A Theological Analysis of the New Age Movement
A Thesis Presented to
the Faculty of the Department of Systematic Theology
In Partial fulfillment
of the Requirements for the Degree
Master of Theology
Jobe Ralph Martin
Need for This Thesis
The Bible envisions a period of increasing apostasy during the Church Age which will reach its fullness in the Great Tribulation. Included in this apostasy is the intensification of spiritual deception (the “Mystery of Iniquity” of 2 Thess. 2:7), culminating in the recognition and reign of the son of Perdition, the Antichrist.
In the parable of the wheat and tares (Matt. 13:24-30), Jesus taught that evil would exist and grow, intermingling with the good until the time of the “harvest” (Matt. 13:30). Samuel Andrews quotes Archbishop Trench regarding this parable:
We learn that evil is not as so many dream, gradually to wane and disappear before good, but is ever to develop itself more fully, even as on the other side good is to unfold itself more and more mightily also. Thus it will go on until at last they stand face to face, each in its highest manifestation in the persona of Christ and Antichrist. . . Both are to grow, evil and good, till they come to a head, till they are ripe, one for destruction, and the other for full salvation.1
Since the first century inception of the church, this spirit of antichrist has been at work (1 John 4: 1-6) and spiritual warfare has been increasing. The last quarter of the twentieth century is unveiling what may be one of the final chapters in this battle between the forces of evil and God and His people. A worldwide movement to unify all religious and politico-economic systems is developing. New Age author Marilyn Ferguson writes:
Something remarkable is underway. It is moving with almost dizzying speed, but it has no name and eludes description . . . . Within recent history “it” has infected medicine, education, social science, hard science, even government with its implications. It is characterized by fluid organizations reluctant to create hierarchical structures, averse to dogma. It operates on the principle that change can only be facilitated, not decreed. It is short on manifestos. It seems to speak to something very old. And perhaps, in integrating magic and science, art and technology, it will succeed where all the king’s horses and all the king’s men failed.2
It is imperative that the true Christian community be alerted to the goals, strategies and theology of this global movement. The spiritual deception of the New Age philosophies is having disastrous spiritual effects even within the Church. Biblical Christianity must be awakened to the threat of the new Age Movement. And yet the words of C.S. Lewis must be remembered: “There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence, the other is to believe and then feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them.”3
The purpose of this thesis is to alert Christians that spiritual warfare is intensifying and can be seen especially in the occultic core of the New Age Movement. To this end the major theological concepts and goals of the movement will be documented.
The study opens with a discussion of the historical roots of the movement, moves to its doctrines, adherents and status in the last quarter of the twentieth century, and concludes with a comparison of Satan’s strategies of Genesis 3 and the deceptive promises of the New Age Movement.
The Historical Roots Of The New Age Movement
The Garden of Eden
The first and second chapters of the book of Genesis record the creation of the heavens, the earth and its inhabitants. In the beginning all was well between God and his creation, “And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen. 1:31a). But a rebellion against God took place when the most beautiful of His angelic creatures, Lucifer, said in his heart:
* I will ascend to heaven;
* I will raise my throne above the stars of God,
* And I will sit on the mount of assembly
* In the recesses of the north.
* I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
* I will make myself like the Most High (Isa. 14:13b-14).
With his desire to become like God, Lucifer introduced evil into the heavenly realm of God’s righteous system. This evil seed sprouted on earth when the serpent in the Garden of Eden subtly convinced Eve, the first woman, that she could not trust God and His Word—that she would not die as a result of eating the forbidden fruit, but that “. . .in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:5b). Eve had been deceived, but Adam knowingly rebelled against his Lord God. Satan’s plan to become the god of this world, and his desire to secure the worship of men was realized.
By the time of Noah, Satan and his allies had deceived all of mankind (Gen. 6:12) except Noah and his family. The near-absolute reign of evil caused God to use a global flood to destroy all mankind, saving only Noah and his family. For the second time mankind was given the opportunity to fill the earth with godly seed, but evil succeeded and reigned, this time taking root through Noah’s son, Ham. The forces of evil continued to deceive men, soon to climax in the Tower of Babel incident.
The Rebellion at Ancient Babylon
The rebellion at Babel was significant. Not many years after the Flood of Noah evil again had ripened among men. Mankind proclaimed with his “tower” that he controlled his own destiny apart from God. With man’s inclination toward evil and the advantage of a common language, God saw that nothing which man imagined and purposed to do would be impossible for him (Gen. 11:6), so God scattered mankind over the face of the earth and instituted the different languages.
A movement to restore unity and purpose among men, apart from God, was begun. Alluded to only sparingly in the bible, this anti-god development was directed by Nimrod, the son of Cush and great grandson of Noah. Alexander Hislop reports:
As Diodorus makes Ninus “the most ancient of the Assyrian kings”, and represents him as beginning those wars which raised his power to an extraordinary height by bringing the people of Babylonia under subjection to him, while as yet the city of Babylon was not in existence, this shows that he occupied the very position of Nimrod, of whom the Scriptural account is, that he first “began to be mighty on the earth,” and that the beginning of his kingdom was Babylon. As the Babel builders, when their speech was confounded, were scattered abroad on the face of the earth, and therefore deserted both the city and the tower which they had commenced to build, Babylon as a city, could not properly be said to exist till Nimrod, by establishing his power there, made it the foundation and starting point of his greatness.4
The greatness of Nimrod in battle stimulated the worship of his people toward him, and eventually he was considered to be deity—a man who became “God”. The practice of deifying men can be accurately traced back to Nimrod as can most of the pagan religious systems and gods of mythology (see Hislop pp. 1-90). Nimrod caused man to realize that he can worship himself as God, thus making Nimrod the most prominent early humanist. Surrounding Nimrod, a system of secret rites and initiations was set up. A person had to experience these secret rites and initiations in order to “know” (Gk: gnosis) the secrets of the gods and of the universe. This desire to “know” paved the way for the Gnostic philosophy of early Christianity.
Gnosticism: Seedbed for New Age Theology
In order to understand the theology of the New Age Movement it is necessary to have a basic understanding of Gnosticism.
In all ages of which we have any literary records we find the tradition of a recondite knowledge which could not be disclosed to any save those who had undergone the severest tests as to their worthiness to receive it. This knowledge was very generally known under the term of the Mysteries, and it was concerned with the deepest facts of Man’s origin, nature, and connection with supersensual worlds and beings, as well as with the “natural” laws of the physical world. It was no mere speculation; it was real knowledge, Gnosis, knowledge of “the things that are,” knowledge of Reality; a knowledge which gave to its possessor powers which . . . have been regarded as pertaining only to the gods, and which are, indeed, widely denied today as possibilities of human achievement.
The basis of this knowledge, the fundamental principle on which all the teachings rested, was the essential inherent divine nature of man, and the consequent possibility of becoming by self-knowledge a god-like being. The final goal, the final objective of all the Mysteries, was the full realization by the Initiate of his divine nature in its one- ness with the Supreme Being—by whatever name called—who is the Universe in all its phases and in its wholeness and completeness.5
Early in the history of Christianity (probably within the lifetimes of John and Paul) a heresy on the above tradition, called Gnosticism, infiltrated the Church. The Gnostics were dualists, believing that matter was evil and spirit was good.
Salvation is to be achieved mainly by ascetic acts to deny the desires of the material and evil body (Col. 2:14-17, 20-23) and by a special gnosis or knowledge accessible only to the elite among Christians. Faith is relegated to a subordinate position in this system that panders to human pride.6
The Gnostic yearns for redemption that will free him from the world and imprisonment in his body. The key-note is knowledge (Gk: gnosis), a possession of ancient secrets which would ultimately facilitate the soul’s union with God. The goal of this knowledge was salvation. In the Gnostic thought there was no resurrection. Evil material bodies were not saved, only the soul or spirit could inherit salvation. The Christ-Spirit had given special gnosis to an elite while resting upon the man, Jesus. This gnosis was necessary for the process of salvation, but “only the pneumatic Gnostics, those possessing the esoteric gnosis, and the psychic group, those having faith but no access to the gnosis, would get to heaven.”7
Until the beginning of the twentieth century, Gnosticism was seen as a Christian heresy. Within this century evidence has been gathered (as in the Egyptian Nag Hammadi documents) to show that Gnosticism may have existed as an independent pagan religion that did not come out of, but penetrated into, Christianity. Some early Christians with their Judaistic or pagan backgrounds fell easily into Gnosticism. The pagan converts had a propensity toward accommodation and syncretism. The Jewish converts had a history of accepting pagan religious customs with their idols and godlets. This Jewish history was established prior to their exodus from Egypt and was amplified during the Babylonian captivity by the heirs of Nimrod.
Before the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ Oriental mysticism, asceticism and astrology had permeated the Greco-Roman world—a world quite troubled by the fear of death. One source suggests that Gnostic religious thought emerged from Greek and Oriental elements under the influence of dispersion Judaism.8 Since many early Christian congregations were heirs of the Jewish synagogues of the Dispersion, it is possible that Gnostic thought entered Christianity in this manner. The seeds of Gnosticism, then, can be traced to a pool of thought before the time of Christ that emphasized an added light, or a secret knowledge necessary for fulfillment and salvation. This way of thinking is quite similar to the Nimrod worship of ancient Babylon and to the thought of the occultic core of the New Age Movement.
According the Cairns, “Gnosticism sprang from the natural human desire to create a theodicy an explanation for the origin of evil.”9 Since matter was evil and God was righteous, He could not have created matter. Therefore the Gnostics developed the concept of a “demiurge.” The demiurge was
“ one of a series of emanations from the high god of Gnosticism. These emanations were beings with less of spirit and increasingly more of matter. The demiurge, as one of these emanations, had enough of spirit in him to have creative power and enough of matter to create the evil material world. This demiurge the Gnostics identified with the Jehovah of the Old Testament, whom they heartily disliked.10
The Christology of the Gnostics is also significant. Since matter was evil and distinctly separated from God and His righteousness, Jesus was but a man in whom “the Christ” resided for the time between His baptism and early suffering on the cross. The “Christ spirit” (or power or consciousness) left the body of the man Jesus while on the cross. The other Gnostic view held Jesus to be a phantom with only the appearance of a physical body (Docetism).
Abingdon Bible Handbook summarizes Gnosticism with these words:
. . . Gnosticism was spreading through the Mediterranean world. It offered people secret, saving knowledge of the universe: of the supreme, pure-spirit God, untouched by “evil” matter; of the many divine beings (aeons) thought to connect him with the evil world, which had been created by the lowest aeon; of man’s nature as sprit enmeshed in an evil body; of the releasing of man’s spirit from evil flesh for its ascent to its proper heavenly abode through enlightenment brought by a divine savior and through secret, sacramental rites and mystical experiences; of practices permitted and forbidden those who have achieved freedom of spirit; of the coming liberation of the soul from the body at death, as the seal and consummation of a resurrection already achieved in mystical experience.11
The most influential group of Gnostics, called Valentinians, was established in Rome around A.D. 140.12 Other Gnostic groups were the Sethites (worshipped Seth), the Ophites or Naasenes (worshipped the serpent), the Barbelo Gnostics (who stressed the role of their hero Barbelo in Valentinian Gnosticism), the Marcionites (followers of Marcion of about A.D. 145) and other closely related groups such as the Cerenthians, the Encratites, the Hermetics, and the Docetists.
Although it is not the purpose of this thesis to document the history and theology of Gnosticism, a look into the aforementioned Hermetics supplies some interesting insights regarding the derivation of their name. Alexander Hislop states:
. . .Who was the historical Bel? He must have been Cush; for “Cush begat Nimrod” (Gen. 10:8); and Cush is generally represented as having been a ring leader in the great apostasy (see Gregorius Turonensis, De rerun Franc., lib. i, apud, Bryant, vol. II. pp. 403,404. Gregory attributes to Cush what was said more generally to have befallen his son; but his statement shows the belief in his day, which is amply confirmed from other sources, that Gush had a pre-eminent share in leading mankind away from the true worship of God.). But again Cush as the son of Ham was Her-mes or Mercury; for Hermes is just an Egyptian synonym for the “son of Ham”. Now Hermes was the great original prophet of idolatry; for he was recognized by the pagans as the author of their religious rites, and the interpreter of the Gods. The distinguished Gesenius identifies him with the Babylonian Nebo, as the prophetic god; and a statement of Hyginus shows that he was known as the grand agent in that movement which produced the division of tongues.13
So according to this line of thought, Cush was Mercury and Mercury is fabled to have acted as the interpreter between the men whose tongues had been divided at Babel. Hence an interpreter is called a Hermeneute after Mercury or Hermes, the interpreter of the gods. The Gnostics had their hermetic sect which, in name, recalled the family of Nimrod, and today there is the field of Hermeneutics.
Identified with Hermes is the Egyptian God, Thoth, also called Hermes Trismegistus. Hermes Trismegistus is the reputed founder of “. . .alchemy and other occult sciences. . . .”14 To this Hermes “. . .was attributed the authorship of all the strictly sacred books generally called by Greek authors Hermetic.15 The name of Hermes was placed at the head of many ancient syncretistic writings. These writings were
. . .partly of an Oriental tendency, partly an offshoot of popular Greek philosophy, partly Stoic. They are all more or less mystical and Gnostic in tone, but represent no single dogmatic system. . . . A number of these pieces were put together into what is called the Corpus Hermeticum, which still survives.16
The seed of evil and deception which was planted in the Garden of Eden and revitalized after the flood of Noah, through the line of Cush and Nimrod, survives to this day. Hislop records that the Greek god Dionysus was Bacchus who was ultimately the “Branch of Cush” worshipped in Babylon as El-Bar or God-the-Son and these all refer back to Cush, Nimrod and their heirs.17 Annie Besant verifies and expands this lineage:
Erigena teaches the restitution of all things under the form of the Dionysian adunatio or deificatio. These are the permanent outlines of what may be called the philosophy of mysticism in Christian times, and it is remarkable with how little variation they are repeated from age to age.
In the eleventh century Bernard of Clairvaux. . .and Hugo of S. Victor carry on the mystic tradition, with Richard of S. Victor in the following century, and S. Bonaventura the Seraphic Doctor, and the great S. Thomas Aquinas. . .in the thirteenth. Thomas Aquinas dominates the Europe of the Middle Ages, by his force of character no less than by his learning and piety. He asserts “revelation” as one source of knowledge, Scripture and tradition being the two channels in which it runs, and the influence, seen in his writings, of the Pseudo-Dionysus links him to the Neo-Platonists. The second source is Reason, and here the channels are the Platonic philosophy and the methods of Aristotle— the latter an alliance that did Christianity no good, for Aristotle became an obstacle to the advance of the higher thought, as was made manifest in the struggles of Giordano Bruno, the Pythagorean. Thomas Aquinas. . .remains as a type of the union of theology and philosophy—the aim of his life. These belong to the great Church of western Europe, vindicating her claim to be regarded as the transmitter of the holy torch of mystic learning. . . . In this century also S. Elizabeth of Hungary shines out. . .while Eckhart. . .proves himself a worthy inheritor of the Alexandrian schools. . . .
Eckhart is followed in the fourteenth century by John Tauler, and Nicolas of Basel. . . From these sprang up the Society of the Friends of God, true mystics and followers of the old tradition. . . . So linked together are the followers of the wisdom in all ages. . . . Thomas a. Kempis. . . . Cardinal Nicolas of Cusa. . .Giordano Bruno. . .Paracelsus, who drew his knowledge directly from the original eastern fountain, instead of through Greek channels. . . .
Jacob Bohme. . .S. Teresa. . .S. John of the Cross. . .S. Francois de Sales. . . .Mme. de Guyon. . .Miguel de Molinos. . . .
Henry More (A.D. 1614-1687). . .Thomas Vaughan, and Robert Fludd the Rosicrucian. . .the Philadelphian Society. . .William Law. . .S. Martin. . .
Nor should we omit Christian Rosenkreutz. . .whose mystic Society of the Rosy Cross, appearing in 1614, held true knowledge, and whose spirit was reborn in the “Comte de S. Germain,”. . .Mother Juliana of Norwich. . .
Eliphas Levi, has put rather well the loss of the Mysteries, and the need for their re-institution. “A great misfortune befell Christianity. The betrayal of the Mysteries by the false Gnostics—for the Gnostics, that is, those who know, were Initiates of primitive Christianity—caused the Gnosis to be rejected, and alienated the Church from the supreme truths of the Kabbala, which contain all the secrets of transcendental theology. . .recognize only those who know as teachers of those who believe.”18
This ancient heritage is obvious in the doctrines of the New Age movement whose initiated adherents claim to possess all of the ancient occult secrets.
