results.  I then, armed with Reiki info, went on to detail its dangers.

Reiki is touted by well-known adherents.

Ray mentions Reiki is taught by Dr. Mehmet Oz, and his wife Lisa who is a "Reiki Master."  That means Lisa has "Spirit Guides" who aid her as she performs Reiki.  Then, notes Ray, there's a Reiki proponent, Raven Keyes of NYC, who says, "We all have a right to our spirit guides."

Reiki is not Biblical, so beware!

Finally, at the end of the video Ray reminds us in Leviticus 19:31 it admonishes us not to turn to mediums who have familiar spirits, and not to seek their help,  "Consider this verse; look it up!" warns Ray.  And I would add one more word-- memorize it!

Learn to Discern Granny:   Leviticus 19:31

"Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the
the LORD your God."
 

For More Information:

Excellent Article:  http://www.inplainsite.org/html/reiki.html

Lighthouse Trails Booklet:  http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=12017

The Truth About Energy Healing by Ray Yungen




Sunday, July 26, 2015

Dr. Rob Reimer's River Dwellers Vs. Kevin Reeves' The Other Side of the River

Dr. Rob Reimer's River Dwellers Vs. Kevin Reeves' The Other Side of the River


Dr. Rob Reimer says pursue God passionately by immersing yourself in the River, while Kevin Reeves says pursue God passionately apart from the River.

What "River" is that?  We'll use Reeves' description which reads: "The River Revival movement--encompassing the Toronto Blessing, Brownsville Revival (or Pensacola Outpouring), Dominion, Latter Rain, Word of Faith, Rodney Howard-Browne's laughing revival, the Kansas City Prophets, and an arbitrary mix of all or some of the aforementioned--..." (p.22)

Purpose:  To enable the reader to understand there are dangers lurking in the River; and that they need to be aware of, and ready to confront these deceptions armed with Scripture.

Ezekiel 47:9: "Where the River Flows:"

Reimer's River References:  Reimer's first verse is Ezekiel 47:9:  "Where the river flows everything will live."  Reimer writes, "At the end of Ezekiel, the prophet receives a vision of water flowing and getting deeper and deeper, until finally it became a river Ezekiel could not cross."

Then, records Reimer, the Lord told Ezekiel that where the river flows everything would live.  Of this river Reimer relates, "It is the River of Life.  Jesus connected these Old Testament prophecies to the coming of the Holy Spirit.  He becomes in us that River of Life."  (pp.90-91)

Reeves' River References:  "Removed from its proper setting the 47th chapter of Ezekiel ... is used to promote a last days vision for the church.  In its proper context ... this wonderful prophecy is an en-couragement that God has not forgotten His covenant people of Israel.  But overstepping the sanctity of scriptural boundaries, this passage has been reshaped into the comfortable doctrines of easy be-
lievism and sensual manifestations that mark a shift in the church.  As believers we have taken a hairpin turn from the preeminence of the Word to a relative, experiential, and terrible apostate faith." 
(p.21-22)

Reeves on River Songs:  In the years after the Toronto Blessing Vineyard worship songs were filled with references to water.  Reeves writes, "A take off from the prophecy of Ezekiel 47, the symbol of the Holy Spirit became our gateway to the supernatural.  One song, we began singing ... told about a rushing torrent flowing from God to touch those who need reviving. ...  Another song that promoted spiritual drunkenness spoke of God's people asking for a drink of the Spirit ...." (p.162)

Quests for Impartations: Passing the Power:

Reimer's Impartation Reflections:  "There is a Biblical concept of impartation.  Jesus told his disciples, "Freely you have received, freely give." (Matthew 10:8)  Reimer states, "I love being prayed for and having people lay hands on me.  When I go to conferences or when I get around people of anointing and spiritual power I ask them to lay hands on me and to pray for me. ...  I've had people from evangelical and charismatic circles lay hands on me ... I've had world renown leaders pray for me, who were anointed by God and who impacted my life through their work. ..."  (pp.42-43)

Reeves' Impartation Reflections:  Reeves writes, "While the Bible does refer to an anointing (I John 2:27), it has in these days of sensual faith been contorted almost beyond recognition.  And as with so much of hyper-charismatic experience has been placed in the realm of something to be reached for, pursued, or worked up in order to be obtained." (p. 80)

Reeves further comments, "... some people ... are looked upon as being more anointed than others.  This naturally presupposes the necessity of making a journey to wherever they happen to be ministering in order to be touched by them, and consequently by God.  It is universally recognized by River adherents that the impartation is passed from person to person via the laying on of hands, and that belief has provoked a virtual scramble among regular church members to get to the preacher that has 'it'".  (pp. 80-81)

Randy Clark: Global Awakening:

