Baptism of Fire. The
Prophecy. The Promise. The Anointing & The
by Eddie Russell FMI and tells the story of the
prophecies from 1990 until now. Is it a
prophetic message for our times? You
be the judge.
it really prayer, necromancy or just damn good
Catholic Evangelist, Eddie Russell
go again, yet another prayer technique to help know
who we really are. Ho-hum, the Self-Awareness
Supermarkets are full of them.
After all, we Catholics need a "wider view" and an
"open mind" if we are going to get to know
OURSELVES better say the manufacturers. Well,
here's a real doozey! It would have to be the
fastest selling line at the moment. It is
is a way of calling up another person's spirit to
enter you, so that you can use their energy and
gifts for yourself. You
can also let others "centre" into your spirit to
call your spirit to them. You can do this with
saints as well as others who are dead and it's all
done in the name of Christian Prayer.
only that, the Enneagram, from which it comes, is
the face of Jesus according to catholic priest Fr.
Richard Rhor who stated at an enneagram retreat for
nuns in England during 1994, "When I look upon
the enneagram, I look upon the face of Christ."
secular marketing it is an offense to produce
"false and misleading" advertising. The
fines are heavy, often as much as $60,000 + in
Australia. Yet in the "Spiritual Fast Food Market"
it seems only too acceptable and without censure.
In this market they can sell any product
manufactured by another company (in this case
Sufism), wrap it in your packaging
(Christianity) and sell it off as a genuine
These protagonists get away with it because your company's
packaging has a "Good" reputation and has been in business
for 2000 years: They are guaranteed a best seller every
time. This is especially successful if they can convince the
Company Executives (Bishops) because the shareholders
and members (Congregations), apart from the public,
will believe anything they tell them. It will then be easier
to convince them that the "Company Founder" (Jesus)
intended it in His Last Will & Testament (Bible)
in the first place.
After all, the Company Executives have been trained as
"Executors" of His Will and the members have probably not
read it anyway, let alone understood it. They will easily
accept what is said without asking too many questions. But,
just in case, say as little as possible, and inform them
that it has been "Christianized". This should keep them
happy while they have a little taste to see how good it is.
They will then feast merrily to their hearts content. By the
time they get their teeth into it, they will have discarded
the packaging, absorbed the contents and, viola! another one
bites the dust!
Let's not just
take my word for it.
look at what Sr. Barbara Metz, S.N.D. de N. and Fr. John
Burchill, O.P. say in their book, "the enneagram and
prayer." (appendix 3, pages 108, 109, 110) and decide
the rest of this article, all emphasis in quotes will be
mine]. After quoting Jesus Prayer that we may all be one in
Him, and how He and the Father would make their home in the
us who keep His Word in John 17: 21, and John 14: 23, the
"Christian Packaging" is discarded and the true nature of
the contents are revealed, saying, "This kind of connection
at a deep level can also be found in the
relationships between human person's and for this
reason Kything can be a valuable practice for persons when
they are feeling compulsed or under some particular stress
which seems overwhelming."
Note that this is not about the prayer that Jesus
spoke of previously, but that which is between human and
human and, God doesn't come into it at all. The writer
continues, "Kything is an activity that brings about a
communion at the level of the spirit."
Now this is a
beaut' copy line guaranteed to attract Christians who are
hungrily looking for spiritual food.
But, what communion, and what spirit is it referring to? The
next two sentences reveal it, "It involves focusing
your spiritual presence in another person or
their presence in you. When we Kythe with
another person, at the level of the spirit with all of
its energy and giftedness, we can share in
their energies and giftedness."
Another name for this practice is called, "Centering
Prayer" and under this title it is promoted far and wide
in many parishes.
It is clear that this is not what Jesus was referring to
and, it also ignores the Biblical truth that "Every good
and perfect gift comes from above, coming down
from the Father of lights." (James 1: 7) Now we are seeing
the subtle introduction of four Key "Christian" words,
"communion", "spirit", "gifts" and "union." Also, notice the
According to Burchill and Metz you can have another
person's spirit in you rather than being filled with the
Holy Spirit and His Gifts, which is the authentic source of
true Christian prayer.
