YWAM’s Occultic New Age ‘Alternatives’ Ministry

The Christian community was recently shocked to discover that a group out of Bethel Redding – Christ Alignment – was practicing divination using “Destiny Cards”, and involved in forbidden occultic practices under the guise of ‘ministering’ to New Agers.

As it turns out, Christ Alignment has a sister group, connected to the Mendocino YWAM HQ – YWAM’s “Alternatives.net“. is based in Ontario Canada, and like ‘ChristAlignment‘, bills itself as a ministry outreach to New Agers

The Alternatives ministry is lead by a Finnish couple Jari Koivu and his wife, and claims to offer “Spiritual Readings, ‘Healing Touch’, ‘Sacred Oil’, Dream interpretation, “Prophetic & Angelic languages”.

Their webpage says: “Our teams have ministered at many holistic health and alternative spirituality expos, with hundreds (allegedly) coming to Christ and many *reported healings. We also train churches and organizations to do this… Our flagship training for that is called ‘Carry the Light‘ [cp. Latin = Lucifer].” See http://www.ywamalternatives.net/

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“Alternatives Network also offers different retreats which focus on renewal, *CONTEMPLATION, healing, etc. Another aspect of our work is INNER HEALING [Sozo].” See: http://www.ywamalternatives,net/about.html

The banners displayed at the new age expos state: (apx. translation from Finnish) ““Open Sky Cafe – “On the way to Light: Intuitive messages, Words and visions whose messages healing the Spirit Energy, body and mind – Cure encounter – Holy Spirirt effective guidance for spirit growth”

Other banners claim they offer “Healing Touch” and that “There is an *IMPARTATION and flow of spiritual energy when we combine words of healing and placing our hands on the subject.”

The reality of this group is that aside from the demonic doctrines and practices involved, the leaders of this “alternatives” group use this ministry as a front to market their own line new age products.

Their banner proclaims “Wellness Advocates”, as they openly sell their Essential Oil/ Aromatherapy products at the same venues they do their “Open Sky Cafe” / “prophetic guidance” ministry.

The same essential oils being sold by Jari and the Alternatives group – doTerra – are promoted as, and used in new age occult/ meditation and Yoga rituals. See https://www.doterra.com/US/en/empowered-life-series-yoga-and-meditation

doTERRA has a series of endorsement videos by Yoga & meditation instructors, and a “Mindfulness” page, and one entitled: “The Unity of Yoga and Essential Oils”- see https://www.doterra.com/US/en/blog/science-wellness-unity-yoga-essential-oils

One video by Jari Koivu shows him doing a seminar on the ‘Alternatives’ ministry, wherein he states:

“When we do this (the new age expos) we believe that God speaks and offers words of encouragement, comfort and (will) edify non-Christians. We can encourage and comfort un-churched people. In many churches this is a new idea. This is something we can do and it seems that Jesus really likes that…” And:

“When we go to these expos… we just bless people…. we don’t prophecy in a Christian way though… We introduce ourselves as followers of Jesus. we don’t say we’re Christians because of the bad connotations… (they tell them) ‘This is not a psychic reading, because psychic is about the soul realm. This is a spiritual reading. We tune into the Holy Spirit here, and we do, whether it’s healing or prophesying, we do this in the name of Jesus Christ…”

NOTE: In addition to his YWAM activities, Jari has also been a regular at John Arnott’s ‘Catch the Fire Toronto’.

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See also: Young Living and Do Terra Essential Oils — New Age and Occult Multi-level Marketing in the Church – https://thelasthiker.wordpress.com/2015/06/27/young-living-and-do-terra-new-age-and-occult-multi-level-marteting-in-the-church/

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Hillsong Sponsoring Contemplative Alpha – Allows Catholic Mass at Conference

In what appears to be a one of the latest atrocities in the ecumenical war against God’s church, Hillsong churches are partnering with Alpha – a contemplative program that originated in the heretical Anglican Holy Trinity Brompton – the church that was the European home of the ‘Holy Laughter’ heresies.

