The Serpent’s Old Lie in an Updated Package

Yesterday I was going through the headlines on my blog reading list when suddenly, boom! the electricity in our house shut off.  As I temporarily sat in the darkness that surrounded me at my computer, I thought, “oh no…not again!”

Power outages seems to happen on our block several times a year so my husband bought a gas generator to keep the refrigerator and freezer going until it comes back on.  He contacted the utilities company and was told that it was a “planned power outage” cable  replacement in our area.  We should have received a notice about this.  Well, the notice was sitting in my husband’s mail inbox!  It would have been nice to have known about the outage ahead of time, but we made the best of the situation.

I started reading my Bible by flashlight and was drawn to the book of Colossians.  It sparked some insight into my mind which will be discussed in my next post.  Today, I need to “set the stage” so to speak, in exactly why my study in Colossians had such a profound impact on me.

The contrast of what is in that particular book of the Bible compared to what is going on in our society (often for the purpose of countering biblical Christianity) these days will become quite obvious.

When I compare the truth of Scripture with the lies being spread in the news, through haters in Hollyweird, the Democratic party (which voted God out of their political platform years ago), and the minions of “splinter groups” that are raging today (often paid to do this!)…it is obvious to me that demonic influence abounds!   They are all derived by men and women who have been influenced by the lies of that serpent of old that we read about in Genesis and elsewhere in the Bible.  You will vividly see how the nefarious ideas, deeds, and plans of such individuals have been derived from what Jesus named as the enemy of our souls who comes to lie, steal, kill and destroy.

Jhn 10:10

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

See Romans 1

1Jo 1:6

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

Previously, I had been reading a book entitled, “So What’s The Difference” by Fritz Ridenour.  In the past, I had the habit of skipping over the cults and false religions pages, but this time I wanted to read the details about Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, New Age, and many others that are briefly, but succinctly detailed in the book.  When I got to the New Age section, it can be hard to define because of its far-reaching claims, lack of formal structure and organization and it’s adherents being interested in “hoping to transform society by bringing about reawakening that will emphasize self-discovery, spiritual growth and enlightenment.”  The truth is, New Age thinking isn’t really new because it goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden where the serpent asked Eve if God really said that she couldn’t eat from that tree (see Genesis 3:1-5).

It was interesting to read about the “founder” of New Age, Alice Bailey.  New Agers have their own definition of God, find “salvation” in themselves, use “channeling” (the New Age version of contacting spirits), often believe in reincarnation, believe in syncretism (all religions lead to the same place), and many are into the plan for a worldwide government led by one great leader.

Shirley McLaine was a high-powered NAM (New Age Movement) adherent with great media exposure due to her “star” status in Hollyweird.  She lied in her book, claiming that the Fifth Ecumenical Council struck down the idea of reincarnation from the Bible.  Author Fritz Ridenour said it well when he wrote:

Contrary to New Age thinking, the Bible overwhelmingly teaches resurrection, not reincarnation (see Psalms 49:15, John 5:25; 6:40; 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15; 2 Corinthians 4:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:16).  New Agers like to think they have all kinds of time to “get it right” as they progress toward some kind of self-induced salvation.  The Bible clearly says you get one chance and after that comes the judgment (see Hebrews 9:27).

Much of today’s “progressive movement and thinking”  is derived from one or many of the errors of the NAM.  They may not call themselves New Agers, but their beliefs certainly line up with the NAM!

Ridenour writes:

Ever since Satan told Eve, “Eat the fruit; become like God Himself,” men and women have been trying to “do it on their own,” or at least with the help of spirits and demons–what Paul calls “the powers of this dark world and … the spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:12).  It is no coincidence that the Bible firmly forbids contacting spirits or getting in touch with the dead (see Leviticus 19:31; Deuteronomy 18:10-13).  Other New Age concepts or practices condemned or countered in the Scriptures include:

  •  many gods, goddesses, spirits and demons:  see Gen. 1:1; Exodus 15:11; 20:2-6; Deut. 6:4; Isaiah 45:5,6,21,22.

