Dr. George Wood, general superintendent of the Assemblies of God, is joining with major New Age Leader Leonard Sweet speaking at ‘the Synergize Pastors Conference’, January 2012 in Orlando, Florida.
Other denominational leaders involved who are joining with Leonard Sweet in the conference are the overseer of the Foursquare Church International, Dr. Bryan Wright; the president of the Southern Baptist Convention; Dr. Elmer Towns, the co-founder of Liberty University; the overseer of the Nazarene church, Dr. Burris; among many others.
All of these denominations have been traditionally Fundamentalist Bible believing which means they have believed in: the Virgin Birth; the Divinity of Christ; the Atonement by the Blood; the Bodily Resurrection of the Dead; the Inerancy of the Scriptures; and in The Ten Commandments.
Organizers claim that this conference held for the last ten years has taught 40,000 pastors and affected 400,000 churches.
Why have these major Christian denominational leaders invited a major New Age leader Leonard Sweet to speak at this conference and give him the platform to re-indoctrinate Christian leaders from around the world with his New Age teaching?
Dr. Ed Young, the pastor of Second Baptist Church of Houston, endorsed Leonard Sweet’s book ‘Jesus Manifesto’. Why is Dr. Young endorsing Leonard Sweet?
"There is no finer venue anywhere in North America where a
Church leader or a local pastor can attend and return with a greater
understanding of the global Church than the Synergize 3! Pastors
SOME QUOTES OF LEONARD SWEET
NOTE: LOREN DAVIS’ COMMENTARY IS IN RED
Spirituality refers first of all to the universal gift (of aliveness that exists within all religions (INTERFAITH) and outside of religions. This is the teaching of the Universalists and Unitarians) “Con-spire” means to breathe together. “Conspiracy” enters by the same door as “spirituality.” (‘conspire’ comes from the word ‘conspiracy’. The conspiracy is to change Christianity from within). The New Light movement begins as a fresh air conspiracy of “aliveness.” (Lucifer, Satan is called the ‘angel of light’)
Postmodern culture is hungry for the intimacy of psychospiritual transformations. (This coincides with Rick Warren’s teaching on ‘transformation’) It’s aware of its ecstasy deprivation. (in other words, Christianity has deprived man from enjoying the ‘ecstasy of the pleasures of sin’) It wants to know God “by heart.” It wants to light an inner fire, the circulating force of divine energies flowing in and flowing out. (New Age language) The primal scream of postmodern spirituality is for primal experiences of God. (‘Primal’ is referring to a prehistoric man who was a pagan) (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, pg. 56)
A surprisingly central feature of all the light world’s religions is the language of in communicating the divine and symbolizing the union of the human with the divine: Muhammed’s light-filled cave, Moses’ burning bush, Paul’s blinding light, Fox’s “inner light,” Krishna’s (Hindu) Lord of Light, Böhme’s light-filled cobbler shop, Plotinus’ fire experiences, Bodhisattvas with the flow of Kundalini’s fire erupting from their fontanelles, and so on.53 (Sweet is promoting INTERFAITH, saying that all religions are basically the same) (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, pg. 146)
LEONARD SWEET This theory not only says that all creation is connected but that it is all inhabited with Divinity (God). (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, comment by Tim Wirth, (This is pantheism, New Age) http://simplyagape.blogspot.com/2007_06_01_archive.html)
Sweet got some of ideas and title of his book from Richard Hartnett, H.W., M. who is a nationally known Teacher and Psychic. His extensive training includes Sufism, Buddhism, Native American Spirituality, Jungian Symbology and Gurdjieff's Fourth Way. You can read about his teaching on Quantum Spirituality at http://www.mrsdenver.org/Quantum_Spirituality.html
"So far the church has refused to dip its toe into postmodern culture. A quantum spirituality challenges the church to bear its past and to dare its future by sticking its big TOE into the time and place of the present.... (Quantum Spirituality is not biblical but New Age terminology) Then, and only then, will the church not appear to be in a timecapsule, sealed against new developments. (The TIME CAPSULE Sweet is talking about is the church sticking with the Bible) Then, and only then, will a New Light movement of 'world-making' faith have helped to create the world that is to, and may yet, be. (INTERFAITH, the merging of Christianity with Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, etc where Jesus of the Bible has no place.) Then, and only then, will earthlings have uncovered the meaning of these words, some of the last words poet/activist/contemplative/bridge between East and West (Eastern Religion joining with Western religion) Thomas Merton uttered: "We are already one. (Islam, Hindu, Catholic, Christian) But we imagine that we are not. Because we see Christianity different than other religions) And what we have to recover is our original unity.(a society in its unregenerate nature is the ‘original unity’)" (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, pg. 10)
Quoted by Sweet in Quantum Spirituality: Harper and Row, 1981). For Christianity, the central problem is how God could have become person. (WHAT HE IS SAYING IS ‘HOW COULD JESUS BE THE SON OF GOD?’)How spirit could transform itself into matter. Word become flesh. Consciousness become protoplasm. The direction is from the top down. Perhaps the two traditions, one moving down, the other moving up, are destined to meet in the divinity of humanity. (This is the teaching of the New Age and the Faith Movement leaders) (82) (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, pg. 191
God has already given to the church, in all its diversity, a complete Theory of Everything, a unifying principle that binds things together. ((‘diversity’ is New Age, U.N. and Rick Warren language. This is promoting INTERFAITH and a central world government).
