Richard Foster—Celebration of Deception by Bob DeWaay
An article addressing the title Celebration of Discipline
I’ve been doing a little research in the way of the contemplative, emerging church. You will probably recognize names such as the one above, Richard Foster, or Dallas Willard, Henri Nouwen and Rob –don’t we all looove NOOMA – Bell, etc. Yesterday I started to put this up but was distracted by the wonderful world of weed pulling. But, imagine my shock this morning when I heard this very title mentioned at church (NO, not the pastor, whew!) But…
…If you want to understand the presence of God, read this book written 30 years ago!…
WHAT??!! I had to leave the building. Please tell me– not another one!
Hmmm..coincidence? I don’t think so.
I touched on the topic of emergence just slightly here https://mkayla.wordpress.com/2009/06/24/supernatural-encounters/ – In the beginning of my research days I didn’t pay too much attention to the emergent church because I didn’t think it applied to me. Wrong, I was. I, and those I “ran with” just hadn’t gotten around to calling it that. So, upon doing a little more reading I am finding Foster’s teachings from 30 years ago are much the same as we find in inner healing and visualization techniques and the entire experienced based theology camp. That is why I am saying it is not so far removed from the mystical things I practiced – let’s just all lay on the floor and experience God. Not to mention these practices he has committed his life’s work to, and in teaching others are taken from other religions making them a big no-no for any Christian. Can anyone say ‘oooohhhmm”? How about teachers for itching ears because sound doctrine is not enough?
Even so, I find his books are suggested and even recommended reading by pastors and elders and carried by Christian book stores. Why? Richard Foster is not a Christian. He is a Quaker/Mystic. Big difference! Big. Huge! If that offends anyone, boo hoo, cry now. These people do not preach Jesus Christ! They do not teach Holiness as unto our God!
The link above from Bob DeWaay is an excellent source of information as I have found all of his writings to be. Please read this one.
The only safe and proved method in learning about God – and believe me, I have learned the hard way – the only way in entering into, or practicing or experiencing His presence is found in His word and in His word only. Anything else is a big fat, genuine steal your salvation as we all go skippin’ along on the glorious road paved with light straight to hell F A K E.