"Every year thousands of people visit Damanhur to try out the social model, study the philosophy and to meditate in the Temples of Humankind, that great underground construction excavated by hand by the citizens of Damanhur and which many have called the ‘Eighth wonder of the world’. (The Temples of Humankind, damanhur.org)
Secretly under construction since 1978, the Temple of Humankind is 100 feet below ground inside a mountain near the northern Italian city of Vidracco. The incredibly beautiful cathedral is dedicated to the divine nature of humanity. It is not therefore a place of prayer to the living supernatural God but rather a place for inward contemplation of and meditation to the divine god-force or energy within self. Its' builders describe the Temple as a great three dimensional book which recounts the history of Humankind through all the art forms, a path of re-awakening to the Divine inside and outside of ourselves.
The Temple of Humankind is merely the latest in a long line of 'high places' raised up at the direction of an internationalist occult spiritual elite, most of them apostate Christians. These temples are where they gather to plan and plot a totalitarian world order, channel the divine within and chant in unison their eerie Great Invocation.
In 1962 Edith Kermit Roosevelt attended a benefit dinner held to inaugurate the first American temple--- the Temple of Understanding built on 50 acres by the Potomac River, Washington, D. C. The temple serves as a "Spiritual United Nations" designed to fulfill the rituals of a 'new' pagan spirituality encompassing forms of the feminine spirit which has unfolded over the centuries from Egypt, Babylonia, China and Europe. (The Temple of Understanding, The New Hampshire Sunday Times News, Edith Kermit Roosevelt, April 1, 1962)
Among the Temple's influential apostate backers were John D. Rockefeller IV, Socialist leader Norman Thomas, Rt.Rev. James A. Pike of San Francisco, Cary Grant, Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara, a founding member of the Fund for the Republic's Center for Democratic Institutions; militant pacifist and Nobel Peace Prize and Nobel Peace Prize winner Philip Noel Baker; Holland D. Roberts of the Academic Freedom Committee, a former head of the Communist party's California Labor School who was identified as a "party member" at a Jan. 22, 1956 hearing of the Subversive Activities Control Board; U. Alexis Johnson, depute undersecretary of state for political affairs; Sen. Kenneth B. Keating (R-N.Y.), Prof. Pitirim A. Sorokin, director of Harvard University's Research Center for Creative Altruism and Brooks Hays, special assistant to President Kennedy. (ibid, Roosevelt)
Among other endorsers were Jack Benny, Douglas MacArthur II, ambassador to Japan; Max Lerner of the New York Post, Prof. J. B. Rhine of Duke University; Roland Gammon of the Laymen's Movement and World Parliament of Religions; Miguel Ydigoras Fuentes, president of Guatemala; Sir Roy Welensky, prime minister, Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland; Rev. Fred Jordan, president, International Spiritualists, Norfolk, Va.; Philip S. Linnik, director Universal Brotherhood Center, Glen Cove, Long Island, N. Y.; James A. Linen, president Time-Life Inc., and S. A. Mohamed, cultural attache of the United Arab Republic, Washington, D. C. ("The Cult of the All-Seeing Eye," Robert Keith Spenser, pp. 43-46)
In an essay entitled, "Is Crestone/Baca, Colorado 'the Vatican City of the New World Order?” Dr. Eric Karlstrom describes another of the occult elite's high places. This one consists of 25 spiritual centers. These include,
"... Dharma Ocean (Buddhist), Chamma Ling (Tibetan Bon religion), Karma Thegsum Tashi Gomang (Tibetan Buddhist), Nur Ashki Jerrahi (Crestone Sufi Circle), Vajra Vidya Retreat Center (Tibetan Buddhist), I Am Harmony, Crestone Baptist Church, Yeshe Khorlo (Bhutanese Tibetan Buddhist), The Academy of On, Oniyan Wakan Tipi (Lakota Sacred Breath Lodge), Meditation Place of the Vast Expanse (Tibetan Buddhist), Shumei International Institute (Japanese), Dragon Mountain Zen Center, Nada Carmelite Hermitage (Catholic), The Way of Nature Fellowship, The Sri Auribindo Learning Center, Crestone Mountain Zen Center, Haidakhandi Universal Ashram (Hindu), Sacred Mountains Foundation Inc. (Navajo), Little Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church, The Pundarika Foundation (Tibetan Buddhist) and The Desert Foundation (Catholic ecumenical)..... a Moslem Ziggurat, a Tibetan Peace Park, and a Crestone End of Life Cremation Project." (Karlstrom, January, 2012, naturalclimatechange.us)
All of these temples and high places are parts of an occult temple complex in New York City consisting of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Temple of Understanding, the UN (in particular its’ pyramid-shaped meditation room,) and Lucis Trust, originally named Lucifer Trust, repository for the “Ageless Wisdom Teaching” (revelations from spirits) whose taproot stretches back to the plain of Shinar.
