I previously had mentioned the Wellness conference at Bill Johnson’s Bethel church in Redding, CA (held this last Saturday). I did take the time to listen to large parts of it and they did NOT talk about any of the alternate therapy techniques. The conference focused on healthy living and how what you eat and drink has different effects (both good and bad) on your body. So thankfully, they are NOT focused on teaching sound therapy or the rest.
So I am not sure what the “Certified Sound Therapy Practitioner” lady meant when she said that “she got most of her stuff from her time at Bethel Church in Redding”.
One of the arguments Christians give for saying these alternative therapies are good, is that the “church is simply taking back what the enemy stole from it”. But the more time you spend engaged with these new-age style things, the more they may change your view on the new-age itself. Here is an example of how Carla now views the New Age (see here for full context):
In 2012 & now, 2013, open your heart and mind that the Spirit of the Lord is working in all countries, cultures, movements, and people. It will not look like Brownsville, Toronto, or the Welsh Revivals. This is not that. Spirituality is increasing while not being limited or defined by acceptable Christianity. In fact, traditional thinking is the hindrance, as many insist it must happen their way and according to their charts and opinions.
Recognize that a global Spiritual Awakening is already happening and it will be largely outside the current church system. Give others the grace to mature as the Holy Spirit leads them. There are those who love Jesus who do not want to be part of church. We have been so insistent that people “accept” Jesus, that we have denied the greater truth, that He has already accepted them through His Blood. If He is truly the Savior of the world, then He is the One Who decides who is ‘saved’.
These thoughts lead into another contentious area, which involves the criticism and judgments against what some call the ‘New Age’ movement. Personally, I have zero background in New Age, and because of the prejudices taught to me, I could have and would have continued to harbor ill will and suspicion. The term, New Age, is a catch-all broad term with a broad brush. If you consider the 22,000 denominations and diverse beliefs in what we term Christianity, you get the picture. Then we understand that labels get us in trouble, because we put our spin on what they think they mean.
Label and Libel are close cousins, so let us stop abusing terms we don’t even understand. I am meeting many who call themselves, ‘Spirit-filled” Christian, who are now being led into ‘new age’ circles. Mainly because what they saw and what they wanted to learn was not acceptable or available in Christianity. Most of the wellness books, teachings, and healing modalities come under ‘New Age’, because they were rejected by Christians. Yet, many Christians are sick and dying within their belief systems, including prayer and healing in Jesus Name. Why? They’ve rejected alternative methods but accept medical practices and drugs that complicates their health issues.
Modern culture is big on tolerance and diversity, and generally doesn’t like people judging each other. This sounds quite compassionate and caring. Except that it blurs distinctions between what is right and what is wrong, what is good for us and what will hurt us.
The word sin simply means missing the mark. But to hit the mark takes more than just good intentions. It also takes discernment and a clear focus on where our aim should be pointed at, i.e., at God himself. God desires us to be like Him because that is what is good. He is love. But He is also righteous and a judge. And that appears to be something our culture (even our Christian culture) is increasingly having a hard time dealing with.