The emphasis upon religious experiences rather than truth, and the power of such experiences to convince recipients that they have been touched by God, is a common denominator in most cults (Mormonism’s “burning in the bosom,” for example) and especially in the occult. It matters little whether the mystical experience comes from drugs, from yoga, from channeling and mediumship, from hypnosis, or from near-death experiences involving the “white light.” The results are almost always the same: blindness to the gospel of Jesus Christ, and eventual immorality, exactly as foretold in Romans:1:21-32.
Seeking guidance, not from the Bible but from God Himself allegedly speaking with an inner voice, became a major part of the Oxford Group, then MRA and finally AA. It is clear that such “guidance” is meant in AA’s Step 11: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”
It was out of the Oxford Group that God Calling came. It is one of the bestselling “Christian” books of all time and one of the most deceptive. Written by “two listeners,” it purports to be the words of Jesus Christ dictated to them as they placed themselves in the proper passive trance state and wrote them down.
What this “Christ” says in God Calling, however, could not possibly come from the true Jesus Christ of the Bible because it contradicts the Bible repeatedly. Roy Livesey gives a summary of the occult teachings of the demon impersonating Christ which is presented in God Calling. Here is a partial list:
“The visible realm is a manifestation of God’s thought or Divine Mind. The invisible ‘spirit world’ is superior to and more real than the physical realm. The creation…operates according to unbreakable laws, which even God must keep…. Our deliberate imagining of something with the intention of making that thing come into existence will produce the desired results. God is within every man and can be found within. Man needs only to quieten all sense-distraction and turn inwards to commune with the ‘god within.’ By means of thought-power, word-repetition, and visualization, it is possible to contact and feel Christ’s presence on earth beside us.”