Posted by: ajtony | October 9, 2011

The Christian ‘New Age’ Religion

In my last post I stated my belief that the new world religion prophesied in the Bible is here now! It comes under the umbrella of the ‘New Age Movement’ but embraces anything ‘spiritual’ as long as it is not true Christianity or Judaism, faiths that believe in one God only. You may or may not believe that it is here now or you may not actually be aware that it has crept into the ‘church’ by the back door so I am going to give you some examples from somewhere very close to where I live in Scotland.

If you claim to be a Christian who follows Jesus Christ of Nazareth as Lord, Saviour and God, then you need to leave any church or group that promotes or belongs to any of the following organisations, or teaches subjects such as ‘christ consciousness’, ‘meditative Christianity’, emerging spirituality, mysticism or holds to the belief that we are all gods that can seek higher levels of consciousness and make contact with the god within us etc etc. These practices lead to contact with what the new Agers call. ‘spirit beings’ or ‘ancients’ but which are really fallen angels or demons, masquerading as ‘angels of light’.

When you read about the New Age occult practices on the internet or in books it can be quite shocking. But, when you actually see it in action, it brings home to you that it is definitely real and here now.

The Findhorn Foundation is on our doorstep being less than 20 miles away and it has been called the world headquarters of the New Age Movement. They are very up front about what they do and in this respect I haven’t got a problem with them. Their ‘religion’ has been about for thousands of years (see Ezekiel 8 for example) and the Bible tells us that those following ‘doctrines of demons’ would increase as the day of Jesus’ return approached so I say bring it on.

What I want to do is to highlight a conference coming up at Findhorn in April 2012 entitled, ‘Into Christ Consciousness – Co-Creating Our Emerging Future’. This is how they advertise the course on their website.

‘In Findhorn’s 50th birthday year we invite you to join our co-creative Easter Gathering in the transformative field of consciousness emerging at this time, calling us to expand into the greater reality that has always been there and take a further step beyond fear and into Love.

Down the ages, mystics of the world’s spiritual traditions have awakened to this reality and now quantum scientists are re-discovering that there is a greater whole beyond our sense-bound perception. Human consciousness is evolving, and the process is speeding up – towards the realisation that there are no boundaries in Love, for what one is, all are. This reality calls us to birth and embody our inner divinity and, in so doing, embrace our universal humanity. This is Christ Consciousness.

Key themes include: ·

  • the evolution of consciousness ·
  • the active power of compassionate love –
  • stepping beyond fear ·
  • the inter-connectedness of all being, from cells to stars ·
  • multi-dimensionality ·
  • living from the level of soul ·
  • owning the shadow and embracing difference ·
  • the feminine face of the Divine ·
  • active engagement in the magic of life’s flow

Join us in creating a group chalice. This will be a gathering created by group-synergy, not in the usual conference format. Participating together in silence and meditation, ceremonies of song and story, poetry and dance, in personal sharing, in exploration and in practical discussion, we join to open a channel for a consciousness that can meet a changing world with compassion and creativity.’

Now, you would hope that most discerning Christians will read this, see it for what it is, and steer well clear. But the descriptive ‘Christian’ has been hijacked by many different groups, and use of the word doesn’t actually mean anything anymore. There are Christian witches, Christian pagans, Christian mystics, Christian spiritists, Christian druids etc. and they even use the name of Jesus but it is a different Jesus. If you check out some of the links here you will see that there is the Jesus Christ of the Bible, the Jesus of Rome, the New Age Jesus, the Cosmic Christ, the Master Jesus and the Maitreya, just to name a few.

You may be even more surprised to know that Luciferians refer to Lucifer as Jesus. click here to read why.

Back to Findhorn and the Christ Consciousness conference. It is when you look at the groups working in collaboration with the Findhorn Foundation and actively promoting the above conference that alarms bells should sound because many of them claim to be Christians.

