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Beware The “Cleansing Stream” Theophostic Movement

Posted by Job on September 17, 2007

Update: The good folks at Spiritual Pathways Ministries say that this series will run daily thru Friday of this week!

 Apparently another attempt to syncretize Christianity with practices and philosophies borrowed from eastern religions, similar to the “Yahweh yoga” and “contemplative prayer” scams. If you see the website dedicated to this movement, theophostic.com/content.asp?ID=2#section2, it becomes self evident. What they are promoting really does remind me of the Scientology practice of auditing, but they have replaced their language with some Christianity and that of the mainstream pop psychology and New Age that has been popularized by people like Oprah Winfrey. The most revealing part is their long “do not try this at home, this ministry can only be performed by people with the proper training!” disclaimer. Of course, the Bible does not come with such warnings, and I have even heard testimonies from people that have started Christian churches and used by God to produce such mighty works as healings and prophesying (yes, I am an anti – cessationist charismatic and always will be) after possessing only a few books of the Bible (not even an entire New Testament!) or hearing a view Christian sermons over the radio.

The series of articles below from Spiritual Pathways Ministries (spm100.wordpress.com) links Council On Foreign Relations worker Rick Warren – surprise surprise – to this new movement, and also give us a new organization to monitor: the Christian and Missionary Alliance (cmalliance.org). Also, it appears that the good people from the most excellent Let Us Reason Ministries (letusreason.org/curren21.htm) are onto this movement.

Christians, the way to avoid getting deceived by these false doctrines and movements is to come to the cold hard realization that Christianity has been around for 2000 years. Further, the vast majority of Christians that have ever lived have practiced their faiths in the absence of our great wealth and modern technology and conveniences, and a great many also have practiced their faiths in the face of the possibility of legitimate persecution. Think of all the people, brilliant people indeed with the powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit, that have dedicated their entire lives to study of the Bible and to prayer? Even people who outwardly appeared to have been preoccupied with other things were actually living their lives completely dedicated to God. One of the things that you will never hear about Sir Isaac Newton in any public classroom, for instance, was that his scientific and intellectual inquiry had a thoroughly religious motive and a highly spiritual one at that. So the notion that after all this time someone is going to come along with a new doctrine, revelation, or practice that for some reason God chose to withhold from the church for all this time is absurd. Further, the root of it all is vanity, self – pride. We are so convinced that of all the Christians that have ever lived we alone have been blessed by God to receive some new thing to do some special work that no one else has gotten the favor or grace of God to do. The popular claim given is that “well this knowledge was withheld from the church in the past BUT SINCE THESE ARE THE LAST DAYS AND THE RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST WILL OBVIOUSLY HAPPEN IN OUR LIFETIMES GOD IS CAUSING THESE THINGS TO COME TO PAST.” Fine, except that nowhere in THE BIBLE does it say that there will be a multiplication of new doctrines and works. The Bible DOES SAY, however, that in the time before the return of Christ there will be a multiplication of FALSE teachers, preachers, and doctrines that will deceive many; a strong delusion that will cause the great falling away. Now a lot of folks are highly critical of things like the Brownsville Revival, the Pensacola Revival, the Toronto Blessing, and a great many other things associated with the charismatic movement. Their concerns may be legitimate, but at least those things purport to be restorationist: a return to the doctrines and practices of the New Testament. So, with these it is the responsibility of more mainstream Christians to prove them wrong according by that same New Testament, and if we cannot to leave them be. But there is no justification to follow after any doctrine or practice that was NEVER given in the Bible, because doing so is a clear rejection of God by telling Him that His Word and the Jesus Christ that was the Word Incarnate in flesh are not good enough for you. And since you reject The Word by going after these lies, you also reject the Father and blaspheme the Holy Spirit. Even misguided Christians that are trying to live and receive blessings according to things pertaining to the old covenant are better off that such persons as those, because at least it can be said of them that they are trying to stay within the pages of the Bible. But there is no excuse for being so prideful and vain as to believe that you are so special that God would give you anything spiritual that has been withheld from the church all of this time. Christians today are no better than Christians that have lived in any other time, and taking time to humble ourselves before God and to realize that end a great deal of the nonsense proliferating through our churches today. Now as to why so many Christians allow this nonsense to go on without speaking out against it? That is another question altogether.

James Sundquist on Theophostic Prayer- Introduction
Theophostic Prayer and Counseling by James Sundquist- Part One
Theophostic Prayer by James Sundquist- Part Two
Theophostic Counseling by James Sundquist- Part Three

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10 Responses to “Beware The “Cleansing Stream” Theophostic Movement”

  1. Andrew Clarkson said

    This series will run daily thru Friday of this week

  2. “Theophostic Prayer Ministry” is Scientology in disguise.

    A “TPM facilitator” (Scientology Auditor) leads the seeker (Preclear) through a “session” (same term as in Scientology Auditing) of “guided imagery” and “directed visualization” (“Dianetic reverie”, “mockups” and “mental image pictures”) towards “mind renewal experience” (“Clear”) by dealing with past buried memories that may still be bringing you down today (“Engrams”).

