Richard Rohr, James Martin, and the Great Reset
The Universal Christ and the Anti-Christ
The Great Reset cannot be a "success" without appealing to human spiritual hunger. Richard Rohr's theology checks all the boxes. He is one of the world's most popular spiritual writers/speakers, with his affable presentation and his promise of an "essential, connected, true self". He offers inclusiveness that "transcends" dualistic world religions, mysticism, and ambiguity. He is embraced by cardinals at the highest levels of the Vatican and prominent Evangelicals, and is supported by secular society (Melinda Gates, Oprah, NY Times, etc.). Richard Rohr's health is in decline and he has handed the baton to Fr. James Martin, who has become the leading Catholic "champion" of the spiritual universalism that will underpin the Great Reset.
Story at a glance: Richard Rohr and the Great Reset
- The Great Reset cannot be a "success" without appealing to human spiritual hunger. Richard Rohr checks all the boxes and calls his movement "a universal religion that doesn't need to be in competition with any other religion".
- Richard Rohr presents himself as the humble knight in shining armor to rescue Christianity from 2000 years of narrow mindedness. His ability to successfully use this strategy in his climb to international stardom is breathtaking.
- Richard Rohr denies that humans are separated from God by sin (Gn 3:3), and denies that each of us need to ask Jesus to repair that separation through repentance, which is the Christian Gospel (1 Tim 2:5). Jesus said "I am the Gate" (Jn 10:9). He did not say "I will show you the gate". Richard Rohr offers a hollowed out Jesus, as an example of a human who realized that we are unified to all things through the "Universal Christ" energy.
- He claims spiritual maturity is a transition from duality to non-duality, which involves accepting things that the Bible and Church say are unhealthy. He ignores that Jesus is dualistic at the height of his "spiritual maturity" after his Resurrection (Rev 22:14-15) and that the Bible says true maturity is growing in love (1 Cor 13:8-13). Love doesn't say "yes" to sin or falsity (Is 5:20).
- Richard Rohr has never debated a serious Christian scholar. He surrounds himself with people who agree with him.
- Ex-New Agers like Steve Bancarz (an Evangelical) and myself (a Catholic) recognize Richard Rohr's Universal Christ. Transmediums have been channeling the Universal Christ for 100 years in preparation for the great apostasy, persecution of Christians, and a unified anti-church. These entities are fallen angels (a.k.a. Ascended Masters).
- Transmedium Helen Blavatsky, is co-founder of Theosophy and editor of "Lucifer" magazine, called Lucifer the "angel of light". She was an honourary Freemason and "mother of the New Age movement" who wrote that satan liberated Adam and Eve from God's "oppressive rules". (source)
- Similarly, Richard Rohr says the Church uses the "story" of Adam and Eve's original sin to implement oppressive rules, "sin management" to control people.
- Richard Rohr's book "Universal Christ" is substantially identical to transmedium Elizabeth Clare Prophet's "Path of the Universal Christ". She is the 3rd genreration transmedium from Blavatsky. Her description of the entities that she channeled is chilling. She founded The Summit Lighthouse to promote the "Ascended Masters", continuing Blavatsky's teachings.
Architecture the Great Reset
There is a continuum between idealism and cynicism (conspiracy theory)
It's unhealthy to camp out at either extreme
Jesus said, "be as wise as serpents and as gentle as doves" (Mat 10:16). This is the proper balance.
Richard Rohr's theology is attractive to those on the idealism end of the spectrum. Idealism trusts that everything would be fine if everyone would follow health mandates, recycle, drive electric cars, give to the poor, be spiritual, inclusive, and diverse. It denies the authority of the Bible and Church doctrine, and denies the existence of malevolent spiritual entities (Eph. 2:2). Idealism doesn't view life as a battle between the devil and Jesus, because in this world view there is no sin or the devil. Idealism views life as continuous progress from ignorance to enlightenment, much like eastern religions.
