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Potentially Harmful and Dangerous Spiritual Practices

Warning About New Age, Holistic, Mystical/Occult Practices

 

Are you a Christian who does yoga, Reiki, or some other form of occult/mystical energy work practice?

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I consider all of the ‘Potentially Harmful and Dangerous Spiritual Practices’ that I mention (and many more) to have the potential to be spiritually harmful, if not downright exceedingly dangerous.

I am issuing these warnings because many New Age, holistic and mystical/occult spiritual practices we warn about include either one, two, three—or all four of the following components of the occult/psychic worldview:

  1. Mystical and supernaturalistic health related methods.
  2. Founded on occult principles.
  3. Dangerous forms of occult and mystical practices.
  4. Based on the writings and beliefs associated with either paganism, spiritism, occultism or mysticism.

Furthermore, many undiscerning Christians and churchgoers are involving themselves these days with potentially dangerous and dangerous mystical/occult practices.

Just because something "feels good" or can bring "healing" does not necessarily mean it is of God - even if it is found in a church or prayer setting.

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Category:New Age and the Occult -- posted at: 4:08pm PDT

 

A Time of Departing and New Spirituality Terms

The Emergent Trojan Horse Has Unloaded Its Cargo!

 

Terms, concepts and practices you should be aware of and warned about! For more information please see Ray Yungen's excellent book entitled A Time of Departing.

Book description at Lighthouse Trails: "A revealing account of a New Age spirituality that has infiltrated much of the church today. Exposes the subtle strategies to compromise the gospel message with Eastern mystical practices cloaked under evangelical terminology and wrappings.
Topics include: Contemplative Prayer, Yoga, Labyrinths, Spiritual Directors, Reiki, Desert Fathers, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Disciplines, Purpose Driven and the Emerging Church

Book description at Amazon: "A revealing account of a New Age spirituality that has infiltrated much of the church today. Exposes the subtle strategies to compromise the gospel message with Eastern mystical practices cloaked under evangelical terminology and wrappings. Topics include: Contemplative Prayer, Yoga, Labyrinths, Spiritual Directors, Reiki, Desert Fathers, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Disciplines, Purpose Driven, and the Emerging Church. Some questions this book answers ... What exactly is contemplative spirituality and how is it New Age? Who are some of the major proponents of contemplative prayer and how are their teachings entering the church? Is Rick Warren s Purpose Driven paradigm promoting the contemplative prayer movement? What is wrong with Christian yoga? What is the emerging church really all about and why is it spiritually dangerous?"

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Category:Ecumenism & Interfaith -- posted at: 10:58am PDT

 

Questions For Those Considering Yoga

A Few Simple Things For Consideration!

It is for good reason that Christian pastors in India weep over the ignorance of Christians in the West - that do yoga for "exercise." Christian or non-Christian, it seems that most people in Western civilization have never been properly warned about the dangers of yoga.

Asking simple questions, Chris Lawson presents various straightforward considerations that people should seriously think about before launching themselves - and those around them - into influences that the the world of yoga can produce within them, upon them and through them.

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Category:Yoga Dangers -- posted at: 3:09pm PDT

 

The Priority of Not Neglecting Jesus Our First Love

Jesus Rebukes the Church at Ephesus (Revelation 2:1-7)

Christian ministry and service should never replace our personal love and devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ. This message is a reminder for each of us to personally consider what priority we individually place on our personal relationship with Jesus Christ, our obedience to His Word, and whether or not we are neglecting Jesus as our “first love” (Rev. 2:4).

This sermon is not intended to needlessly offend Christians, nor is it an attempt to drive people into more “service” for the Lord. Rather, it is a compelling message intended to encourage believers to remember the goodness of the Lord, to repent from spiritual apathy, and to love Jesus and adore Him, thereby returning to Him as one’s first love - in sincerity and in truth.

Scriptures: Revelation 1:1-2:7; Ephesians 1:22; 4:15; Colossians 1:18, 24; 2:9; 1 John 5:4-5.

Revelation 2:1-7 (KJV) - 1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; 2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: 3 and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted. 4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. 6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. 7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

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Category:Christian Living -- posted at: 12:50pm PDT

 

Paul’s Conduct in Ministry and Appeal for Scriptural Separation

Do they see beyond our words?

A practical look at being set apart for the Lord and living for Him so that the Gospel may not be maligned, blasphemed and hindered.

Various topics covered in this message include Paul's sufferings, his personal vindication of his ministry, God's appeal to His church - through Paul - to "be ye separate" from the world, and what true repentance looks like and does.

2 Corinthians 6:1-4 — “We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed: 4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses…”

Scripture:  2 Corinthians 6:1-7:12.

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Purity of Heart, Life and Living

"Perfecting holiness in the fear of God"

A scriptural and practical look at what it means to walk in purity as a Christian.

