AJ Miller – he is not the Messiah!
He stood before a group of about 40 people who had gathered to hear him preach. It is December 22nd 2009 and the venue is Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia. It is the latest in a series of free lectures given by AJ Miller.
Many of the people who were in the room had come through a four day seminar held in Coffs Harbour earlier in the year. It was called 'Alpha Dynamics', but now they were after more. They were promised ‘Divine Truth’ and they ate up the information as it was delivered. (More on this particular seminar in a moment).
Alpha Dynamics is an Australian based seminar which offers its attendees “mind training” and “personal empowerment” of the kind most people would associate with American Tony Robbins.
According to its website, Alpha Dynamics is,
Australia's leader in personal development training for over 20 years. You can stop smoking, lose weight, gain confidence, improve memory & much more.
As remarkable as they seem to think they are, the organizers are offering a product very similar to that which has been around for decades but which became popular in the 1980’s. At that time it became fashionable for corporations to send their employees to full day seminars to help improve productivity through increased concentration, lateral thinking, hyper-positive worldview and a good deal of back slapping.
I recall attending one of these sessions in 1987 where we did all the classic routines; looking at ink spots in quick succession, small group discussions, abstract puzzles and some ‘meditation’. All this was designed to identify your personality type, motivation & true character so that you might become more effective for your employer.
From what I have seen, not much has changed in the two decades these courses have been running. Certainly, they have updated their methods, but the alterations seem more like the release of new models than a paradigm shift.
In Australia, Alpha Dynamics is managed by Peter H. Heibloem, a former CPA whose heart is not so much in mathematics as it is in motivations. (Mind you, that doesn’t stop him charging $600 for the four day seminar held in Coffs Harbour in November 2009!) He is ably assisted by his son, Peter Jnr. Together they pitch a tempting offer. It begins with a “free seminar”. This is by subscription through their website and is designed to round up enough interested people to make it worthwhile taking the program to a particular town. If enough people attend the free seminar, the next step is to have them commit to the four day paid seminar, which was run for the second time in Coffs Harbour in November.
Of the people I have spoken to who attended this seminar, the great selling point was the mind exercise techniques which promote better memory retention, focus and sleep. 'Alpha Dynamics' is aimed at anyone who needs to improve their memory, those who want to climb the corporate ladder, people who are stressed, need a more effective study pattern or who don’t sleep well. Basically, it’s for most of us.
From all reports, there is a lot of valuable information given here which can be of benefit in daily life. Many of us can’t remember names, don’t sleep well, have lousy jobs, lack proper concentration or study for hours only to instantly forget what we’ve learned. 'Alpha Dynamics' is there as remedial help for all this and from what I’m told what is offered at the seminar is of some benefit.
Heibloem comes across as a likeable and engaging speaker who is easy to listen to and, from a pragmatic point of view, worth listening to. He is also bitterly resented by several who attended this course. Why? Because, after four days of seminar, the last two hours reveal it is basically a Trojan Horse for a false religion.
One man who attended the seminar was 65 year old Graeme (1). He described to me his reasons for signing up;
I wanted to improve my memory recall, improve my concentration and focus, and improve my sleeping habits. Being in my 60's, I have noticed these areas gradually deteriorating.
However, when the course drew to a close, Graeme had a totally different perspective.
All the advertising and the Web Site mention only the Alpha Dynamics, which is basically exercising and using the brain more efficiently in various areas of our life. It seems deceptive for the presenter to then try to brainwash a captive audience with his own brand of religion, and encouraging them to buy videos and books and visit web-sites that are unrelated to Alpha Dynamics. Whether one believes it or not, it is totally out of context in the course for which people paid good money.
His “own brand of religion”. Those are strong words, but indicative of what was said to me by others who attended the course. I spoke to four people who were in the audience that weekend; a 47 year old man, and man in his 30's and a 16 year old. None of them were aware they were being led towards the course's eventual conclusion.
