Thursday, March 28, 2013

Warren Smith Testimony: The New Age Subverted

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What is the true power that gives victory over the forces of the demonic world?

Dr. David Reagan and I were delighted to have as our guest on Christ in Prophecy Warren Smith, the author of the book The Light that Was Dark. This fascinating book tells Warren's touching story of how in his search for a Savior he got sidetracked into the occultic darkness of the New Age Movement. From his many years of experience under that influence, Warren now has dedicated his life to warning Christians about the dangers of the New Age and help us recognize how we can avoid these satanic influences from creeping into our churches.

Warren Smith

God's Protection

Nathan Jones: I was wondering how as an unbeliever at the time you could use Jesus' name to drive away demons.

Warren Smith: Yes, how could I do that? I think there are two answers. One, I'm thinking of the Ethiopian eunuch. He was reading the book of Isaiah, but he didn't really understand it. Philip was brought alongside by God to explain it to him. And what happened? The eunuch believed. And what? He was baptized right there on the spot. I believe that Johanna Michaelsen as a believer came alongside me, though yes, she was in a book, but I believed what she was writing and what she was telling me. More importantly, I believed the Scriptures and the Scriptures described everything that we had been involved in — the ball of light, the psychic, A Course of Miracles, all that stuff. At some level I was getting that there is truly such a thing as spiritual deception and that I needed to be really, really careful.

The other thing that I really need to mention is that farther back in my life during my senior year in college a number of us were going to go out drinking one night. We were told that we had a mandatory fraternity house meeting that we had to attend. We were really upset and demanded, "What is this?" We were told that Campus Crusade for Christ was coming to the frat house. We whined, "Campus Crusade for Christ? We are going out drinking. We don't have to go to this, do we?" They replied, "No, you've got to be there." So, we reluctantly went.

There were three guys from Campus Crusade, and the first two guys gave their testimony. Me and my buddies were in the back going, "Yeah, yeah, sure, sure." We looked a lot at our watches. The third guy, all I heard him say was, "What do you have to lose by asking Jesus into your life tonight?" Well, I was just deeply impressed, obviously by the Holy Spirit. At that time, all I knew was that I was just impressed. So, I said to myself, "I've got nothing to lose." That night upstairs in the fraternity house for the first time probably in years I prayed. Sure, I didn't get the stuff about sin. I didn't get the stuff about repentance. I didn't get the stuff about victory on the cross or whatever else the Crusade guy may have talked about in his testimony, but I asked Jesus sincerely, "If you're out there, come into my life." As I did a cherry bomb went off in the alleyway next door, and playing on the radio was You Never Walk Alone. Being into coincidences, I went, "Whoa, whoa!" It was my first "meant-to-be" experience believing they might have been real.

Well, sadly, after I went to sleep, the next morning I woke up and it was like the sower and the seed by the wayside all taken away, I didn't even think about it. I guess Campus Crusade didn't come back. They were brave enough to come into our fraternity house in the first place. They didn't come back and I just forgot all about it.

Years later, after I finally got saved, I began witnessing to our friends, yet was seeing so many of our friends and co-workers still going along in the New Age. Very few are actually hearing my testimony. A few did, but so many responded by going, "Thanks for sharing, Warren. Thanks, but no thanks." That's the attitude. I respond, "But, did you hear what happened with Jesus?" We are laying it out, but with no changes of heart.

I was driving to work and praying, "Lord, what's going on? How come people don't get it? How did we get out of the New Age and not them?" Finally, that night at the frat house was brought to mind. It was like Jesus remind me that I had asked Him to come into my life back then, and He'd been with me ever since through thick and thin. Then I went again, "Whoa!"

I remembered that I had almost went to India to be with Rajneesh, but I didn't. I almost became a channeler, but I didn't. I almost became a psychic, but I never really had that much fascination. I never really worshipped the figures that I was involved in. It was like a parent with their child on a tether at the ocean. I feel like the Lord just allowed me to go my way, but then kept me from the real dangers because I had asked Him to that early college day. Sure, I didn't say, "Be my Savior." But, I had said, "Come into my life." I think Jesus took that literally, and really was my Savior and did save me, and ultimately I was saved. That was a long time ago. That was 1984.

Nathan Jones: Praise the Lord!


Vital Help for New Agers

Dr. Reagan: Warren, I tell you, we really appreciate you being with us. We appreciate your tremendous testimony. I didn't interrupt you any when you were going through that, because I was just fascinated by it. How can people get in touch with you and your ministry?

Warren Smith: I have a website at mountainstreampress.org There's an email there if people have questions or want to make some kind of comment. They are free to email me, and I usually respond to people.

Besides The Light That Was Dark, I also wrote a book called A Wonderful Deception. That book really goes into great detail on how a lot of the New Age teachings have come into the Church.

I have a book titled False Christ Coming: Does Anybody Care? All of these experiences that we have been talking about right here, the things that happened to me getting into the New Age, they aren't just unique to me. They happen to a tremendous number of people, and these false teachings have come into the Church. Years ago, like in 1976, Chuck Smith wrote a book Antichrist Revealed: Conditioning the World for an Antichrist. Teaching false doctrines and sharing things taught by spirits is all part of the conditioning process that will one day have the world following the Antichrist and his master, Satan.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Warren Smith Testimony: The New Age Spirits

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How do you identify a demonic presence?

Dr. David Reagan and I were delighted to have as our guest on Christ in Prophecy Warren Smith, the author of the book The Light that Was Dark. This fascinating book tells Warren's touching story of how in his search for a Savior he got sidetracked into the occultic darkness of the New Age Movement. From his many years of experience under that influence, Warren now has dedicated his life to warning Christians about the dangers of the New Age and help us recognize how we can avoid these satanic influences from creeping into our churches.

Warren Smith

The Light That Was Dark

Warren Smith: Everything at the time I was at the height of my involvement in the New Age Movement was just flying high, and I thought everything was going really well. Then, all of a sudden, there was some sort of an ominous, almost kind of a dark, presence that seemed to hover particularly over and plague my wife. In the New Age it is important to understand that when you encounter something that seems dark or evil, it is not considered evil because there is no evil in the New Age. Even is just a manifestation of something within yourself. So, you have to go inside yourself to figure out what your fear is and why you are projecting that out into the world. So, my wife and I did just that. We asked ourselves, "Is there something we are afraid of here? Is there something inside us that is manifesting?"

We then recited all of our affirmations that we were perfect and that we were God, that there is no evil, and that there is nothing to fear. And, you know, just because you affirm something, it doesn't make it true. But, that was our affirmation. It didn't go away.

We went to our A Course of Miracles group leaders. Our group then did a little ceremony where we stood in a circle and our leader prayed a little prayer and sent love and light to whatever was going on. Nothing really happened.

As we walked to the door, I turned around and the A Course of Miracles group leader who was heavily involved with Edgar Casey and a lot of his cultic stuff, asked, "Isn't there anything else we can do?" His wife shocked us all by saying, "Put on the full armor of God and stand fast against the wiles of the Devil." Me and others exclaimed, "What?!?" Her husband chided, "Now, Honey. Now, Honey." She replied boldly, "I'm sorry, but there is a Devil, so stand fast and put on the full armor of God and read Ephesians 6."

As we left and drove away, I was like going, "What was that all about?" But, I told my wife, "Let's read it anyway." So, we had a Bible that one of my client's mothers had given me. Shehad asked me at work one day when I was visiting her house, she asked, "Warren, do you love God?" I said, "Oh, yeah." She said, "Well, tell me about him." So, I told her everything about A Course of Miracles and everything I'd learned in the New Age, and she just tried to hide her horror. She said, "Would you excuse me just one minute?" She then came back from another room with a big blue King James Bible. She asked, "Would you please take this?" I looked at it and saw that the color perfectly matched my A Course of Miracles book, so as always thinking there was power in coincidences, I said, "Sure."

