The Daniel Plan and a Heaping Cup of New Age

This post is by David Fiorazo.  He is an author, and radio host.  He wrote ‘Eradicate: Blotting Out God In America’  and that is also the name of his blog.  Which you can visit here.  It is an excellent book for those seeking the truth.  The ‘New Age movements have done great damage to the Body of Christ and the church.  This is an excellent post and I agree with it 100%  What is happening is a falling away from sound doctrine, changing the doctrine to meet the sins of today, and we have turned into an ‘It’s all about me, me, me society’  we have been brainwashed into thinking that the scriptures no longer hold meaning for today.  Jesus said ‘ Heaven and Earth shall pass away, but my words will never pass away.’  He also said ‘I am the same today, yesterday and always.’  Read this and understand that this is truth, it is what has infiltrated the church.


(By David Fiorazo) Rick Warren’s book, The Daniel Plan, was inspired by the original 2011 health seminar held at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, at which three experts came together to teach the world how to be healthy. There is nothing wrong with taking care of our bodies while we work toward making disciples of Jesus Christ, but let’s look at this approach strictly from a Christian perspective. One doctor is Muslim, one Jewish, and one a proponent of New Age mysticism: What could go wrong?

Warren said in an interview the book is far more than a diet; “it is about living a healthier life based on biblical principles,” however, the yeast being added to this recipe includes the doctor’s beliefs and practices that fall under the category of false teachings or another gospel. This is not a concern about associating with unbelievers; Jesus obviously spent time with sinners. However, He did not give unbelievers a platform with which to promote their religion or teachings that do not line up with the Bible.

The Daniel Plan landed in the No. 1 spot on The New York Times bestseller list in the “Advice, How To and Miscellaneous” list, and churches all across America are eating it up. Romans 14:13 warns us to be careful not to put a stumbling block in our brother’s way. I agree with writer, Marsha West, that there’s nothing wrong with losing weight; wanting to feel better, look better, be stronger, and think sharper. West stated:

The problem lies with the witch’s brew cooked up by Rick Warren and his team of doctors. As I’ve demonstrated, doctors Amen, Hyman and Oz are steeped in Eastern mysticism and the occult. A large number of Christians trust Rick Warren and will purchase their books — and a lot of them will be influenced by a worldview that is incompatible with Christianity, namely New Age Spirituality. Again, more than 5,000 small groups will go through TDP. God help them!

The following is an excerpt from ERADICATE: BLOTTING OUT GOD IN AMERICA

In 2011, Warren and Saddleback hosted the kick-off for the 52-week health program called The Daniel Plan. The problem is not with doing these things, it is with how they are done as well as who implements them. The “experts” called in to head the program go way beyond promoting physical health and are absolute advocates and proponents of eastern-style meditation.

Dr. Daniel Amen teaches techniques such as a twelve-minute form of meditation, Kriya Kirtan which includes chants and mantras for various purposes such as health and wealth. The promoted benefit of Kriya Kirtan is connecting with your inner divinity. This is a form of kundalini yoga (see Amen’s book, The Brain in Love, p. 146). Those who have researched and understand New Age mysticism know that kundalini (or serpent power) is the spiritual “energy” behind meditation.

Another form of meditation that Dr. Amen advocates is called “Tantra” or tantric sex which is the use of Hinduistic-type mysticism during sexual intercourse. Tantra is the name of the ancient Hindu sacred texts that contain certain rituals and secrets. Some deal with taking the energies brought forth in meditation through the chakras and combining them with love-making to enhance sexual experiences. Rick Warren clearly stated Dr. Amen’s resources would be available for those who attended the seminar and, of course, available on line. In almost all of Dr. Amen’s resources, he advocates eastern meditation.

