Written & Compiled by Chris Lawson

It is no secret these days that Christian bookstore and ministry resource databases are often jam-packed with so-called Christian resources that are actually promoting anything but biblical Christianity. Special care may be taken by bookstore owners and ministry leaders alike to ensure that ministry and business are “in order,” but, when a close look is taken, the sale of spiritually unsafe material abounds. This is the primary reason for these three lists—to help warn and protect you, the reader, and to provide a quick reference guide.

You should know that many of the authors listed [below] profess to follow or glean from “Jesus,” yet at the same time they assiduously reject the biblical Jesus Christ of Nazareth Who is Savior, Lord, and God. In fact, many of these authors teach the absolute antithesis (opposite) of the historic Christian faith. Books rife with New Age occult teachings and practices abound in many Christian bookstores, and many owners and managers are going to sell them, regardless.

Over the past twenty plus years, I have spent thousands of hours researching, examining, and refuting dangerous cultic and occult practices as a missionary, church planter, and pastor. My purpose in doing so has been to help people escape dangerous occult influences, heretical doctrines both inside and outside the church, and the bondage of satanic genius that holds people captive by the powers of darkness.

A Directory of AuthorsThe Christian literature marketplace has become utterly dangerous in the 21st century. I never thought I would see the day when New Age, occult, eastern-style meditative practices and all manner of aberrant and heretical teachings would become commonplace among Christian bookstores. What’s even worse is that much of this dangerous material is couched in Christian jargon and presented as spiritual paths to deepen and connect more intimately with God.

Considering these things, most of the authors listed in the first two lists profess to be “Christian,” while at the same time writing, recommending, and/or personally endorsing either outright or by proxy, heretical teachings and/or dangerous practices, which are contrary to sound biblical theology.

Discerning believers have expressed deep concern over the apostasy we face in the 21st century churches. The courage to stand firm and “earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude 3) coupled with a deep personal love for the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word are at the very foundation of these believers’ lives. Their concern for the spiritual welfare of the body of Christ has been a deeply motivating factor in this project.

Our Lord Jesus Christ warned, “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4, Mark 13:5; Luke 21:8). Paul the apostle warned, “Let no man deceive you by any means (2 Thessalonians 2:3). John, the apostle warned, “Little children [believers in Christ], let no man deceive you” (1 John 3:7). Every single New Testament book except one warns about some form of spiritual deception, false teaching, or false teachers. Should we not “take heed,” as God through His very Word has so clearly warned, especially as the days in which we live grow precariously evil?

Scriptural Admonitions, Commands, and Warnings:
Genesis 1:1-12:20; Exodus 19:1-20:26; Deuteronomy 13:1-18; 18:20-22; 1 Samuel 28; Jeremiah 23; Ezekiel chapters 1-3 and 8-11; Daniel 1:8-21; 3:1-25; Zechariah 5:1-11; Matthew 7:1-5, 15-27; 23:1-39; 24:1-51; Mark 9:42-50; 13:1-37; Luke 9:23; John 17; Acts 8:9-25; 19:19-20; 20: 27-31; Romans 16:17-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 2 Corinthians 6:14-15; 11:1-4, 12-15; Galatians 1:6-10; 2:4-5; Ephesians 4:11-16; 5:11-12; Philippians 1:8-11; 4:17-21; Colossians 1:28-29; 2:8-9; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-22; 2 Thessalonians 1:3-2:16; 1 Timothy 1:3-11,18-20; 4:1-11; 6:3-5,11-12, 20-21; 2 Timothy 1:13-15; 2:1-7,14-26; 3:1-4:22; Titus 1:9-2:18; 3:9-10; Hebrews 5:12-14 and chapters 11 and 12; James 1:1-5:20; 1 Peter 3:18-5:14; 2 Peter 2:2-3:16; 1 John 2:18-23; 4:1-6; 2 John 1-13; 3 John 9-12; Jude 1:1-25; Revelation 2:1-3:22; 11:1-14; 13:1-18; 17:1-20:15.