Well if this isn't enough to alert the discerning consumer
to a major spiritual problem, we find in the next paragraph
a claim that the Enneagram will give you health,
wholeness and even, redemption. It continues,
"Through the knowledge of the Enneagram we learn the Arrow
Theory in which we discover that the way to health,
wholeness or redemption is for each personality to MOVE
AGAINST THE ARROW."
They claim the
Enneagram to be the Saviour! Then it follows on regarding
the fall of 1985 I, John had to present the Enneagram
program for the first time alone.... I drew strength at that
time from a Kything prayer with Barbara, who is a
SEVEN, and her gifts and energy helped me become a
bit more serene in approaching the weekend... In Kything
prayer you want to choose someone who is close to you, and
whom you trust, and to whom you can trust yourself. You can
choose someone who is in your good space (where
you move against the arrow) and whose gifts you
the writer continues we find another very disturbing
comment. "The person does not need to be physically
present (Barbara was in Kenya when I Kythed with her),
nor need the person be living. We can Kythe also with
saints or with Jesus." Oops! We can also Kythe with the
the writer uses a small "s" for "saints" and doesn't use
"the" to prefix it. If calling up the spirits of the
dead isn't bad enough, it continues with specific
instructions on how to do it. "At times in our workshops
some people express uncomfortableness with entering into
another's centre, but could invite the other person's
spirit into themselves. Do whatever is easy for you.
Kything occurs in either form of union.... Invite the
giftedness or energy you need to flow through your Kything
partner and into you, be open to receive the gift
or energy and welcome them in quiet."
As Catholics we believe in the Communion of Saints, but
there is nothing in Catholic Teaching that even suggests
that we contact the dead let alone call on their spirits to
enter us. Clearly, the Enneagram is inviting possession. In
addition it is a serious invasion of another person's soul
and will and contravenes the teaching of the Catholic Church
as well as Holy Scripture.
It doesn't take
much discernment to realise what 'spirit' is in operation
do you have to be a scripture scholar to realise that all
this has absolutely no foundation in Scripture. In fact
it isn't Prayer at all!(which is always directed to
God). It is a purely "Psycho-spiritual-connection" and
is diametrically opposed to Scripture. It denigrates the
Holy Spirit and His Gifts to something that can be obtained
by conjuring up a human spirit for your salvation and your
needs, regardless of whether they be dead or alive. It also
ignores the teaching of the Apostle Paul, "My God will fully
supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches
in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19) Saint Peter's
warning in 2 Peter 2: 19, is timely, "They promise them
freedom, though they themselves are slaves of corruption,
for a person is a slave of whatever overcomes
This text of
St. Peter is also reflected in the Vatican
to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on some aspects of
Christian prayer is always determined by the structure of
the Christian faith, in which the very truth of God and
creatures shines forth. For this reason, it is defined
properly speaking, as a personal, intimate and profound
dialogue between man and God. It expresses, therefore, the
communion of redeemed creatures with the intimate life of
the persons of the Trinity. This communion, based on baptism
and the Eucharist, source and summit of the life of the
Church, implies an attitude of conversion, a flight from
"self" to the "you" of God.
Thus Christian prayer is at the same time always
authentically personal and communitarian. It flees from
impersonal techniques or from concentrating on oneself,
which can create a kind of rut, imprisoning the person
praying in a spiritual privatism which is incapable of free
openness to the transcendental God.
Within the Church, in the legitimate search for new methods
it must always be borne in mind that the essential element
of authentic Christian prayer is the meeting of two
freedoms, the infinite freedom of God with the finite
freedom of man.
for the Doctrine of the Faith". Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (
now Pope Benedict), Prefect & Archbishop Alberto Bovone,
Secretary. Oct 15th 1989).
