Are there parallels between what is called the “church” today and the New Age Movement? Do claims made by the Charismatic movement come from the New Age Movement and the occult? Why do the claims made by modern Christians sound like claims made by occultists such as Alice Ann Bailey? How does the church depart from the man-centred gospel of today and return to the God-centred gospel preached by men of faith throughout history?
“The church is in trouble—that’s what they say anyways. The problem is most of what they call the church is not the church, and the church is not quite as in trouble as everybody thinks. As a matter of fact, the church today is absolutely beautiful—she’s glorious, she’s humble, she’s broken, and she’s confessing her sin. The problem is what everybody’s calling the church today isn’t the church. Basically, by and large, what’s called the church today is nothing more than a bunch of unconverted church people with unconverted pastors.”
“[I]n the new world order, spirituality will supersede theology; living experience will take the place of theological acceptances … they will recognise the onward march of revelation and the new emerging truths.”
–Alice Bailey, The Externalisation of the Hierarchy, Pg. 202
Is their a Catholic influence in the latest Sherwood Pictures film? And if so, what does this mean for the future of this film ministry? Paul discusses these and other issues as he reviews the film ‘Courageous’.
National Catholic Register:
“We were able to have the confidence, before production began, that there would be nothing in the script that Catholics would have to worry about from a sacramental or doctrinal point of view,” explained Lisa Wheeler, executive vice president and co-founder of Maximus. “It’s made by Protestants, so it’s not told through a Catholic lens, but there’s nothing in it that we would object to.”
Paul discusses how that the old paths of the Word of God will never be passed on effectively, generation to generation, if the Church does not enable and empower, by sound teaching, that great seminary of the minds of the future, the home or the family. It is also discussed how the role of the family has been diminished by the church and state alike.
NOTE: Since this show came out I have discovered issues with the Family Integrated Church Movement. Please watch the video below for more:
“We must give up the vain idea of trying to please everybody. That is impossible, and the attempt is a mere waste of time. We must be content to walk in Christ’s steps, and let the world say what it likes.”
“In many areas of theology, there has been a stirring in the hearts of men to subject their beliefs and practices to the tenant of sola scriptura. However, the question still remains as to whether or not we will subject our view of the church and the family to this same principle. Any hope for a genuine reformation in our time will die in its infancy if we do not allow the Scriptures to permeate and govern every aspect of our lives.”
“A family is the seminary of Church and State; and if children be not well principled there, all miscarrieth: a fault in the first concoction is not mended in the second; if youth be bred ill in the family, they prove ill in Church and Commonwealth; there is the first making or marring, and the presage of their future lives to be thence taken, Prov. 20:11. By family discipline, officers are trained up for the Church, 1 Tim. 3:4, One that ruleth well his own house, etc.; and there are men bred up in subjection and obedience. It is noted, Acts 21:5, that the disciples brought Paul on his way with their wives and children; their children probably are mentioned, to intimate, that their parents would, by their own example and affectionate farewell to Paul, breed them up in a way of reverence and respect to the pastors of the Church.”
“The head of the family is to take care that none of the family withdraw himself from any part of family-worship: and, seeing the ordinary performance of all the parts of family-worship belongs properly to the head of the family, the minister is to stir up such as are lazy, and train up such as are weak, to a fitness to these exercises…”
–“The Directory for Family Worship” [IV], bound with the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland’s edition of the Westminster Confession of Faith , reprinted 1994