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Energy Healing: Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch - Entertaining Devils Unaware

LTRP Note: Energy healing techniques such as Reiki are growing quickly in popularity, even in Christian circles. When you've got someone as popular as Dr. OZ telling millions to practice Reiki, you realize this is no small thing. It is important for Christians to know that these forms of "healing" are occult based and extremely spiritually dangerous.

by Ray Yungen

In the book, Forever Fit, Cher speaks of a friend of hers who is a metaphysical "healer":

She heals with her hands and, boy, if she puts her hands on you, you know you've been touched. Even near your body you feel it. It's simply unbelievable. But she is truly tuned in to some kind of higher power.1

Occultists believe that man has more than one body, that there are other invisible bodies superimposed on the physical body. They refer to one of these as the etheric body and believe there lies within it energy centers called chakras (pronounced shock-ras). The term chakra means whirling wheel in Sanskrit, the ancient Hindu language. They were seen by those with clairvoyant powers as spinning balls of psychic energy. It is taught that there are seven chakras, which start at the base of the spine and end at the crown chakra at the top of the head.

Each chakra is supposed to have a different function corresponding to certain levels of awareness. The chakras act as conduits or conductors for what is called kundalini or serpent energy. They say this force lies coiled but dormant at the base of the spine like a snake. When awakened during meditation, it is supposed to travel up the spine activating each chakra as it surges upward. When the kundalini force hits the crown chakra, the person experiences enlightenment or Self-realization. This mystical current results in the person knowing himself to be God. That is why kundalini is sometimes referred to as the divine energy. According to New Age proponents, all meditative methods involve energy and power, and the greater the power, the greater the experience.

Basically, what all energy healing entails is opening up the chakras through meditation or transferring the kundalini power from someone already attuned to it:

At the sixth chakra, a person opens to a higher level of intuition and inner guidance. At the seventh, the person feels a sense of merging with Spirit.2

I want people to know that energy healing is fundamentally supernatural in nature. It is not based on something physically tangible as massage or chiropractic. The chakras are not something you can open up surgically and look at like you can the physical organs like the heart or spleen.

The chakra system is the basis for virtually all energy-healing techniques. In energy-healing, the power is channeled into the patient, thus bringing about the desired wellness and wholeness of the person receiving it. Currently, there are a number of energy-healing systems. Although they have different names, the energy that they use is from the same source.

Reiki
One 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:

When 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.3

One 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 initiated.
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."4 People don't make such comments unless there is an appeal involved. A successful business woman gives Reiki the following praise:

Reiki 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.5

New 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:

Just 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.6

Over one million people are practicing Reiki in the United States alone today.7 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.8

What Reiki is really about is using this power to transform others into New Age consciousness. As one Reiki leader states:

[I]t also makes a level of spiritual transformation available to non-meditators, that is usually reserved for those with a meditative path.9

Statements 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 this comment:

It frequently happens that patients will come into contact with new ideas after a few Reiki treatments. Some will start doing yoga or autogenous training or start to meditate or practise [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 more.10

What concerns me is that Reiki apparently can be combined with regular massage techniques without the recipient even knowing it. A letter in the Reiki Journal reveals:

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).11

Of 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:

When 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.12

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."13

Therapeutic Touch
Therapeutic touch is another widespread healing technique. This method was developed and promoted by Dr. Delores Krieger, a professor of nursing at New York University.

While Reiki is obtained by being attuned by a master, therapeutic touch is acquired by standard metaphysical meditation commonly referred to as centering. Teachers of therapeutic touch readily acknowledge that "centering is probably the most important part of the entire process."14 A practitioner relates that when she first encountered therapeutic touch in graduate nursing school, it was "the craziest, kookiest stuff I'd ever seen or heard." This skepticism did not last. She explains:

I got through the semester, though, and in the process Dr. Krieger performed the procedure on me. It was then I knew something very real was going on, so I continued to learn about it, and practice it.15

Like the others, she attributes this power to "the individual Higher Self"16 and feels that this type of healing is not just for the body, but is also "very spiritual."17

(This has been an excerpt from For Many Shall Come in My Name by Ray Yungen, chapter 6)

Notes:

