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Focus on the Family: Helping to Bring About a Generation of
A Lighthouse Trails Commentary
Next February, CCN (Church Communication Network) is presenting
Beth Moore and Gary Thomas in a special Focus on the Family conference called Focus on Marriage.
This is coming on the heels of a statement recently made by Focus on the Family that
they only "occasionally" reference contemplative speakers such as
Gary Thomas and Beth Moore and should not be accused of promoting
contemplative spirituality. For Focus on the Family to say they just
occasionally reference contemplative authors, all the while knowing they
are about to present an entire conference with those same authors is not
being up front. Such doublespeak should not be so. Beth Moore participated
in the contemplative Be Still DVD and then later, through a ministry letter
(see article below), acknowledged that she sees nothing wrong with the DVD
or its subject matter. In addition, in her book When Godly People Do
Ungodly Things, Moore touts contemplative favorite Brennan Manning as
having been "one of the most remarkable books" (p. 290) she has
ever read. Gary Thomas tells readers to repeat a word for 20 minutes to
enter the silence (Sacred Pathways) and points readers (throughout
his book Sacred Marriage) to a woman who promotes and instructs on
What's more, one of Gary Thomas' books that Focus on the Family sells,
promotes (and defends) is Sacred Parenting. Thomas devotes an entire
chapter of that book to contemplative spirituality, calling it the
"active discipline" of "true listening," and says it is
the way we can "seize heaven and invite God's presence into our
lives" (pp. 58-59). In that chapter, Thomas names two people who he
says brought about the "biggest change in my prayer life" as
"a result of reading" their material: contemplative mystic Teresa of Avila and Frank Buchman. Buchman was the initiator of Moral Re-Armament,
now called Initiatives of Change, an organization working towards
inter-faith globalization. Buchman was a controversial figure, partly due
to his 1930s public statements showing admiration for Adolph Hitler's
leadership skills and stand against communism. Buchman was of the belief
that if the world could find the right leader, even if he was a dictator,
if he believed in God, he could change the whole world overnight. And
according to cult expert Dave Hunt, Buchman was involved in both mysticism
and the occult:
MRA founder Frank Buchman ... embraced
new revelations through occult guidance [and] helped to set the stage for
the New Age movement.... He inspired thousands on all continents to
meditate ... decades before Maharishi Mahesh Yogi left India. (Hunt, Adaptation
of Occult Invasion, 1998)
In Buchman's book, Remaking the World,
he talks about a "new world order" in which a "world-wide
spiritual awakening" is the only hope with a "new
illumination" for "everyone" (pp.4-5). Buchman describes
this new world order much like the hope of some present day Christian
leaders with dominionist views and a dream of a three-legged stool
(religion, government, and business) as the world's only chance of
survival. Gary Thomas devotes three entire pages to Buchman in Sacred Parenting.
Teresa of Avila, also in Sacred
Parenting, was a Carmelite nun who levitated during mystical
trances, which indicates she was actually in touch with supernatural
forces. In Sacred Parenting, Gary Thomas refers to Teresa's
book The Interior Castle, and he lays out the steps of
contemplative prayer, including Teresa's "prayer of
recollection," in which the mind "stop[s] thinking" with the
use of repeating a mantra (p. 62). 2
All things considered, Sacred Parenting hardly seems like it will be
a "tremendous help and a great inspiration to those moms and dads who
choose to take advantage of its message," as Focus on the Family
In addition to Focus on the Family's promotion of contemplative authors
like Moore, Thomas, and Larry Crabb, Focus on the Family's own H.B. London
has brought Richard Foster on board through London's Spiritual Formation series. Lighthouse Trails believes
Focus on the Family is helping to propagate the contemplative message, and
in so doing will help bring about a generation of parent
mystics. In light of the strong New Age basis of contemplative
spirituality, what a disappointment this will be to the many families who
have looked to Focus on the Family in matters related to the raising of
From a recent letter from Focus on the
Family (see link above for full letter):
Lighthouse Trails ... assertion that
Focus on the Family is "promoting" Contemplative Prayer and
Spirituality is neither fair nor accurate. It is true that we have occasionally referenced speakers and authors who deal with subjects of this nature -
individuals such as Richard Foster, Gary Thomas, Larry Crabb, and Beth
Moore. But this, in our opinion, is not the same thing as
"promoting" contemplative prayer. The truth of the matter is that
we have far too much else on our plate to become involved in any such activity.
