From New Age to Biblical Christianity (Part 3)

Complimentary Story
      In August 2000, having discovered the similarities between Satanism and the New Age, I became convinced that my metaphysical worldview was false.  It hit me like a ton of bricks that I wasted eight years of my life studying metaphysics and the occult and that all the “truths” I had learned over those years were falsehood. Discarding them felt like losing part of myself.
   My conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ by God the Father (John 6:44, 65) and the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3) was psychologically painful.  Being switched from a New Age worldview to a Christian worldview was a shock to my system. It took three days for me to regain my footing with such a qualitatively new philosophy of life.
   But, oh, the joy of being able to trust the Bible and rely on it as God’s inerrant, infallible, impeccable word!
   Praying to the only true, living, personal God of the Bible was a new experience for me and not easy at first. When I had prayed as a New Ager, I thought praying was about manipulating my own consciousness so it could affect “universal consciousness.”  By habit, my prayers were attempts to send well-formed thoughts into the universe. Once I unlearned that mindset, praying became so beautiful to me. Prayer was no longer inner effort to affirm and visualize; prayer became actual, simple, humble, reverent, love-filled talking to the triune God knowing that, through my trust in Christ Jesus for the forgiveness of my sins and for eternal life, He is with me (John 14:23) abiding in me (John 14:17; Ephesians 3:17; 1 John 4:15), not as an impersonal force but as a personal being!
   Once the eyes of my blinded mind were opened (2 Corinthians 4:3-6), I perceived clearly that the messages coming from the New Agers’ spirit guides (a.k.a. “light beings” which, in reality, are evil spirits disguised as good angels [cf. 2 Corinthians 11:14; Galatians 1:8]) revolve mainly around these themes: humans are gods because humans are part of universal consciousness, “God” is impersonal, reincarnation is true, Jesus is merely a wise teacher, and the Bible is untrustworthy. And because these themes are antithetical to Scripture (which I had come to believe is the truth [Psalm 119:60; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 2:15]), I concluded such themes and messages originate from a source that is definitely not the holy, non-contradictory God revealed in the Bible.
   Is it not curious that all the New Agers’ spirit guides teach contrary to the Bible and that none of these entities is Christian?  For none of them confesses by the Holy Spirit that Jesus Christ is Lord of all (Acts 10:36; Romans 10:9-10).
   “Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD [the] God [of all the congregation of the sons of Israel]“ (Leviticus 19:31).
   “When you [Israel] 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. For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do so” (Deuteronomy 18:9-14).
   Is it not curious that spirit guides encourage what God explicitly prohibited His people Israel from practicing?
   The Bible says the serpent completely deceived Eve in the garden of Eden, holding this carrot in front of her: “You surely will not die!  For God knows that in the day you eat from [the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden] your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:4-5).
   Is it not curious that spirit guides essentially repeat the serpent’s lie by teaching that we are gods or on the way to godhood?
   The Bible says we die on this earth once then face judgment. “[I]t is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
   Is it not curious that spirit guides contradict the Bible by teaching reincarnation?
   Supposing the Lord Jesus will not return from Heaven during your lifetime, then the enemy death (1 Corinthians 15:26) will take you, perhaps suddenly and forcibly. Gone will be your opportunity to repent to God and put your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 3:19, 17:30-31, 26:18, 20). Death will come to you. And then, your moment of truth, judgment reserved just for you (Hebrews 9:27).
   Please, with a humble heart and a tender conscience read and continue rereading the following “Bad News and the Good News” with an open Bible. Slowly, closely, and carefully examine all the Scripture references in their biblical context, for they tell you how you can escape the coming wrath of God against sin, which includes all occult practices (Revelation 21:8, 22:15; cf. Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 20:27).
The Bad News and the Good News in a Nutshell:
   We are all helpless, ungodly sinners (Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:10, 23, 5:6, 12; 1 John 1:8), enemies of God (Romans 5:10). We have each violated the general intent, if not the literal terms, of His moral law (Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:6-21; Romans 13:8-10; James 2:9-11). For this, His wrath is upon you (John 3:36; Romans 2:5-6). His wrath is upon me. We are all doomed to final punishment, the second death which is the lake of fire (Romans 2:12; Revelation 21:8). White-haired grandmas and hardened murderers are all in the same bag marked “sinners” (Psalm 14:2-3; Proverbs 20:9; Luke 18:19; Romans 3:9-18).
   Yet, in His unfathomable mercy toward breakers of His law, God the Father sent the Son of God, Jesus Christ, to suffer and be crucified to death to pay sinners' debt owed to God (Isaiah 53:4-12; John 3:16; Galatians 1:4; Hebrews 13:12; 1 John 4:9-10).
   Having paid the penalty to God the Father and the payment being accepted and approved by the Father, Jesus was raised to life from the dead on the third day (Luke 24:1-12; Acts 13:26-41; 1 Corinthians 15:3-11, 17-19).
   Now, any sinner who comes to the risen Lord Jesus Christ, not in lip service or mere head knowledge (Matthew 7:21-27; Luke 6:46-49; James 2:19-20), but in actual faith and repentance for the forgiveness of his or her sins, is made at peace with God the Father and declared righteous in His sight because the Son of God, in going to and suffering His humiliating and bloody execution, took upon Himself the punishment that that sinner deserves! (Luke 18:9-14; Acts 3:19-20, 26:18; Romans 4:3, 23-25, 5:1-2, 8:1; Hebrews 9:28; 1 Peter 3:18) These people -- and these people alone -- will enter the kingdom of heaven, though no one of them is worthy (John 6:37-40, 10:7-9; 14:5-6; Acts 10:43; Philippians 3:9). It is Christ Jesus to whom they cling who is worthy, and they, by God’s doing, are in Christ (Romans 8:1; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31).
   The rest will be sentenced to the lake of fire (John 3:18; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10; 1 John 5:12; Revelation 20:11-15).
   In this we see that the one true God is merciful, gracious, and just (Job 8:3; Romans 9:14-16).