1.Robert Hass and Cher, Forever Fit (New York, NY: Bantam  Books, 1991), p. 165.
2.Joy Gardner-Gordon, Pocket Guide to Chakras (Freedom, CA:   The Crossing Press, 1998), p. 13.
3."Healing Hands," op. cit., p. 78.
4.Joyce Morris, "The Reiki Touch" (The Movement Newspaper,  October 1985).
5.Barbara Ray, Ph.D., The Reiki Factor (Smithtown, NY:  Exposition Press, 1983), p. 63.
6."Vincent J. Barra Psychic Healer Transmits Reiki Energy"  (Meditation Magazine, Summer 1991), p. 31.
7.William Lee Rand, "Keeping Reiki Free" (Reiki News Magazine,   Spring 2005), p. 37
8.Mari Hall, "Reiki and the Adventure of My Life" (Reiki News  Magazine, Summer 2006), p. 14.
9.Paula Horan, Empowerment Through Reiki (Wilmot, WI: Lotus  Light Publications, 1990), p. 9.
10.Bodo J. Baginski and Shalila Sharamon, Reiki Universal Life Energy  (Mendocino, CA: Life Rhythm, 1988), pp. 33, 49-50.
11."Sharings" (The Reiki Journal, Vol. VI, No. 4, October/December   1986), p. 17.
12.William Lee Rand, "The Nature of Reiki Energy" (The Reiki  News, Autumn 2000, p. 5.
13.The Reiki News, Spring 2006, p. 43.
14.D. Scott Rogo, "The Potentials of Therapeutic Touch," Interview   with Janet F. Quinn, Ph.D., R.N. (Science of Mind, May 1988), p. 14.
15.Ibid., p. 83.
16.Ibid., pp. 83-84.
17.Ibid., p. 87.

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The Shack Author Says: "The God of Evangelical Christianity is a Monster."

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Labyrinth: A Walk to Life or a Walk to Death?

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What's at Stake for Christians in The War Over Homosexuality

A Plea to Pastors and Christian Leaders

By Linda P. Harvey 
Mission America

A Commentary

The conflict in our culture over homosexuality is heating up at an astonishing pace. The battle now needs to be waged on many fronts simultaneously: in the media, in our schools, in the courts, on campus, and within the medical profession. Most tragically of all, the battle over sexuality threatens to divide Christianity as nothing has since the Reformation.

It is in this last arena where I entered the fight to begin with, and where I believe our central focus should be. We are in a fight to determine who we are created to be. God is our Creator, so the battlefield always ends up at the foot of the cross.

So why isn't this issue of immediate concern to more confessing Christians? Homosexual activists and their allies are, in case one hasn't noticed, the torch-carriers for a movement to destroy biblically-oriented Christianity and its positive influence on our culture. They won't be able to reinvent Christianity, of course. Christ's authentic Church of true believers will remain steadfast even if we're stripped of all we have in this world. But they could destroy our culture. The bigger point is, how will Christians account to God for how we responded to this challenge, and the people whose souls, health and lives could have been salvaged?

I am increasingly convinced that much of the Church will have a lot of explaining to do. Why did most pastors allow evil to be "sold" to our young people with barely a whimper of protest? Why did you allow this tragic behavior to become a chic cause celebre in the media without trying to take a stand against it? Why did you let seminaries teach this blasphemy? Why did you spend little or no time in the pulpit dealing with this and all the related sexuality issues - promiscuity, pornography, adultery, fornication - sins that are tearing apart the families and personal lives of even Bible-confessing Christians? Why did you constantly decry "political involvement" when this is a deeply moral issue, one for which there are ready arguments to be made in the public square had more Christian leaders been willing to make them?

And the big question is: why do you let the world define what's right to do? What will be "accepted" or not? What is "hate" or not? This defense of inaction completely undermines who Christ is and what God is able to do. Such cowardice should make us tremble. For God would not only be with us if we tried to talk some sense into the world, He is just as able to judge each Christian and the society we live in for our disloyalty and cold-heartedness. I believe right now, He is doing just exactly that.

