Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Dangerous Occult Mysticism In The Church

"We are also seeing as a part of the "signs and wonders" movement a burgeoning "church growth" movement, a "prayer and fasting for revival" movement, and a "spiritual warfare" movement, all working toward the same goal. Few are those who dare to see any connection between these movements within the church and the false "signs and wonders" which the Bible prophesies for the last-days apostate church. Those who call themselves Christians are just as reluctant to admit the possibility of any satanic movement in their "miracles" as the secular world is to admit the possibility of such involvement in the human potential and psychic powers it seeks to develop.

Already the label "Christian" has lost its true meaning and can now be attached to any anti-Christian belief. The latest poll identifies 26% of Mormons as "born-again Christians", yet their "God" is an exalted man and their "Christ" is the half-brother of Satan! Not only in Roman Catholicism, but in all denominations there are pastors, teachers, and other leaders who are spreading a false gospel. They misrepresent Christ and His teachings and lead entire congregations astray. They pretend to represent Christ, but do not accept all that He taught. The Christ they present is more like Antichrist. 

Even former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, an atheist turned pantheist, dares to say of socialists: "We promote the cause of Christ." Articles too numerous to quote follow Gor­b­achev across the country as he meets with religious leaders . . . and praises the importance of "religion" in the New World Order. What he advocates sounds like Antichrist's coming world religion.

It is sad how many people profess for years to be Christians and then denounce their "faith". No doubt this is, at least in part, because many churches are more interested in experience and in helping people cope and feel good about themselves than in sound doctrine that would give a solid foundation for faith. Christianity has become a feeling that easily fades. 

The Bible indicates that the coming world religion will be the foundation of Antichrist's world empire. That will be a revival of the Roman Empire under Antichrist, with ten divisions signified by the ten toes of Nebuchadnezzar's image (Daniel 2:42-44), the ten horns of Daniel's fourth beast (Daniel 7:7), and the ten horns of the principal beast in John's vision (Rev. 12:3; 13:1; 17:3; 12). Some of the characteristics of ancient Rome's religion are specified, such as emperor worship with death the penalty for noncompliance. (Rev. 13:8, 14:15) It is therefore a reasonable conclusion that the coming world religion will be the same blend of Christianity and paganism as took place under Constantine and continued thereafter as Roman Catholicism. 

The deadly tentacles of the occult in its many guises have invaded the world, but also the church. We are at a crossroads in history. What will be our response to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ? One day we will all give an account before God for that choice. Heaven and hell are not states of mind. Hell is where people go who turn to occult powers in rejection of God, who are determined to have things their own way. Christ was born the Saviour of sinners. How marvelous that He who is God, one with the Father and the Holy Spirit, loves us so much that He was willing to be born of a virgin, to grow up in a world that hated Him, to be despised, rejected, mocked, scourged, crucified-and more than the physical suffering, to bear our sins and to pay the infinite price of our redemption demanded by His own infinite justice! He is still mocked and rejected by the world and His gospel perverted even within the professing church."

Dave Hunt, Occult Invasion: The Subtle Seduction of the World and Church

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