Monday, May 08, 2006

RICHARD FOSTER & ASTRAL PROJECTION

Richard Foster's 1978 edition of CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE promotes Astral Projection.

From the Witch Craft Magic website, read how this site describes Astral Projection. Then read Richard Foster's section he removed from his 1978 version of his book. It is pretty much the same thing.

DISCLAIMER--CAUTION! STOP: THIS IS A DEMONIC PRACTICE FORBIDDEN BY GOD (See Deut. 18:10, 14 Lev. 19:26).

What is Astral Projection?
Astral Projection is the process of temporarily separating your consciousness or spirit from your physical body. It is an extraordinary experience. All who have experienced it can testify to its lucidity and magical quality. Astral Travel is very different from normal dreaming. In fact, it seems even more clear than our normal daily lives; our senses seem sharper and the environment somehow more real. It is often thought that Astral Projection (Out-of-Body Experiences) is only experienced by people that have had a near death experience after an accident or on the operating table.

• In the Astral the sky is not the limit. One can fly way beyond the blue sky, into deep space exploring the planets. One can consciously project to any part of the world through concentration...
• We can fly through the air, having a birds eye view of what is below, traveling across the surface of our huge planet...
• Imagine being able to glide over the ocean like a seagull, or being able to penetrate into it and breathe beneath it like a fish...
• We can meet enlightened beings, even of distant ancient traditions, which can help guide us along the Spiritual Path. Or we can even attend true esoteric schools and temples to learn much about the mysteries of life and death...

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Now look at the section removed from Richard Foster's 1978 edition of the "Celebration of Discipline" book which is instructing the dangerous new age practice of Astral Projection, thanks to Ken Silva from Apprising Ministries for pointing this out:

“A fourth form of meditation has as its objective to bring you into a deep inner communion with the Father where you look at Him and He looks at you. In your imagination, picture yourself walking along a lovely forest path. Take your time, allowing the blaring noise of our modern megalopolis to be overtaken by the sound of rustling leaves and cool forest streams. After observing yourself for a bit, take the perspective of one walking, rather than the one observed. Try to feel the breeze upon your face as if it were gently blowing away all anxiety. Stop along the way to ponder the beauty of flowers and birds. When you are able to experience the scene with all your senses, the path breaks onto a lovely grassy knoll. Walk out into the lush large meadow for a time, lie down on your back staring up at blue sky and white clouds. Enjoy the sights and smells. Thank the Lord for the beauty.”

“After awhile there is a deep yearning within to go into the upper regions beyond the clouds. In your imagination allow your spiritual body, shining with light, to rise out of your physical body. Look back so that you can see yourself lying in the grass and reassure your body that you will return momentarily. Imagine your spiritual self, alive and vibrant, rising up through the clouds and into the stratosphere. Observe your physical body, the knoll, and the forest shrink as you leave the earth. Go deeper and deeper into outer space until there is nothing except the warm presence of the eternal Creator. Rest in His presence. Listen quietly, anticipating the unanticipated."


Richard Foster has not issued any explanation as to why he removed this section from the 1978 edition of his book. If he has repented of the sin of promoting this form of witchcraft, he should make it known.

People need to wake up and realize what is going on here. How long will christians "FLIRT" with this latest deceptive tool of the devil's called Contemplative Spirituality?

-KCO (Keith)
-KTO (Kenny)

6 Comments:

Anonymous Vee said...

You know, I use to do this stuff before I became a Christian. I was saved out of it, why would I go back to it.

I weep for the church, I know God is weeping all the more.

I think that judgement will fall soon.

V

1:26 AM  
Anonymous dPazos said...

Dear KTO & KCO:
I read with astonishment all of Tony Campolo's quotes from the preceding post. I have heard him on Christian radio here in Florida.
He says many bizarre things. Other Christian leaders have warned me against him in the past, but you simply do not suspect that much wackiness.
I hope you appreciate my expert commentary regarding this Website. It appears you are doing fine work for the Lord on it. Allow me to congratulate you on the birthdays in the family this past week. We had a fine time at Mike's house.
I will not even venture to comment on Astral Projection. Too far out there (pun intended)!
May the Lord bless you as you continue to serve,
dPazos

3:19 PM  
Blogger Kennyo said...

Thanks for your nice comments Danny. I always enjoy hearing your thoughts.

Feel free to comment often.

Kenny

3:25 PM  
Anonymous dPazos said...

How kind of you to invite me into this site. I feel strange about Tony Campolo now that you have exposed him. A pastor friend in Pennsylvania has already warned me against Tony. You should write something on this blog about the demise of traditional 'Sunday School' in liberal Baptist churches across the nation. They are failing to raise the new generation of Christian youth. Studies show a decline in Biblical literacy among young Americans when compared against older Americans. This trend is not universal, but it is a negative national trend in the USA which must be addressed. I know that KTO has changed churches specifically because of how the children were being raised without Sunday School for the teens. In their quest for sensitivity to the pagans, they are failing to raise the children of Christians properly. Some liberal churches are now only offering weekly Bible classes up to the sixth grade. The 7 to 12 grades often replace rallies or other flaky consumerist event for Bible study. This failure to train the next generation of Christians in some so-called Christian organizations deserves a whole article at some future date.
Make sure hell and sin are mentioned always in these classes.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Why do you think these guys get so popular ?
Is it because they are so different from the Word of God and they are just like the pagans of the press ?
Where are the heavy hitters of the church?
Why do they not expose these people who love to hear themselves talk? Call them on it.
Don't these men, Campolo, Mclearen , Foster cause disunity?

1:49 AM  
Anonymous JCB said...

I know this will not be popular in this setting but please let me make the following observations:
1. Foster's book, "Celebration of Discipline" uses over 100 scriptural references and includes historical context, this rebuttal contains none.
2. Foster allows for the freedom of God given creativity in our worship and growth. Looking for things that saints throughout the ages have tried and grown from. Allowing for a God that is merciful and allows us to make mistakes, judging the heart and understanding the actions. I am not sure I can say the same of the tone of the rebuttal.
3. If the premise of this article is taken to its logical conclusion (that we are not to look like the world or take beliefs/practices from it) this article leads to a paradox. If we celebrate Christmas then we are celebrating a pagan holiday and are like the world, but if we refuse to celebrate then we look like Jehovah's witnesses which means we are following the practices of a cult.
4. I notice that the offensive part of the book was taken out with no explanation. My question is, did anyone ask him? From my meetings with him he seems to be humble and honest and willing to comment on his works. Has he been approached in an open, non-hostile way? Or is he just being condemned on hearsay? We should be willing to discuss the Truth honestly and openly, if we can not do that then we probably are not as confident that it is truth as we want to believe.

4:32 PM  

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