His [Jesus'] other words for that [evil] were "powers, prinicpalities, thrones and dominions". Those are pre-modern words for "institutions and corporations". (Richard Rohr source)
It would be great if there was no devil. Unfortunately, a bad neighbourhood at night is dangerous whether or not the person whistling in the dark believes it. We have a separate article on The Great Reset and the Apocalypse.
Richard Rohr's Universal Christ vs Jesus the Saviour
Richard Rohr hollows out the central message of Jesus as Redeemer and Saviour (Mk 1:15, Jn 14:6) and neuters the mission of the Church. His vision for the Church (and all religion) is to enlighten humans to the Universal Christ energy ... And then get out of the way! The diagram below depicts Richard Rohr's world view.
For Richard Rohr, there was no Jesus before the day he was conceived, and more importantly, Jesus' role after his death is not the Saviour to whom we worship and surrender, but rather as an example of how to live the message of the Universal Christ energy.
I believe that Jesus’ death on the cross is ... not some bloody payment required by God’s offended justice to rectify the problem of sin. Such a story line is way too small and problem-oriented. (Richard Rohr, source)
Notice the coarse representation of the Christian view, then shaming people who believe it as "small". Richard Rohr has never faced a serious scholar in an open debate. His interviews, talks, and writings have common patterns of spurious references, boasting credentials, shaming opponents, straw men, and gish gallops, which obscure his true teachings and give them an appearance of legitimacy. Below is an example.
Notice the following:
- The Gish Gallop of references to Scripture, none of which affirm his position.
- Straw man arguments, which characterize Christianity's understanding of Jesus as "small", "tribal", where Jesus is a "divine mascot".
- Then, ironically, he makes Jesus small by saying "the Universal Christ is a bigger, older, larger category than Jesus".
- Assertion that his position is "not unorthodox or heretical" but "utterly new" to most Christians because (here comes the customary swipe at the historical Church) "they didn't tell us to pay attention to it".
- Regurgitated Black Lives Matters talking points, as if the Church has never defended the underprivileged.
- The apex of this talk is:
... what we're dealing with [is] the basis for a universal religion that doesn't need to be in competition with any other religion ... we're coming to a natural religion. (Richard Rohr, source)
Compare this to the Bible (Acts 11-12)
This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.
Richard Rohr and the Great Reset
Richard Rohr's message is substantially identical to what transmediums have been channeling about the Universal Cosmic Christ for about 100 years in preparation for the great apostasy, the persecution of Christians and a unified anti-church. We propose that these channeled entities are fallen angels. When we strip away the hand waving, Rohr denies Jesus' simple message:
Repent and be saved. (Mk 1:15)
I am The Way, the Life and the Truth, no one comes to the Father except through me. (Jn 14:6)
In a very practical way, Richard Rohr teaches an anti-Gospel.
|Deny the authority of the Bible||Affirm the authority of the Bible|
|Not surrender to Jesus||Surrender to Jesus (Mat 16:25)|
|Continue in sin, feel good about it||Repent and sin no more (Jn 8:11)|
|Impose sin on the rest of the culture through activism||Evangelize the culture to repent from sin and rebellion and surrender to Jesus (Mat 28:19)|
Richard Rohr's idealism is a spiritualized version of John Lennon's "Imagine"
John Lennon was an idealist. Richard Rohr has the same vision, except spiritualized. With Rohr's Universal Christ consciousness we can create a world where there is:
no hell below us, no countries, nothing to kill or die for, no religion, no possessions, no greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man, people sharing all the world.
The Great Reset adopts this vision with an totalitarian twist.
Patterns of loss of faith by those who follow Richard Rohr
There is a phenomenon around Christians who lose their faith after reading Richard Rohr. For example, the popular Christian singer Audrey Assad started reading Rohr because "we shouldn't be afraid of new ideas". She was attracted to his language of "inclusion", condemnation of "privilege", and endorsement of eastern mysticism. She eventually gave up Christianity completely. (source) This phenomenon is happening in Evangelical circles also (source), including Kevin Max, who was a lead singer for the popular Christian rock band, DC Talk. (source).
