Writing in the 1920s, J Gresham Machen, stalwart defender of supernatural Christian theism, identified the modern liberalism boldly entering the mainline churches in his day as neo-paganism in Christian dress. At a time when it was not yet obvious, Machen put his finger on the essence of apostasy: "The truth is that liberalism has lost sight of the very centre and core of the Christian teaching. â€¦one attribute of God is absolutely fundamental in the Bibleâ€¦ in order to render intelligible all the rest. That attribute is the awful transcendence of God. It is true, indeed, that not a sparrow falls to the ground without Him. But He is immanent in the world not because He is identified with the world, but because He is the free Creator and upholder of it. Between the creature and the Creator, a great gulf is fixed." (Christianity and Liberalism, Machen, 62-63)
Years later, C. S. Lewis affirmed Machen's findings saying:
â€œPantheism is congenial to our minds not because it is the final stage in a slow process of enlightenment [as it often claims], but because it is almost as old as we are.â€ (C. S. Lewis, Miracles, 1947, 100)
According to Paul there are only two foundations for religion, worship of nature or worship of the supernatural Creator of nature. Pagans said Paul:
"....exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen." Romans 1:25
With paganism there is no distinction between the Divine Substance and the creature as all things are aspects of (in contiunity with) the Divine Substance. Human beings have a share of the Divine substance, which allows them to worship and serve themselves. And this is the idolatry Scripture warns against over and over. (Revolutionary Christianity: A Scandal to Ancient and Modern Pagans, http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=17202 )
In its present form, this perennial philosophy blends ancient Western paganism and Luciferian Gnosticism with Eastern Upanishadic and Vedanta Hinduism. This admixture has spawned many permutations from Renaissance Roisicrucianism to Gnostic Luciferian Masonry and Theosophy, to quasi-Buddhist Materialism, occult New Age and Evolutionary Christianity.
The post-Christian West, America and the Church---from the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox to the Evangelical---are being Easternized and Gnosticized, said Dr. Peter Jones in his essay, "Confronting Neopaganism in the Culture and the Church." Jones adds:
â€œEvolutionary Christianityâ€ is producing the longed-for and much-prophesied synthesis, namely, the union of science and spirituality...."
( http://truthxchange.com/articles/2011/04/12/confronting-neopaganism-in-the-culture-and-the-church/ )
In this neo-pagan movement are strange bedfellows that include:
"Evangelical theistic evolutionists, â€œprogressiveâ€ Emergent Christian leaders, radical post-theistic Christian liberals, Christian non-dual mystics, pro-homosexual ministers, radical religious feminists, and recognized evolutionary scientists. Some are deeply influenced by Pierre Teillard de Chardin, and pagan â€œgeologiansâ€ such as Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme. All their views are synthesized into a vision of spiritual/â€Christianâ€ evolution by pro-evolutionary Michael Dowd, who wrote Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our world. Dowd is an ex-Catholic, ex-Pentecostal, now married to a Unitarian Universalist, and a disciple of Thomas Berry."
All of these apostates believe that they are inventing a new spirituality which in fact is really not new at all but rather "they have exchanged the truth about God for a lie."
Jones points out that Emergent Church Leaders and evangelicals are contributing to the Hinduization and paganization of our culture. They are:
"drinking at the source of pagan non-dual synthesis, proposing a new hybrid of non-dual mysticism and social action as the essence of Christianity in our postmodern world. Phyllis Tickle calls the general return of spirituality â€œthe Great Emergence,â€ a â€œnew reformationâ€ of solus spiritus. The Martin Luther of the â€œnew reformation,â€ Brian McLaren, willingly contributed to the Vision Project, assembling the future visions of leading occultists, theosophists, perennialists and interfaith globalists, proposed as various elements of a â€œgreater, emerging visionâ€¦ keyed to synthesis.â€ (ibid)
Emergent Church leaders Rob Bell and Brian McLaren enthusiastically endorse spiritual guru and Vedanta prophet Ken Wilber, who said:
â€œWeâ€™re rediscovering Christianity as an Eastern religion, as a way of life." (ibid)
Another popular guru with the neo-pagan crowd is apostate Franciscan priest Richard Rohr. Rohr is a neo-pagan â€œnon-dualâ€ mystic who teaches evangelical pastors Third Eye, non-dual thinking and spirituality at Fuller Theological Seminary. (see: Fr. Richard Rohr Speaks on Emerging Christianity
Rather than Darwin's evolutionary conception, Rohr adheres to Pierre Teillard de Chardins' evolutionary idea. Chardin taught that after billions of years of evolution an impersonal, immanent God (force) had finally emerged from matter. Hence Rohr teaches that,
â€œThe incarnation actually happened 13.7 billion years ago with a moment that we now call â€œThe Big Bang.â€ That is when God actually decided to materialize and to self exposeâ€¦as the cosmic Christ.â€ (Jones)
This pagan conception eliminates the supernatural Creator, thereby erasing the Creator/creature distinction with the result that all human beings are â€œlittle christs.â€ This is the ultimate implication of non-dual neo-pagan spirituality.
Guru Rohrs' neo-pagan â€œwisdomâ€ is rooted in classic non-dual Eastern "oneness" thinking in which opposites--- God and man, right and wrong, truth and lie, good and evil, male and female-- are eliminated, as can be seen in Rohr's writing:
"And teaches us to say yes...And allows us to be both-and...And keeps us from either-orâ€¦...And insists that our action is also contemplative...And heals our racism, our sexism, heterosexism, and our classism...And keeps us from the false choice of liberal or conservativeâ€¦... And is far beyond any one nation or political partyâ€¦...And is far beyond my religion versus your religion...And allows us to be both distinct and yet united... And is the very Mystery of Trinity..." ( Center for Action AND Contemplation,
From the days of Adam right down to our own time, the devilish belief that man is God has danced across history, seducing millions in its path, including modern post-Christian Westerners and increasing numbers of so-called Christians.
The belief that man is God is the primordial heresy said Early Church Father John of Damascus. Barbarism and the primordial heresy go together like a hand in a glove, which is why:
"Barbarism...prevailed from the days of Adam down through ten generations to the time of Noah. It is called barbarism because of the fact that in those times men had no ruling authority or mutual accord, but every man was independent and a law unto himself after the dictates of his own will." (John of Damascus, "The Fount of Knowledge," cited in Political Apocalypse, Ellis Sandoz, p. 131)
As the primordial heresy advances over and across the post-Christian West, America and into much of the Church, barbarism will be its constant companion and faithful Christians will become strangers in a strange land---and perhaps even strangers in their own churches. This strange land said Peter Jones is,
"...a neo-Babylonian, post-Constantine, once-Christian culture, now dominated by an Eastern spirituality of man-worshiping non-dual mysticism."
All who refuse to confess man as god and self-serving lord will be regarded as social subversive ingrates guilty of being anti-evolutionists and separatists rather than oneists (in continuity with God), hence haters of humanity, homophobes, racists, and bigots.
In light of what is coming, Peter Jones writes,
"....we need to ask ourselves if the majority of contemporary Christians is in any way prepared mentally, theologically and spiritually for the rude battles aheadâ€”for the kind of suffering the New Testament believers encountered in the ancient pagan One-ist empire that our world is beginning to resemble."