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Rick Warren’s New Age Diet Plan

In Apostate Church on January 31, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Rick Warren clearly yoked with New Age Proponent Dr. Mark Hyman

1 Kings 12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 29And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. 30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan. 31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi. 32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made. 33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.

The year has just gotten underway but already we see that there is disturbing news in the church. The passage about King Jeroboam above was referenced to show an example of what happens when the concern for maintaining Biblical standards declines in a society. Not only can a nation become corrupted but its very religious institutions will as well. Jeroboam, out of concern for maintaining his power in the Northern Kingdom, set up false temples of worship for the Israelites of the North so they would not have to go to Jerusalem in the Southern Kingdom for worship. He not only violated numerous mosaic laws in the way he did this, he even brought back the dreaded golden calf idol which had angered God back in Exodus. And such is the case with churches in America today. The spiritual decline in America has led to churches becoming watered down and less concerned with following God. The result: a false worship. Rick Warren is taking this to new extremes with his “Daniel Plan” a spiritual diet plan named in tribute to Daniel and his fellow Israelites who refused to eat the meals offered by the pagan Kingdom of Babylon and still were far healthier than their gentile counterparts.

Many sites, including World View Times have done very thorough articles detailing that in implementing this plan, Warren has yoked himself up with Doctors Daniel Amen, Mark Hyman and Mehmet OZ, all of whom are involved in and are proponents of various spiritual practices such as Sufi Islam, the teachings of Mystic Emanuel Swedenborg, transcendental meditation and yoga among other things.

Now in order to really get a feel for what the Daniel Plan was about I went on the website to read the materials and watch the videos offered. Most of it is very straightforward health advice. None of the above pagan/New Age practices were mentioned in anything that I viewed on Warren’s Saddleback Church website. But the problem comes with the fact that Warren is strongly and wholeheartedly endorsing these doctors and their work, including their books and TV shows in which these unbiblical practices are advocated. It is a very mixed message to his congregation, Christians at large and the unbelieving world to be so in support of men who are such strong proponents of these ideas. For example, a brief scan of Dr. Oz’s own website takes you right to a page that teaches you to “Meditate to Lose Weight.” Yet, Warren has no problem proclaiming in videos his love for Dr. Oz’s work.

Additionally, the rhetoric on the site does lean towards globalism as we are told by Dr. Hyman that we need to live in “community” and the “individuals” will not survive in our future world of “group living.” Warren has repeatedly pushed for an ecumenical movement and merging of religious beliefs and this is just a continuation of it. There is no mention of Jesus anywhere on the pages of the Daniel Plan. And almost no urging to live a Christian life or serve God in what is being done in the Plan.

The sad thing in all of this is that Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego did not abstain from the Babylonian meals being given to them to be more fit, lose weight or get ready for beach season. They rejected the food being given because they believed and followed the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, The God of the Bible. And they refused to compromise any of their beliefs by mixing what God had declared as clean and pure foods with the unclean meals being offered by the Babylonians. Their refusal to compromise God’s Word and mix in with other belief systems is exactly what Warren is doing by being yoked with these three doctors and endorsing their work so strongly. We can only pray that amidst his efforts to lose 90 lbs, he also loses his repeated desire to forget about Biblical principles.

UPDATE: In another sign of the spiritual dangers of the doctors Rick Warren is promoting, Christian Research Network informed that Dr. Oz just recently planned a mass hypnosis through the television to help his viewers lose weight. Again, Rick Warren’s endorsement of doctors who use these spiritually dangerous methods is just error on his part.

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Christian Leaders Wrongly Yolk Themselves with Glenn Beck

In Apostate Church, End -Time Deception, Political Issues on September 3, 2010 at 7:04 am

Beck is Preaching a Different Gospel and a Different Jesus

2 Corinthians 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.

Fox News has provided News Host Glenn Beck with an almost unprecedented platform to discuss his religious beliefs on their network. As Beck has promoted his “spiritual awakening” he has rallied his viewers and others to join him in his crusade to “turn America back to God.” The event surrounding this was his August 28th rally on Washington D.C., that drew hundreds of thousands of attendees. Many Christian Evangelical leaders attended and yolked themselves with Beck as he exhorted the crowd to pray and believe in “the one God”.

