YOGA: The Dangers - A FIVE-WARNING AUDIO SERIES

Chris's new YOGA WARNING audio series is available through our online store!

"What the Yogis will sell you, and most likely never tell you!"

Standard play - FIVE CD AUDIO SERIES - covers the specifics you need to know in order to avoid the physical and spiritual dangers of Yoga.   (Length: 5 hrs)

Selected audio lectures include:

  • Dangers of Contemplative Centering Prayer, Yoga, Mysticism and the Occult - What Everyone Should Know!
  • Destroying Your Christian Faith Through Yoga - Theological Considerations: A brief overview of the theological implications of integrating Yoga with Christianity.
  • Why Yoga Cannot Be Christianized: An overview and a sound warning!
  • Perilous Times and the True Purpose and Dangers of Yoga - A look at the facts!

BONUS AUDIO: Defining Terms and Avoiding Cults, Occultism and New Age Dangers - How to Make a Difference in the Church Today!

NEW PODCAST: Reconciled, Changed and 'Useful' for the Glory of God!

Forgiveness, reconciliation, justification, and more!

Here is a message from the Book of Philemon that I did not too long after our first child was born (which was actually quite awhile ago now). This is an expositional study through the Book of Philemon that covers such topics such as forgiveness, reconciliation, justification, and more!

The Book of Philemon - A message of hope, grace and love through Jesus Christ our Lord!  This message speaks of reconciliation and forgiveness, and from going from being unsaved and unuseful, to being saved and useful for the glory of God. Topics in outline are (1) Philemon's love and faith, (2) Paul's plea for Onseimus to be reconciled, (3) Philemon's obedience encouraged, and (4) Paul's Farewell to the believers.

"Therefore, though I [Paul] might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting, yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you—being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ— I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains, who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me. I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart, whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel. But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary. For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave—a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord." — Philemon 1:8-15

NEW PODCAST: Preaching the Gospel, Suffering and Apostasy

The heartfelt truth of the beauty of the Gospel and Christian missions

Yesterday I was asked, “Do you preach the Gospel in churches?” My answer is, “Yes, I have for many years as a pastor and missionary.”

These past few years however I have not been asked to speak quite as much as I used too. The clear reason for this is because while defending and proclaiming the Gospel, I do not neglect the biblical duty of exposing error and naming the names of known false teachers. I never do this to be harsh and unkind, but rather, to lovingly and biblically warn the body of Christ about the dangers of spiritual deception and end times apostasy.

God’s own mandate through the apostle Paul to all pastors is, “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine” (1 Tim. 4:1-2). The Holy Spirit of God, through the apostle Paul, also warned, “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 Tim. 4:3-4). This “time” Paul spoke of arrived a long time ago, yet many leaders today fail to see what is going on.

The following sermon was originally titled, “Suffering.” It was delivered during my December 2004 visit to the United States, from the pulpit of the sending church we had previously spent ten years helping to establish. My family and I had been overseas for two straight years as missionaries to Edinburgh, Scotland, one of the most Witchcraft-filled, secular cities in Western Europe, and while home for a few weeks I was asked to share a bit on our missions experience. So I did, with deep conviction and meaningful tears.

While in Scotland, we were immersed in evangelism, church planting, reaching out to scattered Christians, and attending the Institute of Biblical Studies. We also pioneered our SRN apologetics and discernment ministry that helped assist us in reaching out cross-culturally to hurting Christians and non-believers. Through living and ministering in the United Kingdom, we also got a much broader perspective on the dangers of apostasy and ensuing destruction that occurs in churches where pastors fail to heed the clear teachings of Scripture.

In this tear-filled biblical Gospel message, I communicated some of what Christian missions and suffering entails. I also clearly warned our sending church, at that time, of the dangers of apostasy, Emerging Church false teachers (Rick Warren, Marc Driscoll, Leonard Sweet), Roman Catholic and Church of England and Church of Scotland apostasy, and more.

Altogether, I just did what Paul the apostle did, and would continue to do today if he were here amongst us. Paul exhorted the Christian leaders in Ephesus, “Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears” (Acts 20:31).

