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William Paul Young’s Christless “Shack”

LTRP Note: Lighthouse Trails author Warren B. Smith wrote this article shortly before he had a heart attack a few weeks ago. The final editing of this article was obviously delayed. But with the growing interest in The Shack (book and movie), we are very grateful that Warren was able to finalize and submit this very important article to us a couple days ago. If you know people who are reading and being influenced by The Shack, please consider giving them some of the material Warren Smith has presented (see links below).

By Warren B. Smith

When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 16:13-17)

The Holy Bible makes it clear that Jesus Christ is the one and only Christ. He is the anointed one. He is the Messiah. He is the Savior. There is no other. This one and only Jesus Christ is referred to as Christ more than 500 times in the New Testament. In fact, the name Jesus Christ bookends the whole New Testament. The Bible’s Jesus is clearly identified as Christ in the first line of the first chapter of the Book of Matthew and in the last line of the last chapter of the Book of Revelation. But The Shack’s “Jesus” is never identified as Christ. In fact, the word “Christ” cannot be found anywhere in whole Shack story. William P. Young’s “Jesus” is not ever described—not even once—as the Jesus who has “a name which is above every name”—the full and complete name of Jesus Christ:

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2: 9-11)

A “Jesus” Who is Not Christ

Excluding the name of Christ from The Shack is pretty much what you would expect from a self-professed universalist like William P. Young.1 If Young had clearly identified The Shack’s “Jesus” as Christ, his universal “Jesus” would have lost his universal appeal. And that is because the “Jesus” of other religions and New Age teachings is “another Jesus” who is not Jesus Christ. In one example alone, Young’s “Jesus” proves himself to be “another Jesus” when he teaches Shack readers the New Age lie that God is “in” all things. Using The Shack’s “Jesus” as his mouthpiece, Young falsely teaches—“God, who is the ground of all being, dwells in, around, and through all things.”2 But God is not in all things. This is pantheism. This is universalism. This is heresy. It totally contradicts the teachings of the true Jesus Christ.3 The apostle Paul warned the Corinthians—and all of us—to beware of men like William Paul Young who come preaching and teaching about “another Jesus” who is not Christ. Paul said we “might just go along with him—we “might well bear with him”:

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. (2 Corinthians 11:3-4)

A Christ Who is Not Jesus
All of this is to say that when you don’t have a Jesus who is clearly identified as the Christ, you open the door to a “Christ” who is not Jesus. A perfect example of this type of anti-messiah “messiah” is the false Christ Maitreya. His alleged presence here on earth was announced in full page newspaper ads that ran in major cities across the world in 1982. All these many years later, he still claims to be the Christ and continues to wait for a troubled world to call him forth. As a prototype of Antichrist—one who comes in the name of Christ but actually opposes Christ—Maitreya steadfastly and defiantly declares that he is “the Christ.”4 One thing is for sure, whoever the prophesied Antichrist turns out to be, the true Jesus Christ warned that this false Christ would come in his own name—not in the name of Jesus Christ.

I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. (John 5:43)

Thus, to separate the name and title of “the Christ” from the full name of Jesus Christ is an important spiritual ploy. It helps to prepare the way for an Antichrist who will come in his own name—not in the name of Jesus Christ. Wittingly, or unwittingly, this is exactly what William P. Young has done in The Shack. There is no Jesus Christ in The Shack. Just a “Jesus” who attempts to teach Shack readers the pantheistic, universalist false doctrine that God is “in” all things.

The Shack’s Christless Doctrine
According to William P. Young, The Shack was written to help his “mostly grown children” understand his theology—what he believes.5 He describes what he wrote for them in The Shack as “theology wrapped in story.”6 But what kind of “theology wrapped in story” never names the name of Jesus Christ? What kind of Jesus is he presenting to his kids and to his millions of readers? The answer is that he is presenting “another Jesus” who is a pantheistic, universal, Christless “Jesus.” While the apostle Peter was commended by the Lord Jesus Christ for recognizing and openly acknowledging Him as “the” Christ, William P. Young would not receive that same commendation. People may love The Shack, but The Shack’s “Jesus,” is not Jesus Christ.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. (2 John 1:9-11)

