“Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons.” – 1 Timothy 4:1
Dabbling in the communication with the spirit world other than seeking guidance from the spirit of God is extremely unwise. Scripture warns us against doing so on numerous occasions. Consulting the dead is blasphemous and offensive to God when Christians have full access to the throne. The New Age movement is masking the deceptive demonic powers as innocent spiritual enlightenment. Do not be fooled.
With religion on the decline in the United States, especially among millennials, the need for spirituality has been replaced by astrology, crystals and other New Age beliefs.
The Bible foretold of a time when people would move away from the faith and towards deceiving spirits. We are seeing more evidence of this today.
Indeed, while a majority of millennials referred to themselves as “none” in a recent pew research study about religious affiliation, many of them also say they are “spiritual but not religious.”
The strongest attraction of New Age is its focus on positivity. It feels good. It purports a loving attitude.
In fact, many preachers such as Joel Osteen, and celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, have been criticized for trying to make New Age beliefs and Christianity homogenous.
While there are many Bible verses on love, as well as, encouraging and comforting verses, some of the love the scriptures impart is tough love. It pulls no punches in calling out the bad behavior of sin and the consequences it brings.
However, today, people don’t want any discomfort. And in the Bible, there is a strong message of suffering. It’s ironic in a way because while many new agers follow Buddhist teachings, Buddha taught that life was suffering also. These days, the belief is that no one should suffer.
We now live in a so-called “snowflake” environment where people are easily offended. People don’t want and cannot handle criticism. Make no mistake, the Bible is highly critical of human behavior – and rightly so. As the saying goes, “To err is human.” Mistakes are part of life and we need them to learn.
But a prevalent attitude today is that reality is how something makes us feel. Reality comes down to our own personal experience and interpretation of it.
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the Lord your God.” – Leviticus 19:31
What concerns religious leaders most is the New Age emphasis on divination such as astrology, crystals, tarot, meditation, and energy healing as a form of getting information from the spirit realm.
The problem with trying to contact the spirit realm is that we as humans have no way of clearly confirming who or what entity we are communicating with. We are susceptible to being fooled or manipulated.
We could be interacting with harmful spirits who fool us into thinking we are talking with loved ones or other dead human beings. Religious leaders emphasize that such practices put us at risk of harm and demonic possession.
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.” – Colossians 2:8-10
Christian scholars, leaders, and authors are sounding off about the New Age movement. They attest that it is nothing more than a thinly-veiled version of the occult.
In fact, famed Satanist Anton LaVey (1930-1997), leader of the Church of Satan and author of its renowned guidebook, “The Satanic Bible,” and others, criticized the New Age movement. He said that the New Age was attempting to steal the tenets of Satanism. LaVey saw the New Age movement and satanic beliefs as one and the same.
The New Age movement isn’t new. Its metaphysical ideas gained momentum in the 1970s and 1980s. In this decade, it is making a strong comeback and challenging traditional religion for prominence.
In their recent book, “The Second Coming of the New Age” by Steven Bancarz and Josh Peck, the authors go into great detail explaining the attraction of New Age.
Bancarz was a New Age expert, working as the leading writer for one of the biggest New Age websites in the world. That is before he changed roles from being a New Age influencer to become a follower of Jesus Christ. He now works tirelessly at explaining the deceptions of the New Age movement and on leading people to Christianity.
Co-author Josh Peck admits that he also was enticed by the New Age movement earlier in his life, being swayed by programs like Ancient Aliens, and dabbling into things such as astral projection, while still calling himself a Christian. Peck says that through a series of events God showed him the deception of the New Age movement.
Josh is now the host, along with his wife Christina Peck, of the Christian network SkyWatch TV program Into the Multiverse, which examines religious ideas from the perspective of quantum physics and cosmology, exploring this relationship with biblical prophecy.