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Mosaic

Erwin Raphael McManus and Mosaic

Carol Brooks

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CONTENTS

Mosaic
Dancing from the Pulpit
The Mosaic Alliance
Mosaic Rialto
Awaken
National Spotlight
Part of The Emerging Church?
Infamous Quotes
Erwin McManus and Mysticism
Erwin McManus & the Five Elements
Crave
Endorsements
Erwin McManus, Jon Gordon and The Secret
 


Introduction:
Erwin Raphael McManus, A native of El Salvador, and graduate of the University of North Carolina and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary is the lead pastor and cultural architect of Mosaic, a Christian community in Los Angeles, California. A futurist and author, McManus was named by ChurchReport.com in January 2007 as one of the “50 Most Influential Christians in America” [1] while Mosaic has been described as a “radically innovative, multi-ethnic congregation” in the center of Los Angeles with close to 60 nationalities represented. The average age is 25.

Once employed [in the late 1980s and early 1990s] by the Southern Baptist Convention Home Mission Board to facilitate struggling churches in replacing “outdated” stagnant leadership teams with “younger” and “fresher” thinkers, McManus is now a controversial figure in the emerging church movement.

Erwin McManus is the author of An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God Had in Mind; Seizing Your Divine Moment [re-released as Chasing Daylight; Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul]; “Stand Against the Wind”; The Barbarian Way; and Soul Cravings. [See Three Reviews of The Barbarian Way]

His profile on MySpace says..

    “Engaging such issues as culture, creativity, change, and leadership, Erwin is widely known as a thought-provoking communicator. His travels have taken him to over 30 countries and he has spoken to over a million people from a wide variety of audiences. His work is featured in numerous films, articles, and magazines across the US and internationally. He also partners with Bethel University as a distinguished lecturer and futurist”. [2]


Mosaic

In October of 1991, Erwin McManus was first introduced to The Church on Brady (The Southern Baptist Church of East Los Angeles located on Brady Aveas the keynote speaker at Brady’s Spare Not Conference on World Evangelism. He was then invited to move to The Church on Brady and Los Angeles to transition into the role of Senior Pastor.

According to Wikipedia he

    “hit the ground running and build on the foundation at Brady. Multi-media was the new tool in churches at the time. Pastor Erwin allowed for the increase and improvement of these new tools. He introduced to Brady art and dance as weekly components of worship. Regular night-time services became part of the landscape of Brady. The late ‘90’s saw the congregation once again facing overcrowding.

A new name was sought with “Mosaic” being the accepted choice. It was at this time that the Sunday night service was moved to a night-club in downtown Los Angeles and newly named Mosaic became a church with multiple sites. In 2003 Mosaic sold its property on Brady street and became entirely mobile in one of the largest metropolitan cities in the world”.
 

Why Mosaic?
In an article entitled Emerging Angle by Erwin McManus he says..

    “We choose the name Mosaic because it is an art form where broken and fragmented pieces are brought together by an artist to create something beautiful out of the imperfect and irregular pieces. We are a work of art formed by the hand of the master artist. He is creating something beautiful through us all using even our brokenness and imperfection….  There is a new church coming. There is a new movement erupting. There is a new future being created. We call it a Mosaic future.”. [3]
     

Dancing from the Pulpit

    “Oil paintings, salsa dancers, information tents, a breakfast café and a live band — where can all these crafts and commodities be found in one place? These can all be found at a typical Sunday morning service at Mosaic. That is right. It is a church.

    On a recent Sunday morning, following a comedic skit depicting a rough-edged football coach ironically inspiring band-nerds to “play-hard,” Erwin McManus spoke to a diverse theater full of people… Though to a visitor, this may seem anomalous, to Mosaic staff it is just another Sunday morning”. [4]
     

The Mosaic Alliance
“is a global network committed to create the future by unleashing a culture of entrepreneurship, activism, innovation, authenticity, and creativity within the local church. The Alliance seeks to empower and equip churches and leaders to maximize the creative potential in the communities in which they serve. We partner with leaders from around the globe in effort to catalyze the movement of Jesus Christ. The Mosaic Alliance provides resources, training, and ongoing dialogue in effort to serve leaders and churches worldwide. One of our focus areas involves serving church planters, but the Alliance is not limited to church planters. Join us in creating the future together!” [5]


Mosaic Rialto
Mosaic-RialtoA 50-year-old church has recast itself as a sanctuary for the thousands of young adults who feel church isn't for them. Mosaic Rialto, a trendy church that uses a smoke machine and DJ during its services, is Grace Community Church reincarnated.

