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A question about Reincarnation

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My name is Rolf and I’m from Canoas, Brazil. I’m from a Partners in Harvest fellowship:

My personal ministry is with teaching.

I was searching for articles about inner healing and I found that William De Arteaga, author of Quenching the Spirit (which I have) believes (or believed) in reincarnation (he wrote a book about this in the 80’s). Another article says that Agnes Sanford also believed in something like that.

Could you send me information about this? What do you think about this subject?

God bless you

— Rolf F.



Thank you for writing, Brother F.

I sent along your question to William De Arteaga and he responded:

The quick answer is that I no longer affirm anything I said in Past Life Visions (1983). Someday, like St. Augustine in his old age, I may write an article called “retractions and reconsiderations.” Sealed Orders shows that Agnes Sanford believed in the pre-existent spirit, which is actually biblical, but only now coming into orthodox consciousness. There is nothing in her writings indicating she believed in the doctrine of reincarnation, on the contrary she would often call it a “dreary doctrine.”

The Pneuma Foundation [parent organization for] does not believe that reincarnation is a biblical teaching, on the contrary we find the Bible saying that “it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Heb 9:27 NKJV). Many of the editors and writers for the publications of the Pneuma Foundation may disagree with the concept of the pre-existent spirit of man.

Thank you again for writing and bringing up this important question.
In the love of the Father,

Raul Mock

Executive Editor, Pneuma Review


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About the Author: Raul L. Mock is one of the founders and directors of the Pneuma Foundation and editor of The Pneuma Review. Raul has been part of an Evangelical publishing ministry since 1996, working with Information Services and Supply Chain Management for more than two decades. He and his wife, Erin, have a daughter and twin boys and live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. LinkedIn

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