Tuesday, February 4, 2014

WOLVES in WOLF’S CLOTHING Part V

Getting back to the Let Us Reason web site article we see that Blanchard also endorses another highly recognizable New Ager that too many Christians regard as a fellow believer!
“Blanchard endorses New Age Teacher Jack Canfield's book, The Success Principles;
Canfield in his book encourages the use of practices such as visualization and meditation, with quotes of New Age authors and gurus. 


“Blanchard says of The Success Principles, “Canfield and Switzer have put their methods to success in an illuminating and easy-to-read book. Jack's teaching is highly effective and this new book will be the gift to give this year.”

“Canfield is no friend to Christianity, in an article written by Canfield, he says, 

In [the] USA, we have a Christian fundamentalist movement right now which is threatening other religions and I don't like it.” He goes on to say, “Every religion I've looked at has some technology. . . I've studied all of them and found what works for me and I've tried to make it available to others. What works for me is a combination of disciplines: I do yoga, tai chi which is a Chinese martial art and three kinds of meditation: vipasana, transcendental and mantra (sound) meditation.” (Canfield- Choosing to Be Happy Jack Canfeild; INDIA TODAY PLUS THIRD QUARTER 1997 (http://www.geocities.com/pallipadi/timepass/articles/happy.html)

“By endorsing Canfield, Blanchard is endorsing the New Age belief system that basically embraces all religions and belief systems. In fact one can honestly say at the end of the day, with all his endorsements Ken Blanchard has become one of the main promoters of the New Age in business, society and the church ...”

Chicken Soup for the Soul Enterprises, Inc. and Laurie Beth Jones. Dr. Marjorie Blanchard, Co-founder and Head of Office of the Future Ken Blanchard Companies tells one to practice stress management techniques of “deep relaxation, meditation, yoga” (“Life Balance For Individual Well Being And Organizational Retention,” ASTD 2003 (pdf), The Ken Blanchard Companies, p. 11).

“In A 2nd Helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul” Ken Blanchard is found among 38 New Age or Mormon contributors. They include M. Scott Peck, Steve Andreas, Sai Baba*, Martin Buber, Gandhi, William James, Joseph Campbell, Leo Buscaglia, Napoleon Hill, Norman Vincent Peale, Benjamin Hoff, Canfield, Hansen, and T.M. promoter Harold Bloomfield.”  Canfield is the President of Self esteem Seminars and the Foundation of Self Esteem.
*One of the most renowned Hindu gurus of all time.

We are told:

2 COR. 6:14-16
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the
temple of God with idols? 


“Ken Blanchard has endorsed Z.B.A.: Zen of Business Administration - How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work And Your Life (by Marc Lesser)
“On the Back Cover ‘There is an urgent need for all of us to walk our faith in the marketplace. Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration by Marc Lesser will surely help. Read, rejoice, and start practicing’ (Ken Blanchard).
What faith is this that would practice Zen?”

Still more associations, endorsements and co-authored works Blanchard has had with known New Agers, Self-Awareness and Success Gurus and Globalists can be found here.


Here is a chronology of Blanchard’s involvement with various groups that promote syncretistic spirituality and social justice globalism and seemingly everything else that is unbiblical; take a look at this listing from the Christian Research Service.


“What are we to make of all this? Someone who has visible, influential ministry that is clearly involved in interfaith [movements], Blanchard not only promotes other religious practices but has participated in New Age methods to help transform his spiritual life. This is detrimental to himself and to others. This is not pointing to the Word of God as the truth Jesus left us to practice. Is this the Christianity that the church wants to practice- a mixture of other religions? But . . . what Blanchard presents [is] inclusivism. [No one] . . . can live a Christian life without a true knowledge of Christ; without a born again spiritual encounter via the gospel.  In a true conversion, we are drawn by the Holy Spirit and to the Son, not anyone else. One cannot come to the Son and stay in their religion or [merely] adopt Christian principles for living. Jesus spoke to the people:

MATTHEW 11:28-30
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

~ quoted from LET US REASON.


I found a video on youtube with Ken Blanchard, and when I began watching I was disarmed by this grandfatherly man of a kind and gentle demeanor; and while he gives tidbits of wisdom and keen insight, there are serious issues with his Lead Like Jesus presentation.

In this video at Biola, within nine minutes Ken Blanchard favorably mentions Robert Schuller, Norman Vincent Peale, Bob Buford and Bill Hybels. Later, he mentions John Ortberg and talks about Buford’s and Hybel’s explanation of the Gospel, which in my mind is terribly deficient and inaccurate. At the end of the presentation, during a Q & A he mentions Erwin McManus , a known Emergent leader as are many other associates of Blanchard...

Four points he brings up in his Lead Like Jesus training are:

1)      Having a Heart of Leadership, that is to serve others rather than oneself. He also brings up the idea of ‘self-worth’ which is certainly at odds with what Scripture states, that is, that we are sinners under judgment (this idea was objectionable to Blanchard when he addressed Buford and Hybels). There are some good points he makes during this segment of his address regarding servanthood and having a higher regard of how God sees us and pleasing Him rather than others.

2)      Having a Head of Leadership, that is, what are your beliefs regarding leading people; your leadership point of view. Blanchard states that we need a vision in our head, an established goal or purpose that drives our motivation. The picture of the future is another aspect of the vision in our head. What’s going to guide your values of the vision in the head is the last.

3)      Having Hands of Leadership, putting into practice with hands-on effort what’s already in your heart and head as your vision and motivation. Being instant in readiness to serve others by demonstrable deeds is all about the hands. It’s at this time that he quotes Henri Nouwen, and talks about ‘solitude and prayer’; the late Henri Nouwen was a practitioner of contemplative prayer, a mystical practice. He encouraged reading and study of Scripture as well.

4)      Having Habits of Leadership is simply establishing consistency in practices and by doing this, these will reinforces lessons on how to lead, for others.

While these four points have pragmatic, practical and even successful elements to them, there is much in this one hour presentation that Ken Blanchard throws in the midst of this address that is quite wrong from a biblical standpoint.
Even for all of those good points he makes in this presentation as well as the book that it’s based on (as well as the ministry), this does not square with all of the beliefs he holds and associations he’s made that are entirely contradictory to biblical Christianity.

