The Berean Call - Today's Update: 'The Shack' Author Brings "New Reformation" to the Church?!
August 7, 2019
In an video interview with 'The Shack' author Paul Young several years ago, Bethel Redding's Kris Vallotton asked, "Do you think that this book is really a catalyst for Reformation in the church?" (27:13 in video)
Paul Young replied, "I think this is part of whatever this is that the Holy Spirit is doing in the world." (27:23)
In another interview, given around the time the movie was released, 'The Shack' author said, "I think that's a move of the Holy Spirit. … I think we're on the cusp or inside the beginnings of a Reformation." (emphasis mine - TCE: see acknowledgements below)
Great changes have indeed occurred within the visible church due to his books, beginning with 'The Shack', and now with 'Eve' and 'Lies We Believe About God'. Yet, this is not a Reformation, but a Deformation. This is not a move of the Holy Spirit as the author claims, but an infiltration of unclean spirits.
Bethel Redding's Kris Vallotton [Senior Associate Leader] is not alone in his admiration for Paul Young. Popular Bethel Redding speaker Abi Stumvoll frequently promotes Paul Young, his book, or his movie. Young's heresies are apparently irrelevant.
On Mother's Day, the influence of 'The Shack' was very clear when a congregation worshiped "Mama Ghost" and the "Mother". A church leader spoke about the "Mother Heart of God" which is also the title of a Paul Young teaching (https://thewordlikefire.wordpress.com/2019/06/04/mother-goddess-worshiped-at-bethel-redding-sister-church/). Reformation indeed.
One of the heavy hitters within the Bethel Redding sphere is Shawn Bolz, who has featured Paul Young on his podcast. Incredibly, Bolz plugged Young's latest book, 'Lies We Believe About God', a book where 'The Shack' author confirms his belief in universal reconciliation, also known as Christian universalism!
This is the belief that Christ's death means all can enter heaven - every atheist, Buddhist, and New Ager, anybody and everybody, whether Christ has been accepted as Savior or not. In other words, heresy. Yet Shawn Bolz blithely mentioned the book at the beginning of the podcast. He said:
"So today we're talking to William Paul Young, he's the author of 'The Shack', 'Crossroads', and 'Eve', and he recently released a non-fiction book, his first one, called 'Lies We Believe About God'. (37 seconds in video)
It's also there in print on Bolz's YouTube channel (July 9, 2018). In this Episode, Shawn Bolz interviews William Paul Young...Far from confronting his guest, Bolz also brings up the "R" word: "And what I love about this is you not only wrote this book ['The Shack'] but you've been defining a thought pattern, I think I don't know if that's the right word, but you've been defining a Reformation of connection to God, and I think it's very beautiful" (23:06 in video).
James B. DeYoung, a retired seminary professor, has been warning about the effect of Paul Young's books on the Body of Christ for years. He has written a book exposing the heresies in 'Lies We Believe About God'.
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)
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TCE note - two thoughts sprang to mind when reading this article:
Soon after 'The Shack' came onto the market in the UK, the Salvation Army offered this heretical book in its 'Christmas catalogue'. Thinking they would appreciate being warned about the nature of this work we sent them an e-mail hoping they would take the book out of their catalogue and respond, however briefly, to our e-mail. Weeks passed with no reply but, because it is so easy to track e-mails, we noticed that our e-mail was being passed from one computer and different names were attached to it until a dozen different people had received it. But we knew from enquiring after the book through their web-store that they were still selling it! So we sent another e-mail asking if they had made a decision regarding supplying the book. They responded after a few days claiming that they had misplaced the original e-mail - but had now made the decision to keep offering the book because many people found it 'useful'. Misplaced the e-mail? People found 'The Shack' 'useful'? We thought of sending the 'Salvationists' a list of their staff who had received our warning but choose to just ask how they might find this occult book 'useful'? Unsurprisingly, we received no reply. Doubtlessly there are many 'Salvationists' doing good works among the poor and needy still, as they became famous for doing so many years ago - but are they carrying out the clear instructions of the Lord Jesus Christ made perfectly clear in many passages, e.g.:Presidential Candidate Marianne Williamson's Concerning Views About Jesus
Matthew 28:18-20 (NASB) 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
The 'social gospel' continues to take precedence among many contemporary denominations while the slackness to follow all Jesus' commandments is made very clear should you fellowship among those who have chosen another way to present Him to the world - and this quickly becomes apparent when you work among such groups, for Scripture warns:
Galatians 5:7-9 (NASB) 7 You were running well; who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion did not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (NASB) 14 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, "I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. 17 "Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE," says the Lord. "AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. 18 "And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me," Says the Lord Almighty.
