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The New Age of Deception (Jan. 2013)

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:05 pm
The New Age of Deception: Spiritualism in the Church





Introduction:


Satan has been known throughout history, both the ancient and modern world, for disguising himself and appearing as an “angel of light” and deceiving many (2 Corinthians 11:14) by means of bringing a revelation to one that contradicts the Scriptures. Beware if any angel appears before you but does not declare he is sent from the Lord (Revelation 19:10).

Satan, which means adversary (in the Hebrew) and accuser (in the Greek), comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10), for he is the enemy of our souls. He is clever and cunning and so are his minions; many times he succeeds in his attempts to foil the good works of the Holy Spirit, but as foretold in and throughout the Scriptures, and even so already on the cross, Jesus has already defeated the enemy and He is always ten steps ahead. Even though it might seem the enemy has succeeded in winning a battle, Christ has already won the war. Satan knows this well but that doesn’t mean that he doesn’t try and take down as many as he can with him; but he doesn’t do this in a blunt, obvious manner, but subtly. All he has to do is divert us from the path of righteousness just an inch. As we go further down that road, the further we stray from the path and go off the cliff into destruction, where we then reach the point of no return.

One of the enemy’s favorite places to do this is in the church. Already he has begun his subtle tactics of perversion in the church by twisting the Word, our attention from the Lord and our dependence on Him, into dependence on ourselves and our spiritual strength to claim in faith what we want and/or need, instead of looking to our Lord and Savior for providing those needs and filling those empty places in His strength and power -- not our spiritual strength and “oneness” in Him. This concept of placing our faith “in faith” rather than in Him is known as spiritualism.

In these latter days, spiritualism (also known as the New Age Movement) has continuously been seeping into the Church more and more under our very noses, but most of it goes undetected. Spiritualism is a deadly ploy of the enemy that we need to be on the lookout for, for it turns our attention from God onto ourselves. As it is foretold in His Word, the false messiah will come and he will disguise himself as a benevolent peacemaker; he will unite the nations by encouraging tolerance and promoting the ideal of coexistence among religions by way of spiritualistic oneness (Revelations 14:8; 17:1*). Not only do we need to guard ourselves against this deception but warn others that might fall into the enemy’s snare because of lack of knowing (Colossians 2:8 ). With knowledge, comes power; with power, comes confidence -- confidence in piercing the darkness of this world with the light and truth of the Gospel.

*“John says in verse 1, ‘Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore.’ John is speaking of a one-world world religion that will be established during the tribulation period. The term ‘whore,’ is a metaphor for false religion, spiritual defection, and religious apostasy.

During the tribulation, the world will become very religious. So much so all the religions of the world will unite as a one-world religion under the leadership and direction of the Antichrist. This one-world religion is described in verse 1 as ‘the great whore,’ a title descriptive of its seductive powers. In verse 5 it is described as ‘Babylon the Great.’ Babylon in the Bible speaks of both a place and a system. As a place it is located in Iraq. As a system it symbolizes all false religion.”

--Ken Trivette, Living Word


“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8 (NKJV)



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:11 pm
The Movement



Number of Adherents:

Going to church this Sunday? Look around. The chances are that one in five of the people there find “spiritual energy” in mountains or trees, and one in six believe in the “evil eye,” that certain people can cast curses with a look — beliefs your Christian pastor doesn't preach.

In a Catholic church? Chances are that one in five members believe in reincarnation in a way never taught in catechism class — that you’ll be reborn in this world again and again. Elements of Eastern faiths and New Age thinking have been widely adopted by 65% of U.S. adults, including many who call themselves Protestants and Catholics, according to a survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life released Wednesday.

--Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today



The Definition:

The New Age Movement is hard to define as a singular religion. It is just what it is -- a movement. It is essentially a collection of eastern-influenced metaphysical ideologies, a hodge-podge of theologies and philosophies that are bound together by “universal tolerance” and moral relativism. The New Age Movement is the natural progression of humanism. It teaches that humans have evolved biologically, and must now evolve spiritually. Beyond that, it is difficult to define, as there is no hierarchy, doctrine, creed, or membership. You will be hard-pressed to find the “First New Age Church” on any corner in your town.

