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After Rick Warren is finished speaking on health and wellness with the Clintons and Barabara Streisand, he is heading to Canada. On Friday, January 17th, 2014, Rick Warren and Dr. Mark Hymen will be guests on the 100 Huntley Street program.

The Daniel Plan on 100 Huntley Street January 2014

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Question: Why are you and other “discernment” writers so critical of Rick Warren and his new Daniel Plan?
Answer here:
https://www.thebereancall.org/content/question-why-are-you-and-other-discernment-writers-so-critical-rick-warren-and-his-new-danie

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Wellness – A Trojan Horse in Health Care

Marcia Montenegro edits the website, Christian Answers for the New Age, and works with Fellowship International Mission in Allentown, PA.

Christine Pack is a Christian researcher on spiritual deception and publisher of the solasisters blog, which contains articles on key spiritual issues and links to other resources.

Both of the guests were involved in the New Age, but left it as they became believers in Jesus Christ.

Healing techniques from pagan religious practice have emerged from being little-known, fringe alternatives into the mainstream of medicine. The term “wellness” does not mean what many assume it means, and the term has become a Trojan Horse leading many into New Age practices.

The guests discuss acupuncture, Kundalini yoga and its “Christian” alternative, Praise Moves, Rolphing, Meditation,Tapping, Reiki, Reflexology, breathwork and other popular wellness practices and techniques.

Listen here:

http://www.vcyamerica.org/blog/2011/04/26/wellness-a-trojan-horse-in-health-care

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The “WOO” Factor

By Sarah Leslie

“Dr. Mark Hyman is famous as the “founder” of a form of woo known as ‘functional medicine.’ …it appears to be a serious grab bag of various forms of woo that, according to Dr. Hyman’s website itself, involve environmental inputs, inflammation, hormones, gut & digestive health, detoxification, energy/mitochondria/oxidative stress, and, of course, ‘mind-body’…”[1]

“Woo, a term used by scientific skeptics for pseudoscience, alternative medicine and New Age beliefs, or a person who holds such beliefs.”[2]

One doesn’t have to Google very long to discover that the three doctors assisting Rick Warren in his Daniel Plan for healthcare reform in the church have been the subject of ongoing controversies in the public medical arena for the past several years. The controversies are serious enough to make one wonder if he hasn’t enlisted the support of some super snake oil salesmen.

More here:

http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/011/discernment/woo.htm

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Swedenborg, Wilber, now Rohr, oh my!

As if Oz’s connections with mass hypnotism, Transcendental Meditation and Reiki weren’t enough, we find another muddy spiritual connection in the belief system of one of pastor Rick Warren’s ‘Daniel Plan‘ diet doctors.

On his 100th radio show Dr. Mehmet Oz said that one of his favorite guests has been Father Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest who talked about contemplative prayer. This is from a 2007 interview:

Prayer plays an important role in many people’s lives, and studies have shown it to have an effect on our health. Dr. Oz and his wife, Lisa, talk to Father Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest and author, about the healing power of contemplative prayer.

According to Father Rohr, we need to rethink our method of prayer. By making prayer functional and practical, we put the ego in charge. He believes that instead, prayer should be a transformation of consciousness. “Saying prayers is what’s taken over in the West, but being a prayer is abiding with the inner presence, what we would call the divine Holy Spirit,” he says.

Finding time for prayer doesn’t have to be difficult. Father Rohr says his daily contemplative practice is simply letting go of all thoughts. “Whatever obsessive thought, compulsive thought, negative or paranoid thought or feeling—whatever comes, try to gently let go of it.” He says that it can be hard to do, because you have to let go of all the things that you think you are. “We think we are our thoughts, we think we are our feelings,” he says. “Once you see [these] ways of thinking, it clears out. You move to a deeper level beyond your thinking—that’s the experience of conscious union.”

Contemplative Prayer
http://www.oprah.com/oprahradio/Contemplative-Prayer

Online guests can listen in here:

Finding Spiritual Enlightenment
By Dr. Mehmet Oz
Father Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest, has developed a large following over the past 25 years as the founding director of the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Oz talks with Father Rohr about helping people find deeper spiritual enlightenment by gaining a greater understanding of their personality through the Enneagram personality system, an ancient tool that explains how human personality works.
http://www.oprah.com/oprahradio/Finding-Spiritual-Enlightenment

Besides teaching on contemplative prayer and the occultic Enneagram, Richard Rohr (www.cacradicalgrace.org) also values the teachings of both Jesus and Buddha:

“The teachings of both Jesus and Buddha call us to transformational honesty. They are both teaching us how to see, and how to see all the way through! They both knew that if you see God for yourself, you will see the Divine in all things.”
WHO IS RICHARD ROHR?
http://apprising.org/2008/05/10/who-is-richard-rohr/

Have the teachings of this favorite radio show guest affected Dr. Oz? Will these connections be revealed as he teaches the The Daniel Plan at Saddleback Church? Is this part of Rick Warren’s call for Christians to fall in love with Jesus again? As the purpose driven pastor continues to drive his sheep to the muddy spiritual streams to drink, time will tell.