#1—The New Spirituality in the Church
Each of the following authors professes to be Christian and/or uses biblical terminology in his or her writing, yet promotes at least one of the following serious false teachings: contemplative spirituality (i.e., Spiritual Formation), the emergent, progressive “new” spirituality, the seeker-friendly, church-growth movement (e.g., Willow Creek, Purpose Driven) and/or Yoga:

Abbott, David L.
Adams, James Rowe Allender, Dan
Arico, Carl J.
Armstrong, Karen
Artress, Lauren
Assagioli, Roberto

Babbs, Liz
Bakker, Jay
Barton, Ruth Haley
Bass, Diana Butler
Batterson, Mark
Baxter, Mary
Bell, Rob
Benner, David
Bennison, John
Bentley, Todd
Bickle, Mike
Bjorklund, Kurt
Blanchard, Ken
Boa, Kenneth
Bolger, Ryan
Bolz-Weber, Nadia
Bordenkircher, Susan
Borg, Marcus
Bourgeault, Cynthia
Bronsink, Troy
Brother Lawrence
Brueggemann, Walter
Bruteau, Beatrice
Buchanan, John M.
Budziszewski, J.
Buford, Bob
Burke, Spencer

Calhoun, Adele Ahlberg
Caliguire, Mindy
Campbell, Joseph
Campolo, Bart
Campolo, Tony
Canfield, Jack
Card, Michael
Carroll, L. Patrick
Chalke, Steve
Chalmers, Joseph
Chinmoy, Sri
Chittister, Joan
Claiborne, Shane
Coe, John
Coffin, William Sloane
Collins, Jim
Crabb, Larry
Cron, Ian
Crossan, John Dominic
Crowder, David

De Mello, Anthony
De Waal, Esther
Demarest, Bruce
Dillard, Annie
Dowd, Michael
Dykes, David R
Driscoll, Mark
Drury, Keith
Dyckman, Katherine Marie

Edwards, Gene
Edwards, Tilden
Egan, Harvey
Epperly, Bruce
Evans, Rachel Held

Felten, David
Fleming, Dave
Flowers, Betty Sue
Ford, Leighton
Fosdick, Harry Emerson
Foster, Richard
Fox, George
Fox, Matthew
Friend, Howard E., Jr.
Funk, Mary Margaret

Garrison, Becky
Geering, Lloyd
Gibbs, Eddie
Gire, Ken
Goleman, Daniel
Goll, James
Graham, Dom Alfred
Greig, Pete
Griffin, Emilie
Griffiths, Bede
Gru, Jean-Nicholas

Haas, Peter Traban
Haight, Roger
Haliczer, Stephen
Hall, Thelma
Hansen, Mark Victor
Hays, Edward
Hazard, David
Healey, Charles
Hedrick, Charles
Hildegard of Bingen
Hipps, Shane
Holmes, Emily
Hougen, Judith
Humphreys, Carolyn
Hunard, Hannah
Hunt, Anne
Hunter, Todd
Hybels, Bill

Ignatius Loyola, St.
Issler, Klaus

Jager, Willigis
Jenks, Gregory C.
Johnson, Jan
Johnston, William
Jones, Alan
Jones, Laurie Beth
Jones, Tony

Kaisch, Ken
Keating, Thomas
Kelsey, Morton
Kent, Keri Wyatt
Kidd, Sue Monk
Kimball, Dan
King, Mike
King, Robert H.
Kraft, Robert A.
Kreeft, Peter

L’Engle, Madeleine
Lamott, Anne
Law, William

Madigan, Shawn
Main, John
Manning, Brennan
Martin, James
Mattioli, Joseph
Matus, Thomas
May, Gerald
McColman, Carl
McKnight, Scot
McLaren, Brian
McManus, Erwin
Meninger, William
Meyers, Robin R.
Miller, Calvin
Miller, Donald
Moon, Gary
Moore, Beth
Moore, Brian P.
Moran, Michael T.
Moreland, J.P.
Morganthaler, Sally
Mother Theresa
Mundy, Linus
Muyskens, John David

Newcomer, Carrie
Norris, Gunilla Brodde
Norris, Kathleen
Nouwen, Henri

Ortberg, John

Pagels, Elaine
Pagitt, Doug
Palmer, Parker
Paloma, Margaret M.
Patterson, Stephen J.
Peace, Richard
Peale, Norman Vincent
Pennington, Basil
Pepper, Howard
Peterson, Eugene
Piper, John
Plumer, Fred
Pope Benedict XVI
Procter-Murphy, Jeff

