I really need to preface this blog with this: This isn’t a personal attack on former new-age author and now-Christian, Doreen Virtue.
Doreen Virtue’s books and classes were a big part of my life at one point, and I will always admire her gentleness, sincerity, and drive. Whatever mistakes she has made in the past with her business do not concern me. I am actually very happy that, while I was taking my year-long break from the new age (a break which eventually led me to Christ), she had found Christ herself.
She has been doing a fantastic job sharing the Word of God, and for that I admire her 🌸
But it is this admiration that has led me to write this blog. Her heart’s in the right place, but a recent blog of hers was… troublesome. Let’s unpack.
Titled “An A-Z List of New Age Practices to Avoid, and Why,” Doreen speaks about new age practices that Christians should avoid. It is good advice, but do keep in mind that…
You cannot EARN the Lord’s love or forgiveness.
It is only through our faith and God’s grace that we are saved (Ephesians 2:8-9).
If you are new to the Christian faith, the blog might sound like a longer list of the Ten Commandments. It may sound like you have to earn your salvation.
It is important to live a good life, and I actually agree with many of the “don’ts” that Doreen Virtue points out in her blog. But in my opinion, it is a bit of “putting the cart before the horse.”
For instance, I stopped reading Tarot by reading the Bible. Not by reading Deuteronomy and being “scared straight,” but by reading the entire Bible and feeling immense TRUST in the Lord.
I could have forced myself to stop doing Tarot, end of story. But it was through reading God’s Word that a true, profound change happened in me.
I didn’t just stop reading Tarot… I gave my life to Christ, so that I no longer felt a need to control it. And then, the Tarot was gone from my life. I gave away over two dozen (expensive!!) Tarot decks, and haven’t looked back since.
You have to read your Bible for that profound change to occur.
There is no two-day shipping on softening a hard heart. There is no magic “don’t” list that will save you. Doreen generally has good advice, and positive intentions, but it is CHRISTianity, not DOREENanity.
Know who you are following (Christ). How do you know Christ? By reading your Bible.
The funny thing is that, if Doreen Virtue were ever to stumble upon this humble little blog and read this, she would most likely agree that you should read your Bible and follow Christ– not just follow her.
Any outside advice you hear should always be held up against the Bible.
The Bible is the source of all the advice you will ever need! 💖
I do hope Doreen Virtue continues her path of following Christ and sharing her experiences. It is thanks to her YouTube channel that I have been able to find very helpful books along my own journey.
But I will continue to rely solely on God’s Word as my source of wisdom.
Take care and God bless,
Thank you so much for reading this blog! I appreciate you!