All New Age doctrines, dogmas, practices are nothing more than a rebranding and packaging of paganism which has been prevalent on this earth since man and woman were first exiled from the Garden of Eden and cities formed, men and women chose to worship the earth rather than the Creator. Chose to worship idols, false gods, pray to the moon, sun and stars. Replace the patriarchy with the matriarchy and become seduced by sorcery, witchcraft and Satanic, demonic worship. It’s all within the same package. All the same thing. No matter or how someone current might protest and declare this is not the case.

And this paganism rebranded as New Age philosophies, which are as ancient as the Bible the practitioners decry as old and out of touch with modern-day life, no longer relevant is prevalent and pervasive in every walk of life now. It is in every government institution and agency. It is in sports, news, entertainment, every school, politics, the workplace. Why it is even prevalent in the majority of churches professing to be Christian these days. Exhorted from the pulpits, within study groups, spoken among people within these churches regularly. Pantheism. Earth worship. Idol worship all being woven into the once pure fabric of Christian doctrine. with some threads of Hinduism here, fibers of Buddhism there, this false belief that false belief knitted in. “Let’s combine all our services together and make a great potluck from which to dine shall we!?” Now made into some counterfeit cheap, rotting mutated corruptible cloth that once placed on the body and worn only leads to destruction. Yes, it may be the trendy wear of the day — but it only leads to death and destruction.

People always looking for signs and wonders? Claiming the Holy Bible is not accurate, contradicts itself? No longer applies? In the Living inerrant Word of God we are told there are “many antichrists” already within our world;

Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.

1 John 2:18 — English Standard Version

 

Do not wonder or marvel, or doubt many of these are those within the professed Christian church. Preaching a different Jesus than that One True Jesus of God’s Living unchangeable Word. For there are many proclaiming thousands of different Jesus’ than are in the Holy Bible.

 

For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.

2 Corinthians 11:4 — English Standard Version

 

And as in Corinth, the wealthiest, most educated, sophisticated churches that Paul built and wrote to, Corinth being no different, nor any other church of the early church different from today’s churches, for human nature has not changed one iota since the times Paul walked and taught, wrote his letters from prison and expounded on the nature of those professing belief in those churches. The Corinthians were the most educated, most refined and richest, most noble in the sight of many — yet they also were the weakest most immature church falling into divers abominations and sins. Just as today. No different. The same happened in the church among those professing belief in Galatia;

 

No Other Gospel

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galatians 1:6-10 — English Standard Version

 

The same has happened, is happening everywhere in our time.

We have myriad pastors, church leaders professing a “cosmic” Jesus that is not the God / man of the Scriptures, but as some “life force,” some “energy force within every person” and declare it is our goal to get in touch with this “cosmic personal Jesus” that has nothing to do with the Jesus of the Bible. The Jesus Who with God created the heavens and the earth and all that is known, the Jesus who is the Son of God, died on the cross taking our sins upon Him, to be resurrected from the dead the third day, to be seen of more than 500 hundred individuals for 40 days, to then ascend into heaven before His disciples. It is THAT Jesus, that ONE AND ONLY Jesus I believe in and hope you do as well.

To far too many it may as well be Jesus Alou they believe in for what they preach from the pulpits of the world as grossly false teachers leading millions astray!

Make no mistake — this co-called “new spirituality” is nothing more than paganism repackaged, rebranded and it has pervaded every nook, corner, place and space, every institution everywhere at every turn in America, throughout the West and all the world…

I have in the recent past spoken to people who I knew were professed Christians at one time in their lives who now profess to no longer believe the Bible. Not fear God, not think upon Jesus as Whom He truly is. Instead they now declare they are “spiritual people” or they have found a new “spirituality.”

It’s called falling down and listening to the serpent from the Garden. It’s called abandoning the faith and turning to the world. It’s called no longer serving the Lord and now serving the devil. Plain and simple. There is no gray area. No rest stop. No off ramp. It’s either with God or against God. With Jesus or opposed to Jesus. Either all in with and for and by the inerrant Living Word of God or opposed to the Holy Scriptures. There is no middle ground — for walking on a fence always leads to a serious accident, and everyone at some point needs to get off the fence and decide which side of the fence they are going to walk on.

Satan’s pasture may appear greener at times, but it is the greatest or mirages, seen by those most thirsting for the truth, and if walking in Satan’s pastures of lies, deceit and deception, his world if illusion appearing oh so lovely here know this — it only leads to death. Eternal death. Like dying on the parched cracked earth of the hottest, loneliest, darkest desert imaginable.

The Lord, Who Shepherd’s His flock to truly greener pastures is the only side of the fence to be on now, tomorrow, and when it all comes to a crashing end. Which is swiftly approaching.

