2001-07-10 - Born-again Channelling
Jeremiah 14:14 "Then the Lord said to me, 'The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds.'"
In the Summer 2001 Gallup Management Journal there is an article about Americans and their belief in God. 94% of Americans said they believed in God in October 2000. In 1944 96% said they believed in God and so there has been little change. The most interesting part of the short article was the statistics gathered on those who claim to be born-again Christians. Here is what the article said:
"...orthodoxy is reflected in the steady belief-in-God numbers in the polls. Nevertheless, there is, among believers, a sometimes startling openness to unorthodox ideas and practices. In the polls from the mid-'90's, to cite just one example, 39% of Christians said they were born-again, and among those a fifth believed in reincarnation, a quarter in astrology, and 17% in channeling; 16% had consulted a fortuneteller. In the case of both astrology and channelling, more born-again Christians professed belief than those who were not born-again."
It is amazing that those who profess to be born-again Christians could believe these things. The percentages are much higher than I ever would have guessed. For a Christian to believe in salvation through the atonement of Christ and the shedding of His blood on our behalf and for our sin and yet believe in reincarnation makes no sense. The truth of the gospel screams that there is no reincarnation. "And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment." Hebrews 9:27
It is also very sad when more people who profess to be born-again believe in astrology and channelling than those who are not born-again. What is wrong in the church that our faith is so poorly understood by those who profess to believe in it? I confess that I really don't know, but I am sure that if those who profess to be born-again were reading their Bibles they would be unable to reconcile these unorthodox beliefs with the clear teaching of God's Word.
We really need to be found in God's Word. We not only need to be reading it and meditating on it, but we need to be memorizing it. We need to be hiding God's Word in our hearts. We need this so that we have a right understanding, personally, of God's Word, but also so that we can give true answers and perspectives when we have an opportunity to be heard. "My mouth will speak wisdom; and the meditation of my heart will be understanding." Psalm 49:3 The reason the Psalmist speaks wisdom is because he has meditated on truth and gained understanding from it. We should seek to do the same.
"Continual meditation on the Word is not ineffectual...God, by one and another promise, established our faith." John Calvin
"Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid." G. K. Chesterton
Soli Deo Gloria,