By Paul McGuire
Published June 7, 1989
“If you are in a coma and on a ventilator and your relatives are not readily available, the odds are that you will be an organ donor.”
- Paul A. Byrne and Paul M. Quay
“On Understanding Brain Death”
“With great advances in life-support technology and organ transplantation, the dead today do indeed have much ‘protein’ to offer us – in the form of their organs and body parts. We are the neo-cannibals.”
- Nobel Prize winner Carleton Gajdusek
It’s happening. Quietly. Slowly. Tragically. Human sacrifice is now becoming acceptable in America. The hapless, the hopeless, and the helpless are falling prey to the strong and powerful. It has taken decades for pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia forces to win victories based on such ridiculous logic. But, as C.S. Lewis said, New Age philosophy is “the attitude which the human mind naturally falls into when left to itself.”
Recently the news media documented the passing of Adolf Hitler’s 100th birthday. Much commotion was made about school children not knowing much about the Nazi tyrant, and about the awkwardness with which the German news media dealt with the centennial. One poll found that 46 percent of West Germans believe the Third Reich had some positive influences.1 Another documented that some of the youth in Germany feel Hitler couldn’t be all bad because “he arranged for merciful deaths for handicapped people.“2
In America, teachers and journalists are trying to make sure we never forget who Hitler was. It’s too bad they don’t remember themselves. Today Adolf Hitler and his followers are painted as “right-wing extremists.” (He emphatically stated he was a socialist, and named his party the National Socialist Party).3
But we need to find out how the evangelists of euthanasia today mimic the SS. What does Shirley McLaine have in common with Adolf Hitler? Consider the following news item, not reported by a right-to-life or church group, but straight off the pages of the Chicago Tribune, and later picked up by daily newspapers all over the country.
Four nursing aides, dubbed “The Angels of Death,” admitted to killing 48 elderly patients “out of pity,” beginning in 1983. As the deaths went undetected, they murdered more, “singling out patients who angered them or caused them the most work.” The aides killed many of their victims by pouring water down their noses.4
The New Age movement of today, the fascism of Nazi Germany, Darwin’s theory of evolution – and virtually every pagan society since Cain slew Abel – all have one thing in common: they deliberately seek the shedding of innocent blood. In Hitler’s day the idea was to create “the perfect race,” by subjectively ordering the world’s genes. New Age doctrine runs a parallel path today.
Each month the topics of euthanasia, doctor-assisted suicide, and the killing of people for their organs make the news more frequently. Each month our nation’s conscience is dulled. And each month human sacrifice becomes more acceptable.
In the same month of Hitler’s centennial and the emergence of the “Angels of Death,” Newsweek reported the story of an elderly lady sentenced to death. Her crime? Being dependant on medical technology. Carrie Coons, an 86-year-old New York resident, was hearty and independent until she suffered a stroke last October. She deteriorated into what her doctors labeled a “persistent, vegetative state.” Her chances of recovery were determined to be “nil.” A judge decided her condition to be “irreversible.” An order was signed. Her feeding tube was scheduled to be removed. Coons would have died had she not embarrassed her doctors by coming out of her coma just before the order was to take effect.5
The educators and journalists of today fail to remember that Adolf Hitler euthanized over 270,000 hospital patients because they were “useless eaters.“6 Whether it be Hitler’s fascism or today’s New Age movement, the goal is the same: eliminate the unfit and unproductive. Create a perfect race. It’s survival of the fittest.
Nazis in the Scrub Room?
But we really need to go deeper than just comparing today’s yuppies with yesterday’s Nazis. Materialistic yuppieism is just the surface of New Age hedonism. This is not to say that all New Agers are Nazis. The majority of New Agers push their agenda with motives that are paved with good intentions.
But there is a dark side to the lifestyles of the hip and outrageous. There are spiritual forces at work not recognized by most of us. The whole New Age movement gets its name from the idea that mankind is about to usher in a “new age” of history. Mankind is supposedly about to make an evolutionary “quantum leap” from homo sapien to homo noeticus. This “new race” will come about because people have learned to “get in touch with their real selves,” or experience “consciousness revolution.”