Reimer References Clark:  In a June 16, 2013 sermon, Reimer revealed that he and his family would be going on a Brazil mission trip with the Randy Clark ministry where he planned to seek special impartation from Randy.  In this same sermon Reimer told of Heidi Baker's amazing impartation from Clark where she was "laid out" for seven days.  This 2013 Brazilian trip is noted twice in the book.  (pp.34,154)
http://www.southshorecommunitychurchma.com/teaching/sermons/expanding-our-umbrella-of-authority-ii/

Reeves References Clark:  Reeves names Clark in conjunction with the Toronto Blessing.  Reeves reflects, "... the Toronto Blessings official origin stems from a message preached by Randy Clark, who received his 'impartation' from Rodney Howard-Browne, who himself was holding services in Kenneth Hagin Jr.'s Rhema Bible Church in Tulsa in 1993.  Clark's messages in January 1994, at what was then the Toronto Airport Vineyard church, were the main catalyst for the doctrines, mani-
festations, and practices seen in the River movement today." (pp.12-13)

Global Awakening History:  "Of all the things Randy values, this ministry of 'impartation' is the most important to him. ...  He ... recognizes ... that the Kingdom of God will be more powerfully impacted by ministering a fresh impartation of the Spirit to pastors, leaders, and their people.  This causes a ripple-effect- for each pastor or leader who receives a powerful impartation, a multitude of oppor-
tunities open up for those pastors and laity to impact others."  (Global Awakening Web Site)
http://globalawakening.com/home/about-global-awakening/history-of-global-awakening

John Wimber: Vineyard Movement Founder:

Reimer on Wimber:  In regard to misusing or abusing a prophetic word Reimer quotes Wimber as once saying, "The answer is not disuse; it is right use."  He also cites a Wimber story taken from Power Evangelism where Wimber had the word "adultery" in his mind's eye that he explored with a man with whom he was traveling. (pp.55,67,81)

Reimer also tells (9-9-12) in his "Open Doors, Open Hearts" sermon how Dean Ron Walborn (ATS) had an impartation from Wimber that greatly increased his healing successes.  In another sermon (11-4-12) Reimer relates Wimber's "Honeycomb Vision."  On (3-8-2015) Reimer once more uses a Wimber example. http://www.southshorecommunitychurchma.com/teaching/sermons/open-doors-open-hearts/

Reeves on Wimber:  Reeves writes that the two words for which Wimber is remembered has to be "paradigm shift."  Reeves notes, "It was the Vineyard magnate John Wimber who ushered into popularity the term paradigm shift ... or a major alteration in our method of approaching God and allowing Him to approach us.  The old study method is ... no longer adequate.  Indeed, says Reeves, "Experience is what counts, they say, and all the head knowledge we've been accumulating all these years is a big waster of time."  (pp.166-167)

Reeves continues, "Wimber ... first introduced ... the incredibly strange manifestations that are supposedly initiated by the Holy Spirit.  Pogoing (jumping up and down in place), rippling on or under the skin, tingling, shaking, convulsions, uncontrollable laughter, --many of the same mani-
festations traditionally attributed to demonic influence ...  It is shocking and frightening to see the similarities between Wimber's manifestations and what is called Kundalini ..."* (p.167)

* The term for the force that underlies Hindu spirituality.

Holy Laughter:

Reimer's Holy Laughter Thoughts:  Reimer mentions "holy laughter" in his section "Manifesta-
tions of God's Presence."  This is akin, he says, to the disciples being filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit as in Acts 13:52.

Now, from his revival study Reimer declares that "holy laughter" has accompanied many revivals in the past--predating the "holy laughter" in a "revival that had received some press."*  So, surely then holy laughter can be sanctioned maintains Reimer.

*  Reimer fails to name this revival.

Well, one would agree there's been joy and laughter recorded in the past; and as history has recorded, ala Dr. Paul L. King in Genuine Gold, in early circles there was also much controversy about such outbursts.  But, in this day and age, video has recorded the latest rounds of radical laughter showing an out of order circus that resembles Hindu Kundalini manifestations.  One has only to glimpse various videos to see bizarre, unruly, unholy demonstrations that cannot be considered Holy Spirit manifestations!  (pp.96-97)

Reeves' Holy Laughter Thoughts:  Reeves' response to "holy laughter" is graphically described in his chapter: "The Very Last Laugh."  Reeves tells of his church's "unstoppable laughter" where folks were lying topsy turvy, red-faced convulsing hysterically.  (p.127)

As a one-time supporter of such laughter Reeves reflects perhaps this gives him "a one-up" on those who have seen it from the outside.  Reeves relates because of many personal encounters with this phenomena he feels strongly that its source is not of the Lord.  Reeves says, "If these things happened in a bar, we as Christians would be rightly appalled.  But when they occur, and continue to occur ... in the very sanctuary of our churches, then we are expected to look on with indifference and believe that somehow-- in some unfathomable way that was never revealed by our Lord, the apostles, or the prophets of old--that God is at work.  The righteous horror at such fleshly exhibition has faded in the growing shadow of popular Christian myth, fulfilling the Scripture '[A]nd the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play. (Exodus 32:6)'"  (p. 137)

