HYPNOTISM WITHIN THE ADVENTIST CHURCH:
thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues
apostasy is coordinated and on schedule, for men are - -
TIME OF EMERGENCY -I am
writing these words immediately after receiving a long distance
telephone call from a faithful Seventh-day Adventist, who fears
harassment from church officials if the location Is Identified. Our
church is in a state of emergency, and men in positions of power are
determined to eradicate historic Adventism from our midst. The following
information was given from outside North America. That intensifies the
meaning of what I have to tell you:
In a certain First World nation, our church leaders are pushing John
Savage's lab courses as hard as they can. They seem determined to get as
many church members as possible to take them. Why this strange
enthusiasm for a non-Adventist training seminar? Especially when it involves
initiation into neuro-linguistic programming, and the first step into
A number of faithful Adventist church members in that nation have been
concentrating their efforts on trying to warn fellow church members
about those courses. In response, church leadership has verbally
attacked those sounding the warning.
Learning that it was the Methodists who first brought Savage and his
seminars to that nation, deeply concerned, one of the faithful members
decided to contact the Methodists. After several preliminaries, this
person was able to speak with one of the highest Methodist officials.
This is the heart of the conversation:
"I have heard about Dr. Savage's lab courses, and I understand that
the Methodist Church brought them here."
"Yes, we are the ones who brought Dr. John Savage and his lab
courses to ___"
"And how is it being received?"
"Oh, the people love it! Not only in our own church, but in the
other churches as well."
"The Baptists! And -- well, you've heard of the Adventists, haven't
"Yes, I'm acquainted with them."
"Well, because of their leaders, the Adventists are really
"What do you mean, 'Because of their leaders?' "
"Well, you wouldn't know anything about this, but the Adventist
leaders are having trouble with a certain segment in their church.
"A certain group?"
"Yes, we would call them 'fundamentalists.' They are giving trouble
to the leaders; trying to keep the Adventist prophet, White her name is,
and keep some old, outmoded teachings that, quite frankly, are
separating the Adventists from the rest of us."
"Well, how does the Savage course help?"
"They are getting as many of their people as possible through this
course. The goal is to get several people from each local church
trained, and then sent back. They have found that those people help
stabilize the local churches and help them pull out of those old, outmoded
Ideas that are holding that denomination back."
Are we in a crisis? What will we do about it? In a time of crisis, the
important decisions are always the individual decisions. And the
crucial decision will be this: On which side will you ultimately stand?
By your present words and actions, you are-even now-determining what you
will think, believe, and do later on. Do not imagine that you can wait
till a more convenient time later. The fateful decisions are being
'The Lab courses, the celebration churches, the wedding ring ruling, the
Ecumenical gatherings, the trademark lawsuits against dissidents, the
Easter sunrise services, the speeches by Roman Catholic officials to our
people, the youth magazine articles encouraging freedom to experiment
and enjoy life, the theatrical skits instead of church services, the
doctrinal book to appease Walter Martin and perpetuate the errors of
Questions on Doctrine, the General Conference "academic
freedom" decision that no teachers in our colleges and universities
can be penalized or ousted for their views, the expensive parades so we
can be seen on television, the copies of a New Age painting to our
ministers, the vanity fair-type programming prepared for many of our
special church gatherings, the humorous mid-week cell groups, the Review
articles in support of Protestant new theology positions, the
suppression of papers calling for a return to historic Adventism,
the ousting from office of faithful members who stand in defense of
those historic positions; it is all working together toward a common
purpose. Yet it is so uncannily unified in its overall approach, that
it causes a thinking person to tremble.
No single human, or group of people could be that smart in orchestrating
such an operation as we are today witnessing. Our church is being taken
down as fast as it can be taken down.
And, with every passing year, the rate of acceleration increases
OREGON IN 1980-Some of you will recall the conversation I wrote about
years ago. A friend telephoned me from Oregon in 1980, after recently
speaking at length with a local pastor. He asked the pastor about what
he was teaching. We were soon to begin calling it "new
theology." The pastor, carefully trained at Andrews after
completing college, told him with some pride that this was the new
teaching that was to spread throughout the church. "We are going to
take over the church, and there is nothing that you will be able to do
DESMOND FORD WRITES-On the next page you will find a facsimile page from
a letter written by Desmond Ford to friends in Australia in the latter
Looking back at the end of the 1980s we ask, has there been a plan of
action? Yes, it has all been just too coordinated; too unopposed. Have
key men in our church been working in accordance with the plan
throughout the 1980s? Yes, they have.
