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Prophesying and preaching the Gospel at a Psychic Fair

A group of IHOP–KC evangelists went to a psychic fair in Kansas City recently. They set up a table and began prophesying God’s destiny over approximately 100 people involved in New Age religion and witchcraft. God broke in and did amazing things. Since the weekend of the fair, people from the fair have contacted the evangelism team wanting to know where they can meet with them to recieve ministry, and several have been saved since. It was an exciting weekend, where the Lord moved and people were born again, including one of the mediums working the fair. Click below to read and listen to the testimonies. http://www.ihop.org/group/group.aspx?id=1000003885

 

Please read this article that I found on the IHOP website. There is so much wrong here that I can not begin to fathom it. Remember that the New Age Jesus is not the same as our Lord Jesus Christ. Satan comes as an angel of light and professes love and peace.  I have highlighted many of the red flags in red….my comments in blue.  I would like to add that it sounds as though some good came out of this, but hard to say.

 

***UPDATE*** IHOP has pulled this article from their website so the above link no longer works, but it is preserved here on my blog.

A Weekend with the Witches

By Ken DeBenedictis

I’ve been having these conversations with fellow believers about the “New Age

Movement” for years now. I know, I know… it’s evil. It’s deceptive. Witchcraft.

Demons. Cooties.. Look out their gonna get you..blah, blah, blah. I have to admit that the

very fact that it causes so much nervousness and controversy amongst the prophetic Body

of Christ makes me want to set my coordinates and head straight in. So when the

opportunity came for some friends and I to go to a Psychic Fair, I couldn’t have been

happier.

My friend, Erika had noticed an ad on a billboard announcing the fair and felt a tug from

the Lord to explore the idea of being involved. She gave me a call and the two of us

began to search out the contacts on the website that she read off the billboard. I gave the

organization a call and had a real interesting conversation with one of the head

organizers. He asked me who I was what I was wanting. I simply told him that we were a

network of friends called the “Mystics of Yeshua” ( this is deceptive) and that we wanted to be involved as

venders. He began to interview me and wanted to know just what kind of “vendors” we

were. Wisdom began to speak through me (to deceive another person?) and I explained that we work as a group of

interconnected “readers” and “seers” who channel Yeshua’s energy into people. We also

do aura cleansing. He seemed to like that answer and began to ask further about the

cleansing. I said that if people coming to us had any negative energy that they wanted to

get rid of, the pure light from Yeshua would remove any dark energy that they might be

carrying. I figured the answer was satisfactory, because the next thing out of his mouth

was him telling me we could have a section of the “reading room” and share it with the

other psychics and mediums.

“How much do you charge?” he asked.

“Uuhm…nothing”, I replied. “We believe that if you give this kind of service away free

of charge, it comes back to you somehow”.

He said he knew what I was talking about and put me on hold.

We exchanged information and were told the process of how to apply. Apparently the

registration was already past and this was a “unique situation” for the organization.

Nonetheless, within minutes I was told that we could have two tables and we could pretty

much set up the way we wanted. I thanked him very much for the opportunity and knew

right then that Yeshua was on the move.

Within two days we had assembled a team of eleven people through cell phones and

emails and gathered together at a coffee shop to get everyone on the same page. Our first

rule of thumb was no Christianese or church-language of any kind. (sounds like Willow Creek) If we were going to

get through to anyone in this environment, we had to speak THEIR language, not try to

make them understand ours. Speaking “energy” was a key and walking with Wisdom was

essential to this mission. In order to follow Him in this strategy, we truly had to be sheep

in wolves clothing.

Erika, Liz and myself arrived at the Community College where it was to be held and

strolled in past the crystal tables, wolf skins, and witchcraft how-to books. A hypnotic

toned base flute was playing in the background, as was the lingering smell of Nepalese

incense. It couldn’t have been more ideal. We found a stocked pond full of fish and we

were the only ones at this derby! We met the director of the fair and she told us that she

had been expecting us. We signed the code of ethics statement, which to my surprise

impressed me with their integrity more so than some of the prophetic ministries I have

been to. (?) We walked in with our gear to a wide-open expo center. There were stalls of

tarot card readers, psychics and mediums all around the edges of it with rows of chairs

for people to wait in the middle. I couldn’t help but think of some of the prophecy teams

that I have ministered with at prophetic conferences. Surprisingly, it was very similar in

appearance until I looked to my right to notice an albino woman’s eyes roll back in her

head as she read her cards for a nice young couple. Not exactly lining up with

1Corinthians 14:3, but it seemed to flow with the spirit of the thing. We proceeded over

to our area and by the director’s recommendation and grabbed two stalls next to each

other at a corner so that “our energies could stay together”. We politely thanked her for

her help and suggestions and began to set up shop. I looked over at Erika who was now

hugging one of the witches, and realized we had just entered into a large door of God’s

grace. It was truly remarkable how cooperative everyone was being and how much love

seemed to be exuding from us. The Lord was opening doors one right after the other.

It didn’t take long to get started. We put up our sign, anointed ourselves with oil and

prayed in tongues for a few minutes. When the time was right, Yeshua’s Spirit began to

lead people over one by one. Our first customers was a grandmother, mother, daughter

trio who sat there intently listening as Erika began to speak Word’s of Love into their

hungry hearts. It truly flowed like a river and within seconds woman number one was in

tears. We couldn’t believe how easy it was. Before long, a steady flow of people began to

come. We started getting in the groove pretty quick. We’d introduce ourselves, explain

what “Yeshua” meant, informed them that one person would be the “channel” while the

other would be the “oracle”. That there was no need for fear because it’s the same spirit

that’s working through both of us. We told them it would be pure love and light that they

would feel and to be open to receive it. Time quickly went by under this anointing and we

all felt the power of the Spirit upon us. I looked over at Liz who was now having a good

time with the folks, as she had her hands in the air trying to catch the next wave of Love

Energy. The wide-eyed couple across from her was whispering, “Yes, we feel it! Yes we

feel it”. It was quite a scene. The Lord was loving it. By now we were beginning to create

quite a buzz at the expo center and people began to ask about us to the people in charge

of the fair.

Like any good leadership group would do, they sent an inquiry.

“What is Yeshua?” a woman would ask.

We’d explain it in its most basic terms until; they decided that they too wanted a reading.

We knew we were being tested and gave them a quick prophetic word in the most loving

way we knew how. I didn’t think it was much, but apparently she did because within a

half hour we learned the registration people were sending people over to us. According to

them and a lot of the other readers, our energy was the “hottest”.

By the second day, we were in our flow. We now had three booths given to us and up to

five people ministering. My friend Doug who had stall number two had told me he had

never prophesied the way he was that day. His last customer had been prophesied over,

fell into conviction, (wow, this is actually good) accepted Yeshua, and was baptized in the Spirit in one shot. Many

were having similar experiences. I was finding that the majority of the people we were

talking to and “reading” were from denominational backgrounds and had never

considered this kind of thing coming from the “church”. It was truly amazing to learn just

how many people had been hurt by careless and uninformed pastors. I felt like for many

former Christians, this was their turning point. Many times, after “channeling” love

energy for a while, I would prophecy in the first person as if the Father was speaking to

His daughter or son. I’d begin to tell them about how I (or He) had made them, their

calling and their importance to Me (Him). How the Father had been there through any

specific hurt, wound or trauma in their lives and wanted to heal and wash them. That He

had now sent a prophet into their lives in a Psychic Fair to reach them in a personal way.

It was like an arrow being shot into their hearts. Tears of relief and joy rolled down the

cheeks of person after person. At one point, I looked over at all of our tables and noticed

every person was weeping.

One of those I spoke with reminded me of a female Bob Jones. I discerned she was a

psychic reader and began to prophesy accordingly. She gazed into my eyes intently as I

was speaking and then glared an evil glare. I stopped to look into her and told her that we

had a little negative energy problem and said that I would be not talking to her, but to it.

After sending Mr. Negative away in the name of Yeshua, the woman thanked me and I

continued to explain that her gift was a gift from Yeshua and that she had abused it. (this gift was not from Jesus!) That

instead of using it for the King of Kings, she had been using it to serve herself and the

spirit of Baal. Her eyes rolled back and she grinned a demon smile. But then the strangest

thing happened, as she seemed to come to her senses and looked at me as if for help.

Tears welled up in her eyes and she said that it had become so hard. She truly knew that

God had spoken to her and wanted to change. I told her that a prophet’s life was a hard

one and then we both started to weep as the Holy Spirit began to rest on us. I told her that

that the King was returning and sides were being taken. Who was she going to serve? I

looked into her eyes and I knew that for her to give this up meant that the demons would

kill her.( i have never heard this before)  She grabbed my hand and thanked me and got up and left. I couldn’t believe

what the enemy was doing. It enraged me. There were so many of the Lord’s end-time

prophets stuck in the trap of sorcery and witchcraft. It made me all the more determined

to go in and pull out these trapped prophets.

Later that afternoon, Erica and I were approached by an older woman who had been a

reader/psychic in one of the other booths. She was about to go home for the day, but said

that something had made her come over to talk to us. My friend Liz had already

connected with her once and I knew that the Spirit had been working on her. She sat

down and Erika just bathed her in love and acceptance. I was ready to speak and the

Spirit began to swirl around my head. I know when this happens, it’s time to let ‘er rip. I

opened my mouth and began to speak the Word of the Lord to her. For some reason I

bypassed the “energy” language and spoke of Christ the King. How He was coming back

and that she was being called as a prophet to this nation. That she was loved and that the

Lord wanted her back home. Tears were streaming down her face as she wept in

repentance. She went on to say that as a Baptist, she was hurt by a pastor and never

returned. That someone had prophesied that her husband would lay hands on people and

see them get well. It had never been realized. I explained that the Lord had forgiven her

and was calling her to serve Him. Today. Right now. She nodded in agreement and the

Lord told me to anoint her with oil right there. I told her that I was accountable to God if

I did this and wanted a real commitment. I wasn’t playin’. I signaled for LeeAnna who

was sitting at the table next to us, to help us. She came over and the three of us baptized

this dear woman in the Holy Spirit for everyone to see. I continued to prophecy over her

life and spoke of how God had had spoken to her at thirteen years of age about so and so

and this and that. After we had finished, her eyes as big as saucers, she said that no one

but God would know what I had just said. (or the demons) She went on to explain that she had given her

life to the Lord at thirteen and He was reminding her of that. The swirl of the Spirit was

all over everyone. She cried, we prayed, and she said that she had been dreading the car

ride home, but now she couldn’t wait to talk with the Lord. She got up drunk in the Holy

Spirit and went home to do some “house cleaning”. The next morning at the fair, I arrived

to the expo to see the directors of the fair taking her belongings and her name badge out

of her booth. Joan had retired from her practice. She was now a prophet to Yeshua.

There were many other stories of salvations and tears. There were miraculous words of

knowledge and battles in the spirit. I even had a conversation in tongues with a witch. It

was pretty awesome. All in all, we all felt the Lord’s heart for people following the New

Age movement and how He is building teams like ours to go and plunder the enemy’s

camp. It just goes to show you that where the darkness is darkest, the brightness of His

light shines that much brighter. Let’s not miss these opportunities to shine.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light; those who dwelt in the

land of the shadow of death, upon them a Light has shined. You have multiplied the

nation and increased it’s joy; they rejoice before You according to the joy of

harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

Isaiah 9:2-3

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I wish I knew who wrote this but i do not…….It is a very important testimony…

A testimony of a former New Ager:‘The first time that I saw gold filling in teeth was back in the late 70’s when I was a graduate student at a New Age center for healing through the occult arts. An old-time new age christian evangelist named Brother Willard Fuller came for an intensive 5 days to teach the bible and introduce the “gifts of the spirit” which he said anyone can have if they just asked. He was invited because of the particular ‘power’ he operated in. He did teach on the bible beginning in genesis and did teach about Jesus. I don’t remember much of the teaching except for the miracles that this Jesus did.

 I was interested in this particular training since Jesus was my spirit guide and I wanted to know more about him. At the end of the 5 days there was a “healing service” where he layed hands on people and gold would manifest in their mouths. I didn’t get gold but my teeth became a brilliant white ( for about a week afterwards).I was amazed by this type of power although my teacher, Eva, who was a shaman / healer and trans-medium ( channeled a spirit that would fortell and speak hidden “wisdom”) could do some pretty amazing things. I hadn’t seen anything like this that so titilated my flesh. I wanted this power that was in his name- Jesus. As a result, I bought a bible and began to study it on my own to find out more about this Jesus that I could be exactly like.. and operate in the same power. At one point a crystal manifested before my eyes, floated then dropped to the ground at my feet. My teacher said that this was a gift from my “spirit guide – Jesus” and was to be kept on me always as a source of power.Through the amazing grace of God I met the real Jesus alone in my apt while studying scirpture and He saved a poor wretch like me. After 7 years of studying to be a new age healer I became a Christian with the sincere desire to follow only Him. I burned all my amulets, books tapes etc renounced and repented. The mask came off of my spirit guide to reveal a monster demon.

 The first church that I decided to attend was a Word of Faith church that was appealing because the pastor’s wife was a “prophetess” and they were seeking after ”true miracles”- signs and wonder. Now I could experience the “power“ ligitimately because I was a christian and it must be from god. During my 7 years at this church, I grew in the healing arts of christianity and got ‘drunk in the spirit’ alot through the ministry of Joe Jordon. We grew in flakiness and twisting of scripture and many lives became shipwrecked. The pastors divorced and the wife started working for the psychic hotline and her sister now reads Tarot cards.Sooo after joining a vineyard church I was hesitant when our pastor insisted that we go to Toronto for “the Blessing” since I thought the whole laughing thing was off( because of Joe Jordon) but you get swept in this and think that “how could so many people be deceived’? ” I want what they are experiencing.. I don’t want to miss out on a possible move of God.. I want to see real signs and wonders, etc, etc… ” But the sin of self/idolatry and desire for “power” and to be like god (gen.3) is so strong that you are blinded. When I heard of the gold dust and fillings I had a distant check but thought well it must be God if it is coming through Christians to the church.I began to see such similarity to my training in the new age from inner healing , body healing, visualization, meditation, body sensations, disguised shamanistic rituals and beliefs, divination , etc. that I was convinced that Jesus in very soon coming back for all religions are converging into one. After getting out of the river we began to read the bible with new understanding. The Holy Spirit really started to highlight scripture and teach us with a new understanding and in context.Jesus said to His disciples when they asked in Mathew 24:3-4 ” what will be the sign of Your coming. and of the end of the age? ” Jesus’ first reply to that question was ‘take heed that no one deceives you…’ That was His first response! Wow when you think about it that was a warning to the men who knew Him well . Jesus must have known that even those who know Him well could be deceived!I know well that satan can produce signs and wonders and much of what is being produced now through the charasmatic church is from satan. This polluted river is doing a fine job preparing the minds and hearts for the coming of the anti-christ. He IS coming back soon!