This message was preached ten years ago this month (December, 2014). In it you will get an idea of my love for the body of Christ and for lost souls, and my love for the truth of God’s Word as it is found in the biblical Jesus of Nazareth. You will also understand more about my biblical convictions and here my joy and pain as a missionary communicating Christ’s love and His Gospel message.

In listening to this, it is my hope and prayer that you gain a sense of the scriptural importance of nailing your colors to the mast so-to-speak, for Jesus Christ and His everlasting gospel. We are not in a popularity contest, we are here to serve and glorify Jesus Christ and tell people the truth! Jesus was nailed to a cross and vicariously bled and suffered and died on our behalf, paying the penalty of God's wrath that we deserve to pay for breaking God's Law. He then physically and victoriously resurrected from the tomb three days later, showing that He has conquered sin and death.

Jesus did this all out of love for us, that we might be forgiven of our sins and be saved from the day of God's coming judgment on Christ rejecting, unbelieving sinners. We should gladly be willing to suffer on Christ's behalf, that His love and truth and gospel message may go forth in the power of His Spirit, to a languishing and dying world.

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NEW BOOKLET TRACT: The Message “Bible”— A Breach of Truth

Note from Chris Lawson of SRN:  The following booklet has just been released by Lighthouse Trails Publishing. Simply stated, John Lanagan's message of biblical truth about Eugene Peterson's, The Message, needs to be read and heard! I personally believe that many Christian leaders today need to wake up to the fact that "The Message" of The Message not only perverts Scripture, it is an outright affront to God's character, His divine nature, and His holy Name.  Several years ago I compared many parts of the text of Peterson's The Message side-by-side with several translations of the Bible (KJV, NKJV, NASB). What I saw in The Message utterly shocked me.  I simply cannot believe that the author of The Message and countless thousands of Christian leaders think that Peterons's material can go over for something reflective of God's Word. If you do you your own comparisons, and you truly love God's Word, I believe you too will be utterly shocked at the unbelievable liberties that the author of The Message has taken.

Mr. Eugene Peterson, this is your Psalm 1:1 from The Message (MSG):

1 How well God must like you—   you don’t hang out at Sin Saloon, you don’t slink along Dead-End Road, you don’t go to Smart-Mouth College.

Mr. Peterson, here is what the Bible says in Psalm 1:1 from King James Version (KJV):

1 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.

The Message is a convoluted rendition of the Bible. This is just in English, but how about all the cross-cultural ministry workers who are stuck with trying to use The Message to properly convey sound biblical theology. I actually watched this occur in the United Kingdom at a church I visited, and it is was horrific. I'll stick with the most reliable translation of the Bible, which even children can understand, lest I confuse my own listeners and lead them into spiritual confusion and delusion. 

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The Message “Bible”— A Breach of Truth

The Message “Bible”— A Breach of Truth: How Eugene Peterson’s The Message Omits Homosexual Sin—and Other Strange Deletions, Additions, and Alterations

By John Lanagan

Can we just say it? Homosexuality is going to be the dividing line between the true church and the rising apostate church. And Eugene Peterson’s The Message is being used by those who want to avoid or deny the truth that homosexuality is a sin.

The Message flat out deletes homosexuality as sin from two key New Testament passages and gives a politically correct spin to a third (1 Corinthians 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Romans 1:25-27).
For this reason, The Message and other ungodly imitations of the Bible will be increasingly promoted by those who practice a “form of godliness” (2 Timothy 3:1-5) that includes acceptance of homosexuality.

Preaching and teaching from The Message rather than the Bible also makes it easier for those who are unwilling, afraid, or just too tired to resist the politically correct juggernaut of homosexuality.

I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing. (Hosea 8:12)

Hillsong’s Role
Pastor Carl Lentz oversees Hillsong Church in New York City. Like its parent church in Australia founded by Brian Houston, Hillsong NYC is enormously popular. Celebrities flock there, younger people rave about Hillsong, and secular media give it a free pass.

Such popularity and acceptance would cease if Carl Lentz treated homosexuality like any other sin (i.e., biblically). But Lentz refuses to do so from the pulpit, during interviews, or in any public forum. Among other excuses, he claims he does not deal with homosexual sin publicly because “Jesus rarely dealt with morality or social issues” but with “the deeper things of the heart,” he says.1

During one of his sermons, Lentz used The Message version of 1 Thessalonians 5:14 to assert that Hillsong is biblically obedient in refusing to “make polarizing statements about certain things in our Christian community.”2 

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What Is A Discerning Christian?