Further Books/Resources for Additional Study
 Disclaimer: Veronique Dexter does not necessarily endorse the content of each book in its totality. It is the reader's responsibility to exercise discernment, checking these writings against the word of God to the end that you are not deceived by any unbiblical teaching.
• The Light That Was Dark by Warren B. Smith. A riveting testimony of a man who thought the gods of the New Age were leading him toward light and truth until his shocking discovery that the light he was following was actually darkness, a darkness that could destroy his life.
• Like Lambs to the Slaughter by Johanna Michaelsen. The author takes the concerned parent into the world of the innocent child by exploring and exposing the growing power of the occult in the lives of our children.
• Death of a Guru: A Remarkable True Story of one Man’s Search for Truth by Rabi R. Maharaj. He meditated for many hours each day, but, gradually, disillusionment set in. The author describes vividly and honestly Hindu life and customs, tracing his difficult search for meaning and his struggle to choose between Hinduism and Christ. At a time when Eastern mysticism and religion fascinate many in the West, Maharaj offers fresh and important insights from the perspective of his own experience.
• The Seduction of Christianity: Spiritual Discernment in the Last Day by T. A. McMahon.  Christians are being deceived by a subtle new world view that is seducing the church and issues a call for vigilance and differentiation between the real and the counterfeit.
• Deceived by the New Age by Will Baron. An autobiographical account of his experiences in the New Age Movement provides a sobering wake-up call. He has communed with the Ascended Masters of the ancient world and a spirit materializing and claiming to be Jesus Christ. He believed it all until - well, read it for yourself. Don’t miss this fascinating and essential testimony.
• A Wonderful Deception by Warren Smith. Former New Age follower Warren Smith reveals how Christian leaders wittingly or unwittingly are leading the church into a spiritual trap. A Wonderful Deception examines church metaphors, concepts, and beliefs that are essentially the same as those being used in today’s New Age teachings. Some key areas addressed in this book: How Rick Warren continues to align himself with New Age sympathizers. How the best-selling novel, The Shack, fits into the New Age deception.

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