The Doctrines Of The New Age Movement
Yahweh Elohim of the Old Testament
Alice Bailey, of the Theosophical society, is one of the most popular writers of New Age thought. Between 1919 and 1949 she wrote 24 books. In 1922 Mrs. Bailey founded the Luciferic Publishing Company (later the name was changed to Lucis Publishing Company and Lucis Trust of 866 United Nations Plaza, New York), and in 1947 she published a book entitled Problems of Humanity. The new Age attitude toward the God of the Old Testament is expressed:
Christianity has emphasized immortality but has made eternal happiness dependent upon the acceptance of a theological dogma; Be a true professing Christian and live eternally in a somewhat fatuous heaven or refuse to be an accepting Christian and go to an impossible hell-a hell growing out of the theology of The Old Testament and its presentation of a God full of hate and jealousy. Both concepts are today repudiated by all sane, sincere, thinking people. No one of any true reasoning power or with any true belief in a God of love accepts the heaven of the churchmen or has any desire to go there. Still less do they accept the “lake that burneth with fire and brimstone” or the everlasting torture to which a God of love is supposed to condemn all who do not believe in the theological interpretations of the Middle Ages, of the modern fundamentalists or of the churchmen who seek—through doctrine, feat and threat—to keep people in line with the obsolete old teaching.19
Yahweh Elohim of the Old Testament is held to be a hateful and jealous God, a god who exhibits evil intent, rather than lovingkindness and righteousness. This concept of God is quite similar to the Gnostic God of the Old Testament—the inferior God who created evil matter.
An anti-God, anti-Bible, anti-Jesus Christ-as-Lord attitude pervades the Bailey writings. It is as if these writings emanated from the pit of hell. Alice credits the very words of her books to a being called “The Tibetan, “ known also as D. K. or Djwhal Khul. One New Age writer, Benjamin Creme, explains it in this manner:
May I ask, having read some of the Alice Bailey books, I wonder—is the information contained therein telepathically received or is it received through a particular line of people who have held the esoteric secrets of the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Book of Thoth, or is it a burst of sudden illumination which has allowed somebody to set these writings down?
From the Hierarchical point of view, the Secret Doctrine of Madame Blavatsky, the founder of the Theosophical Society, represents the preparatory phase of the Teaching given out to the world for this new age. The Teaching embodied in the Alice Bailey Teachings represents the intermediate phase of this Teaching. This was given to her by the one who called himself for many years simply “the Tibetan,” whom we know now as the Master D.K.—Djwhal Khul. Alice Bailey received it by means of the higher telepathy, through the medium of the soul.20
More about Djwhal Khul is recorded by H. Saraydarian:
Djwhal Khul, a second-Ray master, works under Master Koot Humi and helps him tremendously in training disciples and dictating books to advanced disciples. It was he who dictated a great part of the Secret Doctrine to H.P. Blavatsky and a number of books of great esoteric value to Alice A. Bailey. He is known as the Messenger of the Masters . . . . He is mainly concerned with philanthropic movements, Red Cross, healing work and with the Devas.21
The utter contempt for the god of the Old Testament and His Holy Scriptures is also displayed in the writings of David Spangler: “. . .we can take all the scriptures and all the teachings, and all the tablets, and all the laws, and all the marshmallows and have a jolly good bonfire and marshmallow roast, because that is all they are worth.”22 Spangler continues: “Once you are the law, once you are the truth, you do not need it externally represented for you. Rather you will be external representative for the world.”23
Obviously New Age writers do not feel they need the God of the Bible or His Word. This is because they believe that man, with a proper understanding of the esoteric secrets can be a god himself. Man becomes “Truth.”
The Divinity of Man
The deception of Genesis 3:5, “You shall be like God,” is perpetrated in most New Age writings. In speaking about an occult celebration called “The Festival of Humanity,” the Tibetan Master through Alice Bailey writes:
It will be the day pre-eminently on which the divine nature of man will be recognized and his power to express goodwill and to establish right human relations (because of his divinity) will be stressed. On this festival we are told Christ has for nearly two thousand y ears represented humanity and has stood before the Hierarchy as the God-man, the leader of His people and “the Eldest in a great family of brothers.”24
David Spangler alludes to the divinity of man during a discussion of the distinction between mysticism and religion:
Mysticism is the experience of the wholeness in which we are embedded—the perception of the presence of God. It is an experience of unity with that presence, the discovery of the spirit of God within oneself. . . .mysticism shows us how we are one with God and co-participants with divinity in the unfoldment of creation.25
Man’s eternal and elusive aspiration to achieve divinity is a theme also characteristic of Rosicrucian teachings. Max Heindel reports:
. . .the Gospels (which are formulas of Initiation) commence with the account of the immaculate conception and end with the crucifixion, both wonderful ideals to which we must sometime attain, for each of us is a Christ-in-the-making, and will sometime pass through both the mystic birth and mystic death adumbrated in the Gospels. By knowledge we may hasten the day, intelligently cooperating instead of as now often stupidly frustrating through ignorance the ends of spiritual development. . . .Let us remember. . .that we are all Christs-in-the-making; that sometime we must cultivate characters so spotless that we may be worthy to inhabit bodies that are immaculately conceived. . . .26
Throughout the literature of this New Age occultic core is the teaching that men can attain godhood—that men can be like Christ. Dr. Donald Curtis of Unity Church (6525 Forest Lane, Dallas, Texas) is a convinced and convincing apologist for the divinity of man concept. Dr. Curtis labels himself a Christian pastor of a Christian church. His theological credentials as reported in Who’s Who in New Thought, display a discernable lack of any biblical foundation:
A deep student of world religions, Dr. Curtis has studied with the yogis and holy men of India, spending time in their ashrams, as well as seeking out the counsel and instruction of Buddhist monks, and Tibetan lamas. In Japan, he studied Oriental techniques of healing, studied Zen, did research in the traditional older religions, and spoke at the centers of many of the “new religions” there.27
In his monthly newsletter, Dr. Curtis offers a flowery explanation for his church’s existence at once recognizable as a twentieth century edition of Satan’s original deceptive distortions:
The Unity Church of Dallas is a unique and beautiful expression of God in action. . . .The great love which we feel for our church and for each other comes from our mutual contact with the realization of the Indwelling Christ. We are truly “the called-out ones.” We are always aware that “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20).
This is a New Age church—Christ Centered—a community church, dedicated to discipleship. . . .As we behold the Christ in ourselves and in each other, our consciousness expands into Inner space and we conduct ourselves as sons of God.28
Dr. Curtis elaborates his doctrine regarding the divinity of man in his pamphlet, “what is the Golden Bridge?” This pamphlet is distributed to visitors at Unity Church and reads in part:
The Golden Bridge is a means of cooperating with the creative law of life. It enables us to use the power within us for the real business of life. . . .
The Golden bridge is a master symbol, an inner archetypal form upon which we pass over from one state of consciousness to another. . . .The Golden bridge is the connecting link between old states of consciousness and new. . . .
“I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (1 John 14:2,3).
We understand the “I” to be the Indwelling Christ, “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” (John 1:9) Jesus is not talking about himself as a man. He is speaking as His True Self, the Impersonal Christ which dwells within every individual, the Light upon our Path, that which ever goes before us, preparing the Way, and making the crooked places straight. This “I” is our Real Being—the God Self which we really are.29
Curtis plainly teaches that Christ dwells in every man—a direct contradiction of the biblical truth that men are sinners who need a savior and must receive Christ by faith in order to inherit eternal life.
When Curtis writes that our Real being is the “God Self which we really are,” he refutes 1 Corinthians 8:5,6 which states:
For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth, as indeed there are many gods and many lords, Yet for us there is but one God the Father from Whom are all things and we exist for Him and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things and we exist through Him.
This concept of the divinity of man currently permeates both specialized and popular literature. The Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine expresses a similar thought in an editorial entitled, “In the Spirit, Inner Power”:
We are wondrous beings. Made in the image and likeness of our Creator. But it’s the literal interpretation of that truth that keeps up groveling on our knees, begging a gray-bearded, all-powerful God in the sky to answer our needs.
The best kept secret in the world is that god is not up in the sky arbitrarily answering our rote incantations. The Godmind—the energy that created us—is inbred in us. It is our power within. This inner intelligence is the mind power at the core of our beings.
You are as a child of the universe, part of a Divine Process. The degree to which you accept your divinity determines how much It can work for you. Get busy practicing the Presence within. Be still and know that you are God.30
The “fact” that men are gods and gods do not die leads to another sub-topic of new Age teaching regarding the Doctrine of Man: belief in reincarnation and the Law of Karma.
Reincarnation and the Law of Karma
The eastern religions (such as Hinduism and Buddhism) contain many concepts which have been amalgamated into new Age theology. Chief among them is the belief in reincarnation and the Law of Karma. In Reincarnation and Christianity Robert Morey quotes DeSmet as saying:
In the Indian Vedas, the word “Karma” originally meant “a sacrifice” or “a ritual act.” In the Upanishads it evolved into the concept that any act in this life will have an effect on one’s next life. Finally in the Bhagavad Gita, Karma is viewed as a punishment in this life for evils done in the past life, with a prospect of purification for future lives.31
These concepts of reincarnation and karma are believed to be traceable to the Indo-Aryans of Punjab and Sind, India, around 1800 B.C.32 Originally reincarnation was called the transmigration of the soul, meaning that at physical death the soul would “migrate” or move into some other bodily form. This presupposes that every soul experiences existence before incarnation and phenomenal existence is, therefore, a beginningless cycle of births (samsara) which succeed one another more or less uninterruptedly.
This cycle or samsara, however, did not proceed in any random fashion: the total life-situation of any given individual in any given firth was viewed as the cumulative effect of his choices and deeds in previous lives; and this principle of casual connectedness, this law of the deed and the effect, was called the principle of karma (deed, or action). . .
Bound thus to the cycle of births by the inevitable consequences of his previous karma, an individual would understandably come to view the realm of samsara as a condition of bondage from which escape was to be sought at various levels.33
New Age prophetess Alice Bailey refers to karma as being inherited from a previous solar system and passing on to another:
The esotericist is dealing with substance all the time; he is concerned with that living, vibrant substance of which the worlds are made and which—inherited as it is from a pervious solar system—is coloured by past events, and is (as has been said) “already tinged with karma.”34
The Law of Karma (referred to as the “Law” or the “Wheel of Law” in esoteric literature) is gaining popularity in the west as is the concept of reincarnation. Perhaps Annie Besant, an early leader in the Theosophical Society, best explains this belief in and attractiveness of the concepts of Karma and rebirth:
Karma brings us ever back to rebirth, binds us to the wheel of births and deaths . .
Such is an outline of the great Law of karma and of its workings, by a knowledge of which a man may accelerate his evolution, by the utilization of which a man may free himself from bondage, and become long ere his race has trodden its course, one of the Helpers and Saviors of the World. A deep and steady conviction of the truth of this Law gives to life an immovable serenity and a perfect fearlessness: nothing can touch us that we have not wrought, nothing can injure us that we have not merited. And as everything that we have sown must ripen into harvest in due season, and must be reaped, it is idle to lament over reaping when it is painful; it may as well be done now as at any future time, since it cannot be evaded, and, once done, it cannot return to trouble us again. Painful karma may thereafter well be faced with a joyful heart, as a thing to be gladly worked through and done with; it is better to have it behind us than before us, and every debt paid leaves us with less to pay. Would that the world knew and could feel the strength that comes from this resting on the Law.35
A cursory glance at India is sufficient to display the questionable merits of generations of people committed to the Law of Karma and reincarnation. These doctrines of the East, which have been adopted by the occultic core of the New Age movement, are anti-biblical. The God of the Bible states:
For Christ did not enter a holy place made with hands, a mere copy of the true one, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;
Nor was it that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year after year with blood not his own.
Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the consummation of the ages He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,
So Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, shall appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him (Heb. 9:24-28).
Bruce Demarest, in a chapter entitled “How is God Known” writes:
(There is a) . . .resurgence of interest in the non-Christian religions,--an interest that has in turn been accelerated by the progressive convergence of world cultures. A leading vision of twentieth-century man undoubtedly is the progressive unification of the human race. . .Increased immigration, urbanization, international political (U.N.) and ecclesiastical forums (W.C.C.), and the world-wide exchange of ideas in education, science, and the arts have set in motion powerful centripetal forces promoting a new global consciousness. Scattered tribes and ethnic groups with diverse languages, customs, and religions are steadily moving in the direction of a new unity. Multiplicity and pluraformity are gradually giving way to a new convergence, which Marcuse styled a “one-dimension world.” A. . .significant result of the contemporary formation of a global village is that one can no longer isolate himself from the beliefs and practices of peoples on the other side of the globe. Religions and ideologies once held to be remote and strange are now becoming familiar objects of knowledge.36
Such is the New Age concept of reincarnation and karma.
New Age writers contend that the Bible originally taught the doctrine of reincarnation, and that his teaching was removed from the bible by various church councils and dishonest editors.37 Regarding this John Snyder states:
Such beliefs are notable only for their lack of historical integrity. A brief survey of the available evidence wills how that it would make no difference what later church councils decided, because one can go directly to the most ancient texts that preserve the gospel for us. Those texts that are the earliest surviving manuscripts in Greek show us that the verities of the faith antedate any medieval attempts at revision. Many of these manuscripts are older than the major councils of the church. The ancient world was so flooded with copies of the New Testament that it was well beyond the power of any officials to expunge certain uncomfortable doctrines from them.38
Nonetheless, New Agers posit that Jesus, Himself, while studying with the yogis in India, both learned and taught the veracity of reincarnation. The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ states:
9 One day Ajainin sat with Jesus in the temple porch; a band of wandering singers and musicians paused before the court to sing and play.
10 Their music was most rich and delicate, and Jesus said, Among the high-breed people of the land we hear no sweeter music than that these uncouth children of the wilderness bring here to us.
11 From whence this talent and this power? In one short life they surely could not gain such grace of voice, such knowledge of the laws of harmony and tone.
12 Men call them prodigies. There are no prodigies. All things result from natural law.
13 These young people are not young. A thousand years would not suffice to give them such divine expressiveness, and such purity of voice and touch.
14 Ten thousand years ago these people mastered harmony. In days of old they trod busy thoroughfares of life, and caught the melody of birds, and played on harps of perfect form.
15 And they have come again to learn still other lessons from the varied notes of manifests.39
That reincarnation is indeed a fact and not alien to Christianity is believed by a United Nations’ leader and prominent Catholic layman, Robert Muller. Dr. Muller has been an employee of the United Nations for 33 years. As Assistance Secretary-General he is in charge of economic and social services and is the coordinator of the 32 specialized agencies and world programs of the U.N. Dr. Muller performs diplomatic missions of great influence, and is a regular guest lecturer at universities around the world. Although Dr. Muller is a practicing Roman Catholic, he attributes many of his spiritual concepts to the Buddhism of U Thant. He says, regarding reincarnation:
O God, I know that I come from You, that I am part of You, that I will return to You, and that there will be no end to my rebirth in the eternal stream of Your splendid creation.40
Dr. Muller believes that he is a part of the eternal “Cosmic Organism.” This is the Hindu monistic thought that “All is One” and, when tied to reincarnation, produces the belief that all wisdom and knowledge is within oneself, and it is simply a matter of finding the right Master or Guru to open those secrets of ancient wisdom deep within one’s own mind. Jagadish Chatterji, former Director of Oriental Research and Archeology in the Government of Kashmir, India, expresses it this way:
It thus happens that all knowledge, indeed all the universe, the whole “Kingdom of Heaven,” is literally within us; it is within us as eternal, timeless, spaceless, idealized objectivity lying in front of Atman, the eternal subject and untiring Enjoyer . . .
These are ideas which are not peculiar to the Vedas or to India;.. . .Robert Browning. . .has expressed the thought in Paracelsus in the following vivid passage: “Truth is within ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things; whate’er you may believe.”41
Browning continues his Orientally influenced thought:
There is an inmost center in us all.
Where truth abides in fullness, and around,
Wall upon wall, the gross flesh hems it in,
This perfect, clear perception—which is truth.
A baffling and perverting carnal mesh
Binds it, and makes all error: and to know
Rather consists in opening out a way
Whence the imprisoned splendour may escape,
Than in effecting entry for a light
Supposed to be without. Watch narrowly
The demonstration of a truth, its birth,
And you trace back the effluence to its spring
And source within us; where broods radiance vast,
To be elicited ray by ray, as chance
Shall favor:. . .42
Paracelsus, then, displays not only the philosophy of the Vedas (as in Chatterji’s evaluation), but also supports Gnostic thought with its emphasis on sinful matter binding real knowledge (to know). Thus, the “light” of real knowledge is within the mind and needs to find some “spark” or way of release. The esotericist of antiquity and of the New Age occultic core claims to have the secret knowledge necessary for this “redemption”.
Alice Bailey in her discussion of what she calls the “science of Esotericism” and the abilities of the esotericist, continues:
He learns to differentiate between the quality or karmic predispositions of the “unprincipled” substances of which his form and all forms are made, and the qualified principles which are seeking expression through those forms and, incidentally, to redeem, salvage and purify them so that the substance of the next solar system will be of a higher order than that of the present one, and consequently more responsive to the will aspect of the Logos.
