Deception within the church. The prosperity gospel and New Thought. Pt.2
Digging deeper into Mr. Quimby we find his connection to Mesmer, Scientology and ultimately Satan undeniable. Quimby is quoted “The beginning of the scientific man is to know that the natural man is nothing but ideas, like furniture; made from matter, having no value of himself, but is merely a medium for a higher wisdom.”
This doesn’t sound like the creation of God at all! The Ottoman Empire was not an army of fierce footstools. The Davenport’s down the street might be couch potatoes but come now! Humans are no more than mere furniture Mr. Quimby? I think not.
Psalm 139:14 “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
It is patently obvious that the Creator of the heavens and the earth has a different opinion of humanity. Genesis tells us that God himself blew the breath of life into mankind. The closest I can come to furniture might be the fact that there are some “rough edges” to people that need to be smoothed off.
Mr. Quimby continues, “Like every idea, this life is kept in existence, till it begins to act on its own account, according to the laws of life, under the principle of man’s belief.” I cannot find anywhere in his remarks that the “laws of life” are from God the Creator. What I do find are endless references to reliance on the teachings of Mesmer, self-awareness, and humanism.
I would ask Mr.Quimby to read 1 Corinthians 1:20 “Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”
Mr. Quimby claimed a form of Christianity and posed as a prophet of healing. His actual belief system was a form of Humanism and Mystical Illumination. This school of New Thought can be seen in the words of Plato, Socrates, Aristotle and a host of men titled as genius. Admitted by those in the New Thought movement is the fact “that people may not even know they are watching, hearing or learning a New Thought teaching.”
Quimby’s goal was to change the way people thought in order to change their lives. Once he found a person willing to pursue this thought process he would encourage them to “bring this back to your church”. This is the modern day false prophet. Paul addresses false prophets in 2nd Corinthians.
2 Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”
- 2Cor 11:14 And G2532 no marvel G2298; for G1063 Satan G4567 himself G846 is transformed G3345 into an angel G32 of light G5457.
- G2532 καί kai (kai’) conj. also, even, (continuation of thought)
- G2298 θαυμαστός thaumastos (thav-ma-stos’) adj. wondered at.
- G1063 γάρ gar (ğar’) conj. (properly) assigning a reason.
- G4567 Σατανᾶς Satanas (sa-ta-nas’) n/p. the Adversary-Accuser.
- G32 ἄγγελος aggelos (an’-ğe-los) n. a messenger.
- G5457 φῶς phos (fōs’) n. luminousness. rooted in G5316 φαίνω phaino (fai’-nō) v. make apparent and G5346 φημί phemi (fee-miy) v. to disclose or reveal one’s thoughts
The key word her is transformed: G3345 μετασχηματίζω metaschematizo (me-ta-schee-ma-tiy’-zō) v. to transfigure or disguise. This is rooted in the following words.
G3326 μετά meta (me-ta’) prep.
- (properly) with (denoting accompaniment).
- among, “amid” (local or causal).
G4976 σχῆμα schema (schee’-ma) n.
- external condition.
- to hold (such as possession, ability, continuity, relation, or condition).
Paul is addressing the false prophet in this section of Scripture. This verse specifically teaches the body of believers as to the depth of power Satan possesses. Assembling the phrase from the Greek is next.
“Even now do not be astonished, because Satan has taken hold the condition or state of being of the messenger. He wants you to possess the same state of mind he holds.”
The false prophets here were acting as preachers to gain wealth. They knew that Paul was being supplied food, funds and supplies to aid his journey. The false prophets saw this as an opportunity to capitalize on the generosity of the church. These shysters took the assets intended for kingdom work to pad their own wallets.
Today we see these same shysters, led by Satan, in the modern church. They spew lies about the intended message of the scriptures to spread a feel good gospel. They espouse this watered down gospel to free up the purse strings of the attendees.
Paul knew of this problem 2000 years ago because he had personally witnessed it in the Pharisees. The question at hand, can you see it? Is your understanding of scripture strong enough to hear the lies of the serpent? Satan has attached himself to many false prophets.
The New Thought, or Progressive Christianity, is said to have had 5 theological schools in the first century. Three of these schools refused to teach a literal interpretation of the Bible and as such considered it to solely metaphorical or allegorical. These schools relied on the teachings of the mysteries religions of polytheism.
Photo: Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (found on Youtube, Pinterest, Wikipedia and many sources)