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Section 10A .. The Contemporary Church
... Serving A Different Master

 

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Mysticism and Other Literal Doctrines of Demons in The The Modern Church

Foreward: The centuries past have all had their share of Oracles, Seers and Shamans - usually feared, respected or burned at the stake. Sadly the situation today is not confined to the gypsy at the local fair - Fools that rush in where angels fear to tread have jumped on the bandwagon of new found ‘Spirituality’, including Visualization, Channeling, Spirit Guides, Goddess worship, Reiki, Gaia etc.

However, if that isn’t bad enough, Remember the verses In Scripture that talk of the “Falling Away” when some will give “Heed To Deceiving Spirits And Doctrines Of Demons”?  003white THAT DAY IS ALREADY HERE. And, by the way, if anyone is still awake in those pews... The Man Of Sin isn’t far behind.

The church that should have been a bulwark against evil has, with apostate leaders and a Biblically illiterate population, latched on to the coat tails of the world and adopted practices that are DIRECTLY derived from the Occult. Very many modern believers are being re-introduced to ancient practices as ways to get closer to and communicate with God. However, few have taken the time to find out what is behind these practices and the people that endorse and teach them. We cheerfully walk labyrinths, waste countless hours emptying out minds in the pursuit of mystical encounters with the Father. We think nothing of babbling in languages unknown to us, laughing hysterically, or simply fall over on the church floor often having what looks suspiciously like convulsions. Some of us are even convinced that drum circles can be used to praise God.

As Einstein once said “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

We are so busy congratulating ourselves on how “spiritual” we have become, that we little suspect that we have actually lost all rights to call ourselves “Christians”. We have openly invited evil to cross the threshold so it shouldn’t at all surprise us that one of these days the doors will be wide enough for them to make their move. (You can take it to the banl that they are coming back. Read Days of Noah when the evil of men and the abominable union of the supernatural with the natural moved God to judge the world... 

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Contemplative Prayer
 Although not meant to replace other kinds of prayer, the basic idea behind Contemplative Prayer is to curtail one's imagination/thought process and totally center one's mind on God - not by conscious thought, but by simply feeling God within - an indescribable union with Him. Unfortunately, in this world of 'warm fuzzies' people are obsessed with how they feel. Thus they assume that if they feel the presence of God, He must be there. The problem is Contemplative Prayer is not only unsupported by Scripture, but the methods used by 'Christian' mystics to achieve a "higher realm of consciousness", and the experience once they do, is  is exactly the same as Buddhist meditators, Hindus, New Agers, Shamans, Witches etc. However, since it is certain that, regardless of personal belief, something does transpire during mystical experiences, the question that springs to mind is what can explain this phenomena. Let us not forget that evil spirits have been practicing the art of deception for  thousands of years, and willingly give whatever experiences they know people will fall for.


Contemplative Prayer - The Pioneers (Chapter Seven of the above article)
Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Brennan Manning, and Thomas Keating are four influential and very popular teachers of contemplative prayer who fraternized with Eastern mystics, embraced the spiritual philosophies and religious practices of Buddhism, Hinduism etc. incorporating them into Christianity. They also endorsed various pagan 'spiritual' books that flatly contradict the Bible. Yet, multiple thousands of people all over the world, including many well known church leaders, have seen fit to suspend all common sense, ignore the many, many warnings in Scripture, and blindly follow the teachings of these wolves who could not even see through Rome’s foundational heresies.  So why are we not insisting that our teachers at least be Christians?


The Prosperity Doctrine and The Word of Faith Movemen
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Note: This is a mixed bag. The Prosperity Doctrine is the belief subscribed to by millions of Christians that although Christians should keep one eye on Heaven, God doesn't want His people to wait until then to have the best of everything including good health and material possessions in the here and now. God wants believers to be healthy, wealthy, and happy in this life. This doctrine stems from human greed combined with a self-serving interpretation of certain Scriptural passages. The best thing that can be said is that it is not rooted in the occult.  However, the Word-Faith movement that has taken this belief to an entirely new level is an entirely different matter. Word of Faith teachers do not refer to faith as a person's belief in - and reliance on - the power of God, but teach that the words themselves have creative "power" thus what a person believes and says determines his future. What is deeply alarming is that the principles of the Word-Faith movement being trumpeted from pulpits across the land, not only stems from the same occult sources as the spiritual movement known as New Thought, but uses exactly the same terminology and techniques. Something that most Christians seem to be blissfully unaware of.


