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Unity School of ‘Christianity’

Carol Brooks

Also See Article by Probe Ministries below

Perhaps best known for its publication The Daily Word, Unity School of Christianity is a classic new age cult that has the outward appearance of a Christian organization, but holds pantheistic or new age beliefs at its core.

Unity Church of Christianity
Unity, based on prayer and the power of mind over body, was founded in 1889 in Kansas City, Missouri, by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore.

The couple who had three young boys, suffered from some lifelong physical ailments and constantly sought healing. Eventually they attended a lecture by metaphysician E.B. Weeks (a disciple of Phineas Quimby - below), "and Myrtle came away with a startling new idea: "I am a child of God, and therefore I do not inherit sickness."" [01]

Myrtle subsequently recovered from chronic tuberculosis, attributing her recovery to prayer and other methods learned in Weeks' classes. After Charles also began to investigate spiritual principles his own leg, that had been injured in a childhood ice skating accident, was healed.

The Fillmores also became devotees of Ralph Waldo Emerson and studied with the leading teachers of the day, including Mary Baker Eddy and Emma Curtis Hopkins. [02]

In 1893 the couple attended the first Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago, "where they were strongly influenced by Hindu philosopher Swami Vivekananda, who spoke of religious tolerance and universal acceptance." [03] See Parliament of the World's Religions

Tracing The New Thought Movement
The New Thought movement can be traced back to Phineas Parkhurst Quimby but has continued down though the years through people like the Fillmores and Hopkins, then through Norman Vincent Peale and Robert Schuller in our day. See Footnote I (Tracing The New Thought Movement) and Footnote II (Eric Butterworth)

To share what they had learned, Charles and Myrtle Fillmore began to publish a magazine called Modern Thought - the first issue of which came out in 1889. "The farm they initially established to grow produce for their vegetarian restaurant in downtown Kansas City is now Unity Village, Missouri, a 1,200-acre incorporated town and the world headquarters for the enduring Unity movement". [04]

Unity Village boasts Mediterranean style architecture, large fountains,  an award-winning rose garden, and two buildings that are included on the National Register of Historic Places. To say nothing of the golf course, hotel and conference center, bookstore and coffee shop, nature trail, and indoor and outdoor wedding and reception venues.

In the words of the organization,

    Unity is a positive, practical, approach to Christianity based on the teachings of Jesus and the power of prayer. Unity honors the universal truths in all religions and respects each individual's right to choose a spiritual path. We have no creeds or doctrines. Instead, we offer you tools and teachings that will awaken your own power and potential. [05]

In answer to the question of whether they believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ, they say 

    Yes, Unity teaches that the spirit of God lived in Jesus, just as it lives in every person. Every person has the potential to express the perfection of Christ as Jesus did, by being more Christlike in everyday life. [06]

See Charles Fillmore's version of the 23rd Psalm Footnote III

They also state that "Unity teachings are based on universal spiritual principles that run like a thread through the world's religions". The first two 'spiritual principles listed are,

    1) God is all there is, present everywhere, and absolute good."

    2) Human beings are created in the image of God and our very essence is divine; therefore, we are inherently good. [07]

And in answer to the question of what they teach about sin and salvation, heaven and hell, they state

    Sin is our separation from God, the Good, in consciousness. Salvation is now - not something that occurs after death. It happens whenever we turn our thoughts from fear, anxiety, worry, and doubt to thoughts of love, harmony, joy, and peace. The "fall" takes place in consciousness whenever we fall into negative habits of thinking. Heaven and hell are states of consciousness, not geographical locations. We make our own heaven or hell here and now by our thoughts, words, and deeds. [08]

See Sin   Salvation   Heaven   Hell

Affirmative Prayer
When asked what affirmative prayer is the Unity website says (All Emphasis Added)

    When most people think of prayer, they think of asking God for something.

    Not so in Unity.

