A Facebook friend posted an article today from the following site. Just so you realize that I am not the only voice out here trying to warn the church about panentheism and Richard Foster (not that you were worried about that tee hee), but I like to pass along other folks who, like me, are alarmed and trying to warn the church of what is happening in the seminaries and evangelical churches and bookstores everywhere. Remember, brothers and sisters, False teachers are not going to wear a t-shirt! And the people warning you do not hate unity; it is breaking my heart to see the enemy tear apart the church. It hurts deeply to know that our efforts to love and protect the sheep are being scorned and ignored, but I can leave that only in the hands of God and must continue to obey His commandment to love my brethren and pass the warning to them. I ask you, if you found out that a building was on fire and you ran to escape, would you remain silent and hope that others found out on their own before the smoke overtook them and left them unable to save themselves? Or would you shout and plead and point and try to persuade them to run out of the burning building with you? Friends, that is all we desire to do here. The Holy Spirit will always point to Christ alone for your salvation and your growth; the teachings of these panentheistic mystics points you to nature, yourself, and other subjective means and AWAY from the objective truth of the Word.
“This concept of pantheism [God is all things], as well as panentheism [God is in all things], has gained a foothold in Christian circles as well as the normal occultic groups. Well known teachers such as Richard Foster, Thomas Merton, Tony Campolo, Doug Pagitt, Leonard Sweet, Brennan Manning, and Thomas Keating, all emphasize the mystic way of spirituality, with a special emphasis on centering prayer, often referred to as contemplative prayer. While they may or may not agree with each of the four points, they tread on dangerous, unscriptural ground in many of their teachings.” -Tal Brooke
Read the entire article here: Foundations of the Occult, Eastern, and Mystical Philosophy
“Tal Brooke is the president of the Spiritual Counterfeits Project (www.scp-inc.org). They carry a great critique of Brennan Manning, written by John Craddock. Also, the books by Tal Brooke are quite “enlightening”