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CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY GLOSSARY

This is an expanded glossary with quotations and links for more research

By Steve Van Nattan


This glossary is actually an expanded research tool with quotes and links for those wanting to learn the buzz words and their sources. When you hear any of these words, you should at once question the one speaking. Learn more without letting them know what you are up to. Learn what books they are reading and who they recommend for reading.

In other words, this page is for those wanting to gather intelligence on anyone in their local church or circle of associations who is meddling with the devils of the New Age spirituality invading the Lord's Church.

I must say, if you are now USING this vocabulary, you have been seduced. You are in for some rough reading, but it will not hurt you, I promise :-)

INTRODUCTORY ESSAY:

 

New Age Hate for the Old Testament and Jews

A secular Jew, writing to expose the New Age agenda to massacre all Jews, also described how the New Age spiritualists were drawing in Christians. This was written about twelve years ago long before Rick Warren and David Jeremiah were introducing their seductive innovations on contemplative prayer and centering:

The vigorous effort to pull in the Christians quotes the New Testament [avoiding passages which draw on Jewish scriptures] with their own interpretation that Jesus was an 'ascended master' who was only a 'channeler' for 'Maitreya'. Interestingly, the Christian faith can be allowed to retain the dogmas of the 'trinity' (revised as god-qualities) and 'God incarnate' (revised as god-men) - provided they let go of the ideas of "God the all-powerful, all-knowing and unchanging", as well as "God the lawgiver and message-sender... [all of] which are no longer fit ways of symbolizing God." ( Eugene Fontinell, 'Toward a Reconstruction of Religion') [note that all of the rejected elements are those inherited unchanged from Judaism - the goal being to "reconstruct" a Christianity stripped of its roots]

You may need to read that again. This secular Jew is warning that Christians are being suckered into New Age spirituality by (a) using biblical vocabulary and twisting Christian doctrines, and (b) insisting that Christian converts to New Age spirituality divorce themselves from Old Testament truth and the hope of Israel. You may not find this observation anywhere but on my web site. That is, you will not find many Bible believers who have caught the New Age in their hate for the Old Testament and the Jews like the quote above.

This is why Liberals and secular depraved politicians want Israel to give up its land to Palestinians. They are in terror that the Bible prophecies may just be right. This is also why Bible believers, like President Harry Truman, recognized the state of Israel and help the Jews. Bible believers know Jews are lost and in need of salvation, but the historical persistence of the Jew, and the restoration of the nation of Israel, are two of the most powerful proofs that God keeps his word.

If you enter Contemplative Christianity, the Emergent Church, Purpose Driven Church, or any other mystical invention passed off as Christian, you will be on the Yellow Brick Road to Auschwitz. Mark if down-- wake up!

 

Eschatology (Doctrine of Last Things)

As you investigate the new spirituality movement, you will learn that there is one doctrine that goes OUT the window first-- eschatology. The New Age wants you to grow tired of God and his word and enter the inner sanctum of your ego, thus sending God into oblivion. That is why the new spirituality gurus get rid of prophecy at square one. Prophecy is that external proof that you are NOT the center of the universe-- God is.

New spirituality men like Rick Warren HATE the hope of the believer. If a believer has a future hope, including the restoration of the kingdom for the Jews by Christ, they will have their mind on the "blessed hope" of Christ's return. NOTHING is more distracting to the new spirituality and the purpose driven church. The new spirituality man is being taught to live for the NOW, be centered on SELF, and find the god inside himself. The guru, whether in an ashram in India, or in Saddleback Church, is on a dead-end trip to inner space. And, the guru wants YOU to join him.

Read this page online, and see how the New Age hates the Jew.

 

The Bible and Contemplation (Or Meditation)

Regarding contemplation-- The whole Bible, all 66 books, are all about God revealing himself, from outside man, to man's mind. Then man, who does have choice and will, must decide if he will be his own master, or will he put his entire attention on God? The Bible believers total attention has to be on Jesus Christ:

Philippians 2:9 (KJV) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

God is NOT inside all men. God cannot possibly be inside a sinner, for:

Psalms 99:5 (KJV) Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.

He is holy. What are you?

Romans 7:18 (KJV) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

If you want a mental picture of God, don't look deep into your soul. Look in the Word of God, and then worship him in his heaven.

Much in the New Testament speaks of Christ and the Holy Spirit dwelling in the believer. New Agers and new spirituality gurus in local churches all start by telling you that Christ and the Holy Spirit are in you. They use this truth to gain your trust, and then they add a fiction-- you are God, or you are "the christ." They are, in the present days, using contemplation to get you onto the journey. As time passes, they will finally convince you that you are God. Don't tell me you will not believe that. Thousands of alleged "Christians" already believe it. One of them is Kenneth Copeland.

But, when we read about the saints worshipping God, from Genesis to Revelation, their mental picture is not a look deep into themselves-- it is a look at God in his heaven, in his Church, in his revelation, and so forth. Virtually ALL meditation and worship in the Bible has an object, and it is not YOU.

1 John 2:27 (KJV) But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

What you got, you got from God. Before that, you were dead and damned to hell. There is nothing else. There is no higher spirituality. If you cannot be satisfied with what God gave you, you must no be born again at all. The true believer can never get enough of God, and he does not go wandering into himself looking for new and exciting treasure.

When you try to empty yourself and go inward looking for deeper spirituality, you are like the blind man in a dark closet looking for a black cat that isn't there. Read that until you understand it please. If you cannot understand by now, you are damned to hell and brain dead spiritually.

Go to our page on the Gospel, and learn how to become a true believer in Jesus Christ.

James 1:17 (KJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

God cannot change the plan. He cannot change his nature. So, because I am a sinner, I am damned. I do indeed "have possibilities," as the heretic Robert Schuler said. Indeed, MORE than possibilities, I have absolutes-- I am damned, and I cannot FIND or FEEL or THINK my way to God. God, from OUTSIDE of me, took sin away.

Romans 7:24 (KJV) O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Psalms 145:17 (KJV) The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

 

The "I" Factor

The more you empty your mind, the more you meditate on yourself, the farther away from God you get. You are a sinner. If you are born again, you have been emptied of sin and Christ's righteousness has been imputed to you. You are nothing but wickedness to your very core without the external work of God through Christ on the cross. To turn our back on thinking about our deliverance in Christ, and to try to make ourselves into a virtual vacuum, is gross arrogance against God's desire. He wants your total attention, and he wants you to give it to him on purpose-- with your whole mind in gear.

Psalms 4:1 (KJV) Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.

We live in a Narcissic age where people are bombareded with advertisement, school teaching, and church preaching which tells them that "you deserve"........ This is the age of "I". Man has always been inclined to be selfish, but there is a factor in culture that identifies that culture in an advanced state of "I" thinking-- they are unthankful.

Romans 1:21 (KJV) Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

This state of being unthankful is directly in proportion to how much we are convinced that WE are the center. The Emergent Church, New Spirituality, and Purpose Driven movement makes their version of "Christianity" all about YOU. You are invited to toss your toys our of the crib and become obsessed with YOU.

God wants the very opposite:

Psalms 46:10 (KJV) Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

You CANNOT exalt God by emptying your mind and going INTO yourself.

Becoming "still" will not result in emptying the mind of everything until I find out God has been hiding in ME behind all the clutter.

Psalms 1:1 (KJV) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

The true Bible believer has his mind in gear all the time, and when he meditates with the objective of having the mind of Christ, he will NOT be empty-- he will be full of the Word of God, the only source of reality.

Thus, all who teach the emptying of the mind are serving Satan-- they are teaching doctrines of devils:

1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV) Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

 

How Do We Learn What is at The Center?

If you crave to learn what is at your alleged center, there is a way to do that-- ask God to do it for you:

Psalms 139:23 (KJV) Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

A full third of your life is spent mentally blank. That is when you are asleep. That is the ONLY time you are permitted to have a blank mind. Even when asleep, some folks still have pretty busy minds in the way of dreams. Your mind actually produces dreams as part of your regeneration of your body. Many stories abound about people waking up suddenly because danger has come near. They thought they were empty minded in sleep, but their mind was actually registering and working in the background.

