Gods Who Walk Among Us
The gospel according to the New Age Movement is an expansive idea centered around the birth of a new world “consciousness.” As a religion of monism (all is one), New Agers hope to accomplish what the builders of the Tower of Babel failed to do—unify the masses of the world under a single religious umbrella, and, at the macro level, harmonically converge the world’s energies with the power of Gaia. To promote such goals, New Agers claim that God is pantheistic (God is all and all is God) and that humans are divine members of the whole “that God is.” According to New Ageism, Jesus came to reveal this pantheistic nature of God and to teach humanity the gospel of Self-Realization. After illustrating the divine principle of “God within us all,” Jesus ascended to a place of distinction to live among the Masters of the Spiritual Hierarchy—Buddha and Krishna. Jesus promised that the essence of God would be revealed from time to time, and thus New Agers look for the imminent appearing of a World Teacher who will, as Jesus did, illustrate the divine human potential. In this way, New Age theology prepares the world for the coming of the False Prophet and the Antichrist.
Pagans claim such a religion of Self-realization—a belief that will be championed by the Antichrist—is older than Christianity. That’s true. The gospel according to the New Age Movement—a gospel of “becoming god”— is as old as the fall of man. It began when the serpent said to the woman “ye shall be as gods” (Gen. 3:5), and it will zenith during the reign of the Tribulation god-king. The New Age movement provides the perfect creed for implementing such an end-time religion. It unifies the religions of the world. It consecrates the forces of nature. It provides for human divinity, and it is vogue, post modern, and politically correct. Tal Brooke—former New Age disciple of Hindu holy man, Sai Baba, confirms that “the New Age movement, and its progeny, Gaia, are spiritually correct for a new world order. Christianity is not.” 7 Thus, history repeats itself, and the ancient Egyptian gospel of men becoming “gods” is fashionable again! Consequently, New Age celebrities such as Shirley MacLaine represent themselves as “I AM that I AM” at human potential symposiums around the world, and the Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, describes God in terms of “a constant and holy spiritual presence in all people, all life, and all things” [emphasis added]. The president’s wife, Hillary Clinton, channels the spirits of the dead, and members of the House of Representatives warn Congress of “increasing evidence of a government-sponsored religion in America...[a] cloudy mixture of New Age mysticism, Native American folklore and primitive earth worship.”
For many years Christians wondered how the Antichrist would deceive the earth’s masses. How does one convince millions of people, especially in countries where Christianity exists, to exchange their souls for temporary earthly benefits? Then the New Age Movement came along with its focus on human-potential and self-empowerment and successfully drew many Christians away from Christ-exalting doctrines. Old-fashioned gospel preaching was replaced with positive thinking, self-realization, and pop psychology, and mystical experiences which tantalize the flesh were sanctioned as “the last great revival.” As a result, celebrity preachers advance sermons focusing on “the inner self,” and Sunday morning services begin with shouts of “Are you ready for God to do great things!?” The implication that God will meet with believers and grant their many requests is touted as dynamic Christianity. The days of unconditional Christian devotion are threatened as contemporary congregations expect God to “manifest” Himself and please the whims of the audience. Although Jesus warned of an “evil and adulterous generation [that] seeketh after a sign,” physical and mystical “thrills” have become the benchmark of many popular Christian gathering places. The result is a growing superficiality among some Christians who are preoccupied with mysticism and “me-ism.”
As a businessman and ministry leader I’ve tasted the bitter results of the “new age” segment of Christianity. Too often these believers fall, flop, quiver, shake, and gyrate on Sunday, but can’t get out of bed and go to work Monday morning. Among such employees, I’ve found insignificant character differences between religious groups, and “Christians” have been just as likely as non-believers to lie, cheat, and steal at my place of business. Perhaps I’ve been unlucky, or maybe, as I believe the case to be, twenty years of popular New Age metaphysical focusing on “self” has so impacted this generation that many “Christians” are willing to dilute their character to acquire what pleases them. Either way, an inward-focusing generation of “religious people” willing to trade their soul for whatever makes them happy is exactly what is necessary for the appearance of Antichrist. “You can stamp my hand if you'll give me what I want” is the required attitude. While many Christians and New Age devotees are sincere, giving people, the lasting result of the New Age Movement is nevertheless demonic, self-absorbed, and paves the way for the coming of paganism’s preeminent materialization—the god-king of the Great Tribulation.’