Church Universal and Triumphant New Age Cult

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1 John 4:1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

Beginnings

Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT) now called Summit Light House is an international New Age religious cult founded in 1975 by Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Their beginnings started as “The Summit Lighthouse” an international spiritual organization founded by Mark L. Prophet in 1958.

This New Age group contorts Christian scriptures as well as mixing it with teachings of world religions such as Buddhism, Iranian “prophets”, Catholicism, Ancient Wisdom etc. The teachings of this cult are dangerous and strange indeed along with their main teaching “Ascended Masters”.

What are the teachings of the Ascended Masters?

They (CUT) believe that the “ascended masters help us become aware of the Paths back to the Source”. They believe that there’s more than one path to what they call “Christ consciousness” which comes from an white light. This reminds me of a verse in the bible which states:

2 Corinthians 11:14 “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”

Satan has deceived these people disguising himself as “white light”. These “paths” consist of seven rays leading to their god. It’s definitely not the One true God of the bible.

Here’s a quote directly from them.

To be a chohan on one of the seven rays means that this master defines the law on that ray; through him that energy of the Christ and of God flows to mankind, to all who are evolving on that particular path. — Church Universal and Triumphant

According to Summit Light House there’s 7 “chohan” or the ascended masters of these 7 rays.

El Morya (wisdom), Lanto (education of the heart and the illumination), Paul the Venetian (divine love), Serapis Bey (teaches the path to the ascension), Hilarion (science and religion), Lady Master Nada (service and peace), Saint Germain (freedom, mercy, transmutation and ritual), The Maha Chohan (representative of the Holy Spirit).

Paul the apostle when writing to the Corinthian church warned them of a false Christ, spirit or gospel. It’s possible for people to be deceived in believing a counterfeit Christ who didn’t say “He’s the way”.

2 Corinthians 11:4 “For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.”

He also mentions to the church in Galatia that if an angel or anyone else brings another gospel because there can only be one gospel let them be accursed.

Galatians 1:8 “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Doomsday October 2, 1989

Elizabeth Clare Prophet prophesied that the United States would suffer a nuclear attack. Elizabeth and her faithful followers decided to labour for 18 months, building an enormous underground bunker from metal tubes. When the prophecy didn’t come true they lost a lot of their members. There isn’t any need for prophets today as we have all that God wanted to reveal through His word.

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In checking what The Church Universal and Triumphant falsely prophesied, shows they meet the standards of a false prophet. False prophets are condemned in the Scriptures and we are told to reject them. The Bible has a test in dealing with someone who comes in the name of a prophet.

(1Kings 13 , Ezekiel 14:10, Revelation 19:20, 20:10, Jeremiah 23:16, 26, 34, Zephaniah 3:1–4, Zechariah 13:1–7) Words that sum up the fate of a false prophet include condemned, punishment, cast into the Lake of Fire, treacherous.

Deuteronomy 18:22 “When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”

What are their Basic Doctrines?

Does the Church Universal and Triumphant’s doctrine line up with the Bible? That’s the question we’re looking to answer.

Church Universal and Triumphant believe: that there is in each person a higher self and a lower self. The higher self is unchanging, connected to all matter, space, and time. The physical body is the lower changing self. This dual nature reflects the duality of God.

What does the Bible say? God created man in His image but shortly after we’re not exactly how long but man sinned in the garden and death came upon all men, so that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We do have a soul but we do not have a “higher self” we’re sinners who by the grace of God are able to escape the wrath of God by trusting in His Son the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible.

Genesis 1:26 “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Genesis 2:7 “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”

Church Universal and Triumphant believes: that the power of the higher self cannot be transferred to the lower self until the individual has achieved worthiness. This process takes place through multiple lifetimes during reincarnation. Through reincarnation (literally, to come to life again) one may experience multiple rebirths until their soul reaches a state of perfection and becomes one with the Universal Soul or “God.”

What does the Bible say? God in His word warns us that our life is nothing but a vapour which appears for a while and then vanishes away. That we’re as the flower of the field which fades away.