Where does the Universal Christ come from if not the Bible or Catholic doctrine?
Below is the Fr. Rohr's concept of the Universal Christ followed by corresponding concepts in eastern religions and channeled messages from the New Age.
Richard Rohr's message
The brilliance of Buddhism is that it put enlightenment front and centre, where as we [Christians] put ...salvation front and center, and its just messed up because Jesus was talking about enlightenment too, but we didn't let him do that, we turned him into an answer giver. Richard Rohr, source
The Universal Christ is another name for everything. (Richard Rohr, source)
[Enlightenment is] Recognizing Christ in oneself and Christ in everything else, a dog, a rock, a neighbor, a friend and a lover, oneness with all things.
Course in Miracles: In 1976, Helen Schucman, claimed that Jesus came to her, channeled this:
Although there are an infinite number of individual sons, they all share a single universal self, Christ. Christ is distinct from Jesus Christ. Your true self is walking with you in the person of your brother. Here's a prayer they lead you through today. "I choose a world forgiven in which everyone shows me the face of Christ and teaches me that what I look upon belongs to me." ... Today our sight is left indeed with one vision. We all look upon the face of him whose self is ours. God wants to reveal your holy self, the Christ, to you at last. The first Coming of Christ is just another name for the creation.
Elizabeth Clare Prophet: The path of the universal ChristThis is how Elizabeth Clare Prophet got acquainted with the Ascended Masters.
I began feeling the presence of the Ascended Masters in childhood and in my teen years and finally saw saw the master El Moriah.
She drew pictures of these Ascended Masters when they appear to people. She says
He appeared to me when was in college at Boston University. El Mariah came to me and answered my prayers of many years. I told god wanted to be in service in communicating his thinking to children. El Morya told me I must be trained to be a messenger so I could set forth the teachings. In time I was able to receive directly the teachings of the Ascended Masters which we have set forth in many books and publications on audio and video recordings. This work is rewarding because it always leads back to the individual, back to the real self, the inner self.
John Clemmo has a book called "Channeling". He quotes Elizabeth Clare Prophet as saying
The Ascended Masters have contacted mankind today in a very real way through the power of the spoken word. They are all reaching all who will hear the true message of the individual Christ self.
Here are some quotes from this.
Jesus as he breaks the bread and gives us each a piece of it. In that very act he is saying I am restoring to you that same Universal Christ that you have forgotten ... That piece of bread is still the fullness of the universal Christ you call to you as your beloved is your Christ self.
Saint john declares in the beginning was the word and the word was with god and the word was god ... Then the existence of the man Jesus who said referencing this Christ of his being "before Abraham was I am". This universal consciousness, this light is the only reality in the universe. The only begotten of the father. This great reality exists in every heart as the holy Christ. There is only one begotten son and that is the universal Christ.
"I am that I am" is the statement of eternal being whose being it was your being, my being. It was the universal light. It was the I am present that is the individual God awareness that you would mean every son and daughter of god Christ is Christ Jesus, the universal Christ.
John spoke of this light and he said that the light was true which lighteth every man in the world. We are all ignited by Christ by the Christ light we have seen glimpses of that Christ in the virtue and love of our friends and loved ones we find the light of Christ as through a prism reflected and refracted through all of us in some portion.
The individual Christ self is the mediator between spirit and matter between heaven and earth and he says I am the door. I am the shepherd of the sheepfold. He tells us no man cometh unto the father but by me. The me he is referring to is the Christ that he embodies. It is the universal Christ each one of us comes to. The heart of our own "I am" presence. Through our holy Christ self many people today are unwilling to see or bend the knee or to bow before the Christ in order to admit that they might receive Christ in themselves. If you cannot see the Christ in him you will not see the Christ in yourself for by him, the universal Christ, all things were made.
The mystery of the Christ is the mystery of reality. The reality of every man there is no greater reality than the reality of Christ the gnostics understood that we aspire to become when we aspire to become our real self we are becoming that Christ self ... Jesus revealed god to us. He taught us of the eternal father of the mystery of Christ that is within us. The Christ that is within us, the inner man.
