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Emergent Mysticism – Part 1

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The Vociferous Silent Ones Emergent Mysticism   Part 1

Emergent Mysticism: A Biblical Appraisal of the Mosaic Congress held at the Mosaic Church in Fairland, Johannesburg (4 – 5 Sept. 2009)

The usual suspects spoke at the Mosaic Congress namely;  Ron Martoia (USA), Stephan Joubert, Johan Geyser, Trevor Hudson, Gavin Sklar-Chik, Gys Du Plessis, Willem Nicol, Rex van Vuuren, Annemarie Paulin-Campell

The new-old magical way to get in touch with God –

“be still,” “be quiet,” “shut up,” “shhhhhhh”

shhhh2 thumb Emergent Mysticism   Part 1The well-known song “Silence is Golden may have been a hit on the singles UK charts in 1967, but the refrain “Silence is Truth” has hit the Christian Church like a tsunami, carrying with it in it’s destructive wake many unsuspecting Christians. One of the major contributors to this utterly devastating “silent” storm is the Mosaic Church in Fairland, Johannesburg.

As an introduction to my critique on the Mosaic Congress I would like to draw your attention to certain words and phrases that all the keynote speakers used throughout their presentations. A word that kept popping up like a well-watered toadstool in each of their corpulently worded lectures was the word “silence.”Bearing in mind that most of these speakers’ mentors and gurus have drunk from the wells of Buddhism (i.e. Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating etc.) it is no surprise that their entire spiritual journey revolves mainly around Buddhist spiritualities and not the cross of Jesus Christ. In fact, the only time they referred to the word “cross” was when they endearingly spoke of St John of the Cross, a Desert Father who coined the phrase “Silence is the first language of God.”

Louie Giglio – Chasing The Experience

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Louie Giglio – Chasing The Experience

A while ago I went to watch Ron Martoia an Emergent “Transformational Architecture Specialist” at a Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa.  The title of the seminar was the ‘Vertical Development and a Spirituality of Awareness’.  Ron Martoia spoke about Logos and Mythos.  In order to transcend vertically ↑ (up the Tree of Life and see through God’s eyes) you need to ←  move away  from the Word (Logos) and → experience (Mythos) God instead.  If you are stuck in the Word (Logos) you end up ↓ stagnating and you spiritually dry up.  Louie Giglio states the same thing in his article below…

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Louie Giglio – Chase The Wave Maker

by Louie Giglio -  5/7/2001

I’d like to take you back to my college days – to my first journey to Mt Rainier. Having furiously studied the mountain in my geography class, I couldn’t wait until the day Rainier appeared on our agenda as my friend and I drove across North America.

We were headed for an amazing mountain, a place I had come to know quite well – or so I thought. Though I lived 3,000 miles away in Atlanta, and had never seen Rainier in person, I was foolish enough to believe I was an expert on this mountain because I’d mastered the information required in my geography lab.

Louie Giglio – Sometimes Silence is Loud

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louiegiglio Louie Giglio   Sometimes Silence is LoudAnd I have to agree with Louie Giglio, because this article below SCREAMS Contemplative Spirituality.

Not once is Jesus Christ the Son of God mentioned in this article.  Not once is repentance of sin mentioned in this article.  Not once is even salvation mentioned.  Just silence *ssshhhhhhh, not a sound*.

What is mentioned is:  silence, breath, contemplation, candlelit night walks, an eerie sense of anticipation, the presence and otherness of God that hung thick in the air, the scene was a little unnerving to onlookers, the idea was birthed out of a desire to see spiritual awakening, creating purpose in life, launching waves of renewal, fostering unity, breathing hope and carrying the vision to people everywhere, emotions sensed and hearts processed, that God’s greatness reflects in every facet of their lives.

Well… that’s Mysticism for you in a nutshell.

