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Kundalini spirits in the church?

Andrew Strom has re-ignited concerns which have surfaced periodically since the time of the Toronto Blessing in 1994. The outspoken New Zealand preacher has written a book entitled 'Kundalini Warning' which suggests that false spirits are invading the church.


Ed. Foreward

kundaliniI researched the New Age Movement (and its associated eastern spiritualities) back in the late 80s/early 90s and spoke, (by invitation at that time) to many church groups on the subject.
Awakening the Kundalini
is the expression used by mystics,  Hindu gurus and New Agers for the practice of focussing on a 'serpent spirit' which, they say, resides in each one of us in the form of a coiled snake located at the base of the spine. Through meditation and physical body positioning the aim is to 'raise the Kundalini' through a total of seven spiritual waypoints – called 'Chakras' – located along the spine.

The aim is to elevate the Kundalini spirit to the 'Crown Chakra' which is located at the top of the skull. Those who have gone through this process have described it as 'mind-blowing'.
I threw the 'best' book I had on the subject into the waste bucket as I didn't want it in my home, and I wouldn't want to quote from it in this article anyway.

The practice, which is spiritually dangerous in the extreme, is often linked with Yoga-like exercises associated with eastern meditation and mysticism. Chanting and essentially self-hypnotic routines can be a 'way in'.

Andrew Strom believes that these phenomena – stretching back to the Toronto Blessing – represent the 'worst invasion [of deceiving spirits] in church history' and, in his concern, goes as far as controversaly 'naming names'. It is up to the reader to exercise his/her own discernment on all that is contained in the following.

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KUNDALINI WARNING – Urgent

-by Andrew Strom.

Kundalini1I just saw the video of Rick Joyner announcing that Todd Bentley is back ministering every night at Morningstar in North Carolina and now they have so-called "revival" manifestations eerily similar to Lakeland. They also announced that they are streaming these big meetings every night on their new TV channel - and they are greatly promoting the whole thing.

Now I am a tongues-speaking Pentecostal myself - but can I ask a simple question here please? What kind of "spirit" was it operating in the Lakeland revival - when the leader and main focal- point of the meetings (Todd Bentley) was having an adulterous affair behind the scenes? Was it truly the "Holy" Spirit that was anointing something so sensual and unholy? And now that Todd divorced his wife and married his mistress - are we supposed to welcome him back and this "anointing" with him? What is going on here? Rick Joyner has been warned very specifically by high- level ministries not to do what he is doing now - bringing Todd Bentley back into the limelight. And yet it seems he does not care. Apparently the "manifestations" are all that matter.

So what exactly are these 'manifestations' if they are seemingly at home in such an unholy environment? Are they from God at all? (I am talking here about the violent "jerking", uncontrollable laughter, bodily contortions, drunkenness, 'portals', strange "angel" encounters, etc.) Why do we not see such an 'anointing' in the Bible? Why aren't Jesus or the apostles promoting these manifestations if they really are true Revival? Why instead do we see these things all the way through the New Age and Hinduism, etc? Do we not realize that many false religions have their own version of "laying on of hands" that results in these very types of manifestations? This 'spirit' is not in the Bible - but it is all the way through Kundalini-type Hinduism! Don't you think this should alarm us?

WHAT is KUNDALINI?

Chakras2If you search for Kundalini and Shakti on the Internet, you will find that multitudes of people in the New Age and Eastern religions still experience these powerful manifestations. Often this is with the help of a Guru, who touches them on the forehead so that they can experience a "Kundalini Awakening".

As researcher Robert Walker wrote in 1995: "The meetings which mystic Hindu gurus hold are called 'Darshan'. At these meetings devotees go forward to receive spiritual experience from a touch by the open palm of the hand, often to the forehead, by the guru in what is known as the Shakti Pat or divine touch. The raising of the spiritual experience is called raising Kundalini. After a period when the devotee has reached a certain spiritual elevation they begin to shake, jerk, or hop or squirm uncontrollably, sometimes breaking into uncontrolled animal noises or laughter as they reach an ecstatic high. These manifestations are called 'Kriyas'. Devotees sometimes roar like lions and show all kinds of physical signs during this period. Often devotees move on to higher states of spiritual consciousness and become inert physically and appear to slip into an unconsciousness."

And as the guru Shri Yogãnandji Mahãrãja wrote: "When Your body begins trembling, hair stands on roots, you laugh or begin to weep without your wishing, your tongue begins to utter deformed sounds, you are filled with fear or see frightening visions. the Kundalini Shakti has become active."

In China there is a popular Kundalini-type movement called 'Qigong'. When a Chinese Qigong spiritual master spoke in the USA in
1991, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that many in the crowd began to experience "spontaneous movements". The master told his audience, "Those who are sensitive might start having some strong physical sensations - or start laughing or crying. Don't worry. This is quite normal."

When you see videos of these "kriyas" or other Kundalini-type manifestations, you would often swear that you are watching a modern "Impartation"-type church meeting. (And I say this as someone who believes strongly in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. I just don't believe in "alien" anointings infiltrating the Body of Christ! There is a big difference between Kundalini and the real Holy Spirit).