Sadly, in all the Christian 'churches' in which any of us in TCE have fellow-shipped for any time, we have found only a few as worldly as the 'Salvation Army'. As is the case with so many other 'denominations' or 'fellowships', which started out well, the 'leaven of unrighteousness' has done it's work!
Secondly, reading about the laughable 'Mother's Day ... when a congregation worshiped "Mama Ghost" and the "Mother" [and] ... A church leader spoke about the "Mother Heart of God"' reminded us of a visit to a local church in Cardiff a few years ago. Our visit to the church was a last minute decision and certainly not one we thought had been chosen by God because, within minutes of the 'minister' beginning his 'sermon', he had announced that 'the regalia of other clergymen made him bloody mad!' The whole tone of his 'sermon' was utterly tedious and lacking any serious Scriptural content and, when he paused for prayer, he announced that we were going 'to seek the Holy Spirit to see what SHE had to say!' When his drivel finally ceased we met him at the door and enquired 'what made him think that he could address the Holy Spirit as SHE?' He claimed his authority came from the first chapter of Genesis but, when asked in what way, he was unable to elucidate. We referred him to the clear detail supplied by the Lord Jesus Christ to His disciples and all who truly believe, particularly in:
John 14:16-17 (NASB) - 16 "I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.
The Greek word for 'another' is ἄλλος állos (pronounced al'-los) and was used here deliberately (compare the Greek used in Paul's warning about 'another' Gospel that is not the true Gospel in Galatians 1:6-9) rather than the alternative Greek word (ἕτερος héteros - pronounced het'-er-o's - means 'another' - as in heterosexual or different, altered, another one, strange) to make clear that the Holy Spirit ('the Comforter') is another of the same kind as Jesus, i.e. fully God and also He and not 'it' or 'she' as heretics such as the Cult of the Jehovah's Witness (and increasingly heretics hiding in so-called 'Christian churches') try to prove!
Looking around the aging congregation of Beulah United Reformed Church (Rhiwbina, Cardiff) that day while 'Reverend' Dr Peter Cruchley-Jones wittered on, I felt every bit as sad as when I realized how far the cults (Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, etc.) are from the One True, Biblical God, who is found only in the Bible. We never expected any change from Cruchley-Jones as we have long recognized that the 'URC' lost unleavened faith in the Lord Jesus Christ many years ago (reading their inappropriately titled 'Reform' magazine for many years will horrify any genuine Bible-believer)! But it was not necessarily better news to learn from the Internet that this 'minister of the United Reformed Church in the UK' is 'An active participant in the Commission for World Mission and Evangelism, [and] recently moved from being Minister of Beulah URC Cardiff to become Secretary for Mission Development with the Council for World Mission in Singapore'.
Any genuine Christian who reads Cruchley-Jones' article 'Evangelism from the Margins - Experiences of the Ironic in Evangelism in Cardiff, UK' which developed from a presentation to the CWM/WCC Consultation*, Explorations in Evangelism which took place in Sydney from 5 to 13 September 2015' (available as a PDF - 'irom.12137.pdf'), will recognize why he is working for the World Council of Churches (Heretics!) long before they reach page 13 and read:
'We (Beulah URC, Cardiff, UK) came out in spots in a show of strangeness and madness, a foolishness to honour our Holy Fool, who died believing he was turning the world on its head'.
