Emerging Church/New Spirituality: Part 6 (History and Bride of Christ)

The New Spirituality, Emerging Church and the Bride

In this part we will briefly consider three movements in relation to their history and formation:

i    The New Spirituality: destined to become the one world religion under the Antichrist
ii   The apostate, liberal Emerging Church
iii  The faithful Bride of Christ

We've generally (but not exclusively) limited the scope of this article to key individuals, organisations or events that occurred within the last 150 years or so.  Obviously church history and the so-called New Spirituality go back much further than that, but our conviction is that we’ve reached a kairos moment when a number of strands are converging, so our recent history is now considered most informative.

1    The New Spirituality

We begin with the New Spirituality.  As we've discussed in a previous part of this series, Western culture has been hijacked by a spiritual ideology that Peter Jones calls Neo-Paganism and of which John Frame in the foreword to the book ‘On Global Wizardry,’ says:

. . . is an historical and worldwide movement of enormous cultural power, one that has sought for centuries, and still seeks, to dominate our world.

Mick Bickle (International House of Prayer: Kansas) in his ‘Omega Course’ notes, says:

The rise of false christs and prophets will help establish alliances between all the false religions which include the occult, New Age, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and liberal ‘Christianity’ with a commitment to moral tolerance that paves the way for a one world religion.

Frame in the foreword to the book ‘On Global Wizardry,’ says further:

These movements are parallel to one another, even congruent.  So they form a single movement in effect.  They work together, drawing on one another for support and inspiration, affirming one another, while they unite in opposing biblical Christianity.

The following is a précis of the New Spirituality’s shared core beliefs:

*    It’s anti-Christian
*    It draws on both Eastern and Western mystical spirituality
*    It believes that each religion shares a single universal truth – that the divine has manifested itself through many deities in different places and at different times

In just one generation, Judaeo-Christian Western culture has become an incubator of revived New Spirituality paganism.

In one form or another, the leaders of the New Spirituality are impacting every sphere of society – government, education, law-making, health-care, globalisation, media, business, interfaith religion, psychology, sociology, ecology, science, arts, entertainment, sports and even the church.  Indeed, the spiritual and political landscape of the world is being conditioned to accept this false spirituality that rejects Christianity.  Peter Jones in his book ‘One or Two,’ says:

Thousands of progressives in academics, the media and politics, along with liberal church leaders are joining to produce a pagan cosmology to repair our deconstructed world.

A programme of globalisation, mystical inter-spirituality, social justice and world peace is proposed as the answer to all man’s ills, which can only be achieved through the establishment of global economics, governance and a one world religion.

History and development

The following eight ‘road signs’ in the on-going development of the New Spirituality are representative of the general trend:

*    The role of the Secret Societies
*    The Perennial Philosophy and Religious Pluralism
*    The legacy of the Theosophical Society
*    Gnosticism
*    The 60’s, Postmodernism and Eastern mysticism
*    The mushrooming New Age Movement
*    The growing Interfaith Movement
*    The role of the United Nations and former world leaders

There’s considerable overlap between each, indicating a power at work behind the scenes which is 'pulling it all together.'  We suggest this is Satan in the form of the 'Jezebel spirit,' as generally understood by those involved in spiritual warfare.  We believe that all religious movements, as opposed to genuine moves of the Holy Spirit, are impacted by this particular demonic spirit.  Before we look at each of these aspects it's important that we touch on one other issue. 

Ancient wisdom handed down

All of the following draw upon ancient wisdom and the knowledge given to man by fallen angels in the days of Noah, which has been carried by occultists and secret societies, down through the ages and up to the present time.  In Genesis 6:1-4 we read:

And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.

And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.

There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Fallen angels had intercourse with human woman, producing giant offspring, known as Nephilim.  These were hybrid entities, that were part human and part angelic, and under Satan’s control.

Whilst it may sound exotic or bizarre, Francis Schaeffer, a theologian, philosopher and Christian thinker, has written:

More and more we are finding that mythology in general, though greatly contorted, very often has some historical basis.  And the interesting thing is that one myth that one finds over and over again in many parts of the world is that somewhere a long time ago supernatural beings had sexual intercourse with natural women and produced a special breed of people.

Secret societies

Spiritual darkness is increasing and becoming more sophisticated, but the strongholds that the enemy uses are deeply rooted in the actions of past generations.  We can’t go back too far before the influence of the secret societies becomes apparent.

The earliest recorded secret societies have roots in pre-history and reflect prehistoric fertility cults and the spirits of the dead.  They are known as 'chthonic' meaning 'under the earth' to distinguish them from the gods of ancient Greece and Rome.  Chthonic cults characteristically used arcane rituals, sacred spaces (caves) and shamanistic rituals such as ecstatic dance and psychedelia to commune with the other world.  Some of these practices were passed down to later secret societies.

There are many parallels between the ancient mysteries (Greece, Rome, Persia, Egypt and Babylon) and the secret societies.  Related to the ancient mystery cults of the Greeks was Mithraism - the worship of the god Mithras.  Originally a sun god from the Persian Pantheon, Mithras became very popular in the Roman Empire and the Mithraic religion flourished from the second century AD rivalling Christianity until the latter got the upper hand.  The Mithraic cult had many important parallels with modern secret societies such as the Freemasons.

Both the ancient mysteries and the later secret societies are idolatrous and worship Lucifer.  Manley P Hall, a 33rd degree Mason and undoubtedly the leading writer on Masonry in the 20th century, says this about each individual Mason in his book ‘Lost Keys of Freemasonry’:

The seething energies of Lucifer are in his hands and before he may step onwards and upwards he must prove his ability to properly apply (this) energy.

In the West, the rich variety of philosophy, religion and mysticism in the ancient world gave way to a much more uniform, monolithic arrangement in the post-Classical world, as a Christian orthodoxy took shape and the Church established itself, first as the religion of the Roman Empire and later as the unifying force of the Dark Age era.

It was in this era that the mysteries, Mithraism and Gnosticism were all suppressed and the exoteric forms of religion (those played out in the open, and publicly accessible to all) largely won out over esoteric forms - those hidden forms available to only a few.  But, as the mythologist Joseph Campbell explained in 'The Masks of God':

. . . the mysteries, like a secret stream, went underground.

Western Esoteric Tradition

The result of being driven underground was the creation of what scholars of the occult call the 'Western Esoteric Tradition.'  This is the chain of descent of mystical and magical knowledge from the Classical era down to the modern day, a span of around 1700 years.

During much of this period the Western tradition included knowledge that was considered dangerous, immoral and often illegal, so that those who followed this tradition had to be extremely careful.

