Kundalini spirits in the church?

Andrew Strom has re-ignited concerns which have surfaced periodically since the time of the Toronto Blessing in 1994. The outspoken New Zealand preacher has written a book entitled 'Kundalini Warning' which suggests that false spirits are invading the church.


Ed. Foreward

kundaliniI researched the New Age Movement (and its associated eastern spiritualities) back in the late 80s/early 90s and spoke, (by invitation at that time) to many church groups on the subject.
Awakening the Kundalini
is the expression used by mystics,  Hindu gurus and New Agers for the practice of focussing on a 'serpent spirit' which, they say, resides in each one of us in the form of a coiled snake located at the base of the spine. Through meditation and physical body positioning the aim is to 'raise the Kundalini' through a total of seven spiritual waypoints – called 'Chakras' – located along the spine.

The aim is to elevate the Kundalini spirit to the 'Crown Chakra' which is located at the top of the skull. Those who have gone through this process have described it as 'mind-blowing'.
I threw the 'best' book I had on the subject into the waste bucket as I didn't want it in my home, and I wouldn't want to quote from it in this article anyway.

The practice, which is spiritually dangerous in the extreme, is often linked with Yoga-like exercises associated with eastern meditation and mysticism. Chanting and essentially self-hypnotic routines can be a 'way in'.

Andrew Strom believes that these phenomena – stretching back to the Toronto Blessing – represent the 'worst invasion [of deceiving spirits] in church history' and, in his concern, goes as far as controversaly 'naming names'. It is up to the reader to exercise his/her own discernment on all that is contained in the following.

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KUNDALINI WARNING – Urgent

-by Andrew Strom.

Kundalini1I just saw the video of Rick Joyner announcing that Todd Bentley is back ministering every night at Morningstar in North Carolina and now they have so-called "revival" manifestations eerily similar to Lakeland. They also announced that they are streaming these big meetings every night on their new TV channel - and they are greatly promoting the whole thing.

Now I am a tongues-speaking Pentecostal myself - but can I ask a simple question here please? What kind of "spirit" was it operating in the Lakeland revival - when the leader and main focal- point of the meetings (Todd Bentley) was having an adulterous affair behind the scenes? Was it truly the "Holy" Spirit that was anointing something so sensual and unholy? And now that Todd divorced his wife and married his mistress - are we supposed to welcome him back and this "anointing" with him? What is going on here? Rick Joyner has been warned very specifically by high- level ministries not to do what he is doing now - bringing Todd Bentley back into the limelight. And yet it seems he does not care. Apparently the "manifestations" are all that matter.

So what exactly are these 'manifestations' if they are seemingly at home in such an unholy environment? Are they from God at all? (I am talking here about the violent "jerking", uncontrollable laughter, bodily contortions, drunkenness, 'portals', strange "angel" encounters, etc.) Why do we not see such an 'anointing' in the Bible? Why aren't Jesus or the apostles promoting these manifestations if they really are true Revival? Why instead do we see these things all the way through the New Age and Hinduism, etc? Do we not realize that many false religions have their own version of "laying on of hands" that results in these very types of manifestations? This 'spirit' is not in the Bible - but it is all the way through Kundalini-type Hinduism! Don't you think this should alarm us?

WHAT is KUNDALINI?

Chakras2If you search for Kundalini and Shakti on the Internet, you will find that multitudes of people in the New Age and Eastern religions still experience these powerful manifestations. Often this is with the help of a Guru, who touches them on the forehead so that they can experience a "Kundalini Awakening".

As researcher Robert Walker wrote in 1995: "The meetings which mystic Hindu gurus hold are called 'Darshan'. At these meetings devotees go forward to receive spiritual experience from a touch by the open palm of the hand, often to the forehead, by the guru in what is known as the Shakti Pat or divine touch. The raising of the spiritual experience is called raising Kundalini. After a period when the devotee has reached a certain spiritual elevation they begin to shake, jerk, or hop or squirm uncontrollably, sometimes breaking into uncontrolled animal noises or laughter as they reach an ecstatic high. These manifestations are called 'Kriyas'. Devotees sometimes roar like lions and show all kinds of physical signs during this period. Often devotees move on to higher states of spiritual consciousness and become inert physically and appear to slip into an unconsciousness."