Blanchard repeatedly mentions throughout his presentation the idea of love, loving others, being a loving person, and rightly ascribes love as the I.D. as well as the M.O. of Christ’s disciples (JN. 13:34-35) and one can hardly argue this point, except for the question of, What is this love based upon? If a person truly loves others as Christ loves us, then they will want others to know the truth. Jesus is the Truth as well as Love (JN. 14:6; 1 JN. 4:7-8).

For all of his claims for being a Christian, when we look at his statements, his beliefs, his endorsements as well as his contributions as a co-author of many New Age/New Thought books, such claims are unfounded.

ISAIAH 5:20-21
20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
JAMES 3:10-12
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.

We typically think of “blessing” and “cursing” as speaking good and noble things as opposed to speaking vile and hurtful things on a personal level. Certainly that is an application, but I think the verses here can also include good and proper teaching through the Word, which is portrayed as “water” (EPH. 5:26). Sweet water is a blessing and bitter (salt) water is a curse to someone who is thirsty for truth and life in the spiritual sense.

Can one expect to find biblical truth and the very spirit of Jesus the Word Incarnate from someone who espouses and allies with New Age and occult teachers, Hindu and Buddhist gurus and masters?
The church desperately needs to awaken from its spiritual apathy and ignorance of God’s Word and start holding pastors, teachers and any one else who purports to be an instructor of any sort of the Bible and, or a follower of Jesus accountable to the Scriptures.
Today more than ever it seems, that wolves don’t even need to go through the effort of disguising themselves as sheep, but with doctrinal teeth and claws and fur exposed need only make the claim of being a sheep to be received!

If Ken Blanchard were to truly “lead like Jesus” then he would point people exclusively to the Word of God for truth and instructions on how to live (doctrine is not for intellectual gymnastics for theologians and seminary professors to haggle over, but rather the teaching of God’s Word on how to live as a Christian, a born again saint of the Living God). Doctrine is important and we must measure anyone’s teaching, instruction, coaching where life and spiritual practice is concerned with the Scriptures and if they don’t line up, such teaching and instruction as well as the teachers and instructors need to be rejected, not received!

ISAIAH 8:19-20
19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

MATTHEW 7:15-27
1Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.


This ends this series on WOLVE’S In WOLFS CLOTHING 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

WOLVES in WOLF’S CLOTHING Part IV

Deception is rank in our day; we perceive lies being promulgated in politics, chicanery in our churches, and fraud in our financial institutions. Deception assumes the need for subtlety and subterfuge and yet in Christianity today, that seems hardly necessary any more!
The wolves that our LORD warned us about, dressed up in sheep’s clothing, are now appearing very much as themselves, with little to substantiate their authentic Christian walk other than their say so, some dubious endorsements from others, a smattering of Scripture and mention of the name of Jesus.

This is the final segment in this series, which will be presented in two more articles. We have already examined two wolves: Leonard Sweet in Parts 1 & 2; Wayne Dyer in Part 3 and now we shall look at Ken Blanchard (Parts 4 & 5). Before we do so however, some observations about the modern Western church:

The structure of church government in the modern Western world has typically been based on the pyramid type of order, where the senior pastor is at the top and directly under him are his assistant pastors, and then a board of elders, along with other elders, deacons and so on until one gets to the lay people. This is a borrowed structure, but where did the church get it from?
This same pyramid structure can be found in the corporate world where the one in charge is the senior president (and, or CEO)’ then the vice president, a board of directors and so on.

Among the various churches and denominations, Calvary Chapel fellowships among them, across the country and the world, the method of leadership is based on what is referred to as ‘the Moses – Aaron hierarchy’ structure; Moses being the senior leader and Aaron being his right hand man that does nothing on his own, but adheres strictly to the orders he receives by his superior.

When one examines Scripture however, where ever the church is concerned, this structure doesn’t exist. Pastors and elders are viewed as one and the same, insomuch that they are the spiritual leaders of the church, they are the ones to feed the flock, they are the ones to offer counsel and make decisions for the church, in accordance with the Word of God.

Growing up in the church, I assumed that the ‘senior pastor and following order’ was entirely biblical, but someone once challenged me to find the Scripture that referred to, or suggested the position of ‘senior pastor’ (or even the idea of Sunday School – according to grade, or youth ministry or youth pastors). I couldn’t.

On the aside, the following article from Got Questions conveys much the same idea of plurality of leadership, rather than a singular leader that controls everything. 



Another word for ‘Senior’ would be ‘Chief’ and another word for ‘pastor’ would be shepherd; so the Bible does speak of a ‘senior pastor’ that is entirely acceptable: Jesus Christ Himself!

1 PETER 5:3-4
Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

The church is referred to as the BODY of CHRIST, an organic entity that grows and matures; it is not a business or an organization, but we see churches and fellowships increasingly governed in this manner today.

Business gurus and financial tycoons are being used as models for churches in regards to how they run their businesses. Two such examples are the late Peter Drucker* and Ken Blanchard (who also happened to have been associates in the Leader to Leader Network); Drucker made no claim to being a Christian, and yet while Blanchard does make such a claim, we shall see that he certainly is not – if he actually believes what he says.

* Getting TTUF on Drucker 


Not only has the business philosophy invaded the church, but New Age dogma has invaded both; and in fact, some of what’s practiced in New Age came into the church via the business philosophy.

While gaining popularity among church-goers, particularly because of his association with the likes of super-star ‘pastors’ Rick Warren (Of Saddleback Church), and Bill Hybels (Willowcreek)* and others, Ken Blanchard isn’t quite as well known. As he is heading the Lead Like Jesus ministry however, conducting seminars and workshops across this nation, he is becoming more of a house hold name.
He certainly is very well known in the business world: he has written over 30 books dealing with this and related subjects: from Wikipedia we have the following piece.


* Blanchard, Warren and Hybels in association for ‘ministry’ purposes.

His book The One Minute Manager (co-authored with Spencer Johnson) has sold over 13 million copies and has been translated into 37 languages. He has coauthored over 30 other best-selling books, including Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service (1993), Leadership and the One Minute Manager: Increasing Effectiveness Through Situational Leadership (1985) (in which he coined the term ‘seagull manager’), Gung Ho! Turn On the People in Any Organization (1997), Whale Done! The Power of Positive Relationships (2002) and Leading at a Higher Level: Blanchard on Leadership and Creating High Performing Organizations (2006).
Blanchard is the Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies; an international management training and consulting firm that he and his wife, Marjorie Blanchard, co-founded in 1979 in San Diego, CA.