The mega-ecumenical Alpha Conference 2018 in the U.S. was just held at Hillsong Phoenix on Feb. 8-9, and featured popular Catholic artist Matt Maher, the Hillsong Phoenix worship team, Eleanor Mumford of the Vinyard Int’l Executive, Catholic Bishop Eduardo Nevares, and former Willow Creek executive Craig Springer. > See their promo vid: https://vimeo.com/239912965


Photos of the event show Catholic clergy in full regalia holding up the Eucharist wafer and doing mass on the stage at Hillsong Phoenix.

 

Strange thing is, Hillsong Phoenix’s Facebook pages show no trace of the Alpha Conference. But, Hillsong LA’s social media page show the church is beginning the full Alpha course in the church starting Jan. 31st 2018. > See https://hillsong.com/la/alpha/

Apparently, unbeknownst to most, Hillsong has had an “Alpha Track” at many of their conferences since at least 2011. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9rOZNF1ams

How long Hillsong can maintain the facade of orthodoxy is anyone’s guess, but they are aided by endorsements like Greg Laurie’s and Brian Brodersen’s, who on KWVE radio @12/3/2015 said:

“I’m a big Hillsong fan… These guys are tremendous when it comes to worship. I might not agree with every fine point of theology, with the Hillsong movement, but that’s OK. We don’t have to agree with everybody on all the finer points of theology. They’re Christians, [NOTE] THEY’RE *ORTHODOX, they believe in the Gospel… I recently read Brian Houston’s book ‘Live, Love, Lead‘ – it’s a great book, inspiring – So, personally, I appreciate the contribution that Hillsong is making to the advancement of the Kingdom in this generation – I think it’s a good thing.”

Anyone familiar with Alpha’s links to contemplative mysticism knows this certainly is not a good thing. As a quick perusal of the Hillsong TV Channel will show – Hillsong is far from being orthodox, and is firmly in the ‘Word-Faith’ / ‘Kingdom Now’ camp. That they have now joined with Alpha takes their apostasy to a whole new level.

See also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANvmPqfd6mE

And see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsN00TxSQFI

Sadie Robertson: Jesus Calling and ‘Living Fearless’?

Duck Dynasty’s little darling is now a cherished commodity of the commercial ‘Christian’ marketeers. The dynasty may be defunct but the money keeps on rolling in with Sadie’s new book, released Feb.6th, entitled “Living Fearless: A Call to Power, Passion and (note) Purpose” – with a forward by the emergent Louie Giglio (whose ‘Passion‘ Conferences she has promoted). An advert says, “Sadie takes you on a thrilling personal journey toward power, passion and purpose, as you live at the center of who God created you to be”.

See https://www.amazon.com/Live-Fearless-Power-Passion-Purpose/dp/1400309395/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518300072&sr=8-1&keywords=sadie+robertson+live+fearless

 And see: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/02/08/sadie-robertson-learned-to-overcome-fear-by-finding-trust-in-god-my-belief-is-unshakable.html

In the roll up to her book release, Sadie also did a “Jesus Calling Podcast” on Feb. 1st, 2018. Her Facebook page says, “Sharing my journey from fear to freedom on the JESUS CALLING BY SARAH YOUNG podcast. My hope is that ya’ll be encouraged…” Her post even provides a link to the podcast, with the hashtag link #JesusCalling.

See: https://www.facebook.com/sadiecrobertson/photos/a.417862991748638.1073741829.360343604167244/799739426894324/?type=3&theater

Whether she is aware of it or not, her followers may be led into the demonic deception that is “Jesus Calling” – while her promoters are laughing all the way to the bank.

See also: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/02/06/duck-dynasty-darling-new-christian-teen-idol/

NOTE: For those who are unaware of the problems with the ‘Duck Dynasty‘, the family attends and are faithful followers of the teachings at White’s Ferry Road Church of ChristWhich teach that water *baptism is absolutely necessary for salvation.

This is aka ‘baptismal regeneration’, and is a false doctrine. If baptism were necessary for salvation, then Jesus was not telling the truth when he said to the thief on the cross, “THIS DAY you will be with me in paradise.” See Luke 23:39-43 > See: http://midwestapologetics.org/blog/?p=1170

National Worship Leader Conference – The Heretical 2018 Lineup

Calvary Chapel pastor Steve Berger (Grace Chapel, Franklin, Tenn.) will be speaking this year at the contemplative promoting 2018 National Worship Leader Conference. Put on by Christian music mogul Chuck Fromm: This year’s featured speakers/ artists will also include the heretical Leonard Sweet, contemplative guru Chuck Smith Jr., contemplative promoting artist David Crowder, popular Catholic artist Matt Maher and others.

