Just as we were about to go to press with this new booklet by Warren B. Smith—MAITREYA: What We Can Learn From This False New Age Christ—we learned that a prominent Bethel Church worship leader has described Jesus as “an enlightened master,” which is exactly what Maitreya and almost all New Age figures call him. While we have been very concerned about Bill Johnson’s Bethel Church for a long time, this newest development sadly illustrates how far from biblical truth Bethel has gone. As you read this booklet, you will see how some Christian leaders are sounding very similar to the false Christs of our day—leaders who are being followed by millions of proclaiming Christians.
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MAITREYA: What We Can Learn From This False New Age Christ
By Warren B. Smith
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. (Matthew 24:4-5)
On April 25,1982, a number of major newspapers around the world carried a prominent full-page ad announcing that “the Christ” was here on Earth waiting for humanity to call him forth. However, these ads made it very clear that his name was Lord Maitreya and not Jesus Christ. The ads headlined, “THE CHRIST IS NOW HERE. HOW WILL WE RECOGNIZE HIM?” and proclaimed:
Look for a modern man concerned with modern problems—political, economic, and social. Since July, 1977, the Christ has been emerging as a spokesman for a group or community in a well-known modern country. He is not a religious leader, but an educator in the broadest sense of the word—pointing the way out of our present crisis. We will recognize Him by His extraordinary spiritual potency, the universality of His viewpoint, and His love for all humanity. He comes not to judge, but to aid and inspire.
The ads continued, “WHO IS THE CHRIST?,” stating:
Throughout history, humanity’s evolution has been guided by a group of enlightened men, the Masters of Wisdom. They have remained largely in the remote desert and mountain places of earth, working mainly through their disciples who live openly in the world. . . . At the center of this “Spiritual Hierarchy” stands the World Teacher, Lord Maitreya, known by Christians as the Christ. And as Christians await the Second Coming, so the Jews await the Messiah, the Buddhists the fifth Buddha, the Moslims the Imam Mahdi, and the Hindus await Krishna. These are all names for one individual.1
This stunning announcement sent shock waves throughout the civilized world, but those who read and understood their Bibles knew that Maitreya was not the true Christ. Yet one thing was for sure—Maitreya’s followers were very serious about what they were doing. They managed the Share International worldwide organization that promoted Maitreya’s teachings with main offices in London, Tokyo, Amsterdam, and Los Angeles. Today, some thirty-seven years after those 1982 newspaper ads, Share International still professes Maitreya’s presence in the world. This false New Age Christ has never gone away as he purports to wait for a beleaguered humanity to call him forth from his present anonymity. Yet given his decades-old insistence that he is “the Christ” and given his devoted following, there is an inexplicable silence in the Christian Church regarding the subject of Maitreya. For whatever reasons, Christian leaders have never taken Maitreya or his New Age teachings seriously. Focused on almost everything except protecting the flock, most pastors and church leaders remain unconcerned or just plain ignorant about Maitreya and the New Age in general. For them, Maitreya and the New Age are more than passe—just simply fads that came and went. Consequently, most Christians today have no idea how the world is being methodically prepared to accept a false New Age Christ—perhaps someone much like Maitreya.
In Reinventing Jesus Christ (2002), Deceived on Purpose (2004), A “Wonderful” Deception (2011), and again in a reissue of Reinventing Jesus Christ re-titled False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care? (2011), I described how Maitreya’s teachings were amazingly consistent with a New Age/New Spirituality that seeks to become the foundation for a New World Religion. This is one of the chief reasons someone like Maitreya serves not only as a possible prototype for Antichrist, but remains a viable candidate for the position himself.
Over the years, Maitreya maintained contact with the world through his longtime chief spokesperson, the late British author, artist, esotericist, and New Age channeler, Benjamin Creme (1922-2016). Maitreya’s role as the alleged “Christ” was introduced by Creme in his 1980 book, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom. Another Maitreya spokesperson—the late Wayne S. Peterson (1941-2017)—wrote a 2001 book titled Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Beings: Experiences of an American Diplomat with Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom. Peterson, a former U.S. government diplomat, corroborated what Creme had taught while adding anecdotes and experiences of his own—including two personal encounters he claims to have had with Maitreya.
