And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. (Matt. 24:4-5 NKJV)
At one point I had a difficult time understanding how Matthew 24:5 could be taken as a literal event. How could many Christs come in the name of Christ? First, I pondered that maybe it meant a series of false Christs appearing over a period of time. But that did not make sense because Christ is teaching about the last days. Further, it was difficult to understand how “many” could be deceived. After all, Christians believe in one Christ, not many, so it is hard to grasp how many Christians could be deceived by the arrival of more than one false Christ. But that was before contemplative spirituality and its carrier the Emergent Church came along with the concept of a cosmic Christ.
Ray Yungen, in his book, “A Time of Departing”, describes how the New Age Movement intends to conquer Christianity. He quotes Alice Bailey, an occultist and New Age leader, who realized that Christianity was becoming weak and vulnerable. She declared that a tie would come when New Age philosophy would be illuminated through Christianity. The tactic is clearly defined by Yungen when he writes:
“In other words, instead of opposing Christianity, the occult [New Age] would capture and blend itself with Christianity and then use it as its primary vehicle for spreading and instilling New Age consciousness!”
This process of what Bailey calls “rejuvenating the church” has been underway for some time now in the form of the Emergent Church Movement. One of the key elements of this takeover is Contemplative Spirituality. Emergent/New Age leaders postulate that through contemplative spirituality individuals are awakened to the cosmic Christ, which is the Christ consciousness that dwells deep in them. The idea of a cosmic Christ is the logical path from panentheism, which is the idea that God, and thus Christ, is in everyone and everything.
In New Age writer Matthew Fox’s book, “The Coming of the Cosmic Christ”, he writes:
“Divinity is found in all creatures…. The Cosmic Christ is the “I am” in every creature.”
“Without mysticism there will be no “deep ecumenism,” no unleashing of the power of wisdom from all the world’s religious traditions. Without this [mysticism] I am convinced there will never be global peace or justice since the human race needs spiritual depths and disciplines, celebrations and rituals to awaken its better selves.”
“We need to become aware of the Cosmic Christ, which means recognizing that every being has within it the light of Christ.” (Matthew Fox, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ (New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 1980)
In light of this information, it is now easy to grasp how many false Christs could arrive in the name of Christ and deceive many. A growing number of Emergent/New Age adherents believe in a “Cosmic Christ” that is ubiquitous in every creature. As the “Christ consciousness” is awakened within them, they believe that they each become a Christ. They fulfill the prophecy of the Son of God in Matthew 24:4-5. It seems fantastical that this scripture could be fulfilled in our lifetime. However, the facts are clear. Christianity has become very weak. It has been infiltrated by New Age individuals who are changing the truth into a lie. Many believe the lie because they have rejected love for the truth.
One glaring factor is apparent in this deceptive fiasco and that is the great shortage of godly leaders speaking out against this encroaching evil. They fulfill another passage of scriptures.
His watchmen are blind,
They are all ignorant;
They are all dumb dogs,
They cannot bark;
Sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.
Yes, they are greedy dogs
Which never have enough.
And they are shepherds
Who cannot understand;
They all look to their own way,
Every one for his own gain,
From his own territory. (Isaiah 56:10-12 NKJV)
God will not ignore the pastors, evangelists, presbyters, teachers, bishops, elders, deacons, and other leaders that instead of rising up to defend the truth; they fraternized with the enemies of righteousness. “Oh, but we didn’t know…” is not going to be a good defense on the Day of Judgment. This present great deception and apostasy fulfills the eschatological scriptures. At what point does one begin to realize that this might possibly be the last days? What more evidence do they need to convince them of this possibility?
I am sick to my core of professing Christians who mouth words of adoration for the poor and needy, the climate, the starving children, and then submit to every attack on the deity and lordship of Jesus Christ. They claim to love everything from worms to whales, but they do not love the truth. Truth is too inconvenient to them. Their love for mother earth and its creatures is an inferior love. Even an atheist can have that level and degree of love.
The love that is necessary to prevent falling into deception and apostasy is love for Christ Jesus. He is the way, truth, and life. People who do not love truth cannot possibly love Christ Jesus. God’s word declares that people who do not love truth will come under a great delusion, believe a lie, and be damned. I believe that the lie they will believe comes on the wings of Contemplative Spirituality and its Cosmic Christ.