The New Age Movement and other false teachings–Jean-Louis

THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT by Jean-Louis  (The Light Seed)

BEGINNING IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN What is the New Age Movement (NAM for short)? What are its beliefs? The NAM does not consist of a single group of people and is not identified by a single set of beliefs or sourcebook like the Bible. Rather, it is a network of organizations that are independent and yet bound together by anti-Biblical religious beliefs. Some of these beliefs are: 1. Monism: the belief that everything flows out from one divine energy. All is one. 2. Pantheism: the belief that God is all and all is God, including nature and mankind. 3. Reincarnation and Karma: explaining good and evil. 4. Universal religion: all religions are just alternate paths to the same goal. 5. Personal transformation: a mystic or psychic experience that will usually result in a shift from an “old world” belief system to the realization of the “New Age” belief system. 6. Planetary vision: the belief that the earth possesses a life in and of itself. New Agers are attempting to realize the notion of a “mother earth” or “Gaia” whose children are assimilated into a religio-socio-political consciousness. They believe that a shift of political power that emphasizes the environment (pollution, acid rain, etc.) will help bring about this planetary consciousness. 7. New Age eschatology: the belief that a coming world leader or avatar will usher in the New Age. (For a more thorough study , see Dictionary of Cults, Sects, Religions and the Occult, George A. Mather and Larry A. Nichols) In Eccl. 1:9 Solomon stated that, “ There is nothing new under the sun.” The New Age ideas are old, but repackaged in a deceiving look of updated and more sophisticated vocabulary. With New Age philosophy, Satan is using the same temptation that he used in the Garden of Eden: the promise of “hidden knowledge” that will make people be “like God”. PRINCIPLE: DO NOT ENTER INTO A DIALOGUE WITH SATAN.What does God say? In Gen 2:16, “ The Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” It means that they were alive and immortal before eating of the fruit. • What does Satan say? In Gen 3:1, first, Satan plants a seed of doubt in Eve’s mind by hissing sweetly, “ Did God really say, “ You must not eat from any tree in the garden.” Eve should have stopped him right there, rebuked him with the Word of God like Jesus and run away like Joseph. Then, openly contradicting the word of God, he asserts in verse 4, ” You will not surely die… for God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened.” • Were their eyes closed before? Certainly not.
Then, Satan further states in the same verse, ” You will be like God, knowing good and evil.” • Weren’t they like God already? In which way? Gen 1:27 declares, “So God created man in his own image.” • Didn´t they already know good? Absolutely! They knew God as Creator, Father, Provider, Teacher, Master Gardener, to name a few of the ways God related to them. They knew Him whose “ Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights.” James I: 16. • Did they know evil? No. They had not yet met the father of lies. So, before the fall, they saw and knew only the good there was, God their father, their creator, the person whose nature and character are absolute, pure and eternal goodness and the source of all that is good according to Gen 1:31 which says that, “God saw all that he had made and it was very good.” Consequently, the only knowledge that they could gain or acquire was that of a deadly and confusing mixture of good and evil. They fell from the free state of God-consciousness to the state of enslavement that is Self-consciousness which carried to its extreme logical conclusion leads to Self-Realization, the state of having and experiencing the fullness of self in all its ugly rebellion and defiant independence from God and being like its original, perfect model and exemple, Satan himself. “The acorn doesn´t fall far from the tree”. Notice that Satan says: Not if you eat, but when you eat. As if it were understood that they were going to do it, that it was only a matter of time. Satan always presents an alluring picture to us, the undeniable pleasure of sin before we discover the very high price we have to pay later for disobeying God. • Was the fruit really good or did it appear pleasing to Eve’s eyes? Gen 3:6. • How did she know that it was desirable for gaining wisdom? Satan told her. All she knew about the fruit is what Satan told her, and what she could see with her own eyes. Satan could not give them anything that they didn’t have before the fall, except the knowledge of evil, the disease of sin, the curse of the ensuing fall of all mankind and his destructive, demonic wisdom. He lied to them – but was it a total lie? • What truth was mixed with the lie? • Was it true that they were going to know evil? Yes. Eccl 10:8 states: “He who digs a pit shall fall into it; and whoever breaks a hedge, a snake shall bite him.” (NKJV) If we are on Satan’s territory, he defines the terms, the rules. We don’t. When he says “you will know”, he doesn’t mean “you will have information about evil, some data to store in your computer memory so that when you see evil you’ll run away from it.”. Knowing evil on Satan’s terms involves participation, just as knowing God involves participation in His life, His works and the lives of His people. Satan meant you will know or experience evil in your mind, soul, and body. And in that he was right and true. • What does God say about wisdom? Prov 2:6 declares: “It is He who gives wisdom.” Wisdom is not just having knowledge of evil, as Satan said. Isaiah 11:2 -3 says this about the Lord Jesus: “And the Spirit of the LORD will rest on Him, The spirit of wisdom and understanding, The spirit of counsel and strength, The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And He will delight in the fear of the LORD, And He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear.” (NAS) PRINCIPLE: WHEN YOU ARE NOT SURE OF AN IDEA, AN ACTIVITY, STRETCH THE POSSIBILITY OF INVOLVEMENT TO ITS CONCLUSION. There are 2 trees in the beginning: the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. • 2 kinds of fruits. One gives life, the other death. • 2 kinds of choices – one right, one wrong • 2 persons: 1. God, our Father who loves us, wants the best for our lives. 