True believers safely ignore Cruchley-Jones and Beulah URC and thank Almighty God that Scripture informs us clearly:
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (NASB) - 18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, "I WILL DESTROY THE WISDOM OF THE WISE, AND THE CLEVERNESS OF THE CLEVER I WILL SET ASIDE." 20 Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
He knows who are His and He makes no mistakes:
Numbers 23:19 (NASB) - 19 "God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?
Psalm 18:30 (NASB) - 30 As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Proverbs 30:5 (NASB) - 5 Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him.
Isaiah 55:8-11 (NASB) - 8 "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD. 9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. 10 "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
Romans 8:28-30 (NASB) - 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified.
John 3:16 (NASB) - 16 21 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 "For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."
* To get an idea of the kind of un-Scriptural projects these Ecumenical groups of CWM get involved in go to this site:
Over twenty years ago the secular press rebuked the hypocrisy of the World Council of Churches:
Lock up your sons, Zimbabwe. The World Council of Churches is coming to town. Its officials have secured agreement that homosexuals attending its assembly in Harare in 1998 will be allowed to indulge their desires without fear of prosecution. Homosexual acts are banned in the African nation, and punishable by 12 months in prison....Few issues could be better calculated to enrage council delegates, for whom sodomy, which, in traditional Christian teaching is a sin "which cries to Heaven for vengeance," is seen as a God-given right. Fearing that the assembly might take itself and its hard currency elsewhere, Zimbabwe has agreed to a memorandum of understanding relaxing the law.... [T]he council would almost certainly, in other circumstances, disapprove of the "cultural imperialism" of a demand that a Third World country change its laws to suit outsiders. Couldn't these licentious clergymen...after a hard day's debate on poverty...practise a bit of chastity in the evenings? (Daily Telegraph; London, May 2, 1996).
Immorality inevitably follows the compromise of Biblical truth, the despising of sound doctrine and the rejection of the gospel that characterize denominations belonging to the WCC.
In their excellent exposé of the New Age (re-hashed occultism) in their book, Occult Invasion: The Subtle Seduction of the World and Church, The Berean Call wrote about a notorious conference ('Re-Imagining God, the Community and the Church') held in 1993. Here are excerpts from Chapter 11 of 'Occult Invasion':
'One of the speakers was Chung Kyun Kyung, a South Korean Presbyterian. In her plenary address to this "Christian" gathering, Chung declared, I want to share three images of God...and how these... [goddesses] transformed my Christianity....Kali, Quani, and Enna [are]...my new Trinity....Kali is...a Hindu image. Quani is Buddhist....Enna...is the indigenous goddess of Philippines...." (Foundation, July/Aug. 1994, 6-7) [W]e are here together, in order to destroy the patriarchal idolatry of Christianity.... (Christian News, Mar. 21, 1994, 8) Instead of being excommunicated from her church and shunned by the Christian community for such blasphemy, Chung is highly honored. The Pilgrim Press of The United Church of Christ published a book in 1995 titled 'Remembering and Re-Imagining'. It was all about this conference, which the press release said "shook the very foundations of mainline Protestantism. Denounced by many, but considered the Second Reformation by others, it...was an event that revealed in many ways a new understanding of faith, of God, and community." (Christian News, Feb. 5, 1996, 1) Chung, who is in great demand as a speaker, gave a plenary address at the Seventh World Council of Churches (WCC) International Conference in Australia in 1992. One trembles even to quote her diatribe against God the Father and the Holy Spirit and her wicked perversion of Christianity. Yet the WCC delegates gave Chung a standing ovation. Ecumenical Press Service reported, 'Combining verbal fireworks with a performance by Korean and aboriginal dancers, Chung rendered a dramatic evocation of a female Holy Spirit. ...