This is what the website says:

‘This Gathering is an integral part of an emerging process. Organisations actively supporting it include CANA (Christians Awakening to a New Awareness), the Wrekin Trust, Contemplative Fire and Friends of Iona. CANA and the Wrekin Trust are collaborating with the Findhorn Foundation in creating an interactive website for exploration, Into Christ Consciousness. Offering features, resources and a mailing list, the site aims to support people in linking with others on a similar journey. We offer the Gathering as an event in which we join to work actively, both for the transformation of our own consciousness, and in service to the whole. All who come are contributors’

CANA, Christians Awakening to a New Awareness, was originally ‘Christians Awakening to a New Age’ and a visit to their website will tell you amongst other things that:

Those who join CANA see their starting point as Christian but are open to the moving of the Spirit to seek and explore God and the spiritual dimensions of life, in a way that is open-ended and free from the boundaries that most religious frameworks and structures have imposed.

CANA exists to give those seeking a deeper spiritual awareness a safe place to experience, share and develop their vision’.

That all sounds fine doesn’t it but the next part gives us a clue as to what they are really all about.

‘CANA recognises that we are all one through that of God within us from whatever background we come’.

There you have it! The ‘God within us’, not a Christian concept at all. Further delving into the events advertised on the CANA website show courses on ‘DISCOVERING INNER WAYS TO TRUTH’. They quote the scripture shown below, state that Jesus wants us to become like Him (all true) but then go on about Inner and outer teaching, how Jesus prepared the way for our evolution in awareness and mentions exploring the ‘Essenes and Christian Mystery School teachings of Elizabeth Mac Donald Burrows (described here as a Christian Mystic & International Spiritual Educator, she was was raised a Christian but was visited and guided by the unseen Masters of the angelic regions from her early youth. Check out her website and you will see clearly what the Mystics and New Agers believe). This is most definitely not Christian and they are not writing about Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Lord, Saviour, God and man of the bible, that’s for sure!!

Here’s how they describe the course.

‘And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, “Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” (Matthew 13: 10-11.)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do. (John 15: 12.)

There has always existed an Inner and Outer Teaching. However, no longer is the Inner Teaching available only to the few. In these times, the Inner Teaching is available to all who seek it. Jesus’ wish for us is that we should become like Him, for which purpose He prepared the way for our evolution in awareness.

We shall explore sources of the Inner Teaching, readily available to us today, e.g. the Essenes and the Christian Mystery School teachings of Elizabeth MacDonald Burrows. There will be experiential sessions to show how practical the Inner Teaching is for our development as spiritual beings.’

 CANA states that their ‘numbers continue to grow, attracting both laity and clergy who are refreshed by being amongst people who are exploring faith in an open way’.

A look at the ‘Useful Websites’ page shows more groups involved with CANA, again many of them claiming to be Christian’.

PCN Britain (Progressive Christian Network). The Progressive Christianity Network Britain works to promote and support open and contemporary Christian understanding. www.pcnbritain.org.uk

The Modern Churchpeople’s Union. MCU are a mixed bunch of people, that share an open-minded and thoughtful approach to Christian faith. They wish to offer a safe space for people to explore doubts, further their spiritual journey, and take a critical approach to certainties. www.modchurchunion.org

Sea of Faith Network. The Network explores the implications for spiritual, social and ecological issues that arise from embracing the provisional nature of religious insight. www.sofn.org.uk

Bede Griffiths Sangha. Father Bede Griffiths, who died in 1993, was one of the great spiritual leaders of the 20 th century, and a charismatic man who emanated unconditional love. The Bede Griffiths Sangha (the Sanskrit word for community) is an informal network of people who have been touched and inspired by his life and teachings. www.bedegriffithssangha.org.uk

The British Teilhard Association. The British Teilhard Association promotes the work and vision of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. www.teilhard.org.uk

Catholics for a Changing Church www.ccc4vat2.co.uk

Contemplative Fire. Contemplative Fire is a movement, a community and an adventure, celebrating life in all its fullness on the Way of Christ. www.contemplativefire.org

Anglican Boatrockers Boatrockers is not an organisation -it’s a human dynamic to catch the wind of the Spirit that rocks the boat – not to make it sink, but to keep it on course! www.anglican-boatrockers.net

