|By Wes Clark
I've given a lot of thought to what a believer
should know regarding witnessing to New Agers, etc. and I keep coming
to the same basic conclusions. First and foremost, a believer can't reach
the lost unless they have something to reach them with - period.
I know I alluded to this before, but it's a pretty big deal. We
as believers simply can't lead (or even point) someone to Christ if we
don't know him ourselves. If you have been out in the world at all,
as I'm sure you have, then you know as well as I do that there are millions
of believers out there who have not one clue what they believe. Certainly
they came to Christ in childlike faith and they are as saved as you and
me, however salvation is only the starting line, and if we're going to
do like Paul says and run a good race, we've got to leave the starting
line sooner or later. There are millions of believers out there
who have never even cracked the cover of the book they supposedly base
their faith on. Many of them don't know if Romans is in the Old
testament or the New, and if they don't know that, then they sure don't
know who they are as believers, and THAT is why many believers are scared
of witnessing to others - someone might just ask them why they believe
what they claim to believe. Next thing they know, their house of
cards is somewhere down around their ankles - because they didn't have
an answer. That's why Paul tells us to "study to show ourselves
approved..." etc., so that we WILL have an answer. And having an
answer doesn't mean bombing them with a bunch of memorized scripture.
When it comes to the New Age, that's the quickest way in the world to
abort a potential opportunity to glorify God. We have to meet them
on their own turf because in spite of their self-proclaimed "love and
light" and "open-mindedness," they will never meet us on ours. If
we're going to lead these people to life more abundant and power
from on high, we're going to have to get out of the Temple and just go
That leads us right back to how are we going
to do it? We're going to do it with the Word and the power of the
Holy Spirit, wielded with the love of God in the renewed mind. That
means a couple of things:
It means many believers are going to crack the
cover of a book many of them will be seeing for the very first time.
And again, that doesn't mean memorizing words, but studying THE WORD -
knowing it, understanding it, and committing it to their hearts.
No one's taken their Bibles away (yet). They're lying around gathering
dust on the coffee table or in the closet. That which is contained between
the covers is all we need which pertains to life and godliness.
Let's break them bad boys out and see what's in there! OOPS! Now
we've just opened the door to some potentially violent opposition from
the Christian community. Knowledge is power and along with power
comes responsibility and accountability, and therein lies the rub.
On a psychological level, many believers feel if they can just do their
bit by turning up in church every Sunday for a couple hours, then everything's
just fine. Ignorance is bliss and as long as they "follow the rules,"
(i.e., legalism), they don't have to be accountable for anything.
Many will violently attack anyone who attempts to upset their "comfort
zone" and will only leave it kicking and screaming. Well, ignorance
is NOT bliss! For generations, we believers were able to get away
with this kind of stuff, but not anymore. Today we can see the lines
being drawn in the sand and sooner or later, we're going to have to make
a stand one way or another.
Personally, I have chosen Christ. Today
as end time prophecy begins to unfold, we believers are beginning to be
faced with things our parent's and grandparent's generation couldn't even
imagine! But we are going to see the Holy Spirit poured out like
they never saw also! As believers, we live in some exciting times,
but we're going to have to either do what we need to do to be more than
conquerors, or get run over. But that choice lies with us.
If we opt for Christ and make the Word of God
our standard, that will open us up for occasional persecution from organized
"religion." Persecution is certainly not a pleasant thing, especially
from people who should be backing us up, however Jesus was persecuted
by the folks who should have been backing him up, too, and if he was willing
to put up with it for our sake, then I think we should deal with it for
Now we're getting into the Word and getting a
clearer view of the bigger picture. We're becoming empowered.
We've seen what's available and we've gotten what's available. Now
what are we going to do with it? We're going to take it to the trenches
where the war is going on! Satan is an absolutely worthy adversary.
He and his minions are extremely powerful. Spiritual warfare is not a
game for spiritual lightweights and if we don't know what we are doing,
we're going to get creamed. That's of course where the Word of God
comes into play. We will stand more than conquerors, wielding the
Sword, which is the Word of God, and as I said before, we will wield that
Sword with the love of God in the renewed mind. And we will
defeat the enemy wherever they turn up, not by our own skill and cunning,
but by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us and through us.
We will be strong, water tight vessels by which the Holy Spirit will reach
out and touch someone! And we will do it with no fear! (Ref.
II Timothy 1:7)
How are we going to do these things? As I said before, we're NOT
going to do it by bombing people with memorized scripture. That's
for us. We can't appeal to someone's intellect until we've reached
their heart. And to reach their heart, we've got to love these people!
We must keep in mind that as weird and crazy as many of these people are,
they are not the enemy.
They are people who are manipulated by the enemy who need Christ. It's
been my observation that 90% of New Age adherents are casualties of organized
religion. They're not going to tolerate any more "religion," so
we're not going to give it to them. We are going to give them Christ
instead. It has also been my observation that only about 5% of the
New Age are the real movers and shakers, pushing Satan's evil New Age
agenda. The vast majority are basically good, decent people who
just want the truth. We are going to give them truth. In general
conversation, I seldom even mention the Bible, at least initially, although
everything I share with them is biblical truth.
They don't need to know that right away, and
if they did, chances are they'd shut me off. I want to reach their
heart. I want to plant seeds of truth as well as seeds of doubt
in their own belief systems. And I want them to trust me while I
do it. Once some of the lies are dispelled and truth is established,
THEN we can go see what the Word says.
Over the last couple of years of talking
with people, a general style has developed that others might use as a
model. When I find myself in conversation with someone, I'll bait
them with something relatively low level and if they take the bait, I'll
run with it. If not, I'll let it go.
Sometimes all you have to do is drop the bait and next thing you know,
they're pouring their heart out to you. There are some really hurting
people in the world and it becomes painfully evident once their "love
and light" facade comes down. Then, I just let the Spirit lead.
probably know yourself, real time conversations can move at what seems
like the speed of light, but the Spirit can move just as fast. Often,
the Spirit says, "Say this... Now tell him this..." and so on.
Sometimes the Spirit will even say "Shut up, this isn't the time."
Either way, the Spirit knows what He's doing. After the conversation,
you will often feel like you should have said this better or you shouldn't
have said that. Just ignore it. That's just the enemy doing
damage control by planting the seed of thought that you somehow failed.
One doesn't need to do things exactly the way I do them. The bottom
line however is, "let the Spirit lead." We have only one job, and
that is to plant and/or water. God will give the increase.
The lost are everywhere - therefore,
we will be like the minutemen of old, ready to swing into gear at a moments
notice, any time, any where. We will turn up at New Age conferences
and UFO conventions. I don't anticipate being asked to speak at
many of them, but we will accomplish more by quietly mingling, working
one on one. That's where things get done. When we are on the
road, we will go in groups of at least two or more. When Jesus sent
the 70 disciples, he sent them out in twos for a reason. There is
greater security in numbers, but it also works on a subconscious level.
One person is perceived as easy to "pick off," whereas two or more tends
to go a long way towards dispelling any potential violence or abuse.
It tends to keep things friendly. Also, while one believer is talking,
the other can be
providing intercessory prayer. Let's use all the resources we have
available to us.