The chapel, with crimson curtains and low lights, is decorated like a loft; the lobby includes a coffee bar and plush couch.

Pastor Mitch Cariaga hopes the youth-friendly atmosphere will help him reach the heart of his community.

His church is one of hundreds nationwide that have joined the Mosaic Alliance, a movement of churches that want to reach their communities by presenting the Gospel in the format best suited for its audience.

    "When I took over this church six years ago, we had about 15 elderly people," Cariaga said in between the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. "I really felt like we had to make a change or die."

The change was not subtle. The Sunday before Halloween, Cariaga stands in the front row wearing red-tinted plastic glasses, blue jeans and a loud orange-blue-and-green striped shirt. His shaved and balding head bobs in cadence with a thumping bass drum.

Pastor Mitch, as he is known, jumps onto the stage at the end of the music set. When reading from the Bible, he sits on a wooden stool as if he were reading poetry at a cafe. He sprinkles his sermon with self-deprecation.

Christ, he says, is able to "break the family curse" not only male-pattern baldness but also stubborn sin. The offering, the most uncomfortable moment of church attendance for many Christians, is lightened with the sound of a DJ scratching records on a stage being filled with the fog of a smoke machine.

It's too soon to know whether Cariaga's goal of reaching young adults will be realized. But Mosaic members have bought into his vision.

    "Church should be alive and really happy," said Nadia Castaneda, who redecorated the church. "This should be a place were the average 28-year-old can come and just feel alive." [Terry White on blogger.com. Excerpts from a November 2005 article in the San Bernardino County Sun]
     

Awaken
Erwin McManus is the catalyst behind Awaken, Emphasis Added

    “a collaboration of dreamers committed to creating environments that expand imagination and unleash creativity. Convinced that the world is changed by dreamers and visionaries, Awaken serves the purpose of history by maximizing the divine potential in every human being”. [6]

    “Awaken emerges out of the unique ministry of Mosaic and reflects Mosaic’s commitment to creativity, uniqueness, innovation and diversity”. [7]

      IPS: Here we go again.. Every form of New Age beliefs that comes along seems to have at least one common thread..  The Divine in us.  Whatever McManus means by “Divine potential”, it certainly has no basis in Scripture.   “Mosaic’s commitment to creativity, uniqueness, innovation and diversity”  would be words I would look for should I need the services of a graphic design company, be inclined to take art classes or wish a professional to redecorate my house. Have we forgotten what ‘the church’ is? ... simply a group of believer who gather together...
       

National Spotlight
In an article by The Christian examiner

    “The success of Mosaic, coupled with McManus’ cultural insights and non-traditional views, have propelled him into the national spotlight. The Los Angeles Times has called him a guru to young church leader”.

    “Last year, his ministry partnered with the national Promise Keeper’s Men’s conference tour. The Colorado-based men’s ministry selected McManus’ 2002 book “Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul,” as the cornerstone of its annual themed conferences. His 2000 book “An Unstoppable Force” was a Gold Medallion Award finalist”
     

Part of The Emerging Church?
There has been some controversy as to whether or not Mosaic is part of the Emerging Church.. In the article Emerging Angle, McManus says that he is “a bit apprehensive writing under the moniker of emerging church” since  “There is so much baggage that comes with this term” He adds that this was not  a term he would have ever chosen for himself or Mosaic.

But in an interview with FreshMinistry ..(www.freshministry.org)

    FM:  What advice would you give churches that want to minister in the postmodern age?

    EM:  “The most revolutionary thing you can do is call people to pray.  Pray for the emerging church and young pastors and the churches in the future that make you uncomfortable.”

