“Behold Your God” Study defines biblical meditation

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

Behold Your God: Rethinking God Biblically, by Pastor John Snyder, has been a blessing to many. The women in our church are currently using this study, and the excerpts below are from Week 3, Day 4 of the Daily Devotional Workbook:

“The Christian approach to meditation is the opposite of that which is practiced in many other religions. Meditation is often thought of as the process of quieting and emptying one’s mind. But in Christianity, meditation is focused on filling the mind. Meditation means to muse, to think on, and to reflect.” (pg. 52)

Is biblical meditation important? Yes. The study quotes Christians who have understood this very important aspect of our walk with the Lord.

“Many are troubled if they omit a sermon, a time of public prayer, but you are never troubled that you have omitted meditation, perhaps all your lifetime to this very day.” (Richard Baxter)

“Faith is lean and ready to starve unless it be fed with continual meditation.” (Thomas Manton)

The  Behold Your God Daily Devotional Workbook explains, “[Biblical]Meditation is simply the work of reading Bible truths slowly and thinking them over in our minds. Often this is mixed with prayer–talking with God about what He has said to us. It is the same idea as a cow chewing its cud. We take a truth, work it from every angle, chew it, come back to it later, talk to God about what it says, think about how it is connected with other things the Bible says on the same subject, and find a place in our lives for it.” (pg. 52)

Unfortunately, thousands and thousand of Christians now believe that Christian meditation involves blanking out the mind and entering a state known as the silence. This is known as contemplative prayer.

Lighthouse Trails and others have warned for a long time now that contemplative prayer (essentially the same as Eastern/New Age meditation but presented/disguised with Christian terminology) has infected the visible church.

It may well be that participation in contemplative prayer is the reason why Mike Bickle of International House of Prayer (see video), Rick Warren, and others are no longer able to distinguish the difference between Catholicism and biblical Christianity. Don’t kid yourself: This practice can have profound theological consequences.

Ray Yungen, author of A Time of Departing, warns, “Contemplative prayer is presenting a way to God identical with all the world’s mystical traditions. Christians are haplessly lulled into it by the emphasis on seeking the Kingdom of God and greater piety, yet the apostle Paul described the church’s end-times apostasy in the context of a mystical seduction. If this practice doesn’t fit that description, I don’t know what does.” (pg.140)

Perhaps if pastors and churches had truly understood, practiced, and emphasized biblical meditation, the infection of contemplative prayer could have been significantly lessened, or perhaps even prevented.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Bickle’s admission about Catholic influence on International House of Prayer

This information has been withheld from the IHOP-KC/Onething website: Mike Bickle has invited the Catholic Church to participate in the IHOP-KC Onething 2015 conference.  The Catholics have accepted. This Onething partnership almost came to pass in 2012, but thankfully did not happen. Here is what IHOP-KC founder Mike Bickle had to say about Catholic influence on IHOP-KC back then:

From the Office of Public Relations, Franciscan University of Steubenville, 11/9/12:

“The International House of Prayer (IHOP) was founded in 1999 by Mike Bickle, who says that many IHOP teachings draw upon the works of St. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, as well as contemporary Catholics including Father Henri Nouwen and Father Thomas Dubay, SM. The IHOP 24 hour prayer room, he says, was inspired by the spiritual practices of  Catholic European monks, such as St. Bernard of Clairvaux. ‘I’ve always had a passion for Catholic-Christian unity, and enthusiastically welcome this years Catholic track,’ says Bickle. ‘We may have different religious traditions, but we focus on fellowship, and unity and Jesus being glorified in prayer, worship, and teaching.’” [1] (bold mine)

“The most crucial problem with the Roman Catholic Church is its belief that faith alone in Christ is not sufficient for salvation,” states Gotquestions.org. [2]

“The Bible clearly and consistently states that receiving Jesus Christ as Savior, by grace through faith, grants salvation (John 1:12; 3:16; Acts 16:31, Romans 10:9-10, 13; Ephesians 2:8-9) The Roman Catholic Church rejects this.  …If a person believes what the Catholic Church officially teaches, he/she will not be saved. Any claim that works or rituals must be added to faith in order for salvation to be achieved is a claim that Jesus’ death was not sufficient to fully purchase our salvation.” [3]

A profound and terrible thing is happening here. Which Christian “leader” is next to play a part in pointing the visible church towards Rome? James Robison? Kenneth Copeland? Beth Moore? Rick Warren?

Oh. Wait.  These people have already done that.

