5 Practices New Agers Hijacked from Christianity
Many people say that there are certain parts of religions that can be seen in other, not so similar religions. And with the New Age on the rise, it’s very easy to see that they’ve hijacked, stolen, and counterfeited several phrases, acts, etc. from the true Church. So without further delay, here are five of those hijacked items.
It was God--the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob--not you, the universe, a tree, or a stone--that said:
We are meant to visualize things, see them with our spiritual eyes and furthermore, to write it down, act and believe in accordance with it, then watch God bring it to past.
2) Name It & Claim It
The Clark Sisters made this one famous before y’all did. And though I realise there are some standards to what you can “name and claim,” the concept is a biblical one. We name what God gives us, just as we name our children. And naming is of such importance to God and me, that I spend a great deal of time discussing in both of my books Faith and the Imagination as well as How to Write Fiction that Doesn’t Suck.
The concept of The Secret, is to ask whatever you want and you’ll have it. Seemingly innocent enough right? WRONG. The Bible says this:
That’s the key--asking in Jesus’ name. Otherwise you’re asking just to ask and may be asking amiss.
Just remember the 10 Commandments: you can’t have what isn’t yours by trying to covet and steal someone else’s car, spouse, house, you get the idea.
3) Positive Speaking
Yes, this our concept, God’s concept. We think positive things because as a [wo]man thinks in his/her heart, so is s/he (Proverbs 23:7). And what fills our heart and our mind is what fills our mouth. We speak positively even as the Apostle Paul said (paraphrased), we speak those things that are not as though they were because by faith in God--and only that--they will be!
I think Israel Houghton said it best:
No this isn’t code for sitting in an awkward position, blanking our minds (which is TOTALLY demonic I might add), and chanting. It is the active mental and verbal repetition of the Word of God. New Age says blank your mind (so evil spirits can take over), while God says do it night and day. The Bible, especially the Psalms, are filled with examples of meditating on God and His Word.
Godly meditation is paramount because faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). And we know that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).
5) Spiritual Cleansing
I don’t know what New Agers cleanse themselves of, but in Christianese, we call this casting out demons. Straight up. The only way to cleanse your spirit, mind, and body is to have its former occupant(s) kicked out and replaced by the Spirit and Word of God.
We can also refer to true spiritual cleansing as renewing our mind or washing it with the water of the Word.
This last Scripture passage is given in the context of marriage, yet it is imperative that single or married, we take the time to wash our own minds with the water of the Word and cleanse them from the filth of the world.
Solomon had it right when he said that there was nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9) and since Satan, the Father of Lies, has no ability to create, he must take that which God has made which is good and twist it to his own evil devices.
The danger of it is, is that in these “last and evil days” the counterfeit church is on the rise as it never was before even to the point of infiltrating the pews and even the pulpits of the less-discerning churches. We must be on our guard. As Kiki Sheard so eloquently stated,
The devil would deceive even the elect if he could, but Christ is our covering. If we take refuge in Him, and yes, even fight in Him, then we will be safe. Until then, watch and pray!