I Agree 100%

March 3, 2010

With So Much Talk About “The Secret,” How Does This New Age Movement Line Up With The Word Of God?

By Kassandra Bragg

I’ve debated long and hard about posting this lense as I know the content is very controversial. However, the heretical statements made by “The Secret” teachers cannot go unchallanged. It is often said of opponents of “The Secret” and other Metaphysical teachings that we are negative people who don’t “get it.” I plan to prove the opposite is true. It is my moral obligation to speak up and speak out against this wave of New Age Metaphysical beliefs invading the Church.

 First off, I want to state that I’m sure people are getting “something” out of “The Secret” movie. “The Secret” does promote such concepts as gratitude and positive thinking. This is not surprising to me because this is how satan operates. 2 Corinthians Chapter 11 clearly states that satan and his messengers masquerade as Angels of Light (see verses 13-15), so of course it would “appear” to be a good thing on the surface. However, if you watch the movie and the Oprah episodes with a Spirit of Discernment, the  very opposite is true. In this article, I am going to go over serveral points and in the end, hope to show that it is impossible for “Born Again” Christians to participate in this New Age Mysticism and be right with God. Pretty big claim huh? Let’s Get Started!

Where Does Sin Fit In? 

The Bible Versus “The Secret” View On Sin, Heaven, & Hell

So what does sin have to do with anything? Well, seeing as there are over 1300 Scriptural References to sin I think it bears mentioning.

For starters, one of the main premises in the Secret is to go by your “feelings” and emotions. It says if you “feel good” then you’re on the right path, but if you “feel bad” then you’re going the wrong direction. This is in direct contradiction to Jer. 17:9 wich states that the heart (feelings) is deceitful and wicked and cannot be trusted. Read all Jeremiah 17 to get full context.

This “feel good” mentality makes no sense at all. Think about it, doesn’t ALL sin feel good? I mean, if sin felt bad WHO would do it? HA HA! Not only that, but one of their main examples of “The Secret” in action was of a gay man and a fornicator. I will not get into a debate on this here, just refer to The Word. 1 Cor. 6:9-10 says it clearly.

Also, in “the Secret Movie” Neal Donald Walsh said “God has no purpose for your life, it’s what you make it and you’ll never be judged for it, not now not ever.” This is in direct contradiction to the hundreds of scriptures refering to the final judgment. Romans 2:4-6 and thoughout the entire New Testament the Final Judgment is spoken of.

On a similar note, on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dr Michael Beckwith quoted whom he calls “Jesus, The Prophet” (this is what those who deny the Diety of Christ commonly refer to Him as)as saying “the Kingdom Of God is within” he apparently, didn’t read the Scripture in context. “The Kindom Of God” and Heaven are 2 separate things. Jesus is the Kingdon Of God. Specifically, The Body Of Christ; The Church. That’s why He said “The Kindom Of God Is At Hand” in Mark 1:14-16 Also, it is clearly noted throughout Scripture that Heaven & Hell are physical places as shown in the Book of Matthew. Heaven is where the Father resides. Also Heaven and Hell NOT our final resting place, but the New Earth & Lake Of Fire.

satan, “Accidents,” Stuggles, And Being “Anti” Anything 

What Does The Bible Say? Does It Contradict “The Secret?”

“The Secret” teachers make the claim that everything “bad” that happens to you is your own creation. Now, I am not denying that in SOME cases this is the case, but definately not most. Jesus said in Matthew 5:44-46 that God in HEAVEN (another reference to a physical place NOT just a state of mind FYI) makes it to rain and the sun to shine on the good and the evil. In other words, “Good things happen to bad people, and bad things happen to good people.” In the Book Of Ecclesiastes Solomon, states that “time & Chance” happens to all. In other words, “Stuff happens.” Futhermore, in The Book Of James he speaks about trials and difficulties you’ll face. Also Jesus states that we will be HATED for His namesake. Funny how “The Secret” teachers leave that part out.

Another important component that is left missing is the devil. You see we have a real advasary and they are playing right into his hands. The devil’s 2 biggest tricks are twisting the Word of God to make man the God, and convincing mankind he doesn’t exsist. He has definately succeeded with that with “The Secret.”