Is Physical Healing Included In The Atonement?
Among those who believe that God can and does heal today, many Charismatics and Evangelicals believe that Christ's reconciling work guarantees believers physical healing, just as much as it guarantees them spiritual healing and eternal life. Thus all they have to do is ‘claim’ their healing (See article above). This is soundly disputed by more conservative Christians. While there is no question that there an unshakable connection between physical and spiritual healing (See 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 , there is a fundamental mistake being made by both sides of the issue.


Slain In The Spirit

The texts put forward to ’prove’ that being slain in the spirit (and other related manifestations such as laughter, shaking and other bodily convulsion)s are Biblical, do no such thing. The Scriptures are void of any account that even faintly resembleant of these mostly bizarre happenings. Where then does the practice originate? Unfortunately being slain/resting/shaking/being drunk in the spirit etc, along with "holy laughter" are only two more examples of doctrine that has been directly derived from occult sources. They has terrifying parallels with the Hindu practice of “awakening” a person’s Kundalini, a concentrated form of life force, lying dormant in our bodies. Not only are the the requirements for receiving are the same, but the methods of transmissions are the same and the resulting physical manifestations are virtually indistinguishable. How then can these practices be Christian?


Tongues
Citing the book of Acts, most of the groups that teach the doctrine of the baptism in the Holy Spirit claim that the single outward sign of this 'second blessing' is speaking in other tongues. This often takes place in an intensely emotional religious atmosphere sometimes called a "tarry meeting", in which seekers agonize and plead with God to send down His Holy Spirit. All too often, this is accompanied by fervent even feverish prayer, hymn singing, jumping up and down, hand clapping, etc. The person who supposedly receives the Holy Spirit, will start speaking in incoherent, unintelligible, repetitive words or phrases. Jerking, twitching, falling on the floor and screaming is also quite common.

Neither tongues nor the erratic movements are restricted to born again Christian believers but has been seen throughout history in both pagan and heretical Christian movements without, apparently, ANY difference. Even worse is that if you watch certain videos in chapter 5, you will see that the jerking, the screaming, and the collapse, are exactly the same in voodoo rituals, people who have a 'kundalini awakening' (as taught in Hinduism), and Pentecostals all over the world.

Which brings up the multi million dollar question of where the unintelligible gibberish and crazy movements come from? Can any Christian believe for one moment that God has bestowed the gift of the Holy Spirit on Christians, non-Christians, cults, and pagans without any discrimination whatsoever. Or is it that most Christians know, but rarely seems to take seriously, is the fact that not every spirit is of God... and extremely dangerous to us. If this is true, how did evil spirits infiltrate the church?


Walking The Labyrinth
  The Labyrinth, touted as a medieval tool for the Postmodern Age, originated with pagan spirituality, was directly imported from a Cathedral where the focus of worship is the Black Madonna. It was introduced to the western church by a Den of Vipers called Grace Cathedral. Is it a coincidence that within the last 20 years an ancient practice that had been abandoned by the “Church” has once again been introduced into the church? Discernment being at such an all time low, the practice is being welcomed with open arms by thousands of Christians embracing this age-old occult practice. 


Santa Claus.. Pretender To The Throne
For the most part, the world will tolerate stars, angels, Christmas trees, or a baby sleeping in a manger. But there’s still "no room at the inn" for the King who invites us to walk His lowly path. Worse.. Jesus’ place has been usurped by a pleasant fat fellow boasting a red hat and  a team of reindeer. So how do we understand the Santa Claus phenomenon? What do we REALLY know about Santa? Is he just a harmless, friendly fellow? Or is there something or someone else hiding behind the façade? 


The Toronto Deception
The origins, progress and underlying erroneous doctrines of the phenomenon.  There is little question that the Toronto Blessing was caused by a combination of hypnotic power and influence, and supernatural demonic power..


 

Also See

Are Yoga & Christianity Compatible?
For many in the West, yoga is simply a system of physical exercise, a means of strengthening the body, improving flexibility, and even healing or preventing a variety of bodily ailments. But if we inquire into the history and philosophy of yoga we discover that, much more than a system of physical exercise for health, Yoga is an ancient path to spiritual growth.

More To Yoga Than Meets The Eye
The most popular yoga offered in one's local Recreation Center is Hatha Yoga, so-called physical yoga involving numerous yoga techniques called asanas. These asanas appear to the uninitiated to be mere stretching exercises. The more fully initiated realize that yogic asanas are worship postures to Hindu deities. They also know that North Americans are not quite ready yet for the full truth about the religious identity of yoga. There is no Yoga without Hinduism.

What Eastern Gurus Say About Occult Practices
In short those who practice the occultism of the East also warn of its dangers. This is why those who seek the so-called "wisdom from the East" frequently get more than they bargained for.
 

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