via Gary Bates of Charisma Magazine
I grew up as a science-fiction fan, and I can recall the religious impact it had on me. I dreamed of utopian alien worlds filled with technologically advanced beings that might save the Earth someday. After getting saved in my adult years (in an Assemblies of God church in Western Australia), I started to see things differently. I still love sci-fi, but front and center, I keep in mind the word "fiction," because most people, including Christians, don't recognize the strong evolutionary connection in sci-fi. Life only came about by one of two ways. Either it was created (as the Bible says), or it evolved (and countless times over in the incredibly vast universe). And if aliens evolved long before life evolved on Earth, they could also be millions of years advanced with their technology; building hyperdrive spaceships and so. It's these ideas that permeates most sci-fi today. So, I undertook specialist research as a way of using this popular cultural idea to lead people to the Gospel. However, I got more than I bargained for.
"There is nothing new under the sun" (Eccl. 1:9).
Polls report that in the U.S. alone, over 20 million people claim to have seen a UFO, and up to 4 million claim they have been abducted by aliens. Other researchers and I have collectively interviewed thousands of people, and the common pattern of the experiences makes it clear something is really happening to them. The big question is, are these "close encounters" really aliens flying to earth in faster-than-light spaceships from a galaxy far, far away? The answer is a firm no, because the evidence itself shows that these experiences are spiritual in nature.
And this is not just some Christian interpretation. We interviewed The History Channel's UFO guru, Nick Redfern, who has authored over 40 books on this subject and says:
"...we're dealing with something that co-exists with us and which masquerades as ET... They're not at all unlike multiple accounts that one can find in numerous religions. In fact, they're near-identical. Lives are radically changed, and people find themselves on new paths. Gods, angels, demons, the 'little people,' and—today—aliens: it's all one and the same."
I use the UFO subject to reach people who might not read or watch anything Christian, affirmed by the book's Amazon status. Hundreds have now contacted me, and there is a disturbing pattern. They claim that these entities are telling them that Christianity is wrong, or that Jesus was just an advanced ET like them, and that we should embrace the new age. Other Christian researchers have come to the same conclusion. It's the same spiritual masquerade that set Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, and even Mohammed on the deceptive path of creating false religions. People have had these experiences for centuries. In the past, these beings appeared as even fairies or elves or false gods. Now they appear as glorious space brothers, because this is a culturally acceptable guise. The Apostle Paul wrote: "Although if we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel to you than the one we have preached to you, let him be accursed" (Gal. 1:8). I've also now received many testimonies of conversions. It's because once the spiritual deception is revealed and they begin to doubt the experience, the Holy Spirit can commence His work in their lives.
Jan. 11, 2018: A Unique Equipping and Outreach Opportunity
Of course, we are dealing with a demonic deception—a widespread one because it now takes a culturally acceptable form. And now, for the first time, there is a film that uses actual firsthand testimonies of how the name of Jesus causes these often-horrific experiences to stop in their tracks. It's the story that the UFO community and Hollywood doesn't want you to hear—the truth. And this is not some low-budget Christian production. It features interviews from around the world with scientists, experts and theologians discussing many aspects of the UFO phenomenon, as well as cutting-edge special effects. And it is narrated by faith-friendly Hollywood actor John Schneider (Superman's father in Smallville) who says: "It reveals one of the most disturbing, yet powerful affirmations of Christianity and the Bible."