The moral decline in our world--the violent images that are the daily bread of our children, the school shootings, the acceptable treason of our elected leaders--will not stop until the Church is willing to be politically incorrect and cry out loudly in protest to proclaim what is good, instead of meekly retreating in the face of evil. With all the hope that is in the Gospel, why do so many remain silent?

We win the argument in the end, of course. Homosexuality will eventually be seen for the lie it is, a lie against all that God created a person to be; a lie about how people are best to love and relate to one another; a lie of omission about the health hazards involved, the sinful origins of homosexual desire and the real possibility of change. It will be seen for a lie that invalidated the authenticity of Scripture for many, leading them to believe in false gods and goddesses, creating worship of a "Jesus" that does not exist. They will realize that the defenders of homosexuality were wolves masked by this false worship, leading many of Christ's sheep to be fed in fields fertile with enticing poison.

But it will be too late for America as we know it when "experts" and "authorities"--and even the Church's leaders--finally realize their error. My fear is that we've already crossed a line where Pandora's box cannot be closed. These practices are well-established already in the lives of many teens and young adults, and we are soon to live in a society of sexual barbarians where all types of unspeakable practices are accepted.

Violence, as in Sodom and Gomorrah, accompanies widespread sexual license, already evident in the millions of abortions performed each year. Why are we surprised when violence emerges from behind the closed doors of clinics, and into our schools and eventually, our streets and homes? Decline will be swift and painful and Christians will not escape the trauma in this world. We can look forward to eternity, which in all its glory will be a blessed aftermath. But tribulation here and now is coming unless we turn our society around. Only Christians can do this, for we are the only ones willing to stick it out.

Or so one would think.

There aren't many folks in this fight, but this is why we are. It simply represents the essence of who people are, and who Christ is. We don't know how much impact we can have, but we know we are called to try. It would be encouraging to have more Christians join us.

"Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

Source: http://www.missionamerica.com Used with permission.

The Shack Author Says: "The God of Evangelical Christianity is a Monster."

This past Friday night, author and researcher Ray Yungen attended a lecture at Concordia University in Portland, Oregon to hear The Shack author William Paul Young. The name of Young's talk was "Can God Really Be That Good?" During the talk, Young told the audience that "the God of evangelical Christianity is a monster." He was referring to the evangelical belief that God is a God of judgment and will judge the unbelieving. Young also rejects the biblical view of atonement (wherein Jesus died as a substitute for us to pay the price of our sins). This view by Young is evident in a radio interview he had one year ago where he rejected thisl view of the atonement. He echoes the sentiments of William Shannon and Brennan Manning, who both say that the God who punishes His own son to pay for the sins of others does not exist:

He is the God who exacts the last drop of blood from His Son, so that His just anger, evoked by sin, may be appeased. This God whose moods alternate between graciousness and fierce anger - a God who is still all too familiar to many Christians - is a caricature of the true God. This God does not exist. (Shannon, Silence on Fire, p. 110, also see Manning who stated the very same thing in Above All, pp. 58-59 )

Young told the audience that his book has now sold 14 million copies. He says that he believes his book has been a "god thing" to heal people's souls because so many people have been tainted by this evangelical God.

Young said his book is so effective because when you put something in a story form it gets past mental defenses.

Young's obvious distain for Christianity (in a derogatory manner, he said there are "1.4 million" rules in the evangelical church) is shown in his book as well when The Shack's "Jesus" states: "I have no desire to make them [people from all religious and political backgrounds] Christian, but I do want to join them in their transformation into sons and daughters of my Papa" (p. 184).

Young asked "evangelicals," "Do you want to hold onto your darkness?" and answered for them, "No, you want to get rid of it."

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Dangerous Prayers

By Paul Proctor
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by Paul Proctor
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Mindless mantras are an abomination to God

I recently came across a video clip that was taken from a popular television talk show called The View, where liberal co-host, Joy Behar and conservative co-host, Elizabeth Hasselbeck got into a heated on-air argument about prayer that is sure to evoke a rousing response from pulpits and pundits across America while creating lots of bubbly buzz for the alphabet network around the workplace water cooler, which is undoubtedly why ABC News posted it on their website - to get more bang for the gang.

