Recently I have been given the book “Heaven is so real” by Choo Thomas. I don’t know how many of you have read it, but if you do have it, please throw it away. It is blatantly false. This woman really did not have visits from the Jesus of the Bible, but from a false Jesus. The book disturbed me so much that I could not even focus on posting on this blog!
I have found this excellent article on Discerning the Word blog exposing the error in the book.
Edit 11 May 2011: It looks like the original article posted here got lost in cyberspace. I will keep it here for reference. I did however found the following article by the same writer that you can access here:
One book in particular that has sold probably over a million copies by now is Choo Thomas’ ‘Heaven is so Real’. Jesus repeatedly tells Choo (page after page I must add) what a great servant she is and she was the only person He could use to convey a message that the Bible obviously couldn’t do. After the 10th time of hearing what a great servant she is in her book (and I was only up to page 33) I began to wonder what I was doing wrong in my life.
This book ripped my spirit to shreds. I started to cry a lot reading this book, because as far as Choo is concerned, “… none of our salvations are secure until the end. We must do our best while we have a chance”. I prayed for about 3 days, crying a lot, questioning God what I need to do to become more pleasing to Him. The answer I got was, “throw the book away”. I then started questioning this answer. Was this answer from God or from Satan. If Choo is really ‘anointed’ then throwing this book away is going against God, because Choo says, “Every word in this book is true. The words of Jesus have been transcribed exactly as He said them to me.” But if the words I heard were from God, then this book is not of Him and I must get rid of it to save myself from deception. I prayed some more and cried some more. The Holy Spirit spoke to me more and more and reminded me that, ‘He did not give us a spirit of fear, but of a sound mind’ and to throw the book away. So I stood up, walked over to the bin, tore the book up and threw it away. I felt instant release, my salvation was again intact (because we are saved by grace and not by works).
Many people will read this book and immediately think that it’s full of false doctrine and not let it bother them. But many will read this book and because of their lack of biblical knowledge (like myself) will be drawn into doubt and fear, and will have a battle setting themselves free. But the worst thing is that many will read this book and think it’s great (cos it gives them a warm fuzzy feeling), and be caught up in a deception that will ultimately destroy them spiritually if they don’t seek the Truth.
If anyone is reading this book and is not spiritually strong, I strongly suggest you throw it away and quickly. I do not for one second think the ‘Jesus’ we know took her to heaven. It was another ‘Jesus’ and as demonic as can be. I can point out so many weird things in her book that are definitely not of God, but I lost count. Due to the fact that I threw the book away I can’t now go and pull out all these false teachings and write them down here, but I have gone onto the net and I found this website below, which pretty much explains everything this book is about. If only I had seen this before reading the book…anyhow.
Here is a letter that I found on the internet written by Pastor Keith Gibson in response to a letter from a Malaysian minister concerned about Choo Thomas.
Dear Rev. _______,I am very sorry for the delay in responding to your question concerning Choo Thomas. Hopefully, I can give you enough information to be worth the wait. I am sorry to hear that you have a friend who has been caught up in the movement and even sadder to hear of the impact the book is having in Malaysia. God bless you as you seek to stand for the truthfulness of his word.
The website that you asked about is basically a selling point for a number of teachers who have visited either heaven or hell. That seems to be their only reason for existing. Choo Thomas has a website of her own at www.choothomas.com.
As you may know, Thomas’s story is that the Lord personally took her to heaven 17 times or more over a period of about one month. The purpose for these revelations was so that she could write a book that would convince people that heaven is real because apparently the Bible is not sufficient.
Each of these visits to heaven is preceded by violent manifestations in which Thomas loses control of her body. This loss of control continues today whenever she is worshipping or performing her healing dance. Here are some quotes:
“On the night of January 19, the Lord’s presence was so intense in my bedroom that I shook, perspired and felt very weak for more than an hour” (page 7) “Because of the trembling of my body that always accompanied the Lord’s visits, Roger was now sleeping in the guest bedroom” (page 14) “During the night of February 12, my body shook more violently than it ever had. I was almost hurled from the bed because it was so forceful. I tried to grab the sheet to steady myself, but I couldn’t because I had no control over my body. The shaking was unremittingly forceful, and I grew afraid.” (page 17)
These all occurred during the visitations. Here is what is happening now.
“Sometimes the power of His anointing on my hands and arms is so strong that I feel as if my hands are actually breaking apart. One Sunday morning my hand touched my eyes thirty-six times, and before each of these touches, my hands made seven different strange movements.” (page 205)
She now also claims that God has told her that when she dances in church no one is allowed to touch her hands before she dances so that her hands will remain holy. Further God told her that she is never to stand at the back of the other worshippers but always in front and that the entire platform belongs to her.
