Today Christians and faithful Jews are no longer faced with a takeover by atheistic Communism, that is by neo-pagan dialectical materialism, but by neo-pagan spiritual atheism. The 'new' but very ancient kind of spirituality overtaking America is atheistic in respect to its' unbelief in and hatred toward the God of Revelation:
"The feminist movement in Western culture is engaged in the slow execution of Christ and Yahweh. Yet very few of the women and men now working for sexual equality within Christianity and Judaism realize the extent of their heresy." (Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religions, Naomi Goldenberg, pg. 4)
Rather than ameliorating strategies such as changing gender-specific language and opening the ordained priesthood to women and practicing 'gays,' Goldenberg argues for the execution of Christ and Yahweh on the grounds of their irreducible maleness. No matter how cleverly executed, change-strategies will not ultimately change the nature of a church grounded in patriarchalism, said Goldenberg. The father-gods must die in order that 'new' pagan religious forms can flourish which place divinity or supernatural power within the person and tend to understand,
"....gods and goddesses as inner psychic forces." (pg. 41)
With the fading away of supernatural Christian theism and faithful Judaism, the West and America are busily developing a new-pagan spirituality, a post-Christian, post-Judaic occult mysticism which emphasizes the continual observation of and contact with psychic imagery,
"It is difficult to say more about the mysticism we will know in the new age of new gods. Only one thing seems certain---it will be a mysticism with guts!" (pg. 127)
Goldenberg points to feminist theology and witchcraft, as articulated by Starhawk and Z Budapest, as the leading edge of the new occult mysticism sweeping over and across the West and America.
Indeed, just 14 years after Goldenberg published her book, two thousand women from mainline churches met in Minneapolis in 1993 to psychically "re-imagine" their Christian faith. In his book, "Gospel Truth, Pagan Lies," Dr. Peter Jones notes that they mocked the God of the Bible,
".....and worshipped the goddesses of ancient paganism." (p. 9)
The idea that the gods and goddesses are psychic forces operating within certain chosen individuals stretches back thousands of years ago to ancient Egypt as Ronald Miller, one of the editors of the New Age Journal and chief editor of "As Above, So Below" reveals:
"Thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, the great master alchemist Hermes Trismegistus, believed to be a contemporary of the Hebrew prophet Abraham, proclaimed this fundamental truth about the universe: "As above, so below; as below, so above." This maxim implies that the transcendent God beyond the physical universe and the immanent God within ourselves are one. Heaven and Earth, spirit and matter, the invisible and visible worlds form a unity to which we are intimately linked."
"As above, so below means that the two worlds are instantaneously seen to be one when we realize our essential unity with God....The One and the many, time and eternity, are all One." ("As Above, So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life," Miller and New Age Journal editors, p. xi)
From its' founding until the 1960s, American culture was defined by God the Father, male and female as complementary partners, the Biblically-grounded one man, one woman monogamous marriage, and Judeo-Christian presuppositions. But in just one generation, America's founding worldview has been replaced by a radically egalitarian,
"...omnigendered, pansexual, multi-religious (and One-ist) belief system that has turned our contemporary world upside down." (One or Two? Dr. Peter Jones, p. 22)
The pagan idea of "oneness" finds expression in Eugene Peterson's "The Message" where he deliberately substitutes "as above, so below" in place of "in earth, as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:9; Luke 11:2). Peterson's oneness version reads:
"Our Father in heaven, Reveal who you are. Set the world right; Do what’s best— as above, so below. Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the
Devil. You’re in charge! You can do anything you want! You’re ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes." (Eugene H, Peterson, The Message, p. 21–22)
In "Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose Driven Church," Warren Smith writes that "The Message" seems to be very important to emergant pastor Rick Warren. Peterson's oneness message is cited at the bottom of the dedication page and again on the page that precedes the first chapter.
Furthermore, included in Rick Warren's book, "From the Ashes: A Spiritual Response to the Attack on America" are articles written by prominent New Age leaders like Neale Donald Walsh and Star Hawk the witch.
“We are all one,” wrote Walsch:
"We must change ourselves. We must change the beliefs upon which our behaviors are based. We must create a different reality, build a new society…. We must do so with new spiritual truths. We must preach a new gospel, its healing message summarized in two sentences: We are all one. Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way. This 15-word message, delivered from every lectern and pulpit, from every rostrum and platform, could change everything overnight. I challenge every priest, every minister, every rabbi and religious cleric to preach this." ( Beliefnet Editors, From the Ashes: A Spiritual Response to the Attack on America, p. 21)
Warren Smith writes that "as above, so below" comes from the beginning of The Emerald Tablet and embraces the entire system of traditional and modern magic which was inscribed upon the tablet in cryptic wording by Hermes Trismegistus:
" The significance of this phrase is that it is believed to hold the key to all mysteries. All systems of magic are claimed to function by this formula. ‘That which is above is the same as that which is below’…. The universe is the same as God, God is the same as man….” ( http://www.themystica.com/mystica/articles/a/below_above.html )
" The universe is the same as God, God is the same as man" is monism, the heart of ancient and contemporary pagan spirituality (naturalism). One-ism as Peter Jones calls it, refers to the view that pre-existent or spontaneously generated matter is the One Ultimate Substance of which the universe and all life are made, therefore "as above, so below," or all is one.
The One Substance is not personal. It is neither male nor female. It does not live, think or speak; it merely is. The human soul therefore is not created in the spiritual image of the living God Who exists outside of the time-space dimension (nature) Who Spoke and revealed Himself to man, thus it follows that humans are neither male nor female. According to the Lie of monism, God and the immanent God within ourselves are one, thus the gods and goddesses are inner mystical forces into which we can tap for occult powers.
The 1960s began a pagan apocalypse that shredded the sacred canopy of our Judeo-Christian culture, and Richard Noll, a secular Harvard researcher, argues Carl Jung is the man who bears the most responsibility for throwing down Western and American foundations.
Jung rejected the Lutheran Christianity of his youth and developed anti-Christian occult psychological theories about the unconscious self that have thoroughly infiltrated our modern world, including the Church. Noll compares Jung's amazing influence to that of Julian the Apostate:
"Jung ranks with the Roman emperor, Julian the Apostate, as one who significantly undermined orthodox Christianity and restored the polytheism of the Hellenistic world in Western civilization....for a variety of historical and technological factors---modern mass media being the most important----Jung has succeeded where Julian failed...(the result is that) the patriarchal monotheism of the orthodox Judeo-Christian faiths has all but collapsed, and filling the void, we find Protestants, Catholics, and Jews adopting alternative, syncretistic belief systems." (One or Two? Jones, p. 23)
Long before Noll's argument, English theologian G.H. Pember (17 November 1836 - 4 July 1910) foresaw the death of the Judeo-Christian West as it fell into occult pagan spirituality. In his classic work, Earth's Earliest Ages (1876) Pember writes that 19th century Christians are,
"...returning to the wisdom of long past ages....almost every characteristic of antiquity seems to be reappearing (from) open intercourse with demons (to) magical practices: attempts are being made to restore (the) ancient Mysteries....mesmeric healings are again being performed (and) astrology (being re-established). And impossible as it would have seemed a few years ago, all these 'superstitions' are floating back to us upon the tide of 'modern thought'....in accordance with the spirit of the age (they) present themselves as the fruit of science..." (p. 243)
What GH Pember foresaw and secular researcher Noll has understood is just what the vast majority of undiscerning Christians and Jews are unaware of---- that in just one generation the Lie of pagan spirituality has systematically established itself as both 'new foundations' and new 'Christian Truth.'