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Discovering the New Age Movement / New World Order, Part One

 

Submitted by Craig “Lee” Dorsheimer

 

I first became aware of the New Age Movement / New World Order in the late 1980s well before I became a Christian through an acquaintance who was witnessing to me at the time and who allowed me to borrow a book titled The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow written by Constance Cumbey, a Detroit area attorney.   I ended up buying a copy of the book.

 

A few years later, I recall being in night school and seeing on a TV in our break room President George H. W. Bush in his 1991 State of the Union address stressing a “New World Order” and chills went down my spine. 

 

…What is at stake is more than one small country; it is a big idea: a new world order, where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind — peace and security, freedom, and the rule of law. Such is a world worthy of our struggle and worthy of our children’s future…

 

…The world can, therefore, seize this opportunity to fulfill the long-held promise of a new world order, where brutality will go unrewarded and aggression will meet collective resistance. Yes, the United States bears a major share of leadership in this effort…[1] [emphasis mine]

 

And, again on March 6, 1991, at the close of the Gulf War:

 

…Now, we can see a new world coming into view. A world in which there is the very real prospect of a new world order. In the words of Winston Churchill, a world order in which “the principles of justice and fair play protect the weak against the strong. . . .” A world where the United Nations, freed from cold war stalemate, is poised to fulfill the historic vision of its founders.

 

Even the new world order cannot guarantee an era of perpetual peace. But enduring peace must be our mission. Our success in the Gulf will shape not only the new world order we seek but our mission here at home.
In the war just ended, there were clear-cut objectives — timetables — and, above all, an overriding imperative to achieve results…
[1] [Emphasis mine]

 

It would be years after this that I would accept Jesus Christ as my savior.  During my B.C. [before Christ] days I began to see New Age / New World Order connections in quite a few different areas.  One in particular was music – a HUGE idol in my life.  There was Eastern mysticism in most of the different genres of music I listened to whether it was the lyrics, liner notes, artwork, music or a combination of these.  And, of course, most music stores have an entire section devoted to “New Age” music.  This genre is generally for meditational purposes since it’s usually quiet and relaxing yet repetitive – perfect for use as a vehicle for emptying one’s mind.

 

A basic tenet of the New Age Movement is a syncretism of religions with the belief that there are ‘many paths to God.’[2]  However, the main focus is to realize that God is in all – this is called panentheism – so, we just need to realize, then actualize, our own divinity.[3]  Panentheism is a further step from pantheism which means ‘God is all.’[3]  Religious tolerance is promoted and accepted with the exception of Orthodox Biblical Christianity and other monotheistic religions since these are viewed as divisive.[4]

 

Some New Agers redefine Christian terminology into New Age meanings.  A perfect example is found in the Theosophical writings of Alice A. Bailey – who claims her writings were channeled through her by a ‘Tibetan master’ named Djwan Khul – in the use of ‘atonement’ which is hyphenated to the more Eastern ‘at-one-ment.’  The redefined meaning is to become ‘at one’ or to ‘achieve unity’ with God.[5]

 

It was at a particularly low point in my life when I accepted Christ; and, the thought of the New Age Movement was far from my mind.  During my subsequent Christian walk, which was fraught with waywardness amid faithfulness, I would occasionally think about the New Age Movement / New World Order; but, the stresses and distractions of daily life in the U.S. would overshadow them.  However, around April of 2007 I was introduced to some strange teachings that I recognized as being New Age in origin.

 

Here is Constance Cumbey, who was “The first major evangelical critic of the New Age Movement” according to her own words in this clip, filmed at the 2006 Radio Liberty Conference in Aptos, California:[6]

 

 

I entreat you to set aside one hour of your time to listen to what she has to say on the subject of the New Age Movement / New World Order.  Cumbey wrote The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow in 1983 and its follow up A Planned Deception: The Staging of a New Age “Messiah” in 1985 in which she exposes the NAM/NWO having thoroughly researched this unfolding of end time’s prophecy.  She continues to research news reports and other info in her ongoing search of the NAM/NWO on her blog.[7]

 

Throughout this article and the upcoming second part I will provide quotes from this video/audio message in which Cumbey recounts her journey into the knowledge of the New Age Movement beginning in 1981.  In addition, I will bold some key New Age Movement (NAM) / New World Order (NWO) terms as I’ve already done above.  This does not mean to imply that every time one sees these words that they are necessarily referring to the NAM/NWO. 