New Age prophets will tell you that the answer to the world’s problems is not found in looking to God, but in the prospects of the further evolution of man. Sure, they would say, man has made mistakes, but consciousness revolution will allow us to take a leap into a new, improved version of depravity! Those people who “get in touch with their higher selves” will surpass homo sapiens in evolutionary status. (“Holier than thou” takes on a whole new meaning!)
Homo noeticus will be a race of people who make this quantum leap. This change is said to be a “spiritual evolution” first, and later a biological one.7 In theory it will greatly increase man’s capabilities to confront and overcome the problems of survival, hence bringing mankind into a new age.
Should God allow New Age doctrine to run its course, the blame for Mother Earth’s problems would be laid at the feet of those who have not made this leap into New Age doctrine. A “cleansing action” will be required to remove the “unbelieving” from society so that this new race will be able to manifest its new nature and overcome its medical, environmental, economic and social problems.
Adolf Hitler’s ties to the occult are well documented.8 That they were what drove him to seek the extermination of the Jews and the establishment of his own world order is obvious to any student of such texts. But tyranny, greed, hatred, arrogance, and paganism are not limited to the 20th century. The Aztecs, the ancient cultures of Palestine, and the barbarians of pre-Christian Europe are only a few examples of societies which regularly practiced human sacrifice.
Just what is it? How could anyone really say that such an advanced society as ours would practice something so barbaric? Paul de Parrie and Mary Pride, in Unholy Sacrifices of the New Age, offer the following definition of human sacrifice: “The murder, torture, and/or cannibalism of an innocent person justified as beneficial for himself, for another person or for society.“9
Remember this definition. It will come in handy when we look more deeply at the impact of the New Age on medical ethics next month. Occultism, reincarnation, psychology, and most of all, the loss of moral absolutes and the doctrine of “living for yourself,” influence the values we place on human life today. Sadly, many people in the American medical profession, whom we once held in such high regard, are now the white-robed high priests of the New Age.
1 The Associated Press, April 20, l989.
2 Paul de Parrie and Mary Pride, Unholy Sacrifices of the New Age (Crossway Books, 1988), p. 81. (For those wanting more information on the lack of ethics in medicine, this is an excellent book.)
3 Paul Johnson, Modern Times (Harper and Row, 1983), p. 293.
4 The Spokesman Review (Washington: Spokane, April 16, 1989), reprinted from The Chicago Tribune.
5 “Whose Death Is It, Anyway?” Newsweek, April 24, l989, p. 69.
6 de Parrie and Pride, p. 60.
7 From an interview, The New Age Movement, “The John Ankerberg Show.”
8 See Jean-Michel Angebert, The Occult and the Third Reich (MacMillan Press, 1974); James Webb, The Occult Establishment. (These men were non-Christian historians who documented Hitler’s ties to the occult.)
9 de Parrie and Pride, p. 15.
Forerunner - Home » The Forerunner Newspaper » Occult and New Age
Your comments are welcome!
Special Two-Disc Set!
After 40 years of intense study and world-wide ministry, Dr. Francis Schaeffer completed his crowning work of scholarship – to present profound truths in simple film language. Dr. Schaeffer’s brilliant analysis of the past and predictions for current trends have proven so uncannily accurate that this amazing series still feels contemporary almost three decades after its initial release. Ultimately, Schaeffer concludes that man’s only hope is a return to God’s Biblical absolute, the truth revealed in Christ through the Scriptures.
Available for the first time on DVD, this documentary spectacular also includes intimate in-depth conversations with Francis and Edith Schaeffer. With the on-disc study guide, this presentation forms a unique course of comprehensive study. While this series forms an innovative analysis of the past, this outstanding work is more than history. Each episode focuses on a significant era, yet speaks clearly to 21st-century man with answers for modern problems.
$49.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
Who is the Real Jesus?
Ever since the dawn of modern rationalism, skeptics have sought to use textual criticism, archeology and historical reconstructions to uncover the “historical Jesus” — a wise teacher who said many wonderful things, but fulfilled no prophecies, performed no miracles and certainly did not rise from the dead in triumph over sin.
