- Religion and Philosophy
3DM LIFESHAPES: IS MIKE BREEN PROMOTING THE OCCULT?
Blavatsky's sketch of Solomon’s signet ring with seal ‘Isis Unveiled’ 333
3DM claims to be a "missional" training movement for discipling leaders of the church which provide Immersion experiences in the learning community process.
3DM uses what it calls eight Lifeshapes in order to create a language/vocabulary to support and create a culture of discipling leaders. Lifeshapes are used in conjunction with the much wanting inferior NIV BIBLE.
Mike Breen: We are trying to create a culture of Discipling Leaders (obviously this is what Jesus is going after in the Great Commission, everyone makes disciples) and in order to create culture you need a language to support and create that culture. What LifeShapes does is create a vocabulary which creates a language which in turn creates a culture. That’s just basic sociology.
They have words, phrases, a vernacular that they use, and once it gets in the water, it creates a certain culture. You use the language so much that it becomes the way you see and understand the world. What I have tried to do with LifeShapes is create a vocabulary that creates the culture we think Jesus wants: A Discipling Culture. http://weare3dm.com
There is already very rich symbolism in the Bible which takes various forms such as numbers, colours etc. and in also in terms of various words having symbolic meanings e.g. Bread = the Word of God. If we needed any further symbolism or language to support and create a culture then why wasn’t this given by Jesus Christ or the apostles? We do not need to: create culture, create language, create vocabulary, create a culture of discipling leaders – Who is the Creator? To transpose one’s own system, meanings, numbers and geometric shapes as a prism through which the Bible is understood as a model for discipleship is a work of the flesh - it is to deviously add to God's Word: Do not add to his words, lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar. (Proverbs 30/6 see also Deuteronomy 4/2;Revelation 22/18-19). Not only is Breen's creation of Lifeshapes extra biblical and arrogant, it is also very dangerous. Geometric shapes and numbers (sacred geometry) are the starting point in occult activity; they are primarily used in Satanism, witchcraft and the mystery religions. Demonology is intimately bound up with geometric shapes that serve as focal points for demons. It is very alarming that both the name and the logo of 3DM contain the triple three (333) a well-known occult signature and a hidden reference to 666:
Three (3) is the first sacred number, the first perfect number (Westcott, p. 41). Three represents the Pagan Trinity." (Westcott, p. 37). It is represented geo-metrically in the triangle, and spiritually as the Third Eye Of Hinduism. Occultists will multiply and add three to other sacred numbers to create new numbers. However, they also group threes in two's and threes, because they believe in the principle of "intensification", i.e., that greater power is achieved when a sacred number is grouped. In the case of three, greater intensification is achieved when it is shown as 33, or 333. 333 + 333 equals 666. Occultists have used 333 as the hidden symbol by which they present the more offensive number 666. When the details of an event are so arranged as to contain certain sacred occult numbers or numeric combinations, this is literally an occult signature on the event. Mathematically, 666 can be created when three pairs of threes are added. Thus, (3+3) + (3+3) + (3+3) = 666. Now, eliminate the parentheses and the plus sign, and you have 33 space, 33 space, 33, representing the number 666. Occultists Worship Numbershttp://theforbiddenknowledge.com/911/Robert.htm
The number 333 is also an occult symbol for Choronzon, Guardian of the Abyss and Lord of Hallucinations. This evil spirit Choronzon is the spirit of chaos which creates confusion, dissolution and insanity.
To rely on and try to change our perceptions through geometric shapes is witchcraft. What 3DM is basically talking about is another way – not the Way of Jesus Christ. LifeShapes are a rule which put constraints upon people – it has to be done this way –it has to be understood this way = Legalism. As Christians we live by the power of the Holy Spirit as we are led by Jesus Christ:
Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect .(Romans 12/2)
Mike Breen: And so what we’ve done is we’ve taken the eight key principles that Jesus taught His disciples and put them into shapes so that we can remember them. And these shapes, they seem to stick in our hearts and in our head better than the words alone. This is really saying that God's Word is not good enough - it is a usurpation of God's Word. JESUS CHRIST IS THE WORD (1 John 1/1). It is His Word that transforms believers, not some unholy system of geographic shapes and numbers.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. (Romans 10/17)
I bow down toward thy holy temple and give thanks to thy name for thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness; for thou hast exalted above everything thy name and thy word. (Psalm 138/2)
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.....(2 Peter 1/3)
THE TRIANGLE 666
Robert Schuller interview:
Mike Breen - theTriangle = UP/IN/OUT: Well, the life of Jesus was three dimensional; He had three kinds of relationships that He was always working with. He loved His father, He had a relationship with His father God, He had a relationship with His disciples and He had a relationship with the outer world. He had an upward, an inward and an outward relationship that He was always working. (hourofpower.org)
The sexual connotations of Breen's definition of a triangle as UP/IN/OUT cannot be missed. The double triangle, the hexagram is used extensively in sex magick. The upward-pointing equilateral triangle is the occult symbol for the deification of man - man lifts and exalts himself to become "god". Occultists use the triangle to summon demons. The elongated triangle, the pyramid represents ancient occult mysteries: “The initiates accepted the pyramid form as the ideal symbol of both the secret doctrine and those institutions established for its dissemination” - Manly P. Hall, Secret Teachings of All Ages
THE NAME OF CHRIST
The very word LifeShapes is nauseous to me. Christ’s very Person and Name is bound up with Life. To tag unholy geographic symbols directly onto the Person of Jesus Christ is not just a contradiction in terms it is extreme profanity.