[which] she linked...to that of Hagar..." exploited and abandoned by Abraham and Sarah." Chung then burned bits of paper bearing the names of other exploited spirits - which she said were full of "han," the Korean word for anger....Chung said, "I also know that I no longer believe in an omnipotent, Macho, warrior God who rescues all good guys and punishes all bad guys...."' (O Timothy, 11:3, 1994.) Eighteen times Chung summoned the spirits of the dead who have suffered injustices and claimed that "without hearing the cries of these spirits, we cannot hear the voice of the Holy Spirit....Don't bother the Spirit by calling her all the time." Added Chung, "I hope the presence of all our ancestor's spirits here with us shall not make you uncomfortable." (O Timothy, 9:1, 1992) The practice of calling up discarnate spirits is common to shamanism around the world and has become part of the environmental movement. The return to nature comes through in almost all communications from the spirit world. For the shaman, the spirit entities encountered in trance are connected with the earth. Eagle Man, a modern shaman, boasts of the Native Americans' "deeply spiritual relationship with nature." He adds, "Getting back to nature will be the key to saving the planet." (Ed McGaa, Eagle Man, Rainbow Tribe: Ordinary People Journeying on the Red Road; Harper San Francisco, 1992, 3). It is these very demonic "spirits of ancestors" associated with the worship of Earth which hold pagans in bondage and fear. Ancestor worship is the heart of voodoo, Santeria, Hinduism, Shintoism, Buddhism and almost all the "isms," including Catholicism in its communication with and worship of the "saints," especially "Mary." Newspapers around the world reported, Pope John Paul II sought common ground [in West Africa] with believers in voodoo Thursday, suggesting they would not betray their traditional faith by converting to Christianity [Catholicism]. On the second day of his 10th African pilgrimage, the Pope held a dramatic and emotional meeting with priests of the vodun....The Pope told the voodooists that just as they draw on their ancestors for their religion, so do Christians [Catholics] revere their "ancestors in the faith...." (Los Angeles Times, Feb. 5, 1993).
The Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples and the apostles to warn continually about these kind of deceptions and warnings by orthodox, Bible-believing Christians have continued - while being ignored by the majority of pseudo-Christians - throughout history so we should not be surprised that Paul Young and the variety of deceivers mentioned above are just a smattering of the avalanche of deceptions building in these last days as Satan prepares his 'One-World Church' for the Anti-Christ!
Our Lord Jesus warned that many who claim to have prophesied, cast out demons and worked miracles in His name will not be in heaven. He does not, however, tell them that they have lost their salvation but that they were never His: "I never knew you" (Matt. 7:23)! Solemn words from the One who said, "I...know my sheep, and am known of mine" (John 10:14)! If Christ never knew these "Christian leaders," then they were never Christians at all! Clearly, one's salvation has nothing to do with works, no matter how great or good, but whether one believes the gospel. Salvation is "by faith" (Eph. 2:8; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 5:13; Rom 1:16).
Hence the importance of doctrine and John's clear declaration that whosoever "abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God" (2 John 1:9). Paul said, "Believe on [rely upon] the Lord Jesus Christ [who He is and what He has done for our salvation], and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16: 31). Christ said, "He that believeth on me hath everlasting life" (John 6:47) and "shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" (John 5:24). Those who lack assurance have not believed Christ.
Anyone, Protestant, Catholic, or of any other 'Bible-believing Christian group', who place their hope for salvation in anything (such as their ability to remain faithful to Christ, good works, sacraments, prayers, or ritual) in addition to Christ's sacrifice of Himself for our sins upon the cross, has not believed Christ's promise. They have rejected God's Word and therefore denied the gospel. How could anyone who truly understands doubt Christ's ability to save? Here are only a few Biblical promises: "These things have I written unto you that believe in the name of the Son of God, that ye may know [present absolute certainty] that ye have [present possession] eternal life" (1 John 5:13); "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" (John 3:36); "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish" (John 10:27-28).