 

While the NAM and NWO are intrinsically intertwined, for the sake of simplicity it may be easiest to see the NAM as the spiritual/religious side compared to the NWO which is its political aspect.  But, make no mistake, the intention is to establish a one world religion/one world government.  This, in fact, makes perfect sense in light of Biblical prophecy:

 

7He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them.  And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation.  8All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.

 

13And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men.  14Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth.  He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.  15He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed.  16He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead,  17so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. [Revelation 13:7-8, 13-17 Emphasis mine]

 

This makes it clear that the ‘beast’ will have authority over the entire earth and all inhabitants including the monetary system.  The only way for this to occur is to have total governmental control as in a one world government.  In addition, if the ‘beast’ is going to conquer all the saints – true Christians – then either: 1) all religions of the world will be in total opposition to Biblical Christianity; or, most likely, 2) there will be a one world religion which will be at odds with Biblical Christianity. 

 

It seems quite obvious that this prophecy will not be fulfilled in a ‘one fell swoop’ kind of way but rather a process over time.  It is highly implausible that the Antichrist would just appear on the scene without some sort of plan toward this end.  Keep in mind, this is not “man” doing this – this is the power of dark forces bringing forth biblical prophecies toward their fulfillment.  And, of course, God is allowing it.

 

18Dear children, this is the last hour, and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming even now many antichrists have come.  This is how we know it is the last hour. 19They went out from us but they did not really belong to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. [1 John 2:18-19 NIV]

 

In the above what is John referring to with his words “their going?”  I believe it obviously refers to those who’ve walked away from the faith altogether; however, I also believe it refers to those who have moved away from the strict Word of God to subtle errors which in turn leads to larger errors.  Remember Jesus’ and Paul’s words regarding ‘a little yeast/leaven’ and how these can “leaven the whole.” [Matthew 16:6, 11-12; Galatians 5:7-10; 1 Corinthians 5:6-7]  Whether these folks are doing it knowingly or unwittingly only the Lord knows for sure.

 

Constance Cumbey’s Introduction to the New Age

 

In a Methodist book store across from her law office Cumbey found books with a common theme proclaiming the need for a “‘New World Order…’ for ‘transformation,’ to ‘see ourselves as part of an interconnected whole.’ Cumbey: “I started thinking I was looking at some very serious religious apostasy combined with some political elements…”[6]

 

These books were from those identified as Methodist, Baptist, Mennonite and Catholic authors; however, “…The books all sounded more like each other rather than the respective teachings of their respective denominations.”[6]

 

From The Aquarian Conspiracy by Marilyn Ferguson, Cumbey quotes, “Doctrine is losing authority and knowing is superseding belief.” [Emphasis mine]  This quote itself was taken from The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ by Levi H. Dowling according to Cumbey.  Dowling’s book spoke of a Jesus “‘who was not always ‘the Christ’ that …Jesus had earned the degree ‘Christ’ by a life of strenuous service and equipping Himself to find the ‘Christ Consciousness…’[6]

 

“‘…it is time for more revelation and Jesus is the flesh-made messenger to bring that light to man; but, in the ages yet to come man will attain to greater lights… and finally at last a mighty master soul will arise to light the way to the throne of perfect man.’  I slammed that book shut… I knew I just looked at something about and promoting and preparing folks for the Antichrist.”[6]

 

The name ‘Lucifer’ comes from the Latin ‘lucis’ which means ‘light’ and ‘ferre’ ‘to bring;’ so, ‘Lucifer’ literally means ‘light bringer’ or ‘bringer of light.’[8]

 

At a dinner with Phyllis Warren, a biofeedback instructor at Detroit’s Unity Temple who claimed she could heal Cumbey’s husband who had lost both legs just above the knees, Warren proceeds to tell Constance about the “New Age Movement” also known as “The Holistic Movement,” “The Networking Movement,” “The New Consciousness Movement,” and “Age of Aquarius.”[6]

 

Cumbey comments, “So help me, I did not know that they had a slogan ‘When the pupil is ready the master will appear.’”[6] Interestingly, I found this quote on a site on neopaganism/paganism in response to the following questions on that site, “How do I find pagans/Witches/covens/teachers in my area?  How do I evaluate them:”

 

Some of your best contacts may come from your local new age, pagan or occult bookstores.  Check their bulletin boards for notices, or ask the staff.

