New Age “channelers” and other occultists use Acts 10:10 to claim scriptural backing or legitimacy for Contemplative “trances” and other paranormal experiences.
(I have an old memory of Charles and Francis Hunter speaking about a time when Francis was “flying up above the trees” shouting to Charles to “Come up here, Charles! It’s beautiful!” And then there’s Mike Bickle talking about visiting the 3rd heaven..)
Acts 10:10 Then he became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing something he went into a visionary state.
While there are several instances in scripture where God’s people had mystical experiences, please note that such experiences were never sought by man. They were initiated by the Soverign God.
This alone distinguishes Christian mysticism from New Age mysticism which urges its adherents to pursue paranormal activities – and in the case of Mike Bickle, which also builds doctrine around these paranormal experiences.
If you’re practicing Contemplative spirituality, stop practicing it. You are literally playing with fire.