God made you with an instinct to BE WIDE AWAKE AND PARTICIPATING. What a wicked rebel you are if you purposely empty your mind and open the door to demon possession, for the mind will not be empty long. Something will enter, and it will not be God. Even when you die, your mind does not go south on vacation:

2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

And, Jesus will not be too pleased if you come drifting into his presence spaced out on yourself like some narcissic space cadet on LSD.

What luck, for rulers, that men do not think. - Adolph Hitler

Old Adolph knew how to fill minds to overflowing, and the German people are still embarrassed that they went for his load of rubbish. They had feasted, for about 40 years, on modernism and rationalism, which made man the judge of God. Their minds had been made empty of truth. Post Modernism is exactly the same, but the vehicle is mysticism and contemplation. The result will be just as disastrous as in-church people become drunk on self.

 

Whose Mind is It Anyway?

Finally, Jesus Christ has prior claim on your mind. You do not have the option of becoming a big DUH? !!

There is not one square inch of the entire creation about which Jesus Christ does not cry out, "This is mine! This belongs to me!" -
Abraham Kuyper

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest expression every portion of the truth of God, except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I might be confessing Christ. -
Martin Luther

Romans 11:34 (KJV) For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?
35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?
36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

And, one of those "things" is your mind. THINK !

 

The following glossary is the vocabulary of fools-- the fools of the Laodicean Church Age.

At this site, and on a topic like this, we make it black or white, profane or holy. There is no gray area, no middle way. One of your precious favorite "Christian" gurus may be named or quoted. Tough. Any man who claims to be teaching truth, and turns you inward, and tells you to run on empty, is a devil.

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GLOSSARY

This glossary represents the findings of many sources, and it represents my study of the New Age Movement since 1976 when I was placed in the California desert in the midst of some of the most potent New Age entities in America. I risk sounding proud now, but I believe I can say that I have a very clear picture of New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer, AND the Purpose Driven Phenomena because of my experience personally with New Agers. This has included spiritual warfare and working with people so deep into the New Age that they were into human sacrifices and other perversions. I have read extensively from New Age writers as well.

NOTHING like New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer has ever hit me with such shock and awe in seeing how Satan has invaded Christendom in full force. Indeed, the devil has gone to church.

2 Peter 2:1 (KJV) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

Acts 20:27 (KJV) For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.
28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
30 Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.
31 Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.

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Accountability- It is a good thing to have a friend in Christ, WHO SHARES YOUR DOCTRINE, to whom you are accountable. But, when the New Spiritual guru asks you to become accountable to the group, you are meeting the obligations and requirements of an organization by demonstrating compliance. As New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer become more and more organized, you will find that you are fulfilling the rigid, precise and exacting demands of a higher authority according to pre-set criteria.

1 Peter 3:15 (KJV) But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

Who are you sanctifying in your heart, the guru, the group, or the Lord God?

Alice Bailey- British-born occultist who wrote under the guidance of a familiar spirit and channeled nineteen books on the New Age. She also popularized the term. She got her inspiration from Vivekananda of India who visited the USA and introduced Yoga and Hinduism in 1893 . Bailey was a disciple of Madame Blavatsky and carried on her pagan theosophical occult teachings. There is a deadly link between Alice Bailey and many New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer writers.

All is One- See Panentheism

Alignment- Not a biblical word at all. In the New Age this means a metaphysical belief that one must coordinate their bodily, mental, emotional and spiritual functions with the forces in the Cosmic Mind for maximum benefit and effect. In New Spirituality, Alignment means to come into conformity with the vision and goals of the group you are sitting with.

Romans 12:2 (KJV) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

You may need an alignment from the chiropractor for your spine or legs, but your soul does not need to align-- it needs to conform, and that only to God who does the whole work as you read his Word. Don't try to take a cheap short cut my friend.

Alpha Brain Pattern- This is the state, during normal sleep, when the brain produces dreams. It is now being taught in churches that you can enter this state on purpose and while wide awake. It is necessary to induce this state with such things as candles, incense, rosaries, and play CDs of Benedictine monks or other mystics chanting. This is promoted by Youth Specialist Mike Perschon, an alleged Christian minister. Laurie Cabot, the famous and official state witch of Salem, Mass. taught, long ago, that this is the method witches MUST use to experience out-of-body sensations and psychokenesis or receive mystic visionary messages. I have been in Laurie Cabot's shop and photographed her teaching area when no one was looking.

Altered State of Consciousness- A meditative or drug induced non-ordinary state of mind. In regard to new discoveries, Electromagnetic Field Energy can cause altered states of mind. This is being used by the US Military in combat, and must be assumed it will be used on the American people in riot control etc. The day WILL come when you will be given the opportunity to enter EFE cafes, or even churches, to enhance your notion of self amusement. It will be like holy LSD and will doubtless be accompanied by devils.

Ancient Wisdom- A very old occult term. Used in the New Age Movement to describe the messages from Ascended Masters who are channeled (see below) by pagan psychics. It is now being given a church based definition. Taking off from Job, Solomon, and Moses, Emergent Church New Spirituality gurus go on to suggest that alleged Christian meditation techniques will put you in touch with ancient wisdom. This is a bold faced lie:

James 1:17 (KJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Aquarius / Aquarian Age- This is still a wholly New Age term. It is believe that world will move from its present place in the Zodiac to a New Age of Aquarius. Ages are said to be 2000 years long, and the Age of Aquarius will begin after a horrendous shaking of the universe, a paradigm shift (see below), and utopia will come on the earth. It is interesting that New Agers, who totally mutilated the person of Jesus Christ, date their coming age of glory by his birth. This Aquarian doctrine may soon replace Daniel and The Revelation of the Bible as church eschatology. It will be renamed though to disguise the Satanic origin of it. If a reader has heard a term that fits this at the church house, please SEND MAIL.

Atonement- The biblical meaning involves the work of Jesus Christ shedding his blood on the cross to wash away our sins. The New Spirituality meaning involves a classic New Age trick where the word is rewritten as "at-one-ment." It speaks of reaching perfection by processes of meditation and New Age rituals and is associated with the Hindu concept of the Brahman Mind (see below). It is the destination reached when you totally empty your mind and are "at one" with yourself. It is VERY important to ask pastors and guest speakers what they mean by terms that seem biblical but just don't fit the flow of teaching.

Biblical Meditation or Contemplation- A normal experience of the true Bible believer who meditates as David did. All Christian meditation has some object that the mind is fixed upon, such as the Law of God, the heavens, the lilies of the field, God himself, and so forth. This is in monumental violence with New Spirituality which teaches you to empty your mind until nothing is there to contemplate.

Philippians 4:8 (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Brahman Mind- This is a Hindu state of mind which is the ultimate end of all Hindu meditation and ritual. It is a state where the mind is finally nothing, and the practitioner is virtually nothing. This is the object of ALL yoga. Western yoga is often laundered of the spiritual aspect, but it is still there in fact. The place where the Brahman mind is absolute is the Hindu version of heaven- Nirvana. This is also the state of the LSD user when he reaches "white light." It is also a state where devils possess the practitioner. For this reason, I am totally convinced that thousands of devils go to church every Sunday around the world to temporarily enter and amuse people who are being lead in Contemplative Prayer (see below).

Centering / Centered Prayer- The notion of being at peace and "centered" came from the New Age teachings, especially during the 1970s. It is the point of light, the center of the labyrinth, and the place one arrives at when the mind is empty. Thus, in-church New Spirituality gurus talk about being centered. Society encourages people to be "centered," but no one ever defines the state of "centered." This is one of those terms that goes undefined. It is high sounding and pointless (pun intended). But, what better way can Satan distract the believer than to hold up an objective that can never be defined, for thus, it can never be reached.