  •  manipulating or bartering with the spirit world:  see Deut. 13:1-5, 18:9-14; 1 Kings 11:33.

  •  continuing blood sacrifice rituals:  see Hebrews 7:27; 10:10-13; 1 Peter 3:18.

  •  mythological, unhistorical legends:  see 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 12-19; 1 Timothy 1:4; 2 Peter 1:16.

  •  secret knowledge only for elite “knowers”:  see John 1:12; 3:16; Colossians 2:8-10; 1 Timothy 2:4.

  •  magic arts, spells, taboos, astrology:  see 2 Kings 17:16-18; Isaiah 47:12-15; Acts 8:9-24.

  •  confusion of identity between the creator and the created:  see 1 Kings 8:27; Psalms 8:1-9; 24:1-10; 89:5-14; Isaiah 40:12-17; 1 Peter 1:24, 25.

  •  ethics and morals derived from humans or the self; no absolutes, everything is relative:  see 1 Kings 8:46; Psalms 51:1-4; 143:2; Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 2:14-16; 1 John 1:5-10.

  •  reincarnation:  see Romans 6:23; Hebrews 9:27.

  •  salvation by human effort:  see Romans 4:3; Galatians 2:15,16.

  •  picking and choosing among religions:  see Exodus 20:2-5; 23:13; John 1:7-9.

  •  worshipping other gods, especially fertility religions:  see 2 Kings 17:9-12; Jeremiah 2:20; Ezekiel 6:13.

  •  the idea that Christ is optional, only one of many spiritual masters:  see John 14:6-8; Acts 4:12; 1 Timothy 2:5, 6.

I realize that’s a lot of reading to do, but if you, dear reader, happen to be caught up into any one of these errors, I urge you to find out the truth that is only contained in the Bible!

Ridenour’s book was originally written back in 1967, updated in 1979 and then updated again in 2001.  It is interesting to me that he wrote:

Because the New Age seems to be everywhere and in practically everything, it would seem logical to see all of the NAM as taboo and dangerous.  But there are some things New Agers talk about that Christians can agree with, to a point. (bold, italics mine)  Saving the environment is one.  Trying to end war, terrorism, bigotry and racial and gender discrimination are others.  The New Age solution to these problems, however, is found only in fallen mankind, and that is doomed to a dead end.

That paragraph is almost prophetic!  Now, in 2017 we see such things ratcheted up into such a frenzy that the so-called “solutions” are being used to demonize people who don’t agree with their “methods” to help “solve” such problems!  This is just another “updated package” being spewed through individuals who don’t know God and are (either knowingly or unknowingly) being influenced by the enemy of our souls!

In fact, many are using either the “ostrich mentality” regarding radical Islamic terrorism; while perpetuating bigotry towards people of faith in Christ and biblical Christianity; as well as exploding racial division and gender identity issues to an extreme!  Don’t even get me started on the “man-made global warming (or, is it now just called ‘climate change?’) hysteria” where celebrities and “scientists” often use pollution producing jets to go and lecture us all about carbon dioxide emissions!

Readers, can you now see why biblical Christianity is so extremely hated by the leftists?  They scheme against Christians on all levels and we are often targeted by them through lawsuits meant to impose huge financial fines with the goal of putting Christian business owners out of business.  Through purposely targeting Christians and utilizing phony “discrimination” claims; as well as perpetuating constant violent demonstrations towards speech suppression at universities and spewing hateful rhetoric through late night “comedians” and in the leftist led alphabet news networks, they demean and  trample upon the First Amendment rights of Christians that are guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

So, what is their ultimate goal?

Could it be to eradicate our beliefs from public, political, social, freedom of conscience/speech/association of thought…and ultimately from existence in our nation?

Notice, also, the FACT that the NAM proponents idea of “syncretism:  all religions lead to the same place” cannot, and does not,  include biblical Christian faith?

They don’t attack the lukewarm churches that agree with the NAM’s agenda, so what are biblically-based Christians supposed to do?

