New Age Christians

 

Recently I was online and saw a question posted in a group that I had joined. The question read,

“Are there any Christ followers in here that can teach me or send me resources on dimensions and vibrations and chakra and how they work together with the Christian idea of God? Thank you very much. (Also, I have some, but any more I can get on Christ centered Astrology, as well.)”

After prayer I felt led to answer this question. I simply wrote, “There is no biblical teachings on these practices. They are all new age and forbidden. You open doors to the demonic realm with your participation.”

Well, the messages I received after this I will not go into other than to say my answer here was very much not welcomed. Since I do not ever feel led to debate, I chose to leave it there but my spirit was grieved.

Just as the serpent deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, here was the same old lie.

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

“For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”

‭‭Genesis‬ ‭3:1, 5-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Since the beginning, people have been searching for wisdom. The problem is still the same, many times people seek this wisdom apart from God. The lie is still the same. “and you will be like God…”

The Lord has given us all a free choice but when we plunge into areas that He has forbidden, we open ourselves up to a realm of the demonic that He has warned us against.

Just as a Mother and Father warn a child not to touch an open fire, God warns us to not touch these forbidden fruits. Just as a child chooses to touch the fire, when we seek wisdom apart from God, we get burned.

As a ministry involved in deliverance and helping Christian’s to freedom, one of the areas we minister to a lot is people that have been involved in the new age or occult practices. Many have opened a door that they can no longer keep shut and find themselves in torment by the demons that have come into them from these practices.

Amanda, a 28-year-old Los Angeles resident, prays nightly and believes in Jesus.

She also chants, goes to Kundalini (yoga), meditates with a group and is into crystals. “The energy they hold is this ancient energy,” she said. “It helps your own energy when you work with them; when you’re near them.”

According to a recent Pew Research poll, she’s not alone. Most Americans “mix traditional faith with beliefs in psychics, reincarnation and spiritual energy that they say can be found in physical objects such as mountains, trees and crystals.”

A staggering 41% of Americans believe in psychics.

A stunning 42% believe spiritual energy can be located in physical objects.

It is sad but people genuinely don’t know the difference between authentic spirituality and the world of the occult.

Three marks of the occult:

✅ 1. The disclosure or communication of unknown information unavailable to humans through normal means. This involves things like horoscopes, fortune-telling, psychic hotlines and tarot cards.

That knowledge comes from somewhere—and if it’s not from God through the sources God has ordained, then it is through the evil one and his forces. There is no neutral and impersonal “Power” just floating around out there. Nothing that has a voice or can be tapped into—some kind of cosmic consciousness for secret knowledge about the future of a human life.

Everything falls under heaven or hell, good or evil, God or the evil one.

Just so we’re clear:

“You have trusted in your wickedness… your wisdom and knowledge mislead you… Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away… keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries… let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month… they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves… each of them goes on in his error.” (Isaiah 47:10-15, NIV)

“… diviners see visions that lie; they tell dreams that are false, they give comfort in vain.” (Zechariah 10:2, NIV)

“I am the Lord, the Creator of all things. I alone stretched out the heavens… I make fools of fortunetellers and frustrate the predictions of astrologers.” (Isaiah 44:24-25, GN)

“Let no one be found among you who… practices divination or… interprets omens… Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12, NIV)

✅2. The placing of persons in contact with supernatural powers, paranormal energies, or demonic forces. This involves things like spiritual energy in a crystal or any other entity, attempting to summon up a spirit or a deceased relative through a séance, channeling a spirit, or procuring the services of someone claiming to be a medium.

Here is Scripture’s clear witness:

“Let no one be found among you who… is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12, NIV)

“When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God?” (Isaiah 8:19, NIV)

So what is happening when you get in touch with a ghost? It’s not a ghost. There is no such thing as a ghost. So what happens at a séance when Uncle John suddenly seems to appear or to talk through a medium? You are either being tricked (and many really are just flat out hoaxes) or you are in contact with a demon impersonating who you hoped to connect with. The first scenario makes you out to be a fool; the second is simply nightmarish.

But in both cases, you are receiving knowledge, contact and advice that is not of God—it’s either of human origin or of demonic origin. Look at the words on this from the prophet Jeremiah:

“So do not listen to… your diviners… your mediums… They prophesy lies to you… ‘I have not sent them,’ declares the Lord. ‘They are prophesying lies in my name.’” (Jeremiah 27:9-10, 15, NIV)

✅3. Any attempt to gain and master paranormal power in order to manipulate or influence other people into certain actions. In other words, all forms of witchcraft and the casting of spells. Being clear on this is important because of the rise of modern day witchcraft, which goes by the name of Wicca.

Again, Scripture is clear:

“Let no one be found among you who… practices… sorcery… engages in witchcraft, or casts spells… Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12, NIV)

So there you have it. A map of the supernatural world. On the one side you have God and His faithful angels. On the other side the world of the paranormal, or the occult, which is the world of Satan and his demons. These are the only two worlds. These are the only two forces. These are the only two sets of beings. There isn’t anything else.

One of them is good, the other is evil. There are a lot of ways, sadly, that Satan and his team seduces us to engage the evil side—to open our lives to it and to invite it in without even knowing it. And when we do, whether we are aware of it or not, we are engaging the forces of darkness.

🔺 We are connecting with Satan and his demons.

🔺 We are willfully opening up the door of our life to their presence and activity.

🔺 And they will enter.

🔺 And nothing could be more dangerous.

Initially it might seem benign, even innocent, for as the Bible says, Satan positions himself as an angel of light. But then the evil engulfs you.

And it’s even more than playing with fire. It’s dousing yourself with gasoline and then lighting the match.

It is spiritual suicide.

By Nancie Smith Gordon

References: James Emery White, Yonat Shimron

 

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