Melissa Dougherty gives the run-down on five new age teachings in the church.
They are not really 'new age'. The New Age is over, we are now in a culture that is entirely pagan. The 'New Age' has gone mainstream.
But that said, here they are:
- The Law of Attraction
- Religious Pluralism
The 'law' of attraction: what you put your positive energy into wanting, the universe will send it to you: sort of like a pantheistic sugar daddy that includes you, because you are part of the divine, right?
Wrong! We are re-born, regenerated, to follow Christ, not the desires of the world, and its fake gods.
Although it does have an element of truth. If you keep an objective in mind you will work towards it, sort of a self-coaching. Just try it. Here're some sample objectives: read the Bible through in a year. Spend at least 30 minutes each day in thoughtful Bible study and prayer. Visit one 'shut-in' or single dweller a month. Get goin'.
Oneness: everything in the universe is 'one'. Wrong Deuteronomy 6:4-5. Or, we all have to agree all the time. Don't disagree, don't challenge, question or 'judge'. Just misread the Bible how I do, and agree with me . No, just remember the Bereans. Acts 17:11.
Religious pluralism: we each have our own truth, and there are many ways to salvation. Au contraire John 14:6. Jesus makes exclusive claims. He alone is the Messiah. He alone is the creator who is outside the cosmos entered into his creation.
Universalism: all are saved irrespective of being in Christ or not. Disregards the sheep and goat distinctions in reality and who God is. Everone is a 'child' of God. But no, we start as a child of wrath, and are only adopted upon repentance.
Mysticism: getting hidden knowledge by 'contemplating' God as your special pet. Linked to 'oneness' above. Richard Rohr is the chief current peddler of this twaddle.
Her conclusion is correct. These pagan ideas come into the church because teaching, reading and living out the word of God is not the priority.
Do churches encourage with not only words, but with behaviour and programs, the reading of the Bible?
Do ministry leaders echo this teaching in their own ministries and demonstrate in their own practice?
Melissa goes more on this in another video.