Man is the central figure in the New Age Movement. He is viewed as divine, and progressing toward a kind of godhood, or “Christ-Consciousness.” Many New Age Movement divisions are pantheistic -- they believe God is in everything, and everything together makes up God. Therefore, as a part of nature, man is part of God. Many New Age practices are designed to push man through spiritual evolution to godhood. Astral projection (training your soul to have out-of-body experiences), contacting spirit guides, and using crystals to purify your body and mind’s energy systems are among these practices. Many New Agers believe in reincarnation and in Karma.

Some New Age Movement terms you may hear are: holistic, synergistic, unity, oneness, harmony, transformation, personal growth, human potential, awakening, networking, energy, cleansing, and consciousness. A disproportionate amount of New Age Movement books and texts contain the word “self.” That is because, as we said earlier, man is the central figure. One must improve one’s “self” to become one with nature and god. You may also hear New Age followers using Christian terms. This is because they view Jesus as a man who excelled at spiritual evolution and progression, and was tuned into his “Christ Consciousness.” Do not be fooled, though. The Christian terms you will hear will have a different meaning to a New Ager than they will be for you.

Perhaps one of the biggest draws of the New Age Movement is the release it provides from personal accountability and responsibility. Moral Relativism claims that there is no such thing as right and wrong. Each person, in their effort to achieve oneness, must travel their own path and make their own decisions. And those decisions are never wrong, provided they’re not wrong in that person’s own mind.

As Christians, we recognize the fallacy of that thinking. We know that man is finite and imperfect. In fact, man has a sinful nature. Only through faith in an eternal and omnipotent God may we be saved from our sin. The New Age Movement sees the Christian view of salvation through Christ alone as being divisive and exclusionary. What they don’t see, is that the gift of salvation is free to everyone. The stipulation is that each person must accept that.

--Contender Ministries, New Age Movement



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:39 pm
The New Age Movement & Christianity In Contrast



God:

New Age Movement: An impersonal force without moral distinction; the underlying life force beneath all living things, including us. God is all and all is God.
Christianity: Personal, morally holy, omnipotent, omniscient, and infinite; He is always and unchanging, loving and just; the Creator of all things who is distinct from His creation. One in essence, yet three eternal Persons (Genesis 1:26).


Jesus:

New Age Movement: An enlightened man who demonstrated the divinity in mankind by possessing a "Christ Consciousness."
Christianity: The Son of God (2 Peter 1:1; John 14:6-7); the second Person of the triune of God.


Holy Spirit:

New Age Movement: The "bridge to God" within; the part of the mind or spirit that is intertwined with the Mind of God.
Christianity: The Spirit of Jesus Christ left behind after His ascension into Heaven to be with the Father; our Helper (John 14:16-18; 15:26); the third Person of the triune of God.


Angels:

New Age Movement: Divine spirits whose goal is to aid in the attainment of goals, comfort, and protection. Spiritual beings, such as angels, ghosts, elementals, devas, faeries, extraterrestrials, Ascended Masters (i.e. Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, etc.) all exist, and may guide us if we open ourselves up to receive it.
Christianity: The Lord's angels are commissioned by Him to do His work, whether that be an act of a messenger (Luke 1:34-35), a gaurdian (Psalm 34:7), or a guide (Acts 8:26-40). Fallen angels (demons), however, wish to foil the works of the Holy Spirit, and to condemn the souls of man to eternal damnation (1 Peter 5:8 ). All other "spiritual beings" do not exist, but are a lie from the enemy (1 John 4:1).


Humanity:

New Age Movement: Man is unconditionally extended in his being from the Oneness, but he is ignorant of his true, divine nature.
Christianity: Made in God's image (Genesis 1:27), but man is spiritually separated from God because of our sin and rebellion against Him (Isaiah 59:2).


