Testimony of Mike, Former New Age occultist converted to Jesus Christ.
The testimony you will read in the following lines is that of a man who sought God in the New Age. Thinking he was very advanced in spirituality, God opened his eyes and it was then that he realized that he was rather a slave to Satan, after 15 years of intense research in the occult sciences. He says in the following lines how he met the truth and how he had God’s forgiveness.
We wish you good reading and pray that you may make maximum use of this testimony and that you may know how to use it to bring others to understand God’s grace in Jesus Christ and help them to abandon darkness for the light of Jesus christ. God help you.
Like any Jewish child, I have faithfully observed the Sabbath every Friday as well as on religious holidays until the age of 16. Our family, like all the others, has always come together to celebrate the great religious holidays. I attended the Hebrew School twice a week where I learned the language and I was Bar Mitzavahed at 13, confirmed at 16. During class, I asked many questions about God that the Rabbi could not answer. Although I continued every year, mainly to please my parents, I became uninterested in my parents’ traditional religion and felt stuck in my spiritual development. So I embarked on my personal approach to free spirituality after the bachelor’s degree. I embarked on my research through readings, participation in teachings, meetings and soothsayers of the New Age Movement. I became a vegetarian for 15 years during which I practiced yoga and mediation. For a time, I even used psychedelic drugs (LSD, mescaline, etc.) that were part of my religious observances. Smoking ‘pakalolo’ had become part of my normal lifestyle. During this same period, I also touched several religions and some occult sciences.
For me, I conceived that each of these practices was a part of truth of the unique ‘true’ religion, much like the rose-cross teaches that all religions are the petals of the same flower. I studied the biographies of the Ancient Masters of the East, I learned about Buddhism and Zen from which I selected practices. I had many experiences that I believed at the time came from God and which led me to a greater knowledge of myself and Of Him. I discovered the Superior Masters and believed that they were leading my world to a great evolutionary path. I also practiced UFO and channeled messages. I was sure I was on the right spiritual path because everything seemed consistent and harmonious around me. At the same time, I also read the Bible (and even the New Testament) because I did not forget my Jewish roots. I began to read more than 50 books a year, having an insatiable spiritual appetite. Meanwhile, God was working for my deliverance from spiritual slavery.
I had also started surfing before my spiritual pilgrimage. I fell in love with the sport and began to travel, surfing, competing. Surfing became my occupation as soon as I learned to do it for a living. I became champion of New York for several years and even champion of the Middle East for two years. Hawaii has established itself as an irresistible attraction because of its fantastic surfing. I moved to Hawaii with my girlfriend Kathy in the mid-1970s. This gave me even more freedom to pursue my two passions: surfing and my free spiritual quest. We thought we were becoming more enlightened. We read about the works of the Superior Masters and ‘learned’ about the history of the earth, about the Lemurs and Atlantis. We wanted to become servants of the New Age, convinced that if we were united, we would enter the age of spiritual cooperation and enlightenment that was so much forthrested by many.
After nine years, my research culminated when Kathy and I had begun to pursue our spiritual hunger more seriously and became involved in the ‘I Am Movement’ (The Saint Germaine Society of Ballard). Through the invocation of angels and powers unknown to us, and by ‘decree’ and use of the Violet Flame that Consumes to eradicate karma from previous life, we learned to become active in the New Age. At the time, Kathy practiced affirmations, mantras, studied herbology, polarity therapy, kinesiology, and was learning the supposed spiritual energies of the body. She was also the manager of a health products shop on the island of Oahu. At that moment the Lord began to act, with his plan of deliverance; for a week we had received visits from two friends who had recently become Christians. One was a surfer from New York.
We had been talking about the end times for hours. I was familiar with the subject, as long as I had to read the Bible for years, being particularly fascinated by the end times. (That’s when we thought Christians were narrow-minded in their biblical views of God and the world. Kathy and I were laughing at them about their ignorance of the impending approach of the New Age and how they were going to miss the advent of this movement and find themselves on the margins). Later that week, my friends invited us to a seminar that was to deal with the New Age and whose speakers were to be Dave Hunt, Johanna Michaelson and Hal Lindsey. You’re talking about coincidences! It was during that same week that I heard an audible voice say to me, « I am the Lord your God, you must not part with it. » I recognized that this was Psalm 23, according to my Jewish upbringing. I hadn’t experienced anything like this before.
