Question: Choo Thomas has written a book called Heaven Is So Real. It is making the rounds of Christian church circles, and many Christians are very excited about it. Even when you confront them with the obvious occultic practices that the author claims are biblical, they refuse to acknowledge that she is a false teacher. I think that what she is doing is nothing more than Astral Projection...an occult practice. What do you think?
Response: This book should be a "slam dunk" for every Christian. In our copy, nearly every page is tagged as error. It is filled with contradictory statements, unbiblical doctrine, and Scripture-twisting to explain her experiences.
We are told repeatedly that the author is a specially chosen vessel, indeed, "the most fortunate individual who had ever existed" (p. 65). "The Lord," sounding more like a Hollywood agent than Creator of the Universe, assures Thomas, "I will make you famous" (p. 70) and "everyone will know you" (p. 75). "My daughter, you are an End-Times prophetess,...and you are living proof of My Word and My prophecies..." (p. 168). During one visit to "heaven," she examines "my mansion" (p. 64). Hers is larger and more sumptuous than many others and has her name on the door.
"Heaven" has different departments. There is a place for "disobedient Christians" located near the pit of Hell (p. 46). Anyone who doesn't "tithe" to Christian ministries is one of the "disobedient children" (p. 21), a useful point for those promoting "seed faith" (see TBC, 1/87 ). When asked how long these disobedient children stay "in this barren, lifeless place," "the Lord" replies, "Forever, My daughter" (p. 46). Another area is an "endless valley" of "sinful Christians." This congregation is "mostly men with a few women" and "most of them will go to the Lake of Fire after the judgment" (p. 58).
On another visit, Thomas is shown a huge room filled with naked babies (p. 38). These aborted babies are kept in this vast room (with no apparent attendants) until their mothers are saved, at which point "they can have their babies back." Those whose mothers are unsaved will be given to others, "when all My children come into the kingdom" (p. 38-39).
Thomas is confused about grace, often stating her unworthiness, while "the Lord" speaks of her good works—she indeed has earned everything, including her mansion in heaven and a mansion on the earth (pp. 134-35). Thomas sums up her writing with the statement, "The truth is, however, that most of the things God has shown me are recorded in the Bible." She quotes Scripture, but fails to demonstrate her claim.
The Bible tells us that Heaven is a place of joy, where the Lord God will wipe away all tears from all eyes (Isa:25:8), not a place where we, like Thomas, are able to look into the pit of Hell and see our mother (or other relatives) "screaming for help from the gaping pit of Hades" (p 50).
It is impossible even to imagine the blessings of heaven. First Corinthians 2:9 tells us, "But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."
We are given glimpses. "Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore" (Psalm:16:11). "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Revelation:21:4). "They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat" (Revelation:7:16).
Contrasted to the truth of Scripture, which glorifies God alone, much of this book is a direct appeal to the fleshly needs and wants of man.