What is happening to mainstream Christianity is the same thing that
is happening to business, health, education, counseling, and other
areas of society. Christendom is being cultivated for a role in the
New Age. The [demonic] entity, Raphael, explains this very clearly
in the Starseed Transmissions:
with all who are vibrationally sympathetic; simple and sincere
people who feel our spirit moving, but for the most part, only
within the context of their current belief system."
He is saying
that they "work," or interact, with people who open their minds to
them in a way that fits in with the person's current beliefs. In the
context of Christianity this means that those meditating will think
that they have contacted God, when in reality they have connected up
with Raphael's kind (who are more than willing to impersonate
whomever the person wishes to reach so long as they can link with
This ultimately points to a global religion based on meditation and
mystical experience. New Age writer David Spangler explains it the
There will be several religious and spiritual disciplines as there
are today, each serving different sensibilities and affinities, each
enriched by and enriching the particular cultural soil in which it
is rooted. However, there will also be a planetary spirituality that
will celebrate the sacredness of the whole humanity in appropriate
festivals, rituals, and sacraments. There will be a more widespread
understanding and experience of the holistic nature of reality,
resulting in a shared outlook that today would be called mystical.
Mysticism has always overflowed the bounds of particular religious
traditions, and in the new world this would be even more true.
The rise of centering prayer is causing many churches to become
agents of transformation. Those who practice it tend to embrace this
one-world-religion idea. One of the main proponents of centering
prayer had this revelation:
It is my sense, from having meditated with persons from many
different traditions, that in the silence we experience a deep
unity. When we go beyond the portals of the rational mind into the
experience, there is only one God to be experienced.... I think it
has been the common experience of all persons of good will that when
we sit together Centering we experience a solidarity that seems to
cut through all our philosophical and theological differences.
In this context, we may compare all the world's religions to a dairy
herd. Each cow may look different on the outside, but the milk would
all be the same. The different religious groups would maintain their
own separate identities, but a universal spiritual practice would
bind them together-not so much a one-world church as a one-world
Episcopal priest and New Age leader Matthew Fox explains what he
calls "deep ecumenism":
Without mysticism there will be no "deep ecumenism," no unleashing
of the power of wisdom from all the world's religious traditions.
Without this I am convinced there will never be global peace or
justice since the human race needs spiritual depths and disciplines,
celebrations and rituals, to awaken its better selves. The promise
of ecumenism, the coming together of religions, has been thwarted
because world religions have not been relating at the level of
Fox believes that all world religions will eventually be bound
together by the "Cosmic Christ"33 principle, which is another term
for the higher self.
As incredible as this may sound, it appears to be happening now. The
New Age is embedded in American religious culture far deeper and
broader than many people imagine. If your concept of the New Age is
simply astrology, tarot cards, or reincarnation, then you could
easily miss the real New Age as it pulses through the religious
current. If mystical prayer continues its advance, then we could one
day see, perhaps sooner than we expect, many Christian churches
becoming conduits of New Age thought to their membership.
Sue Monk Kidd is a best selling novel writer. Her book, The Secret
Life of Bees has sold over four million copies, mainly to women. At
one time a Southern Baptist Sunday school teacher, she became
attracted to centering prayer as a way to know God more deeply.
Today, she is the Writer in Residence of the Sophia Institute, which
is devoted to "foster[ing] the emergence of the sacred feminine"
(i.e., the Divine feminine).
Monk Kidd now adheres to what New Agers teach, that this mystical
force (called God or Divinity) is in all things, nothing excluded:
Deity means that divinity will no longer be only heavenly ... It
will also be right here, right now, in me, in the earth, in this
river, in excrement and roses alike.
She reiterates this in her 2006 book, First Light, in which she
If I am intent on centering my life in the presence of God, then I
must understand what I believe about where this presence can be
found ... God became the steam of my soup, the uprooted tree, the
graffiti on the building, the rust on the fence.
But what if the graffiti is gang graffiti about killing members of a
rival gang or even worse, what if the graffiti is cursing God with
Well, Monk Kidd would still say that the graffiti is God.
It is because New Agers believe God is not a being but Being itself.
In other words, there is nothing that is not God. This is the
decision that the world is now facing--is God a personal being or is
God the Universe and all that it entails? (from For Many Shall Come
in My Name, 2nd, pp. 128-132. Click here for reference citations.