I know many people who are immersed (or should I say drowning in the pursuit of signs and wonders. It is almost like drug addiction. There is a growing need for something stronger with each experience. It does create a high. But as with drug addicts and alcoholics there is a denial. People really don’t want to look at their own sin or the harm that it is causing but would rather get high instead though the experience of “being at a conference where Jesus showed up with a sign and wonder”.

I just read about a conference called “Growing in the Supernatural” sponsored by Patricia King. There are 20 people advertized who will be speaking. I know that half of them operate ( in ignorance) in shaministic practices and with spirits of divination and sorcery. I guarantee that people who attend will have a sense of euphoria and a visitation but it will not be from Almighty God.

It is a sad thing that Jesus Christ and Him crucified-  the wonder of the cross and His resurrection is not enough! It takes faith to walk this narrow road. And many times it does not feel good and there is suffering. We become impatient and have heard for years the rhetoric from the false prophets about the coming revival and visitation “where people will be healed and the dead raised”. Slowly our eyes turned from Jesus and our future hope to “I want something now which will confirm all that the false prophets have been saying”. There is such a desire to “experience something.. anything will do that is supernatural”. That is why contemplative prayer which is based on eastern mystiscism has become so popular in the church.

May the Lord through His mercy and grace open the eyes of our friends understanding and lead them into the truth.

Please use my testimony any way you see fit. Maybe it will be just the bait on the fishing pole that will draw someone out of the river. I pray for the people I know and those I don’t who are caught up in deception….People are looking for a quick fix and solution to their everyday problems. Being obedient and following the Lord – abiding in scripture is not appealing. Hebrews 5:14 ” But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil”.

Throughout history our tendency is to idolatry. These leaders are idols who are worshipped and their teachings are the gospel ( of course backed up with the false signs and wonders) Paul warns in 1 Corinthians 10:14 to “flee from idolatry” and 10:21 “you cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons…”

I know how angry and defensive people get regarding their golden calf. The ramifications of seeing are enormous. Repentance is not popular and is almost becoming obsolete. There is nothing we can say that will open their eyes but for the work of the Holy Spirit and the grace of God…’

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I have a book by Betty Eadie that was given to me long time ago. When I read it, it was greatly enjoyed. So many interesting concepts about heaven and Jesus. The title was “Embraced by the Light”.

For instance, Betty talks about her out-of-body experiences and shares her special knowledge with us.  She went through the tunnel at death just like we have heard many times.  She experienced the joy of meeting Jesus, who was warm and nonjudgmental.  She was led through heaven and saw many wonders. She explains how she existed before being sent to earth and helped with creation, and that she got to select her next mission on earth. Souls got to select their missions on earth and learned how they would die, or what ailments they would experience, etc.

Now my purpose is not to explain the premise of the book except that it is deception.  And I fell for it. Well I didn’t take it all in line, hook, and sinker, but alot of it.  It was fascinating to think that she was sharing godly and eternal secrets with me. Things that I didn’t know or understand. 

I look back at that little book and literally slap my forehead in disgust. Why couldn’t I see that it was ungodly, unbiblical, and heresy. I WASN’T WALKING WITH THE LORD THEN.   oh!

I was a Christian and yet, didn’t see through it. I grew up in the church and knew the fundamentals. I had accepted Christ as a young girl and was a believer.  But it wasn’t enough to keep me from deception.

When I was reading about Oprah and her new-age show, I saw that Betty Eadie had been a guest on her show.  Still didn’t register.  Then I saw a picture of her sitting on stage  with Oprah and other New-Agers.  hmmmm!  Something is now beginning to penetrate.

Then I checked out a master book list, with all the new-age books listed.  There she was again.  AHA!  It took a 2 x 4 from God but it finally reached the depths of my senile brain. I had been deceived by a new-age book! I had allowed it.  I had enjoyed what it was telling me.  I could be one with the flowers.  She had described a rose in a garden that must have paralleled the Garden of Eden. She was part of the rose, all is one, God is all, all is in God….Is any of this sounding familiar? Like maybe… Pantheism, Panentheism.

I remember also that she said she received special knowledge, and that there was a huge library of information that could be instantly attained and understood.  One was not to criticize any church or religion in any way because people were at different levels of understanding.  Jesus thought them all precious.  Also spirits were also available to help guide us  and aid us in our development.

I had read this long time ago, but I was amazed at how much new-age philosophy I had retained.  There is no way that I would believe any of this now. But I had at least considered it.   

How vulnerable we are as Christians.  No wonder bible scholars are saying, that if you are not grounded in the faith and the truth you will be deceived.  I have easily 1,000 or pages of research that I have studied and  printed off the internet and books galore.  That is why I understand today that the Bible must be known through and through.  Do you know the Bible through and through? I surely don’t.

If I had picked up another book by the same author or decided to read more books of this nature, who knows how deeply I would have been deceived.

I can now look at the theories and experiences proposed in Eadies book and recognize what I could not before.

What about you?  Would you recognize pantheism in a book that is using biblical names and phrases? Would you notice the implication of divinity of one’s self if it was entwined with a passage about the biblical regeneration of a saved life. If someone recommended that you pray till you reach a “quiet inner center”, would you recognize that as an emergent church phrase?

The truth is found by reading the Word of God. We are to pray for wisdom and discernment as these gifts from God are very necessary. 

John 8:31-32 “If you hold to my teaching (word), you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free”. 

 

Also..read this article

http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/eadie.html

George W. Bush Honors Buddhist Dalai Lama

[approximate time needed to read: 4 minutes]

Why is George W. Bush, proclaimed a Christian by many conservative Christians and preachers, honoring the Dalai Lama with a Congressional Gold Medal of Honor? Why is the United States, a country founded on Christian principles, allowing this demonic religion into our nation’s capitol and honoring it with a medal?

The Dalai Lama, whom Tibetan Buddhists consider their spiritual leader and who has lived in exile in India since staging a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, is to receive the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday after being hosted at the White House by President George W. Bush.
China Furious at Dalai Lama’s US Award

Read the rest of the article Here.

Make sure to also read David’s article about Global Warming.

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I have two books by Ray Yungen, “A Time Of Departing” and “For Many Shall Come In My Name”. Both of these books are packed with information regarding the universal spirituality which is “preparing the world for the end of the age”.

What caught my interest in this article is the mention of Marcus Borg.  I have studied him previously because of his involvement in a seminary board which demotes Jesus to a historical spiritual man.

In September this year, a local Episcopal church about 2 miles from my home, advertised  in our local newspaper, a study group based on the book “The Meaning of Jesus” by Marcus Borg. “It explains ways to relate to Jesus in a new way.” This alone made me shudder. Also they promoted “prayer and meditation in the Celtic tradition”.

I read about apostate churches all over the country but when it happens so close to home, I weep inside because of the reality of it all.

kim

Filling the Vacuum with Mysticism

Source: Ray Yungen

by Ray Yungen

Why are the mainstream denominations so open to meditative and holistic practices? David R. Griffen, professor of theology at a United Methodist college in Clairmont, California, states:

A spiritual vacuum exists in organized religion that might he filled by theologies that draw–for better or worse–from what is called parapsychology, paranormal studies, psychic phenomena and, somewhat pejoratively, the “New Age” movement.1

New Agers have become very much aware of this “spiritual vacuum” and have directed their efforts toward filling it. Metaphysical leader James Fadiman makes the following observation:

The traditional religious world is just beginning to make changes, but it’s a slow process–denomination by denomination. When religious institutions begin to lose members year after year, they eventually become aware that they’re not meeting people’s needs. Before long they’re scurrying around looking for innovative programs and improvements.2

Even atheists have observed this trend. Science-fiction writer Richard E. Geis comments in his personal journal that:

The mainstream Christians are lip-service religions in the main, convenience religions, social religions, and they are the ones most subject to erosion and defections and infiltration and subversion. A large and successful effort seems to have been made by the occultists’ New Age planners to dilute and alter the message of most of the mainstream Christian religions.3

This is made evident by a quote which appeared in a newspaper interview with the owner of a New Age bookstore. She reveals:

A lot of people come in who are very Christian. They are looking, by whatever means, to move closer to God on an individual basis.4

This shows that a great number of people who consider themselves to be Christians have a rather dull and dreary attitude toward their faith. They are looking for something to fill the void. One of the foremost individuals who has attempted to fill this void with the New Age is Marcus Borg, professor and author of many widely read books. In one of them, The God We Never Knew, he lays out very concisely how he went from being a traditional Christian to a “mature” Christian. He relates:

I learned from my professors and the readings they assigned that Jesus almost certainly was not born of a virgin, did not think of himself as the Son of God, and did not see his purpose as dying for the sins of the world…. By the time I was thirty, like Humpty Dumpty, my childhood faith had fallen into pieces. My life since has led to a quite different understanding of what the Christian tradition says about God.5

Like multitudes of liberal Christians who believe as he does, Borg turned to mysticism to fill the spiritual vacuum that his way of thinking inevitably leads to. Borg reveals:

I learned about the use of mantras as a means of giving the mind something to focus and refocus on as it sinks into silence.6

This is a recurring theme in all his books, including his very influential book, The Heart of Christianity. Even though Marcus Borg would certainly not call himself a New Ager, his practices and views on God would be in line with traditional New Age thought (i.e., God is in everything and each person is a receptacle of the Divine, which is accessed through meditation).

Borg is a key example of what I am trying to convey. He is not some Hindu guru or counter-culture type personality. He represents the mainstream for millions of people in liberal churches. But his spiritual platform is pure New Age as he makes clear when he expounds:

The sacred is not “somewhere else” spatially distant from us. Rather, we live within God … God has always been in relationship to us, journeying with us, and yearning to be known by us. Yet we commonly do not know this or experience this…. We commonly do not perceive the world of Spirit.7

This perception is, of course, as I have shown [in Yungen’s book], the outcome of mantra-induced silence.

The following is another barometer of Christian tolerance to New Age ideas. The late psychologist M. Scott Peck wrote a phenomenal best seller on psychology and spiritual growth titled The Road Less Traveled. The book contains insights and suggestions for dealing with life’s problems, which is why it has generated the interest it has. But the book also incorporates the central theme of the Ancient Wisdom:

God wants us to become himself (or Herself or Itself). We are growing toward godhood. God is the goal of evolution. It is God who is the source of the evolutionary force and God who is the destination. This is what we mean when we say that He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end….

It is one thing to believe in a nice old God who will take good care of us from a lofty position of power which we ourselves could never begin to attain. It is quite another to believe in a God who has it in mind for us precisely that we should attain His position, His power, His wisdom, His identity.8

Madame Blavatsky and Alice Bailey [New Age occultists] could not have said it any better. Peck revealed where he was coming from when he said, “But (The Road) is a sound New Age book, not a flaky one.”9 This book, which was on the New York Times best seller list for over 400 weeks, has been incredibly popular in Christian circles for years. Peck himself said the book sells best in the Bible Belt.

What is happening to mainstream Christianity is the same thing that is happening to business, health, education, counseling, and other areas of society. Christendom is being cultivated for a role in the New Age….

This ultimately points to a global religion based on meditation and mystical experience. New Age writer David Spangler explains it the following way:

There will be several religious and spiritual disciplines as there are today, each serving different sensibilities and affinities, each enriched by and enriching the particular cultural soil in which it is rooted. However, there will also be a planetary spirituality that will celebrate the sacredness of the whole humanity in appropriate festivals, rituals, and sacraments. There will be a more widespread understanding and experience of the holistic nature of reality, resulting in a shared outlook that today would be called mystical. Mysticism has always overflowed the bounds of particular religious traditions, and in the new world this would be even more true.10

The rise of centering prayer is causing many churches to become agents of transformation. Those who practice it tend to embrace [a] one-world-religion idea. One of the main proponents of centering prayer had this revelation:

It is my sense, from having meditated with persons from many different traditions, that in the silence we experience a deep unity. When we go beyond the portals of the rational mind into the experience, there is only one God to be experienced…. I think it has been the common experience of all persons of good will that when we sit together Centering we experience a solidarity that seems to cut through all our philosophical and theological differences.11

In this context, we may compare all the world’s religions to a dairy herd. Each cow may look different on the outside, but the milk would all be the same. The different religious groups would maintain their own separate identities, but a universal spiritual practice would bind them together–not so much a one-world church as a one-world spirituality.

Episcopal priest and New Age leader Matthew Fox explains what he calls “deep ecumenism”:

Without mysticism there will be no “deep ecumenism,” no unleashing of the power of wisdom from all the world’s religious traditions. Without this I am convinced there will never be global peace or justice since the human race needs spiritual depths and disciplines, celebrations and rituals, to awaken its better selves. The promise of ecumenism, the coming together of religions, has been thwarted because world religions have not been relating at the level of mysticism.12

Fox believes that all world religions will eventually be bound together by the “Cosmic Christ”13 principle, which is another term for the higher self.

As incredible as this may sound, it appears to be happening now. The New Age is embedded in American religious culture far deeper and broader than many people imagine. If your concept of the New Age is simply astrology, tarot cards, or reincarnation, then you could easily miss the real New Age as it pulses through the religious current. If mystical prayer continues its advance, then we could one day see, perhaps sooner than we expect, many Christian churches becoming conduits of New Age thought to their membership.

I first read this sermon Saturday December 8th and I just watched it on youtube Sunday. If you have ever wondered why preachers are predicting judgment on America, because you believe we are a Christian country, watch or listen to this. This man is preaching the “hard to take truth”…..get a cup of coffee, sit and listen… it is 58 minutes. This 58 minutes may change your life forever.

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SHOCKING YOUTH MESSAGE STUNS HEARERS ––SO SHOCKING AND BIBLICAL THE PREACHER WAS NEVER INVITED BACK

Matthew 7:13-27

Paul Washer

It’s a tremendous privilege for me to be here this afternoon with you. Before we begin with any further speaking, I would also like to go to the Lord in prayer. I would ask you to pray. There is so much going on here this afternoon, so much that you don’t understand, but I’ll tell you where I’m coming from. I’ll preach as a dying man to dying men and women and youth. I’ll preach as though I will never preach again, and I will tell you things that you will misunderstand. I will tell you things that make you so angry with me, and I’ll tell you things that you will deny. And I will tell you things and you will say I have no right to tell you what I’m telling you. But before you come to any conclusion about what is being said here this afternoon, you ask yourself one question.

You see, preaching is a very dangerous thing. It’s dangerous for me because the Bible says that false teachers will undergo greater condemnation. If what I tell you today is not true, I’m in a great deal of trouble and have every right to do this with fear and trembling, because I will stand condemned before God. But if what I tell you today is true, then you’re the one with cause for fear and trembling, because if I correctly interpret this passage of Scripture that I’m going to give you, it is as though God was speaking through a man. Your problem will not be with me; it will be with God and His Word. So, the only question that has to be decided here this afternoon is––Is this man before us a false prophet? Or is he telling us the truth? And if he is telling us the truth, then nothing else matters except conforming our lives to that truth.

