How can Christians Witness to those in the New Age Movement?

I just came by  this article by Vincent McCann of spotlight ministries and thought I would post it here so more people could read it.

Source: http://www.spotlightministries.org.uk/nawitness.htm

Many have realised that science does not hold all of the answers to life, the universe, and everything, and so some are turning to the spiritual for more meaningful answers. Sadly though, many are looking in the wrong places and stumbling blindly into New Age philosophies. Christians, therefore, have both a responsibility and an opportunity to share their faith with those who are actually searching for spiritual wisdom and point them to Jesus Christ. Below are some brief tips and suggestions to help Christians share Christ with their New Age friends.

  • Because of the great diversity of beliefs in the New Age, don’t automatically assume that you know what the person believes. The best thing to do is simply ask them what they believe about a given subject. What may be true to one New Ager, may not be true for another!
  • Earn the right to be heard. Sadly, there are many Christians who are simply ill equipped to dialogue with New Ager’s. If a Christian says something which is not true of the New Age movement, the New Ager will tend to reject much of what is then said to them because they will have lost some respect for that Christian. If you are going to talk to those in the New Age movement – do your homework! Research what they believe. If you say something that they feel you have misunderstood them on, but it is actually accurate, be prepared to back it up with quotes from New Age leaders and authorities.
  • Stress the uniqueness of Christ. Most New Ager’s will admit to Christ being an ‘enlightened one’ of some description, but will deny His unique status as the only begotten Son of God and the only way of salvation.
  • Stress that humanity has a sin nature (Rom. 3:23). Most New Ager’s don’t think about the issue of sin at all because they feel that all they need to overcome problems is deeper meditation and to eventually realise one’s own divinity. Show them they are sinners in need of a Saviour coming from the ‘outside’, not man having the potential to save himself by releasing something hidden within himself.
  • Don’t ‘preach at them or talk down to them. Instead, make a statement in the form of a question. For example, instead of saying something like: “You New Ager’s believe in channeling demons”, instead say something like “Am I right in assuming that the New Age Movement believes in channeling spirits to give messages? How can we be sure that these spirits are really who they claim to be? Are you aware of what the Bible says about evil deceiving spirits?” Jesus Himself asked many questions to force people to think. Follow the example of Paul when he went preached at Athens in Acts Ch. 17. Even though he was “provoked within him as he was beholding the city full of idols” (v. 16), he did not go storming in and calling them a bunch of idol worshippers, or of the Devil etc., rather, he said: “Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects” He goes on to say that among their items of worship he saw a statue which said “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD” and used this as an opportunity to tell them about the God they can know. Modern New Ager’s are just like these ancient men of Athens. Verse 21 says: “Now all the Athenians and the strangers visiting there used to spend their time in nothing other than telling or hearing something new).” Indeed, those who frequent modern New Age fairs are exactly like the people of Athens in the first century. Like the apostle Paul, Christians can also take advantage of the spiritual hunger in the hearts of people, commend them for seeking spiritual things, but then point them to Jesus.

I will close this article with the following story which I thought was inspiring: I recently heard an interesting (and useful) story about a Christian who had a burden from the Lord to reach those in the New Age Movement, but did not really know where to begin. Each year one of the largest New Age events was held in his area. Praying for wisdom, this man went along and walked past the many stalls looking at the many curios gurus, books, and artifacts. Eventually, he asked a man who he thought the most spiritual person was who ever existed. The man replied with the name of some guru. After listening to the man the Christian said: “Now that you have told me about the most spiritual person you have known, can I tell you about the most spiritual Person I have met?” He then, of course, goes on to speak about the Lord Jesus Christ. Since those days, this Christian man has continued to go each year to this New Age event and take others along with him. Eventually, they even got their own stall and were able to distribute carefully designed Christian literature to reach New Age believers.

About Gaz Parker

I was born with the ability to see spirit entities. I learned to ignore them for most of my life but during 2004 I had a kind of spiritual awakening so i thought. For years I questioned it until I asked God to show me what this is. God showed me the truth and I realised these spirits are evil, they are demons. Jesus never left me, he love me and he loves you too. My audio testimony can be found here. Contact me here: newagedeception@gmail.com
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7 Responses to How can Christians Witness to those in the New Age Movement?

  1. Jeannie says:

    It is difficult to reach new agers for many reasons. I recently watched two current movies which were based around new age hippie types. It was funny, like a throw back to the 60’s peace, love and all that! However, in the end, the new age leaders were deceptive and currupt! It takes a while for the followers of new age to see the deception. If you dont really know the bible, you cannot witness to them! I like the story of the man that set up a booth to witness, that was smart, but I wonder how many people saw the light! Once you know the Bible, and have a personal relationship with Jesus, it is easy to see the lies, but while you are on the other end, you cannot see it. Satan keeps those people in deception for a reason. The reason is he does not want those people saved!

  2. Kimber says:

    As a former ‘new ager’ I can attest I would not listen/engage with Christians, Jesus was foreign and someone speaking about him was like a reading a story in German to someone who only speaks Japanese. As an outsider I looked at religion & the Bible with skepticism/cynicism… I only saw it’s outcome as creating controversy, conflicts, wars and blood shed. So I chalked it off as having any potential for truth and found myself off on a spiritual journey for truth which led into new age and over a decade in the quest for enlightenment. Long story short, towards the pinnacle of my becoming a new age teacher guru- certain experiences/observances led me to become suspicious ,question things and simultaneously my personal life (marriage and health) falling apart and thank God it was in my disillusionment that I started to separate myself from the new age community. New Age is like an octopus, you don’t get free in one shot, it’s a painstaking process of loosening the one sucker from the tip down to the base till you’ve untangled and released all eight of its arms. Since I very much believed in God, I decided to pray that if this Jesus figure was the real deal for God to reveal it to me… that’s when all kinds of amazing miracles took place that eventually led to my salvation and revealed new age for the counterfeit lie that it is.

  3. Paul Josepj says:

    New Age moment people are blinded but they are created by God Can use the Christian to witness to them and transform from the kingdom of darkness and death to the kingdom of light and eternal elevation of God.

  4. I found your article rather interesting. However as for one of your suggestions for christians to new agers ( I myself is somewhat of a new ager) when you state thatFor example, instead of saying something like: “You New Ager’s believe in channeling demons”, instead say something like “Am I right in assuming that the New Age Movement believes in channeling spirits to give messages? How can we be sure that these spirits are really who they claim to be? Are you aware of what the Bible says about evil deceiving spirits?” – why do you assume that the spirits one talks to is demons or evil spirits?

    I ask you when you pray to God or Jesus how do you know for a fact that you are praying to him or his son? How do you know its not satan or a demon?

    • Thiago says:

      You can always be sure because you call them by name. And God (The Father, Son, Holy Spirit) is sovereign over all created beings. So if in your heart and mind you are earnestly praying to God, He will receive your prayers. Satan can not hijack it or intercept it.

      “And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

      So calling upon the name of Jesus, you will receive Jesus.

      • Martha says:

        I feel sorry for you if you don’t believe in the story of Akiane Kramarik.
        Maybe God has to take you to Heaven to BELIEVE?

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