by Truth Behind Yoga

Two antithetical definitions of meditation are being increasingly confused as the same term in today’s society. It is important this confusion be cleared, as one leads to a path of Biblical understanding, and the other leads to pagan spiritualism.

by Ray Yungen

The forces behind energy healing are really pushing the 'man-is-God' view and any physical benefits are just the bait.

by Warren B. Smith
November 12, 2015

Sarah Young said she was inspired to receive “messages” from “Jesus” after reading the book God Calling. Unfortunately, Sarah Young and her Thomas Nelson editors missed the fact that God Calling is a channeled New Age book.

by Cedric Fisher and Nanci Des Gerlaise
December 18, 2017

There are countless examples in pagan, wiccan, and New Age literature that refer to circles. If drawing prayer circles is such a wonderful God-inspired idea, how is it that Satanists and those in the occult consider circles a major part of their belief system? Could it be that the church is merely imitating an occultic practice?

by Gregory Reid
April 4, 2017

The church has opened the door to the New Age. What started out as just a crack has now become a wide open door. In just a few short decades, the walls of biblical discernment have been so completely torn down that the majority of church goers seem completely oblivious to the deception that has entered.

by Michael Houdmann

The idea of the power of positive thinking was popularized by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale in his book The Power of Positive Thinking (1952). According to Peale, people can change future outcomes and events by “thinking” them into existence.

by Marcia Montenegro
April 12, 2016    

You have unlimited potential.” “Success comes from within.” “Empower yourself.” These and other similar phrases are used to publicize and market seminars originating from what is best known as the Human Potential Movement.

by Biblical Discernment Ministries

A list of New Age therapies that should be avoided.

by Warren B Smith
September 5, 2016

Leonard Sweet's mission is to help the church become more culturally relevant in the 21st century. However, as he attempts to walk the narrow line between the Gospel and the world, he frequently walks over that line into the false teachings of the New Age/New Spirituality.

by Debbie Dewart

Scott Peck began his trek down The Road Less Traveled as a Buddhist when he wrote his best selling book by that title. By the time his second book was published, he claimed a conversion to Christianity. However, his Buddhist teachings remain a vital part of his writings, along with other aberrations such as process theology, Mormonism, New Age doctrine, and the secular humanist values of psychotherapy.

by Ray Yungen

One of the main tenets of New Age thought is peace, goodwill, and the unity of all humanity. In context with this idea, the term cleansing is quite disturbing. Various New Age writers consider resisters as eventually the only hindrance in allowing this global spirituality to occur.

by Viola Larson - Watchman Fellowship

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was born in Russia in 1831. As a young woman Helen Blavatsky was involved in Spiritualism.  In 1875 she founded the Theosophy Society which has influenced the New Age movement of today.

by T.A. McMahon
February 1, 2016

Beliefs and practices include alternative healing methods, astrology, spiritual energies, meditation, parapsychology, witchcraft, yoga, quantum mysticism, Gaia and goddess worship, reincarnation, UFOs, channeling, karma, hallucinogenic drugs, feng shui, altered states of consciousness, the martial arts, spiritualism, the kabbala, transpersonal psychology, and the human potential movement.

by T.A. McMahon
March 1, 2016

Many of the teachings and practices of the New Age Movement  have become so accepted in Western society that they’re commonplace, seemingly far removed from their Eastern mystical roots. Terms like karma, yoga, meditation, guru, mantra, etc., have become part of our everyday language, without any hint of their religious origins and connections for most people. Additionally, a number of programs have arisen that deceptively promote Eastern meditation as non-religious science by calling it mindfulness.

by T.A. McMahon
May 1, 2016

In this series dealing with the intrusion of Eastern mysticism into the church, it would be a huge error to overlook another growing practice among Christians—a practice that may even exceed the numbers of those involved in yoga: Christianized martial arts.

by The Last Hiker
February 16, 2016

I have no problem with coloring books. I have kids. We color. I do have problems with Mandalas though, which happen to be a part of most of these adult coloring books.

by Ray Yungen
January 19, 2016

In the West, mysticism always used to be restricted to a tiny fraction of the population (i.e., shamans, esoteric brotherhoods, and small spiritually elite groups). Never before has there been a widespread teaching of these methods to the general population. Now, mysticism pervades the Western world. How did this happen?