Reeves also refers to Warren Smith's intriguing study of "laughter verses" in Scripture where Smith found forty laughter references.  Of these forty, twenty-two referred to scornful laugher.  And seven had to do with the Sarah/Abraham story, while three in the New Testament warn against laughter.  For much more read Smith's booklet: Holy Laughter or Strong Delusion? (p.138)

A Word From God:

Reimer on a Word From God:  Reimer reasserts that he's emphasized one must humbly test what we're hearing.  He writes, "When we receive a Word from God--whether it be a whisper, a picture, a dream, a feeling--the first things we need to do is test it."

How does one do this?  Begin with Scripture first, instructs Reimer.  If that's not clear, test it with Spirit-filled, discerning Christians.  Writes Reimer, "I won't test words with someone who treats prophecy with contempt. ... I will test words with someone who honors prophecy, and walks in humility, and has displayed discernment."  And adds Reimer, "At South Shore Community Church, if I receive a prompting of the Spirit, I test it with other staff members ..."  (pp.69-70)

Recall my Reimer's River Dweller's review where I mention that someone Reimer uses to test "words from the Lord" is a lady associate pastor, who is part of a holistic center called "The Well," where she teaches meditation and spiritual direction.  What a pity Reimer has this lady as his associate pastor, never mind testing prophetic words!

Reimer's section: "Relaying the Messages of God" has this mind-blowing statement:  "Sometimes the Lord will give us a specific word of knowledge we have no human way of knowing for someone who doesn't yet believe, and it will move the person's heart.  Jesus had this kind of encounter with the woman at the well in John chapter 4.  He gets specific knowledge about her--she was married five times before, and the man she was living with now was not her husband.  It is a game changer for her, and she ends up believing because of His prophetic insight."  The Christ, the Messiah gets specific knowledge and has "prophetic insight?"  (p.76)

Reeves on a Word From God:  In Reeves' chapter "The Word of the Lord?" in "Thus Saith ... Who?" he voices the fact that when it comes to false prophecy we've failed big time when it comes to hold-
ing to the plain truth from Scripture.  Reeves quotes Deuteronomy 18:20-22.  He especially notes verse twenty-two: "But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die."  Reeves underlines this noting, "Presumption (i.e., false prophecy) was punishable by death."
(p.88)

In his hyper-charismatic church Reeves pointed out that very few prophecies were ever corrective, but were mostly pleasant.  Reeves also noted that in his camp so called "prophets" were to grow into the prophetic, and could even be sent to so called "Schools of the Prophets" so as to mature in signs and wonders. (p.92)

Reeves writes true Biblical prophecy was never "exploratory," but always spot on the very first time!  And the perfect example, notes Reeves, is the prophet Nathan saying to David, "Thou art the man!"
(p. 96) Contrast that to Reimer who teaches one to ask exploratory questions such as: "Can I ask you a question?" or "Does that mean anything to you?"  (p.61,63 R.D.)

Being Slain in the Spirit:

Reimer on Being Slain in the Spirit:  In "Manifestations of God's Presence" Reimer mentions a mani-
festation that can be seen occurs when people fall under the weight of God's presence.  He notes that in early CMA history there were numerous people falling in prostration as recorded by Paul King in Genuine Gold.  A prime example of being slain in the spirit, states Reimer, would be the Apostle John falling at the feet of Jesus as though dead. (Rev. 1:17)  (p.97)  Note, the question here would be why did John fall down?  And the answer would be, it was in worship.

Reimer relates that during a "Holy Spirit Weekend" they often have such happenings.  For example a big man named Bill felt sure he wouldn't fall, but with one touch from Reimer down he went.  A lady tried to catch him but couldn't.  Bill then began laughing during which Reimer prayed, "Give him more, God!  He's a big man; he needs more.  Fill him up!" (p.98) 

Reeves on Being Slain in the Spirit:  Reeves, after his repeated observations, noted how disorderly much of this phenomena actually was.  He recalled one particular lady who did this rather frequently; only immediately after falling, she'd sit up to straighten her clothing lying back down quickly.  If she was truly under such power puzzled Reeves how could she get up so quickly? This then made him think of men falling atop women, and vice versa.  Reeves then quotes, "Let all things be done decently, and in order." (I Corinthians 14:40) (p.74)

Reeves asks the question, "Where did being slain in the spirit come from?'  Reeves says their favorite answer came from the passage in II Chronicles 5:13-14 where it speaks of the priests not being able to stand to minister by reason of the glory of the Lord.  But reading further on in II
Chronicles 7:1-2 reveals the reason the priests weren't ministering in the house of God was they weren't there at all but outside!  Reeves records, "While charismatic teaching would have us believe the temple was littered with ... incapacitated priests, the Old Testament simply tells us they could not even enter into the area where God had manifested His glory!" (p.77)

Don't miss Lighthouse Trails new booklet: Slain in the Spirit: Is it a Biblical Practice? by Kevin Reeves. 