On his website, into the mystic, Erwin’s brother Alex McManus (described as “a visionary and futurist known for his provocative imagination and relentless experimentation”) says this

    “Mosaic is different from the “Emerging Church” not just in terms of ambition, ethnicity, and mission, but also in attitude and thinking. Many of those who take on the mantle of the Emerging Church seem to me to be burned out Church leaders who needed to bail on a Christianity that offered pat but empty answers. I consider this a good move. But, in contrast, Mosaic is more like a convert who is full of enthusiasm, joy and hope. The new convert moves with speed and intentionality towards Jesus, towards the scriptures, towards Christ following community, and towards the world in service and mission”.

In an interview with Relevant Magazine, Erwin McManus made the following statement as part of the answer to a comment made by the interviewer 

    Comment: Having visited Mosaic, the focus on character is obvious in that community, and it’s invigorating

    Response: Just one more thought. Because people don’t know where to put our community they put us in the “emergent” category, and we really are a different animal than emergent. We’re not against emergent, but we are not like them.

    I’m just saying that it’s just not Mosaic. Our dilemma is that we are trying to create an entire new category and people keep trying to put us in different ones.  [8]


Infamous Quotes

    "My goal is to destroy Christianity as a world religion and be a recatalyst for the movement of Jesus Christ ... Some people are upset with me because it sounds like I'm anti-Christian. I think they might be right."

      IPS: I initially wondered if Erwin’s comments about his being "against Christians" have been taken out of context or misjudged. There is a growing movements that is challenging Christians to re-examine how we are ‘doing church’.  However  what they and McManus are advocating is not a return to the New Testament blueprint, but an effort to reinvent Christianity for our generation. This reinvented Church is very similar to the church that emerged from the New Testament church in the past. While it is perfectly true that going to church on Sundays or singing in the church choir just isn't enough.. when was that ever Christianity?

However in an interview with Relevant magazine he was asked the following question by Al Sergel ..

    “You claim to be an “irreligious pastor.” Please explain this in more detail.”

To which Erwin replied

    “I don’t have much value for religion. I don’t feel any need to defend Christianity. I think Christianity is the same as Buddhism and Hinduism—whenever a religion begins to say that these are the things you have to do to be loved by God, you have a religion. The defining difference is not that you have to do these things to be loved by God, it’s that God loves you, and if you would just turn around, you’d run right into His love. The Scriptures tell us that we are unconditionally loved, and we cannot lose that love. That’s a huge risk because now God can’t motivate us through fear, or judgment, or wrath—I mean He has actually leveraged everything where He believes in the power of love to change us. That’s a huge risk”.  [Emphasis Added]

        IPS: So much for giving someone the benefit of the doubt. The Scriptures DO NOT tell us that we are unconditionally loved, nor that we can never lose that love. On the contrary Scripture makes it clear there are some things He hates ... and, what many may not realize, there are even certain types of people that the Bible tells us God hates!  [See Hated by God?]

    Sergel: “Any more thoughts on that?”

    McManus: “I guess for me, I’m looking and going—what does it mean to be a person who is not trapped by the confines of religion but has actually experienced the power of God. Paul says, “Everything is permissible, but not all things are beneficial.”

in an interview with FreshMinistry ..(www.freshministry.org)

    FM:  How has postmodernism affected the church?

    EM:  “The churches that will cease to exist are not those who are doctrinally errant, but are spiritually errant.  You can't get away with it anymore.  You can't just talk about what the bible says, you better flesh it out or you are dead.” [Emphasis Added].

      IPS: Flesh it out? While other sources of knowledge are not an assault on the Scripture's completeness... Wisdom and knowledge are possible from many sources.. Spiritual wisdom comes only from the Word of God. Implying that Scripture is not enough is pretty sad.. I guess God was waiting for McManus and his Mosaic to complete spiritual knowledge..

