This new version, or form of spiritism is a very strange mixture. It is a concoction of Unity, New Thought, Christian Science, Theosophy, and some other things along with Spiritism. In this series of articles, I want us to first explore the origin of this particular blend. This "blend", (which has been revived as today's New Age/Astrotheology, with Jordan Maxwell, Acharya S., Michael Tsarion, and the Zeitgeist gang as disciples), the LLM believes, will ultimately become the end time delusion spoken of by the Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 . Then secondly, and far more important matter of the two, is what our weapons, as members of the Body of Christ, Ambassadors for Christ, of warfare and protection are against such things? We do, indeed, "wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12 .
As I began to prepare this series of article/messages on Spiritual Warfare, I wanted to focus on the one common denominator that runs trough all religion. And the fact that in order to be a truly successful Spiritual Warrior, the Ambassador for Christ would need to be able to, through prayer, hone in on it. That common denominator is that: you are a god. That each and every human is a god unto themselves. Well, here's a newsflash, YOU are NOT a god! This is truly what religion is really about. Let me point out immediately that it is ONLY by the Gospel of the Grace of God through the Faith in the LORD Jesus Christ that we can obtain Salvation; and it is THIS that is the opposite of all the worlds religions.
From the early 1900's through today, SO MANY of the American people have thus far proved exceedingly gullible, as can be proved by the number who have followed the self-appointed religious prophets and inspired writers such as, Joseph Smith into Mormonism, Mrs. Ellen White into Seventh Day Adventism, Mrs. Towne into New Thought, Mr. Fillmore into Unity, Mrs. Eddy into Christian Science, Madam Blavatsky into Theosophy, Pastor Russell and Judge Rutherford into Millennial Dawn and Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Fox Sisters and others into Spiritism, and a multitude of false prophets into Anglo Israelism, (which is also called British Israelism, which is the belief that people of Western European descent are also the direct lineal descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, and this ridiculousness is often accompanied by the belief that the British Royal Family is directly descended from the line of King David); then of course there are the Rosicrucians, Freemasonry, Christadelphians & Church of Christ, and a host of others. So, in spite of the fact that this is called a "Christian" nation and a land of Bibles, the American people have proved themselves easy victims for every Satanic counterfeit of True Biblical Christianity that has been propagated in the United States.
Now, when I look around today, I see that it is an odd new/old form of spiritism that is rearing its ugly head. We hear about ascended masters, with names like st. germaine, jesus the christ, and maitreya. We here about the dramatic increase of "alien" activity, that is associated with the ascended masters. There is the astar command. For those of you unfamiliar with this blasphemy, this is there self description from their website, "The Ashtar Command is the airborne division of the Great Brother/Sisterhood of Light, under the administrative direction of Commander Ashtar and the spiritual guidance of lord sananda, know to Earth as jesus, or the christ, our Commander-in-Chief. The current planetary christ is lord maitreya. Composed of millions of starships and personnel from many civilizations, we are here to assist Earth and humanity through the current cycle of planetary cleansing and polar realignment." There are many members of the Body of Christ who believe that this recent "alien" activity involvements are demonic and are another precursor to the end of this Age of Grace. Many also believe that the Coming World Leader may boast of an "alien connection." The Lion and Lamb Ministry agrees with this assessment.
This new version, or form of spiritism is a very strange mixture. It is a concoction of Unity, New Thought, Christian Science, Theosophy, and some other things along with Spiritism. Many of the adherents have forsaken Mrs. Eddy, Mr. Fillmore, and even Madam Blavatsky and Anna Besant, saying these religions were simply the steps, (degrees, if you will), to the high and perfect truth.
In this series of article/messages, I want us to first explore the origin of this particular blend. This "blend", (which has been revived as todays New Age/Astrotheology, with Jordan Maxwell, Acharya S., Michael Tsarion, and the Zeitgeist gang as disciples), the LLM believes, will ultimately become the end time delusion spoken of by the Apostle Paul in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 . Then secondly, and far more important matter of the two, is what our weapons, as members of the Body of Christ, Ambassadors for Christ, of warfare and protection are against such things? We do, indeed, "wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:12 .
The origin of the modern thought on ascended masters and the like comes from, are ya ready, the “I am” religion. Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Ballard. Mr. and Mrs. Ballard and their son, Donald Ballard, all out of Chicago, were regarded as the founders of the movement and the accredited messengers of Saint Germain. Saint Germain and Jesus, with others, as discussed above, are the ascended masters. Long before there was Benjamin Creme talking about the emergence of maitreya, there were the Ballards! So, it would behoove us to learn about this movement from the early 20th century, so that we can better understand it's workings today.