But that brings us to an even more provocative question: who are those
men working for? During the 1980s, we have had abundant evidence that
men in our church are working in close harmony with selected leaders
from a variety of other denominations. Yes, they are working WITH men in
other churches, but who are they working FOR?
For more information on that point, read our earlier-printed tracts on
instances in which Jesuit agents working in our church have been
Young men in their early 20s (as Desmond Ford did in the mid-1950s),
attend meetings and are baptized into the church. They then attend
college, have funds made available to them to go on to universities and
obtain doctorates, then return and, through the intervention of men
earlier placed on key committees, are called to important positions
where they can penetrate, indoctrinate, and bring in still more agents
who are being sent through the universities. Young men in our colleges
who are willing to wholeheartedly accept the new teachings are sent out
to pastor churches. Books, sermons, and worship services of a new order
are prepared by the agents. Top-ranking leadership on all levels, institutional,
conference, union, division, and General Conference have consistently received
fawning adulation from them, and, when opposition arises, are loathe to
oppose such loyal followers.
Yes, men are working according to a plan. And the results seem to be on
schedule. But where are those men trying to take us? Read Great
Controversy if you would understand the future.
PSYCHOLOGICAL SEDUCTION OF ADVENTISM
Nothing in this document discourages seeking Christian counsel. The
writings of Ellen White state that in a severe personal crisis it is wise
to seek guidance. (MCP 765) This is what she defines as Christian
Psychology. Such guidance should come from those of maturity, experience,
and a deep personal commitment to Christ. Independent, immature, hasty,
and emotional decisions can leave behind a lifetime of damage. Wise
counsel sought and accepted before making important choices would have
kept many people from a lifetime of tragedy.
HOWEVER, THE FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CHRISTIAN COUNSELING AND
PSYCHOLOGY IS ONE OF DIRECTION. PSYCHOLOGY LOOKS WITHIN FOR SOLUTIONS:
CHRISTIANITY LOOKS TO HIM FOR SOLUTIONS. THIS DIFFERENCE IN
DIRECTION IS THE ALL-IMPORTANT DETERMINANT BETWEEN TRUTH AND
ERROR--BETWEEN HEAVEN AND HELL.
Ellen White predicted that near the close of time personal counseling
would go beyond constructive advice. A corrupt form of Psychology would
come into popular acceptance. On the surface it would appear harmless and
good. Underneath the veneer of healing, an incredible harm would be done.
She said that psychology would become satanic in character. It would
invade and corrupt the very work of God. There are Seventh-day Adventists
Psychiatrists who believe that religion should not be brought into their
practice. (See Spectrum, Vol. 17. Number 3)
LAST DAY WARNINGS ABOUT THE MIND-SCIENCES
1. "If Satan should make an open, bold attack upon Christianity, it
would bring the Christian in distress and agony at the feet of his
Redeemer, and the strong and mighty Deliverer would affright the bold
adversary away. But Satan, transformed into an angel of light, works upon
the mind to allure from the only safe and right path. The sciences of
phrenology, psychology, and mesmerism (hypnosis) have been the channel
through which Satan has come more directly to this generation, and wrought
with that power which was to characterize his work near the close of
probation," IT 290 (Circa 1862)
2. I have been shown that we should be guarded on every side and
perseveringly resist the Insinuations and devices of Satan. He has
transformed himself into an angel of light and is deceiving thousands and
taking them captive. The advantage he takes of the science of the human
mind is tremendous. Here, serpent-like, he Imperceptivity creeps in to
corrupt the work of God. " IT 290 (Circa 1862)
3. "Satan has come unperceived through these sciences and has
poisoned the minds of thousands and led them to Infidelity. He is well
pleased to have the knowledge of these sciences widespread. It is a plan
that he himself has laid, that he may gain access to minds and influence
them as he pleases. . , And while those devoted to these sciences laud
them to the heavens because of the great and good works, they are
cherishing and glorifying Satan.. Through the channel of phrenology,
psychology, and mesmerism (hypnosis), he (Satan) comes more directly to
the people of this generation, and works with that power which is to