Endnotes
1. Wm. Paul Young, Lies We Believe About God (New York: NY: Atria Books, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2017), p. 118.
2. William P. Young, The Shack (Newbury Park, CA: Windblown Media, 2007), p. 112.
3. Warren B. Smith, Be Still and Know That You Are Not God (Eureka, MT: Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2015). Exhaustive booklet that explains and exposes the heretical teaching that God is in all things.
4. Warren B. Smith, False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care? (Magalia, CA: Mountain Stream Press, 2011), Chapter 4; Warren B. Smith, Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose Driven Church (Magalia, CA: Mountain Stream Press, 2004), Chapter 14.
5. C. Baxter Kruger, The Shack Revisited (New York: NY: FaithWord, Hachette Book Group, 2012), p. ix. (from the Foreword written by Wm. Paul Young).
6. Ibid., p. xi.

Other Articles About The Shack by Warren B. Smith

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Did Jesus Teach the Divinity of Humanity?

Investigating the intent of Jesus’ statement, “You are gods”

By Pastor Larry DeBruyn

“Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?”
Jesus, John 10:34, KJV

Mystic, New Age, cultic and Word of Faith spiritualists commonly assume that in the essence of their being they are divine, that either they are or can become gods.[1] For example, by employing The Third Eye mystics attempt to contemplate into a consciousness of their divine nature. One Norwegian website explains:

During deep meditation, the single or spiritual eye becomes visible within the central part of the forehead. This omniscient eye is variously referred to in scriptures as the third eye . . . [2]

The website asserts that the Lord is in heaven. But where is heaven? How can heaven be found? “Gliding inside oneself in the right way should ‘work wonders’,” the university explains. How can someone “glide within” to discover heaven within where the Lord dwells? By meditating upon the assumption that you are “the image of God inside yourself.” In a spirit of self-hype, members of the Word of Faith movement also claim themselves to be little gods who can self-create what they want out of life. To assert their divinity, both movements employ the statement of Jesus where He asked the Jews, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are gods’?” (John 10:34).

When in John 10:34 He told the Jews, “You are gods”, did Jesus mean to say that persons possess an essential divinity awaiting their discovery by taking a meditative journey into “inner space”? To support their claim that man is or can become God, teachers of the “man-is-god” doctrine have seized upon words that Jesus intended only for the Jews, ignored their original intent and arrogantly applied them to their own being. Without conscripting Jesus words to make them conform to any preconception of what we might want them to say, what did Jesus really mean when He said to the Jews, “You are gods”?[3] Click here for endnotes and to finish reading this article.

Book Review: “Babylon Rising” and Canon in Crisis

By Larry DeBruyn
Guarding His Flock Ministries and Herescope

Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, Fresh Revelations, and an “Open” Canon

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” Paul, 2 Timothy 4:4, Emphasis Added.

Lewis Sperry Chafer (1871-1952), the first president of Dallas Theological Seminary, once reportedly said that all heresy is either the Bible plus, or the Bible minus. The work of radical higher criticism, as it has affected, even determined, the liberal view of the Christian faith since the late 1800s, has seen to it that there’s a lot of Bible-minus ideology amongst professing Christians now-a-days, even among so-called evangelicals. Now however, voices are emerging which advocate a Bible-plus view of Holy Scripture. One such voice has stated:

While I do believe that the Holy Bible is Divinely inspired and written by men, I do not necessarily hold to the idea that only the 66 books we now have in our (Protestant) bibles are the sole Divinely inspired books of antiquity. [1] (BR, Chapter 1, 1, Emphasis added) [2]

Why does Rob Skiba,  the author who wrote this statement above, not limit inspiration of ancient books to only to the sixty-six of the Protestant canon? It appears that he and others like Tom Horn, Joseph Lumpkin, and Chuck Missler, need other books of antiquity and mythologies to integrate paranormal activity with the end-times scenario that they are seeking to create, a scenario Skiba calls, “The Genesis Six Experiment.” (BR, Chapter 2, 1-2) Click here to continue reading.

