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Jun 08 2008

“A Course in Miracles”

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This three volume work is the New Age equivalent to our Bible. These “New Agers” have study groups weekly and practice the concepts taught within its content. I was a student of the “Course” many years ago before being born again and Spirit-filled. As an Episcopalian I was lured by the “spirituality” in lieu of the form, tradition, and rituals with which I had been raised. My priest was saddened and encouraged me to at least come for the Eucharist. I did not having been swept away by the love among this group, the sweet meditations, and the positive aspects of “A Course in Miracles.” Many with whom I speak know of someone studying this work, and Oprah Winfrey is now teaching it on the radio at least nation wide. We do know that anything Oprah endorses immediately increases in popularity. A Kingdom minister openly endorses Oprah and her New Age friends and their teachings stating that they have more to offer than the Church. It was stated that they are on “the cutting edge of leading God’s people.” This greatly alarmed me as I know how seductive this spirit is; it led me down a path which nearly took my very life!! So let us look at what this “Course” actually is.

Helen Schucman, a Jewish atheistic psychologist from Columbia University began in 1965 to channel messages from a spirit that she claimed identified itself as Jesus Christ. From this “voice” she produced well over a thousand pages of “revelation” during a period of seven years. Since Schucman took down this dictation from her “Spirit Guide,” people like Marianne Williams, Dr. Gerald Jampolsky, and many others have made it part of their mission to bring the growing numbers of Christians into spiritual confusion and convince them of their need to find their own spirit guides while leading them to exchange the Truth for the lie.

The Course teaches such things as God did not create the world, we are all equally Christ (a current Kingdom message teaching!), and Jesus did not suffer and die for man’s sake. The Course follows the New Age teaching that only love is real and all that is negative is illusion. (This is a teaching of Eckhart Tolle whom Kingdom ministers are endorsing…so what do we do about evil which we KNOW does exists!? It is inherent in this Course itself!)

According to the Course, sickness, hate, pain, guilt and sin are all illusions. The latter would implicate that their was no need of a Savior to die for the sins of man. According to them, there is no sin! A quick look around us convinces us that sin does indeed exist, and it is that which we must overcome. It teaches that evil does not exist. Guilt is only a reality for those who don’t believe they are part of the divine. (We as Christians know that we are NOW part of the Divine because we are born from above and have the Spirit of JESUS within us). The New Agers believe that ALL are DIVINE and must become awakened to this fact. They state the Jesus was the only person who was aware of His divinity. Volume I states that “No one is punished for sins, and the Sons of God are not sinners.” Once again, this, of course, eliminates any need for our LORD’S sacrifice on the Cross. Any theology that leaves out original sin, the shed Blood of JESUS, His death on the Cross for all sins, and His resurrection is NOT Christianity. There are Kingdom messages right now which you may be reading that are NOT Christianity…they are “another gospel.”

The goal of New Agers is to pervert the Word of God by using Christian terminology. Our local spiritual awareness center celebrated Easter this spring. They truly believe that Christ is being resurrected within them (even though JESUS is not yet within them,) but once again, the focus is on self rather than the LORD. Volume 3 of the Course (the Manual for Teachers) says, “It cannot be too strongly emphasized that this Course aims at a complete reversal of thought.”

In the Course the word ATONEMENT no longer refers to Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross for sin. In the Course, atonement refers to the belief that men are not separate from God. They teach that Jesus’ death on the Cross is not to pay for sin but to show that sin and death had no affect on Him.

The following are a couple of quotes from the Introduction to the “Course in Miracles:”

“Some of the ideas the workbook presents you will find hard to believe, and others may seem to be quite startling. (Indeed! ds) This does not matter. You are merely asked to apply the ideas as you are directed (mind control! ds) to do. You are not asked to judge them at all (Discern good from evil or the Truth from the lie…ds). You are asked only to use them. It is their use that will give them meaning to you and will show you that they are true. (They are NOT TRUE…ds)

“Remember only this: you need not believe the ideas, you need not accept them, and you need not even welcome them. Some of them you may actively resist. None of this will matter or decrease their efficacy. But do not allow yourself to make exceptions in applying the ideas the workbook contains and whatever your reactions to the ideas may be, use them. Nothing more than that is required..” Beloved, this is MIND CONTROL pure and simple, and it has entered our camp! I beseech you to remain alert to any messenger who advocates this “Course” or affiliated writings. If you have any questions regarding the discernment of these spirits, I am here and available to help you. Their seduction is so very alluring, the terminology so beautifully written, the emphasis on LOVE very true, and it becomes a very STRONG pull away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ where there is TRUE peace, love, and joy. (They too love these words and apply them with exuberance.) Their services end by holding hands and singing “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” That does sound so very good. You see they actually believe by everyone becoming aware of their divinity and walking in the love of God that a “New Age” is right on the horizon which will heal all of the ills of this planet. We know that JESUS is going to JUDGE the world and bring down the kingdoms of this world in order to establish His Own Kingdom. It directly opposes our Biblical beliefs exalting SELF rather than Father and Son, and yet Christians are falling for these teachings by the droves. When I last phoned one of my dear sisters, she was on her way to a Buddhist retreat center and told me that JESUS did not exist any longer. I asked her whom she worshiped, and she said Christ. Now at the end of our Book in Revelation it says that “Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” It does not say Christ! Jesus is VERY much alive and with us…yea He is within us…and that is how REAL HE IS!! I told this sister in love that I feared she had lost her way, and she replied, “I don’t think so.” It has been my experience that once people are caught in this “WEB of DECEPTION” that only prayer can bring them out. So as a woman of GOD I hope to spare any who are not yet led astray from this deadly teaching!

These concepts are very popular in many of the denominational churches now. Three that come to mind are Roman Catholics, Episcopalians, and Methodists, and I am sure there are many others. I do believe that the Vatican will be very instrumental in spearheading many of these concepts and leading the world into a one world religion that will incorporate all of the teachings of the “Course.” One need only to look at the books that are popular today to know this is true, for example, “The Secret,” (endorsed by Kingdom teachers), and “The Secret beyond the Secret.” I am well aware of these mind control ideas (which are the direct OPPOSITE of surrender to the will of God) as I decided to receive Dr. Eric Amidi’s e-mail lessons on how to “Believe and Manifest.” Now dear, brothers and sisters, he is MOST convincing, and many in this world are practicing all of these teachings. We Christians are as aliens and sojourners here. We are a strange and separate people. Let us remain that way and embrace the Word of God as we have never embraced it before. It is important that each one of us remains accountable to others in the Body so as to not be led astray by these horrific deceptions!

I shall be writing more on these New Age topics, but please know that I am covering each of you in prayer, crying out to Father to keep you in HIS FOLD!!

For further information I strongly encourage you to contact Elaine Cook (linked to my web site) for her booklets entitled “Scattered Sheep” and “The New Age…Counterfeit Feast.” They are highly informative and will assist you in ministering to others delving into these deceptive ideas.

In His LOVE,…(a former New Ager),

diana

 

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