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In the essay, "The Paganization of Biblical Studies," Dr. Peter Jones, Professor of New Testament at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, Calif., identifies liberalism and/or progressivism as a form of neo-Gnostic paganism, or mystical pantheism.
Occult Gnostic pantheism arose among certain Jews during the Babylonian exile, making Gnosticism grounded in 'Ageless Wisdom Teachings' from the time of Babylon.
Eventually, Gnostics developed Christian variations and then in the heart of Christendom, another version arose – 'Liberal or Modern Christianity.' Liberal Christianity took shape among medieval mystics such as Meister Eckhart (1260-1327). It was the basis for Renaissance occult science, occult philosophy such as Kabbalah and the Hermetic tradition; occult groups such as the Rosicrucian's; certain Radical Reformers (i.e., Kaspar von Schwenkfeld), Illumined Free Masonry, and the 'death of Christian God' movement. (1) It took form and quickly became a battering ram against the Bible in 19th century Germany.
Its first real manifestation was at the University in Tubingen where a Christian theologian named Ferdinand Baur (1792-1860) had formed a school of faux-theology for the purpose of raising questions about the Christian faith, a tactic designed to undermine and destroy its status as the fount of truth and moral law. (1) Among areas that came under attack was the person of Jesus Christ, the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo, the fall and nature of sin, the Authority of the Bible, the way of spiritual salvation, apostolic tradition and Church doctrine.
By far the most heretical and destructive incursion into Divine Truth was the Gnostic assertion of the immanence of God at the expense of His transcendence (separateness from His creation) so that the personal Creator becomes a pantheistic impersonal expression of an evolving cosmic process. (1)
More than two hundred years after its first appearance, todays fully developed Neo-Gnostic Progressive Liberal 'Christianity' and Woke Christianity are absorbing and radically reinventing and inverting the Bible. It begins by replacing the Genesis account ex nihilo with an inverted evolutionary cosmogony:
"At the outbreak of the modern era, the (gnostic) system of inverse biblical exegesis was once again activated." Ioan Couliano, "The Tree of Gnosis"
Peter Jones describes the destructive work of liberalism throughout its history as the importation into the church,
"...via the use of Christian terminology...the various historic expressions of pagan notions, in particular, the denial of God's transcendence. In this sense, the first "liberals" were the Gnostics. Certainly a form of Gnosticism, sometimes called proto-Gnosticism is behind the denial of the incarnation in the Johannine epistles, and of the resurrection in the early and later Paulines. Interestingly, the Liberals of the modern period have had a great admiration for the proto-Gnostics, in particular, Marcion. In A.D. 150, Marcion, a theologian from Pontus in Asia Minor, was excommunicated from the Church in Rome for heretical teaching. He dismissed God the Creator, the Old Testament, the Mosaic law, and three of the gospels. From the few epistles of Paul that he accepted, he expunged Old Testament quotations and claimed to worship the "alien god" behind the God of Scripture." (Dr. Peter Jones, 2007, truthxchange.com)
Dave Doveton, Canon theologian and Director of the Training Centre for Ministries and Community in the Anglican Diocese of Mauritius holds that the Gnostic temptation is at the root of every Christian error and heresy:
"In gnosis everything is the intellectual self-production of the individual. This is the real reason why the only authentically Christian heresy is gnosis: the pretension of a self-redemption of man who does not need the intervention of the Other of [One] on High, that is the intervention of God." (The Episcopal Church: the Way of Baalam: False Teachers and the re-appearance of ancient Gnostic beliefs, Dave Doveton, reviewed by David W. Virtue, Virtue Online, March 28, 2011)
The Catholic philosopher and historian, Thomas Molnar (1921–2010) concurs. He writes that the gnostic pagan temptation is never very far from a civilization organized by the Christian religion because what paganism and the occult promise is self-created, deified humanity whose soul is "no longer touched by God." (The Pagan Temptation, p. 3)
While secular pagan materialists still claim there is no living God "up above" (in the third heaven) and that matter or energy in motion is all there is, this view has already been eclipsed by occult pantheism and gnosis. The intellectual self-production of neo-Gnostics springing up within Woke Evangelicalism and with Hartford Seminary professor of liturgy worship and spirituality, Miriam Therese Winter, is rapidly filling the spiritual vacuum created by the nihilism of secular pagan materialism. Winter teaches:
"Our Mother who is within us we celebrate your many names. Your wisdom come. Your will be done, unfolding from the depths within us..." (Dave Doveton, virtueonline.org)
Within occult pantheist systems divine energy is present everywhere within nature and man and is therefore the divine spark in the minds of Gnostic pantheists. The 'mother' within is the divine spark that is itself an expression of divine oneness with reality – the universal divine energy (false god) represented by both female and male energies. These two major aspects of the divine universe are the goddess and god, even though the universal divine is androgynous.