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Christian discernment begins first with salvation in Christ (Hebrews 5:1-14), and then maturing as a believer through the teaching of God’s Word (1 Timothy 4:1-8). As the believer grows one ought to be able to discern between both good and evil, and to separate from spiritual error and false teachings.

Subjects covered in this message include ‘contending for the faith’, patience and kindness, the dangers of redefining biblical terminology, Christian bookstore and book endorsement issues, the danger of pastoral vagueness in not naming the names of false teachers, and confusion in the body of Christ as a result of sharing speaking platforms with known false teachers. Various illustrations include the dangers of redefinition of terms in pseudo-Christian Cults and in the Church, the dangers of yoga, Harry Potter witchcraft, vampirism, bloodlust, Oprah Winfrey and friends (Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Eric Butterworth, A Course in Miracles,), astrology and the occult, Worldview confusion, false christs, false anointed ones, and more. (Recorded: Aug 2009 / Posted: Nov 26, 2014)

Calvary Chapel Bookstores - Beyond Accountability?

By Chris Lawson (Excerpt, May 2014 SRN Newsletter)

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  • “That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat [as if it were good grade]?" (Amos 8:6)
  • “And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” (2 Peter 2:3)
  • “Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.” (Jude 1:11)
  • “No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13)
  • Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest [allow/tolerate] that woman Jezebel...". (Revelation 2:20a, KJV)

The following question is a very unpopular one, but it must be asked - publicly!  Why? Because almost nothing is being done about the growing compromises in a number of Calvary Chapel walk-in and online church bookstores. Bad products are mixed with the good, in order to reap a profit. God's perspective on compromises like this are revealed to us in Scripture, but first, let us look at the issues.

Is anyone from the Calvary Chapel Association Leadership Council going to publicly denounce the Calvary Chapel bookstores that are making merchandise of God's people, through the provision and/or sale of materials containing aberrant and false doctrines?

This is a very serious question, is it not? Unless Christian leaders - in this case Calvary Chapel leaders - express biblical concerns and rebuke fellow leaders for allowing this to happen, things within Calvary Chapel will continue to proceed from bad to worse.

Tolerating evil for the sake of gain

Any pastor that allows heresy to be sold through their church bookstore is sure to incite the displeasure of our Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, somewhere down the line it appears that some Calvary Chapel leaders have forgotten about Jesus Christ's hatred towards the open "toleration" of false doctrine and evil in the midst of His Church. Jesus rebuked the toleration of evil when it was seducing His Church:

Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest [allow/tolerate] that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. (Revelation 2:20, KJV)

Is tolerating heretical materials in a Christian church bookstore just as bad as tolerating a false prophetess? Indeed, it is! The doctrines of demons that false prophetesses and false prophets pen today and call "Christian" is still aberrant and heretical, even when it is touted as being "Christian." Do you want to see just what church leaders are leading their congregations into? All you have to do is take a thorough look at what is being sold through a church's own bookstore. Church bookstore inventory speaks volumes about what the church leaders allow to go over for grain in the famine.

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The Necessity of Biblical Correction!

The following statements and article links are recommended reading indeed!
- Chris Lawson

Sandy Simpson from Apologetics Coordination Team:

"Does having eternity in your heart mean that you know God and are His child? Could Gentile cultures understand the Gospel from the stars? Did God create man’s cultures? Has God always been in the process of redeeming cultures from the time of Babel by placing in them a true revelation of Himself? Is there the worship of YHWH in all cultures and religions through the names of “supreme beings”?  Have all cultures always had a way to make things right between them and God? "

  • SOURCE: http://www.deceptioninthechurch.com/idolatrybook.html

Dave Hunt from The Berean Call:

"Correction is one of the most conspicuously absent yet essential ministries in the church today. There are those who seek to avoid cor-rection by hiding behind a misapplication of Christ's words, "Judge not, that ye be not judged" (Mt 7:1). It is conveniently forgotten that these words were spoken by the same One who warned the Jews to "judge righteous judg-ment' (Jn 7:24), told us to judge the fruit of prophets (Mt 7:16) and promised His disciples that they would sit on thrones judging Israel (Mt 19:28).

