It has long been realised that Rick Warren is something of a snake in the grass.  Recently according to reports on January 15 2011 Warren will kick off a 52 week Daniel plan to become healthier.   Now when Daniel did it was led by God and he did not need to use methods which are completely alternative to Biblical principles.  Warren however has brought in Dr Mehmet Oz, Who just happens to be a follower of the cult leader Emmanuel Swedenborg?

“According to Warren’s website, his church will host a 52-week course to stress losing weight and becoming healthier. The kick-off event will include Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Daniel Amen, and Dr. Mark Hyman. All three have Eastern spiritual connections.”

Dr. Mehmet Oz

Emmanuel Swedenborg, a cult leader who died in 1772 in Sweden. Swedenborgianism has up to 50,000 members worldwide according to the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry website. They deny the atonement, the trinity, and the deity of the Holy Spirit.

They believe all religions lead to God and that Christianity must go through a rebirth. Also, they do not believe in a personal devil. They believe the Bible is not inspired and that when people die, they become an angel or an evil spirit.

Emmanuel Swedenborg had a vision in 1745 where he supposedly saw creatures crawling on the walls. He believed God then appeared to him as a man and told him that he would be the person to promote the new teachings to the world

Oz wrote a book called in Spirituality and Health Magazine and said “As I came into contact with Swedenborg’s many writings, I began to understand Swedenborg’s profound insights and how they applied directly to my life”. He mentions Swedenborg’s ideas that marriage lasts to eternity, everyone has a purpose in this world, God is love, and Swedenborg’s answers to “Why do bad things happen?”.

Oz is a practitioner of TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION. “When I meditate, I go to that place where truth lives,” he said. “I can see what reality really is, and it is so much easier to form good relationships then.”

  1. “Spirituality & Health: Mehmet Oz Finds His Teacher”. Spirituality-health.com. http://www.spirituality-health.com/NMagazine/articles.php?id=1768. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  2. Skube, Daneen. “Become a wizard of multitasking!”. Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/tribu/ct-tribu-skube-multitasking,0,5213589.column.)

Daniel Amen

Daniel G. Amen, M.D., runs the Amen Clinics, writes books, gives lectures, maintains a Web site, and makes other media appearances. He recommends single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) to help diagnose and manage cases of brain trauma, underachievement, school failure, depression, obsessive compulsive disorders, anxiety, aggressiveness, cognitive decline, and brain toxicity from drugs or alcohol. He claims to use SPECT to “re-balance a brain whose activity patterns are clearly abnormal.” He describes SPECT as a “window into the hardware of the soul.” He claims that SPECT scanting provides “guidance in the application of specific medications or other treatments such as supplements, neurofeedback, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.”

His own web site has this to say “How your brain and soul work together determines how happy you feel, how successful you become, and how well you connect with others. The brain-soul connection is vastly more powerful than your conscious will. Will power falters when the physical functioning of the brain and the health of your soul fail to support your desires, as seen by illogical behaviors like overeating, smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, and compulsive spending”

In 2005, the APA Council on Children, Adolescents and Their Families concluded:

Although knowledge is increasing regarding specific pathways and specific brain areas involved in mental disease states, at present the use of brain imaging to study psychiatric disorders is still considered a research tool. . . . . Particular caveats are indicated with regard to brain imaging involving radioactive nucleotides for children and adolescents because of children’s known greater sensitivity to radiation and risk of radiation induced-cancer. At the present time, the available evidence does not support the use brain imaging for clinical diagnosis or treatment of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents.

The APA’s Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults Guideline (2006) states:

In patients with schizophrenia and mood and anxiety disorders, structural and functional neuroimaging studies have reported differences between patients and healthy control persons as well as differences in some patient subgroups and in responders and nonresponders to some treatments. Nevertheless, the clinical utility of neuroimaging techniques for planning of individualized treatment has not yet been shown. Further research is needed to demonstrate a clinical role for structural and functional neuroimaging in establishing psychiatric diagnoses, monitoring illness progression, and predicting prognoses.

Otherwise his methods are not recognized as valid and Warren wants him to attend his church!

Dr. Mark Hyman

Hyman teaches on Tantric sex a Hindu mystical approach to sex. He teaches Eastern religion meditation and energy-based Reiki, a New Age practice. Dr. Mark Hyman promotes mystical meditation based on Buddhist principles

What Is Tantra sex

Although Tantra has long been practiced in many eastern cultures, it is just beginning to flourish in the United States. Born in India more than 6,000 years ago, Tantra emerged as a rebellion against organized religion, which held that sexuality should be rejected in order to reach enlightenment

Tantra challenged the acetic beliefs of that time, purporting that sexuality was a doorway to the divine, and that earthly pleasures, such as eating, dancing and creative expression were sacred acts.

The word Tantra means “to manifest, to expand, to show and to weave.” In this context, sex is thought to expand consciousness and to weave together the polarities of male (represented by the Hindu god, Shiva), and female (embodied by the Hindu goddess, Shakti), into a harmonious whole.