Viewed from the angle, esotericism is the science of redemption, and of this all World saviors are the everlasting symbol and exponents. It was to redeem substance and its forms that the planetary Logos came into manifestation, and the entire Hierarchy with its great leader, the Christ (the present world symbol), might be regarded as a hierarchy of redeemers, skilled in the science of redemption. Once they have mastered this science, they can then pass on to the Science of Life and deal with the energies which will eventually hold and use the qualified, redeemed and then principled substance and forms. It is the redemption of unprincipled substance, its creative restoration and spiritual integration which is their goal; the fruits of their labor will be seen in the third and final solar system.43
So the esotericist has thoughts of redemption and the necessity of some type of a savior or Christ to unfold the destiny of man as he attempts to deliver himself from the Law of Karma.
Those who believe in Karma have to believe in destiny, which from birth to death, every man is weaving thread by thread around himself, as a spider does his cobweb; and this destiny is guided by the heavenly voice of the invisible prototype outside of us, or by our more intimate astral, or inner man, who is but too often the evil genius of the embodied entity called man.44
There is hope, among occultists of all ages, that this saving Christ is coming and that he will deliver mankind from bondage and usher in the long awaited “Golden Age of Mankind” or the “Age of Aquarius.”
He will appear as Maitreya Buddha, the last of the Avatara and Buddhas, in the seventh Race. This belief and expectation are universal throughout the East. Only it is not in the Kali yug, our present terrifically materialistic age of Darkness, the “Black Age,” that the new Savior of Humanity can ever appear.45
In 1888 H. P. Blavatsky reminded the initiates of the Ageless Wisdom that the Maitreya Buddha (the Avatar/Christ) had promised to come to earth and rule the Age of Aquarius.
Christology: Jesus and the Christ
Many New Age doctrines initially were recorded by Helena Petrova Blavatsky, the founder of the Theosophical Society (1875). Blavatsky, who preferred to be called H. P. B. and is often referred to by these initials in occult literature, displays an acquaintance with Gnostic thought and defines Christ in this way:
Chrestos (Gk.) The early Gnostic term for Christ. This technical term was used in fifth century B. C. by Aeschylus, Herodotus and others. The manteumata pythocresta, or the “oracles delivered by a Pythian god” through a pythoness, are mentioned by the former (Cheoph., 901), and pythocrestos is derived from chrao. Chresterion is not only the “test of an oracle,” but an offering to, or for, the oracle. Chrestes is one who explains oracles, a “prophet and a soothsayer,” and Chresterios, one who serves an oracle or a god. The earliest Christian writer, Justin Martyr, in his first apology, calls his co-religionists Chrestians. “It is only through ignorance that men call themselves Christians, instead of Chrestians,” says Lactantius (Lib. IV, cap. VII). The terms Christ and Christians, spelt originally Chrest and Chrestians, were borrowed from the temple vocabulary of the pagans. Chrestos meant, in that vocabulary, “a disciple on probation,” a candidate for hierophantship; who when he had attained it, through initiation, long trials and suffering, and had been anointed (i.e., “rubbed with oil,” as initiates and even idols of the gods were, as the last touch of ritualistic observance), was changed into Christos—the “purified” in esoteric or mystery language.46
That the Christ of H. P. B. and Theosophy and the Christ of the Bible are assuredly not one and the same can be seen as H. P. B. continues:
In mystic symbology, indeed, Christes or Christos meant that the “way,” the “path,” was already trodden and the goal reached; when the fruits of this arduous labour—uniting the personality of evanescent clay with the indestructible individuality—transformed it thereby into the immortal Ego. “At the end of the way stands the Christes,” the Purifier; and the union once accomplished, the Chrestos, the “man of sorrow” became Christos himself. Paul, the initiate, knew this, and meant this precisely, when he is made to say in bad translation, “I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you” (Gal., IV. 19), the true rendering of which is, “until you form the Christos within yourselves.” But the profane, who new only that Christos was in some way connected with priest and prophet, and knew nothing about the hidden meaning of Christos, insisted, as did Lactantius and Justin Martyr, on being called Chrestians instead of Christians. Every good individual, therefore, may find Christ in his “inner man,” as Paul expresses it (Ephes., III. 16, 17) whether he be Jew, Mussulman, Hindu or Christian.47
The Christ of H. P. B. is believed to be formed in man when the personality (the mortal ego) unites with the individuality (the higher, the divine or impersonal ego) resulting in the “Ego”—the consciousness in man of the “I am I,” or the felling of “I-am-ship.”48 When this mystical transformation occurs not only in individual men, but in a significant segment of humanity (critical mass) around the globe, the Maitreya Christ will come.
It is noteworthy that H. P. B. appears to identify the history and symbolism of this Maitreya Christ with a wide variety of religious thought back through the centuries—even to the father of Nimrod and to the serpent.
He is called the “Dragon of Wisdom”. . .as all the Logoi of all the ancient religious systems are connected with, and symbolized by, serpents. In old Egypt, the god Nahbkoon, “he who unites the doubles”. . .was represented as a serpent on human legs, either with or without arms. It was the emblem of the resurrection of nature, as also of Christ with the Ophites, and of Jehovah as the brazen serpent healing those who looked at him, the serpent being an emblem of Christ with the Templars also (see the Templar degree in Masonry). The symbol of Knouph (Khoum also), or the soul of the world, says Champollion (Panthem, text 3), “is represented among other forms under that of a huge serpent on human legs; this reptile, being the emblem of the good genius and the veritable Agathdaemon, is sometimes bearded.” The sacred animal is thus identified with the serpent of the Ophites, and is figured on a great number of engraved stones, called Gnostic or Basilidean gems. This serpent appears with various heads (human and animal), but its gems are always found inscribed with the name Chnoubis. This symbol is identical with one which, according to Jamblichus and Champollion, was called “the first of the celestial gods”; the god of Hermes, or Mercury with the Greeks, to which god Hermes Trismegistos attributes the invention of, and the first initiation of men into magic; and Mercury is Budh, Wisdom, Enlightenment, or “Re-awakening” into the divine Science. 49
This Christ-figure which H. P. B. claims is traceable to Hermes (the deified son of Ham, i.e., Cush, the father of Nimrod) can be nothing less than the “re-awakening” of the spirit of Antichrist and of evil among the post-flood heirs of Noah and is none other than the Maitreya Christ of the New Age who was introduced to the world, in concept, on April 25, 1982.
Major newspapers around the world displayed full page advertisements on that day in 1982 which read:
THE WORLD HAS HAD ENOUGH. . .OF HUNGER, INJUSTICE, WAR.
IN ANSWER TO OUR CALL FOR HELP, AS WORLD TEACHER FOR ALL HUMANITY
THE CHRIST IS NOW HERE.
HOW WILL WE RECOGNIZE HIM?
Look for a modern man concerned with modern problems—political, economic, and social. Since July, 1977, the Christ has been emerging as a spokesman for a group or community in a well-known modern country. He is not a religious leader but an educator in the broadest sense of the word—pointing the way out of our present crisis. We will recognize Him by His extraordinary spiritual potency, the universality of His point, and His love for all humanity. He comes not to judge, but to aid and inspire.
WHO IS THE CHRIST?
Throughout history, humanity’s evolution has been guided by a group of enlightened men, the Masters of Wisdom. They have remained largely in the remote desert and mountain places of earth, working mainly through their disciples who live openly in the world. This message of the Christ’s reappearance has been given primarily by such a disciple trained for his task for over 20 years. At the center of this “Spiritual Hierarchy” stands the World Teacher, Lord Maitreya, known by Christians as the Christ. And as Christians await the Second Coming, so Jews await the Messiah, the Buddhists the fifth Buddha, the Moslems the Imam Mahdi, and the Hindus await Krishna. These are all names for one individual. His presence in the world guarantees there will be no Third World War.
WHAT IS HE SAYING?
“My task will be to show you how to live together peacefully as brothers. This is simpler than you imagine, My friends, for it requires only the acceptance of sharing.
“How can you be content with the modes within which you now live: when millions starve and die in squalor; when the rich parade their wealth before the pool; when each man is his neighbor’s enemy; when no man trusts his brother?
“Allow me to show you the way forward into a simpler life where no man lacks; where no two days are alike; where the Joy of Brotherhood manifests through all men.
“Take your brother’s need as the measure for your action and solve the problems of the world.
WHEN WILL WE SEE HIM?
He has not as yet declared his true status, and his location is known only to a very few disciples. One of these has announced that soon the Christ will acknowledge His identity and within the next two months will speak to humanity through a worldwide television and radio broadcast. His message will be heard inwardly, telepathically, by all people in their own language. From that time, with His help, we will build a new world.
WITHOUT SHARING THERE CAN BE NO JUSTICE;
WITHOUT JUSTICE THERE CAN BE NO PEACE;
WITHOUT PEACE THERE CAN BE NO FUTURE.50
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That this Christ is the same Christ of the biblical Second Coming is totally false. Benjamin Creme’s Tata Center ads state that “He comes not to judge but to aid and inspire.” This is a direct attack against the truth and reliability of God’s Word, the Bible. Regarding the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ the Bible states in Matthew 25: 31-34, 41, 46:
But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne.
And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;
And He will put the sheep in His right, and the goats on the left.
Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. . . .”
Then He will also say to those on His left, “Depart from me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. . .
And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
The Scripture makes it clear—when Jesus the true Christ comes it is not to “aid and inspire” but to judge.
That this Christ of Blavatsky and Creme is the same as that of Alice A. Bailey seems obvious:
The coming of the Avatar, the advent of a Coming One and, in terms of today, the reappearance of the Christ are the keynotes of the prevalent expectancy. When the times are ripe, the invocation of the masses is strident enough and the faith of those who know is keen enough, then always He has come and today will be no exception to this ancient rule or to this universal law. For decades, the reappearance of the Christ, the Avatar, has been anticipated by the faithful in both hemispheres—not only by the Christian faithful, but by those who look for Maitreya and for the Boddhisattva as well as those who expect the Imam Mahdi.51
As Bailey states above, the coming of Maitreya Christ is dependent upon the times being “ripe,” the faith of those who know and the invocation of the masses. The ripeness of the times is documented by New Age apologists to be the end of the Piscean Age (identical with the Christian Dispensation52) and the beginning of the Age of Aquarius. The “faith of those who know” is the absolute and unwavering commitment of the “wise ones” of the occultic core who are the custodians of the ageless esoteric secrets. The invocation of the masses is the linking of the people around the world in the joint recitation of the secret mantras (names of pagan gods and demons) and the Great Invocation, of which more will be said later.
The Maitreya Christ of Blavatsky, Bailey and Creme is quite similar to the Christ of the Gnostics. Jesus was but a man on whom the Christ descended at His baptism, and:
The Spirit of Peace descended upon Christ. The New Testament bears witness to a somewhat similar event when, at the Baptism, we read, “he saw the Spirit of God, descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.” (St. Matt. III.16) This Spirit is a Being of tremendous cosmic potency and is today overshadowing the Christ in much the same manner as Christ (two thousand years ago) overshadowed or worked through the Master Jesus.53
The initiates of the occultic core maintain that the Christ Spirit (or power or consciousness) was responsible for the resurrection of the disciple Jesus. Creme describes the resurrection in this manner:
The Christ resurrected the body of the Disciple Jesus. When the body was laid in the tomb, the Christ, Maitreya, entered on the third morning. His consciousness once again entered into the body of the Disciple Jesus and brought it back to life—as He had done before with Lazarus—only that wasn’t resurrection. Lazarus was simply brought back to life. This happens—I don’t say frequently—but it has happened quite often since, and before. But Resurrection is a very special thing technically. It is a great occult happening.54
The resurrected “Disciple Jesus” is now a Master of Wisdom (Master of the Universe, Ascended Master) on one of the lowest levels of authority of the Spiritual Hierarchy as documented by Alice Bailey (see the organization chart of the forces of the Solar Logos55).
Regarding the true Logos, the Bible states:
In the beginning was the Word (Logos), and Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being by Him; and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shines in the darkness; and the darkness did not comprehend it. . . .
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:1-5,14).
John is stating that Jesus is the Logos and the Logos was in the beginning, was with God and was God. This eternal God-the-Son left His heavenly estate (Phil. 2:5-11). This same Jesus Christ said, “I and the Father are one.” (John 10:30), and, “And now, glorify Thou Me together with Thyself, Father, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was” (John 17:15). Jesus and the Father are one and existed together before the world was created.
Since Nimrod, the human custodians of Satan’s Plan have deified themselves and taught that man is God. Yet they refuse to believe that one particular man was uniquely God. Psychic and esotericist Edgar Cayce said, “Christ is not a man. Jesus was the Man.”56 Of all men of all time only Jesus is stripped of His divinity by the disciples of the occult.
Benjamin Creme verbalizes the attitude of the esoteric initiates toward Christ:
But Christ is not God. He is not coming as God. He is an embodiment of an aspect of God, the Love aspect of God. He is the embodied soul of all creation. He embodies the energy which is the consciousness aspect of that Being we call God. . . . He would rather you didn’t pray to Him, but to God within you, which is also within Him. . . He said it Himself. “The Kingdom of God is within you.”57
The Logos of the gospel of John is not the Logos of the New Age herald, Benjamin Creme. Creme describes his “Logos”:
That aspect of God to which we immediately aspire, can aspire to, is the Logos of our own planet, who is embodied for us as Sanat Kumara on Shamballa. He is our “Father.” God is both within us and can be known—you can see God. In this coming age many, many people will see God, as Sanat Kumara. They will come before Sanat Kumara and take the third Initiation. (Even more will come before the Christ and take the first and second initiations.) When you take the third Initiation you see God, as Sanat Kumara, the Lord of the World, who is a real physical Being in etheric matter on Shamballa.58
The Third Initiation is more fully described by initiate David Spangler:
Lucifer prepares man in all ways for the experience of Christhood and the Christ prepares man for the experience of God. Jesus said, “As the Christ, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man goes to the Father but through Me.” This is true. The avenue out of microcosmic limitation into macrocosmic wholeness, universal consciousness and attunement is through the Christ. But the light that reveals to us the presence of the Christ, the light that reveals to us the path of Christ comes from Lucifer. He is the light giver. He is aptly named the Morning Star because it is his light that heralds for man the dawn of a greater consciousness. . . . He stands no longer as the tester or the tempter but as the great initiator, the one who hands the soul over to the Christ and from the Christ on into even greater realms.
The true light of Lucifer cannot be seen through sorrow, through darkness, through rejection. The true light of this great being can only be recognized when one’s own eyes see with the light of the Christ, the light of the inner sun. Lucifer works within each of us to bring us to wholeness, and as we move into a new age, which is the age of man’s wholeness, each of us in some way is brought to the point which I term the Luciferic initiation, the particular doorway through which the individual must pass if he is to come fully into the presence of his light and his wholeness. . . .
At some point each of us faces the presence of Lucifer. . . .
Lucifer comes to give us the final gift of wholeness. If we accept it then he is free and we are free. That is the Luciferic initiation. It is one that many people now, and in the days ahead, will be facing, for it is an initiation into the New Age.59
The term Sanat Kumara mentioned previously by Creme is an anagramatical method of referring to the God of this world, Satan (or Lucifer)—the true god of the occultic core of the New Age movement. He is called the “Lord of this World Himself, Sanat Kumara on Shamballa.60 He is also referred to as the “Planetary Logos” in Alice Bailey’s material.
The first or will energy is, as you know, focused in Sanat Kumara, the Ancient of Days (as He is called in the Christian Bible), the Lord of Shamballa, who is the Embodiment of the Personality of the planetary Logos.61
“Sanat Kumara, the Eternal Youth, can be seen by Those Who have the right, presiding, for instance, over the Council in Shamballa, yet at the same time He is present as the life and the informing intelligence upon and within our planet.”62
Bailey appears to ascribe omnipresence and omniscience to Sanat Kumara. Creme states:
Eighteen and a half million years ago, in middle Temurian times, early animal-man had reached a relatively high state of development: he had developed a strong physical body; a coordinated astral or emotional feeling body; and the germ of mind, incipient mind, which could form the nucleus of a mental body. At that point the Logos of our planet took physical manifestation as Sanat Kumara, the Lord of the World, on Shamballa. The center we call Shamballa was formed.
With Sanat Kumara, from Venus, came the Lords of the Flame, who brought that energy we call Mind. This energy stimulated the . . .Individualization of Man.63
The occult Logos in some manner emanated “Mind.” The concept of “mind” is noticeable in a variety of other sources. Among these is “Paracelsus” by Robert Browning which reads: “God! Thou art mind! Unto the master-mind, Mind should be precious.”64
The Unity Church of Dallas offers seminars entitled “The Master Mind Principle.” At these seminars participants are asked to take “Seven steps into the Master Mind Consciousness.” These steps of commitment include, in part:
1. I admit that I am personally powerless to improve my life. I need God’s help.
2. I now come to believe that there is a creative intelligence and power responding to me, and to which all things are possible. . . . (It is not I (personality), but the Spirit within me (individuality) who does His works.).