    They claim that they seek to bring you to self-responisibility (Hubbard’s “Self determinism”) even as they keep you addicted to more and more “TPM Sessions”.

    They call each person’s session a “case” (just like Scientology) and offer “training”, “courses” and “seminars” (just like Scientology) in TPM Facilitating, which is simply Auditing without the E-meter.

  3. tao4all said

    Idiot.
    Seven seals, seven chakras.
    “Golgatha”, place of the skull — your skull, where the seventh seal remains.
    “Aresting every thought” (paul), that is called meditation.

  4. The Prodigal Son said

    Tao… ~~~ ~~~ Though you are obviously trying hard to make friends here… I am positive that no one here wants anything to do w/ your ‘chakras’ and taoist nonsense… the third eye / all-seeing eye (Satanic/Kabalistic) is something you should not mess around with, smart guy ! ~~~ ~~~ Come out of your errors & turn to Christ, friend… that’s what you REALLY need… ‘Meditate’ on that !

  5. John Kaniecki said

    Tao4all,

    Hi hope you are all.

    The first block laid is Goodness. 2 Peter 1:5.
    You cannot have ‘meat’ without knowing the sincere milk teaches us simple kindness.

    Christianity is not an esoteric excercise.

    Love,

    John

  6. Meg said

    Do you know that Spiritual Pathways Ministry is nothing but deception?

    Here the Link:
    http://apostasywatch.com/Norrisexposed.htm

  7. maggie said

    You have been misinformed.. TPM… is not what you described at all. I highly suggest that you talk to Dr. Ed Smith first hand and get the truth. That would be the scriptural way. thanks

    • Chris said

      That’s akin to saying you need to talk to Joseph Smith firsthand to expose the false teachings of Mormonism or talk to L. Ron Hubbard firsthand to expose the false teachings of Scientology. Nowhere in Scripture does it say you need to talk to the false prophet to expose his/her teachings, it says you need to test and approve all things through Scripture. That is the Scriptural prescription, unless you know of a passage that says otherwise. I’m not aware of one myself

  8. Jerry Walker said

    You should do first-hand investigation, and take great care before “writing off”, even criticizing the ministry and witness of another Christian….I’m referring to a Bible-believing, academically trained Evangelical (Baptist) Pastor. The comparison to Mormonism is ludicrous, and a clear indication of lack of first-hand knowledge.
    Theophostic Ministry has been very healing and helpful to a number of people close to me, including family; and I have read and studied the literature–including Dr. Smith’s honest efforts to answer misunderstandings that might arise.
    It would be humorous, if it weren’t so sad, that just using a Greek-based name for the ministry–Theophostic–has caused an a priori bias against it.
    I recommend for reading, prayerfully and with a mind “open to reason” (per Scripture), “Healing Life’s Deepest Hurts” by Dr. Edward Smith, Regal, 2002 or later edition (which has his explanation of concepts that have been misunderstood by some in the Evangelical community of believers, and perhaps others).
    Any humble, Spirit-seeking student of the Bible knows that one should be most cautious in saying or doing anything that would “prevent others from entering.”

  9. Carlie Machado said

    This ministry is nothing like you are describing. I can’t imagine that you actually watched the DVDs or attended a seminar and came up with this anaIysis. went through the cleansing streams Bible study and retreat– I was in prayer constantly and ready to stop at any moment that the Holy Spirit prompted that it was not Biblical. I would recommend that you watch all 5 of the DVDs and attend a retreat with Chris Hayward before making such an evaluation. It was all very Biblical and sound teaching–truth from the Word of GOD that is nothing short of life changing. You have a very misinformed perspective of what the ministry is all about and I am wondering where you even came up with much of what you have had to say about it. I was able to be at a retreat with Chris Hayward–who is the founder of the ministry- and to see first hand what his heart is about and what the ministry is. It is his hope that every christian would find the abundant life and freedom that Christ came to give us. Chris DOES teach that this is something you can ‘try at home’….that in CHRIST we all have been given the power to life our lives with the abundance, freedom and power that Christ intended for us. Most of us say we believe all that and yet walk like we are victims of the world without power, joy or hope!! CSM is NOT about some emotional experience, it is not some Oprah based spirituality and comparing it to Mormonism doesn’t even make sense ….this is about experiencing God in a very personal way that will change you forever. I went into it completely on guard (mostly due to reading things like this), but sensing that God wanted me to be there and that HE had some healing for me….. and I came out of it completely blessed and freed up from some things that CHrist never intended for me to carry through this life. HE worked miracles in my life through it– HE has the power to change lives in a single moment and HE is at work bring the freedom HE died to bring us! I would encourage you attend a Bible study and retreat before writing things that you don’t actually know about. I am sure that some people could use the CSM in a nonBiblical way….as is done with ALL things–because Satan wants to warp all truth in any way he can. I know that because I was able to do the retreat with the actual founder of the ministy, that it is founded in truth from the WORD of God. Satan is the deciever and he wants all of us to miss out on our abundant life and to miss out on the freedom that CHrist came to bring….don’t let him steal it from you!

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