The heart of our outreach is practical family ministry.
Beth Moore Gives Thumbs Up to Be Still DVD (and
Serious Concerns for Focus on the Family's Marriage
Utopia Kingdom and Global Healing?
emerging church talks a lot about the kingdom of God on earth, but in
language and philosophy much different from the Bible. One emergent writer
hopes the emerging church will handle the problems of this world in a
manner that is "smarter" and "more effective" than
those who have gone before. With "integrative means of participating
in the healing of our world," he believes:
The Spirit of God that hovered over
creation is still present in our world, inviting us to collaborate with our
Maker in the fulfillment of God's reign on earth.1
The same writer, Mark
Scandrette, expresses his communal vision for a utopian world:
The kingdom of God is a generative people
who believe that a more beautiful and sustainable way of life is possible.2
Doug Pagitt explains
that the emerging church is looking for this perfect kingdom on earth that
... really be good news for the people of
the world and not just the promise of a world to come. Many find good news
in the call of Jesus to join the kingdom of God. And let me tell you
"Kingdom of God" language is really big in the emerging church.3
When we think of the
poor in Africa, or the homeless in America, or a child dying of AIDS, we
want a world that has no suffering like this. But is the message of the
kingdom of God that Jesus preached one that promises global healing and a
world without pain and suffering? No, it isn't. Not now anyway. In our
human thinking, we can't imagine that God would really want or allow all
this suffering, so we decide that the goal for humanity should be unity,
peace, no pain, or sorrow. And in an effort to accomplish this, the most
important thing is forgotten. Jesus came to save lost sinners and give them
utopia, so to speak, within their hearts. So, while we as Christians should
do what we can to help the needy, our greatest responsibility is getting
the Gospel to them.
Mark Scandrette goes so far as to say that the "interest in theologies
of the kingdom of God is related" to a "sense of
interconnection."4 Leonard Sweet calls this interconnection the TOE
theory (theories of everything), in which all creation is connected
together through a spiritual force he calls New Light. Sweet states:
If the church is to dance, however, it
must first get its flabby self back into shape. A good place to begin is
the stretching exercise of touching its TOEs [which he also refers to as
Grand Unified Theory].... Then, and only then, will a New Light movement of
"world-making" faith have helped to create the world that is to,
and may yet, be. Then, and only then, will earthlings have uncovered the
meaning of these words, some of the last words ... Thomas Merton uttered:
"We are already one. But we imagine that we are not."5
The Kingdom Now
theology and the emerging church's utopian kingdom are all about what the
natural, carnal man views as significant. Jesus came to give peace and rest
to the suffering, to the poor and those in need. It's a peace that passes
all earthly understanding, and it's a kingdom, as Jesus said, not of this
world. In our earthly minds we cannot understand this, especially when we
think about the often horrific suffering all around us.