From the context and the remainder of Scripture, it seems clear that Christ was warning us not to judge motives, because these are hidden from us. We must put the best reasonable interpretation upon what others say and do, not judging their hearts, which only God knows. However, we must judge doctrines and deeds..."

  • SOURCE: A Desperate Need For Correction by Dave Hunt
  • LINK: http://www.thebereancall.org/files/ADesperateNeedForCorrection.pdf

Mantra Meditation - A Dangerous and Deluding Practice

Mantra Meditation: A Warning! by Chris Lawson

Mantra meditation is a dangerous game, even when it is “Christianized.” New Ager’s and occult practitioners that have become “unhinged” through this practice rightly resist the urge to go back to it. Unfortunately, many undiscerning Christians today see no problem engaging in it.

If Bible believers today only knew the occult and Hindu/Buddhist roots of this practice, perhaps they would not be so careless as to bring it into their Christian lifestyle and church setting. Just because spiritual practices are popular and seem “to work” (pragmatism) does not necessarily make them right and healthy. Repetitious prayer methods, such as mantra meditation, are condemned in Scripture by Jesus Christ:

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him. (Matthew 5:6-8)

Mantra meditation extraordinaire John Main, whose works and practices greatly influenced the beginnings of the modern-day Contemplative Centering Prayer movement and its leaders, was the forerunner of many today who practice this occult technique.

A website fully devoted to the person and teachings of John Main, called The Christian Meditation of John Main, defines "the mantra and the practice of meditation" this way:

The mantra and the practice of meditation

There are various mantras which are possible for a beginner, but if you have no teacher to help you, you should choose a word that has been hallowed over the centuries by our Christian tradition. Some of these words were first taken over as mantras for prayer by the Church in its earliest days.

One of these words is 'MARANATHA'. This Aramaic word means, 'Come Lord, Come Lord Jesus'. It is the mantra recommended by Dom John Main (1926-1982), a Benedictine monk who has put into contemporary language this ancient teaching of prayer. It is the word which St. Paul uses to end his first letter to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 16:22), and the word with which St. John ends the book of Revelation (Rev. 22:20). It also has a place in some of the earliest Christian liturgies. This Aramaic word is preferred because it has no visual or emotional connotations and its continuous repetition will lead us over time to a deeper and deeper silence.

The focus of repeating the mantra is Christocentric. This means that it is centred on the prayer of Christ, which is continuously poured forth in the Holy Spirit in the depth of each human being. Thus, in this way of ‘pure prayer’ we leave all thoughts, words and images behind in order to 'set our minds on the kingdom of God before all else'. In this way we leave our egotistical self behind to die and rise to our true self in Christ.

Meditation therefore is an inner journey of silence, stillness and simplicity, and is the missing contemplative dimension of much Christian life today.”

  • Source: Christian Meditation of John Main, “Be Still and Know”, The mantra and the practice of meditation
  • Link: http://christianmeditationnorthwest.org/mantra.html

If one understands clearly what Hindu, Budddhist, Jain and other occult mantra meditation forms comprise, one can see very clearly how John Main's "method" is virtually identical to these other forms of meditation. Main has simply turned biblical prayer into a vortex of confusing Christianized occultism. Simply put, we don’t need John Main’s mantras and his unbiblical prayer techniques.

Mantra meditation is just one more dangerous practice entering the church today. Christians would do well to see it for what it is, by definition and in context, and reject it! If people who claim to be Christians are not content praying to the God of the Bible through the Lord Jesus Christ, perhaps they are not Christians at all, but mere counterfeits. What kind of Christian adds occult meditation techniques to their prayer life? Compromised Christians and counterfeit Christians!

The quote below is from my friend Ray Yungen. Ray is an author of several books that expose and biblically refute New Age and occult practices and we have both made it clear in our writings that mantra meditation is a dangerous occult practice. I wholeheartedly agree with what Ray has written and we both believe that mantra meditation is not only very dangerous, it is an open doorway to spirit contact. That is, spirit contact with baleful entities that seek to destroy the human soul.

