Out With The Old And In With The New

Aug 2011

“Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and Doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound Doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the Truth, and shall be turned unto fables.  But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an Evangelist, make full proof of your Ministry” (II Tim. 4:2-5).


Our modern culture is replete with the notion, “out with the old, in with the new!”  We are obsessed with the latest fad, gossip, idea, or creature comfort.  We are quickly bored, aggravated, and unsatisfied with anything last season, much less anything from centuries past.  We are overly entertained and disastrously unfocused as a society.  And, unfortunately, we have developed a “spiritual ADHD” (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) as well!  Because we have listened to the siren call of changing tides and because false teachers/preachers have promised us better lands and shores, we have allowed a shift in the spirituality of our churches.  Many among us have been pulled out to sea, away from the old Gospel Truths, just as the Word of God predicted!


The Bible says that “. . . the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field . . .” (Gen 3:1).  Satan used the creature with the most intelligence to deceive Eve in the Garden, and he is using highly intelligent social-engineering to deceive men now!  Practically no one backslides overnight, neither in his doctrinal belief nor his morality.  The Evil One knows this, and he also knows that neither will the Church Body as a whole become apostate in an instant.  So, he has crafted a slowly progressing deception that has actually been fermenting for many centuries.  None of it has seemed frightening or abrupt, and every slight veer from the Truth always sounded perfectly acceptable to the undiscerning ear.  Yes indeed, this plan has the marks of Satan; remember, he does not come bearing horns and a pitchfork!  As you read the chart found later in this article, you will be able to more clearly see how his deception has unfolded.


It has been like gradually, over time, changing a recipe.  The change in taste is hardly recognizable at each small alteration, but after many such adjustments, the new no longer tastes anything like the original.  And, unless you’ve tasted the original, you cannot know the new one is different.  The same is true Spiritually.  Unless you’ve known the True, original Gospel, you will unwittingly eat of the wrong spiritual “recipe” because, sadly, most Christians do not read the original recipe – the Word of God – for themselves.  They leave that work to church leaders whom they assume to be trustworthy when, in fact, they often are not!  We at this Ministry constantly encourage listeners not to simply take our word for anything, but rather to study the Bible for yourselves.  You will notice that proponents of the new false teachings tend to steer people toward practically every book other than the Bible including perverted translations of it, such as The Message.  Oh, how much we need more preachers of the original/the Cross, so that the people may, once again, “. . . taste and see that the LORD is Good . . .” (Ps. 34:8), and that His timeless Truth is the sweetest thing any of us can ever know!


This chart was taken from an excellent article by Berit Kjos entitled “From Truth to a New Spirituality.  Tamara Hartzell compiled this excellent chart that is used in the article.  It can be found at this web address:  http://www.crossroad.to/charts/new-spirituality.htm.  I would like to thank both of these ladies for allowing me to use this chart in my article.  Let it help you see the spiritual digression that has taken place from Biblical spirituality to New Age spirituality right within our midst!

