In my article “What does God's Word say about Witchcraft” I presented some information about the heretical teachings of psychic Sylvia Browne who had written a book called “The Mystical Life of Jesus-An Uncommon Perspective on the Life of Christ.” I exposed a few portions of the book, outside and inside. But since that initial bit of research I did on her, I felt compelled to do an entire article on this woman and her aforementioned book.
As I mentioned in my “Witchcraft” article, Sylvia has a spirit guide named Francine who provides her with “inside” information. And as I mentioned in that same article, I show that Francine is nothing more than a devil! The heretical information Francine supplies is only going to help affect weak Christians who are not yet strong in the words of God and will alter their thinking about Jesus.
Speaking of which, Sylvia was on an episode of Montel recently where the show had the theme of “Secrets from Beyond.” Montel, who was a little too giddy about having Sylvia on his show, sang the psychic's praises and the audience ate up everything she said. In fact, throughout the show, people in the audience would stand up and ask Sylvia where she thought they might be in their lives in a few years. Or people would ask if they should change jobs or if their dead relatives were still with them.
Clearly these are questions these people need to be taking to God rather than some wild-eyed servant of devils. People who said that they saw white orbs around them asked Sylvia if they were angels and she said they were. One person wanted to know if angels had names so she could communicate with them. Sylvia said angels do not have names, but their spirit guides do. When people asked what the names of their spirit guides were, she would just throw random names back at them.
I hate to say it, but people can be so gullible it is not even funny! It is clear to see that people will believe nearly anything you tell them. As long as it is spiritual in nature and the God that is spoken of is vague in nature and tone, any doctrine is welcome!
But that is the New Age God and doctrine for you. Full of pluralities and generalities.
So to continue on here, I am going to fully expose the doctrine and New Age attitude of Miss Sylvia Browne's book, “The Mystical Life of Jesus” chapter-by-chapter in this series of articles. So sit back and get comfy:
I covered the odds and ends pages in my “Witchcraft” article so we'll jump right into the meat of the book with chapter 1.
Chapter 1 is titled “Birth and Childhood:”
In this chapter Sylvia's heretical comments begin on page 1. She claims to provide “real and researched facts according to the latest findings of scholars AS WELL AS INFORMATION FROM THE ‘OTHER SIDE’ BY MY GUIDE, FRANCINE.” And just to show you how much she relies on her spirit guide, here is a statement she makes on page 71 of Chapter 3, “I believe what Francine says.”
When she gets to the meat of Jesus' birth, this is her first comment, “Christ WAS NOT born in a manger.” She also claims that there WAS room in the local inns. Oh really? Let's see what Luke 2:7 says:
“And she brought forth her first-born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was NO room for them in the inn.”
On page 3 she claims that, “Joseph was a direct descendant of the ROYAL house of David.” And that “Mary and Joseph were from royal and wealthy Judaic families and consequently Jesus was born in an inn and not in a stable with animals lying about.” First of all, scripture never once tells us that there was any royalty involved in the house of David, just that Joseph came from the house of David. In fact the word royal appears in only a handful of Bible books and not once in the gospels.
On page 5 she attempts to tear apart the virgin birth of Jesus, claiming it was borrowed later on from other religions as the New Testament was being written. She says, “Matthew bases his virgin birth story on the prophecy of Isaiah 7:14; but that prophecy clearly states that the name of the child will be Immanuel, NOT Jesus.” If you are laughing at the ridiculousness of this, so I am! Immanuel is a symbolic name that means “God with Us,” not the literal name of a person.
She also claims that many of the “so-called prophecies concerning the Messiah are very dubious and have blatantly been misinterpreted.” On page 7, she voices her personal beliefs about the New Testament thusly:
“...as far as the New Testament is concerned, its beginnings and writings are highly suspect, highly prejudicial, and were formulated and edited by the early Christian Church.”
On page 9, she makes this statement, “Getting back to the virgin birth of Christ, Francine (her spirit guide) says that it was NOT a virgin birth and that Joseph impregnated Mary.”
And just a side note, I found it interesting that she has a Celtic cross banner at the footer of every page.
On page 11 she tries to give us extra-biblical information about Joseph by saying, “...he was so much older than Mary and he thought it wasn't possible for him to have children. Mary was only sixteen and he was close to forty.” I am quite certain that nowhere in scripture do we see how old Mary and Joseph were, especially with the wide age ranges Sylvia puts forth.
On page 12 she says, “Christ was born in the month of June, according to Francine.” Her spirit guide contradicts scripture with the passage about the angels appearing before the shepherds in the field from Luke 2:8-20. Shepherding was a seasonal thing done in the spring and fall, so Jesus could have been born either in the spring or fall.
In chapter1 pages 12-16 and chapter 3 pages 53-54 she claims that Matthew and Luke consistently contradict each other concerning the nativity narrative. She states this on page 16:
“It is these conflicts that create the possibility of untruth and downright fabrication that biblical scholars are constantly pointing out. Can we trust these biblical accounts when they seemingly give different versions that go against each other? Scholars who defend the Bible will constantly use the argument of ‘omission’ in their defense. In this case they might say that Luke just omitted the part about Herod and Joseph and Mary fleeing to Egypt. These types of arguments strain our credulity because the ‘omission’ is so important and significant.”
