False Christs are not only found in the church, they appear outside the church as well. To the Buddhists, Jesus is an enlightened soul; to the Hindus, Jesus is a guru; to the Jewish nation and to Muslims, He is a prophet.
To those in the New Age Movement practicing Christ Consciousness, Jesus is a guide, showing how them how one can experience God in themselves.
The Centre for Christ Consciousness describes Christ Consciousness as follows:
“a level of awareness where you no longer see error in any action that you do or in any other human being, but see only the beauty and perfection in all things. For the Christ Consciousness does not judge, does not criticize, coerce, tempt [,] does not condone, does not react negatively.”
This is obviously not true, as Scripture tells us many times that Jesus saw error and judged (Matthew 12:38-42; Matthew 16:23; Matthew 23:13, etc). In addition, by denying human error, Christ Consciousness teaching denies sin; therefore, it denies the need for judgment and the need for a Savior – ironically, Jesus Christ himself, who they claim to follow.
A woman wrote to New Age guru Deepak Chopra (who promotes this practice) about having attained Christ Consciousness through meditation. She claims she met a spiritual guide, and then had a conversation with a “light being” who told her repeatedly that she is “like Christ now”. She expressed concern that the light being’s message was blasphemy.
Chopra’s response: “In your spiritual experience I like the affirmation that your inner self and intentions are connected to all of Nature. It is that divine essence that is one with Christ Consciousness, the same essence that we all share, so you don’t need to feel blasphemous.”
“You don’t need to feel blasphemous”?!
This is complete blasphemy, nothing else. Never mind the New Age nonsense, this is akin to the false teaching of the Word of Faith movement. (Benny Hinn, Paul Crouch’ and Kenneth Copeland, Chopra is stealing your “little gods” false teaching, and you’re not making a dime off him!).
This article is good to read to familiarize yourself with New Age terms that have entered the church (does the Jesus Calling devotional ring a mystical bell?). In its comments section, the writers use Christian terms and language among New Age jargon and practices. It’s rather disturbing.
It may appear that it’s mostly unbelievers who gravitate to Christ Consciousness; however, recently, I’ve spoken with a lovely woman who said she knows Jesus, and that this Jesus of Christ Consciousness is the same Jesus as the one in the Bible. She added that her relationship with Him has in fact grown deeper. How heartbreaking. I find that many women who read books like Jesus Calling often mention how their “experiences” of Jesus have “grown deeper”. The enemy likes to hand out experiences in lieu of knowledge.
The Great White Throne Judgement will come when God renders His verdict–a sobering reminder of just how many people do not know our Lord Jesus Christ, both in and outside the church; Jesus says that one day, he will say to many people, “I never knew you, depart from me” (Matthew 7:23). Study the Scriptures to know who Jesus is, and stay away from the false Christs that Scripture warns about (Mark 13:22).
Soli Deo Gloria,