Beliefs BiblicalChristianity TransitionSee Emerging, Kingdom and PEACE New SpiritualitySee The Shack, The Secret, Theosophy
TRUTH Timeless or relative? God’s eternal, unchanging Word! Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”John 14:6 Truth and Biblical authority are replaced with contrary human interpretations to avoid division: “Humanity is recognizing the need for a more vital approach to God... men are tired of doctrinal and dogmatic differences....”23 “...a portion of truth... is found in every religious and philosophical system…. There is no room for absolute truth.... But there are relative truths.”26“When we can contact our own inner God, all truth will be revealed to us.”58 
JESUS our Savior or a “World Teacher”? “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matt 16:15-16“...that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow... and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.....” Phil. 2:10-11 “The teaching of Christ is not obsolete and out of date. It needs only to be rescued from the interpretations of the theologies of the past …”8 “…see Christ as representing all the faiths and taking His rightful place as World Teacher.… They may not call Him Christ, but they have their own name for Him and follow Him as truly and faithfully as their Western brethren.”13
INCARNATION Jesus or you?  “He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God...” Col. 1:15 “The Word became flesh  (incarnate) and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory.” John 1:14 “For the church not to speak to pop culture, not to use [its] images... that’s not being very incarnational.... In order to incarnate Christ into the culture... we have to look to redeem pop culture.” Leonard Sweet [note 2] “God, the scripture is saying, is formless consciousness and the essence of who you are.” Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth, p. 219“You are God in a physical body ... You are all power ... You are all intelligence ... You are the creator.” The Secret. [note 3]
SALVATION By faith or by works? “...by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works....” t“...broad is the way that leads to destruction. ...narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life... there are few who find it.” Matt. 7:13-14 “We have taught that Christ died to save the world and have endeavored to show that only believers could be saved … Individual salvation is surely selfish in its interest and its origin.”76 “Only those principles and truths which are universally recognized and which find their place in every religion are truly necessary to salvation.” 20
Beliefs BiblicalChristianity TransitionSee Emerging, Kingdom and PEACE New SpiritualitySee The Shack, The Secret, Theosophy
FAITH Based on Truth or experience? “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God...” Gal. 2:20-21“...your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Cor. 2:5 “The need is for vision, wisdom and that wide tolerance which will see divinity on every hand and recognize the Christ in every human being.”10 “...there will emerge the universal religion, the One Church. …doctrines and dogmas will no longer be regarded as necessary, for faith will be based on experience.…”16
SIN Confessed or ignored? “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves.... If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9 The reality of sin and guilt are ignored, minimized, redefined, or replaced by unbiblical tolerance or -- as spirit guide Djwhal Khul called it, “the Law of Loving Understanding” -- a deceptive lie! “There is no sin.” [note 1]“That old message of right and wrong … good and evil, everlasting rewarding and everlasting damnation, has done nothing to end the suffering. …it is a message of separation.”77 
GOSPEL The Truth or deception? The “good news” about the suffering, redeeming death, and victorious resurrection of Jesus -- that we might be savedfrom sin and joined to Christ.Those who deny His Gospel will face His judgment. The old Gospel is replaced by a more “positive” gospel: God loves you and has a wonderful plan for you. Just agree and accept in His love. Don’t dwell on sin. “...this message is the only message that can save the world.… That message is The New Gospel: WE ARE ALL ONE.”78
FELLOWSHIP In Christ or through facilitated dialogue? “...love one another; as I have loved you...” John 13:34“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another....singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.....” Col. 3:16 Small dialectic groups must be non-judgmental, “authentic” and affirming, showing unconditional tolerance and acceptance, seeking consensus and unity in diversity. [note 4] “Our object is not to destroy any religion, but rather to... filter each, thus ridding them of their respective impurities.... Free discussion, temperate, candid, undefiled by personalities and animosity, is, we think, the most efficacious means of getting rid of error.... ”26 [See The Dialectic Process]
SERVICE God’s way or the world’s way [Praxis] “...whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.” Col. 3:23“...they first gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us...” 2 Cor. 8:5 “...distributing to the needs of the saints....” Rom. 12:13 “The first Reformation was... about creeds; this one’s going to be about our deeds.”“The last thing many believers need today is to go to another Bible study.... What they need are serving experiences...” Rick Warren [note 5] “The New Group of World Servers ... can be regarded as the embodiment of the emerging kingdom of God on earth ... not a Christian kingdom.... It is a grouping of all those who – belonging as they do to every world religion... are free from the spirit of hatred and separativeness..... It is a group... without a ...bible of any kind... it has no creed...”[note 6]
Beliefs BiblicalChristianity TransitionSee Emerging, Kingdom and PEACE New SpiritualitySee The Shack, The Secret, Theosophy
SEPARATION or  universal oneness? “Walk as children of light ... finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. “ Eph. 5:8-11 “Key to the New Spirituality is a belief that God is not separatefrom anyone or anything -- and neither are we.”44 “...the ushering in of the new world order... will gather into its ranks all men of peace and good will … the embodiment of the emerging Kingdom of God on earth… It is a grouping of all those who... are free from the spirit of hatred and separativeness.”52
PERSECUTION or “tolerance” for “resisters” “...the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service. And these things they will do to you because they have not known the Father nor Me.” John 16:2-3 “Postmodern culture is a change-or-be-changed world. The word is out: Reinvent yourself for the 21st century or die.” Emerging church leader, Leonard Sweet, Soul Tsunami “Evolve or die: that is our only choice now. ...at this time about ten percent of people in North America are already awakening.... This is probably enough of a critical mass to bring about a new earth.” Eckhart Tolle, author of A New Earth and The Power of Now
KINGDOM of GOD or Kingdom of the World? Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” John 18:36“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son... in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” Colossians 1:13 “Christ’s major task was the establishing of God’s kingdom upon earth. He showed us the way in which humanity could enter that kingdom … the way is found in service to our fellow men …”4 “The true Church is the kingdom of God on earth… composed of all, regardless of race or creed, who live by the light within, who have discovered the fact of the mystical Christ in their hearts.”11

Note: The occult quotes listed under Transition and New Spirituality were dictated by seducing spirits channeled by influential occultists such as Alice Bailey (spirit guide Djwhal Khul) and Neale Donald Walsch (a counterfeit “God”). These revealing messages were compiled by our friend and fellow-researcher Tamara Hartzell and explained in her insightful report: “Are you ‘Being led away with Error of the Wicked’ to the New Age Ark of Oneness? The endnotes are numbered as they appear in her report.

The great preacher, C.H. Spurgeon, once wrote, “If God does not save men by Truth, he certainly will not save them by lies.  And if the old Gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival.  Any revival without Truth is really no revival at all, and it has no power to save!  Likewise, this new spirituality, this new gospel, is really no Gospel at all (Gal 1:7), and it has no power to save!  All who believe and trust in it will eventually perish in their deception.  Church, you must “. . . ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls . . .” (Jer. 6:16).

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