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Doreen Virtue & Steven Bancarz

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I wasn't sure where to put this post. I hope this is the right place.

I am curious about what everyone thinks of Doreen Virtue. For those who are not familiar with her work, until last year she worked primarily with tarot cards, predictions, astrology, new age, etc. She spoke a lot about angels and sometimes about Jesus. She said that she felt called to attend church and started to go to church, and had a vision of Jesus in the church. She immediately renounced all of her work, stopped production of her products, removed all references possible to her previous work, and changed her life. It has been just over one year since this change, and she speaks publicly about her journey and how she is discovering some of her previous work is being distributed and is trying to stop it. She seems very genuine as she has faced a great deal of criticism from both sides (new age and Christian), and she continues to diligently follow the teachings of the bible. She also does bible study in social media, where she discusses the bible and encourages people to read the entire bible.

I also saw a discussion she had with a fellow former-new ager on youtube named Steven Bancarz who had great wealth with his work but then found himself to feel empty despite his riches. He then became born again Christian and speaks about Christianity and renounces his former practice on youtube.

I'm not sure how common this is but these were 2 high profile people in the new age lifestyle.
 

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I wasn't sure where to put this post. I hope this is the right place.

I am curious about what everyone thinks of Doreen Virtue. For those who are not familiar with her work, until last year she worked primarily with tarot cards, predictions, astrology, new age, etc. She spoke a lot about angels and sometimes about Jesus. She said that she felt called to attend church and started to go to church, and had a vision of Jesus in the church. She immediately renounced all of her work, stopped production of her products, removed all references possible to her previous work, and changed her life. It has been just over one year since this change, and she speaks publicly about her journey and how she is discovering some of her previous work is being distributed and is trying to stop it. She seems very genuine as she has faced a great deal of criticism from both sides (new age and Christian), and she continues to diligently follow the teachings of the bible. She also does bible study in social media, where she discusses the bible and encourages people to read the entire bible.

I also saw a discussion she had with a fellow former-new ager on youtube named Steven Bancarz who had great wealth with his work but then found himself to feel empty despite his riches. He then became born again Christian and speaks about Christianity and renounces his former practice on youtube.

I'm not sure how common this is but these were 2 high profile people in the new age lifestyle.
Never heard of them. It sounds like they shouldn't be getting criticised by Christians, from what you have stated.
 

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God will call His people from everywhere. These sound like genuine conversions . New Age is a very dangerous place to be, but with God all things are possible. I have heard of it before and Jesus has saved them from ruining this life and the next by calling them out of the darkness. We have a merciful and loving God.
 

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It doesn't seem too many Christians criticize them (I haven't seen it myself) but they have stated this. I think most of the criticism comes from the New Age side which makes sense. To be honest, the main catalyst that led to my decision to learn to develop a relationship with and trust God again is because out of the blue I decided to look up Doreen Virtue, as I had not viewed her content in at least a year, so I was surprised when I saw her new path. Imagine how many people were dedicated to the new age because of these two people & are now rethinking everything, such as myself. I now for the first time in my life want to read the entire bible.
 
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I hope Christians aren't hard on her. New Age people...ugh. From the few people I've known who were deeply involved in New Age stuff--chakras, crystals, gurus, etc.--they're often boiling pots an anger underneath the cool, enlightened facade. I don't know what that's about...
 

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I hope Christians aren't hard on her. New Age people...ugh. From the few people I've known who were deeply involved in New Age stuff--chakras, crystals, gurus, etc.--they're often boiling pots an anger underneath the cool, enlightened facade. I don't know what that's about...
That hasn't been my experience with new age but it's different for everyone. When I watch her live bible studies the comments are all SOOO kind and loving, so I imagine most of the criticism has passed now. She says no matter what, she will never go back. She was baptised shortly after her experience.
 

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It doesn't seem too many Christians criticize them (I haven't seen it myself) but they have stated this. I think most of the criticism comes from the New Age side which makes sense. To be honest, the main catalyst that led to my decision to learn to develop a relationship with and trust God again is because out of the blue I decided to look up Doreen Virtue, as I had not viewed her content in at least a year, so I was surprised when I saw her new path. Imagine how many people were dedicated to the new age because of these two people & are now rethinking everything, such as myself. I now for the first time in my life want to read the entire bible.
That's fantastic! There is much about the New Age movement that I find wanting. Of course I would say that as a Christian, however, ideas have consequences and in the marketplace of ideas, not all ideas are equal, often times not even close.
 

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I've never heard of either of these two, but praise the Lord two more are added to His Kingdom as the angels in heaven rejoice :woot2
New Age is a very deceiving occult that entices others to its deceiving beliefs.
 

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I've never heard of either of these two, but praise the Lord two more are added to His Kingdom as the angels in heaven rejoice :woot2
New Age is a very deceiving occult that entices others to its deceiving beliefs.
I had no idea about the connection between new age and occult. I'm just starting to learn now.
 

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http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/2001/06/what-new-agers-believe.aspx


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  1. DOREEN VIRTUE BOMBSHELL: NOW A CHRISTIAN PROMOTING JESUS
2. EVEN MORE ABOUT DOREEN VIRTUE CHRISTIAN TURNAROUND

Virtue was a Wiccan before this. Now she's using a new avenue to appeal to the new Christianity. That which goes to the left and espouses everything contrary to orthodoxy.
IMO, it's a sham. I don't know anything about the Bancarz guy .
hello SytheF, dirtfarmer here

I am in agreement with you. Colossians 2:18 states. " Let not man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind." From what I have read she intends to worship angels to a greater degree.
 
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Quote- "Doreen Virtue...She also does bible study in social media, where she discusses the bible and encourages people to read the entire bible."
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I'd tell people to read the gospels FIRST AND FOREMOST, then the NT, then the OT.
 

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I have heard of both, but have more experience with Steven Bancarz, heard his testimony, from what I can see/discern, believe him to be genuine.... We continue to test the fruit, listen for the praise of Jesus, and embrace those whom earnestly call upon the Name of Jesus. :)
 

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