by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:
The Enneagram is a personality system that posits there are nine basic personality types. The Enneagram has become widely popular in some Christian circles within the past few years, but the system’s origins are somewhat disputed. Some credit it to Christian mystics from the fourth century, while others attribute it to pagan, Eastern or psychoanalytic sources. In an online video of his sermon, Brown says whether the Enneagram has pagan or Eastern roots does not change his feelings about including it in sermons. “You don’t have to be a believer to have information,” Brown says.
Matt Brown, founding and lead pastor of Sandals charismatic Church in Riverside, California, recently defended why he uses the Enneagram as a tool in his sermons.
With each passing month, all the skinny jeans-wearing ‘pastors’ who now run the charismatic and emergent churches across America dive deeper and deeper into apostasy and paganism, and dragging their congregations down with them. And don’t lightly dismiss these people, either. These man-bun pastors run churches that comprise the largest section of professing Christianity certainly here in America, and perhaps around the world as well. Meet Matt Brown, pastor of the charismatic Sandals church in California, he wants you to listen to his nine-week sermon on how the enneagram, a tool of the ancient pagan mystics, can ‘radically transform’ your spirit life.
- “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; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” 1 Timothy 4:1,2 (KJV)
- “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first” 1 Thessalonians 2:3 (KJV)
The falling away is happening right here and right now, the very same one that our apostle Paul foretold us of 2,000 years ago. Yes, we are thatclose to experiencing the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, and as we wait for that Voice Like A Trumpet, we are watching the Church that Jesus shed His own blood to start crumbling like stale bread in the noonday sun. If your church teaches the Enneagram, get out of it and find a real church that stands on the authority of the King James Bible, and preaches Bible doctrine rightly divided. Or you can put on some skinny jeans, grow a man bun, and renew your membership in the Church of Laodicea that Jesus will spue from His mouth shortly. The choice is up to you.
‘Spirit-Filled’ Pastor Defends Why He’s Preaching About the Enneagram
FROM CHARISMA MAGAZINE: Last year, Brown preached a nine-week sermon series based on the Enneagram, and for the last three weeks he has discussed the Enneagram from the pulpit as a component of Sandals’ “Relational Remix” series.
The Enneagram is a personality system that posits there are nine basic personality types. The Enneagram has become widely popular in some Christian circles within the past few years, but the system’s origins are somewhat disputed. Some credit it to Christian mystics from the fourth century, while others attribute it to pagan, Eastern or psychoanalytic sources.
In an online video of his sermon, Brown says whether the Enneagram has pagan or Eastern roots does not change his feelings about including it in sermons.
“YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE A BELIEVER TO HAVE INFORMATION,” BROWN SAYS. “YOU JUST HAVE TO BE A BELIEVER TO BE SAVED. THE BIBLE REVEALS HOW GOD CAN USE NON-CHRISTIANS AND THEIR WISDOM TO HELP US BECOME REAL WITH OURSELVES. WHEN I TELL PEOPLE WE’RE STUDYING THE ENNEAGRAM, THEY [GO], ‘OH MY GOSH, THAT’S PAGAN. THAT’S EASTERN.’ YEAH, DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE BIBLE’S FULL OF? PAGAN AND EASTERN NON-BELIEVERS THAT GOD USES REPEATEDLY TO POINT OUT HIS TRUTH. AND DO YOU KNOW WHY THAT IS? A BROKEN CLOCK IS RIGHT TWICE A DAY.”
Brown points out that in Titus 1:12, Paul cites a pagan philosopher and false prophet to make a point about the Cretan people. He says this show that God will use a right point regardless of the source. In the same way, he says the Enneagram is a useful tool, regardless of its origins.
“People say, ‘Well, you can’t use the Enneagram—it’s Eastern,’” Brown says. “If God could use magicians from the East to point out Jesus, he can use the Enneagram to point out you.”
Brown says that while some people will misuse it, he likes the Enneagram because it ultimately helped save his marriage and his ministry from the brink of collapse. He says God used the Enneagram to help him see himself, others and God in a fresh way, and he just wants to do the same thing for his church.
“My prayer for you is that God would use this to bless your life, because in order to change your life, in order to become what’s right, you need to see what’s wrong,” Brown says. “And the Enneagram gives you lenses to see what you’re doing that’s wrong.”