“In the mystical life one passes from one layer to the next in an inner or downward journey to the core of the personality where dwells the great mystery called God…. This is the never-ending journey which is recognizable in the mysticism of all the great religions. It is a journey towards union because the consciousness gradually expands and integrates data from the so-called unconscious while the whole personality is absorbed into the great mystery of God” -Thomas Keating
In this paper, titled Catholic Mysticism Infused Into Society Mr.Richard Bennett of The Berean Beacon, a former Roman Catholic priest who was graciously saved by our Lord, Jesus Christ, has much insight and information regarding the movement infiltrating the church known as the Emergent/Emerging church movement. The movement being spawned off on us by the likes of Richard Foster and Dallas Willard and called, “Spiritual Formation”. The movement that teaches us to practice Zen Buddhism and Eastern Mysticism and labels it “Contemplative Prayer”. The movement that has so many people fooled and so many of God’s sheep starving for real meat of the Word. So, listen up, church. Get educated and be warned. If these men are quoted in your church, if this prayer is being promoted in any way, shape, or form. RUN! and tell others while you do!
Just how serious is this situation? Well considering that both inside and outside the church, New Age practices are being endorsed and swallowed up by the thousands and promoted by such popular teachers as Oprah Winfrey, Richard Foster, Dallas Willard, Rick Warren, Joel Osteen, Beth Moore, Rob Bell, and many many others. And those teachers in the church that aren’t overtly promoting it are quoting and endorsing those who do. Consider this from Mr. Bennett’s paper:
“Rob Bell is currently traveling around the country delivering a message titled ‘The Gods’ Aren’t Angry.’ Mr. Bell said, he will present an ‘anthropology of religion,’ looking at where humans first got the idea of gods, goddesses and deities and why people often feel that ‘some god or goddess somewhere’ is angry ‘and needs to be appeased,’ he said. I have no idea what Rob Bell is saying in these messages…but what I do know is that every venue on his tour is sold out except for New York. Further 56,000 people download his sermons every week, 1.1 million people have purchased his NOOMA videos, and 500,000 copies of his two books have been sold. I am not exactly sure how influential the emerging church is right now, but if Rob Bell is any indication, its influence isn’t going away any time soon.”
I can’t say it enough and I won’t stop saying it until the last breath is in me. Brothers and sisters, the time is NOW to wake up! The time is NOW to heed the warnings of our Lord Jesus, the apostles Paul, Peter, and John, and many others in our Holy Scriptures. We have been in the last days since our Lord’s ascension and we cannot afford to lay down our cross now.
We must heed the Word of God,
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, Ephesians 6:12-18 ESV
We can not afford to stop contending for the faith that was once delivered to the saints. We can not afford to be comfortable, cushy, and happy doing our good deeds of service, reading our five minute devotionals, and practicing our “mystical” prayers of contemplation in an effort to make up for our Biblical ignorance. We MUST not be conformed to this world, but we must BE TRANSFORMED by what? By contemplation? By mysticism? By mantra meditation? NO! By the renewing of our MINDS on the Word of God!
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:2 KJV
Not the quieting of them! Not the emptying of them! We don’t need to be quiet and “listen” to God’s Voice? We need to be ALERT in prayer and vigilant in spiritual warfare. Isn’t that what the enemy would love for us all to do. CEASE PRAYING and just sit in silence. Oh NO my friend! We CAN NOT! We MUST NOT! We must storm the gates of Hell with bold prayers of the saints, going to our heavenly Father with all reverence and submission to make our requests made known to Him for our friends, our families, and our churches. We must never bow to the god of Baal in an effort of “false unity”. There is NO UNITY where there is no truth.