Couples need not adopt the Tantric pantheon in order to benefit from the sexual wisdom of this ancient art. Tantric sexual practices teach us to prolong the act of making love and to utilize potent orgasmic energies more effectively.

Tantra is also health enhancing. “Sexual energy is one of our most powerful energies for creating health,” says Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.”

“By using sexual energy consciously…we can tap into a true source of youth and vitality.”

 Now to have a so-called Christian pastor invite and promote these NEW AGE false teachers to teach at his church should come as a surprise.  However knowing Warren as we do it does not.  To try to cloak this whole lot under some spiritual connection is quite deplorable.    Daniel the prophet would never have condoned these false practices.  His church will no doubt participate as they have absolute no better sense than Warren has.    The blind leading the blind and both shall fall into the same pit.  Warren will no doubt hand his church over to these New Age occultic practices and think himself blessed.  We can only pray and warn as best as we can.

A comment made by a Saddleback supporter said  “This is going to be amazing!! Another has said “I’m so excited! Thank you Rick for bringing this all together. I hope to bring The Daniel Plan to the attention of anyone who will listen to me!

They are going to be excited all right, duped and decieved right down to their decieved toe nails. 

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Comments
  1. Bob says:

    your general concerns are valid but several of the facts in this article you picked up are off.

    Swedenborg was not a cult leader and did not participate in founding or promoting a religion and certainly not a personal following.

    Also he was a convicted believer in the Word of God and thought that it was entirely Divine.

    As usual, don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

  2. Well according to his interpertation of Matthew 24:29–31 in an article proposidly written by Emanuel Swedenborg called “Heaven and Hell”. He reinterpets it completly to mean something other than what scripture says it is. basically he spiritualises it away.

    “Word is in fact written in pure correspondencesd,9 so that there may be deeper meaning in the details. Questions about the nature of this meaning can be resolved by all the things I have set forth about it in Secrets of Heaven.10 A selection of these may be found also in my explanation of the white horse in the Book of Revelation.11 It is in this deeper sense that we are to understand what the Lord said in the passage just cited about coming in the clouds of heaven. The sun that will be darkened means the Lord in respect to love,e the moon means the Lord in respect to faith.f The stars mean insights into what is good and true, or into love and faith.g The sign of the Human-born One in heaven means the appearing of divine truth. The wailing tribes of earth mean all the elements of what is true and good, or of faith and love.h The Lord’s coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory means his presence in the Word, and revelation.i The clouds refer to the literal meaning of the Wordj and the glory to the Word’s inner meaning.k The angels with a trumpet and a loud voice mean heaven, which is where divine truth comes from.l

    FURTHER MORE IN THIS BOOK HE TALKS ABOUT SEEING AURAS. AURAS ARE NOT A BIBLICAL TEACHING, BUT IS FOUND VERY MUCH IN NEW AGE TEACHING

    Further, there are surrounding auras39 of spiritual life that emanate from every angel and from every spirit and envelop them. By means of these auras one can recognize even from a distance the quality of the affections of their loves, since these auras flow out from the life of their affection and consequent thought—that is, from the life of their love and

    HE ALSO BELIEVES IN WHAT SEEMS TO BE A HEAVEN DIVIDED INTO MORE THAN ONE KINGDOM. AGAIN THERE IS NO SUCH DIVIVION WITHIN GODS KINGDOM,

    There are angels who accept the divine nature that emanates from the Lord on a deeper level and angels who accept it less deeply. The ones who accept it more deeply are called heavenly angels, and the ones who accept it less deeply are called spiritual angels. Heaven is therefore divided into two kingdoms, one called the heavenly kingdom44 and the other called the spiritual kingdom.

    THERE ALSO SEEMS TO BE SOME IDEA THAT ANGELS CAN PARTAKE OF NEW COVENANT IN JEREMIAH

    I will put my law in their mind and engrave it on their heart: no longer will one person teach a friend or a brother, saying, “Know Jehovah” ;4 6 from the smallest to the greatest, they will know me. ( Jeremiah 3 1:3 3, 3 4)
    ANGELS WHO HAVE NEVER SINNED ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS VERSE AS THIS VERSE IS ABOUT THE NEW COVENANT. THE REDEMPTION OF SINFUL MAN.

    IT APPEARS HE ALSO BELIEVED IN TALKING TO THE DEAD WITH IS FORBIDEN IN SCRIPTURE.

    I have talked with some people on the third day after their death, when the events described in §§449 and 450 have been completed. I talked with three whom I had known in the world and told them that
    their funeral services were now being planned so that their bodies could be buried. When they heard me say it was so that they could be buried, they were struck with a kind of bewilderment. They said that they were
    alive, and that people were burying what had been useful to them in the world. Later on, they were utterly amazed at the fact that while they had been living in their bodies they had not believed in this kind of life after death, and particularly that this was the case for almost everyone in the church.

    THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT THAT Emanuel Swedenborg WAS CERTAINLY INTO FALSE TEACHING.

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