New Age Movement
Q. What is the "new age movement" and how is it impacting the believers in the church?
A. The "New Age Movement" is an eclectic combination of various "spiritualities." It usually includes elements of Christian tradition, Hindu beliefs and folk religions (known as Shamanism). Most "New Agers" believe in spirits (esp. angels) who serve as spiritual guides. They usually accept both the idea of reincarnation as well as personal redemption. New Age Theology is focused on spiritual self-help, and a plethora of methods that supposedly bring "psychic healing," "positive self-image" and "inner enlightenment."
New Age Theology denies the reality of both sin and a fallen nature/world. For New Agers, redemption is not an objective work of God but a subjective experience for individuals. Judgment, wrath, atonement and sanctification are irrelevant terms to New Agers. The movement is a mixed bag of conflicting ideas (like reincarnation and heaven). Divine revelation is denied in favor of "enlightenment" that comes through special people - gurus, shamans, spirit-guides, or "advanced souls." Famous New Age proponents include Shirley MacLaine, Marianne Williamson, Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Barbara DeAngelis, M. Scott Peck, James Van Praagh, Betty Eadie, Dannion Brinkley and Sophy Burnham.
New Age Theology denies the authority and infallibility of the Bible, the necessity of Christ's blood atonement, the exclusivity of Jesus Christ as Savior, the moral law of God and the Christian dogmas of the Apostles' Creed. It is not possible to be both new age and Christian. The New Age Movement is merely a "repackaging" of ancient pagan mystery religions, especially those of the East and Animism. Those who enter the New Age Movement inevitably denounce the truth of Christ and Christianity, replacing faith in the Sovereign God of all creation with an inevitably unsupportable belief that people can take control of their lives and “choose what happens" by following the steps to self-fulfillment and finding their personal spiritual path.