Let’s go to the Lord in prayer.

Father . . .Father, I am so small and so pitiful, Father, in so many ways. You know, Lord, You

know, though dear God, should false fire be the only thing ever placed on Your altar, or could

fire come down from Heaven amidst all the noise and the clamor and the activities . . . could fire

come down from Heaven and these dead bones live, You know me. In Your sovereignty, I pray

and I beg before the throne of God that You would be gracious to us, that You would open up

hearts and minds. Lord, we can’t wait for them to open theirs; they never will. Open up their

hearts and minds and cause them to see biblical truth. Breathe on them. Grant them repentance.

Grant them faith. Bring them into Your Kingdom, Lord, for Your own glory, for the sake of

Your own great name, do this thing, Lord. As the brother said, let it be so, Lord, so that no man

will take credit for it, so that no man will lay his hand to the ark of God and, if he did, that You

would strike him down dead, Lord. Oh, God, move among us, please, because we have no other

hope. We have no other hope. These children have no other hope except that You move.

Amen.

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I’ll be teaching from Matthew chapter 7. If you have your Bibles, follow with me. In Matthew

chapter 7, verse 13, Jesus said:

Enter through the narrow gate for the gate is wide and the way is broad

that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the

gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who

find it.

Beware of the false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but

inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes

are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they? So every

good tree bears good fruit, but every bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree

cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree

that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So then,

you will know them by their fruits.

Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of

heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter.

Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your

name and in your name cast out demons and in your name perform many

miracles. Then I will declare to them, I never knew you. Depart from me, you

who practice lawlessness. Therefore, everyone who hears these words of

mine and acts upon them may be compared to a wise man who builds his

house on the rock. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew

and slammed against that house and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded

upon the rock.

Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be

like a foolish man who builds his house on the sand. The rain fell and the

floods came and winds blew and slammed against the house and it fell, and

great was its fall.

I stand here today . . . I’m not troubled in my heart about your self-esteem. I’m not troubled in

my heart about whether or not you feel good about yourself, whether or not life is turning out

like you want it to turn out, or whether or not your checkbook is balanced. There’s only one

thing that gave me a sleepless night. There’s only one thing that troubled me all throughout the

morning, and this is this. Within a hundred years, a great majority of people in this building will

possibly be in hell. And many who even profess Jesus Christ as Lord will spend an eternity in

hell.

You say, Pastor, how can you say such a thing? I can say such a thing because I don’t do my

Christian work in America. I spend most of my time preaching in South America, in Africa, and

Eastern Europe. And I want you to know that, when you take a look at American Christianity, it

is based more upon a godless culture than it is upon the Word of God. And so many people are

deceived, and so many youth are deceived, and so many adults are deceived into believing that,

because they prayed a prayer one time in their life, they’re going to Heaven. And then, when

they look around at others who profess to know Christ and see those people also just as worldly

as the world, and they compare themselves by themselves, nothing troubles their heart. They

think, well, I’m the same as most in my youth group. I watch things I shouldn’t watch on

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television and laugh about the very things that God hates. I wear clothing that is sensual. I talk

like the world. I walk like the world. I love the music of the world. I love so much that’s in the

world, but bless God, I am a Christian. Why am I a Christian? I don’t look any different than

most of the other people in my church. Why am I a Christian? Because there was a time in my

life when I prayed and asked Jesus Christ to come into my heart.

I want you to know that the greatest heresy in the American evangelical and protestant church is

that, if you pray and ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart, He will definitely come in. You

will not find that in any place in Scripture. You will not find that anywhere in Baptist history

until about 50 years ago. What you need to know is that salvation is by faith and faith alone in

Jesus Christ. And faith alone in Jesus Christ is preceded and followed by repentance . . . a

turning away from sin, a hatred for the things that God hates and a love for the things that God

loves, a growing in holiness and a desire not to be like Britney Spears, not to be like the world,

and not to be like the great majority of American Christians, but to be like Jesus Christ! [Theaudience then erupts in applause].

I don’t know why you’re clapping. I’m talking about you. I didn’t come here to get amens. I

didn’t come here to be applauded. I’m talking about you.

People so many times come up to me and say, “Oh, I’d love to follow you into Romania”; “I’d

love to follow you into the Ukraine”; “I’d love to preach where you preached and planted

churches in Peru in the jungle.”

And I tell them, “No, you wouldn’t.”

They say, “Yes, I would.”

I say, “No, you wouldn’t.”

“Why?”

“Because you’d be excommunicated from the church down there.”

What we need to see . . . I’m not trying to be hard for the sake of being hard. Do you realize how

much love it takes to stand before 5,000 people and tell them that American Christianity is

almost totally wrong? Do you know what it’s going to cost me to never be asked back again to

something like this? To be unpopular? Do you know why you do it? You don’t do it because

you get paid well. You don’t do it because men love you. You do it because you love men and

because, more than that, you want to honor God.

I want to tell you something. We’re going to go into Scripture, and I want you to look at it as it

really is. It’s not comparing yourself with others who call themselves Christians. Compare

yourself to the Scripture. When someone, a young person, comes to a pastor or a youth minister

and says, “I’m not sure whether or not I’m saved,” the youth minister will usually throw out a

cliché: “Well, was there ever a time in your life when you prayed and asked Jesus to come into

your heart?”

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“Well, yes.”

“Were you sincere?”

“Well, I don’t know, but I think so.”

“Well, you need to tell Satan to stop bothering you. Did you write it in the back of your book . . .

the back of your Bible like the evangelist told you when you got saved, write down the date so

that any time you doubted you could point him to the Bible?”

What superstition has overcome our denomination? Do you know what the Bible tells Christians

to do? Examine yourself. Test yourself in light of Scripture to see if you are in the faith. Test

yourself to see if you’re a Christian.

Do you realize if I dismissed us right now and told everyone to go knock on every door in this

city, do you know what we would find out? Ninety-nine percent of the people, at least, in this

city believe themselves to be believers. If you go back to your hometown and knock on every

door . . . because I went back to my hometown after I got saved and knocked on every door, and

you know what I found out? Everyone in my town is a Christian. Eighty-five percent of them

do not go to church, and those who do go to church are not concerned about holiness. They’re

not concerned about serving. They’re not concerned about being separate from the world.

They’re not concerned about the Gospel being preached among the nations. But, bless God,

they’re saved.

Why are they saved? Because some evangelist who should have spent less time preaching and

more time studying his Bible told them they were saved, and he did it so he could brag about

how many came forward in his next revival.

I love you, and there are men here who love you. And I want to go into Scripture now, now that

I’ve shocked you into light. I want you to listen to me. Listen to the Word of God and begin to

ask yourself some questions. First of all, Enter through the narrow gate for the gate is wide andthe way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. There is a

narrow gate.

And you know, historically–one of the reasons I’m a Southern Baptist is that the Southern

Baptists have always been quick–when other denominations have failed to realize this–the

Southern Baptists have always been quick to realize that there is one gate; there is one God; there

is one mediator between God and man; and His name is Jesus Christ. It’s not multiple choice.

Not every road leads to Rome. As a denomination, we have always told people what Jesus told

people: I am the way, the truth, and the life, and no one comes to the Father except through me.

So, I praise God for that, that the only way any human being on this earth will ever be saved is

through Jesus Christ, and that is all. Because you need to realize the Bible says, For all havesinned and come short of the glory of God, and you have no idea what that means, that we were

born radically depraved and God hating, that we would have never sought God, never come to

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God. We have rebelled against God, broken every law. It’s not just an issue that you have

sinned. The issue is you’ve never done anything but sinned. The Bible says in the prophets that

even our greatest works are like filthy rags before God. And because of that, you know what we

deserve? The wrath of God. The holy hatred of God.

You say, “Now, wait a minute. God doesn’t hate anybody. God is love.” No, my friend. You

need to understand something. Jesus Christ taught, the prophets taught, the apostles taught this

-that apart from the grace of God revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord, the only thing left for you

is the wrath, the fierce anger of God because of your rebellion and your sin.

When I speak in universities, they’re always quick to point out, “No, God cannot hate because

God is love.” And I tell you God must hate because God is love. You see, I love children;

therefore, I hate abortion. If I love that which is holy, I must hate that which is unholy. God is a

holy God. That’s something that the Americans have forgotten. Many of the things that you

love to do, God hates. Did you know that?

Pray for revival. You’re going to have a youth meeting; you want God to move, but before you

go there you watch programs on television that God absolutely despises. And then you wonder

why the Holy Spirit hasn’t fallen on a place and why you have to create false fire and false

excitement. Because God’s not in it. God is a holy God and the only way you and I could ever

be reconciled to a holy God is through the death of God’s own Son when He hung on that tree.

Now listen to me, if you’re saved here tonight, you’re not saved because the Romans and Jews

rejected Jesus. You’re not saved because they put a crown of thorns on His head. You’re not

saved because they ran a spear through His side, and you’re not saved even because they nailed

Him to a cross. Do you know why you’re saved if you are saved? Because when Jesus Christ

was hanging on that cross, He bore your sin. The sin of God’s people and all the fierce wrath of

God that should fall upon you fell upon His only begotten Son. Someone had to pay that price.

Someone had to die. It was God the Father who crushed His only begotten Son. According to

Isaiah 53, it says, It pleased Yahweh to crush Him.

People say the cross is a sign of how much man is worth. That’s not true. The cross is a sign of

how depraved we really are, that it took the death of God’s own Son. The only thing that could

save a people like us was the death of God’s own Son under the wrath of His own Father paying

the price, rising again from the dead. Powerful to say, this is the Gospel of Jesus.

Now what are you called upon to do? You say you go through the narrow gate. How do you do

that? Jesus said, The time is fulfilled. The Kingdom of God is at hand. What must you do? In

Mark, He tells us . . . repent and believe the Gospel.

You say, “Brother Paul, I got saved by praying and asking Jesus Christ into my heart.” And I’m

sure you did, but you weren’t saved by a magic formula or some words you repeated after

someone else. You were saved because you repented of your sins and you believed, and not only

did you do that in the past, you continued to do it even until now, because when Jesus . . . a

proper translation of that verse He gave is this: The Kingdom of God is come. The time isfulfilled. Now, spend the rest of your lives repenting of your sins and believing in Me.

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Conversion is not like a flu shot. “Oh, I did that. I repented. I believed.” The question is my

friend–are you continuing to repent of sin? Are you continuing to believe? Because He who

began a good work in you will finish it. He will finish it.

Now, we as Southern Baptists preach that you’re supposed to go through that one and only gate

which is Jesus Christ. But we as Southern Baptists have forgotten something. And I want youth

ministers and pastors and everyone to listen to me, parents, we have forgotten a very important

teaching in the Gospel. It says that, not only the gate is narrow, it says the path is narrow. What

we basically do is lead someone to Christ, lead someone in a prayer and then they spend the rest

of their life living just like the world, and if you deny me on this, I can bring the statistics to

prove you wrong. Gallup poll, Barnard polls, every kind of poll you can possibly look at, when

it questions the morality of the church in America against the morality of those who claim to be

lost in America, the polls find no difference. Now that is statistics. It has nothing to do with

religious interpretation. Those are statistics.

Book after book is being churned out by theologian and philosopher and sociologist alike. What

has happened to the church? We find out that abortion in the church is just as prevalent as

outside in the world. We find that divorce is just as prevalent. We find that immorality . . . you

know as well as I do, there are youth here right now who are practicing immorality and yet

worshiping God in the same breath. You know there are youth here that are doing drugs and yet

coming to youth group. You know, watching and doing things that are not appropriate for a

Christian, and yet they’re coming to the youth group, believing themselves satisfied, believing

themselves saved, and no one is saying anything except this: They’re carnal Christians. They’re

really Christians; they’re just carnal. That was a doctrine that started in a Baptist seminary, that

is not a Southern Baptist seminary, several decades ago. It is not biblical and it is not historical.

My dear friend, there is no such thing as a carnal Christian.

You say, “Now, wait a minute, Brother Paul. First Corinthians chapter 3, Are ye not carnal.

Paul said that.”

No, that’s what Paul said. You need to read the whole book to find out what he meant. You see,

one of our problems, youth, listen to me . . . most of our Christianity is based on clichés that we

read on the back of Christian tee shirts. Most of our Christianity comes from songwriters and not

the Bible. Most of what we believe is dictated to us through our culture and not by the Bible.

The Bible never teaches that a person can be a genuine Christian and live in continuous carnality

and wickedness and sin all the days of their life. But the Bible teaches that the genuine Christian

has been given a new nature. The genuine Christian has a Father who loves them and disciplines

them and watches over them and cares for them.

My heart is breaking because you know as well as I do, young people, let’s not be hypocrites

about it. Let’s not hide it. There are so many. You know them. You might be one of them, or

you at least know that they’re in your youth group. They come to youth group. They do all this

stuff, but in their heart, they’re as wicked as wicked can be. There is no difference. There is no

light. Everything that the world does, they do, and it’s appropriate; it’s okay. My friend, that’s

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not Christianity. They’re not in danger of losing their reward. They’re in danger of hell. They

know not God.

What don’t we teach? When was the last time you heard someone say there’s not only a narrow

gate into Heaven but a narrow way? Jesus indicates that one of the principal signs of being a

genuine Christian is that you walk in the narrow way. Do you know what the sign for being a

genuine Christian in America is? You prayed a prayer one time. Isn’t that amazing? What are

you asked if you doubt your salvation? Did you pray a prayer one time? What does Scripture

teach? Examine yourselves. Test yourselves in the light of Scripture to see if you’re in the path,

because a Christian will be different.

Now, am I saying that a Christian is without sin? No, because, in First John, we learn that

Christians do sin, and if any man does not acknowledge his sin, he knows not God. He’s not

walking in the light? So what is the difference? What am I really getting at? What I am getting

at is this. If you are genuinely a born-again Christian, a child of God, you will walk in the way

of righteousness as a style of life. And if you step off that path of righteousness, the Father will

come for you. He will discipline you. He will put you back on that path. But if you profess to

have gone through the narrow gate, but yet you live in the broad way, just like all the other

people in your high school, just like all the other people who are carnal and wicked, the Bible

wants you to know that you should be terribly, terribly afraid because you know not God.

I fear men who have spent most of their life telling other men that they are saved. I fear you if

you’ve done that. You don’t tell men they are saved; you tell men how to be saved. God tells

them they are saved. What we have forgotten to believe is that salvation is a supernatural work

of God, and those who have genuinely been converted, regenerated by the power of the Holy

Spirit is going to be a new creature. The Bible says, If any man be in Christ, he is a newcreature. So we find out here in Scripture that there is a narrow gate and a narrow way.