Molnar writes that the idea of a "divine spark" (or Mother, deepest self, Christ consciousness, divine essence) within man or woman is the spontaneous bent,
"...of the archaic mind which predominated in most parts of the world and which threatens to prevail once more in our time the temptation. to identify God and self, to recognize in the soul a divine substance, indeed the seat of divinity." ("The Gnostic Tradition and Renaissance Occultism," Thomas Molnar, The Journal of Christian Reconstruction, Vol.1, No.2, 112, 1974)
Now that the supernatural Triune God 'up above' (in the third heaven) is dead in the hearts of millions of Westerners, man's mandate in the gnostic-pagan process of conscious evolution depends upon the initiative of man, said the mystical pantheist heretic Teilhard de Chardin. Christians should not fear the process of evolution (divine energy reaching into the psyches of the chosen) said Teilhard, because it only brings them inexorably into 'oneness' or 'convergence' with the impersonal, omni-gendered divine substance, Monad, Spirit or Universal Mind:
"Though frightened for a moment by evolution, the Christian now perceives that what it offers him is nothing but a magnificent means of feeling more at one with God...In a spiritually converging world, the "Christic" energy acquires an urgency and intensity of another order altogether." (Genesis, Creation, and Early Man, Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 590)
Doveton observes that the Gnostic pagan tendency places gnosis and/or inner knowing – intellectual pride, personal feelings and mystical experience – above clear scriptural teaching, and this tendency is behind the decisions of the Episcopal Church and other churches to permit the 'blessing' of same sex unions. In other words, gnosis overturns the pervasive,
"...absolute and strong biblical prohibition of same-gender sexual relations which has been interpreted as such and upheld by the church for two millennia..." (Ibid, virtueonline.org
Doveton summarizes the infiltration of Gnostic doctrine into the church thusly:
When Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio was effectively disinvited from delivering an inaugural prayer at President Obama's second inauguration and was replaced by 'gay affirming' Rev. Dr. Luis Leon, Dr. Albert Mohler noted that America has begun a new chapter in its downward spiraling moral revolution.
From now on said Mohler, if you believe in and teach God's Revelation and Christian truth you will be required to offer public repentance and evidence of having 'evolved' on the issue in question:
"This is what is now openly demanded of Christians today. If you want to avoid being thrown off the program, you had better learn to evolve fast, and repent in public." (The Giglio Imbroglio – the Public Inauguration of a New Moral McCarthyism, Albert Mohler, Jan. 10, 2013, AlbertMohler.com)
Dr. Jones warns that we are in the presence of a powerful pagan/Gnostic theological agenda, claiming to be spanking new, objective, scientific, and Christian but is in fact both Godless and as old as the hills:
"It is my belief that this trend in biblical studies is part of the setting in place of a pagan reconstruction of human culture for the planetary era. Gnosis in one form or another is expected to become the main expression of secular religion in the new millennium. In order to equip the Church for this new age, the scientific study of Gnosticism is vital." (The Paganization of Biblical Studies, Peter Jones)
1.From Old Gnosticism to New Age, Alan Morrison, SCP Journal, Vol. 28:4-29:1, 2005, p. 33
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Date: Wed May 18 2022
From: Vic Biorseth
This explains so much that is troubling.
The movement away from belief in and subservience to the transcendent God is recorded in historical words of the famous and the letters of the ordinary citizens of the world. Once upon a time no speech or letter, and often no paragraph, could be found without some reference or attribute given to the transcendent God. Today, He is seldom mentioned at all, even as an afterthought.
Whole books, movies, plays, songs, political campaigns, etc., are completed without one single mention of God at all. He isn't even an afterthought; He isn't thought about or recognized at all.
Only once He is mentioned does most anyone today even say a single word about Him.
He, or rather some imaginary representation of Him, has become an inner god, a part of man, rather than the trascendent Creator of everything real. It's why so many today don't want to (and perhaps cannot) discuss their religion in public, because their religion, they will have you know, is an intensely personal thing, and not public.
That, to me, is the giveaway. True religion is not supposed to be private, but public. It is something to be proud of, not something to be hidden away, as if you were ashamed of it. But that is what Christianity, writ large, has become today. Every man's personal and private - and unique - religion.
It provides a convenient mask for those who, 1, are embarrassed because cannot properly explain their personal religion, 2, those who have no religion but pretend that they do, and 3, those who oppose God and the one real religion but pretend that they do not. And, of course, the new Gnostics, many of whom may not even know what they are.
But the break with the one and only one transcendent, creator God is also a break with reality, and proper recognition of what is real.
It is not possible to not believe in God's ex nihilo creation of all of reality and still believe in all of reality as it was created by God.
You can look at the most popular "conservative" American radio talk-show hosts today for examples of the "best" of the practitioners of this new personal "secular" religion. Clay and Buck, Hannity, Kilmeade - you can probably name others. They are good enough on politics, although a bit light on the constitution as written, but, what about God? And, what about reality?
Hannity is a Catholic of the pick-and-choose cafeteria type, who doesn't hold with the Church because it has sinners in it, and who doesn't even consider Who founded it. His version is paramount, not God's; his religion is personal, not public, and not real. But all of them have broken with reality to some degree.
They don't recognize the humanity of the zygote, the embryo or the fetus, until some magical late point in pregnancy. At that variable point, they will declare "That's Life!", but not earlier. Why? The DNA says that it's human, and growth and development says that it is alive. It therefore has constitutional rights. That's reality. In fact, before conception, the sperm and the egg were both human and alive, or the pregnancy could not have occurred. That, too, is reality.
And yet, they, in their personal and private - not public - Gnostic inner-knowledge, believe that artificial contraception and limited abortion are somehow good and not bad for the human race. And quite acceptable behavior.
That kind of anti-reality thinking is what turned morality upside down today, and we find ourselves in a "Christian" culture in which sodomites are celebrated, and the only sexual sin recognized is any criticism whatsoever of sodomy. That criticism condemns the critic of homophobia, one of the many new invented phony mental disorders all related to championing and defending actual reality.
Can't have that.
Sodomy is now moral; condemning sodomy is now immoral.
Ask any conservative talk show host. They'll tell you. They "know".
That's what this intensely "personal relationship with god" and Gnostic inner-knowledge movement against our once very public Christian religion has brought us to.
If we don't return to being boldly and publicly Christian, we are toast.
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