Gnosticism is finding itself back into the visible Church, any discerning person would agree. A little research from Kim at DiscernIt has discovered that the goddess is alive and well. Carla has also done quite a bit of research into the book “The Shack” also. That book depicts God as a woman — which is in no way biblical but most definitely derived from Gnostic teachings such as the Nag Hammadi scriptures which takes this whole concept of God being a woman one step further. It states that God is both male and female…
Again, his disciples said: "Tell us clearly how they came down from the invisibilities, from the immortal to the world that dies?"
The perfect Savior said: "Son of Man consented with Sophia, his consort, and revealed a great androgynous light. His male name is designated ‘Savior, Begetter of All Things’. His female name is designated ‘All-Begettress Sophia’. Some call her ‘Pistis’. [source]
With the growing interest in this book and with its depiction of God as female coupled with the ongoing call to the Vatican to see Mary as the co-redeemer of mankind, are we about to enter a time when the Church is wilfully embracing Gnostic teachings? Can you see that the visible Church is being primed to accept a God who will eventually become both male and female and perhaps even exhibit androgynous qualities?
There’s a Cathedral in LA called “The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels” where there is a very androgynous Mary! This Cathedral is probably one of the most New Age things I have ever seen! HERE is an in-depth article written by Jackie Alnor about this very topic.
I personally know of pastors who are endorsing this book!
But it doesn’t stop there. According to the Nag Hammadi there has always been a Goddess and she will arise again…
The discovery and assimilation of early heterodox Christian scriptures (such as the Nag Hammadi library) will also facilitate the revival of goddess figures within a new Gnostic Christian mythos. Goddesses such as Barbelo and Sophia, demigoddesses like Eve-Zoe and Norea, and heroines such as Mary Magdalene are emerging from exile and are awaiting reincorporation into Christian scriptures and liturgy. Things have never looked so good for a recovery of our polytheistic heritage and of our beautiful and mighty goddesses of old.
One even feels that Christ, the incarnate paradigm of the Fullness, who assured us that in his Father’s house there are many divinities would be pleased by the coming of a new polytheism. [source]
If you want to know more about this Cathedral and what the artwork means go to this LINK. Just check out the bronze doors and the different images of Mary and other symbols from all over the world! The other thing that I felt noteworthy is that there is artwork dedicated to Teresa of Avila. As you probably know, she is well respected among emergent’s and Catholics alike for her teachings on contemplative prayer of which Father Thomas Keating says…In Christian spirituality, the unfolding of the stages of prayer described by St. Teresa of Avila in the Interior Castle may be the fruit of the kundalini energy arising under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Kundalini may also be an active ingredient in the Dark Nights of St. John of the Cross. [source]
Much more could be posted about the infiltration of the Occult into the visible Church which is disguising itself as liberal post-modern and progressive Christianity, but you get the picture.
Lighthouse Research writes about the father/mother God…
The novel The Shack portrays God as being a woman. However, Jesus consistently called God, "Father." When His disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray, Jesus taught them to address God as "Our Father which art in Heaven…" And when God Almighty became incarnate as a human being, God became a man — not a woman.
The Bible warns us not to add to Scripture or take away from it. Yet, today’s so-called "gender neutral Bibles" both add to new words and notions to Scripture and take away from Scripture. They remove references that are clearly male, and they add statements that imply a "father/mother" God. Do the publishers simply ignore Scriptures such as these:
"Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." (Proverbs 30:5-6)
[…]Goddess worship is most apparent among "neo-pagans." However, it is also common in universities and nursing schools. It is promoted by the media and is a component of New Age feminism. It has infiltrated main-line denominational churches, and its influence can be felt throughout our society.Click here to read this entire article. [source]
We should ask ourselves…what does the bible say about God? Isn’t He Father? Here’s just a few verses that explains that He is indeed Father and that is how He has chosen to show Himself to us…
Psa 68:5 A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, [Is] God in His holy habitation.
Psa 89:26 He shall cry to Me, ‘You [are] my Father, My God, and the rock of my salvation.’
Isa 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Mal 2:10 Have we not all one Father? Has not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously with one another By profaning the covenant of the fathers?
Jhn 1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared [Him].