Inside me, I knew that this God was the one I was looking for but that I had not yet known. It was much later that I understood why this voice had come only from the outside and not from my heart. I attended that week’s Christian conference on the Biblical Prophecy and the New Age Movement while Kathy remained practicing her New Age affirmations. That day, she did not feel well and unknowingly had gone through spiritual struggles throughout the week. At the conference, I was shocked to hear the other version of the story. What I heard was incredible. The speakers knew all about the techniques that Kathy and I followed and practiced. They knew the essentials of the New Age program. I spoke briefly with Dave Hunt during the break and he answered a number of important questions. One of them was ‘Why did you abandon me?’ Although I had read the Bible during these years, I could not grasp the Gospel message in this verse. I was blinded by the influence of the New Age. In addition, I had been challenged by Dave about the occult practices I was doing. He knew the practices of the ‘I Am Societies’. He asked me a question: ‘If you are God, have you created the universe?’ I had never thought of this issue before. If I strive to become god through all the techniques of the New Age, would I succeed, as long as God has always been Omniscient and Almighty (according to the Scriptures and according to what I heard that evening).
It was through this question and a series of events that I realized that the Lord was teaching the truth to my heart and thoughts. At the end of the conference, Johanna took the Word I found myself in her experiences, especially those related to the Superior Master ‘Jesus’. She then spoke of another Jesus—the true Jesus of the Bible, which sounded in my mind as a violent shock. I never thought there could be a false Jesus dragging around the truth. They were only Jesus by name, but not the One who is God and who came in the flesh. Everything made sense. When she prayed, my heart was pierced. I knew I had heard the truth, but the question was, ‘What should I do with it?’
On the way back, I struggled with the realization of 15 years lost in believing and doing incorrect things. (Before this, I thought Christians were narrow-minded, but now I had to find that my mind had been too open to lying). I asked the friends who had taken me to the conference, several questions that haunted my mind. Being newly converted, they had few answers. They simply repeated: ‘We know that the Bible is the Word of God and that Jesus is the truth’. Kathy was awake and waiting for me at home. It was late and she was afraid that I had converted during the meeting! As soon as I entered, peace invaded the house and it too, after I sat it down and shared christian views on the last days and how they have nothing in common with the New Age. It was then that the Holy Ghost revealed to Kathy that not only did we follow the false Jesus (2Corinthians 11:4), but that we served Satan who is a real being. It was then that the fear of God seized us and for the first time we got down on our knees and begged the true living God to forgive us for the occult beliefs that had seduced us and practiced us. The Lord had the last word, the pleasant word ‘victory’.
The next morning, we both went to a Christian church and the pastor stood at the lectern and said that he had been told to change his sermon. He spoke of sin, Satan and Jesus Christ. We had thought that perhaps our friends had blown their word, but it was the Lord. We listened to the gospel and dedicated our lives to the Lord, through repentance and asking the Lord to forgive our sins. I thank the Lord because He answered us. We were rescued in 1986. It was later in the same week that I realized that the date on which God had spoken to me in Psalm 23 was the 20th anniversary of my confirmation.
The last thing I had read before the congregation at the temple 20 years earlier had been Proverbs 4:1-2: « Listen, my sons, the instruction of a father, and be attentive, to know wisdom; For I give you good advice: Do not reject my teaching. » Unfortunately, I gave up his teachings for 20 years—but God brought me and my next-generation wife back. Five weeks after our spiritual birth, Kathy and I were married and today we have a 15-year-old who teachs us and is very interested in the debates on Creation and Evolutionism among others. Immediately I began to study the Bible and learned apologetics in order to provide answers to those who ask why we believe in Christ and why Jesus is God manifested in the flesh.
Since 1988, I have continued to teach about sects and false doctrines such as the denial of grace and the emphasis on works as a means of salvation. Which teachings are preached among Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and in occultism. (New Age doctrines). and that can even be found in the church. By the grace of God, I had the privilege of teaching in the Chapels of Hope, the Chapels of Calvary, the Church of Christ, Youth in Mission, the United Methodist Church, the Brothers of Grace, the Assemblies of God and in several other congregations Hawaii. I also had the opportunity to share in small study groups throughout Iceland and I participated in several debates. The Lord has now offered us the opportunity to host a TV program and we have a direct call show ‘Let Us Reason’ on a local Christian station and participate in several other radio shows in Hawaii. I am currently a missionary for Witness Inc., the world’s largest ministry working to reach Jehovah’s Witnesses.
In 1994, the Ministry ‘Let Us Reason’ was founded as an ‘up-to-date’ resource centre to foster trust and the desire to lead others to Christ. This is in order to help believers by equipping them with biblical and logical answers about their faith. I have learned many things that I would like to pass on to others in order to encourage and equip them in their testimony. I hope that this ministry will be able to encourage Christians to personally meet and evangelize those who are in sects and false religions and to help discern and expose false doctrines within the Church.