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    by A. Brother

    Why do these thousands of young people (and even some older)

    flock to these men and women?

    Simple-but overlooked.

    This generation has been raised on complete "self-focus". It is all

    about feeling good, all about self. These movements all share one

    thing in common. It is all about "Us" at the center. They are not

    worshiping God, they are worshiping at the shrine of self-fulfillment

    and practicing the same religion as those who are addicted to

    alcohol, drugs, or sex.

    When I speak with our younger generation, this is what comes

    across all the time-their need and desire to fulfill all their dreams

    and goals and inner urges.

    Why are we surprised, brethren, when most of us were raised in

    selfishness? When we were taught that worship is for us - to make

    us feel good. Our self- focused worship is what I experienced

    growing up as a young man in pentecostal churches. We began

    the practices, and now this self-absorbed generation, which we

    raised!-is off seeking even more and higher levels of addiction to

    feelings! Why are we surprised?

    And when they come out of the other side of the churches-the high

    liturgy group-they have the same urge. They see these movements

    as a "happy pill" that will deliver them from dead religion.

    The Scripture tells us that religion, in all its forms, whether the

    "ecstasy movements" such as the eastern mystics practice, where

    they seek higher levels of consciousness-in other words, they focus

    again on "self" - or the esoteric brands, which by self-denial focus

    again on self (and Paul warns us about these), is dead and

    worthless and of no account to the Kingdom of God and Christ...

    It has been our groundlaying of self-focused religious fervor that has

    enabled this generation to seek these terrible, satanic routes to

    personal ecstasy.

    Letīs remember, though, that Christ is all for His people. He gives

    us joy in our trials, and strength and power by His Spirit to live,

    not through our worship experiences, but through His presence.

    He is with us at all times, not just when we "feel good"