In the messages of the Ballards they implored “the mighty I am presence” to break down in America all opposition and resistance to their particular philosophy of life and defeat every stubborn will of every American citizen and bring them to the understanding of the “cosmic law” and the true source of life, love, health, prosperity and perfection. They claimed great loyalty to the United States, and in their literature they emphasize love for the country and urge their disciples to pray for the release of light in such a measure as to bring America into the knowledge of their philosophy of life, which will hasten the subjection of all people to the blessed truth concerning “the mighty I am presence”. I want you to note these words spoken by revelation to Ballard from “jesus the christ”, “When such great freedom is at your door, just for your acceptance and application, can you understand how great is our love and desire to fully enable you to grasp these simple majestic laws, that you may have the same freedom which we experience? However, this can only come through your joyful willing acceptance and application of this truth which we give.”
The Ballards and other “I am” messengers are dogmatic and positive in their statements that only those who embrace their “Light” philosophy can be assured of permanent success prosperity and happiness in things material as well as spiritual. However, one of the oddities I found in researching this, is that they did not like the word “spirit”. They prefer to use “mind”.
The “I am” philosophy, according to the Ballards, was the ultimate, the final and the perfect cosmic law that will bring all humanity through re-embodiments to perfection and ascension. Note what ascension and perfection mean to them, “All should understand, that when one has made his ascension, he becomes a wholly perfect being of such beauty and radiance that all who contact him, realize that he is superior in every way to all other beings. He is no longer subject to any of the limitations of the outer world, for he has the full use of the power of precipitation, can take his body anywhere he desires instantly, transcends time and space and is such an outpouring of light, love and peace, that all who contact, him know instantly that he is a god being manifesting marvelous perfection in every way.”
Now, the Ballards tought that Saint Germain was none other than Samuel the prophet priest and judge, who anointed King Saul and King David to be ruler of God’s nation. That when the early patriots of America hesitated to sign the Declaration of Independence, Saint Germain suddenly appeared in Independence Hall and told them not to fear Great Britain, that all was coming out well, for he as the “ascended master” had a special supervision over this country. Then, concerning their strange reincarnation doctrine, not only was Saint Germain here in one of his embodiments as Samuel, but he was also on earth at the time Jesus was here, that he and Jesus had many conferences together. According to their theories Saint Germain came back for a new incarnation and reached the state of perfection in the seventeenth century. According to the "I am" religion, one who reaches the state of perfection through the work of the “mighty I am presence” experiences ascension. At one point the Ballards declared that on Sunday, July 17, 1938, twenty five men and women were to reach the state of perfection and experience ascension. This was supposed to take place at Mount Teton, which is one of the earthly abodes of Saint Germain.
Concerning the Ballard family, Mr. Ballard was George Washington, Mrs. Ballard was Joan of Arc, and Donald Ballard was Lafayette. Even more than that, before Mr. Ballard was here as George Washington he was that centurion of great faith mentioned in Matthew 8 and Luke 7 . You can't make this stuff up folks!
Right here we quote concerning the doctrine of reincarnation two paragraphs from “The Voice of the I am” magazine from February, 1937, "“The ascended master is as far above a disembodied individual as light is above darkness. The ascended master is the conqueror over so called death, while the one who has passed through death has failed to hold the mastery or control of its substance and energy Therefore, he must return in another baby body grow up and try again to attain his victory, by keeping his physical body harmonious long enough for his presence to release through it the full power of light and love, and thus expand the perfection of itself, which is the ascended master’s victory, the ascension. This is the only means by which you can become free from the wheel of birth and rebirth, free from the hundreds and perhaps thousands of embodiments in which you have lived. Any one who thinks it is not necessary or imperative to use the violet consuming flame will find his great mistake, too late. There is no human being on earth that is an exception to this mighty law.” Here you will note that in this religious system some individuals must experience thousands of embodiments before they are made perfect.
Before we go further into the teachings of Mr. Ballard and his associates we quote from this same edition of “The Voice of the I am”, “This magazine is not an outlet for articles from the students, but is the outpouring of the help from the ascended masters and has no human concepts in it.” Here you will note that the messengers of the “I am” movement state in no uncertain terms that their written articles have in them no human concepts. We accept this as their own acknowledgment, and then we make this statement: Every true Child of God believes that the Bible is God’s inspired Word, and that every Divine concept which the true God has revealed to man is in God's Word, The Bible. As every strange doctrine taught by the “I am” messengers is unscriptural, we dogmatically, un-hesitantly and positively state that there is not one Divine concept in any of the writings of the Ballards or their associates, or in the present day revival of this blasphemy.
