The New Spirituality

Posted on 11/22/2009 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Public Prayer Requests:


Please pray for my nephew Juan A (Juanny, 26 yrs), unsaved, who committed a brutal murder (hate crime), three weapons charges, and he may be also accused of another murder. Juan A is facing life in prison or death penalty (State and Federal cases). He has been involved with drugs, gangs, suicide attempts, rape in prison and is afraid of prison. During his arrest, he stated that “he may not be here soon” (or possible suicide). Pray for his salvation, conviction of sins, freedom from anger/resentment, hunger of God's love, mercy, spirit, word, knowledge, protection, joy, peace, strength, and will in his life. Intercede for Juan A deliverance from criminal thoughts and bondages, alcohol, suicidal thoughts, evil thoughts and emotions, sexual sins, lack of love, mercy, etc.

Intercede and pray for his father, Juan, unsaved, his mother, Mildred, unsaved, and his sister Jennifer, unsaved. Pray for their salvation, deliverance from suicide, depression, unclear mind, anger and resentment. Pray for an encounter with Jesus, hunger of God's love, mercy, spirit, word, knowledge, protection, joy, peace, strength, plan and will in their life. Also pray for his sister Jannette, saved, a pastor wife, and nieces. Special prayer for his father (Juan) and mother Mildred. Both are depress, lonely, lack support and sympathy from family, co-workers, friends, neighbors, relatives, and others. Pray for protection against criminal or civil lawsuit against them and complete support, care and help from family, co-workers, friends, neighbors, relatives. And others. Also pray for the rest of the family Eladio Sr. and Jr., Mayra, Coco, Beno, Luis, Margarita, Luis, Edwin, Flor, ,William, Zory, Frances, Ivonne, Jary, Jessica, Carmen, Josue, Manuel, Heidi, Tony, Orlando, Noel, Alex, Glenda, Brenda, Julia, Irenias, Milly, Virginia, Gladys, Maria, Milagros, Julio, Julito, Luis, Angel M, Panchita, Miguel, etc.

Pray that God take complete control of Juan A, life, his relatives lives and the whole situations they are going through. Pray that God use this for his honor and glory and show his love, kindness, and mercy! Thanks for your prayers and God bless you always!!!
   -Flor

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I LOVE TO BE IN YOUR PRESENCE

I love to be in Your presence
With Your people singing praises
I love to stand and rejoice
Lift my hands and raise my voice
You set my feet to dancing
You fill my heart with song
You give me reason to rejoice

EVEN THE MOUNTAINS

We praise you Lord because you're worthy
You are Lord and King of the earth and sky
Let us lift you up and declare your glory
Let us lift our hands and our voices high

Even the mountains praise your name
the rocks and the stones cry Holy!
Whoever seeks for your face
     will never be the same
Let your kingdom come
     in Jesus' name

I'm an instrument, I am only a vessel
Help me open up to receive your love
Let us put to death thoughts of opposition
Let me step aside and point the world to above

I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul rejoice!
Take joy my King
In what You hear
Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear

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You know, God is searching for those who will worship him, and Jesus said those who worship God must worship him both in Spirit and in Truth.

We read this in John chapter four, verses 23 and 24, where Jesus says this:

23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

So today, let's open up the Truth, the Word of God, as an act of worship and as training for living a life of worship; for without the Truth, we cannot worship God, for those who worship him MUST worship him BOTH in Spirit AND in Truth.

How many of you know that in the Church today, as a whole, we're moving toward a worship of the spirit without the solid foundation of truth. The Emergent Church and its many variations focus on experiences, and have thrown sound doctrine into the back of the tool shed.

One minister in Second Life sent me to their real life church's website. I looked and looked for a doctrinal statement, but couldn't find one. Finally, I asked this person where the doctrinal statement was, and that person seemed to not even know what I was talking about. There simply wasn't one, because they don't want to exclude anyone.

This same person contacted me rather upset when I joined and promoted the Second Life Pro-Life group. I would think our stand for other controversial things written in the Bible would garner the same type of response.