3. I make a decision to place myself completely under the influence and direction of the Master Mind. I ask the Master Mind to take complete charge of my life and to change me at depth. . . . brackets in the original65
The true Lord and Savior of mankind becomes increasingly difficult to find as Satan, the father of lies, distorts God’s Word, the Bible, to the point that the Logos is a serpent (H. P. Blavatsky) or a “consciousness” (A. Bailey) or a nebulous “Master Mind.” Only on one point does the occult literature agree with Orthodox Christianity—the Christ (however He is named or described) is coming again. This coming of the Christ will be hastened as humanity displays unity in expressing the “Great Invocation” for the Christ’s return.
New Age Prayer: Meditation and Invocation
In the New Age, the Age of Aquarius, meditation and invocation will be the techniques of reaching God. The Old Age (Piscean Age) practice of prayer will gradually be abolished. The occultic core strongly teaches that the Christian Age or Piscean Age is finished. Alice Bailey states:
. . .the ending of the Piscean Age, which has brought to the point of crystallization (and therefore death) all those forms through which the Piscean ideals have been moulded. They have served their purpose. . .the coming into manifestation of the Aquarian Age. This fact should provide the grounds for a profound and convinced optimism; nothing can stop the effect—growing, stabilizing and final—of the new incoming influences. These will inevitably condition the future, determine the type of culture and civilization, indicate the form of government and produce and effect upon humanity, as has the Piscean or Christian Age. . . .66
So the Piscean Age has served its purpose, it was the age of the Christian and was characterized by distortions and mistakes. It did not deliver the Golden Age of Mankind as it had allegedly promised; hence, the New Age must come and the remnants of the Old Age must be forsaken. Creme explains the Apostle Paul’s role in the Piscean Age part of the Plan:
Christianity was really built by St. Paul. The Christ, working through Jesus, inaugurated the Piscean Age and with it the Christian religion, but the structure of Christianity, of the Church, was built by St. Paul—and St. Paul made a number of mistakes. He distorted Christianity considerably. He is now one of the Masters of Wisdom, the Master Hilarion (and He is one of Those who will soon be in the world), but He made these mistakes, and He wasn’t prevented from making these mistakes.
No disciple is ever prevented from making mistakes. He makes the mistakes, humanity suffers through the mistakes, so the Plan suffers through the mistakes, but the Plan eventually works out. The Plan is ideal.67
Marilyn Ferguson picks up on this theme that the Piscean must be done away to bring in the Aquarian.
. . .after a dark, violent age, the Piscean, we are entering a millennium of love and light—in the words of the popular song, “The Age of Aquarius,” the time of “the mind’s true liberation.”
Whether or not it was written in the stars, a different age seems to be upon us; and Aquarius, the water-bearer in the ancient zodiac, symbolizing flow and the quenching of an ancient thirst, is an appropriate symbol. . . .
Long after an old paradigm has lost its value, it commands a kind of hypocritical allegiance. But it we have the courage to communicate our doubts and defection, to expose the incompleteness, the rickety structure, and the failures of the old paradigm, we can dismantle it.68
David Spangler carries this desire to do away with the Piscean Christian one step further in what might be his god Lucifer’s explanation for the rapture of the Church:
With the transference of life energy from the thought-form of the old world to the thought-form of the new one, the old world now exists only as a disintegrating world memory. Those who stand on it for support find that it is becoming like shifting sand, unstable, confusing, filled with stress. Yet they cannot reach up and out in consciousness to attain and stand on the rock of the new world. It would not be without precedence for them to be withdrawn into the inner worlds, to live in an “upstairs” room which would reflect the needs of their consciousnesses and minister to those needs. In other words, the planet or plane or level to which they will go, through the law of attraction, may not be “somewhere else.” It may be another level of Earth’s own consciousness where they can be contained and ministered to until such time as they can be released safely into physical embodiment again. There is a suggestion of this in the Bible where it speaks of Satan and his minions. . .being bound for a thousand years and then released again. Thus these ones could be withdrawn into an inner realm that would be their home while the consciousnesses attuned to the New Age were active in building the new world physically and psychically.69
The people of the Old Piscean Age must give way or be “withdrawn” (raptured?) to make the full blooming of the New Age possible. This transformation from Old to new requires the linking of humanity in meditation on and recitation of the “Great Invocation.” This “Great Invocation” is a prayer of three stanzas dictated to Alice Bailey by the Master Djwhal Khul. The three stanzas are as follows:
First Stanza (1935):
Let the Forces of Light bring illumination to mankind.
Let the Spirit of Peace be spread abroad.
May men of goodwill everywhere meet in a spirit of cooperation.
May forgiveness on the part of all men be the keynote at this time.
Let power attend the efforts of the Great Ones.
So let it be, and help us to do our part.
Second Stanza (1940):
Let the Lords of Liberation issue forth.
Let them bring succows to the sons of men.
Let the Rider from the Secret Place come forth,
And coming, save.
Come forth, O Mighty One.
Let the souls of men awaken to the Light,
And may they stand with massed intent.
Let the first of the Lords go forth:
The end of woe has come!
Come forth, O Mighty One.
The hour of service of the Saving Force has now arrived.
Let it be spread abroad, O Mighty One.
Let Light and Love and Power and Death
Fulfill the purpose of the Coming One.
The WILL to save is here.
The LOVE to carry forth the work is widely spread abroad.
The ACTIVE AID of all who know the truth is also here.
Come forth, O Mighty One; and blend these three.
Construct a great defending wall:
The rule of evil now must end.70
Third Stanza (April 1945):
From the point of Light within the Mind of God
Let Light stream forth into the minds of men.
Let Light descend on Earth.
From the point of Love within the Heart of God
Let Love stream forth into the hearts of men.
May Christ return to Earth.
From the center where the Will of God is known
Let purpose guide the little wills of men—
The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
From the center which we call the race of men
Let the Plan of Love and Light work out,
And may it seal the door where evil dwells.
Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth.71
The third stanza of the “Great Invocation” was dictated by D. K. to Alice Bailey in 1945 and published in her book, Problems of Humanity. One way this prayer appears in contemporary form is with white lettering on a deep blue background and with a Lotus blossom caption. The Lotus blossom is formed around a point within a circle which, as a symbol, dates back to early Egypt and Babylon. The center of the circle is a point of light which represents Lucifer, the light bearer. The New Age evangelists teach that the more frequently the “Great Invocation” is recited the sooner the Christ will come. Hence people of the New Age movement are linking together around the world and reciting this diabolical prayer. The ability of Satan to deceive event the elect, as he did Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-11), is shown as Christians in evangelical circles confess that they have been reciting this Satanic prayer.
This thesis has referred to several terms that are contained in the “Great Invocation.” The terms are defined below as suggested by the writings of Alice Bailey/Djwhal Khul:
1. “Mind of God”—the mind of Sanat Kumara (or Lucifer)
2. “May Christ return to Earth”—Maitreya Christ (not Jesus Christ)
3. “. . .center where the Will of God is known”—Shamballa (not Heaven)
4. “Masters”—the Masters of Wisdom, the Ascended Masters, the Masters of the Universe, the Spirit Guides. (These are the demons.)
5. “the Plan”—Lucifer’s Plan to rule the world and gain the worship of man.
6. “. . .seal the door where evil dwells”—shut down all systems true to the Bible in any way, especially Evangelical Christianity, but also Fundamentalist Moslems and Orthodox Jews.
This demon-dictated prayer is rapidly gaining global popularity and has been translated into many languages. It appeared as a full-page advertisement in the October 1982 “Readers Digest”72 (sponsored by Lucis Trust) and in the May 26, 1983 “Dallas Morning News” 73(sponsored by the School of Wisdom). This prayer occurs frequently on the three major network television channels in Dallas, Texas, usually during the late, late movies. It also is distributed to the congregation of Unity Church in Dallas for Sunday morning “worship” and meditation, and thus finds its way to the bulletin boards of schools, senior citizens homes, and civic organizations.
Regarding this prayer Alice Bailey writes: “Each of you can aid more than you can guess through the regulation of thought and ideas, through the cultivation of a loving spirit and through the general use of the Great Invocation whereby these forces and energies—so sorely needed—can be invoked.74
The move from the Piscean Age into the Aquarian Age will be implemented as humanity links up in meditation and invocation. Meditation and invocation are to replace prayer, as can be seen in Creme’s writing:
Prayer and worship as we know it will gradually die out and men will be trained to invoke the power of Deity. This is one reason why the Great Invocation was given out—to enable us to learn the technique of invocation. . . .
The aim of evolution is to become at-one with one’s source; at-one with Divinity, the Logos, or God, one’s Spirit, of which the soul on its plane is the reflection. The immediate aim of evolution is identification or at-one-ment with the soul; and this is what meditation is for, to bring about this at-one-ment. This leads to Initiation.75
Ultimately, as a critical mass of humanity meditates on the “Great Invocation,” the Maitreya Christ will respond and reappear on earth to usher in the Golden Age of mankind—an age characterized by a one world government, a one world religion and a one world Christ—the threefold goal of those who know within the inner spheres of the “Plan.” In the meantime, the New Age doctrines of God, Man, Reincarnation and Karma, the Christ, and Meditation and Invocation are being gradually popularized by the Media. Trends are building which are considered by the occultic core of the New Age to be signs that the appearance of Maitreya Christ and the Age of Aquarius are at hand.
The Utopian New Age Future
Popular books and magazines, television, movies, fantasy games, and children’s toys are informing the world that the New Age of higher consciousness, of one globe and one people under one God, is emerging out of the old outmoded ways of thinking and doing. The Rainbow Bridge states: “The present world crisis, resulting from the changeover from the Piscean to the Aquarian Age, presents a tremendous opportunity for progress.”76 David Spangler writes of this progress into the New Age in his book Emergence: The Rebirth of the Sacred. In the influential book, Emergence of the Mystical, Henry C. Clausen, 33º, Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council, 33º, of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Mother Jurisdiction of the World, in a chapter entitled “New Era Beckons,” writes:
Today we are at the threshold of a new era. All signs point to this fact. Despite the forebodings, we find ourselves at a rare and climactic turning point in our wobbly world’s history. Those with a visionary, apocalyptic, prophetic or intuitive frame of mind seem to feel we are in a period of days and hours before dawn. There is a stir in the air, a change coming of large dimensions, such as arose among the Jews before the birth of Christ. We look toward a transformation into a new age using, however, the insights and wisdom of the ancient mystics. . . .
This new world view is emerging because there has been a recent correlation between modern physics and the mysticism of Eastern religions.77
Regarding this emergence into the New Age, author John Naisbitt writes in his best seller Megatrends:
As a society, we have been moving from the old to the new. And we are still in motion. Caught between eras, we experience turbulence. Yet, amid the sometimes painful and uncertain present, the restructuring of America proceeds unrelentingly.
This book is about a new American society that is not yet fully evolved. Nevertheless, the restructuring of America is already changing our inner and outer lives. . . . No longer do we have the luxury of operating within an isolated, self-sufficient, national economic system; we must now acknowledge that we are part of a global economy. . . .
We are living in the time of the parenthesis, the time between eras. It is as though we have bracketed off the present from both the past and the future, for we are neither here nor there. We have not quite left behind the either/or America of the past. . ..
But we have not embraced the future either. We have done the human thing: We are clinging to the known past in fear of the unknown future. . . The parenthesis is a time of change and questioning.78
The new age of John Naisbitt is synonymous with the New Age of Marilyn Ferguson, of senator and presidential candidate, Gary Hart, and of Alvin Toffler. In 1982 Naisbitt named Gary Hart a “. . .new-age Colorado politician. . . .”79 Hart states on the cover of Megatrends: “Megatrends is an insightful analysis of the political, societal, and economic currents that will shape our future. It will be welcomed by all who care about today’s—and tomorrow’s—society.”80
Returning to Hart, the 1984 presidential contender, this politician was reported to be a “’. . .new generation of leadership’ and . . .a charter member of a loose coalition of House and Senate Democrats known variously as ‘Atari Democrats,’ ‘neoliberals,’ or ‘New Wave’ Democrats.”81 “New Wave” is used as a synonym for “New Age.” Gary Hart is also reported to have some involvement with Indian Spirit worship82 which is a popular concept among the New Age elite with their Gnostic-like spirits or “aeons” or Ascended Masters of Wisdom.
Another endorsement on the cover of Megatrends is written by key New Age writer, Alvin Toffler. Toffler believes, “John Naisbitt is one of the shrewdest observers of the changes sweeping America today. . .”83 Writer Emily Yoffe of Harper’s Magazine does not agree with Naisbitt’s endorsers, but she does state:
Naisbitt’s vision of a cheerful, painless, glittering future endears him both to Fortune 500 capitalists and California meditators. With hints to both groups that they will be the creators of the future, he is seen simultaneously as a New Age prophet and a take-charge executive. . . .
Naisbitt will. . .be exercising his evangelical side on the lecture circuit: “I really think the great, if not the only hope for world peace is the global economy. . . . I want to make speeches about world peace through world trade. . . .”
“I’ve become a more spiritual person recently,” he says. “I’ve seen the powerful relationships between mind, spirit, and body. You can’t deal with these things compartmentally. We know everything is related to everything else. The trick is to see the whole. When I start to learn too much about something I back off. I want to know a little about a lot.”
If that trend continues, he’ll eventually know nothing about everything. 84
Naisbitt calls New Age evangelist Marilyn Ferguson, “. . .the center of perhaps the most extensive network of new-age contacts and organizations. In fact, as she says in The Aquarian Conspiracy, much of the information for the book was gathered through her role as a human clearinghouse for new-age ideas.”85
Marilyn Ferguson considers Naisbitt to be among the inner elite of the New Age futurists and, on the cover of Megatrends, states: “In such turbulent times, we prize those among us who see clearly. John Naisbitt offers a dramatic, convincing view on the changes already under way. This is a book for everyone who wants a sense of the near future.”86
The Occultic Bent of the New Age Future
Three of the four endorsers of the cover of Megatrends are known as New Age apologists. The cover of this world-class best seller is also significant as it displays three major symbols of this movement—the rainbow (representing to some the seven colors of the seven levels or rays of initiation into the occult), the point of white or yellow light (representing Lucifer, the bearer of light), and the triple six swirls (one of the sacred numbers in the complicated numerology system of the occult). Toffler (The Third Force), Gail Sheehy (Passages, Pathfinders) and Mark Satin (New Age Politics) also use the rainbow effect on the coverlets of their books as does the Bantam “New Age Books” logo.
The rainbow is being popularized on everything from children’s toys and games (c.f. Rainbow Brite ™ toys by Mattel) to stationery, stickers and clothes labels. It should not be confused with the true rainbow given by Yahweh Elohim as a sign of His promise never again to flood the entire earth (Gen. 9:9-17). Also popular with youth is the unicorn. Since 1975 when the New Age movement went public, many varieties of unicorns have saturated the marketplace. The unicorn’s roots lie in pagan idolatry; it is known as the god of knowledge in the inner spheres of occultism.
Unicorn is a god. He demands servitude and sacrifice. He stands out of reach, as fixed and brilliant as the stars. . . .
Hail, Unicorn! God of knowledge; a dark ghost on the fringes of man’s consciousness. . . .
The unicorn stands alone, still as frost. It keeps watch down corridors of time. The past and the future meet in the presence of the unicorn: The darkness and light become one.87
The occult literature supports the view that the Bible teaches the existence of unicorns in such passages as Psalm 22:21 in the King James version. The Hebrew word translated by the King James version as “unicorns” quite literally means “wild oxen.”88 The Hebrew word translated “horns” in this passage is a technical Hebrew plural form called a “dual” plural, which means that the horns came in pairs as would be expected on oxen in contrast to the single horn of the unicorn. It must be concluded that the Bible does not teach the existence and significance of unicorns! The Bible does speak loudly against idolatry, however, as in Exodus 20:1-5.
Then God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
“You shall have no other gods before Me.
“You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
“You shall not worship them or serve them;. . .”
Two leading propaganda magazines for New Age thought are Omni and Science Digest. These magazines frequently display symbols adopted by the New Age such as rays and the point of light. The sphere or point of light in occultism represents enlightenment, realization and true understanding. It contains all other possible colors so incorporates the “All is One” concept. Behind the symbolism is the Light of this World, Lucifer. Other common symbols are rainbows and rainbow effects, crystal balls, the “third-eye,” pyramids, and symbolic triple sixes. At least one of these symbols has occurred on every Omni cover in 1983-1984.
The “third-eye” or “All-seeing-eye” of Hindu mysticism, the New Age occultic core and Free Masonry appears with regularity (c.f. Omni of April, May, June 1984, January 1985, and Science Digest of March 1981, December 1983 and December 1984). This third eye, inner eye, or centering point is purported to be the seat of all knowing and wisdom. Of this Alice Bailey says:
. . .the energy of the soul works through the highest head center and is brought into activity through meditation. . . . The energy of the integrated personality is focused through the ajna center, between the eyes. . .
