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Bob DeWaay has written an excellent critique of the popular new doctrine of spiritual formation and revival of the spiritual disciplines at his website. We highly recommend that Herescope readers go to http://cicministry.org/commentary/issue91.htm to read his excellent piece entitled “The Dangers of Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Disciplines.”

Recently some tidbits about the history of “spiritual formation” came to our attention while reading John E. Ashbrook’s excellent critique of neo-evangelicalism in his 1992 book The New Neutralism II (Here I Stand Books). Sure enough, this false doctrine — like so many others — originated at Fuller Theological Seminary, where it became established. Once it found a comfortable home at Fuller, the doctrine quickly spread across neo-evangelicaldom….

More here:

How Spiritual Formation became popularized
http://herescope.blogspot.com/2006/01/how-spiritual-formation-became.html

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This may be an older article but nothing has gotten better since 2005. If anything, spiritual direction experiences like this have spread.

“Her palms open heavenward, Helene sets them on the couch by her thighs and then starts with a prayer. On occasion, she rings a brass bell to separate the clamor from the quiet. Sometimes she lights a candle, as if to remind us that the Holy Spirit is with us, interceding on our behalf with words we don’t even know how to find.

“For the next two or three hours, Helene listens intently with me for God’s voice. I pay her $30 for this priceless gift. We sit in her sunroom, chatting about my everydayness: the job, the migraines, the mother, the husband, the sex, the prayer life, the joys, the mistakes. Sometimes we read Scripture; in it we find people with the same concerns as mine. In it all, I slowly notice God beckoning.

“Helene isn’t a mystic or a saint. The title I use for her—spiritual director—isn’t helpful, either. As any decent spiritual director is quick to say, the term’s a misnomer. Helene doesn’t tell me what to do or try to answer questions only God can answer. In her sunroom, we listen for—and sometimes hear—the Holy Ghost.”

The article is by Agnieszka Tennant, entitled “Drawing Closer to God: How a spiritual director can help you grow in your faith.”

More here:

Spiritual Direction or Seance?
http://herescope.blogspot.com/2005/10/spiritual-direction-or-seance.html

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“Manning (Brennan) believes that there is a chasm between belief and experience. Belief is one type of knowledge; experience is another. This is the old two-story approach to knowledge. This chasm is crossed through the contemplative experience: “Contemplative prayer bridges the gap between belief and experience because it is the bridge of faith” (p. 212).”

“Contemplative spirituality is dangerous. Christian leaders should warn their people about it. Those who are interested in a comprehensive biblical understanding of true biblical spirituality and of the gospel of Jesus Christ should be warned that Manning is traveling on a wholly other path.”

More here:

What is Contemplative Spirituality and Why is It Dangerous?
A Review of Brennan Manning’s ‘The Signature of Jesus’

by John Caddock
http://www.faithalone.org/journal/1997ii/Caddock.html

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“One of the greatest misconceptions in this country today is that the New Age Movement of the 80’s and 90’s is (1) a thing of the past and (2) has nothing whatsoever in common with Christianity. Nothing could be further from the truth on either count. Let me explain….”

More here:

Universalism: The Gospel Message of Emergent and New Age Spirituality
http://solasisters.blogspot.com/2010/02/universalism-gospel-message-of-emergent.html

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John Crowder Another Gospel

And this…

An examination of John Crowder

Also see:

God-ka and the Yum Rum of Heaven
http://slaughteringthesheep.wordpress.com/2010/02/13/god-ka-and-the-yum-rum-of-heaven/

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In the article The ravers who get high on God we’re told about something called Sloshfest where:

WILD-EYED and out of control, the clubbers flail wildly to a booming beat. With sweaty clothes clinging to their backs, some people even pass out. While this could easily be mistaken for a dodgy booze and drug-fuelled party, there is something very different about Sloshfest.

The revellers are party loving Christians who don’t drink or take drugs – but say their euphoria is down to the power of God and their seeming drunkenness due to “God-ka” and the “yum rum of Heaven”…

It will come as no surprise to our readers that “the movement’s best-known advocate” would be John Crowder and the New Mystics

More here:

New Spirituality, LSD, and Getting High On God
http://christianresearchnetwork.com/?p=15181

Related:

JOHN CROWDER AND HIS NEW MYSTICS HIGH ON GOD
http://apprising.org/2010/02/16/john-crowder-and-his-new-mystics-high-on-god/

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It was last Oct. 30—All Hallows Eve—and the students of Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle Schools were pulsating with the energy of the season. Some of them had already been to corn mazes and many were anticipating a time of trick-or-treating on the weekend.

To counter the darkness that often surrounds Halloween hype, the school held its first worship fair, a day of workshops on topics related to worship and connecting with God.

I had been invited to introduce Grade 3 to 8 children to praying with a 4.5-metre-square cloth labyrinth—a maze-like prayer tool. Symbolic of the pilgrim’s journey, its concentric pathways and focused meditation/mediation stops bring the pray-er ever closer to God at the centre…

More on how these school boys were introduced to the occult practice of walking the labyrinth, here:

Unexpected encounters with spiritual boys
By Elsie Rempel
Mennonite Church Canada Release

Canadian Mennonite
Volume 14, No. 03
Feb. 8, 2010
http://www.canadianmennonite.org/

Related:

LABYRINTHS, Prayer Paths That Promote the Occult
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/labyrinth.htm

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