Over the last several days I’ve been asked: What is New Age anyway?” Maybe you wonder the same thing.
Contemporary Use of the Term New Age
The above source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Age
What Does this Mean for Christians?
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. (Mat 10:16 KJV)
Yes, we need to be wise because we are in a world that is full of false teachers and wolves in sheep’s clothing. They fool many Christians today. Don’t be one of them.
As Christians there are several “red flags” we can look for that might indicate someone is a New Ager.
Some New Age Beliefs
Because the New Age is simply an umbrella term which covers a myriad of groups, with scores of authors, it is impossible to identify all its doctrines.
The following, however, is a brief overview of the basic teachings of the majority of the New Age groups.
1) All is one: all reality is a unitary whole;
2) Everything is God (god) and God (god) is everything;
3) You (as an individual) are God. You are divine; God is within you;
4) You will never die; You have lived before and you will live again (reincarnation);
5) You can create your own reality or transform your own consciousness;
6) All religions are true and, therefore, one;
7) A new world is coming; a New Age is dawning.
(Belief Bulletin: New Age Movement, Southern Baptist Home Mission Board, p. 1). Source: http://www.watchman.org/na/nadefine.htm
Some New Age Practices and Methods
- meditation – Eastern
- Reiki – meditation using “life force” channeling to evil spirits
- Transcendental mediation
- Kriya Kirtan – a form of meditation
- Alternative medicine
- Visualization - go to a “peaceful place” in our mind.
- Holistic medicine – body, soul, and mind.
Several of these techniques will allow our minds to go into an altered state of consiousness. This is dangerious because it can open our minds up to the evil spirit world of Satan. This is against all the Word of God teaches us. God has never told us to do this. Instead He has told us to renew our minds with the Word of God.
I’m sure there are other things I could add to this list, but that will give you an idea of what to look for.
Some of these practices are actually being done in churches today. I find that unacceptable and we need to become educated about what we are taught in church, so we can identify the enemy and not be duped by the Devil’s workers.
What Does God’s Word Say?
(Deu 18:9-13 NASB)
“When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. “For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you. “You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.
I pray if you are a Christian you will walk in a way that is honoring to our precious Lord and Savior. If your church is entertaining any of the New Age practices please inform your leadership and help them understand the dangers.
Recommended Reading: “False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care?” Warren B. Smith, available at www.Amazon.com.