Due to inquiries regarding the concerns addressed in my last article, it seems necessary to first elaborate on what constitutes spiritually dangerous occult practices infiltrating many ministries today, and how these are occurring within prayer and counseling techniques that are subtly invading the local Christian arena.
Naturally, when religions outside of biblical Christianity become integrated into the fold, these occult practices will gradually begin to invade the Church and the local outreach ministries that are funded by compromised churches. Some of these practices include Catholic mysticism, contemplative/soaking prayer, healing rooms, Theophostics, SOZO, transcendental meditation, “Christianized” yoga, Reiki, etc.
Interestingly, the common link within all mystical occult practices is that they all involve techniques that require mental passivity in order to seek “truth,” healing, etc., through sensations, guided imagery, visualization, spirit “encounters,” and other subjective experiences. Some of these practices require human mediators or “seers” that help clients summons “a vision of Jesus” that brings temporary healing, guidance or a “prophetic word.” However, this mystical practice w/ the help of a “mediator,” (medium) is never mentioned in Gods Word as a way to Him or as a way that He draws us near. The Bible makes it clear that we are made near by the blood of Jesus, not by subjective experiences and that Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man. Eternal salvation and deliverance can only be granted by God’s gift of grace, thru faith in the TRUE Jesus, not by works, techniques, legalistic lies, or formulaic, positive confessions.
When mystical experiences are portrayed as having eminence over the revealed Word of God, or are given a “Christian” label w/ twisted Bible verses to provide proof texts for heretical doctrines, it subtly suspends God-given reasoning abilities and removes the tools necessary to “test the spirits.” Such is the case when it is presumptuously assumed that the biblical Jesus as revealed in Scripture, will automatically cooperate with an unbiblical process. Therefore, many “spirit guides” that are summonsed, pose as “Jesus,” which shipwrecks faith in the sufficiency of God’s Word, makes the gospel obsolete and leads clients to such a deep level of deception and delusion that only God can reach them and grant repentance.
Biblical practices, involve sober, mentally active and alert consciousness. According to Gods Word, Christians are to test all things, study His Word in context, be discerning, watchful, prayerful, sober, and vigilant. Even our natural God-given imagination, when used biblically, can be a way to actively express worship and petition to God, NOT as a way to passively hear from God, leading to superstition and creating an idol in the mind or what pagan circles call seeing w/ the “minds eye” or connecting to the “god within.” Therefore, its no surprise that these unbiblical practices require altered states of consciousness, which leaves one open to dangerous supernatural experiences that are assumed to be of God (Col. 2: 8, 18).
Jesus never mentioned Him following us into a regressive, subconscious, trance-like state, thru an “inner healing of memories,” SOZO journey to our past. No, Jesus said to put the hand to the plow and not look back and to go directly to “Our Father who is IN HEAVEN,” through Him, NOT to empty our mind or go within ourselves. Believers are to follow Him, all the way to the Father, not the other way around. He is the Truth, the Way and the Life; no one comes to the Father except thru Him. Imposters climb up another way, (John 10:1) claiming to know the truth, but have no love of the truth, (2 Thess. 2:10) false teachers producing false conversions by using Christian terms w/ an appearance of godliness but denying the power of the gospel by gradually marginalizing, perverting, diluting, negating, contradicting, undermining and undoing any proclamation of it, resulting in Satan snatching the Word from peoples hearts (Luke 8:12).
Some of the damaging results include False Memory Syndrome, which has led to many unnecessary court cases involving “recovered memories.” Ironically, most victims of abuse admit to the fact that “not remembering” isn’t the real issue; the real problem is not being able to forget. Entire families are at serious risk due to the psychological manipulation embedded within these practices. Other devastating results include severe mental and physical illness due to “kundalini” effects that can last months, even years. Locally, this has opened the door for opportunists to “make merchandise” of those whose mental, physical and spiritual health has been damaged by such (2 Pet. 2: 1-3 KJV). The fact that this has come to our area without much resistance shows that local churches haven’t been fully prepared to deal with the spiritual abuse that’s beginning to surface and Gods impending judgment, which His Word says comes to the Church first. Sadly, those in alliance w/ those involved, who ignore the warnings, may be future victims.
In many “Christian” organizations today the gospel is just added to a spiritual smorgasbord as a lukewarm attempt to appease both sides of the fence, a futile effort. When ecumenism portrays all religions as having a “portion of the truth,” it’s like saying they all have a little bit of Jesus (whoever “Jesus” is to them). The pagan Greeks in Acts 17 had this kind of mentality, also described in Rev. 22:15 as those who love and practice a lie. While lying convincingly w/ appeals for love and unity, w/ flattering speech, Jesus’ name is blasphemed by imposters who promise “liberty” but lead into bondage (2Pet. 2:19). Yet the true Shepherd leads those who are His out of darkness (John 10:3). Faithful followers of Jesus are to have no other gods, to have no fellowship w/ their works of darkness, to expose them and those who promote them (Eph. 5:11,1Tim.5: 20), to come out from among them, bear witness to the truth and warn others (2 Tim.4).
Lee Anne——(Former Volunteer counselor at a pregnancy crisis center that was slipping in SOZO)