With the Bible that my wife and I could then read, we read Ephesians 6. My conclusion after reading the passage was it was just nice. I concluded that our group leader's wife, Trudy, must have gone to a church, and there she must have gotten the Ephesians 6 reference from a church. I thought that whatever she said was sweet of her, but we just dismissed it.

Meanwhile, we were still dealing with this occasional presence coming in and plaguing my wife. In 1983 at Christmas time, we drove down to my girlfriend at the time, my wife Joy now, to her mom's. We figured by getting away we'd be leaving this presence behind. No such luck. We were there just a day or two before I could see that it was there again. I said, "Joy, are you feeling that thing?" She replied, "Yeah." Her mother who had never met me before knew we were into meditating and her daughter was acting kind of weird. She flatly said, "Oh, this is the new boyfriend."

One day Joy went to visit a local friend. I went down to a bookstore to try and figure out what this dark presence was all about. I went to the New Age section of the bookstore and I saw this book called The Beautiful Side of Evil, written by a woman name Johanna Michaelsen. I'd never heard of her, but the title intrigued me, so I pulled it off the shelf. What I started reading was an account of a woman who had a spiritual journey much like our own. I just sat down right there on the floor and I started reading the book. I finally went, "Wow!" I got my notebook out.

Michaelsen was in the psychic phenomenon, with spirits appearing to her. She was into drama and at this theater one night there was a spirit. I'm going through the whole book and discover that she hit a new spiritual wall, and all of a sudden she is dealing with a darkness. She went to a psychic healer in Mexico City where people were getting healed. Hermeneto, the spirit guide, was working through a women named Pachita, a channeler, and everybody was seemingly getting healed.

Then, one day, a Christian woman came in and something went awry. Michaelsen said that all of a sudden there was this presence of evil, and the benevolent spirit guide who had seemed so wonderful became very ominous. As I'm reading I'm just going, "Whoa!" She later made it over to Switzerland where she starting to recite Scripture. I'm writing down the Scriptures that I'm reading concerning seducing spirits and deception and all of this.

As I'm writing down notes from the book, all of a sudden a homeless, mentally ill guy that I had seen on the streets just a couple days before came into the bookstore. He came over to where I was reading this book and started screaming at me, "Are you going to buy this book or what? Are you going to buy this book?" I just remember thinking, "Man, does evil know that I'm reading about it? Can evil orchestrate a man right off the street to come in and harass me so I won't read it?" All I could think of was, "I guess so." Because I had worked with the homeless and have been a social worker my whole life, I was able to dismiss him pleasantly, if that was possible, but he just left.

I finally had the solution to dealing with evil that I had written down from Michaelsen's book. So, I went back the next day when Joy was feeling this presence again, and I suggested, "Joy, lets go out in your mom's backyard. I want to try something just a little bit different. Don't be scared." Addressing this presence, I said, "Satan, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth," reading from my notes, "I command you to leave. I forbid your presence here. I claim the blood of Jesus Christ upon us. Leave and go to where Jesus would send you." It was like "whoosh!", the spirit was gone. Joy exclaimed, "It's gone! What was that?" I answered, "I'm not exactly sure, but it has something to do with the victory that Jesus Christ won on the cross of Calvary over evil and over Satan."

After that spooky event, we decided we needed to start reading the Bible, which we did. We started reading the Bible. Some Christians have since asked me, "Didn't get on your knees and ask the Lord?" But, as New Agers we are hard core. We still kept reading A Course of Miracles, but we also kept reading the Bible. We finally became convicted, but it took us a number of months before we actually repented on our knees.


In the fourth and final part of Warren Smith's fascinating testimony of how he was saved out of the New Age Movement, Warren shares two influences in his life that prepared him to finally accept Jesus Christ as Savior.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Warren Smith Testimony: The New Age Jesus

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What does the Jesus of the New Age book A Course in Miracles teach?

Dr. David Reagan and I were delighted to have as our guest on Christ in Prophecy Warren Smith, the author of the book The Light that Was Dark. This fascinating book tells Warren's touching story of how in his search for a Savior he got sidetracked into the occultic darkness of the New Age Movement. From his many years of experience under that influence, Warren now has dedicated his life to warning Christians about the dangers of the New Age and help us recognize how we can avoid these satanic influences from creeping into our churches.

Warren Smith

Living by A Course in Miracles

Warren Smith: Because of a number of seeming coincidences that were being laid out in front of me, the result was that I then got very involved in the New Age. I started doing meditation. I got involved with the Rajneesh Movement. I was a fairly day-to-day social worker in my regular life, until all of a sudden I am dyeing my clothes orange. I even dyed my socks orange. I was in a state!

Dr. Reagan: You were showing up at work in orange clothes?

Warren Smith: More than that, I put my desk on the floor and I had a picture of Rajneesh over my desk. My boss was so dumbfounded that it took him 30 days to order me, "Get that desk out of here!" I was like the token spiritual guy in the office, and I was bringing all this new stuff in. This was fairly early New Age. This was like the early 1980's, so I'm dating myself.

So, I got involved with Rajneesh. In the New Age you sort of move into one thing and then you move into another, and everything piles together. Even though you might be involved with a psychic or a guru or the book A Course in Miracles, which was my next step, you discover that all the bottom lines are the same. You are taught that God indwells His creation. God is in everyone and everything. That's the bottom line of New Age teachings.

Concerning how I got involved with A Course in Miracles, it's very important that I explain this, because people need to be aware of this deceptive book. Oprah Winfrey long has been pushing it very strongly since 1992. I heard one Christian figure say that, "Oprah has been involved with so many different things that she doesn't really know what she believes." Absolutely untrue! She absolutely has a bottom line, New Age philosophy that she's been outing for years.

All these New Age teachings all fit together. Everything I did fit together.

A Course in Miracles is a book that claims it is new revelation that was supposedly delivered by Jesus Himself to a female psychologist in New York City at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital. Helen Schucman claimed she heard an inner voice saying, "This is a course in miracles. Please take notes." So, for seven years she took down the notes. It was a whole new philosophy about life. It was a whole new religion, if you will. It was New Age Christianity, though really, there is no such thing as New Age Christianity. That's an oxymoron.

This Jesus of the New Age I had accepted because all these various teachings came to me all in the same way. I was handed a book by Gerald Jampolsky called Love is Letting Go of Fear in a massage practitioner program that I was in. This book had all sorts of little spiritual stuff that really felt good. He said in it, "Everything I am telling you in this book was inspired by A Course in Miracles." Reading that is what made me go out and get A Course in Miracles and start to read it.

The Jesus of A Course in Miracles, through Schucman in her writings, says the following things and they are not true. "The recognition of God is the recognition of yourself." And, "The journey to the cross should be the last useless journey." Remember that Oprah Winfrey has said these teachings from A Course in Miracles can change the world.


The New Age Jesus

Nathan Jones: And you bought into all of this?

Warren Smith: Yes, as I had no reason not to. I thought it was new revelation. I thought there really is a Jesus and He's bringing these things to a world that's in trouble.

Dr. Reagan: Deception is almost always done in the name of Jesus.

Warren Smith: All in the name of Jesus, right.

Another thing the Jesus of A Course of Miracles said was, "Do not make the pathetic error of clinging to the Old Rugged Cross." These things I know now are total blasphemy to believers in Christ, but somebody who doesn't know what happened on the cross wouldn't know that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and to defeat the Devil. I just accepted the lie ignorantly.

Then, there was a most interesting statement this New Age Jesus claimed, "There is no sin. There is no evil. There is no Devil." Okay, with that you have pretty much turned the Bible upside down, and all in the name of what? Love. It's all done in the name of love.