Ridenour writes:

In response to New Age thinking, Christians must have a thorough understanding of their own faith.  To know what God’s Word teaches is imperative.  Even more important is to know the Living Word –His Son–in a personal, vibrant way.  A favorite response of the New Ager to the Christian who tries to point out the absolute truth of the Bible is, “That’s your reality, but it’s not mine.”  Christians can only respond confidently but humbly that, in the end, only one reality will turn out to be real:  Jesus Christ –the only way, the only absolute truth and the only source of life.

Reference:  “So What’s the Difference?” by Fritz Ridenour, Bethany House, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2001 pp. 147-159

Next up:  The difference between man-made religion and man’s attempt to find God vs. biblical Christianity which affirms that true faith is the result of God’s successful efforts to reach out to man through the Person of Jesus Christ.

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11 Responses to “The Serpent’s Old Lie in an Updated Package”

  1. insanitybytes22 Says:

    Well said. I’m glad your power went out. Well,not really, but it did make this post happen. 🙂

    I’ve almost come to believe all these issues, homelessness, global warming, healthcare, the LGBT lobby, have become like golden calves to be worshipped. People are pledging their allegiance to issues and not to Christ, even Christian people. To solve any problem,seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all the rest will be added to you. So the solution to everything that ails us is Christ.

    I live in the heart of the new agers. They will worship anything and everything but Jesus. That’s tragic, but somewhat comical too. “Christians are too weird for me,” says the woman with the bowl of fruit on her head lighting incense to a little green statue of some obscure god, probably Yoda from Star Wars.

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  2. christinewjc Says:

    Ha hah yeah…power went out and got me back into my Bible!

    I think you’re right about issues being “golden calves” in the minds of many people where they end up worshipping issues instead of God and Christ Jesus!

    And thanks for the laugh about the “bowl of fruit” headed woman! Sometimes we do need to laugh at the stupidity that people fall for; but as you stated in your comment, it is also tragic.

    The NAM is totally at odds with the Christian faith and it is, as Mr. Ridenour states in his book:

    “…a viable and contemporary component of Satan’s plan…to defeat the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.”

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  4. Keith Mosher Says:

    America is so secularized in 2017, that dark forces are at work all around us and everyone walks around with blinders on… sadly even many Christians. Idolatry for the Israelites often took the form of statues of false gods… but in America we have different idols, different obsessions that pull us away from Christ. Take Yoga for example, a very common and popular form of “exercise” even among Christians, yet the very poses were designed as forms of worship to counterfeit gods. Another example… some video games… a friend of mine was playing a video game with satanic symbols throughout…that night he had an intrusion of demonic activity in his home. The next day I anointed his home and cast the demons out in the name of Jesus Christ.

    I believe that Christians now more than ever have to be equipped for spiritual warfare… and not just to play defense… but to ENGAGE the enemy on their turf.

    In fact, I read an article yesterday about the Satanic Temple erecting a shrine to Baal at a Veteran’s Cemetery that they sponsored. They have the green light. It’s going to happen.

    Now more than ever we need to Stand Tall and Stay Strong in the Truth of Jesus Christ.

    God Bless You
    Keith

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Hi Keith and welcome to my blog! I’m so glad that I found your blog today!

      You’re right – we need to be equipped for spiritual warfare because it has ratcheted up tremendously over the course of my lifetime. The battle is not fought via the secular man’s own efforts, but through those in Christ who utilize prayer and adherence to God’s Word and His will.

      I have family members who watch movies that I refuse to watch because they are evil and sometimes even disgusting. I just walk out of the room. They know that I’m against such content, but it doesn’t seem to bother them to continue to watch such things.

      Satanic activity is very real, and even though some would laugh at such a statement, the evidence is all around us. That is why I pray for loved ones to stay away from such influence. When they travel, I cover them in prayer for safety.

      Satanic temple erecting a Baal shrine at a veteran’s cemetery? Never thought I’d see the day that would happen. Terribly sad and evil…

      Yes! I agree that we need to stay strong in the truth of Jesus Christ!

      God’s blessings to you as well,

      Christine

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  5. Keith Mosher Says:

    Christine,

    You just continue to be the Salt and Light of the earth, a city on the hill… and the Holy Spirit of God will work on the hearts of your family. Your testimony, your walk with Christ and ultimately the Joy of your Salvation will shine so bright that they will take notice.

