Eighteen Reasons That I feel John Peniel is a False Teacher!
When I first read Jon Peniel's book I thought that he made a lot of good valid points. He talks so much about Unselfish Love, and I don't think that anyone can fault that as a good concept. He makes claims in his book that he believes in Jesus and that he is their Grand Master. How could I find fault with these things.
I learned a long time ago that some of the best lies are half true, and that underneath the pretty icing and decoration that lies are really poison. Something about Jon Peniel's book was setting off alarm bells galore in my head and I really couldn't quite put a finger on what it was. So I decided to go back through the book and read it again. This time I took notes of the things that didn't quite sit right with me. This is what I learned.
1. His religion reminds me to much of the New Age Movement.
2. His claims to have the original scrolls of the original Bible in the original handwriting are unrealistic. His claims to have all the major documents of every religion in the world in their original handwriting is impossible.
3. The claim that Jesus, Adam, Grand Master Thoth, Buddha, Joseph and over two dozen other incarnations are all actually the same entity reincarnating over and over again.
4. The hypocritical judgemental standard that CLO is nondenominational and is OK with what ever spiritual path you choose. This is coupled always with criticism of Christianity then they turn around and say that you have to believe in the CLO teachings.
5. Attacking the idea of believing in anything unless it is a CLO belief that is.
6. The fact that he claims The Children of the Law of One are so many different historical religious orders with diametrically opposing belief systems in many cases when the belief system that he outlines in his book has no resemblence to any of the religious orders that he lists whatsoever.
7. Outlandish claims about Shangrilla, Atlantis, UFO's, energy weapons in outer space, pyramids, and UHF TV.
8. The attack on family. This refers to several small mentions throughout the book which states to me that CLO wishes to break its converts away from their natural family and replace it with them.
9. Some of the dietary stuff mentioned, which looks like malnutrition is encouraged.
10. Multiple attacks on the Bible attacking its authenticity, accuracy, completion, and veracity.
11. Multiple attacks on Christianity and on the teachings of Jesus Christ. Including attacking preachers as viable spiritual leaders, belief in Jesus Christ, prayer, and the praise and worship of God.
12. The constant attempt to convince the reader to surrender everything to the CLO including your mind so they can brainwash you.
13. The constant quoting of "scriptures" without any explanation of what book they are supposed to have been quoted from. I believe that Jon Peniel just made them up personally.
14. This probably should have been number 1, but Anti-semitism. I abhor racism and bigotry, and I find Jon Peniel's nasty remarks about the Jewish people to be repugnant. I don't know how anyone can call themselves any kind of loving and then say some of the hateful things about the Jewish people that he says in his book.
15. Attacking prayer and the false accusation that Christians never ask that God's will be done when they pray. Anyone who has ever read the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6:9-15 knows that is a false accusation. Here is the first couple of verses.
(9 "This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, 10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.)
16. The descriptions of sleep deprivation and other inhumane hardships that intitiates are forced to endure during their brainwashing, ummm, excuse me their training.
17. The way that relationships between unenlightened people is discouraged because it isn't unselfish unless you are enlightened. He doesn't come out and say it, but it implies that the enlightened adepts get their pick of sexual partners.
18. The claim that he is perfect. I see to many mistakes, lies, and contradictions in his book for this to be the inspired writings of a perfect person.