He is well adept in management and business relationships, and educating others in successful practices through his organization. Yet is such education without spiritual content (of the decidedly wrong sort)? Is he in fact, a genuine Christian or a New Ager?

From the Let Us Reason website we have this article:

Ken Blanchard – Leading Like Jesus or Being Managed by Other Forces 
(which we shall refer to throughout this article) and the following quote: 

“Blanchard professes to have been a Christian since the mid-1980s; he states, ‘In 1985 my [spiritual] journey got a boost when Margie and I met Bob and Linda Buford*.’ A few pages later in the book, Blanchard states, ‘I bowed my head and said, 'Lord, I can't save myself here. And then, ‘I accept Jesus as my Savior and the bridge between You and me’ (We Are the Beloved, 1994). Blanchard recalls in an audio interview ‘Remembering what Schuller said: Jesus being the greatest one minute manager of all time’ (audio tape).”

*We have mentioned Bob Buford in two TTUF articles.


Buford was instrumental, along with Peter Drucker, in getting The Leadership Network off the ground, the predecessor of sorts to The Emergent Church Movement

His view of Jesus Christ is rather myopic however; to see Him as the greatest manager of all time is a far too limiting descriptive of one who is God Incarnate (JN. 1:1-3, 14) and LORD of all as well as the Christ (ACTS 2:36). While it might seem like nit-picking, the ‘bridge’ that must be crossed is not between Jesus and ourselves, but between the Holy God and our sinful selves: yet we cannot cross on our own merit or power, but by the Cross of Jesus Christ, and His shed blood poured out on behalf of us sinners.

Blanchard has shared platforms and been associated with many people that are not in the least Christian: such as Norman Vincent Peale who is famous for saying, “Of course you don’t have to be born again to get to heaven! I got my way, you got yours!” Peale was also a 33rd Degree Mason.


Peale’s religion is really that of Mind Science; that we can change our world by ‘Positive Thinking’. This is not biblical faith at all; biblical faith is believing and acting upon the truth of God’s Word (ROM. 4:1-3; GAL. 2:16; ROM. 10:9-10, 17). He is clearly wrong on the point of it being unnecessary to be born again as well (JN. 3:3-5; 1 PTR. 1:2-3).

Also he shared speaking engagements with Mikhail Gorbachev who endorsed the Pope as the leading spiritual authority on Earth and is himself, still a committed Socialist; Bill Hybels whose trademark is ‘Social Justice’ – a euphemism for Socialism – (along with his wife) in partnership with Jim Wallis (of Sojourners) who is also a passionate Socialist. 

From TTUF we have this commentary about, among many other things, Jim Wallis by Anne Kisly in her article: Plunging Towards Apostasy:


“Background….Mr. Wallis who was head of the Students for a Democratic Society at Michigan State University up until the present time, has been moving in the left wing, collectivistic, communistic crowd for all of these years…and now he is the new spiritual advisor to the President of the United States. The President of the U.S. has given Jim Wallis his marching orders…telling him that now he is going to be the “Green Shepherd” to lead the Evangelical Church into the Whitehouse’s program of Climate Change under the guise of justice and injustice.

The question conservative Christians should ask is why is a pastor so popular among secularist liberals who routinely vilify Christians for their involvement in political issues? The answer is to be found in Jim Wallis’ consistently radical—and even Marxist—worldview. FrontPageMagazine.org has published a lengthy expose on Jim Wallis’ far-left background, including his anti-capitalist views and his support of Communist or terrorist regimes throughout the history of Sojourners. While Wallis was in seminary, he founded an anti-capitalist magazine called Post-American. In it, Wallis called for the redistribution of wealth and government managed economies. This anti-capitalist worldview is expressed in religious terms as a quest for “social justice.”

Blanchard has also endorsed dozens of books that are blatantly New Age in their teachings; even after he was reined in by those who received criticisms about his apostate affinities, he continued to endorse them.


From the In Plain Site website we have the following extensive information:

“There is countless evidence to show that Blanchard sits on the New Age/mystical/contemplative bandwagon. While this in no way proves that Rick Warren supports or endorses either New Age beliefs or any form of Eastern Religion or Philosophy, the question still has to be asked  . . . What are so called Christian leaders doing in any kind of alliance with a man who has no trouble associating himself with Napoleon Hill’s 
“unseen watchers” and few, if any, qualms about borrowing from Buddhism and New Age ‘spirituality?’.” 

 Napoleon Hill was an advocate and author for the New Thought Movement (parallel to the New Age Movement): "What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve" is one of Hill's hallmark expressions.

Here is an
11 minute video with John Ankerberg, Johanna Michaelson and Dave Hunt on Napoleon Hill and addresses the question, Is Think and Grow Rich occultic? 



“On January 19, 2008, Blanchard was one of the speakers at a one day seminar in San Diego called The Secret to Having Your Best Year Ever. The seminar was based on the New Age movie The Secret*, and, among other goals, was touted as prospectively causing the attendee to ‘get healthy & stay healthy forever... Double or triple your income ...Infuse your life with positive spirituality’. And all this was supposed to take place ‘in a single afternoon’.
* For more on The Secret, and its New Age teaching look here.

The Secret was given to author Rhonda Byrne by spirit guides known as The Abraham Group! These are none other than the Doctrines of Demons! 1 TIM. 4:1. 



“Among the speakers were John Assaraf, Lisa Nichols and Michael Bernard Beckwith all three of whom were featured teachers in The Secret movie. Additionally Beckwith is cofounder of the Association for Global New Thought, and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center devoted to the study and practice New Thought–Ancient Wisdom. He also teaches meditation and “scientific prayer”, has appeared in Dalai Lama Renaissance, a feature length documentary about the Dalai Lama and (of course) appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Blanchard’s proclivities and affection for apostate philosophies isn’t limited to Byrne’s/Abraham Group’s work however! There are many others that are listed below in this composite of corruption, such as Robert Scheinfield’s The 11th Element.
Printed on the inside flap of the cover we read:

“Your success is shaped by a powerful set of unseen forces that are rarely discussed. The 11th Element shows you how to tap into those forces–commonly mistaken for luck–to open an avalanche of new potential and prosperity in your life.”