This is incredible! First of all, I can't believe that any Christian scholar would use omission of scripture as an argument! Nothing was left out of any of the gospels folks. That is if you are using the King James Bible! The modern English versions chop up the gospels to resemble Swiss cheese more than God’ preserved words! Here is the deal. Let's say there was a major disaster (like 9/11 for example). Take 4 different people from the crowd that saw what happened. Now, put pen and paper in their hands and ask them to write what they saw and heard. It is a 100% fact that each record will be different than the other...which is good! If all 4 gospels read the same way, we might as well only need one. But each is different and serves a purpose to be different than the other.
So don't let someone tell you that the gospels contradict each other because they read differently, they should!
Chapter 2, “The Lost Years of Jesus:”
This chapter hardly requires any comment because it is fill of fictitious events and Gnostic heresy, with the intent of serving one purpose: filling in the gaps in Jesus' teen to adult years, but there are a few things to mention. On page 22, Sylvia says that, “...common sense makes it blatantly clear that Christ had to have some, if not many, psychic abilities or talents.” At one point, she claims that Jesus left home and traveled by himself to India and studied there with “Persian and Arab scholars” and fully embraced their teachings.
Chapter 3, “His baptism and Gathering of Disciples:”
On page 51, Sylvia claims that the wedding at Cana “was actually his (Jesus') wedding to Magdalene.” On page 58, she attempts to dismiss the Creation story and Adam and Eve saying:
“While the Essenes saw baptism as a washing-away of all past life traumas, Christianity made it into a cleansing of the sins of Adam and Eve (original sin). This, I feel, is a really bad interpretation. Most scholars believe that the story of Adam and Eve in Genesis of the Old Testament is symbolic in nature. The story of Adam and Eve reads like mythology and is meant to be symbolic.”
I don't know who all these scholars are she claims hold these views but I would not be surprised if they were liberals. Furthermore, water baptism does NOTHING for you, it is merely a sign that you are a born again believer, your death and rising up in Christ Jesus. Your salvation is based on repenting of your sins toward God by belief in Jesus Christ and receiving him as your personal Saviour by faith alone!
On page 61, Sylvia talks about the temptation of Jesus as portrayed in the gospels. She makes her views about Satan very clear in the following:
“They (the gospels) go on to relate how Christ fasted for forty days and nights and how the ‘adversary’ (edited in as Satan) tempted Jesus by promising him riches and fame.”
I hate to break this to Sylvia, but Satan (the adversary) DOES exist and she (if she does not realize she needs Jesus as her Saviour) will share in the torments of the lake of fire WITH Satan, who will be “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone...and shall be TORMENTED day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)
Meanwhile, Luke 4:8 says, “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, SATAN: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the LORD thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”
Jesus believed Satan existed and resisted his temptations to sin. Who are YOU going to believe...Jesus or Sylvia?
Again she says, “Francine (her spirit guide) says that no devil as such came and tempted him, but he did battle with his own conscience.” Again, who are you going to believe, Jesus or Francine?
Sylvia relies heavily on the Gnostic gospels and makes this bold claim about their teachings:
“Mary Magdalene, according to Francine, was always by his (Jesus) side, and some teachings in Gnostic beliefs put forth that she was the direct report of the Mother God at that time, known as Sophia, just as Christ was a direct report of God the Father. They were here as replications of the true Mother and Father God. We all have within us the DNA of the divine Creators; but Mary and Jesus were examples of life as it should be lived...”
On pages 66-67, Sylvia lays down the biggest heresy of the book so far in this statement:
“Jesus employed all the knowledge that he had gained in his travels. Being a Gnostic, he was never afraid to incorporate any part of any truth or any religion that had true knowledge; he would just couch his words to fit into Jewish thought and tradition, and extensively used parables to get his points across. Being an Essene, he was influenced by not only their philosophy, but their documentation.”
Feel free to laugh as much as I am here! I can't begin to imagine how God feels about being called a Gnostic and an Essene, but saying that he would be influenced by human philosophy and man-made religions is simply LUDICROUS!
At the bottom of page 68 and on to page 69, she breaks down the time in which Jesus went to the synagogue in Nazareth to preach and how the townspeople attempted to hurl him off a cliff for his sayings. She presupposes this about him:
“He was frightened, but he also learned a very important lesson: he had to be careful with his words.”
Who is this lady fooling? There were many things Jesus was NOT worried about and watching what he said to people was one of them! Just look at John 8:24, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” Does that statement sound like he was worried about offending people with his words? And just remember all the times Jesus called the religious scribes and leaders vipers, snakes, blind fools, blind guides, etc., etc.
A half a paragraph later, she reveals her very personal beliefs about Jesus and who she thinks he was:
“I have always called myself a Gnostic Christian because I believe in obtaining as much knowledge as possible about God, and I have always believed that Jesus Christ was a direct report and messenger from God and I love his teachings. BUT HERE IS THE KICKER: I don't necessarily ascribe to all of the teachings as put forth in the Bible, and I DON'T FEEL HE IS THE SAVIOR FOR ALL OF MANKIND AND THAT HE DIED FOR OUR SINS. Now, some of you might ask, ‘How can you call yourself a Christian then? I call myself Christian because I do believe in Christ's teachings and I do believe in his divinity as a SPECIAL ENTITY FROM GOD. I DON'T believe in the concept of a savior for mankind.”
