Coming In His Name
by Susan Bertalotto
In Matthew 24:3-5 scripture says:
And as He [Jesus] sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
Today, there are many curricula, programs, books, and seminars that point to “christ”. Examples: A Course In Miracles, Conversations With God, Purpose Driven Life, etc. These “christs” are exalted by the world as the only way to experience happiness, contentment, a comfortable life, a life of real purpose. They are a substitute for the real Jesus Christ of the Bible and have no purpose other than to deceive many and lead them down the broad road to destruction.
Ray Yungen wrote a book entitled A Time of Departing (Lighthouse Trails Publishing, 2nd Edition 2006) which details how ancient mystical practices are being introduced into countless churches under the umbrella of the spiritual formation movement (back cover). On pages 119-120 and 127, Yungen writes about “Coming In His Name”. An except follows:
I have heard two interpretations of Jesus’ reply [in Matthew 24]. The first interpretation asserts varous individulas will claim to be the returning, incumbent Jesus Christ. The other view says a number of messiah figures will appear and gather followers to themselves in a similar fashion to cult leader Jim Jones or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, the guru leader who set up his idea of utopia in Oregon. I now believe neither of these interpretations encompass the bigger picture. It is in light of numerous New Age statements that Matthew 24 takes on new significance.
A basic tenet of New Age thinking is that of the Master Jesus. Adherents to this idea believe during the unrecorded period of His life, Jesus traveled to various occult centers and mystery schools in such places as Tibet, India, Persia, and Egypt; at these places this same Jesus learned the metaphysical secrets of the ages. Therefore, they claim this Jesus spent seventeen years of travel on a pilgrimage of higher consciousness. .According to this viewpoint, Jesus of Nazareth became the Master Jesus, one who allegedly gained mastery over the physical world by becoming one with his higher self.
This is how the New Age interprets the word Christ. The word comes from the Greek word kristos, which means the anointed. New Agers believe this means being anointed or in touch with the higher self or divine nature. In other words, to be anointed is to be enlightened.
Since New Agers believe Jesus was completely in tune with his higher self, this made him a Christ. It is, they believe, a state of awareness and a spiritual condition rather than a title. For that reason, any one who is in full attunement with his or her divine essence is also a Christ.
After reading innumerable such statements that promote this Christ consciousness, I took a closer look at Mathew 24:5. What I found astounded me! The Greek word for many in this verse is polus, which means a very great or sore number. The word may actually be saying that millions upon millions of people are going to claim deity for themselves. The Greek words for “come in my name” means they shall come claiming to represent what Jesus alone personifies by misusing His name and mistaking His true identity.
In summary, Matthew 24:5 is saying a great number of people will come claiming to represent what He (Jesus) represents but will be in fact deceiving people. In light of Jesus’ warning (“many will come in my name”), consider the following remarks taken from two New Age sources:
Jesus was one soul who reached the state of Christ Consciousness; there have been many others. He symbolized the blueprint we must follow…The way is open to everyone to become a Christ by achieving the Christ Consciousness through walking the same path He walked. He simply and beautifully demonstrated the pattern. 10 [Davis and Rice, Messiah and the Second Coming, op. cit., p. 49]
The significance of incarnation and resurrection is not that Jesus was a human like us but rather that we are gods like him — or at least have the potential to be. The significance of Jesus is not as a vehicle of salvation but as a model of perfection. 11 [John White, “Jesus, Evolution and the Future of Humanity” (Science of Mind magazine, Oct 1981), pp. 40-42.]
New Agers claim Jesus is a model of what the New Age or Aquarian person is to become. These statements could be called coming in His name or claiming to reprent what He represents
Some day, and it could be roon, the Lord will allow the man of lawlessness [antichrist] to emerge. In the mean time, the world is opening its arms to wholly embrace a spirituality that will exist under the umbrella of mysticism. The correlating theme will be — we are all One. When the man of lawlessness does rise to power with a one-world economy and political base, he will seduce many into searching for their own Christ consciousness rather than the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Many evangelicals call themselves “gods”, including those who adhere to the teachings of Creflo Dollar, Paula White, Larry Huch, Casey Treat, Kenneth Copeland and many more. It is now fashionable to call yourself “the son of God” because supposedly Jesus Christ is NOT the only Begotten Son of God. See video: Larry Huch and Paula White – Heretical Lies. Many Christians think they are separate from New Agers, but in fact they believe the same lies.
To read more of the book, A Time of Departing, please go to the Lighthouse Trails Publishing site.