"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.
However, "...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 CRI Journal) made these comments concerning his time spent evaluating TPM and dialogue with Dr. Ed Smith:
Click here to read comments: http://www.theo.zeta-server.com/digital_files/Eliott_Miller.pdf
NOTE: Please read Dr. Ed Smith's' Statement of Faith for a concise overview of his personal basic Biblical beliefs. What you will discover is he holds a very traditional Protestant conservative theological position that is embraced by the majority of believers around the world.
Full length evaluation by CRI's Elliott Miller.
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Study for Yourself to See What is Taught in this Ministry
There are a few people who are mixing a little of this and a little of that and calling what they do TPM. TPM has a clear set of guidelines and principles that define what it should look like. To not follow protocol is to not do TPM but something else. When people follow protocol and stay within the clearly defined guidelines, good things happen. When you read a case example of ministry gone bad, hold up the Theophostic Prayer Ministry guidelines and see if Theophostic Prayer Ministry is indeed being used or is it just "bad therapy." "Bad therapy" occurs in every area of counseling, ministry and any other form of helping ministry. Good outcomes follow where people adhere to what has been taught.
Understand the Unique platform of the Internet
The Internet has provided any person (of any age) who has the ability to develop a website, a platform from which to have a worldwide voice. It is very important to remember that owning a website does not authenticate, certify or validate what is being presented as being factual or authoritative. People sometimes make the mistake of assuming that if it is in print then it must be true. This is simply not so. We encourage you to use good judgment and study for yourselves to see what is valid and what is merely opinion, conjuncture or often misinformation. We hope that you will do good research and come to your own conclusions based upon what is actually taught by this ministry and not on the opinions and interpretations of what others may say is being taught. There is often a major difference between
Basic Steps to Arrive at a More Accurate Perspective.
1. Read through this page of information. This section will give you foundational material for understanding this ministry.
2. This site provides a vast amount of free information to help you to come to an accurate conclusions concerning what TPM is about. Begin with downloading the free sample chapters from the introductory book "Healing Life's Hurts" which will give you a good introduction to this ministry.
3. Consider the positive testimonies and the thousands of positive experience-based web pages when coming to your final conclusions. Unfortunantly, a single negative opinion is sometimes given more weight than a thousand positive expereinces.
4. Watch the fruit of this ministry to determine whether God is involved. You will know a tree by its fruit.
5. Hold up the TPM Guidelines that give a succinct description of what a TPM session should look like when evaluating people's negative experiences. Not everything that is called Theophostic is indeed Theophostic.
6. Be diligent to come to your own conclusions and not just the opinions of others.
7. Take the list of questions supplied below to evaluate the accuracy of criticism.
Consider these questions in your Internet research.
1. What is the spirit of the criticism? Does it appear to be redemptive or jugemetal and divisive?
2. Is the criticism based upon the critics personal expereince or opinion?
3. What do I know about the critic who has posted the information? Is it someone that I know and trust his or her opinions.
4. What is the critics statement of faith, religious affiliation or ministry position?
5. Is the critic an established authority in this area of ministry that he or she is criticising?
6. Is this critic criticizing other ministries I respect? If so, who and why?
7. Is the critic making a fair assessment of the primary sources provided by TPM or merely "parroting" secondhand opinions from what others have stated?
8. Is the criticism accurate in its understanding of TPM? Read "Healing Life's Hurts" and a copy of the Theophostic Ministry Session Guidelines. Also see "Summary of what a Theophostic Prayer Ministry session should look like".
9. Are negative ministry examples sited true TPM sessions or just "bad thereapy?"
Come to Your Own Opinion; Use Primary Source Information
The following primary source materials can help you to quickly grasp the basic premises of Theophostic Prayer Ministry. ALL of these items are free.
1. The Ministry Session Guidelines for Theophostic Prayer Ministry -a one-page basic overview of what should happen in a Theophostic Prayer Ministry session. Click on the link to view or copy these guidelines now.
2. Research Findings about Theophostic Ministry -A report of the ongoing research that is being conducted to empirically establish the effectiveness of TPM.
3. The Basic Principles of Theophostic Ministry - This is an outline of the foundational principles of Theophostic Ministry.
4. Watch a live ministry session or read about what a ministry session should look like? A general description is provided to give you a clear understanding of what a ministry session should look like when a facilitator is following protocol.
5. PDF download of the first three chapters of the book "Healing Life's Deepest Hurts" an introduction to Theophostic Prayer Ministry.
Ed Smith's Statement of Faith
Since Ed Smith is a Southern Baptist ordained and licensed minister, what you will read is very similar to the Baptist Faith and Message (a summary of belief held by the convention of Southern Baptist Churches.) The personal statement of faith provided on this site is not an all-inclusive statement of all that he believe about all aspects of the Bible or living the Christian life, but a summarization of the crucial elements of his core theology. (Click here to read full document.)
What 150 Pastors from many different denomoinations said about TPM after having used it in their own ministry setting.
Below are the results from a recent survey given to 150 pastors from many different denominations who reported having completed the course work in the TPM Basic Training. The participant's level of experience and skill level was not taken into account prior to their completing the survey. Therefore, the percentage outcomes reported below may reflect skill levels ranging from very high to a beginner with limited experience.
* 96% reported having "highly effective to effective" outcomes.
* 88% reported TPM to be more effective than any other approach they had used in helping emotionally hurting people.
* 90% reported that they had witnessed what they believed was genuine life transformation and spiritual growth in most of their ministry sessions.
* 98% of the pastors and leaders stated that they had personally benefited from having received ministry themselves.
* 95% of the pastors said that the training in TPM has positively impacted their preaching in various ways.
* 93% said that TPM has become a significant tool that they use in ministry.
* 100% said they would recommend it to others.
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Ed Smith's Response to a Critic's Concerns
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