A Theological Analysis of the New Age Movement


The God of the Bible has a plan.  His plan is unfolded in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, who died and rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3,4) that all men might receive eternal life.

 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony borne at the proper time. (1 Timothy 2:3-6).

The good news of salvation in Jesus Christ is meant for all, but mankind rebels against God and His plan.  He falls victim to the deceptive plan of Satan—a plan that promises secret knowledge, godhood and eternal life apart from God’s Word and God’s Son.  The New Age movement is such a plan.  It offers a new beginning and rejects the old outmoded ways of seeing, thinking, doing, and living.  In their place it substitutes “new” values, views and lifestyles even offering a new spirituality.  New Agers contend that the world is in a parenthesis between the Old Piscean Age and the New Aquarian Age.  Humanity is poised to make a quantum leap forward and upward into the higher consciousness of the New Age.

The leaders of the occultic core of the New Age movement went public with at least some aspects of this plan in 1975.  Their goal is to establish a one world order with a one world religion and a one world Christ/leader.  This diabolical plan claims to guarantee world peace, but cannot fully deliver the Golden Age until biblical Christianity is somehow destroyed or “withdrawn” from Earth.  A critical mass of people living in 1975 is targeted to be the initiated leadership of this unifying global system.  When the religious and political climate is right (biblical influence destroyed or neutralized), the Maitreya Christ will be revealed and will initiate his leadership of the world.

Many in cloistered Christian circles have not begun to grasp the magnitude of this world-wide desire for a new age.  Nor have they correctly assessed the influence of this multifaceted movement.  Gradually and subtly these concepts are invading even Orthodox Christianity.  A materialistic value system and insidious attitudes of self-reliance and spiritual complacency have left the Christian community vulnerable to this deception.  In the words of Dr. Alan Streett:

It is not difficult to understand why the western world refused to recognize the reality of the occult, and still refuses to recognize it today.  We live in an age devoid of the supernatural, an age wrapped in the blankets of materialism, humanism, and rationalism.  Man has become so self-sufficient that he denies the existence of any powers greater than himself.  This error in thinking could possibly pave the way for another individual to harness the powers of evil in an attempt to control world destiny[1]

This thesis has attempted to document the major theological concepts and stated goals of the occultic core of the New Age movement to the end that Christians will be alerted to the present intensification of spiritual warfare.  Christians must realize their need to be clothing themselves with the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-17) and to be carrying the gospel of the Lord and Savior Jesus to a world which is deceived and separated from God.

“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“And My servant whom I have chosen,
In order that you may know and believe Me,
And understand that I am He.
Before Me there was no God formed,
And there will be none after Me.
I, even I am the Lord;
And there is no savior besides Me” (Isaiah 43:10,11).

This same Lord of the Old Testament in the person of Jesus Christ said:

“I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me” (John 14:6b).

New Agers are not the enemy of Christianity, they have been deceived and are victims of the true enemy, Satan.  But in Matthew Jesus said:

“For many will come in My Name saying I am the Christ and will mislead many.” (Matt. 24:5).

But as those who have hope we can rejoice in that:

“You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (I John 4:4).

Therefore, Jesus said:

“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you;  and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).

And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

[1] Alan Streett, In High Places, p. 43


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[1] Alan Street, In High Places, p. 43.