2. Satan, who is a liar from the beginning, and who seeks to steal, kill and destroy. He wants to take us away from God and His blessings, he wants to take us out of commission instead of being a part of the Great Commission. The New Age fruit that is so desirable is a change in consciousness through various methods, means, techniques that will cause one to look at God, the universe and oneself, in a different way. Look at Psalm 1., this psalm gives us the general principle of the progression in involvement with sin: walking, standing, sitting. In the case of drugs, it also includes lying down and flying out of one’s mind.
New Age techniques produce the same effect without the help of drugs and deceives people into believing that they have had a spiritual encounter with the source of life. It produces in the adept or devotee a sense of superior self-righteousness due to a false sense of their own purity as they compare themselves to the drug addict or drug user. However, they have fallen into the bigger trap of Satan which has them bound in their pride which is the first step to anybody’s downfall and destruction. Look at Gal 6:7: “ Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”
If you are asked to accept a new idea or participate in a questionable activity and have any doub in your heart that it is right remember Romans 14:23 which says: “But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith and everything that does not come from faith is sin.” As Christians, if we want to know, we can study, and apply the word of life. Deuteronomy 29:29 says: “The secret things belong to the LORD but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” In the beginning there were 2 trees: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. At the end in Rev 22:2: “on each side of the river stood the tree of life.” In the end there is only one tree, the tree of Life. Only one God, only truth, only the righteous.
When it comes to something seemingly new, we have to ask ourselves 2 questions: 1. Where does this come from, what is the source of the information? 2. Where does it lead?
• FIRST STEP: Be informed. Ask your parents, your youth group leader, your Pastor, an older Christian or anybody spiritually mature enough in this area who can answer your questions or direct your inquiry to someone knowledgeable. If you want information, don’t read directly from the New Age authors. There is plenty of material written on the New Age and cults by people that have been involved, have come out and given their testimonies. You can trust the word of a burnt person who tells you that fire burns. Don’t assume that you are different, that you know better, that you are smarter than the next person. Here is a warning to us from Israel’s history. I Cor 10:1. “(Do not be idolaters…be careful that you don’t fall.)” • SECOND STEP: Look at the fruit. This is the hardest test of all, because a lot of New Age people seem to be very calm, peace loving, well organized, caring individuals who use their personal resources and energy to promote what they believe are positive changes in themselves, their environment, and society. These may seem good, but they are done in ignorance and rebellion against our Creator, who has His own good plans for bringing peace and light to the world. And they don’t address the real problem with our world – sin. Remember, these persons however well intentioned and highly motivated are deceived. They have allowed themselves to believe the lie of Satan that “wisdom” is a tool to acquire “god-power”, when such hidden wisdom is really a trap. Unfortunately, in the eyes of God they are like Eve and Adam, as responsible for their sin as is their leader or teacher.
In Matt 7:15-20, Jesus warns his disciples with these words: “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? Even so every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruits, nor [can] a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you shall know them.” (NKJV)
John 16:1. Right after chapter 14 and 15 about the coming of the Holy Spirit of truth, abiding in the vine, the inability to do anything without Him, the command to love eachother and to bear fruit, our Lord Jesus warns: “all this I have told you so that you will not go astray”.
Then, there is the temptation to “be open-minded”, rather than “intolerant” of these “alternative religions”. Aren’t we supposed to explore and discover? Here is a good analogy: Let’s say you live in a house and it’s summertime. You want to breathe fresh air, so you open the window. What happens? You get fresh air, but along with it, you get dust, pollen, and bugs. The proper thing to do is to put a screen on the window.
The word of God acts as a screen that rejects all the impurities, corrupt thoughts, lies, and false teaching that invade our minds, but for that screen to be effective in our lives, we have to study, understand, believe, know and practice what the Word of God says in obedience to our Lord´s command. Psalm 119:9,11: “How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I have hidden your word in my heart that I may not sin against you.”
Finally, It is my prayer that, “Your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus-Christ, to the glory and praise of God.” Ph 1:9-11. Jean-Louis Winter 1989. At The St.Giles Presbyterian Church’s Youth Group. Revised in Hendersonville, N.C. Winter 1997 for the 1st. Baptist Church Youth Group.

