Saturday, August 25, 2018

Essential Oils... Another Gospel?

"Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God.  But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

Hebrews 3:12-15

I haven't been blogging much, but have recently been considering doing so more often. We'll see if time and inclination win out, but in the meantime, if anyone still reads here (or hopes to), may I encourage you to consider something I've been sounding a warning about for some time, costing me beloved friends in the process?

Most recently, I ruffled feathers over the following FB post:

Young Living Essential Oils and OolaLife:

It's too bad OolaLife wasn't available to the Apostles who were put to death for boldly preaching the Word, to every person mentioned in Foxe's Book of Martyrs, to each Christian murdered last week in Nigeria, to every believer around the world who will be imprisoned, tortured, and put to death this week for refusing to renounce that Name above all names, Jesus. Think of how much better things would've turned out for them if it had been.

This new age, "your best life now" nonsense, flies in the face of scripture, history, and the day-to-day reality of the vast majority of people who have ever and will ever inhabit this world. Yet many who claim Christ are heavily involved in the promotion of this unbiblical philosophy through the Young Living Essential Oils mentioned below.

If you're endeavouring to find peace or soothe your emotions through "OolaLife" and are a believer, you're placing your hope in the wrong place and are in error. 

If you're instilling this kind of thinking, these beliefs, in your children and grandchildren, may God have mercy on you and open your eyes to the spiritual deception you're dragging them into. 

If you're leading others down this path of deception for financial gain, repent.

From Young Living's website (which you can find here):

"What is Oola®? Oola is a state of awesomeness. It’s living a life that is balanced and growing in the seven key areas of health and well-being. It’s unlocking the potential for greatness that lies within each of us. It’s finding true purpose and meaning for your life. The OolaGuys, Dr. Dave Braun (OolaSeeker) and Dr. Troy Amdahl (OolaGuru), have identified seven key areas that people need to balance and grow to live a rich and fulfilled life. These are the 7 F’s of Oola: Fitness, Finance, Family, Field (career), Faith, Friends, and Fun.

Young Living has partnered with Oola to combine, for the first time ever, the power of Young Living essential oils with the simple and life-changing principles of Oola. Engage all five senses as you transform and improve your life with the new, proprietary INFUSED line. Gary Young has specifically formulated each blend in this kit with essential oils that will help you connect on a spiritual and physical level as you pursue balance, take action toward your dreams, and pursue your OolaLife. By leveraging the unique partnership, products, and services provided by Young Living and Oola’s INFUSED lifestyle, you can find the balance and fulfillment you are looking for in every area of your life.

The INFUSED 7 Essential Oil Collection includes 5-ml bottles of:

Inspired by Oola® essential oil blends."

~ "The INFUSED Faith™ Inspired by Oola essential oil blend has been specially formulated to help you feel grateful, humble, and fully secure in your place in this world. This confidence-boosting blend enhances spiritual influences, promoting deeper meditation and a greater sense of spiritual awareness and connectedness.

Faith affirmation: I am grateful, humble, and fully connected."

~ "The INFUSED Fitness™ Inspired by Oola essential oil blend has been specially formulated to uplift, energize, and give you the inspiration to set and achieve your strength and fitness goals.

Fitness affirmation: I am fit, healthy, disciplined, and strong."

~ “The INFUSED Finance™ Inspired by Oola essential oil blend has been specially formulated to encourage positive emotions and increased feelings of abundance. This uplifting and inspiring blend also brings clarity and alertness.

Finance affirmation: I am financially free and living abundantly.“

~ “The Infused Friends Inspired by Oola essential oil blend has been specially formulated to bring harmonic balance to the energy centers of the body, which encourages feelings of self-worth, empowerment, confidence, and awareness.

Friends affirmation: I am blessed with empowering, healthy relationships.”

~ “The Infused Family™ Inspired by Oola essential oil blend has been specially formulated to support feelings of unconditional love, patience, and respect. This blend helps uplift, calm the mind, and may help control negative feelings.

Family affirmation: I am unconditionally loving, patient, and respectful”

~ “The Infused Field™ Inspired by Oola essential oil blend has been specially formulated to encourage feelings of self-worth and strength that may help you reach your true, unlimited potential.

Field affirmation: I am pursuing my purpose in life."

~ “Infused Fun™ Inspired by Oola essential oil blend has been specially formulated to help promote uplifting, revitalizing, and euphoric emotions. This blend’s fragrant aroma boosts self-confidence to impart a positive outlook that can enhance the pleasure of pursuing the joys of life.

Fun affirmation: I am pursuing the joys of life.”

Today a friend brought the following excellent blog post to my attention, the writer nails it far better than I and I couldn't agree with her more.  Please take the time to read what she has to say and prayerfully consider the truth of her words.

"It breaks my heart to see that every day many more women are offering these as an alternative to the power of the gospel. And it is sad to see many others buying these promises. These Christian women, I am sure, would deny that this is the case, that they are not denying the power of the gospel, but I beg you, pay attention to what they are saying. They are not proclaiming that victory over sin is possible for those who are in Christ Jesus; they are indeed offering other Christian women (and others who are without Christ) a big lie. They are offering victory in their lives and over their sinful attitudes and feelings based on the use of these oils. Yes, Jesus, maybe, but also these oils. Read their testimonies, read how these oils have changed their lives. Pay attention to their words and testimonies..."

The writer follows up her original article with two more which address various questions and comments she received after publishing the first, they can be found here and here.

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