The inner eye, the single eye of the spiritual man. This is the true eye of vision and involves the idea of duality (of the see-er and that which is seen). It is the divine eye. It is that through which the soul looks forth into the world of men. . . .89
Centering and Holy Mantras
The Eastern (and pagan) religious practice of “centering” (or tapping into the god-power within every man) has been gradually integrated into the Western world as a result of an ongoing media effort. This concept is kept before the public not only through magazine covers but also through television programs and their commercials, movie stars who espouse this belief and through the vehicle of the Olympic games of 1984. One of the most popular questions that the media asked the athletes was, “How do you handle the stress?” The most common answer of the athletes was that they meditated and found their centering point. This concept is now popularly accepted by the general public, but is also being incorporated into church programs in the name of “relevancy.” Yoga classes are held in churches and YMCA’s as are exercise programs designed around the religiously significant (though pagan) yoga positions. This infiltration into the church occurs as men and women take stress reduction and self-improvement courses, based on yoga concepts, est seminars, Silva Mind Control, Biofeedback and hypnosis at their jobs; or exercise classes based on yoga positions or the religiously oriented martial arts; and then, when these systems are experienced as valid, they are carried back into the church and incorporated into Christianity.
According to D.K., the Master Jesus should be working within the Catholic Church by about the year 1980, if things go according to the plan.”90 A possible example of this is the Catholic Church sanctioned “Advanced Centering Prayer Workshops” given by Abbot Thomas Keating of St. Joseph’s abbey, Spencer, Maine.
An introduction to the Centering Prayer by Father Basil Pennington appeared in the Review for Religious in September, 1976. His book on the same subject, Daily We Touch Him, was published by Doubleday in March, 1977. . . .
Centering prayer is a renewal of the traditional prayer of the church leading to contemplation. It is an attempt to present it in an up-to-date format. . . . It centers one’s attention on God’s presence within and moves on to discover his presence everywhere else. . . .
To do this systematically, take up a position that will enable you to sit still. Close your eyes. . . . Then slow down the normal flow of thoughts by thinking just one thought. Choose a sacred word of one or two syllables with which you feel comfortable. It will be the sign of your intention to open yourself interiorly to the mystery of God’s enveloping presence. Keep thinking this sacred word. When you become aware that you are off on some other thought, gently return to this word. As you go into a deeper level of reality, you begin to pick up vibrations that were there all the time but not perceived. This broadened perspective gives you a chance to know both yourself and God in a new way. . .
To know God in this way is to perceive a new dimension to all reality. . . . In this prayer we are asking, “Who are you?”—and waiting for the answer.91
The key concept in the transfer of these New Age mystical practices into the church is experiential validity. If something “works” it must be good, and if something is good it must be Christian, whether or not it is a part of biblical truth.
Christianity is a relationship with the personal, living God of the Bible. Since He tells mankind in His Word, the Bible, that Christianity is a walk of faith within the framework of His revealed Word, opening oneself “. . .interiorly to the mystery of God’s enveloping presence” is spiritually quite dangerous and may even be opening oneself up to demonic influence. Abbot Keating continues:
This method of prayer is a training in self-surrender. . . .
Any form of meditation or prayer that transcends thinking sets off the dynamic of interior purification. . . . Generally thoughts which are the result of this process arise in the mind when one is most at peace, without one’s knowing where they come from or why. They may introduce themselves with a certain force or even with an emotional charge. . . .
Take everything that happens during periods of Centering Prayer peacefully and gratefully, without putting a judgment on anything. . . . This is fulfilling the Gospel precept to watch and pray.92
The Christian is not to surrender himself to the depths of thoughtless meditation in an attitude of non-judgmental acceptance, but he is to fix his mind on Christ and His righteousness and to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5) Abbot Keating is deceptively teaching Japa (or Raja or Agni) yoga as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Transcendental Meditation. This Catholic theologian’s technique of “centering prayer” is nothing less than Transcendental Meditation and his “sacred word” is used as a “mantra.” Hindu meditation techniques have penetrated Catholicism. The Maharishi wants to control more than Christian minds—his goal is to help set up the one world government of the New Age that is to guarantee world peace. He proclaimed this intention in a series of full-page ads in the Wall Street Journal93 and Time magazine.94
Peace: the Global Enticement
Other full-page ads in the media blitz focusing on global peace and the New Age are appearing. An advertisement in Time lists Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, Buddhism and Judaism and states: “Our one prayer to our one Father this Christmas: Peace, give us Peace.”95 Peace is the global rallying point of the mainstream New Age movement, but there will be no lasting peace until the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ, returns to set up His kingdom—and He is violently rejected as the creator and savior by the New Agers. Emmet Fox, a liberal churchman echoes the occultic tradition as he explains:
The true idea of God is individualized in man. . . . Once mankind has grasped this true concept of God, most of the evils of the present day will be swept into the discard, into obscurity, never to be seen again. . . .
The Christ is not Jesus. The Christ is the active Presence of God—the incarnation of God—in living men and women. This is the Christ and it is eternal. In the history of all races the Cosmic Christ has incarnated in man—Buddha, Moses, Elijah, and in many other leaders and teachers. . . . However, in this New Age, the Cosmic Christ will come into millions of men and women who are ready to receive it. This will be the second coming of Christ for them.96
So the New Agers are deceived by the lies of their Father, Lucifer, of whom Jesus, the true savior, said: “Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies” (John 8:44b).
The Solar Logos, the God of this World, has been heralded in a full-page ad in Newsweek:
The scale of the dawning world movement is far beyond our narrow intellect and imagination. . . .
At this very moment, our world is undergoing an enormous change comparable to the dawning of the day itself. We are facing the reality of a gigantic Force of Life such as humankind has never experienced before, which is called “the coming of the spiritual Sun of the New Age.”97
Emanating out of the “Central Spiritual Sun”98 will come the “light” of the Solar Logos (Lucifer). This spiritual being is to set up a global kingdom with a world religion over which eventually his incarnation will rule. Key United Nations leaders are paving the way for this one world system.
The United Nations: Establishing a Global Spirituality
Among the many international leaders aspiring to facilitate globalism, two are significant to this thesis in light of their worldwide influence and their commitment to the occultic core teachings of the New Age. The importance and immensity of the New Age movement is eloquently expressed by another disciple of the Master, Djwhal Khul. This disciple, Donald Keyes, is a consultant to U.N. delegations and committees; representative to the U.N. of the World Association of World Federalists; a past director of SANE and the International League of Human Rights; president and co-founder (with Norman Cousins) of the New Age think-tank, Planetary Citizens, and author of the book, Earth at Omega. In Keyes’ book, which he dedicates in part to “. . .my Mentors (in the order of their appearance), “Max Heindel (famous Rosicrucian), Djwhal Khul (transmitter of The Secret Doctrine to H. P. Blavatsky in 1888 and of the 24 Alice Bailey books from 1919 to 1949) and Ascended Master Norya (transmitter of the Agni Yoga writings to Helen Roerich), he states:
We mentioned earlier how the dominant “straight” society has apparently not recognized the strength and pervasiveness of the new consciousness culture. Perhaps this is just as well, as so far a polarization between the old culture and the new one has been avoided. If the New Age movement does become a target of alarmed forces and defenders of the status quo ante, however, it will offer a widely dispersed and decentralized target, very hard to identify and impossible to dissuade or subvert from its life-serving values.99
A strange thing is being attested to here by a man of international influence: It must be concluded that Djwhal Khul has “appeared” to Donald Keyes! D. K. must be aged if he was old enough to both transmit books in 1888 to H. P. Blavatsky and then influence U.N. consultant Donald Keyes in 1982. The demon, Djwhal Khul, is beginning to pull together the visible leadership of the global New Age movement which, if the Plan succeeds will usher in Maitreya Christ as the world leader and will guarantee peace on earth.
The theme of “Peace on Earth”! is being disseminated by Robert Muller, the friend and associate of Donald Keyes at the U.N. In a lecture at Southern Methodist University, November 3, 1984, 100Muller announced that 1985 would be the fortieth anniversary of the United Nations and that he had been selected to govern the activities. Muller has chosen “Security for the World” to be the 1985 anniversary theme. He stated that when nations begin to believe that the U.N. can guarantee security they will willingly disarm. Muller expressed conviction that disarmament and world peace with a U.N. World Court could be accomplished within the targeted next fifteen years.
Dr. Muller encouraged parents to teach their children two languages and two religions so that they will be compatible with the projected one world system of A.D. 2000. children are currently being taught this philosophy of globalism in Arlington, Texas, at the Robert Muller School of Ageless Wisdom. This school and its principal, Gloria Bueller, were praised by Muller for their pioneering work with the talented and gifted (TAG) children of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A significant portion of the curriculum was designed by Dr. Muller and is based on the “ageless wisdom” of Alice Bailey/Djwhal Khul and Helen Roerich/Master Morya. No attempt is made to camouflage the demonic source of this curriculum. The Preface to the manual, The World Core Curriculum in the Private School reads:
The world is indebted to Dr. Robert Muller, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations, author and lecturer, for the formulation of the World Core Curriculum in its skeleton form. It is upon that scaffold combined with the Ageless Wisdom teachings that this present work has precipitated.
The underlying philosophy upon which The Children’s School of Wisdom is based will be found in the teachings set forth in the books of Alice A. Bailey by the Tibetan teacher, Djwhal Khul (published by Lucis Publishing Company, 866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 566-7, New York, N.Y. 10164) and the teachings of M. Morya as given in the Agni Yoga Series books (published by Agni Yoga Society, Inc., 319 West 107th Street, New York, N.Y. 10025).101
Who is M. Morya in Robert Muller’s World Core Curriculum? H. Saraydarian in a short but thorough summary of the Plan and its directors, The Hierarchy and the Plan, tells us:
Master Morya is one of the members of our planetary Hierarchy of the Masters of Wisdom. He is a first-ray Chohan occupying a unique position in this branch of the first Aspect of our planetary Logos. Master Morya . . . .was King Akbar in the past. He is the head of all esoteric schools in the world. He has a large number of students scattered all over the world; many of them are in Europe. He is one of the Masters closely related to the founding of the Theosophical Society in 1875 and works in close collaboration with his brother, Master Koot Hoomi.102
Assistant Secretary-General Muller displayed his allegiance to the demon, Morya, and the Theosophical Society as he mentioned in his S.M.U. address that, in his opinion, Marilyn Ferguson in her book The Aquarian Conspiracy did not accurately represent the size and extent of the New Age movement. He complained that Ferguson should have described the immense European commitment to the Ageless Wisdom.
Dr. Muller serves on the Board of Directors of the Lucis Trust (which is, incidentally, the custodian trust of the U.N. chapel) and writes articles for the journal of the Theosophical Society. Lucis Trust was originally the Luciferic Publishing Company (1922) and the journal of the Theosophical Society was originally Lucifer magazine (from September 1887 until 20 August 1897). The New Age book, Networking, was built around interviews with Dr. Muller in his U.N. office. In this book Muller says:
There is a pattern in all this, a response to a prodigious evolutionary march by the human species toward total consciousness. . . . Something gigantic is going on, a real turning point in evolution.
. . .the beginning of a new age, a gigantic step forward in evolution. . . . Perhaps after all, we would be able to achieve peace and harmony on Earth. . . . The human species is becoming something new, it is similar to the passage from protozoa to the metazoa.103
The Father of Lies has deceived these men of international renown. Not only will there be no peace and harmony on Earth until the Prince of Peace, Jesus, returns, but the passage of protozoa to metazoa is totally without scientific verification as is the entire evolutionary model. Evolutionist G.A. Kerkut writes:
There are. . .seven basic assumptions that are often not mentioned during discussions of evolution. Many evolutionists ignore the first six assumptions and only consider the seventh. These are as follows:
(1) The first assumption is that non-living things gave rise to living material, i.e., Spontaneous generation occurred.
(2) The second assumption is that spontaneous generation occurred only once. The other assumptions all follow from the second one.
(3) The third assumption is that viruses, bacteria, plants and animals are all interrelated.
(4) The fourth assumption is that the protozoa gave rise to the metazoa.
(5) The fifth assumption is that the various invertebrate phyla are interrelated.
(6) The sixth assumption is that the invertebrates gave rise to the vertebrates.
(7) The seventh assumption is that within the vertebrates the fish gave rise to the amphibia, the amphibia to the reptiles, and the reptiles to the birds and mammals.104
Evolutionary scientist Kerkut assures his readers that the step by gradual step transformation of simple forms of life into higher forms of life is but an assumption. It cannot be scientifically proven that a single organism ever evolved into a higher organism or event that life evolved from non-life. The God of the Bible states in reference to the Lord Jesus Christ: “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created by Him and form Him” (Col. 1:16). Apart from any process of evolution the true God says: “All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts and another flesh of birds and another of beast” (2 Cor. 15:39).
Catholic layman Robert Muller and most New Agers are committed to evolutionary faith. This belief that man must have evolved and is now evolving into a higher form and higher consciousness is reflected as Willis Harmon of Stanford Research Institute, (now SRI), coined the term Homo Noeticus and founded the Institute for Noetic Science—a New Age study center of the paranormal, parapsychological and extra-sensory perception. Not to be outdone in coining a new name for Homo sapiens, Ashley Montagu and Floyd Matson write:
The humanist alternative holds that man’s fate, his course of conduct for good or ill, is not preprogrammed but self-determined: Man at some time is master of his fate; the fault, dear humans, is not in our stars or our genes but in ourselves that we are. . .whatever we become.
. . .that there is nothing within us or without to prevent an act of self-transformation, an evolutionary leap, if that is what is called for. . .
The time has come for remaking. Homo Sapiens has had his day on earth—and has failed. . . .
The possible attainment of full humanness—the transformation of the species from Homo sapiens to Homo humanus—rests upon our recovery of the lost world of fellow feeling, the source of all human connection. Before thinking of new horizons, before planning any bold new enterprises, we must come back to our senses—or perish senselessly.105
Evolution must continue and man must evolve out of Homo sapiens to prevent global destruction and the disappearance of mankind. Robert Muller records his analysis:
For the first time in history, the question of the survival of the entire human family, rather than that of any particular nation or group, has been squarely posed. Many scientists who deal with the long run do not give us much chance of survival. . . . Others. . .believe that humanity is undergoing a deep evolutionary change and will develop new means and perceptions which will help it survive and find a harmonious relation with its planet and with its own individuals. . . .
We must see our planet and ourselves as cells of a universe which is becoming increasingly conscious of itself in us. That is our royal road out of this present bewilderment.106
So Dr. Muller sees the solution to humanity’s problem as a quantum leap into cosmic consciousness—into the universal monistic One. He feels that as a result, “Our children will know a better future, a more peaceful world, and unprecedented fulfillment of individual human life and consciousness.”107 To this end he wrote the World Core Curriculum for the Private School which teaches the talented and gifted children of unsuspecting, undiscerning parents to use Agni yoga to get in touch with their god within and the ascended masters (demons) from the Hierarchy without. The “Plan” went public in 1975 with the goal of snatching a generation of young people away from their “Piscean” parents.
The Seduction of the Children
An extended yet important unveiling of the objectives of the occult Hierarchy are defined in a speech given in 1974 by Mary Bailey, head of the Lucis Trust at U.N. Plaza:
Mention of the year 1975 crops up repeatedly. This year appears to be a real turning point, or more accurately, a time when the subjective tensions and changes in consciousness experienced over a long period of time should begin to emerge in recognizable form. . . .
This process of manifestation will lead towards the externalization of the Hierarchy and the reappearance of the Christ. . . .
The main blockage in human consciousness to the presence of the soul is the selfishness of the little wills of men. Hence the emphasis in esoteric schools on the spirited will. It is the main purpose of these schools to evoke the will in their students just as it is the main purpose of Hierarchy to stimulate and evoke the spiritual will in humanity. . . . Hence the tremendous significance of the Shamballa impact in 1975 and again in the year 2000. . . .
One of the basic objectives in Hierarchy in providing a new interpretation of the Ageless Wisdom and inspiring the emergence of esoteric schools is the conditioning of the human consciousness. . . . Many schools have emerged since H.P.B. did her pioneering work with D.K. at the end of the 19th century. Some of them, but not all, are “true” esoteric schools; that is, a definite projection from the one “school of occultism” founded in Shamballa. . . .
In the last few years it has become apparent that the schools that will continue on into the future to become part of the new wave of Mystery Schools due to appear towards the end of the century are those whose orientation is on the life-line toward the center of purpose and will. The goal is transference of the life focus, soul contact and soul fusion having been achieved at least to some extent. The method used is the relating of the Monad, the One, to the personality. . . . This obviously presupposes the existence of the Antahkarana, the rainbow bridge.
The teaching we how have is fundamental to these objectives. . . .its time has come. As predicted by D.K., certain aspects of esoteric training are now possible in academic education. . . .today the teaching is moving out rapidly into schools and universities. This is not confined to the many thousands of young people who are themselves studying esotericism, practicing meditation, and seeing to it that their student libraries provide esoteric books. . . . Increasingly we find teachers, professors and lecturers are using D.K.’s books for their own classes and programs. . . . teachers of psychology, philosophy, humanism, political and social science and international affairs. Meditation and yoga classes are becoming almost mandatory; telepathy and various forms of ESP and the continuity of life are under serious study and research. The reality of so-called “magic” is becoming better understood and lifted out of its “black” frame of reference.
