THERE IS no greater threat to the Christian church in America today than the New Age movement. Why? Because it’s just a repackaged version of the old lie, “ye shall be as gods”.
Sadly, this lie has wormed its way into our churches. Too many believers are unaware of the many faces this lie presents, from contemplative prayer to political activism where temporal power is justified as a means to an end.
A SECRETIVE religious group that wields power in Washington, D.C. and other world capitals — sounds like the basis for Dan Brown’s next novel, but it’s real. Jeff Sharlet, author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, has been following this group for years, even living at The Family’s headquarters for a time. What he found is a group that justifies its pursuit of political power by claiming that it’s for the kingdom of God.
EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS are being coopted by the New Age movement, and most don’t even know it. Much of the reading we’ve been doing this week has revolved around that fact, and a good part of tonight’s show explores some of the evidence. In short, dominionists, emerging churchers, and ecumenical groups are all aiming for the same goal as New Agers: heaven on Earth. Which may explain, for example, why influential New Ager Paul Temple, founder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, donates so much money to the secretive and politically connected evangelical group The Family.