Section 10A .. The Contemporary Church/
Index To Mysticism In The Church


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Mysticism, A Way of the Past...
The Wave Of The Future.

The twentieth century, which has seen so many revolutions, is now witnessing the rise of a new mysticism within Christianity.. But the question is... Can we find God or  experience Jesus by entering into an altered state of consciousness?

Foreward: The centuries past have all had their share of Oracles, Seers and Shamans. The few that others usually feared, respected or burned at the stake. Sadly the situation today is not confined to the gypsy at the local fair, with everyone and his brother jumping on the bandwagon.. Fools that rush in where angels fear to tread.  With our newly found ‘Spirituality’ and all manner of meditation, visualization, channeling, spirit guides, goddess worship and Gaia, all we have succeeded in doing is throwing the doors open to God only knows what..  We have openly invited evil to cross the threshold and one of these days the doors will be wide enough for them to make their move. You can take it to the bank that they are coming back. Read Days of Noah when the evil of men and the abominable union of the supernatural with the natural moved God to judge the world...

The church that should have been a bulwark against evil has, with apostate leaders and a Biblically illiterate population, latched on to the coat tails of the world and come up with ‘Christianized’ versions of venturing into areas strictly forbidden in Scripture. With our rushing into areas like contemplative prayer, meditation, labyrinths, yoga etc., we have endorsed the invitations and are along for the ride… And what a ride it’s going to be.  As Einstein once said “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."

Mysticism In The Church... Contemplative or Centering Prayer

Contemplating The Alternative
Since it is certain that, regardless of personal belief, something does transpire during mystical experiences, the question that springs to mind is what can explain this phenomena. To say it is the Holy Spirit is just so much tosh, since there is not one, not two, but seven common themes of mysticism between Roman Catholic, Protestant, Hindu and American agnostic mystical experiences. 

Roots of Evil II .. The Origin and History of Contemplative  Prayer
Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, Thomas Keating... We trust these men to point us in the direction of God. Yet they were all Catholics who, not only could not see through Rome’s foundational heresies, but promoted the integration of pagan practices such as Zen Buddhism and Hindu yoga with Christianity. So why are we not insisting that our teachers at least be Christians?


A Look at Quaker minister Richard J. Foster’s Celebration of Discipline, the Path to Spiritual Growth. Many thirsty believers, wanting something more, something deeper than has been their experience, are becoming infatuated with mysticism. Unfortunately this attraction to mystical practices, which was once in a little corner of the Christian subculture, has moved into the mainstream. More and more organizations, colleges, seminaries and authors are proclaiming the superiority of mystical Christianity.

Richard Foster and Renovare
Classical mysticism was virtually unknown in Evangelical circles until 1978 when Quaker minister Richard J. Foster published Celebration of Discipline, the Path to Spiritual Growth. Founding the organization Renovaré to promote the revival of the meditative and contemplative traditions among main line Christians Foster has reintroduced to the church the so-called masters of the interior life [the Medieval Mystics], declaring that they alone have discovered the key to true spiritual life and slowly, over the last few years, convinced multitudes that he is right. It is necessary therefore, to examine their teachings and practices from a biblical perspective.


Also See

Teen Mania/ BattleCry /Acquire the Fire
So how can we tell whether Teen Mania’s success comes from well oiled corporate planning or from a movement of the Holy Spirit, seeking to draw young people to Christ. The Bible says..  By their fruits Ye shall know them " (Matt 7:16 ). So what are some of the fruits of Teen Mania and related organizations? How can one point a finger at a Christian youth organization devoted to steering teenagers away from drugs, alcohol and premarital sex. Unfortunately Ron Luce and his organization have made it very easy introducing "millions of young people worldwide" to mysticism.

The Emerging Church
“Music that's rock-concert loud. Rap that recites Scripture, verse by verse. Art stations for people to express their spirituality in the midst of the service. Flashing videos and wafting incense. Celtic crosses and coffeehouse poetry. Interaction and contemplation..” [Section]

Walking The Labryinth
Is it a coincidence that within the last 20 years an ancient practice that had been abandoned by the “Church” has once again been introduced within its very walls that is impacting thousands? Why now is it being welcomed with open arms with such great enthusiasm by an unsuspecting church populace? What affect will this ancient practice have upon we the believers in Christ?...



The Teachings of the Spirits
Many millions of people today believe that these spirits offer teachings that are consistent with the Bible and Christian faith. However a comparison of the spirits’ views from channeled literature with Bible teaching tells us that they are diametrically opposed. The religious teachings of the spirits are exactly what one might expect from demons.

What Eastern Gurus Say About Occult Practices
In short those who practice the occultism of the East also warn of its dangers. This is why those who seek the so-called "wisdom from the East" frequently get more than they bargained for.


The Modern Church’s Literal Doctrines of Demons