As Dave Hunt, late of The Berean Call, wrote in their newsletter (in May 1990):
'Apostasy is taking over our churches and seminaries. Typical is the report that Denver's Conservative Baptist Seminary is influenced by Catholic Charismatic Renewal and Richard Foster and is now advocating Eastern meditation, including TM, Zen and yoga through its theology department. Many church leaders who have been accepted as evangelicals are becoming bolder and more blatant in their ecumenism. One of the key figures is Robert Schuller, who has proudly said, "...what sets me apart from fundamentalists [is that they] are trying to convert everybody to believe how they believe....We know the things the major faiths can agree on. We try to focus on those without offending those with different viewpoints..." (USA Today, Mar. 23, 1989).) Schuller's connections include Soviet sycophant Armand Hammer, the cult of Unity, Amway, media magnate Rupert Murdoch (who's financing Schuller TV in Europe), Napoleon Hill's associate W. Clement Stone (like Norman Vincent Peale, Schuller's mentor, a 33rd-degree Mason), who put up the funds to send out more than 250,000 copies of Self-Esteem: The New Reformation to pastors and seminary professors, and finally, A Course in Miracles promoter Gerald Jampolsky (see Note 1 below). There is a rat's nest of interconnected groups working for a 'new world religion' and pushing globalism and religious instruction in schools here and in co-operation with the Soviets. The trail passes through the board rooms of such giants as The Carnegie Corporation and Amway, and foundations such as Religious Heritage of America, Council for the Advancement of Citizenship and Center for Citizenship Education...and ultimately leads back to Os Guinness's Williamsburg Charter and its dangerous religious curriculum for public schools mentioned in our January publication. More on this later. Another link between all of the above is the ecological concern that has spawned various environmentalist groups, some of which worship Mother Earth as a living organism known as Gaia. Greenpeace addresses valid concerns. It is, however, an attempt to bring peace on earth without submission to the Prince of Peace. God put rebellious Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden and guarded the Tree of Life with the flaming sword of His holy judgment upon sin. Christ took that sword in His heart for us and became "the way" to life. In fact, He is "the life." Environmentalist movements, for all the good they represent, are attempts to restore man to paradise without coming under that sword through Christ. It is the Cross that is compromised by ecumenism. Let us stand true to God and His Word in thought, word and deed. He is coming soon! It would (and will) take a book to fill in the picture of the incredible delusion that is sweeping the world and church today. I am in the process of writing such a book, now titled Global Peace and the Rise of Antichrist. Your prayers are appreciated'.
Note 1: TBC - Jan 1988 excerpt: 'The list of New Agers, cultists and occultists who have been guests on (Robert Schuller's) the "Hour of Power," passed off as purveyors of truth and encouraged to spread their false beliefs to that vast audience, is far too long to recite here. It ranges from Robert Schuller's friend and colleague (they do seminars together) Gerald Jampolsky (who uses A Course in Miracles, dictated by a demon posing as Jesus - the Course has also been taught at the Crystal Cathedral, according to spokespersons there), to leading Mormon Jack Anderson (encouraged by Schuller to spread his Mormon false doctrine of God on "Hour of Power") and includes numerous shades and varieties in between.'
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Much has been written about the storied <www.bit.ly/2NbUbjf> New Age celebrity and now contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Some items stand out:
Writing for GetReligion (July 8, 2019) in "Evil, sin, reality and life as a 'Son of God': What Marianne Williamson is saying isn't new," Terry Mattingly provides a good introduction. <www.bit.ly/33GXQLO>
The July 5th New York Times helps with "The Curious Mystical Text Behind Marianne Williamson's Presidential Bid" by Sam Kestenbaum. The tag lines explain: "The New Age author was drawn to an esoteric bible in the 1970s. It made her a self-help megastar. And now it has gone mainstream." Soon thereafter comes the helpful summary that Williamson was "drawing directly from a homegrown American holy book called 'A Course in Miracles ,' a curious New York scripture that arose during the heady metaphysical counterculture of the 1960s.