I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life (John 6/35)
The Author or Prince of Life (Acts 3/15)
I am the Resurrection and the Life (John 11/25)
The Word of life (1 John 1/1)
What is not obvious on the 3DM website is that the very same LifeShapes are used in conjunction with Breen’s 'The Order of Mission' (TOM). TOM is a monastic order that relies upon these LifeShapes and unbiblical oaths, vows and covenants as part of its agenda. Breen is the Senior Guardian of TOM and self-proclaimed apostle.
My question is: Why would a true Christian use well-known occult symbols and numbers to define biblical discipleship?
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.(1 John 4/1)
THE SCHOOLEY FILES
Below is a just a small selection of the comments which have been left about 3DM on the Schooley Files. Please visit the site to see all the comments and something of the impact that 3DM has left on those damaged by it.
"Our church is in the midst of heated discussion between the council and pastoral staff in electing to follow the 3dm model of ministry. council has decided to not follow this after much research. sounds like freemasonry cloaked."
"Our church has already been badly affected by these "huddles"... it is a man made system and when you exceed biblical parameters you are open to demonic forces. This system does not honor God, it is dangerous and the evidence is there to prove it. Our church has become divided because of it, it makes me sad, if this was a system that would honor God, then none of this would happen..... I'd like to ask Mike Breen one thing...WHAT WOULD JESUS DO????"
"Thanks to all who have shared their experiences with 3dm & TOM. The church we have been part of has recently, implemented the above movement and philosophies, with very little indication to the majority of the congregation. Subtle implementation, being introduced to the Leader Huddles - which I found very secretive and dividing - placing the majority of the congregation "outside the camp."
"I could not find any of the rules and philosophy that was being promoted,aligning with any Scripture. Just religious sounding concepts
"My wife and I resigned from our roles in the fellowship and removed ourselves after private dialogue with the Sen. Minister. (He sees himself as a Pioneer of the movement in Australia) He was very accepting to my discussion with him,on the matter - but could not see any error in what he was introducing to the Fellowship."
"We have prayerfully committed the situation to God, and have been grieving in way, for those we have left behind. We left extending grace to the Minister and his leadership, without any arguments. Yet I feel we have been the guilty party in it all - it is approximately 12 weeks since we resigned,and have not had the desire to seek out a new Church Fellowship through this sad time. Are we alone in this? Please pray with us."
“Tragically, our church has been torn apart and dismembered by the promulgation of this material....."
"The secrecy, the inherent divisiveness of the program (creating two classes of disciples) the 'language' that must be learned AND the obvious similarities to the Shepherding Movement should be discussed openly with a church’s leadership before this program is implemented.”
"I just found this site and could not believe that others have experienced the same things that we did recently at our church. The creation of insiders and outsiders, only person's who adhere totally to the 3DM methodology being qualified to serve in leadership positions, those who have been huddled being the least charitable to Christian brothers and sisters that they have known and loved for decades. This is an insidious program that was instituted in secret at our church with only the pastor, staff, and board being allowed to know what was going on. Having read Building a Discipling Culture twice I have highlighted many passages which are just "out there" in terms of historic Christian doctrine and belief, such as "you can learn to do everything that Jesus did." Really? I haven't heard of anyone walking on water or raising the dead lately. When the temple veil was rent at Jesus death it signaled the destruction of the old system that was characterized by exclusion. Under the old covenant the closer you got to the presence of God in the Jewish temple the more exclusive, i.e. court of the gentiles and women, court of the men, the Holy place where only the priests could go, and then the Holy of Holies where only the high priest could go once per year. Yet 3DM creates a system of exclusion by its insistence on learning the "life shapes" and its unique language. Christ came to destroy the barriers and 3DM erects more, how could anyone call this discipleship. If this comes to your church run, run, run."
Bethany Lutheran in Elkhorn Nebraska, US: “Apparently Mike Breen was fired at the church in Arizona, and his friend, Garett Robinson was not far behind. The rumor we got was that when Breen was fired, the Immigration officials were on hand but somehow he got around that......The first time I read the oath the followers had to take to follow Mike Breen, the guardian I was sick to my stomach. As far as I was concerned it was a CULT, and there were many others of the same mind..... Our church paid out $72,000 to Mr. Breen before it was stopped.”
North Heights Lutheran Church Minnesota, US:
North Heights Lutheran Church (NHLC) has recently removed 3DM after a period of six years, during which time 3DM has had a very detrimental effect upon their congregation. Below is a statement from their own website:
North Heights Lutheran Church Removes 3DM
"The authority given to the North Heights Lutheran Church Council of Elders by Chapter 10 of the NHLC Constitution allows us to give the following statement. The North Heights Elected Council of Elders, on April 2, 2014, voted unanimously to move into the future unencumbered by the 3DM movement. The congregation was sent a brief email on Saturday evening, April 5, 2014. Below, you will find more detailed information.