And as the guru Shri Yogãnandji Mahãrãja wrote: "When Your body begins trembling, hair stands on roots, you laugh or begin to weep without your wishing, your tongue begins to utter deformed sounds, you are filled with fear or see frightening visions. the Kundalini Shakti has become active."

In China there is a popular Kundalini-type movement called 'Qigong'. When a Chinese Qigong spiritual master spoke in the USA in
1991, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that many in the crowd began to experience "spontaneous movements". The master told his audience, "Those who are sensitive might start having some strong physical sensations - or start laughing or crying. Don't worry. This is quite normal."

When you see videos of these "kriyas" or other Kundalini-type manifestations, you would often swear that you are watching a modern "Impartation"-type church meeting. (And I say this as someone who believes strongly in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I just don't believe in "alien" anointings infiltrating the Body of Christ! There is a big difference between Kundalini and the real Holy Spirit).

Since 1993-4, I believe a foreign spirit has been allowed to invade the church - first through Rodney Howard-Browne's ministry - then Toronto, then the Prophetic movement (which I was part of at the time) and on into Lakeland and many other ministries and movements. I urge people now to "test the spirits" just as we are commanded to in Scripture. Do not let just anyone lay hands on you. This is a powerful spirit and it has the backing of a lot of big-name ministries. In fact, these men and women are the very ones responsible for allowing it to spread right through the body of Christ. And one day they will be answerable to God for doing so.

We are specifically warned in the Bible that the Last Days will be a time of "seducing spirits," false prophets, 'lying signs and wonders,' and that we always need to watch for "angels of light" masquerading as the real thing. Why does the modern church not take these warnings seriously? Aren't we living in the very days that the Bible warns about?

Right now I need to do something that I have never done in such a way before. I have never before published a list of ministries or movements to watch out for. But this time I have to. This sickness has gone on long enough. I urge you to cut yourself off from the following ministries and their tainted "anointings" my friends. Even though some of these people say "good things" at times, it is simply not worth having any involvement with them due to the tainted anointing that they endorse or minister in themselves. Here is the list-

(1) Todd Bentley.
(2) Rodney Howard Browne - the so-called "Holy Ghost Bartender."
(2) Rick Joyner or anyone connected with Morningstar Ministries.
(3) John Arnott & any connected with TACF (The "Toronto Blessing").
(4) Peter Wagner of the 'New Apostolic Reformation' who claims to be head of a worldwide network of 'apostles' - who publicly endorsed Lakeland and will soon preach at Toronto TACF alongside other "false anointing" advocates.
(5) Mike Bickle and IHOP Kansas City (-I lived nearby for over two years - and know how much they are into all this stuff. Mike Bickle promotes it in his book).
(6) Bob Jones - the Kansas City prophet whose ministry is utterly tainted by it all.
(7) Patricia King and anyone else from 'Extreme Prophetic.'
(8) John Crowder & anyone connected with "Sloshfest."
(9) Bill Johnson of Bethel church, Redding - who says some good things but publicly endorsed Lakeland and promotes the "false anointing" very strongly behind the scenes.
(10) Heidi & Rolland Baker of IRIS Ministries - who do good work amongst the poor in Mozambique - but who have also carried and promoted this tainted anointing for years.
(11) Randy Clark, Wes & Stacey Campbell, and other key figures from the "Toronto blessing."
(12) The Elijah List - and almost anyone featured on it.

