New Age in the Church with Steven Bancarz

by Dr. Michael Spaulding

New Age in the Church with Steven Bancarz

Jan 7, 2019 | 0 comments

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The New Age belief system has infiltrated a large number of churches, today. I think most Christians are not even aware of it. They don’t understand what has happened to their churches. Yoga is a good example. Many Christians partake and Christian churches offer Yoga classes, though its roots are found in Hinduism.

Tonight’s guest, Stephen  Bancarz, co-authored “The Second Coming of the New Age,”  with Josh Peck.

Statistics show that 26% of American Christians believe that spiritual powers exist in mountains, trees, crystals; 25% of Christians believe in astrology; 24% believe in reincarnation; and 23% believe that Yoga is a spiritual, not just physical practice, yet still approve of it as Christians.

People in the New Age movement want unity. Anything that opposes tolerance, unity, or negativity, they cast out. But 84% of the world’s population identify with being part of an exclusive religion. The Bahai faith is an exception. So 15% tell the other 84% of the world’s population, to reject their faith’s exclusivity.

A lot of people who are part of other religions, are embracing some aspects of  New Age ideology and practices.

The first wave of the New Age movement came to fruition in the 1960’s and 70’s with the Beatles and baby boomers experimenting with Transcendental Meditation, drugs, and more…The 1980’s, 90’s, and 2000’s saw a lull in popularity of New Age thought, but since 2012, there has been a massive resurgence of New Age in the West.

Now, 40% of people say they meditate once a week. 62% of the American population believe in some New Age beliefs, including astrology and reincarnation. A safe estimation is that 85-90% of the Church is holding to some New Age ideas. This is a theological crisis. New Age is seeping into the Church.

God tells us to be discerning. We are to test the spirits, to see if they are of God. There is no promise in Scripture that you will be under the protection of God, if you engage in pagan practices, such as Yoga. 

Whether you are consciously trying to embrace New Age or not, it is important to test the spirits. For example, people can open themselves up to demonic possession and oppression by using Yoga. We need to look at the purposes of Yoga practices and poses. You cannot separate Hinduism from the Yoga practices.

We need to become biblically literate, then educate ourselves on these practices and how they line up or do not line up with Scripture. Sadly, a small percentage of Christians have read through the Bible. Christians need to have Scriptures in their tool boxes, and become discerning within the Church, to confront the evils in the New Age movement.

How can we effectively communicate with those in the New Age movement?

We can love and respect people as individuals, without loving their ideas. We can even go to war to defend their right to hold their ideas, though we disagree with those ideas. Human respect is important, while telling truth. People want to feel that you actually care about them, as people.  True love is Spirit led, and being sensitive to the human dynamic, while telling the loving truth of Scripture from God’s heart.

We also need to define our terms very well. When Oprah Winfrey says she’s a Christian who believes there are many paths to God, that is powerful to the world. But we all need to define our terms. What Jesus do the people believe in, whom you are engaging? Ask, “Who ho do you think God is?”

We need to acknowledge that New Agers are sincere in their beliefs. We need to acknowledge that these people may, indeed, be experiencing supernatural things happening as they engage the demonic spiritual realm. As Christians, we need to not be ignorant about the demonic activity that takes place in the world.

Apologetics demands that we understand another’s belief system. After understanding, we can engage in a conversation and begin to dialogue with others while proclaiming biblical truth, lovingly.

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