1 -The Roots of the Tree
“And be ye not unequally yoked (joined) together with unbelievers: For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness ? and what communion hath Light with darkness ?”
II Corinthians 6:14
– Why do we see such a strong growing presence of Asian martial arts and Eastern mysticism in our culture over the last 30 years ?
– Does the study of martial arts really lead to a more “disciplined” and “spiritual ” way of life, as is being promoted by the media today ?
Today, Martial Arts schools, Yoga classes, and Tai-chi seminars have become main-stream in almost every American home. No longer are these eastern mystical practices considered esoteric, or reserved for only a chosen few. Everywhere we can see the steady spread and influence of these once classified and secret arts.
Children, ages 5 to 12 are being shuttled to after-school programs at the local karate dojo, or Tae-kwon-do club. Athletes in high school and college programs are being encouraged to enroll and participate in various
styles of “self-defense” in order to increase heightened physical power and mental awareness. House wives and soccor moms are retreating to local Tai-chi and Yoga studios, with the promise of revitalizing their youth, increasing flexibility, and regaining health and ‘personal empowerment’.
Business professionals and executives are being trained in eastern philosophies, through internal arts such as Aikido, and Qigong, for ‘stronger focus,’ business strategy, and stress management. With more than 30,000 martial art schools across the USA alone, and new studios opening every year; training 21.7 million practitioners; is it any surprise at the swelling tide of eastern religion and new age thought we are seeing flood the church.
But where did this all begin ?
And how did our country, once Christian in it’s beliefs, so readily
accept the spiritual practices of the far east ? Have the religions of
China, India, Okinawa and Japan been cleverly repack-aged in the west as “Family Fun”, Physical Fitness, Self-defense, Self-improvement, and Self-esteem ? John 8:32
Are the Martial Arts based purely on physical prowess and philosophy . . . or are they a religion ?
– What do the dragon, the phoenix, and the tiger represent which adorn the traditional martial art schools ?
– Why do the students bow when they enter the dojo, and before addressing an Instructor ?
– Who are the men, the images, the pictures and the symbols to which these martial artists show such adoration and reverance ?
– And why are students often required to remove their shoes upon entering the training floor ?
Now Learn the Truth . . .
The Roots of the Tree – All martial arts trace their roots back to the false religions and paganism of Asia. The idea that man has within himself the power and ability to become supra-human, and “godlike”. This was the very first deception with which Satan has blinded the human race. ref: Genesis 3:4-5
All the martial arts around the world have as their foundation and root, the Shaolin Temple of China. Shaolin was then, and is today a Buddhist temple. Their primary purpose is to evangelize and share Chan Buddhism and Taoism with the entire world.
Both of these religions teach that there is no personal God, that there is no single Almighty Divine Being, nor that He has a Son Who created, controls, and upholds all the universe by the Word of His power, and holding each of us accountable for the life He has freely given us !
They teach; that what is known as “god” by the western Christian world, is actually an energy force, or “great spirit”. And that through proper breathing techniques, meditation, mantras, spiritual exercises and life style, we may all become one with this ‘divine energy.’
This is Pantheism to it’s core. This is a counterfeit of the Truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Yehushua ha Moshiac). For in John 17:17-23, Jesus says that we may become one with The Father (Almighty God, Jehovah, Yehuwah), only through faith in the Life, death, sacrifice, and glorious resurrection of His Son; and through faith in the free Gift and promised Blessing of His indwelling Holy Spirit !
So, if the Buddhist, Taoist and Hindu believe that we can become
one with the universal energy or cosmos (their god), is it not also through the indwelling of a spirit ?
As martial artists, the power, control and demonstration of “Chi energy” is considered the highest ability. Therefore they train in meditation and breath control, in order to open the mind to the influence of the spirit world. A spirit of war instead of peace, a spirit of pride instead of humility, a spirit of works and self-justification rather than faith in the Only Begotten Son of the LORD God Almighty (Yehuwah Elohim).
When these spirits influence, control, and eventually enter the practitioner’s life; unbelievable and amazing feats, skills, and abilities may be performed by the martial artists. The spirits deceive us into believing that these “unnatural abilities” are ours alone! And that we may attain these “powers” through our own hard works and dedication to the arts. Little do most people realize, that it is the spirits that use them, and not the other way around.
In the Book of Revelation, chapter 16:14 and 18:2 we are told that in these last and final days of earth’s history, there will be the manifestation of miracle-working spirits (demons), which go forth to deceive the whole world. And that every man, woman, and child will either be filled with the Spirit of the Living God, or with the spirits of this world !
Martial & Magical Skills – As in any pagan religion, physical
activities always lead to deeper “spiritual” truths. The Chinese martial arts and their asian counterparts are no stranger to this concept.
Students always begin with very basic, fundamental exercises, i.e. stances, footwork, kata, punching, blocking and kicking. As the student progresses in the control of his/her motor skills and balance, they are slowly introduced to the idea, and principles of breath control, and “internal” strength or power.
