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Regent College’s James Houston, associate of Eugene Peterson, is being quoted quite a bit lately in certain evangelical Christian circles.

In his book called The Prayer (foreword by Dallas Willard), he uses the desert fathers, the Cloud of Unknowing, and mystics St. Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Sienna, Richard Rolle, Henri Nouwen, and Evelyn Underhill to explain prayer and spiritual direction. Houston writes, “Perhaps today we need the awakening of…(the) Friends of God (p. 274). This is another name for the Quakers (see Who are the Quakers, and What does the Friends Church Believe?)

It’s clear as mud that James Houston is one of the promoters of ancient mysticism and contemplative spirituality.

It becomes even more clear in this interview where James Houston talks about his love for the “communion of saints“ (one being Spanish mystic St. Teresa of Avila), the Desert Fathers, community, and solitude and silence in order to communicate with God and others.

What’s not clear is why pastors of Protestant churches are reading and quoting Mr. Houston.

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The most dangerous aspect of the new spirituality is this idea of some supposed “spiritual disciplines,” which must be performed in order to more fully “experience” God.

More at source:

USING CONTEMPLATIVE/CENTERING PRAYER AS “CHRISTIAN” MEDITATION
…but they mixed with the nations and learned to do as they did. (Psalm 106:35)
http://apprising.org/2010/06/04/using-contemplativecentering-prayer-as-%E2%80%9Cchristian%E2%80%9D-meditation/

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The Emerging Church Polluted in Deceitful Mysticism

[Berean Beacon]

UPDATE:

Youtube has removed this video. See here.

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Contemplative Spirituality = New Age Movement

Before writing my book, A Time of Departing, I made sure I could prove, beyond a doubt, that contemplative prayer had not only slipped into the Christian faith, but also prove it is an integral part of the New Age movement. In fact, New Agers see contemplative prayer as one of their own practices. Why would both New Agers and Christians claim contemplative prayer as their own? Certainly you will not find the New Age movement promoting someone like Francis Schaeffer or Charles Spurgeon, but you will find many instances such as this in which New Age therapist Jacquelyn Small cites contemplative prayer as a gateway to the spirituality to which she belongs. She explains it as:

“A form of Christian meditation, its practitioners are trained to focus on an inner symbol that quiets the mind … When practitioners become skilled at this method of meditation, they undergo a deep trance state similar to auto-hypnosis.”1

More here:

http://www.crossroad.to/Quotes/spirituality/lighthousetrails/010/5-contemplative.htm

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HELP FOR NAZARENES is a helpful new website about apostasy in the church.

This web site is directed toward my brother and sister Nazarenes and others of the “Holiness Persuasion”. However, individuals of other Christian denominations will also develop a deeper understanding, and a more thorough knowledge of what is “really” taking place in most churches today by examining this site.

This website has some very good recommendations and can be found here:

http://helpfornazarenes.com/

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Ayurveda “Old Fashioned” Therapy? Well, Sure, If You’re A Hindu.

In a recent blog post, Tony Jones, one of the main leaders of the heretical emergent church movement and newly on staff at Fuller Seminary, discusses his struggles with depression and withdrawal from the anti-depressant Wellbutrin. Jones talks about the various methods he is utilizing to ease his withdrawal symptoms, including using “new-fangled Western brain chemistry research and old-fashioned Ayurvedic typing.” To which I say, huh? Since when was ayurvedic typing considered an “old-fashioned” kind of treatment?

So let’s just look at what ayurveda is, and determine whether a professing Christian (and Fuller Seminary theology professor) ought to be messing around with it and recommending it to fellow Christians.

More here:

http://solasisters.blogspot.com/2010/05/ayurveda-old-fashioned-therapy-well.html

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