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Soon after Hal Lindsey’s LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH was published in the late 1960s, I have been constantly aware that we are on a last of the last days time schedule that accelerated with the re-creation of Israel.  My experience as pastor beginning in 1984 saw me discovering what I am yet convinced is “the lie” prophesied to be the mindset to which all who reject Jesus are condemned to believe at the very last of the last time.  The report entitled “What is the New Age Movement?” below is my report at that time; it may not yet be fully relevant now, but the concept of what is the big lie still shows.  I have believed that the prophesied rapture of the church will precede the worst of the times, the great tribulation.  Yet, I have steeled myself in some measure for increasing persecution of the church in America as that persecution is already quite intense in many parts of this fallen world.  There is a prophesied time in which it will be so dark that no man can work.  I intend to share what light I can see and understand as long as I can – WHILE WE CAN

 

What is the New Age Movement?

The New Age Movement is a network of individuals and organizations that shares a common religious philosophy and a common vision of the future. The network envisions an age of world peace and has a plan for achieving that peace. The ancient underlying beliefs of the network are:

 

Pantheism- the belief that all is god and god is all, rocks are god, animals are god, you are god, everything is god – Intelligent people who understand that all matter is composed of atoms which are merely electrical charges in motion are able to conclude that this atomistic energy is God. Every thing that exists is God. The Biblical view is that God is the creator and is separate from His creation. The energy that He gave off to create the material universe is no more his actual person than is the fingernail thrown in the wastebasket ten years ago is a part of one’s actual person. The materialist view is that a spiritual aspect does not exist.

 

Reincarnation- the belief that spirits return over and over as other life forms until a state of perfection is achieved. Meditation is often presented as a shortcut to escape having to come back again and again. The concept of evolution is an ancient theory based on the hope that spirits generally return at a higher state than the last, and the world is evolving toward perfection. The Biblical view is that humans die once and are then resurrected to an eternal life.”[1]

 

Enlightenment (the Unity Experience)- a belief in the necessity of suddenly becoming aware of the Force behind all existence and of one’s unity or oneness with that force.

 

The Hierarchy- belief in a group of ascended masters (advanced spirits) that are helping humanity bring in the New Age. Periodically these “masters” have taken bodily form to boost us in the right direction. New Agers would say that the christ spirit was in Jesus’ body and in many others. Followers of Carl Jung call these spirit beings archetypes. Jung himself deemed the demon theory as a possible explanation for archetypal experiences. The Biblical view would consider these spirits to be demons in a spiritual world composed of both angels and demons. Materialists would view all experience in this area as make-believe or hallucinatory.

 

New Age expert and critic, Texe Marrs explains, “Briefly, but accurately stated, the New Age is an anything-but-Jesus religion.”[2] Marrs notes the following as signs of New Age occultism and influence: “reincarnation, fantasy books and games (e.g., Dungeons and Dragons, Nintendo’s Wizards and Warriors ), white magic, black magic, sorcery, shamanism, polytheism (multiple gods and goddesses), occult symbols (the swastika, pentagram, circle, triangle, unicorn, etc.), holistic medicine (polarity therapy, acupuncture, reflexology, rebirthing), physical tests and sports (Ninja, the martial arts, yoga, etc.), occult objects and idols (occult figurines, crystals, pyramids, etc.), psychology (visualization, meditation, healing of memories), UFO’s and extraterrestrials, witchcraft and Satan worship, astrology and the horoscope, tarot card reading, Ouija boards, palm readings, fire-walking, seances, mediums and spirit channeling.” [3]

While some of the above “signs” may startle the reader, further examination of the New Age literature itself allows one to understand their very real philosophical/religious underpinnings. Close reading of the major New Age document (Marilyn Ferguson’s The Aquarian Conspiracy ) also allows this definition to be made:

 

 

The New Age Movement is a vast network of individuals and organizations that advocates altered states of consciousness as part of a process to bring peace and justice to the world.

