NEW AGE MOVEMENT
In the 1970’s the influence of all of the above-mentioned and other pantheistic societies came together to bring about what is now known as the New Age Movement. The expression East–West refers to the joining of Western occultism with Eastern mysticism.
With reference to the teachings of these societies, Albert Pike made the following statement July 14, 1889, to the twenty-three Supreme Councils of the World (His answer was recorded by A.C. De La Five in La Femme et L’Enfant dans la Franc–Maconnerie Universelle p. 588):
If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay (the God of the Christians) whose deeds prove his cruelty, perfidy, and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and his priests, calumniate him? Yes Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also God. For the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two Gods: darkness being necessary to light to serve as its foil as the pedestal is necessary to the statue, and brake to the locomotive. …Thus, the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy: and the true and pure philosophic religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but Lucifer, God of Light and Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil.
In Revelation 11, we find a prophecy about a Beast that comes out of the bottomless pit. Adventists have understood this to refer to the spiritualistic power that was behind the French revolution in 1789-
1799, which brought in the Reign of Terror in 1793, and which controlled the country for three and one half years. Nesta Webster, in her book Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, credits the secret societies, more specifically the Masonic lodge of Paris called Grand Orient, controlled by the Illuminist, as the primary force behind the rise of radicals, anarchy, philosophy, encyclopedists, atheism, and the French revolution.
Napoleon’s rise to power in France lessened control of the government by this spiritualistic power but its influence continued “underground,” and has grown worldwide in such movements as humanism, socialism, communism, etc. From the atheistic and spiritualistic movement of the French revolution sprang different organizations. Not all of them were atheistic; some were Deists, others were guided by ancient pagan doctrines somewhat similar to those taught by the modern Theosophy Society, which was started in New York in 1875. This society had great influence and ultimately helped usher in the New Age Movement, with all its mystical medical practices.
E.G. White frequently places the word spiritualism in conjunction with the word theosophy as she discussed this term. She wrote to a man entrapped in such:
There is danger in having the least connection with Theosophy, or Spiritualism. It is Spiritualism in essence, and will always lead in the same path as Spiritualism. These are the doctrines that seduce the people whom Christ has purchased with His own blood. You cannot break this spell. You have not yet broken it.
In the book Education, (by E.G. White), it is stated that the fundamental doctrinal teachings of:
Spiritualism asserts that men are unfallen demigods; that “each mind will judge itself;” that ”true knowledge places all men above the law;” that “all sins committed are innocent;” for “whatever is, is right,” and “God doth not condemn.”
We are admonished that the same spirit that prevailed leading into the French revolution of 1789 will return:
…the world wide dissemination of the teachings that led to the French revolution–all are tending to involve the whole world in a struggle similar to that which convulsed France.
The Theosophical Society was founded in 1875 by Helen Blavatsky and Henry Olcott. Mrs. Blavatsky stated that she came from Tibet where she said she had been initiated into esoteric doctrines.
Annie Besant, an English lady, was Blavatsky’s successor in leadership of the Theosophy Society. She, (Annie Besant), became Vice-President of Co-Masonry (In France women had been allowed to enter the Masonic Order in this branch called “Co-Masonry”). Mrs. Besant led the movement for three decades.
Figure 15. Graph of Secret Societies
Cardinal Caro Y. Rodriguez, Archbishop of Santiago, Chile, in exposing the Masonic Order, wrote:
Madame Blavatsky, the promoter or founder of Theosophy in Europe, was also a member of the Masonic Lodge; her successor, Annie Besant, President of the Theosophical Society in 1911 was Vice President and Great Teacher of the Supreme Council of the International of C0-Masonry—and among us, in our city the brother masons are the ones that contribute mostly to the spread of the Theosophical Society.
He summarized his comments on Co-Masonry as follows:
It is understood: The theosophical doctrines on the nature of God and the soul, are the same doctrines as taught in masonry, it is enough to read of the International Order of Co-Masonry–and among us, the books dealing with the history of Theosophy to see that each theosophical center is founded, almost without a doubt by members of the Lodge.
Nesta Webster, in Secret Societies and Subversive Movements, pp. 297-310, discusses the association of theosophy with the Grand Orient lodges of France.
The third leader in this movement was Alice Bailey who lived in the U.S. Under the guidance of a spirit guide (Djwhal Khul, also known as The Tibetan Master), she wrote more than twenty books
from messages channeled from this spirit guide and which have been the foundation and guide for the New Age movement. This movement is the major promoter of “mystical medicine” in the United States and around the world. It also has been very effective in drawing millions of people to the belief of theosophy.
Alice Bailey was closely connected to the Masonic Order. The following excerpt from her book The Externalization of the Hierarchy, states:
The Masonic Movement—it is the custodian of the law; it is the home of the mysteries and the seat of initiation. It holds in its symbolism the ritual of deity, and the way of salvation is pictorially preserved in its work.
Constance Cumbey, in her book The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, on p. 46, states that from her research she learned that the Theosophical Society, in 1875, received orders from “spirit messengers” that the organization was to remain secret for one hundred years. They worked quietly but were still able to spread their dogma to the world. In 1975 they went public with their presence and programs.