A new wave of spirituality has merged into Christianity over the last few years, and in reality has been in our midst longer than most of us realise. It is dangerous to say the least, is deceptive and has been unseen and undetected by many – far too many. But upon a little research, one will find that this new system of religion is really only new by name, but the practice is a very old, supernatural and satanic science that has been used to deceive humanity for many years, even centuries.
It has been Satan’s studied effort and plan over the entire Great Controversy to ensnare and then control the minds of people to his persuasion without their awareness. While he was defeated by the life of Christ on earth and His death on Calvary, he has since bent his energies to take down Jesus’ family, firstly His bride – the church – and His children, in any way he can. He has worked and experimented with all his conjured-up deceptions and methods to deceive, but as we come right down to the end of time, and Satan knows full well we are at the end of this world’s history, he will exercise all the last six odd thousand years of scheming and planning to deceive any and every one – even if possible the very elect. This will be so subtle, it will about parallel the truth, so much so that even the phrases and terminology will be so much like the true message – yes, a counterfeit of the highest order.
Will our church be exempt from all this dark, dangerous intrusion? Hardly. It has already had a foretaste of such deception and difficulty working through it. It was known as the Alpha of apostasy and our early founding members had to deal with it then of which Ellen White was one that we have record of, who was trying to work through the subtleties.
How did the church in that time see this danger? These quotes are not complete, but just to reveal how inspiration met the introduction of the Alpha.
“Be not deceived; many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. We have now before us the Alpha of this danger.”
~1 Selected Messages, page 197
“I am instructed to speak plainly. ‘Meet it,’ is the word spoken to me. ‘Meet it firmly, and without delay.’ … In the book Living Temple there is presented the Alpha of deadly heresies.”
~1 Selected Messages, page 200
Problems and Dangers
So if such a danger, then a fair question would be; what was the problem?
Drawing from the same source to at least give us a start to the teachings of this dangerous theory, “I knew that I must warn our brethren and sisters not to enter into controversy over the presence and personality of God. The statements made in Living Temple in regard to this point are incorrect. The scripture used to substantiate the doctrine there set forth, is scripture misapplied.”
~1 Selected Messages, p203
So we initially have a starting point, that this teaching was over the presence and personality of God. We will not go into intense research on the Alpha of apostasy, but sufficient to say Dr J H Kellogg had in his book, The Living Temple, the belief of pantheism and panentheism.
Pantheism is where God, or a group of gods, is identical with the whole natural world. Pantheism comes from the Greek roots of “belief that everything is a god.”
Panentheism holds that God is present in and throughout nature and humans, but also transcends them and is much greater than them. Basically Panentheism is a form of belief in a creator God, while Pantheism is not. Panentheism is fully compatible with traditional Christianity, Islam and Judaism, but Pantheism is not.
In short, it is a practice that brings God down to us, we dwell on His presence being in us and in everything around us. It takes away the personality from His majestic being and His dwelling place in the highest of heavens. This was not a doctrine that our church established as part of the founding message. It was a strange teaching that was needing to be met and dealt with firmly as a deadly heresy.
It was in 1904 when Ellen White brought a finality to the twenty years of pointed warnings and reproofs aimed at Dr J H Kellogg and other leaders of the remnant church who joined with him in the apostasy. This apostasy definitely included, but was not exclusive to, pantheism in the Living Temple which contained theories leading to false beliefs concerning the presence and nature of God. The acceptance of these theories by the supposed leaders of the church at that time in Battle Creek opened the door to satanic control of their minds.
“We need not the mysticism that is in this book. Those who entertain these sophistries will soon find themselves in a position where the enemy can talk with them, and lead them away from God. It is represented to me that the writer of this book is on a false track. He has lost sight of the distinguishing truths for this time. He knows not whither his steps are tending. The track of truth lies close beside the track of error, and both tracks may seem to be one to minds which are not worked by the Holy Spirit, and which, therefore, are not quick to discern the difference between truth and error.”
