Something Insidious This Way Grows…

November 20, 2017 at 9:21 AM Leave a comment

It’s been happening for quite some time and we are now seeing it with regularity. It is actually almost epidemic in scale. Known Christian leaders appear to be moving away from the truth they once held and are now embracing ideas and concepts that have more in common with the New Age Movement than orthodox Christianity.

Whether it’s Hillsong lead pastor, Carl Lentz, who recently appeared on “The View” with compromising opinions on abortion and homosexuality, John Piper, who appears to be sanctioning what he calls “Christian hedonism,” or “The Bible Answer Man,” Hank Hanegraff, committing himself to the Greek Orthodox faith, the truth seems to be that leaders we once thought faithful to orthodoxy (or at least appeared to be), are now, in many ways, simply abandoning the faith they once seemed to believe in favor of something else altogether. What is very clear is that these folks (and many others too numerous to list here), appear to have something in common. They have jettisoned God’s Word in favor of determining truth through subjectivity. This is a major characteristic of how the world thinks and of New Age thought specifically where each person determines their own truth for themselves. Not surprisingly, that “truth” appears to be similar from one person to the next but equally opposed to biblical truth.

Whether these leaders now teach that there exists more than one path to God, that Jesus is divine but not the God, that God wants us to have fun and enjoy life, or that it is detrimental to discuss sin and it’s deadly consequences, it all stems from the same huge lie. That lie is at the very heart of the New Age Movement, which is doing its best to swallow up the visible Church.

But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep. —2 Peter 2:1-3 ESV

The tragedy is that many who began the race well, have gotten seriously off path. Is it an accident or planned? They appear now to be enamored with ecumenism, a desire for unity despite differences in beliefs, and a cessation of teaching those “troublesome” doctrines and Bible truths that simply make people feel guilty (sin, hell, eternal death, etc.). Away with that.

Peter tells his readers that false prophets arose among the people, referring to Israel. He is stating that the way of truth became very clouded because people already living among the Israelites and possibly in leadership positions came out with false teachings and false prophecies, often against true prophets God had raised up to deliver His message to Israel. This was very prevalent during our Lord’s day as well, as He often went head-to-head with the religious leaders of His day, the Scribes, the Pharisees, and the Sadducees. In essence, those individuals, due to their deluded state, which stemmed from their rebellious hearts, preached falsehoods every chance they got. They did so to continue their own lifestyles from the positions they held in the community. This very thing is happening today.

Rev. James Stalker notes that these false prophets, “culminated in the lifetime of Jeremiah, whose whole career might almost be described as a conflict with them. Again and again he and they came to open war; and on at least one occasion the whole body combined to take away his life. Ezekiel was scarcely less afflicted by them. They were perhaps not so prominent an element in the life of Isaiah, but he also refers to them frequently; and, indeed, their sinister figures haunt the pages of all the prophets.

With respect to the aggressiveness of the false prophets during the Old Testament times of Israel’s day, we tend to simply see them as disagreeable, unbelieving men who were used of Satan to withstand the prophets and their message. But it is much more diabolical than that. If we read through Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and Isaiah (or Acts, etc.), we will note that false prophets often stood against the prophets (or apostles), and deliberately preached lies. They did this to protect their own lifestyle and position in the community. They often had leadership roles within Israel (whether kings or high priests).

However, God Himself responded to these false prophets through the mouths of the prophets telling them in no uncertain terms there would come a day when false prophecies would no longer be heard and no “divination” would be part of Israel (Ezekiel 12:24). We are not there yet. We are on the cusp of something huge though as God’s Word continues to unfold.

Peter is acknowledging these false prophets existed during Old Testament times and actually rose up among (or from), the people of Israel. Peter stated the very same thing would happen wherever Christians gather as well. Peter says, “just as there will be false teachers among you.” Peter warned the flock that this will happen. He even tells them (and us), how this will occur. They will secretly bring in destructive heresies. Those heresies would create division in the flock through confusion. It will be difficult for them to know and understand what is truth, especially for those who rarely read God’s Word.

The apostle John is even more specific.

Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us. (1 John 2:18-19 ESV)

Note John says that certain individuals “went out from us, but they were not of us.” They only appeared to be part of the true flock because they were part of it physically. However, they eventually “came out” to be seen for what they were – false prophets/teachers whose mission was/is to destroy God’s truth (which cannot be destroyed).

A successful con artist gains mastery over victims by mixing truth with lies. At least in the beginning, the lies are very small, barely perceptible, but over time, expand. By then, it is often too late to notice because people have already been overcome by those lies. They cannot see them as lies because the lies have become so ingrained within them. They actually become angry at someone trying to point out the lies they now believe. They see that person as “narrow-minded,” “bigoted,” or worse, an enemy of God.

Carl Lentz waters down the Gospel and like many today, essentially says that people don’t have to be Christians to have a relationship with God. This is New Age thinking and it is permeating Christendom. It is causing division among Christians, with churches splitting or people leaving to search for a church that is more Scriptural. Others become more deeply involved in the error that is being promulgated because they willingly embrace it.

Because of that division, leaders within Christendom come to the fore “begging” for unity among Christians. They take Christians to task and attempt to use shame and guilt for not going along with the program (whose program?). They argue that this disagreement over “words” (it’s actually doctrine), should not exist because it sends the wrong message to the world. The world sees Christians in disunity with the lost pushed away from God, we are told. To correct this, Christians are urged to set aside doctrinal and theological differences and come together for the cause of Christ. The world then will see our “love” (contrived unity), and come to Jesus. This is not the model set for us in the Bible.

But if the lost come, which Jesus will they be coming to? If there is a compromise of doctrinal truth about who He is, what He accomplished for us, and His plans and purposes for humanity and the earth, then the “Jesus” the lost will meet is nothing more than the “New Age Jesus” who is nothing more than the Antichrist. That “Jesus” offers nothing because that “Jesus” is not the God, but merely god. The New Age teaches that this is what all human beings are capable of becoming as well since we all have the divine spark within us, according to the New Age. This is commonly referred to as the “Christ Consciousness” by those who are part of the New Age Movement. It is also the spirit of the Antichrist because it denies the truth about our Lord and Savior (1 John 2:2).

Attorney Constance Cumbey has been writing about this slide into the New Age Movement by the visible Church for decades. Her first book, The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow (1983), was followed by A Planned Deception: The Staging of the New Age Messiah (1985). Those two books show how Satan has been working to incorporate the visible Church into the realm of New Age Movement, effectively blinding people to the truth about God in Christ.

It would appear that this strategy has been working very well, with more and more Christian leaders moving with an ecumenical spirit toward some type of union. All of this brings us to one horrible, inescapable conclusion. Is it possible that many of these leaders who have always appeared to be stalwart Christians are not? John seems to indicate that it very well may be the case. In the end, we must acknowledge the possibility. Something has gone awry. It is happening with too many leaders to simply be coincidental. Is there some underlying problem that has caused this? If so, what is it?

Jesus indicates that we will know false prophets/teachers by their fruit. Even though this verse is quoted often, it is normally and incorrectly applied to authentic Christians in the positive; e.g. “fruit” equaling love for others. But let’s look at the actual passage from Matthew 7:15-20 (ESV).

15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

Jesus warns His followers to watch out for false prophets. He was speaking of those who deliberately teach falsely. What is their purpose in being false? These false prophets do what they do for their own selfish gain (2 Peter 2; Acts 20). The Bible treats false prophets and teachers as a reality that will always be with us until the physical return of our Lord and we need to be aware of how they work.

Today, the New Age Movement and other components of the New World Order have infiltrated the Bible-believing churches and Christian ministries. According to Constance Cumbey, their expressed goal is to use the evangelical church as the primary instrument to bring the New World Order to birth. (Emphasis added)

Cumbey outlines this in the two books previously mentioned. There is simply too much of a coincidence to hear so many leaders within Christendom using terms and verbiage that is common to hear within the New Age Movement.

But why do so many seemingly sincere Christians seem to fall for the bells and baubles of the New Age Movement in the first place? We’ll discuss that next time.

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