by Warren Smith
The apostle Paul went to great lengths to warn the Corinthians not to be deceived by a “Jesus” that wasn’t Jesus Christ the Son of God, a spirit that wasn’t the Holy Spirit and a gospel that was not the true biblical Gospel (2 Corinthians 11:4). Throughout the New Testament, believers are continually warned not to be deceived by spiritual teachings and experiences that are not from God. Jesus Christ specifically warned his disciples that spiritual deception would be a sign of the end (Matthew 24:3-4).
Today it is very sad to see so many believers falling under the influence of the same spirit that influenced me when I was in the “new age.” This spirit says that it is a time for “breakthroughs” and for the fulfillment of our “destiny”; that there is something “new” and exciting in the wind. This teaching claims that we are in the midst of a great “transition” that will result in a “paradigm shift,” and that through “new revelation” and “personal experience” God is in the process of taking the church to a “new dimension” and to a whole “new level.” Many Christian leaders these days are so sure that what they are hearing and experiencing is from God, they are rarely testing the spirits, or even considering the possibility that they are being deceived.
The first century Bereans tested their leaders and tested their teachings as they “searched the scriptures daily” to see “whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11). Apostles, prophets, pastors, and teachers were always subject to God’s holy Word. “New revelation” never nullified nor superseded scripture. The Bereans were not impressed by supernatural power and spiritual experiences that had not been tested by the Word of God. They did not depend on signs and wonders and miracles. They depended on the authority and reliability and trustworthiness of Scripture:
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. (2 Timothy 3:16)
Paul taught that if he or anyone else preached any other gospel–“new revelation” or otherwise–that person should be completely disregarded (Galatians 1:8). The Bible warns over and over again that we should not allow ourselves to be influenced or intimidated by teachings that originate not from God but from the spirit world and from the hearts of men. “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). “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Mark 7:7).
What had been called “new age” is now being presented as “new gospel.” These “new gospel” teachings are not new and have actually been around for centuries in one form or another. Whether it was ancient gnosticism, the occultic teachings of Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891) and Alice A. Bailey (1880-1949), or the present day “new gospel” channelings, the bottom line has always been the same–everyone is a part of God.
According to the “new gospel,” Christ is not a person. It is an office. The “new gospel” teaches that while Jesus of Nazareth occupied the office during His active ministry, He no longer holds that same position. Today the office of “Christ” is occupied by someone else. And this “someone else” is presently in the process of establishing contact with humanity.
This “Christ” intimates that he is already in the world awaiting mankind’s call. “Concerned” that humanity is in peril and facing possible extinction, this “Christ” explains that his “new gospel” will unify the world’s major religions and bring peace to the world. He has communicated these “new gospel” teachings to his designated teachers, who in turn are now conveying these same teachings to the rest of the world.
This “reinvented” Christ of the “new gospel” teaches that all of humanity is the body of Christ. He, as the “Christ,” is the head. This “Christ” states humanity’s dilemma is that we have forgotten who we are. We are not “sinners” separate from God. We are all part of the one body of Christ and the one body of God. Salvation does not come by grace from accepting Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Rather it is achieved–when we accept ourselves as Christ and when we accept ourselves as God.
The “new gospel” teaches that when humanity collectively accepts and experiences itself as being a part of Christ and a part of God, we not only save ourselves, we save our world. The “Christ” of the “new gospel” warns that the hour is late. Peace must come. He will help. He has a plan. But everyone must play their part.
With “new revelation,” often accompanied by direct personal spiritual experience, people are being taught that because they are a part of God they are actually “at-one” with God and all creation. This “new gospel” teaches when people have what is described as their “God potential” or “Christ within” supernaturally “activated,” they actually experience themselves as a part of the “one body” of God which is all mankind. As these same people unite and join together in remembering and experiencing their “oneness” with God and with each other, they feel they are doing the “work” that is necessary to prepare the way for Christ’s return. (from Reinventing Jesus Christ, by Warren Smith)