Members of Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church have reportedly collectively lost 250,000 pounds since the Daniel Plan was launched a year ago. The alternative health program was created by three men whose thinking is permeated with New Age principles: Mehmet Oz, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hyman. Oz is a follower of Emanuel Swedenborg, who entertained spirit guides and was deeply involved with Eastern mysticism (“Special Report,” Lighthouse Trails, Jan. 11, 2011). Amen teaches Eastern meditation and deals in pop psychology and self-help. Both Oz and Amen promote Reiki, an occultic practice that allegedly channels “universal healing energy.” Amen told Warren that he intends to help Saddleback church members to have good “brain health,” a subject he has addressed in several books. Amen’s The Brain in Love promotes Hindu Tantra, the pagan concept of combining yogic meditation with sex. Making a Good Brain Great promotes Hindu-style meditation through the vain repetition of the alleged primal sounds saa, taa, naa, maa, aa. Even if these actual demonic practices are not part of the Saddleback health program, Rick Warren has brought his people into potential contact with such things by his enthusiastic recommendation of these men. Mark Hyman promotes meditation based on Buddhist principles. He claims that “diseases don’t exist; their symptoms are related to effects” (“Rick Warren’s Celebrity Health Plan Draws Thousands,” The Orange County Register, Jan. 16, 2011). To say that disease doesn’t exist apart from human causes is New Age nonsense. While it is true that diet and exercise can affect one’s health, all diseases are not the result of lifestyle. We are fallen sinners who live in a sin-cursed world, and disease and death are realities that affect every individual regardless of what type of “healthy lifestyle” he pursues. In our book The New Age Tower of Babel, we warn that the alternative health care field is permeated with New Age philosophy. A friend observed that health food stores are New Age chapels. Beware! Though we know that physical health is important, the Bible itself doesn’t have much to say about it. What the Bible does have a lot to say about is spiritual health in general and not associating with paganism in particular! “Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils” (1 Corinthians 10:21). Rick Warren is a major builder of the apostate one-world church.
(Friday Church News Notes, February 3, 2012, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
Ad above does not necessarily imply endorsement