In an article entitled Emerging Angle McManus said

    “When I gave my life to Christ it was not to go to heaven or avoid hell or even to have my sins forgiven; it was for one reason above all the others – Jesus could change me to become like him in his character and in him my life would not be wasted. For me the gospel was a call to live a heroic life marked by honor, wisdom and sacrifice”. [9]
     

Erwin McManus and Mysticism
For those who may wonder just what is at the basis of McManus' spirituality, this quote by the author says it all:

    The Barbarian Way [his book] was, in some sense, trying to create a volatile fuel to get people to step out and act. It's pretty hard to get a whole group of people moving together as individuals who are stepping into a more mystical, faith-oriented, dynamic kind of experience with Christ. So, I think Barbarian Way was my attempt to say, "Look, underneath what looks like invention, innovation and creativity is really a core mysticism that hears from God, and what is fueling this is something really ancient. [10]

There is little question that some of the statements made in this interview were deadly accurate… For example McManus said

    “For a lot of us, people are running into our megachurches, and we’re building these massive buildings and we say, “Look! The Gospel’s a hit!” [Also See The Church Growth Movement]

And

    “I think in the '80s, Christianity just decided, "Hey, we have enough people to shape American history and shape America’s future through political means" rather than through the spread of the Gospel. That’s where I think we became the blockbuster, when we became the moral majority and we began to leverage things more politically than we did spiritually. I don’t know if we’ve actually recovered from shifting from a spiritual voice in culture to a "moral voice" in culture.”

      IPS: No doubt that was a huge mistake. It is through the propagation of the gospel and the building of the church, not through politics and the renewal of America, that we are promised that even "the gates of hell shall not prevail" (Mat. 16:18). To demand a return to an alleged "Judeo-Christian ethic" with the unbiblical expectation that the moral quality of our nation will thereby improve is to waste precious time, energy and resources that should be channeled instead to fulfilling Christ’s "great commission." [See A Better Society Without The Gospel?]

However he goes on to say..

    “My next book deals with the intrinsic evidences of God, which is something I’ve been dealing with since the moment I came to faith in Jesus Christ. I kept thinking to myself, it seems that contemporary Christianity doesn’t really get it: a person isn’t brought to Jesus through the weight of evidence. God has leveraged the human spirit to move in His direction, and all the material we need to bring a person to the realization that they were created by God actually already exists inside that person” [Emphasis Added].

      IPS: There is a common misnomer among many Christians that apologetics never helps to bring anyone to Christ. This is a serious misrepresentation of the facts. See The Need For Defending The Faith. In any case Isaiah 64:7 says “And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee; for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us by means of our iniquities”. The people referred to by the prophet were indisposed to seek God. If it were true then.. it is true now.. People have not changed. Most do not ‘stir themselves’.

And further down on the interview he says

    “In the modern world a great preacher was a person who could teach you the information of the Bible. Now people want to know, has that book taken you anywhere where you’ve met and experienced God? It’s different. It’s really sharing your life through the Scriptures that becomes a part of what people hunger for—and people do hunger for it”. [Emphasis Added]
     

Erwin McManus & the Five Elements
Erwin McManus believes that the church needs to shape a cultural movement, an apostolic ethos. To create this apostolic ethos he has reinvigorated the five elements that come from ancient pagan spirituality. The website http://theoriginsproject.org/ depicts these five elements.

    WIND: Commission: Mission is why the church exists: People matter most.
    WATER: Community: Love is the context for all mission: Love permeates everything.
    WOOD: Connection: Structure must always submit to spirit: Passion fuels action.
    FIRE: Communion: Relevance to culture is not optional: Relevance communicates truth.
    EARTH: Character: Creativity is a natural result of spirituality. Character creates change.

On its face there is very little that is Christian about these five categories other than a few scattered biblical words. But McManus carries a mystique and awe about him as one of the vanguards of the emerging new face of the church, so this little “eccentricity” of the five elements is considered a new marketing gimmick for cutting edge neoevangelicalism. But is there more to it than that?  [11]

    McManus has been noted to integrate ideas from philosophy, sociology, evolution, and aspects of other religions into his new way of doing church. What is disturbing in this new movement is the use of other religious symbols that have nothing to do with Christianity. McManus uses a Tao water symbol for Jesus’ oneness with the Father. The symbol of the Yin and Yang, (Tao) a Chinese symbol that symbolizes a harmony of opposites (dark/light), representing oneness of life. “The second element is captured in the imagery of water. The apostolic ethos is fueled by intimacy. Jesus prayed that we would be one, even as he and the Father are one.... Water is a great metaphor for community” [12]
     


Crave
musichristian.com is advertising a soon to be released DVD (06/05/07) by Erwin McManus & Awaken called Crave saying [Emphasis Added]

    “a new series of short films created by Mosaic's own Awaken Films that corresponds to themes outlined in Erwin's latest best-selling book Soul Cravings(Thomas Nelson).

