NEW AGE - NO 1

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12

INTRODUCTION

[*] JESUS TELLS US TO DISCERN THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES (Matthew 16:3)

In Matthew 24, when Jesus was asked about the signs which would herald His coming again, He gave a full account of things to look for.

IT'S LIKE READING TODAY'S NEWSPAPER!

[a] In one of the Scripture Union Sunday School teaching manuals, there was an article for the teachers, which I'm sure gave many of them quite a jolt! It was about a movement that is sweeping the earth, and the huge dangers that it holds!

[b] Suddenly Christians today are being shocked into realising that the DEVIL IS POISED FOR A TAKEOVER OF THE EARTH, and many of his followers state categorically that it will happen WITHIN THIS DECADE - BY THE TURN OF THE CENTURY!

[c] The term which they use for it is the _'NEW AGE'.

I would suggest that the Biblical term for it would be more like 'THE GREAT TRIBULATION'!

[*] I say this, because, as I said in my publicity for a New Age Conference which we held in Peterhead - "CHRISTIANS NEGLECT THE NEW AGE MOVEMENT AT THEIR PERIL! IT IS INTENT ON DISMANTLING EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANITY!"

[*] Some of it's leaders in their writings, have spoken of the ERADICATION OF BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS, in much the same fashion as Hitler towards the Jews.

[*] You see, BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS, are their thorn in the flesh, and hold back the establishment of the New Age!

[*] For the Christian, God comes first."Love the Lord Thy God." For the New Ager, everything starts and finishes with himself. Man has the answer to all his needs within! He is totally self sufficient!

[*] The MORMONS have always taught that EVERY MAN IS A POTENTIAL GOD.

NEW AGE says God is everything, therefore YOU ARE GOD!

[*] SHIRLEY MCLEAN, the actress, is looked upon by many as the HIGH PRIESTESS OF THE NEW AGE; she travels coast to coast in America lecturing about it; she has her own seminary, where great numbers of people come and are taught the basics of New Age belief, including CHANNELLING, where spirits are invited to take over the person and become 'SPIRIT GUIDES'! (Invitation to Demons)

There are even BOOKS, written by New Agers which they say are entirely the work and revelation of their 'spirit guides'! In other words, they are NEW AGE BOOKS, LITERALLY WRITTEN BY DEMONS!

[*] Shirley McLean stood in front of the ocean, with her hands raised, saying "I AM GOD! I AM GOD!"

[d] Although it is called 'NEW AGE', it is by no means a new idea, or simply a modern way of thinking! It is simply the RE-PACKAGING OF ANCIENT IDEAS. Many of the influences and movements of the NEW AGE, are much older than Christianity is!

[e] You will perhaps remember that KING SAUL, away back in the Old Testament, (1 Samuel 28:5-25) went to consult the WITCH OF ENDOR - and WITCHCRAFT, which has changed very little in either doctrine or practice from those days is one of the STRONGEST NEW AGE influences today! It pervades ASTROLOGY, HOMEOPATHY, HERBAL REMEDIES, ECOLOGY ETC.

[f] Even further back than Saul, in the days of MOSES, we find that the SORCERERS OF EGYPT, were looked upon with great importance, and indeed had an amazing amount of SUPERNATURAL POWER at their disposal!

[g] Perhaps you will remember that when MOSES, as a sign of his God-given authority, turned a STICK INTO A SERPENT, THEY DID IT AS WELL! (Exodus 7)

Not to mention imitations of so many of the other miracles he did.

POINT 1

[a] Let us remember that SATAN, the fallen angel Lucifer, has such ENORMOUS POWER himself, that he felt, and indeed STILL FEELS THAT HE CAN OVERTHROW GOD! After all, would he have bothered to tempt Jesus in the wilderness, if he had thought he hadn't a chance of success?

[b] This is what HIS FOLLOWERS WAIT, WORK AND PRAY FOR! YES PRAY! To FALSE PROPHETS, EVIL SPIRITS, AND INDEED SATAN HIMSELF!

I was privileged some years ago, to attend the Billy Graham School of Evangelism at Stirling University.

Whilst there, Cliff Barrows was telling us of a friend of his, who was sitting on a transatlantic flight when it came to lunch time. They were sitting three abreast, and being on the outside of the row, he passed the tray over to the person at the window.The lady sitting beside him in the middle, explained that she didn't want any, as she was praying and fasting! Wonderful, he thought, I'm sitting next to a Christian! So he asked her! THE ANSWER HE GOT, MADE HIS BLOOD RUN COLD! "Oh no" she said, "I'm a SATANIST, and I'm praying and fasting for the destruction of Christian, especially ministers marriages."

[c] Satanists and witches believe that the MORE EVIL they perpetrate in the world, they are building up the means of ULTIMATE VICTORY for the devil, and bring the day closer when he will take over and rule the world - THEY ENVISAGE A DAY WHEN EVIL WILL REIGN SUPREMELY AND GOOD WILL BE DESTROYED!!

[d] _THEY WOULD SAY THAT GOOD IS EVIL, AND EVIL IS GOOD!!

In a Peterhead pub, I spoke to a Satanist, and he told me he couldn't wait for that day, when Lucifer would be in control. He had this great desire to die and be with his father, the devil! He insisted that he had actually seen Satan - this is not an unusual claim in Satanism and Witchcraft.

[e] I want to read you a report from one of our national newspapers:

Evil Satanists in Britain are now practicing cannibalism, a leading expert claimed yesterday.

And children as young as ten are being forced to watch the gruesome rituals which include killing and eating human foetuses.

The disturbing evidence has been uncovered from the hundreds of phone calls to a telephone hotline for victims of devil worship.

The phone line was set up six months ago and it's founder Sue Hutchinson said yesterday that they have already found evidence of 50 new satanic sex rings. _(Daily Star 8/8/90)

[f] All this is not just the product of over fertile imaginations - IT IS REALLY HAPPENING!! I WAS INFORMED THAT THERE WERE THREE COVENS OF WITCHES WHERE WE WERE IN PETERHEAD ACTIVELY PRAYING FOR THE DESTRUCTION OF CHRISTIANS AND THEIR MARRIAGES!! INFORMATION SUGGESTS THAT THERE IS A SIMILAR GROUP NOT FAR FROM HERE ( PORT GLASGOW) DOING EXACTLY THE SAME THING!

CONCLUSION

[a] It is desperately important that we see the signs of the times, in the light of God’s Word.

[b] This awareness must dramatically affect the way we live, the way we witness, the way we treat one another, and the way in which we view the world, it’s people, and our responsibility!

[c] If I were to have a special insight from God, and were to stand here and tell you I knew for a fact that Jesus was returning on the last day of this month - HOW WOULD IT CHANGE YOUR LIFE FROM THIS MOMENT!!

THAT IS THE WAY GOD WANTS US TO LIVE!!!