John 1:14. The Fourth Gospel elaborates the exchange as it extends an invitation to the quest and quandary of the quantum explored in this book.
The Word [the depth dimension of Logphyos which sicists call energy,(No! this denies that Jesus is God, Jn. 1) (This is psychobabble! John 1:14 says that THE WORD IS JESUS CHRIST, GOD IN THE FLESH!) ancients called fire and theologians call metanoi] ...became Flesh the height dimension of Pathos which physicists call matter, ancients called and and theologians call koinonia]...and dwelt among us [the breadth dimension of Ethos which physicists call space, ancients called wind and theologians call diakonia] ...and we beheld his [God’s] glory [the fourth dimension of Theos which physicists call space-time, ancients called sea and theologians call basileia.(Sweet is saying the Word is ‘space, ‘wind’, ‘space-time’, ‘the Fourth Dimensions’. That is a perversion of Jn 1:14. The Word is Jesus, God in the flesh. Sweet is giving us a snow job to the simple, the gullible and to those who are highminded and want to appear superior to others who straight forward believe the simple Word of God)
(i.e., a Grand Unified Theory). John 1:14 (which says Jesus was God in the flesh) presents four eddies of experiencing God, comprising a single stream (one religion). All four dimensions--the experience of God in Christ and self, the experience of God in community and creation, the experience of God in social justice and compassion, the experience of God in the transpersonal and transcendent-- They demonstrate a remarkable unity, interpenetrating and mutually reinforcing one another 10 (This is 100% New Age talk). . . as in life, so in the rather artificial partitions of this book.38 (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, pg. 9) (No! Jesus was God in the flesh!)
God claims everything is one. (The concept that ‘everything is one’ comes straight out of the New Age handbook) God claims every rationality. God claims every sensibility. (That is not true. Jesus said, ‘Straight is the gate, narrow is the way’) Quantum spirituality is channeling of Christ energies (‘Channeling’ and ‘Christ energies’ are total New Age terms and practices) through mindbody experience.28 (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, pg. 53)
"CHANGE OR BE CHANGED (This is intimidating, threatening language. No choice! This is exactly the thinking of the New Age and the Global Agenda) What works today won’t work tomorrow... (In other words, the truths of the Bible and of who Christ is won’t work today. The Bible says that ‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever’) . The wonder is that churches are not in more disarray. They are standing pat, opting to uphold the status quo rather than undergo the upheaval."(They are still standing pat on the Bible) "Postmodern culture is a change-or-be-changed world. The word is out: Reinvent yourself for the 21st century or die." (THIS IS A THREAT! We are not our own saviors. That is humanism. Jesus is the one who changes us. That is what being ‘born again’ means.)(Leonard Sweet, Soul Tsunami: Sink or Swim in the New Millennium Culture (Zondervan, 1999), p. 74-75)
"According to the Oxford English Dictionary, to inform means 'to give form to, put into form and shape.' The purpose of the church (Rick Warren’s language) is to give form to, to put into form and shape, the ‘energymatter’ known as Jesus Christ. (Jesus is not energymatter. That is New Age talk!) "New Light leadership helps patches of information become cloaks of knowledge. (Patches of information from different religions)Information brokering is central to creating community in postmodern culture, (not to mention achieving synergic states of group consciousness. (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p. 120-121) (This ‘community’ is the same thing Rick Warren has introduced in his Purpose Driven Life)
"Christbody (New Age language) communities must come to be seen as thermodynamic units in which the rules of the conservation and degradation of energy apply. "Reluctance to see communities of faith as information-processing systems and the refusal to assist people in exploring and critiquing the unexamined metaphors by which they live helps explain why oldline communities are in such a state of entropic decline and disarray. (What Sweet is saying is that Bible Christianity is in decline and dead. ‘Oldline communities’ are Bible believing churches)) Christ will be embodied for the postmodern church in information." (Not as a person) (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p. 121)
The following are five gross premises of embodiment... for the postmodern era that build anew the body of Christ (The body of Christ is not a structure, it is made of individuals who are born again. Men don’t build anew the body of Christ, we are made ‘new creatures’ only by Jesus Christ.) -- being “in connection and “in-formation” with: (1) other Christians, (2) all creation, (3) one’s ancestors (ancestor worship like Asian and African religions) and ancestral memories, (pagan beliefs) (4) other faiths, (INTERFAITH) (The church is fundamentally one being, one person, a communion whose cells are connected to one another within the information network called the Christ consciousness (This is New Age language. The New Age teaches that God is in everyone and in everything). No congregation or denomination can go it alone in being the body of Christ... (The Book of Acts churches met in houses. This is an attempt to centralize control over all Christianity and to make it conform to their New Age belief system.) Communities have souls, not just individuals. (Where in the Bible does it say that ‘communities’ have souls? They are totally against individualism and are using Christianity to bring about the political collectivism).