    Unity uses "affirmative prayer." Rather than begging or beseeching God, this method involves connecting with the spirit of God within and asserting positive beliefs about the desired outcome. Affirmative prayer is the same method of prayer Jesus taught when he said, "So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours" (Mark 11:24).

    If, for example, one were to pray traditionally, one might say: "Please God, help me find a job." By contrast, an affirmative prayer might be: "I am now guided to my right and perfect employment."

    Affirmative prayer reflects the certainty that we are each being led to our highest good, despite any temporary appearances.

See Quotes from Charles Fillmore's book Christian Healing Footnote IV

    Metaphysicians believe that thoughts transmit magnetic energy and this energy attracts other energy of the same frequency. Whether you are conscious of it or not, your thoughts are transmitting energy that is attracting more of the same. When you remain focused on your intentions, you will draw those things into your life.

    Rosemary Ellen Guiley, author of Prayer Works, states that affirmative prayer "sets into motion the forces that enable us to manifest what we pray for."

    She adds, "Prayer is ineffective when it is accompanied or followed by negative thinking, or the endless repeating of affirmations. We have to put power and intensity into our thought, change our thought, and believe in the guidance we are receiving. If we spend energy on negative beliefs and feelings, we will get negative results, even if we and others pray daily for us. For example, if you pray for a job and then complain to others that you have no job or can't find one, you are undermining your prayer."

    By using an affirmative prayer approach, we can visualize and plan for the future with faith that the power of God is continually blessing our lives with unlimited possibilities. Affirmative prayer leads to an awakening of our spiritual selves. In faith, we pray giving thanks in advance that the Universe is meeting our every need. [09]

Sound Familiar?

It is deeply alarming that most Christians seem to be blissfully unaware of the fact that the principles of the Word-Faith movement being trumpeted from pulpits across the land, not only stems from the same occult sources as the spiritual movement known as New Thought, but uses exactly the same terminology and techniques.

See The Prosperity Gospel and The Word of Faith Movement  
Chapter IV includes Negative Confession In The Old Testament Did Not Cause Negative Circumstances

Footnote I -
Tracing The New Thought Movement
Most people in the Christian world are familiar (at least to some extent) with Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormons. Yet the name Phineas Parkhurst Quimby (February 16, 1802 – January 16, 1866) -  an unschooled Maine clock-maker and a spiritual teacher, mesmerist, and inventor who believed that he had rediscovered the lost healing methods of Jesus - is relatively unknown.

However his influence is even more widespread and equally deadly. Several of today's cults and heresies have been directly or indirectly influenced by Quimby whose work is widely recognized as leading to the New Thought movement. Worse! his influence has permeated down into the very fabric of the church. 

Although there are differences between the teachings of Christian Science and those of Quimby Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, was a patient of Quimby’s and shared his view that disease is rooted in a mental cause. What she learned from Quimby's teachings led to her own unique ideas about metaphysical healing.

Emma Curtis Hopkins, the author of "High Mysticism" and "Scientific Christian Mental Practice" was a student of Mary Baker Eddy and Christian Science, who started her own school...

Among her students were many who later became prominent teachers and leaders within the New Thought movement, including Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, founders of the Unity School of Christianity, H. Emilie Cady, author of the Unity textbook "Lessons in Truth," also Ernest Holmes, founder of the worldwide Religious Science Movement and author of The Science of Mind, sometimes called one of the greatest New Thought books ever written. Science of Mind is a spiritual, philosophical and metaphysical religious movement within the New Thought movement.

Note: Norman Vincent Peale credited his theology of positive thinking to Ernest Holmes. On the back cover of Science of Mind Peale wrote

    "I believe God was in this man, Ernest Holmes. He was in tune with the Infinite."

The back cover of Ernest Holmes: His Life and Times bears Peale's tribute

    "Only those who knew me as a boy can fully appreciate what Ernest Holmes did for me. Why, he made me a positive thinker."

So called 'Christian minister' Robert Schuller talked about how Peale had been his inspiration and mentor and how he had started the positive thinking movement. Schuller then said he had swallowed it: "Hook, line, and sinker." See Robert Schuller and The New Age.