Heibloem’s approach is to instruct his attendees in the methods of 'Alpha Dynamics' at a mostly physical level. They might talk about Alpha and Beta waves and how understanding them helps you sleep or concentrate better, but it all stays well within rational boundaries.
What Heibloem is bursting to tell his audience, however, is that his real answer to all of life’s problems is found at a higher level, known as Divine Truth. They won’t have to wait long. It comes as the last instalment of the four day seminar. If you really want to know how to rise above all the obstacles in your life and be synchronized with the unseen forces around us, you need AJ Miller.
In the video below, Peter Heibloem is seen introducing AJ Miller at his 2008 Sunshine Coast seminar. (See the first minute of the video below).
None of this is mentioned on the Alpha Dynamics website. That is the shop front if you like and viewing the website is a bit like browsing up and down the aisles but never seeing the factory. The next level is pitched to you if you firstly stay to the end of the four day course and then in the frequent emails which follow it.
A good example is this one sent by Heibloem to recipients of the Coffs Harbour seminar on November 22nd 2009;
I have been profoundly inspired by the teachings of AJ Miller and have attended more than 40 of his free seminars over the last 2 years. All these seminars can be accessed for free as an MP3 audio file at www.divinetruth.com under the heading of seminars. All the handout notes are also available on this site free of charge. I recommend that you have a look and listen to some of the latest talks. They are awesome!
We distribute, at cost, all AJ Miller's seminars on DVD and in the last 2 years around 5,000 DVDs have been sent out to people. Each DVD pack costs $20 plus postage and contains 2 DVDs (each dvd 4-5 hours seminars). This information is beyond anything I have previously experienced in the last 30 years and calibrations of the level of truth of these talks, using the Hawkins' scale of consciousness, reveal a reading of around 1000 (the highest truth ever presented).
And with that, stage 3 is in place. Firstly, the free seminar; next the four day fully paid seminar; then the endorsement of AJ Miller. You have received some really good information so far, but if you want “the highest truth ever presented” it’s over to AJ Miller.
Alan John Miller was born in Australia in 1962, but what you see is not what you get. AJ is, so we’re told, merely the new millennium’s incarnation of Jesus Christ. Incarnation is specifically what is taught by Miller and therefore believed by Heibloem. The great spiritual people of the past are here again in the bodies people like AJ Miller. There are seven of them but each one of these souls in manifested through a couple (needing to procreate) so the grand total is 14 soul mates producing seven super spiritual beings on earth today.
Jesus, John the Baptist, Luke, John Mark, someone called Lisa, Cornelius (who is allegedly the Roman soldier who hammered the nails into Jesus/AJ at the cross) and the Apostle John.
In fact, we’re told the Apostle John (who, like Jesus, is Australian!) has written a letter to the Christian Church. (No, not the three you find up the back of the Bible) This letter is posted here at the Divine Truth website . In it John tells us how sad it is the Christian Church won’t move on from messages given in the first century recorded in the Bible.
Christian teachers accept these original messages from above as true, but not the millions given since then up to the present time. The Apostle wants this annoying habit to change. How ironic that the same John who combatted gnosticism in his epistles would now endorse it!
Of course, the most recent messages given to these same incarnated people (ie AJ Miller et al.) offer the most profound insight of all. The judgement on these Christians (ie for hindering the truth) will be “some day and soon” and “the accounting will be grievous”.
Statements like these are given throughout the entire system of teaching whether it be written or spoken at lectures. They can be summarized as, 'Bits of the truth have always been with us and spoken by various spiritual people in history, but now we have brought them all together for you'.
This claim is not backed up by anything other than jargon and mumbo jumbo. We’re supposed to be profoundly dazzled by the idea that we can climb through the spheres of enlightenment (“dimensional places of existence”) until we reach Divine Truth, but we are supposed to simply accept this whole paradigm and go with it for it to be real. There is no evidence any of this is true, except for AJ Miller’s teaching, the endorsement by the worshiping Heibloem and repeated references to moments in the Bible which now have new light shone on them.
