|By Sherry Shriner:
When the disciples asked Jesus what would characterize the last days just prior to His return, He explained that it would be a time of the worst religious deception the world had ever seen.
He said sound doctrine would be despised and wondered if there would be any faith left whatsoever on the earth when He returned (Luke 18:8). He gave His disciples a solemn warning: "Take heed that no man deceive you" (Matt. 24:2,5,11,24). He characterized the last days as a time of religious deception - or - deception in religion such as false messiahs, false prophets, false miracles, and false doctrines. All four were prophesied to band together to pave the way for the Antichrist (Matt. 24:24,25;).
This prophesied deceit is the same band of deceit we are being infiltrated with today. The metaphysical realm has exploded into our culture bringing with it shamans, gurus, psychic phenomenon and the paranormal in precognition, telepathy, clairvoyance, telekinesis, automatic handwriting, channeling, and astral projection. These have already become the fastest growing occultic interests in the world. More recently mind science has been gaining worldwide acceptance as people learn how to properly use their minds to visualize everything from success to bending a metal spoon with their mind. The same false miracles or "wonders" we were warned about but that few take notice of.
It is realistic to suggest that those who read of false miracles that will occur in the latter days think of the same miracles Jesus performed but from a demonic source. In many instances this is indeed the case with supernatural healings that are talking place all over the world. But Satan also has his own agenda that he subtly implemented long ago and is now pushing ahead in full stride - psychic phenomenon and the paranormal.
In Matthew 24:24 Jesus warned us of psychic power that produces counterfeit "great signs and wonders" that would occur in the last days. The power of the mind, the unknown, and accomplished superhuman feats that are grasping audiences worldwide. A strange departure from the past when psychic phenomena was held at an arms length as ridiculous and ridiculed. But even then it had a strange fascination, the unknown always has to those who don't read their Bibles to know that there really isn't anything unknown about the "unknown."
For the last days Jesus warned of unprecedented religious deception of the demonic kind. A wide range of deceit one might not even suspect as demonic. A time when the last days church would become so corrupted that it would actually begin to oppose and deny what Christ taught while at the same time insisting that it is faithful to Him.
A deceit so pervasive and manipulative that many wouldn't even recognize it as the prophesied demonic invasion it is. To those familiar with Biblical prophecy it doesn't come as a major surprise. Jesus Himself warned of worldwide religious deception on an unprecedented scale just prior to His return.
In this article I'm going to inform or shock you about the deception that is being embraced by our world and church leaders today with open arms and reveal Satan's plan to attack and try to defeat Christianity.
The New Age Assault On Christianity
Christianity may well be facing the greatest challenge in its history: a series of powerful and growing seductions that are subtly changing Biblical interpretations and undermining the faith of millions of people. Most Christians are scarcely aware of what is happening and much less do they understand the issues involved. The seduction is surprisingly easy. It does not take place as an obvious frontal assault from rival religious beliefs. That would be vigorously resisted. Instead, it comes to some Christians in the guise of faith-producing techniques for gaining spiritual power and experiencing miracles and to others as self-improvement psychology for fully realizing human potential.
Many have taken for granted the comfort zones of their churches without realizing the enemy isn't outside the gates he is within our midst. He has so infiltrated our camp that many simply no longer can tell an enemy from a friend, truth from heresy.
What's happening to our church today? The New Age of disgrace. A time when many of our own church leaders have embraced Positive Thinking and faith-producing techniques for gaining "spiritual" power. Robert Schuller has become one of the biggest supporters of these new heresies. He preaches that faith is a force that makes things happen if you believe they will. In other words, faith is not placed in God but a power directed at Him. For many evangelicals "faith" no longer requires God as its object, but is touted as a positive power of the mind that creates whatever we want it to.
Thus what we pray for will come to pass, not if God wills, but if we can only believe it will happen. Schuller has said, "Your unconscious mind...has a power that turns wishes into realities when the wishes are strong enough."
Dealing with unconscious reality is what sorcerers have been doing for ages.
