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Hebrew Roots, The Four Waves & Their Roots

 Renovaré & The Christian Mystic


2 Timothy 3:13-14

“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.”   “But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned an hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. “

Quaker and Fuller graduate (holds a doctorate in pastoral counseling), Richard Foster is co-founder of Renovaré, and Professor of spiritual formation at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California. Foster became an ordained clergyman for the Society of Friends in 1967. He's held pastoral positions in 'Friends' churches since that time and became professor of theology and writer-in-residence, 1979 on, at Friends University in Wichita and adjunct professor at George Fox College, from 1974-1979. He is a member of the publications board of California Yearly Meeting of Friends. He obtained his B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from George Fox College (now University)  and D.Th.P, Biblical Studies and Social Ethics in 1970, from Fuller Theological Seminary. Foster teaches all the techniques of the New Age such as quietism, mantras, centering, Buddhism, Yoga, T. M., the exercises of Ignatius of Loyola, Eastern religion and so on.  An evaluation of Fosters sources of learning is discussed in, ‘A CRITIQUE ON THE MINISTRY OF RICHARD FOSTER.’   

Editor's note: Email note: "We were told by Richard Foster's ministry that he is not a psychologist. I thought you might want to make this correction on your Foster articles. God bless you."
Deborah Dombrowski
Lighthouse Trails Publishing - End of Note]

The ecumenical Richard Foster, a contemporary of Madeleine L’Engle, was trained at George Fox College. (Quaker) and also, “…served for a time as a professor of theology and writer-in-residence at Friend’s University in Wichita, Kansas." 64.  Al Dager writes: "A large part of Renovaré's spiritual disciplines involve meditation on the writings of selected spiritual masters associated with the "Christian" contemplative tradition. Most, of course, are Roman Catholic, particularly those mystics from the fourth through the fifteenth century." 65. 

John 1:18

"No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."

Like kabbalist sages, and other occultists, Richard Foster encourages his followers in  ‘astral projection,” the ascension to heavenly places and into the “Presence.”  

“…Foster take his followers on spiritual journeys up beyond the heavenly places and into the “Presence of God”, face to face with the Creator of the universe through the use of Eastern meditative techniques. His book, Celebration of Discipline,…using guided imagery…occult practices of visualization, meditation and even astral travel…” 66 

Media Spotlight gives a long list of those supporting Foster’s Renovaré including: 

*Sister Thomas Bernard, Director.  The Spirituality Centre, CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE of Los Angeles.
*Isaac Canales, Ass. Dir. Hispanic Ministries, FTS*
*T. Eugene Coffin, Counsellor, Memorial Gardens, CRYSTAL CATHEDRAL.
*Richard Felix, President, AZUSA Pacific University.
*David Allan Hubbard, President of FULLER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY.
*Anne  Huffman. 'Harbour  Community   PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES.
*Jerry Johnson, Ex. Pastor, Lake Avenue CONGREGATIONAL.                   

*H. B. London Sen. Pastor First Church of the Nazarene. California.
*Robert  Munger,  Prof.   Emeritus evangelism and Church Strategy. FTS*
*William E. Pannell, Dir. Black Ministries. FTS*
*Robert A. Seiple, Pres. WORLD VISION, Inc.
*Slang-Yang-Tan, Direc. Dr. of Psychology Program. FTS*
(*FTS: Fuller Theological Seminary). (...List Shortened)

*H. B. London, Sen. Pastor First Church of the Nazarene. California. is none other than James Dobson's cousin, who works for Focus on the Family.

For Bob Seiple See: World Vision: A UN Global Vision; World Vision: Institute for Global Engagement & Eastern College


[Late] JAMIE BUCKINGHAM, G. Raymond Carlson, Ted W. Engstrom, Gary Fawver, TONY CAMPOLO, Richard Felix, Faith Forster, Roger Forster, William C. Frey, Millard Fuller, Henry Gariepy, MICHAEL HARPER, Roberts Hestenes,  Jerry R. Kirk, Clarence A Kopp, Sr., David LeShana, Peter Lord, Carl H. Lundquist,
DAVID & KAREN MAINS, Martin Marty,

Sister Thomas Bernard, Catholic.
Isaac Canales, Fuller Theo. Seminary. (Fuller has many speakers for Renovaré).
Eugene Coffin, Crystal Cathedral (Robert Schuller's "cathedral").
Richard Foster, President of Renovaré.
Jack Hayford, Sen. Pastor, The Church on the Way, California.

Bob Seiple, World Vision, Inc.
William Vaswig, of Renovaré.
Jane Willard. Professional therapist (offered for prayer and counselling during seminars)...(list shortened) 67.

