Holiness (memory refresher) Holy Unholy 1 Timothy 4:1 The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil. 1 John 4:1-3 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. Ephesians 6:11-12 Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. War 101 Two kinds of strategies: Direct frontal attack, guerrilla warfare, terrorism, murderous regimes, oppression. Subversion, corruption, persuasion, deception, seduction Matthew 24:23-24 At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible. Aquarius from Hair When the moon is in the Seventh House And Jupiter aligns with Mars Then peace will guide the planets And love will steer the stars This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius The age of Aquarius Aquarius! Aquarius! Harmony and understanding Sympathy and trust abounding No more falsehoods or derisions Golden living dreams of visions Mystic crystal revelation And the mind's true liberation Aquarius! Aquarius! 1:25 to fade at 2:15 The New Age Movement It aims to create "a spirituality without borders or confining dogmas" that is inclusive and pluralistic. Wikipedia Religious Pluralism Acceptance of various religions: The worldview according to which one's religion is not the sole and exclusive source of truth, and thus that at least some truths and true values exist in other religions. The concept that two or more religions with mutually exclusive truth claims are equally valid. This posture often emphasizes religion's common aspects. Sometimes as a synonym for ecumenism, i.e. the promotion of some level of unity, co-operation, and improved understanding between different religions or different denominations within a single religion. Wikipedia The Temptation Genesis 3:4-6 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. Satan’s Desire for Worship Isaiah 14:12-15 How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. Satan’s Desire for Worship Matthew 4: 8-10 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” New Age Strategy 1. Man as God (self worship) 2. Openness to other (demonic) spirits 3. Worship of Satan as a ‘higher being’ (the Christ) The ‘Good’ Stuff of The New Age Movement Tolerance Openness Healing Freedom from judgements The ‘Good’ Stuff of The New Age Movement Unity of all people (and religions) Achievement of ‘christ-consciousness’ (assisted by spirit guides) Union with the universal ‘life-force’ Welcoming the ‘Christ’ The New Age History 1875 Theosophical Society founded by Helena Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. Theosophical writings produced by ‘automatic writing’ 100 year period of secrecy New York based leadership moved to India c1930 Leadership passed to Alice Ann Bailey 1922 Lucifer Publishing Company formed to disseminate Alice Anne Bailey’s writings, later called Lucis Trust 1962 Findhorn Foundation established in Scotland as a global New Age centre based on theosophical writing 1975 New Age Movement ‘disciples’ encouraged to make the movement public Theosophy "Many who have never heard of the Society are Theosophists without knowing it themselves; for the essence of theosophy is the perfect harmonising of the divine with the spiritual in man, the adjustment of his god-like qualities and aspirations and their sway over the terrestrial and animal passions in him.” Helena Petrovna Blavatsky 1888 Theosophy "Here we have the trinity: Father, Mother, Son; Father, Holy Spirit, Son; Osiris, Isis, Horus; Parabrahman, Mulaprakriti, Brahman.” from The Six Fundamental Propositions of The Secret Doctrine By John P. Van Mater The New Age ‘Christ’ The Christ is not the name of an individual but of an Office in the Hierarchy. The present holder of that Office, the Lord Maitreya, has held it for 2,600 years, and manifested in Palestine through His Disciple, Jesus, by the occult method of overshadowing, the most frequent form used for the manifestation of Avatars. He has never left the world, but for 2,000 years has waited and planned for this immediate future time, training His Disciples, and preparing Himself for the awesome task which awaits Him. He has made it known that this time, He Himself will come. (The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom p.30) The New Age Ecumenism “I foresee a renaissance, a rebirth based on a spiritual initiative… This new birth will cut through all cultures and religions and indeed will draw from the wisdom common to all vital mystical traditions in a global religious awakening I call ‘deep ecumenism”. Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, 1988. Opposition to Christianity "Esoteric Philosophy reconciles all nations, strips every one of its outward human garments, and shows the root of each to be identical with that of every other great religion. It proves the necessity of a Divine Absolute Principle in Nature. It denies Deity no more than it does the sun. Esoteric Philosophy has never rejected God in Nature, nor Deity as the absolute and abstract. It only refuses to accept any of the gods of the so-called monotheistic religions, gods created by man in his own image and likeness… (Theosophical Society Brochure Quoted in The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, Constance Cumbey.) New Age Entry Points (just a few) Crystals – energy, vibration life-force, Hindu chakras spirit guides / higher self Reiki healing spirit guides Yoga spiritual balance and alignment Hindu chakras spirit guides / higher self Self-help and success motivation mind-power spirit guides / higher self New Age Entry Points (just a few) UFO’s extra-terrestrial ‘guides’ spirit guides Inter-faith prayer all religions lead to God acceptance of the false ‘universal christ-spirit’ rejection of Jesus as God Romans 12:2 Don't let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God remake you so that your whole attitude of mind is changed. Thus you will prove in practice that the will of God is good, acceptable to him and perfect. J B Philips Version 1 John 4:3-4 This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world… v4. You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
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