Isaiah 2:6 “Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.”
Replenished from the east. A perfect way to describe the global church. Eastern Mysticism has grabbed a hold of church pulpits around the world. This concept of pantheism, that everyone is a little god, runs the world. 7 billion gods, each with his or her own path to truth.
Christ tells us in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
That is in stark contrast to the prevailing post-modern message of our day, which oversees some 4,200 different religions globally. The global mantra, which crosses all religious barriers is, without a doubt, an adage from Satanist Aleister Crowley, “”Do what thou wilt,” shall be the whole of the law.”
In regards to the impact of eastern religions on the global community as a whole, we need only look to our local gym, and perhaps even, our doctor’s offices. Yoga, Biofeedback, Transcendental Meditation (TM), Acupuncture, Acupressure, and, yes, even Martial Arts- just some of the more mainstream elements of what has been introduced from the east (http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sociopolitica/sociopol_newage04.htm), as well as books like ‘The Secret’, concepts such as positive thinking/positive affirmations. Basically, the east has permeated every facet of our society with most bring brazenly unaware. While at the grocery store yesterday, I saw on the current cover of Time, the issue is fully devoted to “Alternative Medicine: Your Guide to Stress Relief, Healing, Nutrition, and More”. The front has pictures of a woman in a classic Chakra position (http://www.eclecticenergies.com/chakras/open.php), a picture of someone obviously getting acupuncture, some blueberries (a nod to the “health-and-wellness” movement all around us), and someone getting a massage. What was once considered practiced by only a fringe element of society is now being endorsed by Time, the Mayo Clinic, actually, by many in the medical community, etc. What was once sidelined by pragmatism has now been embraced by the mainstream and you are some kind of outcast if you don’t have a Yoga video. What we see in the “secular” world is entirely paralleled in today’s churches, with syncretism (swearing by the Lord and false gods) as the prevailing global religion. A practice forbidden by Old Testament prophets. Today’s churches encourage and host Yoga classes, contemplative prayer, soaking prayer, and spiritual formation (a “baptized” version of Transcendental Meditation), teaching pew-warmers to practice the silence and listen for the still, small voice of <g>od. Much like practitioners of eastern mysticism, they are set out to contact the divine in each of us based off of verses such as 1 Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” This is further demonstrated by Kenneth Copeland when he says, “You’re all God. You don’t have a God living in you; you are one! … When I read in the Bible where God tells Moses, ‘I AM,’ I say, ‘Yah, I am too!'”
It would seem, just as spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, the world over is “replenished from the east.” For this sin, this ecumenical accord with false prophets and pagan religions, God forsook the House of Jacob. You can be sure He will do no less today.
Zephaniah 1:4-6 “I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests; And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the Lord, and that swear by Malcham; And them that are turned back from the Lord; and those that have not sought the Lord, nor enquired for him.”
Deuteronomy 12:29-32 “When the LORD thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.” (This verse is a powerful and firm rebuke against those Christians who say they are partaking in the above named practices or well-known holidays such as X-mas, Ishtar (Easter), etc. and claim they are “doing it for Jesus”!)