A "Wonderful" Deception: The Further New Age Implications of the Emerging Purpose Driven Movement

by Warren B. Smith


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A "Wonderful" Deception: The Further New Age Implications of the Emerging Purpose Driven Movement by Warren B. Smith

Five years after writing Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose-Driven Church, former New Age follower Warren B. Smith continues to reveal how Rick Warren and other Christian leaders-wittingly or unwittingly-are leading the church into a spiritual trap. A Wonderful Deception examines church metaphors, concepts, and beliefs that are essentially the same as those being used in today's New Age teachings. And while biblical prophecy is being minimized and explained away, the New Science is being used to prepare the world-and the church-to accept a new spirituality and a false New Age Christ. This book explains how all the puzzle pieces are in place for the strong delusion described in 2 Thessalonians. A Wonderful Deception pierces right into the heart of this deception while preparing believers in Jesus Christ to effectively stand against it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780976349235
Publisher: Mountain Stream Press
Publication date: 03/29/2011
Pages: 244
Sales rank: 787,583
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Warren B. Smith (BA, University of Pennsylvania; MSW, Tulane University) is a freelance writer and community social worker who was formerly involved in the New Age movement. He has served as a program coordinator for people with special needs, directed several homeless programs, and has worked as a hospice social worker in New Orleans and on the California coast. He has written extensively on the subject of spiritual deception and has spoken on radio, television, and at seminars and conferences.

Table of Contents

Preface 9

1 Deceived on Purpose 15

Ten Basic Concerns 16

It's Not About Rick Warren 29

2 Saddleback Responds 31

The Saddleback Apologists 32

Regarding Bernie Siegel 33

Regarding Robert Schuller 36

3 The New Age Peale Factor 39

Peale's New Age Endorsements 41

As Above, So Below and the Saddleback Apologists 45

Peale-"God is in you" 46

4 George Mair's Book 47

"New Age Preacher" Norman Vincent Peale 48

Occult/New Age Influence: Peale to Schuller to Warren 50

Ken Blanchard and Rick Warren 52

Lighthouse Trails Press Release 54

Lead Like Which Jesus? 56

5 Blaming the Messenger 58

Thou Dost Protest Too Much 60

Another New Age Link: Henri Nouwen 62

Blanchard's Book with Peale 63

Church Growth: Peale, Schuller, Warren 64

Stumbling into the Truth 65

Christian Charity? 67

6 Schuller-The Real Leader 69

Blanchard "Moves Forward" 71

Blanchard's Continued Confusion 72

7 Bernie Siegel Revisited 75

Not Mentored by Schuller? 77

Covey, Strobel, Kay Warren, and Schuller 79

Grievous Wolves 81

8 "God's Dream": A Deceptive Scheme? 82

More Saddleback Spin 86

"God's Dream" and Brian McLaren 89

Saddleback Men's Ministry 91

The Spiritual Trap 92

Who's Talking About "God's Dream"? (Sidebar) 94

9 Rick Warren and Prophecy Revisited 96

Jihadist Jesus? 100

Brian McLaren and Rick Warren 102

10 Warren, Sweet, and Sweet's "New Light" Heroes 104

Serving Two Masters 105

New Light Leaders? 106

Willis Harman 107

Matthew Fox 110

M. Scott Peck 115

Peck and Fox Together 118

11 Sweet, Spangler, and Quantum Spirituality 121

Spangler: Still the New Age 123

Repackaging the New Age 128

Leonard Sweet and Rick Warren 130

"As Christian As Anyone Can Get" 133

What Revolution? 135

Whose Revolution? (Sidebar) 138

12 Fractals, Chaos Theory, Quantum Spirituality, and The Shack 139

Fractal Theory and The Shack 141

As Above, So Below and Fractals 142

Bruce Lipton and As Above, So Below 146

Exploring Off the Map 150

The Quantum Revolution 153

"God's Dream" and Metaphysics 155

New Age "Oneness" 157

Hidden in Plain Sight 159

A Stay-at-Home Mom 160

Quantum/New Age Implications of The Shack 161

13 The Quantum Leap to a New Age/New Spirituality? 163

Saddleback Civil Forum and "Flip-Flopping" 163

The New Worldview? 165

The Quantum Christ 167

What the Bleep Do We Know!? 172

Quantum Physics and the New Age "God" 173

Quantum Physics and John Marks Templeton 174

Birds of a Feather 177

Quantum Leap into the Future? 178

Quantum New Worldview 181

14 Rick Warren's "Broad Way" Christianity 183

Ten Basic Reasons 184

The Time is Here 189

Epilogue 191

Appendix A The Daniel Plan 195

Appendix B God is Not "in" Everything 205

Endnotes 206

Index 233

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