Dangers of Occultism, Inner Healing, Visualization and Guided Imagery

http://chrislawson.libsyn.com/dangers-of-occultism-inner-healing-visualization-and-guided-imagery

(2016 Sanctuary Conference – The Christianising of Occult Techniques)

In this teaching session, Chris Lawson exposes the dangerous occult practices of visualization, guided imagery and inner healing, its implications and how it is influencing the church.Originally published on Sep 10, 2016, The Sanctuary Conference. http://www.sanctuaryconference.org

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Michelle Lesley

Originally published August 7, 2015persecution in the pew

Beheadings of Christians by ISIS. Crosses forcibly torn off churches by the Chinese government. Pastors imprisoned. Believers tortured for leaving Islam or sharing the gospel.

The treatment our brothers and sisters across the globe receive at the hands of pagans is nearly unfathomable. They are made to suffer – simply for claiming the name of Christ – by those who openly hate God and want nothing more than to stamp out Christianity.

This is how we, as the American church, have come to define persecution. Outsiders, non-Christians, and the government, all on the attack against the Bible, our faith, our practices, and other beliefs we have long held dear. It’s a correct definition, but it’s not a complete definition.

While we already see a “light” form of this type of persecution in the U.S. – mainly over the issue of homosexuality – there’s another kind…

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Years ago I was involved in a car accident that caused major medical problems for me. I suffered whiplash among back and neck injuries. My insurance allowed chiropractic which helped immensely. I have no qualms about basic chiropractic adjustments if it helps impinged nerves.

I was also allowed some massages as therapy to help my neck. During a couple of sessions I had been witnessing to the therapist about my faith. I enjoyed the sessions but then something happened.

The therapist  told me that she was “going to try something new” on me. I was face down but sensed she was holding her hands over the back of my head. Suddenly she yelped and pulled back from me. She exclaimed that she had “just been shocked,” and that she “wouldn’t ever try that again.”

I was not sure what had happened. But noted on her wall that she was a Reiki master. I made it a point to learn what that was all about.  It was disturbing to learn that Reiki is the manipulation of a spiritual force from above, entering into the top of the practitioner’s head, then to their hands and then to the patient.

 

That was the last time I went to that massage therapist and told the referring chiropractor that I had to cease this treatment because of what I believed was wrong with this. He told me other Christians had told him the same thing. He then referred me to a physical therapist to finish up treatment. When I told the physical therapist what had happened he laughed at me saying that it was just massage. I told him he should research it.

I believe on that day that the Lord spiritually protected me from the Reiki treatment. I also wonder if my witness for Jesus was the reason for such a supernatural display of His power.

Please read this article from CANA

 

REIKI: A DECEPTION MAINSTREAMED
By Marcia Montenegro

“More than 60 U.S. hospitals have adopted Reiki as part of patient services, according to a UCLA study, and Reiki education is offered at 800 hospitals. The Healing Touch Professional Association estimates that more than 30,000 nurses in U.S. hospitals use touch practices every year.” From Washington Post, May 16, 2014, at goo.gl/oyDm8S
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The quote above is from 2014, so now the numbers are much higher for hospitals that offer Reiki. Reiki was introduced to nursing in the 1980s and 90s and has made deep inroads since then in health care (along with other energy healing modalities).

What is Reiki?
Reiki is based on belief in a universal energy that one can channel healing energy to the patient through a specific process of training. The “ki” in “Reiki” stands for that energy (also spelled “chi” or “qi”).

Some definitions:
Quote==Reiki is a healing modality that is passed down from teacher to student through verbal and energetic lineage.==End quote

Quote==Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive……The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”==End quote

Quote==Reiki energy is a subtle energy. It is different than electricity or chemical energy or other kinds of physical energy. Reiki energy comes from the Higher Power, which exists on a higher dimension than the physical world we are familiar with. When viewed clairvoyantly, Reiki energy appears to come down from above and to enter the top of the practitioners head after which if flows through the body and out the hands….However, the true source of Reiki energy is within ourselves. This does not mean that we use our personal energy when we do Reiki, but that the energy is coming from a transcendental part of ourselves that is connected to an infinite supply of healing energy. ==End quote
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Where Does Reiki Come From?
Reiki’s recent origins are in the 19th century when Mikao Usui, a Buddhist monk and teacher in Kyoto, Japan, searched for an understanding of healing. Some accounts claim Usui was a Christian minister searching for how Jesus healed, but apparently this account was to make Reiki more palatable to Christians in the U.S. Accounts vary on the origins of Reiki. Usui read the Buddhist sutras (religious writings) in their original languages, and found material on healing and what seemed to him a way to activate its power. After a 21-day fast and retreat, “he welcomed the energy into himself,” the energy being what Usui thought was the healing power (J. Gordon Melton, New Age Encyclopedia [Detroit: Gale Research Inc., 1990], 382).

