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Unbiased Reports of TPM

Where can I go to get an unbiased report of this ministry?

Only a few critics of this ministry have ever contacted this ministry or Dr. Ed Smith concerning Theophostic Prayer over the last 12 years ( I actually only remember one.) All other critics have written what they have without any attempt to clarify what has been taught. Onlyone critic has taken the time to dialogue with this ministry in any significant measure. This was the Christian Research Institute (CRI) (www.equip.org) who remains in dialogue with us to this day.

After an exhausted exchange of discussion (several years) CRI wrote a positional paper and two full length articles. Though CRI and Dr. Ed did not agree on all accounts there was complete agreement with the core teaching of Theophostic Prayer Ministry.

Outside the core teaching of this ministry there were some non-essential theological ssues of which we did not completely agree. However, this was no surprise and is typical for all groups in the Body of Christ.
CRI summarized their evaluation by saying,

"After an exhaustive evaluation, CRI detects nothing unbiblical about the core theory and practice of Theophostic Prayer Ministry (TPM). The theory is elegant in its profound simplicity, and the anecdotal reports of its effectiveness in practice justify further investigation; nonetheless, much more scientific research needs to be done before even the more modest claims of TPM can be validated, and some of the extravagant claims seem unlikely ever to be established..."

"...CRI finds nothing inconsistent with Scripture in TPM's core theory and practice. It certainly fits the biblical worldview to hold that believing lies oppresses or injures people and replacing those lies with truth frees or heals them. The theory that the emotional pain that haunts so many people's lives (including Christians) is rooted in false beliefs associated with past experiences rather than the experiences themselves seems elegant in its profound simplicity, and the proposal that Satan is often the source of those lies while Jesus supplies the truth that dispels them is again consistent with Scripture (e.g., John 8:44; 14:6; 18:37). This emphasis on conforming one's beliefs to truth is entirely biblical (Ps. 43:3; 51:6; Prov. 23:23; 1 Cor. 13:6; Eph. 4:14–15, 25; 5: 8; 6:1411), and the complete dependence on Christ in ministry to the hurting that TPM advocates, to the point of giving Him the central place in that ministry, is commendable at least in concept and warrants consideration..."

"...CRI is also intrigued by the numerous public testimonies of practitioners and recipients for TPM's lasting efficacy in dealing with a wide variety of emotional and behavioral problems, including depression, general anxiety, anger issues, phobias, panic attacks, sexual addiction, and eating disorders. The frequency of such testimonies calls for further investigation, but anecdotal evidence is entirely insufficient to establish TPM's claims. To demonstrate that TPM gets results superior to all or most other varieties of inner healing/therapy and is not simply reaping the common benefits of counseling (e.g., the placebo effect and the therapeutic value of catharsis in a caring environment), rigorous scientific testing is needed. Researchers have already conducted some surveys and case study research that provide favorable results for TPM, but much more extensive and rigorous testing (e.g., randomized control group studies) will be required to establish its claims. CRI thus finds no problem with Christians engaging in TPM per se, but at this early stage of the research we are unable to endorse TPM's specific claims of efficacy..."

"...CRI does have several peripheral concerns about TPM, but we have been favorably impressed by founder Ed Smith's openness to constructive criticism and change. We caution Christians who practice or receive TPM to be discerning about Smith's past teachings on the sin nature, sanctification, and satanic ritual abuse, and to be aware that, despite major improvements, there are still aspects of Smith's teaching on spiritual warfare that CRI does not endorse..."
Elliot Miller (chief editor for the CRI Journal) had this to say concerning his experience with Dr. Ed Smith and evaluating Theophostic Prayer Ministry.
Click link to read Mr. Miller's comments:

Eliott_Miller.pdf
 
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