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The New Age of Christianity

 

Ecclesiastes 1:9

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.

 

Many people struggle with what the ecumenical movement is, what is meant by the one world religion and many other ideas. Some end up believing the phrases belong to conspiracy theorists or those who are so narrow or legalistic, they are to be ignored. The reality is that the ecumenical movement is the attempted joining together of groups based on the common or shared or similar beliefs while ignoring the differences. For some Christians that means unifying with beliefs that cannot stand the test of Scripture. For others, there is no problem with the desired goals, because many are of the belief that the desired unification is merely the Biblical union of Christians.

 

The ecumenical movement is not make believe. For example, ENI or the Ecumenical News International, which is based at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland, reports on ecumenical happenings worldwide. As stated on their website, the joint sponsors of ENI are the World Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation, the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, and the Conference of European Churches, which also have their headquarters at the Ecumenical Centre. The Catholic Church also has it's ecumenical plans for joining with those outside the 'church' in order to bring all under their umbrella. And so it goes.

 

The one world religion is merely an expansion of the ecumenical concept, except, for many it means that all roads lead to God or enlightenment, there is no one truth, and the end result will be the acceptance of a messiah known to Christians as the antichrist. Many think it means everyone believing the exact same thing. It does not. It is 'unity in diversity' and spiritual 'oneness' because of it. Each might have varied beliefs, but that's alright, as all unite in that.

 

In order for many to arrive at accepting these things, there must be a change in beliefs held dear to many. When Christ and the apostles warned of deceivers and deceptions, false teachers and false prophets, the warnings were to the believers. It is a concept many are not taught or ignore, and instead believe if they are under the label of Christian, all is well.

Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock 30 .Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them.

Many get caught up in what the 'world' is doing and claim the need to battle a culture war, instead of understanding the spiritual battle we actually are in [Ephesians 6:12]. The end result is that, because of acceptance of many deceptions by those claiming to be of Christ, to many it gives the appearance of the falling away prophesied of in 2 Thessalonians 2:3

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;

The phrase a falling away is from the Greek word apostasia. From Strong's Concordance,

646. apostasia apostasia, ap-os-tas-ee'-ah feminine of the same as 647; defection from truth (properly, the state) ("apostasy"):--falling away, forsake.

647. apostasion apostasion, ap-os-tas'-ee-on neuter of a (presumed) adjective from a derivative of 868; properly, something separative, i.e. (specially) divorce:--(writing of) divorcement.

868 afisthmi aphistemi, af-is'-tay-mee from 575 and 2476; to remove, i.e. (actively) instigate to revolt; usually (reflexively) to desist, desert, etc.:--depart, draw (fall) away, refrain, withdraw self.

In other words, turning away from Jesus Christ and the Word of God. The Apostle John wrote:

1 John 2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

Other warnings are found in:

 1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

 

 Jude 1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

There are many more verses warning us to beware, admonishing us to prove all things to the Word of God. It must be our standard. This writer has found it more than a little interesting when one reader who claimed to be a devout Christian complained that articles on this website have too much of the Word of God in them, and that is 'beating people over the head' with it. I was told that I should just use a phrase from a verse instead of quoting the whole verse (or several) or merely show the reference and allow people to look it up themselves. Most don't look up verse references in articles. It's either part of the article or not likely pursued. That view is of course contrary to those who love the Word of God and find it's use refreshing and of help.

 

When Christians do not thirst after the Word of God or know it is the Word of God that convicts hearts and teaches, not our own thoughts or ideas, there is a shift from Christ to other things. If the use of the Word of God is an offense to those who claim to love Christ, there is a serious spiritual conflict at work. Because that denies many Scriptures.

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

 

2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 3 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; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

 

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

 

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Our spiritual battle is really coming from 'within' under the guise of Christianity, or labeled with the name of Jesus. It seems to this writer that in these last few years there has been an unleashing of heresy and assault against the Word of God greater than can be remembered. As noted, the assault is coming not so much from the world at this time, that is, those who seek after things other than Jesus Christ and the Word of God, but rather from within the ranks of what has come to be labeled Christian.

 

The inculcating of mysticism, gnostic doctrine, the contemplative spirituality which includes contemplative prayer, the emergent church, seeker sensitive ideology and other concepts and doctrines permeating Christianity will be discussed.  Some will be cross referencing information and research already presented and will be expanded upon.

2 Timothy 4:3 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;


Titus 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. ... 2:1  But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:

The many and varied unbiblical doctrines are leading many away from Christ, away from the Word of God as the standard, and many are denying the faith. Gone is the knowledge of 'sound doctrine' for many. Instead, new ideas, being purpose driven instead of obedient to Christ, direct revelation, seeking signs and wonders, new age and experiential mysticism is the way of many. Many appear godly, but their teachings cannot and do not stand the test of Scripture.

 

Isaiah 29:13

Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Jesus also stated in Matthew 15:8:

This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

There is a hunger and thirst for knowledge which leads to gnosticism. Many are going after every wind of doctrine, which we are warned against.

 Ephesians 4:14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Many believe if you have the 'head knowledge' or gnosis, you have attained knowledge of God or revelation with God. That is viewed as superior to those who look for simply a spiritual relationship with Christ and one based on the Scriptures. That is why the DaVinci Codes, the gnostic gospels and the search for new knowledge and new beliefs is permeating many lives including those under the label of Christian.

 

Many are no longer 'lovers of truth' but lovers of doctrines of men. Many have elevated leadership to a position that replaces Christ. It is a choice allowed both by the said leadership and those who follow them. Instead of leaders being there to guide believers to following Christ and looking to the Scriptures as the source of Truth, and pointing to the way of Truth, these would be leaders like the following, the control and influence they have over their followers. They prefer the followers remain dependent rather that becoming mature in the faith as should be in Christ. The end result is not growth in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but dependent and immature people, weak in the faith, who are not able to be soldiers of the cross for Christ, (who is the only one we are to follow), and ready to do what He would have us do.

1 Corinthians 11:19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

Instead of the Scriptures being the source of sound doctrine, books, videos, audio tapes and study books take the place of time spent 'studying to show ourselves approved.' People are being told what the Scriptures mean, without ever having to open the Word of God to find out if what is said is actually there, and means what they are told it means. This writer personally knows of people who have invested many dollars in purchasing books and other media and who spend many hours reading them, but spend little to no time with the actual Word of God. We have one Shepherd that we're to hear. Not a multitude. We have the indwelling of the Holy Spirit when we belong to Christ, and the promise of Him teaching us. After many warnings and encouragements, the Apostle John wrote:

1 John 2:26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

While many are presenting another gospel and another Jesus, we are called to obedience to Jesus Christ and the Word of God. In this section, in-depth research is going to be presented discussing the various avenues through which the spiritual assault is coming. We are reminded and warned:

2Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

 

Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

 

 

All Scriptures from the KJB

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