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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

They Say "I AM" - "For Many Shall Come in My Name"

They Say "I AM" - "For Many Shall Come in My Name"

Category: * The New Age Movement
Source: Ray Yungen

My research has brought me to a point where the full implication of Paul's words are surprisingly real. I believe the Bible contains an important signal that the changes of times and seasons may indeed be at hand. In Matthew 24:3-5, which is a chapter dealing with the tribulation period, Jesus spoke these revealing words to His disciples concerning the signs of His coming and the end of the world (age):

And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign [indication] of thy coming, and of the end of the world [age]? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

A basic tenet of New Age thinking is that of the Master Jesus. Adherents to this idea believe that during the unrecorded period of His life, Jesus traveled to various occult centers and Mystery Schools in such places as Tibet, India, Persia, and Egypt where He learned the metaphysical secrets of the ages. Thus, they claim He spent seventeen years of travel on a pilgrimage of higher consciousness. According to this theory Jesus of Nazareth became the Master Jesus, one who has gained mastery over the physical world by becoming one with his higher self.

You will recall that one of the terms that New Agers regularly use for the higher self is the Christ consciousness. To them, Christ is not a person, but a state-of-being. Excerpts from the following New Age sources explain it this way:

Jesus Christ educated His followers to discern the real man. He taught that there is a power in man that gives him authority over the things of the world. This principle is the higher self, the spiritual man, the Christ.1

The Christ Consciousness or Christ Principle represents the idea of a Saviour, but not, as taught in orthodox religions, a physical, material person. Jesus became the Saviour as He rose to the heights of His inner powers and became a True Son of God.... In other words, when Jesus, the man, was ready, the Christ Principle or Consciousness took over and predominated.2

After reading innumerable such statements in New Age material, I decided to take a closer look at Matthew 24:5. What I found astounded me. The Greek word for many in this verse is polus which means a very great or sore number, as in millions and millions. A term derived from this word is hoi polloi, which translates the masses. The Greek words for shall come in my name means they shall come claiming to represent what He represents by using His name or authority. Therefore, Matthew 24:5 is saying that a very great number of people shall come claiming to represent what He represents, but are in fact, deceiving people. In light of come in my name, consider the following remarks taken from a variety of New Age sources:

Jesus was an historical person, a human being; Christ, the Christos. is an eternal transpersonal condition of being. Jesus did not say that this higher state of consciousness realized in him was his alone for all time. Nor did he call us to worship him. Rather, he called us to follow him, to follow in his steps, to learn from him, from his example.3

Jesus was one soul who reached the state of Christ consciousness, there have been many others. He symbolized the blueprint we must follow.... The way is open to everyone to become a Christ by achieving the Christ Consciousness through walking the same path He walked.รข€¦ He simply and beautifully demonstrated the pattern.4

The significance of incarnation and resurrection is not that Jesus was a human like us but rather that we are gods like him--or at least have the potential to be. The significance of Jesus is not as a vehicle of salvation but as a model of perfection.5

Jesus was aware of himself as a finished specimen of the new humanity which is to come--the new humanity which is to inherit the earth, establish the Kingdom, usher in the New Age.6


This view, then, is that Jesus is a model of what the New Age or Aquarian person is to become. I would say these statements can be called coming in His name or claiming to represent what He represents.

Now let us look at the second part of verse 5 in Matthew 24, "saying I am Christ." Again, we find a multitude of statements such as the following:

Every man is an individual Christ; this is the teaching for the New Age. The experiences of contacting the Christ Self and the subsequent vibrational lifting are not to be reserved for a favored few. Every person in the world, sooner or later, will receive this lifting action. No one will be left out or left behind. Everyone will receive the benefit of this step in human evolution. (emphasis mine)7

Could it be that many Christians have been looking for "the Christ" in all the wrong places? Could it be that when Jesus said "no man knoweth the hour" of his return, it was because the return of the Christ comes now, within us, and is beyond space and time? Jesus may have been hinting at this when he told us that the kingdom of God is within you--not in some time, nor in some place, but within. When we look within, through meditation and the expansion of consciousness, we move beyond time, and meet face-to-face with the Christ.8

The Christ is You. You are the one who is to come--each of you. Each and every one of you!9

Christhood is not something to come at a point in the future when you are more evolved. Christhood is--right now! I am the Christ of God. You are the Christ of God.10

Even more specific evidence ties the New Age into Jesus' prophecy. In Luke 21:7-8, we find the same discourse as in Matthew 24:3-5. Again, note the warning:

And they asked Him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? And he said, "Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near; go ye not therefore after them" (Luke 21:7-8).

Notice "Christ" is italicized in verse 8, meaning that it was not in the original manuscript. The translators of the King James Bible probably thought it awkward that it said, "Many shall come saying, I am." Probably for the sake of clarity and to be consistent with Matthew 24, the translators added the word "Christ." It is very interesting that New Agers refer to themselves (or their higher selves) as the "I AM," (one of the names of God). Note the following:

The first experience of unification with the Christ consciousness may come with the initial crossing of the psychic barrier and contact with the Christ Self or I AM Self.11

This Inner Self is called by many names such as: God-self, Higher-self, Christ Consciousness, I-AM, Buddah Nature, and many others.12

This I AM is God ... this I AM is You.... Universe and Individual Consciousness.... God knowing Itself as God, God knowing Itself as You, and You knowing Yourself as God.13

So what Jesus may have been saying is many shall be saying "I AM."

