by Travers and Jewel van der Merwe

Chapter 6: The Mystic "Link"

The Apostate Church, New Age and Elitism

The exaltation of self, "I am a god", or "I am divine" is the Gnostic connection with the "New Age" and "elitism".

The following quotes identify the Church's new wave link with New Age thought. It shows the source of the elite mindset taking over in the Church as well as the secular world:

From the above three quotes we learn:

  • The Rosicrucian and the modern "New Age" Christians believe in the "Cosmic Christ principal", i.e. the divine nature element resident in every man.

  • The "god-man", "the Christ" is the dormant or quickened spirit/inner soul of every man.

  • The way to conquer sin, suffering and death is through the divine spirit (force or spark) in man.

  • The power of redemption lies within the soul or spirit and is therefore independent of the Gospel of Christ and redemption through the blood of Christ.

    The following quote chosen from a vast file of material gathered from modern T.V. evangelists proves how current Christian thought ties in with Rosicrucian (New Age) and "Manifest Sons of God". It shows how an "elitist" mentality is permeating Christian thought.

    Although Benny Hinn has since made a public statement to the effect that he has recanted much of his earlier teaching, the mindset and receptivity among Christians toward this Gnostic philosophy is very evident. At the time of the airing of these ideas, few believers responded in the Berean-like way, comparing Hinn's ideas with Scripture. Those that did respond with justified criticism were often met with counter-criticism. The majority of listeners, already receptive to the idea of "new deeper truths", sat passively glued to the T.V. sets, absorbing yet another "deep truth" and becoming more entrenched in Gnostic philosophy.

    An Example

    The following is an account of Frank B. Robinson, the notorious cult leader of the "Psychiana Movement" in 1928 (Moscow, Idaho). At the time he was in his room crying out to "find God".

    Frank B. Robinson's Gnostic premise rejected:

    1. The deity of Christ.
    2. The blood of Christ.
    3. Confession of sin.

    He believed in:

    1. Unity with God through universal consciousness.
    2. The gospel of prosperity and personal revelations apart from and contrary to the Scriptures.
    3. The voice of God with no respect to the Scriptures.
    4. The spirit of man is the final voice on matters of divinity.

    The concept that the spirit or soul of man is the divine element in man is the form of mysticism that races against the Scriptures for the prize - thought to be true spirituality.

    Mysticism Defined

    "Mysticism is the idea that direct knowledge of God or ultimate reality is achieved through personal, subjective intuition or experience apart from, or even contrary to, historyical fact or objective divine revelation." Arthur Johnson, a professor at West Texas State University, elaborates:

      When we speak of a mystical experience we refer to an event that is completely within the person. It is totally subjective . . . Although the mystic may experience it as having been triggered by occurrences or objects outside himself (like a sunset, a piece of music, a religious ceremony, or even a sex act), the mystical experience is a totally inner event. It contains no essential aspects that exist externally to him in the physical world . . . A mystical experience is primarily an emotive event, rather than a cognitive one . . . Its predominant qualities have more to do with emotional intensity, or 'feeling tone' than with facts evaluated and understood rationally. Although this is true, it alone is a woefully inadequate way of describing the mystical experience. The force of the experience is often so overwhelming that the person having it finds his entire life changed by it. Mere emotions cannot effect such transformations.

      Furthermore, it is from this emotional quality that another characteristic results, namely, its 'self-authenticating' nature. The mystic rarely questions the goodness and value of his experience. Consequently, if he describes it as giving him information, he rarely questions the truth of his newly gained "knowledge". It is this claim that mystical experiences are "ways of knowing" truth that is vital to understanding many religious movements we see today. [Our Sufficiency in Christ, John MacArthur, Jr., Word Publishing, 1991]

    The concept of Gnosticism is at the heart of Rosicrucianism, New Age thought and Manifest Sons of God teachings. By Christian orthodox definition the core of these thoughts (inner mystic knowledge) and beliefs are occultic. In varying degrees this thinking has and is infiltrating the church at an alarming rate. The Pentecostals and Charismatics are not exempt. The most common characteristic is an "elitise" mentality.