Who was this? It's not important. They're just one of many both in Second Life and in every type of community in the world today, who have left off the "truth" part of worship, and with or without knowing it, are trying to worship him in "spirit" only.

But they cannot. Jesus said those who worship God MUST worship him BOTH in spirit AND in truth. If either one of these is lacking, so is your worship.


I'd like to mention a few points made by Brannon Howse in a video that I've referenced in the notecard, and you can view that after the service if you wish.

He mentions Alice Baily, one of the founders of "New Age thought," also called "New Spirituality," and several other similar names.

Alice claims that she was a Christian, and she was even involved in the ministry. She said she read her Bible every single night.

But one night, she set her Bible aside.

That was one of her first mistakes. She set her Bible aside. Many of us in the Church today haven't even picked it up, except when we want to take it to church to make us look more spiritual.

But she set it aside, and picked up a book written by Helen Blavatsky. If you're not familiar with Helen Blavatsky, she was an occultist who was studied not only by Alice, but also by well-known individuals, including Hitler.

By the way, during his youth, Hitler studied yoga, hypnotism, astrology, and various other forms of Eastern occultism. I only wonder how many demons he gave access to his mind through these things to whisper the madness that became the Hollocaust.

Back to Alice... To make a long story short, Alice made contact with who she called "The Tibetan," supposedly someone she was communicating with via mental telepathy.

Together, she and this spirit guide, who was really a demon, wrote 24 books -- over 10,000 pages. That's a lot of writing! Who knows, maybe Obama's health care bill, which is well over 2,000 pages long, was really written by a spirit guide.

Anyway, Alice would go into a trance and would use a method called "automatic writing," which the demon used to write her books.

1 Timothy 4:1 (NKJV) says this:

1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.

Alice certainly gave heed to this deceiving spirit, and was the willing vessel for this demon's doctrines, or teachings.

In her writings, we find these words:

"The Hierarchy is struggling hard with the so-called 'forces of evil,' and the New Group of World Servers is the instrument... These forces of evil... the entrenched ancient ideals... which must now disappear if the New Age is to be ushered in as desired."

Who do you suppose "The Hierarchy" is who is struggling hard with the so-called "forces of evil?"

Ephesians chapter 6 and verse 12 describes "The Hierarchy" like this:

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

And who is the so-called "forces of evil" with whom this "Hierarchy" is struggling?

It's us. The true followers of Jesus Christ. We who still believe his Holy Word and seek to live by it. We who still endure sound doctrine, and who do not have itching ears that want to hear only the things we like.

Speaking of Stalin, Lenin, Napoleon, Mussolini, and Hitler, she writes this:

"They are the agents of destiny, the creators of the new order and the initiators of the new civilization; they are destroyers of what must be destroyed before humanity can go forward along the Lighted Way."

What must be destroyed? Well, ultimately, the truth. And who has God entrusted with the truth? Mankind.

Cosmic humanists and athiests, including Stalin, Hitler, and the new regime of abortion, have murdered over 500 million people (500,000,000). That's half a billion.

Why did Hitler do it? Well, all his public rhetoric aside, he saw Jews as the agents of separation. They claimed to be the chosen people, and claimed that their God is the only true God.

And we, the Church, have been grafted into the same vine. We are chosen by God, and Jesus Christ is the only way to be right with God.

We are in the way. And a three-point plan has been put into motion to remove us.

Alice Baily wrote that they would bring about their new order and destroy Christianity in three ways:

1. Teach pluralism to children (all religions are equal)

2. Reject the exclusivity of Jesus Christ (there are many ways to God)

3. Teach people to tap into their "god consciousness" (their subconscious mind, leading to the realization that they are god, or "one" with God)

She wrote that in the future, the church will not be able to draw a crowd speaking of this dead savior on a cross; in order to maintain an audience, they will have to remove the cross, and this dead savior of theirs.

How many feel-good preachers do we see leading the Church of today? They don't talk about the blood, they don't talk about repentance, they don't talk about complete sound doctrine. Instead, they tickle itching ears.

Alice wrote that the organization that would help them bring an end to their enemy, the Church, is the United Nations:

"The new world religion must be based upon those truths which have stood the test of the ages ... they are steadily taking shape in human thinking, and for them the United Nations fights."

