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Mystical Mess: New Age in the Church

April 6, 2021

What is the difference between God's miracles and mysticism? Amy and Michelle discuss a growing trend in the church that borrows mystical elements from Buddhism and Hinduism and melds or syncretizes them into Christian practices. Mysticism in the church is as old as the church itself, and has been rightly called out over the centuries as unbiblical. But it is a trend in our time as many Christians are now bringing in these practices and normalizing them.

Sadly, a lot of it comes through the church doors from women, bringing in teachings into women's ministries on Reiki, chakras, crystals, magic energy oils, yoga, karma, energy fields, and even  Ouija boards and tarot cards.

Resources:

What is the New Age? A White Paper Amy Spreeman, Berean Research

Christians Mystically Encountering God Berean Research

"Christian" Tarot Cards and Fortune Telling - Fighting for the Faith, YouTube video

The Spiritual Formation Movement - Berean Research

The Interface of Medieval Mysticism and Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation Berean Research

Mysticism: Its Origin and Impact on Contemporary Christian Thought Berean Research

Books and articles by former New Agers:

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