Footnote II - Eric Butterworth (1916-2003)
Butterworth’s mother, May Butterworth, became a Unity minister in 1941. He soon began his own training for the ministry at Unity Village, Missouri. He left to join the army. As a lieutenant in the Medical Corps he trained medical personnel and also served as chaplain and counselor. After World War II, he returned to his ministerial studies. He was ordained in 1948.... In 1961, he began his ministry in New York City. His Sunday lectures were held at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and then Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, where the weekly attendance grew to several thousand. [11]

The following is what Butterworth's site says about him. (All Emphasis Added)

    Eric Butterworth often referred to as a "Twentieth Century Emerson", was considered "a legend and spiritual icon in the Unity Movement" establishing three Unity ministries. "The author of 16 best-selling books on metaphysical spirituality, a gifted theologian, philosopher, and lecturer, Eric was a highly respected New Age pioneer and innovator of New Thought, whose life was dedicated to helping people to help themselves"...

    His teaching was focused on the Divinity of all people, and his desire was that everyone would know their Oneness with God. A visionary and an innovator, he originated the Spiritual Therapy Workshops, which he conducted for over 35 years. And, as a pioneer radio broadcaster, he began his daily messages, which at times went around the world, with the words: "You can change your life by altering your thoughts." [12 ]

Dr. Maya Angelou called Butterworth her "teacher" and he was the first Unity minister to appear on Oprah. Apparently his book, Discover the Power Within You was a favorite in Oprah Winfrey’s personal library about which she said, "This book changed my perspective on life and religion. Eric Butterworth teaches that God isn't "up there." He exists inside each one of us, and it's up to us to seek the divine within."

Unity Center DC writes (All Emphasis Added)

    "Eric Butterworth believes that the greatest discovery of all time was of the divine dimension of every human being. Christianity has emphasized Jesus' divinity, but Jesus himself taught the divinity of man. His most vital mission on earth was to help humanity discover this" and "the entire gospel explores techniques for unfolding this divine potential."

    "Not one person in a million is living up to the best within him," writes Butterworth. "The great wisdom of the ages still lies locked in the depths of man's mental capacity, the great possibility of health and healing and eternal life still lies undiscovered in the depths of man's inner life, and the great key to success and opulence still lies within man's undiscovered potential."

    Jesus, according to Butterworth, was "perhaps ahead of his time" in that he taught of the endless potential of humanity and its spiritual unity with God while presenting "a workable philosophy, a way of life." [13 ]

Intellectual Dishonesty
However, Eric Butterworth did what people commonly do - embrace parts of the Bible and reject the rest.

For example, his teaching is based on the belief that some two thousand years ago a man named Jesus found and shared the secret of divinity. The only source that tells us that Jesus lived two centuries ago is the Bible. Quite apparently, Butterworth believed this, but then proceeded to ignore everything else the New Testament said about what He said and did on earth. This is carrying cherry picking to the extreme and is not only dishonest, but self serving.

Footnote III - Charles Fillmore's version of the 23rd Psalm
The Science of Mind Spiritual Center in Sherman Oaks, CA quotes Prosperity - Charles Fillmore's version of the 23rd Psalm.

    The Lord is my banker; my credit is good.

    He maketh me to lie down in the consciousness of omnipresent abundance;
    He giveth me the key to his strongbox.
    He restoreth my faith in His riches;
    He guideth me in the paths of prosperity for His name’s sake.
    Yea, though I walk in the very shadow of debt,
    I shall fear no evil, for Thou art with me;
    Thy silver and Thy gold, they secure me.
    Thou preparest a way for me in the presence of the collector;
    Thou fillest my wallet with plenty; my measure runneth over.
    Surely goodness and plenty will follow me all the days of my life,
    And I shall do business in the name of the Lord forever. [10]

Footnote IV - Quotes from Charles Fillmore's book Christian Healing
(Publisher: Unity School of Christianity; Reprint edition (June 1, 1986. Pgs. 18-19).  Christian Healing is a foundational work for Unity and New Thought teachings.

