A conservative seminary within the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) denomination has announced they are putting on a seminar featuring the New Age Occultic Enneagram, claiming that for those who attend, it will “support your ministry,” “enrich marriages,” and “deepen your trust in God.”
The event, put on by Covenant Theological Seminary, is set to feature Enneagram coaches Jeff & Beth McCord, the latter of which recently had a list of 6 New Age Enneagram teachers on her website whom she learned from, but has since removed.
According to Joe Carter, the Enneagram is a “categorization tool that classifies human personality into a typology of nine interconnected personality types.” These are all hardwired before birth and includes things like “Type 2 – The Helper (The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive).”
As far as its origins go, he explains:
The earliest mention of the Enneagram is found in the writings of the Russian occultist P. D. Ouspensky, who attributes it to his teacher, the Greek American occultist Georges I. Gurdjieff. Gurdjieff considered the Enneagram a symbol of the cosmos, but made no connection with it to personality types.
It was left to another occultist, Óscar Ichazo, to connect the Enneagram to personality. Ichazo claimed to have discovered the personality type meaning of the Enneagram when it was taught to him by the Archangel Metraton while he was high on mescaline.
One of Ichazo’s students, a Chilean-born psychiatrist named Claudio Naranjo (another occultist) was the first to connect the nine points of the Enneagram to nine basic personality types. (Naranjo also appears to be the one to connect the mention of the Enneagram by Gurdjieff and Ouspensky to ancient sources.)
In short, it’s some thoroughly occultic, demonic, new-age woo-woo trash that no Christian should have anything to do with. It has nothing to do with Christianity, nothing to offer or teach Christianity, and is fit to be burned for the pagan heap of bovine scatology that it is.
We’ve reached out to Covenant Seminary for comment and will update this article accordingly.
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