Many of the best known societies today major on personal development, spiritual self-exploration, the study of mysticism and occult, and the establishment of a new world order/religion.

The more influential societies like the Freemasons, the Illuminati and the Rosicrucians are extremely influential and use legitimate power structures and leaders to implement their secret plans for a new world order/religion - Presidents, Prime Ministers, church leaders, government officials, oligarchs, bankers, etc.  These societies will continue to play a significant part in the on-going development of the New Spirituality.

Perennial Philosophy and Religious Pluralism

Many of today’s thinkers, including some within the liberal Emerging Church, have embraced the Perennial Philosophy.  This philosophical concept claims that each of the world’s religious traditions shares a single universal truth; that there exists a single divine foundation for all religious knowledge.  In other words an underground well feeds all religions irrespective of their cultural or historical context; each religion is simply a different interpretation of this knowledge.

Prince Charles believes that the Perennial Philosophy will restore the wisdom of ancient pagan religions to our spiritually starved world.  According to Dr Peter Jones in his book 'One or Two':

The worldview clash is clear - the revealed religion of the Bible against the occultist Perennial Philosophy of religious naturalism.  Biblical Two-ism clashes with esoteric spirituality, which claims both the democratic right to influence public policy and the ideological right to silence the traditional view as ‘hate speech.’

In primitive cultures, paganism has been practiced for millennia in its animist/spiritist forms.  Its more subtle but more virulent form is perhaps found in the US, where it has been spruced up and ingeniously promoted by intellectuals and civic leaders with a fully developed ideology for the global future.

Anti-Christian all-inclusive paganism

To save the planet, paganism must have full control and so it seeks to undermine Christianity.  Christianity as a social force is under attack and in decline.  Here in the West, we're no longer post-Christian, but anti-Christian and religious paganism which is basically idolatry (the worship of anything other than the true God) is rapidly filling the gap and ready to take political, social and religious power.

Pagans derive their name from those who worshipped the Gods of the 'pagus,' which means ‘locality’ in Latin - those who worshiped local gods.  According to Vivianne Crowley paganism has four core beliefs:

i    The divine has made itself manifest through many deities in different places and at different times.  No one deity can express the totality of the divine.  This is called polytheism.
ii   The divine is present in nature and in each one of us.  This is called pantheism - the divine is everywhere.
iii   The divine is represented as both female and male.  The two major aspects of the divine are the goddess and god, although the divine is beyond limitations of gender.
iv   The 'Pagan Ethic' (also called the Wiccan Rede) is followed: If it harm none, do what you will.  This means a pagan cannot cause harm to anyone or anything, including themselves.

In his book 'One or Two,' Dr Peter Jones says:

Neo-pagans are the darling of a variety of movements.  They lead the way in the ‘green’ movement, in systems of wealth distribution, in planetary programmes for social justice, in solutions to supposedly man-made global warming, in interfaith conferences, in the normalisation of all sexual expressions and in the promotion of globalist theories through the United Nations (UN).  Kernels of truth in these theories give politicians and power brokers an excuse to seize geopolitical power.

Massive economic, ethnic, religious and environmental problems not only create fear, but stimulate a search for global solutions and this is where the mystics and pagans come into their own.  Religious Pluralism becomes the way ahead. 

Religious Pluralism

Religious Pluralism is the philosophical concept that states that various world religions are formed by their distinctive historical and cultural contexts and thus there is no single, true religion.  There are only many equally valid religions.  Each religion is a direct result of humanity’s attempt to grasp and understand the incomprehensible divine reality.  Therefore, each religion can hold an authentic but ultimately inadequate concept of divine reality, producing a partial understanding of the universal truth, which requires syncretism to achieve a complete understanding as well as a path towards salvation or spiritual enlightenment.

Some within the liberal Emerging Church have embraced Religious Pluralism and are seeking to create a modified gospel as part of a pagan programme of spirituality, social justice and human unity.

Defining spirituality as a combination of social justice and mystical experience

The church meanwhile is criticised for having focussed on personal salvation at the expense of social justice.  Defining spirituality as a combination of social justice and mystical experience is the essence of the new religious paganism.  The ideology of the media and academia was, for a time, driven by anti-Christian secular humanism, but now it is mainly driven by anti-Christian all-inclusive paganism.  A pagan programme of mystical spirituality, social justice and world peace is being proposed as the answer to all man’s ills.

A number of significant people/events can be cited to illustrate this on-going development.  A key player was Aleister Crowley who developed the occult organisation know as the Order of the Golden Dawn.  He authored many books between 1911 and 1940.  He was a self confessed Satanist and sought a religion to replace Christianity.  Biographer Lawrence Sutin says that Crowley ‘anticipated the spread of Eastern spirituality in the West.’

Theosophical Society

One of the most influential figures in the evolving New Spirituality was Russian Helena Blavatsky (1831-1891).  Blavatsky claimed to have psychic abilities and connected esoteric spiritual knowledge with the new science of evolution.  James Herrick, in his chapter ‘Modern Shamanism’ in the book 'On Global Wizardry,' says that:

Blavatsky labelled Christianity and the biblical tradition a spiritual aberration that deviated from its ancient mystical and pantheistic sources.

She founded the Theosophical Society to promote esoteric teaching, religious philosophy and mysticism.  Theosophy holds that all religions are attempts by the Occult Brotherhood to help humanity in evolving to greater perfection, and that each religion therefore has a portion of the truth.  These teachings, which she called ‘The Ageless Wisdom’, had previously only been available to Secret Societies, but she obtained them from ‘enlightened mystics’ during her travels to Egypt and India.

The society’s magazine was called ‘Lucifer.’  Blavatsky in her book ‘The Secret Doctrine,’ said:

Satan and his rebellious host will thus prove to have become the direct Saviours and Creators of divine man . . . It is Satan who is the God of our planet and the only God.  Satan (or Lucifer) represents the Centrifugal Energy of the Universe, this ever-living symbol of self-sacrifice for the intellectual independence of humanity.

One of Blavatsky’s followers was Adolf Hitler, who kept a copy of her book ‘The Secret Doctrine’ at his bedside.  His anti-Semitism stemmed from her teaching.

Alice Bailey (1880-1949)

Alice Bailey joined the Theosophical Society in 1919.  She reportedly coined the phrase ‘New Age’ and through her occult Tibetan spirit guide, Djwal Khul, she said:

The New Age is upon us and we are witnessing the birth pangs of the new culture and the new civilisation.  This is now in progress.  That which is old and undesirable must go . . . The spirit has gone out of the old faiths and the true spiritual light is transferring itself into a new form which will manifest on earth eventually as the New World Religion.

