Recognize the Danger of the New Age Movement
- Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Oprah’s mantra, "find your own spirit," has become the rally cry of many Americans. The media, our friends, family—and unfortunately, even some pulpits—challenge us to “find our inner strength.”
These words might seem harmless to you, even encouraging and uplifting, but the truth is that these messages have their roots in the New Age movement…a movement that is a very real danger to you and your family.
The danger starts by not being able to recognize Satan’s deceptive strategy.
Perhaps you envision him wearing a red cape and carrying a pitchfork…someone who really doesn’t affect your life. If so, he has you thinking exactly what he wants you to think! The devil is deceptive and charming—a wolf in sheep’s clothing. And one of his greatest disguises is in the New Age Movement. Yet, many don’t even realize it!
Do you recognize Satan’s influence in your life? Are you drawn to television shows such as the WB’s Charmed, which depicts the lives of three sisters who happen to be spell-casting witches? Or do your children watch Disney’s That’s So Raven in which the teen heroine has visions?
The popularity of the New Age Movement expressed in a cloak of spirituality is greater than ever…and it means you and I need to arm ourselves with God’s truth. We need to be able to recognize false spirituality—and teach our children about its dangers.
For instance, what comes to mind when you think of the New Age? Doyou think of palm readers,crystal balls, journeys to Tibet to visit the Dalai Lama, or Scientology? While all of these things are a part of New Age, this movement infiltrates our society in many other subtle and devious ways.
The New Age is expressed in simple meditation…or selfhelp seminars…even in holistic medicine. These things seem harmless, yet they possess dangerous spiritual pitfalls that can snare even the most innocent people.
What is the danger? New Age followers use all of these things as a means of channeling their inner energy and spirit to learn to rely on themselves, not on God.
For many people, the appeal of the New Age Movement is that there are no moral absolutes. What is right for me might not be right for you, but that’s okay because we are really all the same—we all are gods.
This belief system also gives people a false feeling of control over their own lives. Since Adam, Eve, Cain, and Abel, man has struggled to gain control over himself and his world. The New Age Movement leads people to believe they have this control.
So how do we communicate God’s truth in a society disillusioned by Satan’s
lies? The Christian’s response must be threefold.
1. We must know what we believe about God and the tenets of our Christian faith.
2. We must communicate God’s truth…the Gospel…with conviction, yet love.
3. We must practice God’s truth. God calls us to “walk the walk and talk the talk.” “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this...to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27).
Sadly, many Christians have fallen prey to the lies of the New Age Movement. They are not grounded in the truth of our faith…and have no understanding of just how bankrupt the New Age Movement really is. That’s why I have written my newest book called Finding the True Meaning to Life.
In Finding the TrueMeaning to Life, I show you how dangerous the New Age Movement and other false religions are…and how you can find true meaning in life through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
My prayer is that this book will help you put on the full armor of God (Eph. 6:13-15), stand firm with God’s truth and righteousness, and be ready to defeat the many lies of Satan in our culture!
I also pray you will pass it on to a friend who has yet to know our Savior. As they see the truth of Christianity, I trust they will place their faith in the only One who can save them and give them eternal life, Jesus Christ our Lord!
Ed Young is the pastor of Second Baptist Church in
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