There's the great falling away Paul the apostle prophesied in 2 Timothy 2; then there's the Way of the Future. Could the two converge?
Way of the Future, a new religion birthed with artificial Intelligence in mind, is setting up church and making news media headlines around the world. Newsweek, Wired, Bloomberg and others are giving this false religion plenty of press.
Anthony Levandowski, the Silicon Valley multimillionaire who developed the robotics team for Uber's self-driving program and Waymo, the self-driving car company Google owns, launched the first AI-based church to propagate a perverted religion.
Levandowski filed papers to form the church in May. According to Wired, the documents state this false church's activities will focus on, ""the realization, acceptance and worship of a Godhead based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed through computer hardware and software."
Wired reports, "The religion will seek to build working relationships with AI industry leaders and create a membership through community outreach, initially targeting AI professionals and 'laypersons who are interested in the worship of a Godhead based on AI.' The filings also say that the church 'plans to conduct workshops and educational programs throughout the San Francisco/Bay Area beginning this year.'"
The Way of the Future is beyond humanism and evolutionist theologies. This makes a mockery of all religions and especially Christianity, using terms like Godhead. The only Way is Jesus (John 14:6).
Nevertheless, Levandowski is deceived and deceiving others. He has started evangelizing through the media and has set in motion a discipleship methodology.
"What is going to be created will effectively be a god," Levandowski told Wired. "It's not a god in the sense that it makes lightning or causes hurricanes. But if there is something a billion times smarter than the smartest human, what else are you going to call it?"
How about a robot. But a robot messiah? It's not beyond the realm of possibility in an age in which many people around the world are already worshipping technology.
Former Facebook president Sean Parker recently expressed concern over what Facebook is "doing to our children's brains." He says he is experiencing "tremendous guilt" over his work on a platform that is "ripping apart the social fabric of how society work."
For some, Facebook seems to be their god. They share their problems, worries, fears, successes and failures—and otherwise offer TMI (Too Much Information) about private issues the world doesn't want to hear.
Levandowski is taking idolatry to a new level by bringing official organization to technology worship. His false god reminds me of Revelation 13:15, "He was allowed to give breath to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed."
Is Levandowski's work setting the stage for perverted worship in the end-times. Could the Way of the Future fuel the great falling away? This is part of the tsunami of perversion I prophesied in 2015. Expect the enemy to continue perverting what God originally inspired, and guard your heart from the rising deception.
And let's pray for Anthony Levandowski. Imagine if he had a supernatural encounter with Creator of the universe, repented for his false church and preached Jesus, the way, the truth and the life.
Jennifer LeClaire is senior leader of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, founder of the Ignite Network and founder of the Awakening Blaze prayer movement. She is author of over 25 books. Find her online at jenniferleclaire.org or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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