A Christian’s Take on New Age Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Let’s not be duped by the New Age wolves in sheep’s clothing. They are the “woke” among us who claim to be Christians, but reject Christianity’s core doctrines. Over the past few hundred years, a number of “new age” movements have reared their ugly heads to either cast doubts on Christianity or spread false doctrines about it. They may call themselves liberal Christians, progressive Christians, universalists, new agers, or “Christ conscious” spiritual people. A way to distinguish these movements from traditional and more orthodox Christianity is by their views on Jesus’ divinity, resurrection, and atonement for our sins. They discount all three. They further discount Jesus’ claim that only through Him can we get to heaven.

I once fell under their spell when reading books by Deepak Chopra, James Redfield, and Wayne Dyer. While I never denied Jesus’ divinity, resurrection, or atonement, I didn’t think much about them. They weren’t mentioned much (if at all) in books where I was busy getting to know my “sacred self.” New age beliefs are me-based rather than we-based or others-based, exalting people to God’s level. In contrast, traditional Christian beliefs call on us to humble and subordinate ourselves to Jesus.   

“What exactly is the New Age? Impossible to narrow down, the New Age is actually a vast smorgasbord of beliefs and practices. Each New Ager fills his tray with whatever assortment fits his appetite. All is liberally seasoned with self-centeredness. It’s really a Have-It-Your-Way religion – thus its modern appeal.”[1] The typical New Ager believes God is in everything (pantheism), all things are one (monism), man is God, mind creates reality, and one’s own experience validates the truth.[2]

These movements often claim Jesus is merely a moral teacher who attained an awareness of Himself as a part of a higher universal system. The “Christ conscious” preach that Jesus and Christ are not interchangeable terms; rather Jesus is distinct from Christ. They opine that we are gods equivalent to God, while Christ is the embodiment of individual enlightenment in a pantheistic world. Pantheism is the notion that God is immanent in this world as an impersonal life force rather than a personal, intentional loving Father. They believe Jesus will not come again in glory to judge the living and the dead because He was merely an enlightened man – and that we are the 2nd coming of Christ.

As C.S. Lewis famously said in Mere Christianity, “I am trying to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on the level with a man who says he is a poached egg- or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him as a demon; or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

Let us expose the demonic sources slithering behind new agers’ fanciful ideas. Only dark forces such as the serpent in Eden ever questioned God’s sovereignty, power, and authority. The Father is the most-high God and only His only begotten Son Jesus sits at His right hand. Believing otherwise stands in stark contrast to what’s written in the Bible.

“I and the Father are one.”[3]  

“If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”[4]

“Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’ But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.’

Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders.”[5]

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”[6]

Thank you for your time. This is an excerpt from a book I’m drafting entitled “The Power of One.” I’ll provide free PDFs when it’s ready to anyone interested. Email me if you’d like a copy at alwayslearning1225@gmail.com.

[1] Curtis, B. (2008). What is ‘New Age’ Religion, and why can’t Christians get on board? Crosswalk.com. April 18.

[2] Ibid.

[3] John 10:30

[4] John 14:7

[5] Revelation 5:1-6

[6] Matthew 28:19

4 Replies to “A Christian’s Take on New Age Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing”

  1. I especially liked this line: “New age beliefs are me-based rather than we-based or others-based, exalting people to God’s level. In contrast, traditional Christian beliefs call on us to humble and subordinate ourselves to Jesus.” Very important topic you chose because we live in a time when many liberal “Christians” portray themselves as the true body of Christ when they subsequently deny His teaching and the Bible’s Truth. So many people strive so hard to remove God from the equation so they don’t have to obey Him. Good job! Grace!

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