She wants to “obtain as much knowledge about God” as she can huh? Well, there is ONLY one book to go to Sylvia...the King James Bible! She'll never get saved unless she believes in Jesus as her personal Saviour, period! And simply believing in Christ's teachings and divinity does not make you a Christian...it makes you an admirer!
On page 71, she brings us back to the loving-only God of the New Age movement, saying, “Jesus tried to point out the loving qualities of God in various ways, but the Bible says he retained the belief that God would punish the wicked and stands in judgment. Francine has told me that Jesus did not believe in those two concepts and that he never said God would punish anybody or that there would ever be a day of judgment.”
Again, Sylvia's spirit guide Francine proves to be nothing more than a devil! Jesus had PLENTY to say about punishment, judgment, wrath, hell and eternal damnation! Look at John 5:22, “For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son.” And look at John 9:39, “For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.” Now consider this profound statement from Jesus from John 12:48, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.”
Jesus uses the phrase “the last day” several times and the Book of Revelation chapter 20 gives us the best example of judgment and torment for those who are cast into the lake of fire.
She goes on to say:
“Francine says what Jesus really preached about punishment was that those who do evil deeds will be punished DUE TO THE UNIVERSAL LAW OF KARMA, WHICH HE LEARNED WHILE IN INDIA AND BELIEVED IN. The writers of the Bible inserted that God would do the punishing and completely edited out Christ's words about the universal law of karma because it referred too much to Eastern philosophies and religions and smacked of reincarnation.”
Notice all the times Sylvia uses the word Christ more than Jesus' name or even Jesus Christ? This is the New Age scheme of things: that Christ is a revealer of any and all truths, regardless of whether or not it is really from God or someone or something else!
This is the end of part one of this mini-series I have embarked upon in exposing the things in this book. I am currently working on parts two and three of this three-part series.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and DOCTRINES OF DEVILS.” (1 Timothy 4:1)
Chapter 4 “His Early Ministry and Miracles:”
On page 78, she talks about the miracles of Jesus and his role in fulfilling them. She gives her support for other messiahs in this statement:
“Not to malign OTHER messiahs or messengers, but no one has had miracles attributed to them as Christ has.”
That statement is yet another reason Sylvia will never get saved if she gives credence to other messiahs and fails to believe there is only ONE true messiah!
In the next paragraph, she claims that the people Jesus talked to in the crowds were “largely illiterate, just as most of his disciples were.” Because someone was a fisherman makes them illiterate or uneducated? This is ridiculous! It is entirely possible that at least one of the Apostles was documenting what was going on and what was being said by Jesus. And we also must remember this, “...he (the Holy Spirit) shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”
Throughout a portion of this chapter, she discusses Jesus's miracles, which ones appear in which gospel and so on. But on page 81, she confuses Catholic doctrine with true Christian doctrine saying, “...converting bread and wine into his body and blood (not accepted literally by all Christians).”
She is describing the Catholic Church's Eucharist/Mass ceremony where the priest (supposedly) has the power to magically transform the wafer and wine into the body of Christ, re-sacrificing him over and over, as many times as the Mass is held.
On pages 82-85, she talks about the issue of evil spirits, devils and whatnot. At the bottom of page 82 to 83, she states her personal views about devils:
“I have always said there are no demons and no devil and that so-called ‘possessions’ are either schizophrenia or the overactive and suggestive mind emoting emotion in a big-time way.”
In the next paragraph, Sylvia states this, “Francine (her spirit guide) says that these accounts of Jesus casting out demons are greatly exaggerated.” Francine goes on to say later on, “He went into an altered state of consciousness to become a tube or vessel for healing energy from God.”
You gotta be kidding me! Going into “an altered state of consciousness” is called Meditation. This is Eastern philosophy.
On page 85 Sylvia addresses Jesus' Messiahship. She states this:
“It would be consistent for the early writers or editors of these gospels to try to portray Jesus as the Messiah and to try to have him do as many miracles as possible to document his authenticity as the Jewish Savior put forth in their many prophecies. Although he was not accepted as the savior for the Judaic people, he did become, through Christianity, the Savior and Messiah of Christians worldwide.”
Sylvia makes it sound like the gospel writers merely used Jesus to be the Messiah, helping (by way of their writing) to force the fulfillment of prophecy to make him be the Messiah. Jesus did not need help to fulfill prophecy, he did it all on his own! Jesus was the Savior of ALL people, regardless whether you were Jewish, or Gentile, free or slave. He is still the Savior for ALL people!
The last sentence on this same page reads:
“Francine says that Jesus was always humble because he knew that God was the one giving him any power that he used and was always able to keep his ego in check.”
Again she fails to realize that Jesus was and is more than just a vessel or someone merely being used by God but that he IS God incarnate, God made flesh!
Over the next several pages, she introduces the teaching of karmic law and reincarnation. She states this on page 87, “...Christ had learned and accepted the philosophy of reincarnation.” This is flat out HERESY!
