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I have received quite a few emails from people asking when I was going to do this section on who the Author of this site is. The reason that it has taken so long to finally write this section is that I have been so busy just researching so much material and writing that I hadn't gotten around to doing this section. In addition, I feel that many people in Christ's day worried so much about "who said it" instead of "is it true?" An inspired Christian writer put it this way:

"Those to whom the message of truth is spoken seldom ask, "Is it true?" but, "By whom is it advocated?" Multitudes estimate it by the numbers who accept it; and the question is still asked, "Have any of the learned men or religious leaders believed?" Men are no more favorable to real godliness now than in the days of Christ. They are just as intently seeking earthly good, to the neglect of eternal riches; and it is not an argument against the truth, that large numbers are not ready to accept it, or that it is not received by the world's great men, or even by the religious leaders."

I have felt that busying myself just writing the articles so that people could realize the errors that are finding their way into the Christian Churches was more important that explaining who I am. But I suppose that it's time now to let people know who I am.

I was born into a Roman Catholic family. As I was growing up I never remember anyone ever really telling me about the Bible or about Jesus dying on the cross for my sins. The religious experience was very shallow and empty. I actually hated being forced to go to Church.

When I got older someone gave me a set of Amazing Facts Folders from the Seventh Day Adventist Church and I truly was amazed after reading them! I knew in my heart that what I was reading was the truth. I tend to be very sceptical and so I prayed that God would show me if the teachings of the Church were true, and I am thoroughly convinced that I have found the Truth which I had been searching for all of my life!

Later, it became more and more evident to me that there seemed to be forces at work in most Christian Churches leading people to believe that it doesn't matter whether you keep God's commandments or not. I began doing research into this idea to see where it actually came from... a Christian Author put it this way:

"Christ consented to die in the sinner's stead, that man, by a life of obedience, might escape the penalty of the Law of God. His death did not make the Law of God of none effect; it did not slay the law, lessen its claims, or detract from its sacred dignity. The death of Christ proclaimed the justice of his Father's law in punishing the transgressor, in that he consented to suffer the penalty of the law transgressed himself, in order to save fallen man from its curse. The death of God's beloved Son on the cross shows the immutability of the Law of God. His death magnifies the Law and makes it honorable, and gives evidence to man of its changeless character. From his own divine lips are heard the words, "Think not that I am come to destroy the Law or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil." The death of Christ justified the claims of the law.

But the doctrine is now largely taught that the Gospel of Christ has made the Law of God of no effect; that by "believing" we are released from the necessity of being doers of the word. But this is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which Christ so unsparingly condemned. To the church of Ephesus he says: 'I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil; and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars; and hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name's sake hast labored, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.'

Those who are teaching this doctrine to-day have much to say in regard to faith and the righteousness of Christ; but they pervert the truth, and make it serve the cause of error. They declare that we have only to believe on Jesus Christ, and that faith is all-sufficient; that the righteousness of Christ is to be the sinner's credentials; that this imputed righteousness fulfils the law for us, and that we are under no obligation to obey the law of God. This class claim that Christ came to save sinners, and that he has saved them. "I am saved," they will repeat over and over again. But are they saved while transgressing the law of Jehovah?--No; for the garments of Christ's righteousness are not a cloak for iniquity. Such teaching is a gross deception, and Christ becomes to these persons a stumbling-block as he did to the Jews,--to the Jews because they would not receive him as their personal Saviour; to these professed believers in Christ, because they separate Christ and the Law, and regard faith as a substitute for obedience. They separate the Father and the Son, the Saviour of the world. Virtually they teach, both by precept and example, that Christ, by his death, saves men in their transgressions.

It is necessary that every intelligent being shall understand the principles of the law of God. Christ through the apostle James declares, "Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." These words were spoken this side of the death of Christ; therefore the Law was binding upon all at that time. The Saviour raised his voice in protest against those who regard the divine commandments with indifference and carelessness. He said, 'Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." And he also declared, "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in nowise pass from the Law till all be fulfilled.'

Men may talk of freedom, of Gospel liberty. They may assert that they are not in bondage to the Law. But the influence of a Gospel hope will not lead the sinner to look upon the salvation of Christ as a matter of free grace, while he continues to live in transgression of the Law of God. When the light of truth dawns upon his mind, and he fully understands the requirements of God, and realizes the extent of his transgressions, he will reform his ways, become loyal to God through the strength obtained from his Saviour, and lead a new and purer life. 'Whosoever abideth in him,' says John, 'sinneth not; whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.'"