Miller the Messiah
Undoubtedly the most blasphemous claim Miller makes is that he is Jesus. He makes very clear that he doesn’t think of himself as the representative of Jesus or a man passing on or channelling the message of Jesus. Miller claims specifically to be Jesus in the flesh. He speaks in the first person about things he did & said in the first century while he was on earth.
This is not unique in itself and a quick Google search will turn up plenty of examples of people who claim they are Jesus. For example Dr Jose Luis De Jesus Miranda who claims to be Jesus in the flesh, says there is no such thing as sin, insists prayer is a waste of time, says Satan is merely a “Hollywood character” and that every other religious leader on earth is a fraud.
There is also his unusual practice of tattooing the number “666” on himself which many of his followers have emulated. You might think this would give the game away, but Jose Luis claims the Biblical term “anti Christ” really means “new Christ”, which he says means Jesus returned.
He is, therefore, Jesus returned as promised; not Jesus the Jew prior to the cross. I would like to put Jose Luis and AJ Miller in the same room and let them slug it out, but I suppose they would simply say each other is deluded!
The clearest reference AJ Miller makes to his 'true identity' comes in his Sunshine Coast (Queensland) one day seminar held in January 2008. The most explicit claim to deity is seen in the video below at 9 mins 38 secs.
“The first thing I am going to tell you is that the person I am is actually a person who lived on earth in the first century. And my name is Jesus. And I'm serious.”
This becomes quite a lengthy discussion and heats up in the next segment (the seminar is split into 10 videos). Ironically, it comes after a female audience member interjects with the stunning claim that she is Mary incarnated. Obviously Miller could not accept this because it would not be appropriate for Jesus to have his mother in the audience throwing out a bigger trump card than he has, so Miller gently puts her in her place.
His response can be seen in the video below. The unidentified woman adds, “I'm just being honest. I don't know whether it was my mind or my soul, but if you can call yourself Jesus, I can call myself Mary”. Miller's response? “OK, but what if I am Jesus?” Gee, no come back for that one. Welcome to the world of AJ Messiah. 'I'm Jesus, you really should believe me, but don't you claim to be anyone special because you would be wrong!'
At that point, you will hear members of his audience throw several clarifying questions to Miller to ascertain exactly what he means. Many people think they are Jesus, he could be deceitful or a nutcase. All this Miller acknowledges, but he leaves no doubt with his next statement (see below video at 2 mins 45 secs).
“But I'm talking about I am Yeshua Ben Joseph, the son of Joseph and Mary in the first century”. An audience member then asks, “So are you saying you are the vibration of the person Jesus?” To which Miller replies, “No, I am the person. I'm not saying I am the vibration of the person. I'm saying I am the soul of Jesus.”
It leaves little room for doubt. Miller believes he is Jesus. Even this audience finds it hard to swallow. One asks how he knows it for sure; he answers because he remembers everything about his first century life. One asks if he can speak Aramaic to which Miller replies he cannot before changing the subject.
Miller also informs us, “The Bible is not an accurate account of my life.” I suppose that is just in case anyone wanted to quiz him on certain things in it or perhaps challenge him over his many contradictions. Nevertheless, Miller sweeps aside the four Gospels of the New Testament as a reliable guide to the life of Jesus on earth.
If AJ Miller lived in America he would have been interviewed on the talk shows just like Jose Luis, but as it stands, he would not be known by anyone outside his lecture circuit, or at the very most by those who have attended an Alpha Dynamics seminar. However, that does not stop him making some very bold and exclusive claims.