The one spectacular heresy that this New Age Jesus said that is really significant, especially to today, is that when this Jesus was asked, "Are you Christ?" He responded, "Yes, and along with you."

Nathan Jones: That's back to that old Garden of Eden lie from Satan that we can all be gods.

Warren Smith: We are all God, and we are all Christ, according to the New Age Jesus. He teaches we save ourselves by recognizing that we are God. The only thing satanic is to not believe in your own divinity.


Oprah's Lessons

Warren Smith: Oprah Winfrey has also said that these teachings can change the world. She actually had A Course of Miracles, taught on her radio program daily over a year by Marianne Williamson.

Dr. Reagan: So, you are really saying that Oprah is rather the high priestess of the New Age Movement?

Warren Smith: Oprah Winfrey has been outing everything that I was involved in probably since 1987, so it's credible.

Nathan Jones: She has the biggest audience of almost any media person, right?

Warren Smith: Yes. She has brought on one Betty Eadie who actually made her way into the Church with Embraced By the Light, a book that came out I think in the early 90's. She had a near death experience. This Betty Eadie began actually as a Mormon until becoming a New Age woman, the she's always presented herself as a Christian. She said that in her near death experience she was told that God was in her, in the plants, and everything, God indwells His creation. Sadly, her book Embraced By the Light was in Christian bookstores and received quite a bit of attention. I even read it, though from a critical standpoint, because by that point I was a believer by the early 90's.


Preaching the New Age Doctrine

Dr. Reagan: You got really involved in A Course of Miracles, even as a teacher, didn't you?

Warren Smith: My wife and I, though she was my girlfriend at the time, were in one of the early course groups of A Course of Miracles. Every Tuesday night we would get together with our teacher and we would study A Course of Miracles. We didn't realize that the book was the Bible upside down, all written in the name of love, peace, and happiness.

I want to say to those who don't realize this, but the Bible says that Satan comes as an angel of light. First Timothy 4:1 warns about seducing spirits. I realized later that Helen Schucman had been seduced by this voice saying that it was Jesus. In the psychic reading, the ball of light was Satan coming as an angel of light.

When I was into the New Age, we were riding high. We were holding workshops in our town. We were teaching A Course of Miracles to anybody who would listen. I was running around my workplace where I worked with developmentally disabled clients like people who had autism and were at that time given the term "mentally retarded" or "developmentally disabled" now, and I would have these guys doing Sufi dances at the shelter workshop. The director of the shelter workshop would look out the window at lunch and see me all dressed in orange with all the clients dancing around. They would wonder, "Oh, my! What's going on out there?" Here I was telling everybody about A Course of Miracles. I was an evangelist for the New Age.

There are so many people out there who were just like me, though they might not be dressed in orange. A lot of us who were involved with Rajneesh, and a lot of them were doctors, lawyers, businessmen, and very successful people like CEO's, they are now the people who are running all sorts of New Age programs out in the world, but they are dressed normally. They work in Silicon Valley and they live by this philosophy. Steve Jobs has actually gone to India and was very involved with New Age teachings when he was alive.


In the third part of Warren Smith's fascinating testimony of how he was saved out of the New Age Movement, Warren shares his scary encounter with a demon.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Warren Smith Testimony: Descending Into the New Age Movement

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How easy is it to be pulled into the New Age Movement?

Dr. David Reagan and I were delighted to have as our guest on Christ in Prophecy Warren Smith, the author of the book The Light that Was Dark. This fascinating book tells Warren's touching story of how in his search for a Savior he got sidetracked into the occultic darkness of the New Age Movement. From his many years of experience under that influence, Warren now has dedicated his life to warning Christians about the dangers of the New Age and help us recognize how we can avoid these satanic influences from creeping into our churches.

Warren Smith

The Reverse Sinner's Prayer

Nathan Jones: Warren, I would love to hear your personal story about how you fell into the New Age Movement.

Warren Smith: I wish I could say it was some kind of great spiritual journey on my part, but it had to do with a waitress that I was fascinated with.

Nathan Jones: Isn't it always a woman?

Warren Smith: I'm afraid that sometimes it is.

I asked her out and had her over to my house for dinner. In the course of the evening's conversation, she said that she had a friend of a friend who was coming into town. She was a psychic, and so asked if I would like to have a psychic reading. Coming from Westport, Connecticut, which is a fairly conservative town, I was a little bit reluctant to get involved with a psychic. But, to ingratiate myself with the waitress, I said, "Sure, why not?"

So, I had the psychic reading. The woman was from Canada. She was telling me all sorts of things about myself that she had no business knowing. I mean, these were not things that I had shared with the waitress, so these were not things that she would have known. I was totally enraptured with what she was telling me, and I was thinking, "Wow, she is really in touch with something!"

While this woman was going through this psychic reading, there was a tingling sensation over my head that I had never experienced before. It was very bazaar. I'm sitting there wondering, "What's going on?" She turns to me and she asks, "Do you realize that there is a ball of light over your head right now?" I said, "I don't know what that is, but I can feel there is something up there." And, she revealed, "It's a ball of light." I asked her, "What's the ball of light doing up there?" She answered, "You have a lot of help on the other side." So, I asked, "What do you mean by the 'other side'?" Her answer was, "Angels, loved ones that have passed on, spiritual beings that are interested in your welfare — they all want to help you and come into your life." Then she advised, "But you have to ask them. It has to be voluntary on your part."

Nathan Jones: These spirits were kind of knocking on the door of your life, so to speak? They were hoping to be invited in?

Warren Smith: Yes. For the spirits to come into my life, it was kind of like you had to be willing by your own volition.

At that time I lived in a canyon in Northern California. I had a flat roof house. That evening I lay on the flat roof of my house looking up at the starry night sky, and I kind of flash backed over my whole life and all the events that had brought me to that point. I felt like I was about to do something very, very significant, and it was, but I didn't realize that it was dangerous.

Then I said, "All of you on the other side, I want your help in my life. I want to be more spiritual. I want to grow." Any Christian who knows the dangers of the New Age and the Occult knows what I just did was kind of like a reverse sinner's prayer. I did the opposite of asking Jesus Christ into my life, which I had no idea what that was about at that point and time.


Encounter With a Guru

Nathan Jones: You had no Christian background beforehand?

Warren Smith: The only background I had was a very liberal, liberal church that never talked about the reality of evil, or a devil, or a victory on the cross of Calvary. It was just a very washed out church. We sang a few hymns. I left church altogether when I went to college. I had my back to the church. I never thought of going to church when I was in college. I was in a fraternity instead.

Well, right after I made that "prayer," in the coming weeks and months all of sudden I started getting spiritual experiences and meeting interesting people. It's like I was being jet propelled into a whole new spiritual experience.

That is one of the dangers of the New Age — the fact that you go on spiritual experience. You go on what's meant to be experiences, like when things would happen where I would go, "Oh, it was meant to be." These coincidences lined up.

That is how I got involved in the next step of my journey, which was with Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, who is an Indian guru. He was in India at the time when I got involved with him. The circumstances were fairly complicated, but I ended up on the top of a mountain on New Year's Eve in Big Sur, California, one of the most beautiful spots on the California coast. I had just bought a book by the Indian Master Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh because I had wanted to start the New Year off spiritual. I had his book in my hands.

Usually people stay down in these cabins at the bottom of Deetjen's Lodge, but the owner came up to me and he looked deep into my eyes and he asked, "How would you like to stay on top of this mountain tonight?" I went, "Sure." So, at sunset, way up on top of the mountain, I found there was a cabin up there. When we got up there it was like being in Heaven. There were just clouds from horizon to horizon. It was an incredible setting!

I had never heard of this guy, Rajneesh, but I had his book in my hand. I went into the cabin up there and put my suitcase on the ground. By the bedside there was another book — by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh! It was kind of like, "Whoa! Whoa! This is meant to be."