If people want to play with fire they will eventually get burned. So too, if people want to engage in mantra meditation, its only a matter of time before they experience dangerous occult forces. What’s more, it is only a matter of time before they experience the deluding influence(s) that these forces (demons) bring.

—Chris Lawson

 

Mantra Meditation by Ray Yungen, from A Time of Departing

"The meditation most of us are familiar with involves a deep, continuous thinking about something. But New Age meditation does just the opposite. It involves ridding oneself of all thoughts in order to still the mind by putting it in the equivalent of pause or neutral. A comparison would be that of turning a fast-moving stream into a still pond. When meditation is employed by damming the free flow of thinking, it holds back active thought and causes a shift in consciousness. This condition is not to be confused with daydreaming, where the mind dwells on a subject. New Age meditation works as a holding mechanism until the mind becomes thoughtless, empty and silent.

The two most common methods used to induce this thoughtless state are breathing exercises, where attention is focused on the breath, and a mantra, which is a repeated word or phrase. The basic process is to focus and maintain concentration without thinking about what you are focusing on. Repetition on the focused object is what triggers the blank mind.

Since mantras are central to New Age meditation, it is important to understand a proper definition of the word. The translation from Sanskrit is man, meaning to thinkand tra, meaning to be liberated from. Thus, the word literally means to escape from thought. By repeating the mantra, either out loud or silently, the word or phrase begins to lose any meaning it once had. The conscious thinking process is gradually tuned out until an altered state of consciousness is achieved. But this silence is not the final objective; its attainment is only a means to an end. What that end entails was aptly described by English artist Vanora Goodhart after she embarked on the practice of zen meditation. She recounted:

[A] light began seeping through my closed eyelids, bright and gentle at first, but growing more and more intense … there was a great power and strength in this Light … I felt I was being drawn upwards and in a great and wonderful rush of power that rose eventually to a crescendo and bathed me through and through with glorious, burning, embracing Light.

Such dynamic experiences as this are what New Age mysticism is really all about … not just believing in some doctrine or a faith that is supported by some creed but rather a close personal contact with a powerful Presence. The renowned occultist Dion Fortune acknowledged: 'shifting the consciousness is the key to all occult training.' In other words, meditation is the gateway to the 'light' Goodhart experienced.The ultimate objective of the meditation effort lies in the concept called the higher self. This is thought to be the part of the individual linked to the divine essence of the Universe, the God part of man. The goal is to become attuned with the higher self, thus facilitating the higher self's emergence into the physical realm bringing the practitioner under the guidance and direction of God. This connection is referred to in New Age circles as: awakening, transformation, enlightenment, self-realization, cosmic consciousness and superconsciousness. This is also why an interchangeable term for New Age is metaphysics. Metaphysics means that which is beyond the physical realm (the unseen realm) and being intimately connected to those powers not perceived by the normal five senses.”

—Ray Yungen, A Time of Departing

  • Source: Mantra Meditation by Ray Yungen, from A Time of Departing 
  • Link: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/meditationexcerptbyray.htm

New Age and the Occult: Exposing the Philosophy, the Lies, and the Dangers

Written and compiled by Chris Lawson

What is the New Age and the World of Occultism?

The New Age Movement (NAM) is based on a belief system that is essentially a Western hybridization of pantheistic and pan-en-theistic Eastern occult philosophy and practices. The New Age movement encompasses countless thousands of autonomous (and sometimes contradictory) beliefs, organizations, and events. “New Age” beliefs also incorporate practices from 19th century Western occultism including teachings from “channeled spirits” or “universal energy” [in actuality they are fallen angels which the Bible refers to a lying spirits, or, demons]. The term “New Age” is also used by many to describe organizations, teachers and teachings, which exhibit at least one or more of the following beliefs: 

“(1) All is one, all reality is part of the whole; (2) Everything is God and God is everything; (3) Man is God or a part of God; (4) Man never dies, but continues to live through reincarnation; (5) Man can create his own reality and/or values through transformed consciousness or altered states of consciousness.” (Index of Cults and Religions)

Meaning of the term "Occult"