According to Eastern mysticism, breathing is both a physical and spiritual exercise. The ability to control ones breathing and respiration is used to enter an altered state of consciousness, or hypnosis. This then opens the door from the physical to the spirit world. Deep breathing and meditation are then presented to enhance one’s physical abilities. This is often being taught a a new form of ‘science’ or ‘metaphysics.’ It is a deadly mixture of ancient occult practices with scientific terminology attached.
With this new learned power, a punch is no longer “just a punch.” The masters of kung-fu teach that chi is like the batteries inside the toy. Chi is what creates real power. At Black belt level, most often, “internal” or “chi” training is used in the demonstration of breaking boards, bricks, ice and stone.
At the level of an experienced disciple or master (usually 5th – 6th dan), these skills begin to take on a more mystical/occult flavor. Along with these “special skills”, come those ideas and beliefs which are an integral part of the religions of the far east. All of these, Almighty God (Jehovah, Yehuwah) strictly forbids in His Word, and declares them as abominations, and counterfeits of the gifts of the Holy Spirit !
“Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the ways of the heathen, and be not dsimayed at the signs of heaven (the zodiac); for the heathen are dismayed at them . . . And when thou art come into the land which the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) thy God (Elohim) giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations . . . for all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD . . . !” Jeremiah 10:2 & Deuteronomy 18:9-12.
These abilities include –
Iron Palm – Luke 10:19 these powers come only from Almighty God through His Spirit, or . . . or they are imparted through the influence of demons.
Iron Body – counterfeit of the gift given to Samson in judges ch. 14-16
Energy Healing – Matthew 10:7-8 counterfeits of the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Clairvoyance – Acts 9:1-11 the Holy Spirit reveals the future according to the will of the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah).
Clairaudience – Acts 8:26-40 The Spirit of the LORD leads us, not we ourselves.
Telepathy – Matthew 9:4, 12:25 Only Jehovah God and His Son know our thoughts.
Dimmak – also known as death touch, But the touch of Christ Jesus always brought Life and healing, never death – Matthew 26:51, Luke 22:49-51 & Luke 4:40
“For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save (deliver, heal, and make them whole) !” Luke 9:56
Astral Travel – II Corinthians 12:2-4 a counterfeit of the apostle Paul’s experience.
Levitation – Matthew 14:26-31 by faith in Christ Jesus only.
Telekinesis* – an occult technique acheived only through wichcraft and wizardry.
Remote Viewing* -currently researched by the CIA, using psychics & occult personnel.
Astrology – Isaiah 47:13, Leviticus 18:25-30, 19:2, 19:26-31 condemns as an abomination.
Spirit Guides – Leviticus 20:6, 20:27, I Samuel 28:7-9, II Kings 21:1-6, II kings 23:24
Hypnosis – Acts 8:9-11, Galatians 3:1 never used in righteousness.
Reincarnation – Hebrews 9:27, John 11:23-24 the lie of the serpent in Eden.
Channeling – I Chronicles 10:13-14, I Samuel 28:8, and Isaiah 8:19 spirit communication
and possession strickly forbidden.
Divination – II Kings 7:17, Jeremiah 28:8-9, Acts 16:16, divining the future is done by witchcraft or demonic possession
Mantras & chanting – Matthew 6:7-8, Deuteronomy 18:9, Jeremiah 10:2 we are warned
not to learn the ways of the heathen, for they are a snare unto mankind !
Talismans & Symbols – Deuteronomy 4:15, Acts 7:43 these are signs of ownership and
possession, and they open the door to the influence of evil spirits.
Hand seals/ Mudras – the occult, new age, masonic, and vatican higharchy; all secret societies use gestures to open doors to spirit world.
Shakti-pat – Acts 8:18, the occult practice of laying on of hands to transfer spirit energy.
Kundalini – Revelation 12:9, Genesis 3:1 & Isaiah 27:1 the serpent is used throughout Scripture as a symbol of Satan. illussion, hypnotic, deception, devilish wisdom
3rd Eye intuition located in frontal lobe; Ezekiel 8:12-9:4, Revelation 7:2-3, 13:16-17 & 14:1 – this is the place of the Seal of Almighty Godor the Mark of the Beast ?
Magic – an illussion always used to deceive or corrupt, Isaiah 8:19-20, Acts 16:16, Genesis 41:8, Exodus 9:11, Daniel 1:20, 2:27-28, Revelation 21:8
Chinese Sorcery Acts 8:11, Deauteronomy 18:9-12, Isaiah 47:9-12, Revelation 9:21 & 18:23 – the use of paranormal power gained from assistance or control of evil spirits, to conjure, or control elemets, spiritual alchemy, pharmakia.
The Greek word for sorcery (3095, 3096, 3097 & 5331) is = “a magician or oriental scientist”
Is it merely a coincidence that Qigong, and other practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine are today being called “science” !
