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The Way of Cain - Page 5

New teachings in the Christian Church- Where are They Leading Us?

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The Roots

The movement is rooted in an ancient heresy called ''Gnosticism'' which has returned to plague the church continually since its very beginning in New Testament times. Gnosticism wears many faces, but basically it has to do with attaining to experiential, hidden 'knowledge,' to become one with God or aware of one's own godhood. One progresses through various 'spiritual levels' in a 'journey' toward god. It is secretive, mysterious, and elitist (only the 'inner circle' really know God). New Age teaching is a form of Gnosticism.

The movement's more recent roots are in ''The Latter Rain Revival,'' a Gnostic movement which was thrown out of the Assemblies of God Church in the 1940's for heresy. It stayed alive, eventually finding a home in the Vineyard church, and grew from there into the present movement. Some of the very same men involved in the earlier heresy are the movement's 'prophets.'

''For quite a while I have been embarrassed to say anything about the latter rain, because you are associated and identified with something that people don't seem to appreciate in certain evangelical circles. So I have played it cool and haven't said much about it. But I don't care what they think any more...I believe we are going to have the latter rain and I am looking forward to it.''
(Paul Cain, Toronto, 5/28/95)

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