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It is about time for some new discernment articles, so here goes…
The following is an excerpt from one of two excellent articles recently posted by Marcia Montenegro of Christian Answers for the New Age (see Marcia’s CANA FB page). These articles expose the deceitful teachings of Ken Wilber (among others), and his efforts to promote ‘integrated spirituality’ (which is is a revitalized form of Gnosticism/Theosophy).
I will post links to both articles below, and I encourage you to take the time to read through the articles and check out the links Marcia has included in them. This teaching is deadly poison. It is not Christian and cannot save anyone.
By Marcia Montenegro, July/August 2013
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood. I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock; and from among your own selves men will arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after them. Acts 20:28-30
Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? 2 Cor. 6: 14
“Paul warned in Acts 20, his last recorded speech to the church that false teachers would come into the church, both from without and from within. Other passages speak of such teachers as not being instantly recognizable; rather they “will secretly introduce destructive heresies” (2 Pet. 2:1b).
Destructive teachings have come into the church with New Thought* and New Age teachings. Some Christians in the public eye have commended or adopted the teachings of New Agers and/or aligned themselves with New Age figures. Some of these people are Ken Blanchard, Rob Bell, Anne Lamott, Richard Rohr, Matthew Fox, and Sue Monk Kidd.
These New Age concepts are not overt, but rather are woven in with Christian views. Or New Age ideas are concealed in Christian terms. Such syncretism often appears on the surface to be Christian. Moreover, New Age language is always morphing so that it becomes increasingly subtle. Terminology is often ambiguous and abstruse, making it hard to pin down the beliefs and critique them.”
Read the rest of Marcia’s first article here (FB page link).
Marcia’s follow-up article (with greater detail about Ken Wilber and his teachings, and lots of excellent links) can be read here:
I am grateful to Marcia for her permission to pass on these articles. Marcia works tirelessly to educate and warn Christians about the false teachings of the occult, new age and new thought movements; the increasing influence and popularity of eastern religion and its practices, and the persistent infiltration of all of these into mainstream Christianity. Marcia has also written many articles highlighting the way in which such spiritual teachings and practices – far from being secular or neutral – have found their way into every aspect of daily public life: in the medical and health fields, in education and child-rearing approaches, and in management and the workplace.
As Christians, we need to be aware of these deceptions and remain faithful to Christ and his Word in these troubled times.