For Many Shall Come in My Name by Ray Yungen

Yungen has done vast research into what is commonly called the New Age movement—“The age of Aquarius, supposedly the Golden Age, when man becomes aware of his power and divinity” (p. 108). The New Age movement, which came to the surface of our awareness in the 1970s, is a fusing of Eastern and Western thinking.

New Age thought teaches that everything that exists, seen or unseen, is made up of energy—tiny particles of vibrating energy, atoms, molecules, protons, etc. All is energy. That energy, they believe, is God, and therefore, all is God. They believe that since we are all part of this God-energy, then we, too, are God. God is not seen as a Being that dwells in heaven, but as the universe itself. According to one writer, “Simply put, God functions in you, through you, and as you” (p. 17) (emphasis his).

In the early days of the New Age movement this type of thinking was localized in a small group of people who seemed strange and totally different from the rest of us—no more. What Yungen attempts to do is to document that New Age thinking has gone mainstream. No longer is the movement identified with hippies and gurus; its teachings are found in every aspect of Western society.

Yungen devotes individual chapters to documenting New Age thought in education, business, medicine, politics, the media, self-help/psychology, and religion. The last three chapters contrast New Age thought with Scripture, the last chapter presenting a clear gospel message.

Although I do not agree with Yungen’s view that the New Age movement is definitely and necessarily a sign of the Rapture, he nevertheless presents his case well. For Many Shall Come in My Name is an extremely informative book. Christians would be wise to read and consider what Yungen has to say.

The only drawback is the lack of information concerning how the New Age movement is rapidly infiltrating evangelism through the mystical and emerging movements. Fortunately this can be found in Yungen’s book A Time of Departing.

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