We would suggest that this could also describe the spirit behind the apostate edge of the liberal Emerging Church and what it’s endeavouring to do.  Bailey’s ten point strategy was designed to set people free from what she called ‘Christian restrictions.’  We would suggest the liberal Emerging Church is trying to do something very similar today!

Bailey also said through her occult Tibetan spirit guide:

The day is dawning when all religions will be regarded as emanating from one great spiritual source; all will be seen as unitedly providing the one root out of which the universal world religion will inevitably emerge.  Then there will be neither Christian nor heathen, neither Jew nor Gentile, but simply one great body of believers, gathered out of all the current religions.

Bailey’s spirit guide communicated with her over a 30 year period (1919 to 1949) by means of telepathic communication resulting in her writing 19 books.

The Avatar

She encouraged her followers to prepare for the appearance of a world saviour, in the Aquarian Age (astrological age of enlightenment and peace) whom she referred to as ‘The Coming One.’  In Hinduism the Avatar referred to a descending deity.  She said that he would unite all mankind and would embody all the principles of occultism, chiefly the divinity and perfectibility of man.  This sounds very similar to the coming Antichrist!

The United Nations and the Lucis Trust

She received revelation from her spirit guide that the world would be saved through the United Nations.  She founded an organisation and publishing house known as the Lucis Trust.  This was originally called the Lucifer Trust.  It’s an offshoot of the Theosophical Society and has supervised the UN Meditation Room (see below) since 1952.  It aims to bring all religions and nations together under a one world government and religion.

Age of Aquarius

Freemason Foster Bailey, Alice Bailey’s husband, predicted that the Age of Aquarius would herald the ‘restoration of the mysteries.’  According to research by Nicholas Campion, most published material on the subject of the Age of Aquarius postulates that it started sometime in the 20th century.  Many of today’s astrologers believe that the Age of Aquarius has dawned.

Theosophical Society: a global organisation

The Theosophical Society is now active in over 50 countries.  Anyone can join the society providing they are quote: ‘seekers after truth!’  The aims of the society are:

i    To form a nucleus of the Universal Brotherhood of humanity without distinction of race, creed, sex, caste or colour
ii   To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy and science
iii  To investigate unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in man

Members, or former members, include:

Henry Wallace: Vice-President of the US
Carl Gustav Jung: founder of analytical psychology
Mahatma Gandhi: leader of India
Jawaharlal Nehru: first Prime Minister of India
George Lansbury: leader of British Labour party
Shirley MacLaine: film actress
Thomas Edison: inventor of the electric light
Lyman Frank Baum: author of The Wizard of Oz
Lewis Carroll: author of the Alice books
Gustav Mahler: symphonic composer
Jean Sibelius: Finnish musical composer
William Butler Yeats: Anglo-Irish poet and playwright
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: author of Sherlock Holmes
James Joyce: Irish novelist
D. H. Lawrence: English novelist
T. S. Eliot: poet and critic


This is more a philosophy than a religion which began in Alexandria around the first century AD.  It is a form of dualism which influenced the Knights Templar and the Freemasons.  At its heart is secret knowledge (the Greek word 'Gnosis' means knowledge).

It separates the non-material realm of light and goodness from the physical realm of darkness and evil.  Men and women are separated from 'god' who is seen as the non-material divine essence of pure light and spirit.

Each human being has a struggle against evil and for salvation by struggling to spark the divine essence within.  Some gnostics believe the physical world was created by an evil spirit and it inverts traditional Christian belief in creation whereby Jesus is seen as Lucifer and Yahweh the evil corrupter.

Some Gnostics believed that the divine spark was imprisoned in their physical body and this led to celibacy.  Some saw that the body could not affect the pure spirit within and therefore sanctioned total moral and sexual licence.  For this reason Gnosticism was vigorously persecuted and Gnostic beliefs became closely guarded secrets.


Gnosticism is the most effective and widely accepted form of pantheism.  It caused havoc in the early church (much of Paul and John’s writings counter this heresy) and is having a popular renaissance today.  According to Albert Pike (leading Freemason from 1859-1891 who wrote the Freemasonry manual ‘Morals and Dogma,' Gnosticism was an offshoot of Kabbalah.  In his book he says:

The Kabbalah is the key of the occult sciences; and the Gnostics were born of the Kabbalists.


In essence, Kabbalah was a version of the ancient mysteries designed to deceive the Jews.  Gnosticism similarly sought to lead Christians into deception.  Together, they composed a kind of occult parallel to the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.  This is what Pike said of Gnosticism in his book:

The Gnostics derived their leading doctrines and ideas from Plato and Philo, the Zend-avesta and the Kabbalah, and the Sacred books of India and Egypt; and thus introduced into the bosom of Christianity the cosmological and theosophical speculations, which had formed the larger portion of the ancient religions of the Orient, joined to those of the Egyptian, Greek and Jewish doctrines, which the New-Platonists had equally adopted in the Occident.

Nag Hammadi: 1945

Many of the Gnostic writings were rediscovered when a cache of ancient Gnostic texts from the second and third centuries was found in the Egyptian village of Nag Hammadi in 1945.  Versions of Gnostic Christianity are still practised today and Islamic Sufism and Jewish Kabbalism keep the Gnostic traditions alive.  Some versions of Gnosticism were significant in the development of secret societies such as the Manicheans, Bogomils and Cathars.  Gnosticism takes many forms but all are ultimately united in adoration of Satan and hatred for Jesus Christ.

These texts have given rise to questions about the foundations of Christianity and the identity of Jesus.  Gnostics claim the church stole the true identity of Jesus, whilst Christians believe the Gnostics have tried to reinvent Jesus as some kind of pagan prophet.  A growing number within the church including some within the liberal Emerging Church are now developing a composite Jesus with elements from both the Gnostic and biblical accounts.

Gnostic liturgies such as the Eucharistic prayer are found in the Gnostic Acts of Thomas, in which God is addressed as both Mother and Father.  Dave Doveton in his chapter on Gnosticism in the book 'On Global Wizardry,' says:

Marcus Borg describes the abandonment of a theistic worldview (in which God the Creator is distinct from his creation) in favour of a worldview in which nature is divine.

The goal of the Gnostic is to bypass the rational mind to achieve ‘enlightenment’ or ‘gnosis.’  Borg in his book 'Me and Jesus,' says:

Now I see that it is not a question of belief, and there is much that I do not believe.  I do not believe that Christianity is the only way of salvation, or that the Bible is the revealed will of God, or that Jesus is the unique son of God.