 

 

A publicized example is the annual “Harmonic Convergence” wherein individuals agree to enter into a meditative state at the same time. The practitioners believe that if enough people meditate at the same moment, the spiritual atmosphere on the earth will change to one of peace and harmony. Around each New Years the Kansas City papers note Unity Village’s participation and promotion of the event. However the greater emphasis of the New Age Movement is upon the person-by-person and day-by-day increase of those who will enter meditative states.

Although there is much New Age talk about “Christ,” the reader will discover the New Age Movement to be indeed an anything-but-Jesus religion with inordinate interest in altered states of consciousness. A psychological term for altered states of consciousness is dissociation . Dissociation may be mild as in day-dreaming, or severe as in unconscious trance states or in multiple personalities. These altered states of consciousness may come through drug use, eastern religious practices, or any number of so-called psychotechnologies. Learning to dissociate- learning to achieve altered states of consciousness- is said to help left-brained Westerners activate their right-brains. New Agers have infiltrated many aspects of Western culture. Many others practice and promote the New Age psychotechnologies without understanding their underlying New Age doctrines.

The increase of multiple personality disorders in the 1980’s has alerted the psychiatric community to give additional study to the causes and effects of dissociation. Dr. Kurt Koch in his book Christian Counselling and Occultism presents a scholarly list of causes and effects of dissociation. He also details how to diagnose and help the afflicted. The need for such knowledge is increasing as more and more people fall for the false promises and false teachings of the New Age Movement.

The belief system behind the New Age Movement is the same as that behind all the ancient occult philosophies and religions. Another underlying belief of the New Age Movement is that the earth is an energy system created and sustained by an impersonal force or evolutionary principle that humanity may manipulate for good or for evil. The common object of meditation is the dual nature of all things that one might suddenly perceive or experience the unifying force or principle behind that duality. The ancient Hindu doctrine of reincarnation and the attending law of Karma are basic to New Age religion. The meditator who becomes enlightened through experience with the force (Tao, Zen, etc.) may decrease or even eliminate the need for further reincarnations.

The list of New Age practices is extensive and is constantly growing as New Agers invent new terms and methods for “helping” others into some type of trance state. In the July 14, 1989, Manhattan Mercury a New Age author lists the following as New Age: Polarity Therapy, Crystalogy, Shamanism, Radionics, Reiki, Medicine Wheel Ceremonies, Silva Mind Control, Spirit Guide Channelings, Native American Healing. Other New Age practices and concepts can be learned by visiting New Age book stores, some “free schools,” Unity and Science of Mind churches, and many other places. However, it is easier and safer to read books that expose New Age error and deception such as Dark Secrets of the New Age by Texe Marrs and The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow by Constance Cumbey. Advanced readers should consider America: The Sorcerer’s New Apprentice by Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon.

 

My Discovery at Church

 

My discovery began in the spring of 1985 when I first read Cumbey’s book. I thought her conclusion a bit far-fetched: that the New Age Movement is a renewal of Hitler’s religious Naziism and is the anti-Christ that the Bible prophesies for the day just before the return of Jesus Christ. I put the book “on the shelf” until . . .

In the summer of 1985, I was browsing in a seminary book store and was most surprised to see Marilyn Ferguson’s New Age bible The Aquarian Conspiracy. During class that same day three seminary professors were in the room when I found the opportunity to ask one of them, “Have you read The Aquarian Conspiracy ?”

The professor’s response almost unnerved me. He turned from the blackboard and stared at me for several seconds (It seemed an eternity.) and then asked me, “What did you think of it?” I answered with a non-committal shrug. Then the professor exclaimed, “Boy, I didn’t like that book! Did you, Bill?”

Bill, another professor, answered, “No, I didn’t like that book either!”

I was surprised by the intensity of emotion in their answers. Why had that question seemed to strike such a nerve?