Of course there are a huge number of lesser-known preachers and ministries who carry or endorse this Kundalini-type "anointing" around the world. But I have concentrated here on the most influential that I know of. It really is an enormous issue in the church. I urge anyone who is a supporter of any of the above ministries to really check them out thoroughly. If you find (as I have) that they carry or endorse this false Kundalini spirit in the church, then please stop supporting them in any way - and whatever you do, don't let them "lay hands" on you!

I am putting everything on the line to be "naming names" like this. But I believe it is that serious. How on earth did we get to the point where "kriyas" just like Hinduism are spreading through the church?
These people are trying to "relaunch" this whole thing right now. To see a video showing "kriyas" and other Kundalini-type manifestations, please click on the Youtube links below-

 Part One                                                                    Part Two



Andrew Strom is founder of RevivalSchool.com and the international REVIVAL list. He was involved for 11 years in the same Prophetic movement as Todd Bentley until he left over what he saw as the unbiblical and bizarre phenomenon within that movement. His article originally entitled 'Why I left the prophetic movent' has since been published in book form with the title 'True and False Revival'.

Footnote: Links to Related Articles on the Lakeland revival and on discernment can be found in the sidebar at the top of this page.

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Informed (Guest) 20/07/2013 01:26
Colin - much of your experience reflects much of mine also, with mainstream kinds of conditioned Christianity --- and some of the comments on this site and the like, that are based on fear-mongering and demonizing what God created in everyone, in HIS IMAGE... to have the same effect...

...I can only liken it to pre-school thinking and university; and I would not normally go to the depth of explanation as I have, were it not that this subject has been grossly misunderstood, and misrepresented, and not seen in its true and ideal perspective, in context with the Creator and person in His Image they were made in..., if it exists within a person, which it DOES ...then there IS A REASON FOR IT --- unless one insists on being an O-C (ostrich Christian) and keep ones head buried in the sand pretending things are not there...

There is the Truth of salvation, available to all who would accept it, regardless of depth of knowledge etc, so that even the simplest person can have access to it...

...HOWEVER, there are also the 'deeper things of God' of 'godliness' and of 'life and experiencing life' in context, that lead to greater and deeper understanding of who one is, the Truth and related truths...

...I don't see how you can promote the KJV as an accurate rendition of scripture, given that it is influenced by the dhouey-rheims vulgate based bible by a factor of about 5%, and King James commissioned it to be written as a negative response to the Geneva bible, the original bible of the reformers which was the first English bible to have chapters and verses. King James did not like the footnotes that indicated that the Egyptian midviwes did the 'right thing' to disobey Pharoah, and save Moses, as he felt this was 'seditious' and challenged his 'authority as king'...The foonotes also described the seat of the papacy as 'antichrist'...

...King James was also a homosexual and historical account indicate he was a perverse man, who after hunting animals down would roll around in their blood laughing. King James in the 1611 first edition of the KJV of the bible insisted the apocrypha was part of canon, and he had a zodiacal calendar included. There were many error in subsequent printings, some called the 'he bible' then the 'she bible' then the 'wicked bible' (where errors included 'thou shalt' instead of 'thou shalt not') and it was only until the Oxford press printing, that the errors were by and large cleaned up, and false part removed, however, there are still errors in there, ie: easter instead of 'passover' (pascha) and 'charity' instead of 'love' (agape), as it was easier to King James to 'appear charitable' superficially than to actually show 'love' to his subjects...

...in addition, the OT in the KJV (which was a reprint of the Bishops bible) is translated from the septuuaging, the greek retranslation from the original Hebrew, so again, much was lost in translation...

KJV cultism is just that, nonsensical and inaccurate...I used to be one of them once, until a pastors comments made me think and research more...I tend to use the NASB, but even that has innacuracies, ie: Hebrews 4:8-9 is wrongly using Joshua out of context, who was NEVER a lawmaker, and it should be more correctly 'Yahshua' as both are actually the same name..., another 'translators bias' to support the church of rome and the pagan day of the sun, ie: sunday worship...