Dr Peter Jones in his book ‘Spirit Wars’ says:

I continued to note the striking parallels between the ancient heresy of Gnosticism and the spirituality of New Age thinking and the postmodern worldview.

The 60’s, Postmodernism and Eastern mysticism

Western society developed its love affair with Postmodernism and Eastern mysticism during the 1960s, following what some perceived as the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.  See Part 3 of this series for more on Postmodernism and Part 5 for more on Mysticism.

In one generation, according to Dr Peter Jones in his Book ‘One or Two’:

A culture largely defined in the public square by patriarchal, heterosexual and Judaeo-Christian presuppositions in the 60's has been replaced by an egalitarian, omnigendered, pansexual, multi-religious belief system which has turned our world upside down.

After centuries of a worldview that Jones calls biblical Two-ism (God is outside his creation), he says:

. . . the West is rushing headlong into the brave ’new’ world of pagan One-ism (God is the creation).

The Woodstock Music Festival

The Woodstock Music Festival held in 1969 was called ‘An Aquarian Faire’ by its founders.  It attracted the hippie subculture.  The sixties counter cultural revolution involving youth, music, sex and drugs was a spiritual movement.  Whilst Christianity was largely rejected, spirituality was not.  The keynote speaker was Swami Satchidananda, an Indian guru and popular Yoga expert.  He taught the vast audience to meditate and chant the Hindu mantra ‘Om.’


In 1951 the Witchcraft laws in England were repealed and since that time it has flourished.  Linda Harvey in her chapter on ‘The Global Mainstreaming of Witchcraft’ in the book 'On Global Wizardry,' says:

By 1986, three wiccan priestesses held faculty positions at Harvard Divinity School, which was founded in the seventeenth century to prepare men for Gospel ministry.  More recently the school sponsored a woman’s spirituality conference, where Protestant, Catholic, Evangelical, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim and Wiccan feminists contributed to the effort to recover the history of religion in American feminism.

She goes on to say:

An astonishing recent trend is the number of people who openly practice Witchcraft within Christian churches, often encountering little resistance.

A record number of (mostly American) witches and pagans attended the Parliament of the World Religions in Barcelona in 2004.  Ray Yungen in his book ‘A Time of Departing,’ says:

Once obscure and underground, Wicca is now on a roll.

Scott Cunningham’s book ‘Wicca for the Solitary Practitioner,’ has sold over 600,000 copies since 1988 and is now in its 37th printing.  Very few Christians are aware of this rapidly growing spiritual revolution.  Yungen goes on to say:

God’s people have been slow in responding to the shifts that occur in culture.  A consequence of this naivety is a growing spill-over effect from this phenomenon into the evangelical church, appealing to those who hunger for ways to walk closer with God.

The New Age Movement

The New Age is a Western spiritual movement that came to prominence in the latter half of the 20th century.  Alice Bailey, as we have already stated, reportedly coined the phrase ‘New Age.’  The origins of the movement can be found in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly through the works of esotericists like Blavatsky and Bailey.  They laid some of the basic philosophical principles that would influence the movement.

It holds to 'a holistic worldview,' emphasising that the mind, body and spirit are interrelated and that there is a form of Monism (the universe is really just one thing; there is one God with many religious manifestations) and unity throughout the universe.

The movement gained further momentum in the 1960s through the rise of metaphysics, self-help and motivational psychology, holistic health and the various Indian gurus who visited the West during that decade.  It also draws on ancient, Eastern and Western spiritual traditions.

Its aim is to create a spirituality that is inclusive and pluralistic (all religions are valid) and attempts to create a worldview that includes both science and spirituality.

The production of the musical 'Hair' in 1967 with its opening song 'Aquarius' and its memorable line 'This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius,' together with Shirley MacLaine's book 'Out on a Limb' published in 1983, raised public awareness of the New Age Movement.  Barbara Marx Hubbard, Marianne Williamson, Oprah Winfrey, Madonna and Deepak Chopra move the New Age forward today.

Whilst many believe that the New Age peaked by the 1990s and was no longer a serious threat to Christianity, in reality New Age teaching has continued to spread.  It's made significant inroads through mystical practices including yoga and technique driven meditation and Contemplative Prayer.  It's having a major impact on mainstream business, government, psychology, health care, religion, education, etc.  Twenty percent of Americans today are tied in to various forms of New Age spirituality with over twenty million practicing Yoga.  Paganism is now a respected academic discipline.

It’s widely reported that David Spangler the Director of the Planetary Initiative at the United Nations, and one of the founding fathers of the New Age Movement, has said:

Lucifer comes to give us the final . . . Luciferic initiation . . . that many people now and in the days ahead, will be facing - for it is an initiation into the New Age . . . No one will enter the New World Order unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer . . .

Being a hotchpotch of Eastern-influenced theologies and philosophies, the New Age is bound together by ‘universal tolerance’ and ‘moral relativism.’  It teaches that humans have evolved biologically and must now evolve spiritually.  Man is viewed as divine, and progressing toward a kind of 'godhood' or ‘Christ-consciousness.’  The New Age believes that we are living on the threshold of a great change in human consciousness which focussed on the date  21 December 2012 when they believe positive change took place.

New Age practices include Astral Projection (training your soul to have out-of-body experiences), Astrology, contacting spirit guides, Reflexology, T'ai chi ch'uan, Feng Shui, Tantra, Meditation, psychic energy (sometimes through Ley Lines), using crystals to purify your body and mind’s energy systems, paganism, goddess worship, vegetarianism, Sacred geometry, Kabbalah, Gnosticism, Witchcraft, Gaia hypothesis, technique driven Eastern Contemplative Prayer, Yoga, Reiki, Hypnosis, Therapeutic touch, Homeopathy and Acupuncture.

The Interfaith Movement

Interfaith dialogue in one sense is as old as the hills, but the Interfaith Movement we know today began in 1893 when the Parliament of World Religions was convened in Chicago, bringing together major world religions, including the Theosophical Society.

Interfaith dialogue referes to cooperative, constructive and positive interaction between people of different religious traditions/faiths and/or spiritual or humanistic beliefs at both the individual and institutional levels.  It is distinct from syncretism.  It involves local, regional, national and international initiatives.  Many are formally or informally linked and constitute larger networks or federations. 

The World Council of Churches was founded in 1948 and was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and influenced by the Masonic Lodge.  Its purpose was to create the right religious atmosphere for implementing a new world order.

The Second Vatican Council in 1962 was another key event.  Basil Pennington, a Catholic monk (he wrote the book ‘Finding Grace at the Centre’ with Thomas Keating - a book on Centering Prayer) urged the delegates to preserve and promote all that is good in other religions.

