I am not sure most readers here know who Tal Brooke is.
He is a "Christian" author that I disagree with. I even owned this book and ended up throwing it in the trash, because I realized it taught many New Age concepts under the guise of being "against" the New Age.
He has an interesting history of an occult past, hey that is not enough to condemn someone considering what I came out, many can be truly saved out of something like that but when one reads one of his books, and sees the disinformation, it can be quite scary. His books literally were shocking to me, they were so full of implicit "hidden" New Age teachings, under the guise of warning.
Some time ago I discovered that Chuck Smith had written a book called "Harvest" with Tal Brooke. I found this to be a very odd connection, and you will see why. I know some could say this is meaningless, that Chuck Smith just happened to trip over this guys foot at a coffee shop or something, and hired him to be his co-author but I found myself asking WHY HIM?
Harvest is a book that goes into the early history of Calvary Chapel. You can read snippets of it here. and read it in it's entirety here.
Now when I found out about this book, and Tal Brooke holding co-authorship, his name is more prominent then even your traditional ghostwriter would be on the cover, I remembered a group called The Spiritual Counterfeits Project, that Tal Brooke is the head of, and being familiar with this group, I know they include CATHOLIC WRITINGS. One of their writers is Lee Penn who admits he is a Catholic under an Pope loyal Eastern rite.
" Lee was seeking a new spiritual home, and began by worshiping at a Russian Orthodox parish. That year, he explored Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy - and was received into an Eastern Catholic parish that is in communion with Rome but worships, fasts, feasts, and prays in the Eastern Orthodox fashion. Lee's spiritual home since 1995 has been the Christian East. He says that his "history is evidence that God is merciful to sinners, and shows that the writer of 'Amazing Grace' was telling the truth."
You can see for yourself, that Lee Penn's book "False Dawn" is advertised right on the front page of the SCP website as well as many of his writings. I read "False Dawn", own a copy, referred to this book HERE
"This week she is having Lee Penn, appear on her show, on the Microeffect radio website. Lee Penn who I have discussed on this blog before, is an interesting guy, who knows a lot about the interfaith movement and stands against the worse aspects of the URI, in his book "False Dawn", but in that book, he presents the Vatican as being against the URI, which I found to be a wholly false premise, perhaps his mind has changed since then, but Lee Penn sadly still remains in the Catholic church [an eastern branch] as far as I know. There again too, if you are warning about the one world religion but under the Pope's authority, what good will it do you?"
The most shocking thing to me about "False Dawn" which has a very odd publisher specializing in 'esoteric subjects" is how it plays cover for the Vatican and dealings with the URI. Let me quote from this book, taking it right off my shelf.
"Within the Catholic Church, opinion about URI is divided. Rome stands firm against it" [p 158]
I even have sent Lee Penn information showing him the support from the Vatican for the URI, only to be ignored. I do not know if his mind has been changed though some years back he expressed some outrage at Levada's appointment. While Lee Penn rejects the worse excesses of some interfaithism and globalism, he holds to Catholic theology. What is odd is the authors will make stands against the new age and interfaith movement while allowing for Catholicism to stand as a valid "Christian tradition".Lee Penn's book "False Dawn" was published by a New Age publisher "Sophia Perennis" and while it had many truths about the URI United Religions Intiative}, it played definite cover up for the Vatican's role. Now Lee Penn, may be a very sincere fellow, and truly believe what he wrote, but it was concerning. [I will be doing a post how the Vatican in fact SUPPORTS the URI]
Now remember Lee Penn writes for the SCP ran by Tal Brooke:
The Spiritual Counterfeits Project (also known as SCP) is a Christian evangelical parachurch organisation located in Berkeley, California. Since its inception in the early 1970s it has been involved in the fields of Christian apologetics and the Christian countercult movement. Its current president is Tal Brooke. In its role as a think-tank SCP has sought to publish evangelically-based analyses of new religious movements, New Age and alternative spiritualities in light of broad cultural trends
Then there is the issue of Tal Brooke's other very odd books.
Now I hope I am not losing my readers here, but I'll trace back...Chuck Smith co-authors a book with a guy named Tal Brooke, one I personally find of very dubious spiritual standing given the mixed messages in his writings, and you can see here, some weird books that will get you think more, and this guy heads an outfit, where he actively employs a CATHOLIC man--Lee Penn, who writes articles defending the Vatican.[remember there are eastern Catholics who follow the Pope].
I've read SCP Journal and own acouple and while they are correct about the New Age and how evil it is, they seem to follow the path of Constance Cumbey, warning about the New Age, while praising and making excuses for Rome. While they share some truths, there is much missing from the entire picture. How could you warn others about the NWO, while leaving the Pope's role out of everything? I have often talked here about the layers of deception, and no one is perfect, we all see through a glass darkly [1 Corinthians 12:13] as the Bible states, but when so much of the story is missing or even when you sit and listen to a video like this one, wondering why does he say "Neo, the hero wakes up to what is really going on" [3:47] when the truth of the matter is Neo in the film the Matrix, becomes just another slave hooked up to tubes, in other words both the red and blue pill are poisonous. Whenever I read his books, I had running disagreements like this in my head, discerning something was very off. Even the movies he refers to, are all movies, that were made to brainwash people with NWO messages, "Eyes Wide Shut" is about mind control, I'll let those who have studied that, understand how weird him using these movies as examples of people "waking up" is. Stanley Kubrick, was definitely used by the NWO and is not the truth-teller that Tal Brooke makes him out to be. Tal Brooke says of Kubrick: "He is pulling the veil way way back" [No way, he was throwing over another veil!] This is the sort of thing I noticed over and over in his books and messages. How do I say this, deceptions has grown very very subtle now, and we are warned of this in the Bible.
So given the choice of who Tal Brooke hires to write at his magazine SCP? Isn't his discernment a bit off? If he was a true Christian, wouldn't he be witnessing to Lee Penn and warning him he is connected to a false harlot system? Back to the book Harvest written by Tal Brooke and Chuck Smith
Harvest (Chuck Smith & Tal Brooke)
This is the story of the growth of Calvary Chapel ministries featuring the life and testimonies of Chuck Smith, and nine other Calvary Chapel pastors. These men share how God broke through such barriers as evil, pride, complacency and anger to carry out His plan for this vital ministry. God called these leaders, just as He has called you. It is a story of evangelism, discipleship, and taking God at His Word.
What is interesting about the origins of Calvary Chapel which this book goes into, is the Jesus Movement is named as being the orgins of his SCP group.
The origins of the SCP are grounded in the Christian counterculture movement (also known as the Jesus Movement or Jesus People) of the late 1960s.
Tal Brooke by the way has many connections to leaders in the Lausanne Movement and he was being interviewed by Calvary Chapel pastors even as late as 2009.
"October's First Friday Broadcast of the Connection features Pastor Skip Heitzig's interview of Tal Brooke. Tal Brooke is the president of the Spiritual Counterfeits Project, a ministry which deals head-on with the occult, cults, and the New Age Movement. Tal will share his views on current events and the future one world government."
You think Tal Brooke is telling the truth about the one world government? I somehow doubt he warned Skip Heitzig about hanging out with Boykin. So overall for this article, it's interesting who Chuck Smith chose for a co-author to tell the history of Calvary Chapel.