Anyone who imagines that because he thinks certain thoughts or speak certain words God must respond in a certain way, has slipped into sorcery and if not playing God, is at the very least attempting to manipulate God. The Ascended Master theology of "positive thinking, positive faith" slipped into the churches years ago and it is dominant among the even newer theologies of being able to create your own reality or changing the development of one's soul where they experience the things they choose to as they reach into higher levels and realms of "christ consciousness." Some refer to it as positive thinking, others call it Angelology, others the New Age. It's all garbage no matter what you want to call it.
There is no room for magic in a Christian's life as it is plainly a pseudoname for sorcery. Those in the churches are consistently promoting New Age propaganda preaching man's own will above God's. How one can make the world into anything he or she chooses through the power they already have within them. New Agers have been preaching that line for years. The underlying theme is that by creating your own reality and living in your own dream world there would be no thoughts of sin, accountability, and judgment. No thought of placing God's will above your own as you conjure up visions of materialistic possessions under the guise of faith.
Enticed by such false teaching Christians begin to view prayer as a religious technique for getting their own way. They set their sights upon what they want, then try to have faith to make it happen. The blab it and grab it Seminars in "How to Write Your Own Ticket With God" by thinking certain thoughts, speaking certain words, or visualizing goals are eagerly attended by thousands. True Christian faith has no comparison to this kind of New Age "faith." Don't be deceived for this faith is also known as visualization, guided imagery, and witchcraft. Visualization and guided imagery have long been recognized by sorcerers as the most powerful and effective way to contact the spirit world (demons) for supernatural power and knowledge.
New Agers have claimed for years that we can bring anything we want to into existence through visualization such as good health and success because we can create our own reality. It is one of the fastest ways into the occult imposing your own will upon God and other people. These mind manipulating techniques for creating health, wealth, or spiritual power are not new, they have always been a part of the occult. It is simply a devise by Satan to get a person to trust in their own imagination rather than God. The Apostle Peter said, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God that He may exalt you at the proper time" (I Peter 5:6).
Positive Thinking or "Positive Christianity" has no room for sin, repentance, or guilt. In fact it is merely occultism dressed in Christian language virtually taking over America. Those who promote Positive Thinking, Possibility Thinking, and Positive Confession are among the most influential church leaders and preachers in the country. New Agers know that the word "positive" is a catch-all word. If they said what they really meant, "damnable thinking" and "damnable confession" they wouldn't' have half the success they're enjoying amongst themselves today deceiving many, many Christians worldwide. Almost any "positive" belief supports the delusion of infinite human potential, throws in self-esteem and self-worth and concerns itself with social justice through humanistic efforts. The Kingdom Mandate of some denominations plays into this facade as well. The Lord is not waiting for us to build His Kingdom on this earth. However Satan is. When the real Messiah returns He is coming with a sword to judge and destroy, and not until this this wicked earth is consumed will He build His own reign here on earth.
Today we are also seeing an increase in the preoccupation with "self" where humility is out and self-esteem is in contrary to I Peter 5:6. When Scripture speaks of self, it usually commands self-denial and self-control and condemns self-worship. It does not teach self-love, self-assertion, self-esteem, self-forgiveness, instead it teaches us to turn ourselves to Christ. Jesus said we are to deny ourselves and take up His cross (Matt. 16:24-25) and not to be self-seeking.
The message of success and self-esteem has become so important in the church today it has taken the place of sound doctrine which for many, seems too radical and old fashioned to be taken seriously in this day and age. Christ said that He came to call "sinners to repentance" yet the churches are not preaching sin and repentence. It has been replaced with feel good theologies and things that are 'positive.' Sin is to 'negative' and doesn't fill the coffers.
The self-help theologies in the churches today are deceiving millions who are perhaps, unknowingly placing themselves above God. The only correct self-image comes from viewing God, not ourselves, and it isn't flattering - but it changes lives and turns us from ourselves to HIM. Today such Biblical truths are considered psychologically damaging to one's self-esteem. No, it's not an outward assault on Christianity that the New Agers are seeking for now, they are succeeding quite well with their inward subversion of New Age doctrine and philosophy into Christian theology.
Invading our churches at an alarming rate also are Positive Mental Attitudes and Human Potential techniques. These leaders teach that we can become masters our own fate, that we should have self-confidence and faith in ourselves. Who needs God? Their underlying message is that man can obtain his own godhood without indicating that this is sorcery and that God cannot be manipulated through mental thought processes. There is no room for sin or repentance in these methods either. Today's Christianity resembles more of humanism which wants us to believe in human potential and self-deification rather than God.
