Recently, someone asked me some questions about the New Age Movement. What I do is list the questions. I then answer them in somewhat of a “refutation” type of post. This post is brief by design.
Greetings. I would like to know what is the New Age Cult, which is rapidly growing around the world. What does the Bible say about these cult teachings?.
The New Age movement (which I would describe as cultish) had its beginning in the 1970’s and 1980’s. As Anderson notes in the hyperlinked article, the New Age can be summarized as both monism and pantheism. Both are heresies.
Monism basically denies the Creator/creation distinction with its emphasis on “one fundamental, ultimate essence.” It can take several forms. At its essence (no pun intended), it is a heresy because of its denial of the Creator/creation distinction.
Pantheism is a bit of an easier heresy to define; it teaches God is everyone and everything. It also teaches everyone and everything is God.
Isaiah 44:6-8 refutes some the nonsensical New Age teaching of pantheism (NASB):
6 “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts:
‘I am the first and I am the last,
And there is no God besides Me.
7 ‘Who is like Me? Let him proclaim and declare it;
Yes, let him recount it to Me in order,
From the time that I established the ancient nation.
And let them declare to them the things that are coming
And the events that are going to take place.
8 ‘Do not tremble and do not be afraid;
Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it?
And you are My witnesses.
Is there any God besides Me,
Or is there any other Rock?
I know of none.’”
There is only one God. The Scriptures make this clear in other places (Isaiah 41:4; Isaiah 43:10-11; Isaiah 48:12; Revelation 1:8; Deuteronomy 32:39).
Unfortunately, the New Age has crept into the teachings of some influential preachers. Warren Smith’s “Deceived On Purpose” clearly shows how both false teacher Rick Warren and The Message paraphrase have New Age connections. In the movie American Gospel, false teacher Kris Vallotton of Bethel Redding is shown in a brief clip telling his audience they are “little g” gods. Former pastor Rob Bell has stated in his book Sex God that a “divine spark” resides in every human being.
In short, the Scriptures clearly refute the New Age. Sadly, the New Age has crept into the church. May we be faithful Bereans in exposing this dark, heretical movement before it does any further damage to people.
Now if you are reading this and you are not a Christian, I have some bad news for you; you are dead in trespasses and sins. Ephesians 2:1-10 (one of the New Testament books) explains (NASB):
2 And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3 Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
The Bible is clear that people are born dead in trespasses and sins (2:1-3). God’s being rich in mercy makes one alive in Christ (2:4). Furthermore, it is by grace through faith that one is saved (2:5-9). It is not based on works (2:9).
If you do not believe what Ephesians 2:1-10 states, I would ask you please look at the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20:1-17. Have you ever told a lie? Have you ever stolen something, even if it was small? Have you ever used God’s name in vain? Jesus said that whoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery in the heart (Matthew 5:27-28). Jesus also said that if you ever get angry at someone, you’ve committed murder in the heart (Matthew 5:21-26). Just the mere thoughts of adultery and murder make you guilty of the very acts themselves.
Please understand that it only takes one murder to be a murderer, one lie to be a liar and so forth. David said in Psalm 51:5 that he was conceived in sin. Genesis 6:5 states that every intent of the thoughts of man’s heart is only evil continually. Clearly, man has a sin problem. Romans 3:23 states that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. Man is in big trouble with God because of his sin. This is more amplified by the fact that perfection is the standard (Matthew 5:48).
Now, some people try to justify their sin by trying to balance it out with the good deeds that they have done. However, if you were to try that in a court of law, the judge would throw the book at you. A good judge would not accept a bribe. He would cast you off into jail. God likewise will not accept a bribe, for there is no partiality with Him (Deuteronomy 10:17; Ephesians 6:9).
Thankfully, Jesus came to solve the sin problem over 2000 years ago (Isaiah 53:1-12). You and I broke the law. Jesus paid the fine (Matthew 26:14-28:20). This means that the judge can do what’s legally right in dismissing your case. He can say, “This person has broken the law, but someone has paid his fine. He’s out of here.” This is good news.
There are two things a person must do. He must repent. This means to turn from his sin (Mark 1:16; Luke 24:36-49; 2 Timothy 2:19-26; Acts 17:30-31). He must also put his trust in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31, 17:30-31; Romans 4:1-25, 10:1-17; Galatians 3:1-14; John 6:26-29). These gifts of repentance and faith are granted by God (Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 2:22-26). If you repent and put your trust in the Savior Jesus Christ, He will forgive you of your sins and grant you everlasting life (John 6:47).
Oh may you know His mercy and grace today. If you already do, bear fruit in keeping with repentance (Matthew 3:8).