Related:

Does Oz’s Road lead to Wilber and Huxley?
https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/will-ozs-road-lead-to-wilber-and-huxley/

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In his recent call to Christians, Rick Warren says we need to fall in love with Jesus and have an awakening. The problem, says Warren, is that “today many Christians are lethargic, they’re burned out and they’re living lives no different than those of unbelievers.” (Source: Christianity Today)

In light of the latest spiritual compromise at his church, we must wonder what pastor Warren means by this. How is he teaching his flock to be faithful and helping Christians to fall in love with Jesus by partnering with those who practice methods that are in opposition to what Jesus teaches? If unbelievers of the world are watching Oprah and looking to New Age spirituality and meditation for answers, how should Christians be different and set apart? Does falling in love with Jesus include introducing the church to teachers who practice New Age and eastern meditation?

What are the spiritual implications for a pastor who partners with the world and sends Christians to the Daniel Plan doctors websites that welcome them to learn eastern meditation and energy healing techniques? And what about the philosophies behind the belief systems of these practices? These practices also involve an ‘awakening,’ a New Age enlightenment which opens the door to a new consciousness. Their roots go much deeper than shedding a few pounds or sitting in a chair and centering your thoughts on your heartbeat, as one of pastor Warren’s Daniel Plan partners recently demonstrated with Deepak Chopra.

For example, it’s already been established that Dr. Ehmet Oz, a Muslim, follows the teachings of Swedenborg. It’s also no secret that he practices Reiki, TM and yoga, something which Rick Warren’s staff could have easily found out by simply browsing the internet and reading e-magazine articles such as AARP:

The May/June 2010 issue of AARP magazine tells us:

“Oz believes the greatest medical advances of the next decade will come from manipulating the body’s flow of energy, as Chinese practices such as acupuncture seem to do. “I’ve always been frustrated that we’ve not been able to measure energy,” he says. “But I’m not willing to write off what a billion people think is possible, just because we can’t measure it in the West.”” (e-magazine page 2, Dr. Oz: America’s Hardest-Working Doctor)

“He does transcendental meditation regularly and says his 20-year habit of daily yoga is “the most important health practice I have adopted.”” (e-magazine page 3, Dr. Oz: America’s Hardest-Working Doctor)

In addition to these practices, we see further how opposite from Christianity the belief system of Rick Warren’s ‘Daniel Plan’ doctor is, if we listen to the following interview of Ken Wilber whose empty ‘New Age’ philosophies Dr. Mehmet Oz admires:

Philosopher Ken Wilber
By Dr. Mehmet Oz
Oprah Radio | January 01, 2008
Widely considered to be the world’s leading integral philosopher, Ken Wilber has written more than 16 books on psychological, philosophical and spiritual traditions. Ken talks with Dr. Oz about his latest book, The Integral Vision: A Very Short Introduction to the Revolutionary Integral Approach to Life, God, the Universe, and Everything. Plus, Ken talks about his philosophy of combining Eastern and Western traditions to create a framework that can be used to enhance all areas of life, from work to relationships to health.
http://www.oprah.com/oprahradio/Philosopher-Ken-Wilber_1

For those who don’t know about Ken Wilber, his philosophy has been influenced by Buddhism and he has practiced Buddhist meditation methods. Here are the seven points of timeless wisdom according to Ken Wilber:

1. Spirit exists.
2. Spirit is found within.
3. Most of us don’t realize this Spirit within, however, because we are living in a world of sin, separation, and duality–that is, we are living in a fallen or illusory state.
4. There is a way out of this fallen state of sin and illusion, there is a Path to our liberation.
5. If we follow this path to its conclusion, the result is a Rebirth or Enlightenment, a direct experience of Spirit within, a Supreme Liberation, which–
6. marks the end of sin and suffering, and which–
7. issues in social action of mercy and compassion on behalf of all sentient beings.

Source: An interview with Ken Wilber
on the seven points of timeless wisdom
conducted by Treya Killam Wilber
(reprinted from Grace and Grit, © Ken Wilber, 1991, 2000)
http://www.becomingme.com/timeless_wilber.html

In the following video, Ken Wilber talks about how this rebirth or enlightenment is possible since, for the first time in history, we have access to all the spiritual traditions; Shamanic techniques, wisdom traditions, yoga, east and west, and contemplative traditions are all ‘available’ to us:

Wilber – Integrating the world’s transformative techniques

If you didn’t take the time to watch the video, in it Ken Wilber said: “This era will be known as the first great attempt to integrate, synthesize, coordinate the entire heritage of human transformative techniques….when the world religion…world spirituality…world philosophy, started to come together.”