    One day they may ask, Christine what are so joyful about? They will begin to want that joy for themselves and that is when their heart will be softened.

    We must be patient my dear Sister in Christ… my entire family is filled with non-believers and I pray daily for their salvation.

    God is good all the time…

    He is faithful and filled with Grace.

    We are called to be the same.

    I will be praying for your family members.

    Keith

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Keith,

      Our family of four and daughter-in-law are all saved by grace through Christ. Our son-in-law is not (yet!). I think that my husband and daughter watch such movies because they don’t really think there is any harm in it. Well, I think there is harm!

      I like to watch the Hallmark channel. Many good (and decent) shows on there.

      I will keep your family members in my prayers.

      I have found that family members are often the hardest to reach with the Gospel of Christ. However, after decades of worrying about my dad and his salvation, the Lord saw fit to use me to reach him just months before he died from lung cancer. This happened almost 23 years ago, and I felt totally un-equipped to share Christ with him. I KNOW that Jesus helped me through my stumbling witness and that experience showed me that my fear of “not doing it right” and the fear of “pushing my dad away further” wasn’t important. It all started with a comment he had made to me that “God was punishing him” with the cancer. That was my “in” to share what God’s Word says and how Christ saves us from sin.

      We have extended family back east, and many are of the Catholic faith, or non-practicing. I grew up in the Roman Catholic church, but when I read the Bible and became born-again, the man-made rules and “traditions” of the RCC did not match up with biblical truth. Telling people who have been Catholics for their entire lives about RCC errors can be difficult. Many don’t want to hear it…or believe it!

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words – appreciate it so much!

      Christine

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  6. Cry and Howl Says:

    You did a quality job Christine. Lately Rina has gotten into searching out the truth regarding a great number of famous “preachers,” evangelists, ‘mega-church’ pastors and such. It’s stunning how so many are so far off the message of salvation and living a godly life. The prosperity doctrine and as your writing says, New Age belief has overtaken the vast majority of churches around the world. I’ve been listening a little to Dave Hunt … Chuck Smith is about my favorite (we attend a Calvary Chapel church in Burleson) and probably one of the most insightful (now deceased) biblical scholars whose study bible I use is Finnis Dake. (Dake’s Annotated Bible) Anyway Dave Hunt (also deceased … Chuck Smith as well now that I think of it) really lays it out very well about many well known ministers and the Mormons, etc.
    I’ll be back soon. Thank you for being faithful to Him who bought you.

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Thank you Steve! Really appreciate your kind words of encouragement.

      Your lovely wife Rina is a very wise woman! It is so true that many famous “preachers” etc. have fallen for the errors of the prosperity doctrine! We left 3 churches over the last several years because of that reason, as well as some other reasons. The recent churches we have attended have all been young start-ups – only 1 or 3 years old.

      I have heard of Chuck Smith and have read some of his commentaries online.

      Recently, I read about a South Korean mega-church “prosperity gospel pastor” who took 12 million dollars from the tithes and offerings! He got caught – but many do not get caught and it’s really sad and disgraceful…to say the least!

      Thanks for coming over to visit! We need to keep in touch more often!

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      • Cry and Howl Says:

        We changed churches around four years ago and began attending a Calvary Chapel church. Calvary Chapel was started by Chuck Smith back in the late 60’s I think. He passed away fairly recently. The thing we like about Calvary Chapel is they’re “thing” is to teach the Bible … going through the Bible in its entirety. No personal “interpretations” and stuff like that, they simply go through it with the congregation. You can find Through The Bible With Chuck Smith and listen to some of it to get an idea. Rina’s sister lives in Marietta and attends a Calvary Chapel out there. The church is called Revival Christian Fellowship and it’s in Menefee (sp?). The pastor’s name is John Miller. Anyway Rina says most of the Calvary Chapel affiliates are okay. Yes ma’am, I agree. I’ll visit more often as I do think about how you and your family are doing pretty often and I do cherish our friendship which has been on going for quite a few years now. Take good care and keep in touch.

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