We go into verse 15. Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardlyare ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. One of the things you need to realize is

this–something a wise man told me a long time ago. He said, “Paul, your best friend is the one

who tells you the most truth.” In America, we have become so thin-skinned that no one can

rebuke us. No one can tell us we are wrong. And ministers and leaders alike have bought into

this lie. We do not want to offend. We want to be seeker friendly. What you need to realize is

there is only one seeker and His name is God, and if you want to be friendly to someone in your

church, you need to be friendly to God. And you need to be more concerned for the glory of

God than you are for the attitudes of men. But another thing you need to realize is the person

who loves you the most will tell you the most truth.

One of the greatest distinguishing marks of a false prophet is that he will always tell you what

you want to hear. He will never rain on your parade. He will get you clapping. He will get you

jumping. He will make you dizzy. He will keep you entertained, and he will present a

Christianity to you that will make your church look like a Six Flags over Jesus and keep you so

entertained you are never addressed with great issues such as these. Is God working in my life?

Am I growing in holiness? Have I truly been born again?

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Listen to me. If everyone in this town believes themselves saved, and we know that’s not true by

Scripture because the Bible says that few will enter in, how do you know that you’re saved?

How do you truly know that you are saved? Because someone told you? Because you prayed a

prayer? Because you believed? Well, let me ask you a question. How do you know you

believed? Because everybody says they believe. How do you know you’re not like them? Do

you know how the Bible teaches you that you know you are saved? Do you know how Baptist

theology, up until about 50 years ago, would have told you how you know you have been saved?

You know you have been saved because your life is in the process of being changed, and your

style of life is one of walking in the paths of God’s truth.

And when you step off those paths in disobedience, as we all do, God comes for you and puts

you back on the path. One of the greatest evidences that you have truly been born again is that

God will not let you talk as your flesh might want to talk. God will not let you dress as the

sensual world and the sensual church allows you to dress. God will not allow you to act like the

world, smell like the world, speak like the world, listen to the things that the world listens to.

God will make a difference in your life.

He says here, as we go on, verse 16: You will know them by their fruits. How will you know a

false prophet? In the wider application here and all of Scripture, how will you know if someone

is a genuine Christian? By their fruit. By their fruit, my dear friend. Look at your life. Look at

the way you walk. Look at the way you talk. Look at the passions of your heart. Is Jesus in

there somewhere? Or is He just some accessory that you add on to your life? Is He just

something that you do on Wednesday or Sunday? Is He something that you give a mental assent

to? Is He an accessory or is He the very center of your life? And what is the fruit that you’re

bearing? Do you look like the world? Act like the world? Do you have and experience the

same joys that the world experiences? Can you love sin and relish it? Can you love rebellion

and relish it? Then you know not God. You will know them by their fruit. God has the power

to change them.

Let’s imagine for a moment Jesus teaching this passage, and you’re sitting out there listening.

And He looks at you. He says, “Thistles, thistles. Do you find thistles on fig trees?”

And you respond, “Of course not, Jesus. I mean, you’re not an agriculturalist; you’re not a

farmer. I mean, you’re a carpenter. But everybody knows, Jesus, you don’t find thorns on fig

trees.”

“Well, then, let me ask you another question. Do you find figs–good fruit–on thorn trees?”

“Why, no, Jesus. That’s absolutely ludicrous. I mean, you’re never gonna find thorns on a fig

tree, and you’re not gonna find figs on a thorn tree, Jesus. To say that could be

possible–anyone who tells you that, Jesus, you can mark it down . . . they’re either crazy or

they’re a liar.”

And then Jesus responds to you. “Well then, those who call themselves my disciples and bear

bad fruit, would not it be the same to say that they were either lying or out of their mind to make

such a statement?”

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Let me take it a little further. Let’s imagine that I show up late and I run up here on the platform,

and all the leaders are angry with me and say, “Brother Paul, don’t you appreciate the fact you’re

given an opportunity to speak here and you come late?”

And I’d say, “Brothers, you have to forgive me.”

“Well, why?”

“Well, I was out here on the highway, and I was driving and I had a flat tire and I got out to

change the tire, and when I was changing the tire, the lug nut fell off, and I wasn’t paying

attention that I was on the highway and I ran out and I grabbed the lug nut, and as soon as I

picked it up in the middle of the highway, I stood up and there was a 30-ton logging truck going

120 miles an hour about ten yards in front of me, and it ran me over and that’s why I’m late.”

Now, there would only be two . . . I know no one studies logic anymore, but there would only be

two logical conclusions. One, I’m a liar or, two, I’m a madman. You would say, “Brother Paul,

it’s absolutely absurd. It is impossible, Brother Paul, to have an encounter with something as

large as a logging truck and not be changed.”

And then my question would be to you–What is larger? A logging truck or God? How is it that

so many people today profess to have had an encounter with Jesus Christ, and, yet, they are not

permanently changed? Let me give you a few things to think about. You know I’m telling you

the truth. How many times do you go and rededicate your life over and over and over again?

How many times do youth groups go to things like this and get fired up and go back to the

church, and it lasts about a week and a half? And yet, “Oh, it was a great move of God.” No, it

wasn’t. If it doesn’t last, it wasn’t a great move of God. It was emotion. It was so many things,

but it wasn’t a great move of God. Has God worked in your life? Is God working in your life?

You will know them by their fruit. You will know them by their fruit.

Now, we go on, verse 19: Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown intothe fire so you will know them by their fruit. Look at this. You need to understand something

about Hebrew literature. When you and I want to emphasize something, do you know what we

do? We raise our voice. If we’re writing, we put it in bold letters, or we capitalize it. But to a

Jew, it’s different. When he wants to emphasize something, he repeats it and he repeats it.

That’s why you find Hebrew parallelisms in the Book of Proverbs. The wicked shall not live inthe land. The wicked shall be destroyed. He’s saying the same thing, just in a different way to

give greater emphasis. That’s what Jesus is doing over and over again here. You will know themby their fruit. You will know them by their fruit. You will know them by the path that they walk

in. You will know them by their fruit. You will know them by their fruit. And He says, Anyonewho does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. What is He talking about?

My dear friend, He is talking about the judgment of Almighty God that will one day fall upon the

world, that will one day fall possibly upon you.

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Oh dear friend, I cannot look into your heart. I am so easily deceived by my own heart, but there

is One who is not deceived. There is One who is not deceived, and He is not deceived by a

contemporary Christian culture. He knows. You will know them by their fruit.

And He goes on and He says this, verse 21: Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enterthe kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my father who is in heaven will enter. Do

you know what your profession of faith in Jesus Christ is worth? Absolutely nothing. Yes. Did

you read that passage? Study it. Not everyone who comes to me and says, Lord, Lord . . . noteveryone who professes, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of heaven. There are many

people who are going to profess, “Lord, Lord,” but they are not going to enter into the kingdom

of heaven. My dear precious child, are you one of them? “Lord, Lord.”

Now, again, let’s go back to Hebrew literature. He said, Lord, Lord. He didn’t say, Lord. What

does that mean? This fellow who is making this profession, he is not someone who just all of a

sudden decided, “It’s judgment and I better profess Him to be Lord.” This is a person who

emphatically declares to other people that Jesus Christ is Lord. He walks around saying, “Lord.”

He dances up in front while the musicians are playing, saying, “Lord.” He sings the songs,

“Lord.” But Jesus said to him, Depart from me. I never knew you.

Do you know, Billy Graham is one of the kindest, lovingest men; yet, Billy Graham has said he

believed that a great majority of people who attend Bible-believing churches are lost. He said

that he would be happy if even five percent of all the people who made professions of faith in his

campaigns are even saved.

When I’m in Nigeria . . . I was there last year visiting a mother whose son was in our church and

was martyred by the Muslims. In Northern Nigeria, when someone professes faith in Jesus

Christ, you pretty much know they can die because of that profession. But in America, oh,

consider the cost. Think. Examine your life in light of Scripture. Do you know the Lord? Do

you know the Lord? Because not everyone who says to him, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the

kingdom of Heaven, but what does it say here? Look what it says. Not everyone who says tome, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is

in heaven.

What is the sign that someone has become a genuine Christian? I wish that we would start

teaching this again. What happened to our theology? What happened to our doctrine? What

happened to our teaching? It went right out the window. No one wants to study doctrine

anymore. They just want to listen to songs and read the back of Christian tee shirts. What

happened to truth? Truth tells you this. The evidence–the way that you can have assurance that

you are genuinely a born-again Christian–is that you do, as a style of life, the will of the Father.

You say, “Oh, you’re talking about works.” No, I’m not. I’m talking about evidence of faith,

and it goes like this. Your profession of faith is no proof that you’re born again because

everybody in this whole country professes faith in Jesus Christ. Barnard tells us that 65 to 70

percent of all Americans are saved, born-again Christians. The most Godless country on the face

of the earth. Kill 4,000 babies a day but, bless God, 70 percent of us are born again. How do

you know that the faith you have is not false? A style of life that is concerned about doing the

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will of the Father, that practices the will of the Father, and when you disobey the will of the

Father, the Holy Spirit comes and reprimands you either personally through the written Word of

God or through a brother or sister in Christ, and God puts you back on the path again. If you’re a

genuine Christian, you cannot escape Him.

Let me give you an example. If I was your pastor and you were, let’s say, 14 years old and I

came back from preaching at one o’clock in the morning and I saw you standing out there in a

park or on a corner with a bunch of hoodlums, doing things you shouldn’t be doing and you’re a

member of our church, I would tell you, “Get in the car.” I would take you home to your father.

I wouldn’t be mad at you. I’d be mad at your father. I would tell him, “Sir, you are a derelict

father that you would allow your child to be out in such circumstances.”

I want you to know something. God is not a derelict father. If you can play around in sin, if you

can love the world and love the things of the world, if you can always be involved in the world

and doing things of the world, if your heroes are worldly people, if you want to look like them

and act like them, if you practice the same things they practice, oh my dear friend, listen to my

voice. There’s a good chance you know not God, and you do not belong to him.

Now, we bring this to a close, verse 22: Many will say to me on that day, Lord, Lord, did we notprophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons, and in your name perform many

miracles. Then I will declare to them, I never knew you.

You say the most important thing on the face of the earth is to know Jesus Christ. That is not

true. The most important thing on the face of the earth is that Jesus Christ knows you. I’m not

going to get into the White House tomorrow because I walk up to the gate and tell everybody I

know George Bush, but they will let me in if George Bush comes out and says, “I know Paul

Washer.”

You can profess to know Jesus, but my question for you . . . do you know Jesus? Does Jesus

know you? And look how he describes the lost man here. He said, Depart from me you whopractice lawlessness. In Greek, anomia–a negative particle, a, “not”; word nomos, “law”–“no

law.” And this is what it means. Let me give you an accurate translation of this. Depart fromme–Listen to me, if I could come out there and hug you while I was telling you this, I would.

Listen to me. He says, Depart from me those of you who claim to be my disciples who confessedme as Lord and, yet, you live as though I never gave you a law to obey.

I just described a great majority of North American Christianity. If anyone starts talking about

law, if anyone starts talking about Biblical principles on what we’re supposed to do and not

supposed to do, how we’re to live and not supposed to live, everyone starts screaming,

“Legalist.” But Jesus said, Depart from me those of you who live–you called me Lord, but youlived as though I had never given a law.

In American Christianity today, pass through the gate. Praise God. Live like the rest of the

world and it’s okay. You’re just carnal. Maybe one day you’ll come back. Do you know what

happens because of our bad evangelism? We have gazillions of children saved in vacation Bible

school, and when they hit 15 years old, they enter into the world and live like demons, a great

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majority of them. And then when they’re around 30, they come back and rededicate their life.

Maybe they just got saved. Because, folks, it’s more than just telling someone you’re saved

because you acknowledged that Jesus is Lord. Satan acknowledges that Jesus is Lord. Is your

life in a process of change?

And then He drops down and He talks about two people–two foundations. Do you know what

this passage in contemporary . . . See it’s important to study theology and it’s important to study

history. The contemporary interpretation of this passage about the rock and the sand is basically

like this. If you’re a Christian, you need to build your life upon the rock because, if you build

your life upon the sand, you’ll be an unhappy Christian and your life won’t go right. That is not

what Jesus is teaching and history backs me up on it. It was hardly ever interpreted that way.

Do you know what the interpretation is? It goes like this.

There are two ways. There’s a narrow way and a broad way. Which one are you on? There are

two types of trees. There is a good tree that bears good fruit, and it’s going to Heaven. There’s a

bad tree and you know it’s bad because it bears bad fruit, and it’s going to hell. It’s going to be

cut down and thrown into the fire. There are those who profess Jesus is Lord and they do the

will of the Father who is in heaven, and there are those who profess Jesus Christ is Lord and they

do not do the will of the Father who is in heaven, and they go to hell–not because of a lack of

works, but because of a lack of faith demonstrated by the fact that they had no works.

And then he goes on. He says, not two Christians building their house on two different

foundations. No. This is a saved man and a lost man. The lost man hears the Word of God

preached but he lays no foundation. You cannot see in any way in his life how the Word of God

is forming and building and sustaining his life. His life is not–how many people in the

Southern Baptist Convention, regardless of all our numbers, regardless of everything we say, if

we were to simply take this passage and compare the people to this passage and say–Are you

building your marriage on the Word of God? Are you raising your children on the Word of

God? Are you doing your finances on the Word of God? Are you living, separating yourself

from the things of this world based upon the Word of God? How many would be able to answer

positively?

No, none of that. “I profess Jesus. He’s my Savior. My Sunday school teacher told me so.” Oh.

I know, like Leonard Ravenhill, an acquaintance of mine before he passed on, used to say, “I

preach in a lot of Baptist churches once.” I preach in a lot of places like this once. I could have

got up here today with a vocabulary that would have astounded you and preached you things that

would have lifted you up and floated you around this room. I could have told you stories that

would have made you laugh and stories about dogs and grandmas that would have made you cry,

but I love you too much for that. I know . . . I know, because the Word of God is true, that there

are people who believe themselves to be saved and they are no more saved. They’re not.

I know that there are some of you who look around and you think, “Well, I’m saved. I mean,

look, I look like everybody else in my youth group.” What makes you think your youth group is

saved? “Well, I’m like my parents”; or, “I’m like the adults in my church or the deacon or the

pastor.” What does that matter? You won’t be judged by them on the day of His coming. My

question for you, beloved, my question for you, little child–I mean, you could be my children,

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and I pray someday when my little boy grows that there will be a preacher who will stand before

him and say, “Enough of this!”

Let’s get down. What does the Word of God say? How does your life stand in front of that

blazing fire which is the holiness of God on that final day? Beloved, precious little girl, beloved,

precious young man, on that final day will your confession hold true? Are you saved? And I’m

not talking about, “Well, I think I’m saved.” You know, there’s a way that seems right unto aman, but it leads unto death.