2 Corinthians 6:2 “(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)”

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”

1 Peter 1:24 “For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:”

Karma is one of the many beliefs of Church Universal and Triumphant. A person has more than one life and accumulates “debt” depending on the good or bad committed in that person’s life. Storing up bad Karma leads to being reincarnated in an undesirable form. While good Karma and good deeds provide a desirable reincarnation. All of the “Ascended Masters” attained this end goal according to CUT that goal being perfection and union with “God” the Divine Consciousness.

What does the Bible say? We only get one life, we don’t get “do over’s” God has given us one life to get right with Him. There’s no such thing as “reincarnation” the concept of coming back as something else is a Hindu belief. The book of Hebrews in the Bible puts it this way.

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

No coming back as a dog or frog or anything else. One chance at life and once this life is done then you’ll stand before God in judgement to answer for all the good or evil you’ve done.

Church Universal and Triumphant teach the principle of “I AM” command. They believe when an individual makes a statement such as “I AM successful” it is believed they are summoning the “God” or their higher selves thus making it come true.

What does the Bible say? Only GOD can use this divine name for Himself, no created being can use this, for one to do so would be utter blasphemy. God alone is the self-existing one.

Exodus 3:14 “And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”

John 8:58 “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

Therefore we must reject these nonsensical teachings which prove how far gone the members of this cult are to believe something so blasphemous.

What do they believe about Jesus Christ?

They (CUT) believe that Jesus Christ is one of many Ascended Masters. They claim the Bible does not contain all of Jesus’s teachings saying much of his teachings have been lost and must be revealed to followers of the Ascended Masters. They also teach that Jesus reached the age of thirty, He had reached perfection and merged with the Real Self in the Christ. Thereby accelerating to the level of “I AM” the Eternal Presence.

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They do not believe in the true God of the Bible as it’s clearly seen here, reading God’s own words He says:

Matthew 24:35 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Luke 21:33 33 Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.

God promises His word will never pass away meanwhile CUT says the Lord Jesus “teachings have been lost”. Clearly, only one is telling the truth and its not Church Universal and Triumphant. What these cults aim to do is control by means of saying all important “teachings have been lost” and you need is to help you find that truth. These cult leaders have a false truth because there’s no light in them.

1 John 1:5, 6 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

1 John 2:3, 4 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Not to mention the most obvious observation is that the place is littered with idolatry. Statues of Mary, Buddha, Ishtar and angels all things which are condemned in the scriptures.

Exodus 20:3, 4 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

This place is not of God and I would warn anyone to steer clear of this new age cult which is masquerading as a church. It’s most certainly a cult and will have to give account to God one day. We should pray for those who have fallen for the deception that they would wake up and leave this cult. Jesus Christ is the only truth, we don’t need anyone else He (Jesus) said:

John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

Using scripture to explain the unbiblical practice of baby baptism.

Baby baptism is it biblical?

And if not why? Most will in ignorance say it’s ok for babies to be baptized. And don’t understand the meaning of baptism. Let us take the time to see in God’s word as we examine the scriptures from the book of Acts chapter 16.

The meaning of baptism

It’s a public profession of faith made in front of witnesses, it’s an outward expression of the change which has already occurred within a person, the inner man. And last but not least it’s a declaration of association with the Lord Jesus Christ linking ourselves in His death, burial and resurrection (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:12).

It’s an association with the Lord Jesus, a confession that you follow Him, that He’s your Lord and Saviour. It’s a burial of the old man by becoming baptized (fully submerged underwater) we’re saying the old man is dead and buried with Christ.

It’s also in the likeness of Jesus Christ death burial and resurrection. He was buried and raised from the dead, so is our baptism a picture of that. We’re fully submerged (dead) under the water (buried) as the old man and we come up out of the water (resurrection) in newness of life.

Baptism in lake

After understanding what baptism involves for the individual we see that a person must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. They don’t have to understand the doctrine of baptism but they should be saved placing their faith in Christ before baptism, that’s a conscious decision on the part of the believer. A baby cannot make a decision to follow Christ, therefore, baby’s should not be baptised.

Does the following verse prove baby baptism?