It should not be long before many studies now available only in esoteric schools will form part of the regular curriculum in academic training. The constitution of man, meditation, the true psychology of the soul, mental communication or telepathy, are among such subjects. This will release esoteric schools to concentrate on some of the more practical and profound aspects of initiation and the restoration of the Mysteries.
The revelatory teaching to be given on a world-wide scale via radio after 1975 will obviously not be “new” teaching. . . .
We will begin to realize that the teaching we now have can be—and must be—related to each one of the seven main fields of hierarchical work—political, religious, economic, philosophical, psychological, scientific and cultural or educational. . . .
Esoteric teachings are intended to expand consciousness to become more inclusive—this is the major objective. And we are today vitally concerned with what is called the “new consciousness,” from which “new values to live by” may be born as an impetus to carry humanity on into the new age.108
One stated objective of this thesis is to document the goals of the New Age leadership. This last admittedly lengthy quote allows a recognized leader of the occultic core to tell in her own words the major objectives of this movement.
A generation of young people, living in 1975, are targeted as candidates to form an indoctrinated, initiated corps of New Age leaders for around the year 2000. In 1975 a major thrust into the lives of young people of the Western world was begun. This new assault has as a primary goal the promotion of a dread of nuclear war. The anticipated end result is that this coming generation will willingly sacrifice nationalism and traditional family relationships and responsibilities for the promise of global unity and peace. Children are being taught that their parents’ ways are outmoded and obsolete. Laws being tested now will make traditional Judeo-Christian lifestyles illegal (See: A Christian Manifesto by Dr. Francis Schaeffer, pp. 82-88).109 In an article entitled “Parental Rights Are Not Negotiable, “ Pro-Family Alert states:
Children are the nation’s future. Whoever controls their minds will determine what the future will be. . .—spiritually, economically, and in all other ways. The social planners are keenly aware of this fact, and long-range plans have been underway for decades. These plans are being implemented with alarming speed!. . .
The campaign being waged. . .has two prongs: one increases the rights of the government, and the other increases the rights of the child. Parents are caught in between, where their rights are weakened or destroyed. . . .
This is clearly the plan of those who are working ceaselessly to increase the power of the government in the areas of schooling and child care. The plans extend even beyond our Nation, to include global education, and this concept is embraced by many in our educational establishment and now taught in many public schools.110
One of the goals of this battle for the minds of our generation’s children is eloquently expressed by twenty-nine year old John Dunphy. Dunphy is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois, Edwardsville, and holds a degree in history and political science. This young man enjoys studying “. . .folklore, history, and religion, especially ancient mystery-fertility cults and the Christian Gnostics.”111 As the concluding remarks in his award winning essay “A Religion for a New Age: Dunphy writes:
I am convinced that the battle for humankind’s future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers who correctly perceive their role as the proselytizers of a new faith: a religion of humanity that recognizes and respects the spark of what theologians call divinity in every human being. These teachers must embody the same selfless dedication as the most rabid fundamentalist preachers, for they will be ministers of another sort, utilizing a classroom instead of a pulpit to convey humanist values in whatever subject they teach, regardless of the educational level—preschool day care or large state university. The classroom must and will become an arena of conflict between the old and the new—the rotting corpse of Christianity, together with all its adjacent evils and misery, and the new faith of humanism, resplendent in its promise of a world in which the never-realized Christian ideal of “love thy neighbor” will finally be achieved. . . .humanism will emerge triumphant. It must if the family of humankind is to survive.112
The last vestiges of the biblical roots of the West are being methodically stripped away. In their place is growing Religious Humanism or New Age Mysticism. Since 1975 children have been introduced to the supernatural elements behind this “scientific façade” by such euphemisms as the “Force” of George Lucas with its light and dark side (as in the Yin and Yang of the East). The George Lucas movies were intended to provide a religion for children.
“Basically, George is for good and against evil, but everyone has his own interpretation of what that means,” says Lawrence Kasden. Seeing Lucas’s religious philosophy unfold in Star Wars tells us as much about the man as the movie. . . . an evil monster is revealed to be the hero’s father. . . . Children get the message—they know eventually they’ll have to leave home, take risks, submit to trials, learn to control their emotions, and act like adults. What they don’t know is how to do these things. Star Wars shows them.
. . .Luke. . . .undergoes an initiation common to mythological heroes. . . , but in the course of the movie he grows up and realizes his potential. It’s a ray of hope for kids who fear they’ll be little forever.
. . .when it’s as popular as Star Wars, the shared emotion becomes a cultural force. . . .Lucas wanted to instill in children a belief in a supreme being—not a religious god, but a universal deity that he named the Force, a cosmic energy source that incorporates. . .all living things.
The message of Star Wars is religious: God isn’t dead, he’s there if you want him to be. “The laws really are in yourself,” Lucas is fond of saying; the Force dwells within. . . .
Lucas’s concept of the Force was heavily influenced by Carlos Casteneda’s Tales of Power, An account of a Mexican Indian sorcerer, Don Juan, who uses the phrase “life force.”113
Other post-1975 films with this same display of the Force, occult supernaturalism, witchcraft, incantations, demonic characters, initiations, etc., are The Return of the Jedi, E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom and Dune. A progression is seen in these movies as they expose young people to a display of the “powers” and then show them how to actively participate in the use of these powers. Dune goes one step further and unfolds the path of a young man through initiation into godhood. Genesis 3 is indeed relevant to the last quarter of the twentieth century, “. . .you will be like God. . . .”
With the removal of biblically based systems from legal American life (see the Preface to The Creator in the Courtroom “Scopes II”114), children are ripe for the occult. Fantasy Role Playing (FRP) games in the genre of Dungeons and Dragons have exploded into young America since 1975.
Gygax, a former shoe-repairman, insurance underwriter, unpublished novelist and unemployed gaming enthusiast, describes the phenomenal growth of D&D. . . . Our gross sales volume has gone from $150,000.00 in 1975 to $2.5 million in 1979. . . . “D&D is now equal to any board game, including Monopoly,” says Dana Lombardy, whose games column in Virginia based Model Retailer magazine has closely monitored the rise of D&D and FRP. . . . FRP wasn’t even listed as a games category in 1974.
. . .This spring Random House bought the rights to sell D&D in bookstores. There are players in Israel and Saudi Arabia, in most small towns and virtually every campus across the United States and on the U.S. military bases around the world.115
The fantasy role playing of this game encourages violence and immorality. In the words of D&D enthusiast, physician John Eric Homes: “’Be ye for Law or be ye for Chaos? Shouting the Dungeons and Dragons challenge, my players rush into the fray with their magic war hammers; before getting an answer, their fantasy selves may indulge in murder, pillage, arson, rape. . . .”116
No Christian should be a willing participant in a game that involves demonic characters. No Christian should be involved in any setting that includes fantasizing murder and rape. D&D involves its participants in all of this and more. Jesus said, “. . .I say to you, that every one who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.” (Matt. 5:28) It is, then, a sin to fantasize sin. Further, it is not biblical to call God’s Holy Scriptures “Word Runes” and to call our Lord and Savior, Jesus, “The Overlord of Many Names.” The Christian counterpart of Dungeons and Dragons, Dragonraid, uses these terms (and other anti-biblical/occult terms) and employs weapons designed for brutal killing as well. The “Runes Letters” of antiquity are occult Germanic characters used by the Vikings, early Scandinavians, Hitler’s SS troops and the New Age occultic core, in a manner similar to tarot cards. A complete “Runes Letters” kid with directions for use, a short history and an enclosed reproduction of the demon Djwhal Khul’s “Great Invocation” can be purchased at most retailers of New Age and occult books in Dallas (such as Taylor’s, the Constellation and the Pleides). About Runes Webster records: “. . .any similar character or mark having some mysterious meaning or magical powers attributed to it.”117 The pervasive subtleness of Satan is displayed when Christians commit themselves to games like Dragonraid, which fuses the occultic and historically diabolical Runes letters to the game’s simplistic representation of God’s Word. The Word of God is not secret and mysterious to Spirit-indwelt Believers. Neither does it have occult magical powers associated with it. Dragonraid is a prime example of how Satanic deception is infiltrating the Christian community. And finally, it is a game calling for a questionable use of imagination. Romans 1:21 warns against people who become “. . .vain in their imaginations. . . .” and we are called to be continually “bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5b NKJV).
Such games and toys for younger children as Mattel’s Masters of the Universe can be seen to be based on the Masters of Wisdom of the occult world. In a typical “Masters” package the set of Skeletor Weapons comes with a pamphlet that reads in part:
When you put on your Skeletor helmet and armored belt you become transformed into an agent of evil. Use your power sword and shield to combat good. With your mystical ram’s head scepter you will be able to call forth the denizens of darkness to help conquer the forces of good.118
Christian young people and children also take pride in their collections of unicorns (an element of both D&D and Dragonraid), occultic figurines, and Masters of the Universe He-Man paraphernalia. Many things of seductive occultic significance surround both the advertising and the marketing of these games. The designers and marketers of these toys, games and movies are, whether knowingly or unknowingly, serving the purposes of the Plan of Satan by captivating the minds of a generation of young people. Enthusiasts of these modes of entertainment are internalizing the ancient ways of the occult during their fantasy roles. This is preparing them for the Luciferic Initiation and their entry into the Age of Aquarius. This may appear to be a rather broad deduction, by Marilyn Ferguson tells how this transformation comes about:
. . .we will describe the process in terms of four major stages.
The first stage is preliminary, almost happenstance: an entry point. In most cases, the entry point can only be identified in retrospect. Entry can be triggered by anything that shakes up the old understanding of this world, the old priorities. . . .
For a great many, the trigger has been a spontaneous mystical or psychic experience, as hard to explain as it is to deny. . . .
The second stage. . .is exploration—the Yes after the final No. Warily or enthusiastically, having sensed that there is something worth finding, the individual sets out to look for it. . . .
This exploration is the “deliberate letting” psychologist Eugene Gendlin describes. This letting permits the inner knowledge to come forward. . . .
In the third stage, integration, the mystery is inhabited. Although there may be favorite methods or teachers, the individual trusts an inner “guru. . . .”
Now in the fourth stage, conspiracy, he discovers other sources of power, and ways to use it for fulfillment and in service to others. . . . If the mind can heal and transform, why can’t minds join to heal and transform society?
. . .Michael Murphy, co-founder of Esalen, suggested that the disciples themselves conspire for renewal. “Let’s make that conspiracy apparent! We can turn our daily common life into the dance the world is meant for.”119
So the young people dabble with occultic powers in their fantasy games and the adults find “inner gurus” and “other sources of powers.”
To internationalize these concepts Robert Muller, Norman Cousins and Donald Keyes took some money left over from the 1970 U.N. “Conference on Human Survival” and founded the tax exempt New Age propaganda networking organization, “Planetary Citizens,” in November 1974. Planetary citizens’ intention is to encourage the citizens of the world to push their “nation-states” into the one world consciousness of A.D.2000. As Keyes explains:
The first objective of Planetary Citizens is to help people around the world cross the threshold of consciousness from a limited, local perspective to the inclusive and global view required in a planetary era. . . .
Planetary Citizens, in essence, advances the planetary view and values in terms appropriate to a broad range of societal groupings: “new consciousness” young persons, educators in schools, academic international order organizations, disarmament groups, the diplomatic community, intentional or alternative-lifestyle communities, social change agencies and “cause” organizations.120
One International Order: Freemasonry
One international order organization awarded Robert Muller its highest honors. It is hardly surprising that this order is Freemasonry. The world Masonic order has an aura of sanctity about it; yet the deeper (or higher) one investigates, the more the rotten heart of the occult is uncovered. It becomes apparent that part of the responsibility to establish a one-world system lies with Freemasonry. The concept of an all-pervading Force is not foreign to the Masons, either: “And so, whether we worship at the shrines and embrace the doctrines of Zoroaster or Mohammad or Confucius or Moses or Buddha or those of the Christian world, we know that there moves among us every day a timeless force, greater and stronger than ourselves.”121
It is interesting to note that Sovereign Grand Commander Clausen calls all the “prophets” by name except the one at whose name his knee shall someday bow (Philippians 2:10), the Lord Jesus. The difficulty in finding the name of the Lord Jesus in Masonic literature stems from the roots of this age old movement. Albert Mackey writes:
If all the theories which have been advanced in relation to the origin of Freemasonry from one of the secret sects, either of antiquity or of the Middle Ages, there is none more interesting than that which seeks to connect it with the Hermetic philosophy, because there is none which presents more plausible claims to our consideration.
There can be no doubt that in some of what are called the High Degrees there is a very palpable infusion of a Hermetic element. This cannot be denied, because the evidence will be most apparent to anyone who examines their rituals, and some by their very titles, in which Hermetic language and a reference to Hermetic principles are adopted, plainly admit the connection and the influence.122
Masonry is rooted in the Hermetic writings of old. Another acknowledgement of this historical source occurs on the title page of The Illustrated History of Free Masonry: “This Work Contains an Authentic History of the Institution from its Origin to the Present Time. Traced from the Secret Societies of Antiquity to King Solomon’s Temple at Jerusalem, . . .”123
As reported earlier, humanist John Dunphy encourages the teaching of the religion of Humanism in every strata of public education. In a similar manner a deceived churchman, The Reverend Dr. Arthur C. Fulbright, 32˚, writes in the magazine of 32-33˚ masonry entitled The New Age:
Every Freemason needs to speak out against every effort to violate this principle of separation of church and state. The effort to undermine the public school system by claiming that it teaches the religion of “humanism” is wrong; it is a smokescreen by the radical religious zealots to introduce their sectarian views into the public schools. . . . The effort to force public schools to teach so-called “creation science” as a part of their science curriculum is wrong because creationism is not a science at all, but a religious doctrine taught by a minority of Christian groups.124
Perhaps Reverend Fulbright, 32˚, does not realize that Secular Humanism itself was recognized as a religion protected by the First Amendment in 1961 (Torcaso vs. Watkins).125
Foster Bailey, 33˚, husband of Alice Bailey and Director of Lucis Trust until his death, writes about the mason, “. . .eventually he perfects his technique and merits the title of Master Mason, thus attaining the highest degree in Masonry, a Master of Wisdom. . . .126 Bailey’s analysis of Masonry is:
. . .there must exist some sure guide in our progress towards the East whence all light and life emerges. . . .
Such an organization and such a repository of truth does exist, with a platform so broad and the truth presented so universally that it can meet a world-wide need. . . . I refer to the Masonic movement.127
. . .Masonry is as old as humanity itself. Perhaps it antedates all the great religious systems and holds within itself all that man needs to know to reach his goal.128
This Esoteric and Hermetic heritage of Masonry is attested to by Arthur Waite:
There is another Esoteric Masonry, and this is the meaning which lies beneath the surface of the Grades and can be drawn forth only by those who have a living familiarity with the history of universal initiation. . . . Out of this there is evolved a third Esoteric and indeed Transcendental Masonry, . . .129
Masons say they are not a religion, but one of the Patriarchs of Freemasonry, Albert Pike, writes:
Every Masonic Lodge is a temple of religion; and its teachings are instruction in religion. . . . Universal harmony springs from infinite complication. The momentum of every step we take in our dwelling contributes in part to the order of the Universe. We are connected by ties of thought, and even of matter and its forces, with the whole boundless universe and all the past and coming generations of men. . . .
Much of the Masonic secret manifests itself, without speech revealing it. . .and particularly to those who advance to the highest degrees of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. . . . for it there declares that Masonry is a worship.130 |
The late Freemason, Foster Bailey, a man who devoted his life to the Plan of Lucifer, writes: “The recognition of Masonry as a spiritual quest resulting in a spiritual way of life will hasten the more brilliant shining forth of The Great Light from all our Temples.”131 The Great Light to Foster Bailey can be no other than the light bearer himself, Lucifer. Is it possible that Masonic temples are to serve as the centers of worship in the New Age? The scriptures of the occult core of Freemasonry are found in the ancient Jewish Kabalah. Albert Pike confides:
All truly dogmatic religions have issued from the Kabalah and return to it: everything scientific and grand in the religious dreams of all the illuminate, Jacob Boehme, Swedenborg, Saint-Martin, and others, is borrowed from the Kabalah; all the Masonic associations owe to it their Secrets and their Symbols.
The Kabalah alone consecrates the alliance of the Universal Reason and the Divine Word; it established, by the counterpoises of two forces apparently opposite, the eternal balance of being; it alone reconciles reason with Faith, Power with Liberty, Science with Mystery; it has the keys of the Present, the Past, and the Future.
The Bible, with all the allegories it contains, expresses [itself] in an incomplete and veiled manner only. . . .132
The bottom line of Freemasonry, then, elevates the occultic Kabalah above God’s “incomplete” Bible. In Revelation, the last book of the Bible, John writes:
I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.
He who testifies to these things says, “Yes I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus (Rev. 22:18-20).
This book, the completed Word of God, has been held, historically, to relate to events surrounding the second coming of the true Christ, the establishment of His kingdom and the beginnings of eternity. An interesting verse occurs in Revelation 2:9. In addressing the church in Smyrna, John writes: “The first and the last, who was dead and has come to life, says this: I know your tribulation and your poverty (but you are rich), and the blasphemy by those who say they are Jews and are not but are a synagogue of Satan (Rev. 2:8b,9).”