“Well, I feel in my heart of my hearts that I’m saved.” Well, let me ask you a question. Did you

ever read that the heart is deceitfully wicked; who can know it? Shouldn’t you go to the

testimony of Scripture?

“Well, I know I’m saved because my mom, my dad, my pastor, everybody else told me I was

saved.” Well, I’m telling you this. What does the Word of God tell you?

We talk so much about being radical Christians. Radical Christians are not people who jump at

concerts. Radical Christians are not people who wear Christian tee shirts. Radical Christians are

those who bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Radical Christians are those who reverence and

honor their parents even when they feel like their parents are wrong. Radical Christians are

those who do not–now listen to me. This is going to make you mad, and I’m talking to boys

and girls. Radical Christians are those who do not dress sensually in order to show off their

bodies. If your clothing is a frame for your face, God is pleased with your clothing. If your

clothing is a frame for your body, it’s sensual and God hates what you’re doing. Everybody

wants to talk about a prophet, but no one wants to listen to one.

I’m talking about Christianity. I have spent my life in jungles. I have spent my life freezing in

the Andes Mountains. I have seen people die. A little boy, Andrew Myman [phonetic], the

Muslims shot him five times through the stomach and left him on a sidewalk simply because he

cried out, “I am so afraid but I cannot deny Jesus Christ. Please don’t kill me, but I will not deny

Him.” And he died in a pool of blood. And you talk about being a radical Christian because you

wear a tee shirt, because you go to a conference. I’m talking about holiness. I’m talking about

Godliness.

I wish–you know what a move of God would be in this place? If all of you came under

conviction, if I myself came under conviction of the Holy Spirit, we fell down on our faces and

wept because we watch the things that God hates, because we wear the things that God hates,

because we act like the world, look like the world, smell like the world, because we do the very

things, and we know not that we do these things, because we do not know the Word of God.

Because, even though we claim as a denomination that the Scripture is the infallible Word of

God, basically all we get is illustrations, stories, and quaint little novels. Oh, that God will glow

on this place, that we would turn away from our sin, that we would renounce the things that are

displeasing to God, and, then, that we would run to Him and we would relish Him and we would

love Him.

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Oh, that God would raise up missionaries. I don’t wish the same things your parents want for

you. They want for you security and insurance and nice homes. They want for you cars and

respect. I want for you the same thing I want for my son, that one day he takes a banner, the

banner of Jesus Christ, and he places it on a hill where no one has ever placed a banner before,

and he cries out, “Jesus Christ is Lord,” even if it costs my son his life. Oh, when he’s 18 years

old, if he says to me the same thing I said when I was a young man, “I’m going into the

mountains. I’m going into the jungle.” And they said, “You can’t go there. You’re insane. It’s

a war. You’re gonna die.” I’m going. When that little boy puts on that backpack, I’m going to

pray over him and say, “Go! God be with you, and if you die, my son, I’ll see you over there and

I’ll honor your death.”

Oh, God, let’s pray, let’s pray.

Oh, God, I don’t care about reputation. I don’t care what men think. I want You to be honored.

I want these young people to be saved. I want those that are saved to stop looking around at a

cultural Christianity that You hate and will spew out of Your mouth, and that they will look at

the Word of God and say, “I will follow Jesus.”

Oh, God, I pray for youth ministers and pastors and I pray that You’d fill them with the spirit of

wisdom and love and boldness and discernment. And dear God, whatever the cost, I pray that

you will raise up missionaries. I can’t help but look at these kids and think of my own little boy.

Oh, God, that You would save Ian and that You would raise him up and send him into the worst

part of the battle. Oh, dear God, raise up missionaries here. Raise up missionaries. Raise up

preachers and pastors and reachers and evangelists that know the Word of God. Oh, God, work

in this place, please work in this place, dear God. Please. Please. Please. Please.

Now with every head bowed, is there anyone here tonight that would say, “Brother Paul, I have

been living a lie. I claim to be a Christian but I love the world, and I look like it and smell like it

and I hate myself for it, and, Brother Paul, I am so tired of this Christianity that I’m living. I’m

just sick of it. I’m just sick of it. I want to be saved. I want to be saved.” I just want you to

stand up. “Brother Paul, I want to be saved.” Amen. Is there anyone else? Amen. Amen.

In a moment, we’re going to have an invitation. Those of you who stood up–I’m going to come

down here and I want you to meet with me. I want to talk to you. Now, you may be seated,

thank you.

Now, I want to talk to those of you who claim to be Christians. Does your life honor Jesus

Christ? Are you looking in His Word to find out how you’re supposed to live? I pray with all

my heart, the only thing that’s going to save the church in America, there’s only two

possibilities. One is a total reformation in our preaching and our study of the Word of God, and

the other is fierce, horrifying persecution. That’s the only thing that’s going to save the church

in America. Oh, I pray, I pray that you would return to the Word. I pray–listen to me, young

person. You need to know. You need to say, “Okay, how am I supposed to live before my

parents?” Go into the Word, find out, obey it. “How am I supposed to dress?” Go into the

Word, find out, obey it. “How am I supposed to talk?” “What am I supposed to listen to?”

Bring every thought, word, and deed into subjection to Jesus Christ.

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Now, I’m not going to ask you to stand because I am so tired of people coming forward and

making those commitments, and those commitments last them two minutes. I’m not here so I

can write up in my magazine that a gazillion of you came forward. I want you to go home and I

want you to live for Jesus Christ with all your heart. But if you need counseling, you say,

“Brother Paul, I want to–I want to live for Jesus Christ. I don’t know how. I don’t know how.”

In a minute, we’re going to give an invitation, and I do want you to come forward, not to make a

commitment. You want to make a commitment, you make that commitment right where you’re

seated. If you need to tell somebody, you go tell your pastor. You go tell your youth minister,

and you know what, we’ll know if that commitment lasts. You know how? Because it will last,

we’ll know if it’s from God.

Let me tell you something. For everyone who’s here right now, I want to tell you something. If

you made a decision to follow Jesus Christ, if you made a decision to get saved in these last two

days, I want to tell you something. If it was genuine, it will last. If after a few weeks you go

right back into the world, live like the world, act like the world, I want you to know something,

you didn’t get anything here this weekend. You got emotion, that’s about it. If you really got

something from the Lord, I want you to know something, it will last. And even if you try to run

away from it, you won’t be able to do it. You won’t be able to do it. Oh, I love you so much. I

love you so much.

I would ask that we all stand. If you need counseling about a decision that you have made but

it’s not clear, I want you to come forward. And I’m going to come right down here. Those of

you who stood up–there were many of you over there who say, “I need to know Jesus Christ,” I

want to come down here right now and I want to meet with you, and I want to go back over here

with you and some other counselors and I want to talk to you. And I want to tell you something,

not a five-minute deal, not a ten-minute deal. If you need to talk all night, we will stay. That is

the attitude of every counselor in this place. We will stay all night if necessary, all night. God

love you. God love you. Let me pray for you.

Dear God, please, Lord, there has been so much movement. Last night, Lord, I don’t know how

much of it was real, and I know that I saw people last night weeping. I saw people trying to

make commitments, and I believe that there was a great deal of what happened last night because

of You. I saw this morning a young man preach, Father, give his testimony, and I saw real

working of the Holy Spirit. I don’t know how much of all the decisions were real, but there was

real things going on. I pray right now, Father, I don’t know how much will be real. Only time

and eternity will show us that. But, oh, dear God, please, please, work, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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From Contender Ministries this is an excellent response to “A Course in Miracles”.  The impact will be great from this book because of Oprah Winfrey’s endorsement.  Oprah Winfrey has been an advocate of the New Age Movement which is influencing many women.

 

We need to have answers for those who are  following the “broad path”to destruction.

 

 

 

A BIBLICAL RESPONSE TO A COURSE IN MIRACLES


The Course in Miracles often speaks of Jesus Christ, God, the atonement, sin, and other Christian terms.  However, when examined closely, it becomes very clear that the meanings given to these Christian terms are far more consistent with the New Age movement than Christianity or the Bible.

 

CREATION

Throughout the Course, the world is explained as simply an illusion created by the ego of man.  The Bible however, teaches that the ego of man had nothing to do with the creation of the world.

 

Genesis 1:1 “In the Beginning God created the heaven and the earth”.

John 1:3 “All things were made by Him(Jesus); and without him was not anything made that was made.”

Paul writes in Col 1:16, “For by Him(Jesus), were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth.”

 

There was a creation for sure, but it was not done by man’s ego.  All things were created by God alone.

 

 

REVELATION AND “ALL PATHS LEAD TO GOD”

On the topic of revelation, we should first realize that A Course in Miracles consistently contradicts Jesus own words, so it cannot come from the Jesus of the Bible.  A Course in Miracles teaches that revelations are completely subjective and do not have to be consistent with another persons revelation or the revelation in the Bible.

 

A Course in Miracles vol.1, p.5 – “Revelation is intensely personal and cannot be meaningfully translated”

 

On The Course itself the text states “The Course is but one version of the universal curriculum.  There are many others…They all lead to God in the end”

 

I Thessalonians 5:20-21 tells us “Do not treat prophecies with contempt.  Test everything.  Hold on to the good”.  According to the Bible, not all prophecy is necessarily from God and we should test these claims against the Word of God so that we might separate truth from fiction.  Jesus also commended the church at Ephesus because “you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false” (Rev. 2:2).  If all revelations were equally valid and were all from God, it would make no sense to commend the church for recognizing false apostles.  The Bible makes it clear that not all people who claim to speak for God are to be trusted.  The Bible also tells us how to recognize these false teachers.  If A Course in Miracles were truly from Jesus it would agree with the Bible.  Isaiah 8:20 “To the law and to the testimony!  If they do not speak according to this word, they have no light of dawn”.

 

All paths are not truth, and all teachings or beliefs are not to be trusted, especially if they teach that Jesus Christ is not the only one by whom we must be saved.

 

Luke 13:24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to”

 

John 10:8-9 “All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.  I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.”

 

THE INERRANT WORD OF GOD

 

A Course in Miracles makes the claim that the Bible is not without error.  Apparently all revelation should be accepted as truth according to the Course, except the Bible.  In the Bible’s case, The Course takes the liberty of presenting needed corrections in the scriptures where it suits them.

 

A Course in Miracles, vol 1 page 28-29

“The statement ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life’ needs only one slight correction to be meaningful in this context; ‘He gave IT TO His only begotten Son’”.

 

In order to support their beliefs that Christ was not offered as a living sacrifice to cover our sins (sins they don’t believe exist), they change this verse to mean that God gave Jesus the world instead of God offering His Son to the world as a sacrifice.  Since the Course defines the “Son” as each of us, the consequence of this revision is that instead of the world being given Jesus Christ, the world is given to us.  They twist this verse further by believing that the “Him” in the verse means ourselves since we are the son’s of God.  Instead of, as the Bible teaches, believing that belief in Christ saves us, the Course teaches that belief in oneself saves us.

 

Volume One page 87 also states that “the Apostles often misunderstood the crucifixion…and out of their own fear they spoke of the ‘wrath of God’ as His retaliatory weapon…These are some of the examples of upside-down thinking in the New Testament…If the Apostles had not felt guilty, they never could have quoted me as saying ‘I come not to bring peace but a sword’.  This is clearly the opposite of everything I taught.”

 

2 Timothy 3:16 says ,”All scripture is God-breathed”, and  1 Thessalonians 2:13 says that preaching of the Bible should be received “not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe”  Jesus also said of the Old Testament scriptures that they are “the word of God” (Mk 7:13) that “cannot be broken” (John 10:35).  The Course in Miracles refutes the inerrancy of the Bible largely because it does not support their teachings on so many things.

 

 

THE DOCTRINE OF GOD

 

A Course in Miracles teaches the idea of monism (or the belief that all is one), pantheism (the belief that God is in everything), and panentheism (the belief that all are a part of God). 

 

A Course in Miracles, Vol. 2, p.92

“In my own mind, behind all my insane thoughts of separation…is the knowledge that all is one forever.  I have not lost the knowledge of who I am because I have forgotten it.  It has been kept for me in the Mind of God, Who has not left His thoughts.  And I, who am among them, am one with them and one with Him.”

 

A Course in Miracles, vol. 2, p. 45

“God is in everything I see”

 

Vol. 1, Page 92

“God is still everywhere and in everything forever.  And we are a part of Him”.

 

Vol. 1, p. 165

“Whenever you question your value, say: ‘God Himself is incomplete without me’”.

 

Vol. 1, p. 136

“The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself.  There is no separation of God and His creation”.

 

The Bible is clear that God is distinct from His creation.  John 4:24 tells us that God is spirit, but we are flesh.  Psalms 50:21 tells us that God us unlike man ethically, “You thought I was altogether like you.  But I will rebuke you”.  God is righteous and holy (Lev. 11:44, 19:2; Isa 6:3) and He distinguishes sin from righteousness.

 

Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put karkness for light and light for darkness who put better for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

 

Romans 1 also makes it clear that God is distinct from His creation.  He is the Creator and divine in nature while the creation is not.

 

Romans 1:20-24

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.  For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.  Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.  Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another.  They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised.”

 

It is also wrong to think that sin has not created a separation between God and mankind.  Isaiah 59:1-2 says “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save.  Nor his ear too dull to hear.  But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”  This is why Christ was sent as a mediator and a ransom to set us free from the sins we have committed so that we can receive our promised inheritance (Hebrews 9:15).

 

  

THE NATURE AND DEITY OF JESUS CHRIST

 

A Course in Miracles teaches that Jesus and those who accept Him are equal.

 

A Course in Miracles, vol. 1, p. 5

“Equals should not be in awe of one another because awe implies inequality.  It is therefore and inappropriate reaction to me.  An elder brother is entitled to respect for his greater experience, and obedience for his greater wisdom…There is nothing about me that you cannot attain”.

 

Vol. 1, p. 70-71

“My mind will always be like yours, because we were created as equals.  It was only my decision that gave me all power in heaven and earth.  My only gift to you is to help you make the same decision”.

 

The Bible does not teach that we are equal with Christ; it teaches that Jesus is both God and man.  As God, Jesus does not possess sinful desires, susceptibility to temptation, or mortality, which are all attributes of sinful man.  Because Jesus is also God, He is not equal to us as we are not deity.  In John 8:23 Jesus said, “You are of this world; I am not of this world.”

 

John 1:1-3 tells us that Jesus was God the Son, the eternal Word who created the universe.  He took on mortal, human nature and came “in human likeness” (Philippians 2:7).  At Christ’s resurrection Jesus retained His human nature and His divine nature as God, and His physical body was changed from mortal to immortal (1 Co. 15).  While Jesus is God the Son who took on human form, we as human beings have only one nature, a human nature.

 

A Course in Miracles also teaches that Jesus should not be understood as a sacrificial lamb for our sins.