Now here are Ascended Master dictated messages she has received:
Ascended Masters may have never known Jesus Christ on the outer but everyone who has ascended must come to that perfect love of the son of god of the universal Christ. The holy Christ is every son and daughter of god upon this planet, is one with Jesus Christ the ascended master. El Moriah explains:
According to her this is dictation from a spirit being from theocrafty
Your understanding of the one god and the Christ enables you to see that the one god and one Christ speaks to you. The I am present and Christ self as the manifestation of pure divinity and the pure son of god is the universal Christ whose body and bread are broken for you. You are partakers of the light one with the holy Christ self
She then quotes from sanat kumara, the lord of the world, the anagram for satan in theosophy who says
Unless you become the Christ you can by no ways enter in.
She then quotes from Sarah Pisbay who explains
Jesus is compassionate. When you call him he answers but his answer is always the activation of Christ in you. When Christians pray to him he acts hard to accelerate by his own life their self-awareness of Christ. They have said "I am well because Jesus did this to me" when in reality they are well because Jesus connected the soul of their being to their own Christ self and in that moment of their receipt of light everyone has known and understood in the heart the relationship of the Christ.
She concludes this by saying:
Rebirth then is the awakening and quickening of the soul that comes by the flame of the eternal Christ. The very personal Christ Jesus your very personal Christ self and the cosmic Christ whose consciousness is focused for us by Lord Maitreya
Brahman is the inherent unity of all non-spiritual entities (matter) and spiritual entities. There is one god who can be worshiped in many forms, as a baby, a friend a king a mother or a lover. The Upanishads teach that the individual self-expression of Brahman is the Atman. The quest of all religion is to unify the Atman with Brahman and when that is accomplished the student has reached Mosha. (Hinduism)
The Om also symbolizes “wholeness, perfection, and the infinite.” On many statues and Eastern Asian monuments, the Buddhist Om is featured by a pair of fierce guardian kings, one which pronounces the A part while the other pronounces the UM. Together, these kings are considered to be saying “the absolute.”
Eckart Tolle: New age, non-Christian
Everything is ultimately divine and our purpose as spiritual beings is through mindfulness practices is to shift our awareness from ego to presence, from thinking to pure consciousness, we get out of the way my ego mind it shifts presence. That's where we have freedom from suffering because we're no longer identified to the stories in our mind. The mental chatter that constructs the forms. We have this base of non-duality where we're no longer judging the thought. Where we're identified with the thinker, we're now just the observer, and we recognize the observer within everything else.
Eckart Tolle in 2006:
Jesus speaks of the innermost "i am" the essence and identity of every man, every woman, every life form. Some christian mystics have called it the Christ within Buddhists call it your Buddha nature for Hindus it is the Atman the indwelling god in the power of now.
Eckart Tolle in 1999 he says:
Christ is your god essence or the south as it is sometimes called in the east. Christ refers to your indwelling divinity regardless of whether or not you are conscious of it. If Christ were to return tomorrow in some external life form what could he possibly say to you other than this i am the truth i am divine present i am eternal life i am within you i am here i am now … [He then goes and quotes the gospel of Thomas] Jesus speaking entirely from his essence of Christ's identity says in the gospel of Thomas split a piece of wood i am there with a stone you will find me there even makes that distinction between Jesus speaking in the Christ speaking.
ABC interview he said
I believe that what Jesus Christ was really showing was the divinity in everyone
Barbara Marks Hubbard: New Age book "From Ego to Essence" (from personal self to the universal self)
The medieval artists portrayed the Christ, the virgin Mary, the saints, giving us images of divinity yet still seeing it as outside ourselves. We call upon our artist to provide for us images that invoke from us what we are from the beginning. That drama dramatized the WHOLE STORY OF CREATION so we can see ourselves being born as universal humans and a universal humanity. We are actually an expression of the great creating process itself. All capitalized the essential self is the personal expression of that process incarnating in each of us as us as we embody the emergent process and as we mature as universal humans we become conscious co-prayer participants in the very process of evolution we are an incarnation of the beloved we have been seeking.
