If Jesus Were Here Today, Would He Be Considered “New Age” by the Modern Church?
As a spiritual leader and teacher, Jesus has had a profound impact on millions of people around the world for centuries. His message of love, compassion, and forgiveness has resonated with people of all faiths and backgrounds, and his teachings have been a source of inspiration and guidance for countless individuals.
But what if Jesus were alive today? How would he be perceived by the modern church, and would his teachings be considered “new age” or outside the mainstream?
To explore this question, let’s take a closer look at some of the key aspects of Jesus’ teachings and how they might be perceived in the modern world.
- Jesus’ emphasis on personal transformation and inner growth. One of the central themes of Jesus’ teachings was the importance of personal transformation and inner growth. He encouraged his followers to look within and seek to transform their lives from the inside out. In the Sermon on the Mount, he says, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). This suggests that Jesus saw true happiness and fulfillment as being a result of inner transformation, rather than external circumstances or achievements.
In the modern world, this emphasis on inner growth and transformation might be seen as “new age” or outside the mainstream. Many modern Christians tend to focus more on external forms of faith, such as attendance at church services or adherence to certain religious practices, rather than on inner transformation and spiritual growth.Jesus’ emphasis on love and compassion. Another key aspect of Jesus’ teachings was his emphasis on love and compassion.
He encouraged his followers to love their neighbors as themselves, and to treat others with kindness and compassion, regardless of their background or beliefs. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, he teaches that true love involves helping those in need, regardless of whether they are part of our “in group” or not (Luke 10:25-37).
Today, this emphasis on love and compassion might also be seen as “new age” or outside the mainstream. In some Christian circles, there is a focus on condemnation and judgment rather than on love and acceptance. This can create a divide between different groups within the church, rather than fostering a sense of unity and compassion.
Now, this emphasis on spiritual practices and inner connection with the Divine might also be seen as “new age” or outside the mainstream. Many modern Christians tend to focus more on external forms of faith, such as attendance at church services or adherence to certain religious practices, rather than on inner connection with the Divine.
- Jesus’ emphasis on universal spiritual truths. Finally, Jesus’ teachings were universal in nature, focusing on spiritual truths that were applicable to people of all faiths and backgrounds. He didn’t see himself as the founder of a new religion, but one who taught individuals how to bypass the corrupt religious institutions of their day and go directly to God.
While many are returning to a more ancient Christian spiritual practice as show by Jesus and the early Church, they are receiving much backlash from their more conservative brothers and sisters.
The Modern Evangelical Church’s Attack on Up-and-Coming Christian Spiritual Leaders: “Gaslighting” Them as New Age and “Occultist”
In recent years, there has been a growing trend within the evangelical church to attack up-and-coming Christian spiritual leaders who are seen as being outside the norm. These leaders are often accused of being “new age” or “occultist,” and their teachings and practices are vilified and rejected by those within the mainstream church.
This trend is particularly concerning because it is often characterized by what is known as “gaslighting,” a form of psychological manipulation in which the victim is made to doubt their own perception of reality. In the context of the church, this can take the form of spreading misinformation about an individual’s beliefs or practices, or making false claims about their teachings in order to discredit them.
One of the main reasons for this trend is the fear of change and the desire to maintain the status quo. Many traditional Christian leaders are resistant to new ideas and approaches to faith, and may see up-and-coming spiritual leaders as a threat to their own authority. Rather than engaging in respectful dialogue and dialogue, they may resort to tactics of fear and manipulation in order to silence and discredit these leaders.
This trend is harmful for a number of reasons. First, it stifles the growth and development of the church. By rejecting new ideas and approaches to faith, the church misses out on the opportunity to learn and grow. Second, it creates division and animosity within the church, rather than fostering unity and cooperation. It can have a damaging impact on the lives of up-and-coming spiritual leaders, who may be wrongly accused and ostracized by their peers.
Two Christian ministries who are seen as forerunners in the supernatural that have received much backlash are: Nico Morales of The School of the Mystics and TruthSeekah, a Christian inspired Hip Hop artist whose shares his testimony of being on both sides of the spirit realm. Nico Morales can be seen in videos on YouTube (Which we’ll Post Below) asking for angels to manifest, and they seem to do so – and on command! But many in the comment section of his videos (Including other Christian Evangelists and Leaders) ridicule and poke fun, denouncing friendship and encouraging other Christians to gang up and attack him.
TruthSeekah has written a book about his testimony how God saved him out of dark occultism, satanism and teaches other how to stay clear of such influences. Although the book has received many great reviews, some ministers have attacked it on their social media for using terms like Third Eye, Astral Travel and the likes. TruthSeekah posted on his Facebook page how he was invited onto Deliverance Minister Bob Larson‘s YouTube to share his testimony, only to have it backfire as an attack on his spiritual beliefs. We wrote about that video extensively here at Christian-Meditations.com.
In conclusion, the modern evangelical church’s attack on up-and-coming Christian spiritual leaders is a concerning trend that needs to be addressed. Rather than rejecting and vilifying those who are seen as being outside the norm, we should strive to create a culture of open-mindedness and respect, where new ideas and approaches to faith are welcomed and valued. By doing so, we can create a more united and dynamic church that is better equipped to serve and minister to the needs of the world.
Link To TruthSeekah’s Book Spirit Realm: Angels, Demons, Spirits and the Sovereignty of God (Foreword by Jordan Maxwell)
Video of TruthSeekah Speaking Up For Christians Being Called “New Age Christians”