UNITY CRITIQUE SHEET A Publication of Apologetic Research Coalitin INCORPORATED NAME: Unit

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UNITY CRITIQUE SHEET A Publication of Apologetic Research Coalitin INCORPORATED NAME: Unity School of Christianity, Inc. COMMON DESCRlPTORS: Unity, New Thought, Practical Christianity FOUNDER: Myrtle and Charles FIIlmore CURRENT PRESIDENT: Connie Fillmore (great-granddaughter of Charles & Myrtle Fillmore) MEMBERSHIP: 6 million Daily Word subscribers no membership records are kept) DISTRlBUTlON: United States, Canada, Europe HEADQUARTERS: Unity Village, M0 [USA] PERIODlCALS: Unity, Daily Word, Wee Wisdom (children magazine) TV & RADIO: Several radio broadcasts throughout the USA and Canada PUBLISHER: Unity School of Christianity EDUCATl0N: Unity School of Religious Studies, Unity Village, MO HISTORY Unity School of Christianity, the pioneer and leader in applying mail-order merchandising to religion, was founded by Myrtle and Charles Fillmore. Although the Unity organization was founded by the Fillmores, their doctrines were originally developed by Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, a mind healer who lived in Maine during the middle of the 19th century. Reared a ' Methodist, Myrtle became a Christian Science adherent around 1887. Myrtle soon taught that "l am a child of . God; therefore, I do not inherit sick##ess." Soon after she and Charles began their publishing empire and in 1895 named it 'Unity.' BELIEF SYSTEM REVELATION: To the Fillmores, all the world religions and their various scriptures are of equal value. Unity views the Islamic Koran, the Hindu Upanishads, the Buddhist Sutras, the l-Ching and the writings of Confucious as equal to the Bible in authority. Even worse, Unity maintains that personal, direct communion with the Lord is a higher authority than the Word of God. GODHEAD: Unity denies that God is personal. Instead, God is 'principle,' 'life,' or 'the love in everybody.' 0r, put another way, Unity asserts that "the Father is Priciple, the Son is that Principle revealed in the creative plan, and the Holy Spirit is the executive power oth the Father and Son, carrying out that plan." CHISTOLOGY: To Unity, 'Christ' is a quality possessed by every individual. Jesus of Nazareth was simply a man developed his 'Christ quality' to the extent that he could multiply food, heal people, walk on water and ascendedinto the heavens. Furthermore, Unity teaches' if you would only develop your 'Christ quality' you too could multiply food, heal people, walk on water and ascend into the heavens. ATONEMENT: To the Fillmores, atonement is the union of mind with the divine mind (Principle). Unity :hes that man perfects himself. And if one life-span is not enough time to accomplish this perfection, Unity made a provision. Unity embraces to the doctrine reincarnation, that an individual's spirit sequentially enters and lives in multiple bodies. In fact, Unity claims Jesus Christ is the reincarnation of King David. CHRISTIAN REPONSE REVELATION: Contrary to the assertion of Unity, the kings of other world religions do not carry the same authority as God's word, the Bible. Diametrically opposed to Unity, the Bible claims to be the only everlasting word (Psalm 119:89). Likewise, Jesus identified God's word alone as "truth" (John 17:17). He never mentioned any other scriptures. Since Unity holds Jesus Christ in high regard, it would make for a more consistent worldview if they would conform their minds to the mind of Christ on this point. Either you may hold other foreign scriptures in high regard or you may hold Jesus Christ in high regard, but you cannot have it both ways. Holding the various scriptures of the world religions in equal esteem not only mitigates against God's word as a whole and the view of Jesus Christ specifically, it also mitigates against a consistent worldview, per se: i.e., the Hindu scriptures assume that many Gods exist, the Christian scriptures assume that only one God exists and the Buddhist scriptures assume that no god exists. Consequently, a clear-thinking individual could not logically embrace these inherently, mutually exclusive texts as scripture. Just in the interest of consistency, it is incumbent upon the Unity School of Christianity to choose this day whom they will serve (Josh. 24:15). GODHEAD: The God of the Bible stands in stark contrast to the God of the Unity School of Christianity. The God of Unity is pantheistic, merely a non-personal 'Principle.' Contrary to this notion, the God of the Bible speaks: and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Mat. 3:17, NAS). Not only does He speak as a person does, He even refers to Himself with personal pronouns; And God said to Moses, "l AM WHO I AM" and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, "l AM has sent me to you."' (Ex. 3:14, NAS). The God of the Bible also has "knowledge'' (ll Tim. 2:19) and a distinct "will" (l John 2: l7); both of which a 'Principle' could not possess. Clearly, since God speaks, refers to Himself, has knowledge, a will, etc., the pantheistic, non-personal God of Unity is cannot be the God of the Bible. CHRISTOLOGY: Against Unity's view of 'Christ' as merely a quality or principle, the Bible declares that 'Christ' is an office which only one person fills: I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ): when that One comes, He will declare all things to us. (John 4:2S, NAS). While Unity holds that everybody has the 'Christ' quality i's word, in complete antithesis to Unity's contention,proclaims that there is only one person, Jesus, who as this 'Christ' of office. In fact, the Bible declares that who denies that Jesus is the Christ, is both a "liar" i "anti-Christ;" Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the father and the Son. (l John 2:22, NAS). It must also be pointed out that when Unity remarks that Jesus was divine, they are merely saying that Jesus was a man in whom the Divine Mind (read "principle") resided. Against this, scripture testifies that Jesus is e God (John 20:28), something Unity would vehently deny. ATONEMENT: Unity utterly rejects the idea that Jesus' blood on the cross is a sin offering. God's word, on the other hand, declares that everyone has sinned (Rom. 3:23) and that sin must be punished by a sin offering (Lev. 17:11 cf. Heb.9:22). John the Baptist, the man whom Jesus recognized as the greatest of all the prohets, correctly identifies Jesus as the paschal lamb, : sin offering, "which taketh away the sins of the world" (John 1 :29). Clearly, comparing the Biblical view atonement and Unity's view of atonement is comparing apples and oranges. Making yourself perfect, as Unity teaches, through several incarnations is proved bless when one realizes that all our sins have already #n "purged " on Calvary's tree (Heb. 1:3). APPEAL Who would not like more money? Who would not want have perfect health? Unity's promises of material prosperity and mental healing are perhaps the two most significant reasons it has attracted millions of adherents.


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