“Stand now with thy enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail ? Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, thy monthly fortune tellers, stand up and deliver thee from those things that shall come ! . . .” Isaiah 47:12-13
The Taoist doctrine of yin/yang has been adopted by the Buddhist, Hindu, New Age movement, and all Occultists. This deadly lie is even infiltrating every aspect of our modern western culture. The basic teaching of “Tao” or yin/yang is that light cannot exist without darkness, that positive cannot exist without negative, and that good cannot exist without evil !
The very premise of this ancient pagan philosophy contradicts the very nature of light, and the scientific laws which govern our universe. As noted by a renown scientist of the 20th century:
“You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat, or no heat; but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that.
There is no such thing as cold ! otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees. Every body or object is susceptible to study when it transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat.
You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units, because heat is energy.
Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, it is just the absence of it.”
Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom . . . sounding like a hammer.
“What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness ?”
‘Yes’, the professor replies without hesitation. ‘What is night if it isn’t darkness ?’
‘You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it ?
That the meaning we use to define the word. In reality, darkness isn’t ! If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you ?”
“All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made ! In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men . . . Then spake Jesus (Yehushua) again unto them, saying, I AM the Light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the Light of Life ! ”
John 1:3-4, 8:12
The principle of yin/yang states that all things, good and evil are part of “Tao“. And that “tao” is the highest “force” and god of the universe. This “universal energy”, force or spirit is symbolized by the Chinese yin/yang. This symbol reveals the very nature of the “god” they serve. The doctrine of Taoism teaches that light is equal with darkness, positive is equal with negative, that good and evil are in reality the same, and that all things are “truth”, based on how you view them?
Eastern religions teach that all things extend from, and return to this force or spirit called “tao“. Therefore all things good and bad are part of this “universal energy”. And since they emanate and proceed from “tao” and tao is considered to be god, and dwells within them, all things are said to have divinity within themselves. Therefore nothing can be called “evil”, since it has “god” within, and is ” divine” itself, by nature. This idiology erases all absolutes.
Taoism teaches that angels and demons are therefore just opposite sides of higher levels of energy, or intelligence in the universe. And that we as mortal human beings can through meditation, and “spiritual exercises” acheive the final evolution, and become like them; gods in the universe!
This is the very doctrine which Alister Crowley, an infamous occultist, rock n’ roll icon, and idol taught his disciples. “Do as thou wilt shall be the whole of the law “. He is known, even by secular sources as the most evil man of the 20th century!
We as Christians, and followers of the Lord Jesus Christ (Adoni Yehushua ha Moshiac), are thought of as bigots because we judge that something is right or wrong, good or evil, based on the Word of Almighty God. Taoism states; that nothing in and of itself can be good or bad, but rather it is only by the way in which it is used. And that all things are acceptable in moderation, and when kept in balance.
For example: homosexuality is not a “bad” or “evil” thing, it just must be kept in balance with other aspects of society, and within one’s own lifestyle. Taoism teaches that male = yang and female = yin. If you are a male in a relationship with another male lover, since the yin portion of your life is lacking, you must seek to achieve bal-ance through by eating more yin herbs and foods, by wearing more yin (feminine) colors and clothing. How perverse. This is an absolute lie !
The Word of Almighty God says; that Jehovah (Yehuwah) so loved this world , He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus (Yehushua) to pay the penalty for all of our sins; and buy us back; redeeming us from the cruel bondage of slavery and sin. He came to set the captives FREE !
ref: John 3:16-17, Luke 4:17-19, Isaiah 61:1-3.
” If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness !” I John 1:9 “But God (Yehuwah), Who is rich in His mercy, for His great love wherewith He hath loved us, Even when we were dead in sins and rebellion, hath He quickened us (raised us to life) together with His Son Jesus Christ (Yehushua the Messiah), for by grace ye are saved (delivered, set free, rescued, healed and made whole) !” Ephesians 2:4-7
“For GOD (Yehuwah Elohim) commendeth (demonstrated) His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us ! Much more then, being now justified (declared innocent, holy, righteous) by His blood, we shall be saved (delivered, set free, rescued, healed, and made whole) from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to Yehuwah by the death of His Son, how much more, being now reconciled, we shall be saved by His Life !” Romans 5:8-10
“Buried with Him in (by) baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through faith in the opperation (mighty work) of God, Who hath raised Him from the dead. And you being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened (raised to Life) together with Christ, having forgiven you all trespasses !” Colossians 2:12-13
“Can a woman forget her nursing child ? so that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb ? Yea, thay may forget, but I will not forget thee! Behold, I have graven thee on the palms of My hands; thy walls are continually before Me . . . !
For thus saith the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) Even the captives of the mighty (evil ones) shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible (Satan) shall be delivered !
For I will contend with him that contendeth with thee , and I will save (deliver, set free, heal and make whole) thy children !” Isaiah 49:14-16, 24-25
Question – Is it possible that mankind is being initiated into a global false religion through eastern mysticism, Buddhist philosophy, yoga and the martial arts ?
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