Yet, Ken Blanchard, who claims to be a follower of Jesus, has this to say about the book:

"The 11th Element teaches you the valuable skill of asking for assistance from your ‘Inner CEO’ to improve your decision making. Napoleon Hill explored this principle in Think and Grow Rich, and Scheinfeld takes it to a new level."

What Scheinfield called ‘unseen forces’ Blanchard refers to as ‘your Inner CEO’ or what New Agers commonly call ‘Your Inner Guide’ – it’s the very same form and substance of demonic power and yet Blanchard is regarded as a Christian leader who is teaching pastors and church leaders how to lead like JESUS?! Incredible deception!

Those unseen forces, aka unseen watchers, aka unseen masters, aka The Great School of Masters are those spiritual entities well known among occultists and especially Theosophists and pertain to that realm known as The Shamballa which is spoken of in complete and familiar fashion by Alice Bailey, Theosophist leader and prolific author, who herself received her writings from a spirit guide, Djwhal Khul (demonic power):

“Shamballa force - the force from the invisible dimensions led by the Lord Maitreya - will be "destructive." It will also, she said, eject unbelievers from the earth:
The decision to release the Shamballa force during this century into direct contact with the human kingdom is one of the final and most compelling acts of preparation for the New Age. The Shamballa force is destructive and ejective ... inspiring new understanding of The Plan....It is this force ... which will bring about that tremendous crisis, the initiation of the race into the mysteries of the ages. (Alice Bailey, The Externalizing of the Mysteries, pt.1 p.171)

From The TRUTH Under FIRE article TTUF Profile: A Look At Alice Bailey.



Maitreya, Sanat Kumara and Djwhal Khul are among these Ascended Masters, this Great School of Masters; and yet Blanchard is endorsing books written by people who speak of these entities via these alias names with great favor; these beings that have channeled their knowledge through these willing vessels. The Bible has a different designation for these entities and beings of ‘higher knowledge’: “principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12)!

Some other books Blanchard endorsed by New Agers:

What Would Buddha Do At Work – by Franz Metcalf. Blanchard says: "Throughout this book, 'Buddha's insights and words help us create a kinder and gentler workplace. Jesus would approve. ...
"Buddha points to the path and invites us to begin our journey to enlightenment.... K.B."

Mind Like Water – by Jim Ballard. Blanchard comments on his collaborative effort with Ballard: “We begin all our writing sessions with prayer asking the Great Writer to help get our egos out of the way.
“For their guidance and inspiration, I wish to acknowledge the great line of masters; Jesus Christ, Bhagavan Krishna, Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Sri Yukteswas and Paramahansa Yogananda. Jai gurus!”

Little Wave and Old Swell - also written by Jim Ballard, endorsed by Deepak Chopra, with the foreword written by Ken Blanchard, who says that over the more than thirty years of their friendship, Jim Ballard and he have “been inspired and enriched” from their separate spiritual journeys. Blanchard says that while he has been “drawn to the feet of the Master of Galilee, Jim has followed the meditation path taught by Paramahansa Yogananda, the great Indian teacher”.

He adds that “in a simple folktale-type allegory, he (Ballard) uses Yogananda’s metaphor of human life as a wave that rises and falls on the Ocean of God as a means of addressing the most basic questions all of us ask”. Blanchard continues:

"Some people might ask why a follower of Jesus is writing the foreword for a book inspired by an Indian guru. The fact is, Yogananda loved Jesus, and Jesus would have loved Yogananda.”

In the Sphere of Silence – by Vijay Eswaran, Executive Chairman of the QI Group of Companies; this is a book on Vedic (Hindu) meditation, which Blanchard claims in his endorsement: “is a wonderful guide on how to enter the realm of silence and draw closer to God.”

The Hoffman Process - Tim Laurence, the present director of The Hoffman Institute. “The Hoffman Process brings forth spiritual leadership in a person. It made my spirituality come alive. Through the Hoffman Process I actually brought my faith into my daily actions.” Ken Blanchard.
He also happens to be a graduate of the Hoffman Quadrinity Process: “The Process itself uses a variety of techniques, including visualization, bio-energetics, Gestalt exercises, journaling, silent meditation, and group discussion” (Tim Lawrence; The Hoffman Institute Director). All of this at the cost of only $3,600 per person; apparently spirituality doesn’t come cheap! Incidentally, Blanchard also sits on their Advisory Board.

Other endorsements of this book come from Sonia Choquette, Margo Anand, and Joan Borysenka: all prolific and highly respected (among their own circles) New Age teachers and practitioners.

The Corporate Mystic – by Gay Hendricks, who also was the executive producer of the film Conversations with God. Blanchard comments: “If you want to lead your enterprise into the twenty-first century, read this powerful book”.

The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success – by Deepak Chopra, himself a disciple of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation Movement; endorsed by Ken Blanchard.

Death and Letting Go – by Ellen Tadd and Ken Blanchard. Tadd is a clairvoyant and clairaudient, regularly communicating with her spirit guides, which began after she was first contacted by ‘her deceased mother’.

Here ends information about Ken Blanchard as copied and gleaned from Carol Brooks’ article from www.inplainsite.org.
Here also ends the first of two parts of this last article on Ken Blanchard; part V of the series will be posted soon! Until then, remain rooted and grounded in the Word of Truth!

Monday, January 13, 2014

More on E.T.s: Extraterrestrial Transcendentalists?

Before it was called "The New Spirituality" it was called "the New Age Movement" as coined by Alice Bailey of the Theosophical Society; but before then, it was simply called the occult and mysticism.

We see mystical/occult meditative practices (contemplative prayer) being promoted heavily by many proponents of the Emerging Church. There are other ties being formed between the New Age movement and the Emergent Church movement, such as the 'dialogue' between Brian McLaren and leaders of the NAM: Dialoguing with the Devil's Disciples?; Leonard Sweet likewise refers to many New Age Leaders as "Leaders of Light" and Ken Blanchard who is heading the Lead Like Jesus conferences as a colleague and fellow of Rick Warren routinely promoting and endorsing New Age books and authors. McLaren, Sweet and Blanchard are all Emergent in their perspective and practice.

For more on the duplicity of Postmodern mysticism and so-called Christianity see Satan, the First Postmodernist by Sandy Simpson from Deception in the Church ministries.