2 Timothy 3:7 (KJV) Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Here is Father Thomas Keating, perhaps the most powerful inspiration to the Emergent Church, on Centered Prayer.

Chakras- Seemingly unrelated to New Spirituality, but coming I am sure- There are seven energy chakra centers in man which open up during Kundalini Yoga and other Yogic meditations. Each center has its own power, and the ultimate center it in the groin, which is reached by Tantric Yoga and is a total baptism in sexual lust. It is only a matter of time before some in-church New Spirituality guru starts playing with the Yogic chakra centers. They will be renamed to disguise them of course so that the Hinduism of it all is not perceived. We have reports of Charismatics, who are in deep trance during manifestations, having sexual orgasms. This is Tantric Yoga and is 100% driven by devils.

Change Agent- In the New Age Movement, a highly-trained leader in psycho-social group manipulation techniques who forces transformation through a series of set stages. This applies also to Freemasonry and Wiccan witchcraft. In New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer, a person designated to be in charge of the transformation of an organization.

Proverbs 24:21 (KJV) My son, fear thou the LORD and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change:

Christ Consciousness- This term did not originate from Christian teaching. It is the New Age term for a person who has reached the state where they finally realize that THEY are the Christ. This is also taught by Madam Blavatsky and in Freemason writings. This state of Christ consciousness is reached by meditation, and one is said to be enlightened upon reaching Christ consciousness.

Colossians 1:27 (KJV) To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

There is a vast difference between having Christ IN you and believing you ARE Christ. New Spirituality skips all around this devilish concept until you, by your own ego and lust, start thinking you are Christ. It is the unspoken destination.

Collaboration- In New Spirituality this is working together, especially through networking various organizations, in order to achieve a common purpose, eventually, so that independence and individual identity are lost. Rich Warren is the master of this art. This New Spirituality is on its way to become a benign lovey dovey Jim Jones program. The Kool Aid is the cup of devils.

1 Corinthians 10:21 (KJV) Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.

Common Ground- This is one of the most pervasive New Age buzz words around. This is a ploy of using the dialectic process, an agreement among people reflecting a synthesis of the lowest common denominator. It is the foundation of all Ecumenism (see below). There will be a steady polite push from the gurus of New Spirituality to dispense with presuppositional truth in order to erase intolerance and diversity. True Christian fellowship is NOT based on how much we can give up to get hugs. It is all about walking with people who share the same zeal for truth that I do.

Amos 3:3 (KJV) Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

The mega church would not exist if Christendom had not bought into the Common Ground myth from the New Age.

Consensus- This is pure and simple compromise. It is seeking mutual understanding on any given topic, especially by giving up one�s own preferences. It is done by the guru of New Spirituality by forcing agreement by using psycho-social group manipulation techniques to reach the desired outcome. In the end, you will fully believe you did it to yourself. If you believe that, I have 80 acres due east of Miami, Florida I would like to sell you dirt cheap. Nehemiah has the right answer to the seductive invitation to come to a consensus with Sanballat and Tobiah:

Nehemiah 6:3 (KJV) And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you?

You are doing a great work for God by simply staying in God's Word and growing as fast as he leads you. Why sell out in order to get the warm fuzzies in a monster mega church?

Contemplative Prayer (or Spirituality)- This is the old New Age practice of repeating a mantra, even the word Jesus, thousands of times, on and on, until an altered state of consciousness is reached. Because this titillates the self, the ego, the "I" in us, it easily becomes an illusion that this state of consciousness is a very special blessing-- that it is the ultimate state of spirituality. It is a kind of self-hypnosis, and it is a well known door that is standing wide open to devils to enter. Many people have had to have devils cast our of them who practiced ANY form or Contemplative Prayer, whether in a witch's coven or in a church house.

Revelation 18:2 (KJV) And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.

Contemplative Prayer is the prayer of Babylon.

[ Parenthetic Note:
It must be noted here that all of the notions of New Spirituality lead to a sense of personal superiority. Charismatic and Holiness churches are the same. When one reaches the secret place of self-driven spirituality, "I" becomes totally possessed with "I." Thus, anyone declining to enter the realm of self induced spirituality is considered inferior or unenlightened.

This is exactly what appealed to Eve:

Genesis 3:5 (KJV) For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

Genesis 3:6 (KJV) And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

"Make one wise....." This is the heart of New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer. Taste it, eat it, and you will be wise. You may also be possessed of devils, but, at the very least, you will have made God VERY angry with you for dancing spiritually naked before the altar of the New Age. ]

Cosmic Christ- This is an old term of the New Age Movement. It was well defined by Episcopal priest Matthew Fox for the religious world. The Cosmic Christ is one of the two most high degree Ascended Masters, the other being Saint Germaine. This notion places Christ above us, far away, and only reached through meditation and mystic rituals. Once the practitioner reaches the end state, he becomes The Christ, or the "I AM." This "I AM" is alleged to be in every creature and needs to be found or reached via meditation. Alleged Christian writer M. Scott Peck draws heavily on the teachings of the "Cosmic Christ" concept. He uses other vocabulary though to cover the Satanic connection.

Creative Visualizing- Jesus used visualizing in his parables- "A sower went forth to sow....." The visualization helps understand a propositional truth being presented. In fact, a wise Bible teacher will use visualizing to help people understand Bible truth. A lazy Bible teacher will not bother. "Creative Visualizing" is self-seduction, using the imagination to become more spiritual. The practitioner picks an object and tries to form it in virtual form in his mind. This is done during meditation, but is is NOT to support a truth being taught by a Bible teacher. It is all about making your own reality on your own. It is alleged to be the work of the Holy Spirit, but it is of devils, or it is of YOU, and no one else. God does not drop strawberries into your mind for no purpose or reason. Neither should you give you total attention to that which is not pointing directly to a truth found in the Word of God.

Desert Fathers- These are monks who lived as hermits beginning around the third century who first taught the practice of contemplative prayer. The Bible believer needs to be very suspicious of men who rejected the Great Commission of Jesus Christ to hide away and get holy. This is not a biblical principle.

Luke 24:46 (KJV) And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

These monks stopped when they were barely started and abandoned the world. This may well be where YOU will end up spiritually if you start putting all your attention on YOU.

[ Parenthetic Note:
We must make a point clear-- New Spirituality is pure Narcissism. Here is the Greek origin of the word Narcissus:

The name "narcissism" is derived from Greek mythology. Narcissus was a handsome Greek youth who had never seen his reflection, but because of a prediction by an Oracle, looked in a pool of water and saw his reflection for the first time. The nymph Echo-- who had been punished by Hera for gossiping and cursed to forever have the last word-- had seen Narcissus walking through the forest and wanted to talk to him, but, because of her curse, she wasn't able to speak first. As Narcissus was walking along, he got thirsty and stopped to take a drink; it was then he saw his reflection for the first time, and, not knowing any better, started talking to it. Echo, who had been following him, then started repeating the last thing he said back. Not knowing about reflections, Narcissus thought his reflection was speaking to him. Unable to consummate his love, Narcissus pined away at the pool and changed into the flower that bears his name, the narcissus.
Source: Wikipedia

Sandy Hotchkiss, a secular writer, gives us the seven deadly sins of Narcissism. I have added in blue the New Spiritual YOU:
        Shamelessness- I FEEL good about myself, so I don't have to worry about how I affect others. I am centered on the god in me.
        Magical thinking- I have a magic spiritual word, ritual, meditation, or phrase that leads me to the mind of Christ in me.
        Arrogance- I am spiritual, so I can do anything I feel like doing while I am centered on the Christ Mind.
        Envy- I wish I were like so and so. I wish I had the spiritual poise and mind power of my spiritual leader.
        Entitlement- God promised me power and peace, and I deserve all I can get, no matter how I get it.
        Exploitation- If those around me don't want the Christ mind, then I will let them work and serve while I meditate.
        Bad Boundaries- I have new freedom since I became "centered," so I don't feel guilty when I do anything that feels good to me.

