Responding to the Cosmic Chaos of the New Spirituality

Thousands of people who have been ensnared by the teachings of the New Age movement are waking up to the realization that they are now hostages to Satan and his demons.  Others are still deceived, believing that they have come to a new understanding of themselves by tapping into the hidden powers of the universe.  Let’s think about the subtlety of Satan’s trap and then point the way out of his mystical maze.  Fortunately, Christ’s power can destroy his clever grip on the lives of those who admit their need for help. — Erwin W. Lutzer

Welcome to my page responding to the New Spirituality, vis-a-vis, the new age movements. Did you know that there are churches are already incorporating New Age forms of “Spiritual Formation,” contemplative prayer or meditation to cleanse the mind and bring peace and energy to the body. This is straight New Age teaching, not biblical, yet Richard Foster and others have successfully leavened this into many churches.

There is a great number of people in the New Age movement (NAM) don’t like that label — while others would not even consider themselves part of the movements. The New Age Movements are eclectic and diverse. There is no hierarchy, doctrine or membership. They believe man’s basic nature is good and divine. Moreover, they believe in evolutionary godhood and that man will soon see himself as god. New Agers have an interest in Eastern mysticism and hold to a belief in reincarnation. Their “theology” is based in diversity, feel-goodism, universal tolerance, and philosophical and moral relativism.

New Age ideas can be traced to Eastern religious traditions such as Hinduism, Taoism and Buddhism. So much so that many of us in the counter cult world have called it “Hinduism in a three piece suit.”

Fast Facts:

  • Based in esotericism, i.e. private enlightenment through mystical spiritual experiences and spiritual searching.
  • Characterized by alternative approaches to traditional Western culture.
  • Call the earth Gaia. Gaia is a goddess and the “creator and giver of birth to the Earth and all the Universe,” thus she is to be revered and respected, even worshiped.
  • Put man and nature on an equal level. Nature is part of God and through Nature all people can unite.
  • Human Potential movement – cultivation of extraordinary potential believed to be largely untapped in most people.

How to recognize the characteristics of the “new spirituality” / New Age movements

Global UnityMajor Tenets
Man with nature
Man with man
Man with God
Monism: All is one
Pantheism: all is God
We are gods: ignorant of divinity
Goal of NAM: to discover own divinity
Additional beliefsPhrases, Practices, and Terms (cont’d)
No condemnation
No judgment
Subordination of the true God; Elevation of man


Phrases, Practices, and Terms

Spirituality
“As above, so below”
Astrology
Yoga
Contemplative Prayer – found in many Progressive churches
Labyrinth
Visualization
Centering down
Meditation practices – Transcended meditation, contemplative prayer

Holistic Health – treats the whole person — promises healing and wholeness


Modern Psychology – Freud, Abraham Maslow, Carl Jung who was steeped in the occult, even had his own personal spirit guide.

Astral projection – also called astral travel, or soul travel which is training your soul to leave the limitations of your body and travel around the world into heavenly dimensions;

Crystals – used to purify your body’s and mind’s energy systems

Visualization – where you use mental imagery to imagine yourself as an animal, in the presence of a divine being, or being healed of sickness, etc.

Witchcraft – is now called WICCA, Earth Religion, and is closely related to Goddess worship. The doctrine is that we are all part of the earth and God is nature.
Contacting spirits – so they may speak through you or guide you

Cosmic humanism
Cosmic consciousness
Christ consciousness

Links Responding to the New Age

Christian Answers for the New Age – Are you exploring different paths that claim to lead to truth or to holistic spirituality? Or maybe you are wondering about the supernatural. If you are exploring or just mildly curious, please check out the information on this site. Be open to it and see for yourself what is here. Don’t let any preconceived ideas be a barrier. Your exploration may lead to something interesting. To read her story, click on “Marcia’s Story.”

Doreen VIrtue – Doreen Virtue is a born-again Christian who was saved out of new age deception in 2017. Raised in the heretical religion, Christian Science, Doreen wandered went into the new age. She spent 58 years in this deception, not knowing there was anything wrong with it. While spending some time as a New Age speaker/teacher, she became the top-selling new age author at the top-selling new age publishing house. She seemed to have everything the world desires, yet she was still seeking the truth. She found it when she became a follower of Christ.

Melissa Dougherty – Christian Artist and Apologist best known for her YouTube channel as an ex new ager. Check out her Youtube channel as well.

Reasons for Jesus – Reasons for Jesus is an apologetics-based website dedicated to providing justification for a Biblical worldview and a rational defense for faith in Jesus Christ.  This site answers questions, responds to objections toward the Christian faith, and provides positive reasons for why Jesus is exactly who He claimed to be: The Son of God and the only means of salvation.

Berean Research’s Page on the New Age Movements: Berean Research is a resource to help Christians equip and keep themselves from falling into deception. The Apostle Paul in 2 Timothy 4:3-4 warns us of a time when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but will gravitate to a great number of teachers who’ll say what their itching ears want to hear. 

Watchman Fellowship – My friends at Watchman Fellowship comprise an independent Christian research and apologetics ministry focusing on new religious movements, cults, the occult and the New Age. Here are some their links:

Spirit of Error.org – The website by Holly Pivec who the former managing editor of Biola University’s magazine, Biola Magazine, and a former contributing writer to the Christian Research Journal.  Her website alerts believers on the movement New Apostolic Reformation (NAR)

Personal Writing on Topics Toward the New Age Spirituality

(Coming Soon)