Because of these statements, I firmly believe what Jesus Christ was prophesying in Matthew and Luke was the current New Age movement when it reaches its full fruition world-wide. He clearly stated that just before His physical return a huge number of people will proclaim their own personal divinity and that "many" (polus) will deceive--not some, but "many." There was a good reason for Him to preface these prophesies with the warning, "Take heed that no man deceive you." These people will be offering a spiritual message that will look, feel, and sound like it is of Jesus Christ but is not. (from For Many Shall Come in My Name, pp.151-156)

Notes:
1. Charles Fillmore, Metaphysical Bible Dictionary (Unity Village, MO: Unity School of Christianity).
2. Donald H. Yott, Man and Metaphysics (New York, NY: Sam Weiser, Inc., 1980), p. 73.
3. John White, "Jesus, Evolution, and the Future of Humanity" (Science of Mind magazine, September 1981), p. 15.
4. John Davis and Naomi Rice, Messiah and the Second Coming (Wyoming, MI: Coptic Press, 1982), p. 49.
5. John White (Science of Mind magazine, October 1981), pp. 40-42.
6. John White, "Jesus, Evolution, and the Future of Humanity," op. cit, p. 15.
7. Armand Biteaux, The New Consciousness (Willits, CA: Oliver Press, 1975), p. 128.
8. Gregory Barrette, "The Christ is Now" (Science of Mind, March 1989), p. 17.
9. Life Times, Vol. 1, No.3, p. 91.
10. John Randolph Price, The Planetary Commission (Austin, TX: Quaratus Books, 1984), pp. 143, 145.
11. Anne P. and Peter V. Meyer, Being a Christ (San Diego: Dawning Pub., 1975), p. 49.
12. John Baughman, The New Age (Self-Published, 1977), p. 5.
13. John Randolph Price, The Planetary Commission, op. cit. p. 98.

Related Information:
The Moses Code - Taking the Next Step Toward a World Wide Awakening

Brennan Manning and Beatrice Bruteau's "I AM"
This article or excerpt was posted on March 6, 2008@ 3:17 pm .

From: http://www.lighthousetrails.com/atimeofdeparting.ht



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Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Battle for Your Mind then Soul. (Pop Culture) Pt. 2

"They sold their souls for Rock and Roll" pt. 1

****Sorry****Full length has been taken down....Please visit www.theater.goodfight.org for clips from the documentary. You can search by Artist. This is a fantastic tool!

-Chris



Here is a what Kirk Cameron had to say about the videos. “Joe Schimmel is a voice calling in the wilderness to prepare the way for the Lord. His passion for the lost is contagious and his teaching of the Word is eye-opening.”
“They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll’ is jaw-dropping. If you love any of the artists featured on this box, you can't afford not to watch the videos!"

And Ray Comfort said; “I not only count Joe Schimmel as a friend, but I greatly admire him for his amazing tenacity to expose a
culture that is destroying a generation.”

About Joe Schimmel

For over 20 years Pastor Joe Schimmel has been delivering the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the nation. His state-of-the-art multimedia seminar entitled "They Sold Their Souls For Rock And Roll" (formerly titled "Rock & Roll Sorcerers of the New Age Revolution") has affected thousands of lives for positive spiritual growth, and is currently featured worldwide via major television and satellite broadcasts.

Joe Schimmel is also the senior pastor at Blessed Hope Chapel, an evangelical non-denominational fellowship in Simi Valley, California. He has held this position since the founding of the church in 1990. Blessed Hope Chapel is a vibrant, thriving church whose members seek to serve Jesus Christ through the knowledge of His Word, the edification of His Body, and the evangelization of the World.

For more on Joe Schimmel ministry and how to order this documentary and other products follow this link.
n the home page is an interesting article titled Heath Ledger's Darkest Night.
See how the Batman star spent his last days.

Also from his blog here is an interesting article on the new Britney Spears song that all the kids are singing. It is shocking to say the least. Click here. ***language ALERT*** not in a gratuitous way, but to point out what this disgusting song is about.

Many will disagree, but as you watch this, please consider what video games your children are playing. The Rock Star and Guitar Hero games have the same lyrics, and incredibly demonic images that are burned into your children's minds. These things will influence their attitude, their worldview and their mindset towards Christianity. Their eternity could depend on it.

If you find these videos as eye opening as I did, please send a link to friends, family and pastors to get the word out. Thank you so much.

-Chris

They sold their souls for Rock and Roll part two.



They sold their soul for Rock and Roll part 3



They sold their souls for Rock and Roll part 4





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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Battle for Your Mind and Soul. (ThePop Culture and the Christian) Pt. 1

Okay, we now know how the New Age Spirituality came to America (for new viewers see the documentary "God's of the New Age" by clicking here and how it attacks the very heart of Christianity. Now I want to show how the New Age is connected to the Occult and in fact from the same source.