Both Creme and Peterson describe how Maitreya’s purpose is to teach humanity that we are all “One” because God is “in” everyone and everything. And because we are all said to be “One,” we must learn to live in “right relationship” as brothers and sisters in our “One” great family. The first step in recognizing this “Oneness” is to establish “sharing” as the way to eliminate poverty and starvation in the world. Thus, Maitreya is “emerging” as the “World Teacher” to teach us how to save ourselves and save our planet and how, when enough people call him forth, he will finally reveal himself in an internationally televised “Day of Declaration.”2
Through the years, Benjamin Creme traveled the world giving lectures in Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, and the United States—often to large crowds in popular venues like San Francisco’s Masonic Auditorium and Palace of Fine Arts. He was widely interviewed on international radio and television. In his many books, lectures, interviews, and posts on the Share International website, Creme described how Maitreya materialized in spiritual gatherings around the world—sometimes taking on the form of a messianic figure recognizable to that culture. Most notable was his appearance in Nairobi, Kenya in 1988 where he was said to be identified as “the Christ” in front of 6,000 people.3 Maitreya’s followers have reportedly been numbered among many prominent figures that include former Russian Premier Mikhail Gorbachev4 and the late African leader Nelson Mandela.5
Curiously, British Indian-American academic, journalist, activist, and author Raj Patel was brought forward in 2010 as a possible candidate for being the otherwise incognito Maitreya.6 Described by one source as the “rock star of social justice writing,”7 Patel, ironically, had some distinct qualifying characteristics that Creme had described as being unique to Maitreya. While speculation about Patel being Maitreya faded after both Benjamin Creme and Raj Patel issued seeming denials, Patel remains part of the ongoing mystique surrounding this false New Age Christ.
Maitreya, the “Master Jesus” and the New Reformation
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)
In what would be a cunning counterfeit of the Bible’s description of the return of Jesus with his “mighty angels” (2 Thessalonians 1:7), Maitreya states that when he reveals himself as “the Christ,” twelve “Masters of Wisdom” will appear with him. They will work together to teach humanity his New Truth8 and his New Way9 for the coming New Age.10 One of these spiritual “Masters” returning with him is said to be the enlightened “Master Jesus”—who is not Jesus Christ—but is presented as a “disciple” of “the Christ”—Maitreya. It is made clear that Maitreya is the only person occupying the “office” of “Christ” and that he has occupied this “office” for over 2600 years. Reputedly, it was Maitreya as “Christ” who overshadowed and worked through the man Jesus in Palestine back in the first century. Benjamin Creme explains:
In the esoteric tradition, the Christ is not the name of an individual but of an Office in the Hierarchy. The present holder of that Office, the Lord Maitreya, has held it for 2,600 years, and manifested in Palestine through His Disciple, Jesus, by the occult method of overshadowing, the most frequent form used for the manifestation of Avatars. He has never left the world, but for 2,000 years has waited and planned for this immediate future time, training His Disciples, and preparing Himself for the awesome task which awaits Him. He has made it known that this time, He Himself will come.11
Thus, Maitreya’s “Master Jesus” is not described as Lord and Christ. Rather, he is described as a “Master” and a “Master” only. Maitreya says it is he who is Lord and Christ. Creme explains that the “Master Jesus” will be serving the “Lord” and “Christ” Maitreya by assuming the throne of St. Peter in Rome as he reforms and transforms the Christian church “to respond correctly” to Maitreya. So this “Master Jesus”—who is exposed by the Bible as being “another Jesus” (2 Corinthians 11:4)—will be the designated “Master” who is in charge of the New Reformation of the Christian churches. Benjamin Creme writes:
The Master Jesus is going to reform the Christian churches.12
He is one of the Masters Who will very shortly return to outer work in the world, taking over the Throne of St. Peter, in Rome. He will seek to transform the Christian Churches, in so far as they are flexible enough to respond correctly to the new reality which the return of the Christ and the Masters will create.13
It should be noted that Eugene Peterson’s Message paraphrase of the Bible often drops the words “Lord” and “Christ” from Jesus’ name and title and substitutes them with the word “Master.” Thus, in many Message verses the Lord Jesus Christ becomes only the “Master Jesus.” This obviously plays right into the hands of a false Christ like Maitreya who will be trying to convince the world—and Christians alive at that time—that Jesus is not the Christ but simply the “Master Jesus” who is a disciple of “the Christ”—Maitreya. However, when the disciples and followers of the true Jesus Christ called Him “Master,” it was always with the understanding that He was also their “Lord” and “Christ.” In the King James Version, for example, when Jesus was addressed as “Master,” He was never—not even once—directly referred to as the “Master Jesus.” Yet, the term “Master Jesus” appears repeatedly in The Message as Eugene Peterson frequently drops the words “Lord” and “Christ” from Jesus’ true title. For example, the King James Version of Revelation 22:20-21 reads:
Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
However, The Message paraphrase states:
Yes! Come, Master Jesus!