As one might expect, little if any biblical truth emerged from the exchange, even among those on the show who are considered Christians. Whatever faith was present on the set that day was largely expressed with "I think" and "I feel" which reduces Christianity to an experiential expression of one's own opinion rather than a clear and faithful proclamation of God's Word - big difference. But then, that's what today's "Christianity" has become.

The topic was prayer, but at no time during that segment of the show did I hear Jesus Christ ever mentioned by name, much less quoted by any of the hosts. "God" was, however carefully referred to by co-host, Sherri Shepherd as "some-thing that is beyond us..." She did refer to Him later as "He," though Behar jumped in near the end of the segment to say, "You don't even know if it's a female," shortly after which they cut to commercial.

But, sadly, Shepherd's witness was more pragmatic than biblical, saying things like: "...for a lot of people, faith and prayer works." There was nothing about God's love, power, mercy, grace, longsuffering, forgiveness or any other divine attribute. She didn't even say "God works" - just "faith and prayer works" - promoting a human act rather than the Lord Himself. Click here to read more.

Obama Names Suzan Johnson Cook Ambassador For International Religious Freedom

LTRP Note: Suzan Johnson Cook (Dr. Sujay), now appointed by Obama as Ambassador for International Religious Freedom, is a former Clinton spiritual advisor and a "Reverend" with the American Baptist denomination. Her book, Too Blessed to Be Stressed, was published by Thomas Nelson. According to the U.S. Department of State:

The Office of International Religious Freedom has the mission of promoting religious freedom as a core objective of U.S. foreign policy. Headed by Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, its Office Director and staff monitor religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, recommend and implement policies in respective regions or countries, and develop programs to promote religious freedom.1

According to a Washington DC press release in 2009, Johnson Cook is dubbed Billy Graham and Oprah rolled into one" (i.e., a new spirituality "Christian).

Since aggressively stepping up to the "spiritual" plate during the 911 attacks in 2001, serving as the only NYPD Chaplain's until now, Dr. Sujay has been called, "America's Chaplain". She firmly believes that, "We are mind, body and spirit which means it's time to put the stress of the current economic decline aside and get back to the basics of life - which is simply getting back in touch with your God, His wonderful promises and purpose for our lives."2

According to Johnson Cook's website, she is also a member of Renaissance Weekend, an interfaith think tank that "seeks to build bridges across traditional divides of professions and politics, geography and generations, religions and philosophies."

The following news story is for informational and research purposes only and in no way an endorsement for the news source, the liberal/new spiritualityAmerican Baptist News Service.

VALLEY FORGE, PA (ABNS 6/22/10)-On June 15, the White House announced that President Obama tapped Suzan Johnson Cook, an American Baptist pastor and motivational speaker, for the post of ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. The position of the nation's top diplomat for religious freedom had remained vacant since Obama's inauguration in January 2009.

"What a joy to see such an eminently qualified person as Suzan Johnson Cook nominated to this position," said General Secretary Roy Medley. "Dr. Johnson Cook will bring a passion for religious liberty rooted in her American Baptist heritage along with her keen administrative skills and powerful gifts for communication to this important position. We trust that the confirmation process will be fully affirmative of her nomination." Click here to continue reading.

The Labyrinth: A Walk to Life or A Walk to Death

A repost of an article on an important topic: Labyrinths

by Steve Muse
Eastern Regional Watch Ministries

Is it a coincidence that within the last 20 years an ancient practice that had been abandoned by the "Church" has once again been introduced within its very walls that is impacting thousands? Why now is it being welcomed with open arms with such great enthusiasm by an unsuspecting church populace? This is another of many deceptions that have risen up within the body of Christ to bring delusion upon those who do not love the truth of God's word. What affect will this ancient practice have upon we the believers in Christ?

I am reminded of a sci-fi movie I had seen recently where the main characters discovered a device that has been buried in a field for centuries and once it had been unearthed, the quest to find its purpose began in earnest. Many experiments were done to determine what this device was all about and once they thought that its purpose was known it was decided that one or more of the group would take the risk and use the device hoping to unveil its secrets.

At first everything goes well, many new and wonderful things are revealed, opening up an unending source of knowledge for its users. After coming to fully trust this device with many using it to gain knowledge and enlightenment, strange things are beginning to occur around those who were brave enough to have taken this journey themselves....but then the obvious.