~1 Selected Messages, page 202
Because of the lack of space, and not wanting to take much time on the event that is in the past, we would still recommend a good study into the Alpha of apostasy. The Alpha is the beginning of the same alphabet that the Omega is at the end of. It is the same language, so, to understand the Alpha will form a good foundation to understand the Omega of apostasy.
On that note, we will look more at the Omega. Again, what is the nature of the Omega? To complete some of the quotes previously quoted. “Be not deceived; many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. We have now before us the alpha of this danger. The omega will be of a most startling nature.
~1 Selected Messages, page 197
“Living Temple contains the alpha of these theories. I knew that the omega would follow in a little while; and I trembled for our people.
~1 Selected Messages, page 203
If the messenger and co-founder of our message experienced the Alpha, worked through the issues and problems to prevent it from destroying the infant church in the 1800’s, and then said she trembled for our people as she saw the Omega coming, it must be of significant proportions. To see the Omega in its fullness, we need to take a look back in history.
Luther and Loyola
Martin Luther and Ignatius Loyola were contemporaries. Both were drawn to God and were convicted of sin and both sought to deal with the guilt of sin in their lives to relieve their consciences. Both were trying to find God and gain that victory. But they looked in different places in their search. Martin Luther turned to the Bible and found the God of creation, while Ignatius Loyola turned to the world of the spirits and believed he found the God of creation.
Martin Luther found the power of God through simple faith in the promises in the Bible. He found he must come as a babe and in humility, and give all to God as if in His presence as a friend. In all, he found the Bible an unerring standard of faith and doctrine for every true Christian containing all the needed instruction for salvation in Jesus Christ.
Ignatius Loyola on the other hand, chose to suppress his guilty conscience, refusing to think or deal with his sin and guilt. Instead of searching the Bible, he sought to follow through with the supernatural world. He desired to see God in everything, everywhere, all the time.
“Inigo (Ignatius), instead of feeling that his remorse was sent to drive him to the foot of the cross, persuaded himself that the inward reproaches proceeded not from God, but from the devil; and he resolved never more to think of his sins, to erase them from his memory, and bury then in eternal oblivion. Luther turned toward Christ, Loyola only fell upon himself. Visions came erelong to confirm Inigo in the convictions in which he had arrived. … Inigo did not seek truth in the Holy Scriptures but imagined in their place immediate communication with the world of spirits. Luther, on taking his doctors degree, had pledged his oath to Holy Scripture... Loyola, at this time, bound himself to dreams and visions; and chimerical apparitions became the principle of this life and his faith.
~D’Auburgine, History of the Reformation of the 16th Century
Help from Roman Catholicism
It didn’t take long for Loyola to long for these supernatural experiences, believing them to be evidence of God’s presence and power. As he became deceived, he turned to the writings of the Roman Catholic mystics and saints, longing for God to reveal Himself in everything, all the time. He desired God’s presence on his terms, and Satan made sure he would think he found Him. From these experiences, he was changed and for the rest of his life was sure God miraculously gave him the enlightenment of a lifetime in just a few moments.
The concept of God, as in Loyola’s mind in these mystical experiences, was that God was pantheistic in nature, His person being in the everything of His creation. He also developed what is called today Spiritual Exercises which are the text and foundation for today’s modern spiritual formation. From these spiritual exercises comes the most important practice of the ‘examen’, a daily practice of prayer and meditation essential to spiritual formation.
“The contemplative in action, according to St. Ignatius Loyola, not only contemplates the active world and sees wonderful things, but also sees in these wonderful things signs of God’s presence and activity. The contemplative in action is deeply aware of God’s presence even in the midst of a busy life; It is a stance of awareness – awareness of God.
