1. A truly excellent article. As a former New Ager during the 60s and 70s in the Bay Area and rescued by Jesus Christ, I heartily agree with all David is saying. I pray this truth penetrates both the churches and our culture.

  2. Elizabeth Bennett

    Stories from Indian Wigwams is a fascinating first-hand account by Egerton Young, a missionary to the indigenous of the north. I asked my sister to give me this book as a birthday gift. The account of the 4 Indians looking for the Bible was heart-breaking. When they finally reached some Europeans, who were R. Catholic there was not one person who could give them a Bible. They walked the long journey back home (Western U.S.), sick and disheartened. As a result, this tribe continued in their old pagan ways with no hope. Without Christ the tribes were/are abusive to the women and ruled by witch-craft and drugs. So sad. The courage of Young and his family to live among these people is admirable. He always proclaimed the gospel using God’s Word. They had an amazing love for the natives of the north. I encourage all of us to read this missionary book. It is a treasure.

  3. SusanJ

    Only the Gospel has the power to change lives. People need the written word of God in their own languages.

    I once had an anthropologist admit to me that they had noticed that where the church was strong, the people’s lives were better. I have witnessed that myself.

    And yes, so much we observe today, even in so called evangelical churches, we declare to be animism. Very sad. Who would want to go back in to the bondage and fear that animistic indigenous people groups live with every day?

  4. John J

    Thanks, David. Your heart is visible.
    My favorite verse is there’sno more condemnation for him[her who is IN Christ. May it sink into the born-again believers’ minds so that can do more to others.

  5. Browsing

    When I encounter people who engage in these practices, I simply point out that was not what Jesus said to do. (Certainly I quote Deut. when appropriate.) I remind them that Jesus had a definite response when the disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, and it had nothing to do with anything they’ve been up to. “Our Father” usually stumps them immediately. I ask them to think about that statement, and their response speaks volumes.

    People identifying themselves as Christians usually have huge problems with the word “father,” and need a lot of healing for how the role has been misrepresented to them. God wants to heal them of their wrong definition, but far too few are seeking him for that very healing. They also seem not to understand God the Father is our “reward,” as He declared himself to Abraham, the one we run toward, the “prize” at the end of the race. Jesus defined eternal life for us in John 17:3, but I don’t know many Christians who believe him. They don’t seem to understand that Jesus died for us to be reconciled to God the Father, and that as a result we can become his children and collectively call him “our” Father.

    They fancy they can engage in practices that would render them capable of entering the holy of holies through what they’ve become, much like King Uzziah in his pride, imagining he was God’s colleague and waltzing in only to be stuck with leprosy. Jesus has entered in on our behalf, and we are to approach the throne of grace in our time of need in our solitary place (prayer closet with door shut, etc.) out of obedience to Jesus.

    We require faith to obey Him, not “marvelous feelings.”

  6. Carol

    Thank you for this article. I found it interesting because I have recently been studying Shamanism and also so a relation to the new age contemplative spirituality tossed salad bowl of doctrines.

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