It is no surprise then to learn that the Human Potential Movement and the New Age Movement are both indeed the same movement. They are both the same just carrying separate titles. It has become the fastest growing movement in the world underlying many theologies and denominations today.
Other New Age doctrines which have been accepted into our churches include Positive Confession in which we are all gods and that man is the god of this earth. Success-N-Life Clubs have also become established all over the country that instructs wealthy and independent Christians that they can take over the world for Christ.
There are many religious leaders falling prey to the New Age and many more occult themes being reworded for Christian assumption and indoctrinated into our churches despite the fact that these New Age beliefs are contrary to Scripture, demeaning to God's attributes, and defamatory.
Many of our most celebrated churches today characterize the Laodicean Church of Revelation 3:17 who are wealthy and "in need of nothing." These religious leaders influence millions around the world everyday leading them into doctrines of devils. They collectively preach that it is unnecessarily negative and bad for the self-esteem to worry and preach about sin and repentance, that one can use faith and get what he or she wants by manipulating God. That the world is on the road to international revival towards "Christ" contrary to what the Bible teaches that the latter days will be as the days of Noah and the church completely apostate.
This revival in "Christ" is not our Jesus but the Antichrist. Many are being attracted into Christianity today because of the false teachings and new "Christ" who has the attributes of Antichrist. They are being fooled into thinking they are following the true Gospel when in fact, wolves are leading them astray. Many of our church leaders are not teaching Jesus Christ but the Christ portrayed in New Age propaganda that no longer calls sinners to repentance and excuses ungodly behavior as a psychological problem resulting from traumas suffered in childhood.
Instead of requiring his disciples to "deny self and take up the cross," he teaches them to love and accept themselves and to recognize their inherent self-worth. Nor does this "Christ" promise the meek that they will inherit the earth, but offers self-assertion training. Instead of blessing those that mourn he warns against low self-esteem and promotes a new positive self-image. And rather than promising heaven to the poor in spirit, this false Christ offers to the financially poor the enticing gospel of a hundredfold return for gifts to certain ministries. This Christ who is being presented and redefined is not our Jesus Christ but a blasphemous counterfeit and deceiver ready and waiting to take over the world. He is the Antichrist who is blinding the eyes of men and women from seeing the counterfeit he is and turning them away from the Most High.
Prophetic scholars know that the world must be primed both religiously and politically to embrace the Antichrist when he suddenly rises to power. If "Christianity" is to be the official world religion (which must be the case if the Antichrist claims to be Christ), then it must be blasphemous enough to accommodate all of the world's faiths. Don't be deceived, this is not true Christianity preaching a message of salvation but a perverted form that is already invading our churches today with little resistance from its members. In fact the message of the cross is being rejected! And that was the biggest sign of apostasy and the end of the age as given to us by Yahushua and His apostles (see my article on The Sign of the End of the Age).
In fact, there is no stopping the exploding and relentless Ecumenical Movement led by mostly liberal, unbelieving leaders who have secretly taken masonic and Jesuit oaths, and who serve as pastors today such as Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Robert Schuller etc.(Most of TBN). Many of our church leaders are spearheading the Antichrist's arrival by accomplishing exactly what he needs - a unification of all religions and they are succeeding through rallying cries of "peace and unity." Even prophetic self acclaimed guru Jack Van Impe himself has a Catholic and world unity agenda for the Ecumenicals.
Though their cry for unity is tempting, it denies the true Christ and is a unification that will ultimately lead to destruction. Many of our evangelical leaders are promoting ecumenicism alongside the rest of the world who neither accept the literal interpretation of the Bible or take heed to God's warnings of compromising our faith for doctrines of devils and rejecting its truths. Unity is certainly something we should strive for among mankind, but never at the expense of Biblical truths and doctrines. The death, burial, and resurrection of our Jesus would make any kind of union with the world's religions both impossible and abominable which would lower our Lord's status to the same level as Buddha, Muhammad, Confucius among others recognizing them all as "great leaders."