Some Thoughts on Catholicism:

Reimer on Catholicism:  Into his River mix Reimer inserts references to the monastery where he had many Holy Spirit encounters.  In addition, he refers to St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the  Cross, Brother Lawrence, listening prayer, silence, solitude, monks, Father Robert, R. Thomas Ashbrook's
Mansions of the Heart, Dark Night of the Soul, and more.  Reimer writes just as if these people, and practices are what a-- saved by grace alone-- Christian should emulate, and partake of.  Not once does Reimer warn the reader what Catholicism actually embraces.

Reeves on Catholicism:  Reeves, in contrast, reveals that both he and his wife were saved out of Catholicism.  Speaking of a sermon that he once heard, he recalled that it "focused on the doctrinal abuses within the Catholic Church, spotlighting the specific practices of certain penitent of the Roman clergy.  Priests would abuse their bodies to the point of death with self imposed penance in order to secure acceptance into heaven.  Having spent twenty-four loyal years within the ranks of Roman Catholicism,  ...  I was understandably horrified.  Yet I well knew such abuses were indeed possible.  The Catholic Church's emphasis of salvation through an unceasing battery of good works was a fertile breeding ground for fanaticism." (p.16)

Reeves reports after being entrapped in Catholicism, he and his wife were later so deeply wrapped up in the River Movement that Reeves relates, "Both of us having left one system of that ilk (Roman Catholicism), we had jumped feet first into another, and avoided the liberating message set forth in the Gospel.  As with every religious system outside of the Gospel, do this, don't do that, don't touch, grab for this--a manmade set of rules had rendered the Word of God of no effect." (p.200)

More, More, More!

Reimer on the Pursuit of More:  Reimer writes, "For the past few years I have been seeking more of God.  I have been pursuing and chasing him fervently.  Sometimes I have given up food to pursue God vigorously.  I've gone on longer fasts than before.  Sometimes I have given up sleep to get up in the night to pursue God. ...  I've spent more time in worship, and I've spent more time in solitude and silence.  I have spent large blocks of time alone with God--about every other month I go to a monastery to pursue God for a day or two.  I am on pursuit." (p.41)

Reeves on the Pursuit of More:  Reeves describes his River pursuit saying, "My spiritual legs became heavy from running after every 'wind of doctrine' that blew through our ranks.  There was never a place of satisfaction, that Sabbath rest spoken of in Hebrews 4.  While the anointing we pursued promised be refreshing, all it did was hone, razor-sharp, the craving for another spiritual high.  We at New Covenant were caught up on an unceasing merry-go-round." (p.200)

Conclusion:

When Reeves realized he was caught in a web of bondage and deception to the River rituals, he courageously risked all to come out of the River.  And as the back cover of his book reads, "Even though the cost was high and even if he had to stand alone, his journey back into the simplicity of Jesus Christ would be worth the price."   Reimer, on the other hand, each day is taking those he influences --seminary students, church members, and pastors-- deeper into the River.  And while I believe he is very sincere in his desires, following his suggestions will lead one into many deceptions whether it be in the River, or into Catholicism.

In addition, I would like to challenge discerning Christians to consider Reeves' admonitions and warnings reading his book to further inform yourself, your friends, and your family of what the River really is all about!

Learn to Discern Granny Verse:  II Timothy 2:15 

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."

For More Information:

Lighthouse Trails Booklets:

False Revival Coming? Part I: Holy Laughter or Strong Delusion?  by Warren B. Smith
Slain in the Spirit: Is it a Biblical Practice?  by Kevin Reeves
http://www.lighthousetrails.com/

Caryl  Productions:

Wide Is the Gate: The Emerging New Christianity  Volume 3  The back of the DVD reads: "This final Volume features the Hyper-Charismatic and Pentecostal Movements represented by a variety of names and leaders.  This supposed 'new move of the Holy Spirit' coined as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is also known as Third Wave, Manifest Sons of God, Latter Rain, Kingdom Now, Word Faith, Fresh Fire, and has many other names!"  http://caryl.tv/

Read  These Previous "Learn to Discern Granny" Reviews:

Kevin Reeves' Riveting Story of His River Movement Exit: A Review of The Other Side of the River
River of Life, or River of Deception?  A Review of Dr. Rob Reimer's River Dwellers