The article shared below was written by Marcia Montenegro and can also be found on the Christian Answers for the New Age (CANA) Facebook page. Formerally immersed in the New Age, Marcia is a Sister-in-Christ who lovingly endeavors to expose the dangers of New Age practices by utilizing a Biblical perspective. Marcia also has a degree in Religion from Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. Please consider visiting her website, as well as setting apart time to pray for her…The work she does is incredibly important. Thank you! Meridith
Many Christian Enneagram proponents, including a lot of pastors, claim that “to know God, you must know yourself.” In support of this, they cite Calvin and/or Augustine (Calvin got it from Augustine). I am still hearing this now, “to know God, you must know yourself.” Sometimes Calvin or Augustine are referenced, sometimes not.
It has spilled over into the rather ludicrous idea that the more you know yourself, the more you can know God, which is far afield from any thought of Augustine, and is certainly foreign to the Bible.
Augustine is being taken entirely out of context! Augustine was talking about knowing one’s self as a sinner who therefore needs God, and his prayer was that he would forget self and think more on God.
“Lord Jesus, let me know myself and know You,
And desire nothing save only You.
Let me hate myself and love You.
Let me do everything for the sake of You.
Let me humble myself and exalt You.
Let me think of nothing except You.
Let me die to myself and live in You.
Let me accept whatever happens as from You.
Let me banish self and follow You,
And ever desire to follow You.
Let me fly from myself and take refuge in You,
That I may deserve to be defended by You.
Let me fear for myself, let me fear You,
And let me be among those who are chosen by You.
Let me distrust myself and put my trust in You.
Let me be willing to obey for the sake of You.
Let me cling to nothing save only to You,
And let me be poor because of You.
Look upon me, that I may love You.
Call me that I may see You,
And for ever enjoy You.
—St. Augustine of Hippo
CANA: Does that sound like Augustine was saying we need to take a deep dive into ourselves so that by knowing ourselves we would know God?
How would we know God by knowing ourselves anyway? We know God through his word and through knowing Jesus Christ as the Redeemer.
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:36
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:20
CANA: I have said as a Christian who was formerly a professional astrologer that in astrology, you are always the center of the chart. This is true for the Enneagram as well. You are at the center of the Enneagram, not God. Neither God nor the Gospel can be put into the Enneagram because the nature of the Enneagram is antithetical to the Gospel.
We are destroying arguments and all arrogance raised against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:5
Meridith: Friends, please pray our church families. If the Disciple (and Apostle) Peter could get “off-track” and add to the cross of Christ (as he did in Galatians 2), we all can…and often do. It’s crucial that we humble ourselves and pray often! All the while testing every message against God’s Word (the Bible).
When reading an article, watching a vlog, or listening to a podcast, make sure to set-apart time to check those messages. It’s imperative that we measure the truth claims made by ourselves and others alongside Scripture…in an attempt to “hold fast to what is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21) and to “test the spirits” (1 John 4:1). For example, if you are consuming the narrative where “self” is referred to as “True,” “Divine,” or “Authentic,” be very careful! These terms may sound Biblical and yet they are also utilized poetically in the New Age to speak of who we have *always been.* However, Paul writes of the “new self” in Ephesians chapter 4 as the brand new life Jesus has given us. His life. Paul encourages the church in Ephesus to abandon the old desires that lead them before they were crucified with Christ, and to submit to Jesus’s leading. New refers to something that wasn’t within us previously. The righteousness and peace we have been given is not something we produce,…but is Jesus, Himself. We walk in Him by His Grace, and move in His strength. All is a gift…not for our glory, but for His. Not for our purposes, but for His.
Keep praying and getting into His Word, sisters! God got this.