    The following ideas and beliefs are characteristic of Rosicrucianism and Manifest Sons of God, some of which, and in some cases all, are being received and taught by a great part of the church. See whether you can identify any of the following heresies:

    1. Have an "elitist mentality".
    2. Consider themselves essentially Divine, equal to Christ.
    3. Believe they are the Manifest Sons of God.
    4. Believe their Divinity comes from within themselves.
    5. Reject the literal Biblical view of the resurrection and the "rapture" of the church.
    6. Are Overcomers and Conquerors of evil and the world.
    7. Are in the process of becoming perfect and immortal in this age.
    8. Claim to be members of the Melchizedek Order - High Priest with Christ.
    9. Will purge the world of undesirables.
    10. Will reign on the earth as gods.
    11. Attribute their revelations to the Divine Gnosis (knowledge) located in them.
    12. Share the same polotical ambition to establish the government of the "Sons of God" to the exclusion of the personal presence of Jesus Christ.
    13. Insist the Bible should be interpreted allegorically, symbolically and spiritually.
    14. Believe it is wrong to interpret the Bible literally.
    15. Reject Israel as a chosen nation of God.
    16. Are anti-Semitic.
    17. Reject the written Holy Scriptures as the final, inerrant and infallible Voice of God above all other voices or experiences.
    18. Stress love and unity with little or no regard for sound doctrine or a sound mind.
    19. Reject the resurrection and redemption of the body.
    20. Spiritualise the resurrection and redemption of the body.
    21. Reject the personal coming of the anti-christ.
    22. Look forward to the dawning of the New Age on earth, ushered in by a select group of Overcomers, the Sons of God.
    23. Reject Orthodox Christianity.
    24. Are always receiving "new deep truth" apart from Scripture.
    25. Are essentially into "mysticism".
    26. Believe in the attainment of perfection and immortality here on earth without a literal resurrection and Rapture.
    27. Rejects redemption by the blood of Christ.
    28. The spirit of man is the god-man.

    These heresies project the following picture:

      The New Wave "Mystery Babylon" (New Age Religion) riding on the back of orthodox Christianity fulfilling the age long dream of the "Church of Illumination" (Rosicrucian/Gnostic church) i.e., the uniting of the Church founded on "love" and "godhood" - Satan's fruit.

      THE CHURCH OF ILLUMINATION has been steadily at work with the idea that ultimately the various churches would merge for the benefit of all religions as well as of all mankind.

      THE CHURCH OF ILLUMINATION looks forward with confidence to a constantly increasing feeling of good will and religious tolerance among the various creeds, so that some day in the not too distant future the dream of unification can be realised and one all-embracing religion taught to all the peoples of all the earth. [The Church of Illumination by Rev. R. Swinburne Clymer, M.D., Quakertown, PA, USA.]

    This is the vision the Church, for the most part, is accepting and upholding, above the Scriptures. This is the "elitism" that fundamentalists, charismatics, pentecostals and evangelicals are now opening to. This is the mysticism that enshrines the new age form of "elitism" in the Church.

    The Heart of Elitism

    The core of spiritual elitism lives in the psyche of man. Psyche, generally means mind, the invisible spirit part of man, life, soul, self, passions, feelings, desires, appetites, etc. There are a few theories as to what it means. However, it is quite safe to say, psyche is at the core of man's individuality, and personality, thoughts and feelings. Satan knows this and is why he is interested in the psyche and individuality of man.

    When the "psyche" of man, through the subtle influence of Satan, assumes the role of a "god-man", the individual will very likely become spiritually and morally unnatural. Thoughts and ideas become abstract and esoteric in nature. Behaviour generally assumes one of two directions, "Legalism" or "Liberalism". Extremism, as well as "Elitism" usually characterises the god-man role. Sometimes, it is difficult to identify the psyche of an individual. But, given enough time it will eventually surface and be quite evident.

    The teachines of the "New Age" as well as that of the apostate church, for the most part, are designed to magnify and glorify the psyche of man, hence the present obsession with "self-esteem", "self-potential" and "self-indulgence" within many churches.