Time will tell if Foster Bailey was correct in positing that the temples (synagogues) of Jewish Kabalah-based Masonry will serve as the worship centers of the predicted new Age one world religion. The Masonic international administration and network is a functional possibility for this New Age worship. Benjamin Creme writes:
The new religion will be manifest, for instance, through organizations like Masonry. In Freemasonry is embedded the core or the secret heart of the occult Mysteries—wrapped up in number, metaphor and symbol. When these are purified of the extraneous accretions which have crept in over the last 7,000 years, these will be seen to be a true occult heritage. Through the orders of Masonry, the Initiatory Path will be taken along the First ray line of Power.133
According to Creme, Freemasonry conceals the “secret heart of the occult Mysteries.” Alice Bailey, in a 1934 transmission from D.K., shows that these concepts are not original with Creme:
. . .the church movement, like all else, is but a temporary expedient and serves but as a transient resting place for evolving life. Eventually there will appear the Church Universal, and its definite outlines will appear towards the close of this century. In this connection, forget not the wise prophecy of H.P.B. as touching events at the close of this century. This Church will be nurtured into activity by the Christ and His disciples when the outpouring of the Christ principle, the true second coming, has been accomplished. . . .
The three main channels through which the preparation for the New Age is going on might be regarded as the Church, the Masonic Fraternity and the educational field. . . . But in all these three movements, disciples of the Great Ones are to be found and they are steadily gathering momentum. . . .
The Masonic Movement. . .will meet the need of those who can, and should, wield power. It is the custodian of the law; it is the home of the Mysteries and the seat of initiation. It holds in its symbolism the ritual of Deity, and the way of salvation. . . . The methods of Deity are demonstrated in its temples, and under the All-seeing eye the work can go forward. It is a far more occult organization than can be realized, and is intended to be the training school for the coming advanced occultists. In its ceremonials lies hid the wielding of the forces connected with the growth and life of the kingdoms of nature and the unfoldment of the divine aspects in man. In the comprehensions of its symbolism will come the power to cooperate with the divine plan.134
Let there be no doubt about it—Freemasonry is at the very heart of the occultic center of the New Age movement. Freemasonry is crowded with churchmen, men who sacrifice their time and energies and the resources of their families for their Lodge. Masons are respected world-wide for their magnificent philanthropic works, but good works do not cause something to be Christian and the good works of Global Masonry surely do not bring glory to the Lord Jesus. A deception has occurred. The Esoteric Lodges of the inner occultic core of Freemasonry have been methodically and discretely setting up a global network of initiates and temples. To accomplish their plans, men that are also in the church have been robbing Jesus Christ and His Church of its resources (Mal. 3:8-10). Christian men have been deceived. And yet Jesus said, “For false christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” (Matt. 24:24). It is “. . .Satan who deceives the whole world. . . .” (Rev. 12:9) Christian men are taking Masonic oaths and vows, in which they historically have volunteered their very lives if they divulge the ancient secrets, in spite of their Lord’s warning:
“But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your statement be, “Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; and anything beyond these is of evil (or the evil one) (Matt. 5:34-37).
Satan has a plan and it has a history that can be traced through the occult inner circles such as Theosophy and Masonry, back to Egypt, Babylon, and Nimrod. This plan, purposely hidden through the ages from popular awareness, intentionally went public in 1975. It is a plan that requires a transformation of mankind. Writer Brad Steiger proclaims the call to commitment:
I believe that a deep process of human transformation which began centuries ago on a very small scale for the most part and touched only a relatively few individuals is now developing as a public and worldwide movement. It is taking a great variety of forms, many of them confusing and inadequate; but probably each of them is telling, or attempting to tell, a particular aspect of the whole story of all-human transformation. As this takes place, the inertia of established institutions—and even more of the traditional and unquestioned modes of thinking, feeling and behaving of our Western civilization, and of what remains of earlier cultures—can be expected to react strongly. It is so doing today in many ways, crude or subtle; and these reactions, overt or covert, affect both groups or organizations seeking to convey “New Age” ideals, and individuals who, whether or not they have joined such groups, have reached in their personal lives a “critical state,” a stage of transition from the old to the new.
What is at stake is not merely “doing things” in a new way. . .but (deeper than these external changes) accepting a new frame of reference for one’s thinking and one’s emotional life. This means learning to think in terms of different basic concepts and assumptions (paradigms), and, as a result, developing a different set of values, not merely intellectually but in terms of deep feelings; then, sooner or later, making commitments. . .
What is needed now is not reacting, but acting in terms of new principles, a new vision of reality and of human potentiality. It should be utterly consecrated, transpersonal and inwardly free, unpossessive and self-abnegating action requiring a real, conscious, and deliberate meta-morphosis of the entire personality. What is needed is the clarity of mind enabling us to realize how much, in our every thought, feeling, and action, we are conditioned by, and bound to, our official culture and traditional religious background; what is needed is the courage and will to extricate ourselves from the web of tradition and prejudices, to face every happening with an unconditional freedom of response, in positive openness of mind, . . .135
Mankind is calling for a change, one that will transform humanity into a loving and caring global community. The personal motivation is fear of death by global nuclear holocaust; the practical methodology is religion, required by a world seeking answers to the big questions of life and death. This religious hope is being accelerated through books, movies, games, music, news media, and international orders and organizations. It is a hope rooted in the concepts of the ancient, the mysterious, the powers and energies, the divinity of man, and the merging of science and magic. Although much of Christianity is blissfully unaware of its power and pervasiveness, these new trends have not gone totally undetected.
The Plan Exposed
God has always preserved His Word and His people since the creation of man; sometimes providentially, but more often, using the instrumentality of man. Many stalwart defenders of the Faith could be cited from the patriarchs and prophets through the apostles and martyrs until this present day.
One mark of a loyal soldier, said Martin Luther, is his dependability on the battlefront. As the battlefront against the occult grew, God raised up warriors of pen and ink to fight the foe, and to warn the flock. One such warrior of the late 19th century was Samuel Andrews who correctly evaluated the trends:
A mighty wave of Pantheism, beginning in Germany, has been sweeping over Christendom during the present century; and now finds but little to resist it. As Greek philosophy developed when the popular religions were in a process of disintegration, so it is now. It was then an attempt to replace the old faith by a new philosophic religion. So today, Christianity being regarded in many quarters as incapable of giving a satisfactory theory of the world and of human life, philosophy steps in and undertakes the task. It will give us a new religion based upon a new conception of Christ, a universe evolved, not created. How far the new will supplant the old, time only can tell us, for we do not know how far faith in the Christian Creeds has been silently undermined. But Christianity meets a new enemy, a philosophic religion which boasts itself able to satisfy, as Christianity is not able to do, all the demands of the intellect; a religion more suitable to our advanced culture than one transmitted from an ancient and half-civilized people. It is a religion which many will gladly welcome, for it opens wide a gate and a broad way in which all men, of whatever race or belief, may walk without jostling one another.136
Andrews was a discerning voice shouting an alert to God’s people concerning the growing threat of eastern pantheism.
Also in the last quarter of this twentieth century, Satan’s Plan to rule the world and receive the worship of men has not gone undetected, nor unprotested. Dr. Francis Schaeffer wrote on these coming dangers in Escape From Reason, The God Who Is There, and A Christian Manifesto, among others. Os Guinness attempted to magnify the alert to the West in his insightful work, The Dust of Death. He writes about the new area of conflict, the coming subjective orientation:
We must be clear, however, about the essential feature of this new interest: It is not a revival of historic Christianity (with truth, content and objective grounds for faith) but of religious pluralism and perversity where faith may be contentless and experience counterfeit and both vulnerable to manipulation.137
Guiness, as one of the few evangelicals who have written specifically concerning this massive move into the mystical, writes:
Parallel to the political, social and moral revolutions, another revolution is in the making—a revolution of consciousness equally critical of the system and society but dramatically different in its solution. This swing to the East has changed the tidal flow of three hundred years of Western radicalism (which had closely related revolution and atheism), yet it has come about almost overnight and with extraordinary little debate. . . . But suddenly the whole balance is changed, the status quo is upset and the swing to the East to find philosophic and religious answers is an important trend. . . .
The rapid acceleration of interest in the East hardly needs documentation, for today the influence is everywhere in a rich profusion, if not confusion. . .there are thousands of young people on the road to the East either spiritually or physically. . . . The point is this: The East is still the East, but the West is no longer the West. Western answers no longer seem to fit the questions. With Christian culture disintegrating and humanism failing to provide an alternative, many are searching the ancient East.138
Another contemporary evangelical writer with the courage to publish his discerning conclusions is James Sire, senior editor of InterVarsity Press. Sire devotes much of The Universe Next Door to documenting the roots and the rise of what is becoming known as the New Age movement. Sire seeks reasons for this important trend: “The swing to Eastern thought is, therefore, primarily a retreat from Western thought. . . . With its anti-rationalism, its syncretism, its quietism, its lack of technology, its uncomplicated lifestyle and its radically different religious framework, the East is extremely attractive.”139
Later, in a chapter entitled “A Separate Universe: The New Consciousness,” Sire states:
Eastern mysticism is posing one way out for Western man caught in naturalism’s nihilistic bind. But Eastern mysticism is foreign. Even a watered down version like Transcendental meditation requires an immediate and radical reorientation of Western man’s mode of grasping reality. Such reorientation leads to new states of consciousness and feelings of meaning. . .but the intellectual cost is high. One must die to the West to be born in the East.140
One must also die to the Lord Jesus to be born in the East and one must die to the Piscean to be born an Aquarian. A total change of systems must be accomplished. Any systems grounded on the Bible must be denigrated and eventually rooted out and destroyed. The world must be forced to accept the lie: that easy progress into the Golden Age of man is being hindered by the lunatic fringe of society, Fundamentalist Christianity. Gradually and subtlety Satan’s world system is building its case against believers, in media-influenced attitude, in symbol and in written word.
An area of major influence in attitude structure and behavior modification with a distinctly anti-religious and especially anti-Christianity emphasis is modern psychology. Although outside the space of this paper it must here be noted that solid biblical and theological evaluation of “Christian Psychology” must soon be done. Many Christian psychiatrists and psychologists, with their secularly biased post graduate degrees, center their counseling on self-help and self-improvement. Upon this base of “You-can-do-it-(with-my help),” some add Bible verses to justify the title, “Christian Counseling.” This root-faith in self and the actualization of self )as in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”141) is in direct confrontation with Scripture which states in the words of Jesus Himself: “if anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Matt. 16:24). Jesus also said:
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will take care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own (Matt. 6:33,34).
For the Christian “self” must be controlled not improved. It is the improved self that reaches higher consciousness and is considered by the occult to be worthy of entering the Age of Aquarius. Some authors have begun to write in this vein and a few are noted.142
This Plan for world dominion is an ancient one, spanning the ages back to the incident in the Garden of Eden. It necessitates moving away from God’s truth and into the lies of Satan. As early as 1973 Os Guinness observed this trend toward the occult and wrote in warning to the Christian church:
But developing alongside the psychedelic movement. . .is a further trend we shall consider. It is a recent but already real defining feature of the movement; it may, in fact, envelop the counter culture and go far beyond to be a profound influence in the closing years of the twentieth century. I am speaking here of the resurgent trend towards the occult.143
The Plan Of Genesis 3 In The Contemporary Setting
Going Out on a Limb
One of the most widely read popular accounts of the “transformed” life is that of Shirley MacLaine in her documentary, Out on a Limb. This book brings the transformation process down to a level understood by the average modern person in the West. The superstar explicitly details her trek from a Baptist childhood through the old, outmoded ways of living into the higher consciousness of Eastern Mysticism—including conversations with “spiritual entities”.
In the undiscerning and largely apostate “Christian” U.S.A. not many voices are heard protesting Shirley’s excursion into the occultic centers of the New Age. Shirley has been deceived and her book serves as an excellent example of the reality of the sin of Genesis 3 in contemporary times and under the banner of enlightened New Age thought.
Indeed, Has God Said?
It all began when the serpent planted a suspicion in the mind of Eve, “. . .Has God indeed said?” God’s word was subjected to questioning concerning its reliability. Shirley reports her path away from trust in the reliability of God and His Word as she records the following conversation with her spiritual guide:
“So, are you religious, Kevin?” I asked. He choked involuntarily on his tea. “Are you kidding? What church would have me? I’m treading on their territory. I say folks have God inside them. The church says it has God inside of it. There’s a phrase in the Bible which states that one should never countenance spiritual entities other than God. Most Christians go by that. But then the Bible says nothing about reincarnation either and it’s quite well known that the Council of Nicea voted to strike the teaching of reincarnation from the Bible.”
“How do you know that?” I asked.
“Well, most serious metaphysical students of the Bible know that the Council of Nicea altered many of the interpretations of the Bible. The man Jesus studied for eighteen years in India before he returned to Jerusalem. He was studying the teaching of Buddha and became an adept yogi himself. He obviously had complete control over his body and understood that the body was only the house for a soul.”144
Miss MacLaine has been told by an affectionate and loving person of keen mind that the Bible has been changed—that God’s Word is unreliable—and she has accepted this lie as did Eve in the Garden.
You Surely Shall Not Die!
The next step into higher consciousness, as conceived by Lucifer and executed through the serpent is the false promise that “You surely shall not die.” Eve evidently liked this idea and accepted the serpent’s lie instead of God’s truth. Shirley MacLaine likes this idea also, and describes it as her conversation continues, this time with John, another manifestation of her “familiar spirit”:
Frankly, all this talk of “God” was embarrassing me. “Okay,” I said, “but what do you call God?”
“God or the God Force, of which all things are a part,” said John, “is the Divine Energy that created the universe and holds it together harmoniously.”
“You would describe what’s going on here as harmonious?”
“In the ultimate scheme of life, yes, it is harmonious in the sense that matters are balancing out. But you must understand the process of each soul’s progress and re-embodiment and purification to understand the harmony.”
“Wait a minute,” I said. “Isn’t the Bible supposed to be the Word of God?”
“Yes, in the main it is. Although much of what exists in your Bible today has been reinterpreted.”
“Reinterpreted by whom?”
“By various persons through time and through various languages. Ultimately, by the Church. It is to the advantage of the Church to protect the people from the real truth.”
“The real truth being what?”
“The real truth being the process of each soul’s progression through the ages. The real truth being each soul’s responsibility for its own behavior in the realization of its own divinity.”
“You mean reincarnation?”
“That is correct. That is the word you use to term it. That is the carrying out of Cosmic Justice toward an ultimate harmony.”
“Well, would the Church deny us that truth?”
“Yes, because such a truth would make the power and authority of the Church unnecessary.”145 |
Shirley could not be more clear—she believes that she will never die—her soul will eternally reincarnate. As the book and her pursuit of religious answers progresses her attitude becomes more anti-God, anti-Bible and anti-Christianity. The Bible and Christianity have been perpetuating lies; instead, she now knows that salvation rests in the justice of karma and reincarnation, and in the knowledge of the Ageless Wisdom.
The first lie, “Indeed, has God said?” and the second lie, “You surely shall not die,” are preceded in MacLaine’s account by the third lie, “Your eyes will be opened.”
Your Eyes Will Be Opened
Shirley relays a conversation with her trusted friend, Cat, to show the path into the ancient mysteries. She explains, with Cat speaking:
“Would you like to have a great spiritual channeling in English? I know a very well-respected trance medium here in California. He’s busy channeling all the time but he’s coming. . .to channel. . .here at The Ashram. Maybe he could work in a session with you.”
“Oh, really?” I said, marveling once again at how Cat was a catalyst in my life.
“Have you had a session with him?”
“Oh, Shirley,” she said, seeming to spread her arms and her radiant energy all over the mountain tops. “Yes! And you will love his light, and you will love the spiritual entities that speak through him!”
Cat always talked in exclamation points and had such a sunny nature I couldn’t imagine her not loving anyone, disembodied or otherwise.
“Sure,” I said, getting into the spirit of the thing as it were, “that would be fun. What do you think would happen?”
“Oh,” she said, “several entities come through as a rule, and its just as though they’re right in the room with you.”
“And what do I do?”
“Just ask anything you want. They can tell you about your past lives, or help with physical diagnosis and pain, or with diets that are good for your vibrations—anything you want. . .”146
Such mystics as Blavatsky, Besant, Bailey, Creme, Spangler and U.N. Consultant Keyes have all tapped into the “Ageless Wisdom” of the ascended masters (demons) and have written enthusiastically about it. And academy-award winner Shirley MacLaine is no different. The lies of Genesis 3 are very attractive and seductive: Satan says, “I’ll give you anything you want.” He tried all of this on Messiah Jesus and he failed (Like 4:1-13). He tried his lies on Shirley MacLaine and she accepted the lies and learned of “past lives” and ancient wisdom. The lies are reaping fruit from writers to psychics to university professors to international politicians to a symbol of the “good-life,” Shirley MacLaine.
