Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Truth About "The Secret"

This DVD surfaced about two years ago, but it's teachings are entrenched in the business world, the New Age, and the Church. It's not a new secret at all, as you will find. 

(YouTube link - Part 1)

(YouTube link - Part 2)

What's wrong with this thinking? According to the proponents of "The Secret" and the law of attraction, we are all “incarnations of God.” We are all our own god, able to create our own reality, able to control our own destiny. This lie is not a secret, and it is nothing new. Satan’s primary temptation has always been to obtain knowledge and thereby to become like God, “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God…” (Genesis 3:5). Satan’s own fall from glory was this same error, “You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High’” (Isaiah 14:13-14). The message of “The Secret” is the same message that Satan used to tempt Adam and Eve into sin: “You do not need God…you can be God!” And just as Satan will fail in his quest to be God (Isaiah 14:15; Revelation 20:10), so too will all those who seek to be their own god will fail: “'You are "gods" … but you will die like mere men…” (Psalm 82:6-7).

Do the metaphysical principles taught in "The Secret" sound familiar? It is one of the teachings of the Word of Faith movement. It is the basis of their "name it and claim it" and their use of positive profession. In reality, it treats God as nothing more than a universal energy force that we manipulate by our thoughts and feelings. The law of attraction assumes a pantheistic (God is everything) view of God, and denies a sovereign God who is omnipotent, omniscient, and perfectly in control of everything. Word of Faith followers may not realize they are treating the Lord in this manner, but they are.