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New Age
I reject "New Age" as a man-centered religion and not God-centered. I believe it is a modern version of the second-oldest religion, which puts faith in the snake's promise of Godly power, rather than God's command of meek obedience. It is not hard to find evidence of evil in all popular manifestations of New Age-ism, from channeling to astrology. Needless to say, the Bible clearly instructs us to avoid these and other practices of false faith. There was a time many years ago when I was naively identified by people who knew me as a "New Age" Christian simply because I often used different, more modern words to teach Christianity. For example, I used words like "stress" and "hypnosis" to describe the pressures of the world, and life's way of putting us to sleep like the bridesmaids. For obvious reasons, I rejected the "New Age" label as soon as I understood what New Age-ism teaches.

The title of my first book, written in 1960, is often misinterpreted as New Age—understandably so, since it is called "How Your Mind Can Keep You Well." Certainly, it is not our mind that saves us. However, as Paul says, "We have the mind of Christ," and if we Christians can explain what that means, then truly we can reach many people. If I had said "How Christ Can Keep You Well," people of Christian upbringing would have understood. But then many lost sheep would have rejected it outright since they often associate the name of Jesus with some grossly hypocritical pseudo-Christian they have known in their lives, perhaps one who has done them great harm. Tragically, for many of these people, Jesus Christ is more of a cuss word than anything else. To a great extent, they, along with others who don't understand Christianity but quietly long for the truth, are the objects of my ministry.

As you know, we live in an anti-Christian age of mass communication in which people can develop powerful negative associations with Christian words and expressions on a mass scale never before seen in history. Still, of course, we are instructed to spread the gospel even to these people—in fact, especially to these people. In my experience, and I suspect in yours, it is not so easy to do, because when we say "Jesus," they hear a swear word. Or when we say "Satan," they see the "Church Lady" or think of some grade B horror film.

I know there will be fair-minded Christians who will disagree with things that I have said in this Statement. There will be others who will look back at Statements I have made in the past, or find points in my books that contradict what I say now. They will no doubt question, which is the real Roy Masters. Some who have aggressively rejected this church as part of the Christian community will continue to do so. Hopefully, that will not be the case. But heartfelt opinions are hard to give up, especially since some positions against me have been made publicly and in print.

I am not asking you to announce to your congregation that you have changed your mind, even if you have examined me to your satisfaction. I do, however, hope that you will quietly encourage my Christian critics to read this Statement, and to give it prayerful thought. Even that request I would forego if you feel it would damage your ministry.

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