2 Corinthians 7:1 — “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

Selected Scriptures: Leviticus 11:20; 2 Corinthians 11:3-6; Romans 12:1-2; Psalm 119:8,140; James 3:17; 1 Timothy 3; Titus 2:7-15; 2 Corinthians 6:14-7:1; Galatians 5:16-26; Psalm 12:6; 2 Corinthians 7:11; Philippians 4:8; 1 Timothy 5:22; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Titus 2:5; 1 Peter 3:2; 1 John 3:3;  James 1:21; Romans 10:17; James 1:18; 1 Peter 2:1-2; Psalm 119:105; Psalm 119:111; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

Originally titled “Pure and Holy Living”

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Category:Christian Living -- posted at: 3:15pm PDT

 

The Godly, The Wicked and The Judgment to Come

Psalm 1

Psalm 1:1-6  -  Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Scriptures: Psalm 1; Joshua 1:8; John 17:17; Romans 12:1-2; Colossians 2:3, 6-10; Jeremiah 15:16-17

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Category:Christian Living -- posted at: 10:19am PDT

 

Our Heavenly Country - The Joy of Dwelling With God

Psalm 84

In this audio message the theme of The Joy of Dwelling with God is considered. The necessity of believers finding joy and strength (and spiritual breakthroughs) through the Lord Jesus Christ, instead of life's pleasurable circumstances, is touched upon.

Looking at various historical, prophetic and devotional themes in Psalm 84 - when exiled Jews longed to be back in Jerusalem worshipping in the temple - similar themes are considered for the Christian today - our hope, experience and prayer. Truly our ultimate rest and peace can only be found in and through our Lord Jesus Christ - both now and forevermore.

Scriptures: 2 Samuel 5:17; Psalm 84; Ephesians 3; Hebrews 11

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Category:Christian Living -- posted at: 9:09pm PDT

 

Humbled, Yielded and Prayerful - From Saul to Paul

The Pharisee Saul Transformed into the Apostle Paul

(Acts 9:1-22)

God chose Rabbi Saul and transformed him into the man - the Apostle Paul. Working in and through Paul by His Holy Spirit, the Lord raised him up to become the greatest preacher and missionary of all time, second only to Jesus Christ. In a day and age when pride, open sin and selfishness are glorified as virtues, this message goes against the grain and extols humility, yieldedness and prayerfulness before God.

“But the Lord said unto him [Ananias], Go thy way: for he [Saul] is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.” (Acts 9:15-16)

1. Pride versus humility (Acts 9:1-9)
2. Humbled and prayerful (Acts 9:10-16)
3. The Power of the Spirit of God (Acts 9:17-22)

 

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Category:Christian Living -- posted at: 6:52am PDT

 

Famine in the Land Yet God Remains Faithful

Psalm 89

A psalm (Maskil) of Ethan the Ezrahite

Author: Ethan (or one of his descendants) is the author of this Psalm. Ethan is possibly the Levitical leader and one of the head musicians/singers in the Temple (1 Chronicles 6:42; 15:17-19).

Historical context: God had promised to make David the mightiest King on earth (2 Sam. 7;  1 Kin. 8:23; 1 Chr. 17; 2  Chr. 21:7; Ps. 110). In doing so, God would protect David and David’s descendants (2 Sam. 7:13; 16, 18), and ultimately Messiah Jesus would reign from David’s throne  - forever (Luke 1:31-33). Even though Jerusalem was destroyed and no kings were reigning in Jerusalem at this time, God remained faithful and He continues to carry out His promises. God’s promises are - and forever will be - fulfilled through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Messianic descendant of David (Matt. 1:1; Luke 3:23-28) and the Eternal Prophet, Priest and King of Israel (Heb. 1:1-10:18). Looking beyond the pale of the author’s personal national dilemma - the apparent total ruin of the Davidic monarchy - the author chooses to focus on the LORD and His greatness, regardless of his own personal circumstances and future. As always, man is humbled, and God is glorified. In one word, with restored confidence in God and His Word, the author closes with, “Blessed be the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.” (Psalm 89:52)

The Lord’s Covenant with David and Israel’s Afflictions (89:1-37)
Praise and remembrance of God’s love and faithfulness (89:1-4).
God’s worthiness to be praise and adored (89:5-14).
God’s covenant blessing and protection upon David (89:15-37).

God’s Seeming Neglect of the Davidic Covenant (89:38-52)
The Psalmists heartfelt cry (89:46-51).
The Psalmists heartfelt distress (89:46-51).

The Doxology - “Blessed be the LORD forever!” (89:52)

Scriptures: Psalm 89; Luke 1:30; Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 26:16; Psalm 135: 1-4; Deuteronomy 14:2; Titus 2:11-15; 1 Peter 2:9; Psalm 89:52.

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Category:Christian Living -- posted at: 1:01pm PDT

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