by John Ankerkberg

Silva Method uses visualization and guided imagery quite heavily; both have long been recognized by sorcerers of all kinds as the most powerful and effective methodology for contacting the spirit world in order to acquire supernatural power, knowledge, and healing. This sort of thing has been going on down through history. It's known as "shamanism," or witchcraft. Yet, Silva claims that God sent Jesus to teach us all of this!

by Ray Yungen
October 14, 2015

When we examine the heart of this mystical revolution, we find there’s a source of authority, so to speak. There’s some thing, some entities running this. It’s not the authors themselves but the force behind them that is in charge. And the power or force behind all these authors despises the Gospel and hates Christianity.

by Marcia Montenegro

To introduce children to Yoga is in my mind irresponsible and potentially dangerous at the very least. Even if this type of Yoga appears to have no outward effects, there can be hidden ones, and it certainly creates a bond that may pull the child deeper into its spirituality as he or she gets older before the child has knowingly been able to make such a choice.

by John Weldon and John Ankerberg

Visualization attempts to program the mind to discover inner power and guidance. It is often used as a means to, or in conjuction with, altered states of consciousness and is frequently used to develop psychic abililties or make contact with spirits.

by John Weldon and John Ankerberg

Although visualization can be adapted to almost any philosophy, in its popular usage it is loosely tied to a monistic or pantheistic world view that sees humans as divine and creators of their own reality. The practice itself en-hances and perhaps even sets up the development of the monistic (“all is one”) states of consciousness foundational to the New Age movement.

by Ray Yungen

The new era is coming; the new ideals, the new civilization, the new modes of life, of education, of religious presentation and of government are slowly precipitating and naught can stop them. They can, however, be delayed by the reactionary types of people, by the ultra-conservative and closed minds…. They are the ones who can and do hold back the hour of liberation. These must all be brought under the power of death.. If one understands the rationale behind these statements, then it becomes clear what they are talking about. Those who will accept the Christ consciousness can stay  – who won’t – must go. The quote about people’s “ability and desire” to assimilate the “Christ energy” as the determining factor in their fate is very thought provoking.

by David L Brown

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by Jeremy James
March 17,2010

C S Lewis is well known among born-again Christians as a ‘Christian’ writer, someone whose inclusive religious viewpoint is of particular relevance to the world we live in today. I would hope to show that this perception of Lewis is not only gravely mistaken but that it arose through deliberate misdirection on the part of Lewis himself. In 2008, after 33 years as an active participant in the New Age movement, I finally came to Christ. As I found my feet and met with other born-again Christians, I discovered that many Evangelicals, as well as Christians the world over, were keen readers of C S Lewis. They revered him as a great Christian author and apologist fo rtrue, Bible-believing Christianity. Frankly, this was a great surprise to me because, as a longtime practitioner of the New Age, I knew what C S Lewis was ‘really’ teaching.

by David Fiorazo
August 20, 2013

Oprah Winfrey, one of the most powerful, wealthy, and influential women in the world. It is not, however, her views on race that concern me as much as her views and criticisms about the Bible. Oprah has been more influential than some of America’s pastors and religious leaders. Oprah has launched book sales and resuscitated careers for many authors and gurus while giving proponents of higher spirituality a platform, particularly those who promote a New Age philosophy.

by Ray Yungen

The New Age and Christianity definitely clash on the answer to the question of human imperfection. The former [the New Age] espouses the doctrine of becoming self-realized and united with the universe, which they see as God but in reality is the realm of familiar spirits. On the other hand, the Gospel that Christians embrace offers salvation to humanity through grace (unmerited favour). Romans 3:24 boldly states: “… being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

by Warren B. Smith 
March 1, 2013

Why is there almost no call for spiritual discernment within the Church?...  Why are there so few warnings about a counterfeit "new gospel" movement that maligns the person of Jesus Christ and threatens the lives of His followers?