The Post-Truth Transformation of a Wordless “Faith”

By Tamara Hartzell
(author of In the Name of Purpose and “Reimagining” God: Turning the Light off to Look for “Truth” in the Corner of a Dark Round Room)

 “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26)

In today’s shifting Christianity, people think it is simply a matter of “moving the fence” in order to be more inclusive. They don’t understand that we can’t broaden the truth of Who the Lord Jesus Christ is any more than we can broaden the truth of Who God is. The Word of God tells us the truth of Who the Lord Jesus Christ is, and, again, the truth and faith that are in the Word of God give us the Christian faith, not the faith of another religion. In other words, the truth of Who the Lord Jesus Christ is gives us the Christian faith. This is the faith that is given to us by God in His Word. The Lord Jesus Christ does not “move the fence;” that is, He does not change the truth of Who He is to be more inclusive. The truth is what it is whether people believe it or not.

For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him. (2 Corinthians 11:4)

Only “another Jesus” will change the truth and “move the fence” to broaden the narrow way to include the broad way. This broadened way is not the narrow way but obviously the broad way.

For instance, the false “Jesus” of The Shack wants his followers to “grow in the freedom to be inside or outside all kinds of systems and to move freely between and among them.” This false “Jesus” conveniently includes “religious” “systems” in this freedom, and he says of his followers who “were Buddhists or Mormons, Baptists or Muslims” – “I have no desire to make them Christian, but I do want to join them in their transformation …” Since true Christians believe the truth and faith of the Word of God, which includes the truth of the true Lord Jesus Christ, of course a false “Jesus” doesn’t want people to be Christian. Besides, this way his followers can come to “view God [as] being MUCH bigger than any particular religion,” and particularly “bigger” than the Word of God and its Christian faith. In other words, in their transformation away from the Christian faith and Christian God they can come to view different religions as having “the same God.” This is what is being taught here by this false “Jesus,” who is clearly “moving the fence” to include the broad way (and even himself).

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. (1 Timothy 4:1)

“Moving the fence” does not move or change the truth, it only moves and changes one’s faith. Faith in the truth is true faith, and faith in untruth is faithlessness because faith in untruth moves and changes one’s faith from faith in the truth to faith in untruth. But, naturally, those who are undergoing the transformation of the broad way don’t see it that way. They prefer to believe that the truth is untruth and untruth is “truth,” so if their faith is in untruth their “faith” is in “truth,” and then faith in the truth becomes faith in untruth, and faith becomes faithlessness and faithlessness becomes “faith.”

This way, this broader untruth (“truth”) of a broader “Jesus” can now fit inside other religions so they, too, can have faith in untruth and believe it is faith in the truth. And this is man’s idea of “love”?! Yet they see it as having faith in a “reimagined” Jesus and a “reimagined” way and a “reimagined” truth that gives everyone a “reimagined” life, because then there will be no problem for anyone, right? Only in the blinding absurdity of make-believe, which is all they will have left since they are making it taboo to believe.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8)

For I am the LORD, I change not.  (Malachi 3:6)

If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. (1 John 5:9-10)

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. (1 John 4:14-15)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  (John 14:6)

Contrary to the devious false teachings of The Shack’s “reimagined” “God” of untruth, neither the true Father nor the true Holy Spirit are “the Son of God.” It used to be common knowledge in Christianity that the Father is not “the Son of God;” the Father is not the way to the Father. Likewise, it used to be common knowledge that the Holy Spirit is not “the Son of God;” the Holy Spirit is not the way to the Father. The Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the true Son of God, is the only way to the Father. And only those who believe on the true Son of God receive the Holy Spirit. We cannot bypass believing on the true Son of God to come to the true God.

Incidentally, in the New Age everyone is “the Son of God.” Very convenient. This way everyone is their own way to God. This is also why people choose to “reimagine” God. Although today’s shifting Christianity now “reimagines” otherwise, the true Lord Jesus Christ, the true Son of God, is not “the best way” to God but the only way. There is no relationship with (or “relating” to) the true God apart from the true Lord Jesus Christ. On the other hand, The Shack’s “reimagined” “Jesus” naturally claims to be “the best way” to “relate to” its “reimagined” “God.” Of course a false “Jesus” is “the best way” in every sense to a false “God”! In truth, the true Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to the true God. Think about it.

