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Linda Kimball, Monday, September 26, 2022
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, thus, is 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 Christianity.'
Liberal Christianity took shape among medieval mystics such as Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) and in the forms of Renaissance occult science, occult philosophy such as Kabbalah and the Hermetic tradition. It arose within occult groups such as the Rosicrucian's; certain Radical Reformers (i.e., Kaspar von Schwenkfeld) 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' is absorbing and radically reinventing and inverting the Bible. It begins by replacing the Genesis account ex nihilo with an inverted evolutionary cosmogony:
Peter Jones describes the destructive work of liberalism throughout its history as the importation into the church,
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:
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 such as 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:
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 the monistic Void or One Substance – 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, symbolized by the horned demon Baphomet, 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,
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 demonized mystical pantheist heretic Teilhard de Chardin. Christians (in every tradition) should not fear the process of evolution (divine energy reaching into the psyches of the chosen) because it only brings them inexorably into 'oneness' or 'convergence' with the impersonal, omni-gendered divine substance, Monad, Spirit or Universal Mind:
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 to permit the 'blessing' of same sex unions. In other words, gnosis overturns the pervasive,
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:
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:
First published in2018, this version has been updated 2022@Linda Kimball
1.From Old Gnosticism to New Age, Alan Morrison, SCP Journal, Vol. 28:4-29:1, 2005, p. 33
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