 

A Course in Miracles vol. 1, p. 33

“I have been correctly referred to as ‘the lamb of God who taketh away the sins of the world,’ but those who represent the lamb as blood-stained do not understand the meaning of the symbol.  Correctly understood, it is a very simple symbol that speaks of my innocence…Innocence is incapable of sacrificing anything, because the innocent mind has everything and strives only to protect its wholeness”.

 

The Course denies I Peter 2:24 which reads, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been set free.”  The Course denies even the need for Christ’s sacrifice because they teach that people are already sinless and perfect beings.  You have to wonder what planet these people have been living on.  Examples of just such sin can be seen all around us.  The Bible is very clear that we are reconciled to God through the death of his Son (Romans 5:10).

 

The Course distorts the Bible even further, however, by claiming that Jesus Christ wasn’t the Son of God, but rather we are the Son’s of God referred to in these scriptures.

 

A Course in Miracles, Vol. 1, p.2

“The Sonship is the sum of all that God created”.

 

Vol. 1, p.14

“In the creation, God extended Himself to His creations and imbued them with the same loving will to create.  You…have also been created perfect.  There is no emptiness in you.”

 

Vol. 2, pp. 353-354

“You are the holy Son of God Himself.  And with this holy thought you learn as well that you have freed the world…All power is given you in Earth and Heaven.  There is nothing that you cannot do.”

 

The Course requires the student to affirm, “Your Son…is but what I really am in truth.  He is the Son You love above all things.  He is my Self as You created me.  It is not Christ that can be crucified.”

 

The Bible states clearly that Jesus is God’s only begotten Son (John 1:18; 3:16; 1 John 4:9)  The term “only begotten Son” is never used to refer to believers in the New Testament, but only to Jesus.  Jesus Christ is the only Son of God.  However, the word sons (plural) and “children of God” are applied to Jesus’ followers several times in Romans, 1 John and elsewhere.  Christians are not “sons of God” by nature but we become sons of God (Romans 8:15). 

 

Galatians 4:4-7

“But when the tie had fully come, God sent his Son born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.  Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba”, Father.  So you are no longer a slave but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”

 

Unlike Jesus, who is eternally the Son of God (Ps 2:7; Heb 1:2,4) we obtain a derivative relationship through faith: “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:26).

 

Further discounting the sacrifice made my our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, A Course in Miracles teaches that Jesus is but a man who found Christ in other people and is no more the Christ than anyone else.

 

A Course in Miracles vol. 3, p. 83

“The name of Jesus is the name of one who was a man but saw the face of Christ in all his brothers and remembered God.  So he became identified with Christ, a man no longer, but at one with God.  The man was an illusion, for he seemed to be a separate being, walking by himself, within a body that appeared to hold his self from Self, as all illusions do.”

 

“Jesus remains a Savior because he was the false without accepting it as true.  And Christ needed his form that He might appear to men and save them from their own illusions”.

 

Jesus, of course, never taught this.  When Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16:16), Jesus did not reply, “Yes, and so are you”.  When the woman at the well said, “I know that Messiah is coming,” Jesus replied “I who speak to you am he”.  He didn’t say, “We are each the Christ”.  Furthermore, the word Christ cannot refer to all people everywhere.  The Old Testament was very clear about who the Christ, or the Messiah, would be, where he would be born, when he would be born, and who he would descend from. (Mic 5:2; Dan 9:24-27; Mt 22:42)

 

The Course also teaches that the resurrection of Jesus should not be understood as a literal, physical return from the dead.  According to the Course, the body does not exist and death does not exist.  Thus, Jesus could not have been raised from the dead in any real sense. 

 

A Course in Miracles, vol. 1, p. 87

“…the resurrection is the symbol of sharing because the reawakening of every Son of God is necessary to enable the Sonship to know its wholeness”

 

Vol. 3, p. 65

“The resurrection is a reawakening or rebirth: a change of mind about the meaning of the world.”

 

Vol. 1, p. 396

“A slain Christ has no meaning.  But a risen Christ becomes the symbol of the Son of God’s forgiveness on himself; the sign he looks upon himself as healed and whole.”

 

The reality that Christ “died for our sins” and subsequently was raised on the third day is the heart of the gospel.

 

1 Co 15:3-6

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures and that he appeared to Peter and then to the twelve.  After that he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time,”

 

The physical nature of Jesus’ resurrection was part of the apostolic message.  On the Day of Pentecost, Peter said that the messianic psalms of King David “spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay” (Acts 2:31)

 

When Christ appeared to “doubting Thomas” and the other apostles to show His pierced hands, feet, and side, it is clear that He was showing His physical body and that this was not a visionary experience.

 

Luke 24:38-39 “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in you mind?  Look at my hands and my feet.  It is I myself!  Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.”

 

THE DOCTRINE OF SIN

 

A Course in Miracles teaches that sin does not exist, and each person is perfectly guiltless and innocent.  In other words no one is sinful in any way.

 

A Course in Miracles Vol. 1, p. 88

“No one is punished for sins, and the Sons of God are not sinners”

 

Vol. 1, p. 423

“The Holy Spirit will never teach you that you are sinful”

 

Vol. 1, p. 377

“When you are tempted to believe that sin is real, remember this: If sin is real, both God and you are not”

 

The Bible teaches that sin affects all people.

 

Ecc 7:20

“For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin”

 

The Bible also addresses those who, like followers of the Course in Miracles, deny the reality of sin:

 

1 John 1:8  “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us”

 

It doesn’t get  any plainer than that.  Nowhere in the Bible are we told that sin is merely an illusion.  We will all be held accountable to God (Romans 3:19).

 

In order to explain the obvious sin that surrounds each and every one of us in this world on a daily basis, the Course teaches that sin appears to exist, but this is a false illusion or an insane thought caused by the ego.

 

A Course in Miracles, Vol. 2, p. 409

“Sin is insanity.  It is the means by which the mind is driven mad, and seeks to let illusions take the place of truth…And yet what sin perceives is but a childish game.  The Son of God may play he has become a body, prey to evil and to guilt, with but a little life that ends in death.  But all the while his Father shines on him…There is no sin”

 

Vol. 2, p. 327

“The betrayal of the Son of God lies only in illusions, and all his ‘sins’ are but his own imagining.  His reality is forever sinless.  He need not be forgiven but awakened.  In his dreams he has betrayed himself, his brothers and his God.  Yet what is done in dreams has not been really done”

 

The Bible does not teach that sin is an error to be corrected, or an illusion that does not exist.  Rather, sin is a wrongful act and condition of mankind that requires repentance, remission, and forgiveness.

 

Hebrews 9:22

“Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness”

Hebrews 9:26

“now he [Jesus Christ] has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.

 

The remedy for sin is not “waking up” as the Course teaches.  Repentance and confession is the only remedy.  “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

 

“He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Pr 28:13)

 

THE DOCTRINE OF SALVATION

 

A Course in Miracles teaches that man’s original state is perfection.  Salvation in the Course comes by undoing the misbelief that we are separated from God and are sinful beings.  We simply arrive at a state of awareness that we are perfect.

 

A Course in Miracles Vol 1, p. 9

“The purpose of the Atonement is to restore everything to you; or rather, to restore it to your awareness.”

 

A Course in Miracles Vol. 1, p. 6

“I am in charge of the process of Atonement, which I undertook to begin.  When you offer a miracle to any of my brothers, you do it to yourself and me.  The reason you come before me is that I do not need miracles for my own Atonement, but I stand at the end in case you fail temporarily.  My part in the Atonement is the canceling out of all errors that you could not otherwise correct.  When you have been restored to the recognition of your original state, you naturally become part of the Atonement yourself”

 

In the New Testament, atonement, propitiation, and reconciliation are intertwined with the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ.  In Christ we now receive “atonement” (Romans 5:11).  Through the blood of Jesus we obtain “propitiation” (Romans 3:25).  It is Jesus who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 2:2; 4:10).  Atonement does not open our eyes to our own perfection, but instead covers our sins before God.  Only through the acceptance of the sacrifice Christ mad on the cross can we be saved. 

 

It makes sense that the Course would completely ignore the sacrifice Christ made for our sins, since it teaches that God did not allow His Son to die on the cross for our salvation. 

 

A Course in Miracles, vol. 1, p. 32

“If the crucifixion is seen from an upside-down point of view, it does appear as if God permitted and even encouraged one of His Sons to suffer because he was good…Yet the real Christian should pause and ask, ‘How could this be?’ Is it likely that God Himself would be capable of the kind of thinking which His Own words have clearly stated is unworthy of His Son?”

 

A Course in Miracles, vol. 1, p. 32

“Persecution frequently results in an attempt to justify the terrible misperception that God Himself persecuted His Own Son on behalf of salvation.  The very words are meaningless…In milder forms a parent says, ‘This hurts me more than it hurts you’, and feels exonerated in beating a child.  Can you believe our Father really thinks this way?  It is so essential that all such thinking be dispelled that we must be sure that nothing of this kind remains in your mind.  I was not ‘punished’ because you were bad.  The wholly benign lesson the Atonement teaches is lost if it is tainted with this kind of distortion in any form”

 

It is clear in the New Testament that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of mankind.

 

1 Peter 3:18  “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.  He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit”.

 

The Old Testament also teaches that it was the will of God the Father to sacrifice Jesus Christ for us.

 

Isaiah 53:5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”

 

The Course follows the thinking of Peter before the resurrection – a line of thinking he was clearly rebuked for.

 

Matthew 16:21-23

When Jesus told the disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and be killed, Peter said this must not happen.  Jesus replied, “Get behind me, Satan!  You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men”.

 

The Course contends that the reason for Christ’s crucifixion was to induce people to love one another.

 

A Course in Miracles, vol. 1, p.87

“The message of the crucifixion is perfectly clear: ‘Teach only love, for that is what you are’.  If you interpret the crucifixion in any other way, you are using it as a weapon for assault rather than as the call for peace for which it was intended”.

 

The Bible addresses just such thinking this way:

 

1 Corinthians 1:18; 15:3-4

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God…For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

 

Continuing their teaching that there is no sin, the Course teaches that there is no Hell or eternal punishment.

 

A Course in Miracles, vol. 1, p. 281

“The Holy Spirit teaches thus: There is no hell.  Hell is only what the ego has made of the present”

 

Scripture, however, teaches us that there will be eternal punishment for the wicked and the unrepentant. 

 

Matthew 13:41-42

“The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.  They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of theath”.

 

Revelation 20:15

“If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire”.

 

On the subject of Christ’s return, the Course teaches that the Second Coming and final judgment are not meant to punish sinners, but to heal the mind, rectify mistakes, and dispel the illusions we have believed in.

 

A Course in Miracles vol. 1, pp. 29-30

“Judgment is not an attribute of God…The Last Judgment is generally thought of as a procedure undertaken by God.  Actually, it will be undertaken by my brothers with my help.  It is a final healing rather than a meting out of punishment, however much you may think that punishment is deserved.”

 

Vol. 2, p. 439

“Christ’s Second Coming, which is sure as God, is merely the correction of mistakes, and the return of sanity.”

 

Vol. 2, p. 445

“The Final Judgment on the world contains no condemnation.  For it sees the world as totally forgiven, without sin and wholly purposeless.”

 

Judgment is a basic attribute of God.

 

Isaiah 30:18

“The Lord is a God of judgment”

 

Psalms 9:7-8 “He has established his throne for judgment.  He will judge the world in righteousness; he will govern the peoples with justice.”

 

The Second Coming of Christ will be as literal and physical as His first coming was.  “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).  This is not simply the arrival of a spirit or a thought in our minds.  When Christ returns He will bring God’s punishment on the wicked.

 

II Thessalonians 1:7-9

“…the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.  He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power.”

 

Jesus referred to this coming as the “day of Judgment”.  (Mt 10:15; 11:22-24; 12:36)

 

These and many other scriptures show that the Course’s teaching that there is no sin, no judgment, and no Hell are completely unbiblical and must be rejected.

 

 

 

Here is a link to another article that is relevant

 

https://kimolsen.wordpress.com/2007/08/12/women-of-theosophy-a-course-in-miracles/

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This is a great article that I took from this site. Find it Here

The Strong Delusion of God

The Strong Delusion is coming; the strong delusion will be sent by God, and the strong delusion will be directed not only at those of the world that are lost in their sins, but specifically at all lukewarm, undecided, and corrupt Christians

2Thesalonians 2:11: And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie

2Thesalonians 2:12: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Webster’s definition of “unrighteous”: 

evil, guilty, immoral, unholy, unjust, sinful, unworthy, wicked

Author’s note: As I write this to you, I’m trying to be succinct, but my fear for you and for others, as well as for myself, is great and I may reiterate often in an attempt to wake us all from our spiritual slumber.

Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

My sole purpose in writing to you is to bear witness of the seriousness of this issue. We must not take our salvation for granted, but should work it out before God in fear and trembling.

Philippians 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Not all will be saved that claim to be Christians.

Consider:  Are you secure in your walk with the Lord or are you basing your trust of your salvation in corrupted Biblical teaching under a false prophet? Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus, or are you dependent upon your pastor or priest to get you into heaven?

Christ has stated that many will come before His Throne of Judgment believing they were saved, even holding up that they had cast out demons and healed the sick, all in His name, yet He will deliver to them the most feared of all rebukes possible; “I NEVER knew you, depart from me”.

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name? and in your name have cast out devils? and in your name done many wonderful works?

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.
Why would God send a Strong Delusion upon the world?

Because lost (unsaved) people of the earth including those that claim to be Christians “believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” II Thessalonians 2:7-12

God will send the strong delusion on those among us that are guilty of not accepting the truth of His Holy Word found within the Old and New Testament Bible. Their guilt also lies in their accepting and following after the unrighteous teachings perpetrated by false prophets within the Christian church. 

These false prophets are controlled by seducing spirits; and while working under the guise of end times preachers, pastors, teachers, elders, and church laymen they are preaching, teaching and promoting doctrines of devils. 

1st Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some (Christians) shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

To clarify; the strong delusion will not be sent by God solely because of the actions of the false prophets, or due only to the blasphemous content of their false teachings, but also the strong delusion will be sent upon those that claim to be Christian and are proven apostate due to their acceptance of ungodly teaching. The Strong Delusion will be sent upon the false teachers and those that believe them.

Why will lukewarm Christians be included in the strong delusion curse from God?

 Those that claim to be Christians have been given much in the teaching and knowledge of God.

Luke 12:48 For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required..

Lukewarm and undecided Christians are denying the deity of Christ by not bowing to His authority in all issues of life. They are not obeying the teachings of God in His Holy Word, but instead are following after false prophets that teach a new and corrupted gospel.


Does God’s Word speak to the issue of undecided and lukewarm Christians?

Yes, Jesus states He will be disgusted with lukewarm Christians to the degree He will be nauseated by their presence.

Revelation 3:15 I know your works, that you art neither cold nor hot…

Revelation 3:16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.

 Revelation 3:17 Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.