Before I left seminary that summer, we students were given our textbooks for the next year. I was even more puzzled as I examined the bibliography of the textbook Christian Education in the Year 2000 co-authored by a seminary professor. Quoted thirteen times was The Aquarian Conspiracy by Marilyn Ferguson. However, I did go home with one good book purchased from a Christian book store, Globalism: America’s Demise by Baltimore school teacher William M. Bowen.

I thoroughly enjoyed the summer of 1986- vacationed in Colorado, caught some trout- and then came fall. Our weekly denominational paper announced that the seminary was being host to a seminar whose main speaker was a Dr. Willis Harman. Willis Harman! Bells began ringing . . . Willis Harman?

William M. Bowen gave almost no-one a full paragraph in his book that exposes the New Age Movement, but he wrote a big one for Willis Harman. Willis Harman is a major player in the New Age Movement. His books espouse the major New Age doctrines. Harman, of Stanford Research Institute (SRI), also leads the Institute of Noetic Sciences and his books are touted by the World Future Society. (Read The Futurist magazine to find out who leads the World Future Society. But before you get too impressed, examine closely one of its board members, Barbara Marx Hubbard. Her name and her presence often appear at spiritist gatherings around the country.) Marilyn Ferguson notes Harman to be a major New Age author.

Speaking on the same program with Willis Harman was the same professor who told me in class, “I didn’t like that book.” And if I had wanted to attend, I needed to send my $200 registration fee to the husband of the third seminary professor who was also in the classroom on the above-mentioned summer day. My suspicions escalated.

During the next two years, I kept watch for New Age events and practices in my denomination; there were plenty. (A fascinating book that gives insight as to why many denominational churches will not blow the whistle on the New Age Movement or any other anti-Christ movement is Betrayal of the Church by Edmund and Julia Robb.) Yoga and guided imagery were advertised features of a national youth conference and a national clergywomen’s conference. Seminaries were host to Jungian lecture series. Large denominational churches financed health workers’ attendance to “holistic health” seminars. Seminary professors noted their attendance at such New Age centers as Esalen.

A particularly revealing experience happened in my second seminary year. One of my professors was also a vice-president of the National Council of Churches (NCC). All my professors during my three-year seminary experience used “inclusive God-language.” Not once did they ever refer to God with masculine pronouns such as he or him unless they also called God she or her. Usually, to keep from sounding too weird, professors repeated God , God’s , and God’s self instead of using he/she , his/hers , and himself/herself . Sometimes professors said things like, “You don’t need to defend God. God knows how to defend God’s self whenever God is being attacked by either God’s enemies or by God’s friends.”

The last day of my second seminary year, one professor noted that he thought inclusive God-language was a good thing, that, “When it comes to Jesus, it is appropriate to use male pronouns.”

The NCC vice-president said, “Gene, I want to take issue with that.” The NCC vice-president then drew on the board a pie-shaped circle with a small circle in the middle that she identified as God. On the pie pieces she wrote names of several world religions. She noted that each piece (each of the religions) was one of the pathways to God. She noted that Christ was the spirit that was in Jesus. She said that “Jesus was a particular embodiment at a particular time.” She wanted to make the point that Jesus was a male, but that the Christ-spirit that was in Jesus was neither male nor female. Of course, she was espousing the usual Hindu-New Age view. Every Bible student knows that both names are deity and that Jesus Christ is not divided. Jesus means “Savior,” and Christ means “anointed one.” At no place in the Bible is there even a hint that we are to make a big deal of his sexuality.

The second major revelation of the New Age influence came the last day of my seminary experience. On that day, the seminary’s most eminent professor was with me in a nearly empty class room. The professor was a leading contributor to the country’s leading liberal Bible commentary and had written a book entitled The Great Physician.

I approached him and said, “Dr. _____________, I read your book  The Great Physician twice. I noticed that you highlight two kinds of healers: the witch doctors and shamans, and the followers of Carl Jung.”

The professor gave me a look showing his approval of my perceptiveness, and said, “That’s right.”

Then he gave me a short oration about how he had come to accept the reality of supernatural healing while simultaneously deprecating a Dr. Carl Bangs for yet denying the miraculous.

