NEW AGE FAITH  IS BEING TAUGHT AS BIBLE FAITH

 

Copyright Loren Davis 2009

 

The New Age is a movement whose objective is to totally secularize the world.  The New Age is the philosophy of the United Nation, Marxism; most humanitarian organizations; most politicians; and religious leaders who are involved in the interfaith movement.  It is the liberation philosophy of Marxism.  The New Age does not believe Jesus Christ is any more divine than any other man; it is humanistic; believes man is a god; is promoting globalization; and is basically Science of Mind, Christian Science.  In reality it is the religion of Hinduism wearing a modern mask.  Its main focus is prosperity, success and self-realization.  It teaches that we should use our minds to heal ourselves, rather than looking to Jesus as our healer. New Agers are involved in the occult and witchcraft.  They consult with psychics or seers and are seeking spiritual experiences.  The New Age evaluates everything by experiences and feelings.  

 

Most “success” books are written by New Age authors. Books on the New Age, success, psychology, witchcraft; the occult and religion are proliferating.  If one will notice in secular book stores, books on success; the New Age; the occult, witchcraft, psychology and religion are shelved close together.   Nearly all religious books that are sold in secular book stores are compatible with the New Age philosophy.  The two antagonists, Christianity and secularism, are stealthily merging.  Many professing Christians are buying both religious and New Age books.  They feel comfortable going both ways just like bisexuals.  Many preachers get their sermons from New Age success and psychology books. Without a doubt, secular book stores have an ideological and philosophical agenda. Most Christian stores have no doctrinal standard, but sell whatever the market demands.

 

In this article I am going to compare specific teachings of some of the most prominent preachers with teachings from different major New Age books.  You will be shocked to recognize that much of the language many preachers use is verbatim that of the New Age. The seducing and confusing thing about the New Age is that its teachers often use scriptures and biblical language to camouflage their anti-biblical teachings. 

 

One of the main differences of New Age Faith and Bible Faith is that the New Age may quote scriptures but with their clever spin, delete God and Jesus out of its philosophy.  They intentionally blur the lines by twisting and distorting the scriptures to deceive God’s people.  The New Age is all about formulas and spiritual laws.  In reality they replace God with YOU and the Universe.    For a teaching to be New Age, it doesn’t have to be comprehensive, it can do this piece meal; a little at a time. This way it is difficult to detect.  The New Age has crept slowly inside Christianity.  Many teachers today replace God with ‘spiritual laws’. Because of clever wording, often the New Age’s teachings can be very difficult to detect, although it is totally adversarial to the Gospel. 

 

The New Age philosophy has now taken over most of Christianity.  Much of Christianity is now literally teaching “doctrines of devils” in the name of Jesus.  The explanation of how the New Age could possibly infiltrate and take over much of Christianity is that it has been patiently done a little at a time from within.  Few Christians really understand the New Age.  Because of its subtleness, it has been deeply absorbed into Christianity without a shot being fired. In this article I will show how some of Christianity’s major preachers have skillfully replaced Bible Faith with New Age Faith. 

 

HERE IS A COMPARISON TWO MAJOR MINISTERS WHO HAVE IMPACTED CHRISTIANITY WORLDWIDE with the best selling New Age Book ‘The Secret’.  (All page numbers shown are from the book ‘The Secret’).  The teachings of The New Age and major ministers will be compared to the Bible, KJV.

 

1.      THE NEW AGE book “The Secret” - p. 164 “You are God manifested in human form,”

YOU are God in a physical body.  You are Spirit in the flesh.  You are Eternal Life expressing itself as You.  You are all intelligence.  You are perfection.  You are magnificence.  You are the creator,”

 

COMPARE - KENNETH HAGIN -“You are as much the incarnation of God as Jesus Christ was...”  (Kenneth Hagin, "Word Of Faith" Dec. 1980, p. 14)

The meaning of the word ‘INCARNATION’.  A theological term for the coming of God's Son into the world as a human being. The term ‘incarnation’ itself is not used in the Bible, but it is based on clear references in the New Testament to Jesus as a person "in the flesh" (Rom 8:3; Eph 2:15; Col 1:22).