As with most movie plots such as this one, it is very predictable as to the eventual outcome. What they had originally thought about this device, hoping that it was a good thing for all and would enlighten the people who used it, the device was created for evil purposes, thus capturing the users in a world of darkness and confusion, eventually leading to their destruction.

Across the country and throughout the nations a practice is being revived within the church, which has been dormant for centuries. In effect, an ancient tool has been "unearthed" or re-discovered and people have begun to experiment in the practice of walking the labyrinth. This is a practice that seems to bring a sense of spiritual well being for those participating in it but in reality it has trapped and is snaring many in darkness because of the labyrinth's Occult origins.

According to Peter Corbett, in his article 'Pathfinders, Walking Medieval Labyrinths in a Modern World,' "labyrinths predate Christianity by over a millennium. The most famous labyrinth from ancient times was the Cretan one, the supposed lair of the mythological Minotaur, which Theseus slew with the aid of Ariadne and her spool of thread. Turf labyrinths still exist in England, Germany and Scandinavia, and are thought to be linked with local feminine deities and fertility rituals. The adoption of labyrinths into the Christian Church is not very well documented, but they were used traditionally as a site of pilgrimage. Early Christians took a vow to visit the Holy City of Jerusalem at some point in their lives. During the Middle Ages, as the Crusades made travel to Palestine unsafe, other means were needed to honor that sacred commitment. Labyrinths were adopted by the Roman Church to offer the congregation a way of fulfilling their sacred vows. Christians made their pilgrimages to the cathedral cities of Chartres, Rheims or Amiens, completing their physical and spiritual journeys in the cathedral labyrinths.

Even though the labyrinth is a Western concept, it shares some similarities with Asian monastic and spiritual practices. The patterns of the labyrinth are similar in design and conception to the mandalas of South Asian Buddhism, which are physical representations of the spiritual realm designed to aid in meditation. Labyrinths blend their visual symbolism with the process of walking, which is similar to the Japanese Zen practice of kinhin, literally "walking meditation," where all of the attention is focused on the process of each step, one foot in front of the other, and the breath is controlled and regulated. Both of these techniques are used in Buddhist meditation, which combines the elements of calming and insight into the single goal of samadhi, or "awareness.""

It was recently, in the early 90's, when Jean Houston, one of the leading New Age teachers (www.jeanhouston.org), introduced the Christian world again to the use of this practice for seeking spiritual enlightenment through walking the labyrinth. Jean Houston has been able to gain access within the "church" because of her doctorate in the Philosophy of Religion even with her apparent New Age Occultic teachings.

In one of her seminars in January, 1991, Jean Houston introduced the experience to the Reverend Lauren Artress. In 1992, the Reverend Lauren Artress brought the labyrinth to Grace Cathedral in an effort to bring people back to their center and allow them to experience "Spirit" for themselves. (www.gracecathedral.org/labyrinth/ and www.Veriditas.net)

Most of the practicing New Age occult world has known and still does, that the introduction of the labyrinth prayer walk is a victory for their cause, bringing the unsuspecting Christians into agreement with the overall plan of the Aquarian Age, where those participating in this practice could be captured or ensnared into the ways of Satan. ('The Labyrinth: The Occult Has Truly Gone Mainstream' can be found at http://www.cephas-library.com/na/new_age_labyrinth.html )

After researching the many websites on today's use of the labyrinth, most agree that the labyrinth is a tool or device created to bring one into a higher spiritual realm through the use of meditation whether your are a practicing Zen Buddhist, a Hindu, a Muslim, a New Age Occultist, a Satanist, an atheist or even a "Christian." My question now as it was at the beginning of this article is what is this labyrinth all about and how will it affect the believer in Christ?

If someone were to hand you an Ouija Board telling you that it had been thoroughly redeemed and that other Christians were successfully using this board to bring them to a greater experience of God, would you also begin to entertain the thought of using this well known Occult method to seek God? Would you then use this Occult device, knowing full well that this is a tool or rather a gateway and portal to bring you into communication with "higher" spiritual entities (demons and familiar spirits). The labyrinth is much the same as the Ouija Board in its intent and purpose, to open one up to the influences of the demons of darkness, to supposedly gain wisdom and knowledge of the mysteries of life. Then why even begin to experiment or experience the sacred walk of the labyrinth?