….In the 1930’s, a dying Japanese-American, Hawayo Takato, returned to Japan and encountered Reiki practitioners whom, it is claimed, were able to heal her. She became the first woman Reiki master and first American Reiki master, and it is she who initiated Reiki training in the United States by touring the country in the 1970’s (Ibid, 383). Barbara Weber Ray, in Atlanta, Georgia, became a teacher of the methods of initiating other Reiki masters in 1978; and Ray founded the American Reiki Association, later called The Radiance Technique Association International (Ibid). Reiki is also known as the Usui Shiko Ryoho System of Healing (Ibid, 382).==From Reiki article by Marcia Montenegro at goo.gl/FqnqLJ

***Comments***
Reiki is based on belief in chi (also spelled qi or ki – note the “ki” in “Reiki”), a supposed universal energy. Those learning Reiki go through an initiation and can progress through three levels, the top one being for a Reiki Master. It is believed that in order to learn Reiki, a Reiki teacher must “attune” the student so that the Reiki energy can be awakened in him or her. This is an occult initiation.

Although Usui claimed this energy was discovered in him after meditation, it is also likely that he cobbled together Reiki from many Eastern spiritual concepts and healing techniques already in existence. Nevertheless, its origins are occultic even if Usui made that story up because the concepts and methods are the same as occult healing worldwide. The terms may differ and some of the concepts may have variations, but in effect, they are all based on channeling, manipulating, or summoning spirits, unquantifiable energy, force or forces, guides, the dead, God (yes, trying to manage “energy” or power from the true God is wrong), or gods for the purposes of healing.

Reiki video that shows the healer using the “symbols” taught in traditional Reiki
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Another video demonstrating Reiki
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***Comments***
In the first video, you can see how esoteric Reiki is. Practicing Reiki – and any energy healing – causes the person to gain spirit guides. In fact, many energy healers claim their guides help them in their healing. Barbara Brennan, found of Healing Touch, openly talks about her guide, Heyoan.
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Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch, Reiki: What’s the Difference?
All 3 of these are forms of energy healing. They have different origins and the concepts of healing vary somewhat among them, but they are all occult energy healing modalities. So essentially, there are no differences in light of all being occultic and dangerous. See links to previous posts below on Healing Touch and Therapeutic Touch for more information.

Energy healing modalities differ in some terms and concepts, and may have variation in beliefs, but they are all based on channeling, manipulating, or summoning spirits, unquantifiable energy, power, force or forces, guides, the dead, God (yes, trying to manage “energy” or power from the true God is wrong), or gods for the purposes of healing.

All three have occult origins:
*Healing Touch was started by a woman with a spirit guide (and Healing Touch teachings urge healers to contact their guides)

*Therapeutic Touch was taught to a nurse by a psychic healer in the Theosophical Society

*Reiki in its present form originated from a Buddhist monk who supposedly meditated for 21 days and then “welcomed the energy” into himself. (This sounds more akin to Shinto than to Buddhism but in Japan, Shintoism and Buddhism are often blended).

As I’ve said many times, the concept of healing is a central and crucial component of the occult and the New Age. It is a big part of Spiritualism (contact with the dead) and healing played a key role in the development of New Thought. The adversary cleverly uses the idea of healing, which always seems so helpful and good, to deceive.
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Some Red Flag Words:

Ancient healing, ancient medicine
Biofield
Chi
Chinese medicine
Energy
Energy Healing
Universal energy
Healing touch
Integrative Medicine
Meridians
Meridian System
Natural healing
Preventative medicine
Reiki
Therapeutic Touch
Touch Therapy
Wellness
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More Information

Reiki: Healing with the Force by Marcia Montenegro
goo.gl/FqnqLJ

Other critiques
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Energy Healing Posts:
CANA post on Healing Touch
goo.gl/7fNKA9

CANA post on Therapeutic Touch
goo.gl/zuz4U9

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MY BETHEL CHURCH EXPERIENCE ~

by Tony Baugh

Recently, I decided to pay a visit to Bill Johnson’s Bethel Church in Redding, California, ground zero of the New Apostolic Reformation (yes, I know, call me crazy).