The grace of the Master Jesus be with all of you. Oh, Yes!
In a New World Religion, where properly translated Christian Bibles will most likely be outlawed as “hate” literature, a hugely compromised “translation” like The Message could become the go-to “Bible” for a false Christ and his transformed and re-formed “Christian” church. In Eugene Peterson’s Mixed Message: Subversive Bible for a New Age, I point out how Peterson’s Message has a number of overlapping occult/New Age references that play right into the hands of the coming false Christ—whoever that might be—and his proposed New World Religion.14
Maitreya: A Purpose-Driven False Christ
Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings. (Psalm 140:4)
It is equally worth noting that a number of Maitreya’s concepts and teachings also overlap with some of the terms and teachings of Saddleback pastor Rick Warren—terms like purpose, new reformation, God’s Dream, God “in” everything, Master Jesus, and Peace Plan among others. In fact, these areas of overlap are already blurring some of the crucial differences between biblical Christianity and the ever-invasive teachings of the New Age/New Spirituality. Curiously, instead of warning about a false Christ figure like Maitreya, much of Rick Warren’s language is sounding very similar to Maitreya. The most obvious example being that both Maitreya and Rick Warren base their teachings upon the foundational word “purpose.” Long before Rick Warren’s mega best-selling books The Purpose-Driven Church and The Purpose-Driven Life, Maitreya introduced the importance of purpose and of a purpose driven life. Maitreya stated:
I need all those who long to serve, who wish to fulfil their purpose in life.15
Take My hand, My friends, and let us together walk that Path and know the meaning of Life, know the blessing of Love, know the purpose of God.16
I am your Purpose.17
We are together, you and I, for the same purpose.18
I shall place before you all the purpose of God.19
Hold fast to My Purpose, which is to take man to God.20
My Purpose unfolds.21
My Purposes are being fulfilled.22
Purpose is obviously at the heart of everything Maitreya proposes. Occupying the whole back cover of his channeled book Messages from Maitreya is a proposed “Great Invocation” that calls for the return of Christ. This “Great Invocation” is recited in many churches around the world. “The Great Invocation”—first delivered through New Age Matriarch Alice A. Bailey in 1945—was said by Benjamin Creme to be inspired by Maitreya himself.23 “The Great Invocation” centers on the word “purpose” as it calls for the return of “the Christ” and the implementation of his New Age “plan” for the world. The very heart of this New Age invocation is found in a key line on the back cover that invokes purpose to “guide”—to drive—our lives:
From the centre where the Will of God is known Let purpose guide the little wills of men—The purpose which the Masters know and serve.
Remarkably, as I was writing this booklet, a South African pastor e-mailed me his new book that was completely devoted to exposing the parallels between The Purpose-Driven Life and “The Great Invocation.”24 Titled Ultimate Deception, the author’s research confirmed and further added to the New Age implications I had observed when first reading The Purpose-Driven Life. My 2004 book Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose-Driven Church documented my findings and even had a whole chapter on Maitreya titled “False Christ with a Purpose.” The chapter described some of the parallels between Rick Warren’s book The Purpose-Driven Life with the New Age and Maitreya. Now here was this South African pastor pointing out the New Age parallels between Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life and “The Great Invocation,” reputedly inspired by Maitreya.
