With all the deception circulating within the church today, we would do well to know what is happening and be aware, so we won’t be taken in by the wolves masquerading as sheep.
How, then, can we know if what someone who is very popular in the Christian world is teaching is truth? Like I said in a previous post, we need to know who this individual is associating themselves with.
Let’s take Rick Warren, for example. He’s written a new book entitled, The Daniel Plan. Sounds good, doesn’t it? I mean, who wouldn’t want to be like Daniel? I know I do! What an incredible man of God. He chose to follow the Lord in the middle of a very difficult time and difficult circumstances.
At first glance, this looks like a good plan to follow. Goodness knows, we need to improve our health and let God be the one who’s in charge, not our flesh. And it seems that this book is based on the book, the Bible. However, with all first impressions aside, let’s find out what this plan is about.
I checked out The Daniel Plan website and here’s what I found:
It’s divided into five sections: faith, food, fitness, focus, friends. So far, so good, right?
But, wait, let’s back up a minute and see who the authors are. It’s easy to assume that since Rick Warren is the one who came up with the idea, he would rally to himself doctors who follow God’s Word. Should we just take this assumption and not worry about doing the homework on these people? No, we shouldn’t.
The second author’s name under Warren’s is Daniel Amen, M.D. Who is this doctor? What is his philosophy? Here’s what I found:
Dr. Amen “recommends using a form of mediation known as Kirtan Krya, also known as SA, TA, NA , MA meditation.” (Online Source) What does that mean? “Kirtan Kriya is a meditation chant exercise originating from Kundalini Yoga.” (Online Source)
Have you ever seen these people who lose control of their bodies (head shaking, body shaking, animal noises, etc.) and say it is because they have been anointed by the Holy Spirit? It is easy to think this stuff is phony and they are purposefully doing it. Well, it is phony in that it is not from the Holy Spirit, but it is not phony in that this is something that is really happening to them. This is the same spirit that the Hindus experience during their meditation. (Remember I said that Amen recommends the type of meditation which comes from Kundalini Yoga?)
“In an article titled “Toronto-Blessing: Christian Based Magic?,” the writer describes the symptoms that occur during meetings with Swami Baba Muktananda:
The Swami would transfer what was called “guru grace” to his followers through physical touch (shaktipat). This “grace” triggered the gradual awakening of the Kundalini which in turn produced various physical and emotional manifestations.
These included uncontrollable laughter, roaring, barking, hissing, shaking, etc. Some devotees became mute or unconscious. Many felt themselves being infused with feelings of great joy and peace and love. At other times the “fire” of Kundalini was so overpowering they would find themselves involuntarily hyperventilating to cool themselves down.” (Online Source)
Scary stuff. Dr. Amen also promotes tantric sex in his book, Change Your Brain, Change Your Body, which is a “union of sexuality and Eastern spirituality.” (Online Source) (If you want to know more about this sinful behavior, you can just google tantra. It’s everywhere.) And this is one of the doctors that Warren enlisted to help him with his program.
Watch the video where Rick Warren interviews Dr. Amen who in the video recommends meditation. By the way, this video is on his Daniel Plan website. Unfortunately, participants are not listening with their ears wide open.
What about Mark Hyman, M.D.? Surely he’s not like that, too, is he?
According to his article, “Why Doing Nothing is the Key to Happiness”, his “way into medicine was through Buddhism. I majored in Buddhist studies at Cornell. As a young man in college I was deeply interested in the mind, in the nature of our consciousness, of the ways our thoughts and perceptions control our lives and how we can work with them in a juicy, helpful way that brings more love, kindness, compassion, and insight into every moment, rather than darkness, suffering, struggle and pain.” (Online Source)
It would be rightly assumed, then, that he promotes meditation, but he also promotes tantric sex. (Online Source)
Here’s my question. What business does an evangelical pastor, who claims to be a follower of Jesus, have partnering with doctors who are involved in New Age, occultic practices? It would be one thing if they only educated the participants on how to choose good food, how to exercise, and how to use community to achieve the desired results. But this is not the only thing they are promoting.
Remember at the beginning of this article I gave the five pillars to this plan? One of them was focus.
Focus. What does that have to do with losing weight? (Unless it means to focus on losing weight, but I don’t think so.) The focus is on the brain.
Dr. Amen talks about how to keep the brain healthy and young on this program in the focus section of the website. Just click on the DIY Brain Improvement picture and it will take you to this page. Dr. Amen doesn’t mention meditation until you get to the bottom of the page where he gives different brain games to keep your brain healthy. Interesting. (Satan’s sly, isn’t he?)
Should we wonder then why there is so much deception occuring in the church? When we give ourselves to occultic practices, like yoga and meditation, we are opening ourselves up to demonic influence.
Rick Warren needs to wake up and see how he is being manipulated and used by Satan to deceive thousands of people. But, that’s how Satan works. He mixes a bunch of truth with a teeny bit of error. Most of the time people fall for it, because it is so clever. We must always be on guard, because Satan is the master manipulator and liar.