Arriving up their very well manicured driveway, it was lined with flag poles and various global flags, along with one complete with the Yin-Yang waving high. It’s a church/Christian college, with lots of the typical, cute college girls and young guys mostly wearing beards, ball caps, or Bill Johnson-style eye glasses, many of which were very effeminate or clearly gay (not a judgement, but an observation). The whole place was crawling with a self-consciousness and sexual energy, and was complete with its own buff, tattooed guys working as security. The place is clearly raking in the big $.

I went into the their Coffee Shop, the girl at the counter was wearing a tank top which read, “As on Earth as it is in Heaven.” I asked her if they sold organic coffee (because I try to drink it when I can), she said no, but they have their own “Bethel Brand” and pointed to bags of coffee, that sure enough, were labeled as such. I bought a cup and noticed that directly across from the coffee bar, was loud music coming from a large hall called the “Sanctuary”, with signs saying, “No Visitors or Family Today. Students Only”. A name tag was required for entry. I peeped inside the door and a full on concert was going on with people dancing and swaying to a live worship band of whom some members were convulsing and flailing around ecstatically while the lyrics were displayed across a large screen. This was not a Sunday worship service, just another average weekday @ Bethel. (To be clear, I do not have an issue with worship music unless the emotional high of the music is being confused with a move of the Holy Spirit.)

I then wandered into their own Bethel bookstore, which was loaded with every apostate book imaginable, many of which were on Quantam Mysticism, with authors like John Crowder and Bill Johnson having their own sections,d loads Jesus Culture worship music CD’s for purchase. Only one small shelf contained bibles, no KJV’s. I asked the two women working at the counter if they carried any books by Warren B Smith (One of the great author/speakers of our day exposing end times deception and apostasy in the modern church and it’s embrace of mysticism). They said they’d never heard of him (of course).

As I sat outside drinking my coffee during class break, I suddenly observe a girl is giving another girl an impartation through the laying on of hands on her forehead, while she looks like she is receiving shock treatment, convulsing, right before my eyes. I kid you not. Pure Kundalini Serpent Spirit Impartations were being handed out as casually and as commonplace as hugs, handshakes or high-fives. I could not believe what I was seeing.

As I drove out, back through all the global flags, the last thing I saw was a student wearing a T-shirt that said “unify”. An ironic, final, punctuation mark for Ecumenical, Globlalist “COEXIST-ence” of the rapidly rising global kingdom of the Antichrist.

This was one weird, weird place. Much more so than I had imagined, absolutely infested with demonic presence and blasphemous perversions in the so-called name of Christ. I felt as if I just entered and exited an alternate reality.

Satan knows his time is short, and is pulling out all the stops in these closing moments. God is indeed sending strong delusion and the Great Apostasy is very much now upon us.

May God have mercy on these lost, misguided souls.

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http://tinysa.com/sermon/513171541413

Michelle Lesley

Your recent article on prayer really helped me. I was always taught that prayer was a two-way conversation. For years, I would talk to God and wait for Him to talk back to me, but He never did. I thought it was because there was unknown sin in my life, or that I didn’t have enough faith, or that God just wasn’t interested in me. It’s so freeing to know the truth.

Comments like this from readers are always bittersweet for me. It makes me practically giddy to hear from Christian women who have been set free from false doctrines they’ve been taught, but it also grieves me deeply to reflect on the years they spent thinking they were somehow deficient as Christians or doubting God’s love for them simply because they were taught, and believed, unbiblical notions and ideas.

Let’s see if we can dispel a few of those…

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Beth Moore is an ecumenical charismatic who supposedly receives messages and visions from God. She has been instructed by God to pass these messages to the church. Oh really. While some of her teachings may be correct they are also filled with allegory which spiritualizes text. This often changes the meaning of what the text is teaching. She also teaches men from the pulpit which puts her in direct rebellion to scripture. Her emotional stories really tug at the heart of women who need to beware.

Lauran Breaks Free of Beth Moore: A Testimony

The following testimony was submitted to Pulpit & Pen for publication:

My name is Lauran.  I am a Southern Baptist from Tennessee.  I walked the aisle to accept Jesus at age 5 but I believe I was truly saved 12 years ago at the age of 21.  I am currently the women’s Bible study leader at our church as well as the pastor’s wife.  I have broken free of Beth Moore.