    As founder of Awaken, McManus has collaborated with a team of dreamers and innovators creating this stunning new series of short films that communicate spiritual truth in a revolutionary new way. Crave uses the visual storytelling medium of film to reveal the hidden mysteries that permeate the soul. Tapping some of Hollywood's brightest writers, directors, and actors, these films tell stories that can be used in either church or small group setting. Each film features an into from McManus and a short message on the theme of the film”. [13]

      IPS: This is totally unbelievable.. Hollywood's brightest writers, directors, and actors are now making a film that can be used in churches.. Much of what Hollywood produces is dyfunctional garbage promoting promiscuity, movies full of nudity, portrayal of adultery as an acceptable past time and other destructive behavior. [More]


Endorsements
Erwin McManus, The Southern Baptist Convention and Ken Blanchard
The Southern Baptist Convention’s Feb 26-27 2007 On Target Evangelism conference featured both New Age sympathizer Ken Blanchard and emerging church proponent, Erwin McManus who said.

    “God is actively engaged in a conversation with every human being on this planet. And sometimes we forget that. God is leveraging everything in the direction of humanity finding Him,” He added that history is organized in such a way that it presses people to search for God.
     

Erwin McManus Lead Like Jesus and Ken Blanchard
The Lead Like Jesus website advertises their 2007 conference due to take place on Oct. 19 calling it The Leadership Revolution! 

    “If it were a movie, the Lead Like Jesus NOW: The Leadership Revolution! simulcast, October 19, 2007 in San Francisco, would boast an all star cast. In fact, the conference will feature a world-class line-up including co-hosts Ken Blanchard and Erwin Raphael McManus and featuring John and Nancy Ortberg, Laurie Beth Jones, Patrick Lencioni, Rosey Grier, Bill Pollard, Margie Blanchard, Phil Hodges, and Phyllis Hendry”. [Emphasis Added]

However, the stated purpose of the The Lead Like Jesus conferences is to help people become leaders by following the leadership habits of Jesus Christ. The purpose is not one of evangelism, but rather teaching the traits of Jesus to help others achieve personal success…”  Their speakers run the gamut from business successes to the New Age.


The Following ‘Christian Leaders’ endorsed McManus’ book The Unstoppable Force
[14] which says…

    “In An Unstoppable Force, author Erwin McManus offers a vision of the church taking its rightful place. An unstoppable force created to change the world. A church that is active and engaged with its community. A church that dares to cut itself free from atrophied practices and programs to flourish in creative and compelling worship. Where teachers of the Word risk reaching out to our multi-sensory, multi-layered culture with music, the arts and other unique expressions of love and faith. A church that prospers in the life of Christ”. [Emphasis Added]

The following endorsements are sufficient in themselves to cause any Biblically minded person to take a very careful second look. [15]
 

Rick Warren Pastor Saddleback Church, Author of The Purpose Driven Church

     “I love this book because Erwin loves the church. Growing churches requires growing leaders. This book will help you along the way.” (Rick Warren Lead Pastor, Saddleback Church, Author, The Purpose Driven Church)

This June, emerging church leader Erwin McManus will be one of the featured speakers at the Saddleback Church Worship Conference and Festival.
 

Leonard Sweet E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism Drew University, Madison, NJ

    “If I could only require one text for all my divinity students, if I could only recommend one book for every religious leader, this would be the one.”
     

Bill McCartney Founder and President, Promise Keepers

    “I love Pastor Erwin McManus’ heart for the Kingdom, for the city and for reaching people for Chirst - he’s one of the great visionaries and innovators when it comes to church leadership of our days. Growing out of his own incredible experience, An Unstoppable Force contains insights and principles that I believe can help any church grow and reach its full potential in Christ!” 
     