I just want to stop and caution people that when somebody gives you a copy of a supposed Christian book and it's not really Christian, like for example The Shack, just because somebody in the morning asks, "Hey, have you read The Shack?", or somebody later in the afternoon asks the same thing, don't think that God is saying, "Hey, you should read The Shack." It may seem like the coincidence is meant to be from God, but it can also be meant to be from the Devil.


In the second part of Warren Smith's fascinating testimony of how he was saved out of the New Age Movement, Warren shares his life living by the book A Course of Miracles and the lies that Oprah teaches from that book.

Friday, March 22, 2013

The Last Pope?

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Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world on February 11 when he suddenly announced that he would retire on February 28 due to deteriorating health. There had not been a papal resignation since 1415 when Gregory XII stepped aside as part of a controversial arrangement to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants. Benedict became the first Pope in history to resign due to health reasons.

The Pope's resignation created a sensation among Bible prophecy buffs because of a widespread belief that he would be the next-to-the-last Pope. This belief is grounded in what is called "The Prophecy of the Popes," a document consisting of 112 short, cryptic phrases in Latin, which claims to predict all the Popes that would succeed Pope Celestine II who died in 1144.


A Strange Document of Unknown Origin

The document became public in 1595 when a Catholic priest by the name of Arnold de Wyon published a history of the Benedictine Order. He attributed the prophecies to an Irish priest, Saint Malachy, who served as an Archbishop in the 12th Century.

According to the traditional account, Malachy was summoned to Rome in 1139 by Pope Innocent II, and while he was there, he supposedly received a vision of future Popes. The manuscript was deposited in the Vatican Archives and forgotten about until its rediscovery in 1590, just in time for a papal conclave that was in session at the time.

The "prophecies" list 112 Popes that will serve from the time of Pope Urban VII who died in 1590, the first being Pope Gregory XIV whose papacy lasted for only one year. The last Pope in the list is referred to as "Peter the Roman." And it is stated that he will reign among "many tribulations" leading up to the destruction of Rome.


Problems With the Document

There are a number of problems with these "prophecies," as outlined below.

1) Unknown before their publication in 1595. Saint Bernard of Clairvoux, who was a contemporary of Saint Malachy, never mentions the prophecies in his biography of Malachy, nor are they mentioned in any record prior to 1595.

2) Obtuse wording. The "prophecies" are as obtuse as the so-called prophecies of Nostradamus. They simply list a short phrase for each Pope. Examples are: "pig in a sieve," "from cattle country," "star of the swans," "snaky man," and "woodpecker between food."

For the first 74 Popes in the list leading up to 1590 when the document supposedly was found, the discoverer, Arnold de Wyon, tried to make a match between the identifying phrase and the person who actually became the Pope described by the phrase. Thus, the phrase, "from the guardian goose," supposedly pointed to Pope Alexander III (1159 - 1181) whose family's coat of arms featured a goose. Many of Wyon's explanations are terribly stretched and amount to what might be called shoehorning, but the matches are more tenable than the "prophecies" concerning those who were to serve as Popes after the document was made public in 1595, clearly indicating that the document was actually written around the time it was "found."

The "prophecies" dating after 1590 are very difficult to match up with the Pope who supposedly fulfilled the prophecy. For example, the prophecy "country animal" ended up pointing to Pope Benedict XIV (1740-1758). Proponents of the prophecies have been able to link this "prophecy" to the Pope in only one absurd way — by arguing that he was a man of "plodding ox diligence."

3) Questionable counting. From the time of the first Pope on the list to Benedict XVI, there were a total of 100 Popes. The only way to get the list up to 111 is to count the 11 men who served as Anti-Popes but who were never recognized by the Vatican as true Popes.


The Validity of the Document

Most experts who have studied the document carefully have concluded that it was manufactured by Arnold de Wyon as a propaganda piece to ensure that his candidate for the papacy in 1590 would be elected. Thus, the prophecy for Urban VII's successor read, "from the old city." The man Wyon favored was Cardinal Girolani Simoncelli who was from a city whose Latin name meant "old city."

The ploy did not work. A man named Niccolo Sfondrati was elected, and he took the papal name of Gregory XIV. There was nothing in his background that linked him to the "prophecy" that stated he would be "from the old city."

However, proponents of the "prophecies" argue that Gregory XIV's father was a senator from Milan, and that the word, senator, is derived from the Latin word, senex, which means "old man." Alternatively, they argue that Milan is the "old city" referred to. Again, an example of twisting a "prophecy" to mean virtually anything.


The New Pope

Although the newly elected Pope is from Argentina, he is not an Hispanic. He is of Roman descent, having been born of Italian immigrants to Argentina, but his birth name was not Peter, nor did he select that as his papal name. He does not fulfill the "prophecy" about him. Still, he could well prove to be the last Pope because the signs of the times clearly point to the imminent return of Jesus.

The only prophecies we need to pay attention to are those contained in God's Word, for He is the only one who truly knows the future.

For I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is no one like Me,
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things which have not been done,
Saying, "My purpose will be established,
And I will accomplish all My good pleasure"...
Truly I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass.
I have planned it, surely I will do it.

- Isaiah 46:9b-11

Thursday, March 21, 2013

New Age Impact on the Church: Pushing Universalism

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How can Christians defend themselves from being deceived by New Age teachings?

Dr. David Reagan and I were delighted to have as our guest on Christ in Prophecy Warren Smith, the author of the book The Light that Was Dark. This fascinating book tells Warren's touching story of how in his search for a Savior he got sidetracked into the occultic darkness of the New Age Movement. From his many years of experience under that influence, Warren now has dedicated his life to warning Christians about the dangers of the New Age and help us recognize how we can avoid these satanic influences from creeping into our churches.

Warren Smith


Pushing Universalism

Dr. Reagan: One of the new teachings that really disturbs me about this whole New Age impact on the Church is that more and more I am seeing Christian leaders either directly saying or implying that there are many different roads that lead to God. There are many different roads, they believe, like there is the Muslim road, and the Hindu road, but they all lead to the same God, they say.

Warren Smith: It is exactly what New Age leader Neale Donald Walsch said. He said that speaking for his god, he said, "There are a thousand ways to God and they will all get you there, except for one, and that's the one that denies that there are a thousand ways to God."

Dr. Reagan: There seems to be a tremendous feeling today in many churches that we cannot really preach the Gospel because the Gospel calls for repentance. The Bible talks about sin. It talks about the blood of Jesus. Those teachings will be offensive. We claim we've got to be seeker sensitive, and we've got to be sure that we don't offend anyone. Well, the Gospel is offensive!

Warren Smith: Jesus said, "Blessed are those who are not offended in me." But, Jesus taught that His teachings would be hard for people to follow. You and me are going to be persecuted for believing and teaching about them. Jesus said that, "They hated me; so they are going to hate you." But, Jesus didn't leave it at that, for as you know, we have His Holy Spirit. We are to walk in the world, but we are to stand on God's truth as the Bible teaches. We are to contend for the faith. But, what is happening today is that a lot of pastors are capitulating, for they are trying to fill their churches, but they are really compromising.

Today there is also a lot of double speak. Paul warned about those who are double-tongued. James warned of people who are double-minded. David talked in Psalm 12 about those with a double heart. What is happening is that some pastors will be cornered about what they are saying and that they lead their congregations into New Age teachings. They will say, "Oh, you have to watch out about the New Age." But, then they'll come back to someone like me and accuse, "Hey, he's warning about the New Age." You've got to be really careful.

