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healthy personality, build large churches, you name it. Peale describes how that he used imaging techniques in his second church when the attendance was low: I visualized that pew full, and all the other pews full, and the church filled to capacity. I held that image in my mind. ... And the day came when the image became a reality ” (p. 25). He tells of a woman who went to a pastor distraught about her husband. He was irritable, full of tension, unable to progress in his business, sleepless. The pastor, John Ellis Large, author of God is Able and a man that Peale describes as “a former colleague of mine,” asked her what time of the night her husband slept the most soundly. She replied that “by five o’clock in the morning he is in deep sleep.” He then gave her the following advice: At five o’clock every morning you get up and sit by your husband and pray for him. Believe that God is there by your husband’s side, actually present with you and with him. IMAGE YOUR HUSBAND AS A WHOLE MAN--happy, controlled, organized and well. Hold that thought intensely. Think of your prayers as reaching his unconscious mind. At that time in the morning his conscious mind is not resisting and YOU CAN GET AN IDEA INTO HIS UNCONSCIOUS. Visualize him as kindly, cooperative, happy, creative and enthusiastic ” (p. 37). You guessed it. After practicing this visualization technique for several weeks the man’s personality allegedly changed and he got a promotion! This is not biblical praying. It is occultic . To pray to God and ask Him to do something is one thing, but to try to create something by visualizing it and “speaking into” another person’s unconscious mind and forcing it
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into reality through “holding the image,” is occultic and is entertaining demons unawares. The God of Norman Vincent Peale was a God that was available to empower me to live out my own dream. Peale advised the members of his congregation: When you leave the church, visualize Him walking out with you, strong, compassionate, protective, understanding ” (p. 38). Observe that the God that Peale taught people to imagine is not holy and is not to be feared. The power of God within all men Peale taught people that they could tap into the power of God within, and he said this indiscriminately to everyone and made no important distinction between the saved and the lost. […] In the introduction to the book Discovering the Power of Positive Thinking , Peale’s daughter, Ruth Stafford, says: “[My father’s] faith led him to the conviction that GOD HAD PLACED A PORTION OF HIS POWER IN ALL OF US. My father reasoned, if this was the case, then each of us was capable of doing great things. ... The overall message of Discovering the Power of Positive Thinking is simply this: If you believe that THE POWER OF GOD WITHIN YOU is equal to any of life’s difficulties, then a rewarding life will be yours. This belief inspired the bestseller, The Power of Positive Thinking ” (pp. 5, 6).
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  • Fall '19
  • New Thought, Norman Vincent Peale, Prosperity theology, Word of Faith

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