Miller is banking on his audience being Biblically illiterate. Mostly he simply takes a word or phrase of Jesus (about which most of his audience is clueless) and gives it his own particular meaning. This way he can sound profound while also claiming to be the original. He often gets away with it only because those in his audiences are self selected to be deluded, but every now and then, if they cared to check, they would discover his teachings are in direct contradiction to those of the real Jesus.
You might not think Miller cares what the real Jesus said, but that would be to misunderstand him completely. Miller is so sure he is Jesus, he speaks in the first person about many of the events in the Bible. For example, he recalls speaking to Nicodemus, explains what he meant by the term “Kingdom of God” and speaks about the crucifixion. All in simple, matter-of-fact terms just as though the events themselves happened a only few years ago.
What is sin?
Mostly, Miller takes what Jesus said or did and gives it new meaning. For example, the term ‘sin’ refers to the state of being in “disharmony with love”. Christians have misunderstood it for 2000 years!
Miller adds, “So when we use the term sin in the connotation that is religious today, often people feel there's punishment required when we're in disharmony with love. So they use the term 'sin' and 'punishment' together.” (Video below at 5 mins 50 secs)
According to the Jesus of the Bible, sin is in need of forgiveness. It carries with it God's wrath and keeps one from the Kingdom of God. It is not simply being out of alignment with love, it is outright rebellion against the Creator. It required Jesus' spilt blood for forgiveness to even be possible.
In Mark 2:17 Jesus said "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” He then explains these two are in fact either “righteous” or “sinners”. Sinners are sick people according to Jesus, they are not simply off key. They are in need of repentance, not a tune up.
And when it comes to punishment, Miller ought to read carefully the words of Jesus in the Gospels where he says it would be better to pluck your eye out or tie a millstone around your neck than sin or cause someone else to sin. The real Jesus pronounced woes on the Pharisees who undermined the Biblical doctrine of sin.
And what would Miller make of Jesus' parable of the faithful and wise manager in Luke 12?
"That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows.” (v47)
Furthermore, the master will “cut him to pieces” (V46). That certainly sounds like punishment to me and I'm guessing it would to AJ Miller as well, but he's not big on believing, let alone understanding Scripture.
Is Jesus the only way?
One does not have to listen for very long before AJ hangs himself doctrinally. In the abovementioned Coffs Harbour seminar, Miller drew a quick sketch on his white board (2). God was at the top, we are down below and Jesus is in the middle. All three are connected by pipes in which there is the flow of information, truth and love. Miller then rubbed out Jesus and said that no one had to go through Jesus to get to God. Presumably Miller has never read John 14:6 where the real Jesus makes the exact opposite statement and is just as exclusive.
But Miller’s teaching that Jesus is not the way to God is not the only thing he says in direct contradiction to the Bible. During his Coffs Harbour seminar, someone in the audience (who, by the way, are mostly baby boomers it must be said) asked him if he had found a religion that works. Miller’s answer was “No”. Miller added that all religions have some truth in them, but Divine Truth is the only ultimately true path.
What we are dealing with is quite simply a new manifestation of the old Gnostic heresy. Gnosticism has had many manifestations in many eras, but it always comes back to one thing; secret teaching revealed to an individual or group which has been given special access to to the "truth".
In my opinion, we even see this in some churches today when the preacher, teacher or prophet claims to have been given a new revelation from God which cannot possibly be verified by Scripture. However, AJ Miller does not claim to be a Christian, so we are dealing with something far more serious. This is not someone who claims to speak exclusively for Jesus, but who claims to be Jesus himself.
If you would like to know more about the history of gnostic heresy, see Steve Cracknell's article here.
We would do well to heed the words of the real Jesus recorded in Scripture;
At that time if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or, 'There he is!' do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time. (Matthew 24:23-25)
His name has been changed to protect his identity. Graeme remains on their database.
This seminar was attended by a friend of mine who attended the four day 'Alpha Dynamics' seminar. He and I sat down the next day to carefully go over the material presented.
EDITOR: September 2011: We now have a dedicated page called AJ MILLER