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Endorsement by Rick Howard
Alternative and Mystical Healing Therapies:
Are They Medically Sound and Spiritually Safe??
I had the pleasure and good fortune of meeting Dr. Edwin Noyes a number of years ago in Atlanta, Georgia. We sat together and shared our ministries, and have since come to highly respect one another. Our ministries are, in a way very similar; mine, being more specific and focusing on the use of spiritualism incorporated in the use of specific teachings that many Protestant churches have adopted. Dr. Noyes, on the other hand has done a far more exhaustive study on the various types of spiritualistic methods used through many different healing avenues, all dangerously deceptive, and ultimately leading to the disaster of the spiritual life.
Dr. Noyes asked me to share a little of my past experience. Prior to my own conversion, I searched for years through many of those “avenues” mentioned above; spirit mediums, Sylva Mind Control, Edgar Cayce Society, and on and on, reading and studying the various methods that use the supernatural, since this is what was occurring in my life. Not having a biblical back ground at the time, I did not know of the warnings that existed in scripture, so my search led me through the various religions and philosophies that incorporated what I knew and was sure of – the supernatural. I knew it was real.
I dabbled in many of the uses of the supernatural from automatic writing to astral projection and psychic phenomena, even to the extent of being trained as a spirit medium. This is where God finally intervened. For years I had been praying every day for two things I could not seem to find, yet desired more than anything else – to understand the reason we exist, and how to gain victory over those things in my life I knew were sinful. God led in a way that would not allow victory until He finally led me to the only solution, the power of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
After about a year of being disciples of the well-known guru, Sri Chinmoy, spiritual leader for the United Nations in New York, God finally led Rosalie and me out of the quagmire of the occult and Eastern Religions into His light. Disheartened once again, both of us desperately and totally surrendered to God, pleading for Him to lead us to the truth because we were unable to find it on our own. This was a true surrender on our part, one in which we were ready to surrender all dabbling with the supernatural, which allowed God to pull us out of that trap; a trap that many never escape from. Thank God for what He did for us as He providentially had me get a new job, and need to move – right next door to the minister who studied with us for the next year, leading us into a saving relationship with Lord. We were baptized and eventually called into the ministry, where we served the Lord for the last 40 years.
I want to add a fact about these deceptions God delivered us from. We erroneously believed that we had the power to extract the truth from the mixture of truth and error that we were exposed to. We were wrong and learned that when you engage these powers deceiving you, you are constantly under their control and cannot discern truth from error. This is extremely important to understand because many who advocate these methods believe in this false and incorrect dynamic, falling for this error in thinking. I share this testimony so others who may be caught in this trap will see that if we are willing to flee from the deceptive teachings of spiritualism, something very difficult for some, God can and will deliver us, and that we need to understand that God would not have us practice separating the truth from the error in these teachings, for as long as we continue to listen to these false and deceptive theories, our minds will continue to be under the influence of the evil powers that espouse them. Like it or not, for this reason, we should not continue to study or listen, but need to altogether flee from every aspect of these teachings.
Getting back to Dr. Noyes book, I want to point out what an excellent and unique work he does of unfolding how demonic supernatural power is what is behind most methods and techniques of not only the healing arts, but all other supernatural traps used by the powers of darkness, from martial arts to mind control, yoga and all the modern arts involving energy manipulation. He exposes how it is the belief in pantheism that lies at the heart of most of these deceptions, also expertly outlining the use of these powers throughout history, from the earlier eastern religions all the way down to the world we live in today. He reveals the almost universal deception, the idea that each of us is simply a projection of – and actually consist of, “God” one of the most dangerous and invasive of these theories. If we make this revolutionary false discovery, that we are “God,” the natural conclusion is that all we need do to have infinite supernatural power at our fingertips, is exercise that power that is naturally within each of This “God” within us is often referred to in the occult religions and philosophies as the “Universal Subconscious Mind,” and is the basis of all the deception Dr. Noyes is able to expose, and in which he has done an excellent work in the writing of Alternative & Mystical Healing Therapies: Are They Medically Sound and/or Spiritually Safe?
I would recommend this book to all whose lives touch in any way, or have any connection with those who are influenced by the use of energy above and beyond what comes naturally through methods that are not supernatural or fully understood. Those working in the healing arts, such as massage therapists, chiropractors, physical therapists, or any who use arts that manipulate energy in the new techniques that are being devised daily, need to have this book in their library, and that is – in my opinion, without exception. Thank you Dr. Noyes for the time you dedicated to give the world a warning desperately needed.
Pastor Rick Howard
Review by Premium US Reviews
The objective of this book is to present information that will enable the reader to differentiate between therapy which follows the known physical and chemical laws (God’s system) and the system of the great deceiver. This examination of myriad medical and spiritual healing systems reaches back into ancient religions and cults, as well as up to the present day, into New Age and other philosophies that lay claim to non-scientific cures through dubious mental, physical, and magical practices. The author, Edwin Noyes, a retired physician who has done medical missionary work and conducts seminars on nutrition and preventive medicine, believes that human beings are easily deceived. Each step toward a nonstandard method or technique offering relief from pain, illness, or anxiety is a step away from the truth of Christianity.
Noyes expends considerable effort exploring these alternative therapies, including Reiki, transcendental meditation, Rolfing, reflexology, therapeutic touch, shiatsu, homeopathy, aromatherapy, and others. For example, in speaking of mindfulness, a kind of meditative state first promulgated by the Buddha, Noyes notes that its goal is not thinking, making the mind a blank, so that it can be influenced and/or controlled by occult forces.
Noyes firmly believes that conventional scientific methods are most closely aligned with the laws of God and least likely to lead to false thinking and presents his information in an orderly, logical way, citing many useful sources and providing a helpful glossary.
Having worked overseas in Vietnam and Thailand, he has observed firsthand some of the spiritual healing practices he delineates in this thoughtful and thought-provoking work. Though some readers may feel uncomfortable with his basic premise, the unique and ultimate supremacy of the Christian message, there is no doubt that his views are sincerely held and carefully researched. The author’s Christian beliefs have informed this book, which seeks to inform readers of the dangers of alternative medical practices and lead them back to more orthodox and scientific methods.
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