"The Christians had the Scriptures. But Knowing God througha written book was considered Head knowledge and insufficient for a spiritual life. The Gnostics offered experiential knowledge, the deeper things that came from the spirit."
Which Jesus Do You Follow? by M. DauerFUNDAMENTAL ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY: • Based on: God's Word. • Acknowledges: Deity of Jesus Christ. • Believes: Man is basically sinful, and only GOD can correct the evil in him. • Gives glory to: GOD • God: Believe in a PERSONAL GOD who is all good. • Salvation: Spiritual rebirth that takes place when an individual chooses to believe by faith the DEITY of JESUS CHRIST, recognises the SIN in his life and chooses to follow Christ and turn from his sin according to the Scriptures. • Faith based on: The Word of God. • The Answer: Jesus Christ - according to the Scriptures. • Christ: Jesus Christ, the one and only fully God and fully man. • The Bible: NOTHING should be added and NOTHING should be taken away from the Bible. It is the COMPLETE WORD OF GOD. Interpreted literally and the literal meaning received. • Commitment: To the Lord Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures. GNOSTIC/NEW AGE THOUGHT: • Based on: Man's word. • Acknowledges: Deity of man. • Believes: Man is good and getting better. • Gives glory to: Self • God: Belief in God or a great force or energy or One Mind. An impersonal God with both good and bad. • Salvation: Spiritual awakening that comes when an individual experiences "his own divinity". • Faith based on: Experience. • The Answer: Finding the "self" or "god" within and striving with "works". • Christ: A position of status held by all deserving members. Arrived at by "self", "experience" and "works". • The Bible: They pick and choose Scriptures to suit their purposes. They say the Scriptures can be "interpreted" in many different ways. Spiritualised to say whatever they want.• Commitment: To self - or God through a passive or emotional experiential form of religion. . . . they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also other Scriptures, unto their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16)
RE: so broad...The long, 2 pages article in first link in OP names names,so you can say "hey, it's not about me, so it must be only about other people" - but that's not the case, it concerns us all. To accuse someone with "the reason to write warnings likethat 'in broad' is to accuse other people is a silly accusation.What's more serious is to confuse the apostles with gnostics,assuming their experiences had anything to do with ourcurrent time lust for going far beyond that. When the standardare current day heretics it may not be easy to detect something as old as gnosticism as a principle for anybody living in the year 2017, and takes a lot of reading and even more unlearning of false teachings. If someone wants to keep it really simple, you can gowith the last statement: "One of the characteristics of a false prophet, albeit sometimes hard to detect, is the lack of love toward the commandments of God."I wouldn't say that's hard to detect. The epistles 1John + 2John is enough by itself to prove them wrong.That's why no false prophet/teacher will teach why it's a sure way to distinguish between the lightof salvation and the light that is darkness.Once that is sorted out, and it has not been sorted out yeton the broad road of opinions, it may be possible to understand the difference between sensuality and spirituality. And why Christian spirituality is not sensual,and mysticism has no place in Christian spirituality.