If Rick Warren or Brian McLaren were to take their message of the kingdom
of God here and now (and don't think about that eternal home too much) to a
poor man in a hut in Africa, what will it do for him? Supposing he can never
leave that hut, how will their message help him? But with Jesus Christ's
message, that man can be born again and by faith, through God's grace, have
Jesus living inside him every day of his remaining life. Jesus promised
that if anyone invited Him in, He would come in and sup with him
Jesus told His disciples the world would always have suffering and there
would always be poor people. He didn't say this to give allowance to ignore
or avoid the poor and suffering. But He wanted His followers to know that
this earth is not the final destination for those whose names are found in
the Book of Life (those who belong to Christ). That is why in the Book of
Revelation, the apostle John said:
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no
more sea.... And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there
shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be
any more pain: for the former things are passed away. (Revelation 21:1,4)
The true kingdom of
God makes no sense to the unbelieving, unsaved person. The very idea of it
is foolishness to him. Thus, human schemes and theologies are created to
fit his way of thinking. But the Bible says what is wisdom to man is
foolishness to God:
For the preaching of the cross is to them
that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of
God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will
bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where
is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made
foolish the wisdom of this world? For after that in the wisdom of God the
world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of
preaching to save them that believe. (I Corinthians 1:18-21)
1. Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones, An Emergent Manifesto of Hope, Mark
Scandrette section, "Growing Pains," p. 30.
2. Doug Pagitt, "Unraveling Emergent," op. cit.
4. Mark Scandrette, An Emergent Manifesto of Hope, p. 27.
5. Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p. 13.
Dominionism - A Theology That
Intermingles with Mysticism But Not the Word of God
Christians, Muslims, and Jews Will Meet Together on July 16th
following 4 news stories are from different news agencies, covering the
inter-faith meeting that is taking place on July 16th in Madrid, Spain.
#1 "Saudi Arabia
to Host Major Interfaith Conference"
By Joshua Goldberg
Christians, Jews and Muslims will gather in Madrid later this month for
[what] could be one of the highest profile interfaith meetings in recorded
The three-day conference, hosted by Saudi Arabia, aims to highlight the
attendees' shared heritage as children of Abraham and lists many prominent
leaders and figures of faith including evangelist Franklin Graham,
Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, and former Vice President Al Gore.
Also among the 200 prominent religious leaders will be major Jewish leaders
including Rabbi David Rosen, the former chief rabbi of Ireland and head of
the interfaith committee of the American Jewish Committee.
Although Israel and Saudi Arabia do not currently have formal diplomatic
ties, Rosen said that he believes the conference will do much to promote
peace and understanding.
"I think that will be a great achievement," he told The
Associated Press. Click here to read this entire article.
preparations in place for interfaith conference"
MADRID: The Muslim World League (MWL) has completed all preparations
for the international interfaith conference that begins here on Wednesday,
the pan-Islamic body said in a statement. More than 200 leaders of
different religions, including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism and
Buddhism, are expected to attend the three-day conference. Click here to read more.
#3 "Saudi king
set to lead rare interfaith talks in Spain"
The Christian Science
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - In a first for a Saudi Arabian leader, King Abdullah
will convene a conference in Madrid as part of a Saudi outreach to defuse
interfaith tensions, improve Islam's image, and restore respect for
King Abdullah's initiative - a three-day meeting starting July 16 that will
include Muslim, Christian, and Jewish clerics, as well as representatives
of Eastern religions - stands out among interfaith gatherings that have
become commonplace in the post-9/11 world. . . . The 200 invitees included
vocal critics of Islam, notably the Rev. Franklin Graham, a conservative
Evangelical who has called Islam an "evil and wicked" religion.
He cannot attend because he is preparing for a trip to North Korea, a
Graham spokesman said. Click here to read more.
#4 "Saudis invite
Israeli to Madrid parley"
Matthew Wagner and AP
Saudi Arabia invited an Israeli rabbi on
Thursday to attend an interfaith conference to be held in Madrid.
Rabbi David Rosen, president of the International Jewish Committee for
Interreligious Consultations, is the only rabbi who lives in Israel who was
invited by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and the World Muslim League to the
conference that is slated for July 16 to 18. . . . Several months ago,
Abdullah announced that he planned to hold a major interfaith summit in
Saudia Arabia. The Madrid conference is a precursor to that much larger
initiative. Click here to read more.