Throughout history people across the globe have attempted to gain supernatural power and "secret" knowledge apart from the God of the Bible.  In doing so, they tap into "occult" (hidden) power. The term “occult” comes from the Latin occultus or “hidden.” It is generally used to denote "secret or mysterious supernatural powers" or "magical, religious rituals." The word "occult" is also used to describe the "hidden power" that forms the basis of pagan religious divination and esoteric manifestations. Occultism refers also to Witchcraft, Satanism, Neo-Paganism, Druidism, Shamanism, Yoga, a myriad of forms of “Psychic” discernment (clairvoyant, clairsentience, etc.) and divination (astrology, séances, palm reading, etc.) New Age alternative medicine therapies such as Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, Crystal healing, and many others are part of the occult explosion as well. The Bible is very clear regarding these things, all of which have their root in rebellion against Almighty God:  "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft..." (1 Samuel 15:23)

Occultism: God forbids and condemns it all!

The Bible is very clear concerning the occult and its methodology. There are over 150 prohibitions in the Bible against the occult, witchcraft, demon worship, etc.  Here is what God has to say on the subject:

"When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire [an ancient occult practice], or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination [detestable] to the LORD..." (Deuteronomy 18:9-12a)

Beware of the dangers of the Occult, the New Age, and hybridized Christian Mysticism

New Age beliefs and practices are steeped in the world of the occult. Those who open the doors to the kingdom of darkness trifle with occult power - with demons! The results can be absolutely terrifying to say the least.  Psychic phenomena, paranormal manifestations, demonic oppression and possession, insanity, suicidal tendencies, and much more are part and parcel in this game of cosmic deception. These so-called revelations, experiences and phenomena are nothing more than satanic parlor tricks. The Prince of darkness knows exactly what he is doing with human souls and his goal is total destruction of human beings. People who subject themselves to occultism, New Age influences, and hybridized forms of Christian mysticism oftentimes suffer from the effects of full-blown occult delusion. Some call it ‘Spiritual Emergency’ while countless millions in India mistakenly label it ‘Enlightenment’.

In reality, the dangerous possibilities of occultism’s fruit is myriad: occult bondage, altered and destroyed personalities, painful and undiagnosable diseases, insanity, irreversible psychoses, hatred toward Jesus Christ, the atonement, and the Bible, demon possession, death - and ultimately, eternal ruin. Only the Jesus Christ of Scripture, the risen Savior of the world, can set individuals free from the powers of occult bondage and their demonic origin.

Don’t be deceived!

The following articles are here to help educate you on the dangers of these practices.  

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YOGA and Christianity – Are They Compatible?

By Chris Lawson

Western Culture Embraces Yoga

It is no secret that Yoga is taking Western civilization by storm. In just a little over a hundred years, a mystical revolution has occurred that millions of Westerners have wholeheartedly embraced. Amazingly, the Western Judeo-Christian view is in the process of a paradigm shift toward the same perspective as yogic India.

To illustrate the magnitude of the Yoga explosion, consider Yoga Journal’s “Yoga in America Study 2012.” This study reveals some incredible statistics:

• 20.4 million Americans practice yoga, compared to 15.8 million from the previous 2008 study.
• Practitioners spend $10.3 billion a year on yoga classes and products. The previous estimate from the 2008 study was $5.7 billion.
• Of current non-practitioners, 44.4 percent of Americans call themselves “aspirational yogis”—people who are interested in trying yoga.1

Yoga (or Yogic spirituality) is influencing Christians and non-Christians alike. It only takes 0.27 seconds to come up with over 411,000,000 results for Yoga on Google’s search engine. When searching Amazon.com’s “All” category for Yoga, one quickly comes up with a staggering 143,081 results. That’s just within Amazon.Com. If one searches for book titles only on Amazon.com, the search yields 26,316. Certainly, the influence of yoga can be found almost everywhere. In Time Magazine’s book, Alternative Medicine: Your Guide to Stress Relief, Healing, Nutrition, and More, it states:

Hard to believe now, but yoga was once considered heretical, and even dangerous. As recently as a century ago, yogis in America were viewed with suspicion; some were actually thrown in jail. Today, though, most gyms offer it, many public schools teach it, and a growing number of doctors prescribe it . . . It may have taken 5,000 years, but yoga has arrived.2  

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Jesus Calling by Sarah Young: Another New Age "Jesus"

Articles and links exposing the New Age "Jesus" and New Age teachings in Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling" devotional

Compiled by Chris Lawson

This Spiritual Research Network archive page has been created for researchers, authors, church leaders, media sources and anyone else who wants to understand clearly what the false teachings are that are found in Sarah Young's devotional Jesus Calling.

