Part 8: “Take Heed Therefore That the Light
Which Is in Thee Be Not Darkness”
Ripe for the Harvest
Unity at All Costs
The universal religion with its spiritual transformation is not coming; it is here. Its false gospel that “we are all one” is being embraced by today’s Christianity with open arms. Yes, change is the order of the day:
“The mission of the church will no longer be to issue calls to repentance, but to proclaim visions of unity and meaning so rich that they can never be contained in a single symbol.”1
There are those who believe that interfaith unity is fine as long as they don’t agree with their beliefs. Guilt by association? Yes! The issue is not merely whether we agree with the beliefs of those we unite with but that God clearly sets forth limits for fellowship (associations) throughout His Holy Scriptures.
When we disregard God’s Word and do instead what’s right in our own eyes, we are guilty of sin. Regardless of what the world’s logic says, associating (joining together and uniting) with whom or what God tells us to separate (disassociate) from and not fellowship with is direct disobedience to God. This is guilty by association rather than holy by separation.
“Association” is also defined as “an organization of persons having common … purposes.”2 Guilt by association is even more grievous when the association is with organizations and religions (faiths) that are blatant enemies of God and whose common purpose is to destroy everything of God in this world.
Not only is guilty association sinful disobedience, but it is also a lack of discernment. Discernment is the ability to recognize that which is separate and different; therefore, it is also the opposite of Oneness. But in pursuit of this Oneness, even professing Christians are viewing division between “sacred and secular” as “heresy.”3 This actually turns discernment into “heresy” in the upside-down new way of thinking.
According to (un)common sense and the dictionaries, “sacred” and “secular” are opposites. The unity of opposites is thoroughly based in occult philosophy and opposes God’s Word from beginning to end. The Holy Spirit warned that people would choose “doctrines of devils” over the faith in the latter days (see 1 Timothy 4:1).
Christian author Craig Hawkins has given a definition of witchcraft in which much of his description actually fits the emerging new “Christianity.” His definition has been approvingly posted by a “Dianic Witch” in a Pagan Network forum:
“Witch. Individual who practices or concurs with the views or experiences of witchcraft. Most witches view divinity as immanent in nature, seeing all life as sacred, thus denying any sacred/secular distinction.…
“Witchcraft, (Also known as wicca, the craft, or the craft of the wise.) An antidogmatic, antiauthoritarian, diverse, decentralized, eclectic, experience-based, nature-oriented religious movement whose followers are polytheists and/or pantheists, and/or panentheists …” (Emphasis added)4
The underlying purpose in removing the division between sacred and secular is the elimination of all separation, leaving Oneness and relativism. These apostasies are all burgeoning in today’s bewitched Christianity through books, music, videos, curricula, worship “styles,” spiritual formation and its various mystical prayer practices, contemplative retreats, seminars, conferences, interfaith and intercultural unity, unity in transcendent purpose, and so on and so forth, ad nauseam, ad infinitum.
Christians weren’t willing enough, and are now no longer able, to stop itching ears from turning Christianity upside down. Truth becomes the sacrifice when:
• absolutism is out, and relativism is in;
• obedience is out, and pragmatism is in;
• black and white is out, and gray is in;
• teaching is out, and dialogue is in;
• thus saith the Lord is out, and consensus of opinion is in;
• using Scripture to judge right and wrong is out, and unity with tolerance at all costs is in;
• the faith is out, and interfaith unity is in;
• the narrow way is out, and the broad way is in.
This is not “for the global glory of God”!
“(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)” (Philippians 3:18-19)
“It is time for thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void thy law.” (Psalm 119:126)
There is a high cost to preferring man’s inclusive, relative word over God’s exclusive, absolute Word.
“Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.” (Jeremiah 2:11-13)
The tidal wave of relativism sweeping throughout today’s sleeping Christianity is leaving widespread spiritual destruction in its wake. As mentioned in the Note to the Reader, warning people in the path of a destructive tidal wave is done by urgently proclaiming the truth, not by offering sugar-coated affirmations designed to help people feel good in their error. The spiritual battle is intensifying as the end draws near, and evil spiritual powers are coming out of the woodwork seeking whom they may devour.