So what is wrong with this picture? It’s simple. Glenn Beck’s Mormon doctrine is not in line with the Bible. The Bible is the basis of Christian doctrine. If your church, pastor, teacher or loved ones tell you or teach you otherwise, I pray you listen to God over all of them. The Lord reveals Himself through His Word. Any belief system that has ideas that are contrary to The Bible or change the Bible, cannot be considered Christianity. And Mormonism is not Biblical Christianity.

No groups of Christians are going to agree on every Biblical question. However, there are certain fundamental beliefs on which there can be no variance. How to go to Heaven, who God is, Jesus being the Son of God and God, are some of the critical areas of belief that determine if you even are a Christian at all. There are many of these serious differences between Mormon belief and the Bible, (mostly stemming from the fact that Mormons rely on their own books and the US Constitution for their doctrine). The chief different being that Jesus and Satan are brothers in Mormon theology, whereas in the Bible Jesus is the Creator of all things (John 1). Eric Barger’s website has a very well-put together list explaining these difference. Here are just a few:

“IN MORMONISM THERE ARE MANY GODS

“In the beginning, the head of the Gods called a council of the Gods; and they came together and concocted a plan to create the world and people it….In all congregations when I have preached on the subject of the Deity, it has been the plurality of Gods.” Joseph Smith, (Founder and First Prophet), History of the Church, Vol 6, pp. 308,474.
THE BIBLE: There was and is and always will be only ONE GOD (Isaiah 43:10-11, 44:6-8, 45:5-6,18-22; Deuteronomy 6:4, 32:39; James 2:19)

MORMONISM’S GOD WAS ONCE A MAN

“God himself was one as we are now, and is an exalted man…I say, if you were to see him today, you would see him like a man in form…like yourselves in all the person, image, and very form as a man…He was once a man like us; yea, that God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth.” Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 305.
THE BIBLE: God was never a man. He created man! God has been God from all eternity to all eternity. (Psalm 41:13, 90:2, 102:25-27; Romans 1:22-23)”

What Beck is attempting to do is equate Mormonism with Biblical Christianity and thus gain acceptance into the evangelical church. And sadly, he is succeeding. He stressed at the rally the need to “set aside differences.” This should be a red flag to any Christian. We are to never set aside the truths of the Bible for any reason whatsoever. Even if our own home church we have gone to for years is doing something that makes make a little “set aside” of The Word, then we should run from that place too.

Brannon Howse at Worldview Network has done an excellent job covering Beck, his rally and the leaders who have compromised their faith. The Bible makes it clear: we are to love all people and share the Gospel with all people of all backgrounds. A Christian should be ready to engage and share themselves with anyone, whether they are rich, poor, Buddhist or Satanist. But when it comes to actually working on spiritual issues, we are not to be linked or in fellowship with non-believers. As the verse above states, do we seek to persuade men or are we trying to persuade God to our beliefs? Are we seeking to please people at the cost of Biblical doctrine? By attending and standing with Beck at his rally, pastors are tacitly endorsing his beliefs and not following clear Biblical instruction. It’s this type of “let’s all drop our differences”, pluralistic attitude that is leading the ecumenical movement and drawing more and more Christians into what will be the One World Religion. A faith that abandons the Bible for the sake of unity and false “peace.”

And just to drive this point home, in the opening 5 minutes of Beck’s speech at the rally he brought a rabbi, two Native American people and a pastor for what he described as a tribute to a time when “people came together of different faiths, in the spirit of God and the first thing they did, was pray together..” before gesturing to the pastor to lead an interfaith prayer. If they are all praying to the “one true God” who acknowledges every religion as a way to reach Him, this is not the God of the Bible.

Today, tomorrow and in the future, everyone will have to take a stand. Whether it’s a stand against committing a sin, a stand for your faith or a stand of love to help another, these decisions are inevitable. But who we stand with and work with has serious spiritual implications. And a Bible-believing Christian should not be linked with those who do not recognize the Jesus of The Bible, the God of the Bible or truth of the Bible.

For a video on this, here is Todd Friel of Wretched TV explaining more on Beck’s theology: