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YWAM’s Obsession with New Age Creativity

“Whatever you do is creative; not just singing, playing or dancing, even just listening to someone teach is creative.”

That statement is put up as a status by one of my contacts, a YWAMer, on Facebook. This teaching on ‘creativity in everything was taught at one of the training schools of YWAM. I read all the comments that followed; basically they were all about how wonderful the speaker, who taught creativity, was. The speaker, Sue, commented too, stating how she loved all the “sue-isms” that were on the Facebook wall. (No glory to God, she was happy she was being praised!) Many YWAMers and otherwise are completely unaware of this. It takes the Holy Ghost to reveal the deception.

There is a tremendous obsession with creativity in today’s world. Everything needs to be “creative”; anything “old” has no place in the minds of this generation. So what’s wrong with YWAM’s infatuation with creativity? Leaving that aside for now, let’s turn to the New Age spirituality and what it has to do with creativity. The New Age beliefs are based on creativity. Everything should be creative, just like what is being taught at YWAM, a Christian mission. This organization solely moves by strategies and creativity. If it’s a local outreach, the team would sit and think of a strategy to “win” souls to Christ. (The main purpose of YWAM is establishing a Utopia-like community. It aims to build a world based on ‘christian principles’ .) During intercessory prayers, people ask God for strategies and creativity to bring “His” will about. This approach is taken out of the New Age spirituality. In an interview, Dr. Adair was asked questions on creativity; he is highly regarded by the New Age spiritualists; I can testify his answers are not far from what YWAM teaches although they tend to back up these teachings with random Bible verses. And believe me, they are excellent at convincing anyone who lacks discernment (this is one of the reasons why christian youth is the prime target). I do not say that Dr. Adair’s philosophy does not work, but who is his inspiration? If the spiritualists use his books to counsel their clients, should it not ring bells in the mind of a follower of Christ? Study the page from which the quote below is extracted. Notice the page is filled with New Age spirituality: yoga, meditation, psychic, auras, theosophy etc. And this kind of New Age teaching is rampant in Christian churches and global missions. It’s really all about self-gratification disguised as ‘doing God’s will’.

“Creative thinking always involves this sort of team work. A parting word of encouragement, the worst unconscious assumption you can make is that you are not a creative thinker. You may, of course, be right, but you will never know until you put into practice the principles I have outlined in The Art of Creative Thinking. The trouble is that we don’t know ourselves very well in some respects and we tend to be poor judges of our own creative potential. So experiment, have fun, and give yourself a few surprises.” – Dr. Adair

Where is the dependence on the Holy Spirit or His leading? Crying out to God to help a man-made agenda is a waste of time. Might as well bake some cookies. I’ve done that myself, sitting and praying with other YWAMers asking God to give us strategy to bring “His will” (when in fact it’s what the leaders have thought about). The Spirit does not need human intervention to fulfill the purposes of God; all He needs is a person, humbled before God, ready to look like a fool for the sake of his God.A typical argument would go like this: ‘if we don’t use creativity how will we attract people “to God”? Since when is attracting people to God in our hands? Regardless of the culture, God’s word is to be preached as it is. The Gospel message is not to be camouflaged to attract more people; it is the work of the Holy Spirit and strategies and creativeness is not what He wants. Christians today are so distracted by spreading their gospels in a way pleasing to the world that they have forgotten to first live God’s Gospel. The Lord isn’t a least bit concerned with our creativity and amazing strategies. So clearly, it is our fallen nature we are trying to please. Being creative does bring about our agenda, but that is always antagonist to God’s purpose. Ask yourself: if you are not creative with the Gospel, does that make you feel stressed and guilty? I’m certain the answer is a resounding ‘yes’!
The whole art of creativity is demonic (not creativity per se; it’s the obsession with it – thinking that’s the only way), and must not be entertained by genuine believers! It’s dangerous as it takes the focus off God and on to our imaginations and our flesh. I have witnessed how obsessed University of Nations (YWAM)  is with ideas, strategies and creativity. Anything that is uncreative misses the mark and needs to be improved on, just to get people’s attention. Their worship is creative, their intercession is creative, teaching has to be creative, outreaches are creative etc. Even the native Americans emphasise the important of creativity in their worship and lifestyle, so do the Hindus, the Muslims and all other religions. Who is YWAM trying to impress? All the countless number of training courses are based primarily on creativity, whether it’s Creative Leadership Development, Creative DTS, or any course. They’re all about strategies and ideas.  

 

I’m not advertising a boring life; but I am saying that a Christ-centred mind will not focus too much on strategies and creativity! Study the life of the characters who followed God in the Bible. Were their lives boring even though they did not have an infatuation with creativity and strategies?

 


YWAM’s heretic theology 3 – Reclaiming the 7 Spheres of Influence

It is said that Loren Cunningham, the founder of YWAM, was told by God about the 7 Spheres of Influence: these are the main areas that influence society, and eventually nations. These are namely: family, church, education, media, arts, technology and government. YWAM’s main agenda is this: that the earthly kingdom of God be established. Loren’s main motive is to change the “worldview” of a nation in order for God to move!!! Here’s an extract of Loren’s interview conducted by Kelle Ortiz and Os Hillman on Nov 19 2007:

“And that’s where we have to see the seven spheres or the seven mountains, and see them as a corporate change of even the worldview that they are presently having to shift them into a world-view that will allow the nations to receive all that God has for them in salvation and in all the other blessings beyond salvation, and especially in discipling them to disciple the nations. (The “nations” will receive God’s blessings if they change their worldview? Nothing about repentance, or taking up the cross daily and following Christ)   And He said, “baptizing them, in the name of the son, of the father, and the Holy Ghost.”  How do you baptise a whole nation?  They have to die to the world-view they’re in.  If it’s a Buddhist world-view, or a Hindu world-view, and be resurrected to the world-view of the Biblical, and that which is of Jesus’ world-view. (What!? What’s his biblical proof of dying to a worldview?? What about dying to self, repentance? Seems like Loren is implying that a Hindu/Buddhist don’t need to repent, just change their “worldview”. It is only when an individual is convicted of the Holy Spirit does he repent, and the Spirit enables the new convert to imitate Jesus’ life!)  And as they’re resurrected how do you do that?  By teaching them “all that I taught you with (with?).”  And He says, “And lo, I am with you always…” So, He will be with us to teach them all that he has taught us.  And that’s how you change the world-view, both in the individual, and in the world itself.  You don’t have to have the majority.  All you have to have is the tipping point part, and they have to be strong, and understand, but truly wrapped in love, not in arrogance and banging them over the head with a Bible, but rather in love, and living the message.”

Okay, having read that one may not find anything wrong with Loren’s gospel, but his main concern is changing the worldview, not about repentance, not about separating oneself from the world and be sanctified. He even thinks that a nation is saved by changing its secular worldview to a Christian one!  Changing a worldview is a strategy, not the Gospel Jesus and the Apostles preached. Jesus  commanded His disciples to teach all nations all that He has taught them but what did He teach about? Was about making the earth heavenly with good morals? Did He teach a new “worldview”, claiming that all nations need to conform to it? Or was it repent and believe and be saved? The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not about transforming nations, it is about the individual admitting their sinfulness and their need for a Savior to forgive their sins, snatching them away from the impending wrath of God on the disobedient (Eph 2:2), and redeeming them, His Church, from this present evil world (not redeeming the present evil world itself! Gal 1:4)


YWAM’s heretic theology 2: “Unity in Diversity” – the real deal!

Lately I’ve been doing a lot of reading about the world being manipulated by the Illuminati by invading very spheres of society ( business, government, church, family, media, entertainment and technology) which L. Cunningham wants to see “transformed” and shaped according to the Christian paradigm. The dark elite, however, have full control over the majority of the people’s lifestyles. Even the news shown on TV are monitored by them – no wonder people are totally unawares of their existence.
Anyhow my point is this, the agenda of YWAM to “transform” society, hence nations, either fights the plan of the Illuminati (‘I’) or it’s plain foolishness. And I think it’s both. The goal of the Illuminati elite is to demoralise, decentralise and destabilise cultural norm, and then when the world is in chaos, provide them with a solution – THEIR solution. So what’s this got to do with YWAM’s ‘reclaiming the 7 spheres of society’? The very spheres they’re up against are in the hands of these elites; what Cunningham and his disciples do not realise is that they are using the same strategies that the Rothschild and the Rockefeller are using today, such as:

  • Encouraging multiculturalism and diversity.
  • Very youth-oriented, as young minds are very fertile (and any older people who think like the youth)
  • Manipulating people with businesses and education.
  • Accepting everyone just as they are (regardless of their sins, tattoos, piercings, mentality etc) eliminating the pure biblical standard as judgmental.
  • Listen to whatever music/watch whatever movie (“as long as your heart is right before God” – according to YWAM).
  • Open/broad-mindedness is overemphasised; biblical-mindedness shunned as being closed/narrow-mindedness
  • Focus on bringing global peace, unity, tolerance (Unity in Diversity – slogan used by Illuminati propaganda for one world government and YWAM’s “mission” to unite the world for God) While the Illuminati is working on bringing about the reign of the anti-Christ, YWAM wants to bring about the peace of Christ on earth to all its dwellers.
  • Use the sphere of media and entertainment to get the message across to the populace.
  • Both groups overtly focus on globalism, interculturalism and communitarianism.
  • Very strategic-minded to bring about success.

I am not implying that YWAM is part of the secret society. I am implying that YWAM has been deceived by leaders like Cunningham, Rick Warren, Richard Land (to name a few) into thinking that they are obeying Jesus’ prayer in Matt 6:10, Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.” YWAM is even fooled to the extent of believing that being environmentally friendly is obeying God’s “first mandate” of “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” (Gen 1:28), when in reality they are aiding the global agenda of nature worship of “Mother” earth! The will of God in heaven is not that man take back what Satan has stolen, His will is that men (humankind) believe on the One whom He has sent, His very own Son through Whom we can escape the deception of this world and the impending wrath of God on it! It is no wonder the Bible is full of warnings and admonishings about being separated from the world, God does not want His people amalgamating with its devilish agenda!


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