I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. (Galatians 5:16-17) This is a very personal story, about a very sensitive topic in Christian (and non-Christian) environments: intimacy and sexuality. It...Continue reading
Category: New Age
The Bible: A Black Box?
‘In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God’. (John 1: 1) It’s strange how God lets you remember conversations that in hindsight point you to Him. To see that He was there and then already at work in and for you! I vividly remember a situation, many years ago, when I was working in a team of 3 consultants, one of...
The Biggest Shock Ever
I often get questions about how my life was before I came to Christ. And about the difference between now and then. After I became a Christian, my whole life changed. Literally everything! I started to see my life in a different light. The light of a Holy God. It is important to understand that, while I was living from a New Age perspective, in my mind I wasn’t a...Continue reading
Walking with God – How it all started
It took a while for me to figure out how to relate with God, to be connected with God. ‘A while’ is an understatement. To be honest, it took me 52 years I was born into a Christian community, or at least I thought it was Christian. Looking back I now see it was a humanistic community with a touch of Christianity. We sometimes read the bible, we spoke about...Continue reading
How darkness creeps into church (3)
The New Age movement brought a tremendous amount of spiritual ideas and spirituality practices to our society. A lot of these practices became mainstream over the past decades. Have a look at the list of practices at the end of the article. How many of them have you read about? How many have you seen in friend’s houses? How many of them have used or practiced yourself or are used...Continue reading
How darkness creeps into church (2)
In my previous article I wrote about the reasons why it is important for a church to get to know more about New-Age, Post-Modern beliefs and ‘modern spirituality’. Different surveys show that no less than 30% of the American population hold (one or more) New Age beliefs. There are good reasons to believe that the numbers in Europe are more or less the same. In this article I will tell...Continue reading
How darkness creeps into church (1)
We are living in a society where Christian beliefs are rapidly declining. Our society is heavily influenced by the New Age movement and the post-modernist movement, both blooming in the second half of the 20th century. Followers of the New Age movement looked forward to a “New Age” of love and light, through personal transformation and healing. Followers of the Post-Modernist worldview were characterized by tendencies to self-referentiality, moral relativism...Continue reading