After realizing that this false doctrine of "believe only" came from the Nicolaitanes, as mentioned by Jesus in the book of Revelation, I later came to in addition find out that the Nicolaitans were a Gnostic sect. Jesus said that he "hated" the teachings of the Nicolaitanes. The early Christian fought vigorously against their false teachings, as they tried to mingle pagan teachings with Christianity. And so I started researching further into Gnosticism and as I traced it out, I realized that this idea of "all we have to do is believe" came right from the New Age Movement's teachings!

I soon realized that everything in the New Age Religious Movement was geared towards getting the people to feel that they are their own "god" and that they can just feel free to live as they please, disregarding God's requirements, His commandments, in the Bible.

All things in this New Age Movement and New World Order are tending toward making man "his own god" who think they can make up their own rules and who will be leading people to obey man, rather than God. And they are seeking to bring this mentality into Christian Churches everywhere! The last great struggle of mankind is over the issue... WHO IS GOD? -is mankind God or is the God who created the heavens and the earth God? and who are you going to obey? God or man? ...bringing us right around full circle to the situation in the Garden of Eden when the serpent tried to get Eve to think she could be a god and to disregard God's command.

The further I studied into this, the more astounded I became! I discovered that many things were being taught in Christian Churches everywhere that actually came from the New Age beliefs and practices. I also discovered that most Christians were totally unaware of what was really going on in regard to this. Then I began finding various books on this same subject that I had discovered... namely, books on the subject of New Ageism infiltrating the Christian Churches today. Books by people like Dave Hunt, and others were read by me, confirming in my mind that what I was discovering was being discovered by others also. All around me were these awful teachings being wrapped up in a Christian package... on television, in advertisement, medicine, the business world, -just everywhere I looked it confronted me.

I purchased a New Age Catalog at the Goodwill store for 25 cents just to see what I could find in there ... in the way of research. I had just been reading in there about a New Age musician named Steve Halpern, along with a New Age hypnotist named Emmett E. Miller. The next day I receive in the mail a multi-page document from someone which was put out by a well-known Christian Television Speaker, telling people how to do "Relaxation Techniques" involving visualization and self-hypnosis. At the end of the document the people were told to go purchase a tape "Letting go of stress" with words by Emmett E. Miller, MD and music by Steve Halpern. And they were told to write to "Source" to get it. The New Age "god of forces" is known as the "Source" from which all things came. I knew right then that they were being told to go to a New Age place to get the tape and I couldn't believe those two names were being mentioned... Emmett Miller and Steve Halpern! Halpern tells us that he, along with other New Age musicians "channel" their music through the spirit world.

Similar experiences kept happening to me over and over again. I came to realize that God was trying to tell me something. It became obvious to me that He wanted me to tell others what I was finding out. This Bible verse kept pressing upon my conscience: Ezek:33:6: "But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."

One reason that I have chosen to both write these articles for this website and write the books that I am currently writing, is because when I did read other books on the subject of the New Age coming into Christian Churches, they basically left me saying to myself "I just do not really understand this at all". It seemed as if the books were almost written in a way as if to make people who read them view the Authors as someone that they must continually consult to find out if something or other was "New Age" or not. It was as if the Authors held themselves up as someone who "knew" what New Age Movement was but that normal everyday people out there could never really understand it. And so I decided that I was going to write about the New Age Movement in a way that anybody would be able to understand. I also wanted people to be able to recognize a New Age practice or belief when it was coming into their Churches right away. They needed to understand the beliefs of the New Age Religion and why they do the practices that they do. That way they can be able to recognize it in whatever package it comes in. Because the New Age is constantly purposely changing the names of their practices, to make them seem less "New Agey" so that they can sneak them into Christianity without people even realizing it.

Basically, I had collected 4 legal size file cabinets full of materials on this subject, along with about 15 storage boxes full, for research. I am not a "PHD", I am not a "Pastor". I am just an average person who loves God, and who sincerely wants to help people and to protect them from danger.

Yours in Christ,
Claudia Thompson

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