By Berit Kjos
May 25, 2013

Unbeknownst to most parents, America’s public schools are teaching their children to use mindfulness meditation (Eastern-style meditation or TM). In a New York Times article titled “In the Classroom, a New Focus on Quieting the Mind,” elementary children in an Oakland, California school are promised peace and loving-kindness if they will learn to meditate. An eleven-year-old explains, “I was losing at baseball, and I was about to throw a bat . . . The mindfulness really helped.”1 While that may sound like a great thing to a lot of teachers, the article acknowledges where this comes from:

by Warren Smith

Oprah Winfrey will be letting out all the stops on her XM Satellite Radio program this coming year. Beginning January 1, 2008, “Oprah & Friends” will offer a year-long course on the New Age teachings of A Course in Miracles.1 A lesson a day throughout the year will completely cover the 365 lessons from the Course in Miracles “Workbook.

by Sarah Leslie

During the 1970s America underwent a rapid and profound transformation from a culture that was primarily Christian to one that is now mostly pagan. In the 1960s the Beatles rock group had imported eastern religion via their guru Marharishi Mahesh Yogi and popularized drug use. Eastern mysticism believes that each man determines his own truth – a very subjective way of looking at reality.

by Biblical Discernment Ministries

The New Age Movement (NAM) is both a religious and a social movement. In fact, Western culture is currently experiencing a phenomenal, spiritual, ideological, and sociological shift. It is a religious world view that is alien and hostile to Christianity. It's a multi-focused, multi-faceted synthesis, in varying degrees, of the Far Eastern, mystical religions, mainly Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Western Occultism, adapted to and influenced by Western, materialistic culture. It sometimes appears in secularized forms.

by Dr. Dave Hunt

Occultism has always involved three techniques for changing and creating reality: thinking, speaking, and visualizing. The first one is the most familiar, having been promoted in the world and the church as "Positive Thinking" by Norman Vincent Peale and as "Possibility Thinking" by Robert Schuller. The second is mostly known among charismatics. It is the "Positive Confession" (or Positive Speaking) of the Faith movement.

by Ron Rhodes

There was a time when angels were mainly relegated to Christmas cards. But not anymore. Angels have infiltrated the popular culture - big time. Indeed, interest in angels is virtually soaring across the religious spectrum in North America - from mainline Christians to New Agers who seek comfort from these heavenly helpers in a troubled and often chaotic world.

by Prof. Johan Malan

The kingdom of darkness infiltrated the Christian church with a view to adulterating it by proclaiming a counterfeit Jesus, a counterfeit spirit and a counterfeit gospel.

by Russ Wise

Oprah’s former pastor makes a telling observation regarding Oprah’s transformation. In an interview with Christianity Today magazine he said, She has broken with the [traditional faith],” he says. “She now has a sort of ‘God is everywhere, God is in me, I don’t need to go to church, I don’t need to be a part of the body of believers, I can meditate, I can do positive thinking’ spirituality. It’s a strange gospel. It has nothing to do with the church Jesus Christ founded.”

by Marcia Montenegro

A voice intones: "Close your eyes...relax...let each muscle relax...let your mind go blank...see yourself as a cloud...floating...getting lighter and lighter..."Words like these, a form of guided meditation, are heard today in stress reduction workshops, human potential classes and on relaxation tapes. Is this what David means in Ps. 19:14 when he says, "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord...?" Is meditation just another form of prayer?

by Sarah Leslie and Pastor Larry DeBruyn

But attaining unto this altered state of consciousness portends spiritual danger—that in such a state of mind, spiritual entities or demons can suggest to or possess the mind. A passive or empty mind will not remain an empty slate. Something, or someone, will fill it. Voided minds are permeable, suggestible, impressionable and malleable. Insatiably, they desire filling by something . . . anything. Hence, meditation serves as an open doorway into the world of the occult, a world of supernatural phenomena and forces.

by Warren B. Smith, Lighthouse Trails

Traditional Christian believers frequently mention the analogy of the frog that is so slowly and gradually boiled in a kettle of water that it dies before ever realizing what is going on. Yet many believers fail to realize that the very same thing is happening to them as they tell that story. How else do you explain the rapid rise of the “new gospel” movement with hardly a word of concern within the Church about what’s been happening? As “new gospel” advocates continue to publish bestselling books and flock to the airwaves in ever-increasing numbers to advance their cause, there is a strange silence in Christendom. Does the Church have any idea what is going on?

by Warren B. Smith, Lighthouse Trails Editors

As New Age believers years ago, my wife and I had no reason to doubt any of the “new revelation” that was coming our way. When we were students of A Course in Miracles in the early 1980s, it never occurred to us that Helen Schucman had received her spiritual dictation from anyone other than the real Jesus Christ. As members of A Course in Miracles study group, we studied what the “Jesus” of the Course said and applied his teachings to our lives.

by John

The answer is very clear: No He is Not a Christian!