By Warren B. Smith
From his new book, The Titanic and Today’s Church
SADLY, the warnings issued by those of us who came out of the New Age have been as casually and complacently disregarded as the iceberg warnings given to the Titanic before it collided with the iceberg. As church leaders minimized and marginalized our warnings about the New Age, they were simultaneously injecting New Age concepts, teachings, and language into their sermons, talks, and writings. And when absolutely forced to deal with the subjects of the New Age and spiritual deception, many of these leaders would quickly dismiss New Age teachings as being “silly,” “stupid,” or as Rick Warren put it—“a bunch of baloney!”1 As a result, the New Age has been allowed to flow into the church just as surely as that North Atlantic sea water flowed into the Titanic.
Jesus told us to “look up” (Luke 21:28), but He also told us to “look out” (Matthew 24:3-5). After His strong warning in the Olivet Discourse to “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4), He warned about false prophets, false Christs (Matthew 24:24)—and the coming of Antichrist (Matthew 24:15).
The Titanic had lookouts, and ships today have lookouts. These lookouts are the “eyes of the ship.” They are there to spot danger and warn about it ahead of time. The church also needs lookouts. Click here to continue reading on Warren Smith’s website.
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