Since 1993-4, I believe a foreign spirit has been allowed to invade the church - first through Rodney Howard-Browne's ministry - then Toronto, then the Prophetic movement (which I was part of at the time) and on into Lakeland and many other ministries and movements. I urge people now to "test the spirits" just as we are commanded to in Scripture. Do not let just anyone lay hands on you. This is a powerful spirit and it has the backing of a lot of big-name ministries. In fact, these men and women are the very ones responsible for allowing it to spread right through the body of Christ. And one day they will be answerable to God for doing so.

We are specifically warned in the Bible that the Last Days will be a time of "seducing spirits," false prophets, 'lying signs and wonders,' and that we always need to watch for "angels of light" masquerading as the real thing. Why does the modern church not take these warnings seriously? Aren't we living in the very days that the Bible warns about?

Right now I need to do something that I have never done in such a way before. I have never before published a list of ministries or movements to watch out for. But this time I have to. This sickness has gone on long enough. I urge you to cut yourself off from the following ministries and their tainted "anointings" my friends. Even though some of these people say "good things" at times, it is simply not worth having any involvement with them due to the tainted anointing that they endorse or minister in themselves. Here is the list-

(1) Todd Bentley.
(2) Rodney Howard Browne - the so-called "Holy Ghost Bartender."
(2) Rick Joyner or anyone connected with Morningstar Ministries.
(3) John Arnott & any connected with TACF (The "Toronto Blessing").
(4) Peter Wagner of the 'New Apostolic Reformation' who claims to be head of a worldwide network of 'apostles' - who publicly endorsed Lakeland and will soon preach at Toronto TACF alongside other "false anointing" advocates.
(5) Mike Bickle and IHOP Kansas City (-I lived nearby for over two years - and know how much they are into all this stuff. Mike Bickle promotes it in his book).
(6) Bob Jones - the Kansas City prophet whose ministry is utterly tainted by it all.
(7) Patricia King and anyone else from 'Extreme Prophetic.'
(8) John Crowder & anyone connected with "Sloshfest."
(9) Bill Johnson of Bethel church, Redding - who says some good things but publicly endorsed Lakeland and promotes the "false anointing" very strongly behind the scenes.
(10) Heidi & Rolland Baker of IRIS Ministries - who do good work amongst the poor in Mozambique - but who have also carried and promoted this tainted anointing for years.
(11) Randy Clark, Wes & Stacey Campbell, and other key figures from the "Toronto blessing."
(12) The Elijah List - and almost anyone featured on it.

Of course there are a huge number of lesser-known preachers and ministries who carry or endorse this Kundalini-type "anointing" around the world. But I have concentrated here on the most influential that I know of. It really is an enormous issue in the church. I urge anyone who is a supporter of any of the above ministries to really check them out thoroughly. If you find (as I have) that they carry or endorse this false Kundalini spirit in the church, then please stop supporting them in any way - and whatever you do, don't let them "lay hands" on you!

I am putting everything on the line to be "naming names" like this. But I believe it is that serious. How on earth did we get to the point where "kriyas" just like Hinduism are spreading through the church?
These people are trying to "relaunch" this whole thing right now. To see a video showing "kriyas" and other Kundalini-type manifestations, please click on the Youtube links below-

 Part One                                                                    Part Two



Andrew Strom is founder of RevivalSchool.com and the international REVIVAL list. He was involved for 11 years in the same Prophetic movement as Todd Bentley until he left over what he saw as the unbiblical and bizarre phenomenon within that movement. His article originally entitled 'Why I left the prophetic movent' has since been published in book form with the title 'True and False Revival'.

Footnote: Links to Related Articles on the Lakeland revival and on discernment can be found in the sidebar at the top of this page.

Christians Together, 31/07/2010

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The Seer (Guest) 02/03/2014 21:10
I have been attending a popular Pennsylvania independent charismatic church. The "watch list" of ministries looks like the guest speaker list at the church's many conferences. I came across this site after seeing Stacey Campbell speak, complete with violent head shaking and "prophesy" that was really hard to follow and didn't make sense. The thing that really got my attention was the snake-like hissing she made while "prophesying". Then another speaker (Lou Engle) had a rocking tic that never seemed to stop even when I saw him at a restaurant. In fairness, anyone can have a medical problem. But in a movement known for prophesy and healing, shouldn't he be healed by now? Others in the congregation, not many, but some, would jerk spasmodically while worshiping, or when praying for others. Its really hard to sort things out in the heat of the moment during a meeting when everyone is enthused and the music is playing, especially when these folks are given tremendous endorsements by the local church staff. I left the conference early, did some google searches, and have been learning about the Kundalini spirit all weekend. What is the scariest is their total focus on "This Generation" as they try to capture the youth in to the movement.
Penny Lee 02/03/2014 23:21
Seer, Go by your instincts and leave well alone. It is never appropriate for any follower of Christ to 'hiss' or make any kind of uncontrolled movements, other than an already present medical condition. Not every Christian will be healed - that is not scriptural and we only need to read about Paul to know that. Nothing wrong with praying for it though and, indeed, I am in that position myself.