[Emphasis Added by DTW]

LOUIE GIGLIO SAYS: SOMETIMES SILENCE IS LOUD

By Louie Giglio,   Date:  4/7/2005

Sometimes silence is louder than words, more powerful than any sound. That was certainly the case as over 11,000 college-aged young people converged on the corner of Fifth and Broadway in downtown Nashville on a January night in early 2005. Having exited fourteen smaller Community Group settings across the city, they walked in quiet contemplation as they returned to enter a candlelit late night worship gathering in the arena at the Gaylord Entertainment Center. I had encouraged them earlier in the night to return to the Gaylord without a sound, something that seemed problematic and unrealistic to some, but a challenge and unique opportunity the students eagerly embraced….

Heresy-Hunters, Apologists and Humourless Satirists

FalseTeachers Pinnoccio Heresy Hunters, Apologists and Humourless SatiristsIn defence of Discernment Bloggers

By Michael Anthony – 31 December 2009

Those WWW-D’s

In my subjective viewpoint – the mark of a balanced discernment site is that it will always have an underlying objective; a warning of the times we are living in. Discernment is not only about exposing error and false teaching; it is also about discerning the times, a very scriptural term and very scriptural advice. The escalation of unsound doctrines is a vivid, biblical sign of the times.

It is the local Pastor’s job to warn and protect the flock from wolves that seek to derail Christians who are not grounded enough. Many Pastors have my sympathy; they are just too weighed down with other ministerial duties to know about everything going on out there. The sheer volume of new and emerging heresies alone makes it impossible for any one person or ministry to keep up. Besides, many heresies – when receiving wide enough condemnation to be refuted – just reinvent themselves and come back under the radar into the church, repackaged if you will. The dynamics of growing discernment ministries are purely a counterbalance against the increasing apostasy.

Many scholars saw Christian liberalism as a bigger threat than all the cults, evolution and secular humanism put together. Guess what? It’s come back, this time with elements of Christian mysticism, and alluring philosophies. Some heresies are so chameleon and so progressive that what you learn at seminary alone may not suffice. Discernment is not really a ministry; it’s more of an accessory to ministry, things that the ‘Christian Daily Mail’ does not report on. 

The Whole Counsel of God

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And Commonly Used Tactics of False Teachers

Biblical illiteracy – the ‘dumbing’ down of the sheep – has become a virus. The shallow understanding of scripture most Christians have is quite astounding. Equally painful to listen to is how most Christians interpret their bible. This brief article is just a quick reference on the very basics of interpretation, if it gains any interest I will post more information.

What is extremely annoying is that false teachers hide behind hermeneutical language. (‘Hermeneutics’ is the scholarly method of interpreting scripture.) Some also claim to use the ‘grammatical-historical’ method for interpretation – which is correct – but if you analyse closer they do anything but actually follow the very principles they claim to use. Heretics are very familiar with biblical interpretation methods and think that by claiming to use them it somehow gives them more credentials.

The grammatical, historical method of interpretation is simply this; every word, vowel etc is important. The grammar is of utmost importance, change one word, comma, vowel and the meaning changes. The historical context that the particular text was written in must be taken into account as well. It’s that simple. The problem I have with scripture twisters is that they hide behind layers of deceit, yet biblical interpretation is not very difficult. It is quite straightforward to expose error; all you need is a good bible translation and common-sense. All these methods are worthless without the Holy Spirit, the author of the book, of course.       

Sleight of hand

I have seen false teachers do this – they give you a kind of historical-grammatical interpretation with some really alluring illustrations but then use a bible version that no scholar worth his bean would touch with a ten foot pole….

Abide With Us

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Abide with us, Lord, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. Abide with us and with Your whole Church. Abide with us at the end of the day, at the end of our life, at the end of the world. Abide with us with Your grace and goodness, with your holy Word and Sacrament, with Your strength and blessing. Abide with us when the night of affliction and temptation comes upon us, the night of fear and despair, the night when death draws near. Abide with us and with all the faithful, now and forever.

In Jesus name
Amen
(Collect for Easter Eve, Lutheran Worship)

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12/13/09  – Are You Suffering? – Luke 7:18-28

News Desk by Bobs Your-Anchor: Dec 2009

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December 2009 news from around the world

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“It remains, year after year, one of the most talked-about and polarizing books on America’s raging culture war – praised as essential reading by major Christian and Jewish leaders, while simultaneously being condemned, banned, and the object of vicious legal persecution.”  ♦ –Now hear this! ‘Marketing of Evil’ audiobook!