Rakoczy, Susan
Reininger, Gustave
Rhodes, Tricia
Robbins, Duffy
Robbins, Maggie
Rohr, Richard
Rolle, Richard
Rollins, Peter
Romney, Rodney
Ruether, Rosemary Radford
Rupp, Joyce
Russell, A.J.
Ryan, Thomas

Sampson, Will
Sanford, Agnes
Scandrette, Mark
Scazzero, Pete
Schuller, Robert
Selmanovic, Samir
Senge, Peter
Shannon, William
Shore, John
Sinetar, Marsha
Sittser, Gerald
Smith, Chuck, Jr.
Smith, Elizabeth
Smith, James Bryan
Southerland, Dan
Spangler, Ann
Spong, John Shelby
St. Romain, Philip
Stanley, Andy
Steindl-Rast, David
Strobel, Kyle
Sweet, Leonard

Talbot, John Michael
Tasto, Maria
Taylor, Barbara Brown
Teague, David
Thomas, Gary
Thompson, Marjorie
Thresher, Tom
Tiberghien, Susan
Tickle, Phyllis
Treece, Patricia
Tuoti, Frank
Twiss, Richard

Vaswig, William (Bill)
Virkler, Mark
Voskamp, Ann

Wallis, Jim
Wakefield, James
Ward, Benedicta
Ward, Karen
Warren, Rick
Webber, Robert
Wilhoit, James C.
Willard, Dallas
Wilson-Hartgrove, Jonathan
Winner, Lauren
Wink, Walter
Wolsey, Roger
Wright, N.T.

Yaconelli, Mark
Yaconelli, Mike
Yancey, Phillip
Yanni, Kathryn A.
Yarian, Br. Karekin M., BSG
Young, Sarah
Young, William Paul
Yungblut, John R.

Zeidler, Frank P.

#2—Christian and Non-Christian Mystics of the Past
Mystics from the past oftentimes favorably endorsed by “Christian” authors today:

Middle Ages (Medieval Times) and Renaissance
Angela of Foligno (1248-1309)
Anthony of Padua (1195-1231)
Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Bonaventure (1217-1274)
Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
Desert Fathers, The
Hadewijch of Antwerp (13th century)
Henry Suso (1295-1366)
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179)
Hugh of Saint Victor (1096-1141)
Jacopone da Todi (1230-1306)
Johannes Tauler (d.1361)
John of Ruysbroeck (1293-1381)
John Scotus Eriugena (810-877)
Julian of Norwich (1342-1416)
Mechthild of Magdeburg (1212-1297)
Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)
Richard of Saint Victor (d.1173)
Richard Rolle (1300-1341)
The Cloud of the Unknowing (anonymous, instruction in mysticism, 1375)
Theologia Germanica (anonymous, mystical treatise, late 14th century)
Thomas a’ Kempis (1380-1471)
Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
Walter Hilton (1340-1396)

Renaissance, Reformation, and Counter-Reformation
Brother Lawrence (1614–1691)
Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1822)
George Fox (1624–1691)
Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556)
Jakob Böhme (1575-1624)
John of the Cross (Juan de Yepes) (1542–1591)
Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663)
Madame Guyon (1647-1717)
Teresa of Ávila (1515–1582)
Theophan the Recluse (1815-1894)
William Law (1686–1761)

Modern Era (19th—20th Century)
Alexandrina Maria da Costa (1904–1955)
Bernadette Roberts (1931–)
Berthe Petit (1870–1943)
Carmela Carabelli (1910–1978)
Domenico da Cese (1905-1978
Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941)
Flower A. Newhouse (1909-1994)
Frank Laubach (1884–1970)
Frederick Buechner (1926-)
Karl Rahner (1904-1984)
Lúcia Santos (1907-2005)
Maria Pierina de Micheli (1890–1945)
Maria Valtorta (1898-1963)
Marie Lataste (1822–1899)
Marie Martha Chambon (1841–1907)
Martin Buber (1868-1965)
Mary Faustina Kowalska (1905–1938)
Mary of Saint Peter (1816–1848)
Mary of the Divine Heart (1863–1899)
Padre Pio of Pietrelcina (1887–1968)
Pierina Gilli (1911–1991)
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881- 1955)
Simone Weil (1909-1943)
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)
Thomas Merton (1915–1968)
Thomas Raymond Kelly (1893–1941)