Inasmuch as the “I am” messengers did not, and in their present form do not, believe that there are human concepts in their writings and we shall prove that everything that they teach is contrary to the sound doctrines of the inspired Word of God, then there can be but one other source from which this antichrist system has come. We here quote 1 Timothy 4:1-4 , “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.” I have purposely covered the four verses because TWO of them have something to do with eating meat. In verse 1 we are warned against giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons; and surely every doctrine that was taught by Mr. Ballard and his associates is a doctrine of demons, the devices and wiles of Satan, who is called in the Bible “the god of this age”.
Now, concerning meats, in the passage quoted above we learn in God’s own Word that one of the strange doctrines of religious people would be a prohibition concerning meat, which, God says, is to be received with thanksgiving. Note what is said in 1 Timothy 4:5 concerning meat, “For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”
The “I am” people claim that “the mighty I am presence” cannot do his perfect work in anyone who eats meat. Mr. Ballard taught that the followers of Saint Germain should never eat anything that had a face. One claim is that the animals are filled with fear, and that fear is transmuted to the person who eats the animal. One work of “the mighty I am presence” is to rid the individual of fear, and, therefore, the eating of meat hinders his work. Another explanation is that the meat forms a film that interferes with the working of light.
By this time I can sense many of you reading this wanting to laugh. But I am sure, if you are thinking of the poor lost souls who were nad ARE being deluded by the damnable heresies of this Satanic movement, you would agree with me that it is not a comedy, but a tragedy. The matter of their “god” who is “light, intelligence and power,” and of the “cosmic law,” of the “cosmic light,” of the “divine director,” of the “ascended masters,” of the “mighty I am presence,” of the worship of Saint Germain, and of the individual’s world of activity is a very serious one to the followers of this religion/movement. To know that men and women are actually receiving these pernicious doctrines is enough to make a Child of God weep. If it is a pitiful thing to a member of the Body of Christ, what must it be to the Holy Son of God as He looks down upon a group of idolaters who drag His Holy name into their ungodly demon worship.
How many, or how few, religious people or even Children of God, members of the Body of Christ, can truthfully say what the Apostle Paul wrote concerning Satan in 2 Cor. 2:11 , “We are not ignorant of his devices.” Again in Ephesians 6:11-12 he wrote, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” The Apostle Paul under the direction of the Holy Spirit has instructed us concerning the devices and tricks of the devil. Our spiritual warfare is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers of world darkness and spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies. The poor, ignorant disciples of the Ballards, and the followers of the current manifestation of this movement, seem to be wholly unconscious of the fact that they are taking in this darkness and wickedness from the very habitation of Satan in the heavenlies. This is accounted for in the words of the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul, in 2 Cor. 11:13-15 , “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
The Children of God should meditate upon these verses constantly during these perilous times when Satan, with all of his false prophets, is trying with every religious concoction to deceive, if possible, the very elect of the Body of Christ. So you may ask, why would Satan transform himself into an angel of light? Simple, because in this camouflage he can make his religious victims take darkness and call it light? There is not the slightest suggestion in these verses that the messengers of Satan are degenerates or immoral men and women, but preachers of Jesus, preachers of the gospel, preachers of righteousness, masquerading as the servants of Jesus Christ. Dear friend, God has warned us all through His Book. Note these solemn words in 1 John 4:1-3 , “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” So, back on point, with all of this, do we not have positive proof here that the Ballards and their associates were and are all antichrists?
Here we have the mark of truth and error, of the servant of Christ and the antichrist. One of the positive proofs that the so called messengers of “the mighty I am presence”, (which early in the 20th Century were the Ballrads and Assocites and today is the New Age/Astrotheology/Benjamin Creme people), are nothing less than blaspheming infidels, servants of Satan, is found in the message of “The Voice of the I Am,” May, 1936. In the messages from which we quote the writer of the article assumes that he is Jesus Christ speaking from heaven, and he actually signs some of his articles, “Jesus the Christ.” If we were not living in the Day of Grace, God would smite with awful judgment the blasphemer who penned such words. I am going to quote two paragraphs containing messages which are presented to the victims of the Ballards to be the words of Jesus speaking from heaven.