In Deuteronomy 12:1-14 and again in Exodus 34:10-17, God commands us clearly not to participate in anything that has ever been used in pagan ritual for worship or for any other use, for that matter. The labyrinth has been from the very beginning a demonic temple, a Kundalini energy source,a tool of divination, a gateway and a portal to communicating with other spirits and was incorporated into the Roman Catholic experience at a time when there was little understanding of the Bible and little or no discernment.

Throughout the ancient history of the labyrinth divination was used to find the proper location based on many Occultic spiritual factors. Dowsers (those who use divining rods) and geomancers (diviners) were used then (and are still used today) to locate the earth energy center point for many of these labyrinths and then the cathedrals were constructed around the labyrinth. If one will study the use of these spiritual gateways (the same function as the Ouija Board) throughout history, very little emphasis was given to its use within the church. As the church gained a better understanding of the word of God, the practice was discontinued. (Research in Geomancy, White Paper, 1990-1994, Jeremy Harte)

People are drawn to the labyrinth by the subtle seductions of the spirit world trying to convince us that anyone can get to know "God" through some kind of spiritual experience. If this were the case then we have all been duped as Christians. If I knew that I could have a "God" experience just by walking the labyrinth then all that God did through the sacrifice that Jesus gave on the cross is really unnecessary to bring us into relationship with the Father, I just have to have an "experience" and all will be well.

Many believe that the labyrinth is the beginning of a "spiritual journey" opening up relationships with the ancient masters who will in turn offer the knowledge and wisdom of the ages to all who will take the first step or "the initiation" to enlightenment. Most Christians know or should know that the ancient masters are really "familiar spirits" or seducing demons and the initiation is a bonding with the powers of hell itself. Is this really a walk to life or a deception that will lure us onto a path to death?

Carl Teichrib describes "the initiation" in his article 'Lucifer Rising: Occult Initiation,' "Within the world of the New Age and the occult, initiation is the principle key used in advancing the student of mysticism along the path of occult learning. Practically all esoteric societies employ initiation. Freemasonry, Rosicrucian orders, hermetic societies, spin-off Masonic bodies such as the Shriners, Eastern Star, and the Order of DeMolay, all use initiation as a means of bringing candidates into their organization. Once inside the group, the society uses initiation as a way of advancing members into higher degrees of "illumination." Within each of these rites, mystical concepts are passed down by means of symbol, myth, and legend woven throughout the initiation experience. The candidate, for the most part, does not understand its significance or meaning. Only as one climbs the ladder of ritual and esoteric work does the member comprehend what the initiations really entail."

Mike Oppenheimer of Let Us Reason Ministries, gives us additional insight from his article 'The Initiation': "For one to be part of the world servers in the New Age, they must first have an initiation. This does not come necessarily from joining a specific group, but by ones own spiritual experience. The common denominator for those who are enlightened is the experience of light. It does not matter how one receives it. Whether it comes by meditation, or a spirit guide or from their Astral traveling, as long as they have experienced it."

As we walk the labyrinth we are in some cases knowingly or as with most people we are unknowingly entering into a covenant agreement with the demonic being initiated just by using the labyrinth as one innocently uses an Ouija Board thinking they are just playing a game. We become joined with the powers of darkness and we put ourselves at the mercy of the spirits who will lead us to destruction.

In 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and 7:1 we read:

 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols?

For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, 'I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.' Therefore, 'COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,' says the Lord.
"AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; and I will welcome you. And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,' says the Lord Almighty.

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

We as Christians have become like moths attracted to the flame, continually seduced to ever so slowly draw nearer and nearer until we finally are burned up in a flash. We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:21 to "prove all things" or "examine everything carefully" and to hold onto those things which are good. We are also told in 1 John 4 "believe not every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God."

Why would you even take the chance that you might be taking a walk leading to death? To visit Steve Muse's website, click here.