Yes, the commandments are Eternal Principles that reflect the Character of God, not a means to salvation, but a way of life 'within salvation' as per James comments...James 2:15-26


Informed (Guest) 20/07/2013 01:29
CORRECTION: that should have read 'septuagint'

ie: ...in addition, the OT in the KJV (which was a reprint of the Bishops bible) is translated from the septuagint, the greek retranslation from the original Hebrew, so again, much was lost in translation...
Informed (Guest) 20/07/2013 01:38
...the interesting thing is, that I always regarded the 'Toronto blessing' and penticostal weird behaviour as a false spirit, with many false spirits involved --- and the manner in which some behaved was identical to the effect a Brazilian witch doctor had on others, who claimed to get his power from dead people. I saw the same spirit with a black catholic archbishop...

...I never felt comfortable with any of that and still do not, as there is a very manipulative spirit involved I do not feel is of the true Christ...

KEEP IN MIND...just because someone is using or 'misusing' the primal force (kundalini) in some way, does not mean that it is in perspective with the Creator --- now THAT is an entirely different issue...
Informed (Guest) 20/07/2013 01:44
Penny --- Paul, in the bible says: "...work out your salvation with fear and trembling;..."

Php 2:12 So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;
Php 2:13 for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

God forbid that I let the ignorant have any influence on my life, much less salvation, based on the limitations of their conditioned thinking and automated response elements...
Informed (Guest) 20/07/2013 03:18
...at the end of the day, I would advise --- just ensure you are 'in your own conscience' right before the Eyes of God..., to the best of your own ability and understanding...

...do not do nor pursue anything that is contrary to that, due to the fact that you may not understand it, and it may become a trap and/or a stumbling block to you. Medicine is medicine to some, and poison to another, given at the wrong time and place...

...as I said, I don't believe the mainstream of Christianity can deal with some of these truths, however - since this issue has been brought up in the context it has, for the sake of accuracy and placing things in the right perspective in God, and indicating that there is also a perspective that is 'not of God' has been of importance to convey...

...perhaps for some, this information will benefit them, that have had questions about experiences they cannot understand, to come to terms with them more, and correct them into a more Godly context..., and those that have had questions looking deeper..., however for those who feel this is a stumbling block to them, and do not understand, I can only say move on in the things of God that you can understand and lead you to Him, --- for whatever leads YOU to God is Good (and good for you) and whatever leads away is 'bad', even if only bad for you at the time...

Take care

God bless in the Truth that is Eternal Good ...


Penny Lee 20/07/2013 12:49
Informed,

I agree with you that 'mainstream' religion (or religion in general) has many faults and has sanitised the Word of God to the point where it is no longer effective. However, that's no reason to go off on a tangent into something else inappropriate. We don't need kundalini, or religion, all we need is Christ and He will lead us to a deeper understanding and relationship with Him if we are willing and dedicated in spending time with Him.

I have no interest in meaningless rituals, or 'social religion' where church is little more than yet another club. I want to feel God's Spirit in meetings which I attend and I can do that if the right message is being spoken, and people's hearts are receptive to hearing it. No hysteria, no mumblings and trance-like states, just a oneness with God in repentance and praise.
Jack Thomson (Guest) 20/07/2013 17:14
Well said Penny
Covenanter 1 (Guest) 20/07/2013 17:27
I like the last sentence Penny Lee Quotes "Just a oneness with God in repentance and Praise." That's it ! The Gospel in a nutshell ! Just like the story Jesus tells of the Pharasee and the tax collector. The Pharasee said " I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all I posses , the publican standing afar off would not lift up so much as his eyes to heaven , but smote his breast , saying , God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you this man went down to his house justified rather than the other , for every one that exalts himself shall be abased , and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Luke 18: 12-14.
Colin Ford (Guest) 21/07/2013 15:24
Amen!
Daniel (Guest) 28/08/2013 08:40
Genesis 3:15
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.


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