How about the Copenhagen Treaty? It's all about the god called "Mother Earth." And if you do not serve her, the U.N. wants to make sure you pay the penalty.


Let's take a look at these three points Alice outlines here for the destruction of the Church.


1. Teach pluralism to children (that all religions are equal).

Well, forget just teaching it to children. It's being taught to the whole world. I don't know how many discussions I've gotten into with people who ask why I think Christianity is so much better than the other religions of the world.

We live in the age of political correctness -- you're made to feel like a hateful, drooling idiot if you're not politically correct -- and this correctness, originally called "Social Marxism," is very clear on the issue of religion: specifically, that you are close-minded, biggoted, extremist, and stupid if you claim one religion is superior to the rest.

Well, written years ago by a demon through the hand of Alice Baily, this is the first step toward destroying the Church. Teach the children that all religions are equal.


2. Reject the exclusivity of Jesus Christ (there are many ways to God)

We've even heard through the mouths of some popular Christian leaders that Jesus is not the only way. Oprah says it in no uncertain terms. Mother Theresa aluded to it on many occasions. The Emergent Church says it without saying it by embracing the spiritual traditions of the false religions of the world.

Listening to the voices that lead the world, we hear this message loud and clear: "Jesus is good. So is Mohamed. So is Buddah. So is Mother Earth. It all depends on which path you feel most comfortable taking."

And of course this is simply a part of the logical conclusion of the first point, teaching that all religions are equal. Of course the final conclusion is that Jesus was a fraud, because his teachings were highly exclusive. In fact, the Bible makes the following statement in John chapter 3, verses 18 and 36:

18 He who believes on (Jesus) is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
36 The one who believes on the Son has everlasting life, but he who does not believe the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.

And Jesus himself said that he is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one can come to the Father except through him. He said that he is the doorway, and those who come in any other way are thieves and robbers.

Sure, you can use esoteric logic, or more accurately illogic, to explain Jesus' words in some metaphysically garbled gobbeldy gook, but Jesus and the rest of Scripture makes it quite clear that, as Isaiah 43:11 says, He is the Lord, and apart from him, there is no savior.


So the first step toward destroying the Church is to teach that all religions are equal, and then, as an extension of that, to teach that Jesus is not the only way.

And the third and final step this demon outlined to destroy the Church is this:

3. Teach people to tap into their "god consciousness" (their subconscious mind, leading to the realization that they are god, or "one" with God)

How many meditation programs are on the market today? Too many to even begin counting. And the fact that they're on the market just shows that there is a growing demand for them.

Yoga, for example, is a very popular form of meditation today, and is even taught in a lot of churches.

Dictionary.com defines "Yoga" like this: "(It is) a school of Hindu philosophy advocating and prescribing a course of physical and mental disciplines for attaining liberation from the material world and union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle."

The word "Yoga", in the ancient sanscript, means "To yoke together with God." Being a Hindu tradition, this means "to yoke or union together with a Hindu god."

The quieting of the mind is a unifying concept found in all the meditative practices of the world. We are taught to quiet our minds, empty them from everything, and thereby achieve inner silence.

Those who live a life of meditation often have what seem to be great insights, wisdom from another realm. Many of them encounter what they might call "spirit guides," such as the demon who wrote through Alice.

Some might call them angels, and I've known people who say they have one or more angels with whom they talk regularly, and who teach them things and tell them things they wouldn't otherwise know.

And yet, the Bible doesn't give examples of "personal angels" who hang around a person and teach them and tell them secrets. Angels are ministering spirits, and bring supernatural information directly from God, not as a buddy who hangs around and has regular fireside chats with you.

No, that's the job of the Holy Spirit.

But this is, I believe, the true reason behind the enemy's push for Eastern-style meditation in every walk of life -- so more and more people's minds will be receptive to the whisperings of demons.


One way in which these practices have infiltrated the Church is what's refered to as "Contemplative Prayer." Quite simply put, you practice this by sitting comfortably, closing your eyes, breathing deeply, and repeating a single word over and over and over.

