Let’s look at some things that are advocated for Christians, and probably should not be.
Contemplative Mysticism. Look at the SECOND WORD, and let’s ask if we are ever to be involved in anything that’s called mysticism?
What does it involve? “Chanting. We listen to music and color coloring books, and we wander in mazes, and then we sit in a room and chant the phrase, ‘Lord Jesus have mercy on me, a sinner.'”
And you fell for this how???
Dr. Charles Stanley advocates this nonsense. And you saw this in the Bible, where???
As a matter of fact, can anyone tell me without peeking in your Bible what it has to say about this?
Hint – “Vain repetitions as the heathen do.” Chanting any prayer to Jesus over and over and over again is about as Christian as saying the OM. It’s pagan. It’s witchcraft.
Coloring books. Um… listen, I’ll astound everyone here and say that if you’re a fifty year old, and you get a simple childlike enjoyment out of a Winnie The Pooh coloring book as a simple hobby, okay! Sure! Kinda strange but …okay!
But as an object of religious exercise… I see Shirley MacLaine doing that, not Christians. If your church has had you doing that, here’s what I want you to do.
- Open whatever word processor you use. LIbre Office, Open Office, Microsoft Office, don’t care. Just open it.
- Open a business letter template.
- Now, in the body of the letter, write “Dear Pastor, I am resigning from this church effective immediately.”
- print and sign.
- Mail or hand deliver it.
We’re drowning in apostasy. Literally. Things were bad a couple of years ago when I started this blog. Back then I felt we were up to our necks in apostasy.
now I feel like it’s over our heads. We’re drowning in it. how did we EVER get to a point where we see this kind of witchcraft being pushed in churches and nobody feels any worry about it???
Then I hear youth groups are doing mazes. Yup. Wandering aimlessly in a maze. That’s a practice done by Buddhists. Might as well go ahead and put in prayer wheels while you’re at it?
WHAT ARE WE DOING????
Christian Yoga is next. I know, that’s old. Why do I bring it up? You’re still doing it.
Yoga is not about for health. It may happen to have healthy benefits, but it’s about the Mahayana Buddhist feeling we must divorce ourself from our bodies, because they are an illusion. so you begin by a series of exercises to release pranas, and to cause life energy to flow. This releases the bond holding us to our bodies. Which are illusion. I suppose this is a moment for my legendary sarcasm to ask, “if your body is an illusion, why do you need to be free from it?” But then, I’m sure I’d find Buddhists sitting under waterfalls, asking themselves that question endlessly in the pursuit of Dharma, and the ascencion into enlightenment.
Can it be divorced from Eastern mysticism? No. It originates completely from it.
Christians are not to do it. Really!
Here’s a really healthy hint – whenever we find a practice that originates from the practice of a false religion, and not merely one that has been culturally subrogated by a pagan culture – stay away from it. There’s no way to remove the pagan elements of it. How do we justify this? We can’t.
Next – Christian meditation.
WHat in the world are you people THINKING????
If you want to meditate on the Bible, it’s like this. Open your Bible. Read a passage. Look it up in cross references. Write a note about it. That’s called meditating on the word, trying to figure out what a passage in the bible is talking about.
That’s the only meditating we should be doing.
I’m telling you, if I was hired as a pastor for most churches today, I’d be fired within a week, because the Christian yoga classes would be cancelled. Anyone teaching contemplative mysticism would be under church discipline. Everyone would be called upon for a serious Sunday of fasting and prayer.
And then we’d start right on sound doctrine the following week. The first subject would be separating from the world.