Although it all used to be obvious, sadly, nothing is obvious anymore for those who are rejecting the faith of the certainty of God’s truth to believe the faithlessness of the uncertainty of man’s untruth, and then absurdly flipping it all upside down and backward, spinning in the never-ending circles of man’s “reimaginations.” Their defense against the light is quite an effective defense. They just are not willing to accept that in the true truth of God’s truth—as opposed to the untrue “truth” of man’s untruth—we are born again through the Holy Spirit by the Word of God that gives us the truth of Who the Lord Jesus Christ is, which is indispensable to the true Gospel of Christ.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.… That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.… He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:3, 6-7, 36)

Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. (John 17:17)

Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. (1 Peter 1:23-25)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:16-17)

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)

This all used to be common knowledge in Christianity, when light was still the preferred light, truth was still the preferred truth, faith was still the preferred faith, and the Gospel of Christ was still the preferred Gospel. Now everything has changed. And the self-proclaimed “change agents” have changed it all on purpose. Congratulations on their success. Now, the true God is no longer the preferred “God,” and the true Lord Jesus Christ is no longer the preferred “Jesus.” But, naturally, they don’t see it that way.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

(This article is an extract from Tamara Hartzell’s newest book, “Reimagining” God: Turning the Light off to Look for “Truth” in the Corner of a Dark Round Room, from Part 2. This is a free online PDF book. She is also the author of In the Name of Purpose; used with permission.)

Obama: Jesus Is “A Son of God”

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(CNSNews.com) – Speaking to a group of Christian clergy at the Easter Prayer Breakfast  he hosted at the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama  referred to Jesus Christ as “a son of God.”

“It’s an opportunity for us to reflect on the triumph of the  resurrection, and to give thanks for the all-important gift of grace,”  Obama said of Easter, which is this Sunday. “And for me, and I’m sure for  some of you, it’s also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice  that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured–not just as a Son  of God, but as a human being.”

The Christian faith teaches that Jesus is the only Son of God. John  3:16-18: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,  that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For  God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to  save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned,  but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have  not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” Click here to read more.

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President Obama’s Christianity…

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Pew Forum Study Shows Growing Number of Americans Say Obama is a Muslim, Not a Christian as He Claimed

Behind the Peaceful Scenes of Christmas

By Berit Kjos
Kjos Ministries

He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God…” John 1:12

Nothing about the birth of Jesus was normal. How can human logic explain the virgin birth, the precise fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies and the angels’ joyful announcement to some poor shepherds? How can science explain the mysterious “star”[1] over Bethlehem that drew scholarly Magi from the East to a temporary “house” for a heavenly King? It doesn’t make earthly sense!

God’s ways continue to amaze me! The strangest and most inexplicable events are part of His wise, sovereign plan. And if I don’t understand, He doesn’t owe me an explanation. He just calls me to trust and follow Him.

That’s what the Magi [2] chose to do! God had obviously prepared their hearts. In their distant land, they were given “sight” to see the miraculous light hovering over the manger of Jesus! It may have taken them a year or more to reach their goal, but for those who serve Him, such timing is simply part of God’s plan. As David wrote in Psalm 31:15, “My times are in Your hand!”

So, who were those “wise men” or “Magi” from the East?

The Bible doesn’t give us specific answers, but their response to God’s guiding light demonstrates their faith in our God. And the gifts they chose for the precious King point to positions of wealth and influence.

They were probably among the elite scholars, astrologers and astronomers in the Parthian empire (247 BC – 224 AD). At the time, it included both Media and Persia. If that indeed was their home, the Magi might easily have studied the Old Testament prophecies. Jewish scribes and scholars had brought those treasured Scriptures to Babylon during the exile that followed Israel’s slide into idolatry about six centuries earlier.

By this time, the wisdom and goodness of God had already been demonstrated among His exiled people — through the lives of Ruth, Nehemiah, Daniel[3] and many others. Since Biblical records were treasured in those days, they would have been carefully preserved even through the turmoil of wars and changing national borders. Therefore, the God of Israel was no stranger to Persian scholars at the momentous time when Christ was born.