Within 20 minutes, you will have entered an altered state of consciousness. In this state, people frequently think they hear from God. But hearing from God comes from a life of worship, and remember that we cannot worship God without both spirit AND truth.

And what is the truth? Well, in Matthew chapter 6 and verse 7, Jesus says this: "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do." Is repeating one word over and over again for 20 minutes vain repetition?

Well, think of it this way. Suppose I called you on the phone this afternoon, and I kept on saying one word over and over again, such as "Divinity."

"Divinity. Divinity. Divinity. Divinity. Divinity. Divinity."

I'm pretty sure you wouln't stay on the phone for the full 20 minutes, and might even call the police to report me as a freak who's harassing you.

So why in the world would we think that we're praying when we clear our mind and say a single word over and over again? We're not!

Jesus goes on to say that when you pray, talk to your Father who sees in secret. And he gives an outline, which is a cognitive exchange with God, not a mindless, or vain, repetition meant to open us up to whispering spirits who are too busy hiding their true agenda to speak openly as God does through his Holy Word.

And what is the origin of Contemplative Prayer? Well, it was developed by a monk in Colorado. He said he developed Contemplative Prayer for Christians who are uncomfortable with Transcendental Meditation.

And that's exactly what it is. Contemplative Prayer is Transcendental Meditation in sheep's clothing. And just as TM opens your mind to hear whispering spirits, so Contemplative Prayer does the same.

If you've been involved in these things, I encouage you to plead the blood of Jesus over your mind and your home, command all demons to leave in Jesus' name, and start talking with God when you pray, not going into a hypnotic trance and clearing your mind to hear whispering spirits, but worshiping God both in spirit and in truth, and having that deep fellowship, that friendship, that he created us to enjoy.

The other junk is best described on the website of the Lucis Trust, founded by Alice Baily, and originally called the Lucifer Trust until strong public opposition made her change it to something less obviously satanic.

This statement is made in a section talking about the importance of meditation:

"The time of the full moon is a period when spiritual energies are uniquely available and facilitate a closer rapport between humanity and the Hierarchy."

There's that "Hierarchy" again, the principalities and powers, and rulers of the darkness of this world. And through meditation, we can facilitate a "closer rapport between (us) and the (rulers of darkness)."

It's the third and final step toward destroying the Church, to redirect our attention away from Jesus and sound doctrine, and place it instead on deep levels of the mind, where we open ourselves to a closer rapport with demons.

Am I saying that sitting and relaxing is demonic? Not necessarily. But you need to keep diligent watch! Don't let down your guard. And if you have any doubt that something lines up with what is outlined for us in the Bible, stay away from it.

The enemy has infiltrated the Church, and she doesn't even seem to know it. Embrace the Word of God and everything it says, and don't compromise the truth for anything.


I'd like anyone here today who's on the ministry team to come stand at the front now.


And I'm not going to make some grand altar call. I will, however, make the most important invitation of all. Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Do you have an ongoing relationship with him? Do you know that you know that you are right with God, and if your next breath was your last, do you have any doubt that you would hear him say, "Well done, you good and faithful servant?"

Come to Jesus. Lay your life at the foot of the cross. Turn from your life of doing things your own way, and come to him just as you are, giving your whole life to him.

Just ask Jesus to forgive you for your sins, and to be the Lord of your life. He already willingly layed down his life and shed his sinless blood to pay for your sins and to purchase you from the enemy. And when you come to him, he most certainly will not turn you away!

This altar is open, and you're all invited to get out of your seats and come gather at the front for a time of prayer, worship, and ministry.

Whenever you need to leave, you're dismissed. If you can stay through this time at the altar, you're invited to meet with us afterward in the room to your left for a time of fellowship.

If you'd like someone to pray or speak with you, feel free to instant message me or someone else on the ministry team, or if you're listening outside of Second Life, go to almcyberchurch.org and contact us there.

Come, and let's give thanks to God; for while what they call "New Spirituality" is not anything new, we who serve the true and living God serve a God who's mercies are new every morning! And it is on his mercy we fall, completely helpless in our own selves, but completely victorious in Jesus Christ!

Come.