|Rick Warren Teams Up With New-Age Sympathizer Ken Blanchard!
This is a Special Report.
Apr 19, 2005 While Rick
Warren is gearing up to "train a billion people,"(from
Christian Post) unbeknownst to many he has also been
teamed up with New Age and contemplative promoter,
Ken Blanchard, for some time now. According to a new
biography on Rick Warren, A Life
With Purpose written by George Mair, Rick
Warren has solicited the services of Ken Blanchard
to aid him in training leaders: "Rick taps the best
and most famous to help train church leaders to be
like Jesus. He has hired Ken Blanchard .... to come
to Saddleback to help train people how to be effective
leaders." p. 193 (See Rick Warren Sermon on Ken Blanchard)
In light of knowing who Ken Blanchard is, this is
shocking and devastating news for the church!
There is countless evidence to show that Blanchard
sits on the New Age/mystical/contemplative bandwagon.
Blanchard believes in the benefits and use of mantra
meditation, yoga and has no trouble borrowing from
Here are just a few examples:
makes no apology when he says much can be gained from
Buddhism. He and his wife both encourage the practice
of yoga (link no longer available) and mantra meditation.
Even more disturbing is his seat on the Board
of Advisors of a New Age organization called Hoffman's Institute (known for the Hoffman
For those who do not find the words of an unofficial
biographer (Mair) linking Rick Warren with Blanchard
convincing enough, Ken Blanchard, Rick Warren and
Bill Hybels (Willow Creek) have become team players
at the Lead
Like Jesus conferences and the Leadership
Summit Conferences, which take place across North
America. The three also have an audio set
they co-authored together. Incidentally, Rick
Warren sits on the Board of Blanchard's Lead Like Jesus organization
along with Ken Blanchard, Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken
Soup for the Soul), John Maxwell, Bill Hybels, and Laurie Beth Jones.
Did Rick Warren know of Blanchard's sympathies when
he brought him in to help at Saddleback? Of course
he did. And do you think that Rick Warren and Ken
Blanchard are going to train their "billion"
soldiers for Christ how to practice New Age mysticism
and learn how to go into altered states of consciousness?
You bet. And that is definitely something to be concerned
did not receive the love of the truth so as to be
saved. And for this reason God will send upon them
a deluding influence so that they might believe what
is false ..." II Thessalonians 2: 10-11
is More Than Just Saying Sorry
a year has now passed since our
special report was released, and Ken Blanchard
is still a board member of the Hoffman
Quadrinity Institute, a participant in the Heartland
Circle with Barbara
Marx Hubbard and on the In
the Sphere of Silence web site endorsing their
new book on meditation and the New Age. Although
Blanchard made a statement on his website saying
he made some mistakes no public changes have been
yet in a book he wrote in the 90s, he tells readers
that saying sorry is not enough:
a change in your behavior, just saying 'I'm
sorry' is not enough."KB
'I'm sorry' is just the first step in an effective
apology. The only way you can demonstrate that
you are really sorry is by changing your behavior.
That way the people you have harmed know that
you are committed to not repeating the mistake.
Talk is cheapit's your behavior that matters."Ken
Smarts: Inspiration and Wisdom from the Heart
of a Leader
Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands,
having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are
His," and, "Let everyone who names the
name of Christ depart from iniquity."
Contemplative Spirituality: A belief system that
uses ancient mystical practices to induce altered states of consciousness
(the silence) and is rooted in mysticism and the occult but often wrapped
in Christian terminology. The premise of contemplative spirituality
is pantheistic (God is all) and panentheistic (God is in all). Common
terms used for this movement are "spiritual formation," "the
silence," "the stillness," "ancient-wisdom,"
"spiritual disciplines," and many others.
Spiritual Formation: A movement that has provided a platform and a channel through which contemplative prayer is entering the church. Find spiritual formation being used, and in nearly every case you will find contemplative spirituality. In fact, contemplative spirituality is the heartbeat of the spiritual formation movement.