On page 89, Sylvia talks about the things Jesus did on the Jewish Sabbath and about Judaic law. She makes this statement:
“With Christ performing healings and miracles on the Sabbath, we now can see more fully why Francine said he had come to ‘change the law rather than to fulfill it. If Christ said he came to fulfill the law, he most certainly would not have consistently defied Judaic law; but if, as Francine said, he had come to ‘change the law,’ Jesus would have had no problem in breaking laws that he felt needed changing.”
Sylvia's little devil spirit Francine needs a lesson in scripture:
“Think NOT that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am NOT come to destroy, BUT to FULFILL. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:17-18)
On page 91 she again claims by Francine, “that Jesus did not believe in an entity called the Devil. There are numerous scriptures that clearly tell us Jesus DID believe the Devil existed Seeing as how Jesus created the devil!
The next section of this article I am going to need to quote more than a page of Sylvia's book where she discusses the Transfiguration. Her heresy extends through more than a full page, so just bare with me. She state this on page 99:
“I would also like to address the miracle of the Transfiguration of Christ (Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-36). This incident is where Christ took several of his disciples up a mountain and then transfigured himself and was seen by the disciples talking with Elijah and Moses. The Bible tries to explain ‘transfigured’ by describing how Christ glowed with a heavenly light and his garments turned the whitest of white. What they were trying to explain was an out-of-body experience (astral projection or astral travel) that Jesus was having. Christ, with his power and training in India, would have been able to do this at will and with probably more power than most, and was consequently seen by the disciples in this astral state. When a person goes into an astral state (almost all of us do this, sometimes two or three times a week; we just don't usually remember it consciously) they assume their astral body, which is the body of the soul, and many times go to the Other Side (heaven). This, of course, is what Jesus was doing; he went to the Other Side in an astral state and talked with Moses and Elijah.
“All of them would have seemed to be in a glorified state because they were. As I have explained in my books, on the Other Side the colors are much more vivid (see the gospel passages that describe the whitest of whites) and glowing, and countenances can change because of personal preference. The miracle here is not Jesus going into an astral state, as most of us do at one time or another; but that the disciples were able to see and hear Christ, Moses and Elijah on the Other Side. The incident of the Transfiguration then ends with God taking the form of a cloud and telling the disciples to listen to Jesus.”
Phew, did you catch all that? First off, I did my own research on astral projection and travel and so on many years ago for a book I was planning to write called "Astral Mechanix." It was about a secret government program that was using supernatural beings that would project their astral form (which was code-named a "ghost form") to be used in sabotage, espionage, assassinations and intelligence gathering. If memory serves, I believe the physical body becomes comatose, with highly elevated brain activity. If as Sylvia claims Jesus was having an astral experience, he would not at the same time be conscience and talking to anyone.
I came up with a remedy for that in my aforementioned book where a rival government operation called Blue Cell implanted their single agent with a chip in his brain where at the moment of astral projection, the chip would initialize and awaken the agent where his ghost form could go off and perform its own mission and he could do something else. When the ghost form re-entered his body, the chip would shut off.
Anyway, the whole idea of Jesus having an out-of-body experience is so ridiculous it is not even funny. She also claims that the Other Side is (heaven). Apparently according to her, anyone who project their astral form can go to this "Other Side" or as she puts it (heaven). Well, gee if that is true, we all can go to heaven whenever we want and we don't need Jesus to do it!
Yeah I know I used too many exclamation points, so what!
In the middle of page 101, Sylvia has the audacity to refer to Jesus as “our Lord.” He only becomes the Lord of your life when you receive him as your personal Saviour.
Chapter 5 “Mary Magdalene, the Beatitudes of Christ:”
At the bottom of page 104 of this chapter Sylvia gets into the issue of how the Catholic Church (NOT the Christian church body) devised its claim that Mary was a prostitute and whatnot. Here is her statement:
“Why would the Church associate Mary Magdalene with being a sinner and a person of ill repute? Perhaps the Church knew what I know and wanted to hide the fact of the marriage and devotion between Jesus and Mary Magdalene for fear that it would take away from his divinity.”
First of all, I am not going to try to justify the Catholic Church's position about Mary since I feel ALL their doctrine is corrupt, but as a born again believer, scripture tells me Mary WAS a sinner and WAS possessed by 7 devils that Jesus did cast out, BUT says nothing of her being a prostitute!
At the bottom of page 109, Sylvia states:
“Jesus was preaching and expounding on a loving God, a God who was forgiving and kind, while the Pharisees and Sanhedrin remained loyal to the God of Moses who set down strict laws and commandments. The God of Moses was such that if you didn't believe in him, then you would have a vengeful and wrathful God who would rain havoc upon you and you would be condemned to a life of misery in hell on the Judgment Day. But here was Jesus, sent as God's messenger to try to set the truth down once and for all. You must realize that religion at that time, as even sadly today, is based on guilt, unworthiness and fear of God.”