New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer is all about YOU. If you drink at the pool of self-love, you will become a Narcissist, though you will think you are very spiritual and godly, All you will be looking at is YOU and thinking YOU are God. Read those seven deadly sins again. Do any of them describe you since you were allegedly "enlightened" by New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer? Is your whole attention on Jesus Christ and the Word of God, or are you actually in love with yourself- a reflection of you? ]

Deep Ecumenism- Let us hear it from Episcopal priest, Matthew Fox:

"There is no such thing," he says, "as a Jewish ocean and a Lutheran sun, a Taoist forest, and a Roman Catholic cornfield." The earth is God's creation, whatever name we use for God, and deep below the surface there is an underground river of pure divinity, a river that "no one can stop and no one can dam up." There are many wells leading down into this river - Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam, the native spiritualities, the goddess religions... Deep ecumenism is the affirmation that there are many wells, but there is only one river.

Thus, one can go virtually to any spiritual source, and the end thereof will be the pure divine.

Proverbs 16:25 (KJV) There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

The latest Christian guru to fall for this line is Tony Campolo who wants to bring a healing fellowship between Muslims and Christians. Will YOU go for this? You certainly will if your mind is already empty. Satan will send a "good godly Bible teacher" to fill you mind with tolerance for spiritual compromises you never dreamed of before. You can tell your pastor is into Deep Ecumenism when he starts quoting men from liberal, worldly, and secular sources to help you become more spiritual.

Disciple- New Spirituality drives along, with sweet cooing, a vigorous adherence to a prescribed program or set of teachings in order to convert whole groups of people to the New Spirituality.

Colossians 3:1 (KJV) If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

You are a disciple of Christ, not organized religion.

Ecstasy: The hoped for outcome of contemplative prayer or mediation Existentialism: an atheistic philosophy in which everything is relative; there are no absolute truths. This is a drug world term also. It is interesting how close the drugged mind is to New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer.

Ecumenism- Formerly a coming together among only Evangelicals, then Roman Catholics were added, and then it all morphed into Deep Ecumenism (See above). The key aspect of ALL ecumenism is an agreement among the members to set aside propositional truth in order to accomplish some perceived higher goal. Often, this higher goal is nothing more than having pie and coffee at an expensive conference center.

Enneagram of Personality-- or Enneagram-- This is an application of an enneagram geometric figure in relation to various personality issues. The term "enneagram" derives from two Greek words, ennea (nine) and grammos (something written or drawn). The enneagram figure consists of a nine-pointed diagram, usually depicted within a circle. This is not in use yet in New Spirituality as far as I know, but you must be aware that new and novel imagery will be introduced in books written by New Spirituality writers, and graphics are toys that the modern mind craves. Here is a video that promotes the Enneagram concepts. You can see how it could easily morph into spiritually learning who your true self is. I would predict that diagrams like this will one day be used in New Spirituality to divorce your old sin nature from your Christ based nature, and then other personality distinctions will be made until you can explain away any disgusting behavior you may have.

Esotericism- Or, Esoteric- We get a very good definition from Wikipedia:

In the dictionary sense of the term, "esoterism" signifies the holding of esoteric opinions or beliefs, and derives from the Greek es�terikos, a compound of es: "within", thus "pertaining to the more inward", mystic. Its antonym is "exoteric". In scholarly literature, the term designates a series of historically related religious currents including Gnosticism, Hermetism, magic, astrology, alchemy, Rosicrucianism, Vajrayana Buddhism, the Christian Theosophy of Jacob B�hme and his followers, Illuminism, Mesmerism, Swedenborgianism, Spiritualism, and the theosophical currents associated with Helena Blavatsky and her followers.

Esoteric knowledge, in the dictionary (non-scholarly) sense, is thus that which is available only to a narrow circle of "enlightened", "initiated", or specially educated people.

There is NO secret knowledge from outside the Bible, or from within YOU, which will enlighten your mind further. All truth is from only the Word of God. Jesus prayed for all who believe in him in all ages of his Church,

John 17:16 (KJV) "They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth."

If you imagine you have gotten onto a higher plain or spirituality by adding anything external from outside of the Word of God, you are being courted by devils. Your lust to be very special, to be among the elite of the Lord's Church, has made a fool of you before God. If you are not chastened for this, you are damned to hell, for God chastens his wayward children whom he loves. Hebrews 12:8

Existentialism- This is an atheistic philosophy in which everything is relative; there are no absolute truths. Nothing is real until it is real to you. This Satanic philosophy has been IN Christendom for many years, but it will soon crop up in New Spirituality. I am convinced of this because it is already there in principle. If you are the one who finds yourself by emptying your mind and going into your self, then what you find may be different than what other people find. In practice, this IS Existentialism. The Bible teaches that you are a new man in Christ:

Ephesians 4:20 (KJV) But ye have not so learned Christ;
21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

There is no one to find in YOU except the Holy Spirit IF you are truly born again. There is only ONE personality- the one Christ gives you. Christ is not a nine part God.

False Self- The "false self" is the ego or personality that in observable by others. One rids oneself of the false self to find the "true self" through mantra-meditation. New Agers would consider people like Buddha, Ghandi, and even Jesus Christ as examples of people who found their true self. The Bible believer is NOT to have more than one self, and it is to be easily observed by anyone they meet.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (KJV) But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

James 3:17 (KJV) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

God in all- See Panentheism

Great Invocation Prayer- This is the New Age prayer from long ago which has become universal in the movement. It plays on Christian words and the name of Christ, but it is all about praying for the Paradigm Shift, for the Great Harmonic Conveyance. If you EVER heard this prayer being used an ANY alleged Christian setting, you must know that you are in the presence of Satanists, not Christians.

Guru- Master of Metaphysics in Hinduism who teaches students how to attain their optimal spiritual level. In New Spirituality churches, this role will be filled by the "Spiritual Leader," or some other "Spiritual" person. This person will be distinct from the pastor and lead groups in Contemplative Prayer and Meditation. He or she will often be a loose cannon whom the pastor has no control of.

Higher Self- This is the supposed "God-self" within us all which New Agers seek to connect with through meditation. Also called the "Christ-self" or "True-self". This is based on Panenthism (see below) which teaches that God is in us all, and we ARE God. New Spirituality simply sets the seeker on a journey into his soul to find the god in him. This is passed off as the God of the Bible, but it ends up being nothing but the warm fuzzies created by an empty mind, or worse, it can result in demon possession. So, what is in you?

Romans 7:18 (KJV) For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.

Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

The true Bible believer does not have to go looking for God as if he were some illusive creature lurking around deep in the shadows of his mind or soul.

Romans 5:5 (KJV) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

If you are born again, you, and anyone you meet, will see God at work in your life all the time. If you don't see God in your life, then you may not be born again.

Hidden truth- Truth is never hidden from the Bible believer.

Luke 10:21 (KJV) In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

When someone tells you they will help you find a secret or hidden truth, what you find will NOT be the truth given to man by God through his Word. "I have a secret for you......" Run for cover when you hear this in the church house from an alleged "wise one." Sue Monk Kidd, an alleged Christian writer, teaches that the hidden truth of New Spirituality is that God is in everyone we meet.
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Holistic- The whole thing, the sum of the parts- this is the old meaning. In the New Age, it means a convergence of you and the cosmic mind. In the New Spirituality, it will mean a convergence of your mind with God's mind AFTER you have cluttered your mind with New Spirituality fairy tales. God will NOT be amused with this arrangement. There is a medical meaning of this word which is sometimes innocent and involves combining various natural ingredients in a medication, but it is also next door neighbor to the New Age. So, make sure your source is not a spiritual source of holistic medications.

Homospirituality (Gay Spirituality)- This is the answer of Brian McLaren in his book, A New Kind of Christianity. The problem he presents is "fundasexuality." This is promoted by any Christian who speaks up against the sin of sodomy. McLaren divides Fundamentalism up into "... quiet, respectful fundamentalism of straightforward, sincere people...." whoa re not "...organizing,, angry, dominating..." who declare war on those who differ. He has set the battle in array. One his side are spiritual allegedly Christian sodomites who must be accepted as in fellowship with God. In fact, McLaren is so generous in exalting sodomites and sodomy that he virtually makes it into a sacrament. Once this definition permeates all of Christendom, industrialists and political leaders will use it as the defining base for attacking anyone who discriminates in ANY way against sodomites.