 

Warren B. Smith and Ray Yungen Speaking Schedule

Below is a partial speaking schedule for Lighthouse Trails authors Warren B. Smith and Ray Yungen. If you live near any of these areas, we hope you will get the chance to attend. All these events are offered free of charge. If you are interested in having Warren or Ray (or both) speak to your group, call us at 406/889-3610, or email at editors@lighthousetrails.com.

July 4, 2010 (10:45 AM)
Gateway Community Church of the Nazarene
12680 Newtown Road
Redding, CA 96003
530-275-2243

July 25th, 2010 (8:30 and 10:30)
Candlelight Fellowship
Warren B. Smith
5725 N. Pioneer Drive
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
208-772-7755
No cost.

August 12-14, 2010
Pastors and Leaders Conference
Warren B. Smith, Xavier Reis
500 South Lee Ave
Olathe, KS 66061
Phone: (913) 829-9306

September 10-11, 2010
Calvary Chapel Appleton, Wisconsin

September 18, 2010
Calvary Chapel Pasadena, CA (Pastor Xavier Reis)

2011

April 9-11, 2011
Prophecy Conference
La Crete, AB, Canada

April 2011
Cedarburg Cultural Center
W62 N546 Washington Avenue
Cedarburg, Wisconsin
Warren Smith, Larry DeBruyn, Sarah Leslie

May 21, 2011
(9:30-4:00)
Gold Country Calvary Chapel
Warren B. Smith, Ray Yungen, Johanna Michaelsen
13026 LaBarr Meadows Rd
Grass Valley, CA 95949
530-274-2108
No cost. Free will offering.

October 12-15, 2011
Winnipeg Prophecy Conference
Winnipeg, MB, Canada

2012

April 13-14, 2012
Discerning the Times Conference
Warren B. Smith, Rob Lindsted, John Plantz, Dave Dunn, Steve Herzig
Ramada Inn
806 Idylwyld Drive North, DIEFENBAKER ROOM
Saskatoon, Sask.
1-306-371-6877 (conference contact)
No cost. Free will offering.

Lighthouse Trails Launches First Interactive Forum

On June 22, 2010, Lighthouse Trails launched its first interactive online forum and message board. Please take a moment to check it out. We are still working on adding many more topics, but it is ready to go for those who would like to register. The forum is free, and we hope many will find it beneficial. It's a chance to meet others who are contending for the faith and also an opportunity to discuss some of the vital topics affecting Christians and the world today. Click here to visit the Lighthouse Trails Forum.

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Print Newsletter in the Mail

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New Music CD Preaches the Cross- At the Edge of the World by Bob Ayanian

Bob Ayanian's new CD, At the Edge of the World, is now available. Lighthouse Trails was privileged to help with the design of the packaging. We are very happy to be able to carry this CD. The music is Americana Folk Gospel, and the lyrics are biblically sound, pointing to the Cross and the Gospel.

Here are the lyrics to a song called On Moriah:

Long time ago, high on a hill
Isaac and Abraham are doing God's will
A life to be sacrificed, blood to be spilled
High on mount Moriah

And Isaac his son said unto Abraham
Father O father I do not understand
I see altar, I see wood but I do not see the lamb
I see no lamb for the offering
And this was the answer of Abraham
And this was the answer for every man
God will provide Himself a lamb on Moriah
And God did provide Himself a lamb
God did provide Himself a lamb
Yes God did provide Himself a lamb
For Isaac high on Moriah
Two thousand years later on that hill
Another man is walking in God's will
A life to be sacrificed,
Blood once more to spill on Moriah
And God did provide Himself a lamb
God did provide Himself a lamb
Yes God did provide - provide Himself
Himself a lamb on Moriah
Copyright Bob Ayanian

To order this CD or get more information, click here. You can also listen to 30 second clips of each song on this CD.

SPECIAL PRAYER REQUEST: Warren Smith, Bob Ayanian, and Jesse Pattison will be taking over one thousand copies of At the Edge of the World to an Oregon New Age fair this July with the hope of passing these out to the fair attendees. Various ministries and individuals donated the money for these give-away CDs. Please pray that as Warren, Jesse, and Bob give these music CDs out that they will have opportunity to share the Gospel and pray with those they come in contact with. Pray that hearts and minds will be opened to receive the truth.


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