Shepherding & Charismatic Movements
Roots, The Four Waves & Their Roots
& The Christian Mystic
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. “
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,
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
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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.
man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son,
which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared
sages, and other occultists, Richard Foster encourages his
followers in ‘astral projection,” the ascension to
heavenly places and into the “Presence.”
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
Spotlight gives a long list of those supporting Foster’s
*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
*Richard Felix, President, AZUSA Pacific University.
*David Allan Hubbard, President of FULLER THEOLOGICAL
*Anne Huffman. 'Harbour Community
*Jerry Johnson, Ex. Pastor, Lake Avenue CONGREGATIONAL.
B. London Sen. Pastor First Church of the Nazarene.
*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*
*"REV. MSGR. ROYALE M. VADAKIN. Direc. COMMISSION ON
ECUMENICAL & INTER-RELIGIOUS AFFAIRS, CATHOLIC
ARCHDIOCESE of Los Angeles.
(*FTS: Fuller Theological Seminary). (...List Shortened)
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.
Bob Seiple See: World
Vision: A UN Global Vision; World Vision: Institute
for Global Engagement & Eastern College
BOARD OF REFERENCE
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.
DAVID & KAREN MAINS, Martin Marty,
MANY WHO ARE OF Renovaré'S SPEAKING PLATFORM ARE:
Sister Thomas Bernard, Catholic.
Isaac Canales, Fuller Theo. Seminary. (Fuller has many
speakers for Renovaré).
Eugene Coffin, Crystal Cathedral (Robert Schuller's
Richard Foster, President of Renovaré.
Jack Hayford, Sen. Pastor, The Church on the Way,
Seiple, World Vision, Inc.
William Vaswig, of Renovaré.
Jane Willard. Professional therapist (offered for prayer and
counselling during seminars)...(list shortened) 67.
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
mentioned many of those names many times in these reports as
either involved in the CNP, occult, or ecumenical movement.
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
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
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
R. Collins, professor of psychology, Trinity Evangelical
Campolo, speaker and author…;
Ford, Leighton Ford Ministries [Chairman of the Lausanne
Committee for World Evangelization];
C. Fry, bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Colorado;
O. Hatfield, senator…; Caroline Koons, author…;
C. Lechman, author…;
L. McKenna, president, Asbury Theological Seminary;
and Paula Sandford, authors…;
Shaw, Harold Shaw Publishers, author…;
J. Sider, exec. Dir., Evangelicals for Social Action;
B. Smedes, author…
A. Snyde, professor…., United Theological Seminary;
Peter Wagner, professor…Fuller Theological Seminary;
Webber, professor of theology, Wheaton College;
Willard, author; and John Wimber, [late] pastor and
founder, Vineyard Christian Fellowship.” 70
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
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."
authors of Trojan Horse, defining this “revolution” write:
revolution…[involves] promotion of the same esoteric
practices found in Foster’s books, but also a strategy for
ecumenism, without regard for doctrine.”
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
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
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…”
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
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.
L’Engle And the Temple of Understanding
thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every
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:
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
…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.”
is connected to Wheaton College (gave her an honorary degree),
Marilyn Ferguson (Aquarian Conspiracy; Esalen
Center-paranormal) Bill & Gloria Gaither and many more.
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"
Temple of Understanding collaborated with the Global
Commission of Parliamentarian Leaders in 1985 and gave birth
to the Global Forum.” 77
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
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
“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
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
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…
plan changed as to the location and building—but the intent
is still the same.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers:
what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
what communion hath light with darkness?
concord hath Christ with Belial?
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
67. as cited in: A CRITIQUE ON THE
MINISTRY OF RICHARD FOSTER. Wendy Howard
69. 1932-1992 Jamie Buckingham (A
Special Tribute) Prophet With a Pen; Compiled by the editorial
staffs of Ministries Today and Charisma. http://www.strang.com/wwa/jamie/index.htm
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
73. op.cit. Trojan Horse, p. 119
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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