Steve Berger drew criticism last year for hosting Lou Engle’s ‘Awaken the Dawn’ NAR promo event at his church back early October.  > See https://emergentwatch.com/2017/08/24/calvary-chapel-affiliate-hosts-major-ecumenical-nar-event/

Berger is the author of the 2010 book, ‘Have Heart’ – wherein he claims he contacted his dead child, and advocates Christian parents contact their dead children. A dangerous and unbiblical proposition.

That Berger hasn’t lost his affiliation because of his deviations, and apostate affiliations does not speak well for Calvary Chapel.

Leonard Sweet, a good friend of Chuck Fromm, has been a regular fixture at his conferences. Sweet is known for his new age/ Christian books ‘Quantum Spirituality‘ and ‘The Jesus Manifesto‘, and for his infamous quotes, such as: “One can be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ without denying the flickers of the sacred in followers of Yahweh, or (NOTE) *Kali, or Krishna!”

In Quantum Spirituality [1991], Sweet says, “The Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic who has *experienced something- or he will be nothing at all… Mysticism is metaphysics arrived at through mind-body experiences. Mysticism begins in experience – it ends in theology…” [pg. 76] Such is obviously anti-biblical, yet somehow Sweet manages to still be considered a leading ‘Christian’ theologian in many circles.

Chuck Smith Jr. had issues even before his departure from Calvary Capo Beach, back in 2005. After struggling with depression for years, he purportedly found peace and comfort in the monastic solitude of the (Catholic) New Camaldolese Hermitage in Big Sur, California.

Chuck Jr. has become a major teacher of contemplative prayer – supported, spiritually and financially, by his uncle, Chuck Fromm. Even after his departure from the CCCB pastorate, he was brought back in again by Matt Whitlock during his ‘Symbolic‘ youth ministry.

In the following video Chuck Smith Jr. leads the ‘Symbolic’ youth group in contemplative mysticism using new age guided visualization.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/4733535″&gt;{JESUS THE RABBI} Contemplative Prayer</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/mattwhitlock”>Matt Whitlock</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

On his ‘Reflexion’ website Smith says, “The one person who had the most profound influence on my growth in Jesus Christ was a devout monk who lived at the hermitage. He had intense theological training, which marinated in thirty-five years of *contemplative spirituality.”

The NWLC has apparently downsized and will only hold the one conference in Nashville this year. Still, Chuck Fromm and his friends have been busy behind the scenes – in many areas affecting the church – and not necessarily in a good way.

Fromm’s Worship Leader Magazine is the premier magazine reaching worship ministries worldwide, and attempts to influence them with contemplative ideology.

Author Leonard Payton writes: Worship Leader (magazine)… , the periodical’s raison d’être is to promote and sell contemporary Christian music within the church. The big four-color ads are from Hosanna/ Integrity Music, Word Music, Maranatha Music, vineyard Music Group, and a host of other CCM peddlers, many of which are within the Manifest Destiny and Kingdom Now camp…”

Payton says of Fromm: “He is doing what good business does, namely, make a profit. If his enterprise were under the close and vetoing scrutiny of ecclesiastical authorities, the product might be different (and would probably not turn such a handsome profit)… If it feels good, it sells well. As long as ecclesiastic authorities remain so cowardly, the contemporary Christian music industry will continue to do unobstructed business inside the church.” >> See http://www.the-highway.com/Music_Prelude.html

See also https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=181

Duck Dynasty Darling new Christian Teen Idol?

‘Christian’ promoters marketing rock star youth culture and money-making ventures:

The Duck Dynasty TV show may be defunct, but this hasn’t kept promoters from finding new avenues of exploitation. Taking a page from the Disney Channel playlist, “Live Original” is just too un-original to be authentic.

Duck Dynasty teen Star Sadie Robertson just finished her sold out tour – with “worship” led by Jesus Culture’s Chris McClarney.