Here is a clip from the documentary "They sold their souls for Rock and Roll". It's a sometimes graphic, yet Christian documentary from 2003 exposing the music industry for what it is....a satanic tool to influence our and our children's minds in ways that are opposite of biblical truth.

Note what books, resources and activities Crowley was involved with (Buddhism, Eastern Mysticism, Yoga) and you'll see a connection to the New Age Spirituality.

Stay tuned for the full documentary. I promise after seeing it, you will understand that these musicians are not just "an act" to sell records. You will see how these New Age practices opened up a dark demonic world that leads to death.


But ask yourself...How much did/does music influence your thinking while growing up?
How many times do you find yourself singing every word to a song without pondering it's meaning?


It wasn't easy getting rid of years of collected music. Music influenced me greatly on how I lived as a teen and young adult. I learned to "Do what you want" and "You're in charge, not God". Much the same as the serpent was telling Eve way back in Genesis 3. There really is nothing new under the sun, it's just been packaged in many different ways through out the centuries. The serpent wants to take as many with him as possible, and he uses pop culture. We are going to take a serious look at music, movies, T.V. and video games from God's point of view in the next several weeks. I know this will be an eye opener for many as it was for me.

-Chris

PS: Be thinking about Guitar Hero, Rock Band and how they can have the same influence (and maybe more since they "practice" this game over and over) on our kids as you watch this video and the documentary.








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Monday, April 13, 2009

I need just such a friend

I need just such a friend

(William S. Plumer)

Jesus knows all my wants and weaknesses; all
my sin and misery. He knows the malice of my
enemies, and the foolishness of my heart. He has
power to subdue my whole nature to Himself, and
to defeat the wiles and machinations of my foes.

His grace is all-sufficient.

His love is infinite.

His wisdom cannot be defeated.

His power cannot be resisted.

He has all power and strength--and I am very weak. He
has all the knowledge to understand my whole case, and
all the wisdom necessary to direct everything concerning
me. He makes no mistakes. He is never deceived. He is never
outsmarted. He knows all things. He knows my weaknesses.
He knows my sorrows. He knows my heart. His wisdom never
fails. He is never confounded or perplexed. He has as much
mercy and kindness as I need. His loving-kindness is so
great that we cannot fathom its top or the bottom--the
length or the breadth of it. The ocean of the Divine
love is boundless and inexhaustible! It is infinite!

I have no sorrow to which He is a stranger.

He sympathizes with me in all my sufferings
and temptations.

I need just such a friend.

"Let us then approach the throne of grace with
confidence, so that we may receive mercy and
find grace to help us in our time of need."
Hebrews 4:16

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Friday, April 10, 2009

DEAD BREAD

This is a great article from Herescope on sermons for sale. If you didn't see my previous post on the two pastors preaching the identical sermon and placing themselves in the story, you need to check it out after reading this article.

-Chris

Click here for video.


The Scandal and Malnutrition of Sermons for Sale

By Pastor Jeffrey L. Whittaker


I remember sitting in a popular restaurant chain with some friends several years ago, when the waitress came to take our order. One of my friends, when asked what kind of dressing he wanted on his salad, abruptly stated to the startled server, “And I don’t want any ‘dead bread’ on my salad.” After letting the comment sink in, the sweet but stunned girl replied, “Oh, you mean croutons!” To which my friend simply nodded in confirmation.

That analogy has stuck with me all these years, and I remember it every time I order a salad that comes with “dead bread.” I actually don’t mind croutons that much, and have even purchased a bag when passing through the salad aisle at the supermarket. There are so many flavors now: herb, parmesan, bacon-ranch, etc; all so conveniently located that I just reach out and take them as I pass by while filling my cart. However, when applying my friend’s unflattering adjective to preaching, my heart is stirred over a phenomenon which has gripped America’s pulpits in recent years.

I recall opening my mail one morning some years ago and reading my first advertisement for “dead bread”:

“Pastors, are you too busy to spend hours of preparation on your sermons? Tired of feeling the stress of having to come up with original ideas week after week? If so, for just $199.95 you can have 52 weeks of quality sermons crafted by homiletical masters, complete with illustrations! Your congregation is guaranteed to be thrilled with the results or your money back!”

Could this be true? Are there people who actually do this?

Click title for complete article.


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Monday, April 6, 2009

Evangelical Christianity is fighting for it's life......


Here is a great clip from Cross TV that sums up the church in America today. I think a major player in the sad state of the church is in large part due to the eastern practices that have gradually slipped in a little at a time often repackaged with Christian lingo (wolf in sheep's clothing). If you haven't watched The God's of the New Age series, or read the free online book Reinventing Jesus Christ-The New Gospel, please do, and you will see that there is a systematic attempt to undermine the main tenants of Christianity over a long period of time. Satan and his minions are patient, besides it only takes a little leven. But God is in charge and will allow only so much, but it is up to us to expose the wolves that are in sheep's clothing.



-Chris