Conference Alert: Lead Like Jesus Revolution
(Church Communication Network) is sending out notices about their upcoming Lead Like Jesus Revolution conference,
which will take place on October 17th. The event will be broadcast to
various locations across North America. Advertisement states that this
one-day event features "the nation's most influential Christian
leaders." Two of those "influential" leaders are Ken
Blanchard and John Ortberg (who are also the hosts of the event). Both men
are two of the strongest and most influential proponents of the
contemplative prayer movement.
Ken Blanchard has been the topic of many Lighthouse Trails reports. Best
known for his One Minute
Manager top seller, Blanchard professes to have become a
Christian in the late 1980s. However, he has been promoting and endorsing
books, authors, practices, and organizations, which have an eastern
religion emphasis, consistently for over twenty years. Often, he has written
the forewords to books that outwardly teach New Age meditation practices
and books that are Buddhist or Hindu in nature. A recent example is a book
titled Little Wave and Old Swell (2007 edition) (see our report), in which the author of the book says it is
"inspired by Hindu swami Paramahansa Yogananada." Blanchard also
sits on the board of advisors for a New Age group called The
Hoffman Institute. The Institute takes its name from a method called The
Hoffman Quadrinity Process. The book The Hoffman Process (written by
Tim Laurence) is a primer in eastern-style meditation and New Age
spirituality. Here are a few quotes from that book:
"I asked my friends up above. They
always have the right answer," he replied, referring to his spirit
guides that, as a psychic healer, he often consulted.-Tim Laurence,
speaking about the Hoffman Process founder, Bob Hoffman, p.15.
Many traditions around the world focus on the breath as a link to the
divine. -- Indeed, it is used as the focus of the Buddhist practice called
Vipassana, or "insight meditation."
You can use a short meditation to remind yourself of this connection to all
others in this world of ours.--As you breathe, feel that breath coming from
your core essence. p. 207.
When you are open to life, you start noticing the divine in everything. p.
Of the Hoffman Process, Blanchard says:
The Hoffman Process brings forth
spiritual leadership in a person. It
made my spirituality come alive. Through the Hoffman Process I
actually brought my faith into my daily actions. (from the Hoffman
Institute website) (emphasis added)
Another book Blanchard wrote the foreword
to is Jim Ballard's book, Mind Like Water. In the book, Ballard
I signed up for the yoga meditation
lessons ... founded by Paramahansa Yogananda....I had evidently reached a
level of consciousness beyond the usual ... I continue to consider
meditation far and away the most important thing I do. (p. 77,78)
In this book, Ballard instructs on breath
prayer, visualization, mantra meditation, and a number of other practices
to enter the altered state of consciousness. Blanchard, who spoke at
Saddleback last year and who currently sits on the New York Leadership Center's advisory board with Rick
Warren and Bill Hybels, says in the foreword of Ballard's book:
Jim Ballard's wonderful book, Mind
Like Water ... I hope that you and countless other readers will find in Mind Like Water some ways to calm your mind and uplift your
Blanchard, who will be co-hosting the CCN
Lead Like Jesus event with John Ortberg, is considered a leading influencer in
today's Christian world at large.
John Ortberg's 2005 book, God is Closer Than You Think has a who's
who of mystic proponents, some of which include Anne Lamott, Annie Dillard,
Gary Thomas (Sacred Pathways), Brother Lawrence (who danced violently
like a mad man when he practiced the "presence"),
interspiritualist Tilden Edwards (Shalem Institute), Thomas Kelly (Divine
Center in all), Jean Pierre de Caussade, Frederick Buechner, Meister
Eckhart, Dallas Willard and Thomas Merton. Ortberg's book, The Life You've Always Wanted has many of these
names as well. Ortberg and contemplative promoter Ruth Haley Barton Barton
co-authored Ordinary Day With Jesus, which instructs readers in
mystical prayer practices. Both helped to develop Willow Creek's Spiritual
CCN represents today's most popular Christian figures: Beth Moore, T.D. Jakes, Max Lucado, Philip Yancey, James Dobson, Gary Thomas, Rick Warren, Leonard Sweet, Brian McLaren, and Erwin
McManus, to name a few. A large percentage of the 80+ CCN speakers promote both contemplative
spirituality and the emerging church.