Paramahansa Yogananda: Book called "Second Coming of Christ, the Resurrection of the Christ within you"
Paramahansa Yogananda was a famous Indian Hindu Yogi came to North American in 1920's. Commenting on the opening verses of St. John:
The Universal Christ manifestation of god, is intelligence and creative vibration at the birth of creation… during the process of … the [mediator’s] consciousness experiences within the vehicles of his expanded self, the presence within him of Christ Consciousness even as Jesus felt the Universal Christ expressed in his body and taught his disciples to do likewise. The devotee feels his consciousness one with the Universal Christ Jesus through the consciousness of the Universal Christ within him came to show that grace and truth and goodness flow from the same divine source.
Thomas clearly perceived the distinction between the universal Christ and its manifestation in human form as the messiah since the Christ consciousness was steadily and fully reflected in the life and consciousness of Jesus he let himself be called Christ but explain that Christ's consciousness could not accurately be called the son of David.
The Son of God, is the macrocosmic Universal omnipresent Christ consciousness the pure reflection of God in all creation. The Son of Man refers to the manifested Christ consciousness as experienced and expressed in and through the incarnate consciousness of the life of Jesus.
Jesus let himself be called Christ but explained that Christ's consciousness could not accurately be called the son of David.
The connection between Richard Rohr's teachings and the Luciferians
Here is the connection between Richard Rohr and the lucifarians.
- Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was a lucifarian who introduced the Ascended Masters to the world.
- Blavatsky was succeeded by Alice Baily in the 1920's who continued to channel the Ascended Masters.
- Elizabeth Clare Prophet took over from Baily in the 1960's to 2009. She said the Ascended Masters are spiritual entities that have come to "instruct" humanity. The entity, Sanat Kumara, is the leader of the Ascended Masters and is called the lord of the world. Jesus said satan is the prince of this world (Jn 12:31). New Age author Dane Rudhyar says satan is an anagram for Sanat Kumara.
- Elizabeth Clare Prophet's book Path of the Universal Christ is substantially identical to Richard Rohrs book, The Universal Christ.
- The Ascended Masters have a history that mirrors the fallen angels in the Book of Enoch and the Early Church fathers spoke of them.
- The Bible says in the end times satan will come disguised as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14).
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (1831–1891) was an occultist and honorary Freemason who co-founded Theosophy. She is the source of the Ascended Masters teaching. Ms. Blavatsky founded Lucifer Magazine and is credited by historians to be the mother of the New Age movement. Blavatsky would try to unify religious systems, blending Gnosticism and western esotericism with eastern mysticism and Egyptian mystery schools. She published 800 articles in the theosophical magazine called Lucifer.
She taught that satan, Lucifer in the story of Genesis, liberated man from the confines and constructs Jehovah imposed on them. She claims Jehovah was evil for trapping and containing mankind and these systems of thought that prohibited freedom of thinking and freedom of the will. Blavatsky claims that Lucifer came and illuminated them and freed them from that bondage and enlightened them and in one sense continues to do that every time we actualize self-sovereignty in our thinking.
Compare this to Richard Rohr, who says "This stuff just comes to me". He denies there is such thing as sin. He asserts that the Church uses the fall of Adam and Eve to control people which he calls "sin management".
We have a separate article on Helena Blavatsky and the lucifarians.
The Bible predicted this
12 For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:12)
... do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming ... (1 Jn 4:1-3)
3 But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by its cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 4 For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or a different gospel... such boasters are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 .... Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is not strange if his ministers also disguise themselves as ministers of righteousness. (2 Cor 11:3-15)
In the last time there will be scoffers, indulging their own ungodly lusts.”19 It is these worldly people, devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions. (Jude 1:17)
Some of the quotes and ideas in this article can be found in the YouTube video Ex New Age Guru debunks the Universal Christ.
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