Can Christians that profess to know the Holy God of the Bible be lost due to their wrong interpretation of scripture? 

Yes. God has only one true interpretive meaning in His Holy Word. It cannot be rightfully interpreted and taught by false prophets that are under the influence of seducing spirits, nor can it be correctly espoused by Christians that have no personal walk or relationship with Jesus.  

1 Timothy 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Is there punishment for Christians that do not OBEY the gospel of Jesus Christ?

2Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
2Thessalonians 1:8  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ  Why will atheists, those that say they do not believe in God, be cursed?

There is no denying God’s existence, for everything seen and unseen speaks of the majesty of His existence through His Creation. Those that deny that God exists do so solely in rebellion and refusal to accept His Kingship. They choose to deny their true King rightful authority over their lives.
 Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse…Luke 12:9 But he that denies me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

What is the “LIE” that God’s Strong Delusion will cause people to believe?
First recognize that the “lie” is NOT a lie spoken or sent by God. Also, do not confuse the “lie” with the “strong delusion”, they are two entirely different things, however, combined they will become a curse on the lost and also on the lukewarm in the Christian churches.   The false doctrine being taught within the Christian churches today is the “lie” .

2Thesalonians 2:11:  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie 
The “strong delusion” is God’s curse upon both those that teach the false doctrine lie and those that believe the false doctrine lie.
 
The Warning of Jesus   Jesus has warned emphatically that God will be so displeased with people during the last days that He will cause them to believe a lie in order that they may be cursed. Consider: Is God speaking of sending a strong delusion on only those that are lost due to their having not accepted Jesus as their Messiah or is this warning for all people, including lukewarm Christians?  Some of you may think the strong delusion is meant only for unbelievers and will not effect “Christians”. If that is the case, then answer this; why would God need another (additional) reason to condemn those that are already condemned due to their not accepting His only begotten Son

“He that believes in Him (Jesus) is not condemned: but he that believes not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:18 

Are there really False Prophets teaching a ‘lie” within the end-time Christian churches?

Yes, so much so that Jesus made a point of warning the disciples (and us) regarding them. When speaking of false prophets, Jesus was not referring to the common deceptions of the world that would mislead the lost through out history. He was specifically warning His Christian disciples, and us as His Christian followers, to beware of False Prophets within the Christian church family.

Seducers versus persecutors:Jesus was warning us that seducers in our midst are of much more danger to the church (then and now) than are the open and obvious persecutors. Jesus foresaw the false teachers (seducers) that would be embedded within our Christian churches today.

Who are the seducers within the Christian church today?The seducers in the Christian church today are those that have gained good reputation, perhaps through pseudo Biblical teachings, but afterward, having betrayed the Holy Word of Jesus entrusted to them, have turned away from the Truth entirely. Under the prompting of evil spirits these seducers have now begun teaching heresy and error compounded; of which Jesus said are “doctrines of devils”. Ignoring the clear scriptural warning of being cursed for adding to or taking away from God’s Holy Word, today’s false prophets are foolishly, and to their own eternal destruction, teaching a new and different gospelStop for a moment and consider this; Do you realize that God’s Word says there WILL be Christians leaving the true teaching of God and accepting the teaching of evil spirits. If the dawning reality of that is not enough to make you fall on your knees pleading God’s mercy in fear of this becoming your own fate, now consider  that God also says that “doctrines of devils” will be taught in the end time Christian churches? Is your Church allowing doctrines of devils to be taught?

Doctrine: A belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some

Devils: Spirits of evil and adversaries of God; tempters of mankind; masters of Hell

Who are those that are teaching the Doctrines of Devils being taught in Christian churches today?

The seducing laymen, teachers, prophets, elders, deacons, and pastors that have compromised, omitted, changed, added to, and intentionally wrongly interpreted the Word of God to accommodate the cultural standards and desires of the lost people of today are teaching False Doctrines that God calls Doctrines of Devils.
Do you know what is considered to be a doctrine of a devil according to God’s Word? 

Examples given of doctrines of devils being taught in today’s churches include (but certainly are not limited to) the following;

Where as God’s Word calls an evil act done by man as being sin, false prophets within today’s Christian churches call this same sin good and acceptable.. Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness.

  Where as God states that He is God and there is no other god beside Him. The false prophets today teach that we are ALL gods.  Isaiah 44:6 Thus says the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God

. Where as God says that if we pray we shall receive that which is in His Will, these seducing false prophets now teach that we are capable of receiving anything we desire regardless of God’s will, merely through our OWN will power.  1John 5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hears us:

Where as God states that we are to seek first the kingdom of heaven and then all things needed for our care on earth will be given to us. The seducers among us teach that we should first seek after material gain, wealth, and prosperity, and of course give them a good share of it. 1Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. Where as Christ said that no man can come to the Father, but through Him, and that God draws mankind through Jesus that we may be purified of our sins before approaching God. Today’s seducers teach that there are many ways to God.John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which has sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.   Where as God demands that we honor and worship Him and Him only, the seducers in the Christian churches today demand that we honor and even worship them and our fellow man instead. Romans 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools Romans 1:25  Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator

Where as God says that effeminate and homosexual men are an abomination to Him, many of today’s ministers teach that homosexuals and effeminates are NOT sinning and that God will go against His own Word and bless them anyway because He is a “God of Love’.  1Corinthians  6:9-10 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortionists, shall inherit the kingdom of God.Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.

Jesus speaking of the signs and wonders that will deceive the end times Christians:

“Even him (anti-Christ), who’s coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders”

 Christ Jesus warned us in Mathew 24 that the “him” that shall rise up is the anti-Christ, and will do so with direct empowerment from Satan, and will show great signs and lying wonders that will be so grand and spectacular as to fool many.

The great signs and wonders being done by the false prophets are not true miracles, but are instead, “LYING wonders empowered by Satan, and are NOT miracles empowered by God.

These false prophets take advantage of men’s lack of knowledge regarding God’s Holy Word.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you shall be no priest to me: seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.

Surely, if men had read God’s warnings in the Bible they would recognize these false prophets spoken of in end time’s prophecies. But, sadly, yet it is their due; they are capable of being deceived by falsehood, trickery, magic, lies, their own arrogance, and other deceptions sent on the world by Satan through seducing spirits. 

For us as true Christians, that is, those of us whom have asked with a broken and contrite heart for God to forgive us in the name of Jesus, we must also pray that God would protect and keep us from the great lie that Satan is now inflicting on the world. Pray that our God would not send the strong delusion upon us.

Will lukewarm Christians accept the anti-Christ as being Jesus?  Yes.

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect.

 2Thessalonian 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.”

Because they did not receive the love of the TRUTH; the TRUTH being that Jesus is the ONLY way to God and is the true Savior, Lord, King, and Ruler over all creation here on earth, God is sending a Strong Delusion to curse them in order that those that accept the lie shall remain in their sins.  

 A Clear Warning

If you are lost in your sins without the freely offered salvation of Jesus at the time of the rise of anti-Christ you will remain lost. If you are a lukewarm, undecided, corrupt Christian that has not accepted Jesus Christ as your ONLY means of forgiveness before God, then you will receive the strong delusion from God Himself and be cursed. 

God has given you the opportunity to repent today; if you refuse you will remain in your sins when the anti-Christ comes. If you believe you will recognize the anti-Christ and will not accept him as the false messiah, God’s Word says otherwise. God states clearly that because they would not believe the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness, HE WILL cause them to believe the lie. 

Never before in the history of the world has there been a time of prophetic fulfillment such as this. Today all of the final prophecies of Bible Scripture are coming to complete fulfillment quickly and with an exactness of accuracy that is astounding. As a Holy Spirit filled Christian with “eyes to see and ears to hear”, I am in awe at the exponential rapidity toward completion in which God is bringing about these promised end time events.

 It is absolutely imperative that you accept Christ as your Savior, your Lord, your King, and your Ruler now. Do not make the mistake to think you will be “raptured” out of the world before the tribulation, or that you can wait until tribulation begins and then decide to bow your knee to Jesus as King. For those of you that are undecided (lukewarm), make up your mind quickly; repent of your sins before God almighty now, today, and do not wait for tomorrow. God will soon send  a strong delusion upon the people of this world. Are you foolish enough to think that God will fail to do that which He has promised? 

Prepare yourself to not be deceived; follow the teaching of God’s Holy Word written in the Old and New Testament Bibles. Read His Word for yourself and pray that He would show you His truth as He meant it to be. Turn away from the lying false prophets that are within many of the corrupt churches today. Seek God our Creator through Christ Jesus and Christ Jesus alone. Do not seek after wealth, materialism, and prosperity. Seek God in truth and spirit. Do not seek after power, self worship, and attention to yourself. Do not seek self gratification of perverse and ungodly desires by living your life vicariously through actors, musicians, the wealthy, sports icons, politicians, or your pastor.  Hold no man or woman up as being worthy of your attention-turned-worship. Heed the Word of God Almighty ONLY.

Old Testament prophecy of God’s wrath on unbelievers:

Isaiah 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spoke, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

May God have mercy on us all. 
A brother in Christ Jesus,

 Barry L. Brumfield

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                                                        “FAITH UNDONE” by Roger Oakland 

                the emerging church…a new formation or an end-time deception

One would be hard-pressed to find a more complete description of the various end-time deceptions currently exploding in our churches in one single paperback book.   Roger has accomplished this feat in “Faith Undone”.

Why is his book so relevant today? Consider this statement.  “In the near future, Christians of every denomination will have to decide whether to support or reject the spirituality behind the emerging church.”

Here are some of the topics he covers in his 13 chapters.

  • Emerging Spirituality
  • Mysticism
  • Post-Modernism
  • Labryinths
  • Contemplative Spirituality
  • Yoga
  • The “Eucharistic” Christ
  • Purpose Driven Ecumenism
  • The Kingdom of God on Earth
  • The New Reformation

From Chapter 1 – A New Kind of Church

“It is not the ambience of the emerging  church that causes me to write this book. It is the theological underpinnings….But is this ‘new reformation’ actually the way God has instructed us to go?… A new form of Christianity will replace faith with a faith that says man can find his own path to God and create a perfect kingdom of God here on the earth.  The Word will become secondary to a system of works and rituals driven by ancient mystical practices.” (pp. 12-13)

This last sentence “The Word will become secondary to a system of works and rituals driven by ancient mystical practices”, is so very true of every deceptive practice being introduced into the church and the world today. This falls in line with occultist Alice Bailey who said “the teachings of the East and of the West must be fused and blended before the true and universal religion could appear on earth”.*  When the church embraces occult teachings, we have to come to our senses and take notice of what is happening right in front of our eyes. The Bible warns of this deception but people do not want to listen.

Roger also says:

“This book does not attempt to identify every key player in the emerging church movement. There are too many…my objective  is not to attack individuals but rather to unveil a belief system. Thus, this is not a book out to get the bad guys. On the contrary, it is a book that seeks to rescue those involved with the emerging church and countless others heading in that direction.”

“In the near future, Christians of every denomination will have to decide whether to support or reject the spirituality behind the emerging church. If the emerging church continues unfolding at its present pace, mainstream evangelical Christianity will be restructured so that the biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ will be considered too narrow and too restrictive.” (p.20)

This is happening this very instant and many are totally unaware. This is why Roger’s book is so important. Let’s take a look at some of his other findings. This is from Chapter 6, When West Meets East

“In the early ’80s, I became aware of a major shift in thinking that was sweeping the Western world. Religious pagan practices of the past, once relegated to a world of darkness, were now being embraced as the ways and means of ushering in an age of enlightenment….Every method and therapy imaginable imported from Hinduism, Buddhism and every form of Eastern mysticism suddenly was in vogue. The age of enlightenment had arrived, we were told.” (p.93)

This cannot be more true.  Think back even farther when the Beatles swept in from England in the mid 60’s.  They themselves delved into Hinduism and Transcendental Meditation because of George Harrison’s fascination with the East. The baby-boomers of today are already familiar with these practices so it is no wonder that it is not a stretch for them to readily accept yoga and meditation into their life. What does Roger have to say about this?

“Today it is  becoming increasingly common to hear about churches promoting Christian yoga or Christian leaders suggesting the best way to enhance one’s prayer life is by getting in tune with God through repeating a mantra. What was once described as New Age and occultic is acceptable now in some Christian circles. ”

“Anyone who cares to do the research will find that yoga and its connection to Eastern religion remains the same. Linking oneself with the universal energy is still its goal. A Christian can believe that yoga is for health and well being if he or she wants, but the facts have not changed.”

“Can a Christian incorporate Hindu spiritual practices in order to get closer to the Jesus Christ of the Bible?” (pp. 94,96) 

Roger goes on to explain why the answer to this question is NO. But you will have the read the book for the remaining argument. Let’s go on to Rick Warren and some of his extraordinary quotes found in Chapter 9, The Kingdom Of God On Earth.

“Rick Warren’s reformation, which will bring in the Kingdom of God through global cooperation for a common cause, will include Catholics, Muslims, and homosexuals – a combination hardly similar to the 16th century reformation…Rick Warren believes that God has shown him not only the boundaries (or lack of them) of this coming global kingdom, but also the strategy to bring it about. Before Warren came up with the plan, he says he asked Jesus to show him how to reach the world. He explains:” (p.149) (Warren’s comments in red)

RW   “Then I said, ‘How did You do it? You wouldn’t have left us without a strategy.’ And I found the answer in a passage in Matthew 10 and Luke 10 where Jesus sends His first followers out…He says, ‘When you go into a village, you find the man of peace in every village, in every government, in every business, in every church.* The man of peace does not have to be a Christian believer. Could be Muslim. Could be Jewish. Because when Jesus said, ‘Find the man of peace, there were no Christians yet. Jesus hadn’t died on the cross. There was no resurrection. He’s just saying, go out and find somebody to work with.” (pp. 149-150)

“Jesus did not say they were to look for a man of peace of every town, Rather he said ‘whatsoever city or town ye shall enter , enquire who in it is worthy; and there abide till ye go hence”  (Matthew 10:11)…it is important to realize that the criterion for staying in a house was not the greeting of peace itself but whether those in that house received their message.

“And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.” (Matthew 10:14)

“Let me speak very boldly here: if we are going to link hands with those who believe in another gospel or no gospel at all for the sake of establishing an earthly, unified kingdom, we will not be building the kingdom of God.” (p.151)

RW  “I stand before you confidently right now and say to you that God is going to use you to change the world…I’m looking at a stadium full of people who are telling God they will do whatever it takes to establish God’s Kingdom ‘on earth as it is in heaven.’ What will happen if the followers of Jesus say to Him, ‘We are yours’? What kind of spiritual awakening will occur?” (p. 153)

“What does Warren mean by ‘whatever it takes’?

I am going to advance to Chapter 12, A New Reformation, for the next Rick Warren quote.

