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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that the religious leaders, the Roman government, and even his closest friends are
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pursuit of the answers to his growing questions threatens his reputation and even
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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.
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…