In his book The Light That Was Dark: From the New Age to Amazing Grace, Warren Smith wrote:
“[T]he New Age movement has expanded its reach into almost every aspect of society—including the evangelical Church. Unfortunately, most Christian leaders have not been watchful, and as a result the Church is in the process of being greatly deceived. In my 2004 book, Deceived on Purpose, I wrote:…
“Over the last decade, as New Age teachings exploded in popularity, church leaders suddenly became very quiet about the New Age. Perhaps distracted by church growth concerns and tracking what they considered to be the latest ‘moves of God,’ church leaders seemed to be missing the latest moves of our spiritual Adversary.…
“Mysticism and spiritual experience are taking precedence over biblical discernment and truth. The mystery of iniquity is masquerading as the mystery of godliness, while the Church is being methodically transitioned into the New Age. A personal saving relationship with the true Jesus Christ is giving way to ‘another Jesus,’ ‘another gospel,’ and ‘another spirit.’ Sadly, hardly anyone seems to notice or care.
“Today, our spiritual Adversary is purposefully tempting everyone in the world and in the Church to change with the times and to accept his fresh new approach to spirituality and divinity.… He is promising world peace to those who are willing to enlarge their beliefs enough to accept the bottom-line teaching of his New Spirituality—that we are all one because God is in everyone and everything.
“The professing Christian Church does not seem to understand how it is walking right into this most ingeniously contrived spiritual trap. Placing its faith in men and mass movements rather than in properly translated and rightly divided Scripture, the Church is starting to adopt some of the very same teachings I renounced when I left the New Age.…
“When the New Age teachings of the New Spirituality present themselves as a ‘fresh’ new approach to traditional biblical Christianity, stand fast against them.…
“The Lord Jesus Christ warned that great deception in the world and in the Church would precede His return. Those days are definitely here. Beware of the mystical, New Age teachings that are starting to characterize today’s emerging Church. Beware of the New Spirituality that is knocking at your door.
“Beware of the light that is dark.” (Bold added)5
The final signs and lying wonders that will complete the deception of falling for the counterfeit “Christ” have not even begun, yet professing Christians are already falling for the deception. Christians in their predilection for the world’s relativism will soon find out that the emperor has no clothes; no armor that is.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Ephesians 6:10-18)
The many prophetic details and warnings the Lord Jesus Christ has given throughout His Holy Scriptures clearly indicate that time is running out. But when people are convinced that God is using and blessing something, they aren’t interested in hearing “negative” warnings from God’s Word that don’t cater to ears that are positively itching. It is not possible to obey Scripture’s repeated admonishments to watch while covering one’s eyes and ears to the “negative.” This is willful ignorance and leads to easy deception.
“For myself, I long ago decided that I would rather know the truth than be happy in ignorance. If I cannot have both truth and happiness, give me truth. We’ll have a long time to be happy in heaven.” —A.W. Tozer6
Christianity, a once vocal mouthpiece for God’s absolute truth and obstacle to the completion of Satan’s Plan, is no longer much of a light to the world nor a threat to his Plan’s materialization. Basically, all that’s left to finalize the Master Deceiver’s Plan is for his counterfeit “Christ” to be revealed in his Antichrist. He, along with the False Prophet, will complete the interfaith unity of all who refuse to abide on the narrow way. Today’s Christianity is ripe for his harvest.
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” (Matthew 5:13)
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1. “Obstacles and Opportunities for Congregational Mission in the 21st Century” by Thomas G. Bandy, Free Resources, Easum, Bandy, and Associates, http://www.easumbandy.com/resources/index.php?action=details&record=1073.
2. “Association,” Webster’s New World Dictionary of the American Language; Second College Edition, (New York, New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc., 1984).
3. E.g., Bill Easum, “Sacred VS. Secular,” Online Conversation, Free Resources: FAQs, Easum, Bandy, and Associates, http://www.easumbandy.com/resources/index.php?action=details&record=527.
4. Ceri, Pagan Network, forum, 15-05-2005, 12:42, http://www.pagan-network.org/forums/showthread.php?t=14410; quoting Craig Hawkins, Witchcraft: Exploring the World of Wicca, Baker Books, 1996, pp. 210, 21.
5. Warren Smith, The Light That Was Dark: From the New Age to Amazing Grace, Second Edition, (Magalia, California: Mountain Stream Press, 2005), pp. 163-165. (Available through various ministries on the Internet and Amazon.com.)
6. “The Once-Born and the Twice-Born” by A.W. Tozer, The Best of A.W. Tozer, Book Two, Compiled by Warren W. Wiersbe, p. 163.
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