The New Age Gospel

There are some similarities between the various brands of false gospel. Let’s look at just a few of them (there will be more later).

New Ageism embraces supernaturalism, but ascribes it to the creature, not the Creator Jesus was not and is not the only Christ, nor is he God.

Some may think that everyone means the same thing when they say “Christ.” Christians see the one and only begotten Son of God, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Many New Age writers on the other hand refer to a Christ spirit. They believe there have been many Christs, Jesus being only one of many.

New Age prophetess Alice Bailey an author of many occult books, including The Reappearance of The Christ, describes the “Avatar of Synthesis,” who she says is a “close Associate” of “the Christ.” She says: “He works under the great natural Law of Synthesis, producing at-one-ment, unification and fusion. His function (in unison with the energy of Christ) is to generate spiritual will in humanity, the will-to good.

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The New Ager understands Christ as a reincarnated avatar, Messiah, or messenger sent from the ‘hierarchy’ to give the living on earth spiritually advanced revelation. The New Age accepts that Buddha,

Mohammed, Confucius, Jesus, and many others were ‘Christ’.
The Baha’i World Faith claims to be in perfect harmony with the Christian Faith yet see the historical Jesus as only one of several manifestations of Christ on equal ground as Abraham, Moses, Krishna, Zoroastrian, Buddha, Mohammed, the Bab, and their founder: Baha’u’llah.

“God” is impersonal, cosmic, a God of energy forces.
All things, including man, constitute, the ONE – called Universal Mind, The Source, Universal Self, Cosmic Consciousness, Universal Presence, or The Force” – your Inner Voice, Higher Self, or Intuition. ” God is an impersonal energy; force, immanent in all things (including man). God can be referred to either as she or he, mother or father, god or goddess. Do not be deceived! New Agers do not mean God or Jesus Christ of the Bible. Most New Age teachers hold that Mother Earth, the sun, the moon, and the stars, indeed all of Nature can be worshipped as God.

Man is himself God, for he consists of and is the creator of “the forces.” Man already exercises the powers inherent in his divinity and needs only to awaken to this fact.  (as in Romans 1:22-24). They flaunt the “I am God” concept as it naturally appeals to man’s ego and thirst for power, an appeal as old as the Garden of Eden.    

Man should seek and accept spiritual instruction and direction directly from the spirit world.

The lure of the occult is almost always on the basis of acquiring knowledge or power. We crave a knowledge that is esoteric, not normally available to the ordinary person. We want to experience a power that is spiritual and supernatural in origin. People don’t seem to want to hear what God has to say, they want information and direction from someone else who “knows”; a psychic, a channeler, a palm-reader, a card-reader, Ouija boards, astrology, magic charming, automatic writing, or the spirit of a dead friend of relative. In a sense these are God-given desire, but they are intended to be fulfilled by the knowledge and power which comes from God. However, Satan is busy trying to pass off his counterfeits for God’s knowledge and power as the real thing. If he can get us to accept his versions of knowledge and power, he has a foothold in our life.

All religions and religious teachings lead to the same goal. All are equally of merit.


Satan’s primary tactic in opposing God is not to foster atheism but religion; not to prove there is no God but to be worshipped as God.   
The New Age does express a cloudy sort of religion, claiming vague connections with both Christianity and the major faiths of the East (New Agers like to say the Jesus spent 18 years in India absorbing Hinduism and the teachings of Buddha), plus an occasional dab of pantheism and sorcery. The underlying faith is a lack of faith in the orthodoxies of rationalism, high technology, routine living, spiritual law-and-order. Somehow, the New Agers believe, there must be some secret and mysterious shortcut or alternative path to happiness and health.


“Ecumenism is essential in creating a “Christianity” which embraces all religions

.Psychology plays a major ecumenical role by providing common faith, language and ritual for everyone from atheists, cultists and occultists to Roman Catholics and evangelicals.” [Dave Hunt, “Mystery Babylon Part II,” The Berean Call, August 1993]

The “ancient wisdom” of Babylon, Egypt and Greece – not the Bible – is the basis of all truth.

Vice President Albert Gore in his book Earth in the Balance; Ecology and the Human Spirit, reveals himself as a person who believes we should have a “mother goddess” that we can worship. He points back to ancient religions and Hinduism and says that they have something good in their worship of “mother earth,” and claims that our modern slogan should be the worship of “mother earth”; that man and nature are one, and that God is part of nature, and nature is part of God. On pages 258 through 259 of his book, he shows where he departed from the Baptist faith and entered in to the New Age Religion. He says “The richness and diversity of our religious tradition through out history is a spiritual resource long ignored by people of faith, who are often afraid to open their minds to teachings first offered outside their own system of belief.” “This Pan-religious perspective may prove especially important where our global civilizations responsibility for the earth is concerned.” “Native American Religions for instance offer a rich tapestry of ideas about our relationship to the earth.”[Al Gore, Earth In the Balance; Ecology and the Human Spirit, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992.]

Sin and evil do not exist. Peace and love are the ultimate realities.


New Agers deny the existence of a hell (gehenna fire) and a judgment. They also deny that sin and evil exist. God (The universe) is alleged to be beyond good and evil.


The New Age gospel is not a system of revolutionary principles. It does not promote strife and war, but aims at peace and unity. It seeks not to set the mother against her daughter nor the father against his son, but fosters the fraternal spirit whereby the human race is regarded as one great “brotherhood.” It does not seek to drag down the natural man, but to improve and uplift him. It advocates education and cultivation and appeals to “the best that is within us.” It aims to make this world such a comfortable and congenial habitat that Christ’s absence from it will not be felt and God will not be needed.