The Bible warns us about being taken captive by such traditions, techniques and philosophies.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
Colossians 2:6-8

Is this the kind of philosophy that Dr. Oz, Rick Warren’s Daniel Plan doctor, admires?

One of Wilber’s major theoretical accomplishments has been to create what he calls the “neo-perennial philosophy” by integrating the views of mysticism by Aldous Huxley‘s ‘The Perennial Philosophy‘ with an account of cosmic evolution akin to that of the Indian mystic Sri Aurobindo. (See Ken Wilber, Wikipedia) Huxley coined the term ‘perennial philosophy’ which is a theory that sees all religious truth or experience as one and the same.

Huxley, the author of Brave New World, was a Fabian socialist who pushed Zen meditation and psychedelic drugs, which he referred to as “modifiers of conscience”. He was tutored by occultist and Satanist Aleister Crowley, who is rumored to have introduced the young Huxley to peyote, the mind altering drug used in native religious ceremonies. Huxley believed in alternative types of consciousness and wrote in a book about his LSD experiences called The Doors of Perception: “The man who comes back through the Door in the Wall will never be quite the same as the man who went out.” Many of Huxley’s questionable insights dealt with education and transformation.

Hofmann’s Potion – Aldous Huxley and the Doors of Perception

In review, we have seen that the integration of Aldous Huxley’s philosophies are a main interest of Ken Wilber. We have also seen that Dr. Mehmet Oz admires Ken Wilber’s philosophies. Now we have Rick Warren who puts Dr. Oz in a position in his church where biblically illiterate, unhealthy people look up to his teaching, and eventually his philosophies, for hope and wellness. It doesn’t take a philosopher to figure out what the spiritual repercussions of this might be.

Besides healthy foods, it looks like Saddleback church, and hundreds of Christians who are following the Daniel Plan, are gobbling up the words of men who hold to philosophies of this world that are not based on the Bible, but on the traditions of men. If you are a Christian, don’t be led by Rick Warren (in the name of health) over the bridge of global transformation into the New Age practices of these Daniel Plan teachers. Their spiritual pathway of enlightenment, awakening and rebirth has nothing to do with being born again through Jesus Christ. You may unknowingly be opening dangerous doors into the world of the occult, which may be just what the enemy is planning on. Once you have been ‘transformed’ by this spiritual ‘awakening,’ you may indeed never be the same. You will be deceived, and because you choose a lie, God will give you over to a greater delusion.

Instead, examine everything, and be transformed by the renewing of your minds, but only in Christ Jesus, not TM or yoga. If you truly love Him, be different than the world, like the real Daniel of the Bible, and have nothing to do with the Saddleback ‘Daniel Plan.’ Will you take the popular, purpose driven road to ‘awakening,’ or will you enter by the narrow gate?

Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:13,14

Related:

Huxley’s Revolution of Control
http://forcingchange.wordpress.com/2011/01/29/huxleys-ultimate-scientific-revolution/

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REIKI & YOGA MEDITATION
Friday, 28 January 2011 14:17

A RESPONSE TO RICK WARREN’S January 15th HEALTH AND WELLNESS PLAN
by Caryl Matrisciana

REIKI & YOGA MEDITATION:
Can they be Christianized? Should a Christian be involved?

I was recently interviewed by radio talk show host, Jan Markell for her Olive Tree Ministries on which we discussed Rick Warren’s Health and Wellness plan designed by his three New Age doctor/advisors who practise Hinduism, Buddhism and Japanese Reiki Healing. Warren’s too supported the technique of eastern meditation promoting it as though meditation and prayer are one and the same and interchangeable. Such is the acceptance within an eastern worldview but the confusion arises because Warren’s primary audience are Christians who understand the concepts of “prayer” and “meditation” within a Biblical worldview. My radio interviews have brought us an encouraging response but needless to say there is great concern and rightly so.

More here:

http://www.carylmatrisciana.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=222:reiki-a-yoga-meditation&catid=55:new-agehinduism&Itemid=92

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Are Rick Warren and his associates attempting to restructure the church and society by warming Christians up to a fanciful sounding global plan?

Listen to today’s interview on Crosstalk (VCY America), here:

Rick Warren, Dr. Oz, and the Dangers of the Daniel Plan
January 27
http://www.crosstalkamerica.com/shows/2011/01/rick_warren_dr_oz_and_the_dang.php

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