The Inter Faith Network for the UK was founded in 1987 to:

. . . promote good relations between people of different faiths in this country.  Its member organisations include representative bodies from the Baha'i; Buddhist; Christian; Hindu; Jain; Jewish; Muslim; Sikh; and Zoroastrian communities; national and local inter faith bodies; and academic institutions and educational bodies concerned with inter faith issues.

Pope John Paul II supported the interfaith movement and by 1993 when the Parliament of World Religions met, it attracted 5,500 religious leaders of every type and persuasion.  At their meeting it called for:

A common set of core values . . . found in the teachings of all religions.

Its report was drafted by a Catholic theologian Hans Küng and it also said:

Any form . . . of church conservatism is to be rejected . . . To put it bluntly: no regressive or repressive religion - whether Christian, Islamic, Jewish or of whatever provenance - has a long-term future . . . What we need is an ecumenical world order.

Other interfaith organisations include: Parliament of the Worlds Religions, International Interfaith Centre, Peace Council, Temple of Understanding, United Nations Spiritual Forum, World Faiths Development Dialogue, World Conference on Religion and Peace, World Congress of Faiths, etc.

One hundred and twenty different religions (including witchcraft) met at the 1993 Parliament of the World’s Religions, but interestingly, evangelical Christianity was not invited!  Jean Houston a New Age feminist guru is a board member of the Temple of Understanding which is connected to the Theosophical Society whose goal, as we have said, is the promotion of one world religion.

In July 2008 an historic interfaith diologue conference was initiated by King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to solve world problems through concord instead of conflict.  The conference was hosted by King Juan Carlos of Spain in Madrid and attended by religious leaders from all the major faiths.

In January 2009 the Dalai Lama inaugarated an interfaith 'World Religions-Dialogue and Symphony'  conference to explore ways to deal with the discord among major religions.  

United Nations/politicians

The creation of the United Nations gave secret societies and other organisations a focal point for rallying world religious leaders.  Following two world wars, the UN was presented as the only hope for peace and unity between nations and religions.  Many at the UN have predicted that the 21st century will be led more by issues of spirituality than materialism.  In line with this, political and economic leaders are drawing religious leaders into the debate at the global level.

Robert Muller (1923-2010) was a follower of Alice Bailey.  He is best known for his role as Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations.  However, it was his spirituality that led him to take on this job.  He was a leading ‘earth spiritualist’ and according to Peter Jones:

From his long held position of enormous authority and influence, he promoted as a model for the future planetary community the holistic worldviews of the Aztec, Mayan and Incan civilisations.

These civilisations worshipped the powers of the earth and their worldview included human sacrifice to placate their nature gods.

He was responsible not only for religion at the UN, but also for education.  He believed that the youth of the world needed to be re-educated, so he organised a campaign to eject the old style curriculum in the West which promoted national identity and Christian values, to be replaced with a new curriculum promoting world government and pantheistic religion.

The World Core Curriculum for education, which he wrote, includes many New Age religious ideas.  This has been endorsed by the UN and is currently being implemented by groups and individuals worldwide.  He was convinced that world unity could only be achieved if there was a one-world government and a one-world religion.

People with a similar worldview to Muller continue to dominate the thinking of UN bureaucrats and powerful Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) as they look for a Utopian Dream (the ideal society).  The World Council of Religious Leaders was established in 2002 and works with the UN.  It is a direct outcome of the Millennium World Peace Summit.  The Council is charged with being a strong resource for, and a collaborator with, the UN and other national and international organisations whose purposes include promoting peace, harmony, tolerance, and mutual respect among human beings and the evolution of world social and economic justice.

Bawa Jain, its founder, believes that religions need to accept the validity of all beliefs to attain world peace and that all religions and spiritualists, as well as assorted witch doctors, shamans and medicine men, draw their wisdom from the same source.  A shaman incidentally, through a state of trance acts as a medium between the visible world and the invisible spirit world, practising magic or sorcery for purposes of healing, divination, or control over natural events.  To some, the shaman is a model of spirituality in the 21st century.

He applauds efforts to outlaw proselytising (the making of converts) and believes that the way to usher in the peace of the New World Order is through religious universalism.

Mikhail Gorbachev is calling for a synthesis of Buddhism and Christianity:

In this new synthesis, we need democratic, Christian and Buddhist values as well, which affirm such moral principles as social responsibility and the sense of oneness with nature and each other.  The future should be built with these moral building blocks that are centuries old.

According to Gary Kah on His Hope For The World website:

(Gorbachev) came to the United States to establish the International Foundation for Socio-Economic and Political Studies, better known as The Gorbachev Foundation . . . Gorbachev is systematically unveiling his blueprint for a world government in the twenty-first century.  This blueprint, as we shall see, involves manipulating the earth's inhabitants into accepting a new world order in the name of saving the planet from environmental catastrophe.

In order to accomplish his goal, Gorbachev is calling for a global perestroika, a complete restructuring of our world and lives - including our economy, political system, and religious views.

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation promotes respect and understanding between the world’s religions through education and multi-faith action.  His foundation puts multi-faith at the heart of globalisation.  Tony Blair has worked with Bill Clinton and more recently with Rick Warren (Purpose Driven Church) – Warren’s known as ‘America’s pastor.’

The future

We’ve only given the briefest of headlines, but hopefully sufficient to demonstrate both religious, occult and political support for the coming one world religion of tolerance.  More and more organisations with links to the UN are being established.  More and more individuals are getting involved and as always secret societies are at work under the radar.

The goal of the emerging New Spirituality dovetails perfectly with biblical prophecy.

All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast - all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world (Rev 13:8).

Jesus warns us in Mathew’s Gospel that many false prophets will rise and lead many astray at the end of the age.  The good news is that Jesus is coming back soon as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!


2    History of the Emerging Church

Let’s move on to consider the Emerging Church.  Many believe that the Emerging Church began in the UK in 1986 with the emergence of the Nine O’clock Service at St Thomas’ Anglican Church in Sheffield.  Matthew Fox, known for Creation Spirituality, was a consultant to the leaders of the Nine O’clock Service.  See Part 5 on Mysticism for more on this.

Comments from various UK leaders on homosexuality, universalism and ‘cosmic child abuse’ all represent signs of emergence in the UK, but if we’re going to trace its history, it’s to Germany and to America that we need to turn and look at events much earlier than the Nine O’clock Service.