Dr. Mark Hyman is a nominee to President Obama’s advisory group on prevention, health promotion, and public health. In his book The Ultramind Solution, Dr. Hyman emphasizes mystical meditation, say­ing it doesn’t matter what religion one has in order to benefit from it (p. 322). Dr. Hyman suggests that “Mindful meditation is a powerful, well-researched tool, developed by Buddhists” (p. 384). On Dr. Hyman’s website you can read the article, “How the Dalai Lama Can Help You Live to 120.” On the book’s front cover sits an endorsement by Dr. Mehmet Oz, the third Daniel Plan doctor.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, a highly renowned cardiovascular surgeon was catapulted into American living rooms thanks to Oprah Winfrey who featured him on her show for five years, making him a household name. That eventually led to him getting his own television show, currently one of the more popular shows on TV. Like it or not, Oprah has influenced perhaps millions to at least check out the New Age movement and calls Oz her favorite doctor. Influenced by the mysticism of Sufi Muslims, Oz was raised as a Muslim and wrote an article called “Mehmet Oz Finds His Teacher” in which he shares his spiritual awakening.

According to one of Oz’s mentors, mystic Emanuel Swedenborg, “heaven and hell are not merely places but spiritual states. We do not ‘go there’ when we die. We are already there.” Dr. Oz is also a propo­nent of transcendental meditation and Reiki meditation, and his wife is a Reiki Master. Reiki is a type of “energy healing” based on the New Age chakra system and puts those practicing it into contact with the realm of familiar spirits.

These three doctors worked with Warren to create a health plan that may already have been implemented by Purpose Driven Churches world­wide, and tragically, millions of people could possibly be introduced to their New Age influences. If he doesn’t support their teachings, he sure gave them a big platform with which to promote them.

There’s a reason Christians are warned to “test all spirits,” be discerning, and do not believe every one. (1 Thess. 5:21, 1 John 4:1) Are book sales a confirmation that the contents are biblical?

…“But wait,” one might argue, “look at the size and growth of our church buildings and marketing campaigns and fundraisers! Look at how hip and relevant we are! We even serve cappuccino and lattes! We host Yoga classes and support environmentalism. Our sermons are catchy, our services are attractive, the kids are having fun, and we’ve blended in with culture!” This is my point exactly about conforming to the world’s ways in order to draw people to church. Let’s stick to teaching the simple, eternal truth of the gospel.

The danger of compromise is always on Christians who, while giving others the benefit of the doubt, partner with other [individuals and] organizations that have fundamentally contrasting beliefs and doctrines.


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12 replies

  1. Ian……………So very true your comment that there was no biblical teaching given to name an organization of man for Gods glory comes through his people of the true church of God which is built through the Holy Spirit. The reason man’s church is so flimsy is they go to seminary to be taught of men, for God teaches his own what his church is! and wood and stone is not it, because we the people are built up a spiritual house unto the Lord…… We are Gods temple which he dwells in. Praise God. Great Comment Brother. God Bless You. Julia


  2. If one actually searches the scriptures one will never find where Jesus or any of his disciples taught leaders to form an organisation and give it some name and build a temple. In fact they did and taught the opposite, to go from house to house as well as commanding them to keep the apostles doctrine.

    It was not till the famous Roman Emperor who finally figured out he could not stop Christianity as it is known, so he thought the best way to control and corrupt it was to join make it the religion of his day and then corrupt it from the inside.

    Also the word says, do not conform to the world, All churches that are worldly organisation have conformed to the world and the world dictates to them what they can do or not do by their laws.

    In the now and in the times to come, these organisation will either conform to the worlds ways or be absolutely crushed. If that what it takes to bring them back to the narrow pathway then the Lord will allow this to happen to all in those places.

    Everyone of us need to understand it is our personal responsibility to test all things from the mouths of men, including any words I may say or write. You and I alone are accountable for every word, every action, who will follow, what we believe in.

    In these times even God’s people are so afraid of their leaders they do not speak out even when the error is so visible. “Mens hearts failing them for fear”.

    The same thing is happening in the world. On our news network one of the channels who truly try their worldly best to investigate injustices, the anchor man said there were so many who would not talk to them for FEAR of losing, income, jobs and the list goes on. The anchor man was overwhelmed by this fear people had and said he could not understand why this is happening.