Maitreya appears to have at least a four-fold purpose and function: 1) Establish a New Age/New World Religion by helping humanity to understand and experience their “Oneness” with God and with each other; 2) Bring peace to the world through his reappearance and return; 3) Introduce and help further radically progressive economic, environmental, political, spiritual, and humanitarian projects around the world; and 4) Ultimately lead mankind to the feet of the “Father,” Sanat Kumara—as “God”—who is described as being “the Lord of the World.”25
The Bible warns about Satan—“the god of this world”—who blinds the minds of those who “believe not” the truth (2 Corinthians 4:4). Maitreya, in referring to Sanat Kumara as “the Lord of the World,” openly mocks this biblical passage. Sanat is actually a “hidden in plain sight” anagram of Satan—“the god of this world.” Whether Maitreya is the Antichrist, a prototype for Antichrist, or just another false New Age Christ, the church needs to keep a definite eye on him and his New Age organization, Share International.
Immanence: the Occult “God” Within
But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man. (John 2:24-25)
Years ago, after reading Rick Warren’s book The Purpose-Driven Life, I found myself looking at Maitreya in a much different light. There was something particularly disturbing about the similarity of Maitreya’s and Rick Warren’s immanent, God-in-everything teachings:
On page 88 in Messages from Maitreya the Christ, Maitreya states:
My friends, God is nearer to you than you can imagine. God is yourself. God is within you and all around you.
On page 88 of The Purpose-Driven Life, Rick Warren says essentially the same thing. He writes:
Because God is with you all the time, no place is any closer to God than the place where you are right now. The Bible says, “He rules everything and is everywhere and is in everything.”
I noticed how Rick Warren and Maitreya were both presenting the same foundational New Age God-in-everything teaching of immanence.
On page 88 of The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, Benjamin Creme describes Maitreya’s New World Religion. Creme writes:
But eventually a new world religion will be inaugurated which will be a fusion and synthesis of the approach of the East and the approach of the West. The Christ will bring together, not simply Christianity and Buddhism, but the concept of God transcendent—outside of His creation—and also the concept of God immanent in all creation—in man and all creation.
Emphasizing the words “fresh,” “foundational,” and “immanent,” renowned occult teacher and New Age matriarch Alice Bailey also described how the “foundational truths” of the New World Religion will be based on this same “immanent” New Age teaching:
. . . a fresh orientation to divinity and to the acceptance of the fact of God Transcendent and of God Immanent within every form of life.
These are the foundational truths upon which the world religion of the future will rest.26
This same foundational “immanent” aspect of God so important to Maitreya, Alice Bailey, the New Age/New Spirituality, and the New World Religion, is also important to Rick Warren. Immanence has been taught as part of the Foundations course at his Saddleback Church. Echoing Bailey’s use of the words “immanence,” “foundational truths,” and “fresh,” the Foundations Participant’s Guide: 11 Core Truths to Build Your Life On under the section heading “A Fresh Word” reiterates Rick Warren’s teaching on immanence—that God is “in” everything. It states:
The fact that God stands above and beyond his creation does not mean he stands outside his creation. He is both transcendent (above and beyond his creation) and immanent (within and throughout his creation).27 (Parentheses in original)
This “immanent” New Age aspect of God also shows up in Eugene Peterson’s Message—which happens to be Rick Warren’s most frequently quoted Bible translation in The Purpose-Driven Life. This notion that God is “in” everything and is “One” with creation is found in Peterson’s twisted paraphrase of the Lord’s Prayer. Instead of presenting the usual “in earth as it is in heaven,” Peterson inserted the several-thousand-year-old occult/New Age maxim “as above, so below”—an occult term that I recognized from my time in the New Age movement. The editors of the New Age Journal describe the immanent New Age significance of the term “as above, so below” in their book As Above, So Below:
Thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, the great master alchemist Hermes Trismegistus, believed to be a contemporary of the Hebrew prophet Abraham, proclaimed this fundamental truth about the universe: “As above, so below; as below, so above.” This maxim implies that the transcendent God beyond the physical universe and the immanent God within ourselves are one.28
The New Age maxim “as above, so below” that Peterson put into his translation of the Lord’s Prayer, is also found in its occult derivative form—“above and below”—in his translation of Colossians 1:16. And it is this derivative phrase from The Message that Rick Warren uses at the beginning of chapter one to invoke purpose and to initiate his readers into The Purpose-Driven Life.