The issues we’ll look at are not necessarily in chronological order.  They sit within the broader context of the New Spirituality and therefore parallel some of the previous section of this report:

*    Humanistic infiltration
*    Biblical Criticism and loss of biblical inerrancy
*    Embracing Postmodernism and Eastern mysticism
*    Peter Drucker, Rick Warren and the Emerging Church
*    Leadership Network
*    A new Gospel

Humanistic infiltration

Paul Smith in his book 'New Evangelicalism,' argues that the liberal Emerging Church is rooted in the overthrow of the Christian worldview in America.

At a meeting held in a New York restaurant in 1905 a group of around 100 Marxist intellectuals committed to change the American culture from its Christian origins to a Humanistic worldview based on Marxism.  Their strategy was to infiltrate the learning centres, media, government and churches in America.  A quarter of a century later, they were in positions of leadership far and wide, including sadly, the church.

One of those who attended the meeting was John Dewey (1859-1952).  He was a humanist and the recognised father of education in America.  He promoted child-centred education.  His ideas were sown into the education system in America and elsewhere.

Smith, in his book 'New Evangelicalism,’ says:

Humanism . . . denies absolute truth and biblical values.  Thus there is no right or wrong . . . Public school literature now teaches children to become better citizens in a new world order.

Country, family and God are no longer goals to be achieved, but instead they are seen as causes for bigotry, narrow-mindedness, prejudice and intolerance.

The humanist teaches our children new thought patterns that meet the goals of the emerging elitist class who will equip society for global governance.

He goes on to say:

Humanism produces men who are convinced that they know what is best for mankind. This blindness comes from humanism's limited view which tries to explain the miracle of life and the universe apart from God and his inerrant revelation. The humanistic view of life motivates men who think they are the rightful rulers over the common people. They promote themselves as the knowledgeable elite - with all the right answers for a new world order necessary for the survival of humanity.

All the founding fathers of the liberal Emerging Church would have been educated in schools endorsing this humanistic agenda.

Biblical Criticism and loss of inerrancy

A second strand in the humanistic advance resulted from their infiltration of the church.  Building on a process that had already begun in Germany in the 1800’s, of applying humanistic thinking to the Bible (known as ‘higher criticism’), many Christians, intimidated by liberal theologians and intellectuals, began to lose confidence in the truths of the Bible.

By the 1920’s biblical fundamentalists (Christians who hold to orthodox beliefs) found themselves under full-scale attack from humanistic intellectual liberal theologians.  Fundamentalists believe the following:

*    The inerrancy of scripture (infallibility in the original language)
*    The virgin birth of Christ
*    Christ's substitutionary atonement (Jesus died in our place)
*    Christ's bodily resurrection
*    The authenticity of the miracles

Liberal theologians, who didn’t believe these things, were beginning to influence America's Bible colleges and mainline denominations.  Fundamentalism became a label to be avoided.  Liberals dismissed all Christians holding orthodox beliefs as naïve, puritanical and anti-intellectual.

Sadly, many Christians feeling under attack retreated into rationalism, legalism and created holy huddles.  Many Bible colleges began to drift away from believing that the Bible was God-breathed, infallible and authoritative.

Fuller Theological Seminary

One such Bible College to reorganise along these lines in 1962 was Fuller Theological Seminary.  The founder's son, Daniel Fuller, returned from a trip to Switzerland where he had been indoctrinated with Karl Barth's theology i.e., the Bible contains both revelational and non-revelational scripture.

In changing its statement of faith, Fuller Seminary helped spawn what has become known as 'new evangelicalism.'  It also became the nurturing place of the Postmodern church growth movement and the liberal Emerging Church movement.

It redefined missionary work, with man's social needs being placed above his spiritual needs.  Social reformation rather than spiritual reformation is a hallmark of Postmodern Emerging Church missiology and this is based in the humanistic assumption that man's basic need is material and secular rather than spiritual and eternal.

In 1971, theologian Wayne Grudem a leading contemporary evangelical Bible scholar and author decided to leave Fuller and in a one minute speech before seminary faculty and trustees, he said:

The cards are all stacked in the direction of further concessions and compromise . . . I have no choice but to leave.

The emphasis had moved to the corporate physical needs of society rather than the individual's need for salvation through Jesus.  Behaviour supercedes belief; deeds are more important than creeds and what the church does is superior to what the church believes.  When the fact and effect of personal sin is ignored whilst addressing the corporate sins of society, we see sociology, not the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Church growth programmes and mysticism

In denying the inerrancy of scripture Fuller Seminary had opened the door for a radical paradigm shift away from evangelicalism.  According to Smith, in recent years a more mystical approach has been adopted and elaborate church growth programmes have replaced the essential tenets of the Great Commission.

There’s nothing new under the sun and the apostate edge of the Emerging Church has simply taken up the liberals’ cause against Christians who hold to orthodox beliefs yet again.

There is however a difference this time.  The earlier liberals were considered to be stuffy theologians who wouldn’t have claimed to be evangelicals whilst the liberal leaders of the Emerging Church tend to be charismatic and articulate and still claim to be evangelicals.  This is why their deception is so dangerous.  In our view it could be argued that the earlier liberals had more integrity.

Embracing of Postmodernism and Eastern mysticism

The liberal leading edge of the Emerging Church bought into the Postmodern worldview hook, line and sinker.  See Part 3 of this series for more on Postmodernism.  It has also bought into Eastern mysticism and spirituality.  See Parts 5 of this series for more on Mysticism.

Peter Drucker, Rick Warren and the Emerging Church

A number of authors, including Paul Smith, highlight the link between a businessman Peter Drucker, Rick Warren (Purpose Driven Church) and the liberal Emerging Church.

Peter Drucker wrote on spiritual matters around the middle of the 20th century.  He drew heavily upon the understanding of the existentialist and philosopher Soren Kierkegaard and the pantheist (everything is God; nature and God are identical) mystic and philosopher Martin Buber. 

Drucker, by his own admission, was not a Christian.  He referred to himself as a social ecologist.  He had studied social and community theory at the Frankfurt School which was heavily inclined towards Marxism

In a perceptive article, ‘The Frankfurt School: Conspiracy to Corrupt,’ in order to weaken society to accept a socialist tyranny, one of the main ideas of the Frankfurt School was to exploit Freud’s idea of ‘pansexualism’ – the search for pleasure, the exploitation of the differences between the sexes, the overthrowing of traditional relationships between men and women. To further their aims they would deny the specific roles of father and mother, and wrest away from families their rights as primary educators of their children.  The School believed there were two types of revolution: (a) political and (b) cultural.  Cultural revolution demolishes from within.  ‘Modern forms of subjection are marked by mildness’.  They saw it as a long-term project and kept their sights clearly focused on the family, education, media, sex and popular culture.