She is trying to describe two different Gods here. In actuality, we have ONE God, full of both love and justice. To make God a God of love only is a corruption of his nature. From pages 112-120, she explores the Matthew and Luke versions of the Beatitudes where we find her making this comment on Matthew 5:11-12:
“(I know many interpret this to mean persecution for believing in Christ; BUT I like to interpret it as persecution for believing in truth, which Christ was a symbol for. It also reads a lot like my life...with my critics and detractors; for later on Christ says not to hide your light under a bushel and to let your light shine before men. Well...I think I'm trying to do that, and I know after I die I will be going to the Other Side, just as all of you are.)”
Okay, her first mistake is the REAL misinterpretation (and admitting to it) of verse 11. Then she makes a profound error in assuming she is going to go to (heaven) the Other Side in her mind and on top of that, making the assumption that so will everyone else. Not to mention the fact that she gives a “private” interpretation of Scripture, which God through Peter’s letter condemns!
Back on page 116 at the bottom and on over to 117, she makes her most heretical statement thus far after quoting Luke 6:37, which reads: “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven.” Here is her comment about this verse:
“(This is my personal favorite, and I really wish that more so-called ‘Christians’ would have this branded on their soul. A true Christian would never say, ‘If you are not saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, you will be damned to hell,’ for it is not only judgmental but condemning. If you ever hear a preacher, evangelist or priest say this...RUN, for they truly do not understand the meaning of Christ's teachings.)”
NO Miss Browne, it is YOU who do not understand the meaning of JESUS Christ's teachings! ANYONE who “claims” to be a true Christian (a born again believer that is) WILL say, “If you are not saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, you will be damned to hell,” because it is what God's words commands as part of the gospel of Christ. It is NOT being judgmental or condemning...it is the preaching of salvation through the blood of Jesus, shed on the cross. And as believers, we need to pray that there are preachers and evangelists out there espousing the gospel of Christ according to the Bible!
Lord knows there are NOT enough of them out there in the world doing it! In fact too many are preaching prosperity and health and wealth for the truly faithful. So by all means RUN TO the men that preach these things! And her statement is yet ANOTHER reason why she will never get saved and go to heaven!
On page 121, she makes a direct assault on the Godhood of Jesus Christ:
“Even when he taught the Lord's Prayer on the mountain...here we see again that he always gave honor to his Father in heaven. He never started the Lord's Prayer with "My Jesus here on Earth." It's sad...because Christianity has made Jesus the only God and forgotten the Father and even more so the Mother.”
I am sorry folks, but it is like this through the whole book! There is only ONE true God and Jesus is God in the flesh! This wasn't something that was just decided upon. It goes all the way back to the Apostles to Thomas' confession in John 20:29, “My Lord and my God.”
Chapter 6 “The Real Passion Story of Christ:”
On page 134, Sylvia talks about what Jesus had to go through “to fulfill the prophecies that would culminate in his SUPPOSED death.” Throughout this chapter and the next, she attempts to cast doubt on the literal death of Jesus on the cross and his status as the Saviour of not only the Jews but the whole world!
On page 141, Sylvia introduces us to the heretical story featured in the Gnostic text of the Gospel of Judas (which I covered in my article “The True Face of Judas”) where Judas and Jesus conspired together to turn our Lord over to the scribes then Romans for crucifixion. The Gospel of Judas paints the betrayer as a hero where the words of God correctly shows him as the one who betrays Jesus for money!
From page 147 to 150, she attacks the deity of Christ and his status as the Son of God AND the Son of man simultaneously. She tries to say that Matthew 26:63-64; Mark 14:61-62 and Luke 22:66-70 are inconsistent with each other where we see the scribes and elders questioning Jesus to finally find out if he is the Christ, the Son of God. She fails miserably to see that Jesus referred to himself as the Son of man, which is a prophetic title that the scribes would have known what it meant. As well as the fact that Jesus called himself the Son of God, a direct and literal title he used to show is equality with God and his deity.
I have already pointed this out previously, but Sylvia constantly uses the word Christ FAR more than Jesus' name or even Jesus the Christ (Anointed One), which only goes to expose her New Age worldview. She uses a Catholic Bible translation that much like all recent translations that use a capital M in the title Son of Man that puts unnecessary importance on his humanity. She claims that all of us are sons and daughters of God after using the title Son of God, all in an effort to diminish Jesus' deity.
Now, of everything that I have featured here so far...get ready for what is coming next. Earlier she tried to claim that Jesus, Judas and Pilate cooked up a scheme to secure Jesus' survival on the cross, faking his death. From the bottom of page 156 to page 157, Sylvia states this:
“As the third hour of his crucifixion approached, a runner reported to Pilate that Jesus seemed to be failing. Pilate had one of his physicians make up a concoction that would be very much like a sleeping potion, except it induced a light coma, and sent it back to the site of crucifixion. When Christ asked for water because he thirsted, a sponge was filled with this elixir and given to Jesus. In a very short period of time, Jesus fell into a light coma state and appeared for all practical purposes dead. All of this HAD BEEN PLANNED, and Christ accepted the elixir gratefully and hoped it would work. The centurion in charge had been told by Pilate to pronounce Jesus dead when he passed out and to lightly pierce his side to prove it. Because he was in a coma, Christ's body did not react to the piercing and he was pronounced dead.”