One well known Christian figure who is going around at the highest levels of church assemblies and denominations said very clearly in one of his books, that to survive in the Post-Modern Church, you will need to speak out of both sides of your mouth. He actually said that! Then he used the two words imminence and transcendence, thinking he was being cute. But, that's what Alice Bailey, Benjamin Creme with Maitreya, The Aquarian Conspiracy, and other New Agers said, that God is not only transcendent out there, but that he is imminent inside each and every person. So here you've got this man who is going around to every denominational leadership level saying that to survive in the Post-Modern Era you have to learn to speak out of both sides of your mouth. He also then quotes Teilhard de Chardin who says that he sees with these emergent leaders that they are seeing faith in a much more magnificent way than their forefathers ever did.

This is arrogance! Its pride! It's the crew of the Titanic telling everybody that everything's okay.


Full Armor

Dr. Reagan: What can we do to protect ourselves against deception, because it says in the Bible that the end times are going to be a time of great deception? There are a lot of people out who think they could never be deceived. But, we can all be deceived, so how can we protect ourselves from deception?

Warren Smith: Just like my old A Course in Miracles teacher once said, "Put on the full armor of God and stand fast against the wiles of the Devil."

Nathan Jones: So, you want us to read A Course in Miracles? [chuckle]

Warren Smith: No, instead, get into the Bible and stay in the Word.

Nathan Jones: Romans 1:16 is our guide.

Warren Smith: My old New Age teacher pulled that out of her Bible background, but she was right. This sad woman had a very difficult demise because that was one of the rare times when she quoted Scripture.

The Bible is our only source of truth. It has warned about every deception that we are getting involved in today. The Bible is so completely, authoritatively from God. You need to measure, like the Bereans, whatever you are being told using the Bible. You've got to remember a little leaven, leavens the whole lump.

Harry Ironside, the old Moody Bible teacher, once said, "The most insidious form of deception is error mixed with truth." So, people need to be aware that deception is coming at you from all over the place.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

New Age Impact on the Church: Infiltrating Heresies

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Who are some of the main heretics from the New Age Movement?

Dr. David Reagan and I were delighted to have as our guest on Christ in Prophecy Warren Smith, the author of the book The Light that Was Dark. This fascinating book tells Warren's touching story of how in his search for a Savior he got sidetracked into the occultic darkness of the New Age Movement. From his many years of experience under that influence, Warren now has dedicated his life to warning Christians about the dangers of the New Age and help us recognize how we can avoid these satanic influences from creeping into our churches.

Warren Smith


Infiltrating Heresies

Nathan Jones: Warren, you have such an extensive background in the New Age Movement, and so can easily recognize it's teachings when you spot them. How then do these occultic teachings influence and even penetrate churches?

Warren Smith: You can go all the way back to someone like Norman Vincent Peale and his book The Power of Positive Thinking. I think it is on page 40 of his book where he says, "God is in you." Robert Schuller in a 2003 television program also said similarly, "Yes, God is alive and He is in every single person." That is classic New Age teaching.

Some of today's really well known preachers and pastors are using some of these new Bible versions. There is one from the New Century Version that say, "God rules everything, is everywhere, and is in everything." And so people say, "Oh, God is His universe."

Nathan Jones: And yet, God is omnipresent.

Warren Smith: Yes, but like Schuller said, "God is alive and is in every single person." That "in every single person" is very specific.

Then there are translations like The Message which just waters down God's Word. I was surprised to see in The Message right away the first time I read it where oneness is added to Ephesians 4. Oneness is a code word. "Oneness pervades everything you are and think and do." That feeds right into the whole New Age concept.

I would just like to say that, yes, I see these things maybe a lot more because I was involved in the New Age, but anybody that is reading their Bible learns that as Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my Words will never pass away." The Bible describes and warns about every deception I was involved in. It is describing everything that is coming into the Church that people try to explain away, like with The Shack. People will even say it's a good book to give to unbelievers. No it's not! It's not because of the New Age teachings that are in there, such as God dwells in and around and through all things.

Nathan Jones: The author is a stated Universalist, right?

Warren Smith: He calls himself a Christian.

Nathan Jones: Well, they all call themselves Christian.

Warren Smith: Oprah calls herself a Christian, too. Therefore, you've got to look at just what kind of "Christianity" they are talking about. The Scripture that comes to my mind is, "A little leaven, leaveneth the whole lump." You cannot have these false teachings inserted into these supposedly "Christian" books, surrounding Satan's lies with a little truth. Some in like say the Emerging Church, they will say, "all truth is God's truth," but then they will take some teaching from out of A Course in Miracles and use that as the "truth."


New Age Church

Dr. Reagan: One of the things about the Emergent Church Movement that really concerns me, and I would say is a fundamental characteristic of that movement, is that they deny that there really is absolute truth, which ironically in and of itself is an absolute statement. If you are going to say discuss the issue of homosexuality, it's not what the Bible has to teach, but you go with it because it's what you think should be accepted. Emergents are always asking, "What do you think? What do I think?" There is an exchange of questions all about this or that, but no one comes out and draws the line saying, "Here's what the Word of God says." Emergent Church teaching is not a belief in absolute truth.

Nathan Jones: Apologist Eric Barger had some great statements which maybe you can confirm for me. He says, "The New Age or the Emergent Church follows this: experience over reason, spirituality over doctrinal absolutes, images over words, feelings over truth, earthly justice over salvation, and social action over eternity." Is that the definition of a New Age Church?

Warren Smith: He's done a good job of covering a lot of that.

I think one of the most significant observations that he mentioned there is something that people need to be aware of, and that because of the acceptance of New Age teachings, spiritual experience is trumping the Word of God in the Church, especially in the Emerging Church.


Contemplative Prayer

Warren Smith: Throughout these churches, people are having spiritual experiences that will bring in hopefully from the Devil's standpoint "new revelation" which will end up providing a new worldview. The way they are seeking new revelation is mainly through contemplative prayer. It's a code really for meditation.

Dr. Reagan: What is contemplative prayer? We hear a lot about that lately. What is it?

Warren Smith: The way contemplative prayer is presented is you recite Scripture, and then you close your eyes or you be still and listen to see if God will speak to you. Basically, it's almost like a technique. They wouldn't say that you don't empty your mind since you are reciting Scripture, but it's pretty close. You wait to hear what God would tell you.

The dangerous thing with contemplative prayer, and Richard Foster for one talks about this when he says basically, "You can always tell the voice of Satan because it is foreboding and dark," is that's just very bad advice. What I never have heard with any of these people who are talking about contemplative prayer is to test the spirits, as 1 John 4:1 instructs. Believers need to remember that these admonitions were directed to believers. Just because we are following the Lord, that doesn't mean that we cannot still be mislead.

There are a lot of deceptive voices out there, and a lot of these voices are now coming in through books like The Shack. People just don't realize that the author of The Shack told a small group that met privately in a house church that he had real conversations with God and that the teachings in his book were from God, but he just put them in a novel form.

Nathan Jones: That's rather like Joseph Smith who founded the cult Mormonism, or Mohammed who founded Islam. They all claimed to be hearing from God.

Warren Smith: Their followers are also being directed to listen for God's voice. I've even seen some recent conferences where they have well known Bible teachers and church leaders that are inducting a whole audience by saying, "Okay, let's see what Jesus would tell us right now with no warnings." But, remember 2 Corinthians 11 where Paul chided the Corinthians that if another Jesus, another Gospel, or another spirit comes through here, you might just fall for it.

There is another "Jesus" out there. I just need to tell people to make sure that it is Jesus Christ of Nazareth who is consistent with the Bible, because there are a lot of Jesus' out there who Paul was warning about.


Experiential Faith

Dr. Reagan: Is this simply a reflection of the Post-modern Age, which we are supposed to be in right now, where people are turned off by the idea of reading the Word of God and finding out what God would say to them, as opposed to having a touchy-feely experience?