Then I said, “Dr. ____________, it seems to me that anything that is supernatural and man calls good, you would say is from God; and that anything that is supernatural and man calls bad, you also would say is from God.”

Then he astounded me with his Hindu/New Age/Star Wars answer. He said, “That’s right, the light and dark side of God.” (Another interesting curiosity is that this eminent professor works as a theological consultant for a very large church of another denomination. Serving with him at this church as Director of Education is the NCC vice-president who was also espousing Hindu/New Age doctrines.)

 

My Discovery in Manhattan, Kansas

While I was watching the church, I also began to notice some things happening in the Manhattan, KS, area. The first hint came October 30, 1985, in the Topeka Daily Capital when staff writer Merle Bird wrote about Sun Bear’s coming to Kansas. Sun Bear is a noted Indian medicine man. Bird noted aspects of Sun Bear’s perennial philosophy: the Earth Mother, the body’s energy flow, and the spirit guide. Mr. Bird quoted Sun Bear’s description of a coming workshop, “In the workshop, I’ll teach Earth awareness, how to get in touch with natural forces. That native people feel there are forces and powers behind creation. I’ve done quite a bit of work with the Thunder Being, the power that brings rain. Next year, I’ll go to Morocco in Africa, to work with those people on how to contact these forces and powers.” Bird further noted that Sun Bear teaches healing and rejuvenation formulas, and how to get rid of negativity.

Staff writer Bird noted that this Sun Bear would present a lecture “at 7:30 p.m. today at Manhattan Middle School in Manhattan.”

So, I waited for the Manhattan report. The next day, October 31, 1985, contributing writer Damien Elizabeth Hoover of the Manhattan Mercury exposed something most interesting. Beneath a large picture of the New Age medicine man was a most revealing paragraph. It listed the unusual bedfellows who arranged Sun Bear’s coming to Kansas: “Sun Bear’s visit to Kansas with his companion helper Wabun was sponsored by the departments of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work and Psychology at Kansas State University, the Manhattan Zen Group, the Kansas Rural Wellness Center (in Onaga) and the People’s Grocery Cooperative Exchange.”

What kind of glue would bind Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, Psychology, Zen Buddhism, “Wellness,” and a food cooperative?

More insight came soon in November 27, 1985, when the Riley Countian (a weekly paper from nearby Riley, Kansas) told of the reporter’s experience at a Medicine Wheel Ceremony. The teacher announced herself as an apprentice to Sun Bear and an occupational therapist at the Community Hospital in Onaga. The Medicine Wheel Ceremony took place on a lawn next to People’s Grocer Cooperative Exchange. The ceremony was a class offered through the University for Man, a free school whose phone number is listed under Kansas State University. Marilyn Ferguson lists free schools as part of the aquarian conspiracy. A government document from the National Center for Educational Statistics entitled “Free Universities and Learning Referral Centers 1981” notes that the state with the most free schools is Kansas.

Although not all free schools teach new Age topics, many free schools are top examples of how the New Age Movement operates. Some theologians have called the New Age Hinduistic religion “the embrace that smothers.” What they are saying is that the Hindus have millions of Gods. If you want Jesus or someone else to be your god, go ahead. You can be a Christian, a Jew, a Moslem, a Moonie, or anything else and be a Hindu, too. You can bring in anything you want as long as you accept some basic Hindu concepts.

Free schools will invite you to learn or teach anything you desire. However, I now suspect that most free schools have or do offer some type of New Age indoctrination.

In University for Man’s 1987 fall catalog are listed some fine courses: beginning French, Woodworking, Acrylic Painting, and Fundamentals of Kayaking. Mixed in, however, are the New Age topics:

Teen’s Native American Workshop

Teens will learn about the medicine wheel and how to “attune ourselves to the Earth Mother.” (Lots of Christian Indians today struggle to understand why so many churches now praise the religion that brought them so much grief.)