“Sheik Tells Children the Story of Palestinian Female Suicide Bomber Wafa Idris, Concluding: Allah Willing, We Will All Become Like Wafa Idris.”    ♦ –Sheik Tells Children the Story of Suicide Bomber

“My father has run his race and finished his course. Now he is in Heaven, and we as Christians have the Bible promise that someday we will be reunited. My heart is sad, but my faith in God is soaring, says Richard Roberts.”    ♦ –Evangelist Oral Roberts Graduates to Heaven at 91

Mark Driscoll DOES SUPPORT Contemplative Spirituality

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MarkDriscoll Mark Driscoll DOES SUPPORT Contemplative Spirituality

From the “Lighthouse Newsletter”:   Mark Driscoll IS a Contemplative Proponent - December 21, 2009

Mark Driscoll is a name that has grown in popularity among evangelicals especially over the past few years. Somewhat known for his vulgar and crass language in public, he has been invited to speak at conferences by a wide assortment of Christian leaders-John Piper and Robert Schuller to name two. Driscoll also shared a platform this year at the Gospel Coalition National Conference with a number of respected Christian evangelical figures such as D.A. Carson, Erwin Lutzer, and Joshua Harris. Coming up in 2010, Driscoll has been invited by Rick Warren to speak at the Radicalis conference.

Although Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Fellowship in Seattle Washington, is said to have denounced certain aspects of the emergent church, Driscoll is a proponent of the main element behind the emerging church – contemplative prayer.

Presently, on Driscoll’s website, The Resurgence (see whois info) is an article titled “How to Practice Meditative Prayer.” The article is written by an Acts 29 (Driscoll’s network of churches) pastor, Winfield Bevins. A nearly identical article on Driscoll’s site, also by Bevins, is titled Meditative Prayer: Filling the Mind. Both articles show a drawing of a human brain. In this latter article, Bevins recognizes contemplative mystic pioneer Richard Foster:

Why did Copenhagen fail?

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Why did Copenhagen fail to deliver a climate deal? (see BBC report)

GlobalWarmingGlobeWithIce Why did Copenhagen fail?

Their reasons for failure.

  1. KEY GOVERNMENTS DO NOT WANT A GLOBAL DEAL
  2. THE US POLITICAL SYSTEM
  3. BAD TIMING
  4. THE HOST GOVERNMENT
  5. THE WEATHER
  6. 24-HOUR NEWS CULTURE
  7. EU POLITICS
  8. CAMPAIGNERS GOT THEIR STRATEGIES WRONG

Allah is a Translation for God

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Catholic church wants permission to call God ‘Allah’

December 15, 2009 -  from The Baltimore Sun:

Lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church have urged a court in Malaysia to let Christians use “Allah” as a translation for God and overturn a government ban that has become a symbol of religious grievances in the Muslim-majority nation, the Associated Press is reporting.

The High Court began hearing legal arguments Monday in the dispute, which began in late 2007 after the government blocked non-Muslims from translating God as “Allah” in their literature on the grounds that it would confuse Muslims.

Authorities have insisted that the name should be used exclusively by Muslims. The ban mainly affects the Malay-language edition of the Catholic Church’s main publication in Malaysia, The Herald, which is read mostly by indigenous tribes who converted to Christianity decades ago.

“Our position has been made clear to the court,” The Herald’s editor, the Rev. Lawrence Andrew, told the AP. “The main thing is we’ve been using this word … for a long time, for centuries.”

But in recent years, authorities have seized some Malay-language Bibles that used “Allah.”
We are reminded of reports a couple of years ago that a Catholic bishop in the Netherlands wanted Dutch Catholics to call God “Allah.”

Tiny Muskens, then the bishop of Breda, told a Dutch television station that using the name in church, as is common in many Muslim countries, would eventually promote rapprochement between Islam and Christianity.

“Someone like me has prayed to Allah yang maha kuasa [Almighty God] for eight years in Indonesia and other priests for 20 or 30 years,” he said. “In the heart of the Eucharist, God is called Allah over there, so why can’t we start doing that together?”