Ralph D. Winter Founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission

    “You can hardly find a book more engrossing from page to page - because you rarely meet a man with as fascinating a story to tell. Loaded with profound insight as well as constant interest, McManus clearly has a lot to offer church leaders today, presented out of the raw, real context of actual ministry.”
     

Todd Hunter - Former National Director, Association of Vineyard Churches, USA.

    “Erwin McManus excites me - from the first time we met to the end of An Unstoppable Force. Read this intelligent analysis of the church and clear-minded take on culture. It will equip and inspire you to approach church life with the kind of faith, hope and love found at Mosaic.”
     

Another of McManus’ books Seizing Your Divine Moment was endorsed by

Dallas Willard - Professor of Philosophy, University of Southern California; Author of The Divine Conspiracy and Renovation of the Heart.

    “Erwin Raphael McManus forcefully presents the fact that we know the regular and reliable presence of God’s kingdom in our lives only by acting for God . If we follow Jesus in this way, the glorious language of the Bible and the creeds will become our day-to-day reality not something we hope might be true.”
     

Erwin McManus, Jon Gordon and The Secret
See Detailed Article on The Secret... A seductive, but dangerous, message that appeals to our materialism

Jon Gordon, author of the book The 10-Minute Energy Solution, refers to a conversation he had with Erwin McManus about the hit film The Secret. 

    “While having dinner the other night with Erwin McManus, author of "Soul Cravings" and a person who has had a profound impact on my life, we discussed The Secret and Erwin made a great point that we need to explain there is a secret behind The Secret.

    God gave us free will and the power to choose. In choosing to have faith and believing in a brighter and better future, cultivating a grateful and appreciative heart, and practicing forgiveness we open ourselves up to amazing possibilities. We become a vessel God can use to mold into the people we were born to be... who share the love we were meant to share.

    We are co-creators of our life with God. We are both creating and being created at the same time. The universe is not some magic genie that's says, "Your wish is my command," bringing you any car, house, or amount of money you desire. The Secret does not exist to satisfy your every wish but to help us become the kind of people God can use to make His ultimate wish come true - Heaven on Earth and inside each one of us”.
     

So what is The Secret?
Wikipedia tells us that

    The Secret is a film consisting of a series of interviews and dramatisations related to the "The Law of Attraction." It is distributed through DVD, books, and online (through streaming media). The film has attracted considerable interest and acclaim from primetime media figures such as Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Larry King, Amy Poehler from Saturday Night Live, Pulitzer Prize-winning political columnist Maureen Dowd, as well as some criticism in the mainstream press.

And from MSN

    “The "secret" is the law of attraction, which holds that you create your own reality through your thoughts… Its explicit claim is that you can manipulate objective physical reality—the numbers in a lottery drawing, the actions of other people who may not even know you exist—through your thoughts and feelings”. [Decoding 'The Secret' on msn.com]

What these sites do not tell us is that

    “The Secret, makes no secret about it's intentions: to let the world know that humanity is on the brink of a new era. This new era will open up to humanity unleashed power, riches, creativity and all that we ever dreamed of. A "secret" that has been locked away for centuries is now available to all” [The Secret: "A New Era for Humankind" Source: Lighthouse Trails]
     

See Detailed Article on The Secret... A seductive, but dangerous, message that appeals to our materialism.

Rhonda Byrne, the author of The Secret, is a disciple of a couple named Jerry and Esther Hicks. In the acknowledgements of The Secret, Byrne thanked Jerry and Esther Hicks and the teachings of Abraham... a group of spirit guides that Esther Hicks channels for guidance on spiritual issues. On the Hicks website, they state:

    "Abraham, a group of obviously evolved teachers, speak their broader Non-physical perspective through the physical body of Esther [Hicks]. Speaking to our level of comprehension, from their present moment to our now, through a series of loving, allowing, brilliant yet comprehensively simple, recordings in print, in video, and in sound -- they guide us to a clear connection with our Inner Being -- they guide us to self-upliftment from our total self." [16]

It would pay to make as comprehensive a list as possible of all the recent books, movies and courses that have their origins in information from channeled entities… Demons. The one that springs immediately to mind is A Course In Miracles.

