I’m amazed at how easily members of the body of Christ are swallowing the in-your-face deception that keeps coming down the line. Case in point, my own pastor. Our church has been promoting Beth Moore “workshops” recently… OK so Beth Moore was one of the special guest-speakers on the Be Still DVD.. that I went out and bought so I could see it for myself. I shared the DVD as well as plenty of notes I’d taken on it with my pastor and now, three months later, we’re still waiting to see if all this info fell on deaf ears or not..
The Be Still DVD has been out for a few years. All the extra-special Contemplative advocates (like Beth) sing the praises of the occult experience – calling it godly. Max Lucado, Dallas Willard, Phyllis Shirer are just a few of the ones who have been so blessed by practicing it…. Yes, I’m being very sarcastic.
Speaking of deception within the body, here’s another report: From a sister-in-Christ:
A friend recently said she went back to a church she had been to long ago. The pastor was so good (!) so she returned the next week in anticipation—–only for him to ‘warn’ everyone that the internet is full of nay-sayers about emergent and then began to teach everyone in the sermon how to do Lectio Divina—which is pure evil because it’s mysticism and mysticism is very much an occult practice.
From her email: “Yesterday I attended the morning service looking foward to what the Pastor had to share. He was preaching on the Word of God and the importance of understanding Scripture. I thought, hmmm sounds good so far. Then he said something that made me bristle up a bit and pay very close attention to every word he said from that point on. He said, the Bible is not only a God book it is also a human book as well. I was like huh? Then he proceeded to talk about some off his favorite authors, one being a man called Leonard Sweet. I began to feel really uneasy.
Leonard Sweet is one of the head leaders of the Emergent Church Movement. Then believe it or not the Pastor said, I am going to guide you in an ancient practice called Lectio Divina. As he began to teach and guide the congregation in it, I quickly walked out and sat in the lobby. I was churning inside. And waited for the service (if it can even be called that) to end so that I could speak to the Pastor.
Afterwards, I went and spoke to the Pastor and explained my concern about the Emergent Movement, Leonard Sweet and Lectio Divina. He seemed a bit uptight but as I spoke to him I kindly smiled and he seemed to relax a bit. He asked me where I got all my information. I told him that I do a lot of reading online. He said to be careful of reading online because there are alot of fundamentalists that hate things like Lectio Divina and such. He said If I could prove to him the dangers of it, citing my source that he would gladly read and consider it. My thoughts were “Yeah right, I am a nobody and you are a trained Pastor. I am uneducated and am barely able to try to tell you that something is terribly wrong here”… I said ok and thank you for your time.
I left and will never go back there.
People outside were saying Oh what a wonderful service that was! Are they nuts or what? Do they blindly eat wahtever is offered up to them without any questions? Do they have such blind faith in the Pastor and yet not much (obviously) in the Word of God?!?!
Folks, whether you agree with this next statement or not is your choice. I believe this entier world is undergoing the same type of birth pangs as a woman in labor. If it’s not earthquakes or floods, it’s birds falling from the sky. It’s as though the earth itself is saying, “Enough!”
How many believers in Christ who have in effect ‘put their hand to the plow’ are swallowing this deception and are (instead) ‘turning back’ without even realizing it?
If you’re reading this and are one of the many who practice Contemplative prayer, please consider this post a warning to you. It is nothing but mysticism. It is an occult practice and is not of God. Don’t allow yourself to believe that ‘because of the wonderful way it makes you feel, it just must be of God” — nothing could be further from the truth.
The body of Christ needs to quit assuming that everything a church promotes, a bookstore sells, a TV station airs or a friend tells you about is of God. It is time for each and every one of us to be accountable for our beliefs. I want to stand before the Lord one day and hear Him say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant!” Because if we don’t hear Him say that, we know what the other half of that statement will be…
Never forget for a moment that contemplative prayer puts the person practicing it in direct contact with familiar spirits — nothing but familiar and unholy spirits and/or demons. And Lectio Divina is just another name for the vehicle used to take you there if you practice it.
It doesn’t matter what branch/denomination you are. Catholic, protestant, charismatic, any of them will do — and if you’re practicing Contemplative Prayer, you may feel like you’re ever so close to God, but it isn’t God you’re communing with when you do it.