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.
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.