Today, most Christians know that God communicated His long-awaited news to the Magi in the East through a bright supernatural light that would lead them to a small town in the West. (In fact, they may have been the only people who saw it.[4]) What a joyful moment! God’s silent message had truly reached their hearts! Soon afterwards they began their journey to worship their King.

They may have traveled for a year or more, which explains why they found Jesus in a house, not in a manger. The challenges they faced when they neared their destination offer some clues to the dark forces that targeted God’s Son from the time of his birth. Click here to continue reading.

Beware: “For Many Shall Come in My Name”

By Ray Yungen

I believe the Bible contains an important signal that the changes of times and seasons may indeed be at hand. In Matthew 24:3-5, which is a chapter dealing with the tribulation period, Jesus spoke these revealing words to His disciples concerning the signs of His coming and the end of the world (age):

And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign [indication] of thy coming, and of the end of the world [age]? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.” (emphasis mine)

In the past, I have heard two basic ways of interpreting verse 5—“for many shall come in my name, saying, ‘I am Christ;’ and shall deceive many.” The first interpretation is that there will be various ones claiming to be the returned Jesus Christ. The other view, which has gained greater acceptance in the last ten or fifteen years, is that a number of messiah figures would appear and gather followers to themselves in a fashion similar to Jim Jones or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. I now feel both of these interpretations may be incorrect. It is in light of some predominant New Age viewpoints that these verses take on major significance.

A basic tenet of New Age thinking is that of the Master Jesus. Adherents to this idea believe that during the unrecorded period of His life, Jesus traveled to various occult centers and Mystery Schools in such places as Tibet, India, Persia, and Egypt where He learned the metaphysical secrets of the ages. Thus, they claim He spent seventeen years of travel on a pilgrimage of higher consciousness. According to this theory Jesus of Nazareth became the Master Jesus, one who has gained mastery over the physical world by becoming one with his higher self.

You will recall that one of the terms that New Agers regularly use for the higher self is the Christ consciousness. To them, Christ is not a person, but a state-of-being. Excerpts from the following New Age sources explain it this way:

Jesus Christ educated His followers to discern the real man. He taught that there is a power in man that gives him authority over the things of the world. This principle is the higher self, the spiritual man, the Christ.1

The Christ Consciousness or Christ Principle represents the idea of a Saviour, but not, as taught in orthodox religions, a physical, material person. Jesus became the Saviour as He rose to the heights of His inner powers and became a True Son of God. . . . In other words, when Jesus, the man, was ready, the Christ Principle or Consciousness took over and predominated.2

After reading innumerable such statements in New Age material, I decided to take a closer look at Matthew 24:5. What I found astounded me. The Greek word for “many” in this verse is polus which means a very great or sore number, as in millions and millions. A term derived from this word is hoi polloi, which translates the masses. The Greek words for “shall come in my name” means they shall come claiming to represent what He represents by using His name or authority. Therefore, Matthew 24:5 is saying that a very great number of people shall come claiming to represent what He represents, but are in fact, deceiving people. In light of come in my name, consider the following remarks taken from a variety of New Age sources:

Jesus was an historical person, a human being; Christ, the Christos. is an eternal transpersonal condition of being. Jesus did not say that this higher state of consciousness realized in him was his alone for all time. Nor did he call us to worship him. Rather, he called us to follow him, to follow in his steps, to learn from him, from his example.3

Jesus was one soul who reached the state of Christ consciousness, there have been many others. He symbolized the blueprint we must follow…. The way is open to everyone to become a Christ by achieving the Christ Consciousness through walking the same path He walked.. . . He simply and beautifully demonstrated the pattern.4

The significance of incarnation and resurrection is not that Jesus was a human like us but rather that we are gods like him—or at least have the potential to be. The significance of Jesus is not as a vehicle of salvation but as a model of perfection.5

Jesus was aware of himself as a finished specimen of the new humanity which is to come—the new humanity which is to inherit the earth, establish the Kingdom, usher in the New Age.6

This view, then, is that Jesus is a model of what the New Age or Aquarian person is to become. I would say these statements can be called coming in His name or claiming to represent what He represents.