“That leads us to a second goal; finding God in all things. By now you have seen how everything can be a way to experience God... In all things and in all people. We’ve talked about an easy way to jump-start that awareness to help you find God in everything – the ‘examen’. The contemplative in action seeks God and seeks to find him in action.
“That means that he or she sees the world in an incarnational way, a third definition. God dwells in real things, real places and real people. Not just ‘up there’ but ‘all around.’ …
“So tying it altogether, you could say this: Contemplatives in action seek to find God in all things by looking at the world in an incarnational way, and in their quest, they realise their desire of freedom and detachment, which helps them move even closer to God. That’s probably a fair summary of Ignatian spirituality.”
~James Martin, SJ, The Jesuit Guide to (Almost Everything), pages 391,392
The Jesuit Order
One may have to read that through twice to comprehend what is actually being portrayed, because with a quick read through, many subtleties could be missed and it be taken as okay, yet it is diametrically opposed when read and analysed carefully. Ignatius Loyola’s experience was mysticism and he taught all those enlisted in the Jesuit order, which he founded. In his book ‘The Jesuits’, Malachi Martin writes of Loyola’s passion for mysticism.
“Each companion in the Society (of Jesus) was burning and busy to find every trace of God and God’s handiwork throughout the cosmos where he, God the Workman, ‘dues faber’ of the medieval mystics, was ever at work creating.... Of course, I saw God at work in all things – vivifying, beautifying, freshening and quickening human beings and all of nature into life-nourishing cycles. Throughout, I thus saw God in all things.
“But more than that, I strove with my spirit and with my whole being to arrive at the summit of love where I could see all things in God, see them rather as manifestations of His power and beauty, as rays of light descending from the sun, as streams of water leaping from the spring well.
“Seeing all things in God with their being and their beauty, the scales would fall away from my flesh-bound eyes. Quietly, unresistingly, coherently all would be adsorbed in Him for me; and the dust and ashes of their mortality and of my own mortality would be consumed in the stainless lustre of His eternal existence and beauty.
“Ignatius Loyola presumed that every Jesuit would have this same perpetual preoccupation with finding God in all things.”
~Malachi Martin, The Jesuits, pages 206,207
The spiritual exercises of Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, is the foundation upon which the modern spiritual formation is built. The theology taught in all spiritual formation seminars is that of Ignatius Loyola. The language, the phrases, the terminology that describe the mission of the teaching are taken from these seminars and used right in the churches, and Seventh-day Adventist churches are not exempt from this training. It is the teaching and the language of none other than Roman Catholicism. The basics behind what is being taught in the very missions and institutes where Seventh-day Adventists have gone to learn spiritual formation is the theology of Loyola; pantheistic, mystical and Roman Catholic. It includes contemplative prayer, leading on into an altered state of conscientiousness believed to be the ‘presence of God’.
Spirit of Prophecy
Now coming back to the time of our founding members. What does inspiration say about the training of this order?
“At this time the order of the Jesuits was created, the most cruel, unscrupulous, and powerful of all the champions of popery. Cut off from earthly ties and human interests, dead to the claims of natural affection, reason and conscience wholly silenced, they knew no rule, no tie, but that of their order, and no duty but to extend its power. The gospel of Christ had enabled its adherents to meet danger and endure suffering, undismayed by cold, hunger, toil, and poverty, to uphold the banner of truth in face of the rack, the dungeon, and the stake. To combat these forces, Jesuitism inspired its followers with a fanaticism that enabled them to endure like dangers, and to oppose to the power of truth all the weapons of deception. There was no crime too great for them to commit, no deception too base for them to practice, no disguise too difficult for them to assume. Vowed to perpetual poverty and humility, it was their studied aim to secure wealth and power, to be devoted to the overthrow of Protestantism, and the re-establishment of the papal supremacy.