One writer wrote: “Included in the extensive list are Lloyd John Ogilvie, Jack Hayford, G. Raymond Carlson (General Superintendent of the Assembly of God, USA), David Hubbard (President of Fuller Theological College), Jamie Buckingham, TONY CAMPOLO, I. J. Packer, JOHN WIMBER, C. PETER WAGNER” 68

We have mentioned many of those names many times in these reports as either involved in the CNP, occult, or ecumenical movement.

Perhaps the endorsement of Richard Fosters teachings by such notables as the late Jamie Buckingham, John Wimber and other ‘Christians’ can explain some trends. Jamie Buckingham, supported Kathryn Kuhlman and Bob Mumford, and through the magazine Logos helped introduce many of the Charismatic leaders to a wider audience. Leaders such as: “Dennis Bennett, Bob Mumford, Harold Hill, Merlin Carothers, Iverna Tompkins and Judson Cornwall, to name a few… He edited the Logos Journal for a time and wrote 14 books for the company, including the best-sellers Shout it From the Housetops (1972), written with CBN founder Pat Robertson, and Daughter of Destiny (1976), the story of Kathryn Kuhlman. Jamie also served on the original board of directors for Logos, alongside such charismatic leaders as David du Plessis, Bob Slosser and Gen. Ralph Haines.”  69  

Jamie Buckingham also worked with Stephen Strang of Charisma and Christian Life Magazine, from 1979 until 1992. Strang was a featured speaker at the Messiah99 Conference. Of the many Evangelicals who have endorsed Richard Foster’s ‘Celebration of Disciplines,’ in the “Spiritual Disciplines” (Second Edition ,pp 203-210) we find, 

“Jamie Buckingham…;

Gary R. Collins, professor of psychology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School;

Tony Campolo, speaker and author…;

Leighton Ford, Leighton Ford Ministries [Chairman of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization];

William C. Fry, bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Colorado;

Mark O. Hatfield, senator…; Caroline Koons, author…;

Judith C. Lechman, author…;

Madeleine L’Engle, author….;

David L. McKenna, president, Asbury Theological Seminary;

Calvin Miller, author…;

John and Paula Sandford, authors…;

Luci Shaw, Harold Shaw Publishers, author…;

Ronald J. Sider, exec. Dir., Evangelicals for Social Action;

Lewis B. Smedes, author…

Howard A. Snyde, professor…., United Theological Seminary;

Tommy Tyson, evangelist;

C. Peter Wagner, professor…Fuller Theological Seminary;

Robert Webber, professor of theology, Wheaton College;

Macrina Wiederkehr, author…;

Dallas Willard, author; and John Wimber, [late] pastor and founder, Vineyard Christian Fellowship.” 70

Richard Foster reciprocated John Wimber’s endorsement by commending Wimber’s honesty in the forward to “Power Healing.” He affirms Wimber’s apostolic role and claims that “John speaks with the confidence of one who is living out of the divine center.” 71  That “divine Center” is an Eastern mysticism term, meaning “God is a universal consciousness, residing within everyone, guiding them on the path to evolutionary perfection.” 72  

Richard Foster, like other Quaker quietists believe that “God is within.”  In fact, Foster declared in 1991 that a “Quiet Revolution” was coming and like Rick Joyner and others, declared the coming incomparable ‘harvest.’  

“ with…Quiet Revolution”…”the new move of the Spirit”…will come the greatest harvesting of souls in the history of the world. Foster sees Vineyard and Kansas City Fellowship…as the greatest hope for what he called “this God-ordained Harvest.” 73  

There is a difference in understanding that the Holy Spirit indwells us when we accept Jesus Christ and the occult meaning behind the concept of "the god within", "the light within" or "the Christ within."

The authors of Trojan Horse, defining this “revolution” write:  

“…Quietist revolution…[involves] promotion of the same esoteric practices found in Foster’s books, but also a strategy for ecumenism, without regard for doctrine.”

“Renovaré is the organization behind this movement…Out of the traditions of Quakerism, Richard Foster and William L. Vaswig, co-directors of Renovaré…[are] offering spiritual disciplines well know to the pagan world to induce deeper spirituality…”  74

Renovaré is merely one of the many avenues for incorporating this mysticism and ecumenical teaching into society, and specifically, Christianity. Foster and Vaswig have held many conferences and in 1991 held their second “National Conference on Personal Spiritual Renewal of Christian Leaders”: 

“…with more than one thousand pastors and leaders in attendance, the directors praised occultist/psychiatrist Carl Jung as a great psychiatrist…emphasized personal renewal through ‘meditative prayer’ involving ‘centering down’ to become quiet and passive, then used guided imagery and visualization of Christ…”

“…Foster called for unity in the body of Christ through the “five streams of Christianity, the contemplative, the holiness, the charismatic, social justice and evangelical.”…Vaswig recalled that his first experience of “meditative prayer” using visualization was taught to him personally by Episcopalian mystic Agnes Sanford. He explained the contemplative aspect of Renovaré’s spiritual disciplines, the attainment of a state of mind that is totally passive and uncluttered by rational thought…Practicing the “Presence of God” is actually a form of Zen Meditation.” 75  

Roman Catholic mystics, particularly of the fourth to the fifteenth century are associated with these same teachings. Besides Jacob Boehme and George Fox, some like-minded mystics include Thomas Merton, Francis of Assisi, Henry Suso, Dorothy of Montau, Julian of Norwich and so on.