Ignation Contemplation- This meditation experience proposes to the participant that he place himself at the scene of the Gospel story; that he visualize the crib at the Nativity etc. etc. This is known as a method of prayer called Simple Contemplation and is the basis of the method that St. Ignatius sets out in his Spiritual Exercises. It sounds almost good until you realize that you are not reading the Bible-- you are making images of what YOU think happened in the Gospel stories. The Bible says,

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

"Study" is NOT letting your imagination make up mental images-- it is thinking and comparing Scripture with Scripture. Here is a video of a Catholic priest describing the pagan ritual. This is very seductive stuff. It is actually the most rebellious escape a person can make from propositional truth. It is all about YOU and your perceptions. The Bible becomes a talisman to start you on your journey into the land of Oz, much like the wardrobe is to the heroes of the Chronicles of Narnia.

Interspirituality- This is the notion that all the world's religions are identical at the mystical level and therefore there should be solidarity among them. Rick Warren and all Emergent Church leaders either openly teach this or practice it by joining other religious leaders for fellowship.

Romans 16:17 (KJV) Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Any religion, or even another local church, which teaches contrary to the truth exclusively found in the Word of God is heretic. You don't belong there.

Jesus Candles- A Roman Catholic toy used in contemplative prayer. This is no different than the bones the witch doctor throws in Africa to tell you your fortune. It is also a deep parallel to the trinkets used by witches in their rituals.

Jesus Prayer- This is not prayer, neither BY Jesus, nor by YOU. It is a mantra chant which is repeated, not to speak to God in prayer, but it is used as a magical formula to reach an altered spiritual state. The prayer is thus, "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, the sinner." It came from the Orthodox Eastern Church, and they got it from the Desert Fathers (see above) who invented it around 600 AD. It is nothing but a verbal charm or talisman, and is repeated over and over to reach the altered state of mind.

Matthew 6:7 (KJV) But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

Kundalini- This is a form of Yoga, and it produces a powerful energy when used in meditation. It is associated with the Chakras (see above) of the human body, and is associated with Tantric Yoga which is a form of sexual lust in Hinduism.

Labyrinth- This is a literal labyrinth, usually marked out on a patio, or printed on a huge canvas and rolled out on the floor. It starts at the outer edge, and it works inward to a point in the center. The participant takes a step and contemplates, and then another step and contemplates, and so forth. At the center, the participant is supposed to either have an empty mind or else have an altered state of consciousness. It started mostly in Episcopal churches, but it is being brought into New Spirituality. It is witch craft, nothing less.

Leadership- In the New Age Movement, transformational leaders ensure followers embrace the vision and goals, rewarding the compliant and penalizing laggards. In the Emergent Church, New Spirituality, and Contemplative Prayer, a leader is a servant who is willing to sacrifice himself in order to transform the church. The problem with this is that Christ is the Head of the church, not a human leader. And, Christ already sacrificed himself for the Church.

Ephesians 4:14 (KJV) That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

Titus 2:13 (KJV) Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Lectio Divina- This is Sacred Reading. In the Contemplative Prayer and New Spirituality movement, it is the reading of a single word or small phrase from the Bible and repeating it over and over. This is simply another Mantra (see below) concept. It is vain repetition of the heathen. Vain repetition is ANY repetition, even the name of Jesus over and over. It leads to self-hypnosis and an altered state of consciousness. There is NO example of repetitive reading in the whole Bible, nor is it encouraged. God does not need to be aroused like some pagan sleeping Greek god. When Peter lost faith while walking on the water, he said ONCE, "Lord, save me." If Jesus could not respond until Peter said that short prayer two hundred times, Peter would have drowned.

Mantra- This is a word or short phrase repeated silently or verbally over and over until an altered state of consciousness is induced. Some gurus, and I would expect in some churches, give the follower a secret word, which is to be kept a secret from anyone else and is used as a mantra. It is NOT found in the practice of ANY Bible character, and is not encouraged by ANY Bible teaching. It is an ancient method of bringing devils to a witch doctor or medium in order to get the devil's attention. That is EXACTLY what you are doing when you blindly repeat any word of phrase to gain a higher spiritual experience.

Meditation- There are two distinct directions of meditation:

1. Meditation on God, the Word of God, life issues, or other objects, even if they are profane. This is not mystical and it uses the whole faculty of mental attention and activity. This is the ONLY kind of meditation found in the Bible and encouraged.

Psalms 1:1 (KJV) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Philippians 4:8 (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

2. Meditation to move from reality into an altered state of consciousness. The objective is to turn off the volitional or responsible aspect of thought and become mentally empty and open to a higher power. In New Spirituality, it is supposed to be God or Jesus, but it is a heathen practice of the New Age and Hinduism, as well as some of the most pagan occult groups known.

Mentor- Simply a teacher of teacher by example. But, in the New Age and New Spirituality, Mentor is someone who imparts to you a vital force to help you move to a higher level of spirituality and a new world view. Mentor replaces the biblical word "Disciple," which is someone who teaches ONLY from the Word and points you to Christ. By the way, Mentor was a mystic teacher of theology in Baghdad in 1100 AD and was a master of seances and phenomena. God find a disciple with a King James Bible plus nothing.

Mastery- We have a Christian college named Masters College. Sounds good- I assume that they claim Jesus is their Master. The problem with this choice biblical word, the title given to Jesus by his followers, is that the New Age has picked it up and warped it. They speak of Jesus as an Ascended Master along with Saint Germaine, thus demoting Jesus from being God. Mastery then, is a metaphysical term pertaining to a spiritual master who has been trained to transmit knowledge, and exhibits a state of �self-actualization,� �God-consciousness� or enlightenment. In New Spirituality, Mastery is demonstrating that one has learned pre-determined attitudes, values, opinions, beliefs and behaviors. So, read "Mastery" as, in reality, "Conformity." Conformity to the group, the guru, the mind set, the curriculum, etc, etc.

Romans 7:25 (KJV) I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

I will only say this here, so memorize it please. Your mind is to SERVE the law of God. Your flesh is still at war with the old nature. What you are missing in life, the nugget of truth that New Spirituality is holding up to you, is found by letting God have total control of your mind. Your problem is this- you still sin. Instead of facing THAT fact, and cleansing your flesh by repentance, you are emptying your mind of God and everything else. Do you see how utterly stupid you are behaving? Master your flesh in Christ-- your mind is quite safe in the hands of God. Read that again please.

[ Parenthetic Note:
Have you noticed by now that the New Age Movement, long ago, robbed the Church and the Word of God of many words that are precious to us? This was done on purpose to sucker in Christians into the New Age Movement. Well, it did not work because Dave Hunt, Constance Cumby, and many other Christian writers exposed this trick.

So, what have we now? Rick Warren and the New Spirituality mob are taking back these words from the New Age Movement, and they are giving them a new hybrid meaning that is part biblical and part Satanic. This wicked process is seducing thousands of Christians. ]

Metaphysical- Any experience with the supernatural world. This is not related to spiritual life as defined of the Bible believer in God's Word. It is a human being going after contact with familiar spirits. In the New Spirituality, the journal starts with talk about Christ and seemingly worthy objectives of godliness, and then the mantra, repetition, empty mind routine, or some other trick is used to send you AWAY from fellowship with Christ to meet another spirit. You will feel so good about it (Satan is an angel of light) that you may never realize you are dancing with devils.

Luke 11:35 (KJV) Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.

