Theophostic Prayer Ministry - 04/18/2004

CM:

I recently talked to someone in Christian chat about a prayer ministry call TheoPhostic Prayer. The Holy Spirit set off bells and whistles right away. I continued with our conversation but felt the need to investigate it further, so I did. I didn't like what I found which just confirmed what I felt to begin with. The Lord has blessed me with the gift of discernment but I am not always open to the Spirit's promptings for whatever un called for reason. The flesh gets in the way too many times but He is dealing with me in this area. Could you give me some insight into this TheoPhostic ministry please? It would much appreciated. Thank you very much.

Lee



CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:

Hi Lee.  Those bells and whistles were a false alarm.  I have researched the Theophostic Prayer Ministry, and their beliefs are very biblical and orthodox.  The name initially set off bells and whistles in my mind as well, because it sounded like the "Theosophical Society", which is a New Age movement.  However, in this case, the name is similar only in that they both come from Greek roots.  In this case, Theophostic prayer comes from Theos, which means "God", and phos, which means "light."  This ministry is about letting God shine the light on certain falsehoods in one's life.   

According to TPM, some of the emotional pain people carry into adulthood begins as a lie they believed through a childhood experience.  For example, victims of childhood sexual abuse will often believe they are at fault, even though that is a lie.  Children whose parents divorce will also feel as if they are to blame for the divorce, even though this is not true.  TPM is a program for Christian counselors and pastors to help troubled Christians identify any such lies in their life, take that lie captive, and accept the truth.  This process involves prayer.  This prayer process is Christian and biblical, and involves no heretical beliefs or practices.   

Most of the criticisms of TPM come from those who subscribe to the beliefs of PsychoHeresy Awareness Ministries.  PAM wrote a booklet on TPM that took a line from TPM's innovator, and twisted it to make it appear as if he saw himself as a modern day prophet, which is simply not true.  PAM does not believe Christians should need phsychological counseling at all.  They apparently do not believe in Christian counseling, and I find that position to be without merit, and even unbiblical.  1 Thessalonians 5:14 says, "And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone."  For the record, PAM also attacks other well known and respected ministries such as Focus on the Family (Dr. James Dobson), American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), Promise Keepers, Campus Crusade (Dr. Bill Bright), the Navigators, and the Christian Research Institute (Hank Handergraf), RAPHA, Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. Larry Crabb, Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend, Tim Lahaye, Neil T. Anderson (Freedom in Christ Ministries), John Eldredge (Wild at Heart Ministries), Phillip Yancy, Cal Thomas and more.  

Lee, if I felt any hesitation about the orthodox biblical beliefs of TPM, I would say so, but everything I've read shows them to be brothers and sister in Christ who truly desire to help others.  They do this by showing them how to allow the Holy Spirit to make Ephesians 5:11 come alive, "Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them."  I encourage you to read the following explanations on TPM's website:  http://www.theophostic.com/answers/index.html

I also encourage you to check out their statement of beliefs: http://www.theophostic.com/faq.html#7

I hope this has answered your questions.  God bless you as you contend for the faith.

In Christ,


Ben and Jennifer Rast

Contender Ministries