In Be Still and Know That You Are Not God: God Is Not “In” Everyone and Everything,29 I document how Rick Warren, Eugene Peterson, and many other Christian leaders are all teaching this same immanent “as above, so below”/New Age aspect of God “in” everyone and everything. In fact, four of the most popular “Christian” books over the last three decades—The Message, The Purpose-Driven Life, Jesus Calling, and The Shack, all contain the immanent God-in-everything, New Age teaching.30
Maitreya: No Laughing Matter
Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. (Luke 6:25)
In The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, Benjamin Creme describes how Maitreya’s “Day of Declaration”—his alleged “reappearance” and “return” as “the Christ”—will be celebrated throughout the world as a second Pentecost:
One day soon, men and women all over the world will gather round their radio and television sets to hear and see the Christ: to see His face, and to hear His words dropping silently into their minds—in their own language. In this way they will know that He is truly the Christ, the World Teacher; and in this way too, we will see repeated, only now on a world scale, the happenings of Pentecost; and in celebration of this event Pentecost will become a major festival of the New World Religion.31
In addressing questions about Maitreya’s ability to convince skeptical Christians that he is “the Christ” and not the Antichrist, Creme describes how Maitreya has been working behind the scenes with Christians for years “to soften them up.”32He states that on the “Day of Declaration,” a powerful “Pentecostal experience for all” would convince “even the fundamentalists” that Maitreya is “the Christ.” Creme writes:
The fundamentalists, of course, are afraid that Maitreya might be the “Antichrist,” with which fallacy I have dealt many times, here and elsewhere. On the Day of Declaration, I submit, everyone—even the fundamentalists—will know, through the overshadowing of the minds of all humanity—a Pentecostal experience for all—that Maitreya is the Christ.33
In a 1994 article titled, “Holy Laughter or Strong Delusion?,”34 I expressed deep concern about the “holy laughter” movement that had suddenly erupted at the Toronto Vineyard Church in Canada. The movement was inspired by South African evangelist Rodney Howard-Browne who was described by many of his followers as “the Holy Ghost bartender.” “The Toronto Blessing”—as it was being called—was carried to countless other churches around the world. Congregations participating in this movement found themselves breaking into uncontrollable fits of laughter as they often fell to the ground—sometimes barking like dogs, roaring like lions, and even oinking like pigs. Unbelievably, this “holy laughter” phenomenon was being described in many church circles as a “great move of God” and as the sign of a “great revival.” It was featured positively in Charisma Magazine, on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), on the 700 Club, and by countless pastors, churches, and Christian leaders. This strange behavior was being euphorically described by participants as the “joy of the Lord” and being “drunk in the spirit.” Convinced that “holy laughter” was part of a great “revival” sent from God, most of the enthusiasts never thought to search the Scriptures (Acts 17:11), to pray and seek God’s counsel regarding holy laughter’s legitimacy (James 1:5), or to “try [test] the spirits” to see if holy laughter was really from God (1 John 4:1). Rather, the movement had more of a “go-with-the-flow” attitude, not wanting to question “what God might be doing.”