This grievous move by IHOP-KC may be the beginning of a sadly spectacular syncretism.

IHOP-KC is working to undo the Reformation, and must be considered a factor in the end time deception.

Related article:    IHOP-KC once again withholds mention of Catholic participation at IHOP-KC Onething 2015 conference

 

Source Notes:

1. http://www.franciscan.edu/NEWS/2012/Catholic-Track-at-Onething-2012 (This has been removed from the web.)

2. http://www.gotquestions.org/catholicism.html

3. Ibid.

Pope praises contemplative pioneer Thomas Merton before Congress

This is how it seems to be going: People are being encouraged into contemplative prayer by men and women such as Rick Warren, Priscilla Shirer, Beth Moore, Mike Bickle, James Goll, Beni Johnson, and  many others.

(Rick Warren has also exposed many Christians to Eastern and New Age meditation).

The false church is rising, and its god may well be contemplative, deceptive spirits posing as “christ.” What wonderful (false) visions people will have; what thrilling supernatural encounters will be experienced in the contemplative silence. For all too many already, the lies of the silence are taken as truth, and the truth of Bible matters less and less.

On 9/24/15, before Congress, Pope Francis praised “four representatives of the American people”: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, and the contemplative pioneer, Thomas Merton. [1]

The Pope claimed, “Merton was above all a man of prayer, a thinker who challenged the certitudes of his time and opened new horizons for souls and for the Church. He was also a man of dialogue, a promoter of peace between peoples and religions.” [2]

Pope Francis also commented “….the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton.” [3] (italics mine)
Merton, a Trappist Monk,  was one of the most effective promoters of contemplative prayer. This practice left Merton as an interspiritualist, a man who believed all people have God within.
All people do not have God within–only those who belong to Christ. The Bible tells us:
However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. (Romans 8:9)
Millions of Americans heard the Pope place Merton on equal footing with Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. The rising false church will have (has?) a contemplative foundation. It is an alluring, and unholy, practice, and it is going to keep worming its way into the visible church.
You might want to read, Letter to the Editor: Pope Francis points to the contemplative, Thomas Merton, in speech to Congress…And the role this could play in a One World Religion.
Source Notes:
1. http://www.sunherald.com/2015/09/24/6431313_text-of-pope-francis-address-to.html?rh=1
2. Ibid
3. Ibid

Conquered by Contemplative Prayer

Beth Moore and War Room stand-out Priscilla Shirer have promoted it. So has Tim Keller. And so have Mike Bickle, Beni Johnson, and Rick Warren.

(For Priscilla Shirer’s contemplative history, click HERE.)

Contemplative prayer is essentially the same as New Age or Eastern meditation, but disguised with “Christianese” terminology. Those who participate and enter the silence, as it is called, open themselves to great deception.

As Ray Yungen has explained, our minds are like rushing rivers. Our thoughts go here, go there, our thought process is active and continuous. In contemplative prayer, Eastern meditation, and New Age meditation, all thought is stilled. The active river of our minds is dammed up–the rushing river is now a still pool of water. This can be done by repeating a word or phrase over and over until thought ceases and one enters the silence.

But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. (Matthew 6:7)

Contemplative teachers in the Christian camp will not advise believers to focus on a repetitive Eastern style mantra like “Ommm” (for example), but rather on a word or phrase like “Jesus” or “Abba Father,” or a scripture verse. In this way, the contemplative prayer appears “Christian” but nevertheless serves as entrance to the silence.

The silence of contemplative prayer is rich ground for false visions, lying “christs,” and supernatural experiences. This practice can addle or alter theology, and often seems to lead to an inability to distinguish between Catholic teaching on Salvation and the Truth of the Bible. It has also served as a road to interspirituality.

There is a biblical meditation, and we read of it in the Bible. In fact, we are instructed to do this. (Joshua 1:8) In biblical meditation, the mind is active and thinking. The Word is pondered, ruminated upon, “chewed,” so to speak.** This can be a wonderful experience with our God.

I will meditate on Your precepts And regard Your ways. (Psalm 119:15)

And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments, Which I love; And I will meditate on Your statutes. (Psalm 119:48)

Some years ago, the contemplatives came up with a brilliant answer to Christians who saw the similarity between contemplative prayer and Eastern and New Age meditation. It was explained that New Age and Eastern practitioners strive to empty the mind whereas Christian contemplatives, on the other hand, seek to fill the mind with God.

This clever marketing ploy has drawn many into the deception of contemplative prayer–which is really not prayer at all.