See https://www.liveoriginal.com/tour/

and see https://www.facebook.com/ILiveOriginal/

And of course, Sadie has had an entire line of Christian clothing and accessories manufactured around her to maximize profits.

Promotional video shows singing “Party all day, party all night, party like a rockstar…” https://www.facebook.com/ILiveOriginal/videos/1558186030897311/

The tour members are guided by “Pastor” DawnCherie’ Wilkerson, wife of Rich Wilkerson of the emergent Vous Church. See https://twitter.com/DawnChere

 So apparently you can be of the world and it’s fashions and party like a rock star and still be a cool Christian? I believe there are Bible verses that refute these notions.

Four Ways Christians Are Being Deceived

 

This is Part 3 of a series on modern churchianity – aka, the Evangelical Industrial Complex [EIC]; And is a repost of the procinwarn.com article @ https://procinwarn.com/four-ways-christians-are-being-deceived/

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Revelation 12:9 speaks of, “… that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world.”

The Lord put that and similar verses in his Word to warn us of a reality of world history: Global deception. And even those who profess to be Evangelical Christians are susceptible to the Serpent’s lie.

“In the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” – 1 Timothy 4:1.

Four ways that Christians are being deceived in our day are:

The Repackaged Lie
Blurred Distinctions
Unequal Yoking
Following Gurus

The Repackaged Lie

Satan is brilliantly clever at taking age-old lies, disguising them in subtlety, and gradually introducing them to even those who insist that they believe in the infallible authority of the Bible. Examples of lies the Enemy has deceived us with are all the various ways we are obsessed with “Self”; the numerous techniques of “Christianized” sorcery and divination within the Church; and the many issues and fads designed to give us a “Tower of Babel” vision for global unity.

Blurred Distinctions

Not only is Satan the “Father of lies”, but he is also the “Author of confusion”. It is getting harder and harder to tell the difference between neo-paganism and the liberal church; or between the liberal church and Evangelical Christianity. The message and the priorities of the Church are becoming indistinguishable from the World. Books by M. Scott Peck, for example, are found in both Christian bookstores and New Age/Occult bookstores. These books teach that humans are evolving to godhood; that we must become “mystics” and use Eastern meditation; and they advocate a one-world government.

Unequal Yoking

Christian leaders and Christian organizations are more and more yoking themselves with unbiblical, pagan groups and movements which set the followers up for synthesis, syncretism and compromise of doctrine and priorities. What fellowship does light have with darkness? These unholy alliances are often taking place in the name of “traditional family values” and involve relationships between Evangelicals, Roman Catholicism, Mormons, and Moonies; or, the alliances involve solving the problems of “Mother Earth” in association with various utopian movements.

Following Gurus

The final way in which Christians are being deceived is very much related to the first three. We are much more likely, these days, to not refer to our Bible for our convictions and world- view, but instead to follow the opinions of leaders we look up to. In these days of “Christian Mass Media”, Celebrity Ministers are likely to draw our attention and our allegiance. It is a dangerous thing to set up Gurus within the Body of Christ who are beyond criticism. “Touch not the Lord’s anointed!” we are told when the Guru’s doctrine or behavior is questioned, which is a reference to 1 Samuel 24 and 26. In those references, David was referring to not KILLING Saul. He was not forbidding CRITICISM of Saul. In fact, David himself rebukes Saul publicly. In these last days we cannot afford to follow human leaders as if they were Gurus; whether they be Rick Warren, Dr. Dobson, Bill Gothard, Pat Robertson, or Billy Graham, or leaders who jump on a media bandwagon, or musicians, or Emergent Church leaders, or politicians. We are to be disciples of Jesus, and him alone.

Our only hope to not be deceived in these last days is to “abide in the vine”; to surrender our hearts moment by moment to the Holy Spirit; to be Acts 17 “Bereans” and filter everything through the written Word of God; and to be lovers of the Truth.

“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivable-ness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

Also See Part 1: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/01/02/churchianity-the-evangelical-subculture/ 

And See Part 2: https://emergentwatch.com/2018/01/03/counterfeit-christs-is-your-pastor-a-one-man-show/

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Counterfeit Christs: Is your Pastor a one-man show?

