Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, led by Chief Prophet Kris Valloton under the watchful eye of Bill Johnson, is a place much ‘woo-woo’ happens, such as that time Bethel church Kids went on a Satanic Treasure Hunt. Another area where this is is shown is their love of and fascination with the Enneagram, which is something the undiscerning gravitate towards. First we saw Christianity Today (Ft Russell Moore) Advancing False Claim That The Enneagram Has ‘Christian Roots’ and then two days later, TGC Contributor Ironically Praises Enneagram On Podcast about ‘False Teaching’
No mere personality test, the Enneagram is basically for millennials. As far as its origins go, Israel Fouche, a former BSSM alum, has a nice write-up where he explains where we get it from:
“It was first introduced to the Catholic community around the 1970s through people like Robert Ochs who taught it at the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago. Ochs learned it from Claudio Naranjo at the Esalen Institute which existed to teach alternative education through the merging of western and eastern philosophy.
It was at Esalen where Noranjo took the Enneagram teachings of Oscar Ichazo and merged them with western psychology. Noranjo was taught the Enneagram by Ichazo when he visited Santiago, Chile with a group of around 50. Ichazo was an occultist who practiced esoteric spirituality and also practiced Zen, Sufism, the Kabbalah and the teachings of Georges I. Gurdjieff (the Father of the Enneagram). Ichazo spent years in the East studying the higher yogas, Buddhism, Confucianism, alchemy, and I Ching and after himself spending a reported 7 days in a state of ecstasy decided to start a school to teach what he had learned and established the “Arica institute” where Noranjo studied the Enneagram.
Ichazo taught that every person is born a pure “essence” but between the age of 4 and 6 choose one of 9 personalities (the enneagram). He taught that to return to one’s essence you have to act opposite to your personality’s ego through special practices such as meditation or the Buddhist Mudras. Ichazo claimed to have been taught the connection between personality and the Enneagram while in a trance under the influence of Archangel Gabriel, the “Green Qu’Tub Spirit” or Metatron. Some of the training at the Arica institute was to prepare you to connect to your “Green Qu’Tub Spirit” (Sufi mystical term for spiritual master)”
In short, it’s some thoroughly occultic, demonic, new-age magik 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.
According to The Road Back to You
“What you don’t know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships―and maybe even how you make your way in the world. It can also keep you in the shallows with God. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you’re stuck in the same ruts?
The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. In The Road Back to You Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile forge a unique approach―a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of God and of ourselves“
How about the second book: Becoming Us: Using the Enneagram to Create a Thriving Gospel-Centered Marriage where we read “Let Beth and Jeff guide you through the Enneagram and transform your marriage into the powerful relationship that God intended.”
Sadly, we would have expected nothing less.