NEW AGE - NO 2

2 Timothy 3:1-9

INTRODUCTION

[*] Are you aware of the ways in which the devil is working today?

Some Christians think nothing of getting their fortune told, or even believing in the charms meted out by so called white witches.

Yet others take a great interest in their star signs, or just become contaminated with the standards of the world, as opposed to the standards of God!!

THEY ARE ALL HALLMARKS OF THE 'NEW AGE' THAT THE DEVIL IS PROMOTING!!

[a] Before I ever heard of the New Age, I heard a witch, while being interviewed on television, state categorically, that WITCHCRAFT WOULD BE THE WORLD RELIGION BY THE TURN OF THE CENTURY!

POINT 1

[*] The NEW AGE MOVEMENT has set it's sights on the YEAR 2000 to commence the takeover of the world, and already have PEOPLE IN HIGH PLACES in various GOVERNMENTS, and movements such as the UNITED NATIONS, and the COMMON MARKET, which they see as a LARGE STEP TO WORLD DOMINATION, the CONTROLLING OF FOOD etc.

[*] HEADLINE NEWS OVER AND OVER AGAIN, HAS BEEN THE PLANS OF THE MAJORITY OF COUNTRIES IN THE COMMON MARKET, FOR A UNITED STATES OF EUROPE, OR A 'FEDERAL EUROPE' WITH MOST OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT'S POWER, BEING TAKEN OUT OF OUR OWN HANDS AND SHIFTED TO BRUSSELS!

[*] In what used to be our part of the country, Peterhead, THE LARGEST WHITE FISH PORT IN EUROPE, we knew all about Common Market rulings, which so severely limited Scottish fishermen, and kept the boats in harbour, whilst foreign boats continued to catch the same fish from the same waters!

Meanwhile, our Scottish fishermen often went bankrupt!

[b] The New Ager's strategy, has been to infiltrate, so that they could have a direct influence on the direction of world events! THE MORE NATIONS COMING TOGETHER IN COALITIONS, THE EASIER IT IS TO WORK TOWARDS A 'WORLD LEADER', which is of course their great aim!.

A LITERAL SETTING UP OF THE THRONE OF THE ANTICHRIST!

[c] Already we see evidence of this with so much power already being taken away from our parliament at Westminster, and transferred to the European Parliament. Many of the laws being passed which directly effect e.g. our fishermen, our farmers, our beaches, the products in our shops, and a host of other things, DO NOT COME FROM OUR OWN BRITISH PARLIAMENT AT ALL! THE DIRECTIVES ARE IMPOSED UPON US!

[d] Hitler was not the first man to have world domination in his sights, and he will not be the last! Others have been just as ruthless in eradicating those who get in their way. I remember hearing how Saddam Hussein, became prominent in his young days by murdering those who opposed him. He has risen to his position of power, by climbing on top of the mountain of corpses HE has created! Over a million died in the Iran/Iraq conflict, and after all those years of war, neither side gained anything!

POINT 2

[a] There is no doubt that we are living in life, and indeed world changing days!

[b] New Age Astrologists tell us that every 2000 years, a dramatic change takes place in the heavenly bodies.

[c] They say that since the birth of Christ, we have been living under the sign of Pices the FISH! Remember this was the secret sign in the first century used by Christians when in the midst of great persecution!!

[d] Around the turn of the century, we enter "THE NEW AGE, THE AGE OF AQUARIUS." MAYBE YOU REMEMBER THE SONG!

[e] We are told that with the New Age, comes a 'NEW MESSIAH' called 'MAITREYA', and that Biblical Christianity will be denied the right to exist, as it is 'INCOMPATIBLE' with New Age thinking which is a mishmash of everything - a sort of religious Scotch Broth!!

[f] The devil's New Age is not simply coming - IT IS HERE ALREADY IN EMBRYONIC FORM READY TO BRING THE TRAVAIL OF IT'S BIRTH TO THE WORLD!!

[g] I have been amazed, the number of people including American Presidents, Prime Ministers and even the Pope, who have been speaking about a NEW WORLD ORDER - Their words, not mine!! YET IT IS A TERM WELL KNOWN TO NEW AGE PHILOSOPHY! IT IS PART OF THEIR GLOBAL PLAN!

POINT 3

[a] The early church never had it easy! Life for them was no bed of roses! WHY SHOULD WE EXPECT ANY DIFFERENT??

GOD HAS NOT PROMISED US AN EASY RUN!!

[b] Down through the centuries, many Christians have had to undergo the 'ACID TEST' and make the choice which was the MOST IMPORTANT - CHRIST, OR THEIR OWN LIVES!!

[c] How many Christians today would pass that test?? TO ALL ACCOUNTS AND PURPOSES, IT COULD WELL BE COMING!!

GOOD GRIEF, SOME WON'T EVEN LET THEIR WORKMATES, EVEN MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILY KNOW THAT THEY ARE CHRISTIANS - FOR FEAR OF RIDICULE!

[d] How much does Jesus mean to you and me today??

HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR US!! WOULD WE GIVE OURS FOR HIM??

A burning question which perhaps not many of us would like to face up to! Yet we might have to, sooner than we think!

[e] Our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world have had to suffer persecution down through the years! Perhaps our time is coming!

[f] One thing is sure. It separates the sheep from the goats, and makes a pure Church. Only those who truly love the Lord with all their hearts will stand firm for Him in 'the test that tries by fire'!

CONCLUSION

[a] We must be aware of the SIGNS OF THE TIMES, and how they point to THE NEAR RETURN OF THE LORD.

[b] We must never neglect to be aware of the workings of the devil around us!

[c] In fact we must be WILLING TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED and CHALLENGE HIS EVIL WORKS: we must stand for Christ firmly and securely, and not compromise.

[d] If we are faithful, we will find the help and power of the Lord, there to assist us in our stand, and we will find that, in the words of the old Gospel song, "Each victory will help us, some other to win."

            [e] Maybe there's someone here who's not ready for the return of the Lord! If He came at this moment - you would be left behind!

IS THAT A WISE WAY TO BE LIVING, IN WHAT ARE VERY OBVIOUSLY THE LAST DAYS? 2 Peter 3:11 asks, as all these things are coming to pass, "What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness?"

[f] Jesus loves you so much He died for you on the cross, bearing your sin in His Own body! He does not want you to be lost! But He leaves the power of decision with you - He will not force you! He says, "Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

BUT IF YOU NEGLECT THIS OPPORTUNITY WHICH HE HAS GIVEN, YOU COULD BE LOST FOR ALL ETERNITY!! Hell is as much of a reality as Heaven!!

THE LORD COULD RETURN BEFORE WE GET A CHANCE TO GO OUT OF THE DOOR TONIGHT! ARE YOU READY?

The Bible says, "In such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh."

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