Religion is important in America.
Each presidential election reveals just how important it is.
Hillary loves to say, "I'm just an old-fashioned Methodist." John and Charles Wesley, founders of the Methodist church, would be shocked.
Her involvement in New Age, spiritism, clairaudient channeling of Eleanor Roosevelt, Gandhi and others is hardly the Methodism of the Wesley brothers.
Nor would they have approved of Hillary's embrace of Marianne Williamson's "Course in Miracles"---the text for New Age followers.
Hillary's recent history of religious practice more strongly embraces New Age mysticism merged with the teaching of former University of Washington Professor Michael Lerner, rabbi, Marxist and founder of the radical "Seattle Liberation Front" and the infamous "Seattle Seven."
Hillary is definitely not your camp meeting type Methodist---nor does she seem to have the "warm heart" that John Wesley spoke of so often toward the Bible and its teaching.
Her unfailing advocacy for Planned Parenthood and abortion up to the moment of birth is well known in our country.
However, before we join the chorus of GOP establishment types, conservatives and even some evangelical Christians whose mantra has become, "I would rather have Hillary..., we better know exactly what we get with Hillary.
Bob Woodward, author and well-known reporter that broke the Watergate story, was the first to publicly reveal in his book, "The Choice," that Hillary believes she has had "conversations" with deceased First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
Woodward's book was really a classic story of the Clinton's quest for power, focusing on the 1996 presidential campaign as a case study on money, public opinion polling, attack ads, handlers, consultants and decision makers in presidential campaigns.
However in the book, he reveals that in late 1994 she invited a popular group of self-help authors to Camp David to help them find answers to the Democrat's stunning loss to Republicans in the 1994 congressional elections.
Three names of self-help gurus in attendance were leaked to the press---Anthony Robbins, Marrianne Williamson and Stephen Covey.
Both Robbins and (the late) Covey, as you know, were and are best-selling motivation authors. I'll come back to Williamson in a moment.
What the leaked info failed to mention is that there were two others in attendance as well.
One was Jean Houston, who was co-director of the Foundation for Mind Research, which studies psychic experience and altered and expanded consciousness.
Woodward notes in his book that Houston "is a believer in spirits, mythic and other connections to history and other worlds."
Houston describes herself along with her late husband Robert Masters as the founder of the human potential movement. She teaches "docking with angels" among other supernatural experiences.
The other secret advisor at the meeting was Mary Catherine Bateson, an anthropology professor at George Mason University, daughter of anthropologist Margaret Mead and author of, "Composing a Life," which chronicles the journey of 5 women on a non-traditional life path that Hillary has described as one of her favorite books of all time.
Hillary and Houston hit it off immediately. They spoke for hours about how to use government to create gender equality.
Houston predicted, or "prophesied" that Hillary would eventually prevail and that she was creating a new pattern of possibility for women---and that she must continue steadfast until "her time would come."
After the Camp David meeting, Hillary invited Houston and Bateson to the White House where Houston learned of Hillary's fondness for Eleanor Roosevelt.
On her visit in April of 1995, Houston proposed to Hillary that she dig deeper for her connections to Mrs. Roosevelt. Houston and Bateson, according to Woodward, met Hillary in the roof top solarium, set atop the White House with windows on three sides.
Houston asked Hillary to to imagine she was having a conversation with Eleanor. In a strong and self confident voice, Houston asked Hillary to shut her eyes in order to eliminate the room and her surroundings, and focus her reflection by bringing in as many vivid internal sensory images as she could from her vast knowledge of Eleanor.
Hillary then entered into a long discourse directed toward the former first lady. Hillary spoke as herself in asking questions, then spoke as Eleanor in answering the questions. Among other things Woodward says Eleanor also spoke to Hillary's future and the presidency.
Eleanor, supposedly speaking through Hillary, spoke of her own struggles of being "misunderstood by the public."
How did Woodward actually know this?
Several staff members were with Hillary. One of them tape recorded the event.
Similar "conversations" also took place between Hillary and Mahatma Gandhi.
"But," Woodward says, "when Houston asked Hillary to have a 'conversation' with Jesus, she replied that she could not because it was too personal."
Woodward says this was not the last such session.
When this became public, Hillary and Houston both denied it was actually a seance.
Eric Barger of Stand Up Ministries, located in the Seattle area, points out that "Eleanor's advice" was what the Bible calls necromancy---Speaking to any entity in the spirit realm except God. Necromancy is an attempt to speak to a being in the spirit realm or the successful communication with a being in the spirit realm. It isn't Eleanor, however, in this case, it is actually a demon masquerading as Eleanor.
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 is very clear on this subject of attempting to contact any entity in the spirit realm except God, calling the practice "an abomination by God Himself."
Paul Kengor in his book, "God and Hillary Clinton," also writes about this although not with the alarm of others. He says the channeling did happen but it was not a seance per se. Although they were bizarre, he says they were actually "clairaudient channeling" which "just involves relaxing oneself in either a fully conscious or mildly altered state of consciousness and then listening to one's inner self."
Sure that explains everything.
The other person in attendance was Marianne Williamson. A 1994 issue of Esquire Magazine reported that Hillary was a devotee of Williamson, and that she spent many nights in the Lincoln bedroom exploring with Hillary how to "heal" America.
Williamson was popularized by Oprah Winfrey as a frequent guest on Oprah's show.
Williamson wrote the manual for the New Age movement called "Course on Miracles."
This thinking continues to be a part of her "old time Methodism."
While Bill was president, he and Hillary attended the Foundry United Methodist Church in DC.
The church's Pastor Philip Wogaman was a major influence in both Bill and Hillary's life---and his beliefs continue to be an influence for the Clintons.
In 1995, the Daily News jokingly quoted the pastor saying, "The Scriptures, like the Washington Post, contain both truth and error."
He has also said "the government, not the church is the answer for the poor." He advocates for socialism and has often said, "Drug abuse, murder, unethical business practices, family breakup and homelessness was a direct result of unrestrained laissez-faire capitalism."
Hillary's rabbi friend is also a component in what she believes.
Rabbi Michael Lerner is a graduate of Berkeley. While there, he was the leader of the Free Speech Movement.
Although he taught in several universities, it was while he was teaching at the University of Washington that he created an alternative to the radical violent Weather Underground founded by President Obama's friend Bill Ayers.
Lerner's organization---The Seattle Liberation Front--- was no less motivated against the Vietnam War and other injustices, but his was a call for "peaceful" resistance.
However, one of his protests turned violent and he and others were arrested and sentenced to time at the Terminal Island Federal Penitentiary in San Pedro, Ca. The main charges were finally dropped due to federal agents being accused of inciting the violence at Lerner's protest.
Lerner's contract was not renewed at UW and the Washington State Legislature passed the "Lerner Act" requiring that UW never hire anyone "who might engage in illegal political activity." The law was later overturned by the Washington State Supreme Court.
By Hillary's own past testimony, Lerner has been a significant influence in her life.
Rabbi Lerner has since founded the "Tikkum" magazine.
Barger, who has done a great deal of research on this subject, says, "Tikkum magazine represents an eccentric, left-wing, Jewish based cult, mixing Old Testament, medieval cabbala-occult mysticism and 1960s campus Marxism."
Lerner is known for his classroom comments---"I dig Marxism" and "Until you've dropped acid, you don't know what socialism is."
Perhaps Hillary has not been dropping enough acid for the rabbi. Recently he decided to support Sanders over his friend Hillary.
However, his influence, along with these and others, linger in the mental and spiritual profile of who Hillary Clinton really is---and it doesn't look like "good old fashioned Methodism."
Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.