Source Notes:

** I got this idea/description about chewing and ruminating on the Word of God (biblical meditation) from someone, maybe Ray Yungen, or maybe Charles Spurgeon.

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Catholicism and the Worship of Mary

Another warning about the growing incursion of Catholicism into the visible church. Beware James Robison, Rick Warren, and others.

Following Jesus Christ

                                                CATHOLICISM AND THE WORSHIP OF MARY

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” 1 Timothy 2:5

And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.”  Matthew 23:9

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God….” 2 Corinthians 10:5

 

It is interesting to see that many of the idolatrous doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church, including Mary worship, treating Mary as our co-redeemer, extra-biblical mysticism, and veneration for the Pope, are leaching into Protestant churches – especially charismatic congregations. I am surprised to see that these teachings, doctrines and practices are taking root with little to…

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Mike Gendron–Tell Catholics The Truth

Ex-Catholic Mike Gendron has a heart for the Catholic people. “Who is going to do the correcting? Those who know the Truth,” he says.

Who is going to correct Rick Warren, Beth Moore, James Robison, and others who seem unable or unwilling to distinguish the difference between Catholic teaching and biblical teaching on Salvation?

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“Be skeptical of Dr. Oz’s Remedies and Rick Warren’s ‘Plans'” by Marsha West

Dr. Mehmet Oz, who is a renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, author and host of a successful TV show, has involved himself in some, um, questionable cures for what ails you. According to a Fox News report, a recent study showed that “Half of Dr. Oz’s health advice is bad.” Die-hard Oz fans will more than likely ignore the study results and continue tuning into his TV show for advice from him and the panel of doctors that appear regularly, even knowing that Oz and the other doctors often recommend products straight out of Quacksville.

Our idols would never steer us wrong, would they? click here for rest of Marsha West’s article

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Warren B. Smith video from The Berean Call Conference

Warren B. Smith spoke at The Berean Call conference, and had a strong warning about Bill Johnson and Bethel Church of Redding, California. This was one of many things he spoke about, but it is important to note that Bethel seems to be heading into quantum mysticism, and quantum mysticism is something Smith has been alerting Christians about for years. Smith also spoke about Jesus Calling, The Message Bible, Rick Warren, the New Age, and much more.

You can see this right HERE

[Sorry, the video seems to have been removed]

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Rick Warren’s Catholic television interview

In a stunning interview with Raymond Arroyo on EWTN Catholic network, Rick Warren referred to the “great classic devotional works” of Catholic contemplatives Brother Lawrence, Teresa of Avila, and John of the Cross, (11:28) and seemed to say his own “spiritual director” studied under a noted Catholic. (29:58)

Warren said he is an “avid fan of EWTN. I make no bones about it.” (34:25) So…Rick Warren faithfully follows the Catholic channel, so to speak?

Warren calls EWTN’s The Chaplet of Divine Mercy “one of my favorite shows…” He says he and his wife “put it on and relax and worship and in that time of reflection, meditation, and quietness I find myself renewed and restored.” (35:03).

He thanked Mother Angelica for the show.

I don’t know how much one should to read into this, but it is amazing he referred to Pope Francis as “our new Pope…” (13:00)

Then again, Warren stated he fully supports the Catholic Church’s New Evangelization strategy. (30:50) But…New Evangelization is a strategy to bring people into Catholicism!

Host Raymond Arroyo asked Warren what is the obstacle “keeping Christians apart and away from that unity” and noted that Christ, Pope John Paul 2 and other popes desired unity. (23:32)

“Every one of them,” agreed Warren, which seemed to be a reference to the most recent popes. (23:45)

Warren gave his apparent understanding (?) of salvation, or what beliefs supposedly bind Christians and Catholics… (23:40–24:55)

These are perilous times when church leaders cannot necessarily be relied upon. The Word of God will continue to be attacked or denied, sometimes subtly, sometimes overtly.

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 timothy 2:15)

Rick Warren’s Catholic endeavor comes on the heels of Protestants who don’t unite with Catholics are guilty of ‘Spiritual Racism,’ which you can read and watch right HERE

World Over 4-10-2014
Sackcloth and Ashes
Raymond Arroyo with Rick Warren

Start at 10:00 minute mark: http://www.ewtn.com/multimedia/video.asp?servertime=201404140619

Thank you Marsha West for informing us about the Rick Warren story. Marsha’s latest: http://www.renewamerica.com/columns/mwest/140410

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