For more research on Ken Blanchard, click here.
Is General Baptist Ministries Going Toward Contemplative?
the General Baptist Ministries (General Association of General Baptists)
going toward contemplative spirituality? The General Baptist denomination
has been around since the late 1800s, with presently over 800 churches and
over 70,000 members. Their Statement of Faith lays out a biblical plan of
salvation and the Christian faith. But the movement appears to be leaning
toward contemplative spirituality.
On the organization's main website, it reads:
Baptists are moving forward under the theme of "No Church Left
Behind." To leave no church behind, our efforts will be centered in
"Gaining Agenda Harmony" and "Building Movement
Loyalty." We will be actively involved in the assignment given the
church to take the planet for Christ.
of the people they will be turning to to help with this vision is Jennifer
Kennedy Dean, the author of Heart's Cry: Principles of Prayer. In
her book, Kennedy Dean says:
calls us to silence, inner as well as outer. He invites us to listening
prayer [contemplative prayer] ... in the inner sanctuary of our souls....
Listening prayer is the ground from which spoken prayer grows. Spoken
prayer will not reach its fullness unless it is born in listening
prayer" (p. 127).
listening prayer, Kennedy Dean says brings about a "place of His
presence," in which "You will find Him." She adds:
has things to tell you.... Something you didn't know before?.... When we
learn the art of silence, then we create the setting in which God can
reveal to us His secrets.... We are not programmed for silence. It does not
come naturally to sit quietly in God's presence without words. Listening to
God is a learned discipline" (pp. 128-129).
Dean tells readers they will find this "center" as they
"visualize the presence of God, visualize yourself in that presence
.... In His presence, I feel the need to empty myself. I visualize placing
things on His altar" (p. 129).
In the back of Dean's book, she recommends two other books she wrote for
more information on "listening prayer." In one of those books, Riches
Stored in Secret Places, Dean references panentheist Thomas Kelly. It
is Kelly, a panentheist, who said that within every human being is a divine
center, a holy sanctuary (from A Testament of Devotion). Dean quotes
Kelly from his chapter called "The Light Within," in which Dean
refers to the "secret sanctuary" (p. 43). This "secret
sanctuary" Kelly is speaking of is what Kelly calls "abiding
Light behind all changing [life] forms." Kelly says: "In
that Current we must bathe. In that abiding yet energizing Center we are all made one" (p.
38)." In referring to this "secret sanctuary," which Kelly
says is in all of life, Dean tells readers to use "the
meditative exercises" in her book. Some of the techniques Dean refers
to are lectio divina and visualization (though she does not call them this,
but she describes them).
Kennedy Dean will be a speaker at the Women's Conference during the General
Baptist Mission & Ministry Summit (July 28-30) this year. In addition,
Larry McKain will also be speaking. 1 McKain is the founder and Executive Director of New Church Specialties, which coaches and mentors
pastors and leaders through the New Church University. The University is
using books by an array of contemplative and or/ emerging authors to train
these leaders. Some of these are: Leonard Sweet, Brian McLaren, Steven
Covey, leadership guru John Maxwell, mystic proponent Jim Collins,
contemplative/emerging proponent Rick Warren, and New Age meditation
proponent Ken Blanchard.
In addition to the upcoming conference where McKain will be speaking,
General Baptist Ministries is working closely with McKain's
organization. On the GBM website, under Congregational Ministries, congregations are encouraged
to seek after "church renewal and refocus through New Church
University training." This means that General Baptist congregations
everywhere could potentially be introduced to Leonard Sweet, Ken Blanchard,
and the others whom the University points to and recommends.
Lighthouse Trails spoke with General Baptist Ministries director, Dr.
