NEW AGE PANDEMIC IN THE CHURCH
By Marsha West
January 6, 2007
Profanity, pornography, filthy programs on TV and on movie screens are occurrences we live with on a daily basis. Most of us find it vulgar and offensive. Our children are watching. We want Hollywood to stop polluting our culture.
On the other hand, the New Age movement (NAM) with its Eastern-influenced moral relativistic metaphysical thought systems is a more subtle corrupting force than the �in your face� garbage we�re exposed to by the Hollywood eletes. One of the more popular practices Newagers promote is astrology. Many Christians are now �into� this occult art. Supposed followers of Jesus Christ can tell you everything there is to know about the sign of Taurus, but not a thing about Paul from Tarsus. They�d rather read a book on horoscopes than a book of the Bible.
New Age �spirituality� is corrupting Christians, most of whom have no clue that they�re partaking in sorcery. Astrology, �Christian yoga,� meditation to achieve an altered state of consciousness, calling on angels, and even some of the martial arts, falls under the category of sorcery. Such practices attract a large number of Christians, like moths to a flame.
Is it any wonder we�ve got a New Age pandemic in the Church?
You�d have to be visually impaired not to notice all the ads promoting astrology. Go online and Google �horoscope� and in minutes you�ll have a �personalized reading� by a �famous astrologer.� Horoscope.com claims that it�s �The web's most trusted and known source of astrology, daily horoscopes, love astrology, chinese astrology, zodiac signs, compatibility�� You get the picture.
Astrology�s being promoted via email, on computer screens, television sets, newspapers, magazines; even BlackBerry users are blasted daily with daily horoscopes. From a Christian perspective much of what the NAM espouses is evil. (I�ll explain why in a moment.)
Astrology was birthed in Babylon in the middle of the 2nd millennium BC. Most false systems of religion had their roots in the land of pagans that worshipped a plethora of phony gods. Astrology was all the rage with the Babylonians, especially amongst the priests who studied the �godlike science� of astrology.
In the Old Testament astrology is mocked. Speaking for the Lord, Jeremiah said this, �Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them� (Jer. 10:2).
There are several traditions of astrology. The traditions used by most modern astrologers are Jyotisha (Indian), Chinese, and Western. There are so many traditions and beliefs that I couldn�t begin to cite them all. Many esoteric (mystic) movements have links to astrology. Numerology, tarot cards, palmistry and Kabbala are a few that are well known. The current trend in the West is �psychological astrology.�
Recently I wrote a piece, �Christian Yoga? C�mon!� A Christian yoga teacher wrote to me and protested, �I teach yoga and none of my students have become Buddhists or Hindu�s.� For some, exposure to yoga, astrology, fantasy games, s�ances and other seemingly innocent practices may lead to greater involvement in a very dangerous world. My Christian sister has no way of knowing what the future holds for those students who were introduced to yoga through her teaching.
To avoid getting involved in the myriad of inherent dangers our society offers, you must listen to God! In Deuteronomy 18:9-13 He says,
More from God in Leviticus, 19:26
Moving on to 2 Chronicles 33:6
Now to the New Testament, Acts 7:42-43
Did you notice that God did not say, �Please?� He said, �Do not.� In other words, No! The Lord was provoked to anger over it. When God is angry, �the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath� (Jer. 10:10).
Well, now, is what some charlatan tells you your future is going to be so important that you�re willing to get God angry witht you? Is consulting an astrologer so important that you�d take the chance that God will turn away from you?
Scripture tells us that only pagans practiced astrology. No self-respecting Jew would dare involve him or herself in something God opposed for fear of being struck dead. And yes, God has been known to strike people dead on the spot for their blatant defiance. Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit and wham! God zapped them both.
Some argue that the Magi referred to in Matthew�s gospel were astrologers. Not according to Ray Boland, President of Probe Ministries: �The use of astrology is clearly outside the worldview of Matthew as he penned his gospel. It seems woefully inconsistent for the Lord to use astrology to herald the incarnation and birth of His Son into the world.�
The Rev. Phil Greetham offers this observation on the Magi,
So why do millions of people hand over their lives to fortunetellers, even knowing that astrology is bogus and not supported by the scientific community? Moreover, why are self-professed Christians immersing themselves in occultism? One �Christian� website offers a forum for the �magickal and mystical Christian�:
This is not orthodox Christianity, folks. It�s nothing more than Satan masquerading as an angel of light. Hello! The Bible says, �Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.� It does not say, �Occultism is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.�
A pseudo Christian I know is into astrology (Christiology?). He was telling me that he and a friend share the same astrological sign. And, wouldn�t you know, they�re like two peas in a pod! I mentioned that my brother and sister are twins born under the sign of Gemini and came into this world 2 minutes apart, and are peas from an entirely different pod. Then I went on to explain the Christian view of astrology. He listened politely with only a couple of eye rolls. When I was through, he suddenly remembered he had something to do and dashed from the room. Incidentally, Isaac and Rebecca�s sons, Jacob and Esau, were also twins who were born practically in tandem. (Read Genesis 25-35.) The two were nothing alike either, yet they had the same parents and were born under the same sign of the zodiac. But I digress.
Many will argue that astrology can be scientifically proven. It can�t. But that�s irrelevant. God�s Word, the Bible, clearly teaches that Christians are to have no part in stargazing or any other occult practice. No horoscopes, Ouiji board games, palm reading, s�ances or psychics. Tarot cards are prohibited, so is casting Ruins, conjuring magic potions and charms and any other form of witchcraft. Avoid the esoteric Christian movement (mystical branches of Christianity that study the �inner teachings� of early Christianity); stay away anyone that advocate spiritual astrology, divination, blessings, and, finally, those who appeal to angels for intervention.
Keep your guard up! Don�t make the mistake of thinking you�re going to escape all the temptations that besiege you, because you�re not going to. Don�t get me wrong. If you�re a child of God, Satan can do you no harm (unless God allows it for reasons we mere humans are not privy to). Still, he will do his level best to keep you tangled up in his web of deception. Sounds grim, doesn�t it? All the same, it�s true. Satan�s one mean machine, so Christians must be armed to the teeth and prepared to battle the �Prince of Darkness.� There�s only one way to protect against the darts and arrows the enemy fires at you. Put on the full armor of God!
For anyone involved in an occult practice, in obedience to the truth, and to honor God, you must give it up now. Repent of your sins. Ask for forgiveness. God will forgive you because He loves you.
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Marsha West is the Founder and Editor of the E-Mail Brigade News Report, an online news report for conservative people of faith. Marsha is a freelance writer specializing in Christian worldview. She is a regular contributor to NewsWithViews.com, Alainsnewsletter.com, CapitolHillCoffeeHouse.com, plus her commentaries appear in MichNews.com and bibleteacher.org.
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For anyone involved in an occult practice, in obedience to the truth, and to honor God, you must give it up now. Repent of your sins. Ask for forgiveness. God will forgive you