Reflexology

Most if not all reflexology is based on alchemical Taoist religion that imagines meridians of yin/yang energy over the “Earth Mother” and the physical body.

Creating Your Own Reality

This course emphasizes use of the old shamanic practices of creative visualization and positive confession or affirmations.

Paganism

The catalog notes the instructor to have become a Pagan in 1981 and that he now leads a group in the Manhattan area.

Yoga

“Come with an empty stomach and an open mind”

Channeling

“Two channels will explain and demonstrate the increasingly popular phenomenon of channeling non-physical entities or guides.” The Bible calls channelers mediums or witches, and the non-physical entities are simply demons — unless the channels are using fakery, a common practice.

Inner Guidance

The teacher is a holistic healer, Rebirther, Regressor, and professional channeler. She can help you go back and remember and experience a past life. Never mind that the bible says in Hebrews 9:27 that every person is given only once to die.

I checked the Fall 1986 catalog of Emporia’s Neosho River Free School. Here are some of the expected New Age titles: Yoga: for Relaxation and Peace of Mind; Biofeedback; The Medicine Wheel; and Native American Ceremonial Purification Rituals. The Spring 1990 catalog however contains no obvious New Age subjects. (The winter 1992 catalog includes three courses from ECKANKAR, a New Age religion that emphasizes “Soul Travel.”)

Especially noted is the increase in occultism at Manhattan’s University For Man. Some titles for the spring of 1989 are: Creation Spirituality; Stress Management (often New Age today); Therapeutic Touch; Introduction to Zen; Hatha Yoga; Kung Fu; Aikido; Stress Management for Children; and Beginning Meditation for Teenagers.

Additional and unmistakable evidence for occult influence at University For Man is that the Spring 1989 catalog shows several courses were taught by the co-owner of an occult, New Age book store in Manhattan called “The Kindred Spirit Bookstore, Education & Wellness Center” [now defunct]. Some of the courses were even taught in the store! The connection between the University For Man and the occult book store is not a mystery; the co-owner was a former education director of the University For Man. Why should activity like this be tax supported, K-State related, and United Way financed?

 

Recommended Reading:

Dark Secrets of the New Age by Texe Marrs

The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow by Constance Cumbey

America: The Sorcerer’s New Apprentice by Dave Hunt and T.A. McMahon

Globalism: America’s Demise by William M. Bowen

The Twisted Cross by Joseph J. Carr

The Beautiful Side of Evil by Johanna Michaelson

Gods of the New Age by Caryl Matrisciana

The New Age Cult by Walter Martin

Peace, Prosperity, and the Coming Holocaust by Dave Hunt

Unmasking the New Age by David Grothius

 

The New Age/Naziism/Satanism Connection

When I first began to read some of the books that expose the New Age, I was puzzled at the time spent showing its relationship to Naziism. Since then my reading and seminar experience have opened my eyes to an interesting connection between the two and today’s burgeoning Satanism.

An old shamanic religions believed in cleansing the earth and then connecting with its power. This belief is unmistakable in Naziism when one reads The Myth of the Twentieth Century by chief Nazi ideologist, Alfred Rosenburg. Rosenburg clearly delineated the Nazi concept of the “Volk.” His book, which was required reading for the Hitler Youth, noted that when pure Germanic youth could develop naturally in the area of the Rhine River, they would rise to fulfill their destiny as the supreme warrior nation. However, their problem was a blood taint upon the land – Jewish blood. When the earth was cleansed of Jewish blood, the power of the earth could be manifested in the Aryan race.

Then, as I studied Satanism, I noticed the same concept of power emerging from the earth. Many Satanists claim a feeling of power from the earth at the moment of sacrifice.

In this new age, I believe we will hear more frequently about the power within the human body and within the “Earth Mother.”

 

© 1992

 

 

 

[1]Hebrews 9:27

[2]Texe Marrs, Ravaged by the New Age (Austin, Texas: Living Truth Publishers,1989 ), p. 80.

[3]Ibid, p. 81.