New Age dogma has long held the belief and even worship on some levels of the 'Celestial Brotherhood' a.k.a. 'the Star People' a.k.a. Extraterrestrial Biological Entities (E.B.E.s). We have covered this bizarre phenomema before on The RED PILL Consortium in a series (type "ETs: Extraterrestrial Terrorists?" in the search engine on this blog to retrieve these articles) and now we are addressing this once again from another source.

Before we get into that however, I would like to posit a question: Since the Emergent Church Movement is making alliances with the New Age movement (and in some ways is in fact, derivative of the N.A.M., just wearing 'evangelical clothes'; EMC is also connecting with the N.A.R. movement - New Apostolic Reformation) will Emergent leaders come around to adulating 'Space Brothers' the same way as their New Age counterparts? It seems likely as all of these movements are merging together and are in fact, deception from the devil, readily proveable by Scripture.

Particularly, it seems, since more Americans believe in ET's than in Jesus Christ! This stands to reason since a belief in alien civilizations which is supposedly hundreds of thousands if not millions of years more advanced in their technology than we mere humans, and evolution is being taught today as fact* while the Bible is allocated to fiction (a co-worker of mine visited a public library recently and was dismayed to find the Bible in the FICTION section!)!

* For more on the connection between evolutionary theory and alien intelligences type "Alien Intrusion" into the RED PILL search engine to retrieve a two-part critique on the excellent book by Gary Bates of the same title.

Alien entities and the countless numbers of UFO sightings as well as abductions (which account for about 5-6% of our total population here in the United States) are building to a kind of cresendo after hundreds, even thousands of years of events going back to the Babylonian Empire, the Roman Empire, the days of Christopher Columbus and the lore of Native American Indians, particularly the Hopi and into our current episodes of sightings (much of which is fake, but a certain percentage seems legitimate). Satan is obviously busy at work, developing this long-term perditious project to be employed in these last days, in order to present a deception of grand proportions!


Part of this deception will no doubt be incorporating fully the occult and esoteric practices into the mainstream of global society and call it 'Christian', complete with a belief in Alien ET's being spiritual sources for truth and guidance as well as inspiration as these entities are being channeled to communicate with us Earthlings. So let's turn this over to Michael Snyder and his article on The TRUTH Wins web site.

More Americans Believe Aliens Have Visited Earth Than Believe That Jesus Is The Son Of God



"According to a National Geographic survey, 77 percent of all Americans “believe there are signs that aliens have visited Earth”, and according to a recent Harris poll only 68 percent of all Americans believe that Jesus is God or the Son of God.  That means that the number of Americans that believe that UFOs have visited us is now greater than the number of Americans that believe what the Bible has to say about Jesus Christ.  With each passing year, the frequency of UFO sightings seems to keep increasing, as does the number of movies, television shows and video games featuring aliens and extraterrestrial life.  It is almost as if the population of the planet is being primed for something.  Could this phenomenon be thestrong delusion” of the last days that is talked about in the Bible?  And if there are beings out there that are not human, what is it that they want?  Could it be that they have an extremely insidious agenda?

"When it comes to UFOs, it is important to be skeptical.  These days it is very easy to fake just about anything on video, and there have definitely been a lot of fraudulent reports over the years.
"But virtually all of those that have studied this phenomenon for many years come away convinced that something very unusual is clearly happening in our skiesEvery year there are hundreds upon hundreds of very credible reports of very strange unidentified flying objects that seem to have no natural explanation.  For example, one of the most respected newspapers in the UK just reported on a UFO that nearly collided with an A320 Airbus just a few days ago…
It was certainly a close encounter, but with precisely what remains a mystery.An airline pilot has reported a near miss in which a “rugby ball”-shaped UFO passed within a few feet of his passenger jet while flying near Heathrow Airport.
The captain told the aviation authorities who have investigated the incident that he was certain the object was going to crash into his aircraft and ducked as it headed towards him.The investigation has been unable to establish any earthly identity for the mysterious craft, which left the aircrew with no time to take evasive action.
The incident occurred while the A320 Airbus was cruising at 34,000ft, around 20 miles west of the airport, over the Berkshire countryside.


"And there are organizations out there that spend a tremendous amount of time and energy tracking these sightings.  For example, an organization known as “MUFON” received more than 500 UFO reports a month last year
"MUFON is the largest civilian UFO investigation organization in the US, and probably the world. They have investigators in every state, and representatives throughout the world. Clifford Clift, MUFON’s director in early 2012, told Lee Speigel of the Huffington Post in January of that year that MUFON received over 6000 UFO reports in 2011. He added that they had already received hundreds in the first few days of 2012 and were expecting a big year.
"In 2013 MUFON received 7646 reports worldwide. 6457 of those were in the United States."And it isn’t just nuts and kooks that believe this stuff.  In fact, top military and political officials all over the world are starting to come forward with what they know about this phenomenon.  During a recent television interview, Paul Hellyer, the former Defense Minister of Canada, was asked why he believes that UFOs are real.  The following was his response…



Because I know that they are. As a matter of fact, they’ve been visiting our planet for thousands of years and one of the cases that would interest you most if you give me two or three minutes to answer is that during the Cold War, 1961, there were about 50 UFOs in formation flying south from Russia across Europe, and Supreme Allied Command was very concerned and about ready to press the “Panic” button when they turned around and went back over the North Pole. They decided to do an investigation and they investigated for 3 years and they decided that, with absolute certainty, four species – at least – had been visiting this planet for thousands of years. We have a long history of UFOs and of course there has been a lot more activity in the last few decades, since we invented the atomic bomb and they are very concerned about that and the fact that we might use it again, and because the Cosmos is a unity and it affects not just us but other people in the Cosmos, they are very much afraid that we might be stupid enough to start using atomic weapons again, and this would be very bad for us and for them as well.
"So is he telling the truth?
That is up for you to decide. Posted here is a
 YouTube video that contains some of the best UFO videos from 2013.  Watch the footage for yourself and come to your own conclusions…
"Most people assume that if UFOs and aliens are real, that they must be here to help us.
"But what if that is not actually the case at all?
"Temple University Professor Dr. David Jacobs has been studying these things for more than 30 years.  At first, he also assumed that the aliens had good intentions and were going to be helpful to humanity.  But as his studies progressed, he eventually developed “a tremendous sense of concern about the future”

But I must say that now that I’ve learned as much as I have learned, and I think I’ve learned an awful lot, I am very, very unsettled and upset by what I see. I don’t like what I see. I wish I didn’t see this. I wish I hadn’t uncovered this. I despair of it. It’s thrown me into a tremendous sense of concern about the future and unease. I just don’t like it very much. I wish I did. I don’t want to be this way. I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news. I could not have ever imagined that I would come to this position. What I’m seeing now, what I’ve found with the phenomenon, I could never have imagined.