Paul states in 1Cor 12-11, "There are different kinds of
Spiritual Gifts but the
same(Holy)Spirit; there are different forms of service but
the same Lord: there are different workings but
the same God who produces all of them in
everyone(Christians). To each
individual(Christian) the manifestation of
the (Holy) Spirit is given for some
benefit. To one is given through the(Holy) Spirit the expression of Wisdom; to
another the expression of Knowledge according to
the same (Holy) Spirit; to
another Faith by the same (Holy)
Spirit; to another Gifts of Healing
by the one(Holy) Spirit; to
another Miracles; to another Prophecy; to
another Discernment of spirits; to another
varieties of Tongues; to another Interpretation of
Tongues. But one and the same (Holy)
Spirit produces all these, distributing them
individually to each person as he wishes."
may note that there are nine gifts of the Holy Spirit and
there are nine numbers on the enneagram [Once called
Sin Types but now called 'Personality Types'].
The enneagram replaces the Gifts of the holy
theory" is presented as our redemption, healing and
the Enneagram contradicts Scripture, Kything becomes the way
of salvation and thereby denies Jesus Christ as Lord,
Redeemer and Healer who alone makes us whole. The authentic
message in Ephesians 1: 7. says, "In Him (Jesus) we
have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness
of our transgressions, in accord with the riches of
his grace that he has lavished upon us"...
"In him you also, who have heard the word of
truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have
believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy
Spirit which is the first installment of our inheritance
towards redemption as God's possession."
Again in Isaiah 53: 4-5, "Yet it was our infirmities
that he bore, our sufferings that he
endured, while we thought of him as stricken as one smitten
by God and afflicted. But he was pierced for our
offenses, crushed for our sins. Upon him was the
chastisement that makes us whole, by his
stripes we were healed."
Matthew's Gospel chapter 8: 16-17 also states, "When it was
evening they brought him many who were possessed by demons,
and he drove out the spirits by a word and cured
ALL the sick, to fulfill what had been spoken by
the prophet: 'He took away our infirmities and
bore our diseases".
It is Jesus, and Jesus alone who gives Gifts, Saves,
Heals, Redeems and makes us Whole, no other! Need I really
quote the passages of Scripture that forbids us to
communicate with the dead? (Necromancy). I'm sure you
are familiar with them but just in case, read Deuteronomy
18:11-12, for one example. A clever
and subtle change of strategy.
those who marketed the Enneagram stated that "Jesus had all
"Nine Sin Types."
In 1991 I challenged the then Jesuit director of the
Catholic Education Office in Western Australia about their
use of the Enneagram stating that this contradicted
Scripture and Catholic Doctrine: Although Jesus was tempted
in every way that we are, He did not sin! "For we do not
have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our
weakness, but one who has similarly been tested in every
way, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15).
After a lenghty debate about this and his feminist agenda
the "Sin Types" were rewritten to read "Personality
Types" but that is all that changed. Each "Sin Type" or
"Personality Type" still has a "number" and an "animal"
which may be a Bear or an Owl or some other beast. Clearly
this is Totemism and reads somewhat like a Horoscope or
Numerology Personality Analysis. All of which is
incompatible with Catholic teaching. The Enneagram gives you
a "Number and a Beast". Now doesn't that sound
familiar? The packaging has changed, but the contents
stay the same.
As for the
"Arrow Theory"Saint Paul
has a little theory of his own.
Ephesians 6;10. where he says, "Finally, draw your strength
from the Lord and from His mighty power" and
in verse 16, "In all circumstances, hold faith
as a shield, to quench all the flaming arrows of the
evil one" and in verse 18, "With all prayer and
supplication, pray at every opportunity in the(Holy)Spirit." Yes, Christians are supposed
to "move against the arrows" but not to connect with them!
But to extinguish them by faith. "Thus faith comes by
what is heard, and what is heard comes through
the word of Christ." (Romans 10: 17). I am
sure that if Catholics knew their Faith and the Biblical
Word of God, they would not be so easily deceived by the
subtle marketing and copy writing techniques of those who
would have us believe that Jesus is lacking in "Good Gifts"
and "Real Food".
I was listening to a tape recently on which Fr. Richard Rhor
(whilst conducting an Enneagram Retreat for Nuns in
England), said that, when he looked upon the Enneagram, he
looked upon the face of Christ. Now that's a real problem!