This sounds just too stupid to comment on, you know? To close out this chapter, she comments on why Jesus said, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” from Matthew 27:46:
"Theologians have puzzled over the fact that, as spiritual and God-LIKE as Jesus was SUPPOSED to be, he called out in his despondency and agony, “Father, why hast thou forsaken me?” This is understandable because even the divinity in Jesus still resided in a human form that was suffering. Francine says one of the reasons he said it was because he had been conversing with God regularly, and then, all of a sudden, at the crucifixion God became silent. When she said that, it reminded me of Joan of Arc, who had her voices go silent at her time of crisis and execution. Evidently this was a small lapse in Christ due to his suffering and his mental state of despondency in which he really thought he was going to die. God, of course, knew he WASN'T going to die at that time and evidently felt he didn't have to comment, as Christ's Chart was taking its course and had to be experienced.”
I am going to say just one thing about that statement before I end part 2 of this 3-part series. God's judgment over sin was being passed down and Jesus was paying the price for our sins by becoming the offering, the spotless Lamb, the final true sacrifice on the cross. He was cut off from God while he poured out his wrath upon Jesus as the atonement for our sins.
“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.” (Galatians 3:13)
Chapter 7 “The Resurrection-A Plan for Christ's Survival:”
I quoted part of this chapter in my article “What does God's Word say about Witchcraft,” I quoted the very first half of the first paragraph in that article, now here is the rest of it:
“Relief in the sense that he knew he had fulfilled his mission and happiness in knowing that he had SURVIVED an ordeal in which he was SUPPOSED to die. Francine (her spirit guide) also says that God spoke with Jesus shortly after awakening and told him that he was well pleased with how Jesus had handled everything.”
On page 166 she gets into identifying Old Testament verses that talk about Jesus' death and resurrection, as in prophecies about them. She lists these verses:
The first thing about this list is that the Psalm 15 verse she quotes is actually found in Psalm 16:8-11. Psalm 15 only has 5 verses in it, so she probably just put down a 5 where she should have put a 6. Her passage she lists for Psalm 21:19-22 does not even exist! Psalm 21 ends at verse 13. The correct location for the passage is found in Psalm 22:18. The Isaiah passage is correct. She also quotes from a false Catholic Bible version, the Douay-Rheims.
She then states this on the next page: (168)
“Now, if you have a Bible handy, you might want to read these prophecies and the wording might be a little different if you have a different version of the Bible. I expect that you will come away from that experience just as I did...confused because of the blatant obscurity. How anyone can figure that these are prophecies of the resurrection is beyond me. I have always put forth that there is an Afterlife, a place where we go that has no evil or negativity, which I call the Other Side. Therefore, all of us are resurrected (except for Dark entities) when we die.”
Here is the reason she is so confused:
“For God is NOT the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33)
For believers, God provides truth in his Word and truth even for those seeking it that are not saved but are being witnessed to. But for those who are unsaved and eagerly spreading damnable heresy, the Word of God is foolishness and confusing. They rely on their own imagination to interpret scripture. This is what Sylvia Browne IS doing and I pray that through this 3-part article I have written will aid those of you who are "babes" in Christ, that this detailed exposé will help you!
Pretty much this entire chapter is built to tear apart the legitimacy of Jesus' death and resurrection, claiming yet more “inconsistency” among the gospel accounts. She tries to use words like “alive” and statements by Jesus (“handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have”) to show that Jesus was actually alive, in the sense that he did NOT die on the cross like scripture tells us he did!
Like the “expert” on ghosts she says she is Sylvia totally discounts the fact that Jesus ascended physically and bodily back into heaven and that he could simply appear and disappear in a room. Doors were locked and windows shut, yet there he was, the Lord, God and Saviour of the world had simply and effortlessly appeared before the Apostles numerous times!
On page 175, she claims this about Mary Magdalene and the resurrection narrative:
“The stories of Mary Magdalene coming to the tomb in the early hours of the day after the Sabbath (Easter Sunday) are NOT true, according to Francine. Francine says that Mary Magdalene NEVER left his side.”
Sylvia has apparently forgotten what John 20:1, Luke 24:10 and Mark 16:1-2 says. Then toward the bottom of the page, she recounts the event where the chief priests paid off the guards to say Jesus' disciples stole his body from its tomb during the night, where then she says this is found in Luke 28:11-15. Either Sylvia doesn't remember where these verses are in the Bible or her researchers don't, but either way, the correct location is Matthew 28:11-15.
Here is her take on the resurrection on page 176:
“The resurrection was a complete fabrication and had to be constructed to give cover to the escape of Jesus and his family-for who would search for a dead man who had risen up into heaven?”
On the next page she again lends credence to the heretical Gospel of Judas by saying, “Jesus also explained to them that Judas Iscariot was NOT a traitor and had seemingly betrayed him at his request to make the plan for his survival more believable.”
Chapter 8 “The True Apocalypse:”
In this chapter, Sylvia debates the truthfulness and history of the last book in the Bible, Revelation. She casts doubt first on who the writer of the Book of Revelation was, saying:
“The ‘John’ who was the writer of the Book of Revelation is generally believed by most scholars to have been the apostle John the Beloved (John the Divine), but in actuality NO ONE REALLY knows who the writer of this book was. This is the case with all the canonical gospels and is also the reality here.”