"This is not some homey book of feel-good bromides. Rather, it is taken by its readers as a genuine gospel, produced by a Manhattan doctor who believed she was channeling new revelations from Jesus Christ himself. And stepping into this unusual book's story, in fact, is the key to understanding Ms. Williamson's latest venture.
"The mystical text has sold millions, been translated into two dozen languages and has attracted fans like Carlos Santana and Beyoncé. Mitch Horowitz [an occult spokesman] called the Course <www.bit.ly/30es4DH> one of the 'largest and most popular alternative spiritual movements in America.'
"'For followers, it holds out a hope that there is a greater world than the one that we are experiencing,' he said, 'that illness, emotional torment, fear, self-doubt, prejudice are all simply illusions.' ...
"The woman responsible for the book, Helen Schucman, was an unlikely mystic. Her parents were nonpracticing Jews, and she trained to become a psychologist at New York University.
"As an adult, though, Ms. Schucman began having strange experiences. She had vivid dreams; in one, she found herself in a dim cave, unfurling a mysterious scroll. And once, while riding the subway, she saw her fellow passengers glow in holy light.
Then, in 1965, while working as a research psychologist at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, a voice addressed her. It urged her to take dictation. 'This is a course in miracles,' it said. 'Please take notes.' ...
"The book drew from older traditions like Christian Science and New Thought, a related 19th-century metaphysical movement. It also incorporated Freudian language. Reality, it taught, was illusory; conflicts dissolve when one realizes the power of love and forgiveness. This change in perception, the book's narrator says, produces miracles.
"It opens cryptically: 'Nothing unreal exists. Nothing real can be threatened. Herein lies the peace of God.' ...
"In 1992, Ms. Williamson published her first book, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles . The work landed her on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where, it's said, Ms. Winfrey marveled that she had experienced precisely '157 miracles' in her own life after reading Ms. Williamson's book. Sales accordingly skyrocketed.
"By then, Ms. Williamson was growing into her role as a full-blown celebrity, jumping between New York and the hills of Southern California. In 1991, she officiated Elizabeth Taylor's wedding - a ceremony at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch - and offered counsel to Bill and Hillary Clinton at a 1994 Camp David visit. She crossed paths with Donald Trump, who requested her presence at a Mar-a-Lago fund-raiser so that she and Marla Maples might meet. Time magazine called her 'Hollywood's New Age attraction.'
"More books, based on the Course, followed at a regular clip - at least six have climbed the New York Times best-seller list - each offering nostrums on the curative power of thought. ...
"In 1998, Ms. Williamson moved outside Detroit to lead a megachurch. The congregation was not affiliated with A Course in Miracles, but it also preached a blend of Christianity and positive thinking. Ms. Williamson encountered some difficulty here, too. A faction grew uneasy with her political commentary from the pulpit, and when she proposed changing the name and affiliation of the church, they threatened a lawsuit.
"'Being on a pulpit was more different than I even expected,' she said. 'I bristled at the restrictions.'
"In 2002, Ms. Williamson stepped down. She considered her next move. ...
"At first, as she wrote in 2004, she saw the Course as the key to changing one's personal life. 'Today,' she went on, 'I see its guidance as key to changing the world.' ...
"In 2016, Ms. Williamson saw Mr. Trump's win as a deep crisis. 'He is harnessing metaphysical traditions,' she told me, 'but dark ones.' A mysterious feeling washed over her, compelling her to swoop into the political trenches." <www.nyti.ms/2MmlPKR>
Also see (in no particular order): <www.bit.ly/33GYIA4> regarding her unorthodox campaign, <www.bit.ly/2PaZjXI> "I am not a cult leader," <www.bit.ly/2KSqAIY> and <www.bit.ly/2Hc0Giq> on the support she is getting from like-minded New Agers.
A similar examination is found at:
By Tré Goins-Phillips
August 20, 2019
During each Democratic presidential primary debate, author Marianne Williamson has been the most-searched name on Google. So what does the New Age guru turned politician think about Christianity and Jesus?