Wrekin Trust. The Wrekin Trust and Wrekin Forum have their roots in the work established by Sir George Trevelyan and those that worked with him. www.wrekintrust.org

GreenSpirit. Green Spirit is a network of people who celebrate the human spirit in the context of our place in the natural world and Earth’s own evolutionary journey. www.greenspirit.org.uk

Jerusalem Peacemakers. Jerusalem Peacemakers is a network of independent interfaith peace-builders dedicated to encouraging understanding and reconciliation in the Holy Land. www.jerusalempeacemakers.org

Just a word on the Contemplative Fire movement. Their website says this:

‘It was founded in 2004 by Revd Philip Roderick and authorised by the Diocese of Oxford. It is registered as a ‘Fresh Expression of Church’. Philip Roderick is on the Fresh Expressions national team of Associate Missioners, mandated by Archbishop Rowan Williams. Whilst Contemplative Fire also attracts those from different Christian (or non-faith) backgrounds, it is accountable to and in creative conversation with the Church of England. Wherever Contemplative Fire establishes itself as a praying, liturgical community, the blessing of local church leaders is sought.’

Philip Roderick is a speaker at the ‘Christ Consciousness’ course at Findhorn and their website describes him like this.

‘Philip Roderick is founder-director of the Quiet Garden movement, community leader of Contemplative Fire and advisor in spirituality to the Bishop of Sheffield. His drum, chant and bodyprayer ministry is called Sheer Sound. He was the first to suggest a conference on Christ Consciousness at Findhorn.’

The Quiet Garden Movement lists the following patrons.

 We are grateful to the following Patrons of the Quiet Garden Trust

  • Richard Foster, writer and speaker on prayer and spiritual discipline
  • Gerard W. Hughes, S.J. writer and speaker on spirituality, peace and justice issues
  • Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia Assistant Bishop, Orthodox Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain
  • Margaret Magdalene Evening writer and spiritual director
  • The Most Revd Vincent Nichols Archbishop of Westminster
  • The Rt Revd John Pritchard Bishop of Oxford
  • Professor Sir Ghillean Prance former Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  • Esther de Waal international speaker and writer on spirituality

Just a word on Archbishop Rowan Williams. This man is head of the Church of England and if you click here you will see that he is also a druid. He would probably call himself a Christian Druid, but you really can’t be both. Druids are pagan and are not Christian. Click here to see what they believe.

So you will see that the blatantly up front New Age Findhorn Foundation are now joined by all sorts of ‘Christian’ groups from what I call mainstream denominational churches, eg. Catholics, Anglicans, Church of England as well as Muslims, Jews, Greens, ‘save the planet’ organisations and inter-faith humanitarians. If you delve more deeply into the websites listed above you will see there are more and more ‘Christian’ churches or groups getting involved in this deception, called the ‘great falling away’ by the Apostle Paul.

And all this comes from looking at just one New Age organisation near where I live. The rest of the UK, Europe and the world is absolutely crammed with New Age occultism – it is absolutely everywhere, and it is here NOW!

DO NOT BE DECEIVED! CHECK THESE THINGS OUT FOR YOURSELF AND ASK THE HOLY SPIRIT TO SHOW YOU THE TRUTH BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!

The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow by Constance Cumbey, albeit 30 years old, is an excellent book on how the New Age Movement has infiltrated the church

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  1. Excellent post, Tony. Thanks. It also seems as if Rick Warren, after getting himself into the limelight with ‘The Purpose-Driven Life’ is also now getting into the contemplative rut, along with people like Brian McClaren. I read the latter’s first book several years back now, and had a very bad feeling about it – the way he regarded the Bible made me feel very uneasy. It is so sad, though, how undiscerning people are. I have friends who thought it was brilliant.
    People are always trying Jesus – plus something else. As if the pure Word of God and a daily adventure with the incarnate Word were not enough. If it isn’t the Law in the Hebrew Roots movement, then it’s mysticism, intellectualism gnosticism, etc. There’s always got to be something that I can do to bring ME closer to God; as if Jesus hadn’t already done it ALL. He warned us to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees, and we fall to one side or the other over and over again. Lord, forgive us.


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