characterize his efforts near the close of probation." 2 SM 351
4. "Satan often finds a powerful agency for evil in the power that
one human mind is capable of exerting on another human mind. This
influence is so seductive that the person who is being molded by it is
often unconscious of its power. God has bidden me to speak warning against
this evil,. . . by his subtle workings In these last days he is linking
the human mind with his own, and IMBUING IT WITH HIS THOUGHTS; and he is
doing this work in so deceptive a manner that those who accept his
guidance know not that they are being led by him at his will. . .does not
bear the approval of God. 25M 352-353 (Circa 1907)
5. "If Satan can so befog and deceive the human mind as to lead
mortals to think that there is an Inherent power In themselves to
accomplish great and good works, they cease to relay upon God to do for
them that which they think there is power In themselves to do. They
acknowledge not a superior power. They give not God the glory, which He
claims, and which is due to His great and excellent Majesty. Satan's
object is thus accomplished, and He exults that fallen men presumptuously
exalt themselves. . IT 294 (1892) MCP 722
5. "It is dangerous for anyone, no matter how good a man he is, to
endeavor to influence another human mind to come under the control of his
mind. Let mo tell you that the mind cure is a satanic science.. Unless you
can see that Satan is the mastermind who has devised this science, it will
not be so easy a matter, as you suppose, to separate from it, root and
branch. The whole philosophy of this science is a masterpiece of satanic
deception. For your souls' sake, cut loose from everything of this order.
Every time you put into the mind of another person ideas concerning this
science, that you may gain control of his mind, you are on Satan's ground,
decidedly cooperating with him. For your souls' sake, break loose from
this snare of the enemy." Letter 20, 1902; 2SM 349,350
WHEN DO THESE WARNINGS APPLY?
Ellen White is not specifically pointing at the Psychology of her time.
Her warnings point to the Psychology, which would be practiced at the
close of probation. This is obviously a prediction-an end-time prophecy.
THE ESSENCE OF THE WARNING
In unmistakable words God has forbidden one human mind to fossick around
in the mind of another. This opens the door to demonic deception. The
Adventist church is in grave danger. The beliefs and practices of the
secular world are making inroads into our ministry. It is standard
practice today that our ministers, either become psychologists or refer
people to Psychologists for solution to serious problems. The warnings God
gave through Ellen White indicate that mind-sciences would corrupt the
gospel of Christ as the source of peace of mind. Many Adventist ministers
now seek degrees in psychology to enhance the influence of their personal
ministry. It is in this area that we must stand guard.
STRONG WARNING: THE IMBUING OF THOUGHTS
The most subtle of Satan nefarious works today Is done through the
Implanting of thoughts directly into the mind. In counseling sessions to
the amazement of the counselor powerful memories flood the mind. Long
buried sorrows, fears and angers come to the surface. But the therapy,
unknown to the counselor, goes far beyond true memory into the
visualization of events that never occurred. It is in the area of
implanted Satanic pseudo-memories that the church Is in grave danger. Our
membership needs to be warned and stand guard. Incredible damage has
already been done.
There are thoughts and feelings suggested and aroused by Satan that
annoy even the best of men; but if they are not cherished, if they are
repulsed as hateful, the soul Is not contaminated with guilt, and no other
is defiled by their influence: MCP 432 . Either the evil angels or the
angels of God are controlling the minds of men. Our minds are given to the
control of God or to the control of the powers of darkness; and it would
be well for us to inquire where we are standing today. . : 6BC 1120
We must never doubt for a moment the ability of the Devil to implant his
own thoughts and feeling into the human mind. Human memory is not the
precise vehicle we have thought it to be. Acceptance of this fact is
fundamental to understanding how Satan will work to corrupt the work of
the gospel In these last days.
THE SOURCE OF THE PROBLEM: SIGMUND FREUD
It is impossible to investigate mental health procedures without
encountering the name and beliefs of Sigmund Freud. This Viennese Jewish
Medical doctor was the father of Psychoanalysis.