The Bible also teaches to “Fight The Good Fight Of Faith.” This is the part that irks me the most. They state that if you stand against injustice, you attact more of it. Tell that to the Civil Rights Activists, the Founding Father’s Of America, etc. If someone didn’t STAND UP and STAND AGAINST injustice, we wouldn’t be here right now, I know I certainly wouldn’t.

It really burned me up when they spoke about the War on Terrorism. Us sitting on our hands and being Pro Everybody else is exactly who thousands of Americans are dead today at the hands of terrorists! Because we did NOTHING. We didn’t protect ourselves. Mini personal vent for ya lol.

So What’s The Big Deal? 

Oprah stated on her show how God gave us all Free Will. This is true, however, we have free will to seek HIS will. To glorify Him with our lives. In my opinion, this movie is teaching people to trust in themselves and the “genie” of the Universe that is only there to serve them. This is not the Gospel. They have created an idol, an image of a God that doesn’t exsist.

The truth is, there’s a Heaven and a Hell, and no matter how much money you give, no matter how much you make (or don’t make), no matter how many charities you start, being a “Good Person” will not get you to Heaven. And since we’ll spend a lot more time dead than alive…(ponder that for a moment) I think it bears a little thinking about. The Bible is clear, you will not get to Heaven just because you said a prayer asking Jesus into your heart, you go to Church, and label yourself a Christian. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23 that not even one who professes to be a Christian will go to Heaven.

So what is the Will of The Father? We find it in the 10 commandments (I guess God didn’t understand “The Secret” since He gave us commands of what He DID NOT WANT Hmmmmm….I guess when Jesus confronted the Pharasies, when Paul wrote to the Churches, when Joshua marched around the wall of Jericho, I guess none of these guys knew “The Secret” yeah ok lol…back on topic)

So all of us can say we’re a Good Person right? I mean, we haven’t killed anybody or done anything really bad right? I mean compared to the really bad people, we’re not that bad. Well, by who’s standard will we be judged? In Proverbs 3:5-7 the Bible says to lean not on your own insight and understand but God’s (another “The Secret” contradiction) and HE will direct your paths (not you, HE will). So if we want to know if we are really good, we need to look to God and His Standards.
So How Good Are You And What Is God’s Standard? Click Here To Find Out

In Conclusion 

The Bible has prophesied about False Teachers and vain philosphies. This is why it is SO important, that if you call yourself a Christian, you READ YOUR BIBLE. I urge you, Read the Bible cover to cover. There’s a 90 day Bible (See links) that’s inexpensive. Get it, read the Word of God for yourself, pray daily, fight the good fight of Faith brothers and sisters. We are in a war zone here. We have a real enemy after our souls and these “teachers” are helping him populate Hell.

Again, I must reiterate, I am not against positive thinking. Quite the opposite. What I am against is satan and these “teachers” perverting the Word to suit their own purposes.

I pray that this lense wakes someone up. Feel free to post a comment in the guest book, good or bad.

God Bless You All,

Kassandra

Updates & Notes: 

*note: satan is spelled in small letters intentionally because he does not deserve the respect of capitalizing his name.

*update: It has been brought to my attention that Michael Beckwith said “Kingdom Of Heaven” not “Kingdom Of God”. Surely if you’re going to debate a Christian and you choose to quote the Bible, you should not mis-quote it! Even more reason to read your Bible’s Christians.

Helpful Links: 

These are links for Christians and others who’d like a Biblical Alternative To “The Secret” as well as other resources.
Bible Gateway
Instantly find scriptures several different translations.
Read The Bible In 90 Days
In Just 12 Pages A Day, you can read the Bible cover to cover!
Revolution In World Missions
Get your free copy of this book! This is a much needed book and truly golden. It has literally changed my perspective on many things and is timely especially in a time when our humanistic materialistic worldview has even sadly permeated the church. It’s free, no strings, and I don’t get paid to recommend it (not in this life anyway).
Are You A Loving Christian?
Jesus summed up the Law (summed up, NOT erradicated) in 2 commands, Love God with all you heart, and Love your neighbor as yourself. Are YOU loving your neighbor? Take the test and find out!
Way Of The Master
Share Your Faith To A Lost & Dying World.
Free Gift For All Visitors
So What’s All This God Stuff About Anyway?
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One Response to “I Agree 100%”

  1. thanks !! very helpful post!

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