Signs, miracles and wonders are the only undeniable proof of spiritual activity. Signs follow believers so a person’s life that is completely devoid of signs, miracles, and wonders is a life without a spiritual connection of any kind. They are living a life of logic, reason, and intelligence. In other words, they are living their lives completely in the realm of the flesh and the logic of the flesh. If God’s power becomes active in their life, and it does not fit within the logical framework of their expectation, they must either ignore it, or admit something is acting that is beyond their reason.
The problem that exists today, is the prevalence of books and teachings that acknowledge spiritual power, but does not attribute that power to its proper source. In “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne, the source is your own ability to visualize the end or your goal. This book is in its tenth year of production and it is a simple book to read and its lessons are simple to apply. There is also an accompanying multimedia disk that can be purchased separately to help encourage the reader to apply its lessons. It is a practical manual for achieving your life’s dreams and goals. And it calls God, “the universal frequency that our subconscious mind can tap into.” This books makes God your own personal Santa Claus to receive all of your heart’s desires to enrich your life and provide your prosperity.
By quoting 3 John 1: 2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” I could easily make the claim that this book is pointing to God Almighty, the Father of Jesus Christ as the source of the spiritual power, but that would be a deception. The book is not directed to believers of the Lord Jesus Christ as its primary audience, it is directed to anyone, without any reference to Jesus as the source of its power. In fact, Jesus is only mentioned as one of the great masters who tapped into “The Secret.”
If the Bible states that God’s true spiritual power is only available after a believer becomes born again because they receive the Holy Spirit, and it is sent by Jesus so God could dwell in that believer, then any other source that exists without Jesus’ presence can be a counterfeit source, a spirit of deception. Why is it a deception? Because the reader of “The Secret” is using the logical tactic of “visualization” to obtain the things of life for their own selfish gain. They are being taught to seek after the things of the world first and this is a direct contradiction against Jesus’ statement in Matthew 6: 19.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:”
“The Secret” teaches anyone how to tap into a spiritual source of power and ability that bypasses salvation in the name of Jesus Christ altogether. It is the world’s version of “salvation” to provide for all your personal needs and wants in life. Do you want an expensive, new car like a Mercedes-Benz? Just visualize that car in your driveway, and the universal frequency of prosperity will make it happen. Are you tire of living in a trailer? Just visualize the mansion that you want, see yourself there with your “mind’s eye”, and the universal frequency of prosperity will make a way to place you there. The book is teaching the reader Biblical lessons that build faith, but places that reader’s faith in any spiritual source present. The spiritual source of power present in the world, is not the same spiritual source that Jesus utilized. Look at John 14: 30b:
“for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.”
The popularity of “The Secret” is the fact that its lessons really do work. The deception of “The Secret” is that the lessons point the reader away from the need for salvation in Jesus Christ. The true secret is that believers are not being taught in church how to truly have faith in the revelation word given by the Holy Spirit. So without faith in God, believers are purchasing books like “The Secret” to tap into any spiritual source without reference to God or Jesus Christ. There is a proper order to the Kingdom of God that believers in God must respect. Our personal greed, fear, or wants are not part of that proper order. It begins with the Kingdom we seek to enter first.
Matthew 6: 33 “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”
The things of life and prosperity are added blessings that come later. They are not the primary focus of the believer’s life, because the treasures of this life will all pass. The treasures of eternity are the true focus, and the things of this world are byproducts of staying focused upon God and eternal life.
Matthew 6: 19, 20 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:”
The difference is not the knowledge we have, the power we operate, or the things we obtain. The difference is the direction our heart is focused. If we are focused upon our own desires of the flesh then the power working within us, is the power of reason and the flesh. If we are focused upon the needs of God’s Kingdom, then the power working within us, is the power of God, energized by the Holy Spirit, given in the name of Jesus Christ. The world that is operating spiritual power in any other name is not tapped into the same spiritual source as the Radical Christian. The treasure we seek in our hearts is determined by the focus our our heart of hearts.
Matthew 6: 21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
There are many ministries that wait until leadership within the governing structure determine when a believer is mature enough to learn how to listen to God. They know the verses and may even have examples of spiritual power that they demonstrate. but they do not openly teach and demonstrate how every believer is able to hear from God from the first day they became born again. Generally speaking, they withhold the knowledge of spiritual power until that new believer first receives Biblical knowledge in order to prevent spiritual deception. Their motive is love, but the affect is to build a tiered structure of leaders and followers.
In the meantime, these new believers will look anywhere to understand their new spiritual relationship. This is the real reason why people raised in church will leave to attend services somewhere else. In the quest to experience God’s spiritual power without also learning His Word, it is very possible to be deceived by spiritual counterfeits. In this day and time when very few Christians really know the Word of God they profess to believe, they can be easily led to follow these counterfeit spiritual sources of power.
This is the main reason why “Rules for Radical Christians: A Practical Primer for Defeating Radical Liberals at Their Own Game,” does not promote leaving the church you attend, while practicing Radical Christianity. If you are already established and supporting a Christian church you like, stay there, there is no better church for your personal life because these people who know you already, will also know when you are growing with God. As long as they support your relationship with God and rejoice in your spiritual growth, you will also have an opportunity to touch their lives with God’s power at work in your life. This is the point when you will be “Defeating Radical Liberals at Their Own Game.”
Am I saying that Radical Christians should avoid purchasing “The Secret”? Absolutely not! If you are operating the power of God, through the Holy Spirit, in the name of Jesus Christ, the the lessons in “The Secret” will only help you more. Any process that will help you appropriate the power of God that is used in direct alignment with the Word of God comes from God. The process that is Godly in “The Secret”, is the ability to visualize the outcome before the result ever becomes visible. This is faith in action. So “The Secret” is simply an instruction manual that teaches this one simple verse, Hebrews 11: 1.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Don’t forget Romans 12: 9b “Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.”
In everything we read and see around us, there is a mixture of good and evil. We can’t get away from that fact. There is no need to ignore “The Secret” because it has this mixture. Especially when we can learn to recognize the good and benefit from “that which is good.” There is no need to be afraid to try something and fail, the most memorable learning comes from failure. We only need to be afraid of doing nothing new when we know the old is failing. Trying nothing new or doing nothing at all is certain failure. If you want to heal somebody with the power of God, it is much easier to be able to visualize that person totally healed when you are praying for God to heal them. Now you are applying the lessons from “The Secret” according to the Kingdom principles from The Word of God.
If the default condition is certain failure, what have you got to lose by learning how to trust God the way “Rules for Radical Christians” promises? (The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is one of the valuable source materials for Chapter 4. It is listed as reference #61 on page 419 and the author keeps a copy in his personal library.)