Multisensory Worship- This is a form of alternative worship, which has been associated with the Emerging Church and New Spirituality. Multisensory worship is part prayer, part worship, and part sensual. It usually involves prayer stations, or power points, that evoke the physical senses. As opposed to just reading a book or hearing a sermon, a room is set up to have an experience that involves the physical body in the act of worship. Corporate worship that is multisensory is designed to engage the senses or as Bob Rognlien wrote in his book "Experiential Worship" - worship that engages the heart, soul, mind and up to five tenses. Greg Atkinson speaks and writes on engaging the senses in corporate worship through his seminars. This is old stuff my friend. The Roman Catholic Church has had the stations of the cross for centuries. These are 14 alleged scenes in the crucifixion of Christ, and the participant moves from one to the other praying magical prayers.

2 Corinthians 6:16 (KJV) And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Touching, feeling, physical hand holding circles, and artifacts on the shelf, or in front of you, are nothing but touching the unclean thing. Your mind, in Christ, does NOT need the five senses titillating you to fellowship with God. Here is the most brilliant theological discussion of this doctrine which you can find (outside the Word of God itself, that is).

Mysticism- Any experience with the supernatural. This means that the Bible believer has a mystical experience with God who is supernatural. The New Spirituality gurus will ALWAYS start with the Bible, Jesus, or God himself before they start you down the road to self-lust and Narcissism. Whatever real spiritual good you may have heard them talk about is totally trashed as you empty your mind, for God cannot have a personal relationship with an empty mind. Read that again please.

Isaiah 1:18 (KJV) Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

When you concentrating on YOU and your mind, trying to empty it, you are NOT having a mystical experience with God. You are a brat kid throwing his toys out of the crib. You are wicked.

Networking- In the New Age, this is a word used for linking people up who have common vision on a global scale. In New Spirituality and the Emergent Church, and in the case of Rick Warren in particular, "Networking" is linking ministries globally for a common purpose and may include ungodly politicians and business barons. The subtle New Age factor involves cooperating to build the New World Order and New Age on Earth.

2 Corinthians 6:14 (KJV) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

 

 

New Age- The words are often thrown around very carelessly. As a real entity, the New Age is the Age of Aquarius, the Golden Age, when man finally reaches divinity and becomes aware that man is God, that YOU are Christ. Keep following your New Spirituality guru, Rick Warren, your spiritual leader, or whatever you call him, and you WILL end up thinking you are God.

New Thought- This is a movement that tries to merge classic occult and Satanic concepts with Christian terminology. It is almost always done without good definitions, and never with the occult origin of the terminology exposed. It is experience-based, rather than being propositional truth based. Those who delve into New Thought are invariably dissatisfied with getting all their truth from the Word of God. It is justified by quoting the Word of God out of context, and then going off into occult Mother Goose. A bedrock warning is this-- If anyone tells you to read ANY book other than the Bible to reach higher spirituality, they are of the devil. Shuck them off, and keep walking.

Occult- Occultism- Secrets and hidden things have been the hallmark of metaphysics and witchcraft throughout all history. Secret rituals, words, mantras, and artifacts are always part of Satanic teachings. The Mormon Church has secret underwear, handshakes, and secret temple rituals that make them an occult "church." New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer uses mantras (special power words), rosaries, labyrinths, Jesus candles, and even the Bible as occult talismans. It may seem odd to call the Bible a talisman, but when you use the Bible as a mere religious book, and when you use verses or words from the Bible as repetitions chants in a formula to achieve an altered state of mind, you are an Bible using occultist. Freemasonry, the ultimate secret based society, uses a Bible on a table in the middle of a room loaded with occult and Satanic toys and images. I have seen this myself.

Acts 19:18 (KJV) And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
19 Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

What occult fetishes do YOU need to burn? It may be a book by your favorite spiritual guru. When I was a kid growing up in Africa, no convert to Christianity was admitted into church membership of baptism until they had a formal fetish burning ceremony. Preacher, do the people in your church need to have a fetish burning Sunday?

Pantheism- Paradigm- God is all things. The universe, trees, rats, YOU, and all life are connected in a sum. All are God individual, and all are a greater God if brought together in a Convergence (see Harmonic Convergence above). This sum is the total reality of God. Thus, man, animals, plants, and all physical matter are seen as equal. The assumption�all is one, therefore all is deity. This is the origin of the idea of "Mother Nature." Nature is the goddess Gaia, and all of us, including the cabbages, are part of the Earth Mother.

Panentheism- God is IN all things. In panentheism God is both personal and is also in all of creation. It is a universal view that believes God is in all people and that someday all of God's creation will be saved and be one with Him. This is the foundation of Deep Ecumenism (see above). It is also the driving force of the Harmonic Convergence (see above). Spiritual evolutionists believe that we are responsible to take charge of our evolution and advance it systematically and spiritually so that we leave this lower plain we live on now and move, via a Paradigm Shift, to a higher plain of evolution. New Spirituality and Conceptual Prayer send you into yourself looking for God. Once your mind is empty, you are supposed to find God there waiting for you. You are made in the image of God, NOT of his substance. So, God is NOT you, and he is NOT your mind-- he gives you his mind set to control your thinking.

Philippians 2:4 (KJV) Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

The mind set of Jesus was to think, and will to do, the will of his Father in heaven.

Matthew 11:27 (KJV) All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

You will NEVER have rest in your mind until you go to Jesus Christ and submit your mind, WIDE AWAKE AND ON PURPOSE, to him. The following verses are perverted by New Spirituality gurus:

Colossians 1:25 (KJV) Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God;
26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Christ is indeed "in you," but you are not told to empty your mind to find him. In fact, you are not told to go looking for God in you-- he is there, period. Get on with the Christian life, and stop dissecting your soul in order to control your mind set-- God owns it-- KEEP OUT.

Paradigm Shift- This word was almost totally unheard in modern English until the New Age grabbed it. When you have an alleged Bible believer using it, they are either getting ideas from the New Age, or they are too dumb to know they are using New Age terminology. The New Spirituality gurus will use it in the New Age sense with Christian overtones. It will speak of a spiritual shift in which YOU become the coordinator of your own destiny. You will also find that you are invited to move from biblical meditation and spirituality to subtle replacements from Hinduism and the New Age. God will no longer be the only one in charge- YOU will be co-chairman of the Godhead.

Path- The biblical concept of walking in the way of righteousness is used to step off into a new definition. The New Spirituality "Path" is spiritual progress towards a deeper encounter with the yourself involving various experiences where you come to a sense of purpose or enlightenment.

Psalms 1:1 (KJV) Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Prayer Stations- (See Multisensory Worship above)

Purpose-Driven- This was basically invented by Rick Warren so that he could have a patent on the Emergent Church's psyche. This is not just about setting goals. In the New Age, it is possibly the concept in high places where the Hidden Hand, the movers and shakers, enforce outcome-based, peer-driven, performance, demands for accountability, and pre-determined results, based on pre-set global standards. It is done by sweet words of seduction. In Rick Warren's New Spirituality, Purpose-Driven means setting an individual or organizational goal and taking comprehensive steps to achieve systemic change. But, the goal is to bring the whole world under one Cosmic Mind, as is evident in Warren's wandering around the world courting ungodly men into his Synergistic matrix. You do NOT belong in the mob as it travels up the Yellow Brick Road. You will NO meet God at the end of that road.......

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14 (KJV)

When you find yourself with the many, watch out my friend- you are in a crowd damned to hell.

Reiki- Spiritual energy that is channeled by one attuned to the Reiki power. Literally translated god energy. New spirituality churches often have a spiritual leader, mentor, or guide. This is, in the New Age Movement, called a "Spirit Guide." When you cannot "get in touch" with God, or even your own mind, without a human guide, you are fully into occult activity. You are probably not even a true Christian. You are no different than the Voodoo followers in Haiti who must have the Queen of the Night to guide them to the spirits.

1 Timothy 2:3 (KJV) For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Here is an advanced "I Am" Reiki demonstration.... actually, beyond Reiki. This link is the most dangerous link on this page. If you are open to New Spirituality, you may become demon possessed during this video. This is the power behind your Emergent Church and Contemplative Prayer counterfeit at your mega church. This thing Rick Warren started is DEADLY, and it is the near kin to occult worship.