 

But the joining together of deity and humanity that marks His incarnation did not come to an end with His ascension. Jesus took His resurrected body with Him back to heaven (Luke 24:51; Acts 1:9). In heaven now He is our divine Lord, our human leader, and the great High Priest who serves as a mediator between God and man (Heb 3:1).

(Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright © 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)

 

    2. THE NEW AGE - Walsch, “You are the Word made flesh”  Walsch, “Friendship With God”, p. 395.

*COMPARE - KENNETH COPELANDAdam in the Garden of Eden was God ‘manifested’ in the flesh." (Kenneth Copeland, Following the Faith of Abraham I (Fort Worth, TX: Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1989), tape #01-3001, side 1).  Copeland is exactly copying the New Age teachings.

 

COMPARE WITH THE BIBLE:  1 Tim 3:16 “God was ‘manifest’ in the flesh,” KJV  This scripture was referring to Jesus not any other man.  

John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)” KJV  This is talking about Jesus Christ.  This is putting YOU in CHRIST’S PLACE.

THE NEW AGEYou have the Christ ‘Karma’ in you.  You are Christ!

 

3.      THE NEW AGE, HINDUISM – MAN IS A GOD

COMPARE COPELAND -“YOU DON'T HAVE A GOD IN YOU, YOU ARE ONE."

 (Kenneth Copeland, "The Force of Love" tape # 02-0028)

Col 1:27 “Christ in you , the hope of glory:” KJV

 

PAUL CROUCH Head of Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).  “We are little gods.” (Praise the Lord (TBN), recorded 7/7/86)

 

BENNY HINN - "YOU ARE A LITTLE GOD ON EARTH RUNNING AROUND". (Benny Hinn, "Praise-a-thon" broadcast on TBN, November, 1990)

 

THE BIBLE:  Isa 43:10 “before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.” KJV

The Serpent said to Eve, Gen 3:5  “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your -eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as godsKJV  Telling man that he would be a god was Satan’s first temptation to man.

 

4.      *THE NEW AGE, Walsch, “Man is equal with GodWalsch said God told him,  “There is only one of us.  You and I are One.” Walsch, “Friendship With God”, p. 23, 26

HAGIN says “Man was created on terms of EQUALITY with God, no inferiority.”  Hagin, “Zoe” p. 36.  (See Article II “Man is a god)

 

COPELAND  says, “God is going to have a family of EQUALS.”  Copeland, “Fullness:  God’s Plan for His Family,” BVOV Magazine, July and August 2004, pg. 32.

COPELAND-“Pray to yourself, because I'm in your self and you're in My self. We are one Spirit, saith the Lord." (Kenneth Copeland, "Believer's Voice of Victory", Feb. 1987, p.9)

5.      THE NEW AGE -“Man is not subject to God” Walsch, “Conversations With God”:  Book 1, p. 41.

Copeland- Referring to Adam, Copeland said, “He was not SUBORDINATE TO GOD”” Copeland, (Fort Worth, TX:  Kenneth Copeland Ministries, 1989), tape#01-3001, side 1). (See Article II, “Man is a god”).

 

6.       *THE NEW AGE, Walsch talks about man becoming a “NEW SPECIESBarbara Marx Hubbard “The Revelation” p. 65

 

Copeland talks about man becoming a “NEW SPECIES(See Article II “Man is a god)

 

   7. *THE NEW AGE “The crucifixion didn’t establish the Atonementp. 36 Helen Schuman “A Course in Miracles”

 HAGIN- says, “Christ’s physical death on the cross was not enough to save us.”  Kenneth Hagin, “How Jesus Obtained His Name”, Tape 44H01.