The modern era downplayed a biblical doctrine of salvation that had this communal dimension. In contrast, the New Light movement is concerned about the salvation of ensouled communities as well as individual souls, and the salvation of community souls relating synergistically to one another. ... (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p. 122) (This is New Age)
"Fourth, New Light embodiment means to be 'in connection' and 'information' with other faiths. (INTERFAITH. Once it is Interfaith, belief in Christ being the Son of God is finished) To be in-formation means to know each other’s songs almost as well as one knows them oneself, and to enlarge the community to include those whose conceptions of God differ from ours in form. (This is Unitarianism which does not believe that the divinity of Christ is any different than every man’s divinity) "One can be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ without denying the flickers of the sacred in followers of Yahweh, or Kali, or Krishna (Krishna is Hinduism). A globalization of evangelism --people from other so called 'new' religious traditions ('new' only to us)--without assumption of superiority and power." (When he says one religion is not to see its superiority; what Sweet is saying is that there is no ‘exclusive’ savior; i.e.: Jesus Christ. The word ‘evangelism’ here is referring to literally unduing everything the Bible teaches). (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p. 129-130)
The power of small groups is in their ability to develop the discipline to get people "in-phase" with the Christ consciousness (New Age language) (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, P. 147) … New Lights offer up themselves as the cosmions of a mind-of-Christ consciousness (New Age language). As a cosmion incarnating the cells of a new body, New Lights will function as transitional vessels through which transforming energy can renew the divine. (The ‘incarnation’ literally means ‘God in the flesh. He is applying this to promote the concept of ‘man’s divinity which is New Age. This is the same thing that the leaders of the Faith Movement teach).
1. Visualize in your mind” 8.“Hold your Bible and breathe meditatively. (Visualization is a New Age concept. Holding your Bible and breathing will do absolutely nothing for you. Reading it and believing it is what will do something for you. He is teaching eastern mysticism). 9. Keep breathing quietly while holding your Bible. You have within you not just the powers of goodness resident in the great spiritual leaders like Moses, Jesus, Muhammed, Lao Tzu (Sweet puts Jesus on the same level as Muhammad and other religious leaers. Ex 20:3, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before me’)Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p.300-301)
“In the words of Jesuit philosopher of religion/dogmatist Karl Rahner, “The Christian of tomorrow will be a mystic, one who has experienced something, or he will be nothing”(Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p.76). (Mysticism comes from the eastern religions. He is saying that if you are mainly going by the Bible you will be nothing).
(Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p.234) (This is Transcendental Mediation, Hinduism, Buddhism)
“The ABCDE rule for synergic Christbody inter-connections. (This is New Age language). The church must provide postmoderns with an alterity of rituals by which they can turn and tune to one another and feel connected to the cosmos. (Leonard Sweet, Quantum Spirituality, p. 137).
DAVID SPANGLER (New Ager quoted by Leonard Sweet)
David Spangler who Sweet favorably quotes also speaks of Lucifer as: “Lucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness, and as we move into the New Age, which is the age of man's wholeness, each of us is brought to that point which I term the Luciferic Initiation, the particular doorway through which the individual must pass if he is to come fully into the presence of his light and his wholeness. Lucifer comes to give us the final gift of wholeness. (David Spangler (quoted by Leonard Sweet), Reflections on the Christ, Findhorn Lecture Series, 3rd ed., 1981; p. 45)
The Ten Commandments says,
Ex 20:7 “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” KJV
Leonard Sweet has taken the name Christ in vain and is flagrantly misusing Christ’s name intentionally to deceive Christians. The denominational leaders who invited him to speak to Christian pastors and bishops from around the world have become agents of the New Age and the U.N. Their objective is nothing less than to destroy biblical Christianity, promote ‘Interfaith, the Merging of World Religions’ and bring about a one world religion which will facilitate bringing in a one world government.
1 Tim 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits , and doctrines of devils;” KJV
Leonard Sweet is an author, preacher, scholar, and ordained United Methodist clergyman currently serving as the E. Stanley Jones Professor of Evangelism at Drew Theological School, in Madison, New Jersey, and a Visiting “Distinguished Professor at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. In 2006 and 2007, Leonard was voted by his peers “one of the of the 50 Most Influential Christians in America” by Church Report Magazine.
(Other related articles: New Age Faith is Replacing Bible Faith, www.combineharvesting.com; Interfaith, the Merging of World Religions, www.lorendavis.com)