“And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us.” Acts 16:14, 15

After reading the above some believe “there’s a lady called Lydia that was baptized and her household” keyword is household. They believe this must mean Mrs Lydia and her household believed and was baptized also. The bible never mentions her being married. And if she’s not married and has a baby, then by imagination we’re charging her with sin. And we shouldn’t imagine what the word of God doesn’t say. Lydia’s baby, in many people’s imaginations but never found in the bible.

The word household is used widely there are several talks of households in the epistles to the Romans. You have slave households formed of many men and women who were slaves and there called households. In the epistle of Philemon, a man has a household of domestic servants, slaves and soldiers, a household.

The Greek biblical definition of household: oikiakos

  1. one belonging to the house
  2. one under control of the master of a house, whether a son or a servant

†οἰκιακός oikiakós, oy-kee-ak-os’; from G3614; familiar, i.e. (as noun) relatives: — they (them) of (his own) household.

Lydia’s and all those in her household they all believed the Gospel and were baptised, but you’ll search a long time there to find a little baby.

The Phillipian Jailer

“And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.” Acts 16:33, 34

And so they say in the house of the jailer there was a little tiny baby and so because the rest of the family got baptized so also the little baby. For argument’s sake let’s say that’s true. Here’s Paul the Apostle and he preached the word to the jailer and all in his house. So there’s the little baby that Paul put on the sofa and preached the word of God too.

Are you thinking this is sounding foolish yet? But remember the Bible says he preached to everyone in the house. Therefore the baby’s eyes got as big as saucers and it believed every word Paul said! How do we know that? Because the verse says they all believed in the house including the little baby.

But we all know perfectly well little babies can’t understand the preaching of the Gospel, and therefore we know that a little baby can’t believe. Therefore we know that little babies shouldn’t get baptized.

Why do people baptise baby’s then?

There are those who practice infant baptisms such as Roman Catholics or Eastern Orthodox Church a sec of Catholicism. It seems to have first come about from one of the early church fathers.

The heretical practice of infant baptism by Roman Catholics

Not long after the death of the apostle John unbiblical teachings started to creep into the church through some of the early church fathers. Some of the heresies which were introduced forced the early church to hold councils in order to combat specific heretical teachings and to remove heretics.

HER’ETIC, noun

1. A person under any religion, but particularly the christian, who holds and teaches opinions repugnant to the established faith, or that which is made the standard of orthodoxy. In strictness, among christians, a person who holds and avows religious opinions contrary to the doctrines of Scripture, the only rule of faith and practice.

2. Any one who maintains erroneous opinions.

The Roman Catholic church and others continued with the practice today even though it’s not taught in God’s word. The Catholics believe that if a baby is baptised it removes “original sin”. However, water baptism cannot remove sin only the blood of Jesus Christ can save us. 1 John 1:7 “…and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin”.

If you want to baptise a baby just know it won’t save them and it’s not biblical, the word of God says nothing about baby baptism. Only those who received salvation are to be baptised afterwards.

Acts 2:41 “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”

Acts 8:12 “But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.”

Acts 19:5 “When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

God bless.

Christians dealing w/ the unbiblical practice of Ecumenism.

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Titus 2:1 “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:”

Doctrine, doctrine, doctrine is of the utmost importance to Biblical Christianity, it’s so vital to all New Testament Christian’s. We’re repeatedly told in God’s word to beware of false doctrine, its one of the main reasons we study to shew ourselves approved and to stay steadfastly in the apostles doctrine (2 Timothy 2:15 , Acts 2:42).

Therefore we’re to hold fast to the doctrine which has been delivered to us from the Lord Jesus to the apostles and lastly to the church (the body of Christ) as a lampstand testimony gathering to His name. The following are movements of today which are erroneous and unbiblical looking to bring all faiths together.

Ecumenism
Is the movement which wants to unite all churches and Christians together into one, we shouldn’t have any divisions. It’s a movement for unity. The word Ecumenism comes from the Greek word oikoumenē (“the inhabited world”). The Ecumenism movement rejects the protestant reformation which stands for the separation from Roman Catholicism and the authority of the pope.

Charismatics
Is the belief that the miraculous sign gifts tongues, healing, and offices of apostle and prophet are still with us today and should be experienced by all Christians and churches. This is what charismatics believe, some names who lead this movement are Todd Bentley, Todd White and Kenneth Copeland to name a few.

