I am new here so I hope I am doing this right!
I spend a lot of time talking to people about the Lord, and have noticed that there are many teachings "out there" that are not the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sometimes I come across practices which give me a warning feeling inside me, even though on the surface they seem to be going good.
My Christian neighbour, for example, has recently sought help for arthritis through Reiki and claims to be feeling better since one session. I had visited her with some oil and we were going to pray together exactly for that problem. Interestingly, we never got around to it.
A brother sent me some info on Reiki and it has occult roots apparently, and some of the practices are incorporated into New Age teachings.
I have met quite a few new agers, who claim that "God is in everyone and our only hurdle in salvation terms is to recognize it. They do not believe in hell. They very often do not believe that Jesus death on the cross was of any benefit to us. They teach against plain salvation scriptures.
But more subtly, I am seeing charismatic people with good hearts getting sucked into these teachings, and believing that what they received from Jesus at conversion was already there anyway. I see this as very dangerous.
It seems as though there are people who have had genuine conversions and have therefore received the Holy Spirit, who then are attracted to New Age teachings, thinking that it is part of their growth process, and that they represent the spiritual truth.
It looks to me as though these people then rise to places of prominence in their gatherings, and then are looked upon as leaders. But they are leaders that are without any kind of restraint, being in an environment where others are not genuinely born again, and therefore cannot speak to them by the leading of the Holy Ghost.
It is hard at first to recognize the difference between someone who is simply immature, and who has not understood the nature of what has happened to them at conversion, as opposed to someone who has been converted, but then embraced "another gospel", such as new age.
It is also very time consuming trying to explain what that difference is.
Grateful of any comments!