    Our Father knew this would happen in these times, satan and his followers use “fear as a weapon” and they are using it very successfully even in those places that call themselves churches of God. I have been there and walked in it and got tossed out for taking the leaders to task not once but several times.

    Alas even the leaders above them were cut from the same cloth and told me to leave their church it was all my fault and I was the evil one.

    Trust no one, test all things, hold fast to the teachings of the apostles and surely God will command his angels concerning you so that you do not dash your foot upon a stone. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

    Our Father will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies, so hold fast and let your hope be in our coming Lord and King and savior and protector, Jesus Christ.


    • Yes, Ian I agree completely. This falling away we are witnessing is prophecied by Jesus and the Apostles. For in latter times they will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons. And again in Thessalonians: and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved. 11For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. God say’s My people perish for a lack of knowledge. And yes we are to test all things, test all spirits to see if they are from God. Jesus said ‘Many will come in my name.’ We are called out of the world, yet many are conforming to the world. Just as we see in Revelation. God does not reside in a building of wood and stone. You are absolutely right. Yes brother, stand fast our hope is in our King, keep all eyes on Him. Thanks so much for your words of truth.


  3. Ephesians 5:11 (AKJV)

    11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

    Brothers and Sisters in the Body of Christ Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, “DO NOT “ALLOW” YOURSELVES TO BE AMONG THE MANY THE GREAT DECEPTION” HAS ALREADY BEGUN TO ENGULF!” The Master of Deception has already entered the doorway and is standing in the “left” wing of the stage awaiting his grand appearance on stage!!! THIS will only happen at the “APPROVED” Timing of God Almighty who is in control AT all times. Think that you as “Believers in the Body of Christ Jesus will not be held accountable (3.Ezekiel 33:6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’) having been shown the TRUTH in God’s Holy Word the Bible! God shall not be mocked (1.Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.)

    I employ ALL brothers and sisters to test the spirits that be and pray for one another:

    (1 Thess. 5 12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

    16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

    23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.)

    Be a Berean:

    DON’T take my word for it or anyone else’s! TAKE GOD’S WORD for it! SEEK YE first the kingdom of God!

    Acts 17:11 (Be a Berean)
    These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

    The Holy Spirit leads us into all Truth which is Christ Jesus. Amen.

    18.Ephesians 1:13
    in whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

    The days in which we live are evil and wicked and shall grow worse as men’s heart fail them and become waxed. Their consciences shall become seared:

    Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

    Here is what the Word of Lord says about “False” spiritual illumination as a “false” guide:

    Acts 23:1 And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.

    Acts 26:9 I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth.

    Persecution is coming to the church in America. You be assured of this because America as a whole has turned her back on Father God who is a jealous God and allows wickedness to go unpunished just so long until it becomes a stench in His nostrils……these are His word and can be found both in OT and NT. He dealt no less with the children of Israel as they rebelled against Him. Yet, in His grace and mercy He drew them back to Himself for His Holy namesake. The Word of God and history bears witness to this. It when the church is under heavy persecution that the some the greatest revivals have occurred (check out Christian history for further references). The “changes” have already begun and the stage is set! NOW is the time to draw NEAR to God Almighty for His Devine protection. The Body of Christ must repent and turn back to HIM NOW. The days of judgments are upon America!



  4. Unbelievably apostate. Surely the american “church” system has crucified the SON of GOD afresh and has put HIM+ to an open shame. They think they are so fine, but do not realize that they ” are wretched,miserable, poor, blind and naked”. (Rev.3:17) Most assuredly fierce rebuke and chastening is at the door; verse 19. Verse 16 states the seriousness of this situation. Come out from them My people.
    May the LORD+ bless this good site and strengthen you in the work HE+ has called you to.


    • Amen Hayden! Exactly I hear those verses ringing in my head at times. Can the blind lead the blind? Jeremiah’s words ring true today too. Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.


Rev. 22:20 'Surely I am coming quickly, Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus!'

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