After our museum visit we headed to a large playground at Golden Gate Park. While the kids climbed and explored, I planted myself on a picnic table to rest and people watch. A young man walked across the grass and came up to where I was. We started talking. He was 24, a recent college graduate and had just moved here from SoCal. He talked about his plans for an exciting, fulfilling and successful life. I brought up the issue of what comes after that, referring to the day of judgment. We had a long, in depth conversation that involved apologetics, testimony, the Law and the Gospel.
“I have my own moral standards”, he began as he defended himself. He thought he was a good person. Then he excused himself by saying that he has his own belief system, recently acquired through the reading of Eckhart Tolle’s book, A New Earth. Newly enlightened in the New Spirituality, he tried to make me doubt my faith. You could feel the unseen spiritual conflict as he tried to destroy my faith in Jesus. I turned the main issue to his future appointment before God, the character attributes of God, the breaking of God’s Law, our accountability to God, and God’s righteous justice against sin. Using scripture.
It was amazing. As he listened concerning the Law and God’s perfect character, his mouth shut, and he became silent, looking down. Minutes before he was proud and defending himself. Now he was humbled and quiet while he listened about the gift and grace of God in the atoning death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For by works of the law no flesh will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. Rom.3:19-20.
New Spirituality is hot right now with Oprah featuring A Course in Miracles lessons on her satellite radio show as well as teaching Ekhart Tolle’s A New Earth on her web class. Then there’s Pope Benedict XVl in the country hosting yet another interfaith conference where he will continue the work of joining Roman Catholicism together with Islam and the rest of the world’s religions, based on “common ground”. We also have the Dalai Lama here with thousands going to him for spiritual enlightenment. Public schools are busing children in to hear him promote the “compassion movement”.
And then we have “from within Christianity”, Rob Bell at the Interspiritual Seeds of Compassion conference referring to the Dalai Lama as “His Holiness”, and redefining death and resurrection for a universalist-friendly crowd. He could have used this incredible opportunity to speak of the true God, sin, righteousness, judgment, the Deity and Lordship of Christ, the cross, the love and grace of God, repentance and faith, but he did not. He blended. Why? New Spirituality is hot! It is “New Paradigm” (even though it has really been around since Genesis). Faith in Jesus as the only way is “Old Paradigm”. The world seeks to evolve to the next level of consciousness: the idea that we are all “one”. The Shift; the global transformation, is rapidly coming to completion. This is the idea that we are all one because we are all god. This is the “Christ consciousness.”
So, are you ready to be different? (Are you different already?) Are you ready to not sign up with the one world religion? Are you ready to endure when you see people who call themselves “Christians” join also? Are you ready to be left out? Are you ready for the pressure to conform? Are you ready for what’s next? The world will bow to the enemy’s New Spirituality; the worship of self as god.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Eph.6:13.
Audio: Here’s Jan Markell and Warren Smith discussing New Age & Christian leaders promoting the New Spirituality.