He had, however, recognised the shift to Postmodernism.  In his book ‘Landmarks of Tomorrow,’ published in 1957, he said:

At some unmarked point during the last twenty years we imperceptibly moved out of the Modern Age and into a new, as yet nameless era.  Our view of the world (has) changed . . . There is a new spiritual centre to human existence.

When Drucker and Rick Warren met, Warren discovered a mentor who could help him grow his church and Drucker found a protege whom he could mould into a model leader who would propel the Purpose Driven mega-church movement forward.

Drucker's chief accomplishment was to blend social sciences with economic theory, creating a new view of the nature of man who he considered to be incomplete without 'community.'  From the mid-sixties onwards, he discovered that the mega-church would fit his model as the means of providing a healthy, socialised community.  Before that time he had no particular interest in churches of any kind.

The spiritual beliefs of the mega-church were not a concern to Drucker; he was intrigued with the concept from a sociological and economical point of view.  It simply had to meet the felt needs of the people attending, so the ambiance had to be seeker-friendly.

Drucker believed that the culture was seeking something new and rejected absolutism. The Postmodern culture would, he said, respond positively to a seeker friendly Postmodern church where the emphasis was no longer on Bible teaching.  Instead of teaching doctrine, he simply saw the new church model as a behavioural change agent.

Warren, the founding pastor of Saddleback Church, California, earned his doctor of ministry degree under C Peter Wagner at Fuller Seminary.  He credits the spectacular numerical growth of his church to his Purpose Driven model - the organisational and marketing strategy inspired by Peter Drucker.

When Warren and Drucker started implementing the model, Warren believed he was on the crest of the wave of a new reformation based on behaviour rather than beliefs.  His formerly traditional church was moulded to accommodate a Postmodern mindset and geared to reach a Postmodern culture.

The Purpose Driven model was essentially a business model, with wide appeal because of its common sense, seeker-friendly, soft-sell approach.  The model has been highly effective, integrating Drucker's systems theory into Postmodern church theology and practice worldwide.  The church, in the person of Warren, had opened the door to Postmodern humanistic management theory - what you did became more important than what you believed.  This incidentally, is a hallmark of the liberal Emerging Church.

In 2003, Warren gave the Emerging Church a major boost by endorsing and writing the foreword for Dan Kimball’s book, ‘The Emerging Church.’  In the foreword he says:

This book is a wonderful, detailed example of what a purpose-driven church can look like in a postmodern world . . . While my book, ‘The Purpose-Driven Church,’ explains what the church is called to do, Dan’s book explains how to do it.

Warren also joined forces with Leonard Sweet, a self-proclaimed Emergent and futurist, and an endorser of mysticism and New Age practices.  Sweet learned a great deal from who he calls ‘New Light Leaders’ –  mystics such as Matthew Fox.

Roger Oakland in his book ‘Faith Undone,’ says that Drucker also created the ‘Leader to Leader Institute,’ an inter-spiritual think tank which included Buddhist sympathisers, globalists, evangelicals and New Agers.

Leadership Network

Drucker also influenced another businessman, Bob Buford, who, with the help of Harold Myra and Paul Robbins of ‘Christianity Today,’ created Leadership Network in 1984 as a resource to help innovative and pioneering leaders to connect.  According to Oakland this was the catalyst that initially launched the Emerging Church.

Warren is also a long-standing supporter of Buford and Leadership Network.  Bill Hybels of Willow Creek also had connections with Leadership Network.  It is worth noting that Buford also saw the mega-church as an instrument for societal change.

The Zondervan Publishing House, which became the property of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation in 1988 (Warren claims to be Murdoch’s pastor), became aware of two youth workers Mike Yaconelli and Wayne Rice and their organisation 'Youth Specialties' and decided to make their books widely available.  It also published Warren’s book ‘Purpose-Driven Life.’  The influence of Warren cannot be overstated since he has sold over 30 million books, is the founder of a network straddling 162 nations and has trained over 400,000 ministers throughout the world.

Together with the publishing alliance of Jossey-Bass (Drucker was a board member) and Leadership Network, Zondervan has been the means whereby the message of the liberal Emerging Church has gained a worldwide circulation and influence in just a few short years.  According to Oakland in his book 'Faith Undone,'

There is little doubt that the emerging church movement would not be what it is today without the zeal, backing, and efforts of Leadership Network, Rupert Murdoch, Jossey-Bass, Youth Specialties, Willow Creek, Peter Drucker, Rick Warren, Zondervan publishing and the Lilly Endowment (who gave substantial grants to Youth Specialties).

Mark Driscoll, in discussing his former involvement with the liberal Emerging Church (see Video clip on his website) says:

In the mid-1990s I was part of what is now known as the Emerging Church and spent some time travelling the country to speak on the emerging church in the emerging culture on a team put together by Leadership Network called the Young Leader Network.

But, I eventually had to distance myself from the Emergent stream of the network because friends like Brian McLaren and Doug Pagitt began pushing a theological agenda that greatly troubled me.  Examples include referring to God as a chick, questioning God's sovereignty over and knowledge of the future, denial of the substitutionary atonement at the cross, a low view of Scripture, and denial of hell which is one hell of a mistake.

A new gospel

There’s no doubt that the liberal Emerging Church is reinventing the Gospel.  One emergent quoted in the book ‘An Emergent Manifesto Of Hope,’ says:

Is our religion the only one that understands the true meaning of life?  Or does God place his truth in others too? . . . The gospel is not our gospel, but the gospel of the kingdom of God, and what belongs to the kingdom of God cannot be hijacked by Christianity.

McLaren in ‘The Secret Message of Jesus,’ says:

What if Jesus’ secret message reveals a secret plan? . . . What if he didn't come to start a new religion – but rather came to start a political, social, religious, artistic, economic, intellectual, and spiritual revolution that would give birth to a new world?

How similar that sounds to Alice Bailey’s vision!  This is what happens when you deny that truth can be known with any certainty.  When you remove truth as revealed by the Bible you have nothing else to base it on other than your own imagination.  What a desparate state to find yourself in, but this is exactly where the liberal Emerging Church finds itself. 

The future

Since the liberal Emerging Church has joined the New Spirituality, its destiny will be the same.  Thank goodness Jesus is coming back!


3    The Faithful Bride

The Faithful Bride of Christ has been battered and bruised, but she has more than survived.  She is alive and well and eagerly awaiting Jesus’ return!  The themes we'll look at are:

*    Resisting the attack against Fundamentalism
*    Resisting Postmodernism and the heresy of the Emerging Church
*    Resisting the New Age, Interfaith and One World Religion
*    Enjoying the Lord’s provision
*    Responding to his call
*    Preparing as a bride for the return of Jesus

Resisting the attack on Fundamentalism

The Faithful Bride (remnant church) stands firm in the face of the attack on the Bible.  She refuses to be intimidated by so-called intellectual theologians.  She believes that the Bible is God-breathed, inspired, authoritative and contains God’s self-revelation.  She believes in the infallibility of the Bible in the original language, takes it at face value and believes it can be understood by everyone.