Statements For the Realization of the Son of God (to be used in connection with Lesson Two)

    1) I am the son of God, and the Spirit of the Most High dwells in me
    2) I am the only begotten son, dwelling in the bosom of the Father" 
    3) I am the lord of my mind and the ruler of all its thought people
    4) I am the Christ of God"
    5) Through Christ I have dominion over my every thought and word
    7) Of a truth I am the son of God
    8) All that the Father has is mine
    9) He that hath seen me hath seen the Father
    10) I and my Father are one"

End Notes
[01] Unity. History. http://www.unity.org/about-us/history

[02] http://www.unity.org/about-us/history

[03] Unity at the Parliament of the World's Religions 2018. http://www.unity.org/parliament-worlds-religions-2018

[04] http://www.unity.org/founders

[05] https://www.unitycenter.org

[06] http://www.unity.org/faq/does-unity-believe-divinity-jesus-christ

[07] Unity Philosophy. http://www.unity.org/about-us/unity-philosophy

[08] Unity. Frequently Asked Questions.

[09] http://www.unity.org/prayer/what-affirmative-prayer

[10] Rev. Pam MacGregor. Spiritual DirectorScience of Mind Spiritual Center Los Angeles.

[11] http://www.ericbutterworth.com/about

[12] www.ericbutterworth.com/html/eric_bio.html

[13] https://www.unitycenterdc.org/unity-classics/


Unity School of Christianity
Russ Wise

Charles Fillmore chose the ancient Egyptian winged disc, an occult symbol, as the symbol to represent Unity. Steeped in Hinduism, Fillmore felt that he had been associated with the symbol in previous lives. (He believed he was the reincarnation of the Apostle Paul!) A Unity video states that this symbol is a representation of the "Earth being lifted in consciousness." Unity Magazine says it is "a soul giving wings to the body." These are thoroughly pagan ideas. (Frank Yurco, an Egyptologist at the University of Chicago, says the "winged disc" symbol represents "a fear of demons and evil gods. ... It represents the sun-god, Ra, as he flees across the sky.")

The Unity School of Christianity is a classic new age cult. It has the appearance of being Christian; however, it holds pantheistic or new age beliefs at its core. Unity was founded by Charles and Myrtle Fillmore in 1889, and was later incorporated as a church in 1903 by the Unity Society of Practical Christianity in Kansas City. Unity is best known by its publication The Daily Word, used by many who are unaware of its doctrinal positions.

The Unity School of Christianity began as a quest for physical healing by its co-founder, Mary Caroline Page, known as Myrtle, the wife of Charles Fillmore. Even before their marriage in March of 1881 Myrtle had already developed an eclectic theology. Charles had a background in Hinduism, Buddhism, Rosicrucianism, and Theosophy.

[Also See Roots of Evil]

They became students of metaphysics and after taking some forty or more courses Myrtle developed what was to become known as Practical Christianity. Myrtle became a practitioner of "mental healing."

A spiritual breakthrough came for Myrtle in 1886 when she attended a meeting lead by Dr. E.B. Weeks, a noted metaphysician. Dr. Weeks made a statement that would change Myrtle's understanding of herself and set her on a new course of spiritual development. Myrtle was in a state of mental and physical illness and had come to a point where she was not helped by either medicine or physicians. Dr. Weeks's statement that day brought her the healing she sought. She cherished each word of the phrase "I am a child of God and therefore I do not inherit sickness."

Myrtle believed that she had discovered a great "spiritual truth" regarding healing, i.e., by repeating this phrase as a positive affirmation she would be healed. She began to offer her services to others and soonQuimby developed a following of those seeking divine healing.