As it turns out, Williamson has written about Jesus in the past. 'In her 1996 book', "A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles," the 67-year-old candidate described the act of accepting Jesus as nothing more than "a shift in self-perception."
Williamson -- like many New Age thinkers -- believes in personal deification, a status only attainable by those who have searched deep within themselves.
Jesus, she told Beliefnet in 2016, is the perfect example of someone who has attained such a level of awareness.
"Jesus was a human being who, while on earth, completely self-actualized and fulfilled in all ways the potential glory that lies within us all," Williamson explained. "He became one with the Essence and Christ Spirit that is in all of us. In that sense, he is our evolutionary elder brother. He demonstrated our destiny."
Further degrading God to nothing more than a spiritual life coach, Williamson said Jesus "displayed for all to see the destination of this journey that we are on." She added, "The only thing lacking in any situation is our own awareness of love, and Jesus realized and taught that."
In essence, the author believes the only thing that separates Jesus - the Son of God - from each of us is he successfully realized his own deity.
All of this, of course, is an aberration from Scripture.
Last week, YouTuber Steven Bancarz, who became a Christian several years ago after abandoning his own New Age beliefs, uploaded a video warning viewers to be wary of Williamson's interpretation of Jesus.
Bancarz pointed to Jesus' words in Matthew 24:4, when he explained to his disciples there will come a time when many will claim to be the Messiah. "They will deceive many," he warned his followers.
Later on in that same chapter, Jesus predicted there will be "many false prophets" who will mislead people (v. 11) and "false messiahs and false prophets" who "will rise up and perform great signs and wonders to [sic] as to deceive, if possible, even God's chosen ones" (v. 24).
"It's entirely possible that Jesus is warning us not about false impostors but about a false doctrine of man's deity that causes false teachers to lead people astray by claiming to be Christ," Bancarz said.
The YouTube commentator went on to argue most New Age thinkers believe they have achieved some level of christhood. For example, guru Deepak Chopra has said he believes Jesus was actually a "universal spirit" leading the way for others to attain their own deification. And in 2009, he released a book, "The Third Jesus," in which he made the case that Jesus is nothing more than "a state of being in the world, a state of consciousness."
Similarly, New Age thinker Eckhart Tolle has said he doesn't believe in God in the traditional sense, but instead sees the Almighty as an essence that simply exists and can be accessed by anyone.
Bancarz said New Agers believe "all is God and God is all."
"And to live from this state of mind is to embody the consciousness that Christ had, and to step into your Christ-self, since you have your own indwelling divinity that makes you Christ," he added, continuing his definition of New Age thinking.
So while Williamson may believe - as Christians do - that Jesus roamed the earth and had a ministry here, there is a wide chasm separating her understandings of the Son of God from the picture of the Savior depicted in the Bible.
As believers, we have a duty to guard our hearts against what might sound like true faith but is really a stealthy perversion of truth.
TCE: If you go to the website of the second article and follow the link from the 1996 reference to Amazon you will find 1,371 customer reviews (at the time of writing) of Williamson's 'New Age' work (aka 'Old Age Occultism') and just reading a few of them reveals the pathetically easy way people are drawn in by the oldest Satanic lie ('Ye shall be as gods' - Genesis 3v5) which they still prefer to the One True God of the Bible that so many of them reject in the most shallow ways.
If you noted the cries for Oprah Winfrey (and her equally devious occult views) to run for the US Presidency after Donald Trump's success and you now see the connection to Marianne Williamson (try a simple Google search - such as 'williamson marianne quotes' for more information) you will wisely continue to beware the false teachers of the world (such as the massive list of heretics and blatant occultists detailed above) and trust in the promises of our Father in Heaven, receive His gracious gift of Eternal Life through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ who shed His blood as Atonement for all our sins, and rejoice in His assurance which is daily strengthened through the ministering Holy Spirit our Comforter.