By Steven Bancarz| So here we are. Almost four years after the creation of the “Spirit Science and Metaphysics” Facebook page, and almost three years after the creation of the corresponding website, I have been shown and decided that it is time to fully move on from this brand and all projects associated with it. And by that, I mean tonight the website will be completely taken offline, the community groups will no longer be active, and the Facebook page will have all its admins removed and will be renamed and totally revamped after this article has went out.
I started the Facebook page in November of 2012 in my pursuit of the truth. Not “truth” as a subjective internal reality, but “truth” as it exists in actuality. This was all I ever really cared about, initially anyways. And the time and effort I put into researching these things was obsessive. Pyramid technology, God, the pineal gland, astral projection, ancient astronaut theory, etc. It seemed like my path was being affirmed to me through “synchronicities” and coincidences that seemed to confirm to me that I was on the right track.
After building a page with over 700k likes and having a New Age website that was getting over 100k website views each day, I was SURE that I was being blessed by the “Universe” for my service to humanity. Why would I be blessed with living the life I wanted if what I was doing was at enmity with God? I believed I was waking people up out of false programs and into the truth of a universal spirituality that encompassed bits of wisdom from all traditions, and that God was blessing me for this.
I really thought I was only the right path. I had a career that was promising and continuing to grow, a new website about to launch, and everything I believed seemed to be accurate and to check out with my research at the time. I thought I knew it all. I even thought I had transcended the need for “faith”, seeing it as a play in consciousness and an object of my observation that needed to be witnessed from a distance as a passing form.
Until I felt the supernatural presence and glory of Jesus and had my world turned upside down overnight.
In case you haven’t seen it, here is my testimony summarizing my journey through the New Age movement to Jesus Christ:
This was an answer to all the spiritual intuitions I had been suppressing about Jesus Christ. I didn’t know there was a personal supernatural component to Jesus. I didn’t know what the “Holy Spirit” was or how He functioned. I just thought Jesus was a religious figure who taught love and self-discovery like all the rest, and the things I couldn’t answer I would suppress and justify through some stretch of New Age philosophy.
But when He presses into you and you press into Him, EVERYTHING changes. When you feel the Holy Spirit it’s over. Your life as you know it is done. You have found God and He lives in your spirit permanently now. It’s when life really begins, that moment when we come into supernatural contact with the living presence of God. Not coming into contact with a belief or an image of God in our minds, or with a mentally construed idea of God that we emotionally respond to, it’s something beyond this world that our spirit comes into the presence of.
It brings you new life, regenerates you, and even secures for you a spot in Heaven for eternity. This is how good God is. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done, you can have God and His Promises at any time you want through a relationship with Jesus that comes with faith and repentance. It’s so good. But one of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of sin and righteousness, and that’s what God started showing me.
His spirit began to confirm to me that the New Age movement is a spiritual deception. Everything from deeply rooted occult topics like the Ascended Masters of the Theosophical Society, to the pop-culture pantheistic teachings of Deepak Chopra.
I realized God is a personal being and had a light come on that showed me everything in the New Age from the perspective of the Holy Spirit, and my mind was blown. I put together this website to address some of the topics in the New Age, and will continue to try to help those who don’t know Jesus in this way to be able to see that the spirituality of the New Age is not safe and not true.
Why delete the website and Facebook page?
After reflection and prayer and simply being honest with myself, I have decided that I can no longer in good conscience be a part of a brand in any way, shape, or form, that has to do with anything other than helping people find liberty and peace in Jesus. I initially saw these as an opportunity to minister, but to be honest I was just deceiving myself out of fear and selfishness. I can’t in good conscience remain attached to information/brand that is not bringing people closer to God or that contradicts the Gospel of Jesus in any way.
If Jesus is who He claimed to be, then every other spiritual path is by default a no-go. It’s at the very least incomplete, at the most deceptive. I try to explain why and how these things are the case on this website so I won’t go into it all here. But if Jesus really did resurrect from the dead, than He is the authority on all topics ranging from the afterlife to how to have a relationship with God. Taking this into account, the New Age is very clearly something to not be a part of because it stands opposed to the core teachings of Jesus.
The reason this is scary for me is because this is an end of 4 year journey. It’s also the end of my income. After I deleted the New Age inspired articles off my old site, I was still making enough to balance out my business expenses and pay rent to my parents (where I am currently living). This reason, along with the reason that I was using my share permissions on other pages to share Christ-based articles on from the SSM website to other pages to minister to people, are the reasons I kept the site and Facebook page up. Deleting this website will cause me to be in the hole each and every month for a while.
By contrast, I was making on average over $40,000 a month as a New Age blogger off of ad revenue. I don’t say this to boast in my past life but to address the claim that many have said that this is some kind of business tactic for me. That I am doing this to advance myself in the world or something. It’s cost me everything and has resulted in the most intense form of persecution I have ever experienced.
Ever had thousands of people declaring you’re nuts? Mocking you? Telling you to kill yourself? It can get intense. But ironically it’s actually fulfilling the prophecy of Jesus that we will be hated by all men for His name’s sake.
I have seen and had all I thought I wanted in life, and it all proved to be nothing. Even my worldly wisdom was shown to be futility in the presence of God. It was a hard pill to swallow, but I realized in His Presence that I needed Him. I was lost. I didn’t really know which way was up and which way was down in regards to God. I needed help and the occultism and New Thought was not satisfying me. There was something missing.
That “void” is the hole of eternity that God put in our hearts that can only be filled by Him. How do we get to Him? Through His Son, Jesus. Jesus took our sins upon himself and removed from our spirits and history everything that keeps us separated from the righteousness of God. Faith in Jesus. Not trying to mimic his consciousness like I was once thought, but childlike faith from the heart in what He did on the cross. This creates a spiritual transaction between us and God that wipes us totally clean and cloaks us in His righteousness. It’s so amazing to feel. It’s about relationship with His Spirit, not following an ideology.
Moving forward, there are several places to stay connected for those who would like to follow what I will be releasing things regarding what Jesus has done in my life, how we can understand and know Jesus, and why the New Age movement and all things in it should be avoided:
Thank you for all your love and support over the years. It was a wild ride. I met some awesome people along the way (most of which spite me now for preaching Jesus but it was at least nice to meet them), and I learned a lot. Whether you know Jesus as your Saviour or not, the fact that you would take the time to read this is just so cool to me. I know some of you have been following my journey since 2012 and I want you to know something:
I love you and care about you. I care about the eternity of your soul. I care about the truth. The truth led me to Jesus, and as long as you stay connected to my projects I will keep putting in the time and effort to answer questions, concerns, and make sense of the person of Jesus for you. I want you to really know Jesus in your spirit in a supernatural way. I will try my best to demonstrate why Jesus is who he claimed to be, and why the New Age movement is not true or safe.
Not out of spite, but out of a constructive effort from love to meet you where you are at. As Jesus did for me in my darkest moments.