These manifestations sure seem to have more in common with demonic possession or kundalini arousal than anything to do with the Holy Spirit.
The book is full of false doctrine. Choo repeatedly undercuts the authority, sufficiency and power of the Holy Scriptures. Here is a quote from the front page of her website:
“Heaven is so Real is our Lord Jesus’ end time book. He only used my body to write this book. He wants all believers and unbelievers to read it and prepare for His coming. He said, He is giving people a chance to know what it takes to enter His Kingdom through this book. Remember, none of our salvations are secure until the end. We must do our best while we have a chance.”
Notice that her book is on parallel with scripture because Jesus wrote it. Also notice that salvation is not secure and is not completely by grace. We must secure it ourselves.
Here are some quotes from the book itself.
“My daughter, you are an End-Times prophetess,’ the Lord told me, “and you are living proof of My Word and My prophecies…….”He told me that many people don’t believe His words and prophecies, and He said even some Christians do not believe them.” (page 168)
“He wants me to serve as living proof of the Bible and His prophecies, because many people do not believe what they read in the Bible, nor do they believe He is coming soon for His people.” (page 177)
“He had shown me how desperate many people are to know the truth about heaven, and I realized emphatically that my book would be the means whereby they could really know.” (124)
Notice that her book will be able to tell people the truth about heaven and truly convince them whereas the Bible is unable to do this.
“Every word in this book is true. The words of Jesus have been transcribed exactly as He said them to me.” (page 153)
“Like John, I had been called to write, and my mission was the same as his-to let people know that the marriage supper of the Lamb has already been prepared, and blessed are those who are invited to be there on the last day.” (129)
Later in the book, Thomas reveals that not every Christian goes to heaven. Those who are not obedient enough spend eternity wandering in a desert.
“When we got to the top, I looked over a brown and lifeless valley. Everywhere there was brown. The whole region seemed to be filled with dead grass.“I noticed multitudes of people who were wearing sand-colored robes roaming aimlessly in the vicinity of the pit’s yawning mouth. Their heads were hanging low, and they looked very dejected and hopeless. “Who are these people, Lord?” I asked.
“They are disobedient ‘Christians” “How long will they have to stay in this barren, lifeless place? “Forever, My daughter. The only ones who will enter My kingdom are the pure of heart-My obedient children.” (page 46 see also page 249)
Notice that these people are not lost and are not cast into hell. Thomas has discovered a third place where people will spend eternity.
Elsewhere, Thomas tells us some of the conditions for actually getting inside heaven.
“Innocence, trust, purity of heart, fascination, a sense of wonder, belief, joy, happiness, present-moment living-all these are some of the magical qualities of childhood that God wants us to exhibit to GET TO HEAVEN” (133)
The book is patently arrogant. Over and over again Thomas informs us that Jesus told her that she is His special daughter. She is his obedient daughter. He can use her because her heart is so pure.
Elsewhere in the book she tells us that if we do not believe the book and rejoice in it, we will not be prepared for Jesus’ coming. We may have to endure the terror of the tribulation period or we may not make it in the gates of heaven. She claims on her website that we should read the book over and over.
It is interesting that in the foreword to the book, David Yonggi Cho writes the following, “Please do not consider this a theological thesis or a book on doctrine. Just read it and enjoy it as the author’s personal experience and testimony about what she has seen and heard in heaven.”
I suspect that Cho wrote that because even Cho can tell that the book is terribly flawed doctrinally. But his words are fascinating. We are supposed to accept the claims that this woman makes about her visits to heaven and her conversations with the Lord but we can’t accept the doctrine that the “Lord” actually speaks to her. Can you imagine saying that about any other Word from God?
Pastor ___________, Choo Thomas is a heretic and a false prophet in the first degree. I pray that the eyes of your friend will be opened to the truth.
Blessings as you battle for our Savior,
Pastor Keith Gibson
As for Choo’s website. She has a section dedicated to people who have had visions of heaven and hell. These visions are scripturally false as well and contain a lot of weird stuff – EXTRA biblical stuff that’s not in the bible.
One thing I find interesting is that Jesus has told most of these people who have had visions of heaven and hell, that they need to go out there guns blazing and tell everyone that He is coming really soon, sooner than we think. But we as Christians know this. We know Jesus is coming back really soon, because it’s written all over the Bible. Why go to such great lengths to take someone to heaven umpteen times just to tell them what we already know? Because Satan knows we are gullible and believe everything we hear or read – he will slip in lies in between the truths to deceive us into believing the whole thing.
I pray that Choo Thomas seeks the truth about what has happened to her so that she may be set free from this evil deception.
Please see this important article about visits to Heaven and Hell here: http://endtimespropheticwords.wordpress.com/2007/12/13/heaven-cant-wait-a-survey-of-alleged-trips-to-the-other-side/