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Perilous Times  part  2 
New Age Beliefs:

They will be transformed. According to Barbara Marx Hubbard, this transformation, “... will come to the peoples of the earth together in an instant of time. It means co-experiencing the same force at the same time and acting together in accordance with the idea which you will all have from within.” At that moment, they will receive the Christ anointing and will become divine.

Kingdom Age Beliefs:

They will be transformed together at the same instant, as a corporate body. Jesus was a man who attained to the highest degree of perfection, received the Christ anointing and became a Manifested Son of God. Just so, at their moment of transformation, they will receive the Christ anointing, along with bodies that are immortal. Now, they are co-equal with Christ. Bishop Paulk declares, “This is a generation which indeed will never see death.” The last enemy to be defeated is death and at their transformation, they will have defeated that foe.


Biblical Response:

“And as it is appointed unto man once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).

“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption”  (I Corinthians l5:50).


New Age Beliefs:

They believe in three separate experiences:

The birth of the Christ consciousness, typified by the birth of Jesus.

Release from worldly glamour or desire, typified by Jesus' baptism at the Jordan River and His subsequent wilderness testing.

To be equipped to follow the divine plan, an initiation given by the Lord of the World, at which point one becomes divine.

Kingdom Age Beliefs:

They too believe in three separate experiences:

To be born again as typified by the Feast of Passover.

To be baptized in the Holy Spirit, followed by a wilderness testing, typified by the Feast of Pentecost.

To be unveiled to the world as a Manifested Son of God, at which point they are equal with Jesus.


Biblical Response:

“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but, after their own lusts, shall heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” (II Timothy 4:3).

New Age Beliefs:

John Randolph Price claims that through meditation he sees “images of a new heaven and a new earth. The planet will be healed and harmonized. We can let His kingdom come, we can let the will of God be done on earth as it is in heaven. We can literally turn on the light of the world, dissolve the darkness, and begin the New Age of spirituality on Planet Earth.”

Kingdom Age Beliefs:

“The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation ll:l5).

“But the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever” (Daniel 7:l8).

Biblical Response:

“I beheld, and the same horn (antichrist) made war with the saints and prevailed against them... And he shall speak great words against the Most high, and shall wear out the saints” (Daniel 7:21, 25).

As with all false doctrine, scripture is taken out of context in an attempt to prove their claims. According to
Revelation 20:6, we will indeed rule and reign with Christ, but only after He has come the second time to set up His kingdom, not because we have established the kingdom for Him!

New Age Beliefs:

Price says, “Why not reverse the polarity of the force field and achieve a critical mass of positive energy?”

Kingdom Age Beliefs:

A minister's wife told me that it is possible to draw power from the magnetic field and use it for either good or evil.

Biblical Response:

“Simon... to whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying, ‘This man is the great power of God. And to him they had regard, because that for a long time he had bewitched them with sorceries’” (Acts 8:l0, ll).

Any power not born of the Holy Spirit is a power to be avoided. One can only wonder if the miracles that occur in questionable ministries are through the power of occult methods.

New Age Beliefs:

Holistic medicine--and this covers too wide a range to deal with here--I can only say that after my back surgery, I experienced terrible pain in my legs. A holistic nurse entered the room, telling me that she could get rid of the pain. She began rubbing her hands down my legs, and then flinging her hands through the air to shake off the pain. Sensing an evil spirit, I silently asked for a covering of the blood of Jesus. Instantly, the nurse threw her hands into the air, cried, “I can't do this, it's not working!” and left them room.

Kingdom Age Beliefs:

I'm sure this is not true of all Kingdom Now people, but here are some examples that I have personally encountered:

To find out what food you are allergic to, they will have you hold in your outstretched hand some food item. If your arm drops, they conclude that you are allergic to that food.

I was tired in ministry and two Christian women wanted to give me “a shot of energy.” This they would accomplish by laying one hand on me and then drawing energy from the air with their other hands. I politely declined the offer.

Conclusion:

Since there is but a fine line between these two movements, it's not difficult to see that to be trapped in one is as deadly as becoming ensnared in the other. Unfortunately, we live in a day when we must sift through everything we hear, for error abounds as never before.

One favorite saying among the Kingdom Now people is, “I know it's not in the Bible, but...” The word “but” carries a dire warning and should be enough to make us abandon that particular teaching, for if it cannot be found in the scriptures, it is simply unacceptable.



            
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