"In particular, Dr. Jacobs is deeply concerned about the insidious agenda behind the “alien abduction” phenomenon…
Abductions, you have to remember, are a means to an end. They’re abducting people for a purpose, for a reason. The physical act of abducting people, which is the abduction phenomenon, really is only part of the program. So what I’ve done is kind of divided it into component parts and fleshed it out a lot more. So what we have here is an abduction program, a breeding program, which accounts for all the reproductive activity that we see, and a hybridization program, which is why people see hybrids all the time–as babies, as toddlers, as adolescents, and then as adults.
And then, finally, I think all this is leading to an integration program in which ultimately these hybrids, who look very human, will be integrating into this society. And who will eventually, I assume, be in control here because they do have superior technology and superior physiological abilities that we do not have. We would therefore be sort of second-class citizens, I think.
"To many Americans, what Dr. Jacobs is talking about sounds absolutely crazy.
"But it is important to remember that Dr. Jacobs is not just some nutjob with a blog.  He is a respected professor at a major university that has been intensely studying this stuff for more than 30 years. So what do you believe?
"Do you believe that UFOs and aliens are real? If so, who do you believe that they are and where do you believe they are from?
"Could this actually be the “strong delusion” of the last days?"
About the author: Michael T. Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now publishes The TruthHis new thriller entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.
The New Age is really the Old Lie, and how wide and deep this Lie goes, I'm sure even we are not certain of, as this "strong delusion" hasn't fully been actuated yet . . . yet! I do believe however, that much of this Lie is being brought to the fore, and we as Christians, lovers of the Truth need to stand against these deceptions and prove from Scripture that its all part of Satan's diabolical plot to deceive humanity and thus damn their chances of ever finding the Truth of the Gospel and God's Holy Revelation, the Bible. At the same time, it is important not to become myopic on this subject to the exclusion of greater subjects and missions that the LORD explictly commanded His church to engage in: preaching the Gospel and making disciples.


Let us remain vigilant and watchful in prayer, looking for the blessed return of the LORD JESUS CHRIST Who shall bring us home soon! Keep your eyes to the skies and don't believe the lies!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

WOLVES in WOLF'S CLOTHING - Part III

The next 'wolf' that we are to examine is Wayne Dyer; while not a professing Christian, he does commend that people “emulate Jesus Christ” but not be a 'Christian' themselves. 
His philosophy is embraced by the church almost as enthusiastically as it is by the world. For this reason, we have selected him as another 'wolf in wolf's clothing'. 

 He is a motivational and self-help speaker whose language was at one time in secular speech, but later on adopting a pseudo-spiritual aspect that those who adhere to New Spirituality (New Age) dogma have joyfully received as their own. 
Mr. Dyer has frequented PBS television with his presentations, had written dozens of books, and has been a regular guest on Oprah Winfrey; the television talk show host and personality long known for her New Spirituality proclivities. 

From Wikipedia we have the following information: “Dyer worked as a high school guidance counselor in Detroit and as a professor of counselor education at St. John's University in New York City. 
He pursued an academic career, published in journals and established a private therapy practice. His lectures at St. John's, which focused on positive thinking and motivational speaking techniques, attracted many students. 
A literary agent persuaded Dyer to document his theories in his first book called Your Erroneous Zones

Dyer quit his teaching job and began a publicity tour of the United States of America, doggedly pursuing bookstore appearances and media interviews ("out of the back of his station wagon", according to Michael Korda, making the best-seller lists "before book publishers even noticed what was happening), which eventually led to national television talk show appearances including Merv Griffin, The Tonight Show, and Phil Donahue

Dyer proceeded to build on his success with lecture tours, a series of audiotapes, and regular publication of new books. Dyer's message resonated with many in the New Thought* Movement and beyond. 

He often recounted anecdotes from his family life, and repeatedly used his own life experience as an example. His self-made man success story was a part of his appeal. Dyer told readers to pursue self actualization, calling reliance on the self as a guide to "religious" experience, and suggested that readers emulate Jesus Christ, whom he termed both an example of a self-actualized person, and a "preacher of self-reliance". 

Dyer criticized societal focus on guilt, which he saw as an unhealthy immobilization in the present due to actions taken in the past. He advocated readers to see how parents, institutions, and even they, themselves, have imposed guilt trips upon themselves. 

* “New Thought” is for all practical purposes a synonym for New Spirituality. 

Although Dyer initially resisted the spiritual tag, by the 1990s he had altered his message to include more components of spirituality when he wrote the book Real Magic, and discussed higher consciousness, in the book Your Sacred Self.” 


Mr. Dyer went on record as saying: "My beliefs are that the truth is a truth until you organize it, and then becomes a lie. I don't think that Jesus was teaching Christianity, Jesus was teaching kindness, love, concern, and peace. What I tell people is don't be Christian, be Christ-like. Don't be Buddhist, be Buddha-like." 

"Religion is orthodoxy, rules and historical scriptures maintained by people over long periods of time. Generally people are raised to obey the customs and practices of that religion without question. These are customs and expectations from outside the person and do not fit my definition of spiritual." 

Here we have an essential objection to Mr. Dyer's admonition who obviously has no understanding of what a biblical Christian truly is. A true Christian is a follower of Christ; one who studies, learns and obeys the Word of God by none other than the Spirit and the grace He affords to those who are born of the Spirit. 

Basically one cannot be 'Christ-like' unless they have the Spirit of Christ dwelling in them, and the Bible is very specific as to how the Spirit of God comes to indwell a human being (John 3:3,5; Romans 8:11; 1 Cor. 3:16)! 

Only a born again disciple, a Christian can ever be Christ-like. 

ROMANS 8:9 
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. 

Another point that I take issue with Dr. Dyer about is the fact that he believes the teaching and life of Jesus is in some significant way different than how Scripture records them. That the actual Person of Jesus Christ is not accurately or fairly represented by the Holy Bible. 