Now let us look at the second part of verse 5 in Matthew 24, “saying I am Christ.” Again, we find a multitude of statements such as the following:

Every man is an individual Christ; this is the teaching for the New Age. The experiences of contacting the Christ Self and the subsequent vibrational lifting are not to be reserved for a favored few. Every person in the world, sooner or later, will receive this lifting action. No one will be left out or left behind. Everyone will receive the benefit of this step in human evolution.”  (emphasis mine)7

Could it be that many Christians have been looking for “the Christ” in all the wrong places? Could it be that when Jesus said “no man knoweth the hour” of his return, it was because the return of the Christ comes now, within us, and is beyond space and time? Jesus may have been hinting at this when he told us the kingdom of God is within you—not in some time, nor in some place, but within. When we look within, through meditation and the expansion of consciousness, we move beyond time, and meet face-to-face with the Christ.8

The Christ is You. You are the one who is to come—each of you. Each and every one of you!9

Christhood is not something to come at a point in the future when you are more evolved. Christhood is—right now! I am the Christ of God. You are the Christ of God.10

Even more specific evidence ties the New Age into Jesus’ prophecy. In Luke 21:7-8, we find the same discourse as in Matthew 24:3-5. Again, note the warning:

And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near; go ye not therefore after them. (Luke 21:7-8)

Notice “Christ” is italicized in verse 8, meaning that it was not in the original manuscript. The translators of the King James Bible probably thought it awkward that it said, “Many shall come saying, I am.” Probably for the sake of clarity and to be consistent with Matthew 24, the translators added the word “Christ.” It is very interesting that New Agers refer to themselves (or their higher selves) as the “I AM,” (one of the names of God). Note the following:

The first experience of unification with the Christ consciousness may come with the initial crossing of the psychic barrier and contact with the Christ Self or I AM Self.11

This Inner Self is called by many names such as: God-self, Higher-self, Christ Consciousness, I-AM, Buddah Nature, and many others.12

This I AM is God . . . this I AM is You.. . . Universe and Individual Consciousness.. . . God knowing Itself as God, God knowing Itself as You, and You knowing Yourself as God.13

So what Jesus may have been saying is many shall be saying “I AM.”

Because of these statements, I firmly believe what Jesus Christ was prophesying in Matthew and Luke was the current New Age movement when it reaches its full fruition world-wide. He clearly stated that just before His physical return a huge number of people will proclaim their own personal divinity and that “many” (polus) will deceive—not some, but “many.” There was a good reason for Him to preface these prophesies with the warning, “Take heed that no man deceive you.” These people will be offering a spiritual message that will look, feel, and sound like it is of Jesus Christ but is not.

(from For Many Shall Come in My Name by Ray Yungen, pp. 151-156).

Related Articles also by Ray Yungen:

Understanding the Age of Aquarius and Metaphysics

The New Age, Politics, and the Department of Peace

Notes:

1.   Charles Fillmore, Metaphysical Bible Dictionary (Unity Village, MO:        Unity School of Christianity).
2.   Donald H. Yott, Man and Metaphysics, op. cit., p. 73.
3.   John White, “Jesus, Evolution, and the Future of Humanity”       (Science of Mind magazine, September 1981), p. 15.
4.   John Davis and Naomi Rice, Messiah and the Second Coming      (Wyoming, MI: Coptic Press, 1982), p. 49.
5.   John White (Science of Mind magazine, October 1981), pp. 40-42.
6.   John White, “Jesus, Evolution, and the Future of Humanity,”         op. cit, p. 15.
7.   Armand Biteaux, The New Consciousness (Willits, CA: Oliver Press,        1975), p. 128.
8.   Gregory Barrette, “The Christ is Now” (Science of Mind, March       1989), p. 17.
9.   Life Times, Vol. 1, No.3, p. 91.
10.  John Randolph Price, The Planetary Commission (Austin, TX:       Quaratus Books, 1984), pp. 143, 145.
11.  Anne P. and Peter V. Meyer, Being a Christ (San Diego: Dawning       Pub., 1975), p. 49.
12.  John Baughman, The New Age (Self-Published, 1977), p. 5.
13.  John Randolph Price, The Planetary Commission, op. cit. p. 98.


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