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Even the World is Exposing Sarah Young's 'Jesus Calling'!

Note from Chris Lawson (SRN):

The following article is from the secular publication The Daily Beast. In this article writer Ruth Graham rightly and concisely shows just how far the Evangelical Church's 'Jesus Calling' delusion has gone. On a different note, it should be mentioned that numerous Christian apologetics ministries and individual discerning believers are warning about the great dangers of Sarah Young's New Age book. Unfortunately, countless Christian leaders continue to rush headlong into spiritual dangers as they buy, sell, promote and encourage others to read and glean from Jesus Calling. This just shows how biblically illiterate and undiscerning many church leaders are. When the world is more discerning than millions of "Christians" and "church leaders," you know something is seriously not right.  

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The Strange Saga of ‘Jesus Calling,’ The Evangelical Bestseller You’ve Never Heard Of

A ten-year-old devotional written in the voice of God suddenly became a commercial juggernaut. Now, its publisher is trying to reconcile its New Age origins with evangelical orthodoxy.

By Ruth Graham (Posted on The Daily Beast 02/24/14)

The seventh-best selling book in America last year was a 10-year-old Christian devotional written by a woman who claims to have written down the words of God. Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence sold more copies in 2013 than the much more buzzed-about titles Lean In, the latest Stephen King book, and 50 Shades of Grey, according to Nielsen BookScan. Overall, more than 10 million copies in 26 languages have been sold since the book’s inauspicious debut in 2004.

Jesus Calling is a devotional, a mainstay genre in Christian publishing and in the daily lives of many Christians. Best-selling devotionals like Our Daily Bread, My Utmost for His Highest, and The Purpose-Driven Life consist of short sections that are meant to be read each day for encouragement and contemplation. Christians who value the idea of nurturing a personal relationship with Jesus—or of the idea of spending time each day in quiet contemplation—often use devotionals as a tool to accompany prayer and Bible-reading.

What sets apart Jesus Calling is that it is written in the voice of Jesus Christ, presented as speaking directly to the reader. This Jesus who spouts feel-good mysticisms like, “As you walk along your life-path holding My hand, you are already in touch with the essence of heaven: nearness to Me.” The book’s soothing tone has made it wildly popular among believers, but its apparent claims to contain new revelation from God have also made it controversial.

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Is Jesus Calling or Is Jesus Warning?

By Chris Lawson

"...Take heed that no man deceive you..."

- Jesus (Matthew 24:4)

Is Jesus really “calling” to us through Sarah Young and her contemplative prayer journaling technique, or is the “Jesus” of Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling a counterfeit Jesus, equal to, if not greater than, the deceptions that Paul the Apostle warned about nearly 2000 years ago? Paul the Apostle warned:

“For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might wellbear with him [put up with false teachers]” (2 Corinthians 11:4).

Messiah Jesus Himself warned:

“And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (Matthew 24:1-5).

Considerations for parents and children

Here is something to seriously consider for parents and children who are reading Jesus Calling, and the kids devotional too. Parents and kids who are being influenced by the kids version of Jesus Calling, titled Jesus Calling: 365 Day Devotional for Kids, are getting much more than they bargained for. They are also getting a lot more than the straight words of Jesus of Nazareth as are found in the Bible. Sarah Young’s mystical New Age rendition of “Jesus Calling” us has been “adapted” by Tama Fortner. In the Jesus Calling devotional versions, “special thanks” is given to Kris Bearss “for her work on the “journaling prompts.” Three ladies and a New Age book!

Reading the kids version of Jesus Calling (or any version for that matter) and then trying to “journal” and feel “The Presence” of Sarah Young’s “Jesus,” through utilizing the “journaling” versions of Jesus Calling, is an recipe for spiritual disaster. This type of spiritual practice can induct one very quickly into Gnostic perversions of Scripture and/or direct spirit contact with entities that are not, shall we say, human-friendly (i.e., demons).

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