Before leaving this topic today I will mention a new entry in this race to hell, the religion of “Wokism.” It is best described by this article is the Federalist.

Truth and the Spiritual World

In a day gone by – but not too long ago – in every schoolhouse in the nation you could the strains of the same song being sung by students and teachers alike:

The Age of Aquarius.
When the moon is in the 7th house

And Jupiter aligns with Mars,

Then peace will guide the planets
And love will fill your heart;
This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius.

This was more than a song: it was an anthem; a theme song; a spirit was in the air. Materialism; naturalism were being replaced by or, illogically, joined by, a new spiritual quest. People were beginning once again to recognize that they are spiritual creatures, but they didn’t know how to define it; and felt that they couldn’t count on the 

traditions of the West – like Christianity. So they sought wisdom from the East.

But neither esoteric spirituality, nor anti-Christian religion was new in what we call the New Age religions. Heresy was part of the Church from its very beginnings. This is why a series of “Ecumenical Councils” were held by the church over the first few centuries of its existence. This why such documents as the Nicene Creed and the Creed of Chalcedon came into existence, to clarify the difference between orthodoxy and spiritualist heresy.

One of the 1st heresies in the new Church was called Gnosticism. A secret-society type of religion with two different gods – a good one and an evil one, fighting for control of the universe. Gnosticism was also a popular movement, characterized by symbolic rites, mystic ceremonies, and the teaching of magic formulas. In the initiation into these associations strange formulas and rites formed an important part. Yet Gnosticism claimed to be Christian in character. Whenever possible, it appealed to the words of Jesus explained in an allegorical way, and to a so-called secret tradition handed down from the times of the Apostles. Many received its teachings as genuine Christian truth.


We see several modern cults with roots in the ancient heresy, most notably Mormonism and masonry; with their adherence to secret knowledge for a privileged class and emphasis on secret rituals and formulas.

But today, we associate spiritualism with something loosely called New Age religion. Though the New Age really escapes precise definition one thing we know is that it is not really new. It’s a blend of ancient heresies; humanism; eastern philosophies, native-American religions, and the fallout from the leftist counterculture of the 60s.

In the next few weeks we will look at a few of the common characteristics of the New Age.  

Real Joy

The Westminster Shorter Catechism teaches us that “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to englorify-god-and-enjoy-him-foreverjoy Him forever.” It’s no mistake that the Westminster Divines, authors of this document, put this question and answer first in their catechism. They knew that it is of the utmost importance that we first glorify God. All that is good; all that is right; all that is eternally important flows from the recognition of God as God. We must notice that proper joy comes from glorifying God. There is eternal happiness wrapped up in that statement.

Another recognition missing from the formula of TWTH, is the fact of sin. That man is a sinner is a foundational fact of life. Because we sin we are incapable of keeping God’s law. In order to achieve the happier life promised by TWTH, every person on earth would need to keep each of its commandments. Though it can be in no way equated with God’s Moral Law, the formula of TWTH is still too hard. Sin bars the way. Only one way remains. Jesus is the way and the truth and the life. Without accessing the power of Christ’s atoning work on the cross of Calvary, one cannot achieve eternal happiness.

The Way To Happiness is simply another attempt to takeover; to hijack the truth of God’s Word. There have been many such attempts. They’ve been know by various names: theological liberalism, cultural liberalism, “New Age” religion, rationalism, pop psychology, psychiatry, “modern” science, the new hedonism (you know, the sexual revolution). Each of these is an attempt to make us feel better; to bolster our self-esteem; to reach our full potential – to find the way to happiness. This is Satan’s way to accomplish just the opposite. God’s Word teaches that without Jesus we can all feel better all the way to Hell.

How Majestic is Your Name

As I complete this portion of my thoughts on Global Warming, etc., let’s consider some common Christian objections to over-the-top environmentalism.

People are more important than plants and animals  True. We are to have a concern for our fellow man. Men are created as a higher order than plants and animals. Look at Psalm 8:

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
    Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,

    the th-3moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Man is “crowned with glory and honor.” He has been given “dominion.” That dominion is OVER “all things;” over beasts and birds, and fish.

Environmentalism is New Age.True and untrue. Environmentalist activism is New Agey. It’s primarily based on Pantheism. But remember that Pantheism itself is not very new. It’s the basis for some very ancient religions, such as animism, Bhuddism, Shintoism, etc. Seventeenth century philosopher Spinoza was a proponent of Pantheism in his day. He was expelled from the Jewish community in Holland for his views. True environmental concern need not be anchored in the New Age, if one carefully considers the Biblical mandate to cultivate and subdue the earth.

The mandate to rule and subdue infers no cruelty, no massacre of the gifts we’ve been given. Remember Psalm 8? He made us ruler over the works of His Hands. We are to be benevolent rulers.

So, to recap, God has created all things that are created. When He had finished that, He turned it over to us to manage – ON HIS BEHALF. It’s a turnkey operation. If your father turns over the company business to you, do you thinks it’s wise to turn around and run it into the ground? Of course not. James 1:16-18 teaches,

Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

Why would we ruin His good gift of use of the earth?

On the other hand, we are to utilize the earth, not idolize it. If you need wood, cut down a tree. If you need food, plant crops and harvest them; or kill an animal and eat it. This is part of God’s plan for man; His highest order of creation.