Read more of Jean-Louis’ informative articles:

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5 thoughts on “The New Age Movement and other false teachings–Jean-Louis

  1. The only difference is.. you are teaching hate and they are teaching love. They might not be 100% correct, but at least they show love for their fellow man. If you don’t think you’re teaching hate, I’m sorry but there are scales over your eyes. You can’t see the hate you are spewing at people. The best thing for you to do is believe what you believe and let others believe what they believe. Why go on so long about how everyone else is so wrong and you are so right? There is no reason for that because anyone who you believe is “lost” will only feel upset when reading this. You are inflicting negative feelings on them instead of spreading the love of God. Instead, they should see the love of God in you and you should show them all love and this will confirm that you know God and God knows you. In this passage I do not see the love of God in you at all.

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    • Hi Love,
      First I want to thank you for reading and commenting. I have forwarded your comment to the author of the post so that he can respond to your comment for himself. Jean-Louis spent many years deeply involved in the New Age movement and I believe he wrote about it out of concern for those who remain in it because he does care about you. Lots of things can look and sound good, but if they are a counterfeit of the real thing, isn’t it better to know?

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    • Note From Shekinah419: Jean-Louis wrote this response to Love and hit enter, only to see it disappear. He came back the next morning and entered a response once again. I found his original response in my Spam Queue. I apologize to both “Love” and Jean-Louis. I do not know what caused the filter to send the comment to spam other than possibly the length of it.
      I also had a post disappear around that day, so I guess the blog was just experiencing some hiccups.

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      Hello Love! I can see that my study upset you. There must be a reason for that.
      I don´t know what kind of person you are or exactly what I wrote that triggered such a strong reaction on your part. If you reread carefully the study till the end you will see that it was written for some youth at my church at the request of the pastor who was concerned about a situation that could have developed into something destructive. I didn´t mention the reason for the study but since I had spent many years following the teachings of an Indian guru and being knowledgeable theoratically and practically about the New Age movement, I wrote this study, talked to them and answered their questions. Which in itself was a caring act of love.

      It wasn´t even about love or hate but about truth and wisdom based on the Bible and the differences in the spiritual influences in conflict for the souls of mankind.
      I don´t know what your beliefs are concerning love, but this I know from the life of Jesus that the highest expression of God´s love is to give up one´s life for others and that´s what he did on the cross 2000 yers ago, his blood shed for you and for me made it possible to be reconciled with God the Father and be at peace with him.

      The one obstacle to this family re-union is sin. It has to be dealt with or paid for by death of the sinner. New Age teachings based on eastern philosophy postulate that the only sin is man´s ignorance that he is already god and that all he needs to do is to learn through yoga, meditation or other techniques how to regain his divinity and experience oneness with everything and everyone.

      The Bible teaches that love and truth go together, if fact that when one believes in and knows God through his Son Jesus, he will follow his commands to keep his teachings, that he will know the truth and that the truth will set him or her free.