Interdenominationalism
A denomination is a Christian church which goes by a name, the Presbyterians, Baptist, Episcopal etc. The meaning of interdenominationalism is that Anglicans come together with Pentecostals or any other denomination for ministry maybe once a month. This is an entry level of unity concept.

Inter-faith
Is the belief that all the different religions of the world should come together and cooperate, this includes Muslims, Buddhist, Hindu, Sheiks, Christians etc.

Syncretism
Is the devil’s end goal. Is merging all of the religions of the world into one global religion, think of the coexist movement.

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Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms

Protestant Reformation & Oxford Martyrs
The Protestant Reformation was a theological revolt in Europe against the totalitarian control of the Roman Catholic Church. Reformers such as Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, and John Calvin protested various unbiblical practices of the Catholic Church and promoted a return to sound biblical doctrine. The precipitating event of the Protestant Reformation is generally considered to be Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Church on October 31, 1517.

The Oxford Martyrs were tried for heresy in 1555 and burnt at the stake in Oxford, England, for their religious beliefs and teachings, during the Marian persecution of Protestants in England.

The three martyrs were the Hugh Latimer, Nicholas Ridley and Thomas Cranmer. The 3 did not believe the heresy of the bread and wine of communion really became the body and blood of Christ (transubstantiation) or that Christ’s sacrifice was repeated at every communion. This is a heretical practice of the Roman Catholic Church.

A Recent Experience
Not long ago I was involved with a group of believers we all got along and love the Lord Jesus Christ and profess Him as our Lord and Saviour. We came together to street preach and hand out tracts in hopes of pointing others to Christ with the Gospel. We “came together for the greater good” sounds great right? It sounds wonderful on the surface but there are issues which comes along with this.

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First I’ll say it’s wonderful going out with other believers and preaching, the Lord knows how much I enjoy it, still, there needs to be exercised caution when doing so. I began seeing contradictions which didn’t go with scripture I’ll explain.

Acts 2:46 “And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,”

An Illustration
To illustrate let’s create a scenario, I’ve been asked before “what denomination am I?” My reply is “my assembly gathers to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, no denomination”, we’re simply believers who follow the Lord Jesus.

That said, let’s say the word gets out around town that my assembly is doing great things, we’re following scriptural teachings and ministering the word. For the sake of this illustration let’s say the Methodist church a few blocks away hears of all the great things done.

The Methodist come to us and say they love what we’re doing and would like to come together, we’ll have a larger attendance and greater chance of spreading the word of God. And we agree and now my assembly and the Methodist “come together for the greater good” and someone gets saved they now believe in the Lord Jesus and this person comes and ask what do I do now? And we say you need to get baptized that’s what the Bible teaches. And they ask the Methodist the same question about getting baptized and the Methodist tells em you don’t need to do that you were baptized as a baby, infant baptism. Now, we have confusion, false doctrine. Baby baptism is unbiblical and not taught in the Bible.

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Methodist beliefs on baptism

Why Baptize Babies?

From the earliest times, children and infants were baptized and included in the church. As scriptural authority for this ancient tradition, some scholars cite Jesus’ words, “Let the little children come to me…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs” (Mark 10:14). However, a more consistent argument is that baptism, as a means of grace, signifies God’s initiative in the process of salvation. John Wesley preached “prevenient grace,” the grace that works in our lives before we are aware of it, bringing us to faith. The baptism of children and their inclusion in the church before they can respond with their own confirmation of faith is a vivid and compelling witness to prevenient grace. — United Methodist Church

The Dilemma
As I associated with this group I saw many scriptural contradictions in Biblical doctrine. We’ve had discussions on the doctrine of baptism, most of us believing in baptism but others thought it not necessary. Their reasoning was if a person is indwelt by the Holy Spirit then it’s not necessary to be water baptized. False doctrine was introduced and overlooked no one wanted to make sure the doctrine of baptism was clear.

During Bible studies we had sisters wanting to speak and teach during meetings, not practising head coverings, dressing immodestly etc. We even had people attending giving word and it was questionable they were saved. That’s not for me to decide God knows if they are. During this time I felt strong convictions about these issues. They’ve been discussed as I brought up some of these issues and one or two others as well, but they were overlooked again.