The Fillmores were students of Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, a mental healer and metaphysician. Myrtle was also a follower of Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, who was likewise influenced by Quimby. Unity, therefore, was birthed by the Fillmores, but its roots go back to directly to Mary Baker Eddy and both directly and indirectly to Phineas Quimby. See Christian Science

According to Charles Fillmore the name Unity was adopted in 1895, denoting that Unity was devoted to the spiritualization of all humanity and took the best from all religions. He said the following regarding the eclectic belief system of Unity:

    We have studied many isms, many cults. People of every religion under the sun claim that we either belong to them or have borrowed the best part of our teaching from them. We have borrowed the best from all religions, that is the reason we are called Unity. . . . Unity is not a sect, not a separation of people into an exclusive group of know-it-alls. Unity is the Truth that is taught in all religions, simplified. . .so that anyone can understand and apply it. Students of Unity do not find it necessary to sever their church affiliations.

Thus many Christians adopt Unity's teachings and bring those back into their churches, not identifying their "new" teachings as Unity's and thereby compromising the doctrinal integrity of the church.

Unity Doctrine and Theology

God is not a personality but a spiritual energy "force" or principle of love. Charles Fillmore in his book, Jesus Christ Heals, says that "God is not loving. God is love . . . from which is drawn forth all feeling, sympathy, emotion, and all that goes to make up the joys of existence."

Fillmore goes on to say, "God does not love anybody or anything. God is the love in everybody and everything. God exercises none of His attributes except through the inner consciousness of the universe and man." In other words, God is not a personal being but an energy or force that expresses itself as a pantheistic love that permeates all things.

H. Emilie Cady attempts to reconcile the seemingly incongruous possibility that God can be both personal and impersonal by her statement:

    To the individual consciousness God takes on personality, but as the creative underlying cause of all things, He is principle, impersonal; as expressed in each individual, He becomes personal to that one personal, loving, all-forgiving Father-Mother.

It's obvious that Unity's understanding of who God is has fallen victim to its own syncretism. Unity, while attempting to identify itself as being biblical, has offered too much on the "altar of tolerance" and, thereby, has prostituted itself on the bed of other gods.

Donald Curtis, former minister at Unity Church of Dallas and author of several Unity books, has this to say about God: "Every one of us has planted within him a God-seed, and the business of life is to see that this seed grows, unfolds, and expresses in our world."

    Curtis goes on to say, "As this seed unfolds through the development of the Christ consciousness, we fulfill our highest objective in this world."

The ultimate goal of those who follow Unity teaching is to recognize their "oneness" with the "Force," thereby realizing their true self, the God-Self. The god of Unity is an adaptation of Hindu belief regarding the divine. God is a part of His creation. God is in all things.

Jesus the Christ
Unity also holds an unbiblical view of Jesus. Donald Curtis agrees with Unity theology in that he believes that Jesus the man is fundamentally different from Jesus the Christ. Curtis says, "Christ is the universal principle of love and wisdom. Christ is the only Son of God, but this only Son of God lives in each one of us."

Curtis makes a primary deviation from Biblical understanding in that he holds the position that Jesus is man and that Christ is divine consciousness. He states, "Let us prepare our self so that the Christ may be born in our own consciousness!" In other words, our spirituality is based on the discovery that the Christ is inherently within each one of us regardless of our personal beliefs or affiliations.

Curtis continues: "When we say 'Jesus the Christ,' we must realize that Jesus represents man and Christ represents God in man." Unity distorts Christ as the Messiah and renders Him as a "universal principle of love" that resides in all of humanity simply waiting to be discovered through self-consciousness.

Unity, along with other New Age belief systems, espouses a mental and spiritual 'transformation' that will raise our consciousness. According to Curtis "there are levels of development through which we grow toward full Christ-consciousness when we are truly transformed, fully reborn."

The pantheistic nature of Unity is expressed in Curtis' declaration that "we let our self be ruled by the Christ within. We let the Christ teaching unfold in and through us in this great new age. We know that this Christ principle indwells every individual, no matter what his religious beliefs may be. . . . We give thanks for the realization of the mystical Christ, for the Christ consciousness alive in our life." [Also See All Paths One Destination?]