      The Bible also says that if one doesn´t believe in Jesus, he cannot understand the words that are written so they do not impart any spiritual life to the person that reads them.
      Rereading the study, I didn´t find it spewing hate, forcing my beliefs on others, inflicting anything negative on anybody. I didn´t engage in personal attacks or even tried to prove that I was right and others wrong.

      I have the advantage of having experienced both spiritual light and darkness, my eyes were opened to the errors of my ways and now I share my testimony of what Jesus has done in my life.

      Everything that I wrote about I have experienced first hand. So that I am just sharing this part of my life and warning anyone who want to listen about the dangers involved.
      I open myself to criticisms and sometimes worse. In my personal quest for truth and wisdom, Jesus-Christ has fulfilled all my expectations and more with his grace and love. He can do the same for you. All you have to do is ask and he will answer you, that´s his promise to anybody who wants to know Him.
      I invite you to come and visit my blog, you´ll have a better idea of who I am really.

      Take care.

      Jean-Louis. http://thelightseed.blogspot.com

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    • Hi love,

      I don´t know where you got the idea that I was “spewing hate” in my study of the NAM. Neither is there any mention of right and wrong. I can only take responsibility for my words, the way people interpret them and feel about them is entirely up to them. My goal is not to “inflict negativity” upon the non-Christian readers as you erroneously stated but instead it is to introduce them to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus.

      Now for context, the blog page that you read is mostly designed for Christians, mine is also.
      My study was designed for Christian youth who needed my help in understanding the Biblical concepts of the truth of God´s word versus the lies of satan, the father of lies who is the deceiver of mankind. I did that to protect them from a specific situation that had arisen in their group that could have been destructive to them due to the lack of knowledge of certain occult practices mixed with Bible verses which is a favorite weapon of satan. So it was not intended for the general public.

      In fact it was a caring act of love, because I was following the New Testament instruction of speaking the Truth in Love.

      I agree with you when you say that people should see the love of God in me and that I should show them all love. Now to say that it will be a confirmation of my knowing God and Him knowing is a matter of their own personal perception and understanding of God and his love.

      That is where Truth who the Lord Jesus says He is when he said: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life comes into play. Truth is a frame for Love, they go together.

      This is exactly what I was doing when I was talking to these young men and women. They were concerned about loving and protecting their friends without knowing that the way they were going about it was contrary to the truth revealed in the Bible, the Word of God.

      You see for us love is not a nebulous concept but is one of the attribute of God manifested through the Lord Jesus who gave up his life for you and me, sinners and died so we might live eternally with Him having been reconciled and having peace with the Heavenly Father. He himself said: No greater love has a man than he lays down his life for a friend.

      The apostle Paul talks about the coming evil deception for those who perish because they didn´t receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.

      Do you see that truth and love and love of the truth go together and what it has to do with the salvation of men and women who live not in ignorance that they already are god, but in the willful ignorance of the One true God?

      Now if you take the time to reread my analysis of the contrast between the truth of God and the lies of satan as presented in the garden of Eden and the way that mankind is lured into being deceived, you may change your mind and may understand better my motivation for bringing some light of understanding to these immature believers.

      Having lived in both kingdom of darkness and light, I feel that I am in a position to share my life experience to help with those seeking truth and wisdom and interested in knowing the God I serve.

      I took the time with this rather long reply because you are made in the image of God and it´s only by being born again by the spirit of the living God that this image can be restored to its initial nature corrupted by sin. The price has been paid; Jesus is inviting you to come to him, only on HIS terms.

      We are just messengers of the good news of the love and grace of God and it´s up to people to accept or reject the Lord Jesus-Christ.

      True Christians are loving people who only warn people of danger out of concern for their immortal soul before it´s too late.

      BTW, love is a hard handle to live up to; it could help you to add truth.
      Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. Jesus.

      Take care.
      Jean-Louis.

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  2. Hello Sandee, thank you for helping in sharing these studies. May the Lord bless you, keep you and strengthen you, body, soul and spirit and inspire you to keep on writing and keeping the light of the Lord Jesus shining in these days of great darkness.

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