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Jan 21, 2015

Defining Terms and Avoiding Cults, Occultism and New Age Dangers

How to Make a Difference in the Church Today!

This audio message defines numerous terms, exhorts Christians to live biblically, and warns about the dangers of Cults, Occultism, and New Age/New Spirituality/New Gospel dangers.

Terminology defined: 1) Imperative, 2) cult, 3) pseudo-Christian (false Christian) cults, 4) language barrier (when cults redefine biblical terminology with new meanings), 5) aberrant, 6) heresy, 7) occult 8) yoga, 9) sin (and transgression).
   
Biblical topics mentioned: The biblical Gospel, redemption, atonement, the love of God, salvation, Savior, Lord, the Lamb of God, sin, Law of God, repentance, forgiveness of sins, made alive in Christ, being born of God’s Spirit, (born-again), relationship with the Creator of universe, the Triune nature of the Godhead, the virgin birth, the person of the Holy Spirit, a sample prayer of repentance, salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, and God's judgment on occult practices.

Other topics mentioned: The kingdom of the Occult and Cultism, Roman Catholicism, Islam, New Age cults, Mormons, Oneness Pentecostals, Christian Science, The Local Church, Masonic Lodge, Christianizing practices such as Reiki and yoga, Scientism plus Emergence Theory = The New Spirituality (Eastern mystical evolutionary occultism), panentheism, pantheism, attaining “godhood” and New Age “Christ consciousness”, authoritarian spiritual abuse, idolatry, mediumship, channeling, psychics, the damaging effects of occultism upon practitioners, and more.

Why you ought to never do Yoga: Listen from minute 45:00 to 71:00.

Scriptures: 2 Thes. 2:1-5; Matt. 7:1-5; 15-23; 2 Pet. 2:1; Tit. 3:10; 2 Cor. 11:1-4; Jer. 50:6-7; 1 Pet. 5:1-5; 1 Tim. 6:20-21; Tit. 3:10-11; 1 Jn 5:21; Acts 17:11; Heb. 5:11-14; Col. 2:8-10; Deut. 18:9-14; Gen. 3:1-24; Rom. 16:17-19.

Recommended articles: 'Defining Deception: What is Yoga, Mysticism, New Age and the Occult?' and 'Avoiding the Dangers of Yoga, Mysticism, New Age and the Occult - Part 1 & 2' by Chris lawson, and ‘Defining Terms’ by Sandy Simpson (Apologetics Coordination Team).

(Recorded: Nov 2010 / Posted: Jan 21, 2015)

 

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