Adventures in Missions-"Christian" mission organization
Date: May 24, 2012 05:10AM
Has anyone heard of the missionary organization, Adventures in Missions (AIM)? I recently published a book entitled, Missions, Mysticism & Magic: A Closer Look at the Missionary Organization, Adventures in Missions (April, 2012), on Kindle (Amazon.com). It's a small, inexpensive, 80 page, easy to read book exposing the beliefs and cult-like methods of this organization and, primarily, its founder, Seth Barnes, a Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) graduate.
I first heard of this worldwide organization which is based out of Gainesville, GA when my niece and her husband decided to go on an eleven month mission trip with them. Being a researcher for approximately 20 years on the ways in which the occult has infiltrated churches and Christian schools, I wanted to know more about who my relatives were going to be with for almost a year. What I found was shocking.
Combining concepts from the New Age Movement, the Emergent Movement, and various Charismatic/Pentecostal streams, he, and other leaders of AIM, are indoctrinating young adults (who are their target) into Eastern mysticism, the occult, and socialism. The objective of AIM, according to Barnes, is “to thrust over-protected young people out into the world to formulate their own world view and collide with their destiny.” Intensive training is provided (during which they are encouraged not to contact their families). These naïve young people are to “leave their belief systems behind” when they go on to the mission field—yet, they must place full trust in AIM's staff leaders who guide them on their “journey.”
The “Western concept of God” is mocked, capitalism is looked down upon, and in its place, leaders of AIM are teaching them the rightness of social justice (socialism), that they are “becoming God with skin on,” and must change themselves in order to transform the world, fulfill the Great Commission, and bring in God's Kingdom on earth, among other things. From the subtlety of the required practice of “listening prayer” (occult meditation), to the promotion of the occult belief of alchemy, minds of participants are being turned toward a different worldview and an occult view of who God is. Other beliefs include being able to acquire on the powers Jesus had, including raising the dead.
I hope anyone reading this who is involved with AIM, or knows of others involved, will heed my warning.
If anyone has any pertinent information regarding this issue, I would appreciate hearing from you.
Claris Van Kuiken
Author: Battle to Destroy Truth: Unveiling a Trail of Deception
Contributing Author and Researcher for: Trojan Horse: How the New Age Movement Infiltrates the Church