 

COPELAND-  It wasn’t a physical death on the cross that paid the price for sin…anybody can do that.(Kenneth Copeland, “What Satan Saw on the “Day of Pentecost”.  Audio tape #BCC-19), side 1. (In the Faith Movement, where are the songs about The Cross?”).

 

THE BIBLE 1 Cor 15:3 “Christ died for our sins” KJV

Eph 2:16 “And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross , having slain the enmity thereby:” KJV

 

A MAJOR MINISTER referring to Jesus said, “The blood itself did not atone.” (See Article III, “Perverting the Atonement” www.combineharvesting.com)

 

THE BIBLE: Lev 17:11 “for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” KJV  See Aritcle III, PERVERTING THE ATONEMENT.

Rom 5:11 “And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement .” KJV

Heb 9:22 “without shedding of blood is no remission.” KJV

Eph 1:7 “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;” KJV   

1 Peter 1:18-19 “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:” KJV

 

    8. THE NEW AGE writer Neale Donald Walsch in his book “Conversations With God” There are no ten commandments Chpt. 3,  p. 375

 

E.W. Kenyon,  “What Happened from the Cross to the Throne”, p. 50’

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ARE DONE AWAY.

 

Smith Wigglesworth,Healing, p. 81, the ten commandments are done away;

 

HaginExceeding Growing Faith”, p. 61.THE TEN COMMANDMENTS ARE DONE AWAY.  

(See Article VII, www.combineharvesting.com  God’s Plan of Salvation has been Corrupted)

 

COMPARE HAGIN-So Jesus’ blood is precious because of its pacifying power; it pacifies not only the broken law, but also a GUILTY CONSCIOUS.”  “The Precious Blood”, Hagin, p. 18.

1 Tim 4:2 “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” KJV

 

    9. THE NEW AGE Walsch, “Sin doesn’t exist”  Neale Donald Walsch “Conversations With God” p. 87.

Copeland says The blood of Jesus did not just cover sin, it remitted sin---did away with sin completely  Copeland “The Force of Righteousness”, p. 7. See Article VII)

 

THE BIBLE: Rom 3:23 “all have sinned , and come short of the glory of God;” KJV

 1 John 1:7 “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” KJV

COMPARE HAGIN-So Jesus’ blood is precious because of its pacifying power; it pacifies not only the broken law, but also a GUILTY CONSCIOUS.”  “The Precious Blood”, Hagin, p. 18.

1 Tim 4:2 “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” KJV

  

   10. THE NEW AGE Walsch, “Conversations With God”, THERE IS NO HELL. p. Walsch, “Converstaions With God”, Book 2 p. 36.

HAGIN AND COPELAND AND THEIR ALLIES NEVER TEACH OR PREACH ABOUT HELL

 

   11. THE NEW AGE Walsch, The New Gospel is based on “Revelation”, not the Bible.  Revelation is the “New Word of God.”  Neale Donald Walsch “Friendship With God” p. 295-296. 

Hagin strongly infers that Rhema word or NEW revelation supercedes the Bible and that Rhema Word and Revelation are considered the Word of God.  With Hagin, Rhema or revelation trumps the Bible. 

 

   12. THE NEW AGE Walsch, God is directly talking to him.  “Conversations With God” book 3 p. 219.

 

Hagin, Copeland, Hinn, and their allies say God is directly talking to them.

 

   13. The New Age uses Mark 11:24The Secret p. 54,  …but they pervert the scriptures to teach humanism, the doctrines of devils.  How?  They do this by leaving God out of these scriptures and just focusing on faith.  They pervert this scripture my just making faith a  formula, a spiritual law.

 

below is a basic comparison of the TEACHINGS OF THE New Age from one of its best selling books “the secret”, with THE TEACHINGS OF KENNETH HAGIN AND The Bible:

 

Kenneth Hagin was a disciple of E.W. Kenyon and got much of what he taught through Kenyon’s books, even though Kenyon wasn’t Pentecostal.

