Ruth Davis, B.A. LL.B., is an accomplished lawyer, author, and speaker. [Update: Ruth retired from the practice of law in July, 2009, to devote herself fully to writing and research – in particular the study of the Reformation, Early Modern English, and the Matthew Bible – and to working in the New Matthew Bible Project. The Matthew Bible is, as A. S. Herbert wrote in his Historical Catalogue of Printed Bibles, English, the “real primary version” of our English Bible, upon which all others were based. Ruth calls this the best-kept secret in Christendom. She is acting as editor to update the spelling and grammar of the Matthew Bible. Information, and how to buy TYNDALE’S NEW TESTAMENT, completed in March 2016, are at the New Matthew Bible Project website.]
After coming to faith, Ruth spent her first years as a believer in a charismatic church, where she believed God was powerfully present with her congregation, working through anointed leaders. She was never completely happy about the more extreme “manifestations” during worship and prayer, but learned to tolerate them. Especially important to her were the times when church leaders called for the powerful, loving presence of God and all present were touched and moved.
Then a surprising discovery set Ruth on a prayerful search for answers to questions about how to seek and commune with God, how to test the spirits, and how to identify the coming of Satan as an angel of light. She learned that what charismatics do is occult, and is really no different that what occultists in other faiths do, especially in Hindu yoga. She learned how to draw the line between what is occult and what is godly. By practicing godly ways she came to experience abiding spiritual peace and safety. Things changed, and much for the better. Ruth writes, “I felt like Josiah who rediscovered the Law as I began to understand the full import of God’s injunction against the occult and His hatred of spiritual adultery. I praised Him as I grew in understanding about true Christian spiritual practice and experienced the fruits of it in my own life.”
Then she realized she needed to make her findings known, to benefit others. She was the first to publish a book focused on explaining the link between yoga and charismatic practices, and to clearly identify yoga as occult. In True to His Ways she shows beyond a doubt that yoga practices – shakitpat, manifestations, etc. – and the practices of charismatics such as being slain in the spirit, and the so-called Holy Spirit manifestations, are one and the same.