Warren Smith: This teaching is sort of being advocated in the Church, that it's kind of hip to skirt around the Bible a little bit and instead have some spiritual experiences. There is nothing wrong with doing things a little bit differently when it comes to you trying to reach people where they are at. I can just tell you, I was really alternative! I was out in San Francisco, where if you really look at the Jesus Movement, those people were hippies.

But, today we're being taught that you have to change everything you do in church to reach people now. The Word of God when I stood in that fraternity house and I was convicted by the Holy Spirit, that was just the power of God and His truth. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but through me." It is a narrow way, and oneness is a broad way.

This voice from the Enemy that is trying to come into the Church, and is doing a fairly good job through contemplative prayer, is trying to bring in this very simple bottom line teaching that we are all connected. There is that big word — connected. We are all connected. We are all one. We are all God. And, if we don't subscribe to this belief, we could hinder world peace, because those that don't subscribe to divinity could be hindering world peace and would have to be dealt with in the future. I see that threat to Christians being set up right now.

Nathan Jones: So, the New Age is teaching peace through tyranny... under the Antichrist. Is that the eventual goal?

Warren Smith: Jeremiah said, "Peace, peace, but there is no peace." Peace is a great code word, just like love and happiness. Peace, love and happiness. But, we must ask just what are the bottom line teachings that come with this quest for peace?


In the fourth and last segment of our interview with Warren Smith on how New Age teachings have infiltrated the Church, he'll explain the push towards Universalism and what Christians can do to protect ourselves from being deceived.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

New Age Impact on the Church: Deceptive Teachers

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Who are some of the main teachers in the New Age Movement?

Dr. David Reagan and I were delighted to have as our guest on Christ in Prophecy Warren Smith, the author of the book The Light that Was Dark. This fascinating book tells Warren's touching story of how in his search for a Savior he got sidetracked into the occultic darkness of the New Age Movement. From his many years of experience under that influence, Warren now has dedicated his life to warning Christians about the dangers of the New Age and help us recognize how we can avoid these satanic influences from creeping into our churches.

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Deceptive Teachers

Dr. Reagan: Oprah Winfrey, she has been sort of a high priestess of this whole New Age Movement, with one New Age writer and speaker after another being paraded on her program. Would you quickly mention some other New Age names from the secular world that people might recognize that they should be aware of?

Warren Smith: Sure. Oprah had M. Scott Peck on her program back in the early 90's. A lot of people don't realize, though Scott Peck described himself as a Christian, he is really more of kind of like an emerging contemplative New Age Christian, because in his book he said, "God is within everybody." He actually laid out a plan when he said, "We're in crisis!" That's also what The Aquarian Conspiracy said to the effect, "We are in crisis and we need to have a new way of looking at things. We need a new worldview."

What Peck basically said was, "Our salvation lies in community." He didn't say "in Jesus Christ," but in community. He said that due to the duress of these times, we need to change some of our rules; and yes, that includes the Church. So, he too was introducing this idea of God-in-all.

I wrote an article years ago about M. Scott Peck and the Community of the Cosmic Christ. Starting off the article, there was a big quote by Peck saying that the mystical prophet who is bringing forth this idea of sort of a quantum leap into a new level of understanding was the Catholic Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. He was the father of the New Age Movement. The title The Aquarian Conspiracy was taken by Chardin. Chardin said, "This soul must be a conspiracy of individuals." And Chardin's teachings are simply this — that God is in every atom.

Nathan Jones: That rather sounds like Star Wars which is pantheism, right?

Warren Smith: May the force be with you! Yes, this force is God penetrating His creation, but that He comes in various ways.

Other New Age teachers are Deepak Chopra, Betty Eadie and Shirley MacLaine.

Mehmet Oz, of the Dr. Oz fame, was for five years featured on Oprah Winfrey. Now he has his own program. Dr. Oz is probably one of the more dangerous, and I say that carefully, occultists out there. He has endorsed a book by a psychic by the name of Ainslie MacLeod. The book is called The Instruction. Dr. Oz has a front cover endorsement. In that book the psychic refers to spirit guides 175 times, with 40 before you get to chapter one. He talks about past lives. He encourages the reader to get into meditation and to contact their spirit guides.

Dr. Oz has also brought forward transcendental meditation, which Oz says he does. This is known as reiki, which is a very dangerous sort of body treatment that includes spirit guides. The reiki practitioners make it very clear that spirit guides are involved in that process.

Dr. Reagan: But these people are so nice, loving, and so smooth.

Warren Smith: In my days when I was a social worker and also in the New Age, some people thought I was kind of nice. But, as you know, niceness doesn't have much to do with it. We have some pastors out there who seem pretty nice, but they are bringing a lot of this New Age teaching into their churches.

Dr. Reagan: In fact, the Antichrist is going to be very nice.

Nathan Jones: Speaking of the Antichrist, you always hear in the New Age Movement of this Lord Maitreya. Can you explain a little to me if he is supposed to be the Antichrist, or as New Agers believe, he is the Messiah of the New Age Movement?

Warren Smith: I'm really impressed. I was at a conference recently and there must have been 300 people and I asked, "Has anybody heard of Maitreya?" Just one person raised their hand. I actually wrote a book called False Christ Coming, and Maitreya was one of the first four chapters.

Benjamin Creme was like Maitreya's John the Baptist. In 1982, there was a full page ad in newspapers all around the world saying, "The Christ is here, and he is waiting to be called forth." Benjamin Creme was on coast to coast radio probably four or five times over the last decade saying the very same thing. He was saying that Maitreya is still waiting to be called forth. A lot of people have just dismissed it as a bad joke. What I show in my book is that what Maitreya teaches is absolutely consistent with A Course in Miracles, with New Age Leader Barbara Marx Hubbard's teachings, with Neale Donald Walsch's Conversations With God, and with everything that Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra and Dr. Oz are teaching. It's all the same bottom line — New Age teachings.

Back to Dr. Oz, he teaches New Age through holistic health. One well known pastor actually said that if you try to change your diet you'll have to be careful, because you could end up changing your worldview. That very well could happen. With Dr. Oz, one well known Christian pastor has actually brought him into his church to teach his congregation how to be healthy!


In the third segment of our interview with Warren Smith on how New Age teachings have infiltrated the Church, he'll tell us what some of these heresies are.

Monday, March 18, 2013

New Age Impact on the Church: Characteristics

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What are some of the basic characteristics of the New Age Movement?

Dr. David Reagan and I were delighted to have as our guest on Christ in Prophecy Warren Smith, the author of the book The Light That Was Dark. This fascinating book tells Warren's touching story of how, in his search for a Savior, he got sidetracked into the occultic darkness of the New Age Movement. From his many years of experience under that influence, Warren now has dedicated his life to warning Christians about the dangers of the New Age and help us recognize how we can avoid these satanic influences from creeping into our churches.

Warren Smith


Basic Characteristics

Dr. Reagan: Warren, tell us, what are some of the basic characteristics of the New Age Movement?

Warren Smith: In 2 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul talks about the simplicity in Christ. There is a simplicity in deception as well. So, it's really important that people don't get confused.

There are so many different aspects of the deception of the New Age, what is now being called the New Spirituality, and even the New Worldview. New World Religion was the phrase used for a while, but a New Worldview is easier for people to remember.

Christians are being guided into this New Worldview thinking they will help the world come to peace. But, remember that in Daniel 8 we are told that the Antichrist is going to have a wonderful deception. He literally will destroy "wonderfully," for by peace he shall destroy many.

All these deceptive end times teachings are heading up to where the world is going to be told to get in line, and "atonement" will be a word that will be used. But, those of us who were in the New Age understand that it is "at-one-ment", not atonement, so much as "at-one-ment." In other words, the New Age teaches that we are all one because God is in everyone and everything. And, when we recognize our oneness, we can all come together and help achieve world peace. Some Christian leaders are even buying into this by having materials that bring this oneness and this god-in-everything teaching into the Church.