 

Ken Pullen

ACP — A Crooked Path

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

 

The Roots of the New Spirituality: New Thought, Emerging Worldviews

 

by Glenn Sunshine

Category: Christian Worldview, Glenn Sunshine

September 10, 2019

Reprinted from: BREAKPOINT

 

In the previous article, we noted that the Gaian worldview exists in both secular/scientific & philosophical/religious versions. The latter of these, known as Gaianism, sees the Earth as a superorganism of which we are a minor part, but to which we have responsibilities. Although there are variations in Gaian thought, it is for all practical purposes a form of pantheism. It also connects into various forms of Neo-Paganism and ideas from the New Spirituality, a broad and amorphous movement that runs counter to institutional religion. Future articles will examine Neo-Paganism. In this article, we will begin our examination of the New Spirituality.

Phineas Parkhurst Quimby

Although New Spirituality draws from a wide range of traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Native American Spirituality, and Western occult practices, it is rooted in New Thought, a movement which grew out of the work of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (1802-1866). Quimby was a mesmerist and a magnetizer—that is, he practiced an early form of hypnotism and believed that much of what he did was caused by animal magnetism, the flow of magnetic fluid around the body. Along with giving traveling demonstrations of mesmerism, Quimby began healing people on the premise that disease is caused by false beliefs and that by correcting those beliefs the body could be healed.

Quimby was harshly critical of ministers and churches, and after his death his followers turned increasingly away from theism toward pantheism. These groups believed that God is Infinite Intelligence and constantly evolving and developing. The base of reality is spirit, not matter, and thus we are primarily divine spiritual beings. Our mental state manifests itself in our daily experiences—in other words, our thoughts create our world.

This idea leads directly to the Law of Attraction so popular in New Spirituality thinkers today: negative thoughts attract negative conditions to our lives, and positive thoughts positive conditions. As a result, New Thought teachers emphasized creative visualization, such as the use of strong mental images to promote healing, psychological or social wellness, and the use of affirmations to create a positive mindset which would then produce positive results in the external world.

Not surprisingly, given its metaphysical assumptions, some promoters of New Thought began incorporating Hinduism into their thinking early in the movement. For example, the Pacific Coast Metaphysical Bureau (now known as the Home of Truth) began spreading the Hindu teachings of Swami Vivekananda in the 1880s. This turn to Asian thought would become a consistent element of movements that grew out of New Thought over the next century and beyond.

New Thought and Christianity

While some groups incorporated Asian ideas into New Thought, others blended with Christianity. Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, was treated by Quimby and studied with him for a time. She eventually disavowed his teaching, particularly on hypnotism, on the grounds that only the Divine Mind heals, and hypnotism was a means of controlling others. Given how closely her ideas follow New Thought, however, she was clearly influenced by ideas derived directly or indirectly from Quimby.

New Thought’s influence also shows up in Norman Vincent Peale’s Power of Positive Thinking. Although Peale was not a full proponent of New Thought, his book popularized New Thought methodologies for creating a better life for yourself through the use of affirmations from Scripture repeated ten times daily, visualizations, eliminating negative thoughts from your life (and thus implicitly affirming the Law of Attraction on at least a psychological level), etc. Peale in turn influenced others, including Robert Schuller’s “Possibility Thinking.”

William James, in his Varieties of Religious Experience, labeled New Thought as the “Mind-cure movement.” Unsurprisingly, given its early association with healing, New Thought also influenced faith healing. Christians have prayed for the sick from the days of the Apostles, and there are many ministries today that specialize in healing prayer that are not influenced by New Thought.

But faith healing in the strict sense, that is, teachings that say we are healed by our faith and that limit we what God can do based on the strength of our faith, is essentially New Thought with a thin veneer of Christianity. In this mindset, God’s actions are not voluntary or free; He always wants to heal but is limited in what He can do by our faith or lack thereof. This amounts to saying that our faith heals us, and that God is merely a means to our ends. In essence, faith in healing replaces trust in God’s goodness and wisdom which may have a redemptive purpose in suffering.

From faith healing, it is a small step to Word Faith. This teaches that just as God spoke the universe into existence, we as beings made in His image have the ability to speak into our lives all the blessings that Christ obtained for us on the cross, including physical, psychological, and spiritual health, as well as prosperity and all other blessings.

This shares the problems of faith healing—God is a means to our ends, He is bound by our words, it and rejects redemptive suffering. If Word Faith were true, wouldn’t the Apostles have spoken health, prosperity, and success into their own lives? If we could “name it and claim it,” why was anyone ever martyred?

Another element that contributed to the New Spirituality is the rise of various forms of spiritualism, especially in the wake of World War I. We will turn to that in our next article.

 

Glenn Sunshine, PhD, is a Senior Fellow with the Colson Center for Christian Worldview and professor of history at Central Connecticut State University.
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