In my 1994 article about holy laughter, I mentioned how the late New Age leader Barbara Marx Hubbard, claiming to be in contact with “Christ,” had written about a future “Planetary Pentecost” when humanity would collectively experience what was described to her as “the joy of the force.” This “Christ,” deceptively alluding to the Book of Joel, told Hubbard that a Planetary Smile would light up the face of mankind as “the joy of the force” produced a universal experience of “uncontrollable joy.” She wrote:
The Planetary Smile is another name for the Planetary Pentecost. When enough of us share a common thought of our oneness with God, Spirit will be poured out on all flesh paying attention.35
An uncontrollable joy will ripple through the thinking layer of Earth. . . . From within, all sensitive persons will feel the joy of the force, flooding their systems with love and attraction.36
It seems rather obvious that the New Age “Pentecostal experience for all,” this “overshadowing of the minds of all humanity” with the “joy of the force” producing feelings of “uncontrollable joy,” and a “Planetary Smile,” sounds a whole lot like the “holy laughter” phenomenon. Thus, the question necessarily arises—Is holy laughter part of the New Age plan to “soften up,” deceive, and lead astray unsuspecting Christians? Are today’s holy laughter type “revivals” simply dress rehearsals for a future Planetary Pentecost that will help to usher in the Antichrist? Perhaps the answer comes directly from the “Jesus” who channeled the New Age “Bible”—A Course in Miracles. Directly refuting the true Jesus Christ’s sober and prophetic warnings about the time of the end, this New Age “Jesus” states that “the world will end in laughter.”37
Separation Versus Oneness
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (Genesis 11:6)
In New Age literature, the New Age Christ is anything but loving, accepting, and tolerant of those who oppose his claim to be Christ. He declares that “separate” and “self-centered” people who don’t believe in their own divinity must be handed over to a “selection process” and ultimately removed from the planet:
The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself. There is no separation of God and His creation.38
[The] fundamental regression is self-centeredness, or the illusion that you are separate from God. I “make war” on self-centeredness.39
At the co-creative level of evolution, one self-centered soul is like a lethal cancer cell in a body: deadly to itself and to the whole.40
The surgeon dare leave no cancer in the body when he closes up the wound after a delicate operation. We dare leave no self-centeredness on Earth after the selection process.41
Consistent with the teachings of the New Age Christ channeled from others, Maitreya issues his severe warning to people who persist in remaining “separate” by refusing his “plan” to see themselves as “One” with God and all creation. Using the words “purpose” and “driven,” Maitreya declares it is his “purpose” that those who insist on remaining separate “be driven from this world”:
The crime of separation must be driven from this world. I affirm that as My Purpose.42
All that hinders the manifestation of man’s divinity must be driven from our planet.43
Jesus warned this kind of extreme persecution would come:
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. (Matthew 24:9)
These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. (John 16:1-2)
Discerning False Christs
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
Given Maitreya’s alleged presence on Earth, we already know he is a false Christ because the Bible teaches that the true Christ will return from the heavens above—not from the Earth below. We are specifically told He will come in the clouds where every eye will see Him:
For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20)
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him. (Revelation 1:7)
The true Christ—Jesus Christ—warns us to beware of all false Christs who emerge from their earthly habitations to declare their presence in the world and in people’s hearts:
Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matthew 24:23-27)
The Bible is clear that the name of our true Lord and Savior is Jesus Christ—not Maitreya or anyone else.
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)
The Bible warns that we are not to be ignorant of Satan’s devices. It says it is a shame we have to talk about deceptive false Christs, like Maitreya, but we must expose them and bring them into the light. We must sound a warning.
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2 Corinthians 2:11)
But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. (Ephesians 5:13)
For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? (1 Corinthians 14:8)
Rejoice and Beware
Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe. (Philippians 3:1)
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. (Philippians 3:2)
In Philippians 3:1, the apostle Paul tells us to rejoice in the Lord. However, in the very next verse, he warns us to “beware of dogs” and “evil workers.” Rejoice and beware is a reminder that while we are to rejoice, we are also to be vigilant—to watch and be sober. We are not to be deceived by false prophets and false New Age Christs like Maitreya (Luke 21:8). We are to earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 1:3), fight the good fight (1 Timothy 6:12), and press on to the higher calling of our one true Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:14)
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (Titus 2:13-14)
And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (Luke 21:25-28)
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- April 25, 1982: New York Times and many other major newspapers around the world.