Dr. Reagan: Let's dwell a little bit longer here on the fundamental characteristics of the Movement. You boiled it all down to that the fundamental teaching of the New Age is God that He is in everything and is in us. That's what Shirley MacLaine was doing when she stood on the seashore and yelled, "I am god, I am god, I am god!"

Warren Smith: She was the one who put that teaching forward back in 1987 on television. She may have become the butt of late night jokes, like in David Letterman's jokes, but she's the one primarily responsible for outing that teaching and getting the conversation going. That's the big word these days — conversation. "Let's have a conversation," which really means, "Let's see what we can do to compromise. Let's get it all on the table and see what we can come up with." That's the idea that we can all move forward.

The year Shirley MacLaine started off teaching that we are all gods, that was in 1987, and that was the same year that Marilyn Ferguson the author of The Aquarian Conspiracy was on the Oprah Winfrey Show, on an episode entitled "The New Age Movement." Back in 1980, Marilyn Ferguson wrote her book The Aquarian Conspiracy and in that book she said that basically we have a great idea, a great heretical idea, of God within and God is in everything. She said basically, "We are not going to be able to pull this off right away, but over time if it is widely publicized we will be able to have our way." I mean, it was an outrageous thing to claim!

Actually, a lot of New Age leaders today are very upset that Ferguson used the word "conspiracy" in the title of her book, because it actually plays into the reality that there truly is a conspiracy, and the conspiracy is to get this great heretical idea that God indwells His creation and that God is in everyone and everything. She was trying to be cute.

Likewise, The Shack was a very popular book, not only in the Christian world, but it was actually at the top of the New Age bestseller list as well.

Nathan Jones: Almost every church was preaching from it and every Christian bookstore was carrying The Shack.

Warren Smith: People will claim, "Well, but Jesus is in there." But, what a lot of people don't understand is that from what I think was on page 112, the Jesus of The Shack said, "God who is the ground of all being dwells in and around and through all things." Then, if you look carefully at the book when the word "Creation" is brought up, a capital "C" is used. Those of us from the New Age know that when you see creation with a capital "C", it means that God indwells His creation.

Dr. Reagan: That is very different from what the Bible teaches. God is not indwelling His creation, right?

Warren Smith: No. Psalm 39:5 tells us, "Verily, every man at his best state is altogether vanity." Or, in John 2:24-25, Jesus said referring to Jesus, "He did not commit himself to men because he knew what was in men." Now, why would that be said if God is in man? Why wouldn't He be emphasizing that? Instead, Jesus was actually saying to the effect, "Watch out! Men amongst themselves can be very dangerous." That is what Jesus was teaching. So, no, God is not within each person.


In the second segment of our interview with Warren Smith on how New Age teachings have infiltrated the Church, he'll tell us who some of the deceptive teachers are who are involved in the movement.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Reasons Behind the School Shootings (Part 2 of 2)

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In the first half of my observations concerning the reasons behind the epidemic of school shootings, I addressed the changes the courts have made to the First Amendment of the Constitution, as well as introduction of Evolution in the school systems. We'll now look at three more reasons.

School Shootings


The Transformation of the Entertainment Industry

The third thing I would point to that has changed since my public school days is the nature of American entertainment.

In 1939, The epic movie, Gone With The Wind, ran into trouble with the censors because it ended with Clark Gable saying, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." One month before the film's scheduled release, the Motion Picture Association had to amend the code it had adopted in 1930 to allow the use of the word, damn.5

The Motion Picture Code lasted until the cultural revolution of the 1960's. First it was radically amended to give producers much more freedom, and then it was replaced by the film rating system which basically allows a film to contain anything, as long as it is rated properly.6 This change opened the flood gates of filth, and we began to export the filth all over the world, becoming the moral polluter of planet earth.

Likewise, when television began to spread nationwide in the 1950's (I saw my first TV set in 1952) there were strict codes of conduct for the producers of television programs. Over the years since that time, those codes have eroded to the point that almost anything is allowed on TV today.

The contrast is stunning. When I was growing up, we watched wholesome programs like "The Life of Riley," "I Love Lucy," and "Father Knows Best." All these programs taught basic Judeo-Christian moral values.

Today the channels are flooded with morally depraved reality shows like "The Bachelorette," with sex-laden situation comedies like "Two and a Half Men," with demented dramatic series like "Revenge," with brutally lurid shows like "Criminal Minds," and with programs that are constantly pushing the homosexual agenda.

Perhaps the best way to illustrate the stark contrast between the early years of TV and today is to compare two programs about families, the Nelson Family (Ozzie & Harriet) which blessed American TV from 1952 to 1966 and the Osbourne Family (Ozzy & Sharon) which polluted the airways from 2002 to 2005. One featured a family (the Nelsons) who were loving and supportive of each other. The other (the Osbournes) focused on a totally dysfunctional family led by a man-child who lived in a drug haze while the rest of the members of the family were at each other's throats, constantly fighting and cursing. The Nelson family showcased moral values. The Osbournes never heard of morality.

And then there is the music industry with its hard rock beats designed to appeal to the flesh and rap music that glorifies crime.


The Computer Revolution

A fourth major change in my lifetime has been the revolution in society that the computer has produced.

The first desktop computers hit the market in the late 1970's. At first they were used primarily for tasks like word processing and accounting. But by the mid-1980's most of the software being sold consisted of computer games which rapidly began to focus on violence and the occult.

Also, in the mid-1990's the Internet was made accessible for public use, making pornography easily available to people of all ages in the privacy of their homes.

My wife was a first grade teacher for 30 years. I vividly remember her coming home one day very agitated. When I asked what was wrong, she explained that she and her class had been exposed to pornography during their computer lab time! She said each child had selected an animal to write an essay about. When the children got seated at their computers, she asked them to type the name of their animal into a search engine. One boy had selected the cheetah as his animal. When he typed that word in, the first thing that popped up was a photo of a nude dancer whose stage name was Cheetah. It was just that easy for a 6 year old boy to be introduced to the lurid world of porn.


The Evolution of the Church

The last change factor that I think has been crucial relates to the Church.

When I was a kid, the Church was a central part of my life and the lives of the kids I played with. My family went to church on Sunday morning, Sunday evening, Wednesday evening, and to several Gospel meetings each year. Additionally, I attended Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. I was taught to revere God, His Word, and His moral code.

Sundays and Wednesday evenings were sacred. No school events or sporting events were ever scheduled on these days. And on Sunday, all the commercial enterprises were closed. It was truly a day of rest — time to spend with the family.

Today, Sunday and Wednesday are just like any other day of the week. They are filled with diversions, and one of the consequences is that it is hard to find a church that meets more than once a week on Sunday morning. And many, if not most, churches have adopted the seeker-friendly mentality that sugarcoats the Gospel and seeks primarily to entertain. Youth programs focus on pizza parties rather than Bible study. It is no wonder that 70% of kids from Christian families end up revoking their faith and embracing the world.

How can we expect any child to learn morality one hour a week in Sunday School when they are assaulted the rest of the week with the pagan values of our schools, movies and television programs? It is completely understandable that we have an entire generation growing up among us who believe that life is all about sex, violence and money.

And if every problem in TV programs, movies and computer games is solved with violence, why should we be surprised when our children resort to violence to solve their problems?


Conclusion

The Bible says that in the end times, society will become as violent and immoral as it was in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37).

We have arrived.

Let's end with the question we began with: "Why is there so much violence in our schools and society?" The answer is that we have put guns in the hands of moral pygmies.


Notes

5) Wikipedia, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankly_my_dear_I_don't_give_a_damn.

