New Age Christianity Part One
New Age Christianity Part One
Now the Spirit speaks expressly that in the latter time
many shall depart from the faith….
1 Timothy 4:1
The scriptures speak of a time when a falling away, a great departing, from the faith will occur. This departing is foretold to happen during the Latter Time (1 Timothy 4:3-4, 2 Thessalonians 2:3).
Few will argue that we are living in that time.
It is written in scripture, that those who are involved in the latter-day departing will not endure sound doctrine and will turn away from the truth to follow lies. Because of this, they risk being turned over to a strong delusion, because they choose to believe the lie. Latter-day apostates will not receive a love of the truth, and their doom will be sealed forever (2 Thessalonians 2:9-11).
The consequence of not receiving a love of the truth is nothing to take lightly.
Those who fall away in the latter time will not necessarily do so to live overtly sinful lives, although some will. Instead, they will forsake the simplicity of Christ for a seductive counterfeit. They will sincerely believe they are following Christ but will find out, too late, that it was another Jesus and another gospel, not the Jesus of the Bible or the biblical gospel that they were following (Matthew 7:22-23, Galatians 1:6-9 ).
Within the past several decades, unbiblical New Age teachings and practices have advanced at lightning speed through the Body of Christ. Several movements have supported this. Leaders of these movements claim to promote unity but actually do just the opposite by creating an “us and them” mentality between those who perceive themselves as more spiritual than others they feel are merely religious.
These movements corrupt believers from the simplicity of Christ by weaving unbiblical precepts and practices into the very fabric of their lives and faith.
Due to large monetary grants, aggressive promotion through the efforts of well-known church leaders, large ministries, vast interdenominational networks, media, and internet exposure, no group, church, or denomination has been spared the influence of what this author calls, New Age Christianity.
Unbiblical teachings and practices are presented in such subtle and seductive ways that a shift from one position or one belief system to another (paradigm shift) begins to take place within the hearts and minds of those who are drawn to and embrace the concepts taught through these movements.
Once this happens, the shift to an experiential belief system begins to take precedence over faith in the written Word of God. The danger of becoming apostate then becomes a very real possibility if not acute.
Additionally, these movements have the devastating effect of drawing many into church membership without ever coming to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. They are drawn to and embrace a spirituality, a form of godliness, that has no saving power whatsoever.
Almost all prominent proponents of the Church Growth Movement promote New Age spirituality to some degree or other. Leaders of this movement have endorsed spiritual formation programs which are filled with New Age teachings. These programs are designed to draw large numbers of new members and have been implemented within every major denomination, seminary, and Bible college.
Spiritual Formation is defined as, the teaching and application of “spiritual disciplines.” Seminary graduates of every doctrinal persuasion are trained in ever increasing numbers to introduce spiritual disciplines into the lives and prayer habits of those within their spheres of influence.
The term “spiritual discipline” causes the average believer to think of a disciplined prayer life and regular Bible reading, things which should be a part of every believer’s life. But the term does not usually refer to these things. Instead, it almost always refers to that of incorporating some form of mantra meditation, called contemplative prayer (also called breath prayers, praying the names of God, soaking prayer, centering prayer, Lectio Divina, etc..) into the practice of the Christian faith.
These are Eastern forms of meditation deeply rooted in pagan religious systems that have been “Christianized” to make them palatable to those who claim to follow Christ. They cannot be found in the scriptures, indeed are warned against in the scriptures, yet many churches are introducing spiritual formation via contemplative prayer into even their children’s programs.
Mantra meditation, also called contemplative prayer, is one of the practices promoted by Spiritual Directors in leading church members onto the slippery slopes of Spiritual Formation.
The movement for Spiritual Formation is not biblical. It originated within Roman Catholicism and is part of the Ecumenical Movement, which is not the simple and harmless unity movement people think it is. Since the 1960’s and 1970’,s the Spiritual Formation Movement has made its way into Protestant denominations. Conservative protestant denominations along with Charismatics, Pentecostals, and non-Pentecostals are influenced through almost identical Spiritual Formation programs.
Read Part Two HERE