Responsible Citizenship- Rick Warren is all over the world trying to fix it without talking about the Gospel. I bet you don't even believe me. Go Google "Rick Warren," and you will see I am right. It is all about getting involved in community-based organizations that assist the poor and needy or care for the environment. That is NOT New Spirituality- it is crass disobedience. You have ONE commission from Christ:

Mark 16:15 (KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

If you want the warm fuzzies, obey Jesus, not your favorite fast talking guru. God did not tell you to go fix all the world's problems.

Resistance- In the New Age, resistance to change threatens the entire evolutionary process. Resistors / laggards possess remnants of a reptilian brain and will not evolve. They must be eradicated. In New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer, resistance to change, due to an improper clinging to old worn-out theology, which if left unchecked could cause disunity and delay progress. On the contrary, resistance, to a true Bible believer is essential:

James 4:7 (KJV) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

When ANYTHING odd turns up in your local church in the way of the "Deeper Life," resist it until it is clearly proven to be taught clearly in the Word of God.

Revival- A global transformation of the church in which people are subject to experience-based events through occult influences and / or smoke and mirrors. Revival used to be a time, personally or at gatherings, when Bible believers were convicted of sin and cleansed their lives of sin. They then went forth to win souls and speak of Christ openly. This New Spirituality is a crass counterfeit. It is for silly diddle heads who have little concern for the holy life because they are self-made groupies.

Sacred Space- This is either a physical spot (Energy Vortex) where one goes to engage in a mystical practice or the actual silence or the state of being during the mystical experience. New Age followers go to spots around the world to sit on the ground and receive power. There is one outside of Sedona, Arizona. The God of the Bible is not worshipped at magical spots on the map:

John 4:23 (KJV) But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

If you are being taught that the only place where you can "connect" with God, or even your own mind, is at a magical building, altar, or spot, you are in an occult gathering.

Seeker- Matthew 7:7 (KJV) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

That is a priceless promise, but it is all about seeking the truth from the Word of God. Finding is all about Christ-- no one else. In New Spirituality, it is about someone who seeks a path to truth, engaged in a course of self-discovery and self-actualization. They are on a quest to becoming an initiate into the occult through sub-christian spiritual experiences, and they are sitting in a massive church house while they do this. What wicked seduction!

Self-Actualization- Self-Realization- NOT a biblical or Christian concept. In humanistic psychology, Self-Actualization is a term coined by a godless shrink named Abraham Maslow and it means living up to your full potential. In the New Age is represents a spiritually evolved individual who has attained a higher level of consciousness- your higher self. In New Spirituality, it is simply a Christianized term for the same thing as the New Age meaning. Friend, your potential is that you are lost and damned to hell. You have NO potential outside of Christ.

Philippians 2:13 (KJV) For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

You CANNOT reach a higher level of consciousness than what God gives you. Stop trying, and get into the Word of God so he can make you what HE wants you to be. The idea that you have another "Self" out there that you need to find is 100% extra biblical. It is not even considered in the Word of God.

Silence- In New Age teaching and in New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer, Silence is the absence of normal thought. It is what you find when you force your mind to become empty. It is not the still soul of a Bible believer meditating on God or his Word, though verses on being still are used out of context to justify Silence.

[ Parenthetic Note:
Mood- Mind Set- Not a biblical word, and no a New Age word. I include this word because it is used so much and speaks of the mind.

Definition: A mood is a relatively long lasting emotional state. Moods differ from simple emotions in that they are less specific, less intense, and less likely to be triggered by a particular stimulus or event. Moods generally have either a positive or negative valence. In other words, people typically speak of being in a good mood or a bad mood. Unlike acute, emotional feelings like fear and surprise, moods often last for hours or days. Moods are real, but they are NOT altered by emptying the mind.

Once the Contemplation Prayer session is over, the mood will return because the mood is the REAL state of your mind. Moods can be altered by music, drugs, change of scene or social gathering, or the Word of God. The kind of music you choose will alter your mood greatly.

Here are four examples: Example One-- Example Two-- Example Three-- Example Four -- Example Five.

I chose that last one to include the feel of two young people and the audience response. Did you notice the mood changes you went through? One or two might have irritated you, but each one calls up very different moods. Here is the point- you clicked in and out of the links, and YOU were in charge.

Now, listen to this. The Word of God sets the soul into a mood which is fellowship with God himself. Again, why this discussion? I want to show you that your mind can be healed or troubled, and you CAN change it, BUT, rather than empty your mind, you must change the content. It is an all day wide awake responsibility.

Matthew 22:37 (KJV) Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

Philippians 2:5 (KJV) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Nothing fills the mind with health better than telling God you love him. This is prayer. Need a mind fix? Start talking to your Father, and thank him for who he is and for Christ's work for you.

Philippians 4:8 (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things.

One more observation-- I have been affecting you with this discussion. YOU are responsible to decide if I am a nut case, or is there something here that God might use to change your thinking in his direction? YOU decide. Don't take my word for it. You don't even need me to have a healthy mind, nor do you need a New Spirituality guru to have a healthy mind in Christ Jesus. Read that again please. ]

Spiritual Director- This is a person who promotes, trains, leads, and accompanies people in the spiritual disciplines, including silence, emptying, and any other ritual to reach an altered state of mind.

2 Thessalonians 2:8 (KJV) And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie
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You are a fool for a lie if you believe you cannot reach God without some human guide. One alleged Baptist evangelist said, "Your pastor is the only one who stands between you and hell." That evangelist is damned to hell himself for putting a man between the believer and God. You may ask, "Does God use other Christians for our spiritual good?" Absolutely-- but ONLY if they point us to the Word of God and to grow in maturity in Christ.

Ephesians 4:11 (KJV) And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

These men never stand BETWEEN you and Christ-- they point TOO him.

John 1:29 (KJV) The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

In New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer, the Spiritual Guide is absolutely essential for you to perform acts of worship and kind control. They are also often very vain about their importance to you.

Spiritual Gifts- Talents and skills that show up on psychological-style assessments and inventories that plug a believer into a program at church. These gifts will then be called upon to promote New Spirituality. You will not be using a biblical Spiritual Gift, you will be a sucker caught in a religious version of multi-level marketing. You will eventually believe that you possess superior spiritual knowledge and abilities through external manifestations (signs & wonders) and / or behavioral demonstration (being �with the program� and achieving results).

1 Corinthians 14:12 (KJV) Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.

The "program" be damned- you are to be edifying other believers, one by one, so that they are more like Jesus, not more like the group or conformed to the program.

Spiritual Sciences- New sciences, as defined by the New Age and Emergent Church leaders, teaches that every cell in the universe is interconnected to all the rest of the cells. This doctrine of devils is taught by the Roman Catholic monk Thomas Keating. The implication is that there is a physical quantifiable link beatteen the soul and the spirit, and between all the souls and spirits in the universe. Tony Campolo uses this ligic to predict a common ground will one day evolve between Islam and Christianity. In fact, this "science," if applied to the ultimate, will one day make a way for dogs and fish and humans to worship God together. It will fins its most perverted application in the approval by society of beastiality and marriage between people and animals.

[ Parenthetic Note:
Will it really get as bad as you say, Steve?

Yes-- in fact, I don't think we can even imagine how terrible the world will become when the saints are removed by Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2:6 (KJV) And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The saints, those who confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, are taken out in the rapture of the Church. We are not appointed unto wrath (I Thes. 5:9). Wrath is all there is during the seven years God has appointed- first Satan's wrath, and then God's. When the saints are removed, the salt will be GONE. The Holy Spirit is IN the saints "letting" (restraining), and it is their presence which restrains evil from going to its maximum end. If your eschatology does not include the great Tribulation, you have NO way to understand what you are now looking at as Christendom unites with all world religions.