Salvation:

New Age Movement: Man is his own savior by way of spiritual progression into expanding his consciousness and oneness with the Universal Mind; gaining a new awareness and perspective. There is no sin, only the misunderstanding of truth.
Christianity: Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sins. Only through faith in His atoning work can we be saved (John 3:16), and the Holy Spirit invited to then transform us (John 14:26; Acts 1:8 ).


Afterlife:

New Age Movement: Heaven and Hell do not exist, they are only states of mind. The ultimate goal is to become one with the Universe after physical death.
Christianity: There is both a literal Heaven and a literal Hell. Those that accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior spend eternity with Him in Heaven. Those that aren't saved by accepting Jesus' sacrifice are condemned forever to an existance of eternal separation from God (Romans 6:23; 10:9-10).


Eschatology:

New Age Movement: Mankind is on the brink of a great awakening of Universal consciousness, focused primarily around the date of Dec. 21, 2012 when a major, positive change is anticipated to take place.
Christianity: We are currently living in the Church Age. It is then expected when we near the Tribulation that the Rapture will take place and we will meet Jesus in the clouds (Matthew 24:30). After the seven year ruling of the Antichrist (Matthew 24:23-25; Daniel 9:27*), we will return with Christ in the Second Coming and enter into the Milliennial reign with Him on earth. After this millenium period the Last Judgement will come when the earth will then be destroyed (Revelation 20:2-7). We will then spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord (Matthew 23:31-46).


Science:

New Age Movement: Built upon a foundation of secular teachings, though used to support and explain spiritual principles and philosophy (i.e. Quantum mechanics, parapsychology, metaphysics, etc.) Everything in the universe and of it are thought to be one (monism); possibility and existance is endless, and the physical world is only what one believes it to be.
Christianity: The Bible will never quarrel with true science. Everything found in God's Word was written in truth before that which was proven by the discoveries of the scientists that set the foundation for our modern society (Leviticus 17:11; Job 26:7; Isaiah 40:22).


Time:

New Age Movement: "Eternal Now" is regarded as the true nature of time (including the past, present, and a multitude of random, pre-constructed variants of many possible futures). An individual's future is considered to be found in remnants of his past (current life or past lives). "Spirit" operates outside of time from eternity past to eternity future. Since we are all part of "Spirit," we may connect with those past lives to foresee the possibilities for our individual futures. "You are eternal in both directions... if you look far enough into your past, you'll find your future there."**
Christianity: In the physical, a linear and finite string of events consisting of the past, present, and future. Outside of our physical, three-dimensional plane, God moves and sees from eternity past into eternity future. There is only one possible outcome or future and it is known by God.

*"'Search the scriptures, whether these things be so!' (Jn. 5:39; Ac. 17:11).
Now we're going to turn to the book of the prophet Daniel and examine some of the specific Scriptures that deal with this Antichrist, his Covenant with the Jews, etc.: 'And he' --the Antichrist-- 'shall confirm the Covenant with many for one week.' (Dan. 9:27). This word that's translated 'week' in our King James Bible in the original Hebrew is shabua, which literally means 'seven.' Therefore a little better, more accurate translation of this verse would be: 'And he shall confirm the Covenant with many for one seven.' And by carefully studying the marvellous Messianic prophecy regarding the exact time of the first coming and crucifixion of Christ in verses 24 to 26 of this Chapter, we know that 'one week' here, or 'one seven,' equals seven years. Thus the verse can be read: 'And he shall confirm the covenant with many for
seven years.'"
-- David Berg and the Family International, Deep Truths


** Kryon Book VIII, by Kryon (Spirit); Lee Carroll, 2000: Passing the Marker(Understanding the New Millenium Energy)



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:43 pm
For further info regarding this subject, please visit these web pages in the order listed:

(1.) Angelology: Doctrine of Angels
(2.) Evaluating Today\'s Angel Craze: Close Encounters of the Celestial Kind (by Ron Rhodes)
(3.) Eschatology: Doctrine of Last Things
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