Yet the Scriptures themselves have been declared by the LORD, that they are a testimony of truth which teaches us all about the central theme and figure of the Word: that is, the Word Himself, God Incarnate: Jesus Christ! The LORD Himself authorized the ones He chose to record Scripture by the inspiration and anointing of the Holy Spirit, and are legitimate teaching from God, via His holy apostles and prophets (MATT. 23:34). 

JOHN 5:39 
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me

 JOHN 16:12-14 
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 
13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 
14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you

2 PETER 1:19-21 
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (See also 2 PET.3:15-16 and here note that Peter refers to Paul's epistles as Holy Scripture, comparable to other Scripture already recognized as such). 


 While there is a certain amount of his statements and observations that are on a practical level, useful, one would be far better served by simply following all the counsel of God rather than 'fishing out' these tidbits from the large body of erroneous teachings. 

And yet for such bold and blatant statements as these, there are professing Christians who extol the works of Wayne Dyer and count him as a viable and valuable resource of guidance and counsel! 

Take this site for example, “Guilt Free Christians (Desperately Seeking Other Guilt Free Christians!)” A “guilt free Christian” is in a very real sense a misnomer, as all sin committed by the Christian is reckoned to Christ's account because of His atonement on the Cross, having shed His blood for the salvation of souls. 

All guilt is then transferred to Christ and no longer laid upon the disciple of Christ. Certainly when we commit a sin, we are convicted of it, and experience a sense of guilt, but only until repentance and confession is made for such sin and fellowship is restored as Christ offers Divine forgiveness afforded by His own propitiation. 

Yet it would seem that these professing Christians are following Dyer's advice when he criticized “societal focus on guilt, which he saw as an unhealthy immobilization in the present due to actions taken in the past. 

He advocated readers to see how parents, institutions, and even they, themselves, have imposed guilt trips upon themselves.” Again, guilt is a result of a healthy conscience that recognizes when one had committed some wrong or more precisely, a sin which is disobedience to God's Holy will. 

Such sin and its resulting guilt are done away with in Christ once repentance and surrender to His will is committed. No one in this world ever needs to live in guilt, but the solution is Christ and not any form of self-improvement, much less self-delusion via mental games to convince oneself that “in every day and in every way things are getting better and better”! 


Wayne Dyer provides a wisdom that is born from his own mind and thinking; it can hardly be attributed to God as this form of wisdom is diametrically opposed to the wisdom of God as found in the Scriptures (as we shall soon see). God's wisdom and the wisdom of this world are anti-thetical to each other and by no means do they share any 'common ground': 

1 COR. 2:4-7, 12-16 
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 
13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 
15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 
16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ. 


From Christian Skepticism – A Reasonable Faith web site we have the following expose on Wayne Dyer, comparing his wisdom with that of God's Holy Word: 

DR. WAYNE DYER vs. CHRISTIANITY 

Here are a few quotes by Dr. Dyer and responses from a Christian perspective (see more of these at the web site above). 

Nature of God: Dyer - God is an energy field. God can also be equated with soul, spirit, cousciousness. God is always creating and loving and it excludes no one. It is a source that has no judgment. 

Christianity - God is divine. God is personal. God judges between right and wrong, good and evil. Only those who walk in truth and righteousness may abide with him. 

Nature of Man: Dyer - You are a divine, infinite creation making the choice to be on purpose and to be connected to the power of intention. It all revolves around your being harmoniously connected to your Source. who you are is a piece of God—who you are is a piece of the source. 

Christianity - Man is a finite creature subject to limitations, whose purpose is derived from and directed toward his Creator, who is the source of all life, sufficiency and truth. 

Humanity's Purpose and Philosophy: Dyer - Happiness. Enjoyment. Feeling good is what you should be doing every day of your life.. Enjoy the moment, because that is all you have. You never are going to arrive someplace else.

Christianity - Glorify God. Holiness. Our present choices have consequences. Our future [as born again Christians, destined for heaven] is real. 


Humanity's problem: Dyer - Not being in harmony with his inner self.

Christianity - Not being in harmony with God (Creator, Ruler, Judge) [due to the sin nature].

Salvation (solving humanity's problem): Dyer - Man simply needs to go to the source of himself and get realigned 


Christianity - Man needs to look outside himself to the gift of salvation that God offers based on the substitutionary atonement of Christ. 

The following are more quotes (I chose three of the many found here) by Dr. Dyer on the web site www.brainyquote.com which I myself shall respond to with Scripture: 

1 “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” ~ Wayne Dyer. 

Karma is a Hindu and Buddhist concept (and an ideology employed in Gnosticism as well), an integral part of that eastern religion. It's interesting that Mr. Dyer would admonish people to “not be Christian” and yet he would also tout such a word and philosophy as “karma”. 

According to a site dedicated to the teachings of Buddhism, karma is defined as follows: 

“. . . this inequality is due not only to heredity, environment, "nature and nurture", but also to Karma. In other words, it is the result of our own past actions and our own present doings. We ourselves are responsible for our own happiness and misery. We create our own Heaven. We create our own Hell. We are the architects of our own fate. Perplexed by the seemingly inexplicable, apparent disparity that existed among humanity, a young truth-seeker approached the Buddha and questioned him regarding this intricate problem of inequality

"What is the cause, what is the reason, O Lord," questioned he, "that we find amongst mankind the short-lived and long-lived, the healthy and the diseased, the ugly and beautiful, those lacking influence and the powerful, the poor and the rich, the low-born and the high-born, and the ignorant and the wise?" The Buddha’s reply was: "All living beings have actions (Karma) as their own, their inheritance, their congenital cause, their kinsman, their refuge. It is Karma that differentiates beings into low and high states.


“He then explained the cause of such differences in accordance with the law of cause and effect. “Certainly we are born with hereditary characteristics. At the same time we possess certain innate abilities that science cannot adequately account for. To our parents we are indebted for the gross sperm and ovum that form the nucleus of this so-called being. They remain dormant within each parent until this potential germinal compound is vitalised by the karmic energy needed for the production of the foetus. 
Karma is therefore the indispensable conceptive cause of this being.” 


Eastern religions hold as a foregone conclusion that karma accumulates from our past lives and has an irrevocable effect on our present life, and how we respond to those effects in the present will determine our future condition.