Over the past 100 years, however, startling discoveries in biblical archeology and scholarship have all but vanquished the faulty assumptions of these doubting modernists. Regrettably, these discoveries have often been ignored by the skeptics as well as by the popular media. As a result, the liberal view still holds sway in universities and impacts the culture and even much of the church.
The Real Jesus explodes the myths of these critics and the movies, books and television programs that have popularized their views. Presented in ten parts — perfect for individual, family and classroom study — viewers will be challenged to go deeper in their knowledge of Christ in order to be able to defend their faith and present the truth to a skeptical modern world – that the Jesus of the Gospels is the Jesus of history — “the same yesterday, today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). He is the real Jesus.
Speakers include: George Grant, Ted Baehr, Stephen Mansfield, Raymond Ortlund, Phil Kayser, David Lutzweiler, Jay Grimstead, J.P. Holding, and Eric Holmberg.
Ten parts, over two hours of instruction!
Running Time: 130 minutes
$19.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“When the lives of the unborn are snuffed out, they often feel pain, pain that is long and agonizing.” – President Ronald Reagan to National Religious Broadcasters Convention, January 1981
Ronald Reagan became convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream – a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.
The modern technology of real-time ultrasound now reveals the actual responses of a 12-week old fetus to being aborted. As the unborn child attempts to escape the abortionist’s suction curette, her motions can be seen to become desperately agitated and her heart rate doubles. Her mouth opens – as if to scream – but no sound can come out. Her scream doesn’t have to remain silent, however … not if you will become her voice. This newly re-mastered version features eight language tracks and two bonus videos.
“… a high technology “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” arousing public opinion just as Harriet Beecher Stowe’s 1852 antislavery novel ignited the abolitionist movement.” – Sen. Gordon Humphrey, Time Magazine
Languages: English, Spanish, French, South Korean, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Japanese
Running Time: 28 minutes
$17.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
“Give me liberty or give me death!”
Patrick Henry’s famous declaration not only helped launch the War for Independence, it also perfectly summarized the mindset that gave birth to, and sustained, the unprecedented experiment in Christian liberty that was America.
The freedom our Founders envisioned was not freedom from suffering, want, or hard work. Nor was it freedom to indulge every appetite or whim without restraint—that would merely be servitude to a different master. No, the Founders’ passion was to live free before God, unfettered by the chains of autocracy, shackles that slowly but inexorably bind men when the governments they fashion fail to recognize and uphold freedom’s singular, foundational truth: that all men are created in the image of God, and are thereby co-equally endowed with the right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
This presentation is a similar call, not to one but many. By reintroducing the principles of freedom that gave birth to America, it is our prayer that Jesus, the true and only ruler over the nations, will once again be our acknowledged Sovereign, that we may again know and exult in the great truth that “where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).
Welcome to the Second American Revolution!
This DVD features “Liberty: The Model of Christian Liberty” along with “Dawn’s Early Light: A Brief History of America’s Christian Foundations.” Bonus features include a humorous but instructive collection of campaign ads and Eric Holmberg’s controversial YouTube challenge concerning Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
$14.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)
High Quality Paperback — 40 pages of dynamite!
Revival, Resistance, Reformation, Revolution
An Introduction to the Doctrines of Interposition and Nullification
In 1776, a short time after the Declaration of Independence was adopted, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin were assigned to design an official seal for the United States of America. Their proposed motto was Rebellion to Tyrants is Obedience to God. America owes its existence to centuries of Christian political philosophy. Our nation provided a model for liberty copied by nations the world over.
By the 21st century, we need a “Puritan Storm” to sweep away the Hegelian notion that the state is “God walking on earth.” We need revival and reformation in full force to vanquish the problems that plague us as a nation — from government controlled healthcare — to abortion on demand — to same sex “marriage.” This booklet gives a primer on our founders’ Christian idea of government and examines how the doctrine of nullification was woven into the Constitution as a safeguard against federal tyranny. It concludes with the history and theology of civil resistance. A Second American Revolution is coming with the Word of God growing mightily and prevailing! (Acts 19:20).
$7.95 — ORDER NOW!(We accept all major credit cards and PayPal.)