“When appearing as members of their order, they wore a garb of sanctity, visiting prisons and hospitals, ministering to the sick and the poor, professing to have renounced the world, and bearing the sacred name of Jesus, who went about doing good. But under this blameless exterior the most criminal and deadly purposes were often concealed. It was a fundamental principle of the order that the end justifies the means. By this code, lying, theft, perjury, assassination, were not only pardonable but commendable, when they served the interests of the church. Under various disguises the Jesuits worked their way into offices of state, climbing up to be the counselors of kings, and shaping the policy of nations. They became servants to act as spies upon their masters. They established colleges for the sons of princes and nobles, and schools for the common people; and the children of Protestant parents were drawn into an observance of popish rites. All the outward pomp and display of the Romish worship was brought to bear to confuse the mind and dazzle and captivate the imagination, and thus the liberty for which the fathers had toiled and bled was betrayed by the sons. The Jesuits rapidly spread themselves over Europe, and wherever they went, there followed a revival of popery.
“To give them greater power, a bull was issued re-establishing the inquisition. Notwithstanding the general abhorrence with which it was regarded, even in Catholic countries, this terrible tribunal was again set up by popish rulers, and atrocities too terrible to bear the light of day were repeated in its secret dungeons. In many countries, thousands upon thousands of the very flower of the nation, the purest and noblest, the most intellectual and highly educated, pious and devoted pastors, industrious and patriotic citizens, brilliant scholars, talented artists, skillful artisans, were slain or forced to flee to other lands.
“Such were the means which Rome had invoked to quench the light of the Reformation, to withdraw from men the Bible, and to restore the ignorance and superstition of the Dark Ages. But under God's blessing and the labours of those noble men whom He had raised up to succeed Luther, Protestantism was not overthrown. Not to the favour or arms of princes was it to owe its strength. The smallest countries, the humblest and least powerful nations, became its strongholds. It was little Geneva in the midst of mighty foes plotting her destruction; it was Holland on her sandbanks by the northern sea, wrestling against the tyranny of Spain, then the greatest and most opulent of kingdoms; it was bleak, sterile Sweden, that gained victories for the Reformation.”
~The Great Controversy pages 234-236
A Subtle Deception
Spiritual formation is a satanic deception, based upon Jesuit pantheistic spirituality. It is the primary subtle tool that Roman Catholicism will use to gain control of the whole world, while counteracting the worldwide mission of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Spiritual formation counterfeits the work of the Holy Spirit that directs our minds to the heavenly sanctuary. The great deception is that people are directed to believe they can come into God’s presence whenever they desire, communicating with Him through ‘centering’ and contemplative prayer, which brings them eventually into the mystical state of silence. Furthermore, they are taught the false pantheistic claim that Jesus, in His fullness, can be found in every human being and in all his creation, everywhere.
The spiritual experience of people who take this avenue, certainly are energised wanting to work for God. They feel God is leading them in every step, available to guide every step at every moment of time. They are definitely being led by a spirit, but the end-fruit indicates it is not the Holy Spirit of God.
As we close off, this editorial is only brief on the beginning of such a huge subject. You are strongly encouraged to get the material that exposes this error and study for yourselves. May this message not discourage, but help you to be aware of the subtle deceptions that would take many, even good upstanding God-fearing people down into perdition, to lose eternal life. The work of the church is to prepare a people to meet Jesus face-to-face, but along with that comes warnings and cautions. May we each one accept the warnings to bring us out of our ignorance, because believe me, the devil will want every one of us to stay in our ignorant state to be unprepared for the storm that is coming.
We close with these words of encouragement. “All the great truths of the Scriptures center in Christ; rightly understood, all lead to Him. Let Christ be presented as the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end, of the great plan of redemption. Present to the people such subjects as will strengthen their confidence in God and in His Word, and lead them to investigate its teachings for themselves. And as they go forward, step by step, in the study of the Bible, they will be better prepared to appreciate the beauty and harmony of its precious truths.”
~Review and Herald, June 13, 1912
Study based upon the opening chapter of ‘The Omega Rebellion’, by Rick Howard