He taught that memories stored in the subconscious mind influenced a
persons mental life. He believed that mental Illness resulting from
such memories could be cured by psychoanalysis, which brought the memories
World Book. Volume F. Page 456.1972 Edition
In other words, Freud taught that buried memories had to be exhumed in
order to heal the emotionally disturbed. To him suppressed memories were a
primary source of mental and emotional distress. His views are widely
accepted by mental health professionals. His thoughts have often
unconsciously invaded the ministry of many churches Including the
FREUD REVISITED: The current method being taught to minister by
ministers, consists of how to guide the troubled person back into their
past, especially childhood memories. This is done through visualization
and imagery. When the offending memory is touched, there Is frequently an
emotional explosion: fears are articulated; sorrows are frequently
expressed in tears and sobbing: angers are ventilated. These memories
revisited are taught to be the source of a great healing experience.
THE CHURCH INVADED: As long as the beliefs of Freud remained outside the
practice of the church they might be ignored. We can do this no longer.
The church is slowly being invaded. There is evidence that Freud's beliefs
have become part of ministerial training in some of our colleges. Worker's
meetings have introduced Freud into pastoral practice. (See Document A)
Prominent Adventist ministers are using regressive therapy. In these there
are overtones of Spiritism. (Cassette #1) New Age methods of treatment of
emotional damage are promoted In Adventist hospitals, and publicized in
Adventist periodicals. In these the name of Freud is praised. Christ is
never mentioned. The great physician is absent (See Document B) It would
seem that the Inspired warnings of Ellen White were specifically given to
prevent our acceptance of Freud's doctrine.
PSEUDO MEMORIES: Regressive therapy has long been trusted to bring about
the recall of true and actual memories. This establishes credibility. The
big danger lies beyond this--the appearance of "PSEUDO MEMORIES" Memories of events that never occurred. (John 8:44) These
"memories" are powerful. The patient has all the sensory input of
reality. The "recall" Is so dramatic that the patient has no
doubt whatsoever that the supposed experience really happened. The
therapist shares the conviction. At this writing, we have no knowledge of
any patient or therapist ever rejecting the deception once it has been
From this, it is becoming clear that the implanting of
"pseudo-memories." is one of the devil's new and most
deceptive tools. With every good intention this mind-science is destroying
people and alienating families. We must not ignore the truth of Satan's
ability to implant thoughts directly into the mind. Ellen White has
confirmed this. The five attached Adventist case histories may be only the
tip of the iceberg. Each case speaks of the tragic results of regressive
psychological therapy. .
SEXUAL ABUSE AND PSEUDO MEMORIES: There is no question that sexual abuse
of children is epidemic. The file-folders of social workers are filled
with it. Lurid stories appear on TV. Magazine and newspapers describe It.
Dozens of actual cases even among Adventists are documented. Society at
large is outraged.
But the situation goes far beyond the abuse that actually occurs. The
most damaging and frequent of "pseudo-memories" is that of
sexual abuse. Mature women in regressive therapy "recall" being
sexually molested by fathers, mother, and siblings. This
"recall" works a havoc, which is beyond description. The hatred
for the molester is intense. Outrage possesses the person who suddenly,
but falsely, believes that they were sexually used or abused by a member
of their family. The effect is devastating. The devil has chosen his
pseudo memory well. There is no doubt as to its effectiveness.
NON-ADVENTIST CONFIRMATION: The truth of the Ellen White statements about
mind-implants has been discovered and exposed by non-Adventist Christians.
They are speaking and writing with conviction. They are documenting the
damage of Pseudo memories. (See attached Psycho-heresy Update. ) Others
are clearly sounding out God's warning. We have had this same information
since 1862. We have thus far remained silent. Have we fallen into this
trap? Is this the reason for our silence? Will our voice soon be heard? We
must take care lest we bless and defend what God has condemned.
The warnings of God must be heeded. We must stand guard lest the Advent
message be corrupted by doctrines about a false healing of the mind.
Freudian psychology is the source of evil. It is satanic in character. Be
assured that if we take a stand to root it up, it will be painful and
costly. It must be exposed and uprooted before countless more Adventist
lives are added to the list of casualties. There are few events foreseen
by Ellen White, which are tied more closely to the close of probation than
this Invasion of church ministry by the "mind-sciences." Time is
No one doubts that the home climate of childhood has a powerful effect on a person's entire mental and emotional life. Does the evil of the past have to be dredged up for the healing of current mental distress? Freud said, "Yes." Christianity says, "No." The Gospel says. "Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forth unto those things which are before." (Phil 3:13) What is past is past and should be left under the blood. Look forward! "Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith." Heb 12:2