Steven Gray, and we asked him to describe the relationship between New
Church Specialties and GBM. He told us that a "partnership"
between the two organizations had been formed. He did state that even
though the New Church University is using McLaren and Sweet's books, the
General Baptist Ministries is not. But he did acknowledge that GBM is recommending
books by Richard Foster and Dallas Willard.
Not surprisingly, the General Baptist Small Groups manual tells small group leaders to train
their groups to practice Solitude and Silence. As Chuck Swindoll does in
his book, So You Want to Be Like Christ: Eight Essential Disciplines to
Get You There, the manual differentiates between an outer quietness,
Solitude (removing tv, radio, sitting by a stream), and Silence. This is
important to understand. While all believers should spend quiet time in
prayer, study, and contemplating and thinking about God's Word and His
attributes, we are never instructed in Scripture to enter a mental silence
where the mind is put in a type of neutral state. For those who may wonder
if this is what the General Baptist Ministry is really alluding to, one
only needs to look at who they are recommending in the manual: Richard
Foster, Dallas Willard, Larry Crabb, Dan Allender, and Bill Hybels.
The General Baptist Summit is sponsored in part by Oakland City University
(Indiana). The General Baptist school points to
contemplative/emerging authors as well. For instance, in Worship Leadership
305, the instructor uses textbooks by emerging leader, the late Robert
Webber. In RS 101 (Church Life) and T 505, the professors are using a
textbook by the late emerging church friend and mentor, Stanley Grenz.
Other authors being used that would be in a similar camp are Steve Sjogren,
Rick Warren, Peter Drucker, Ken Blanchard, Buddhist sympathizer Peter
Senge, and Philip Yancey.
The General Baptist Ministries are not the only ones turning to McKain's
organization for training leaders. A list on the GBM website includes
21 denominations using the materials and instruction from the New Church
Specialties. A few of those are: Church of the Nazarene, the Wesleyan
Church, Free Methodists, and Independent Bible Churches. One thing that
Lighthouse Trails finds troubling is an endorsement for McKain's University
by Nazarene General Superintendent Dr. Jim Diehl 2. When A Time of Departing first
was released in 2002, Jim Diehl read that book and contacted Lighthouse
Trails to say that he wholeheartedly agreed with its message. At that time,
we warned him that contemplative was coming fast into his denomination,
largely at that time through the Nazarene seminaries.
While GBM may not currently be using the recommended teachings of Leonard
Sweet in their training, the General Baptist partnership with McKain and
the University gives a green light to GBM churches to explore Sweet's and
Blanchard's materials. It is Leonard Sweet who has stated that "the
power of small groups is in their ability to develop the discipline to get
people 'in-phase' with the Christ consciousness and connected with one
another." P. 147 So one can only wonder, is this christ consciousness
what some General Baptists will ultimately find? If they turn to Sweet, the
answer is yes. We pray and hope that General Baptist Ministries will
reconsider their partnership with New Church Specialties and also their
affinity with Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, and other contemplatives.
Otherwise they may end up with a kind of thinking that brought Ken
Blanchard to say: "Buddha points to the path and invites us to begin
our journey to enlightenment. I ... invite you to begin your journey to
enlightened work." (from What Would Buddha Do At Work) or
Richard Foster to say, "We should all without shame enroll in the
school of contemplative prayer" (COD, p. 13).
Reiki: "The power to transform others into New Age
by Ray Yungen
of the fastest growing New Age healing techniques being used today is
Reiki, (pronounced ray-key), a Japanese word which translates universal
life energy or God energy. It has also been referred to as the Radiance
Technique. Reiki is an ancient Tibetan healing system which was
rediscovered by a Japanese man in the 1880s and has only recently been
brought to the West.
The technique consists of placing the hands on the recipient and then
activating the energy to flow through the practitioner into the recipient.
One practitioner describes the experience in the following way:
doing it, I become a channel through which this force, this juice of the
universe, comes pouring from my palms into the body of the person I am
touching, sometimes lightly, almost imperceptibly, sometimes in famished
sucking drafts. I get it even as I'm giving it. It surrounds the two of us,
patient and practitioner.1
obtains this power to perform Reiki by being attuned by a Reiki master.