 

Don’t be in a hurry to find a teacher.  When the student is ready, the teacher will appear” is a popular saying in most pagan and Craft communities.[9] [Emphasis mine]

 

Cumbey quotes Warren as saying that those in the movement “‘communicate with code words and signals.’”  Cumbey began to say some of the code words which Warren agreed with, “Spaceship Earth, Global Village, interdependence… …I had noticed this strong thread of mysticism, both Eastern and Western, running through it.”  Warren further states that Marilyn Ferguson’s book understates the magnitude of the movement.[6]

 

Cumbey tells Warren that she had been reading the Bible and was “convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that this may very well be what was described in the Bible as the last political/social movement that will bring the Antichrist on the scene.”  Warren, still thinking that Cumbey wanted to “come on board,” proceeds, “Oh yes, that’s VERY perceptive of you… I’ve been convinced of that for many years myself.”[6]

 

Cumbey opens her Bible to Daniel 11:38, “‘He shall honor in his estate a god of forces, a god whom his fathers knew not.’  And, I turned to a page in The Aquarian Gospel:  ‘and one may enter fully into the god of forces.’”  To which Phyllis Warren says, “You saw it!  You saw it!  That’s such an important point!  Most students of esotericism fail to grasp it immediately. …we believe that Jesus and the Christ are two separate entities, that ‘Christ’ is an office not a man.”[6]

 

Another meaning for ‘Lucifer’ is ‘force god’ or ‘god of forces’ according to esotericists such as Freemasons, Theosophists, Pantheists, etc.[10]    (Star Wars anyone?)   So, what does that say about Word of Faith adherents who believe God used the ‘force of faith’ in speaking things into existence assuming Christians can tap into this same creative ‘force?’

 

Cumbey then quotes 1 John 2:22, “‘Who is the liar but he who denies Jesus is the Christ …is antichrist he that denies the Father and the Son.’  And, suddenly she [Warren] had a mystic, crystal revelation – she told me too much.  And, she started trying frantically to take it back.”[6]

 

Phyllis Warren, after figuring out that Cumbey believed the Bible to be the inerrant, infallible Word of God with no ‘hidden meanings’ or ambiguities blurted out, “‘That’s not right, that’s not right!  …That book is simply too misleading…The Antichrist is NOT the negative thing the Bible’s made him out to be!’”[6]

 

Read Part Two of this series here.

 

[1] < http://www.c-span.org/executive/stateoftheunion.asp>

 

[2] < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Age>

 

[3] Strohmer, Charles. “Beliefs Behind the ‘Seens.’”  Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs; John Ankerberg & John Weldon; Harvest House Publishers; Eugene, Oregon; 1996; ppX-XI

 

[4] Strohmer, Charles. “Beliefs Behind the ‘Seens.’”  Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs; John Ankerberg & John Weldon; Harvest House Publishers; Eugene, Oregon; 1996; p XIII

 

[5]  Bailey, Alice A.  “Introduction to Initiation.” From Bethlehem to Calvary. Lucis Trust; copyright 1937 by Alice A. Bailey, renewed 1957 by Foster Bailey; 4th paperback edition, 1989; Fort Orange Press, Inc., Albany, New York; p 18

 

[6] <http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8937919448007045479>

 

[7] < http://cumbey.blogspot.com/>

 

[8] < http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lucifer>

 

[9]<http://groups.google.com/group/alt.pagan/browse_thread/thread/a5c5bd85d1fbe8b3/b1476c8ab9e467e6?hl=en&q=%22new+age%22#b1476c8ab9e467e6

 

[10] < http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/masonry.html

 

This is a related article you might enjoy reading:

https://kimolsen.wordpress.com/2007/08/09/the-age-of-aquarius/

 

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