“In an article written by Rick Warren, “What Do You Do When Your Church Hits a Plateau?”, Warren told pastors and church leaders not to be discouraged about slow change in their churches. He told them it would take time…and in many cases, it would take these resisters either leaving the church or simply dying. Warren exhorts:” (p.204)

RW  “If your church has been plateaued for six months, it might take six months to get it going again. If it’s been plateaued a year, it might take a year. If it has been plateaued for 20 years, you’ve got to set in for the duration. I’m saying people are going to have to die or leave.  Moses had to wander around the desert for 40 years while God killed off a million people before he let them go into the Promised Land.  That may be brutally blunt, but it’s true. There may be people in your church who love God sincerely, but who will never, ever change.” (p.205)

“By making statements like this, Rick Warren marginalized those who won’t go along with the new reformation that he is hoping for. While Warren doesn’t say that people should kill them, he does say that God may have to end their lives, just like when ‘God killed off a million people before he let them go into the Promised Land.'” (p.205)

These are frightening statements and I am sick of Rick but he will have to be dealt with. There is so much more in “Faith Undone”, like Warren telling his followers that the details of Christ’s return are none of our business, (I can’t tell you everything!), but we must move on to the emergents.

There are so many involved in the emergent movement that one needs to go to www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com or http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/ to check out all the names, but Roger gives much attention to Brian McLaren. (blue comment) McLaren was named one of the country’s top 25 “Most Influential Evangelicals” in 2005 by Time magazine.

“In an interview, Brian McLaren questioned the idea of God sending His Son to a violent death, calling it “false advertising for God”:

BL  “One of the huge problems is the traditional understanding of hell. Because if the cross is in line with Jesus’ teaching then-I won’t say, the only, and I certainly won’t say the primary–but a primary meaning of the cross is that the kingdom of God doesn’t come like the kingdoms of this world, by inflicting violence and coercing people. But that the kingdom of God comes through suffering and willing, voluntary sacrifice. But in an ironic way, the doctine of hell basically says, no, that’s not really true.  That in the end, God gets His way through coercion and violence and intimidation and domination, just like every other kingdom does.  The cross isn’t the center then. The cross is almost a distraction and false advertising for God.”

“What an extraordinary example of faith under attack and the consequences of thinking outside the box. If McLaren is right, all those who have ever lived and believed in Christ’s atonement have been misled and wrong. McLaren has taken the freedom to to reconstruct what faith means by distorting the Scripture, or worse yet, saying the opposite of what the inspired Word of God says. This is blasphemy!” (pp.192-193)

I have resisted taking the final comment from Roger’s book from the last chapter, Or An Endtime Deception, even though there are many gems to pick from, and have selected this from p.217

“The emergent reformation, when it comes to fruition, will stand on the side of the line drawn in the sand that says all humanity is One–regardless of religion, beliefs–we are all One. That One-ness will mean one with all creation too, and inevitably with God. This is what the New Age movement is striving for–a time when all of mankind will realize both their unity and divinity–and the Gospel as we know it, according to Scripture, will be no more.”

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Others mentioned in the book – Alice Bailey, Rob Bell, Ken Blanchard, Marcus Borg, Bob Buford, Tony Campolo, Peter Drucker, Richard Foster, Matthew Fox, Thomas Keating, Dan Kimball, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Erwin McManus, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Doug Pagitt, Leonard Sweet, and Robert Webber among others.

How is it that this one book can cover so many names and issues?  It is because they are all related and together they have one goal and purpose in mind, which is Faith Undone, a must read for every Christian.

Order this book at Lighthouse Trails Publishing.

* Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy p.280

* Government, business, church is Druckers 3-legged stool.

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“Oprah and Friends” To Teach Course on New Age Christ
By Warren Smith

Oprah Winfrey will be letting out all the stops on her XM Satellite Radio program this coming year. Beginning January 1, 2008, “Oprah & Friends” will offer a year-long course on the New Age teachings of A Course in Miracles .1 A lesson a day throughout the year will completely cover the 365 lessons from the Course in Miracles “Workbook.” For example, Lesson #29 asks you to go through your day affirming that “God is in everything I see.”2 Lesson #61 tells each person to repeat the affirmation “I am the light of the world.” 3 Lesson #70 teaches the student to say and believe “My salvation comes from me.”4

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By the end of the year, “Oprah & Friends” listeners will have completed all of the lessons laid out in the Course in Miracles Workbook. Those who finish the Course will have a wholly redefined spiritual mindset — a New Age worldview that includes the belief that there is no sin, no evil, no devil, and that God is “in” everyone and everything. A Course in Miracles teaches its students to rethink everything they believe about God and life. The Course Workbook bluntly states: “This is a course in mind training”5 and is dedicated to “thought reversal.”6

Teaching A Course in Miracles will be Oprah’s longtime friend and special XM Satellite Radio reporter Marianne Williamson, who also happens to be one of today’s premier New Age leaders. She and Conversations with God author Neale Donald Walsch co-founded the American Renaissance Alliance in 1997, that later became the Global Renaissance Alliance of New Age leaders, that changed its name again in 2005 to the Peace Alliance . This Peace Alliance seeks to usher in an era of global peace founded on the principles of a New Age/New Spirituality that they are now referring to as a “civil rights movement for the soul.”7 They all agree that the principles of this New Age/New Spirituality are clearly articulated in A Course in Miracles, which is fast becoming the New Age Bible. So what is A Course in Miracles and what does it teach?

A Course in Miracles is allegedly “new revelation” from “Jesus” to help humanity work through these troubled times. This “Jesus” — who bears no doctrinal resemblance to the Bible’s Jesus Christ — began delivering his channeled teachings in 1965 to a Columbia University Professor of Medical Psychology by the name of Helen Schucman. One day Schucman heard an “inner voice” stating, “This is a course in miracles. Please take notes.”8 For seven years she diligently took spiritual dictation from this inner voice that described himself as “Jesus.” A Course in Miracles was quietly published in 1975 by the Foundation for Inner Peace. For many years “the Course” was an underground cult classic for New Age seekers who studied “the Course” individually, with friends, or in small study groups.

As a former New Age follower and devoted student of A Course in Miracles , I eventually discovered that the Course in Miracles was, in reality, the truth of the Bible turned upside down. Not having a true understanding of the Bible at the time of my involvement, I was led to believe that A Course in Miracles was “a gift form God” to help everyone understand the “real” meaning of the Bible and to help bring peace to the world. Little did I know that the New Age “Christ” and the New Age teachings of A Course in Miracles were everything the real Jesus Christ warned us to watch out for. In Matthew 24 Jesus warned about false teachers, false teachings and the false “Christs” who would pretend to be Him.

When I left the New Age “Christ” to follow the Bible’s Jesus Christ, I had come to understand that the “Jesus” of A Course in Miracles was a false “Christ,” and that his Course in Miracles was dangerously deceptive. Here are some quotes from the “Jesus” of A Course in Miracles:
 
“There is no sin. . . “9
A “slain Christ has no meaning.” 10
“The journey to the cross should be the last ‘useless journey.'”11
“Do not make the pathetic error of ‘clinging to the old rugged cross.'”12
“The Name of Jesus Christ as such is but a symbol. . . . It is a symbol that is safely used as a replacement for the many names of all the gods to which you pray.” 13
“God is in everything I see.”14
“The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself.”15
“The oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness, your sanity and your limitless power.” 16
“The Atonement is the final lesson he [man] need learn, for it teaches him that, never having sinned, he has no need of salvation.”17

Most Christians recognize that these teachings are the opposite of what the Bible teaches. In the Bible, Jesus Christ’s atoning death on the cross of Calvary was hardly a “useless journey.” His triumph on the cross provides salvation to all those who confess their sin, accept Him and follow Him as their Lord and Saviour. His victory on the cross rings throughout the New Testament. It has been gloriously sung about in beloved hymns through the ages and is at the heart of our Christian testimony. I found the Jesus of the Bible to be wholly believable as He taught God’s truth and warned about the spiritual deception that would come in His name. The “Jesus” of A Course in Miracles reveals himself to be an imposter when he blasphemes the true Jesus Christ by saying that a “slain Christ has no meaning” and that we are all “God” and that we are all “Christ.” It was by reading the Bible’s true teachings of Jesus Christ that I came to understand how deceived I had been by A Course in Miracles and my other New Age teachings.

I was introduced to A Course in Miracles by Dr. Gerald Jampolsky’s book Love is Letting Go of Fear. Jampolsky declared in his easy-to-read book how the teachings of A Course in Miracles had changed his life. As an ambassador for A Course in Miracles over the years, Jampolsky has been featured not only in New Age circles but at least twice on Robert Schuller’s Hour of Power. While Schuller introduced Jampolsky and his “fabulous” 18 Course in Miracles-based books to his worldwide television audience, it was Marianne Williamson’s appearance on a 1992 Oprah Winfrey Show that really shook the rafters.

On that program, Oprah enthusiastically endorsed Williamson’s book, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles. Oprah told her television audience that Williamson’s book about A Course in Miracles was one of her favorite books, and that she had already bought a thousand copies and would be handing them out to everyone in her studio audience. Oprah’s endorsement skyrocketed Williamson’s book about A Course in Miracles to the top of the New York Times bestseller list. Ironically, all of this was happening after I had left the Course and the New Age. In fact, I was doing the final editing on my book The Light That Was Dark that warned about the dangers of the New Age, and in particular A Course in Miracles.

After being introduced to the world on Oprah, Marianne Williamson has continued to grow in popularity and, as previously mentioned, has become one of today’s foremost New Age leaders. Williamson credits Winfrey for bringing her book about A Course in Miracles before the world: “For that, my deepest thanks to Oprah Winfrey. Her enthusiasm and generosity have given the book, and me, an audience we would never otherwise have had.”19 In her 2004 book, The Gift of Change, Williamson wrote: “Twenty years ago, I saw the guidance of the Course as key to changing one’s personal life; today, I see its guidance as key to changing the world. More than anything else, I see how deeply the two are connected.”20Thus the New Age teachings of A Course in Miracles are about to be taught by Marianne Williamson to millions of listeners on Oprah’s XM Satellite Radio program. Listeners are encouraged to buy A Course in Miracles for the year-long course. An audio version of A Course in Miracles recited by Richard (John Boy Walton) Thomas is also available on compact disc. Popular author Wayne Dyer told his PBS television audience that the “brilliant writing” of A Course in Miracles would produce more peace in the world.21 Williamson’s New Age colleague, Neale Donald Walsch, said his “God” stated that “the era of the Single Saviour is over”22 and that he (“God”) was responsible for authoring the teachings of A Course in Miracles.23 Meanwhile, Gerald Jampolsky’s Course in Miracles-based book, Forgiveness, continues to be sold in Robert Schuller’s Crystal Cathedral bookstore as Schuller prepares to host a January 17-19, 2008, “Rethink Conference” at his Crystal Cathedral.24

At this critical time in the history of the world, the New Gospel/New Spirituality is coming right at the world and the church with its New Age teachings and its New Age Peace Plan. But this New Age Peace Plan has at its deceptive core the bottom-line teaching from A Course in Miracles that “we are all one” because God is “in” everyone and everything. But the Bible is clear that we are not God (Ezekiel 28:2; Hosea 11:9). And per Galatians 3:26-28, our only oneness is in Jesus Christ, not in ourselves as “God” and “Christ.” What Oprah and Marianne Williamson and the world will learn one day is that humanity’s only real and lasting peace is with the true Jesus Christ who is described and quoted in the Holy Bible (Romans 5:1).

Oprah Winfrey’s misplaced faith in Marianne Williamson and the New Age teachings of A Course in Miracles is a sure sign of the times. But an even surer sign of the times is that most Christians are not taking heed to what is happening in the world and in the church. We are not contending for the faith as the Bible admonishes us to do (Jude 3). It is time for all of our Purpose-Driven and Emerging church pastors to address the real issue of the day. Our true Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ is being reinvented, redefined, and blasphemed right in front of our eyes and hardly anyone seems to notice or care. If we want the world to know who Jesus Christ is, we need to also warn them about who He is not. There is a false New Age “Christ” making huge inroads into the world and into the church. The Apostle Paul said that “it is a shame” we have to even talk about these things, but talk about them we must (Ephesians 5:12-16).

If people want to follow Oprah Winfrey and the New Age “Christ” of A Course in Miracles they certainly have that right. But let them be warned that the New Age “Christ” they are following is not the same Jesus Christ who is so clearly and authoritatively presented in the pages of the Bible.

Warren Smith is a former New Age follower who at one time was deeply involved in the New Age teachings of A Course in Miracles. He is the author of The Light That Was Dark: From the New Age to Amazing Grace and Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose-Driven Church. His book Reinventing Jesus Christ: The New Gospel is available free online at www.reinventingjesuschrist.com

Endnotes:
1. http://marianne.com/book/index/htm
2. A Course in Miracles: Combined Volume (Glen Ellen, California: Foundation for Inner Peace, 1975), (Workbook), p. 45.
3. Ibid., p. 102.
4. Ibid., p. 119.
5. Ibid., (Text), p. 16.
6. Ibid., (Preface), p. ix.
7. Neale Donald Walsch, Tomorrow’s God: Our Greatest Spiritual Challenge (New York: Atria Books, Simon & Schuster, 2004), pp. 262-263.
8. Robert Skutch, Journey Without Distance: The Story behind “A Course in Miracles” (Berkeley, California: Celestial Arts, 1984), p. 54.
9. A Course in Miracles: Combined Volume, (Workbook), p. 183.
10. Ibid., (Text), p. 425.
11. Ibid., p. 52.
12. Ibid.
13. Ibid., (Teachers Manual), p. 58.
14. Ibid., (Workbook), p. 45.
15. Ibid., (Text), p. 147.
16. Ibid., p. 125.
17. Ibid., p. 237.
18. http://www.hourofpower.org/interviews/interviews_detail.cfm?ArticleID=3079
19. Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles A Course in Miracles (New York: Harper Perennial, 1996), p. ix.
20. Marianne Williamson, The Gift Of Change: Spiritual Guidance for a Radically New Life (San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 2004), p. 5.
21. Wayne Dyer, “There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem,” Public Broadcasting System broadcast in 2001.
22. Neale Donald Walsch, The New Revelations: A Conversation with God (New York: Atria Books, 2002), p. 157.
23. Neale Donald Walsch, Conversations with God: an uncommon dialogue, Book 1 (New York: G.P . Putnam’s Sons, 1996), p. 90.
24. http://www.rethinkconference.com (See also WorldNetDaily.com 10/30/07 “What is Robert Schuller ‘rethinking’?” by Joseph Farah and “Rethinking Robert Schuller” by Warren Smith. See also Herescope: “Rethinking Culture” and “Rethinking and Reinventing

WILLIAMSON HAS EARNED A SPOT ON THIS APOLOGECTICS SITE: READ ABOUT HER HERE!

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 AND ON HERESCOPE:

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