KENNNETH HAGIN’S EXPOSITION OF MARK 11:22-24:

 

THE BIBLE:   KJV Mark 11:22 says, “Have faith in God.”

Hagin says this could have been translated to “Have the Faith of God” or Have the God Kind of Faith”.

By doing this, he changes the scripture and removes God from the equation.  Now he is teaching us instead of looking to God to answer our prayers, we need to seek to get the kind of faith God has, (copy God) then you can do what God does. That is exactly what Lucifer did.  Lucifer tried to be like God, (copy God).

 

Now God is not the focus of one’s attention, but rather faith.  Now they are teaching that faith gives you God’s ability to do what God does. This is absolutely exactly a carbon copy of what the New Age teaches. Their faith is nothing more than positive thinking; positive speaking and the exaltation of man.  It is all about what man can do with his faith without God.

 

True Bible faith is…

Mk 11:24 “…whatsoever things we desire, after knowing it’s God’s will, and praying and believing, we know we will receive them from the Lord.”

John 15:7  “If ye abide in me , and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” KJV

 

FAITH IS VERY IMPORTANT!  It is spoken of often throughout the Bible.   Heb. 1:6, “without faith it is impossible to please God.”  But it is Faith in God, Faith in Jesus Christ, Faith in God’s Word.  Faith is not the answer, Jesus is the answer.  Faith is very important because it is the connector of man to God.  Faith is not the power source, Jesus is.

Matt 13:55 “And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.” KJV  Unbelief in Him.

 

Satan’s biggest temptation, is to quote partial-scriptures to Christians, or use scriptures out of context.  This is not “rightly dividing” the Word of God.  2 Tim. 1:15.  This was Satan’s tactic he used to tempt Jesus.  This tactic didn’t work on Jesus, but it has worked on many of his followers.

Rom 1:25 “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.” KJV

Acts 13:10 “And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord?” KJV

 

The New Age book The Secret p. 13 “But this is the generation that will change history, because we are receiving the knowledge that can free us of this epidemic!  It begins with you, and you can become a pioneer of this NEW THOUGHT MOVEMENT by simply thinking and SPEAKING INTO EXISTENCE WHATEVER YOU WANT.”

 

E.W. Kenyon attended Emerson college in Massachusetts.  It was a school of oratory which was a hotbed of New Thought, Metaphysics, Christian Science; Science of mind.  He did not believe in speaking in tongues.  He was accepted as a teacher in Pentecost despite ignoring speaking in tongues, because of his teachings on Faith.  Kenyon was the true father of the Faith Movement.  Even the title “Faith Movement” shows that most of the attention of this movement is on “faith” rather than God.  It was through Kenyon that the New Age philosophy of New Thought penetrated Pentecost. (p. 45 “A Different Gospel”)   

 

   14. THE NEW AGE teaches by simply thinking and SPEAKING INTO EXISTENCE WHATEVER YOU WANT.” They teach we can do this without God.  This comes from the NEW THOUGHT philosophy. 

In the New Age book The Secret p. 13, “But this is the generation that will change history, because we are receiving the knowledge that can free us of this epidemic!  It begins with you, and you can become a pioneer of this NEW THOUGHT MOVEMENT

There is no doubt from the scriptures that proper thinking and speaking are important.

Prov 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue:” KJV

 

MOST MINISTERS teach we can get whatever we want simply by speaking it into existence.  Whether intentional or not, by using corrupt translations or by using Hagin’s teaching in reference to  Mark 11:22-24, they delete God out  of the scripture and are using the scripture just like the new age to make a faith formula, by saying use God’s faith or God kind of faith to speak into existence what you want.  We know our words are important, but now it is often taught inside Christianity that it is ‘your words’ that heal you, or prosper, rather than the Lord healing or blessing you.  That is a great perversion.  It is New Age!

