Evangelicals and New Agers
We want to call our readers' attention to a recent article by Constance Cumbey posted at www.newswithviews.com entitled "'The Family and its Hijacking of Evangelicalism: Part 1."
This is a must-read article from the Michigan attorney who first brought the "New Age Movement" to the attention of the evangelical world in the early 1980s in her landmark book The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow (Huntington House, 1983).
In this new article, Cumbey links New Age leaders with evangelical leaders in ways which have heretofore have been undisclosed. Based on the groundbreaking research on the evangelical secret society called "The Family" (or "The Fellowship") made public by Jeff Sharlet in his recently released book The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power, Cumbey connects the dots to the Institute of Noetic Sciences. And she adds important pieces to the perplexing puzzle of interconnections between key evangelical leaders and ranking New Agers.
This fraternization at the highest echelons has been an ongoing problem for decades.
This blog began nearly three years ago with a series of posts that began on September 20, 2005 reviewing several conferences sponsored by the Billy Graham Association in the late 1970s where key evangelical leaders absorbed the futurist ideals of Willis Harman, whose new-world-order and New Age credentials were impressive. Just what were these "respectable" evangelical leaders doing finding common ground with Harman's Luciferian worldview?
The interconnections continued. Warren Smith wrote a key article in the mid 1990s entitled "Evangelicals and New Agers Together," in which he detailed the working relationship between former U.N. Assistant Secretary-General Robert Muller and evangelical mission leader Jay Gary.
More recently, we noted the significance of Emergent Church leader Brian McLaren speaking at the World Future Society (with Jay Gary also on the program).
Cumbey's recent revelations of key associations add a disturbing new dimension to Sharlet's book, The Family. It is hard enough to grasp the staggering implications of Sharlet's book, but when she adds in the overlapping New Age personnel and agenda, the ramifications are shocking.
Sharlet's book is a must-read for those who want to study the historical roots of the marketplace transformation movement, which is an increasingly active offshoot of the New Apostolic Reformation. The book sheds considerable light on the interworkings behind the the current evangelical mania for leadership training, cell/hierarchical networking structures, covenants, warriors, worldviews, and Rick Warren's global dominionism efforts. Sharlet describes one secret society behind the emerging global framework of dominionism.
Sharlet's book is not for the faint-of-heart, yet much of it is understated. Anyone who has served in leadership in the Christian Right has eventually run into the power elite behind the scenes -- pulling strings, rearranging props, switching lights and changing the scenery for a utopic kingdom vision -- first for America, next for the world. Sharlet's book reveals a few of the men who are behind the curtain.
Knowing this information does not help true believers rest easy as we watch the gathering momentum for building the kingdom of God on earth.
"For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them." (2 Peter 2:21)