The last bit which made me not continuing with them was a sister mentioned she wanted to conduct communion at work with another woman. I pointed out it was unbiblical and not something to take lightly, there’s scripture which speaks on this (1 Corinthians 11:29). She wasn’t eager to hear this as others encouraged her, therefore, she became upset and thought I was condemning her. I said I can’t condemn anyone, I’m simply showing you so that you’re in err.

Sister’s in the Lord are not to be in leadership roles, the word of God makes it clear leadership roles are specifically reserved for men (1 Timothy 2:11–14, 1 Corinthians 14:34–37). Some either were unaware or ignored these biblical truths and it’s our responsibility to bring them to others attention.

Ecumenism and its Origins
Where did Ecumenism/Interdenominational come from? Ecumenism is an attempt for the Roman Catholic church to gain control. It’s worth mentioning that Catholicism and Christianity are not the same, Catholics are not Christian. The Bible never mentions the word Catholicism or Catholic, the Roman Catholic church would like to believe that the apostle Peter was the “first pope” again this is false doctrine. Catholic’s often quote the passage of Peter’s confession from (Matthew 16:18), while that verse in its context never mentions anything about Roman Catholicism it does speak to Jesus Christ and the Church which is His body. That was a hidden mystery which the Lord Jesus was revealing for the first time, the church.

The Catholic church at the time of the Roman Empire seized control of the scriptures. The Catholic church held to the belief that none besides the pope and clergy were allowed to read and interpret the scriptures. They held the pope as being the final and highest authority over scripture. But men of faith who paved the way for us, who held to Sola Scriptura, took the Holy Scriptures and translated them into our own languages should be remembered men like Martin Luther and William Tyndale.

I defy the Pope and all his laws; If God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plough, shall know more of the Scripture than thou doust. — William Tyndale

Ecumenism is an attempt by the Vatican to seize control and in the process to unite all of the world’s religions under one banner. Does this sound familiar it should?! It’s mentioned in Revelation when it speaks of BABYLON THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS and the false prophet. The Coexist movement is an ungodly movement geared towards the merging of all the religions to be under the pope as the one world religion. And leading evangelicals like Rick Warren are in fellowship with the pope.

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Rick Warren Welcomes the First Ever Jesuit Pope

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The Extreme Oath of the Jesuits

The Extreme Oath of the Jesuits
It becomes clearer now that “coming together for the greater good” is not a wise idea when we ignore important doctrinal truths in order to have fellowship. In Christendom, problems would arise if we pool multiple denominations together because while each one is a Christian denomination they all have different foundational beliefs. We shouldn’t have divisions amongst us first and foremost (1 Corinthians 1:10–1:13) but when we gather to anything but the name of Jesus that’s what happens division.

Baptist believes having someone recite a sinners prayer and having a paid pastor/one-man ministry

Lutherans believe in godparents, baby baptism etc.

Methodist believe in woman occupying leadership roles, holy catholic church, conversion is a lifelong process etc.

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) condones homosexuality LGBTQ. “Homosexual sex doesn’t violate Jesus’ principles of unconditional love and forgiveness any more than heterosexual sex does.”

From the small list above we have contradictions, if grouped together there would be confusion about salvation, baptism and sexuality and that’s only a small list of beliefs which contradicts each other. This is ecumenism on a small scale just between Christian denominations, if we factor in Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim beliefs we spiral down even faster. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to remain separate from other beliefs (2 Corinthians 6:17). That would be a different gospel altogether.

True Fellowship
Is based upon the fact when a group of Christians come together and have the same doctrinal truths based on scripture, not on man, doctrine regulates fellowship. Fellowship is not something we agree to have it’s something we have because we agree. Continuing steadfastly in the Apostles doctrine (Acts 2:42).

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Just sharing a recent learning during my walk with the Lord as a learning for us. Maybe you’ve also experienced the same and if so feel free to comment on your experience. Let’s us learn from these mistakes and continue to press forward into the kingdom. Thank you for reading. Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Written by Jason