    Any gospel centred on self-glorification (self-esteem) will in a matter of time pervert the psyche and give rise to an unnatural individual. How is this so? Scripture clearly indicates that at the heart of man dwells unrighteousness, the springboard for all sin and evil doing. Scripture says that even our righteousness is as filthy rags. Scripture calls man to faith in Christ and repentance toward God. The self-glorification (self-esteem, psychology-friendly) gospel declares man to be essentially good (essence is god-like) and calls him to self-realisation of this good(god)ness. Instead of casting our failure, frailties and sin at the foot of the Cross, and allowing Jesus Christ to live His life in us, we permid "godhood" to dwell in our unregenerate spirit. As this thinking courses to its extremist conclusion, we're right back to Eden and the lie of Satan "ye shall be as gods".

    It was in view of this happening in the Church in the last days that the Apostle Paul sternly warned the Church against seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. (1 Tim. 4:1).

    The unnatural individual is identified in the Scripture as: one who changes the trugh of God into a lie . . . worshipping the creature more than the Creator . . . changes the glofy of God into the image . . . made like to corruptible things and has pleasure in what is unnatural. When these psyche characteristics appear it means the individual is under wrong influences or demonic control.

    Havind individuality is perfectly natural, in fact it is a God-given faculty and certainly deserves recognition, nurturing and a place in our thinking and relations. However, when individuality is used to build a case in support of man's potential superiority over the Word of God, the Creator, the Deity of Christ, righteousness and the Cross of Calvary - "spiritual abuse" is in focus.

    This brings us to the heart of elitism. Ever since the fall of man, individuality has thrived on self-esteem, egoism, introversion and selfish exploits, to the point that the Creator, the Scriptures, and the Cross of Christ have suffered abuse. Experience has proven over and over again that when self is deified or glorified in any way, shape or form, the Gospel of Christ (in its unadulterated form) becomes a sore offence. When individuality steps or tries to step beyond the natural as defined by Scripture, an abstract world emerges, generally characterised by sensualism, mysticism, Gnosticism and elitism. (Romans 1:18-32). Unnaturalism is an escape from reality. The unnatural individual's justification for how he feels and believes hinges on - "I am a god".

    Unfortunately the deified psyche philosophy has and is permeating the whole of society with no exception to the Church, affecting millions of members who sit Sunday after Sunday listening to another gospel. Self is pr-eminent in the Gnostic gospel. Instead of the truth sought in God's Word and insight into what is right or wrong in the laws of God, "self" is sought. The current self-centred "elitist" religion denies the deity of Christ as the only true God; denies the vicarious atonement, the glory and wisdom of the cross and the efficacy of the blood of the cross. Whoever accepts or includes Gnostic thought in their preaching renders the cross of Christ of no effect and could inadvertently become an enemy of the cross.

    For true Christians there is only one pre-eminent concept and that is the Gospel of the glory of the Cross where self and the world died. At the Cross the devil was soundly defeated.

      But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. (Gal. 6:14)

    The Glory of His Cross

      Oh, the glory of His Cross I see!
      By works the glory I hoped to gain,
      In experience and self I sought in vain.
      Ego, pride and venity reigned o'er me,
      Blinding me to Calvary.
      But now by grace, through faith,
      I, the glory see.

      Oh, the glory of His Cross I see!

      In my quest how I strove to see.
      Wretched was the nature of my soul;
      As, if it were dragged to Sheol.
      Then through Christ the Crucified,
      I beheld the glorified,
      as the Spirit bade me, see!

      Oh, the glory of the Cross I see!

      Which no spark of self ere gave me.
      Though time in meditation spent
      Nothing could God's glory represent,
      Save the Cross of Calvary.
      Oh, the glory of the Cross I see!

      Oh, the glory of the Cross I see!

      There provision for sin was made,
      Sin and shame was borne away
      and debt to sin in full was paid.
      Through Christ redemption came
      To all who see and call His name.
      Oh, the glory of the Cross I see!

      Travers van der Merwe