Thursday, 18 February 2010

Annexure : Emanuel Swedenborg (Emmanuel Swedenborg : Swedenborgianism)

The doctrine that is introduced by "New Revelation" writers are totally contradictory with the core message of Christianity and shows strong resemblance to Hinduism.


Dr. Walter Martin points out some major doctrinal deceptions in Swedenborgianism:
1. The Word of God is challenged and some books are argued not to form part of the original bible.
2. The Trinity of God is challenged.
3. Atonement for sin by the blood of Jesus is not believed on
4. The destiny of man and the path of salvation are totally redefined.
In essence all gnostic mystics and "New Revelationists" who does not hold on to the authority of Scripture as authorative to test all New revelations against will start preaching a "works based" gospel where salvation is earned through performance and will start deviating from grace and the central theme of the bible, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Martin writes (and this would apply to Jakob Lorber and Christian mystics like him as well) "The great tragedy of Emanuel Swedenborg is that he would not submit himself and his great mind to the discipline of the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures. Because of this, and because of his deliberated preoccupation with spiritism and the occult, in direct disobedience to the express teachings of God, he was despoiled, even as Paul had warned. He was deceived by dreams and visions and the machinations of him whom the Scripture describes as the "spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" (Eph 2:2b)

The Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry confirms this when describing Swedenborgianism as a dangerous mystical non-Christian religion. "Its denial of the Trinity and the Holy Spirit, the vicarious atonement, and rejection of Acts and the Pauline epistles clearly set it outside of Christian orthodoxy".

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