Lies, lies and more lies! First off, we DO KNOW who wrote the gospels. Matthew, an Apostle, wrote the Gospel of Matthew. Mark, also known as John Mark (who is mentioned in Acts), was a disciple, wrote the Gospel of Mark. Luke, a physician and not an Apostle, wrote the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts, both of which are addressed to Theophilus. And John (the disciple whom Jesus loved) and an Apostle, wrote the Gospel of John, 3 letters and the Book of Revelation or the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
One of a few ways we know John wrote Revelation are keywords. One of which is the fact that John referred to himself in Revelation. Revelation 1:9 should be the most convincing example, “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation.” He also does it in Rev. 1:1 and verse 4. Another example would be the name or title of Word that only John used for Jesus. This is unique to John's writing style that God gifted to him to write this most beloved of all 4 gospels! Here are the verses he used it in:
John 1:1, 14
1 John 1:1; 5:7 (you'd better use the KJV to read this one because it's not in modern Bibles)
Another keyword is begotten. It means to give birth and shadows a statement Jesus himself makes to Pilate, “Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world.” That verse blows the false teaching of the Jehovah's Witnesses who say Jesus was a created being out of the water! Here are the other verses featuring the word begotten:
John 1:14, 18; 3:16, 18
1 John 4:9
Chapter 9 “The Mystical Traveler:”
Thank God this is the last chapter of this book! Reading stuff like this just wears you down a little. Someone recently told me Sylvia should just keep this Satanic garbage to herself. I would have to agree!
On page 220 she shows her true colors in regards to tolerance and sin:
“If we took this teaching of Christ at face value and accepted it wholeheartedly, we would eliminate all bigotry and hatred and judgment and condemnation of our fellow man. There would be no persecution of different ethnic and racial groups, or groups that practiced a different religion or groups that were homosexual. It is an act of the greatest hypocrisy to preach these teachings on the one hand and then to turn around and condemn and persecute a racial, ethnic, religious or homosexual group on the other.”
See what I mean? The compromise, tolerance and acceptance and a want for unity is great and terrible in our current day and age. Everyone wants a god that is ONLY full of love and goodness and willing to pour out prosperity on those who have great faith (or willing to pay for it). You are not going to find THAT god in the Bible.
She does not believe in such a concept as sin, putting the word in quotation marks. Here is her very personal view of sin on page 226:
“I have always HATED the word sin because it is a truly subjective term.” Well Sylvia, that's too bad, because you are going to need to realize that you ARE a sinner and that is according to the words of God, not me!
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
Here is a quick list of verses that show various types of sin:
1 Timothy 1:9-10, 15
Romans 1:26-27, 29-31
Miss Sylvia does something next at the bottom of page 225 I found surprising. You have heard of attorney-client privilege and doctor-patient confidentiality? Well, Sylvia completely sells out one of her "clients" stating thusly:
“I had a woman who used to come regularly to see me as a client. She was a very sweet and caring person, honest, loving and from all outward appearances a very pretty and classy lady. She was a high-class PROSTITUTE. When I told her psychically what she did for a living, she just nodded affirmatively and then told me that she enjoyed her profession, would quit one day when she had her nest egg, marry and hopefully have two children. She was completely nonchalant and very comfortable, and I immediately knew why-she was a good person.”
Now, she didn't mention any names, but she still divulged information about someone that sought her “talents” out of confidence. She says a few paragraphs later, “I have always put forth that what separates a sinner from a non-sinner is motive.”
No Miss Browne, the only thing that separates a sinner from a non-sinner is the reception of Jesus the Christ as one's Saviour, being washed in his blood for the forgiveness of sins!
On page 231, she again denies the real reason Jesus came into the world...to die for us sinners to save us, by saying, “He (Jesus) DIDN'T come to die for our sins (only Paul and the Book of Revelation, which was influenced by Paul, say that); he came to teach and heal and lead an exemplary life doing God's will.”
Now we are going to get into a hairy area. Toward the bottom of page 231, Sylvia ventures into territory that is continually ventured into...the historical proof that Jesus was real and lived. Here is what she says (pay close attention toward the end of this quote):
“One of the controversies that has always surrounded Christ is whether or not he was in actuality divine. Some believe he was a myth put forth by Christians and Jews, and they cite the fact that there are NO historical references to Jesus OTHER than in Christian writings. They say that none of the major historians of the time mentions anything about the existence of a man known as Jesus Christ, AND IN ACTUALITY THIS IS TRUE. You would think that great historians of the time like Josephus would have mentioned him in their writings, BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT THEY DID NOT.”
I don't know if Sylvia does her own research or if she has people do it for her, but either way, someone didn't do a very good job! Here is why I can say that: in “Josephus The Complete Works” from Thomas Nelson Publishers, translated by William Whiston, not only mentions Jesus once, but TWICE and he (Josephus) mentions Jesus’ half-brother James! In Book 18, chapter 3, section 3, verse 63-64 we find this quote:
“Now, there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works-a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews, AND many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ; and when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive AGAIN the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him; and the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are NOT extinct at this day.”
