AFA Supporting Contemplative Authors?

Last week, American Family Association offered me a marvelous offer!  Problem with this offer is that Max Lucado is very much into Contemplative (New Age) prayer.    Read on, please.

 
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So I felt the immediate need to write to AFA:

Dear AFA, I am SHOCKED that you are offering any Max Lucado paraphernalia. Max Lucado is HUGE into Contemplative prayer which, as you know, is NEW AGE Christianized TM.  Max Lucado was on the BE STILL DVD which also featured Beth Moore, Dallas Willard, Priscilla Shirer et al.   

I really wish AFA would do a little deeper research into the authors it promotes.  Unbelievable.   

I hope and pray that other believers will write into you as well

Sincerely…

 It appears others have also written.

One week later, “Randy” from AFA wrote me asking for me to “provide sources of information for us to look at”.

So my reply was as follows:

Randy, check out the Be Still  DVD that I told you about (below).  The DVD looks great at the very beginning, talking about the need to get one-on-one with God, to have quality quiet time with Him etc. but during the last portion of the DVD it talks about HOW  to practice Contemplative Prayer. 

First, the person practicing it is told to get into a comfortable position – “not a counting sheep position”.

Then you’re to take a scripture or phrase from the Bible and with your eyes closed, repeat it over and over.

During this, you’re to slow  your breathing.  To practice this properly, you’re to control  your breathing by slowing it.

This directed “prayer time” should take about 20 or so minutes… 

The instructions then include a time for “coming out” of the quiet, contemplative prayer.

 What it is actually giving directions for is nothing but TM.  You can ask any TM practitioner about the methodology for self-induced hypnosis via TM – they’re absolutely identical minus of course the need for repeating scripture. 

In addition to the speakers I’ve noted, they all give example after example of different Catholic mystics who have “accomplished great wonders via their contemplative prayer over the centuries”. 

Randy, I still have the DVD at home.  If you’ll give me your address as well as your promise to return it, I’ll be more than happy to send it to you.  The reason I got it in the first place was so that I could share it with my friends and pastor.  Acting as a Berean is never a fun thing to do, but we’re called to warn our brothers and sisters in Christ – wouldn’t you agree?

Sincerely….  and..I am still waiting for AFA’s response so updates will follow…

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Published by: annunk

I have seen too many believers in Christ falling into the trap of practicing "Christianized New Age" and still calling it holy. Contemplative prayer is nothing more ( or less) than TM. Totally unscriptural. I encourage anyone who's interested in knowing the truth of God's word to dig in daily and SEARCH - be like the Bereans - FIND OUT if the teachings, messages, books you've read or radio speakers you've heard are dissecting God's word correctly. If they're not, throw out what you've heard. Trash it. God demands we STUDY to show ourselves approved. BE a Berean. Acts 17: 10-11

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3 thoughts on “AFA Supporting Contemplative Authors?”

  1. Truly signs of the times. Christian men do not have discernment and pastors do not research what they promote. I have seen three different instances of apostasy in the DAILY BREAD. This once-sound booklet now has quotes by Leonard Sweet, who is an occultic futurist, helping to decieve churches with his false doctrine of Latter Rain, which will bring in the antichrist. But what do you expect, when Martin DeHaan allows Phillip Yancey in as a ‘contributing editor’? This man promotes the pope, is soft on homosexuality and a fan of contemplative prayer. http://www.lighthousetrails.com “And in the last days, men shall no longer endure sound doctrine.” II Timothy 4:3

  2. I was not aware Daily Bread had gone this direction. Wow. I guess we need to really be praying for them. Their material has always been so appreciated because of its simplicity of sharing, but if they’re going this direction….

  3. Daily Bread also entertains quotes by Henri Nowen, a Catholic mystic who believes there are many paths to God, promotes panthiesm and contemplative prayer. I contacted Daily Bread editors re: my concerns and was told that the reason they keep Phillip Yancey on, is that they dont want to turn away someone ‘just because he doesnt agree with everything we do.”

    That kind of dangerous anti Biblical thinking is exactly why apostasy has no trouble permeating the current failing Church. Scripture tells us to contend for doctrine and AVOID those who dont. Thank God for discernment ministries as Berean Call , Lighthouse Trails and Southwest Radio Ministries, which, so far, have spoken the truth against false teachers and their ‘doctrines of demons.” Romans 16:17 “Avoid those which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which you have learned.”

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