Category: Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism

J.P. MORELAND OF BIOLA UNIVERSITY ON GOD AS A CHATTY CATHY »

Apprising Ministries has long been warning you about the danger of listening to neo-Gnostics like Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster. For years now Foster, along with his spiritual twin Dallas Willard, has been teaching corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM) under the guise of so-called Spiritual Formation. But what we’re actually dealing with is really a romanticized version of Roman Catholic Counter Reformation spirituality, which […]

TIM KELLER TEACHING ROMAN CATHOLIC AND QUAKER MYSTICISM TO HIS RPC LEADERS »

HT: The New Calvinists; Discern The Time Further reading TIM KELLER RECOMMENDING ROMAN CATHOLIC MYSTICISM CONTEMPLATIVE SPIRITUALITY AND TIM KELLER TIM KELLER AND CONTEMPLATIVE PASTRIX ADELE CALHOUN

DANGERS OF SPIRITUAL FORMATION »

Presented by Bob DeWaay and Dick Kuffel Many Christian colleges are adopting a course of study called “Spiritual Formation” that introduces students to “spiritual disciplines.” We warn about the unbiblical nature of these ascetic and mystical practices by critiquing Dallas Willard’s teachings. Part One Part Two Further reading THE ORIGIN OF CONTEMPLATIVE/CENTERING PRAYER CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER […]

CONTEMPLATIVE DEEPER LIFE PIETISM »

Apprising Ministries has long been warning you about the danger of listening to neo-Gnostics like Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mysticRichard Foster. For years now Foster, along with his spiritual twin Dallas Willard, has been teaching corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM) under the guise of so-called Spiritual Formation. But what we’re actually dealing with is really a romanticized version of Roman Catholic Counter Reformation spirituality, which […]

DR. GARY GILLEY EXPOSES LECTIO DIVINA »

The following by Dr. Gary Gilley, pastor of Southern View Chapel, is republished at Apprising Ministries with permission: As we have seen in the last two Think on These Things articles, “Spiritual formation is viewed by a growing number of evangelicals as an ancient ministry of the church, concerned with the ‘forming’ or ‘shaping’ of a believer’s […]

WHEN YOU PRAY, SAY: BIBLICAL PRAYER VS CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER »

By Pastor Larry DeBruyn of Guarding His Flock Ministries, republished here with permission: Contemplative Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer “For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also.” 1 Corinthians 14:14-15a, KJV Between contemplative spirituality […]

UNDERSTANDING THE BASICS OF PIETISM »

By Apprising Ministries special correspondent Bob DeWaay There are no extraordinary Christians; but being an ordinary Christian is an extraordinary thing. How I wish I would have understood that when I was a new Christian. But I didn’t. Soon after my conversion I began a quest to become the best possible Christian. In so doing I fell prey […]

"DEAD ORTHODOXY" AND PIETISTIC MISUSE OF 1 CORINTHIANS »

By Apprising Ministries special correspondent Bob DeWaay Church history tells us that the charge pietistic reformers level against the church is that the church practices “dead orthodoxy.” Some years ago I hosted a pastor’s meeting at which pastors could discuss theological ideas. Position papers were presented and then critiqued by the group. Some of the pastors came from […]

THE ORIGIN OF CONTEMPLATIVE/CENTERING PRAYER »

They did not destroy the peoples, as the LORD commanded them, but they mixed with the nations and learned to do as they did. They served their idols, which became a snare to them. (Psalm 106:34-36) CSM Was A Core Doctrine Of The Emerging Church We can point to Apprising Ministries articles Beth Moore The Mystic and Alabama Baptist Convention (SBC) Encourages You […]

RICHARD FOSTER—CELEBRATION OF DECEPTION »

By Apprising Ministries special correspondent Bob DeWaay In February 2008, Christianity Today ran a glowing cover story about Evangelicalism’s recent embrace of medieval Roman Catholic mysticism entitled The Future lies in the Past.1 The article traced the beginning of the movement as follows: “The movement seems to have exploded in a 24-month period in 1977-1978, which saw the publication of Richard […]

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