Replacing Marxist Communism's 'red' color is 'green,' the symbolic color of the temple complex. Green is the color of the “new” occult pagan spirituality which describes itself in secular terms as the green eco-movement for sustainability and peace. Its’ worldwide utopian project is green spiritual communism. It hails Lucifer as the first free-thinker and liberator of mankind. Its’ deity is Isis, the Goddess of a Thousand Names. As Goddess Earth Mother, she is Gaia, the deity honored on what is considered “the largest secular holiday in the world”.....Earth Day:
" Yet there is little secular about it. Rather, a variety of spiritual activities takes place; from Mother Earth rituals to multi-faith Sunrise services, from interfaith Earth gatherings to Spring meditations and “Earth Prayers” – such as the one suggested below,
“Mother, Father, God, Universal Power/Remind us daily of the sanctity of all life/Touch our hearts with the glorious oneness of all creation/As we strive to respect all the living beings on this planet/Penetrate our souls with the beauty of this earth,/As we attune ourselves to the rhythm and flow of the seasons./Awaken our minds with the knowledge to achieve a world in perfect harmony/And grant us the wisdom to realize that we can have heaven on earth.” (Jo Poore, Earth Prayer [to be used on Earth Day], cited by Carl Teichrib in "All For Gaia: Earth Day and Total Transformation for a Post-Christian World,April 19, 2011, forcingchange.wordpress.com)
Tom DeWeese, President of the American Policy Center, has also been tracking the rise of occult pagan spirituality. In a work entitled, "Teachers, Preachers and Greens: The Unholy Alliance to Transform America," DeWeese reveals the existence of a well-funded yet covert effort to paganize American society through an assault on schools and churches. He reveals that the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City is the home of the enormously influential Gaia Institute as well as the Temple of Understanding — a politically influential U.N. Non-Governmental Organization. DeWeese describes a pagan "church service" at St. John the Divine:
"As the congregation sit in their church pews in the great Cathedral of St. John, the Divine in New York City, the priest stands at the alter, ready to receive a procession of animals for the annual Feast of Saint Francis blessing. Down the aisle comes a procession of elephants, camels, donkeys, monkeys and birds. These are followed by members of the congregation carrying bowls of compost and worms. Next, to the sounds of music, come acrobats and jugglers. In the pulpit, former Vice President Al Gore delivers a sermon, saying, "God is not separate from the Earth." (http://www.federalobserver.com/2010/11/14/teachers-preachers-and-greens-the-unholy-alliance-to-transform-america/)
In "The New Spirituality: Dismantling and Reconstructing Reality," Dr. Peter Jones writes that the 'new' spirituality is not new but is rather,
" ....the reappearance of the massive system of ancient world paganism and, as such, represents the greatest threat to the church since the Greco-Roman pagan empire. The situation is urgent." (modernreformation.org)
Jones adds that our post-Christian culture is quickly reaching a tipping point of momentous implications where the,
"New Spirituality may well represent the next phase of the faith and practice of modern autonomous humanity, whose goal is nothing less than the construction of a new Sodom and Babel." (ibid)
Christianity as a dominant moral and social force is all but spent and its great opponent, secular humanism and/or scientific materialism, is in free-fall. Materialist scientism has always been utterly repugnant to more spiritually sensitive people. With its' nihilism, mindless mechanistic universe, reductionism, moral anarchy and irrationalism, it has generated its own crisis of credibility. However, as a universal alchemical-solvent that has broken down the West's Biblical-based worldview, it has served to throw wide the door to equally irrational but far more dangerous occult spiritual New Age which as a spiritual force began to emerge in the United States around 1965.
Since the Sixties we have entered a new world, said Jones. The intellectual pride of secular humanism and its religious sister, "Christian" liberalism, has been exploded by the radical critique of postmodern deconstruction. The objectivity of autonomous human reason as a means to truth is now seen as pure fiction, so the world must be reconstructed on other bases:
"The irony is delicious," says theologian Don Carson. "The modernity which has arrogantly insisted that human reason is the final arbiter of truth has spawned a stepchild that has arisen to slay it." (ibid)
A triumphant form of ancient religious paganism, a "new" oneness ideology dominates the campus, popular media, and even many pulpits. Under its' influence the narcissistic 'me' generation has practically lost all sense of the antithesis (right or wrong, true or false, either/or, male or female), and are placing their faith in the pagan synthesis of "both/and" monism (oneness).