Unified Man
According to Donald Curtis, man's primary purpose is to recognize that he is divine. He states: "There is another teaching, however a higher teaching. It is that man has always existed as part of God, and that this God-self, which is the living Essence of everything, individualizes itself in man."

Curtis goes on to say that "within each of us there is a great, wise, and beautiful Being. This is what we really are - the living Essence of everything. We are evolving constantly. We have self- consciousness; now we must develop God-consciousness, a sense of universal unity. And we must endeavor to manifest this God- consciousness in our world to solve our apparent differences through love and understanding."

Unity teaches evolution, both physical and mental or spiritual. It teaches that mankind evolves toward Godhood and that this collective God-consciousness will be man's solution to all his problems. This teaching elevates mankind to divinity, a position that is far from biblical teaching. See Section on Evolution

In his book The Way of the Christ, Curtis says that "man is human, but he is first of all divine." He adds that "as we recognize and identify with the Christ within, we become one with the universal Self-God."

This is nothing more than Hindu philosophy dressed in Western garb: everything is a part of God and God encompasses all that is, whether it be animate or inanimate. This idea, pantheism, is widely held in the East and is being imported to the United States via every means available to man.

H. Emilie Cady in her book, Lessons in Truth, says that "man originally lived consciously in the spiritual part of himself. He fell by descending in his consciousness to the external or more material part of himself." In other words, the fall of man was from the spiritual realm to the physical and this fall has caused him to suffer spiritual amnesia. Therefore man's dilemma is to reclaim his place in the spiritual realm through right thinking.

Unity teaches that as man discovers his innate divinity he continues to raise his consciousness until he becomes fully God- realized. Once man has achieved this state of understanding he recognizes that he is in perfect oneness with God and is not in need of redemption but that he is indeed the divine.

The unbiblical position regarding salvation held by Unity is clearly seen in the Unity publication, The Way to Salvation. This pamphlet states that

    "Jesus Christ was not meant to be slain as a substitute for man; that is, to atone vicariously for him. Each person must achieve at-one-ment with God, by letting the Christ Spirit within him resurrect his soul into Christ perfection."  See Salvation

Curtis says that "more than ever, we need to become quiet and focus upon the inner. We need to be still and to know that the presence within is God." When one becomes fully aware of this divine presence salvation is realized because the individual no longer has a sense of lostness.

Unity teaches that the individual lives a number of lifetimes within one existence. Dr. Donald Curtis of the Unity Church of Dallas writes that "it isn't so important that we make it in this particular lifetime, as it is to realize that we do make it, because there is only one lifetime and it goes on forever."

Article 22 of the Unity Statement of Faith states, "we believe that the dissolution of spirit, soul and body, caused by death, is annulled by rebirth of the same spirit and soul in another body here on earth. We believe the repeated incarnations of man to be a merciful provision of our loving Father to the end that all may have opportunity to attain immortality through regeneration, as did Jesus."

Charles Fillmore rejected the standard understanding of reincarnation as described by the Hindu or the Buddhist. He could not accept their respective teachings regarding the Law of Karma or the Transmigration of the soul. For him reincarnation was a much more simple way for God to offer man a second chance at perfection.

This teaching of reincarnation is perhaps the most destructive of all the false teachings of Unity. The belief in reincarnation undercuts the primary tenets of the gospel. One would have to deny the deity of our Lord, His physical resurrection, and His Second Coming to accept the error of Charles and Myrtle Fillmore. See Sections on  Reincarnation   and   The Resurrection

Reincarnation undercuts Christian doctrine in three ways. First, it assumes that God is impersonal and is therefore unknowable. Second, reincarnation denigrates the Atonement of Christ, and third, it denies the fact that Jesus physically resurrected from the dead. We need to look at each of these more closely.