"Even as I have joined our Beloved Saint Germain, in the endeavor to bring this freedom to America and the world, so is it fitting on this day to add my view of that great reality. Oh, my beloved ones! stand firm in that which you have come to know as the ‘great majestic presence’ which beats your hearts. It can perform all action, all service, all perfection for you, requiring only your attention to enable it to release the same power, the same great love and light, which it was my privilege to release from that ‘great presence’...the ‘mighty I am. All the ascended masters, and my beloved brother, Saint Germain, have made this possible. Unto him we give all credit for having had the courage, the conviction and strength to bring this forth to America and the world. We have all joined in that earnest service to enable the glory and light to fill the hearts of mankind more quickly and sustain its eternal victory.”
Here you will note, that the Lord Jesus Christ is represented as giving His full endorsement to this mythical character and this Satanic system. Surely this blaspemy is enough to drive God’s people to tears and prayer. Of course, you are asking the question being asked by multitudes, “how can any thinking, intelligent person be deceived by such absolute nonsense in which there is not one statement of Divine truth?” Apart from the deceiving power of Satan, the prince of the power of the air, there is no way to account for such vagaries and delusions. But as someone has truly said, “only a good thing is counterfeited.” Therefore, genuine Christianity must be a good thing, for there are so many counterfeits. AGAIN, do not forget that Satan is transformed into an angel of light.
I quote again from “The Voice” of February, 1936. This message, too, was written by an antichrist, but the article is signed “Jesus the Christ.” This is supposed to be a message from Jesus who is an ascended master of the sixth ray. (Saint Germain is an ascended master of the seventh ray.) In all of the meetings and in all of the writings it will be observed that Jesus comes second to Saint Germain. From this magazine we quote, “I urge the students everywhere, with all the love at my command, to forget everything else you have ever studied. Stand one hundred per cent in and with your ‘mighty I am Presence’ and the ‘I Am Discourses’ by Saint Germain, and you will have such freedom, such joy, such accomplishment, that will forever dissolve all doubt and fear from your consciousness. To withdraw all power from human creation, of yourself or others, and give it to the ‘mighty I am presence’ where it belongs, is the key that unlocks the treasure house of the universe to flow in a ceaseless stream, into the life of the individual, producing its perfection. This was the exact process that I used in my own experience, which enabled me to dissolve all undesirable qualities about individuals, and set then free in the light of their own ‘mighty I am presence’. It was thus that I was enabled to perform in the so called miraculous healings.”
Even just quoting this garbage, this infamy, is almost blasphemy, but we DO want to warn you against this hellish, damnable heresy, because it is back today. Notice that Jesus, who is supposed to be an ascended master, is sending word to the deluded victims of the Ballards to stand one hundred percent by the revelations that Saint Germain gives to Mr. Ballard and his family. Mr. Ballard is supposed to be in constant touch with Saint Germain, who appears to him time and again. This ascended master comes in a very intimate and very special way to communicate with Mr. Ballard in Mount Teton. The “I am” people claimed as they do today that there are some mountains which are supposed to be Mount Shasta and Mount Teton, two of the earthly homes of the ascended masters. Just more garbage.
Now, in spite of the fact that the death rate of the human race is still one apiece and that up to the present time there is no permanent cure for any physical disease, the messengers of Saint Germain even today, are teaching that his worshipers, disciples, and modern day disciples of the Ballards, can perpetuate or duplicate all the miracles of physical healing performed by the Lord Jesus Christ when He was on earth. You can readily see that if these people were not so completely deceived they would have asked their accredited messenger, Mr. Ballard, who has reached a higher plane than any other of Saint Germain’s worshippers on earth, to go out to the cemetery and duplicate the miracle of the LORD Jesus Christ by raising a Lazarus from the grave.
Most of the "I am" people, and by the additional names they are called today, New Age/Astrotheologists, are of the opinion that this religion, (because that is exactly what it is, their religion) will soon take on great proportions, converting individual Americans by the multitude, and winning over senators, congressmen, and even the President. Through the light that would radiate from America to the other nations, the Golden “I am” Age would soon be a reality. One of these New Ager's even wrote the belief that he had reached his final incarnation, and was quite sure that “the mighty I am presence” had brought him to such a state of perfection that he was going to experience ascension without death. Now, remember that they were teaching that twenty five would ascend on July 17, 1938. But the thing I could not understand, is why Ballard and his wife, who were supposed to be the furthest advanced, and yet, no one seemed to think that they would be included in the twenty five who are going up. Just laughable.
So There You have it!...until part 2!!