Resisting Postmodernism and the heresy of the Emerging Church

She refuses to bow down to Postmodernism and continues to hold to a Biblical Worldview.  Whilst wanting to be relevant to the Postmodern culture and to present the Gospel meaningfully, she refuses to compromise her message.  She speaks prophetically and calls the church to resist the deception fostered by the liberal Emerging Church.

Resisting the New Age, Interfaith and One World Religion

The Faithful Bride understands God’s hatred of idolatry and refuses to entertain pluralism and interfaith.  She does not believe that all roads lead to God.  To her this is a deception.  She knows from the Bible that Satan is dedicated to a one world religion at the end of the age and so she stands firmly against it - holding it back in order to use every opportunity to preach the gospel.  She recognises however that one day it will occur in light of biblical prophecy.

Enjoying the Lord’s provision

The Faithful Bride continues to enjoy the blessings of the Lord.  She resists self-induced Eastern mysticism whilst continuing to enjoy the genuine manifestations and outpourings of the Holy Spirit.  The Welsh Revivals, the greatest of which was in 1904, swept through the Welsh valleys and touched the world.  In 1906 the Holy Spirit fell on a group in Azusa Street, California and they started speaking in tongues.  The phenomenon spread and the Pentecostal movement was born!  God was restoring his gifts to the church.

After the Second World War, a healing revival broke out through the work of William Branham, and in the Isle of Lewis revival fell, under the ministry of Duncan Campbell.  In the late 60’s early 70’s the Faithful Bride experienced the Charismatic Renewal which swept through the mainstream denominations.

Then, in the late 1980’s, God took the prophetic nature of the church to a new level.  Remarkable prophetic ministry emanated from the Kansas City Fellowship.  While controversy raged, the prophets were receiving high level, accurate revelation from the Lord and experiencing signs and wonders.

A few years later the Toronto Blessing arrived and the Faithful Bride encountered God’s manifest presence in new ways.  People were set free, healed, delivered and released into uncontrollable laughter and joy – it was a season of divine chaos and the Bride will never be the same again.

Responding to his call

The Faithful Bride has continued to respond to the leading of the Lord.  During the past couple of centuries momentous breakthroughs have occurred in the political and social arenas, for example, through the work of Elizabeth Fry, William Wilberforce, Lord Shaftesbury and William Booth.

She has taken the Gospel to the far reaches of the earth.  William Carey took the Gospel to India, Hudson Taylor to China, and by the turn of the 20th century missionary societies were taking the Gospel to every continent.

Dwight Moody and Charles Finney brought hundreds of thousands to the Lord in the late 19th century.  John G Lake alone saw over a million saved in Africa.  The Jeffreys brothers and Smith Wigglesworth touched thousands through their evangelistic and healing ministries.

David Wilkerson and Jackie Pullinger brought drug addicts into the Kingdom, while Billy Graham and other crusade evangelists preached the Gospel.

Revivals broke out in Argentina (1948), Indonesia (1964), Bolivia (1972), Malaysia (1973), Cuba (1988), Columbia (1995) – the list goes on!  And in China today there are hundreds getting saved daily.

Roland and Heidi Baker are seeing miracles in Mozambique.  All over the world people are discovering the love of Jesus.  His church is alive and well, and growing at a phenomenal rate.  Where persecution rages the Faithful Bride is strong and makes a stand, proclaiming the truth of the Gospel.

The Faithful Bride is a prayer warrior.  Mike Bickle started IHOP (International House Of Prayer) in May 1999 and there has been 24/7 prayer and worship 365 days a year ever since.  The Faithful Bride is also a warrior bride and knows the power of spiritual warfare and of travailing prayer.  George Otis Jnr, Alistair Petrie and others have witnessed the power of intercession and prayer to see strongholds demolished, people saved and cities transformed.

The Faithful Bride longs to answer the prayer of Jesus, ‘that they may be one.’  She carries the presence of Jesus and takes signs of the Kingdom into every sphere of society.

Preparing as a Bride for the return of Jesus

Along with the waves of evangelism and revival over the last 100 or so years, the Faithful Bride sees with fresh eyes that her bridegroom King Jesus, will return for her, a pure and spotless bride.

And so she longs to make herself ready through service and holiness.  Amongst other things she believes:

i    That church buildings, meetings and programmes should not become an end in themselves – the church is basically people and the church should strive to be a ‘church without walls.’  She works against against creeping institutionalism.  Personalities and programmes should, in her view, never replace the manifest presence of God and she believes that the church should be welcoming and inviting.

ii   That church tradition and practice would benefit from a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.  She believes that questioning how we do and think about church is healthy, providing it’s done in the right spirit and whilst sticking close to the Scriptures.

For example, plurality of leadership (the priesthood of all believers), in her view, is a more biblical concept than the ‘one man ministry,’ which is the usual pattern found in most traditional churches.  She believes in the five-fold ministries, elders and deacons.

iii  In the need to adjust her practice in order to communicate the Gospel within each culture.  Missionaries in new cultures seek to contextualise the Gospel.  The apostle Paul did so as he travelled around the Mediterranean and Middle East (Acts 17).  She does not believe it is right or helpful to impose Western culture on non-Western societies.  However she stays true to the Scriptures and to the Gospel message.

iv  That the church needs to discover genuine relational unity (as opposed to ecumenical unity) and to build communities of faith where Christians are fully known and within which genuine discipleship can take place.

  That the church needs to live authentically.  To seek to experience more of the Holy Spirit, the unseen realm and the supernatural; to be called charismatic not simply because she’s identified with a particular movement, but because she moves in the gifts of the Spirit - healing the sick, raising the dead and casting out demons.

vi   That the church needs to compassionately engage with society - to take the presence of Jesus into every sphere of life and culture - education, arts, home, health-care, public-square, government, global institutions, law, media, etc.

She believes her calling is to fill the earth with the presence of Jesus, to make believers and disciples of all nations, to rediscover her prophetic voice and to involve herself in issues of social justice.

Personal salvation and holiness however, remain her priorities as she looks for the return of her Bridegroom King and the Millennial reign.

And each day she falls more and more in love with Jesus as he awakens bridal passion in her heart.  And in her heart she cries:

The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’
And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ (Rev 22:17)

For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths (2 Tim 4:3-4)

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