Pretty cool huh! That was just the first mention. Here is the second found in Book 20, chapter 9, section 1, verse 200:
“Festus was now dead, and Albinus was but upon the road; so he assembled the sanhedrin of judges, and brought before them the BROTHER OF JESUS, WHO WAS CALLED CHRIST, WHOSE NAME WAS JAMES...”
Those were the two times Jesus is mentioned by a non-Christian Jewish historian. Want more? Okay, in the book “The Best of Josh McDowell-A Ready Defense” there are a half dozen pages or so in Section 2, chapter 18, pages 198-203, titled “The Historicity of Jesus” that quote the writings of many historians referencing Jesus. I won't take the time here to quote them, so go to your local library or Christian bookstore and find a copy of this book for yourself. It is a great resource (which I just discovered by way of my Christian fellowship leader) and is profitable for research.
On page 233, Sylvia makes this statement:
“Many of the Jewish Christians and eventual Gnostics also didn't necessarily believe in his divinity because they knew he SURVIVED his crucifixion, did NOT die and was NOT resurrected.”
I don't believe that Sylvia is aware of this and probably not many Christians are either, but there is no such thing as Jewish Christians! That would be like trying to say someone could be a born again Catholic...it's not possible! You are either Jewish OR Christian, not both! Where do I get the reasoning for this you ask? Only one place...the Bible! Go to Galatians 3:28:
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.”
Now go to Colossians 3:11 and read this:
“Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.”
Get the point yet? I cross checked the word Jewish and the word Christian in my e-Sword Electronic King James Bible online software and there is not one verse in the Bible to show that anyone was a “Jewish Christian” and in fact the word Jewish only appears one time in the whole Bible in Titus 1:14:
“Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.”
And look at these verses which prove people believed in Jesus' divinity:
Matthew 14:33; 16:16-17
John 1:49; 20:28
Sylvia then talks about books that address Christ's “true” identity or “true” history. Folks, ANY book with the title “The Secret History of...” or “The Hidden Truth of...” or “A New Revelation of Jesus” is damnable heresy! It amazes me how many people find excuses to not believe the simple gospel of Christ.
On page 237, she makes a false assumption as to why Christians rebelled against the teachings of the early Catholic Church (which by the way, Sylvia herself was raised and educated in the Catholic Church according to her web site bio) by stating this:
“Why did so many fellow Christians rebel against the teachings and dogma of the early Catholic Church? Could it be that they were based on lies about his (Jesus) death and resurrection and the omission of his true relationship with Mary Magdalene?”
She is nowhere near the real reason. Ever heard of the Reformation? By the way, the Reformation did NOT start with Martin Luther...it actually began centuries before him. (I covered the true teachings and thoughts of Luther in previous articles including the fact that he was an unsaved heretic who died a Catholic and NEVER left that system; all he wanted to do was reform the popery!) Men and women truly devoted to the living God of the universe, Jesus Christ, were sifted out of the Catholic Church in order to preserve a true state of Biblical Christianity, rejecting the Church's teachings, dogma and Papal authority. For a good historical primer into the Reformation, get a multi-folding pamphlet called “Reformation Time Line” by Rose Publishing. It lists the people and events involved in the Reformation starting in the very early 1300's. Here is the ISBN number to give to a Christian retailer to find it: 978-159636-093-8.
Since the 1100's, God has been sifting the Catholic Church, drawing out those who receive the true Jesus as their Saviour by faith alone showing them how to worship him in truth and in spirit. But unfortunately he is also having to do this sifting within his own church body, to see who is going to remain true to him and Jesus and the Holy Ghost, because so many “Christians” are compromising and allowing false Bibles, homosexuals, Roman Catholic Ecumenism and more evils to infiltrate the congregations. America seems to be a prime target for this damnable heresy, but it is spreading and oozing into other churches in other countries!
Is there going to be ANYONE out there as a member of the body of Christ that will stand up and take a stand against any of this corruption? I know personally of a few that are and there are a few web sites whose purpose is to expose these things, but we need FAR more people to get up and take a stand! No matter how large or small your role might be in this effort, every born again believer should pray to God, seek his council as to what role they should play in this effort. I am sure he will show you what that role should be.
Here is a comment Sylvia makes about wearing a cross on page 240:
“So I wear a cross in honor of Jesus-not one that has him on it in a state of crucifixion...”
She of course is talking about the Catholic Cross, which has always had Jesus trapped on the cross to continually crucify him in the Mass ceremony because the Church rejects his finished work on the cross.
Finally, (thank God) on page 241, she boldly tells us this:
“This Christmas I'm going to gather my family around me and tell them the TRUE story of this God-man, this great and glorious mystical traveler who came to bring light to this dark world.”
I fear and pray for her family now because she is going to spread her heresy to them and affect their hearts and minds. This woman is a #1 New York Times Bestselling Author, which means millions of people have bought her books throughout her writing career, infecting them with her New Age, psychic mumbo jumbo! My prayer (and I hope you born again believers will pray as well) is that the people who bought her books will be brought to the REAL truth of Jesus Christ and that she (Sylvia) herself will repent and receive the REAL Jesus Christ! Amen!
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