Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772)
Franz Mesmer (1734-1815)
Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891)
George Gurjieff (1866-1949)
The lack of teaching the truth of G-d’s word without apology is quickly moving many leaders and believers to this place of irreverence for holiness. The Lord is no longer looked at as one to be feared; the belief is now individuals can be like him. It is time that we dispel this deceptive teaching and use our weapons of warfare to tear down these strongholds and awaken all who are sleeping.
New Age is a broad movement characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture, with an interest in spirituality, mysticism, holism and environmentalism. New Age evolved from an array of earlier religious movements and philosophies. It includes elements of older spiritual and religious traditions ranging from monotheism through pantheism, pandeism, panentheism and polytheism combined with science and Gaia philosophy; particularly, archaeoastronomy, astrology, ecology, environmentalism, the Gaia hypothesis, psychology and physics. New Age practices and philosophies sometimes draw inspiration from major world religions such as: Buddhism, Taoism, Chinese Folk religion, Christianity, Hinduism, Sufism (Islam), Judaism (especially Kabbalah), Sikhism with strong influences from East Asian religions, Esotericism, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Idealism, Neopaganism, New Thought, Spiritualism, Theosophy, Universalism and Wisdom tradition. Also alternative medicine movements of chiropractic’s and naturopathy.
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1. What foot prints of New Age has been seen in the Body of Christ?
Evidence of New Age in the Body of Christ is the misleading and misinterpretation of the word of G-D and not acknowledging the Holy Spirit. Various practices of chanting, meditation and prayer are taking place. Believers are delving into practices of witchcraft and don’t even realize it. These practices consist of yoga, centering down, contemplative prayer and seeking self-awareness. This opens an individual up to every type of demonic attack. Resources outside of the Bible with New Age emphasis are being read to give a feeling of oneness with the universe or G-d, to bring enlightenment, and the reading self-help/devotional books are being promoted. The church is beginning to become more seeker friendly where everyone is welcome, however because the mindset is to “get along” no truth is going forth. The people’s senses are being dulled by self-gratification and there doesn’t seem to be an urgency of saving those that are lost.
Romans 3:10-14 “There is no one righteous, not even one! No one understands, no one seeks
G-d, all have turned away and at the same time become useless; there is no one who shows kindness, not a single one! Their throats are open graves; they use their tongues to deceive. Vipers’ venom is under their lips.”
2. How has New Age impacted believers? (Perversion or otherwise)
Many believers have been swayed by the eastern mysticism practices of self-healing, enlightenment and prosperity. Believers are beginning to think that they have the power of G-D to declare things over their life and the lives of others, when they have not surrendered their hearts to Christ. Psalms 82:6 says “My decree is: ‘You are elohim [gods, judges], sons of the Most High all of you. Nevertheless, you will die like mortals; like any prince you will fall.” This scripture reminds us of our mortality and although G-d has given us the power of his Holy Spirit we cannot contend with him. 2 Peter 1:20 tells us that no individual has interpreted prophecy of scripture without the move of the Holy Spirit. The perversion of the New Age thought impacting believers is that there is something much greater than G-d.
James 1:14-16 “Rather, each person is being tempted whenever he is being dragged off and enticed by the bait of his own desire. Then, having conceived, the desires gives birth to sin; and when sin is fully grown, it gives birth to death. Don’t delude yourselves my dear brothers.”
3. What do you recognize as the stronghold or strongman of this cult or religion?
The strongholds at hand in this New Age movement are:
- Anti-Christ Spirit (not adhering to the divine authority of the most-high G-D) 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4
- Rebellion/Absalom Spirit (no surrender to authority) 1 Samuel 15:23
- Witchcraft (relying on other sources for guidance) Leviticus 19:31
- Control/Jezebel Spirit (attempt to guide G-d’s hand) Revelation 2:18-29
4. In recognizing the spiritual warfare, what characteristics of Yeshua should we pray to be released in the Body of Christ and in us?
- Humility/Obedience – Philippians 2:5-8
- Holiness – 1 Peter 1:15-16
- Righteousness – 1 John 3:7