Madeleine L’Engle And the Temple of Understanding

  Psalm 119:104 

“Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.”  

Madeleine L’Engle was noted to have “enthusiastically” endorsed Foster’s Celebration of Disciplines. 2  (p113) New Age guru moving in Christian circles, L’Engle is:

“…author-in-residence…at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, where she also serves as a lay preacher…It houses Shinto and Native American shrines, has displayed a female figure of Christ called “Christa”, and performs Tai Chi rituals and Earth masses. David Spangler…goes there frequently to perform Eucharist…”

“Omega …lists…L’Engle as a faculty member…[and] features such courses as: shamanism, out-of-body experiences or astral projection, Tarot methods of fortune telling, earth worship, psychic abilities, Yoga, Tantric Toga (a sexual form of Black Magic), homosexuality and astrology.”  76

L’Engle is connected to Wheaton College (gave her an honorary degree), Marilyn Ferguson (Aquarian Conspiracy; Esalen Center-paranormal) Bill & Gloria Gaither and many more.

Authors of the Trojan Horse, whose focus was the influence of Madeleine L’Engle into the churches, clearly showed her various occult foundations. One of the more important connections was with the Temple of Understanding based in the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Episcopal "mother" church.

“The Temple of Understanding collaborated with the Global Commission of Parliamentarian Leaders in 1985 and gave birth to the Global Forum.” 77  

“…New Age organizations behind the Global Forum just happen to be the Temple of Understanding, which is closely tied to the United Nations and is housed at Madeleine L’Engle’s church, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine…The Temple’s purpose…is to facilitate the one world religion, through the promoting both the acceptance and the embrace of all religions, beliefs and rituals.”  78 

  “According to the Temple of Understanding’s own literature, it is the world’s second oldest international interfaith organization, just behind the World Congress of Faith’s, founded in England in 1935…The Temple began through the efforts of …”Founding Friends,” including world leaders Eleanor Roosevelt, Albert Schweitzer, Thomas Merton, the Dalai Lama, U Thant, Pope John XXIII, Pope Paul VI…” 79 

“The “Friends” assisted the founder, Juliet Hollister…in establishing a world interfaith center based in the U.S. Additional sponsors have included John D. Rockefeller II, Margaret Sanger… International Planned Parenthood…Bishop James A. Pike…the Society of Friends (Quakers), the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Unitarian Fellowship…” 80 

 “In October of 1988, the Temple of Understanding…held a “North America Assisi,” in Wichita, Kansas…Faith delegates represented Jains, American Indians, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Shintoism, Bahaism, Unitarian Universalism, Sikh and Zorastrianism. Some spanned more than one faith, such as John L. Jory, a Quaker…who is also a practicing Buddhist.”  81  

RE: Episcopal Church See: Jacob Prasch & The Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research

The original plan for the design of the Temple was to have six wings or rather extensions shaped into a six–point star or hexagram, housing the six major religions of the world, those being: Christianity, Buddhism, Islamic, Hinduism, Confucian and Judaism.  Referring to the original 1960’s plan for the construction of the Temple, which was eventually located in L’Engle’s church, we read of their ultimate goal.

  “The Temple of Understanding’s Meditation Room was to be known as the “Hall of Illumination, “ where the Illuminati, Masters of Wisdom, Our Leaders of the Temple of Understanding [will] train the public in the new humanistic cult.”…to create a “new type of mystic… ” 82    

The plan changed as to the location and building—but the intent is still the same.  

2 Corinthians 6:14-15

  “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:

 for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?

 And what communion hath light with darkness?

And what concord hath Christ with Belial?

Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?”


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65. as cited in: A CRITIQUE ON THE MINISTRY OF RICHARD FOSTER. Wendy Howard, editor of Despatch magazine, Queensland, Australia.

66. op.cit., p. 111-112, Trojan Horse


68. Ibid.

69. 1932-1992 Jamie Buckingham (A Special Tribute) Prophet With a Pen; Compiled by the editorial staffs of Ministries Today and Charisma.

70. op.cit. p.113, Trojan Horse

71. p.4  Media Spotlight; Special Report: The Vineyard: History, Teachings & Practices, p.7; Albert James Dager; 1996

72. Ibid

73. op.cit. Trojan Horse, p. 119

74. Ibid

75. Ibid, p. 120

76  Ibid, p.xi

77. Ibid.  p. 84

78. Ibid. p. 75

79. Ibid. p77

80. Ibid. p. 78

81. Ibid. p. 85

82. Ibid. p. 77  


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