 

A RECENT CHRISTIAN song goes like this:  “Say to the mountain move.  Say to the mountain, get out of my way, because I believe; I believe, I believe, I believe”  If one will notice, God is not mentioned in this song.  It is just “believing” and the mountain will move. That song could be used in a New Age Festival.

    15. THE NEW AGE The Secret - p. 54 quotes Mark 11:24 “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” 

The Secret p.  117  “Make room to receive your desires, and as you do, you are sending out that powerful signal of expectation.”

 

THE BIBLE says we are to expect an answer when we pray.

Phil 1:19-20 “For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, According to my earnest expectation…” KJV

 

The difference is the New Agers are desiring, expecting, praying, believing and expecting to receive from the Universe and not from God. This is an intentionally reinventing Mark 11:24.  God is left out.

p.  89  “The Universe says, ‘Your wish is my command,’ and disappears.”

p.  92  “Believe you deserve it and believe it’s possible for you.”  (This is the Power of Positive Thinking’).  “Then go into your day and release it to the Universe and trust that the Universe will figure out how to MANIFEST IT.”

Saying the Magic begins.  Magic IS FROM WITCHCRAFT, IT IS NOT THE MIRACLE POWER OF GOD.

 

KENNETH HAGIN emphasizes “whatsoever thing you desire, speak it and believe it and you will have it. Then you can say to the mountain be removed, Mk. 11:23. (Hagin’s book, p. 95 “Exceeding Growing Faith”).  His emphasis, like the New Age is on “your desires” and “having faith”. God’s will is not factored in.

 

Charles Capps, a major teacher in the Faith Movement. It’s not legal for God to do anything on earth without coming through a man.  “God would have to answer to The Supreme Court of the Universe.”  Capps, “Authority in Three World’s”, p. 55-56. God answering to the Supreme Court of the Universe? WHO DOES GOD HAVE TO ANSWER TO?  HE IS THE FINAL AUTHORITY HIMSELF!  Where is that in the Bible?  This is totally a New Age statement. 

   16.  THE NEW AGE book The Secret p. 50  “Claim the things you want by feeling and believing they are yours.”  “How do you get yourself to the point of believing?  Be like a child, and make believeAct as if you already have it.”  “Have faith.  Your belief that you have it, that undying faith, is your greatest power.  When you believe you are receiving, get ready, and watch THE MAGIC begin.”

THE BIBLE does not talk about claiming something.  That language has been injected into Christianity from the new age.

When the Bible is talking about a CHILD, it is not referring to MAKE BELIEVE.

Luke 18:17 “Verily I say unto you, “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.” KJV

 

THE BIBLE 1 John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will , he heareth us:”  KJV

 

TRYING TO BE LIKE GOD AND DO WHAT GOD DOES is exactly what Lucifer tried to do.   Isa. 14:12-14, Lucifer said, “I will be like the most High.”

Now Christians,are following Lucifer’s example which got him expelled from heaven.

People want to be like God and do what He does, without Him.

Job 40:9 “Hast thou an arm like God ? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?” KJV

 

17.  THE NEW AGE’S FAITH FORMULA The Secret - p. 68   (This is a distortion of Mk. 11:22-24).

1.     

Asking the Universe for what you want…” (Not God!)

2.      “BELIEVING involves acting, SPEAKING, and thinking as though you have already received what you’ve asked for.”

3.      RECEIVING involves feeling the way you will feel once your desire is manifested.”

Notice:  God is not in the formula anywhere.  This is not asking God; believing God, or receiving from God.

 

Kenneth Hagin’s- FAITH FORMULA Mark 11:22-23 

1.      SAY IT,

2.      DO IT,

3.      RECEIVE IT,

4.      TELL IT 

 

Exceeding Growing Faith” p. 77-85

 

Notice:  Just like the New Age’s Faith formula, God is not mentioned in Hagin’s Faith Formula.

 

Satan  IS CLEVER.  HE comes as an angel of light.  his biggest deception is to misquote or spin the scriptures, PERVERTING THEM to deceive the very elect.