This is done in four sessions in which the master activates the chakras,
creating an open channel for the energy. The attunement process is not made
known for general information, but is held in secrecy for only those being
One of the main reasons Reiki has become so popular is its apparently
pleasurable experience. Those who have experienced Reiki report feeling a
powerful sense of warmth and security. One woman, now a Reiki master,
remarked after her first encounter: "I don't know what this is you've
got but I just have to have it."2 People don't make such comments
unless there is an appeal involved. A successful business woman gives Reiki
the following praise:
should be available through every medical, chiropractic and mental health
facility in this country. Your fees are a small price to pay for such
impressive results. I don't know how Reiki works, but it works; that's all
that counts in my book.3
Age teaching is that once someone is attuned he or she can never lose the
power; it is for life. Even distance is not a barrier for the Reiki energy,
for the channeler may engage in something called absentee healing, in which
the energy is sent over long distances, even thousands of miles.
One master relates:
by having the name or an object of the person or perhaps even a picture in
your hand, you can send Reiki to them to wherever they are in the world.4
one million people are practicing Reiki in the United States alone today.5
In many cases, these are people who treat or work with others on a
therapeutic basis, such as health professionals, body workers,
chiropractors, and counselors. Despite its bizarre and unconventional
nature, Reiki has struck a chord with an incredible number of average
people. In Europe alone, the number of people accepting Reiki is very
impressive. One Reiki master claims that in the thirteen years she lived in
Europe she alone initiated 45,000 people into Reiki as channelers.6
What Reiki is really about is using this power to transform others into New
Age consciousness. As one Reiki leader states:
also makes a level of spiritual transformation available to non-meditators,
that is usually reserved for those with a meditative path.7
like this reveal that Reiki is in line with all the other New Age
transformation efforts. It changes the way people perceive reality. Most
practitioners acknowledge the truth of this. A German Reiki channeler makes
frequently happens that patients will come into contact with new ideas
after a few Reiki treatments. Some will start doing yoga or autogenesis
training or start to meditate or practice [sic] some other kind of
spiritual method.... Fundamental changes will set in and new things will
start to develop. You will find it easier to cast off old, outlived
structures and you will notice that you are being led and guided more and
concerns me is that Reiki apparently can be combined with regular massage
techniques without the recipient even knowing it. A letter in the Reiki
is a whole new experience when used in my massage therapy practice.
Massage, I thought, would be an excellent tool to spread the radiance of
this universal energy and a client would benefit and really not realize
what a wonderful growth was happening in his or her being (emphasis mine).9
all the New Age practices and modalities, Reiki holds the title to being
the most intriguing and perhaps eerie one. This is brought out in the
following observations made by one of the leading Reiki masters in the
country. He reveals:
I looked psychically at the energy, I could often see it as thousands of
small particles of light, like "corpuscles" filled with radiant
Reiki energy flowing through me and out of my hands. It was as though these
Reiki "corpuscles" of light had a purpose and intelligence.10
Since Reiki is not something taught intellectually even children can be
brought into it. In one Reiki magazine, I found an ad that was offering a Children's
Reiki Handbook: A Guide to Energy Healing for Kids. The book is
described as a "guide that provides kids with what they need to
prepare for their first Reiki Attunement.11
1. "Healing Hands," New Woman Magazine (March 1986), p.
2. Joyce Morris, "The Reiki Touch" (The Movement Newspaper,
3. Barbara Ray, Ph.D., The Reiki Factor (Smithtown, NY: Exposition
Press, 1983), p. 63.
4. "Vincent J. Barra Psychic Healer Transmits Reiki Energy"
(Meditation Magazine, Summer 1991), p. 31.