I grew up attending a flagship in Southern Baptist Church in Tennessee.  It was and is one of the most vibrant churches in the convention; its former and current pastors have been the President of the Southern Baptist Convention and both served on the Baptist Faith and Message Committee.  At this faithful church, the Bible was proclaimed as God’s inerrant word.  Growing up in a church like that, I was often involved in Bible study.  One of my favorite Bible study authors was Beth Moore.  I was heavily involved in her studies for years.  I have seen her speak live multiple times, done countless numbers of her studies and own tons of her books.  I’ll never forget the day five years ago when my husband informed me that Beth Moore may not be a sound teacher.

My husband had stumbled across the profile on Beth Moore at the Christian Apologetics Research Ministry (CARM) website.  Incredulously, my Baptist husband read Matt Slick’s negative critique of Beth Moore.  He was surprised to see that CARM, one of the most trusted online sources for Christian doctrine, did not recommend participating in Beth Moore studies.  He knew she was the darling of Southern Baptist women’s studies, a best-selling author at Lifeway.  After studying the article, my husband couldn’t help but agree with Slick’s assessment.  The evidence was right there.  Beth Moore was not a sound teacher.  Sheepishly, he informed me that Beth Moore may not be a sound teacher.  I was aghast!

“What?!” I exclaimed.  “No Way! Beth Moore is a godly woman.” I had been growing in my knowledge of the word in leaps and bounds over the past few years.  I had even attended Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary for a degree in Christian education.  It had never been brought up to me in my long Baptist life that Beth Moore, this trusted woman, and leader, might actually be a poor teacher or even a wolf in sheep’s clothing!  I had always just assumed that what she was teaching was biblical. All of the churches I had ever attended had endorsed and done her studies as part of their women’s Bible studies. How could they keep doing her studies if her teaching and actions were unbiblical?!

There was only one way to answer this question.

 

 

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churchwatch central

Dear Dr Brown,

Recently you took aim at Christians and labeled them as, “self-appointed heresy hunters” who “are like a doctor who amputated his patient’s head because the patient needed eye-glasses.” You went as far as to painting them to be “like the hypocrites Jesus spoke of who strained out a gnat yet swallowed a camel.” You’ve unfairly stereotyped them by claiming they are “damning some of God’s children to hell because of a difference over a non-essential doctrine or practice.”

We already know what you think about us with your false accusations and your fallacious arguments as to ignore the claims about you and your theological practices and leanings. Yet you hold to an ideal in hoping “God reveal to them the fullness of His truth and love, and may the discover the fullness of the Spirit’s power.”

Do you sincerely want that desire to come to pass? Then keep supporting…

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Leaving the NAR Church: Christopher’s story

posted by Amy Spreeman on May 5, 2017

http://bereanresearch.org/

“There is a deep sadness in me, a sorrow over wasted years and opportunities. I get angry with myself for having been deluded and so easily led into false doctrine and practice.”

Christopher got swept up in the “Third Wave,” another term for the New Apostolic Reformation. I love how he tells of his journey out! He has allowed me to include his story in this series about a movement called the New Apostolic Reformation, or NAR for short. In this series, I want to take readers beyond the textbook What is the New Apostolic Reformation Movement explanation, into the personal experiences from those who have been there, and what happened when God opened their eyes to the truth.

Here is Christopher’s story in his own words:

You would probably be surprised that I have a degree in Microbiology and that I practice dentistry and consider myself a scientific person. And that I have had a number of wonderful Bible preaching pastors over the years, men committed to the gospel and the inerrancy of the scriptures. And that I was even trained in and practiced inductive Bible Study, accompanies with a reference texts such as Vines and Strong’s. Boy, did I let my guard down and embrace false illumination! And I thought God was in the middle of the craziness. I thought God was doing something wonderful. I even wrote defenses for all of it, to counteract the “haters” and “heresy hunters.”

Four months ago I renounced my twenty years of involvement with the Third Wave charismatic thing as well as a more recent connection with the “New Apostolic Reformation”. I immediately experienced a relief, a lifting of a burden.

I had begun to grow tired of the promises of coming breakthroughs. I had spent my share on books, tapes, and conferences, all promising to prepare me for what was coming next. I went through Inner Healing and SOZO only to become worried that my great grandparents might have done something which I would never be able to discover which might have opened a doorway for spiritual oppression in my life.

I had been Slain in the Spirit many times, and had received my share of “visions”, but the quest became about more and more of it. It was about finding and riding the next wave of the Spirit, always. And it became about speaking things into existence. Doing greater works than Jesus. Doing spiritual warfare. And marching around the church building speaking in tongues, waving flags, blowing shofars, and ignoring the incredulous looks of onlookers.

Two things happened that probably pushed me over the edge.

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