One of The Secret teachers who focus on The Law of Attraction was Joe Vitale. In a Mar. 8th, 2007 appearance on Larry King Live (Larry King calls the DVD the "most profound information he has run across in 40 years.") a caller asked ‘where God came into the whole "Secrets". To which Vitale replied..

    “God is all of us. God is the secret and everything about it. This is a law from God”.

And who is Jon Gordon? Often called as America’s Energy Coach, He is the author of a book called The 10-Minute Energy Solution. In among many useful (and commonplace) suggestions folded into a 30 day plan, Jon Gordon promotes much of the occult.

    In early 2006, a book hit the market called, The 10-Minute Energy Solution by Jon Gordon. The book is filled with suggestions on how to improve energy levels through meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and other such techniques. Throughout the book, Gordon quotes favorably from the Dalai Lama [See Footnote], meditator Daniel Goleman, Thich Nhat Hanh, New Agers Marilyn Ferguson and Wayne Dyer, and from A Course in Miracles.* [17] [See The Dalai Lama And A Course in Miracles]

Gordon promotes panentheism (God in all) by saying things such as:

    “When it comes to love we can't not talk about spiritual energy because love and God are one in the same. When you are sharing love you are expressing the spiritual energy of love that is all around you. When you become a source of love you become an expression of the greater and greatest source of love. Remember that you are an expression of this source. You came from this source and you are this source”. [18]

Jon Gordon is also author of The Energy Bus which carries a foreword from Ken Blanchard.

    "If you want to fuel your family, your career, your team, and your organization with spirit, read this book. Jon’s energy and advice will leap off the page and help you cultivate positive energy in everything you do—and you will make the world a better place for your having been here. Thanks, Jon, for pumping us up and making sure we get on the right bus." - Ken Blanchard, Co-author of The One Minute Manager® and Leading at a Higher Level.
     

Footnote: The Dalai Lama..
Not exactly what he says he is and certainly not what he is popularly made out to be. There is something very sinister behind this smiling ‘Man of Peace”.  He believes in and teaches on the coming of the Maitreya, and has initiated thousands of people into the Kalachakra initiation, part of which is the Shambhala myth which prophecies and promotes, on an ideological basis, a “holy war” (Shambhala war) by Buddhists against non-Buddhists, in which “supremely ferocious warriors will throw down the barbarian hordes” and “eliminate” them. The Kalachakra texts say that the 25th Kalki king will emerge from Shambhala with a huge army to vanquish "Dark Forces" and usher in a worldwide thousand-year Golden Age. And who are these ‘Dark Forces’? Shri Kalachakra I. 154 says “Adam, Enoch, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Mani, Mohammed and the Mahdi” are characterised as the “family of the demonic snakes”  {See The Dalai Lama}

 

End Notes
[1] http://www.thechurchreport.com/mag_article.php?mid=875&mname=January

[2] http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=167770999

[3] http://www.thecronline.com/mag_article.php?mid=936&mname=March

[4] http://graphic.pepperdine.edu/living/2005/2005-01-13-mosaic.htm

[5] http://mosaicalliance.com

[6] http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=167770999

[7] http://awaken.org/

[8] http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god_article.php?id=7241

[9] www.thecronline.com/mag_article.php?mid=936&mname=March

[10] Erwin McManus, Interview with Relevant Magazine. www.relevantmagazine.com/god_article.php?id=6989 (emphasis added)

[11] http://herescope.blogspot.com/2006/11/erwin-mcmanus-five-elements.html

[12] Erwin McManus, An Unstoppable Force, p. 118. Quoted in http://www.letusreason.org/Curren76.htm

[13] http://www.musichristian.com/sys/product.php?PRODUCT=171615.

[14] http://erwinmcmanus.com/unstoppableforce

[15] http://erwinmcmanus.com/unstoppableforce/.

[16] http://www.abraham-hicks.com/about_us.php

[17]Ray Yungen. A Time of Departing Second Edition. Quoted in A Special Report... Erwin Mcmanus - "A Secret Behind The Secret" Lighthouse Trails

[18]5 Ways to Become a Love Magnet. http://www.jongordon.com/021306-lovemagnet.htm

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