You need to understand something-- we are now having a forward look into the era of the Great Tribulation, the seven years of trouble, which God will allow to come on the earth. The reason that we do not see the worst of these mongrel spiritual perversions at this time is because the Holy Spirit is still here in US. Whether you realize is or not, as long as YOU, a Bible believer, are here, the worst is held back.

I believe that the worst aspects of human nature, as seen in the study of history and cultural anthropology, will manifest themselves during these seven years. Missionaries found natives eating one another when they first entered Borneo and parts of South America. Once the Gospel came, even the unbelievers accepted the salt of the Gospel as the standard, and cannibalism was outlawed. When the first missionary came to the court of the king of Uganda long ago, he found the court full of young pages whom the king fondled sexually as he received guests. Today, Uganda may be the most Christian nation in the world.

We have gotten so used to the salted world, as we see it today, that we cannot imagine White Anglo Saxon Protestants (unsaved ones) reverting to eat one another. We cannot imagine a world where sodomy will be a part of church "worship." In fact, we should not be able to imagine the worst. It is so much in violation of the instincts of a born again saint that it seems, to the regenerated mind, beyond the potential of humans to fall so far.

The Emergent Church and Purpose Driven Rubbish is opening the door for us to have just a peek at the extent of perversion in the soul of wicked men. The Whore Church is described in The Revelation, Chapters 17. That whore is said to drink the blood of the saints, that is, those who believe the Gospel during the Great Tribulation.

Revelation 17:1 (KJV) And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters:
2 With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.
3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.

I personally am a literalist in all things possible in the Word of God. So, I believe that the Whore, the Great Harlot, will cause men to drink the blood of the saints as a sacrament during the Great Tribulation. This harlot in Revelation 17 is now manifesting itself in the Emergent Church. Rick Warren and his perverted whorish pals are getting the mob together for the grand entry of Satan's man, The Antichrist. As Christ gave the bread and wine of the Last Supper as symbols of his death and resurrection, the counterfeit "Christ" of Satan will call those with "strong delusion" to a sacrament of flesh and blood-- literally.

The ultimate price will be paid by those who confess Jesus Christ as Lord during the Great Tribulation-- they will be lunch-- literally. And, those feasting on their body and blood will be "good godly church members" who are the heirs of the Purpose Driven Life and New Spirituality. ]

Strategic Planning- This is a common concept in everyday life. In the New Age, Strategic Planning is a method of planning which requires the use of psycho-social and mystical group manipulation techniques to achieve the desired outcome. In the New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer, Strategic Planning will be a group effort to learn ways to reach the empty minded state. You will be pressured VERY LOVINGLY to conform to the flow. I will predict that the word "surrender" will be popping up soon in New Spirituality.

2 Peter 2:19 (KJV) While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

Let the group drive you along by including you in their Planning, and you will one day be their slave.

Surrender- Full Surrender- The word Surrender is NOT found in the King James Bible. But, this word is used to death in many churches. "I surrendered to preach." "He surrendered to be a missionary in Africa." To surrender means to give way to an adversary in order to end combat or a war which you are losing. It would seem, from listening to some Christians, that they never have Christian victory without having a wrestling match with God. Jacob wrestled with God, but not because he refused to do God's will. Jacob wanted God to bless him. There is one classic example of someone who resisted God and had to surrender- Jonah. Great story, right? Well, the point at which he finally gave in was when he became part of the fish's vomit. Great way to live, right? NOT! Why did I include a word like this? Answer: New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer will be using this word, or an equivalent to it, soon. Like this-- "Give in to your heart, don't resist God, he is in you, he is just waiting in the empty space to meet you." I just wanted to get you ready for the next snare of the gurus.

2 Timothy 2:22 (KJV) Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

See if you can learn to just agree with God right up front. There is NO glory in going to war with God's Spirit. In fact, it is dangerous.

Synergy- The original meaning of this word was simply to work together in cooperation. In the New Age, and when used by New Spirituality gurus, Synergy means to combine psychic forces from two or more systems to add up to a potent fusion- a new force. Get this straight friend-- you are NOT in cooperation with God. He needs nothing from you to be who he is and do his work. You are a lost sinner on your way to hell, and any good thing going on in your life is from him.

James 1:17 (KJV) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Philippians 2:13 (KJV) For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Get your big ego out of God's way.

Systems- My son wants to become a Systems Administrator- he is close. The world is full of systems, and understanding them is essential in the work place. But, in the spiritual realm, God gives us NO systems. He does not need systems because he is in total control already. In the New Age Movement, Systems are esoteric beliefs that the Earth (Gaia) is a living, breathing organism, and that all systems on Earth must be brought into compliance and submission to the global governance system. In New Spirituality, the world is a system and everything is interconnected and interdependent to form a whole. This is why Rick Warren, as I keep repeating, is running all over the world trying to drag unsaved godless politicians and business men into his Purpose Driven System. It is mixing oil and water.

Romans 8:6 (KJV) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

It will NOT work, and God hates it. Why are YOU playing in the slop hog pig pen with the ungodly?

Theosophical Society- Organization founded by Helena P. Blavatsky in 1875, to spread the Ancient Wisdom (i.e. occultism) throughout Western society. The forerunner of the modern New Age movement. Alice Bailey (see above) was a disciple of Blavatsky, and Bailey figures greatly in New Spirituality and Contemplative Prayer writings. Her thoughts are frequently presented by alleged Christian writers without telling the reader where they came from.

Thin Place- "In simple terms a �thin place� is a place where the veil between this world and the Other world is thin, the Other world is more near. This meaning assumes the perceiver senses the existence of a world beyond what we know through our five senses. Since the times of ancient civilization the fascination with the "Other world" has occupied human minds. To some it is heaven, the kingdom, paradise. To others it may be hell, an abyss, the unknown. Whatever you perceive the Other world to be, a thin place is a place where connection to that world seems effortless, and ephemeral signs of its existence are almost palpable. " Quoted from an online mystic. If you EVER hear this term used in any church you attend, run out the door at once, or you may end up possessed of devils.

Transformation- VERY tricky because the Bible calls for this:

Romans 12:2 (KJV) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

In New Spirituality this is a plan to change the entire spiritual, cultural, educational, economic, social and political structure of man�s life on Earth. This is why Rick Warren is up to his ears with devilish politicians and business barons. He believes he is on a quest to transform the world with or without the Gospel. You need a new mind- you do NOT need an empty mind or a mind full of feel-good rubbish. Your mind is transformed ONLY when God has filled it up with himself.

Universalism- All humanity has or will ultimately have a positive connection and relationship with God. A universalist belief system or universalism states that every human being will be reunited with God whether they believe in Jesus Christ or not. This belief system also says that every human being has Divinity or God within them. Billy Graham has taken up this sort of talk in his old age, and his salvation is in question because of it. The Bible says,

Matthew 7:12 (KJV) Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

There are two ways- the way of declaration that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, and the way of those who reject Jesus Christ. Two ways, no more. If you take up the universalist position, it is because you are lost, never were born again, and are on your way to hell.

Vision- To a Bible believer this is something seen in a sleeping dream; an extraordinary, God-given event. We are not told that we are to expect visions in the Church Age because we have the whole Word of God as our revelation. In the New Age Movement a Vision is a metaphysical mystical practice in which a mental image becomes reality, either through demonic spiritual or physical endeavors. The New Spirituality gurus tone it down to be a mental image formed in the mind by the imaginations and desires of the heart.

Romans 8:5 (KJV) For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Did you notice who gives in that last verse? GOD! You don't have to play mind games to receive that mind from God-- just get into his Word a lot, and he will give it to you. An empty mind is a VERY unsound mind. What if you bought a book with an exciting title, and when you opened it, your found that all the pages were blank. What earthly good is THAT? Are you that sort of book?

Witchcraft- This is simply the most aggressive and bold form of occult mind manipulation. It includes nakedness, strange dress, animal and human sacrifices, but it is, at the foundation, all about self-worship and taking power over other people. Witchcraft is one day going to be IN your church-- it is only a matter of time.

1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV) Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

And,

2 Corinthians 11:14 (KJV) And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

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