The Bible does not offer any evidence to support these assumptions. On the contrary, the Bible clearly teaches that God is a personal Being and that He is knowable. Isaiah 43:25 and Jeremiah 31:20 tell us that God remembers; Exodus 3:12 and Matthew 3:17 say that God speaks; Genesis 1:1 and 6:5 along with Exodus 2:24 say that God sees, hears and creates. Elsewhere the Bible tells us that God is a personal Spirit (John 4:24 and Hebrews 1:3). Since God is a personal Being, He has a will (Matthew 6:10, Hebrews 10:7-9 and 1 John 2:17). Because God has an expressed will, He will also judge His creation (Ezekiel 18:30 and 34:20, and also 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Unity attempts to denigrate the Atonement of Christ in order to build a better case for reincarnation; however, the Atonement delivers man from the cyclical concept of rebirth. Reincarnation does not offer us either peace or hope. The Atonement offers us peace because we do not have to rely on our own righteousness, and it offers us hope because of what Jesus did on the cross. Jesus has dealt with our sin on the cross and our response is to simply accept His work on our behalf. See The Message of The Bible   and Salvation

Likewise, Unity cannot accept a physical resurrection for our Lord. Unity holds that the disciples expected Jesus to be reincarnated, not resurrected. The biblical claims that Jesus rose physically, appeared to and was recognized by many, was physically touched by some, and ate fish with others are troublesome and must be explained away or spiritualized into meaninglessness if Unity is to seem plausible. (See Luke 24:16 and 31.)

The Unity School of Christianity is recognized as a cult because it exhibits several cultic characteristics. One such characteristic is syncretism. Syncretism is the attempt to combine or reconcile differing beliefs, usually by taking the most attractive features from several sources and combining them into a something new. Unity has taken what some would call "the best qualities" of various religious view points and combined them into a new and more acceptable faith.

Another characteristic of cults that is true of Unity is the denial of the biblical doctrine of salvation by faith in Christ's person and His finished work on the cross. In Unity, salvation comes by recognizing our inherent divinity and our oneness with God.

Unity is, in my opinion, the most deceptive of the cultic groups that use the word Christian in their name. Unity's distinction is that the follower of its teaching is encouraged to remain in his respective church home whether it be Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, or whatever. The followers of Unity considers their denominational affiliation as a mission field where they can subtly disseminate their ideas.

I recall that when I first became a believer and was attending a Methodist church, there was a particular woman in the church who often greeted me with the phrase, "Greetings to your higher self." It was a peculiar way to greet someone, yet I never asked her what she meant by it. It was several years later when I became a student of the cults that I understood the significance of her greeting. She was a follower of Unity's teachings, that each of us has the divine residing within us and that the higher self is God.

According to Charles Fillmore, Unity is the blending of various religions and belief systems into one unified system of thought. The Fillmores introduced beliefs into their system that had been commonplace in Eastern religions and occult practices.

The Fillmores introduced a pantheistic view of God to their followers and saw God as being both male and female. God is seen as an energy or force that resides in all things both animate and inanimate. Likewise God is seen as being impersonal and a part of His creation. Jesus is a principle of "love" that brings oneness to all things. This Christ principle is present within each one of us and ultimately unifies us in a salvation experience.

Unity teaches that man's primary problem is that he has spiritual amnesia and needs to reconnect with his destiny. He needs to regain the realization that he is evolving toward divinity.

Salvation, according to Unity, comes by recognizing one's divine nature. Unity does not recognize the Atonement of Christ but rather seeks what Eastern mystics refer to as at-one-ment or realizing oneness with the divine on a spiritual level.

Since Unity does not recognize the work of Christ on the cross (the Atonement), but rather accepts evolution as a positive ingredient in man's spirituality, it is only logical that they embrace reincarnation as a valid system for spiritual enlightenment. As you can see, then Unity is not based on biblical teaching. To the contrary, it is heavily influenced by Eastern thought and belief. Unity is a classic New Age cult and is not Christian in any aspect of its doctrine or teaching.

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