Warning Against Contemplative Spirituality

In the short time I have been researching this topic I have been asked repeatedly, what is WRONG with that?  What is wrong with breathing, with meditating, etc. if they “work”?  These methods are wrong because they are not taught in the bible. The fact that they are used by other religions should be enough to scare us away.  As we become more and more bogged down with muddying our own water the truth is getting harder to see.  It is a simple answer – stay away.

Should Pastors Warn Their Congregations About Contemplative Spirituality?

This article taken in it’s entirety from Lighthouse Trails http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/index.php?p=1542&c=1

Lighthouse Trails believes that contemplative spirituality must be addressed head on. Recently, we were contacted by a pastor who told us he did not see the reason to focus on these “negative” aspects (such as contemplative and emerging). He wanted to know why we did what we did. We believe the Bible instructs believers to specifically warn about spiritual deceptions, which means naming names and identifying the deception for what it is. Right now, contemplative mysticism is making its way into virtually every denomination and evangelical group. Does that mean that every church in those groups or denominations has been influenced? No. There are churches who have rightly warned their congregations and together have made the decision that this new spirituality will not be part of their church life. But there are many churches that are ignoring this deception, saying that it is not necessary to talk about it.

This is baffling to us. If pastors don’t want to talk about these things on Sunday mornings, then the least they can do for their people is hold special meetings that address the contemplative/emerging issues and allow the well-informed to teach the less-informed.

As our newsletter and website have been showing for several years, mystical spirituality has gained a foothold in much of Christianity today. In 1992, Newsweek magazine did a cover story called “Talking to God,” which informed its readers that this spiritual practice had gained significant momentum in church life.

The article stated: “[S]ilence, appropriate body posture and, above all, emptying the mind through repetition of prayer-have been the practices of mystics in all the great world religions. And they form the basis on which most modern spiritual directors guide those who want to draw closer to God.” (Newsweek, 1/6/92) Newsweek was reporting on this over fifteen years ago. You can imagine the impact contemplative has had since then.

If the beloved apostle Paul saw the need to warn the flock and exhort Christian “overseers,” then how is it that many of today’s Christian pastors and leaders do not seem to have the same concerns?

“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.” Acts 20:28-31