Foursquare pastor Jim Cecil believes it will take miracles to reach many meditators. That is exactly what happened with Jim Sieber.
Sieber became a meditator to promote world peace and to better himself through healthful living. After taking the Sidhi course, Sieber moved to Fairfield in 1982 with his wife, Nancy, and their four daughters to be part of the meditating community. But TM had no answer for why his 5-year-old daughter, Rachael, had grand mal seizures with increasing frequency and intensity.
The Siebers visited the Foursquare church, and during one service Cecil asked if anyone needed prayer. Rachael, emaciated from vomiting her medicines and wearing a helmet to protect her bruised head, raised her hand and asked for Jesus to heal her seizures. Church members gathered around her to pray, and the seizures ended.
"To wed Christianity and TM was impossible," says Sieber, now a 53-year-old prison guard.
"No man can serve two masters, and in the movement, Maharishi is master. You can't get around the scriptural statement that Jesus is the only Son of God."
Be sure to read Christianity Today's related stories "Field of TM Dreams | Fairfield Iowa is now a major center for Transcendental Meditation" and "Mere Transcendental Meditation | The basic concepts of neo-Vedanta philosophy."1
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