“The Great Apostasy” by David Wilkerson

 

That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD:

Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. (Isaiah 30:9-11)

“Praying the Rosary” by Alec Satin

Alec Satin asks:
Is there any similarity between the mantra meditation found in Hinduism, Buddhism, and New Age practices, and praying the Rosary?

The Bible’s instruction about the repeating of prayers over and over again seems unequivocal:

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them:(Matthew 6.7-8a)

Yet, professing Christians ignore this, as they do so many of Christ’s commands.

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What kind of message is The Message “Bible”?

My Word Like Fire

You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you. (Deuteronomy 4:2)

Here is the first, and most definitive, analysis of The Message. Today this is the favored “Bible” of millions. It is not the Word of God. It is not a “paraphrase” of the Word of God, as information has been added and subtracted. If you have not heard anything about this, please take the time to check this out: click here

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Unlike contemplative prayer, the mind is active in biblical meditation

Speed-reading may be a good thing, but it was never meant for the Bible. It takes calm, thoughtful, prayerful meditation on the Word to extract its deepest nourishment. — Vance Havner

Meditate on the Word in the Word. — John Owen

Meditation is a serious intention of the mind whereby we come to search out the truth and settle it effectively upon the heart. — Thomas Hooker

 

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Spurgeon and Jonathan Edwards on Scriptural Meditation

I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. (Psalm 119:99)

For years now Christians have been warned about the danger of the mind-emptying practice of contemplative prayer, and some have taken heed.

On the other hand, have we ever really understood the value–and the wonder–of true biblical meditation? Many years ago Charles Spurgeon  called such meditation “a most blessed, but most neglected duty,”[1] and this description holds true for many today.

Consider these words about meditating on the Word of God from Jonathan Edwards, who marveled, “I seemed often to see so much light exhibited by every sentence, and such a refreshing food communicated, that I could not get along in reading; often dwelling long on one sentence to see the wonders contained in it, and yet almost every sentence seemed to be full of wonders.” [2]

But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:2)

Charles Spurgeon stated, “It is well to meditate upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. A man who hears many sermons, is not necessarily well-instructed in the faith. We may read so many religious books, that we overload our brains, and they may be unable to work under the weight of the great mass of paper and of printer’s ink. The man who reads but one book, and that book his Bible, and then meditates much upon it, will be a better scholar in Christ’s school than he who merely reads hundreds of books, and meditates not at all.”

Spurgeon and Edwards engaged in scriptural (or biblical) meditation. They were not contemplatives, and it is important to understand this. Contemplative prayer is pretty much the same as Eastern or New Age meditation, only disguised with Christian terminology.

My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes. (Psalm 119:48)

Do you want to hear from the Living God? Then meditate upon His Word.

Source Notes:

1. Meditating on the Scriptures by Charles Spurgeon  http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/bstudy/meditate.htm

2. The Works of Jonathan Edwards (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1974) p. 30, http://theoldguys.org/category/scriptural-meditation/

3. Meditating on the Scriptures by Charles Spurgeon http://www.middletownbiblechurch.org/bstudy/meditate.htm

 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on C.S. Lewis

Tides and Turning

A commenter on the blog brought an interesting quote from Martyn Lloyd-Jones to my attention (one that I had never heard). In his first sermon in his famous series called Revival, the doctor said this:

Do you remember the vogue of CS Lewis? You don’t hear much about him now, but why all the excitement? Ah, here is a philosopher. And it indicates our pathetic faith and belief in these methods, which are nothing but apologetics. As exactly in the beginning of the 18th century they were pinning their faith to Bishop Butler and his great Analogy of Religion…

The doctor is nothing if not irenic! (or not). Interestingly, that comment about C.S. Lewis was edited out of the sermon when it came to be published in book form. I checked again tonight. It’s simply not there. But you can find it at the 39 minute mark of…

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Have We Lost Our Minds?

Stacey L. Lacik

The weird and wacky comes not only from the East, but also from the West.  The West Coast, to be specific.  In Redding, California, there is a church called Bethel.  And at this church called Bethel, there is a ministry called SOZO.  And within this ministry called SOZO (Greek for saved, healed, delivered) there is another ministry called Shabar.  (A Hebrew word meaning broken-hearted but which can also mean shattered).

There are six ‘tools’ that are used in SOZO:

  • Father Ladder
  • Four Doors
  • Presenting Jesus
  • The Wall
  • Trigger Mechanisms (Advanced Tool)
  • Divine Editing (Advanced Tool)

These are psycho-therapeutic techniques used by the facilitator (counselor) in a 2-3 hour session for determining the point of the client’s “father wound”, an idea straight out of repressed memory therapy and the inner-healing movement.

For those who have sought help, healing or deliverance through SOZO, but were unable to attain (or…

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“Christian meditation: what’s biblical and what’s not” by Marsha West

Marsha West writes:

In Joshua 1:8 God said: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.” So, what exactly did God have in mind when He told Joshua to meditate on His word? Well, we can be certain of one thing. The Lord was not suggesting that Joshua sit in the lotus position repeating a mantra until he attained an altered state of consciousness.  “These help bring one into states other than normal waking consciousness, in which a person becomes open to mystical experience, the spirit realm, or cosmic consciousness,” warns Bill Muehlenberg.

The sort of meditation God had in mind was not Eastern meditation. He has made it clear that His people are not to adopt pagan practices and those who do are out of His will. The purpose of eastern-style meditation is to “seek the God within.” That’s pantheism, brethren. People who hold this view believe that God is all and all is God. “A tree is God, a rock is God, an animal is God, the sky is God, the sun is God, you are God, etc.” The biblical view is that God is separate from His creation.  Genesis 1:1-30

More on biblical meditation in a moment, but first…

Sit Still!

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” There’s been a huge misunderstanding in the Christian community as to what this verse means.

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12 Steps “certainly not from God” says T.A. McMahon

My Word Like Fire

A.A. co-founder Bill Wilson  “had an experience (which he viewed as spiritual enlightenment) that convinced him that only ‘a Power greater than’ himself could keep him sober. Attempting to understand his mystical experience, he was led into spiritism, a form of divination condemned in the Scriptures. His official biography indicates that the content of the 12-Steps principles came to him ‘rapidly’ through spirit communication. Certainly not from God.”  writes The Berean Call’s T.A. McMahon. Read The Berean Call article

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Published in: on February 3, 2016 at 1:30 am  Leave a Comment  

The Bill Johnson Cornucopia of False Teaching, Bible Twisting and General Absurdity

Over at The Messed Up Church we are offered: “Here are a whole bunch of articles from different Christians from various theological and denominational backgrounds who all agree on the very un-Biblical and downright dangerous beliefs of Bill Johnson”…

Consider forwarding this Cornucopia to friends and church family. To peruse… click here…

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