This is also true for Christian youth, for despite the billions of dollars spent by Evangelicals on youth ministers, Christian music, publishing, camping trips, pizza nights and media, a culture of young Christians have been produced,
"who know next to nothing about their own faith except how they feel about it. Our young people have deep beliefs about the culture war, but do not know why they should obey scripture, the essentials of theology, or the experience of spiritual discipline and community. Coming generations of Christians are going to be monumentally ignorant and unprepared for culture-wide pressures." (The Coming Evangelical Collapse, Michael Spencer, Mar. 10, 2009, csmoniter.com)
Spencer writes that evangelicalism, especially the contemporary version, has used its educational system primarily to staff its own needs and talk to itself and in response to the death of evangelicalism will further compromise itself in a futile attempt at reaching postmodern paganized souls by becoming more culturally relevant, not less. Thus it will,
"... become more like the pragmatic, therapeutic, church-growth oriented megachurches that have defined success. Emphasis will shift from doctrine to relevance, motivation, and personal success – resulting in churches further compromised and weakened in their ability to pass on the faith." (ibid)
In her Washington Times article, "Beware: Hell Exists, There's No Christianity without Sin, Death, and the Resurrection," Janice Crouse addresses America's growing theological crisis, noting that the Evangelical Church has become divided against itself, with traditionalists on one side and culturally relevant church growth advocates on the other. Citing "Evangelicals Divided," in the April edition of First Things, she writes:
"First Things warns, 'If evangelical theology...does not exercise the kind of intellectual humility required by Traditionalism, it will not survive...it will risk disintegrating into ever more subjectivist and individualistic sects, many of them neither evangelical nor orthodox."
Albert Mohler, President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary addresses this crisis in his book, "The Disappearance of God." There is a growing chasm notes Mohler. On one side are the traditionalists, on the other, the self-autonomous contemporary church which defines itself over and against Traditionalism, or authentic Christianity. Whereas traditionalists reject the dangerous idea of accommodating the church to culture, the contemporary church is willing to adopt the cultures practices to reach the culture:
" This means whatever is influencing the culture can more easily come into the church because we are adopting its ways. Previously what is spiritually harmful has been coming through the backdoor instead of the front. Now it’s knocking on the front door, and many are answering it by opening it and inviting it in. This is done because of a lack of judgment on leader’s part. While everyone is making a fuss about the Da Vinci code released to persuade the public on Christianity we have not recognized what is taking place in our own living room – the church." (New Age Pathways in the church, letusreason.org)
On behalf of church growth ambitions and reaching the lost the contemporary church is jettisoning authentic Christianity, thereby doing the will of the occult pagan elites.
Authentic Christianity is very narrowly defined. All traditionalist Christians across a vast denominational range who hold fast to the fundamental doctrines are Authentic Christians said Dr. Mohler, while all who do not are not by definition Christian. Fundamental doctrines are:
"The Trinity (including full deity and humanity of Jesus Christ); the authenticity of Scripture (the Revealed Word of God); the Incarnation (death, burial, resurrection); justification by faith; sin (humanities willful revolt against God the Father); the traditional doctrine of Hell, and the absolute sovereignty of God the Father." (Psalm 1)
The contemporary church is strongly attracted to the postmodernist kind of Christianity proposed by the Emerging Church whose leaders include Bill Hybels, Brian McLaren, Rick Warren, and Rob Bell. As an anti-intellectual spirit of therapeutic deism and missional 'works righteousness' energizes the emerging churches, and as the contemporary church embraces its' pseudo-theology it is uncomfortable with apologetics, hymns, and fundamental doctrine. Like the emergent church it prefers mind-numbing rock-style noise to intellectually oriented hymns together with humanist church-growth formulas, programs, novelty, entertainment, fun, inclusive open door policies, and feelings, especially whatever "feels good." It rejects higher authority, immutable truth, moral absolutes and discipline and supplants these with therapeutic feel-good messages rather than expository sermons and sound apologetics. Like mega-church Temples of Humankind, its' deity is a spirit of "all-inclusive love" so it never speaks of wrath and judgment, hence hell, ethical sin, and repentance are not just unwelcome, but are in fact "intolerable" to the self-autonomous contemporary mind, noted Mohler.
The postmodern theology of the emergent church already has much in common with 'new' pagan spirituality and the hubristic contemporary church is quickly following suit, meaning that the Church Militant is becoming the postmodern Church Imitant,
"...adopting "a new Christian worldview" that, devoid of theological biblical clarity, apes the pagan culture and concludes that "the body of Christ is queer, is man, is woman, is straight The "new Christian" employs spiritual techniques borrowed from pagan mysticism and imitates the self-justifying moralism of liberal social action." (ibid, Peter Jones)
In 1898, Abraham Kuyper pointed out that supernatural Christian theism is the antithesis of the naturalist or pagan worldview:
"The fundamental contrast has always been, is still and will be until the end: Christianity and Paganism."
With regards to the future, a courageous though tactful announcement of the 'traditional' gospel in the light of the biblical worldview of the antithesis will be both politically incorrect, spirituality explosive, and hated with a vengeance. A courageous and clear witness to the pagan world said Dr. Jones,
" ....will involve suffering and persecution but, in the providence of God, may well lead, as at the beginning of the church's history, to a glorious ingathering of God's elect people, set free by the truth. Most of all, it will bring glory, in our paganized, polytheistic time, to the name of the only true God, transcendent Creator and gracious Redeemer." (ibid, The New Spirituality: Dismantling and Reconstructing Reality)