Jesus is an Enneagram! Or just as bad, the
Enneagram is [God] Jesus! How can any
intelligent person accept such obvious serious heresy and,
not only accept it, but take up the practice? It defeats me.
But I suppose that just proves my point about plausible
people. What is the
Enneagram and where does it come
the Enneagram is from Sufism and was developed by George
Ivanovitch Gurdijeff in its current form. Gurdijeff was an
Armenian living in Russia from 1877 to 1947. Gurdijeff, who
was an occultist and Sufi master, held the view that the
universe is "a living and evolving structure administered by
conscious beings" and, that universe is also "an intelligent
In his book, "Beelzebub's Tales to His Grandson" for
example, Gurdijeff puts forward the argument that Beelzebub
is not the Prince of Darkness found in Christian theology,
but a member of the Cosmic Council. Gurdijeff also spoke of
the planets and the moon as living beings. He was also
deeply immersed in esoteric circles and taught about
planetary influences, astral bodies, clairvoyance,
and the Tarot Cards to name a few occult practices.
Never-the-less many clergy and religious teach the Enneagram
claiming that they have so-called, "Christianized" it.
The enneagram -
a prequisite to becoming a Catholic
mom! I'm really made in the image of an Ennemagram
just like the hight priest of the Enneagram, Fr
Richard Rhor teaches us!"
had stated previously on this page that "the
Enneagram is a prerequisite at the Catholic
Education Office in Perth for anyone training to be
a teacher". This resulted from a conversation with
the Jesuit director of the CEO in 1991. In
addition, we received information before and after
the first print publication in 1994 from teachers
who told us that the Enneagram was part of their
an email letter received on June 26 03 from Mr.
Eric Chidlow, Assistant Director Religious
Education and Faith Formation Section of the CEO in
Perth WA stated that the Enneagram as a
"prerequisite" was not correct and there is no
statement or document that supports that claim and
demanded that I remove this reference from this
page. I informed him that I was glad to hear that,
and if he would send me a Press Statement showing
that the CEO had never used the Enneagram, I would
be happy to publish that fact. I have heard nothing
However, I am thankfull to Mr Chidlow for his
correction especially in the current
and we know that over the last two years the
Catholic Education Office in WA has been diligent
in introducing the New Catholic Catechism -
Recently, Principles and Teachers have been
studying the new "General Directory for
Enneagram however, is high on the list of programs for those
training to be Pastoral Workers through the Maranatha
Institute of the Archdiocese of Perth and more recently it
has been introduced into the training for Catechist's
Certificates in a unit on spirituality
. In the advertising promotion it
reads, "A method of self discovery and an aid to conversion
and spiritual growth." The Maranatha Institute seem to be
claiming that the Enneagram will bring conversion, but to
what? Doubtfully to Jesus Christ. It is more certainly to
the Enneagram and that is the only spiritual growth that
will be obtained: Enneagram Spirituality. - From information
given to us we are informed that in the first level of the
Enneagram Jesus is mentioned a lot. However, when the
Enneagram progresses up to the fourth level there is little
or no mention of Jesus at all.
The Maranatha Institute's courses, that also include the
Myers & Briggs program, Radiant
Heart[A Christianised tantric yoga of sex],
Labyrinths and other suspect practices, says that the
Enneagram offers Catholics an opportunity to, "Deepen their
knowledge and understanding of Catholic faith and practice."
Well, according to Maranatha, the Enneagram [and
obviously these other practices] is the
Catholic Faith which we must apparently practice if we want
to grow in spirituality and service in the Church! Sadly and
reprehensibly, these Enneagram programs are taught by nuns
and priests in this institute.
Having said all this it would be unjust not to mention that
there are lecturers and priests whose theology and integrity
cannot be faulted and their courses are excellent. It's just
a pity that the Enneagram and many other so-called spiritual
faith programs cannot be seen for what they are and removed
from the cirriculum.
