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.

Christians Together, 31/07/2010

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Penny Lee 13/08/2010 14:54
Brian,

I have never really understood the purpose of speaking in tongues. I am fully accepting of the practice in scripture but it seems to me that the disciples were speaking actual languages other than their own with the purpose of being able to be understood by those there who spoke only these languages themselves.

I am a bit uneasy about 'babbling' incoherent sounds which are supposed to be communication between one person and God. We can all speak to God within our own hearts if we need to keep the communication personal. To do so in public seems to me to be unnecessary and would be more likely to scare people away than draw them.

I accept I may be wrong but that is how I feel and I know other true Christians also feel quite uneasy about the practice. Are you able to point me to any part in scripture which describes why it would be appropriate to conduct spoken dialogue with God which is unintelligible to everyone else?
Brian Ross 14/08/2010 10:41
Andrea,
Thank you for your response which is, as alwyas, couched in polite and reasnable terms. I wish that you were able to give 'Masterclasses' on the art of making a point without being unnecessarily offensive!

I should have clarified that my speaking in tongues - which I would not describe as 'babbling' (but then, I am slightly biassed!) - is for private use. I have always had problems with 'congregational tongues-speaking' - especially when it is a response to encouragement from the platform! Having said that, I have no problem with someone speaking in a tongue that is then interpreted for the benefit of the rest of the group. I would take my Scriptural basis for all of this from I Cor.14. That includes v.19: "... in a church meeting I would rather speak five understandable words to help others than ten thousand words in an unknown language." (NLT)!!

As with everything else - and this was the focus of the original article/videos - there is a need for discernment, especially by those who are in leadership.

Blessings. (the icon - if I have done the right thing - is because I am currently in unintended residence in France, and the sun is shining. Time for the sunscreen! Story behind that on my blog at www.crazyrev.blogspot.com - especially the posts of July 20th and 30th and Aug 4th!)
Peter Carr 14/08/2010 10:43
Sadly, all God given gifts are open to abuse, whether they be prophecy, speaking in tongues, preaching, healing etc...

As Brian points out, the gift of discernment is sadly lacking!!
Peter Horne (Guest) 14/08/2010 12:07
As Peter Carr has said 'abuse' is the problem. And the answer to 'abuse' is not 'disuse' it is 'right use'.

Regarding speaking in tongues it is clear from Scripture that not all have this gift (from God). The problem arises when those who do and/or those who don't translate their personal experience into a dogma.
Brian Ross 14/08/2010 12:49
I should have added that the real test of the believer is not the manifestation of any/all of the Gifts of God the Holy Spirit, but the display of the Fruit of that same Spirit. As is being made increasingly clear, the devil is perfectly capable of counterfeiting the Gifts - but he can never counterfeit the Fruit!
Brian Ross 14/08/2010 14:40
I think that I may be on a roll!! Stranded, as I am, in France - with even my wife having flown home already! - I have been listening to a lot of music from a bundle of CDs that I have in my (currently static!) touring caravan. I hadn't realised how often even well-known Christian song-writers and worship leaders keep repeating certain lines/phrases/stanzas - in an almost hypnotic fashion.

It's making me wonder if that repetitivenss is all that much different from the congregational speaking in tongues that Andrea mentioned, and with which I have already stated I do have problems?

I also started thinking (this relative solitude may actually be doing me some good!) of the way in which so many worship-leaders seem to be more concerned with performance than tue worship. Indeed, there are well-known figures in the Christian church in the U.K. as much as anywhere else, who would appear to be more concerned with their radio/television personae than with the preaching of the Gospel!

Now I freely admit that I may be doing some an injustice. But this is one man's perception - and I believe (and my wife would certainly, from her knowledge of me over more than 40 years) that I do have a measure of discernment.

What I don't have is either the breadth of knowledge, or the simple courage (!), to do an Andrew Strom and provide specific names! Perhaps I will ultimately have to answer for that - or, perhaps, at some point, the Lord will provide the right level of discernemt, of wisdom, and of courage!

Whatever - I am now asking if I need to get rid of the plank in my own eye before I judge another, even if I believe that that other has a larger plank?!
Penny Lee 14/08/2010 17:02
I don't think it does any of us any harm to regularly challenge ourselves about what we believe and why we believe it. Those of us who grew up in a church environment can often repeat what we have been told because we think it must be true since it was told to us by fine Christians who we respect and we can feel that, if we question it, we will be thought of as rebelling in some way - and that is not a criticism of our church, I am very thankful for the church in which I was raised. Mostly, it was spot on and it is, after all, full of flawed human beings so there is bound to be fall out from that.

In adulthood, I began to have a fresh look at why I did certain things. Mostly I felt comfortable about them but wouldn't have wanted to admit them to the rest of the church. I had to get over this and decided to ask myself whether what I was doing was right or wrong from a Biblical point of view and then not apologise for them if I was ever challenged. That is not to say that I would, say, flaunt an occasional glass of wine to those who were strictly teetotal but neither would I hide it.

Equally, the subject of 'speaking in tongues' doesn't seem to be for me and I have never craved the ability to do it or been envious of those who do. I still feel I have a good relationship with God and know how to speak to Him in a way which is satisfying and know that I am being listened to and I have seen definite answers to prayer and incredible comfort in times of extreme grief and sorrow.

Sadly, I have to agree with you Brian that some (but not all) of the modern hymns lack any real substance and are very repetitive as if in a way to encourage people into a trance-like mantra. This is a complete turn-off to me. I can find emotion in a well-written hymn but it is because the words are so profound, regardless of whether they were written in the 19th century or the 21st one.

Many people now are addicted to 'experiences' but lack discernment (or maybe they don't even care) that they are not from the right source. I want no part in that. The only spirit I want to hear from is the Holy Spirit and I know for sure this is perfectly in keeping with scripture.

Most people know there is something missing in the human makeup but lack the discernment or knowledge as to how to address this. If we would take all our direction from the Bible, we shouldn't go far wrong but when you want to do something badly enough, you will manage to convince yourself that it is compatible with scripture even when to others it is blatantly contradictory.

Churches who have turned God's truth into a lie are the worst of all. They are deceiving others and will be judged harshly for it. How tragic that those who have fallen take so many others with them. The world entices many away but for a church to do it is even worse and I wouldn't want to be standing in front of God with that on my record.
Brian Ross 14/08/2010 17:09
That parenthesis in the thord last para should, of course, read (and my wife would certainly, fromher knowledge of me over more than forty years, confirm).

Note to Ed. Any possibility of either a 'Preview' or an 'Edit' facility??? I only notice even some of my typos, after I have submitted!!

Blessings
Pawlo 14/08/2010 17:26
"As Brian points out, the gift of discernment is sadly lacking!!"

Is discernment a gift? Is it not being well grounded in the word so that things may be measured accordingly? Again I would see this as a basic of the faith and one that is also lacking.

The authority of the word has little place in most contemprary churchs.
Peter Carr 15/08/2010 08:33
"Is discernment a gift?"

Paul,

I don't want to split hairs, however is prayer a gift? Yet, it is something that we are as Christians are to do. Do we all, at all times?

Gift or means of grace, either way it is God given, and is to be excercised by all who are born again of God's Spirit!

1 Cor 2:14

"The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned."



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