Rick Warren Teams Up Ken Blanchard!

Rick Warren Teams Up With New-Age Sympathizer Ken Blanchard! This is a Special Report.

Record of Events

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 Buddhism.

Here are just a few examples:

  • Wrote the foreword to Jim Ballard's Mind Like Water
  • Wrote the foreword to Franz Metcalf's What Would Buddha Do At Work?
  • Is on the Front Cover of Corporate Mystic
  • Is on the Back Cover of Deepak Chopra's 7 Spiritual Laws of Success
  • Jim Ballard, a staunch New Ager, and a colleague of The Ken Blanchard Companies
  • Wrote the Foreword to Ellen Tadd's (clairvoyant) book, Death and Letting Go.

Blanchard 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 Quadrinity Process).

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 about. "...they 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


Love is More Than Just Saying Sorry

Nearly 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 made. And yet in a book he wrote in the 90s, he tells readers that saying sorry is not enough:

"Without a change in your behavior, just saying 'I'm sorry' is not enough."KB

"Saying '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 cheap—it's your behavior that matters."—Ken Blanchard, Leadership 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."

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