speaker and author for Christian conferences,
Ken Blanchard, will be joining members of the New Age,
occultic book/DVD project
on January 19th for a one
day seminar titled "Your Best Year Ever."
The Secret focuses on the "law of attraction" and was produced
by Australian-born screenwriter and producer Rhonda Byrne, who
after a series of setbacks in her own life, discovered that past
personalities like Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, William
Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln and others had this secret
knowledge, and Byrne came to believe that it "was part of every
religion, including Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism."
One news source describes the film:
film, viewers learn to ask for what they want. And, if they
believe it, they will receive it.
"It sounds simple enough, but here's the catch: If you're
cynical, sad, depressed and resigned that nothing will
change, nothing will. Thoughts are so powerful, the teachers
insist, that you attract what you think about, even if you
don't want it. Get it?"1
It's these "teachers," both ones
from the past and present day ones, that The Secret uses to
reveal this hidden knowledge. Present day teachers include JackCanfield
(Chicken Soup for the Soul), John Gray (Men Are From Mars, Women
Are From Venus), and an assortment of philosophers, writers, and
visionaries who share their insights on The Secret:
"'We have a
magnificent inner calling, vision, mission, power inside us that
we are not honoring and harnessing,' says philosopher and
'Secret' teacher John Demartini in a recent telephone interview.
'This movie brings it to the forefront that we can [harness that
calls the DVD the "most profound information he has run across
in 40 years."
While most people may view the new DVD promoted heavily by Oprah
as a safe and effective method to reach their goals and
aspirations, what they do not know may hurt them spiritually.
Rhonda Byrne, the author of The Secret, is a disciple of a
couple named Jerry and Esther Hicks. In the Acknowledgements of
The Secret, Byrne thanks the Hicks and "the teachings of
Abraham." Abraham is a group of spirit guides that Esther Hicks
channels for guidance on spiritual issues. On their website,
group of obviously evolved teachers, speak their broader
Non-physical perspective through the physical body of Esther
[Hicks]. Speaking to our level of comprehension, from their
present moment to our now, through a series of loving, allowing,
brilliant yet comprehensively simple, recordings in print, in
video, and in sound - they guide us to a clear connection with
our Inner Being--they guide us to self-upliftment from our total
Take a look at the book that influenced
The Secret, The Law of
Attraction by Jerry and Esther Hicks. The foreword is written by New
Age guru Neale Donald Walsch.
The Secret is the basis for the upcoming "Best Year of Your Life"
conference, and it is unfortunate that two popular leaders in
Christian circles will be joining The Secret team as speakers at the
event - New Age sympathizer
Ken Blanchard and pastor and speaker
Miles McPherson. Blanchard has a long history of promoting the New
Age and eastern style meditation. And yet, Christian leaders like
David Jeremiah, Max Lucado, and
Rick Warren have considered
Blanchard someone they can promote.
For Blanchard to team up with The Secret teachers for this seminar
is quite disturbing and can potentially lead many Christians into
thinking that there is nothing harmful about The Secret. This
conclusion could be detrimental. Quotes at the end of the book (The
Secret) reveal a spirituality that Lighthouse Trails has frequently
warned about. Listen and decide for yourself:
"We are the creators not only of our own destiny but also of the
Universe ... We are all connected, and we are all One" (p. 175).
"No matter who you thought you were, now you know the Truth of Who
You Really Are. You are the master of the Universe. You are the heir
to the kingdom. You are the perfection of Life" ( p. 183).
"You are God in a physical body ... You are all power ... You are
all intelligence ... You are the creator" ( p. 164).
For more information on
Erwin McManus: The secret behind The Secret
The Secret: A new era for humankind