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Spiritual Formation/Contemplative

It's Roots
Historical Roots:
Ancient-Future Heresies - By T.A. McMahon
The Desert Fathers - Borrowing from the East - By Ray Yungen
Modern Roots in Catholicism:
What Did Henri Nouwen Really Believe? - By Ray Yungen

Popularized By: Henry Blackaby, Richard Foster
Quaker Mystic in Evangelical Garb - A Critique of Celebration of Discipline by Richard J Foster - By David Sheldon
Richard Foster – Celebration of Deception - By Bob DeWaay
Contemporary Christian Divination: The False Claims and Practices of Christian Mystics - By Bob DeWaay
The Dangers of Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Disciplines: A Critique of Dallas Willard and The Spirit of the Disciplines - By Bob DeWaay
What is Contemplative Spirituality and Why is It Dangerous? A Review of Brennan Manning's The Signature of Jesus - By John Caddock

Characteristics:
The Vineyard Movement Grabs Hold of Contemplative Spirituality - Lighthouse Trails
Contemporary Christian Divination: The False Claims and Practices of Christian Mystics - By Bob DeWaay
Why Evangelicals are Returning to Rome: The Abandonment of Sola Scriptura as a Formal Principle - By Bob DeWaay
Beth Moore's Illicit Tent of Meeting (Part 1) - By Bob DeWaay
Beth Moore's Illicit Tent of Meeting (Part 2) - By Bob DeWaay
Panentheism! What is That? - By Orrel Steinkamp
The Issue of Other Religious Practices as Worship in the Church - Let Us Reason
Solitude and Silence - By Gary Gilley

Warning: Evangelicalism is being immersed, right now, into spiritual formation and contemplative and the mysticism associated with such. It is associated within a broad spectrum of various denominations. It is often preceded by sensual/feel-good worship that has invaded many of the evangelical churches. So don't be taken aback but don't be passive. If you know or are involved with any of the below leaders, for example, within evangelicalism or you see these practices begin to occur in your church; pray, talk with the leaders, bring them good materials to make your case, request that they see the danger and repent and God will help you from there.

How can prayer be wrong? How can meditation be wrong? You have really gone overboard on this one! How they are wrong is really quite simple. They are wrong when the Sole Mediation of Jesus Christ before the eternal Holy God for us and His provisions of grace through His Word and Spirit - ARE EXCHANGED - for methods and techniques and mystical touching of the holy - by our own doings! It is something else displacing someone else as the basis of mediation between God and men. And the result is, by putting it in the context of the Gospels, instead of "Jesus as the Way" we now have "the Way of Jesus" as the emphasis of a super-spiritual and totally disfigured "Christianity." This is movement back to the dark ages. However:

"There is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time." 1 Timothy 2:5 NASB

"Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere hart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water." Hebrews 10:19-22 NASB

Conclusions & Links:
Understanding this deception might be easier than you think. It is rather simple at its' core. It is displacing the sole mediation of Jesus Christ and the gifts of grace that are presented to us in the Scripture because the believer has ALREADY come to know Him, who is THE WAY, in the gospel. And it is replacing that reality with TECHNIQUES that, sometimes, even sound rather Biblical – but they have taken us away from the foundation of Jesus Christ – and put us on a mystical journey. The entrance gate: a universal call to "constantly enter and embrace" the unknown/journey/way versus the call to repent and trust Jesus Christ, because the door has been opened from heaven to man in His Person and finished work at Calvary. And because the Lord Jesus Christ of the Scripture is displaced – it is deadly.

The Dangers of Spiritual Formation & Spiritual Disciplines: A Critique of Dallas Willard & the Spirit of the Disciplines - By Bob DeWaay
Spiritual "Breathing" - By Discernment Research Group
Book Review: A Time of Departing (Ray Yungen) - By Gary Gilley
God in Everything? The Premise of Contemplative Prayer - By Ray Yungen
Contemplative Prayer or Terror? - By Roger Oakland
Do Christian Leaders Understand the Contemplative Prayer Movement? - By Christopher Lawson
Meditation and Contemplative Prayer: Test the Spirits - By Warren Smith
Richard Foster and the Be Still DVD - By Ray Yungen
Solitude and Silence - By Gary Gilley

Also, for an excellent DVD or book on contemplative, please go to Lighthouse Trails Publishing

Theological Studies
Contemporary Concerns
Deception in the Visible Church