- Wayne S. Peterson, Extraordinary Times, Extraordinary Beings: Experiences of an American Diplomat with Maitreya and the Masters of Wisdom (Henderson, NV: Emergence Press, 2001), p. 35.
- Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission, Volume Two (Los Angeles, CA: Share International Foundation, 1993), p. 15.
- Ibid., p. 100.
- Wayne S. Peterson interviewed on Bridging Heaven & Earth, a weekly talk show broadcast on Cox Communications’ public access channel 17 in Santa Barbara, California on November 9, 2001, Videocassette (http://www.HeaventoEarth.com).
- Wikipedia: Buccus, Imraan (23 March 2011). “World Class Intellectual Engagement” The Mercury.
- Messages from Maitreya the Christ: One Hundred Forty Messages (Los Angeles, CA: Share International Foundation, 1989, 1992), p. 6.
- Ibid., p. 248.
- Ibid., p. 62.
- Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom (London, England: The Tara Press, 1980), p. 30.
- Ibid., p. 85.
- Ibid., p. 46.
- Warren B. Smith, Eugene Peterson’s Mixed Message: Subversive Bible for a New Age (Eureka, MT: Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2019, online at: https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=29709).
- Messages from Maitreya the Christ, op. cit., p. 159.
- Ibid., p. 266.
- Ibid., p. 123.
- Ibid., p. 206.
- Ibid., p. 183.
- Ibid., p. 192.
- Ibid., p. 153.
- Ibid., p. 56.
- Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission, Volume Two, op. cit., p. 717.
- Keyworth Ngosa, Ultimate Deception: The Purpose Driven Life is the Satanic Great Invocation (Johannesburg, South Africa: Full Armour Ministries, 2019).
- Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, op. cit., p. 135.
- Alice A. Bailey, The Reappearance of the Christ (New York, NY: Lucis Publishing Company,1948), p. 150.
- Tom Holladay and Kay Warren, Foundations Participant’s Guide: 11 Core Truths To Build Your Life On (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003), p. 46.
- Ronald S. Miller and the Editors of New Age Journal, As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life (Los Angeles, CA: Jeremy P. Tarcher, Inc., 1992), p. xi.
- Warren B. Smith, Be Still And Know That You Are Not God: God Is Not “In” Everyone And Everything (Eureka, MT: Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2015, online at: https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17572).
- Eugene Peterson, The Message (Colorado Springs: Nav Press, 1993), Ephesians 4:6; Rick Warren, The Purpose-Driven Life (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2002), p. 88; Sarah Young, Jesus Calling (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2004), p. 199; William P. Young, The Shack (Newbury Park, CA: Windblown Media, 2007), p. 112.
- Benjamin Creme, The Reappearance of the Christ and the Masters of Wisdom, op. cit., p. 37.
- Benjamin Creme, Maitreya’s Mission, Volume Two, op. cit., p. 250.
- Warren Smith, “Holy Laughter or Strong Delusion?” SCP Newsletter, Volume 19:2, Fall 1994; Warren Smith, False Revival Coming: Holy Laughter or Strong Delusion? (Eureka, MT: Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2015, online at: https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16760).
- Barbara Marx Hubbard, Teachings From the Inner Christ: for Founders of a New Order of the Future (A Work in Progress): A Complement to The Book of Co- Creation (Greenbrae, CA: Foundation For Conscious Evolution, 1994), p. 79.
- Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Revelation: A Message of Hope for the New Millennium (Novato, CA: Nataraj Publishing, 1995), p. 243.
- A Course in Miracles: Combined Volume (Glen Ellen, CA: Foundation for Inner Peace, 1975) (Text), p. 36.
- Ibid., (Text) , p. 147.
- Barbara Marx Hubbard, The Revelation, op. cit., p. 233.
- Ibid., p. 255.
- Ibid., p. 240.
- Messages from Maitreya the Christ, op. cit., p. 189.
- Ibid., p. 248.
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