This is Part 2 of a series on modern churchianity – aka, the Evangelical Industrial Complex [EIC]; And is a repost of the procinwarn.com article @ https://procinwarn.com/counterfeit-christs-is-your-pastor-a-one-man-show/

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The whole world is being prepared for a counterfeit Christ, described in Revelation 13. Jesus warned us that there would be many who would attempt to come in the place of Christ, usurping his role:

“For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” – Matthew 24:5

The Apostle John warns us that in addition to the coming antichrist, many antichrists are already among us:

“Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” – 1 John 2:18-19

John says these antichrists “went out from us”. Satan is portrayed as a clever deceiver. If he inspired someone to walk among Christians saying “I am against Jesus Christ”, those who profess to love the Lord would not be deceived. An effective deception is well disguised.

In what ways might we be led to follow one who usurps the role of Jesus Christ? I am convinced that the world and professing Evangelical Christians are being prepared to follow the antichrist by getting use to following gurus. As I say in the article, “Four Ways Christians Are Being Deceived”:

We are much more likely, these days, to not refer to our Bible for our convictions and world-view, but instead to follow the opinions of leaders we look up to. In these days of “Christian mass media”, celebrity ministers are likely to draw our attention and our allegiance. It is a dangerous thing to set up gurus within the Body of Christ who are beyond criticism.

Is your “pastor” a one man show? I would be greatly concerned about this. If you go to your fellowship’s website, is he the only leader mentioned? Is his the only photograph prominently displayed? Is he the only one free to speak about truth and error? Must all others agree with him or face the consequences? Does your fellowship revolve around his personality and the personalities of his wife and family? Do this man and his wife act like benevolent royalty? Do his wife and children have more influence in the church than the elders? Is he the only teacher? Does he have veto power over every detail of the functioning of your fellowship? Are the “elders” yes-men who really just act as his staff? Or is there a continuing line of former elders who have tried to speak up and were slammed? Did your fellowship begin by a gathering of people at this man’s feet? Or if he were to go on to bigger and better things, would half to three quarters of his audience leave? Do people refer to your fellowship as “John’s Church” or “Pastor John’s Church” or “Pastor Smith’s Church”? Are people induced to stand in line to speak to him? To shake his hand? Does their heart go pitter-pat when he mentions their name from the pulpit? Do they wonder if he’s thinking about them? Do they yearn for his approval and fear his wrath?

Are you a husband or a father? Does the clergyman who rules over your church induce your wife or your children to have an emotional attachment to him with a blind emotional loyalty that causes them to become defensive at the slightest hint of criticism of their Pastor? I would be concerned about this. It is cult-like for your wife to respect and admire this man more than her own husband. It is adulterous and idolatrous for your wife to be so emotionally attached to this man. It is wrong for a clergyman to usurp the role of husband in the lives of the women of the congregation. It is wrong for a clergyman to usurp the role of loving and wise father in the lives of the children and youth of a congregation.

Worse yet! It is idolatry and blasphemy for this man to usurp the role of Christ among the believers in your fellowship! That is exactly what he does if he functions as a guru beyond critique or a dictator beyond question. And that is exactly what he does if he is more than just a brother in Christ; if he is more than just one of multiple leaders and overseers; if he is more than just one of a number of men free to teach the truth; if the life of the congregation is focused on and revolves around him.

Of course, not every leader in a church that fits some of these descriptions is an antichrist. We all walk in the flesh to varying extents at various times. We all need to grow closer to Jesus in our daily walk and mature in our ministries and gifts and callings. But these are serious issues. And if any of these descriptions fit, they ought to be dealt with. No one should be in such a place of prominence and celebrity that they usurp the role of Christ.

We know the names of the Apostles and various apostolic representatives, but when we read about the church in Ephesus or Corinth in the Bible, for example, we never hear about “Pastor Smith”. Acts 14:23 tells us that Paul and Barnabus appointed elders in every church. The Body of Christ is a fellowship of brothers and sisters with Jesus as the Shepherd and only Lord.

“But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.” – Matthew 20:25-26

Jesus says in Mark 10:42-45, leaders in the church should be different than leaders in the world. Therefore, as Paul says in Romans 12:2, let us be: “…not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Let us fellowship in simplicity looking to Jesus as Lord, continuing, “…steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” – Acts 2:42

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