5. William Lee Rand, "Keeping Reiki Free" (Reiki News Magazine,
Spring 2005), p. 37
6. Mari Hall, "Reiki and the Adventure of My Life" (Reiki News Magazine, Summer 2006), p. 14.
7. Paula Horan, Empowerment Through Reiki (Wilmot, WI: Lotus Light
Publications, 1990), p. 9.
8. Bodo J. Baginski and Shalila Sharamon, Reiki Universal Life Energy (Mendocino,
CA: Life Rhythm, 1988), pp. 33, 49-50.
9. "Sharings" (The Reiki Journal, Vol. VI, No. 4,
October/December 1986), p. 17.
10. William Lee Rand, "The Nature of Reiki Energy" (The Reiki
News, Autumn 2000, p. 5.
11. The Reiki News, Spring 2006, p. 43.
More research on Reiki, click here.
Also read: Reiki, Thomas Merton, and Richard Foster
Ray Yungen Coming to 8 Cities This Summer
Trails author, Ray Yungen, will be visiting 8 cities this August,
sharing his information about contemplative spirituality, the New Age
movement, the emerging church, and the impact these belief systems are
having on the church and our society. These seminars will all be free of
charge and are open to the public. Below are the dates and locations. If
you live near any of these cities, we hope you will get the chance to
attend one of these meetings. For updated information on Ray's itinerary
and for more information on the meetings below, visit his website at: A Time of Departing Ministries
1. Piqua, Ohio (near Dayton/Milwaukee)
Piqua Church of the Nazarene, July 27
Franklin Road Baptist Church, August 2-3
County, Kansas (near Kansas City) with Warren Smith
Johnson County Calvary Chapel, August 7-9
4. Clarinda, Iowa with Warren Smith
Calvary Chapel of Clarinda, August 10 (call
for more information)
Cedarburg Cultural Center, August 16
Lake Country Bible Church, August 17
Twin City Fellowship, August 23
* Ray will be wrapping
up his August trip in Winkler, Manitoba. If you live near
there, email or call us for information if you would like
to attend one of the meetings there.
Ray will be in California during the
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other cities. If you have a group that would like to have Ray speak, please
let us know.
Summer/Fall 2008 Catalog
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Summer 2008 Book Release: Things We
Couldn't Say Has Gone to Press
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Couldn't Say by Diet Eman -
August 7, 2008
This is the true story of Diet Eman, a young Christian woman
who joined the Christian resistance movement in the Netherlands during
WWII. Together with her fiancé and other Dutch men and women,
"Group Hein" risked their lives to save the lives of Jews who
were in danger of becoming victims of Hitler's "final solution."
Things We Couldn't Say is an endearing and moving love story
that occurs in the midst of extreme danger and often unbearable circumstances
and loss. Before the war ends, Eman, her fiancé, and several in their group
are arrested and sent to concentration camps - many of them lose their own
story will help us remember a time in history that should not be forgotten
and will inspire us to live more courageously and stand for what is right,
doing so by the power and grace of God. Things
We Couldn't Say is a powerful illustration of II Corinthians
12:9, which states: "And he [the Lord] said unto me, My grace is
sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most
gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of
Christ may rest upon me."
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important books expose the truth about contemplative spirituality,
spiritual formation, and the new age.
A Time of Departing and For Many Shall Come in My
HOLOCAUST: LEST WE FORGET
A true story that will change your life and challenge your faith ..
sweep you into 1930s Germany and back with your faith intact ... [Trapped
in Hitler's Hell] carries a stark message for today's Western Christian
... will refocus your priorities and recharge your spiritual
life."-Leo Hohmann, Read entire review at The Messianic Times Trapped in Hitler's Hell
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The Other Side of the River by Alaskan Kevin Reeves
When mystical experiences and strange doctrines overtake his church,
one man risks all to find the truth ... a true story. Read more about this
important book, especially now in light of the Todd Bentley
"revival" in Florida.
Find out the truth about the emerging church
and the avenues through which it is entering Christianity.
Faith Undone by Roger Oakland
Find out more about the book that tells it like it
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.