The Power of Sound
The first time I heard about this was when I learnt about Dan McCollam's teaching in SSM in 2011. Truth be told, all I knew and heard was that:-
1. it was very powerful
2. it was about the power of sound
My initial response was - well, maybe it's about how God uses music - and didn't give very much thought to it. However, in ongoing research, I came across some interesting snippets here and there.
http://www.injesus.com/message-archives ... f-heaven-4
This interesting article is NOT my Dan McCollam but obviously someone influenced by his teaching. What I found interesting was that the focus was on the sound, rather than God. The author writes about the "intersect of quantum physics and the ways of God." The terms used in the article has a quasi-Christian feel to it but if you look really hard, this is about the power of sound more than it is about the power of God. Okay, that's not completely out of the ball-park in itself.
Then there is this longish article by Purcell entitled "The Other Side of the Secret" (see attached PDF). The author was also deeply influenced by Dan McCollam and in the preface writes the following:-
"I had the privilege of listening to a teaching called God Vibrations that was done by Dan McCollam. Dan’s teaching is about how science and New age are proving the Bible."
Okay, this is getting uncanny - with several people making the unspoken connection to the New Age, and these aren't even detractors, they're supporters of Dan McCollam. Now, it turns out that it is not just Dan McCollam and his idea of the power of sound or God vibrations, but the entire premise has become a common teaching amongst the emerging neo-Charismatics.
By this - I mean that there is a clear attempt at trying to link "quantum physics" to Christian faith going on here. As such, we're not just talking about sound, we're talking about light, smells, the whole works. This is a very strange development since classical Christianity contains nothing of this sort. You can find pages such as the following:-
You can go straight to chapter 12 (Quantum Mysticism):-
And in there, you read pure New Age stuff by Ellyn Davis (I've never heard of her before this.) For example, it says in on the page:-
"Second, there is the belief in a single universal consciousness that permeates all things."
That, is pure New Age - no doubt about it. You can Google this or you can just read it here:-
The rest of the available chapters are really nothing more than an attempt to baptise New Age metaphysics in Christian language. Zero biblical basis at all, and where they quote scripture - it is either completely irrelevant or wrongly applied. This is bizarre.
Okay, this is getting beyond uncanny. Let's check more then. Here is an excerpt on the Eastern concept of the universal sound, the power of sound, if you like:-
"OM (AUM) is an ancient sound. For thousands of years it has been chanted in Devine Mantra’s to achieve healings of the mind, body and soul. The sound OM creates a natural sonic vibration resulting in the alignment of key energy centers throughout the body. For this reason, OM ‘the sound of all there is’ was considered to be the Universal sound."
There is an entire following of New Agers who believe that certain sounds lend itself to healing and so on:-
http://www.birthpangs.org/articles/dece ... music.html
http://www.atlantisqueen.com/meditation ... tions.html
Now, I need to find out exactly what Dan McCollam teaches and where he comes from on this. It seems that New Age has found a new way to propagate, through Christianity, by changing their terminology and relying on unsuspecting and undiscerning Christians. Based on what I am now reading, I have serious misgivings.
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