Ye Shall Be As Gods
There is a fourth lie that has proven its attractiveness to humankind through the centuries. This lie promises divinity to man. The serpent said “. . .ye shall be as gods. . . .” (Gen. 3:5 KJV). It must have been the clinching argument, for immediately after this lie Eve took and ate. Centuries later Shirley did in like manner. Actress MacLaine writes about man being divinity and a co-creator with God and even relates this last “fact” to the Garden of Eden. Shirley explains this in her conversation with John as she writes (John speaking):
“. . .you were incarnate several times during the five-hundred-thousand-year period of the most highly evolved civilization ever known to man. It was what the Bible symbolized as the Garden of Eden. I would like you now to understand one very important concept. The level of achievement in any civilization is judged by its spiritual evolvement. Technological advancement is important and attractive, but if it detains, detracts, or deters spiritual understanding, it bears the seeds of its own destruction. You are bearing witness to such a simple truth in your present civilization on Earth today. Your spiritual understanding is lagging at great lengths behind your technological knowledge and as a result, you are witnessing progressive insanity, depression, confusion of purpose, and total human inequality and despair.”
“So where is the hope for us then? I mean, if we’re going backward instead of forward, why are we living?”
“A good and important question,” said John, which brings us to the subject of karma yet again, and ,ales it necessary for you to grasp your basic identity and the understanding of the power of your free will to understand your divinity and partnership with God.”
“Excuse me,” I said, “but can I ask where religion fits into all this, please?”
“There is much that I am saying that your worldly religions would take exception to. Your religions teach religion—not spirituality. Religion has exploited man for the most part. Your world religions are on the right track basically, but they do not teach that every individual is fundamentally the creator and controller of his own destiny. They teach that God assumes such a role. What I am endeavoring to explain is that each individual is a co-creator with God. This does not sit well with your churches and religions because they prefer to have control over mankind; . . .”147
Shirley MacLaine is indeed Out on a Limb and more and more of mankind is crawling out on a limb. Acceptance of the same lies leads one to the same limb.
Shirley rejected the very Word of her creator by categorizing it as unreliable (“has God indeed said?”). Without the God of the Bible to trust in Shirley developed the fear of death and chose to accept reincarnation (“you shall not die”) instead of God’s promised resurrection. Now that Shirley believes she has lived before and will live forever she must gain the ancient wisdom of her spiritual heritage (past lives), so she finds a medium to aid her in contacting “spiritual entities” (ascended masters, masters of the universe, spirit guides). As an eternal, spiritual soul Shirley has a right to know (“your eyes shall be opened”). Once Shirley gains access to the “spiritual entities” (demons) she has taken the quantum leap into “higher consciousness” and is convinced that she is a god (“ye shall be as gods”).
The fourfold lie of Genesis 3 is relevant in the last quarter of the twentieth century.
The God of the Bible has a plan. His plan is unfolded in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, who died and rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3,4) that all men might receive eternal life.
This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony borne at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:3-6).
The good news of salvation in Jesus Christ is meant for all, but mankind rebels against God and His plan. He falls victim to the deceptive plan of Satan—a plan that promises secret knowledge, godhood and eternal life apart from God’s Word and God’s Son. The New Age movement is such a plan. It offers a new beginning and rejects the old outmoded ways of seeing, thinking, doing, and living. In their place it substitutes “new” values, views and lifestyles even offering a new spirituality. New Agers contend that the world is in a parenthesis between the Old Piscean Age and the New Aquarian Age. Humanity is poised to make a quantum leap forward and upward into the higher consciousness of the New Age.
The leaders of the occultic core of the New Age movement went public with at least some aspects of this plan in 1975. Their goal is to establish a one world order with a one world religion and a one world Christ/leader. This diabolical plan claims to guarantee world peace, but cannot fully deliver the Golden Age until biblical Christianity is somehow destroyed or “withdrawn” from Earth. A critical mass of people living in 1975 is targeted to be the initiated leadership of this unifying global system. When the religious and political climate is right (biblical influence destroyed or neutralized), the Maitreya Christ will be revealed and will initiate his leadership of the world.
Many in cloistered Christian circles have not begun to grasp the magnitude of this world-wide desire for a new age. Nor have they correctly assessed the influence of this multifaceted movement. Gradually and subtly these concepts are invading even Orthodox Christianity. A materialistic value system and insidious attitudes of self-reliance and spiritual complacency have left the Christian community vulnerable to this deception. In the words of Dr. Alan Streett:
It is not difficult to understand why the western world refused to recognize the reality of the occult, and still refuses to recognize it today. We live in an age devoid of the supernatural, an age wrapped in the blankets of materialism, humanism, and rationalism. Man has become so self-sufficient that he denies the existence of any powers greater than himself. This error in thinking could possibly pave the way for another individual to harness the powers of evil in an attempt to control world destiny148
This thesis has attempted to document the major theological concepts and stated goals of the occultic core of the New Age movement to the end that Christians will be alerted to the present intensification of spiritual warfare. Christians must realize their need to be clothing themselves with the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17) and to be carrying the gospel of the Lord and Savior Jesus to a world which is deceived and separated from God.
“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“And My servant whom I have chosen,
In order that you may know and believe Me,
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
And there will be none after Me.
I, even I am the Lord;
And there is no savior besides Me” (Isaiah 43:10,11).
This same Lord of the Old Testament in the person of Jesus Christ said:
“I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6b).
New Agers are not the enemy of Christianity, they have been deceived and are victims of the true enemy, Satan. But in Matthew Jesus said:
“For many will come in My Name saying I am the Christ and will mislead many.” (Matt. 24:5).
But as those who have hope we can rejoice in that:
“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (I John 4:4).
Therefore, Jesus said:
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
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1 Samuel Andrews, Christianity and Anti-Christianity in Their Final Conflict, p. vii.
2 Marilyn Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, p. 18.
3 C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters, p.3.
4 Alexander Hislop, The Two Babylons, p. 23
5 William Kingsland, The Gnosis or Ancient Wisdom in the Christian Scriptures, p. 93
6 Earle E. Cairns, Christianity Through the Centuries, p. 68.
7 Ibid., p. 99.
8 The New Bible Dictionary, 1962 ed., s.v. “Gnosticism,” by A.F. Wells, p. 473.
9 Cairns, p. 78.
10 Ibid., p. 98.
11 Edward P. Blair, The Abingdon Bible Handbook, p. 305.
12 The Wycliffe Bible encyclopedia, 1975 ed., s.v. “Gnosticism,” by A.K. Helmbold, 1:688.
13 Hislop, pp. 25,26.
14 Webster’s New Twentieth Century dictionary of the English Language, 1977 ed., s.v. “Hermes Trismegistus,” p. 852.
15 Encyclopedia Britannica, s.v. “Hermes Trismegistus,” 11:505.
17 Hislop, pp.71-73.
18 Annie Besant, Esoteric Christianity, pp. 110-117.
19 Alice A. Bailey, Problems of Humanity, pp. 142-143.|
20 Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom. P. 199.
21 H. Saraydarian, The Hierarchy and the Plan, p. 31.
22 David Spangler, Emergence: The Rebirth of the Sacred, p. 144
23 Ibid., p. 73.
24 Bailey, Problems of Humanity, p. 164.
25 David Spangler, Emergence: The Rebirth of the Sacred, p. 144.
26 Max Heindel, Gleanings of a Mystic, pp. 64, 67.
27 Tom Beebe, Who’s Who in New Thought, p. 53.
28 Donald Curtis, Christway Lessons 3:2, p. 1.
29 Donald Curtis, What is the Golden Bridge, p. 1.
30 Susan L. Taylor, “In the Spirit, Inner Power,” Essence, April 1984, p. 73.
31 Robert A. Morey, Reincarnation and Christianity, p. 11.
32 David S. Noss and John B. Noss, Man’s Religions, p. 73.
33 Stuart D. Hackett, Oriental Philosophy, pp. 73,74.
34 Alice A. Bailey, Education in the New Age, p. 64.
35 Annie Besart, Karma, pp. 64, 74-75.
36 Bruce A. Demarest, General Revelation, p. 16.
37 Joseph Head and S.L. Cranston, Reincarnation: The Phoenix Fire Mystery, p. 134.
38 John Snyder, Reincarnation vs. Resurrection, p. 83.
39 Levi H. Dowling, The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ, p. 76.
41 Jagadish Chandra Chatterji, The Wisdom of the Vedas, pp. 78,79. (Intro. By John Dewey).
42 Robert Browning, The Complete Poetical Works of Browning, ed. Horace E. Scudder, Paracelsus, p. 18.
43 Bailey, Education in the New Age, p. 65.
44 H. P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, p. 639.
45 Ibid., p. 470.
46 Helena Petrova Blavatsky, The Key to Theosophy, pp. 211, 212.
47 Ibid., p. 212.
48 Ibid., p. 214.
49 Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, pp. 472, 473.
50 New York Times, 25 April 1982, sec. K, p. 61.
51 Alice A. Bailey, The Reappearance of the Christ, p. 5.
52 Dowling, The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus Christ, p. 10.
53 Bailey, The Reappearance of the Christ, p. 74.
54 Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, p. 95.
55 Alice A. Bailey, Letters on Occult Meditation, p. 255.
KEY TO DIAGRAM OF SOLAR AND PLANETARY HIERARCHIES
THE SOLOR HIERARCHY
The Solar Logos
The Trinity or Logoi
I The Father. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Will.
II The Son. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Love-Wisdom.
III The Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Active Intelligence.
The Seven Rays
I. Will or Power
III. Active Intelligence
IV. Harmony or Beauty
V. Concrete Knowledge.
VI. Devotion or Idealism.
VII. Ceremonial Magic.
THE PLANETARY HIERARCHY
S. Sanat Kumara, the Lord of the World
(The Ancient of Days.
The One Initiator).
The Three Kumaras.
(The Buddhas of Activity).
1 2 3
The Reflections of the 3 Major and 4 Minor Rays
The 3 Departmental Heads.
I. The Will Aspect II. The Love-Wisdom III. Intelligence Aspect
A. The Manu. B, The Bodhisattva. C. The Mahachohan
(The Christ, (Lord of Civilisation) The World Teacher)
b. Master Jupiter b. A European Master.
c. Master M-- c. Master K.H. c. The Venetian Master.
d. Master D.K. 4. The Master Serapis.
5. Master Hilarion
6. Master Jesus.
7. Master R—
Four grades of initiates.
Various grades of disciples.
People on the Probationary Path.
Average humanity of all degrees.
56 N. Langley, Edgar Cayce on Reincarnation, P. 157.
57 Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ, p. 135.
59 Spangler, Reflections on the Christ, pp. 44, 45.
60 Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ, p. 165.
61 Alice A. Bailey, The Externalization of the Hierarchy, p. 86.
62 Ibid., p. 676.
63 Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ, pp. 154, 155.
64 Robert Browning, The Complete Poetical Works of Browning, p. 21.
65 Jack Boland, The Master Mind Principle, p. 2.
66 Bailey, Education in the New Age, pp. 119, 121.
67 Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ, pp. 159, 160.
68 Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, pp. 19, 34.
69 David Spangler, Revelation: The Birth of a New Age, pp. 163,164. (Intro. By William Irwin Thompson).
70 Bailey, The Externalization of the Hierarchy, p. V.
71 Bailey, Problems of Humanity, p. 166.
72 “The Great Invocation,” Reader’s Digest, October 1982, p. 204.
73 ”The Great Invocation,” Dallas Morning News, 26 May 1983, sec. H, p. 2.
74 Alice A. Bailey, The Destiny of the Nations, p. 26.
75 Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ, p. 136.
76 Two Disciples, The Rainbow Bridge, p. xvi.
77 Harry C. Clausen, 33º, Emergence of the Mystical, p. 19. See also: Fritjof Capra, The Tao of Physics (New York: Bantam New Age Books, 1975).
78 John Naisbitt, Megatrends: Ten New Directions Transforming Our Lives, pp. 1, 249.
79 Ibid., p. 106.
80 Ibid., back coverlet.
81 Newsweek, 12 March 1984, p.33.
82 Gail Sheehy, Vanity Fair, July 1984, pp. 82-83.
83 Naisbitt, Megatrends, back coverlet.
84 Emily Yoffe, Harper’s Magazine, September 1983, “John Naisbitt’s Clip Joint,” pp.21,22.
85 Naisbitt, Megatrends, p. 196.
86 Ibid., back coverlet.
87 Josephine Bradley, In Pursuit of the Unicorn, pp. 51, 58, 59.
88 BDB, s.v. “ “ p. 910.
89 Alice Bailey, Glamour: A World Problem, p. 250.
90 Foster Bailey, Things To Come, p. 259.
91 Thomas Keating, “Cultivating the Centering Prayer, “ Review for Religious (Vol. 37 Jan. 1978), pp. 10,11,15.
92 Ibid., p. 15.
93 The Wall Street Journal, August 19, 1983, p. 19.
94 Time, August 29, 1983, p. 70.
95 Barron Hilton, Time, 27 December 1982, p. 1.
96 Emmet Fox, Diagrams For Living: The Bible Unveiled, p. 158, 159.
97 Shinreikyo Aobadai, Newsweek, 7 Feb. 1983, [n.p.].
98 Alice Bailey, The Rays and the Initiations, pp. 54, 516.
99 Donald Keyes, Earth at Omega, p. 88. (Introduction by Norman Cousins).
100 Dr. Robert Muller, McFarlin Auditorium, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, 3 November 1984, Presented by the Dallas United Nations Association and the Transformation Institute.
101 Robert Muller, The World core Curriculum in the Private School, Preface.
102 H. Saraydarian, The Hierarchy and the Plan, p. 30.
103 Jessica Lipnack and Jeffrey Stamps, Networking, pp. 192-194.
104 G. A. Kerkut, PhD., Implications of Evolution, p. 6.
105 Ashley Montagu and Floyd Matson, The Dehumanization of Man, pp. 219, 220.
106 Robert Muller, New Genesis: Shaping a Global Spirituality, pp. 35, 37.
107 Ibid., p. 49.
108 Foster Bailey, Things to Come, pp. 252-257.
109 Francis Schaeffer, A Christian Manifesto, pp. 82-86.
110 Lottie Beth Hobbs, ed., Pro-Family Forum Alert (January 1985), “Parental Rights Are Not Negotiable,” p. 3.
111 John Dunphy, “A Religion for a New Age,” The Humanist (January/February 1983), p. 26.
112 Ibid., p. 49.
113 Dale Pollock, Skywalking, pp. 139,140.
114 Norman L. Geisler, The Creator in the Courtroom ”Scopes II”, Preface.
115 Moira Johnston “It’s Only a Game—Or Is It?” NEW WEST (25 August 1980), p. 37.
116 John Eric Holmes, M.D., “Confessions of a Dungeon Master,” Psychology Today (November 1980), p. 84.
117 Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary of the English Language, 1977 ed., s.v. “rune,” p. 1587.
118 Masters of the Universe, Mattel Toys (Pamphlet with the Skeletor Weapons).
119 Ferguson, The Aquarian Conspiracy, pp. 89-93.
120 Keyes, Earth at Omega, pp. 96,98.
121 Clausen, Emergence of the Mystical, p. 88.
122 Mackey’s Revised Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, 1946 ed., s.v. “Hermetic,” p. 329.
123 Moses W. Redding, The Illustrated History of Free Masonry, Title page.
124 Arthur C. Fulbright, 32˚, “I Believe in the Separation of Church and State,” The New Age (August 1983), p. 11.
125 Norman L. Geisler, The Creator in the Courtroom “Scopes II,” Preface.
126 Foster Bailey, The Spirit of Masonry, p. 104.
127 Ibid., p. 102.
128 Ibid., p. 62.
129 A New Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, 1970 ed., s.v. “Esoteric Masonry,” by Arthur E. Waite, p. 263.
130 Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, pp. 213, 215,218.
131 Foster Bailey, The Spirit of Masonry, p. 9.
132 Pike, Morals and Dogma, p. 744.
133 Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, p. 87.
134 Alice Bailey, The Externalization of the Hierarchy, pp. 510, 511.
135 Brad Steiger, Gods of Aquarius: UFO’s and the Transformation of Man, p. 238.
136 Samuel Andrews, Christianity and Anti-Christianity in Their Final Conflict, p. 138.
137 Os Guinness, The Dust of Death, p. 54.
138 Ibid., pp. 193,194,195.
139 James Sire, The Universe Next Door, pp. 130,131.
140 Ibid., p. 151.
141 Abraham Maslow, Religions, Values, and Peak-experiences, pp. 25-120.
142 Christian Psychology is vulnerable to New Age thought. A few writers calling attention to the threat are: Paul Vitz, Psychology as Religion (Eerdmans, 1977); Martina and Diedre Bobgan, The Psychological Way/The Spiritual Way (Bethany, 1979); William Kirk Kilpatrick, Psychological Seduction (Thomas Nelson, 1983); Paul Brownback, The Danger of Self Love (Moody Press, 1982).
143 Os Guinness, The Dust of Death, p. 277.
144 Shirley MacLaine, Out on a Limb, p. 181.
145 Ibid., p. 204.
146 Ibid., p. 176.
147 Ibid., p. 198.
148 Alan Streett, In High Places, p. 43