Unfortunately, the kind of atmosphere which is created in these types of service lend themselves to the kind of behaviour you describe. Everyone wants a 'spiritual' experience but there's more than one kind of spirit and it seems that many are unable to differentiate. Any church which plays the same music over and over again is, in my mind, to be avoided. It is well known that repetitive music playing like happens in these churches will whip people into a frenzied and hypnotic state and leaves them wide open to possession.
Editor 03/03/2014 09:43
Seer, there are twin and opposite dangers in all of this, and the earnest believer can either end up accepting something which is not of God and/or alternatively rejecting something which is of the Holy Spirit.

While I don't like using labels these dangers are normally and respectively found on one side or the other of the charismatic divide.

Non-charismatics have the tendency to dismiss (and discredit) everything that is beyond their personal experience. (At a guess I would say because such things are a threat to their personal security i.e. if it hasn't happened to me I am in some way 'incomplete'; or if I haven't heard it taught it must be wrong.)

Meanwhile, those in charismatic circles are prone to throw discernment to the wind in order to enthusiastically embrace the next 'new move of God'.
Leaders in the charismatic churches have seen the whole movement fade since the heady excitement of the 60/70s, and now have a tendency to motivate their people by continually stirring and expectancy of the next 'wave of the Spirit'.

I realise that this is not of much direct help to you in identifying what is 'of God' and what is not. However Penny writes good advice above.
The great need - growing greater by the day - is for discernment. If you have concerns then that itself illustrates an unease. In the Christian walk we often have to listen to the voice of the Spirit. He will put a 'check' into our hearts if something is 'not right'. Alternatively look for the peace of God as a confirmation of something which you feel is 'of God'.

You will realise that by saying these things I am inviting flak from both sides of the debate, but I am more concerned about the spiritual welfare of the body than I am about entrenched positions.

I will publish (d.v.) a piece from the late Derek Prince on this topic which you may find of help.
valerie (Guest) 11/05/2014 00:08
does anyone have any information to give someone who desperately needs to escape from people who say they are of god but are not? my family is involved with what is false, pentecostal but their works do not line up with the bible, they are given to crazy and dangerous spirits. i love them so much and feel so bad for them, i have not wanted to hurt them for years and have waited on the Lord, believing that they surely can't be as lost as they seem... i have fasted and prayed for years to get this spirit out of my life, but it works through my family to keep me in bondage and i cannot escape, and i doubt anyone will believe me when i say this but i'm telling the truth... this is the most evil, deceptive spirit in the world; it lies in wait until it sees you have gathered enough strength to escape and then works behind the scenes to strike and make sure you don't escape. i need help, i don't have a church or anyone to go to, it seems like all of the churches in the town where i live are more concerned with what it false that what is true. i don't know where to go for help, if anyone has any advice or resources to offer i would be appreciative (no more craziness please). would be willing to leave the state at this point, if i could find safety and deliverance somewhere.
Editor 12/05/2014 09:17
Valerie, if you e-mail me I will put you in touch with a very mature Christian lady who would, I am sure, be able to help you. Obviously it would all be kept confidential.

E-mail: editor(atsign)christianstogether.net
Editor 01/07/2014 21:34
Note to Patricia Brace: I have removed your request ("I would like to know how to correctly test the spirits") because I do not want your e-mail address (which you supplied) to be in the public domain. However I will respond to your question.
RF (Guest) 15/07/2014 21:25
Re editor's comments made 3/3/14 para.3. What evidence or experience has helped to form your opinion? It looks like arrogance although I very much doubt that you are arrogant.
Editor 16/07/2014 11:20
RF - To which 'opinion' are you referring? Also I need to point out that am not prepared to dialogue with those who are not prepared to identify themselves to me.
RF (Guest) 16/07/2014 13:29
I am referring to your opinion as expressed in the first sentence of the paragraph in question. As for identity I'm RF and am asking a sincere question; however life moves on so not to worry.
Editor 16/07/2014 16:10
RF, I am (genuinely) sorry if your initials should mean something to me, but they don't (other than the several people I know which have these characters in their name.

If you are referring to my view "non-charismatics have the tendency to dismiss (and discredit) everything that is beyond their personal experience", then I would reference people I know, books I have read, sermons that I have heard, etc. etc.

As a 'for example' many years ago a minister in my circle of contacts spoke strongly against the gifts of the Spirit, until that is his daughter was 'miraculously' healed through believing prayer of an otherwise incurable condition.

Now I am not saying that we should shape our doctrines from 'experiences' but what I am saying is that we should be very careful in speaking against something which is beyond our personal experience.

However from a scriptural standpoint and the testimony of countless saints over the centuries I am convinced that the gifts of the Spirit are operational today.

Hope this helps. (And I really can't afford to spend any more time on the question.)
Ref: http://www.christianstogether.net/Articles/204261/Christians_Together_in/Christian_Life/Christian_Survival_Resource/Christians_are_being.aspx

PS This thread is, for the time being, available to site members only. Any comments from non-site members can be e-mailed directly to the Editor.


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