After spending over 40 years in Advertising and Marketing I
must give credit to a damn good Marketing Strategy:
Target those at the top because it takes less resistance
for something to flow downhill. Well I hope it keeps
going all the way to where it belongs because we all know
that "Fast Foods" may give you a quick hunger fix, but in
the end it's still the same old Junk.
Finally a few
Words from "our" sponsor.
we do speak a wisdom to those who are mature, but
not a wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this
age who are passing away. Rather we speak God's wisdom,
mysterious, hidden, which God predetermined before the ages
for our glory, and which none of the rulers of this
age knew, for if they had known it, they would not have
crucified the Lord of glory. But as it is written, "What eye
has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not
entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who
"This God has revealed to us through the (Holy)
Spirit. For the (Holy) Spirit scrutinizes
everything, even the depths of God. Among human beings, who
knows what pertains to a person except the spirit of the
person that is within? (notice St. Paul does not advocate
entering into another person's spirit) Similarly, no one
knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.
"We have not received the spirit of the world but the
Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the
things freely given us by God. And we speak
about them not with words taught by human
wisdom, but with words taught by the (Holy)
Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual
terms. Now the natural person does not accept what
pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness
and he cannot understand it because it is judged
spiritually. The spiritual person however, can
judge everything but is not subject to
judgment by anyone. For 'who has known the mind of
the Lord, so as to counsel him?' But we have the mind of
Christ." (1 Corinthians 2: 6-16).
of course it's Catholic
my lord Bishop; We've theologised
it very well."
from that same Vatican
This is why the Church recommends the reading of
the word of God as a source of Christian prayer,
and at the same time exhorts all to discover the
deep meaning of sacred Scripture through prayer "so
that a dialogue takes place between God and man.
For, 'we speak to him when we pray; we listen to
him when we read the divine oracles.
Well, call me old fashioned if you wish, but
I'll stick to the old "Way." It might not seem so
"Hot 'N' Spicy" but at least it is the "Original".
His food is eternal and it is free! I will never be
hungry (or thirsty) again, Praise God.
June 30, 2004: Why New Age Is a Challenge for
Father Alessandro Olivieri Pennesi Responds
(Note: this is a direct translation as printed from
Zenit) - Bold mine.
VATICAN CITY, JUNE 30, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The spread of New
Age and its use and abuse of Christian elements make of the
movement a challenge for the baptized, says a specialist at
the Lateran University. - the Lateran, gave that warning in
an interview with ZENIT.
From June 14-16, emphasized the need to know this phenomenon
better in order to provide more appropriate Christian
answers. ...(It is not acceptable) Especially because
it incorporates elements of Christianity, altering its
original meaning. For example, Jesus Christ is no longer
recognized as Son of God and only savior of the world
(but as) a thousand facets: cosmic energy,
extra-cosmic energy, a Mind, the All, we ourselves are God,
etc. which become "self-oriented salvation" through methods,
different practices, including magic.
The eschatological expectation is devoid of meaning, insofar
as salvation is attainable after some or many
reincarnations, an awareness of truth, which vitiates every
attempt to use the paradigms of reason. ... widespread
phenomena in the Catholic world? ...of the postmodern
culture, based on weak reasoning, ethical relativism and
consumerism."I cannot but agree with this statement. in a
subtle and almost imperceptible manner, says the Secretariat
for Ecumenism and Dialogue of the Italian bishops, and it is
presented by highlighting its features of universal love and
defense of nature. ...agree: harmony between man and nature,
awareness and commitment to improve the world, mobilization
of all the forces for good for a new unitary plan of life.
In fact, according to this line of thought, man can make
himself capable, through specific techniques, of
experiencing the divine without the aid of divine grace,
effecting by his own strength his salvation, on which
universal harmony depends.
Letter to the bishops of the Catholic Church on certain
aspects of Christian meditation, is a reference text on the
attention that must be given to updating the ancient Gnosis,
in which salvation takes place through the conscience,
[and is] esoteric, for the few. thing --
practices, there are at the basic level, numerous
examples. enneagram: a symbol originally of an
initiation character developed in an esoteric context,
syncretist, which has subsequently been transformed to a
system of classification of the personality of nine
psychological types, which serves for the search for
self-fulfillment by an esoteric or magical way. spiritual
direction and guidance, so the U.S. bishops have created an
appropriate commission to discern this phenomenon. main
differences that characterize Christian doctrine.