Thus any who adhere to the idea of 'karma' in its strictest form must also admit to reincarnation as being a part of reality. Scripture however does not teach reincarnation, but on the contrary unequivocally states: 


HEBREWS 9:27
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment
:


There is an element of truth to this idea of karma, but only on a rudimentary level, that whatever one 'sows' in life, one will also 'reap' (GAL. 6:7); if one invests one's life with carnal and ungodly pursuits and actions (“the flesh”) one will then receive corruption as a result.

If one invests one's life with spiritual and godly pursuits such as seeking salvation through the LORD Jesus Christ by faith alone – then one will receive everlasting life. But such deeds are confined to this life alone, the only physical life we will ever have on this Earth.

For Mr. Dyer to speak in such terms, serves only to perpetuate a lie of Eastern religious deception. 


2 “What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds.” ~ Wayne Dyer. 


While there is a grain of truth in this statement, the premise is flawed. Yes, having a good and correct attitude in life will go a long way in bringing about desired results, but this ability of the mind in no way is the absolute and singular influence for what transpires in our lives. The expression, “Life is what happens to us while we are busy making other plans” is suggestive of the truth of the matter. 

The idea that our minds are capable of anything and nothing is impossible for those whose minds are determined on any particular course of action harks back to the philosophy of the Human Potential Movement (HPM). Here is a brief explanation of the HPM: 


“Aldous Huxley envisioned a future world society totally controlled by an elite group of scientists. His best known fictional work explicating this dire prospect bore the title Brave New World. Years later he would “revisit” his prognostications only to conclude that he had underestimated the rate of change realizing his darkest fears. 

Turning to mysticism, both in its meditative and drug-induced varieties, he prepared the way for the burgeoning Human Potential Movement which was initially formed at the Esalen* Institute, Big Sur, CA in the early 1960s. 

The electrical engineering professor at Stanford University Willis W. Harman, who had gotten involved in researching the cognitive and societal effects of LSD consumption, conducted seminars at Esalen on “Human Potentialities”.

Under his directorial supervision at the Stanford Research Institute a scientific study entitled “Changing Images of Man” was carried out from 1972-74 with the purpose of changing the “conceptual premises underlying Western society”, including a radical modification of the rational worldview of western scientists. 

As the president of the Institute of Noetic Sciences from 1977 to 1996, Harman advocated openly a mystical outlook on life claiming that a spiritual approach to scientific research and technological development would greatly enhance our understanding of the monistic [an “all is one” concept] unity of the universe.” ~ Erdmann, M Eur J Nanomed 2009; 2:31-38 

*The official site of the Esalen Institute: http://www.esalen.org/ 

 ~ taken from the site: My Perspective – What Constance Thinks and the article, A Planned Destruction of Christianity? 


What Dr. Dyer is advocating is more about Mind Science than merely positive thinking (though even the term, 'positive mental attitude' is likewise used in Mind Science disciplines) and Esalen as well as the Human Potential Movement are both Mind Science organizations. 

The fundamental philosophy is primarily Hindu in nature: that the physical is maya – or illusion that masks the true self, which is spiritually one with the universe, and that by the power of mind, one can create one's own reality.

Mind Science embraces the lie of the serpent: “you shall be as gods”. It's close cousin, Christian Science mimics the same sentiment. 


The Scriptures grant us the wisdom and insight to know that God is involved with every human life and what He decrees upon every soul overrides any determination or plan of our own: 

PSALM 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. 

EZEKIEL 18:4-5, 9 
4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. 
5 But if a man be just, and do that which is lawful and right [and] . . . 
9 Hath walked in my statutes, and hath kept my judgments, to deal truly; he is just, he shall surely live, saith the Lord God

We cannot use our minds to affect reality to such a degree as to avoid the judgment of God, nor absolve ourselves of our responsibilities to our Creator, the Judge of the whole earth (GEN. 18:25; PS. 94:2); nor can we by the power of our own minds steer the course of our lives towards any 'higher level' of being outside of God's creation, but rather by our will we may either choose eternal life or eternal death based on whether or not we receive salvation through the LORD Jesus Christ. 

JOHN 3:34-36 
34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 
35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. 
36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him


3 “Self-worth comes from one thing - thinking that you are worthy.” ~ Wayne Dyer. 


Can we genuinely affect the intrinsic worthiness of ourselves merely by thinking that we are worthy? What precisely are we believing that we are worthy of? A better life? A better career? A better partner for marriage? A higher level of spiritual power and reality? 

What does Scripture have to say about “self-worth”? When we read about self (“me”) in the Bible, it pulls no punches at all! Have a look: 


PSALM 51:5 
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me

MATT. 15:10-11, 18-19 
10 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 
11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man

18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 
19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies

ROMANS 7:17-19 
17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 
18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 
19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do

This is sadly, but truly the deplorable state of mankind ever since the fall of Adam who succumbed to temptation and committed “the original sin” which in turn propelled all of his progeny into a life interwoven with a sin-nature. This is humbling and terribly tragic news! 

HOWEVER, there is GOOD NEWS (That's what “Gospel” means!): We can find deliverance and salvation from sin and its subsequent results of misery, death and hell, (only) through faith in the LORD Jesus Christ, freely offered to all who will come to Him. 

ROMANS 10:8-11 
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed


For more quotes by Wayne Dyer, have a look at this site (and seek out Scripture for yourselves to determine what he says is either true or false). 

Suffice it to say that Dr. Wayne Dyer and other 'self-help gurus' such as Anthony Robbins* and countless others offer no real and lasting solutions for the purpose of man, his moral and spiritual condition, his destiny and any viable relationship with God our Creator. 

Rather, they provide teachings that lead to spiritual deception and ultimately greater bondage into spiritual darkness. 

* See the following interview (8 mins 24 secs) on Caryl Matrisciana's video, Wide Is The Gate, Vol. 1 “The Emerging New Christianity” where a former agent, Paris Alexander, of the Anthony Robbins organization is interviewed. 


Christians should steer clear of such worldly wisdom and instead, fully embrace the godly wisdom provided for us (free of charge, no need to pay fees for attending seminars or purchasing books or dvds!) in the Holy Scriptures. This ends the third segment of this article and in the fourth we shall examine the statements and beliefs of Ken Blanchard.

For more information on these matters, feel free to check out the following: Overview of the Human Potential Movement By CANA ministries.

Also from CANA ministries: Wayne Dyer: The Wisdom of The New Spirituality