NEW THOUGHT: MAKING THE STRAIGHT WAYS CROOKED - A Warning for Christians

By Marcia Montenegro, former professional astrologer (page 4 of 5)

 

The Fallacies of New Thought

In declaring that we are to seek material gain, New Thought contradicts Jesus' words that we should seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness (Matt 6:33), and the instructions that we are to make Christ our priority (Rom.7:4; 2 Cor. 10:5; 2 Cor. 11:3; Phil. 3:8; Col. 3:1,3).

In advocating that one should always have good health and be happy, New Thought is in conflict with the biblical teaching that the Lord allows Christians to suffer, and that suffering can bring growth in Christ, because in weakness, those who trust in Christ glorify the Lord (Matt 5:12; Rom. 5:3; 2 Cor. 6:4-10, 12:9, 10; 2 Tim. 1:8, 2:10, 3:12; James 1:2; 1 Pet. 1:7, 3:17, 4:11-13).

New Thought claims to reveal "secret" or hidden laws not discoverable through normal knowledge and understanding; this is a hallmark of esoteric occultism. Advocates of New Thought ignore these words of Jesus: "I have spoken openly to the world . . . I always taught in synagogues or at the temple, where all the Jews come together. I said nothing in secret" (John 18:20).

Jesus was neither a teacher of secret laws nor a manipulator of them. Jesus' display of supernatural power signified and confirmed that he was the prophesied Messiah, that he fulfilled Old Testament prophecies, and revealed his power and compassion (Matthew 4:23; 8:7, 13, 16; 9:35, 36; 11:2-5; 14:14; 15:28, 30; 20:34; Mark 1:34, 41; 6:2; Luke 4:40; 5:15; 6:17-19; 19:37; 24:26-28, 44; John 2:11, 23-24; 6:2; 14:1; Acts 2:22).

Testing Teachings
Many teachers and groups designate their beliefs as Christian although their views depart from or even deny the Bible. New Testament warnings against false teachers abound (Matt. 7:15, 24.24, 1 Tim. 1.3-5, 4:1, 6.3-5; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 2 Thess. 2:3-17; 2 Peter 2:1; Gal. 1:8, 2:4). Referring to false teachers who claimed to be Christian, Paul wrote, "For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ" 2 Cor. 11:13).

New Thought continues to pose a danger to the church; to those outside the church, it is a deadly deception. Christians are told to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints" (Jude 3). Therefore, the teaching and study of God's word in context, a proper understanding of biblical teachings and the meaning of biblical terms, as well as knowledge of the nature of God, man, and salvation, is vital.

In New Thought, despite the biblical language:

  • God is not the personal God of the Bible
  • Jesus is not the unique Son of God (he may be called God's son but only in the sense that we are all God's children
  • Jesus is not the second person of the Trinity but rather a man who realized his divine nature
  • Prayer is not petitioning God but rather affirming what we want
  • Sin is incorrect thinking
  • Man is not separate from God, but rather possesses a divine nature
  • The Bible is read as an esoteric code book to uncover hidden spiritual laws
  • Illness is illusory or a crude projection of erroneous thoughts
  • Salvation is achieving right thinking through realization of one's divine "Self" and one's ability to create or alter reality with thought

The apostle Paul rebuked the false prophet Elymas, "You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?" (Acts 13:10).

Christians must still beware those who would "make crooked the straight ways of the Lord" through the deceptive teachings of New Thought, and instead confess and follow God's wisdom: "In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight" (Prov. 3:6).

 

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