#3—New Age Movement
Each of the following authors promotes one or more of the following: New Age/Eastern philosophy and/or meditation, New Thought religion, Kaballah, Sufism, and/or Buddhism:

Aaron, David
Adiswarananda, Swami
Aitken, Robert
Alexander, Eben
Amen, Daniel
Anand, Margot
Anderson, Joan Wester
Anderson, Keleah
Armstrong, Karen
Au, Wilkie

Bailey, Alice
Baker-Fletcher, Karen
Ballard, Jim
Ban Breathnach, Sarah
Barnstone, Willis
Beattie, Melody
Berg, Michael
Besserman, Perle
Bestler, Emily
Beversluis, Joel D.
Blavatsky, Helena
Boon, Brooke
Boorstein, Sylvia
Bordenkircher, Susan
Borris, Dan
Borysenko, Joan
Boyce, Tillman
Bradshaw, John
Brandt, Beverly F.
Browne, Sylvia
Bryant, Christopher
Buck, Roland
Buri, Fritz
Burnham, Sophy
Burroughs, Kendra Crossen
Butterworth, Eric
Lorna Byrne
Byrne, Rhonda

Calamari, Barbara
Cameron, Julia
Camp, Carole
Candolini, G.T.
Campbell, Peter A.
Cannon, Noreen
Capacchione, Lucia
Childs, Hal
Chilson, Richard
Chittick, William C.
Chodron, Pema
Chopra, Deepak
Choquette, Sonia
Christ, Carol P.
Clemens, Nancy
Clifton, Chas
Cole-Whittaker, Terry
Conlon, James. A
Connell, Janice T.
Cooper, David E.
Cousin, Pierre Jean
Covey, Stephen R.

D’Arcy, Paula
Dalai Lama, The
Daley, Rosie
Dass, Ram
Déchanet, J.M.
De Michelis, Elizabeth
Dole, George F.
Doniger, Wendy
Dossey, Larry
Downey, Roma
Drosnin, Michael
Dueck, Alvin
Dyer, Wayne W.

Eadie, Betty
Easwaran, Eknath
Egeberg, Gary
Ehlers, Lesley
Eliade, Mircea
Elkins, Rita
Emonet, Pierre-Marie
Epstein, Perle
Evans, Cheryl
Wentz-Evans, W.Y.

Farnham, Timothy J.
Fay, Martha
Ferguson, Marilyn
Fischer, Norman
Ford-Grabowski, Mary
Fox, Emmet
Freeman, Laurence
Fried, Gregory
Fleming, Dave

Gach, Gary
Galdone, Paul
Gawain, Shakti
Gebara, Ivone
Geirsson, Heimer
Goehring, James E.
Goldsmith, Joel S.
Goldwag, Arthur
Goleman, Daniel P.
Good, Deidre J.
Gordon, Jon
Gover, Tzivar
Gray, John
Green, Arthur
Gruagach, Ben
Guenon, Rene

Hamilton, Jeffrey D.
Hamma, Robert M.
Hammer, Olav
Hanh, Thich Nhat
Harman, Willis
Harley, Gail M.
Harris, Paul
Harvey, Andrew
Hay, Louise
Hays, Edward
Hecht, Richard
Heidegger, Martin
Heine, Steven
Hendricks, Gay
Herman, A.L.
Herrigel, Eugene
Hicks, Esther and Jerry
Hinton, David
Hite, Sheilaa
Hoffman, Lawrence A.
Holbrook, George
Hornung, Eri
Hubbard, Barbara Marx
Hulnick, Ron and Mary
Huxley, Aldous
Hyman, Mark

Idel, Moshe
Isherwood, Lisa
Ivker, Robert S.

