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May 16, 2004

Demi, Britney, Madonna, Kabbalah

Scientology has some competition among Hollywood's A-List.  Chuck Colson reports that celebrities like Demi Moore, Britney Spears and Madonna can be seen regularly at L.A.'s Kabbalah Center which, despite its name (which refers to a medieval form of Jewish mysticism), is more a revival of the ancient gnostic heresy.
While it may be easy to snicker at these celebrities, though, Colson cautions that a form of gnosticism is seeping into some areas of the Christian church in America.  Far too many who profess to be followers of Christ practice in reality a "religion [that] is based on personal experience and has little room for tradition or authority. The goal of their religion is 'to be alone with God or Jesus.'"  Thus unmoored from the anchor of Scripture (which records all that God chose to reveal about Himself), they feel free to construct a concept of God that is limited only by their imaginations.

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