6) Tom Herd, "Indecency and the FCC: A Short History," http://civilliberty.about.com/od/freespeech/tp/FCC-Indecency-Timeline.htm.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Reasons Behind the School Shootings (Part 1 of 2)

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After the recent school shooting tragedy in Connecticut, I noticed that the TV news programs focused on interviewing psychologists and psychiatrists as they sought an explanation for the senseless rampage. And most of what I heard in response to their questions was what I would call "psychobabble."

But their questions got me to thinking. It occurred to me that during the time I was in the public school system, from the first grade in 1945 to my senior year in high school in 1956, there were no such massacres. And that caused me to wonder, "What has changed?"

School Shootings


The Reinterpretation of the First Amendment

The first thing that came to mind was the way in which our legal system has distorted the First Amendment of our Constitution from stating there must be a separation of church and state to meaning there must be separation of religion and state. It is true that the words, "separation of church and state," do not appear in the First Amendment, but that was clearly the meaning of the statement:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...

In short, the First Amendment prohibited the government from establishing an official state church, while it guaranteed the free exercise of religion. Nothing more. But since the 1960's secular judges have changed the interpretation of the First Amendment to mean that the state must be divorced from religion.

That was never the intention of our Founding Fathers. In fact, they emphasized in their writings that a representative form of government could continue to exist only if it were based upon religious morality. Consider the following statements by our first two presidents.

George Washington (1732-1799) —
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports... in vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens...1
John Adams (1735-1826) —
We have no government armed in power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion... Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.2

In 1962 the Supreme Court ruled prayer in the public schools to be unconstitutional, and the assault began to remove all vestiges of religion from the public arena. The next year, the Court advanced its secular agenda by ruling that Bible reading in schools and other school-sponsored religious activities is also prohibited. The movement climaxed in 1980 when the Supreme Court ruled that a Kentucky statute requiring the posting of a copy of the Ten Commandments on the wall of each public classroom in the State, was unconstitutional. Overnight, the Court forced our schools to throw out the foundation of American law and morality! Incredibly, the Court justified its decision with these words:

If the posted copies of the Ten Commandments are to have any effect at all, it will be to induce the schoolchildren to read, meditate upon, perhaps to venerate and obey, the Commandments. However desirable this might be as a matter of private devotion, it is not a permissible state objective under the Establishment Clause of the Constitution.3

Read those words again. The Court is saying that the Ten Commandments cannot be posted in our schools because the children might be motivated to obey them! So we would prefer to have our children kill each other as opposed to having them live in a civilized manner?

To sum it up, in very short order we kicked God out of our schools and declared His basic law to be illegal. The result has been a very quick and total transformation of our public school system.

Only a person my age (74) can realize how drastic the transformation of our schools has been. For example, when I was in the public schools, we prayed daily and read a devotional passage from the Bible. We had Christmas plays and Easter pageants. Our English readers were filled with stories from the Bible that were used to teach a moral lesson.

In 1956, when I graduated from high school, there would be 100 or more pickup trucks parked in the school parking lot each day. Almost every one of those trucks had a gun rack, and most held a 22 rifle, a shotgun, and a deer rifle. Many had pistols in the glove compartments.

Yet, no one lived in fear of their lives. The idea that someone might shoot up the school was unthinkable. We were civilized people who had been imbued with Christian morality.


The Closing of the Evolution Debate

The second change factor I would point to is the purging of our schools of any consideration of alternatives to Evolution.

When the 20th Century began, the teaching of Evolution was not a part of any standard curriculum in our public schools. But that was not to last long. The turning point came in 1925 with the Scopes Trial in Tennessee. It became a media circus, and it propelled the issue onto the national scene.

At first, the Evolutionists simply demanded "equal time" with any presentation of special creation as the answer to the origin of the universe and life. But as the years passed, they began to argue that Evolution was the only scientifically valid version of origins, and that all other versions should be banned.

The Supreme Court began to endorse this exclusionary thinking in a series of opinions leading up to a case in 1987 in which it outlawed the teaching of Creationism as an alternative to Evolution.4

Today, the teaching of origins is a matter of Evolutionary propaganda and not true education where all theories are examined.

In the words of the book of Romans, our society has "suppressed the truth in unrighteousness," for we have "exchanged the truth of God for a lie." (Romans 1:18,25). We are teaching our children that they are nothing more than an animal that has evolved from scum and that they should worship the creation rather than the Creator.

Why, therefore, should we be surprised when they conduct themselves like animals? Why should we be shocked when they shoot each other over a pair of tennis shoes?


As we continue with the second half of my observations concerning the reasons behind the epidemic of school shootings, we'll look at the entertainment industry, the computer revolution, and the changes to the Church.


Notes

1) The Great Books Foundation, The Will of the People: Readings in American Democracy (Chicago: Great Books Foundation, 2001), page 38.

2) John Adams, "Letter to Zabdiel Adams, Philadelphia, 21 June 1776," in The Works of John Adams — Second President of the United States, ed. Charles Francis Adams (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1854), vol. 9, p. 401.

3) Wikipedia, "Stone v. Graham (1980)," www.firstamendmentschools.org/freedoms/case.aspx?id=1422.

4) Wikipedia, "Edwards v. Aguillard (1987)," http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwards_v._Aguillard.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Embracing Paganism

Dr. David R. ReaganPDFBy

Every time I think our society cannot get any worse, some new decision is made by the President, the Supreme Court or the Congress that further propels us toward paganism and chaos.


Women on the Front Lines

The latest blow came when the Obama Administration decided to open up combat positions in the military to women. What insanity! Only a barbaric culture would send its women to fight its wars.

Increasingly our men are returning from warfare with deep psychological wounds called post-traumatic stress syndrome. How much more so will women, who are by nature much more emotionally sensitive than men, be impacted by the overwhelming brutality of war?

And when women are captured in combat, does anyone really believe they will be treated humanely? Of course not. They will be raped repeatedly.

Liberal ideologues are blind to the inherent differences between men and women. They believe they are simply a matter of cultural conditioning, when the truth is that God created men and women to be very different and to fulfill different roles in the home, the Church, and society.

Liberals are determined to castrate men and debase women by making men of them — all in the name of "equality." Well, men and women are simply not equal in physique or emotions.

When we start bringing home women from war who are totally traumatized or who are scarred by rape and torture or who are brought back home in body bags, maybe we will come to our senses, but I doubt it. We have just gone too far down the trail of paganism to turn back.


Homosexual "Rights"

The same is true of the homosexual agenda. Our President has made it clear that he is not going to be satisfied until he can outlaw all criticism of homosexuality, even by preachers in the pulpit. Our courts have already ruled that homosexual "rights" take precedence over personal religious beliefs.

Take for example, the bizarre case that occurred recently in New Mexico. The case began in 2006, when a lesbian couple filed a complaint with the New Mexico Human Rights Commission after Elane Hugeinin, a local photographer who runs a small photography business with her husband, declined the couple's request to take pictures of their commitment ceremony because of her religious beliefs concerning the definition of marriage.

In 2008, the Human Rights Commission subjected Mrs. Hugeinin to a one day trial, and ultimately charged her company with sexual orientation discrimination, ordering it to pay a fine of $6,637.94 in attorney's fees to the plaintiff. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed an appeal of the Commission's decision on behalf of the Christian photography company.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals ruled in behalf of the lesbian couple, in June of 2012. The Supreme Court of New Mexico has accepted the case on appeal. Let us pray that religious liberty will triumph in this case.


Obama's Promise

In the 2008 presidential election Obama promised "Change." He never specified what it was. He kept it intentionally vague. The American people bought the promise hook, line and sinker.

And now he is delivering what he promised, making radical changes primarily through arbitrary executive orders which are rapidly converting this nation into a secular, pagan welfare state which will soon collapse under the weight of its moral rot and its shameful debt.