Jackson, Carl T.
Jacobs, Alan
Jampolsky, Gerald
Janis, Sharon
Jaoudi, Maria
Jesseph, Joe R.
Jobarteh, Sona
Johnson, Ben
Jones, James William
Jones, John Miriam
Jordan, E. Bernard
Jubien, Michael
Jung, Carl

Kabat-Zinn, Jon
Kadowaki, Kakichi
Karma, Glin-Pa
Kaufman, Paul
Kautz, Richard A.
Keizan, Zen Master
Kelder, Peter
Kellert, Stephen R.
Kessler, David
King, Karen L.
Kirvan, John
Klostermaier, Klaus K.
Kraftsow, Gary
Krohn, Katherine
Kubler-Ross, Elisabeth
Kuhn, Christian
Kushner, Aryeh
Kushner, Lawrence

Lawrence, Ronald Melvin
Layton, Bentley
Lefebure, Leo
Leong, Kenneth S.
Levine, Stephen
Littlejohn, Scott C.
Lipton, Bruce
Loori, John Daido
Lopez, Donald S, Jr.
Louthan, Howard
Loya, Joseph A.
Loyd, Alex
Luby, Thia
Ludemann, Gerd

MacInnes, Elaine
Macqueen, Gailand
Maddocks, Fiona
Marshall, S. J.
Martin, Nancy
Mascaro, Juan
Matt, Daniel
McGinn, Benard
McMahon, Edwin M.
Metcalf, Franz
Meyer, Marvin
Momen, Moojan
Morgan, Peggy
Morrissey, Mary Manin
Mozumdar, K.
Muller, Wayne
Mundy, Jon
Myss, Carolyn

Newell, Philip J.
Nichols, Steve
Nietzsche, Friedrich
Northrup, Christiane

O’Donohue, John
O’Flatery, Wendy Doniger
Oliver, Harold H.
Olson, Diane C.
Ornish, Dean
Öz, Mehmet Cengiz, (Dr. Oz)

Palihawadana, Mahinda
Papus (Gérard Encausse)
Peck, M. Scott
Petulla, Joseph
Po, Li

Ramer, Andrew
Rand, William Lee
Randazzo, Anthony, Fr.
Raub, John Jacob
Ray, Michael
Redfield, James
Ribner, Melinda
Richardson, Cheryl
Richardson, Jabez
Robbins, Anthony (Tony)
Roth, Nancy, L.
Roth, Ron
Rupp, Joyce

Sansone, Leslie
Scott, S.M.
Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman
Schucman, Helen
Seidman, Richard
Severance, John B.
Sharma, Arvind
Shaw, Beth
Sheldrake, Alfred Rupert
Siegel, Bernie, Dr.
Silverman, Krishna
Smart, Ninan
Smith, Huston
Smith, Peter
Song, Choan-Seng
Sosa, Ernest
Spangler, David
Sri Chinmoy
Star, Jonathan
Steiger, Brad
Steiner, Rudolph
Stephan, Danette
Storch, Walburga
Stryk, Lucien
Sturtevant, William C.
Sundararajan, K.R.
Swami, Sri Purohit
Swedenborg, Emanuel

Taylor, Jeremy
Taylor, Terry Lynn
Teasdale, Wayne
Templeton, John Marks
Tice, Paul
Tide-Mark Press
Tolle, Eckhart
Tooker, Elisabeth
Tracy, Brian
Tsu, Lao (Lao Tsu)
Tucker, Mary Evelyn

Ulanov, Ann Belford

Van de Weyer, Robert
Van Inwagen, Peter
Vanzant, Iyanla

Walters, Kerry
Watts, Alan
Walsch, Neale Donald
Walsh, Birell
Weiming, Tu
Weil, Andrew
Weiss, Brian
Wilber, Ken
Williams, Jacqueline A.
Williams, Raymond Brady
Williamson, Marianne
Wineman, Aryeh
Wines, Leslie
Whit, David Gordon
Wilkinson, Philip
Winfrey, Oprah
Wolf, Laibl
Wright, Dale S.
Wyatt, Thomas

Yogananda, Paramahansa
Yoke, Ho Pen
Young, Serinity

Zaleski, Carol
Zaleski, Philip
Zimmer, Heinrich
Zuercher, Suzanne
Zukav, Gary

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