New Age thought: Everything is one; everything is God;
humanity is God; we must transform our conscience; all
religions are one; optimism in regard to cosmic evolution.
the interior -- "the god within us." Truth as objective
reality does not exist, says one of the best-known
spokespersons of New Age: actress Shirley MacLaine. and is
not separated from the latter. They adopt the belief in
monism from the Eastern religions -- that "everything is
One" -- only one essence of the universe, everyone and
everything forms part of this essence. "Christ-like
awareness" states that Jesus was not the only Christ, but
that he was predisposed to receive the "awareness of
Christ," as were Buddha, Krishna and Mohammed. This is a
well-known teaching of Gnostic occultism which has its roots
in the Babylonian mystery religions.
"A Course in Miracles" states, that man's principal problem
is his ignorance of his divinity. Every perceptible fault
that man thinks he has is more an absence of knowledge; with
this is eliminated the need for salvation and for a savior.
what he feels is good. clearly absent from New Age
literature. In regard to history and Lucifer's task,
Benjamin Creme, a known speaker of the movement, states that
"Lucifer came from the planet Venus 18.5 million years ago.
He is the director of the evolution of our planet, he is the
sacrificial lamb and the prodigal son. Lucifer made an
incredible sacrifice, a supreme sacrifice for our planet."
in order to attain a perfection through innumerable cycles
of death and rebirth.
Together with this is the practice of so-called channeling
through which disincarnated entities will direct humanity's
spiritual evolution. Bearer of Living Water. A Christian
Reflection on the New Age" -- one reads: "New Age has a
marked preference for the Eastern and pre-Christian
religions, which are reckoned to be uncontaminated by
Judeo-Christian distortions. Hence great respect is given to
ancient agricultural rites and to fertility cults. Somewhat
later "Gaia," Mother Earth, is criticized. a modern form of
neo-pagan pantheism. - hypothesis," in homage to Greek
mythology, is the result of the move from a correct
safeguarding of the environment to forms of protection which
I believe remind one of the sacred cows of the Hindus.
...first Earth Day in 1970, when the planet was recognized
as a living being, worthy of adoration.
The incompatibility of this veneration with Christian
teachings is obvious and is stressed by those who favor
Gaia. ...of Time magazine relating to environmental
problems, the Bible, and in particular the Book of Genesis
-- where man is given dominion over the earth and its
inhabitants -- is mentioned as one of the reasons for the
mistreatment of nature by man. According to some
environmentalists, the spread of Christianity led to a
negative development of a technology that would damage the
earth. also accompanied by the devaluation of the human
being, placed at the same level as the other "species" and
even accused of excessive and harmful fecundity. world
equate the defense of nature and the defense of human life;
[hence they are not] pronouncing themselves against
abortion (and at odds) with Catholic doctrine."What are the
reasons for such an explicit condemnation?
What is more, they are antithetical." the New Age." It is
difficult to separate the individual elements of New Age
religiosity - innocent though they may appear -
from the overarching framework which permeates the whole
thought-world on the New Age movement... the point of view
of Christian faith, it is not possible to isolate some
elements of New Age religiosity as acceptable to Christians,
while rejecting others. Since the New Age movement makes
much of a communication with nature, of cosmic knowledge of
a universal good - thereby negating the revealed
contents of Christian faith - it cannot be viewed as
positive or innocuous." - ZE04063029
Mitchell Pacwa, S.J. is a professor of Scripture
and Hebrew at Loyola University of Chicago. His
forthcoming book on the New Age movement includes
two chapters on the enneagram.
Fr. Mitch was one of those who introduced the
enneagram into the Catholic Church. Read this
article and see what he thinks about it now.
Fr. Mitch spoke about the Enneagram and the New Age
at a Flame Ministries International Rally in Perth
Western Australia during 1994. You can order an
Audio Tape of this controversial rally and message
by contacting flameministries.org
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